DIY Ginger-Cantaloupe Ice Pop Recipe

Whether you’re entertaining or just trying to cool off this summer, this DIY ginger cantaloupe ice pop recipe is the delicious, refreshing treat that you need in your life.

It’s a healthy, fruit-filled snack is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth – and the best part is they are practically guilt-free!

Ginger-Cantaloupe Ice Pops

What you need:

  • – 3 slices of fresh ginger
    – 1/4 cup sugar
    – 1 ripe cantaloupe
    – Sliced strawberries (optional)
    – Ice pop molds and wooden craft sticks

What to do:

In a small sauce pan, add the sugar and 1/2 cup water over medium heat. Cook just until the sugar has melted. Remove from heat and drop in ginger. Set aside until cooled. (Remove ginger when ready to use!)
Slice cantaloupe in half and scoop out seeds. Spoon cantaloupe flesh into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Add just enough of the cooled ginger syrup to sweeten as desired. Save the remaining syrup for another use.
Pour into ice pop molds and freeze overnight. For a variation, push a few sliced strawberries down into the ice pop molds before freezing.

Recipe Credit: Terra’s Kitchen

National Iced Tea Day

This post is sponsored by Snapple in conjunction with Acorn Influence.  All opinions are mine.

Summer has been great for my family so far.  We’re loving the shade that the trees at our new home provides.  We’re making good use of the industrial strength bubble maker I bought.  Our chalk drawings are getting better and better.  As a family we keep going and going and it’s important to me that we take time to slow down.  One way I love to relax and slow down is to have a picnic or even a drink outside.  Just being in nature and talking with each other does wonders for my mood.  The stress of my to-do list just melts away.

Snapple

Two of my favorite drinks of summer are lemonade and ice tea.  Snapple has come up with a new flavor of tea and it’s absolutely delicious.  It’s a mango tea and it has the cutest name (I’ve always been a sucker for a cute name!) – Takes 2 to Mango Tea.  Snapple’s brand slogan is “Made from the Best Stuff on Earth” and yea, this Snapple Mango Tea is the best stuff on Earth.

I went to Walmart and purchased a case of Snapple Takes 2 to Mango Tea because it’s so good and I knew my husband would love it.  He did and he even had it opened and in the fridge before I got a picture of the 6 pack case.  I actually went back to grab a few more cases for our party today and I still didn’t manage to get a picture.

The tea tastes freshly brewed and is full of mango flavor.  I love that it’s sweet but not too sweet.

Get this new flavor, Snapple Mango Tea today at Walmart. Because June 10th is National Iced Tea Day Snapples are on Rollback at Walmart until July 31st!  Get it by the bottle to try it out and then go back for the case like we did. Walmart makes it easy to stock up…especially with their grocery pick-up.

Mini Egg Frittatas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the happy egg co. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When it comes to being healthy, the struggle is real. I’ve been slowly plugging away at getting healthier this year.  It’s no easy task as I’m sure you know.  It’s hard to put mind over ice cream. No matter how much I work out (which is usually less than more) I always feel better when I make healthy meal choices.  What I eat matters more, for me personally, than what I do.  What I eat for breakfast sets the stage for my eating habits throughout the day. I’ve found that I truly feel well fueled for the day when I eat a nutritious protein filled breakfast.  I especially love when I find a way to incorporate vegetables into my morning meal.  The recipe I’m going to share with you today does just that!  It’s an easy, quick, protein filled, veggie toting recipe that will have your kids asking for seconds.  Plus, it’s a great meal to eat in the car if you are like me and have to eat on the run sometimes. Mini Egg Frittatas Mini Egg Frittatas!  Free Range Eggs Oh, and before I share the recipe I have to share that since I’ve started trying to eat healthier and eating more protein in the morning I’ve discovered the best eggs in the world.  That’s my opinion, not their claim! 🙂  I used to buy the cheapest eggs I could find but ever since my grandfather gave me some farm fresh eggs at Christmas I’ve been looking to find some better eggs because there really is a difference!  While researching the difference between caged, cage-free, pasture raised, and free range I’ve learned a lot.  Mainly, that the egg aisle is a confusing place to shop but also that cage-free hens live in a barn and may never see the light of day.  The happy egg co.has free range eggs that come from hens that live on farms and have access to 8 acres where they can run, jump, flap, and play outdoors every day.  Now, I wouldn’t have believed this before Christmas if you had told me but after trying them myself I truly believe that less stressed hens living a more natural life produce better eggs.  The yolks are darker, taste creamier, and my husband even noticed that the shells are a little thicker.  Who knew?  Yes, this is a sponsored post for the happy egg co. but I’ll only work with companies I completely back and the happy egg co. is definitely one of those.  Seriously, the next time you’re at the store, pick up a dozen and see if you don’t think there’s a difference.  They’re delicious!  Now for the recipe… Egg Frittata Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground sausage, cooked
  • 10 the happy co eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease a muffin tin and set aside.
  • Cook the ground sausage and drain off any grease.Mini Frittata Recipe
  • Place 1-2 Tablespoons of cooked ground sausage into each muffin cup, and top with a sprinkle of cheese.

