BCT Bacon Cucumber Tomato Salad

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This salad is absolutely delicious and really reminds me of the most delicious BLT sandwich.  Minus the bread and minus the lettuce, but you wont miss either.

I love a nice cold summer salad to serve when we are grilling and especially one that contains lots of vegetables that my kids will just devour.  This is the dish that everyone will devour.  It is such an easy salad to make and I can not say it enough.. its delicious!! 

I ran over to our local farmers market to grab some fresh tomatoes and cucumbers.  I just love shopping at the farmers market and find so much inspiration for new vegetable dishes to make.  I also find that when I let my boys come shop with me, they are more inclined to eat what I am serving without any hesitation at all.  Mom WIN!

You can cut your tomatoes and cucumbers any way you like, I diced mine into nice small pieces. 

BCT Bacon Cucumber Tomato Salad
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Large Cucumbers
  2. 4-6 Nice Sized Tomatoes
  3. 1 Package Bacon
  4. 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
  5. 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  6. Salt to taste (I put mine on my tomatoes)
  7. Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut tomatoes and cucumbers to your desired shape and size.
  2. Cook your bacon (I microwaved mine in two batches)
  3. Salt your tomatoes and start combining the tomatoes, cucumbers and bacon crumbles. (save some bacon crumbles to sprinkle on top)
  4. Combine your mayonnaise, garlic powder and pepper.
  5. Combine your mayonnaise mixture with your tomato, cucumber and bacon mixture.
  6. Sprinkle bacon crumbles on top and serve immediately.
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As a thank you for following me on SYW I would love for you to have the chance to win a year supply of Angel Soft Toilet Paper for two people. No one likes running out of toilet paper! The winner will receive (8) 12 packs of 24 Double Rolls = 96 Regular Rolls total which is almost 4 rolls a week for 52 weeks.

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American Flag Chocolate Dipped Oreos

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I am super excited to celebrate July 4th this year!  I have some super cute treats to serve including these awesome American Flag Chocolate Dipped Oreos! These could not be any more perfect for our celebration.  The kids, and adults, will flip out when they see them.  

You don’t need to be an artist to make these (you can see my stripes are anything but perfect), make them with love and have a ton of fun while you make them.  

 

Directions:

First dip your oreos in melted white chocolate set aside on parchment paper to dry.

Melt your blue and red chocolate melts using my no fail melting directions below.  

Use a toothpick to help create your blue area and red stripes.  

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Decorate with the white sprinkles from your sprinkle mix before your blue chocolate dries.

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Melting chocolate:

In a microwave-safe container microwave candy melts at 50% power or the defrost setting on your microwave. Melt for one minute to start. Remove and stir. Place back in the microwave for additional 30 seconds at 50% power. Remove and stir. Continue to do this in 30 second intervals until smooth and creamy. Remember less is better. You can help melt some pieces that are still not fully melted by stirring with a spoon. You do not want to over microwave your chocolate.

 

Chocolates & sprinkles used to create this:

Nestle Toll House Premier White Morsels

Wilton Red Candy Melts

Wilton Candy Melts, Blue

Star Sprinkles – Red, White, & Blue

4th of July Patriotic Crack

Get the party started with this delicious 4th of July Patriotic Crack!
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4th of July is almost here and I could not be more excited!! I  bet you knew I would make a 4th of July Patriotic crack, didn’t you?! I am in love with the results and more than ready to celebrate this amazing holiday.  

This will be the hit of any 4th of July party and really get those fireworks sparkling.  It will be a hit with the kids and the adults.  Lets get this party started!

Saltines all lined and ready to have the melted butter and sugar poured on top

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Out of the oven and now putting on my white chocolate chips

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Melting chocolate:

In a microwave-safe container microwave candy melts at 50% power or the defrost setting on your microwave. Melt for one minute to start. Remove and stir. Place back in the microwave for additional 30 seconds at 50% power. Remove and stir. Continue to do this in 30 second intervals until smooth and creamy. Remember less is better. You can help melt some pieces that are still not fully melted by stirring with a spoon. You do not want to over microwave your chocolate.

