Summer Corn Salad.

Summer Corn Salad

Summer Corn Salad!  This sweet corn salad is simply delicious and quick!  The perfect way to enjoy fresh summer corn and tomatoes.

Summer Corn Salad

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This is my favorite summer salad, it’s so good that I’ve made it 3 times this week!  It’s easy to make and tastes incredibly fresh.  Sometimes the best recipes don’t contain a ton of ingredients, just a ton of flavor.

This time of year when the tomatoes and corn are completely amazing I love recipes that just let the ingredients shine!  If you have fresh herbs in your garden like dill or basil, they do go perfectly in this recipe!

You can use a knife to cut the corn off the cob or you can grab a Corn Kerneler on Amazon for about $3 with free shipping!  The measurements of the vegetables don’t have to be exact, if you have extra tomatoes or just happen to love them, add extra…  a little short on cucumbers, no worries, this will still be great!

Summer Corn Salad!  This recipe is simply delicious and quick!  The perfect way to enjoy fresh summer corn and tomatoes.

Items You’ll Need for This Recipe

* corn *  apple cider vinegar * tomatoes *

Summer Corn Salad

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Ingredients
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  • 3 cups corn kernels (about 4 cobs of corn)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • fresh basil or dill (optional)
Instructions
  1. Either boil or grill corn. Once cooked, remove kernels from corn.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and gently toss.
  3. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

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* Grilled Bacon Wrapped Corn *  Homemade Creamed Corn * Slow Cooker Bacon Corn Chowder *

 

Summer Corn Salad!  This recipe is simply delicious and quick!  The perfect way to enjoy fresh summer corn and tomatoes.
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Grilled Chicken Fajitas! A homemade fajita marinade makes deliciously tender chicken! These are serve with grilled peppers & onions and loaded with your favorite toppings for a quick, healthy meal!

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Grilled Chicken Fajitas! A homemade fajita marinade makes deliciously tender chicken! These are served with grilled peppers & onions and loaded with your favorite toppings for a quick, healthy meal!

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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 I absolutely love fajitas along with everything and anything that has a Mexican flair!    These delicious chicken fajitas are made on the grill, so they’re quick and perfect for a busy weeknight or a hot summer evening!  (This recipe works great for beef or steak fajitas too)!  We load them up with cheese, sour cream, lettuce and jalapeños!

I find that cutting the peppers into quarters makes them easy to grill and they won’t slip through.  Once they’re done, I cut them into strips.  For the onion, I cut strips while leaving the root in tact  and grill it that way.  It cooks through beautifully and there are no little pieces slipping through the grill.

Grilled Chicken Fajitas! A homemade fajita marinade makes deliciously tender chicken! These are served with grilled peppers & onions and loaded with your favorite toppings for a quick, healthy meal!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Grill * Peppers * Chicken *

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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Ingredients
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  • small tortillas
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced (red, yellow or orange)
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ white onion, sliced (see note)
Marinade
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Blend all marinade ingredients until smooth.
  2. Pour ½ of the marinade over the chicken. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Pour remaining ½ of the marinade over the vegetables and refrigerate 1 hour.
  4. Preheat grill to medium heat. Cook chicken and vegetables until chicken is cooked through and no pink remains (165 degrees) and veggies are lightly charred. Cut chicken into ½" slices.
  5. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Fill tortiallas with chicken, grilled peppers and desired toppings.

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* Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu  * Easy Chicken Fajitas * Crockpot Chicken Tacos  *

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Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower.

Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower

Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower bites are a crowd pleaser!!  Tender morsels of cauliflower baked in a crispy crust and then loaded with buffalo sauce!  If you like wings, you love this leaner tastier snack!

Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower

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If you’re looking to serve a snack big on flavor this is one of my favorites!  I do love Buffalo Wings, but I think I love this cauliflower even more (and these are much healthier)!

Nobody will believe this deliciously crispy Buffalo Cauliflower is baked in the oven and not deep fried!

Buffalo Sauce is not the same as just plain ol’ hot sauce out of the bottle.  When you order buffalo wings in a restaurant, the sauce is generally 2 parts hot sauce to 1 part melted butter (that’s why they taste so darn good)!  For this reason I actually prefer to purchase a store bought Buffalo Sauce (I love Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce best) as it doesn’t contain all of the fat of a homemade sauce but it still has that great buffalo wing flavor!

If you have anyone in your group who can’t handle the spice, leave a few aside and season with salt and pepper and dip in a garlic aioli for another yummy variation!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Panko Bread Crumbs * Buffalo Sauce * Cauliflower *

Buffalo Cauliflower

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Serves: 8-10 servings

Ingredients
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  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • ⅔ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ⅔ cup buffalo sauce (see note below)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces discarding the core.
  3. Combine milk, flour, garlic powder, pepper and olive oil in a large bowl. Place batter and cauliflower in a large Ziploc bag and toss until cauliflower is coated.
  4. Pour cauliflower into a large strainer letting any excess batter drip off. Sprinkle with Panko breadcrumbs and gently toss.
  5. Place on a foil lined pan and bake 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently toss with buffalo sauce. You want the cauliflower coated but not soaked.
  6. Place back on the pan and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender crisp.
  7. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

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* Ranch Buffalo Chicken Dip  * Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sub * Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Bake  *

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Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower bites are a crowd pleaser!! Tender morsels of cauliflower baked in a crispy crust and then loaded with buffalo sauce! If you like wings, you love this leaner tastier snack!
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Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Easy Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken is tender & juicy... totally irresistible!  This can be grilled (or baked) for the perfect summer meal and this chicken is perfect on a fresh crisp salad!

 Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

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Wow…  that pretty much sums up this recipe in one word!  Just WOW!

I’ve been making this chicken for years, the marinade makes this chicken SO tender and juicy!  This easy recipe makes a great main dish but it’s also the perfect chicken to top a delicious salad or even to use in a grilled chicken sandwich!

The sauce is quick and very simple but tastes absolutely amazing!  I could (I’m not saying I did or didn’t) eat it with a spoon.  This recipe will become a staple in your household!

 

 

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Honey * Dijon Mustard * Grill *

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

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Serves: 6 Servings

Serving size: 1 Chicken breast & 1 Tablespoon Sauce

Ingredients
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  • 6 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 3 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise or Dressing
  • ⅓ Cup Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 1½ teaspoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
Instructions
  1. Mix together Dijon, Honey, Soy Sauce and Lemon juice.
  2. Remove 3 tablespoons of the Honey Mustard Sauce and set aside.
  3. Mix the chicken breasts with the marinade and let sit up to 4 hours in the fridge
  4. Preheat the grill to medium and grill the chicken 6-7 minutes per side or until juices run clear and the chicken reaches 170 degrees.
Sauce
  1. Add 3 tablespoons of mayo or dressing to the reserved Honey Mustard Sauce
  2. Drizzle over chicken breasts and enjoy!
This recipe originally appeared on Spendwithpennies.com in April 2013.  Updated July 2015.

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* Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu * Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Poppers! * Grilled Bacon Wrapped Corn  *

Easy Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken is tender & juicy... totally irresistible!  This can be grilled (or baked) for the perfect summer meal and this chicken is perfect on a fresh crisp salad!
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Skinny Chicken Alfredo! Skinny Chicken Alfredo is a rich, creamy & delicious pasta lightened up! Perfect with leftover baked or grilled chicken! Feel free to add in your favorite veggies; broccoli or mushrooms are perfect with this dish!

Skinny Chicken Alfredo

Skinny Chicken Alfredo! Skinny Chicken Alfredo is a rich, creamy & delicious pasta lightened up!  Perfect with leftover baked or grilled chicken!  We love to add our favorite veggies too; broccoli or mushrooms are perfect with this dish!

Skinny Chicken Alfredo!

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Chicken Alfredo.. delish!  Seriously this is so good!

Did you know when  you order Chicken Alfredo at your average restaurant,  you are ordering a whopping 1547 calories and 97 grams of fat!  CRAZY huh?

Alfredo is an absolute favorite of both of my girls, I think they would eat it every single day if they could.  I decided it was time to come up with a healthier alternative for them and guess what…  the results were AMAZING!  Honestly, this recipe will knock your socks off .. rich, creamy and oh so delicious!!  This has all of the flavor without all of the fat!

This recipe calls for 2 cups of cooked chicken.  You can either cook the chicken with a little non-stick spray in a frying pan, use a store bought rotisserie chicken or (my favorite) grill it!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Fresh Parmesan Cheese * Flour * Milk *

Skinny Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Rating 

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons light cream cheese (not fat free)
  • ½ cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 12 oz. fresh fettuccine
  • fresh parsley to taste
Instructions
  1. Over medium heat, put olive oil and garlic in a pan. Cook about 1 minute.
  2. Add flour to cold milk until dissolved and add to pan. Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly. Once thickened, turn heat off stir in cream cheese, salt & nutmeg until melted. Add parmesan and chicken.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Toss pasta with sauce and top with parsley and additional cheese.

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* Slow Cooker Alfredo * Bacon Mushroom Fettuccine * Baked Spaghetti Casserole with Meatballs  *

Skinny Chicken Alfredo! Skinny Chicken Alfredo is a rich, creamy & delicious pasta lightened up!  Perfect with leftover baked or grilled chicken!  We love to add our favorite veggies too; broccoli or mushrooms are perfect with this dish!
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Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Cake

Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Cake

Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Cake! Chocolate wafers between layers of peanut butter cream and bananas make a no bake dessert that is deliciously light and decadent at the same time!

Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Cake

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 Icebox cakes are a summertime favorite!  Not only are they quick and easy to prepare, but these delicious desserts don’t require the oven which is a huge bonus!  If you’ve never made an icebox cake before, you are going to LOVE this!  You simply layer up a cream filling and cookies of any type…  the cookies soften creating an amazing cakey texture!

This Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Cake has chocolate wafers sandwiched between layers of peanut butter cream and bananas!  You won’t believe how deliciously light and decadent at the same time!

I’ve garnished this cake with beautifully simple chocolate curls, they just take a couple of minutes to make!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Chocolate Wafer Cookies * 8×8 Pan * Peanut Butter *

 

Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Cake

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Ingredients
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Crust
  • 1½ cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
Icebox Cake
  • 4 cups heavy cream, divided
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 27 chocolate wafers
  • 3 small bananas
  • Fudge sauce homemade or store bought
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 pan with plastic wrap.
  2. Combine butter & cookie crumbs until moist. Press into the bottom of prepared pan. Refrigerate.
  3. Whip 2½ cups heavy cream and powdered sugar on medium high until fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter and ½ cup heavy cream. Beat on medium high until fluffy. Fold whipped cream & peanut butter cream together.
  4. Spread ⅓ of the peanut butter cream over the cold crust. Top with 9 wafer cookies and half of the bananas. Spread ⅓ of the cream over the bananas.
  5. Top the second layer of cream with 18 wafer cookies, overlapping them and remaining bananas. Add remaining peanut butter cream. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Remove from pan using plastic wrap and transfer to a plate. Before serving, whip remaining cream and spread over cake. Garnish with fudge sauce and chocolate curls if desired.

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* Pistachio Icebox Cake  Banana Split Icebox Cake  *  Chips Ahoy! Icebox Cake *

Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Cake! Chocolate wafers between layers of peanut butter cream and bananas make a no bake dessert that is deliciously light and decadent at the same time!
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How to Make Chocolate Curls

How to Make Chocolate Curls

How to Make Chocolate Curls!  It takes just a couple of minutes to make a big batch of the easy and beautiful curls!  The perfect garnish for any cake, pudding or dessert!

How to Make Chocolate Curls

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These are so fun to make!  I used them to garnish my Peanut Butter Banana Icebox Cake, and it looked gorgeous!  (Seriously, go check it out)!

Kind of like a snow flake, no two curls are the same but all of them are beautiful!  These take literally minutes to make a huge batch, they’re so easy!  You can use them to garnish cakes, cupcakes or whipped cream on a special drink!  They take a simple dessert from ordinary to extraordinary!

It make take a couple of tries for you to get them curling exactly how you like…  but the great thing is if you’re not happy the first time, just simply remelt the chocolate and try again!

Items You’ll Need To Make Chocolate Curls

* Semi Sweet Chocolate * Butter * Scraper or Spatula *

How to Make Chocolate Curls

Rating 

Serves: 2 oz

Ingredients
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  • 2 oz semi sweet chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons butter (or shortening)
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate & butter in the microwave on 30% power until smooth.
  2. Pour onto a baking pan and using an offset spatula, spread chocolate as thin as possible.
  3. Place in the freezer for 3-4 minutes or until firm. Use a spatula or scraper to scrape the chocolate off the pan and make curls. If the chocolate begins to soften too much, pop it back into the freezer for a couple of minutes.
  4. Once curled, place the pan back in the fridge until ready to use. Transfer the curls to your dessert using a spatula.

 

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Greek Pasta Salad.

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

This easy Greek Pasta Salad is quick to make and delicious to eat!  Loaded with feta and fresh veggies, its perfect to serve it as a side with chicken or on its own for lunch on the go!

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

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Greek Pasta Salad is a dish you’ll find on our family table year round! This salad will hold up in the fridge for a few days so it’s the perfect school or work lunch and is a great make ahead dish for a barbecue or pot luck!

It’s quick to prepare and loaded with feta, crunchy cucumbers, juicy ripe tomatoes & peppers!  My kids have been eating this easy Greek pasta salad for as long as I can remember and it’s the one veggie filled dish they can all agree on!

To make this family friendly I try to take a little bit of the ‘bite’ of the purple onion.  I dice it, place it in a jar with cold water and a pinch of salt.  Shake for 10 seconds, drain and repeat if needed.

