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This post is courtesy of Heather from Heather’s French Press. She’s a wife, mom, and when she’s not walking dogs or wrangling chickens, she can be found in the kitchen. Heather says she prefers salty to sweet, but you’d never guess that from her blog. 
Cinnamon Chips with Apple Berry SalsaIt’s that time of year again: back-to-school. It seems to come faster and faster each year. Beach towels and picnic baskets are being traded for backpacks and lunchboxes. Moms everywhere are stocking up not only  on pencils and paper but also on lunchbox ideas and after-school snacks. Because no matter how busy we are, we know our kids come home from school HUNGRY!

It’s hard to top the classic cookies and milk as an after-school snack, but with school starting while temperatures are still HOT in many places, no one gets excited about heating up their kitchens or full-sized ovens. Cinnamon chips with fruit salsa is a fast and easy snack idea that’s ready in less than 30 minutes, no oven needed (just a toaster oven). More importantly, kids LOVE it.

Cinnamon Chips with Apple Berry Salsa

Toaster ovens are great for making small batch snacks, like these cinnamon chips. Brush flour tortillas with melted butter, about 1 tablespoon for 2 tortillas. Sprinkle each tortilla with cinnamon sugar, about 1 tablespoon of sugar combined with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, so it sticks to the butter. Using a pizza cutter, cut each tortilla into 8 wedges.

Heat the toaster oven to 350°F, then bake the chips with the rack in the lowest position in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

Cinnamon Chips with Apple Berry Salsa

While the chips are baking, dice 1 apple and 2 cups of strawberries. Mix with 1 cup of raspberries and 1–2 tablespoons of sugar, depending on the sweetness of the berries. Add chopped fresh mint just before serving.

Note: If you don’t have a toaster oven, the chips could be baked in a conventional oven at 350°F for 8–10 minutes.

The toaster oven baking pan will fit one large or two small tortillas, enough for one person. The salsa is best eaten fresh, but it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Some kids may not get excited about fruit as an after-school snack, but when you add homemade cinnamon chips, it is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Cinnamon Chips with Apple Berry Salsa



Fresh Summer Peaches Call for Homemade Peach Cobbler

Summer fruits at their peak, and peaches are one of my absolute favorites. There’s something about biting into a juicy, ripe peach that brings to mind carefree summer fun, when it doesn’t matter so much if you get a little messy.

Fresh Summer Peaches Call for Homemade Peach Cobbler

I still love eating fresh peaches, but I love peaches in other ways my family can enjoy, too. Peach cobbler combines the perfect sweetness of dessert pastry crust with that summer flavor I love. A hint of ginger and lemon add a little hidden zing.

Fresh Summer Peaches Call for Homemade Peach Cobbler

This cobbler is really easy to make. For the filling, toss together sliced fresh peaches, brown sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and ginger until the cornstarch is dissolved and the peaches are coated. This will help the cobbler mixture thicken as it cooks, so it develops that signature syrupy coating over the fruit.

Fresh Summer Peaches Call for Homemade Peach Cobbler

The fruit mixture is topped with the pastry mix – a blend of flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, salt, butter and milk – which creates a biscuity crust you’ll want to use to scoop up all the peaches. It can bake in a regular oven, or if you have a toaster oven, use it to keep the kitchen from overheating in the pit of summer. (Get it? Pit?) Top it with some vanilla ice cream while it’s warm, so you can get a little warm peach cobbler and cool ice cream in each bite.

Fresh Summer Peaches Call for Homemade Peach Cobbler


Peach Cobbler
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
8 medium fresh peaches, peeled and sliced or 5 cups defrosted frozen peach slices
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons milk
Instructions
Heat the oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, stir peaches, brown sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and ginger until cornstarch is dissolved.
Pour peach mixture into a 8 x 8 x 2-inch (or equivalent) baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and salt.
Gradually stir in butter and milk. Spoon over peaches.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until peaches are tender and top is golden brown.
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It’s officially time to roll out the chips and salsa, guacamole, salsa con queso and sombreros. But don’t dare start the party without the star of the show – the margarita! Here are four of our favorite recipes, made with fresh ingredients perfect for toasting our neighbors to the south – and just as good for drinking to spring, summer, a good day, a bad day, a new haircut… you get the idea. ¡Salud!

