Mandarin Bacon Salad


Hey friends!  Happy Monday! :)

The weather here in Kentucky has been amazing the past few days and is going to continue throughout the week!  Isn’t it amazing how much SUNSHINE  can change your attitude and the way you are feeling?  Oh my goodness, I think what I love about days like we have been having is how it takes me back to those lazy, carefree days as a child.  When I would literally lay in the grass and watch lady bugs crawl on the leaves.  #thosewerethedays

This past weekend, we decided to have some friends over and grill out.  It was such a great time to just sit outside and enjoy the blessings of friendships. 

I made one of my favorite salads for our meal, and I wanted to share it with you here on the blog.  

It is made up of very simple, but delicious ingredients.


Doesn’t it look amazing?!  The dressing is homemade, and you simply toss all of the ingredients together before serving, and voila!  YUM! :)

mandarin bacon salad


Mandarin Bacon Salad
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 T. chopped fresh basil
  5. 2 (15 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained and chilled
  6. 1 bunch red leaf lettuce, torn
  7. 1 head romain lettuce, torn
  8. 1 (16 ounce) package bacon, cooked & crumbled
  9. 1 (4 ounce) package sliced almonds, toasted
  1. Whisk together the first four ingredients in a large bowl, blending well.
  2. Add oranges and lettuces, tossing gently to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and sliced almonds.
  4. Serve immediately.
Great tip
  1. Wash the lettuces the night before. Wrap the leaves in a damp paper towel, and chill in zip-top plastic bags. Cook the bacon and toast the almonds ahead too. Assemble and dress salad right before serving.
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All of our friends loved this salad, so give it a try, and let me know what you think!  

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{Melt in your Mouth!} Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies


Hey friends!  Here is a recipe that you will absolutely love!  It was one of my mom’s favorite cookie to make, and it literally melts in your mouth!  

cream cheese sugar cookies

Here’s the recipe!


Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

1 cup sugar

1 cup margarine or butter, softened

3 oz. package of cream cheese

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Almond extract

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg yolk (reserve white)

2 cups all purpose flour

Blend together sugar, margarine, cream cheese, salt, almond extract, vanilla, and egg yolk with mixer.  Mix in flour until well blended.

sugar cookies

Refrigerate dough two hours.

sugar cookies

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Roll out dough, one third at a time, on a lightly floured surface.  Using a cookie cutter dipped in flour, cut out cookies as close together as possible.

cream cheese sugar cookies


Place the cookies one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are a light golden brown.  Cool completely.

To prevent breaking, move cookies to and from baking sheets with a wide spatula or pancake turner.

Leave cookies plain or, if desired, brush with slightly beaten egg white and spring with colored sugar.


{My mom always told me the most important part of making sugar cookies was to take them out as soon as they were even slightly brown on the bottom, or not at all.  I took mine out before they had even browned and left them on the cookie sheet to cool.  That made them extra soft and delicious.}

If desired, use the almond glaze below.

Almond Glaze:

{I made my glaze a little thicker by adding more confectioner’s sugar.  I also didn’t add the almond extract to the glaze because I wasn’t sure if the students would like the taste of almond.  But if I were making these for another occasion, I would definitely use the almond extract.}

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1/4 tsp. almond extract

2 Tb. water

4 drops of food coloring

sugar cookies

Stir all ingredients until smooth.

Pour 1 teaspoon of glaze on each sugar cookie.  Use the back of the teaspoon to spread glaze evenly over cookie.  Let glaze dry.


cream cheese sugar cookies



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How to Make Basil Butter {Infarrantly Creative!}

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Happy Friday!!!  There is nothing better than Fridays, right?! :)

Today, my buddy, Beckie from Infarrantly Creative, is here sharing a quick and delicious recipe.  Yum!

Check out this throwback picture from 2011!  We were actually at Blissdom 2010 together, but didn’t know each other as well.

I love my blogging buddies so much!!

