Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Rice Skillet Recipe

After Easter is done and over with, there's usually some leftover ham that needs to be used up! Today's recipe is perfect for that. I love skillet meals, and this one is pretty delicious!! It's super easy to make, and only uses one skillet, which is perfect for weeknights when you don't feel like spending much time in the kitchen, either cooking or doing dishes. 

I love ham and broccoli together and add some sharp cheddar cheese to it?? Perfection. This is one dish we could eat over and over. I know it will be back on the menu again soon! Enjoy!


Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Rice Skillet (click here to print recipe)

What you need:
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup white long grain rice
2 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
2 cups ham, cubed
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons milk
black pepper, as needed

In a large saute pan, saute the rice in 1 tablespoon butter until slightly browned over medium high heat. Add the chicken broth and garlic powder, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the broccoli florets and cook for 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, then add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, ham, sharp cheddar, milk and pepper if needed. Heat through until cheese is melted, stirring to combine.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Glazed Carrots and Pineapple Recipe

How the heck is it the week of Easter already?? I haven't done any Easter basket shopping yet. This Mama better get busy! Luckily, I don't have to cook. We are going to brunch at my Dad and Step-Mom's house, which is always delicious! Can't wait to grub!

Today's recipe is a perfect Easter side! I've always loved my carrots with some sort of sweet glaze, and the pineapple adds that perfect sweet touch to this dish! It's also really quick to make, which is super convenient when you have lots of other things cooking for the holiday. Not much effort, but a delicious side! That's my kind of food!


Glazed Carrots and Pineapple (click here to print recipe)

What you need:
2 cups baby carrots
1- 20 ounce can pineapple chunks or tidbits
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
black pepper

Boil the carrots in a medium saucepan until crisp tender. Pour the carrots into a strainer and drain.

Combine a small amount of the pineapple juice from the can and the cornstarch until mixed well. Pour the rest of the pineapple juice into the saucepan. Add cinnamon, brown sugar, butter and black pepper. Bring to a boil, add the cornstarch mixture and cook and stir for 3 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the carrots and pineapple, heat through. 

Recipe adapted from: The Best of Country Cooking 2003

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Giveaway for a Kitchen Aid Mixer Plus Great Easter Brunch Recipes!

With Easter right around the corner I asked some of my Bloggy friends to participate with me in a Giveaway for a Kitchen Aid Mixer! It's our way to say Thank You to all our awesome followers.

Meet our Bloggers!
Mary Ellen from That's My Home and Recipes, Food and Cooking
Linda from Food Storage Moms
Sarah from The Magical Slow Cooker
Rebecca from The Cookie Rookie
Lucy, Jamie and Kerry from Coffee with us 3
Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes
Sheena from Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Sandra from A Dash of Sanity
Becca from It's Yummi
Debbie from Kneaded Creations
Serena from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Wanda Ann from Memories By the Mile
Be sure to visit the blogs above, this is a great group of Food Bloggers if you haven't met them before stop by their blogs and say hello!
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Come see what we're serving for Easter Brunch....

Monday, April 7, 2014

Oatmeal, Zucchini and Pecan Muffins Recipe

It finally feels like springtime here in Minnesota! The birds are outside chirping every morning, the snow is almost melted and over the weekend we had the highest temp since last October. We walked to the park and got some much needed fresh air! I love spring days! It's my favorite time of the year!

Today's recipe is for some Oatmeal, Zucchini and Pecan Muffins!! These muffins aren't too sweet, which I like and they taste SO good with some butter on top! Great for breakfast or an afternoon snack and even better with some coffee or tea!! Enjoy and have a fabulous week!!


Oatmeal, Zucchini and Pecan Muffins (click here to print recipe)
18 muffins (or 12 regular muffins, and 12 mini muffins)

What you need:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups shredded zucchini
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, oatmeal, cinnamon and sugar until well combined. In a separate bowl, beat together the zucchini, eggs and oil. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and mix until moist. Stir in pecans. Scoop batter into paper lined muffin tins, filling 3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes. (Bake the mini muffins for 20 minutes)

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Easter and Spring Link Party!

It's time for another link party and we thought it would be fun to have an Easter ~ Spring themed one so we not only get holiday ideas but ideas for the season too.

Crafts, Cakes, and Cakes                                   Michelle's Tasty Creations
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    Hot Eats and Cool Reads                                  MorningNooNight
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Here's what your hostesses have been up to lately
starting with the top left we have ~ 

Lemon & Asparagus Orzo Salad from: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Springtime Spritz Cookies from: Crafts, Cakes, and Cats
Easter Cupcakes from: Michelle's Tasty Creations
Lemon Brownies from: MorningNooNight
Easter Basket Cookie Bars from: Michelle's Tasty Creations
Simple Lemony Asparagus from: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
M & M Sugar Cookie Bars from: Michelle's Tasty Creations
Fresh Strawberry Bread with Strawberry Cream Cheese Glaze from: MorningNooNight
Strawberry Cream Puffs from: Crafts, Cakes, and Cats
Meyer Lemon Crumb Muffins from: MorningNooNight
Trying to Fly with the Butterflies Cupcakes from: Crafts, Cakes, and Cats
Bacon & Asparagus Breakfast Pizza from: Hot Eats and Cool Reads

~A few things to remember~

Please only link up Easter/Spring  recipes, crafts, DIY, tutorials, printables, etc. that YOU have created.
Please don't link up any Etsy shops, giveaways, or other link parties.
By linking to this party you give us permission to share your post on our blogs and other social media.
Please share this party by linking back to us in your post or by adding this party to your party page.

Be sure to stop by and visit a few of the other blogs that have posted; we all love to see sweet comments.