Celebrate World Pasta Month With Buca di Beppo’s Create Your Own Pasta

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

We are pasta fanatics, and even though I have to give it up for awhile, the man and the Wee Child still enjoy a great pasta meal.  Buca di Beppo’s is a favorite for our family with the great flavors, great price and family environment.  Did you know that this month is World Pasta Month and they are celebrating with a great Create Your Own Pasta Bowl promotion?

If you love pasta, but want to personalize it just a bit, this is the best way to enjoy your favorite meal!  Create your own unique pasta blends with your friends and family, and snap a picture with your meal for a #PastaSelfie photo at Buca di Beppo!  What a great way to celebrate a special day in your life, a fun date night or just a family meal out!

We love grabbing some whole wheat pasta, olive oil, fresh basil, tomatoes,mushrooms, peppers, onions and Parmesan cheese for a simple but delightful pasta dish.  Just like most families, pasta is a great hearty meal that goes along way on a budget.  One of our favorite things about the restaurant is how affordable it is to feed our whole family.  Pasta, easy creations and great times with family? Of course I want to head out and celebrate by creating my own custom dish!

Bucca di Beppo Giveaway

Whether it is a date night meal, a celebration of good grades or a holiday meal with your family you have catered, the #PastaSelfie contest is just another fun way to share your love of pasta with the world.  All you have to do is (1) Snap a picture of your Create Your Own Pasta Bowl (2) Share it on Instagram using #pastaselfie #sweepstakes and tag @bucadibeppo.  (3) You’ve entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Buca di Beppo!

Our readers are invited to leave a comment on this post with your favorite pasta dish and enter the giveaway link below!

Buca di Beppo Create Your Own Pasta Bowl Giveaway

What creation would you make?

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Blueberry Bread Pudding Recipe

Blueberry Bread Pudding
This Blueberry Bread Pudding Recipe is one that comes from my long standing love of bread pudding, and my desire to somehow make it appear to be a healthier dessert by adding fruit into it.  Okay, so admittedly this is just totally not healthy in the least, but I love the combination of adding blueberries that I already love to the favorite flavors of bread pudding.
 Blueberry Bread Pudding

Blueberry Bread Pudding Recipe

I remember being 13 or 14 years old and going to a church potluck where one of the ladies made bread pudding.  I thought I wouldn’t like it at all, but then she poured this amazing caramel sauce over the top of it.  It was rich in cream, brown sugar and well, a bit of whiskey.  It was heavenly.  Ever since that experience, I have tried to make my own bread puddings, and have had varied success through the years.
I have some friends locally that own a bakery, and this summer they made this recipe for me.  It’s taken me far too long to share it with you, but trust me when I say, it is phenomenal.  Their version is the recipe below, and is slightly different than the once I have enjoyed in the past, but definitely in my top 5 of favorite bread puddings.
The best part of this recipe?  You can go to the closeout area of your bakery and grab day old bread to make this with.  Cheaper is always better!
Blueberry Bread Pudding Recipe
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Serves: 8
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 loaf stale french bread, cubed
  • 1 loaf cinnamon swirl bread, cubed
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • For Caramel Sauce
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ⅛ cup whiskey
  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In 2-quart saucepan, heat milk and butter over medium heat until butter is melted and milk is hot but not boiling. Once hot, remove from heat.
  3. In large bowl, mix together sugar, cinnamon, salt and eggs with wire whisk until well blended.
  4. Mix bread crumbs, egg mixture and blueberries together in large bowl.
  5. Stir in milk mixture until bread is well coated.
  6. Pour into ungreased 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish or 1½-quart casserole.
  7. Place casserole in 13×9-inch pan; pour boiling water into pan until 1 inch deep.
  8. Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge of baking dish comes out clean.
  9. For Caramel Whiskey Sauce
  10. In 1-quart heavy saucepan, heat all sauce ingredients to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Approximately 10-15 minutes until thickened and alcohol has cooked out.
If you are looking for a delicious dessert recipe to create for your next Sunday dinner, potluck meal or dinner party with friends this simple but delicious bread pudding is the way to go.  Not only will you love the addition of the blueberries, but the caramel whiskey sauce on top will be the perfect sweet addition at the end of your meal.  This blueberry bread pudding will be a favorite for everyone in your home!
Blueberry Bread Pudding
Check out some of our other favorite dessert recipes!
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S’Mores Caramel Apple

Smores Caramel Apple

This S’Mores Caramel Apple is another delicious creation from our friend D. from A Worthey Read. I love what this man does with food, and I am always tell him and his wife that if they lived closer I would be inviting myself over for dinner all the time.  When it comes to unique food combos, he knows just what to make.  This was a great classic treat with a twist I knew I had to share!

Smores Caramel Apple

S’Mores Caramel Apple

There is nothing better in the fall than a caramel apple or some delicious S’Mores.  Combing the two in this S’Mores Caramel Apple is just what I need to satisfy the sweet tooth of the guys in my house.  A simple, fun and above all beautiful combination is made with this delicious recipe.

We prefer using Fuji or Gala apples since they are a it sweeter, but you can go with a more traditional Red or Green Delicious apple for this.  Of course, the best part of this recipe is the use of a fun kitchen blow torch. While not necessary, it does make it easier to melt the marshmallows, and of course the kids love watching you use it!

