As the spring turns to summer, and the days get warmer, my body starts craving bright, fresh, sunshiny drinks. I’m particularly fond of fruit lemonades (like this Peach Lemonade + this Watermelon Lemonade) or tea-based drinks (like this Southern Fruit Tea), but recently, I wanted to try something new. I LOVED drinking this hot Spiced Hibiscus-Ginger Tea this past winter, so I decided to tweak it to make it more warm weather-friendly, and turn it into a soda!
And y’all, this soda is fantastic. I could seriously drink it all day long. It is bright and tart and citrusy and SO refreshing. Plus, it’s super easy to make, taking less than 20 minutes to create, from start to finish. I’ve actually been doubling the recipe now, and I keep the extra hibiscus-ginger syrup in the fridge, so I can whip up a fancy soda whenever I get the urge. While this is simple enough to be an every day drink, it also is pretty enough, with its vibrant ruby color, to be the signature drink at a party, wedding/baby shower, or brunch. I loved it exactly as is, but if you’re wanting something a little boozier, it would be fantastic with a bit of vodka, too. Cheers!
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It’s no secret that I love my crock-pot. I use it year ’round to cook beef, chicken, pork, farro, and more. And today, I’m introducing you to my most-frequently-made, #1 favorite, absolute easiest crock-pot recipe: Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken! I have been making this recipe for years, but I’ve never shared it on the blog until now. Why? Because it’s so darn simple that it’s almost NOT a recipe. It has a mere 4 ingredients + a whopping 2 minutes of prep time to get everything layered. That said, I make this recipe frequently for family, friends, parties, and potlucks, and it is the recipe that I get the most requests for. I’ve emailed out this simple little recipe probably 100 times, so I figured it was time to write it up properly, grab a few pictures, and share it with y’all!
Basically, you take boneless/skinless chicken breasts, taco seasoning, diced green chiles, and your favorite salsa. Layer those ingredients as I’ve pictured, cook on LOW for 4-6 hours, and the finished result is a chicken that is wonderfully tender, flavorful, versatile, and crowd-pleasing. I’ve used it for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, rice + bean bowls, and more. Note that there are similar recipes out there for two-ingredient salsa chicken (using only chicken + salsa), which I’ve tried, but I just find them a bit too one-dimensional for me. With the added taco seasoning and green chiles, it kicks it up to a whole ‘nother level, with tons more flavor + depth. I can’t wait for y’all to give this super simple recipe a try – I think you are going to love it!
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When I’m asked to bring a side dish to a party, potluck, or cookout, I almost always go with pasta salads. They’re quick + simple to make, they appeal to kiddos and adults alike, and they’re very forgiving temperature-wise, being equally awesome cold straight from the fridge or at room temperature. So, when I recently saw a recipe for a delicious-sounding lemony Tortellini-Chickpea Pasta Salad and was having a big group over to my house for a potluck dinner the following day, I knew that I had to give it a try. I love pasta, I looooove lemon, + I love fresh veggies, so I sensed that I was going to be a huge fan of this salad.
And the verdict from myself and my guests? This pasta salad is SO delicious. Truly, this might be the best pasta salad I’ve ever made! There’s tasty cheese tortellini, hearty chickpeas, + bright, crisp vegetables (carrots, spinach + tomatoes), all tossed with an amazingly wonderful homemade lemon, herb + garlic vinaigrette. (Note: the super-simple-to-make vinaigrette is also fantastic for dressing green salads!) Including all chopping, prepping, + cooking, this only took me about 30 minutes to make, which was much appreciated by this busy mama. As printed below, this recipe serves 4-6 people as a side dish, but it’s easily doubled or even tripled (which is what I did) if you’re serving a bigger group. So, now that the season of warm-weather parties is approaching, make sure you bookmark this recipe to try – I promise, you and your cookout companions are going to love it!
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