Strawberry Fruit Leather Recipe

Strawberry Fruit Leather
Looking for some kid-friendly snacks as we head into back-to-school season? Check out this lunchbox-ready idea from Tracy and Terry Paulding at Paulding & Company!
Strawberry Fruit Leather
  • 1 ½ lbs ripe organic strawberries
  • ¾ cups sugar
  1. Puree the berries with the sugar in a blender until smooth. Push through a fine mesh strainer. Pour into a saucepan and heat to boiling, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until thick.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200° F. Pour the berry mixture into a Silpat-mat-lined baking sheet and spread it out in an even layer. Dry in the oven until it is tacky and sticks, 2-3 hours. Allow to cook for at least 3 hours before eating. Once well cooled, it may be cut and placed on parchment paper and then plastic wrap. They won’t last forever, they may get a bit sticky over time, but that’s what happens when you don’t use any preservatives!
  3. Other fruits to try: Plums, nectarines, peaches, berries; Apples and pears turn a funny color, but try it if you want, with a little lemon juice to preserve the color.


Aperitivo Especial Cocktail Recipe

Ketel One Aperitivo Especial

Here’s another tasty cocktail courtesy of Ketel One Vodka to sip on during your Labor Day gatherings:

Ketel One Aperitivo Especial


1.5 oz. Ketel One Oranje

.75 oz. Aperol

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz. fresh orange juice

.25 oz. honey



Combine first five ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

A Dog Recipe: Rover’s Cheeseburger Pops Often referred to as an Airbnb for dogs, the Seattle-based company is the nation’s largest network connecting dog owners with dog lovers for hire. They have lots of tricks up their sleeves when it comes to pampering your dog a few favorites are ice rings, cheeseburger pops and kale bones, with a few other pet food inspirations. Below is the cheeseburger pop recipe.


Step 1: Start with any one of these tasty liquid bases

  1. Low sodium chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  2. Yogurt
  3. Peanut butter
  4. No-sugar applesauce
  5. Cottage cheese
  6. Baby food
  7. Canned dog food (thinned out with water or broth)
  8. Rice milk
  9. Canned pumpkin puree
  10. Oatmeal

Step 2: Mix in madness! Choose your dog’s favorite ingredients

  1. Blueberries
  2. Apples
  3. Strawberries
  4. Bananas
  5. Cheese cubes (if tolerated)
  6. Green beans
  7. Carrots
  8. Kibble
  9. Squash
  10. Sweet potato
  11. Peas
  12. Broccoli or cauliflower florets
  13. Watermelon (seeded)
  14. Diced or ground meat

Step 3: Freeze and enjoy!

Offer up a homemade pupsicle on a hot day for the perfect picnic treat.

Quick Lemon Iced Tea Recipe #StayCool

Quick Lemon Iced Tea Recipe

Samples provided for review.

As you’ve seen, Keurig machines are awesome for creating delicious iced coffee. But what if you don’t like coffee? You might be surprised to learn that they have K-Cups for all sorts of tasty drinks, from Snapple Iced Teas to Vitamin Burst Acai Berry drinks. So here’s a fast and easy iced tea recipe you can enjoy with a Keurig:

Quick Lemon Iced Tea


1 Lipton Classic Unsweetened Iced Tea K-Cup

1 TBSP sugar

1 TSP lemon juice



In a large mug, brew K-Cup on largest setting (11.25 oz). Add lemon and sugar; stir. In a separate mug, add ice, then pour tea over the ice; reserve the remaining tea for refills. Note: You can do this all in one mug easily with the Keurig Iced Beverage Tumbler on a slightly smaller brew setting, but my tumbler was being used and I wanted to make a lot of iced tea. ;)

What’s your favorite iced drink?

Recipe: Iced Coffee With a Touch of Chocolate #StayCool

Iced Coffee With a Touch of Chocolate

Samples provided for review.

As I mentioned earlier, Keurig brewers are great when you have guests over, since each person can customize their drink to their tastes. Earlier today, one of my friends whipped up this chocolatey creation for herself:

Iced Coffee With a Touch of Chocolate

Recipe by Jess


1 Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend K-Cup

4 oz milk

1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder


Toppings (All to taste):

Caramel ice cream topping


Brew K-Cup on the smallest serving size (3.25 oz). Blend with milk and cocoa powder, then pour in a tall glass over ice. Top with Reddi-Wip, a drizzle of caramel, and cinnamon.

Note: This makes a very strong drink, so if you prefer a sweet drink, halve the cocoa power or add sugar to taste.

