Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Fall is calling you with these easy individual servings of pumpkin custard topped with a crunchy pecan crumble with a homemade bourbon whipped cream.  Oh, and did we mention they are drizzled with caramel sauce!
Easy Pumpkin Pecan Custard with Bourbon Whipped Cream
I hope you are in a pumpkin mood because including today, I've made three new recipes this month - first up was Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal followed by Spicy Pumpkin Spice Almonds and today we have these individual servings of bliss!  If you love pumpkin pie (and who doesn't?) then today you are in for a treat with these pumpkin custard individual desserts.  A smooth pie texture topped with a pecan crumble, topped with a fresh bourbon whipped cream and drizzled with caramel sauce.  Dare I say it is better than a pie and you don't need to make crust!  Grab a fork and dig in.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Look no further than these perfect snack almonds for fall - coated in pumpkin spice seasoning, brown sugar and a hint of spice with cayenne pepper. 
Spicy Pumpkin Spice Almonds
If you are a pumpkin spice nut like me, then you will go nuts for these :)  Whether you just want to snack, munch on a game time treat or need a hostess gift, today's recipe needs to go on your must make list.  These are super easy to make and taste great.  I have to warn you though, they are also super addicting so you might want to make a double batch!

Friday, September 8, 2017


Your morning will start out perfectly with this overnight pumpkin spice oatmeal.  So easy to make and especially delicious when topped with a drizzle of maple syrup and pecans.
Pumkpin Spice Oatmeal
I hope by now you have put away your white clothes (yes, no white after Labor day!) and are turning your thoughts to fall.  Because once your turn your calendar to September, it is getting to be cooler days and all access pumpkin season!  I can't think of a better way to welcome fall (and get your day off to a great start) than making overnight oatmeal.  Just toss the ingredients into a big bowl, let sit overnight and enjoy in the morning.  I bet you can even sleep in a little later too -  now that sounds really good to me too.

Friday, September 1, 2017


Go to the head of the class with this Back to School Menu!  Recipes for everyone including snacks and meals.
Back to School Menu
News flash!  School time - yours may have already started or it will be soon!  What's a mom or dad to do?  You might be looking for some quick meals or some after school snacks to greet those hungry kids when they get off the bus.  You'll go to the head of the class with these A+ recipes that are sure to please all!  You can take all the {extra} credit!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


This individual upside-down peach cake recipe is perfect for two with juicy peaches nestled in a creamy caramel topping and atop a light spongy cake.
Mini Peach Upside-Down Cakes
Today I'm sharing for your taste bud's delight, a fresh peach upside-down cake that comes together in a snap.  If you haven't had a chance to make anything with peaches this year then this dessert is for you.  Peaches are one of my favorite kinds of fruits and since it is summer, I am able to find ones that are perfect - nice and juicy.  While I do love to eat them as is, they are also great to bake with.  This recipe also makes two - one for yourself (of course!) and one to share.  It's always best to share :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


These mini triple berry galettes are easy to make, use fresh berries, a pre-made pie crust and drizzled with a tangy lemon glaze. A summer dessert you will want to serve family and friends!
Triple Berry Galettes
While I may be a teeny weeny bit looking forward to fall, I'm still in full summer mode and squeezing in using fresh ingredients for cooking and baking.  Not only are berries great for a quick snack, they are also great for baking as in these mini berry galettes.  The end result is a flaky pastry crust nestling juicy berries and drizzled with with a fresh lemon glaze.  Super easy to make and just the right amount of sweetness for your dessert fix!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Entertain your family and friends with these party perfect luau recipes! 

Don't let summer pass you by until you have a fun backyard cookout with these tropical inspired recipes.  You just need to practice your hula dance since we have the menu complete!  Break out the tiki torches, grass skirts, flower leis and let the fun begin. The variety of food and flavors are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


This Cobb Salad is a flavor explosion with crispy bacon, tangy blue cheese, fresh tomatoes, avocado, green onions, hard boiled eggs nestled on a bed of romaine lettuce and drizzled with an easy blue cheese vinaigrette.  And in case you didn't notice, it has my favorite pasta, orzo, to give it a unique twist!
Easy Orzo Cobb Salad

Summer time is salad time and today this beauty is going to be your new favorite one!  It has all your traditional flavors plus the addition of tender orzo pasta.  Call me crazy but I love the texture of pasta in salads - must be the Italian in me! Whether you want this as a side dish or a main course, just be sure to make it soon and watch it disappear.  You, your family and guests will enjoy this easy to make dish and ask for seconds!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lemon Poppy Seed No Churn Ice Cream

Lemon poppy seed no churn ice cream is so refreshing!  It has fresh lemon juice and zest to give it tangy lemon flavor - a perfect summer frozen treat!!  And made super easy, since it is no churn!

The Best Lemon Poppy Seed No Churn Ice Cream!
Today we have a happy marriage of two of my favorite things - lemons and ice cream!  Have you ever made ice cream that is no churn? Maybe not?  Well, me either, until today.  I have in the past used my trusty Kitchen Aid ice cream maker, but thought I would give a try at no churn ice cream and now I know what I have been missing out on.  Super easy to make, freezes up to a perfect texture and is so creamy.  My kind of easy ice cream recipe!

Saturday, July 1, 2017


Take the guess work out of what to serve this 4th of July!  We have the best menu plan for you!
The Best 4th of July Menu plan

Are you ready to celebrate the 4th of July?  Will you be staying home or heading to a party or picnic?  No matter what you do, you'll be wanting some tasty food and that is where this menu plan comes in.  We've got you covered from appetizers to dessert.  Make your day sparkle with these ideas!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Freshness is the name of the game with these Greek Salad Stackers.Easy to make and perfect for any occasion as a standalone dinner salad or an easy appetizer!
Mini Greek Salad Stacker Appetizers
I just love Mediterranean food since most recipes have fresh ingredients.  On a trip my daughter and I went on a few years ago to Greece, I ordered at almost every meal a salad called "horiatiki".  This is the official name for a salad that is made out of tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, green peppers, feta cheese and kalamata olives drizzled with a good quality olive oil and sprinkled with dried Greek oregano.  The combo of these ingredients are fantastic and definitely on the lighter, healthier side.

Today's recipe, Greek salad stackers, has all those ingredients, but is skewered for a different twist on a classic Mediterranean salad.

Friday, June 23, 2017


Make this favorite summer treat when you don't have access to fire.  These Mini S'Mores Bites are kid friendly but adults will want to enjoy them also!
Mini S'mores Bites that kids will love!
Summer time is s'mores time.  There is nothing better than roasting a marshmallow until it gets nice and gooey and smashing it between two graham crackers topped with chocolate.  True? Well, what if you would like to enjoy all the flavors of s'mores but don't have a fire going?  Or maybe you want to keep a treat on hand that are similar to s'mores.  These cups are perfect for those times that you can make ahead and keep on hand.  The graham cracker cups hold a mixture of your favorite chocolate mixed with mini marshmallows and topped off to make them cute with honey graham Teddy Bears.  Fun for kids, awesome on taste and great for all ages!

Friday, June 16, 2017


These easy Bourbon Fresh Strawberry Push Ups will become your favorite (adult) summer treat for cooling off! 
These easy Bourbon Fresh Strawberry Push Ups will become your favorite (adult) summer treat for cooling off!
Can you take the heat?  Do you want to cool down with a tasty (adult) treat?  If you answered yes, then today's recipe is perfect for you.  These kids inspired push up pops are a great way to indulge in a frozen treat with just a hint of bourbon.  Just one lick and you will be hooked!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


These mini patriotic ice cream sandwiches are so easy to make and perfect for any holiday celebration!  Learn how to make your own magic shell topping too!

Mini Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches with homemade Magic Shell topping

Let's hear it for the red, white and blue today with these quick and easy treats.  They are perfect for keeping cool and making your holiday celebration so special.  From start to finish they can be made and enjoyed in about 10 minutes.  Make a batch and watch them disappear! 

Friday, June 2, 2017


Black bean corn salad is loaded with fresh ingredients and drizzled with a chili lime vinaigrette.  You'll want to serve this soon and often!
How does this easy black bean and corn salad sound?  It is loaded with fresh ingredients and drizzled with a chili lime vinaigrette.  You'll want to serve this soon and often!
Let's face it we all try to eat healthy recipes, right?  Even better if it is quick and easy, right again? Our bodies love it when we load up on fresh ingredients that especially taste so good. Well, today this is where you can have all of those things by filling up on this fantastic healthy side salad.

Black bean corn salad is loaded with three different kind of peppers, cherry tomatoes, black beans, corn, avocado, red onion, and topped with a chili lime vinaigrette.  

It makes a great side dish, or in our case tonight, dinner. :)

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Create the best Father's Day menu this year with these awesome recipes because dad's are the best!

It's time to treat dads to a meal fit for a king!  We've got you covered from appetizers to desserts to make the day extra special.  Whether it is their first Father's Day, 5, 10 or more and whether you are celebrating with a dad, grandfather or uncle, etc., just let them sit back and relax!  You've got this :)

Friday, May 26, 2017


Get your mixed berry crisp fix with these easy individual desserts! Full of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries, topped with a crunchy oatmeal topping.  

Get your berry crisp fix with these easy individual desserts that are full of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries topped with a crunchy oatmeal topping.

Oh boy, bring on the deliciousness today with these easy individual berry crisps that are loaded with juicy fruits, nestled underneath a crunchy oatmeal topping and so easy to make.  You could say I might have a love affair with berries as today we have a crisp that doesn't have one, two or three but four different kinds - it's the berry quadfecta!  The combination is fantastic, perfect as a seasonal dessert and quick to make.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Taco burgers loaded with your favorite Mexican flavors are the perfect Taco Tuesday grilling recipe. These are sure to be a hit this summer!

Taco burgers loaded with your favorite Mexican flavors are the perfect Taco Tuesday grilling recipe. 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 Mexican burgers 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, so I will make a stop to a fast food place and then continue on my way - quick and easy. 

Today's recipe for loaded taco burgers is quick and easy to make at home.

You will love this loaded taco burger! Lean beef 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

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

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

It's Friday night and that means pizza for us, but today I'm mixing it up a bit with these pizza 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 {Bacon Corn Cheese Side Dish}

How does a side dish with bacon, corn and cheese sound?  Your taste buds will be tantalized by this ba'corn cheese skillet!

How does a side dish with bacon, corn and cheese sound? You'll love this ba'corn cheese skillet recipe!
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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 bacon corn cheese pasta skillet 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 about 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 Yogurt Smoothie

Start your day off right with this two toned Mango Raspberry Sunshine Yogurt Smoothie recipe.  Easy to make and totally delicious!  Great after school snack, too.
Mango Raspberry Sunshine Smoothie
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Doesn't this yogurt 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 smoothie to start your day, but it also is a great pick-me-up drink in the afternoon. You know, when you need an extra burst of energy to get you through the rest of the day.

I could have mixed the entire yogurt 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 to make this easy smoothie recipe.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Healthy Italian Lentil Chopped Salad

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

Healthy Italian Lentil Chopped Salad #SpringCleanse #LoveALentil #ad
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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.

This Italian Lentil Chopped Salad recipe fits that healthy eating plan perfectly.

Eat it 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 Bread

Carrot coconut bread is loaded with carrots, coconut, and walnuts. Topped with a creamy glaze and toasted coconut. This easy quick bread recipe is perfect for breakfast or when company calls!
Carrot coconut bread - This super quick and easy Carrot Coconut bread is loaded with carrots, coconut, walnuts with a creamy glaze and topped with toasted coconut. Perfect for breakfast, Easter and when company calls!
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Hey what's up doc?  Bugs Bunny would definitely be interested in today's carrot coconut bread 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 Skillet Rolls

Orange Pecan Pull Apart skillet rolls will become your favorite breakfast treat! With creamy orange glaze and crunchy pecans, these pull apart rolls are great for breakfast, brunch, or holidays.

Orange Pecan Pull Apart skillet rolls will become your favorite breakfast treat! With creamy orange glaze and crunchy pecans, these pull apart rolls are great for breakfast, brunch, or 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

Cast iron skillet pizza is unlike any other homemade pizza, because a cast iron skillet creates a crisp, chewy crust. Pan pizza lovers go crazy for this cast iron skillet pepperoni pizza recipe!

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 in this easy pepperoni pizza recipe!

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

Breakfast 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!

Breakfast granola tarts with creamy vanilla yogurt, topped with tropical fruits and drizzled with golden honey.
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Today we are waking up to these tropical inspired breakfast 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

Breakfast hand pies with ham and brie cheese are almost like having pie for breakfast! Don't skip the tangy fig jam and stone ground mustard spread!

Savory Breakfast Hand 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 breakfast hand pies, 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

One pot lasagna soup is the perfect quick and easy dinner recipe. If you love lasagna, you will love this soup.  All that lasagna taste, without all the work, because it's made in one pot!

One pot lasagna soup is the perfect quick and easy dinner recipe. If you love lasagna, you will love this soup.
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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 that 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. :)