Baked Zucchini Parmesan Crisps Recipe

baked zucchini parmesan crisps recipe

We tend to get in a rut in the way that we serve our vegetables or we get so caught up in making sure that they are prepared in he healthiest way possible that we often forget to let ourselves indulge a little bit! This recipe for zucchini parmesan crisps can give you the variety that you need while still staying on the healthy side.

The best part about these is that they can be an impressive side dish for your holiday dinner (or any dinner) or they would even make a great appetizer recipe – just set them out on a platter with a little marinara sauce for dipping!

One of the keys to getting the coating to stick to the chips is to pat the zucchini slices dry with a paper towel (there should be some natural condensation that forms once you slice them, especially if they are cold when you slice them).

You are going to want to serve these fresh out of the oven. They won’t be horrible once they are cooled down but, like most foods that have any breading on them, they taste best when they are piping hot!

Ok – on to the baked zucchini parmesan crisps recipe!

To make them, you will need:

INGREDIENTS

baked zucchini parmesan crisps ingredients

2 Zucchini
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup dry Bread Crumbs
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Pepper

Making them is easy!

  1. Simply preheat your oven to 450. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with non-stick spray
  2. Cut the zucchini into 1/4″ thick slices. Combine parmesan, bread crumbs, salt & pepper in a small bowl.

    baked zucchini parmesan crisps recipe process

  3. Dip zucchini slices into oil (either place the oil in a bowl or use a brush to brush on the oil and then toss in crumb mixture and place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake 30 minutes or until crisp and brown.

Serve fresh from the oven as either a side dish or as an appetizer or snack. If you like, serve some warmed marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

Enjoy!

Orange Creamsicle Cake Recipe

Orange Creamsicle Cake Recipe

You know how you go to parties and people bring a side or a dessert and you just feel like you are seeing the same fruit salads, potato salads and broccoli salads over and over and over again? Well, this orange creamsicle cake recipe can provide some much-needed variation to the typical backyard barbecue dessert table! (you can also try my Oreo Stuffed Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Frosting for another out of the ordinary dessert!)

Even if you aren’t heading to a party and just want a nice dessert for your family, this cake makes for a welcome change and the light citrus flavor should be generally loved by everyone!

This cake is made with a boxed cake mix, but you can infuse more flavor in to the cake mix by replacing the water in the directions with orange juice. Doing so will give the cake a strong orange flavor so you can always play with the amount of orange juice that you use. I happen to like it when I use all orange juice and no water, but my children think it is a little “too orange-y” (which I didn’t think was possible) so when I make it for them, I use a 50/50 orange juice and water mixture. It’s really a matter of personal preference!

Hennyway….to make this orange creamsicle cake recipe, you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 White Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 package Orange Jell-O
  • 1/2 cup boiling Water
  • 1/2 cup cold Water
  • 1 package Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • Mandarin orange slices (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 13″ x 9″ pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Prepare cake mix as directed on package, using eggs and oil and replacing the water with in the directions with orange juice.
  3. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes until cake springs back when touched.
  4. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool completely (do not remove it from the pan)
  5. Use a skewer to poke small holes all over the cake, piercing all the way to bottom.
  6. In a bowl, combine Jell-O and boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  7. Add cold water and stir.
  8. Slowly pour the Jell-O mixture over the entire cake.

    orange creamsicle cake recipe process

  9. Cover and chill for 2 hours.
  10. Combine the pudding mix, milk and vanilla and beat well until the mixture starts to thicken.
  11. Fold Cool Whip into the pudding mixture and use it to frost cake.
  12. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  13. Garnish with mandarin orange slices just before serving

Enjoy!

Homemade Beer Bread Recipe

homemade beer bread recipe

If there is one recipe that I make in this house that I have to practically hide from my family until it is time to eat dinner, it’s my homemade beer bread recipe! This bread is so buttery and rich!  My family will have it with dinner, as an after-school snack, for breakfast or really any time it is sitting out on the counter.  I’m not lying when I say that, if I make a loaf of this bread during the day while they are at school, there will be none left by the time everyone goes to bed that night.

