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Best Pressure Cooker Pot Roast Recipe & #MealthyMoms Cooking Kit Giveaway

Oh, as much as I don’t want to acknowledge it, the weather is turning, and a nice homestyle pot roast with vegetables is so nice to have for dinner. However, if you are craving that melt-in-your mouth flavor, you might think you are out of luck if you did not start slow cooking early in the day. Well, procrastinators, busy people and just about everyone can rejoice. With the Mealthy Multipot, you can have tender, delicious pot roast in no time at all.

You might remember my unboxing video of the Mealthy Multipot 9-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, or my delicious beef chili recipe made using the pressure cooker. Now, I want to show you how you can make a delicious, tender pot roast with root vegetables in the Mealthy Multipot. Check out my video recipe tutorial below that will take you step-by-step through the process.

If you want to learn more about the Mealthy Multipot or get your own, you can click HERE. I have even more exciting news, you can enter a giveaway below to win a #MealthyMoms Cooking Kit. 


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How To Make A Rose Swirl Cake

I cannot get over how foolproof this method of making a Rose Swirl Cake is. Do not be intimidated, because I think anyone can do this. This was my second time, and my first came out amazing too. For the cake, I used a moist yellow cake mix, then I made my chocolate buttercream frosting to use between the layers and crumb coat the whole cake.

I mixed up 1.5 batches of my vanilla buttercream frosting and added some pink gel coloring. Next, I filled a disposable piping bag fitted with an open star tip with the frosting. When you make the roses you start on the side of the cake. The height of the cake will determine how many rows of roses you will need. I made a traditional layer cake and I only needed to make 1 row of large roses on the side.

When you form the roses, you start in the center as if you are making a lowercase e. Go around in a circle surrounding the center until your rose is the desired size. Pick up your icing tip and start the next rose next to the first. Continue all the way around. Then start on the top of the cake. I piped a border around the bottom as well.

If you want to really enhance the cake, you can add pearl decor accents to the roses. The mixture of the yellow cake with the decadent chocolate buttercream and topped with the vanilla has become my family’s new favorite.

Check out my video tutorial for the specifics and to see how I make my buttercream frosting.

Let me know what you think and if you try this. If you are looking for a no bake cake recipe, check out my Carvel Style Ice Cream Cake, it is so good!


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Easy and Delicious Mini Cheesecake Recipe

I have been making these mini cheesecakes for my family for over 20 years. If I didn’t make them, my kids would be crushed, because it is one of my traditional dessert recipes that I bake for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, Easter and other special occasions.

They are very easy to make, and they are such a hit because you can top them several different ways which makes them even more appealing. If you are looking for a mini cheesecake recipe that is easy and delicious, you found it! This tried and true recipe is posted for you below.


This recipe is supposed to make 18 mini cheesecakes, but there is always enough filling for a few more, so I add the crumb mixture to 3 or 4 additional, lined muffin cups. I hope you give this recipe a try,  I think you will really like them.

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Mini Cheesecakes

Mini Cheesecakes


  • • 1-1/2 Cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • • 5 Tbsp. Melted Butter
  • • 3 Softened 8 Ounce Packages of Softened PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
  • • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • • 2 Tsp. of Pure Vanilla Extract
  • • Zest of 1 Fresh Lemon
  • • Fresh Lemon Juice (I use the juice from ½ of the lemon)
  • • 3 Large Eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs and butter; press evenly onto bottoms of 18 lined muffin cups. I always have enough mixture for more than 18 cheesecakes so I put the mixture into at least 21 lined muffin cups. Put these into the oven for 5 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  3. Raise oven temperature to 350°F.
  4. Beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Fill your muffin cups about 3/4 of the way with this mixture.
  5. Bake 20 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 3 hours.
  6. Before Serving top each cheesecake with about a tablespoon of the pie topping. You could also top with whipped cream and fresh berries, fruit preserves or jam.


Let me know what you think if you try this recipe.


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Parmigiano Reggiano is a Staple in Our Home. #ParmesanAmbassador

Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is a staple in our home. As an Italian-American, I cannot imagine not having this cheese in the fridge.  Nor would I dream of eating pasta and may other dishes without it. That is why I was thrilled to be asked to be a blogger ambassador for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
If you truly want rich flavor, don’t settle for pre-grated parmesan cheese. There is nothing like the intense flavor you get from freshly grating a wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano right into and on top of your favorite recipes and dishes.  Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is made by a collective of farmers and producers in Italy. If you see the pin-dots on the rind, you know you have the real deal!
This cheese is great on way more than pasta, grate it on of your salad,  it is delicious in soups, I love it on veggies and a real favorite is using it to make oven baked potato wedges. Even the rind can be used to flavor a delicious homemade broth. If you want to see more ways to use this great cheese, click HERE.
If you are lactose intolerant, you will be glad to learn that due to the long aging process, Parmigiano Reggiano is naturally lactose-free. It is easily digestible and a great source of both protein and calcium. It is a healthy cheese for your whole family. One of my favorite comfort foods is pasta and a simple tomato sauce with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano on top.  It is easy to make, and so delicious.
Recently, after a long day running around,  I was looking forward to getting home and making some cheese tortellini with a tomato basil sauce and lots of grated Parmigiano Reggiano. I can tell you, sitting down with that delicious meal, the stress of the day just melted away and I was in heaven. What can I say,  we Italians are passionate about our food.
Yesterday, I made some super greens because they are so rich in iron. I sautéed them in garlic and olive oil and seasoned with pepper. When I plated them, I topped them with fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano! So healthy and delicious!
More About Parmigiano Reggiano:
Did you know that just three ingredients—milk, salt and rennet—and eight centuries of cheese making experience go into every wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano? From the local grasses and forage fed to the cows, to the milk they produce and then the cheese that is produced by nearly 400 cheese makers, Parmigiano Reggiano is a true reflection of its place of origin and the art of generations and generations of cheese artisans. Parmigiano Reggiano is produced exclusively in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena and parts of the provinces of Mantua and Bologna, on the plains, hills and mountains enclosed between the rivers Po and Reno.

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How To Top The Perfect Ice Cream Sundae

We love our ice cream in this house and more than that, we love our ice cream sundaes! We make fresh whipped cream, top gourmet ice cream with real caramel sauce and decadent hot fudge. Then we pile on the freshly whipped cream, add chopped nuts and of course a cherry on top. Some don’t give much thought to that cherry on top but we do. We recently heard about Dell’s Maraschino Cherries and had to try them.dells-cherries

Dell’s Maraschino Cherries are crunchy, tasty and sweet unlike the other brands we have tried that were limp, tasteless and not even appetizing to look at.



Located in Brooklyn, New York, Dell’s Maraschino Cherries come with or without stems and are the perfect “cherries” for your cocktails, soft drinks, ice cream or desserts. Dell’s Maraschino Cherries has a complete line of the best quality, best tasting, medium, large or jumbo sized maraschino cherries for consumers, retailers, schools, colleges, restaurants, hotels, hospitals and airlines. When you choose Dell’s Maraschino Cherries, you can be rest assured you’re choosing the best!


Check out the delicious Maraschino Cherry recipes on their website. Let me know how you top your favorite sundae and if you ever tried Dell’s Maraschino Cherries.




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Success® Whole-Grain Boil-In-Bag Brown Rice Is a Pantry Staple For Me!!! #SUCCESSRICE

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You know what’s one of my go to foods when I want a quick and easy side dish or to make to eat for lunch or a snack? It’s Success® Whole-Grain Brown Rice and Salsa.  I have been eating that for the last several years so I was absolutely stoked to be chosen to write a sponsored post for Success® Boil-In-Bag Rice.  I absolutely love it the brown rice and mild chunky salsa combination.  I have no idea what ever led me to mix the two, but from the first time I did, it was love at first bite.

Have you tried Success® Boil-In-Bag Rice?  If you have, then I am sure you will relate to how convenient it is to have in your pantry, I consider it a pantry staple.  It’s simple to make and the brown rice can even sit for 30 minutes in the hot water (with the heat off) before serving making it foolproof and worry free.

If you’ve never tried it, you should! Success® Whole-Grain Brown Rice is 100% whole grain and gluten-free. The rice has a great chewy texture and nut-like flavor that are a nice departure from traditional rice products on the shelves.  The cooked brown rice can be used in a variety of recipes from salads, soups, main entrees to desserts just like white rice.  Success® Whole-Grain Brown Rice is available in two sizes (14 oz. and 32 oz.) to accommodate different household sizes.

I tried a recipe for the first time with Success® Whole-Grain Brown Rice.  I improvised on one of the recipes I found online at the Success® Rice website. and made a fried brown vegetable rice.  It was super easy.  I just prepared 2 bags of Success® Whole-Grain Brown Rice according to the package directions.

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I put the rice in a bowl and mixed it with peas and carrots (you can use cooked fresh, canned or frozen) and green beans. Then I  heated up some oil in pan to cook 4 beaten eggs for about 40 seconds, began to break up the eggs  into small pieces while they finished cooking.

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When the eggs were cooked I added the rice and veggies and cooked until heated through adding a few tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce. An easy way to a healthy side that tastes great.

