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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Review + Straz Discounted Ticket Information

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an electrifying performance that the whole family will enjoy. Find out how to Take On the Real World with these children of the most powerful of the Greek gods. While I was able to attend this performance at the Straz Center at no cost, all opinions are 100% my own.

The Lightning Thief - The Percy Jackson Musical Review

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Review

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Straz Discounted Ticket Information

No, I haven’t read the books. Yes, when I was about 5 minutes into the show, I was thinking to myself, I wish I had read the books. You do not need to read the books to enjoy this performance, in fact I went with my mom and both kids and we all enjoyed it. And none of us have read the books. However, I do want to read the books and they are now on my summer reading list. Well, at least the first one is 😉

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical has a small, yet very talented cast. There are under 10 performers in the cast and several played multiple roles, talk about talent!

Percy Jackson and his friends are “half-bloods” meaning that they are the children of the Greek gods, only one of their parents is a godly creature and by staying at the Half Blood Camp, they can be kept safe from the outside world. However, Percy’s dad, Poseidon, has other plans and Percy has to set out on a quest. Two of his brave friends join him on his journey, taking them to the Underworld and beyond. You will experience how they learn to use their talents, develop friendships and who was against them all along as they continue on to save the world.

The Lightning Thief - The Percy Jackson Musical

You may read that and think that The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an entertaining tale. And you would be right. But, you also need to know that there is a few messages in this incredible tale that everyone needs to know.

The lesson that everyone needs to learn from The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is:

The world is filled with monsters.

Monsters can be everything from what you see on TV, to spending too much time on technology, to the monsters you have created for yourself, to the more serious monsters like robbers and the evil out there in the world.

But there are monsters. And at some point in your life, you will need to face them. And you will probably face more than one or two in your lifetime.

So, BRING ON THE MONSTERS. BRING ON THE REAL WORLD.

There is no need to hide, there is no need to face them alone.

BRING ON THE MONSTERS. BRING ON THE REAL WORLD.

You don’t have to do it alone. But there are monsters out there, and they are waiting for you.

But, you got this. You can take on the monsters, you can take on the real world.

Percy Jackson and his friends finish this electrifying performance by letting us know that they will be back next summer, and personally, I can’t wait. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical was an amazing performance that will leave you ready for the next summer. Ready to take on the REAL WORLD.

The Percy Jackson Musical Review

This adaption of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is at the Straz Center for Performing Arts here in Tampa now through July 14th.  You do have the opportunity to get discount tickets at each performance thanks to the Straz Center Pre-Show Lottery.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL will conduct a pre-show lottery beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance.

Straz Center Lottery details:

• 20 tickets available at $20 per performance
• Entries will be accepted at the Ticket Sales Office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance.
• A Straz representative will distribute entry cards; entrants print name and number of tickets (1 or 2) on card and return to rep who will then place it in the box.
• Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets.
• Only one entry is allowed per person and two tickets per winner. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing.
• Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets.
• Tickets are subject to availability.

Straz Center Tampa Address:

  • 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, FL 33602

What is one of your favorite shows that you have seen at the Straz Center for Performing Arts? Will you be seeing The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical?

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Most Popular Types of Wine – The Varieties You Need To Know

Are you ready to discover the wines of the world? How about just understanding the wines at the grocery store or on the restaurant menu? Here are the most popular types of wine, these are the varieties you need to know.

Most Popular Types of Wine

Most Popular Types of Wine – The Varieties You Need To Know

Want to order a nice glass of wine at your favorite restaurant or pick up a bottle at the store but you are unsure of where to start? Let this simple guide help you along to your wine buying journey. Below are some of the most popular wine varietals and some basic pairing ideas. There is a world of wines out there to explore and appreciate, so let’s get started!