Blissdom 2011

Blissdom 2011


Hey guys I am Beckie from Infarrantly Creative. Traci and I go back at least 5 years ago! We met back at a blogging conference, that no longer exists, called Blissdom. She has been a dear blogging friend and I always enjoy the time that I get to spend with her each year at different events and conferences.

Basil is probably one of the easiest herbs to grow. With a little sunshine and water it sprouts fast and can easily take over your garden if not given haircuts every now and again. I am absolutely in love with basil. I have grown a whole planter box of basil this year. With all the rain we have had in the Midwest it has grown like wildfire. So in addition to making pesto and bruschetta I have made basil butter. This basil butter is great to have on hand to spread on bread, season vegetables, fish, chicken and pasta.



1 1/2 cups of basil leaves

2 sticks of salted butter

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Salt

1/8 teaspoon of ground pepper

1/4 teaspoon of Penzey’s season salt

Half Pint Ball Jars

1. Wash basil leaves well and measure out 1 1/2 cups of loosely packed leaves. Put in your food processor and pulse until finely chopped.



2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth. Now feel free to veer from the spices I used and throw in what you like. You really can’t mess this recipe up!


3. Spoon the mixture into a half pint Ball jar and give to a friend.


This must be kept in the refrigerator or freezer. You could also scoop them into balls and flash freeze them and then place in a container for perfect portion size. I think this would make an excellent hostess gift don’t you?

Still have more basil to use? Check out my Basil Parmesan Orzo Recipe here.

basil parmesan orzo recipe

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Homemade Fudgesicles {Craftberry Bush}

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Y’all, I am still trying to recover from the Haven Conference! 
It was an amazing time with amazing sponsors, vendors, and attendees!  I will be sure to share more with you soon, but today, I have a guest post for one of my favorite bloggers EVER!  
Lucy from Craftberrybush was at Haven, and I got to squeeze her sweet neck in person!  
Why do I love her?
Because she exudes the love of Christ, plain and simple.  
She is an absolutely gorgeous lady on the outside, but her heart is one of the most purest and most 
beautiful I have ever known.
She looks at this world and at others the way God intended…through His eyes.
I love her blog and her photography and art skills are amazing.  If  you have not been to her blog before, be sure you do it TODAY!  
You will fall in love with her like I have!
Thank you, Lucy, for being YOU!!!
Hi I’m Lucy and I blog over at Craftberry Bush.
I hope you have had a great week so far.
I’m so excited to be here with you and happy to be able to help Traci out
while she spends time with her precious family.
Summer time is about picnics under the shade of a tree, jumping into cool waters, campfires
and making memories with your kiddos. Summer time also brings cools treats like ice creams
and ice pops in delicious flavours.
These Fudgecicles are so easy to make that you’ll want to make them over and over again.
Homemade Fudgesicles
1 cup of skim milk
1/3 cup of Nutella hazelnut
1) combine milk and Nutella thoroughly
2) pour mixture into molds
3) freeze for 4-5 hours or overnight
4) Enjoy!
So easy right?

I also wanted to give you a healthy alternative so you can join in the fun…

Healthy Fudgesicles
2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
1 1/2 cup plain almond milk
1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1) Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth
2) Pour mixture into molds
3) freeze for 3-5 hours to set
4) Enjoy!
Easy peasy, right?
Perfect for a nice hot summer day!
Hope to see you again very soon.
much love,
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S’mores Dip Recipe! {Mom 4 Real}

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2013-11-08 18.02.48      I am so excited to have one of my Kentucky buddies here with us today!  

Jessica from Mom 4 Real!  I actually met Jessica for the first time on my way to Utah for the SNAP! conference.   We’ve been friends ever since, and I love when I get to spend time with her.  (which is not often enough!)

She is sharing a S’mores recipe with us, and I bet she didn’t even know that S’mores are like my very, very favorite thing to eat EVER!  

This dip looks  AMAZING!!








