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Cheesy Potato Casserole

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Having half of my family in Minnesota where casseroles are a must; this Cheesy Potato Casserole has been a tradition that cannot be missed! This dish has definitely been a crowd favorite through out the years.

Warning: If you make once, you will be expected to make it every year! :)  Read more

One-Pan ChickenThighs & Vegetables

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Winner winner chicken dinner!  This recipe could not be more perfect for this chilly weather, when all I want is something fast and warm!

Don’t be afraid have some fun with changing up the ingredients in the one-pan recipe too!  Your options are endless. This recpie is just one I have found to be my personal favorite!   This is also a really great recipe to adjust to what veggies are in season.

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Vegan Corn Chowder

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I will definitely not take credit for the carved pumpkin soup bowls.  This is a Shirley (my mom) staple for sure!  One of my favorite High School memories was having all of my friends over to my house for dinner before the big Homecoming Dance in the fall.   My mom served up Wild Rice Soup in carved out pumpkins (keep in mind there were about 16 of us…).

Ever since then, I want to eat my soup out of nothing other than a pumpkin!  Warm up in this chilly weather and enjoy this delicious, yet simple Vegan Corn Chowder!  In a pumpkin bowl of course…  Read more

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich

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Any chance I get to enjoy some BBQ, my “go to” choice is the Pulled Pork!  I love the fact that I can  really just slather on that BBQ sauce and get it on every last bite. I mean let be honest… I was the girl to dip her french fries, chicken, and just about everything in it.

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Shark Week Blue Velvet Cupcakes

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Shark Week Blue Velvet Cupcakes

Makes 24 Cupcakes

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 cups Sugar
2 sticks Butter, Room Temperature/Soft
2 whole Eggs
1-½ Tablespoon Liquid Blue Food Coloring
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
1 drop Violet Gel Food Coloring
2-½ cups Cake Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Buttermilk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoons Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar

For the Frosting:
1 pound Cream Cheese, Softened
2 sticks Butter, Softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 cups Sifted Confectioners Sugar

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INSTRUCTIONS: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter, mix until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix in between.
  3. Add the cocoa, food coloring, and then mix very well. In a separate bowl,  sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk.
  4. Blend in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture.
  5. Pour batter into cupcake papers.Bake for 25–30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool.

Frosting:
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth.

2. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. Frost the cupcakes with a butter knife or pipe it with a piping bag!  Get fancy!

 

 

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