Strawberry cream cheese squares

The dough is easy to make and is basically fool-proof meaning you can’t go wrong with them. The pastry is buttery and soft and perfectly compliments the creamy strawberry and cream cheese filling. The pastries are simply delicious and taste like the sweet pastries bought from the local bakery, minus all the nasty additives, preservatives and ingredients no one’s ever heard of before. Can it get any better than that?

These strawberry cream cheese squares are a delicious, surprising treat. Delicious because the creamy, tart cream cheese blends beautifully with the sweet and sticky strawberry jam. Delicious because the pasty is flaky, buttery and simply melts in your mouth. And they’re surprising because of what the pasty is made of. You see, it’s a cream… 

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Caramel apple pie bars

Buttery, crumbly apple bars with sticky caramel sauce. These are a cross between apple pie, apple bars and apple crumble. Perfection!

Buttery, crumbly apple bars with sticky caramel sauce. These are a cross between apple pie, apple bars and apple crumble. Perfection! These apple bars are the true definition of perfection. They’re a combination of an apple pie, apple bars and apple crumble. The base is buttery and flaky; the tart, crisp apples make the filling;… 

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Grilled turkey kabobs with honey lime dipping sauce


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Shady Brook Farms. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Guys, it’s officially the season for grilling! I’ve been waiting months and months for this weather to come and now… 

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Tomato basil scones

Scones in Australia are usually made with butter and flour (and a few other simple ingredients), baked, then enjoyed with lashings of jam and a generous dollop of cream. That’s the sweet type. So American biscuits = scones.

Don’t let the title confuse you, friends. What you may commonly know as “biscuits”, we Aussies refer to as “scones”. Biscuits here in Australia are the sweet type: chocolate chip biscuits, jam thumbprint biscuits, chocolate biscuits, Oreo biscuits… you get the idea. Australian biscuits = cookies. Same thing. Scones, however, are something completely different. Scones… 

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Tuscan inspired smashed potatoes


This recipe is one that I’m so glad to have thrown together– it’s beyond delicious and certainly going to be a staple meal for us! If you’re fortunate enough to use cast iron, you can throw this whole thing together with just one pan. Although the potatoes take a while to roast, it only requires a few minutes of actual hands on cooking. And did I mention that it’s really, really delicious?

Greek Pasta Salad

This tangy pasta salad is mixed with feta cheese, olives, banana peppers and fresh veggies for a filling but frugal dish that you can enjoy on the go!

This post brought to you by Dollar General. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Homegrown & Healthy. Between playgroups, house guests, homeschool groups, backyard barbecues, potlucks at the park and hurried back-seat picnics in between gymnastics and sports practices– we’ve been a very, very busy family this Spring. Most of these days… 

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