Posts in Spring
Chorizo and Potato Tacos with Super Crunch Salad

Flavorful chorizo and crispy potatoes are spooned over corn tortillas and piled high with a lettuce and cabbage salad. These will be your new go-to Taco Tuesday tradition.

I hope you aren’t all sick of salads yet, because I have a few more to come. At the moment at least, I am sure I’ll make more as the summer progresses. I guess technically this isn’t a salad, but it has a salad topping. So, yeah. Moving on. We are typically traditional taco people. I’m talking ground beef, veggies all in a hard shell taco. The kids love it, I love it, it’s great. But, once in a while, I like to try to mix things…

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Main Dish, Pork, SpringLydia
Sweet Potato Noodle Salad with Roasted Corn

Simple spiralized sweet potatoes are mixed with fresh, roasted corn and a few greens, topped with a sweet and salty dressing. This will become your new summer staple for lunches all week long.

I am pretty darn excited about the fact that corn is back in season. I adore fresh corn, and I try to take advantage of it all summer long. Speaking of admiration for a vegetable, sweet potatoes are held dear to me as well. Luckily for me, I can enjoy those all year round in just about every shape and form. So, when I saw a salad that had both of my favorite vegetables, I had to give it…

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Strawberry Sheet Cake with Rhubarb Frosting

Roasted strawberries puréed until smooth make a wonderfully moist cake, while puréed, roasted rhubarb makes a fluffy Swiss meringue frosting. This cake is all about the iconic spring flavor combination that we all love and hold dearly in our hearts. This feeds a crowd, or fills your family’s lunchboxes all week long.

I am pretty darn pumped that it is officially rhubarb season. My rhubarb is HUGE! So big that I am reluctant to cut into it. Ha- just kidding! I can’t wait to chop those stalks down. Really though, I am waiting for strawberry season to hit so I can make the beloved flavor combination of strawberry rhubarb. I always hold my breath, just hoping my rhubarb will make it through to strawberry season since they are so far apart. In the meantime, while I impatiently wait for local strawberries, I like to cut away at the smaller stalks of rhubarb for different treats. And I’ll occasionally…

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Cakes, Dessert, Spring, FruitLydia
Toasted Marshmallow Cookie Bars

A new updated version of these bars uses less butter, yields more bars, but doesn’t lose any of the amazing flavor. These are one giant chewy cookie in bar form with the occasional gooey marshmallow bite. You’ll have a hard time stopping at one.

So yes, this recipe was already put on my blog a few years ago. Buuutttt, I recently made these again, and I made some minor adjustments that made for a larger pan and less butter. I mean, I love me some butter, but I don’t like to have a whole pound of butter in one 9x13-inch pan. That seems a little excessive in my opinion. But maybe not? I don’t …

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Rice Noodle Salad with Chicken and Peanut Vinaigrette

A simple, but flavorful salad full of bright and fresh ingredients that will become your new favorite meal. A smooth peanut vinaigrette drizzled over baked chicken, rice noodles and fresh veggies will be your go-to salad this summer.

This Spring I have been really into the salads. Even though it has been a cold, wet spring, I have moved on past the comfort foods. I am so ready for the lighter meals full of fresh veggies and perhaps some chicken thrown in. I am super excited for fresh fruit again! I know the south is in strawberry season, but we won’t be until the end of June. I’ve only planted a few things in the garden that don’t mind the cold weather because anything else will shrivel and die. Kind of how I feel when there is rain day after day and it’s barely out of the 40’s. Good thing…

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Gooey Butter Cake Bars

A chewy, addicting bar with a flaky, tender crust. These will become your new favorite dessert.

Okay GOT fans, how is everyone feeling about this last season? The episode with the battle against the Night King, I don’t think I have ever felt so stressed out about a damn TV show. Seriously! My husband and I looked at each other after the episode and said, how the heck are we supposed to sleep after that!? And this isn’t even real life!! I honestly don’t know. For non Game of Thrones fans, consider…

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Three Cheese and Bacon Hand Pies

Savory hand pies filled with three different types of cheese, rosemary and bacon. Encapsulated in a buttery, flaky crust, what’s not to love?

What is it about hand pies that makes food that much cuter and desirable? I don’t know, but I’m loving it. It’s almost like a test to see how many amazing flavors you can pack into one little treat. Do you serve it for snack? As a side dish? Or as an appetizer? Or maybe even a midnight snack? The choices are endless! I vote all of the above. And don’t even get me started on…

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Tropical Carrot Sheet Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

No layering necessary! Untraditional carrot sheet cake filled with crushed pineapple and coconut flakes which yields an incredibly moist cake. Smeared with salted caramel cream cheese frosting, you have yourself the perfect cake.

If you are in need of a one-of-a-kind Easter dessert, here you go. Carrot cake is classic Easter, or at least Spring dessert. At least that is how I envision its perfect placement. Not that I actually follow my own thought line. I almost never make carrot cake for easter. I usually find something that seems way more exciting, or at least peaks my interest a little more than boring ol’ carrot cake. Now, my question…

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Baked Lemon Curd Filled Donuts

No frying necessary! These baked donuts are light and fluffy , rolled in sugar and filled with bright lemon curd. The perfect citrus treat for Spring and Easter!

Once in a while, donuts and I will have a thing. Once in a very great while. I don’t actually do donuts, most of the time. Unless I make them. I never eat purchased donuts. It’s something I stopped doing in high school. For whatever reason. Who knows what was going through my teenage mind back then. I also don’t live near any cities where good donuts are actually a thing. Around here it’s just the gross chain breakfast…

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Raspberry Pomegranate Hibiscus Meringue Cake

White cake, raspberry cheesecake, baked meringue, and pomegranate hibiscus curd come together to make one heck of a cake. Perfect for that special occasion, Monday afternoon, or Easter table.

Is anyone else super excited about the fact that the final season of Game of Thrones is starting TOMORROW? I am super pumped, if you couldn’t tell. My husband and I didn’t jump on to the GOT band wagon until years after it started. I decided to start by reading the books I borrowed from a friend. I like to try to read the books first, but I couldn’t wait. We ended up starting the show before I read all the books. I guess it didn’t matter any way since the show surpassed the books. I consider myself lucky because we were able to binge watch the seasons without waiting a year before the next season…

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Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower

This is a healthier version of butter chicken. Coconut milk makes it rich and creamy while cauliflower is subtly swapped for the chicken. This is an easy, satisfying weeknight meal that will please all at the table.

This dish is for all of those who are still in, what it may seem like, the the throes of winter. We got a big enough snow storm Monday to cancel school. And it has been spitting snow off and on for a few days this week. I know out west is getting hit hard. I feel you people! I find the snow to be beautiful, and I really don’t mind it a whole lot, but I am definitely ready to retire my…

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Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buttery, soft and chewy cookies filled with chopped chocolate, espresso and toffee bits. Everything is so right about this cookie.

I feel like every time I make a new flavored cookie, it becomes my favorite. And this is coming from someone that honestly doesn’t eat a lot of cookies. Yes, I make cookies every week. But they are mainly for packing in lunches and for a quick dessert for the kids and my husband after dinner. Cookies are definitely not the first thing I grab for when I want a sweet fix. With that being said, there are a choice few cookies that I will go to first. Most of them revolve…

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