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AWAY & BACK will warm your heart during wintry weather

2015 January 17
by Emily Hill

This post brought to you by Hallmark Hall of Fame. The content and opinions expressed below are that of is this REALLY my life?.

Okay, Hallmark Channel fans. I have a must-watch Hallmark Hall of Fame premiere for you—it’s perfect for warming the heart during January’s non-stop wintry weather.
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On Sunday, January 25th at 8/7 Central, the film AWAY & BACK, starring Jason Lee and Minka Kelly, will be front and center on the Hallmark Channel. This family-friendly film is directed by Jeff Bleckner (director of Hallmark Hall of Fame fan favorites like Remember Sunday and Loving Leah) and tells the story of a family of swans as they make their home on the Peterson farm. Of course it’s love at first sight for Frankie, the 10-year-old daughter. (It would be love at first sight for my animal-loving 17-year-old daughter as well.) It’s the opposite of love at first sight for Frankie’s dad Jack (Jason Lee) when no-nonsense ornithologist Ginny (Minka Kelly) rushes in to “save” the majestic birds.
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You’ll have to watch the AWAY & BACK premier to find out what happens next. Can’t wait that long? Maybe this AWAY & BACK trailer will help…
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Speaking of winter, you could win a family vacation by entering the AWAY & BACK Trailer – Share to Win Sweepstakes! Visit here watch the trailer, sign up and share the trailer for a chance your chance to warm your heart someplace other than your family room.

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For more than 60 years, the Hallmark Hall of Fame has presented original films that entertain, enlighten and inspire. AWAY & BACK is the latest in the series and is no exception to the Hallmark Hall of Fame legacy! Following the premiere, DVD sales of the movie will be available online at hallmarkhalloffame.com.
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20 Game Day Dishes for Fans of All Ages

2015 January 16
by Emily Hill

Super Bowl party food—yep, another roundup. You might have noticed a lack of “real” posts around here lately. I took the holidays off to spend time with Nathan and the kids (Apples to Apples! Clue! Sleeping Queens!) and started a project I’ve been wanting to do for years: paint nearly every room in the house.

I had a professional painter attack my two-story entry, the basement (minus two bedrooms and a bathroom) and the two upstairs bedrooms with serious vaulted ceilings. One bedroom has this crazy plant shelf thing over the closet. That was so not going to happen. I gave myself the job of two bedrooms, including the master, and three bathrooms, also including the master.

I thought I’d have it done in a week.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I’m funny like that.

I started just after Christmas and here it is January 15 and I still have one bedroom left to paint. I blame swim meets, Jr Jazz practice, dentist and orthodontist appointments, and an impressive fall off a barstool.

I’ve learned some seriously great lessons when it come to painting, and I’ll be sharing my wealth of (amateur) knowledge with you very soon. Until then here’s a roundup of Super Bowl party food hand picked from past posts and perfect for the big game.

You should probably serve all of them at your Super Bowl party.

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Super Bowl Party Food - 20 game day dishes for fans of all ages

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20 Game Day Dishes for Fans of All Ages

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Golden Grahams smores bars


Golden Grahams s’mores bars

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Mexican pinwheels - perfect appetizer any time of year!


Mexican pinwheels

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Crock pot mac and cheese


Crock pot mac and cheese


Old-fashioned iced oatmeal cookies


Old-fashioned iced oatmeal cookies


Cowboy salsa (aka cowboy caviar)


Cowboy salsa (aka cowboy caviar)


Mom's chicken tortilla soup


Mom’s chicken tortilla soup


Healthy chicken fingers with honey mustard sauce


Chicken fingers with honey mustard dipping sauce


Cookie dough pretzel bites


Cookie dough pretzel bites


Knorr classic spinach dip recipe


Game day spinach dip


White on Rice Kale and Chicken Egg Rolls


Kale and chicken egg rolls


Stuffed jalapenos with cream cheese bacon sun dried tomatoes


Stuffed jalapenos with sun-dried tomatoes and bacon


Fire roasted salsa recipe


Fire roasted salsa


Glazed orange brownies - I promise you will want to eat half the pan!


Glazed orange brownies

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Southwestern Dip


Southwestern veggie dip


chocolate bundt cake


Better than pretty much everything chocolate bundt cake with chocolate glaze


Sweet onion crack dip


Sweet onion dip (aka crack dip)


Peanut butter brownies - my favorite brownie recipe! A swirl of creamy peanut butter flavor in every bite. #brownies #brownierecipe #peanutbutter #dessert


Peanut butter swirl brownies

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Mrs Fields snickerdoodles recipe


Mrs. Field’s snickerdoodles


Chicken taco soup


Slow cooker chicken taco soup (one of my faves!)


Pineapple cream cheese ball


Pineapple cream cheese ball

If you’re looking for more Super Bowl party food, check out my appetizers & finger foods Pinterest board.

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Mexican pinwheels

2015 January 13
by Emily Hill

I first posted these Mexican pinwheels (aka Mexican cream cheese wraps) over four years ago. I never loved the photo, so I figured a guest post on Tatertots & Jello was the perfect time to give the recipe—and the photos—a makeover.

These also make for a tasty addition to your Super Bowl party food.

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Mexican pinwheels - perfect appetizer any time of year!

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I love these Mexican pinwheels as an appetizer because you can make them from on hour to an entire day ahead. When it’s time to serve these delightful cream cheese wraps, simply remove the plastic wrap and slice into perfectly portion-controlled pieces.

The portion-controlled slices won’t stop you from eating at least have a dozen, trust me.

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Mexican pinwheels - perfect appetizer any time of year!

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Feel free to add more or less taco seasoning to taste and kick up the heat by using hot green chilies rather than mild. You can also use plain flour tortillas, though I think the flavored tortillas add a bit of fun color to the mix.

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Mexican pinwheels - perfect appetizer any time of year!

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Printable recipe for Mexican pinwheels below. Enjoy!
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Mexican Pinwheels
Author: 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
One of the easiest appetizers you'll ever make. Kick up the heat by using medium or hot green chilies.
Ingredients
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 small can diced green chilies (or jalapenos for added kick)
  • 1 (2.25-oz) can black olives, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup salsa, juices drained (if necessary)
  • ½ cup diced mix of red, yellow and orange sweet peppers
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Dash taco seasoning
  • 6 burrito-size flour tortillas
Instructions
  1. Mix cream cheese, chilies, olives, onion, salsa, peppers, cheese and seasoning in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined.
  2. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture onto each tortillas. Roll tortillas and chill for at least 1 hour.
  3. Slice chilled wraps into 1-inch pieces before serving.

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15 good-for-you (and your taste buds) green smoothies

2015 January 8
by Emily Hill

It took me a while to get on the green smoothie bandwagon, but once I was on it—and found the perfect green smoothie recipe for me (lots of pineapple!)—I was on it for good. I definitely go through phases where I’m better about my green smoothie intake, and because now is not one of them, I thought I’d round up a bunch of green smoothies to inspire me to whip out the Blendtec and the spinach.

Though I prefer a very basic green smoothie (see the island green smoothie recipe below), I’m always game to try new mix-ins. What are your favorite green smoothie ingredients? I’d love to hear your preferred green smoothie goodness.

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15 Good-for-You Green Smoothies

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coconut green smoothie
Coconut green smoothie from Two Peas & Their Pod

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green smoothie recipe
Green smoothie recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen

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addicting paleo green smoothie
Addicting paleo green smoothie from Our Savory Life

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green detox smoothie
Green detox smoothie from Gimme Some Oven

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Beginners Luck green smoothie
Beginner’s Luck green smoothie from Simple Green Smoothies (fantastic green smoothie website!)

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green goddess smoothie
Green goddess smoothie from Happy Food Healthy Life

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mango green smoothie
Mango green smoothie from My Frugal Adventures

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vanilla mint green smoothie
Vanilla mint green smoothie from 3 Boys Unprocessed

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creamy green smoothie
Creamy green smoothie from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

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raspberry pineapple green smoothie
Pineapple raspberry green smoothie from is this REALLY my life?

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Blender ingredients green smoothie recipe
Whole Foods green smoothie recipe from is this REALLY my life?

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glowing skin smoothie
Glowing skin smoothie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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peanut butter banana green smoothie
Peanut butter banana green smoothie from Mom on Timeout

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Island green smoothie
Island green smoothie (my favorite!) from is this REALLY my life?

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banana peach green smoothie
Banana peach green smoothie from A Simple Pantry

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If you’re looking for more healthy eats, check out my healthy eats Pinterest board.

