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Brunch Recipes

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I was searching for some brunch recipes to use this weekend and decided I’d share with you some of my favorites. I’ve used a few in the past and plan to use a couple of these this weekend. I’m hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch this Saturday for my Mom (here’s how last year’s brunch turned out) and can’t wait to share this years details with you next week! Stay tuned!

Another HUGE reason I’m on the hunt for recipes is because if I don’t prepare something that can be baked in the oven or put together really easily, I’ll be getting a bowl of cold cereal for my own Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. My husband, bless his heart, is not good in the kitchen – but he mows our lawn like a baseball field grounds keeper. 🙂 Isn’t it great that we all have our talents that we contribute to a marriage?

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes:

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1 – Breakfast Pizza by Cooking with Curls (I’m on board with pizza anything)

2- Bacon Egg Cups by Sugar & Spice Gals (I’m doing a version of these this weekend)

3 – Dole Pineapple Mango Smoothie by Super Healthy Kids (I’m making this with coconut milk rather than regular milk this weekend)

4 – Cinnamon Roll Casserole/Breakfast Casserole by Marci Coombs (this is the one I made last year – YUM!)

5 – Blueberry Croissant Puff by The Girl Who Ate Everything (I seriously need this in my life each week!)

6 – Cheesy Frittata by One Creative Mommy (I love loading in veggies with my eggs and cheese!)

7 – Oatmeal Pancakes by Simplistically Sassy (I want this entire stack of pancakes please!)

8 – Homemade Granola Parfait  by Yummy Healthy Easy (I think this is something my husband could actually assemble on Mother’s Day for me)

9 – Omelette in a Bag by Favorite Family Recipes (kids would LOVE this and you can make several at a time – win, win!)

10 – Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Pie by Coffee With Us 3 (the danger with this one is that I might eat the entire pan)

St Patrick’s Day Round-Up

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I’ve gathered together lots of ideas from some of the finest bloggers out there to share this St. Patrick’s Day round up of ideas! Whether you need St. Patrick’s Day treats for your kids class, a fun craft, or just want to do something fun with your kids – you’ll find it here. Plus, you’ll see there are lots of home decor ideas and free printables too! 

Enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day Treats:

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Decor & More:

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Special Thanks to all those who contributed!

Pico De Gallo & Guacamole Recipe

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February 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day! Ole! Why is it so easy for me to get behind the celebration of national food holidays? This one is especially easy. I’m passionate about food and I happen to LOVE Mexican cuisine. I base my opinion of Mexican food restaurants solely on their chips, salsa and guacamole. I could eat it everyday. So, I felt compelled to develop what to me are the perfect pico de gallo and guacamole recipes. I like a lot of lime, so if you don’t – just hold back a little on what I suggest. 

Homemade Pico De Gallo Recipe:

Homemade Pico De Gallo Recipe - Events To Celebrate Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe*Obviously, garden fresh tomatoes in the summer are going to be best, but you’ll be surprised how great it tastes year round with tomatoes from the grocery store! 

*I forgot to picture the garlic clove and cayenne pepper – I was a little too excited to do the tasting! 🙂pe Card

Pico De Gallo
A simple, fresh pico that is perfect for a crisp tortilla chip!
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Ingredients
  1. 5 Roma Tomatoes
  2. 1/2 Lime juice
  3. 1/2 Medium Yellow Onion
  4. 1 1/2" Jalapeno
  5. 1 Garlic clove
  6. 1/4 tsp. Cumin
  7. 1/4 tsp. Salt
  8. 1/8 tsp. Pepper
  9. 1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. Finely dice tomatoes and onion. Mince garlic and jalapeno. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate at least one hour - but optimally, 24 hours.
Notes
  1. The cayenne is optional for those who want a bit more kick! (like me)
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Homemade Guacamole Recipe:

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Perfect Guacamole Recipe

*My avocados were a bit small, so I should have used 3 instead of just 2. 

