March 5, 2015

No-Bake Cheesecake Parfaits

No-Bake Cheesecake Parfaits are made with layers of silky no-bake cheesecake, graham cracker crumbs, and toppings of your choice.  They are one of the easiest desserts you'll ever make!

No-Bake Cheesecake Parfaits are made with layers of silky no-bake cheesecake, graham cracker crumbs, and toppings of your choice.  They are one of the easiest desserts you'll ever make!

These parfaits are seriously the prettiest little things with very little work!  So darn easy to make and so darn good to eat!

When you think cheesecake, or at least when I think cheesecake, I think of a baked in the oven, cross your fingers it doesn't crack, creamy cake.

Well, this cheesecake is none of those things.  Let me explain.

This is a no-bake recipe.  That's right, all the cheesecake goodness you love without heating up the oven.  And this takes waaaay less time to prepare than an oven cheesecake.  The texture is more of a thick mousse than a cake, but the flavors are fab and just what I love about classic cheesecake.

Also, you don't have to worry about getting your finicky cheesecake just perfect so it doesn't crack.  As a matter of fact, with these parfaits, you can be as messy or as neat as you'd like with your layering and you're almost guaranteed not to screw it up. Works for me!

Add the topping of your choice to this delish no-bake cheesecake and you have a dessert wothy of holidays, special occasions, or just because!
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March 2, 2015

Libby's Vegetable and Fruit Cups Review and a Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Libby's. Libby’s® Vegetable and Fruit Cups are perfectly portioned, portable, and microwaveable. Available in varieties such as Sweet Corn, Diced Carrots, Cut Green Beans and Sweet Peas, the 4 oz. cups each contain one full serving size of veggies and don’t skimp on taste or health benefits.


I was really excited when I was recently contacted by Libby's to try out one of their brand new product lines, Libby's Fruit and Vegetable Cups! I've worked with Libby's for past posts (Baked Cream Cheese Corn and Crumbled Bacon and Overnight Refrigerator Pear Oatmeal), and I really love their products!

What I think is really great about the new line (that is available in stores nationwide!) is that they are portioned cups. They are 4 ounces each, which is so perfect for so many reasons. I can't tell you how many times I've opened a larger can or bag of fruit or veggies when I only needed just a little bit of what's in it.  Been there?  If I don't have plans to use the leftovers, I end up throwing them away, and that's something I don't want to do.  Now I can use one or two of the Libby's Cups in a recipe and nothing goes to waste.  Perfect!
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February 27, 2015

Homemade Creamy Italian Dressing

Homemade Creamy Italian Dressing made with parmesan, garlic, and fresh herbs is perfect for topping a salad or serving as a vegetable dip.

Homemade Creamy Italian Dressing, made with parmesan, garlic, and fresh herbs, is perfect for topping a salad or serving as a vegetable dip.

Lately, I have really embraced the idea of "a homemade pantry".  The idea basically involves replacing all of my usual store-bought items that are stored in the pantry with homemade versions.  One, because homemade usually will mean less chemicals.  Sure, I indulge in processed food.  I'm not a 100% clean eater by any means.  But if I can eliminate some of those chemicals with homemade recipes that, more often than not, taste better than their pre-packaged counterparts, well then why not?

So, the second reason I like the idea of a homemade pantry is that it helps me save money!  I can make a homemade saucepesto, or baked good, and it is almost guaranteed that I can do it for less money than buying it from the store.  Again, why not?
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February 24, 2015

Ham Salad

This Ham Salad recipe combines leftover ham with celery, onions, relish, mayo, and horseradish mustard to make the perfect hearty sandwich filling.

This Ham Salad recipe combines leftover ham with celery, onions, relish, mayo, and horseradish mustard to make the perfect hearty sandwich filling.

Do you like ham?  I mean like a ham on the bone.  You know, one of those big old hunks of ham that could feed an army?  I love me some juicy, salty, smokey, rustic sliced ham.

