Archive for 2017

Pineapple Zucchini Bread

July 20, 2017
This Pineapple Zucchini Bread recipe is absolutely delicious and SO moist! With crushed pineapple, fresh zucchini, raisins, and spices - this dairy free bread is perfect!


Zucchini Pineapple Bread


I was SO SO SO excited to start a little vegetable garden this summer. We've been renting for a few years now, and every spring I get motivated to clear out an existing garden bed to make room for some vegetable plants. And this year... I finally did it!

I'm definitely not the best gardener around, so I kind of flubbed my way through. I wish I could say it worked out well, but not so much. I planted 2 cucumber plants, 2 zucchini plants, 3 cherry tomatoes, 2 Roma tomatoes, 1 beefsteak tomato, and 1 hot chili pepper. They all started growing great, but after researched I realized we must have squash borer bugs that attacked not only my zucchini plants, but both cucumbers. I also seem to have issues with blossom end rot on my one Roma tomato plant. Despite the issues, I've been regularly harvesting delicious cherry tomatoes, chili peppers are almost ripe, and unfortunately only 2 zucchini. My cucumbers have given me nothing so far! :/

I'm not discouraged, though. I've learned several things to do for next year's planting that should help and avoid the same issues from happening again. One of the aspects of gardening I'm most surprised about, however, was getting a cute partner to help me - Wesley! He seems to be as into gardening and learning about gardening as I am, and of course I welcome the help. He loves going out with me in the morning to see if any tomatoes are ripe. 


zucchini pineapple bread recipe

Bacon Ranch Cornbread Salad

July 18, 2017
This Bacon Ranch Cornbread Salad is absolutely delicious! Fresh crumbled cornbread, veggies, and cheese tossed in a sour cream ranch dressing and topped with bacon!

cornbread salad


What is it about rainy summer days that just make you want to do absolutely nothing? We've had a few days in a row here in Pennsylvania that start out sunny and warm, but quickly turn to clouds in the afternoon with showers or thunderstorms. My afternoons are my time to get work done while Reuben is napping, but this weather is killing my productivity!

I'm not even going to get into the state of my house right now. Ok, well maybe I will. Reuben's new thing is finding tissues or paper towels and picking little pieces off of them, throwing the little pieces all over the floor. Honestly, the pieces just stay there until I can't take it anymore and get the vacuum out. And then he inevitably finds another tissue or paper towel to tear apart. Weird kid.

The big boys go to summer camp next week and I'm absolutely looking forward to it! Of course, they're looking forward to it, too. It's a day camp with a "wet and wacky" theme - lots of water games and activities. Plus, they take them boating, fishing, hiking, etc. I used to LOVE summer camp when I went in middle school, plus we've been getting on each other's nerves so I think a break during the day will be good for ALL of us. ;)


Bacon Ranch Cornbread Salad

Galaxy Cupcakes

July 14, 2017

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These Galaxy Cupcakes are perfect for a space themed party! Cupcakes are decorated with frosting, sprinkles, lollipops, and ring-shaped gummy candy - so adorable!

Galaxy Cupcakes


We recently bought new bookshelves for the bedroom that our older two boys share, and last week began the big children's book purge. I seem to have a problem buying children's books because I honestly don't remember how we collected so many! I think it's because I just can't help myself when I see a book they may potentially really enjoy. Anyway, while going through all of their books I made a startling discovery...

These boys LOVE outer space!


galaxy planet cupcakes recipe


Banana Split Trifle

July 12, 2017
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This Banana Split Trifle is a perfect nobake dessert! Layered vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and of course sliced banana!



banana split trifle







We've entered the toddler zone. Please send help. And chocolate. And coffee.

Reuben turns two years old in October, but for us, the terrible two's have started a little early. In the morning when he wakes up, he MUST have his juice or milk cup ready and waiting for him or he has a melt down. During the day, he MUST watch his daily episode of Puppy Dog Pals and Sesame Street or he has a melt down. Don't try feeding him anything on a spoon, he MUST do it himself in his high chair making an absolute mess. And then, even if you manage to do all of those things attempting to make him happy during the day, when 5pm rolls around, he follows me throughout the house crying for no apparent reason. 

This child needs to start talking with real words!

Reuben is, of course, a brat because he doesn't act this way for anyone else. Only for the lucky four of us that live with him. Gahhh!!


banana split trifle recipe

Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce

July 5, 2017
This recipe for Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce will be the hit at your next cookout! Perfectly grilled chicken and a tangy white bbq sauce for dipping, yum!!


Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce



I have to say, we are absolutely having a blast this summer in the Mostly Homemade Mom house! Since we had our big vacation in May, we're pretty much staying put these summer months - but that doesn't mean we're not planning on fun, that's for sure. 

My boys are obsessed with science and I LOVE it. They had seen a few science experiment videos on Facebook as they look over at my phone while I'm scrolling through and that gave me a good idea. The week before school let out, I went over to Pinterest and pinned all sorts of fun and easy backyard science activities, and then bought all the supplies at the dollar store. Our summer activity supplies are stored in a box on our kitchen counter. Every week day, in order for us to do a fun science activity after dinner, the boys have to complete two review worksheets and read for at least 15 minutes. I have to say, this plan has worked like a charm! Plus, you can't beat more learning activity as an incentive for even more reading and learning!

Having all the supplies already bought and ready to go has been a huge timesaver as well - plus it serves as a visual incentive for them to get the work done they need to do in order to have some fun time later in the day. Win-win!


white bbq sauce recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Frappe

June 27, 2017

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This delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Frappe is the perfect way to cool down on a hot day! Coffee, ice, chocolate creamer, chocolate chips, and whipped cream on top - yum!!





When I think of summers when I was a kid, I think HEAT. We lived in Philadelphia and it was always quite a few degrees hotter there than elsewhere in the state. My mom always said it was because all the buildings so close together kept the heat in. I don't know if that really was the reason, but we were not one of the lucky few families I knew of that had central air conditioning. We had this HUGE clonking air conditioner in the wall of our dining room and, running that thing, cost my parents a small fortune. Needless to say, most summers we just dealt with the heat!

With my own kids now, I look at them and I think, "They don't know how good they have it!" Wesley (6) would seriously spend all day long outside, despite the heat. Silas (8) complains the entire time. That one takes after me, unfortunately! Either way, most days are spent outside with them while they ride their bikes, play with sidewalk chalk, or just run around. On days where it's too hot to even think, I make up a delicious frappe to drink and cool down while spending time outside with the boys.





This Chocolate Chip Cookie Frappe is so easy to throw into a blender, pour into a glass, and you're off! There's absolutely no need to get in the car and drive to your favorite coffee shop when you can keep the ingredients on hand at home and make these up for yourself whenever the mood - or the heat - strikes you!


Yield: 2 drinks

Chocolate Chip Cookie Frappe

This delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Frappe is the perfect way to cool down on a hot day! Coffee, ice, chocolate creamer, chocolate chips, and whipped cream on top - yum!!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: total time: 5 mins

INGREDIENTS:


INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Place all ingredients, besides Reddi-wip®, into a blender. Blend until smooth and adjust sweetness according to your own taste.
  2. Divide between two glasses. Top with Reddi-wip® and serve immediately.
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The amount of the ingredients that I listed above are really a guideline, feel free to adjust according to your own taste as well. I just really love being able to create some of my favorite coffeehouse flavors at home with just a few ingredients and at a fraction of the cost, too!





I was able to pick up my favorite International Delight® Cold Stone Creamery™ Sweet Cream, International Delight® Hershey’s® Chocolate Caramel, and Reddi-wip® during my last grocery shopping trip through Walmart. Those creamers are my go-to for my daily morning/afternoon coffee breaks as well as in this fabulous frappe recipe. Both International Delight creamers and Reddi-wip are absolutely perfect for your daily coffee, which is why I always like to have them on hand.





Whether you are planning a huge get-together with friends, or you're just chillin' like me in the sweltering backyard with your kiddos, "We like how you party!" Perfect for lovers of the sweet and creamy, which is totally me! I love topping my frappe with Reddi-wip because there are no artificial flavors or sweeteners, and it's made from cows not treated with artificial growth hormone. If you're looking for more incredible frappe recipes, be sure to visit the social hub here - I can hardly wait to try these! 








Grilled Vegetable Salad

June 26, 2017

This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Sam's Club to facilitate this review.

This Grilled Vegetable Salad will be the hit at the BBQ!  Grilled corn, tomatoes, and asparagus with couscous and spring mix - so easy!


Grilled Vegetable Salad


Can I just say officially that I'm SO GLAD it's finally summer around here? I mean, we've had quite a few hot and humid days, but it's now officially summer and I'm really excited! We look forward to spontaneous days spent outside in our yard and having family over for BBQs all season long. Don't get me wrong, I love planning just as much as the next Pinterest-addict, but there's something to be said for those "lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer"! 

