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"lean on me"... when you're not strong. Every time I hear this song I break out in the rest of the lyrics! this past weekend we had a family BBQ/ surprise birthday party and what better people to surround yourself than your family? Family is always there for you to lean on, in the good times and the bad. We are celebrating the good and that is spending quality time with one another! Coca-Cola™ has inspired me by their new Share a Coke and a Song program. Their new packaging is so fun and during this party, I was very much inspired to do desserts everyone would enjoy!
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Red, White, and Blue Strawberries
This treat ties in perfectly with the summertime, and was a huge hit with our family! You need strawberries, white chocolate melts, and blue sprinkles or crushed up candy.
I first put the chocolates into a warmer to melt. While I'm doing that, I wash the strawberries and pat them down with a paper towel until they are completely dry. I then take the strawberry, dip it in the chocolate and dip it in the blue candy. I place them on a piece of parchment paper for easy removal and no mess. You can set them in the fridge for about 30 minutes to however long you need, just make sure the chocolate has hardened completely.
I left the stems on while I was making them to grab them easily, but decided to cut off the tops afterwards so the kids could eat them without anything leftover. My mother in law has the cutest dishes and dessert cups so I arranged the strawberries on a cake platter.
I'm sure I'm not the only one, but while I'm in the kitchen, I have to have music playing. I just love working to music and the Shazam app comes in handy when I'm scrambling to find out what song is playing, and they have all of the Coca-Cola Share a Song's on there.
After shopping at Safeway for the party, we found the cutest display for the new Coca-Cola campaign "Share a Coke and a Song". I immediately knew we had to have these at the party, and what screams summer and family like Coca-Cola floats!
This is probably the easier dessert, so if you are wanting something simple but oh so delicious, this tutorial is the one for you. Beforehand, I chilled the glasses in the freezer for about an hour. This is completely optional, but since it was so hot outside I didn't want it to melt too quickly. Just scoop in your favorite vanilla ice cream, and pour in Coca-Cola and you have a delicious float!
And that is it for the delicious treats you can enjoy this summer! These would be so cute for any BBQ or Fourth of July party. Thank you so much for reading & I hope you have a great weekend! Coca-Cola's Sweepstakes is so exciting, and you should enter because the entry is so easy! I'll leave the link below so you can still get your entry in. ♥
Hi there! When this is going up, I will already be in Texas! I am so excited to go back home and James and I will be spending the weekend there. To go with that, what's more Texas than BBQ wings? Answer: nothing!
So I am seriously creeped out by chicken on the bone and I used to refuse to eat it. But, my husband has a recipe that he learned from his past deployment and it is so delicious! These are "Herat style Chicken legs" and they are so delicious. I sadly won't be sharing the recipe because he wants to keep it a secret for a few reasons, so you'll just have to enjoy the pictures and a recipe that is kind of similar!
If you are interested in the recipe for our asparagus, you can find it here!
Hi y’all! Today I have a food post that makes my mouth water just looking back on these pictures! We found some super yummy items from Sprouts for my husband and I’s lunch. Also, there is a fantastic sweepstakes that could not only benefit you, but your community as well! All the details are at the bottom of the post or here.
For me, packing my husband’s lunch can sometimes be a drag. I always prepare it the night before, and sometimes… Well, sometimes it is close to midnight when I do it! I’ve been super lazy before and will just grab frozen foods or prepackaged things and I always feel bad because I know that there is better food out there for him.
One of our favorite meals recently has been a salad with chicken. It is so easy to prepare, because I just make a ton of chicken at once and put it in the fridge to use throughout the week. Also, we recently realized how fatty ranch dressing is (I know, you are probably not shocked! Haha) and wanted to try out a new dressing. We went to Sprouts for the first time, so this recipe will be featuring super yummy Sprouts products because we were just blown away with all of their options! Both of these products are by the brand Small Planet Foods at a discount, because they are both included in their April Monthly Deals! Y’all, go check it out here to see what deals you can find on different foods, no coupon clipping required.
We love our family dinner times! But, sometimes we don't always eat the best. We are guilty of being lazy and ordering fast food a few too many times haha. My husband and I decided with it being a new year, we are going to make more of an effort to cook more from home. That brought up another resolution for us: not only should we be cooking at home more, but we want to strive towards eating better foods. What we love about Ragu pasta sauces is the fact that not only are they affordable, but they are filled with real ingredients (no artificial flavors here)!
Traditions are very important to us and now after being married for a year, we definitely want to make more of our own family traditions. We have made it a new tradition for us to cook together on Mondays. We are huge suckers for italian food and decided a good ol' spaghetti and meatballs would help start off the new year! My grandma has made this for our family for years and it feels so special to continue the family traditions into our own. We used our favorite Ragu pasta sauce for this recipe and if you haven't tried this flavor, I strongly suggest you do! We usually go for the Ragu traditional sauce, but after having the tomato, garlic, and onion we want to try all of the flavors now! (Can that be it's own new years resolution? Please? haha)
What you need:
-Ragu Pasta sauce (any flavor of your choice!)
And that's it! Let's get started!
1. Start by putting the stove on medium.
2. Put a separate pan, filled with however much water the pasta calls for, on the stove top and put it on medium high.
3. Pour your Ragu sauce in and let it warm up.
4. After about 2-3 minutes add in meatballs, lower the temperature to about low medium and cover! *Depending on what kind you buy though, just make sure you buy meatballs that are already fully cooked and can be cooked on the stove top!
5. When your water begins boiling in the second pan add in those spaghetti noodles.
6.Once your noodles are cooked strain them and pour in your meatball and Ragu sauce mixture. I like to do this rather than serve them separately because I really feel like the noodles soak up the delicious pasta sauce.
For other awesome recipes by way better cooks than me, click here and tell me if you try any out!
James and I have had one heck of a month! I had a family emergency and had to rush home to Texas, and then we had all the Christmas hullabaloo to worry about. So, here I am apologizing again for my absence!
With this month being so busy, we find it so necessary to take time to spend some quality time together. James has recently started AdvoCare, more specifically their 24 day challenge cleanse. He also joined CrossFit so with him doing all that, it's made me realize I need to step up my game and start cooking healthier! We decided on a nice chicken recipe, our signature asparagus (that everyone loves), scalloped potatoes, and some pineapple. Spending time together is so important to us and while we may not be the best cooks, it's fun to be in the kitchen and learn together.
Our Asparagus Recipe:
Preheat oven to 375
Place your asparagus on tinfoil and drizzle the oil all over. Don't go overboard, just make sure it all gets the oil on it. Sprinkle the cheese and garlic salt over it, be as generous or sparse as you would like! We then cover it in the tinfoil and get another sheet and wrap it up again. We cook it for about 20-30 minutes because we like them nice and soft. Just a tip from experience, cut the stem ends off because they are tougher and don't cook soft. And that is it! Everyone loves these and they are just so simple to make it's almost criminal! haha.
I encourage you all, if you don't already, to make more room for family time! It's hard to get caught up with life and get busy, but when you slow down and spend genuine time together; that is when you really value your family members! Have a great week y'all and I hope to get back in my blogging groove again!
"Strong Eternal families and Spirit-filled homes do not just happen. They take great effort, they take time, and they take each member of the family doing his or her part"
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