Our preferred method of cooking when it comes to ham is on the grill.  So darn good and so easy to prepare!  You can get a ham relatively cheap and then simply throw it on the grill in a roasting pan filled with an inch or so of water.  It smells so delish while it's slow-cookin' and the results are mouthwatering.

There's only one problem when we cook a ham, though.  There's always soooooo much left over.  That's where this recipe comes in.  You can transform your leftover ham into ham salad!  Similar to tuna salad or chicken salad, ham salad can be used as a sandwich filling, a spread, or even on a garden salad.

So good, so easy, and the best way to dress up your boring ham leftovers!
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February 23, 2015

Easy White Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Broccoli and Mushrooms

This post is sponsored by Horizon Organic.  Easy White Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Broccoli and Mushrooms is a wholesome, delicious and simple mac and cheese dish made with Horizon Organic Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese, caramelized broccoli and mushrooms, and a crispy cheesy panko crust.


If there's one thing I love, like really, really, really love, it's macaroni and cheese.  I have said forever that one of my very favorite meals is my Momma's Baked Macaroni & Cheese made with sharp white cheddar and stewed tomatoes.  I would request it every year for my birthday dinner when I was a kid and I swear I could eat it every day for the rest of my life.  Gah, it's so darn good.

I completely adore my Mom's recipe, but sometimes I like to make a creamy baked version like The Creamiest, Cheesiest Baked Mac and Cheese made with yellow cheddar and a crispy breadcrumb top, which is the way my husband likes it.  Got to keep my honey happy, right?

Both of those recipes take at least an hour to make from start to finish, which kind of rules them out for a simple weeknight dinner.  And isn't that the dreaded question most moms face every day in this country?  What’s for dinner?
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February 20, 2015

Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake

This Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake made from scratch is full of fresh blueberries and has a dusting of sweet powdered sugar.

Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake | thetwobiteclub.com

My little ones are pancake lovers.  What kid isn't, right?  How can anyone resist the warm melted butter, sweet sticky maple syrup and fluffy cakes?  I'm not even a sweet fan and I love a nice big stack of pancakes.

What I don't like, however, is missing out on eating pancake breakfasts with the fam because I'm stuck at the stove doing the flipping.  If I wait to sit down until they''re all done, some get cold or the natives get too restless waiting.  So, it's I miss breakfast, or keep the kiddos happy and serve theirs first.
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February 16, 2015

Sliced Apple "Donuts"

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these fun and healthy Sliced Apple "Donuts," made with thin sliced apples, peanut butter for frosting, and a sprinkle of chocolate jimmies.

Sliced Apple "Donuts" are a fun and healthy play on yeast doughnuts, but instead of dough, they're made with sliced apples, peanut butter for frosting, and a sprinkle of chocolate jimmies.

My daughter is a Daisy Girl Scout, which totally warms my heart.   Mainly because I have so many wonderful Girl Scout memories from my childhood.  I'm so excited to be involved in helping teach her and her sister scouts all kinds of great things about friendship and character.  And I'm also excited to share yummy snacks with the little ladies in her troop!

The first snack my girl and I made to share with her troop were Homemade Chewy Granola Bars.  The girls loved them!  Super easy to make and perfect for a scout meeting.
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February 12, 2015

Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn

This post is sponsored by Mazola®.  Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn is the perfect sweet and salty treat to share with the ones you love, using better for you ingredients!

Healthy Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn | thetwobiteclub.com

I love popcorn.  It is such a great snack for the kids after school, movie night, or whenever the craving strikes me.  Years ago I made the microwave kind.  Super convenient in the portioned bags, but oh, the salt.  The sodium levels are through the roof!

Then our microwave went on the fritz, so microwave popcorn was not an option anymore.  We actually never did replace the microwave!  We seem to do just fine without it and we have more counter space to boot.  I started using an old air popper that I must have inherited from someone, because it was ancient.  It did us well for a long time, but eventually it kicked the bucket, too.
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