Star-Spangled Spiked Smoothie

Star-Spangled Spiked Smoothie

This smoothie recipe with a kick comes to us from Cornelia Guest:

Star-Spangled Spiked Smoothie

Recipe by Cornelia Guest


1 oz. vodka

1 cup mixed (or fresh) frozen berries

1 (8 ounce) container vanilla yogurt


Combine the vodka, berries, and vanilla yogurt in a blender; blend until smooth. Garnish with fresh blueberries and coconut flakes.

Red, White and Blue Sangria

Red, White and Blue Sangria

Here’s a pretty and patriotic cocktail to wow your guests this holiday weekend from Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs:

Red, White and Blue Sangria

Recipe courtesy Andrea Correale.


2 bottles dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc is good)

1 cup triple sec

1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup simple syrup (see tips below)

1 cup blueberries

1 1/2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries

1 cup raspberries

1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks (use star shaped cookie cutter to cut out patriotic star shapes)

To Make the Simple Syrup:

To make 1/2 cup simple syrup, boil 1/2 cup water and add 1/2 cup granulated white sugar. Turn heat to simmer and stir until dissolved. Turn off the heat and let cool.


Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir well. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve well-chilled with a good scoop of fruit floating in each drink, or serve over ice.

(Makes 1 Large Pitcher)

The SPAMERICAN Tour Celebrates Independence Day! #HormelFamily

MomStart is a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger.

The SPAMERICAN Tour™ is still going strong, and very fittingly, will be heading into Philadelphia from July 2nd through the 4th for Independence Day. During the SPAMERICAN Tour, visitors will have the chance to sample SPAM dishes from local chefs. The tour continues to make its way across the country – so keep your eyes peeled and see if it makes a stop in your neighborhood!

SPAM Musubi and other appetizers

In honor of the SPAMERICAN Tour, I wanted to share a few SPAM-tastic recipes:

And don’t forget to check out my own SPAM recipe creations, SPAM Nachos and Jalapeño SPAM Popper Casserole!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy SPAM?

Truvia Peach Jam Recipe

I’m a Truvia Ambassador and compensated for my time


It’s summer time and going to the farmer’s market is on the top of our list. I really like taking the kids to the Farmers Market because then they can see fresh fruits and veggies that they have never seen before. It also makes them more likely to eat the fruit and veggies if they get to pick them out.

We ended up with a huge amount of peaches the other day. So what do we do, we couldn’t eat them fast enough. We make jam that’s what we do and instead of using sugar we use Truvia Baking Blend. Truvia is made from the sweetest part of the stevia leaf, it tastes wonderful and delivers a promise of zero-calories. Truvia® Baking Blend is a recipe-friendly blend of Truvia® natural sweetener and sugar that allows consumers to reduce calories by 75%, while maintaining sugar-like taste, texture, and volume. It’s great  when used on fruit or in your favorite drinks or in jam. Jam is usually made with a lot of sugar, and by using Truvia baking blend we cut that down making it much healthier.



Peach Jam Recipe

six medium peaches (pealed and crushed)
3 TBSP Ball RealFruit Classic Pectin
2 TBSP Bottled Lemon Juice
1/2 teaspoon Butter
1  1/2 cups Truvia Baking Blend


I used my Fresh TECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker and followed the directions that came with the machine. Truvia® Baking Blend is easy to convert from full sugar recipes by simply using use half as much Truvia® Baking Blend as you would sugar. One half cup of Truvia® Baking Blend at 190 calories provides the same sweetness as one cup of sugar at 760 calories. 


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I’m an ambassador for Truvia and compensated for my time, my opinions are always my own.

Quick & Easy Shrimp Dip

Quick & Easy Shrimp Dip

MomStart is a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger.

Here’s a super simple shrimp dip I came up with today:

Ingredients (All to taste):

Dollop of ketchup
Spoonful of Herdez Red Guajillo Chile Cooking Sauce
Pat of butter


Combine all ingredients in a small, microwave safe bowl and heat, stopping to stir frequently, until fully melted and mixed – roughly 25 seconds, but this will vary from microwave to microwave. Stir thoroughly and serve with shrimp. Dip and enjoy!