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Rotini * Olive Oil * Red Wine Vinegar *

Greek Pasta Salad

Rating 

Serves: 12 servings

Ingredients
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  • 16 oz short pasta (rotini, bow ties, penne)
  • ¾ long english cucumber, diced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bell pepper (red or orange), diced
  • ½ cup sliced pitted olives
  • ½ cup feta cheese, cubed
  • ⅓ cup red onion, diced
Dressing
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste
OR
  • 1 cup bottled greek vinaigrette dressing
Instructions
  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
  2. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Rinse under cold water.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss.
  4. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

 

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This easy Greek Pasta Salad is quick to make and delicious to eat!  Loaded with feta and fresh veggies, its perfect to serve it as a side with chicken or on its own for lunch on the go!
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Boston Cream Bars

Boston Cream Bars

 

Boston Cream Bars!  Amazing Brownie-like base topped with homemade custard and a rich chocolate ganache!  You can't eat just one!

Boston Cream Bars

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If you love Boston Cream Pie nearly as much as I do, you’re going to go crazy for these totally amazing bars!!

They start with a soft chewy brownie-like base, they’re then filled with an incredible homemade custard and finally topped with a rich chocolate ganache!  I think I could’ve literally eaten the entire pan myself!

Yes, this recipe does have a box mix in the base.  The mix literally creates a PERFECT brownie like base, soft & chewy, with that typical yellow cake flavor.  If you really don’t want to use a mix you can certainly sub in your favorite blondie recipe however, it will change the flavor and texture of these bars.

Boston Cream Bars!  Amazing Brownie-like base topped with homemade custard and a rich chocolate ganache!  You can't eat just one!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Yellow Cake Mix * 8×8 pan * chocolate chips *

Boston Cream Bars

Rating 

Serves: 16 bars

Ingredients
Bottom Layer
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons cream
Custard
  • ½ cup sugar divided
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
Ganache
  • 9oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Instructions
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 pan with foil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oil, eggs & cream. Whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Spread into prepared pan and bake 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Custard
  1. Over medium heat, combine milk and ¼ cup sugar. Bring just to a boil.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks with ¼ cup sugar and vanilla. Add in cornstarch until completely mixed and smooth.
  3. Add 1 cup of the hot milk to the yolks and stir well. Pour the yolk mixture back into the pot and whisk continuously over medium heat until mixture thickens. Cool slightly in the pot for about 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Spread custard over prepared bottom and refrigerate until completely cooled.
Ganache
  1. Bring heavy cream just to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Add chocolate chips and do not stir. Let sit 5 minutes add butter and whisk until completely smooth. Pour over custard layer and let cool at room temperature 30 minutes. Refrigerate until serving.

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* Boston Cream Parfaits * Boston Cream Pie Cookies  * Peanut Butter Chocolate Lasagna  *

Boston Cream Bars!  Amazing Brownie-like base topped with homemade custard and a rich chocolate ganache!  You can't eat just one!
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How to make paper towel flowers

How to Host a Perfect Summer Barbecue (& Make Paper Towel Flowers)!

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How to Host a Perfect Summer Barbecue

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Tips to Host a Perfect Summer Barbecue

1. Choose a theme! Choose either a color theme or a party theme… this will give you a good starting point to tie everything together from decor and menu to activities!

2. Make your decor interesting (but simple)! You’ll want to add a pop of colour to go with your theme! Even a plain old wooden picnic table can look amazing by adding in some of The Sexiest Paper on Earth (come on people, look how awesome those napkins are), a few pretty “paper towel” flowers (directions below) and some fun straws!

3. Refreshments! Ensure you have lots of great refreshments and even if you’re serving alcohol, it’s a great idea to have some non-alcoholic options! For every BBQ I host, I always whip up a couple of pitchers of Mojitos! Also have lots of bottled water or pitchers of water on hand, especially on a hot day!

4. Menu! Plan your menu well ahead of time… It can be as simple as hot dogs with some fun toppings & chips or as elaborate as surf & turf with sides & garlic bread.  Remember, you don’t have to do everything yourself!  If someone offers to bring a side or dessert, let them!

5.  Activities!  Depending  on the crowd, it’s fun to have a few simple activities such as bean bag toss, horse shoes, bocce ball or even just a football to throw around!

Most of all, just remember that the purpose of a barbecue is to have fun and be with your friends and family!

How to make beautiful flowers out of PAPER TOWELS!!  These are inexpensive, quick and easy to make and beautiful as a simple centrepiece!

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How to Make Paper Towel Flowers!

I used the gorgeous red Renova paper towels to make the flowers for my BBQ table!  Not only is this a very inexpensive way to decorate, it’s SUPER easy to make and adorable!  Each flower took me about 2 minutes to make!  They matched my Renova napkins perfectly making for a simply gorgeous table in minutes!

