Is there really any dinner option that is more comforting, EASY and just totally succulent and delicious than a savory pot roast? It's pretty much guaranteed that when you tell someone there's a roast cooking that they will go, Ohh! Yum! I have a slow cooker pot roast recipe that I've made..Read More
Every time I’m asked to bring a dish to a party, I tend to think big. Like, which layer cake should I make? But sometimes it’s the simple dishes that go best on a potluck table! A super yummy bowl of coleslaw is the perfect party food because it is SO easy to make and it tastes great on a plate..Read More
Raise your hand if you're a veggie-lover! I tell my boys that my parents were lucky because, well, I was just a good kid (several years excluded), but I have also always loved vegetables. I can remember craving Brussels sprouts and gorging on broccoli sprinkled with sea salt as a kid.Read More
Do you ever wonder who made the discovery that carrots and baked goods taste delicious together? I mean, carrots aren’t the most flavorful things in the world. Unless they’re drenched in Ranch dressing. But when thrown into some cake batter? YUM. Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes on the planet..Read More
A few years ago I did something that would be any child's worst nightmare: I hosted a salad party. Now that is my idea of a good time, people. I mean, salads are just so versatile and delicious. They can be sweet, savory, crunchy, exotic, fruity, leafy and sooo much more.Read More
Remember the freezer meals party I hosted just over a week ago? One of the perks of hosting was having tons of leftover veggies after all of the meals had been made and friends had departed. I had carrots, onions, mushrooms..Read More
I made this easy roasted chicken a few days ago and was so excited about the ease to yum ratio. Usually when something doesn't take much time it's assumed that it lacks flavor, but not in this case. You cannot go wrong with this one-pan meal. Who doesn’t love one-pan meals?!Read More
If our lives had a title right now it would be The Walls Are Closing In. School snacks, backpacks, stacks of papers and piles of laundry litter our RV. There are many signs letting us know this mobile chapter of our lives is coming to a close.Read More
I thought that by now I would be feeling less sad about my baby boy being in kindergarten, but I'm not. He has been my sweet little sidekick for the past five years, providing me with endless snugglesRead More
I hope all of you mothers had a fabulous day yesterday! I got spoiled. My boys let me sleep in and I was awakened by the two cutest smiley faces on the planet. That was followed by breafast in bed and a tickling session. It was a day to remember!Read More
Summer is on the horizon. The weather has been gorgeous and the boys and I have been spending as much time outside as possible. We are solidifying fun summer plans, which include another potential cross-country road trip, lots of swimming, time at the dropzone and other fun adventures. I love summer.Read More
The little boys and I survived our 2,800-mile Kentucky/North Carolina road trip. We packed many smiles, tears and memories into 13 days. One of the greatest gifts I feel I can give to my precious boys is introducing them to ADVENTURE. I love adventure and I want them to seek it, always.Read More
Lately I have been chipping away at my to-make list of comfort foods. I've been wanting to make something along these lines for so long. It was super easy to make this Chicken Pot Pie Casserole. It is comforting, delicious and low calorie!Read More
Deliciously fresh, there isn't any harshness in the flavors, and just about anything dipped into it tastes fabulous!
I have yet to find a hummus recipe that rivals Sabre's Roasted Pine Nut Hummus. YUM, that is some seriously good stuff. My three-year-old is addicted to it, as am I. I could spread it on pickled beets and find myself saying, "MMMmmmmm!" Ok, nevermind, that is a lie. I hate beets.
In my quest to find that one, true, perfect hummus recipe, I have come across a few that are very tasty. This is one of them. The thing I love about this recipe is that it tastes deliciously fresh.
There isn't any harshness in the flavors, and just about anything dipped into it (no beets!) tastes fabulous.
Garnish with carrot strips and/or lemon peel and serve with assorted dippers, such as pita wedges, crackers, cucumbers, carrots, celery and BOOM! DELICIOUSNESS!
If you find a hummus recipe that rivals the roasted pine nut version from the grocery store, will you let me know? Until then check out my version of Edamame Hummus.
