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Toasted Almond & Vanilla Arancini

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Breyers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey yall! Hope you had a great weekend:) It was a low key birthday celebration here…which was fine by me. I did a fun Sunday project yesterday with some fabric that turned out so great….I will share it with you soon. Today….a fun Labor Day picnic treat that I made along with my friends at Breyer’s….enjoy!!

When my friends at  Breyer’s wanted to send me some free ice cream and asked me to do a post for them about their Natural Vanilla ice cream…. I jumped at the chance! It is a favorite product in our house because it pleases everybody. You can add chocolate chips to it or sprinkle it with marshmallows or put some caramel on it or just have it plain jane. It is the crowd favorite! I wanted to share with you a recipe that is on the Breyer’s website that would be fun to do for a crowd.  toasted almond and vanilla arancini

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You know how I like to make things ahead and this one qualifies. Just a few simple ingredients and it is the perfect ending to a meal. Fancy enough to serve at a dinner party and easy enough to serve at a neighborhood picnic. All you will need is a few toasted nuts and some cookies and a little bit of time. I love that it is a handheld treat just pull them out when you want to serve them.  Breyer’s is committed to using only the freshest ingredients…which is the reason it remains America’s No. 1 vanilla ice cream. All Breyer’s vanilla is sourced from sustainable farmed Rainforest Alliance Certified vanilla beans. Only the best! Plus, you can easily find it at most local grocery stores. Breyer’s now sources milk and cream from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones*. You can find Breyer’s in grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99- $5.99 toasted nuts ice cream ball @cleverlyinspired       toasted nuts ice cream ball dessert @cleverlyinspired (1)   Here is how you put it together:

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place 2 (1/4 cup) scoops of Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream on a baking sheet and freeze for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine almonds, hazelnuts and cookie crumbs in small bowl. Coat the frozen scoops of Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream in the nut mixture and freeze 5 minutes before serving. (Can be made and stored in advance.)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

3 ingredient Crusty Bread Recipe

This past weekend I posted a pic of some bread that I had just finished baking. It was so stupid crazy easy that I have to share. Your family and friends will be in awe of your wicked bread master skill….for reals…

After trying a few other bread recipes I really searched high and low for one that would produce a nice light and airy bread very similar to a good sourdough bread. The recipes that I had tried in the past have come out a bit dense..like a sandwich bread. And really what I wanted was something with a lot of air pockets and a little bit of a bite. This recipe produced both of those qualities. I think that the key to this recipe is time, yeast, and patience…and  a super hot cast iron pot.  I would suggest if you’re making it for the first time or you haven’t really experimented with bread making to do it on a weekend where you might have a little bit more time and want to experiment a little bit.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

French Toast Sticks

sigh….summer feels like it is coming to a close…I suppose getting back to a routine is good…but I really could use a couple more weeks…I often wonder what it will feel like when my kids are off at college in a few years. Will Fall feel the same when I don’t have the hustle of back to school forms and shopping….it will be weird for sure. This time of year…around my birthday…was always back to school shopping. My mom would take us out to get a new Eagle’s Eye sweater…some uniform socks and shoes…a new lunchbox…some number 2 pencils and fresh crayons. I love the organization of it all…I suppose that is why when the calendar rounds the corner into mid August I start to miss my jeans, my long yoga pants…my comfy leather boots and scarves…Fall is a favorite….with summer a close second. I think the older my kids get the longer I wish summer would last.

I thought these make ahead French Toast sticks are perfect for those first busy mornings back to school. You can make up a large batch and bake them…let them cool and place them in the freezer. Pull them out as you need and heat and go. We like them best with some fresh berries on top with a little syrup or powdered sugar.

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French Toast Sticks
 
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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 4-6 slices off a larger bakery style bread
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter, slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees then spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray very well and set aside. Cut bread slices into thirds then set aside.
  2. In a large shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. Dunk bread sticks into batter, let excess drip off, then place onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 16-18 minutes, spraying the tops of the French Toast Sticks with non-stick spray before flipping halfway through.
  3. To freeze: Let French Toast Sticks cool then place onto a baking sheet and freeze in the freezer. Transfer to a freezer bag or container when hard. To reheat, microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

 

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Great for busy mornings:)

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Thanks for all the kind words about the new table….we love it too! I am going to give you a little update on Wednesday about it and show you a few more things I have planned….Have a wonderful Monday!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Homemade Cheese Crackers

You know how you always start the school year out really strong, like everything’s really organized…. all the markers are together….the pencils are sharpened and you have this great plan for breakfast and everything’s going to go so smoothly?!? Well this recipe is in celebration of that really hopeful way to get the year started off on the right foot and have everything together. Come springtime I’m sure you won’t feel like making your own crackers for a healthy back-to- school snack, but maybe at the beginning of the school year you will be more than enthusiastic to bust this recipe out! And I will tell you this, these recipes take almost zero effort…and have big flavor :)