Here are the Most Popular Types of Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine that tends to be full-bodied with high tannins and noticeable acidity. Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the most popular variety of wine in the world! You may be able to pick up on blackcurrant and black cherry notes when tasting. This beautiful red wine pairs well with seared tuna, duck, beef, lamb, venison, aged cheddar and gouda, it is also good with apples and plums. The optimal serving temperature for red wine is between 62-68 degrees, if you don’t have a wine cooler or keep your house that chilly, you can put it in the refrigerator for a quick 30 minutes to bring down the temperature before serving.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Nior is a “lighter” red wine. While Pinot Nior grapes are grown all over the world, they grow best in cooler climates and the grape is mostly related to Burgundy region of France. This red wine is medium-bodied and has low tannins. Pinot Nior wines tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries and pairs well with salmon, duck, pork, hard cheeses and of course raspberries and strawberries. This wine will get more complex as it ages. Remember that the optimal serving temperature for red wine is between 62-68 degrees.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a very popular white wine, it tends to be medium to light body with noticeable acidity and flavors of green plum, apple, and pear. Chardonnay also has the ability to pick up flavors on how it is made and where it is grown. For example, you may taste “oak” or even minerals. There are many different styles of Chardonnay, from crispy Chablis from France to the those with tropical flavors. Chardonnay pairs well with crab, shrimp, lobster, sea bass, chicken, turkey, pork and softer cheeses like brie. It also pairs well with the fruits that you will sometimes taste in it, such as banana, honeydew and citrus. Chardonnay is also an important component of many sparkling wines. This white wine is made to serve chilled, around 49-55 degrees.

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is a refreshing, dry, light white wine that typically has a punch of acidity with flavors of lemons, limes, green apples. Pinot Grigio (also known as Pinot Gris) wines can vary in taste, from fruity to sweet, but generally they tend to be clean and light. Pinot Grigio will have a citrus or acidic finish. This white wine is made to be served cold and pairs well with trout swordfish, crab, calamari, turkey, chicken, pork, prosciutto, ricotta, and with fruits such as pear, apricot, pineapple and cherry. The optimal serving temperature for white wine is between 49-55 degrees, but I prefer my Pinot Grigio nice and chilly so I will even put it in the refrigerator for a few before serving.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is crisp, elegant, and fresh white wine. You will definitely take note of the citrus flavors in this wine, and it is made to be consumed young, Sauvignon Blanc doesn’t benefit from aging. Sauvignon Blanc pairs great with oysters, crab, chicken, turkey, pork, veal, goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, and fruits such as pear, citrus and mango. This white wine is made to serve chilled or nice and cold. I have heard this one called summertime Napa Valley Gatorade, because it’s refreshing on a hot day…and I agree 🙂

Most Common Types of Wine

 

Now, I wouldn’t say that Merlot and Riseling are as popular as the wines listed above, but they definitely can be favorites to some, in fact, many would say that they either love them or hate them. But, I wanted to include them on this list just so that you were familiar with them as well.

Riesling

Riesling is a high acidity white wine with a lighter body. It is usually dry as well, making it unique. The taste of this white wine is made up mainly of citrus, peach, and nectarine, but it has hints of floral flavors too. There are varieties of Riesling that are sweet, but not all of them are, so check the label to see if you are getting a sweet or a dry. Riesling can actually pair with a lot of different foods especially those with strong flavors such as spicy foods, Indian foods, and Asian foods. Riesling is made to serve cold, so feel free to put in the refrigerator.

Merlot

Merlot is also a red wine, not as full-bodied at the Cabernet Sauvignon but it is heavier than a Pinot Nior. This red wine has Medium tannins and lots of red fruit flavors, the Merlot grape is also a popular grape for blending. Merlot pairs nicely with tuna, salmon, beef, lamb, aged cheeses and plum, fig and blueberries.

Rosé

This beautifully colored wine is becoming more and more popular, #roseallday. Not only is it pretty, but it is crisp and refreshing, you will also see fun frozen cocktails made out of this wine in the hot summer months. When rosé wine is the primary product, it gets it’s blush color from contact with the skin of the grape, the grapes are crushed and the skins stay in contact with the juice for a short period. The primary flavors of rosé wine are red fruit, citrus, floral and melon, with a nice crunchy green flavor on the finish similar to celery or rhubarb. Rosé wine pairs well with salmon, shellfish, sea bass, chicken, pork, ham, prosciutto, goat cheese, feta, gouda and fruits such as strawberry and watermelon.

Now that you know the most popular types of wine, which wines would you say are your favorite?

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Zucchini and Squash Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

This Zucchini and Squash Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette is not only absolutely delicious, but it’s easy to make and incredibly healthy.
Zucchini and Squash Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

You guys may have seen this beautiful Zucchini and Squash salad over on Instagram, and it’s just way too good to not share over here on the blog too.  Between the freshly shaved zucchini and squash, the perfectly toasted pine nuts and the homemade honey mustard vinaigrette it is quickly becoming one of my favorite salad recipes.

Best Zucchini and Squash Salad

Another bonus about this Zucchini and Squash salad is that it’s easy to make and there is only a few minutes of cook time required (just for the toasted pine nuts).

Zucchini is rich in nutrients, high in antioxidants, helps aid in healthy digestion and may help improve heart and vision health. Did you know that zucchini had so many health benefits?

Squash is high in vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, manganese and potassium. That is one seriously nutritional packed vegetable!

Did you know that pine nuts are also great for us? YEP. Pine nuts help naturally boosts energy and are loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, iron, and monounsaturated fats.

So doesn’t the perfect salad sound like it should have all that in it? YES.

Even if you didn’t know all the health benefits hidden in this Zucchini and Squash Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, you would still love it because it tastes amazing.

The leftover sliced zucchini and squash keeps great in the refrigerator too, making leftovers a delicious lunch option.  This salad would also be great at a picnic, just add the dressing on last minute…or the greens – whichever you prefer to keep the greens from getting soggy from the honey mustard dressing.

Healthy Zucchini and Squash Salad

This is everything you need to make this healthy salad and the homemade mustard vinaigrette:

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 large zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 large squash, thinly sliced
  • 1 cups baby greens – I used a kale blend
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

To make your Zucchini and Squash salad, you simply whisk all the dressing ingredients and then drizzle it on your veggies and add in the pine nuts. Pretty easy. Pretty darn yummy.  I used a mandoline to slice the zucchini and squash, it made it a lot easier and also made sure that all my slices were even.

Tasty Zucchini and Squash Salad

Now, here is my Zucchini and Squash Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette recipe, be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.

Zucchini and Squash Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

This Zucchini and Squash Salad is so good and good for you! Top it with toasted pine nuts and the homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 4
Author: Tracy @ havingfunsaving.com

Ingredients

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice approx 1 large lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini thinly sliced
  • 1 large squash thinly sliced
  • 1 cups baby greens - I used a kale blend
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Instructions

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Instructions

  • Whisk lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, mustard, honey, and soy sauce in a small bowl.
  • Season with salt and pepper if desired.

Salad Preparation Instructions

  • Add zucchini and squash, baby greens to a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle on pine nuts
  • Drizzle on the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Enjoy!

Notes

I used a mandoline to slice the zucchini and squash.

Zucchini and Squash Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

I hope you enjoy this Zucchini and Squash Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette as much as I do!

Best Zucchini and Squash Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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10 Best Dessert Spots in Tampa

Dessert. My favorite meal of the day. If you are looking for the best dessert spots in Tampa, I have them for you! It’s time to indulge a little and enjoy. You’re welcome.

Best Dessert Spots in Tampa

10 Best Dessert Spots in Tampa

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Everyone loves a sweet treat now and again and Tampa Bay is filled with fun stops to satisfy your sweet tooth. Which dessert spots in Tampa are your favorite? Do you see them on this list? If not, be sure to email me so I can check them out too!

10 Best Dessert Spots in Tampa

Dough

The bakery that creates all the delicious treats for datz. Dough has homemade cupcakes, ice cream and the most incredible doughnuts you have ever seen.

Dough Nation

Amazing treats and an amazing cause. Why wouldn’t you go to Dough Nation? They have edible cookie dough, ice cream and more. Dough Nation offers classic favorites like chocolate chip, dark chocolate, and interesting mixtures like s’mores, sweet & salty caramel and more. Because Dough Nation is owned and operated by Metropolitan Ministries, one of Tampa Bay’s premiere and most trusted nonprofits, all proceeds from your purchases go directly to feed the hungry in Tampa Bay through the Ministries’ hunger relief programs.

The Dessert Spot at Toffee to Go

The Dessert Spot at Toffee to Go invites you to sit down and enjoy a delicious cup of Kahwa coffee, delectable pastries, mouthwatering cakes, cookies, incredible ice cream, scrumptious pies and other droolworthy sweets! The toffee cheesecake and magic toffee bars look incredible!

Tiny Bites

Tiny and amazing. Perfect for just having one, to satisfy that sweet tooth…but good luck with only getting one! Tiny bites is a dessert shop where the you order dessert and then watch as the different ingredients are combined to create a fresh delicious treat. They also have iced to order cupcakes, filled cookies, cake pops, small pre-made cakes and custom order cakes. There are very limited numbers of the pre made items so that they do not go to waste.

