Kid’s Eat Free at McAlister’s Deli on Valentine’s Day + Enter to WIN!!!

This post is sponsored by McAlister’s Deli.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Valentine’s day is next week y’all….NEXT WEEK!  You know Terence and I are pretty low-key on Valentine’s day.  When you have kids in the picture it’s just as important to make them feel loved too!  Not that it’s not nice to go out with just your hubby…but you know what I’m saying.  Sometimes life gets busy and things get put on the back burner.  Especially if Valentine’s day falls in the middle of the week.

And please don’t make your Valentine COOK…give them a night off….soooooo…..

Next week Kids eat FREE on Valentine’s Day at McAlister’s Deli!!!  I love a free meal and a good deal y’all!  (Adult entrée purchase is required. Up to two free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entrée. Dine-in only.)

Now let me just say McAlister’s has always been near and dear to my heart.  My very first job 20 years ago was at McAlister’s Deli and I worked there for 2 years with my twin sister.  It’s nice to see how much it’s changed, but I’m also glad my favorite things have remained the same over the years- like the chocolate spoon cake, the TEA, and the potato salad.

Let’s throw it back for a minute…

Oh the days of working at McAlister’s and eating spooncake and not gaining any weight!  I remember them fondly! LOL!

Tea…tea…tea…or ME…ME…ME!!! Everyone loves McAlister’s tea.  It’s always been so good and it still is…I can testify to that because I made it for many years.  I love how you can now add flavors like peach or mango to your tea as well.  I’m a mango girl myself.

The cookies are the best too!  They have these premade treat bags ready to go.

I think someone is hinting at something….

Nothing can come between me and my mango tea!!!

Ter-Bear eating his sandwich and mac n’ cheese.  My forever Valentine….oh how I love this guy!

Connor is our little joker.  Is that a cookie or a mustache?

McAlister’s has something for everyone, whether it’s the enormous spuds, a sandwich creation, or a yummy bread bowl full of soup…you won’t leave until your tummy is happy!

Oh and you better believe I brought home a chocolate spoon cake!  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

I have a great giveaway for you and your family from McAlister’s Deli! 

Enter to win a $25 gift card, just enter using the form below.


Where: McAlister’s Deli

When: Wednesday, February 14th 10:30 AM – 10 PM

Kids Menu Entrées:


Turkey & Cheese • Ham & Cheese • PB&J • Toasted Cheese • Mac & Cheese


Kids Spud • Kids Garden Salad • Kids Nacho Basket • Cheese Pita Pizza

Promotion Details: Up to two free kid’s meals per adult entrée purchase. Dine-in only. Kids 12 and under. Drink not included.

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Bar Recipe + Enter to WIN! #SweetYourself

This post is sponsored by Stevia In The Raw.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and what is Valentine’s day without a little sweetness in your day?  I made the yummiest Valentine’s day cookie bars earlier this week and wanted to share the recipe with you!  Thanks to Stevia In The Raw® zero-calorie sweetener I can indulge and feel a little less guilty.

These Valentine’s day bars were super easy to make and pretty quick to whip up too.  I’m all about fast and easy recipes.

Valentine’s Day Cookie Bars with Stevia In The Raw


  • 2 sticks of butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of Valentine’s M&M’s, plus more for topping
  • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips, plus more for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9×13 baking dish
  3. Spray generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, Stevia In The Raw, and brown sugar together until fluffy.
  5. Add in eggs and vanilla extract and continue to beat.
  6. Lower speed of mixer and add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.
  7. Add M&M’s and mini chocolate chips and give a final stir, reserving some M&M’s and mini chocolate chips for topping cookie bars.
  8. Transfer cookie dough to prepared baking dish.
  9. Press additional M&M’S and white chocolate chips into top of cookie dough.
  10. Bake 35 to 40 minutes on oven rack in lower third of oven to prevent over browning.
  11. Let cool completely and cut.



Bake and let cool:


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  Chocolate Truffles

o   Flourless Chocolate Sunken Lava Cake with Raspberries

o   Red Velvet Cupcakes

o   Chocolate Cherry Sparkler



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Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake #InTheRaw

The product, information, and gift card have been provided by In The Raw® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of In The Raw®.

Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving everyone!  I’m so excited to spend the next week gathering with family and friends.  Connor is out of school and I think it’s just going to be a chill week all around.  I’m already full steam ahead and have my Christmas tree up…but that doesn’t mean I forget about Thanksgiving!

What do you think of when you hear the word THANKSGIVING?


Things you are thankful for?


Yes…food.  Memo to everyone out there, wear your stretchy pants on Thanksgiving Day.  You can thank me later.

I have a delicious recipe to share with you, it’s a Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake featuring Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag.

I’m always looking for healthier options during the holidays, but I still want to enjoy good food too!  That’s why I love the Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag for all my holiday baking.

Information about Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag:

  • Stevia In The Raw® is a zero-calorie sweetener, perfect for any baking and cooking needs
  • It contains an extract from the sweet leaves of the stevia plant
  • Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag measures cup for cup with sugar so it can easily be used in recipes to reduce sugar and calories with no conversion necessary
    • Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag is formulated so that 1 cup has the same sweetness as 1 cup of Sugar
  • When using Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag for baking recipes, it is recommended that the user replace about half of the sugar in order to achieve the proper browning, rising and caramelizing that only sugar can provide
  • Up to 700 calories are saved for every cup of sugar that is replaced with Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag

Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake


Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake



1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Stevia In The Raw®
1 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
1 can 100% pure pumpkin (15-oz.)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup caramel ice cream topping
2 Tbsp. bourbon or apple juice
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Heat oven to 325°F. Spray 12-cup bundt pan with cooking spray. Beat brown sugar, Stevia In The Raw®, oil and eggs until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Add flour, pumpkin pie spice and baking powder; beat on LOW just until mixed. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 60 to 70 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, combine caramel and bourbon in a small bowl. Drizzle over cooled cake and sprinkle with pecans.

This cake was so delicious y’all!  I hope you try it during the season & check out more great recipes and information about In The Raw® on the website, or Facebook Instagram, & Pinterest.