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Cinnamon Saltine Crackers

An irresistible and easy snack you must try
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Cinnamon Crackers.  If you were ever a fan of Cinnamon Toast Crunch as a kid or remember tasting cinnamon toast when you were young, these are for you.  I was always a huge fan of cinnamon toast personally.  Fresh out of the oven, the warm, toasty bread with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top was absolutely divine.  Super simple, of course.  Yet so good. 

I had albeit forgotten about cinnamon toast until recently, but I was brought instantly back as I was noshing on a bowl of buttery Saltines at our country club.  See, they serve the buttered crackers as a quick appetizer while you peruse the bar menu, and let’s just say that they’ve discovered my Kryptonite.  Once I start, I just cannot stop!  Dangerous I tell you.  And it had me thinking of how I could make them EVEN better at home. 

Butter is sure enough an easy addition to these classic crackers, and the result is downright irresistible.  But add some cinnamon and sugar and you’ve got the ultimate snack.  It would be great for holiday parties, tailgates, after school treats, lunch boxes and beyond.  Find the super easy recipe below, and tell me if you’ll be whipping up some cinnamon crackers anytime soon!  Truly, MKR

P.S. For more irresistible snack recipes, be sure to check out our Recipe Index. xo 

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Ingredients
  1. 4 sleeves of Saltine crackers
  2. 1 stick of butter, melted
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 cup cinnamon
  5. 1-2 large ziplock bags
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
  2. Add the saltine crackers to a large zip lock bag (if you need to split the recipe and use two zip lock bags go ahead and do so. You'll want plenty of room to mix/roll the crackers).
  3. Once crackers are in the bag(s), pour the butter over the crackers and roll the bag to coat.
  4. Once coated, add your cinnamon and sugar mixture and again roll to coat.
  5. Leave in sealed bags overnight.
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Raspberry & Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostini with Fresh Mint & Thyme

A simple, elegant summer appetizer that everyone will love
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I have this love affair with toast.  There’s just something about the crisp crunch and delectable mix of toppings that gets me every time.  And crostini is just a fancy way to call it.  So like nachos—because you know how much I love nachos by now—the possibilities for your toasts and your crostinis are truly endless.  Today, without further adieu, I proudly give you a sure-hit Memorial Day appetizer: my Raspberry & Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostini recipe. 

With spring’s bounty of fresh berries, this is the perfect dish that fools your guests into thinking it’s a lot fancier than it is.  To create the berry “shmear”, simply put your berries in a bowl, lightly smash some of them with the back of the spoon.  You’ll want some full berries for presentation sake when serving, but you’ll also want the smashed juice as part of the shmear.  I love mixing in the gourmet herb goat cheese from the store, but you can of course blend your own fresh herbs in goat cheese too.  

In order, you’ll be happier if you spread the herb goat cheese first, then the berry “shmear”.  Next, top with the whole berries, and lastly garnish with your chopped mint.  You’ll toast on a cookie sheet in the oven until they’re golden brown.  These crostinis toast fast, so you’ll need to watch them closely so they don’t burn.  Voila!  Take those beauties out of the oven and serve on a marble board to hungry guests.  

It’s simple.  It’s elegant.  And it’s downright irresistible when served up on a bright, sunny summer day!  We’re sharing this recipe as part of Shipt‘s Memorial Day virtual potluck, so be sure to check out the rest of the menu!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  Looking for more Memorial Day menu inspiration?  Try our best ever veggie burgers and beef burgers, all of the side fixin’s for your BBQ, boozy strawberry basil lemonade, and classic root beer floats.  xo 

