Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Chocolate Coconut Toasted Granola #SpringSweetsWeek

This toasty delicious chocolate granola is out of this world delicious. It is great eaten by the handful, sprinkled on yogurt or eaten as cereal with milk! Whatever you do, just make some!

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

close up of bowl of yogurt with sliced strawberries and chocolate coconut granola


     Any excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast is a good one to me! This chocolate granola is made with toasted oatmeal to make it extra delicious. It is just the right amount of sweet and chocolaty and the optional coconut makes it an extra delicious treat! It is a fun way to start your day, but also makes a great healthier sweet treat.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Lemon Ricotta Stuffed Crepes with Cherry Syrup #SpringSweetsWeek

Lemon ricotta stuffed crepes are the perfect sweet bite of spring for breakfast, brunch or a light dessert. The syrup made from dried cherries is the literal cherry on top!

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

close up of plate of lemon ricotta stuffed crepes with cherry syrup


      Celebrate spring with these delightful lemon ricotta stuffed crepes. They are baked just long enough to get a slight crunch on the outside that gives way to a creamy interior. Top them with a simple cherry syrup for a match made in heaven.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Smothered Breakfast Burritos

Serve up a hearty and delicious breakfast with these smothered breakfast burritos. They are filling and delicious and perfect for breakfast or dinner!

square pan of breakfast burritos smothered with sausage gravy and a smattering of melted cheese


      Fluffy eggs and cheese tucked into a soft tortilla and smothered in sausage gravy. What's not to love about that? These yummy burritos are the perfect savory start to the day. But they are substantial enough to be welcomed at the dinner table as well.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Deviled Egg Cake Balls

Deviled eggs have never been so sweet! These cute cake balls are perfect for Easter, BBQs, April Fools Day and more!

4 close up deviled egg cake balls with yellow frosting and a sprinkle of red sugar

     Just watch peoples eyes light up with wonder when you show up with a tray of these deviled egg cake balls. People will instantly recognize what they look like but won't be quite sure what they really are. You will win over deviled egg lovers and haters alike!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Salsa Verde Pork for Burrito Bowls {in the Instant Pot}

Pork and salsa verde go so well together. Bring them together in this simple instant pot meal that is delicious served over rice for burrito bowls.

close up of two salsa verde pork burrito bowls with instant pot in background


      Turn inexpensive pork roast into a flavorful dinner. The salsa verde takes simple ingredients and turns them into a quick dinner with the help of a pressure cooker. Serve it over rice with your favorite toppings for a homemade burrito bowl that rivals what you could get at a restaurant for a fraction of the cost!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Marshmallow Fluff Buttercream

American buttercream with a marshmallow fluff twist. It tastes like a marshmallow but spreads nicely, works on layer cakes and is even good for piping! 

mixer paddle full of mashmallow fluff buttercream frosting


     Have you marshmallow in frosting form! This fluffy frosting is perfect for all kinds of cakes and cupcakes. It is great for decorating and the marshmallow adds that bit of extra flavor that will make your taste buds sing. It is super simple to make and even easier to eat! 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

3+14 Pies for Pi(e) Day

There are so many pies and so little time. Let's celebrate some of the best pie recipes out there with this sweet and savory pie collection.


        There are so many delicious pies with all sorts of different fillings. Pies can come in sweet or savory. Crusts can be flaky or made of cookie crumbs. I think we should try them all! Today I am sharing 17 perfect pies in celebration of pi{e} day!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Creamy Lemon Chicken

Creamy but bright and flavorful,  this lemony chicken recipe is a new favorite dinner. You are going to want some pasta or rice to soak up all the delicious sauce.



       It never hurts to have a new chicken recipe, and this one is a real winner. It has a bright dose of lemon in a creamy garlic and oregano flavored sauce. You are going to want to have some pasta or rice ready so you don't let a single drop of sauce go to waste!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Creamy Dreamy No-Bake Key Lime Pie

This simple no bake key lime pie comes together quickly. It is creamy, dreamy, and oh so good. 



       This key lime pie is super easy to make and doesn't require any whipped topping!   It has the perfect balance of bright, tart key limes and a creamy sweet base.  It is a perfectly refreshing treat.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole

Baked spaghetti and meatball casserole is a fun twist on that classic favorite dinner. It is easier to make than lasagna and more fun too! 



     On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese.  I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed.... Of course spaghetti and meatballs is one of those foods that makes you feel like a kid again.

     There is something so fun about long noodles covered in sauce and cheese.  Plus there is a satisfaction that comes with taking a bite out of a meatball.

