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Frito Casserole

Frito Casserole

Frito Casserole


10 oz. bag Fritos Original corn chips

10 oz. cooked and shredded white meat chicken (pulled from a store-bought roasted chicken)

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. dry oregano leaves

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

16 oz. can refried beans, any flavor

8 oz. jar salsa or picante sauce

4 oz. can diced green chiles

2.25 oz. can sliced black olives, drained

12 oz. bag shredded cheese (Mexican, cheddar or Colby/jack)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a deep (at least 4 inches) casserole dish with nonstick spray. Pour approximately one-third of the Fritos into the bottom of the casserole, and crush them down slightly with your knuckles. They don’t have to be flat; just break them enough so that they’re not all sticking up. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, combine the chicken, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic powder. Mix well, breaking up the large chunks and coating the chicken well with the spices. Cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes, or until spices are fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside in a medium bowl. In the same skillet (no need to clean it), combine refried beans and salsa. Stir until hot and combined, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Drop half of the bean mixture over the top of the Fritos in the casserole dish, in dollops. Spread half of the chicken mixture over the beans, as evenly as possible. Sprinkle half of the green chilis and half of the black olives over the chicken. Spread half of the cheese over the top. Reserve a couple of handfuls of the Fritos for garnish; pour the rest over the top of the cheese (crushing in your hands as you drop them in). Repeat the layering of the beans, chicken, chilis, olives and cheese.

Tahini Fruit Drip

Tahini Fruit Drip

Tahini Fruit Drip


1 cup plain 2 percent Greek yogurt

3 T. tahini

3 T. honey

Coarse salt

Ground cinnamon

Sliced fruit, such as apples, bananas, strawberries, and mango, for serving


Stir together yogurt, tahini, honey, a pinch of coarse salt, and a large pinch of cinnamon. Serve with sliced fruit.

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti

1 Pound Lean Ground Beef, or Italian Sausage

½ Tsp. EACH Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Italian Seasoning, or to taste

1 Pound Spaghetti Noodles

1 (24 Ounce) Jar Spaghetti Sauce

36 Ounces Water, 1 ½ Jars

1 (14.5 Ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes, or tomato sauce


Set the Instant Pot to sauté’ and add the ground beef.  Add the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasonings.  Cook the meat and seasonings, breaking the meat up until it’s completely browned.  Turn the Instant Pot off. Drain any excess grease from meat if necessary. Break the spaghetti in half and place on top of meat in the Instant Pot.  Pour over the spaghetti sauce, diced tomato, and water.  Push the spaghetti down with a spoon if necessary to make sure it is completely covered in liquid.   Seal the instant pot and set it to manual mode, high pressure, 8 minutes cooking time.  When the time is up, use manual quick release to open the Instant Pot.  Stir the spaghetti well.  Serve immediately. NOTE:  This spaghetti may appear to be a little liquidy right after cooking.  Be sure to stir well to incorporate all of the liquid into the noodles before serving.

Parmesan Crusted Halibut

Parmesan Crusted Halibut

Parmesan Crusted Halibut

1/2 cup flour
2 large eggs
2 T. water
2 cups Panko breadcrumbs (Fresh made breadcrumbs are nice too)
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Zest of 1 lemon, chopped
4 6-oz halibut fillets, skin removed
3 T. olive oil


Preheat oven to 450°F. Place flour in one bowl, beat eggs and water place in 2nd bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan and lemon zest in 3rd bowl. Lightly salt and pepper the halibut fillets. Dredge the fillets in flour, next dip in egg and then coat with bread crumb mixture. Heat olive oil in ovenproof pan. Sauté the fillets on medium-high until golden-brown crust forms. Turn fillets over and place pan in preheated oven. Roast until centers are pearly white and opaque.

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cinnamon Roll Cake


3 C. all-purpose flour

1 C. white granulated sugar

4 tsp. baking powder

2 large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 C. milk

1/2 C. salted butter (1 stick) melted


3/4 C. (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter softened to room temp (1/2 C. will be lighter and still taste yum)

1 C. packed light brown sugar

2 T. flour

1 T. ground cinnamon


2 C. powdered sugar

5 T. milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (I like the kind that has flour in it.) In a large bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer), combine ingredients for cake (except melted butter). While your mixer is running, slowly add the 1/2 C. melted butter. Mix just until combined (overmixing flour in baked goods can make it tough and rubbery.) Spread this batter evenly into your baking dish. In a small bowl, combine all your filling ingredients: softened butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir until combined well. Drop the cinnamon filling by spoonfuls onto the cake batter. Take a butter knife and make swirly, marble-effect patterns all around the cake. Drag the knife through both the cinnamon and cake batter. Bake the cake for about 35-40 minutes (it took about 40 minutes in my oven), until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Whisk together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract in small bowl. Pour the glaze over the warm cake.

