July 27, 2014

Mushroom and Chicken Saute

Do you ever have one of those nights where you need to make dinner, but nothing is sounding all that appealing?  Well, that does happen here more often than I'd like... it's getting better lately, but I had a real drought when it came to cooking successes in the last few months.

I think I've finally got my creativity back and seem to be able to come up with something that will please most of the people who sit at my kitchen table.  Some days, they come to the table and have a quizzical look on their face and then the first taste it's gone and smiles are everywhere... other days, there will be someone who just doesn't enjoy the flavors and that one will end up having a sandwich or something to make sure they have enough to eat.  But, they do taste it before heading in that direction!

Mushroom and chicken sauté

July 24, 2014

Tasty Tidbits: Ice Cream!

This week, I've been talking a lot about ice cream... it all started with Carvel and their new ice cream flavor and a giveaway you don't want to miss out on! (You still have time to enter!)
Carvel and their latest flavor- Nutella.

Next up, was a Strawberry-Vanilla Topping... followed by Caramel Ice Cream!

This summer wasn't the first time I became infatuated with making my own ice cream... here are a few favorites from the past:


July 22, 2014

Caramel Ice Cream

It's still all about ice cream over here!  And, don't forget about my Giveaway on my recent post!  There is still time to enter!

One of my favorite flavors is caramel... just add it to nearly any dessert and I'm totally there.  Something about that rich treat that totally appeals to me on any day of the week!

Caramel Ice Cream

Yes, I do love caramel and it's even better if I have a caramel topping to add to my ice cream.  No, it's not possible to have too much of a good thing... trust me on this!

July 20, 2014

Strawberry Vanilla Topping for Ice Cream

It's National Ice Cream Month, so I'm thinking this week should be all about ice cream here at FamFriendsFood!

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win $20 in Gift Cards to Carvel Ice Cream on my earlier post HERE.  

Today, I'm sharing a topping for your ice cream that you won't be able to resist!

Strawberry Vanilla Sauce Ice Cream Topping

July 18, 2014

Carvel is Now Serving Nutella Ice Cream #giveaway CLOSED

Disclosure:  I received gift cards to purchase the new flavor of ice cream from Carvel.  All opinions are my own.  

Giveaway winner is Michele S.  Comment number 9 as selected by Random.org.  Michele, please send me your mailing information so I can get your gift cards sent to you right away!  Thanks!  

Mmmm, ice cream... and it's got Nutella in it!  
Carvel and their latest flavor- Nutella.

Do I have your attention?  Yes, Carvel now has Nutella ice cream and it has those fun chocolate crunchies mixed in it!  What a way to bring in the month of July and gear up for National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 20th!

July 16, 2014

Fresh Blueberry and Banana Bread {Recipe}

So, it's summer and I'm still heating up my kitchen to make my kids happy.  As soon as the bananas turned brown, I had a request for banana bread!

I also happened to have a container of fresh blueberries hanging around, so the resulting bread had blueberries studded throughout each slice.  The addition of lemon zest always brightens the flavor in quick breads and also makes me think summer!

Fresh out of the oven! #blueberry #banana #bread yum!!

July 13, 2014

{Recipe} Veggie Wheat Berry Salad

What do you have for lunch each day?  Are you fortunate enough to have a full kitchen at your disposal so that you can make up whatever appeals to you each day?  I'm not that lucky, since I work outside the home... I try to pack a lunch to bring with me.  With trying to eat healthy and continue to lose a few more pounds, packing something that will satisfy and not leave me wanting something unhealthy is very important.

Last week, I shared some whole grain recipes that I've made in the past and that inspired me to make a new recipe with wheat berries (I have a few packages that I bought and need to use them since they are taking up valuable pantry space).

Veggie Wheatberry Salad

July 11, 2014

Tasty Tidbits: Whole Grains

Since I've been trying to incorporate healthy options into each meal, I thought I'd share some of my favorite FamFriendsFood posts that incorporate whole grains, and some links to recipes I plan to try from a couple of my Pinterest boards.

Let's start with my first foray into using wheatberries!  A very
filling grain that pairs well with dried fruits or vegetables.  This dish was inspired by one that I found at my local grocery store - Wheatberry Salad with Cranberries.

July 9, 2014

Macy's Fireworks from a Chartered Boat

We had the best time celebrating 4th of July this year!  It was finally time to let the boys check out the big Macy's fireworks show in NYC... only we didn't drive into the city to see them, we drove down to the shore.

What?  Why would we do that?  Well..... if you want truly the best view of the fireworks, you want to find a chartered boat that is heading out on the 4th to Lower Manhattan!

4th of July

July 7, 2014

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus {Recipe}

I love hummus.  What I love even more is that I've come up with a couple of different variations now that I enjoy and can make at home.  Bonus!

Nothing like dipping a multi-grain pita chip or carrots into a creamy hummus that is full of flavor to satisfy that afternoon craving for a snack.

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

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