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Friday, May 22, 2015

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Pie {A Recipe Makeover}

Creamy, cool layers of chocolate and peanut butter mousse are nestled in a graham cracker crust in this easy to make, no-bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Pie...
Creamy, cool layers of chocolate and peanut butter mousse are nestled in a graham cracker crust in this easy to make, no-bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Pie.
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Whenever a long holiday weekend approaches, I tend to have two thoughts- 1. Yay! A long weekend! (Not that a stay-at-home/work-at-home mama really ever gets a 3 day weekend, but that is besides the point. ;) ) and then 2. BBQ's & get-togethers!  I really do love this time of the year. The end of the school year is almost here. The days have started getting longer. And I get into full-on outdoor entertaining mode.  I want to host all the parties and cookouts and get-togethers! And since I seem to be hosting a little something almost every weekend of the summer, I like to keep a few go-to, tried & true recipes in my back pocket for the summer season. This no-bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Pie happens to be my most requested of these recipes. :)

This is not the first time that I have posted this recipe to my blog. The first time this pie appeared on Frugal Foodie Mama was back in September of 2012. It has been a longtime popular recipe on the blog, but the photos from 3 years ago do not do this pie justice at all. (Don't believe me? Just click on the link right above then and check out the old photos.) 
Now armed with new, tasty photos, I am sharing this easy and guaranteed to please Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Pie with you all again. And just in time for the holiday weekend & all those backyard BBQ's and get-togethers...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Raspberry-Orange Chia Seed Scuffins

Muffins meet scones in these bright, moist, and healthy Raspberry-Orange Chia Seed Scuffins- the perfect way to start out your day...
Muffins meet scones in these bright, moist, and healthy Raspberry-Orange Chia Seed Scuffins- the perfect way to start your day!
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I had never heard or seen the term scuffins before until I had stumbled upon a recipe for Strawberry Cream Scuffins from Better Homes & Gardens. Yes folks, a scuffin is just what it sounds like- a scone + a muffin = a scuffin. Sometimes I am just blown away by the creativity and cleverness I discover and find every day in the online culinary world! :) While I was definitely intrigued by BHG's concept for a scuffin, the recipe for their Strawberry Cream ones were far from being categorized as healthy. ;) Not that there is anything wrong with that, but since swimsuit season is literally knocking on the door for me (our local pool opens this weekend & I will be on a beach in about a month) I wanted to come up with my own healthier version of their scuffins.

I lightened up and brightened up their more pastry like scuffins with these Raspberry-Orange Chia Seed Scuffins. I replaced the heavy cream with almond milk & Greek yogurt, gave it a fresh, bright flavor with fresh orange and raspberries, and threw in some nutrient-packed chia seeds just for added assurance. ;) And instead of a super sugary icing for this, I used my vanilla yogurt glaze on these moist & dense scuffins...

Friday, May 15, 2015

3 Must-Dos with Kids While in Puerto Rico

From visiting a tropical rain forest to playing on the white beaches of a private island, these are my 3 Must-Dos with Kids While in Puerto Rico...
3 Must-Dos with Kids While in Puerto Rico- from a tropical rain forest to a private island
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Almost four years ago, my husband and I traveled to Puerto Rico for the first time together for our honeymoon.  We spent about a week in this Caribbean paradise lounging at the resort, exploring Old San Juan, taking in the beauty of the El Yunque, and enjoying a little private island relaxation. Since our couples only trip there, I have been daydreaming about traveling back to Puerto Rico with the kids.  There is so much from the island that I want to share with them, for them to see and experience firsthand. Puerto Rico may be an island, but it definitely packs everything that a traveler dreams of within it's 3,515 square miles! :) From amazing food to white sand beaches to a 16th century citadel to even a lush rain forest- the travel experiences & possibilities in Puerto Rico are almost endless. 

