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Snowflake Bread

Snowflake Bread

I’m taking a different approach to winter this year. Instead of dreading it, I’m going to celebrate it. And I’ll start by making this gorgeous Snowflake Bread! This spectacular star shaped bread looks tricky but I think you ALL can handle it. It’s basically a […]

Pumpkin Spice Bagels

Pumpkin Spice Bagels

Ok so I know that every single store has flipped the switch from Halloween to Christmas, but you guys, I’m not done with pumpkin everything season yet! You can take away my pumpkin spice lattes but I’m still gonna celebrate. So this next recipe not […]

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus is not only the perfect Spring side dish, but also one of our favorite recipes to make year round! Oven roasted and flavored with lemon and garlic this family friendly vegetable is something that everyone can agree on. This simply irresistible side dish is easy to make and cooks up perfectly crisp tender asparagus every time. Pair this quick fix with steak, chicken or fish to instantly give your menu a gourmet feel. Fresh veggies are always a hit in my house!!

Here’s all you’ll need: asparagus, lemon, cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, salt and pepper. Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus ingredients list #asparagus #roastedasparagus #sidedish #vegetablesidedish #springveggiesOk so you’re not gonna believe how quick and easy this recipe is to prepare. We’re talking minimal effort! First let’s prepare the vegetables. That means we need to trim the ends off the asparagus and cut the tomatoes in halves. Easy enough! Layer onto a aluminum foil lined baking sheet that’s been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with pine nuts. I really hate saying the “C” word this time of the year but I LOVE preparing this dish at Christmas because of all the pretty red and green!  Trim the asparagus. Slice the tomatoes in half. Layer on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Top with pine nuts. #asparagus #roastedasparagus #sidedish #vegetablesidedish #springveggiesNext add 1 tablespoon of oil, garlic, salt and pepper to a shake-able Tupperware container with a tight lid. Secure lid and shake it up to combine. Shake it! Shake it like a Polaroid picture!! (if you don’t know what that mean we can no longer be friends). Drizzle over the asparagus and tomatoes and toss to coat. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until asparagus is crisp tender. Combine oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle over veggies. #asparagus #roastedasparagus #sidedish #vegetablesidedish #springveggiesRemove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. Whatever the cooking method, you can always tell when asparagus is ready because the green becomes so much more bright and intense. Grab that Tupperware container again cause pffft!!! Dishes!! Combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Shake to combine. I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake shake, shake. Shake it up!! Shake it up!! Ooh ooh OOHH!! I’m pretty sure Tay Tay wrote that song for this moment! Drizzle the mixture over the veggies. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Combine the oil and lemon juice. Drizzle over asparagus. #asparagus #roastedasparagus #sidedish #vegetablesidedish #springveggiesSprinkle with Parmesan cheese and grated lemon peel to garnish. I love that asparagus can be served warm or cold and still be absolutely delicious!!! So whatever tickles your fancy!! Grab a plate and dig in!! Pair with our How To Cook The Best Steak Ever and Perfect Baked Potato posts for a truly fabulous meal!! Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus by Happylifeblogspot.com #asparagus #roastedasparagus #sidedish #vegetablesidedish #springveggies

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus

May 19, 2018
: 6
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Directions
  • Step 1 Trim the ends off the asparagus and cut the tomatoes into halves. Place onto an aluminum foil covered baking sheet that’s been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Top with pine nuts.
  • Step 2 Add 1 tablespoon of oil, garlic, salt and pepper to a with a lid. Secure lid and shake to combine. Drizzle over vegetables. Toss to coat.
  • Step 3 Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until asparagus is crisp tender.Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter.
  • Step 4 Combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a container with a lid. Secure lid and shake to combine. Drizzle over asparagus.
  • Step 5 Top with grated Parmesan cheese and grated lemon peel. Enjoy!!

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Light & Flaky Biscuits

Light & Flaky Biscuits

If you love to hit the bread basket during dinner then this recipe is for you! Our Light & Flaky Biscuits bake up soft and buttery in a matter of minutes! A few simple ingredients (that you probably already have on hand) are all that’s […]

Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins

Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins

Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins are a fun spinoff on a classic breakfast staple. These simple homemade muffins can’t be beat! The cinnamon-sugary streusel topping is an absolute must!! It totally makes this recipe by adding the perfect amount of sweetness. These delicious homemade muffins are […]

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Amish Cinnamon Bread is sure to be a hit! You’re gonna fall in love with this easy, no knead, quick bread. This sweet bread is tender and moist, loaded with cinnamon swirls and then topped with even more cinnamon and sugar. Soft in texture and dare I say, cake-like even, this delicately spiced bread is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or just about any time in our house! Our easy to follow instructions will have you cutting off a thick slab in no time.

