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Best of Twined Giveaway with over $2500 in Prizes!

2016 April 20
by Emily Hill

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Winning some of your favorite products was never so easy thanks to a month-long Twined giveaway!

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Post may include affiliate links to help support my Diet Coke habit.

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Not sure if you remember, but last year I introduced you to Twined, a site that combines trusted product reviews and recommendations with the power of a community to unlock discounts on those products. I was one of their first Tastemakers and wrote two product recommendations. One of those products, the Holmes Smart Air Purifier, is currently part of a huge Twined giveaway featuring their “best of” products and over $2500 in prizes.

The Canon PIXMA MX920 printer isn’t part of the giveaway but it still rocks my color printing world.

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30 Days of Giveaways by Twined
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Through the month of April, Twined is giving away a variety of prizes, from Amazon gift cards to some of the most popular products on their site. You can find a full list of the giveaways here. While some of the giveaways are over, quite a few are still running. Head over to the site to enter; all you have to do is sign up for a Twined account and you’re on your way!

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Holmes Smart Air Purifier giveaway
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10 Products My Pixie Cut Can’t Live Without

2016 April 19
by Emily Hill

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No matter my style of pixie cut (long bangs, short bangs, fauxhawk), these are my must-have styling products for pixies. And yes, I use them all.

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10 Products My Pixie Cut Cant Live Without -- I have had one variation or another of a pixie cut for over 16 years. These are my absolute favorite products--and yes, I use all of them.


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I got my first pixie cut when I was pregnant with Lauren over 16 years ago. It was your standard Halley Barry pixie—not my favorite variation. I did grow my hair out a couple times, but those styles never lasted long. All that round brushing and straightening—ain’t no one got time for that!

I would have time for that if they’d discovered dry shampoo 10 years ago…

With all that pixie practice comes product preference. Below you’ll find the 10 products my pixie cut can’t live without (in order of use). I’ll leave shampoo and conditioner up to you though I have recently fallen in love with the Proganix Quench shampoo and OGX Tea Tree Mint conditioner. That tea tree mint smells divine!

By the way, I’ve had everything from an a-line to a perm; you can see my past hair adventures here.

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Argan Oil
Step 1: Argan oil
Super moisturizing and super strengthening. A few drops once or twice a week after I’ve towel-dried my hair help repair any damage from processing.

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Proganix H2o Plus Electrolytes Quench Leave-In Moisture
Step 2: Proganix H2o Plus Electrolytes Quench Leave-In Moisture
Leave-in conditioner is always a good idea. I love this sulfate-free line, and I LOVE anything coconut. This spray has aloe, coconut oil and coconut water.

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Garnier Hair Care Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-frizz Serum
Step 3: Garnier Hair Care Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-frizz Serum
I’ve been using this anti-frizz serum forever. I’ve tried other anti-frizz solutions and they’re either too heavy, too oily or don’t work. This one’s the best—and it’s cheap!

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Tigi Catwalk Root Boost
Step 4: Tigi Catwalk Root Boost
I’ve used Catwalk Root Boost since my first a-line 15+ years ago. (Remember, I did grow out my pixie a couple times!) This aerosol spray gives the right amount of boost to my roots, and the can lasts forever.

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VERB Sea Spray
Step 5: VERB Sea Spray
My stylist introduced me to this spray about 6 months ago and it’s the first sea salt spray that hasn’t felt tacky or sticky. It provides the perfect texture and compliments the Root Boost.

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Thermal ceramic and ionic round brush
Step 6: Thermal ceramic & ionic round brush
If you have a super short pixie, you can cross this thermal round brush off your list. But for me and my bangs, I can’t do without it. I’ve gotten it down so I can straighten my bangs with only the brush and blow dryer, which lets me skip the time—and damage—of a flat iron.

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Double prong clips
Step 7: Double prong hair clips
No lie. I can’t live without these. Not only do they keep my bangs straight after blow drying, but they’re great for getting hair out of the way while doing makeup or washing your face. I have a couple in my gym bag, car door and purse and even on my nightstand.

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Schwarzkopf OSiS Flexwax
Step 8: Schwarzkopf Osis Flexwax
Similar to the anti-frizz serum, I’ve tried multiple pomades and waxes. This is my favorite because it’s a bit harder to mess up. It provides hold and texture and styling power without any greasiness. I’ve done slicked-back hair, pieced hair and fauxhawks with this stuff. It’s awesome.

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Schwarzkopf OSiS Freeze Finish 2
Step 9: Schwarzkopf OSiS Freeze hairspray
My favorite of all the hairsprays in the world. You can layer this stuff on and you won’t get any of that weird white residue that sometimes happens with other hairsprays. It stands up well to humidity (I’ve tried it in New York, Kentucky and Florida) and holds for hours.

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OSiS Sparkler Shine Spray
Step 10: OSiS Sparkler shine spray
This stuff smells SO good. For reals. It evokes memories of high school when that cute boy you’ve had a crush on since 5th grade walks by and his cologne makes you weak in the knees. It’s divine. Fabulous fragrance aside, this is the best shine spray out there. I’m addicted.

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When I’m not trying out a new pixie cut, I’m baking. You can check out my best of Is This Really My Life Pinterest board to see all the yummy desserts I’m whipping up!

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Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

2016 April 12
by Emily Hill

These easy homemade funfetti cupcakes topped with my favorite homemade vanilla buttercream frosting and extra sprinkles are always a crowd-pleaser!

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Homemade funfetti cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting -- a dense, decadent funfetti cake topped with my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting. To die for!

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I’ve made funfetti cupcakes before and while they were delicious, they were also extreme light and airy. If that’s your thing, then go with this recipe that features a yummy vanilla bean frosting. But if you’re all about denser, more flavor-packed homemade funfetti cupcakes, you totally need to bake these this version complete with my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting.

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Homemade funfetti cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting -- a dense, decadent funfetti cake topped with my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting. To die for!

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The recipe for the cake part of these homemade funfetti cupcakes is from Sally’s Baking Addiction. She is one of my favorite food bloggers and makes the most scrumptious treats. I’m always sharing my favorite recipes from her blog on my Facebook page. Did you catch her peanut butter chocolate lava cake? Mmm…

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Homemade funfetti cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting -- a dense, decadent funfetti cake topped with my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting. To die for!

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The recipe for the homemade vanilla buttercream frosting is my very favorite out of all the vanilla—and vanilla bean—frosting I’ve made. It’s light and fluffy and can easily be adjusted depending on what kind of consistency you want. I added a bit of extra powdered sugar so it would hold up to piping and those extra sprinkles.

Make sure you’re using jimmies rather than nonpariels. The results are 100 times better.

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Homemade funfetti cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting -- a dense, decadent funfetti cake topped with my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting. To die for!

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My trusty large scoop put just the right amount of batter in each cupcake liner. I swear I don’t know how I survived without it. It works well for those double bran muffins I shared last week, too!

Printable recipe for homemade funfetti cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting below. Enjoy!

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Homemade funfetti cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting -- a dense, decadent funfetti cake topped with my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting. To die for!

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Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
 
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These easy homemade funfetti cupcakes topped with my favorite homemade vanilla buttercream frosting and extra sprinkles are always a crowd-pleaser! Makes approx 18 regular cupcakes.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cupcakes
Serves: 18
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 1⅔ cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup vanilla yogurt (or sour cream)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup jimmies
Frosting
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp salt
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Whisk butter and sugars vigorously. Mixture will be gritty. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 minute.
  4. Beat in egg, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract until combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick. Gently fold in sprinkles; avoid over mixing.
  5. Spoon batter into cupcake liners and bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting
  1. Beat butter on medium speed for about 2 minutes until creamy. Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and salt and beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Add more sugar if frosting is too thin, more milk if too thick.

 
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Here are a few more cupcakes I super enjoy baking…

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Black and white cupcakes with vanilla bean frosting

Black & white cupcakes

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Nerds cupcakes

Nerds cupcakes

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Panda cupcakes

Cream-filled panda cupcakes
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Peach cobbler cupcakes

Peach cobbler cupcakes

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Butterfly Cupcakes - unbelievably easy to make and so much fun to eat!


Butterfly cupcakes

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20 “Chiptastic” Homemade Guacamole Recipes

2016 April 8
by Emily Hill

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With Cinco de Mayo a few weeks away, you have just enough time to make every one of these 20 “chiptastic” homemade gaucamole recipes!

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20 Chiptastic Guacamole Recipes -- from strawberry guacamole to creamy Greek yogurt guacamole, you will want to make every one of these homemade guacamole recipes!

