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Friday, September 21, 2018

Pumpkin Pepper Jack Macaroni and Cheese #PumpkinWeek

The perfect combination of savory, cheesy goodness with just a bit of spice. Pumpkin pepper jack macaroni and cheese is a delicious and fun side dish that will have them asking for seconds.

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      This recipe has everything you'd want in a gourmet macaroni and cheese. There's the pasta, the cheese, the bacon... and the pumpkin! Even if you're skeptical, you should do yourself a favor and give it a try.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake #PumpkinWeek

No bake pumpkin cheesecake is a showstopper dessert that is easy to make and has a great pumpkin flavor. 

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     Soft and airy pumpkin filled no bake cheesecake is the perfect transitional fall dessert. It's also great for the holidays when your oven is full of other things. It has a nice pumpkin spice roundness to it and the vanilla cheesecake topping takes it to the next level!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Simple Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes #PumpkinWeek

Chocolate cupcakes make simply with a cake mix and super soft and moist with pumpkin. Just a hint of spice lets you know that your fall cupcake dreams have come true!

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

close up of chocolate pumpkin cupcake with frosting and sprinkles

     Super simple to make and full of flavor, the chocolate pumpkin cupcakes have something for everyone to love! Whip up a batch and make your favorite frosting and sink your teeth into a delicious bite of fall!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Whipped Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting {no powdered sugar}

This silky whipped frosting is so soft it's like eating a cloud. It is perfect for spreading over a cake and may even win over those folks who don't like frosting because it's too sweet.

     Silky smooth and super soft, this frosting is like eating a creamy cloud. It is only slightly sweet and doesn't use any powdered sugar. This sweetened condensed milk frosting is begging to top your next cake.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Curried Chicken and Vegetables in the Instant Pot

Make a quick but flavorful curry right in your instant pot.  A few simple ingredients and a about a half hour is all you need to get this curried chicken and vegetables on the table.

    Curry does not have to be complicated to be delicious.  This quick and easy meal is a great way to get your family fed. Load up your instant pot with ingredients and dinner will be ready in about the same time it takes the rice to get done!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Birthday Cake No Churn Ice Cream

Enjoy the taste of birthday cake in no churn ice cream form! This recipe comes together quickly and can be easily colored to match your party's theme!

    I don't think it will come as a surprise to you when I say I like cake. It's just one of those primal, I can't help it, I need cake kind of things. You feel me?

Friday, September 7, 2018

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

This apple cider pulled pork is a delicious twist on a family favorite. The house will smell so good the whole time it cooks too!

dinner plate with apple cider pulled pork, mashed potatoes and sliced carrots

      This pulled pork is flavored with apple cider, brown sugar and mustard. It smells great while it cooks and tastes great on sandwiches, mashed potatoes or even on waffles! It is a great fall dinner and a fun change from traditional BBQ pulled pork.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fabulous Fall Dinners

I have compiled some of my family's favorite fall dinner recipes. This collection of entrees and sides are perfect for your dinner table this autumn.

       Cooler weather always gets me ready for warmer flavors. This collection of our favorite fall dinner recipes is full of comfort food, fall vegetables and seasonal flavors to get you in the mood. Which are you going to make first?

Monday, September 3, 2018

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies get an upgrade with the addition of dark chocolate and a healthy pinch of salt.

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Fresh baked salted chocolate chip cookies on silicone baking mat

     Warm chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven are one of life's greatest pleasures. Add dark chocolate and a pinch of extra salt to the mix and those childhood memories of cookies get an adult upgrade. 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Lemonade No Churn Ice Cream

Creamy and cool, this lemonade no churn ice cream is simple to make and is the epitome of summer! 

      Creamy no churn ice cream with a fun lemonade twist is the perfect taste of summer. It's cool and refreshing, creamy and sweet. The best part is how simple it is to make. You don't even need an ice cream maker!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Light and Fresh Apple Slaw

Tasty slaw with a super simple and flavorful dressing and sweet crunchy apples. It makes a fun side dish and yummy salad. 

