White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola Cereal

Sweet white chocolate chips and tangy dried cranberries make every bite of this White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola Cereal an explosion of flavor. 

Sweet white chocolate chips and tangy dried cranberries make every bite of this White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Granola Cereal an explosion of flavor.

I remember the first time I had a white chocolate chip cranberry cookie.

At first, I thought I wouldn’t like the flavor combo, but after one bite I was in love. I found myself craving them all the time. But of course, it would be irresponsible (not to mention pretty fattening) to eat cookies whenever a craving strikes. 

So naturally, I decided to figure out a way I could satisfy my cravings in a way that was healthy.   ← this granola

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The Best 7-Layer Greek Dip

 

 


This crowd pleasing 7-Layer Greek Dip will be devoured in minutes and is super easy to make!

This crowd pleasing 7-Layer Greek Dip will be devoured in minutes and is super easy to make!

I happen to crave tangy food.  So when it is time to whip up something for a party, pot luck or a fabulous snack this 7-Layer Greek Dip is my go to recipe.  It is such a versatile and easy recipe that I make almost once a week.

I use Mezzetta Peperoncini when making this to get the bright and tangy flavor I crave.  I usually have to check in advance to see if I have any left because we hit the bottom of the jar often with the boys in the house eating them all. I also use Mezzetta Kalamata Olives and Mezzetta Roasted Red Bell Peppers to get the best results.

Just to give you a heads up Mezzetta has a national sweepstakes with Chef’d so enter for a chance to win 52 meal kits from Chef’d! Bonus: All who enter will receive a 10% coupon on any Chef’d order!!!!

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Sweet Bell Pepper Pimento Cheese Poppers

 

The family will love these sweet bell pepper pimento cheese poppers because they get all of the delicious flavors of a jalapeno popper without the heat.

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Sweet Bell Pepper Pimento Cheese Poppers

The summer in the south is HOT!!! So I tend to try to limit what I cook as to not heat up the house. Summer is also a very busy season for me.  The kids have practice, internships and vacation bible school.  I feel like I spend a good deal of the day on the run. But they are worth it!

These Sweet Bell Pepper Pimento Cheese Poppers are a lifesaver when it comes to making a snack that will hold them over until dinner. They are also a great dish to take to a cookout or for last minute guests. I love that they use quality ingredients like sweet bell peppers and my favorite Price’s Original Pimento Cheese Spread

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Peaches and Cream Pastries

These Peaches and Cream Pastries are a beautiful treat with the perfect balance of tart and sweet flavor. 

These Peaches and Cream Pastries are a beautiful treat with the perfect balance of tart and sweet flavor.

I feel like I’ve become increasingly lazy lately. Maybe it’s just because it’s the summer and anything that requires my attention for more than 30 minutes is way to much to ask of someone still trying to catch up on Orange is the New Black. 

At least I have my priorities straight. 

No but really, if I’m in a hurry to get breakfast on the table or whip up some snacks for my little sister and her friends, odds are I’m not going to spend hours in the kitchen making something extravagant. That’s why these Peaches and Cream Pastries are so perfect! They TASTE like I was slaving away in the kitchen for hours but in all honesty it took me maybe 10 minutes to put it all together and pop it in the oven.

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Strawberries and Cream Pastries

 

These Strawberries and Cream Pastries are sure to be a new family favorite! Made with 5 simple ingredients, it couldn’t be easier to put together these gorgeous pastries. 

These Strawberries and Cream Pastries are sure to be a new family favorite! Made with 5 simple ingredients, it couldn't be easier to put together these gorgeous pastries.

The first time I made these Strawberries and cream Pastries was when I made Sunday morning brunch before having a family day at the lake and I went all out—breakfast casserole, sausage, eggs, biscuits, and the best gravy you will ever taste. Needless to say, everyone pretty much inhaled everything! Toward the end of the meal, the kids started looking at me, expecting something sweet since I had only prepared savory items. I swear these kids are bottomless pits so of course, I said, “yeah, no problem.” 

But to be honest I had no idea what I was about to make! I only had 30 minutes to whip something up before we were headed out to the lake, so I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to swing muffins or anything like that so I whipped out a recipe my mother showed me how to make as a kid.

I knew the process from prepping the ingredients, to these gorgeous strawberries and cream pastries being in your tummy would only take 20 minutes. So I grabbed the puff pastry and other ingredients, followed the super simple recipe, and within minutes the kids had gobbled them down. We left the house with plenty of time to spare! 

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