Creamy Spinach and Bacon Pasta Salad

Creamy Spinach and Bacon Pasta Salad is so simple to make; it takes about 20 minutes from start to finish to have you out of the kitchen in no time flat. Made with fresh spinach, artesian lettuce, crisp hickory smoked bacon,  grape tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, red salad onions and a creamy pasta.

I am all about simple to make dishes in the dead of summer here in Florida, that heat is something else,  trust me when I say, I am totally against  making dishes that require me to stand over a hot stove for long periods of time. That’s why I love making this wonderful creation, I call Creamy Spinach and Bacon Pasta Salad. Who doesn’t love the idea of a 20-minute side dish?

Creamy Spinach and Bacon Pasta Salad is so simple to make; it takes about 20 minutes from start to finish to have you out of the kitchen in no time flat. Made with fresh spinach, artesian lettuce, crisp hickory smoked bacon, grape tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, red salad onions and a creamy pasta.Yesterday, for the 4th of July, I decided to take a few shortcuts in my kitchen since it was about 100 degrees in the shade and my Creamy Spinach and Bacon Salad was actually one of the sides I made for the holiday. Besides anything made with bacon gets my husbands approval and vote. When he’s happy, we are all happy. Continue reading

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Easy Creamy Italian Salad made with Suddenly Salad + Cash Giveaway

Learn to make this Easy Creamy Italian Salad in about 20 minutes or less for your next last-minute Summer gathering using your favorite ingredients like crisp romaine lettuce, capicola ham, pepperoni, ripe grape tomatoes, garbanzo beans, black olives, green olives, sweet pepper rings, hot pepper rings,  grated Romano cheese, and Suddenly Salad.

You’ll love how easy peasy and light this recipe for Easy Creamy Italian Salad made with Suddenly Salad is to make when you have a last-minute Bbq or impromptu dinners with friends. You’ll find yourself spending less time indoors in your kitchen and more time outdoors with your friends and family members. After all summer grilling is about being outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather, isn’t it?

Life is too short not to have a little extra time to enjoy our surroundings on a beautiful warm summer day; so let’s gather some of our favorite yummy Italian ingredients, a box of Creamy Italian Suddenly Salad, and make a delicious favorite summer recipe + plus enter to win a CASH giveaway!

Learn to make this Easy Creamy Italian Salad in about 20 minutes or less for your next last-minute Summer gathering using your favorite ingredients like crisp romaine lettuce, capicola ham, pepperoni, ripe grape tomatoes, garbanzo beans, black olives, green olives, sweet pepper rings, hot pepper rings, grated Romano cheese, and Suddenly Salad.Have you ever been invited to a last minute Bbq with little or no time to plan your side dish? Ugh that feeling of despair not knowing what to make! I know we have all been that situation more than once; so I want to share my fast version of one of my Italian salads, it’s s been a huge success time after time at Bbq’s, gatherings, and potlucks, it’s my Easy Creamy Italian Salad made with all our favorite Italian-Style fixings and Suddenly Salad. Continue reading

Southern-Style Baked Beans

Southern-Style Baked Beans are deliciously sweet yet tangy made with canned pork and beans, thick cut bacon, sweet Vidalia onions, diced green bell peppers, barbecue sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and a touch of organic honey then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven till done.

It’s Bbq season y’all and time to bring out those favorite casseroles and share them with friends and family this summer. I love  my Southern-Style Baked Beans because they have that tangy bite to them, yet still have a sweet taste; it’s best of both worlds!

Southern-Style Baked Beans are deliciously sweet yet tangy made with canned pork and beans, thick cut bacon, sweet Vidalia onions, diced green bell peppers, barbecue sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and a touch of organic honey then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven till done.My mama makes her baked beans a little differently; more on the tangy side I would say and if you love a good old-fashioned tangy Southern Baked Bean recipe, her’s is really good, however, I love a hint of sweetness to my Baked beans so of course, I add the barbecue sauce where she only more ketchup and a tad of steak sauce with all the other ingredients listed below. Continue reading

Southern Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Southern Broccoli and Rice Casserole is a Southern favorite in our home and one of our most beloved recipes passed down from one generation to the next; made with long grain rice, fresh never frozen broccoli, sautéed Vidalia onions, white sharp cheddar, mild yellow cheddar, sour cream, low sodium vegetable broth, and topped with seasoned bread crumbs before being baked to perfection.

Did you notice the ingredient list? That’s right, I bet you noticed this delicious recipe for Southern Broccoli and Rice Casserole has absolutely no mention of canned soup or processed cheese included. Now for those of you that love your Southern Broccoli and Rice Casserole, but hate using those two ingredients these days; you are going to fall in love with this updated recipe.

