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International Delight Iced Coffee

One good thing about the hot summers in Texas is that having to be outdoors is a great excuse to have a nice, refreshing iced coffee.

Here’s how you can make your very own frozen, frothy iced coffee at home.

International Delight Iced Coffee

1. Start by filling some ice cube trays with International Delight Iced Coffee. I chose Caramel Macchiato. Mmmmmm…

International Delight ice cubes

2. After checking the freezer 14 times, you’ll see that the cubes are finally frozen enough to put in a blender.

International Delight ice cream

3. Throw in a couple scoops of ice cream. What?! I like my coffee creamy, okay???

International Delight iced coffee

4. You’ll need to add some liquid or the blender will get very angry and start smelling like smoke. You won’t want that to happen, mostly because it will attract the kids, who will want to know what you are making and can they have some. No one needs that.

5. Whirrrrrrrrr.

International Delight iced coffee

6. Pour.

International Delight enjoying

7. Enjoy on the front porch swing!

International Delight tumbler

Would you like a tumbler like mine for your International Delight iced coffee? “Like” International Delight on Facebook and enter to win one! They are giving away 100 each week through August!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Flavored Popcorn

 

My kids absolutely love it when I make this homemade caramel corn, and it has become a requested snack at youth group events, too.

Whenever we have movie night, or I have to take a snack to an event, this is my old standby. Everyone in our family loves popcorn!

And really, when it comes down to it, popcorn is one of the cheapest nutritious snacks money can buy, especially if you don’t use the pre-bagged microwave popcorn, but instead pop your own.

We use one of these Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Poppers. The kids love to take turns helping to crank it.

That’s why, when I was poking around on the P&Geveryday site, and noticed the 10 flavored popcorn recipes,

Flavored Popcorn

I was all over it! Hello? Chili Lime Popcorn? Yes, please!

And then I saw this:

Homemade Popcorn Balls

Who doesn’t like homemade popcorn balls???

I think these would be perfect for a 4th of July picnic, and I love the clever way they are served in cupcake liners! (Speaking of 4th of July celebrations, have you seen this Firecracker Popcorn, using Pop Rocks? How clever is that?)

At the P&Geveryday site you will find lots of

  • Delicious recipes, beauty trends, and smart tips
  • New products to try out for yourself, family and home
  • Product ratings and reviews
  • Fresh ideas and inspiration
  • Coupons and samples from your trusted brands
  • And much more!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Simple Pudding Snack

*Thank you to Kozy Shack for sponsoring today’s post. My love for their delicious pudding is all my own!

Simple Pudding Snack

Is there anything that says summer more than popsicles? It’s a great way to beat the summer heat.

And do you know what is better than popsicles? How about CHOCOLATE PUDDING POPS!

I used Kozy Shack Chocolate pudding, made with real cocoa, real milk, no artificial preservatives, and it’s gluten free.

Easy pudding snack2

I simply spooned the pudding into these popsicle molds.

Kozy Shack pudding snack

Then, I covered them with plastic wrap (so the sticks would stay upright) and inserted craft sticks.

Kozy Shack Pudding Pops

These were a big hit at our house! Cool and creamy chocolate. The perfect summer time treat!

Free Kozy Shack

And now I would like to let one of you try Kozy Shack pudding FOR FREE, along with 2 ceramic mugs and spoons so you can share with a friend.

To enter to win:

  • visit the Kozy Shack page.
  • Click “where to buy” at the top right (in blue).
  • Enter your zip code to see if Kozy Shack pudding is available in your area.
  • Post the following on one of your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+) “Simple pudding is simply the best. Check out this post about simple pudding snacks with @KozyShack. http://wp.me/pMqqr-2tC #puddinglove
  • Come back here and leave a link to your post in the comments.
  • DONE!

On or before June 18, I will randomly select a winner to receive the 2 ceramic mugs and the free package of any Kozy Shack product, up to a $4.99 value.

Kozy Shack pudding

Be sure to “like” Kozy Shack on Facebook and Twitter to see how others enjoy their pudding.

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Oven Roasted Sliced Whole Potatoes Recipe

Sliced roasted potatoes

I have been seeing these sliced roasted whole potatoes around the internet for a while, and I decided to give them a whirl.

First, I need to make some disclaimers. As of late, it seems to be a “thing” for bloggers to get in a huff when they think something has been copied straight from their blog.