Luckily, my homemade beer bread recipe is a very inexpensive bread to make and it is made from ingredients that you likely already have in your house and is so much cheaper than those pre-packaged beer bread mixes that you can buy in the stores or through “home parties”! I also happen to think that it tastes much better than those prepackaged mixes.  A buttery, malty & honey combination of flavors – this will quickly become your go-to recipe when you just want to whip up an easy batch of bread to serve with dinner!

A few tips:

Make sure that you line the bottom of your bread pan with parchment paper and pour the first batch of melted butter on top of the paper. The first few times I made this bread I  skipped the parchment paper.  While it was still delicious, it came out of the pan in 2 parts – a top half and a bottom half.  Finally, I just spent the extra 90 seconds to cut out parchment paper and it comes out perfectly every time since then!

The beer that you choose will change the flavor of the bread.  I am not a big beer drinker (I prefer wine), but my husband always has beer in the house so I use what he drinks – Yeungling Lager.  I have also made this bread with Black & Tan and wasn’t crazy about it (too bitter).  I would stick to a nice medium-body Lager and NOT a “regular” beer and certainly not a light beer.

Hennyway – on to the beer bread recipe.  Scroll down for directions!

You might want to also try these recipes:

Homemade Beer Bread Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Homemade Beer Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose or white-whole wheat flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 T honey
  • 1 can beer
  • 2 T + 3 T unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Butter the sides of a 9"x5"x3" loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  4. Heat the honey in the microwave for a few seconds until runny.
  5. Add the beer and the honey to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just mixed and most of the big lumps are gone. DO NOT OVERMIX!
  6. Pour 2 T of the melted butter on top of the parchment paper. Tilt the pan slightly to spread the butter (try not to let it go over the sides of the paper)
  7. Spoon the batter in to the pan, getting it as even as possible.
  8. Pour the remaining 3 T melted butter over the batter, using a pastry brush to spread it evenly if needed.
  9. Bake for 50 - 60 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven.
  11. Immediately use a sharp knife to ensure that the bread isn't sticking to the sides of the pan.
  12. Let cool for 5 - 10 minutes, then remove bread from pan and let cool on a cooling rack
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Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe

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I have lived in or just outside of Philadelphia for 40 of my 45 years. I grew up on soft pretzels.

I remember growing up, there was a guy who would stand in the median strip on City Line Avenue just outside our neighborhood selling soft pretzels in brown paper bags for just $1 per bag of 3 pretzels. It wasn’t just our neighborhood…they were all over the city (although I don’t see as many of them as I used to when I drive in to the city….probably something to do with people not wanting their soft pretzels with a side of car exhaust fumes). My stepfather would always stop to buy a bag from him – he was there for almost 20 years!

This was long before there were Philly Soft Pretzels stores dotting the landscape of the East coast. Back then, the guys hawking pretzels in the street were at the Federal Pretzel Baking company at 4:00am to pick up pretzels. They would bag them and then stand out on the street all day selling them! Gotta love that entrepreneurial spirit!

Being from Philadelphia, I have to tell you…there are a few ground rules for soft pretzels:

  1. Mustard is the only acceptable condiment for them…preferably the cheapest yellow mustard that you can find! Cheese sauce MIGHT be acceptable in some cases, so long as it is melted Cheez Wiz (the ONLY time that I will eat that stuff).
  2. You must eat them “from the outside in”. That means that you eat the outer loops first, then save the “inside knot” for last.  The soft doughy texture of the knot is your reward.  So it is written, so it shall be done!
  3. It is perfectly acceptable to slice your soft pretzel in half horizontally and make it in to a “sandwich bread”. This is especially good for grilled ham & cheese sandwiches (just make sure that you use mustard, not mayonnaise)

So as you can see, I am serious about my soft pretzels!  Finding a homemade soft pretzel recipe is not as easy as it seems.  Sure there are a bunch of recipes out there, but I wanted one that be really close to a Philly Soft Pretzel…and I think this is it!