How to make beautiful flowers out of PAPER TOWELS!!  These are inexpensive, quick and easy to make and beautiful as a simple centrepiece!

Renova has the most beautiful paper products, made in Portugal and now available in Canada (find them near you here)!!  You can also buy Renova products online! If you’re looking to add a little flair to ANY room in your house, you’re going to love these big bold colors!  There are SO many fun colours to choose from and we were crazy excited over the fun scented tissues!  You’ll definitely want to head on over and check out the RENOVA – Canada Facebook page for lots of fun ideas!

 

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How to make beautiful flowers out of PAPER TOWELS!!  These are inexpensive, quick and easy to make and beautiful as a simple centrepiece!

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Easy Banana Bread

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

You'll love this easy banana bread recipe!  It comes out so perfectly moist every time and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare!

Easy Banana Bread

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You will love this easy banana bread recipe!  Not only is it completely moist and delicious, it takes just 10 minutes to prepare!  If your family doesn’t like nuts in their bread you can leave them out or replace them with chocolate chips!  The batter to this recipe is very thick and you may be tempted to add more liquid… trust me, you don’t need it.  This bread is perfect just as it is.  The mayo keeps it moist!

The key to making good quick breads is not to over mix the ingredients.    Once cooled serve it with Whipped Strawberry Butter or top it with an amazing Pecan Coconut Glaze!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Mayo/Dressing * Loaf Pan * Bananas *

Easy Banana Bread

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Ingredients
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  • 3 Medium Bananas mashed
  • ½ cup of Mayo/Dressing (I always use Hellmann's Light)
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
Banana Bread
  1. In a bowl mix together mashed bananas, mayo and egg. In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and pecans
  2. Add flour mixture to wet mixture and stir just until combined
  3. Note: The mixture will be very thick, do not over mix
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan
  5. Bake 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  6. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely.
  7. To make it extra yummy top it with Pecan Coconut Glaze!

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* Triple Chocolate Banana Bread * Pecan Coconut Banana Bread * Banana Pecan Crunch Muffins  *

This easy banana bread recipe first appeared on Spend With Pennies Feb. 2013.  Updated July 2015. 

You'll love this easy banana bread recipe!  It comes out so perfectly moist every time and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare!
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Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu!  The delicious flavors of cordon blue lightened up in this yummy grilled version!  Ham & swiss over a juicy marinated chicken breast with a light and delicious sauce!

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Cordon bleu is one of my favorite chicken dishes!!  Juicy chicken with ham and creamy swiss is just such an amazing combination!

This easy Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe has all of the flavor but not all of the fat and is perfect for those summer months when you just don’t want the oven on!  Chicken is marinated in an amazing sauce and then grilled up tender and juicy & topped with ham and swiss cheese!  I like to order the ham at the deli counter and have them shave it very thin for this recipe.

Don’t skip out on the sauce with this recipe… it’s so good, I could literally drink it!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Dijon Mustard * Grill * Soy Sauce  *

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Ingredients
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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 5 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 4 oz swiss cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine Dijon, Honey, Soy Sauce and Lemon juice. Remove 3 tablespoons of this mixture and set aside for sauce.
  2. Combine the chicken breasts with the marinade and let sit up to 4 hours in the fridge.
  3. Mix reserved marinade with 3 tablespoons mayonnaise and refrigerate.
  4. Preheat the grill to medium and grill the chicken 6-7 minutes per side or until juices run clear and the chicken reaches 170 degrees.
  5. Add ham and cheese on top and close grill for about 1-2 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately with sauce.

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Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Crispy Oven Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayo

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries!  The perfect way to enjoy zucchini, these are quickly baked in the oven and come out crispy and delicious!

Crispy Oven Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayo

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I love these!  Every year I grow zucchini in the garden and I try to find creative ways to use it up!  My girls don’t actually like zucchini however, when I made this they couldn’t eat enough! Now they actually request these oven baked zucchini fries!

Chipotle mayo is the perfect dipper for these… but if you prefer ranch or warm marinara are great choices too! These are also perfect if you’re watching your waistline since they’re oven baked!  All of the flavor and crunch without the fat or grease!

These are fairly simple to make…  the batch you see here I actually made myself for lunch one day!  Both tasty and satisfying, these are perfect as a snack or a side dish!

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries!  The perfect way to enjoy zucchini, these are quickly baked in the oven and come out crispy and delicious!

