April 14th, 2016

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It’s hard to beat a good chocolate chip cookie, but sometimes I love the addition of oatmeal and lots of chopped nuts.  I like to think that adding the oatmeal and nuts make them a little more healthy {smile}.  These cookies are a classic comfort food – they are easy to make and always appreciated.  They freeze well, so make a double batch and stock up.

 

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup  butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups flour

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April 7th, 2016

Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

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There is something special about a hot breakfast.  I admit we don’t have it often, but when we do it’s a good day.  Breakfast casseroles are a favorite of mine.  I love that they can be made ahead of time and then just popped in the oven for warm, wonderful mornings.

This casserole has all the right stuff – hash browns, sausage, peppers, onions, and of course, cheese.  It’s a perfect combination for breakfast, or dinner.

 

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A few other of our make-ahead favorites include Overnight Sausage and French Toast Casserole, Overnight Blackberry French Toast,  Sausage

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March 31st, 2016

Candy-Pretzel Flowers

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I made these adorable Candy Pretzel Flowers with my grand kids for Easter last week – we had so much fun. I wanted to share them because I think they are cute not only for Easter, but would be great for Mother’s Day, May Day, Baby Showers, or just as a great activity for upcoming family reunions.  They are super easy and you can customize your M&M colors to match any theme. (Single colors sold online or at Party City.)

All you need are some pretzel snaps (the square ones), candy melts, and M&Ms.

 

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My granddaughters loved

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March 21st, 2016

101 Plus Recipes For Easter

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The Easter Bunny is sneaking up on us so fast this year.  Just one week to plan- time to get hopping!  We’ve updated our list of Easter Favorites to help make this your most egg-citing and delicious holiday ever!

 

Breakfast/Brunch

Pineapple Smoothie
Blueberry Agave Low-fat Smoothie
Orange Cream Smoothie
Raspberry Lemonade (if it’s nice outside)
Carrot Lemonade
Ghiradelli Caramel Hot Chocolate (if it’s snowing outside)
Easy Jelly  Donut Holes
Buttermilk Biscuits
English Muffin Toasting Bread
Jam Butter
Glazed Coconut Bread
Bunny Bread
Crepes
Dutch Baby Minis
Lemon Souffle Pancakes
Cream Cheese Pancakes
Raspberry Cream Cheese French Toast Cups

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March 17th, 2016

Dutch Baby (German Pancake) Minis

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Dutch Baby Pancake, Dutch Puff Pancake, German Pancake, Oven Pancake- no matter what you prefer to call this pancake, it’s one of my breakfast favorites. It’s light and airy with amazing buttery-crusty edges. This is a breakfast that is easy, but always provides the wow factor.

Mix the batter in the blender and pour it into a hot pan of melted butter – it’s that easy, and that good. Usually we bake one large pancake in the oven*, but I thought these Dutch Baby Minis would be a fun idea for Easter brunch.  By dividing the batter into muffin

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