Layered Taco Salad {For a Crowd or Family Taco Night!}

May 14, 2018
Family taco night just got a little easier!  Instead of stuffing those taco shells, whip up this Layered Taco Salad instead.  It's just perfect for lower-fuss taco night prep, or for whipping up a tasty salad for a crowd!

Layered Taco Salad Image {For a Crowd or Family Taco Night!}


I remember back as a kid I used to love when Mom made tacos for dinner.  I just loved the flavor combination of tasty taco ingredients, and the crunch of biting into that crispy taco shell.  I mean, we're pretty hard-pressed to find a kid who doesn't love tacos, right?

So when I became mom to a 5 year-old a while back, I followed in my Mom's footsteps and put tacos on our regular dinner meal rotation.  And just like me as a kid, our sweet Little Miss H. just adores tacos, too. 

But do you know what I quickly discovered?  

Making tacos is most definitely not a low-fuss, easy meal!  

Not for me, anyway.  

Grandma's Coconut Pie

May 8, 2018
Grandma's Coconut Pie ~ classic coconut deliciousness surrounded in moist and creamy, melt-in-your-mouth vanilla custard.  And that, my friends, is coconut goodness that just can't be beat.
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Coconut Custard Pie Image ~ coconut deliciousness surrounded in moist-and-creamy, melt-in-your-mouth vanilla custard.  And that is coconut goodness that just can't be beat!


Mounds Bars.  Almond Joy.  Those little coconut macaroon cookies you can {usually} get at the Chinese buffet.  The 4-layer coconut cake my mother-in-law makes each year for Christmas dinner.  

What do all these things have in common? 

One of my absolute favorite things ... Coconut!  

And I can't get enough of these coconut gems.  Each and every one.

This classic Coconut Pie recipe is from my mother-in-law, and it's truly the best coconut pie I've ever had.

I have always had quite a liking for the rich sweetness of coconut.  In fact, I've even on occasion been known to choose it over chocolate.  Which for a confirmed choc-a-holic, is saying a lot.  While admittedly, the little coconut macaroon cookies you get at the Chinese buffet can  be a tad on the dry side, I'll still go for one {or three...} every time.

But do you want to know what beats all these coconut goodies, hands-down?  

Scrumptious Strawberry Cobbler

May 5, 2018
Fresh strawberries shine in this classic Southern Strawberry Cobbler.  Made with five simple ingredients, this easy cobbler comes together in a flash!

Strawberry Cobbler Image

I treated myself this weekend.  To one of my absolute, absolute favorite treats ... fresh-picked strawberries.

Not strawberries from the grocery store ~ strawberries freshly ripened from the local fields.  When it comes to berries, there's just nothing better.

And then I came home and treated myself some more ... with this scrumptious fresh strawberry cobbler.  Made with those sweet, juicy, fresh-from-the-field strawberries.  Sooooo good ... and soooooooo easy.

Made with just five simple ingredients, this cobbler comes together in a flash!  All it takes is fresh strawberries and a few basic pantry staples.  You just can't beat a recipe like that.

Amish Macaroni Salad

April 30, 2018
Classic Amish Macaroni Salad is an old-timey favorite.  And it's a classic favorite for a reason ~ because it's just plain good.  With its characteristicly sweet creamy dressing, this macaroni salad is simply perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and pretty much any everyday meal!
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Classic Amish Macaroni Salad Image ~ An old-timey favorite.  And it's a classic favorite for a reason ~ because it's just plain good.  With it's characteristicly sweet creamy dressing, this macaroni salad is simply perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and pretty much any everyday meal!

I will admit that this Amish Macaroni Salad recipe is a bit of a departure from how I typically make my macaroni salad.  But I certainly love this version, too!

When I served it at dinner a few nights ago, my husband whole-heartedly went back for seconds ... followed by a huge helping of thirds.  Which, as we all know as cooks, is a big sign that we've prepared a good dish.

But what left no doubt this is a new family favorite?

With its characteristicly sweet creamy dressing, this macaroni salad is simply perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and pretty much any everyday meal!

After his third bite, my husband-of-few-unprompted-words enthusiastically declared, "This is really  good!"

But what makes Amish Macaroni Salad unique, you ask?

How to Make Baked Donuts

April 24, 2018
Who doesn't love a delicious fresh-made donut?  Well, just grab yourself a donut baking pan and follow these simple steps on how to make Baked Donuts.  You can enjoy a fresh homemade batch in minutes ~ all with the ease of baking instead of frying!
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Homemade Baked Donuts Image


There's nothing quite like a fresh-made donut.

And let me just say, I am blessed to live in an area of North Carolina that just so happens to be the headquarters of one not-to-be-named very famous donut chain.  And my oh my, when that "Hot Now" light is on? You're in for one heck of a delicious donut treat!

Fresh off the line, those hot glazed donuts are nothing short of miraculous in how tasty they are.  It's way too easy to gulp down way more of them than one should in a single sitting.  Trust me, I speak from "Hot Now" donut experience.

But what about when that donut craving hits and you just don't feel like running out to grab a dozen?  Or, if you want {or need} to pass on the fried part of their deliciousness?

How to Make Homemade Chicken Broth

April 16, 2018
Say good-bye to the can ~ and make your own flavorful chicken broth at home!  Just follow these simple steps on how to make Homemade Chicken Broth.  You'll be surprised at how easy it is, and how much flavor gets packed into that broth when you make it yourself.
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Homemade Chicken Broth Image


I'll admit, I usually use canned chicken broth.  And I'd bet most of us probably do.  

It's just so stinkin' convenient to grab a few cans at the grocery store, keep them handy in the pantry, and pop a can open whenever I need some chicken broth for a recipe I'm making.  I'm seriously all about convenience most of the time.

But when we do say good-bye to that can?

Blueberry Crisp ... dee-lish

April 12, 2018
Enjoy the flavors of fresh blueberry pie without the fuss of a crust ... make easy-as-can-be Blueberry Crisp instead!

Easy-as-can-be Fresh Blueberry Crisp Image ~ enjoy the flavors of fresh blueberry pie without the fuss of a crust!

I may just have a new favorite fruit dessert.  

I don't know why I didn't think of this before.  Apple crisp? ...  Make it all the time.  Pear crisp? ... Yes, with walnuts.  It's divine!  But blueberry crisp?  Took me forever to think of it.  

And now that I've tried it, I'm hooked.  
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