April 20, 2015

Creamy Bacon Guacamole Potato Bites

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Tender roasted baby potatoes are topped with bacon-laced guacamole to create these fun & festive creamy Bacon Guacamole Potato Bites ~ just perfect for Cinco de Mayo, game day, or party time snacking!  Thank you to Concord Foods Guacamole Mix for sponsoring creation of this tasty recipe and this post.

Creamy Bacon Guacamole Potato Bites



Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching!  And while I know it's not what the day is truly about, I love that Cinco de Mayo is a day when we indulge in Mexican-inspired eats and drinks.  Oh, how I love me a great basket of chips and salsa with guacamole and a top-shelf margarita on the side!

But then I got to thinking ...

April 18, 2015

Grandma's Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

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Loaded with peanut butter, soft & chewy, rolled in sugar, and fork-pattern adorned ~ Grandma's old-fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies are the stuff childhood cookie memories are made of.

Grandma's Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

The recipe for these always-a-favorite Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies comes from my Grandmother, who is now 96 years old {and she's a spry 96, for sure!}  So yes, my friends, these peanut butter cookies are truly  the old-fashioned kind! ... loaded with peanut butter, soft & chewy, rolled in sugar, and fork-pattern adorned.

The things childhood cookie memories are made of.

My Mom has very fond memories of enjoying these old-fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies as a kid.  My Grandmother used to bake all.  the.  time ... and these cookies were one of Mom's absolute favorites.

So in honor of these passed-down-through-the-family, absolute-family-favorite old-fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at one of the things that inspired the start of The Kitchen is My Playground ... the family cookbook I put together back in 2010.

April 15, 2015

Cantaloupe Salad with Maple & Cinnamon

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Cantaloupe Salad with Maple & Cinnamon ~ it's one very simple, surprisingly delicious, amazingly tasty little salad.

Cantaloupe Salad with Maple & Cinnamon

This Cantaloupe Salad with Maple & Cinnamon is one of those recipes that is so simple ... yet when the ingredients come together, the result is simply stunning.

Now, I know what you're probably thinking ... cantaloupe with cinnamon?  and maple??  But it's a flavor combination that ... surprisingly ... works.  Actually not only does it work, but ...

April 12, 2015

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

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Cream Cheese Sausage Balls ~ Make every body's party-favorite Sausage Balls extra tender and extra delicious by adding in a touch of cream cheese!

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls


I know we've all probably had the ever-classic Sausage Balls ~ sausage, cheese, and baking mix rolled into delicious bite-sized baked-up bites ... what's not to love?

I know I certainly can't resist popping these little bites in my mouth whenever and wherever they're served.

But then, well, truth be told, sometimes our party-favorite Sausage Balls can  be just a wee bit on the dry side.  And sometimes they can  be just a tad bit tough.  But guess what?

I've got two 'secrets' for you to help bake up a moister, more tender Sausage Ball!

April 10, 2015

3-Ingredient Limoncello Lemon Ice Cream

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Incredibly easy Limoncello Lemon Ice Cream ~ made with just three simple ingredients that deliver up incredibly delicious lemony flavor!

3-Ingredient Limoncello Lemon Ice Cream


Happy 70th birthday to this  guy!  My Dad, that is ...

April 6, 2015

Perfect-for-Spring Pastel Meringue Cookies {Choose Your Flavor}

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Simply switch up your coloring and flavoring extract to choose your flavor and color for these perfect-for-Spring Pastel Meringue Cookies.  Such a pretty little pastel celebration of Spring!

Perfect-for-Spring Pastel Meringue Cookies

Now, I know the first day of Spring is 'officially' in March, but in my mind, Spring starts on Easter.  There's just something about donning a new outfit for church on Easter morning, getting together with family to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, enjoying the first-blooming trees and flowers, and seeing all the beautiful pastel-colored Easter eggs and decorations that just say to me, "Spring is here!"

And what better way to usher in and celebrate the arrival of Spring than with beautiful perfect-for-Spring pastel Meringue Cookies?  Well, how about with an annual family Easter egg hunt, too?

Despite the youngest of us being 15 years old, thanks to my Mom and Dad, we do an egg hunt in their yard every year.  Because in our family, we're all truly just big kids at heart ... Which is completely evident in these family photos from this year's Easter egg hunt event ...

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