Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits

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I attended a party that was sponsored by Minute® Rice and got together with some other local bloggy buddies to kick back and enjoy some festive food together before we do it all over again with family. I love my babies more than anything, but sometimes it’s refreshing to get out of the house and hang out with other grown people! All opinions expressed are my own.

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These events are always so much fun – There’s yummy treats and snacks prepared just like these, and the decor was just amazing! I love a beautiful tablescape… It was almost too nice to mess up! Like this spread of yummy goodies… The ham was good, but the rice dish really gave it a nice compliment. Shhh, don’t tell – they used Minute® Rice! Such a huge time saver when you’re making lotsa little dishes for a party like this.

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Minute® Rice is like my dirty little kitchen secret.. Nutritionally speaking, it’s got everything regular rice has and it’s nearly impossible to mess up. I’ll admit it – I’m not very good at making rice so I’m thankful that there’s a few different varieties of Minute® Rice available. I really enjoy that I can have perfectly cooked white rice, brown rice or the multi-grain in a matter of minutes.. It leaves me the extra time to focus on the main dish or another yummy side. Rice is naturally gluten free, so it’s been a key food in my diet lately.

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…And the table looked like this:

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals I love how the hostess of the party used Minute® Rice to fill the inside of the glass that held the candle. It added some clever seasonal texture to the overall look of the decor – gonna file that idea away and use it someday..

Finally, it was time to sit down, kick back and enjoy some fun time!

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

Need an easy recipe for Thanksgiving? Try this one! Wine & Mushroom Brown Rice is easily made in less than 20 minutes. Your guests will think you’re a 5 star chef!

  • 2 cups of COOKED Brown Minute® Rice
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms (I used baby bella)
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt

Prepare 2 cups of brown rice according to the package directions & set aside. In a separate pan, melt the butter with the olive oil on med-high. Once the pan is hot, transfer in your mushrooms, onions and garlic and let them soften for about 2-3 minutes. Add in the white wine and stir – let it simmer and cook off the alcohol for a minute. Add in the brown rice, season with salt and serve!

Enjoy :)

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.


My dream kitchen from GE Café™would make cooking so much more fun

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I’m working with GE Café™ to bring you insight on their amazing line of appliances. I’d love to own any one of them – all opinions are my own.

I cook ALOT. With a hungry husband, growing son and a daughter who will soon eat regular food I don’t see this slowing down anytime soon. I’m not a professional chef by any sort and everything I’ve learned through the years has been self-taught.

When I first got married, I didn’t start out enjoying cooking. My husband did most of it because I’ve burned my fair share of meals and boiled over many a pot. As frustrating as it can be for a new home cook I never gave up and grew to love preparing a yummy meal for my family to enjoy. This picture is what I always envisioned for my life as a mom when I was younger…

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Fast forward 8 years later and here I am, closer to that vision I had for myself so many years ago. Of course, with that comes a dream appliance upgrade! Like anything else, I started out with regular no-frills equipment, however I’m ready to take my love for cooking to the next level and put together my dream kitchen.

Major appliances I have now are the standard fridge, stove and dishwasher. Part of me wished I had a gas connection because I’d love to have the best possible control over what I’m cooking. Don’t worry if you don’t have gas because you can have either type with the GE Café™ Series appliances. Stand back because this line of appliances boasts advanced cooking technology to help you take every meal further.

My dream kitchen would start with a GE Café™ Series range like this one:

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And I’m smitten with the restaurant inspired  french door oven like the one in this to-die-for kitchen

My dream kitchen with GE Café™ Series appliances #AD #ouramericankitchen

That vent hood and dishwasher are pretty awesome looking too! When you’re a mom and you spend more time in the kitchen than anywhere else, wouldn’t it be nice to have the best possible tools? I know I would!!

Insight for this post was provided by GE Café™ Series.


Family night out at Red Lobster to enjoy the endless shrimp event


Yes people – its on again! Our local red lobster has their endless shrimp event going on again. We got the chance to go last week, and it did not disappoint. I’m always game to go eat there just for the garlic cheddar biscuits alone!

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Its hard to get out when you have kids, so Red Lobster was the perfect casual dining option. Fits our budget, Fun kids menu and special kid meals for about 5$ & best of all, the accommodating staff that found a nice little nook for us to sit where I could put Melody in the stroller and easily feed her.

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The main event for us was the getting to order the exclusive dishes that are only available during Endless Shrimp

  1. NEW! Pineapple Habanero Coconut Bites – Coconut shrimp bites tossed in pineapple habanero sauce
  2. Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp – Classic guest favorite and back by popular demand, grilled shrimp brushed with soy-ginger glaze
  3. Hand-Breaded Shrimp – Hand-breaded shrimp fried to a golden brown
  4. Garlic Shrimp Scampi – Oven-broiled shrimp in garlic, white wine and butter
  5. Shrimp Linguini Alfredo – Tender shrimp in a garlic Parmesan cream sauce on a bed of linguini

Nom nom nom!!

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There’s even some new beer cocktails – the Seaside Shandy and the Angry Lobster – available exclusively during Endless Shrimp too. Bonus – you get to keep the glass!

Let me just say this about the seaside shandy – I don’t like beer, and I really thought I was not going to like this drink but I was very wrong. Think fruity spritzer with a hint of a beer aftertaste. Definitely a hot day type of cocktail.

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We finished our feast with yummy dessert too! JP was thrilled that we ordered dessert this time because most of the time, we don’t. Who can say no? #MakeRoomForThis

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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