Hey there! Im baaack! Well I hope so anyway. Its been a busy year and was challenging to find time to work on my blog. During my last post, my daughter decided she was protesting nap time (the only time I could cook and photograph for the blog) so that put a big damper on things 🙁 She fought those for quite awhile and hasn’t taken scheduled naps since.
Since then we have also welcomed our second baby Owen into the family! He is such a ball of cuteness and we are beyond blessed to have him in our lives. 🙂
I’ve been wanting to get back on here again so I quickly attempted to photograph these mouth watering Strawberry Lemonade Pops I have been making this summer. We all LOVE taking them out by the pool with us, and are absolutely necessary in 100+ degrees!
They are super easy to make and the kids will love helping. All you need is water, sugar, lemon juice and strawberries (or any fruit you prefer!). Just stir the water and sugar together then add in the lemon juice and strawberries. Puree together with an immersion hand blender or regular blender. Pour into your popsicle molds according to the directions or place molds into the freezer until completely frozen. We use our Zoku popsicle maker and love it!! They are done in less than 10 min.
I didn’t add much sugar to these since the fruit brings out its natural sweetness which compliment the tart lemonade. They truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family. Enjoy!
Strawberry Lemonade Pops
These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.
Its the 21st again, and that means it’s Recipe ReDux time! This month we were asked to share a recipe of a favorite kitchen staple that we make from scratch but used to purchase in the past. I immediately thought of how I now make a lot of my salad dressings from scratch. You wouldn’t believe how simple they are to throw together and taste so good!
One salad dressing that is a favorite in our house is this Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. Simply whisk together some balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, soy sauce, ground mustard and viola you have a wonderful homemade dressing that is bursting with flavor. I love that when you make your own dressings, you can totally customize it to your preference/salad theme, and they don’t taste as overly sweet/heavy/sugary/salty like some bottled dressings can be. Not to mention, you typically have the ingredients in your kitchen already!
“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by USA Rice Federation and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
This light and flavorful Lemon and Fresh Herb Rice Salad is one of my favorite cold side dishes to make. It’s a perfect spring or summer salad to serve at your next party or potluck. I even enjoy just having a bowl for lunch.
If you have an herb garden it is also a great way to use up some of your mint, basil and cilantro! I was so glad I was able to use up a bunch of our mint leaves. And not to mention all the citrus fruits my parents have been giving me from their trees.
I knew this recipe would be perfect to share for Recipe ReDux’s contest sponsored by the USA Rice Federation. In honor of March being National Nutrition Month, they are looking for nutritious and appetizing recipes made with U.S. grown rice. U.S.-grown rice is easily found in most grocery stores and can be seen labeled as “Grown in the USA Rice” or shows the product origin as USA.
Oh my! I didn’t know it was possible to make this oh so addictive cookie recipe taste even better! I love making these Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies, but was inspired by Recipe ReDux’s theme of the month “Favorite Chocolate Matches” to add some peanut butter. Wow that totally brought them up to the next level!
Nothing tastes better with chocolate than bananas and peanut butter! I love making smoothies with that combination too. Sooo good.
This is one of our favorite quick and easy breakfasts! You will not believe these delicious and impressive pancakes require just a few simple ingredients, less than 10 minutes of prep time and 13 minutes in the oven. And they are so pretty, aren’t they?
Whenever I ask Brandon what he wants for breakfast it’s usually, “puffy pancake!” Similar to a German or Dutch baby pancake, these Oven Puffed Berry Pancakes are addictive, flavorful and so fun to make. They kind of remind me of fry bread or a popover but much lighter and less fattening…crispy golden on the edges but with a dense custardy center.
“I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time.”
If you haven’t noticed already, there’s a cauliflower craze going on! Who knew this simple cruciferous vegetable would be so versatile? Lately I’ve seen recipes for roasted cauliflower, cauliflower gratin, rice, breadsticks, cheese sauce, tater tots and mashed cauliflower! I’ve even tried a few and they are all so good. What a great way to sneak in some veggies or just enjoy them in new ways!
I was excited to try out these Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust for the January Recipe ReDux contest sponsored by Cabot Cheese. The lovely folks at Cabot Creamery sent us a variety of samples of their amazing cheddar cheeses. Wow. What a treat! My husband and I happen to looooove sharp cheddar. I will definitely be buying more in the future!
The challenge of this contest was to create lightened up snacks/apps/finger foods for entertaining. Even though the holidays are over, we’ve still got the Super Bowl next week and what could be more delicious than munching on homemade pizza, guilt free! You seriously can’t even tell you’re eating cauliflower.
This is by far one of the tastiest salads I have made. I love southwestern flavors on just about anything! When I saw the Recipe ReDux theme for January is “Start Smoking in the New Year”, I knew I wanted to do another recipe using my beloved chipotle peppers ! So here I bring you…Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing!
Back in September I posted my Smoky Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad (click to check it out!) where I gave some tips on pureeing and freezing a whole batch of chipotle peppers for future use. Well to make this awesome Chipotle Ranch Dressing, all I had to do was grab a cube out of my frozen stash. Easy!
“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
I’m excited to participate in this month’s Recipe ReDux contest sponsored by California Raisins. The theme is “Naturally Sweet for the Holidays with California Raisins”. We were challenged to create a delicious and nutritious holiday recipe using wholesome California Raisins. Challenge accepted!
It’s now that time of the year when we are all faced with the temptation of eating masses of indulgent sweets. Cookie exchanges, work parties, holiday meals, food gifts, baking traditions! Today I am sharing a delicious and fun recipe you can feel good about serving at your next holiday party. LoadedAppleNachos! They would also make a great snack for after school snack or a special occasion for the kids.
Everyone have a nice Thanksgiving? We had a good time going to my parents’ house in Fountain Hills for the parade and then Thanksgiving meal later in the day. So yummy. My parents are great cooks! It was also nice for Noelle to have both of her great grandpa’s there!
Now we are on to Christmas…I can’t believe it!
Now that we are in full holiday mode, I’m sure we are all feeling really busy and a bit stressed! The recipe I am sharing today is perfect for those days when you need a meal that is delicious and requires very little thought, prep and extra ingredients. I have made this plenty of times when I didn’t get around to making dinner plans or grocery shopping. It tastes like you went the extra mile, but really its super simple to make. Pretty much zero cooking skills needed.
“I received free samples of Libby’s new Vegetable Pouches mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
I’m excited to participate in my second monthly Recipe Redux contest. Libby’s Fruits and Vegetables is sponsoring this month’s challenge. They have a new product coming out to the shelves January 2015 and are challenging us to create healthy and delicious appetizers, soups, salads and side dishes, which can be made in ten minutes or less!
Let me introduce you to….Libby’s Vegetable Pouches! They are a time efficient and healthy source of shelf-stable vegetables that can be warmed up in their packaging within seconds! Not to mention they are environmentally friendly (the bag uses less energy to produce and compresses nicely for disposal), BPA free and are easy to open. The vegetable pouches will be available in five varieties: sliced carrots, sweet peas, cut green beans, mixed vegetables and sweet corn.