Perfect Guacamole
A bright, creamy guacamole that is super simple to make!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Large Ripe Avocados
  2. 1/3 cup of your favorite salsa (or the homemade Pico De Gallo)
  3. 1/2 Lime juice
  4. 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  5. Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut each avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop out contents and slightly mash with a fork in a mixing bowl (you want it slightly chunky). Add in salsa or Pico De Gallo, lime juice, garlic powder and salt and pepper (I do about 1/8 tsp of pepper and 1/4 tsp of salt). Combine well with fork.
  2. Serve immediately.
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 This pico de gallo and guacamole recipe are simple enough to do any night of the week! What will you do to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day?!

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Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

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Chocolates are an iconic Valentine’s Day gift. These HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRIES only have 3 ingredients, but look and taste special enough to be displayed in any heart shaped box. They’re simple enough to make that you could easily get your kids involved and let them take some to their teachers or friends. 

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries:

Ingredients:

1 cup Powdered Sugar (or Confectioners Sugar)
4 Teaspoons Maraschino Cherry Juice (from the jar)
24 Maraschino Cherries
4 oz Chocolate Almond Bark (or other melting chocolate)

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Step 1: Drain the juice from the jar of Maraschino Cherries and reserve. Place cherries on a paper towel. IMPORTANT: you don’t want to dry the cherries out, in fact if you want you can store them back in the juice once you’ve measured out what you need to make the sugar paste. If the cherries are too dry, they won’t melt the sugar paste once the cherries are all dipped and finished.

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Step 2: Mix 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with 2 teaspoons of cherry juice by adding 1/2 teaspoon at a time and mixing well with the back of a spoon and until well incorporated. It’s going to take a little bit of work, but just keep at it until it looks like a very thick paste. If it is a little crumbly, don’t fret (my pet), it will smooth out once you roll it out (kind of like pie crust). As a note: I make the paste 1/2 batch at a time and wrap 12 cherries with it and then mix up the second 1/2. This way the mixture and cherries don’t dry out. 

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Step 3: Take a small spoonful (about a teaspoon) and place it on some plastic wrap. Place a second piece of plastic wrap on top of it and use a rolling pin to roll it very thin. 

Remove the top layer of plastic wrap and place a cherry in the center. Use the plastic wrap on the bottom to help wrap up the sides and then twist at the top to form the paste around the cherry. Carefully unwrap and place on a plate. Continue with the remaining cherries. 

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Step 4: Once all of the cherries are wrapped in the sugar paste, place them in the freezer for at least 10 minutes – but up to 30 minutes. 

Chop 4 oz of Chocolate Almond Bark into chunks and melt in the microwave. Start by microwaving for 30 seconds, stir and go another 30 seconds. If after stirring again, it needs more time, go in 10 second increments, stirring very well after each one. You don’t want to burn the chocolate. Once fully melted remove the cherries from the freezer.

Begin by dipping the bottom of all of the cherries in the chocolate and setting on a plate. Once you have finished dipping all of the bottoms, go back to the first cherry and dip the rest of the cherry by holding on to the bottom. Make sure you get the entire cherry covered in chocolate. The juice will seep out of any tiny holes. Set on a plate to dry. 

Store at room temperature in an airtight container overnight. This allows the juice from the cherries to melt the sugar and turn it into that amazing “sauce” that surrounds cordial cherries. 

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Celebrate Chinese New Year: Teriyaki Chicken Egg Rolls

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Chinese New Year is in just a few days and this is the year of the Horse! I like to celebrate with my family by making our favorite Chinese (or American-ized versions) dishes. These Teriyaki Chicken Egg Rolls are really simple, but really delicious! They use just a few ingredients, and are a great way to sneak in vegetables you may not normally serve (cabbage anyone?). You could also add in mushrooms and or shredded zucchini. Both would be great in these!

Teriyaki Chicken Egg Rolls

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See below for the full recipe.

The basics to making them are simple. Make the filling by sauteing your vegetables until crisp tender, then add the marinated chicken.

