Another warm day here in WNY means another day of grilling and making awesome salads for a side dish!!! Pasta salad is a favorite of ours. Hubby got the genius idea to start buying other flavored dressings besides Italian to use as a base and omg!!! So much yumminess!!
My latest obsession has been using Balsamic in my pasta salads. Literally my favorite side dish at the moment. I swear everyone in my household is going to get sick of it because I just keep making more and more. It’s just THAT good!!! Enjoy!!
•12oz Box Cooked Noodles
•8oz Block Cheddar Cheese
•1cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
•8oz Pepperoni Stick
•16oz Bottle Balsamic Dressing
1. Slice your pepperoni stick & block of cheese into bite sized pieces.
2. Take a large bowl and pour in your cooked noodles.
3. Toss in your bite sized cheddar cheese, pepperoni pieces & Parmesan cheese.
4. Pour in the entire bottle of balsamic dressing.
5. Mix well.
6. serve & enjoy!
If you don’t crave Olive Gardens Zuppa Toscana Soup 24/7, we cant be friends lol.... seriously though, it’s legit one of my favorite soups! The best news is, it’s easy peasy to make at home!! That’s right, there might be a long list of ingredients, but once you have them all in hand, the soup doesn’t take much talent to make at all. You will have the whole family thinking you slaved away in the kitchen when in reality, you didn’t do much at all. Enjoy!!!!
1/2 lb Ground Sausage
1 Medium Onion, Diced
1 Tablespoon Flour
1 32oz Carton Chicken Broth
1 Large Potato
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
3 Cups Torn Kale Pieces
Slice your potato.
Dice your onion.
Add sausage & diced onion into a large soup pot and crumble as it cooks over medium heat. Continue cooking until sausage is cooked throughout. Sprinkle flour over the sausage/onion mixture and stir.
Pour in the entire 32oz carton of Chicken Broth & bring to a boil. Once your broth is boiling, add the potatoes. Cook for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
After potatoes are fully cooked, pour in your heavy cream.
sprinkle in the kale. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
This post was sponsored by RITZ as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Happy almost summer y’all!!!! Living in Western New York we are counting down the days to fabulous weather all winter long!!! We get 3 months a year when sunshine and warmth grace us with its presence, so we are so grateful once it arrives!!!
One of the reasons I’m constantly craving beautiful weather is because I’m obsessed with hosting BBQ’s. Yes, you will see WNY’ers outside grilling in 10ft of snow, but let’s be real. There is nothing fun about that. A real bbq is when you get together with your besties and chill in the backyard grubbing on amazing food while laughing and smiling at your awesome company.
Since BBQ’s are a favorite pastime of mine, I thought I would share my Epic BBQ Tips with y’all!!! I promise by applying these tips, everyone will be talking about your epic BBQ all summer long!!!
Snacks! I swear this is a detail so many people overlook. Yes, people will rave about your burgers and awesome salads! But what about snacks? When you have guests laughing and drinking the night away, people need something to munch on! Having a bag of the newly released RITZ Crisp & Thins Barbecue and Cheddar varieties is my secret weapon!!
RITZ Crisp & Thins are the perfect grab-and-go, no mess snack!!! They are delicious on their own, making for a great addition to all your summertime gatherings! Who doesn’t love cheese!?! And BBq?!? Omg yum!!!!! I just love it when I can grab something super simple, yet totally delicious at my local Walmart!! I can then focus on my main course knowing my snacks are still killing it flavor-wise!!!
Another AWESOME perk to serving RITZ Crisp & Thins is they contain 50% less fat!!! Not one person can complain. Your bestie on her diet will be pleased and so will your foodie bestie since they are insanely good!
Have leftovers? RITZ Crisp & Thins also make a great road trip or pool day snack addition!!!!
Make sure you have drinks for everyone! Yes, most people think of beer and wine when they hear the word BBQ, but it’s not rare for people to be non-drinkers these days. Just because someone isn’t drinking something boozy, doesn’t mean the don’t want something epic to drink! Grab some lemonade or maybe even watermelon juice! Any kids in attendance will appreciate this too. No one wants bottled water unless they are dehydrated ;-)
3. Simple Foods
I’m a foodie, so this is one difficult tip for me to share. Go with basic foods! It’s crazy how many people hate flavors and sauces. When you stick to the basics, everyone is happy! No one will go hungry because you marinated everything in the latest viral Pinterest creation! Some people just aren’t into that!
Make sure to have your yard looking fabulous. Create a cool aumbiance. People love posting to the gram, so give people a backdrop for that! Pull the weeds, mow the lawn and clean up the toys/odds and ends. People don’t expect perfection, but decluttering the yard will make it look much nicer than a messy yard. Also spraying off your furniture and patio if messy or sticky is so important!! Nobody wants to sit in a pile of bird poop.
If you live in a place where mosquitoes like to come out at night (like my house), then have bug spray available and citronella candles. Tiki torches are a great investment since they not only look festive, but they keep the bugs away, smell nice, and create light. Your guest will be thankful when they wake up the next day with minimal mosquito bites!!
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Are you hosting a BBQ anytime soon?
Another week, another peanut butter dessert!!! Hubby just can’t get enough of peanut butter deliciousness & I’ve been in one of my creative, create all the things moods, so Reese’s Pieces No Bake Pie ended up on our menu last week.
A simple peanut butter no bake pie covered in Reese’s Pieces & Reese’s Chips, it’s a sure crowed pleaser for any event on your calendar. Enjoy :)
• 1 Oreo pie crust
• 1-3/4 cups Powdered Sugar
• 8oz Whipped Topping
• 8oz Cream Cheese
• 1-¾ cups Peanut Butter
• Reese’s Shell Chocolate Topping
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
Add cream cheese to a large bowl or mixer bowl.
Add the peanut butter & whipped Topping.
Gradually add your powdered sugar as you mix
Pour into the pie crust.
Top with the Reese’s Shell Chocolate.
Add Reese’s Pieces all over the top of your pie.
Serve & enjoy!
It’s officially all things Red, White & Blue season! Memorial Day is days away! Flag day is right around the corner. & before you know it, July 4th will be creeping up on us!
Since fabulous summer weather has me craving delicious fruit 24/7, I thought it would be fun to whip up a batch of Red White & Blue Mini Fruit Pizzas!!! Enjoy!
2 Dozen sugar cookies (your favorite recipe or refrigerated dough)
8 oz Cream Cheese (softened)
¼ Cup Powdered Sugar
½ tsp Vanilla
In the bowl of a mixer combine your sour cream, vanilla and powdered sugar.
Spread each cookie with an even layer of icing.
Cut your berries up into a variety of shapes and sizes. Arrange them in patterns on your cookies to create a beautiful and festive platter!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.