Monday, May 23, 2016

Copycat Maggianos Chopped Salad

Y'all, I am beyond excited about this recipe.  It crossed my path last week and I've been dreaming of it and drooling over it ever since I saw the picture.  It was literally only a day before I made it and I started asking myself why I didn't make it before then.

Yes, it's that good!

Now I know some of you are probably thinking a salad, really?  How in the world is that drool-worthy?  Well, my friends, it is.  Even if you aren't a salad person, this is definitely one that will have you thinking twice about refusing to eat a salad as a main course.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Lemon Creme Brulee

What's your favorite dessert EVER?

You know, there are a lot of people that could answer that question without hesitation.  They have that one dessert that is their go to dessert and they eat it whenever possible.  Whether the restaurant has it on the menu, they request it for a birthday or any other occasion.

I, on the other hand, have never been able to answer that question.  If asked, I typically always say "It depends on what mood I'm in".  Which really is true.  I have several "favorites", but whether or not I want them depends on my mood.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Lime Strawberry Shortcake

Y'all, the weather is getting warmer and I'm so excited.  You know why?  Because that means it's garden weather and that means lots of fresh fruits and veggies right at my fingertips!!!  

I'm a sucker for strawberries.  Those sweet, juicy berries call my name whenever I peruse the produce section.  And you know you've picked a winner when you get home, rinse one off and taste it and it's tastes like it's been sprinkled in sugar.  

I think I could eat my weight (and then some) in strawberries.  Which is a dangerous thing since ours are thriving right now and just a few steps away in our garden.  But they haven't always been so hearty.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pineapple Cheesecake Lush

Everyone needs a few desserts in their repertoire that can be thrown together in an instant yet taste amazing and are pretty enough to impress those guests that walked through the door unexpectedly.  I've got a handful, but am always on the lookout for more.  And this dessert, yeah, it's one of those that I will definitely keep in my back pocket.

Have you ever had a pineapple lush cake?  It's simply a cake that is layered with the most amazing, light and airy pineapple filling.  It's one of those desserts that's impressive but doesn't keep you in the kitchen for hours.

Let's focus on the filling for a second.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Peach Bread Pudding

This probably isn't the best way to start, but I must confess something to y'all.  I've truly never been a fan of bread pudding.  I've always heard there is a drastic difference between bread puddings.  There are puddings that are just ho-hum and then there are puddings that are downright, smack you in the face, life-changingly good.

Well, until this past week I guess I had tasted recipes that fell into the ho-hum category.

Some of you maybe asking yourself why in the world I decided to make a dessert that I've never been crazy about.  Well, you know the old saying "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade"?  Well, life gave me tons and tons and tons of bread, so I made bread pudding.

Since I've never been a fan, I knew I needed to make this bread pudding worth while.  I'm a huge fan of peaches, so I decided those should fit perfectly in this pudding and really amp it up.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Best Banana Cream Pie

Oh. My. Goodness.  Y'all, I have one question.  Where has this pie been all my life?

I've long been a fan of banana cream pie.  Honestly, I've never met one I don't like, but there are some I'm partial to more than others.  Like those with custard.  There's just something so magical and mouthwateringly delicious about a custard pie.

Yes, those are a little more work.  But, if we're being honest here, that work is soooo worth it in the end.

I've had several types of cream pies.  I mean, growing up in a Baptist church I attended my share of potlucks with the most amazing food ever.  Among that food was a plethora of desserts, and some of those desserts just happened to be banana cream pie.  Man, oh man, did all those ladies in my church know how to bake!  They set the bar oh, so very high.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

SRC: Prairie Mule

Mules are one of my favorite cocktails.  Tart lime juice paired with spicy, refreshing ginger beer and a splash of vodka; a simple drink that is so delicious.

For this month's Secret Recipe Club assignment I was given Our Good Life.  Terri is a retired school principal who has a passion for reading, baking, photography, traveling and socializing, much like myself...well, minus the principal part!  I ready one, after another after another of her delicious recipes and after perusing tons of various, mouthwatering recipes I decided to make her recipe for the Prarie Mule.

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