Hey, y’all! I’m Jess from Mom 4 Real. Like Traci, I am a Kentucky gal! While Traci is spending time with her sweet family, I am going to share one of my new favorite things ever with you. My plan was to share a S’mores Bar with you, but since we have had constant rain here in KY for the past two weeks, we are moving the party inside so to speak. We usually set up all the fixins to make s’mores outside, but my sweet niece showed me this super cool S’mores Dip last week, so I decided to make it and share with you!Hersheys-Smores

First, you will need to preheat your oven to 450 degrees Farenheit. Next, grab a pie pan, cast iron skillet or casserole dish and butter the bottom and edges. place chocolate all over the bottom of the pan. I used Hershey’s bars because they are my fave, but you could totally use chocolate chips.


Next, cover with marshmallows. Again, it’s all up to you which marshmallows you use. I had these flat ones on hand, but you could use regular marshmallows or even mini ones. Just cover most of the chocolate. It’s okay if some peeks through. Now place in the oven with the light on.


After a few minutes, take a look at the tops of the marshmallows. Once they brown on top, pull the dish out of your oven.


That’s it, friends! Now it’s time to dig in! I am serving mine with graham crackers…but again, whatever you like…cookies, oreos, whatever…go nuts! You will want to serve and eat this while it is still warm, because once it cools, the marshmallows get really sticky and the chocolate hardens. We just wrap what we don’t eat and warm in the oven or microwave later!

Happy dipping!


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Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes!


It’s Ruthie from Cooking with Ruthie and I’m so happy to be back to share one of my very favorite breakfast recipes.

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes are the perfect way to start your families day!

I love this recipe because it uses fat free greek yogurt instead of oil so they’re healthier for you but still taste Ah-mazing!! Yay.

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes by are made with greek yogurt and taste amazing!

If you happen to have a few leftover- just freeze them in a plastic freezer bag then on those busy mornings just pop a couple in the toaster and your out the door with a quick and easy breakfast in now time!

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups low fat milk
  • 1 cup fat free vanilla greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 banana, halved and sliced
  • pure maple syrup for serving
1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, sea salt, coconut sugar; mix to combine.
2. In additional small mixing bowl combine milk, greek yogurt, eggs; whisk to combine.
3. Make a well in center of dry mixture, add wet; mix until just incorporated- do not over mix.
(small lumps are expected)
4. Add mini chocolate chips and banana’s; gently fold into batter.
5. Coat griddle with cooking spray, place griddle over medium heat, once pan is hot add 1/3 C batter per pancake, when small bubbles appear flip to cook other side.
6. Remove from heat and repeat for additional pancakes.
7. Serve with pure maple syrup and additional banana slices if desired.



Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes by are made with greek yogurt and taste amazing!

You’re whole family will love them. This recipe is so simple to adapt- if you’ve got fresh blueberries in the fridge just replace the chocolate chips and bananas with those. You get the idea… the options are endless!

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes by are made with greek yogurt and taste amazing!

Here are a couple of other fun Spring-time treats that you’ll enjoy baking and eating too:

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars on you need this deliciousness in your life!

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

Cadbury Chocolate Chip Cookies by

Cadbury Chocolate Chip Cookies

Homemade Strawberry Pie by

Homemade Strawberry Pie




Thanks for having me~ I’ve loved coming to share some of my kitchen creations with all of you.

You’re more than welcome to come by my place anytime… catch me at or connect with me on Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram !

xoxo~ Ruthie




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March Madness Buzzer Beater Brownie Sundaes!


We are going to talk about two important things today…Chocolate and Basketball.

I love watching the Kentucky basketball games during March Madness, but I love EVEN MORE eating chocolate while watching those basketball games.  Smile


So here is a fun recipe to make for YOUR favorite team during March Madness!



Filling up your party table with the colors of your favorite team makes the event even more fun, right?!





