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Baked potato casserole with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes

One of the things I did not expect to need to know when I began this blog was html code. After spending hours yesterday navigating my way through code in order to get my recipes to appear just how I want them at the end of each post, I basically dreamt in html all night. I woke up feeling tired and stressed! I think I'll gaze at pretty pictures on Pinterest to keep giant blocks of text from chasing me in my sleep tonight.

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Fruit and spinach smoothie

Before I get to the winner of the $25, t-shirt and other goodies, I have to tell you that I am disappointed in myself for not sharing this smoothie with you sooner. It's one that I make regularly. Almost daily in the summers. It is fantastic, versatile, healthy and packed with total good-ness. My boys love it, too, so I always pour them cups before I pour my own. It's a guaranteed serving of veggies and a couple servings of fruit for their little bodies to start their day!

Onto the winner from my Strawberry Muffins post! I loved all of your comments so much, truly, but I just had to choose the one written by Melinda. Congrats! Please use the Contact button to send me your mailing address and t-shirt size (unisex) and I'll get your goodies in the mail!


My measurements are never exact, but here is what I throw into my blender. Honestly, I rarely add the strawberries, but they add a nice touch if you have them on hand. The OJ is optional, too, as you can get plenty of flavor with the almond milk. Don't be afraid to PACK it with spinach!

Puree it all up, pour into cups and start your day off feeling good!

Fruit and Spinach Smoothie

This fresh and healthy smoothie is a great way to start your day!

Serves: 1

Total time: 10 min

Fruit and Spinach Smoothie


  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 mango, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (optional)
  • Handful or two of fresh spinach
  • 5-7 strawberries, hulled (optional)
    Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately!




Strawberry muffins

These muffins did not want to be made. My first batch was good, but not great. I altered the recipe in order to make them great (and they are!). When I started the second batch, I realized I didn't have flour. What?! When do I not have flour in my kitchen? The next day, flour in hand, my strawberries were lacking freshness. The next day after purchasing a fresh package of strawberries, I was out of butter (seriously). Later that same day, after grabbing some butter at Target, I was out of vanilla. What the heck! They eventually got made, and they were well worth the wait. My boys LOVED them. They were pleading and begging and MOM-CAN-I-PLEASE-HAVE-ANOTHER-ing. I used these babies as leverage for at least two days.

It was fate for this post to stand out because it is also my 400th recipe! Wow! We have to celebrate this somehow, right? What better way to celebrate than to do a giveaway! So here's the scoop. Leave a comment on this post saying anything at all (PLEASE leave an email address so I can contact you). My favorite comment will receive all of the following:
- $25 Visa gift card
- Pip & Ebby t-shirt
- A few other goodies that may or may not be related to Easter

One winner will be selected at 9:00 am CST on 4/7/14. 


Onto the muffins!

First, prepare the topping.

It should look something like this. Yummy and crumbly. Set it aside for now.

Combine the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, combine everything else.

Gradually add the flour mixture to it. Throw in some pretty strawberries.

Pour the batter into a muffin tin and top with the crumbles.

When they are done baking, your home will smell soooo good. All nearby bellies will be happy ones.

Now go check your supplies and whip these babies up!

     Strawberry Muffins  |



1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups hulled, chopped strawberries (pat dry with a paper towel)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Stir until crumbly and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 6 tablespoons butter, sour cream and vanilla. Stir until creamy. Gradually add the flour mixture and stir until combined. Fold in the strawberries.
  4. Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups. Top with the crumbles. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean. 



Chicken parmesan

We have a super fun weekend ahead of us involving circus animals, family and friends. Not all at the same time. I also caught a quick glimpse of the weekend weather forecast and I think it'll make a lot of Minnesotans happy. My stepmom will be spending tonight with us, which we are all excited about. One of my favorite meals ever is on the menu, along with a brand new potato recipe that I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into. What are you up to this weekend? I hope you have something fun planned!

I made this chicken parmesan for my family last week and the only thing wrong with it was that I had never made it before! What a crying shame!

Pound a few chicken breasts with a meat mallet or rolling pin (or whatever you have in your kitchen that might get the job done) so that they are 1/2 inch thick. 

I found that placing them between two sheets of wax paper was helpful and kept chicken bits from flying around my kitchen. 

Throw the following ingredients into a giant skillet and let your home begin to smell like heaven.

Add some crushed tomatoes.

While that is simmering, you can tend to your chicken. Set up a little assembly line of shallow dishes. Fill one with flour.

One with breadcrumbs and Parm.

And one with eggs.

Coat each breast with flour.

Soak it in the eggs.

And finish with the breadcrumb mixture.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Turn the heat down slightly and cook the breasts for about 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

Pour half of the sauce into a baking dish and top with the cooked breasts. I had a few crispy ones that I tried to crop out of the photo. Oopsies.

Top with remaining sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil!

Bake and serve over spaghetti noodles. Can you say YUM?!

     Chicken Parmesan  |



4 chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 cup flour
Sprinkling of salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
Splash of water

1 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
4 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
4 oz. spaghetti noodles, cooked to al dente   


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Using a meat mallet, pound chicken breasts to 1/2-inch thickness. Set aside. Heat 3 Tbsp. olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, oregano, basil, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook until onion is soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes and reduce heat to Low. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Line up an assembly line of three shallow dishes. In the first, combine the flour, salt and pepper. In the second, combine the eggs and water. In the third, combine the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Thoroughly coat each breast with flour mixutre, followed by egg mixture, followed by breadcrumb mixture. 
  4. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a skillet over medium-heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook the coated breasts in the hot oil for about 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Pour half of the sauce into the prepared baking dish. Top with cooked chicken breasts and remaining sauce. Top with mozzarella slices and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles.




Loaded baked potato rounds

One of the first things I do every morning is peek at the 5-day forecast on my phone. I got very excited when I saw 48 degrees as the projected high for Saturday. Beach weather! People will be strolling all around the Twin Cities with t-shirts and shorts. In the meantime, we are all still cooped up inside, watching the snow fall and wishing the ice on our driveways would magically melt as we continue with our "winter eating." Although typically more of an appetizer, I made these loaded baked potato rounds for dinner the other night. I presented them to the boys as potato chips. "Why are you letting us eat potato chips for dinner, Mom?" Because I'm a super-cool mom. And because they are super yummy!


Start out with a handful of baby red potatoes. They are the perfect size for these rounds and I just happen to be madly in love with baby reds.

I tried slicing the potatoes with my mandolin and it was a disaster. My sharp and trusty chef's knife was a much better option. Slice the potatoes so they are no more than 1/2 inch thick. Place them on a rimmed, parchment-lined baking sheet and brush them with olive oil. Sprinkle some kosher salt over the tops.

Bake them until they are perfectly browned. Yum!

Add delicious toppings and throw back in the oven.

Until your mouth is watering. Let those babies cool for a minute. Overly eager mouths will get burned. Trust me.

Dinner tonight? CUPCAKES! 

     Loaded Baked Potato Rounds  |



5-6 baby red potatoes, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
Olive oil, for brushing
Kosher salt, for sprinkling
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
3 tablespoons chopped chives


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Brush both sides of each potato round with olive oil and place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, flipping the rounds halfway.
  3. Remove from oven and top with cheese, bacon and chives. Bake for another 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve warm, finger-food style.