Bake’n Babes

Established in 2013, Bake’n Babes is a local Tampa bakery that prides itself on using locally sourced, preservative-free ingredients. The OREO cheesecake is calling my name! They also have paleo granola and I hear they make killer freakshakes!

Harry Waugh Dessert Room

This dessert room located inside Bern’s Steakhouse is a Tampa icon. They have MANY of desserts to chose from in a unique setting. We usually ask the server what they recommend, you have to go to the Harry Waugh Dessert Room at least once. It’s definitely a Tampa experience.

Snowrolls

Rolled Ice Cream? Yes please! Snowrolls is an ice cream and coffee shop that serves up thai-inspired rolled ice cream. They have at least 14 signature flavor combinations, but you can make your own too!

Gigi’s Cupcakes

Gigi’s offers one-of-a-kind cupcakes topped with their signature swirl with is sure to leave on a smile on your face and your sweet-tooth craving satisfied.

Nothing Bundt Cakes

All sorts of different flavors, get small bundt cakes or big bundt cakes! But you will get Nothing Bundt Cakes 😉

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice

They have all sorts of amazing Italian Ice flavors. And don’t miss the Gelati! Gelati is the perfect layering of Italian Ice with the Soft Ice Cream. Gelati is a true indulgence.

Best Tampa Dessert Spots

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10 Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay

Looking for something to do with the kids here in the Tampa Bay area? Here are my picks for the 10 Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay. Is your favorite thing to do with kids missing from my list? Be sure to email me so I can get it added!

Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa

10 Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay

Welcome to Tampa! We are spoiled here in Tampa Bay, we have lots of fun and diverse things to do for families to enjoy. So, if you are wondering what to do with the kids today, I have you covered! Here are the best things to do with kids in Tampa Bay.

Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens/Adventure Island

We are huge Busch Gardens fans. Busch Gardens has some of the world’s best roller coasters, lots of animals to see, family-friends performances and they have different events going on all year. Adventure Island is right across the street from Busch Gardens and is the water park to cool down in when temperatures heat up in Tampa.

Tampa Theatre

A piece of history! Originally built in 1926, this is a true Tampa landmark. Show the kids what a theatre experience used to be like, with a few modern upgrades of course. The Tampa Theatre has different events throughout the year as well, and of course, has movies!

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is an 8-acre public park located along the Hillsborough river in downtown Tampa. It’s a great place to meet and enjoy Tampa’s waterfront, and the kids will have fun splashing through the water installations in the park.

MOSI

The Museum of Science and Industry is a great way to explore and have fun out of the heat! They also have events, summer camps and movies. It is a scientific playground with over 100 hands-on activities! And admission prices are great, adults are $12.95 and kids are as low as FREE. Free entry is definitely an important consideration for me when I’m thinking about the best things to do with kids in Tampa Bay.

George M. Steinbrenner Field – Tampa Tarpons

While this ball field is outside, catching a game here is so much fun! The prices are WAY lower than other stadiums, parking is fairly easy, and if you get there early, the players are almost always out to give autographs or give kiddos a ball.

Glazer Children’s Museum

Glazer Children’s Museum is Tampa’s interactive, learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders. My kiddos are now a bit old for this one (ages 14 and 11), but they had a blast here when they were younger!

The Florida Aquarium

This is another fabulous Tampa attraction that is mostly inside! You can enjoy the water views, sharks and fish without being at the beach 😉 There is an outdoor play space to enjoy as well.

Does the risk of sunburn impact your choices for the best things to do with kids in Tampa Bay? Leave me a comment below and tell me about it.

Treehoppers

We have been here several times, and always have a hoppin good time! It’s like a jungle gym through trees! There are several obstacles and they are all rated easiest to hardest, so there is something for everyone. Plus, you can really challenge yourself if you want. It is VERY shaded, but it is all OUTDOORS so take that into account when planning your trip. Personally, we usually try to avoid visiting during the hottest summer months.

Tampa Riverwalk

The Tampa Riverwalk offers a plethora of activities, things to see and do. Walk the Riverwalk and watch for dolphins and manatees, stop at Armature Works and listen to some live music, jump on some Water Bikes, go kayaking and explore. There are so many things for families to do on the Tampa Riverwalk.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Who doesn’t love going to the zoo? And ZooTampa even has a few rides, a water ride and a Splash area to help you and the kids cool off. ZooTampa at Lowry Park is home to more than 1300 animals and is famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings.