Traci’s Buzzer Beater Brownie Sundaes!

reeses2Items needed:

Boxed Brownie Mix {I used Betty Crocker’s Ultimate Fudge Brownie Mix with Hershey’s.}

Egg, Oil, Water {for brownie mix}

1 pint Whipping Cream

1/3 cup Sugar

Approximately 12 Small Canning Jars

Reese’s Pieces

Reese’s Mini’s {unwrapped}

REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures

Vanilla Ice Cream

Tube of Chocolate Icing

Optional Decorating Items:

Paper Flags on Toothpicks (I just cut mine out of blue construction paper and hot glued them to the toothpicks.)

Candy Basketball Decoration  (Found mine at Hobby Lobby)


Plastic Spoons

Team Napkins


Step One:  Prepare boxed brownie mix in a bowl.

Step Two:  Fill canning jars 1/3 full of brownie mix.


Step Three:  Bake brownie mix in jars for approximately 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Step Four:  Let brownies cool.

Step Five:  Mix 1/3 cup of sugar and heavy whipping cream together with a mixer until light and fluffy.


Step Six:  Layer canning jar in this order:  brownie, orange Reese’s Pieces, one scoop of vanilla ice cream, Reese’s Minis, and whipped cream.


Step Seven:  Decorate the jars with string, spoons, toothpick flags, and candy basketballs {attached to bite sized Reese’s Miniature Cup}


Step Eight:  Enjoy while cheering on your favorite team!


Let’s just say that these were a HUGE HIT with my boys!  They gobbled them right up!  Smile  It will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth and give you energy to cheer on your favorite team!






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Healthy Power Bites


Hey friends!  Life threw me a crazy (but good) curveball this week, so I didn’t get to post yesterday.  I will post my video for my Organize Your Heart series soon.  :)

And I will share my “curve ball” with you next week!  EXCITING NEWS!!!

But today, here is sweet Ruthie with another GREAT recipe!  This looks great for a healthy start to then new year!!


Hi everybody at Beneath my Heart! It’s Ruthie from Cooking with Ruthie

Happy New Years! I hope your new years resolutions are in full swing and keeping you headed in a good direction. I always find myself rededicating myself to a healthy life style after the holidays are over… which brings us to my Healthy Power Bites recipe.

Oh. my. goodness. I’m not lying when I say I totally crave these little things! Seriously, they’re amazing and SO easy to make. We love them for a quick snack and they’re great for the kids to take to school too.

Healthy Power Bites Recipe on You'll love this healthy for you snack!



Healthy Power Bites
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 15
  • 1 C whole oats
  • 1/2 C all natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 C honey
  • 1/4 C miled flax seed
  • 1/4 C chai seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl.
  2. Using a wooden spoon; stir until combined.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  4. Store in air tight container and refrigerate uneaten bites.
  5. Enjoy!


Healthy Power Bites Recipe on You'll love this healthy for you snack!

Healthy Power Bites are full of good for you ingredients… omega’s, antioxidants, and protein just to name a few.

Y’all will love them as much as we do! Promise.

Here are a few more healthy and delicious recipes to kick start a Healthy New Year…

Healthy Omega 3 Cookies Recipe from Are a deliciously healthy treat!

Healthy Omega 3 Cookies

Truvia Raspberry Coconut Oats Smoothie is a healthy way to start the day! by

Raspberry Coconut Oat Smoothie

Gluten-free Cauliflower Pizza Crust will knock your socks off! YUM! by

Gluten Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Thanks so much for having me over to visit… I love coming and sharing some of the love from my kitchen with all of you.

You’re more than welcome to come by my place anytime… catch me at or connect with me on Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram !

xoxo~ Ruthie

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Healing Body Butter {with Essential Oils}


We interrupt this regularly scheduled series, Organize Your Heart and Home, to bring you this special announcement about Healing Body Butter!

Today, I am sticking an extra post into my day because I am participating in an awesome series with 7 other wonderful ladies called Healthy Living, Healthy Home!

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Once a month for the next three months, we will be sharing how we use Young Living Essential Oils in our homes to promote healthy living for our families.

You can check out all of the other wonderful posts by clicking on the links at the bottom of this post.  

AND be sure to read to the bottom of the post to enter to win the Thieves Premium Starter Kit!  

thieves giveaway

But first, I want to show you this easy Healing Body Butter I made with my essential oils. 