The Happy Egg Co Eggs

  • Place all of the eggs in a large bowl and whisk for 2 minutes, incorporating lots of air.

The Happy Egg Company

  • Pour the eggs over the sausage so that they are completely covered in each muffin.

Egg Breakfast

  • Sprinkle on some veggies and place in the oven.

Egg Frittatas

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the tops are puffy and golden brown.

Egg Frittatas

  • Cool and serve.

Voila!  It’s that easy. Mug Frittatas Recipe Here’s a quick mug frittata recipe if you’re in a very quick rush! Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (about 1 small green onion)
  • 2 teaspoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • A little bit of ham (I don’t know how to measure this, 1 heaping tbs?)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • A few turns of the pepper grinder

Directions:

  1. Spray the inside of a mug with a nonstick cooking spray
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk the eggs, add the other desired ingredients, and pour into your mug.
  3. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds and then stir the egg mixture. Microwave another 30 seconds and stir again. Microwave a final 45 to 60 seconds longer until eggs are set.

What are your favorite protein filled breakfast favorites?

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A Happy Life is a Daily Decision – Celebrate it!

Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

I think a happy marriage, or a happy life, is a daily decision.  A decision to celebrate the little things and not get too wrapped up in the unimportant.  To focus on the good instead of the bad.

To celebrate being alive and healthy.

Flowers from kids

To cherish the weeds given from a loving heart.

Paint Pallets

To enjoy new paint pallets and the opportunity to express yourself.

Shaker Cabinets

To enjoy your newly decorated shelves even if you don’t have the crown molding installed yet.  The shelves are finally like I had envisioned when we ordered the cabinets a half a year ago!

Pyramid of toys

To appreciate your child’s pyramid of toys they erected before falling asleep.

Life isn’t lived from one big celebration to another.  Birthdays and holidays are spread out too far for that!  I’m trying to remind myself to focus on the positive because I truly have a lot to be thankful for!

How do you celebrate things?  In our house we like to celebrate by singing and dancing together….and food.  We love a good meal!

Bertolli Meal

Just this week we celebrated my daughter learning to whistle with this delicious Bertolli Chicken Florentine & Farfalle meal for two.  With salad and bread we spread the meal out and made it work for the three of us.

Bertolli Chicken Florentine & Farfalle

This meal is delicious and only takes 11 minutes to cook!  That’s my kind of meal.  We like to keep the Bertolli Frozen Chicken Florentine and P.F. Chang’s Frozen Beef and Broccoli on hand for such spontaneous celebrations.  They are both delicious and cook in a short amount of time.

Bertolli Skillet Meal

Simply pour, cover, and stir occasionally. Voila!  It’s that easy and incredibly delicious.  My daughter loves it so much that she has declared spinach her new favorite food.

Bertolli Meal for Two

We’re looking forward to celebrating the beginning of potty training soon (and hopefully the end!), my daughter’s first loose tooth, her first field trip, her last day of school, and so many more!  How do you celebrate life?

Italian Proverb

Game Day Mac n Cheese Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson®. All opinions are entirely my own.

As much as I love sweet treats at tailgate parties, savory appetizers are my real jam! This delicious mac n cheese topped with Wright® Brand Bacon is an easy recipe that is sure to please.

Wright brand bacon

Ingredients:
-2 peeled shallots
-3 cloves garlic
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-4 pieces Wright bacon cooked, reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat
-2 tablespoons flour
-4 cups heavy cream
-1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
-1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
-Salt and freshly ground black pepper
-1 pound cooked penne pasta -1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  While the oven is preheating place the shallots and garlic in a small aluminum foil pouch and drizzle with olive oil.  Allow those to roast for 20 minutes before removing and chopping.  While that is roasting, fry the bacon.  Add the reserved bacon fat with the roasted shallot and garlic over medium heat.  Whisk in the cream and thyme.  Reduce by a third.  Add the cheeses and stir until melted and delicious!  Add a pinch or two of pepper or salt if you like.  Remove from the stove and gently stir in the cooked pasta.  Place in a casserole dish.  Top mac n cheese with panko and chopped bacon.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

I personally love this recipe with the bread crumbs but my daughter isn’t so fond of them so we alternate whether we include them or not.  Either way, it’s delicious!

