Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Broccoli Slaw

This Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Broccoli Slaw Recipe and article was developed for Collective Bias and Nestle.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #FlavorYourSummer  #CollectiveBias
Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Broccoli Slaw Recipe

I'm gonna tell you a secret.  Ready? ... Here goes ...

I don't cook every night.

I know, I KNOW.

Food blogger hall of shame right here, yo.

But seriously, does anyone actually cook every night?  If you do, kudos (and please email me your secret).  If not, well then welcome to the club.  

Even when we don't cook, I do usually have a side or veggie prepared.  Sometimes it's canned green beans (go ahead, judge me) but generally I make a salad or something fresh.  Last night we tried California Pizza Kitchen's new frozen pizzas and I made this super simple and super delicious Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Broccoli Slaw to go with it.  Ever since a friend brought broccoli slaw to one of our BBQ's, I've been a little obsessed.  Have you tried it?  So crunchy and fresh tasting.  Yum.  YUM YUM YUM.

Vanilla Butter Popcorn

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn. All opinions are 100% mine.
Vanilla Butter Popcorn Recipe

My kids are at the age now where board games and card games are a lot of fun.  As a board game fanatic, I have looked forward to this for a long time!  The older three can read (yay!), so they're good on their own, and the two little ones team up with mom and dad - which makes for some pretty epic game nights.  While we love our movies and video games, it's special to unplug and really engage one another.  Turns out, we're all pretty competitive too!

When we have game nights I like to make a special treat that everyone can share while we play.  Tonight it was Vanilla Butter Popcorn.  Sweet, salty, buttery.  YUMMMM.  And it only takes a couple minutes to put together using the microwave.  No big mess, no big time commitment, but plenty of deliciousness for the family.

The Perfect Steak Sandwich!

The folks from Lunchbox asked me to dazzle you with an amazing sandwich.  I did them one better and have brought you The PERFECT Steak Sandwich.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work but I can assure you, all opinions and recipes are mine alone.
The Perfect Steak Sandwich!

I've been perfecting this sandwich nearly my entire life.  Go ahead and chuckle, but I'm not kidding.  This sandwich is a work of art.  As a kid my mom didn't do a ton of cooking, but once a week (usually Fridays) she made steak.  So Saturday mornings were dedicated to leftover steak sandwiches.  Hmmm, maybe these should be really be called Saturday Morning Steak Sandwiches?  Then again, they're good for any time.  Perfect for any time.  So, we'll stick with The Perfect Steak Sandwich.

Anyway, my best friend slept over nearly every weekend, and in the morning we'd get up and make the messiest, sloppiest, most delicious white bread and mayo steak sandwiches.  Just piles of sliced steak on white bread with disgusting amounts of mayo, and then microwaved.  So. Good.  

But these days, since it's a rare treat to indulge in bread, I make it really count.  And this sandwich?  Counts.  Oh boy, does it.  Years of Saturday morning research have gone into perfecting this beauty.  Don't get me wrong, I still love a simple white bread and mayo sammy, but this guy is something special.

Try it.  I think you'll agree.

Coke Floats!

This 'Coke Floats!' recipe and article was developed for Collective Bias and Coke.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #ShareItForward  #CollectiveBias
How to Make a Coke Float

When I was a kid there was a local fast food chain that served Coke floats for a while and occasionally on hot summer afternoons, as a special treat my mom would pile us all in the van and get everyone a float.  I loved those days.  So, yesterday was Mother's Day, and I was thinking about my mom.  (Who's awesome, by the way. HI MOM!). And eyeing the 32 case of Coke we picked up from Sam's Club.  And it occurred to me that I'd never shared a Coke Float with my kids.

I know, worst mom ever.  So I immediately called all their little hot sweaty heads in from the trampoline and had them each pick a personalized can for their very own Coke Float.  I love sharing things I treasured during childhood with my own kids, and this turned out to be perfect timing.

Summer Fruit Slushes - Only TWO Ingredients

This 'Summer Fruit Slushies' recipe and article and was developed for Collective Bias and SunnyD.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #WhereFunBegins #CollectiveBias
Simple Fruit Slush Recipe

In Florida it is already summer season.  Vegetable gardens were planted months ago and we're in full "DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO STAY COOL" mode.  So, of course I make lots and lost of slushes.  My kids are obsessed with getting them from the local general store.  We have one in our neighborhood just about a mile away and they like to lure me out on walks and then ask for a slush as soon as we're far enough away from the house that it seems like a really reasonable (and refreshing) request.  And while I don't mind buying them as a treat every now and again, we've started making this healthier (and just as yummy!) version at home.  

My favorite thing about these slushes is they take as few as two ingredients (like the one in this post), or as many as you want!  They make a great mocktail too - serve it in a fun cup with an umbrella straw and pretend you're at an all inclusive resort.  Ahhhhhh.

How to Have an EPIC Loaded Fry Party! - with free party printables!

This 'How to Have an EPIC Loaded Fry Party!' article and was developed for Collective Bias and Alexia.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #SpringIntoFlavor #CollectiveBias
How to Have an EPIC Loaded Fry Party

Ermahgerd!  A party about FRENCH FRIES!!!  Not just fries, but LOADED FRIES.  Seemingly every. type. imaginable!  Hello, welcome to my happy place.

If you've been reading Mama Loves Food for a while now, you know how much I love to entertain.  But what I don't love is being stuck in the kitchen while everyone but me is having fun at my parties.  So, I'm always looking for unique ways to feed people buffet style.  And this might be my favorite!

We set up a table with freshly baked fries (and onion rings!) then put out dozens of topping choices along with suggested combinations.  Even dessert ideas!  My husband's favorite was the MacDaddy loaded fries, but mine was definitely the BLT (bacon, come on).  I would tell you what everyone else loved, but I was too busy stuffing my face and partying to ask.

Scroll down to check out our festive tablescape as well as all the loaded fry suggestions.  And you can even print all the fun labels I made for your own party!


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