Country Time Raspberry Lemonade Bars

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Hallelujah – I think we’re finally FINALLY over the winter hump and heading towards Spring! This morning the meteorologist predicted clear skies with temps in the high 40’s for the remainder of this week and into next, and I can’t even put into words how excited I am to finally have warm sunshine on Michaela’s and my face, and to replace my hot tea with cold and refreshing Country Time Lemonade during our afternoon walks outside.

#PourMoreFun Lemonade StartersHave you seen the Country Time Lemonade Starters yet? They come in a variety of flavors such as Half Lemonade & Half Iced Tea, Classic Lemonade and Berry Lemonade. The Starters have 50% less sugar than leading regular sodas, and are super convenient – all you have to do is add water to have a whole pitcher or just a single glass! They are flavored with REAL lemon juice, and helped me in a pinch yesterday while I was test driving a recipe that I want to make in a couple of weeks for my family’s Easter gathering.

Homemade Raspberry Lemonade Bars Recipe #PourMoreFun

Aren’t they beautiful? I added lemon zest to the buttery shortbread crust, and that bright red color is all thanks to freshly pureed raspberries. I didn’t have quite enough lemon juice for the filling so I added ⅓ cup of Country Time Classic Lemonade to the recipe, which added a surprising extra tangy kick to the creamy bars. TJ doesn’t like lemon bars (he’s more of a chocolate dessert kind of dude) so send me your address ASAP – these are dangerously delicious and I need to get them out of here before I eat the entire pan myself!

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Crust Ingredients
9 tablespoons of butter
¼ cup of sugar
1 cup of flour
¼ teaspoon salt
zest from ½ of a lemon

Raspberry Lemonade Filling Ingredients
1 ½ cups sugar
1 egg
3 eggwhites
zest from 2 lemons
⅓ cup fresh squeezed lemon
⅓ cup of Country Time Lemonade Starters in Classic Lemonade
2 cups of freshly pureed raspberries
⅔ cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
confectioner’s sugar (optional)
unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper so that you can easily pull the entire dessert out of the dish and cut it neatly into bars.

2. In a medium bowl cream together butter, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer. Slowly mix in flour and lemon zest until well combined. Press lemon shortbread dough into prepared baking pan and bake in oven for 20-25 minutes,

3. In a large bowl mix together sugar, egg, egg whites, zest, fresh lemon juice, ⅓ cup ofCountry Time Lemonade Starters in Classic Lemonade and pureed raspberries. Slowly add in flour and salt, then pour mixture over crust. Bake for 35 minutes or until the filling is set and firm.

4. Let dish cool completely (pop it in the freezer if you’re impatient like I am!), then gently lift the dessert from the pan using the parchment paper. Dust with confectioner’s sugar or unsweetened coconut flakes, if desired.

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Country Time Lemonade Starters can be found in the drink mix aisle at Walmart. Do you want to give them a try before you buy? Check out these March and April demo schedules to see if one is being held at a Walmart near you.

Do you have a favorite spring or Easter inspired recipe?
I’m in charge of the desserts for our Easter brunch this year, and I’d love to read your ideas!


Two 30 Minute Meals for Two

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#WeekNightHero Two 30 Minute Meals For Two

One of the most visited posts here on the good ‘ole blog is my Dinner for Two on a Budget post from a couple of years back. All of the recipes in that post continue to be prepared by me often, not only because they are delicious but because they are super simple to make, too. I understand that that post is popular because most people don’t have hours during a busy work week to slave in the kitchen for a single meal — and while I often share fancy looking and staged dishes here, the truth is that 99% of the treats and meals that I publish here are simple enough that a monkey could make them.

Below are two more quick and convenient meals that can be cooked in 30 minutes. The secret weapon? Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking, a new line of pourable, ready to use soups that help you get a headstart in the kitchen to create weekend meals on a weekday schedule.

Our first favorite is a simple three step Chicken Pot Pie that uses Creamy Herb & Garlic with Chicken Stock Soup.

#WeekNightHero Three Step Homemade Chicken Pot PieWhenever I make pot pies I like to use refrigerated biscuits on top because I love how light and fluffy they are, and because they are a heck of a lot simpler than a homemade crust topping! You can either make this meal in a large 12×9 baking dish, or in small crocks like I prefer to do for perfectly portioned individual servings.

#WeekNightHero Homemade Chicken Pot PieIngredients:
1.5 pounds of diced chicken
1 tablespoon garlic salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1 12oz package of frozen mixed veggies (I love a good California mix of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower)
1/4 cup of milk
1 carton of Campbell’s Creamy Herb & Garlic with Chicken Stock Soup
1 package of refrigerated biscuits

1. Combine chicken, garlic salt, pepper, veggies, milk and soup in a 12×9 baking dish
2. In a preheated 400 degree oven, bake dish for 20 minutes
3. Top dish with refrigerated biscuits and return to oven for another 10 minutes or until tops of biscuits are golden brown

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Another quick midweek meal that’s super simple to prepare is a yummy meatloaf that uses Sweet Onion Soup.

#WeekNightHero Not Your Mother's Meatloaf

For some reason when I was growing up, meatloaf dinners were served with a side of negative connotations, but TJ loves meatloaf so I’ve learned to play around with the ingredients to make it a dinner that we both enjoy. A few simple additions such as Sweet Onion Soup and BBQ sauce gives traditional meatloaf an updated kick and delicious new flavor … it’s definitely not your mother’s old recipe!

#WeekNightHero Not Your Mothers MeatloafINGREDIENTS:
1.5 pounds of ground beef
1 cup of Italian breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 cup shredded cheese, plus some for sprinkling
1 carton of Campbell’s Sweet Onion Soup

1. Heat oven to 400F
2. In a large bowl combine beef, bread crumbs, egg, 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce, shredded cheese and 1/4 cup of soup. Mix thoroughly.
3. Shape beef mixture into mini meatloaves and place in a 13×9 baking dish.
4. In a small bowl combine the other 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce and the remaining Sweet Onion Soup, and pour it over the meatloaves.
5. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through, sprinkling during the last 5 minutes with a little bit of shredded cheese.


Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking also come in two other flavors that help to reinvent traditional family favorites such as these Skinny Enchiladas that use the Mexican Style Tomato Soup or this Creamy Cheese Bacon and Chicken Casserole dish that uses the Savory Portobello Mushroom Soup. Make sure to check out the Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking website, or visit them on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for other delicious dinnertime ideas … and from now until 4/13 you can use this coupon from to save $.75 on any Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking Soup, available in the soup aisle at your local Walmart.


Do you have a recipe in mind that you could reinvent using one of Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking?
I’d love to hear about it in a comment below!