3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini Bites

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These 3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini Bites are a delicious appetizer or side dish recipe, ideal for parties, potluck dishes, or luncheons.
3-Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini Bites

Our family loves to attend sporting events, from watching our own kids compete, to our favorite college teams, to our various professional teams. When the Championship games come on television, we enjoy having people over to cheer our teams on. I tend to make finger foods and appetizer items for everyone to enjoy throughout the game. They are easy to prepare ahead of time, so that I don’t spend the entire evening in the kitchen, I can enjoy the event with everyone else. The 3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini Bites are always a hit, and they’re also great to take to potlucks, family gatherings, work parties, and to send when the PTO sponsors Teacher Luncheons or Dinners!

These 3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini Bites are one of my favorite things to make. They are SO good. While my entire family loves Mac & Cheese, they also enjoy it when I make these easy to eat bites. I must warn you though, once you let them taste this delicious version of Macaroni and Cheese, they may not want to “settle” for a boxed mix or microwave snack size pack. My kids used to eat those after school before sports practice, now I make extra mini bites to freeze, so they can still microwave themselves a quick snack.

3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini Bites Ingredients

To begin, I always like to gather my ingredients. It helps to know you have everything you need, before you start mixing and preparing the dish. It’s also a good idea to shred, chop, slice, dice, etc. ahead of time, so when the recipe asks you to add something like shredded cheese, it’s ready to immediately mix it in. Turn on your oven, so it can begin to preheat to 350 degrees.

Boil 2 cups pasta in water on stove top for approximately 10 minutes, or according to the package directions. Be sure to add a bit of salt and olive oil to the water so it will season the pasta and prevent it from sticking together. Drain. If pasta is sticking together, add an extra drizzle of olive oil and stir. Set aside.

3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini BitesMelt butter at low heat in stove-top pan. Slowly stir in flour until evenly distributed. Add half and half to butter/flour mixture. Continue to stir with heat on low for 5 minutes. Add shredded cheeses: cheddar, Parmesan, and Truffle Gouda. Stir until cheese is completely melted. Mixture will thicken and become a cheese sauce. Add salt and garlic powder. Stir.

3-Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Minis In-Process #5

The melted cheeses look so yummy! I also want to mention that you CAN substitute another type of cheese, if any of these aren’t what you prefer. The deli area of my local supermarket has some wonderful employees who are always willing to help out. If someone needs a specific portion size of a particular item, they’re happy to take a larger package and cut it to the size any customer needs. This makes it much more affordable to use a cheese that may be more expensive per pound than other cheeses. For example, the Truffle Gouda can be REALLY expensive per pound (Currently $25.99/lb in my area). However, I only need 1/8 cup. Since it takes about 16 ounces to equal one pound, and one full cup is about 8 ounces, the portion size I need to use is usually under $2, when the deli slices me off a small chunk. This post isn’t sponsored or endorsed, but I do want to share a link with you. If you ever have a question about cheese, I like to use Cheese.com as a reference tool. I’ve linked it here to the Truffle Gouda page since it’s a cheese included in this dish. If my store doesn’t have the cheese I need in stock, I just ask the deli associate to recommend another type that would work well as a substitute, and they haven’t failed me yet 🙂

3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini BitesSprinkle panko breadcrumbs into mini muffin cavities. Using a spoon or ice cream scooper, place 2.5” macaroni balls into each cavity. Sprinkle panko breadcrumbs on top of each bite. Spritz each bite white with truffle oil or olive oil would work as well. Bake for approximately 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Top with diced Green Onions or even diced jalapenos, if desired.

3-Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini Bites

When I’m serving these 3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini Bites at a party in my home, I tend to prepare them in advance and refrigerate until I’m ready to bake them. It helps me keep things on track logistically. If I’m making them ahead of time, I prepare as directed in the instructions, stopping after I mix everything, and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, then refrigerate until I’m ready to bake them. About 30 minutes before my guests arrive, I pop them in the oven to bake, so they’re hot and ready when it’s time to eat! As I mentioned earlier, this recipe does seem to reheat really well, either in the oven or microwave, so if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, you can save some for lunch the next day.

