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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A Glimpse: Movie Night #goodnightsnack

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Mathlete and I try to make sure we take time out from our crazy schedules to spend time as a family. Sometimes this comes in the form of a Sunday morning trip to the pool for a few hours and sometimes we decide to have a family movie night. We’ll pick a movie and plan to go down to the theater area in our basement and hang out. Of course, for movie night, the snacks we choose can be just as important as what movie we are watching!

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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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Red Wine Slushies

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know I am a wine lover. There are few pleasures that I enjoy more than sitting down to relax with a glass of wine in the evening. On a free weekend, you will most definitely find us at one of the local vineyards with a picnic. Some days, though, even a glass of crisp white wine is just not enough to cool me down. After visiting a local place that served red wine slushies {think a slurpee with wine}, I knew I had to learn to make them at home for those super hot days.

An adult slurpee made with red wine?! I am so making these for the weekend.

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11 Delicious Milkshakes

So, we had a brief bit of amazing weather over the last weekend where it was actually cool enough for a light sweater in the evenings. I loved every minute of it.  Of course, being summer, it didn’t last long and we are right back to super hot temperatures. When the weather gets that way, I crave cool drinks and icy treats for dessert. Milkshakes are one of my favorite sweet treats during summer and I’ve found 11 delicious milkshakes that you have to try!

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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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