I enjoy making homemade meals for my family, but I don't always have the time or the energy. I work from home a few days out of the week, but generally I am busy working. I really don't like to order fast food, or buy frozen dinners.
This is why I have gotten a really good electric pressure cooker. I love making healthy, balanced meals that are very satisfying.
That's when my electric pressure cooker pays off. It's easy to use, and I can just throw in fresh ingredients. Dinner's done in no time. I especially like making a barbecued dish in the summer.
Here are some of the best rated electric pressure cookers for the kitchen!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
So I decided to start baking all of our own pizzas to save money.
I have tried a lot of good homemade pizza recipes, and my son and husband especially like one recipe I found made with refrigerated biscuits. It's called pizza casserole.
I made it with honey butter biscuits, pizza sauce in the bottle, whole milk mozzarella, shredded sharp cheddar, pepperoni, and black forest ham. It came out great, and my family loved it. It takes about 35 - 40 minutes to cook in the oven on 375 degrees.
I have found some automatic pizza ovens online for sale, and I imagine that they would make the job of creating and baking pizzas really super easy. Here are some of the top rated countertop electric pizza ovens for the home.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
There were no automatic mini donut makers, so my mother would make the dough from a recipe in the cookbook.
She would have a heavy cast-iron pan filled with oil for frying. I have been thinking of making some new treats for my family, and I thought mini donuts would be fun.
Here are some of the best top rated mini donut makers available!
Monday, June 16, 2014
Sometimes I find it hard to get that quiet time I need to recoup and rest, and I generally have to find some quiet space in my home away from all of the chaos and noise. That's when I tend to grab a treat and retreat to my quiet space with my cat and books.
When I am shopping in the fall and need that wonderful pumpkin spice latte, I make a beeline to the coffee shop, but when I am home in my pajamas just needing a little treat, I make this delicious brewed creamy coffee at home.
Here are some of the best rated coffee latte makers for your home!
Saturday, June 14, 2014
There are so many cool decorating ideas that come to mind, and you can get a stand to hold the cupcakes, turning it into a table centerpiece.
You can make them at home or order them from a bakery. Most all of the decorations can be bought in a store, and you can gather friends and family of the bride to bake and decorate the cupcakes the night before.
Here are some cute cupcake decorating ideas for a bridal shower.
Holidays were a time for me to treat the family to all kinds of homemade cupcakes and treats.
On Halloween, I would go absolutely crazy with baking and decorating cupcakes in orange and black icing with candy corn, making caramel apples, and of course, buying bags of candy for this kids.
Here are some really cute cupcake decorating ideas for kids.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Decorating cupcakes can set you free in the kitchen as you can make them as simple or as spectacular as you choose to.
I saw recently that Good Housekeeping had a step by step video for cupcake decorating tips too.
Here are some really easy cupcake decorating ideas for most every occasion.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
They are fairly simple to make with the right tools and you can cover them in frosting, sprinkles, chocolate, or most anything delectable and sweet that you can think of.
Here are some fun cake pop decorating ideas for your next party.
Cake pops are little balls of cake with frosting on a stick. That description may sound a little boring, but they make for exciting and whimsical party favors.
Some people refer to them as cake balls or cakesicles too, how funny! I have seen many cake pop designs on Pinterest and in every imaginable color.
I have noticed some really cute cake pop makers that will save you time and effort from traditional baking methods.
Here are some of the best rated cake pop makers for your next party!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Sometimes, having to make a cupcake from scratch can be a little daunting, but with a cupcake maker, you don't even need to use an oven.
With a little cake mix magic and some frosting, you can mix up sweet little treats. Here are some of the best rated cupcake makers for fantastic cupcakes anytime!
Monday, June 9, 2014
My blender helps me to mix up ingredients quickly and effortlessly allowing me time to get everything together with plenty of time to spare for home cooked meals for family and friends.
Really good quality blenders are great for entertaining. You can mix up everything from a frozen margarita to wonderful healthy fruit smoothies.
If you love fresh coffee and buy the beans, you can grind them up in the blender or even chop onions perfectly.
Another thing to look for is if the blender is easy to clean and use. These are two huge factors to look for in a quality blender. Here are some of the best electric kitchen blenders for the home!
I will usually grab my big red popcorn bowl and make a quick bowl of popcorn with my air popper.
Air popped popcorn is really more healthy than microwaved popcorn, and you can add whatever toppings you like. It's also very figure friendly, as I can eat a big bowl without feeling guilty afterwards.
You can also make popcorn faster in an air popper. I love popcorn on movie night with the family. Here are some of the best rated air popcorn poppers for your movie night!
Sunday, June 8, 2014
I love to make homemade ice cream as it brings back such good memories of my grandmother and her homemade banana ice cream in the summertime. Passing on the tradition brings such happiness.
My grandmother was a wiz in the kitchen. With her homemade banana ice cream, she made not only a delicious summertime treat, she made memories that will last my lifetime.
She used to get out the old churning bucket, salt, and ice. Not to mention all of the ingredients and measurements.
Now it's so much easier to make ice cream at home. Here are some of the best top rated ice cream makers for your home!
Who doesn't love ice cream? Some of my favorite flavors include mint chocolate chip, banana split ice cream, oh - and anything with chocolate in it. We even have nights where we head over to the grocery store just to stock up on waffle cone bowls, butterscotch and strawberry toppings, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries.
Ice Cream Recipes
So do you remember popcorn week?? Well, we're back with something even better! ICE CREAM WEEK! This is the week I've been looking forward to for so long... Because ice cream. ALL the ice cream. I might have stolen the lavender honey ice cream flavor idea from It's Complicated...
This easy homemade ice cream gets a natural sweetness from fresh blackberries, and some melted white chocolate lends extra creaminess and flavor. An easy, delicious summer dessert! In a hurry? Click here to jump straight to the recipe! I love that it's finally springtime. I've been craving sunshine FOREVER and it's finally here!
Ok, I know I say this almost every time I share an ice cream recipe, but this one has got to be the best! It's rich, chocolatey, swirled with fudge and studded with chunks of brownie. Take just one bite and you'll be hooked for life!
Homemade ice cream is so easy to make and with this no churn ice cream option for a gorgeous rainbow or unicorn colored cream, it's even more fun! Learn how to make ice cream below in the easiest way possible and never have a late night craving without a perfectly creamy, delicious and colorful solution again.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
I used to like to go to my local coffee shop for their fruit teas, but it can get quite expensive even to buy one a few times a week.
I prefer to brew ice tea the old fashioned way, but I have recently found that an ice tea maker can make the process so much easier as I love to brew lots of ice tea in the summertime for friends and family.
Here are some of the best top rated Hamilton Beach Ice Tea Makers for your kitchen too!
Friday, June 6, 2014
We always serve tea during the summer simply because it is so refreshing!
I keep thinking one day I will have one of those fancy swimming pools and serve tea to all of my loved ones around the pool and outdoor kitchen!
A girl can visualize and wish, right? :)
Well, here are some of the best rated ice tea makers and ice tea brewers for your home and fresh ice tea this summer!