Carne Asada Quesadillas

Carne Asada Tacos
Looking for something easy and delicious to pull together for lunch or diner? How about a little Carne Asada in your life? In the form of quesadillas. They’re super simple and you can have these on the table in no time at all. Or honestly, they might not even make it to the table because they’re that good you’ll probably be eating them straight off the cutting board because hello GOOD. Quesadillas are so much more than just shredded cheese and tortillas y’all. Visit the Caciquedilla microsite to learn about how to incorporate Cacique’s authentic cheeses, creams and chorizos to make a truly authentic quesadilla that will blow your socks off.

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Snowflake OREO Cookie Balls

OREO Cookie Balls

I have a confession. I love OREO cookies. Like REALLY love them. Preferably Double Stuff, because double the stuff, duh. Have ever since I was a kid, and now, well I’m just a big kid so it still works for me. The only thing better than eating a regular OREO to me is eating an OREO cookie ball. Yep. Do you want to know how hard these cookie balls are to make? If you can smash up OREO cookies, mix in a little softened cream cheese and use a fork, you’ve got this! You’ll be the hostess with the mostest (or host with the most) if you prepare a batch of these to serve up for your friends and family over the holidays, OR better yet, give them as gifts. Who doesn’t love an edible gift, am I right?

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Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Tis’ the season! Have you started thinking about all the holiday treats you’ll be making? I’m all about EASY when it comes to holiday treats. While I will be baking some of said treats, it’s really kind of unavoidable if you’re making cookies and such ; ) I’ll be all about the no bake varieties.  When I see the words NO BAKE I perk right up. It’s just the way it is (well unless someone else is baking it for me, then cake, bring me cake 😉 December is already a BUSY month. No need to make it any harder on yourself right?

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Apple Walnut Muffins

Apple Walnut MuffinsThis post is sponsored by Plum Organics.

I’m not a morning person. It’s quite possibly the understatement of the decade. I really am NOT. At all. If I could get away with not talking to anyone until say oh after 10 a.m. I would. Sadly that’s not how things work. Thank goodness for cappuccino which makes me tolerable. Once that’s into my system I’m all unicorns and glitter. Well not really, maybe just glitter. Not being a morning person means that I like to have a quick option(s) for breakfast. IF I can make said breakfast the night before, even better. 

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Sparkling Strawberry Gelatin Molds

Champagne Gelatin Mold

See it wiggle, see it jiggle. Sorry now the song is stuck in your head too. It’s most definitely in mine. There are worse things I suppose. Anytime I think about gelatin molds I think of my Grandma. She always prepared a festive mold for just about erry holiday you can think of. Think layers upon layers of elaborate molds. I was always fascinated by them. It almost seemed ashamed to dive into them and mess them up. I said almost, because you know I totally dived in.

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Vegetable Noodle Bowl

Vegetable Noodle Bowl
I’m going to go ahead and admit that Ramen Noodles were a staple of my college diet, and when I say staple I mean I ate it MULTIPLE times a week. What can I say besides I was a poor college student and they were dirt cheap (still are) and filled me up. These days I still love Ramen Noodles but I gussy them up before grabbing my chop sticks. I still buy the cheap-o deluxe noodles, you know the ones that you can actually buy by the case at the big box stores, or you can even pick up at the dollar store for 5 packs for $1. Those. You know the ones.

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Dessert Inspired Flavors from Muller Yogurt

Muller Dessert Inspired Yogurt
Are you a fan of dessert? Are you shaking your head or saying duh right now? I know I am. Well if you’ve got a sickly sweet tooth like me, I think you’re going to like The Dessert Inspired flavors line of yogurt from Muller. It features creamy, signature Müller yogurt on top of a layer of fruit or caramel and are served with delicious crunchy goodies on the side. Sounds good yeah? They’re not just a pretty tasty face either. Oh no, the new yogurts also provide a good source of protein and calcium. What to know what else? Want to know what  they DON’T contain … NO high fructose corn syrup (HFCS),  no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. Their yogurt is even made with milk from cows that are not treated with hormones like rBST. Booyah. 

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Breyers Gelato Indulgences

Breyers GelatoDisclaimer: I have received information, product and materials from Breyers, as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.

