Buttery Beer Bread




When I think of quick breads I almost always immediately think of nicely spiced, sweet breads that make for terrific breakfast or a dessert.  Most of my favorite quick breads are made with fruit and sometimes even chocolate, like this apple quick bread or my kid's favorite banana bread with chocolate chips!

However, lately I've been making some savory quick breads to go with our suppertime meals and this flavorful beer bread has quickly risen to the top of the favorite list around here (pun totally intended)!

Pan-Toasted Cranberry Almond Muesli



Muesli cereal eaten with vanilla-flavored yogurt has long been one of my favorite breakfasts. Eating muesli with yogurt is something I adopted in my time as an honorary Swede back in the nineties. Pre-Sweden, I'd only experienced any kind of cereal eaten with milk, but muesli and yogurt were just made for each other, y'all.

Spring Mix Salad with Hearts of Palm and Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette



It's officially spring y'all and we are all pretty ecstatic about it! These last few months have been gloomy and overcast around these parts and it's restored some our energy to feel the sunshine again, for sure. My favorite part of Spring, aside from Easter and Spring Break, of course, are the amazing patches of vibrant wildflowers that are popping up all over the place now. Here in Texas the famously large patches of our state flower, the Bluebonnet, are being visited regularly by people wanting to take photos showcasing the gorgeous natural backdrop the flowers provide.

Here in our own yard, the grass is lush and green (thank you crazy, scary Spring thunderstorms!), our big trees are coming back to life, and my flowering shrubs and rose bushes are bursting with color. Being outside is our favorite place always, but the vivid colors of Spring are most definitely a bonus feast for the eyes lately.

Easy Ground Turkey Stroganoff



Today's post is about the recipe for this easy ground turkey stroganoff... a.k.a. crazy good comfort food. This is one of those dishes that is super simple yet super yummy and we rarely have leftovers to package up when I make it. Those are all fantastic qualities in a recipe, if you ask me, especially on busy weeknights!

This dish is a semi-homemade meal that my family loves, and I do use a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup in this recipe. I know some people get a bit down on that, and I could very well make my own creamy sauce, but sometimes those old-school flavors that only come from using condensed soups just make me happy! Also, I use ground turkey most often when I make this for dinner because we always have a pound or two of it readily available in our fridge. But, really you could use cubed turkey breast, cubed chicken breast, cubes of beef sirloin or any other cut of meat that floats your boat in this recipe, if you're not a fan of ground meat.

No-Bake Oat Energy Bites with Peanut Butter, Maple and Chocolate Chips



Wow, it's been two weeks since my last post! Sorry about that, we've been crazy busy on the home front. Plus, now the kids are out of school for Spring Break this week and there's hardly been a dull moment at my house in the last few days. I actually planned to share a recipe for some delicious skillet dinner rolls I baked last week with you all today. The plan is to have a video to go with the blog post too.

Let's just say... we've been having logistical difficulties with making the recipe videos, however, we've got a plan in place to overcome said logistical issues and it involves some new kitchen equipment (which has been ordered and I can hardly wait!)

Chewy Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies



Chocolate chips are all the rage at my house at the moment. My kids ask for them in everything I bake and they'll just eat them by the handful for dessert!  These big, chocolate chip skillet cookies are a favorite for dessert lately and we've made some other chocolate chip-filled goodies recently too. Needless to say, mini-semi-sweet chips have become a staple on the grocery list.

Well, I've tried to make this chocolate chip-love trend work to my advantage as a distraction while I sneak in fruit, veggies and a few other good things into my baked desserts, y'all. My son has expanded his palate a bunch in the last two years. He's eating more veggies than he used to, but we're still working on his (lack of) interest in fresh fruit. He loves apples, but everything every other fruit on planet Earth is still iffy with him (even watermelon is iffy with him! I know, it's just shocking.)  My daughter, on the other hand, is a super tough customer and "hates all fruit", but loves apple sauce (no one tell her how that works yet, please!).


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