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Monday, July 31, 2017

Homemade Cherry Chip Cupcakes

Delicious cherries and mini chocolate chips are nestled in a simple cake batter for a fun treat. Cupcakes topped with fudgy icing and loaded with cherries are hard to beat!

       We have been plowing through the cherries lately. It's hard to stop buying the little beauties. Whether they are the deep burgundy sweet cherries or the pretty yellow and red rainier cherries, we love them all.  We are real classy like when we eat them too and have pit spitting contests in the backyard. That's what summer is for, right?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 29

We have your menu planned for you.  With six fun dinner recipes and a fun cake too, we take the guess work out of feeding your family!

      I hope you all are having a lovely weekend! Ours has been pretty nice so far. Other than some tinkering around the house, we didn't have a ton of stuff on the agenda which was a nice change of pace.  Also the weather is beautiful.  It is warm here, but not nearly as hot and humid as it has been.  So good news all around!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

It's National Chicken Wing Day... Let's Party!

     Where are my wing lovers?  Did you know that today is National Chicken Wing Day? There's a holiday for everything, but I'm ok with it because it gives us an excuse to party.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Emily's {no bake!} Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter, graham crackers and chocolate come together in a fun no bake bar.  These fun treats are sure to get rave reviews everywhere you take them.  They are so easy to put together they are likely to become your new go to dessert!

     Our love affair with these deliciously easy treats started last summer.  We were at my aunt and uncle's for a summer BBQ.  My cousin Emily is known for her cupcakes and sweets, so she was the dessert committee and her parents handled dinner.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Miss K's Chunky Monkey Oatmeal Balls

These delicious little balls are full of peanut butter, oatmeal, banana and honey! They are the perfect snack for kids and grown ups alike.  Plus they are are a great new way to use some of those ripe bananas!

     A week or two back, one of MiMi's cousins asked for some suggestions of things to do with ripe bananas. Her family was getting tired of banana bread and like a lot of us she had a revolving bunch of overripe bananas.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Creamy Caramel Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting

This frosting comes together really easily and starts with a can of sweetened condensed milk to make it extra special. It is a great way to make a caramel frosting for your favorite cakes!

A round layer cake covered in caramel sweetened condensed milk frosting and large flakes of toasted coconut

Creamy.  Caramelly.  Luscious. Frosting.

Need I say more?
Probably not, but we both know I'm going to!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 28

We have your menu planned for you! 6 family friendly dinner recipes and a fun treat too.  Now when they ask you what's for dinner, you'll have the answer!

    It's the weekend and I think we should enjoy every second of it! Last week was looooooooooong for us. Was it that way for you too? It was busy and hot and so dang muggy.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ham and Cheese Rolls with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

These take the classic ham and cheese sandwich to a fun new level! Make the honey mustard dipping sauce to bring it all together. Whether you need a fun new lunch idea or a hearty savory snack, these will surely do the trick!

    There are just some foods and situations that go together.  Are you going to a movie? Of course you have to get some popcorn.  If you're at a ball game, you need to have peanuts and hot dogs. "Get 'yer hot dog!"  Christmas requires cookies, Thanksgiving requires a turkey and cold lunches need ham and cheese sandwiches.  I think those are all rules somewhere, you know in the giant book of food rules according to Carlee if nothing else.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Strawberry Bruschetta

Have you ever tried bruschetta with strawberries? It is so good! Strawberries and basil make the perfect topper for a good baguette.  

      Even though our strawberry patch has been done producing for weeks, the berries have been so cheap at the store we have still been swimming in strawberries.  At the store the past few weeks, I have picked out a pound or two of berries and then my little dude will beg to get one too.  He packs his own bag with his stuff at the grocery store and he needed his own berries for his bag.  You know by now that I am a sucker when it comes to this stuff, so of course we get the extra pound of berries. Every. Single. Time.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cherry Chip Sourdough Muffins

These cherry chip muffins taste like a treat, but are really pretty good for you. They are a great way to use up some of that sourdough starter too!

    Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to school we go... mornings are busy. Whether you're trying to get everyone to the bus on time or just trying to get yourself to work, there is rarely any time to mess around. So the more you have done ahead of time, the better!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Peanut Butter Maple Snack Mix

This snack mix is a perfect after school treat, road trip snack or portable pick me up! It is full of peanut butter and maple goodness and plenty of crunch.

       Shhhhhhhh! It's nearing the end of July and that means back to school is around the corner. Don't say it too loudly or you'll scare the children... and the teachers!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad

This pasta salad has it all, BBQ, ranch, tomatoes, avocados, corn and more! It's perfect for picnics, BBQs, potlucks and more!

    Summer is definitely in full swing around here! The heat and humidity are up, sure, but that's not what I'm talking about. Nope, I'm talking about BBQs and picnics!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 28

We have this week's menu planned for you.  With 6 delicious dinner recipes and a fun sweet treat, all you have to do is make it!

    How has summer been treating you? It has me a bit worn out, but I'd still say it's been good so far.  As the weather gets hotter though, I need that much more inspiration for dinners.  I came home from the grocery store last weekend with about a hundred pounds of fresh fruit and not much that my husband would consider "dinner." Hehe! Somehow we survived anyway!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Blackberry Ice Cream - Made by MiMi

Sweet, smooth, creamy and full of fresh blackberry flavor! Summer just got a new favorite treat... blackberry ice cream!

