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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!

piece of vanilla cake with soft fudgy frosting

    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.

bacon bruschetta cheese ball topped with diced tomatoes and basil chiffonade with a ring of crackers around it

     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!)