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Buffalo Chicken Flatbreads w/ @stonyfield Greek Yogurt Buffalo Sauce! #CleanPlateClub #StonyfieldBlogger #recipe

Even though I’m going on 4 months postpartum I still love buffalo chicken. The cravings have not left me. Flatbreads have become my new best friend. Well technically, they have been my best friend for the past few years. You will always find a package of flatbreads in my pantry. They make for a super easy dinner or a spur of the moment appetizer. When I sent my husband to Costco a few weeks ago for a rotisserie chicken I knew I wanted to make chicken pot pie and my homemade chicken soup recipe. I didn’t think I would have any chicken left on the rotisserie. I can stretch a $5 rotisserie chicken from Costco like no one else. Easily 2-3 meals.

Buffalo Chicken Flatbreads w/ @stonyfield Greek Yogurt Buffalo Sauce! #CleanPlateClub #StonyfieldBlogger #recipe

Since having Ryder, my husband has been very helpful in the kitchen. As I was chopping carrots, and dicing onions for the soup and pot pie I had my husband shredding chicken from said $5 chicken. The man can shred a chicken. Not only did I have an abundance of shredded chicken for my soup and pot pie, but I was able to bag and freeze one cup of shredded chicken. I love to have shredded chicken in the freezer on hand at all times! So when I needed to make a quick dinner a week later, what did I do? Defrost the frozen shredded chicken and make Buffalo Chicken Flatbreads. And because they were so good (and I still had enough chicken) I made them the next day while we were spending a few hours next to the pool at my in-laws house. These Buffalo Chicken Flatbreads made for an awesome appetizer for everyone to snack on pool side. Normally, my husband would be against me re-making the same recipe with less than 24 hours. He didn’t boycott this recipe to say the least. Buffalo Chicken Flatbreads w/ @stonyfield Greek Yogurt Buffalo Sauce! #CleanPlateClub #StonyfieldBlogger #recipe

To take this flatbread over the top I made a Greek Yogurt Buffalo sauce that I drizzled on top. The creamy sauce added to the depth of flavors that this flatbread was packing. So whether you are looking to dress up dinner or make a snazzy appetizer this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Flatbreads is sure to be a hit!

Katie Original

Buffalo Chicken Flatbreads

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 4 flatbreads

Buffalo Chicken Flatbreads

Ingredients

  • 4 flatbreads
  • 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 cup green onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce + 1 tablespoon
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup bleu cheese
  • 1/3 cup Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pre-bake flatbreads for 2 minutes. While the flatbreads are baking combine the shredded chicken, 1 tablespoon diced green onions, 1/4 cup buffalo sauce and minced celery stalk. Mix until well combined.
  3. Remove the flatbreads from the oven, divide the whipped cream cheese among the four flatbreads and smear on each flatbread. Divide the buffalo chicken mixture, shredded cheddar cheese, and bleu cheese among the four flatbreads evenly. Bake the flatbreads for 5 minutes or until golden brown in color.
  4. While the flatbreads are baking combine the Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt with 1 tablespoon of buffalo sauce. Set to the side once combined.
  5. Remove the flatbreads from the oven, cut the flatbreads, sprinkle the remaining green onions on top of the flatbread. Place the greek yogurt buffalo sauce in a baggy, cut the tip off one of the corners of the baggy and pipe the sauce on top of the flatbread. Serve immediately.
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Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork with Black Beans

Before I gave birth to Ryder, I made up a bunch of freezer meals. Everyone warned me that I wouldn’t have any time to cook. They were partially right, but at the same time, cooking is like therapy to me. And after being in the hospital for 4 days I missed being in the kitchen. Needless to say, I didn’t fully stay out of the kitchen. The first week we were home from the hospital I made us a hot breakfast every morning. Breakfast is like the easiest thing on the planet to make. Our mother’s spoiled us and brought or made us dinner in our kitchen each night for the first few days. But then after that, it was time to start thawing all the freezer meals and making them work for us.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork with Black Beans

I made up a freezer bag of this Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork with Black Beans the week before I was induced to have Ryder. If you don’t want to freeze the recipe you can always just throw everything into the slow cooker the day you want to make it. If you decide you want to stock your freezer with a hearty meal, put everything into the gallon size bag except the water. Then when you go thaw out the meal (it will take a good 24 hours in the refrigerator) you just add the water. We had this recipe for Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork with Black Beans a few week’s after he was born. It hit the spot and I served the hearty stew like recipe on top of a slice of texas toast and paired it with my Italian-style baked potato wedges and a salad.

