No Bake Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bites


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No Bake Chocolate covered cheesecake bites
The recipe that I am sharing with you today is perfect for this time of year.

Cheesecake Bites Ingredietns

INGREDIENTS

10 Graham Crackers
3 tbsp melted Butter
1 tsp Sugar
8 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup Cool Whip
1 tsp Vanilla
16 oz Chocolate Dipping Tray

DIRECTIONS

Line loaf pan with aluminum foil.

Crush graham crackers in food processor.

graham cracker crumbs

Combine crushed graham crackers, butter and sugar and press into bottom of pan.

graham cracker crust

Beat cream cheese until smooth.

Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until incorporated.

cheesecake filling

Fold in whipped topping and spread mixture on top of graham cracker crust.

cheesecake bites process

Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Remove from pan and cut into approximately 1″ square bites.

Place bites in freezer for 1 hour to harden.

Melt tray by microwaving for 45 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.

Line a tray with wax paper.

Use a fork to dip bites in melted chocolate and place on prepared tray.

Refrigerate to set.

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Cajun Potato Andouille Skillet


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Several weeks ago, my hubby and I decided it was time to straighten up our act and get as healthy as we can once again before we have to pay for our unhealthy ways.

This means regular exercise and eating food that is actually good for you, and skipping the temptation to pick up take out and make dinner at home using as few ingredients as possible.

I am always looking for fast and easy to put together dinner ideas that I know my husband will like and will be in line with our homemade healthy new lifestyle.

This means meat and potatoes will always win in my house.

Thankfully I was recently asked by Aidells® to create some unique tips for using a new product and I wanted to share the recipe I made with you because it was a hit with my hubby and I.

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You can find Aidells® Meatballs and Aidells® Links at your local Meijer store, and there are SO many ways that you can use these to create wonderful meals for your family. Check out the Aidells® links recipes for more inspiration.

When I was shopping at Meijer the other night I saw these and just knew right away that it would be something my guy would love. I also thought of the perfect dinner idea when I was adding them to my cart.

More about Aidells® Links:

*Gluten-Free

*No Nitrites

*No Added Hormones

*All sausages are hand-crafted with real, hand-picked ingredients in small batches with care.

*Fully cooked and ready in just 8-10 minutes: sauté or grill over medium heat or bake at 375 degrees.

Aidells® Links have an uncompromising taste, emphasize bold and unique flavors and real, hand-picked ingredients.

I had a tough time choosing just one, so I grabbed all three packages and headed home to see what fun new recipes I could come up with.

what's for dinner

I just got word that you can get a really great deal on Aidells® dinner links at Meijer during the month of May and see a live in-store demo on 5/1, so you should totally pick up a package and try my super simple and homemade healthy recipe the next time you need to get dinner together fast.110914-mperks-cap*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: Make sure that you check out your Meijer mPerks coupons for a $1 off any one Aidells® dinner links before you head to the store.

There are several varieties to choose from including:

Aidells® Dinner Links Cajun Andouille (12oz)
Aidells® Dinner Links Chicken Apple (12oz)
Aidells® Dinner Links Pineapple Bacon (12oz)

I chose all three, but I knew exactly how I wanted to use the Cajun Andouille in a skillet meal I knew that it would be just perfect for.

One Dish Dinner

I can’t wait to report back to tell you how I used the other two varieties…Pineapple Bacon is up next!

And for the moment you’ve been waiting for 😉

Cajun Potato Andouille Skillet Dish

Cajun Potato Andouille Skillet

INGREDIENTS

1 package Aidells® Dinner Links Cajun Andouille (12oz)
8-10 small red potatoes sliced(any potatoes will work)
2 small onions sliced
1 TBS Olive Oil
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Black Pepper

DIRECTIONS

Add 1 TBS Olive Oil to skillet and heat on medium heat.

Add all ingredients to skillet and cook for about 20 minutes on medium heat stirring frequently.

Reduce heat to low and cover skillet for 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

I told you it was super easy!

*Although I received compensation for this post, all opinions expressed are solely my own. 

Cajun Potato Andouille Skillet

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

Homemade Owie Cream


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Homemade Owie Cream

DIY Owie Cream With Essential Oils

Now that the weather has warmed up a bit, chances are your kiddos will be spending as much time as possible playing outside.

My daughter used to say that she could tell when it was really summer because she would stub her toe or scrape her knees.

