Yes, yes...I know it's Thursday. HA! I helped with meals for our teacher conferences 2 weeks ago and make pumpkin cake for dessert. I had many requests for the recipe, and though I may be late, it's worth the wait! Pumpkin is everywhere right now, and I often wonder why we limit pumpkin to the fall? It's certainly good enough to enjoy year-round! I will be making pumpkin cake, cookies, dip, and pie more than just in October/November this year. I also added a photo of a wedding cake I got to make a couple of weeks ago, too...thus my delay - I had a storm of baking to do and my house is just now recovering! :-) I love it, though, and am ready for my holiday baking. Find the recipe for pumpkin cake on the Baking Recipes page, or click here for a printable version. Enjoy your Thursday!
This week I am giving you a fun recipe for Chicken Carbonara - but I admit that it has lots of steps! I started making this after going to a popular family-style Italian restaurant. I had to recreate it and looked up a recipe - and saw 2 words I avoid when cooking a healthier meal at home: heavy cream! I changed it some and instead of using spaghetti (which is traditional), I used penne pasta, only because my kids prefer it! You could use good ole sketti noodles, too. For novice cooks here, just read the recipe completely and get ready for a cooking adventure! Find the recipe on the Meal Recipes page, or click here for a printable version.
Welcome to "Soup"er Sundays! For the colder months, I love to cook up a different pot of soup once a week. I'm not going to say it's always on Sunday...but that's when I will share some of my favorite recipes! Last winter, this soup was a recipe I came up with after wanting a creamy soup that didn't have a ton of calories in it to make it "creamy". It's also easy to make, so give it a try! My hubby and kids aren't huge black bean fans...but I am...so I snuck them in this soup and they didn't complain! Find the recipe on the Meal Recipes page, or click here for a printable version. Below is one of the wedding cakes I got to do for a "country sheek" wedding. Loved the idea and was a fun cake to make! It's carrot cake, too. Yum!
Welcome to Slow Cooker Saturdays! It's great to have fellow readers share recipes. Today's recipe for crock pot chicken and noodles came to me from a friend introduced to me through my brother. Thanks, Jessica, for the yummy new dish to share with my family! This one will be made often this winter. On Saturdays, my family is often out-and-about with sports, helping on the farm, cutting wood, etc. etc. etc. It's nice to come in to dinner being ready to dish up and eat! Find the recipe on the Meal Recipes page, or click here for a printable version.
I had this all set to post yesterday...I must not have had the auto posting set up correctly! I was busy making 2 wedding cakes and never checked. SORRY, y'all!
Welcome to Fast Fix Fridays! We are often busy on the weekend, and I like to keep some yummy snacks on hand for us to enjoy for the weekend. This recipe for Pumpkin Dip is not only fast, but it's less than 5 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare! That's a lot of "f" words for Friday - Fast Fix, Five Ingredients, Five minutes...Make some up and enjoy it with apple slices, ginger snaps, or other cookies...They're all good! Find the recipe on the Side Dish Recipes page, or click here for a printable version,
Today starts Tradition with a Twist Thursdays - and I had to start with a classic twisted recipe...homemade pretzels! My kids will be EXCITED to get home to these today - and if my cousin (and neighbor) reads this, he will probably stop in. :-) If you've never done anything with yeast, I highly recommend this recipe. It's a very forgiving dough - meaning you can't mess it up! You may have to work to get "pretty" pretzels, but they will all taste great! Now, for the "twist". These don't have to be traditional soft pretzels - you can jazz them up with cinnamon and sugar, add some spicy jalapenos to the dough, make bite-sized pieces for an appetizer and serve with a dip, make pretzel buns for burgers, even shape them like little pizza crusts and add pepperoni and cheese. There are lots of fun and new ways to enjoy a pretzel. Have a recipe you'd like to see a "twist" on? Email it to me! Find the recipe for soft pretzels on the Side Dish Recipes page, or click here for a printable version. And by all means, let me know when you make these!
Welcome to Weight Loss Wednesdays!!! After having a sweet treat on Tuesday, having a healthy eating day on Wednesday might be a good idea, eh? I asked on Facebook how many of you enjoyed fruit in your salad. Well, most said YES...and I have to ask: Have you ever made this salad from my blog? It is, by far, my family's favorite salad ALL year around, but this time of year it's especially good because the apples are fresh and crisp. The original recipe called for more oil and sugar, but the version I posted is healthy. Did you know that in order to get the most out of your veggies in your salad you should have some fats (from the dressing or nuts) to go with it? I like to use Canola oil for this recipe. I've also used sunflower oil in it. I know it sounds weird to put fruit in salad to some, but trust me on this one - try it once...You'll be making it again and again! Find the recipe on the Side Dish Recipes page, or click here for a printable version. ENJOY! Come back tomorrow for Thursday's recipe.......
Apple Pie Jam
Today I introduce to you Tasty Sweets Tuesdays! I had to start this series with what I'm busy making in my kitchen right now - and it also is one of the sweetest (AKA made with the most sugar) recipes I have. All jam recipes have more sugar in them than any other ingredient. I have made the lower-sugar kind before, but it just isn't the same. My kids love peanut butter toast with this apple pie jam for breakfast almost every day before school. I ran out of it last year, and I made a LOT of it! Don't let making jam intimidate you - It's actually pretty easy to do! And if you've never canned anything before, this recipe is worth starting! Find the recipe for the apple pie jam on the Side Dish Recipes page, or click here for a printable version. Come back tomorrow for Wednesday's new series....Can you guess what it is???
It's amazing what epiphanies you can have while hiking through the woods in the fall with your dog. I love the crunching of the leaves, the smile the dog has while running, the quiet, and the inspiration I can have! In looking at other bloggers in the food-world, I see lots of followers...My goal for this fall and winter is to increase my reader (and recipe user) base so that I don't wander away next summer! :-) I am uploading a LOT of pictures from summer cakes and cupcakes that I made. I will post a few of the pictures here, but there are too many to post on the main blog page!
So today, I introduce to you Main Dish Mondays! I am making some meatloaf today, and I use the recipe my grandma taught me how to make. It is delicious, and it also has hidden veggies in it for those picky eaters out there who crinkle their nose up at the "v" word. Find the recipe on the Meal Recipes page, or click here for a printable version.
What will Tuesday bring??? Come back and find out! Please share on Facebook or Twitter - help me to increase my reader base without spending a fortune in advertising! I always say word-of-mouth is the best advertising anyhow. Well, enjoy your day! I'm off to take Reese (my dog) out for a workout!
We enjoyed a few fish fry nights this summer! My uncle Jim has a boat on Lake Erie, and he takes my dad with him to do some fishing during the summer and fall. They had a BUNCH of fish frozen from last fall - perch mostly! We used to use a batter on the fish, but uncle Jim brought his own favorite: saltine cracker-coated fish. It was soon everyone's favorite! I don't have an "exact" recipe for this, but a general idea for how to recreate it in your own kitchen (or outside....like me....I don't like frying in the house! LOL). Find the recipe on the Meal Recipes page, or click here for a printable version. I'm also adding some new cupcake ideas to my Baker's Dozen page that I created this summer...My summer favorite was definitely salted caramel!