I thought long and hard, and I came up with my top 3 must-do's whenever we do finally make the trip back to Puerto Rico with the kiddos in tow. Now this list of my top 3 is strictly based on what my husband and I were able to see, do, and experience on our first trip to the island.  I know the island has SO much more to offer though, and I look forward to exploring a few new sites with my family when we do return. But I can personally speak for and vouch for these 3 Puerto Rican must-dos... 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Grilled Sweet Corn & Strawberry Ice Cream

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sunshine Sweet Corn from Florida. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #HuskYeah
Grilled Sweet Corn & Strawberry Ice Cream- This no-churn homemade ice cream is infused with freshly grilled sweet corn and then swirled with a fresh strawberry sauce. #HuskYeah #IC #ad
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Just a little over a month or so ago, I was wondering if winter was ever going to formally make it's exit. Winters here seem to linger around... sometimes with snowfalls showing up in late March or early April. And now given our weather of the last week, I am wondering what ever happened to spring! We have been in the 80's and 90's here for almost the past week. Which wouldn't be that big of a deal if our central air hadn't happened to go out just less than a week ago. Everyone else around here must be having the same issue as we have been on the wait list for a heating & cooling repairman for the past 5 days. Needless to say, I have been desperate to find ways for us to cool off during the day. I mean, you can only spend so many hours at the mall play area and at the local library. ;) My tasty solution? Cool and creamy homemade ice cream outside on the back deck...

Since summer seems to have showed up early here, it has definitely put me in the mood for some summer flavors. One of my favorite summertime treats is grilled sweet corn. The only problem is that local corn isn't in season around here yet. Lucky for me (and you too!), Sunshine Sweet Corn from Florida is fresh and ready now! :) I have been looking for an excuse to try and recreate a sweet corn ice cream I have had before when traveling out of town. Seeing delicious, fresh Sunshine Sweet Corn at my local grocery store combined with these unseasonably warm temperatures has provided me with just the reason that I needed. This no-churn homemade ice cream is infused with freshly grilled sweet corn and then swirled with a fresh strawberry sauce...

Monday, May 11, 2015

Send Smiles for Less with Hallmark & Walmart

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendSmiles #CollectiveBias
Find out how I #SendSmiles for less and became a card giver again thanks to Hallmark and Walmart! #ad
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Are the months from May to August the land of never ending birthdays and anniversaries for anyone else besides me? It quite literally starts with my sister's birthday at the end of this month and then runs the gamut clear through to the first day of September which happens to be my own birthday. ;) While I love celebrating birthdays and anniversaries and milestones and achievements, I am not necessarily a card giver. I haven't always been this way, folks. I used to run into the store a week or more before the celebrated event and spend a good half hour pouring over cards until I had found just the right one. I literally couldn't wait to give that special person their card and see their reaction. So, what changed for me?

I was visiting a family member once about a week after their birthday party and went into the kitchen to throw away a napkin. Guess what I saw sitting there on the top of their trash can? The very card I spent so much time picking out. The very card I had plopped down almost $5 for a little over a week ago.  And that is when I became greeting card jaded, friends...  I became that person. The person who never has a card with their gift who either has to verbally tell the recipient it was from them or who would quickly write out a To/From on a note card and toss it into the gift bag. I didn't like it. I hated that I didn't have a card to present with my gifts, but I just stopped buying greeting cards. When I did the math, I figured out that I was spending on average $40-$50 from the months of May to August buying greeting cards that were just being tossed out in the garbage less than a week later. Spending the time and money to pick out the perfect card no longer made sense to the frugal side of me. 

But recently I have had a change of heart, and it is all thanks to my recent discovery of the Hallmark cards starting at 47 cents at my local Walmart...

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Greek Chicken Mac 'N Cheese Muffins

A family favorite gets a tasty twist with these Greek Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese Muffins...
Greek yogurt, chicken, macaroni, olives, artichoke hearts, and feta cheese come together in these fun and healthy Greek Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese Muffins.
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Anyone else have a family that is reluctant to try different foods?  Does just the very mention of some "strange" ethnic dish send them scowling into corner, turning up their noses? This happens to be my son or husband when I mention that I am cooking up something Indian or Greek for dinner. You see, I fell in love with both of these ethnic cuisines while living in a bigger city for over 8 years. But their exposure to these types of foods has been minimal at best. If we would want to go out for Greek or Indian or even good sushi here, we would have to drive 45 minutes north to find a decent restaurant that serves these cuisines. 

But let me tell you a little something, folks. I have found a way to at least get them to try different foods- incorporate those ethnic flavors into a dish that I already know that they love! ;) And who doesn't love mac 'n cheese, right?  I combined Greek yogurt, chicken, macaroni, olives, artichoke hearts, and feta cheese in these fun and healthy Greek Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese Muffins. Yes, I said muffins! Muffins made from mac 'n cheese! Because why not make them more fun to eat too while we are at it?