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”

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Strawberry Cobbler

Summer is nearly here which means fresh berries are becoming more and more abundant and that makes me super happy!

I’m always so disappointed when I grab a beautiful pint of strawberries- bright red, not bruised, and cute as a button… but I bite into it and grimace at the sour taste of betrayal as I look at the bright white center. That’s what I get for trusting beautiful red strawberries in the winter months. I take it as a personal offense when that happens.

Am I being too sensitive?

Where was I going with this? Oh yes… Whenever I am faced with a disappointing batch of strawberries I have to find a way to bring some life into them.

Cue copious amounts of sugar and a healthy dollop of butter.

This dessert is seriously so delicious and incredibly easy! Anybody you share it with will become your best friend and probably try to steal the leftovers from you.

That’s just a forewarning. But make this strawberry cobbler anyways. Continue reading “Strawberry Cobbler”

Shepherd’s Pie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Bust out the green beer and the shamrock bead necklaces, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Me? I’ll be sitting at home, wearing my customary green outfit and eating leftover Shepherd’s pie. Sounds like my kind of party!

Don’t forget to wear green, you don’t want to get pinched!

Anyways, back to the food. Mmmm food… I grew up eating shepherd’s pie with my mom, although her version was a bit different than this.

Shepherd’s pie has always been a favorite meal for me. What’s not to love? Flavorful meat and veggie filling all topped with glorious mashed potatoes. Continue reading “Shepherd’s Pie”

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”

Classic Pancakes

Until recently, whenever I made pancakes it was usually from a boxed mix. Scandalous, I know. But then I found out just how easy it is to make homemade pancakes from scratch! It requires very little effort and taste alone puts this recipe leaps and bounds ahead of pancakes made from a boxed mix.

Don’t get me wrong, homemade pancakes in any way, shape, or form are pretty great. But oo-da-la-lee, scratch made pancakes are wonderful! Continue reading “Classic Pancakes”

Cream-Filled Cupcakes

I am totally obsessed with these cupcakes, and for good reason!

If you love those sinfully delicious chocolate snack cupcakes with the perfect white swirls on top and the delightful cream filling then my tricky copycat recipe is for you!

This recipe is extra sneaky because I like to save myself some trouble and use a cake mix and store bought frosting. If you don’t like the idea of using those items then feel free to use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe and marshmallow frosting. I won’t feel bad!

When I first tried these cupcakes I ate half of them in one sitting and then made another batch, they are that good! Continue reading “Cream-Filled Cupcakes”

Taco Taters

One of the downfalls of cooking for two people (our toddler hardly counts) is that sometimes I get a little carried away and we basically have to eat leftovers for an entire week. That can get a little tedious and so trying to revamp leftovers has become a fun game for me so we don’t lose our minds eating the same thing over and over again.

Last week, I made tacos… a lot of tacos. So many tacos.

To get creative with the taco meat I decided to slap it on some baked potatoes as a hearty and tasty alternative. Continue reading “Taco Taters”

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”

Slow Cooker Cajun Pot Roast

This roast was hollerin’ at me from the freezer.

You know how it is. You stock up the freezer when meat is on sale and you have to get creative when you’re trying to use it up. I have recently made my favorite Classic Pot Roast so I needed something a little different to spice things up.

Ha! I sure did that! I took my classic pot roast for a fun and delicious Cajun spin.

This slow cooker Cajun pot roast was so easy but packed a serious flavor punch. I love making a big roast and re-purposing the meat for different meals throughout that week, that’s called thrifty kitchen sense. I just made that up. But it’s a good idea. Continue reading “Slow Cooker Cajun Pot Roast”

Sausage and Spinach Pasta

Have you made any New Year resolutions? I have… to share more desserts, to share more salads, to eat more butter, to eat more greens.

It’s all about balance here in 2017.

If you’re trying to eat more greens like I am, this is exactly the kind of recipe you want.

Don’t let the amount of butter startle you, it’s delicious. Own it! Continue reading “Sausage and Spinach Pasta”