Spring has arrived and it’s time to start looking forward to fresh produce and fresh springtime recipes! This month we have a lot of recipes for breakfast, sides and salads, main dishes, as well as desserts featuring a lot of early spring flavors like asparagus, eggs, peas, garlic, berries, lemon, and more. Keep reading to see all the recipes we have to help you plan out your April menu!
A sweet & simple Irish Cream Martini. Tones down the sweetness of Irish Cream liqueur without losing the flavor. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day – or any day of the year! Cheers!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not Irish – not a drop of it. That doesn’t stop me from celebrating just a wee bit.
I’ll admit that I’m very unfamiliar with Irish cuisine. I promise…I’ll get to exploring it. Any guidance or suggestions of where to start would be warmly appreciated.
As a former bartender, I am familiar with Irish drinks. My bar celebrated with an Irish Wake each year – and it was fun, wild & crazy. Good times.
For the record, I love Irish beer. I’ll happily drink stouts any day of the year.
Irish Cream has always befuddled me a bit. It’s simply Irish whiskey, cream, vanilla, maybe a bit of cocoa – but it’s always been way too sweet for me.
I served many traditional Irish Cream cocktails over the years – none of which I would have ever enjoyed.
I decided to make an Irish Cream drink for all.
I’ve made numerous drinks with Irish Cream the past few weeks and was struggling. Too thick, too sweet. I could drink one small drink, but that’s surely not how the Irish would want it.
So when all else fails – have a martini. Or make a martini out of it. It was a simple success.
I could happily have a few of these Irish Cream Martinis – and they’re certainly easy enough to shake up.
The vodka tones down the sweetness of the Irish Cream but manages to keep all the flavor there.
You can dress this martini up – or add a drop of green food color to be festive.
Have fun & enjoy!
Irish Cream Martini
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz Irish Cream liqueur
- Combine vodka, Irish Cream and ice in a cocktail shaker.Shake, shake, shake.Strain into a martini glass & enjoy.
This post is sponsored by Oikos Oh! but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
What is a moment of “Oh”? In the day to day rush & chaos – it’s a moment of indulgence. A moment to oneself. A moment to stop & smell the roses…or pause and taste sweet satisfaction.
We all have tastes that brings us delight. It takes us to a moment of our own simple bliss. It’s an escape from the hustle & bustle surrounding us. A moment to focus on just one thing…taste.
What is your sweet indulgence? For me it’s a thick, creamy luscious dessert. Sweets so good that you’re not quite ready to part with that first bite.
I’m excited to introduce you to New Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt. It’s unlike any yogurt you’ve ever had. It’s a new kind of yogurt for Oikos: Double Cream Yogurt. It’s made with double the cream of Oikos Whole Milk Yogurt to create a one-of-a-kind thick and luscious texture.
At the bottom of each cup you’ll find a hyper indulgent sauce. Stir it up, spoon it evenly with each spoonful or save it for the end. Anyway you do it –it’s divine!
NEW Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt comes in a variety of flavors –sure to satisfy all tastes. Double Cream Yogurt Honey Drizzled Blueberry, Magnificent Mixed Berry Rhubarb, Lemon Sweet Cream Delight & Salted-Dusted Caramel Creme. So, where to start…?
I started with Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt Lemon Sweet Cream Delight. One of my favorite desserts is a thick, luscious, creamy lemon pie that I only bake during the holidays. I only ever get a small piece…if that. This yogurt takes me back to everything I love about my Lemon Pie flavor.
I fell in LOVE with the Double Cream Yogurt Honey Drizzled Blueberry. Blueberry & honey are two of my favorite flavors. Combined with thick, creamy yogurt –it’s dessert perfection for me! It makes me reminisce of late summer –the memories of picking blueberries by the buckets and blueberry everything for dessert!
Make any ordinary moment extraordinary! Treat yourself to Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
March is here and for this month we are sharing some of our family favorite recipes. We have recipes for breakfast, dinner, sides and soups, as well as a few desserts that we hope your families enjoy as much as all of ours do. Keep reading to get ideas for your March menu planning. Just a reminder that our group of bloggers post a themed recipe round-up on the last day of each month to help you with meal ideas for the upcoming month!
Chocolate Kalakand – a delicious Indian sweet made with paneer cheese.
I’m so excited to participate in the annual #FoodBloggerLove event for the third time! This is such a fun event for bloggers! We secretly get assigned another blogger with the goal of sharing a little love. This year again, I’ve been introduced to a blogger I haven’t met yet…yay! I’ve gotten to learn a little about this blogger and I also get to share their recipes & story with my readers. Total win for all!
This year #FoodBloggerLove has introduced me to another awesome food blogger – Kalyani from Sizzling Tastebuds. Hi Kalyani ♥
Kalyani is a food blogger from Mumbai. She enjoys Indian street food as well as Middle eastern and Mexican food.
