Handmade in the Heartland


FarmRich Toasted Ravioli with Fresh Corn Salsa

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Toasted Ravioli with Fresh Corn Salsa Recipe
I'm such a fan of a good snack, appetizer and party food and today I've got a great summer snack for you. I've joined with the people of FarmRich to bring you a snack hack, and give you an idea of what you can do to enter the awesome FarmRich Back Your Snack contest. There is $10,000 up for grabs (!!) so you'll definitely want to come up with your own fun snack hack and enter the contest! FarmRich has a ton of delicious frozen snacks to choose from and I chose to fancy up the tasty toasted ravioli. I'm a big fan of this ravioli because its 4 cheese and not just mozzarella which makes it, in my opinion, superior to other frozen ravioli.  Since its summer I took advantage of the bounty of delicious fresh summer veggies and created a corn, tomato and basil salsa which topped the ravioli along with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.  Honestly this snack lasted for all of about 10 minutes after the photographs were taken, we loved it.


Summer Drinks with Sparkling Seltzer Water #WaterOnlyBetter

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Summer Drinks with Sparkling Seltzer Water #wateronlybetter
Today I've partnered with Canada Dry to bring you some fun summer drinks.  I have had so much fun playing around with the fun new flavors of Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water, especially the Mandarin Orange.  Lately my kids have discovered soda- I hate to give my kids full sugar soda so making some fun drinks with this delicious flavored sparkling water has been a fantastic alternative. Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water is just a lightly flavored sparkling water, it is all natural with 0 calories and 0 sodium. I've got 3 fun recipes for you to try with 3 awesome different flavors of sparkling seltzer water. 


Berries & Cream Frozen Yogurt Bites with #AEDairy

Berries & Cream Frozen Yogurt Bites with #AEDairy
During the dog days of summer we all need a cool refreshing treat and today I've got the perfect summer time treat for you.  This recipe for berries and cream frozen yogurt bites uses AE Dairy Greek Yogurt and fresh fruit to make a delicious frozen snack.  AE Greek Yogurt is especially creamy and freezes really well.  I bet you didn't know that making frozen yogurt treats was easy- but it is, all you do is freeze Greek Yogurt!


Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Loaded Baked Potato Salad Recipe
Every pregnant lady has her cravings and this go around its been potatoes for me. Literally a potato in any form- french fries, baked potato, potato salad, funeral potatoes, scalloped- they all sound delicious. This recipe for loaded baked potato salad is simple and perfect for a smaller gathering or to keep in your fridge for a week or so, if you're going to a huge party- double the ingredients. I love this recipe because you likely have all the ingredients on hand in your fridge and pantry and lets be honest, sometimes you forget about that bbq until a few hours before. Keep this recipe on hand and you'll always be prepared. :) 


S'mores Summer Weeknight Dessert & Thank You Gift

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Enjoy a S'more Dessert Bar

When was the last time you had a S'more? It had been at least 2 years for me, and although I have fond memories of girls camp and pairing those simple 3 ingredients of graham crackers, Hershey's chocolate and marshmallows I think I might have forgotten just how good a S'more actually is.  Here's the best news of the day- S'mores in the microwave are so good you're going to be eating them every night after dinner for the easiest and fastest dessert ever! Having friends over for dinner? Make the easiest dessert display with this simple S'mores dessert bar, complete with my free printable!


Slow Cooker Cuban Beef Recipe

Slow Cooker Cuban Beef Recipe

I feel like the slow-cooker was made for Sundays. I mean how wonderful is it to come home from church and walk into a house that smells like dinner?! Today I fixed this delicious cuban shredded beef and it did not disappoint! We must be in a latin mood because last night we ate at a local south american restaurant called empanada madness and I had an entree that was very similar to this.  This beef is flavorful but not spicy, which is perfect for my taste and also for kids. I loved the addition of some sliced avocados, I mean when are avocados not a good idea? Next time you think about pulling out your crockpot I totally recommend making this dish- its delicious!


Shrimp and Grits with Bacon

Shrimp and Grits with Bacon

Isn't it funny how your tastes change as you get older? I like things now that I would have never tried when I was a kid and really not even enjoyed as a younger adult, but now I'm all over it. One of those types of dishes is shrimp and grits. There is a restaurant here in KC called Rye that totally changed my opinion on the dish- their version is like something sent from heaven. Now this recipe isn't as good as theirs, I'm not sure what they do to create such a dish that I dream about months after I've eaten it, but regardless this recipe is good.  Good enough to enjoy at home and feel like you've made something a little fancy and a lot tasty. It comes together pretty easily, the only downside is the grits take an hour to cook so you have to have a little bit of time.  If you're craving it this shrimp and grits with bacon recipe is a keeper!


Roasted Broccoli and Sausage Tortellini Recipe

Roasted Broccoli and Sausage Tortellini Recipe

Guys! I made dinner! Its been such a rare occurrence these past few months that I knew I had to document- well and that this dinner is totally worth blogging about.  Its easy, includes a vegetable and comes together in 30 minutes with very few ingredients. What more can you ask for? Oh and because it includes smoked sausage, that to my kids look and taste very similar to hot dogs, they ate it. Ok maybe they just picked out and ate the sausage and tortellini, but still I didn't have to make a separate dinner of well, hot dogs. You totally need to pick up the ingredients for this roasted broccoli and sausage tortellini next time you are at the store- you're gonna love it!


Strawberry Yogurt Muffin Recipe with #AEDairy

Strawberry Yogurt Muffin Recipe with #AEDairy Greek Yogurt

Who doesn't love a good muffin? I for one am all about the carbs in the morning, I realize this can be problematic but guess what I'm pregnant and I don't care- it's the one advantage to being pregnant- I can eat anything I want.  It's like the consolation for feeling crappy all the time, at least I can enjoy a cookie for breakfast and not feel a twinge of guilt. :) These muffins are delicious, and I'm not even a die hard strawberry-flavored-things fan, but these, I may or may not have eaten 2 in less than 5 minutes. The secret is the AE Strawberry Greek yogurt plus fresh strawberries, the combination of those two ingredients makes these muffins super moist (yes I hate that word too) and more addicting than you want to admit. 


Anderson Erickson Dairy

Anderson Erickson Dairy Tour #AEDairy
Top: Miriam Erickson Brown-CEO of AE Dairy & me!
Middle: The beginning of the AE Family Dairy in the 30's
Bottom: At the AE Facility a display of all the packaging and products AE has had over the years.
Hi friends I'm super excited to share that I have become a brand ambassador for AE Dairy and will be sharing delicious recipes made with AE Dairy products all year long! When this opportunity was presented to me I knew it would be a perfect fit for Handmade in the Heartland.  AE is a Midwest company based in Des Moines Iowa and at our house we love dairy.  I had the opportunity to drive up to Des Moines and tour the AE Dairy headquarters and meet the CEO and granddaughter of the founder, Miriam Erickson Brown.  It was a fabulous day and I'm excited to share the details with you.  
AE Dairy is truly a family run company with Miriam as the CEO, her brother Warren as the CFO and her dad Jim sits on the board and has been around the dairy his entire life.  I was a little surprised that the CEO herself took the entire morning to personally show me around the facility and tell me about the dairy.  Their passion and love for what they do was very apparent and contagious! I don't think I'll ever buy another brand of dairy!