Christmas is just around the corner and to a few in my family that means Eggnog is in the store. I thought it would be fun to make some Eggnog Cookies. These cookies have eggnog in the cookie as well as in the icing. This easy recipe was quick to prepare and make. I like using a small cookie scoop because not only does it make more cookies but I do not have half eaten cookies laying around to finish later.
Just a few hints:
Make sure you use butter, not margarine.
Dough can be ...
Freeze Green Onions
I love using green onions in recipes but also as garnishes. The problem is I never seem to finish all that I have purchased before they wilt or go slimy.
Did you know green onions can be frozen?
Jelly roll baking sheet
Freezer safe container
How to freeze green onions:
Slice the onions any way you choose.
Lay them out flat on a jelly roll baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Place the baking sheet in the ...
Whenever I make these Candied Pecans we cannot stop eating them. They have a light sugary coating that goes well in a salad on a pie or with candied yams for Thanksgiving. This is an easy recipe to put together. It does take a little time to bake and stir every 15 minutes so the nuts do not burn, but it gives you time to sip some hot chocolate.
Package these delicious candied pecans up and deliver them as thank you gifts or neighbor gifts. Your friends will be asking you for the recipe...
Roasted Balsamic Vegetables
Side dishes are often times over looked, especially at my house. This is an easy recipe but you need to plan ahead to let the vegetables marinade for the best flavor. The balsamic vinegar and the caramelization from roasting adds a sweetness to the vegetables. It is easy to switch out these vegetables for those in season at different times of the year.
Just a few tips:
Lining the baking pan with foil helps with an easy clean up.
Try cooking this in a grill basket.
Go ahead and ...
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
If you need to have a quick meal when you get home or want to free up oven space for your Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter meal, cooking potatoes in the crock pot is a great solution. I love using potatoes because they are cheap and can compliment almost any meal. When I think of easy recipes including potatoes I immediately think of crock pot baked potatoes. The potatoes can be prepared in the morning and will be ready for lunch or dinner depending on your setting.
Crock Pot Baked ...
Easy Creamed Corn
Easy Creamed Corn is a favorite side dish. This easy recipe can be made along with the rest of the meal or make it in the morning and throw it in the crock pot to warm and thicken. Bring this to a large gathering to impress your friends.
Just a few tips:
If you want to use frozen corn put it in a colander and run some hot water over it for a minute to thaw.
If you use fresh corn cobs make sure you run the back of the knife over the cut area of the cob to extract the corn juice. It ...
Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
I woke up today with snow falling from the sky. What a good day to make Crock Pot White Chicken Chili. This is an easy recipe where everything can be added in the crock pot, frozen chicken included, turn it on low and let it cook all day. Just before serving pull out the chicken, shred, then return to the crock pot. My kids love adding a few extra ingredients to top the chili in their own bowls. It is a great way to customize the chili to their own tastes. Serve this with some delicious ...
How To Keep Asparagus Fresh
You bring asparagus home from the grocery store but now what? How do you keep it fresh until it is time to cook it? If you wait too long the ends will dry out. You will then need to cut off more of the stem before cooking resulting in less to eat. My favorite recipe is Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan.
How to Keep Asparagus Fresh
Keep the rubber band around the bunch of asparagus to keep it more manageable.
Chop 1 inch off the ...
When you have a great soup or chili on a cold, rainy day all that is missing is a great slice of bread or a fluffy, moist cornbread. This is an easy recipe because it takes 35 minutes from start to finish. The ingredients are common, perhaps already in your pantry. Try out our Ham and Cheese Potato Soup, Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup, or Fresh Pea or Cauliflower Soup.
Just a few tips:
I love using a cast iron skillet for this recipe. Preheat the skillet as you preheat the oven. The ...
Ham and Cheese Potato Soup
When the weather changes and starts to become cold soup is always one of those comfort foods we enjoy. This easy recipe, Potato Soup, is also great to have the day after a big ham meal such as Thanksgiving or Christmas. The leftovers can be chopped and added in to create a delicious soup. My girls always ask for more ham!
Just a few tips:
When I cook bacon I save the bacon grease to use for later. I always have a stash in my freezer! For this recipe I pull out some of that saved ...
How to Ripen Green Tomatoes
If you have a garden like mine it is slowing down and I’m slowly cleaning up my garden for the year. I have many tomatoes still on the vine that are green. What do I do with those? Throw them away with the plant, eat green tomatoes or ripen them?
Did you know you can ripen green tomatoes?
Wide, shallow thick cardboard box
How To Ripen Green Tomatoes
Remove the green tomatoes from the vines before the frost.
Wash under running water and ...
Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan
Some good friends of ours first introduced us to grilled asparagus a few years ago. It was strange and new and my kids didn't know what to expect, but they/we all loved it. Since then we have discovered we especially love the thin tender asparagus spears. Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan is an easy recipe that can be made just before serving.
The baking temperature is not a misprint. Crank that oven up and roast them at 550 degrees F. The spears come out pipping hot. Using a microplane ...
Raspberry Sweet Rolls
Sweet rolls is a special treat in our home. The prep time is a little long (most of it is rising time) so I don't make them very often. Honestly I would love to make them all the time because they are that good, but then I would eat them and that isn't great. Christmas day is one of those special times where cinnamon rolls are a must. They are requested by my girls each year.
Because of our abundance of raspberries this year I have been making a lot of easy recipes with raspberries; ...
Creamy Chicken with Vegetables
When soccer and volleyball season are in full swing we are going every night. My girls get home from school and have a 30 minute break, then it is off to the races. We are bouncing from one place to another usually doing homework in the car. When we do come home it is either for a short window or it is late and everyone is grumpy because they are hungry and tired. These are the nights when I need a super quick easy recipe. This Creamy Chicken with Vegetables can be put together so quickly I ...
Mini Sausage Frittata
I'm happy to be working with Johnsonville to bring you this Mini Sausage Frittata recipe. This breakfast recipe takes a little longer to cook because I like my hash browns crispy. Most of your time is waiting for the fritatas to bake which makes the preparation simple which means this an easy recipe.
All of my kids LOVED this recipe. After just a couple bites they told me we needed to make this again. This was a home run! They especialy loved the sausage in the middle!
I have found ...
Raspberry Cream Cheese French Toast
We are having raspberry everything in my house right now and I love it! I have been picking about 2 cups from my raspberry bushes each day. We have more on the vines but those end up in my kids mouths before we make it to the kitchen! Our Homemade Raspberry Syrup as well as this Raspberry Cream Cheese French Toast are easy recipes. This is an overnight french toast recipe or if you love breakfast for dinner just prepare this early in the morning.
Before you start making this Raspberry ...
Chocolate Turtle Cake
Sometimes I need an easy recipe that is also quick to make. This Chocolate Turtle Cake is one of those recipes. I always seem to have a cake mix in my pantry as well as a variety of chips and nuts. Add a can of evaporated milk and stick of butter and you have everything you need.
This recipe uses my favorite cake mix, german chocolate! Mix the melted butter with the cake mix and evaporated milk.
Put half of the cake mixture into your pan and cook for 10 minutes. Pull it out of ...
Homemade Raspberry Syrup
Raspberries hold a special place in my heart. When I was little the raspberries grew on the side of our house. I would jump over the side of the front porch to pick. Each time I went out I would come back with a huge bowl! When my kids go to Grandma and Grandpa's house they like to have their snack outside in the garden. The main thing they eat are raspberries - which Grandma calls "candy" because they are so sweet. This year at my house we have an abundance of raspberries. I have been freezing ...
Chicken Broccoli Casserole
I love nights when I can dump and go. This Chicken Broccoli Casserole is one of those easy recipes. The hardest part is cooking and dicing the chicken. To make it even faster use left over chicken or thanksgiving turkey, canned chicken or even rotisserie chicken. The recipe calls for frozen broccoli because it is ready to go, no need to thaw. In fact the extra water makes the sauce a little more soupy which is the way we like it. You are welcome to use fresh broccoli, just make sure to cut ...
Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup
When we have a busy night with so many things going on dinner is always an easy recipe which usually means something from the slow cooker such as this Chicken Taco Soup. I love spending just a few minutes in the morning and then reaping the reward hours later when the chaos is in full swing. I always feel like a good mom when I can feed my family left at home while I am in the car driving other kids.
This chicken taco soup is full of flavor. My favorite part of this recipe is the mexican ...
My kids love helping me in the kitchen. My 2 year old is my biggest help right now--sometimes a little too helpful if you know what I mean! My kids love creating recipes. Working with Johnsville Sausage we have created an easy Sausage and Egg Breakfast Quesadilla that kids can make because my kids will eat anything wrapped in a tortilla.
The hardest part of this recipe is the sausage. But fear not! I want to tell you about Johnsonville Fully Cooked Sausage. All the hard work is done. No ...
Taco Skillet Dinner
Our busy season has already started! We have soccer, piano, volleyball and gymnastics at night during the week making it hard for dinner. Only some of us are home for dinner or we are eating in the car on the way or between places. For the next 8 weeks dinner time at my house is crazy and hard. Crock pot meals make easy recipes as well as one dish meals. One of our favorite one dish meals is this Taco Skillet Dinner.
This taco skillet dinner is so versatile. It can be eaten on a bed of ...
Easy Peach Pie
It is peach season! One of my trees is producing large beautiful peaches that are ready to be picked. My girls helped me pick a few and wanted to make an easy recipe. We decided to make Easy Peach Pie. This recipe can be prepped and in the oven within 15 minutes! The peaches can easily be prepared by using a trick I'll share, the butter/flour/sugar mixture is combined in a food processor and the crust is premade. Put it all together and it is ready to cook. The cooking and cooling time is ...
Watermelon Spears – How To Cut A Watermelon
We recently spent a few fun days at a family reunion. At one of the meals we had watermelon as I'm sure many people do at a large gathering. When I saw my kids eating it I thought, what a smart idea! Why didn't I think of this way to cut a watermelon? You know I love easy recipes so of course I would love this easy watermelon preparation and delivery.
Before we cut the watermelon we need to pick the best watermelon. When you walk into the grocery store or farmers market you will find ...