Chocolates & sprinkles used to create this:

Nestle Toll House Premier White Morsels

Wilton Red Candy Melts

Wilton Candy Melts, Blue

Star Sprinkles – Red, White, & Blue

Patriotic PPJimmies

Weaver Nut All American Nonpareils

4th of July Patriotic Crack
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 50 Saltine Crackers
  2. 1 Cup butter cut into chunks to melt down (2 sticks)
  3. 1 Cup LIght Brown Sugar
  4. 2 Cups White Chocolate Chips
  5. 1/4 Cup Red Chocolate Melts
  6. 1/4 Cup Blue Chocolate Melts
  7. Patriotic Sprinkles (see above for links to all used)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large cookie tray with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray. Line saltines up neatly in rows.
  2. In a medium sized pot melt your butter and brown sugar. Once butter is melted down, bring to a boil. Continue to stir the entire time and boil for about 2 minutes. It will look gorgeous and bubbly.
  3. Pour over the top of the saltines. Gently spread across the saltines.
  4. Place in oven and bake for about 7 minutes.
  5. While your crack is in the oven melt your blue & red chocolate melts according to package directions. *Please see the body of the post, I have included my no fail chocolate melting tips.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and than sprinkle your white chocolate chips over the saltines. Your hot toffee mixture will melt the chips. I put mine back in the oven for a minute to move the process along. Once your chips are melting, spread across the top evenly with a spatula.
  7. Mix your red & blue chocolate into the white chocolate by pouring it over the top in a decorative way. I also used a butter knife tip to help combine my colors to my liking. Quickly decorate with sprinkles that tickle your fancy, the melted chocolate will act as your glue.
  8. Once chocolate is completely hardened you are ready to cut your crack into nice sized pieces.
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Aloe Vera Cubes for perfect sunburn relief

Aloe Vera is one of the best solutions for mild sunburns and frozen aloe vera ice cubes just take it to a whole new level. These not only treat and sooth that burn, it immediately cools your skin which is so overheated from the burn.
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Did you know that Aloe vera is referred to as the “burn plant,” the perfect natural remedy for a bad sunburn.  Aloe Vera cubes are the perfect solution for minor sunburns.   Research has shown aloe vera aids the skin in healing from sunburns and mild burns.

I think we have all had an uncomfortable sunburn at some point in our life and the pain can be so distracting.  All you want is some soothing relief and that is not always so easy to find.  

Aloe Vera is one of the best solutions for mild sunburns and frozen aloe vera ice cubes just take it to a whole new level.  These not only treat and sooth that burn, it immediately cools your skin which is so overheated from the burn.  

These are so simple to make!  Make a batch and keep them stored in a freezer safe bag so you can grab one whenever you need it.  You will be eternally grateful that you did.  

Please do not use this for severe burns that are blistering badly.. seek medical help immediately.  

Aloe Vera Cubes
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Aloe Vera Gel
  2. Ice Cube Tray
Instructions
  1. Squirt aloe vera gel into ice cube trays filling 3/4 of the way.
  2. Freeze for at least 3 hours or until hard.
  3. Transfer into a freezer safe ziploc bag for quick easy access when needed.
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Crab Salad

Being able to whip up this delicious crab salad in a jiffy makes it a winner every time. With only 4 ingredients this could not be any easier.


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Impromptu porch parties are always welcome at my house.  I have waited so many years to finally have a porch that I welcome any and all visitors.  There is nothing better than sitting in a rocking chair enjoying some fresh lemonade, delicious treats and great company.

I make sure I have most ingredients on hand so that I can make a quick and easy dish to impress my guests.  My number one staple is Dare Crackers. Whether prepping for an extravagant party or an impromptu get-together, Dare’s variety of crisp crackers are sure to make each bite better. 

I must admit my porch has become a big hit with my friends and family as well. I suspect it has something to do with the delicious treats that are served on my porch but I would like to think it has something to do with my sparkling personality.  It probably is a close tie between the treats and my personality.  Either way I am thrilled to have an impromptu guest to enjoy the breeze with and give me a reason to break out some Dare crackers.  Dare’s extensive cracker varieties offer lite-bite dining options that make entertaining a bit better.

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Dare’s complete collection of mouth-watering crackers are loaded with crunch and packed with flavor to make inventive summer canapés better.  My biggest dilemma is picking which crackers to serve.  Being the expert problem solver that I am, I served both.  Because the truth is every Dare cracker is my favorite.  I dare to bet, every one will be your favorite too.

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This sweet summer day I decided to treat my dear friend to a delicious crab salad.  Crab salad has been a long time favorite of mine and I especially love its simple ingredients.  Being able to whip it up in a jiffy and enjoy more time with my guests on my porch makes it a winner every time.  With only 4 ingredients this could not be any easier.  