Kalyani loves baking and cooking for her family and re-inventing high-carb food into everyday, healthy food. She is vegetarian and on her way to becoming a vegan. She prefers baking with gluten-free or whole-wheat flours, low sugar and no eggs.
Kalyani is not into overly sweet desserts…but I enjoyed browsing thru her desserts and knew I had to try one!
Then I found it. Chocolate! Her recipe for Chocolate Kalakand was screaming my name 🙂
Kalakand is a popular Indian dessert. I’ve tasted it before and at times have found it overly sweet. Kaylani’s recipe keeps the focus on chocolate with minimal added sugar.
This Kalakand comes together quickly. My mini-food processor made easy work of grating the cheese and chocolate. Prepare over medium/low heat and stay with the pan. After adding the chocolate, melt and stir until everything is combined. If you go to far things will start to separate.
I used a 86% Cacao Chocolate – the flavor of the Kalakand was perfectly intense. Use whatever chocolate you enjoy most.
The texture of this Kalakand is interesting. Paneer does not melt smooth, so you will bites of the grated cheese. It’s almost a mix between fudge and a brownie.
If you can’t find paneer, you can sub queso fresco – they’re just about the same thing. Or try making it at home – you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make! Paneer has been known to start many cheesemakers journeys : )
I had so much fun browsing thru Kaylani’s recipes and you will to! Head over to her blog and check it out!
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
If you are a blogger who wants to participate in #FoodBloggerLove next year, make sure to join our Facebook group to know when sign-ups open!
Welcome to the monthly recipe round-up featuring myself and ten other bloggers. February means it is time for recipe ideas that are fitting for Valentine’s Day – sweet treats, chocolate, romantic dinners, pink and red foods, and more! Check out all the recipes we have to help you plan out your meals and festivities for this month.
This post is sponsored by Left Field Farms but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Today I’m sharing a lush & creamy mochaccino recipe that you can easily make at home. Plus I’m introducing you to Left Fields coffee creamers!
All things are possible with coffee….and everyday starts with coffee!!!
I keep breakfast coffee simple. Just coffee & creamer for me, thank you very much.
Sometimes, later in the day, I might fancy myself a bit of a coffee treat…
Coffeehouses are so overpriced – I try to visit them only on occasion. I have fun creating some of my favorite coffee specialty drinks in my home – and it’s surprisingly simple as well!
I recently discovered Left Field Farms coffee creamers and I’m loving adding these creamers to my coffee!
Left Field Farms coffee creamer is simple, delicious and Non-GMO Project Verified. Left Field Farms coffee creamer is made with real cream, real sugar and real milk.
Left Field Farms was created by a collection of like-minded farmers, thinkers and doers that stand for good food, healthy communities and fresh ideas in agriculture.
Left Field Farms coffee creamers contain no artificial flavors and are made with real cream and sugar. They’re cows are given only non-GMO feed and are never treated with rBST.
You’ll find Left Field Farms coffee creamers in the dairy aisle at your local Walmart – grab a bottle or two! You’ll be glad you did ♥
You can easily mix this mochaccino up. Heat up some good & strong coffee, chocolate, cinnamon and Left Field Farm creamer in a saucepan until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Pour into your favorite coffee cup, top with some whipped cream & enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by ♥
Grab Left Field Farms Coffee Creamers at your local Walmart!
Rich & Creamy Mochacinno
- 3/4 cup good, strong coffee
- 1/4 cup Left Field Farms Sweet & Creamy Creamer
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- pinch cinnamon
- whipped cream to serve
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisk over med/low heat until chocolate is completely melted and all chocolate specks are gone. Serve topped with whipped cream. Enjoy ♥
Old Fashioned Cornmeal Mush. A simple comfort food with endless variations. Great breakfast option for those with food allergies – no gluten, dairy or eggs!
Mush. I’m guessing most folks have heard of it before – I know it’s not just a Northeast thing. I’ve had it down South before – but the rest of the country – y’all are gonna have to let me know!
Mush was definitely poor people food. It was a way to fill your belly while food was scarce or money was low. When times were extra rough it was served by itself as a meal. It was regularly served as an accompaniment to dinners or alongside eggs & breakfast foods to stretch a meal.
I love mush for breakfast. It’s one of those simple comfort foods I crave on occasion. I like it fried in butter and topped with real maple syrup. Throw some breakfast sausage on the side and breakfast is complete.
As I was making this simple dish I got to thinking. Mush is a great breakfast for those with food allergies. No gluten, no dairy, no eggs. It can be vegan if you pan fry it with oil. Food allergy friendly for all ♥
It’s certainly not a pancake – but it makes a nice breakfast treat with maple syrup.
Simmering cornmeal in a pot sounds simple enough – but – keep it low. This mixture burns and sticks easily. Also make sure to add it to just simmering water – cornmeal thickens and explodes quickly. If you’ve never made it before, I suggest using a non-stick pot for the first time.
