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Friday, March 19, 2021

Farmland Sausage Breakfast Bites

You all know I love cooking once and being able to eat twice! (AD) The work of a mom is never done, but meals like this sure do free up some time to simply enjoy my family. Today, I'm sharing an easy breakfast meal that can be eaten hot or thrown in the fridge to be eaten cold the next day. Breakfast Sausage Bites using @farmlandfoods ground sausage. // you'll need 3 cups of pancake + baking mix + 1 pound of Farmland original pork sausage + 2 cups of cheddar cheese + 1/2 Parmesan cheese + 1/2 cup milk + 1 tsp. Rosemary + 2 tbsp. fresh parsley // combine and mix all ingredients // roll into a golf ball shape // bake in a skillet or on parchment paper 350 for 20-25 minutes. Why choose Farmland Foods?  Farmland Foods have been raising pork the honest way since 1959 and was founded in the heartland of America. With Farmland you can always count on quality, flavor, and goodness that comes with freshness grown on a farm. #farmlandfoods #IC #ad #farmland #farmlandbacon #farmlandsausage #breakfast #breakfasttime #cookonceeattwice #easybreakfast #kidmeals #kidmealideas #easyrecipes #ad

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Bo + WHIMZEES® Natural Daily Dental Chew!

This post is sponsored by WellPet, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.”

Meet Bo. I think it's high time I officially introduced him here on the blog. Bo was abandoned in a box on a hot summer day with two of his litter mates. My sister found and rescued him. We decided to let Bo come over for a “visit” so we could love on a puppy. That was about two-ish years ago and he's been with us ever since. Truly it worked in our favor because he is awesome! He has the sweetest demeanor. 

He’s come a long way from his living in a box days. 

He now enjoys daily snuggles with his best friend, barking at birds, standing guard on the back porch (a job he takes very seriously!),  walks, and trips to Target to pick up his favorite treats - WHIMZEES® Natural Daily Dental Chew! 

WHIMZEES® Natural Daily Dental Chew is a natural-ingredient doggie

dental chew NOW available at Target! 

Did you know that  80% of adult dogs have dental disease? 

One  WHIMZEES® a day can  help maintain dental health. WHIMZEES products should be given under supervision to ensure the treat is adequately chewed and fresh water should be available when feeding the chew to them. 

Our dogs always give us 100% of themselves to us, they share unconditional love, and are always loyal...don’t they deserve the best in return? 

Be sure to check out the WHIMZEES® sweepstake that is currently taking place. 

You can enter in the contest once a day during the month of February for a chance to win a grand prize of $250 and year’s worth of WHIMZEES® products. 

To enter, all you have to do is upload an image of their dog to the microsite and your social channel. This image may be featured on WHIMZEES® social sites. 

Be sure to check out the WHIMZEES® sweepstake that is currently taking place. 

You can enter in the contes once a day during the month of February for a chance to win a grand prize of $250 and year’s worth of WHIMZEES® products. 

To enter, all you have to do is upload an image of their dog to the microsite and your social channel. This image may be featured on WHIMZEES® social sites. 

Monday, December 7, 2020

Peppermint Bark Ice Cream Float with EDY'S® Dreyer's + Häagen-Dazs®


This post is sponsored by Froneri/Nestlé but all opinions are my own ©HDIP, Inc. 2020 Froneri/Nestlé

Easy to create recipes that the family will enjoy!

You must make these peppermint bark ice cream float + melted snowman cookies. The whole family will enjoy these + the quality time spend putting these simple recipes together. The high-quality ingredients of EDY'S® Dreyer's + Häagen-Dazs®

This simple hot cocoa recipe is topped off with Häagen-Dazs® Peppermint Bark Ice Cream. Haagen-Dazs® is made with natural ingredients, and is available at our local Walmart!

For the Hot Chocolate you'll need:

1/2 cup cocoa powder (Dutch processed with alkali)
1/2 cup sugar
4 oz dark chocolate
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups whole milk
1 carton of Häagen-Dazs® peppermint bark ice cream

In a medium mixing bowl, combine cocoa powder, sugar, chocolate, and salt. In a medium-sized saucepan on medium heat, bring milk to a near scalding boil. Pour milk immediately over the bowl of cocoa, sugar, chocolate, and salt. Allow it to sit for 1 minute. Whisk slowly to combine. Continue whisking until the mixture is evenly combined and silky smooth. You can always pass it through a fine-mesh strainer if you're worried there are lumps. Pour hot chocolate evenly into mugs, scoop Häagen-Dazs® Peppermint Bark ice cream on top. Optional: garnish with a candy cane or peppermint stick.

This float screams holiday!! It's like happiness in a mug! The peppermint bark ice cream is the perfect addition to this already delicious drink. It is a fun process for the whole family to make!

While you are spending quality time with your family drinking this magical float, you should make these melting snowman cookies! 

You'll need: 


Spread a thick layer of ice cream onto a sugar cookie and place in the freezer to set.

In the meantime, decorate a large marshmallow with icing and an orange sprinkle for the nose.

When you’re ready to serve, remove from the freezer and add a string of licorice for the scarf and mini chocolate chip 

You can add all of these ingredients to your next Walmart Online Pickup order, just in time for the holidays!


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Photowall + discount code!

I'll keep you safe, you keep me wild - I'm taking to you hubs (@3917_daniel )// Can you guess who is the safe one and who is the wild one? // I'm LOVING these prints from @photowall_sweden and I'm so happy I teamed up with them! These are high quality post prints with the wooden hangers include! I received my order in a matter of days. It was so easy to put together I did it by myself without the hub's help...and if you know me in real life you know that's kinda a big deal. GREAT NEWS!! Photowall is offering you a 25% discount code! USE CODE: cschergen25 💫 #hangingphotos #woodenphotoframe #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorknewyork #illkeepyousafe #youkeepmewild #illkeepyousafeyoukeepmewild #christmasdecor #christmastree #tinychristmastree #homedecor 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020


This post is sponsored by Hiland Dairy but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

2020. What a year. Regardless, I'm determined to not let all the changes we've been doored over the last few months put a damper on our holiday season.

We will adjust and overcome. We will make memories, and embrace the beautiful stillness this upcoming season will bring. 

We had our heart set on the nutcracker this year, but instead of going to the ballet we brought it to us-ish. 

Ballet shoes, paintable nutcrackers, chocolate +  strawberry milk with icing + sprinkled rims and fancy glasses + a disco ball + The Nutcracker soundtrack + family recipes + girls in tutus + ballerina buns and cupcake decorating...all in our backyard. 

Hiland Dairy helped us accomplish the perfect chocolate cupcake… Which contained a secret family ingredient… Which I'll be sharing below!

I'm going to share with you our backyard party + my great grandma's chocolate cupcake + Cream cheese butter frosting.

I found this recipe, along with many others, and my great grandmothers recipe box. With the trip down memory lane filled with nostalgia, I decided to use some of her recipes to decorate our table. 

For the cream cheese buttercream icing you'll need:

1/2 cup (one stick) of Hiland Dairy unsalted butter softened 

8 oz Hiland Dairy cream cheese 

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon of  salt 

4 cups of powdered sugar

1 tbsp. Hiland Dairy heavy cream 

Beats the cream cheese and butter together until smooth, no lumps. Then add the vanilla and 2 cups of powdered sugar. Then add the heavy cream, and the rest of the powdered sugar.

use the icing to decorate the cups and frost outside of your fancy cups. Once the cups are iced throw some sprinkles on the icing for the perfect touch! I promise your family will love this tiny and simple detail. 

Don't forget to fill those cups up with your favorite Hiland Dairy  milk or eggnog! 

Now onto the goooooooood stuff. The cupcakes. While I was rummaging through my great grandmothers recipe box I came across a chocolate cupcake recipe that had a very intriguing ingredient. I just had to give this a try! It did not disappoint. The cupcakes were so moist the wrappers were falling off. 

Do you want to know what the secret ingredient is!??

It's buttermilk!!! Mind blown. I've use buttermilk numerous times and pancakes but never in cupcakes.

You MUST make these. 

For these cupcakes you'll need: 

3/4 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 Cup of unsweetened natural cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon of baking powder 

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

2 large eggs

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup  of vegetable or canola oil

2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup if Hiland Dairy buttermilk 

Make sure dry ingredients in a bowl. Then make sure wet ingredients, minus the buttermilk,  in a bowl. Add half of the wet ingredients to the dry. Following that add half of your buttermilk. Mix add the rest of your wet ingredients. Mix ever meaning buttermilk. Mix on low. You don't want to over mix this. 

Then using cupcake liners fill them halfway with batter. Halfway is key, if you overfill, the batter will overflow as it cooks. 

Bake @350 for 18-21 minutes. 

Philly piping bag with icing and keep in the fridge until ready to use. When ready ice your cooled cupcakes. 

Once these are iced, get the whole family involved in decorating the cupcakes. More more peppermints + gumdrops + sprinkles the better! THINK SUGAR PLUM FAIRY! There is no such thing as too many toppings here. 

Don't forget… Choose joy… Embrace the simple moments… Make an old family recipe… Improvise… And pick up all your Hiland Dairy needs at your local grocer this holiday season. 

Also, CLICK HERE for your chance to win big with Hiland Dairy.