Memorial Day Treats

Memorial Day Treats

sarah bowmar memorial day treats

Hi y’all!! This is Sarah Bowmar and I am so excited to share some fun, yet relatively healthy Memorial Day treats with you guys!

Shirley Temple:

These are so fun, incredibly easy and relatively low in calories!

Ingredients–

Sprite zero

Grenadine

Blue sour punch straws

*This can also be made as a “dirty shirley”, just add 1 shot of vodka!

Directions–

Fill the glass with sprite zero, leaving about 2 cm of space at the top

Add grenadine (the more, the sweeter) so add as much as you’d like until the flavor is right. Less is more in my opinion!

Add two blue sour punch straws and have yourself a super quick and easy memorial day drink!

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad:

This salad is so incredible and screams summer!! Memorial Day weekend is such a great time to be with family and friends and remember all that we have to be thankful for!

Ingredients–

Lettuce

Feta cheese

Strawberries

Blueberries

Poppyseed dressing

Honey roasted almonds

Dried Cranberries

Directions–

Cut lettuce if needed and place in bowl

Cut strawberries and sprinkle on top of lettuce

Add blueberries, honey roasted almonds, dried cranberries, and feta cheese

Drizzle poppyseed dressing over top and enjoy!

American Flag Fruit Display:

I absolutely love how this display turned out and it took me all of about 10 minutes! This is something you could easily throw together the day of!

Ingredients–

Raspberries

Blueberries

White chocolate covered pretzels

Directions–

Place blueberries into a small square in top left corner of board

Starting with raspberries and then with white chocolate pretzels, place as many stripes as will fit on the board! I would have done more but this was the only board that I had!

I hope that these treats help you enjoy Memorial Day, but not feel like you just ate way too much. These are healthy options to bring to the family picnic or the hang out with friends and it could guarantee something fresh and semi-low calorie there!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

sarah bowmar st. patricks day recipes

Hi guys!! It is Sarah Bowmar here, just stopping in to share some fun recipes that I tried out for St. Patrick’s Day! I know that gatherings are more limited, but these ideas are so fun and perfect for the family to enjoy together or with friends, outside, socially distanced! There are a wide variety of recipes I made so please let me know what you think and which you tried!!

Rainbow fruit platter:

Ingredients–

Strawberries

Clementines

Bananas

Green Grapes

Blueberries

Mini marshmallows

Lindt white chocolate, gold covered chocolate truffles

Directions–

Cut strawberries and arrange in an arch formation as the top of the rainbow

Peel the clementines and place in line with the strawberries directly below

Cut the bananas and place below the clementines

Arrange the grapes below the bananas

Sprinkle the blueberries below the grapes

On one side of the rainbow, add marshmallows in a separate bowl or arrange in a cloud formation to the side of the rainbow

On the other side of the rainbow, add the gold truffles to be your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Pot of Gold mimosas:

Ingredients–

2 oz Orange juice

Champagne

2 oz Blue curacao

Directions–

Pour orange juice into champagne flute

Pour champagne leaving space for the blue curacao to fill the remainder of the glass

Quickly pour the blue curacao into the glass. It will fall to the bottom creating a faded green and gold mimosa

Lucky Charm Sugar Cookies:

Ingredients–

1 cup of butter

1.25 cups of sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract

2.5 cups of flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Lucky charm marshmallows

Rainbow colored sprinkles

Directions–

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Get your baking sheet ready!

Mix the butter and sugar together and make it nice and fluffy

Add in the vanilla, egg and almond

Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt

Add sprinkles and lucky charm marshmallows

Mix well until everything is combined

Scoop small sized balls of cookie dough and add to the baking sheet

Place additional Lucky Charm marshmallows on top of the cookie dough before you place the baking sheet into the oven

Place baking sheet into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes

Allow to cool and enjoy!!

Luck of the Irish Chips and Dip:

Ingredients–

1-2 green bell peppers

French onion dip (pre-made, refrigerated kind)

Ridged, potato chips

Directions–

Cut off the top of the green bell pepper

Scrape out the inside of the bell pepper being careful to create the look of a 3-4 leafed clover

Repeat with a second green bell pepper depending on the size of the party

Fill bell peppers with french onion dip

Arrange on a platter with ridged chips and serve! You can always serve this with other vegetables to make this a healthier option!

Enjoy these delicious treats! Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Bowmars!

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Recipes

Valentine’s Day Recipes

Hi all!! It is Sarah Bowmar here and I am stopping in to share some of the Valentine’s Day recipes I tried out this year! I wanted to get this post up as soon as possible so that everyone could have time to get all of the ingredients they would need to make these tasty treats!! The ingredients and directions for each recipe can be found below!

