Apple Walnut M&M Blondies with Apple Cream Cheese Glaze

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Easy to make Apple Walnut M&M Blondies are perfect in the lunch box or as an after school snack.  Topped with a simple Apple Cream Cheese Glaze, these addictive treats will be a favorite all season long.   This morning, I woke up to a slight chill in the air.  And the sound of a school bus climbing up the hill in front of my house....it's out for a test run today.  School starts in just a few days which marks the unofficial end of summer, whether you like it or not.  The lazy … [Read more...]

No-Bake Trail Mix Cereal Bars

No-Bake Trail Mix Cereal Bars | The Suburban Soapbox #BTFE

A nutritious spin on cereal bars, No-Bake Trail Mix Cereal Bars are loaded with healthy ingredients but still have the sweet treat taste that kids love. Perfect for the lunch box and super simple to make. I can smell it…can you? The sweet smell of school busses rumbling down the road. Squeaking doors opening and closing….with the sweet sound of silence wafting through the air. The new school year is about to begin. It's happy and it's sad….summer's over but a new year is about to begin. … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Peach and Quinoa Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Chicken Peach and Quinoa Salad

Healthy, fresh and simple, Grilled Chicken Peach and Quinoa Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette is loaded with summer flavors.  Sweet peaches pair perfectly with grilled chicken and are topped with a zippy raspberry vinaigrette that's super easy to make in the blender. I know I keep talking about "fall is coming" and school busses barreling down the road but the fact is...summer isn't over yet.  Who's happy to hear that?  Actually, we have about a month left of summer and, to me, this is the … [Read more...]

The Very Best Caramel Sauce

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A little patience and lots of sugar, that's what the Very Best Caramel Sauce is made of. Sugar is melted down until it becomes a deep amber color then combined with butter, heavy cream and a hint of vanilla to create the ultimate treat topper on the planet. Who visited their local farm stand this weekend?  (Me...I'm raising my hand.) Did you notice what's happening there?  The transition has begun...that time of year when we straddle summer and fall with all the glorious bounty that … [Read more...]

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

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Smooth cold brew coffee is easier to make than you think. You can make cold brew coffee in a mason jar overnight for a refreshing caffeine boost the next day.  Less acidic, sweet and addicting....you'll be sipping this long into the cooler fall months.   I'm sure you all have heard the cry from one of your friends......"Must.Have.Cold.Brew."  I see it pretty frequently from a couple of my Facebook friends and I always see it featured on Instagram.  Those lucky dogs.  I say this … [Read more...]

How to Make Simple Syrup

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A key ingredient in many cocktails and coffee drinks, Simple Syrup is a kitchen staple.  Just two ingredients, a few minutes on the stovetop and you have one secret ingredient for all your cool beverages. This is silly....sharing how to make simple syrup with all of you.  But really, who likes little sugar granules floating around in the bottom of their iced tea or martini.  Not to mention the waves of sweet and not so sweet when sucking your drink up through a straw.  And there are a few … [Read more...]

The Very Best White Sandwich Bread

White Bread

Soft and fluffy with a chewy crust, this is the Very Best White Sandwich Bread recipe ever.  Fragrant slices have a buttery crumb and are the best surface for slathering on some PB&J.   We had a few cool days before this sweaty heat wave rolled in where I was ready to bust out my leather boots and wool sweaters.  I think the temp reached a frigid 79 degrees for the high one day and I was, literally, wrapped up in a faux-fur blanket thinking of snowflakes and holiday decor.  I was … [Read more...]

Italian Pressed Picnic Sandwich

Pressed Italian Sandwich

No worries about smashing this sandwich, pack it at the bottom of the cooler and load it up.  This Italian Pressed Picnic Sandwich is stuffed with italian meats, cheeses and spreads.  Held together by a crusty Ciabatta loaf, this is a definite crowd pleaser. You know what I despise?  A crushed beyond recognition sandwich.  I try my best to pack things in lunches that can take a bit of a beating.  PB&J on white bread? No go, they always end up a sticky, gooey mess if it's not stowed in … [Read more...]

Mango Coconut Lime Smoothie

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SipandBeFit #CollectiveBias A refreshing on-the-go breakfast, this Mango Coconut Lime Smoothie whips up in just a couple of minutes using only five ingredients.  Packed with nutrients and protein, this is sublime way to start the day! Busy, busy, busy.  That's what I am right now.  Getting ready to send one kid back to pre-school, one is graduating soon and the holiday season … [Read more...]

Sausage Egg and Cheese Croissant with Maple Dijon Sauce

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A zesty twist on a classic breakfast sandwich. This Sausage Egg and Cheese Croissant with Maple Dijon Sauce is a great way to start your day, packed with flavor and will quickly become a family breakfast staple. Bonus…the Maple Dijon Sauce doubles as a savory dip for an after-school snack! I am not a planner….it's just not in me. I'm more of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda gal and that doesn't really bode well when the school year begins. Kids running around the house begging for food … [Read more...]