Caramel Apple Parfait

We are in the last few days of August and with the new month also comes one of our favorite seasons: apple season. As part of the #CreativeBuzz challenge this month, I used my favorite granny smith apples to create an amazing caramel apple parfait.  Seriously, this thing is to die for so just get ready to make it now because I know you won’t be able to resist.

This caramel apple parfait looks divine. I can't wait to make it! #CreativeBuzz
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Herbed Shrimp Pesto Pizza

As a food lover, I am excited to be partnering with Pompeian to share with you a recipe using one of their olive oils. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

For me, shrimp and butter are made for each. Think of shrimp scampi and how amazing it tastes basted in all that butter. I can think of very few times that I have cooked shrimp in anything but butter {unless it was shrimp cocktail of course}. August is National Olive Oil month and Pompeian is working to get people to take the Pompeian Pledge to swap butter for Pompeian olive oil in one of their favorite recipes. I recently made herbed shrimp pesto pizza and when I typically would have reached for the tub of butter!

Delicious herbed shrimp pesto pizza

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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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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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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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Moscato Wine Slushie

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to one of my favorite summer drinks: the red wine slushie. A lot of my friends are just not red wine drinkers even if you turn it into an adult type Slurpee. So, of course, I had to come up with a white wine slushie for them to drink. I played around with a few different types of wine but the moscato wine slushie seemed to the most popular.

Cool, refreshing wine slushie made with moscato

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Time to #StartYourGrill with 3 Sausage Recipes

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My son is pretty much obsessed with hot dogs right now. He wants them every.single.night. Of course, that gets a little boring for the rest of us so I’ve started adding in different items when I am cooking his hot dogs. One of our current favorite things {and it turns out E’s too} are grilled sausages. While cooking dinner the other night, I came up with these three ideas for sausage recipes. 

This is a great idea to top yummy, grilled sausages with different toppings! #StartYourGrill #shop

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Coconut Lime Oreo Truffles

Oreo cookies are one of those things you will almost always find in our house. We buy the little snack packs in the giant size from Costco to put in lunches and will usually have just a regular package in the house for the random sweet snack. At the store the other day, I saw the new Limeade flavor and knew I had to try them. Of course, as I do with most Oreo flavors, I decided “bake” with them and made coconut lime Oreo truffles using the new flavor.

Yummy...these limeade oreo truffles are no bake and taste a lot like key lime pie!

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Vanilla Pancakes with Blueberries

Have you noticed that so many things these days seem to be some crazy concoction of flavors? I was out the other day and saw strawberry caramel chocolate pretzel flavored ice cream. Now, I love all of the flavors sure and do enjoy some flavors mixed together {salted caramel or strawberry lemonade anyone?}. But, sometimes I feel like more traditional flavors like vanilla get a bad rap. They get labeled as boring or plain. Well, I’m going to #TakeBackVanilla and it starts with these delicious vanilla pancakes and blueberries.

Vanilla pancakes with blueberry compote #TakeBackVanilla #CGC #spon

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