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Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake Parfaits

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Dairy Council of Arizona. I am proud to participate and promote in their June Dairy Month program. I have been compensated for my work, but all opinions stated in this post are my own.

Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake Parfaits

Today’s post is all about dairy and this dessert has a lot of it! I’m so happy to be teaming up with the Dairy Council of Arizona to help promote June Dairy Month! This month, AZ milk producers plan to donate 1,600 gallons of milk to families in need. If you live in Arizona, please scroll to the bottom of this post for more information on how you can participate in this wonderful program!

Sometimes it is not always easy to get in your daily dose of dairy, but what better way to pack it in than with a yummy dessert?! I’ve chosen one of my favorite sources of dairy: yogurt! Yogurt is such a versatile ingredient. You can eat it straight from the container, bake with it, mix it up in a smoothie, or in this case, a no-bake cheesecake!

Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake Parfaits

These parfaits are bursting with fresh strawberry flavor making it the perfect summer dessert! You can layer them however you want to and best of all, they are no-bake! These parfaits make for the perfect summer dessert that the whole family will love and best of all, everyone gets their daily dose of dairy!

Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake Parfaits

Citrus Kale Chips

Citrus Kale Chips

A couple of weeks ago, I got two awesome packages. One was from my good friends at OXO sent me a couple of their new Green Saver containers! These Green Savers are the solution to your produce problems as they are built to keep all of your produce nice and fresh! My husband isn’t a big fruit and veggie eater so I am always dealing with things going bad in my fridge if I don’t eat them quickly enough!

There are three main reasons why produce goes bad: 1. Produce gives off ethylene gas, 2. improper airflow in packaging, and 3. uncontrolled humidity. The Green Savers have a carbon filter that absorbs the gas, and elevated basket to promote better air flow, and a vent on top to control humidity. Pretty cool, huh?

Citrus Kale Chips

And then I received another package from Melissa’s Produce! They sent me a bag of their Kale Sprouts and a few packages of their Kumquats! The kumquats were a first for me because I have never tried them! They are like tiny little oranges. Everything was so fresh and vibrant. They both stayed really fresh in the Green Savers.

Citrus Kale Chips

Roasted Red Pepper Spread

Roasted Red Pepper Spread

I’ve been seriously trying to up my lunch game lately. I feel like I always complain about my seemingly constant lunch rut of predictability.

I’ve been doing a lot of rotating between salads and wraps, but sometimes even those can get a little boring. I wanted to mix up a quick and easy spread to make things more exciting!

Roasted Red Pepper Spread

For this spread, I used the new Piquillo Peppers from Cara Mia. They are perfect for this spread! A little smokey, some sweet, and a little heat!

This red pepper spread is creamy and flavorful and so much more exciting than plain mayo. It really elevates any sandwich or wrap to a new level and with only a few ingredients! While it’s perfect for sandwiches and wraps, you can also use it to spread onto your morning bagel! Or, you could also just eat it with a spoon. Just sayin’.

Roasted Red Pepper Spread

Madeline: Six Months

Madeline: 6 Months

And here we are at 6 months old! This has been a big month of firsts for us! Maddie has been sitting up really well on her own for about 3 weeks now and it has made a huuuuuuggeee difference for her. She can now sit and happily play with her toys without whining at us (…for at least 15 minutes, anyway…). She has been working hard on reaching and grabbing items so sometimes she ends up falling over in the process and whines until we help her back up.

Now that it’s getting to be quite warm here, we blew up her baby pool on the patio and she went “swimming” for the first time! And by swimming, I mean just sitting and leaning back on the side of her pool, but whatever! I think she probably just thought she was getting a weird bath at first, but as long as she is not tired and the water is warm enough, she seems to like it!

The most exciting first this month though has been the start of solid foods! Our ped recommended we wait until she was six months so we made her wait though I think she was probably ready at 5 months. So far she has had oatmeal cereal, green beans, and carrots! It cracked us up when we gave her the green beans for the first time because we expected her to make a “yucky” face, but she just chowed down! She makes this “mmmmmm” sound the entire time she eats and its the cutest thing ever. I’m so excited about this new phase. As of right now, I plan to make as much of her baby food as possible myself. I will plan to share any yummy recipes with you guys! The only bad thing about this change has been her sensitive tummy. The cereal and carrots both led to some long and restless nights for all of us.

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Pancakes. Can one ever get enough? Not me. There is no such thing as too many pancakes and I love experimenting with new flavors. What screams summer more than blueberries and lemon?! And these pancakes are more sophisticated because they also include ricotta cheese.

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

If you have never tried baking with ricotta, I recommend trying it like right this second. It’s a mild cheese that works really well in both savory and sweet dishes. When using ricotta for baking, it makes them nice and fluffy without adding a lot of fat. It also gives these pancakes a creamier texture. Paired with big bursting blueberries and lemon juice and zest, these pancakes just make me so happy. I couldn’t wait to finish taking the photos so I could start gobbling them right up!

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Summer Party Recipe Ideas

This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer which means it’s officially BBQ and summer party season! Today I am sharing some of my top picks for dishes: Sides, dips, appetizers, salads, desserts, and drinks! No matter which dish you’ve been put in charge of, these recipes are all ideal for bringing to parties! Happy summer!

Summer BBQ Collage 1