Lemon Cheesecake Shortbread Bars

Lemon Cheesecake Shortbread Bars - These bars are delightfully tangy, sweet, cool, creamy, and oh so divine! A lemon lover's dream treat.

Lemon cheesecake shortbread bars a perfect spring or summer treat. These bars are delightfully tangy, sweet, cool, creamy, and oh so divine! A lemon lover’s dream treat. A buttery shortbread crust topped with creamy lemon cheesecake and a lemon streusel topping. Perfection! This dessert actually received several “oh my gosh” comments after the first bite. Make the shortbread crust first and bake while you prepare the other layers. The shortbread is just flour, powdered sugar, butter and a little salt processed in a food processor. Press into a prepared baking pan. Prepare the lemon streusel topping and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Then make the lemon cheesecake filling....

Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade

Best Ever Grilled Chicken Marinade - This marinade imparts the ultimate flavor experience and produces a juicy tender piece of grilled chicken. Be sure to add this to your 4th of July menu.

The best ever grilled chicken marinade recipe by far! For years we used Dale’s Steak Seasoning and then switched to Moore’s Original Marinade for the lower sodium content. I would mix those marinades with bottled Italian dressing and just go with it. Why not make a homemade version, right? Please don’t let the ingredient list frighten you away. I PROMISE this is the best marinade you will ever try and it’s super easy. It is 100 times better than any store-bought kind. This marinade imparts the ultimate flavor experience and produces a juicy tender piece of grilled chicken. We grill year round and this chicken was planned for our lunches....

Southern Yellow Squash Casserole

Southern Yellow Squash Casserole - CRAZY delicious! Creamy, cheesy, easy side dish for any meal.

Southern yellow squash casserole is a go-to side dish for any meal. Put that summer squash to use in this delicious recipe. Creamy, cheesy, easy and crazy good! Even my husband who doesn’t like squash loves this dish. It’s sure to please all diners at the table. Saute the onions and squash in the butter until tender. Season generously with salt and pepper. I personally think you almost can’t add too much pepper to squash.  Once the squash is tender add in the garlic, saute another 2-3 minutes. Mix the sour cream, cream of celery soup, cheese, additional salt, and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Place the cooked squash in...

Iced Cinnamon Macchiato

Iced Cinnamon Macchiato - Beat the heat, save money with my copycat version of Starbucks Iced Cinnamon Macchiato!

Beat the heat and save money with a homemade iced cinnamon macchiato! Macchiatos are so easy to make at home. You will almost wish you didn’t know how. Macchiatos are a layered espresso drink that starts with flavored syrup, ice, milk, espresso and another layer of syrup if desired. This iced cinnamon macchiato uses a simple homemade cinnamon syrup. Add the sugars and water to a saucepan. Whisk until the sugars are dissolved. Add the cinnamon sticks and simmer for 10 minutes on low heat. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla extract. That’s it, simple right? Store in an airtight jar or bottle in the refrigerator for up to...

Fast And Easy Shrimp Piccata

Fast & Easy Shrimp Piccata - It's on the table in under 30 minutes. Shrimp sauteed in a lemon-butter-caper sauce. It's fresh, bursting with flavor and comes together fast.

Shrimp piccata will become your new favorite go-to weeknight meal. It’s on the table in under 30 minutes. Shrimp sauteed in a lemon-butter-caper sauce. Serve over your favorite pasta, you can’t go wrong. It’s fresh, bursting with flavor and comes together fast. Start boiling the pasta according to the package directions.(reserve 1/4-1/2 cup of the pasta water) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and pepper.  Toss the shrimp in the flour mixture. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the shrimp to the skillet and saute one for one minute each side. Don’t overcrowd the pan. You might need to do this in...

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins - Slightly crispy edges, fluffy, tender, moist and so tasty!

Bakery style chocolate chip muffins anyone? A simple and quick recipe to whip up any morning of the week. These bakery style chocolate chip muffins have a slightly crispy edge, tender, fluffy, moist inside and make a great grab and go breakfast. Simply whisk the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet with the sugar in another larger bowl. Carefully fold the dry into the wet without over mixing. No prep pics needed for this, right? Good, because I totally forgot. I was so excited about eating these muffins! Distribute the batter evenly amongst the muffin tin cups. The muffin cups will be really full, don’t panic. Sprinkle a...

Creamy Jalapeno Cilantro Dip

Creamy Jalapeno Cilantro Dip - Be WARNED! This dip is addictive! Fresh, creamy, spicy dip, sauce or dressing.

This creamy jalapeno cilantro dip was shared with us by a good friend and neighbor. We have been making this for years and absolutely love it. The only thing we changed was to use fresh jalapenos and serranos instead of canned. This change makes it much more fresh tasting. Fresh, creamy, spicy and addictive! We make this year round but it’s great for those game day parties. It’s super easy to make and a big hit at gatherings. Just place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. No large chunks. This creamy jalapeno cilantro dip is best after allowing the flavors to come together for a...

Kentucky Mule

Crisp Refreshing Kentucky Mule - Perfect warm weather, porch sittin' cocktail!

The Kentucky Mule is one of our favorite new summertime cocktails. A twist on the classic Moscow Mule, it is crisp and refreshing. Good quality bourbon is the key in this drink. Everyone has their own favorite ginger beer preference. Me, I like it extra spicy and not too sweet. It’s taken me a long time to find my perfect ginger beer and now I can no longer find it in my area. So I’m trying my hand at homemade. Fingers crossed! No need for prep picks in this recipe. Fill your favorite cocktail glass with crushed ice. Squeeze the juice from one lime wedge over the ice. Pour in 1...

Homemade Five Bean Salad

Homemade Five Bean Salad - A classic side dish that's perfect for picnics, barbecues or any meal. Fresh, slightly sweet, tangy, healthy and flavorful.

Homemade five bean salad is a classic side dish that’s perfect for picnics, barbecues or any meal. A combination of five different colorful beans tossed with a tangy oil and apple cider vinegar dressing. Fresh, slightly sweet, tangy, healthy and flavorful. The temps here have already reached 90º, which puts us in the mood for lighter meals. More salad recipes to come! This homemade five bean salad is easy and quick to make. Blanch the fresh green beans, drain and rinse the canned beans. Mix the dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Place all the beans, celery, shallots and the parsley in a large mixing bowl.  Give the...

Easy Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Easy Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels - A perfect party, barbecue, game day or large gathering appetizer. Cool, creamy, tangy and loaded with buffalo wing flavor.

Easy buffalo chicken pinwheels are the perfect party, barbecue, game day or large gathering appetizer. It’s a crowd-pleaser! Super easy to make ahead and keep in the fridge until ready to serve. Cool, creamy, tangy and loaded with buffalo wing flavor. Combine the softened cream cheese, blue cheese, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Add the shredded chicken, green onions and buffalo sauce, stir until well combined. Spread about 1/2 cup of the filling onto the tortilla, then roll tightly.  Place on a plate, wrap with plastic and refrigerate for a few hours. This helps them hold together for better slicing and serving. Slice and serve. Easy buffalo chicken pinwheels are always...