Category - Tips & Tricks

How to Take the Spooky Out of October

Let’s face it, some families just do not like the spooky aspect of October. My girls aren’t into the skeletons or creepy zombies {one more than the other} and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older, but as the years go by the more I’m turned off by scary things too. {I used to enjoy horror films growing up, now not so much.}

We have tons of friends, neighbors, and family who don’t mind a little spooky and some who totally love it, but for those of you who are like us, not fans, here are some ways to “Take the spooky out of October“.

How to Take the Spooky out of October MommyB

Celebrate Fall – Below are some ways your family can focus on Autumn and the Harvest.

  • Pick pumpkins at a local farm, it’s a fun activity and provide great decorations.
  • Leaf Art. Whether you’re making a banner from paper leaves or you’re using leaves for a leaf rubbing collage, there are a lot of things that you can make using one of Fall’s most beautiful gifts. {I pinned a bunch on my Holiday Themes pinterest board.}
  • Talk to your children about harvest, what it means for farmers, and the importance of it.
  • Host a Fall celebration with bobbing for apples, warm cinnamon donuts, and pumpkin painting.
  • Decorate your home with leaves, pumpkins, hay bales, maize corn, and other fall favorites.
  • Buy deliciously scented Fall candles. October is a great start to an awesome smelling home, in my opinion.
  • Enjoy warm drinks including hot cocoa, apple cider, and pumpkin spice anything.
  • Host a pie night with friends and create awesome Fall flavors, half the fun is baking and the other is eating.
  • Have a Fall family photo shoot. Make sure you choose a location that will highlight the weather and Fall changes.

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What are some of the ways your family celebrates October in a non spooky way?

In honor of an un-scary October, I’m giving away a great book by Tommy Nelson, “Good Night, Little Pumpkin”. This adorable, not terrifying board book is great for children ages 1 to 4 years. It’s a sweet story that talks about the sounds, and smells of Fall that your kiddos will love to sit with you and read.

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I’m giving away a copy to one lucky reader! Enter here to win:

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This is not a sponsored post. I received a copy of Good Night, Little Pumpkin to review and all prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the brand hosting the giveaway. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest thoughts, your experiences may vary.

PodKeeper’s New and Improved Website and Twitter Party

As a proactive mom I’ve always felt that being scheduled and organized, while allowing for some flexibility has really helped me manage the busy-ness of parenting. As my girls get older, they have more responsibilities and activities that I need to handle and without a way to track it all, I’m often found missing out on an event or forgetting items.

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Of course I have several Facebook groups, email threads, group text messages, newsletters, {and the list goes on} for each activity and event, but to be honest, that in itself can be a little overwhelming. I find myself wondering, did I post the thread? did I write that down in my calendar? and racking my brain just as much as if I had no system in place.

When I heard about PodKeeper I was super excited about a website that could handle my groups, events, forums, calendar all in one central location. My excitement drove me to offering social media services to PodKeeper and I currently work with a great brand, that helps me as a parent, and one that’s product I use and love.

Because I heart PodKeeper, I want you to try this free, online website, not for me, but so you can see how the site can revolutionize your definition of organizing your family.

To learn more about PodKeeper, and some great NEW features, I encourage you to join me for our upcoming Twitter Party. Susan from 5minutesformom.com will be joining us as well!

 

PodKeeper Twitter Invitation

 

Have any questions or comments? Feel free to comment here.

Hope to see you at the party!

 

PodKeeper is a client that I love and hope that you will too. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own.

Dining at Bonefish Grill with a Shellfish Allergy

For those of you who don’t know I have a shellfish allergy. I didn’t know I was allergic until I had a pretty severe reaction after eating shrimp at a hibachi grill {twice}. I say twice because the first time we thought it was the oil the grill used, but later found out that the culprit was indeed shellfish.

To be fair, I probably should have known this a little sooner, I have only eaten shrimp in my life once before (when I was in high school) but every time I would peel shrimp to cook for my husband my hands would itch and turn a little red.

For a while I was very cautious of dining out, especially when it came to seafood restaurants, because, well hellloooo. I know sometimes when I ask for my dish a little different at restaurants I’ve had to send them back and eating shellfish contaminated food isn’t something I’ve been willing to risk.

Luckily, Bonefish Grill takes shellfish and other allergies VERY seriously. **Please be sure to tell your waiter if you have allergies before you order.

Dining at Bonefish Grill with a Shellfish Allergy MommyB

 

Your table is “flagged” to ensure that your dishes are safe for you to eat. The staff was very respectful of my allergy and helpful to suggest dishes. Our waiter, who was amazingly friendly, also told us that the pesto dipping oil for the table bread is made from pumpkin seeds rather than pine nuts due to the increase in diners with tree nut allergies. In my opinion, that is very thoughtful of a restaurant to make that concession.

Not only was our wait staff excellent regarding my allergies and recommendations, but the food during this visit was delicious.

If I can give you some recommendations:

Start with the Fresh Watermelon Martini because it’s light and sweet and a great drink that won’t make you feel full.

Next, if you’re in the sharing mood, the Wagyu Beef & Ginger Potstickers are delicious. The sauce and crispy onions help finish off a yummy bite. Kristen from The Playful Mom and I may or may not have devoured these.

For my entree I ordered the NEW 13 oz Rib Eye steak, I HIGHLY suggest the white truffle butter. This steak melted in my mouth, it was cooked to perfection and the truffle butter completed the savory flavor. My sides were equally amazing as I could barely put my fork down for the mushroom ravioli.

Of course we had to try out the desserts, I opted for the creme brulee and Kristin tried the NEW S’mores Flatbread which is all the rage. I actually wish I had swiped some from her when she wasn’t looking. Though in all honest the creme brulee was very creamy and the fresh berries topped this dish off nicely.

I did not have any issues with allergic reactions, our food was outstanding, service was polite and prompt, and my dinner date was pretty fun too.

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Even though I can’t eat shellfish, I encourage you to check out some of the great NEW Bonefish Grill menu items as well as their standard favorites: bonefishgrill.com/menu

 

Do you have any food allergies??

Have you been to a Bonefish Grill? Tried any NEW menu items? What are your favorite dishes?

 

 

I received a complimentary meal in order to give you opinions about my experience. This is not a paid post and all opinions are my own honest thoughts as usual. Your opinions and experiences may vary.

Shoes that Fit – Giving Back Locally

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Rack Room Shoes, all opinions are my own.

While our kiddos may be worried about buying the trendiest backpacks and having the coolest new outfits for school, there are many children who are headed back to school with shoes that are old and worn or that just don’t fit well, or even worse they have no shoes at all.

This Back to School season, Rack Room Shoes is proud to partner with Shoes That Fit, a national non-profit organization that provides shoes to disadvantaged children. This program helps children in your community start the school year off on the right foot.

The more money that is raised, the more resources available to purchase shoes for needy students in your area.

 

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How you can participate:

  • Shop at your local Rack Room Shoes store for your family’s Back to School shoe needs.
  • Donate $5 or more in-store to the Shoes That Fit campaign to benefit disadvantaged children in your local community, or donate online.
  • If there’s not a Rack Room Shoes store near you and you would like to help another community click the link above to donate online as well.

In exchange for your donation, you will receive a special colorable Shoes That Fit tote bag. Color your tote bag with your children for a fun family activity and support your local community at the same time. This also provides your family with a great opportunity to talk about serving the community and helping others.

Miss A, Lil’ C, and I worked on their bags, had a chance to talk about children who are in need of good shoes for the school year. The girls decided to donate some of their own money to the Shoes That Fit Campaign to help other kids.

Here are their creations:

Rack Room Shoes - Shoes That Fit MommyB

 

Be sure to share your Shoes That Fit tote bag creations on social media and let others know about this great program that will offer children the opportunity to focus on their studies and not worry about what’s on their feet.

For more information on Rack Room Shoes and the Shoes That Fit program, check out their website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Rack Room Shoes. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

Why Your Family Should Care Whether Brands offer Guarantees

As an ambassador for Rayovac I have been compensated for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions on the products are my own.

Has anyone ever made a promise to you and not kept it with the end result letting you down? Of course they have, we’re all human and it happens every day. I’ve let people down and been let down and know just how unpleasant it is. No one wants to be left with that yucky feeling.

Whether it’s a friend saying they’ll meet up and changing plans last minute, an experience you sign up for that doesn’t live up to what you thought it would be, or a purchase you make that ends up as money “flushed down the drain”. Even this month, I’ve been there. How about you?

Though this happens in life we want our family to believe in promises and keeping them and we want to put time and money into those we feel have the same characteristics. That’s why we rely on Rayovac’s quality products. Our girls learn that there are brands that they can depend on and affordable prices, and companies that will back their products up.

 

Why Your Family Should Care whether Brands Offer Guarantees MommyB

 

As a brand, Rayovac doesn’t want to be the brand that lets their customers down, they aim to be trustworthy. They keep you in mind when they create their products. They don’t want to break their promise of quality products, they want to value your time and money. Because Rayovac stands behind their products, they are able to offer their Rayovac Guarantee, a guarantee like no other in the battery industry.

Not only is this the best practice {in my opinion}, but it’s also the best protection for your most important tech devices. Check out the True Meaning of the Word Guarantee when it comes to Rayovac’s product promise.

You and your family will benefit from a brand’s quality guarantee and you won’t feel like you’re wasting money or time, because both of those things are important to busy families.

I personally love that Rayovac offers warranties on their products as fewer and fewer brands are these days. For more information on this guarantee and what is covered, visit Rayovac’s website: rayovac.com

 

How do you teach your family to be trustworthy and promise keepers?

What do you think of brand warranties?

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of my partnership with Rayovac. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

Reasons to Teach Children to Feed the Hungry

I worked with The Motherhood on this post, sponsored by ConAgra Foods. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you read my last post on Steps to Help Feed Hungry Kids this Summer you know how many children who receive free or reduced lunch are missing out on those meals right now. If not it’s roughly 90 percent, meaning almost all children who count on those meals during the school year.

Aside from the obvious reasons to help feed these children, there are a lot of reasons to teach your children and involve your entire family in feeding the hungry. Wanna know what they are???

Reasons to Teach Children to Feed the Hungry #hungerfreesummer

 

1. Serving others teaches your children empathy. This character trait is so important in today’s society and can only be taught by, “putting yourself in other’s shoes” and one BIG way to do this is to serve others. In this case when your children collect food or purchase food and give it directly to a family in need they are seeing the result of their giving face-to-face. How impactful.

2. You will expand their worldview when you help them to think about others. When you are taught to do something for someone other than yourself you realize that the world is a big place with many different kinds of people. It’s good for us to think outside of ourselves.

3. You help them realize life isn’t always fair. When you serve you have the opportunity to open up communication with your child to speak about the fact that some people don’t have money or food and you and others do. This is a chance to let them know how life works and answer any questions they may have. You don’t always get rewarded for good behavior or punished for bad behavior in the real world, and unfortunately sometimes good things go unrewarded or sometimes even punished.

4. Hopefully, this will create in them a desire to continue to volunteer. Kids may not always love helping others out, but for some children this desire will be laid on their heart and they will in turn be excited to tell their peers or even invite their peers to help out. We have had friends whose children {on their own} have asked for charitable donations instead of birthday gifts, our family hosts lemonade stands to profit local causes. When kids get that giving is a good thing be sure not to put their fire out, hop on their train and be their #1 supporter.

Other like-minded parents and bloggers have joined in the effort to serve hungry kids this summer. In an effort to spread the word on social media we have a Pinterest board, “A Childlike Summer,” on the ConAgra Foods Feeding America page and I would love it if you would take a moment to check it out, there are some great ideas for helping and getting your family involved in something that may change your life and the lives of others.

Also I encourage you to watch this video – for every view, like or share of this Kid President video NOW through July 31, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America (up to 2 million meals):

 

 

And remember it’s never too young to start teaching your children to feed the hungry.

 

 

Have you volunteered yet? What benefits have you seen from volunteering with your children?

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood. This message is important to me personally and I am honored to be able to pass on this information and truly encourage you to thoughtfully consider helping Feeding America and ConAgra Foods give kids a hunger-free summer. Thank you for your readership!

 

10 Things I Heart about Summer

Have you been soaking in the summer? The girls, DaddyB, and I have been enjoying our summer moments although Miss A returns to school in less than a month. Crazy right!??! Here are 10 Things I Heart about Summer:

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1. Ooey Gooey yummy S’mores – though we have yet to enjoy one of these summer staples we’ve had fun checking out recipes online, and talking about how each member of our family likes their marshmallows cooked. (I’m a golden brown gal.)

2. on the flipside we also like Healthy Snacks like CVS/pharmacy’s new Gold Emblem Abound line. They have yummy raw almonds that our whole family enjoys, Fruit & Nut Fiber Trail Mix and more and best of all they’re free of artificial preservatives and flavors. I’m also loving Bear Naked bars that I recently found in Target, so yummy and all-natural ingredients.

Things I love about Summer MommyB

 

3. We love visiting Local Museums and Attractions year-round, but especially in the summer because there are some pretty cool new exhibits. Discovery Place has Alien Worlds & Androids and, Sea Life Charlotte-Concord has their new Serpents of the Seas exhibit, both are included in the price of admission.

 

10 Things I Hear about Summer Science & Museums MommyB

 

4. Speaking of museums, we’re also loving science projects! My little science lovers and I have been busy making perfume, edible science experiments, playing with dry ice, and checking out STEMpowerkids subscription kits.

 

STEMpowerkids kit Summer MommyB

 

5. With the move we’ve been making a few purchases for our home office, living room and girls schoolroom {aka kids’ office}. One place we’ve almost literally been living at is Ikea (some for item returns and some for purchases). The girls also tried Small Land the last time we went (being overprotective parents we were a little apprehensive, but they had a blast and we were able to zip around the store and get what we needed, super convenient.) During our Ikea trips we also spotted Hobby Lobby which I had seen at other locations but assumed it was a craft store so never wandered in. Let me tell you I love the home decor and the girls found these GINORMOUS flowers that are way cool, we’re considering putting some in their playroom, but don’t tell the girls!!

 

10 Things I heart about Summer Ikea & Hobby Lobby

 

6. Though it hasn’t been as hot as last summer (even though there’s still time here in the Carolinas), it’s been a little muggy here and there so keeping cool is definitely on our things we love about summer and there are lots of ways to keep cool this summer. If you need to replenish electrolytes check out PowerIce (sort of like frozen Gatorade), for the healthy families you will want to grab Ruby Rockets ice pops that are made with veggies and fruits (your kids may need to get used to the different taste, but just like anything that’s healthy they’re a great alternative to the sugars, and dyes in other ice pops. Aside from frozen treats, we also love letting the kids run through the sprinklers, going to the pool, and bringing our Arctic Cove personal cooling misters. We took our manual mister to the 4th of July festivities and I was super impressed with how easy it was to use and how cool it kept our entire family, plus the price on these are awesome!

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7. Iced coffee is my favorite in summer, although who are we kidding, I like iced coffee in the winter too. I’m not a huge hot drink drinker are you?? I have heard there are two local places that rock the caffeine flavor (and I have yet to try myself): Cabbarus Creamery has great coffee ice cream and King of Pops has some cool coffee ice pops too.

Iced Coffee Frappe Summer MommyB

8. This one isn’t quite for the entire family but I’m loving the new beauty products that are out this summer, specifically the natural lines. My favorites are  Greenplicity, california naturel, and Soapbox.

Greenplicity has awesome products made from food-grade materials. We love, love, love the citrus cocoa lotion bar (Miss A loves the smell), it’s safe for kids and easy to apply, and the body butter is awesome as well and has lavender scent, great for bedtime.

california naturel is a line inspired by…you guessed it, California; sun, sand, and sea. They have great skin care products, but my favorite is the sunscreen. My only wish is that they would have something without Zinc Oxide since Lil’ C is allergic, but I’ve found it difficult to find especially in natural products.

I love Soapbox products for many reasons, but number one being that they are a brand that gives back. Soapbox is what I would call a one-for-one company like Toms, but they partner with homeless shelters, food pantries, and orphanages and give back soap, water development, vitamins to save lives. Not to mention their products are made in America, 100% recyclable packaging, Paraben free, Sulfate free, Gluten free and the list goes on. I really, truly heart this brand! (I hope you will too.)

9. Friends! People are very important to us and though we’ve moved and don’t get to see certain people as often as we’d like, we still love hanging out and keeping in touch with “old” friends. We also love making new friends, which we are doing quite a bit of with the move and new schools coming up in August. So blessed to have some amazing people in our lives and watch the girls form friendships independently as well.

 

Summer with Friends MommyB

 

10. Going on roadtrips!!! We love to travel, although this year, with the move to our new house we knew we wouldn’t be traveling as much as last Summer with Myrtle Beach, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, going to the beach with my mom and sister, visiting Historic Williamsburg, and the list goes on! We’ve actually been pretty quiet and exploring our own little area, we visited downtown Concord (North Carolina) last weekend and love the little shops and eclectic variety of people there. We also hope to make another trip to Tweetsie Railroad before school starts, but if not before the season ends.

 

There you have it, some of the things I heart about summer! What do you like best about summer? Any favorite memories or traditions? Products that you love? Trips that you’re headed on?? Can’t wait to hear!!!

 

 

This is not a sponsored post, I was not paid by any of the companies or brands listed above however I have received some of the above products to review at my discretion and any opinions given on the products are my own honest thoughts.

Creative Ways to Celebrate Independence Day Traditions with Family

As an ambassador for Rayovac I have been compensated for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions on the products are my own.

Traditions are awesome! Spending time together celebrating holidays and events year-by-year is one of the most important ways to help shape your family’s memory.

Traditions are traditions for a reason, because they’re typically done on a regular basis {bi-annually, yearly, monthly, etc}, however it’s never to late to start a tradition with your family and while you’re at it, why not get creative?!?

Here are some Creative Ways to Celebrate Independence Day Traditions with Family. Miss A helped me come up with some of the things on this list, which make it even more awesome.

Creative Traditions to Celebrate Independence Day MommyB

Flag someone’s yard who has been a great service to our country. Take several small flags and stick them in the ground to show you are thinking about that person. Try to remember not to let any of the flags touch the ground or fall over.

Creative Ways to Celebrate Independence Day Traditions with Family using Flags MommyBKnowsBest

 

Have a popsicle making competition. Get creative or make your favorite flavors. This tradition is almost as fun to do as it is to judge. Here are some great popsicle recipes and ideas.

 

Visit veterans and provide a service to them. Some ideas of services could include making a meal, mowing their lawn, helping run errands, or making thank you cards.

 

Learn about the American Flag – though it’s not Flag Day the American Flag holds a lot of history in it’s stars and stripes. It’s not often that we talk about the American Flag, the stories behind it, and the symbolism. Make this one of your yearly activities and include new games or crafts each year to make this activity fun and fresh.

  • Split the flag up into sections for your family or group and have each person draw a part of the flag. Take a picture of the finished product.
  • Wear patriotic colors and create a human flag.
  • Make your own flag puzzle and have fun put it together each year. Remember to take pictures!

Make a Flag to celebrate our country on MommyBKnowsBest

 

Host a 4th of July family parade. You could include neighbors and friends in this activity. Have fun dressing up as an important Independence Day figure.

 

Bake a cake and sing, “Happy Birthday” to America! Obviously it’s best to make a cake that reflects America, try out some cakes featured on my Pinterest Holiday Board.

 

Explore a new museum or historical landmark. There are so many museums and historical landmarks that we don’t even know exists and some may be right in our own proverbial backyard. Take time before the 4th to research and plan your visit.

 

Decorate your house and sing patriotic songs while doing it. Just like decorating and caroling at Christmas time {if you celebrate that way}, why not decorate with 4th of July decor, flags, and sing songs about our country. How many can you remember?!?

 

Celebrate and use products that are Made in the USA. Did you know that Rayovac alkaline and hearing aid batteries are made in the USA? There aren’t many products from large brands that are still made in America, but by using American made products we’re finding another way to support our country.

 

Made in the USA MommyBKnowsBest

 

 

What do you and your family do to celebrate and create Independence Day traditions???

 

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of my partnership with Rayovac. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

Cocoonies Baby Product Guest Review

I have big babies.

They have all been over 8 lbs, and 2 were 9+ lbs. I keep hoping one of these days I’ll have one of those sweet, tiny 7 lbs babies, but I doubt that will happen. A girl can wish though!

One of the things I love about big babies are their kissable cheeks and those precious rolls. I could just eat them up! Infancy is really the only time rolls are cute, but boy are they so sweet.

Baby in Carrier using Cocoonies MommyB

But with those rolls, comes weight. Add an infant carseat to the mix, and you might as well be carrying a ton of bricks in the crook of your arm. Ouch! Those infant seats look light, but looks can be deceiving. I’ve actually had bruises on my arm from carrying my babies around in their seats.

That’s why I am so thankful I was introduced to Cocoonies. The Cocoonies Handle Cover provides just the right amount of padding to be comfortable and not bulky. They come in a variety of colorful fabrics to dress up your infant carseat. There are straps that go around the edges to make sure the Cocoonies Handle Cover stays in place. You can even add a plastic hook to the ribbon loop to hang a toy to entertain your little one while they stay in their seat.

