Seasonal Sundays with Ling Ling Asian Entrees – And Giveaway!

Ling Ling Asian Entrees Fried Rice

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. When I’m not traveling, I have a thing I like to call “Seasonal Sundays”. What are they, you ask? They’re excuses to stay in our pajamas and spend the day with minimal effort – and that includes making dinner! It’s Sundays like these that I’ve been reaching for the freezer door – and for Ling Ling Asian Entrees. But what to choose, chicken or beef? Happily, I can make both at the same time.…

Gifts for Him: A Creative 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Men

What do you get for the man in your life that has everything this holiday season? This is the question I’ve been faced with for Mr. Locke, the man who has basically everything. But no longer, my friends. I sat down with him and asked what his favorite products have been for 2017. You know, the products he’d happily purchase again? Once he started thinking, it was easy to steamroll his loves and favorites. Here’s our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for men and what they want – no socks or…

Making Mealtime Easy with Ling Ling Fried Rice

Ling Ling Bibimbap Beef Fried Rice

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. #LingLingAsianFood  #IC AD This week I’ve been dealing with the dreaded “vacation hangover”. Do you know that feeling: so many things to do but all you want to be is back on vacation? This week, between cleaning the entire house to putting away the Halloween decorations, I’ve barely had time to sleep let alone think about dinner. So, it’s Ling Ling Frozen Asian Entrees to the rescue! Here’s my latest (and easiest) dinner fave and…

Do Banquet Mega Bowls Pass the “Hangry” Test?

Banquet Mega Bowls Buffalo-style Chicken Mac 'N Cheese

Conagra Brands sponsored this post on Banquet Mega Bowls, but the opinions are my own. When I’m in a hurry to make dinner, it’s straight to the freezer I head. Many times, I’m waiting until literally the last minute to try to pull a delicious meal together, especially when we’ve just walked in the door from traveling. It’s times like these that I’ll reach for frozen meals, but not just any. My family wants quick and easy, yes, but they want tasty and filling, too. Last weekend, I put Banquet…

The Easiest Lettuce Wraps Recipe You’ll Ever Make

Lettuce Wraps recipe

This lettuce wraps recipe post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. #LingLingAsianFood #IC #ad Lettuce Wraps are becoming a bit of an obsession in this family. We order them at restaurants, phone in take-out orders for them, and even make them at home. But, when I’ve got 15 minutes to come up with an easy, delicious meal, I head for the freezer – and tried and true faves. So, I’ve combined the best of both worlds in this recipe: the easiest Lettuce Wraps recipe…

The First Wine Dinner at Il Pizzaiolo in Pittsburgh: A Lesson in Pairing

Il Pizzaiolo Hampton

There’s absolutely no good reason why I’ve never eaten at Il Pizzaiolo in Pittsburgh before. Honestly, I’m a little miffed at myself for not visiting one of its three locations earlier. But, a recent visit to its Hampton location more than made up for my slacking. With Mr. Locke and camera ready, we had the pleasure of attending the first Wine Dinner at Il Pizzaiolo last weekend. Here’s the scoop on all six delicious courses and why we’re hoping they continue the new tradition. When you get invited to the…

Easy Halloween Treats: Mummy Pringles

Recipe for Mummy Pringles

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackItAndPackIt #SeasonalSolutions #CollectiveBias Each year, my family begins planning our Halloween buffet in early October. We love the fun, spooky-themed menu items that flank our buffet table and kitchen and especially love easy recipes. This year, we’re adding a new menu item into the Halloween recipe mix: Mummy Pringles. Super easy to make, the recipe calls for only a handful of ingredients. The best part? The combination of sweet and salty is a…

Lemonade Sweet Tea Cupcake Recipe: Perfect for End of Summer!

sweet tea lemonade cupcakes recipe

In our travels, we discovered the delicious combination of half sweet tea, half lemonade. And, while sweet tea is a quintessential Southern summer drink, adding lemonade to the mix is a fun way to combine two of our favorite drinks. So, I thought, why not combine the two for a cupcake recipe? This Lemonade Sweet Tea Cupcake recipe uses real iced tea in the cupcake batter and lemon zest in the frosting. Ready for an easy, sweet cupcake recipe that’s perfect for end-of-summer snacking? Here’s the easy recipe and directions.…

Pittsburgh-Style BBQ Pulled Pork Slider Recipe: Simple and Delish

pittsburgh style bbq pulled pork sliders recipe

This Pittsburgh-style BBQ Pulled Pork Slider recipe sponsored post was written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork as part of an Influence Central campaign. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. #RealFlavorRealFast #IC  #ad I adore BBQ pork sandwiches and sliders. I also adore Pittsburgh-style sandwiches topped with meat, cole slaw, and French fries. So, a no-brainer recipe was to meld the two together and create a Pittsburgh- style BBQ Pulled Pork Slider! Using only a handful of ingredients, the simple recipe can be jazzed up in so…

How to Snack on Road Trips: 5 Deliciously Easy Tips

How to snack on road trips

This how to snack on road trips post is sponsored by Acorn Influence  for Yoplait Multipacks. All opinions are my own!  #Yoplait #MomOn AD As a family that is constantly road tripping, fast food and convenient store snacks can only go so far before we’re craving better options. And, while junk food is the easy route, we’ve learned what to pack in our snack bags to keep us energized and ready to visit our next destination. Here’s my best tips for how to snack on road trips! 1. Make a List Before…