Delicious Root Vegetables - Vegan Recipe

If you are looking to incorporate more vegan meals and more colorful ingredients into your routine, then here is a delicious, healthy meal you can make in just a short amount of time! Grab your veggies, and fire up the grill.

Delicious Root Vegetables - Vegan Recipe
delicious vegan recipe
Delicious Root Vegetables - Vegan Recipe
Instructions

1.) Head to the store, or to your garden, and grab an assortment of sweet potatoes, red or yellow potatoes, and Chioggia beets. Below, I found an image of the beets, so you can see how "normal" they look on the outside, and how they appear to have rings or stripes on the inside. 

2.) Turn on your grill to medium high, and thinly slice all root vegetables, and set them on a baking sheet, so they are not overlapping. Brush on a light coating of olive oil or melted coconut oil, and add a generous sprinkle of seasonings to both sides. Use a pair of tongs to flip the slices if you do not want to get your hands messy. Make sure seasoning is applied evenly. 

Delicious Root Vegetables - Vegan Recipe

3.) Take your baking sheet and pair of tongs out to the grill, and use your tongs to add each slice of root veggie to the grill. Try to make sure not to let the oil drip down into the grill, or it could be a bit messy and cause larger flames. Feel free to let the veggie slices touch, but not overlap, so they get those beautiful grill marks on them. Close the lid of the grill, and wait 4-5 minutes until the pieces have a nice grill mark on them. Flip them and let them over for another 2-4 minutes, until soft, and they're ready to eat!

Delicious Root Vegetables - Vegan Recipe

4.) Transfer slices back onto the baking sheet, and bring back in to serve. These are amazing by themselves as a vegan meal option, or serve them as a side dish. They're absolutely delicious!!!

If you're new to eating beets, then try to slice up 1-2 beets for every 5 potatoes, so you have more potato than beet. Enjoy!

Delicious Root Vegetables - Vegan Recipe

How To Keep Your Skin In Top Condition With Mederma

This summer, I am all about embracing the warmer weather and wearing cuter clothes! That may mean showing a bit more skin, so I want to make sure my legs are smooth, and scar-free! I often forget to put triple antibiotic cream on a scrape or cut until it’s too late, and I get a scar. I am not sure if certain people scar more so than others, but I feel like every little scrape turns into a scar.

I have been a long-time fan of Mederma and their line of amazing scar-care products. A while back, I used it to improve the appearance of a scar on my face – front and center on my forehead, and now there is barely anything to be seen thanks to Mederma. My dermatologist actually recommended it, and I used it every day until I couldn’t see the scar anymore..

When I had the chance to collaborate with Mederma, to share this amazing Quick-Dry Oil, I was so excited! To be able to get familiar with one of their other products had been a very successful journey – I am SO pleased with the results! For the past couple of weeks, I have been using the Mederma Quick Dry Oil 2-3 times a day and this scar on my ankle (which I got while hiking and forgot to treat initially), and my scar has drastically improved!

No one should have to be self-conscious of a small scar, and Mederma is a great option!

Glowing Skin with Mederma

I know a lot of us also suffer from stretch marks and other little imperfections, and luckily, Mederma’s Quick Dry Oil helps with all of that! It takes very little Mederma Quick Dry Oil to  improvea small scar, and would not take much more to cover an area that contains stretch marks. The product is also great for dry skin, and even after I have just shaved my legs, and apply the oil, it is nice and light, and keeps my legs from being dry all day! I just love it, because although it’s very humid here in southern Illinois, it’s a dry oil, so it’s not adding anything to that “lovely” sticky humid feeling, like lotion does sometimes.

Mederma Quick Dry Oil

Another fun way I love to enjoy summer is get together with friends over some sweet treats and good conversation. I tend to decorate with sunflowers in late summer, and these cupcakes were absolutely delicious!

Mederma’s Quick Dry Oil contains sunflower oil and smells absolutely amazing – so light and fresh! Apply it with a cotton ball or even rub the oil into your skin with your fingertips – it dries in a few seconds, and your skin really benefits from it.

Mederma Quick Dry Oil

Mederma offers this amazing product at a variety of retailers, nationwide! It’s “the only oil that combines Cepalin wish nourishing botanicals in a fast-absorbing, paraben-free formula.” The Proprietary Cepalin helps to improve overall appearance scars and stretch marks while the sunflower and coconut oils help the product absorb faster.

