March 29, 2015

Slow Cooker Ham & Kidney Bean Soup

Don't let that leftover ham bone go to waste!  Grab your slow cooker and whip up a pot of Slow Cooker Ham & Kidney Bean Soup ~ truly easy, truly delicious, and truly one of my absolute favorites.

Slow Cooker Ham & Kidney Bean Soup

I'm so excited next week is Easter!  One reason being that Easter means Easter dinner.

And Easter dinner means ham.  And ham for dinner means a leftover ham bone.

And you want to know what a leftover ham bone means in our family?  It means a big pot of Mom's world-famous Slow Cooker Ham & Kidney Bean Soup!

March 26, 2015

10 Deviled Eggs Garnishes {that aren't a sprinkling of paprika}

Dress up your deviled eggs with these 10 Deviled Eggs Garnishes ... that aren't the usual sprinkling of paprika.

10 Deviled Egg Garnishes

Now let me just say for the record ...

March 23, 2015

Ham & Cheese Bagel Bites

Top mini bagels with a creamy cheese and ham mixture to create tasty little Ham & Cheese Bagel Bites ~ perfect for snacking, partying, lunching, or brunching.

Ham & Cheese Mini Bagel Bites

As a kid, I remember one of my favorite little snacks was mini pizzas made on English muffins.  You know, when you take an English muffin, spread on a little sauce, sprinkle with some cheese, ... possibly add a pepperoni or two ... and heat it all up?  I think I loved them so much not only because they tasted great, but because I could make them all by myself at a pretty early age.  Heck, I might even be known to occasionally indulge in these little pizzas still to this day.

But you want to know what takes those little pizzas of my childhood memories up a notch?

March 20, 2015

Bacon & Scallion Deviled Eggs

Kick your deviled eggs up a notch with the fabulous flavor combination in these scrumptious Bacon & Scallion Deviled Eggs.

Bacon and Scallion Deviled Eggs

In college and graduate school, I used to live on bagels for breakfast.  Heck, quite often I ate them for lunch and dinner, too.  To me, there was nothing better than a soft and chewy {untoasted} bakery bagel slathered with cream cheese.  

Now when I was at my dorm or {in later years} my apartment, it was standard ol' plain cream cheese I enjoyed as my bagel schmear.  But when I journeyed out to the bagel shop? ... I always indulged in one of their flavored cream cheeses as a treat.

So you're probably thinking, just what do bagels and cream cheese have to do with deviled eggs?

March 17, 2015

Overnight Sausage, Egg & Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simply Potatoes. All opinions are 100% mine.
Whip up this prepare-ahead Overnight Sausage, Egg & Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole and serve up a breakfast or brunch your family will love ~ all with a low-maintenance morning for you.

Overnight Sausage, Egg & Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

I am a big fan of overnight breakfast and brunch casseroles.  I just love the convenience of putting together a delicious casserole the night before ... followed by the ease of serving up a piping hot breakfast the next morning by simply popping an-already-prepared dish in the oven.  What could be better?

Well ... how about preparation of a delicious night-before casserole that's even easier?  Like with the ease of this Overnight Sausage, Egg & Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole, thanks to  Simply Potatoes prepared Shredded Hash Browns.  With Simply Potatoes' ready-to-use shredded hash browns, there's no peeling and no shredding ... because the folks at Crystal Farms Company have already taken care of that for us.  Isn't that sweet of them?  Having already prepared the potatoes, they sure give us a head start on getting our breakfast or brunch ready.

Which I don't know about you, but in the morning? ...

March 15, 2015

Coconut Pound Cake {& What Pound Cake Heartbreak Looks Like}

Loaded with fabulous coconut flavor and topped with white chocolate sprinkled with more coconut, this Coconut Pound Cake is the perfect moist-and-tender dessert or after-school snack.

Coconut Pound Cake

Pound cake is one of my husband's absolute favorite foods.  Which probably stems from the fact that, growing up, his mother made a pound cake almost every week for he and his brother to snack on.  Yes, she'd whip up at least  one pound cake a week ... the classic vanilla pound cake kind.  Doesn't that sound like the perfect after-school snack?

Mark's mom is such a pound cake master, that for the longest time I didn't even want to attempt to make one for him.  I mean, how could I possibly make a pound cake that could live up to the moist, tender, and delicious cake from his mom he'd been eating all his life?

But then I tried ... with his mom's recipe ... and am happy to be able to say I can now bake up a pound cake just like his mom's!

And of course, then I had to play with the recipe ... 'cause that's just what I do.  One of the most fabulous creations to result from my playing? ~ this amazingly delicious Coconut Pound Cake!

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