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Category Archives: Gourmet Recipes

How to Cook Butternut Squash—the Easy Way

My parents are big fans of butternut squash and cook it all the time. It is very high in fiber and vitamin A—which is good for your eyes. I’ve grown up eating butternut squash regularly and have enjoyed it with a variety of toppings (many are mentioned below). I invited my parents over to my house

21 Delicious and Quick Canned Chicken Recipes

I was organizing my canned food the other day and found that I have A LOT of canned chicken. I realized that I need to make more meals with it—especially since it is a convenient and inexpensive way to add protein to a meal. I get a lot of my canned chicken at grocery stores but it’s also

Homemade Concord Grape Juice

My mom has been an avid concord Grape grower for 30 or so years. She has many beautiful vines that produce a lot of grapes each fall. I guess playing classical music to them on occasion does work! And yes she really has tried that. Each October we pick the grapes and juice them. Then, throughout the

The BEST Freezable Rolls Recipe

There are few things I enjoy eating more than bread: specifically fresh, homemade rolls still hot from the oven.  I have been making bread since I was 9 years old, when my Dad bribed me to take over the bread-making job by paying me a dollar for each loaf I made (might as well pay

German Plum Cake

When I lived in Germany, I often ate German Plum Cake (known in German as Pflaumenkuchen or Zwetschenkuchen). I fell in love with the combination of a deliciously moist lemon tart topped with sweet plums baked to perfection. My co-worker received a German Plum Cake for her birthday, and we gobbled it right up.  I also got

How to Make Banana Pancakes out of Pancake Mix

Jack Johnson is a favorite musician of mine. He sings a song called “Banana Pancakes.” A verse of the song goes, “But, baby, you hardly even notice When I try to show you this Song is meant to keep you From doing what you’re supposed to. Waking up too early Maybe we can sleep in

How to Turn a Bread Recipe into a Muffin Recipe

In order to turn a bread recipe into a muffin recipe you will want to… Raise the temperature you bake the bread at. Typically you will raise it at least 25 degrees Fahrenheit. For example, my banana bread recipe bakes at 350 F, so for muffins I bake them at 375 F. Most bread bakes at 350 F

Banana Bread Muffins

Banana bread has always been a favorite of mine. Today I made Banana Bread muffins because I was short on time, and they bake about 25 minutes faster. They are also easier to divvy out if you are gifting them to multiple neighbors (which I’m planning to do) than a loaf of bread would be. I

Pineapple Lemonade Slush

If you are looking for a delicious slush, look no further. This recipe is so so yummy! It has a perfect balance of pineapple, lemonade, vanilla, and ice all slushed together in a blender. This drink is great for parties, BBQ’s, or even just for family dinner/dessert. When I first tried this slush, I was blown away.

Zucchini Cinnamon Sugar Bread Recipe

My good friend called me and said she had a giant zucchini from her garden that I could have. I was so excited and grateful, as I love garden zucchini. I drove over, and sure enough, it was over a foot and a half long! So, I got out my mom’s moist and delicious Zucchini Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Caramelized Coconut-Infused Carrots

My friend Rachel and I love to have dinners together with our kids who are about the same ages. We sometimes have difficulty getting them to eat their veggies (my kids probably more so than hers). As a result, we try to get creative with making vegetables taste better. She came upon this recipe, and we gave it a

New York Pizza Burger

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stop & Shop for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Pizza has always been a favorite food of mine. Ever since I was a little girl I have just loved it! I like all kinds of pizza from thick crust to thin crust, marinara and

Jamba Juice Caribbean Passion Smoothie Copycat Recipe

When I lived in Taiwan, it was hard to find anything sweet. Apparently they just don’t eat sweet stuff because even the McDonald’s ice cream had no sugar in it! One day my friends and I found a shop that made creamed slush and used real fruit concentrate as flavoring which made them sweet. My favorite was Passion

Kids’ No Sugar Added Slushies + Win $100 Walmart Gift Card

Summer is fast approaching and we love cold drinks, juice, and slushies. Today I took my kids’ favorite new juice–Mott’s® Apple Cherry Juice–and blended it with some ice. I put it in a few cups with color-changing straws. My kids have been going crazy over the sweet frozen goodness of this simple treat. (Admittedly, I have also

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