Overnight Breakfast Casserole

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I love a good old-fashioned big Christmas morning breakfast just as much as anyone, but that doesn't mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying their Christmas gifts. Here is one of my favorite recipes for an overnight breakfast casserole. Make it on Christmas Eve before everyone goes to bed, and then just pop it in the oven in the morning! Overnight Breakfast Casserole   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 20 mins ... [ Read More ]

End of the Summer Squash Relish

End of the Summer Squash Relish

That moment when we think we cannot eat another bite of summer zucchini. This relish is much like a cucumber relish, except that it is very mild. This makes it perfect for using not only as a condiment for hot dogs and burgers, but also as a side for just about any meal. This is a great way to use a up a bit more of an abundance of zucchini, the ingredients are very simple, and it is quick and easy to make. End of the Summer Squash Relish Ingredients: 8 cups of green zucchini, finely ... [ Read More ]

Spicy Sweet Raspberry Pepper Jam

Spicy Sweet Raspberry Pepper Jam

    Most people would not think of putting peppers and raspberries in the same sentence, but for me, that spicy sweet flavor is amazing. Good all by itself, or as a relish or sauce for chicken, added to crackers and even spread on a piece of toast, the strong flavor and sweetness of the raspberries is perfectly offset by the spiciness of the Jalapenos. I tried it once and could not get enough, so now this recipe is a keeper in our home. This jam is not overly spicy, it has ... [ Read More ]

7 Must Have Bread Baking Secrets For Perfect Bread Every Time

7 Must Have Bread Baking Secrets

  If you thought that yeast bread recipes were forever beyond you, then this post is for you. Like anything else you try in the kitchen making successful bread is a blend of the right knowledge and a little bit of practice. I learned to bake bread in a bakery of a restaurant, it was very intimidating but with the right tricks and someone to guide me, I picked it up right away.  There are a number of bread secrets you should use as you bake bread that will give you consistent results time ... [ Read More ]

Demystifying Water Bath Canning

Demystifying Water Bath Canning

  You would not believe the number of people I encounter over a year that still do not understand the difference between water bath canning  and pressure canning. There is an equal number of people who still do not know what is safe to can in a water bath canner and what is not. Here are a few facts about water bath canning that should hopefully clear up the confusion. What IS the Difference Between Water Bath Canning and Pressure Canning? To put it simply a water bath canner cans at ... [ Read More ]

Super Easy, One Bowl, Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Super Easy, One Bowl, Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

    These cookies are a breeze to make, you can mix them all in one bowl, the hardest thing about making them is unwrapping the Hershey's kisses! I like to make these every year at Christmas and they are one of the first things to go. This year I am going to make sure there are plenty by making two full double batches. (There are six of us in this house so they will go fast). These are easiest if you have a stand mixer, if you don't then you can still make them but you ... [ Read More ]

Three Fun Ways for Kids to Play with Their Food

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    Today's post is a guest post, courtesy of www.funkidspajamas.com   Usually we tell our kids not to play with their food, but occasionally there are exceptions. Here are three of them. From caterpillars made of fruit, to reindeer breakfasts, with these fun and edible dishes, your kids can have a great time cooking, playing, and eating. 1. Reindeer Breakfasts With this dish, your children can kick off their day with some delicious food and play before even ... [ Read More ]

Must Have Artisan Bagel Recipes

Sweet Almond Cherry Bagels

    One big gripe I have had for a long time is the exorbitant price of some baked goods. Bagels for instance can cost between $3 and $6 for six good quality bagels. That is too much, considering how easy bagels are to make and how affordable the ingredients are. Bagels do take a couple of extra steps and a bit of practice, but I taught my future daughter in law who has no prior baking experience how to make them in one session. She went on to make her own bagels right after ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup

Homemade Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup

    I went looking for a creamy soup recipe and had a hard time finding what I wanted. When I finally did find the type of soup I was looking for it was made with a large amount of expensive and processed foods. I used the recipe as a very loose guide and made my own recipe. I decided share it here, because it turned out great and there are those times when you want a heartier comfort soup and this is it. I used a chicken carcass to make this, as it is my way of getting ... [ Read More ]