Color Changing Lemonade Slushies

Color Changing Lemonade Slushies

Color Changing Lemonade Slushies


4 tsp. Blue pea flower tea

2 C. Boiling Water

2 C. Lemonade


Steep tea in water for 8 minutes. Strain into 2 C. measuring C.. Pour tea into ice cube tray and freeze until solid. Place tea cubes in blender and crush. Add ½ C. crushed ice into a glass. Pour ½ C. lemonade over ice.

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas and Mexican Sour Cream Rice

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas and Mexican Sour Cream Rice

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas and Mexican Sour Cream Rice


BBQ Chicken Filling for Quesadillas


2 T.  oil

1-1/2 onions (vidalia is preferred) sliced into rings

1 T. honey

2 chicken breasts, diced

1/2 C. BBQ sauce


1 C. shredded mexican cheese


Heat one T. of the oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook until they begin to caramelize. Mix in the honey and stir until it is golden brown. Remove and set aside. Place the remaining oil in the pan and add the chicken. Cook through over a medium high heat. Stir in the BBQ sauce to evenly coat the chicken.  Use chicken, onions and cheddar as filling for quesadillas.


Mexican Sour Cream Rice


1 C. uncooked long grain white rice

1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth

1 C. sour cream

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile peppers

2 C. shredded pepper Jack cheese, divided

1 1/2 C. frozen corn

1/4 C. finely chopped fresh cilantro

salt and ground black pepper to taste


In a large pot, bring the rice and chicken broth to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.  In the pot with the cooked rice, mix the sour cream, green chile peppers, 1 C. pepper Jack cheese, corn, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish, and top with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.

Lemon Mascarpone Sticky Buns

Lemon Mascarpone Sticky Buns

Lemon Mascarpone Sticky Buns


¾ C. Whole Milk

1/3 C. granulated Sugar

1 T. active drive yeast

2 large Eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces


1/2 cup butter, melted, plus extra for brushing

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 T. freshly grated lemon zest

Pinch of cardamom

Pinch of salt

8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature


8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest

4-5 T. milk


In a saucepan, heat the milk over medium-low heat until just warm, 105 to 110°F. Stir in 1 T. of the granulated sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and let sit for 5 minutes, or until foamy. Whisk in the eggs until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla and lemon zest. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, remaining granulated sugar, and salt. Slowly add the milk mixture, mixing on low speed until combined. Add the butter 1 piece at a time, beating until combined. Mix on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, or until the dough is silky and smooth. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, then cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 1 to 2 hours in a warm spot, or until doubled in size.

On a floured work surface, roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 18″ x 12″.


Brush 1/2 cup of the melted butter all over the dough. In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, lemon zest, cardamom, and salt. Sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over the dough, leaving a 1″ border around the edges. Drop dollops of the mascarpone all over the dough. Tightly roll the dough up from 1 of the long ends into along log. Slice into approximately 1″ rounds. Place the rounds in a buttered 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Brush with additional melted butter and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 3 50°F. Bake the buns, uncovered, for 45 to 50 minutes, covering them with foil if they start to brown too much. You want the bottom to be bubbling and the buns to be



In a large bowl, whisk the mascarpone until creamy. Whisk in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest. Gradually stream in the milk and stir until a glaze forms. You will have to stir for a minute or 2 to remove any lumps and bring the glaze together. If the mixture still seems too thick, add more milk 1 T. at a time, whisking well until smooth. Pour over the hot sticky buns. Serve immediately!

Easy Pumpkin Pie Twists

Easy Pumpkin Pie Twists

Easy Pumpkin Pie Twists


1 tube refrigerated crescent roll dough

1/2 C. pumpkin puree

1/4 C. brown sugar

1 T. maple syrup

1 tsp. pumpkin spice

2 T. melted butter

1 T. sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

whipped cream for dipping


Preheat the oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, maple syrup and pumpkin spice. Unroll crescent dough on a cutting board. Cut the dough in half so you have two identical rectangles and lay them beside each other. Evenly spread the pumpkin mixture over one of the rectangles of dough. Place the second rectangle of dough on top of the first rectangle of dough (so the pumpkin mixture is sandwiched between them). Make sure you line up all the edges. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into strips approximately 3/4 inch wide. Transfer the strips to the parchment lined baking sheet. Twist each strip by picking up one end and twisting it twice, then picking up the other end and twisting it another 2 or 3 times. Brush melted butter generously over each twist. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle evenly over each twist. Bake at 375F for 8-11 minutes until golden brown.

Rice Krispies Treats for Two

Rice Krispies Treats for Two

Rice Krispies Treats for Two

1 T. unsalted butter (1/2 oz)

1 C. tightly packed mini marshmallows

2 C. crisp rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies

Pinch fine sea salt


Line a 9-by-5-inch (23-by-13-cm) loaf pan with parchment paper or wax paper. If making the rice krispies treats for two in the microwave, place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on full power in 15-second increments, until the butter melts completely, 30 to 50 seconds. Add the marshmallows and microwave, again in 15-second increments, until the marshmallows melt, 25 to 50 seconds. Immediately stir the butter and marshmallows together very well. If making the rice krispies treats for two on the stovetop, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Immediately add the marshmallows and, working quickly, stir until melted and well blended. Remove from the heat. Add the pinch of salt and the cereal all at once to the melted marshmallow and butter goo. Stir, stir, stir until the cereal is completely coated. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan using buttered fingertips or a spatula. If you have the patience, let the treats cool slightly. Slice in half and devour. (Just to warn you, these are generous servings. But c’mon, since when did a little Rice Krispies treat ever satisfy your craving?!)

Eggo Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

Eggo Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

Eggo Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

1 T. maple syrup

2 Eggo waffles

2 slices of bacon

1 egg

2 cheese slices


Pour Maple Syrup into nonstick skillet.  Sauté waffles on each side until crispy, about 3-5 minutes.  After one waffle side is crispy, and you flip for the other side to cook, add a slice of cheese on the waffle to melt.  Repeat with second waffle.  Once bottom side is also crispy, remove to plate.  In same pan, add bacon and add a little syrup over the bacon. Cook until crispy; remove and set aside.  Cook the egg in the same pan, using the bacon fat to cook it over easy. Place a lid or plate to cover the pan for 1-2 minutes at medium heat in order to cook the egg over easy. Once the egg whites have set, remove it from the pan.  Place 1 Eggo waffle, cheese side up, on a plate and top with over easy egg. Top with crispy bacon slices and cover with 2nd Eggo Waffle, cheese side down.

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

8 oz. multi-grain elbow macaroni

3 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2″ thick pieces

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 large eggs

12 oz. canned evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

pinch fresh grated nutmeg

6 oz. (about 1 1/2 cup) shredded sharp white cheddar

2 oz. (about 1/2 cup) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 1/2 oz. (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup) fresh grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, stir in pasta and cook a couple minutes short of al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes depending on brand. Drain well and set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, add bacon and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the bacon is crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook macaroni 6 minutes (it will be undercooked). Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer bacon mixture using a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and evaporated milk. Add 1/2 tsp. salt, cayenne, nutmeg, cheeses and two to three tsp. bacon fat, if desired. Stir in cooked pasta and the cooked bacon and garlic mixture. Scoop mixture into an 8″ or 9″ baking dish coated with nonstick spray, spreading smooth with an off-set spatula. Place dish into the oven and bake until the sauce is bubbling at edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt


2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup chopped celery

1/3 cup chopped carrot

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 ounce (about 1/4 cup) fresh grated Parmesan cheese

1 heaping cup shredded cooked chicken meat

1 large egg

1 tablespoon water


In a food processor, add butter, cream cheese and cream – process until smooth and combined. Add flour and salt – pulse mixture just until combined. Scoop mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to finishing bringing the dough together. Evenly divide dough into 2 pieces, then flatten each into a disk – cover both with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium-high. Stir in onion, celery and carrots – season with salt, then cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken broth – cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Stir in cooked chicken and Parmesan cheese – remove from the heat and scoop mixture into a bowl. Place into the refrigerator to quickly cool down. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece to a large circle. Using a bowl, about 5″ across, cut out as many circles as you can. Gather all dough scraps, reroll and cut out as many circles as you can once more. Remove chilled filling from the refrigerator and place roughly 1/4 cup of the filling on one side of a dough circle. Lightly wet the edges of the dough with the water, then fold the unfilled side over to form a half circle – seal the edges together with a fork. Repeat process until all the filling and dough circles have been used. Place the assembled pies onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place into the refrigerator and chill for 10 to 15 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash. Remove pan from the refrigerator and prick the top of each pie twice with a fork. Brush the egg wash over each individual pie. Place pan into the oven and bake until golden brown, about 18 to 25 minutes. Remove and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Layered Finger Jell-O

Layered Finger Jell-O

Layered Finger Jell-O

For each colored layer:

1 3 oz package jell-o

1 pack or 1 T. unflavored gelatin

1 C. boiling water


For the white layer:

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

4 packs or 4 T. unflavored gelatin

2 C. boiling water


Mix each jell-o color separately in containers. Let stand till room temperature, stirring occasionally. Mix up white layer and also let stand till room temperature, stirring occasionally.  Pour first color into 9×13 dish. Refrigerate till firm. Put 1/3 of white layer in next. Refrigerate till firm. Repeat till done. If all mixtures are at room temperature, it takes only about 7 minutes to firm up each layer so you can add the next one. Do not make the Jell-o as directed on the package. Make each package as directed above – for each package of Jell-o, add 1 package or 1 T. of gelatin and 1 C. boiling water. I was skeptical about the taste but when I carefully sliced into it this morning, I popped an end bit into my mouth and was pleasantly surprised.

Mango Raspberry Fruit Leather

Mango Raspberry Fruit Leather

Mango Raspberry Fruit Leather

1 large ripe mango, peeled and chopped

6 ounces fresh raspberries

2 T. sugar


Preheat the oven to 15O°F. Line a rimmed half-sheet pan with a silicone baking mat. In a blender or food processor, blend the mango until smooth. Transfer the mango to a bowl and set it aside. Add the raspberries and sugar to the blender and blend until smooth. (It is important to blend the raspberries with the sugar, as the sugar helps liquefy the berries.) Place dollops of the mango and raspberry purees on the prepared pan. With a small offset spatula, spread the purees evenly over the pan—try to spread them as evenly as possible, not too thin and not too thick, and try not to spread them to the very edges, so you’ll have room to grab the fruit leather and peel it off the mat when it’s cool. Bake for 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours, rotating the baking sheet every hour. The leather is done when it is still tacky but not too sticky or wet. Let the leather cool. Remove it from the mat and place it on top of a sheet of wax paper. Cut the leather and wax paper into strips with scissors and roll them up paper-side out, then store them in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Blue Lemon Pancakes

Blue Lemon Pancakes

Blue Lemon Pancakes

1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour

3 T. granulated sugar

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/4 C. buttermilk

1/4 C. butter — melted

2 large eggs — separated

1 C. blueberries — washed and sorted

Lemon wedges and confectioners’ sugar — optional


Heat oven to 200 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda & salt. In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, melted butter & egg yolks. Pour buttermilk mix into flour mix & stir until combined. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Gently fold in blueberries. Heat a large nonstick griddle to medium-low heat. When griddle is hot, grease with butter or spray with cooking spray. Using 1/3 C. dry measure for each pancake, spoon batter on griddle. Cook until top of each pancake is speckled with bubbles & edges begin to look dry, 3-4 min. Turn pancakes with spatula & cook until the underside is lightly browned, 2-3 min. more. Serve immediately with extra butter; sprinkle with lemon juice & confectioners’ sugar. Repeat process with rest of batter.

