Pickled Red Onions

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Pickled Red Onions Now I will eat just about anything pickled. I am addicted to pickle, pickled peppers, cauliflower, carrots and now.....Pickled Red Onions! Honestly I don't know why I did not give these a try years ago! They are fantastic on just about everything I make. Chicken, Tacos, Burgers, Fish and more! Yum! Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 10 minutes Total: 15 minutes Servings: 10 Ingredients 1 large red onion ¾ cup fresh lime juice ¾ cup distilled white vinegar 3 tbsp. sugar 2 tsp. salt ½ jalapeno pepper Instructions Combine fresh squeezed lime juice, jalapeno pepper (seeds removed), vinegar, ½ cup water, sugar, and salt in medium pan. Bring to boil. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove mixture from heat and cool for 5-10 minutes. Put onion slices in medium bowl, add warm mixture from pan, and stir. Cover mixture with lid and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Stir occasionally! Serve with your most favorite burger or … [Read more...]

Black Bean Dip Tailgating Recipe + Wilton Armetale Bowl Review & $300 Value Giveaway!

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Black Bean Dip Tailgating Recipe + Wilton Armetale Bowl Review & Giveaway! Tailgating season is upon us! This is one of my most favorite times of the year! I love football, grilling with friends, and hosting parties! Recently I was sent a Wilton Armetale Bowl for the purpose of this review. I was excited to give this a try because this is not just a regular bowl. This amazing Wilton Armetale Bowl can be placed in your grill, oven, fridge or even your freezer. This feature makes cooking and taking a cinch! When the bowl arrived I decided to make a Black Bean Dip which is one of my favorite Tailgating go to's. It is so easy to make and now that I don't have to transfer from cooking pot to bowl it is even easier!   Ingredients: 2 8oz cans Black Beans 2 cups shredded cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup salsa Directions: 1. Place two can's of black beans (drained) into Wilton Armetale Bowl. Place in oven on 350 degrees and cook for 10 minutes. … [Read more...]

Glitter Grapes! – Great Healthy Snack for School Lunches!

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Glitter Grapes   With school back in session have have been racking my brain trying to come up with new ideas for my daughters school lunches. My goal is to pack healthy lunches for my daughter but also add a variety of great tasting foods that she will love to eat while she is away. One of the snacks I have been making here recently is Glitter Grapes. Well this is the name that my daughter has given to her new favorite snack 'Jello Grapes'. I had never heard of adding Jello to grapes before but one of my friends told me about it and so we decided to give it a try!   Glitter Grapes are very easy to make! Just take 1b of grapes, remove them from the stem and wash thoroughly.  Once grapes are washed place them on paper towel to help remove excess water. As grapes are slightly drying on paper towel you can empty a box of dry Jello mix into a bowl. The Jello can be an flavor you choose. My daughter wanted Peach Jello for this recipe.   Once the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread   I love to bake bread with my daughter. There is something comforting about baking together and then eating the fruits of our labor as we cuddle on the couch. Each time my daughter and I bake bread we try to come up with different ideas. Some of you might remember my Mango Bread or my coconut bread....well now I have yet another amazing bread to add to the list! Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!  Banana bread of any kind is a huge hit at my house. But, when you add chocolate to it....it takes it to a whole new level! Ingredients 2 ripe bananas (with all the lumps mushed out) 1 cup vanilla yogurt (not plain, but can be low fat) 1/4 cup of real maple syrup 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla 1/4 cup of sugar 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil (vegetable oil can be used) 2 cups of all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons of baking soda 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon 1/4 cup chocolate chips (plus some extra for the … [Read more...]

Canned – Zucchini Relish

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  Canned - Zucchini Relish   Every fall I get bombarded with Zucchini and Squash. I am not complaining as I LOVE zucchini and squash and with my over abundance of it I am able to come up with new recipe ideas to try! Normally when I get an over abundance of Zucchini and Squash I just can it into pickles. But this year I decided to try something different.......Zucchini Relish! I don't know why I had never thought of this before but as I was searching through Pinterest for recipe ideas I came across a recipe from Canning Granny for Zesty Zucchini Relish! Now as most of you know I like to play around with a recipe when I find it. But as I took a look at Canning Granny's recipe I could not find a single thing that I wanted to change....so this is HER recipe fully and completely that I would like to share with you!   Ingredients: 12 cups shredded zucchini and summer squash 4 cups shredded yellow onion 2 red bell peppers finely diced 1 green bell … [Read more...]

Canned – Spiced Honey Vanilla Peaches!

