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. 😀 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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Turning Original Butterscotch Brownies into Espresso Chocolate Chip Blondies

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day so far. The Easter holiday with my family was wonderful, but I’m glad to get back to normal. Of course normal means I don’t really have a theme for my bakes. So I headed to my great grandmother’s recipe box again for something delicious. She had two recipes for butterscotch brownies that were exactly the same, but by two different people. If school taught me anything it’s that when the teacher repeats something it is important, and probably on a test. I decided to do a little test of my own by turning the original recipe into something even better. With a bit of experimenting, I created a recipe for espresso chocolate chip blondies.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Blondie Recipe

Experimenting with food and flavors is always fun. This time I’ll share great grandmother’s original butterscotch brownies and my espresso chocolate chip blondies. They both turned out deliciously. So why not try them both and decide which is the best butterscotch brownie recipe?

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Get a Hop on Easter with this Easter Egg Carrot Cake Recipe

Good morning all! Can you believe Easter is only two weeks away? The entire weekend is going to be chalk full of activities and family time. I have such fund memories of Easter growing up. The whole family would get together at my grandmother’s house at church. First we’d have an Easter egg hunt, then Sunday lunch, and finally a jelly bean hunt before sitting down to visit and play games. As you can imagine, Easter usually lasts all day for our family. So this year I thought I would bring a fun dessert for everyone to enjoy. After looking through my great grandmother’s recipe box, I found a yummy recipe for carrot cake. To make it a special treat I made an Easter egg shaped carrot cake.

Easter Egg Carrot Cake Recipe

This egg shaped cake is actually easy to make and only uses one batch of carrot cake batter. The allspice instead of nutmeg is a nice change and doesn’t overwhelm the cake. Your family will adore and devour this delicious carrot cake this Easter.

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Delicious One Pot Meal: Bacon and Potato Chowder

Hello, hasn’t the winter been weird in a wonderful way? Here in Minnesota we have been loving the 50 and 60 degree weather. But winter is determined to make a comeback. So while we savor every last bit of beautiful weather, I want to be prepared to keep warm and cozy. Soup is always wonderful for warming people up on chilly days. I flipped through my recipe box and found a chowder recipe. With a little adapting, I made a delicious bacon and potato chowder.

One Pot Bacon and Potato Chowder Recipe

With delicious bacon, fresh veggies, and potatoes. this thick, hearty chowder is perfect for frosty evenings. Cooking it all in one pot blends all the wonderful flavors and keeps cleaning down to a minimum. Incidentally it’s also gluten free because it uses the potatoes to thicken the soup instead of flour. Which is an awesome bonus for keeping your family warm and well fed.

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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. 😀

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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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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Popping Mini Lemon Cupcakes

Welcome back! I hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend with your family and friends. My family had a great Christmas. Guess what I got for Christmas…a new mixer! It looks beautiful, works beautifully, and is now proudly displayed on my kitchen counter. The new mixer has already come in handy with making dessert for New Year’s Eve. As the holiday bustle is still calming down, I decided to make something easy, mini lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting.

Since Christmas is filled with chocolate and gingerbread, I wanted something light and fresh for a New Year’s Eve party. Adding some cracking candy gives these delicious mini desserts even more pop! It makes a great dessert for your New Year’s bash.

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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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Sweet Potato Muffins with Toasted Marshmallow Icing Recipe

Thanksgiving is just one week away, and I’m so excited. It’s always lovely to gather with friends and family to enjoy the day. When the extended family gets together, it’s a big group. Everyone brings a dish or two to share. This year all of the main dishes have been assigned so I decided to make a dessert. But I still wanted the dessert to be inspired by Thanksgiving. Sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving essential on many tables, especially in the south. Taking that as my inspiration, I created a delicious and unexpected dessert that everyone will enjoy: sweet potato muffins with toasted marshmallow icing.

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The mellow sweetness of the sweet potato is a perfect harvest flavor. The slightly toasted marshmallow adds a bit of sweet whimsy to these muffins. There have already been rave reviews from my family for these sweet potato muffins. I am certain they will be a big hit at any Thanksgiving gathering.

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Rustic Homemade White Bread Recipe

Hello everyone! How was your halloween? It was very drippy and wet here in Minnesota, but at least it wasn’t snowing. It’s actually warmer than it should be here, but I’m not complaining. With Halloween gone, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. So I’ve started planning my Thanksgiving Day feast and festivities. The plans are going well so far, but I wasn’t sure what kind of bread we should have. I could just buy some rolls from the store, but I decided to check my great grandmother’s recipe box for good bread recipes. Thankfully, I found a great recipe for homemade white bread.

Delicious Homemade White Bread Recipe

This from scratch recipe is delicious, and you can leave it in the fridge overnight to rise. So you can make the dough the day before and then bake the bread on Thanksgiving day. There’s nothing like fresh baked bread especially if it is homemade. This recipe has quite a few steps, but it is not difficult to make. The results are so deliciously worth it.

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