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Individual Cakes w/Peanut Butter Whipped Frosting #SundaySupper

8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oHappy Easter everyone! It’s one of my favorite holidays for a few reasons. First and foremost because I love getting together with my family. My cousins and I are slowly having kids so it’s so exciting to get together. Last year my cousin and I were pregnant together, this year my son and her daughter will be able to join my oldest in the Easter egg hunt!  It’s our second year hosting in our new house and I enjoy it more than any other holiday because it’s an easy meal for me to plan and make. I make the main course and desserts and everyone else brings the side dishes. Oh and of course because it means Spring is coming, even if it was 78 one day and 2 days later it snowed where I live! That’s New England at it’s finest! So today I decided to bring a dessert to the #SundaySupper table because I’ve been experimenting a lot with baking lately. Cupcakes are by far my favorite thing to make but I wanted to try something different so instead of cupcakes I poured the contents into a sheet pan and cut circles out of them, it didn’t go as planned because I wanted to stack them with a layer of the Peanut Butter whipped topping in between however the sheet pan I used made them just as thick as cupcakes! Soooo I went with it. The whole point of making these was to incorporate a healthier version of peanut butter into the topping. I’m making dessert for my family and we all are trying to eat less sugar and a bit healthier this year so using powdered peanut butter is the way to go!

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Powdered Peanut Butter?? I know what your thinking, crazy, strange, well it cuts the calories and fat by a TREMENDOUS amount! Does it taste exactly like Peanut Butter, no of course not, but it’s darn close and it’s a great healthy alternative! You can find all different kinds of brands out there, I happened to find mine at Walmart. I also know a lot of health food stores caries and you can buy it on Amazon too. When making regular peanut butter to spread on toast you simply add water, in this recipe you are adding the powder directly to the cool whip and mixing it together to give it that creamy peanut butter taste!

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 Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • one container of frozen light whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 tbsp. of powdered peanut butter (I used PB2)
  • M&M’s or decorations of your choice

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard cupcake tin that holds 12 with cupcake liners. (or you can use a larger sheet pan than I used to stack them like I planned to!)
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.  Mix milk and vanilla in a measuring cup and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add half of dry ingredients, followed by milk-vanilla mixture, then remaining dry ingredients. Be sure to not over mix here.
  4. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups, a 1/4 measuring cup is a great way to make these perfect.
  5. Place tin on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cupcakes 5 minutes in tin, then remove and cool completely before frosting.
  6. While the cupcakes cook, add 3 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter to the thawed whipped topping. Just keep stirrung for a few minutes to make sure it mixes well. Frost cupcakes and decorate with M&M’s or any other candies! I also used a plastic bag with the tip snipped to make these pretty instead of frosting by hand.

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 I hope my family enjoys these, feel free to use any cupcake recipe with this topping, for my family I plan on going sugar free! My mom said the sugar free ones were really good!! It just makes me feel a lot better indulging or allowing my kiddo’s to indulge when they are lower in sugar! Trust me, you don’t want to see my three and a half year old after a bunch of sugar!!

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Let’s see what everyone else brought to the table for this wonderful Easter/Passover event:

Breakfast/Brunch

Appetizers:

Savory and Sweet Breads:

Sides and Salads:

Main Dishes:

Desserts:

Healthy Green Pasta for #SundaySupper

Pea Pesto (5)This is the time of year where we are all thinking GREEN! For a few reasons. One because it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and two because who isn’t dying for Spring right about now? Sprouting plants, flowers peaking up over the recently mowed grass, the bright sunshine, shall I go on?? Maybe I should since we are expecting another storm in a few days here. I don’ t know how much more cold and snow I can take so for now I’ll just keep dreaming of GREEN things. As I’m dreaming of GREEN things you can check out the list below of all the wonderful green dishes the #SundaySupper has whipped up for this weeks “Eat Your Greens” theme. Thank you Foodie Stuntman for hosting this great event!

When choosing a dish for this theme I had to think long and hard, I eat a lot of greens on a daily basis but I wanted to go a “different” route. I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with making my own sauces and dressings so I thought why not make some pasta fun for my daughter. She’s three and a half and is like every other toddler out there, picky!! She loves pasta so since I’ve been trying to get myself and my family to eat “cleaner” so to speak, I’m trying to limit canned and processed foods. Don’t get me wrong I still reach for the jarred Alfredo sauce on occasion when I’m busy running out the door and my family needs a quick something to mix with pasta but I’ve since started making my own Light Alfredo Sauce and Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup. I make a big batch and freeze them so hopefully I’ll always have one on hand. I have more I have yet to actually post but the one I made for you today is a new favorite because it’s healthy and is bursting with flavor! I search the web for recipes then I just go with it and dive in to make my own, luckily as I’m making it I write down what I’m adding so I can share it! So here we go! Defrost a bag of frozen Peas and whip out your food processor because this is one Pasta anyone will eat up. This is truly a tested recipe, meaning as your making it, taste it! Make it to your liking.

Pea Pesto

What you’ll need:

1 Bag of frozen peas, thawed
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced (use your judgement, my husband isn’t a garlic fan like me!)
1/2 cup of glazed walnuts, chopped (regular is fine but these are a little sweeter!)
Salt and Pepper to season (I use a lot of pepper, use what you like)
Juice of a half of lemon
1/2 Cup of olive oil
1/4 Cup of reduced Parmesan cheese, shredded
Water
Pasta of your choice

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What to do:

Add the thawed peas, minced garlic, walnuts lemon juice, oil and top it with the cheese. Blend and pulse a few times alternating between the two. Open, add salt and pepper and little water starting with a few tablespoons. Now it’s all about seasoning and thinning it out to the consistency you prefer.

I did this a few rounds, tasting in between and adding water here and there to thin it out, you can add oil, but again I was trying to stay healthier.

I can’t believe my daughter bought it! She ate peas and had no idea she ate them! The whole way home from school my husband talked about the “green” pasta Momma was making for dinner so she was pretty excited to try it.

This made one canister, I used half of it for a half a box of elbow’s and froze the other half for another time. Use water and oil to thin it back out if you decide to freeze it. Don’t forget to see what the rest of the group brought to the table this week. Lots of green idea’s here!

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Green Light Appetizers and Sides

Getting Greens Through Salads

Entreés That Will Leave You Green With Envy

Desserts and Beverages That Will Make Others Turn Green

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Savvy Eats – Featured Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Another week towards Spring is the way I see it! Or Another week of sleepless nights here in our home. Another week of not knowing what is going through my three and a half year old’s head these days!! On a more positive note, another week until I can feel the sunshine on my face and replace my boots with flip flops. Let’s go the positive route seeing as I need that these days. As I sit and type when I should be napping. Nope I don’t nap. Weeeeellll, I did nap twice last week, that’s how tired I am.

savvy eatsHowever, Julie needs my 100% attention right now! Julie is the blogger over at Savvy Eats. Where she writes a little about everything. I love that the most about blogs I find these days, getting a little bit of everything while visiting a new blog is one of my favorite things to discover! She has a section on Gardening! Gosh I hope I get to start a garden of our own this year. Last year I was at the end of my pregnancy and the last thing I wanted to do was garden, however my daughter loves being in the garden with her grandfather and I’d love to see if it’s something her and I could start together. I for one want my own herbs at least, then maybe within a few years we can go bigger! So I’m pretty excited that Julie has a few posts that will help me in this department. Like How to Grow a Herb Container Garden, I love the idea of being able to bring the pots in when the temperatures dip in the Fall. Planning Your Garden Space is another good one because obviously choosing the right spot is key in gardening.

Julie doesn’t stop at just Gardening or Food folks, she’s also got some great DYI Home Projects. Like How to Make the Most of Your Kitchen Space, I was just thinking this last night actually. My new present for myself arrived. My new food processor. It’s HUGE, a lot bigger than I thought it was, I assumed I was going to have to move something or put something away because I don’t have a lot of counter space, but we always find a way don’t we Julie!! She’s got some great idea’s! I have about 5 more years that I have to make this kitchen work before I can get the kitchen of my dreams. Another favorite of mine is Julie’s section called Brain Food 101. Here she teaches us how to store anything and everything! How awesome is that! For example whenever I buy a fresh herb, which isn’t often because by the time I use it once or twice the rest has died and it’s a waste of money (hence why I want to grow my own) but on the occasion that I do buy a bunch of fresh basil or cilantro I run to look up how to store it so I can at least keep it fresh as long as possible. Julie explains how to stores Basil here.

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I got so excited talking about all the things on Julie’s site that I forgot to tell you a little about her, I did meet her through the #SundaySupper group. She lives in Upstate New York with her husband and two doggies. She has an undergraduate degree in Biological Systems Engineering–Food and Bioprocessing however she believes that everyone should persue their passions and do what truly makes them happy. So with that she focuses her energy on recipe development and food writing, including writing about the science behind food. Sounds like my dream job if you ask me, and don’t even get me going on the photograph of these gorgeous dishes she creates.  So what did I make??? Are you dying to know?? Well I searched and searched her Recipes, again I always end up focusing on something my family would enjoy, or a breakfast item to make for my daughter or even a snack or appetizer for my husband and I. Her Cocktail section enticed me that’s for sure. However I had Spring on my mind this week…..fresh vegetables and warmer weather! So that led me to her Spring Steak Stir-Fry.

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I’m not just saying this because it’s a feature, but this is one of the best stir fry’s I’ve ever had!! My husband thought it was the best I ever made and even my daughter ate it! As picky as she is, even if I have to separate the food because I know she wouldn’t eat it if I hadn’t!

