Friday, May 19, 2017

LOADED TACO BURGER

Fire up the grill and cook these Taco Burgers that are loaded with your favorite Mexican flavors.  These are sure to be a hit this summer!


Did you know that May is officially burger month?  Did you know that burgers are my favorite meal? So it looks like it is a win-win today with this recipe.  Those of you know me know that almost every Friday I have a cheeseburger, fries and a diet coke.  It's something that I look forward to all week; I guess I'm an all-American kind of gal!  I'm usually out and about on Friday, will make a stop to a fast food place and then continue on my way - quick and easy.  Today's recipe is also quick and easy to make at home.  You will love the juicy burger mixed with taco seasoning and green chilies topped with crispy lettuce, fresh tomatoes, cheese, avocado and smothered in a creamy salsa and sour cream topping.  Do I have your attention now?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Pull Apart Pizza Rolls


Pizza pull apart rolls make the perfect snack or dinner option. They are little, light fluffy pillows topped with Italian seasonings, cheese and pepperoni tucked in between. 

Pizza Pull Apart Rolla

It's Friday night and that means pizza for us but today I'm mixing it up a bit with these pull apart rolls - they are fun to make and you get to dunk these tasty rolls in your favorite pizza sauce!  They are also easy since you make and serve them in one skillet.  I'm pretty sure we won't have any leftovers :)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Patriotic Honey Poppy Seed Salad


Let's hear it for the red, white and blue with this fresh salad drizzled with honey poppy seed dressing!  It's worthy of any celebration!

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We are getting into the season of celebrations - Memorial Day, 4th of July and way down the road Labor Day (but hey, let's not rush it).  You can make a patriotic statement with this tasty salad containing lots of juicy strawberries, plump blueberries and crunchy jicama (what's this? keep reading).  Sounds good so far, right?  But be sure to drizzle it with some of the honey poppy seed vinaigrette.  It's a bit sweet and a bit tangy - perfect over these fresh ingredients.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fresh Strawberry Margarita

This tasty margarita is made with fresh juicy strawberries, tangy lime juice and tequila.  Perfect for summer sipping and holiday celebrations!

Fresh Strawberry Margarita
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Imagine yourself sitting on your deck or porch gathered with a few friends and enjoying one of these freshly made margaritas.  It can either be Cinco de Mayo, other holidays or just because (I like the just because!)  The weather is getting warmer and it is time to be outside, sitting back and relaxing.  Maybe you've been hibernating all winter and looking for an excuse to connect with your neighbors.  Make a pitcher of drinks, send out an all call to come over and get the party started.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mother's Day Brunch Menu


Celebrate mom on Mother's Day with giving her a day off of cooking and plan to delight her with these tasty recipes!


Let's hear it for the moms and let's treat them well too!  Give them a day to relax, be pampered and no cooking allowed.  We've got some great recipe ideas for your Mother's Day Brunch.  We've planned a menu that everyone will enjoy.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Cinco de Mayo Treats!


These juicy strawberries are all decked out for Cinco de Mayo.  They are dipped in white chocolate and jazzed up with green sprinkles!

White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries - Cinco de Mayo Style
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Are you looking for a last minute, easy, peasy treat for Cinco de Mayo?  These white chocolate dipped fresh strawberries would make something so simple seem so elegant - like you did a lot of fussing.  They look so pretty and taste fantastic (no one has to know you whipped these up in no time!)  I've also got a whole day of ideas for you to try too from breakfast to dessert.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ba'Corn Cheese Skillet


How does a side dish sound that has bacon, corn and cheese?  Your taste buds will be tantalized!

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Are you a fan of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives?  Do you have any places in your town that has been featured?  A few weeks ago the family was together and we were watching an episode where they featured this dish from The Bun Shop in Los Angeles.  I think we were all drooling so I knew I had to give it a try.  What's not to like with crispy bacon, charred corn, gooey cheese and a bit of jalapeno for some kick?  It's easy to make and made a great side dish when the DIY Guy made us some smoked ribs.  Do I have your taste bud's attention?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mango Raspberry Sunshine Smoothie


Start your day off right with this two toned Mango Raspberry Sunshine Smoothie.  Easy to make and totally delicious!  Great for snack time too.

Mango Raspberry Sunshine Smoothie
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Doesn't this smoothie look so pretty, not to mention that it is so refreshing too?  The colors remind me of spring and I'm sipping on one right now as I'm writing this post.  Not only would this make a great breakfast drink to start your day but it also is a great pick-me-up drink in the afternoons when you need an extra burst of energy to get you through the rest of the day.  I could have mixed the entire smoothie up but I kind of like having the two layers so first you can get all the mango taste and then work on the raspberry layer.  Or if you want move your straw up and down to alternate each flavor.  You can't go wrong anyway you decide.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Healthy Italian Lentil Chopped Salad


Spring has sprung and it's time to start anew with leading a healthy lifestyle and simplifying food choices. Let's start with this Italian Lentil Chopped Salad - it has it all with fresh veggies and lentils that are packed with protein!
Today's post is being compensated by Lentils.org as part of the Spring Cleanse campaign - all opinions and text are mine.

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So winter in my books is officially over! I've put away my coats, boots and now decluttering by cleaning out my refrigerator so it's not so scary when I look inside. Out with the old and in with the new. I want to stock it with some healthier choices that are quick to make and so much better for us. Eating a loaded veggie salad with a great source of protein is exactly what my body is craving. Yours will too with this Italian Lentil Chopped Salad. Eat now and your body will thank you later!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Easter Menu Ideas


Easter is a great time to gather with friends and family.  Be sure to have some great recipes on hand!

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Easter is a week away and time to firm up your menu.  Whether you are serving brunch, lunch or dinner, we have some great recipes for your gathering from breakfast to dessert.  I'm sure your guests would love to wowed this year!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bridal Shower Menu


Throwing a bridal shower this season?  Our menu plan could help you with some tasty recipes.

The Best Bridal Shower Menu Plan

Love is in the air, the date is set and now it is time to shower the bride.  We are providing the recipes, you can plan the games and decorations! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

No Bake Mini Lemon Cheesecakes


These mini lemon cheesecake cups would be perfect for any occasion with a light, creamy filling and can personalized for any occasion with some fun add-ons.  So quick and easy to make too!

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What would life be without desserts?  Pretty boring right?  It's totally okay to have some sweetness in your life and these individual lemon cheesecakes cups are the perfect indulgence.  Super light, creamy, a bit of lemony tang and when topped with confetti sprinkles, it's a mini party just waiting to happen.  These cups are good any time but today they are made festive for spring and Easter with some pre-made bunny decorations.  So hop to it and put this recipe on you to do list!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Easy Carrot Coconut Glazed Bread


This super quick and easy Carrot Coconut bread is loaded with carrots, coconut, and walnuts with a creamy glaze and topped with toasted coconut. Perfect for breakfast and when company calls!

Easy Carrot, Coconut and Walnut quick bread
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Hey what's up doc?  Bugs Bunny would definitely be interested in today's recipe since it is loaded with fresh carrots and a bonus with lots of sweet coconut and crunchy walnuts.  So easy to make and a great recipe to have on hand for breakfast and perhaps for your Easter table.  It's also super moist and sure to disappear fast!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Orange Pecan Pull Apart Rolls


These Orange Pecan Pull Apart rolls made in one skillet and will become your favorite breakfast treat with creamy orange glaze and crunchy pecans.  Perfect for any day and special holidays!

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Time to take the scratch and sniff test - oh wait - you can't now, BUT you can make these rolls and experience that first hand!  My kitchen smelled so good when the rolls came out of the oven with the orange citrus flavor.  Then it was doubly aromatic with the orange glaze that was drizzled over the warm rolls.  Do I have your mouth watering yet?  I hope so!  These turn out so light and fluffy and when combined with the crunchy pecans, you have the perfect breakfast treat or snack.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza


Be prepared to be wowed with one of the best tasting pizzas you will ever have!  You'll love the chewy crust and gooey cheese!

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
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Friday night is pizza night about 99% of the time at our place.  About half the time I make it myself and the other half we order out.  By the end of the week, I'm just ready to have an easy, simple meal and not do a lot of fussing.  This cast iron skillet pizza might look complicated but I have to say it was one of the easiest pizzas I have ever made and I've certainly made my share over the years.  You will definitely want to give this one a try.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tropical Breakfast Granola Tarts


Start your day off right with these granola tarts with creamy vanilla yogurt, topped with tropical fruits and drizzled with golden honey.  Something your taste buds will want to wake up to pronto!

Individual Tropical Breakfast Granola Tarts with Honey
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Today we are waking up to these tropical inspired granola tarts.  They are a new twist on just having some yogurt in a bowl topped with fruit and granola.  They are fun to make and the granola crust is perfect to hold all that yogurt and fresh fruit.  A great way to start your day and get fueled.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Ham and Brie Breakfast Hand Pies


Now you can have pie for breakfast with these Ham and Brie Hand Pies with a tangy fig jam and stone ground mustard spread!

Savory Breakfast Pies with Ham, Brie and a Fig-Mustard spread
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Move over desserts, savory pies are now making it to the breakfast table!  Enjoy these flaky pastries stuffed with ham & brie cheese with a full flavor spread made with fig preserves and stone ground mustard that provides a bit of tang to your taste buds. They are a hearty alternative that you can grab and go when you are on the run or just want to sit back and relax with your favorite morning beverage.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Menu


Get your green on! You've found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with this St. Patrick's menu with perfect recipes to celebrate!


You don't need to be Irish to enjoy these recipes on St. Patrick's Day!  From beverages, appetizers, side dishes, main course and even dessert! We've made the menu and so you can be the star!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Easy One Pot Lasagna Soup


If you love lasagna, you will love this soup.  Easy to make, with all that lasagna taste, without all the work made in one pot!

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We've all heard it is not nice to fool with Mother Nature, right?  But what about when Mother Nature fools with us?  Oh sure she teased us when it was in the 60s for five-six days, all the snow was gone, had a little extra skip in my step then bam we woke up this morning to ten inches of snow!  What's a girl to do?  Well, that is where this lasagna soup comes in.  We did have a heads up the storm was coming so I ran out last night to get "provisions" as we prepared to hunker down.  That's what us Minnesotans do, even this transplanted one - we wouldn't want to starve :)


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Leprechaun Muddy Buddies (Peanut Free)


These peanut free Leprechaun Muddy Buddies are magically delicious with mini shamrock marshmallows.  Sure to be a hit for young and old alike!

Leprechaun Puppy Chow
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Today's recipe was especially made for our granddaughter Emily so I'm dedicating this post to her. 
Doesn't it seem like in recent years we hear more about peanut allergies?  When my kids went to school, I think I heard of a couple kids with it and honestly did not pay much attention.  I do have one friend who's son has it and learned a little more but it wasn't in our family.  That changed when Emily had a reaction the first time it was introduced to her and she broke out in hives.  Long story short with visits to the doctor and testing, she has tested positive.  Luckily she has never had any breathing problems and obviously we are very careful with her foods.  She still loves her treats though and I love making them for her so be sure to check out the recipe to see how this was made peanut free.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lemon Pull Apart Rolls


Pucker up citrus lover and enjoy these easy lemon glazed, lemon pull apart rolls.  Made and served in one skillet!  Perfect for breakfast, brunch, Easter, Mother's Day and more!

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When life gives you lemons, you must make these lemon pull apart rolls.  They are easy to make since you start with frozen dinner rolls and then you add the love, that being lemon zest and lemon juice!  They are perfect for brunch and breakfast or even for a snack.  You might be tempted to keep these all to yourself (ummm, I was) but sharing these beauties will certainly bring a bit of sunshine and a smile to your family and friends.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Shamrock Minty Brownie Bites


Do you know how to keep your favorite leprechaun out of mischief?  Serve these Shamrock Minty Brownie Bites!

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Yes, I know it is Valentine's Day today but I'm sure by now you have a special dessert ready to go and if not, no worries, there is still time to make my recent recipe Raspberry Mousse Tarts.  They are quick, easy and no bake.  But for those of us who are looking forward to a new holiday dessert, let's move onto St. Patrick's Day with these mini brownie bites.  Each wee little bite is like finding gold at the end of a rainbow with a fudgy brownie, chocolate ganache and topped with a smooth buttercream frosting.  And adding sprinkles makes them magically delicious!

Friday, February 10, 2017

BBQ Bacon Cheesy Totchos


It's always appetizer time and these Cheesy Barbeque and Bacon Totchos are perfect for any gathering.

Cheesy Barbeque and Bacon Totchos
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Football season may be over until the fall but appetizers are always in season right?  You can even eat appetizers for dinner and these totchos definitely score for that.  Maybe some of you are thinking what the heck are totchos.  True story - I only found out about a year ago what they were and now have been wondering where they have been all my life!  Totchos are like nachos only made with tator tots.  I would love to meet the genius who thought of these!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quick and Easy Jambalaya


This easy one pot jambalaya comes together quick and is a classic Louisiana dish full of flavor with chicken, sausage, rice and the right amount of spice!

Quick and easy Jambaya
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I love easy and simple recipes so today we are serving up a big o'bowl of comfort with this Jambalaya recipe.  It would be perfect for Mardi Gras or anytime you would like a quick, hearty meal.  And the best part it is made and served in one pot -  how's that for easy clean up too!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine's Day Menu Plan


Pull out all the stops with these Valentine Day's meal ideas!  Your sweetie will thank you!


How do you like to spend Valentine's Day?  If you prefer to stay home and keep it more laid back, then today's menu plan is just for you!  Sure it is fun to go out but we've found the restaurants are super crowded, you may not get seated on time, service can be rushed, and the food is just ok.  Today we are sharing a lot of great recipes to try that will be perfect for your Valentine :) and cupid approved.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Raspberry Mousse Tarts



These mini no-bake Raspberry Mousse Tarts are the perfect dessert for Valentine's Day or any after dinner treat!

No Bake Raspberry Mousse Tarts
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Valentine's Day is just around the corner and if you are like us, you will be looking for a sweet treat to enjoy.  These mini tarts are so easy to make, full of flavor and you don't even need to use your oven.  How's that for keeping it simple?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Crunchy Asian Salad


This Crunchy Asian Salad is a flavor explosion in your mouth with red peppers, carrots, snow peas, edamame, and sweet oranges nestled on a kale broccoli mixture drizzled with a sesame ginger dressing.

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Today I'm back with a salad that is bursting with fresh ingredients that you will love.  It has it all - it's crunchy, has a bit of sweetness, can be made quickly and is good for you.  Remember eating healthy doesn't mean boring.  Your taste buds will be thrilled!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

These baked lemon poppy seed donuts are just a nice treat to satisfy your sweet tooth without too many calories.

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So how are your new year's resolutions going?  Sticking to a healthier routine?  How about today we take a teeny weeny break as I tempt you with these baked Lemon Poppy Seed muffins?  Sorry :) but I personally just needed a little something sweet this week and my love of lemons was calling my name.  Remember they are baked and not fried so one or two won't break the diet!