Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Di's Buttery Potato Rolls

These potato rolls come together surprisingly quickly. You can use leftover mashed potatoes, baked potatoes or just zap a couple. These soft rolls are perfect for sandwiches or with a schmear of butter.


     There is just something about the smell of fresh bread in the oven.  It is intoxicating to say the least!  Bread is one of the things my little guy really likes to help make.  He enjoys scooping the flour, dumping the flour, running the mixer.  I really love kneading.  There's something a little bit cathartic about it as long as you have the time to sit back and enjoy it.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 4


      I am really excited to bring you this week's menu!  It is chalk full of all of the things my family loves to eat.  We are big pot pie fans.  We love pizza and a flavorful meatloaf! And as for fajitas and burrito bowls? We're all in!  Toss in a bright lemon cupcake and you have left us all smiling!   So, without further delay, may I present: Dinner!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jess's Chicken Enchiladas

    These enchiladas are so good!  If you remember, my sister-in-law is an excellent baker.  She makes fun cakes and blogs about it at year of cake.  She makes more than great cakes though!  She also makes wonderful enchiladas.  Matt and I were amazed.  These smelled so good while they were cooking and they tasted even better.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Fresh Strawberries and (Sour) Cream Bundt Cake

When strawberry season rolls around, you have to make a cake. The sour cream makes for a deliciously moist bundt cake studded with yummy fresh strawberries.


     I have been wracking my brain trying to decide what to make for Valentine's Day this year.  I wanted something sweet and fun, but not too complicated.  I have a heart bundt pan, so it seemed like the perfect way to infuse a little love into the situation.  Of course a cake never hurt anything either.  I was really tempted to do something chocolaty and rich and luscious.  But we just did the Devil's Food Cake and I was feeling a little more in the mood for bright and fresh.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Blueberry Coffee Cake - A suggestion from one of you!



     Those of you who come around here regularly will probably recognize the origin of this recipe.  It is a fun variation on my great-great grandma's Dutch Apple Cake.  It is a very simple cake that comes together easily and is topped with fruit and struesel to make a delicious breakfast cake or an easy treat for tea time or dessert.  It is a family favorite that has been made by at least 6 generations now that my little guy helps so much in the kitchen.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 3



       What's for dinner?  It's one of those questions that never goes away.  You finish eating one dinner and it is time to start thinking about what to make for the next one.  Well we have you covered.  This week's recipes are all winners too!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pig Skin Cheese Ball

This cheese ball is sure to score with your family and friends. Bacon, cheddar and ranch come together in this football shaped treat. Perfect for the big game or any get together!



     It's that fun time of year when we really get locked into football.  People who are just kind of fans are suddenly paying attention.  Even non-fans are wondering what they should eat during the big game.  The folks who are just there to watch the commercials need to eat too after all!  We start warming up for the big dance by making extra snacks during the playoffs.  We need to be good and ready, after all!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Devil's Food Cake

This cake is a real show stopper! Three layers of devil's food cake enveloped in the creamiest chocolate buttercream frosting. Perfect for birthday celebrations and special occasions!


      It's Cake Slice time again!!  You knew it was bound to happen, didn't you?  A big tall chocolaty layer cake wrapped in a creamy chocolate frosting was coming.  It was just a matter of time!  I almost talked myself out of it.  In fact, I did talk myself out of it at least two or three times.  Who needs a three layer devils food cake?  I mean it is a TON of butter, and it was just Christmas... We survived 12 days of cookies, but how far do we want to push it.  Maybe you should just make one of the smaller cakes.  Doesn't a lemon cake sound lovely?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Starting and Keeping Your Vegolutions

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fall Harvest Maple Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is one of our favorite breakfast treats. Make a batch ahead for quick weekday breakfasts or serve it at your weekend brunch. It's delicious, hearty and easily customizable!


     It has been a little while since I shared a new baked oatmeal recipe.  But this is a great time of year to make a warm, hearty and healthy breakfast so it seemed time to make another batch.  Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite things to make with my little guy.  The measurements don't have to be super exact, the techniques are not difficult and it is something he can more or less do on his own with a little direction.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 2



     I hope you enjoyed last week's meal plan.  This week is going to be another delicious one!  With an ice storm sweeping the nation, having your meals planned out and the shopping done is that much more of a life saver!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Peach Habanero Chicken Wings

A little sweet and a little heat will have you licking your fingers and coming back for more! Peach habanero chicken wings are perfect game day food.