Cocoonies Stylish and Functional Cradle Comfort MommyB

Recently, they also introduced Strapletz. Strapletz are great because they provide comfortable padding near the baby’s neck, covering the infant seat straps. Both Strapletz have ribbons so that you can attach a small toy on one side and a pacifier on the other side. And they come in coordinating fabrics, so you can match the Cocoonies Handle Cover.

Cocoonies and Strapletz Baby Review MommyB

Cocoonies and Strapletz make great baby shower gifts. They add a pop of color and style to the infant seat but are functional too. If you are searching for just the right baby shower gift or hospital present for a friend or family member, look no further than the Cocoonies and Strapletz coordinating set. You won’t be disappointed in the quality and your friend will thank you for saving their arm.

Whitney HeadshotWhitney is a stay at home mom to 4 littles. The author of Infertility: a Silent Struggle and a God Who Hears. She also writes to encourage other mamas and to introduce readers to natural living with essential oils at Beauty in the Mess.

 

 

I received product in order to give a hands-on review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts. Yours may vary. 

Red, White, and Blue(berry) Salad – Guest Recipe

July 4th – a day of fireworks, BBQs, more fireworks, hopefully no trips to the ER because of said fire works, and possibly more BBQs. There will be sides of baked beans, cole slaw, pasta salads, and potato salad. You name it and it will probably be at the BBQ.

For me, though, I always enjoy when someone brings a new dish. Maybe I’m more of the adventurous type, but I get bored with the standbys. That food boredom is what caused me to create this yummy concoction!

Red, White, and Blue(berry) Salad {doesn’t it look delish?!}:

Red White Blueberry Salad 4th of July Recipe MommyB

Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients:

1pt fresh strawberries, chopped
1pt fresh blueberries
2 cups jicama, diced
1/4 cup honey
2 limes, juiced

Directions:

Combine the strawberries, blueberries, and jicama.
Mix the lime juice and honey well, then pour over the mixed salad.
Allow to chill before serving.

**Do not make this several hours in advance. Otherwise, the jicama will be tinted with the juices of the strawberries. You will then have a red, pink, and blue salad!

Now, don’t get too scared when you see jicama (HIK-uh-muh). Yes, I am throwing a root vegetable into a fruit salad. Yes, I do know that is weird. Yes, I questioned whether it would work, as well. But don’t let that scare you off! Jicama is actually used with other fruits and in salads all the time – just not commonly in the States. It is a very crunchy, juicy vegetable (similar to a turnip), but tastes like a combination of apple and pear. So, with the taste and texture combination, it really is a versatile root and works perfectly in this salad.

**If you can not find jicama, or just aren’t feeling super adventurous, you can easily substitute peeled, diced apple. The flavors will be similar, though jicama is more mild.

When added to the blueberries and strawberries, the crunchy jicama gives this dish a fun twist on the typical fruit salad. Toss with a refreshing lime and honey dressing, throw in some delicious cinnamon crisps for scooping, and you have a delicious salad to take to any 4th of July celebration – or you can just grab a spoon and eat it all by yourself. {I won’t tell!}

Cinnamon-Sugar Crisps Recipe:

Ingredients:

6 flour tortillas
1/2 stick melted butter
2 Tbs cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375.

1) Combine cinnamon and sugar.
2) Place tortillas on cookie sheet, then brush with butter and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon-sugar.
3) Flip tortillas over and repeat step 2.
4) Bake for 10-12 minutes.
5) Let crisps cool, then break into smaller chip-sized portions.

You might even want to save some of those berries and whip up a batch of strawberry swirl cupcakes to take along with the salad. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Give it a try if you’re feeling adventurous, but make sure you watch this video on how to slice jicama. Trust me. My slicing was far more sketchy. I wish I had googled how to slice it first!

 

What are your favorite dishes to make for 4th of July? Are you adventurous or predictable when it comes to making a “dish-to-pass”?

 

Mary BioMary Renee currently lives in Missouri with her husband and 2 year old “little diva”. Southern by birth and gluten-intolerant by a twist of fate, she is determined to work her way through all the comfort foods her momma made and then some, giving each dish a gluten-free twist that’s good enough for a Southern palate.

You can find her creating new dishes at Gluten Free with Southern Charm and dishing on her family at Joy in These Moments.