Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Trifles with Madhava Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Trifles

With the doors and windows wide open, the cooler temperatures wrap themselves around me as I bake in my kitchen. There is no doubt that Autumn is nipping at my heels and I am so ready. I love baking this time of year, and add in the delicious spices and pumpkin recipes and I’m in pure bliss. These little Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Trifles are absolutely perfect to put in you in the mood for Autumn.

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Retro Cold Pasta Salad with Ranch, Bacon and More!

Copycat Suddenly Salad

It’s time once again for Secret Recipe Club and I cannot believe a whole month has already flown by. How in the world did we get to August already? I feel like the summer has simply flown by.

This year we are homeschooling, so the “back to school” date doesn’t affect us, but I was surprised to learn our district goes back WEDNESDAY. Yes, August 6. I mean what? Geez. They just got out.

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5 Summer Ice Cream Recipes to Beat the Heat!

5 Summer Ice Cream Recipes

I don’t know where you are, but where I am (St. Louis) we’ve had some weird weather the past month. One week it’s so hot and humid you can barely breathe and the next week you start wondering if Fall is around the corner.  It’s definitely been a strange summer, but I am not complaining because I enjoy the fact that we haven’t hit temps like we did last year. But even with the “cooler than usual” temps, it’s still hot and we are still finding ways to beat the heat.

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#ad Spatchcocking Chicken for the Grill with a Garlic Soy Sauce Marinade #grill4flavor

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It’s grilling season and I’m ready. At our house, we grill year round, but the majority is done Spring, Summer and Winter. From chicken to seafood, steaks to fish, anything goes when we are deciding what to grill.

When we were looking for something fun and different to make recently, we came across Cornish Hens, found at Walmart in the freezer bunkers. They come in a two pack and were inexpensive. My daughter and I were excited to get them home and get to work.

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We fired up the grill as soon as we got home. We were ready!

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Watermelon Kool-Aid Fruit Drinks Malted Milkshakes #KoolOff #CollectiveBias #shop

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 Watermelon Kool-Aid Fruit Drinks Malted Milkshakes

Nothing screams summer like Watermelon. Or Malted Milk Shakes. Yes? Yes! Kool-Aid’s new ready-to-serve, 96 ounce fruit drinks bottles made it easy for me to incorporate our favorite flavor in one of our favorite summertime treats. Watermelon Kool-Aid Fruit Drinks Malted Milkshakes! With the new bottles, this malted milkshake is ready in under 5 minutes from start to finish. With a house full of hot teenagers this summer, I’m positive that we will be making this recipe time and time again, to keep them cooled off!

My daughter is currently learning to drive, so after some practice in our already hot weather, we were ready for a break and we knew just the treat we wanted. We stopped by Walmart to pick up the ingredients needed to make this easy perfect-for-summer beverage. It took us no time at all to find the large display of Kool-Aid juice drinks. They were right there in the middle of a huge aisle!  We made sure to pick up a few other Kool-Aid items because we have some more fun Kool-Aid recipes coming your way!

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KC Masterpiece® Barbecue Grilled Shrimp Kabobs #KCMasterpiece

KC Masterpiece Barbecue Grilled Shrimp

It’s hard to believe that summer is already around the corner, but I am so ready. Summer means trips to the pool, working in my garden, frozen treats and most importantly grilling weather. We’ve already broken out the grill a couple of times, and one of those times we made these delicious KC Masterpiece® Barbecue Grilled Shrimp Kabobs.

I was able to incorporate all of my favorite things into this recipe. Shrimp is a must on the BBQ grill, but then add some delicious Garden fresh Bell Peppers, brush with some KC Masterpiece® Kansas City Classic barbecue sauce, sprinkle with some seasonings and grill until perfect. We served ours over a delicious bed of garlic and herb rice pilaf.

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Pineapple Ice – Two Ingredients

Pineapple Ice

In the spirit of my A to Z Blogging Challenge, here is a wonderful TWO ingredient recipe for Pineapple Ice. I definitely bombed the A to Z Challenge this month but I have all the recipes complete so over the next couple of weeks I will put up the remaining recipes. While I have tried to stick to two and three ingredients for the most part, the main theme of this challenge for me this month was easy and simple recipes that anyone can make. I’m sure there will be a few that have more than three, but no matter what, they will be very easy.

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Lemon Thyme Pork Chops with Quinoa, Asparagus & Red Peppers | Farberware #NewTraditions #giveaway

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All recipes, photos and opinions are my own.

Lemon Thyme Pork Chops with Quinoa, Asparagus & Red Peppers

Our family has a few favorite recipes that we tend to turn to again and again. Who doesn’t love a classic pork chop, paired with some veggies, or a salad. With Spring having arrived here in St. Louis, my asparagus and herbs are already growing like crazy in my garden and I already see signs of baby peppers. I wanted to update our normal pork chop recipe with a fun twist for Spring. Enter in these delicious, Lemon Thyme Pork Chops with Quinoa, Asparagus & Red Peppers. It’s an entire meal in itself and is a quick and easy recipe to boot. Can’t beat that, since easy and quick are the name of the game in this house.

As usual, the real test is, can I get five hungry teenagers and a picky toddler to eat it? Success! They devoured them and several wanted more. The light lemon and thyme flavor was just what the pork chops needed. Serving them over a bed of quinoa tossed with fresh asparagus and red peppers was the perfect addition to fill everyone up.

I got a chance to use my  new Farberware New Traditions Cookware in Aqua to make this meal, and I just loved how great it was. You can find out more about that below AND you can enter to win your own Farberware New Traditions Cookware set.
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