Popcorn Snack Bars

Popcorn is a favorite snack around here – and these bars are such a fun way to dress it up. This is a no-bake treat, so it’s a great one to get the kids helping with!

Popcorn is tossed together with oats, dried fruit, and nuts, and covered in a honey syrup – each bite is a mix of sweet and salty. It’s also hearty enough to hold my very hungry kid-apillars over until dinner so they’re a favorite after school snack here!

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Watermelon Salsa

One of my highlights of summer is the availability of fresh, local produce. Between our CSA and local farmer’s market, we’ve had an abundance of seasonal fruits and veggies. This week, I’m sharing some of the things I’ve been cooking up as part of #FarmersMarketWeek.

My first recipe is a quick, no-cook salsa. Instead of tomatoes, the base of this is watermelon – making a perfect summery salsa with a touch of sweetness.

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Garlic Scape Dip

Have you ever tried garlic scapes? These curly, green shoots are the top of the garlic plant – and they taste just like garlic! The first time they showed up in our CSA share I had no idea what to do with them – now they’re something I look forward to every year.

Top view of a bowl with green dip surrounded by raw baby carrots, celery sticks, and cherry tomatoes.

One of my favorite uses for garlic scapes is this easy dip. It’s delicious, and only takes a few minutes to put together.

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Strawberry Scones

We are knee-deep in strawberry season here and, honestly, it’s one of my favorite food seasons! We’ve already been picking twice, and I’ve put up a batch of jam and a batch of pie filling. We’ve been eating strawberries every day – and I’ve been trying some new strawberry goodies.

Eight strawberry scones drizzled with  icing arranged in a circle on a white plate. The plate is sitting on a pink napkin and a container of strawberries is off to the side.

These strawberry scones are an adaption of my favorite savory scone recipe. They’re not too sweet, and absolutely perfect with a cup of tea. And, they’re my kick off recipe for this year’s #BrunchWeek!

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30 Snacks for the Big Game

Are you gearing up for the big game this weekend? Without a strong preference for either team playing, I’m focusing on the food!

30 snacks for the big game

Our menu is always snack-y. No big main dish – just a lot of easy-to-much snacks to graze on during the game. I’ve rounded up 30 of my favorite game-day snack options for you below!

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Savory Cheddar Herb Cheesecake #ImprovCookingChallenge

Cheese and crackers are this month’s #ImprovCookingChallenge theme – and one of my favorite snacks. They’re the main ingredients in this appetizer – but they’re elevated to something perfect for a dinner party.

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This savory take on cheesecake features a crust made of crushed crackers and three different kinds of cheeses.

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Ham & Cheese Piroske + A Place At The Table Review

This post is sponsored – I receivedĀ a complimentary copy of A Place At The Table for review. All opinions are mine alone.

How many of you are cooking up a dish tomorrow that’s been passed down? One that celebrates your heritage? It’s no secret that America is a melting pot and one of the places it’s most evident is in our culinary culture – and that’s exactly what’s on display in The Vilcek Foundation‘s new cookbook.

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A Place at the Table is a beautiful celebration of the diversity that makes America such a beautiful place.

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Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cookies

I’ve been feeling like I’m barely keeping up since school started. Every time I feel like I’m getting ahead, something happens that knocks me back a few days. Currently, the little one is on day five of a fever.

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With all the craziness, I’ve been opting for kitchen projects that will make things easier for me – like these breakfast cookies.

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Chocolate Zucchini Mini Muffins

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #Choctoberfest . I received complimentary product from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Choctoberfest recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Raise your hand if you’re raising a strong-willed child! I love my daughter immensely, but sometimes I swear she just wants to push my buttons.

For example, her 3-year-old preschool class lets you sign up to bring a snack on Fridays. What did she insist she wanted to bring? Spicy pizza muffins.

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For the record, I have never made any spicy pizza muffins. Nor do I think she would eat them – never mind serving them to a group of 3-year olds.

After much, much negotiation, we settled on chocolate muffins instead.

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Dragon Fruit Salsa

This post is sponsored by Melissa’s Produce. All opinions are my own.

I have so much fun with Halloween. My mom was always a big fan, and it’s totally rubbed off. The decorations are up, the kids are already wearing their Halloween shirts, and we are ready.

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So, how appropriate is it that during this month, I’m participating in #FreakyFruitsFriday?

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