Fry slices of mush up with butter or bacon fat. I cook it over low heat until golden brown on both sides.
There’s plenty of room for creativity here. I included the basic, old-fashion recipe – but you could definitely add numerous ingredients to make this a sweet or savory dish.
Fried Cornmeal Mush
- 3 cups boiling water just simmering
- 1 cup corn meal
- 1 cup cold water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp butter, bacon fat or oil
- Mix cornmeal with cold water.
- CAREFULLY add cornmeal to water that’s just simmering. (Add it to boiling water and it will bubble and explode everywhere)
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer over low heat for an hour, stirring often.
- Pour into lightly sprayed/greased dish ( 8×8 or 9×9 ) and let cool in fridge for a few hours.
- Cut into slices and pan fry in butter or oil over low heat until just lightly golden on both sides – about 10 minutes each side. Serve with maple syrup.
Happy New Year, everyone! We are planning to continue our monthly themed recipe round-up in 2019 with some returning bloggers as well as several new faces. We are all excited to share recipes with you each month to help you meal plan and prepare for upcoming holidays, seasons, etc. through the year. This month we are featuring cozy winter recipes — recipes and meals to warm you up on cool January days. Please continue reading to see all the recipe ideas and comfort foods.
This “Fiesta” Pasta Bake is a family favorite! This meal comes together simply & quickly – plus feeds a family for less than $10!
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite quick, delicious and cheap meals. Dinner doesn’t have to be a major production each night!
Gone are the days where I shop all over town for the best grocery deals. I just don’t have the time or energy for it anymore.
I used to go grocery shopping 3-4 times a week. I’d shop different stores for weekly sales and stores that had better everyday prices on specific items.
I realized a few things.
Most importantly, I was spending way too much time grocery shopping. Something I used to enjoy doing became a dreaded task.
I could save a dollar or two here or there – but at the end of the week – factoring in time and energy – how much was I really saving?
After all was said and done – nothing.
Then I found a one stop kinda place.
I’ve found Food Lion to be the best overall store for my weekly grocery shopping.
It’s easy to save at Food Lion! Between their everyday low prices, weekly specials, BOGO’s, Personalized MVP offers & coupons, Shop & Earn, Freshness Guarantee and whatever coupons I casually clip – Food Lion reigns superior. If you’re like me, and can’t keep up with weekly circulars, Food Lion is still easy to shop. They have in-store signs everywhere leading you to sales and best prices!
I’ll admit, for the most part, I’m not a brand snob. I’ve come to trust and rely on Food Lion’s private label store brand. Most of the products I happily stock up on (pasta, sauces, beans, salsa, canned goods galore) save me almost a whopping fifty percent! Same quality as the name brands…just different label.
I LOVE Food Lion’s fresh meat selection! The quality, the selection and prices are awesome! As a weekly shopper I’ve learned to stock up & freeze during sales – it keeps my budget rounded all month long.
The best example of everyday savings is how I easily feed my family of four with a meal under $10. A delicious and hearty meal can effortlessly be made any night of the week while on a budget when shopping at Food Lion.
This Fiesta Pasta Bake is one of my favorite examples. A handful of simple ingredients come together quickly for a fun & tasty dinner any night of the week.
I toss in whatever ground meat is cheapest – be it beef, chicken or turkey. Or I use leftovers if I have them. Shredded chicken, pork, beef – they are delicious in this casserole!
Oh, this meal is great meatless as well. You can skip the meat and add an extra can of black beans & corn.
This meal can be easily dressed up with fresh produce…cilantro, avocado slices, dices tomatoes, shredded lettuce, guacamole…if it’s in the budget. The family loves it either way!
Don’t forget to top it all off with a generous dollop of sour cream!
Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!
"Fiesta" Pasta Bake
- 1 pound pasta
- 1 pound ground beef chicken or turkey (leftovers work great here too)
- 29 oz can tomato sauce
- 16 oz jar salsa
- 15 oz can black beans rinsed & drained
- 15 oz can corn drained
- 8 oz or more shredded cheese - reserve 1/2 cup
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- pinch of black pepper
- pinch of chipotle powder optional
- sour cream to serve
- optional toppings - avocado slices, gucamole, hot sauce, salsa, lettuce, tomato, cilantro
- Start pasta first. Cook until al dente. (I prefer to do this in a large pot/stock pot so I can mix everything in it afterwards. Saves washing a mixing bowl)
- Preheat oven to 350° and spray/grease a deep 13x9 casserole dish.
- In the meantime, brown, crumble & drain ground beef.
- Combine pasta, ground beef, tomato sauce, salsa, black beans, cheese, corn and all seasonings.
- Scrape into greased casserole dish.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Sprinkle reserved shredded cheese and bake 5 minutes or until melted.
- Serve with sour cream - a must! We also love this with hot sauce, additional salsa, fresh snipped cilantro, gucamole or avocado slices....