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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!

This giveaway has been sponsored in part by Torani, however, all opinions, as always are my own. Giveaway ends July 30, 2018. #ToraniSummerGiveaway #Torani



     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!

This post has been sponsored by Hamilton Beach, however, all opinions, as always are my own. #ad #HamiltonBeach



   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.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Honey Mustard Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled pork chops are even better after being marinated in a flavorful honey mustard sauce. This recipe is easy and oh so good!



      Light your grills and get your appetite  ready! Honey mustard grilled pork chops are about to grace your plates. Chops are even better when marinated in tons of flavor!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Russian Style Beet Salad

Russian Style Beet Salad is the perfect combination of creamy and crunchy, savory and sweet. You just have to try it!



       Don't let the color scare you off, this simple Russian style beet salad is delicious! It is a great sweet and savory combination as well as creamy and crunchy. It has it all!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Bok Choy Salad with Apples and Peanut Dressing

This salad is full of crunch and flavor. Apples, cucumbers and peanuts are layered over bok choy and drizzled with a peanut butter yogurt dressing.



       I was so tempted to cook the bok choy we got in our veggie box. I love it in stir fry or cooked with garlic amd soy sauce. I also saw so many tasty looking recipes for roasted and grilled bok choy.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Farmer's Daughter Cake

Sometimes you just need a little something sweet.  This simple cake is creamy and delicious and the frosting is fudgy and delicious. This Farmer's Daughter Cake is a must make treat!


    This recipe for Farmer's Daughter Cake has had a life of it's own ever since I posted it in September of 2016.  So I figured it was high time I updated the pictures and added video to it. This simple cake is great because it makes a nice small square cake.  Plus there's the fudgy frosting! Of course that gets my attention every time! Now I'll let you go back to the original post, I hope you enjoy the new pictures!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Wilted Lettuce Salad With Warm Bacon Dressing

    This vintage recipe for wilted lettuce with bacon is the perfect way to eat leaf lettuce from the garden.



       Have you ever had a wilted lettuce salad? It was always one of my favorite salads growing up, but I got out of the habit of making them. When MiMi gave me a bunch of fresh leaf lettuce from the garden I knew I had to dig out the recipe and bring it back.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Creamy Pasta with Italian Sausage and Chard

Sprinkled with cream and Parmesan, this sausage and chard filled pasta is sure to be a hit!



      Fill your families plate with this lightly creamy Italian Sausage and chard pasta and they are sure to return them empty.  Most likely there will be some compliments thrown your way too. You're welcome!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Lemony Kale and Chickpea Salad

This salad is super simple but oh so good. Kale and chickpeas are married with a bright lemon dressing for a flavorful and nutritious salad.


     This simple salad is packed full of nutrition. With a simple lemon and olive oil dressing, it is a perfect summer side. Unlike most salads, it is actually better if it has a while to sit in the dressing making it a perfect make ahead for entertaining as well. All you have to do at meal time is toss and serve!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Bacon Bruschetta Cheese Ball

Bacon and bruschetta get all cozy together is a fun cheese ball that is a perfect summer appetizer.



     Summer is definitely here, even if the calendar says it's a few weeks off. The tomato plants are blooming and outdoor entertaining season is upon us. Now that there are kiddos in the mix, that means we tend to get together earlier for get togethers and scatter not too long after dinner gets off the grill.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Great Grilling Ideas with #Celebrate365

Grilling season is upon us, but this year lets try some new recipes. Here is some inspiration to fire up the BBQ and do something new!



     Summer is here and its time to fire up those grills.  We love grilling and my husband is always excited when I tell him it's his turn to cook.  He is happy no matter what I give him to cook too.  He gets the same smile whether it's burgers or something more creative.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Cowboy and His Princess Bride

An elegant wedding in a country setting with too many sweet details to mention. Take a peek inside my brother's wedding to his beautiful bride.



     It really happened! My youngest brother got married this weekend! My family is so happy to welcome his new bride into the family.  She fit right in from the beginning, so other than the name change and the big party it feels like it's always been (but better!)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

4 Ingredient Roast Beef Pinwheels

Perfectly easy finger food that is made to be snacked on, these 4 ingredient roast beef pinwheels are a great party starter!



      Simple flavorful finger foods are a must at a party. These 4 ingredient roast beef pinwheels fit the bill and are a great make ahead snack to boot! So go ahead and put them on the menu at your next shindig. You'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Grandma's Napa Salad

A fresh and crunch napa salad that is topped with golden and buttery toppings and a simple homemade dressing. Grandma knows her stuff!



