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18 Avocado Recipes

18 Avocado Recipes

18 Avocado Recipes

We have an awesome round up of recipes from around the web today with these 18 Avocado Recipes! I have to admit. I have somewhat of an obsession with avocados. Avocado everything! Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Smoothies, tacos, desserts, sauces, dressings, pasta, sandwiches. If it has avocado, I will eat it!

Avocados are a super healthy food loaded with potassium, healthy fats, fiber and no cholesterol or sodium. Some people are wary of avocado because of the high fat content. However, monounsaturated fatty acids is heart healthy, reduces inflammation and maybe reduce your risk of cancer.  Here are some great recipes to help you incorporate avocado into your diet.

 

BLT Stuffed Avocado from Wholesome Yum. A remix of your favorite BLTA dish.

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BLT Stuffed Avocado

Chocolate Avocado Brownies from The Shirley Journey. These brownies look so fudgy and delicious with only a few basic ingredients needed.

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Chocolate Avocado Brownie recipe

 

Garlic Avocado Pasta from Bless Her Heart Ya’ll.  Pasta, garlic and avocado…. my favorites rolled into one dish.

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Garlic Avocado Pasta

 

Creamy Avocado Bomb Sauce from Simply Made Recipes. The avocado sauce for everything!

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creamy avocado sauce

 

Avocado Egg Rolls from Savory Tooth. Fried, crispy and delicious appetizer.

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avocado egg rolls

 

Zucchini and Avocado Grilled Cheese from Stacey Homemaker. I’m drooling over this one!

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Zucchini and Avocado Grilled Cheese

Get more great Avocado Recipes

 

Avocado Pasta Salad from Spend with Pennies.

Mexican Corn Avocado Tomato Salad from Fancy Shanty.

Avocado Pesto without a blender from Rhian’s Recipes.

Avocado Tacos with Boom Boom Sauce from Simply Made Recipes.

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie from Mama Likes to Cook.

Sundried Tomato and Avocado Roll Ups from The Starving Chef.

Greek Grilled Avocados from Tammilee Tips.

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream Frosting from Leave No Leftovers.

Spicy Avocado Quinoa Stack from Stacey Homemaker.

Easy Avocado Salsa from My Montana Kitchen.

Avocado Margarita Recipe from Tammilee Tips.

Avocado Deviled Eggs from Courtney’s Sweets.

 

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Mom Style : PinkBlush Magenta Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress

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Magenta Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress

This shop was given this dress as part of the PinkBlush Ambassador program. This item was personally picked by me and all opinions are mine alone.

I am excited to announce I  was selected to be part of the PinkBlush Ambassador program and am wearing this Magenta Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress from their boutique. If you have never heard of PinkBlush, you are missing out! PinkBlush is a trendy online boutique for woman that also offers maternity and plus sizes. You can find gorgeous dresses for any occasions, beautiful tops, trendy shoes, accessories and more! The clothes are feminine, comfortable and seriously affordable.

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Magenta Maxi DressMagenta Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress is a solid color maxi dress that is vibrant and a perfect staple for any closet. This dress has a nice deep v cut, sash that ties around the waist and flows perfectly around the hips down to the floor. The cut is very slimming and will hide any problem areas you may be self conscious of. This dress can be worn to a more formal event like a wedding reception with wedges or pumps accessorized with simple jewelry and bracelet with an amazing up-do. You could also wear this dress to stroll around the zoo with the kids in sandals and a great statement necklace with hair down.

I am wearing a size small. I am 5’3” and around 115 pounds to give you an idea of what size you may want. The dress was slightly loose but still flowed around my curves beautifully. I had on 4 inch wedges and the dress dropped perfectly to the floor. It is the type of dress that you could let drag slightly though because of how it hangs and I will wear it in the future with flat sandals.

This Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress does come in many different color or floral options with different sleeve lengths. I picked this magenta because the color works great for all skin tones. I have very fair skin and you can see from these photos, the color does not wash me out or take over in the slightest. Also very flattering color for both blonde or brunette hair color.

Magenta Maxi Dress

 

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We went shopping at the Streets of West Chester, an small outdoor mall with shops, coffee, food and more. I wore some simple gold and white drop earrings, a gold bracelet and wedges. I recently bought a new wave iron for my hair so I curled my hair, scrunched with some salt spray and put a bobby pin in to keep my hair out of my face. I love how comfortable this dress is and how it can be easily be dressed up or down for many occasions.

Shop with PinkBlush and get this gorgeous Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress by clicking HERE.

Magenta Maxi Dress

 

Magenta Maxi DressMy mini wore an adorable kimono today and I tried to get her in some photos but she was not having it! The second the camera is put away though, she starts posing. Oh boy!

How will you wear this beautiful Magenta Sash Tie Wrap Maxi Dress from PinkBlush?

Magenta Maxi Dress

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FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription

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FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription goodies revealed! This is my first FabFitFun box and I had to get it with all the buzz around these subscription boxes. Let me tell you… it is a keeper! Especially when you go through and start pricing out the cost of these products individually. Even if you only love 2 items in the whole box, you are still getting a good deal. There was only item I wasn’t thrilled about in my box and I will tell you more about that below.

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FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Briogeo Rosarco Milk is a leave in conditioner that retails for about $20. Why this product rocks: Cruelty free, organic, sulfate free, paraben free, safe for color or chemically treated hair. Great for dry and damaged hair.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Emerald Duv  “Joshua Tree ” Cage Bracelet. A beautiful statement bracelet that is lightweight and made in the USA. Retails for $80 and is currently out of stock on the Emerald Duv website.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Deborah Lippmann nail polish retails around $14 a piece. You get a gorgeous blue shade and a great white for French tips. So perfect for Spring and summer.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription RealHer Lip Kit retails for $48 on their website. Now, this is the one product I did not care for in my spring subscription box. The lipstick really dried out my lips. Plus, the color is off for my skin tone. I prefer nude tones for my lips. Not a win for me. The packaging ton this product is awesome though and they never test on animals. Plus they donate a large portion of profits to charity. Really neat company but this specific product was not for me.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription The Milly Clutch was out of stock everywhere I looked. It retails for $20 plus as far as I can tell. There are different sayings on the clutches and I love that I received the Beach Please clutch. So fun.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription My favorites from the FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription:

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails Gummies in strawberry flavor. These are so delicious and retail for around $10 so I am sure to pick these up again. My nails are looking drab right now so I am hoping for a little health boost in the nail department with these babies.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion age defying exfoliator goes for $79 on their website. Yes, you read that right. $79. This was the favorite product in my box. It feels so good on the skin. It has a very calm citrus scent and left my skin so smooth. I have very sensitive skin and this product left my skin looking great. No blemishes. Not even a blackhead from using this product.

Gypsy round blanket is the reason I bought this box. I knew I had to have it this summer for our vacations on the beach. So darn cute. The Gypsy website is sold out the product but I am seeing it for retail around $40. Although, there are many blankets like it such as this one HERE on Amazon.

FabFitFun Spring 2017 Box Subscription Karuna Hydrating face mask comes in a pack of 4 and retails around $28. I left the mask on for about 30 minutes while browsing my Instagram feed… I am mean working. Left my face looking bright and refreshed. Did not cause blemishes or anything with my skin. Just left it smooth and hydrated.

The Summer FabFitFun Subscription box are rolling here shortly! Visit FabFitFun and get in on the fun! Use referral code http://xo.fff.me/eoDth so they know who sent you.

2017 Swimsuit Guide

2017 Swimsuit Guide

2017 Swimsuit Guide

2017 Swimsuit Guide is here.  I have been buying Victoria’s Secret swimsuits for years. Last April, the company announced they would no longer be in the swim business and will be using the space to sell more active wear. My heart is broken. So I searched all over the internet to find where and what to buy this summer! Here is over one hundred amazing swimsuit ideas!

Below is an idea list for the mommas out there who aren’t afraid to show some skin. Most these swimsuits will fantastic on thin body types or those with smaller chest sizes. I especially love the extra lines on much of these but think about tan lines when shopping.

