Mother’s Day Dessert Ideas

mother's day dessert ideas Over the years we’ve posted some of our favorite dessert recipes. While my family generally eats healthy, Mother’s Day is a cheat day ALL DAY LONG! I wanted to make my very favorite dessert, but am having a hard time deciding which one to make. In case you were looking for some Mother’s Day dessert inspiration, I thought I’d share these recipes with you. [Read more...]

Blueberry Blender Muffins {contains no flour, or refined sugar}

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A couple of weeks ago, my sweet friend Rian posted a recipe for blueberry blender muffins on Facebook. They sounded so yummy and easy I couldn’t wait to try them. An added bonus is that they don’t contain any added flour or refined sugar. They are so easy you will be shocked! All you have to do is simply throw 4 ingredients in a blender, pulse for a minute, pour into muffin tins, and add blueberries. I love that they can be whipped up quickly in the morning or I can make a large batch in advance. Unlike a bakery muffin these are a little more custard like, but so tasty and much healthier!
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Banana Nut Muffins Recipe {with Chocolate Chips and Streusel Top!}

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Banana Nut Muffins Recipe (with Chocolate Chips and Streusel Top)

Side note – if you need a new banana bread pan – there’s a great deal on one here!!

Jamie here, I grew up with a very frugal mom, and although I learned too much solid gold advice to ever put down in writing -  one of those little tips that stuck with me was this:

===>>> Always ALWAYS buy the cheap bags of bananas that are going ripe.  :)

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Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

 

 

We wanted to re-post this recipe from Valentine’s – because it’s also a great way to keep from using your oven on hot days!

If you happen to be staying in on Valentine’s Day and are looking for an easy Valentine’s Day dinner, Crock Pot Lasagna is a fabulous option!

Several years ago, I found this recipe for Crock Pot Lasagna and fell in love.  I use a bottled spaghetti sauce but add additional spices to give it a homemade taste.  If you keep browned ground beef in the freezer (read more here), it will cut your preparation time dramatically.  After the recipe, scroll down as I have also included a couple of pics to answer any questions you might have.

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Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

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Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

Jamie here! Might I suggest this delicious pie for your Easter table??

Kentucky Derby Pie is a beautiful beast of a pie.  Simply put, it’s pecan pie with chocolate chips. But that is not what your mouth will tell you. Your mouth will tell you “OHMYGAH- thank you for this chocolatey, nutty, gooey, flaky, beast!”  It’s just so darn good your mouth will probably need another piece or two to do it justice.  You’d best bake a double batch…. (I do!)

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How to Make S’mores (A Girl Scout’s Guide)

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How to Make S’Mores

S’mores are part of summer in my mind – starry nights, campfire light, marshmallow-ey bites….  They just go together!

If you’ve never made S’mores, it’s a fun way to pass the time around the campfire with your kid – but there’s also an art to it, in my opinion.  As a long time Girl Scout and former camp counselor – I would like to offer my S’mores expertise for any newbies out there looking to go create some memories this summer!

What you need:

  • Graham crackers
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Hershey’s chocolate *I’ve tried cheaper, generic chocolate and it’s NOT the same….  Stick with the Hershey’s- trust me on this one.

How to Make S’Mores:

  1. Toast a marshmallow over the fire until golden brown – although if you burn it that’s just fine too.  The main thing you want it to be is HOT – so it can melt chocolate!
  2. With the marshmallow still on the roasting stick, break a graham cracker in half.    Hold one cracker on either side of the marshmallow and use them to slide the mallow off the roasting stick.  That way you don’t get sticky OR burn yourself.  You’re welcome!
  3. Lift up the top cracker and add chocolate
  4. Squeeze your grahams gently together to melt your chocolate against the hot marshmallow.  Hold for about 15 seconds. (The more – the meltier!)  Bite.  Bite.  Bite.  Bite.  You just made a memory.
  5. Repeat steps 1, 2, 3, 4.  :)

The BEST chocolate ratio for a S’More is:  2 Graham Cracker Halves + 1 Hot Marshmallow + 3  Hershey’s Chocolate Rectangles

*If you’re short on chocolate – 2 Rectangles is acceptable.  There are 12 per Hershey Bar.

If you don’t have a roasting stick on hand -you can make a S’more roaster.

Nature’s Roaster: Use a pocket-knife to scrape the bark off the end of a long stick and point the tip a little (You’ll want to clean about a 5″ length).  Some people put the mallow right on the stick – but that means you’ll be eating bits of bark, moss, or poison ivy residue – no thnaks! As good as S’mores are – they’re not good enough to risk whatever you didn’t see on your stick in the dark entering your mouth.  (Ewwww!)

Closet Roaster: Your other option is a coat hanger.  Bend it straight, then hold it over the fire to burn all the varnish off the end.  That stuff is probably poisonous or something.   Best to take no chances.

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Of course, if you’re short on campfire opportunities - you can make Skillet Smores with delicious results.  Or whip up this yummy S’Mores Party Mix for a sleepover or party!