Apr 102017
 

I’ve hosted several Easter dinners at my house over the years, but this year I am happy to say I’m just a guest. My parents are hosting this year, but of course I can’t show up to their house empty handed.  Since my parents are making the meal (and they are feeding 12 people, so I know it’s a lot of work), I offered to bring a dessert – actually, I had told them I would bring a couple of Easter desserts because I want to make sure there’s enough for everyone.

That left me with the big decision of what to make.  I spent some time searching the internet for festive Easter desserts and treats the other day and came up with more than I could ever possibly make – but they were sure fun to look at. Here are some of the yummy recipes I found:

Easter Blossom Cookies
http://mykitchencraze.com/easter-blossom-sugar-cookies/

Italian Easter Bread
http://bakewithchristina.com/italian-easter-bread/#comment-5976

Carrot Cupcakes
http://www.justataste.com/carrot-cupcakes-with-cream-cheese-frosting-recipe/

Bunny Cupcakes
http://www.pillsburybaking.com/recipes/bold-tie-dyed-layer-cake-8660 Continue reading »

Mar 142017
 

When I was a kid, as soon as I got home from school there was always a snack there waiting for me.  My mom loved to bake and nine times out of ten, my after-school snack was a delicious homemade treat.  Now that I am the mom, I like to do the same for my boys and I get especially giddy when there’s a holiday coming up because that means I can make fun themed treats for them.

There’s no shortage of St. Patrick’s Day treat recipes out there, but I found quite a few good ones and have a nice collection of them for you here today. I am going to make it my mission to make everything on this list for my boys. And for the record, I’m making all of the ones that use Lucky Charms as one of the ingredients first because that is just plain awesome.

St. Patrick’s Day Desserts and Treats:

Gold Coins
http://www.lovethispic.com/image/242751/use-edible-gold-to-spray-on-oreos-to-make-gold-coins-on-st-patricks-day

St Patrick’s Day Oreos
http://happybrownhouse.com/st-patricks-day-oreos/#_a5y_p=5071250

Lucky Charm Munch
http://deliciouslysprinkled.com/lucky-charms-munch/

Cake Batter Brownies
http://www.bostongirlbakes.com/2015/03/04/cake-batter-blondies-2/

Shamrock Parfait
http://merlotmommy.com/st-patricks-day-parfaits/?utm_content=bufferfaf10&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Continue reading »

Feb 012017
 

Are you all ready for the big game on Sunday? As you probably guessed, we’re BIG Pats fans here in our house, but no matter who you are routing for – game day just isn’t complete without an array of delicious foods. My family is going all out this year because we’re anticipating a big win, so that means we need to have more celebratory snacks on hand than we would if the Patriots weren’t playing. But who am I kidding, when it comes to food, we always go all out.

I will be spending the day cooking and baking in preparation of the game on Sunday, so I have been busy scouring the internet for awesome recipes. There are lots of great recipes to choose from out there and here are some of the ones that caught my eye:

Mozzarella Stick Onion Rings
https://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/mozzarella-stick-onion-rings?utm_term=.yl3D1ABZZ#.qlxyNqkxx

Football Puppy Chow
http://thefirstyearblog.stfi.re/football-puppy-chow/?sf=rgrvwna

Mashed Potato Bacon Bombs
http://www.ohbiteit.com/2015/11/mashed-potato-bacon-bombs.html

Parmesan Potato Wedges
http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/baked-garlic-parmesan-potato-wedges/ Continue reading »

Jan 042016
 

10 Delicious & Creative Pizza Recipe Ideas

Homemade pizza is one of my family’s favorite dinners.  For so many years all we ever made was cheese pizza because my boys were pretty picky & when I say my boys, I really just mean my youngest son. Now that both of my boys are getting a little bit older, they’re both definitely more open to trying new foods.  We love experimenting with different toppings on our pizza or even making breakfast pizzas on occasion.  Here are 10 of the most creative homemade pizza recipes I’ve found:

1. Stuffed Crust Pizza

Stuffed Crust Pizza

http://ashleemarie.com/stuffed-crust-pizza/ Continue reading »

Dec 192015
 

10 Delicious Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Are you one of those people who usually cooks a big breakfast on Christmas morning?  I love a big holiday breakfast, but we actually do it on Christmas Eve morning.  It started many years ago (about 10) when my sister was living with a roommate from out of state.  Her roommate’s family always came in to spend Christmas here in Massachusetts, so my sister came to stay at my house the nights of the 23rd and 24th to give her roommate and her family some space.

