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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Loaded Veggie Pulled Pork Nachos

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    These pulled pork nachos are loaded with flavor and they have a little secret.  Are you ready?! They are completely vegetarian! Yes, you read that right.  They are loaded with pulled pork flavor and will make both the meat eaters and the vegetarians in your group happy!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Chewy Maple Cinnamon Cookies

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    These cookies are kissed with the warmth of maple and brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon.  They are big and chewy and oh so good!


      Today's post is really special to me. I get to share with you two things that are important to me. The first, of course, is cookies. We all know my sweet tooth is larger than life. But the second thing is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, childhood cancer research.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 33

This week's menu is planned for you! We have family pleasing recipes that include plenty of pasta, some fun salads, pizza dippers and more!


      I have some really fun things headed your way this week!  Tomorrow I'm sharing some fun fall cookies with you.  I even dressed a few of them up for Halloween in case you are starting to get in the spirit already.  Plus they are for a great cause, so I'd love it if you could come back by and check those out.  I've also got some fun ideas to add a few more veggies to your Labor Day and football watching menus, so look for that on Wednesday.  Then we'll round out the week with some fun no-bake treats.  So this week is going to be fun and delicious!

Friday, August 25, 2017

16 Brilliant Back To School Ideas #Celebrate365

Here are some great back to school ideas! Everything from breakfast to lunch, after school snacks and dinner ideas too! There are fun DIY ideas as well. There is something for everyone!



      Judging by my Facebook feed, school is back in session for more folks than not. For those few lucky kids (and teachers!) who aren't back in the grind yet, the days are numbered.  For millions of families, that means that daily schedules have changed and things are a bit more hectic.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Campfire Chicken BLTs

When you can't decide between grilled chicken and a BLT, have both! This sandwich is delicious and fun.  Make it over the campfire, the grill or in the house, just make it!



     We love a good BLT. There is something so simple and delicious about them and they are a sure sign summer is here. In fact my husband is almost ritualistic about it. The second the first big sandwich tomato starts getting color, he makes sure there is bacon in the house.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Super Simple Roasted Salsa

Take those garden fresh veggies and turn them into a flavorful roasted salsa in just a matter of minutes.  It takes longer to char the veggies under the broiler than it does to do anything else! This is going to be a hit for sure!


     It's salsa season! Of course it's kind of always salsa season, but right now is garden fresh salsa season. If you have a garden, you likely have most of these ingredients in spades right now. If you aren't the gardening type, you likely can get them really fresh and affordably from a farm stand or neighbor who gardens.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 32

This week's menu is a fun one! We have 4 great dinner recipes, a fun breakfast and a delicious no bake dessert!


    Woop, woop! It's the weekend!  I know I say this a lot, but this is going to be a fun one. We are visiting the zoo and watching my brother-in-law race on his bicycle.  We did both for this same event last year and had a blast.  This year should be even more fun.  Little dude being a year older means we can look forward to it more and I think he will appreciate it even more! I am sure I will tell you all about it as the week rolls on.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Baked Breakfast Chimichangas

These fun baked chimichangas have a crisp golden exterior and are stuffed with eggs, cheese, potato and ham. They are ready in about 30 minutes and will have them all satisfied!


    I love to cook. I know, that's really surprising coming from a food blogger. The thing is even though I love the process of creating a yummy meal for my family, sometimes I still lack inspiration.  On my drive home from work the other day I was mentally going through the refrigerator and cabinets trying to figure out what in the heck I was going to make.  I'm sure we've all been there.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

15 Fabulous Frosting Recipes

Frosting makes everything better! Whether you spread it on cakes, cookies, cupcakes, graham crackers or eat it off a spoon, it is all good! Here are 15 delicious frosting recipes ranging from fun to fruity along with some foundation frosting recipes. 



      My love for all things frosting runs deep.  In fact the main reason why I bake a cake is normally because I have an idea for a frosting I want to try.  I know I am not the only one with an affinity for frosting either because my frosting board in Pinterest is my most popular one.... by far! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lemon Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream

This frosting is the perfect combination of rich, fluffy and bright. It has a lovely lemon flavor without being too much and the sweetened condensed milk adds that little something special you can't quite put your finger on!


    I'm sorry. I really am. I made this frosting and then held out on sharing the recipe until today. I was tempted to run to the computer and share it with you the moment I took the first lick of the spatula.

    No, I'm not 10.

    Yes, I still lick the spatula.

    Well, I at least try to sneak a taste before Little Dude dives in to finish it off!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lemon Velvet Cake

This lemon cake is luscious and easy to make. The crumb is tender and moist. A homemade cake does not have to be hard!



    Surprise, surprise... I'm back with another cake! After all of those farmer's market recipes last week it seemed like we needed a treat! 😉 In all honesty, I wanted to make some lemon frosting. You know it's all about the frosting for me, right?! So I needed a lemon cake to put it on.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 31

We have this week's menu planned for you! With 5 tasty dinner recipes and a super fun {chocolate and peanut butter!} dessert, your family is going to be happy!


    Hooray for the weekend! Am I right?! We have a fun one planned.  We went to a local BBQ last night.  Actually BBQ isn't the right word, but that's what it's called.  We actually had fried fish! But there are rides and games and lots of people.  The little guy had lots of fun and if you hurry up, you may catch a glimpse on my Instagram stories.

Friday, August 11, 2017

K.C.'s Zucchini Bread #FarmersMarketRecipes

This zucchini bread has the perfect balance of sweet and spice and a great crumb. It is easy to make and a great way to use up the summer harvest. Freeze some zucchini to bake bread this winter!


     If you are a regular around here, you'll recognize the name K.C. He's my middle bother.  I'm the oldest of 6 kids, 3 boys and 3 girls. He is my basically across the street neighbor.

    He is the winner of the poultry grill-off, the chili cook-off and the maker of the chocolate peanut butter pie with bacon lattice at the pie-off.  So he knows his way around the kitchen, the grill and the smoker.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Summer Vegetable and Chicken Stir Fry #FarmersMarketWeek

Summer vegetables and chicken are quickly cooked until tender crisp and then coated in a delicious stir fry sauce.  Dinner is ready by the time the rice is done cooking!


    You'd think with all of these zucchini recipes, that I had a huge garden full of them.  In fact, we haven't planted them in at least 5 years.  Don't get me wrong, we love them.  When we moved to this house we went from a large garden in the backyard to just using the raised beds that were here when be bought the place.  We had to cut down on what we were going to plant and while we enjoy growing and eating zucchini, they take up a lot of space.  So we opted for more plants that grow vertically and greatly reduced the number of plants.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Italian Sausage and Summer Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner #FarmersMarketWeek

This dinner is full of flavor and fresh summer vegetables! It is quick to make and is perfect as is or served with a bit of rice or pasta.


    Summer brings a lot of things to be thankful for.  Whether it is more sunshine after the short dark days of winter or the warmer weather, even if it always turns to oppressive heat faster than I think it should. It also brings the summer produce!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Brown Sugar Zapple Crisp #FarmersMarketWeek

This fun recipe turns summer zucchini into a delicious dessert! The brown sugar crisp tastes so good and it's just like eating an apple crisp. Top with vanilla ice cream for a perfect summer treat!


Zucchini growers know there are phases to zucchini season. Every year it follows the same cyclic pattern.

  1. Gee, I can't wait for these zucchini to start producing.
  2. Mmmmm, I sure do love zucchini bread and zoodles.
  3. Won't my friends love these extra zucchini I have?
  4. My freezer is overflowing with shredded zucchini. I can make a loaf of zucchini bread every other day all winter long!
  5. My friends and family say I'm no longer welcome until zucchini season is over. I just picked zucchini yesterday and there are already new ones the size of my thigh out there!
  6. Man, zucchini season is over. I sure wish I could have made another batch of alfredo zoodles while we had the chance!
  7. I can't wait to plant zucchini! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats

Creamy, dreamy and delicious, these overnight oats make the morning so easy.  Just grab and jar and a spoon and hit the road! If you want to serve to guests, you can dress them up with a few more fresh chopped peaches, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Either way, you'll be glad you did it!


     You guys, I finally did it!!!  After months and months of yammering on about how I really want to make overnight oatmeal and how I really should make overnight oats and gee whiz if only I could get myself to make some overnight oatmeal... I finally made overnight oatmeal! I am not sure if this deserves a gold star and a pat on the back or a kick in the pants and a what the heck took you so long?! Maybe a little of all of it.  No matter what, I am proud of myself!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

10 Dinner Ideas Perfect for Summer

With all of the hullabaloo of back to school and the heat frying our brains, it is hard to come up with new dinner ideas.  Don't worry, we have 10 great ideas to give you inspiration!


 I don't know if you are experiencing these few glorious days of cooler weather or not.  We are enjoying the break in the heat.  While it is definitely making some people think of fall already (did you notice the sudden barrage of pumpkin recipes on Facebook?!) I know we still have the better part of two good months of summer heat left. So we need inspiration to keep those summer dinners coming!  The ladies from #Celebrate365 hosted a linkup for bloggers to share their summer dinner ideas and here are 10 of my favorites!

Back to School Link-Up #Celebrate365

Back to school time is upon us! If your brain is fried from the summer sun (and the kids!) then getting ready for this massive change may be hard to fathom.   We are here to help!


     The #Celebrate365 crew is bringing you some great back to school ideas. If you are a blogger, please share your best tips, tricks and treats. If you are a parent, grandparent or teacher please browse for great ideas! If you don't have a blog, but have great tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 30

This week's menu is planned! We have 5 family friendly dinner recipes and one dessert ready for you!


     It's August?!?! How can that even be?  This month is going to be hectic but fun.  There are a lot of big changes in the works at our house, so it is going to be a little bit of cram in as much as we can before next month combined with enjoy life as it is.  So we have fun things planned like hopefully a backyard campout, a trip to the zoo, watching Uncle Zach in a bike race and more fun things.

Super Loaded Queso #TailgateParty

This super loaded queso is creamy, cheesy and loaded with meat, beans and flavor! It is perfect for tailgating, watching the game at home or family game night!


     Naming food is such a strange and hard thing to do. It's something you don't really think about until you start a food blog and then all of the sudden everything you make needs a title. I find it much less difficult when sweets are involved. For some reason savory food is harder.  It is probably because I am usually a bit of this, a pinch of that kind of cook. I love using the bits of whatever is in the fridge and turning them into something new and delicious.

Friday, August 4, 2017

3 Ingredient Caramel Pecan Macaroons

All it takes is three ingredients to make these fun caramel pecan macaroons. They are a bit caramelly candy and part coconut cookie. They are so fun!



      Apparently dulce de leche and I are having a bit of a thing right now. Can you blame us? After making cajeta I just had to make some dulce de leche too. It is strangely satisfying to watch the milk concentrate and carmelize right before your eyes.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sundae Cone Dream No-Churn Ice Cream

Super simple no churn ice cream sweetened with the goodness of dulce de leche and studded with bits of sugar cones, mini chocolate chips and a chocolate swirl. Make your sundae dreams come true with every bite!


     It turns out when you make multiple batches of dulce de leche just to see what difference the amount of baking soda you add makes,  you find yourself with lots of dulce de leche to use. I know, it's a really tough problem to have.  I am not one to waste food, especially sweet goodness like dulce de leche, so of course I had to do something! I really had no choice.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Super Fudgy Sweetened Condensed Milk Icing

Made quickly in a saucepan and with only three ingredients, this icing is hard to beat! It is so fudgy and has a nice sheen.  Just whisk in a bit of powdered sugar to turn it into a really nice frosting as well!


     Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, graham crackers, spoons, fingers... you name it, I'll try to frost it! Ok, maybe not brussel sprouts. But to be fair I haven't tried it yet so I'm not going to completely rule it out!