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I swear the holidays keep coming faster and faster as I get older and older. Easter has come and gone and summer is around the corner. Though I could eat guacamole year round, I love any reason to eat twice as much of it. That’s where Cinco de Mayo comes in—it’s the perfect excuse to whip up one of these 20 homemade guacamole recipes. And then whip up another one for everyone else.
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Perfect guacamole
Perfect guacamole from Key Ingredient

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Creamy homemade guacamole
Creamy guacamole from The Gracious Wife

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Strawberry guacamole
Strawberry guacamole from Jerry James Stone

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Amazing guacamole recipe
Amazing guacamole recipe from Will Cook for Smiles

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Mango and pomegranate guacamole
Mango & pomegranate guacamole from The Cafe Sucre Farine

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Homemade 5 ingredient guacamole
Homemade 5 ingredient guacamole from Ma Nouvelle Mode

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Guaca-tony
Guaca-tony from The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Mango guacamole
Mango guacamole from Fit Foodie Finds

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Homemade Mexican guacamole
Homemade Mexican guacamole from My Latina Table

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Best homemade guacamole
Seriously the best guacamole in the world from Whole & Heavenly Oven

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Ranch guacamole
Ranch guacamole from The Recipe Critic

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Easy homemade guacamole
Easy homemade guacamole from Is This Really My Life (me!)

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Proper authentic guacamole
Proper guacamole from Recipe Tin Eats

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Easy homemade guacamole
Easy guacamole from Noshtastic

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Pineapple guacamole recipe
Pineapple guacamole from Gimme Some Oven

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Guacamole
Guacamole from Cooking Classy

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Spicy guacamole recipe
Spicy guacamole recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen

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Traditional guacamole recipe
Traditional guacamole recipe from The Healthy Maven

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Worlds best guacamole
The world’s best guacamole from Thyme & Honey

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Creamy Greek yogurt guacamole
Creamy Greek yogurt guacamole from Just a Taste

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Double Bran Muffins (aka Mormon Muffins)

2016 April 6
by Emily Hill

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These double bran muffins may not be the healthiest but they’re definitely the best. The secret? A batter that can be refrigerated up to a week!

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Double Bran Muffins -- also known as Mormon muffins...maybe because they feed such a huge crowd. Besides feeding a bazillion people, these double bran muffins are awesome because you can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate up to a week! Truly a family favorite!

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I really don’t know why these double bran muffins are also known as Mormon muffins. Maybe it’s because the recipe makes a bazillion servings, which is enough to feed your average-size Mormon family or a good number of Relief Society sisters during the annual Mother’s Day brunch.

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Double Bran Muffins -- also known as Mormon muffins...maybe because they feed such a huge crowd. Besides feeding a bazillion people, these double bran muffins are awesome because you can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate up to a week! Truly a family favorite!

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Whatever the reason, the recipe is scaled to feed an army. No army? No problem. The muffin batter can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week so you can make freshly baked muffins seven days straight!

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Double Bran Muffins -- also known as Mormon muffins...maybe because they feed such a huge crowd. Besides feeding a bazillion people, these double bran muffins are awesome because you can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate up to a week! Truly a family favorite!

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Sure, these double bran muffins are quite possible the best tasting bran muffins I’ve ever baked—they’re flavorful and moist with the perfect texture. But what I love best is being able to make the muffin batter ahead of time so I can bake bran muffins at will.

This is the same genius behind making an extra large batch of cookie dough.

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Double Bran Muffins -- also known as Mormon muffins...maybe because they feed such a huge crowd. Besides feeding a bazillion people, these double bran muffins are awesome because you can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate up to a week! Truly a family favorite!

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My favorite way to fill muffin cups, especially if I’m baking six dozen, is with a large cookie dough scoop. For these muffins, I used closer to a heaping scoop of batter rather than an even scoop like I’d use with my peach cobbler cupcakes. Those cookie dough scoops are one of the most-used gadgets in my kitchen. For reals.

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Double Bran Muffins -- also known as Mormon muffins...maybe because they feed such a huge crowd. Besides feeding a bazillion people, these double bran muffins are awesome because you can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate up to a week! Truly a family favorite!

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If you want to make these double bran muffins a bit healthier, try substitute wheat flour for a good half of the all-purpose flour and/or Splenda for half of the granulated sugar. I bet you could even substitute coconut oil for some of the butter. I haven’t tried that substitution yet but it sounds divine!