This recipe makes 24 3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini Bites, so if you don’t need quite that much, halve the recipe. Or you could make these in a regular sized muffin tin and get around 12.

3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini Bites
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • • 2 cups Macaroni
  • • ¼ cup Butter
  • • 2 tbsp. Flour
  • • 2 cups Half & Half
  • • ¼ cup Cheddar (shredded)
  • • ¼ cup Parmesan (shredded)
  • • ⅛ cup Truffle Gouda
  • • 1 tsp. Salt
  • • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • • ⅓ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • • White Truffle Oil (spray bottle) or Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.
  2. Boil 2 cups pasta in water on stove top for approximately 10 minutes. Drain. If pasta is sticking together, add a drizzle of olive oil and stir. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter at low heat in stovetop pan. Slowly stir in flour until evenly distributed. Add half and half to butter/flour mixture. Continue to stir with heat on low for 5 minutes.
  4. Add shredded cheeses: cheddar, parmesan, and truffle gouda. Stir until cheese is completely melted. Mixture will thicken and become a cheese sauce.
  5. Add salt and garlic powder. Stir.
  6. Pour cheese sauce over pasta. Stir well.
  7. Sprinkle panko breadcrumbs into mini muffin cavities. Using a spoon or ice cream scooper, place 2.5” macaroni balls into each cavity. Sprinkle panko breadcrumbs on top of each bite. Spritz each bite white with truffle oil.
  8. Bake for approximately 25 minutes. Remove from oven.
  9. Spray with additional white truffle oil as desired. Serve and enjoy.

 


Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta

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Ready in under 30 minutes, this delicious Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta is flavorful and easy to make. Perfect dish for a busy weeknight meal!
Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta

Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta

I was thrilled to get a Dutch Oven for Christmas, I’ve wanted one for so long! We try to have at least one new dish each week in our home, to help stay out of the rut that’s easy to fall into, where we eat the same things over and over, especially on busy weeknights! I’ve been trying to test out recipes using just one or two pots, so there is less to clean up, and find things that are ready in 30 minutes or less. This works out great after sports practice, because the kids can go shower while I prepare dinner, then we can all eat together when it’s done.

My boys are tween/teenagers and I think they are ALL going through growth spurts right now, because they are eating everything in sight. I need meals that are hearty and filling, with plenty of leftovers for them to devour the next afternoon when they get home from school. They are close in age, and I feel like the “Growth Spurt” phase is never ending, so the recipes that workout well for us get added to the Meal Plan Rotation quite frequently.

To begin, gather all ingredients, and take a couple of minutes to dice, chop, and mince, so everything is ready to be added when it’s time. Honestly, I do this on my grocery shopping day, and store in reusable containers in the refrigerator, to save time on busy nights. To save additional time and money, I’ll often freeze leftover broth when I make chicken in 1/2 cup portion sizes, as well as diced or shred the extra chicken to freeze for recipes too. Otherwise, I’ll pick up some boxed Chicken Broth and a Rotisserie Chicken at the Supermarket.

Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta

Look how delicious! Sorry the lighting over the stove-top isn’t the greatest 🙂

Place Olive Oil & Butter in 5.5 Qt Dutch Oven (or large Pot) with minced garlic, diced onion, and Spinach. Saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until onions are cooked through and clear. Stir to make sure garlic doesn’t burn while cooking. Boil Pasta according to package directions. I used Barilla Gluten Free Penne Pasta, but any variety would work fine. Add Basil, Italian Seasoning, Oregano, Salt & Pepper, Thyme, Diced Tomatoes, and Chicken Broth to the Dutch Oven. Once it reaches a boil, add in the shredded or diced chicken. Reduce to Medium Low heat, and allow to simmer. Mix Flour with Half & Half in a small bowl to make sure it isn’t lumpy, then add to the Dutch Oven. Simmer about 10 minutes or until pasta is done. Drain Pasta once it is Al Dente, then add to the Dutch Oven. Simmer until ready to serve. Once plated, top with Shredded Parmesan Cheese. Garnish with additional diced tomatoes, basil, or parsley if desired.

Tuscan Chicken w Penne Pasta

Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups spinach (I used frozen)
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • ¼ tsp Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Salt (I used Sea Salt)
  • ½ tsp Thyme
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes (I used Hunt's with Basil, Garlic & Oregano)
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Diced or Shredded Cooked Chicken (I used a Rotisserie Chicken)
  • ½ Cup Half & Half (I used Fat Free because it's what I had on hand)
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 1 Box Penne Pasta (I used a 12 oz box of Barilla Gluten Free Pasta)
  • ½ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Place Olive Oil & Butter in 5.5 Qt Dutch Oven (or large Pot) with minced garlic, diced onion, and Spinach. Saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until onions are cooked through and clear. Stir to make sure garlic doesn't burn while cooking.
  2. Boil Pasta according to package directions.
  3. Add Basil, Italian Seasoning, Oregano, Salt & Pepper, Thyme, Diced Tomatoes, and Chicken Broth to the Dutch Oven. Once it reaches a boil, add in the shredded or diced chicken.
  4. Reduce to Medium Low heat, and allow to simmer.
  5. Mix Flour with Half & Half in a small bowl to make sure it isn't lumpy, then add to the Dutch Oven.
  6. Simmer about 10 minutes or until pasta is done.
  7. Drain Pasta once it is Al Dente, then add to the Dutch Oven.
  8. Simmer until ready to serve.
  9. Once plated, top with Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  10. Garnish with additional diced tomatoes, basil, or parsley if desired.

 


Cookies and Cream Popcorn

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This simple and easy Cookies and Cream Popcorn Recipe is delicious! Requiring under 5 ingredients and ready in under 15 minutes, it’s a great snack!

Cookies and Cream PopcornCookies and Cream Popcorn

January 19 is National Popcorn Day, so what better time to share with you this delicious recipe for Cookies and Cream Popcorn. This sweet and salty mixture will make want to hoard all the popcorn! You will eat it all if you don’t have some help devouring it:) It’s very simple and easy to make, so don’t worry if it disappears very quickly, and everyone wants another batch.

Cookies and Cream PopcornTo begin, pop 10 cups of your favorite popcorn. You can choose your favorite microwave popcorn, use a Hot Air Popper, or make it the old fashioned way using a stove-top popper.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread popped popcorn over it.

Chop almond bark into smaller pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl with the coconut oil.

Heat mixture in 15 second intervals until softened.

Cookies and Cream PopcornDrizzle the softened bark over the popcorn with a teaspoon.

Immediately sprinkle the crushed cookies over the popcorn.

Allow to set for 5 minutes and enjoy.

Cookies and Cream Popcorn

Cookies and Cream Popcorn
 
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Ingredients
  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • 8 ounces white almond bark
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 10 crushed black and white cookies (I use Oreos, any other brand will work as well)
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread popcorn over it.
  2. Chop almond bark into smaller pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl with the coconut oil.
  3. Heat mixture in 15 second intervals until softened.
  4. Drizzle the softened bark over the popcorn with a teaspoon.
  5. Immediately sprinkle the crushed cookies over the popcorn.
  6. Allow to set for 5 minutes and enjoy.

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One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta

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One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta may be the easiest, most amazing pasta you will ever make, and is ready in under 30 minutes!
One Pot Italian Sausage PastaA couple of weeks ago, I shared about how I bought some Barilla Pasta at my local BJ’s Wholesale store in bulk. Y’all know we love to try at least one new recipe per week at our house, and since I have a ton of pasta to use (and hungry, growing boys to feed), new pasta recipes have been taking place. For the record, this One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe isn’t sponsored or endorsed by the brands mentioned, they’re just what I selected 🙂

It’s also worth mentioning that despite the numerous requests to try new recipes because the guys get tired of eating the same thing ALL THE TIME (it’s not that often, I keep a calendar and try not to repeat more than once every 3-4 months…), and me begging them to give me suggestions about what it is they want to try, they rarely offer up ideas. Instead, I scour recipe books, websites, pinterest, and the food network to get ideas that I try to change up to make it my own, using ingredients I know my crew will enjoy. However. They have this really bad habit of not wanting to try the new recipes. They all say, “That doesn’t look good”, “I don’t want to eat that”, etc. Then they try it. LOVE IT. DEVOUR IT. And BEG FOR MORE. This is one of those recipes 🙂

To begin, gather all of your ingredients so everything is handy. Go ahead and do the prep work as well. Leave the sausage in links, you can chop it after it cooks a bit. Slice your onion, chop the basil, dice the garlic, and you’re ready to go. I used a large stock pot on medium high heat to brown the sausage.