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You may also like Success® White Boil-In-Bag Rice.  I hope you will share with me if you are a user of this rice and what your favorite way to use it is or if you try a new recipe with it.  If you have never tried it, I hope you will let us know your thoughts if you do and what you made with it.  For inspiration you can browse more than 300 recipes from breakfast to dessert on the Success® Rice website at www.successrice.com. For additional recipe inspiration, lifestyle tips and more, you can connect with Success Rice on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Success® Rice is one of the participating brands in a “How Are You Cooking This Fall?” Sweepstakes from O, The Oprah Magazine! Would you like to win a variety of culinary-themed prizes?  If so, head on over to O’s Magazine and submit the entry form and pin with inspiration from O’s PROMO: “How Are You Cooking This Fall?” Pinterest board for a chance to win.


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Success® Rice.

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Campbell’s Soup, “Address Your Heart” Heart Healthy Tips, Recipes & More!!!

My family tries to live a healthy lifestyle, that includes exercising, eating right, living green and toxin free and getting enough rest.  It can be hard to find the time to prepare healthy meals and so recipes that make it easy to prepare healthy dinners my family will like are always a huge help.  Having healthy snacks ready is a great way not to succumb to less than healthy options when you are feeling a need to snack or curb your hunger.  Having cut up veggies you can pair with a healthy dressing or dip is a great way to avoid greasy chips or calorie filled cakes and cookies.  Fruit and veggies smoothies are delicious and filling and pack a punch of energy.  Simple planning can help you live a “Heart Healthy” life and take charge of your health!

Health is foremost on people’s minds, keeping your family in tip-top shape can be a challenge in these busy times. Campbell’s Soup wants you to “Address Your Heart” with Heart Healthy Tips, recipes and more!

Visit AddressYourHeart.com to get heart-healthy tips, including 21 Campbell’s recipes that are certified by the AHA and product coupons, as well as Facebook, for the latest Campbell’s recipes and offers.

Click HERE for money-saving coupons and special offers on Campbell’s products.  I have posted some delicious Campbell’s recipes below that you may want to try for dinner and just see how delicious it can be to eat  heart healthy.







This post is sponsored by Campbell’s but as usual all of my views, words and opinions are 100% my own.

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Gorton’s Grilled Seafood Review and Prize Pack Giveaway!!!

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Many people started the new year with resolutions and popular resolutions were to eat healthier, lose weight and get regular exercise.  If you made resolutions to eat healthier you might want to head to Gortons.com where you can download a coupon and explore their products and recipes.  Gortons has a nice selection of grilled fish and it can help you prepare low-calorie, healthy meals for yourself and your family with ease.

I recently was provided with coupons to pick up several packages of Gorton’s delicious seafood products as well as 2 large oven mitts, a spatula and recipe cards.  Tonight I took out the grilled Tilapia and made a Tilapia Scampi and served it over rice pilaf and with steamed vegetables.  It was absolutely delicious, the fish cooked beautifully and was tender and flaky.  My little ones loved it which speaks volumes because they are very picky eaters.  I could not have asked for an easier to prepare healthy and satisfying dinner for my family.  I cannot wait to try the other varieties I bought!


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Some more exciting news is that you can participate in Gorton’s Real Fabulous Sweepstakes where you can enter daily to win a $1000 Makeover Grand Prize and weekly prizes. You can also connect with Gorton’s on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Giveaway winner will win a prize pack like this from Gorton's!!!

Giveaway winner will win a prize pack like this from Gorton’s!!!

Gorton’s is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win two full-value product coupons, 1 pair of Gorton’s-branded oven mitts, a Gorton’s spatula and an assortment of Gorton’s recipe cards.  Thanks to Gorton’s for the review products and for sponsoring this tasty giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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emeals, Meal Planning Made Easy Review & 35% Off Discount Code!!!

Use the code cyber35 to get 35% off your emeals subscription!

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What’s for dinner?  It has to be one of the age-old questions and one that most people dread.  Does it seem like you are cooking the same things over and over again?  Maybe it feels like there is never time to plan for what you want to cook so you are scrambling at the last-minute to pull something together.  Perhaps the lack of planning has you wasting your hard-earned money because you are getting take out far too often or buying ingredients at specialty stores because time is at a premium.

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If you are feeling any or all of this, a subscription to emeals may be a solution.  emeals makes meal planning easy, you simply pick a meal plan, then you put in your family size and last where you shop.  What you get is, your meal plan for the week along with a shopping list and a cost for all the items.  There are many meal plans to choose from and they include, Classic Meals, Clean Eating, Paleo, Mediterranean, Slow Cooker, Low Carb, Low Fat, Portion Control, Natural & Organic, Simple Gourmet and Gluten Free and Vegetarian.  You can even add a Breakfast and Lunch plan to your subscription.