Oh and of course – you can head to the beach!  We are surrounded by water here in Tampa Bay and the home to the #1 beach in America!  And if you do head to the beach, don’t forget your Sun Protection Hats.

Things To Do With Kids in Tampa

What do you consider to be the best things to do with kids in Tampa Bay? Are your choices on this list? If not, be sure to email them to me so I can check them out, and get them added!

Best Things To Do With Kids in Tampa Bay

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What Is A Prebiotic?

Do you take prebiotics? What is a prebiotic? Find out how a prebiotic can help aid your digestion and help you be a happier YOU. While this post is sponsored by Moms Meet, all opinions are my own.

Prebiotics

What Is A Prebiotic?

Have you heard of prebiotics? No, I didn’t say a probiotic. A PREbiotic. If you are like me, you may be just learning about prebiotics and their benefits to overall health, but they have been around for a long time. In fact, they are in foods such as onions and asparagus, so they have been a LONG time. Prebiotics work with the probiotics (they are actually the food for the probiotic bacteria) so prebiotics and probiotics work together to help promote overall health.

Prebiotics don’t contain bacteria, like a probiotics do, they are fuel to help bacteria grow. Prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber and act as food for human microflora.

So why take a prebiotic?

An unbalanced gut microbiome can lead to bloating, digestive discomfort, and irregular bowel movements. Prebiotics improves gut microbiome health, and when you are feeling healthy, you are happier, right? So, I would say that prebiotics also promote overall happiness 🙂

I have been taking Country Life Gut Connection Energy Balance. I like it because it not only improves gut microbiome health (meaning it helps keep my happy digestive tract on track) but it also helps support clear energy. And who doesn’t need a bit more energy?

What is a prebiotic

Why Country Life?

Country Life believes that good health is an important part of treating yourself well. With over 40 years of expertise in providing wellness, Country Life’s vitamins, minerals, and specialty supplements have been helping you stay happy and healthy since 1971.

Why Gut Connection by Country Life?

  • Gut Connection by Country Life is a scientifically formulated range of supplements that connects the gut to individual health issues that matter.
  • Gut Connection by Country Life contains an innovative, whole food fermentate prebiotic that feeds the existing probiotics in your gut and helps maintain its lining.
  • This whole food fermentate prebiotic is balanced with clinically researched ingredients for your overall health.

Why take Prebiotics

You can take Gut Connection Prebiotics alone or with your favorite probiotic.

Where to buy Gut Connection by Country Life:

Sprouts, The Vitamin Shoppe, Natural Grocers Vitamin Cottage, and Amazon, and will be coming soon to other natural health food stores. To find Gut Connection by Country Life in your area, visit countrylifevitamins.com/where-to-buy for the full list of locations.

Do you take prebiotics?  What steps do you take to ensure a healthier gut?  Healthy living starts from the inside out!

I am not a doctor, so if you’re considering taking supplements, check with your doctor to be sure they’re right for you.

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How To Toast Pine Nuts

Toasting pine nuts is really easy to do and it brings so much more flavor to your recipes. Find out how to toast pine nuts and enjoy!

How to toast pine nuts

How To Toast Pine Nuts

Do you love pine nuts? While pine nuts are expensive, they are absolutely delicious. Toasted pine nuts are the perfect addition to (and in) hummus, a great way to heighten the flavors in pesto, a nutty addition to your cheese boards, a crunchy bite to your salads and so much more!

As an added bonus, it’s super easy to toast pine nuts at home. I am talking about less than 5 minutes folks…and the only things you need are a stove, a pan and pine nuts…You don’t toast pine nuts with olive or butter or anything, you simply add a single layer of pine nuts to a pan and cook them over medium heat until they start to turn golden brown. You will have to stir them pretty consistently, and since the toasting happens fairly quickly, I recommend staying at the stove while you are toasting anyway.

Easy toasted pine nuts

There are other ways to roast pine nuts, like in the microwave or oven, but using the stove top is the easiest (in my opinion) and it gives you the opportunity to watch the process the whole time to ensure you don’t burn them.

Toasted pine nuts

Why toast pine nuts? As with most nuts, toasting brings out more flavor. Pine nuts are high in oil, giving them an almost buttery texture, and once mixed with other ingredients, their flavor is more mild and sweet. Since toasting pine nuts is so easy to do, why not bring out more of that flavor?!

Now, here is How To Toast Pine Nuts, be sure to print and pin the simple recipe so that you can make them again and again!

