This cake is, oh boy, this cake is, SO GOOD. This scotch chocolate cake is one I can crave all year long. But I seem to especially crave it during the summer months. It's the perfect potluck dessert. I don't think I have ever made this cake and come home with left overs. Which, while is a huge compliment to the cake itself, it's kind of depressing for one who might like a little leftover cake :) On several occasions guests will just "take a small piece," cause ya know, they are "not a . . .
I have a really fun recipe for you today! I have some really creative gourmet twists on the classic hot dog - perfect for a hot dog bar this 4th of July. If you've missed some of our potluck ideas this week, we have them all linked here. The Inspiration for Gourmet Hot Dogs A few years ago my husband and I took a trip to Kauai. Near our hotel was a little hot dog shack called Puka Dog. We ate there on a whim and we were hooked! We had to go back again before we left. They are unique . . .
Friends!! This baked beans recipe is my GREAT GRANDMA'S! A month ago my mom sent me a couple of pages of recipes from my great grandmas book, and I'm so excited to share some of these with you. First up are these baked beans. I remember my grandma always made them on our summer barbecue evenings with the family- and as a child I didn't love beans but I always loved these. I ended up changing just a few things. Their cans and proportions were a bit different back then, so I had to make the . . .
A veggie tray is a classic pot luck item, and today I wanted to share how I've been serving my veggie trays for the last several years. I'm also sharing a fresh homemade dill dip to replace that yucky bottled ranch dressing that often accompanies a vegetable tray. Individually Portioned Dill Dip If you saw my recent 7 layer dip post, you'll notice a theme with the individual portioned servings. I have found this method of serving dips to crowds to be an enormous hit! It is so convenient . . .
One thing I learned from my mom, who always a makes a famous potato salad, is the simpler the better. Potato salad can become a hodge podge of spices and add-ins- but it gets to be too much. They overpower the classic potato salad. Roll your eyes if you must- but I promise every time me or my mom make this we get asked for the recipe. Sometimes less is more, and even the pickiest of eaters will love this potato salad. This is the same recipe my grandma made, and her grandma made. I can . . .
It's a hot and sweaty summer! We're cooling off in every way possible, beach, pool cold treats you name it. One of my favorite treats is a coke icee. I also really love a drink called "dirty coke" or "dirty diet coke." So when we mix the two of those and get a dirty coke icee its kinda incredible. It'll take plain ol' coke to a whole new level! What is a Dirty Diet Coke? (or Dirty Coke) A Dirty Coke, or Dirty Diet Coke is a mixture of coconut + lime. Seriously, it is the most heavenly . . .
I love oatmeal in just about every shape and form. The first time I tried overnight oats was on a girls trip. My friend volunteered to bring these for us for breakfast! I was so excited for a hot steaming jar of "overnight oats"...but when she handed me a chilled jar of oatmeal I was shocked! My shock quickly turned into happiness as I devoured the entire jar that morning. Smooth creamy oats, sweetened with honey, vanilla almond milk and banana. Chia seeds + our favorite toppings make . . .
During summer, when the heat is unbearable, the last thing we want is a heavy meal. We turn to grilled meats and veggies, light salads and ice cold lemonade. Instead of a green salad try making this beautiful rainbow quinoa salad for your next meal or party! In all honestly I do not like raw bell peppers...but there is something about this salad. The combo of the churchy veggies and seasoned quinoa that makes it all perfectly balanced. The beans, celery and savory quinoa are perfect! I made . . .
Have I ever told you that I hate tomatoes and onions? I'm sure I have. Because of this aversion I have always steered clear of the classic seven layer dip, but as I've gotten older I've become a little braver and now eat some dishes with tomato and onion. When I tasted seven layer dip I was floored and I loved it! How could I love tomatoes? I don't know, but I know that seven layer dip is about as delicious as it comes. Crunchmaster This past March, Des and I were able to attend Expo . . .
One of my loves is soft cheese. I love goat cheese, feta and blue cheese, and add one of these to pretty much anything and I'm in! Soft cheeses was honestly what I missed the VERY most during pregnancy. Darn those un-pasturized delicious cheeses! Bring on the blue cheese burgers, greek salads, goat cheese pizzas, and of course - blue cheese slaw! I created this delicious slaw using my mini kitchenaid stand mixer and the fresh prep attachment. There is such a difference between a . . .