Coffee closeup

Frozen Hazelnut & Caramel Coffee Recipe #StayCool

Frozen Hazelnut and Caramel Coffee

Samples provided for review.

I’m a coffee addict, but it gets difficult to enjoy my favorite beverage on hot summer days because I get overheated so easily. Iced coffee is the perfect solution to this, but we all know how our favorite coffee house treats add up – so Keurig recently sent me one of their brewers so I could try my hand at whipping up refreshing frozen coffees in the comfort of my own home. I’m a sucker for anything caramel, so when I saw the recipe card that they sent over, I knew it’d be a hit!

Frozen Hazelnut & Caramel Coffee

Original recipe provided by Keurig, with some modifications by yours truly!


1 Green Mountain Coffee Hazelnut K-Cup

4 oz milk

1 tsp of sugar

Caramel ice cream topping (To taste)

Reddi-Wip (For topping)



Brew K-Cup and pour into a blender with a handful of ice cubes. Add milk, sugar, and desired amount of caramel, then blend until smooth. Add ice cubes to a mug, mason jar, or large glass, and pour coffee over the ice. Top with Reddi-Wip & drizzle with caramel; serve, and enjoy!

Hazelnut & Caramel Coffee


This was a lot easier to make than I would have thought, and soooo good! Relaxing with friends and a cold drink really helps me beat the heat during the last stretch of summer. The Keurig K75 Platinum is my first experience having a Keurig in the kitchen, and as a certified collector of any and all coffee gadgets, I thought this was a brilliant addition. I love all of the programmable controls and digital readout – the unit is so sleek and has so many different features.

Keurig K75 Platinum

Keurig closeup

I also received an Iced Beverage Tumbler that is specifically designed to fit in a Keurig, so you can just fill it with ice, brew your coffee, and go! All K-Cup and Vue brewers can make iced drinks in this way. And since it takes less than one minute to brew, you can have an iced coffee pronto whenever you want it! I love how fast and efficient the Keurig is – this is perfect for when you want a cup of coffee later in the day but don’t want to brew a whole pot. It’s also perfect for those mornings when I wake up so fuzzy that I have a hard time loading up the coffee maker in my stupor…which would be every morning. ;) And this is also wonderful for when you have company over, since you can serve everyone exactly what flavor they feel like – which is exactly what I did earlier today. Really, is there anything this can’t do?

Time to #StayCool!

For more refreshing inspiration during this long summer holiday weekend, make sure to visit the #StayCool page on and see how people around the country are cooling off! And make sure to share a photo of your own icy creations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #StayCool.

How are you beating the heat this Labor Day?

20 Recipes using Truvia Natural Sweetener or Truvia Baking Blend

I am a Truvia Brand ambassador and compensated for my time, opinions are always my own.

Substituting Truvia in the place of sugar in recipes is a great place to start. Truvia baking blend is designed for easy, at-home baking, and is a blend of Truvia® natural sweetener and sugar. Truvia® Baking Blend provides sugar-like taste and texture in recipes, but with 75% fewer calories and twice the amount of sweetness than sugar. Truvia® Baking Blend is available at retail stores nationwide in a 1.5 pound bag with a closeable, easy-to-use pour spout. I love how easy it is to store and pour. We decided that this month we wanted to share with you 20 different recipes using Truvia!

20 recipes using Truvia

  1. Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Recipe
  2. Healthy Strawberry Lemon Smoothie
  3. White Bean Brownies
  4. Cheesecake Muffins Recipe
  5. Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade with Truvía® Natural Sweetener
  6. Double-Chocolate Brownie Batter Overnight Oats
  7. Watermelon Granita
  8. Skinny Bakery Style Donut Holes
  9. Lemon Pound Cake
  10. Sugar Free Jalapeno Jelly With Truvia
  11. Breakfast Chocolate Mousse
  12. Fudgy Brownies with Truvía® Baking Blend
  13. Low-Carb Peanut Butter Cookie Muffins
  14. Going Skinny with Your Cocktails! Fabulous Cocktail Recipes that Won’t Stick to Your Thighs!
  15. Skinny Sweet Tea
  16. Homemade Limeade
  17. Cranberry Orange Muffins
  18. Sugar Free Strawberry Jam
  19. Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream with Homemade Caramel Drizzle
  20. Simple Syrup with Truvía® Natural Sweetener

Labor Day Cocktail: The “Summer Breeze”

Ketel One Summer Breeze

Whether you’re having a picnic, BBQ, or just kicking back on the deck this weekend, Ketel One Vodka has the perfect end-of-summer cocktail for you:

Ketel One Summer Breeze


1 ½ oz. Ketel One Oranje®

1 ½ oz. fresh orange juice

1 ½ oz. cranberry juice


Build in a rocks glass over ice. Stir. Garnish with an orange wedge.