Johnsonville Italian SausageI used Johnsonville Hot Sausage (as seen above), but any of the varieties or other brands would work just as well.

One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta {Gluten Free}

I also used Barilla Gluten Free Pasta, just like in my One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe. They seriously don’t notice any difference in this and regular pasta, though regular pasta would work fine too.

One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta

Start by browning Italian Sausage in the stockpot over medium high heat. Let it cook, turn it, cook some more, turn it, etc. until it’s cooked mostly through. Remove it, and slice it thinly on a cutting board. You can slice it first, whatever works for you. Next, add onion slices, diced tomatoes, diced garlic, and chopped basil. Add salt and pepper to taste, and let it cook a few minutes. Pour in 4 1/2 cups chicken broth and penne pasta. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat to med-low (still slow simmer) and let it cook until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has reduced. Mine took 11 minutes.

Serve immediately, sprinkle grated Parmesan Cheese on top, if desired.

One Pot Italian Sausage Penne Pasta

 

One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Penne Pasta
  • 1 pkg Italian Sausage
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely chopped
  • 4½ cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Brown Italian Sausage in the stockpot over medium high heat.
  2. Let it cook, turn it, cook some more, turn it, etc. until it's cooked mostly through.
  3. Remove it, and slice it thinly on a cutting board. You can slice it first, whatever works for you.
  4. Next, add onion slices, diced tomatoes, diced garlic, and chopped basil.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste, and let it cook a few minutes.
  6. Pour in 4½ cups chicken broth and penne pasta. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat to med-low (still slow simmer) and let it cook until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has reduced. Mine took 11 minutes.

 


Walnut Fudge

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This delicious and easy Walnut Fudge Recipe requires just 4 ingredients!
Walnut Fudge

Easy Walnut Fudge Recipe

Fudge is delicious year-round, but I’ve found that people love it especially during the holidays. I’m so thankful it’s easy to make! If you don’t like walnuts, you can sub them out for peanuts or even almonds. Basically any type of mix in you could ever dream of would be great in this simple fudge recipe.

Walnut Fudge Ingredients

To begin, gather all ingredients, and chop the walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet but dark would work well)
  • 1 – 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (can sub pecans, nut of choice, or use no nuts!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (can sub vanilla extract)

Walnut Fudge In Process
Line 8×8 casserole dish with parchment paper. Combine sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips over low to medium heat in a medium sauce pan. Once melted together, add in vanilla and walnuts.

*Note: I’d like to mention again that you can easily substitute in pecans or any nut of your preference, or even leave them out all together. I sometimes make a batch with walnuts and a batch of plain fudge. When gifting, I bag them separately, so if someone has a nut allergy, they can still enjoy the plain fudge 🙂
Walnut Fudge In Process
Pour fudge mixture into lined casserole dish.
Walnut Fudge

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting.

The quantity served will depend on the size of the squares you cut. I like small pieces, so I cut mine into 24 pieces, to make 24 individual servings.

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Walnut Fudge
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet but dark would work well)
  • 1 - 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (can sub vanilla extract)
Instructions
  1. Line 8x8 casserole dish with foil (or parchment paper).
  2. Combine sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips over low to medium heat in a medium sauce pan. Once melted together, add in vanilla and walnuts.
  3. Pour fudge mixture into lined casserole dish. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting.

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One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta {Gluten Free}

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This delicious One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe is delicious, easy to make, Gluten Free, and ready to eat in just 30 minutes!

One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta {Gluten Free} Many people suffer from an allergy or intolerance to Gluten (a protein found in some wheat products), and for health reasons, need to avoid foods containing Gluten. I am thrilled to announce that I recently found Barilla Gluten Free Pasta on sale at my local BJ’s Wholesale Club! As someone who suffers from food allergies, I know first hand how important it is to avoid foods that cause an issue. I keep a running list of recipes that I’d like to try, so we grabbed a multi-pack of Barilla Gluten Free Pasta, brought it home, and have made 2 recipes with it so far. I am pleased to share that they were both delicious!

