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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!

Welcome to #BrunchWeek 2018

     Woop woop!  It's BrunchWeek again!  I love everything about brunch.  I love the idea of brunch. I love brunch food.  I love that it insinuates that you are getting together with friends or family and enjoying a leisurely meal packed full of goodness.  And I really love the variety of food you can serve.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Spring Brunch Ideas with Celebrate365

Spring is the perfect season for brunch. Whether your prefer the sweets, the breakfast dishes or fun salads and lunch type foods, it's all game! Peruse our great menu ideas!

     Is it just me or does spring seem like the perfect brunch season? Maybe it's because Easter and Mother's Day seem to be the brunchiest (totally a word!) holidays.  Maybe it's because it's finally warming up ans fresh flavorful berries are everywhere.  No matter the reason, I think we should celebrate!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Mini Spinach and Cheese Quiche

Tiny little quiche are filled with spinach and cheese for a couple bite of brunch goodness. They are perfect for making ahead and heating and eating later!

    Making mini quiche are perfect on so many fronts.  First of all, it is built in portion control.  Each one comes in at about 100 calories depending on the exact ingredients you use.  They are full of flavor.  The eggs and cheese are great sources of protein and minerals, spinach brings the fiber and vitamins.  Plus they are in a easy grab and go crust.  What's not to love?

Friday, April 27, 2018

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Bars

Perfectly easy to make oatmeal bars that are kissed with brown sugar are a great grab and go breakfast or fun homemade snack.

     With just a handful of simple ingredients and a couple minutes of prep you can have these delicious oatmeal bars in the oven and ready to devour! They make a perfect grab and go breakfast for busy mornings.  You could also serve them with fresh fruit and yogurt for a leisurely breakfast. Or pack them for an easy answer to the mid afternoon slump or after school treat for the kids!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Soft Butterscotch Toffee Pudding Cookies

Soft and buttery cookies that are loaded with butterscotch and toffee.  Grab your glass of milk and a plate of these super soft pudding filled cookies for a deliciously sweet treat.

     When you want a chewy cookie that is loaded with flavor and a little bit of crunch, these butterscotch toffee pudding cookies are just the thing! They have the warm buttery goodness of butterscotch and toffee packed together into one easy to make cookie. The chew of the cookie gives way to the slight crunch of toffee for a one two combination that is sure to knock you out!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Noodle Casserole

This creamy casserole is full of flavor.  Dinner is sure to be popular with your family when it's this cheesy ham and broccoli noodle casserole!

       Leftover ham is too delicious to waste. The pretty slices make great sandwiches, but what should we do with the not so pretty hunks that are left? There are so many great options, but this cheesy broccoli and ham casserole is one of our favorites.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Chicken Parmesan and Pasta Bake

A hearty casserole stuffed with all of those popular flavors, this chicken Parmesan and pasta bake is the perfect fill'em up dinner!

      A filling dinner that's quick and easy is a must at our house. We tend to come home HUNGRY at the end of the day and usually tired too. So a pile of pasta with chicken and plenty of cheese like this chicken Parmesan and pasta bake is a welcome sight for famished eyes!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cherry Chip Texas Sheet Cake

A simple but delicious sheet cherry chip Texas style sheet cake is the perfect way to feed a crowd. It will be a hit at your next party, potluck or BBQ.

      Sheet cakes are the perfect way to feed a crowd.  The batter comes together so easily and you melt the butter, so there's no need to think ahead to let ingredients come to room temperature.  Plus the icing is dump and spread, no piping for fanciness.  Despite being easy, they are not short on taste and this cherry chip one is superb. Bright red cherries, a bit of vanilla almond goodness and a sprinkling of mini chips for a fun and chocolaty finish!

Monday, April 16, 2018

No Bake Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Jars

Fluffy and luscious, these no bake lemon blueberry cheesecakes are like taking a bite of spring if spring was a lemon cheesecake cloud! Really though, they are so good!

