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Citrus Steak Salad

Citrus Steak Salad

Summer nights are made for quick and easy dinner recipes. Citrus Steak Salad is the most perfect all in one dinner salad to get the job done. Crunchy greens, tender steak, juicy strawberries, mandarin oranges and a citrusy, made from scratch vinaigrette make for a meal […]

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread is such a simple recipe but it’s so amazingly good. You absolutely need this quick and easy appetizer recipe in your arsenal. I mean could there be a more classic combination than broccoli and cheese? I don’t think so! Just try it […]

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad is the salad I’ve been missing all my life! Our garden is overflowing with cucumbers right about now and my hubby is. In. His. Glory!! But I’m not the type to just sit there and munch on a plain cucumber all on its own. It’s just too boring for me. I’m all about flavor!! And this juicy, refreshing salad is just bursting with it. Watermelon Cucumber Salad is a unique combination that’s the perfect balance of both sweet and savory. This gorgeous salad is made with just a few fresh and simple ingredients. No garbage, just good stuff, so you won’t feel guilty about loading up on this one. And it makes eating all those cucumbers so much more enjoyable. Hurry and grab a watermelon before summer’s gone! Definitely my new favorite way to eat cucumbers!

Here’s all you’ll need: seedless watermelon, cucumber, green onions, fresh mint, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

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First off….did you notice how my cucumber’s almost as big as the watermelon??? Well not quite…but we sure got some monsters this year! Start by cutting the cucumber in half lengthwise, then slice away. You’ll end up with a bunch of bitesize half circles. Or in this case, gigantic, mouthful sized half circles.

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Next cube the watermelon, mince up that mint, and slice some green onions. Toss it all in a large bowl and mix to combine. Oooh…..It’s starting to look so pretty already!! This colorful salad is definitely a showstopper!! And that fresh mint makes it smell AHHH-mazing!!!

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In a separate container, mix up the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. It’s best to use a container with a resealable lid. Triple check that the lid is sealed, shake it up and you’ve got yourself a delicious dressing. You could also swap out with a flavored balsamic vinegar or olive oil to take it to the next level!

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Drizzle your homemade dressing over the salad like the boss that you are and we’re done! Watermelon Cucumber Salad is best served fresh. Don’t worry! You’re gonna wanna eat it right away!! This salad is so easy to make and comes together in moments notice. It’s the perfect last minute addition. No excuses on why you can’t bring a dish to that Labor Day potluck this year!!

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So fresh! So delicious!! Watermelon Cucumber Salad I think I’m in love with you!!! You will be too. If you love easy recipes and fresh flavors then you’ve gotta try our Colorful Caprese Salad Kebabs.

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad

August 21, 2018
: 8 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 English cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/8 cup minced fresh mint
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise, then slice into half circles. Cube the watermelon into bitesize pieces, slice the green onions, and mince the mint. Add to a large bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Step 2 In a separate bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well to make a dressing.
  • Step 3 Pour the dressing over the salad and serve immediately. Refrigerate covered for up to two hours. Enjoy!!

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Key Lime Mousse Tarts

Key Lime Mousse Tarts

Summer is literally disappearing before my very eyes this year! Between starting an exciting new job, a revolving door of house guests that we hadn’t seen in foreva, and a few really spectacular parties, I pretty much blinked and July was gone. On the bright […]

Rhubarb Ice Cream

Rhubarb Ice Cream

I’ll be honest…I’ve never even tried rhubarb until I made this recipe! But if you’re going to be adventurous and try something new, I can’t think of a better way to do it than in ice cream form. My Dad grows rhubarb in his garden […]

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 needed to bake up this delicious, no fail recipe. Nothing beats the taste of a warm biscuit fresh from the oven! Light & Flaky Biscuits are perfect to serve alongside a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Or add a little jam and pair them with breakfast or brunch. Either way you’ll be glad you tried this one!

Here’s all you’ll need: flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, shortening, an egg, and milk.

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In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to combine.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to combine. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

Cut in the shortening using a fork or dun-da-da-daaaaa…..wait for it…..a pastry blender!!! I finally bit the bullet and bought a pastry blender. It was so adult of me!! No more squishing with my fingers when a recipe calls to cut in butter or shortening with a knife or fork. Ok so maybe I’ll go back to my roots every once in awhile. It WAS pretty fun! But seriously BUY a pastry blender. They’re so inexpensive and really make your life so much easier. And they don’t take up too much room in your kitchen which is half the reason I stall on buying specialty kitchen gadgets.

Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or fork. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

Next whisk together the egg and milk. I always use skim when cooking or baking because that’s what we drink. But 2%, whole milk, whatever you got, it works. Heck you can even substitute cream in a pinch! Cooking and baking should cater to YOUR tastes…..or to whatever you have on hand in the fridge. But my hubby is ALWAYS fabulous about running to the store for me when I forget ingredients. He really needs a shout out for that!

Next whisk together the egg and milk. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

Pour the milk and egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened or basically until the all the dry ingredients disappear. Your dough should look like this! Mmm! Look at all those air pockets that will help our dough rise up nice and tall while baking.

Pour the milk and egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

On a well floured surface, knead the dough 8-10 times. Punch it down, fold it over on itself, basically just suck up some of that extra flour. Easy peasy! Then using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 3/4″ thickness. I’ve got two of these wood rolling pins and they’ve never done me wrong!

On a well floured surface, knead the dough 8-10 times. Roll dough out to 3/4" thickness. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

Now cut out biscuits using a 2-1/2″ biscuit cutter or circle cookie cutter. The biscuit cutter is another new tool for me! It was so easy to use and I love the fancy little scalloped edges that it left behind. Place the biscuits on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Parchment paper is life! But you already knew that. Its ok if you don’t get all 12 biscuits cut on the first run. It’s ok to ball up the dough and roll it out again to cut a few more!

Cut the biscuits using a 2-1/2" biscuit cutter. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. #biscuits #flakybiscuits #homemadebiscuits

Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Can you believe how tall these homemade biscuits bake up?!? They seriously turn out this great. Every. Damn. Time!

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Top warm biscuits with a pad of butter and watch it melt! This little stack is for me! You’re going to have to get your own! If you loved this quick and easy bread recipe then you need to check out our Parmesan Garlic Knots.

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Light & Flaky Biscuits

Light & Flaky Biscuits

April 29, 2018
: 12
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to combine.
  • Step 2 Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Step 3 Whisk together the egg and milk.Pour the milk and egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened.
  • Step 4 On a well floured surface, knead the dough 8-10 times. Then roll the dough out to 3/4″ thickness.
  • Step 5 Cut out biscuits using a 2-1/2″ biscuit cutter or circle cookie cutter.Place the biscuits on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Step 6 Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken

Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken

There’s something about a good pasta dish that just can’t be beat! Bring on the carbs!! Penne Gorgonzola with Chicken has that fancy Italian restaurant feel but I’ll let you in on a little secret…..it actually comes together in a snap! Besides boiling the pasta, […]

Chocolate Overload Cake

Chocolate Overload Cake

So let me talk about this cake for a minute! I baked this up for the blog and dropped a few slices off with family and friends. My brother, Danny and sister in law, Sarah, were two of the lucky recipients. After I dropped off […]

Classic Beef Chili

Classic Beef Chili

From now until the end of December, my to do list is about a mile long. I cross one thing off and suddenly 3 more things pop onto to the list. I don’t know how, but it just keeps multiplying!!! Pull out the Christmas decorations. Decorate the Christmas tree. Make cookies. Wrap presents. Make sure everything I ordered online shows up in the mail (that is a full time job in itself!!). And it goes on….and on……and on! If anyone is looking for gift ideas for me, a personal assistant would be great please!!! And then there’s the normal every day stuff that still has to be done, like grocery shop and make dinner. Well I’m here to help ya with that last one! I’ve got an easy, one pot, super filling, delicious, husband approved recipe, and it’s a good old fashioned chili! This is your basic chili recipe that will appeal to everyone. You can doll it up to suit your taste. Don’t like peppers, leave ’em out! Need to kick the spiciness up a notch, add some hot sauce. This is a recipe where I encourage you to do you!!! Heck if you forgot to buy a can of beans, just skip it! Pinky promise that it will still be awesome. This recipe is meant to be stress free!!! And I have a feeling that’s just what you need right about now. Toss this on the stove and go to work on that list! Think of it as an early Christmas present from me to you!

Here’s all you’ll need: ground beef, onions, peppers, garlic, chili powder, salt, oregano, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and kidney beans. Chop the onions and peppers into small pieces. I will tell you time and time again, I am a total wimp when it comes to the spicy foods, so I of course, always use sweet green peppers. But you can use any kind of pepper that your heart desires to make this as mild or wild as you like!In a large pot, combine the peppers, onions, garlic, and ground beef. I started out with a dutch oven. I don’t know what made me think that I could fit two pounds of meat and all of the other chili goodness inside that lil pot, but I had to switch to my gigantic soup pot about half way through. So take it from me, grab a big pot for this one!Cook and crumble meat over medium heat until browned. Drain excess oil.Toss in the stewed tomatoes. Do not drain. We want all of that good tomatoe-y liquid right in there! Break up the tomatoes as you stir. I just corner them with a spatula and cut them in half or squish them against the side of the pot. That is a real technique. If you have picky eaters that aren’t into tomatoes, I find that if you break them up really, really good, the tomato haters don’t even mind that they’re in there. Really! I couldn’t believe it myself the first time I snuck them in. It’s really THAT good! BTW….did you notice the bigger pot??? Stir in the chili powder, oregano, salt, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook covered for one hour, stirring occasionally. Oh my yumm-ness!! So many good flavors!!Stir in the beans (with the liquid). Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Again this is an awesome time to freestyle. Do you really like beans??? Add two cans! Do you really hate beans??? Skip ’em! Make this recipe your own! For real. Go nuts!! Serve hot with your favorite chili toppings! I think cheddar, sour cream and green onions are absolutely perfection, but I also love adding crushed Tostitos. What are your favorite toppings or add ins?

Classic Beef Chili

November 29, 2017
: 8
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large pot, combine the peppers, onions, garlic, and ground beef. Cook and crumble meat over medium heat until browned. Drain excess oil.
  • Step 2 Stir in the stewed tomatoes (with liquid). Break up the tomatoes as you stir.
  • Step 3 Stir in the chili powder, oregano, salt, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook covered for one hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Step 4 Stir in the beans (with the liquid). Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Step 5 Serve hot with chili toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

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Cheesy Sweet Potato Pizza

Cheesy Sweet Potato Pizza

You’ve probably made it through your Thanksgiving leftovers by now and if you’re anything like me, you’re still not quite ready to bust out a full blown meal just yet. Most people would rather be Christmas shopping and decorating trees this weekend than stuck in […]