Recipes & Meal Ideas

Holiday Cocktail: Wine Slush

By on December 11, 2017

 

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Wine Slush

This Wine Slush is delicious and easy to make! A perfect holiday cocktail for your adult guests...

Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Lambruso Wine large bottle
  • 1 can Frozen Lemonade
  • 1 can Frozen Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and freeze overnight. To serve, mix a few scoops of slush with a Sprite-like soda to make a slush.

Hello Friends!

The Holidays are upon us! Do you have your Christmas shopping done? Gifts wrapped? Treats baked?

No?

Me either.

This is the busiest time of the year for candlemakers and entrepreneurs so we have to hustle these next 2 weeks to get our Christmas shopping done! The rest of our Holiday cheer is in full force. Our house has been decorated since the first of November for a photo shoot. We have been burning holiday candles since July. And I have been playing Christmas music since Halloween…

I am going to share a super easy and delicious Holiday Cocktail with you! This Wine Slush can be made just a day in advance and is a big hit with all your adult guests.

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Back To School Series | Recipes & Meal Ideas

Healthy After School Snacks

By on November 21, 2017

Hello Friends!

Cheers to a short school/work week!

I don’t know about you, but my kids come home famished after school. Through the years, we have learned what snacks they like to have around and how we can add variety to their week so that they don’t get bored. Both of my children have sensitive stomachs, so the ideas that I am going to share are ones that work with their tummy issues…

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Back To School Series | Recipes & Meal Ideas

Instant Pot Ribs

By on September 7, 2017

Friends,

We cannot continue our Back to School Series without introducing the Instant Pot. This little appliance is a game changer in the world of home cooked meals. Working Moms rejoice! Where has this thing been all of my life?!?

What is an Instant Pot, you ask? Imagine the exact opposite of a crock pot. This baby cooks your meal in 20 minutes or less from start to finish. No joke. It is a pressure cooker, but more high tech and safer to use than the ones our parents used to use. They are available at most stores, I bought mine on Amazon:  Instant Pot

 

My family loves ribs but I have actually never cooked them because of the time commitment. My wonderful friend, Nikki, makes the best ribs and we can usually convince her to make them for us once a year… So, when I found a recipe that said I could make ribs in 20 minutes, I was all in.

Now, a few disclaimers… this post is not sponsored in anyway. All opinions are my own and as soon as I save up some more cash, I am buying another one. I was deathly afraid of using this because of the posts my friends put on my Facebook page about it. BUT, my awesome Hubs read the manual and talked me through it and I am happy to say that we did not blow a hole in our ceiling. You guys, it is totally a piece of cake to use!! Just read the manual, follow the recipe, and you are ALL GOOD. The Instant Pot does come with a small recipe book but I prefer finding recipes the old fashioned way, searching Mom blogs. These recipes are family-tested and literally walk you through not only the recipe, but also how to use the Instant Pot. For each recipe that we used, I have included the direct link to the website.

The ribs… Holy Moly! They are amazing. We have made them twice now. The first time, we only cooked 1 rack of ribs at a time. Our kids ate the whole entire first rack while the second one cooked. The second time we made them, I put 2 racks of ribs in the pot and they cooked perfectly. Once the ribs are done, brush them with your favorite BBQ sauce and broil them for the perfect glaze.

Instant Pot Ribs

 

 

 

To finish off our meal, and to reinforce the need for a second Instant Pot, we also made Mashed Potatoes (in 10 minutes!!) and Mac and Cheese (homemade in less time than a box mix).

 

 Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

 

 Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

 

Trust me, Friends.

Read this blog and then go right over to Amazon and order yourself an Instant Pot. Your family will thank you.

 

xoxo, Amy

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Back To School Series | Recipes & Meal Ideas

Our Favorite Pumpkin Bread

By on September 5, 2017

 

Hello Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! We enjoyed our last summer weekend at the lake and now our kids are back to school today.  This week kicks off our Back to School series.

This week I will share with you easy, delicious family recipes, healthy after school snacks, and 10 minute organizing projects that will make your life run so much  smoother as the school year begins.

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Lake Life | Recipes & Meal Ideas

Texas Caviar

By on June 28, 2017

This snack has many names but is a healthy favorite in our house and a lake house weekend must have! Ready in just minutes, large batch to feed a crowd and includes veggies! A win in my book.

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Texas Caviar

A quick and healthy appetizer that is a family favorite and a lake life weekend must have!

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 2 Green Peppers, diced
  • 1 half Red Onion, diced
  • 1 can Black Beans, rinsed
  • 1 can Black Eyed Peas, rinsed
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bag Frozen Corn, thawed
  • 1 small bottle Italian dressing

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and let sit in fridge for 2 hours before serving. Serve with Tostitos, Frito Scoops or your favorite veggies and crackers.


    Enjoy!

 

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Recipes & Meal Ideas

Farfalle with Prosiutto

By on May 1, 2017

If  you are looking for an easy dinner that tastes like a restaurant-quality feast, I have just the recipe for you! My entire family loves this meal. Pair it with a nice salad, fresh rolls and a lovely dessert, and there will be no need to eat out.

 

 

 

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Farfalle with Prosciutto

This meals comes together in just minutes, but tastes like our favorite entree at  a local Italian restaurant. Sure to please the entire family!

*adapted from Barilla

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 1 box (16 oz) Farfalle pasta
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 packages (3.5 oz) Prosciutto, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cups Frozen Peas
  • 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook onion in hot olive oil in a large (3-inch-deep) skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add prosciutto and peas, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in wine, and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half. Stir in half-and-half and cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Toss hot cooked pasta with cream mixture. Stir in cheese.

 

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Recipes & Meal Ideas

Spinach Dip

By on April 15, 2017

It is Easter tomorrow! With warmer temps predicted, we can finally wear our cute Easter dresses this year…

If you are looking for a quick and easy appetizer for your Easter get together, this Spinach Dip is a crowd pleaser. It takes just a few minutes to put together and when served with fresh veggies as dippers, makes a healthy appetizer!

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Spinach Dip

A healthy, quick appetizer perfect for any get together.

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package (10 oz) Frozen Chopped Spinach cook in microwave for 7 min, rinse and squeeze dry
  • 1 container (16 oz) Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Mayo
  • 1 package Knorr Vegetable recipe mix

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and chill for 2 hours. Serve in a round bread bowl with your choice of fresh veggies for dippers. Pretzel crisps are also a favorite!

    *Adapted from Knorr Spinach Dip recipe


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xoxo, Amy

 

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Recipes & Meal Ideas

Printable Grocery List

By on April 14, 2017

Meal Planning…

This can make your week go so much more smoothly, but it takes some time and energy to get meal ideas, buy the necessary groceries, plan the menu and then actually make the meals. I have always been a “list person” and having a pre-made grocery list has been super helpful to me so that I can jot down things that we need as I think of them. I am also a little old school and love my paper planner, so this grocery list is always tucked in my planner for easy access. I keep three of these lists going each week; one for Target, one for the grocery store and one for Sam’s/Costco.

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