Monday, March 4, 2019

MiMi's Simplified Pork Fried Rice

Make pork fried rice without leftover rice. This simplified recipe comes together quickly, tastes great and starts with uncooked white rice!



      If you are in the mood for fried rice, but don't want to bother with take out, this is for you! MiMi's recipe makes getting fried rice on the table super simple. You don't have to have cold leftover rice to get started! Just a few simple ingredients and a simple technique gets you to a delicious meal you're going to love.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

For the Love of Pasta with Celebrate365


Pasta has to be one of the most versatile and universally loved foods out there. Come get inspired with some of the best noodle recipes out there!




       Pasta, pasta everywhere! My friends from Celebrate365 and I are throwing a pasta party celebrating some of the best recipes on the internet. Come join in the delicious fun!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Nana's Lemon Bars

Bright lemon filling over a simple shortbread crust, these lemon bars are sure to please. They are perfect for summer BBQs, potlucks or anytime you just need something sweet!



      Making lemon bars from scratch is easier than you may think. With all of the fresh citrus out right now, I had to make a batch. It brings the bright taste of sweet lemon together with a buttery shortbread crust. It makes my mouth watering just thinking about it. Take a bite out of summer in the most delicious way!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Cookies and Cream Gooey Butter Cookies

Super simple to make gooey butter cookies dotted with the goodness of chocolate sandwich cookies. These cookies and cream gems are fabulously soft and delicious.



      If you are looking for super soft cookies that are easy to make and just a bit different, I don't blame you one bit. (And you've totally come to the right place!) These cookies and cream cookies are loaded with cream cheese for that perfect chewy bite and they start with a cake mix so there's basically no measuring involved!

Monday, February 25, 2019

The Best Maid Rite Sandwiches

Maid rites, or loose meat sandwiches, are a super quick and easy dinner that your family is sure to love! They are a staple around here and for good reason!



      If you are looking for a super simple dinner for a busy night, maid rites are definitely a great answer!  They are one of those dinners that nobody complains about and it will likely take you longer to make the sides than the main dish. Plus they scale so easily, so they are perfect for parties too.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Cookies and Cream Popcorn

A sweet munchable mix of popcorn, chocolate cookies and white chocolate makes for a perfect snack mix. Make it for your next party and watch it disappear!



    We are always ready to eat something cookies and cream inspired. Always! So this popcorn was the perfect snack mix for our last get together. It is a fun mix of salty, sweet, chocolaty goodness. Set it out in small bowls around your gathering space and people are sure to munch on it until it's gone.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Fruit and Chicken Salad With Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

The best part of a salad is always the toppings and this beauty is loaded with the good stuff.  All of the fruit, chicken, nuts and cheese go deliciously with the simple to make poppy seed dressing.  You will find yourself serving salad a lot more frequently after you try this!

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Arm & Hammer Fruit & Vegetable Wash. As always, all opinions are my own.



      As we head into spring, it is time to start thinking about eating more fresh food. Hooray! It's about dang time. Sitting down to a fresh salad full of greens, tons of fruit, some candied nuts, cheese and chicken is a perfect way to celebrate. Top that off with a little homemade poppy seed dressing to tie it all together and you are really in business.  You are really going to thank yourself for making this one!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Salsa Chicken in the Instant Pot

Salsa chicken is a great quick dinner when you make it in the instant pot. You can even start with dry black beans! Make some rice and get your favorite toppings ready while it cooks!



     Salsa chicken is the perfect topping for burrito bowls or filling for burritos. It is made fast and easy in the instant pot. This recipe is  super economical and starts with dried beans, but you can easily sub in canned black beans if you'd rather.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Deep Dish Toll House Pie

 If you like soft and gooey chocolate chip cookies, toll house pie is for you. This recipe has more filling than most for extra goodness in every bite!



     The perfect mix of buttery, brown sugary, chocolate chip-y goodness baked into a pie shell. The flaky crust helps deliver a filling that highlights the best part of a chocolate chip cookie. This recipe is extra good because there is extra filling waiting between the crackly top and the pie crust bottom!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

Super soft and luscious lemon cookies loaded with all of the cream cheese and butter goodness of gooey butter cake. They practically melt in your mouth!

lemon gooey butter cookies on white background with striped towel


    Ooey Gooey Cake, or gooey butter cake, is a St. Louis tradition.  Since we live only a couple of hours from there, it shows up at our gathers regularly too.  It is always a favorite.  A dense cakey base covered in butter and cream cheese.  What is not to love?!  Well, these are that... in cookie form... and with lemon!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Swiss Steak Style Meatballs in the Instant Pot

