Toffee & Butterscotch Oatmeal Spice Cookies + Holiday Baking Giveaway

Toffee & Butterscotch Oatmeal Spice Cookies

As a mom, I am always looking for ways to make snack time as healthy as possible. I found with The Pure Pantry I can have a bit of both sides: deliciously sweet and natural, gluten-free ingredients. I know for some this way of life is a must and for others it is a choice. In either situation, I believe it is hard at times to find desserts that offer the features that we are looking for. Without this mix, {Read More}

Mini Milestones: Celebrating Your First Pet

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Does your family celebrate mini milestones?  If not, then you should begin looking at these smaller, but still significant milestones in life as a chance to join together with your family for a mini celebration.  One of the most memorable mini milestones we have celebrated is our kids very first pet.  It is such a big choice, responsibility and of course a great way to bond as a family.  We love how we can enjoy mini milestones like this with {Read More}

How to make Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties

The first references to pasties appeared in the 13th Century, during the reign of Henry III.The pasty was common in the 16th and 17th centuries but didn’t really become what we now know as a “Cornish Pasty” until around 200 years ago. By the end of the 18th century it was the staple diet of working men across Cornwall. Miners and farm workers took this portable and easy to eat food with them to work. The size and shape of {Read More}

Sinfully Yummy Experience: Cheesy Bacon Fries

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If you’re looking for the perfect weekend snack check out these cheesy bacon fries. Having most of the stuff on hand for these yummy cheesy bacon fries makes them the perfect cheesy snack that are done in less than 45 minutes. I like to make these when my husband is working and I don’t have to share. Cheesy Bacon Fries 1 package of frozen steak fries, any brand 1 jar of Cheez Whiz 8 slices of bacon, chopped Seasoning salt {Read More}

Bacon Cornbread Muffins

Bacon Cornbread Muffin

Looking for an easy but different side dish to go with dinner? Add some bacon and frozen corn to a simple cornbread mix and you have a hearty side to go with any fall meal. The bacon and corn are perfect additions and easy to throw in. Bacon Cornbread Muffins Ingredients: 1 package of cornbread mix ½ cup bacon pieces, cooked and chopped ½ cup frozen or canned sweet corn Directions: Preheat the oven to the cornbread package directions. Combine the cornbread {Read More}

Strawberry Lemonhead Cupcake Recipe

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When I was a little girl (in the 90s), I lived near a little shopping area that had my grandmother’s bookstore in it.  A few shops down from hers was a “penny candy store”.  It was run by a retired man who charged just enough for the candy to pay to keep the store open.  It was his hobby and for those of us in the area who knew about it, it was our joy.  One of my absolute favorite {Read More}

Garlic Chicken and Broccoli

Garlic Chicken and Broccoli

Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Ingredients: 2lbs Boneless Skinless chicken breasts (cubed) 1lb broccoli florets (steamed) 4 cloves of garlic (crushed) 5 tablespoon of butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup of white wine 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon oregano 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet. Add 1/2 of the crushed garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add chicken to the skillet {Read More}

Red Pepper Crab Quesadilla

Red Pepper Crab Quesadilla

Red Pepper Crab Quesadilla Ingredients: 2 large soft whole wheat wraps, or 4 medium wraps 1 C fresh crabmeat, or 1 can drained 1/2 C shredded mozzarella 1/2 C shredded gruyere 4 oz. light cream cheese 1 scant T coconut oil 4 to 6 oz. chicken or vegetable stock 1 T Tabasco 1/2 t cayenne: optional salt and pepper to taste 1/3 C diced sweet onion 1/3 C diced red pepper 1 large clove minced garlic Vegetable Mixture: 1 carrot, 3/4 {Read More}

Creamy Kefir Guacamole

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With Labor Day Weekend quickly approaching, I was looking to spice up some old BBQ favorites to celebrate the end of a wonderful summer.  We are a family who LOVES our guacamole, and I am always playing with recipes to give it more of a kick, or a different flavor than usual.  Guacamole is such a simple recipe, and is always sure to be a crowd pleaser. While I was brainstorming how I could make my guacamole even MORE delicious {Read More}

Discover Delicious Pastel de Nata

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Pastel de Nata are a traditional egg tart baked in Portugal. Similar tarts can be found in England, Hong Kong & across Asia, but none has the delicious puff pastry casing like Pastel de Nata. This recipe will make 24 egg tarts – which sounds like a lot – but  they are delicious hot or cold and they go very quickly! Ingredients 6 tablespoons of cornstarch 4 teaspoons of Vanilla Essence 1 ¾ cup white sugar 2 cups milk 12 {Read More}

Chocolate Strawberry Salsa Brownie

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Chocolate Strawberry Salsa Brownie Let’s Make the Brownie Ingredients: 2 Sticks of unsalted butter, melted 2 Cups granulated Sugar 1 Tsp. Vanilla extract 1 Tsp. Coffee extract (optional) It does not have an overwhelming flavor in this fudge brownie.  2 Eggs (whipped) 1/2 Cup Cocoa 2 Cups Flour 1 Pinch of salt Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar together until well blended.  Add Vanilla, coffee extract, mix well.  Slowly Pour in the eggs while mixing.  In {Read More}

Apricot, Pear, and Ricotta Stuffed Chicken

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One of my all time favorite recipes is a Ricotta, Pear, and Apricot preserve pizza that I make for an appetizer at parties.  I love the way the flavors melt together and make dinner seem more like dessert. So while wandering aimlessly in the grocery store looking for inspiration to get me out of my cooking rut as of late, I spotted a jar of Apricot Preserves on the shelf and stopped dead in my tracks.  My first thought was {Read More}

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai

Are you ready to go outside of your cooking comfort zone? So am I. As you may have noticed, I am a 10 or less ingredient gal and better known for my simply to make meals and desserts. Today’s recipe will help you push those limits by adding in a few more ingredients to create the fabulous, worldly dish know as Chicken Pad Thai. Try it this week and let me know how it goes for you! Chicken Pad Thai Ingredients: {Read More}

Feta and Spinach Stuffed Sirloin with Balsamic Glaze

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This month’s Blogger Food Challenge theme is Herbs and Spices. Can you see the terrified look on my face? Well, I sure wish you could. Though just like with any obstical you put in my way, I will find a way to beat it or at least do my very best. Today, we will be starting off this challenge with what on think to be a difficult recipes – made simple. This dish is elegant enough for Sunday afternoon company {Read More}

Easy Chicken Fajitas Recipe

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I’m back with another Blogger Food Challenge recipe. What do you get when you mix an overworked mom with little time for cooking with chicken breasts and peppers no one ever knows what to do with but we still buy them all the time?  One of the best and easiest Chicken Fajitas recipes of all time! Okay, well to my family they are at least. Now let’s get started. Chicken Fajitas Ingredients: 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts 2 tablespoons canola {Read More}