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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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Fruit Kabobs

Never to shy away from adventures that would make most people exhausted just thinking about them, Lesley and I took the girls on vacation to Jellystone Park in Cave City, KY, this past month. It was amazing and packed full of fun times and adventures. One of the those times was making fruit kabobs for the grill. Lesley and I are not huge fans of meat, so we needed to get creative if we were going to try kabobs. Grilled watermelon is all over the place this year, and we were excited to try it. We assembled and grilled. It was interesting how the flavors of both the pineapple and watermelon changed on the grill. Most surprising was the watermelon. It definitely did not taste the way watermelon should. I can see why people like it, but you have to be ready for the difference the grill makes! (more…)

Apple Salad

This was my grandmother’s recipe and a dish that I would look forward to her making each time I visited. I’m sure she got tired of my asking, but still she would make it for me on those special occasions. She made this recipe so many times that it was in her head and she would be able to tell by taste when it was perfect–which gave me anxiety in trying to replicate it. It turns out though that it was pretty easy to do, and I got the taste as close to my childhood memories as I could.



Apple Salad

Apple Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Cool Whip
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip
  • 2 cups Grapes, halved
  • 3 medium apples, cut into small cubes
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Pecans (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whip together the Cool Whip and Miracle Whip.
  2. Mix in grapes, apples, mini marshmallows, and pecans. The amounts of each are dependent on preference. I enjoy a lot of grapes in the salad.
  3. Chill in fridge for an hour before serving.
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Cayenne and Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

Since Maddie has begun eating food, I’ve noticed a difference between what she will eat and what Riley likes. Riley, not much into the details of things, is very happy with plain butter noodles. Maddie, on the other hand, shoves away plain noodles in disapproval. She requires a dish with much more flavor. How is a mom to keep up? This weekend I experimented with kicking up my traditional scalloped potatoes with some cayenne and garlic, and with a large casserole dish, it was easy to keep one half plain and the other flavorful. Two happy kids. One mealtime victory.




Cayenne and Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Cayenne and Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of thinly sliced potatoes (about 4 medium potatoes)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • Paprika

Instructions

  1. Cut potatoes into thin slices.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan. While whisking, slowly add flour. Continue to whisk and add milk slowly.
  3. Cook sauce on low until smooth and boiling. Continue to whisk occasionally.
  4. Remove the roux from heat and add in 1 cup cheese, cayenne, and garlic.
  5. Grease a 9x9 baking dish and add half of the potatoes.
  6. Pour half of the cheese sauce over the first layer then add a second layer of potatoes and remaining cheese sauce.
  7. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top, and sprinkle with paprika for color.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 40 minutes to an hour depending on the size of dish you used. My first try making this I my 9x9 pan was dirty, so I used a 9x13 pan, and it only took 30 minutes to cook. So, if you are pressed for time, try a bigger pan!
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Cayenne and Garlic scalloped potatoes