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Poppyseed Broccoli Chicken Casserole

When is comes to dinner I admit I could make better choices. Sometimes things are just so hectic keeping up with my other responsibilities that I'm lucky to get anything edible on the table. Poppyseed Chicken Casserole (with or without the veggies) is one of my fiance's favorites. And it's fairly simple without too much gross factor. Here's my basic recipe (with room to wiggle as you see fit)... Ingredients: about 4 cups of cooked white rice about 1.5 pounds cooked chicken, cubed about a cup thawed frozen broccoli florets (optional and easily substituted for other stuff) 1 can cream of chicken * one sleeve Ritz crackers 1/4 - 1/2 cup … [Read more...]

Nutella Recipe Round-Up

Happy World Nutella Day! Every year on February 5th, Nutella fanatics world wide gather and enjoy delicious hazelnut chocolate spread in their own unique ways. This year I'm straying form my mostly dairy-free diet and settling for some guilt by the spoonful. My love for Nutella started like any other: I was introduced to the stuff in the form of a "desert sandwich." There was no turning back from there, and I soon discovered that Nutella is only surpassed by the inspiration it had on baked goods. It started with Nutella cookies, but soon the kitchen creations grew. From cheesecakes to breads, Nutella can be added to many delicious recipes. … [Read more...]

Apple Spice Muffins

The weather here has been ridiculously cold. I know that this winter has been worse for some, but as a Floridian towards the southernmost part of the peninsula I have been hibernating my bum off! I am sincerely surprised by these cold fronts. No snow or ice for us, but I find myself kind of wishing I was home for all that craziness. Sledding down Brook's Bridge seems like it could be a blast. We don't get much excitement up there, that's for sure. It's not exciting down here either. Like I said, I've been hibernating. I feel bad sending my oldest to school because I don't even want to go outside. I'm that person that's freaking out about any … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Neosporin

As my oldest daughter grows older, she has become an accident waiting to happen. (She takes after her clumsy aunt.) She's always had a rough side to her, and she's so curious and exploratory that it's not abnormal for her to get hurt or come to me with a new injury to document her conquests. We're a big band-aid family, often exploring the different styles and patterns in the medicine isle. But instead of also splurging on Neosporin to use to aid the healing process, I have discovered an easy way to make an all-natural alternative. All of the ingredients in the recipe below work together to create a really powerful healing salve similar to … [Read more...]

Dairy-Free No Bake Lactation Cookies

That title is a mouthful, right? I love this recipe because it encompasses lots of things I love and some lifestyle choices I've made through motherhood. Here's a no bake version of lactation boosting cookies that I've changed into a safe alternative for mamas who go dairy-free like me. :) Dairy-Free No Bake Lactation Cookies Ingredients: 2 cups sugar (you could be fancy like me and use vanilla bean sugar) 1 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 cup dairy-free butter 1 cup rice milk 5 cups rolled oats 6 Tbsp. brewer's yeast 1 cup flaxseed (meal or ground) 1 cup crushed walnuts (optional) 1 cup peanut butter 2 tsp. vanilla Directions: Set … [Read more...]

Caffeinated Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

I have been trying to find an inexpensive gift for my sister for a while now. As someone who normally finishes holiday shopping before Halloween, I realized in the middle of wrapping gifts that I only bought her lame things like bras and a keychain flashlight. I'd been keeping an eye out for something fabulously her, and I found a reusable Wizard of Oz themed cup that she'd totally love. To accompany it, I wanted to include something to fill it with. Since my sister works super early shifts, I decided coffee would be rather appropriate. However, she also has a sweet tooth so I used another hot cocoa drink mix for inspiration. Below you will … [Read more...]

My Go-To Rib Recipe

I love my crock pot. I am relieved to have weather cooling down so I can makes soups and chili and all the delicious things! Florida is late on the autumn-having celebration, but we have gusts of wind now which is something to celebrate! To make the most out of our high temperatures, we celebrate summer the most in these early fall months. I recently had some friends over and I busted out my favorite ribs recipe. If I eat ribs, my go-to recipe never fails. Check it out below! This recipe is adapted from "Fix-it and Forget-it Recipes for Entertaining." Tender & Tangy Ribs 1 cup vinegar 1/2 cup ketchup 2 Tbsp sugar 2 Tbsp Worcestershire … [Read more...]

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

I was craving Chipotle last week and so I ventured out and spent 40 minutes in rush hour traffic so I could pig out on a delicious, over-sized burrito. It was worth it. As I'm choosing my ingredients I noticed the white rice is labeled as "cilantro lime rice." I thought I could reproduce it easily at home, so I bought a lime and a bundle of cilantro and worked on recreating the delicious rice at home. I started with just a few things: 2 cups uncooked rice 4 cups water juice from half of a lime 1 cup chopped cilantro Boil the water in your pot. When boiling, add the rice and lime juice. Cook for as long as directed or until all the … [Read more...]

Dairy-Free Pound Cake for My Annual Flag Cake!

Today is cake day. The day before the 4th I always make my flag cake. Last year I experimented with Redi Whip only to figure out that canned whipped cream tends to turn into one big melty mess! This year, because of Anders's dairy intolerance, I have to make it dairy free. So that includes both making my pound cake from scratch and figuring out a whipped cream/cream cheese solution. Talk about twice as much work! I have been a little behind on my scheduling of this kitchen project because of the wedding and other unexpected happenings, so unfortunately I am spending all day doing bits and pieces of this cake. I made the pound cake first … [Read more...]

I Scream, You Scream. We All Scream for Ice Cream!

A few weeks ago I bought a half pint Hamilton Beach ice cream maker. I have some issues with my little ice cream maker, but it seems to be quite common for the lid to be pushed up by the layer of ice that forms around the bowl. I've thoroughly read through all the reviews on Amazon and I feel like I can easily adjust my freezer setting and figure it out. Per the instruction manual, I had the bowls in my freezer which was set to the coldest setting. People have had similar issues and managed to troubleshoot the problem. In the meantime, I churn my ice cream and then put it back in the freezer for ten minutes so the milkshake center can harden. … [Read more...]