Old Fashioned Raisin Bars

Old fashioned Raisin Bars - Moist, with a tender crumb, plump raisins and perfectly spiced.

Old fashioned raisin bars are a thin, cake-like spice bar loaded with raisins and topped with a creamy frosting. When I came across this retro recipe I decided we had to try it. They are moist, with a tender crumb, plump raisins and perfectly spiced. Easy to make and are a great snack or even breakfast. I couldn’t keep my husband away from them. Needless to say, these did not last long at our house. Plump the raisins in the boiling water, remove from the heat, add the butter and cool to lukewarm. For easy removal from the sheet pan, line it with parchment paper. Mix all the ingredients, pour into...

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Baked Chicken Chimichangas - Crispy, healthy and filled with the best shredded Mexican chicken EVER!

Baked chicken chimichangas are easy and healthier to make at home.  You are going to love this recipe. The slow cooker Mexican chicken is TO DIE FOR! It takes these baked chimichangas over the top. Make the slow cooker Mexican chicken. Remove from the slow cooker and drain the excess liquid. (see all the liquid in this photo) In the food processor blend the avocado cream sauce ingredients and refrigerate. Lay out the tortilla, place a heaping 1/2 cup of shredded chicken in the middle, top it with the desired amount of cheese and fold up burrito style. Place them on the rack and brush with melted butter on both...

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese - Low carb, keto, creamy, cheesy decadence! You don't need the pasta!

Cauliflower mac and cheese may not be the healthiest way to eat cauliflower but it certainly is worth the risk. Creamy, cheesy and indulgent. Even the pickiest kid will like this dish. And the reluctant adult (my husband) will request low carb cauliflower mac and cheese on a regular basis. Chop the cauliflower into bite size pieces, boil them in a large pot for about 5 minutes. Drain very well, place back into the hot pot. This will help dry up some of the moisture remaining. Place the cauliflower in a baking dish. Make the sauce, pour evenly over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and bake. Let cool about 5...

Easy Bacon Potato Salad

Easy Bacon Potato Salad - A great side dish for your bbq's and picnics. Creamy, tangy and loaded with bacon!

Easy bacon potato salad is a great side dish for your bbq’s and picnics.  Creamy, slightly tangy and loaded with bacon! We normally make a southern style potato salad but this recipe changes it up for us from time to time. It just depends on our mood. It’s quick and has very few ingredients. Wash, chop and boil the potatoes. We use red potatoes or baby golds. I found baby gold potatoes on sale this week. Allow the potatoes to cool.  Mix the dressing ingredients in a very large bowl. Add the potatoes, celery, green onions and bacon. Toss gently until all the potatoes are generously covered in the dressing. We...

Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake - Deliciously moist, lightly sweet and a real treat for your morning or afternoon coffee.

This blueberry streusel coffee cake is bursting with fresh blueberries. Deliciously moist, lightly sweet and a real treat for your morning or afternoon coffee. If you are trying to cut back on calories don’t even bother making this cake.  My husband and I couldn’t stay away from it.  We warned our daughter that she better have some before we ate it all. Just the basic mix and bake. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla. Toss the blueberries with 1/4 cup of the flour. Mix the remaining flour and dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, alternating with the buttermilk....

Sheet Pan Beef Nachos

Sheet Pan Beef Nachos - Quick, easy and sure to please a crowd or just dinner for the family!

Sheet pan beef nachos are a quick and easy dinner or snack. Perfect for a crowd or movie night in with the family. Take these to any level you like. I made a separate pan vegetarian for my daughter, just as easy. Pick and choose what you like on your sheet pan beef nachos and customize to your taste. Who doesn’t love the easy one pan cook and clean up? Ok, so you use another pan to saute the ground beef. But that clean up happens while the nachos are in the oven, so no biggie. Brown the ground beef, add the seasoning and cook for another minute or two....

Homemade Cajun Turkey Deli Meat

Homemade cajun turkey deli meat is super easy and so much tastier than store bought!

How to make homemade Cajun turkey deli meat. It is so much tastier than store bought, plus a fraction of the cost! I was tired of paying over $10 a pound for “good” deli turkey sandwich meat. There is only one brand I’m willing to eat and it’s fairly expensive. You guys I can’t even begin to describe the tremendous flavor of this turkey. The key is dry brining for at least 24 hours. Skip the deli counter, head to the meat department and do it yourself Homemade Cajun Turkey Deli Meat. Mix the spices together and completely cover the turkey breast evenly. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for a...

No Knead Large Dutch Oven Bread

No Knead Large Dutch Oven Bread - This recipe is perfect for those of us who only own a 5-6 quart dutch oven. The bread rises tall, crispy and crazy good!

No knead large dutch oven bread is a recipe adapted for those that only own one large dutch oven. I’m sure you all have heard of the no knead miracle bread. Just in the last few months have I started making this bread. I avoided it due to the long rest period. Don’t be like me this recipe is amazing! I only have one 5.5-quart dutch oven. All though absolutely divine, the original recipe just wasn’t enough to achieve a tall loaf in my pot. I researched to see if anyone had tried doubling the recipe for a larger dutch oven. Yes! FrugallivingNW had achieved what I was looking for! No knead large dutch...

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Soft frosted sugar cookies just like the Lofthouse cookies in your grocery store, except WAY better! These cookies are pillowy soft, delicious and a perfect fun, easy cookie for Valentine’s day. My daughter begs for these cookies every time we go to the grocery store. Make the dough one day before you are ready to bake and decorate. It needs to refrigerate overnight. The next day, flour your board, roll out the dough and cut with the cookie cutter of your choice. I used two different size heart cookie cutters for ours. Mix up the frosting and choose your colors.  Allow the cookies to cool completely, then frost as desired....

Classic Hello Dolly Cookies

Classic Hello Dolly Cookies are a crowd-pleasing bar cookie perfect for gatherings or just an every day treat. (Ok, maybe not every day.) Also known as Seven Layer Bars or Magic Bars. An easy dessert that promises delicious layers of sweet goodness! I used my mother’s recipe that she made for years. I just changed a few things. I doubled the amount of coconut and used 1/2 cup of butter instead of margarine. I don’t even buy margarine, do you? While the oven is preheating melt the butter in a 9×13 baking pan. Prep the ingredients so all you have to do once the butter is melted is layer them in the baking...