By Tori Linville 

Red, white and blue. "The Star-Spangled Banner." It wasn’t said, but you probably thought of the national holiday that is unlike any other of its kind. Millions of Americans celebrate the nations independence with barbeques, fireworks and more. Everyone knows the key to keeping a party going in the summer heat requires hydration. With the help of Pinterest, we’ve picked out some July 4 drinks that scream America while keeping the thirst quenched. 

Our pets are a huge part of our families, so while we're all enjoying all the fun the summer has to offer, why not make a special treat just for them? These doggy PUPsicles are just the thing to get tails wagging. And the best part? There are only a few simple ingredients, and the prep time is minimal.

Happy Summer, Fido!

 

Fido's PUPsicles 

 

Serving:  

16 for small pups 

6-8 for large pups 

 

Ingredients:  

 

  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 1 cup plain yogurt 
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter 
  • Dash of honey 
  • 1 cup water
  • 16 dog bones 

 

Directions: 

 

Blend all ingredients into an electric blender until the texture is consistent.  Pour into ice cube trays and place a dog bone in the middle as a handle.   

 

Freeze overnight.   

 

 

Yes, Independence Day is a day to celebrate our nation's independence, and we tend to do this in big ways. Fireworks shows, huge gatherings in parks for cook-outs - or even just a backyard Fourth of July party in our own homes. Whatever you're doing this 4th, here's a burger recipe that is simple, quick and absolutely delicious! Enjoy, and have a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday.

Independence Day Barbecue Burgers 

Serves:  4

Ingredients

·      2 pounds ground beef

·      Dash salt and black pepper

·      4 slices bacon

·      1 onion, cut into 1/4 –inch thick rings

·      4 hamburger buns

·      4 slices cheddar cheese

·      ½ cup barbecue sauce of choice 

Directions

Create 4 evenly shaped burger patties.  Light grill and set on high heat. 

Place burgers on grill and cook until well charred (about 2 minutes).  Flip patties and brush with BBQ sauce.  Then cook for another 2 minutes, occasionally brushing on sauce.

Brush bacon with BBQ sauce and place directly over hot grill, sauce side down. Brush top with BBQ sauce.  Cook until well charred (about 1 minute).  And repeat after flipping. 

Place onions on grill for 20 seconds, then flip and repeat. 

If you prefer the buns to be toasted, place them on the hot grill until browned.

Assemble burger. 


By Amy Poore

Well, guess what? Spring is almost here - though I'm sure after the recent wintry weather it's hard to believe it. But look at the calendar - see? It IS going to happen, and that means now is the time to start thinking about swimsuit season. That means, of course, that healthy recipes are in order.

It’s tough to keep up a healthy eating regimen, but it’s mucheasier if you have recipes that are also really, really good. Honestly, up until this past year, I haven’t found many recipes that were both healthy and delicious. But I did find a few, and I’m sharing one with you this month! This chopped kale salad is satisfying and nutritious.

Bon appétit!

 

Chopped Kale Salad

  • 6 cups of chopped kale (chopped into small bites)
  • ½ cup toasted almonds
  • ½ cup Craisins
  • 1½ cup cooked, whole grain quinoa
  • Dijon vinaigrette (recipe below)

Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 2 teaspoons prepared Dijon mustard (store bought is great)
  • 3 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad: In a large bowl, toss together the kale, almonds, Craisins and quinoa. Stir in dressing.

For the vinaigrette: Whisk together the mustard and the vinegar, slowly whisk in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve alone or with a protein of your choice.

Amy Poore is a new mom, a wife and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at www.pooreamy.com

Photo: Amy Poore

If you’re planning the perfect spring dinner at your house this year, I’ve got a recipe for you: the best ham ever. I’m serious, the orange slices and the Coke and the mustard just give this ham the most incredible flavor. You’ll be glad you made this one – and your guests will too.


By Amy Poore

Here's a dessert option that's sure to please, and best of all? It's easy. What spring gathering would be complete without carrot cake? This  super moist carrot pineapple cake is a new twist on an old favorite. It’s packed with flavor and yes, I use baby food to make it so moist (it absolutely works).

Bon appétit!

 

Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 jars (6 oz each) carrot baby food
  • 1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts

Frosting

  • 1 block cream cheese (8 oz.), softened
  • ½ butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 box (1 lb) confectioners’ sugar
  • Chopped walnuts (optional)

In a large bowl, stir to combine the dry ingredients.

Add the oil, eggs and baby food and mix on low speed with a hand mixer until well blended.

Stir in pineapple and nuts.

Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire racks to cool completely.

 

For frosting, in a bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla and confectioners' sugar until the mixture reaches spreading consistency.

Remove the cake from the pan, frost top and sides. Garnish with nuts if desired.

Store in the refrigerator.

 

Amy Poore is a new mom, a wife and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at www.pooreamy.com

Photo: Amy Poore


Spring has finally arrived, and it’s the perfect time of year to sit outside on the porch in the morning, enjoying a cup of coffee and one of these fabulous blueberry streusel muffins. Grab a few quiet moments of solitude and treat yourself – it’s worth it. This recipe is one you'll enjoy making for years to come.

Enjoy the spring, and bon appétit!

 

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour

Muffins

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen, thawed)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

For topping:

Mix sugars, flour and melted butter with fork until crumbly, set aside.

For muffins:

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.

In a mixer, use whisk attachment to mix sugar and eggs. Continue until completely mixed.

Slowly add in the butter and oil until combined. Followed by buttermilk and vanilla.

Remove bowl from mixer and fold in the flour mixture and blueberries. Do not over mix (it’s ok if it’s a little lumpy).

Fill a muffin tin lined with muffin cups (12 muffins) to the top.

Now, crumble the streusel topping on each muffin.

Bake for 17-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.

Cool muffins for about 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to continue to cool before serving.

Amy Poore is a new mom, a wife and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at www.pooreamy.com

 

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