Lemon Fluff Fruit Dip

Lemon Fluff Dip is a sweet and creamy two-ingredient dip that is the perfect way to make your simple fruit tray extraordinary!


The other day, my husband came home with a monster tub of fluff, as in, marshmallow fluff.  Considering we haven't bought fluff in, oh, I don't know, a million years, I was kind of surprised when he impulse bought the big tub instead of the little one.

His way of thinking is always the same, though.  If you can get more product for less money per ounce, always buy bigger.  "Save money buying in bulk," he says, which is a concept I am completely on board with, but my goodness that was a lot of marshmallow.
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Flourless Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Flourless Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are made with a batter that has no flour, no butter, and no oil and is mixed together in your blender instead of a mixer.  They are moist, delicious, and could pass for breakfast or dessert!

Flourless Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are made with a batter that has no flour, no butter, and no oil and is mixed together in your blender instead of a mixer.  They are moist, delicious, and could pass for breakfast or dessert!

You know what I love?  I love when a muffin has a nice, round, poofy top.  Big fan of a robust muffin top over here.  It's so disappointing when you try to bake up a nice treat in your muffin tin and it ends up all flat and sad. Muffins with no muffin top shouldn't even call themselves muffins.

I was so so happy when I flipped on the oven light while these particular muffins were baking because they popped right up with gorgeous chocolate studded domes!

Just look at that picture up there.  That top is poppin'.
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Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake

This post is sponsored by Genuine Thermos® Brand.  With the addition of just a few simple ingredients, a Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake made in a Shaker Bottle takes your post-workout shake from dull to delicious!


Do you workout?  I'm one of those people who goes through periods of working out regularly, then I will usually take a little while off.

Most recently, I've been feeling great about keeping my body moving and committing to 3-4 pretty good workouts a week.  Nothing too crazy, but I like to really get my heart pumping for at least 25 minutes for each workout.  When I do, I feel stronger, I sleep better, and I have to admit, I like what I see in the mirror a whole lot more.
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Caesar-Style Spiralized Broccoli with Blistered Tomatoes

Caesar-Style Spiralized Broccoli with Blistered Tomatoes transforms broccoli stalks into a delicious side dish topped with garlicky homemade caesar dressing, pan seared tomatoes, croutons, and parmesan cheese.

Caesar-Style Spiralized Broccoli with Blistered Tomatoes transforms broccoli stalks into a delicious side dish topped with garlicky caesar dressing, pan seared tomatoes, croutons, and parmesan cheese.

I am so excited about this recipe on so many levels.  First, I love me some broccoli. Nine times out of ten, it's my first veggie of choice.

Not only do I love the florets, I'm a big fan of the stalks, too!  Just in case you didn't already know, broccoli stalks are totally yummy and such a waste to just throw away. That is pretty exciting stuff for a broccoli lover like me.
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Bacon Ranch Tortellini Salad

This post is sponsored by Litehouse.  This Bacon Ranch Tortellini Salad is a party perfect pasta salad that pairs cheese-filled tortellini with fresh veggies, cheddar cheese, cool ranch dressing, and lots of crisp crumbled bacon. Tracking Pixel

Bacon Ranch Tortellini Salad is a party perfect pasta salad that pairs cheese-filled tortellini with fresh veggies, cheddar cheese, cool ranch dressing, and lots of crisp crumbled bacon! SeeTheLight AD

Here we are smack dab in the middle of summer.  How did that happen already?  Time is flying this year and I'm trying my best to take advantage of every opportunity to entertain and enjoy family and friends.  Summertime is for cookouts and reunion-style family get-togethers, am I right?!

There are few things I enjoy more that hosting a party and showing my love to friends and family by cooking lots of yummy food.  I'm sure you've heard the old saying, The way to one's heart is through their stomach, right?  I swear it's true!
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Grilled Shrimp Parmesan Zucchini Boats

This post is sponsored by Bertolli®.  Put a creative twist on your next cookout with these Grilled Shrimp Parmesan Zucchini Boats!  They make a light and fresh summer meal featuring grilled zucchini filled with tender shrimp, fresh mozzarella cheese, and Bertolli Tomato & Basil Sauce.


Summer is finally in full swing and my husband and I have legit become grilling fools.  Truth be told, we're pretty agressive grillers year round (one of the perks of living in the sunshine state), but we really turn it on when those summer days get longer.

