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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 1 Natural Way, a TRICARE breast pump provider. All opinions are entirely my own. 
As a Mom of two I know mornings are rough. Getting everyone up and ready and where they need to be on time has always been a struggle for me. Smoothies are my go to on these hectic days when I need something healthy, filling, and fast. This Sunrise Smoothie is made with my favorite juice, yogurt, and frozen fruit with added flax seed and Brewer's yeast for the wonderful health benefits including increasing your milk supply and helping with digestion for nursing Mamas like me.

I breastfed both my babies for 18 months {Ava} and 26 months {Stella} and I cherish that sweet time together and bond we have. I drank Mama milk tea and made lactation cookies and smoothies often to help increase my milk supply. Whether you are a nursing Mama or not, this delicious smoothie is packed full with good for you ingredients to help you start your day right!

Also check out this recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies . 
My little helper, Ava loves smoothies as much as I do and she helped me prepare this Sunrise Smoothie today to start our morning. Scroll down for the recipe and to learn more about 1 Natural Way and how you can receive a breast pump for FREE just like me through your Tricare insurance. 

Since we are on the topic of breastfeeding, I have a fantastic company that helped me, as a pregnant military spouse, by providing a Tricare Breast Pump with all the bells and whistles when I needed it the most. 
1 Natural Way helps moms provide breast milk to their babies through products, education, and service.
They offer a variety of products including Breast Pumps, Compression Socks, Medela Accessories, and Spectra Accessories for pregnant and new Moms. If you are a military family like me, you can get all of these items from free through Tricare! 
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This creamy 4 ingredient dip is made in minutes and perfect for dipping veggies, fries, and chips. It is also delish served with my Fried Pickle Burger and honestly I love it with just about anything!  
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It's movie night tonight and we are watching Disney's The Lion King. I made the girls, with some help from my creative husband, a healthy and fun Disney themed treat to snack on during the show! It turned out better than I imagined and they gobbled up my Peanut Butter Fruit Dip faster than you can say
Hakuna Matata! 
On the last (or fourth) Monday of each month, a group of bloggers participate in a #MovieMondayChallenge, hosted by C'mon Get Crafty! We decide on a topic, genre, or specific movie to use for inspiration and everyone gets free reign to create something wonderful!
This month's challenge was. . . . Fathers! Your Dad's Favorite Film, or just a movie about fatherhood! Everyone was allowed to choose their own favorite film so long as it was inspired by the challenge word. I chose- The Lion King. I love this Disney movie and the scenes with Simba and his wise and brave father Mufasa are some of my favorites. It is a great movie to watch with your kids especially on Father's Day! I created this healthy peanut butter yogurt fruit dip inspired by The Lion King for #MovieMonday and made it even more special by decorating it to look like a mighty lion!

Look at those happy faces! I love making fun food like this dip for my kiddos. And cuddling up and watching one of my favorite childhood movies is even more special.

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This post is sponsored by Tyson, Unilever, and Ball Park Buns products. 
All opinions are mine.
It is finally warm and sunny outside and that means we spend a whole lot of time in our backyard. Whether we are grilling, gardening, partying, or playing we love being outside in our yard having fun in the sunshine. Today I am sharing my Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches, which are the perfect summertime messy but good meal to serve at your backyard parties all season long! 
We love entertaining in our backyard and now that the weather is warm and the Texas sun is out we are ready to entertain. We love grilling but sometimes I like to use my slow cooker or oven to bake a simple family meal and we enjoy eating with friends and family on our backyard patio. Then, of course, we have s'mores in our fire pit! That's my idea of a perfect summer meal!
 I have had a Sam's Club membership since before I was married with kids but now that I am a Mama I shop there all the time! I love the bulk items and great savings and now that summer is almost here we shop for all our backyard entertaining supplies!
 For my Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich recipe I bought all my ingredients at Sam's Club including Tyson Chicken breasts, Ball Park Tailgaters Crustini Buns, and Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. 
It really saves me time and money to buy in bulk at Sam's Club! 
 Find more featured recipes for all your summer entertaining here: http://www.samsclub.com/mastersummer.
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This post is part of a kick butt burger grill giveaway hosted by GirlCarnivore but the burger epicness is all my own. 
I am excited to participate in Burger Month with Girl Carnivore this year. Over 50 bloggers including myself are sharing their best burger creations throughout the month of May along with huge giveaways you don't want to miss! 
For my Burger Month creation this year I decided to make a Southern inspired Fried Pickle Burger with Buttermilk Ranch Dip. I cooked a thick 1/2 lb peppercorn crusted burger patty and added my favorite appetizer, fried pickles, on top. Then drizzled on creamy buttermilk ranch dressing because ranch is good on just about anything, right?! 
Check out the recipe below and comment and let me know what you think.
A huge thanks to the #BurgerMonth sponsors and swag from Anolon,
Cabot Cheese, Microplane, and Red Duck.
Scroll down for the amazing giveaway!
Ingredients: 
  • 2 1/2 lb ground chuck patties
  • 2 tbsp cracked black peppercorns
  • 2 thick tomato slices
  • 2 large butter lettuce leaves
  • 2 slices Cheddar cheese {I used Cabot Cheese} 
  • 1/2 cup fried pickles {see my recipe here
  • 2 toasted and sliced burger buns
  • Buttermilk Ranch, for spreading and dipping {recipe below}

For the Buttermilk Ranch:

  • 1 1oz packet Buttermilk Ranch Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

Directions:
  1. Prepare and make the fried pickles. View my recipe here
  2. Heat a non stick grill pan over medium heat. 
  3. Add both seasoned patties to the pan and cook to desired temperature, flipping once {about 10 minutes}. 
  4. Add sliced cheese to the top of each burger and cover the pan with a lid for one minute to steam and melt cheese.
  5. Meanwhile spread ranch dressing on the inside top and bottom toasted bun. 
  6. Place bottom buns on serving plates and add lettuce and a tomato slice to each. 
  7. Remove burgers from skillet and place on the dressed buns.
  8. Top with a handful of fried pickles and finally add the top bun.
  9. Serve right away with extra napkins and more ranch dressing for dipping. Enjoy! 

For the Buttermilk Ranch:

  1. Add all four ingredients to a bowl. 
  2. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.  
First I mix up my buttermilk ranch dip. 
Place in the fridge until the burgers are ready to serve.
 For the burgers, I have purchased them two ways. Already formed and peppercorn crusted 1/2 lb patties or a 1lb package of ground chuck or sirloin that I form and season myself.
 I use a tbsp or so of cracked peppercorns on each burger. Press all over the sides.

Prepare and make the fried pickles. View my recipe here.
Heat a non stick grill pan over medium heat and add both seasoned patties.
Cook to desired temperature, flipping once {about 10 minutes}.
I love this creamy ranch dressing for sandwiches, burgers, salads, and dips!
Spread ranch dressing on the inside top and bottom toasted bun.

Place bottom buns on serving plates and add lettuce and a tomato slice to each.

Add sliced cheese to the top of each burger

Cover the pan with a lid for one minute to steam and melt cheese.
Remove burgers from skillet and place on the dressed buns.
Top with a handful of fried pickles and finally add the top bun.
Serve right away with extra napkins and more ranch dressing for dipping. Enjoy!
This is a big ol messy burger but boy is it good! 
Be sure to check out all my fellow Burger Month 2018 bloggers and their delicious burger creations and visit burgermonth.com for more mouthwatering recipes! 
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I can hardly contain my excitement! It's one of my favorite foodie holidays tomorrow. That's right :drum roll: it's National Hamburger Day and Burger Month too! 
This Southern girl loves a tasty messy but good burger and I have found the 30 best to share with y'all today! Make one {or two} tonight to celebrate and enjoy! 
1.  Gourmet Steak Burgers with Bacon Jam and Fried Egg - For the Love of Food Blog 
2.   Grilled Pork Burgers - Tastes of Lizzy T
3.    Ted's Montana Grill Kitchen Sink Bison Burger - For the Love of Food Blog
  4.  Asian Burgers with Sriracha Mayo - Chew Out Loud
  5.   Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders - Merry About Town 
  6.  Bourbon Glazed Kentucky Hot Brown Turkey Burgers - For the Love of Food Blog 
7.  Mexican Guacamole Burgers - Tastes of Lizzy T 
  9.   Cheeseburger Mini Pies - For the Love of Food Blog 
  10.   Chicken Burger with Chipotle Mayo - A Dish of Daily Life 
11.  Cola Burgers - Tastes of Lizzy T 
12.   Bull Burger Battle Baton Rouge and the Southern Charm Burger - For the Love of Food Blog
14.    Philly Cheese Burger - Lady Behind the Curtain
15.   Chipotle Cheese Stuffed Black Bean Burgers with Avocado Creme - For the Love of Food 
16.  Copycat Red Robin Whiskey River BBQ Burger - Love Bakes Good Cakes 
17.   Green Goddess Garden Burger - Lady Behind the Curtain 
18.   Aloha Burger - Cupcake Diaries Blog  
19.   Fried Pickle Burger - For the Love of Food Blog 
 20.  Salmon Burgers with Avocado Salsa - Cooktoria 
  21.  Peanut Butter - Jalapeno - Pepper Jack Steak Burger - For the Love of Food Blog
 22.  Quesadilla Burger - Tastes of Lizzy T
24.    Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Burger - For the Love of Food Blog26.   Saucy Mama Apricot & Ginger Pork Burgers with Pineapple Slaw - For the Love of Food  
27.   Loaded Taco Sweet Potato Slider Burgers - Paleo Running Momma 

