May 23, 2018

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies for Teacher Appreciation

Bake these soft colorful Funfetti cookies at home with your kids! They make delicious treats for teachers on the last day of school. Wrap them up in a colorful container with a "Smart Cookie" sign and handout at school!  
Oh my heart!My oldest daughter Ava graduated preschool today! All day long I have been holding back tears y'all. how is it my baby girl is a kindergartner already? 
Ava attends part day school on the Army post here and is lucky enough to have not one, not two, but three amazing teachers! She will sure miss them! 
We brought them each a basket of these Funfetti Cookies as a thank you present.Ava was so happy to give them a gift that she helped bake. I love when she helps me in the kitchen! 
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May 19, 2018

Fry Dipping Sauce

Much better than plain ol' ketchup, this three ingredient Fry Dipping Sauce is so
 good you will make it over and over!
This tasty homemade sauce is also delicious drizzled on my Cheeseburger and Fries Pizza
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May 14, 2018

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Fried Apples

Good morning friends! 
We are one week away from summer vacation which means - no school!- and this Mama is exhausted already just thinking about it!
Luckily, we took a family trip to the grocery store to stock up on some essentials so I can meal prep and plan lunches for this week. I decided to pick up some beautiful, crunchy red apples too and add them to my slow cooker for an easy Cinnamon Fried Apples dessert. 
Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think!
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May 10, 2018

The 30 Best Ever Meatball Recipes

Meatballs have always been one of my go to meals especially for my kiddos. But simple spaghetti and meatballs doesn't always fly in our home. We try to think outside of the box for our weeknight dinners to keep the kids interested and excited. Whether we use different meats like chicken or pork or add unique spices and sauces, I love creating tasty meatball recipes for my family. Check out this collection of The 30 Best Ever Meatball Recipes to inspire you to think outside of the box and create a delicious meatball meal tonight! 
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May 5, 2018

Cinco de Mayo Taco Cake

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

This Mexican celebration is a huge deal here in San Antonio so I thought I would make a meal worthy of such a party! This easy to assemble casserole is made with tortillas layered with rice, beans, cheese, and salsa chicken or pork. Cut into "cake slices" and serve sprinkled with toppings!

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May 4, 2018

Southern Fruit Iced Tea #BrunchWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
Today is the last day of BrunchWeek and I have loved seeing all the delicious treats and eats that have been shared all week long! This is my fourth recipe and dare I say I left the best for last? If there is one thing I always serve during brunch it is Sweet Tea. Today I am sharing a jazzed up Sweet Tea recipe, this time with fruit juice mixed in called Southern Fruit Iced Tea . And what is a good Sweet Iced Tea without sugar, right? I used Dixie Crystals sugar to add the perfect sweetness to my brewed tea. Scroll down for the recipe and check out my drink inspiration in the pics below. 
When my darling cousin got married seven years ago, 
we had a brunch with just the girls at a local cafe called Dumplins. 
They served Fruit Tea there and that is where I first tried this amazing drink.
Now I am hooked and I had to create my own version at home!
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May 3, 2018

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes #BrunchWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

This brunch treat is a combo of two of my favorites: fluffy buttermilk pancakes and gooey pineapple upside down cake! Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes are sure to be a hit at your next brunch. No syrup needed, these cakes are delicious on their own! 

I was so excited to receive these LorAnn Bakery Emulsions to use for my BrunchWeek recipes!
 A baking emulsion is a flavor suspended in a base containing mostly water. In contrast, baking extracts are flavors suspended in a base containing mostly alcohol. LorAnn Bakery Emulsions are not compromised by the flavor of alcohol and don't "bake-out" when exposed to heat like an extract flavor.
For this recipe I use the Butter Vanilla flavor to add another layer of richness to these tasty pancakes.
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