Easy Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe! (Slow-Cooker & Stovetop Version)

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe {Slow-Cooker Version}

It seems like it has been raining for weeks here in East Tennessee.  I’m talking ark-building weather here, folks.  And since rainy days are about the only excuse after winter’s over for making potato soup – I plan to take full advantage of this flood to get one last crockpot full of cheesy potato goodness in my belly!

(Of course, evne in the warm months I do somehow manage to meet my cheesy potato quota with these grilled potatoes in foil ;)

Here my recipe for Cheesy Potato Soup that is SURE to be a crowd pleaser!

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Easy Chicken Piccata Recipe {Includes Healthy Version }

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A couple of weeks ago, my son and I went to Olive Garden for our date night. They had a new citrus grilled chicken that was absolutely amazing!! I recently found this recipe and thought I’d try to make it at home. You can change up this recipe to make it even more healthy. When I make it I’m going to leave out the flour and either use whole grain noodles or just leave out the noodles entirely. Serve with a side of steamed veggies and a green salad for a healthy meal!

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CopyCat Chick Fil A Frosted Lemonade

 

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My friend, Cortney, has been telling all about Chick-Fil-A’s new Frosted Lemonade. Although, I’m trying to stay away from sweets, I think this will be a fun summertime treat for my kiddos. You can buy premade lemonade at the grocery store, or opt for a lower sugar version with lemonade flavored Crystal Light. This recipe is so easy your kids may be able to jump right in and help. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Lemonade (you could also use Lemonade Crystal Light for a lower sugar version)
  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream (optional sugar free lemonade)
  • Lemons for garnish (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend lemonade and ice cream together.
  2. Serve in chilled glasses and garnish with lemon slices.

**Make sure to use a good quality Ice Cream otherwise it can get foamy when blended.

Crock-Pot Cola Ham Recipe (Take advantage of Post-Easter Ham Sales!)

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With all the stores trying to get rid of their Easter hams, you can get some pretty good deals right now.  Might as well grab one and cook it up with this easy recipe – then feast on the leftovers for lunch all week!

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Simple Roast Chicken Recipe | 3 Step, No Prep!

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Jamie here! Bi-Lo has whole chickens on sale this week for 89¢/lb – I’m picking some up to make my simple roast chicken and thought I’d re-share it in case you missed it before :)

Jamie here, if you’re looking for a simple roast chicken recipe – here’s your guy.  No kidding – if I’d ever realized in the early years of marriage that making a beautiful roast chicken was this easy, I would’ve saved my husband from years of Hamburger Helper :)

I learned this tip from my friend Meg, who is an amazing cook and the type of woman you secretly kind of hate, who makes a home-cooked dinner every. single. night.  She’s also cute  - which is just unfair (right?).  But while hanging out with her recently she told me that she roasts chicken pretty often to make chicken salad for the week – or soup, tacos, pasta or other recipes.

After she shared her secret, I had to try it right away.

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Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

This homemade granola bars recipe is chock full of fruit and nuts and will keep you energized and satisfied well into the day!

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/Fruit & Nuts

Jamie here! This past week my husband not-so-casually hinted that he was tired of our eating the exact same trail-mix granola bars every day on his way to work – and would I be up to the challenge of making some homemade granola bars just for him.  I’ve been wanting to make my own granola bars forever, so I was happy to try!
In fact, he’s also been trying to lower his cholesterol, and oats, nuts and blueberries are all very good for that.  After researching several recipes and reader comments, this is the homemade granola bars recipe I ended up using.  These turned out SOOO good, and they’re super filling.  You can customize it to include your favorite dried fruits, and use coconut oil in place of butter.  It’s perfect as an on-the-go breakfast, but I enjoy slowly nibbling one while I sip my coffee as well.

I went to Aldi to pick up all my ingredients, and the ONLY thing I couldn’t find there was the wheat germ (which I located at Publix). I love wheat germ – my mom used to keep it in the fridge at all times, and we’d toss it on everything, even our ice cream! It just adds a great little extra crunch :)  While my I made my batch with half dried apricots, and half dried blueberries – you can use any fruit that floats your boat.  I bet dark chocolate chunks and dried cherries/rasberries would be heavenly!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats (NOT the instant kind)
  • 3/4 Cups Toasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
  • 8 oz Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 6-8 oz Dried, Chopped Fruit

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.  Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring around once or twice while baking.

Grease a 9×13 Glass baking dish with butter or coconut oil and set aside.

While the oats are toasting, heat coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt on medium until the brown sugar is entirely dissolved.  Make sure not to overcook this (aka – boil it until it’s foamy) or your bars may be stuck together like concrete.

While that heats, mix remaining ingredients (Sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ) in a separate bowl.

Pull the now-toasted oats out of the oven and add to the nut mixture, then slowly pour in the melted honey & sugar syrup.

Stir in the dried fruit and mix well.  Spread evenly into the glass baking dish, and press down with the back of a spatula until even and flat.  (I used my own buttered palms, which works great too – but remember that stuff is a little hot!)

Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

IMPORTANT: Make SURE you let it cool for a couple hours before cutting, or it will crumble apart when you try!

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats (NOT the instant kind)
  • 3/4 Cups Toasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
  • 8 oz Honey
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 6-8 oz Dried, Chopped Fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring around once or twice while baking.
  2. Grease a 9x13 Glass baking dish with butter or coconut oil and set aside.
  3. While the oats are toasting, heat coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt on medium until the brown sugar is entirely dissolved. Make sure not to overcook this (aka - boil it until it's foamy) or your bars may be stuck together like concrete.
  4. While that heats, mix remaining ingredients (Sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ) in a separate bowl.
  5. Pull the now-toasted oats out of the oven and add to the nut mixture, then slowly pour in the melted honey & sugar syrup.
  6. Stir in the dried fruit and mix well. Spread evenly into the glass baking dish, and press down with the back of a spatula until even and flat. (I used my own buttered palms, which works great too - but remember that stuff is a little hot!)
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
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This recipe was adapted from this granola bars recipe from Alton Brown.

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe {Perfect for Easter Ham leftovers!}

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe

Note: This yummy recipe is reposted from a previous date :)

We usually travel every Thanksgiving, so I don’t typically have any leftovers. However, I LOVE my mama’s baked ham so much I asked if she would send some home with us. Like most, my kids and hubby aren’t typically excited about eating leftovers.

I have found that if I prepare a dish that is totally different than the original, sometimes they don’t even realize we are having leftovers. So, instead of traditional dishes with leftover ham, I made ham and egg breakfast cups for breakfast. An easy meal, packed with protein!

You’ll need:

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