Border Frappe Recipe

Border Frappe

I love blackberries, so this recipe from Tequila Avión sounds very refreshing to me:

Border Frappe

Recipe courtesy Tequila Avión


2 oz. Tequila Avión Silver

3/4 oz. Lime juice

1 tbsp. Black currant jam

Blackberry and lime wheel for garnish


Combine all ingredients in an ice filled shaker, shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a Collins or highball glass. Garnish with blackberry and a lime wheel.

Watermelon Cocktail Recipe

Watermelon Cocktail

Tequila Avión are sharing another great taste of summer today:

Watermelon Cocktail

Recipe courtesy Tequila Avión


2 parts Avión Silver or Reposado

1 part Fresh Lime Juice

4 One-Inch Cubes Fresh Watermelon

Squeeze Agave Nectar


Muddle watermelon with agave nectar in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients, and shake vigorously with ice. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish as desired.

The Endless Summer Cocktail

The Endless Summer

Summer is finally here! Celebrate by making this delicious cocktail featuring Tequila Avión:

The Endless Summer

Recipe courtesy Tequila Avión


2 oz. Avión Reposado

2 oz. Pineapple Juice

1 oz. Soda water finish


Combine tequila and pineapple juice over ice in a tall glass and stir until chilled. Add a splash of soda and garnish with a lime wheel.

Recipe: Rich Pistachio Ice Cream With Dried Cranberries

Rich Pistachio Ice Cream

Happy Father’s Day! If you want to really treat dad today, why not whip up a special homemade recipe? Here’s a fun one from Spork Foods featuring Pistachio Chewy Bites: Yummy ice cream!

Rich Pistachio Ice Cream with Dried Cranberries

Recipe by Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg of Spork Foods


3/4 cup Setton Farms pistachio kernels

1/4 cup organic brown rice syrup

1/2 cup evaporated cane sugar

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

2 1/2 cups organic soymilk creamer

3 tablespoons arrowroot powder, dissolved in 1/3 cup soymilk creamer

6 Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, roughly chopped*

*If none are available, substitute 1/4 cup roughly chopped pistachios and 1/4 cup cranberries roughly chopped.


In a large food blender, add 3/4 cup Setton Farms pistachio kernels, brown rice syrup and evaporated cane sugar. Blend until pretty smooth.

Add almond extract, sea salt, soymilk creamer. Blend until smooth.

Transfer to a pot and bring to a simmer. Whisk in dissolved soymilk creamer and arrowroot slurry.

Pour mixture into a large dish and refrigerate about 1 hour, or until chilled.

Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and churn about 20-30 minutes, or according to directions. About 5 minutes before ice cream is finished churning, add Pistachio Chewy Bites.

Serve immediately, or chill in freezer-proof container for up to 2 weeks.

Yields 1 quart

© Spork Foods, 2015

Red, White and Blue Dessert Quesadilla Recipe

Red, White & Blue Quesadilla

The 4th of July is just two short weeks away – so to help you get into a patriotic spirit, here’s a fun recipe from GrillGrate:

Red, White and Blue Dessert Quesadilla

Recipe courtesy GrillGrate


Four Flour Tortillas
Cup of white chocolate morsels
Cup of fresh raspberries
Cup of fresh blueberries
Ricotta cheese
Confectioners sugar

Making the Filling:

8 ounce container whole ricotta cheese
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp vanilla

Whirl in a food processor. This makes the filling for two quesadillas.

Making The Quesadilla:

Spread 1/3 of the filling on one tortilla (this is the bottom).
Sprinkle semi-sweet morsels.
Place 2nd tortilla on top.
Spread light film of filling.
Decorate top with raspberries and blueberries.
Add a few more white chocolate morsels.

Grilling the Quesadilla:

Medium Heat 400 F.

Use a grilling spray or wipe the raised rails with oil.
Slide the Quesadilla off the cutting board onto the GrillGrates. Close lid.
Check in 3-4 minutes by slightly lifting an edge to see the sear marks.
Quarter turn if dark searing or wait and quarter turn in 1-2 minutes. Close lid.
Use The GrateTool to check for firmness of quesadilla. Crispy, firm is perfection.
Determine whether to give it a couple of more minutes or off it comes onto the cutting board.
Let stand for 2 minutes.
Cut and Serve.

Here’s a video tutorial on how to make these: