10 Breakfast Syrup Recipes for More Flavorful Pancakes

10 Breakfast Syrup Recipes for More Flavorful Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast! @Tipsaholic


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A warm, rich maple syrup has long been the go-to when it comes to pancakes.  Pure, flavorful maple syrups have even gained popularity as natural sweeteners in recent years. But if you’re all for bucking plain old maple and looking for something new to top off your pancakes, waffles, or french toast, these 10 breakfast syrup recipes will certainly give your taste buds a tickle.

 

1. Lemon syrup

Add a little tang of citrus to your morning stack of hotcakes with this recipe. The buttery richness of the syrup base blends perfectly with the lemon flavors and will taste great over a variety of pancakes. Try it over strawberry, blueberry, or the lemon poppyseed suggested in the recipe!

 

2. Chocolate syrup

Chocolate milk turned into syrup? Yes. Chocolate milk turned into syrup and poured over a steaming pile of pancakes. Don’t be afraid to try this creamy little number – it’s like soaking your breakfast with a rich cup of hot cocoa and makes the perfect syrup for a cool fall morning.

 

3. Buttermilk syrup

If maple is the top dog of syrups, then buttermilk is its sweet sister. Five ingredients and a few minutes foaming on the stove are all it takes! Make this buttermilk syrup a staple for pancake and waffle mornings at your house – you won’t regret it.

 

4. Orange syrup

Feeling a little fancy? An orange syrup like this one is fancy enough for any pancake, even one topped with ricotta and toasted almonds as suggested with the recipe! The ingredients are simple but the mixture goes a long way in making a hearty breakfast.

 

5. Caramel Apple syrup

Butter, brown sugar, and apple cider are all you need to whip together this drizzle-approved syrup. Add a handful of diced apples to your pancake batter – or make the suggested apple cider pancakes – when apple harvest rolls around.

 

6. Peach syrup

Pour this fruity treat over your next stack of French toast and be prepared for breakfast with a punch. Fresh peaches, a dollop of whipped cream, and you’ll be ready to dive in.

 

7. Cinnamon Cream Cheese syrup

Make your plain old waffles taste like cinnamon rolls with this cinnamon cream cheese syrup, or go an even more decadent route by “frosting” some banana bread, zucchini, or apple pancakes.

 

8. Blueberry syrup

There’s something about a good blueberry syrup that takes a waffle to a whole new level. Boil down a simple-syrup of sugar and water and then add a blueberry and maple syrup puree to get this syrup going.

 

9. Coconut syrup

If you’ve been dreaming of a tropical getaway, pouring an incredible coconut syrup over your breakfast might just take you one step closer. Coconut milk provides the base for this syrup, and the rest of the ingredients are simple and sweet.

 

10. Peanut Butter syrup

Have you been known to spread a bit of peanut butter over your pancakes before dousing them in syrup? Skip that step and go straight for the good stuff by mixing up a batch of this heavenly peanut butter maple syrup!

Looking for more amazing breakfast recipes? Try these fun No-Cook Breakfast Ideas!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

8 Quick and Easy, Portable Breakfast Ideas

8 Quick and Easy Portable Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #breakfast, #recipe, #easymeal

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Mornings can be hectic for many, but you can make the morning rush just a little easier by preparing portable breakfasts in advance and grabbing them as you run out the door. Some of these recipes require a few minutes of heating before eating, but you can always skip that step if you’re in a hurry. Make it easier for your family to eat the most important meal of the day!  If you’re too busy for breakfast, try these 8 quick and easy, portable breakfast ideas.

 

1. Zucchini-Potato Frittata

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A frittata is not that hard to make and it keeps well in the refrigerator. Cut out a slice when it’s time for breakfast and heat it up.  This recipe includes zucchini, potato, and bacon all in one delicious, portable breakfast. You could use sweet potato for even more taste and nutrition!  Bonus: You could grab a slice for lunch, too!

 

2. Cranberry-Pistachio Energy Bars

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There’s so much goodness in these energy bars, from rolled oats, quinoa, and coconut to almond butter, that you can feel good about as you munch them on way to work. Make 15 servings at once and store them in zip-top plastic bags that you can easily grab and put in your purse.

 

3. Easy Breakfast Roll-Ups

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A breakfast burrito might be portable in theory, but they can be messy. Scrambled egg and shredded cheese can easily fall out, especially when eaten by kids. This recipe offers a truly smart and easy way to assemble breakfast burritos, or roll-ups, that won’t cause a mess in your car!

 

4. Pancake Pockets

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Your kids will love this recipe and so will you! Pancakes are definitely not portable, especially with fruit toppings and syrup.  You can solve that problem by putting the fruit inside the pancakes; so clever! The fruit sweetens the pancake pockets just enough that you won’t need syrup.

 

5. Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

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You can make this overnight oatmeal the night before, or prepare several jars for a week’s worth of portable breakfasts. Mix together old-fashioned rolled oats, Greek yogurt, and almond milk in a jar and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Top it with banana and anything else you want to add – try roasted nuts, a drizzle of honey, or your favorite fruit – and eat up!

 

6. Quiche Crescent Cups

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Crescent is quite possibly the most delicious breakfast bread ever and when you combine it with eggs, cheese, and bacon, you have yourself a scrumptious breakfast. You can make this in advance and store it in your refrigerator. Heat it up in a toaster oven for a few minutes and enjoy!

 

7. Breakfast Cereal Parfait

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Layer yogurt and strawberries in a mason jar or any other glass jar and top with a lid. Let your parfaits hang out in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat, then you can grab one and sprinkle your favorite cereal on top. You could use any other fruit that you prefer as well – how about blackberries, blueberries, or even kiwi?

 

8. Waffle Cups

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Sure, you could toast a couple frozen waffles and be on your way, but waffles aren’t as filling as eggs. That’s why these waffle cups are such a genius idea! Defrost your frozen waffles, press them into muffin cups and cook. Fill them with eggs and fixings – like bacon, cheese, and/or vegetables. When it’s time to eat, heat them up in a toaster oven for a few minutes.

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

9 Unique Pizza Recipes That Take You Beyond the Pepperoni

9 Unique Pizza Recipes to take you beyond pepperoni ~ Tipsaholic.com #pizzarecipe #dinner

 

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Do you like to make your own pizza at home? Why not try something different than pepperoni and cheese for your next pizza? Try one of these 9 unique pizza recipes that pack a lot of flavor and nutrition in one slice! Pizza is definitely more versatile than some people might think.

1. Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza

If you like shrimp, you’ll love this fantastic shrimp pizza that includes grape tomatoes, sauteed onions, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese. You’ll need to cook the shrimp and vegetables before you add them to the pizza, but shrimp is so fast to cook that it’ll take no time at all.

2. Sweet Potato Pizza with Kale and Caramelized Onions

This is my favorite pizza recipe, and I think you’ll like it too if you like sweet potato. The combination of caramelized onions and the other ingredients is just divine. You could also switch out the sweet potato for butternut squash for another unique pizza recipe!

3. Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Bacon and Corn

You might’ve heard of barbecue chicken pizza, but you haven’t tried it quite like this! With the addition of bacon and corn, this flavorful pizza is even better with chopped cilantro on top. Yum.

4. The Zucchini Anchovy

Anchovies have such a bad reputation in the pizza world, but they don’t deserve it. Find out just how delicious anchovies can be with this great pizza recipe. Don’t worry, there’s only one anchovy in the recipe, but it’s all that you need.

5. Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese

Beets and goat cheese together is a beautiful marriage, which means that this pizza recipe is going to be out of this world delicious. You’ll need to make this roasted beet pesto before you can assemble the pizza, but you should have some left over for a future dinner of pasta and beet pesto!

6. Sicilian Pan Pizza with Seared Eggplant

You already know that tomato sauce and eggplant go great together if you like eggplant parmigiana, but have you tried eggplant on pizza? This pizza recipe uses a baking sheet so you get the same crust that they make on the Sicilian coast: fluffy and crazy delicious.

7. Steakhouse Pizza

Hungry? This pizza recipe is sure to satisfy a big appetite! You don’t cook the steak right on the pizza crust; you cook it separately and add it on when the crust and cheese are done. Add your favorite steak sauce on top and you’ve got a unique pizza that everyone will love.

8. Three Cheese Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Basil and Honey Balsamic Reduction

This pizza recipe shows you just how versatile pizza can be! Peach, cheese, prosciutto, honey, and balsamic vinegar all in one place? Try this one before peaches (or nectarines, which would also work in this recipe) go out of season!

9. Chorizo Manchego Pizza

If you haven’t tried chorizo yet, you’re in for a treat. This pizza recipe uses cured chorizo that you slice, but fresh chorizo can be used instead if you can only find that – just make sure to cook it before you add it to the pizza.

 

After you’ve tried one or two of these unique pizza recipes (or all of them!), try your hand at creating your own pizza with your favorite ingredients. You might be surprised at how good your creations taste! After all, you can’t go wrong with pizza.

Share your favorite unique pizza recipes in the comments!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

6 Tips to Keep BBQ Fare from becoming a Dieter’s Nightmare

6 Tips to Keep BBQ Fare from becoming a Dieter's Nightmare | Tipsaholic.com #healthy #eating #summer #bbq #diet

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This summer, don’t let the BBQ become your diet downfall. Even the healthiest of eaters can be overwhelmed by the array of dips and fixings at a typical summer bash. Here are six simple ways to combat the BBQ bulge!

1. Skip the chips

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Salty, crispy, grab-able snacks such as chips, pretzels and snack mixes are everywhere at summer social gatherings. To counter the temptations, fill up the buffet tables with healthier foods with a crunch like salty kale chips or strips of bell peppers to dip in spicy hummus, guacamole, or sour cream. Produce such as broccoli florets, carrots, jicama, cherry tomatoes and baby cucumbers also make great snacks.

2. H2O isn’t just for the pool

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Juice, sodas and sweetened teas are often made with high-fructose corn syrup and may contain brominated vegetable oil, which can wreak havoc on our bodies. Instead, pack coolers with sparkling mineral water, unsweetened tea, or offer a water cooler filled with chilled cucumber – mint or berry/citrus-infused water.

3. Banish the bun

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Despite the fact that bread products raise blood sugar as quickly and as much as eating two tablespoons of pure sugar, we still seem to fill these picnic staples with anything we can throw on the grill. Try going bun-less by eating with a fork and knife to slow down your eating. Use a lettuce-wrap approach to put some color into your meal or toss your grilled goods on top of a plate of hearty salad greens.

4. Eat your hot dog naked

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Most condiments are packed with unsavory additives to enhance flavor, shelf life, texture, or appearance. Season with fresh or dried herbs and seasonings and try dry rubs for chicken and ribs, pack some fresh herbs and spices into your grass-fed burger patties, or marinate your poultry or seafood with olive oil, citrus, and herbs before searing them on the grill. Fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or hearty mustard are great toppings for your bun-less burger, chicken, or brats.

5. Make faux salads a faux pas

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Potato salads, macaroni salad and pasta salad do not offer our bodies any true nourishment. Replacing these sides with some roasted vegetable salads or crisp, lightly-dressed coleslaw or use Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise or sour cream when making your own side dishes.

6. Don’t chase the ice cream man

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Popular summer desserts such as gelatin and colorful ice pops include artificial coloring agents that could just as easily dye our hair, clothing, or crafts. Instead, choose to naturally sweeten up your party with fruit kabobs, frozen berries with heavy cream, or homemade real-fruit popsicles.

 

Special thanks to Life Time Fitness and registered dietician Laura Burbank for submitting these helpful tips.

Featured image courtesy of She Knows.

 

25 Delicious Camping Desserts

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Kick your camp food up a notch!  Don't miss out on these 25 Delicious Camping Desserts!

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The season of campfires, sleeping under the stars and “roughing it” is upon us!   A campfire isn’t the same without some good, old fashioned s’mores… but if you’re ready to kick your camping treats up a notch we’ve got a delicious gallery for you!  From some delightfully ingenious takes on the classic s’more, to the more elaborate skillet brownies and grilled cheesecakes, these scrumptious dessert recipes are bound to give you plenty of inspiration for your next campout!  With simple roasting stick style desserts, skillet and dutch oven cooking, tin foil and grilling, and a few ideas with special cookware, there’s something on this list for every camper.  With a little menu planning, you’ll impress your family with some campfire cookery while satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth!  Whether you’re planning a fun-filled camping vacation or cooking over the fire pit in the backyard, don’t miss these 25 delicious camping desserts!

 

Tin Foil and Grills:

Grilled Banana Boats – The Taylor House

Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Echoes Of Laughter

Campfire Cones – Come Together Kids

Fudgy Campfire Cakes – Tablespoon

Campfire Baked Cinnamon Apples – Cheerios and Lattes

Grilled Peach Crumble – Camille Styles

Grilled Apple Crisp – Cooking With Jax

Grilled Chocolate Raspberry Burritos – Group Recipes

Caramel Peaches with Pecans – Simple Bites

 

Roasting Sticks:

Campfire Eclairs – The Bigler’s Best Belly Pleasers

Roasted Strawberries – blog.AL.com

Roasted Starburst – Chief Domestic Officer

Strawberry Marshmallow Kebabs – Good Foods

Pie on a Stick – Spoonful

S’mOREOS - Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!

Smashing S’mores - Home Sweet Eats

 

Dutch Oven and Skillet Cooking:

Grilled S’more Brownie – Created By Diane

Cast Iron Skillet Brownies – Simply Food Love

Campfire Cheesecake – The Pomegranate Chronicles

Canned Biscuit Campfire Donuts – Thoreau’s Daughter

Cake, Berry and Chocolate Skillet – Ricardo Cuisine

Dutch Oven Cherry Cobbler – Downright Delish

Strawberry Cobbler – Simply Delicious

 

Special Cookers:

Campfire Fruit Tarts – Cooking Classy

Campfire Pies – Andrea Meyers

Blueberry Cheese Pudgy Pie – Maroc Mama

 

25 Delicious Camping Desserts ~ Tipsaholic.com #camping #dessert

 

Looking for more great ideas for camping meals? Try these 8 Easy and Delicious Camping Food Ideas!

 

Featured image via Rand McNally Blog

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

8 Ideas for No-Cook Camping Breakfasts

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Cooking while camping – some love it, and some just don’t. If you tend to be on the “don’t” side of things or are just looking for some simple early-morning meals, these no-cook camping breakfasts are perfect for your next adventure in the woods. Simplify your camping trip by leaving the eggs and frying pans at home for Sunday brunch. If cooking anything but hot dogs over an open fire makes you cringe, take these 8 great ideas and get your breakfast on!

 

1. Yogurt parfait bar

A container of yogurt and some sliced fruit are all you need for this light and healthy camping breakfast. Layer your favorite yogurt with your favorite fruits – try peaches, strawberries, or blueberries for starters – and top it with granola for a bit of crunch.

 

2. Fruit and make-ahead dips

It doesn’t get much simpler than fruit for breakfast. It’s light, healthy, satisfying, and you can always choose your favorites. If plain fruit doesn’t appeal, try making this easy cherry fruit dip to go with it or this even easier two-ingredient “Strawberry Fluff” dip from Oh, Sweet Basil.

 

3. Cereal and milk

You heard me. Throw a box of your cereal of choice in the camper and a carton of milk in the cooler and call it good. Or, if you’ve got a crowd, try the miniature boxes in a variety pack like this  that carries a little something for everyone! Oh, and don’t forget the spoons!

 

4. PB&J or other simple sandwiches

It might sound like more of a mid-day meal, but nothing beats the simplicity of a sandwich. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich can easily replace toast and jam on a campout, particularly where the kids are concerned. Even your favorite sliced meats and cheeses go great with fruit.

 

5. Make-ahead refrigerator oatmeal

Oatmeal doesn’t have to be cooked with this great idea! Whip up a batch of refrigerator oatmeal breakfasts with this recipe from Happy Go Lucky and pack the jars in the cooler. If your group of campers enjoys trying new meals together, you might consider simply bringing the ingredients and jars along and letting everyone mix up their own the night before.

 

6. Tortilla roll-ups

Grab a package of flour tortillas on your way out of town and give this simple breakfast a try! Spread a tortilla with peanut butter, hazelnut spread, or cream cheese, then add bananas, strawberries, or other fruits you like.

 

7. Bagels, donuts, or muffins

A store-bought breakfast should never be underestimated. When the campers are hungry and anxious to start the day, you can bet they’ll be ready for anything. Bagels and cream cheese, donuts, muffins with butter, and other quick breakfast options will be welcome in the campsite. Add in a side of yogurt or fruit to round out the meal.

 

8. Breakfast cookies

If you’ve got the time, a couple dozen of these breakfast cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction can be made ahead and used for a quick meal while enjoying the great outdoors.  These compact finger foods are also great for hikers!

 

Looking for more great camping foods for your summer? Try these 8 Easy and Delicious Camping Food Ideas!

Featured image via Sally’s Baking Addiction.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

11 Fast and Fun Summer Kebabs

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Feeding a large group at a barbecue or family gathering can get complicated quickly if you don’t have a few tricks up your sleeve! These 11 recipes are sure to make you the top chef with minimal effort, and with a kebab in hand your guests will come away happy too. Whether you’re looking for a skewer full of savory, filling meats, a tasty side dish, crowd-pleasing dessert, or even an easy breakfast for a family reunion, you can spruce up the eats at any party or picnic this summer with these fast and fun summer kebabs.

 

1. Easy Breakfast

The guests will never want to let go of this Eggo breakfast kebab. Waffle, fruit, and sausage all skewered and drizzled with syrup will be a breakfast to remember – with minimal cleanup!

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2. Easier Breakfast

Breakfast in a pinch? No problem. Run by the grocery store for some favorite fruits and a box of donut holes and pop it all on a skewer. Instant breakfast-for-a-crowd.

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3. Shrimp

Mmmmm… Lunch or dinner rolls around and it’s time to dish up something a bit more savory. These grilled teriyaki shrimp kebabs are nothing short of delicious, and you can’t beat a bite of juicy pineapple in between. Don’t forget to soak wooden skewers (up to 30 minutes) before grilling to prevent burning.

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4. Fish

A little spice goes a long way in this skewered salmon delight, and those tasty slices of lemon are sure to juice things up. Using two skewers to hold things together makes for easier turning and more even heating while on the grill.

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5. Chicken

This fabulous chicken and tomato kebab is a tasty and healthy addition to any summer meal. Whip up a simple pesto, marinate, and let the grilling begin.

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6. Beef

Steak, peppers, and onions just can’t be beat when it comes to kebabs. Make the classic fantastic with a savory marinade full of the good stuff – Dijon, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and more.

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7. Pork

Pure simplicity is the best way to describe this pork kebab recipe. If you’re worried about the lean loin pieces getting too dry on the grill, you may want to consider using pork shoulder as an alternative.

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8. Vegetable

Use this tasty vegetable medley as a side at a barbecue or dress it up for a vegetarian meal at home. And don’t feel like you have to stick with the veggies suggested here – eggplant, tomatoes, corn, and asparagus are other great options for grilling.

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9. Fruit

These handy kebabs will truly give you a taste of the rainbow, but if themed eats aren’t your thing, don’t be afraid to mix things up and try new fruity combinations. Kiwi, melon, mango, and other fruits that can hold up on a skewer can make a great addition to your “fruit salad on a stick.”

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10. Light Dessert

It wouldn’t be a party without a little dessert, and what’s better than dessert that doesn’t require utensils? These red, white, and blue themed shortcake bites can be eaten dipped, drizzled, or plain. Try the light “cheesecake yogurt dip” recipe for some real taste bud tickling.

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11. Indulgent Dessert

If you’re looking for a kebab dessert that’s a bit more… indulgent, this is the recipe for you. Chocolate, fruit, and marshmallows drizzled in more chocolate? Yes, please!

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Looking for more tasty recipes for a spectacular summer bash? Try these Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads!

 

Featured image via epicurious. 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

5 Tips for Starting Dinnertime Conversation with Kids

5 Tips for Starting Dinnertime Conversation with Kids | Tipsaholic.com #home #family #meal #dinner #conversation #kids

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After seeing all of the research showing the benefits of eating together as a family, you think it is a good idea to do this with your family. You make a meal and gather everyone to sit at the table. That part goes okay. Next, as everyone is eating, you try to start a conversation with your kids, and it goes something like this….

“What did you do today?”

“Nothing.”

“Did you learn anything new in school?”

“No.”

“What did you play during recess?”

“I don’t remember.”

Sound familiar? Over the years, I often encountered this situation. The constant prodding and cajole just to get the kids to open up during dinner time got old real fast. So I discovered some tricks to get the kids to look up from the food on their plate and start talking.

The Good and the Bad Game

This is always a sure winner in our house. The kids have to say one thing that was good about their day, and one thing that didn’t go exactly right. It’s an easy way to figure out more of their worries like if another kid is being mean to them or if they are struggling with a subject in school. Plus, I always love hearing about what they thought was the best part of their day. It is not always the answer I thought they would give!

Talk About Your Day (Then Let Them Share)

This is an easy one. While I might think my life can be boring, it always surprises me that the kids can use a fun story from my work to relate to something in their lives. Plus, if I am going to make them share, it is a good example for me to talk about my day also.

Word of the Day

I once heard of someone giving their kid a word they had to use sometime during the next day. Then, at dinner time they would have to report back about how they used the word in a conversation. It’s a way to get the kids to talk at dinnertime, and improve their vocabulary…win!

Talk About Their Interests

This one could require a little bit of advanced planning. If your children are in to a certain sport, find out a trivia tidbit about the game to share during dinner. Or if they love visiting a certain place, get them talking about planning their next trip. Discussing things that kids already want to talk about can make the conversation much easier.

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And if all else fails…Threatening no dessert if the kids do not start joining into the conversation, works every time!

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

 

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6 Creative BBQ Side Dishes

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One of the best things about warm weather is all the barbecue parties we get to go. But do you stress over deciding what to bring to a BBQ party? Many people fall back on potato salad, but nobody wants to make a potato salad and then discover seven other potato salads already on the potluck table. Here are 6 creative BBQ side dishes to bring to your next barbecue party!

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1. Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers

Three kinds of cheese in one sweet pepper? Sign me up! This recipe combines ricotta cheese, cream cheese, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into a luscious stuffing for small peppers, which are then cooked on the grill. Prep them at home and grill them at the BBQ party to serve them hot.

2. Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites

The combination of savory, salty bacon and sweet potato is out of this world; plus, this appetizer is super easy to prepare. Although there’s a bit of chopping involved, anyone could cook this BBQ side dish. These bites are such a hit that you can be sure that your dish will be empty way before the barbecue party ends!

3. Mexican Grilled Corn

Everyone loves corn on the cob straight from the grill, but have you ever tried Mexican grilled corn? A mix of mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, Parmesan cheese, and lime juice is slathered all over a freshly grilled corn cob. Sprinkle some chili powder on top and chomp down.

4. Easy Summer Quinoa

Jam-packed with veggies such as kale, zucchini, and sun-dried tomatoes, this summer quinoa is both healthy and delicious. Don’t forget the shaved Parmesan cheese on top!

5. Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

This recipe is so easy but it will impress everyone! Pretty to the eyes and stimulating to the tongue, this watermelon salad might surprise some with it’s combination of the sweet fruit with feta and mint. It will be perfectly refreshing after eating lots of meat and other savory dishes under the sun.

6. Crazy Awesome Grilled Peaches

End the BBQ party on a great note with this simple but crazy awesome grilled peach recipe. Soak the halved peaches in a Ziploc bag filled with a cinnamon syrup and then throw them on the grill. Top off your hot peaches with cold vanilla ice cream. Your taste buds will thank you! I made this with unripe peaches and it came out perfectly. Definitely a BBQ dessert favorite.

With these 6 creative BBQ side dishes in your pocket, you’re now ready for the BBQ season!

For more recipes, check out 10 Better For You Muffin Recipes and 5 Recipes for Healthy French Fries.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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8 Easy and Delicious Camping Food Ideas

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Planning a few camping trips during the warmer months? Me, too! But I always get kinda stuck when thinking about camping food ideas. Hot dogs are fine, but I love to cook delicious food at home and I want to eat good food while camping. I did some research and found so much information out there on camping food ideas! I’m excited to share these ideas with you.

 

1. Foil Packs

These nifty camping meals that are cooked in foil are also called hobo packs or hobo stew. Basically, you add a little oil (or butter) in heavy duty foil, add meat, veggies, and then wrap it up and put it on hot coals. Open it after the meat is cooked and dig in! So easy.

You could use hamburger patties, ground beef, pounded chicken, meatballs, or even fish as your meat. Many campers add potatoes, but you could also add red pepper, onions, tomatoes, corn on the cob, zucchini, and whatever else that can be cut up and put in a foil pack. Bring along your favorite condiments to add to your hobo stew.

Looking for more information on foil packs? Here’s a very clear step-by-step on how to assemble a hobo pack and how to wrap the foil just right. And here’s a delicious-looking breakfast that’s cooked in a foil pack!

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2. Breakfast Tacos

If you don’t know what a breakfast taco is, it’s a tortilla packed with scrambled eggs and whatever else you like with your eggs: sauteed veggies, chorizo, bacon, potatoes, and/or cheese. A great camping food idea is to prepare your breakfast tacos ahead of time and wrap them in foil and put them in your icebox. When it’s time to eat breakfast, heat them up a little bit over hot coals and eat!

You can do the same method with breakfast sandwiches if that’s more of your thing.

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3. Campfire Quesadillas

Quesadillas are very kid-friendly, so this is one of my favorite camping food ideas. Prepare the quesadillas ahead of time with your favorite filings and wrap them in foil. Heat them up over the grill and then consume. This sounds perfect for lunches!

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4. Kabobs

Kabobs are great for grilling and fun to eat. These qualities make them a good addition to any list of camping food ideas. Put your chopped meat in marinade in a zip lock bag and toss in your chopped vegetables in another zip lock bag. Bring along bamboo skewers and assemble when it’s time to eat. Camping food ideas don’t get any easier than this.

 

5. Breadsticks On a Stick

Camping is fun and this camping food idea is definitely a lot of fun. Send everyone into the forest to search for the perfect stick and have them wrap a long strip of bread dough around their sticks. You can make your bread dough ahead of time or buy ready-made dough in a can that you pop open at the campsite.

Turn this appetizer into a sweet dessert by rolling the dough in some butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Mmmmm.

