Handmade in the Heartland

Fourth of July Skittles Cream Soda

This post is sponsored by MARS, as always, all opinions are my own.
Fourth of July Skittles Cream Soda
I love summer celebrating and you know I love holidays. Memorial day is just around the corner and then right after that 4th of July will be here before we know it! I’ve got some fun ideas to share with you for your summer celebrations in collaboration with Skittles! Everyone loves Skittles and you’re going to love the fun flavors in the American Mix! I’m totally in love with the mix of reds, white and blues in this candy mix and the flavors are just as delicious! 

Sun-dried Tomato, Mushroom, and Bell Pepper Cous-Cous Salad

Sun-dried Tomato, Mushroom, and Bell Pepper Cous-Cous Salad Recipe
GUYS. I'm totally obsessed with sun-dried tomatoes. I can't. get. enough. I've even started planning which tomatoes I need to plant in my garden this summer that will be best for making my own sun-dried tomatoes. Let's be honest the only thing not fantastic about them is their price, and it looks like making my own won't be as difficult as I thought! I'll keep you updated with that process ;) For now I'll keep buying them in the store because everything I add them to turns out to be my new favorite recipe! This sun-dried tomato, mushroom, and bell pepper cous-cous salad is deeeelicious, and can we just take a minute to love on these photos. Every once in a while I style and photograph something that just makes me giddy with the end results- this was one of those. ok, ok on to the recipe....

Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Salad Sandwich

Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Salad Sandwich
Who doesn't love a good chicken salad, am I right? While we were in Las Vegas over spring break my sister-in-law made us a great and simple pesto chicken salad sandwich and I thought to myself, why don't I make chicken salad more often?! Today I have a new twist on chicken salad, its a Sun-dried tomato chicken salad sandwich recipe and its super easy and very tasty. I actually made it when I catered our Craft Escape workshop a few weekends ago and everyone loved it! 

Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

This post is sponsored by The Aetna Foundation via The Motherhood. As always all opinions are mine. 
Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge
How healthy is your county? Would you say that the health of your community affects your personal health? Last week I sat in on a conference call to learn all about the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge being put on by the Aetna Foundation and other partners.  I thought I was just signing on to a call to learn about the competition but I came away with so many great tips for my personal health and motivation to get up and do something about it! I'm super excited to share them with you!
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