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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Caramel Cinnamon-Apple Cheesecake + a Smart & Final Grand Opening

This recipe for Caramel Cinnamon-Apple Cheesecake has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChooseSmart #CollectiveBias

This past week I visited the grand opening of a new Smart & Final store in Sacramento, CA. It was so much fun to attend; the customers were in high spirits over a new store opening in their area and there were a ton of great deals to be had! While I was there I became inspired to make an awesomely delicious Caramel Cinnamon-Apple Cheesecake. From the fresh apples in their produce section to the huge selection of baking ingredients, Smart & Final had everything I needed for this tasty beauty to happen. So, in essence, this is a celebratory cheesecake - in honor of a new warehouse store. Not that I need a reason to enjoy an insanely good cheesecake recipe... I just think it makes it taste better.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Carne Asada Sweet Potato Fries

This delicious spring-inspired recipe for Carne Asada Sweet Potato Fries has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoFlavor #CollectiveBias

Although I sure do miss the cold weather of Wintertime, there is something about the crisp, fresh air of Springtime that can't be beat! The mornings are the best - especially for heading out to your local farmers market. We have several in our local area to choose from, all of them unique and wonderful! This past weekend our family headed out to explore the treasures at one of our favorite farmers markets and to pick up ingredients for these Carne Asada Sweet Potato Fries. My kiddos have recently started requesting the Carne Asada Fries when we dine-out at our favorite Mexican restaurant - but let's be honest, it's not a healthy dinner option. The Carne Asada fries are deep-fried russet potato fries smothered in cheese, carne asada, guacamole topped with more cheese. I decided to healthify this entrée by adding fresh produce from the market and using less meat and cheese - and by ditching those greasy, fried french fries with all-natural Sweet Potato Fries.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Apple Pie Hummus

Oh yes, you read that right - Apple Pie Humus! I was inspired to make this delicious creation by the tasty Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips that I kept seeing at the store. Although I wanted to buy a bag to just stuff my face with, I knew that wasn't an actual valid reason to buy a bag... But now I've got myself a reason - to pair with this Apple Pie Hummus! Made with Easy-As-Pie Apple Pie Filling, this Apple Pie Hummus is a breeze to make and has all the flavors that we love in Apple Pie. It's almost hard to believe that there is a can of garbanzo beans in this dip - it tastes like an apple-y dessert that was made just for springtime. Is dessert hummus even a thing? If there wasn't before, I'm thinking this Apple Pie Hummus could certainly qualify for the job now!

Monday, May 4, 2015

15 Ways to Bring "The Force" into Your Kitchen

Today is National Star Wars Day! Whether you root for the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire - today we put our differences aside and join together to party. It's a day to celebrate everything Star Wars {even Jar Jar Binks!} and let everyone else know that our space opera is the best, above all else! Star Wars and being in the kitchen are two of my favorite things, so I decided to put together a list of fun products that combine the two. Whether your looking to add a Star Wars flair to your kitchen or the perfect gift for a Star Wars Foodie in your life - here are 15 Ways to Bring "The Force" into Your Kitchen! May the 4th be with you!!