     I can still remember the first time I had this salad.  We went over to my grandma's house for a holiday dinner.  She was just pulling the toasted ramen out of the oven and it smelled wonderful.  I always loved holidays and grandma and grandpa's, and I still do. So I am sure that adds to the warm and fuzzy feelings I get every time I make this salad.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Our Favorite Summer Dinner Ideas

As the heat turns up, our taste preferences change to fresher, lighter and quicker dinners.  Here are some of our favorite summer dinner ideas!



    Spring was a little late to arrive this year. I'm not sure if the warmer weather  got held up in the TSA line or maybe it was just enjoying its stay in the southern hemisphere? No matter where it was, it came in roaring.  It didn't seem like we had much of a transition. There were layers and goosebumps one day, and heat and humidity the next.

Friday, May 25, 2018

How to Make A Grinch Cupcake Cake

Make a fun Grinch face cake out of cupcakes! It is perfect for a party and everyone can just grab a cupcake when they are ready.



      This fun Grinch cupcake cake is perfect for a Dr. Seuss themed classroom party, birthday party or even a fun twist on Christmas dessert. It is sure to get a reaction and once it is time to serve, everyone can just take the cupcake they'd like.  You don't even necessarily have to have plates and forks, people can just grab and go!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chocolate Macaroon Pie

 Chocolate and coconut goodness served up in a flaky shell, this chocolate macaroon pie is the perfect fusion of the classic cookie and pie. The combination makes for one delicious dessert!
 


   All of the things you love about a good macaroon, baked into a pie crust for a perfect fusion of two favorite desserts. That's right this pie is full of coconut and chocolaty goodness.  Served at room temperature it is like eating a pie version of a chocolate macaroon.  Served warm it is like a coconut filled gooey brownie. It's a winner either way!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Super Side Dishes for a Steak Supper

From salads to potatoes, fancy to fun, we have some of the best side dishes to go with your steak dinner. So fire up the grill and get ready for supper!


       Summer is coming in hot! As the weather warms up and we head into holidays such as Memorial Day and Father's Day, it seems like the grills are lighting up everywhere.  It just so happens we love to grill and if we are going to do something special it is going to be a nice big steak.

Semi-Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes

Super special and chocolaty cupcakes can be yours. This doctored up cake mix cupcake recipe is a perfect way to get great results without too much effort!



     These semi-homemade chocolate cupcakes start with a cake mix, making them super simple to make. The added ingredients make them feel special and more homemade.  They are perfect for when you are short on time but still want to go that extra step.  They are fluffy, chocolaty and oh so good.  A healthy dollop of your favorite frosting and they are ready to go!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Hot Turkey, Ham and Cheese Sliders

Toasty, melty, tasty sliders filled with ham, turkey and cheese are perfect for so many occasions. They are so easy to make and fun to eat!



      Melty cheese and golden toasty buns are the stuff slider dreams are made of. These tasty little hot turkey and ham sandwiches are perfect for a party or great for lunch.  Have some people over to watch the game? Throw some sliders in the oven for the perfect game time snack! They are tasty, toasty and so easy to make too!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Pink Ink Drink (Pink Sherbet Punch)

This pink punch is just begging to be served at a party! It is perfect for birthdays, showers, receptions and more!



       Punch helps make an event feel like a party! It's just a fact that if there's a fun punch the party is automatically more festive. Especially if it's a sherbet punch.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Green Eggs and Ham Sliders

These green egg and ham sliders are a fun entree for  Dr. Seuss themed party. Whether it's a birthday, a classroom celebration or a baby shower, these are sure to be a hit!



     The minute we decided on a Dr. Seuss themed party for Little Dude's birthday, I knew there had to be green eggs and ham on the menu. Luckily these sliders can be prepped ahead, taking some of the work off your plate on party day. They were a hit with our guests and I'm sure they will be with yours as well!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Slow Cooker Corny Macaroni and Cheese

This simple side dish is perfect served at BBQs or potlucks. It is easy to throw together and cooks in the slow cooker while you enjoy your guests. Slow cooker corny macaroni and cheese for the win!



     If you can't imagine corn in your macaroni and cheese, it's only because you haven't tried it yet.  It is a fun way to have your starchy side and vegetable all in one.  It is also a perfect low maintenance side dish for serving guests at a BBQ or perfectly easy to take to a potluck.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Strawberries and Cream Popcorn

This quick and easy popcorn recipe is a fun munchy for parties. Strawberries and cream popcorn is especially fun in spring, but is great year round.