Some days we like to hang outside, kids playing with their bikes, maybe the sprinkler will come out, and we'll search the fridge for some veggies and meat to throw on the grill. Other days, we all pile into the van on a whim and take a drive. I honestly don't like to plan things more than 3 days out in the summer - we just don't know what mood will strike us next!


grilled vegetable couscous salad



This past weekend, we surprised the kids with a trip to Sam's Club, which they are always THRILLED about. That's not an exaggeration, they absolutely love trips to Sam's Club for two main reasons: the free samples and the "toy aisle." To get these boys excited about shopping is a feat in and of itself these days! We also took a stroll through the seasonal section and I spotted this incredible Member's Mark Mesh Grill Basket and Lid


grilled vegetable couscous salad recipe



I absolutely could not wait to try that out on our grill at home and I was not disappointed! This grill basket is perfect for any grilled vegetable or grilled saute recipe you might be wanting to try - I highly recommend this Grilled Vegetable Salad for starters!

No Churn Coffee Cake Ice Cream

June 23, 2017

This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Bake’n Joy / Boston Coffee Cake to review this product.

This No Churn Coffee Cake Ice Cream is SO easy! Vanilla ice cream with chunks of real coffee cake, walnuts, and caramel - perfect for leftover coffee cake, one of the best no churn ice cream recipes ever!


No Churn Coffee Cake Ice Cream

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Question for you friends: how often do you send thank you cards or gifts? I'm being honest here when I say I'm bad at remembering to send Thank You cards. When someone does something nice for me or my family, I always think I'd love to do something special to let them know how much I really appreciated their kindness. Writing out a card is just something I forget to do! I remember immediately in person, and of course thank them in person, but then the guilt remains of how my intentions were more!


no churn ice cream recipes



Emily Post, the etiquette maven, encouraged often, "It's a very nice gesture to bring a small gift. Wine, flowers, and specialty food items, all make good gifts." Ahhh... I'm failing at etiquette, you guys! I'd love to make home baked cakes and cookies to show my appreciation for the special people in our lives, but I honestly just don't have the time. 


no churn ice cream recipes with coffee cake



The amazing people at Boston Coffee Cake have the perfect solution - they've been providing delicious coffee cakes for people to send to their loved ones for the past 25 years! We recently had the opportunity to sample their outstanding coffee cakes here in the Mostly Homemade Mom test kitchen. The Caramel Apple Harvest was my favorite, Marble Madness was the boys' favorite, and everyone loved the Original Cinnamon Walnut. I used a few leftover slices of Cinnamon Walnut to create this incredible No Churn Coffee Cake Ice Cream! 


no churn ice cream



Not only is this ice cream no churn, it's probably the easiest and most delicious ice cream you'll try! Just softened vanilla ice cream, cubed coffee cake slices, and walnuts. Doesn't get much easier than that, friends!

Yield: 8 servings

No Churn Coffee Cake Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream with chunks of real coffee cake, walnuts, and caramel - perfect for leftover coffee cake, one of the best no churn ice cream recipes ever!
prep time: 20 MINScook time: total time: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:


INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Allow ice cream to sit at room temperature until softened slightly. Scoop into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle half of coffee cake chunks onto ice cream and gently fold. Sprinkle remaining coffee cake and walnuts and gently fold in again until well mixed.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and return to the freezer for at least 2 hours. Scoop ice cream into serving dishes and top with drizzled caramel and additional coffee cake crumbs. Store leftover ice cream in the freezer.
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Coffee Cake No Churn Ice Cream



It will honestly be really hard to even HAVE leftovers of this incredible coffee cake, but if you can spare a few slices to make this ice cream, YOU NEED TO! It's such a creative twist on regular, boring ice cream - don't skip the caramel drizzle on top either, it pairs so well with the coffee cake and walnut flavors!





My grandparents are always sending the kids such adorable cards for each holiday, along with $5 gift cards to their favorite fast food restaurants. I really wanted to show how thankful we are that even though they live far away, they still want the kids to know how special they are to them. And they are special to us, too! We sent Grammy and Poppy a Marble Madness Boston Coffee Cake to show them how thankful we are for them. I'm sure they will absolutely LOVE it!


No churn ice cream with boston coffee cake



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No Churn Coffee Cake Ice Cream recipe





Meatball Cheeseburger Bites

June 20, 2017
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooked Perfect® Meatballs for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


These Meatball Cheeseburger Bites are so fun! Delicious homestyle meatballs served on potato rolls with classic cheeseburger toppings - these little guys are great for parties, too!


Meatball Cheeseburger Bites


My two little boys have been out of school since Memorial Day. The whole year their school has been highlighting the word proactive with the students. As the summer approached, I realized I needed to very much be proactive with planning our summer activities. And I am very happy to report that it has been going very well thus far!


Meatball Cheeseburger Bites recipe


One of the things I knew I needed to be proactive about this summer was with our food. If we were going to be on an outing, are we bringing food or eating there? Will there be enough time when we get home for me to make dinner, or should I have something going in the Crockpot for when we get back? Planning our meals out for the week has DEFINITELY made things run much smoothly around here!


Meatball Cheeseburger Bites with frozen meatballs


A great motivator for me, in regards to keeping up with meal planning, is thinking up some new and creative ways of serving our favorite foods. One product I always pick up while I'm at my local grocery store, is my family's favorite Cooked Perfect® Meatballs. They are a great solution to busy summer days - plus with their quality of ingredients and flame-broiled cooking process, the flavor is out of this world! These Meatball Cheeseburger Bites are absolutely perfect for dinners, BBQs, and parties as well - we have a certain little boy's birthday party coming up next month that these would be perfect for!



Yield: 24 cheeseburger bites

Meatball Cheeseburger Bites

Cooked  Perfect  Homestyle meatballs served with melted cheese on split dinner rolls and topped with tomato, ketchup, mustard, and pickles.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 35 mins

INGREDIENTS:

 
  • 24 Cooked Perfect Homestyle Meatballs
  • 1 package of 24 party-style potato dinner rolls
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese, quartered
  • 4 small tomatoes, sliced
  • 24 bread & butter pickles
  • ketchup & mustard, toothpicks

INSTRUCTIONS

 
  1. Place frozen meatballs on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  2. Separate party rolls and slice each in half created a top and bottom "bun." Place the bottoms of the rolls on a second cookie sheet and top each with a quartered slice of cheese. Bake next to meatballs in oven an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and meatballs are cooked through.
  3. Assemble cheeseburger bites by topping each bottom bun with a cooked meatball, ketchup, mustard, tomato slice, pickle, and top bun. Secure with toothpicks and serve immediately.
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cheeseburger bites


I used the typical cheeseburger toppings for these bites, but of course you can tweak them and serve each person's cheeseburger bite just the way they prefer. Ripple potato chips were the perfect addition alongside these delicious mini cheeseburgers!


cheeseburger bites recipe


I was so surprised to see that Cooked Perfect comes in a wide variety of flavors. I can't wait to try these Meatball Cheeseburger Bites with Angus Beef, Turkey, or the All Natural Homestyle varieties - doesn't that sound delicious?! Cooked Perfect Meatballs are crafted using select meats, real cheeses, and savory herbs then flame-broiled to sear in the flavor. Find Cooked Perfect Meatballs in the freezer aisle of your local grocery store. Be sure to click here for more meatball recipes and a Cooked Perfect coupon as well.


mini cheeseburger bites


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Lemon Cheesecake

June 16, 2017
This Lemon Cheesecake is absolutely perfect and easy to make! A shortbread crust, lemon cheesecake filling, and a sour cream topping make this dessert recipe complete!


Lemon Cheesecake


I honestly feel like one can never have too many cheesecake recipes in their baking arsenal, am I right? I've pretty much decided I'm on a quest to fine-tune and tweak every variety of cheesecake I've tried and share them with you all - possibly create some new flavors as well! I hope you don't mind my latest addiction - lemon cheesecake.


Lemon Cheesecake recipe



The bright yellow color, and the tangy citrus flavor of lemon always makes me think of spring and summer recipes. Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake and Lemon Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies are two of my favorite recipes to bake this time of the year. I'm so glad to add a cheesecake to this mix now!


Lemon Sour Cream Cheesecake

Asian Grilled Chicken Skewers

June 12, 2017
These Asian Grilled Chicken Skewers use a simple marinade and chicken tenders, grilled to perfection! The perfect summer weeknight meal, a great freezer meal, too!

