Grilled Pineapple Parfaits to Fire Up the Grill!

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Grilled pineapple parfaits

We are deep in the heart of summer now, and we are somehow managing to stay cool in the heat! One of the most important tools in my summer cooking is the grill.  Hands down – it is the best option for creating delicious meals AND keeping the house cool. I try to avoid putting the stove on as much as possible during the summer, since heating up my house is something I want to avoid at all costs! We grill for lunch, for dinner, and even for dessert, as you’ll see today with these delicious grilled pineapple parfaits, layered with tropical goodness and Cool Whip!

Grilled pineapple parfaits

We’ve been enjoying a few get-togethers with family and friends so far this summer, and I have to admit: sometimes I struggle when it comes to dessert. I put all of my energy into putting together an appetizer, an entree, and side dishes: then I panic when I realize I need the perfect sweet note to end the night perfectly! Ah! What to do?!?! Thankfully, the grill can be used for literally every element of the meal, including dessert!

Grilled pineapple parfaits

Have you tried grilled pineapple before? If you haven’t, you need to do it immediately. Pineapple is great on its own, but when it is slightly charred on the grill it gets a slightly caramelized, delicious flavor added into the mix. I adore adding grilled pineapple as an element to our regular dinners (Justin loves it alongside grilled pork tenderloin. We use it as a pizza topping, or even add a slice on top of a burger), but as a dessert you just can’t go wrong!

Grilled Pineapple Parfaits

As I walked into my local Walmart, I was immediately drawn to a HUGE display of beautiful, wonderful pineapples. Its like they were just waiting there for me…alongside a huge bin of Hass avocados (which happen to be another fun item to put on the grill, but that discussion is for another day and time). I was immediately inspired to create a tropical themed parfait for dessert to accompany some grilled pork tenderloin and mushroom risotto. A delicious combination, in my opinion!

Grilled pineapple parfaits

I love that a parfait is easy to assemble: you can even prepare all of the ingredients in advance: all you have to do when it comes time for dessert is layer the items and serve: easy peasy! You can even create your own DIY parfait bar for guests to assemble their own perfect layered dessert. I know when it comes to me, I am notorious for piling on generous dollops of Cool Whip (I may even be guilty of enjoying a few spoonfuls straight from the container) – so good! Thank goodness Walmart and Kraft have my grilling (and dessert) needs covered for less!

Grilled pineapple parfaits

The assembly is a snap, and you can even put together all of the components in advance so you aren’t rushing to put anything together at the end of the meal. I am all for that! Plus, kids can even get in on the fun. Simply layer some cubes of angel food cake (make your own OR pick up one that is already made at the Walmart bakery), sprinkle with toasted coconut and macadamia nuts, a few chunks of grilled pineapple, and a generous dollop of Cool Whip. Repeat the process until your dessert glass is filled, then dig in and enjoy! Can you get enough of the beautiful grill marks on the pineapple? I can’t. It brings out the awesome sugars in the fruit and makes it SO delicious to eat!

Of course, there are always other options for grilled fruit to consider if pineapple isn’t up your alley. When I was shopping I pondered the idea of mangoes and bananas as additional fruits that would taste great with this parfait combination. Tropical flavors – delicious! Of course, I’m partial to the pineapple, but I can totally get on board with almost anything on the grill!

Now, if you’re looking for some more recipe options for the grill, Kraft has come up with a great digital cookbook you can sift through and get inspired by! And of course, make sure you keep this delicious dessert recipe in mind as well!

Grilled pineapple parfaits

Grilled Pineapple Parfaits to Fire Up the Grill!
 
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Grilled pineapple parfaits are the perfect summer dessert - the tropical flavors are a fabulous combination!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pineapple, sliced into ½ rounds, grilled
  • 14 ounces coconut, toasted
  • Angel food cake, cubed into ½ inch squares
  • 6 ounces macadamia nuts
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
Instructions
  1. First, preheat your grill. When it is ready, place the pineapple rings on the grates and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from the grill and set aside to cool. Then, cut the pineapple into 1 inch slices.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the coconut in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, stirring every few minutes until the coconut turns golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  3. To create the parfaits, layer the ingredients as follows: add a few cubes of angel food cake, top with a sprinkle of toasted coconut and macadamia nuts, add some pineapple slices, and then top with a dollop of Cool Whip. Repeat with a second layer, then add a sprinkle of toasted coconut on top for garnish. Serve, and enjoy!

 

Be sure to check out more delicious Kraft grilling recipes at Walmart.com. I’d love to hear your favorite!

Easy bathroom organization ideas

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Easy bathroom organization ideas

The bathroom – one of the most important rooms of the house, but also one of the easiest ones to get messy. Ugh! We recently revamped our master bathroom from top to bottom (you can see the renovation HERE), and it has become my mission to keep it looking absolutely fabulous. Today, I’m sharing a few of my bathroom organization methods. They make the bathroom a prettier place, and are even better for the environment (with special thanks to Scott Naturals Tube Free toilet paper)!

Easy bathroom organization ideas

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my bathroom counter, it is SO easy to pack it with all of my random beauty items. Soap, toothpaste, face wash, deodorant, hair ties: they all stack up and take up space on the counter. Now, it’s simple enough to just push them into one spot together to keep it semi-organized, but the problem rears its head when I go to clean the counter. Bottles, tubes, and the like all have to be removed from the counter so I can wipe everything down. It’s kind of a pain, and it increases my cleaning time! Thankfully, there is a simple (and pretty) solution.

Easy bathroom organization ideas

And that solution? TRAYS or BASKETS! Yes, it is that simple! Placing your loose items in a tray on your counter will keep things organized but still easily accessible. I found this lovely little clear tray at Target (my go-to shopping destination for pretty much everything in life), and I knew it was meant to sit on my bathroom counter. I easily placed everything inside, and voila! It instantly looked more organized. The clear tray itself keeps everything looking sleek – it is barely noticeable. Plus, when I need to clean the counter, I simply pick up the entire tray and set it aside in one easy movement.

Easy bathroom organization ideas

Easy bathroom organization ideas

I also decided it would make a lot of sense for the overall look of the bathroom counter to add in another detail: a soap and lotion dispenser! I also found these items at Target – so fun! The little oil can style is too cute, and it just makes everything look a bit more sleek on top of the counter, as opposed to a disposable soap bottle that doesn’t always match the decor. This set also happened to come with its own little tray to keep the bottles together on the counter, which is a nice touch. PLUS refillable bottles are good for the environment! By using reusable soap and lotion containers, I am now able to purchase large bulk soap and lotion refills instead of the bottles that I throw away or recycle. It saves me money in the end to buy the refills, it’s better for the planet, AND it looks great on the counter. Win-win-win!

Easy bathroom organization ideas

And let’s talk about another important and essential aspect of the bathroom – toilet paper! When we made our new bathroom vanity, I decided against drilling into the sides to attach a toilet paper dispenser. Instead, I picked up a freestanding one that allows you to store three extra rolls on the bottom. I love it because I always have extra on hand when the current roll ends. But here’s a question for you: what do you do with the empty tube? All too often, I used to throw it in the garbage can. Then, I realized that was a bad choice for the environment and began recycling them instead. Did you know that over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are tossed out every year? That’s a lot. But what if there was no roll at all? Now THAT is a concept I can get on board with. Have you seen Scott Naturals Tube Free toilet paper yet? It’s just that: tube free! No tube on the toilet paper roll is not only better for the environment than simply recycling, but it also makes your bathroom look better! At the end of the roll, nothing is left on the toilet paper holder…all you have to do is add a new roll. I am 100% happy with that. Honestly, don’t you just hate it when someone takes the last bit of toilet paper and leaves the roll there? No more!!! Plus, the roll is the same shape and size as others, so it fits just as easily into your holder.

Easy bathroom organization ideas

You can easily pick up your own pack of Scott Naturals Tube Free at Target alongside the other bathroom paper options. You can even save $2 on a 4 pack or larger – which is almost 50% off the price of a 4 pack! How can you say no to a deal that good? I can’t. You can learn more about Scott Naturals Tube Free on their website, become a fan on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter!