Southern Broccoli and Rice Casserole is a Southern favorite in our home and one of our most beloved recipes passed down from one generation to the next; made with long grain rice, fresh never frozen broccoli, sautéed Vidalia onions, white sharp cheddar, mild yellow cheddar, sour cream, low sodium vegetable broth, and topped with seasoned bread crumbs before being baked to perfection.One of the things that I have always loved about this recipe is the fact even though my son hated broccoli when he was small and my husband hated rice for some reason they love cheese and anything that has cheese trumps the ingredients they aren’t so fond of, go figure that one out since both literally devour this casserole like no tomorrow when I serve it. I guess cheese makes everything better. Continue reading

Easy Summer Berry Parfait made with Annie’s Organic Whole Milk Yogurt + Giveaway

Imagine simple, cool, refreshing, and delicious when you hear Easy Summer Berry parfait made with Annie’s Organic Whole Milk Yogurt, fresh organic strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, organic cereal, and fresh mint. The Florida heat is beginning to soar; cool refreshing treat cravings are in full swing at our house now, how about yours?

I’m sure all the moms and healthy eaters alike can relate to feeling the need to become a little more health conscious and wise when it comes consuming additives, colors, or added sugars in your children’s and family’s favorite foods and snacks. It’s so important to our family to be able to enjoy a refreshing treat without worrying about all the chemicals and additives involved and Annie’s Organic Whole Milk Yogurt just made it a little easier to enjoy our favorite Summer Berry Parfait.

Imagine simple, cool, refreshing, and delicious when you hear Easy Summer Berry parfait made with Annie’s Organic Whole Milk Yogurt, fresh organic strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, organic cereal, and fresh mint. The Florida heat is beginning to soar; cool refreshing treat cravings are in full swing at our house now, how about yours?Before we get started I want to take a quick second to Thank  Annie’s Yogurt for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Annie’s Homegrown Organic Yogurt because after tasting it the other day, I am totally hooked on it! What’s not to love? Just look at those cute packages of pure organic yumminess with no added sugars, synthetic colors, preservatives, antibiotics, or synthetic hormones and real fruit! They are perfect to toss in the kids lunch boxes or heck even our fabulous yogurt recipes we love. Continue reading

Southern Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob

This recipe for Southern Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob will be one of the best corn on the cob recipes you will have ever try this season hands down; made with delicious Florida sweet corn, simmered slowly in whole milk, organic honey, unsalted butter, and seasoned to perfection with Cajun spices, kosher salt, and freshly ground peppercorns. So darn good you won’t even bother with extra butter or salt.

Sweet corn used to be a sign of summer when I lived up north and the midwest, but in Florida, it’s a crop for the fall, winter, and spring. So now is the perfect time for me to get a head start sharing some of my favorite springtime and Summer recipes such as my recipe for Southern Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob.

This recipe for Southern Milk and Honey Corn on The Cob will be one of the best corn on the cob recipes you will have ever try this season hands down; made with delicious Florida sweet corn, simmered slowly in whole milk, organic honey, unsalted butter, and seasoned to perfection with Cajun spices, kosher salt, and freshly ground peppercorns.In sunny Florida, we tend to enjoy deliciously super sweet varieties of corn, They have more natural sugars than some of the other varieties of corn, which tend to bring out the natural flavors more so when simmered in milk, honey, butter, and seasoning. Continue reading

Southern-Style Red Potato Salad

Every Southern Belle takes great pride in her Southern-Style Potato Salad, I add only the best ingredients to mine such as Red Potatoes, real mayonnaise, yellow mustard, dill pickles, green bell peppers, Vidalia onions, crisp green celery, and hard-boiled eggs with a hint of chopped fresh parsley as a garnish, perfectly budget-friendly for any gathering or occasion.

No matter where you head to in the Southern region of the good ole US,  you can bet your bottom dollar one of  side dishes we may serve at dinners, potlucks, picnics and any other gatherings is our Southern-Style potato salad. You will run into many styles and varieties of this iconic recipe, however, you can also lay 10-1 we are all gonna use 3 common ingredients, potatoes, eggs and real Mayo.

Every Southern Belle takes great pride in her Southern-Style Potato Salad, I add only the best ingredients to mine such as Red Potatoes, real mayonnaise, yellow mustard, dill pickles, green bell peppers, Vidalia onions, crisp green celery, and hard-boiled eggs with a hint of chopped fresh parsley as a garnish, perfectly budget-friendly for any gathering or occasion.Now the Southern culture is not the only culture that loves a  good delicious potato salad as a side dish. So depending on who makes  this yummy menu item will depend on the style and ingredients used in the salad. Continue reading