Why did I make my own body butter?  Maybe this will help explain…



Over the past year, I have been amazed at all I have learned about the terrible toxins we are putting in our bodies everyday.  Learning about how to use essential oils in my home has helped me get on the right track, although I still have a long way to go.  There is so much more I have to learn, but I know I am headed in the right direction.  

I am slowly taking baby steps to rid my home of things that are harmful to me and my children. 

Besides my faith, I think teaching my children how to naturally care for their bodies is one of the best gifts I can give them.  And it is my prayer that they will pass it down to their children, my grandchildren.  What a blessing it would be to see future generations not have to deal with some of the terrible health problems our generation has endure because of the harmful things we have put on and in our bodies. 

I was super excited about making this body butter!  My hands are so chapped and dry from this cold weather that they sting all day.  I wanted something natural and safe that I could use on my skin.

This Healing Body Butter is soooo easy to make!

healing body butter


1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup raw shea butter

2 oz. of sweet almond oil

10 drops Lavender essential oil

10 drops Cedarwood essential oil

(Or you can substitute the essential oil of your choice.)

*I only recommend Young Living Essential Oils.  They are the best!



1.  In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil and shea butter together.  Stir.

2.  Remove from heat and pour in a mixing bowl.

3.  Set mixing bowl in refrigerator for about an hour or more (depends on how cold your fridge is,) or until the mixture is semi-solid.  (You don’t want it to harden completely back up.)

4.  Remove from refrigerator and begin mixing it in an electric mixer on a low speed.  

5.  Add sweet almond oil slowly to mixture.

6.  Increase speed of mixer to high.  

7.  Add Essential Oils.

8.  Whip mixture for about 10 minutes until super light and fluffy.

9.  Divide body butter into containers of choice. 



I used Lavender essential oil because “it has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations.”

I used Cedarwood essential oil because it “has a warm, balsamic, woody aroma. It is relaxing and soothing when used for massage, and has long been used as a beneficial ingredient in cosmetic preparations for oily skin.”

I’ve used this healing body butter on my hands for only a day, and I cannot believe how smooth my hands already feel.  Yay!


Have you made your own body butter before? 

Wanna learn more about essential oils?  Click HERE to read more.

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

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Holiday Cadbury Chip Cookies

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Happy Holidays to all my friends at Beneath my Heart.

I just love the Holidays… especially all the holiday baking! I’ve brought one of our families very favorite cookie recipes to share with y’all today.

Holiday Cadbury Chip Cookies are exactly the cookie

your family has been wanting- oh my!

They are the BEST.

Holiday Cadbury Chip Cookies by #holidays #recipe #chocolate

The fun part about these cookies is you can switch up the variety of Cadbury Eggs according the holiday. I make these in the spring with the pastel variety too. You won’t hardly believe all the chocolate that’s packed into these fabulous little treats but don’t hold back! Follow the recipe and you’ll be in chocolate HEAVEN :)


Holiday Cadbury Chip Cookies

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 48


  • 1 C butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 C white sugar
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • Add:
  • 3 1/2 C flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 packages white chocolate chips
  • 1 packages milk chocolate chips (I like Ghiradelli)
  • 1 package Cadbury mini eggs


  1. Place Cadbury mini eggs in a large ziplock bag, with the handle end of a spoon, smack each egg and they’ll pop in half.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time; mixing with each addition.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Add the dry ingredients all at once; mixing until 80% incorporated.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and and cadbury mini eggs.
  7. Roll into 1 inch balls or use a medium cookie scoop.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned, let them rest on the pan for 1 minute more, then transfer to a rack to cool.


Holiday Cadbury Chip Cookies by #holidays #recipe #chocolate

I recently had an experience that I call my Holiday Miracle, I just wanted to share it with all of you…

Angel by My Side by on #miracles #angels #life

Angel by My Side

May all your Holidays be very Merry and Bright! Thank you for having me.

Much Love and Peace~



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