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with a sweet tangy Honey Mustard Glaze

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with a sweet tangy Honey Mustard Glaze

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with a sweet tangy Honey Mustard Glaze

1 lb. Pizza Dough (store-bought or home-made)

1/2 cup Unsalted Butter

8 large slices Ham (thinner slices will roll easier)

8 large slices Swiss or Provolone Cheese

1 T. Dijon Mustard

1 T. Honey

1 T. Poppy Seeds


If the pizza dough is refrigerated, take it out of the fridge 20 minutes before you begin so that it comes to room temperature (this will make it easier to work with). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Roll pizza dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle that is roughly 16″ x 8″ (just use the baking dish as a guide, no need to be exact). Heat butter in the microwave until melted. Brush the surface of the rectangle lightly with melted butter (this should require about 1 Tablespoon of butter) and set the remaining butter aside. Top the pizza dough with ham and then with cheese each in a single layer with no slices overlapping. Starting with the edge closest to you, roll the pizza dough up into a log so that the ham and cheese is on the inside. Use a serrated knife to slice the roll into 9 even pieces. Place the pieces in the prepared baking dish and set aside to rise for 20 minutes. Whisk remaining butter with mustard, honey and poppy seeds. After the dough has risen slightly, pour honey mustard glaze over the top of the rolls. (This will look like a lot of sauce, but that’s what makes it so good!) Bake the rolls until the dough is cooked through and golden on top, 20-25 minutes. Serve rolls warm or at room temperature.


Serving Size: 1 Roll

Calories: 407

Fat: 26g

Fiber: 1g

Pizza Monkey Bread

Pizza Monkey Bread

Pizza Monkey Bread

2 (16.3 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits quartered

6 ounces pepperoni, quartered

2 C. shredded mozzarella

`1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated

1/4 C. butter, melted and slightly cooled

2 T. olive oil

2 tsp. Italian seasonings

2 tsp. minced garlic (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)

marinara for dipping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients (except marinara) and toss well until combined.  Pour mixture into a greased 10-inch Bundt pan (you can also use a 9×13 baking dish). Bake for 35-45 minutes or until rolls are cooked on the inside; cover with foil after 20 minutes or until top is browned. Check every 5 minutes towards end of cooking to see if done. Remove from oven and loosen edges of bread with a knife. Invert Bundt pan on a plate and then invert onto a serving plate so that the pretty side is up. Pull apart and dip in warm marinara.

Apple Fries with Caramel Pecan Dulce De Leche Cream Dip

Apple Fries with Caramel Pecan Dulce De Leche Cream Dip

Apple Fries with Caramel Pecan Dulce De Leche Cream Dip

5 sliced Fuji Apples

4 C. water

1 sliced lemon

1 C. all purpose flour

1/2 C. sugar

1/4 -1/2 C. coconut oil

1/2 C. sugar

1/2 T. cinnamon

1/2 can dulce de leche

6 oz cream cheese

1/4 – 1/2 C. chopped pecans

1/4 – 1/2 C. cool whip


Pour your water into a large bowl and add sliced lemon.  Slice your apples using an apple slicer or knife. Immediately put apple slices in water with lemon.  Once all apples are sliced and in the water lemon mixture, remove from bowl and place on a paper towel lined plate.  In a separate bowl, mix 1 C. of flour and 1/2 C. of sugar with a whisk. Add sliced apples and flour sugar mixture to a gallon size Ziplock bag. Shake well.  In a skillet over medium heat melt coconut oil.  Add apple slices to skillet and let cook on one side until lightly browned. Turn over and let cook until other side is lightly browned.  Remove apples to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.  In a separate bowl add 1/2 C. sugar and 1/2 T. cinnamon. Whisk together.  Lightly sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the apples.  In a medium mixing bowl combine softened cream cheese and dulce de leche. Microwave for 25 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well until no lumps remain.  Mix in cool whip and pecans. Sprinkle chopped pecans on the top of the dip and serve with apples.

Jumbo Breakfast Cookies

Jumbo Breakfast Cookies

Jumbo Breakfast Cookies

1 1⁄4 C. sugar

1⁄2 C. butter

1⁄2 C. peanut butter

1⁄4 C. water

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg

1 1⁄2 C. whole wheat flour or 1 1⁄2 C. all-purpose flour

1 C. old fashioned oats or 1 C. quick-cooking oats

1 C. raisins

1⁄2 tsp. salt

1⁄2 tsp. baking soda

4 C. Cheerios toasted oat cereal


Heat oven to 375°. Stir together sugar, butter, peanut butter, water, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except cereal. Gently stir in cereal. Drop dough by rounded 1/3 cupfuls 4 inches apart onto ungreased large cookie sheet. Flatten dough to about 1 inch thick.

Bake right away (do not chill) 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet. Store loosely covered.