So, do you have a mess in your bathroom? I shared my solutions – what is your best tip?

Staying hydrated in the summer!

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Staying hydrated in the summer

Let’s talk about hydration. It’s essential for every single day of the year, but it is even more important during the hot summer months! Not only is the heat intensified, but (for me) the summer tends to be filled with activities. It is so easy to get caught up in your day and you forget to fuel yourself and treat your body kindly by providing it with hydration. So – staying hydrated in the summer – how do you do it? I’m taking action thanks to CVS pharmacy!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Do you keep track of the amount of water you drink every day? I do! I know it sounds somewhat nerdy, but the benefits of being fully hydrated are too great to cheat yourself on. I try my very best to get at least 8 8-ounce servings of water throughout the day, and most days I actually go above and beyond! However, it can be difficult to keep a tally on certain days when my schedule has me in the house, out at the studio, running errands, and more. So, getting a tracking system involved is essential!

Let’s talk about a daily routine for optimal hydration (at least, in my house). Here are some of my best tips for getting your daily fill (and make sure you check out more HERE)!

Start early. I start my day with a serving of water. Yes – right when I wake up! It kick starts my day, and prepares my body for my morning workout. I continue to drink water throughout my class, and then make sure I down at least another serving afterward! Sometimes it’s a good idea to drink a sports drink that will help replace electrolytes post-workout (which is where vitaminwater comes in handy). And do you know what’s convenient? There just so happens to be a CVS pharmacy in the same plaza as my Pure Barre studio, so I can literally walk around the corner to pick up my daily hydration before or after class! I can stock up on smartwater, vitaminwater, Honest Tea, and Gold Peak with a promotion CVS  pharmacy is currently running – 4 for $5, plus $2 of ExtraBucks. Oh yes!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Maintain hydration throughout the day. Don’t wait until you are feeling thirsty to drink up – at that point you are already dehydrated. Drinking continuously throughout the day will make sure your body is fully energized. Sip continuously as the hours pass. Pretty soon it will become a habit, and you will have no problem consuming the recommended amount each day!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Label your servings. If you think you won’t remember how many servings you’ve consumed, lay it out for yourself so it’s a no-brainer! Pick up a set of fun sticker labels to help with the process. I was able to find these fun patterned ones, but you can simply go to the office supply section of CVS pharmacy and pick up the solid colorful labels (like you may use when you have a garage sale to label items) instead. All you need is a permanent marker or pen to number each label. For me, I determined I need to consume four different bottles of smartwater or vitaminwater in order to stay fully hydrated throughout my active summer day. I labeled my bottles 1-4, in the order I expected to drink them in. To start my day: smartwater. Then, after my workout: vitaminwater to gain electrolytes. For the rest of the day, back to smartwater.

Staying hydrated in the summer

Staying hydrated in the summer

If labels aren’t up your alley, there is another simple office supply you can use to keep track of your hydration intake: rubber bands! You can place two bands on each bottle of smartwater or vitaminwater (depending on the size of the container). If you are like me and are constantly carrying a reusable bottle with you throughout the day, as you fill it you transfer the rubber bands onto the reusable bottle. By the end of the day, you should have 8 bands on your bottle! You could also just transfer them to your wrist or somewhere else if you don’t use a reusable bottle as well – whatever works for you!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Staying hydrated in the summer

Thankfully, staying hydrated in the summer is really simple thanks to CVS pharmacy. You can pick up your daily dose of hydration there (just like I did), and use your CVS ExtraCare card for extra savings. You can purchase 4 smartwater, vitaminwater, Gold Peak, and Honest Tea (any combination) for $5 and receive $2 off your next visit to CVS pharmacy via ExtraBucks. It’s a no-braniner to pick up one of the ExtraCare cards for the savings – I’ll take them (deal valid from 6/18-7/25)! If you don’t already have a card, you can easily sign up for a CVS ExtraCare card, and the best part is, it’s free!