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Fill and roll your egg rolls and then fry to a golden brown. They are simple and delicious. I love to serve them with steamed rice and grilled pineapple.

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Teriyaki Chicken Egg Rolls
Serves 3
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large Boneless skinless Chicken Breast cut into small cubes (you can also use 4-5 chicken tenderloins or 3-4 chicken thighs)
  2. 3/4 cup shredded Carrots
  3. 3/4 cup shredded Cabbage
  4. 1/2 cup (divided) Lee Kum Kee Chicken Marinade (or your favorite Teriyaki sauce)
  5. 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
  6. 9 - 10 Egg Roll Wraps (found in the produce section)
  7. Peanut or Vegetable Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Marinate the chicken in 1/4 cup of the Chicken Marinade for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. In a saute pan add 1 teaspoon peanut or vegetable oil and saute the carrots and cabbage for 3-5 minutes (until crisp tender). Transition the carrots and cabbage to one side of the pan and add in the chicken pieces. Cook through (takes about 3-4 minutes). Mix the carrots, cabbage and chicken together. Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch in the remaining 1/4 cup Chicken Marinade and add to the chicken mixture. Mix well and allow to cook for 2 minutes so the sauce can thicken. Remove from heat.
  3. Place an egg roll wrap on a plate and dab your finger in water and wet two edges of the wrap. Spoon 3 Tablespoons of the mixture into the wrap. Start at the bottom corner and fold over the mixture, then fold in the two sides and roll up to finish. Make sure you pinch any openings to seal the egg roll.
  4. Heat oil in a medium sauce pan to 350 degrees. Slowly add 2-3 egg rolls and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden grown. Drain on a plate covered with a paper towel.
Notes
  1. Serve with steamed rice.
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20 Game Day Recipes

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The Super Bowl is just a couple of weeks away! Football fans everywhere will be glued to their couch on Sunday, February 2nd. As much as we all start our “healthy resolutions” in January, it seems all of that is thrown out the window on Super Bowl Sunday! I’ll admit, my favorite part about entertaining is the food, so I wouldn’t steer you wrong with anything I suggest.

I’ve rounded up 20 Game Day Recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. They really are the perfect food to serve – whether you’re entertaining for the Super Bowl, NBA Playoffs, World Series or Stanley Cup Finals! 

20 Game Day Recipes:

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Bacon Cream Cheese Bread Dip: Events To Celebrate

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Grown Up Dipping Sauce (perfect for Sweet Potato Fries): Our Best Bites

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Chicken Fajita Queso Dip: Inside BruCrew Life

Bacon Chicken Jalapeno Dip: Call me PMC

Beef Enchilada Dip: Damn Delicious

Hot French Onion Dip: Our Best Bites

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo Chicken Wings: 1 World Cafe

 Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings: Chew Out Loud

Grape Jelly Meatballs: Plain Chicken

Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies: Michelle’s Tasty Creations

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Chicken and Bacon Bruschetta Pizza Sliders

Chicken and Bacon Bruschetta Pizza Sliders: Clarks Condensed

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Hot Pizza Bites: Mels Kitchen Cafe

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Buffalo Chicken Wontons: Bakeaholic Mama

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Cheesy Potato Fries: Oh So Delicioso

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Twice Baked Potatoes: The Country Chic Cottage

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (this is my FAVORITE recipe for this): Chow

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BBQ Brisket Nachos: Around My Family Table

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Chili Bar: The Pink Flour

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Bacon Avocado Tomato Toasts: The Haas Machine

Caramel Filled M&M Brownie Bites

I love food and having Collective Bias®  Social Fabric®  pay me to develop a new recipe using M&M’s is an awesome excuse to get to play in the kitchen! Trust me, these Caramel Filled M&M Brownie Bites don’t disappoint!
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I do my best to eat healthy, so that when I have a chance to indulge in something like these Caramel Filled M&M Brownie Bites, I don’t feel one ounce of guilt. It’s all about balance for me. I love baking anytime of year, but especially during the holidays. They seem to call for more decadent desserts than just a box mix of brownies topped with a can of chocolate frosting.