    This simple slaw is a breeze to throw together. The light dressing and apples give it just the slightest hint of sweet. It has a nice crunch as is perfect on its own and even better piled on pulled pork!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Bakery Style White Cake {Perfect for Layers!}

A delicious white cake that has a great texture and is sturdy enough for stacking layers. It's perfect for diy wedding cakes, fun birthday cakes or any special occasion! 

      A perfect white cake is hard to beat. Whether you are looking for a wedding cake, birthday cake or just because cake, this is a perfect cake for stacking tall. It is moist, has great texture and can stand up to multiple layers.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Peanut Butter Popcorn

Crunchy peanut butter popcorn with that perfect sweet and salty balance. This popcorn is so fun to snack on!

     Caramelly crunchy popcorn is almost always a good thing in my opinion.  Add a kick of peanut butter and I am all in. Every. Single. Time. This peanut butter popcorn has that sweet and salty thing going for it. It is a perfect snack for movie night, tailgating or just because!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Shortcut Bavarian Cream {Vanilla Pudding Filling for Cakes}

This thick and stable vanilla pudding is perfect for filling cakes, eclairs, cream puffs, donuts and more. Using this shortcut gives you Bavarian cream style filling in just minutes!

      Just three ingredients and a few minutes is all it takes to have a creamy and flavorful filling for all sorts of desserts. It is stable enough to not smoosh out between cake layers, or could easily be piped into donuts or eclairs.  It is perfectly creamy and could be made a variety of flavors if desired.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Swamp Fish Crackers {with Ranch, Garlic and Dill!}

Fun cheesy fish crackers coated in ranch, garlic and dill.  They are munchable and perfect as a snack or a great way to jazz up a bowl of soup.

     Cheesy crackers baked with a flavorful coating of ranch, dill and garlic. They are a perfect savory munchy or would take a bowl of soup to the next level. Make these savory cheesy swamp fish crackers and watch them get gobbled up!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Hillbilly Hash Popcorn

Sweet and salty crunch peanut popcorn with candy corn and peanuts for a fun version of hillbilly hash. A favorite fall treat just got upgraded! 

close up of hillbilly hash popcorn

     Popcorn coated in peanut butter caramel and baked until crunchy. It sounds delicious, doesn't it? Because it is! Then mix in some peanuts and candy corn to make it a fall treat nobody will be able to resist!

Friday, August 17, 2018

German Style Potato Salad

German potato salad served warm with plenty of bacon and a zingy vinaigrette is the perfect side dish to so many meals. It is simple to make too!

bowlful of German potato salad with dill and chives

       This simple German style potato salad is a great side dish all year long. It is best served warm or at room temperature and is isn't loaded down with dressing.  Don't let that make you think it isn't flavorful though. It has a little zing and plenty of bacon!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Buckeye Cheesecake With a Brownie Crust

Chocolate and peanut butter lovers rejoice, the perfect cheesecake is finally here. Layer after layer of goodness, it's so good it's hard to stop eating it!

      If you are a fan of buckeyes, or cheesecake, or life and happiness in general... you need to stop what you are doing and make this cheesecake! It is layer upon layer of sweet goodness.  Chocolate and peanut butter is classic combination that is elevated to something extraordinary in this over the top layered dessert. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

German Style Red Cabbage with Apples

Red cabbage braised with apples and spices. This side is a little sweet, a little sour and is perfect served with any kind of pork.

bowlful of braised red cabbage with apples and raisins

       We have been getting a lot of delicious cabbage in our weekly produce boxes. Giant heads of green cabbage and smaller but oh so vibrant heads of red cabbage alike have been nestled in our treasure troves of veggies. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

11 Best Ways to Use Those Summer Zucchini and Squash

A boatload of zucchini recipes to help you use up summer's bounty in fresh, fun and exciting ways. 11 delicious zucchini recipes to keep things interesting! 

    If you have an ever growing mountain of zucchini accumulating, never fear! So many great zucchini recipes are here! I took the best of the best zucchini recipes shared at our farmer's market inspiration party.  I cannot wait to make them all.  Luckily I still have zucchini as well!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Summer Corn Salad

Fresh summer vegetables like corn, cucumbers and tomatoes come together to make the perfect summer side dish. 

Bowlful of bright corn, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers with basil summer corn salad

     Make fresh summer produce sing in this super simple, make ahead friendly side dish. This salad is a great way to enjoy the abundance of cucumbers, corn and tomatoes coming out of the garden right now. The fact that it is so easy to assemble just makes it even better!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Savory Tomato and Cheese Pie

Like a tomato sandwich with mayo and cheese, but in pie form! This savory tomato pie is a must make summer recipe!

     My twist on a southern tomato pie is a perfect summertime dish. Loads of fresh tomatoes with just enough cheese and basil to make it crazy delicious. Have a slice with a salad for lunch or make it an over the top side dish at dinner. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Parmesan Roasted Zucchini and Tomatoes

Turn those fresh summer vegetables into a delicious side dish the whole family with love. Parmesan roasted zucchini and tomatoes is simple and delicious!

parmesan roasted zucchini and cherry tomatoes on a sheet pan

    Garden fresh vegetables get a flavor kick from garlic, herbs and of course Parmesan cheese! These yummy roasted zucchini and tomatoes are sure to be gobbled up at your dinner table. In fact, I think I am going to make two pans next time just so I can have some leftovers!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Fresh From The Farmer's Market Recipe Inspiration

Use those garden fresh vegetables to their full potential! Whether you are shopping at the farmers market or harvesting your own garden, we have tons of recipe inspiration!

      It's that time of year where the fresh produce is coming in the door faster than we can eat it.  While I love all of the fresh fruit and veggies, it can get to be a challenge to get it all eaten without the dishes getting redundant. Not to fear though! I have faith that my blogger friends will help us get over the hump!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Orange Creamsicle Pretzel Salad

Salty pretzel crust, vanilla cream cheese center and a blast of orange on top, this orange creamsicle pretzel salad has it all. The only question is do you serve it as a side or a dessert?

piece of creamy orange pretzel salad with fork

       A perfect mashup of two old school favorites, this orange creamsicle pretzel salad is part that favorite ice cream treat and part a fun side dish from your childhood. The result is a perfect mix of sweet and salty, orange and vanilla. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Cheesy Cabbage Casserole

A cheesy side dish with a crunchy topping is the perfect accompaniment to so many dinners. Make that side out of cabbage for a fun twist on the cheesy potato casserole we all love! 

cheesy cabbage casserole with a hamburger and cucumber salad

       Cheesy cabbage casserole is a lot like cheesy potatoes, or funeral potatoes as you may know them, but without the potatoes! This is a lower carb alternative if you are looking for that or just a fun way to use up that cabbage. It is cheesy, comforting and oh so good!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

White Texas Sheet Cake - A Guest Post by MiMi

The simplicity of a Texas Sheet Cake made with white cake and white icing, my dad's favorite combination! It is great for feeding a crowd and will be perfect at your next BBQ or potluck!

       Make homemade white cake and white frosting in the simplest possible way! This cake is made like the chocolate Texas sheet cake, all in saucepans, but there's no chocolate in site.  

      Take a big old sheet pan and get to work. This recipe makes enough to feed a crowd with very little effort! 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Buffalo Chicken Casserole with Ranch Cheesy Potatoes

Cheesy potatoes with a ranch twist and topped with buffalo chicken, bacon, more cheese and plenty of buttery corn flakes. What's not to love?

     Are you looking for a stick to your ribs dinner that is full of flavor and easy to make? Then this is just the thing for you. It has all of that hearty, filling casserole goodness with a bit of buffalo chicken kick! And the cheesy ranch potatoes? They are a fabulous foundation to build the whole thing on!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Cori's Gone in a Second Pickles

These quick and easy pickles are a perfect way to use some of your cucumber bounty. They have plenty of zing and will be gobbled up in a second!

     This is another refrigerator pickle recipe from my cousin Cori.  She got this recipe from her father-in-law.  He has been making it for years.  Cori says the pickle are too spicy for her, but when she takes them places people devour them.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Sheet Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Vegetables

Garden fresh vegetables and chicken bathed in honey garlic goodness and cooked simply on a sheet pan. Get your rice cooking, dinner will be ready soon!

    When the garden starts producing, I love to come up with fun and simple dinners that are loaded with vegetables. This sheet pan honey garlic chicken dinner is a great way turn a lot of those in season veggies into a stir fry style dinner. The best part is you don't even have to stand over the hot stove.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Shrimp Salad Profiterole

The perfect appetizer is here! A buttery puff shell stuffed with delicious shrimp salad. It's a great starter, fun lunch and would be perfect served at a baby or wedding shower!

     Buttery choux pastry puffs stuffed with shrimp salad are perfect little starters. Their bright and fresh flavors are made even better by the fun little package they are served in!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Coconut Cream Pie Italian Soda

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A perfect summer treat, these coconut cream pie Italian sodas are the perfect mix of sweet and refreshing.  Cool down by the pool or enjoy as a simple dessert, there are so many ways to enjoy these delicious drinks!

     There is nothing like a cold drink with a kick of coconut to make summer sing.  These coconut cream pie Italian sodas have the perfect mix of coconut and vanilla in a creamy cold package. They are easy to make and a great way to take the edge off of summer's heat!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Italian Meringue Buttercream

Fluffy, buttery, creamy, sumptuous Italian meringue buttercream is perfect for piping and deliciously decadent for eating too! 

      Sweet fluffy clouds of amazing Italian meringue buttercream are the perfect topping for cakes and cupcakes galore. Glossy white clouds of meringue stabilized with hot sugar syrup makes the perfect base for not too sweet and really fluffy buttercream. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Best White Cupcakes {Semi-homemade and Super Easy!}

Fluffy white cupcakes are made perfect with a cake mix and a lot of add ins to make them special. They are the perfect texture, flavor and will quickly become your favorites as well!

    These cupcakes start with a box mix, but with a lot of twists turn into something magical. I dare say they are the best white cupcakes out there and that's really saying something coming from me!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

S'mores Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Buttercream

Chocolate cupcakes with a graham cracker crust and piled high with toasted marshmallow buttercream. S'mores cupcakes are a perfect bite of summer!

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     One of summer's greatest pleasures is a perfect s'more. However campfires aren't always available so now you can enjoy those flavors in cupcake form complete with fluffy toasted marshmallow buttercream. I cannot even tell you how much I love this frosting!

Friday, July 13, 2018

MiMi's Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans

Serve up meaty delicious cowboy beans at your next bbq. They are a hearty and easy to make side dish that is made right in your slow cooker! 

      Nothing says summer bbq like some slow cooked beans. These meaty cowboy beans have a thick sauce that has the perfect balance of sweet and savory. They are a perfect side for potlucks, bbqs and carry ins too!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Healthy Fresh Vegetable and Lentil Soup

Fresh garden vegetables meet lentils for a hearty and delicious vegetarian soup. This easy, healthy and delicious soup makes for a perfect lunch or dinner year round! 

     Garden fresh vegetables pair with lentils for a hearty soup that satisfies you.  The combination is full of nutrients and has a meaty feel despite being vegetarian. It is a great way to fill up healthily! 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Cookies and cream ice cream cake is full of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, but the fudgy crunch center ribbon is the real star of the show. Kick up your feet and cool down with a slice!

    Cool off with a slice of perfectly cold and creamy ice cream cake. This perfect combination of cookies and cream features chocolate, vanilla and a plethora of cookie bits. Then there's the crunchy fudge ribbon center. Now that's the stuff dreams are made of!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Ice Cream and Frozen Treat Inspiration with Celebrate365

Get inspired to make fun new frozen treats. We have ice cream recipes, recipes made with ice cream and popsicles too. Some come cool down with a fun treat!

     It's feeling hot, hot, hot! Does saying that make you want to shake maracas? Just me? It's probably some deep seeded dance class memories! No matter, as the weather heats up we look to cold treats to cool down!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summer Vegetable Medley {a twist on succotash}

A medley of summer vegetables that are a perfectly hearty side dish but without a lot of fuss. Let the veggies themselves shine in this succotash like dish.