Crunchy Chicken Fingers

Crunchy Chicken Fingers

Crunchy Chicken Fingers

Salt and Pepper

¼ C. Flour

1 Chicken Breast Fillet, about ¼ lb., cut into 6 strips

1 small Egg, lightly beaten

1 2/3 C. Cornflakes, crushed with rolling pin

2 T. Vegetable Oil


Lightly season the flour and put into a plastic bag.  Add chicken pieces and shake until coated.  Dip the chicken fingers in beaten egg, and then roll in corn flakes.  Heat oil in frying pan, add chicken and sauté for about 6 minutes on each side, until crunchy on the outside and cooked through.



From First Meals

The Walking Dead Brain Cupcakes

The Walking Dead Brain Cupcakes

The Walking Dead (Zombie) Brain Cupcakes

Pink or white paper Cupcake liners

1 recipe batter for Red Velvet Cupcakes

1 recipe Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting

Red and black food coloring

Pastry bag and large round tip


Line Cupcake tins with the liners. Fill the Cupcake liners two-thirds full with the batter and bake the Cupcakes as directed in the recipe. Mix a drop of red and black food coloring into the frosting to make it a pinkish gray brain color. Using the pastry bag, pipe the frosting in a squiggly pile on half of each Cupcake top (brains have two hemispheres, you know). Now pipe the frosting in a squiggly pile on the other half of the Cupcake top.

Frosty Citrus Party Punch

Frosty Citrus Party Punch

Frosty Citrus Party Punch

2 cans (6 ounces each) frozen limeade or lemonade concentrate, thawed

3 cups cold water

2 cans (12 ounces each) lemon-lime soda pop (3 cups), chilled

½ pint lime or lemon sherbet (1 cup), softened


Mix limeade concentrate and water in large pitcher. Just before serving, stir in soda pop. Pour into punch bowl. Float scoops of sherbet on top.

Mozzarella Parcels

Mozzarella Parcels

Mozzarella Parcels

4 pieces of crustless medium-thick sliced white bread

8oz roughly chopped mozzarella

Dried chilli flakes and seasoning

2 medium eggs

1 ½oz plain flour

3 ½ fl oz) vegetable oil


Lay 4 pieces of crustless medium-thick sliced white bread on a board and top each with 50g (2oz) roughly chopped mozzarella, mounding the cheese in the centre of the bread. Sprinkle over as many dried chilli flakes as you like and season well. Top each piece of mozzarella bread with another crustless slice, then seal the edges by squeezing tightly together. Put two beaten medium eggs into a shallow bowl and 40g (1½oz) plain flour on to a plate. Heat 100ml (3½fl oz) vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Meanwhile, dip the parcels in the egg, followed by the flour (tapping off excess). Add to the pan and fry for 5min, turning once, until golden and crisp. Pat dry on kitchen paper, then serve with salad or seasonal vegetables.


Calories: 577

Fat: 27g


Bagel Bear Bento

Bagel Bear Bento

Adorable bears made from half bagel, cheese, nori, and washi tape on stick.  I see sausage/hot dog cut into flower, hard boiled egg, and something i don’t recognize.  My kids would probably gag over the black rye bagel, but a single color is doable.  So cute!

Rainbow Bell Pepper Snack

Rainbow Bell Pepper Snack

How pretty, such a simple presentation of bell peppers and cauliflower. Here is a recipe for the dip, but if your child doesn’t care for mustard, use your favorite dip.  A green goddess would be pretty too!  But don’t discount good ol ranch 😉

Easy Honey Mustard Dip

1/4 cup mustard (yellow or dijon; or a mixture of both)

1/4 cup mayonnaise (we use light)

1/4 cup honey

black pepper, to taste

Optional: paprika, to taste

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until smooth. Season to taste with pepper (& paprika-optional). Serve with chicken, corn dogs, and more. Keep refrigerated up to 2 weeks.

LTS Alpine Spaghetti

LTS Alpine Spaghetti

We are camping this weekend.  4 families, 8 girls, daisies and incoming juniors.  I dunno why this is “Alpine”, its not made with pine needles or something.  Maybe just because they make it while hiking.   Since we are car camping, I may put fresh herbs from my garden in the cooler instead of using dried herbs.