   Strawberries and cream popcorn was shared for the first time way back in the early days of Cooking With Carlee.  When we were deciding what kind of popcorn to make for his hop on popcorn course of his Dr. Seuss birthday party, once I get this in my head I just knew I had to make it again.

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Dr. Seuss Party for our Little Smarty

A fun Dr. Seuss themed birthday party loaded with fun themed food for Little Dude's birthday.



    It was finally time for Little Dude's birthday party! I am not even slightly exaggerating when I say the planning for this party started the day after his party last year.  He has been looking forward to this for soooooo long and the day finally arrived.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Harvesting a Bounty of Spring Salads with Celebrate365

A bounty of spring salad ideas from all of our foodie friends. There is bound to be something for everyone!




       Good morning and happy Mother's Day to all of the moms!  Things are super busy for us this weekend with Little Dude's birthday and Mother's Day festivities, so I am going to keep this post short.  I cannot wait to share some of the fun we had with you later in the week though.  I just might take me a little time to catch up!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Great Brunch Ideas for a Crowd

Great brunch ideas for feeding a crowd. There are great make ahead recipes and bigger batch recipes too.  Of course there is sweet and savory as well!



       It's almost Mother's Day! Early in our relationship, Mother's and Father's Day were the first holidays we took over. We invited the siblings, our parents and grandparents for plenty of food and fun.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Peach Rhubarb Pie

Peach rhubarb pie combines the tart taste of spring with summer's sweet fruit. Peach and rhubarb come together under a golden streusel in this perfect fruity pie.



      The story of this pie actually begins a year ago.  We were getting ready for our big friends and family pie-off.  It wasn't our first pie tasting, we had actually had a mini pecan pie off a couple of years prior, but it was definitely going to be our biggest.  I was having the hardest time deciding what to make. (Spoiler alert: I always have the hardest time deciding what to make!)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Zesty Beef Rollups

Zesty beef roll-ups are the perfect two bite appetizers. They are creamy, cheesy, zesty, salty and oh so snackable!



    These are the perfect savory snack.  Whether you are hosting a party or watching the big game, easy make ahead finger food is always a great option.  These tortilla pinwheels are stuffed with the perfect blend of zippy and creamy filling.  Make these zesty beef rollups for your next gathering and you are sure to get requests for them again.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Cheesy Ham and Asparagus Frittata

Whether served for breakfast, brunch or a light dinner this springy frittata is quick, easy and flavorful.  Cheesy ham and asparagus frittata is the perfect recipe to share with friends and family!

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



This cheesy ham and asparagus frittata screams spring brunch to me. It has those classic breakfast flavors with a little twist. It is perfect on its own for breakfast. But served with a small fresh salad it would be a perfect brunch or luncheon entree as well.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

Take those carrot cake flavors and make them an acceptable and even healthy breakfast option! This hearty and nutritious carrot cake baked oatmeal is going to be a new brunch favorite!

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




Do you love a nice slice of carrot cake piled high with cream cheese frosting? Me too! Make that maple cream cheese frosting and we are really in business! But for some reason having cake for breakfast is frowned upon in this establishment! (Hopefully that reference isn't lost on you all!)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Vintage Gold Cake

A delicious cake that is made not with butter, but egg yolks! It is a light and simple to make cake and a great way to use yolks left from meringues or angel food cakes.

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




    Have you ever needed to use a ton egg whites for a nice angel food cake or pavlova recipe and wondered what the heck you were going to do with all of those yolks? I mean there is only so much lemon curd one person can make and eat. It is delicious, but...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Antipasto Salad

All of the goodness of an antipasto spread on a perfectly flavorful salad. A drizzle of our favorite Parmesan salad dressing helps make this a great brunch, lunch or salad course to start and amazing meal!

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



      Make salads fun again! With the weather finally warming up, my thoughts have turned to salads.  Despite the bad wrap, salads can actually be amazing.  They do not have to be boring or rabbit food, not one little bit! Pack them full of great flavors and textures and you can have something they rave about, even those salad haters!  This antipasto salad is just that, loaded with great Italian inspired flavors and drizzled with our favorite homemade salad dressing.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Toasted Coconut Granola

Delicious granola kissed with coconut is so easy to make and makes and excellent breakfast, brunch or light snack.  We love it served with fresh berries and yogurt!

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



     Granola is such a tasty treat.  The thing is it is pretty expensive to buy at the store.  It is so easy to make at home though, so we don't need to worry ourselves over that one little bit!  Plus then you know exactly what is in it and you can customize it to your tastes.  This toasted coconut granola was a huge hit at our house.  It makes a nice big batch, but it has a way of disappearing quickly!