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Frozen Yogurt Pops

Nothing screams summer like a sweet, cold treat. I recently created this summer dessert for SC Johnson, where I am a guest blogger. When planning your next summer dessert, put aside the carton of ice cream and ordinary pops and consider making these easy yogurt pops. Not only is yogurt good for you, but you can combine it with your favorite “mix-ins” to create a delicious summer treat. Because you can use any yogurt on hand, this recipe is simple and takes just minutes to whip up when the craving hits. Prepare a batch ahead of time so they are ready to indulge in on a warm summer afternoon. Make them all the same or create a variety – the options are endless!

Frozen Yogurt Pops

They are really simple to make and look amazing!

Make Frozen Yogurt Pops

Easy Yogurt Pops

Prep: 5 minutes

Freeze: 1 hour, minimum

Yield: 1 Yogurt pop

 Materials

Small paper cups

Small wooden sticks or spoons

 Ingredients

2 tablespoons graham crackers, crushed (you can also use crushed cookies)

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt or flavor of your choice

1 tablespoon blueberries or your favorite mix-in

 Directions

In a paper cup, layer 1 tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs, yogurt and blueberries. Top with remaining graham cracker crumbs. Insert wooden stick or spoon and place in the freezer for at least one hour. Once frozen, remove paper cup, serve and enjoy!

I am a Guest Blogger for SC Johnson and this is a sponsored post. All ideas and opinions are my own. 

 

 

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Grilling Vegetables and Enjoying the Last of Summer

It seems like we were just kicking off summer and now it’s the final weeks before school is back in session (where did the summer go?!). Although we’ve packed in lots of beach time, several fun trips (and of course a few great poolside cocktails), we’re just not ready to let the carefree summer evenings go. We’re packing in as much time together as we can doing the simple things like playing yard games and grilling outdoors.

We love to keep our grilling simple which makes for more time for fun with the family. Fruit and veggies kabobs like these are a go-to summer grilling item. A bonus is that they are simple to make and can be done up to a couple of days ahead of time if you just keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to toss them on the grill.

grilling vegetables

Fresh veggies and some sweet pineapple are my favorite combos for the grill. We simply skewer them and toss them on for about 10 minutes. They make the perfect side dish for our favorite Hebrew National hot dogs (we love that they are all beef).

We also had some grilling “firsts” this summer: pizza and fruit. Both were delicious!

What is your favorite thing to grill? If it’s Hebrew National you’re in luck! Share and you could win free franks by entering their Facebook contest.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.

Hebrew National tastes great because, for more than 100 years, we’ve adhered to the highest quality standards. Hebrew National Franks are made with premium cuts of 100% pure kosher beef, and contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no by-products, and no fillers. Premium taste and high quality every time, for any occasion. That’s our guarantee. Learn about even more reasons to love Hebrew National, and tell us why you love them, too! http://www.facebook.com/HebrewNational

 

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Summer Dish: Warm Potato Salad

We may be past the 4th of July, but the summer entertaining season is just heating up! If you’re like me, you like to have that go-to crowd pleasing dish that you can whip up for impromptu BBQs and get togethers. I recently discovered Mario Batali’s Warm Potato Salad while watching The Chew and I’ll admit, I got a little excited. Why? The recipe calls for NO mayo (the main reason I am not typically a potato salad fan) and it includes fried eggs. Fried eggs is one of my favorite foods so I knew I had to give this recipe a try. See Mario whip it up here:……….

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And here is my version:

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WARM POTATO SALAD  based on Mario Batali’s recipe, a few alterations 

Ingredients

2 pound Tiny New Potatoes

2 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar

1 tablespoon Whole Grain Mustard

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus 1 tablespoon

Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

3 eggs

Handful of Chopped Fresh Parsley

-Bring a salted pot of water to a boil. Add  potatoes & cook until just tender. Drain and allow to cool. Once  cool enough to handle, slice them in half. Place them all in a large bowl.

-In a pan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and fry each egg. Remove from heat when cooked and thinly slice.

-In another bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, mustard,  a pinch of salt and a few grinds of freshly ground pepper, and whisk in the olive oil. Pour over the potatoes, then add the parsley and sliced eggs. Toss everything to coat, and serve warm.

Hostess Tip: You can even make this ahead of time, just warm in the microwave before you serve.

If you’re looking for more ideas to serve up a crowd this summer. This episode is a “burger throw down” and there are several great burger recipes to try (some really unconventional, so mix things up a bit!).

 What will you serve up this summer?

All summer-long, ABC’s The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. From grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics, The Chew is dishing out the most sizzling, mouth-watering meals to satisfy your summer cravings!

Tune In: Fresh Daily. Weekdays 1e|12p|c Stay tuned for more of my favorite clips and recipes I’ll test along with them!

 


Compensation was provided by ABC via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ABC.

 

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4th of July Recipes

There’s still time to make  that shopping list, run to the market and whip up something festive for the 4th! Looking for 4th of July recipes? Here are a few of my favorites this year that I spotted on Pinterest. Which will you make?

4th of July recipes

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa :: Fruit and Brownie Kebabs :: Red, White, and Blue Sangria

They all look impressive and delicious to me! Looking for more patriotic cocktails? Here are 5 tried and true red, white, and blue cocktails to try.

What are you making for the 4th?

 

 

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Cucumber Appetizer + The Chew serves up summer!

When I think of good food in the summer, I think about fresh and simple. Flavors that make you drool but minimal time in the kitchen. Are you with me? Who wants to be stuck indoors on a gorgeous summer day? Not this hostess.

One of my favorite new things to eat are cucumbers. I might be a little obsessed with them lately (I even made a cocktail highlighting them, recipe coming soon). If only they would produce in my garden (side note, anyone know a trick for growing good cucumbers?).

This appetizer/snack/lunch is one that I am eating almost everyday. The star? Cucumbers!

 

Cucumber Appetizer

To make:

Thinly slice a cucumber and arrange on a plate or platter. Drizzle with a juice of a lemon. Sprinkle with a seasoning like Salad Supreme (you can also trying garlic salt and sea salt)

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The next cucumber-recipe exploration is going to be this cucumber punch from Carla Hall. Carla is one of the super talented chefs rounding out the cast of ABC’s The Chew. Have you seen it? The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. Celebrating and exploring life through food, The Chew is an innovative daytime program co-hosted by a dynamic group of engaging, fun, relatable experts in food, lifestyle, and entertaining. Featuring celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz, The Chew is a leap forward into a delicious new kind of talk show. I’m digging it (and their yummy recipes).

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes from The Chew over the next couple of weeks. The first couple that I’m dying to try are the cucumber punch and grilled cantaloupe. WHAT? I have no idea you could do that!

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All summer-long, ABC’s The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. From grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics, The Chew is dishing out the most sizzling, mouth-watering meals to satisfy your summer cravings!

Tune In: Fresh Daily. Weekdays 1e|12p|c

Stay tuned for more of my favorite clips and recipes I’ll test along with them!

 

 

Compensation was provided by ABC via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ABC.

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Summertime Plans + Poolside Grilling

With my Summer Thyme beverage in hand, I’m daydreaming about all the upcoming summer fun there is to be had (you know, in between w-o-r-k that is). With our two girls almost out of school, a great Memorial weekend under our belt, and the sunny CA sunshine — we’re about ready to kick into that summertime gear!

First up on our agenda is a week long getaway to Palm Springs.

 Palm Springs getaway | Thoughtfully Simple

 Is it time to go yet?

Palm Springs getaway

We’ll also see plenty of lazy beach days. When we have no plans on the weekend it’s pretty common that we just call decide to head to the beach (why not right?). This summer the Mr. and I are in the market for new beach cruisers so we can all go for a long Sunday beach strolls at the beach. And summer wouldn’t be complete without many casual backyard gatherings with family and friends — and of course, keeping up with our garden.

Here’s a new recipe that I’ll be serving up while we’re relaxing poolside in Palm Springs. What I love about it is that it tastes fresh and flavorful but it’s super simple to make.

hot dog appetizers

Grilled Hot Dog Bites with fresh Jalapenos, Tomatoes & Avocado Dressing

Grill your Hebrew National Hot Dogs and lightly toast the buns.

Slice the hot dogs, buns, jalapenos and tomatoes. Assemble and hold in place with a toothpick.

Serve on a platter with a bowl of your favorite avocado dressing for dipping.

See? super simple!

What fun summer plans do you have? 


Hebrew National tastes great because, for more than 100 years, we’ve adhered to the highest quality standards. Hebrew National Franks are made with premium cuts of 100% pure kosher beef, and contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no by-products, and no fillers. Premium taste and high quality every time, for any occasion. That’s our guarantee. Learn about even more reasons to love Hebrew National, and tell us why you love them, too! http://www.facebook.com/HebrewNational

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