I like to head to Publix at least once to stock up on steaks, chicken, brats, and burgers to fuel our grilling obsession.  Lately, though, I've been thinking outside of the box and I've adopted the "grill everything" mentality.
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Grilled Summer Squash and Tomato Crostini

This post is sponsored by Kraft.  This Grilled Summer Squash and Tomato Crostini is the perfect summer appetizer featuring garden-fresh summer squash, tomatoes, and a Parmesan-herb cream cheese layered on a garlic toasted baguette.

This Grilled Summer Squash and Tomato Crostini is the perfect summer appetizer featuring garden-fresh summer squash, tomatoes, and a Parmesan-herb cream cheese layered on a garlic toasted baguette.

My husband and I have joked that it is impossible to live in Florida without a pool.

The humidity can be pretty brutal here in the sunshine state, but somehow, when there's a pool involved, no one seems to mind the heat quite so much.
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Drunken Pimento Cheese

This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I am a contributor.  This Drunken Pimento Cheese is a delicious twist on the classic cheese spread that you'll want to eat with everything!

With the addition of some smoked paprika and a splash of beer, this Drunken Pimento Cheese is a delicious twist on the classic cheese spread that is great served with crackers, veggies, or as a sandwich spread.  You will want to eat it with everything!

A while back, one of my friends shared a recipe for pimento cheese on her Facebook page. I usually try to pay attention to the kinds of recipes my friends are talking about to get ideas for recipes I’d like to make in my own kitchen. I am a food blogger, after all. I consider stalking my friends’ food preferences kind of like research for upcoming blog posts. My friends are like my own personal focus group for foodie trends. I tell ya, I get inspiration from all over the place!
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Frozen Fruit and Cereal Bites

This post is sponsored by General Mills.  These Frozen Fruit and Cereal Bites are a gluten free treat that is perfect for summer, made with whole milk Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and a sprinkling of crushed Gluten-Free Chex™ cereal.


I have a feeling that this is going to be the very best summer ever.  I may have said that once or twice before in my life, but this time I really mean it.  Like, there is now way that this is not going to be an epic summer to go down in the Tarala family history books.  How am I so sure?

Well, first of all, we have a new house.  With a pool.  A very, very large screened in pool. Florida + pool = endless hours of guaranteed summertime fun.
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Tuna Tostadas with Chipotle Crema

This post is sponsored by Genova.  Tuna Tostadas with Chipotle Crema are full of bold flavor, made by topping crisp baked tortillas with seasoned tuna, creamy avocado, fresh red cabbage, and a spicy chipotle crema.

Tuna Tostadas with Chipotle Crema are full of bold flavor, made by topping crisp baked tortillas with seasoned tuna, creamy avocado, fresh red cabbage, and a spicy chipotle crema.

If I had to choose once cuisine that I love more than all of the others, there is a clear and definite winner.  This momma looooves her Mexican.  I could eat tacos, quesadillas, chimichangas, and enchiladas all day long and I'd totally be okay with it.  Heck, I could even eat Mexican for breakfast.  I. Love. It.

I really do love pretty much any kind of Mexican food, but I do have a preferred protein that I like in my Mexican cuisine.

I adore seafood; particularly fish.  Fish and Mexican food are a match made in heaven in my book!
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Vanilla Honey Peach Butter

This post is sponsored by Libby's® Fruits.  Vanilla Honey Peach Butter brings bright peach flavor to your breakfast in the form of a smooth, sweet, spiced spread that is perfect on top of waffles, stirred into oatmeal, or spread onto toast.


Are you a breakfast lover?  I know there are some people out there that really dig breakfast.  They wake up ravished and like to dig into a nice hearty meal to start their day.  Then there are the non-breakfast people.  Those are the people who are happy to be awake for hours before even thinking about food.

Regardless of which category you fall into, I'm sure you've heard the old saying "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" and even though there are tons of people out there not actually eating breakfast, most would agree that starting your day with some healthy food is what you should be doing.  It not only gives you energy but is linked to all kinds of health benefits.
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Greek Zoodle Salad

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A Greek Zoodle Salad is a twist on the traditional Greek salad made by swapping the lettuce for raw spiralized zucchini noodles.  It's the perfect salad for pizza night, parties, or picnics!


Just recently, we officially became a whole pizza family.  What I mean by that is that my husband, myself, and our two kids can usually polish off a whole pizza as a meal.

This is great because there are no leftovers to put away.  It's also not so awesome because there are no leftovers to put away.  A double-edged sword if you will.

You see, my daughter loves taking a slice of pizza in her lunchbox the day after pizza night and if I don't teach my kids about the joys of cold pizza for breakfast, well then who will?
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