Asian Grilled Chicken Skewers


To say we've become obsessed with our grill as of late is an understatement. We've been scouring the internet, old cookbooks, and restaurant menus for ideas to try at home. I'm proud to say that mostly all of our attempts have been successful, so get ready for quite a few grilling recipes here on Mostly Homemade Mom in the coming weeks!


grilled chicken skewers



We have a few big purchases coming up and, in an effort to save as much money as possible, I've been really stalking the grocery sales and coupon deals to stock up on the lowest prices possible. Besides our house payment, food is our next biggest monthly expense and, with three growing boys, we go through a lot of meat! My plan is to buy in bulk the next time I see a cheap chicken sale and make up a lot of freezer bags with chicken and marinade - to save the step later on when we're ready for dinner.


grilled chicken skewers recipe

Cake Mix Rhubarb Cobbler

June 8, 2017
This easy rhubarb cobbler made with cake mix is ready in minutes! Fresh rhubarb from your garden is perfect in this simple dessert!


rhubarb cobbler


The first time I had ever even heard of rhubarb was the first summer Paul and I had moved to Lancaster County. I grew up in the city and I guess rhubarb just isn't something you see in city supermarkets. We actually were really lucky growing up and we had a large back yard, side yard, and front yard. My parents grew quite a bit of vegetables most summers in the backyard - mostly tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes. But never rhubarb! 

Seriously, the stuff is ALL OVER up here in Amish Country! Pretty much every roadside produce stand I stop at has bunches of rhubarb, very reasonably priced too, I might add. A sweet member of our church congregation gifted us a bunch from their garden so I thought it was about time that I cooked up something with it myself. Boy am I glad I took the plunge!

Sweet Pineapple Baked Beans

June 5, 2017
These Sweet Pineapple Baked Beans are the perfect side dish! Beans with pineapple chunks, pineapple juice, and brown sugar - great for potlucks and BBQs!


Sweet Pineapple Baked Beans


This is the time of the year when we do a lot of grilling in this family. And by a lot of grilling, I mean A HECK OF A LOT. Dinner time with 3 kids who are all hungry is a recipe for melt-down time. I absolutely love having fresh chicken or beef marinating in the fridge to just hand over to Paul to cook up on the grill. 

While the main dish is covered with him grilling, the side dishes are up to me and for some reason that's the part that usually stresses me out! Lately we've been doing a lot of grilled corn since it's been on sale lately around here, and we've also done a few nights of grilled asparagus. Some sweet members of our congregation gifted us some fresh asparagus from their garden and it was absolutely fabulous on the grill - and I'm one that's not a huge asparagus fan. 

Our schedules are crazy right now though, and while I pick up at least two or three servings of fresh veggie side dishes for us each week, any more than that sometimes just gets wasted because it goes bad before we can cook it. Just the reality in this house! So I really like to have side dish ideas that are easy to pull together and use shelf-stable ingredients to always have on hand.


recipe for baked beans with pineapple

Homemade Cheesy Beef-a-roni with Barilla! #ShareTheTable

May 30, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own.

This homemade beefaroni recipe has an amazing tomato meat sauce combined with elbow macaroni noodles and layers of gooey cheddar cheese - get your family gathered around the table again!



*5/30/17 - I've updated this recipe post with an easier to read recipe card with print button, and a more easily shareable pin graphic at the bottom! I hope you family enjoys this delicious homemade beefaroni!

I'm really proud to say that in our house, eating meals together around the table is the norm. I know it's hard, moms. Believe me, I know it's hard. Especially when you have a semi-picky eater and another one who makes a complete mess out of every meal. By the time dinner is done and cleaned up, sometimes I just want to go to bed - it's exhausting!



But it's so worth it. They're little now, Silas is still in preschool, but I know that in a few short years all four of us will be going in separate directions during the day. Heck, we already do! Getting together around the table is like coming back to home base. We can talk about what happened during the day, and just be goofy with each other. 

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 26, 2017
These Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies are so moist and chewy! The coconut oil in the dough makes these the best cookies ever!



Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies


I can hardly believe it, but today is the last day of school here for our boys in elementary school. When I go to pick Silas and Wesley up this afternoon, they will officially be 3rd and 1st graders! They've had an amazing year and I'm so proud of all the hard work they put in. I'm happy to say they had lots of fun, too!

Their school is big on STEM education, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Thanks to a grant from a local container-making factory in our community, the boys' elementary school was able to purchase educational robots that the classes get opportunities to use through computer programming. They are always SO EXCITED to come home and tell me they had time with them in the classroom that day. I've definitely noticed that their interest in school in general is elevated because of the various STEM opportunities they've been given this year. And it's spilled over into other subjects as well. Wesley went from not knowing all of the letters and sounds to fully reading most picture books. Silas struggled with reading beginning chapter books and he is now reading above level books for his age.


Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe