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Monday, May 29, 2017

Laura's Creamy Chicken Taquitos

   These taquitos were originally my cousin's recipe but we have adopted them as one of our own. We all love them! They are creamy, cheesy, full of flavor and easy to make!

     When I asked my family for some family favorite recipes, this is one of the recipes my aunt Marlene gave me.  She said she couldn't take credit for it though, it was really one Laura had started making but everyone loved them!  I was really excited to give them a try as Laura is quite the cook.  They were delicious and much easier to make than I had anticipated. They are so creamy cheesy and the flavor is great!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 21

A week's worth of delicious recipes for family friendly dinners and a lemon bar reward for another great week!

      Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  I know that is not a worldwide event, but it is never a bad time to stop and think about what others have sacrificed to give us what we have today.  A little refection and appreciation never hurt anyone.  So for those of you who have served, thank you.  For the families of those who have served, thank you too.  I know it is not easy to wait at home while somebody you love is far away.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Strawberries and Cream Skillet Roll

Your breakfast just got an upgrade. This giant sweet roll is stuffed with cream cheese, fresh strawberries and tons of flavor. It's so much fun to slice and serve!

   I have had this idea for a little while now, I was just waiting for the perfect opportunity to try it.  The three of us don't need to eat a sweet treat this size all by ourselves.  With a dozen people coming over, it seemed like a good time to make it a part of the menu.  Plus, I had plenty of other options if this didn't work.  Luckily it wasn't a problem.  It got rave reviews!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pacific Pineapple Pulled Pork {Slow Cooker}

This pulled pork is a little bit teriyaki and a little bit char siu and all flavor! It is great on a sandwich and perfect over rice. Throw it in your slow cooker and dinner will be ready when you are!

     I'm sure by now you know all about our love affair with pulled pork. It's just such an easy way to feed a crowd! Of course it doesn't hurt that my amateur pit master brother lives across the street and is usually happy to throw an extra pork butt on for us when he fires up the smoker.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cheesy Potatoes {with bacon!!}

Loaded with cheese and bacon, these potatoes are going to disappear before you even know what happened! Great for BBQs, potlucks or family dinners!

   We all love the traditional cheesy potato casserole.  It is so creamy and delicious, but sometimes it is nice to switch it up a bit.  These potatoes are just the thing!  MiMi first made these back in 2015.  It had been a little while so we had to have them again.  So when grilled pork chops made the family dinner menu, it was time to break these gems back out!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sacher Torte

This Austrian chocolate delight is sure to leave a smile on your chocolate loving face! It is rich, decadent and delicious must make cake!

     It's cake time everybody! For those of you who are new here, The Cake Slice bakers are a group who bake one of four choices from a designated cookbook on the twentieth of each month. This year we are baking out of the beautiful World Class Cakes by Roger Pizey.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 20

It's time for another Easy Family Meal Plan (#20!) 6 great dinner recipes and a dessert to make your week's planning easy!

    Woot woot!  We made it to another meal plan!  You know what that means? It's time for the weekend!  I feel bad wishing the week away.  I mean it is 5/7 of the week and we only get so much time, but to be honest it's all about the weekend!  But we are going to have to eat again next week, so I thought I'd go ahead and share the menu with you now.  After all, tomorrow is the twentieth and we know what that means... cake!  So the menu is a day early so we can hurry up and put some veggies on the grocery list so we don't feel bad when we add all of the chocolate we'll need for tomorrow!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

All Aboard! Little Dude Turns 4!

A fun train birthday party for my little engineer!

     How is it even possible that my little dude turned 4? It doesn't seem quite right. The funny thing is how hard it seems to be hitting me. My own birthdays have never affected me that way. For instance turning 30 was like no big deal. I didn't really have any of those "this is the last time I'll be doing such and such in my twenties" feelings. But little dude turning 4? Bring on all of the feelings! I couldn't help but get a little sad about cuddling my three year old for the last time or kissing him goodnight for the last time before he was a big four year old. It was a good thing he was SO excited about his birthday and kept me giggling or I might have actually broke out in tears!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sheet Cake

This chocolate chip cookie Dough Sheet Cake takes the one of my favorite guilty pleasures and turns it into a Texas style sheet cake. You are going to love it!

     Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw were coming for a visit on Labor Day weekend.  The guys were in charge of manning the grill and smoker for the weekend.  I was the dessert committee.  I wanted to try making a homemade chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.  Since I have been excited about creating new Texas sheet cake recipes I thought it would be fun to make a chocolate chip cookie dough flavored sheet cake.  I am especially proud of this one.  It took a lot of thought to come up with the perfect recipe.  I did not want this to be like a cookie but rather a cake that tastes like cookie dough.  Cookie dough and brownie batter are two of my favorite things.  It doesn't seem right to serve a bowl of cookie dough to your guests, so this cake was the best alternative.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 19

It's time for another meal plan.  This week's menu has 6 great dinners and a sweet dessert!  

 Good morning and happy Mother's Day!  I am going to keep this short and sweet this week.  We have a lot of excitement going on at our house this weekend.  I am sure I will be sharing pictures later in the week.  But lets just say I've been elbow deep in cake batter and frosting these last couple of days.  So come back in a few days if you dare.  In the meantime, here's this week's menu!