I have to admit while I consume copious amounts of gelato during the summer months, I eat it all the year long. I mean it’s creamy and dreamy so there’s really no reason to limit it’s consumption to the warm weather months yeah? It’s the perfect afternoon pick me up or the ending (or beginning, what you haven’t ever dessert first?) to any meal. Especially an impromptu meal where you haven’t had time to prepare anything.

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Creamy Garlic Aioli

Garlic Aioli
While this may look like mayonnaise, Aioli isn’t mayonnaise. What’s the difference you ask?  Mayonnaise is basically an emulsion of bland neutral flavored oils (think canola), egg yolks, vinegar and/or lemon juice. Aioli, on the other hand, hails from the southern French region of Provence, and traditionally begins by using a mortar and pestle to bash cloves of garlic into a paste. Once you’ve got yourself a nice chunk of garlic paste, it’s then blended together with egg yolks, lemon juice and olive oil (for a more robust flavor). It magically thickens and transforms right before your eyes and Boom you’ve got Aioli! What do you do with this new spreadable edible goodness? While I think it’s great spread on sandwiches like it’s cousin mayo, try serving your Aioli as a dip for crudité (fancy for vegetable tray) or as an accoutrement to shellfish (hello crab cakes).

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Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles

Homemade Bread and Butter Refrigerator Pickles

I have a lot of little quirks with food. For instance, I’m not a fan of cucumbers (I will totally pick them out if they’re in let’s say a salad) but I’m all about the PICKLES. I know, I know, it makes ZERO sense but try telling that to my taste buds. My all time favorite pickle is the bread and butter pickle. My Mom has made Bread and Butter pickles every single year she’s had a garden and that’s like well my whole life. Strange name for a pickle yeah? I can’t imagine eating them on buttered bread but whatever floats your boat.

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Bacon Mushroom Butter Burger

Bacon Mushroom Butter Burger
Sometimes a girl just wants a big fat juicy burger. One that doesn’t require fourteen napkins or a bib around my neck would also be nice. This is that kinda burger. We’ve packed a lot of flavor into that all beef patty by using a few secrets. Well it won’t be a secret any longer since I’m sharing it with y’all now will it? But good food is meant to be shared with good people so here goes. 

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Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza

Freschetta GF Pizza
It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I dig pizza. I like it hot or cold (I blame college for my love cold pizza, but some habits die hard and cold pizza still works for me). Apparently I’m not alone in my obsession love for pizza. With tasty toppings and melty cheese, it’s honestly no surprise that pizza is America’s sweetheart. The makers of Freschetta® pizza know that is not the only thing that matters. If you are following a gluten-free diet, a crust you can trust is also important. You’ve got to #TrustTheCrust yeah?  Freschetta® Gluten Free Pizza expands the range of options for consumers who are eliminating gluten from their diets with pizza that’s full of flavorful toppings, with a light, airy and crispy gluten-free crust that is certified by the Celiac Support Association. Gluten Free doesn’t mean flavor free. Gluten Free products have come a long way. We have two of the five in our family who have gluten sensitivities. It’s nice to have flavorful options that our WHOLE family can enjoy. This good looking (and yes tasting) cheese pizza that we’ve jazzed up with fresh basil happens to fall under that category. It comes with a perfectly thin and crispy crust just the way I like it.

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Bratfest in Bed

 

Slow Cooker Beer Brats
Head’s up, this Sunday is FATHER’S DAY. Ah, Father’s Day, you know the day we celebrate the man that your Mom thought was a baller (totally saw that on Instagram and had to borrow it – hilarious). All year, Dad has been providing and caring for you, his dear family, while awaiting his special day. So this year, skip the omelets and extra ties that are just going to sit in the closet, and thank Dad by giving him what he really wants: wake him up on Father’s Day morning with a juicy, sizzling brat and his favorite beverage. That’s right Bratfest in Bed!

Introducing Bratfast in Bed, a new Father’s Day tradition from Johnsonville that makes all of Dad’s Father’s Day dreams come true. Get the grilling started early. Really early. Wake up Dad with a juicy, sizzling brat, then post a picture on our Facebook wall or tweet it @Johnsonville and help us start a new Father’s Day tradition. Make Dad’s dreams come true with #BratfastInBed. The tasty way to celebrate Father’s Day.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Pops

Strawberry Cheesecake Pops

When my friends at Lucky Leaf, asked me to create a few recipes using their pie filling I started off with a Flourless Dark Chocolate Black Forest Cake. It’s made using Lucky Leaf’s Premium Cherry Pie Filling. The pie filling is both IN and ON that insanely delicious cake. If you’re into cherries I think you’ll really dig that. For my second recipe I opted for a simple summer treat the whole family will love. Strawberry Cheesecake Pops. It’s made using what else? Strawberry pie filling. These pops are as simple as can be to make. In a few hours time you’ll be fighting over who gets a second or third. Or maybe that’s just our family? We are passionate about food.

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Cheesy Mushroom Tart

Cheesy Mushroom TartTarts aren’t always sweet. Nope they can absolutely be savory too.  Versatile dishes, those are my favorite, back to that whole loving options thing and versatile is the perfect way to describe this particular tart. This beautiful little baby is perfect as an appetizer as a light lunch or even dinner or (because we’re not stopping with that) it’s elegant enough to serve for all your post party guests. Want more? It can be served warm or room temperature.

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Mixed Berry Tart

Mixed Berry Cheesecake Tart
I have a sweet tooth. A pretty wicked one which isn’t good for someone who doesn’t necessarily prefer to bake. If you asked me I would tell you I’m a cook. Don’t get me wrong, I can bake, I just prefer the flexibility of cooking vs the rigidness that baking requires. You just can’t wing it when you bake and I like to wing it, always have. For me at least, when I try to wing it when baking things go all kinds of wrong and they’re not easily fixable like when I’m cooking. When cooking, I can adjust this add a pinch more of that until it comes around to what I had envisioned the dish to be. So when you’ve got an easy delicious dessert that requires minimal baking, I’m SO in. There’s a reason Panna Cotta is my go to dessert ; )

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Caprese Cracker Bites

Cracker Caprese Bites

Spring is in the air. FINALLY. Can I get a halleluiah? It’s been a long hard COLD winter and I’m looking forward to all things spring and summer. Including entertaining. We love to have people over all year round but especially when the weather is warmer and the days are longer. Having friends over doesn’t mean things have to be fussy. I’m not into fussy dinners. They’re nice every once in a while (you know when I want to be stressed out to the max because that’s what ends up happening) but for the most part I like jeans and t-shirt kind of entertaining.

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Pink Lemonade Icebox Pie

Pink Lemonde Icebox Pie

With the weather about to start heating up the last thing I will want to do will be to heat up my oven and by default my kitchen. Air conditioning is expensive yeah? I make A LOT of no bake treats in the spring and summer. My sweet tooth can not suffer because I don’t want to spend more on my air conditioning bill. That would be negligent of me. I can’t let that happen, it would be shameful. Hello no bake beauties. These are so simple it’s almost a non recipe. Simple is a good thing so let’s just focus on that.

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Sauteed Sprouts and Shrooms Hash with Bacon

Mushroom and Brussels Sprouts Hash
If you’re not enjoying the deliciousness that are Brussels Sprouts you’re missing out. These aren’t the boiled Brussels that you might have grown up gagging on (or maybe that was just me). Yep boiled Brussels are the worst and admittedly kept me away from Brussels for many years. Thanks Mom. Even my childhood dog wouldn’t eat them boiled nd that’s saying something, that dog at ALL the things. Good things I discovered that roasting or sauteing them is a game changer. Now it’s game on.

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Classic Homemade Dinner Rolls

 

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Want to know what one of my favorite things about eating out at a restaurant is? Well besides not having to cook or do the dishes because I’d be lying if I didn’t say that was a big bonus? It’s a rare occasion when anyone in general cooks for me (and when they do I most certainly DO appreciate it). I have to tell you the BREAD basket they bring to the table is what does it for me. Yep. I love the smell, the texture, the way butter melts right off of a warm bit. The way a piece of homemade bread just melts in your mouth. There is really nothing like homemade bread. It’s those extra little touches, like having a basket (or board) of bread out at the beginning of the meal that sets to the tone for the meal and conversation.

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