Holiday Foods

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes With Ham

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2017 | 11 comments

One of the things I love most about scalloped potatoes is that it’s a delicious MAKE-AHEAD side dish that can instantly be transformed into a MAKE-AHEAD main dish with the addition of some chopped ham!

If you’re looking for a hearty winter meal (or yummy potato side dish) this is the recipe for you!

Kids In The Kitchen: Pretzel Candy Bites

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2016 | 12 comments

If you’re looking for an extremely simple, super delicious treat to bring to a holiday party, or just something fun to do with your children or grandchildren over Christmas break, I don’t think you can go wrong with these yummy pretzel candy bites!

The gooey caramel + crunchy pretzel + sweet chocolate + salty pretzel is one of the best combos I’ve had in a bite-sized snack in a long time!

Easy Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2016 | 9 comments

These EASY Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes are pretty much the perfect dessert for any meal, any time of day, all year long (at least in my cheesecake-loving opinion!)

They are also a simple, make-ahead dessert that travels well and will be a welcome addition to all your holiday parties!

10 Tips for Bringing a Dish to Pass

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2016 | 42 comments

Dave and I have lots and lots of parties, BBQ’s, picnics, and gatherings from Memorial Day through Labor Day… and what’s a great party without great food?

If you’ve ever dreaded “bringing a dish to pass” or stressed about what type of foods you should bring to your next potluck party, I hope my tips in today’s post will help!

Split Pea Soup With Ham

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2016 | 11 comments

Pea soup was never one of my favorite meals growing up; but over the past few years, I have grown to love this hearty soup — especially once I realized how ridiculously simple it was to make!

My Favorite “Fancy” Green Beans

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2016 | 7 comments

Green beans are my most favorite vegetable… and even though Dave doesn’t necessarily share my intense love of green beans, he has really enjoyed the beans I’ve been making lately (I’m sure the bacon doesn’t hurt my efforts!)

If you’re looking for a new (but extremely simple) way to cook green beans, give this recipe a try!

Cranberry Pork (or Chicken)

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2015 | 19 comments

Today’s recipe is another one of those ridiculously simple “non recipes” that I almost feel silly posting here on my blog.

If you love a good slow-cooker pork or chicken recipe, and have a little extra cranberry sauce to use up after the holidays, you’ll definitely want to give this Cranberry Pork (or Chicken) recipe a try!

Why I Roast My Turkeys Breast DOWN

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2015 | 15 comments

While I would never consider myself a “master chef” or even a “really amazing cook”, I do enjoy being in the kitchen and trying new recipes and ideas.

I also like finding simple solutions to improve the taste of my food… and since Dave and I are hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner this year, I figured it was the perfect time to share one of my super simple tips to assure my turkey meat comes out extra juicy every time!

Dutch Apple Pie {Kids in the Kitchen}

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2015 | 23 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, apples have been my favorite fruit for as long as I can remember… and since Nora recently got a new book about Apple Pie, I decided to do another Kids in the Kitchen post and share our yummy recipe for Dutch Apple Pie!

Triple-Layer No-Bake Pudding Pie

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2015 | 15 comments

A couple weeks ago, Nora helped me make a pie for “pi day”… and wouldn’t you know, our compilation of super simple ingredients ended up tasting REALLY good!

If you’re looking for a refreshing no-bake dessert for tonight (or right now), give this triple layer pie a try.

Chewy Chocolate Caramel Brownies

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2015 | 21 comments

I recently discovered that in over 4 years of blogging, I have yet to share my most favorite, super delicious, tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen brownies (that just so happen to start with a boxed mix!)

If you like chocolate, caramel, and ‘easy’, you’ll LOVE these brownies!

The Easiest Appetizer Ever!

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2014 | 10 comments

If you’re looking for an ultra-simple, no-bake, last-minute appetizer to take to an upcoming holiday party (or really any gathering throughout the year) I would highly recommend this “recipe”.

You won’t disapoint anyone’s taste buds and, better yet, you won’t spend all day in the kitchen!

Cheesy Pesto Crescent Bites

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2014 | 14 comments

If you’re looking for a super simple, last-minute appetizer idea to bring to a holiday party — or just a really quick side dish for dinner tonight, this recipe should satisfy!

Snack Spout Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2014 | 13 comments

I have a REALLY fun giveaway for you today — something that normally might not fit my blog themes of “simple” and “organized” — but it’s just so cool I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it with you!

Come enter to win a Snack Spout gift package!

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2014 | 11 comments

If you or your kids are anything like Nora (with an intense love of cheese and mashed potatoes) this recipe will certainly be a big hit with them.

It’s SO simple, it uses basic ingredients, it can be made ahead, and it travels really well. All winning recipe qualities in my opinion!

Blueberry Buckle

posted by Andrea | 07/1/2014 | 18 comments

Every time July rolls around, I immediately start thinking about blueberries and all the delicious ways I can incorporate them into our breakfasts, snacks, and desserts.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite blueberry recipes… perfect for this time of year!

4-Layer Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2014 | 24 comments

If you’re looking for a yummy treat to satisfy your sweet tooth this winter season — this 4-layer caramel peanut butter fudge should do the trick!

It’s just the perfect combination of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, ooey and gooey, chocolate and caramel…. I think you get the idea. It’s really good!

Cheesecake for “Two” + 5 Recipe Variations

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2013 | 10 comments

Dave and I love cheesecake — but I don’t always love making a huge cheesecake for just the two of us. So I was thrilled when a reader recently emailed me a recipe for a much smaller cheesecake.

It requires much fewer ingredients, much less time in the kitchen, and has much fewer calories than eating a full-size cheesecake (especially when there’s just two of us).