It's going to be a long weekend of family favorites! Lots of fun and activities - at home, at the cabin, and on the boats, and lots of meals and snacks to make for the crowd. I'm never quite sure exactly HOW many people will be with us on holiday weekends, as the crowd comes and goes, but I do know that these are a favorite!!
Every time that we make theses delicious Hawaiian Sliders, they are DEVOURED! Perfect with leftover ham or turkey...and perfect on Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls. And these become true Hawaiian Sliders when you add a spoonful of Caramelized Pineapple to the stack! Caramelized Pineapple takes these familiar little sandwiches to a whole new level - people BEG me for the secret recipe!
Flavorful Buffalo Chicken Stuffed French Bread is loaded with our favorite creamy, cheesy and spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip baked right in the loaf, and loaded up with three cheeses that melt into gooey deliciousness! This crazy delicious and EASY appetizer is perfect for parties or game day – and is always the first thing to disappear. Everyone will be begging you to make this!
This cold Buffalo Chicken Dip is an easy, no fuss appetizer that’s great for football parties or game-day festivities. Tender shredded chicken breast is combined with cream cheese, sour cream, crunchy bits of celery, lots of spices and plenty of hot sauce to make the perfect cool version of Buffalo Chicken Dip to serve with fresh vegies and crackers, or spread on tortillas for FABULOUS Buffalo Chicken Wraps or pinwheels!
Happy New Year! And nothing screams New Year like Chinese food! I can't wait until the Chinese New Year to share this with you! And whether you are celebrating the Year of the Rat, or celebrating the start of 2020, you are going to LOVE these tender and delicious Chicken Egg Rolls with Sweet & Sour Sauce.
We actually enjoyed these on New Year's Day - the perfect little appetizer is also a perfect dinner when you serve it with hot rice. And this Sweet & Sour Sauce, with just a hint of fresh pineapple juice and Asian Sweet Chili Sauce, is WONDERFUL drizzled on top of white or brown rice!
For a special celebration, this Winter Celebration Cake starts with an amazingly rich, tender and moist Chocolate Raspberry Cake, layered with luscious Raspberry Jam Filling, silky Chocolate Mascarpone and covered with Dark Chocolate Ganache. Rich dark chocolate cake and fresh raspberries are even more indulgent when topped with wintery Chocolate Pinecones and Sugared Cranberries and Sugared Rosemary. The fragrance from the Sugared Rosemary gives this an outdoor fresh smell and seasonal flavor as well! A truly special cake!
This creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup is simple, easy and delicious – better than anything you can get at Olive Garden! Tender chicken, pillowy gnocchi, fresh vegetables and aromatic herbs, and a creamy and flavorful broth, this homemade Chicken Gnocchi Soup is wonderfully rich and possibly the best soup ever!
We had dinner at Olive Garden a few weeks ago, and everyone was SO disappointed with the soup! No more unlimited soup and breadsticks option, and the Chicken Gnocchi Soup they served us was lukewarm, watery, and the vegies were crunchy and raw - no flavor and so disappointing! Just another reason that I prefer making big pots of our favorite soups at home! Everyone loves a steaming bowl of homemade fresh and creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup, and this Mama can serve up warm parmesan garlic breadsticks on the side too!
I think I've shared this before, but my favorite treat is Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Raspberry Squares, and I am constantly on a quest to make/bake something that recreates that fabulous treat! Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Shortbread Bars capture the dark chocolate flavor and the fresh sweetness of raspberries in a buttery shortbread crust.
A silky and creamy chocolate and raspberry filling is layered in a buttery brown sugar shortbread, topped with dark chocolate and fresh raspberries bursting with flavor. These Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Shortbread bars are so simple to make and sure to become one of your favorites!
Sore throat? Cough? Sniffles? Feeling under the weather? Now it’s easy to enjoy the delicious and soothing comfort of a homemade Starbuck’s Medicine Ball (also called Honey Citrus Mint Tea or Cold Buster Tea) at home with this super easy recipe!
Skipper and I decided years ago that it was much more relaxing and romantic to make Valentine's dinner together at home. A roaring fireplace, our favorite music and a chilled bottle of champagne help set the tone! Here's some of our favorite Romantic Dinner Recipes - perfect for Valentine's Day or anytime you have a quiet evening with your special someone!
Do you have a playlist of your favorite romantic songs?
This flavorful pasta is a family favorite – so incredibly fresh and flavorful with tender cheese-filled pasta, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and cream, and the tangy bite of the sun-dried tomatoes. Who knew that something so easy to make could be so rich and divine? Perfect for a special romantic dinner, but fast enough to feed a hungry family too!
This is a classic recipes that you should master and have in your repertoire - everyone is impressed with both the recipe and the results! We'll never tell them just how easy it is!
Are you busy planning a special quiet night with your special valentine, or a big and crazy Valentine's Day party for your family and friends? Fresh berries and chocolate just SCREAM that they are perfect for Valentine's Day! Here are some of my berry special Valentine's Day recipes for you to check out. Aren't they just perfectly wonderful?
When I first started putting together a Valentine Dessert Board, I was thinking about my little ones…but it turned out to be a huge hit with EVERYONE. Filled with heart-shaped cookies and pastries, candy, fruit, and all things sweet, nothing is more easy, fun and relaxing than a sweet treat with your Valentines!
The secret of a great Valentine Sweets Board is to find your favorites treats – and to have a few surprises! The goal is to assemble a board filled with texture and color that fits with your theme. For Valentine’s Day that means lots of fresh fruit and heart-shaped treats in red and pink hues. It’s easy to add Valentine chocolates, decorated sugar cookies and cupcakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
For my Valentine Dessert Board I used a loving mix of some of our favorite store-bought treats and some homemade items too. Mix and match your favorites for something wonderful and unique every time – whether you’re making it for your little ones, a school Valentine’s party, gal pals for a Galentine’s party, or to share with your special love!
As much as I love cooking and baking for the Christmas holidays, we get pretty excited for Valentine's Day at our house too! I always plan a special romantic dinner for just my guy and me, with a bigger celebration with family and friends. My kiddos loved Valentine's Day when they were little, and it just seems to get bigger and better each year!
I'll be sharing some of our favorite Valentine recipes over the coming days - Valentine's Day is only a month away!. These are tried and true, perfect every time! Hope that you are inspired to try something new, and share with someone you love! What are your favorite Valentine treats?
At our house, we love us some stir-fry! Bulgogi, a Korean classic of marinated grilled beef, is easy to make and fun to eat; it’s no wonder it is one of the country’s most famous dishes! Traditionally, pale yellow Asian pears are used, but Bosc pears are just as delicious. As with most Korean barbecue, the meat is seasoned with sesame and scallion, and the grated ripe pears in the marinade tenderizes the meat and add a characteristic sweetness. And many a Korean chef will tell you that if it doesn't have pears in it, it's not traditional bulgogi.
Tender and caramelized thin slices of beef, fresh broccoli and sliced carrots are not only colorful and flavorful - this is one of our favorite stir-fry dinners!
Between the sub-zero temps we've been having this week and Skipper down with a BAD cold and cough, it's been a week for warm, hearty and satisfying soups at our house! And this Sweet Potato Ham & Corn Chowder has long been a family favorite! Loaded with flavor, loaded with wonderful texture, and so silky and creamy that you just want to gobble up a bowl fast!
Have you ever had a bowl of soup that had more color and flavor than this? Even the few kiddos that aren't too crazy about sweet potatoes absolutely LOVE this hearty chowder!
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