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The Perfect Pan-Seared Filet Mignon

This recipe for the perfect pan-seared filet mignon is easier than you think. With the right meat, tools and directions you can make this restaurant quality meal at home! This post is sponsored by The Kansas City Steak Company. 
how to cook the perfect steak
A few years ago I learned how to cook the perfect pan-seared filet mignon and I'm not gonna lie, it's kind of life changing. All of the sudden you feel like you can make a restaurant quality meal right at home. 

It's actually crazy simple and it's all about getting a great quality steak and paying attention to your cooking time. I'm a huge fan of the quality of the meat from The Kansas City Steak Company, (and of course I love to support local KC companies) honestly friends these steaks are top notch. 

How to use CURAGO App

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CURAGO is an organizational app for families that makes scheduling all of life's events, tasks and to do's so much easier! In this post I'll show you how to use this new app. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CURAGO.
helping your family get organized with a digital calendar
I'm not sure about you but scheduling and communication regarding schedules is really important for our family harmony and especially our marriage. I find it incredibly frustrating to not know what the week looks like in regards to all of our different schedules.

Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Cookies

This recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Pudding cookies is an easy Christmas cookie to make for gifting or parties, It's easy, delicious and the perfect Christmas combination!
How to make chocolate peppermint pudding cookies

It's Christmas time and all I want to eat are cookies. Cookies all day, errrrday. 😜 I started a new routine where I'm getting up at 5:15 and doing a workout at home. I worked out 4 times last week, which is a total win, and I didn't gain any weight, which is also a win because I'm eating way too many sweets every day! I figure if I can just not gain any weight in December I'm going to be totally happy! ha! 

Caramel Egg Nog Cookies

These caramel egg nog cookies are moist and cake-like, easy to make and perfect for holiday baking this Christmas season. This post is sponsored by AE Dairy  
great recipe for caramel egg nog cookies
I just love this time of year. I love baking, I love giving, I love egg nog and Christmas spices. I love it all! These caramel egg nog cookies are going to be a great addition to the plate of goodies you'll be delivering to friends and neighbors this year. 

Easy Turkey Book Craft

 This easy turkey book craft is a quick project to do with your kids this Thanksgiving.
instructions for making an simple Thanksgiving craft for kids
We have some amazing mothers on the PTA at our elementary school and this is what all the kids made for the craft during their fall party last week. It's so simple that you probably have all the supplies at home already. It's a quick easy way to keep the kids occupied while the adults are in the kitchen this Thanksgiving. 

Thanksgiving Coloring Page Placemat

I love this easy printable Thanksgiving placemat for the kids table! It's a great way to keep those little hands busy before the food is put on the table. You can download it for free HERE. It's formatted as an 11x17 page but if you're printing it out at home just choose "fit to page" and it will work for your letter size page too. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Host a Neighborhood Food Drive

Hosting a neighborhood food drive for Harvesters, or the food bank in your area, is simple with these tips and tricks! This post is sponsored by Harvesters, the community food network
Thanksgiving week is upon us and we are all reflecting on the many blessings we are so grateful for. I love this time of year and I love the grateful and giving spirit that fills the holiday season. Many of us are blessed with an abundance of food on our Thanksgiving tables and have the opportunity to bless others, it's the perfect time to host a food drive for Harvesters! Coordinating a food drive can be fun, rewarding and easier than you think. I recently hosted a neighborhood food drive and I've got some tips on how you can too!

Apricot & Sausage Stuffed Turkey Breast

This recipe for apricot & sausage stuffed turkey breast is the perfect way to have Thanksgiving turkey without cooking an entire bird! In this post I will show you how to cut the turkey breast, stuff it and cook it to get delicious results for your Thanksgiving day feast. 
A great alternative to cooking a whole Thanksgiving Turkey
The first time I cooked a turkey was 6 months after I got married. It was a disaster. We read that we needed to brine it but we didn't really know how. Only half the bird was submerged during that brining process so only half our turkey tasted good! ha! This recipe for stuffed turkey breast is easy, stress free and takes you a fraction of the amount of time cooking a whole bird would. Honestly I think it tastes better too! 
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