5 Make Ahead Meals & Snacks for Back to School

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5 Make Ahead Meals & Snacks for Back to School

It’s July, and although we’re just right in the middle of summer, back to school season is on my mind!  As a mom, along with buying all the school supplies and getting everyone organized for the New Year, I also have to keep everyone fed.  Aside from dinner, I have to think about breakfast, school snacks, lunch, and after school snacks.

One way I save myself a lot of time and frustration is by meal planning and making meals and snacks ahead of time.  For this, I turn to Ziploc® brand products. Today I am sharing 5 make ahead meal ideas.  These meals are quick, easy, affordable, and Ziploc® brand products make them very portable.

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Friday Favorites – Week 327 – With Frozen Treats

Hello everyone. Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party. Since we’re jumping in to July this weekend, and since it’s incredibly hot here, I thought there was no better time to feature some delicious frozen treats!  And guess what, these frozen treats are the better for you kind, so you can indulge without the guilt!  Enjoy! And to all of those here in the U.S. I have you have an awesome 4th of July weekend!

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Orange Ambrosia Salad and Freschetta Pizza

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Orange Ambrosia Salad and Freschetta Pizza

Each week as I meal plan and prepare the week’s shopping list, I always like to plan for one or two easy dinner nights.  These are days when I either don’t feel like cooking, or we have a full schedule for the day and just don’t have the time for cooking.  But even when we’re having easy dinner nights, it’s still nice to serve high quality foods.  Enter Freschetta Pizza! [Read more…]

Pina Colada Dip and Summer Snacking with Outshine® Fruit Bars

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Pina Colada Dip and Summer Snacking with Outshine Fruit Bars

The weather is perfect where I live right now.  I’m so excited to break out my summer clothes and enjoy summer activities, but I’m even more excited to enjoy a little summer snacking.  If you know me, you know that I love nothing more than indulging in sweet treats, especially frozen treats.

 Outshine® Fruit Bars are a frozen treat for the whole family, and Moms can feel good about serving them to kids and enjoying them for themselves.  Today I’m going to tell you a little bit about these yummy frozen treats, and I’ve got a recipe and a sweepstakes for you. Let’s get to it! [Read more…]

Ranch Pizza & Tips to Freshen Up Your Spring Menu (+ A Giveaway)

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Ranch Pizza and Tips to Freshen Up Your Spring Menu

In the winter time, I love my soups, casseroles, and comfort foods, but I love the opportunity that spring time brings to freshen up our menu! We get to embrace fresh ingredients, eat a little lighter, and enjoy new things.  Today I’m sharing tips on how you can join me and freshen up your menu this spring, and I’ve got a quick and easy recipe for fresh Ranch Pizza! [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 301 – With New Year’s Foods + My Thoughts for the New Year

Happy New Year!  And welcome to our last party of 2015 and our first party of 2016.  Woohoo!  In honor of the new year, today I’ve got some foods that are perfect for your New Year’s celebrations!

But  first I have a few thoughts on the new year and what’s to come.  First off, I want to say thanks to everyone who’s linked up here at any time during 2015.  Whether you’ve come by each week or just a time or two, your visits are much appreciated!

Secondly, although I’m proud of the work I did on my blog in 2015, and I feel I accomplished a lot, I have to admit that I feel like I slacked a bit on parties this year.  My husband was in the hospital last spring, and I had to help him in his recovery time.  And then we also had a number of household projects to tackle and other things that came up.  Long story-short, even thought I managed to get a party post up each week, I felt like some of them were just “thrown together” and I didn’t get to visit you guys and comment nearly as much as I would like.  BUT I promise I will be getting back on track with that in the new year, as well as some other things that I feel I’ve “slacked on.”

Now in honor of me “not slacking” I am planning some posts for January, which will be on setting goals and getting things done in the new year.  In fact, my words for 2016 are “simplify” and “focus,” which I will be posting about this weekend.  So you can expect to see a lot of posts on my blog this year that revolve around these two things, especially “simplify” because simplicity is at the heart of my blog, hence the name “SIMPLY Sweet Home.”  So if you love simple solutions or feel you just want to get back to the basics of life and homemaking, please join me here in 2016.  And as always, I invite you to subscribe to my feeds and allow along on all my social media pages!

And last but not least, you can expect to see a bigger and better party this year!  Soon I will be posting a call for new party hostesses, and anyone who’s interested in being a Friday Favorites host will be welcome to apply.  And I’m also doing a little brainstorming with the current hostesses to see what we can do to make the party better.  If you have any ideas for me, or if you may be interested in being a hostess, feel free to email me.  Cheers! [Read more…]

16 Favorite Foods of 2015

16 Favorite Foods of 2015

At the end of each year I like to look back and revisit some of my old posts, and one thing I always like to do is share a round up of some of my favorite food posts from the year.  Everything looks delicious, if I do say so myself, so I had to hard time picking these out, but finally I came up with 16 goodies!  I have everything from breakfast to dinner, snacks, appetizers, and of course, dessert.  Hope you find something here that you’d like to try for yourself in 2016!  Cheers! [Read more…]

Healthier Eating with the Rosewill Air Fryer

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If healthier eating is on your list of goals for the New Year, then today’s post is a must-read!

My whole family loves fried food, but when I can bake something and it’s almost just as good, I’ve always preferred to do that….it means there’s less mess; it means I don’t have to stand over a pot or pan of hot grease; etc.  But now, I’ve got a way to fry without the grease!  It’s my new Rosewill Air Fryer! [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Giving with Fresh Market

Holiday Gift Giving with Fresh Market

We are just over a week away from the biggest gift giving day of the year:  Christmas!  If you are still shopping, I have some fun gift giving ideas from Fresh Market!  The grocery chain has a number items that are perfect gifts for everyone on your list from family members to friends and coworkers.

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Peanut Butter Ritz Balls + The Ritz and Southwest Airlines $5000 Sweepstakes

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What do you get when you cross Ritz crackers and Southwest Airlines?  You get great food, travel, and a fun sweepstakes, of course!

Right now Ritz and Southwest Airlines are teaming up to bring you a fabulous sweepstakes.  The prize is $5000 in Southwest Airlines Gift Cards. [Read more…]