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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Garlic Soy Green Beans in the Instant Pot

These garlic soy green beans are easy, delicious and cook quickly with the help of a pressure cooker.

      Have you ever found yourself in a side dish rut?  I know I have.  We tend to eat the same handful of vegetables over and over and I'm not always creative with how I fix them.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Maple Cranberry Baked Brie

Gooey melty cheese is perfect for toasted bits of baguette. This maple cranberry baked brie is sweet and salty, tarty and gooey. It is perfect for a holiday or just because!

     Sometimes life just calls for melty cheese.  Whether you are trying to round off the edges of a particularly rough week or celebrating something fun, gooey cheese is bound to help!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

French Silk Pie

This pie is creamy, luscious, rich and popular every time I make it! Full of chocolaty french silk filling and topped with whipped cream, it is a favorite and so full of memories!

    As far as I know,  my Great-Grandpa "Buck" never made a French Silk Pie.  But, I can't imagine there ever being a time where a french silk pie doesn't remind me of him.  When most of MiMi's family still lived in the Chicago area, Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw used to host Sunday dinners.

     I was young, but still do have some memories of the house and the weekly ritual.  They had a strawberry shortcake toy in the closet upstairs that I liked to play with and a putting green in the backyard.  Yes, you read that right.  They had their very own practice green... in the backyard.  But that is unrelated to the pie.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Banana makes these cupcakes moist and delicious. They are the perfect combo of chocolate, banana and cake!

        Little Dude has been in a cupcake baking mood lately.  I bought a big sleeve of cupcake wrappers when we were making his minion cupcakes for his birthday.  Now every time he sees them he thinks we should bake.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Red Velvet Puppy Chow

A childhood favorite treat kissed with red velvet and pretzels. It is sweet, a little bit salty and crunchy. It is perfect for Valentine's Day or any day!

      It is almost Valentine's Day.  You know what that means? Red food and plenty of chocolate! So I figured I might as well combine the two in a fun treat.  Puppy chow is always a favorite with our gang and brownie batter puppy chow is even better.  So I just knew a red velvet version would be perfect.

Monday, January 22, 2018

One Pot Taco Pasta

Make your whole dinner in one pot and in about a half hour.  This taco pasta is quick, easy and full of veggies. It is a complete meal and there's only one pot to clean!

      The taco flavors we love collide with cheesy pasta in a one skillet meal that is going to be a new favorite! If you are like us, the rat race seems to only keep speeding up.  There are always more things to do than hours to get them done.  So having a quick and easy meal in your back pocket is always welcome.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Kick, Punt, Run... Football Food is so Much Fun! Celebrate365

Half of the fun of watching the big game is the food. Let's get our menu together so our football parties will be great!

   Sometimes your team makes it to the big game. Then the game is exciting, the terrible towels are waving and the excitement is high. Sometimes your team suffers a depressing loss in the playoffs.  Luckily all is not lost, there will still be a big game and we'll still be watching.  Of course we'll be eating too!

Friday, January 19, 2018

MiMi's Baked Ziti

Warm and hearty baked ziti is sure to fill up your heart and your stomach.  A family friendly dinner that is sure to leave them all happy and satisfied!

        This month has been a cold one so far! I mean freeze you to your bones cold with very little let up.  We've had snow on the ground basically non-stop since Christmas.  I can't remember the last time it has stayed around this long.  Maybe when I was a kid a few times, but in recent years it seems to only last a day or two before it melts.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

Take that spicy buffalo chicken flavor you love and make it into a creamy, cheesy, oh so good lasagna. It's the perfect dinner for game day or any day!

       Football food is fun food! It just is. In our younger pre-kid days we had people over almost every Sunday during the fall and winter. When Little Dude was one of the only youngsters, we still did more weeks than we didn't.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cookies and Cream Football Cheese Ball

This sweet cheese ball is the perfect game day dessert.  It is full of chocolaty cookie and cream flavor and goes with a ton of fun dippers. Grab a bite and enjoy the big football game! 

  MiMi came up with the idea to have a virtual tailgate for the big game.  One of my cousins, my grandma, my mom and I all made an apple cake within 24 hours of each other a couple of weeks back and it was so much fun!  So, she thought it would be fun to see what everyone made to bring to our online "party."  This is one of her contenders!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Raspberry Cocoa Pavlova

Turn a cloud into dessert. This dessert is both simple and amazing.  A light and crisp meringue topped with cocoa whipped cream, fresh raspberries and a chocolate drizzle. Raspberry cocoa pavlova may be your new favorite dessert!

     After making a couple of batches of Minions Baked Custards, I found myself with extra cream and egg whites on hand.  Now, I am not one to waste such tasty ingredients, especially if they lend themselves so well to a delicious dessert.  My immediate thought was pavlova!  I have to make a pavlova!

    I mean, that was your first thought too, right?!

    It should have been, this was delicious!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Kitchen Sink Cookies - A Panera Copycat Recipe

Sweet, salty, crunchy and soft, these cookies have it all.  Full of caramel, chocolate and even bits of pretzel. They mimic the Panera kitchen sink cookies.

     It is that time of year. The festive Christmas decorations are put away.  The cozy glow of the tree is gone. It is still dark and freezing outside and the holiday cheer isn't there to make it tolerable. The Christmas cookies have been gone for at least a week. Sad stories all the way around!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sliders

This is a great way to make a tray full of little breakfast sandwiches all at once. They are full of ham, eggs and melty cheese and the tops are golden and buttery. YUM!

      Breakfast sandwiches are one of life's simplest pleasures.  The ingredients are affordable and simple. There really isn't much technique involved and they results are perfectly delicious.  There is just something about salty meat, soft eggs and gooey cheese that make the perfect filling for a sandwich!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Luscious Deep Chocolate Pudding

Creamy smooth and luscious, this homemade chocolate pudding is comforting and delicious. It is easy to make with pantry staples and definitely worth the effort!

   Sometimes you just want a little chocolate pudding.  There is just something so comforting about it.  Now, you could run to the store and buy a box of mix.  Then all you have to do is stir in the milk and let it sit.  Or you can do something that is almost as easy and tastes twice as good.  Chances are you have most of the ingredients in your pantry already, and as a bonus you get to sneak a little warm pudding to tide you over until it cools!  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Baked Crab Rangoon Egg Rolls

Enjoy the flavor of crab rangoon at home in a fun egg roll package, easily crisped in the oven! They are fun to make and perfect for parties. 

     We hardly ever go out to eat.  If we do, it is usually somebody's birthday.  We almost NEVER order in.  Really almost never.  My husband orders a pizza a handful of times a year.  Usually when I am out of town or the guys are in the garage and need something to eat.  Last time I ordered in was a little over 3 years ago.  (See, almost never!)

Monday, January 1, 2018

Cori's Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

These creamy sausage filled stuffed mushrooms are always a hit. They are the perfect appetizer for a party or great for game day as well! 

     This recipe is a big favorite in our family.  My cousin Cori made them again for Christmas and they disappeared even though she made a double batch.  So I figured I better make some more and update the pictures in this post.  I also made a double batch for our New Year's Eve appetizer buffet.  They were a hit again. My husband, Little Dude and I could probably polish off a batch ourselves and happily call it dinner!