Side Dishes

Pumpkin and Sage Cream Biscuits

It’s time for fall flavors! Pumpkin, squash, sage, pumpkin pie spice. I love it all and am pretty excited to try out some new creations this year. The first in my exploration were these cream biscuits with the addition of pumpkin puree and sage. They were delicious, and both kids agreed. Success! It’s a good thing that pumpkin puree will likely be on sale for the month. (more…)

Everyday Bread

Yes, this bread is pretty ordinary. But, it is bread and homemade, which means it is delicious. There is one downfall. It takes a lot of time. That said, the time it takes is mostly just waiting. The actual time creating it is actually very short. So while it takes most of the afternoon, it will not take up all of your afternoon. Plus, the end result is a house that smells like homemade bread. Yes, please! Since the bread it so ordinary, it is easy to add different flavors to it. I’m getting into the fall mood with my cooking, so I tried to add sage to it. I didn’t add enough for the extra spice to make a huge difference. It’ll need a little experimenting. There is always next week! (more…)

Funfetti Banana Bread

Bananas may just be the perfect fruit for moms. They’re cheap, and they are soft enough to ease our choking hazard fears. They do, however, go bad quickly. Hence, we have a lot of banana bread in our house. It’s delicious, the girls love it, and I dislike being wasteful. This weekend, fully stocked with bananas past their prime, I decided to have a little fun with the banana bread. With the addition of honey and sprinkles, this version is a little sweeter and was a crowd-pleaser. Shamefully, we had it for breakfast and lunch both days this weekend.

Funfetti Banana Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Funfetti Banana Bread

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mash bananas until there are no chunks. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together butter, vanilla, honey, egg, and sugar. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and sprinkles. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Fold in mashed bananas.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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5-Minute Corn Salsa

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Sometimes the mood for salsa strikes, but time doesn’t allow for it. Or sometimes you just forget that you have an event to go to and need to make something quick. Neither of those happened to me, but I was still happy to have salsa in such a short amount of time, and with ingredients that I already had around the house.

5-Minute Corn Salsa

5-Minute Corn Salsa

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Dice onion. This will be the most time-consuming part of the whole dish. If you want to shave off some time, I highly recommend investing in a chopper (note to moms: you can use this and carry a baby at the same time)
  2. In a medium bowl, combine onion, sweet corn, tomatoes, chili powder, and garlic. Mix together.
  3. Add vegetable oil and lime juice. Mix again.
  4. Grab some chips and enjoy!
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Grammy’s Mac and Cheese

My mom makes the best mac and cheese. I’m not bragging. It’s just a fact. The ultimate comfort food, it has been called upon over the years to soothe heartaches and enhance celebrations. Now, for my children, it has become Grammy’s Mac and Cheese. I know the recipe. It’s an easy recipe. But it will always taste better when Grammy makes it.

Grammy’s Mac and Cheese

Grammy’s Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a medium-size saucepan. Begin cooking noodles while making the sauce.
  2. Whisk in flour until smooth.
  3. Add milk slowly, stirring with the whisk consistently.
  4. Add in small cubes of Velveeta, allowing the cubes to dissolve before adding more. You will use about 2/3 of the large box. Check for taste along the way until you reach your desired cheesy-ness.
  5. Add sauce to cooked and drained macaroni.
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