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Here are a few things I did differently, and I didn’t go off the path too much keep in mind. When I make any stir fry I’m not a fan of my veggies being crunchy. I like a tad bit of a crunch, but not much. So I prepped my veggies and steamed them for about 3 minutes in my steamer before adding them to the dish. I also used shaved steak which I’ve never done before, It was a great decision!! I also didn’t have fish sauce so I omitted that, I also didn’t realize I was out of rice wine so I looked up substitutes and decided to use the white wine vinegar to water ratio. My favorite ah ha moment was when I realized I was out of rice wine (I thought my dish was destroyed!) I saw I had a bottle of ginger & garlic marinade in the fridge, so I used that in place of the fish sauce! Genius! Not only did it taste so yummy it made my house smell amazing!! Don’t mind my daughters dish.

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Mardi Gras Recipes for #SundaySupper

Mardi Gras Cajun Rice (6)Happy Sunday everyone! I don’t know a lot about Mardi Gras to be honest with you. All I do know is that it’s a carnival/party of some sort that is thrown most famously in New Orleans. I have often seen some crazy outfits, out of control people doing silly things but one thing is for sure, like most parties, it comes with great food!! I had to look up recipes most commonly celebrated with Mardi Gras I have to admit. I was surprised to discover that a lot of Mardi Gras food choices consist of Cajun or spicy foods! I was super excited to discover this because well we love a good kick in this home! Sooooooooooooo let’s thank Leslie from La Cocina de Leslie for hosting this super fun event! I seriously can not wait to check out these recipes and Pin some of them to my new “MUST TRY” pinterest board!Hurricane

I actually made two things for this event but decided on the food one verses the beverage one because well it was awesome!! So good that I had it for lunch 3 more days later that week as an actual dish when it was meant as a side dish. I pulled out the Baked Chicken Egg Rolls I made a few months ago to have for dinner and just needed that perfect side dish to go along with it. My new favorite thing to do is make all different kinds of rice pilaf’s from scratch. I don’t know why but I love doing it. I then came across a recipe from a fellow friend blogger of mine that is a nutritionist, so when this girl says it’s healthy and filling, I’m going to trust her. Plus, she lives in New England like me so I like her that much more! Thank you Julia for giving me inspiration for this dish!!

Serves: 4 Main 6 Sides
Recipe Adapted From: Juggling with Julia
Cook Time: 15 Min

Cajun Rice & Beans

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
One 14 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups prepared mild salsa
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 tbsp of Cajun seasoning (depending on the kick you’d like less or more)

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What to do:

In a medium sauce pan sautee the onion and yellow peppers on medium heat tossing to coat for 5-8 min. Add chopped garlic and sautee for 3-5 more minutes. Add the salsa, beans, rice, seasoning and stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Cover, turn to low and let simmer for 5 minutes allowing the flavors to mingle. Then you get this deliciousness!

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This had the perfect amount of heat for me, I like medium. You can always add less or more Cajun seasoning so use your own judgement. My husband recently asked me for more bean dishes so this one was created with him in mind, this can easily be a main dish or add some chicken to it if you’d like!

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

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So let’s go check out what everyone else brought to the supper table today! Let’s get this party started!

Cocktails & Other Beverages:

Appetizers:

Main Dishes:

Side Dishes:

Desserts:

Valentine’s Day Rice Krispy Treats

Looking for something special to make your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? Looking for a snack that your kiddo’s would like to help you make?? Well then this one is for you. Super easy and super fun!! I even have a special trick up my sleeve that will help you make these just perfect!! Madison loves them and she loved helping ughhhm I mean….eating them while I made them!

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What you need:

A heart cookie cutter
1 10 oz. bag of mini marshmallows
6 cups of rice crispy’s
3 tbsp of unsalted butter
Non-stick spray
Parchment paper
Baking pan

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Optional:
White chocolate
Dark chocolate
sprinkles
Candies
Popsicle sticks

What to do:

Grease a 13×9 baking dish (I used a 13×9 baking sheet). Place a sheet of parchment paper to the side.

Melt the butter in a sauce pan, once it’s melted pour the bag of marshmallows into the pan and slowly stir. Keep stirring slowly so the marshmallows don’t stick or burn to the bottom.

Heart Rice Crispy Treats (5)Madison LOVED this part, she was so fascinated that the marshmallows melted! Of course I had to pull a handful out for her to enjoy while I did most of this part, but if your kiddo has no interest in helping show him/her how they melt, it’s really cute!

