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Do You Have A Daily Kitchen Cleaning Routine?

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 10, 2017 · 0 comments

Daily Kitchen Cleaning Routine -- having a daily kitchen cleaning routine is key to making our mornings run smoothly. It's easy to start the day off with a smile when you walk into a sparkling clean kitchen! |

Having a daily kitchen cleaning routine is key to making out mornings run smoothly. It's so easy to start the day off with a smile when you walk into a sparkling clean kitchen!

Not to mention, it's such an overall sanity saver... And us moms need ALL the help we can get in that department! Am I right?!

Check out my routine here -- it's just 4 steps!

P.S. Be sure to check out how you can get a FREE Kitchen Cleaning Essentials Kit from Grove Collaborative.


Spicy Sriracha Sausage Cheese Balls For The Big Game

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 3, 2017 · 0 comments

Sriracha Sausage Cheddar Balls -- a kicked up take on the Southern classic sausage cheddar balls recipe… These easy sausage balls are made from scratch and totally kid approved, a MUST for game day! |

Looking for something a little new and different to nosh on during the Super Bowl this Sunday evening? Check out this Sriracha Sausage Cheddar Balls recipe!!! These literally flew off the plate when I made them.

They're a kicked up take on the Southern classic sausage cheddar balls recipe… These easy sausage balls are made from scratch and totally kid approved, a MUST for game day!

What's your favorite game day recipe?!


Hey guys! I just wanted to make sure you all don't miss out on this fabulous FREE Toxin-Free Cleaning Kit from Grove that I shared a few days ago.

Basically you get ALL of the following free with any $20 purchase:

  • Grove Collaborative Cleaning Caddy (so cute!)
  • Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle (my favorite!)
  • Grove Collaborative Walnut Scour Sponges
  • Now Organic Orange Essential Oil
  • FREE Shipping
  • FREE VIP Trial (totally amazing!)

Get the full details on how to take advantage of this exclusive offer in my Best Dang Homemade Glass Cleaner post! But before you hop over, I just wanted to quickly give you an idea for what I'd put in MY cart to score this deal:

  • Grove Collaborative Kitchen Towel - Single Pack, $5.95 (super high quality!)
  • Full Circle Be Good Dish Brush, $5.99
  • Mrs. Meyer's Dish Soap, $3.89 (my fave is the lavender scent!)
  • Mrs. Meyer's Hand Lotion, $4.99 (a Grove exclusive!)

Your total will be $20.82, qualifying you for the FREE Toxin-Free Cleaning Kit! This offer ends at 9pm EST tonight, so hurry to place your order.


Homemade Glass Cleaner That Really Works {The Best!!!!}

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 14, 2017 · 2 comments

Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe -- truly the best dang homemade glass cleaner you will try... Easy, streak free & non-toxic! | via @unsophisticook on

Best is such a subjective term, don't you think? And I feel like it's used far too freely these days. Everyone has the "best" recipe for this and the "best" recipe for that... They can't all be the best, right?

Prior to sharing this homemade glass cleaner recipe, I've posted exactly two recipes in my 5+ years of blogging that I called the best -- this buttercream frosting recipe and this strawberry daquiri recipe. And judging from the response both of those recipes have received over the years, I wasn't wrong...

So when I call this the BEST dang homemade glass cleaner, just know that a lot of trial and error has gone into developing this recipe, and I truly feel it's earned that title!

Get the recipe here -- it's just 4 ingredients!

P.S. Be sure to check out how you can get a FREE Toxin Free Cleaning Kit from Grove Collaborative.


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Overripe bananas are hard to come by in our house. My kids usually scarf them down long before they even get close to that perfect banana bread-making stage. So when I recently happened across a tip for ripening bananas quickly in the oven, I couldn't wait to test it out...

TIP: To ripen bananas quickly, bake unpeeled bananas on baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until skins have blackened. Slice skins open and scoop out banana.

And you know what? It totally works! Now I can make delicious banana bread any time I get the craving -- like right now...

If you love banana bread, I've got another secret to share with you. Using I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread in the recipe yields an unbelievably moist loaf of banana bread! I didn't believe it until I tried it, but it's true.

And it's cheaper than butter... I picked up this I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread 22.5-oz. bonus size at Meijer where it was priced at 2 for $4. Often you can find additional savings on it in the Meijer mPerks app -- it's saved me over $1,900 so far this year!!!

Though there's no ICBINB coupon available at the moment, right now there is a coupon for $1 off a purchase of $28 or more in the produce section to help you save on bananas and more! There's also a $0.10 off per gallon of fuel mPerks coupon currently. I know that has nothing to do with banana bread, but I'll take any savings on gas that I can find!

And my final secret... I add a heaping handful of chopped toasted pecans to the batter. Toasting the nuts imparts a richer flavor, making any recipe that calls for nuts infinitely better.

Of course, there are tons of other ways to customize banana bread to make it your own -- add chocolate chips, stir in some peanut butter, add a glaze, etc. But I personally think that toasted nuts are the easiest shortcut to a more flavorful and delicious loaf of banana bread. Be sure to save a small amount to sprinkle over the top!

Now that's a loaf of banana bread that's worth sharing! Wrapped up in a pretty new towel, it would make a fantastic hostess gift.

Unbelievably Moist Banana Bread


  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Brush 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with additional I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread and set aside.
  2. Combine mashed banana, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with wooden spoon. Fold in remaining ingredients until blended, taking care not to over mix. Spoon into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from the pan and cool completely before slicing.

Do you have any other tips for making a great loaf of banana bread?