A New Take on a Classic Family Dinner: Mom’s Mexican Lasagna

Happy Cinco de Mayo tomorrow everyone! I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Mexico. Perhaps I’ll be able to sneak in a little siesta. ūüėÄ This week I wanted to make something delicious and easy not just for Cinco de Mayo but for any day. I wasn’t sure what to do so I did what I always do. Called my mom and asked for her opinion. My mom is the best cook I know. I might be biased, but she did¬†have¬†her own catering business. Just saying, seriously delicious family dinners. She is amazing¬†and so generously sharing one of her recipes: Mexican lasagna.

Mom's Mexican Lasagna

This is seriously simple and delicious. Full of cheesy goodness and not spicy for all those true Minnesotans like myself. Using tortillas instead of noodles is brilliant. This recipe is fantastic for dinner, whether it’s Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, or Tuesday.

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A Sweet Recipe Full of Love: Cinnamon Twist Pastry Hearts

Good morning everyone! Just under a week till Valentine’s Day! I know lots of you already have your dinner reservation. And if you haven’t, I hope you have a plan B. Otherwise I highly recommend planning a lovely night in, which is what my family and I do every year. It’s less of a headache for everyone. This year I wanted to bake a special treat for everyone. Not everyone loves chocolate as much as I do, but we all love cinnamon rolls and cinnamon roll inspired treats. To keep with¬†the Valentine’s Day theme, I created these delicious cinnamon twist pastry hearts.

Cinnamon Twist Pastry Hearts Recipe - So sweet and yummy!

These pastry hearts¬†might look complicated, but with pre-made pastry sheets these tasty treats are easy to whip up. The rich cinnamon and brown sugar swirled throughout is so delicious. If you take it a step further and create the pink cream cheese frosting it’s like eating the middle of a cinnamon roll, which is the best part. ūüėÄ

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Overnight Oatmeal Cookies with Molasses and Lemon

Hello everyone! We are more than halfway through January. Isn’t that crazy?! New Year’s Eve seems like it was just last week and also months ago. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolution? My resolutions have been a mixture of successes and fails, but I’m still going which is the most important thing. One of the things I’ve been craving is cookies. There is nothing quite like having a warm cookie with a hot cup of tea on a snowy January day. I decided to having a small cookie was better than being so fixated on cookies that I end up eating my way out of a bag of Oreos. My great grandmother’s recipe box came to my aid with a delicious recipe for overnight oatmeal cookies.

This recipe does require chilling the dough overnight, but the promise of warm oatmeal cookies¬†is more than enough. Both molasses and lemon zest¬†go into these yummy little cookies giving these traditional cookies an unconventional twist. You’ll love nibbling on these oatmeal cookies with a nice hot cup of tea some cold winter day.

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Soft & Crackly Ginger Cookies

Christmas is this Sunday…eeek! I didn’t think Christmas would sneak up on me this year, but it has especially when it comes to baking. I’ve barely baked any Christmas treats this year! My gifts may be bought and mostly wrapped, but my cookie jar is sadly empty. This Christmas tragedy must be remedied posthaste! Turning to my trusty recipe box, I found my great grandmother’s recipe for soft and crackly ginger cookies. Baking one of my great grandmother’s recipes¬†is a perfect way to cherish all of my family at this wonderful time of year.

Soft & Crackly Ginger Cookie recipe. Perfect for Christmas time!

My great grandmother was certainly on to something with these delicious cookies. These ginger cookies are so soft and yummy that they disappeared in two hours and I swear I only ate two.The ginger with a bit of clove gives a Christmas-y spice without being overpowering. Best thing is that you can make up the dough beforehand and have fresh baked ginger cookies on Christmas Day.

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Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake: a Delicious State Fair Treat

One of the best¬†things about¬†the end of summer here¬†is the Minnesota State Fair. Otherwise known as the “Great Minnesota Get Together”. Through the twelve days of the fair, there are animals, concerts, activities, and lots of food. You can pretty much find anything on a stick and many things deep fried. Most Minnesotans eat their¬†way through the fair walking it off as they go. I must confess I am one of these people. French fries, cheese curds, and all you can drink milk for $2 are always on my list of what to eat. Also on my food list are deep fried Oreos¬ģ and funnel cake. So yummy!

I wanted to be able to enjoy and share a¬†sweet, fair treat throughout the year. So I decided to not only make these desserts but combine them into a decadent dessert. This recipe for Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake is a sweet tribute to delicious¬†the¬†State Fair food.

Cookies 'N Cream Funnel Cake

These are actually easy and quick to make. Depending on how big you like your funnel cakes, this recipe will make a enough for at least 4 people and easily 6 people. The crushed chocolate cookies in this funnel cake adds yummy, rich flavor.

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Lemon Cookies with Lemon Icing: a perfect summer treat!

The sun is shining and the weather has been steadily heating up so far this summer. I wish we had a pool but thankfully in Minnesota a beautiful lake is usually not too far away. I’m looking forward to sitting on the beach or in the backyard enjoying a cool glass of lemonade. It doesn’t get much more summery than that. Until I get a relaxing afternoon outside, I really want to make something sweet, lemony, and delicious. In my vintage recipe box I found a great recipe for lemon cookies.

Lemon Cookies with Lemon Icing

With help from my sweet mom, I was able to whip up some lemon icing as well, and they turned out so yummy. I brought them to a picnic and everyone happily ate them up. These lemon cookies are very easy and quick to make, which is great of busy summers.

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Scrumptious Glazed Apple Cookies

Fall is well underway, and I want to savor every minute of it.¬†But fall wouldn’t¬†be fall without warm and delicious treats!

So I decided to bake up something seasonal and delicious. And the thing that is screaming fall right now is apples.

Glazed Apple Cookies are simply scrumpious and the perfect cookie for fall ~ Home with Heartland

 

Did you know that October is National Apple Month? With apple orchards within five minutes, the siren’s apple call cannot go unnoticed.

Answering the call, I headed over to a local orchard and grabbed a bunch of delicious apples.

Fresh Orchard Apples for Apple Cookies

Then I turned¬†to an old recipe box that has been passed down to me.¬†I’m not sure where I received the recipe box from, but inside I came across a recipe clipped from¬†a¬†newspaper from the late 1970’s¬†I believe: neither the date or the newspaper name were saved.

The article says that someone named Mrs. Clayton won regional and national cookie titles in 1977 for her cookie recipe. I decided to give it a try with some changes of my own.

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