Monday, June 3, 2013

Enjoy the Summer with Everyday Dairy & Safeway #EverydayDairy

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To celebrate that the Summer is here in CA and the special offer from Safeway for Dairy products I enjoyed a BBQ dinner with my family. Every year as June arrives I am reminded of several things. The most important is that my Mother and mother in law have birthdays this month, second its officially the Summer in CA (the warm weather has started!) and third Safeway will be having Dairy products on sale with a new special each summer. This summer from 5/29 to 7/2 when you Buy $15 in specially marked items you get $5 back coupon for your next shopping trip. Each summer we stock up on Dairy products that we can use everyday for appetizers, toppings, side dishes, snacks and desserts for the hot summer month.

We are having a BBQ by the pool on my day off. I love to be outdoors doing stuff during the summer. I purchased many items we needed for the BBQ and for later in the work week, enough to get my $5 off coupon for my next shopping trip. I love to save money!! I had digital coupons loaded on to my Safeway card and many items were on sale making this a money saving trip. The Safeway deal includes Dairy items and other items like juice and easy to bake items. I like buying Dairy for my family because I know its a great way to get calcium and protein. My son can be a little picky with food but thankfully cheese, yogurt and other dairy products he loves.

I wanted to make an appetizer that was light and refreshing to be a contrast to the savory meat we would be serving at the BBQ. I enjoy Philadelphia Cream Cheese so I decide to make a favorite in our house, Cream Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes with garlic and basil. We grow the basil in our garden, the scent of fresh basil is wonderful.

My husband grilled up the steak for my mini soft tacos with home made salsa and Kraft Mexican style Cheese Blend. I like to incorporate cheese into our dinners as a topping. Cheese is often a way my son will try something if it has cheese on it. Making them mini is easier to eat pool side than a big burrito. I love mini foods they are so fun to eat!

My cream cheese appetizer turned out delicious! I love them texture of the cream cheese with the tomatoes. I like to buy the Philadelphia brand of cream cheese since its the brand of cream cheese my husband used to make me homemade cheesecakes when we were dating. His good looks along with the cheesecakes won me over! We like to make homemade cheesecakes in the summer since it reminds us of our dating years and it is always a welcomed dessert anywhere you take it.

We had a wonderful day at the pool having a BBQ and enjoying the time together as a family. I know my son is learning food habits from my husband and I daily and I want him to see we enjoy Dairy products each day to get the servings of protein, calcium and vitamin D. We have milk with breakfast and dinner, yogurt in our smoothies and cheese sticks for snacks all year long. I love that I can shop at Safeway and easily get the items I need and get money back on products we already plan to buy.

A perfect way to end a day of being in the sun is with a cool Dannon yogurt Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Parfait. I love to add items to a yogurt to make it a dessert. Its good for us and taste great. The blueberry yogurt paired with fresh raspberries and a crunch of granola was delicious. I plan to make this again and take to work!

How will you include Dairy in your Summer Plans? If your looking for more recipe ideas using dairy check out Everyday Dairy. See why I shop at Safeway for deals and great products by reading my Google+ story.

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