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    EASY Summer Bacon Pasta

    Having a dish like this Easy Summer Bacon Pasta to make during the long hot days makes cooking dinner and pleasing your family so easy!  And it has bacon – that makes everyone happy doesn’t it?! We are a family that has boys that play ALOT of competitive baseball and once March hits, I really don’t know what day it is pretty much through July!  It’s intense and makes dinnertime so challenging!  This recipe is perfect because it’s quick and EASY! Here’s how to make your own Easy Summer Bacon Pasta! Ziti Noodles – or any noodle that you prefer 1 pound of bacon – fried and chopped Red Peppers…

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    Quick and Easy BBQ Chicken Nachos

    When you have a dish that is quick to make, doesn’t cost a lot of money, and the kids ask for it – you make it a staple in your family!  These BBQ Chicken Nachos are ALWAYS a hit in my house with the boys, especially when they have friends stay the night.  It is so easy to make a lot.  When you’re feeding teenage boys, that’s a huge plus! After your chicken is grilled, you can have this dish ready in 15 minutes! I like to batch cook – although it doesn’t always get done.  We tend to eat a lot of chicken in our house and so taking…

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    Lemon Pound Cake

    There’s something about the taste and smell of lemons that makes me think of warmer days and happiness!  Are you the same way?  This Lemon Pound Cake is the perfect treat to make for a small get together or to package up for gift giving.  Want to greet new friends to the neighborhood?  Give them this delectable treat! Treating friends and family with food is a love language I’m sure everyone appreciates.  Especially when it’s as good as this lemon pound cake. Here’s how to make this deliciousness! Cake Ingredients 1 stick unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 ½ lemon juiced and zested 1 ½ cup flour…

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    Quick and Easy Pizza Bruschetta

    I love taking a traditional recipe and using it in a slightly different way just to keep dinner time exciting and a little different.  This quick and easy pizza bruschetta is perfect for just that!  There’s something about taking a meal that you normally eat with silverware and making it into finger food that makes everyone enjoy it just a little bit more.  My boys loved these as a quick bit on the way out to baseball practices and games.  And it doesn’t take any extra time than you would normally spend on making spaghetti! Here how you can make your own Quick and Easy Pizza Bruschetta! Using any kind…

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    Easy Turkey Sausage Hash

    Turkey Sausage Hash

    I’ve got a recipe for you that isn’t fancy but it’s delicious!  I made this sausage hash and my hubby was in AWE!  He couldn’t believe it was so simple when I told him how it was made!  This is the meal you need when you’re running short of time and need something that will keep little bellies full 🙂 This is the secret ingredient that makes it OH SO TASTY!  Lawry’s Cesaro Total Seasoning!  This is my go-to seasoning when I am cooking about anything.  CLICK HERE to buy from Amazon.  It is also sold at MOST retailers. Dice your potatoes (I use gold potatoes) and brown them in…

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    Easy Chinese Kung Pao Chicken

    I am a picky eater when it comes to anything Chinese and we’ve never been able to create a dish at home that was something we wanted to make over and over again!  So when we got this jar of P.F. Chang’s Kung Pao sauce from Influenster to try out, I had high hopes!  And let me tell ya – it delivered TENFOLD!  They sent us a sample recipe to try (which you can download HERE) but with the hubby being a self-made chef, he wanted to try his hand at something that was “his own”.  He knocked it out of the park, ladies!! P.F. Chang’s Home Menu line has…

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    Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

    Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

    Mixing cinnamon rolls and french toast creates a marriage made in heaven! In comes the Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole!  Whether it’s a busy holiday or a lounging weekend – this will be sure to please everyone! I prefer the weekends of lounging.  But being a family of boys that play lots of sports, many of our weekends are spend traveling to another town and spending many long hours as games and tournaments.  When we do have a FREE weekend – this momma’s heart sings!  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE watching my boys play baseball – it’s one of my favorite things – but sometimes it can WEAR…YOU…OUT! THIS…

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    2017 Annual Christmas Cookie Round-up

    It’s time for our annual Christmas Cookie Round-up!  Check out these goodies that some amazing ladies across the web have been creating!  I’ve gathered some pretty unique cookie recipes for you this year that I think you’re gonna love! Amanda over at Domestically Creative made these healthy LOW CARB snickerdoodles!  YES, you can eat around the holidays and stay on your diet! Low Carb Snickerdoodles Stephanie over at Parenting Chaos shared with us this adorable coal cookie!  My kiddos would love creating these! http://parentingchaos.com/coal-cookie-recipe                   Lisa over at Snappy Gourmet shared these mudslide cookies!  They even have some added Kahlua and Bailey’s…

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    Butterscotch Marshmallow Pumpkin Tart

    During fall and winter, it is all things pumpkin!  In our house there is never a shortage of pumpkin anything and every year I try to create a new recipe!  In comes the Pumpkin Marshmallow Tart!  I made one of these for a get-together I was hosting and let me tell you – one was not enough!! It takes SIX simple ingredients!  The only thing you really have to do it mix the sugar and the pumpkin pie mix.  The rest is just assembling and baking. These three treats right here is what is going to make this over-the-top AMAZING!!! Set out your pie crust to come to room temperature. …

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    Holiday Slime DIY

    If you have a kid, this is one of the DIY Slime best crafts to do with them!  Even as an adult, it’s enjoyable to make slime – and the added glitter makes it extra cool! I searched many DIY slime recipes online and tweaked a few of them to make this one.  All it takes is a few simple ingredients that most everyone has on hand.  The only thing I had to buy (minus the glue) was the contact lens solution. Here’s how to make your own DIY Slime Elmer’s Glitter Glue and Clear Glue – (used two bottles just because of the amount I wanted to make for…

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    Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pumpkin Marshmallows

    Everyone loves a good cookie and this one is a combination of all the amazing deliciousness! “If you’re a cookie lover, butterscotch lover, chocolate chip lover, or pumpkin lover – this is YOUR cookie!!” It’s basically my staple chocolate chip cookie recipe with the addition of butterscotch chips and diced pumpkin marshmallows.  With that being said, you can made this work for your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe!  If you don’t have a family favorite, try this one.  You’ll be glad you did. The special ingredient?  Kraft Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows!  You can only find these during the fall season – so make them while you can!!  And while you’re…

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    Cinnamon Caramel Muffins

    Cinnamon and Caramel – there are literally no two better things in the world to me!  AND when it’s an easy recipe to put together, that makes it even better!  Sure you can make your own cinnamon rolls but when Pillsbury already has a good one that’s quick, why not use it! All you need is these two simple ingredients: Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and some caramels! I used the Kraft Sea Salt Caramels because I like the combination of the salty and sweet.  Then you just need a cupcake pan!  Cute liners make a difference too 😉 Flatten each cinnamon roll out with your fingers and wrap a caramel candy…

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    Beef Stroganoff

    I had company visit the other day and wasn’t expecting them to stay for dinner.  But when it happens, I always welcome feeding friends and family.  I had hamburger thawed but hadn’t really planned what I was going to use it for.  In comes a homemade Beef Stroganoff.  I didn’t have the typical ingredients (cream of mushroom soup mix for one) to create this dish but I had some other ingredients that I knew I could throw together and create just a dish that was just as satisfying!  And let me tell you – it was better than any boxed or canned meal.  Everything from scratch tastes better. Here’s what…

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    Red Velvet Brownies

    Brownies and cuteness?  YES!!  Don’t you just love when a recipe comes along that is easy and DELICIOUS!  This simple recipe takes a simple cake box mix and is transformed into an amazing brownie!!!  I used a simple heart cookie cutter for these and made them for Valentine’s Day but you could easily mix it up and use different shaped cutters for different holidays!  How about a “STAR” for the 4th of July?  Or a “CANDY CANE” for Christmas?  Or maybe a “BALLOON” for a birthday party? Here’s what you need: 1 box red velvet cake mix 1 egg 1/2c butter 1t vanilla – this is my homemade vanilla extract –…

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    The PERFECT Angel Biscuits!

    I have been in search of the PERFECT biscuit recipe for several months now.  Personally, I believe that Pillsbury Grands fits all my criteria for a good biscuit but I’ve been wanting to try my hand at some homemade ones. I’ve tried about six different recipes and they never turn out quite the way I want.  They were either too hard, tasted too much like flour, or it simply wasn’t the consistency I was going for.  Every recipe spins off of a pretty basic recipe, but some call for buttermilk, some do not, some call for self-rising flour, some do not.  I wanted something that was SIMPLE. In all the trial…

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    Pumpkin Banana Bread

    Pumpkin season is in full force!  This bread is going to satisfy ANY pumpkin craving you have.  And the icing…maple glaze…is DIVINE!! Ingredients ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp ¾ cup light brown sugar 2 large eggs ½ cup canned pumpkin 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed (about a heaping 1½ cups of mashed banana)* 1 T vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease (or spray) your (8×4 or 9×5) loaf pan. Combine the butter and sugar until well combined. Add the eggs, one…

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    The ULTIMATE Chicken Salad

    This is THE salad that you want as a go-to for any of your holiday gatherings this summer.  It’s so light and refreshing.  The simple secret to this recipe…CILANTRO!  Cilantro is one of those herbs that your family and friends either LOVE or HATE.  In all my years of cooking with it, I’ve never found anyone that stands the middle ground.  If you LOVE cilantro, you’re in for a real treat.  This salad is delicious eaten by itself, atop some crackers or on low-carb tortillas, which is how we eat it. The ULTIMATE Chicken Salad 2 cups of canned or rotisserie chicken 1 TB oil 1 TB red wine vinegar 1 bunch…

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    You Asked For It and I Got It!

    After I posted my Halloween pics, I had a couple of commenters want a recipe for my hubby’s fantabulous chili.  After much prodding and begging for the secret recipe – I finally got it for you. Let me remind you this is my husbands recipe so “alot” of it is to taste although this is the “base” that he follows. BIG DADDY CHILI 4 cans of beans (pinto, black, kidney and chili) 4 pounds of meat (we used venison but you can use hamburger or ground turkey) 2 cans stewed tomatoes 2 cans diced tomatoes 1 can tomato paste 2 cans green chilis jalapenos – seeded and deveined (we used 6 but…

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    Pumpkin Marshmallows

    These have to be the cutest things I have made in a long time A big thanks to Betty Crocker Wannabe! {Tee Hee…} I just can’t get over how stinkin’ adorable they are! Unfortunately I didn’t have as much yellow food coloring as I thought I did so half of the batch is a little more red than I would have liked. I’m thinking that James’ friends won’t mind one though. I also decided to use pretzel sticks for the stems instead of Popsicle sticks. First of all pretzel sticks are a heck of a lot cheaper AND now the entire thing is edible. I for one won’t be eating any though.…