Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I decided to make a treat for my kids. I chose these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies, and they turned out yummy. My kids loved the green coloring in the brownie. You can change out the green food coloring for a different holiday. Here is the recipe to make these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies.
I love having make ahead freezer meals on hand especially on busy days when I don’t have much time to make dinner. If I have easy dinner ideas I can pull out of the freezer, this saves me from running to the store at the last minute or going to the drive-thru to purchase fast food. It takes time to plan and make freezer meals, but in the long run it saves you time and money.
I’ll admit that when I was planning out a week of freezer meals, I thought I would have time on one day to get all these freezer meals completed. Well, guess what? Life happened, and every day when I was trying to do the freezer meals, I would make one freezer meal and then that’s all the time I had. So I’ve learned that for me and my crazy schedule, I can only plan to make one or two freezer meals a day. And since most of the freezer meals make a double batch, I usually used one of the freezer meals for dinner that night and then I froze the other one. So for those of you busy moms like me, try only doing a few at a time like I did.
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Below are 7 make ahead freezer meals that my family enjoys eating.
I really love this Broccoli Cheese Soup. It’s one of my favorite soups! Years ago, I made a broccoli cheese soup and I’ll admit that I didn’t love it, so I didn’t try making a broccoli cheese soup again for a while. Until recently, I tried a new recipe and I loved it! In addition, all my kids love it. My little boy loved it so much that he had two helpings of this soup before I could even sit down to eat. So this Broccoli Cheese Soup is one you’ll want to add to your family-friendly recipes. Here’s how to make the Broccoli Cheese Soup:
My friend brought this Easy Cheesy Hot Corn Dip to a backyard barbecue party years ago. It was so good that I kept eating eat. This week, I made the hot corn dip for my family and they loved it. This makes a delicious party dip or game day appetizer for a group get together.
Here’s the recipe for the Easy Cheesy Hot Corn Dip:
Since I was a young child, I remember my mother making this Orange Pineapple Party Punch for holiday parties and special occasions. I always loved helping her mash the frozen punch into a punch bowl and stir in the soda. And we loved when she made it because it is delicious! I now make this for my family, and every time I make it, my little kids keep asking for more to drink because they love it too.
This punch is perfect for so many occasions throughout the year such as holidays, family parties or during the summer when it’s hot. We have even used this punch for family wedding receptions many times.
Here is the recipe for the best Orange Pineapple Party Punch:
One of our traditions as a family every year is to make gingerbread houses. The kids have so much fun decorating the houses themselves. Rather than purchasing a gingerbread house kit, I purchase graham crackers and make this Gingerbread House Frosting below that is seriously the best frosting that holds the graham crackers together and keeps the candy on the houses. Plus, it’s only 3 ingredients! Since holiday candy can be expensive if you purchase a lot of different decorating options for the gingerbread houses, the way I save some money is to choose and purchase a few holiday candies and then use leftover candy from Halloween or other holidays.
Here are my cute kids making their gingerbread houses. If you take a close look, you’ll notice the orange and black gum drops on our gingerbread houses that were leftover from Halloween. Another fun family night together!
Here’s how to make the 3-ingredient Best Gingerbread House Frosting:
I love trying new desserts, and my family and I really loved this Glazed Cinnamon Bundt Cake. I’ll admit that I was hesitant to make a bundt cake because I’ve never made one before, but it turned out to be so easy–just as if I were making a regular cake. The Glazed Cinnamon Bundt Cake was delicious and moist, and my kids kept asking for more because they loved it so much. If you need a dessert for a holiday party, this would be a yummy one to take. Here’s the recipe for the Glazed Cinnamon Bundt Cake:
For those of you who enjoy Chicken Pot Pie, you’ll want to make this Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Soup. I made it for my family last week and all of my family loved it! As Thanksgiving approaches, you could substitute the chicken for turkey to use up the extra Thanksgiving turkey.
I also made these Biscuits Supreme to eat with the soup. The biscuits are really yummy and fairly simple to make. My mother made these biscuits for our family regularly when I was young.
Here’s the Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Soup recipe:
A friend brought these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies to an activity one evening. I loved them so much that I just had to get the recipe from her. They are easy to make and this recipe makes a large batch, plenty to take to a party this fall and holiday season. Here’s how to make the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies:
It feels like fall is now here where I live, and when the weather turns colder, I love making soups. Here are 9 of my favorite soup recipes.
Creamy Potato Soup – This soup is so delicious and is one of our family Christmas Eve traditions.
Three-Bean Chili – I also need to update this photo, but this chili is simple and yummy and can be thrown together within minutes.