Cranberry Scones

Cranberry SconesThese Cranberry Scones are light and flaky and packed with dried cranberries. My family loves it when I make these for breakfast or as a snack. I also like to make these as a Valentine’s breakfast. On Valentine’s, instead of cutting them into triangles, I turn them into heart scones using a heart cookie cutter.

To make the Cranberry Scones, start by preheating oven to to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate frozen butter into flour mixture using the large holes of a grater. Then use the mixer to mix in the butter. Add in cranberries. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and an egg until smooth. Stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture and mix until dough forms.

 

Cranberry Scones Dough Rolled Out

Gather the dough into a ball and place on a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into a 7- to 8-inch circle about ¾-inch thick. Sprinkle the top with 1 teaspoon of sugar.

 

 

Cranberry Scones Cut Into 8 Triangles

Use a sharp knife to cut dough into 8 triangles.

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Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green SmoothieYears ago, I was not interested in trying a green smoothie. I thought that green smoothies wouldn’t taste good and that they would taste gross, especially with spinach in it. After talking with a few people who did drink green smoothies and loved them, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to at least give it a try. I made a bunch of different green smoothie recipes, and I’ll be honest, there were some we liked, and there were some we didn’t like. After trying out multiple green smoothie recipes, this Tropical Green Smoothie is by far my favorite and my family’s favorite. My kids regularly ask if I will make this green smoothie and if they can help pour the ingredients into the blender. It’s so easy to make and it’s only four ingredients! And what I love most is that it gives us more greens and fruit in our diet.

When making green smoothies, I highly suggest that you invest in a good blender that will blend up the spinach really fine. My husband gave me a Ninja Blender as a Christmas gift, and it’s been a really good blender. I know people who have a Blendtec Blenders and they are really good, high-quality blenders, but the Ninja Blender was more affordable for us and it works great and blends the spinach up into tiny, fine pieces.

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The Best Light & Fluffy Homemade Biscuits

The Best Light & Fluffy BiscuitsMy mother made these homemade biscuits regularly when I was a child, and I just love them. They are light and fluffy and taste wonderful with some butter and a drizzle of honey or jam on top. And these homemade biscuits are quick and easy to make. I usually make them when our family has soup for dinner. Then we either take a biscuit and dip it in our soup, or eat it on the side with some honey. By the way, you’ll want to check out these 12 Favorite Soup Recipes that my family loves because they are all really good recipes too.

 

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One Pan Garlic Parmesan Pasta

One Pan Garlic Parmesan PastaThis One Pan Garlic Parmesan Pasta is a delicious dinner and it’s an easy recipe. I love that you place all the ingredients into a pot after you saute the garlic, and then you let it simmer for 20 minutes until done. Serve it with some bread and a side of vegetables and dinner is on the table.  To change up the recipe, you could also add cooked chicken to the top to make it a garlic Parmesan chicken pasta dish. Here is how to make the recipe:

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Garlic Parmesan Pasta Easy Meal

Garlic Parmesan Pasta

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Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Cheesecake BarsThese Caramel Cheesecake Bars have a yummy gooey caramel topping, a delicious cheesecake filling and a sweet graham cracker crust. I took the caramel cheesecake bars to a luncheon get together and everyone who tried it said it tasted delicious. The caramel kept dripping off each bar of cheesecake as I took it from the pan and placed it onto a plate. It was quite the challenge to get good pictures of the bars because of the gooey caramel, but it was worth making this sweet treat. I ate more bars than I should have because they were so good. This is a recipe you’ll want to make, so be sure to save it and pin it for later!

Caramel Cheesecake Bars

One kitchen item I wish I would have had while I was making the caramel was a candy thermometer. Because then I would have known exactly when the caramel reached the temperature of 225 degrees F. But since I didn’t have a candy thermometer, once I thought the caramel had boiled long enough I would drop a small amount of it in cool water to see if it would form a ball. The caramel still turned out being delicious.

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Chicken Enchilada Tortilla Chip Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Tortilla Chip CasseroleI made this Chicken Enchilada Tortilla Chip Casserole on a day when I needed an easy dish to put into the oven quickly. I took already cooked shredded chicken from the freezer and thawed it in the microwave while I mixed together ingredients to create a sauce. Once the chicken was thawed, I added it to the sauce mixture and then poured it over the tortilla chips that had been placed in a casserole dish. After sprinkling the top with cheese, it was ready to place in the oven to bake. It only took about 10 minutes to prep! Below is the recipe for the Chicken Enchilada Tortilla Chip Casserole:

Chicken Enchilada

 

 

Chicken enchilada casserole

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Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken TacosI’m a fan of simple, easy crock pot meals that taste good and that my family will love to eat. And these Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos are one of those delicious meals that my family loves. It only took me 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the crock pot for dinner. This is a great meal to do for the family on a day that is busy for you and your family.

Here is how to make the Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos:

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Ranch Chicken Tacos on Tortilla

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Delicious Zucchini Brownies

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I had extra zucchini from my garden so I made these delicious Zucchini Brownies this week, and my family couldn’t stop eating them. They were so good! My mother-in-law also happen to stop by and we gave her one. She loved it so much that she took a brownie home with her. So these Zucchini Brownies and really yummy! If you have zucchini from the garden you need to use, then be sure to make this recipe for your family. They’ll love it!

 

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Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Homemade Apple Pie Filling Bottled I love the smell of a fresh apple pie cooking in the oven when the weather is turning cooler outside. And I especially love making this homemade Apple Pie Filling because once it’s completed it’s so easy to put an apple pie in the oven within minutes.

 

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When making this recipe, I used to peel, core and cut all of my apples using a knife, but I finally invested in a Johnny Apple Peeler. I wish I would have purchased it years ago because it would have saved me so much time! It peels, cores and slices the apples and really makes the process of adding the apples to the jars so much faster. And my little ones love helping me use the apple peeler. It’s a good product you’ll want to look into having if you plan to make homemade apple pie every year.

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The Best Soft & Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies

the best soft and chewy snickerdoodle cookies recipe

For the past month, my daughter has been asking me to make Snickerdoodle Cookies, so I decided to try making them. These Snickerdoodle Cookies that I made are so good! We loved them so much that I made them three times within two weeks. Mostly we just ate them, but we did give some away to neighbors.

 

snickerdoodle cookie balls with cinnamon sugar

Here is the process how to make Snickerdoodle Cookies. Prepare the dough by using the recipe below. Once the Snickerdoodle cookie dough is formed, roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Then roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place them on a cookie sheet that has been prepared with parchment paper.

 

 

snickerdoodle cookiesBake cookies at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. I always take my cookies out at 8 minutes because I like them really soft and chewy.

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