Mederma Quick Dry Oil
Mederma Quick Dry Oil

Rose hip oil, a natural skin brightener, helps maintain the true beauty of your glowing skin. Sweet almond oil helps nourish and moisturize, as well as Chamomile and ginger extract which helps to reduce redness and blotchiness.

What are some of your favorite ways to keep your skin feeling and looking great each summer? Does this Mederma Quick Dry Oil sound like a product that you could benefit from? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below. SO happy with the results! I am extremely happy to have this wonderful product to incorporate into my skincare regimen now.

Mederma Quick Dry Oil

Pasta Carbonara With Chicken Recipe

My friend Becky is one of the best cooks I know. She loves making big meals for her friends and guests, and she recently made us a delicious Pasta Carbonara with Chicken and I had the pleasure of eating it and also documenting the steps so I could share it with you today!

Pasta Carbonara With Chicken Recipe
RECIPE

12 ounces, weight Pasta, Any Variety

8 pieces Thick Cut Bacon (diced Small)

1/2 whole Medium Onion, Diced Small

2 cloves Garlic, Minced

3 whole Eggs

3/4 cups Finely Grated Parmesan

3/4 cups Heavy Cream

Salt & Plenty Of Black Pepper

1/2 cup Peas

INSTRUCTIONS

1.) Cook pasta according to package directions. 

2.) While the pasta is cooking, fry the bacon until just barely crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Pour off all of the bacon grease, but don't clean the pan. Return the pan to the stove over medium-low heat and throw in the onions and garlic. Cook until golden brown. Set aside. 

3.) In a bowl, mix together eggs, Parmesan, cream, and salt and pepper until smooth. 

4.) When the pasta is done, reserve a cup or two of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and place it in a bowl. While the pasta is still really hot, slowly drizzle in the egg mixture, stirring the pasta the whole time. The sauce will become thick and should coat the pasta. Splash in a little hot pasta water if needed for consistency.

5.) Halfway through, add the peas, bacon, and sautéed onion/garlic. Finish adding the sauce, stirring until it's all combined. 

6.) Serve immediately with extra Parmesan. Delish!

Bacon, please!

Vegetarian Pizza Pinwheels Recipe

This post was sponsored by RAGÚ, and all content and opinions are my own.

Some of my all-time favorite memories throughout seem to revolve around food and making meals with those I love. Sometimes, I will smile as I think back at the delicious homemade spaghetti and meatballs my grandmother made. Other times, I will think back to those meals my mom prepared for us each night, and insisted on us eating together as a family.

More recently, my “good food memories” would be related to my own exploration into making food look beautiful and taste equally as beautiful for a group of our closest friends. I also love adding a few special touches to meals that impress guests, like these Pizza Pinwheels I created in this post.

Luckily, home cooked food has been a huge part of my life ever since I can remember, and when I learned that RAGÚ is celebrating their 80th anniversary, and wanted me to personally create and share a recipe featuring their sauces, I was instantly nostalgic for my Italian heritage (from my grandfather and father’s side), and also at the same time, excited about future recipes I will create, inspired by their culture.

A great pasta sauce starts with great ingredients. RAGÚ Homestyle sauces are made from a bold combination of vine-ripened tomatoes, onions and fragrant herbs and spices such as basil, oregano, fennel and ground black pepper, the ingredients are peeled, chopped and simmered to perfection.

 

I browsed the RAGÚ site extensively, in order to gain a bit more insight about their long-standing brand name, and I also loved seeing all of the rave reviews people give their products. On their site, I found this incredibly stunning yet relatively easy-to-recreate recipe, and I am so excited to share it with you today.

This fun recipe can be customized to suit just about any of your favorite pizza flavors, from just plain cheese, to piled high with veggies (like I’ve shown in this post), to meat-lovers and beyond!

All you need is a few simple ingredients! Makes 8 pinwheels.

1 Jar of your favorite RAGU Homestyle pasta sauce (I used the Thick & Hearty Four Cheese)

2 cans of refrigerated pizza dough (in the tubes)

1-2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Toppings such as thinly sliced red onion, chopped green peppers, pepperoni, etc.

Other Materials:

Foil To Cover Baking Sheet (optional)

Oven or Toaster Oven

Knife to cut dough

Floured work surface like a cutting board

1.) On a floured work surface, lay/roll out one tube of pizza dough.