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Ingredients
  1. French bread, cut into thin slices
  2. OR pre-sliced crostini slices from the store
  3. 1 pint blackberries
  4. 1 pint raspberries
  5. herb goat cheese or regular goat cheese with fresh thyme
  6. fresh mint, chopped
  7. additional mint leaves, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Spread the herb goat cheese first on crostini or thin slices of bread.
  2. Lightly smash your berries to create a jam-like spread or “shmear”, leaving some berries whole for topping.
  3. Top the crostinis with your berry “shmear” and garnish with chopped fresh mint.
  4. Toast in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes until golden brown. Be sure to watch closely so they don’t burn.
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How To Easily Pack For a Picnic; Plus Homemade Pimento Cheese & Mediterranean Mason Jar Salads

My go-to's for an afternoon in the park
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Friday I shared a picnic-ready outfit, along with peek at my ideal day off: an afternoon visit to the farmers market, followed by a picnic in the park.  It’s one of my favorite things to do when I have a little free time with the Mr., and always a sign that spring is finally upon us. As promised, I’m sharing a few of my go-to picnic essentials, along with two super simple recipes that I like to pack in my picnic basket, neither that sacrifice flavor or a gourmet effect: my Homemade Pimento Cheese & Mediterranean-inspired Mason Jar Salads.

Whenever I’m packing for a picnic, I always make sure I have the following: a big blanket, a great picnic basket, portable tunes and easy food.  Nobody has time to deal with messy, high-maintenance bites when you’re camped out on your favorite blanket in the grass!  So today I’m dishing on the recipes for said easy food. 

First off, with your pimento cheese, and I’m just going to come out and say it: don’t ever use the pre-shredded cheese for your homemade pimento cheese. It’s just not ever going to taste as good as the stuff you buy by the block and shred yourself.  You’ll get a much creamier and more satisfying spread when you do it the right way. And I like my pimento cheese a bit chunkier, so I stay away from processing/blending it so that I can see the cheese and peppers with each bite.  Of course, if you like yours creamier (which is just as heavenly), take it a step further and throw the mixture into a food processor until you reach your desired consistency. I also love to use Vegenaise (vegan mayo) in place of traditional mayo, though I know all southerners will tell you that Duke’s is the only way to go. 

For the Mason Jar Salads, I went with a Mediterranean vibe; a tangy balsamic vinaigrette (I used store-bought, but you definitely can make your own) with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, cooked orzo, greens & more. The trick with any good Mason Jar Salad is to layer the ingredients in your jars (I love this set with clamp lids) so that the salad doesn’t’ get soggy or begin to wilt when in transit.  You do that by always, always putting the salad dressing at the bottom of the jar. Then, you’ll put whatever ingredients won’t get soggy from being in contact with the dressing (think tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, etc.)…bottom line is you don’t want the greens to be next to the dressing. 

You can have fun with Mason Jar Salads; the possibilities are truly endless!  Find my current go-to combination, along with my recipe for the best homemade pimento cheese below.  I’d love to know how you’re shaping up your picnic plans in the comments below!  Truly, MKR

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Homemade Pimento Cheese & Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad

Ingredients

  • Pimento Cheese
  • 1 block of yellow sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 block of white mont jack, shredded
  • 3 large spoonfuls of mayonnaise, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 chopped jalapeno (optional)
  • dash of cayenne (optional) 
  • Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad
  • balsamic vinaigrette, to taste
  • cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • red onions, sliced thinly
  • cucumbers, sliced thinly
  • edamame, cooked and shelled
  • almonds, raw and unsalted
  • cranberries
  • cooked orzo
  • lettuce (I used baby kale, mixed greens mix)
  • micro green mix

Instructions

  1. Pimento Cheese
  2. Add all ingredients in mixing bowl. When adding the jar of pimentos, eyeball this with how creamy/chunky you want it.
  3. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, and serve!
  4. Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad
  5. Stack your ingredients inside the Mason jar in the following order:
  6. balsamic vinaigrette
  7. cherry tomatoes
  8. red onions
  9. cucumbers
  10. edamame
  11. almonds
  12. cranberries
  13. cooked orzo
  14. lettuce
  15. micro green mix
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