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Strawberry Margaritas
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
5 ounces tequila
2 ounces triple sec
2 cups ice cubes
Instructions
Place the ingredients in the blender jar in the order listed.
Blend on CRUSH ICE until blended.
Rub the rims of glasses with a wedge of lime. Dip in a dish of kosher salt or sugar. Pour in margarita.
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Honeydew Melon and Lime Margaritas
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
2 cups honeydew chunks
1/2 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons sugar
5 ounces tequila
2 ounces triple sec
2 cups ice cubes
Instructions
Place the ingredients in the blender jar in the order listed.
Blend on CRUSH ICE until blended.
Rub the rims of glasses with a wedge of lime. Dip in a dish of kosher salt or sugar. Pour in margarita.
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Mango Margaritas
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups mango chunks
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
5 ounces tequila
2 ounces triple sec
2 cups ice cubes
Instructions
Place the ingredients in the blender jar in the order listed.
Blend on CRUSH ICE until blended
Rub the rims of glasses with a wedge of lime. Dip in a dish of kosher salt or sugar. Pour in margaritas.
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Blackberry Blueberry Margaritas
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1 cup blackberries
1/2 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
5 ounces tequila
2 ounces triple sec
2 cups ice cubes
Instructions
Place the ingredients in the blender jar in the order listed.
Blend on CRUSH ICE until blended.
Rub the rims of glasses with a wedge of lime. Dip in a dish of kosher salt or sugar. Pour in margarita.
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Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie with @dineanddish on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachKristen Doyle is the creator of the award winning website, Dine & Dish, where she shares her favorite recipes, photographs and life stories with an ever-growing audience. Kristen is a wife and busy mom of four young kids with a passion for photography and belief in keeping things simple. You can find her on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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One of my favorite flavor combinations in the world is balsamic vinegar and strawberries. I use this combination in salads, on top of desserts, with fish, and just about any other place I can dream up. But I hadn’t tried the balsamic berry combo in smoothies yet. It simply never occurred to me to add balsamic vinegar to a breakfast item…until now.

Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie with @dineanddish on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

First, can we talk balsamic vinegar for a second? It used to be there were one or two varieties of balsamic vinegar. Now, thanks to some smart people doing some tasty experiments, we have balsamic vinegar flavor combinations out the wazoo! I recently purchased some white peach balsamic vinegar that’s amazing. While I was at that specialty shop, I also came across chocolate balsamic vinegar, espresso balsamic vinegar, berry balsamic vinegar and so much more! There was a flavor to suit every palate. We’re lucky to live in a world with so many options!

Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie with @dineanddish on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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For the Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie recipe I’m sharing today, I used my new peach balsamic vinegar, but you can use original balsamic vinegar and be just fine. The key is to let your berries soak in the balsamic long enough that they are infused with this unique flavor. It will really make your smoothie stand out in flavor way beyond just a regular fruit smoothie. I hope you enjoy it!

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Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Smoothie
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
½ cup fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
¼ cup balsamic vinegar (I prefer a white variety, simply so it doesn’t change the color of the smoothie)
6 ounces vanilla yogurt
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup ice
Instructions
Place chopped strawberries and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Stir, cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning place all ingredients in your blender and blend until completely smooth (about 2 minutes).
Pour into a glass, serve and enjoy!
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Center Stage: Citrus Kale Immune Booster Smoothie with @foodnfocus and @hamiltonbeach | everydaygoodthinking.comApril Aceto works in advertising sales by day and behind her camera at night. Her passions for food and photography come from her extensive travel around the country and the world, exploring new cuisine and landscapes. She is the author of Food n’ Focus, a blog devoted to bringing a variety of cuisines together in one photogenic place. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Now that September is finally here and the cooler temperatures are right around the corner, I think many of us notice that our immune systems begin to take a turn for the worse. People are cooped up indoors and germs are spreading like crazy. Many of us start to increase our intake of vitamin C during this time through supplements or fruits but I really like to boost my immunity with one of my favorite smoothies.

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One of my favorite sources of vitamin C is kale. This vegetable is seriously the new “superfood” and it’s packed with nutrients that do wonderful things for your body. While it might turn your smoothie a leafy green color, it’s practically flavorless so you won’t even know it’s there! Not only is this vegetable high in vitamin C, but it also gives you large doses of Vitamin A, K and fiber. Fiber can also help you maintain a healthy weight by making you feel full longer.

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In addition to the vitamin-packed kale, the combination of citrus fruits, chia seeds and Greek yogurt add an extra punch of vitamin C and protein. I also like to include vanilla almond milk as an additional source of protein. All of these components are a great way to wake your body up and keep you feeling full until lunchtime. And it never hurts to boost your immune system as we move into the cooler months.

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Citrus Kale Immune Booster Smoothie
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
1 cup vanilla almond milk
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 grapefruit, peeled and quartered
1 orange, peeled and quartered
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 handful fresh kale
2-3 ice cubes
Instructions
Combine all ingredients in the jar of the Single-Serve Blender and pulse until the ingredients are combined.
Place the travel lid back onto the cup and serve or pour into a large glass and enjoy.
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