Progresso Bistro K-Cups Brings the Comfort of Home


I was trying to figure out how I wanted to go with this post because honestly there is a lot of ways this soup could fit into your life. It wasn’t until I was making it for pics that my daughter said “Wow, I need to take some of them to college with me next year.” That is when the light bulb went off because Progresso Bistro K-Cups would be perfect for college kids away from home that needed a little comfort food.

I don’t know about every college but I know when we went to look some with Dakotah a lot of them had Keurig machines in the communal area of the dorms or the kitchen area. Also, a couple of them allowed coffee pots in the room so you could even send a personal Keurig machine with your child. When they get a little lonely they could make some soup like the Creamy Tomato and Parmesan and remember all those grilled cheese and tomato soups we fixed when they were younger.

Progresso Bistro K-Cups



Progresso Bistro K-Cups come in 3 different flavors:

Tomato Parmesan
Broccoli & Cheese
Creamy Southwestern

They are super easy to make. All you do is pour the soup mix into a cup, brew the cup in your Keurig, stir, and enjoy! There is no stove needed, no measuring, no complicated ingredients, and no mess!

The best part? It won’t mess with the taste of your coffee. In fact you don’t even need to clean it after making the soup. How awesome is that? Of course it is not just for college kids. It is great for dinner on busy nights or school age children. They can make their own soup and sandwich after school.

It would make life so much easier! They are available in the Northeast and right now you can get a $2 off coupon so you can save money while trying them!! I just bought a few for my Dad to take to work with him. He is loving not having to drag that lunch box to work every day.

Oh and while you are at it, don’t forget to check out Nature Valley’s Bistro Oatmeal cups. They are DELISH for breakfast! Quick and super easy!







Homemade Caramel and Apple Muffins

It’s Fall Y’all! It is my favorite time of year and I am so excited it is here! Halloween is just a few days away and Apple season is in full bloom. If you are like me you are probably trying to figure out what to do with all those apples! Well, I have you covered! I have two very exciting apple recipes for you!

The first one is Homemade Caramel and Apple Muffins! These are made from scratch but don’t let that scare you. It is a super easy recipe and they taste divine! They are best served warm with a little caramel sauce drizzled over the top.


Homemade Caramel and Apple Muffins

Homemade Apple and Caramel Muffins

Homemade Caramel and Apple Muffins
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Fall Harvest
Author: Bobbie
Serves: 14 Muffins
Homemade Apple and Caramel Muffins are made from scratch. But don’t let that scare you! They are super easy to make and taste delicious!!!
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter- melted completely
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled tart apple ( I used Granny Smith)
  • 12 caramels, chopped
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted completely
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a large bow combine the floud, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, butter, and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples and caramel.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over the batter.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes and then serve warm.


Awaken With The Force #StarWars #TheForceAwakens Inspired Dark Coffee


I am a huge fan of “premium” coffees and have been known to spend a lot of money at a certain coffee establishment that will remain anonymous. With finances a little tight I thought I had to give up my favorite indulgence but thanks to my Ninja Coffee Bar I can now make some seriously awesome coffee’s at home. Don’t worry though, if you don’t have a coffee bar you can still make this coffee and it will be just as amazing!

My base was a Dark coffee. I highly recommend Dark Magic or 8 o’clock Espresso. The chocolate syrup was Ghiradelli and I highly recommend using it instead of another dark chocolate. It really adds to the sweet, chocolate undertones of the coffee. Also, brew the coffee as strong as you can. You can do this with the coffee bar by pressing rich brew, a Keurig by brewing it strong, and of course your coffee pot by adding a tbsp more coffee than you normally do.

Awaken With The Force #StarWars #TheForceAwakens Inspired Dark Coffee

Ninja Coffee Bar:
Select Single Cup Size
Add 2 tbsp. of Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Syrup to bottom of mug
Set Brewer to Rich Brew and let brew.
In the Foamer add your half and half, put in microwave for 60 seconds and then using the attachment pump the milk 15 times.
Pour foamed milk mug, over the coffee.
Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

Manual Instructions:
Add 2 tbsp. of Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Syrup to bottom of mug
Brew 6 ounces of strong coffee
In a jar with a lid, add 1/3 cup of half and half.  Microwave for 60 seconds and then shake the jar until the cream becomes foamy.
Pour foamed milk into mug, over the coffee.
Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.




Berry Almond Shortcake with Vanilla-Mascarpone Cream

Berry Almond-Shortcake with Vanilla-Mascarpone Cream

America is celebrating its 239th birthday this Independence Day, and the majority of Americans will commemorate it around a picnic table. Last year, two thirds of U.S. consumers observed the Fourth of July holiday with a cookout, barbeque, or picnic, and spent an estimated $6.2 billion on food for the occasion (National Retail Federation).

In preparation for a day of dear ones and desserts, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has red, white, and blue recipes that offer fresh takes on two American classics: sugar cookies and shortcake.

“The Fourth of July is a fun and festive opportunity to bake for loved ones,” said Beth Nielsen, Chief Culinary Officer of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc. “Instead of grabbing a sheet cake from the store, it can be surprisingly simple to put personal, elegant twists on traditional favorites, whether you’re bringing homemade dessert to a friend’s house or hosting the whole neighborhood.”

Nielsen-Massey’s recipes balance the simplicity of classic dishes with the stand-out taste of complementary extracts and flavors. A plate of star-shaped Orange Blossom Sugar Cookies, topped with red, white, and blue glaze, serves up fresh notes of the orange grove at a summer get together without alienating young, picky eaters or less adventurous guests.

