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Dark Chocolate Orange Creamsicles

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in All, Desserts, Sponsored | 0 comments

These Dark Chocolate Orange Creamsicles are more nutritious than you expect, thanks to Silk® Protein+Fiber Almondmilk.

Dark Chocolate Orange CreamsiclesTo say that my son, Grady, is not the most adventurous eater is an understatement. I often chuckle in amazement at the foods that Lisa’s son, Charlie (also 8), will eat, let alone request:

Grilled Salmon?
Roasted Broccoli?
Asparagus?

Is this kid 8 or 28?

I can only hope that Grady will have developed a more adventurous palate by the time he’s 28. In the meantime, I definitely have my work cut out for me when I want to introduce new foods to my family. Rather than try to get them to sample something foreign completely outright, I incorporate it into a food they already enjoy, which is why these Dark Chocolate Orange Creamsicles were such a huge hit.

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Peach Rosé Sangria

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in All, Drinks | 4 comments

This refreshing Peach Rosé Sangria makes summer sipping with friends even more enjoyable. 

Peach Rosé Sangria

Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a Sangria fan. 

Which in and of itself is kind of odd, because I love every individual ingredient that goes into Sangria: wine, fruit, perhaps a spirit or two. But together? No thank you. 

Clearly that’s because I hadn’t tasted the right one. Cloying, syrupy, sweet sangria does nothing for me. But this light Peach Rosé Sangria is my new love and will keep me cool, content and sipping all summer long. 

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Gooey Baked S’mores Bars

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 4 comments

Enjoying s’mores year-round just got a little bit easier with these Gooey Baked S’mores Bars

Gooey Baked S'mores Bars

Anyone else enjoying a wet and cool summer? 

Actually “enjoying” is not the right word. Enduring, perhaps? 

I would have thought that after our *freakishly* cold winter, we would have earned a reprieve from crazy, unseasonal weather. 

Guess not. 

There is widespread flooding throughout Minnesota, which puts a major damper on some of our favorite summer activities: 

Boating and tubing?  Off limits on many lakes because of no-wake zones. 
Hitting the greens? Stretches of local golf courses have been underwater since June. 
Dropping a line in the water? Our nearby fishing dock is closed because the path that leads to it is flooded. Grrrr. 

But the closure that has had the most impact on our lives is a little closer to home: our fire pit. It’s pretty tough to roast s’mores when your fire pit is filled with standing water. So I did what any self-respecting s’mores lover does when faced with such dire circumstances; I baked them. Grab your napkins as these Gooey Baked S’mores Bars are totally worth the stick factor. 

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Fresh Feta Spread

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 10 comments

Summer snacking doesn’t get much simpler than this Fresh Feta Spread. 

Fresh Feta Spread

Summer is all about easy. 

Lazy summer nights and leisurely dinners. Languishing by the pool for just a little longer. Loosy-goosey house rules and deadlines.….you get the idea. 

It may take me a while to lose my routines after school lets out, but once I do, I’m all about embracing laid back summer living. And this Fresh Feta Spread is Exhibit A in my quest to keep life simpler this summer, especially when it comes to eats. 

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Stubb’s Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Pinwheels

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in All, Appetizers, Sponsored | 7 comments

Bring your favorite BBQ flavors indoors with these Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Pinwheels. 

Stubb's Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Roll Ups

I’m not sure how meals are decided at your house, but around here, it goes something like this:

Me: “What do you guys feel like for dinner?”

Bridget: “Cheese pizza!”

Grady: “Burgers! No, wait. Ribs! Definitely Ribs!”

Pat: “I can’t remember what it’s called, but what about that spicy foil pack thing you made on the grill a few weeks ago? Ohhh, but wait…we might be low on propane….”

Wow, what am I supposed to do with THAT? Clearly this is going nowhere fast. Since short-order cooking is not in my repertoire, I often get creative in order to balance all of these requests (and sometimes I just make whatever the heck I want!). Cue these Stubb’s Sticky Sweet BBQ Chorizo Pinwheels. Whether you enjoy them as a warm appetizer when entertaining or gobble up the entire recipe for dinner, these bite-sized Pinwheels bring that barbecued flavor of the grill indoors and are a total crowd-pleaser at my house. 

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