Kassarie & Kayliray

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s been a long weekend, you’re ready to kick off the week with a great dinner but you’re at a loss. You’ve been busy, the kids are always busy… What to do? Enter Manwich Monday! #ManwichMonday









Manwich is a tangy, sweet, meat less sauce that can be used in numerous Manwich Monday Recipes. Today I have one of my very own to share with you. A recipe that is sure to please the family, get everyone to sit together at the table and it’s super easy, so that makes life easier on YOU!

7 Can Soup with Manwich Sauce

Ingredients Needed:

Step 1: Open your cans. It will feel like your running the can opener forever, but it really doesn’t take that long. ;)

Step 2: Pour each of the cans into a large soup sized pot. Heat over Medium Low Heat.

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Step 3: Cut up the cheese into cubes and add it to the soup mixture.

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Step 4: Continue heating and stirring until cheese is completely melted and combined with soup and soup is bubbling.

Step 5: Serve with a side of corn bread for a fun fall Manwich Monday favorite!

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Make Mondays the best day of the week with fun Manwich Monday Recipes. There are three delicious flavors of Manwich sauce that you can use to make a traditional Manwich.

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You have to use BOTH hands to enjoy a Manwich dinner, so your entire family will be focused on dinner and the company of each other instead of those pesky cell phones. ;) Or get creative and try something new like this 7 Can Soup recipe! For more ideas be sure to Sign-up for ReadySetEat eNewsletter and Follow Manwich on Twitter.

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Well friends, we’ve decided the Avalon Bay AirFryer is one of the coolest kitchen gadgets both Kayli and I have ever seen! Seriously. It’s like a cute little oven for your counter top. Hello coolest graduation gift for a kid heading to live in a dorm room. OK, gushing over, for a second anyway.

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So, what is an “airfryer”? According to their website, “AirFryers work the same way as convection ovens, but better. The fan technology removes the fats & oils from the food, by allowing it to drip through the drip basket. It then AirFrys the food by lifting the oil and making your food airborne by coating it. It does this continuously throughout the cooking process.” In short, you leave out the oil but still get all your favorite foods!

Here’s a short video review from Kayli explaining how the airfryer works and a little bit about the recipe we’re going to share with you.

Strawberry Cream Crescent Rolls in the Avalon Bay AirFryer

Ingredients needed:

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Step 1: Lay out the crescent roll dough and spread a thin layer of the preserves across the top.

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Step 2: Top the preserves with small slices of cream cheese. {I know the photo shows one big chunk, but we discovered it works better if you spread it out a bit.}

Step 3: Roll up the crescents.

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Step 4: Bake in the Avalon Bay AirFryer at 250 degrees for 25-30 minutes. We lined the basket in the fryer with foil since I didn’t have a baking pan that would fit inside. But the foil worked just fine.

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Step 5: Enjoy!!

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Overall thoughts on the Avalon Bay Airfryer: Impressed. Really, there are so many yummy dishes you can make with the airfryer! Everything from frozen foods to desserts like the crescent rolls we made. And all with less calories thanks to the whole no oil required thing. ;) I seriously think this would make a great gift for your high school graduate headed to their dorm room this fall. It’s like a little counter top oven! You can make dinner and dessert all in this one pretty red gadget!

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To purchase your own Avalon Bay AirFryer check out their site here. And to learn more about their other products, be sure to like Avalon Bay on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received the Avalon Bay AirFryer in exchange for my honest opinion and review. As always opinions expressed here are 100% the real thoughts from Kayli and myself.


Strawberries. One of my most favorite fruits. Summer time to me means strawberry shortcake, strawberry punch… All things strawberry. SO I decided to gather a few fun Strawberry Dessert Recipes for the other strawberry lovers out there. I don’t know about you but when I look at those round ups of 500 such and such recipes I get WAY overwhelmed, so we’ll just start with ten of my favorite Pinterest finds. ;) Hope you enjoy!

Strawberry Desserts Round Up

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream from Snappy Gourmet

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Cupcakes from Behind Blue Eyes


Vanilla Bean Strawberry Shortcake from The Kittchen

Vanilla Bean Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Poke Cake from Swanky Recipes


Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie from Amy’s Healthy Baking


Rustic Strawberry and Peach Tart from Sally’s Baking Addiction


Vanilla Glazed Strawberry Rolls from Baker By Nature

Strawberry Rolls with Vanilla Glaze

Sweet Strawberry Cobbler from Mostly Homemade Mom

Sweet Strawberry Cobbler 2

Strawberry Shortcake Bars from Deliciously Sprinkled


Frozen Strawberry Squares from She Wears Many Hats


Tell me, what is YOUR favorite strawberry dessert??


21. 05. 2015

Disclaimer: No porcupines were harmed in the making of this blog post. They’re only called porcupine meatballs because they have rice, and when they cook, the rice pops out and makes each one look like it has little porcupine needles. Cute, no?

This recipe is super easy and inexpensive (college students rejoice!).

Porcupine meatballs (we just call them porcupines, because let’s be real, the word “meatballs” is terrible) are super good and come off as fancy without the work.

Porcupines- Kassarie & Kayliray

Can we take a minute and appreciate the steam in this picture? #nofilter #realpics

What you’ll need:

1 lb of hamburger

1/2 cup of long grain white rice (not instant rice)

1 can of diced tomatoes

1/2 package of dry onion-soup mix

2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup of water

1 tbsp olive oil (or if you’ve got vegetable oil, that’ll do)

Start by putting the hamburger, half of the package of soup mix (you can do the whole package if you want, it just depends on how much you love that onion flavor), and the half cup of long grain white rice into a bowl. Get your hands in there and mix it up. No spoons. It just ain’t the same.

Heat the oil in a skillet, form the meat and rice mixture into balls, and put them into the skillet, turning them over after a few minutes to brown. Drain the oil.

**Here’s a tip- don’t pour oil down your sink. Our dad knows plumbing. It’s not good for your pipes but I see people do it all of the time. You can save the can from the diced tomatoes and pour it into there instead, OR you can put foil into a bowl, pour the oil into the foil, and after it hardens, ball the foil up and throw it away. No mess.**

In another bowl, mix the can of diced tomatoes, the Worcestershire sauce, and the half cup of water. With the meatballs still in the skillet, pour this new mixture over the top. Turn the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for about 1 hr. I usually turn the porcupines over after 30 minutes so that the rice on both sides gets cooked in the sauce. Check on the pan occasionally to make sure that it’s not getting too dry and add more water if necessary.

After the hour, the rice in the porcupines should be tender. That’s it!

We ate them with salad and dinner rolls. So good and sooo easy.

Let me know if you try them, and happy cooking!

xo, Kayli