I fit into the category of more coverage but still love wearing a bikini. All the swimsuits below are mommy appropriate and have a little extra support and material. There are some really cute one piece numbers also that do not look frumpy. I personally have a hard time with the one piece look because I am short and have a larger chest so I need an xs swimsuit with a large sized chest. Never works out well but I am still on the hunt for the perfect one.  I love the higher waists and floral patterns. When you look for a swimsuit with more coverage, sometimes buying by your bra size is the best bet to make sure everything stays in place, especially if you have a larger chest.

All us mommas need a great cover up or two for the beach or pool. Chasing after kids all day and bending over, you want to make sure you are comfortable and not feel like you are exposing all the goods to the public. Plus, they are adorable and stylish. The kimono is my favorite cover up and multi functional. Wear them out and about with some skinny jeans and tank top or hanging out by the pool watching the kids swim.

 

Which of these styles from our 2017 Swimsuit Guide is your favorite?

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Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting time! I love peanut butter. Love, love, love it. There is no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter in a dessert.

Peanut Butter Frosting

This frosting is so simple to make. The only trick to making this frosting, or really any frosting, is to make sure you use room temperature butter. This helps get that smooth and creamy texture perfect for frosting cupcakes or cakes.

Peanut Butter Frosting

For frosting cupcakes or cakes, I always use a large tip. Any of the Wiltons large tip set will work.  To frost a cupcake, make a small dollop in the middle and then make a swirl starting at the edges and going towards the center. Sprinkle some fun chocolate chips or sprinkles and done. Easy as that.

Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut butter and chocolate is basically perfect together. For these chocolate cupcakes, I used a cake box mix and added an extra egg, swapped vegetable oil with butter and used milk. Plus, I like to add a packet of instant chocolate pudding for an extra chocolate taste. Add the peanut butter frosting and you have one heck of a dessert. You can also try a cake like this one from Simply Made Recipes, Triple Chocolate Cake with peanut Butter Frosting. You are seeing that correctly, triple chocolate. Yummy.

Peanut Butter Frosting

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Peanut Butter Frosting
 
Simple peanut butter frosting for cupcakes and cakes.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • ½cup heaving cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1.5 cups creamy peanut butter, creamy
Instructions
  1. Gather ingredients, hand or stand mixer, frosting bag and tip, measuring cups and a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add room temperature butter to your mixing bowl with peanut butter. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add in a cup of confectioners sugar and .5 cup heavy cream and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the remaining confectioners sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix again until you have a creamy, smooth frosting.
  5. Place into your frosting bag with tip and frost away!

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Peanut Butter Frosting

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10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

{+ Cupcake Recipe}

My daughter is turning 2 years old and we are throwing a party and sharing 10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party !

#1 ) Have your child pick a theme and colors! We are focusing on Minnie Mouse today because my daughter is literally obsessed with all things Minnie. Where do these obsessions come from? She saw a Minnie Mouse one day in the store and for the past 4 months, everything from shoes, shirts to stuffed animals and toys have to be Minnie Mouse. Minnie Mouse was an obvious theme for this year and so we had to pick colors. Pinks, black, and white were some nice complimentary colors to go with. Pick at least 3 colors. One dark, one light and one bright for contrast and fun. Some great places to go for party supplies are Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby and Target. Amazon is also a great place to search for ideas and grab fun items.

#2 ) Meal plan. I think a lot of people go over board in this department. Kids are pretty simple. Pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers work perfectly. We did some hot dogs on the grill for our guests with ketchup and mustard on the side. Cheap, simple, and all the kids are happy. Don’t feel like you have to feed everyone a big meal either. Maybe just have some snacks spread out and put your money and focus on other areas.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#3 ) Snacks are a must. If you do a meal or not, you need some snacks. Kids get hungry and the adults get bored but everyone can agree on eating. We did some popcorn in cute bags and a plate of watermelon. Popcorn is filling and healthier than other options and it is always nice to offer something fresh so shoot for a fruit or vegetable. Remember to buy some plates, napkins and utensils.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#4 ) Add special touches. I enjoy crafts so I made everything myself but even if you don’t have a crafty bone in your body, there are a lot of great party packs that are ready to go. Once you have a color and theme picked out, just search for what you need. You may end up spending more money doing this, especially if you want Minnie Mouse on everything. The little things go a long way though! I made this Minnie Mouse head below from Styrofoam balls. I spray painted the round Styrofoam and a stick, used toothpicks to assemble and poured some confetti in a vas. Really simple to do but so much fun to make and for our guests to look at.

