Making Time for me with Arla Cheese

For me, the fall is like the unofficial start to the year.

It’s a time to reset, and get back on track after a summer spent putting fun first.

It’s always the busiest time of year in our house. The Fall brings back to school schedules and routines, weeknight sports and dance practices. Early mornings, grumpy kids and one tired mama!

With all the hustle and bustle, I always try to take a little time for myself. Some days it’s hard to find the time, but once Emilia is down for her nap…. it’s time for me to treat myself! It’s so important to take a step back, and focus on myself for even just a few minutes a day. It’s all about finding that balance friends, without it you’ll definitely burn yourself out!

making time for me

You all know me, food is my love language! What better way to take some me time, than to sit down with a good snack! This recipe is quick to prep but delivers a big punch!

So when it’s time for me to catch up on blogging, my favorite shows or lets face it… do absolutely nothing! This snack has quickly become one of my go to recipes!

cheesy havarti jalapeno dip

This delicious cheesy jalapeno dip pairs perfectly with veggies, pita bread and of course tortilla chips and uses Arla Jalapeno Havarti as its base, which gives it a creamy smooth texture with a little kick!

cheesy havarti jalapeno dip

Next time you need a little snack time inspiration give this one a try! You can thank me later!

cheesy havarti jalapeno dip

Cheesy Jalapeno Dip

  • 1 200g block of Arla Jalapeno Havarti  (cubed)
  • 2 Tbsp of flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Cup of milk
  • 3 Tbsp of canned chopped green chilies
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onion (optional)
  1. In a small sauce pan, on medium heat, melt butter.
  2. Once melted, whisk in your flour. Whisking until smooth, and lightly golden. (about 3-4 minutes)
  3. Pour in your milk and continue to whisk until smooth. Cook and mix until mixture starts to thicken. (about 3 minutes)
  4. Reduce your heat to low. Add your cubed cheese and chilies. Stir until cheese is completely melted. (1-2 minutes)
  5. Remove from heat, top with green onion and serve with your favorite snacks!

There you have it!

5 Steps to the perfect afternoon pick me up snack!
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Always remember to take a time out, just for yourself.

You deserve it!



This post was sponsored by Arla cheese, as always my opinions are true and my own



Herb + Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

herb and garlic scalloped potatoes

You say potato, I say…… GIVE THEM ALL TO ME!

Because I literally never met a potato recipe I didn’t like!

This recipe is definitely perfect for the holidays and for the cooler temps that have come along with it! It’s cozy comfort food at it’s finest.

The perfect Thanksgiving side dish. So good… you might even want to ditch the mashed and switch to scalloped!

  • Approx 5 lbs yukon gold potatoes, washed.
  • 2 Cups heavy cream
  • 1 340g tub herb and garlic cream cheese
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp greated parmeasan, for garnish.

pre heat oven to 400

Precook potatoes in your microwave to speed up cooking time. Place the potatoes in your microwave and cook for 4-6 minutes

  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat your cream cheese, heavy cream, salt and pepper on medium heat. Stir until mixture is smooth and cheese is melted. Set aside.
  2. Slice your potatoes, about 1/8 of an inch thick.
  3. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  4. Make your first layer of potato slices, then pour on just enough sauce to cover. Repeat layering potato slices and sauce until all potatoes are layered.
  5. Bake for 30 mins, then top with Parmesan cheese. Cook for another 10 minutes, until potatoes are golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.

It’s creamy, It’s cheesy and it’s absolutely delicious!

Give it a try, and I promise It will be an instant dinner favorite!







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cheesy bread twists

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savory bread pudding

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Girl’s Night Out – Bistro 67

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No Churn Rainbow Chip Ice Cream

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Frozen Hot Chocolate with Caotina

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