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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The 20 Best Audiobooks for a Family Road Trip

Keep every member of the family happy & content in the car this summer with these 20 Best Audiobooks for a Family Road Trip...
Keep every member of the family happy & content in the car this summer with these 20 Best Audiobooks for a Family Road Trip.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.

Summer road trips with a preschooler and a teenager can get interesting at times. While my youngest would be happy spending an hour or two playing "I Spy", my oldest would be most content with his headphones on doing his own thing. I always try to leave the house well prepared for long road trips to avoid any major meltdowns, but the inevitable always happens- the dreaded "I'm bored".  And let's face it- sometimes even the adults get a little bored on the longer road trips. That is why I am glad for our Audible account, the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment! :)

We can connect up to four devices at a time to our Audible account which means every member of the family can enjoy their audiobook of choice from their laptop or MP3 player. And even better yet, you can connect up to 11 mobile devices using the Audible mobile app. The oldest can listen to his favorite audiobook from his laptop, the youngest from her tablet, and my husband & I can listen to our summer reading picks from our cell phones. 

So which Audible audiobooks are on my family's reading list for family road trips this summer? See below for mom's top picks, the preschooler's must-reads, dad's top recommendations, and the teenager's can't miss audiobooks for this summer...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Strawberry Cannoli Tiramisu

Sweet summer strawberries & a two classic Italian desserts come together perfectly in this no-bake Strawberry Cannoli Tiramisu...
Sweet summer strawberries & a two classic Italian desserts come together perfectly in this no-bake Strawberry Cannoli Tiramisu.

Now that summertime is pretty much in full swing, I am ready to break out all the no-bake recipes. I try to avoid turning on my stove top or oven as much as possible in the summer months. I mean, 80+ degree temps + a hot kitchen = no bueno, am I right? So from late June right on through the end of August, we are grilling, slow cooking, and no baking every chance we get. 

While I definitely have a pretty deep arsenal of slow cooker recipes & grilling favorites, I have realized that I really need to step up my no-bake desserts game on the blog. Inspired by the sweet summer strawberries that are just now starting to come into season around here & a two of my favorite Italian desserts, I came up with this easy to make Strawberry Cannoli Tiramisu. And the best part? It is 100% no-bake, folks! :)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Clams Casino Grilled Pizza

Inspired by a classic coastal appetizer, this tasty Clams Casino Grilled Pizza will quickly become your new go-to for backyard cookouts...
Inspired by a classic coastal appetizer, this tasty Clams Casino Grilled Pizza will quickly become your new go-to for backyard cookouts.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SeaPak. All opinions & text expressed below are 100% my own.

Let me introduce you all to new summertime obsession- grilled pizzas! Homemade pizza is usually on our meal plan rotation at least once or twice a month, but I usually pop them in the oven to bake. But with the temps (& humidity) rising more and more each day as we inch closer and closer to the official start of summer, I decided to try something new with our usual pizza night a couple of weeks ago. I left the oven off and cranked on the gas grill instead. I have to confess that I was totally nervous about grilling my first pizza. I was scared that I would burn it or that the dough would fall through the grill grates, or that I would scorch the outside of the pizza crust while the inside remained all doughy. But nope! It was crazy easy and just as quick if not quicker than traditional oven pizza baking. :)

This particular grilled pizza was inspired by a classic coastal appetizer that is said to have originated in 1917 at a casino (thus the name) in Rhode Island. Traditional Clams Casino consists of clams on the half shell that are topped with bread crumbs, butter, and bacon and then are baked or broiled. For this Clams Casino Grilled Pizza, I kept all of the traditional elements of the original recipe but threw it all on a pizza crust and added a homemade white pizza sauce and fresh bell peppers. Since the SeaPak Clam Strips come already breaded, there was no need to throw bread crumbs on top. I just love ingredients that can serve dual purposes in a recipe! :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Slow Cooker Italian Pepperoncini Shredded Beef

It only takes 4 ingredients & a few minutes of prep to make this juicy and flavorful Slow Cooker Italian Pepperoncini Shredded Beef...
It only takes 4 ingredients & a few minutes of prep to make this juicy and flavorful Slow Cooker Italian Pepperoncini Shredded Beef.