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This was the first time I made homemade crackers, but will not be the last. Some of the recipes I had found told me to roll out the dough– but I know the mess that involves– so I did it my own way ;)

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I used some wax paper and rolled it into a log prior to chilling it in the refrigerator. If you shape it and place it in a fairly tight roll before it chills, it will be that much easier to cut into uniform shape. I actually chilled mine overnight and baked them in the morning. Use a really sharp knife and place the crackers onto parchment paper and to cookie sheets. This recipe made about 60 or 70 crackers. Try to slice them as thin as possible. Bake them at 375 for about 18 minutes until crispy on the edges. Let them cool on the pan and then transfer to an airtight container. They will keep nicely for a week. Besides packing in lunches, these crackers are also a great afternoon snack that will keep the kiddos full until dinner. Just heat up some frozen spinach & artichoke cheese dip to go along with them. Yum!!

The fruit smoothie is perfect for breakfast too….but my kiddos loved them with these crackers. It comes together so easy using ready-made Welch’s fruit juice cocktails. The star fruit kiwi was a hit in our house. You can also add in frozen fruit (such as Rader Farms) for some easy, extra nutrition points! All you need is a bit of yogurt, ice cubes, a half of a banana, maybe some additional frozen fruit …and you’re good to go :) Another option is to pair this homemade smoothie with some frozen waffles and breakfast is ready at a moment’s notice!

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Be sure to keep you head up when you are traveling down the freezer and dairy sections in your grocery store. There are countless snack options that are quick and healthy—you can eat and go! Also check out Easy Home Meals Pinterest that is full of great ideas to get dinner, breakfast and snack time done and done!! #EasyHomeMeals

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For the smoothie:

 

1 C Welch’s fruit juice

3/4 C vanilla yogurt

1 C ice

1/2 banana

Optional: Rader Farms frozen fruit blend

Blend until smooth in blender.

Remember that the dairy aisle is filled with goodies to make your life easier. These homemade cheese crackers and easy fruit smoothie recipes are made to be quick and painless…and really healthy too!

I am a brand ambassador for the NFRA (National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association) & a member of the Cool Food Panel. I have been compensated for my time spent writing this post. All opinions, photos, and thoughts are 100% mine own.

 

Homemade Cheese Crackers
 
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Serves: 60
Ingredients
  • 1 C flour
  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 8 oz. Sargento Sharp Cheddar (shredded)
  • ¾ t salt
  • ½ t dried mustard
  • 3 T cold water
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients with exception of water in a food processor, until coarse crumbs form.
  2. Pulse in the water until dough combines.
  3. Place on wax paper and form a long narrow log.
  4. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 min or overnight.
  5. Slice and bake on parchment lined sheets for 18 min at 375.
  6. Cool and then store in an airtight container
Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Hey all! How was your weekend? We had a great one here….laughing, and then laughing some more. My bff/sista-from-another-motha has been here with her family. They left out yesterday to go west….all the way to the Grand Canyon. It was such a fun visit…and it always goes too fast.

Today my bubs had some gum surgery. He has 2 baby teeth that have never fallen out…(and he’s 15 1/2) So his orthodontist had us look into getting them pulled so that the permanent canine teeth can fall into place. He was really nervous…but did so well. We are happy it is over…now onto ice cream!

Wanted to pop in and share this yummy cold pasta salad…make it this week:)

There’s some recipes but I have been making forever and I go to look it up on the blog and realize I have never shared it with you all! This is one of those recipes. I tore out this recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine probably back in 1997ish and have been making it forever! It is a one dish meal…can’t go wrong there right:)  Adding in cooked chicken to it makes it a perfect meal for a hot summer night. I suggest putting it together the night before you’re going to eat it. The flavors come together really nicely overnight. Kids and adults love it! pesto pasta salad @cleverlyinspired (5)

This recipe is great for back to school time too….it keeps great for a few days….

Pesto Pasta Salad
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 8 oz ziti
  • 1 C spinach leaves
  • ¼ C basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic quartered
  • 2 T parmesan
  • ⅛ salt and pepper
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T water
  • ⅓ C mayo
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta and cool. Set aside.
  2. In food processor combine spinach, basil, cheese, salt and pepper.
  3. Add in oil and water and pulse.
  4. Place pesto mixture in large bowl and mix in mayo.
  5. Add in drained noodles.
  6. Add in chicken (optional)
  7. Place in fridge.

 

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Do yall start school soon? We are on the official count down. One week from tomorrow….kind of makes me sad. Not really ready for summer to end yet.

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Back tomorrow with a yummy homemade back to school snack:) Oh and I got our new chairs for the new table…will show you that this week too!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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