Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Berry Jello Pops...

Frozen treats are what summer is all about!

I especially love making Popsicles for my girls. It doesn't matter how old a person is, I am telling you...  they will still enjoy frozen treats.

I use to have plastic Popsicle molds, but they cracked after only a few uses. Now I use the 3 oz. paper cups. I've found them to be the perfect serving size. They also look adorable!

Making your own Popsicles allows you to get creative with the ingredients... and I'm all about creativity in the kitchen.

It's the perfect opportunity for you to get in the kitchen with the kids this summer and execute an easy recipe!

What do ya know!?!

I've got the best pops for you to try...

Berry Jello Pops

  • 1 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries
  • 6 oz. Berry Yogurt (Any Mixed Berry or Berry of Your Choice)
  • 1- 1oz. Box of Sugar Free Fat Free Instant Vanilla Jello Pudding
  • 2 Cups Fat Free Milk
  • 10- 3 oz. Paper Dixie Cups
  • 10 Wooden Popsicle Sticks
Blend the frozen berries, yogurt, jello pudding mix, and milk in a blender until smooth. Quickly divide the blended mixture between the Dixie cups. 

Place in the freezer for 20 minutes, then insert the wooden sticks in the center. Allow to chill 2-3 hours or until frozen. 

Tear off the Dixie cup when ready to serve.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tortellini Salad...



It's almost here.

I love that we will have a break from school. I love that we get to go on vacation. I also love that summer means BBQ's, fun cold desserts, and fresh salads.

Who wants to have the oven going for each and every dinner during summer!?!

Not me, that's for sure!

I love fresh salads for dinner... they are easy and light. If we are out and about in the warm weather all day, I usually don't want to come home and stress over an elaborate dinner.

If you feel the same as me, this is the recipe for you...

Tortellini Salad

  • 1 9oz. Package of Cheese Tortellini
  • Fresh Spring Salad or Spinach Salad Mix
  • 12 Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced Lengthwise
  • Good Quality Balsamic Vinegar
  • Good Quality Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pinch of Fine Sea Salt
  • Pinch of Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese, Grated
Boil water and prepare the tortellini according to the package directions.

Drain the tortellini well. Place in a medium bowl with a few large handfuls of the salad and the tomatoes. Carefully splash the balsamic vinegar and oil over tortellini, salad, and tomatoes. Add the salt and pepper. Gently toss to coat, and adjust the flavors to taste. 

Divide between two bowls or plates. Grate fresh Parmesan on top, to taste. Serve with a baguette or garlic bread. 

This recipe can easily be doubled, even tripled, for a large family dinner or get-together! 


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