S’mores Popcorn Balls

S'mores Popcorn Balls, Smores

It’s moving day in my house today! We are finally headed to California this week and are excited to start a new adventure! I’m a little nervous to see how Maddie handles this transition. Like many toddlers, she doesn’t love change and is VERY particular about sleep. She still sleeps through the night, but only sleeps this well in her own crib, which of course, she is going to be without for a good four nights or so, and doesn’t like to sleep in a room with other people. I know, she’s such a princess! If any of you parents out there have any tips for helping a toddler transition to a new home, I’d love to hear them!

Okay, now it’s time to talk about these S’mores Popcorn Balls. Basically, they rock my world! They are kind of like a Rice Krispie Treat, but with popcorn instead and they are so cute and fun! And they are both kid-friendly and adult-friendly because who doesn’t love s’mores?! I love these for a fun party snack or they would also make great party favors if you wrapped them in a little bag with some fun ribbon and tags!

S'mores Popcorn Balls, Smores

These popcorn balls aren’t too difficult to make. I highly recommend popping your own fresh popcorn if you can. It’s really easy and just tastes so much better than microwave popcorn! After you have the popcorn ready, it’s basically following the same steps that you would for Rice Krispie treats with melting marshmallows and then mixing in the popcorn and Golden Grahams cereal. I then just stuck in some mini chocolate chips, but you could also drizzle melted chocolate on top if you’d prefer!

S'mores Popcorn Balls, Smores

Tropical Lemonade

Tropical Lemonade

I’ve been on a serious homemade lemonade kick lately. There’s just no comparison to store-bought lemonade. I’ve made a lot of different versions like blueberry, cherry, peach, and strawberry just to name a few! It’s so much fun to experiment with new flavor combos! And now, we’ve got tropical lemonade!

Tropical Lemonade

This homemade tropical lemonade really couldn’t be easier. There’s no syrups to make, it’s just squeezing some lemons and mixing in pineapple juice and mango nectar! I didn’t think this lemonade needed any additional sweetener aside from the juice and mango nectar, but you can always add sweetener of your choice if desired. Like most homemade lemonades, you can customize it anyway you want! As you can see by the ingredients, I listed ranges for the pineapple juice and the water. Feel free to add more or less depending on how sweet you want your lemonade to be!

And after you have it all mixed up, go sit outside on lounge chair and pretend you are on a gorgeous beach somewhere with a little umbrella and maybe some rum too. Did I mention you can totally rum this lemonade up for adults? Yeah, I totally recommend that too! Oh, and I think a splash of coconut milk would be fabulous too! I am going to pretend I’m on vacation with a pitcher of this tropical lemonade instead of packing up our house to move next week!

Tropical Lemonade

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Apple Slaw

This post is sponsored by STAR Fine Foods.

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Apple Slaw, Slow Cooker

In most places around the country, summer means spending as much time outdoors as possible and grilling out. But, if you live in Arizona, the thought of standing in front of a hot grill in the 110 degree heat makes me want to just run and hide! Do. Not. Want! I use my slow cooker all of the time, any time of the year. And these slow cooker pulled chicken sandwiches with apple slaw? Well, they are just making me so happy right now!

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Apple Slaw, Slow Cooker

What really makes this recipe for me is the apple cider vinegar from STAR Fine Foods. It’s organic and made from real crushed apples. I used it in the both the pulled chicken recipe and the dressing for the apple slaw. I adore apple cider vinegar for so many reasons. First, it has so many health benefits like lowering cholesterol, weight loss, and promotes healthy blood sugar. And secondly, I love the flavor it adds to recipes!

This is one of those recipes that is just perfect all year round whether it’s for a summer party where it’s too hot to grill or the colder months!

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Apple Slaw, Slow Cooker

4th of July Recipe Roundup

4th of July Recipe Roundup

 

The 4th of July is next week and I’ve got you guys covered for recipe ideas! From main dishes to appetizers, sides, cocktails, and desserts, here are 20 of my favorite recipes to make for your celebration!

