Tuesday, July 11, 2017

LEMON POPPY SEED ICE CREAM

This lemon poppy seed ice cream is so refreshing.  It has fresh lemon juice and zest to give it that tang - a perfect summer treat!!  And made super easy since it is no churn!
The Best Lemon Poppy Seed 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 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 recipe!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

JULY 4th MENU PLAN

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

GREEK SALAD STACKERS

Freshness is the name of the game with these Greek Salad Stackers.  Easy to make and perfect for any occasion as a standalone salad or an 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 has all those ingredients but is skewered for a different twist on this classic salad.

Friday, June 23, 2017

CUTE MINI S'MORES BITES

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

BOURBON STRAWBERRY PUSH UPS

These easy Bourbon Fresh Strawberry Push Ups will become your favorite (adult) summer treat for cooling off! 
Bourbon Strawberry Push Up Pops
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

PATRIOTIC ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

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

EASY BLACK BEAN CORN SALAD

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!
Black Bean and Corn Salad
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 salad.  It 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 or in our case tonight dinner :)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

FATHER'S DAY MENU

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

EASY MIXED BERRY CRISP

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.  

Quadruple Berry Crisp for Two

Oh boy, bring on the deliciousness today with these easy individual 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

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.

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. 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!