 

6. “Baked” Sweet Potatoes

Maybe you’re sticking with hot dogs and burgers for dinner, but you’re looking for a side that’s healthier than a bag of potato chips. Try grabbing a couple of sweet potatoes on your next trip. Around 20-30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, poke them a couple of times with a knife and wrap them with foil. Put them over hot coals and turn them every 5 minutes until they become soft to the touch. Then open the foil and cut them down in the middle. So good, without any seasoning needed!

You could bring precooked shredded chicken and an avocado and pile that on the top of the sweet potato. Delicious, filling, and healthy!

 

7. Campfire Cones

You just can’t go camping without gorging on smores, at least I think so. However, I have a toddler who would probably have a hard time eating a traditional smore. That’s why I really love this clever camping food idea: campfire cones! You put peanut butter, marshmallows, chocolate, and chopped banana in a sugar cone, wrap it in foil, and heat it until everything is melted and gooey. Okay, I’m officially hungry now.

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8. Easy Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

If you’re really serious about camping and go with your family often, you might want to consider investing in a dutch oven. There’s a lot of great information here and there’s also some recipes there for you to try.

Have a dutch oven already? Try this crazy easy cobbler! All you need is some fresh blackberries, a can of blueberry pie filling, classic yellow cake mix, and cut up butter for the top. Cook until it’s done and EAT.

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I’m officially ready for our next camping trip, food-wise. I hope you feel the same!

For more camping ideas, check out 25 Fun Camping Ideas for Families!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads

Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads

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Don't like cooking in summertime?  No worries!  You don't have to turn on the oven to make these delicious dinners!  Here's 30 scrumptious summer salads - one for each day of the month!

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Ah, summer!  Sunshine!  Beach trips!  Pools!  And heat… oh the summer heat!  If the idea of turning your oven on in the summertime heat makes you want to jump in the car for a night out, this gallery is for you!  There’s no better summer dinner than a salad, and nothing better to take along to a summertime party or BBQ.  But let’s face it, there’s only so many ways you can dress up a head of lettuce… or are there?  Are you looking for healthy summer grub?  A unique take on the veggie classic?  A way to kick your BBQ side dishes up a notch?  Here we’ve rounded up the best, most delicious salads from around the web.  Before you eat out instead of in, try one of these top 30 scrumptious summer salads.

Veggie-based Salads:

Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

Asparagus, Feta and Couscous Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

Summer Corn Salad

Cucumber Sunomono

Summer Squash and Red Quinoa Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad

Cucumber and Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

Perfect Picnic Salads:

Red Bean Salad with Feta and Peppers

Fresh Broccoli Salad

Estrellita Salad

Fresh Taco Salad

Cilantro Lime Slaw

Tortellini Picnic Salad

Fruit-based Salads:

Spinach and Mango Salad

Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Blackberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Summer Watermelon Salad

Avocado Pineapple Salad

Main Dish Salads:

Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados

Spinach and Orzo Salad

Salmon Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Summer Salad with Citrus Lavender Dressing

Summer Shrimp Salad

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad Knockoff

Tangled Thai Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

Thai Tuna Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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Red Velvet Recipe Roundup

Raise your hand if you love red velvet! It’s one of my all-time favorites, and I love that holidays like Valentines Day, Independence Day, and Christmas give me an excuse to bust out the red food coloring. Here’s a roundup of red velvet recipes that includes cookies, crepes, and–of course–lots of cream cheese!

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Red Velvet Brownies

Chewier and richer than cake, smothered in cream cheese frosting and white chocolate curls, these brownies look absolutely decadent.

 

Red Velvet Swirl Brownies

A layer of brownies on the bottom and a swirly brownies-and-cream-cheese layer on top. Sounds like a winner to me!

 

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

These are just so cute. Cream cheese frosting sandwiched between two fluffy red cookies…it’s the perfect little afternoon treat.

 

Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms

I’ve made these cookies twice now and they were a hit both times. They’re delicious, they’re pretty, and they come together quickly. Cookies don’t get much better than that.

 

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls 

Cream cheese frosting and cinnamon rolls were made for each other. Just add red and you’ve got a festive Valentines Day breakfast!

 

Red Velvet Cheese Ball

I usually think “savory” when I hear “cheese ball”, but this sweet version looks awfully intriguing. Served with vanilla wafers or graham crackers, it would be a great addition to any party.

 

Red Velvet Fudge

It’s fudge. It’s red. It looks friggin delicious. Do I really need convince you to try this one?

 

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa

I would love to snuggle up by a fire with a cup of this on a snowy evening. Of course I live in Phoenix, so that’s probably not going to happen, but a girl can dream, right?

