Southwestern Frito Burger

Southwestern Frito Burger | thefirstyearblog.com

I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #SayCheeseburger #CollectiveBias Who’s the grill master at your house? If roasted vegetables are on the dinner menu usually I assume the task as grill master. If [...]

Neapolitan Oreo Ice Cream Bites

Neapolitan Oreo Ice Cream Bites | thefirstyearblog.com

A few weeks ago when my mom and nephew, Liam, came for a visit, I surprised them with neapolitan oreo ice cream bites. After they spent all day driving from Minnesota to Illinois, plus lots of stops along the way, I thought they could use a frozen treat. I’ve always had a love for ice [...]

Garlicky Tomato and Eggplant Stacks

Garlicky Tomato and Eggplant Stacks | thefirstyearblog.com

Raise your hands if you like tomatoes! **throws hands in the air** I love fresh tomatoes, cooked tomatoes, canned tomatoes, tomato soup, and salsa.. that counts because it’s mainly made of tomatoes, right?! But, I do have to confess, I don’t like whole cherry tomatoes. I don’t like the way they burst in my mouth, [...]

Birthday Cake Parfait

Birthday Cake Parfait | thefirstyearblog.com

Today is a perfect day for a birthday cake parfait because it’s my birthday! I am now a quarter century old, woohoo! Actually, turning 25 is a tad bit scary.. I feel old and it feels like I should have my life figured out, or at least own a pet or a house. When I [...]

Summer Vegetable Carpaccio

Summer Vegetable Carpaccio | thefirstyearblog.com

Summer time is all about watermelon, homemade popsicles, getting sunburnt and local fresh vegetables. So which is your favorite? I do like to enjoy a nice, juicy piece of watermelon from time to time and homemade popsicles are a big thing in my house. And I am avoiding the sunburn by avidly applying SPF 50 [...]

Kiwi Ice Cream with Oven Toasted Coconut

Kiwi Ice Cream | thefirstyearblog.com

Last summer I saw a great deal from one of those magazine websites. Three magazine subscriptions for $12. It was such a good deal, I couldn’t pass it up. So I paid the $12 and signed up to receive Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Photography and Everyday with Rachael Ray. And I found a promotion [...]

Mexican BBQ Chicken Nachos – Simple Dinners

Mexican BBQ Chicken Nachos #shop #RollIntoSavings | thefirstyearblog.com

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are my own. #RollIntoSavings #CollectiveBias Whether it’s summer, fall, winter or spring, I am always looking for simple dinner recipes to incorporate into our weekly menu plan. We keep a running list of our favorite budget friendly meals on our refrigerator, [...]