(from left to right, top to bottom)

  1. Bruschetta Burgers – Burgers are an obvious choice, but why not impress your guests with this tasty bruschetta topping?
  2. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken – Too hot to grill? Rainy day? No problem! Make a big crockpot of this super simple BBQ Chicken!
  3. Easy Grilled Chicken – Have plenty of options for guests by also grilling up some of my favorite grilled chicken!
  4. Chili Lime Chicken Burgers – Kick up your burger game with these flavorful chicken burgers!
  5. Pepperoni Pizza Rolls – These are perfect to bring to a party and everyone loves them!
  6. Mexican Macaroni Salad – The classic macaroni salad gets a fun, southwestern twist!
  7. Strawberry Blueberry Salsa – This fruit salsa is perfectly sweet with a kick of jalapeno and it’s festive too!
  8. Slow Cooker Baked Beans – These baked beans are the best side dish to make for a crowd!
  9. Greek Tortellini Salad – This pasta salad is so delish, light, and impressive!
  10. Strawberry Mango Salsa – Who could resist this vibrant summer salsa?!
  11. Easy Potato Salad – This classic potato salad is always a crowd favorite!
  12. Lemony Potato Salad – Not a fan of mayo? This lemony potato salad is lighter and delicious!
  13. Sangria Slushies – I can’t even talk about how much I love this drink!
  14. Strawberry Lemonade Sangria – This sangria is refreshing and totally boozy!
  15. Summer Sangria – This sangria is perfect for the 4th! Use red and blue berries and a small star-shaped cookie cutter for pineapple slices!
  16. Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies – Red and white swirls! These brownies need no introduction!
  17. Berry Mini Pies – Take your pie on the go! Perfect for little hands too!
  18. Fruit Dip – Nothing is better on a hot summer day than a plate of fresh fruit! Serve it with this creamy fruit dip!
  19. Easy Berry Tart – Use puff pastry for the crust and lots of fresh berries!
  20. Patriotic Popcorn – Want to make a fun surprise for the kids? This popcorn is also a great party favor for guests!

Easy Berry Tart

Easy Berry Tart

Happy Monday, friends! I have some news to share with you today – We are moving to California next month! I’ve accepted a project scientist position in Orange County and we are so excited! We will be super close to my husband’s family and lots of our friends. It will be so nice to be close to loved ones again. And, although I have enjoyed our time in Phoenix, I can’t wait to get away from this ridiculous heat!

So, moving always means cleaning things out. I discovered some puff pastry in my freezer, bags of shredded coconut and nuts in my pantry, and had some berries that needed to be used up so I made this super simple berry tart! And how perfect would it be for the 4th of July next week? It’s light and not overly sweet. Such a great summer dessert!

Easy Berry Tart

I first baked the puff pastry until golden and then topped it with a tasty cream cheese and whipped cream topping. Then, I piled on lots of fresh strawberries and blueberries, toasted coconut, and almonds! This tart definitely has a fruit pizza vibe going on and I’m totally okay with that! It came together really quickly and was so super yummy! You can really customize this tart however you want. Any combination of fresh berries works. You can take or leave the coconut and almonds if that’s not your thing. You can’t go wrong with this dessert!

Easy Berry Tart

Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats

Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats

It’s only June and the first official week of summer, but I’m already over it. It was 125 degrees this past weekend. I mean, seriously, how is that possible? It doesn’t seem natural! I’m a big fan of oatmeal, but not a big hot bowl in this heat. Overnight oats are the perfect solution! First, they are SO easy! You just mix everything up the night before, stick the oats in the fridge, and in the morning, breakfast is all ready to go! And best of all, they are so versatile!

Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats

I’m slightly obsessed with these coconut overnight oats. They are creamy and full of coconut flavor! I used coconut milk (you can use coconut milk from a can or carton) and coconut Greek yogurt. You can experiment with light or full fat coconut milk and the same goes for the yogurt. I then topped my oats with toasted coconut and almonds. I adore the crunchy topping paired with the creamy and dreamy coconut oats!

Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats