If you’re like me, you keep your eye out for crock-pot recipes that can
be thrown together in a hurry. There are plenty that I’d like to try,
but my busy schedule doesn’t always allow me to do a lot of preparation.
I’m often tossing ingredients into a crock pot before bedtime to cook
the next day or I’m hurriedly throwing things together before I walk out
the door in the morning. For me, browning meat is an additional step
that takes time and effort. It’s much easier for me to prepare recipes
that are simply “load and go,” no precooking necessary.
If you need a way to beat the extreme heat, try cooling down with an
icebox dessert. No need to turn on the oven to make one of these
luscious, chilled desserts.
Summer is in full swing. Days are long, and kids thrive on
staying busy. In order to keep their eyes off screens and avoid
incessant groans of “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” suggest some
kid friendly activities to chase away summer boredom.
If you find yourself too busy to cook on summer nights, it’s too hot to
turn on the oven or you just want to do more relaxing than cooking, look
no further than your slow cooker. Your slow cooker can be your best
friend when you don’t have the time or energy to cook. With just a few
easy steps, you can put comfort food on your table any night of the
No summer grill is complete without kabobs. The kabobs in the meat
case often catch my eye. I decided to give two new kabob recipes a whirl
with the help of my 7-year-old, Kellan. He has been asking me when he
can use a knife in the kitchen.
Nothing says summer like a backyard barbecue. Summer staples like
burgers, cucumber salad and s’mores taste even better when enjoyed from
the comforts of home.
Growing up we had a screened-in, three-season porch in my childhood home
on Terrace Drive in Carroll. This porch was used for many things. My
mom used to sit and read while I watched the old black and white TV or
played with my dolls and stuffed animals. I even hosted a few slumber
parties on that porch.
At the end of a hectic day, the last thing you want to do is haul out a
bunch of pots and pans, cook a complicated meal and still have to wash a
pile of dishes and put them away.
Let the busy season begin! From ball games, to music concerts to
end-of-the-year activities, spring is a busy time. I have been busy at
my school in the evenings helping with our first school musical,
fine-arts night and our music program and have had less and less time to
get dinner on the table.
Bars are simple to make and easy to take with you on the go. They are
the perfect dessert to celebrate any occasion or anytime you need a
When you ring the dinner bell, your family will come running if you
serve up a Southwestern supper. Why not make it easy on yourself with
just a few simple steps?
As summer approaches, a poke cake is a perfect dessert to beat the heat.
Instead of the usual strawberry poke cake branch out with a new flavor
or two. Citrus flavors are all the rage in drinks and desserts as
they’re tart, yet refreshing.
When the kids ask you, “What’s for dessert?” they will be ecstatic when
you respond, “Cake AND pudding!” Whether it’s cake or pudding for
dessert, it’s always a winner. If you combine the two, you’re sure to
have plenty of happy campers.
The popularity of poke cakes is undeniable. They are simple to prepare
and big on flavor. Poke cakes come in any imaginable flavor and can be
filled with pudding, sweetened condensed milk, and gelatin, to name a
few. Strawberry poke cake with whipped cream on top is certainly one of
the most common variations.
Garlic is a common ingredient in many different foods. The next time you
prepare dinner, instead of reaching for the garlic powder, roast your
own garlic cloves. Roasted garlic has a distinctive flavor and has many
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a festive and
eye-catching dessert? Top off your Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage
with a treat that will leave Irish eyes smiling.
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