Also, I had Minnie Mouse cut outs for everything. I used the felt with a sticky back and a cookie cutter in the shape of Mickey to use as my template. A hand drew a little bow as my template for all those.  I made the banner, cups, and popcorn bags with the Minnie Mouse felt cut outs to add a pop of Minnie and  to make the party table cohesive. I also used this cookie cutter for the watermelon cut outs.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#5 ) Let the kids dress up. Invite the kids to dress up as Mickey or Minnie or make your own mouse ears like I did. Having a theme and purpose to the party is important and going beyond that to play dress up adds a memorable experience and prompts bonding between children. You can buy mouse ears but this gets expensive! I found ones for under $2 a piece… these were about 50 cents to make. Big difference when you have 20 kids running around. All you need is cheap head bands, scissors, felt, glue, bobby pins to hold the ears in place until dry, and bows. I got lucky with these bows because they were on clearance so search around for a good priced bow or even make your own.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#6 ) Drinks! Refreshments are always on the party list.  A pink lemonade was a great choice with the theme and colors. We also had a cooler filled with caffeine free sodas and waters. If alcohol is acceptable for the adults, you can let them know to BYOB in the invite. Don’t forget the cups.

#7 ) Never underestimate the power of a balloon. Seriously. Throw a bunch of blown up balloons on the floor and it looks neat, plus the kids have a blast with them. Bonus! They are cheap.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#8 ) Have a craft and activities planned out.  I bought some wooden beads and ribbon so we could all sit in a  circle and do an activity together as a group. Pick at least one group activity. Pin the bow on Minnie would be fun. Cut out and paint a Minnie Mouse and a bunch of bows to see who can come the closest to pinning the bow in the right place, make a necklace or bracelet, paint, color, use stencils, or whatever you can think of. Try and pick an activity that is fun for all ages that will get a lot of participation.

#9 ) Cake! Save money by making your own cupcakes or cupcakes. Cupcakes are a lot easier to bake and decorate so I made these cute Minnie Mouse Cupcakes for the party. All you need is a box of chocolate or vanilla cake mix, mini Oreos, butter, vanilla extract, milk, confectioners sugar, eggs, cupcake liners, instant pudding, pink chocolate melts and a chocolate bow mold.
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Minnie Mouse Cupcakes
 
Super simple Minnie Mouse Cupcakes for birthday celebrations!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate or vanilla cake mix
  • 1 box chocolate or vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk, + 2 tablespoons for frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • .5 pound pink chocolate melts
  • bag of mini Oreos
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. You need a hand or stand mixer, muffin pan, cupcake liners, chocolate bow mold, measuring cups, mixing bowls and a glass bowl for chocolate, frosting tip and bag.
  3. Place cupcake liners into muffin pan.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add box of cake mix, 1 cup milk, .5 cup room temperature butter, and 4 eggs.
  5. Use your hand or stand mix to blend well.
  6. Pour mix into the cupcake liners filling ¾ full.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool.
  9. Make the chocolate bows. In a small glass bowl, microwave chocolate according to package directions. This should take about 1 minute. Stir well and use a spoon to fill each mold. Let the chocolate set before removing and repeat until you have enough bows.
  10. Begin your frosting. In a large bowl, add .5 cup of room temperature butter and mix until smooth. Add the 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla extract and half the confectioners sugar. Mix well and add the remaining confectioners sugar until blended completely.
  11. Place the frosting into the pastry bag with a large tip. Frost each cupcake.
  12. Set 2 mini Oreos on each cupcake with a chocolate bow in the center.

