Quick Simple Pasta Salad Recipe – BLT Pasta Salad

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This quick simple pasta salad recipe is perfect for Spring and Summer potlucks, barbeques, lunches, and makes a great side for dinner any night of the week.

For a large gathering I would make at least a double batch, and trust me you will be bringing home and empty bowl. It truly has the flavors of the classic, favorite sandwich with a twist. I have been known to reserve a portion to eat as my own lunch the next day.

For a lighter version-substitute plain Greek yogurt for mayonnaise and some of the ranch, reduce bacon to 4 pieces, and cut cheese in half.

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Fast and Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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Fast and Easy Banana Bread


We love banana bread!  It’s one of those foods that needs to be in every recipe box.  Try my fast and easy banana bread recipe for your next meal.  It will be perfect for breakfast, snack time or as a great side for dinner.

When I make this fast and easy banana bread recipe, I always make a double batch.  The kiddos eat is so fast, why make just one?  It also freezes well, so you can eat one now and freeze one for later.

Fast and Easy Banana Bread Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 Stick Butter, room temperature
3/4 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla
3 Ripe Bananas
1/2 Cup Walnuts, chopped (optional)
1/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 350°F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy then add eggs.
  3. Combine flours, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl then sift into creamed mixture.
  4. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Mix in bananas until well combined.
  6. Add in walnuts and chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
  7. Bake in a greased pan for 50 minutes or until done.
Fast and Easy Banana Bread
Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Stick Butter, room temperature
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 3 Ripe Bananas
  • ½ Cup Walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350°F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy then add eggs.
  3. Combine flours, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl then sift into creamed mixture.
  4. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Mix in bananas until well combined.
  6. Add in walnuts and chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
  7. Bake in a greased pan for 50 minutes or until done.

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9 Quick and Simple Oatmeal Recipes

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I’m always on the hunt for new breakfast ideas – it’s the most important meal of the day after all!  Oatmeal is healthy, filling and easy to make.  It’s packed with fiber, folate, antioxidants and protein making it a better choice than pancakes or sugar cereal in the morning.  You can try topping with fruit such as blueberries, cranberries or apples or adding in a bit of brown sugar if you need a touch of sweetness.

Below you will find Quick and Simple Oatmeal Recipes to start your morning off right!

9 Quick and Simple Oatmeal Recipes:

  1. Overnight crockpot steel cut oatmeal by Thrifty Jinxy
  2. Baked Oatmeal with Chobani Greek Yogurt by All She Cooks
  3. Skillet Banana Oatmeal by Family Food and Travel
  4. Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal by Food Done Light
  5. Easy Overnight Oatmeal by Stockpiling Moms
  6. Easy Homemade Instant Oatmeal by A Moms Take
  7. Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal by A Frugal Chick
  8. Crockpot Oatmeal by Madame Deals
  9. Carrot & Zucchini Bread Oatmeal by The Coupon Challenge

What are your favorite Quick and Simple Oatmeal Recipes?

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Chicken Alfredo Pizza Recipe with Dollar Tree Ingredients

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Who knew that you could cook a tasty and gourmet style dinner using ingredients from your local Dollar Tree? Now that you know,  you won’t be able to wait to try it!

Take a look below at how you can make this tasty and inexpensive Chicken Alfredo Pizza Recipe using ingredients found for $1 or less at your local Dollar Tree.  In no time, you can be enjoying this divine dish that is sure to impress.

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Quick Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe

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Enjoy this quick easy chocolate frosting on your next batch of cupcakes, brownies or cake.  It’s simply delicious!  Use my quick easy chocolate frosting recipe to dress up a simple box mix or as a nice addition to cupcakes made from scratch!

We made yellow box mix cupcakes with this Quick Easy Chocolate Frosting for LuLu’s 7th birthday.  They were a huge success and everyone loved the frosting!

*I tried making Whole Foods Yellow Cake Mix from scratch but those didn’t turn out right, so I ended up with back-up box mix :(  They were still delicious – thanks in part to the icing!

Quick Easy Chocolate Frosting:

Ingredients:

1 stick butter, softened
3 Cups powdered sugar
1/2 Cup Cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
5-8 Tbsp half & half (or milk)

Directions:

  1. Whip butter and vanilla together in mixer until smooth.
  2. Mix in cocoa and then slowly add in powdered sugar
  3. Add half & half 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached (the more half and half the creamier/thinner your frosting will become)
  4. Frost 1 9in cake or about 24 cupcakes – Note based on a comment: if you use a lot of icing, you may need to make a double batch.

Quick Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 Cups powdered sugar
  • ½ Cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5-8 Tbsp half & half (or milk)
Instructions
  1. Whip butter and vanilla together in mixer until smooth.
  2. Mix in cocoa and then slowly add in powdered sugar
  3. Add half & half 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached (the more half and half the creamier/thinner your frosting will become)
  4. Frost 1 9in cake or about 24 cupcakes

 

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Loaded Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

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This is a delicious cream cheese dip recipe that will knock your socks off and be the hit at your next party or potluck.  Thick and full of flavors,  all you will find left on the buffet table is an empty bowl.

Go ahead and bring the cream cheese dip recipe with you to share- it’s that good. Experiment a bit to find the right combo of flavors for you, cream cheese is such a versatile dip base- add in chopped chives, fresh crushed garlic, or different variations of shredded cheese. Give it a try, you are sure to love it!

Cream Cheese Dip Recipe:

Cream Cheese Dip Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients:

1-8oz. package Cream Cheese, room temp.
¼ cup crumbled bacon pieces
1 cup shredded Colby Jack
½ cup sour cream
1 tsp. Dill weed
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients well in a medium bowl.
  2. Allow to sit in refrigerator for at least 2 hours for all flavors to combine.
  3. Serve with bagel chips, pretzels, pita chips, or crackers.