28.   Creole Red Beans and Rice Burger - For the Love of Food Blog 
29.   Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburgers - Tastes of Lizzy T 
30.   Inside Out Honey Whiskey BBQ Bacon Cheese Burgers topped with Mac and Cheese - For the Love of Food Blog
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Today I am sharing one of my favorite comfort food snacks: Southern Fried Pickles .
 I love ordering them at restaurants but have never tried to make them myself until now. They are surprisingly easy to make and take only a few minutes to prepare and cook. I decided to coat them only in seasoned flour instead of a thick egg batter so they are crunchy and light and not thick coated. I love how they came out and my husband and I gobbled them up for dinner tonight!
Fried pickles are an addictive appetizer that we often order when we dine out at local sports bars. I made this copycat recipe and I was so excited my version came out just like the restaurant version- crunchy, tangy, and delicious!
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Bake these soft colorful Funfetti cookies at home with your kids! They make delicious treats for teachers on the last day of school. Wrap them up in a colorful container with a "Smart Cookie" sign and handout at school!  
Oh my heart!My oldest daughter Ava graduated preschool today! All day long I have been holding back tears y'all. how is it my baby girl is a kindergartner already? 
Ava attends part day school on the Army post here and is lucky enough to have not one, not two, but three amazing teachers! She will sure miss them! 
We brought them each a basket of these Funfetti Cookies as a thank you present.Ava was so happy to give them a gift that she helped bake. I love when she helps me in the kitchen! 
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Much better than plain ol' ketchup, this three ingredient Fry Dipping Sauce is so
 good you will make it over and over!
This tasty homemade sauce is also delicious drizzled on my Cheeseburger and Fries Pizza
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Good morning friends! 
We are one week away from summer vacation which means - no school!- and this Mama is exhausted already just thinking about it!
Luckily, we took a family trip to the grocery store to stock up on some essentials so I can meal prep and plan lunches for this week. I decided to pick up some beautiful, crunchy red apples too and add them to my slow cooker for an easy Cinnamon Fried Apples dessert. 
Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think!
Ingredients: 
  • 2 lbs {6 medium} apples, cored and sliced {I used Honeycrisp}
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tbsp apple pie spice
  • 1 stick {1/2 cup} butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup apple cider {or juice}
Directions:
  1. Core and slice apples, leaving the peel one.
  2. Add the apples and cornstarch to a large bowl and toss to coat. 
  3. Next, add the cinnamon, apple pie spice, and brown sugar and mix well.
  4. Pour into a slow cooker.
  5. Finally, pour in melted butter and apple cider. 
  6. Cover and cook for 2 hours or until apples are tender and sauce is thickened.
  7. Serve warm for dessert with a scoop of ice cream if you'd like!
You can use just about any larger hearty apple for this recipe. 
I like Granny Smith and Honeycrisp {pictured}. 
Core and slice 2 lbs of apples, leaving the skin on. 
Add apples to a large bowl and add cornstarch.
Toss to coat well.
You can add separate seasonings or a mix like Apple Pie Spice or Pumpkin Pie Spice. 
I added 1 tbsp Apple Pie Spice and 1 tbsp cinnamon to the apples.
Pour into the slow cooker.
Sprinkle on brown sugar. 
And 1 stick of melted butter and 1/2 cup of apple cider or juice.
Give one more good mix and cover and cook on high for 2 hours. 
The apples are ready when they are tender and the sauce is thick.
Serve warm for dessert with a scoop of ice cream if you'd like!
Delicious and easy to make at home right in your slow cooker!
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