Every year when we carve our pumpkins, pull out the pulp, make silly faces in the jack-o-laterns I love to bake up some roasted pumpkin seeds for a fun crispy snack. I really love them! Mild, buttery flavor with a pinch of sea salts and its so satisfying! In the recent years I've come to really appreciate good seasonings. I did use to think salt was salt, seasoning salt was seasoning salt, bullion was bullion. HECK NO. These things can and do make a huge difference in the outcome of . . .
Did you grow up drinking ice cold smoking homemade root beer at your halloween parties? I loved it every year when we would have it. A delicious sweetness, with a light fizz. Such a fun treat. As a mom, I love making it for the holiday. My kids love it also and feel it is so magical! ROOT BEER The beauty about homemade root beer is how EASY it is. The tricky part can be finding the items. So I have a few tips! Look for your supplies a head of time. I checked several stores that did . . .
I have a fluffy buttery breadstick recipe that is one of my family's all time favorite. We love to make them with soups, salads, pastas (never too many carbs baby!) It's so easy to turn the breadstick recipe into witch fingers!! These witch fingers breadsticks will be the hit of the party!! The original breadsticks recipe I like to make them thick and fluffy, but for these witches fingers I make them skinny. I also like to cook them a little bit longer so that they are a little more . . .
I'm completed addicted to BUFFALO SAUCE! and I totally blame Kadee for this. I didn't grow up on spicy food, I didn't experiment with it as a young adult...not until I moved to CA and had a few friends who all love spicy food. Not that buffalo sauce is really all that spicy, or has to be. But one day Kadee had me taste test a chicken nugget with buffalo sauce and I was done for. So when BRIANNAS challenged us to come up with a recipe for their blue cheese dressing the first thing that came to . . .
This cheddar cauliflower soup one of my favorite of all time. The thing is, is that is come from a restaurant in another state far away from me, and it has become so popular in that state, in that restaurant, that it's way over priced! I can't bring myself to even go there and buy it in its tiny bowl any more. Despite all the copy-cat recipes for Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup, I haven't made one and thought- "YES! that is it," until I made my own adjustments. In all honestly maybe I . . .
Creamy tomato basil soup with a melty grilled cheese sandwich has got to be on pretty much everyone's top 10 favorites list. This creamy tomato soup is full of veggies (which no one will know!) with little cream and a little cheese to smooth it all out and balance out the tomatoes. Most recipes call for canned tomatoes- which is why I LOVE this recipes. It is ALL FRESH! How to make Creamy Tomato Soup Everyone knows what a roux is right? So lets move on to another base basic in . . .
Dumplings are arguably the best part of chicken soup. When my mom makes them for my family there is never enough. We argue and fight about who has more dumplings...and we race to get seconds and finish of the rest of the dumplings in the pot. Now when my mom makes chicken and dumplings she does two batches. Makes the soup, and does one batch of dumplings...serves up half the folks and with half the soup remaining add more dumplings. This isn't necessary but makes the soup go really . . .
We have entered the fall season... also the season of after school activities, fall festivals, sports.... Football, soccer, softball, baseball. The evenings are busy and the air is cold. For those busy nights this is exactly what you a need, loaded baked potato soup. Often I'm scrambling for dinner. I know I am not the only busy mom with this problem! You get home late from practices, work, errands and need a family friendly meal in 30 minutes. This is just the recipe. A few years . . .
This smoked potato kielbasa has now been on our menu rotation for years. It came to be on our site when a reader sent it in, she raved about it and said it was her favorite! It would be a perfect addition to this blog. I tried it and my family downed the entire platter. She was right- it is the perfect addition. Smoked Kielbasa I had had this smoked sausage several times before I made this recipe, in fact I love to cook it with my pot roasts, but I didn't realize that the sausage was . . .
The first time i had a meal like this lemon herb chicken and rice was after having my 4th child. Kind friends surrounded my not-so-little-family with food, and cleaning, and babysitting. Feeding and helping us is not an easy task! But man, it helped sooo much. For me I needed it so SO much more than when I came home with my second baby. Kids needed to be at school, needed to be entertained, needed to be fed. Overwhelming to an emotional mama who can barely function. One night a meal looking . . .