Football Saturday Snack


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Football season is upon us! Weekends are now ruled by tailgates and parties to watch the big games. If you’re as busy this season with parties, food, and plenty of drinks; then, I think you’ll want to check out this yummy appetizer to bring to your next event. My normal tailgating go-to snack to bring is Buffalo Chicken Dip but, with every weekend needing something yummy, I decided that we needed to change up the menu. So, I came up with this yummy fresh recipe that is also easy finger food (PERFECTION!). I love this recipe because it’s a twist of the usual veggie & dip. I love the portability and, of course, how yummy it is!

What You’ll Need : (makes enough for 8 people)

1 – 8 oz can of crescent rolls

1 – 8 oz package of cream cheese spread (I chose chive & onion)

Veggies of your choice (I used carrots, broccoli, and red peppers)

How To Assemble :

Leave your cream cheese out in a room temperate room for about an hour prior to baking. It’ll be much easier to spread.

Spread your crescent rolls out flat on a non-stick pan and bake for the recommended time.

While those are cooking, start chopping all your veggies.

Once your crescent rolls are done baking, take them out and let them cool.

When your crescent rolls are cooled down, put your cream cheese spread over top. Sprinkle your vegies on top throughout.

Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat!

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Cheers To Labor Day!


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If you’re like me and aren’t into basing your labor day party outfit off of the old red, white, and blue – bring the red, white, and blue in your dish! I love this drink because it keeps things nice and fresh while still maintaining the theme of the day. (If you aren’t a fan of raspberries, swap them out for strawberries!) Here’s what you’ll need to make these delicious cocktails this Labor Day.

Ingredients :

1 shots of Vodka (I used pomegranate and it tasted delicious)

Fill the rest of glass with Sprite

Blueberries

Raspberries

Plus, whatever leftovers you have of the fruit can be used easily into these cute yummy skewers. (I just added marshmallows but you can use white chocolate too!)

Leave me a comment below and let me know what your labor day plans are!

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At Home Energizing Cold Brew – Dairy Free!

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There have been many more late nights and heavily packed days lately than I’d like to admit. So many, in fact, that my usual caffeinated tea has not been up to the task. I’d find myself needing multiple just to get through the work day. So, I decided to try this cold brew from a recommendation from some family members. I’m super glad that I gave this a go because it has really saved my mornings!

I’m in love with this cold brew and one of the best parts is that it’s dairy free! I love almond milk and prefer it to milk. Which may be weird but I absolutely hate the taste of milk (barf!); but, I’m too much of a weenie to drink my coffee black. So, I always mixed my black coffee with almond milk. This Califia Farms Cold Brew Coffee comes in a few different flavors that really trick my brain into thinking I stopped at my local Starbucks. This not only saves me money but time! I love having a little more interesting added to my coffee than just the plain old. My favorite flavor this brand carries is probably the mocha. I can find this product easily at either Target or my local grocery store in the organic section.

Try Something Fun! Lately I have been mixing a cup or so of this with my protein shake in the morning. It tastes amazing and kills two birds with one stone! I highly recommend trying it out!

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Healthy “Milk”shake Recipe


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The heat of summer has set in and it definitely has me craving some sugary goodness! Instead of wasting the calories on your typical milkshake, I recommend trying out this healthier version the next time you have a sweet tooth. It tastes essentially the same as a milkshake and even has the same consistency. So yummy! I also recommend adding something like flaxseed or chia seeds to make this shake a little more filling and prevent you from drinking too much of it. Enjoy!

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups of Almond Milk
  • 1 Whole Banana
  • Dash of Vanilla
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Flaxseed

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July Fourth Sweets


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Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone! I hope you’re all having a fun and safe weekend so far. I wanted to throw out this super yummy recipe for you all to try this holiday weekend. This weekend is known for the BBQ’s, outdoor parties, and coast-side get togethers. With that being said, I think skewers are the perfect remedy for those parties on the go. This recipe is super easy, super delicious, and a very sneaky way to get your kids to eat a bit of fruit. This disassembled strawberry shortcake is a great add to whatever party you’re going to this weekend!

Ingredients :

1 box Angel Food Cake Mix (for those on a time crunch, like myself)

2 boxes of Strawberries

2 cups of White Chocolate Chips

This recipe is super simple and only takes about an hour or two to assemble. While your cake is baking, wash and prepare your strawberries. After baking your cake according to the box directions and letting it cool, cut your cake into 2” squares. Assemble the strawberries and cake on the skewers alternating them. Then go ahead and melt your white chocolate chips and drizzle on top. Put them in the fridge to set and you’re ready to pack them up and bring them with you on the go! Super simple and very delicious.

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Cooking For Beginners – Hello Fresh Review


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It’s been quite a while since I posted (technically only four days but it feels like an eternity)! I wanted to catch you guys up on what new fun things have been going on in my life. The first, and most entertaining thing, which we tried out recently was Hello Fresh. For those who may not know. Hello Fresh is a food delivery service that puts together quick and healthy meals using fresh ingredients that are all delivered straight to your door. This was my first time ever trying out one of these services and it was so much fun! Of course, you get to choose which meals you want them to ship you that week; but, I didn’t look too closely at the recipes so it was always a fun surprise to open each day’s box. I’ll run you through the various meals we chose and which our favorite was. Stay tuned to the end to hear my final thoughts on Hello Fresh!


Cherry-Drizzled Pork Chops

Yum, yum, YUM! I think this meal was my favorite of the bunch. It was definitely a different take on the pork chops than we usually see here in the Midwest. I thought the cherry drizzle was an interesting take on the savory sweet meal. Definitely a keeper!


A Caesar Salad To Rule Them All

One of the most delicious and filling salads I’ve ever had. I’m definitely going to recreate this again! It filled me and my husband up (yes, salads aren’t just for ladies!) so much that we even had a bit left over for lunch the next day.


Vietnamese Marinated Steak

This was such a different style dish than my husband and I are used to eating but we loved it! If there’s steak involved, it’s usually a winner for my husband. I loved the mix of flavors together. The pickled salad was so good!

For a very beginner cook, like myself, I found it a little overwhelming balancing all the different things going on in the kitchen. But strictly sticking to Hello Fresh’s recipes and step by step instructions, it definitely calmed my worries. All in all, we were so pleased with our Hello Fresh box! (No, I’m not sponsored in any way.) We genuinely thought this was a great service. We could definitely see using it again in the future for those weeks that you know are going to be busy. It was great to not have to shop, buy the perfect amount of ingredients, or surf Pinterest for hours looking for great healthy meals. I highly recommend trying it out!

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Skinny Dirty Banana Cocktail

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Getting hooked on Dirty Bananas in the Caribbean was a terrible mistake because they’re so delicious and addicting! As soon as we got back into the states, my husband and I started recreating them. Of course they were still just as amazing but it’s not as fun without the beach view! Today I wanted to thin down the recipe a bit and make a “skinny” version of the Dirty Banana. (It’s still alcohol so how skinny can it really get, am I right?) I think this version really does it justice and definitely makes this cocktail skinnier than its original version. I’ll leave a link here so you can check out the original. It’s a great treat every once and awhile; but, it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to enjoy often. Try out this Skinny Dirty Banana recipe to enjoy this Caribbean treat!

Ingredients :

1 oz. Malibu

1 oz. Kahlua

1 oz. 99 Bananas

Dash of Almond Milk


That’s it! Mix all together and serve over ice. It’s so easy and much better for you than the original recipe. I hope you try this recipe out and enjoy! Leave me a comment below and tell me your thoughts!
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Drinks Your Guests Will Remember This Memorial Day

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While you’re planning what exactly to serve at your Memorial Day parties, be sure to give this amazing adult beverage a try. Here’s my twist on an Orange Pomegranate Crush!

Ingredients : 

1 oz Triple Sec

2 oz Smirnoff Pomegranate Vodka

1/2 orange juiced

1 splash of Sprite or other lemon-lime soda

Serve over ice


Leave me a comment below and tell me what drinks you’ll be enjoying this weekend! 🙂
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5 Places To Eat This Weekend

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In need of a fun new place to check out this weekend? Here’s a few to get your weekend started off on the right foot!

