Blue Cheese and Bacon Arugula Salad Recipe

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Blue Cheese and Bacon Arugula Salad Recipe

This homemade blue cheese and bacon arugula salad recipe is one of my favorites! I can literally eat this salad for lunch every day of the week without tiring of it. It’s basically a spin off a blueberry and bacon arugula salad recipe at one of my favorite restaurants. However, as I am unable to find a blueberry vinaigrette anywhere and am not talented enough in the food department to make my own, I used a raspberry vinaigrette instead.

This recipe is also great with a mix of power greens – and I do eat it both ways depending what’s on sale – but I love the mustard like taste of baby arugula without any other greens or lettuces.

Homemade Blue Cheese and Bacon Arugula Salad Recipe

To create this Blue Cheese and Bacon Arugula Salad Recipe simply fill a bowl with organic baby arugula and top with real bacon bits – preferably you’ve made them yourself – blue cheese, and just enough raspberry vinaigrette to lightly coat all of the arugula. I typically combine the ingredients in a plastic bowl with a lid and shake to coat. Remember less is more when adding the vinaigrette. Depending on the size of your salad you’ll likely only need one to two tablespoons of vinaigrette.

Now that your salad is made, enjoy!

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Homemade White Bean Salad Recipe

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Homemade Lunch Recipe - Easy White Bean Salad in Mason Jars

Looking for a healthy, nutritious and crazy delicious lunch? This simple to make white bean salad bean recipe from Nature Box has got your number and it gives you yet another use for your fantastic collection of mason jars! Grab the recipe via the Nature Box blog here.

Interested in getting your favorite healthy snacks in the mail once a month? Try the Nature Box subscription program. I’ve been a member for several months now and am totally in love. Not only are the snacks delicious and cost conscious, but you get to choose what goes into your box each and every month so you always get the products you love! Each monthly box contains five snacks for $19.95 with free shipping. Add extra bags of your favorites for just an additional $3 each. Sign up here and get $10 off your first order.

Or if you prefer smaller snacks, give Graze a try. They send small boxes of snacks for just $6 twice monthly with free shipping – although you can choose to receive the boxes less often. Plus the first and 5th boxes are free! Visit Graze here to sign up and use friend code:THPXHL7MP to join. I also like that I can send one off boxes as gifts.

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The Ultimate Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gift – No Bake Bourbon Balls!

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Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - Homemade Bourbon Balls!

It’s Christmas Eve and you’re still looking for those last minute Christmas gifts, consider making some! Homemade bourbon balls make the perfect last minute homemade Christmas gift and they are super easy to make! I found a homemade bourbon ball recipe on the Etsy blog here (as contributed by Kimberley Hasselbrink.) Since there’s no baking required, they are pretty fool proof even if you’re a slacker in the kitchen like I am. I tweaked Kimberley’s recipe a bit since I’m not a huge fan of nuts and doubled it so I could get more gifts out of it in one shot.

For my first batch I used gluten-free Mi-Del’s Ginger Snaps. They crush really easily which makes them almost worth the extra $1.50 even if you don’t need gluten free bourbon balls. However, one bag will only make you one batch. For my second batch I used regular grocery store brand gingersnaps and had a heck of a time crushing them. I actually took a hammer to the outside of the bag at 9am – my neighbors upstairs will forgive me I hope once I gift them a bag of the results – and still ended up with some whole cookies left in the bag and lots of large chunks.

I also used fewer nuts – as I am not a huge fan – and I used baking nuts which were much cheaper than buying whole nuts from the nut aisle. (Plus it was the only way I could find them unsalted.) Also, be sure to choose your bourbon wisely. The better the booze, well, the better the ball!

I’ve also included some printable labels for gifting!

Homemade Bourbon Ball Recipe - Last Minute Handmade Christmas Gift Idea

Homemade Bourbon Ball Recipe

adapted from Kimberley Hasselbrink’s recipe on Etsy


1 1/2 Cups ginger snap cookies, crushed
1/2 Cup pecan baking chips
1/2 Cup confectioner’s sugar, plus some for dusting
1/4 Cup Woodford Reserve (or bourbon of choice)
2 Tablespoons baking cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons raw local honey
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract


Crush the ginger snap cookies as much as possible then combine in a large bowl with the other ingredients. Mix well with a spatula then place in freezer to “chill” for about an hour.

Once your bourbon balls have chilled, roll into about 3/4″ balls and then roll in confectioner’s sugar to coat thoroughly until all “dough” has been used.

If you’re gifting these, I placed about 8 balls in a zipper sandwich bags then inside a glassine bags and labeled with stickers I made {Download the Printable Bourbon Ball Labels here} and a strip of “date” washi tape on each with the “eat by” date. These keep for a week in the fridge so don’t make them too far ahead. You’ll also want to keep them refrigerated when you’re not munching on them.

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DIY Favorites to Make and Bake

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I’m busy in the kitchen and hard at work coming up with some great new soap, bath and beauty recipes to share with you. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few of my newest favorite diy craft projects and bath and body recipes I’ve discovered online in pursuit of all that’s crafty.

DIY Favorites to Make and Bake - Photo Tin, Cactus Cupcakes, and Faux Hot Process Soap1. DIY Personalized Magnets & Tins via Martha Stewart
2. DIY House Plant Cupcakes via Alana Jones-Mann
3. DIY Faux Hot Process Soap Loaf via How Do I Make Soap

Creative DIY Soap Projects - How to Felt Soap, Make a Lavender Mint Olive Oil Infusion for Your Cold Process Soap Recipes, and Craft a DIY Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser for Your Liquid Soaps1. DIY Felt Covered Soap via Sugar & Cloth
2. DIY Lavender Mint Infused Olive Oil via Delightfully Tacky
3. DIY Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser via Pretty Handy Girl

And while you’re busy exploring, don’t forget to check out my latest crafty post on how to create DIY DIY Homemade Face Creams! These quick and easy face creams can be prepared in about a half hour or less, are made with skin soothing white tea extract and come with free printable product labels! Plus through September 15th, 2013 you can enter to win this face cream along with five other fabulous handmade bath and beauty products valued at over $50! Enter here and pin it to win it!

Homemade Summer Smoothie Ice Cube Recipe

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DIY Homemade Summer Smoothie Ice Cubes RecipeI’ve seen ice cubes done in quite a number of creative ways from freezing herbs and flowers to gummy candies inside. However, these DIY Homemade Fruity Summer Striped Smoothie Ice Cubes from Oh Joy! really take the cake! Fruit juices, tropical fruits, and coconut milk are meshed together in fun combinations to really dress up your summer drinks and give them a fruity twist. These creative and tasty ice cubes are perfect for grown up cocktails to kids’ juices for parties or everyday drinks. Tilt your ice cube trays to give them diagonal decorative flair. Have you ever made your own enticingly delicious ice cubes? What ingredients did you use to make yours special?