At any rate this Homemade Owie Cream is the perfect addition to your summer survival toolbox!

Owie Cream Ingredients

Items Needed:

1/2 Cup Coconut Oil

1 Tablespoon Almond Oil

2 tablespoons of beeswax

Small glass jar – these jars work great!

20 drops each of:

Lavender Essential Oil

Tea Tree / Melaleuca Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel

Directions:

Add Coconut oil, beeswax, and almond oil in a double boiler (or a small glass bowl inside a saucepan of boiling water).

Owie Cream Process

Continue to heat until all wax is melted.

owie cream process 2

Place melted liquid in a bowl, add Witch Hazel and essential oils and blend until you get a waxy/creamy texture.

Owie Cream Mixture

Pour into jar … and let cool!

Owie Cream

That’s it! This batch should last you a pretty long time as a little goes a long way.

Here’s why this works so Amazing! 

Owie Cream FB

Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-viral and creates a more creamy texture to the wax mixture. It also promotes healing.

The Essential Oils that are used can be applied topically to improve the appearance of your child’s skin. Lavender is also a great addition to this cream for its ability to help in so many ways as well!

Almond oil reduces inflammation and reduces redness.

Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that helps clean and disinfect the area. It will also help with any bruising or swelling.

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: Please store in a cool location out of direct sunlight.

If you are ready to jump on the essential oils bandwagon, then I have a crazy good deal to tell you all about!! You can get everything you need for one low price, and I will send you a welcome package to say thanks that includes some reference materials, Amazon Gift Card and MORE!!

You can join thousands of others that have made the decision to take the journey to wellness.

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Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip


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Strawberry Fruit Dip Pin

I have been stalking our local strawberry growers because I cannot wait to make all my favorite fresh strawberry recipes again this year!

If there are any strawberries left, I will try eating them with some of this super simple Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip.

Strawberry Fruit Dip Ingredients

INGREDIENTS
1 cup Frozen Sliced Strawberries, thawed and drained
1 cup Strawberry Yogurt
8 oz softened Cream Cheese

*Optional: I also like to add 1 or 2 drops of Lemon Vitality Essential Oil.

DIRECTIONS

Whip together cream cheese and yogurt until well blended.

strawberry fruit dip process

Stir in strawberries until evenly distributed.

Strawberry Fruit Dip Mixture

Refrigerate to firm.

Serve with fresh fruit for dipping.

Strawberry Fruit Dip

More Strawberry recipes:

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Strawberry Cream Layered Dessert

Copycat Sonic Limeade Recipe


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Sonic Limeade

 

Copycat Sonic Limeade Recipe

 

I absolutely LOVE Sonic Limeade and will stop for one every chance I get.

Unfortunately since moving to our new house a few years ago, there are no locations near me.

So I had to come up with a Copycat Sonic Limeade Recipe that I can make at home and this one is just about perfect! This recipe makes enough for a gallon pitcher.

Ingredients
3/4 of a liter Sprite
1/2 Cup of Grenadine
1 Cup of fresh lime lime juice (about 5 limes)
Ice (crushed to be more authentic)
Maraschino cherries (10 in the pitcher)
Lime wedges (2 limes)

Directions

Fill a pitcher with ice.

Add the juice from 5 limes with seeds removed.

Add Sprite, grenadine and lime juice to the pitcher.

Cut your limes into wedges add to your pitcher.

Stir to mix well.

Add several cherries (about 10 cherries)

Fill a glass and ENJOY!

Copycat Sonic Limeade


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Blackberry Lemonade


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Blackberry Lemonade 

 

I love when the weather starts to get warmer and I can pull out my favorite summer drink recipes like this Blackberry Lemonade recipe that I am happy to share with you today.

Ingredients:

4 Cups of pureed Blackberries
1 1/2 Cups sugar
6 lemons, juiced with NO seeds
4 Cups cold water
4 Cups ice cubes

Directions:

Add the washed blackberries into a blender along with a 1/2 C sugar

Puree the blackberries with sugar until well blended– set to the side

Pour the other 1 C of sugar into a large pitcher

Add the cold water and fresh squeezed lemon juice

Stir well to blend

Pour the pureed blackberries into the lemonade filled pitcher

Stir well

Add ice to the pitcher

Stir the Blackberry Lemonade again before pouring into individual glasses filled with ice

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