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Lettuce Wraps for a Low Carb Diet

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 18, 2016 | Categories: Food, Health and Fitness, How To, Weight Loss
Lettuce wraps for a low carb lunch

Recently, I’ve been eating a high protein, lower-carb diet. I’m not doing a “low-carb” diet, just cutting back on the carbs a bit, while amping up the protein. I love lettuce wraps and they’re perfect for not only a low carb lunch, but a low calorie lunch, too. One way for me to cut down […]

Strawberry Walnut Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 4, 2016 | Categories: Food, Recipes
Strawberry Walnut Salad with a Homemade Poppy Seed Strawberry Dressing

One of my favorite things to eat in the summer, especially a hot summer like we’re already having, is a salad. I could, and often do, eat one (sometimes two) a day. Salads are one of those dishes that can be a side or an entree, they are refreshing, and they can be light or […]

Waste Not Want Not: Smart and Simple Tips for Avoiding Food Waste

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 7, 2016 | Categories: Food, Home and Garden, Tips
Waste Not Want Not: Tips for avoiding food waste

If you are trying to reduce the amount of waste your family produces, then you are part of a nationwide effort to reduce the amount of trash that goes into the nation’s landfills. However, wastefulness might still be happening right in your own kitchen. Food waste is a serious problem for many families, and according […]

Vote for Your Favorite Pizza in the Papa Murphy’s Bracket Competition

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 22, 2016 | Categories: Contests, Family, Food
Favorite Pizza from Papa Murphy's #Team425

I was compensated for this review of Papa Murphy’s and their #Team425 Sweepstakes – Vote for your favorite pizza bracket competition. All opinions and statements remain 100% my own. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. If there’s one thing my family loves, […]

Make Monday a Manwich Sloppy Joe 3-Way #ManwichMonday

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 14, 2016 | Categories: Food, Recipes
Make it a #ManwichMonday #NationalSloppyJoeDay

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you spend Sunday evenings dreading Monday? The word ‘Monday’ is enough to make some people cringe. It is the dreaded day that starts off each new work day for many of us. I must admit, […]

Soft Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 3, 2016 | Categories: Desserts, Food, Recipes
soft chewy oatmeal cookies recipe

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. My favorite kind of cookie is oatmeal cookies. Even though I’m a huge chocolate lover, oatmeal cookies are by far my favorite and I’m always looking for recipes that are soft and chewy. As much as I may love oatmeal cookies, they have to be soft and chewy. If […]

Looking for Food Enthusiasts!

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 2, 2016 | Categories: Food

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Do you enjoy eating at restaurants? Are you the decision-maker as to what’s for dinner? If so, a popular major food manufacturer who cares about what you and your family is eating, is looking for some consumers to help […]

Maple Bacon Monkey Bread

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 1, 2016 | Categories: Food, Recipes
Monkey Bread with Maple Bacon Recipe

Maple Bacon Monkey Bread. Think about that for just a moment. Say those four words over a couple of times in your head… Yum, right? I’ve always said, “Everything is better with bacon!”, and then add maple and monkey bread in the mix and you’ve got a heavenly combination. I love sweet and salty together […]

Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps from Pei Wei

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 15, 2016 | Categories: Food, Restaurants
Pei Wei Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps

I’ve cut down on carbs recently, which means I’ve been cutting down on bread. All I can say is, thank goodness for Pei Wei’s Sriracha pineapple pork lettuce wraps. I’m starting this year off on the right food, not only exercising more, but eating healthy. It’s not always easy for someone who likes to eat […]

Delicious Cold Weather Soups for National Soup Month

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 14, 2016 | Categories: Food, Recipes
cold weather soups

Delicious Cold Weather Soups are on my radar right now. Actually, I like a good bowl of soup any time of the year, but during the winter or colder months, soup is the perfect food. In fact, if you didn’t know, January is National Soup Month. It makes January a great time to try some […]