Whether we are hosting friends for the big game or having the family over for a little get-together, I usually rely on a few go-to recipes that can feed a small crowd and that keep me out of the kitchen and hanging out with our guests as much as possible. This Slow Cooker Italian Pepperoncini Shredded Beef happens to be one of those go-to, crowd-pleasing recipes of mine. It takes less than 15 minutes of prep time in the morning to get this flavorful, slow roasted shredded beef ready and in the slow cooker. Let it slow cook all day while you do more important things like cleaning the house, baking a cake or a batch of cookies, or whipping up a pitcher of sangria. ;)

My favorite way to serve this Italian shredded beef is topped with provolone or mozzarella cheese on big Italian sandwich buns. I just set out the buns & cheeses and let our guests make their own sandwiches. That is fuss-free entertaining, folks!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How to Eat & Drink Your Way Through Pittsburgh in 48 Hours

From the top of Mount Washington down to the Strip District, this is How to Eat & Drink Your Way Through Pittsburgh in 48 hours...
From the top of Mount Washington down to the Strip District, this is How to Eat & Drink Your Way Through Pittsburgh in 48 hours.
This post was created in partnership with Visit Pittsburgh. All thoughts & opinions expressed below are 100% my own.

I think that by now you all know that I am no stranger to the Pittsburgh area. Having lived most of my life just a short 2 hour drive away & having a husband who is a huge Pittsburgh Pirates fan, we make the little road trip to the Steel City quite a few times each year. One thing that I have been amazed and impressed by over the last 5 or 6 years is just how much the landscape of the local food scene in Pittsburgh has grown & changed! 

Last month I had the privilege to team up with Visit Pittsburgh once again to join them on their Taste of Pittsburgh tour. We spent two days eating and drinking our way through Pittsburgh. From a tasty stroll of Market Square, through the well known & ever growing Strip District area (so aptly named for the flat strip of land that it is built on- get your mind outta the gutter! ;) ), and finally to the top of Mount Washington for dessert and breathtaking views of the city...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Easy Bacon & Egg Cups

These Easy Bacon & Egg Cups are perfectly poppable & portable making them great for a weekend brunch spread or for a quick & hearty breakfast on the go...
These Easy Bacon & Egg Cups are perfectly poppable & portable making them great for a weekend brunch spread or for a quick & hearty breakfast on the go.

Okay, so I totally teased you all with this recipe on my Instagram last Wednesday, and for that I do sincerely apologize, folks. It wasn't entirely fair to make you all wait five days on the how-to for these Easy Bacon & Egg Cups, but us bloggers do have this little thing called an editorial calendar that sometimes gets in the way of allowing us to share new recipes with you all sooner. But don't fret! The long wait is finally over, my friends. ;) And as I promised my followers on Instagram last week, this easy breakfast recipe was definitely worth the wait. 

You literally need only THREE ingredients to make these Easy Bacon & Egg Cups! (Well five, if you count the salt & pepper and fresh parsley.) These little cups of breakfast goodness are perfectly poppable and portable making them great for a weekend brunch spread or for a quick & hearty breakfast on the go... :)

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Best Resources for Planning a Summer Family Vacation

From deciding where to go, how to get there, & how to get the most bang for your buck, here are The Best Resources for Planning a Summer Family Vacation...
From deciding where to go, how to get there, & how to get the most bang for your buck, here are The Best Resources for Planning a Summer Family Vacation.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Scholastic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Another school year is quickly coming to a close, and soon the kiddos will be home for summer school break. Time for long summer days at the pool, s'mores around the fire pit, weekend road trips, and the annual summer family vacation. Okay, so maybe you hadn't really thought about that last bit quite yet. But there is no need to panic, folks. I gathered up some of the best resources for planning a summer family vacation to share with you all today. So whether you need a little help deciding where to go or maybe you just need some tips for the actual traveling part, I got covered in today's post!

Deciding Where to Go.
If you haven't already pinpointed just where you and the family will be packing up and heading off to this summer, then this is where you need to start. 
Now you can either close your eyes and throw a dart at a map (hey, I am not necessarily ruling that one out ;) ), or you can start by asking yourself a few key questions-