2.) Cut in 4 squares, and cut about 1 inch into each corner – do not cut all the way to the center.

3.) Put a dollop of RAGU Homestyle Pasta sauce in the center of the dough squares and top with your favorite toppings. I added quite a few toppings, and it baked extremely well.

RAGÚ’s Homestyle sauce is summered in tradition, because RAGÚ believes a great sauce starts with great ingredients.

4.) Begin to fold the pinwheel. Take one corner and fold to the enter, repeat each corner and press relatively firmly on the center, and pinch the dough together if need be.

5.) Bake in a 350 degree F° oven for 15-20 minutes. Make sure not to burn the ends of the pinwheels, and feel free to cover the pinwheels with foil for the last few minutes of baking, and always ensure the middle is fully cooked.

6.) Serve with a small dish of extra RAGÚ Homestyle sauce. I had SO much fun dipping the pinwheels into the sauce – WAY better than anything I’ve had at a restaurant! Enjoy!

Also, three lucky readers will win this adorable, reusable tote bag plus two sauces of their choice! Three winners will receive the prize, and can then hopefully use this post as inspiration for their next recipe!

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Delicious Vegetarian Pizza Pinwheels

Fall Tailgating With Coleman


Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by Coleman but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #TailgateWithColeman

Gearing up for some Fall Tailgating with Coleman! I am excited to head to Walmart tomorrow to grab all the necessary items. I am going to give this tailgating post a more upscale experience by thrift shopping in the adorable town of Bozeman, Montana for lots of soft textiles, cute plates, dishes, and fresh foods to enjoy during the day. I will also head to Walmart to grab some tailgating essentials from Coleman, like this 25-piece set of red Enamelware Plates, mugs, and flatware. I have had my eye on it for a while now. I would also love to find the perfect cooler, so I can transport food and drinks to the tailgate, as well as a portable stove or grill, to make the best food imagineable! Hmmm....what recipes shall I make? We will see soon :)

Shop the entire collection here. 

Fall Tailgating with Coleman

Thank you so much for helping me prep for the best Fall Tailgate experience ever! Cannot wait to share everything with you soon. 

Easy Delicious Nutritious Weekly Meal Planning (Breakfast Edition)

This post has been sponsored by Dannon. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Looking for a way to treat yo’ self with a quick and delicious breakfast or snack idea? Looking for a way to spend less time making breakfast throughout the week but would never want to compromise on taste and quality? I am so excited to share a delicious meal planning style recipe with you today, that you’re truly going to love! Busy families, students, and anyone who is trying to eat healthier will truly benefit from this recipe.

Dannon Single Serve yogurts are an amazing way to start the day. If you are looking for a way to save time by incorporating meal prepping into your week, here is a wonderful way to do so.

INGREDIENTS:

Per serving: 1 Dannon® Single Serve Greek Yogurt in varieties like Oikos® Triple Zero, Oikos® Nonfat and also Light & Fit® Greek. I could NOT believe how many flavor varieties they had available. I found that the coconut, vanilla, banana, and even the caramel flavors were all divine and the flavors blended perfectly with the other parfait ingredients. Also, you will need several plastic containers with lids. Also feel free to include peanut butter and honey in their own containers, ready to grab on the go!

I was luckily able to find all of my ingredients at Walmart. Check the dairy aisle for the yogurt, the cereal aisle for your favorite flavor of granola, and of course, as much fresh produce as possible.

This makes the perfect breakfast or snack on the go. Being able to eat healthy while you’re busy is extremely important to keep energy up. Unhealthy options are truly no match for this delicious recipe!

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.) The night before your work weeks begins, I recommend prepping everything.

2.) Get your fruit toppings ready! Lay out your plastic lidded containers, and in different ones, add blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

3.) Also, add flavored granola to the other side of each container.

4.) Put the lids onto the containers, and store in your fridge next to a selection of Dannon Single Serve yogurts.

5.) I recommend trying to eat the raspberries first, then strawberries, then blueberries because they last the longest. Raspberries have a very short shelf life, so eating them first helps.

This gourmet style breakfast or snack rivals something that can be grabbed at a drive through. Fresh fruits and whole grains are so delicious!