This is a beautifully layered cake that is tender with a perfect compliment of unique orange-honey frosting. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make a classic recipe like this. A layered Carrot Cake is a beautiful dessert to bring out and share with friends and family.
I want to know what person first thought that carrots and cake would go well together. It sounds terrible! It took me awhile to get behind the idea of trying it but boy was I missing out. It certainly is a delicious combination, isn't it? Pair it with a creamy frosting and there is not a whole lot that beats it.
I saw this recipe in Christmas Baking 2010 magazine and knew I had to make it. My husband's birthday was coming up, so there was my perfect excuse to do so! I don't think I need to tell you that it tasted incredible. The pictures speak quite well for themselves.
STEPS TO MAKE A LAYERED CARROT CAKE
Enjoy a perfectly spiced, moist homemade carrot cake with this easy recipe!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
**Allow 4 eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, you can start greasing three 9x5x3.5-inch loaf pans and set them aside.
Then sift together the dry ingredients: 2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Toast a 1/2 cup of pecans in a saute pan.
Finely chop the pecans after toasting for adding to your cake batter.
In a medium bowl, combine: 4 eggs, 3 cups finely shredded carrots, 1/2 cup toasted, chopped pecans and 3/4 cup vegetable oil.
Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well combined.
Divide the batter amongst three greased loaf pans.
Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of it comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes and remove. Do this carefully! One of my cakes broke straight down the center. Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting them.
Place one cake layer on a rectangular serving platter and spread 1/2 cup of Orange-Honey Frosting over top of it. Top with another cake layer and another 1/2 cup of frosting. Add remaining cake layer and spread with the remaining frosting.
To store, cover and place it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
SHREDDING YOUR CARROTS
Carrots are an important ingredient in this recipe! There are a couple of ways to prepare your carrots.
You can use a cheese grater to shred your carrots by hand.
You can also use your food processor. If you use the carrot shredder, make sure that you don’t let the carrots get to mushy/over shredded. You don’t want mush or juice!
WHY ITS IMPORTANT TO LET YOUR EGGS COME TO ROOM TEMPERATURE
Allowing your eggs to come to room temperature is important for a couple of reasons.
They will mix better with your batter, and then let the cake mix raise better as it bakes.
The cake will take a little longer to bake if room temperature eggs are used but creates a perfect cake that has a great texture.
If a cake has a high fat content, adding cold eggs could affect re-hardening the fat.
Eggs that are needed to be created into a foam for a recipe will have better volume if warmed to room temperature.
Carrots + Cake = Yum! Needing more Carrot Cake, try Apple Carrot Cake Muffins, a sweet twist on a classic dessert!
WHAT TO SERVE AT A PARTY
I LOVE party food, so you have come to the right place if you are looking for recipes to make for your next gathering. Here are some options for you that will be easy, delicious and crowd-pleasing!
Fruit Pizza - The classic, crowd-pleasing Fruit Pizza has a cookie dough crust, dreamy cream cheese frosting and a colorful top layer of fruit and a tasty glaze. Great appetizer/dessert for parties of any kind, any time of the year!
Taco Ranch Pasta Salad - This delicious pasta salad gets totally devoured at gatherings, no matter the season.
Sausage Cheese Dip - Sausage Cheese Dip is easy to make (let your crockpot do the work for you!), cheesy, flavorful and totally irresistible! Serve as an appetizer at your next party and it won’t last long. Only 6 ingredients required for this delicious party food!
7-Layer Taco Dip - This is the best 7-Layer Taco Dip you'll ever meet! It's the perfect appetizer and party food and it is always the first thing to get devoured.
Crockpot Meatballs - Theserequire only a few ingredients with only a few minutes of prep. They are SO EASY to make, totally packed with delicious flavor and great for game-day parties or holidays. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!
Spinach Artichoke Dip - This hot Spinach Artichoke Dip is a party staple! People always get excited about this dip and its so easy to make! It’s a filling, cheesy
MEALS TO MAKE FOR NEW PARENTS
The last thing new parents want to think about after bringing their brand new baby home from the hospital is DINNER. Dropping off a homemade dinner for a new parent is something they will be forever grateful for. This casserole is the perfect meal to bring to a family in need, but here are a few ideas for you: