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Shoepeg Corn Salad

April 25, 2017
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This Shoepeg Corn Salad uses shoepeg corn, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers tossed in a tangy dressing. This salad recipe is perfect for spring and summer BBQs!


Shoepeg Corn Salad


A little while ago, I came across a recipe in a cookbook for a salad with shoepeg corn and various other vegetables. I've heard of shoepeg corn, but I honestly didn't know what the difference was between that and regular corn. I knew I probably have had it before and didn't realize it.

Needless to say I wasn't surprised when doing a little bit of research that it's very popular in the southern part of the US, not so much in the northern part. So that explains why I didn't remember ever tasting shoepeg corn, since I was born and raised here in PA! I put it on my shopping list, not to be surprised if I couldn't find it in my local grocery store.


Shoepeg Corn Salad Recipe


English Muffin French Toast Sticks

April 21, 2017

This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Bays English Muffins to review this product.

These English Muffin French Toast Sticks are super easy and so fun for busy mornings! These are perfect for freezing ahead of time and packing into lunchboxes, too!



English Muffin French Toast Sticks



I know that when you typically think of English muffins, you think of breakfast. I will readily admit, we are English muffin fanatics in the morning. Especially busy mornings! Even when I was a kid, I have very fond memories of crazy school mornings spent eating toasted English muffins with warm melted butter before we were off to school for the day. Of course my kids share the love that I have of them, too! Especially with our favorite Bays English Muffins - seriously, the BEST you can find in the grocery store!

I will say, though, in our family - we honestly enjoy English muffins in all sorts of ways for lunch and dinner as well. There's the classic English muffin pizza of course, but I've been so inspired by Bays chefs' versatile recipe ideas - sandwiches, melts, paninis, and sides. I specifically can't wait to try their Bacon, Beer & Cheddar Muffin Wedges, doesn't that sound delicious? And I'm TOTALLY planning on making some English muffin garlic bread for our next spaghetti night, what a great idea!


French Toast Sticks made with English Muffins

Banana Coconut Coffee Cake

April 18, 2017
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This delicious Banana Coconut Coffee Cake is perfect for company! Sweet banana cake topped with a banana coconut streusel - serve with a pot of hot coffee!


Banana Coconut Coffee Cake


I firmly believe you can never have enough coffee cake recipes, wouldn't you agree? Traditionally, coffee cake is sweet, but not nearly as sweet as dessert cake. Just enough sweetness to accompany a cup of tea or, of course, coffee. Because of the dialed-down sweetness, they are great for breakfast, brunch, dessert, even snacks. Most have a crumb topping, instead of traditional cake frosting, so they can easily be packed into a lunch box as well. What's not to love?



Tuna Melt Zucchini Skins

April 17, 2017
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These yummy Tuna Melt Zucchini Skins are ready in under 15 minutes! Hollowed out zucchini slices stuffed with albacore tuna and melted cheddar cheese - these are perfect for lunch!



Tuna Melt Zucchini Skins


Albacore tuna is one item that is an absolute pantry staple in our house. I don't even add it to our grocery list each week because it's just a given that I pick up a few cans every time I do my shopping. I usually enjoy tuna in a pita pocket with some lettuce and tomato, as does Paul. And of course I pretty regularly make tuna sandwiches for the boys to pack in their lunch box.

One of my ALL TIME favorite sandwiches is the tuna melt. Whenever we find ourselves out to each at lunch time, I'm always tempted to order the tuna melt on the menu - and that is usually what I wind up ordering! There's just something about tuna and melty cheese together - the flavors just pair together so nicely.


Tuna Melt Zucchini Skins recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

April 14, 2017
This Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake uses a lemon cake mix, lemon pudding mix, and only one bowl needed! Such a bright color and lemon flavor, perfect for spring brunch and parties!



Lemon Poppy Seed Cake


Easter is this weekend and our two older boys are home from school on Spring Break. We actually don't have a long extended spring break here in Central PA, at least not for our public school kiddos. They would have had Thursday, Friday, and Easter Monday off, but Thursday was knocked off that list as a make-up snow day. 

I love having them all home with me for a few days, but it does give me a bit of a preview of what the summer months will be like. As a person who is most productive when I keep to a routine, let's just say I'm going to have my work cut out for me this summer!

Something I discovered earlier this morning that works when the kids are getting really rambunctious is to have them pick a book and read it to Reuben. At 18 months I'm so excited to say that he already loves reading! His favorite book character right now is Pete the Cat, which is perfect because we have loads of those books on our bookshelf. Double bonus, both Silas and Wesley can read those books fully. Without a doubt, reading to Reuben will be on the daily summer schedule for sure!


Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

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