Ultimate Turtle Brownies

Ultimate Turtle Brownies - Deliciously rich fudgy brownies oozing with creamy caramel and loaded with pecans! Easy to make and great for parties.

Ultimate Turtle Brownies are deliciously rich fudgy brownies oozing with creamy caramel and loaded with pecans! Who doesn’t love a decadent turtle brownie? Easy to make and great for parties. Ultimate Turtle Brownies For the first layer, grease a 9×13 baking pan and line it with parchment paper with over-hang handles on the longer sides. This will help you remove the brownies for slicing. In a medium-size microwave-safe bowl place the butter, chocolate chips, and instant espresso. Microwave on high for 30-second intervals. stirring after each interval until smooth. Let cool. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, sugar, and vanilla until combined. In a small bowl whisk the flour,...

Deviled Potato Bites

Deviled Potato Bites - Potato salad in bite-size form. Great snack or appetizer for any party or barbecue! Easy to prepare and even better they can be made ahead.

Deviled potato bites are like a potato salad in bite-size form. Great side or appetizer for any party or barbecue! Easy to prepare and even better, they can be made ahead. Aren’t they just more appealing than potato salad in a bowl? So cute! Deviled Potato Bites These little deviled baked potatoes are the answer to summer entertaining! Drizzle the small red potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and bake on a rimmed baking sheet at 350ºF for about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 15 minutes. Cut each in half and carefully scoop out the potato pulp, leaving the skins intact. Place the pulp into...

Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables

Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables - The epitome of healthy one pan meal! Chop, drop, toss with seasonings and bake! It could not get any easier! Also great for meal prep.

This sheet pan sausage and vegetables is the epitome of healthy one pan meal! Chop, drop, toss with seasonings and bake! It could not get any easier! It’s also great for meal prep. You can customize this meal to your preferences. Use pork, turkey, beef, or chicken sausage and mix and match the veggies. Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables Line a large rimmed sheet pan with foil for easy cleanup.  Slice the sausage into 1/2″ rounds. Dice all the vegetables into bite-size pieces. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the foil. Add the sausage and vegetables to the pan, drizzle evenly with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle the paprika, parsley, oregano,...

Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad

Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad - All the flavors of traditional potato salad but without all the carbs! Perfect for summer barbecues or any meal of the year.

Cauliflower mock potato salad has all the flavors of traditional potato salad but without all the carbs! Yay, another potato swap dish. Perfect for summer barbecues or any meal of the year. Even potato lovers are going to enjoy this healthier swap. My husband was reluctantly surprised at the flavor of this dish.  As I have said before, I am slowly trying to cut some carbs from his diet. So this makes another win for me. You guys just don’t know how bad it was with him…he would wrap macaroni and cheese in a flour tortilla! Ugh! (husband edit: Mac and cheese wrapped in a tortilla is AWESOME!) Cauliflower Mock Potato...

Puff Pastry Parmesan Cheese Straws

Puff Pastry Parmesan Cheese Straws - Flaky, puff pastry sprinkled with Parmesan Gruyere, garlic, and herbs! You just can't go wrong with this quick and easy appetizer!

Puff pastry parmesan cheese straws are the perfect cocktail party snack or an easy bread to whip up for dinner. Flaky, puff pastry sprinkled with parmesan cheese, gruyere cheese, garlic, and herbs! You just can’t go wrong with this quick and easy appetizer! Puff Pastry Parmesan Cheese Straws So, so simple! In a small bowl whisk the melted butter and garlic powder. In another small bowl whisk together the Parmesan, Gruyere, and Italian seasoning. Roll out the puff pastry. Brush the melted butter mixture evenly over the entire puff pastry. Evenly sprinkle the cheese and herb mixture. With a knife or pizza cutter slice the dough into long 1/2″ strips....

Pan-Seared Salmon Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

Pan-Seared Salmon Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette - One of the quickest, healthiest meals you can serve your family! Fresh homemade vinaigrette brings tons of tangy, zesty flavor.

Pan-Seared Salmon Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette is one of the quickest, healthiest meals you can serve your family! Literally, this meal is on the table in 15 minutes.  The fresh homemade lemon dijon vinaigrette brings tons of tangy, zesty flavor to the salmon and the salad. A meal that will check all the boxes for everyone in your family or dinner guests. Pan-Seared Salmon Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette Squeeze the lemon juice into a small measuring cup. Add the dijon mustard, parsley, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, set aside. You can chill for a few minutes but don’t leave it in the refrigerator too long,...

Smooth and Creamy Cheesecake

Smooth and Creamy Cheesecake - Rich, smooth, creamy, and absolutely sublime! Everyone needs a basic cheesecake recipe and this one is sure to please.

Smooth and creamy cheesecake at it’s best! Homemade cheesecake does not have to be intimidating, it’s really pretty easy. Rich, smooth, creamy, and absolutely sublime! Everyone needs a basic cheesecake recipe and this one is sure to please. Smooth and Creamy Cheesecake First and foremost, it is VERY IMPORTANT that your cream cheese, eggs, and heavy cream are at room temperature. Spray the springform pan with non-stick baking spray or line with parchment. Wrap the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan with two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Also, have a large roasting pan ready that will accommodate the springform pan. You will be baking the cheesecake in a water bath,...

Absolute Best Ever Lasagna Recipe

Absolute Best Ever Lasagna - The ultimate lasagna! Three layers of deliciously rich, luscious meat sauce, creamy cheesy ricotta and perfectly cooked noodles. With a trick to getting a perfect portion cut every time. 

This absolute best ever lasagna recipe comes to us via my sister and brother-in-law. This is the ultimate lasagna! Three layers of deliciously rich, luscious meat sauce, creamy cheesy ricotta and perfectly cooked noodles. Also, a trick to getting a perfect portion cut every time. Absolute Best Ever Lasagna Recipe The most time-consuming step is making the meat sauce. But the sauce is what makes this lasagna amazing! Although we were raised in a large Italian family there was never an authentic lasagna sauce recipe delivered to our table. *gasp* Shocking, I know! Ok, so here’s the tip for layering the noodles for the perfect portion. First place about 1...

Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts

Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts - A slow cooker makes boiled peanuts super easy to make!  A warm, salty, tender boiled peanut is the perfect snack for any occasion!

A slow cooker makes boiled peanuts super easy to make!  A warm, salty, tender boiled peanut is the perfect snack for any occasion! Hot boiled peanuts are a traditional southern snack. Now, they aren’t for everyone. You either like them or you don’t. My daughter and I love them but my husband won’t even think about eating one. To each their own, right? Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts Use raw green peanuts for this recipe. If you can only find raw dried peanuts soak them overnight in cool water before placing them in the slow cooker. Dried peanuts will take much longer to cook if not soaked first. Rinse the peanuts in...

Lemon-Orange Pound Cake

Lemon-Orange Pound Cake - Buttery, soft pound cake laced with lemon and orange zest and topped with a delicious citrusy glaze. Bursting with citrus flavors this cake just screams spring dessert!

Lemon-Orange Pound Cake is a sublime slice of citrus heaven! Buttery, soft pound cake laced with lemon and orange zest and topped with a delicious citrusy glaze. Bursting with citrus flavors this cake just screams spring dessert! Lemon-Orange Pound Cake Prepare the bundt pan with non-stick baking spray or butter and flour. In a medium-size bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk to the creamed butter and sugar...