        These creamy and fresh no bake lemon cheesecakes are topped with a delicious blueberry sauce.  It can be served a number of ways, like as a pie or straight out of the mixing bowl.  However individually packaged in a little 4 ounce jar is a super cute and fuss free way to serve them at a party or packed for a picnic!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Winning Weeknight Dinner Ideas

Quick and easy dinners to not have to be short of flavor.  Here are some of our favorite dinner ideas that come together fast enough for a busy weeknight!

      Life is busy and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.  So meals that require little prep are a necessity.   I thought it would be fun to bring together some of our favorite weeknight meals for a little inspiration.  It never hurts to have a few more quick and easy dinner recipes in your arsenal, right?  So here is a collection of some of our favorite weeknight dinner ideas!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Orange Creamsicle Jello Salad

Creamy orange jello dotted with mandarin slices and topped with a fluffy vanilla topping makes for a perfectly refreshing and delicious orange creamsicle jello salad!

plate of orange jello salad served with creamy layers of goodness

       I have been having a lot of fun cooking what I would consider vintage recipes lately.  So I tried to get some ideas for fun new things to try on Facebook, when the conversation turned to what qualifies as vintage? What would you consider a vintage recipe?  Jello salads scream vintage to me.  So I thought I would make a fun orange creamsicle inspired jello salad in celebration of my (not so) newfound love of old recipes.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sheet Pan Sausage with Peppers and Onions

A tasty dinner that's full of flavor and short on dishes, this sheet pan sausage with peppers and onions is perfect tossed with pasta or served over rice.

      It seems we have been on a roll of quick and easy weeknight meals with Italian inspired flavors around here lately.  I do tend to go through phases of cooking where certain flavors just sound really good, do you have food phases too? Quick and easy is pretty much a constant out of necessity until either the time fairy arrives or a winning lottery ticket blows in the back door. 😉

Monday, April 9, 2018

One Pot Skillet Lasagna

All of the flavors of lasagna cooked in one skillet on the stove.  One pot skillet lasagna makes it possible to get it done on a weeknight and without a ton of dishes!

      If there's one thing I can almost guarantee is going to be a hit at our house, it's anything lasagna inspired. Or tacos. But mostly the lasagna thing!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Our Favorite Comfort Food Dinner Ideas

Are you looking for some great new dinner ideas that warm your belly and make you smile? These are some of our favorite comfort food dinner ideas!

       Is it still cold where you are? We had a couple of nice days sprinkled in, a teaser of spring weather. Then we got six inches of snow on Easter and more forecast for this Sunday. Not cool, Mother Nature!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Creamy Chicken and Gravy in the Slow Cooker - Guest Post by MiMi

Creamy chicken and gravy in the slow cooker is like making a plate of diner comfort food at home.  It is so easy to make and will make you feel are warm and full inside! 

     I really try to vary what we eat for our weekly family dinner.  With the weather warming up a bit I thought I would make one last slow cooker full of comfort food before we get the grill out.  Nothing says comfort food like gravy and biscuits.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Scalloped Pineapple

Scalloped pineapple is a perfect slightly sweet side dish to go along with a salty ham dinner. It will feel right at home on your holiday plate!

   Have you ever heard about a dish and been so intrigued that you couldn't stop thinking about it, even months later? That's what happened to me when we were discussing Thanksgiving menus in my Facebook group.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Maw-Maw's One Pan Scalloped Potatoes and Pork Chops - A Guest Post by MiMi

Make your pork chops and scalloped potatoes in the same pan for even bigger flavor and fewer dishes! Maw-Maw definitely had the right idea when she started making this delicious dinner!

     Carlee and I have been after Maw-Maw to share some of her recipes with us.  We couldn't understand why we were receiving any.  It turns out that she didn't use recipes for the things she cooked.  She usually just cooked.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Cookies and Cream Blondies

A nice big batch of brown sugary cookies and cream blondies is the perfect way to feed a crowd.  Bring them to your next potluck, BBQ or party and watch them disappear.

      I was in a baking mood recently and hadn't brought treats to work in a while.  So I figured I could scratch my baking itch and fill up the coworkers making everyone a winner! Of course something easy to grab and eat without utensils is ideal for the work goodie table.  A bigger batch is in order too.