     My husband is one of those (crazy!) People who could do without sweets. In most instances he would just assume have another helping of meat than save any room for dessert. He is also one of those  (even more crazy!) people who's appetite is directly linked to his activity output for the day and therefore maintains a pretty darn steady weight all of the time, but that's a complaint for another day!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Simple Sour Cream and Chive New Potatoes

A perfectly simple way to serve small, tender, new potatoes! The recipe may be simple, but the flavor is delicious!

      My brother came home with a 50 pound bag of seed potatoes early in the spring. He has been planting giant gardens out at my parents' property for a couple of years and now that my parents' can have a large garden at their homestead, he has extra room to spread out.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dilly Cucumber Salad - Mondays With MiMi

     Pops has been harvesting cucumbers faster than I can use them this year.  Although I throw them in every lettuce salad I make and have shared them with friends and family, we have more than we can eat.  I made a batch of refrigerator pickles and still had more to use.  Cucumber salad came to mind.  We really enjoy a creamy cucumber salad and love cucumber dill dip so I combined the two.  this is a keeper.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plans Week 27

This week's menu is planned for you! There are 6 great dinner recipes and a sweet reward for making it through another busy week!

     I sat down to write this post without much on my mind to say.  They I typed in the title and when I got to week 27 it made me pause for a minute. Week 27? Really?! That means we are more than halfway through the year.  I know, it makes sense. It is July afterall.  But it is the first time it hit me and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Grateful? Relieved? Amazed it went that fast? Sad it went by so fast? Maybe a little of all of it. All in all, I'd say we've had a lot of fun so far so I'll be happy for that much if nothing else!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Rolo Poke Cake

This chocolate cake is full of creamy, caramelly goodness, topped with fluffy frosting, drizzled with fudge and sprinkled with candy. Mmmmmm, it's good!

      It just so happens that my aunt and her daughter share a birthday. It also happens to be that one is my godmother and the other is my goddaughter. So when they are both in town for their birthdays, we have to celebrate! Birthdays mean cake and for those two it seemed like it had to be chocolate!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Homemade Dulce de Leche with no Cans {and a little science experiment!}

Creamy, sweet, gooey goodness isn't that hard to make. With a little patience and 4 ingredients you can have homemade dulce de leche!

     I think I may be slightly obsessed! After making a few batches of homemade cajeta and telling you how similar it is to dulce de leche, it occurred to me that I've never actually made dulce de leche. I know, it was a wrong that needed to be fixed immediately!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Jan's Almost Apple Pie

    This pie tastes just like apple pie, but there isn't a single apple in it! You'd never guess what it is though.  But I'll tell you! It's zucchini! This is a great way to use up some of the surplus. If you don't tell them, they'll never know! 

     You will never guess what is in this pie or how I came across the recipe!  I was at a conference in the Ozarks.  For those of you who don't know, I used to work for an environmental lab.  I traveled a bit and sometimes found myself at conferences for a few days.  Anyway, it was dinner time, so I found myself a seat.  There were two ladies sitting next to me who appeared to know each other and were in a conversation.  So, I was minding my own business until I heard it... Pie!  Now, I had to start paying attention.  What kind of pie could they be talking about?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Our First of July Hog Roast

We celebrated the 4th of July on the first this year and we had a blast! I can see this hog roast becoming and annual event.  Here's a peek at how our day went.

          Monday mornings are not known for being especially pleasant.  Monday mornings before a Tuesday holiday are even worse in my opinion! Don't get me wrong, I am happy to have a holiday any day of the week. But if there were a petition going around to make all holidays long weekends, I would certainly sign it!  Motivation is so hard to come by on Mondays anyway and my guess it is going to be even harder today.  Oh well, we'll plod through anyway.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Red White and Blueberry Dinner Salad

This dinner salad is perfect for Memorial Day, the 4th or July or any day! It is full of berries, cheese, greens, and chicken.  There is also a homemade dressing recipe if you'd like!

     It's almost the 4th of July! I always love these patriotic holidays and all of the red, white and blue.  I think it's important to have a sense of pride about where you're from, even if it's not always sunshine and roses. Even if you aren't from the United States, I am sure you can appreciate that sense of patriotism and hopefully you have a similar pride for your home.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip No Churn Ice Cream

Smooth, creamy and oh so good! This no-churn ice cream is exploding with peanut butter flavor and is dotted with chocolate chips.  It is almost too easy!

     To tell you the truth, I've been trying to avoid the whole no churn ice cream craze. It's not because I don't think I'd like it. In fact, it's for the complete opposite reason. You see, we love ice cream. Too much.

     Luckily I have self control at the store and can pass up the frozen treat aisle more often than not. If I cave and buy a tub of creamy cold deliciousness, it is unlikely to make it longer than a few days at home. The three of us all know we have to enjoy what little we get because the others may polish it off at any time, without warning. If I buy some for a party, I have to hide it in the dark recesses of our deep freezer, you know under the frozen vegetables, if I want it to still be around for its intended use.