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With emeals you will get a variety in your meals and everything is so easy, your recipe, shopping list, even coupons when applicable sent right to your email.  You’ll save time and waste less, the meals are designed to use up ingredients and will be used for more than one meal.  Less waste of food means less waste of money and the whole process will have you wasting less time stressing about what to make for dinner.  Dave Ramsey recommend using emails to save a ton of time and money!  On average  eMeals saves consumers $1,000 a year because of the smart meal planning and coupons!  Right now you can get 35% off –planning saves money and this savings will be even more important after the holidays! Speaking of the holidays, check out this Paleo Turkey Recipe!

I chose the Classic Meals plan and for my first meal picked the Spinach Rolls.  They were very easy to prepare.  You simply boil some lasagna noodles, thaw frozen chopped spinach which you mix with Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, one egg and salt and pepper to taste.  Then you take the prepared tomato sauce and put some on the bottom of the pan and lay the noodles down, fill with the spinach mixture and roll.  When they are all done you put the remaining sauce on and top with mozzarella cheese.  Then bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes and put your garlic bread in to coincide with your rolls completion time.  It was so easy and my family loved it!





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Spinach Rolls
Crusty Garlic Bread
Prep 25 minutes

Cook Total 40 minutes

Total Time  1 hour 5 minutes
9 lasagna noodles, cooked
10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
15 oz ricotta cheese
1 egg
½ cup Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon dried Italian seasonings
26 oz jar spaghetti sauce, divided
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 loaf garlic bread
Cook pasta as directed; drain and lay out on
wax paper. Pat dry with paper towel. Squeeze
spinach dry. In a medium bowl, combine
spinach with ricotta, egg, Parmesan cheese,
garlic, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper to
taste. Pour 1 cup sauce in bottom of baking
dish. Spread ricotta mixture over lasagna
noodles and roll them up. Place seam down in
baking dish. Top with remaining sauce and
sprinkle with mozzarella. Cover dish with foil
and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Prepare bread according to package directions

I received a one year subscription to eMeals in exchange for a review and was compensated by Markerly.  As always my opinions, words and thoughts are 100% my own!!!


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Celebrate Halloween With Hershey’s Candy!!! #HersheysHalloween

Celebrate With Hershey's #HersheysHalloween

We’re a family of chocolate lovers and Hershey’s is the go-to candy choice in our home.  My little guys think there’s no better treat than a simple Hershey’s kiss.  They work so well for bribery, lol.  Who can resist , Kit Kat, Rolo, York Peppermint Patties, and of course the classic Hershey Bar, such an important component to the tasty S’mores we make at our fire pit.  I grew up with these candies and we are true Hershey fans. One of our favorite places is Hershey Park-The Sweetest Place on Earth.  It’s only a few hours from our home and many family vacations have been spent there.  Our Christmas tree is filled with treasured ornaments we brought home from our trips and include a replica of the Hershey kiss street lights adorned with their festive garland, the Hershey Park Carousel, a family of bears holding a huge Hershey’s Bar, a silver plated Hershey’s Kiss type of cage that can hold and trap delicious Hershey Kisses for holiday snacking and many more.

Hershey's Halloween Candy #HersheysHalloween

Halloween is a perfect time to have delectable Hershey’s chocolates on hand.  Have you see the new unwrapped Reese’s minis they are absolutely adorable and delicious.  Another of our favorites are  the pumpkin shaped York Peppermint Patties. The Kit Kat bar is sporting festive orange coating, Reese’s, Rolos and Kisses are wrapped in the colors of autumn and you need to check out the new Halloween Scream Eggs!

The Celebrate With Hershey’s website has great ideas for parties, crafts, recipes, costumes, videos and loads of other fun stuff to explore.  A great recipe we tried was the Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies (recipe below), they were a huge hit and my sweet four-year old came in and said, “Mommy what are you making for us?”  He was thrilled to see a cookie with his favorite candy all unwrapped and sitting with pride in the middle of a delectable peanut butter nest.  They are absolutely a family favorite we have made for years in our home.  There is a similar recipe for one using the Pumpkin Spice Kiss Here.

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Cookies With Hershey's Kisses #HersheysHalloween


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Hershey's Kiss Cookies #HersheysHalloween


Hershey's Candy Baking #HersheysHalloween



  • 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup REESE’S Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Additional granulated sugar


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
  2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each
    cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
    Makes about 48 cookies.


Earlier this year I made the ultimate in decadent desserts with a  brownie bottom, peanut butter, chocolate,Reese’s  peanut butter cup cheesecake.  It was a birthday cake for my son and is filled with cut up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as well.

Reece's Cheesecake #HersheysHalloween

So get ready for all the little and big ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes who will be stopping by for a treat on Halloween with a variety of Hershey’s candy.  If you do you are certain not going to be the brunt of any tricks.

This post is SPONSORED by Global Influence with PRODUCT provided by Hershey’s but the opinions expressed are my own.


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