Italian Caprese Tomato Salad

Italian Caprese Tomato Salad

The Easiest and Most Delicious Tomato Salad EVER! With just 6 ingredients, this simple tomato salad recipe will be your new go-to summer side!  Made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a 3-ingredient balsamic vinaigrette, this caprese salad takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible! When the temps reach 90+ degrees, my dinner ambitions quickly go out the window.  The idea of turning on the oven, or even heating up the outdoor gas grill is less than appealing.  I tend to gravitate to salads like my Italian Chopped Salad that are substantial enough on their own, but light enough for a simple summer meal.  This Italian Caprese Tomato Salad definitely fits into this category and is the perfect summer salad to enjoy any time the mood strikes. The best part of this Continue Reading...

Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad

Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad

Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad - The Perfect Strawberry Fluff Salad Recipe This creamy, delicious strawberry marshmallow fluff is the ultimate summer salad!  Made with fresh strawberries, marshmallows, cream cheese, Jell-o and whipped topping, this easy strawberry fluff salad recipe will be your new go-to cookout dish! Growing up in rural South Dakota, my mom, grandmas and aunts always had well-kept gardens.  Come May, it was planting time - tomatoes, green beans, beets, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers and more.  It was a fantastic way to have fresh produce during the summer months, and often, the remainder of the food would be canned, or froze and put-up for the rest of the year.  Us kids were always on weeding duty - perhaps the garden was a way to keep us busy while we Continue Reading...

Lemon Oreo Fluff Salad

Lemon Oreo Fluff Salad

Lemon Oreo Fluff Salad If you're Lemon Oreo lover, this this creamy fluff salad is for you!  Like the classic oreo fluff recipe, this version is made with lemon oreos and lemon pudding.  No potluck, picnic or cookout, is complete without a sweet, creamy fluff recipe like this! Growing up in rural South Dakota I took part in many, many pot luck dinners, luncheons and suppers.  It was an amazing way of gathering the community to dine together on some wonderful food and enjoy the company of everyone involved.  At these pot lucks, there seemed to be some unspoken rules that everyone abided by; first, the dish you brought was always homemade.  There was never really anything store-bought, other than maybe a few bags of chips that would be accompanying a homemade dip or appetizer.  The Continue Reading...

Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad If you love Italian anitpasto, then this chopped salad recipe will be right up your alley!  Loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, mozzarella, olives, salami and more, this incredible anitpasto salad will quickly become a family favorite for every potluck, cookout, and picnic this summer.  Even better than the famous Olive Garden salad! Once the warm days of spring and summer roll around, I absolutely love a cool, fresh crisp salad. I love tossing together this fantastic chopped salad recipe that includes all of our favorite salad ingredients.  Much like the famous Olive Garden Salad, this makes a fantastic dinner side dish with grilled chicken, steak, or chops, and makes a fantastic light lunch or dinner just by itself.  I've also brought this salad to neighborhood Continue Reading...

Bacon Lovers Baked Beans

Bacon Lovers Baked Beans

    Recipe, photos and opinions are 100% my own. BACON LOVERS BAKED BEANS The classic baked beans recipe got an awesome upgrade!  These Bacon Lovers Baked Beans and loaded with 1 pound of crisp, delicious bacon along with three types of beans, peppers onions and an amazing sauce.  Made in the oven or slow cooker, this easy side dish is a must-have for any cookout, pot-luck, tailgate party or picnic! It's nearly cookout season you guys!!  It might be my favorite time of year - things slow down a bit, lawn chairs come out, and friends and family gather together to enjoy great company and food.  Anytime there is a cookout, picnic, barbecue or pot-luck, you've got to have an amazing assortment of sides, and baked beans MUST to be one of them!  But, it cannot be Continue Reading...

Slow Cooker Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Slow Cooker Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Slow Cooker Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Looking for an easy, cheesy potato side dish? This Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole recipe is made in the crock pot or slow cooker, making it the perfect make-ahead side dish!  Creamy, cheesy and completely delicious, these potatoes are perfect for holiday meals, cookouts and pot-luck dinners! If there ever was a side dish that I've made over and over again, it's this cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe!  I originally discovered this recipe when I lived out west in Boise, Idaho.  (You can't live in Idaho without coming away with some of the best potato recipes ever!)  It's not only a simple recipe, with basic ingredients, but I've adapted it to be made in the crock pot or slow cooker.  Because all the cooking is done in the slow cooker, it's the perfect Continue Reading...

Top 10 Reader Favorite Recipes of 2016

Top 10 Reader Favorite Recipes of 2016

I love nothing more than seeing what you all loved the most over the year.  I've compiled my Top 10 Reader Favorite Posts based on page views over 2016.  Ya'll really love no bake desserts, chocolate and peanut butter and blueberries!!  You're definitely my kind of people! :) You asked and I delivered!  These ten posts of 2016 were your absolute favorites, based on overall page views from January 1st, 2016 through December 30, 2016.  There was definitely a reoccurring theme - ya'll love anything with cream cheese, especially no-bake desserts, and anything with chocolate and peanut butter was definitely a bonus as well.  Creamy dinner options were also popular, as well as cheesy appetizers! I'm really looking forward to making more delicious recipes for you in 2017! Here are your Continue Reading...