Gluten Free Barilla at BJ's

When we entered our local BJ’s Wholesale Club, we were looking for the Pasta Section, and found it on Aisle 25, at the beginning of the aisle. While I am fortunate that my food allergies do not include Gluten, we do have close friends that are intolerant, so I like to know I have some tested and approved recipes in my arsenal that I can safely serve to them when they are guests in our home. I can honestly say that the guys did not notice any difference in this pasta vs the regular kind, the taste and texture are just like regular pasta. This was definitely a dish the entire family enjoyed, they raved about the dish, devoured it all, and aside from the one lunch I packed before letting them have seconds (and thirds), there were no leftovers. They voted this one a “Keeper” to add to our recipe rotation.

Gluten Free Barilla at BJ's

The Barilla Gluten Free Pasta section was clearly marked, quite affordable with 4 boxes of pasta per package, and I found a coupon on the BJ’s website to print out before we went shopping to save even more on my purchase.

One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta {Gluten Free}

With three boys ages 10, 12, and 13 to feed, we often buy in bulk, because these boys can EAT! Having Italian heritage, pasta dishes are usually their favorite things to eat. I could probably buy a whole pallet and use it before it expired, if I had a place to store it all!

One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta {Gluten Free}

Today, I’ll be sharing the first dish I made using the Barilla Gluten Free Pasta, One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta. Because the boys are so active in many sports, clubs, and organizations, we find ourselves on the go most nights of the week. I try to plan ahead, around their activities, for our meals. I need meals that are quick and easy, and love when I’m able to use just one dish, because it’s less to clean up! Barilla Gluten Free is made with corn and rice. It’s Certified Gluten Free, Non-GMO ingredients and those who must follow a gluten free diet will appreciate that Barilla Gluten Free is produced on dedicated gluten free production lines.

This delicious One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe is delicious, easy to make, Gluten Free, and ready to eat in just 30 minutes! Check out the other Barilla Gluten Free Recipes on Pinterest; I know I have found some great ones there to try!

One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta {Gluten Free}
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, I used the kind with Basil & Oregano included
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce, I used the kind with Basil & Oregano included
  • 2 c Chicken Broth
  • 2 c Water
  • ¼ c Ketchup
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 box Barilla Penne Pasta (I used Gluten Free)
  • 3 c Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Crumble Ground Beef and brown with diced Onion in Dutch Oven or Stockpot (make sure you use one with a lid, you'll need it later) over medium high heat. I season with a bit of salt and pepper while it's cooking. Mine was done in about 4 minutes, cooking time may vary according to stove.
  2. Strain excess fat (I use a small colander over a bowl).
  3. Pour in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, water, ketchup, mustard, pasta, and 2 c shredded cheese. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to med and let it simmer until pasta is cooked. Mine was al dente around 14 minutes, my crew likes it softer, so I let it cook 3 more minutes.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve immediately, and add additional shredded cheese and green onions as desired to each plate.

 

One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

Visit BJ’s Wholesale Clubs on December 22nd and 23rd to see an in store Barilla Gluten Free pasta demo at select clubs.


Strawberry Bread

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This Strawberry Bread Recipe a great basic breakfast bread recipe that can be changed by substituting the strawberries for 2 cups of berries or your favorite fruit (chopped). Since this recipe makes two loaves, one can be frozen to enjoy at a later date.
Strawberry Bread

I love to bake a variety of different breads during the year, and Strawberry Bread is always a hit. The kids enjoy it for breakfast, with meals, snacks, and often ask for a slice just before bed. It’s also quite versatile in that you can substitute in most any berry to change things up a bit. I love to visit our local farmers market on a regular basis, and depending on what berries are featured, I can swap them in and out so we have a loaf of fresh, fruity bread on hand at any time. I also purchase extra to freeze, so we can enjoy them throughout the year. I try to donate my extra loaf of bread to a friend, neighbor, or send to school for the teachers to enjoy in the lounge, from time to time. It also does well if you slice and bag in individual slices for bake sales or concession stands. Just be sure to label that it does contain nuts (pecans), or simply leave those out if you are avoiding them due to an allergy.

