Recipes

My Favorite Pasta Sauce Recipe

My Favorite Pasta Sauce Recipe

I'm Italian and VERY picky when it comes to the sauce so I want to share my pasta sauce recipe with you (or gravy as my family calls it!).  I won't eat pasta at certain restaurants because I don't care for their pasta sauce.   I want a nice tomato flavor to my sauce and it's so simple to make that I thought I'd share it with you. When in a pinch I will use jarred tomato sauce but I always flavor it.  But when I have time for it to cook I'd prefer to use canned tomatoes and my favorite Italian seasonings and meats to give it an awesome flavor. You'll need two cans of Tomato Puree or Crushed Tomatoes (I prefer Cento or Pastene Kitchen Ready) or sometimes I use one of each, olive oil, crushed...

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Dessert Dip Recipes for the Sweet Tooth in all of us

Dessert Dip Recipes for the Sweet Tooth in all of us

I've heard people say that they don't have much of a sweet tooth.  I can't even imagine not having a sweet tooth!  I love sweets and so does my family!  If you have any get togethers coming up, instead of bringing the usual desserts, why not try a one of these dessert dip recipes instead?  Here are 15 dessert dip recipes that are sure to please the sweet tooth in you! 15 Dessert Dip Recipes Cheesecake Cake Batter Dip | I wash you Dry - I had to stare at this recipe for a bit because it just looked too good to be true.  I'll be hitting the treadmill for a bit tonight! Canoli Dip | Cooking Classy - The best part of a canoli are the creamy insides.  Ditch the breading and just go straight for...

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe

  If you have a peanut butter cup lover in your house, you have to try these!!! I love baking and when I come across a recipe that is simple, I'm all over it.  When I spent my first Christmas with my inlaws, she had these cookies.  I think  I ate them all on her!  I knew I needed the recipe and thankfully she was happy to share.  Little did I know how easy they were to make! The best part of these cookies, besides eating them all in one sitting,  you only need 2 ingredients - premade chocolate chip cookie dough and Reese's mini peanut butter cups.    The only other thing you need is a mini muffin tin, some cupcake liners, and your oven! MONEY SAVING HINT Grab some Reese's mini cups...

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Saltine Cracker Toffee Recipe – Christmas Crack

Saltine Cracker Toffee Recipe – Christmas Crack

One of the most popular things I make at the holidays is Saltine Cracker Toffee which is also known as Christmas Crack.  Everyone LOVES it.  And I love to make it because it only has 4 ingredients - so it's easy to put together - but the best part is it takes about 10 minutes to make! Christmas Crack - AKA Saltine Cracker Toffee Recipe 2 Sticks of butter (1 cup) brown sugar (dark or light, I used light brown) - 1 cup baking chocolate chips - semi-sweet, milk chocolate or dark chocolate - whichever you prefer - 1 bag Saltine Crackers (store brand is fine) 1 - 2 packages depending on the size of your cooking sheet Aluminum foil or Parchment paper Cooking Spray Preheat over to 425.  Then prep...

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Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Yesterday was my day for making Christmas cookies.  I make about 8 different Christmas Cookies every year and give all our friends trays of cookies for Christmas.  I love to see their happy faces when I hand them a try, it always makes me feel good!  Besides the fact that I really enjoy baking them. Here are some new recipes I found this year that I know my family would love and I'm sure yours will too! Christmas Cookies Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies - These will melt in  your mouth! Delicious Secret Ingredient Cookies - Arts Crackers - This secret ingredient makes this cookie delicious! Holiday Chalkboard Sugar Cookies - A Turtles Life For Me - A chalkboard cookie?  These could be a...

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Butterball Cookie Recipe

Butterball Cookie Recipe

I've been baking!!  I love baking and so does my family.  They all anxiously wait for the taste testing part.  They usually ask me a few times if it's time to taste them yet.  I can't blame them, it's my favorite part too. I make about 8 different cookies for the holidays but the ones that are the most popular and everyone's favorite is a Butterball Cookie recipe that my mom passed down to me.   The reason why they are called butterballs is that they are made with a lot of butter and no eggs so they have a big butter taste.  And when you combine butter with powdered sugar - they just melt in your mouth! Butterball Cookie Recipe Over the years I've seen a few variations of this recipe but...

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10 Yummy Pumpkin Recipes

10 Yummy Pumpkin Recipes

  I love this time of year for so many reasons.  One of them being pumpkin!  I love pumpkin desserts and this time of year I'm always looking for some new ideas.  Here are 10 yummy Pumpkin recipes you can make using either real pumpkin or canned pumpkin.  They are perfect thanksgiving dessert ideas or really just for any time right now! Dark Chocolate Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake Pumpkin Rice Pudding Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Latte Pumpkin Mousse Pumpkin Bars Coconut Flour Pumpkin Muffins Mom's Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Icebox Cake Recipe Pumpkin Pie Milkshake Which one of these Pumpkin Recipes will you try this holiday season? Check our more...

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15 Stuffing Recipes for Fall

15 Stuffing Recipes for Fall

I know it's still early but the Fall is approaching so I wanted to get a kickstart on the fall posts.  Stuffing is a staple item during the fall and especially at Thanksgiving time. It can be made in many different ways and taste great every time! Check out the 15 stuffing recipes we found to be yummy enough to share! 15 Stuffing Recipes Quinoa Stuffing | Just Us Four - Quinoa is all the rage these days and for a good reason! It tastes great and is a healthy alternative! Easy cornbread Dressing | A Worthey Read - Using cornbread in your stuffing is a classic movie.  There are a few ways to make it using cornbread and this is one of our favorites! Wild Rice Stuffing | Wendy’s Hat - I had...

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12 Gluten-Free Recipes for Quick Dinners!

12 Gluten-Free Recipes for Quick Dinners!

A lot of people are going Gluten-Free for one reason or another and if you cook a lot, it can really put a damper on some of your favorite recipes.  Below you'll find a list of 12 Gluten-Free Recipes that are quick and easy to make, which is perfect for the Back To School season! 12 Quick Gluten-Free Recipes Honey Mustard Zoodles | Vegetarian Mama – This is a cute and very colorful quick dinner that is perfect for any gluten-free family on the go! Black Bean and Beef Enchilada Casserole | Julia’s Album – If you want Mexican night but don’t have the time for it, try this yummy casserole that wraps all of Mexican cooking in to one dish! Skillet Chicken Fajitas | Recipe Runner – Fajitas are...

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15 Apple Pie Variation Recipes for the Fall

15 Apple Pie Variation Recipes for the Fall

  It is apple picking time and that means I will have plenty to bake with!  Apple pie is great for every part of the year but we often see it more around the fall than anything.  It's great for a Thanksgiving dessert and I don't know many people who don't love it.  There are plenty of ways to make an apple pie.  Check below for a few variations we enjoyed! 15 Apple Pie Recipes Dutch Apple Pie | Cincy Shopper - This apple pie recipe is for the classic Dutch version which never fails to be a hit for any vent. Apple Pie Dumplings | Spend with Pennies - These dumplings are not your normal every day dumplings.  Underneath these dumplings is that thick apple pie filling. Extremely good. Apple...

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Spooky Bundt Cake Recipe

Spooky Bundt Cake Recipe

Baking can be so much fun and the more creative you are, the more fun it is!  If you want a fun dessert for your Halloween gathering, or for the kids after school, try this fun Spooky Bundt Cake recipe and impress everyone you know! Spooky Bundt Cake Recipe Cake Ingredients: 1/2 C unsalted butter, room temp 2 egg whites 2 eggs 2 C flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 baking soda 3/4 C buttermilk 1 1/2 C sugar 1 tsp vanilla Neon orange, neon purple, and Neon orange, neon purple, Cake Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and then prep bundt cake pan. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. Beat butter on high for 30 seconds with a mixer. Add sugar and...

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Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe

Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe

My kids love to celebrate the holidays with fun bakery treats.  They especially love to help me bake cookies for the holidays.  Halloween and Thanksgiving are no exceptions.  Pumpkin cookies are perfect for any time in October and November and this cookie recipe will be fun to make, not to mention fun to eat!   The pumpkin cookies themselves are sugar cookies... who doesn't love a fun homemade sugar cookie? Especially one covered in orange icing? Try this Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe for a fun fall treat! Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe Cookie Ingredients: 5 C flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 1/2 C soft unsalted butter 2 C granulated sugar 4 eggs Cookie Directions:  Cream the soft butter...

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10 Amazing Summer Salad Recipes

10 Amazing Summer Salad Recipes

We love having friends over especially in the summertime when we have the pool open!  Nothing better than spending the day outside, swimming, cooking on the grill and spending time with our friends. One thing I always like to make for a cookout is a salad.  It's easy, refreshing since it's cold and you can really dress it up to taste great and look pretty!  Plus when you a salad with veggies, you won't feel guilty about the desserts you'll also have! 10 Amazing Summer Salad Recipes Here are 10 Summer Salad Recipes that your friends and family will thank you for making! Spinach Blueberry and Blue Cheese Mason Jar Salad | How Was Your Day? - Mason jar salads are great for taking to picnics...

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Five Ways to Use Pesto This Summer

Five Ways to Use Pesto This Summer

Pesto is an excellent way to add flavor to meals. Because it is often a bit expensive, here are a few tips for using it all up in a variety of tasty summer dishes. Cooking with Pesto I love cooking with Pesto because it is in my opinion, delicious - be it basil, sun-dried tomato, mint, or otherwise. Basil pesto, in particular, is an excellent complement to many foods and is even very easy to make at home (mix in a processor two cups packed basil, one clove of garlic, four teaspoons olive oil, a half cup of grated Parmesan cheese, and a handful of walnuts or sunflower seeds).  If you want to grow your own basil make sure you read my tips for growing basil. Store-bought versions can get...

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The Best Veggies To Grill This Summer

The Best Veggies To Grill This Summer

The Best Veggies To Grill This Summer Warmer weather and long summer days are the perfect combinations for firing up the grill. Although you can most certainly grill year-round, many people like to take advantage of the outdoors when they have more daylight and fresh produce to use up in favorite dishes. Plus, grilling is an excellent way to avoid being stuck in a hot kitchen while preparing warm meals. Besides, grilling in your backyard pairs well with any social situations. A lot of people consider the grill as a way to perfect their favorite meats, but it is much more versatile in what it can cook. Many vegetarians are well versed in just how great a grill can make veggies taste, but...

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