Items you’ll need for this recipe

* Panko * Zucchini * Parchment Paper *

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayo

Rating 

Ingredients
  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup of Panko Bread Crumbs
  • ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray
Chipotle Mayo
  • Store bought
  • OR
  • ⅓ cup Mayonnaise or Dressing
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 chipotle in Adobo (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
Instructions
Chipotle Mayo
  1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Set aside.
Zucchini Fries
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine Panko Bread Crumbs, Parmesan Cheese, Pepper & Olive oil. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Wash zucchini and cut into fries (leaving skin on).
  4. Beat egg & milk together. Toss zucchini in the egg and milk mixture.
  5. Dip each zucchini fry into the bread crumb mixture pressing the crumbs to make sure they stick.
  6. Place on a parchment lined pan and spray with cooking spray. Bake 18-20 minutes or until crust is crispy.

Original recipe & photos appeared on Spend with Pennies June 2013.  Updated July 2015.

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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

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Hello, my name is Holly and I am addicted to Macaroni and Cheese.  It is literally my favorite thing to eat ever!

This has to be one of the best macaroni and cheese casseroles ever!  It’s pretty quick to make from scratch and extra cheesy and delicious!  Now, this recipe has a secret little ingredient that makes it extra yummy…  AND it is optional.  The addition of the cheddar soup makes the sauce a little extra velvety and just adds a little something.  If you don’t happen to have it on hand (or just don’t want to use it), this recipe is still ridiculously great without.

When cooking your macaroni noodles, cook them according to the package directions but you want them to be still firm.  If your package says 6-8 minutes, just cook them 6…  you get the idea.

I choose not to top this casserole with a bread crumb mixture but if you really like bread crumbs on your macaroni and cheese, by all means, add some! Just mix 3/4 cup bread crumbs (panko is best) and 3 tablespoons melted butter with the topping cheese.  Sprinkle on top before baking.

This recipe makes an extra saucy creamy macaroni.  Do not over-bake this recipe.  You want it creamy and rich, over-baking will cause it to dry out.  I found that 20 minutes was perfect in my oven…  note that the recipe will thicken slightly while standing.

Macaroni and cheese casserole!

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Rating 

Serves: 8 servings

Ingredients
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  • 12 oz dry macaroni
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 cup light cream
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 can condensed cream of cheddar soup (optional)
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar, divided
  • ½ cup fresh parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water.
  3. Melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Whisk in flour and let cook 2 minutes while stirring. Slowly whisk in cream, milk, mustard powder and onion powder. Cook over medium heat while stirring until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese & 3 cups cheddar cheese until melted. Add soup if using.
  5. Toss cheese sauce & macaroni noodles together. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake 18-24 minutes or until bubbly. Do not over cook. Cool 10-15 minutes before serving/

 

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Red White & Blue Poke Cake2

Red White and Blue Poke Cake

Red White & Blue Poke cake!  Perfect for 4th of July, this cake is easy to make and always moist & delicious!

Red White and Blue Poke Cake

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If you’ve never made a poke cake before, you have to try it!  They are easy to make and so good, the Jell-O keeps the cake extra moist!

To make it really quick, this recipe starts with a boxed cake mix but if you have a favorite white cake recipe, by all means use that!  Once the cake is done baking you’re going to poke it all over, the more holes the better!  I use the end of a chopstick but the end of any sort of spoon will work perfectly!  You’ll want your holes in somewhat of rows so you can alternate the red & blue Jell-O as you pour it over.  I found it worked best to put the Jell-O in a squeeze bottle (you can grab them on Amazon or even use a ketchup squeeze bottle from the dollar store).

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* White Cake Mix * Red & Blue Jell-O * 9×13 Pan *

Red White and Blue Poke Cake

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Ingredients
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  • 1 box white cake mix (plus ingredients called for on the box)
OR
  • Your favorite homemade white cake recipe
  • 1 package red Jell-O (4 serving size)
  • 1 package blue Jell-O (4 serving size)
  • 1 tub dessert topping
OR
  • 2½ cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Prepare and bake cake in a 9x13 pan according to package directions or recipe.
  2. Let cake cool 15 minutes. Using a chopstick or similar tool, poke holes all over the cake (I did 15 rows of 12).
  3. Mix red Jell-O with ¾ cup boiling water until dissolved. Add ½ cup cold water. Pour red Jell-O into every other row of holes.
  4. Repeat with blue Jell-O. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  5. If using, whip heavy cream & powdered sugar on medium until stiff peaks form. Spread over cake. Keep refrigerated until serving.

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Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad

Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta Salad

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad!  If you like spinach dip, you'll LOVE this delicious pasta salad!  An easy spinach dip turned into a perfect summer side dish!

Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta Salad

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I absolutely LOVE spinach dip!  Hot and bubbly with cheese, cold and served in a bread bowl, with artichokes or without….  I’ll take all of it!

