Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

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 I'm always looking for easy, yet tasty dinners that can be prepared really quickly.The beauty of this brown butter sage sauce recipe is that the sauce can be made, start to finish, while the pasta cooks. This is a true 15 minute dinner!  It's become my go-to dinner on those nights when we have sports and everyone is rushing around. I can get it on the table in T-15! Even though the ingredients are simple and straightforward, if you use fresh … [Read more...]

How is Maple Syrup Made? Learning about Pure New York Maple Syrup

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Update: Starting March 26, you can enter to win a bottle of Schoff's Maple Syrup! Enter here! Did you know that this weekend and next is the annual Maple Syrup Weekend? We celebrated by going to a pancake breakfast -- made with Maple Syrup, of course! Then we headed over to Schoff's Sugar Shack in Victor, NY, to learn how Maple Syrup is made. Turns out, this year is a BAD year for syrup -- too cold. The sap has been freezing and hasn't had … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Homemade Meatball Recipe

Homemade Meatball Recipe

I know everyone has their own favorite meatball recipe, but this one is close to my heart. I have great memories of Sunday nights at my grandmother’s house, eating these meatballs in long-simmered marinara sauce.  You may thing you’ve had delicious meatballs before, but if you haven’t had my grandmother’s homemade meatball recipe, you need to fry some up for yourself. Yes, I said fry. You can bake them for a more healthful preparation, but … [Read more...]

Molten Chocolate Cake Recipe with Bailey’s

Homemade Cake Recipe

  Don't let the fact that this is a two-step recipe stop you -- it's actually quite easy and quick to pull together. To save dishwashing, I used the same pan to melt the chocolate for the molten inside as I used to melt the butter and chocolate for the cake batter. No sense in dirtying more pans than you need to. A word on the chocolate: use the darkest chocolate you can get your hands on for the richest, most decadent taste. I used 73% … [Read more...]

Sausage & Beans Slow Cooker Recipe

Sausage Rice & Beans

There is nothing like throwing a bunch of whatever is on hand in the slow cooker and having a complete, delicious meal ready for dinner whenever you are. This Sausage Beans Slow Cooker Recipes is one of our new favorites.  I'm so thrilled my family loves it as much as they do because it is pretty effortless to make. Basically, I chop up a few things, throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker, and let it go for 6-8 hours. The hands on time … [Read more...]

Double Dark Chocolate Chip Homemade Pancakes with Stonyfield Yogurt

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It's always a great time to make homemade pancakes. As a Stonyfield Blogger, I was challenged with the task of creating a new pancake recipe using Stonyfield yogurt as an ingredient.  I had several ideas, but when I saw the Stonyfield Greek Chocolate flavor in my store, I was immediately inspired. This recipe marries a traditional fluffy buttermilk pancake with dark chocolate and coconut - and it's truly a serendipitous match. First, toast … [Read more...]

How to Make Snow Ice Cream – Only 3 Ingredients!

Snow Ice Cream

Ever wondered how to make snow ice cream? It is deceptively simple, tastes pretty good, and is a great way to take beat cabin fever in the winter time. Snow Ice Cream Recipe 1/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup milk (any kind, alternative milks fine -- I used coffee creamer once) 8 cups of fluffy white snow Here's what I do: 1. Take a big metal mixing bowl, open the back door, and grab a big scoop of snow, until the bowl is full. 2. … [Read more...]

My Favorite Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie Recipes

It's no secret that meal planning is one of my strategies for keeping sane and organized during the week. For some reason, I never plan breakfast, and then I'm left grabbing whatever I can find -- coffee and a gummy vitamin, anyone?  Combine that with my realization that I feel much better during the day when I eat a decent amount of protein in the morning, and all of a sudden planning breakfast sounds better and better! I developed this healthy … [Read more...]

Looking for Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Kids? Try Yogurt Parfait with Fruit & Granola

Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Kids

I'm always on the lookout for EASY  healthy breakfast recipes for kids.   I get SO sick of saying, "What would you like for breakfast?" 10 times every morning and have my kids hem and haw for 20 minutes before they decide.  It's like every day is Groundhog Day from 6:30-7:00 am.  It gets pretty old. One afternoon in Wegmans my son was begging me for the yogurt and fruit cups they sell (for $3.75!) near the checkout. I said no at the time, … [Read more...]

Easy Chili Recipes For Any Occasion

Easy Chili Recipes

Winter is the perfect time of year to make chili. There is nothing like a piping hot bowl of chili (preferably smothered with cheese) to warm up with on a cold day. And then there is the Super Bowl -- a bit pot of chili bubbling on the stove is just what everyone wants to eat on Super Bowl Sunday. Whatever your feelings on football, here are my favorite easy chili recipes to make! Easy Chili Recipes Best Classic Chili Recipe 30 Minute … [Read more...]

Why You Should Make Your Own Homemade Yogurt Covered Pretzels

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I think there are about 100 holiday parties and events in the next 2 weeks. And every.single.one. of them requires  me to make something. Of course, I could just run to Wegmans and buy something. But mentally, there is something in me that just makes me want to make my own snack to bring. Or maybe I'm just mental. Either way. For my son's class party, I volunteered to make the "healthy snack" (another mom has what must be the "unhealthy … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Cookies with Peppermint Kisses

Red Velvet Cookies

  I thought I was done with recipe posts for 2013, but last night my brother came over for dinner. He is moving a few states away (sob!) in a couple of weeks, so I suggested we have a cookie making night. Since we both love anything red velvet, we ended up making red velvet cookies with a peppermint kiss on top!  We were inspired by this recipe, but made some changes to suit our needs. I can't wait to add these to my tray of Christmas … [Read more...]

Family Size Meals and Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches: Effortless Entertaining | #PlanAhead, #shop, #cbias

Ice Cream Sandwich

  This is the most wonderful time of the year, right? Maybe, but in order to enjoy the holidays as much as I can, I make sure to PLAN AHEAD for everything. I shop for gifts throughout the year, I make a budget, and I plan my meals throughout the month of December. Having easy, delicious meals on hand (Family Size, please!) makes everything from on-the-run meals to impromptu post-caroling gatherings come together quickly. One of our classic … [Read more...]

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Pops | #McCormickBaking

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of McCormick Spices. All opinions are my own. 'Tis the season for baking!  I recently went to Wegmans to pick up a few McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract for an edible homemade gift I'm working on. Since it's impossible for me to just follow a recipe "as-is," this is my take on Peppermint White Hot Chocolate on a Stick. These mini-pops are delicious swirled into warm milk, coffee, or … [Read more...]

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