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Do you have any tips for staying hydrated through the summer months? Be sure to check out all of the ideas on the #Hydrationtogo social hub – which is your favorite?

Introducing: Our New Master Bathroom and Bedroom Remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Confession: I’ve somehow managed to sit on this post for a little bit longer than I should have. Time got away from me. But it’s finally time for me to show a little before and after of our house renovation. Introducing: our new master bathroom and bedroom remodel!

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

We have been talking about a revamp of this space ever since we moved in a few years ago. Our bedroom floor was covered with carpet, which was just a disguise for the water damaged hardwood floors below. I know some people love carpet, but I am NOT a fan. It catches dog hair, dirt, allergens, and is just a pain in the butt to maintain. I much prefer a hard floor that I can easily vacuum and mop. It was such a DELIGHT to see the carpet ripped up, rolled up, and removed from our house.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Let’s talk about a few more details that I was excited to improve upon. The bathroom vanity, to start. Oh boy, how I despised that thing. The sink was mounted above the counter, which made it a pain in the butt to clean. It was a cheaper vanity, with a veneer that was peeling back in some places. The previous owners had drilled holes in the side to mount a toilet paper holder…but they drilled in the wrong place the first time so there was just a set of holes in the side of the vanity. Ugh.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Don’t get me started on the tile on the walls. I am not a fan, and the peachy, flesh colored tiles were just too much for the small space. Whoever had tiled it previously didn’t do the best of jobs either – they were somewhat uneven/not flush to the wall in some places.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

And the shower? The horror. The gold plated track/frame? YUUUUCK! Cleaning it was terrible, and the shower glass was etched horribly thanks to non-softened water and what was probably little upkeep from previous owners. I tried so many times to remove the buildup, but that glass was permanently foggy in appearance no matter what I did. The tile inside was all the way up the walls AND on the ceiling of the shower. Danger. We had a number of different contractors come through our house to give us an estimate on the work, and one of them in particular was telling me a story of how a potential customer of his DIED because a tile in the ceiling of her shower fell and cracked her in the head before he was able to come to her house to do the work. Needless to say, as soon as he told me that tale I no longer showered in our master bedroom. ***Shudder.***

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

But hey – it’s all gone now! After sifting through so many options, we settled on a tile that we would take throughout the entire bathroom and bedroom. I am SO happy with how it turned out. The style is called “wine barrel,” which I found appropriate for me. There are hints of gray, blue, and green throughout the wood-like tile. I am slightly obsessed. After just a few weeks of having the floor in place, I can already vouch for how much cooler in temperature it feels in our bedroom, how much easier it is to clean, and how much cleaner it just FEELS in general in the room. Whew!

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Let’s not forget about the shower. Be still, my heart. We were able to take the ceiling up to meet the rest of the room’s level – a bit more than a foot of extra space! I picked out a 12″ x 24″ white tile with a leaf-like pattern on it. When pieced together properly, it created a continuous pattern. The grout lines are barely even there – you can’t tell unless you get up close.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

For the shower floor, we were lucky to find that our floor tile was offered in a mosaic tile as well. That decision was easy to make!

Now, this picture doesn’t include the final piece of the puzzle – the shower door! We had a glass door installed that swings in and out instead of back and forth on a track like the previous one. It is sleek, clean, and is barely noticeable. We are getting a water softener/conditioner installed, and I have my squeegee on hand to make sure this glass stays absolutely perfect.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

The bathroom vanity is a DIY project my mother and I took on, and I could not be happier about the final result! I am going to show some more detail shortly, but in the meantime just enjoy! Of course, at this point our mirror was not yet hung over the sink, so I’ll have to follow up with another glamor shot in the near future.

All in all, I am SO happy with the before and after of our bedroom/bathroom! It feels like an entirely new space. Of course, these pictures only show a sneak preview of the room before we added the furniture and decor back in. I have a few things I’m working on to show (changing out the hanging light by the bathroom, revamping our headboard for our bed, etc.), but you’ll have to tune back in for those!

Have you undergone a home renovation in the past? What did you take on?