Try these one bite no bake peaches and cream pies for all of your summer entertaining needs!
It’s by no means sweltering in the great PNW, but I still am actively trying to avoid my oven. Somedays sure, you can’t help it – but this is one of those recipes that helps you avoid the oven and still have PIE! I see that as the most glorious win, Ever!
Does anyone else see the word mini on baked good and think that today is the day they will finally be able to exercise some self control? Oh good, you too? And then after the first bite you end up making a lap around your house, from one room to another and back into the kitchen again convinced that it burned off 75 calories, so you can go in an have another one bite confection because, well duh – you earned it?
No, that never happens to me either…. Lies. I’m the queen off One-Bite Dysmorphia. But with these one bite no bake peach and cream pies I got over that pretty quick. And then had another. There are no heros here.
Individual White Chocolate Blueberry Mini Cheesecakes are perfect two bite treats that are perfect for summer or parties!
A whole weekend alone with me and Huck hasn’t happened in a long time. Nearly a year – since Ben and I got married and he was away working for the first three weeks of our marriage. Yesh, that was really sucky and thankfully a long time ago. But when the boys, or man, husband, guy is away Mom and Pupper will play. Or more accurately he will take up ⅔ of the bed, diligently wait on me to drop any minuscule amount of crumbs – like of these mini cheesecakes – so he can leap into the kitchen and hoover them up – he is my own personal furry Swiffer – and he will SIT ON ME when I am trying to relax my back, and am laying prone on the floor.
Yeah, I said SIT ON ME. #dogsarejerks
So guess what I did last week – Signed up for my first 5k! Finally.
Check out below for all of my August Stitch Fix Kick It’s and Keep It’s for this month! This is not a sponsored post – just filling you in on my latest fashion finds!
Okay, so here’s the deal. I hate malls. They drive me crazy and cause me physical discomfort. I sweat and can’t regulate my body temperature when I go to a mall. I’m not a fashionista, and I’d rather ride on a roller coaster until I throw up than go jeans shopping.
*Fact* half of the jeans I own are from Costco. No need to try them on, just grab them from the pile and walk off with them and to nab the carton of 36 eggs and 3 year supply of garbage bags I went in there for originally.
Because I hate malls and shopping that much – I signed up for StitchFix. Have you heard about it? Have you tried it? Well, if you are like me – this is totally your new more-fashionable-shopping-loving-friend.
Here are the pieces that I got in my StitchFix set up!
Daniel Rainn Pleated Front Blouse:: Keep It
Love this. I have a shirt in a similar cut, and I love how light and airy it is. Sadly, I wore it yesterday and it has a small run in the fabric already. This is why I can’t have nice things!
Cardigan :: Kick It
I have fifty three other cardigans. Ben is going to stage an intervention. It went bye-bye. Cute, just not worth it.
Striped T-shirt :: Kick It
I pump das irons. *Said in my best Arnold voice* and this – as cute and Sailor Megan as it is – was not going to fit over my arms. They were going numb by the time I took it off. Also, it’s really sheer! Adorable, but no.
Neutral Color Block Linen Shift :: Kick It
aka Megan is Heartbroken. Linen and my big butt don’t mix. There was no stretch to this dress, so it was an incredibly tight fit over my bum standing, let alone going a day sitting at work or at happy hour. I sent it off with a 80′s power love ballad and a glistening tear.
Aqua and Gold Square Chunk Necklace :: Keep It
Yup, it’s staying. I don’t wear necklaces all that often – but look at it. It stays and I will find a reason to wear it.
There you have it! So for $20 for each fix, I had someone else do the hard work. My $20 styling fee money went towards the two items I decided to keep (and helped keep costs down a little bit), and I shipped the rest off back to StitchFix-Land with the pre-paid return bag. It was so easy – I can’t wait to see next month’s fix. Shhh, don’t tell Ben.
If you’re interested in learning more about StitchFix and getting Fix’d yourself, click the button below and sign up.
*This post was NOT sponsored by StitchFix, but it does contain affiliate links. I just love this service and got some really cute stuff. Over and out.*
Thank you to NatureRaised Foods for sponsoring this article. Learn how NatureRaised Foods is “Doing What’s Right, Right from the Start® in your area.
When was the last time that you thought about where your meat came from? I know, it sounds like such a silly question. But what would your answer be? Well, obviously it came from the store. What about before that? Or have you not given it much thought either? It’s hard to think about a question like that when now a days we are so busy in our every day lives to barely be able to think about who is getting booted out of the next Bachelorette episode! So take a few minutes with me and let’s talk some chicken.
I’m guilty of it – yanking a bag of frozen chicken out of the grocer’s case not paying attention to how it was raised, if it was done humanely, or if it is laden with hormones and artificial things you can’t pronounce. But I’m so pleased that I don’t have to think twice when I seeNatureRaised Farms® in my butcher’s case.
NatureRaised Farms® works exclusively with independent family famers who strive to produce only all natural fresh chicken. Raised cage-free these birds get move about, living out their lives on their own two feet, stretching their wings. The farmers who raise these birds follow strict USDA protocols and are even certified under the Global Animal Partnership and American Humane Association, raised without antibiotics, no added hormones or steroids.