Printable recipe for double bran muffins (aka Mormon muffins) below. Enjoy!
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Double Bran Muffins (aka Mormon Muffins)
 
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These double bran muffins may not be the healthiest but they're definitely the best. The secret? A batter that can be refrigerated up to a week! Makes anywhere from 4 to 6 dozen depending on size.
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Muffins
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 T + 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 qt. buttermilk
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups 100% bran buds
  • 2 cups bran flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the inside of a muffin tin with non-stick spray or line with cupcake liners.
  2. Add baking soda to hot water and let cool.
  3. In an extra large bowl (and I mean extra large), whip butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs slowly. Mix well.
  4. Add buttermilk, flour and salt; mix well. Add soda/water mixture very slowly. Fold the two bran cereals into the mixture.
  5. Put a lid on the bowl and place in the fridge for an hour or two before baking. (This softens the bran buds and makes the batter fluffier.)
  6. Spoon a generous amount of mixture into the muffin cups, filling them about ¾ full.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes or until slightly golden on top. Let cool for 5 minutes and then serve. Keep unused batter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

 
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Caramelized Apple, Onion & Smoked Sausage Grilled Cheese Sandwich

2016 April 4
by Emily Hill

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Hillshire Farm, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #nohasslesavorymeal http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV
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Caramelized apples and onions are paired with smoked sausage and sharp white cheddar cheese for an easy “gourmet” grilled cheese sandwich.

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Caramelized Apple Onion and Smoked Sausage Grilled Cheese Sandwich -- in less than 30 minutes you can have a delicious, very gourmet tasting, grilled cheese sandwich. The perfect way to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month!

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I love celebrating National Grilled Cheese Month by creating grilled cheese sandwiches that appear to be gourmet but in reality are easy and family friendly. After all, I’m a busy mom of four kids ages 8 to 18—who has time for multi-course meals? I like to pack as many food groups into one dish as possible like last year’s meatball marinara grilled cheese. That thing had protein (Italian meatballs), vegetables (marinara), carbs (bread) and dairy (cheese). And it didn’t require silverware. Even better.

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Caramelized Apple Onion and Smoked Sausage Grilled Cheese Sandwich -- in less than 30 minutes you can have a delicious, very gourmet tasting, grilled cheese sandwich. The perfect way to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month!

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This year’s grilled cheese sandwich—the caramelized apple, onion and smoked sausage grilled cheese—features similar food groups: protein (smoked sausage), fruit (apples), carbs (bread) and dairy (cheese). And once again, no silverware required. That means you can throw ’em together and then grab and go if you’re between music lessons and dance practice.

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Caramelized Apple Onion and Smoked Sausage Grilled Cheese Sandwich -- the perfect ingredients for an easy yet gourmet-tasting grilled cheese!

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Picky eaters? No worries. Simply leave out the caramelized apples and onions. You wouldn’t believe how yummy smoked sausage is when you pair it with sharp white cheddar.

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Caramelized Apple Onion and Smoked Sausage Grilled Cheese Sandwich -- the perfect ingredients for an easy yet gourmet-tasting grilled cheese!

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You should be able to assemble your sandwiches in 30 minutes or less, but if you can spare no more than 20 minutes, go with a variation using scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese. Just scramble your eggs, slice and pan fry the sausage, and then assemble your grilled cheese sandwich with eggs and smoked sausage placed between slices of cheddar cheese. Nothing like a hearty breakfast sandwich for families on the go!

Speaking of smoked sausage, I used Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage in this recipe and found it had the right amount of smoked flavor and perfect texture for the combination of ingredients. It really made this caramelized apple, onion and smoked sausage grilled cheese sandwich pop! (And I’m not talking about the casing.)

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Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage.

I picked up Hillshire Farm smoked sausage along with the granny smith apples, yellow onion, Kroger sharp white cheddar and cracked wheat sourdough bread at my local Smith’s (the Kroger of Utah). It’s honestly my favorite place to grocery shop because our local store has a sushi counter.

Yes, fresh sushi. Any day of the week.

But back to the Hillshire Farm sausage. Between 3/30 and 4/19/16 you can pick up two Hillshire Farm sausages for only $5 while supplies last. I bought the smoked sausage and polska kielbasa during my last Kroger/Smith’s visit. I may pop in to pick up two more to keep on hand for last-minute breakfast-for-dinner (aka “brinner”) weeknight meals. Need more inspiration? You can find all kinds of yummy Hillshire Farm recipes online.

To view your Kroger banner store’s weekly ad page, click here to search using your zip code. You can also find Kroger on Facebook, Twitter and yes, even Instagram and Pinterest.

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Caramelized Apple Onion and Smoked Sausage Grilled Cheese Sandwich -- in less than 30 minutes you can have a delicious, very gourmet tasting, grilled cheese sandwich. The perfect way to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month!