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Spiced Honey Vanilla Peaches   I am a sucker for peaches! Recently I found two bushels of peaches at my front door. My Uncle has a Peach Tree in his back yard and this year he had an abundance of peaches that he decided to share with me. I was thrilled! As I was debating what I was going to can with this years peach crop I decided upon Spiced Honey Vanilla Peaches. I had never canned these before but they sounded amazing and I knew that I had to give them a try!   Ingredients:  7 lbs peaches peeled and sliced2tbs vanilla extract4 cinnamon sticks1/2 cup white sugar1 cup honey2 cups water  Directions: 1. Wash peaches and score an X at bottom of each peach. 2. Blanch peaches 1 minute in boiling water. 3. Immediately place blanched peaches into ice water and let sit for 1 minute. 4. Peel skin from peaches. 5. Slices peaches and remove from seed. 6. In large saucepan bring vanilla, cinnamon, honey, sugar and water to a boil over medium heat. Add … [Read more...]

PB Crave Review – Kids Snack PB Crave Recipes & A Giveaway! Ends 10/11/13!

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** I was sent a product for the purpose of this PB Crave Review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way. PB Crave - Great for Kids Snacks and Lunches! We eat a lot of peanut butter in my house. This is for a number of reasons. #1 - I can a lot of jelly throughout the year. #2 - It is easy to make and pack for school lunches. #3 - It's a great source of protein. Although we eat a lot of peanut butter in our home my family has been complaining recently that they are tired of the same old peanut butter taste. I know they love peanut butter...but after eating it daily for weeks I can see how it got a little old....but, that was only until they tried PB Crave! Recently I was sent some awesome PB Crave flavors for the purpose of this review; Choco Choco, Coco Bananas, Cookie Nookie and Razzle Dazzle! I was so happy to introduce these flavors to my family. In fact I decided to hide the PB Crave from them and just make their lunch sandwiches using the PB Crave … [Read more...]

Crockpot Extra Cheesy Squash Casserole!

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    Crockpot Extra Cheesy Squash Casserole! We are in the season of squash! It seems that this time of year I have it coming out of my ears! But, I love it so the fact that I have boxes and boxes of it is a good thing! As some of you might have read I have been focusing my dinners around the slow cooker here lately. It just seems that every day I have so much going on that I can't keep up. That is why I love these crockpot recipes. They help me feed my family without much thought or effort going into dinner! With all this squash on hand I decided that I needed to come up with an idea to make squash int he crockpot. This is something I had never done before but I was excited for the challenge of coming up with a recipe! The recipe that I decided to try to make was an Extra Cheesy Squash Casserole! My husband is NOT a fan of squash but he loves cheese so I was hoping that if I added enough cheese he would overlook the fact that there was squash hiding in … [Read more...]

Simple Homemade Applesauce AND It’s Freezable!

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  Simple Homemade Applesauce AND It's Freezable! We can now officially say that it is Fall. The leaves are turning and  the fall festivities are starting up and my house is smelling of pumpkin spice and cinnamon. I love this season and everything that goes along with it. One of the things I have been doing is making a simple applesauce with my husband's 92 year old great grandmother. She has taught me more about life than I ever have imagined. She has helped form me into the belief that if you can make it yourself then do it because it will save you money and also be much healthier for you as well. I love that our projects we do involve my kids as well. They help take the apple peelings to the compost and helped mash the apples through the sieve. It becomes moments that they will cherish with their great great grandmother more than they realize now at their young age. This is what makes this "more" than easy..it makes this memorable for all. We start off with a simple and … [Read more...]

Baked Chili-Lime Corn on the Cob

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  Baked Chili-Lime Corn on the Cob I am a lucky girl. I have Sweet Corn all around me in the fall and I can't get enough! There are farmers selling it on every street corner for just $0.25 each and with that price I make sure to stock up on enough Sweet Corn to last me the whole year! I love how versatile Sweet Corn can be. I put it in my salads, soups, salsa, I bake it, BBQ it and boil it on the stove! It's amazing! This past week I had some Sweet Corn given to me and I decided to try something I had never done before...I added Chili-Lime to my Sweet Corn! It turned out amazing!     Ingredients: 4 ears of Sweet Corn 2 TBS butter 2 TBS fresh lime juice 1TBS chili powder 4 sheets Aluminum Foil   Directions: 1. Mix Butter, lime juice and chili powder together. Divide into 4 equal parts. 2. Husk corn 3. Place Husked corn in sheet of aluminum foil. 4. Spread divided butter mixture onto each ear of corn, evenly. 5. Wrap … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic Jelly Recipe! #recipe #jelly #garlic

