Handmade in the Heartland

Starting Lilo's

I'm thrilled to share with you the story of how Lilo's Shaved Ice came to be! I'm happy to share our story along with a few tips on design in business and how I used my Cricut to make the details of our business picture perfect! This post is sponsored by my friends at Cricut, I'm happy to partner with them! This post contains affiliate links
This summer has been such an exciting adventure for Matt and I. I had this idea to start a shaved ice business in the suburb of Kansas City where we live and we made it happen. The idea started last summer and as we entered the fall we had decided against it. Then April rolled around and a series of random phone calls and texts brought the idea back to the forefront of my mind.

Whole Milk Yogurt with Basil Simple Syrup

Yogurt, granola, peaches and basil complement each other in the best way! Read on to hear my thoughts on the new AE Whole Milk Yogurt (spoiler, I love it!) and learn how to make infused simple syrups! This post is sponsored by my friends at AE Dairy.
We really like yogurt in our house, especially my almost two year old. She refuses to eat meat or pretty much any other protein so she eats a lot of yogurt. I was so excited to try the brand new AE Whole Milk Yogurt. It's thick, creamy and the 7 flavors are all delicious! The banana custard and sweet cream are my favorite and I'm a huge fan of the cocoa hazelnut. 

Chiles Rellenos Egg Cups

This easy recipe for chiles rellanos egg cups can be made ahead and heated up throughout the week, the added latin flavors make them a delicious and healthy breakfast!
Easy delicious egg cup breakfast
I've been making this egg recipe for years and when I realized a few months ago it wasn't on the blog it got moved to the top of the to do list! This is one of those recipes you just keep making because it's SO easy and SO good. With a lot of quiches or egg cups you have to cook onions or veggies on the stove before putting them into the recipe, this recipe doesn't, which makes it so easy! You use pantry staples like chopped green chilis and roasted red peppers to get your flavor and veggies, and you won't be disappointed. 

Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad

Grilled BBQ chicken salad has become a staple in my house this summer.  It's rare that I make anything twice in the same month so when something happens every week you know it's easy and delicious. I'm happy to share this new dinner staple for you to make at home in partnership with my friends at Dillons Food Stores
Simple Summer Dinner- Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad
I'm completely sold on grilling as the best cooking method for the summer, especially since my power bill was outrageous last month! This meal comes together so fast so if you're totally stumped on what to cook for dinner this is a great last minute meal. I don't even marinate the chicken, although I'm sure it would be delicious if you did. 

Oceans of Fun 2017

It's officially summer in Kansas City and there is no place I'd rather be with my kids than at Oceans of Fun! This post contains tips for taking younger kids to the park. This post is sponsored by Oceans of Fun, all opinions are my own!
Last week Matt's sister was in town with her family, she has 6 children and 3 of them are 6 year old triplet boys! We decided to beat the heat and take everyone to oceans of fun. It was a blast, the perfect day for all our kids! Leaving the park they all were exhausted but so happy. Walking to the car one of the triplets said "that was the funnest day ever!" 😊 #MomWin!

Father's Day: Say Thanks With Steaks!

Father's day is NEXT Sunday! Can you believe that?! I've got the perfect quick and easy solution for your Father's day gifts. Kansas City Steak Co. sent me a Signature Gift Box Steak Combo to test for you all. (I'm happy to do taste testing on steak!) The result in my honest opinion is that this steak is so delicious, top quality and perfect for gifting. 
You may remember my post from December where I taught you how to cook the perfect steak. I still stand by all those tips and tricks for pan searing the best steak you've ever had! This strip steak was cooked with that exact method. This time I added a fresh chimichurri sauce over top and it was delicious!

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

This simple recipe for strawberry lemonade popsicles is going to be a hit at your house all summer long, promise! This post has been sponsored by Simply Orange. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Last summer I purchased my popsicle mold and much to my kids' dismay I did not make many popsicles. Bad mom. I'm kicking this summer off right with these strawberry lemonade popsicles. Guys, they are delicious. They are simple, only 3 ingredients, and my kids have been loving them!

Flavor of Kansas City at Worlds of Fun

For the first two weekends in June Worlds of Fun has a special food & drink event called "Flavor of Kansas City" happening! I went yesterday with my best friend and our kids and we had a blast! This post is sponsored by my friends at Worlds of Fun. All opinions are honestly my own. 
What's better than a fun filled family day at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City? A fun filled day at Worlds of Fun WITH really amazing food. The flavor of Kansas City is well worth the ticket price for this food and drink special event happening right now! 
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