Ever since my boyfriend introduced me to the Balloon Fiesta, it is something I have looked forward to every year. I grew up in a rural part of Wisconsin and I have fond childhood memories of watching the occasional balloon land in the field next to our house. I was so small and they were so big. It was fascinating! We heard them before we saw them, and as soon as the pilot fired that burner, we were racing outside. We saw only one or two each summer, but it was enough to give me dreams of one day taking a balloon ride.
Chicken Sausage & Cauliflower Rice Skillet
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I love a delicious 10 minute skillet meal, and choosing convenience does not mean I have to give up foods that are good for me. This Chicken Sausage & Cauliflower Rice Skillet recipe is the perfect example. I am making a change for the better by eliminating unnecessary ingredients (bye, cheese) and switching out other ingredients. Instead of sauteing ingredients in extra virgin olive oil, I use Mazola® Corn Oil. A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see MAZOLA.com. I am also using chicken sausage instead of regular sausage, and cauliflower rice instead of white rice.
This Instant Pot Beets recipe is super simple and all you need are beets and water. I have to admit that I never liked beets growing up. But I realized that is because I was served canned beets. Canned vegetables can be so different than freshly cooked veggies. Have you ever had canned green beans compared to fresh from the garden? Not even comparable! So I decided to give beets another chance. Cooking whole beets is so easy in an Instant Pot. If you like this, check out my other Instant Pot recipes.
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I learned from my mother how to be a great hostess and I love hosting holiday parties for friends. From the decorating to the food, I go all out to make the best part experience for my guests. The only thing I don’t have enough of is time. I always end up nixing one of my party ideas at the last minute just because there wasn’t enough time to execute. But I have come up with a list of ways to save time during preparation so that I can do all the things I planned and still be able to enjoy the party myself. Here are 5 holiday hacks that save you time in the kitchen and beyond.
Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake Recipe
I am on a cake kick after this Caramel Pear Cake. It is a great way to utilize summer produce before it goes to waste. Do you have any leftover zucchini from your summer garden? Making a Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake is a great way to use it up. Zucchini makes this cake super moist without giving it too much of a vegetable flavor. The chocolate cake is the star here with its delicious flavor that isn’t too rich. All you need is a fluted bundt pan to make this cake look beautiful. The pan does all the work for you. So easy!
BBQ Crusted Mac n Cheese
Do you love cheese? Do you love pasta? Do you love BBQ? If you answered yes to all three questions, then this BBQ Crusted Mac n Cheese recipe is just for you!
I am a HUGE Mac n Cheese fan. I grew up in Wisconsin and am all about that cheese and butter. Give me noodles and cheese and/or butter, like in this Garlic Parmesan Noodles Recipe, and I’m a happy gal. I love to try all kinds of mac n cheese, forever searching for the king of mac n cheeses. I recently made a mac n cheese with all the “stinky cheeses” as my boyfriend requested for his birthday. It was divine! And very rich. In New Mexico, it is popular to make green chile mac n cheese. It is very flavorful, but the chile is so hot this year. I love BBQ but it can overpower the mac n cheese, when I really want the cheese to be the star. So how do we fix that? Well we just make the toppings BBQ flavored!
Caramel Pear Cake with Vanilla Frosting and Caramel Drizzle
Here is a cake to make when you want to make an impression! This Pecan Caramel Pear Cake with Vanilla Frosting and Caramel Drizzle is to DIE for! If you take the time to make this cake, your efforts will be met with songs of praise from everyone enjoying this luxurious creation.
What You Need for Caramel Pear Cake Recipe
For the Cake:
2 boxes yellow cake mix
2 boxes instant vanilla pudding
2 C milk
1 ½ C vegetable oil
½ C chopped pecans
2 C white chocolate chips, divided
3 fresh pears, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract
Brown Sugar Apple Waffles
There is something about putting fruit in your breakfast that just makes it so refreshing. This Brown Sugar Apple Waffles recipe is sweet and delicious. I love the Fall spin on a traditional breakfast waffle. The brown sugar caramelizes the apples, making this breakfast a real treat! If you are looking for a lighter breakfast, try my One Point Weight Watchers Blueberry Pancakes.
What You Need for Brown Sugar Apple Waffles Recipe
2 C apple, diced
½ C brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon, divided
2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 T flax meal OR 2 eggs
½ C milk
Coconut oil for cooking
Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup
I recently discovered purple cauliflower and other colors when I made cauliflower rice. They all taste similar, but the color adds so much fun to cooking! This Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup is full of purple vegetables, but you can make it with so many different colored vegetables. Try green soup with green cauliflower. 🙂
What You Need for Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup Recipe
1 medium purple cauliflower head
1 red onion
3-5 purple carrots
2-4 white carrots or parsnips
4 golden potatoes
salt & pepper to taste
1-3 C stock or broth of choice
1 tsp olive or avocado oil
Pecan Pumpkin Granola
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This Pecan Pumpkin Granola is perfect for Fall! Homemade granola is perfect to eat as a snack, as a breakfast cereal, or in overnight oats. The flavor combination of pecan and pumpkin is like Fall exploded in your mouth. I like to eat it warm right out of the oven! Kids and adults alike will love this granola snack. Enjoy it with milk or hot apple cider. Yum!