The best part is really once you begin to create your parfait! Find your perfect balance of ingredients by adding just a little bit at a time. You can always add more as you go. I found that when I added way too much granola, the parfait was not as easy to enjoy. But, a ton of fruit on top and mixed in was a winner. I really hope you enjoy this recipe. Feel free to leave a comment below if you wind up trying this out.

The Best Way To Stay Cool This Summer! Summer Fun With Dr Pepper

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine. #PickYourPepper #Walmart

Summer is definitely here, friends! I’m trying to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible before it gets too dreadfully hot and humid here in southern Illinois. Luckily, there are lots of great picnicking areas and lakes available to us here in and around the Shawnee National Forest so we recently headed out to cool down!

I brought the sweetest summer essentials with me too – cold drinks, SPF, and my new 90s-inspired inflatable float :)

Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper

There’s nothing like floating in the lake or river while enjoying a cold drink and some fresh air. I always love to bring a big, floppy hat to protect my face and shoulders from excessive sun. Plus my ever-important sunscreen and my favorite shades - that’s about all I ever need to have a good time.

Dr Pepper sent me this float as part of their new Pick Your Pepper campaign with packaging that was made by millennials, for millennials, that I picked up at Walmart. It’s so unique and I was pleasantly surprised at how big the float was once inflated – it held me afloat in the water just fine! It was a little taller than me, so I could lay back and just float. I am excited to use this all summer and next year!

To claim your very own Dr Pepper Shaped Pool Float, or one of their other cute prizes, get the details below.

When you buy any Dr Pepper 6/15-8/15 this summer at Walmart, you can upload your receipt here to get the prize featured in my blog and/or other prizes like:

Spend $5, get a unicorn beverage holder inflatable

Spend $10, get a Walmart e--Gift Card worth $5

Spend $20, get a 6-pack can/bottle holder with ice pack

Spend $40, get a Dr Pepper bottle shaped pool float

Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper
Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper
Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper
Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper

I wound up getting almost everything for our day at the lake at my local Walmart! They have lots of cute summer items left, and some are even going on sale – get everything now before it’s gone.

I found everything from this tie dyed beach towel, which I absolutely LOVE, to my Dr Pepper, snacks, bowls to put the snacks into, summer-themed plastic cups, colorful straws, a cute sun hat, flip flops, and my new favorite summer clutch!!  

Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper

What are some of your favorite locations to visit during the summer to enjoy the outdoors? Do you tend to stay local, or do you like to drive a few hours to enjoy something even better? Leave a comment below and let me know – we are always on the lookout for travel suggestions!

Also, what are your favorite picnic day snacks to enjoy outside? I went for classic options, and everything paired well together. An ice cold drink always helps the temp cool from inside and out!

Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper

This day, we got the most perfect weather ever! A little on the warm side, but the slight, cool breeze really helped keep things feeling great – and luckily kept mosquitoes at bay! It had actually rained earlier in the day, but the clouds cleared just enough to allow us to enjoy the sunset (the best thing in the world to me!). The water was so calm this day.

Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper
Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper

Now, let’s talk lakeside fashion! I loved this Made You Look Sun Hat from Walmart! Each one of our local stores seems to have a bit of a different selection, so I tried to browse them all for the cutest summer accessories. I also found this pair of mint, crochet-like coverup shorts, near the selection of bathing suits. I also just HAD to grab these donut printed flip flops – after all, it’s summer, right now I’m saying, “I Donut Give A Care” to so many of life’s worries. This great weather is really doing me some good!!!

Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper
Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper
Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper
Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper

This "Made You Look" hat is so fun!

Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper
Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper
Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper

In order to offer chilled refreshments on a hot day, I bring a small bag of ice in my cooler, and simply set the drinks into a metal tray. I then dump ice into the tin. The cans chill in about 20 or so minutes, and it’s such a cute presentation! Speaking of presentation, I do love a cute food table display, so I brought out some cute items to the lake with us. I used three tins (one for drinks, one for chips, and one for cookies), two fish-shaped bowls for candies, a wooden box to elevate the drinks, and of course plates and napkins. No utensils were required

Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper

Love the three colored tassels on the clutch bag! How adorable for summer!!

Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper
Enjoy The Summer! #PickYourPepper

Taking a few extra minutes to set up a cute refreshment table really makes a day at the lake even better!

Invite your friends and family out this summer, and connect with them! Create meaningful memories during your summer celebrations that will be cherished forever!