For a patriotic dessert that engages all ages, set up a station for Berry-Almond Shortcake with Vanilla-Mascarpone Cream (recipe below). The mascarpone cream showcases Nielsen-Massey’s Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and a sweet touch of honey, while butter-browned shortcakes carry rich, nutty flavor from the Pure Almond Extract and almond flour.

Berry Almond Shortcake with Vanilla-Mascarpone Cream

Berry Almond Shortcake with Vanilla-Mascarpone Cream
Serves 8

Makes about 2 cups
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup Mascarpone cheese
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract

In a deep mixing bowl, beat cream with an electric mixer on medium-high until peaks start to form. Add Mascarpone cheese, honey and vanilla extract; beat until combined. Cover and refrigerate.

In a large bowl, add strawberries and blueberries. Sprinkle vanilla sugar over berries and gently stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate.1 pound fresh strawberries, stemmed, rinsed and quartered
1/2 pound fresh blueberries, rinsed
2 tablespoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup almond meal flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Almond Extract
1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
granulated sugar to roll dough (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon butter, melted (optional)

Place oven rack in center of oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Line a small heavy light-colored rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Place flours, sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor bowl and pulse until combined. Add butter pieces, vanilla and almond extracts and pulse until dough resembles a coarse crumb. Place in a large mixing bowl and gently stir in buttermilk, just until buttermilk is combined.

Transfer crumbly dough onto sugared work surface and bring together. Lightly knead and shape into a circle. Roll dough into an 8 inches circle, about 1/2 inch thick.

Using a 3 inches biscuit cutter, cut 4 shortcake rounds. Place shortcakes in prepared pan. Bring remaining dough together; repeat process and cut an additional 4 shortcakes. Brush top of shortcakes with melted butter. Bake until done, about 15-18 minutes. Slightly cool on a wire rack before serving. Slice shortcakes in half; add berries and Vanilla-Mascarpone Cream.

Visit for additional vanilla- and flavor-infused summer dessert recipes, including:

Berry Almond Tart
Summer Sherbet Treats
Orange Blossom Fruit Salad
About Nielsen-Massey Vanillas
Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The full line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include: Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar, Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Beans. Nielsen-Massey Fairtrade products are certified by FLO-CERT.

Father’s Day Kabob and Dip Bar Ideas

Father’s Day Kabob and Dip Bar Ideas

For a family full of different likes and dislikes, the beauty of the kabob lies in its versatility. Whatever meat, veggie or fruit suits your taste, it has a place on a skewer. Plus, older kids can help thread kabobs. And after grilling, everyone can dip to his or her heart’s content. Sticks and dips — it’s a winning combination!

Make skewers work to your advantage

Stick to these tips for kabob success.

  • Soaking. When using wooden skewers, soak them for 30 minutes first to reduce scorching on the fire. A clean vase or casserole dish work well.
  • Skewers. We like using a metal skewer when grilling small pieces of meatWe recommend using two skewers when grilling shrimp, chicken strips or sticks of summer squash for ease of turning and to prevent ingredients from spinning.
  • Ingredients. Skewer like ingredients together and make sure ingredients are cut to a similar size. Both these tips help the ingredients cook more evenly. If you are using a marinade, thread ingredients onto the skewers and then marinate in a non-reactive container in the fridge.
  • Cook. Use direct heat for grilling.
  • Turn. Remember to use tongs or an oven mitt when turning the skewers on the grill.

3 Time-Saving Tips

If you’re a little short on prep time, fear not. A kabob dinner can still be a part of your Father’s Day celebration. Here’s how:

  1. Pre-made kabobs. Get your grill on even faster by picking up our house-made, grill-ready, seasoned or marinated kabobs in our meat and seafood departments.
  2. Spice rubs. Spice rubs are an easy way to quickly add dynamic flavor to meat and vegetables, especially before grilling. Look for them on the shelves with other spices and near the meat and fish counters.
  3. Dips. Rather than making your own sauce, take a delicious shortcut and shop for 365 Everyday Value® Organic Regional Barbecue Sauces in Kansas City Love, Memphis Madness and Texas True. Or treat dad to all three varieties for a celebration of unique flavors from iconic barbecue destinations.

Find inspiration with these recipes or check out our collection of favorite kabob recipes.

Grilled Veggie Kabobs

Grilled Veggie Kabobs

Honey Mustard Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

Honey Mustard Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

Tandoori-Style Shrimp and Vegetable Kabobs

Tandoori-Style Shrimp and Vegetable Kabobs

Grilled Tuna Kabobs with Peach Mango Salsa

Grilled Tuna Kabobs with Peach Mango Salsa

Hip Dips

In addition to dips such as Homemade Barbecue Sauce or Fresh Pineapple Salsa, here are a few more dips that are perfect pairings for kabobs.

  • Kabobs of nearly all types. Peanut sauce + lime + cilantro + tamarind
  • Vegetables. Greek yogurt + harissa (North African hot chile blend) + lemon juice
  • Steak. Fish sauce + honey + gochujang (Korean hot chile paste)
  • Fish or chicken. Sour cream + fresh oregano + anchovy paste + chopped olives + lemon zest

Extra Tips

You can also try using rosemary sprigs in place of skewers. It will add incredible flavor! And consider serving your kabobs with pita, tortillas or crispy lettuce leaves for utensil- and plate-free eating.