Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Menu Inspiration

Happy Good Friday!  With Easter just around the corner, perhaps your menu still needs some inspiration – here are some of our favorites. 

Breakfast & Brunch Ideas

Empty Tomb Breakfast Rolls Get the recipe here. 

Make-Ahead Brunch BakeGet the recipe here.

Berry Puff PancakeGet the recipe here

Sweet Citrus PunchGet the recipe here

Blueberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French ToastGet the recipe here

Blueberry Biscuits with Vanilla Blueberry Sauce – Get the recipe here

Dinner Inspiration

Mom’s Easter PotatoesGet the recipe here

Spinach SquaresGet the recipe here

Healthy Mac & CheeseGet the recipe here.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with BaconGet the recipe here

German Potato SaladGet the recipe here

Roasted AsparagusGet the recipe here.

Twice Baked Potatoes  - Get the recipe here

Easter Bunny Hardboiled EggsGet the recipe here.

Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and HamGet the recipe here

Deviled EggsGet the recipe here

Broccoli and Red Pepper Saut̩ РGet the recipe here


Cinnamon Sugar Bread – Get the recipe here

Crescent Rolls – Get the recipe here

Easter BreadGet the recipe here

Dessert Ideas

Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake – Get the recipe here

Raspberry Rhubarb ShortcakeGet the recipe here

Berry Lemon TrifleGet the recipe here.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice CreamGet the recipe here.

Fruit PizzaGet the recipe here

Blueberry Lemon Oat BarsGet the recipe here

Rhubarb Gingersnap CheesecakeGet the recipe here

Mixed Berry No-Bake Cheesecake – Get the recipe here


Lemon Springtime Brownies – Get the recipe here.

What are you eating for Easter?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Got Ham? 12 Delicious Leftover Ham Recipes

Our favorite ways to use up ham include:

1. Zucchini & Ham Tortilla BakeOn a whim last summer we tried this recipe as a way to use up zucchini.  Surprise!  We loved it so much it has become a family favorite. 

2. Cheesy Ham & Pasta Bake  - This recipe is a family favorite.  We love the combination of cheddar cheese, ham and whole wheat pasta.  It’s excellent with mushrooms, but if they aren’t your thing, leave them out. 

3. Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Pockets – Like a hot pocket but better. 

4. Ham and Veggie Egg Bake – This makes a great brunch, but is filling enough to be breakfast for dinner too. 

5. Ham & Potato Casserole – A filling casserole complete with bell peppers, potatoes, carrots and celery.  A dish to clean out the refrigerator and please your family too. 

6. Cheesy Cauliflower Ham Bake – A different dish that combines with ham and Swiss cheese with a yummy cauliflower sauce.

7. Ham and Garden Veggie Garden Shell – Easy.  Just like mac & cheese, but with ham and more veggies.  Your kids will love it. 

8. Ham & Asparagus Quiche – Amazing.  Good for dinner or breakfast. 

9. Cheesy Ham & Lentil Bake – Cheap and tasty.  I was impressed by the flavorful punch this casserole packs and the nutritional benefits too.  Filling?  Check.  A winner in our family for sure. 

11. Ham Primavera – This is a recipe from my childhood that I absolutely love and looked forward to each year following Easter. 

12. Ham and Asparagus Lasagna – I saved the best for last.  Really.  This recipe gets raving reviews and keeps great for leftovers during the week.  Yum-o. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Menu Plan–April 13

It’s Easter week!  Easter is such a special holiday, and I am very much looking forward to celebrating this coming Sunday. 

We have some traditional Easter favorites that I am looking forward to making:

Mom’s Easy Cheesy Easter Potatoes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Empty Tomb Rolls

Sweet Citrus Punch

Easter Bunny Hardboiled Eggs & Deviled Eggs

On to the menu!

Ham & Asparagus Lasagna, Roasted Veggies

To do: Nothing!

Crockpot Baked Potatoes with all the fixings!

To do: Scrub potatoes & start crockpot before work; shred cheese & dice bell peppers

Roasted Red Pepper Tortellini Bake, Green Beans

To do: Thaw Italian sausage and chicken stock

Meatball Tortellini Soup, Rolls

To do: Boil eggs


To do: Nothing

Pizza Rolls

To do: Make rice and dice mushrooms, thaw chicken

Chicken, Mushroom & Brown Rice Bake

To do: Get items ready for empty tomb rolls, make punch and cherry oatmeal pie

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Maple and Brown Sugar Granola

We love granola around here; it's our breakfast nearly every day.  Except weekends, when we have whole wheat buttermilk waffles.

When I was a little kid, I used to love the maple and brown sugar oatmeal, and so I decided one day to tweak our favorite granola recipe by adding some maple syrup.

I took one bite after the granola was ready and happily exclaimed that it tasted just like the oatmeal I used to love.  Since then, I haven't gone back to making our old favorite granola, I just make this one!

Maple and Brown Sugar Granola

  • 6 C old fashioned oats (or a mixture with quick cook oats)
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/3 C water
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


In a large bowl, combine 6 C oats with 1 tsp. cinnamon and a pinch of salt.  Using a saucepan, melt 2 T butter, and then add in 1/3 C water, 1/2 C brown sugar and 1/4 C maple syrup.  Stir well.  Bring the mixture to a boil and stir for 1 minute.  Then, remove the mixture from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes.  

Pour the syrup mixture over the oats and stir to combine.  

Spread the granola onto a half sheet cake jelly roll pan, or two standard sized cookie sheets.  

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, stirring every 10.  For extra crunchy granola, turn off the oven and leave the granola in the oven while it cools back down.  Stir occasionally.  You will want to be sure to watch the granola carefully during cooking until you get a feel for how your oven will bake it so that it does not burn.  

Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month, or in the freezer for longer.  But, don't worry, it won't last that long.  

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