Vegan Strawberry, Peach, Spinach Smoothie Recipe

I found a great way to easily incorporate spinach into smoothies! It add a teeny tiny bit of extra texture to the smoothie, but does not alter the taste at all! 

Have you ever used frozen spinach before? While I would of course prefer to use fresh spinach every time, if you're simply using it in your smoothies, then frozen is a great option. I believe the frozen spinach in the bags is already steamed, and is so incredibly convenient to add a small bit into your smoothies! I love adding all of those awesome nutrients from the spinach!

Vegan Smoothie Recipe

I've been trying to reduce my meat and dairy intake lately, and up until now, my smoothie recipes would always include yogurt. It's of course 100% fine to add yogurt, this smoothie is amazing on its own, and does not even need it! 

recipe

1 Cup Frozen Strawberries

1 Cup Frozen Peaches

1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapples

1/2 Cup Frozen Spinach

1 1/2 Cups Nut Milk (I like combo of Macadamia Milk, Coconut Milk, and Hemp Milk)

1/2 C Pineapple Coconut Juice or Similar

1-2 Tbsp Agave Nectar

1/2 Cup Water

Vegan Smoothie Recipe
instructions

1.) In a blender that can handle frozen ingredients well, add your frozen ingredients, and then your liquid ingredients. 

2.) Blend on Smoothie Mode or Frozen Drink Mode for two rounds, Taste to make sure you're happy with the flavor.

3.) Serve in a cute glass, adorn with flowers and herbs from your garden, and a cute wooden spoon. Enjoy!

How To Add A Recipe Card To Squarespace Blog Posts

Are you a food blogger who is currently looking to add a Recipe Card into your blog posts? I've done lots of research and after finding only WordPress plugins and widgets, I have finally found a Squarespace-friendly way to incorporate printable, Pinterest-friendly recipe and instructions to your posts! This means your recipes will finally show the ingredients and instructions into a Rich Pin on Pinterest. 

This amazing Bread Pudding recipe can be found here!

SO excited to have finally found a way to create a Recipe Card that is optimized for Squarespace! I have been searching for months to find some way to code in a recipe card of my own, or even use a plugin. Every single one I've seen is for Wordpress, and I love Squarespace so much that I didn't want to have to switch over. I love the sleek design of my Squarespace template, and while a large portion of food bloggers do use Wordpress, I knew there was some way to stick with it! I am thrilled to share the Recipe Whiz! 

The Recipe Whiz is a no-frills form that you input your title, description, yield, prep and cook times, ingredients, and instructions! You are also able to put the Image link to one image of the food too. YAY! 

I originally found out about Recipe Whiz here, on the My Life As A Mummy blog, where she explained how it was perfect for Blogger Blogs, which it definitely is!

I would also recommend simply testing this out on one of your already-created recipe posts, since the info is already there for you, to copy and paste into the Recipe Card!

YOUR BLOG POSTS WILL FINALLY CONTAIN A PRINTABLE RECIPE CARD! (SEE BELOW)

How To Add A Recipe Card To Squarespace Blog Posts

YOUR POSTS LOOK GREAT ON PINTEREST - THEY FINALLY APPEAR AS A RICH PINS! (SEE BELOW)

instructions

1.) INPUT YOUR RECIPE INFORMATION

When you first visit The Recipe Whiz, the form below will be blank. Simply fill in the details of your recipe below, such as recipe title, cook and prep time, ingredients, and instructions.

At the very bottom of the form below, you will notice a box that says image. To get the direct image link, right click on any photo on your blog and select, Open Image In New Tab. It will open a new tab, and copy and paste that window's website address into this box.

After that, click "Get Microdata" and it will create some code for your Recipe Card.

Add A Recipe Card To Squarespace!

ADD THE RECIPE CARD CODE TO YOUR BLOG POST

Grab that "Microdata" Coding in its entirety, and in a new or existing blog post, choose Add Code. Simply add this to a coding box on your squarespace post. Save and Publish, and you're done! In addition to the recipe card, I would still include all of this information in plain text, as well as lots of beautiful images. But, this definitely opens up a whole new world for use food and lifestyle bloggers who love using Squarespace! 

If you have any questions at all, please comment below and I'll get right back to you! Thank you SO much for reading through this tutorial, and feel free to drop a link to your blog posts that utilize this Recipe Card, below.

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