April 30, 2019

May Recipe Round-Up {Recipes for Mom and Mother's Day}

May is here and that means it's time for Mother's Day and spring time recipes! This month we are sharing some of our favorite recipes for the moms in our lives. This is the time of year I really start thinking about rhubarb, eggs, asparagus, peas, and other early produce. I also think about dishes that are delicious for celebrating Mother's Day! Keep reading to see recipe ideas of breakfast, brunch, sides, main dishes, and desserts for Mother's Day and for the whole month of May.

April 25, 2019

Pork egg roll bowls

The flavors of a pork egg roll come together in a delicious stir fry perfect for topping a steaming bowl of rice. I may be late to the game with egg roll in a bowl, but I've been loving them since I discovered this quick and easy stir fry. I've been playing around with it a bit and this is the recipe I love. As the weather warms, stir fries make more appearances on our weekly menu. Meals like this are just the type of recipes I like to have in my arsenal for quick, simple, and flavorful weeknight meals. And since we typically buy pork in bulk from a local farmer, we almost always have pork in the freezer. This dish comes together quickly, especially if you shred the vegetables ahead of time. I like to use my food processor for easy shredding of the cabbage and carrots. This meal will make about 4 servings, depending on age and hunger level.

April 18, 2019

Whole wheat cardamom rhubarb scones

Disclosure: The post is sponsored by Door County Coffee & Tea Co. I was provided with product for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Scones and coffee are a perfect match and these whole wheat cardamom rhubarb scones are a lovely treat for spring. I've been a big coffee fan since I started drinking it in my teens, but now as a mom of twin toddlers, coffee is seriously an important part of my daily life. We tend to stick with the same dark roast my husband makes every day, so I was really excited to receive a very generous selection of coffees to try, including some unique flavors, from Door County Coffee & Tea Co. The first one we dug into was Death's Door and it was so dark and yummy! I really have enjoyed the Breakfast Blend, Raspberry Almond, and the Black and Tan as well. I'm really looking forward to trying other flavors, especially the Cinnamon Hazelnut and Orange Creme.

This scone recipe comes from Taste of Home and they are delicious. I generally pair rhubarb with cinnamon and/or ginger, but the cardamom goes so well with it! I've always found cardamom to be such a lovely flavor and since we are getting close to rhubarb season, I wanted to use it for a springtime treat. We enjoyed our scones with a cup of Chocolate Covered Strawberry coffee! I figured since strawberry and rhubarb are a classic combination, that it only made sense to pair the scones with strawberry coffee. They were delicious together! Scones and coffee make a nice breakfast, brunch, or snack, especially with family or friends. This recipe will make 16 scones. I added slightly more cardamom to mine than the original recipe indicated and I also baked mine at a lower temperature and subbed water for the fat free milk.

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April 15, 2019

Slow cooker Buffalo chicken wraps

Chicken breasts with cream cheese, hot sauce, and celery are cooked until tender in the slow cooker and then topped with blue cheese for these slow cooker Buffalo chicken wraps. Today I'm sharing this recipe which is inspired by Kate's Recipe Box for some #FoodBloggerLove. I enjoy Kate's blog a lot -- we are both moms and we both post a lot of family friendly food. I noticed while browsing through her recipes that she cooks a lot of recipes with Buffalo flavors like Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwiches, Buffalo Cauliflower "Wings", Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad, Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas, and more! So, being from Buffalo I was immediately intrigued since those are some favorite flavors in our house as well. I also noticed that she uses the slow cooker frequently (like this Slow Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Soup which has been on my to-make list), which is something I also love! When I saw her recipe for Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wraps, I decided to make a Buffalo chicken wrap recipe of my own, but using the slow cooker to make the chicken. These wraps are delicious! So simple to put together and also very flavorful. Slow cookers meals are such a time saver for me. This recipe will make about 5-6 wraps.

Thanks to Kate for the inspiration and all the terrific looking recipe ideas! Check out Kate's blog and give her a follow on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest!

April 10, 2019

Slow cooker honey sesame ginger chicken

This tender chicken is sweet, savory, and has a touch of warmth from ginger and the best part is it cooks up easily in the slow cooker until it is falling apart. I love slow cooker dishes and have decided to make more of them to share this year. I usually serve this honey sesame ginger chicken with rice and a side of quickly stir-fried sugar snap peas and carrots. This meal has become a favorite around our house since I started toying around with the recipe and flavors. I love the combination of honey and ginger and the other Asian flavors combine to create a delicious sauce. Since I'm feeding toddlers, I keep the heat low and serve up extra Sriracha on the side for the adults. My toddlers also really like to put "sprinkles" on top (the sesame seeds) and we let them add some to their plates to make it more fun and hopefully encourage them to try out the chicken. I'm always looking for ways to get them more involved and excited about food and to try to raise adventurous eaters. This recipe will feed about four to five people with sides depending on age and hunger level.

April 2, 2019

Peanut butter & jelly hand pies

These flaky hand pies are stuffed with your childhood favorite - peanut butter and jelly - for National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! Today I'm celebrating this classic food combination with some of my blogging friends (check out all the recipes at the bottom of this post). My readers know I love making pies, and I've been meaning to add hand pie recipes to my blog for some time, now. This was the perfect way to do so! My twins' favorite lunch is peanut butter and jelly so we always have lots of both around. These hand pies are so fun - they are a great snack or dessert (and I'll fully admit that I've eaten one for a quick breakfast on the go as well). You can use any jelly flavor(s) you want and you can use creamy or chunky peanut butter. The peanut butter in these is a thicker texture from the cream cheese - sort of like the filling of a peanut butter cup. I did not add any sugar to my pie crust or to my peanut butter, but if you want a slightly sweeter pie, you may add some or even a sprinkle of coarse sugar on top. This recipe will make approximately 10 pies.