 

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party#10 ) Lay out all your plans in the invitation. Let your guests know what to wear, what foods you will be serving, that there will be crafts, and of course put the time and date. Also, have a phone number and email for RSVP. If you know who is coming, you can save money across the board by not buying too much!

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Cupcake Basket {+ Lavendar Frosting Recipe}

Cupcake Basket

 

Cupcake Basket is a fun gift idea for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or birthdays. A simple, affordable gift that makes a big impact! Today, I made a simple vanilla cupcake with a special lavender frosting and set the cupcakes into this basket.

 

Cupcake Basket

What you need for a Cupcake Basket:

  • A medium sized basket
  • foam block
  • green cupcake liners
  • green tissue paper
  • cupcake ingredients
  • toothpicks
  • Wilton tip 2D
  • frosting bags
  • small fresh flowers to weave in (optional)

Cupcake Basket

Step one is to cook your cupcakes in the green liners. Use a box cake mix or your own special recipe of choice. I like to use a basic box cake mix, add an extra egg, swap oil for butter and add an instant pudding packet. This gives a simple box cake, more of a gourmet cupcake taste.

Once the cupcakes cool, make your lavender frosting recipe and decorate with Wilton tip 2D. To make the rose look, start in the middle and spiral around until the cupcake is covered.

Cupcake Basket

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Lavender Frosting Recipe
 
Cupcake Basket made with a simple but beautiful lavender frosting.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoon lavender extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 2 drops blue food coloring
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add lavender extract, confectioners sugar and butter.
  2. use a hand or stand mixer to blend until smooth.
  3. Add the food coloring and mix.
  4. Place frosting into frosting bag with 2D tip and frost each individual cupcake. Begin in the center and spiral out.

 

Cupcake Basket

Once the cupcakes are completely frosted, place in the freezer. You will want to do this to put the bouquet together in the basket or else the cupcakes are too soft and everything will fall apart. As the cupcakes freeze, build your basket. Start with an empty basket of choice and add a foam square in the bottom. I cut my foam block today and stacked the smaller piece on top of the larger to add more volume inside. Use your toothpicks to hold it all together.

Cupcake BasketYou can see I used 2 toothpicks per cupcake to hold it in. Place a green cupcake liner to mark all your spots. Tear some of the green tissue paper and weave it between the cupcake liners to add more color and volume. This doesn’t need a lot of tissue paper, I only used about half a sheet.

Once the cupcakes are frozen enough that the cake that a toothpick smoothly goes in without any bending in the cake, place all your cupcakes. You may need to use a few extra toothpicks to hold all the cupcakes exactly where you want them. A single toothpick being used as a support on the bottom of the cupcake can really help some of those side angled cupcakes.

Once all the cupcakes are placed and steady, fill in any open spots in the bouquet with tissue paper or you can weave in some small flowers.

Cupcake Basket

 


What do you all think about this cute Cupcake Basket with lavender frosting? Would you love receiving this as a gift or creating one for someone in your life?

 

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Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa with fresh pineapple, red onion, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Perfect for tortilla chips or on top of salmon or pork.

Pineapple Salsa

I love this salsa. It is so crazy easy to make and the fresh taste is unbelievably delicious.  This pineapple salsa pairs best with salty items like chips or pork so get that sweet and salty flavor combo that makes your taste buds do a little happy dance.

Pineapple Salsa

Not only is this salsa crazy good and simple but you can make it so fun for a party or get together by making a pineapple bowl! I’m thinking tacos and margaritas on the patio with friends this summer.

For the pineapple bowl,  cut your pineapple down the center. Cut around the sides and make slices in the middle. Scoop out the fresh pineapple and use for the salsa while leaving a perfect bowl to dump all your pineapple salsa ingredients into.

Pineapple Salsa

With the simple recipes like this pineapple salsa here, there isn’t a whole lot to say about it! Just make sure to buy all fresh ingredients and finely dice the onion and jalapeno. Salt is not in this recipe although, feel free to add a pinch. I find it doesn’t need it though and why add extra sodium when it’s not necessary?

