Bacon Dijon Potato Salad

Fireworks are just around the corner and I’m so excited about that! I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE fireworks!

Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. Getting together with family, enjoying a picnic, sparklers, s’mores, and the glorious sight of big glittery fireworks up in the sky… I love it all! Except for the sweltering heat and bugs, but I can look past that for the right potato salad.

This is the BEST potato salad. I’m serious, the bestest potato salad ever! Should I say it again? The. Best.

After I tried this potato salad for the first time I immediately declared it the best. This is how I will always want to eat my potato salad- bacon, green onions, hard boiled eggs, and tangy dijon… yum. Continue reading “Bacon Dijon Potato Salad”

Roasted Asparagus

Wanna guess how I know when Spring is coming?

When Asparagus goes on sale!

Asparagus goes on sale only 2 weeks out of the year, am I right? Usually, it is a treat to buy a bunch of asparagus because it can run between $3-$4 for one small bunch.

This week it was on sale for $1.60, hallelujah! I couldn’t pass it up.

My hubster isn’t a huge fan of these delightful green stalks, but he’ll eat it to appease me. Our toddler wouldn’t touch it, but I’ll convert him sooner or later!

When you want to enjoy these delicious early spring green vegetables the best way is the simplest way, deliciously roasted with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Perfection… Continue reading “Roasted Asparagus”

Perfect Baked Potato

Baked potatoes, such a simple and easily forgotten little dish, but totally underestimated!

A baked potato is a wonderful blank slate that can be topped with a never ending variety of toppings. That is what makes these taters so wonderful!

Sometimes you just need a little butter, salt, and pepper. Other times you need cheese, bacon, green onions, broccoli, steak, a fine wine, and a foot massage.

Is that just me?

Here are the simple and easy to remember instructions for a perfectly baked potato every time! Continue reading “Perfect Baked Potato”

Homemade Applesauce

There is something special about homemade applesauce. It is one of those convenience foods that we all take for granted, we can easily forget how simple it is to make our own.

Applesauce is one of those foods that I can just about guarantee Sam will eat. When he turns his nose up at everything else at least I always have a jar of applesauce handy for my picky eater.

Today, I made simple unsweetened applesauce. But you can easily add sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, or honey to give it a little something extra. Continue reading “Homemade Applesauce”

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

My dear husband scoffs when I call turkey bacon “bacon” because he will only think regular pork bacon is true bacon. Well, you know what? Turkey bacon is a delicious alternative and he is just a poopsidoodle.

Everything, seriously, everything is better when you wrap it, top it, or drown it in bacon. Am I right, or am I right?

I am glad we had this talk!

I think I have finally cracked the code for delicious, addictive jalapeno poppers. Enjoy!

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Nacho Night: Black Bean and Velveeta Cheese Dip

Some days you just need junk food. I know, it’s bad for you but come on… Who can resist cheesy nacho deliciousness? No one, that’s who! It’s all made acceptable by piling the cheesy chips with veggies and tasty toppings.

These nachos were such a fantastic treat! There are so many flavors and textures to enjoy, not to mention this meal is so simple to pull together. This was just what I needed on a weekday evening.

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Cheesy Spaghetti Squash and Kale Casserole

Remember that roasted spaghetti squash I showed you how to make? Well, this is what I ended up doing with the cooked squash. Originally, I grabbed what I had available and threw it together as a simple dish to sneak more vegetables into Sam’s diet but as I was tasting it I decided I was going to enjoy this just as much, if not more, that he will.

Toddlers are be such picky things aren’t they? One day Sam will eat anything and everything, the next day he turns up his nose at the exact same foods. From what I hear it doesn’t get any better! All I can do is push as many healthy foods at him as possible and hope some of it sticks.

Thankfully, this seems to be something he enjoys. I am pleased with how this squash and kale casserole turned out and I love the fact that I can freeze it in little containers and pull it out for individual meals.

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash

In case you haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy roasted spaghetti squash before now is your chance. This beautiful squash was just hollering at me while grocery shopping a few weeks ago. It was on sale and even though I didn’t have any plans for preparing this squash, but I knew that I would find something to do with it. A simple roasted spaghetti squash is delicious on its own, but you can also use the cooked stringy squash in a variety of ways. Use it in a casserole, serve it tossed with butter and parmesan cheese… My mouth is watering just thinking about it. You may have heard that you can use spaghetti squash as a low-carb alternative in your favorite dishes, and that is true, but you can definitely tell the difference. I happily make the switch because I think it is delicious!

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Valentine’s Day 2016 Series: Cornbread Hearts

Here’s aΒ neat idea for you- heart shaped cornbread muffins! Are you planning on making a big batch of your favorite soup to warm you up during this very chilly holiday weekend? Consider pairing it with this fun themed side dish. I apologize that don’t have a recipe to share, but I wanted to show you all this cute muffin before I ran out of time! Use your favorite recipe and bake as you normally would for regular cornbread muffins. Enjoy!