Good day everyone and happy fall! I hope the kids are getting used to school once again. With the leaves starting to turn and the temps are finally going down, it’s really feeling like fall. That means it’s time for leaf piles, cozy slippers, and hearty soups. Ok so the leaves still haven’t turned, much less fallen in my yard, but that doesn’t mean I can’t throw on some warm socks and whip up a savory soup. While the bacon and potato chowder is my favorite, I wanted to make something different this time. Looking through my collection, I found a delicious recipe for chili with Great Northern beans and rice.
This chili is hearty but not spicy, which is great for spice wimps like me. The Great Northern beans have a great subtle flavor and texture that compliments the dish perfectly. This chili has a rich tomato base with a blend of herbs and soy sauce to create the perfect dish for a chilly fall day. Your family will enjoy this hearty chili after an evening of playing in the leaves.
Happy August! I can’t believe it’s almost fall. Although fall is my favorite season, there is still plenty of summer fun left to enjoy. One of the major local highlights at the end of summer is the Minnesota State Fair. I don’t know about other fairs, but our state fair seems completely centered around food. That’s just fine with me. 😀 I love trying out some of the new food options and walking through the exhibits. Before I start drooling over anticipated treats, I have decided to try out a dessert recipe with a seasonal summer twist: chocolate zucchini cake. While I won’t be using any blue ribbon zucchinis, this dessert is simply delicious.
This cake is wonderfully moist and chocolatey without being too sweet. It is also one of those cakes that doesn’t need frosting. Just a dusting of powdered sugar, and you are ready to dig in. The grated zucchini inside keeps the cake nice and moist. Since it has zucchini in it, does it really count against you? Zucchini is healthy right?! 😉 Regardless if you are a fan of zucchini or not, you will enjoy every bite.
Hello! I hope your summer is going fantastically! It just seems like it’s flying by. I can’t quite believe that the 4th of July is next week already! But that also means it’s time for entertaining and fireworks. 😀 While my family and I haven’t decided where we will be enjoying fireworks this year, this shish kabob recipe will be great for an outdoor party.
Grilling is one of the best parts of summer entertaining. Your family and friends will enjoy these shish kabobs at your 4th of July party. There’s something delicious and iconic about grilled fresh veggies. Add tender marinated meat, and you’ve got a recipe for summer fun with your family instead of being stuck in the kitchen.
Hello everyone and hello summer! Okay while it isn’t technically summer yet, the weather would indicate otherwise. It has been glorious outside. This time of year always reminds me of making strawberry jam with my mom. The smell of the jam wafting through the house. She would even let me lick the spoon when everything was done. Serious I could have licked the mixing bowl clean. Homemade jam is amazing! Just thinking about it really triggers a craving for strawberries. So I decided to delve into my recipe stash, and I came up with a recipe for strawberry bread.
This sweet bread is a delightful dessert or a perfect mid-afternoon snack. Using frozen strawberries and a longer baking time, you get bursts of strawberry flavor. The sweet cinnamon throughout the rest of the bread is the perfect pairing to this yummy loaf. This is definitely a dessert everyone will everyone and it’s wonderful to have on hand for hungry kids.
Happy April everyone! I wish I could say it was spring, but here in Minnesota it still looks like winter. Rain showers have turned to snow and ice. I am quite fed up with this weather. But it is an excuse to make something hearty and delicious. Because you definitely need something comforting in a spring blizzard. As there was a general craving for pizza at my house, I made a delicious recipe for pizza rustica.
Not only is it absolutely delicious; it looks fantastic too. This pizza loaf is filled with delightful meats and fresh mozzarella with just the right amount of sauce. Whether you make it into the loaf or go for a traditional pizza pie, this recipe is sure to be a family favorite.
Hello! I hope everyone is having a great day! Although it certainly doesn’t look like it here in Minnesota, spring is around the corner. Not only is spring on it’s way, but Easter will be here before we know it. So Easter menus and plans need to be made as soon as possible. Since winter has seemed far too long this winter, I wanted something fresh. But days get so busy around Easter, so I need something I can make the night before. And of course the easier the better. So I decided to add two salads to my Easter menu: a Napa cabbage salad with ramen crunch and a broccoli and bacon salad.
While these are two very different salads, they can both delicious and can be made ahead. The blend of crisp Napa cabbage and crunchy toppings is a delight for Easter. Oh the other hand, there is a blend of crunch and creaminess in the broccoli and bacon salad. The sweetness of raisins adds another yummy layer this salad that your Easter guests will devour.
Merry (almost) Christmas everyone! Less than two weeks until Christmas, are you ready? Now that there is snow on the ground, it feels a lot like Christmas. But I’m still not quite ready. For all those who have their gifts bought and wrapped, hats off to you! My list isn’t quite finished yet. One thing I am ready for is the extended family Christmas party. As you know, I love to give new twists to classic flavors and recipes. So this year for the party, I gave peppermint a different twist by making a peppermint cream dessert with chocolate wafers.
This layered dessert is light and refreshing. The blend of peppermint and chocolate is perfect for the holidays especially after a hearty Christmas feast. Cream softens the peppermint flavor so even those who avoid candy canes will love it. This yummy dessert is destined to become a Christmas favorite at your holiday party.
Happy Thursday everyone! I had to recheck my calendar but it’s true: Thanksgiving is in one week. It seems like November just started. Soon it will be Christmas. Can you believe it? But lets not forget Thanksgiving. This year my family and I will be heading over grandma’s. I’m expecting anywhere from twenty to thirty relatives at Thanksgiving this year. Yeah, it’s a big group when the relatives get together. The dish I’ll be bringing this year is a cheesy artichoke dip.
It’s so hearty and yummy that it makes a perfect appetizer for the chilling holiday season. Making it in a sourdough loaf not only adds flavor, but also is a great serving dish. You can also make the center into croutons for plenty of bread for dipping. This cheesy, rich, gooey dip is fantastic for any party especially Thanksgiving.
Hi everyone! Finally the leaves are turning, the weather is getting cozy, and autumn is here at last. I can’t get enough of this beautiful time of year: leaf piles, rich colors, and beverages, especially hot tea. I know kids and adults are looking forward to the holidays fast approaching us. There are some great autumn parties on the horizon. So I wanted to come up with a truly fall treat for the entire family. Hoping to be essentially fall-ish, I made spiced pumpkin cereal treats filled with candy. They are not only shaped like adorable little pumpkins but are flavored with pumpkin spice. Let’s face it, pumpkin spice is unavoidable this time of year.
These tasty treats are easy to make packed with flavor…and candy. Combining pumpkin spice, cereal, and candy into adorable pumpkins is fantastic for harvest and Halloween parties alike. This autumn twist on the classic treat that your entire family will love.
Fall is on it’s way! And so is the new school year. I just love the feel of new school supplies. When I was young, I would prepare everything for the new year right after the shopping trip. This was usually several weeks in advance. Such fun memories. Soon it will be time for routines, No. 2 pencils, and lunch boxes. In the back to school spirit, I decided to turn the classic PB&J sandwich into peanut butter waffles with jelly and whipped cream. As a bonus I decided to include a DIY this week that makes birthdays and other celebrations even more special.
The peanut butter waffles are fantastic with jelly, jam, or maple syrup. It’s a fun twist on the school staple that is even great for lunch. This waffle recipe is easy, fun, filling, and not too sweet. The bonus tablecloth DIY can be made in an afternoon and can carry birthday memories throughout the years.