How To Toast Pine Nuts

Toasting pine nuts is an easy way to add elevated flavor to so many dishes. See how to toast pine nuts at home.
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Author: tracy @ havingfunsaving.com

Ingredients

  • Pine nuts

Instructions

  • Place single layer of pine nuts in a dry frying pan
  • Turn heat to medium-low and cook until fragrant and golden brown, stir frequently
  • When the are golden brown, transfer them to a plate to stop the cooking and prevent burning
  • Enjoy!

how to roast pine nuts

Did you know it was that easy to toast pine nuts? 

Toasted pine nuts

Toasted pine nuts (Toasted Pignolias) will last at least 6 months, if you can actually keep them around for that long 😉 Be sure to try add them to your salad recipes, like my Zucchini and Squash Salad.

Easiest Way to toast pine nuts

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Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

Enjoy this easy to make Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing on your favorite salad or as a flavorful marinade. Fresh is best!

Easy Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

You guys know that I love making my own salad dressings, it’s so easy to do and it’s the perfect way to customize your flavors to what you are making. And again, it’s sooooo easy! I mean, why wouldn’t you make your own dressing?! Fresh is better than store bought, I promise. When I made my Zucchini and Squash Salad with toasted pine nuts I knew I needed a simple, yet flavorful dressing to bring out all the fresh flavors. This Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing is perfect. In fact, this Honey Mustard Vinaigrette would also make for a yummy marinade.

Best Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

To make your own Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, you need less than 5 minutes and 6 ingredients. In fact, you probably have all the ingredients for this Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing at home right now!

This is what you need to make this deliciously simple Honey Mustard Vinaigrette:

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, the juice from the lemon you just got zest from should be enough
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, I used Silver Spring Foods
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Then you just whisk everything together. Done. Yum. Feel free to season with salt and pepper if you think this salad dressing recipe needs it.

Best Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Now, here is my Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing recipe. Be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.

Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

This Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing is way better than anything you will buy in the store, plus it's easy to make!
Prep Time3 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: Condiment/Dressing
Author: Tracy @ havingfunsaving.com

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice the juice from the lemon you just got zest from should be enough
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard I used Silver Spring Foods
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper if desired

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together
  • Enjoy on your favorite salad or as a marinade

 

I hope you enjoy this Homemade Honey Mustard Vinaigrette as much as we do!

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Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer than with this Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake! Indulge in this Orange Creamsicle Freakshake deliciousness at home today. While this post is sponsored by Voortman Bakery, all opinions and the recipe are my own.

Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

Summer is here and that means it’s time for cool treats. You will notice that I don’t post a bunch of dessert recipes, and that’s simply because I love dessert a bit too much 😉 I have a serious sweet tooth, so if I am going to make dessert, it’s going to be epic or lower in fat. Today, I decided to go with epic. What better way to celebrate summer than with an over the top orange creamsicle milkshake?! Actually, I consider this work of art a FREAKSHAKE.

Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

You have seen these right? Freakshakes are all the rage right now, you can find them in restaurants, dessert shops, all over town! In fact, the last time I was in St. Augustine, we stood in line for 30 minutes (which was one of the smaller lines I have seen) so that the kids could get a Freakshake, this ice cream parlor ONLY serves these Freakshake Masterpieces! I will tell ya that it’s a lot cheaper and a lot more fun to make one of these babies at home, I mean who doesn’t want to get messy in the kitchen with ice cream, whipped cream and all sorts of fun toppings?!

Best Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

The first thing you need to make your Freakshake is a glass, I recommend one with a handle so that when you go to pick it up you don’t make your hands a sticky mess. Because these babies are messy, you are going to have ice cream and topping goodness dripping down the side. Now if you are thinking, why the heck would I want that mess in my house…the answer is simple…just LOOK at that milkshake! Doesn’t it look fun?! Can you imagine serving up this Orange Creamsicle Milkshake to the kids? They would be SO excited! How about making them for your next summer party? Guests could add their own toppings! Trust me folks, these are gonna be a hit with no matter who you serve them to, even if it’s just to you 😉

Tasty Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

Orange Creamsicle is by far one of my favorite summertime flavors, so when I saw that Voortman Bakery had Orange Creme Wafers (baked with REAL oranges and no artificial color or flavors and no high-fructose corn syrup!), I knew that an Orange Creamsicle Milkshake was going to be in order, and it was going to be epic.

Now that you have the cool glass and Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers, it’s time to build your epic Freakshake.

How to make the best Freakshakes

For the Orange Creamsicle Milkshake you will need:

Orange sorbet
Vanilla ice cream
Milk
Vanilla extract

For the Orange Creamsicle Milkshake toppings you will need:

Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers
White Chocolate Candy Melts
Orange Candy Melts
Whipped Cream
Sprinkles
Orange Slices if desired

Now that you have everything you need, let’s build your Orange Creamsicle Freakshake. In a blender, combine orange sorbet, vanilla ice cream, milk and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.

Coat the edge and sides of glass in melted white chocolate. Drizzle on some of the melted orange candy melts. Add in some sprinkles to the melted chocolate. Fill the decorated glass with the milkshake. Top with a scoop of orange sorbet, top with whipped cream, stick in as many Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers as you can, finally top with more sprinkles and an orange slice if you would like. Serve with extra Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers. We liked dipping a few extra wafers into the milkshake as we were eating it.

How to make Freakshakes

Mic drop.

Orange Vanilla Freakshakes

Hello Summer Fun in a glass!

Orange Vanilla Milkshake

Now, here is my Orange Creamsicle Freakshake recipe, this milkshake recipe makes two servings, so feel free to double or triple it.

Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

This Over The Top Orange Creamsicle Milkshake screams SUMMER FUN! Enjoy this Orange Creamsicle Freakshake today. Cheers!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 2
Author: Tracy Shaw

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 3 cups orange sorbet
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk - I used skim
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Milkshake toppings Ingredients
  • Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers
  • White Chocolate Candy Melts
  • Orange Candy Melts
  • Whipped Cream
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  • In a blender, combine orange sorbet, vanilla ice cream, milk and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
  • Milkshake Decorating Instructions
  • Melt candy melts according to package instructions.
  • Coat the edge of glass and down the sides in melted white chocolate.
  • Drizzle on some orange candy melts.
  • Add some sprinkles onto the melted chocolate.
  • Fill the decorated glass with the milkshake.
  • Top with a scoop of orange sorbet.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • Stick in as many Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers as you can.
  • Top with more sprinkles and a real orange slice if desired.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Serve with extra Voortman Bakery Orange Creme Wafers for dipping.

Outrageous Creamsicle Freakshake

I hope you enjoy this Orange Creamsicle Freakshake as much as we do!

Creamsicle Freakshake

Have you ever had a Freakshake before? Have you ever made an over-the-top milkshake at home before?

Best Orange Creamsicle Freakshake

As you can see, my kids could not wait for me to stop taking pictures so they could start enjoying!

Orange Creamsicle Freakshake

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Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

This Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette is the perfect addition to your favorite salad recipe. This salad dressing is light, tangy, sweet and absolutely delicious.

Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

You all know that I have a love for homemade salad dressings. There is just something about creating the perfect salad dressing for the perfect salad you just made. This Homemade Raspberry Lime salad dressing is the perfect blend of tangy, citrus and sweet, making it the perfect addition to just about any salad! I made this salad dressing for my Berry Delicious Avocado Chicken Salad, which is loaded with raspberries and blackberries making this Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette the perfect accompaniment.

You probably have all the ingredients for this homemade vinaigrette dressing, with all the beautiful berries at the market right now I know my refrigerator is loaded up with fresh produce.  I just love the bright color of this Homemade Raspberry Lime salad dressing, the raspberries made it the perfect shade of hot pink.

Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

What you need to make this Raspberry Lime dressing:

Juice from one lime
Fresh raspberries
Extra virgin olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Honey
Salt

And to make it, you simply put all the ingredients into your food processor and blend it until smooth.  Doesn’t get too much easier than that!

Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette Dressing

Now, here is my Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing recipe, be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.

Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

This vibrant homemade salad dressing is the perfect accompaniment to your summer salads. You can even use this Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette as a marinade.
Prep Time3 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: Salad Dressing
Author: Tracy @ havingfunsaving.com

Ingredients

  • Juice from one lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into your food processor.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Enjoy!

Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

I hope you enjoy this homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette salad dressing as much as we do!

Don’t stop at just using this salad dressing on your salads,  use it as a marinade for chicken and pork.  Or drizzle it over your steaks!  This homemade vinaigrette is absolutely yummy and will be fantastic on just about anything you add it to, I promise!

Homemade Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette Dressing

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