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Cheesy Balsamic Cucumber Tomato Salad

I love working as a Community Leader at The Laughing Cow. It nudges me to experiment with their cheeses in fun and new ways!

Today I used it for a base in a quick salad dressing. It came out fantastic! And went perfectly with cucumber, tomatoes, and, of course, fresh basil from my garden!

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The Leftover BBQ Salad

I’m a HUGE Panera fan. It’s one of the places I actually don’t mind the husband suggesting when he wants to go out. One of my favorite things to get is their BBQ Chopped Chicken salad. There’s something about the BBQ sauce with chicken and the crunchy tortilla strips I just love.

Armed with leftovers from my 4th of July Party, I decided to use it as inspiration, proving to myself yet again Read the rest of this post »»

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Our Red, White, and Blue Cupcake Adventure!

I realize this is a little late for a 4th of July idea, but the little Guy and I had so much fun yesterday morning I just had to share.

Continuing with my boxed cake mix experiments, I had an idea for a fun striped 4th of July treat using raspberries, yogurt, and blueberries.

The concept is simple: Read the rest of this post »»

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Strawberries with Chicken, Cheese and Couscous

Please forgive my recent string of fresh herb inspired posts. I know not everyone has them or can keep them on hand, but I just can’t get enough of them right now! They make everything taste fresh and satisfying!

So yet again, this post is brought to you by my herb garden. But that wasn’t the only inspiration. Strawberries are peaking here and they are PHENOMENAL right now. AND Read the rest of this post »»

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Pan Fried Tilapia with Mango Berry Salsa

You knew I had to do it. The ripe mango, the berries, the fresh herbs… omg how I LOVE this season!

This turned out awesome and it was the perfect compliment to jazz up a pretty boring fish meal.

How did the family react? Pretty much how I expected, except with one awesome twist!

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A Simple Minted Mango Crêpe

Yesterday I came home from a 3-day excursion at Mom’s to some wonderfully ripe Mangoes. I just HAD to do something with them this morning.

I didn’t have much of anything else in the house, so I hit the herb garden and made an old favorite, Low Fat Whole Grain Crêpe.

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Rainbow Fruit Kabobs [video post]

I totally stole this idea from my friend Carrie who had the most beautiful rainbow fruit kabobs at her daughters birthday party. They were GORGEOUS and so FUN!

I immediately imagined the Little Guy and I making them together. What a fun way to get your little one to have fun in the kitchen while learning about and taste-testing all sorts of different fruits! Read the rest of this post »»

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Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil

Sorry for my short hiatus… AGAIN. I’m still adjusting to baby and trying to figure out a schedule now that Little Guy is home. Posting should become a bit more consistent now and I (we) even recorded a video today! I should have it ready tomorrow. Thanks for being patient with me as I find my groove again.

Anyway, enough “business.” I can’t wait to tell you about this AWESOME salad I made today. It was so easy and SO tasty!! I’m becoming addicted to fresh herbs. I cannot believe how much fun they are to use! Read the rest of this post »»

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Spiced Sweet Potato on the Grill

There’s only so many baked sweet potatoes a girl can eat before she gets bored!

Yesterday I decided to try something a little different by cutting them and adding a bit of flavor. The result was fantastic. However, Little guy declared, “too spicy.”

It took me awhile to figure out what he meant because they weren’t spicy at all, not hot-spicy anyway. He just didn’t like the addition of seasoning. I can’t complain though, at least he tried them. I can’t even get the husband to look twice at any potatoes that aren’t white. Read the rest of this post »»

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Dark Chocolate Mint Quinoa

I woke up with a hankering for something different. I had a rough night–sleep issues–and I wanted to start my day off right. Not in the mood for eggs or oatmeal, what’s left?

I scan the pantry.

QUINOA! <– new to quinoa? Click here.

I’ve had quinoa for breakfast a few times before. Read the rest of this post »»

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Style

I’ve been wanting to post this idea for 3 days now! Aomething always seemed to get in my way. So sorry for the delay.

Anyway…. I LOVE when people send me recipes! This one came direct from Cindy who shares my Laughing Cow Cheese obsession.

It’s so simple, so tasty and So FUN!

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