Now, I can understand being upset if someone takes my content, word for word, and claims it as their own. But I would have to think pretty highly of myself to imagine that I came up with a craft or recipe that has never been thought of in the history of ever.

For instance, when I posted this fun activity about making Sharpie tie dye t-shirts, I’m sure I saw the idea somewhere, and I’m sure someone saw what I posted and then tried it.

All that to say, I am not claiming to have invented these potatoes, or the idea of these potatoes, or the recipe for these potatoes, or the concept of cooking potatoes in an oven with electric heat. I am simply sharing what we had for dinner last night. I honestly don’t remember where I first saw these, and I am not intending to copy anyone.

Roasted sliced potatoes

First, I washed some baking potatoes and set them in a large serving spoon so the slices I made wouldn’t go all the way through. I just tried to make thin, uniform slices, but I didn’t worry about it being perfect.

Then, I threw them all in a big bowl and drizzled them with enough olive oil to coat each potato well. I didn’t measure. Does this surprise you? Do you even know me at all?

I threw in some salt, parsley flakes, and basil. Mainly because I wanted them to be tasty, and I thought green flakes would make them look like I knew what I was doing.

WHAT?! I am not a food blogger! Are you new here?

Roasted whole potatoes sliced

I made sure each potato was covered with my Magical Combination of Yummy by parting the slices and drizzling the mixture with a spoon.

I put the potatoes on a foil covered baking sheet and put them in a 425 oven for 50 minutes. (I usually bake my potatoes for an hour, so I figured since they were sliced it would take a little less time that that.)

They were done just right, and everyone love them! I think these roasted sliced whole potatoes will become a regular addition to our menu plan.

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Turkey and Swiss Pinwheels {RECIPE}

turkey and Swiss Pinwheels Recipe

My friend, Kelly, was describing the perfect finger food to take to a party, shower, or brunch, turkey and swiss pinwheels. She said this was always her moms “go to” party food and they were sure to be crowd pleasers.

They sounded so yummy, I decided to make up a batch to check them out for myself.

Turkey and Swiss Pinwheels Recipe

Turkey and Swiss Pinwheels ingredients

Turkey and swiss pinwheels dough2

Unroll the crescent rolls, and separate them into rectangles. (1 can of crescents will make 4 rectangles.)

Turkey and swiss pinwheels toppings

Spread the spicy brown mustard on the rectangles of dough, and top with thin sliced turkey and Alpine Lace Reduced Fat Swiss Cheese.

Turkey and swiss pinwheels cutting

Roll up each rectangle and cut slices.

Turkey and swiss pinwheels before baking

Lay the slices out. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect. The dough will puff and cover up any imperfections.

Bake at 350 for 12 – 15 minutes.

Turkey and swiss after baking

See? Y-U-M!

turkey and swiss pinwheel gooey

The were little pinwheels of deliciousness! Little bite-sized cheesy bits of heaven!

turkey and swiss pinwheels gobbled

They didn’t last long! Everyone loved these Turkey and Swiss Pinwheels!

What’s your favorite way to eat swiss cheese? Check the Alpine Lace site for some cheesy inspiration.

Thank you to Alpine Lace for sponsoring this post and helping me find a new easy cheesy recipe!

Alpine Lace Swiss

 

Here are my daily nutrition needs. What are yours? Go to the Alpine Lace website and make your own personalized nutrition label! After you do, share it on my Smockity Facebook page, and while you’re on Facebook, be sure to “like” the Alpine Lace Deli Cheese page and check it for recipes and snack ideas.

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Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

This sweet potato casserole recipe is a family favorite!

We have it for most holidays and the kids even request it fairly often for birthday dinners. Probably because it tastes more like dessert than a vegetable.

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

  • 4-6 sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 stick butter

1. Put all the sweet potatoes, unpeeled and whole, in a big stock pot of water. Boil until the biggest one can be pierced through with a fork.

2. Drain and slip the skins off the sweet potatoes. Put them in a large bowl.

Sweet Potato Casserole Ingredients

3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

4. Pour into 9×13 casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Topping

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1. Blend first 3 topping ingredients.

2. Add pecans.

3. Sprinkle on top of casserole just before baking.

4. Bake at 350 for 45 min – 1 hr. until middle is not jiggly.

Sweet Potato Casserole 2

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