Alpine Spaghetti

8 oz. of spaghetti or noodles

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 cup of parmesan cheese

3 tsp of dried sweet basil

1 tbsp of parsley flakes

1 garlic clove, minced


Bring a pot of water to a boil and add spaghetti. Boil for 10 minutes and drain. Add olive oil, mix with pasta, and then add the remaining ingredients. Mix again and serve.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

8oz elbow macaroni pasta

1lb lean ground beef

6 bacon strips, cooked and cut into pieces

1.5 cup beef broth

1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

3 tablespoons ketchup

1-2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup (2 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese


Cook the bacon first, I prefer to cook it on a sheet pan in the oven until it’s crispy but you can cook it whatever way you prefer. Drain it on paper towels and cut it or break it into small pieces and set aside.

Cook your macaroni according to directions on the pack, then drain. While the macaroni is cooking brown the beef in a large skillet until fully cooked. If after cooking the beef has a lot of fat/liquid/juice left you can pour some of that off, I prefer to use lean beef and keep some of the juice as I think it adds to the flavor. Measure the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and cornstarch into a small bowl or measuring jug and mix well to combine the cornstarch. Add cooked pasta to the skillet along with the beef broth mixture, stir well to combine beef, pasta, bacon, and sauce. Cook on a medium heat until the sauce bubbles and thickens. If it’s too thick for you, thin it out with a little more beef broth. Sprinkle shredded cheeses over the top of the skillet cheeseburger mixture. Cover and cook on very low heat until cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes.

Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles

Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles

WIW: Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles


Flour, for dusting

1 (1/2-lb.) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

2 C. homemade or store-bought pizza sauce

6 oz. thinly sliced pepperoni

6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese


Preheat a Belgian waffle iron according to manufacturer directions. Lightly dust a work surface. Lay out puff pastry sheet, lightly flour top, and roll into an approximate 16- by 16-inch square. Spread 1/2 C. sauce on puff pastry, leaving a 1 inch border on all edges. Layer pepperoni on top, followed by cheese, leaving a 1 inch border on all edges. Roll puff pastry sheet away from you like a jelly roll. When completely rolled, pinch seam to seal. Pinch ends of puff pastry to seal, then roll into a disk-shaped spiral. Place spiral in center of preheated waffle iron. Cook until puff pastry is deep golden brown on all surfaces and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 190 to 200°F, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, cut into wedges, and serve immediately, passing extra sauce for dipping.


Bite Size Bees

Bite Size Bees

Bite Size Bees

1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
2 T. butter or margarine, softened
1/2 C. confectioner’s sugar
3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs (about 12 squares)
1 square (1 ounce) semisweet chocolate (or just use store bought icing)
1/3 C. sliced almonds, toasted
paper plates

Cream the peanut butter, butter, and sugar until smooth. Add the graham cracker crumbs and mix well. Chill dough.  Shape into 1” ovals. Place the chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave on high for one minute or until melted. Transfer the melted chocolate to a resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in one corner of the bag. Make stripes on bee bodies.  Add almonds for wings and poke a hole with toothpick for eyes.

Snowman Cookies

Snowman Cookies

Snowman Cookies

Nutter Butter cookies
Vanilla Almond Bark (half a package made 13 cookies for me)
Orange Tic Tacs
Black Decorator Icing

After melting the Almond Bark for 90 seconds, I used a spoon to help cover the cookies when I dipped them. The spoon helped to get them on the foil too, since I didn’t want fingerprints. I didn’t put the Tic Tacs or the M&Ms on until I finished dipping all of them – I wanted the Almond Bark to set a little bit. As for the icing, I just squirted some in a ziploc bag and cut the tip just a tiny, tiny bit.

Baked Cheese Bites

Baked Cheese Bites

Baked Cheese Bites

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
6 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a large cookie sheet. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Stir in the cheddar cheese and melted butter to form a firm dough. Roll pieces of dough into ropes as big around as a penny. Slice into 1/4 inch pieces. You may need to chill the dough until firm for better rolling. Place the slices onto the prepared cookie sheet, 1 inch apart. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the bottoms of the coins are lightly toasted and the tops are firm. Allow to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Fancy Toast

Fancy Toast

Mushroom Toast

½ Sandwich Thin, toasted (Ozery Bakery One Bun Multigrain Thin Sandwich Buns)

1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

1 (4 oz) package sliced baby bella mushrooms sliced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 clove garlic minced

1/2 – 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar

Fried egg

Crumbled Cheese (queso fresco, cojita, feta, etc), for garnish, optional

Chopped herb(s), for garnish, optional

Melt coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add in mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Add in garlic and vinegar and cook until mushrooms are tender, about 1-3 additional minutes. Pour over toasted bun and top with a fried egg.

