Chicken and Broccoli Tortellini in Basil Cream Sauce

Chicken and Broccoli Tortellini in Basil Cream Sauce

Basil is one of my all time favorite herbs to grow in the garden.  As long as it gets plenty of sun and water I am left with more basil than I know what to do with!  I have yet to discover a single pest that eats it and other than a sensitivity to cold, it is extremely hardy.  So, what does one do with an abundance of basil?  You can make pesto or add it to a fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwich but this basil cream sauce is simple to make and can be used in an assortment of easy dinner recipes.  I like to buy the fresh tortellini from the grocery store for nights when I am in a hurry and don't have time to cook 100% from scratch.  This recipe will be even easier if you have leftover chicken or broccoli sitting in the fridge.  Even if you don't, you can make this dish from start to finish … [Read more...]

Have Too Many Pears?  Make Caramel Vanilla Pear Sauce!

Have Too Many Pears? Make Caramel Vanilla Pear Sauce!

This pear sauce recipe contains affiliate links I absolutely love pears and they are one of the few fruits that I can usually find organic at my local grocery store.  Needless to say, I buy a lot of pears! A couple of weeks ago, I stocked up on pears as usual but then we had to leave town for several days for a family emergency.  Do you know how quickly pears go from 'just right' to 'way too ripe'?  Well, let me tell you, it takes only a few days!  I came home from our trip to find a basket full of very over  ripe pears sitting on my counter! I started looking for recipes for over ripe pears and came across lots of ideas for canning but that was just way too much work.  I decided to create a Crock-Pot pear sauce just like I would make with apples.  The addition of lots of brown … [Read more...]

Easy Lime and Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

Easy Lime and Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

The other day I bought some fresh pineapple and left a bowl of it cut up on the counter.  Sure enough, within moments of setting it down my teenage son was there, fork in hand, eating it straight out of the bowl.  Those of you with teenage boys have probably seen how food left laying around will suddenly attract attention like ants to a picnic!  My whole family loves pineapple and I decided to whip up a sweet and spicy fried rice recipe to go with our pork spare ribs for dinner tonight.  This fried rice recipe will take only minutes to make if you cook up the rice the night before.  This comes in handy for busy weeknight meals.  You can use a can of crushed pineapple or just put chunks of fresh pineapple through the food processor for a few seconds.  This fried rice recipe uses flavors … [Read more...]

Easy Easter Dessert Recipe: Birds Nest Pudding Tarts  #BunnyTrail

Easy Easter Dessert Recipe: Birds Nest Pudding Tarts #BunnyTrail

This Easter Dessert Recipe has been sponsored by Global Influence with products supplied by Hershey's. When I was growing up, there were certain Easter traditions that were very important to me even as a child.  Buying a pretty new Easter dress for church and slipping on those shiny white dress shoes made it obvious that Easter was not your average day at church.  Easter baskets were filled with candy that we almost NEVER got to eat.  Yes, we probably ate more jelly beans and chocolate eggs than we should have at 6 AM on Easter morning but hey, Easter was a special occasion!  A special breakfast of hot cross buns rounded out our Easter morning.  I actually made homemade hot cross buns last week because I decided there was no reason I shouldn't be able to enjoy them all year round!  One … [Read more...]

Easy Hot Cross Buns Recipe for Easter

Easy Hot Cross Buns Recipe for Easter

This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a link and make a purchase I will receive a small amount of money to put towards my blogging adventure. When I was a kid, there were certain traditions that my family followed every year for Easter.  We would get up early on Easter morning and be greeted with a basket full of all the 'hot' Easter candy of the year.  We put on our new Easter clothes with pretty white shoes and headed off to church to learn the real reason that Easter was a special day.  Then, we headed home to my all time favorite Easter tradition:  Hot Cross Buns! My mom used to buy good old Entenmann's hot cross buns every single year and it was the only time of year that you COULD find these delicious treats! Hot cross buns are spiced, sweet buns … [Read more...]