You’ll love this easy Spinach Artichoke Dip inspired pasta salad!  This delicious dish is actually a take on my favorite cold spinach dip; creamy, delicious and oh so easy to make!  This is seasoned with a package of vegetable soup mix giving it a ton of flavor but also keeping it really simple! You’ll want to use a medium pasta noodle for this salad, rotini, bow ties, wagon wheels or shells are all great choices!

If you’re looking to make this dish a little bit more healthy, you can sub in whole wheat pasta, greek yogurt and a lighter dressing for the mayo (I always use Hellmann’s light).

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Medium Pasta * Large Saucepan * Vegetable Soup Mix *

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad

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Ingredients
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  • 12 oz pasta (I used rotini)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package (1.4 oz) vegetable soup mix
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 can water packed artichokes
  • 4 cups chopped & lightly packed fresh spinach
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta el dente according to package directions.
  2. In a large bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise and dry soup mix.
  3. Drain artichokes well and cut into quarters.
  4. Toss pasta with sauce. Gently fold in spinach, green onions and artichokes.
  5. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

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Ooey Gooey Pizza Bombs! Crispy crust loaded up with cheese and your fave toppings... move over pizza pockets... snacking just got better!

Pizza Bombs (Homemade Pizza Pockets)

Ooey Gooey Pizza Bombs! Crispy crust loaded up with cheese and your fave toppings... move over pizza pockets... these take just 5 minutes of prep and taste so good!

Pizza Bombs (Homemade Pizza Pockets)

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My kids love pizza and this was a fun take on the usual!  These also make great lunches because, just like pizza pockets, the kids can just pop them in their lunch and heat them up for 30 seconds before eating!

If you’re putting different ingredients in them, save a tiny piece to put on top and that makes it easy to tell what’s inside of each one!  You can use shredded or cubed mozzarella cheese for these!

Repin Pizza Bombs Here

The easiest way to seal the biscuits is to fold it like a taco, pinch the edges shut and then bring the corners under to make it round.  When you bake them, you might see a little bit of cheese leak out of some of them, don’t worry, there will still be lots left inside!

Ooey Gooey Pizza Bombs! Crispy crust loaded up with cheese and your fave toppings... move over pizza pockets... snacking just got better!

Items you’ll need for this recipe: 

* Refrigerated Biscuits * Pizza Sauce * Baking Sheet * 

Pizza Bombs

Rating 

Serves: 10 Pizza Bombs

Ingredients
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  • 1 can of Pillsbury biscuits (10 biscuits)
  • 10 cubes mozzarella cheese (approx ¾ oz each)
  • 10-15 tablespoons of your favorite pizza toppings (see note below)
  • Shredded cheese & italian seasoning for topping
  • Pizza Sauce for dipping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Roll each biscuit out very thin. Place one cube of cheese and 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons toppings on each.
  3. The easiest way to seal the biscuits is to fold it in half (like a taco), pinch the edges shut and then bring the corners under to make it round.
  4. Top each pizza bomb with a sprinkle of shredded cheese & seasoning.
  5. Place biscuits on a parchment lined pan seam side down. Put them in the oven and lower the heat to 350 degrees. Bake 13-16 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping.
Notes
If you use toppings that contain a lot of liquid (such as mushrooms) it's best to cook and cool them first (just pop them in the microwave a few seconds). Things like pineapple should be dabbed dry.
Note:  This recipe originally appeared on Spend With Pennies December 2013.  The recipes and photographs were updated June 2015.

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Lemon Meringue Pie Cheesecake

Lemon Meringue Pie Cheesecake

Lemon Meringue Pie Cheesecake!  A graham cracker crust, fresh tart lemon filling & a fluffy meringue topping combined with a rich cheesecake!  This dessert will definitely top your list!

Lemon Meringue Pie Cheesecake

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 Lemon Meringue Pie is a classic dessert… Graham crust, creamy tart lemon filling with a fluffy meringue topping.  This recipe combines all of those amazing flavors with a rich and lush cheesecake for a dessert that will top your list!  Fresh lemons and lemon zest make the filling extra lemony!!

Don’t be afraid to give this a try, it’s not difficult to make although there are a few steps.  I make the cheesecake portion one day (or even a couple of days in advance) and the remainder the next day.

Making meringue is really quite easy!  A few simple tips for a perfect meringue in this recipes:

  • Be sure the lemon filling is hot when you put the meringue on top.  This will keep the layers from separating.
  • When spreading your meringue, be sure it hangs over the edge of your pan just slightly.  Don’t remove it until the cheesecake is completely cooled.
  • Do not underbake.  This can cause weeping.
  • When removing the meringue from the edge of the pan don’t cut it, instead just gently pull it back from the edge of the pan.

While cooling this recipe, it does weep just a little bit so I put mine on a plate in the fridge to catch any stick drippings.

