Easy to Make Blackberry Lime Bars

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Easy to Make Blackberry Lime Bars

a photo of a blackberry lime bar sitting on a small plate with a corner scooped off by a fork sitting on the plate next to it.

These blackberry lime bars are creamy, bright, and super delicious. A little lime juice, a handful of blackberries, a simple graham cracker crust, a few easy steps, and you have sweet, tangy bars that everyone will enjoy.

I learned long ago that women love chocolate and men love berry desserts… supposedly. Things like, Berries and Cream Cheesecake Bars, Razzleberry Pie, or Deep Fried Strawberry Cheesecakes. But that is so not the case with my husband and I.

I definitely prefer all things berry and he is all about the chocolate. Well, unless it’s his favorite Lime Pie Brazil. Which is where this recipe came from. His lime pie recipe that he learned while living in Brazil is made with a cracker crumb crust, sweetened condensed milk, media crema, eggs and lime juice of course.

One day we were trying to decide on dessert and he voted for his pie, but I was in the mood for blackberries. The juicy blackberries were making the filling too soupy when baked, so we took the crema out and it turned out perfect. It totally reminds me of our lemon raspberry bars.

There’s just something about a fresh fruit dessert that makes me feel so light and wonderful. I mean, really. Even if it’s a long and nasty winter I’ll bust out these blackberry lime bars and suddenly winter doesn’t seem so bad.

Oregon Berries

Last summer we had the chance to go to Portland to visit Oregon Berries and it was incredible! The taste of those fresh ripe berries were unlike anything you can buy at the store here. When we buy local we ensure quality and secure the livelihoods of families who are making our country a place of variety and success. Cade and I committed right there to check where our berries are coming from and only buy local.

The blackberries we tasted there made me think of these blackberry lime bars and I just knew I had to reshoot this recipe. So here you go!

Ingredients for Blackberry Lime B

Weekly Menu Plan – Jun. 3 to Jun. 9

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Weekly Menu Plan – Jun. 3 to Jun. 9

a graphic showing photos of a weekly menu plan for the week

We are busting out the grill and hitting all our favorite food groups this week…nachos, pizza, ribs, chicken and casserole. It’s going to be a great week wit this weekly menu plan!

Monday: Ultimate BBQ Brisket Nachos (using leftover brisket from previous Sunday)


Tuesday: Pesto Pepperoni & Sausage Grilled Pizza


Wednesday: Quick Weeknight Taco Casserole


Thursday: Smoked Chicken Thighs


Friday: Copycat JDawgs Sauce on Grilled Hot Dogs


Saturday: 10 Minute Sticky Mexican Chicken


Sunday: Grilled BBQ Baby Back Ribs

READ: Weekly Menu Plan – Jun. 3 to Jun. 9

Heavenly Hash Ice Cream

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Creamy chocolate ice cream with a marshmallow swirl, crunchy almonds, and chocolate chips add up to a homemade heavenly hash ice cream.

Extreme close-up on chocolate almond ice cream in cone

What’s the difference between Rocky Road and Heavenly Hash?

At their heart, both of these chocolate ice creams contain marshmallows and almonds. Heavenly Hash often contains an additional chocolate add-in, either chocolate chips, flakes, or chunks.

Rocky Road is usually a chunkier ice cream, typically with whole nuts and mini marshmallows, and Heavenly Hash might have smaller pieces of nuts, a marshmallow swirl, and chocolate pieces mixed throughout.

Heavenly Hash Ice Cream

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

Chocolate Ice Cream Base

  • heavy cream
  • cocoa powder
  • sugar
  • kosher salt
  • chocolate chips
  • milk

Mustard Carolina BBQ Sauce Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

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Mustard Carolina BBQ Sauce Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

A photo of beef short ribs smothered in mustard Carolina BBQ sauce over a pile of mashed potatoes.

Beef short ribs that fall apart and are bathed in a tangy mustard based BBQ sauce from South Carolina! And you only need 30 minutes and an Instant Pot!

Cade grew up in South Carolina so we are always trying to find new ways to get back to his roots through delicious Southern food. These Instant pot beef short ribs smothered in mustard Carolina sauce is our latest and greatest! And our mustard sauce is the best with a couple of surprising ingredients you won’t believe!

You all have loved our world’s best Carolina pulled pork, so you’re going to go crazy for these short ribs! Pile them on top of some steakhouse smashed potatoes!

So make a side of Southern macaroni and cheese or this Southern English pea salad, and get all your favorite people around the table the for this one!

Ingredients for Mustard BBQ Beef Short Ribs

Before we jump into the recipe for these Instant Pot short ribs, you need to make the Carolina Barbecue Sauce. It is the most fabulous combination of ingredients you’re already going to have on hand. Here is what you need:

  • Yellow Mustard
  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Ketchup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Texas Pete’s or Franks Hot Sauce
  • Butter
  • Nutmeg
  • Liquid Smoke

Those surprise ingredients…melted butter and nutmeg! I could almost drink this stuff it’s so good! Once the mustard sauce is made, you just need a few more ingredients…

  • Beef Short Ribs
  • Pineapple Juice: braising liquid
  • BBQ Rub: Kosher Salt, Brown Sugar, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chili Powder, Smoked Paprika, Thyme, Ground Cumin and Nutmeg

The measurements and details for the all the ingredients can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

We love our BBQ rub because it’s the best ever, but feel free to use whatever your favorite BBQ rub is! Once the sauce and rub are ready, then we can start the ribs!

How to Make Mustard Carolina BBQ Short Ribs

Our oven braised beef short ribs has been a popular recipe on the site for years, so we are speeding things up with this recipe and cooking them in the I

10 Healthy Sides for Salmon

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Sharing 10 sides to go with your salmon dinner. 

Salmon is not only delicious but also incredibly healthy, making it a popular protein source in many households. Its versatility and ease of preparation mean it can be cooked in numerous ways to suit different tastes and occasions.

Whether you grill, bake, or pan-sear salmon, the right side dishes can elevate its rich flavors, creating a more balanced and satisfying meal.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 10 healthy sides that complement salmon perfectly, helping you create a delightful dining experience.

10 Healthy Sides For Salmon

1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts pair perfectly with salmon, providing a crunchy and slightly sweet contrast to the fish’s rich flavor.

Ingredients:

1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

Step 2: Toss the Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Step 3: Spread them evenly on a baking sheet.

Step 4: Roast for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy.

Step 5: Optional: Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.

2. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

This garlic Parmesan roasted cauliflower is a fantastic side dish that complements salmon’s savory flavors.

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

3 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).

Step 2: In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower florets with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Step 3: Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet.

Step 4: Roast for 25-30 minutes until tender and golden brown.

Step 5: Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

3. Quinoa Salad with Vegetables

A refreshing quinoa salad is a perfect side dish for a salmon dinner, adding a light and healthy touch.

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 cups water

1 cucumber, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup red onion, diced

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Step 1: Cook the quinoa according to package instructions and let it cool.

Step 2: In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and parsley.

Step 3: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt,

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