    I have had my mind set on making chicken glazed with my Peach Habanero Jelly for quite some time now.  I love the sweet heat combo that the jelly brings.  It is perfect spread over cream cheese and crackers.  In fact it is always one of my favorites!  But, I just knew there had to be other ways to use it!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Warm and Cheesy Pulled Pork Dip

Want to make your leftover pulled pork into something snackable and delicious? Then this is for you! Perfect for game day and parties, but beware once you start it's hard to stop!


      When I posted the recipe for Pulled Pork Enchilada Verde Soup I promised a super amazing dip recipe using some more leftover pulled pork.  I think this leftover pulled pork is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to have on hand.  I actually just bought a couple more pork butts because they were on sale so cheap at the store... now I just need to talk my dad or brother into smoking them for me!  If nothing else, I can always braise it I suppose!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 1


     I don't know about you, but I actually like making dinner.  Or at least I like making dinner as long as I have an idea.  Figuring out what to make and having everything ready is the hard part.  Making it is the easy part.  So, a few friends and I thought we would band together and do the hard part for you.  We'll be bringing you fun dinner ideas and a dessert for fun.  All you have to do is make the grocery list!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Butter Cookies

Easy chocolate gooey butter cake cookies are full of cream cheese and buttery goodness. Plus they start with a cake mix so they are super easy. Ooey gooey chocolatey goodness is just minutes away!



    Ok.  Follow me here.  Chocolate. Cream cheese. Butter.  You with me?  Good!  These cookies are a mix of all things yummy in my book!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Comfort in a bowl, this creamy chicken pot pie soup has all of that delicious pot pie flavor in soup form. It is easy, delicious and will warm you to your core!



     To me a major part of the draw of a soup on a cold day is the warm comforting hug it gives you from the inside out.  There is just something so cozy and homey about a nice bowl of hot soup.  And very few things get more cozy and homey than a homemade chicken pot pie.  So, why not bring two of the coziest homiest deliciousiest (sure, why not?!) things around together for the ultimate comfort food in a bowl!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

K.C.'s Fish and Shrimp Chowder

If you like a good seafood chowder, this one is sure to become your favorite. It is creamy, warming and comforting. Perfect for a fancy dinner or just because!


      When my family got together for Christmas, we did what we tend to do while gathering for the holiday... talked about what we were going to make for New Year's Eve!  I mean, isn't that what your family does when they get together too?  We are always planning out what we are going to eat the next time.  There was a stretch last fall where the menu was planned out at least 5 weeks in advance.  Normally we don't take it quite that far, but for an event like New Year's Eve we have to get the ball rolling!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pulled Pork Enchilada Verde Soup

Turn your leftover pulled pork into something completely different! This soup has the flavor of enchiladas in a hearty and easy package.  Dinner is served and it's delicious!



       You all had to have known it was bound to happen, another leftover pulled pork recipe!  I hope you love them as much as I do.  My brother smoked 4 pork butts in the beginning of December.  He was doing some for my sister's wedding and figured while he was smoking some meat, he might as well really go for it!

     We were lucky enough to end up with a few quart sized bags of yummy, smoky, delicious pulled pork for the freezer.  One portion ended up becoming a deliciously smoky and out of this world addictive dip that I hope to share soon.  Another portion became soup for #soupweek!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Maw-Maw's Chili Mac Soup

This is the chili soup we grew up with. It has beef and beans and plenty of macaroni noodles too! 


      Believe it or not, this soup is what we knew as chili growing up.  Of course, the chili I make for the football watching crew these days is quite a bit different than this.  But you can certainly see why a mom with 6 hungry kids would whip up this more kid friendly version.  A mild chili flavor with just enough beans to make it a complete meal and plenty of macaroni to make it kid friendly makes it accessible to everyone.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Zach's Birthday Cookies - AKA Crack Cookies

It only takes a couple of ingredients to make the soft and delicious cookies. Start with a cake mix amd you'll have a sweet treat in just a matter of minutes!


  This barely counts as a recipe.  It is so easy.  And so good.  If you like soft cookies that come together in a minute, this recipe is for you!

   They got their name a few years ago.  It was Zach's birthday.  He was coming over to watch football.  I didn't have time to bake a cake, let it cool and then frost it.  So, I made these instead!  Everyone loved them.  Ever since Ro has called them Zach's birthday cookies.  Zach, however, calls them crack cookies.  Either way, they are always a hit and great in pinch!

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