This recipe is for one apple but you can easily update with multiple apples if you want.  As decadent as this S’Mores caramel apple is, you may be able to split just one among your family as a sweet and delightful dessert treat.

Smores Caramel Apple

S'Mores Caramel Apple
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  • 15 Caramel Cubes
  • 1 Apple (whatever kind you prefer)
  • 1 Chocolate Graham Cracker
  • 4 Regular Graham Crackers, crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Milk
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Festive Candy Apple Stick
  • Wax Paper
  1. Rinse and dry apple, remove stem and insert festive candy apple stick.
  2. Use enough wax paper to accommodate an apple.
  3. In a medium size sauce pot melt caramels over medium heat. Stir milk in gradually, only add enough milk to encourage melting.
  4. When caramels are melted using a tablespoon drizzle caramel over apple
  5. Next, using the tip of a steak knife make a hole in the middle of a chocolate Graham cracker, the hole should be big enough to fit over the festive candy apple stick. Slide chocolate Graham cracker until it rests on top of the caramel apple.
  6. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the chocolate Graham cracker.
  7. Place 4-6 mini marshmallows on top of the chocolate Graham cracker.
  8. Using the Chef's Butane torch toast the mini-marshmallows.
  9. In a skillet over medium heat add unsalted butter, stir in the crushed Graham Crackers. Stirring constantly add the brown sugar. Continue to stir until mixture starts to brown. The butter, brown sugar and crushed Graham Crackers should resemble small golden brown crumbles.
  10. Sprinkle Graham Crackers all over the top of the marshmallow and chocolate.

This S’Mores caramel apple is sure to be a favorite with everyone in your house.  Using marshmallows, caramels, chocolate syrup and both regular and chocolate Graham crackers makes this the ultimate of holiday treats to enjoy!

Smores Caramel AppleCheck out some of our other favorite apple treats! 

Candy Corn Chocolate Caramel Apple

Weight Watchers Mini Apple Pies

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Tuberculosis Isn’t Just A Disease Of The Past #TBBloodTest

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the TB Blood Test. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

As a mom who once not only had to send her son to a daycare, but one who temporarily worked in one I remember all too well how important it was to have a TB Skin Test done.  I’ll be honest with you, that was uncomfortable, frustrating and a long process that just felt like it wasn’t even that accurate in the end. When I was asked to share about the TB Blood Test option, I knew I could relate to the need for it.

Tuberculosis Not Just A Disease Of The Past

Tuberculosis is a disease that effects the lungs, and while uncommon now since vaccinations and proper medical care have almost alleviated it, it is still a disease that is found on occasion in our society.  As a precaution since younger children are so easily susceptible to disease, childcare centers, schools and medical facilities require a TB test prior to employment to make sure you are safe to be around kids.

In the past, a TB Skin Test has been the only option.  You would have a small amount of the TB antigens placed on your forearm.  If you had TB, your skin would react by forming a red bump within 24-48 hours.  If you showed a reaction, then you would fail the test and often wouldn’t be able to get the position you applied for.  Unfortunately, this could be fairly inaccurate.  Individuals who had received a vaccine for tuberculosis in the past, or those who tend to become inflamed from foreign substances on their skin both could present with a false positive.  For many reasons, this would make this test often inaccurate.  Another disadvantage of the skin test was the requirement of coming back to see the doctor 2-3 days later to have them examine the location to see if you reacted. For me, at the time of testing it was a huge inconvenience to take off not just part of one day, but two days of work.  That meant a loss of income for me, and just general frustration.  Not to mention the physical discomfort that persisted more than just a few minutes like a blood draw would.

The TB Blood Test is a wonderful new method of testing for tuberculosis that is simple, fast and much more accurate.  A draw of only 3ml of blood (no matter age) results in the ability to have a valid result in a short period of time that is not just speculation according to appearance of your skin, but fact according to result findings.  No longer do you expose your skin to a foreign body, or have the trouble of going back to be seen twice.  A simple blood draw and a phone call are all you will be subjected to!

Why put yourself through the discomfort and annoyance of a potentially inaccurate skin test when you can now go for an accurate blood test that takes half the time?!  As a caregiver, parent or teacher – getting the TB Blood Test seems to be the best choice you can make to ensure you are safe to be around those you are caring for.  Next time you are required to be tested, ask for the TB Blood Test instead!


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Free Printable Halloween Word Search

This Free Printable Halloween Word Search is a great way to build your kids vocabulary and word recognition. It’s tons of fun to give fun things like this to your kids to complete as an extra school activity in your homeschool classroom.

Free Printable Halloween Word Search


Free Printable Halloween Word Search

This word search is even more fun since it is a Halloween themed one.  The Wee Child is in 3rd grade, and these words were easy for him.  They are definitely a great list to go with the Halloween theme in your classroom.

Word Search Words Covered:

  • October
  • Ghost
  • Costume
  • Halloween
  • Pumpkin
  • Treat
  • Monster
  • Witches
  • Goblin
  • Fun
  • Trick
  • Mummy

Grab this Free Printable Halloween Word Search here!

This is a great fun activity that will keep your kids occupied while teaching them some fun new words.  Include this with your regular vocabulary lessons, or just as a fun activity to do on a weekend!

Check out our other fun free Halloween printables!

Free Halloween Printable Bookmarks

Free Halloween Fill In The Blank Vowel Review

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