Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mini Strawberry Bread Loaves for Holiday Gifting

This post is in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions and text are my own.

I love surprising neighbors, friends, my favorite Sheetz Convenience Store girls and
our mailman with special treats from time to time. Baking is my love language and
there's nothing better than sharing that love with others. I've been known to leave treats
inside of our mailbox, at my neighbors front door and inside of their vehicles for them
to find the next morning. I'm sneaky like that!

Mini loaves of strawberry bread made with Stonyfield Greek yogurt and organic frozen
or fresh strawberries are perfect for gifting. Using yogurt in baked goods is a great way to
lighten up a recipe or to use as a substitute for sour cream or butter. I always keep a large
container of Stonyfield yogurt in our fridge for baking or making smoothies and
yogurt parfaits. Stonyfield has been our first choice in yogurt for years!

This strawberry bread recipe is super easy and can be made in any size loaf pan.
Feel free to use one 9x5 inch pan or any size mini pans that you have. I love these fun
red and white polka dotted disposable pans for gifting. I made the loaves even more
festive by wrapping them in cellophane and pretty ribbon.

Our mailman loved his mini strawberry bread!
Now who else can I surprise?

Mini Strawberry Bread Loaves 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup Stonyfield Greek Yogurt (I used Vanilla)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup strawberries, tossed in a tablespoon of flour (I used frozen berries)
sparkling sugar for sprinkling on top, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.
The pans I used are 4.5 x 2.5 and I used 3 pans for this recipe. You could also use
one 9x5 loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together the sugars and egg. Add the Greek yogurt, buttermilk,
oil and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir just until combined.

Gently fold in the strawberries that have been coated with flour.
Divide batter between mini loaf pans or pour into one large loaf pan.

Bake for 30 - 45 minutes, depending upon the size of your pans or until a toothpick
inserted comes out clean.  Remove from oven to cool on a wire rack.

Wrap cooled loaves in plastic wrap or cellophane and decorate with ribbon.

Gift to neighbors, delivery drivers, the mailman or anyone who loves sweets.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Family that Runs Together

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno.
The opinions and text are all mine.

Early last spring my daughter and I were discussing our upcoming summer vacation to
Hilton Head Island and we decided it would be fun to run the HHI 4th of July Firecracker 5k
together as a family. We had never done anything like that before and I had not run forever,
but I agreed it would be fun, so I started training in March.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

UnCommonGoods Holiday Gift Guide

This post is in partnership with UncommonGoods. All opinions and text are my own.

Well the count down is on. Only 12 more days until Christmas! Are you ready?

I'm actually pretty proud of myself this year. I'm 80% done with my shopping, what
I have purchased is wrapped and under the tree and all of my decorating is complete.
Who am I?? 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Light and Crisp Buttermilk Waffles

This post is in partnership with LaGrange. All opinions are my own.

DIY Waffle Bar

After a long work week and quick breakfast foods like smoothies, overnight oats and
breakfast cookies, we like to take it slow and easy on the weekend. A waffle bar is just
the thing for fun family time and easing into a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfaits

This post is in partnership with Purely Elizabeth. All opinions are my own.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfaits

Ready or not the holidays are here. Family and friends will be stopping by and maybe
even spending a night or two. Don't leave your guests wondering what's to eat, prepare
some yogurt parfaits to have on hand or to display on your holiday brunch buffet.

Peanut butter and jelly yogurt parfaits with Purely Elizabeth chocolate sea salt + peanut
butter granola are easy to assemble and perfect to serve for breakfast, brunch or even
a healthy snack for out of town guests.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BBQ Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner for Two

This post is in partnership with OXO. All opinions are my own.

BBQ Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner for Two

Sheet pan dinners are one of my favorite week night meals. What could be better than
preparing dinner on a single baking sheet! One pan to wash - yes please!

Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Holiday Shopping Guide for Her

Happy Monday!
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Today I'm sharing a little holiday gift guide for her. This gift guide includes items I really
love or that are on my wish list! Maybe it will help you with your holiday shopping!

Initial coffee mugs - I'm obsessed with cute mugs and just love these!

Amazing Grace body lotion - this lotion smells amazing!

Essential oil diffuser - I have one in my bedroom and one in my office - love them!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palate - because a girl can never have too much makeup.

Weekly Meal Plan - this meal planner is so cute! It's on my wish list!

Lauren Conrad necklace - I have this one and wear it all the time.

Magnolia Hearth & Hand sugar bowl - so simple, yet pretty!

Every girl needs a nice pair of gloves - these look warm and toasty!

Happy Shopping and have a great week!

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