Crab Salad
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 14 Ounces of Crab Salad cut into small bite sized pieces
  2. 1/2 Cup of Mayonnaise
  3. 2 Stalks of Celery cup into small bite sized pieces
  4. 1/2 Tsp Old Bay Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Cut crab into small bite sized pieces.
  2. Cut celery into small bite sized pieces.
  3. Mix all ingredients into a beautiful serving bowl and get out on that porch!
  4. Refrigerate leftovers for a delicious late night snack.
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OtterBox uniVERSE Case System offers Endless Possibilities

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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We have been long time users of OtterBox.  With 4 boys and one too many cracked screens we made the move to OtterBox and have not looked back since.  It has been a lifesaver for our family and the only proven best tool of prevention that we have found.  

OtterBox has amazingly taken their already amazing product to new levels that have me amazed!!  This One case now has endless possibilities! You can now expand your phone’s features with swappable modules! Let me explain what I am talking about.  The new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System features a slotted rail under its removable accent plate, letting you securely attach and swap powerful modules like camera lenses, card readers, batteries, speakers and more — without removing your case. OtterBox partnered with the world’s leading consumer electronic brands to create an entirely new platform. With the uniVERSE Case System, you get the specialized capabilities of our module partners — backed by trusted OtterBox protection

I was literally mind blown!! Check out these awesome features….

Features:

Ultra-slim: thin profile follows your phone’s precision lines

Removable accent plate: slides off so you can mount modules

Sleek design: slips easily in and out of pockets and purses

Screen bumper: raised, beveled edge helps protect the touchscreen

Easy installation: one-piece case slips on and off your device in a flash

• OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection

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Lets talk more about the modules that can be added.  

Otter Modules that you can purchase at Best Buy:

·         Square contactless & chip reader (accept credit cards on the go while your phone stays protected)

·         Olloclip (4-in-1 lens kit)

·         Polar Pro (power pack battery module)

·         Seek Thermal (thermal camera)

·         Steelie (vent mount for your car)

·         Sandisk (flash drive)

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I can’t decide which one I am more excited about!! The power pack battery module made me literally jump for joy! I am always have an ongoing need for good rechargeable solutions.  I am also loving the Olloclip (4-in-1 lens kit)!!!  I can’t wait to try that out!

Lets keep the conversation going and come back and let me know what modules are your favorite.  

Red, White & Blue Vitamin Fruit Infused Vitamin Water

With July 4th approaching and the colors of my fruit fitting perfectly into that theme, I decided to cut my apples into star shapes. Adorbs! Your kids will go crazy for this DIY Vitamin water!
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We have talked about my new journey to better health.  With that journey I am trying to make some changes for my boys as well.  The more I read about all the benefits of drinking water, the more I want them drinking water with me.  The reality is, it’s definitely not their first choice.  So to make it more appealing, I did a version of my fruit infused vitamin water with my boys in mind completely.

I have catered the taste to some of their favorite fruits, blueberries, apples and strawberries.  With July 4th approaching and the colors of my fruit fitting perfectly into that theme, I decided to cut my apples into star shapes.  Adorbs!  This drink is not only kid friendly, this combination of flavors is one of my favorites.  

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Red, White & Blue Vitamin Fruit Infused Vitamin Water
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Prep Time
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Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. Jug of Water or Sparkling Water
  2. Blueberries
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples (cut into star shapes with a cookie cutter)
Instructions
  1. Slice your strawberries.
  2. Slice medium thick slices of apple and use a cookie cutter to create stars.
  3. Mix all ingredients together.
  4. Let sit in the fridge for 1-4 hours to really let the fruit infuse into the water.
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Mason Jar Measuring Cups Giveaway

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As a thank you for following me on SYW I would love for you to have the chance to win this adorable Mason Jar Measuring Cups Set.  It is one of my favorite sets and I would love to order a set for you.  
 
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Low Carb Strawberry Shortcake Dessert made with Cloud Bread

This delicious low carb Strawberry Shortcake Dessert is made with the incredible Cloud Bread! Healthy and delicious! 
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This looks as beautiful as it tastes!  When I see something that looks this delicious I automatically assume its fattening and or unhealthy.  NOT so!! Dessert does not need to be either of those horrible words, especially not when  you have delicious cloud bread on your side.  My BFF The Big Apple Mama has done it yet again.  She has some of the most delicious and healthy recipes I have ever tried.  I am in love with every recipe she creates.  Make sure you are following her, you definitely do not want to miss what delicious creations she will come up with next.  

In honor of June being national strawberry month and national Strawberry shortcake month she created this delicious version of Strawberry shortcake using her world famous cloud bread recipe.  I am so happy she did!! 

Treat yourself and your body to this delicious healthy recipe.  Lets all celebrate national Strawberry shortcake month together!

Find this delicious recipe HERE

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