And if you worry about putting artificial ingredients into your own body, you can rest assured that nothing artificial goes into these chicken’s bodies either. Fed a 100% vegetarian diet, with no animal, protein or bakery by-products (which might contain eggs), these chickens are brought up eating what chickens are meant to eat – vegetables, grains.
It really takes the guess work out of your week night meal when you don’t have to dive deep into your moral compass to decided which chicken to have for dinner tonight. Our lives are too busy, so keep it simple on yourself – choose chickens raised in the best conditions. NatureRaised® Farms brand chickens are raised in open air barns with perches to climb on and elements that ensure they are interactive and comfortable. A happy chicken is a tasty chicken.
Perfect for chocolate fiends – these triple chocolate chun brownie cookies are more brownie than cookie!
These might need to be renamed Identy Crisis cookies, because they really can’t make up their mind on if they’re more cookie or more brownie. Sure they look like a cookie on the outside – but inside these are way to divine for words – melty, and sooooo ooeey gooey and squishy and they just melt. It’s divine, rediculous, sinful and stupid all at once. I kid you not!
And sometimes when you have something soooo good on your hands – there is no way you can take the time to take nice photos of it. This is Exhibit A. No fancy, fun or festive table cloths, no milk jars, not action shots of me dunking this cookie into said milk jar – which I’m pretty sure if you did would cause this cookie to melt into the milk – which wouldn’t be a bad thing because it’s like a one step cookies and cream milk shake – but there is just NO WAY I was going to take the time to set a scene, make it purdy, shoot it and then not devour five of them in 23 seconds flat.
A simple breakfast sandwich that is better than anything from your local fast food joint. Try a chorizo and egg breakfast sandwich to start your day.
Today’s theme is Rebel. As in, Megan is such a rebel. (Not)
I always joke about Ben being a creature of habit – but truth it, I’m just as bad as he is. Our breakfast routine on the weekends is almost always the same – a bacon and egg breakfast sammich. Maybe pancakes if we’re feeling crazy… I know, such rebels. Right? During the week he’s a cold cereal kinda guy. Boorrinngg! I can’t bring myself to do it. Some mix and combination of honey nut Cheerio and Fiber cereal just doesn’t do it for me. But for someone that thinks they’re not a creature of habit, like I say that I’m not, I totally am. Because if I’m not a cold cereal kinda person during the week like Ben is, I know that as soon as the weekend comes around I’m gonna be having my bacon and egg breakfast sammie. I crave it. It’s like The Sign of my weekend. And it’s gonna be yours soon, too.
I don’t think there is a single one of us that is unfamiliar with the Surprise House Guests who drop by and leave you in a quiet panic with no planned appetizers, meals or treats to serve. Talk about a scramble. So between getting out of my yoga pants and into something presentable and putting something out to snack on – it’s time to hit up the pantry and scrounge up whatever I can in a jiffy. Cracker Barrel Cheesemakes it easy with their quality cheese, perfect for entertaining in a snap. On hand and quick to grab out of the fridge I snapped up some Mediterranean Herb and Aged White Reserve cheddars.
And even if you’re not entertaining and just want a lunch in a hurry, slicing up some cheeses and fresh colorful veggies along side some quality meats and you can have a faux-charueterie plate done in a hurry! Fancy doesn’t have to take forever, and quality cheeses don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
I set out to find the perfect faux-chareuterie plate from everything I had already stocked in my own pantry – and it’s amazing what I found. With a few different blocks of Cracker Barrel Cheesesliced up, I brought out a few slices of my favorite deli meats – pepper turkey, sun dried tomato turkey, Virginia Ham and Homestyle sliced turkey. Folded or rolled up they makes a nice presentation.
Nuts also make a nice presentation and accentuate the nutty and earthy notes in the cheeses. I always have a stock of pistachios, almonds and pine nuts on hand, just in case I get a craving. Pistachios are my favorite with sharp cheddar and pepper turkey.
In the back of my pantry I even found a baggie of trail mix I was meaning to take to work. I live of trail mix at work. It’s nice having a handy snack around – and it makes for an even handier cheese plate presentation in a pinch. Dried apricots, bananas, apples with pineapple made it fun and gave the plate a little tropical flair.
Cracker Barrel makes for easy entertaining, and it’s easy to find in your grocer’s dairy case. You don’t have to break the bank when you buy it either. Cheese with heritage, history and quality doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg and you know you will always find consistent quality when you pick up a few bricks for yourself. Even if you’re not entertaining – pack up some of these staples and a bottle of wine and take your hunny out on a picnic this summer. Berries are on the vine right now – especially blueberries and blackberries. So set out a blanket, pick a few berries and see what fun new fresh pairings you can add to your picnic!
