Have some overly ripe bananas sitting around? Before the fruit flies take notice, get them cooked up! Here’s another quick and easy recipe from Gram’s Recipe Tin – Maine’s Best Banana Muffins. Filled with wholesome goodness and the taste of old-fashioned banana bread, serve these warm with butter or your favorite cream cheese. Read more
For Thanksgiving and just about any time of the year, apple pie is a universal favorite. Making an apple pie, however, takes a bit of time, which many busy moms (and dads) lack. Here is a quick and easy apple pie recipe that won’t have you slaving in the kitchen for hours, yet tastes every bit as delicious as one prepared using fresh sliced apples.
Don’t turn your nose up at using canned fruit filling! Some of the best chefs in the world often cut corners using canned and prepared foods. Read more
I was super excited to hear from Food.com several weeks ago informing me that I was one of their winners of their first ever Food.com Thanksgiving Pinterest contest. They asked entrants to show their ultimate Thanksgiving meals, starring Food.com recipes and to give our boards a theme. After struggling with several ideas, including a Hearty New England Dinner, I decided to go with the theme “A Busy Mom’s Fast and Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner“. Have you ever tried cooking Thanksgiving dinner while holding and caring for an infant? Or while three little ones do circles around you? Moms need fast, easy and dependable recipes to get them through the day and all of those major holiday MUDD moments! Here’s a peek at a few of the recipes I chose (all images are direct from Food.com): Read more
Crock pot cooking can sometimes be hit or miss. With a new recipe it can be difficult knowing just how long to keep the crock pot on, whether to keep it on high or low or how it will turn out. Will the dish be a complete disaster or an absolute masterpiece? This past Sunday, I prepared what was referred to as “one of the best meals I have ever tasted.” Consider this one a masterpiece! Read more
Caden’s grandmother gave me this recipe years ago, which has been in her family for many years. Moist and bursting with flavor, these pumpkin bars are easy to make and the recipe is pretty much fail proof. The frosting is not too overpowering (some people do not like a strong cream cheese flavor) – adding a nice texture to an already perfect treat. Enjoy a bar with a hot cup of seasonal coffee or a chai latte with a hint of cinnamon. Oh yum!
Have I mentioned that I’m married to an Italian stallion? Yep. And boy, can he cook. Last night we had the pleasure of eating his almost-famous lasagna, which I’m now calling Lasagna Pontilicious. The twist on this old-time favorite is the addition of cheddar cheese, which gives it a nice bite. Try it this weekend! Read more
I tackled another recipe from the “Fix-It and Forget-It Pink Cookbook” yesterday. This time it was Chicken in a Pot, which I am officially calling Whole Seasoned Chicken in a Crock Pot. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more tender, flavorful bird in my life! It was to die for! We finished it off with garden-fresh steamed green beans and rosemary and garlic oven-roasted potato wedges. Check out the video of it simmering here: Read more
Ladies, before reading this post and embarking on a heavenly journey of chocolate and peanut butter, I’d like you to do something. I’d like you to feel your boobs. I’m not kidding. Go find a private place and do a breast self-exam (BSE). Don’t put it off – Procrastination is Cancer’s Breast Friend. It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you have got to take an active role in maintaining your health. Please. Do this now. Read more