Friday Favorites – Week 183 – Featuring Apple Recipes

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Hey everyone! Welcome to Friday Favorites! Today we’re falling in to fall with some apple recipes! Hope you enjoy! [Read more…]

15 Muffin Recipes

In my neck of the woods, school is starting back next week. (Where did the summer go, right?) So when it comes time for the back to school season, I always like to post about breakfast ideas, because you know, it’s a new school year, and everyone is energized and wants to start out the year on a good note, with hot, yummy breakfasts, before sliding back into good ol’ quick & easy cereal. (hehe)

So for this week, I decided to do a round up of muffin recipes, because muffins are so versatile.  You could come up with literally a million different flavors.  They’re also great for a make ahead breakfast; they’re great for a grab-and-go breakfast, and they’re also make after school snacks and even desserts! Hope you enjoy! [Read more…]

Guest Post: Cinna-Orange Muffins from Danielle at Busy Mom’s Helper

Hey everyone.  This week we have another great guest recipe.  This one comes from Danielle of Busy Mom’s Helper.  Be sure to check out her blog…right after you take a look at her fabulous looking Cinna-Orange Muffins! Yum! [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 169

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Welcome to Friday Favorites!  For this week’s features a decided on a theme of bread recipes! Hope you enjoy them! Also, be sure to go over and enter my newest giveaway from Old World Gourmet.

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Multigrain French Toast with Almonds and Light Guava Maple Syrup

		Multigrain French Toast
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For a slight change of pace today we have a fabulous breakfast recipe from “The Real Housewives of Miami” star Ana Quincoces.  Growing up in a Cuban household, Ana developed a passoion for cooking at a young age. Today I’m happy to share her twist on French Toast.  This is a Multigrain French Toast with Almonds and a Light Guava Maple Syrup.

Multigrain French Toast with Almonds and Light Guava Maple Syrup


1 cup slivered almonds

3 eggs

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

12 thick slices of whole wheat or multigrain bread

3 tablespoons light butter (made from canola oil)

Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

For Syrup:

1 cup of reduced sugar (light) maple syrup

¼ cup guava marmalade


Place almonds in a small sauté pan over low heat. Tossing frequently, toast until lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, flour, salt, baking powder, almond extract and vanilla extract. Soak bread slices in the mixture until saturated.

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. One at a time, press one side of soaked bread slices in the almonds to coat. Fry bread slices on both sides until golden brown. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

In a microwave-safe container, combine syrup and guava marmalade. Whisk until combined and warm. Serve over French toast.
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Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits

Chocolate Gravy


Come join #DairyBreakfastClub recipe party at TidyMom along with The California Milk Advisory Board and

Today I’m sharing my recipe for Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits.  My mom used to make chocolate gravy for us when I was a kid, and it was always such a special treat! If you’ve never made it, you simply must try it out!  Also, for a little something different you may try the gravy with pancakes, pound cake, or even ice cream! [Read more…]

12 Favorite Recipes from 2012

12 Favorite Recipes from 2012


As one year draws to a close and another begins, I always like to look back on my posts for the year and share some of them with you.  Today I’ve got 12 Favorite Recipes from 2012.  Not surprisingly most of them are desserts! haha!  Happy New Year to everyone! [Read more…]

Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade No Knead Bread Mix Review

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In my family I’ve always been known as the bread lover.  Homemade bread is one of my favorite things in the world to eat!  But I’ve always been a little intimidated about making my own. (Not to mention, it’s a little time consuming, etc.) But now Fleischmann’s is making it a whole lot easier to make your own homemade bread with their new Simply Homemade No Knead Bread Mix.

Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade No Knead Bread Mix allows home bakers to prepare freshly-baked yeast bread in just three easy steps.  Simply stir together the ingredients in your with some water, let it rise, and then bake!  So quick and easy!

 This mix is perfect for beginning or experienced bread makers. And it makes some really great bread!  This would be great to use for family dinners, holiday parties, as well as holiday gift giving.

The bread mix comes in four different varieties:  Country White, Stoneground Wheat, Multi-Grain and Italian Herb varieties.

I received the Stoneground Wheat and the Italian Herb varieties for review purposes, and I was very pleased with how they turned out.

My favorite was the Stoneground Wheat.  It was so delicious, and I was surprised by just how much it tasted like homemade bread.  Even the consistency and density was just like that of homemade.  My aunt makes a lot of homemade bread, and this actually reminded me of the breads she makes.

I would be happy to serve a loaf of this bread at my own home or to take along to a holiday party. The bread would also be great to bake for neighbors, coworkers or family gifts.

And you can even use the bread mixes as a base for other recipes.  Simply add a few ingredients to make other bread flavors, and even main dishes and desserts,

Look for Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade No Knead Bread Mix in your local grocery store.  Also, connect with them on their Facebook.

Apart from  reviewing this wonderful bread mix, I’m also pleased to share some tips and tricks from Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Soleil Moon Frye (from Punky Brewster).

Simply Homemade Tips:
1. Make “Homemade” Simpler. My family loves homemade food and great flavors, but baking from scratch sometimes isn’t possible with our crazy schedules. I love that with Fleischmann’s® Simply Homemade® bread mix, I can make fresh-baked bread with my family more often and in less than an hour. Plus, it’s a fun activity that my family gets to share together in the kitchen.

2. Let Kids Pick The Mix-Ins. I try to make food as fun and exciting as my mother did for me. One of my favorite things to do is let my girls choose the mix-ins when I bake. Whether it’s adding candy to pancakes or fun mix-ins in fresh bread. It lets them know that their ideas and opinions are really important to me… and who’s to say that chocolate chips shouldn’t go in with Fleischmann’s® Simply Homemade® Cinnamon Raisin bread?

Baking / Food – Related Tips:
1. Create Traditions. Traditions have always been important to me, but they don’t have to be big things. My husband and I designate every Sunday as our family day. Every Sunday night we have a special, homemade family dinner and take time to talk about what we are grateful for.

2. Baking As Stress Relief. I love baking, it’s like a therapy. I have found such joy out of baking and it’s something I can do with my little ones that makes us all happy. When I’m frustrated – rather than screaming or crying – I love to put on my favorite music and bake like crazy – let the flour fly, batter drip – and just let go and have fun.

3. Encourage Flavor Experimentation. With picky eaters, it’s a great idea to prepare things they love while introducing one or two new things at a time. Then they can experiment with a spoonful of something new as opposed to a whole plate of it.

Parenting / Lifestyle Tips:
1. Embrace Happy Chaos. I believe “happy chaos” is the sign of a family operating at its best – when parents accept that they’ll make mistakes and will experience messes, tears and skinned knees.

Do you love homemade bread?  Which of these bread mixes would you love to try?


Disclosure:  I received samples for review purposes. However, the opinions are my own.

12 Recipes for a Full Thanksgiving Meal

Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving yet?  Are you in charge of making a full meal for family and friends? Or do you just have to make a dish or two for the family potluck?  Today I’m sharing twelve foods that will help you to make a complete Thanksgiving meal.  I’ve got casseroles, side dishes, rolls,  dessert, and of course, the turkey! [Read more…]

Au Gratin Potatoes, Thanksgiving Sides, and a Giveaway from Country Crock!

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, a lot of fuss will be made over the turkey and dressing (or stuffing), but what about all the sides?  Without sides the meal just wouldn’t be complete, would it?  This Thanksgiving fill your table with vegetable sides, made using Country Crock.  

Country Crock has 0 grams of trans fats and goes great with every dish from corn on the cob and green beans to vegetable casseroles like Broccoli & cheese casserole and squash casserole.    The Crock Country Chronicle In The Kitchen always has great recipes, veggie tips, and other fun ideas, and they have some side dishes that will steal the show this Thanksgiving!   

Today I’ve got a fantastic side dish that I made this week using Country Crock:  Au Gratin Potatoes.   [Read more…]