Copycat Sonic Limeade


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Cherry Limeade

My family knows that I absolutely LOVE a cold glass of Cherry Limeade. This recipe is SO close to the real thing that I really cannot tell the difference.

sonic limeade ingredients

 

**This recipe makes a gallon pitcher.

Ingredients

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

Directions

Fill a pitcher with ice.

Get the juice from 5 limes with the seeds removed.

Add Sprite, grenadine and lime juice to your pitcher.

Cut your limes into wedges add to your pitcher.

Stir to mix well.

Fill with several cherries.

Pour and enjoy!!

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Cheesy Fiesta Bean Dip + Van’s Simply Delicious® Gluten Free Whole Grain Crackers


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Van’s Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

I was recently asked by Van’s Foods to create some unique ways to use a new product. I wanted to share with you what I came up with because it is really SO easy to make and it tastes amazing too!

While I was in Target the other day, I saw that they carry several of these Van’s Simply Delicious® Gluten Free Whole Grain Cracker products and knew right away that I wanted to give them a try.

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I had a tough time choosing just one of the varieties, so I grabbed two different ones, finished my shopping and headed for the register. I was already thinking up a recipe to make when I got home to go along with the crackers while I was standing in line.

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I knew I had all the fixings for a pretty awesome taco inspired dip and was pretty excited to give it a try.

Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: There is a Cartwheel offer for 30% off Van’s Simply Delicious® Crackers right now that you can use to save on some for yourself.

When I got home I decided to immediately open the Van’s Simply Delicious® Gluten Free, Whole Grain Crackers Say Cheese! Cracker variety and will admit that I was SO surprised by the flavor. They were so tasty that I had to refrain from eating them all so that I would still have some left for the dip I wanted to make.

This Cheesy Fiesta Bean Dip turned out really great! I can see making this a few times before the end of the summer season. It is so easy and full of flavor too!

I also bought the Lots of Everything variety that is baked with oats, brown rice, millet, quinoa and amaranth.

Since I had purchased two different flavors, I decided to mix them together in a bowl.

Both of the flavors worked really well together and with this dip. In fact I will admit that I ate a lot more of it than I probably should have, so I decided to just call it dinner 😉

Cheesy Fiesta Bean Dip Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Sour Cream

1 – 16 oz. can Refried Beans

1 package Cream Cheese (softened)

2 cups Shredded Taco Cheese

1 can sliced Black Olives

1/4 Cup Salsa

1/4 t. Garlic Powder

1/4 t. Onion Powder

1/4 t. Black Pepper

1/4 t. Salt

1/4 t. Cumin

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to your food processor and mix well.

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Put mixture into an oven safe dish and top with the remaining shredded cheese and black olives.

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Cook uncovered for 25 minutes until bubbly.

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Allow to sit for about 15 minutes to cool.

Enjoy with your favorite Van’s Simply Delicious® Foods Gluten Free, Whole Grain Crackers.

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I love using these crackers because of their simple and wholesome ingredients. The GMO Free label makes me extra happy, as does the 30% off Cartwheel offer from Target!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Van’s Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

Grilled Chicken Pineapple Kabobs


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Grilled Chicken Kabobs




Looking for a fun and delicious new recipe for the grill?  Try these Chicken Pineapple Kabobs tonight!

Pineapple Chicken Kabobs Ingredients

INGREDIENTS
1 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Honey
1 tbsp Mustard
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
2 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Pineapple
1 Red Onion
1 Green Bell Pepper
Salt and Pepper (to taste)

DIRECTIONS

Add ketchup, soy sauce, honey, mustard, lemon juice, brown sugar and garlic to a small pan and cook for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Cut chicken, peppers and onion into 1 1/2 in cubes.

Cut Pineapple

Peel and core pineapple and cut into 1 1/2″ cubes.

Place Pineapple, chicken and vegetables onto skewers alternating pieces.

grilled chicken kabobs process

Transfer 1/2 of sauce to another dish to use when serving.

Brush skewers with oil then with sauce and place on heated grill.

Grilling Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

Baste skewers every 3-5 minutes while cooking.

Cook for about 15 minutes.

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

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Grilled Chicken Pineapple Kabobs
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Recipe type: Dinner
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • 1 tbsp Mustard
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Pineapple
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Add ketchup, soy sauce, honey, mustard, lemon juice, brown sugar and garlic to a small pan and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Cut chicken, peppers and onion into 1½ in cubes.
  3. Peel and core pineapple and cut into 1½" cubes.
  4. Place Pineapple, chicken and vegetables onto skewers alternating pieces.
  5. Transfer ½ of sauce to another dish to use when serving.
  6. Brush skewers with oil then with sauce and place on heated grill.
  7. Baste skewers every 3-5 minutes while cooking. Cook for about 15 minutes.

Memorial Day Recipes


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memorial day recipes

Are you looking for some fun and easy Memorial Day recipes?

I have gathered up my top 10 recipes that I think are perfect for the holiday.  I have also included a bonus for you below!

Cracker Jack Recipe

Sand Pudding Recipe 

Homemade Jell-O Pudding Pops

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Snow Cones

Strawberry Blueberry Pound Cake Trifle

Walking Tacos

Copycat 7-11 Cherry Slurpee

Mini Fruit Pizzas

Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade 

BONUS:

You’ll also find LOTS of great Simple Strawberry Recipes that would be perfect for Memorial Day!

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.

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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.

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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.