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Friday, May 29, 2020

Warm Honey Mustard Dressing Over Spinach Salad

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Allison made a gourmet pasta dinner earlier this week and it was soooo good! Seriously, restaurant quality. The bechamel sauce called for only a little sauteed spinach added in, so we ended up with more than half a container leftover that I didn't want to go to waste. While I can't really handle spinach myself (especially uncooked), with the right ingredients added in, I can entice the rest of the family to eat it up. If you pour over homemade dressing, even better. Need a fantastic dressing recipe? Golden Blossom Honey has you covered with this Warm Honey Mustard Dressing that's perfect for leftover spinach, or any greens of your choosing. 

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Now that summer is almost here, this is a great recipe to have on hand for salads or fresh veggies picked out of your garden. It's made with only 5 simple ingredients that you should already have in your pantry, so no unnecessary trips to the grocers will be needed in order to whip this recipe together when you're in the mood for fresh dressing. I doubled the recipe and stored it in a mason jar in the fridge since we'll use the dressing as a marinade for grilling too. I see this recipe as one we'll be using time and time again this season!

Ingredients
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY MUSTARD
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
10 ounces baby spinach leaves
Optional Additions:
crisp bacon bits, chopped hard boiled egg, toasted walnuts
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Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Fjadrargljufur Canyon

It doesn't matter where you go in Iceland, you aren't going to get anything less than a breathtaking view no matter where you look. With that in mind though, I did do a lot of extensive research on exactly what I wanted to see before we arrived since we were on very limited time of only 1 day to take in what we could during our layover. Most of what I wanted to see were locations that had waterfalls, but when I came across Fjadrargljufur Canyon during my search, it promptly got added to the list of stops on our itinerary.

Fjadrargljufur Canyon

The canyon is 330ft deep and runs 1.2 miles long. It dates all the way back to the Ice Age, almost 2 million years ago!

Fjadrargljufur Canyon

Fjadrargljufur Canyon

We didn't make the trek, but if you walk the marked pathways, at the end of a 1 mile hike on the eastern side of the canyon, you'll find a waterfall located on the western canyon which will be visible from an observation platform. Speaking of the marked pathways, make sure you stay on them! Fjadrargljufur Canyon was closed after it was featured in a Justin Bieber music video which prompted massive tourism to the canyon, which threatened its environment. If you happen to veer off the marked paths, you will be warned in a not-so-friendly tone that you could face fines of up to $800 for crossing the barriers, so make sure you're following the rules!

Fjadrargljufur Canyon

It's a very picturesque spot and we overheard a few people saying they needed to pose for photos here because you know, you have to have this spot on your Instagram. "Gotta do it for the 'gram!" right? That seemed to be the phrase that pays at Fjadrargljufur Canyon.


Whether you've got weeks to explore or are on limited time like we were, Fjadrargljufur Canyon really is a must see. I mean, if it's cool enough for Justin Bieber, it should be worthy of your eyes too ;)

Fjadrargljufur Canyon




Friday, May 22, 2020

Goat Cheese and Artichoke Spread

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


How many of you grab that huge bag of tortilla chips for $3 every time you shop Costco? It's one of those things that Jason can't walk by without tossing it into the cart. I get that it's dirt cheap, but there's only 3 of us in this house, so most of the bag goes stale before we eat it all. I know, a deal is a deal, but not if you're throwing so much out each month, right? One way to combat the waste though, is with a good dip. I used to love a good spinach dip, but my tummy can't handle spinach these days. But artichoke? Oh, yes! And that's why this Goat Cheese and Artichoke Spread from Golden Blossom Honey is my new favorite chip accompaniment. 


Melty cheese and artichokes hot out of the oven is pure bliss with every bite. Not only does this spread pair well with tortilla chips, it's great for crackers and bread too. Personally, I just like to take a big scoop of it and eat it right off the spoon, but you more civilized folk will probably enjoy it as an actual spread or dip. Not that we'll be having any parties any time soon, but this is a great appetizer, so save the recipe for when it's finally safe to get together with your peeps again. You'll be glad you did!

Ingredients
1 (14 ounce) can artichokes, drained and chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 (3.5 ounce) package Montrachet goat cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 package cocktail size pumpernickel bread, lightly toasted
parsley for garnish

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE 


Goat Cheese and Artichoke Spread 
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Monday, May 18, 2020

Celebrate Spring with Entenmann’s Minis + Strawberry Shortcake for 1 #Entenmanns #SweetMemoriesSweepstakes

Disclosure: The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s® products. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s®.


The weather is warming up and berry season is just about upon us. For me, that means it's about time to enjoy all kinds of fruity desserts and I can hardly wait! To celebrate the start of spring, Entenmann's® is putting a fresh twist on a classic dessert favorite, pound cake with berries! From grilled to a la mode, fans can create easy, fun, and delicious pound cake recipe combos using Entenmann's Mini Pound Cake.

Entenmann's Mini Pound Cake

This time of year, I am all about strawberry shortcake. My mom always made it with angel food cake, but I decided to take her recipe and recreate my own version by using Entenmann's Mini Pound Cake in a Strawberry Shortcake for 1 recipe.

 Entenmann's Mini Pound Cake

Strawberry Shortcake

When you have a few strawberries leftover in the fridge, individual strawberry shortcake is the best way to use them up. All you need is 5 ingredients for a scrumptious seasonal dessert that can be whipped up in minutes.

Yield: Serves 1

Strawberry Shortcake

Individual Strawberry Shortcake

 

INGREDIENTS:

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Wash and slice the tops off of the strawberries. Pat dry.
  2. Slice berries into quarters, then using a fork or pastry cutter, mash the berries into a slightly chunky consistency. 
  3. Pour half the milk over the mashed berries and stir. If the consistency is to your liking, discard the rest of the milk. If not, continue stirring in the remainder of the milk until you reach your desired sauce consistency.
  4. Stir sugar into berry mix.
  5. Place Entenmann's Mini Pound Cake on plate. Pour berry sauce over pound cake. Top with whipped topping. 
  6. Eat and enjoy!


I loved the extra sweetness that the pound cake gave over traditional angel food cake. It was a lot less sticky too! It was the perfect size for dessert for 1 and a great way to use up my leftover berries that were about to go bad in the fridge.

What kind of sweet creations can you come up with this season using Entenmann's Mini Pound Cake? To celebrate the season, from now until May 31, consumers can enter the Sweet Memories Sweepstakes for a chance to win Entenmann's Minis to make their own sweet desserts at home! Simply visit the official post on Entenmann's Facebook post and leave a comment describing your sweet Entenmann's memories over the years for a chance to win. Entries must be submitted by 5/31/20 11:59pm EST to qualify.


Once you've entered the Sweet Memories Sweepstakes, be sure to come back here and enter to win MY giveaway for (3) $7 Entenmann's Minis +  a $25 Virtual Visa Gift Card! The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S., and will run through 5/27/20. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email before a new one is chosen. As some participants aren't on all social media platforms, I offer multiple ways to enter, but remember, each one is optional. Enter only the ones you'd like an entry for. Good luck!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Canine Cupcakes for Rocky & Adrian

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


This month we hit the 9 year mark of when we added our boxers into our lives. I remember the entire first year that we had them I swore I was never going to raise 2 puppies at the same time again. It was ruff (rough lol). Yeah, I'm a nerd :) But here we are, all of these years later, I can't imagine not having one without the other. They are best buddies and the lights of my life. I thought it would be a nice treat to celebrate another year with my babies by making them a special batch of goodies for their 9 year birthday this year. I saw Golden Blossom Honey had a Canine Cupcakes recipe on their website and figured this would make two dogs very, very happy!

Dog Cupcakes

The cupcakes are a real treat for the pups, but I wanted to make them extra special so I added frosting to the top. To frost the cupcakes, simply beat together 1 cup of Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter. Or, leave them plain if you think the dogs are going to make too much of a mess with the frosting. Trust me, they won't complain either way!

Ingredients
1/2 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 cups flour
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons carob powder (found in health food stores)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE 

Cupcakes for Dogs

Rocky gobbled his up in one go, but Adrian took her time savoring her cupcake. Leave it to the girl to know how to appreciate the good things in life ;)

Dog Cupcakes
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Friday, May 8, 2020

Pecan Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


I know that some areas are starting to lift quarantine restrictions, my state included, but Mother's Day is going to be a tough one for me this year as I'll still be sheltering in place. As much as I'd love to see my own mama and spend some time with my oldest daughter who lives a few hours away on campus, Jason and I agreed that it would be best if I took a few more months in quarantine to reduce the risk of exposure because of my illness. I'll still have Jason pick up a hanging basket of flowers for our mom's porches, I'll make a tasty treat to go along with the flowers, and we'll do a drive by porch drop off Sunday morning. The weather is warming up and it finally feels like spring here, so I thought these Pecan Lemon Cheesecake Bars (a Golden Blossom Honey recipe) would be a great gift to pass along for Mother's Day. 

Pecan Lemon Cheesecake Bars

If mom loves lemon, she's going to love these lemon bars. They are light and fluffy and pair perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea. Don't worry if the batter looks like it needs doubled. It looked thin when I poured in over the crust and I worried about the lemon cheesecake layer being thick enough once finished, but it will rise and fluff up in the oven. If you don't have time to make a full cheesecake, these bars are a perfect substitute for showing mom how sweet she is this Sunday ♥

Ingredients
Crust:
1 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
3/4 cup pecans, chopped

Filling:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 egg
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

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How are you celebrating MOM this year?