All posts by Maria Sansone

About Maria Sansone

I Wife I Mama I TV Host

FAST & EASY Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry 


Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry in 15 minutes! No joke. (You know I wouldn’t kid about a thing like dinner!!) 

Tonight, I wanted to use up what I already had in the fridge. I had some chicken breast & broccoli so I went for that yummy salty, soy saucy flava. Definitely healthier than the chicken & broc from my favorite Chinese place & way quicker than even the fastest delivery in town. 

I mostly eyeballed on the one but here’s the basics…

*Sautée chopped garlic in veg oil 

*Cut up 2-3 chx breast in smallish pieces & add to hot oil 

*Add in broccoli. Cook a couple of minutes until tender.  ( then add mushroom if you have it!)  

*In another bowl mix 3-4 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp honey & 1 tbsp sesame oil. 

*Add mixture to chicken & broccoli & toss so everything is nicely coated. Turn heat to low & let brown sauce thicken a bit. 

*Add in spaghetti, soba noodles, brown rice- whatever you’ve got! 

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Valentine’s Day DIY

FRESH FLORAL ICE CUBES 

It’s Valentine’s Day! Time to step it up! It’s those sweet little touches that can make the day extra special! 


A great way to add a romantic touch to your champagne bucket. Impress your guests at a party or for a Valentine’s dinner for 2!

Use a muffin tin for your floral cubes. It’s something you probably already have in your cabinet & it makes the cubes more substantial. This is the time to show off!

Place flower buds, petals, greenery…whatever you have in the tin. There are no rules! Cover with water and freeze.

Don’t worry if the water doesn’t cover the flower or it floats. It actually looks cooler if the bud is popping out of the cube.

Let cubes sit at room temp for a few minutes so you can flip over tin and they’ll pop right out!

If you don’t have a fancy pants wine bin ( I don’t ) you can just use a big clear bowl. It actually displays your ice cubes better.

Plop in your wine/champagne and admire your fabulousness!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I love nothing more than hosting the holidays! And Thanksgiving is the best kind of holiday. No gifts, no hype, no pressure! The whole day is focused around food and family! Period. As long as the bird comes out tasty, you’re good to go! This year I used fresh evergreens to decorate the table and garnish the food. It’s the little details that can turn your ordinary dinner into something that looks extra special and give it that holiday sparkle!

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Pumpkin Patch Time

When: October 3 – October 31

Festival Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Where: Underwood Farms

3370 Sunset Valley Road

Moorpark, CA 93021

You know I love to get into the holiday spirit! I’ve searched high & low and you just can’t beat Underwood Family Farms Fall Festival!!

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Chili for Cheaters


I call this my “Chili Cheat” because it’s just too easy to count as actual cooking. With only 5 ingredients in 1 pot…it has all the flavor of chili without any of the hard work! My mom made this all the time when I was growing up & now I do too.

Brown 1 lb. Ground Beef

In the same pot ADD:1 qt V8 Juice, 2 cans Kidney Beans, 2 cans Italian Style Stewed Tomatoes 

Cover the top with chili powder. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down & simmer for at least 1 hour. 

 Serve with shredded cheddar & sour cream (optional)

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Italian Sausage & Peppers

Street Food at its finest. This quick & easy crock pot Sausage & Peppers will make you feel like your walking the streets of the SAN Gennaro Featival in Little Italy. 

✔️Sweet & Hot Sausage

✔️Peppers

✔️Onion

Cook in the crockpot on low for 6 hours  & forgetaboutit! Serve inside a nice sub roll or hot dog bun. 

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