Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

January has never been very kind to my family. Despite all getting our flu shots and not traveling this year, we still managed to spend most of the month being sick it seems. I blame preschool germs! I’ve been battling a gnarly cold myself for two weeks now!

A couple of weeks ago, I finally decided to try the popular “Medicine Ball” tea from Starbucks. On their menu, it is also known as Honey Citrus Mint Tea. I really enjoyed it and after visiting 3 times in one week, I knew I needed to just figure out how to make it at home because those trips add up!

Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

The drink is really very easy to make at home. The key to making it taste the same as the Starbucks version is to use the same tea that they use which is Teavana tea. You will need Teavana Peach Tranquility Tea and Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Tea. I found both teas at my local grocery store, but you can also get them online.

Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red velvet brownies…for Valentine’s Day. I know, it’s truly groundbreaking! But, sometimes it’s totally acceptable to be predictable. I’m happy to eat anything red velvet pretty much anytime of the year and know a lot of you feel the same way so we’re doing it! Classic red velvet brownies with cream cheese frosting for Valentine’s Day.

One of the items on my blogging to-do list has been to go through older recipes that I published during the first two years of my blog in 2011-2012. First, the pictures were mostly downright embarrassing. Many of the recipes can also use some tweaking and re-writing, especially the directions! There were some really delicious recipes that deserve some love and these brownies were one of them.

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

20 Game Day Recipes

It’s Game Day week! My husband is already thinking about what his food requests are going to be for Sunday. It’s been four years since I’ve shared a Game Day recipe round up so I’m sharing an updated one today! Here are my Top 20 picks from the blog!

1. Baked Turkey Cheddar Sliders – These sliders are my fave and you can make a big batch at once!
Baked Turkey Cheddar Sliders

2. Chicken Enchilada Dip – Do I need to even explain why you should make this dip?!
Chicken Enchilada Dip

3. Air Fryer (or Baked) Jalapeno Popper Bites – A fun and delicious twist to the classic appetizer!
Air Fryer Jalapeno Popper Bites

4. Cheeseburger Quesadillas – So much yes!!!
Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Air Fryer (or Baked) Jalapeno Popper Bites

Air Fryer Jalapeno Popper Bites

There is less than two weeks until the Super Bowl and while I still don’t care about the game, good food is a must!

My sweet in-laws got me an air fryer for Christmas and this felt like the perfect opportunity to give it a test drive. Most foods we want to consume for game days is fried, like wings, french fries, mozzarella sticks, etc..

Air Fryer Jalapeno Popper Bites

One of my most favorite fried indulgences is jalapeño poppers. I love the crispy outside, spicy pepper, and creamy and cheesy filling. I’ve already made skinny jalapeno poppers, but thought more of a jalapeño popper bite would be really yummy to try! And if you don’t have an air fryer, do not worry! You can also bake these right in your oven!

Air Fryer Jalapeno Popper Bites

Butternut Squash Carbonara

Butternut Squash Carbonara

I’ve been soaking up the cool weather and rain we’ve had in Orange County over these past few weeks. I don’t necessarily want rain every day, but the cool weather can definitely stay!

I recently had a big bag of cubed fresh butternut squash in my fridge from another recipe I made to use up and had a craving for pasta. Butternut squash actually makes for a perfect sauce for pasta. When pureed, it takes on a creamy and almost cheese sauce-like texture. I love a good carbonara so I thought why not combine the two into one delicious and comforting dish?!

Butternut Squash Carbonara

Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Cheeseburger Quesadillas

I’m interrupting our regular healthy January recipes today to bring you something that would just be wrong for me to try to sell as healthy, but seriously, it’s so delicious, I have to share it! If you like burgers and quesadillas, then this is the recipe for you!

Plus, the Super Bowl is almost here and I always like to test out new Game Day recipes and these Cheeseburger Quesadillas are a definite winner! These quesadillas are easy enough to make for a quick weeknight dinner, but I also love them to serve as an appetizer for the big game.

Cheeseburger Quesadillas

I mixed up a batch of my favorite best ever burger and fry sauce for these. It’s so good for spreading on the quesadillas and for dipping! If you don’t want to make it though, you can also just mix up some mayo and ketchup.

If you’ve been following the blog for some time, you might know we are team #nomustard in my house, but if you love it, you can also spread some on these guys with extra on the side for people to dip in. Basically, whatever your favorite burger topping is, you can totally work it into these. I made mine with ground beef, plenty of cheddar cheese, pickles, and the burger sauce. Bacon would also be delish and/or some grilled onions, whatever you like really! Just make sure not to overstuff the quesadillas as they can be hard to flip!

One other thing to note – in the recipe directions, I have you assembling the quesadillas on the side and carefully transferring them to the pan to cook. But, if you can move fast enough, you can assemble them directly in the skillet. I do it this way, but realize it may not be the best method for everybody. It’s easy enough to assemble in the skillet as long as the pan is not super hot, so whatever method you are most comfortable with is fine!

Cheeseburger Quesadillas