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Friday, May 10, 2019

Spicy Lentil Hummus Recipe

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Farmer’s Pantry and Joy Jolt  however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. #ad #SummerGrilling #CornbreadCrisps #joyjolt


Homemade hummus is one of my summer party go tos because it withstands the summer heat longer on a buffet or side table than cream based dips. 

I will let you in on one of my secrets to serving dips like hummus that look super fancy with barely any effort: 
 
Martini glasses.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Easy Grilled Maple Asparagus Recipe

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Hamilton Beech , and The Spice House, however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. #ad #SummerGrilling #HamiltonBeach #TheSpiceHouse

When it comes to cooking a asparagus as a side dish, I want to do something to bump up the flavor beyond salt and pepper. More often than not, I stare at the spices in my door length spice rack and get overwhelmed when it comes to combining them. That’s when I grab a spice blend like the those found in  The Spice House Best Sellers Collection because I know every spice in that bottle tastes good together and is measured in the proper amount so one spice doesn’t over power another.

Not to mention, my meal planning is usually goes like this: Hey, it’s almost dinner time and I really need a quick side dish. Better throw some vegetables on my Hamilton Beach® Indoor Searing Grill!

Because planning a recipe 2 to 3 minutes before the rest of the meal is ready is how I roll.

easy grilled maple asparagus recipe

Quick and Easy Grilled Maple Asparagus Recipe

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Blueberry Basil Martini Recipe

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Torani and Joy Jolt, however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. #ad #joyjolt #ToraniFlavor #SummerGrilling

One of my summer patio garden must haves is basil. It is easy to grow and versatile, which comes in handy when all of my basil plants decide they need harvesting at the same time. That’s why one my favorite summer cocktails to make is a blueberry basil martini.

The thing is, I don’t make it as often as I like because muddling blueberries is messy and fresh blueberries almost always start to go bad the second I bring them home from the store. Fortunately, there is an easy no mess solution to that – use Torani Blueberry syrup and serve it in a sturdy Joy Jolt martini glass!

Because the other reason I don’t make martinis more often is that I am terrible about accidently breaking the thin stems of my martini glasses, which isn’t an issue with the thick base of my Joy Jolt Carre glasses. See?

easy blueberry basil martini recipe
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Grilled Garlic Salmon Recipe

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Hamilton Beech, BBQ Guys, and The Spice House, however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. #ad #SummerGrilling #HamiltonBeach #imabbqguy #TheSpiceHouse

One of my favorite quick and easy healthy meals to make is fish, even better when I can grill it, which up until now, I’ve had to wait until summer and hope it doesn’t rain. Thanks to our sponsor Hamilton Beach® Indoor Searing Grill (you can learn more about it here) I can now grill indoors year round! Let’s do this!

quick and easy grilled garlic salmon recipe
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Quick and Easy Grilled Garlic Salmon Recipe




Monday, May 6, 2019

Summer Grilling Week: Pistachio Moscow Mule Recipe

Today's #SummerGrilling recipe has been sponsored by Torani however, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience.  #ad #ToraniFlavor  #SummerGrilling

Summer is my favorite season to entertain because I can easily double the space in my condo for guests by opening patio door. And since we’re all standing around outside, I might as well fire up the grill. Grilling is my favorite (lazy) way to make dinner for dinner parties!

All this week we will be sharing amazing summer grilling recipes, and our readers have a chance to win some amazing prizes from our generous sponsors.  You're not going to want to miss a single day!


summer grilling recipes and giveaway

#SummerGrilling Week


This week, we're sharing the best grill recipes and celebrating the start of summer with an amazing giveaway, sponsored by BBQGuys, Farmer's Pantry, Hamilton BeachJoy Jolt, The Spice House, and Torani.

Pistachio Moscow Mule Recipe

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

5 Easy Frugal Hacks that Saved $700 and Two Spectacular Money Saving Fails

I disagree with people who claim you have to work extra hard or give up things you like and use to save money. If you like watching cable TV/it is the only way you can stay connected to the outside world, depend upon that subscription meal box because you stink at meal planning (raises hand,) as long as you can afford it (or are willing to shift other things in your budget to keep it if things are tight,) there is no budget law that says you can’ t keep it.

Personally, I knew there were several of those habits and expenses I can afford but aren't using them, they didn’t fit anymore, or more realistically on the Someday We Need to Find a Better Option When We Have Time to Get Around to It list. Once I decided that today was Someday, I saved more money than I expected that I can happily put toward other things I like, want, or need.

5 Simple Ways I Saved Money Without Really Trying


Consider this a list of budget trimming ideas and not absolutes. If you disagree or have a better money saving idea share them with us in the comments below!


5 easy ways to save money
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Monday, April 8, 2019

How to Make Dried Tuna Fish Cat Treats

The prettiest little ginger kitten walked into my friends’ backyard last winter and told them that they are her people now. She is a very talented cat because she turned two hard core Dog People into head over heels Cat People.

I completely understood how the minute Goldie jumped into my lap and wrapped her tail around my waist. My heart both melted and exploded with joy with one little tail hug.

Or she might have figured out that I was the one responsible for her new catnip toys on my previous visit.

Quick, Easy, and Healthy Dehydrated Tuna Cat Treat Recipe


I’m having a dinner party for Miss Goldie’s parents and I do not want her to miss out on the all of the fun (although who knows what kind of secret pet party she might throw when her parents aren’t home) and decided to make her homemade cat treats. Nom! Nom!


how to make quick and easy tuna fish cat treats

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You will need these ingredients:


A can of tuna

A dehydrator with a temperature controller – I have this dehydrator and can’t recommend it enough!


Dehydrator liner trays like these are extremely helpful otherwise as the tuna dries it will fall through the trays

Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.


Step by Step How to Make this Recipe:


1. Drain the water from the can of tuna

2. Carefully flip the can onto a lined dehydrator tray and spread the tuna with a fork.


how to make dried tuna fish cat treat recipe

Try to keep the tuna fish flakes as intact as possible the best that you can. I squeezed the smallest fish flakes into a ball like shape above before I dried them. Goldie doesn't want you to waste any of that delicious tuna!

3. Dry the tuna at 160 degrees (F) for two to ten hours or more depending upon the thickness of the slices.  To be safe I let the dehydrator go overnight.

4. When the tuna is completely dehydrated, store in a covered container and treat your kitty right!

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