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...]

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 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...]

Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Bites

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Creamy vanilla ice cream tops a fudge brownie base then is topped with warm hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and a cherry creating a fun mini dessert.  Easy to make, Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Bites are perfect for a crowd and are little bits of heaven. I have a confession.  I did something that I never, ever, ever do and it ended up consuming my entire day.  The WHOLE day...like from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM.  It was a complete accident and now...it's a bit of an addiction.  I binge watched … [Read more...]

The Very Best Hot Fudge Sauce

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Thick, rich and sinfully delicious, the Very Best Hot Fudge Sauce is so easy to make you'll never buy it at the store again.  The perfect topping for a sundae but so versatile you'll find hundreds of other uses too.  My very favorite is straight from the jar with a spoon. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  Mine was filled with work...lots of work.  That's what happens when you take two weeks off to frolic in the sand and surf neglecting the world around me.  It was so relaxing and I … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich

Mediterranean Pita

Soft pita bread stuffed with marinated artichokes, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms make this Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich the perfect vegetarian meal.  A great option for on-the-go lunches and beach side picnics. Seagulls hate fruits and veggies.  That's my fun fact for the day.  How do I know this?  Well, in all the time I've been hanging out on the beach this summer....I've never been attacked for a peach...or a grape...or a carrot.  Anytime I've had a sandwich with … [Read more...]

Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet

Taco Pasta Skillet

Creamy, cheesy pasta bursting with taco flavors and made in just one skillet. Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet is the best weeknight dinner because everything cooks in one pot, even the pasta.  Loaded with taco flavors, this is a healthy and fun way to surprise your family on Taco Tuesday! Who's doing the happy dance because the kids are back in school?  Our area hasn't shipped out the big yellow buses yet but I've seen several of my southern friends posting their kids first day of school pics … [Read more...]

The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa

The Very Best Tomato Salsa | The Suburban Soapbox #bestsalsa

Fresh summer tomatoes chopped then tossed with onion, cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice.  The simplest and best way to enjoy summer's bounty.  The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa is bright, juicy and irresistible. Last night, I found myself with a giant heaping pile of nachos in front of me for dinner.  It was hot, sticky and I was wearing a long-sleeved black shirt.  (The shirt was really soft though....it didn't help.) I didn't feel like cooking and my sister wanted to go out, we had … [Read more...]