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Printable recipe for caramelized apple, onion and smoked sausage grilled cheese sandwich below. Enjoy!
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Caramelized Apple, Onion & Smoked Sausage Grilled Cheese Sandwich
 
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Caramelized apples and onions are paired with smoked sausage and sharp white cheddar cheese for an easy "gourmet" grilled cheese sandwich.
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Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 T butter plus more for spreading on sliced bread
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 (14-oz) Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage, sliced ¼" thick
  • 1 (6-oz) package sliced sharp white cheddar cheese
  • Cracked wheat sourdough bread (or your favorite sandwich bread)
Instructions
  1. Melt 2 T butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until they being to soften and turn golden brown.
  2. Add apples and reduce heat to medium low. Saute until softened, approximately 4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add sliced sausage to pan and cook approximately 6 to 9 minutes. Remove from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess grease.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Spread butter on one side of sliced bread.
  5. Layer ingredients in pan in following order: one slice bread (butter side down), cheese, sausage, apples & onion mixture, cheese, one slice bread (butter side up).
  6. Cook until golden brown; flip and cook on second side until golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

 
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Don’t forget to try last year’s National Grilled Cheese Month grilled cheese sandwich!

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Meatball Marinara Grilled Cheese Sandwich -- a melty, cheesy combination of marinara, Italian meatballs and Italian cheeses on sourdough bread. So yummy!


Meatball marinara grilled cheese sandwich

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15 Kid-Friendly Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

2016 April 1
by Emily Hill

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These kid-friendly grilled cheese sandwiches are a great transition from basic to gourmet grilled cheese. Perfect for pickier palates!

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15 Kid-Friendly Grilled Cheese Sandwiches -- a great way to transition from basic grilled cheese to gourmet. Perfect for pickier palates!

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Today kicks of National Grilled Cheese Month and I couldn’t be happier. I find it just as wonderful as Christmas, except with this holiday I get to enjoy 29 more days of happiness.

There are all kinds of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on the Interwebs including my meatball marinara grilled cheese sandwich and chicken marsala panini (it has goat cheese so it totally counts). Unfortunately half of my kids don’t appreciate “gourmet” so our usual go-to grilled cheese is the standard American or medium cheddar on sandwich bread.

Knowing full well there had to be other options for those with underdeveloped palates, I scoured the same Interwebs for more options and found these 15 kid-friendly grilled cheese sandwiches. I feel like these are the perfect transition from basic grilled cheese to gourmet.
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Epic Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich
Epic grilled ham & cheese sandwich from Noble Pig

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Frenchees deep fried grilled cheese
Cheese Frenchees deep-fried grilled cheese from Oh Sweet Basil

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Pizza grilled cheese sandwich
Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Kirbie’s Kravings

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Crispy bacon grilled cheese roll-ups
Crispy bacon grilled cheese roll-ups from Cook Crave Inspire

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Grilled Mac and Cheese
Grilled macaroni & cheese sandwich from The Gunny Sack

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White cheese pizza grilled cheese
White cheese pizza grilled cheese from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

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Nacho grilled cheese
Nacho grilled cheese from Cook the Story (leave out the jalapenos)

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Waffle baker grilled cheese sandwich
Waffle baker grilled cheese sandwich from Fifteen Spatulas

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Crispy garlic bread grilled cheese sandwich
Crispy garlic bread grilled cheese sandwich from Heather Likes Food

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Waffled tater tot grilled cheese
Waffled tater tot grilled cheese from Real Food by Dad

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Inside Out Grilled Cheese
Inside-out grilled cheese from The Country Cook

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Hawaiian grilled cheese
Hawaiian grilled cheese from House of Yumm

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Fried egg grilled cheese sandwich
Fried egg grilled cheese sandwich from Great Grub, Delicious Treats

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Triple Threat Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Triple threat grilled cheese from Self Proclaimed Foodie

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Gracies grilled cheese roll-ups with marinara dipping sauce
Gracie’s grilled cheese roll-ups with marinara dipping sauce from ChinDeep

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If you’re all about the gourmet grilled cheese, you may want to try my meatball marinara grilled cheese sandwich.

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Meatball Marinara Grilled Cheese Sandwich -- a melty, cheesy combination of marinara, Italian meatballs and Italian cheeses on sourdough bread. So yummy!

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If panini is more your style, you’ll love this chicken marsala panini with goat cheese, Parmesan and prosciutto.

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Chicken Marsala panini with goat cheese, prosciutto and Parmesan

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