That first year we made her a big old breakfast and it just became tradition – even though my sister hasn’t spent the night of the 23rd at my house in many years.  I am always on the hunt for awesome new recipes to make for my family when we have our traditional Christmas Eve morning breakfast.  If you do a big breakfast for your family on Christmas morning, you will love these 10 Delicious Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipe Ideas:

1. Breakfast Enchiladas: Festive Make­ Ahead Christmas Brunch Continue reading »

Dec 022015
 

10 Fun Mason Jar Christmas Craft Ideas

There’s some extra special about getting homemade gifts at the holidays, am I right?  They are both fun to make & give as gifts and to receive.  With the recent trend in mason jar crafts, I rounded up some pretty cool things to make and gift to your loved ones – or use for yourself.  Check them out:

1. Winter Luminaries Snowy Pinecone Candle

Winter Luminaries Snowy Pinecone Candle

http://craftsbyamanda.com/snowy-pinecone-candle-jars/ Continue reading »

Nov 122015
 

10 Amazing Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes

Now that the cold weather has arrived, what’s  better than some good old comfort food.  I don’t know about you, but a grilled cheese sandwich is one of my go-to’s when it comes to comfort food.  Sometimes I like my grilled cheese with a twist and these 10 Amazing Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes have some of the best twists I’ve ever seen.

1. Broccoli Pesto Mushroom Grilled Cheese

Broccoli Pesto Mushroom Grilled Cheese

http://www.dizzybusyandhungry.com/broccoli­pesto­mushroom­grilled­cheese/ Continue reading »

Jan 062015
 

20 Slow Cooker Recipes #recipes

Running short on recipes or time? I know I am, so I hit Pinterest up for slow cooker recipes! Lets face it, what is better then throwing everything in your slow cooker, turning it on, and a few hours later having a meal ready to go! This round up has it all, from Chicken and Dumplings to Lava Cake. I am thinking some Beef Stew sounds pretty good tonight!  Continue reading »

Dec 302014
 

25 Jello Shot Recipes

I love to entertain at my house.  Whether it’s a blow-out party or just a few friends over to watch the game, there is one thing I almost always have on the menu when I have people over – Jello Shots.  If you love Jello Shots as much as I do, you’re going to be psyched about this list I have compiled of 25 of the best Jello Shot recipes out there!

1. Salted Caramel Jello Shots from That’s so Michelle

2. Birthday Cake Pudding Shots from Culinary Cool

3. Watermelon Tequila Jello Shots from Kirbie’s Cravings

4. Lemon Drop Shots from A Beautiful Mess

5. Strawberry Daiquiri Jello Shots from The Sweetest Occasion

6. Thin Mint Jello Shots from E is For Eat on Tablespoon Continue reading »

Sep 242014
 

10 Spooky Halloween Treats & Snacks

Are you ready for the Halloween season? It’s the time for all the little ghosts, goblins, pumpkins and witches to make their grand entrance. Kids are excited about how they will dress for the great trick or treat night where they can get tons of candy and treats. Moms are all over the internet, searching for the most fun spooky treats to cook up for the big Halloween parties.

Whether you are a master chef who can turn cupcakes into amazing creations or you need the easiest recipes in the world, we’ve got you covered. I’ve got spooky gingerbread houses that will help you use up that extra candy corn and marshmallow pops to help celebrate the most beloved monster of all time – Frankenstein! We’ve got cupcakes that take simple chocolate peanut butter cups to a whole new level and end up looking like witches hats or spiders.

If dead lady’s fingers are more your style, we’ve got them too! Whether you are looking for ways to create some dead funny bones or just some spooky caramel popcorn, there’s something here for everyone! So spend a few minutes looking through this list of amazing, spooky Halloween treats and snacks, then head out to the grocery to pick up a few supplies. You’re going to be creating some amazing treats this year for your family and friends!

10 Spooky Halloween Treats & Snacks

Continue reading »

Sep 102014
 

10 Caramel Apple Recipes

Fall will “officially” arrive very shortly, and with fall comes apples!  Whether your favorite variety is Granny Smith, Gala, Honey Crisp, or McIntosh, you’ll start to find them on every display at the grocery store, the kids are picking them on field trips, and you may even have them growing in your yard.  After a while, the apple overload can get to be a bit much.  Pair them with caramel in one of these recipes for an exciting twist to the usual apple recipes.

Caramel Apples – Let’s start with the basics.  Okay, these don’t look very basic, but they’re caramel covered apples with other dessert toppings. Delicious and so much better than anything you’d ever get at the State Fair!

Caramel Apple Pork Chops – Sweet, Savory, and still pretty good for you.  This one’s a twist on the hum drum applesauce and pork chop recipe.

Caramel Apple Bundt Cake – Simply, Wow.  This couldn’t possibly look any more delicious.  If you want to impress people, this is probably the recipe that will do it. Continue reading »

Aug 282014
 

10 Drool Worthy S'Mores Recipes

Do you love s’mores as much as I do?  If so,  how about whipping up a couple of these simple s’mores recipes? If you’re having a summer cookout, these are all sure to wow your guests when it comes time for dessert!

S’more Bites Mini Cupcakes

S’mores Cookie Bars

Indoor Peanut Butter Cup S’mores

Patriotic Party S’mores

S’mores Pops

S’mores Frappuccino

Double Chocolate S’mores Bark

No Bake S’mores Icebox Cake

Banana S’mores

S’mores

 

Enjoy!

Aug 042014
 

21 of the best bacon recipes

Who doesn’t love bacon?  For all you bacon lovers out there, here is a roundup of 21 of the best bacon recipes out there!

1.Macaroni and Cheese Pizza with Bacon and Green Onions/Rachel Cooks

2.Bacon Double Cheeseburger Stuffed Meatload/The Slow Roasted Italian

3.Bacon Chicken Jalapeno Dip/Call Me PMC

4.Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Rolls/Six Sister’s Stuff Continue reading »

Jul 252014
 

25 Gluten Free Snacks

With so many people these days realizing that a lot of their health problems have to do with Celiac Disease or Gluten Allergies it is becoming more common to see Gluten Free listed on foods and in restaurant menus. Unfortunately, it still takes some work and understanding to come up with easy to snack on gluten free foods. Here is a great list of 25 Gluten Free Snacks for you to choose from to satisfy that need for something crunchy, savory or sweet without causing discomfort.

25 GLUTEN FREE SNACKS

Greek Yogurt: Pair with some granola or fresh fruit for a hearty snack or on it’s on for a boost of protein in your diet.

Fresh Fruit: Fresh fruit of any variety is always a healthy option. Bananas, apples and oranges are easiest to pack on the go and in lunch boxes.

Hard Boiled Egg: Hard boiled, deviled or scrambled with some fresh veggies they are great high protein no gluten snacks.

Hummus with Veggies: Make your own or grab ready made and serve with celery, carrots, cucumbers, snow peas, broccoli or cauliflower. Make sure to read labels because gluten sneaks into many processed foods without notice. Continue reading »

Jul 022014
 

10 Patriotic Decorations

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe that the 4th of July is almost here.  I love to decorate my house for as many holidays as possible, but sometimes the holidays sneak up on me and I don’t have time to run out & buy decorations – so I make them.  Here are ten of the cutest red, white and blue decorations that are not only super cute, they are easy to make, too!

Patriotic Star Art | Organize & Decorate Everything

10 Patriotic Decorations Star Art

Patriotic Favor Bags | The Country Chic Cottage Continue reading »

Jun 292014
 

10 summer outdoor games and activities

Summer time is just around the corner! I have been on the hunt for some fun outdoor games and activities! I have put together a great list that the kids are sure to love! From Lawn Twister to Capture the Moon, I can not wait to try them all! How fun would a Trike Car Wash be for the little ones? Can I go through it myself? Some of my best memories as a child are the things I did with my friends & siblings outside in the summer time. I am ready to help my children create some of those memories, too.

  1. Lawn Twister
  2. Glow in the Dark Baseball
  3. Glow in the Dark Bowling
  4. Jumbo Scrabble
  5. Water Balloon Pinata
  6. Cold Potato
  7. Capture the Moon
  8. Water Balloon Target Practice
  9. Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
  10. Trike Car Wash

What are some of your favorite outdoor summer activities?

Jun 132014
 

10 summer drinks

Summer is creeping up on us and I for one could not be any more excited about it!   I love summer nights and lets face it, sometimes you need a little “me time.” Well here are 10 amazing drink recipes that you can kick back and enjoy, but not all at once! Be sure to share this with anyone else you know that needs some “me time.” Comment below and tell me which one sounds best to you! I am thinking the Barbie Drink is right up my alley! ENJOY, and drink responsibly!

  1. Raspberry Limeade Mocktail (PICTURED)
  2. Frozen Lemon Sparklers
  3. The Paloma
  4. Strawberry Pretzel Whiptini (PICTURED)
  5. Popsicle Cocktails
  6. Blow Pop Martini
  7. Malibu (PICTURED)
  8. Barbie Drink (PICTURED)
  9. Blue Hawaii
  10. Unicorns Kick

What is your favorite summer drink?