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  Roasted Garlic Jelly I am a garlic lover. I add garlic to everything. I mean EVERYTHING! So when I came across this recipe for Roasted Garlic Jelly it was a given that I would try it out! I could not resist....even though the thought of Roasted Garlic Jelly sounded disgusting! I found this recipe when I was looking for canning ideas for all the garlic I received from my Grandmother. I had never heard of  Roasted Garlic Jelly before and I was actually shocked that someone had ever thought to make it into a jelly. But, after trying this out I know that I will be making it much more often! It was amazing! Roasted Garlic Jelly is not something that I would eat on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But I loved it on crackers with cheese. I can't wait for the holidays to share my Roasted Garlic Jelly with all my friends and family! It is going to be great served as an appetizer at our holiday meals paired with cheese and crackers! I can't wait! Ingredients: 3 heads garlic … [Read more...]

9 Layered Summer Salad!

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    9 Layered Summer Salad! Salads are my most favorite thing to make. I love the mix of all the fresh vegetables that can be added to a salad and the taste of a salad is out of this world in my opinion. Especially if the salad is made right! For the past few years when ever there is a potluck I am always asked to bring the salad. It is the one thing that I always seem to get right when it comes to cooking! Super simple and delicious! Ingredients: 16 oz bagged salad mix1 bundle radishes diced1 small purple onion diced6oz frozen peas6 oz shredded cheese10 oz cherry tomatoes 16 oz baby corn diced1 4oz container bacon bits16 oz artichokes drained and diced Directions:  1.  First I start off the salad with 1-2 handfuls of lettuce out of the bag mix. Of course you will want to make sure your hands are clean ;) You will also need to layer this salad in a see through bowl so that you can really see the effect of the layers. 2. Next I layer the sliced … [Read more...]

~Kid Friendly Tomatillo Salsa! ~

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~Kid Friendly Tomatillo Salsa~   Both of my kids love chips & salsa but unfortunately at restaurants the salsa ends up being just too spicy for them to enjoy. I have purchased store bought mild salsa's but it just doesn't have the homemade feel to it which is why I was excited to try my hand at making my own fresh tomatillo salsa!   We are currently house sitting so we have the advantage of taking care of someone's garden and they have tomatillos which is what inspired me to do this! Tomatillos are a sweet almost citrus twist to the tomato we know. Which is why I knew my kids would like this salsa because it's already sweet and tangy. Tomatillos are considered a fruit just like the red tomato but they are grown inside a paper like shell similar to a husk. I found out quickly that when you take the husk off,  the tomatillos are sticky so make sure to wash them after you husk them! My daughter and I actually did this project together so she was in control of … [Read more...]

Braised Celery Recipe! #recipe #cooking #celery

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Braised Celery! I am not a huge fan of celery. But, I have been trying to eat it more often because I know it is good for me. I also know that I can't make my daughter eat the healthy stuff if she see's me push it to the side...right? So since I have had a dislike for celery since I was a child I have been trying to focus on different ways to eat it that I might actually like. That is when I came across a recipe for Braised Celery. Celery is not a vegetable that I see cooked a lot unless it is in a soup. But, I had never thought to cook it as the main ingredient in a side dish. I was intrigued when I seen the Braised Celery recipe and I knew that I had to give it a try.     Ingredients: 1 bundle of celery (about 10 stalks) - I chopped the whole stem 1 cup water 1 beef bullion cube 1/2 medium onion sliced 1 tbs butter 1/4 tsp garlic salt cracked peppercorn to taste   Directions: 1. Wash and chop celery. 2. Add celery, onion and … [Read more...]

Italian Zucchini Boats Recipe! #recipe #cooking #dinner

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  Italian Zucchini Boats   I love this time of year. Why? Because its harvest season which means lots of fresh vegetables! Recently I was given a bag filled with zucchini. I love getting fresh produce because it gives me a chance to try new recipes! One of those recipes that I decided to try out with my fresh zucchini was these amazing Italian Zucchini Boats! Someone posted a picture of these on my facebook page the other day. I did not really have a recipe for them per se.....but they did not look too hard so I knew they were worth a try.   Ingredients: 3 medium zucchini 1 thinly sliced tomato 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil 1/2 sliced medium white onion   Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degree's F. 2. Wash and slice zucchini in half length wise. Also slice a THIN piece off the bottom of each Zucchini to allow them to sit flat. 3. Place zucchini on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. 4. Remove … [Read more...]