Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh Tomato Salsa

You guys, the Cleveland Browns won a game last week. Like, not just tied the game, but actually won a game. You would swear the people of Cleveland were celebrating a championship. Being a Cleveland sports fan is not easy!

I’m going to celebrate by sharing this ridiculously easy game day snack, homemade salsa! This isn’t just any salsa though, it is made with fresh tomatoes so none of the canned stuff here!

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Chocolate Granola

Chocolate Granola

I fell in love with making my own granola last year when I made this pumpkin granola. I know, I’m super late on the granola train. I don’t normally buy granola, even though I love it, but that’s exactly the problem! I eat way too much of it!

I love making my own granola because I can control how much oil and sugar go in. Plus, it tastes so much more amazing than pre-made granolas! This chocolate granola did not disappoint! It’s rich and lightly sweetened with maple syrup as opposed to regular sugar.

Chocolate Granola

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Raise your hand if you make mac and cheese weekly. Raise both your hands if you make it multiple times a week! ::raises both hands high::

Mac and cheese is a staple in our house and is one of the only foods my oldest will eat. While I have no hate for making boxed mac and cheese, of course, I’d rather she eat it homemade. I don’t always have a lot of time when I get home from work.

The Instant Pot has definitely become one of my most favorite kitchen tools. I know, I’m trying NOT to turn this into an IP blog, but it’s such a lifesaver. I’ve been hearing people rave about making mac and cheese in the IP, so it was time to give it a try.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Truth be told, this recipe took me three tries to figure out. The first time I had way too much liquid in the pot at the end, and the second time it was a little dry and not cheesy enough. But, I think I’ve finally got it!

This recipe has just the right amount of cheese. If you want it to be thicker and more “cheesier”, than you will want to add less half and half at the end.

Cherry Salsa

Cherry Salsa

Summer is on its way out, but before I start bombarding you with pumpkin recipes, I’m still holding onto cherry season a little bit longer because it is one of my most favorite things about summer!

I love and adore making fruit salsas. That sweet and salty combo makes my tastebuds happy!

Cherry Salsa

I love salsas on pretty much all of the things and for basically all three meals of the day! My scrambled eggs? Must. have. salsa! Lunch and dinner, whatever I’m eating, let’s put salsa on that too!

This cherry salsa couldn’t be easier. Just a lot of fresh chopped cherries, red onion, some jalapeño, lime juice, and avocado! You can skip the avocado if you want, but I love it in this salsa. It adds a nice smooth and creamy texture to the salsa. Just be careful when mixing it in, if you overmix, you’ll end up with cherry guacamole (would that be a bad thing?).

Cherry Salsa

Coconut Margaritas

Coconut Margaritas

I know I post a lot of cocktails on this blog. I just love to mix up fun drinks for parties. And sometimes, you just need a drink that will make you feel like you are on a vacation on a beautiful tropical island and not in the middle of grant writing.

The good news is that I am finally starting to see a light at the end of the grant tunnel and I think I’m going to have to celebrate with a ginormous pitcher of these creamy coconut margaritas!

Coconut Margaritas

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars

As soon as August hits every year, I start thinking/wishing about fall. I know some people are like, NO! But, you guys know me, I love fall. Also, is it Halloween yet?

Too soon?

I made these Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cereal Bars a couple of months ago actually and have been holding off to post them as they just seemed like a good August recipe. I guess I’m thinking of them as the perfect little after-school treat or to stick in lunch boxes (if your schools allow peanuts, of course…) for the kiddos! But, I’d be totally lying if I said that these are just for the kids because I found them to be pretty darn addictive myself!

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars

Now, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that these cereal bars are healthy considering they contain a bunch of butter and marshmallows, but hey, the cereal is made with whole grains and peanut butter has some good protein! So, they are “better-ish”, right?!

Yes?

No?

Maybe?

Let’s go with YES!

For these cereal bars, I used plain whole grain Cheerios. You can use something different if you prefer, but knowing I was adding marshmallows, I didn’t want them to be too sweet by using a sweetened cereal. Also consider your peanut butter. You can either use regular ol’ peanut butter which has added sugar or natural peanut butter. I’ve used both and it’s really up to you. My kiddos seem to prefer them with regular peanut butter so that is what I use, but you can cut down on the sugar by using natural peanut butter if desired!

I left these plain, but you can also mix in chopped peanuts, mini marshmallows, or other candies if you want to take them up a notch!

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Bars