Simple Bruschetta Topping

This Simple Bruschetta Topping recipe was developed for Collective Bias and #FarmRich. Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work. All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #BackYourSnack#CollectiveBias
Simple Bruschetta Topping

Bruschetta is a toasted Italian bread drenched in olive oil and served typically with garlic or tomatoes. The important part is the topping though.  I mean, bread is great and all, but bright red tomatoes? Fresh basil? Balsamic vinegar?  These are the things that make my heart sing.  This tomato salad is basically the Italian equivalent of  pico de gallo (see also: fresh delicious goodness that tastes great on everything) and I like to serve it as an alternative to marinara sometimes.  It's just so summery and full of yesssssss.

Now, don't get mad and please don't flood my inbox with hate mail, but I'm not going to give exact measurements on this recipe.  You don't need them, I promise.  There's no messing this recipe up because every ingredient is scrumptious and there's no such thing as too much scrumptious.  Trust yourself, you can do this.

Creamy Sweet Corn Soup with Roasted Corn and Tomato Relish

This Creamy Sweet Corn Soup recipe was developed for Collective Bias.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #SwansonSummer #CollectiveBias
Creamy Sweet Corn Soup with Roasted Corn and Tomato Relish

Sweet corn just screams summer, SUMMER!!!!!   I mean, don't get me wrong, you can totally love on this soup in the winter too (I won't stop you!) but if you do, it will be because you want a big bowl of summery sunshine.  Creamy Sweet Corn Soup brings forth visions of evening cocktails on the patio, watching fireflies dance in the warm breeze, and the delightful squeals of children up past bedtime enjoying just a few extra moments of late summer light.  

I had grand visions of making a fancy fire roasted corn and tomato bisque, but as it turns out, I live in Florida and if there's anything predictable about the weather, it's that the weather is entirely unpredictable.  So, after a week of rain keeping me from the grill, I decided to take a different route. Which, let's be honest, is probably better since I'm not really sure what makes a bisque.  This soup is unbelievably simple, but still rich with flavor, and the Corn and Tomato Relish is a fun little surprise on top!

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Strawberry Shortcake Bar Ice Cream Cake {Flavor Flurry Ice Cream Giveaway and Sweepstakes}

This "Strawberry Shortcake Bar Ice Cream Cake" recipe is sponsored by Lunchbox, all recipes and opinions belong to Mama Loves Food. #FlavorFlurryFun
Strawberry Shortcake Bar Ice Cream Cake

P.S.  I love ice cream cake.  Not like.  Not strongly like.  Loooooooove.  Or lurve, if that's even stronger.  Not sure though, hip lingo isn't really my thing.  Infinity love.  (infinity) x (infinity) + 1.  It's a serious kind of feeling I have for this food.  

Every year growing up I asked for an ice cream cake on my birthday. And it was the beeeeest.  There were never leftovers, because who can control themselves in the face of ice cream cake?  Not this gal. So when I recently realized I could make ice cream cakes at home in like 4 seconds with two ingredients?  Oh, hello happiest girl alive!  Where did you come from?  Oh, you know.  The kitchen.  Wheeeeeeeee!

Three Ingredient White Pizza Flatbread

Three Ingredient White Pizza Flatbread

This is one of those, "oh crap, it's 4:30 and I haven't thought about dinner yet" dinners.  It's simple, but delicious and goes perfectly with a quick salad.  I love this kind of food for busy soccer nights or times when the day just gets away from me.  I try to always have these ingredients in the cupboard or freezer so we don't have to hit a drive-thru on our crazy days.

Here's a fun tip, did you know you can freeze cheese?  I buy giant bags of shredded cheese at the wholesale market and keep them in the deep freezer.  You can also freeze pizza dough!  When we make pizza at home, I try to do a couple extra batches of dough and then put them (baked!) into the freezer so we have some for last minute meals.  Of course, if making pizza dough isn't your thing, you can always grab the pre-made stuff at the market like I did for this recipe!

How to Throw the Ultimate Budget Friendly FROZEN Birthday Party!

This "How to Throw the Ultimate Budget Friendly FROZEN Birthday Party!" article was developed for Collective Bias.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #BDayOnBudget #CollectiveBias
How to Throw the Ultimate Budget Friendly FROZEN Birthday Party!

My birthday is next week.  Oof.  I'll tell you, they sure do seem to come around more frequently these days.  I'm turning 36, but judging by my FROZEN themed birthday party, you'd think it was more like 6!  This is what happens when you have five young children voting on what type of party we should put on.  And I'll be honest, we had a whole lot of fun!  

It was a tight race between Star Wars and FROZEN, but with a little bit of eyelash batting on my daughter's part, Elsa & Anna won the day.  We spent all morning preparing FROZEN inspired goodies and setting up a winter wonderland tablescape, then in the afternoon friends came over and we ate ourselves silly while playing freeze dance, freeze tag, and swimming in melted snow!  Scroll down to see everything we did, and make sure to save the free printables so you can throw your own FROZEN birthday party!

Fish Tacos!

This Fish Tacos Recipe was developed for Collective Bias and Walmart Family Mobile.  Mama Loves Food has been compensated for the associated time and work.  All opinions and recipes are mine alone. #Tips4Trips #CollectiveBias
Restaurant Style Fish Tacos

There are plenty of downsides to running your own small internet based business (Exhibit A: no calling in sick), but there are also some really great perks.  My favorite being the ability to travel freely because we can log-in from anywhere.  The work hubby and I do makes for a lot of last minute vacations (although, he says I'm not supposed to call it vacationing anymore, because vacations are beachy and relaxing --- with five kids in tow, it's just called 'visiting different places'). 

Regardless of the chosen nomenclature, we like to loosely plan our travels, and then figure out details as the time nears.  For example, we'll say "this summer we're going to spend time in St. Augustine!" - but we don't usually know the what or how of it until a week or few days before. When there's a little lull in the workload (I mean, yeh, we can do our jobs from anywhere, but if it's a 60 hour week up ahead, there's no real point in working it from the beach), we pack the car and GO!  It makes for some frantic moments, but also really awesome ones.  

My very favorite part about traveling is the food.  Sure, there's lots of terrible quickie drive through meals, but we also always try to explore at least a few hole in the wall local joints wherever we go . And on one of our impromptu trips to the beach I had my first experience with fish tacos!  I'll be honest, I wasn't actually excited about trying them.  I had some weird imagery of fried fish and refried beans in a stale shell.  I don't know what I was thinking, but when my fish tacos came out, I was immediately in love.  So today, I have recreated my vacation fish tacos for you!  I hope you're as googly eyes for them as I am!


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