Stonewall Resort Granola

Stonewall Resort Granola by Foodtastic Mom

Stonewall Resort (click HERE to visit their website) is located in Roanoke, West Virginia. It’s 1,900 acres of outdoor adventure along Stonewall Jackson Lake. My husband, son, daughter and I kayaked on the lake, hiked a 2.5 mile trail around the lake, biked, swam, hot tubbed and roasted marshmallows for s’mores at their beautiful outdoor fire pit. We were accompanied by some family friends (also a husband and wife with two children) and really had a fun week away!


Strawberry Shortcake Baked Donuts

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts by Foodtastic Mom

This is one of the better ideas I’ve had in a while. There’s no improvement necessary on a classic strawberry shortcake, but why not do a mash-up with a baked donut recipe?

I debated calling these strawberry pie donuts, as the glaze might be what you are familiar with in a classic fresh strawberry pie. Thick, syrupy, strawberry goodness. This part can be made ahead and there’s extra glaze leftover, for mixing with fresh strawberries or drinking straight outta the jar…your call. Used as a dramatic red glaze on the donuts, it really sinks in, imparting its sweet, strawberry flavor in each and every bite of these moist, buttermilk donuts.


Mayo-Free Avocado Chicken Salad from Humana Vitality

Mayo-Free Avocado Chicken Salad by Foodtastic Mom

I have an entire HEALTHY category of recipes here at Foodtastic Mom but there is always room for more. After all, the blogs, magazines and restaurant ads I’m seeing on a daily basis offer plenty of mouth-watering ways for me to indulge. But sometimes I have to work a little to find recipes that are both healthy AND craveable. Thanks to Humana Vitality, I found another source to go to when I’m looking to lighten things up in the kitchen.


3-Ingredient Pina Colada Smoothie

3-Ingredient Pina Colada Smoothie by Foodtastic Mom

My love affair with Liberté Méditerranée Coconut yogurt began last summer. I got to experience an exclusive tasting at my city’s top restaurant, the Orchids at Palm Court, with dessert recipes created exclusively for Liberté by award-winning pastry chef Megan Ketover. I shared her recipe for dark chocolate candied almond crunch HERE and it’s not to be missed! The crunch paired with the European-style thick yet delicate coconut Liberté yogurt is dessert perfection.


Citrus Salmon and Watermelon Popsicles thanks to FlavorPrint created by McCormick

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Both these Summery recipes are thanks to McCormick and they sponsored this post to gain my honest feedback of their new and free FlavorPrint service. As with any sponsored post on my blog however, all opinions are my own, and I don’t agree to sponsored posts if the product is something I don’t already use and enjoy.

I’m not going to type at you much in this post because I believe these photos pretty much speak for themselves. FlavorPrint is a very cool service provided by McCormick that “gets you every time.” Having spent about 10 enjoyable minutes looking at beautiful photos of food and flavors, then rating them as to my family’s taste preferences, I can attest that McCormick does in fact “get” me.


Cherry Margarita Mini Cheesecakes

Cherry Margarita Mini Cheesecakes by Foodtastic Mom

I made you a dessert drink. It’s perfect for this weekend. Kind of like a cherry bomb. These little mini cheesecakes are one of my favorite desserts to make for a crowd because they are deceptively easy, plus they HAVE to be made ahead so they can chill in the fridge overnight. They are a win-win.

I didn’t have a bottle of tequila on-hand and wasn’t about to buy an entire bottle for one little recipe of cheesecakes. That’s expensive ya’ll! I’m not sure why I just typed ya’ll other than tequila and margaritas put me in mind of the Southwest. Anywho, these little Lime-A-Ritas can be bought individually for just .99 a can. It’s like they are just begging to be used in a recipe. A quarter cup of this malt margarita per 12 cheesecakes is all that is required. And after time in a hot oven, really just the margarita flavor is left behind… not enough alcohol to get anyone’s panties in a twist. I allowed my 9 year old son to eat one and he LOVED it. I just told him it was a mini cherry lime cheesecake, which it is. But selling it as a CHERRY MARGARITA mini cheesecake is much more fun for the adults, amiright?