La Mie  – cutest little bakery with some delicious goodies

Eatery A – amazing brunch and their venue is to die for

Barn Town Brewing – local brews and funky design is always a win for me

The Republic on Grand rooftops and cocktails make the best pairing

Hurts Donuts – nom nom nom

Leave me a comment below of somewhere new I need to check out!
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Movie Night Basics

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The weekend is finally here! Has this week been the longest one of 2017 yet? I think so… For those who follow me on Twitter, you know I zoomed through the final season of The Vampire Diaries last weekend. (If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you definitely should!) Start to finish, crushed the last season in one weekend. Am I proud of it? No. Am I glad I did it? YASS!

With binge watching late into the night, sometimes the cravings kick in and I wanted to share with you my favorite combination lately. The mixture of salty and sweet is the classic winning combo and this is how I like to combine the two! I’m loving the Organic Chocolate and Love Sea Salt & Caramel chocolate right now. So yummy! I’d definitely give it a try because this chocolate on its own has your salty and sweet. But it wouldn’t be a proper binge watching marathon without the good old fashioned popcorn. Sadly, I didn’t have any kernels on hand (I normally like to pop my own popcorn for a healthier option) so I went for the lightly buttered microwaveable pouches I had on hand. I always top off my popcorn with Tone’s Popcorn Seasoning and I love it!

Perfect combination for a movie night! Leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re currently watching. I’m in need of a new show!
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Asian Salad Recipe

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Working in an office that is too far away from my house to come home for lunch has definitely taught me to plan ahead and get creative when it comes to my packed lunches. Last week I decided to try out a new recipe and I really enjoyed it! I tried out a quick and easy Asian Salad recipe. I whipped this together in less than 20 minutes Sunday night and it made enough for my whole week. I just packaged it all up in Tupperware and grabbed it quick every morning. Bonus fact, it was super cheap to make this recipe so the fact that it lasted the whole week was insane!

Here is what you’ll need :

One bag of Dole Coleslaw Mix

Two packages of Oriental Style Ramen Noodles

One small can of Mandarin Oranges

Handful of Sliced Almonds

1/3 cup of White Vinegar

1/3 cup of Vegetable Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

How to whip it all up :

Combine the salt, pepper, vegetable oil, white vinegar, a dash of the mandarin orange juice, and oriental style ramen powder.

Mix the coleslaw, uncooked ramen noodles, drained mandarin oranges, & almonds.

Combine the two mixtures and stir it all together.

Let me know if you try out this recipe. I love it and I think you will too!
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Inside My Tea Cabinet

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I love me some tea! I have at least one glass of tea a day because it’s great for you and I love the taste. I have a few different varieties of tea that I like to keep on hand at all times. I wanted to show you which ones I like and why I can’t live without them!

Lipton Pure Green Tea 100% Natural

This is tea is a major part of my morning routine. I used to rely on coffee and energy drinks to get my morning boost but I found that they triggered my anxiety too much. Weening myself off of those highly caffeinated drinks was not an easy task. However, once I switch over to natural green tea, I found myself not missing them at all. I love the natural boost of caffeine that this tea gives me. I can’t go through my morning without it!

Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile with Lavender

This is my tea that I will normally choose after a stressful day or just winding down for the night. The chamomile and lavender are great for relaxing a busy mind. I love this tea if I’m needing a bit of calming down.

Pompadour Chamomile

This tea also contains chamomile but I use this one for an entirely different scenario. When I was younger, my dad always used to give me this tea when I had a sore throat or an upset stomach. Of course I was younger and not quite accustomed to the natural earthy taste of tea so he would sneak in some honey. When I have a sore throat now I prepare myself the same tea. I find it does a great job soothing my throat.

Traditional Medicinals Organic Roasted Dandelion Root

This last tea is one I’ve repurchased now again and again. Recently, the new trend is the detox teas that you see celebrities promoting all over the internet. I found my own, cheaper, version of their detox tea. Dandelion root is a great natural way to detox. I use this whenever I’ve maybe eaten too much (aka Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities) or when I’ve eaten not so healthy. I highly recommend this tea for those of you who want the effects of a big name brand detox tea but don’t want to spend the money.

What tea do you guys enjoy drinking? I’d love to try out some more this season, leave your suggestions below!

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