Loaded Cream Cheese Dip Recipe
Recipe type: Appetiser
 
Ingredients
  • 1-8oz. package Cream Cheese, room temp.
  • ¼ cup crumbled bacon pieces
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. Dill weed
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. -8oz. package Cream Cheese, room temp.
  2. ¼ cup crumbled bacon pieces
  3. cup shredded Colby Jack
  4. ½ cup sour cream
  5. tsp. Dill weed
  6. salt and pepper to taste

 

Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

What is your favorite addition to this Cream Cheese Dip Recipe?

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How to Make Buttercream Frosting

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How to Make Buttercream Frosting

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Ever wonder how to make Buttercream Frosting?  This super simple recipe for buttercream frosting will be perfect on your next cake or cupcakes.  I used a simple red velvet box mix for hubs birthday cake, but you could also make your own cake from scratch.  It also makes a great base for fancy cakes such as my daughters 4th birthday castle cake.

How to Make Buttercream Frosting:

I used my KitchenAid mixer which made this a snap!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of salted real butter
  • 1 stick of unsalted real butter
  • 1 cup of shortening (not oil)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 pound bag of powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine 1 stick of salted real butter, 1 stick of unsalted real butter, 1 cup of shortening (not oil) until smooth.
  2. Mix in 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  3. Slowly add in a 2 pound bag of powdered sugar and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add 5-6 Tbsp of water (adding 1 T at a time).  Icing will be really stiff after adding in the powdered sugar, so add a little bit of water to get the texture you want.

How to Make Buttercream Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 1 stick of salted real butter
  • 1 stick of unsalted real butter
  • 1 cup of shortening (not oil)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 pound bag of powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Add 1 stick of salted real butter, 1 stick of unsalted real butter, 1 cup of shortening (not oil).
  2. Mix then add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  3. Add a 2 pound bag of powdered sugar.
  4. Add 5-6 Tbsp of water (adding 1 T at a time). It will get really stiff so then you add just a little bit of water at a time to get the texture you want.

 

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How to Make Easter Bunny Cake

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Learn how to make an Easter bunny cake with just a few simple steps.  An Easter Bunny Cake is super cute and requires very little cake decorating skills.  This was a fun project for the kids to get involved it.  Kids can help bake the cake and decorate.  LuLu did all the candy decorations on the bow tie :)

How to Make Easter Bunny Cake:

1.  Bake your desired cake mix in (2) round cake pans.

2. Cool and trim middle “bump” if necessary so cakes will lie flat, set aside excess.

3.  Use (1) round cake for making the bunny ears and bow tie.  Use used a bowl to help with the rounded edges.  Leave the other round cake for the head.

 

4.  Assemble the bunny cake by placing the bow tie, round cake for head then bunny ears.

5. Decorate cake as desired.  We used white icing with a star tip facing straight down to decorate a majority of the cake & smooth pink icing for the ears.  The kids used pink icing for the nose, black licorice for the eyes and whiskers, and flower sprinkles to decorate the bow tie.

Did your kids make Easter bunny cake with you?

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Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe {Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup with Tortellini}

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Try this tasty and easy butternut squash soup recipe.   You can add in tortellini and Parmesan cheese for more yummy goodness.  Serve with crusty bread and a salad to round out your meal.

Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe:

Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients:

½ a large onion, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
4 cups peeled and chopped carrots
3 cups chicken stock
½ teaspoon dried marjoram
8 ounces cream cheese
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Black Pepper and Kosher Salt to taste
½ lb. cooked tortellini
Parmesan cheese for serving, optional

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a stockpot and cook the onions and celery over medium heat until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the butternut squash, carrots, chicken stock, marjoram, pepper, salt and cayenne pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat.
  5. Cut the cream cheese into pieces and add to the stockpot.Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe 1
  6. Using an immersion blender, puree the mixture until smooth and creamy.
  7. Add the cooked tortellini just before serving.
  8. Garnish with Parmesan cheese if desired.

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8 Baked Macaroni Cheese Recipes

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Are you looking for baked macaroni cheese recipes?  I have a tasty round-up of 8 baked recipes plus 3 bonus non-baked mac & cheese recipes you can try to tempt your taste buds.  Mac & Cheese is one of those ultimate comfort foods, so serve one of these recipes as a side or as the main event for your next meal.

5 Baked Macaroni Cheese Recipes:

  1. Baked Macaroni & Cheese Freezer Recipe by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
  2. Ina’s Macaroni & Cheese by Confessions of a Cooking Diva
  3. Muffin Tin Mac n Cheese Bites by Lori’s Culinary Creations
  4. Macaroni Corn Bake by Stockpiling Moms
  5. Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese by Views from the Ville
  6. Pumpkin Mac and Cheese by Paints and Paws
  7. Pumpkin Head Beer Macaroni & Cheese by Paints and Paws
  8. Country Style Macaroni and Cheese Recipe by Melissa’s Bargains

Easy Slow Cooker Macaroni Cheese Recipe

If you like Mac & Cheese, here are 3 more recipes you may want to try:

*On the Stove* Homemade Macaroni & Cheese Recipe by A Mom’s Take
*Slow Cooker* Slow Cooker Macaroni Cheese Recipe by The Coupon Challenge
*Healthy Alternative* Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese by Mom on Dealz

Macaroni & Cheese is an easy meal that is sure to please everyone in your family.  If serving as a main dish, I like to add a nice garden salad and warm bread – YUM!

What are your favorite Baked Macaroni Cheese Recipes?

You might also like these Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes – cook your chicken in the crock pot while your mac & cheese bakes in the oven!

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