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Cream of Tartar * Large Saucepan * 9″ Springform Pan * A huge fork to dig in :)

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Rating 

Ingredients
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Cheesecake
  • 1½ cups graham crumbs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3 packages (8oz each) cream cheese
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
Lemon Filling
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup corn starch
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 lemons, zested & juiced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Meringue
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ⅓ cup sugar
Instructions
Cheesecake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine melted butter & graham crumbs. Press into a 9" springform pan.
  3. With mixer on medium, beat cream cheese & sugar until blended. Mix in eggs.
  4. Pour cream cheese mixture over crust and bake for 35-40 minutes or just until center is set.
  5. Cool 5 minutes, run a butter knife around the edge to loosen. Cool on the counter 1 hour. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Lemon Filling
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks and water in a large saucepan. Whisk constantly over medium heat until mixture reaches a boil. Stir in ½ cup lemon juice & zest from 2 lemons. Let boil 1 minute while stirring.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in butter, keep warm.
Meringue
  1. Beat egg whites & cream of tartar on medium-high until soft peaks form (ends of peaks will curl when the beaters are lifted out). Continue mixing on medium-high adding in sugar a little bit at a time until stiff and glossy peaks form (about 5 minutes).
  2. Spread lemon filling over cheesecake layer. Immediately spread meringue over hot lemon filling. Be sure the meringue overlaps the edges of the pan slightly to avoid it shrinking.
  3. Bake 10-15 minutes or until browned. Cool at room temperature 1 hour. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight before serving.

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Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks.

Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks!

Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks!  Making breadsticks at home is actually easier than you might think!  If you don't want to make your own dough you can substitute frozen bread dough in this recipe!

Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks!

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Surprisingly quick and delicious, you will be surprised at how quickly you can whip up fresh from scratch breadsticks!  If you don’t want to make your own dough, these do work beautifully with frozen bread dough or rolls as well!

We love these in our house either as a snack or served alongside a pasta or lasagna dish!  If you don’t have the cheeses listed below, these work great with pretty much any cheese you have on hand!  This recipe can easily be doubled.

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Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks

Rating 

Serves: 12 breadsticks

Surprisingly quick and amazingly delicious! You won't believe you can make homemade breadsticks on a weeknight!
Ingredients
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  • 1 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅛ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ⅛ cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine yeast, ½ teaspoon sugar and ¼ cup warm water in a small bowl. Set aside 5 minutes until foamy.
  3. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, hot water, sugar and salt. Add in the yeast mixture and gently stir. Add remaining flour and stir until completely combined.
  4. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into breadsticks. Place on parchment paper.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees while letting the dough rise (rise about 15 minutes).
  6. In a small bowl, combine butter and minced garlic. Microwave 20 seconds or until butter is melted.
  7. Brush butter mixture over breadsticks. Top with cheeses.
  8. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

Original post 07/2014.  Photo updated 06/2105

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Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks!  Making breadsticks at home is actually easier than you might think!  If you don't want to make your own dough you can substitute frozen bread dough in this recipe!
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Overnight Oats can be made with any fruit & are and easy, healthy make ahead breakfast! Greek yogurt, chia seeds & fruit and perfect to grab & go!

Mango Berry Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats can be made with any fruit & are and easy, healthy make ahead breakfast!  Greek yogurt, chia seeds & fruit and perfect to grab & go!Mango Berry Overnight Oats

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Overnight oats make an amazing on the go breakfast, no cooking required!  Something just so great about a make ahead breakfast, especially one so yummy and healthy!

I use large flake oats because I really like the texture but you can use regular rolled oats as well.  Chia seeds can be purchased at most health food stores and even at grocery stores (often in the ‘organic’ area) or online.  With chia seeds, a little goes a long way and you only need a couple of tablespoons in this whole recipe.  They are also great tossed into smoothies, sprinkled over your cereal, or mixed with breadcrumbs for an extra crunchy chicken coating …  or to make your own chia pet!  😉  I used 1/2 pint mason jars but you can use any container you have handy.

This recipe calls for mango & berries but you can use any type of fruit.  These will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, perfect for each day of the week!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Oats * Mason Jars * Chia Seeds *

Mango Berry Overnight Oats

Rating 

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
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  • 1⅔ cup large flake (or regular) oats
  • 2 cups greek yogurt, any flavor
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1 small mango, pitted & diced
  • ¾ cup each raspberies & blackberries
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine oats, yogurt, chia, vanilla and almond milk.
  2. Divide ½ of the berries/mango over 6 mason jars. Divide oat mixture between the 6 jars.
  3. Top with remaining fruit. Refrigerate overnight or up to 5 days.
Notes
The mixture will thicken up as it sits overnight. You can easily adjust the liquid to get your preferred consistency.

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