Bourbon Cherry Crush

Ingredients: (per 1 drink)

1 shot of bourbon (the type of bourbon is totally up to you! If you aren’t super into bourbon, then try crown apple with this…it adds extra flavor and is a great flavored bourbon for those that wouldn’t pick bourbon as their first choice!)

3/4 shot of grenadine

3/4 shot of maraschino cherry juice

2 TBSP of lime juice

1/2 cup of club soda

Sugar, limes and cherries for garnish

Directions:

Fill a shaker cup with ice cubes, bourbon, grenadine, cherry juice, and lime juice. Shake to combine.

Prepare the glass with the sugar rim. For the sugar rim- get the top rim of the glass wet, place sugar on a plate, dip top rim of glass into the sugar to get a beautiful sugar rim! Add a slice of lime and a cherry for garnish!

Pour the drink mixture (without the ice cubes) into the glass.

Add a shaped ice cube for an extra fun touch! I linked the large cube and sphere ice trays that I use from amazon!

Watermelon & Raspberry Fruit Kabobs

Ingredients:

1 mini watermelon

1 package of raspberries

Kabobs

Heart shaped cookie cutter

Directions:

Slice water melon into flat circular shaped slices

Place cookie cutter into watermelon and press down

Each watermelon slice should make about 4-5 heart cut outs

Remove seeds

Place one water melon on the kabob, followed by 3 raspberries. Repeat until the kabob is full

Repeat this process until the fruit has all been used!

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

For the dough- 1 package of red velvet cake mix, 1/4 oz active dry yeast, 2.5-3 cups of flour, 1.25 cups of warm water

For the filling- 1/4 cup butter melted, 1 TBSP ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup of brown sugar

For topping- 4 oz cream cheese (softened), 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup butter softened, valentine’s sprinkles

Directions:

To make the dough-

In a large mixing bowl, combine red velvet cake mix, yeast, and 1 cup flour

Add warm water and beat on medium for 2-3 minutes

Add additional flour and knead with mixer or by hand to form a soft dough (hint…it will make your life a lot easier if you get a KitchenAid mixer!)

Spray a large bowl with non-stick cooking spray and place dough inside

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for an hour (it should double in size)

To make filling-

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon

After the dough rises-

Place dough on a surface (put flour down first!!) and roll out the dough into a rectangle. This should be about 1/4-1/2 inch thick

Spread the melted butter all over the inside of the dough and sprinkle with the filling mixture

Roll the dough into a log

Cut into 12 equal pieces

Place cinnamon rolls into a 9 x 13 baking pan (first spray plan with non stick cooking spray)

Cover with kitchen towel and let rise for another hour

Preheat oven to 350

Bake cinnamon rolls 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned

To make the topping-

While the cinnamon rolls are in the oven, add the cream cheese and butter into the bowl until it is fluffy

Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until combined

Spread the icing over the warm rolls

Sprinkle the rolls with Valentine’s sprinkles to help stick to your theme!

I hope that you all enjoy these recipes as much as I did!! The cinnamon rolls take awhile but the taste is worth it! And it could be a fun activity to involve your kids in as well! Let me know what you think or if you have any questions!

 

 

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta–Bonefish Grill Copycat Recipe

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta–Bonefish Grill Copycat Recipe

Hi guys!! I don’t know if you have a Bonefish Grill near you, but if you do then you know how awesome their bang bang shrimp is! This remake is super close to the real deal so I would encourage you to try it out sometime! The Bowmar family loves seafood and pasta so this was a great combo. The serving size on this depends on how hungry you are honestly! But usually this will feed Josh and me, and then we have 1 meal leftover for one of us to enjoy! Be ready to fight over the leftovers if you choose that option! I will also share the larger portion of it and there would be plenty of leftovers!

Ingredients:

8 oz of your favorite pasta (1 lb if making the larger serving size)

1 lb of shrimp– peeled, deveined, tail off. I usually purchase frozen shrimp and then thaw it when needed (1.5 lbs if making the larger serving size)

*If you are not a fan of shrimp, I have also hear amazing reviews about using chicken in place of shrimp in this recipe!