Enjoy the flavors of Swiss steak, but made even simpler. Swiss steak style meatballs are ready in no time in the instant pot.

plate full of mashed potatoes and swiss steak style meatballs with tomato gravy


       The classic flavors of Swiss steak are made super fast and easy in this shortcut recipe. Have dinner on the table in no time. Swiss steak style meatballs in the instant pot will become a requested meal you'll be happy to make!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Great-Grandma's Frozen Fruit Salad

Frozen fruit salad is a blast from the past.  This vintage recipe is a cool and delicious way to eat your fruit. It is at home at all of our holiday meals, but would also be a fun summer side dish!



       This vintage recipe comes straight from my great-grandma's recipe box. It is a fun twist on marshmallow fruit salad, but even more fun because it is frozen! It is perfect for holidays or as a refreshing summer side dish. Frozen fruit salad could even be a light dessert.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

If you are a chocolate and peanut butter lover, this is for you. Rich chocolaty brownie peanut butter cheesecake goodness should be on your must make list.

slice of brownie tart filled with peanut butter cheesecake and topped with ganache and chopped peanut butter cups


      Take a layer of  chocolate brownies and add peanut butter cheesecake. Now cover that with rich ganache and top it all off with chopped peanut butter cups. It's a rich sinful bite of heaven and you deserve a slice!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Chocolate Spritz Sandwich Cookies

Cute chocolate cookies are just minutes away with fun spritz cookies. Sandwich some ganache frosting between them for an extra delightful dessert treat!



      Make simple chocolate spritz cookies extraordinary by sandwiching a layer of rich ganache style frosting between them. These hearts and teddy bears are dressed up for Valentine's Day but you could change the design to match any holiday or feeling.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Recipes for Chocolate Lovers by Celebrate365

Chocolate is popular for a reason (it's so dang good!) So we've collected some of the best chocolate recipes on the internet to share with you.



     Chocolate lovers rejoice! We have collected an inspiring group of fabulous chocolate recipes for you. The only problem is deciding which one to make first!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

17 Scrumptious Soup Recipes

Warm up with a bowl of comforting soup. Here are 17 recipes so there will be plenty of great options to keep you going the rest of winter!




     Soup lovers unite! Enjoy bowl after bowl of soup to keep you warm from the inside. Here are some great recipes to keep you going all winter long. Pick out some of your favorites today!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Stuffed Pizza Footballs

Make stuffed pizza footballs for your big game party! They are cute and easy. They could also be made into a super fun dinner.

Platter of football stuffed pizzas with small football dish of pizza sauce for dipping


       Your guests are sure to RSVP to you football watching parties if they know you are making stuffed pizza footballs! They are also a great make and take for tailgates as well.  We stuffed ours with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni, but you could use your favorite toppings!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Frito Taco Salad - A Potluck Favorite

Frito salad is a fun twist on a taco salad. It is loaded with flavor and is perfect for potlucks, but also makes a fun dinner main dish. The homemade catalina salad dressing is easy to make and the salad is packed full of goodies.

close up bowl of frito taco salad, served and ready to eat

   
    Take a salad and make it a dinner they'll actually ask for! Frito taco salad is so much fun and a great way to get your family to eat their vegetables. Bring it to a carry-in as a super fun side salad or add taco meat to make it a veggie filled dinner. The homemade catalina dressing doesn't get easier to make and brings the whole thing together!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Ham, Potato and Cheese Quiche

Enjoy a slice of ham, potato and cheese quiche any time of day, it's always good. Your whole family is sure to love it and you can customize it easily too!

slice of ham potato and cheese quiche with fork


       Quiche does not have to be pretentious or fancy. In fact, it is a perfect low key meal. It comes together easily and can easily be adapted to fit your tastes. This super simple ham, potato and cheese version is sure to be a hit, even with pickier eaters.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Corn Flake Bars

If a quick and easy chocolate peanut butter treat is what you meed, these corn flake bars are just the thing. They are the perfect mix of crunchy, chewy and delicious.

stack of peanut butter corn flake squares with chocolate topping


      You are just a few minutes and a handful of ingredients away from a delicious sweet treat. The peanut butter layer is sweet and chewy with  the crunch of corn flakes throughout. Of course a layer of chocolate on top brings it all together. These no bake treats will become your favorite quick treat!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Creamy Spaghetti and Meatballs in the Instant Pot

Make a dinnertime favorite even quick and easier! The instant pot is a great way to make creamy spaghetti and meatballs with minimal dishes and effort.


      Classic spaghetti and meatballs just got even easier to make! With only one pot to clean and just a few ingredients, this creamy version is sure to become a new favorite dinner for your family. The creamy cheese filled sauce only makes it that much better!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Soup Swap with Celebrate365

Soup season is in full swing so come get inspired with great recipes.  You will want to try pot after pot of delicious soup!



      The cold weather makes us want to sit down to a hot bowl of soup. Something to warm us up from the inside. So get your soup pots ready, it is time to check out tons of great recipes for super soup recipes!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Rich and Creamy Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Come in from playing in the snow to a hot mug of rich, creamy and delicious hot chocolate. Making it in the slow cooker means it's super simple and hot and ready when you are.



       Hot chocolate is a must have on a cold winter day. There is just something about coming in from an afternoon of sledding and snowman making and having a cup of cocoa waiting. This version is super creamy and chocolaty and the slow cooker makes it while you play!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Cavanaugh's Noodles - A Guest Post By MiMi

Sit down to a cozy dinner of Cavanaugh's noodles. It is like beef and noodles, but with tomatoes thrown in for a filling and comforting dinner favorite.



      Are you looking for a new dinner recipe to feed you family? Look no further! Get your dutch oven out and stew some beef in a simple gravy and throw in some egg noodles. It will fill them up and have them coming back for more!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ham and Beans in the Instant Pot

Make ham and beans in your instant pot for a satisfying meal. It's a great way to use leftover ham and there's no need to soak the beans!


      It is ham and beans season! This great pressure cooker recipe allows you to make it much more quickly than ever before. You can have dinner ready in under two hours with no overnight soak. So get the cornbread ready!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Sweetened Condensed Milk Snow Ice Cream

Turn a fresh snow fall into delicious ice cream with just three ingredients! This fun snow ice cream recipe is going to make you look forward to snow days!



      Take a bowl of fresh snow and turn it into creamy delicious ice cream in just a couple of minutes. Sweetened condensed milk makes this recipe super creamy and good without any measuring or work! It reminds me of eating homemade vanilla ice cream straight from the churner.

Friday, January 11, 2019

MiMi's Creamy Chicken Pot Pie

This creamy chicken pot pie is like digging into a slice of comfort. It is a perfect use for leftover chicken or turkey. If you've never had a homemade pot pie before, you need to make this ASAP!



    This creamy and comforting pot pie is a perfect meal. It is one of our absolute favorites. It is flavorful, filling and delicious.  Do yourself and your family a favor and make one as soon as possible!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Maw-Maw's Chili Mac Soup

This is the chili soup we grew up with. It has beef and beans and plenty of macaroni noodles too! 



      Believe it or not, this soup is what we knew as chili growing up.  Of course, the chili I make for the football watching crew these days is quite a bit different than this.  But you can certainly see why a mom with 6 hungry kids would whip up this more kid friendly version.  A mild chili flavor with just enough beans to make it a complete meal and plenty of macaroni to make it kid friendly makes it accessible to everyone.

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Original Chocolate Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

Original puppy chow was a childhood favorite of almost everyone I know. It's only 4 ingredients and full of chocolate and peanut butter goodness.



The puppy chow recipe that started it all. This favorite snack has the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate with a bit of crunch and leaves you fun powdered sugar fingers just waiting to be licked. We have to have a batch every Christmas, but love it all year long.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Sprinkle Filled Birthday Cookie Cake

A supersized chewy vanilla cookie filled with plenty of festive sprinkles and white chocolate chips and topped with frosting and more sprinkles. This cookie cake is what birthday dreams are made of.



      If you want a special treat for a birthday boy or girl who prefers cookies to cake, look no further. This super festive birthday cookie cake screams party and is sure to delight your favorite cookie lover.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Creamy White Chicken Chili

Creamy white chicken chili is a perfect cold weather meal. Make it for game day or any day to warm up from the inside out.

close bowl of creamy white chicken chili with sour cream and jalapenos


       An easy and delicious pot of creamy white chicken chili is the perfect way to warm up. It is flavorful and comforting all at once and quick to make too. It is requested often at Mimi's house and she's always happy to oblige.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Fall Spiced Walnuts

Super simple candied walnuts are spiced with the taste of fall, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of cloves. They are great on salads, as a garnish or eaten as is!



     These delicious nuts just take a few ingredients and very little effort. They are flavored with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and remind me a bit of fall.  Toss a handful in a salad or sprinkle them on your yogurt. They are great in oatmeal too.
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