Best Mac and Cheese

We love Wright® Brand Bacon.  Ever since I’ve tried that brand I haven’t strayed.  It’s so convenient with it’s resealable package and not to mention it is SO good.  Seriously, you have to try it if you haven’t yet.  Right now, add it to your store list and pick up a package or two the next time you’re at Kroger.

Want some more Big Game inspiration?  Try Tyson® Any’tizers® (they’re boneless!) or Ball Park® beef hot dogs.

What savory dishes do you enjoy while tailgating?

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Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie Recipe Sponsored by Wayfair

Smoothies

My kids are alike me in so many ways.  Some good and some bad but I like to focus on the good.

One thing that the three of us love are our daily smoothies.  None of us are morning people so smoothies have to be a mid-day snack instead.  My kids are always eager to try my latest concoctions, and I’m more than pleased to see my ridiculously finicky 2-year-old happily drinking a nutritious snack.  We go to eating therapy once a week and I tell ya, some days the most nutrients he gets are from those smoothies!

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

Smoothies are a sweet and delicious treat that’s great for kids of all ages!  Instead of ice cream or candy, smoothies are our go to treat around here.  Sometimes something more indulgent is needed like frozen yogurt with five different toppings but most days, a smoothie hits the sweet spot!  Especially when your smoothie is chock-full of strawberries and lemons!!

Strawberry lemonade is the go-to drink of summer, right?  Who says it can’t be enjoyed all year long?  Who says you can’t throw in some cashews and dates to kick the flavor and nutrition up a notch?  That’s what I do in my family’s favorite Strawberry Lemonade Recipe and I hope you’ll give it a try!

Kids Smoothie Recipe

Who needs candy when you can have smoothies?

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie Ingredients

If you think you have to add sugar to your kid’s smoothies, you don’t.  I promise!  This strawberry lemonade smoothie is sweet, a tiny bit tart, delicious and best of all—actually good for you and your kids!

I’ll admit that while I developed this smoothie recipe with my kids in mind, it’s one of my favorites as well.  I love how refreshing it is.  It’s a nice treat to break up a hectic day.

I hope you’ll try serving up this truly yummy Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie this year for Valentine’s Day and ditching the candy.  You and your sweethearts will love it!

INGREDIENTS:
– 2-3 ice cubes
– 1/2 cup of almond milk (unsweetened but we’ve used vanilla before too)
– 1/2 Cup fresh strawberries (frozen works just as well!)
– 1 tablespoon of raw cashews
– 1 tbs of fresh lemon juice
– 1/2 tsp of grated lemon zest (packed down)
– 1 large pitted date

 

Strawberries

DIRECTIONS:
– Blend on high speed until smooth. Serve immediately.

Lemonade Smoothie

If you’re in the need for a heavy duty blender to help create yummy smoothies of your own look no further than the selection at Wayfair.  They’ve got every brand and the reviews are so helpful in finding the perfect one for you.

Tyson Chicken Caprese Bites

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.

Whether you’re three or thirty or have thirteen grandkids, chances are you probably enjoy a basket of delicious, chicken tenders. Maybe you call them chicken strips, or chicken bites, or chicken fingers?

Chicken Caprese Appetizer

No matter which moniker you choose, this amazing chicken caprese is going to be your family’s new favorite recipe. The base of this appetizer is Tyson ® Grilled & Ready ® Chicken Breast Strips. This recipe is so incredibly good that we never have leftovers, and honestly, my family could eat these appetizers for their meal sometime. It would make a nice lunch sometime all on it’s own!
Chicken Caprese

This recipe is so easy that my daughter can help with every step of it! We start by microwaving precooked Tyson ® Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips. While that’s heating up, slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices and do the same to the mozzarella. Find your balsamic vinegar and cut a few basil leaves into strips. Once your chicken is ready cut it into bite size pieces and cut the tomato and mozzarella so it fits on top nicely. Add as many strips of basil as you choose. Give a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar and stick a toothpick in it. We decorated our toothpicks with curling ribbon for two reasons. Number one, because the fancy toothpicks were sold out. Number two, my daughter will find any excuse for a craft. Using scotch tape and scissors are two of her favorite things. They do look quite decorative though, don’t they?