     Fresh summer vegetables come together for this simple and healthy side dish. It can be easily adapted to include your favorite veggies or what you happen to have on hand. It is filling, flavorful and perfect with almost any entree.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Chicken Piccata with Artichoke Hearts

This simplified version of chicken piccata is a great weeknight meal but is nice enough to serve to guests. Just a few simple ingredients and couple of quick steps and dinner is done!

    Chicken piccata is a quick and easy dinner that is bright and flavorful but totally doable on a weeknight.  I just love meals like this that can be dressed up for guests or whipped together for the family on a random Wednesday evening.  You can take it easy on yourself, but nobody you serve will be the wiser!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Ice Cream

Super creamy homemade orange creamsicle cheesecake ice cream is going to be a new summer favorite dessert. It is cold, refreshing and has the perfect combination of orange and vanilla with a cream cheese twist!

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   It's ice cream season! This smooth, creamy homemade ice cream has all of the flavor of an orange creamsicle and a cheesecake all mashed up into one delicious bowl of citrusy goodness.  I just love the way the vanilla, orange and cream cheese come together.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Zucchini and Parmesan Casserole Squares

Take some of those plentiful summer zucchini and turn them into a delicious cheesy side dish!

     This cheesy zucchini casserole is a fun new way to serve the vegetable.  It works as both a starchy and vegetable side dish.  So you can get away with only making one if you would like! Of course the cheese helps win over anyone who may have been on the fence otherwise!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sausage and Kale Quiche

Simple but flavorful, the sausage and kale quiche is a perfect breakfast, brunch or easy dinner.

    I have been getting weekly bunches of kale delivered in my CSA boxes.  We have been enjoying it in salads like the lemon and chickpea kale salad, we've had it in fruity bleu cheese salads, in soups and more.  We have been loving it all, but I want to keep it fresh so we aren't eating the same kinds of dishes over and over.

Monday, June 25, 2018

One Pot Collards with Rice and Sausage

A flavorful one pot meal that is brimming with collard greens, Italian sausage and rice for an easy and flavorful dinner.

    Do you want a dinner that comes together easily in one pot but is loaded with flavor? One pot collard greens with rice and sausage is just the thing!  Just a few simple ingredients come together in a hearty and tasty dinner.  My husband called in "phenomenal!"

Friday, June 22, 2018

Layered Cookie Birthday "Cake"

Special occasion cookies just went to the next level! Layers of cookie and plenty of frosting, making it perfect for a celebration!

      Do you want to make a fun birthday treat for somebody who prefers cookies to cake? Don't let their cookie preference stop you from piping from frosting and layering it up! This fun cookie "cake" is the best of both worlds and lets you decorate to your heart's content!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Easy as Can Be Homemade Lemon Curd {in the microwave!}

Lemon curd is so simple to make and it is such a great way to add bright lemon flavor to yogurt, cake, ice cream, scones and more! This recipe is quick and easy and it's made in the microwave!

       Bright and delicious lemon curd is so easy to make at home. This recipe only takes a few minutes and really simple ingredients. You'll wonder why you haven't been making it yourself all along!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Perfect Buttercream (not too sweet and perfect for piping)

This twist on American buttercream frosting stands up to a warm day, is perfect for piping and it's not too overly sweet.  It the perfect buttercream for summer!

     This frosting does it all without making your teeth ache! When decorating cakes in the heat and humidity, you have to break out a few tricks to make it work. This is the American style buttercream I have been loving.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Seafood Pasta Primavera

This flavorful springtime pasta was a big winner on our dinner table. Seafood pasta primavera is sure to make it's way into your heart as well!

      Loaded with seafood, spring vegetables, white wine and a bit of fresh lemon, this pasta brings a bit of wow to the table! Do you want to know the best part? It's quick enough to make on a work night!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Spring Vegetables Au Gratin

Tender spring vegetables in a creamy sauce and topped with golden melted cheese.  Spring vegetables au gratin is sure to become your favorite veggie side dish!

      Spring vegetables sauteed until tender crisp and wilted greens made delicious with a creamy sauce and topped with cheese. This spring vegetable au gratin is the perfect side dish to take your meal to the next level.