Pineapple Lemonade🍋BHM Potluck

Hello February!!

As a little girl I remember my mommy preparing dishes for potlucks she would have at work but funny thing is they called them pitch –ins. (lol)  I had so much fun helping her prepare dishes for the pitch –ins and would also love that she would bring home some yummy food from the other teachers.  With all of the experience I had as a little girl I feel like I was born a Potluck Queen. I love creating wonderful dishes and beverages with love just like my mommy did when I was a little girl.

February is full of different holidays that give you the opportunity to have a great potluck. I am excited to be a part of the virtual Black History Potluck along with 27 other amazing food bloggers. You can’t have a good potluck without a party punch.   I am bringing Pineapple Lemonade to the potluck.  When I say this drink is good it is good!

Ingredients

1 lemon

2 quarts of Country Time Lemonade

1 cup of sugar

1 8oz can of pineapple chunks

1 6oz can of pineapple juice

Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a 2 quart pitcher and fill with water. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze half in the pitcher. The remaining half will be sliced and added to the pitcher.

Happy Cooking!!

Bonus Tip: Add Sprite or Ginger Ale to make it a punch!

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Lemon Pudding

Hello!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!  I had A Very Merry Christmas and looking forward to the NYE celebration.  Can you believe we only have one more day left in 2017?

What are your plans for NYE?  If you are having a vision party, house party, or celebrating at home I have the perfect dessert for you.

I am so excited that Nilla wafers have a lemon flavored cookie and it is delicious!!  I couldn’t wait to create a recipe with the cookies.  My recipe is full of lemon flavor and will be really cute in mini dessert cups.  I am already thinking of what else I can add to this recipe to make it better or just a whole new twist.  I hope my recipe is a hit in your house or party! Let me know your thoughts and what you think I can add to make this recipe even more delicious.

 

Ingredients

1 box of Lemon Nilla Wafers

1 8oz block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 8oz tub of cool whip

1/2 cup powder sugar

2 large freshly squeezed lemons

 

Instructions

Allow your cream cheese to soften ahead of time.  Once your cream cheese is nice and soft beat the cream cheese and powder sugar together.  Next add your condensed milk, cool whip, and lemon juice from your fresh squeezed lemons.

Layer your cookies in the bottom of the pan and add mixture on top of the cookies.  Continue to repeat steps with layers until you run out of mixture.  Allow dessert to cool in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.  This is also a quick and easy dessert that will save you time if you make it the night before too.

Happy Cooking!!!

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Adult Hot Chocolate

Happy Merry Monday!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! Can you believe we are 2 weeks away from Christmas? I can’t not believe it myself!

I have the cutest diy gift for you to create. I love personalized gifts and thought this adult Hot chocolate would be perfect for the winter season. It’s so simple and cute!!

I purchase two different mugs and mini candy canes from the dollar tree. I purchase the 10 pack of hot chocolate from the Christmas Tree store, and the miniature alcohol bottle from the ABC store. So this whole gift was under $3.00

This diy gift will be the cutest gift for a family member, friend, or coworker.

Happy Crafting!!

 


Cookies and Coco

Hello!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! Have you started Christmas shopping? I love starting early so I won’t be out at the last minute.

I know shopping for everyone can be expensive so I think it’s fun to come up with small gifts for people you want to give them something even if it’s small.

I decided to call this easy DIY gift cookies and coco. I purchase the cookies and hot chocolate from Target and the miniature Pinnacle Vodka bottle from a local liquor store. I purchased the Santa hats from Hobby Lobby in a pack of six. I created this cute and simple gift for $3.50.

I hope this cute gift inspires you to get crafty for the holiday season!!! I will be sharing other ideas all month long so make sure you check back and see what I am cooking and creating!!!!


Lemon Bars

Happy Wonderful Wednesday!!!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving

I love baking and with the holiday season here it is the perfect time to bake and share your sweet treats with family, friends, and more. My easy lemon bar recipe will be a perfect treat for you to make and share during the holiday season.  You can wrap them in the cutest clear packaging. Glad has some of the cutest packaging for all of your holiday baking needs.

I remember tasting a lemon bar for the first time and I immediately fell in love! I absolutely loved them and wanted to learn how to make them.  I just love the rich flavor and cake brownie texture.  I have already remixed the recipe with some white chocolate strawberry bars which are delicious too!

 

 

 

 

Ingredients
1 Box of Lemon Cake Mix
3 Eggs
3 Cups of Confectioner’s Sugar
1 Stick of Butter (Melted)
1 8oz Block of Cream Cheese

Instructions

In a bowl combine lemon cake mix, 1 egg, and 1 stick of melted butter. Mix all 3 ingredients well. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with Baker’s Joy. Add cake mixture in the baking dish and spread across the whole pan. Mix 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar, 2 eggs, and 1 block of cream cheese together with a mixer. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of cake mixture. Bake on 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Enjoy!


Stuff Santa’s Socks

Happy Fabulous Friday!!

 

Can you believe we are only 45 days way from Christmas? This year is almost gone!  It is time to start all of your holiday planning for home and work.  It’s time to deck the halls, sip egg nog, and reflect over the wonderful year with family and friends.

I get so excited about this time of the year! It’s the perfect time to be festive and fun!!  I have the cutest secret Santa gift exchange for your office holiday fun.

 

Instructions

Send an e-mail to your department or team asking them who would like to play Stuff Santa’s Socks. Put all of the names in a hat or anything to pull names.  Let everyone pull a name.  You will need to determine if you will have a limit and if you want to have separate groups for men and women or one unisex group.  After you get all of that out of the way it’s time to start having fun!!

You purchase a pair of fun Christmas socks your secret co-worker can wear and stuff them with all types of goodies! I had so much fun stuffing these socks last year for a family member’s job!! You can actually play this family, friends, and even church members. See my picture below for an example!!

 

Have A Wonderful Weekend!!

 


Summer Pasta Salad

Happy Fabulous Friday!!!

It’s hard to believe Summer is coming to an end already!!! It is time for back to school and no more easy going traffic for work commutes in big cities!

Labor Day is usually the last big Summer bash and it’s time to start planning your end of the Summer party so you can end Summer 17 with a bang! 💥 My Summer pasta salad will be the perfect addition to your menu!

Ingredients

SummerPastaSalad 🥒🍅


Banana Pudding Cheesecake Pie

HappyMemorialDay!! 🇺🇸

I just love kicking off the beginning of summer with a backyard BBQ, going to the beach or enjoying a picnic with family and friends!! 

How do you celebrate your Memorial Day?

When the days get warmer I know many people don't like to turn on the oven and I myself love no bake desserts for the summer.

My banana pudding cheesecake will be the perfect addition to your summer celebrations.  

Ingredients 

1 14oz can of sweet condensed milk

1 2.25 oz mini vanilla wafers 

1 3.4 oz box of vanilla pudding 

2 cups of milk 

1 8oz block of cream cheese 

1/2 cup of confectioners sugar 

1 8oz tub of cool whip 

1-2 bananas 

2 6oz Ready Graham Pie Crust

Instructions 

Blend the cream cheese and confectioners sugar together in a large bowl until creamy 

Add pudding, milk, cool whip, and condensed milk and mix well 

After mixture is nice and creamy add to pie crust.

Slice bananas and lay around the top of the mixture. Lay mini vanilla wafers around the pie to make the pie pretty!

This easy pie is so good and creamy!! I hope you enjoy it with family and friends this summer!!!


Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Happy Thankful Thursday!!

Spring is here and it’s almost time for backyard bbq’s and lemonade!!! I wanted to get a comfort recipe in before the weather gets really warm!   

We all need a recipe Rolodex with some quick and easy recipes for dinner.  My chicken pot pie is here to save the day.  Who doesn’t love chicken pot pie? It is so rich, creamy, and just down right delicious!! My recipe is loaded with chicken, vegetables, and ready made pie crust. It is a perfect recipe for comfort food and easy to make.  You can even freeze this simple and easy recipe!
Ingredients 

3 chicken breast

1 can of corn

1 can of green beans 

1 can of carrots

1 can of diced white potatoes 

1 large can of family size of cream of chicken 

1 2pack of pre-made pie crust 
Instructions 

Season chicken with your favorite seasonings and bring chicken to a boil.  I usually boil my chicken in chicken broth or and water.  

After chicken is done, allow it to cool and cut up in small pieces or shred it.  Mix all vegetables, chicken, and cream of chicken together in a boiler. Pour mixture in pie crust and cut your second pie crust in pieces and lay on top.
Bake pie for 45 minutes to an hour on 350 or until crust is golden brown.

~My recipe is actually enough for 2 pies~

Enjoy!!! 


Taco Dip

Happy Sunday!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! We are one week away from one of the biggest games of the year! Next week at this time everyone will be cheering for their favorite NFL team for Super Bowl 51.
I am so excited to share a new dip recipe with you but sad because I totally forgot to take a picture before everyone started digging in.

This taco dip is absolutely delicious and so easy to make.  I apologize in advance for helping you break your diet plans!
Ingredients

1 Pound of ground turkey or beef

1 16oz of refried beans

1 4oz can of diced green chilies

1 pack of mild McCormick taco seasoning mix

1 8oz block of cream cheese

1 cup of shredded Mexican cheese
Instructions

Fry your ground turkey or beef in a skillet until brown. Drain grease from the meat and add your pack of taco seasoning and follow directions on the package.

After your meat is seasoned with the taco seasoning add your meat to a baking dish mix in your refried beans and green chilies until all ingredients are mixed well together.

Add your cream cheese to the top of your meat mixture and bake on 350 until cream cheese is soft enough to spread across the whole top of the dip. Add the cup of shredded cheese and put back in the oven just long enough for the shredded cheese to melt.

Serve dip with tortilla chips!

I hope you have a wonderful Super Bowl Sunday next week and don’t eat too much!

Happy Cooking!!