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Italian Herb Dipping Sauce


Italian Herb Dipping Sauce - a great vinaigrette for salad or dipping bread

Italian Herb Dipping Sauce - a great vinaigrette for salad or dipping bread

I just realized that it is getting to be the end of September, and I have no idea what my son is going to be for Halloween.  It is just over a month away, and we haven’t even talked about it.  We don’t usually just go to the store and buy a costume, so I really need to get my act together and start working.  We have done Harry Potter before and last year he was a football player. So it is time to start brainstorming!  If anyone has any great ideas, I would love to hear them!

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake


Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake - a cake you can feel good about!

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake - a cake you can feel good about!

The second week of summer break is coming to a close, and it has been another busy one! My 9 year old had camp from 8-3 every day last week, plus baseball games 2 nights.  This week it was an outdoor survival camp every day, and 2 nights of baseball.  Thanks goodness next week we just have baseball.  I am ready for some more relaxing days.  I think my 9 year old might be too.  As much fun as he has had these last 2 weeks, I think he is ready to just play and be home a little bit.  [Read more…]

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread


Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Today I leave for NYC.  Nothing like leaving the house at 6am for a full day of traveling and being a tourist to get you excited.  I had a hard time sleeping last night, I was so excited.  I have ALWAYS wanted to go to NYC.  When I was younger my parents always said that it was too dangerous, so they wouldn’t take me there.  Now as an adult, my husband isn’t a fan of big cities.  So this is my chance.  Unfortunately I don’t have much time.  I keep telling my husband when I turn 40, if he hasn’t taken me there, then I am going with a group of friends.  Now at least I will have a better idea of what I want to see when I come back :)

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Basil Garlic Bread


Basil Garlic Bread

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Basil Garlic Bread
I love having a garden with fresh herbs. It is so easy to grab just a little bit to add to whatever I am making. Currently I have 2 basil plants and 1 spinach plant that I have started with Gro-ables this spring. They have been really easy to grow. All I had to do was put a little dirt into a pot, and then push in the pod. I have them sitting next to the window, and they are sprouting and starting to grow. It has only been a couple weeks since they were planted, so I don’t have anything harvestable from them yet, but I can’t wait until I do!

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Amish Country Bread


Amish Country Bread

Amish Country Bread

It has been awhile since I have posted a bread recipe.  As a family of 3 we don’t go through a ton of bread in one sitting, so lots of my bread ends up in the freezer.  Then every so often I get in a “clean out the freezer” mode.  That is what has happened over the last month or so.  It is finally pretty empty, so I am back to making bread!

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Witch Hat Bread Sticks


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Happy Halloween!  Today is a busy day.  We have Halloween parades, parties, pumpkins to carve, and trick or treating to get to.  I am sure if you have kids, you are in the same boat.  So here is a super quick side dish to make before you send them out tonight.

The more I look at these the more I think they look like sail boats, not witches hats, but go with me.   Just don’t look too hard.  I used store bought crescent rolls for these, and just didn’t roll them up all the way.  Fold the tip over, and you have a hat!  Great with a bowl of chili, or just about anything before they run around the neighborhood collecting candy.

My son thought they were super cute.  He was very excited to have them with dinner.  After awhile he did turn on me, and jumped on the sail boat side.  Of course, I had to open my mouth and cast doubt, didn’t I?  Either way, they are cute and fun for the kids.

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Pretzel Rolls


I hope everyone had a great weekend and a great St. Patrick’s Day.  It was a great long weekend for us.  My husband took a half day on Friday, so we spent the afternoon at a museum and exploring parts of Denver.  On Saturday morning we stumbled upon a St. Patrick’s Day parade, which made for a fun activity.  Then, yesterday we went hiking.  It was the perfect weather for our 5+ mile hike in the foothills near Fort Collins. Today is back to real life….spring break is over :(

Real life, means I have to have a meal plan ready for the week.  Last week it included these rolls, they might have to be made again soon.  This recipe has been floating around Pinterest for awhile.  When I made Beer Cheese Soup, I knew these would pair perfectly with it.  A big soft pretzel with a cheddar soup?  Kind of a no brainer!  The whole family loved them.  I was a little nervous for my husbands reaction, because they are a little outside the box.  But he loved them.  He kind of hoarded them and made sure there were enough for each bowl of soup he was having leftover.  Plus, they were surprisingly easy!

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Bread Salad


I am honored to be posting over at Cooking Healthy for Me today.  Ann is lucky enough to be visiting family in England, and asked if I would fill in for her.  Of course!!  Given that Ann is the Queen of healthy meals, I had to make something to fit in over there.  I made my absolute favorite salad.  I think the proper chef name for this salad in Panzanella, but in my family we call it Bread Salad.  Big chucks of toasty bread, tangy balsamic vinaigrette dressing, sweet tomatoes, crunchy pumpkin seeds…..yum!  Please go tell Ann I said hi, and check out this great salad.  Even my picky husband will eat this (if I leave off the tomatoes and cucumbers and add avocado and walnuts).  See it is versatile too :)

 

 

English Muffins


What a great weekend!  My son has off from school today, so we are spending some extra time with our friends in the mountains.  The boys are loving the time to play together.  And how could I not be loving the time with one of my best friends, who I don’t get to see nearly enough of!  Tomorrow is back to school and back to normal.

Back to normal means English Muffins for breakfast.  I love English Muffins, and I eat them most days for breakfast.  Depending on my mood I put either Peanut Butter or Nutella on them.  Nutella on an English Muffin…..yum!  Nutella is made from nuts, so it has protein.  That means it is good for you, right?  I have seen English Muffins around the web for awhile now, but last week Kita and Pass the Sushi posted a recipe, and I just couldn’t wait any longer.

First of all, I had no idea how easy these would be.  There are a few steps involved with letting them rise a couple times.  But really, the  hands on time is very minimal.  When I make these again though, I will change the cooking method.  The original recipe calls for cooking them on a griddle.  It does a great job of getting them browned, but after they have some color I would finish them off in the oven.  It took a really long time to get them cooked all the way through on the griddle.

But trust me – you can make these!  Don’t fear the yeast!!

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New Look and Cranberry Bread


Fresh cranberries and orange are the perfect combination for a sweet and and tender bread.

Fresh cranberries and orange are the perfect combination for a sweet and and tender bread.

Fresh cranberries and orange are the perfect combination for a sweet and and tender bread.

Look up.  Notice anything different?  I have my own domain!!  As an early Christmas present, my husband bought me http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com!  I have been hard at work trying to learn how things work and transfer everything from blogger to here.  Somethings are giving me trouble (comments transferring), so it is still a work in progress.  If you subscribed via email before, I think you will have to do that again to still receive notifications.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  We had a great time just the 3 of us over the long weekend.  On Saturday we drove up into the mountains, and practiced our snowshoeing.  It was a little windy, but it was fun.  My 6 year old didn’t want to take them off, he was having so much fun!  He also wants to learn how to ski, so I think we will have a busy winter.

My 6 year old came home from school last week with a “secret” recipe for The Best Cranberry Bread.  He was adamant that we make it for Thanksgiving.  I am honestly not sure that I have ever even tried a cranberry, so I was up for trying something new.   Wednesday morning we went to the store first thing to get what we needed, and baked this bread.  I LOVED it, but my son was on the fence.  Tomorrow we are making muffins with the rest of our cranberries, so stay tuned for that.

 

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