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Pineapple Salsa
 
Pineapple Salsa with fresh pineapple, red onion, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup fresh diced red onion
  • 1 diced tomato
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • .5 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno
Instructions
  1. Dice 1 cup of fresh pineapple, tomato, bell pepper and cilantro.
  2. Finely dice 1 jalapeno and ¼ cup worth red onion.
  3. Add all ingredients in a bowl and squeeze 1 lime into mix.
  4. Stir and serve.

 

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad is a simple cold pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese pearls, balsamic vinaigrette, and a pesto. Perfect for the upcoming warm weather family grill outs or for lunches.

Pesto Pasta Salad

I am a huge fan of pasta salad. I love to make a big batch on Sunday afternoon for the family to eat for lunches throughout the week making it a healthier and more affordable option. Plus, it is so darn simple. Pasta salad is always, always, always a safe bet to bring to any gathering from neighborhood grill out to a work pot luck.

Pesto Pasta Salad

What kind of pesto should you use for Pesto Pasta Salad?

You can use whatever pesto you enjoy. If that is a store bought one to make this dish super convenient or if you make your own. Try the Kale Pesto recipe from our blog made with kale, almonds, olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese. Click HERE for recipe.

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Pesto Pasta Salad
 
Simple cold pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, balsamic vinaigrette, and pesto.
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Ingredients
  • I box bow tie pasta
  • ⅓ cup pesto
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 8 ounce container mozzarella pearls
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook bow tie pasta according to package directions.
  2. Chop the fresh basil and cut cherry tomatoes in halves.
  3. In a small bowl, add olive oil, pesto, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well with a whisk.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add drained pasta, pesto mixture, drained mozzarella pearls, basil and tomatoes. Stir.
  5. Place in fridge for 2 hours and serve.

 

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Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups are a chocolaty, fun, child approved treat perfect for Easter celebrations.

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

I really wanted to create a fun treat that kids can help make that was simple, time efficient and delicious! Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups hit the mark with a neat spin off from worms in dirt dessert. We layered Oreos, chocolate pudding, coconut, sprinkles with a Easter bunny Peep and candy Robin Eggs.

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

To make these, crush a sleeve of Oreos and sprinkle some in the bottom of a clear cup. Have the kids help whip up some instant chocolate pudding and fill the cup half full and then layer more crushed Oreos, followed by another layer of chocolate pudding. Let the kids finish decorating their Easter Bunny Dirt Cups with a few more Oreo crumbs, colored coconut, a bunny Peep and a few Robin Eggs. I had some Easter sprinkles laying around so we added a bit of those too. All there is to do now is dip a spoon in and enjoy!

Dessert doesn’t have to be complicated. Easter for me is all about spending time with my family and doing some creative projects like egg decorating and baking goodies. These Easter Bunny Dirt Cups are such a simple, fun, family friendly Easter Day treat for everyone to dig into and participate in.

How is everyone spending their Easter this year? Do you have any fun treat recipes that you love to make that the kids help out with?

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Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups
 
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Simple, fun Easter desserts with chocolate pudding, oreos, coconut and Easter bunny.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 10 Oreos
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 5-10 drops green food coloring
  • 15 chocolate mini Robin Egg candies
  • 5 bunny Peeps
  • Easter sprinkles (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare your grass with 1 cup of shredded coconut with 5-10 drops green food coloring mixed in a small bowl.
  2. Chop your Oreos into crumbs. Either use a food processor, knife, or paddle in a Ziploc bag. I prefer to just finely chop the cookies. Place crumbs in a small bowl.
  3. Prepare your chocolate pudding according to package directions. All you do is add milk and whisk.
  4. Assemble the Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups. Place Oreo crumbs on the bottom of a cup, add a layer of pudding, some more Oreo crumbs, and a second layer of pudding.
  5. Decorate! Add more Oreos crumbs, green coconut, a bunny Peep, 3 Robin Eggs and some fun sprinkles.
  6. Enjoy!

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