These really are the perfect party food – for anytime of the year! They are two perfect bites of chewy brownie, creamy bits of chocolate M&M’s throughout, buttery smooth caramel and salty, crunchy pretzels. They are worth every extra minute to make them – trust me!

(don’t worry, I’ve got the entire recipe, including directions in a nice little PDF you can print out at the bottom of the post)

Caramel Filled M&M Brownie Bites

Homemade Caramel:

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Ingredients:

½ c. Light Corn Syrup
½ c. Granulated Sugar
ÂĽ tsp. Salt
4 Tbsp. Butter – room temperature
½ c. Heavy Cream – room temperature
1/3 c. Evaporated Milk
½ tsp. Vanilla

Directions:

In a medium saucepan bring to a boil the Light Corn Syrup, Granulated Sugar and Salt over MEDIUM heat. Once it reaches a full boil slowly add in the butter, cream and milk while maintaining the rolling boil. Insert a candy thermometer boil until mixture reaches 200 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in Vanilla. Pour into a greased glass baking dish to cool. From start to finish, you must stir the mixture constantly.

Brownies:

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Ingredients: 

½ c. butter (1 stick) melted
ÂĽ c. Cocoa powder
1 c. Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs – beaten slightly
½ tsp. Vanilla
ÂĽ tsp. Salt
¾ c. Flour – all purpose
¾ c. chopped Plain M&M’s
Âľ c. chopped Pretzels

Directions:

Wisk together melted butter and cocoa powder. Add sugar, beaten eggs, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Stir in flour slowly until just combined – do not over mix. Stir in chopped M&M’s (I used my Pampered Chef food chopper to chop mine). Using a 2 oz. cookie scoop, fill a greased mini-muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Assemble:

– As soon as you take the brownies out of the oven, use the back of a small spoon to gently press a small indent in the center of each brownie.
– Scoop a small amount of caramel and fill each brownie center.
– Immediately top with chopped pretzels and allow to cool completely.

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Makes 36 Brownie Bites. You will have Caramel left over – which may be the best part of making these!

I have to admit something. While I was shopping at Walmart for supplies for this, I only needed a small bag of plain M&M’s, but look at this display? I had to get the largest bag of plain M&M’s along with a big bag of the Peanut M&M’s and a bag of the Peanut Butter M&M’s. Thank heaven Walmart also sells stretchy pants. I’m going to need them!

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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms – Holiday Appetizers

I love appetizer parties – especially around the holidays. There is so much decadent food and appetizers give you that perfect bite. I love just having a taste of lots of different foods food. These Sausauge Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect bite in my world. They combine the deep earthiness of the mushroom with slightly spicy sausage and the richness of cream cheese. Delicious!

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They only take a few minutes to prepare and are baked and ready in 30 minutes! Enjoy!!

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

16 oz. Button Mushrooms
8 oz. Spicy Italian Sausage (the cream cheese will tone down the heat a lot)
4 oz. Cream Cheese
1/3 c. Panko Bread Crumbs
*Optional: Cayenne Pepper
Directions:

Gently clean dirt from mushrooms with a damp cloth. Remove stems from mushrooms and set aside. Arrange mushrooms top side down in a 9 x 13 pan.

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Brown and crumble ground Italian Sausage in a pan over medium high heat until cooked through.

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In a food processor add 1 cup of the mushroom stems and pulse several times to chop. Don’t have one? I use the Cuisinart Food Processor and love it. Christmas is coming – better add it to your list!

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Add the ground sausage, bread crumbs and cream cheese and process until combined. Taste the mixture and add cayenne pepper for more heat ½ tsp at a time (this will depend on the type of sausage you purchase and your personal taste).

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Spoon mixture into mushrooms using a small spoon.

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Bake uncovered at 400 for 30 minutes.

Click here to print the recipe: Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

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