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Thursday, May 28, 2015

5 Easy Tips For Making the Road Trip Part of the Destination

Who says the road trip itself just has to be a means to an end? Not these 5 Easy Tips For Making the Road Trip Part of the Destination...
5 Easy Tips For Making the Road Trip Part of the Destination- Who says that you can't make the road trip become part of the destination?
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Summer is almost here, and with it's impending arrival I start to get the itch to get out there and travel. Soon my son will be out from school for the summer, and our usually packed schedule will be wide open. :) I am ready to pack up the car, grab the family, and head off on a road trip... to Virginia wine country, or to Harper's Ferry to hike and visit the historical sites, or to head down south for a sunny and sandy beach getaway. But why should the road trip itself just be a means to an end? Who says that you can't make the road trip become part of the destination? 

Resist the urge to just jet it to get where you are going on your next road trip and instead try making the journey there part of the overall getaway. Just like the old adage says- Not all those who wander are lost. ;)
But how can you accomplish this? It's easy! Just follow and put into action my 5 fun tips for making your next road trip part of your destination...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pink Lemonade Tiramisu



Pink Lemonade Tiramisu- a bright, lemony ladyfinger cake is frosted with a light & fluffy lemon mascarpone topping. A summery makeover of a classic Italian dessert. #AllstateSilverLining
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With over 250,000 people being diagnosed with breast cancer each year in this country alone, you would be hard pressed to find someone that you know that has not been affected by the disease. Everyone knows someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by it. Many have lost someone to it. And even more are supporting, caring for, and loving someone diagnosed with breast cancer right now. It is a cancer that does not discriminate. From a famous actor to the your next door neighbor, from a corporate CEO to a stay at home mother, breast cancer can affect every single one of us.  

Even with so many people out there directly affected by breast cancer and with all of the research that has been done to date, it can still feel daunting and overwhelming to receive a diagnosis of breast cancer. So many questions, so many decisions, and there are often more options available than what is immediately being presented. Allstate recognized this need and is on a mission to help every person diagnosed with breast cancer by offering a free Silver Lining Companion Guide. The guide is designed to help them and their families through the experience that too many of us have to unfortunately endure...

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...