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No-Bake Key Lime Pies

No-Bake Key Lime Pies

One of my favorite things about summer cooking is not cooking. Or in this case…baking. The more I do not have to cook/bake, the better! I’m all about the no-bake desserts this time of year. They are so much easier requiring less steps than baked desserts.

No-Bake Key Lime Pies

These mini No-Bake Key Lime Pies are so perfect. First, they are mini and anything in mini form is automatically adorable and awesome. And second, they are super yummy and fresh with the perfect amount of tang from the fresh key lime juice and zest.

These would be perfect for summer parties if you are wanting to have assorted desserts for your guests. The fact they are mini also means you can eat like 10. You’re welcome.

No-Bake Key Lime Pies

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

We like to grill burgers on Saturday nights when it starts to get hot outside. It’s an easy dinner to make, but we don’t usually experiment too much with the flavors and toppings and I’ve been wanting to spice up our burger game a bit.

 

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

I actually saw a frozen version of these burgers at TJ’s last month and thought they sounded yummy, but decided after looking at the simple ingredient list, I could just make them myself. These Chili Lime Chicken Burgers are my new favorite burgers. They are fresh and packed with flavor thanks to fresh lime juice, red pepper, green onion, and spices! I ate mine with a bun, but honestly, they are flavorful enough to where you don’t even need the bun if you are trying to watch your carbs. I could eat this burger cut up on a salad or plain with veggies on the side. Cheese, as wonderful as it is, is also not necessary here as the burger can carry itself on its own, but you could certainly add it if you want!

Topping-wise, we weren’t sure what toppings would be best here but given the flavor profile, I recommend sliced avocado, pepper jack cheese, or maybe some mayo. We had these burgers two weeks in a row and I think they will become a regular in our summer burger rotation!

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

I hope all you moms had a great Mother’s Day yesterday! I had a very nice day with my two loves and Maddie got me flowers and framed a picture of herself for me and also gave me a photo album of her first 6 months. She’s so thoughtful like that!

I’m bringing you another overnight oats recipe today. After I made my Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats last month, I have been on an overnight oatmeal kick ever since.

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

I started thinking about what dessert I would turn into overnight oats next and carrot cake came to mind! I love me a big ol’ slice of carrot cake complete with a ridiculous amount of cream cheese frosting, obvi. This recipe is pretty similar to the Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats with a few adjustments. And of course, if you are wanting to treat yourself, a dollop of cream cheese topping on top!

I wasn’t sure how grated carrots would really be in these oats at first, but it was all good! So you’ve got oats, Greek yogurt, and vegetables for breakfast. You’re welcome!

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Skinny Parmesan Dressing

Skinny Parmesan Dressing

My salad game has really been picking up lately. I can’t get enough and am back to mixing them up just about every day for lunch and loading them up with all sorts of veggies and fruits, meats, nuts, avocado, etc..Basically, anything I can find lying around the pantry or fridge!

I love experimenting with different dressings to help keep my salads interesting. It’s so easy just to throw things together in the food processor or blender and be done. I was recently thinking about how much I like the House Parmesan dressing from Carrabas and wanted to try to recreate my own lightened up version at home!

Skinny Parmesan Dressing

Instead of using a ton of mayo, this recipe also has protein-rich Greek yogurt and reduced fat mayo, low fat buttermilk, fresh garlic, freshly grated black pepper, and of course, Parmesan cheese!. It’s perfectly creamy and flavorful with a nice tang from the Greek yogurt and buttermilk. Aside from pouring it on my salads, it also makes a great dip for veggies!

Skinny Parmesan Dressing

Chicken Caprese Pasta

Chicken Caprese Pasta

Is there anything better than a caprese salad? I mean, really, is there? Fresh and ripe tomatoes, basil, mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegar. Gah! It’s just dreamy and one of my most favorite warm-weather dishes to enjoy.

Chicken Caprese Pasta

My friends at STAR Fine Foods recently me a bottle of their new Balsamic Vinegar of Modena Gold Edition to try. This balsamic vinegar is not your typical vinegar. The Modena Gold is aged in oak casks which results in a thicker vinegar with richer and more distinct flavor.

With the increasing temperatures, I knew I wanted to do something caprese so I made a quick and simple pasta dish! The Modena vinegar was be perfect for drizzling all over my pasta. I loved that it was a little thicker because it saved me the trouble of having to make a glaze. It also added such amazing flavor and was perfectly sweet and tangy and I kept finding myself drizzling more and more over my bowl!

This chicken caprese pasta might become a regular meal on my summer monthly recipe rotation. It comes together quickly if you use pre-cooked chicken (like rotisserie). It’s also just light and fresh and doesn’t weigh you down like other pasta dishes. And those bites of melty mozzarella? Heaven!

Chicken Caprese Pasta

Maddie’s Baptism: Easy Entertaining with Chinet® Cut Crystal® PLUS A Giveaway 


We started planning Maddie’s baptism before she was even born. We don’t have any family in town with us so we had to plan in advance since people would be coming from out-of-state. At first I just figured it would be my mom’s family, but then my dad and sister, aunt and cousin, and my husband’s family also decided to come. I was so super excited that so many people were coming to celebrate our baby girl! Since I don’t get to see our families very often, I knew one thing for sure: I wanted to do as little work as possible for the party. I thought about cooking, but quickly changed my mind once the guest list started to grow.
And since I decided to take the least-amount-of-work approach for the food, the tableware also had to be stress-free! I did not want to spent hours washing dishes and cleaning up.

The timing of the party was perfect because I received a huge box of Chinet® products, including Chinet® Cut Crystal® dinner and dessert plates, cutlery, stemless wine glasses, Comfort Cup® by Chinet® coffee cups and the new Chinet® Classic White® Chip & Dip Party Tray tableware to use for the party! I wanted Maddie’s baptism party to be simple, girly, and somewhat elegant. For the main colors, I went with cream, light pink, and some hints of gold.  I found pretty baptism confetti for the tables on Etsy and hung pretty pink and white party poms everywhere. The Chinet® Cut Crystal® line was super easy to match to the decor since everything was clear.

We didn’t do much in the way of appetizers. We put out a veggie tray with olives and dip and then some cheese and salami.  The dip tray Chinet® sent was perfect!  I didn’t know a disposable dip tray even existed so I was weirdly happy about this one. It was perfect for the veggies and dip and I could just toss it out after the party!

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For the main dish(es), we ordered a huge tray of lasagna and a platter of chicken strips and made a big salad with fresh bread. My mom and I prepped the salads and veggie tray in the morning before the ceremony so all we had to do afterwards was pick up the platters and just set everything out. Super simple!

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Let’s talk about the Chinet® Cut Crystal® dinner plates! Have you ever tried eating pasta on a flimsy paper plate? Yeah, that doesn’t work so well and you can end up with a big mess if the plate doesn’t hold up or if sauce soaks through the plate. The plates are nice and sturdy and were perfect for using with pasta! At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use clear plates thinking they would be too boring, but the quality of these is surprisingly nice and has a nice little swirl pattern around the edges! You almost can’t even tell that they are plastic.

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For drinks, we had water, sodas, wine, and sangria.  How great are these new Chinet® Cut Crystal® stemless wine glasses?! You guys know me and my wine! The wine glasses are so fun and cute! It wasn’t super hot outside, but it was warm enough and sangria was the perfect cocktail to serve.

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Oh, and what party would be complete without cake?! The Chinet® Cut Crystal® dessert plates were a great match for the pretty cake! I also left some out for the dinner as well as some guests preferred to graze on the food throughout the party taking smaller portions at a time.

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It was such a great day with our loved ones celebrating our sweet baby girl and I have to give big thanks to Chinet® for helping me make this party a success and for saving me tons of time on clean-up duty! I was so happy to be spending the day with family instead of being stuck in the kitchen!

Maddie Baptism Collage

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