Mega M&M Cookies #OXOGoodCookies

Mega M&M Cookies #oxogoodcookies

Mega M&M Cookies #oxogoodcookies

As soon as our neighbor found these new Mega M&M’s at the store and shared some with my children, they were begging me to make cookies with them. Bigger is better, especially when it comes to chocolate, right? These monster-sized M&M cookies are for certain kid-friendly and therefore perfect for September and Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

OXO helps out in a big way each year with their #OXOGoodCookies campaign. For every stickered item sold, OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its $100,000 pledge to Cookies for Kids’ CancerJust look for the green stickers!

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Sausage and Broccoli Pesto Stromboli

Sausage and Broccoli Pesto Stromboli by Foodtastic Mom

Sausage and Broccoli Pesto Stromboli by Foodtastic Mom

I’m feeling pretty positive today, despite being a bit tired from working a Reds’ baseball game last night (we work with a group of parents from our son’s swim team to help off-set the costs of his coaching and meet fees) and managing to slam my left index finger in a car door on the way home.

I shared a Patriot Day Challenge on my personal Facebook wall yesterday, the idea being that there is no better way to remember that tragic day than through celebration of freedom and family. I fixed my kids a scrambled egg breakfast this morning and not much later got an email saying I’ve been accepted to a lucrative blogging campaign with Ragú®. I edited my stromboli pictures, which I’m pretty happy with, and I am sitting here pinching myself that at almost two years into blogging, I am actually making a decent and steady income doing something I truly love and am passionate about. I am indeed lucky to enjoy the freedoms our country provides.

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Maple Cream Cheese Pecan Rolls

Cream Cheese Pecan Rolls by Foodtastic Mom

Maple Cream Cheese Pecan Rolls by Foodtastic Mom

I love pecan rolls, like really love them. So much so that I might even choose one over a cinnamon roll. I think I got it from my grandfather because he loved them too.

But up until today I had made neither pecan nor cinnamon roll in my kitchen, unless you count those ones that pop from a can and make me jump like I’m in a haunted house… but I don’t count those. Obviously that needed to change.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Pumpkin Chili

Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Pumpkin Chili by Foodtastic Mom

Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Pumpkin Chili by Foodtastic Mom

Yes, it has begun. It’s the beginning of September and the torrent of pumpkin recipes is already clogging every social media channel I pay attention to. When I posted a question to you guys on Facebook a while back, as to whether you prefer pumpkin or zucchini, the overwhelming response was pumpkin positive… so I don’t think you’ll mind sticking with me this pumpkin season again.

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Fun Teacher Gift with Free Printable

Fun Teacher Gift with Free Printable by Foodtastic Mom

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and Office Depot, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents #teacherschangelives http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Fun Teacher Gift with Free Printable by Foodtastic Mom #teacherschangelives

I blog primarily about food (mainly food I’m feeding my husband and our two children), but because I’m a mom and like to indulge my creative side outside of the kitchen too, I sometimes share DIY-type posts that I’ve used successfully in my own life. This happens to be one of those posts.

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Guaca-Tuna Salad School Lunch with Bumble Bee Tuna

Guaca-Tuna Salad with Bumble Bee Tuna by Foodtastic Mom

Guaca-Tuna Salad with Bumble Bee Tuna by Foodtastic Mom

My kids are crazy for guacamole. And my 2nd grader in particular happens to be crazy for tuna salad in her lunch. So when I was introduced to THIS recipe for a chicken salad made with healthy avocado, Greek yogurt and lime juice, I decided tuna would be a fun substitute.

Not only does tuna contain those healthy Omega 3′s we’ve heard so much about, but during a busy week, opening a few pouches or cans of Bumble Bee tuna from my pantry is preferable to poaching some chicken breasts.

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