A few tips:

  1. This recipe is made easier if you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, but you can always mix it the old-fashioned way and mix it by hand.
  2. Do not skip the water bath part of making them.  It is an important step to get the to “puff up” and to help create a crispy crust when they bake.
  3. Add the baking soda to the water bath before you start heating it.  Trust me on this – if you add baking soda to boiling water, it will bubble up and over the pot and you will have a mess!

Scroll down for the recipe – and let me know how you like them!

You might want to try these other snack recipes:

Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: 8 pretzels

Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe

Ingredients

    For the Dough:
  • 1 1/2 cup Warm Water
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp or 1 pk Active Dry Yeast
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 2 oz melted Butter
  • For the Water Bath
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • For the Egg Wash
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • For the Topping
  • Kosher or Sea Salt

Instructions

    To Make The Dough
  1. Combine water, sugar and salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Let sit for about 5 minutes or until it starts to foam.
  3. Attach dough hook to your mixer. Add the flour and butter and mix on low speed until combined.
  4. Increase speed on mixer to medium and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl (about 5 minutes).
  5. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with towel and sit in a warm place for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  6. Assemble The Pretzels
  7. Bring the water and baking soda to a boil in a large pot
  8. Preheat the oven to 450.
  9. Line 2 baking sheets pans with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray or brush with vegetable oil.
  10. Lightly oil a cutting board and turn out the dough
  11. Divide the dough into 8 pieces.
  12. Roll out each piece of dough into a 2 foot rope.
  13. Flip ends of the rope across each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto the baking sheets.
  14. When water is boiling, place pretzels (1 at a time) in to the boiling water for about 30 seconds.
  15. Remove pretzel from the water and place back on the baking sheet
  16. Brush the top of each pretzel with the egg wash and sprinkle with the pretzel salt.
  17. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
  18. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Notes

Serve with mustard for dipping!

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White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars with Strawberry Topping

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These white chocolate cheesecake bars are perfect for any occasion and chances are that you already have most of the ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator!

To make them, you will need:

white chocolate cheesecake bars ingredients

24 Oreo Cookies
1 Stick of Butter Melted
9 oz White Chocolate (I used chips)
2-8 oz Packages of Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Sugar
2-Eggs
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1/2-3/4 cup Strawberry Jam (use seedless jam if you can find it)

Making them is easy:

oreo crust
Simply crush up your Oreos and combine them with melted butter to make your crust. Press in to a foil-lined pan (be sure the have some of the foil hang over the sides to make lifting out easy after it is cooked)

cheesecake filling

Then just mix up your filling, spread it on top of the crust and bake! After it has cooled a bit, just spread the preserves on top of the cheesecake filling and decorate with some melted white chocolate!

Scroll down for complete directions!

White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars with Strawberry Topping

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars with Strawberry Topping

Ingredients

  • 24 Oreo Cookies
  • 1 Stick of Butter, Melted
  • 9 oz White Chocolate Chips
  • 2-8 oz pkgs of Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2-Eggs
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Strawberry Jam (use seedless if you can)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line a 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving overhang on all sides.
  3. Add Oreo Cookies to a Food Processor or place in a ziploc bag to crush them completely.
  4. Add melted butter to cookie crumbs and combine.
  5. Press cookie mixture in to prepared pan to make a crust, covering the entire bottom of the pan evenly.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix together Cream Cheese, Sugar and Vanilla until smooth.
  7. Melt your chocolate in microwave heating and stirring in 30 second intervals until completely melted and smooth. Set aside about 1/8 cup of the melted chocolate
  8. Add the remaining melted chocolate to the cream cheese mixture.
  9. Add eggs one at a time making sure to blend well after each addition
  10. Pour mixture over crust.
  11. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the center of your cheesecake is almost set.
  12. Let cool for 15 minutes,
  13. Spread your preserves/jam over the top of your cheesecake (you can microwave the jam for about 15 seconds to help it spread more evenly)
  14. Drizzle reserved white chocolate over your cheesecake
  15. Let chill in refrigerator for 4 hours
  16. Cut in to squares and enjoy!
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Easy Strawberry Pie Recipe

Easy Strawberry Pie Recipe

I love strawberries and this easy strawberry pie recipe is always a big hit in this house! Now that I am growing strawberries, I can’t wait for them to start really coming in so that I can use my own strawberries in this recipe!