Strawberry Bread

To begin, gather all of the ingredients necessary to make the recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9 x 5” loaf pans. Slice strawberries and place in medium-sized bowl. Coat strawberries with sugar and set aside while preparing batter. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a large bowl; mix well. Blend oil and eggs into strawberries.

Strawberry Bread

Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened. Stir in pecans. Divide batter into pans. Bake in preheated for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each loaf comes out clean.

Strawberry Bread

Strawberry Bread

Yields: 2 loaves (9 x 5” pan)
Prep: 30 minutes | Bake: 50 minutes | Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Ingredients:
2 cups fresh strawberries
3 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ¼ cups vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1 ¼ cups chopped pecans

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9 x 5” loaf pans.
2. Slice strawberries and place in medium-sized bowl. Coat strawberries with sugar and set aside while preparing batter.
3. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a large bowl; mix well.
4. Blend oil and eggs into strawberries.
5. Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened. Stir in pecans. Divide batter into pans.
6. Bake in preheated for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each loaf comes out clean.

Notes: This is a great basic breakfast bread recipe that can be changed by substituting the strawberries for 2 cups of berries or your favorite fruit (chopped). Since this recipe makes two loaves, one can be frozen to enjoy at a later date.


Jalapeno Deviled Eggs

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These Deviled Eggs are a cinch to make, and everyone loves the little kick the Jalapeno Flavor gives them!
Jalapeno Deviled Eggs

A couple of years ago, my kids developed a love for Jalapenos, and since then, they ask me to include them in many dishes that I make. Last Thanksgiving, we decided to try adding some Jalapenos to the deviled eggs. This year when I was shopping, the two grocery stores I frequent were both out of fresh jalapenos, so I purchased some jalapeno slices in a jar instead. We decided to take the recipe one step further and substitute the juice from the jar of jalapenos for the vinegar in the recipe. It really kicked it up a notch, and were a hit with everyone who tried them.  Continue reading »


Spread cheer with Betty Crocker! $20 Paypal GC #Giveaway {Ends 12/30} #SpreadCheer

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Thank you to Betty Crocker for sponsoring today’s post and helping me and my kids Spread Cheer this season to the wonderful teachers at their schools!

Betty Crocker Spread CheerWe LOVE baking special treats in our home, and sharing them with others. This past week, both schools had Parent-Teacher Meeting days, and the PTO of each school organized dinners for the teachers, since they had to be there until it was practically bedtime. All three of my boys enjoy helping me in the kitchen, and since these treats were going to their teachers, I asked them to help me bake up some yummy treats.

Betty Crocker Spread CheerWe visited the Betty Crocker Website to print out a fantastic coupon to save on our purchase, and then made a shopping list for the ingredients we needed to buy. We went to our local Walmart SuperCenter, and located the 20% more Bonus Size Packages of Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, and purchased Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Sugar Cookies. We found some adorable cellophane bags and ribbon that we could use to package the cookies, to make it easy for each teacher to grab a bag on their way back to the classrooms for meetings.  Continue reading »


Thanksgiving Meal Preparation Tips

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I am excited to share some of my Thanksgiving Meal Preparation Tips, to hopefully help you prepare for the meal with less stress 🙂

Thanksgiving Meal Preparation Tips

Thanksgiving Meal Preparation TipsCooking Thanksgiving Dinner can be quite a job, depending on the number of people you are serving, and the quantity of food needed. Historically, I have loved preparing this meal for a large crowd, and cook over the course of a few days in preparation. Currently we don’t live within driving distance of the friends and family we shared this special meal with, but my family still likes to have their favorite items, just on a smaller scale. My boys are tween/teenagers, and small for their age, even though they eat vast quantities of food. Preparing this much food gives us leftovers for a day or so, and allows the boys to eat to their hearts content (and hopefully they gain a few pounds in the process!). Below the menu, I have included a list of tools I use, and links to find them online, if available. I hope this makes your own meal preparation a bit easier and less stressful. If someone needs a shopping list, I am happy to type that up for you as well, just let me know the menu items you want to make, and I’ll try to help you out. Continue reading »