4th of July Sprite Drinks with Red White & Blue Kool-Aid Cubes

Since it has been rainy and well below average temperatures for summer I’ve been trying to come up with some ways to keep the kids from going bonkers. We’ve been stuck in the house and that pretty much leaves us with cartoons, board games and kitchen fun.

I pulled out my perfect ice cube trays and a few packets of KoolAid. For this 4th of July themed drink you’ll want to get red and blue KoolAid packets. Just make a jug of each as you normally would. I actually cut back on the water a little bit so the flavor would be stronger. Freeze them in ice cube trays and you’ve got some festive flavored ice cubes. You can drop them in any drink you want but a fizzy Sprite works really great.

4th of July Drink Sprite and Red White and Blue KoolAid Ice Cubes


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Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Biscuits Recipe with #JDCrumbles

Breakfast is a tricky meal around our house. Most of the time, I try to just skip it altogether during the week. I have gotten better about it with making fruit smoothies, but it’s still my least favorite meal of the day. Even our kids aren’t big on breakfast. They’ll have a yogurt, maybe a small bowl of cereal but like me, they try to skip it if I don’t coax them to sit down for a bite to eat.

Fortunately, there’s one dish they’ll come running to the kitchen to the eat for breakfast or even a snack. These sausage cheddar biscuits are perfect for a meal on the go. You could even make them on the weekends and fry an egg to sandwich between a cut open biscuit for a complete meal!

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To make these, you’ll definitely want a bag of Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Sausage Crumbles. These are so convenient to have in the fridge! The sausage is already crumbled and cooked making it ready to add to any dish like scrambled eggs, country gravy or a casserole.

In this recipe, the sausage crumbles getting mixed into a bowl along with cheddar cheese, Bisquick and milk. You could even add a little garlic powder for an extra bit of flavor but it’s really not needed. The sausage really makes these biscuits flavorful!

Cheddar Biscuits with Sausage Crumbles

When the mixture is combined, you simply drop clumps of the dough onto a baking sheet and baked for 13-15 minutes. For an even quicker breakfast, you can make these ahead of time on a Sunday and package them into a plastic zipper bag to refrigerate and pull out as needed throughout the week. They’re even better warmed up in the microwave for a few seconds.

Sausage Cheddar Drop Biscuits

When you break a warm biscuit open, you can see the gooey, melted cheese and hearty sausage crumbles in every bite! So now my only question is … what would YOU make with Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles?

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Sausage Cheddar Biscuits Recipe


  • 2-1/2 cups Bisquick
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1-1/2 cups Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, diced
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the Bisquick, cheese, sausage crumbles and butter. Add milk and softly mix with a wooden spoon, just until combined.
  3. Drop “ping pong ball” sized lumps of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet, spread at least an inch apart.
  4. Baked 12-14 minutes, until golden brown.

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{GIVEAWAY} Green Velvet Cupcakes With Fluffy White Icing for St. Patrick’s Day

No matter the holiday, cupcakes are one treat you can dress up for any occasion. Green velvet cupcakes are no exception. Much like red velvet cupcakes, these have a velvet texture and vibrant color … green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Making these green velvet cupcakes is extremely easy and comes with the added bonus of playing with food coloring. When I’m not working with coloring buttercream, I love using McCormick green food color to brighten up a cake batter. A squeeze or two of the bottle and you can turn a chocolate cake batter into a gorgeous emerald green color.

Also, go check out Easter Bunny Peep Dirt Cakes.

Inside this soft cupcake you get crumbles of deep green. It goes perfectly with a light and fluffy white frosting that only uses a few simple ingredients.

I keep half a dozen or so bottles of McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract on hand at any given time and it gives the fluffy frosting a great flavor.



  • Cupcakes
  • 1 package (18 1/4 ounces) German chocolate cake mix with pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) McCormick® Green Food Color
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Fluffy White Frosting
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. Set 350°F. Add sour cream, cake mix, water, cocoa powder, food color, oil, eggs and vanilla in a bowl with electric mixer with low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently.
  2. Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.
  4. For the frosting, in an electric mixer with the wire whisk attachment, beat the sugar, egg whites, water and cream of tartar about 3 minutes until foamy.
  5. Add the mixture to a heat safe bowl and place it over a pot of simmering water. Stirring occasionally, heat the mixture until warm to the touch and the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the mixture back to the electric mixer bowl, add the vanilla and beat at a high speed for 15 minutes until thick with soft peaks.
  7. Frost the cupcakes and serve.

In addition to the green velvet cupcakes, I’ve been having some fun in the kitchen whipping up some easy and delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes including these Mint Chocolate Green Grasshopper Cookie Pops, Grasshopper Pudding Pie, Lucky Mint Milkshake and Lucky Little Whoopie Pies.




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Benefits of Pine Pollen And How You Can Include It In Your Food

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How To Incorporate Pine Pollen In Your Food

Superfood has become increasingly popular lately and it’s probably because the day-to-day routines nowadays are so hectic and we need to keep in shape to be able to find time for everything. So here comes a post about one very popular superfood, namely Pine Pollen. What is it? What does it contain? How do we incorporate it into our diet and food? Keep reading to unveil the answers to these questions!

For those who live in areas where pine trees are grown, then spring is about the right time to watch as yellow pollen falls off its mother tree and blankets the ground with sheer beauty and great aroma. However, according to experts, the seemingly fleeting dust of pine pollen has more than just color and aroma; it has numerous nutritional benefits and has been in use for various applications for as long as man has been around. While initial applications focused largely on healing various diseases, the issue of pine pollen nutrition has been widely studied in modern times, with a large degree of success.

Incorporating Pine Pollen In Your Food

At the time of harvesting, pine pollen is basically powdery dust. Some people take it orally in its raw form. Others will add it directly to food or drinks. This loose extract can be grabbed right from the tree or bought at a supplement store. The pollen is also available in capsule form and does not need to be taken according to specific dosages. This is because pine pollen is a tonic, making it usable consistently over a large period of time without any side effects.

Components Of Pine Pollen

Pine pollen contains a wide range of elements beneficial to the body. They include:

· Minerals- Copper, Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Molybdenum, Magnesium, Silicon, Potassium, Phosphorous, Sodium, Selenium and Zinc.

· Vitamins-A, B3,B2,B1, B-Carotene, Folic Acid,B6,Vitamin E, and Vitamin D.

· Proteins-pine pollen boasts of more than 20 Amino Acids, with all 8 of the essential Amino Acids present. This essentially places it in the category of complete proteins.

Uses of pine pollen

· Improving the health of the skin

The pollen is processed into a cream and applied on the surface of the skin and has been known to treat conditions such as acne, eczema, impetigo, boils, rashes and general dryness.

· Androgenic qualities

Pine pollen has the capacity to increase testosterone levels in the body, which makes it a natural source of the hormone. This is some kind of a big deal in the medicine world today because there are very few known natural sources of the hormone. The dust also builds up an equilibrium between the amounts of androgens and estrogen in the body. Go read more about the beneficial effects of pine pollen powder!

Research has also indicated that pine pollen can be used to enhance the function of the endocrine glands and boost immunity. It also forms a barrier to pain, fights inflammations and acts as an enhancer of the good cholesterol.









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