June Recipes

June 21, 2016 11:02 am

Photo courtesy of Carlsbad Craivings.

June means summer, and summer comes with a host of new fruits and veggies to cook with. Sweet corn, juicy berries, vine ripened tomatoes, and freshly picked apricots add flavor to our summer time eats.

Corn

Mexican Street Corn Nachos. Need I say more? The only way to up this dinnertime game is to pair it with this Roasted Poblano Charred Corn Guacamole. Dinner goals. Then there is this Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder. Prep this recipe the night before, turn the slow cooker dial up in the morning, and dinner is served. An effortless and secretly healthy recipe. If you’re feeling adventurous, try these Sweet Corn Ice Cream Sandwiches. Strange? Yes. Delicious? Bigger yes.

Berries

There are few things in life that can beat a bowl of fresh juicy berries, but this Baked Blueberry Pancake Cake with Mascarpone Whipped Cream just might be one of them. And if you are looking for an impressive dessert, these Raspberry Meringue Nests with their pink swirls of juicy raspberries are sure to do the trick. If you are looking to start your day off with mega energy, try this healthy (and pretty!) Triple Berry Layered Smoothie. You can even add berries to savory meals with this Berry Feta Spinach Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are available year round, but when they are bought in season their flavor triples. A traditional way to enjoy these vine ripened beauties is to dice them up, dress them with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and lots of fresh basil and serve them on toasted bread. Their fresh flavor can really shine when prepared this way in these Tomato Garlic Bruschetta Bites. For a healthy and easy weeknight dinner, try this One Skillet Easy Balsamic Caprese Chicken recipe where ripe tomatoes and oohey goohey mozzarella cheese get baked onto juicy chicken breasts, all on one pan! Or for a side, try these Parmesan Roasted Tomatoes. Roasting brings out all the sweetness and concentrates the flavor of the tomatoes in this tasty side. And what about these Crispy Parmesan Tomato Chips!?!? Snack heaven has officially been achieved.

Apricots

Apricots can do more than jam with toast. They add fabulous sweet and sour flavor to these Spicy Apricot Chicken Meatballs, and adding apricot flavor to this Apricot Dijon Glazed Salmon is a dinner homerun. Looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth? This Apricot Crumb Cheesecake will fit the bill. A creamy cheesecake is topped with juicy apricots and a succulent and buttery crumble topping. More of a chocolate fan? These Dark Chocolate Apricot Tarts are a 10. Chocolate and apricots go together like peanut butter and jelly, only better.

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A Story Before Bedtime

May 24, 2016 11:00 am

Imagine reading a bedtime story to your children while you are thousands of miles apart. A Story Before Bedtime, is on a mission to connect families through reading. Stories are recorded in your own voice and then sent to your family where they can follow along in the book as you read. You no longer have to give up these precious moments because of distance.

A Story Before Bedtime is giving away free recordings to parents in the U.S. military who are on deployment or are deploying. Head over to their website to sign up for your free recording, and send your voice to those you love.

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Apps for Military Life Part II

May 10, 2016 11:01 am

We are back with even more apps that can help simplify your daily routine. These apps will make it easy to track down illusive base information, get a great deal at your commissary and local grocery store, or find a gas station in a brand new city when the dreaded light comes on.

Ibotta

Ibotta is affectionately known as “The Cash Back App,” and they make good on this promise. The deal is pretty straightforward, visit their app (available on iOS and Android devices) and check out the weeks offers. Unlock these rebates by completing simple tasks and then head to the store. After you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, snap a pic of your receipt on the app. You will have the rebate deposited into your account within 48 hours. Ibotta has partnered with hundreds of retailers to offer their rebates including Military Commissaries, Target, Walmart, Costco and more.

Military Traveler

The Military Traveler App is a universal base directory app available on iOS and Android devices. Set the app to open up to you “home base” and a wealth of information is at your fingertips. There is no need to dig through the web to find the hours of the gym or movie times at the base theater. With continual updates, this app gets you the information you need when you need it.

Around Me

When you are at a new duty station, finding a nearby coffee stop, gas station, or restaurant can be a head-scratching task. This app aims to solve this problem. Open the app when you are out and about and select from a long list of categories like movies, parking, bars, coffee shops, and more and the app pulls up a list of the nearby locations. Who knew there were three coffee shops in walking distance of your new house? The app also offers great information like local guides and current weather.

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