11 Dry Rub Recipes to Kick Up Your Labor Day Cookout

11 Dry Rub Recipes to Kick Up Your Labor Day Cookout

Since we’re kicking off Labor Day weekend today, our friends at Chef Works wanted to share 10 dry rub recipes perfect for your Labor Day BBQ:

11 Dry Rub Recipes to Kick Up Your Labor Day Cookout

All recipes courtesy Chef Works.

Kansas City Dry Rub
Kansas City inspired barbecue dishes starts with a classic dry rub which – by tradition – is on the sweeter side. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own delicious Kansas City style seasoning at home.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
1 tbsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. onion powder

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in an airtight container.

Carolina Dry Rub
Pork is THE traditional meat of choice when talking about Carolina barbecue. So whether you’re serving it up sliced, shredded or pulled at your next cookout, flavor it up with this dry rub before you toss it on the grill or slow-roast it to perfection.

2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. freshly ground pepper
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup paprika

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in an airtight container.

Rosemary Garlic Dry Rub
If you’re a bigger fan of chicken than you are of red meat – or if you’re looking for some less traditional barbecue flavors – this Tuscan-inspired rub might be right up your alley.

1/4 cup dried rosemary
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried sage
2 tablespoons dried garlic flakes
1/3 cup kosher salt
2 tablespoons cracked black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in an airtight container.

Jamaican Jerk Dry Rub
If you enjoy Caribbean flavors such as nutmeg, all spice, ginger and cinnamon, this dry rub is an ideal way to put a tropical spin on your next summertime cookout. This rub works best when used on poultry or pork.

2 tbsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 teaspoons ground all spice
1 teaspoon crushed dried hot pepper
1 teaspoon dried chives
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in an airtight container.

Classic Pork Dry Rub
From pork chops to grilled pork loin, pork is definitely a popular choice among barbecue connoisseurs. This basic rub recipe is quick and easy, making it the perfect add-on to your favorite pork dish.

1/3 cup paprika
1/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons black pepper
2 tablespoons salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon white pepper

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in an airtight container.

Cajun Spice Mix
Looking for something to spice up some chicken, fish, or steak? This easy homemade Cajun spice mix will do it.

4 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons sea salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in an airtight container.

All Purpose Seasoned Salt
Most seasoned salts have anti-caking agents and other preservatives. This one is easy to make and is perfect on burgers, pasta, or anything that needs a little zing.

2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in an airtight container.

Caribbean Jerk Seasoning
Mix this seasoning blend with some honey or brown sugar for an amazing jerk chicken or pork.

2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cayenne

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in an airtight container.

Asian 5 Spice
Instead of buying this for a single recipe, you can make your own out of spices you already probably have in your spice cabinet. Use on stir-fries, in curries, or any Asian inspired dish.

1 tablespoon ground anise
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon ground fennel
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in an airtight container.

Fajita Seasoning
This easy to make seasoning is great for Southwestern inspired dishes, fajitas, burritos, or soups.

1/4 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon cumin

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in an airtight container.

Herbs de Provence
Looking for an elegant seasoning blend to add to fish, cream sauces, or roasted vegetables? This delicate blend is the perfect option.

4 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried marjoram
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried savory
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
1/2 teaspoon ground lavender

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in an airtight container.

Crispy Vegetable Turkey Wrap Recipe #HormelFamily

Wraps are a great way to get kids to eat a few more vegetables. Just put them in a wrap with some of  the fresh Hormel® Natural Choice® ham or turkey.


Crispy Vegetable Turkey Wrap Recipe

3 ounces HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® Oven Roasted Deli Turkey
¼ cup Swiss chard
3 sprigs daikon sprouts
1 each medium red, yellow and orange bell peppers cut into matchsticks
1 (6-inch) whole wheat tortilla or flatbread
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
½ tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey
Salt and pepper

1. Lay tortilla on plate or flat surface.
2. Layer Swiss chard, sprouts and pepper on tortilla.
3. Pile turkey evenly in center of wrap.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, honey, salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over turkey.
5. Fold sides of tortilla to center. Fold bottom of tortilla up.