Caprese Appetizers

This is a great appetizer to whip up in under ten minutes. It’s so easy you can even have the kids help…or do it themselves if they’re old enough! When your New Years party guests arrive they’ll be blown away by your fancy and tasty appetizer. Tyson® Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips really make this appetizer a real treat. Tyson® has taken the hard work out of making delicious and flavorful chicken and all we have to do it heat it up. It really doesn’t get any simpler than that…and I need simple. This stage of life demands it. If you give this appetizer a try I’d love to hear what you think of it!

Eating Chicken

Old Fashioned Chocolate Donuts

 

Chocolate Donuts

These old fashioned chocolate donuts are incredibly delicious and super filled with the chocolate flavors we all know and love.  This post contains affiliate links.
Friends, I found the recipe that I want to make for the rest of my life. Like seriously there’s nothing better than these old fashioned chocolate donuts! And it’s not because I made them and I’m incredibly proud of them, which I am because excuse me homemade donuts made from scratch in my own kitchen, if that’s not impressive then I don’t know what it is. But it’s because the fact that they are so good they taste even better tan the store-bought ones.

Yes, these ones taste way better than the doughnuts you could purchase at an upscale coffee shop and way better than the ones they sell at farmers markets. If homemade donuts that taste better than anything doesn’t convince you to make them then I seriously don’t know what can.

The other great thing is that this recipe is also incredibly easy to make. You don’t need a ton of things or crazy skills to be able to whip them up in your kitchen, which in my opinion, is the best thing ever. Because you know what’s super annoying? Finding a recipe that everyone claims is the best thing ever and realizing you need to be a pro at cooking to be able to actually make it.

But back to these old fashioned chocolate cake donuts. They are moist without being too wet, they are soft without being mushy, and they take so little time to make them that it still amazes me.

My only advice is to make a batch big enough so everyone can have seconds, because while they are super filling, they are so delicious that everyone is going to reach for seconds.

Chocolate Donut Recipe
Ingredients: 

– 3 cups all purposed flour

– ⅔ Cup cocoa powder

– 2 Tsp baking powder

– Dash ground nutmeg

– 1 Tsp salt

– 1 Cup buttermilk

– ½ Cup chocolate milk

– 2 Eggs

– ½ Cup butter

– 1 Tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

– Preheat the oven to 350F.

– In a bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.

– In another bowl combine the buttermilk, chocolate milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla.

– Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients.

– Stir well until the batter thickens.

– Pour the batter into a greased donut pan.

– Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until well done.

– When time is up, remove the pan from the oven.

– Let to cool and gently remove the donuts from the pan using a rubber spatula.

Serve and enjoy!

Chocolate Donut Recipe

Caramel Pumpkin Trifle

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Caramel Pumpkin Trifle

This Caramel Pumpkin Trifle brings delicious fall flavors together in an easy and elegant dessert!  It’s like eating fall in a cup.  This is a great dessert to make in individual servings or in a big trifle dish for the holidays.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner you know!

The weather around here has been crazy.  It’s 76 on the day we get our Christmas pictures and are suffering in our sweaters and the next day it’s in the 50s and the bitter cold wind cuts through us no matter what we put on.  Pumpkin is the perfect dessert for either temperature!  Pumpkin pie can be eaten cold or served warm.  I chose to heat up mine for this dessert and afterwards I realized that I probably should have done it cold for better pictures but it was so good warm! 🙂

This yummy parfait is made with Marie Callender’s pumpkin pie, caramel sauce, graham crackers, and Ready Wip.  My favorite thing about this recipe is how easy it is.  My kids helped me make it and they loved making it as much as eating it.

Enjoy!

Caramel Pumpkin Trifle

Ingredients: 

Directions:  Gather your ingredients and add a heaping tablespoon of crushed graham crackers to the dish.  Add a layer of pumpkin pie.  Add a layer of Ready Wip.  Add a layer of crushed graham crackers.  Add a layer of pumpkin pie.  Add a layer of Ready Wip.  Drizzle caramel layer on top of your dessert for a lovely presentation.

Mini Pumpkin Pie

We had some leftover pumpkin pie and made these little pumpkin hearts with cookie cutters.  We added a little Ready Wip on top and sprinkled with cinnamon and they were ready to serve!  These mini pumpkin pies are yummy with hot chocolate.   We add a squirt of Ready Wip and a sprinkle of cinnamon to our Swiss Miss hot chocolate to make it extra special!

I’m not one for making pies, Marie Callender makes all of mine for me.  I figure that make in another stage of life I’ll learn how and make the perfect pies.  For me, stopping by Walmart is a fool-proof way to get a delicious pie and I can spend more of my time with those who mean the most to me.  Easy peasy.

For more delicious inspiration check out these yummy ideas:

Pumpkin Spice Cocoa

Mini Apple Pie