Olive oil (just enough to prep the shrimp pan)

2 TBSP of garlic (3 TBSP if making the larger serving size)

2 tsp of paprika (3 tsp if making the larger serving size)

3/4 TBSP fresh parsley (1 TBSP if making the larger serving size)

Black pepper to taste

For the sauce:

3/8 cup of light mayo (1/2 cup if making the larger serving size)

3/8 cup of thai sweet chili sauce (1/2 cup if making the larger serving size)

2 TBSP garlic powder

1 1/4 TBSP lime juice (2 TBSP if making the larger serving size)

1/4 TBSP of onion powder (1/2 TBSP if making the larger serving size)

Directions:

Start boiling water for pasta

Shrimp seasoning: combine garlic powder, paprika, parsley, and pepper into a bowl. Add shrimp and stir to combine

When water reaches a boil, add pasta

Once water is back up to a boil, start a timer, usually for 10-12 minutes dependent on the type of pasta

Add the olive oil and the seasoned shrimp into a medium sized pan. Stir constantly on medium high heat.

Start timer for 10-12 minutes to cook the shrimp (or cook until no longer pink)

In a large separate bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients: light mayo, thai sweet chili sauce, garlic powder, lime juice, and onion powder. Stir together

Drain pasta and add to the sauce bowl. Pour shrimp into the pasta and sauce mixture. Stir together and enjoy!! This is a such a fun and tasty recipe! It is very unique in flavor and makes for great leftovers!

I usually have this with roasted tomato bread or garlic bread! Happy eating!

 

Delicious, Easy Enchilada Recipe

Delicious, Easy Enchilada Recipe

Y’all!! Hello! I am so excited to share the Bowmar family enchiladas! These enchiladas are the bomb and they are super easy to make! This would be a great meal to make when you have friends coming over! You can pair it with chips, celery, guac, queso and/or salsa and it makes for an incredible meal!!

Ingredients

6-8 Chicken Tenderloins uncooked

6 M size tortilla soft shells

1 packet of taco seasoning

4 oz of cream cheese (I usually just use 1/2 the 8 oz block)

1 can of fire roasted green chilies

1 TBSP of onion powder

1 can of enchilada sauce (10 oz)

4 cups of shredded cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 375

In 13 x 9 baking pan, spread 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce over the bottom of the pan

Cut chicken into small cubes

Put a dash of olive oil into a pan, add chicken to the medium sized pan

Cook on medium until there is no pink in the middle of the chicken (usually 8-10 minutes on medium heat)

Shred chicken as it is getting cooked with two forks

Add taco seasoning to the chicken with 1/8 cup of water

Stir together in the pan

In a separate bowl combine: cream cheese, onion powder, fire roasted green chilies, 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce. Stir until the mixture is creamy and blended.

Add shredded taco chicken to the bowl and stir

Get out one tortilla

Place 1/6 of the chicken and sauce mixture into the tortilla. Add shredded cheese. Tightly roll the tortilla and place the tortilla with the flap down into the pan

Repeat this step for the remaining tortilla soft shells

Once these are all placed in the pan side by side, cover this with the remaining enchilada sauce

Bake for 22 minutes

Add shredded cheese to cover the top of the enchiladas and bake for another 5 minutes

Now enjoy this absolutely incredible and authentic meal!

Bowmar Nutrition Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Bowmar Nutrition Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Hi all, it is Sarah Bowmar here and I am so excited to share this recipe with y’all! This Bowmar Nutrition Strawberry Protein Smoothie is so amazing. The title says it all and if you’re like me, you are craving this! Although, this reminds me more of a spring or summer treat, I figured I would share it now because it is never to early to get excited for spring and summer!! The description below is for one smoothie! I would double this if you were going to make two!

Ingredients

1.5 cups of carb master yogurt

1/2 cup of skim milk

5 frozen strawberries (this can also be dependent upon the size of the strawberries! These were small to medium sized)

1/2 scoop of Bowmar Nutrition Strawberry Milkshake Protein

2 scoops of Bowmar Nutrition Collagen Peptides

If you are feeling extra crazy, you can totally add Bowmar Nutrition Greens to this mixture as well! I have made it both ways and you really can’t taste the difference at all!!

Also you can always use frozen mixed berries to add into the smoothie as well! I always prefer frozen fruit for the smoothies, otherwise you need to add ice and that makes it taste a little bit watered down in my opinion!

Directions

Add strawberries to blender

Add yogurt to blender

Add milk to blender

Add protein powder and collagen to the blender mixture

Cover the blender with the appropriate lid

Blend under the smoothie option…this will be loud but it makes it the best texture! It ends up nice and smooth!!

And ta-da! Your Bowmar Nutrition smoothie is complete!! These seriously are such a nice drink/snack option on a warm summer day! But I also drink them in the winter just to boost my morale or if I want to change up how I am getting my protein in!! Let me know if you have any questions! All of the Bowmar Nutrition products are linked above!