Ginger Lemon Tartlets with Fresh Berries

I love lemons. I use them all around the house for cleaning, cooking and in drinks. I love lemon meringue pie too but I am always too lazy to make my own meringue. So, I tend to stick to something a little easier like a lemon tart. I wanted to try something new recently and made ginger lemon tartlets topped with fresh berries for dessert.

These tartlets look so delicious and refreshing. Adding ginger is a great idea.
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Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake

We are total pasta lovers in our house. From spaghetti with just a bit of olive oil and Parmesan cheese to easy pasta bakes or even rigatoni with butternut squash, we like to have pasta at least once or twice a week.  Of course, we try to change it up from time to time and try out a new recipe. I was dreaming of some spinach artichoke dip one night and decided to make a spinach artichoke pasta bake instead.

A perfect weeknight meal! Love the flavors of spinach and artichoke dip in this pasta bake.

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Sloppy Joe Casserole

I am always looking for new products to use when my gluten free or vegetarian friends and family visit for meals. I am excited to share my newest find, that I used in our favorite recipe for sloppy joe casserole, with you today. Even though I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

With fall and back to school fast approaching, I am starting to build a great list of go to recipes that easy to make and taste great too.  My sister in law was visit recently and she is  vegetarian.  I thought she might be joining us for dinner one night so I did a little research on what I could make that my family of meat eaters would love and she could enjoy too.  That was when I was introduced to #BeyondMeat. BeyondMeat is a meat substitute that takes all of the familiar things in meat {amino acids, fats, trace carbohydrates, minerals and lots of water} from plants and applies heating, cooling and pressure so that the result is just like meat. I used the BeyondMeat to make a delicious sloppy joe casserole and everyone LOVED it.

The perfect weeknight casserole: sloppy joe casserole
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9 Back to School Lunchbox Ideas

We have to face it. The first day of school is coming. For some of us, that may be a good thing and for others it may be something that we aren’t looking forward to so much. I am somewhere in between. Going back to school sets us into a predictable routine but it also brings a TON of extra activities that we don’t have to fit in during the fun, summer months. One of those things is packing lunches. I dread packing lunches each night so I went searching and found a few back to school lunchbox ideas to help me once we hit that first day of school.

Lunches are my hardest part of back to school. These 9 ideas of what to pack are really helpful! #backtoschool

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Cheesy Beef and Potato Casserole and Bonus Box Tops

We all know it is time to go back to school. According to my Facebook page, some people have already started school. Once those first days of school start, it is a slew of after school activities, homework and busy nights trying to squeeze everything in. One thing that becomes harder to squeeze in is a home cooked meal. I’ve got the solution for that with my recipe for cheesy beef and potato casserole that is super easy and really delicious.

This recipe comes with a bonus too. Right now, with the Food Lion® Box Tops Offer, you can get 25 bonus Box Tops™ {which equals $2.50 to an eligible school} just by purchasing any 6 General Mills® products and using your MVP card between 8/20 and 8/26.

Oh, you’ll also be entered for a chance to win 500,000 bonus Box Tops for Education™! You can find out more about how Box Tops for Education™ work here.

It is really easy to select 6 {or more} General Mills® products because they include delicious cereals like Cheerios™ and Lucky Charms™ that your family already loves. It also includes the Betty Crocker™ specialty potatoes I used as the base for my easy weeknight casserole!

What You’ll Need:
1 box Betty Crocker™ Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
1 tsp oil
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 Tbsp butter
2 cups boiling water

Let’s Make It:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×9 square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

2) Heat oil in medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and pepper and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add ground beef and cook, stirring to crumble, for 5-7 minutes or until done. Drain.

3) In a large bowl, combine sauce packet from potatoes with boiling water and butter. Stir until butter is melted. Stir in potatoes and beef mixture. Pour into prepared baking pan. Cover with foil.

4) Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake an addition 5-10 minutes or until potatoes are tender and sauce is thickened.

