There is nothing I enjoy on a hot day than a cool and refreshing iced coffee. I love to pop into Starbucks and get a refreshing coffee beverages. But, let’s face it, at $4.00 a drink that can be an expensive habit.
So the next best thing is to make your own iced coffee at home. And you can have all the bells and whistles – caramel, chocolate, vanilla, whip, sprinkles, extra drizzle or whatever your heart desires. Can’t do dairy (I am lactose intolerant myself) substitute almond or soy milk.
This collection of iced coffee recipes is sure to inspire you to make your own refreshing coffee beverage at home and enjoy a tasty treat without breaking the bank! Continue reading →
Show mom just how very special she is (she pushed you out of her loins for Pete’s sake!) by whipping her up something very special this Mother’s Day.
Whether you are hosting a brunch get-together for your mom, mother-in-law, grandmother or you are a kid or husband wanting to find a special something to make for mom and serve her breakfast in bed this collection of 25 Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes is sure to inspire you with something delicious and special for this very special day.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s out there, and very special Mother’s Day to my own mother Carla and my mother-in-law Susan, I am blessed to have these two women in my life and wouldn’t be the person I am today without them!
This recipe comes straight out of our family cookbook passed on to us by my husbands grandparents. The only difference I made to this family recipe was cut it half as the original recipe was for Chili for 60 people and frankly, even though I have a big family that is a LOT of chili.
You see my husband’s grandfather, Papa, was a Baptist minister and as such had several recipes that served a large crowd. We assume this is one of those recipes he would make up to take to church events and such. It really is a basic chili recipe and actually quite easy to make. The hardest part for me was finding a pot big enough to cook it in. My largest stockpot was not quite big enough so we took out our electric roaster oven which I use mostly just for Thanksgiving turkey and that really fit the bill.
Our family really loves chili on a cold winter night and having batches of it already cooked and ready to thaw and heat in our freezer just makes for easy meal prep on busy weeknights. Our very favorite way to eat chili is just with some freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese and some warm homemade corn bread. But there are other great ways to use chili too. Chili dogs, walking tacos (Frito corn chips with chili & cheese), stuffed inside bell peppers and baked (with cheese). So many great ways to eat chili.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does!
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This recipe for Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole is one of my families personal favorites, it is comfort food at it’s best, yet it is quite the pretty casserole and is nice enough to serve when we have company.
I love taking advantage of rotisserie chickens from the grocery store. The price is usually actually cheaper to buy a chicken already cooked than it is to buy a whole raw chicken and cook it yourself. I do however, try to wait for some sort of sale or deal on the rotisserie chickens and I snatch 4 or 5 of them up, pull the meat off the bones and freeze it for easy meals. And this Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole is the perfect use for that chicken meat!
The casserole recipe calls for the use of fresh leeks and mushrooms and a lot of yummy cheese. There is no “cream of” soups in this recipe either, instead creaminess is added via some sour cream. We like to top our casserole with a handful or two of chopped pecans for some extra added crunch But you can leave that off if you have nut allergies or they are too expensive. Panko bread crumbs would be lovely too!
This recipe makes two 9X13 inch casseroles which each serves 6-8 people + some. You can easily divide this up into 4 or 6 smaller casserole dishes as well. I just have a big family thus the larger casserole sizes.
Our family limits our eating out to about 4 times a month. Every other week we go out to dinner with the family and then on the alternating weeks my husband and I try to do a date night just the two of us.
We have been married 17 years now and since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I don’t think it inappropriate in giving some marriage advice. So here is folks…Heidi’s 3 tips to a happy marriage.
Learn to laugh at each other and yourself. If you can laugh at the stuff life throws you you will be good to go. Our marriage has gone through our fair share of bad stuff and what keeps us going is the ability to laugh through it.
Don’t sweat the small stuff – AKA, pick your battles. I used to get really upset over dumb little things like his inability to see clutter or that the trash needs to be taken out. But you know what? At the end of the day it does not matter. And, the less I nagged about it the better he got about it.
Take time for a date night. I wish we could do it once a week but our schedules and budget do not really allow it. But every two weeks we do a date night. This allows us to focus on our relationship without the distractions of the kids, work, house, etc and allows us the opportunity to laugh at life (see number 1).
OK, now that is out of the way let’s talk about dinner…. so, like I said we don’t eat out very often but sometimes we kind of crave something one of the restaurants serves, like the Apple Pecan Salad at Wendy’s….YUM. So guess what? You can recreate it at home! And we have been kind of eating heavy the last few days so a nice salad seems like a light dinner option tonight.
This recipe is full of fresh flavors, apples, romaine lettuce, dried cranberries, pecans, some cooked chicken…yum! The only thing I am going to change is the blue cheese. While I ? blue cheese, my husband, not so much. He just cannot seem to wrap his brain around the mold thing…so I am going to cube some Swiss cheese instead. I know it will still be amazing! Plus, blue cheese IS a tad on the expensive side…and you know I am all about the frugal!