Once the marshmallows are melted, add the rice crispy’s and stir to combine, be gentle but make sure you stir completely or you’ll have clumps. Immediately transfer to the greased dish. Before spreading it out (I had a hard time with this part until I found this secret) Spray your hands (yes your hands) with non stick spray. Push down the crispy’s with your hands and spread all the way to the sides. Use more spray if you need it!! It really helped. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

Use the cookie cutter and cut out the hearts as close together as possible. You can try to push some spare rice crispy’s together to form another flat surface for another cut out, if you do it quick enough you can salvage a few more this way. I did!

Melt the chocolate in a microwavable safe bowl at 30 min intervals stirring between each one until fully melted. Using a spoon drizzle on top of the treats, I chose to use milk chocolate chips, I would have loved to use sprinkles then I even saw some dipped and made into pops!! So much creativity here folks!! Use it! What do you make with your kids for Valentine’s Day??

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2014 Superbowl Snacks

I remember the highest traffic day I had last year was for Super Bowl Sunday. Though I appreciate the audience I’m not banking on that this year. I’m writing this post to offer my readers the very best Game Day foods this Momma has to offer! These are my own picks, from my own experiences, snacks that I’ve made for my friends and got great feedback on. Making appetizers is one of my favorite things to do. Nothing beats a little bite of yumminess. I serve them a lot at my get together’s because I love making a bunch of little dishes!! It gives me the chance to try new recipes because instead of making an actual dinner for our guests I get to make a few different picky dishes! I have what’s called an Appetizer Night a lot for my husband and myself or even when we have another couple over. This allows me to make them ahead of time, I always choose food that I can either prep ahead and finish quickly when people arrive or something I can actually make a head of time and reheat when people are hungry and ready to chow down!!

Party Fav #1

Good Ol’ Fashion Pizza Bites: These are super easy to make and you can make them with either crescent rolls or actual pizza dough, I’ve tried them both ways. You can really fill them with whatever toppings you like on your pizza. What I would do with this party pleaser is prepare them, roll them and get them on a baking sheet before your guests arrive so all you have to do it pop them in the oven for 10 or so minutes! Make a fun dipping sauce to go with them, put some spice in your sauce!!

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Party Fav #2

Spinach Cups: I actually made these for the Super Bowl last year and they were a hit. The actual filling for them was to die for! I haven’t  made them since and now that I’m writing about it I want to try them again!

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Party Fav #3

Salsa Roll Ups: I made these last year too, I’ve also made them for a few other occasions too. Oh and they are made for Weight Watcher peeps too!! BIG hit. Super simple. Make ahead. End of story. If you want to make another version of this snack with a little meat to it, check out my St. Patty’s Day Party  from last year, same gist but it has some meat in it!! YUMMY!

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Party Fav #4

Wings and Things: Who doesn’t want Wings on Game Day?????? I don’t even eat them and they are must have in this house……I would do anything for my hubby, he’s been working so hard lately making our new house a home that on Game Day I’m spoiling him rotten with either Drumsticks with Heat, Spicy Fried Wings or Baked Sweet Chili Wings, I haven’t decided on which one, but all three are worth mentioning here because he LOVED all of them, I probably won’t do the Fried ones just because they are SOOO bad for you, BUT what he wants he gets that day!!

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Party Fav #5

Meatball Sliders! Not just any Meatball Sliders guys, Cheesy Stuffed Meatball Sliders!!! These were to die for, serve them in a slider bun or as is with some tooth pics! If you want to go all out, use ground beef instead of Turkey, I try to stay a little on the healthy side so I do ground Turkey. These will be sure to please any crowd!

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Party Fav #6

Puffs Puffs Puffs!! Puffs of Pepperoni, these neat little snacks I made called Pepperoni Puffs. I’m making these for game day this year because it’s been awhile since I’ve made them and they are super easy. They are also super easy to make a head of time too. You can make these the day before and refrigerate them, pull them out on game day and heat them up in your oven! Wala-Simple!  Not to mention the quick and easy 6 ingredients it has!

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Party Fav #7

Sausage Rolls - This is a quick and easy make for Game Day. I’m actually attempting to make a Ham & Cheese Roll just like this for my daughter tonight for dinner! (Stay tuned) this is a great snack for everyone and anyone! Serve it with a side of sauce and dip as you eat!

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Party Fav# 8

Cheddar Bacon Bites - I made this one on a whim one day for something to snack on with my husband one night when the kids were gone. Super easy with the help of Pillsbury! You can’t just eat one of these!

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Party Fav #9

Humus and Cucumber Dip - I know it doesn’t sound appealing, if you don’t like humus you won’t like this dip, but if you do, you will LOVE this dip….sounds like an odd combo but it tastes awesome together and it’s healthy!!!! Snack away on Game Day
and feel good about it!

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Party Fav #10

Monkey Bread 4 Ways - I’ve made this dip quite a few times now, it’s always a hit and you really pick and choose your toppings for this picky bread! Dip with some seasoned oil and call it dinner!

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Party Fav #11

Baked Chicken Egg Rolls - I made these from a Co-Host a few months ago and it’s worth sharing with you even though it’s not my actual recipe. I still have some in my freezer that I hope to pop in the oven for Super Bowl Sunday this year! You want to try these and there is a Sweet and Sour Sauce that’s perfect for dipping! Cheeseburger Bites – These were a big hit last year, I remember making these for a #SundaySupper post, it’s like a bite of crunchy goodness that tastes like a cheeseburger!! How can you not like that!

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Party Fav #12

Vegetable Spring Rolls - It looks intimidating, it looks hard, but I promise you, it’s EASY!!! VERY EASY. EASY PEASY!! They cooked awesome in the oven too, they are healthier when you bake them in the oven, I was hesitant on how they were going to come out but they were awesome. OK. Now. I. Want. Some.

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Party Fav #13

PIZZA!! Who doesn’t love Pizza! How about a healthy Pizza?? A Vegetarian Pizza that is NOT boring. These are seriously addicting! They are made in little bite size pieces for the convienance of your guests! You can’t just have I promise you that. Super easy and a great snack you can make ahead of time, actually I advise you to make this ahead of time, it’s better chilled!!

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Well there you have it my friends!! I may not like football, but I love cooking for friends and family so I can’t wait to get my butt in the kitchen and make up a bunch of these picky foods! What’s on your menu for Game Day????

Momma’s Favorite Fall Dishes

Ahhhhhhhhhhh Fall is here!!! I have been cooking up some new recipes in the kitchen but I couldn’t help but go back on all of my favorite Fall dishes from the past. Then I thought…..why not share them with you!! Here are my favs, these remind me of cool crisp mornings and evenings but warmer days. Those soups that warm you up as the sun goes down, or those baked goodies from the fresh apples or pumpkins you’ve picked! Start pinning folks because some of these you are going to want to try. Or heck, try em all!

Get your Fall decorations out and jump into your kitchen……….I did!

Welcome Fall

End of Summer Pasta Primavera- Use up all those farmers market veggies and make this for dinner on a busy night!

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Baked Potato Soup - This will warm the soul on any night of the week!

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Apple topped Sweet Potato - An awesome autumn side dish with any meal your planning, use those apples you’ve picked!

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Green Chili Corn Chowder- Great way to spice up the regular old fashion corn chowder! Great kick!

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Hearty Beef Stew - Great taste wth every biteful!

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Pork Stew - Want something different? This is the perfect fall dish and it’s super healthy!

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Chicken Pot Pie - Easy as pie, make it right in the crock, top with a biscuit or your favorite pastry dough!

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Pork Tenderloin Fall Style - Make your normal Pork Tenderloin dance with this fall dish!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies - Perfect sweet treat for your sweatheart! Or your little one…so moist!

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Pumpkin Spice Pancakes – Start your day with these babies, moist and delicious!

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Vegan Banana Nut Bread - Healthy but yummy! Make a loaf for yourself and bring one to a friend!

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Magic Maple Muffins - A little piece of magic at the bottom of these muffins! A mouthful of maple!

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast- Make your breakfast the day before and enjoy this apple cinnamon goodness!

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Pecan Crusted French Toast Sticks – A nice way to make any normal french toast a bit different! Great crunch!

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Meatball Broccoli Rabe Stoup – Healthy and so tasty! Each bite will make you come back for more!

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 Trick Or Treat-Bleeding Devil Cakes   Make these babies for the babies in your life! 

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Top 10 Pinterest Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco De Mayo used to mean Corona’s all around when I was in my twenties!! I remember one year it was actually the day I moved into the very first home I had ever bought. That day/night consisted of A LOT of corona’s! Well I’m not going to lie and say that Cinco De Mayo usually consists of a few flavorful margarita’s for this Momma on a normal basis since those days of my twenties, before I found love in the kitchen that is. Then when I found that love, I just had those margarita’s while making a new dish for me and my husband after our daughter would go to bed. It made for a nice night. An excuse to make something different. I love Mexican, my husband loves Mexican……it worked. However, this is my second pregnancy and yes the second Cindo De Mayo that I had to cut out the good ol’ Margarita’s! Boooooooooooo!!! Yes let’s have a moment of silence for that Margarita I can’t have yet again this year. :( and it’s on a Saturday of all days!! Oh well, 8 more weeks to go and I can have as many Margarita’s as I’d like! However I’m still going to make a Mexican dish! Yes o’ yes I am!! I’m also going to have a VIRGIN Margarita :)

So let’s talk about some great Mexican dishes!! Let’s start with the one I’ll be making for my family……well I can’t decide between two. One I’ve already made in the past, and a new one I’ve never made but am dying to try. Here is the one I made last year! It was awesome and worth making again, when I was looking at recipes I totally forgot about this one!!

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Then I found this one that I think sounds super easy and super yummy, I order these while eating out sometimes!! Something super cute about Taquito’s, I don’t even know the Mexican lingo and what means what all I know is that they are cute and they look good!! Longhorn’s and Ruby Tuesday’s have some pretty spicy ones!!

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Here is the virgin Margarita’s I’m going to try and make…….nothing like sipping on this while sitting on the back deck!! Maybe if my hubby is good I’ll slip some tequila in his!! :)

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I’ve also made this dish before too!! I love Skinnytaste and I love this dish!! Can’t go wrong with it and it’s “healthified” in my book!

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Serve it with a nice frosty beverage! Say maybe a Mexican Sunrise! I’ve never had one before but boy they look good!!

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Or if your in the mood for some beef in your dish…..here is one I found that looks delish!!

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There is always a casserole too!! Can’t go wrong with something simple but yummy!

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Speaking of simple, how about my crock dish! Make the filling and get 3 dishes out of it!!!!! Make it on Friday and have Cinco De Mayo all weekend long at your house!!!

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I think I’m going to try this side dish with what I’m making this weekend. It looks like it’s full of veggies, spice and everything nice!!

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I almost forgot!! The Chicken Con queso I made one week for #SundaySupper! You can’t go wrong with this dish, if your looking for more of a creamy dish, this one is for you.

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Then good ol’ McCormick came up with this simple dish you could throw together in literally minutes!! Do it!!

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Then I think you should all end your evening with a nice refreshing beverage like this one. Make it dessert in a cup!

Shower & Party Ideas

Have you ever hosted a baby shower, bridal shower or any themed party? I’ve never hosted an actual shower before, only small gatherings with  my friends for small holidays like St. Patrick’s Day. I’d like to host a pretty big BBQ this summer for the birth of my son. We bought a new house this winter and we have many friends having either their first or second child! We have a beautiful new deck to break in so I’m looking forward to my first bash that consists of this Momma NOT being pregnant!

In the mean time I thought I’d share some party tips and ideas with you. I’ve gotten these ideas over the years from others or my own experiences. Let me share with you a great idea I had when I got when I got engaged.  I knew I wanted a Co-Ed bridal shower, I guess you could call it a Jack N Jill however I wanted to register for gifts. We didn’t have much as a couple so I knew we needed to register however the men in my life are so special to me. I have uncles, cousins and male friends that I’m very close to, I wanted to celebrate with them. So we changed it up. We had a Co-Ed Bridal Shower. I know your rolling your eyes because what man wants to sit through a couple opening a bunch of gifts. Well I have an easy solution for that. Alcohol. Period. My family through me the best Shower ever. It involved everyone and anyone that we were close to, we had a full stocked bar, a DJ for dancing, dinner that was mostly catered and when we opened gifts, our grandparents pulled their chairs closer and the men went to the bar. Perfect in my eyes. So perfect that my best friend even brought me a pair of slippers so when my feet were sore from dancing in heals…………I had something comfy for my feet. Yes I did end up leaving my shoes their. :) One too many drinks I think.

Another special touch my family made were Memory boards. My family made one of me and my husbands family made one of him and it consisted of pictures of us when we were babies, when we were younger, when we first met, they even included our three fur babies that we gave a home over the years of being together. It was a such a personal touch, I lost my dad when I was 22 so seeing pictures of me and my dad just made my night, it also made for a great conversation piece and it brought many laughs and giggles to a lot of people that night. Oh and another bonus of this Co-Ed Shower I speak of…………….plenty of men to pack up the cars with gifts!!! (Oh gosh yes that’s me the blondie with the pigtails!)

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ShowersI had a rehearsal dinner two nights before my wedding. That’s the night where you get to thank your bridal party for all of their hard work of putting together these fabulous parties throughout your engagement. You buy nice gifts and give your thanks in any and every mushy way possible. Well yet again my family outdid themselves. Before the rehearsal dinner they had asked family members from both sides of our families to share a happy or funny memory of me or my husband. Now it’s time to get your craft on and buy a frame where you can write all around a picture that’s centered in the middle. They put a picture of my husband and I from our Shower in the center, added some cute scrapbooking touches and put in quotes the memories that our family had shared. I loved this gift. I have it hanging in my new master bedroom. :) It’s a great reminder, like how I just read every single one again when I had to go and take a picture to share with you!!

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Well let’s move onto babies……….who doesn’t love a good baby shower, well I do because I love all the cute things, plus now that I’m a mother it’s a beautiful thing to see your friends or family members glow as their worlds become complete with all of these new items for baby. I had a few baby showers for my daughter, it was easier for my mom to throw one for my side and his mom to throw one for his side. Both were beautiful days. We really couldn’t have asked for more on our special day. My godmother started a tradition with me when I became pregnant she told the family she wanted to contribute something special to her nieces/nephews for their first bundle of joys. The rocking chair. I was so thrilled with that idea, I didn’t even pick it out. My aunt has fabulous taste and I knew I would love it no matter what, she asked me the colors of my daughters nursery and she went with that. If it’s one thing I recommend asking the mother-to-be it’s, what colors are the nursery, or a theme you may be planning, it gives whoever is planning the shower a feel for what your tastes are, maybe it can give some great idea’s besides just the standard pink or blue. If your looking to buy a large gift or go in on a large gift with someone, use the rocker as the place for the Momma-to-be to sit and open her gifts. Buy a cozy blanket, stuffed animal for baby, a card and a bow and it makes a great presentation. Also if it’s one of those rockers that has the glider attachment for the feet…….bonus because it’s hard being 8 months prego bending over to unwrap gifts, prop them right up on the glider!

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My mom and my mother-in-law took into consideration the colors my husband and I were planning for the nursery and they both know that I love love love butterflies so the fact that my mother-in-law incorporated that into my shower meant a lot to me. I’m not a fan of the games at baby showers, I’ll take part if I feel like it but for the most part I enjoy just sitting their with other adults and getting away from my own crazy life for a few hours. However, if you do have games, have a few prizes for your guests. It gives them a reason to partake, it makes it fun, and it’s a nice gesture. Gift Cards, Bath & Body products or Candy are great idea’s!

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How about a basket with a book collection for new baby. I thought this was such an awesome idea. Madison’s library was started before she was even born. I got a pretty basket out of it and she got a boatload of books! Not only that but each one was personalized from all the guests which I thought was a sweet gesture. I also had a plate signed by all of my guests that I displayed in Madison’s room for the first year of her life, then at her baptism party I used the plate to display cupcakes. :)

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At my daughters first birthday I had these centerpieces made by my local florist. Her birthday is in October and I love the Fall so I thought it was the cutest idea for the kids that were coming. They could grab candy and go! I would try making these myself next time around!!

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I also scattered pictures around the room of my daughters first year, from baby to one! It made for  great entertainment because who doesn’t like to look at pictures!

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Another idea I saw at a friends baby shower and ended up making for my cousin’s baby shower this past weekend, were pieces of card stock with questions on them to answer about the baby to be. It’s something that any mother or father can treasure forever from each guest at their baby shower. Or how about centerpieces for each table that Mom-to-be can actually take home and use!! These fabulous flower arrangements were made into onesies! And of course the favors. A little something the guests can take home to remember your special day! Since my cousin was having a baby girl we decided that the guests should be able to take home a little something that is “Girly”. A bottle of nail polish in a bag with candy in it! OK well this picture shoes the favor once I got home and no I did NOT eat the candy, my 2.5 year old ate plenty for both of us!!! :) We made these cute favors that were a hit!

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I know it sounds crazy to serve alcohol at a baby shower however any party I hold I always offer it because why not???!!! I like to enjoy a glass of wine, punch or even a beer on a hot day when given the chance so why not let your guests. You don’t have to offer everything, I usually always offer wine and beer and maybe have a specialty drink like a punch or Sangria. So yes at my baby shower I said thumbs up to the alcohol! :)

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Now let’s talk food………..good food is the key to any party. I’m a nut and I love a theme. For St. Patty’s Day I had to go green green green! For Easter I planned springy foods, for a birthday party or shower, picky foods are great if your not serving an actual meal. Remember last #SundaySupper, our theme was April showers…..food for all Showers!! So here is a list of what the crew cooked up. I made an Easy Baked Ziti that can made for any occasion. It’s simple and quick. I made it for all the new Momma’s in my life!! :)

Starters, Appetizers & Snacks
Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels from Home Cooking Memories
Honey Pecan Baked Brie from Supper for a Steal
Pinenut stuffed Dates from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Glazed Pecans from Mama’s Blissful Bites
Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail from A Stack of Dishes
Mini Curry Chicken Salad Phyllo Cups from The Weekend Gourmet
Mushroom and Feta Bites from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Antipasti Bites from Blueberries And Blessings
Spinach Dip in a Pumpernickel Bowl from The Foodie Patootie
Parmesan and Mushroom Focaccia from Basic N Delicious
Soups, Salads & Sandwiches
London Ritz’s Tea Sandwiches from My Cute Bride
Mini Shrimp & Egg Salad Sandwiches from The ROXX Box
Broccoli Bacon Salad from Country Girl In The Village
Chicken Salad on Endive from Magnolia Days
Creamy Asparagus Soup Shooters with Shrimp from Gourmet Drizzles
Alphabet Soup from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Main Dishes
Savory Cheesy Kale Tart with Chiles from Shockingly Delicious
Penne Ala Vodka from I Run For Wine
Easy Baked Ziti from Momma’s Meals
French Country Flat Pie from Webicurean
Crustless Spinach Quiche from Family Foodie
Cakes
Vanilla Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Strawberry Shortcake Push Pops from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Mini Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting from Damn Delicious
Coconut Rum Cake from The Foodie Army Wife
No Bake Lemon Cheesecakes Shots {Two Ways} from Cravings of a Lunatic
Japanese Wedding Cupcakes from NinjaBaking.com
Baby Blue Cake Pops from Neighborfood
Strawberry Buttermilk Scones from Vintage Kitchen
Cookies, Brownies & Dessert Bars
Lemon Sandwich Cookies with Pink Lemon Curd from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Covered Mcaroons from Gotta Get Baked
Pastel Pizzelles from Growing Up Gabel
Chocolate-Balsamic Macaroons from Foxes Love Lemons
Raspberry Lemonade Thumbprint Cookies from In The Kitchen With KP
Baklava Crisps from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Healthy Chocolate Bars with Fruit, Nuts & Coconut from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Fudgy Carob Brownies from Pies and Plots
Pistachio Biscotti from Curious Cuisiniere
Sweet Treats
Shortbread Maple Cream Freezer Tart from A Beautiful Bite
Espresso Panna Cotta from Crazy Foodie Stunts
Bite-Size Pecan Tarts from Juanita’s Cocina
Brigadeiros from Food Lust People Love
Rosewater Raspberry Meringues from girlichef
Drink Recipes
Slushy Mango Mojito from The Urban Mrs.
Pretty in Pink Punch from Noshing With The Nolands
Pink Lemonade from Peanut Butter and Peppers

 

Easter Dishes

I have a great collection of Easter brunches, lunches and dinners to choose from! I went through and chose my favorites for you! Some day I’d love to have an Easter Brunch but for now an Easter Dinner is what works best for me and my family. I just love making brunch dishes! Well I should say I love to eat Brunch Dishes a little more than making them!

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Well it is another Sunday, and another Sunday passing that I couldn’t take part in #SundaySupper :( Totally bummed but I’ve been so sick all week that I just didn’t have it in me. However I wanted to include today’s theme because it’s close to Easter and these foodies have put together a great a table of Easter Dishes!!! Just for you!! The party is being hosted by none other than Carla over at Chocolate Moosey! Go check out her list of awesome Easter Dishes to make your table complete!

 

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Brunch

Breakfast Pie’s - These were actually one of the first dishes this Momma ever made for Momma’s Meals!! It’s easy, it’s yummy and they can be made in no time!!

Hash Brown Quiche - I chose this one because it’s a crustless, which means to m 79b36f e it’s healthier, you use hashbrowns for the bottom of this quiche and you can even make it an even easier dish and use the brand Simply Potatoe’s, they are already grated for you! You can really add whatever additions to your quiche as you’d like!

Ham & Egg Breakfast Eggs - This is another quick thing to whip up that are nice for guests because they are served as individual servings, something about little individual servings that just makes me want to try them!

Pecan Crusted French Toast Sticks - There is always French Toast served at brunch! This is a fun way to make them different but yummy!! Anyone would want to dip into these.

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Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast - This is a great dish for a crowd, it’s easy to make and even easier to make ahead of time!

 

Monkey Bread Muffins - Here is another dish that is for individual servings!! Great side dish of bread and ewy gewy goodness!

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Luncheon’s&Dinners

Corn & Green Chili Chowder Start off your lunch with a nice soup. Leave it cooking in your crockpot while you make up the rest of your lunch menu!

Chicken Spring Salad - This is the perfect salad to get your friends and family in the Spring mood!! Leave out the chicken if you think it’ll be too filling before your main dish is served…..it’s still fantastic!

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin - I love serving pork because it’s an easy dish to make and I’ve never gotten a complaint! Here is a great one your guests are sure to rave about!

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Momma’s Meat Pie - I have a French husband, this is a must at most holidays. Give it a shot, it gives a great dish for some people that may not like the main dish you are serving.

Crockpot Honey Mustard Ham & Beans - This is a great dish if you aren’t serving too many people, I know a crockpot can only fit a certain size ham but I’ve served a lot with a ham that big! Plus your beans are made and flavored, sit back and enjoy your company while this baby cooks!

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Cocktails & Desserts

Momma’s Sangria - I have to toot my own horn at this creating, coming from a pregnant woman I can’t wait to dive into this one this summer!! Make a big batch and let your guests help themselves!

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Hypnotic Lemonade - Looking for something Springy? This is your drink! Refreshing and yummy!

No Bake Pie – You can get lots of compliments on this one, feel free to add a different fruit, this easy no bake pie will be a great hit!

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Upside Down Cake-Pineapple Style - Nothing says a Spring dessert like a pineapple! This is a favorite from my hubby! It’s easy and can be topped with your favorite sorbet or ice cream!

Hostess Cupcakes –  Impress your guests with your own hostess cupcakes! Top with springy colors to liven up your dinner table!

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