Get Your Grill On With Smart & Final

It’s the season to get your grill on and there is nothing I love more than firing up the BBQ! So, whether you are grilling for two or for a whole group of people, Smart & Final’s got you covered!

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Smart and Final Extra – Sacramento
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Fresh Strawberry Cobbler

berry cobbler

Strawberry season is picking up in our area of North Carolina. My daughter’s favorite snack is sliced fresh strawberries and popcorn. She’s the kind of gal that likes a little salty with her sweet.

I keep several pints of strawberries in my fridge. We even have a field-trip with her preschool class coming up. We get to tour a local Strawberry Farm and pick our own berries to bring home.

The problem with these sweet berries is that when they’re in season, the go bad quickly. When I overshoot my grocery list and bring too many strawberries home, I have to act fast and find other ways to incorporate them.

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Plant-based Eating Made Easy

 

Plant-based eating made easy 

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In the last several years, I’ve moved towards a more plant-based diet. My goal is to eat in a healthier, more sustainable diet, for both myself and the planet. It also allows me to try new foods and to search for interesting new recipes to try. Although, sometimes trying to find all the ingredients can be daunting, but not anymore. With Purple Carrot, I get all the ingredients I need to make plant-based meals delivered directly to my home. It’s simple, delicious, and fun.

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The Best Banana Bread Recipe I’ve Ever Tried

The Best Banana Bread Recipe I've Ever Tried--SImply Mudita Premium Stainless Steel 13 piece set measuring cups and spoons and equivalent chart

 

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Many years ago, when I got married, one of the gifts my grandmother gave me was a spiral bound recipe book (like the ones that churches are famous for creating). This one was from her own personal church and was filled with many different kinds of recipes contributed by her and other members.

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Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

In honor of The Little Mermaid’s 30th Anniversary, we wanted to celebrate with Mermaid Tail Cupcakes! I remember watching The Little Mermaid growing up. When we went swimming, my friends and I would swim like mermaids! We had such an imagination!

Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

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Plant Powered Cookies + More

,Plant Powered Cookies + More

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I have a pretty big sweet tooth, which I work hard to control. Of course, every now again I feel the need to indulge. These days it’s easier to enjoy a delicious treat that’s also full of a few nutritious ingredients. I recently experimented with some new protein powders to create a batch of plant powered chocolate chip cookies. Spoiler alert: The cookies are delish.

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Instant Pot Chocolate Cheesecake

I am a fairly new owner of an Instant Pot! I wanted an Instant Pot because I was looking to make healthier and/or quicker meals for my son and myself!

How do you make your life a bit easier for your household? 

Instant Pot Chocolate Cheesecake
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With my Instant Pot, I’ve been looking at different recipes to try. Since my son loves spaghetti, I’ve made that for us a few times. I still looking for other types of recipes to make.

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Kit Kat Cupcakes

Are you looking for adorable cupcakes to make for a special event? Or just looking for a fun cupcake creation to make? We have just the recipe for you: the Kit Kat Cupcakes!

Kit Kat Cupcakes
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Even though I am working on losing weight, it doesn’t help that I have a huge sweet tooth! I love my chocolate. I also love cupcakes! Every once in a while, I like to treat my son and me to special treats! I am just getting into baking again. I know I love making pretty creations and I am so excited to share these awesome Kit Kat Cupcakes!

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Power Quick Pot Easy Apple Dumplings

apple dumplings recipe

Power Quick Pot Easy Apple Dumplings

I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I was raised by my grandmother. A strong, Southern woman who grew up on a tobacco farm. She worked hard and retired after many years in finance and office management. Even after raising two kids (my dad and aunt) she still found it in her to help raise four grandchildren and at the spry age of 70 is still helping me raise my daughter.

Many of my earliest memories revolve around her and us in the kitchen. We’ve made more desserts together than I can count. Most of her recipes come from handwritten index cards or old church cookbooks. When I was little, I used to love to pull them out of the closet and look through them for hours. In fact, I’ve shared one of her recipes before!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Dip

My son and I have always loved Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! To be different, I try to buy a different flavor of ice cream, just so we each have our own to enjoy! On the rare occasion we go to an ice cream shop, he always gets Mint Chocolate Chip!

Are you ready for an easy Mint Chocolate Chip Dip recipe?

Mint Chocolate Chip Dip

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