What do you do with two three pound tubs of cream cheese? No, really? What? Cause, I’m hyper focused on cheesecakes. Yes, I really do have that much cream cheese in my fridge. Costco and I are totally besties for life. But there is a reason behind it, I swear it’s legit. I’m not using it for a face mask or unseemly. I have been in wedding cake mode this summer, and somehow both brides nabbed cream cheese frosting as their keystone frosting choice. It’s summer – cream cheese frosting has not been my friend. But you wanna know what I have just found is my friend? These individual Oreo No Bake Cheesecake!!
The only problem with this is that I didn’t have a batch of Oreos to go with it. Ohhhh durn, had to go stock up. After five minutes straight staring at the cookie aisle – have you seen the different Oreos they’re out with now? I mean Coconut Fudge, come to mama. Peppermint, hello! Cake Batter in chocolate and vanilla cookie each almost fell into my basket and Peanut Butter and me are totally home skillets. Yes, I do infact subscribe to the Pre-teen Lindsay Lohan Parent Trap Oreo Trick of dipping my Oreos in peanut butter. Or Nutella. But ya know, whatever. Don’t be a hero and do it.
This is going to be known as the Week of the Cookbook Giveaway. I hope you don’t mind. I figured. This is a cookbook special to me because a fantastic blogging friend of mine put all her heart, the entire southern hemisphere’s worth of sugar and lots of sparkles and sprinkles into this beauty. And she wants to give one to you, too! Courtney of Pizzazzerie has whipped up this beautiful, sugary and sprinkled confection of a book to help you with all of your celebrating needs.
Courtney is a wiz a entertaining, all manners of celebrating and fun. I can’t get over how lovely and whimsical her creations are, and her decorating skills are top notch – simple, accesible and so dreamy!!
I’ve known Courtney for a while and we became real buds over our mutual love of sugar, frosting and our puppies. Her Henry is so regal and dapper with the prettiest ears ever. Mine loves cheese. They’d like totally be friends, too. Courtney’s a gem though and through with an light bright smile and a huge heart.
This book just overflows with adorable and creative frostings ideas and covers all of the basics you have to know in creating great frostings. From basic butter creams, to cooked frostings and fun glazes and ganaches this book is over brimming with fun. I wanted to share with you her recipe for Bananas Foster Frosting because well, it’s one of my favorite combos like ever. Banana and rum? I mean please girl. It’s where its at. This can of course be made with rum extract instead of the real deal for those who choose not to partake in the booze version, but either way it’s good. And with a whole banana in there – it’s considered a fruit right? I wish!!
To enter to win a copy of Courtney’s Frostings book check out the details below. If you don’t want to wait and would rather tell Lady Luck to stick it, get your mitts on a copy of Frostings now right here.
*Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of RecipeGirl’s new cookbook here, too!*
Leave a comment telling me what your favorite frosting is!
Don’t let your fresh summer berries go to waste! Learn how to freeze berries for later use using a few quick and simple tips.
I love summer season – and I’m one step away from being the kid with berry stains all over her face. Like a old broad with blue hair and bad lipstick. I can’t keep it up, it’s getting uncomfortable in my jeans here. And there is only so much a girl can down before you gotta do something with it. You know who else loves berries? Huck. He is named after a berry after all. And he loves blueberries. And cheese. And carbs, but that’s neither here nor there.
Sunday, my dad and bonus mom made a stop by the house after a morning full of berry picking to drop off some of their haul and Huck was more than eager to share in the spoils, bouncing into Bonus Mom’s face, and knocking a couple cups of berries onto the ground and into his face. Mission accomplished. But what had I done on Saturday? Just gone and bought a three pound clam shell of blueberries at the store for a price I couldn’t pass up. So now I have four pounds of berries and there ain’t no way my jeans can deal with the remnants of my Sunday burger slathered in sauce and topped with hash browns and a half vanilla shake and healthy, antioxidant filled berries to the top of it. Food logic fail.
After all those berries and burger in my belly, I’m not the only one writhing on the floor whale-esque – Huck is, too- but letting them go to waste is clearly not an option. So I gave the rest of the berries the big chill until I clear up my schedule to make some cobbler, crisps, smoothies, jams, syrups, pancakes, waffles, muffins, cupcakes, cakes, mocktails, cocktails, sorbets, ice creams, sorbet-linis, and well… uhhh eat them frozen. Cause I’m not above it.
This is probably the most simple how-to yet, and I’m okay with that. I have some whale-esque writhing to get back to with Huck. He’s a champ at berry overeating. I’m catching up.
Step One through Three: Wash, dry and pick out all sticks, twigs, and sad looking berries out. Chuck ‘em.
Step Four: Lay the berries out single layer onto a rimmed cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours, or until frozen.
Here’s the story – As berries freeze, the cell walls will break down and if you just chuck them into a bag and then freeze them, they will lump together into a massive wad of frozen fruit ball and they’re ugly! Who wants a berry wad? No one, that’s who! This technique works great on all berries, from raspberries and blackberries, to blueberries and huckleberries.
Step Five: Once the berries are frozen, pour them into a ziploc bag or a click and seal plastic container.
Step Six : Make a smoothie, or a sorbet, or feed them to positively perfect, sappy eyed, allergy riddled, hungry, berry loving puppy. You’re a sucker and you know it.
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