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Stellar Steak Salad Recipe

Recipe, Tuesday Treats, SummerAmy WileyComment

We love a good steak around here and my husband is quite a skilled cook when it comes to the grill. When we are craving steak but want to watch our calories and our grocery bill, this Stellar Steak Salad is the perfect answer. It’s a summer dish is fitting for a weeknight supper or even guests.

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Stellar Steak Salad

Serves 4-6


2 good-sized steaks (We use anything from ribeye to top sirloin)

Worcestershire sauce

Montreal Steak Seasoning

Large bag of hearts of Romaine

Red and yellow cherry tomatoes

Olive oil

Kosher Salt & freshly ground pepper

Blue cheese crumbles

Ranch dressing

Balsamic glaze (You can find this at your grocery. We like the Trader Joe’s version.)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and heat up your outdoor grill to about the same. Place cherry tomatoes on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, take a fork and poke a few holes in each steak. Pour Worcestershire sauce over the steaks. Sprinkle generously with the Montreal seasoning and don’t forget the edges. Grill to medium (about 8 minutes per side for us) and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice the steaks. Assemble individual plates starting with the Romaine, then adding tomatoes, steak, and cheese. Drizzle with both ranch dressing and the balsamic glaze. It’s the mixture of the two dressings that will take it over the top. Enjoy!

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Make Your Own Coconut Vanilla Bath Bombs

RecipeAmy WileyComment

I adore a nice, long, hot bath in the evening. It’s really a treat. I use baths to relax, to pray, to unwind and to read. It’s a simple luxury!

Living in Colorado, the air is so dry that you must stay on top of moisturizing your skin. To keep my bath habit from adding to the dryness, I started using bath bombs that left me feeling luxurious and moisterized after my relaxing moments. These high-quality fizzes come with a price tag, so I’ve learned how to make my own. Not only to they save money, they make darling gifts!

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I keep all my bath bomb-making supplies in a handy basket.


Here’s what you’ll need: citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, coconut oil, vanilla essential oil, skin-safe food coloring, bath bomb molds, or cupcake liners and sprinkles.


In a medium-sized bowl mix up:

1 cup citric acid

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil and add 12 drops of vanilla essential oil. Add several drops of skin-safe food coloring to the oils. (It won’t really mix.) Slowly mix the oils into the dry mixture. Avoid adding too quickly, or it will start too fizz. You can use your hands to incorporate everything nicely.


Press the mixture into bath bomb molds or a muffin tin lined with cupcake liners. You can add a few sprinkles to the bottom of one half of the molds before you add the mixture for a fun and festive touch.


Allow your bath bombs to dry out overnight. Once dried, you can package them in cello bags to give as gifts, or of course use them yourself! The coconut oil not only smells delicious, it does wonders for your skin.


Happy bathing!

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Beach Bucket Surprise Dessert

Tuesday Treats, Summer, RecipeAmy Wiley2 Comments

I have the most fun, festive summer dessert for you today. You serve it in a beach bucket because it looks like sand… but tastes divine! Dazzle kids and adults alike with this clever treat.


Isn’t it just the cutest? It’s super simple and delicious. This is the perfect kind of thing to serve at a summer play date, pool party, or barbecue.

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Beach Bucket Surprise Dessert


One stick butter, softened

1 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

2 small boxes of instant vanilla pudding mix

3 1/2 cups milk

12 oz. Cool Whip, thawed

2 packages of Golden Oreos

White and dark chocolate Melting wafers (my grocer substituted a chocolate baking bar in my online order and it worked just fine.)

Shell molds (like these darling ones)

Cute beach bucket (I had to have this flamingo bucket of course!)


Start by making your chocolate shells. Melt a little of each chocolate in the microwave then slightly mix a little of the dark into the white. Just barely swirl the two together, then pour into the molds. Put the mold in the refrigerator to harden. I have a random little mold from our local aquarium that I had to use twice to get enough shells. This one would work much better. The swirled effect makes them look more realistic.


Next, chop cookies very fine in a food processor or blender. This creates the “sand.” The white filling will disappear.


Cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar together in a mixer. In a large bowl, combine milk, pudding, and Cool Whip. Add the butter mixture and mix well. Layer your beach bucket starting with some of the cookie crumbs, then a layer of the cream mixture. Repeat layers, ending with the cookie crumbs. Stick the sand shovel in and add the chocolate shells. Chill until ready to serve.


Doesn’t this just look like a day at the beach? Enjoy!

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