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A little New Year’s resolution-related humor for you

2015 January 6
by Emily Hill

Speaking of the ever popular New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, I saw this funny ecard and had to laugh because I so totally do THE EXACT SAME THING.

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New Years Resolutions humor - I so totally do this!
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I mean, you gotta remove the temptation, right? And there’s no way I’m going to hurt Santa’s feelings by throwing away my half-eaten bags of bite-size Twix and mini Kit Kats found inside my Christmas stocking. Guess I’ll just have to eat all the sweets in sight (and not in sight) so I can get going on this healthy eating kick.

It’ll last about a day. I’m consistent like that.

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Top 10 Recipes of 2014

2015 January 1
by Emily Hill

At first I titled this post “Top 10 Posts of 2014″ but then realized every post in my list of top 10 was a recipe. Of course I had to change the name to “Top 10 Recipes of 2014“—I’m rather proud you all like my recipes as much as I do. I was not surprised to discover of those top 10 recipes, seven were desserts.

That’s because 70 percent of the recipes I feature on is this REALLY my life? are due to my love of all things sweet.

Life’s too short to be all green smoothies and slow cooker recipes and energy bites, people.


Top 10 Recipes of 2014 from isthisreallymylife.com

I’d love to know if any of your favorites made this year’s list. (Sorry, guys. Salted caramel butter bars were a 2012 recipe.)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read, print, pin, share my recipes. It makes me heart super happy.

#1: Cookie dough pretzel bites

Cookie dough pretzel bites

#2: Crock pot mac and cheese

Crock pot mac and cheese

#3: Peanut butter chocolate trifle

Peanut butter chocolate trifle - if you love peanut butter AND chocolate trifle, you must make this ASAP.

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#4: Peasant bread (this is actually the 17YO’s specialty)

Peasant bread recipe

#5: Pistachio pudding salad

Pistachio pudding salad

#6: Chocolate chip coconut cookies

Chocolate chip coconut cookies

#7: Classic peanut butter cookies

Classic peanut butter cookies

#8: Lemon cranberry muffins

Healthy lemon cranberry muffins -- you can not even tell these are healthy. The perfect combination of lemon and cranberries.

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#9: Peppermint Oreo shake

Peppermint Oreo shake -- quite possibly the best frozen treat of the holiday season.

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#10: Chocolate brownie trifle (I love that you love trifle as much as I do!)

Chocolate brownie trifle. Layers of brownie, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, caramel and toffee bits. To die for!

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12 of the prettiest New Year’s Eve mocktails

2014 December 29
by Emily Hill

Because I don’t drink alcohol, I’m always on the lookout for the most tantalizing mocktail recipes, especially when it comes to special occasions like New Year’s Eve celebrations. But non-alcoholic doesn’t necessarily mean non-amazing. I mean, just look at the beautiful New Year’s Eve-worthy mocktail recipes I found on the Interweb.

The best part? The kids can participate in the toast!

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12 of the Prettiest New Years Eve Mocktails

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Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade   Annie s Eats
Sparking strawberry lemonade from Annie’s Eats

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sparkling cranberry punch
Sparkling cranberry punch from Taste and Tell

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frost bite new years eve mocktails
Frost bite mocktail from The Little Kitchen

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Cranberry Tangerine Rosemary   Cream Soda Mocktail
Cranberry tangerine rosemary & cream soda mocktail from Spoon Fork Bacon

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lemon ginger mocktail
Sparkling ginger lemon mocktail fron Snixy Kitchen

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ombre grapefruit cocktail
Ombre grapefruit cocktail from Handmade Mood

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new years ginger honey mocktail
New Years ginger honey mocktail from Nourish & Inspire Me

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cranberry pomegranate bellinis new years eve mocktails
Cranberry pomegranate bellinis with lime from Five Heart Home

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blackberry vanilla mocktail
Blackberry vanilla mocktail from La Fuji Mama

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whiskey lemonade with honey simple syrup
Whiskey lemonade with honey simple syrup from FoodieCrush (leave out the whiskey for your mocktail)

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blackberry lemon mocktail
Blackberry lemon mocktail from Running to the Kitchen

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cranberry cute mocktail
Cranberry cutie mocktail from This Week for Dinner

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If you’re looking for more New Year’s Eve inspiration, you may want to visit my New Year’s Eve Pinterest board.

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