As you know, I do like to make individual versions of desserts because it is a great way to control portions, but you can just as easily make this strawberry pie recipe in a “regular size” graham cracker crust. The ingredients will be the same and it will just take a little longer for the gelatin to set.

You can skip the whipped cream if you want, although I don’t know why you would want to do that. Use whipped cream in a can, the frozen whipped topping or for a real treat, try my homemade whipped cream!

To make this easy strawberry pie recipe, you will need:

easy strawberry pie recipe ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb strawberries
  • 1 cup boiling Water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 box Strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 6 Mini Graham Cracker Crusts or 1 large graham cracker crust.
  • Whipped Cream (try my homemade whipped cream recipe)

Directions:

  1. In a pan, blend the sugar and corn starch completely.
  2. Add boiling water and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add Jell-O and stir until smooth. Allow to cool.

      easy strawberry pie recipe process

  5. Trim and slice the strawberries.
  6. Fill each crust with strawberries.
  7. Spoon the Jell-O mixture over strawberries to fill each pie.
  8. Refrigerate to set and top with whipped cream.

Serve and enjoy!

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Recipes | Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

slow cooker BBQ Pork Recipes

My husband and sons have a “thing” for barbecue sauce. It’s a more common condiment in our house than ketchup! They all love when I can find new slow cooker BBQ pork recipes and this one is just so simple!

Actually – the whole purpose of using my crockpot is for the simplicity!  I just love the “set it and forget it” part of crockpot cooking.  I use it for everything from my Chicken Noodle Soup recipe to my easy recipe for chili to my Crockpot Apple Crisp – and even a crockpot Breakfast casserole recipe!

I don’t know who came up with the idea of using soda when making slow cooker BBQ pulled pork recipes, but it really does flavor the pork well (and you really CAN taste the difference, depending on what soda you use!). I have made it with Coke/Pepsi, Sprite (wasn’t a fan) and now with Dr. Pepper. My son wants to see what it will taste like with Mountain Dew (his favorite), but that just seems gross to me. Maybe if I tried using Code Red? That might give it a slight cherry flavor?

Hennyway, this recipe uses Dr. Pepper and I would be happy with just the pork after it has been shredded, but like I said, my family is nuts for barbecue sauce, so we have to add that for them! In my house, there is no substitution for Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce. I have tried making a copycat version of it, but have yet to be successful (although I will keep trying!)

To make it, you will need:

slow cooker bbq pork recipes ingredients

3-4 lb Pork Loin Roast, trimmed of all visible fat
a good Pork Rub or your favorite seasonings
12 oz can Dr Pepper
Barbecue Sauce (we prefer Sweet Baby Ray’s)

Making it is super easy!

pork loin in crockpot

Just season your pork loin on all sides with your rub. You will want to really massage the rub in to the meat. Place the pork loin in your slow cooker and pour in the can of Dr. Pepper and set it to low.

slow cooker bbq pork recipes shredded

After about 10 hours, your pork loin should be falling apart! Remove all the meat to a bowl. Pour out most of the liquid from the crockpot. Shred the pork and return it to you crockpot with the barbecue sauce and cook until heated through!

Scroll down for complete directions!

You might want to try these other crockpot recipes:

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Recipes | Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 hours

Total Time: 10 hours, 10 minutes

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Recipes | Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb Pork Loin Roast, trimmed of all visible fat
  • a good Pork Rub or your favorite seasonings
  • 12 oz can Dr Pepper
  • Barbecue Sauce (we prefer Sweet Baby Ray's)

Instructions

  1. Season pork with your rub on all sides. Make sure to really massage the rub in to the meat!
  2. Place pork in slow cooker and pour in Dr Pepper.
  3. Cook on low 10-12 hours (or High for 7-8 hours.)
  4. Remove pork and drain most of the liquid from the crockpot.
  5. Return pork the to your crockpot and, using 2 forks, shred the meat.
  6. Add barbecue sauce to taste (I will usually use the entire bottle!)
  7. Stir well and cook on low for a few minutes until barbecue sauce is heated through (it son't take long - maybe 30 minutes)
  8. Reduce temp to warm for serving.
  9. Serve on buns with cole slaw on the sandwich or on the side (optional)

Notes

You can change up the flavor of the pork by changing the soda that you use. Try it with Coke or Pepsi!

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Chocolate Glazed Baked Donut Recipe

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Chocolate Glazed Baked Donut Recipe

Who doesn’t love donuts? They are sweet, fun to eat an portion-controlled. The only problem is, they are also often fried and you have no idea what is in them. This from-scratch donut recipe is baked on the oven, easy and fun to make.

One great thing about this recipe is that it is fun to make with the kids. They can help pour and mix the batter and even ice the donuts. I do try to get my children involved as much as possible in making breakfast and, along with my Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes recipe and our “famous” French Toast Roll Ups With Cream Cheese and Strawberries recipe, this is one of their favorites to help with (shockingly, they are always more willing to help cook when it is something sweet!)

You will need to pick up the baked donut pan (you can probably also get it at Michael’s, AC Moore, etc. You will also find the candy melts at those stores for much less than on Amazon!). This donut recipe yields 12 donuts!
donut-ingredients

INGREDIENTS (yields 12)

Donut batter:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon juice or White Vinegar
  • 2 beaten Eggs
  • 2 tbsp melted Butter

White Glaze:

  • 2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla

Chocolate Glaze:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add lemon juice to milk (buttermilk substitute).
  2. Preheat oven to 425. Spray Donut pan with non-stick spray
  3. Combine dry donut ingredients in large bowl.
  4. Add milk, eggs and butter.
  5. Stir just until well mixed.
  6. Fill each ring of the donut pan about 2/3 but make sure it doesn’t top center hole. donut-pan
  7. Bake about 8 minutes, until tops rebound when pressed.
  8. Leave donut in pan for about 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from pan and set on cooling rack.
  10. In a small bowl just big enough to dip donuts, combine glaze ingredients and stir until smooth.
  11. Dip top of donut in glaze.
  12. Hold above bowl allowing excess glaze to drip off and back in the bowl.
  13. Place donut on wax paper or return to cooling rack.
  14. Wait a few minutes for the glaze to set.
  15. Heat Dark Cocoa Candy Chips by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  16. Dip top of donut in chocolate glaze.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Glazed Baked Donut Recipe

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 donuts

Ingredients

    For the Donut batter:
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon juice or White Vinegar
  • 2 beaten Eggs
  • 2 tbsp melted Butter
  • For the White Glaze:
  • 2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • For the Chocolate Glaze:
  • 1 cup Dark Cocoa Candy Melts

Instructions

  1. Add lemon juice to milk (buttermilk substitute).
  2. Preheat oven to 425. Spray Donut pan with non-stick spray
  3. Combine dry donut ingredients in large bowl.
  4. Add milk, eggs and butter.
  5. Stir just until well mixed.
  6. Fill each ring of the donut pan about 2/3 but make sure it doesn't top center hole
  7. Bake about 8 minutes, until tops rebound when pressed.
  8. Leave donut in pan for about 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from pan and set on cooling rack.
  10. In a small bowl just big enough to dip donuts, combine glaze ingredients and stir until smooth.
  11. Dip top of donut in glaze.
  12. Hold above bowl allowing excess glaze to drip off and back in the bowl.
  13. Place donut on wax paper or return to cooling rack.
  14. Wait a few minutes for the glaze to set.
  15. Heat Dark Cocoa Candy Chips by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  16. Dip top of donut in chocolate glaze.
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Apple Waldorf Salad Recipe

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I love a good Waldorf Salad, but I usually only see them at summer picnics. Originally invented as an after-dinner palette cleanser by a chef at the Waldorf Astoria, this salad has seen several additions and variations. The original recipe calls for a mayonnaise base for the dressing, but some people prefer to make it with plain or even vanilla yogurt. I prefer the mayonnaise base, but try it your Waldorf Salad recipe both ways to find your favorite!

Waldorf Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup raisins of craisins
  • 2 Gala apples, cored and chopped
  • 4 Tbsp mayonnaise or plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Dash Pepper
  • Romaine Lettuce Leaves

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise (or yogurt), lemon juice, salt & pepper.
  2. Add the apple, celery, grapes, raisins/craisins and walnuts and toss to coat.
  3. Serve on top of a bed of fresh lettuce.

Serves 2

French Toast Roll Ups With Cream Cheese and Strawberries

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My children love french toast but until recently, I had never tried french toast rollups, mainly because I thought that they would be too much of a pain to make and then my children wouldn’t like them. I am happy to say that I was wrong. Not only were these french toast roll ups easy to make, but my children loved them! In the future, I plan to try them with homemade apple pie filling or even mini chocolate chips or Nutella as a special treat!

One of the keys to making these turn out well is the bread.  You want to find a soft bread and use it almost immediately.  If you try to use more “healthy breads” – such as multigrain breads that are fabulous for sandwiches, but a little on the dry side, you might find your french toast roll ups tearing and the filling leaking out of them.  I am not saying that you have to use bread that is so full of chemicals that you can roll it up and bounce it off of a wall….but this is not the time to be a stickler about only using “healthy bread”. It needs to be soft and pliable for these to turn out well!

Hennyway…to make these French Toast Roll Ups, you will need:

french toast roll ups ingredients

  • 16 slices Soft Bread
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 tbsp Milk
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Filling for the rollups – I used strawberry jam & cream cheese, but you can use any flavor jam or even mini chocolate chips!

To make them:
egg cinnamon sugar
In a shallow dish, mix together your cinnamon and sugar. Set aside. In another shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk. Set aside.

remove crusts

Remove the crusts from the bread. This is one of the few times that I don’t get annoyed that I need to cut the crusts off of bread. Seriously – WHEN will my daughter start eating peanut butter sandwiches with the crusts on them? What is wrong with crusts?

But I digress….

flatten bread

Next you want to take a rolling pin or glass and flatten out the crusts. If your bread has any “airholes” in it, try to use your rolling pin to fill them in a bit.

add filling

Place a small strip of your filling on one end of the bread and roll them. Repeat with the rest of the bread and filling.

cook rollups

After that, you just dip them in the egg mixture, cook them and then immediately roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture!

Scroll down for the complete directions!

You might want to try these other breakfast recipes:

French Toast Roll Ups With Cream Cheese and Strawberries

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

French Toast Roll Ups With Cream Cheese and Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 16 slices Soft Bread
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 tbsp Milk
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Filling for the rollups - I used strawberry jam & cream cheese, but you can use any flavor jam or even mini chocolate chips!

Instructions

  1. In a shallow dish, mix together your cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
  2. In another shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk. Set aside.
  3. Remove the crusts from the bread.
  4. Use a rolling pin or glass to flatten out the bread. If your bread has any "airholes" in it, try to use your rolling pin to fill them in a bit.
  5. Place a small strip of your filling on one end of the bread and roll them. Repeat with the rest of the bread and filling.
  6. Heat a non-stick skillet with the butter.
  7. Place the roll ups, seam side down in the skillet.
  8. Cook until golden brown, turning to brown on all sides.
  9. Remove the rolls one at a time and immediately roll to coat in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  10. Serve and enjoy!
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Homemade Orange Creamsicle Pops Recipe

Homemade Orange Creamsicle Pops

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

If your children are like mine, they want ice cream all the time and even more in the summer. While you can find some great deals on ice cream treats in the summer, it still doesn’t make up for the fact that most of them are just a combination of high-fructose corn syrup and water, along with some artificial flavorings!

And so, like my homemade watermelon sorbet recipe and my homemade Slurpee recipe (and even my homemade fruit roll-up recipe), this orange creamsicle pop recipe is a nice way to make your children happy and give them the treats that they crave, while still trying to “keep the ingredients real”.

If you already have popsicle molds at home, you are all set, but you might also want to try this Zoku Quick Pop Maker. It is a fun way to make popsicles with the kids and it really does work! There is also a larger version of the pop maker!

This does require a few more steps than regular popsicles because you want to keep an eye on the “orange juice stage” so that the entire pop doesn’t freeze. You are just looking for the outside to freeze, then you pour out the excess and then fill in the pop with the “cream part of the creamsicle”. Once you have done that, you can go about your day until the creamsicles are completely set.

This recipe will make about 3 pops, so adjust the quantity up if you want to make these in large batches! To make these Homemade Orange Creamsicle pops, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions: If you are using a Zoku Quick Pop Maker:

  1. Mix together cream, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Pour Orange juice in maker up to fill line.
  3. Place stick in position.
  4. Wait 3 1/2 minutes.
  5. Use suction tool to remove unfrozen juice from center of maker or carefully pour off unfrozen juice.
  6. Fill this now empty space with cream mixture.
  7. Wait 5 minutes or until cream in set (frozen).
  8. Use tool to remove pop and place in freezer.

Directions: If you are not using a Zoku:

  1. Mix together cream, sugar, vanilla and orange juice.
  2. Pour mixture in popsicle molds or small paper cups.
  3. Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes or until mixture begins to firm.
  4. Insert sticks and return to freezer for several hours.
  5. Use hot water to release from molds.

Serve and enjoy!

How To Get Started With Meal Planning

Getting started with meal planning

How to Get Started on Meal-Planning

Meal Planning is one of the biggest ways you can save money in your family’s food budget. The problem is, for  someone who has never made out a meal plan, the idea can be overwhelming. You may not know where to start or how to do it effectively. Here are some tips to get you started on meal-planning

How to Get Started on Meal Planning

Get the right tools together. You will need a weekly planner, either one that is on paper in a book or one that is on a dry erase board and a notebook to jot down ideas and shopping lists. You will need this to be able to effectively organize and make sure you plan meals and snacks for all days.

Sit down and make a list of all meals your family loves and that fit within your budget. Ask them for input if you need ideas. This is not for scheduling, but more so you have a group of recipes to choose from for your planning. Make sure you include snacks, desserts, breakfast, lunches and dinner. Don’t worry if you don’t make it very often, this is more for brain-storming.

Now that you have those two things in order, these are the steps you should take each week you meal plan:

  1. Check local ads for what is on sale so you can build your meals around that. Make sure to include any coupon deals as well.
  2. Make sure to take into account any leftovers you could have from these meals and make plans for them either this week or the next (stick them in the freezer if you can to save them for when you need them).
  3. Note days that will be especially busy. Make sure to plan for fast meals these days.
  4. Make a list for what you will need from the store. Note amounts you will need so you don’t buy too much or too little.
  5. Make out your weekly plan. You may want to display it where others can see so you won’t have to hear the, “What’s for dinner?’ question every night.
  6. When you get home from the store, do some of the prep work for meals (you might want to check out my Freezer to Crockpot series!). This will save you time in the evenings and for meals like breakfast as well.

To make it easier to plan meals, try doing daily themes. You could do Meatless Mondays or Taco Tuesday. This just means you will be rotating something into that slot for that day each week and it will cut down on the time spent figuring things out. If you are making family favorites on those days, your family might even look forward to those days!

If you are stumped on meal ideas, try searching online. There are so many recipes to make that fit a budget-minded meal planner. Just follow me on Pinterest for so many meal ideas!

Don’t make too much work for yourself to start. Coming up with a whole month of meals can be daunting. Instead, pick a day each week to plan the meals your family will be enjoying for the following week. Once you have that mastered, if you still want to, move onto monthly planning.

What are your best tips for meal planning?