Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberries are everywhere right now. I know our berry patches are turning out some amazing strawberries and they are just begging to be eaten, cooked with and enjoyed while they are at their peak. I love eating strawberries on their own but also like to add them to desserts during the summer.  For dessert not too long ago, I decided to do a slightly different take on strawberry shortcake and use a cheesecake style filling in place of the traditional whipped cream.

Make the best of summer's fresh fruit in this strawberry cheesecake shortcake.

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Strawberry Basil Scones

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Mathlete is a scone lover. Every time we go to the coffee shop or pick up pastries for breakfast, he always chooses scones. I had never really thought about making my own scones until I was chatting with a blog friend of mine about ways to use her awesome basil simple syrup. I decided right then that I was going to try my hand at making strawberry basil scones with a basil glaze. 

Strawberry basil scones are the perfect combination of summer flavors!

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Spicy Tilapia Ceviche

I love ceviche but don’t get the chance to eat it very often. I had been dreaming of it ever since we went on the Miami Culinary tour during Blogher Food so I dragged Mathlete to the Mexican place that I usually order it from. They have the most amazing shrimp ceviche. Well, #sadpandaface, they don’t have it anymore! The only ceviche they have has scallops and I really dislike scallops. So, I decided I was going to make it at home and made spicy tilapia ceviche for dinner one evening. 

Spicy ceviche made with fresh tilapia and peppers.

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5 Perfect Lunch Salads with #DixieQuicktakes

Lunch options in or near my office are very limited. Like a single cafe with boring sandwiches kind of limited. So, I like to take my lunch as much as possible. Not only does it give me lots more options but it also helps me save money.  Now that the weather is warmer, I am definitely focused on salads more but tend to avoid lettuce based salads because they don’t hold up very well in travel. I was thinking about my lunch menu for upcoming weeks and came up with five perfect lunch salads.

These are five awesome ideas for lunch salads plus a great way to transport them.

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Thin Mints® Ice Cream Pie

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Every January, our house gets so excited because it is Girl Scout cookie time.  By the end of the month, we are all out of the delicious cookies and it is sad faces all around.  While shopping in Walmart the other day, I discovered THE BEST thing in the check out aisle. NESTLÉ® CRUNCH® Girl Scouts® Candy Bars which totally allows us to get our Girl Scouts® cookie fix even though it isn’t cookie season.  I totally grabbed all of the Thin Mints® bars they had in the aisle and brought them home. We usually freeze our cookies to get them nice and cold but I decided to make Thin Mints® Ice Cream Pie with the candy bars instead.

This dessert is the BEST thing for summer. Love the idea of creating Thin Mint flavored ice cream pies. #Cookies2Crunch #shop #cbias

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Sausage and Pepper One Pot Pasta Recipe

In my dreams, summer is a time to slow down and relax.  Days are spent lounging by the pool and nights are spent with delicious dinners on the deck. I’m a good dreamer, right? Reality is far different around here. Gymnastics practices are longer, camp carpools are added into the mix and getting dinner on the table becomes so much harder.  Oh, add the heat into that mix and turning on an oven or stove and cooking just loses its luster. That is where the beauty of something like this sausage and pepper one pot pasta comes into play.  It is one pot and a meal that cooks in under thirty minutes. Sound too goo to be true? Well,  you definitely aren’t dreaming :)

One pot is all this recipe takes to make an amazing pasta dish the whole family will love.

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Grilled Sticky Chicken

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Grilling season is here! From burgers to fruit, we are all about using our grill as much as possible during the nice weather! On top of grilling pretty much all of our meals, we also use the warm weather and beautiful evenings to get together with friends on the deck. Chicken is one of my favorite things to cook on the grill and, recently, I decided to add one of our #BackyardBash drinks into the marinade for some grilled sticky chicken.

Enjoy delicious chicken with a simple but amazing marinade this summer! #BackyardBash #shop #cbias

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Chicken Parmesan Burger

It’s grill time! That means lots of burgers, kabobs and maybe even a grilled dessert or two. I like to change it up whenever I can and break out of the burger routine. Of course, Mathlete is a burger fan so we don’t stray too far. I was craving Italian food one night but it was just too beautiful outside to ignore the call of the deck and grill. So, I combined them both with a recipe for a delicious chicken Parmesan burger.

Change up the summer grill routine with a Parmesan chicken burger. #grillrecipes #summer

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Spaghetti Squash Egg Muffins

Breakfast is one of those tricky meals for me.  I just can’t eat a donut or pastry and be satisfied.  I need some protein and love the idea of eggs for breakfast.  Working outside of the house though makes it a little difficult to actually get eggs each day.  That is where egg muffins save the day.  I am still in love with my Southwestern and broccoli with cheese varieties but this time around I wanted to load them up with vegetables so I made spaghetti squash egg muffins.

Vegetable Egg Muffins Overhead_wm

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Almond Coconut Milkshake

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Summer is here and that means we are all turning to cooler foods and drinks to help beat the heat. One of my favorite desserts in the summer is a milkshake. Milkshakes are so delicious and can be made in so many different ways. We were all talking about our favorite candy bars the other day and I decided to try and make a milkshake to mimic one of Mathlete’s favorite. Creating this almond coconut milkshake was fun and was so easy thanks to Silk Almond Coconut blend that I used to get a really delicious coconut flavor. {Hint: search #collectivebias and #SilkAlmondBlends for even more almond milk recipes}

A delicious milkshake with all the coconut and almond flavor of your favorite candy bar. #shop #SilkAlmondBlends

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