June 6, 2018

Sunrise Smoothie for Lactation Support

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 1 Natural Way, a TRICARE breast pump provider. All opinions are entirely my own. 
As a Mom of two I know mornings are rough. Getting everyone up and ready and where they need to be on time has always been a struggle for me. Smoothies are my go to on these hectic days when I need something healthy, filling, and fast. This Sunrise Smoothie is made with my favorite juice, yogurt, and frozen fruit with added flax seed and Brewer's yeast for the wonderful health benefits including increasing your milk supply and helping with digestion for nursing Mamas like me.

I breastfed both my babies for 18 months {Ava} and 26 months {Stella} and I cherish that sweet time together and bond we have. I drank Mama milk tea and made lactation cookies and smoothies often to help increase my milk supply. Whether you are a nursing Mama or not, this delicious smoothie is packed full with good for you ingredients to help you start your day right!

Also check out this recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies . 
My little helper, Ava loves smoothies as much as I do and she helped me prepare this Sunrise Smoothie today to start our morning. Scroll down for the recipe and to learn more about 1 Natural Way and how you can receive a breast pump for FREE just like me through your Tricare insurance. 

Since we are on the topic of breastfeeding, I have a fantastic company that helped me, as a pregnant military spouse, by providing a Tricare Breast Pump with all the bells and whistles when I needed it the most. 
1 Natural Way helps moms provide breast milk to their babies through products, education, and service.
They offer a variety of products including Breast Pumps, Compression Socks, Medela Accessories, and Spectra Accessories for pregnant and new Moms. If you are a military family like me, you can get all of these items from free through Tricare! 
Learn more here
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June 4, 2018

Buttermilk Ranch Dip

This creamy 4 ingredient dip is made in minutes and perfect for dipping veggies, fries, and chips. It is also delish served with my Fried Pickle Burger and honestly I love it with just about anything!  
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May 30, 2018

Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches #MasterSummer

This post is sponsored by Tyson, Unilever, and Ball Park Buns products. 
All opinions are mine.
It is finally warm and sunny outside and that means we spend a whole lot of time in our backyard. Whether we are grilling, gardening, partying, or playing we love being outside in our yard having fun in the sunshine. Today I am sharing my Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches, which are the perfect summertime messy but good meal to serve at your backyard parties all season long! 
We love entertaining in our backyard and now that the weather is warm and the Texas sun is out we are ready to entertain. We love grilling but sometimes I like to use my slow cooker or oven to bake a simple family meal and we enjoy eating with friends and family on our backyard patio. Then, of course, we have s'mores in our fire pit! That's my idea of a perfect summer meal!
 I have had a Sam's Club membership since before I was married with kids but now that I am a Mama I shop there all the time! I love the bulk items and great savings and now that summer is almost here we shop for all our backyard entertaining supplies!
 For my Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich recipe I bought all my ingredients at Sam's Club including Tyson Chicken breasts, Ball Park Tailgaters Crustini Buns, and Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. 
It really saves me time and money to buy in bulk at Sam's Club! 
 Find more featured recipes for all your summer entertaining here: http://www.samsclub.com/mastersummer.
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May 28, 2018

The Lion King Peanut Butter Fruit Dip #MovieMonday

It's movie night tonight and we are watching Disney's The Lion King. I made the girls, with some help from my creative husband, a healthy and fun Disney themed treat to snack on during the show! It turned out better than I imagined and they gobbled up my Peanut Butter Fruit Dip faster than you can say
Hakuna Matata! 
On the last (or fourth) Monday of each month, a group of bloggers participate in a #MovieMondayChallenge, hosted by C'mon Get Crafty! We decide on a topic, genre, or specific movie to use for inspiration and everyone gets free reign to create something wonderful!
This month's challenge was. . . . Fathers! Your Dad's Favorite Film, or just a movie about fatherhood! Everyone was allowed to choose their own favorite film so long as it was inspired by the challenge word. I chose- The Lion King. I love this Disney movie and the scenes with Simba and his wise and brave father Mufasa are some of my favorites. It is a great movie to watch with your kids especially on Father's Day! I created this healthy peanut butter yogurt fruit dip inspired by The Lion King for #MovieMonday and made it even more special by decorating it to look like a mighty lion!

Look at those happy faces! I love making fun food like this dip for my kiddos. And cuddling up and watching one of my favorite childhood movies is even more special.

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May 27, 2018

30 Messy But Good Burger Recipes

I can hardly contain my excitement! It's one of my favorite foodie holidays tomorrow. That's right :drum roll: it's National Hamburger Day and Burger Month too! 
This Southern girl loves a tasty messy but good burger and I have found the 30 best to share with y'all today! Make one {or two} tonight to celebrate and enjoy! 
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May 26, 2018

Fried Pickle Burger with Buttermilk Ranch Dip #BurgerMonth

This post is part of a kick butt burger grill giveaway hosted by GirlCarnivore but the burger epicness is all my own. 
I am excited to participate in Burger Month with Girl Carnivore this year. Over 50 bloggers including myself are sharing their best burger creations throughout the month of May along with huge giveaways you don't want to miss! 
For my Burger Month creation this year I decided to make a Southern inspired Fried Pickle Burger with Buttermilk Ranch Dip. I cooked a thick 1/2 lb peppercorn crusted burger patty and added my favorite appetizer, fried pickles, on top. Then drizzled on creamy buttermilk ranch dressing because ranch is good on just about anything, right?! 
Check out the recipe below and comment and let me know what you think.
A huge thanks to the #BurgerMonth sponsors and swag from Anolon,
Cabot Cheese, Microplane, and Red Duck.
Scroll down for the amazing giveaway!
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May 25, 2018

Southern Fried Pickles

Today I am sharing one of my favorite comfort food snacks: Southern Fried Pickles .
 I love ordering them at restaurants but have never tried to make them myself until now. They are surprisingly easy to make and take only a few minutes to prepare and cook. I decided to coat them only in seasoned flour instead of a thick egg batter so they are crunchy and light and not thick coated. I love how they came out and my husband and I gobbled them up for dinner tonight!
Fried pickles are an addictive appetizer that we often order when we dine out at local sports bars. I made this copycat recipe and I was so excited my version came out just like the restaurant version- crunchy, tangy, and delicious!
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