Energy-Boosting Breakfast Toast

1 slice whole grain, oat bran, or other hearty bread

Spread of your choice peanut butter, any nut or seed butter, cottage cheese, cream cheese, all-natural jam, smashed avocado, hummus, mascarpone, honey goat cheese

Sliced or diced fruits apple, pear, grapes, banana, peach, apricot, figs, fresh or frozen and defrosted berries, or other favorite fruits

Vegetables/leafy greens cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, arugula, baby spinach, or other favorites

Favorite toppings chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax or sunflower seeds, pepitas, nuts, coconut, dried fruits, granola, cacao nibs, fig jam, onion jam

Protein Choices:  Scrambled, Fried, Poached or sliced Hard-Boiled Egg, Bacon, Prosciutto, Ham, Cheeses

Seasoning salt, pepper, chiles, herbs, spices, salsa, honey, lemon or lime juice, everything bagel seasoning, grated cheese, hot sauce

Toast bread until lightly brown. Add spread of your choice. Top with a fruit or vegetable, or both, as desired. Scatter on any toppings you like. Finish with appropriate seasonings.  Alternate toasting method:  Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and place a baking sheet in the oven. While you are waiting for the oven to heat, butter one side of your bread with softened butter. When the oven and the baking sheet are heated to temperature, quickly remove the baking sheet from the oven. Quickly place the bread, butter side down, onto the baking sheet and return the sheet to the oven. Bake until the bottom side of the bread is toasted 5-10 minutes (the top won’t toast, so peek under the corner of your toasts to check the bottom regularly). This toast is delicious because it gets crispy on one side without drying out like it does in the toaster.

Hard-Boiled Egg & Herb Toast


So fast and easy if you have hard boiled eggs on hand!

1 Egg, hard boiled

1 slice whole wheat bread, toasted

1 tsp. diced herb (try parsley, tarragon, thyme, whatever you have)


Salt & Pepper


Thinly slice egg, then layer slices over toast. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with tarragon.

Pear Chutney Cheese Toast



2 pears (see note)

1 tablespoon olive oil

¼ cup diced red onions

2 teaspoons minced ginger

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

4 pitted and chopped Medjool dates

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon powder

zest from 1 lemon

¼ cup water

â…› teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)

1 tablespoon butter, softened

2 slices Dave’s Good Seed Bread

3 ounces sliced sharp white cheddar cheese

1/2 cup arugula microgreens

2 teaspoons olive oil

squeeze lemon juice

To make chutney, start by peeling , coring , and chopping the pears into cubes. Heat a pot over medium-low heat and add the diced onions, cooking until fragrant, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the ginger and follow with apple cider vinegar. Stir up any stuck onion pieces. Add in the pears, dates, salt, cinnamon powder, zest, water, and chili flakes if using. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the pears softened, and the mixture thickens up, 15 minutes or so. If the chutney is too thick, add a splash or two of water as it cooks. Preheat broiler. Butter each slice of bread and place on a sheet tray. Bake the bread under the broiler, flipping once, until just starting to crisp. Keep an eye on the toast- this will happen quickly. Remove bread from oven and smear on 2-3 tablespoon of chutney and follow with the slices of cheese. Place back under the broiler and cook until cheese is melting and bubbly, 60-90 seconds (again, goes fast- keep an eye on it!) Toss the microgreens with the olive oil and lemon juice, then top toast before serving.

Note: When making chutney I prefer the Bartlett varieties or any other variety that holds shape when cooked.


Mango, Lime & Mozzarella Toast


Good Bread

Fresh Mozzarella

Sliced Mango

Zest from ½ Lime

Flaky Sea Salt


Layer cheese on toast.  If desired, place under broiler or in toaster oven to heat mozzarella a bit.  Layer with mango then sprinkle on zest and salt.


Goat Cheese & Bacon Avocado Toast


Ripe Avocado

Crumbled Goat Cheese

Thin lardons Bacon, cooked crisp

Bread of Choice


Mash avocado on toast.  Top with some cheese and bacon.