 

Red Velvet Crepes

It’s probably best that crepes take so much effort to make because I might eat them every day. This version would be a great breakfast in bed for your sweetheart on Valentines Day.

 

Red Velvet Poke Cake

If that last one sounds a little high on the difficulty scale, try this gooey treat with cake mix, instant cheesecake pudding mix, Cool-Whip, and Oreos. Easy peasy.

 

Red Velvet Sheet Cake

When you’re feeding a crowd–say for a Valentines party–sheet cakes are definitely the way to go.

 

Red Velvet Layer Cake

Last but not least, for the traditionalist, this is my favorite red velvet layer cake recipe. I kind of want to eat the frosting on, well, everything.

 

Jen is the mother of two sweet girls; her days are filled with Dr. Seuss books and laundry, block castles and pink tutus. Reading is her first passion. Finding and testing out delicious recipes is a close second. She and her husband are working on making their fixer-upper home into something amazing. It’s a satisfying but painfully slow process. Read more from Jen at her blog: Nothing Can Come Of Nothing.

 

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3 Savory & Easy Sweet Potato Recipes

Try one this week, try another next week!  These sweet potato recipes are so delicious and flavorful no one has to know how easy they are.

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Baked Sweet Potato Con Huevo

Preheat Oven to 425°. Poke a few holes in your sweet potato(es) (I use a fork) and bake in the microwave (typically takes about 8-10 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave). Scoop about 1/2-2/3 of your sweet potato out and set aside. Crack an egg inside the remaining potato(es) and bake in the oven until the egg is cooked to your desired consistency. Add spices (I used salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon) and serve with remaining sweet potatoes. Done!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranates

Preheat Oven to 375°. Peel and cube your sweet potatoes.  Toss in olive oil (just enough to coat) and sprinkle salt, pepper and curry powder. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes or until tender (stir occasionally so they don’t burn). Toss with pomegranate seeds and either chopped parsley or chopped cilantro – whichever you prefer! Done!

Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Boil water in a pot and cook your peeled, cubed sweet potatoes in it.  Once they are fully cooked remove from stove and drain.  Add a banana and cinnamon and mash with a masher or mix with a mixer. Done!

Do you have a favorite sweet potato recipe?

 

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

7 Fast and Easy Meals in a Tortilla

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The flour tortilla can be a versatile friend when it comes to needing a meal in a hurry. It keeps well on a shelf or in the freezer, and it will definitely keep well inside hungry tummies when you try a few of these fast and easy meals in a tortilla.

 

1. Tortilla crepes (picture: slide 1)
Crepes are great for breakfast, but you can cut your prep-time significantly by using a humble flour tortilla in place of mixing and frying a homemade crepe. Fill it with cream cheese and fruit, drizzle it with syrup, and eat up!

 

2. Quesadillas (picture: slide 2)
The obvious fast favorite is plain cheese, but if you plan ahead just a little, you can easily add chopped peppers and your favorite meats. Even canned chicken and a little salsa can be a great addition to your basic quesadilla.

 

3. Mediterranean turkey wraps (picture: slide 3)
Go above and beyond your typical wrap with this healthy and flavorful Mediterranean version. Switch things up by using different flavors of hummus and varying your vegetables.

 

4. Breakfast burritos (picture: slide 4)
You can’t often top a classic, and the breakfast burrito is certainly a classic. If plain eggs and cheese aren’t your style, take a few extra minutes to fry up some bacon or ground sausage to keep in the fridge and toss in the mix throughout the week. And who’s to say it’s just for breakfast?

 

5. Fast fish tacos (picture: slide 5)
Use ready-to-bake, battered fish fillets (or even fish sticks) and pre-packaged coleslaw mix for the fastest fish taco ever! Add your favorite dressings or salsa and you’ll forget just how simple it was.

 

6. Mini pizzas (picture: slide 6)
Use a circular cookie cutter (or the rim of a cup) to cut small circles from a tortilla and arrange them in a muffin pan. Drop a dollop of tomato sauce, a bit of cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings into the center. Pop them in the oven for a few minutes and out comes a tasty, no-forks-required pizza bite.

 

7. Crisp bean burritos (picture: slide 7)
In homage to Taco Time, this copycat recipe will have your mouth watering with just five simple ingredients and some salsa to dip them in. Twenty minutes to a great family favorite – I think yes.

 

It’s easy to see that a few ingredients and a simple tortilla can satisfy more than just your cravings for Tex-Mex. And if you’re interested in trying your hand at homemade tortillas, check out this recipe from Food Network. Grab a tortilla and get creative in the kitchen today!

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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