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, sugar, egg, buttermilk, flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.

Amish Cinnamon Bread ingredients list

Let’s start by creaming the butter, 1 cup of sugar, and egg. In a large bowl blend with a hand mixer on medium low speed. I nuked my butter in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften. This girl never has the time to soften her butter! Maybe someday when I’m retired I’ll just sit around all day waiting for butter to soften.

Cream together the butter, sugar, and egg.

Next mix in the baking soda, buttermilk, and flour. I added the milk first and then mixed in the flour 1/2 a cup at a time. The batter will be thick! If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can use this handy trick. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Voila! You now have a buttermilk substitute. And I promise you won’t taste the lemon juice or the vinegar. Really!

Next mix in the baking soda, milk, and flour.

Now pour half of the batter into a greased loaf pan. This one’s an 8″ X 4″ size. You can use a 9″ X 5″ as well and adjust the baking time. Spread the batter so it’s nice and even.

Pour half the batter into a greased loaf pan.

Meanwhile combine the cinnamon and 1/3 cup of sugar in a small bowl. Mix it all up! Sprinkle about 3/4 of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the batter. Save the remainder of it.  We used to sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on our toast at my Grandma’s house as kids. We loved it so much that she even gave us our own little cinnamon sugar shaker to use!

Combine the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle 3/4 of the mixture on top of the batter.

Top with the remaining batter. Spread with a spatula to smooth. You can easily double this recipe and make two loaves of Amish Cinnamon Bread. One to keep and one to share! Or both to keep…I’m not here to judge!

Top with the remaining batter. Spread with a spatula to smooth. 

Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Then very carefully swirl with a knife. Place the knife all the way into the batter. Don’t forget we’re swirling that middle layer too! I dragged my knife across short ways and long ways a bunch of times to get this little swirl pattern that I have going here. But you can get all twisty and silly if you want. March to the beat of your own drum! Don’t worry too much about how it looks. It will all blend together while baking.

Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Swirl with a knife.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 8″ X 4″ pans will be more towards the 55 minute mark. If you’re using a bigger loaf pan like a 9″ X 5″ you’ll be more on the 45 minute end. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Serve warm or cold. Slather with butter or eat it plain. Amish Cinnamon Bread is pretty fabulous any way you slice it!

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Amish Cinnamon Bread

April 7, 2018
: 16 (makes one loaf)
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
  • 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, cream butter, 1 cup of sugar and the egg.Mix in the baking soda, buttermilk, and flour.
  • Step 2 Pour half of the batter into a greased 8″ X 4″ loaf pan.
  • Step 3 Combine the cinnamon and 1/3 cup of sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle 3/4 of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the batter.
  • Step 4 Top with the remaining batter. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar mixture. Gently swirl with a knife.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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Ham and Cheese Bites

Ham and Cheese Bites

Our Ham and Cheese Bites make the cutest lil appetizer ever! This tasty bitesize snack works great for Easter brunch and doubles as a wonderful appetizer for Easter dinner too. They’re also perfect for after school snacking. Little fingers won’t be able to resist this […]

Light and Fluffy Pancakes

Light and Fluffy Pancakes

Nothing screams Saturday morning louder than a big ole stack of pancakes! These light and fluffy pancakes are a weekend staple in our house. The ingredients consist of a few classic pantry items so I ALWAYS have them on hand, which means I can whip […]

Berry Delicious Belgian Waffles 

Berry Delicious Belgian Waffles 

Have you ever gone to the grocery store and just couldn’t avoid buying something that wasn’t on your list??? Raise your hand! We’ve all been there! That’s what happened with these strawberries. I just couldn’t pass them up! So then I started to brainstorm what to make with them….stuffed strawberries, strawberry muffins, strawberry shortcake…..and then it came to me……Berry Delicious Belgian Waffles!!! Ding, ding, ding!! We have a winner!! Any excuse to use my waffle maker is a good one in my book. And paired with some blueberries they made quite the festive Memorial Day breakfast for me and my hubby.

Absolutely could not pass up these fresh berries!

Plus waffles remind me of one of my favorite vacations that we took back in 2015 to Big Sur, CA. We stayed at Treebones Resort in the Human Nest. IF YOU EVER GET THE CHANCE TO DO THIS, YOU MUST!!! The Human Nest is exactly what you are picturing right now….a giant nest for humans to sleep in. Such an amazing experience, breathtaking views, and an unforgettable breakfast. That’s right…you guessed it! Waffles!!! Except these waffles came with the most stunning view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. AND did I mention they were complimentary?!? Even better right!!

Treebones Resort Big Sur, CA
Treebones Resort Big Sur, CA

Look at that view!! I find myself constantly wishing I was there! But my view isn’t so bad here either….Look at those sweet faces!!! And they love strawberries too!

Oscar & Nittany #bakingsquad #dachshunds
Here’s all that you’ll need: Strawberries, blueberries, flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla.

Berry Delicious Belgian Waffles ingredients list

In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder.


In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder.

Separate eggs. Place the egg yolks in a bowl. Save the egg whites! We’ll be using those as well!
Separate eggs. Place the egg yolks in a bowl.

Lightly beat the egg yolks with a whisk.
Lightly beat the egg yolks with a whisk.

Add the milk, butter, and vanilla to the bowl with the egg yolks and mix well with whisk.

Add the milk, butter, and vanilla to the bowl with the egg yolks and mix well with whisk.

Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined. Don’t worry if it still looks a little lumpy. Totally fine!

Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Here’s where we’ll use those egg whites from earlier. Place the egg whites in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. I started on a medium speed. Continue to increase the speed every 10-15 seconds until you’re all the way up to the max! At about 2 minutes my stiff white peaks began to form.

Place the egg whites in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.

See! Look how foamy! This is where the waffles get that extra fluffiness from!

Light and fluffy stiff peaks!

Using a spoon or a spatula, gently fold the egg whites into your batter.

Gently fold the egg whites into your batter.

Keep folding until they’re all mixed in! I like to make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl and really get them mixed in there good.

Plug in your waffle iron. I love this one Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel. Spray lightly with cooking spray before it starts to heat up. You’ll only have to do this step one time. Once the iron is hot you will not have to continue to spray between waffles.

Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Turn it on and begin to heat.

Let’s get those toppings ready! Now is a good time to slice up some of those strawberries while the waffle iron is heating up! Don’t they look delicious! I could eat them without the waffles.

Get your toppings ready! Slice up the strawberries.

When your waffle iron is ready, scoop in a small amount of batter. This part will take a little bit of trial and error to figure out just exactly how much batter is needed. My waffle iron is by Cuisinart and takes about half a cup of batter per waffle. Quickly spread the batter with a spatula. Don’t worry about getting every crevice! The batter will naturally spread out on its own as well.

Scoop in the waffle batter and spread evenly. Don't worry about filling every crevice.

Close it up and wait for the beep, or the buzzer, or the light to go on! OMG! Golden delicious goodness!!!

Close the waffle iron and wait for the timer to go off.

Gently lift the waffle out of the iron and onto your plate……and into your mouth!!

Gently lift the waffle out of the iron and onto your plate.

Add the sliced strawberries and blueberries (and maybe a little butter or syrup or whipped cream!!) and Voila! You’re done! If you need me, I’ll be right here daydreaming about Big Sur while stuffing my face with Belgian waffles! Nom nom nom!!

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Berry Delicious Belgian Waffles

May 31, 2017
: 6 large round waffles (or about 10 smaller rectangle ones)
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sliced fresh strawberries
  • fresh blueberries
  • syrup (optional)
Directions
  • Step 1 In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  • Step 2 Separate eggs. Place the egg yolks in a bowl and lightly beat with a whisk.
  • Step 3 Add the milk, butter, and vanilla to the egg yolks and mix well with whisk.
  • Step 4 Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Step 5 Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
  • Step 6 Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.
  • Step 7 Serve with fresh berries and syrup if desired

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Big, Fat, Ooey, Gooey Cinnamon Buns

Big, Fat, Ooey, Gooey Cinnamon Buns

YESSSSS!!!!!!! Look at all of that drippy cream cheese frosting! OMG! This is one of those recipes that I almost shouldn’t  have. They are SO good! I definitely should NOT be able to make these whenever I feel like it. And you know what’s even […]