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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!

dinner plate of napa salad with sliced of chicken breast on top and toasted ramen crunchies on the sides

     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!

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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!

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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.

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    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!

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      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.