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Cranberry Tea Spritzers

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in All, Drinks, Sponsored | 3 comments

Cranberry Tea Spritzers are the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer evening.

Cranberry Tea Spritzer

Our July has been heavenly. The kids’ sports schedules wrapped up, and we have our evenings back as a family…holla! Kevin doesn’t like to eat dinner the second he walks in the door, so we enjoy a leisurely evening before we eat. After a quick change, Kevin likes to relax, catch up on the day, read the paper and play a quick game of catch in the backyard. And naturally we do it with drink in hand. These Cranberry Tea Spritzers are a perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer evening. 

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Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in All, Desserts | 16 comments

Nothing says summer like a fudgy brownie ice cream sandwich…especially one that is super simple to make!

Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

I have a long, standing battle with making ice cream sandwiches. I love to eat them, but photographing them is a different story. We attempted to take pictures of ice cream sandwiches three different times last year, and all of our efforts ended up a gooey, sticky mess. Not fun, and – oh-so-frustrating. But it didn’t stop me. This summer I was bound and determined to get it right and finally had success with these Fudgy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches. I mean, really, brownies and ice cream? Hello, heaven! 

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Pimento Cheese Dip

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

Pimento Cheese Dip is no longer a southern secret. Today we are sharing the cheesy deliciousness with everyone!

Pimento Cheese Dip

Kevin and I took the kids to Atlanta over Memorial Day weekend to visit some friends. The weekend was filled with sunshine, lots of laughs, great food and Pimento Cheese Dip. Yup, you read that right. Pimento Cheese Dip. It’s a southern thing and seemed to be on every menu in Atlanta. I knew that a dish that seemed to be an institution in the south needed to be introduced to our friends and family in the north. Because friends, let me tell you, we have been missing out.

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Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in All, Appetizers, Sponsored | 28 comments

 Celebrate World Cup soccer and taste the flavors of Brazil with Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese.

Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese

Has the World Cup Soccer craze hit your house like it has mine?

Even Greta, who prefers HGTV to pretty much anything else on television, is into the World Cup frenzy this summer.

So I decided to make the most of my family’s enthusiasm and tackle a Brazilian-inspired dish for us to enjoy while watching the action. Fortunately I knew just where to go for my flavor inspiration. When we were in Miami for BlogHer Food in May, we learned about the 2014 McCormick® Flavor Forecast. Every year, McCormick gathers information from top foodie sources from around the globe. This latest and greatest intel reflects emerging trends and key cultural influences that are shaping the tastes of tomorrow, including flavors from the home of this year’s World Cup: Brazil. Using an easy-to-make, all-purpose seasoning blend from the Brazilian state of Bahia, I made sure my soccer-loving family never went hungry while watching the latest big match with this Bahian Fried Halloumi Cheese.

I mean, c’mon…Can you really go wrong with fried cheese?

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Individual Seven Layer Dips

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in All, Appetizers, Sponsored | 0 comments

Take full advantage of outdoor entertaining this summer with Individual Seven Layer Dips and Black Box Wines.

Individual Seven Layer Dips

The Fourth of July is almost here, and in many places, this holiday marks the middle of summer. Honestly, celebrating the Fourth of July kinda freaks me out. My head jumps ahead to school starting and pre-season sports practices and FALL. Simply put, summer goes way too fast. So to slow it down, I’m taking everything outside to soak up every. single. minute of carefree summer goodness. And the fun starts with happy hour!

But even a simple happy hour is not without its logistical challenges. You see, the kids are always playing baseball in our backyard, which means I spend most of my happy hour ducking my head and closing my eyes when errant balls fly my way. We’ve lost many a good glass or dish to foul balls, and shattered bottles on a stone patio are no fun to clean up. So when Black Box Wines gave us the “Lose the Bottle’ Challenge, I had the perfect testing ground: happy hour in my baseball-crazed backyard. I paired some of their new Pinot Noir with these Individual Seven Layer Dips, and we were entertaining in style.

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