Lemon Cheesecake Pie #Recipe

On Friday, my daughter made this Lemon Cheesecake Pie as part of her Girl Scout Troop's Bakeoff competition.  The rules stated that the pie had to be made completely by HER with no help from mom.  You have no idea how difficult this was!  I wanted to be in the kitchen hovering and micromanaging to make sure that it came out perfectly.  Well, she did an awesome job and the pie came out delicious however she spiked a fever the next day and couldn't participate in the bakeoff.  She was sad but enjoyed the experience of cooking by herself … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Recipe: Strawberry Mascarpone Crepe Cups

While I was perusing the selection of recipes on Taste of Home I came across a Valentines Day recipe that looks absolutely delicious.  It was for a strawberry mascarpone filled crepe that was designed to be served for breakfast.  Well, seeing as I got rid of my crepe maker several years ago in a massive home cleaning binge, I don't usually have very much energy for making them any more!  I decided to make a few changes to the original recipe and use the strawberry mascarpone filling in a phyllo cup and drizzle it with chocolate … [Read more...]

Baked French Toast with Apples and Cherries (#Recipe)

French toast is one of my kid's favorite breakfast foods but it also works really well for dinner, too.  For Christmas I got my husband the  Big Green Egg Cookbook: Celebrating the World's Best Smoker and Grill (amazon affiliate link!)  If you are not familiar with the Big Green Egg grill it is a ceramic grill that is truly amazing.  I was really impressed with the selection of recipes in the cookbook, including one for a baked french toast.  You can make this recipe in the oven but if you want to grill it, just heat the grill to 400 degrees … [Read more...]

Healthy Butternut Squash Muffins #Recipe

My children have always loved breakfast and it is my favorite meal of the day to try and cram healthy foods into their fast paced lives.  Smoothies and baked goods are great places to hide things like fruits, veggies, seeds and whole grains to help keep them fueled for the rest of the day.  Butternut squash is one of my favorite fall vegetables and I figured out a couple of years ago that baking it in a pan of shallow water was a LOT easier than trying to peel the darn thing.  So, for this recipe you will need the pulp of  1 large or 2 small … [Read more...]

Appetizer Recipes: Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Log

My husband and I love visiting with friends and neighbors over the holidays and it seems like I am always scrambling to create a dish to bring to someone's house or to feed to company.  During the holidays I try to keep a few basic ingredients in the house that will allow me to create an assortment of appetizer recipes with very short notice.  Since I have a bit of a cheese addiction, most of my appetizer recipes involve cheese of some sort.  I have just gotten into goat cheese in the last couple of months and while it can have a slightly … [Read more...]

Homemade Candy #Recipe: Cherry Nut Truffles

Every year I make homemade candy for friend, family, teachers and random people who stop by unexpectedly with gifts.  Doesn't that just put you in an awkward situation?  Someone shows up at your house with a box of Christmas cookies or some homemade bread  and you did not even stop to think that maybe you should have given them something?  I always designate a few boxes of my homemade candy as 'emergency' gifts!  This is a really easy to make recipe for homemade candy and you can find most of the ingredients either in the grocery store or a … [Read more...]

Cajun Recipe: Grandma Shoog’s Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion, and Garlic

I don't buy bacon very often because we will happily inhale a pound of it in one sitting and that isn't all that good for you!  I will only buy the 'natural' bacon and that stuff is not cheap!  I was at Whole Foods last week and came across a locally raised hickory smoked bacon that I just could not resist buying.  This recipe comes from Taste of Treme: Creole, Cajun, and Soul Food from New Orleans' Famous Neighborhood of Jazz  This cookbook is an incredible food journey through New Orleans.  You will find not just recipes but also tons of … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Brownies #Recipe

I knew that Friday was going to be a rough day at school for my daughter.  A good friend of hers was moving out of state and Friday was her last day at school.  My daughter doesn't handle goodbyes very well so I thought I would have a fun activity planned for us to do that night to keep her mind off of her sadness.  She loves to bake so I found a delicious brownie recipe on Taste of Home for us to make together (and EAT) to make her feel better.  Well, unfortunately she was too upset to even want to bake with me that night but I did get her to … [Read more...]

Soup Recipe: Potato Leek Soup with Sausage

Fall is the perfect time of year for enjoy a nice, warm bowl of soup!  It is also a great meal that I can make early in the afternoon that is easy for my husband to heat up for dinner on the nights that I work! Hubby can make a mean bowl of pasta or a steak on the grill but after work he does NOT want to come home to make dinner!  This soup recipe is easy and hearty enough that you don't really need any 'sides' to go with it.  You can use low fat milk or cream, depending on if you are looking for a healthy soup recipe or one that will really … [Read more...]

Easy Pancake #Recipe: Banana Yogurt Pancakes

From the time my children were young, I learned the art of hiding healthy foods where they least expected it.  Smoothies would be filled with flax seed oil and wheat germ, scrambled eggs hid zucchini and cheese and pancakes could hold all sorts of healthy ingredients!  Sometimes, as a mom, you have to get creative with your kids' nutrition!  These pancakes hold all sorts of goodness and they are really easy to make.  The recipe below will make lots of pancakes (we got 12 large pancakes)...I like leftovers and they warm up well in the toaster … [Read more...]