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Cherry Lemon Sangria

Cherry Lemon Sangria

Oh how I missed sangria for 9+ months. Towards the end of my pregnancy I was dreaming about it (and guzzling a big old glass of cold bubbly beer). I promise I’m not an alcoholic. But there’s something about craving stuff you can’t have. While I was pregnant I was dreaming up all sorts of sangria recipes. This recipe for cherry lemon sangria just happened to be one of them.

Cherry Lemon Sangria

While browsing the aisles of World Market I found a bottle of Artisianal Cherry and Lemon French Soda. I knew that this was going to make the perfect base for the most delicious tasting and refreshing sangria around. I made it the same day I made my Thai Style BBQ Hot & Tangy Sriracha Grilled Wings. The sangria complimented the wings perfectly. Not to mention it was a scorching hot day out and we were spending it poolside at my in-laws house. Thankfully, Mr. Ryder decided to take a longer than normal nap so not only did momma get to take a dip in the pool but she also got to enjoy a glass of this Cherry Lemon Sangria without any crying to be heard.

Cherry Lemon Sangria

In case your wondering about the cherries. I did not keep the pits in them. That’s no fun and gives the consumer way too much work to do. Instead, I used my favorite OXO Cherry Pitter. I can’t imagine pitting cherries any other way, and if you have little ones this is a good job to have them do. My mother in-law was telling me she always let’s my nephew who is 5 pit all the cherries for her. He thinks it’s a game and she gets a little work out of him! It’s a win-win. So whether your cooling off at the pool or inside your home… make a big pitcher of this Cherry Lemon Sangria!

Katie Original Recipe

Cherry Lemon Sangria

Cherry Lemon Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Cherry Lemon French Soda
  • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine cherry lemon french soda, pinot grigio, granulated sugar, half the cherries and lemon. Mix well, then pour over ice. Garnish each glass with a few chopped cherries and a few slices of lemon.
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This is a sponsored post on behalf of OXO Tots. As always all opinions are my own.
Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

I realize my son is only 3.5 months old, but since before he was even conceived I knew I would be “one of those mom’s” who would make her child’s baby food. I know I have a little less than 3 month’s until I get the “all clear” to make and feed baby Ryder food, but I want to take advantage of the fruits and veggies that are in season now. Over the weekend we took a road trip up to Georgia. On our way home, we stopped by Lane Orchard to pick up a case of sweet juicy Georgia peaches. We do this every year during peach season when we drive through Georgia. We pass along a dozen peaches to our parents and coworkers and then I take the rest and make all things peach. Like skillet peach cobbler, Grilled Peaches with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream and even peach mojitos. As soon as we picked up our box I knew I needed to make a batch of homemade peach puree baby food for Ryder. Although he won’t get to try out my tasty (and oh-so easy) recipe for another few months. He will get the sweetest juiciest peaches around during the off season.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Making homemade baby food is actually very easy and so much more affordable than buying pre-made baby food. Plus, you know exactly what is in the food you are feeding your child.

To make homemade baby food. I first removed the skins from the peaches. You can choose from one of two methods.

  1. Simply boil water, blanch peaches in the hot bubbling water for 2 minutes. Removed the peaches, and placed them in an ice bath. The skins come off oh-so easy doing this method.
  2. Grab a peeler and peal the old fashion way!

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Once my peaches were pealed,  I chopped them up (4 peaches = about 4 cups) and cooked them in a little bit of 100% baby apple juice for 10 minutes until they were soft. If you are a breastfeeding mama and have a little breast milk on hand you can use that instead of apple juice. Because I chose to cook the peaches on high I found myself stirring constantly. Not a big deal, just maximizes the cooking time. My peaches were not mushy. They still were a bit firm yet soft when I taste tested one of them.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Then I ran it through my OXO Food Mill. I started with the fine disc and gradually changed to the medium and coarse disc. this was my first time using a Food Mill. You turn the knob clockwise to run the food contents through the mill and counter-clockwise to pull up the fruit. You keep repeating this process until you have peach puree.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Make sure you place your Food Mill on a sturdy surface. I used my OXO Mixing Bowl that has a grip on the bottom to ensure that the bowl wouldn’t slip away.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Using an angled measuring cup, I carefully poured the puree into the Baby Blocks™ Freezer Storage Containers – 2-Ounce Set.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTots

OXO Tot Baby Blocks give homemade baby food the same care you put into preparing it. Easily portion, store, freeze, heat, and serve the meals you’ve cooked especially for your baby using Containers in convenient two-ounce sizes. Each container fits into the freezing tray, and has measurement markings to make portioning a snap. On the go? The containers are airtight, watertight and leakproof. Peek at the clear Containers to identify the contents, then pop one into your bag for simple defrosting and feeding when you’re out and about with your tot. An easy-open, easy-shut lid makes the Containers a carefree choice.

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food #FirstBites @OXOTot

Easy as that, Ryder has his first batch of homemade baby food made! Peaches will probably be his third or fourth food that he tries since you want to start out with vegetables that aren’t sweet first. Or at least that is what I’ve read. I still have a few more months to read up on homemade baby food and all the “do’s and don’ts”. Do you have any tips for me?

*Make sure you scroll down past the recipe to enter to win an OXO Tot’s prize pack!

Katie Original Recipe

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food + OXO Tots Giveaway

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 ounces of Peach Puree

Homemade Peach Puree Baby Food + OXO Tots Giveaway

Ingredients

  • 4 Organic Peaches
  • 3 tablespoons of 100% Baby Apple Juice

Directions

  1. Peel the peaches and cube. Place peaches in a stock pot with 100% Baby Apple Juice. Cook on high, stirring frequently for 10 minutes until peaches are soft.
  2. Place peaches in OXO Food Mill using the fine disc followed by the medium and coarse disc. Scrape the bottom of the food mill using a silicone spatula in to the bowl. Pour the peach puree into an angled measuring cup. Divide homemade peach puree baby food among the 6 Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers.
  3. Store in refrigerate and consume within 3-5 days or freeze up to 6 months.
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*All winners will be selected randomly and will be notified via email. They will have 48 hours to respond. Open to US residents over the age of 18. *The OXO Tot #FirstBites campaign and giveaway is sponsored by OXO Disclaimer: I was not compensated to participate in this campaign; however, I did receive OXO Tot’s product to participate. As always all opinions are my own. 


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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I love the beach, there is no hiding it. The beach is a short 45 minute drive for us. I’ve always grown up close to the beach and can’t imagine life any other way. I’m a beach bum, well I guess you could say I use to be a beach bum until I had a baby. But that didn’t stop us from bringing him to the beach. A few weeks ago we brought Ryder to the beach for a few hours and to say he loved it is an understatement. We were even brave (well my husband was) and took him in the water. He is a total water baby! LOVES the water. I can’t wait to do more beach trips with him.

Ryder's First Beach Trip

Now that I’m done sharing a cute baby photo of only the cutest beach baby around I wanted to tell you about how I get my “beach” fix when I can’t make it to the beach. One of my favorite restaurants, Bahama Breeze, is having a brand new event this summer called the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash. That’s right. I can spend half the amount of time it would take to get to the beach and isntead enjoy food and my favorite cocktail with family and friends. Or try the new Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple drink; the must have frozen drink of the summer served in a fresh cut pineapple! Nothing screams summer and the beach like pineapple!

Bahama Breeze is the summer destination for good times. Every Saturday from now until August 3rd, Bahama Breeze turn’s up the live music and rolls out a mojito bar! You know how much we love mojito’s in my home. Our favorites are Peach Mojitos and Strawberry Mojitos! You choose your fruit, your rum, and watch our bartenders muddle the perfect summer cocktail. We like mojito’s even better when we don’t have to do the work!

If you live near a Bahama Breeze make sure you visit before August 3rd so you can experience the Summer Beach Bash. And while your enjoying your time at the Summer Beach Bash make sure you enter the Instagram Selfie Contest. All you have to do is share a creative selfie of yourself enjoying  your time at the Summer Beach Bash and use the hashtag #MyBBSelfie and you will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Bahama Breeze gift card! Easy as that!

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