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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Homemade Cookies and Cream Layer Cake

This cake is three deliciously easy layers of cake dotted with your favorite chocolate sandwich cookies for the perfect cookies and cream cake experience. You are going to love how easy it is almost as much as you'll love the results!

      When planning my sister's baseball themed baby shower, we had all sorts of cute ideas.  Of course we had plenty of sweets in mind too.  But it seems like a shower needs a cake, am I right? So I knew I had to make her something fun.  She is a huge fan of things like dirt pudding, so much so that she had me make some in mason jars for her wedding dessert table! So I thought a cookies and cream cake would be perfect.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Linda's Baked Caramel Corn

     This recipe makes the perfect crunchy, buttery caramel corn.  It is perfect for a party and just like what you get at the baseball stadium.  The best part is you can make it ahead!

       When we decided to throw a baseball themed baby shower for my little sister, we knew we had to have all of the bases covered. (Ha! See what I did there?!) We needed peanuts, hot dogs and nachos.  We needed plenty of penants and of course we needed caramel corn.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The 4th is Coming, the 4th is Coming! Patriotic Crafts, Recipes, Decor and More!

If you are still looking for ideas to celebrate the 4th of July, we have you covered! We have recipes, crafts, decoration ideas and more!

      It is time for another party with the #celebrate365 crew! I had so much fun joining Jan from Tip Garden, Val from Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids and Nicole from Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom to bring you some Father's Day Favorites.  There were some really great tips for making dad feel special on his day.  But now it is time to turn our attention to the 4th of July!  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 25

This week's menu is done for you! We have 6 tasty dinner recipes and a fun sweet treat for the weekend!

      It's time for another weekly menu.  To tell you the truth, I feel like I just wrote the last weekly meal plan. How did a week pass already? No matter, it somehow has and it is time to get ready for the next one!  This week's menu has great variety and I can't wait to try it all!

Egyptian Feta Spread for #EatLikeAnEgyptian

A perfect mix of fresh herbs, lemon juice, feta, tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil spread over pita. This would make a perfect starter for your next meal!

     I love getting to explore the world in my kitchen. I may not have the time or money to get all of the places I'd like to visit in person, but trying another culture's food is a great way to get to know a little bit more about them.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Caramel Apple Empanadas {With Cajeta or Dulche de Leche} #DairyMonth

These caramel apple empanadas are easier to make than you'd think and so good.  Try eating one still warm from the oven and you are sure to be hooked!

      Would you like to hear how these caramel apple empanadas came to be? I knew you would! Little dude and I were busy making homemade cajeta from Ol' McGrandpa's goat milk. We were supposed to be going to MiMi and Pops' that night for family dinner. So we called to say we'd bring cajeta and apple slices for dessert. I know, how virtuous of us to do fruit slices for dessert!  But in the background my littlest sister was requesting empanadas instead.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

How to Make Homemade Cajeta #DairyMonth

This Cajeta is liquid gold. It is thick, sweet and caramely. It is great over ice cream, pound cake, as a dip for apples or on a spoon! It is made with goat's milk for the full flavor, but this recipe could be easily made with cow's milk as well!

      We are so lucky to have such great parents and even luckier that they are all relatively close to us. We are even luckier yet that a couple of them have homesteads that produce delicious food... and sometimes they share!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Visit to Ol' McGrandpa's Farm for #DairyMonth

Checking out my father-in-law's homestead is always a treat. Getting a behind the scenes look at a small dairy goat operation is a perfect way to celebrate June being dairy month!

      I thought it would be fun to take a small break from recipes and celebrate dairy month in a different way for a day. My father-in-law and his wife have a small dairy farm. I would venture to guess that this farm is different than what you are picturing though.  Close your eyes and think dair farm.  What are you seeing?  If the only thing you can picture is a giant barn filled with black and white cows you may be in for a surprise when I tell you about their dairy operation!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cheesy Honey Chipotle Skillet Cornbread #DairyMonth

A giant skillet of cornbread that balances just a touch of honey with the sweet heat of chipotle cheddar.  It would be great at your next BBQ or perfect alongside some chili!

I did receive product for recipe development for this post. All opinions are my own. 

       It seems like if you are going to celebrate dairy month you had better make a recipe that focuses on cheese. We are definitely a cheese eating family. It is always on the grocery list in one form or another.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Orange Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecake #DairyMonth

This Orange Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecake is the perfect creamy mix of vanilla and orange in a fun cheesecake package. This is the perfect summertime dessert!

   The flavors of orange and vanilla are a match made in heaven. And (not so) shockingly I am not the only one who thinks so.  Pops loves creamsicles, so much so that my sister and her husband once got him a box as part of his Christmas gift!  There is just something so refreshing about the citrusy orange outside and the creamy vanilla center.  I like the popsicle version well enough, but that is not my favorite variation on the flavors.