This casserole was a huge hit with our family and I liked how quickly I could make it on a busy weeknight. It will be perfect for when we are back in school and all of our weeknights are super busy.

I also love that I can give more money to our school through Box Tops for Education™ and Food Lion® just from buying things I would already be purchasing.

What are you favorite weeknight meals once school starts again? Do you collect Box Tops for Education™ to benefit your school?

Be sure to get your extra Box Tops for Education™ from Food Lion® between 08/20/2014 and 08/26/2014 by buying participating General Mills® brands like Yoplait™, Pillsbury™, Betty Crocker™, Old El Paso™, Motts™, Ocean Spray™ and Nature Valley™.

You can also win a $50 gift card to Food Lion® by sharing with me, in the comments, how you get ready for back to school.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Food Lion® via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Food Lion® via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sweet Potato and Turkey One Pot Recipe

School is back in session here and so we’ve added homework and a few other activities into our mix. Doing lots of dishes and making meals that require a lot of work are totally out of the picture. I am loving one pot meals more and more right now as we try to squeeze every extra moment of time outside in possible before the weather turns cold. I shared this sweet potato and turkey one pot recipe awhile back over at Mom 4 Real and I wanted to share it with you here too.

A delicious one pot meal with turkey, sweet potatoes and the freshness of lemon.

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Healthy Chocolate Pudding {Guest Post}

You all know that I have a major sweet tooth. I also don’t have a desire to weigh 3000 lbs either though. Today’s post mixes satisfying my sweet tooth with being smart about my choices. Enjoy Tracey’s healthy chocolate pudding.
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Hello readers of Just Us Four! My name is Tracey and I blog over at  Just a Trace. I’m here taking over Shannah’s blog today to bring you one of my favourite healthy snacks. Before we get into the recipe, let me share a little bit about me. I’m a lifestyle blogger located in Canada, and I write a lot about weddings, dating and my random daily encounters with all things weird. So whether you’re looking for a DIY project, a healthy muffin recipe or you just want a good laugh, I hope you will stop by my corner of the internet and say hello. I’m a complete social media junkie, so you can also find me on Facebook, Twitter Instagram and Pinterest.

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Blueberry Lemon Poke Cake {Guest Post}

Are you craving cake? I am after looking at this amazing recipe from Sarah at All Things with Purpose. She’s here to share her blueberry lemon poke cake recipe today.

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Hi there! I’m Sarah from All Things with Purpose and I’m joining you today to share a fun dessert! I love simple, easy
recipes that can be thrown together in a pinch. Stop by sometime to see what we’ve got going on at All Things with Purpose. Maybe you’ve seen us around Pinterest.

Here are a few of our
popular posts…

 
Here’s a variation of one  of my all time favorite cakes… the poke cake.
It’s moist, it’s  fruity, it is versatile. You can use different flavors of jello or  food coloring to fit any occasion. Here’s how I made this one,  combining two Summer favorites: Blueberries and Lemonade.

Blueberry Lemonade Poke Cake from All Things with Purpose for Just Us Four

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Easy Back to School Snack Ideas

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My kids are total grazers. They want to eat a million snacks and then skip any actual meals. Once school starts, this gets even worse so I like to have heartier snacks than just chips and similar items ready for them. Of course, we want to make snacks fun too so I created two easy back to school snack ideas that are sure to be a hit with kids and make parents feel better about what is going in those little stomachs!

Back to School snacks that are easy and delicious! #AfterSchoolSnacks #cbias

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Key Lime Pear Cocktail

You already know wine slushies are popular around our house. For time to time, I like to step outside of the wine game though and enjoy a nice cocktail or, if it is a weekday, a mocktail! When we were in Miami, I tried some of the Cascade Ice Sparkling Waters and was instantly in love. I don’t do the plain water thing so well and need flavors in it for me to actually drink it on a regular basis. The key lime pear version was one of my favorites and I’ve been using it in a key lime pear cocktail ever since.

A refreshing key lime cocktail with a hint of pear and ginger.

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