The Best Banana Bread Recipe

 
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My recipe for banana bread is perfectly moistI and rich. It uses brown sugar and butter for an almost bananas foster caramelly flavor. I have loved Banana Bread since I was a little kid. I remember when I was about 6 to my mom surprise eating an entire loft of it all by myself. This recipe is an adaptation of the one my mom has made for the past 30 years.

This recipe is from my grandma Bohman. We've been making it now for four generations!

This banana bread is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon treat with a cup of coffee or tea. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Best Banana Bread Recipe

makes 1 loaf

  • 3 very ripe bananas

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup softened butter

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl add bananas, butter, and brown sugar. Cream together. Add eggs, baking soda and nuts. Mix until blended. Slowly mix in flour. Do not over mix.

Fold a piece of parchment paper and place in loaf pan. Pour mixture into pan. Sprinkle top with chopped nut and white sugar. This gives a nice presentation and a lovely streusel like crunch to the top of the bread.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until toothpick test comes out clean.

 
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Our Perfect HomeStyle Cinnamon French Toast Recipe

 
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The Story Behind The Recipe:
Cinnamon French Toast


When I first started thinking about the FIRESIDE FOODIE theme - telling the stories of the food that made us, this recipe for HomeStyle Cinnamon French Toast was the essence of the perfected tried and true recipe that everyone in our family loves. It has been on the table every Saturday morning since my twins were old enough to eat it. It’s buttery and cinnamony and hearty. It is one of the recipes that made my kids. It’s a true comfort food.

“I firmly believe in making a recipe your own so it sings to your tastes. “

Now this my french toast recipe which is a little bit different from my mom’s but it was built on her recipe. I firmly believe in making a recipe your own so it sings to your tastes. My recipe includes a ton of cinnamon and splash of vanilla. My kid’s dad grew up with french toast that was made with salt and black pepper. I know. Pepper! But it’s surprisingly good that way too.

French Toast Toppings

We ALWAYS top it with pure Vermont maple syrup since we have friends and family who are maple producers in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. My sister and her family contribute to the Butternut Mountain Farm’s maple syrup which you can find at William Sonoma around the country. We are lucky enough to get some from them and our other friends who tap the most remote trees in Vermont for the cleanest purest natural organic maple syrup.

We usually top our french toast with fruit in season such as blueberries, strawberries, peaches etc and sometimes even a dollop of whipped cream too!

Here’s to another lovely late Saturday breakfast/brunch together as a family.

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P.S. How do you make french toast? I would love to hear about it. Either comment below or comment on the Fireside.Foodie instagram post!

HomeStyle Cinnamon French Toast

by April Atwater | Fireside Foodie

HomeStyle Cinnamon French Toast

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of homestyle bread
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • butter

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl wisk together eggs, cream, salt cinnamon and vanilla
  2. Heat griddle on medium low heat and melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter.
  3. Dip bread slices into egg mixture then place on griddle.
  4. Cook until golden brown on each side.

Yield: 4 Servings

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Total time: 15 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 300
  • Fat: 14g
  • Totalcarbs: 32g
  • Dietaryfiber: 4g
  • Protein: 10g

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National S'mores Day Recipes and Ideas

 
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Today is National S'mores Day. For national S'mores Day why not host a S'mores party with a S' mores bar. Our Raspberry Nutella and Chocolate S'more is so delicious and simple to make. Add it to the bar along with other toppings for your guests to choose from.

Nutella S'mores Recipe

  • Original marshmallows

  • Homemade or the best raspberry jam

  • Hersey's chocolate bars

  • Nutella hazelnut spread

  • Graham crackers

First, toast your marshmallow to the perfect melting point. See our directions here: The Perfect toasted marshmallow. Next spread Nutella, and raspberry jam on a square of graham cracker. Next place chocolate square on the top. Finally, add the perfectly warm toasted marshmallow. Top with a second square of graham cracker and press together. Enjoy!

Sweet Tip:

Be sure to have your cracker ready for the marshmallow so you can place the marshmallow on top while it is still hot so your chocolate will melt for the perfect S'mores.

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You Will Love This Easy Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Low Carb-Keto, Gluten Free, Sugar Free Friendly Recipe

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I loved ordering a tall hot drink and a slice of the Lemon Pound Cake at Starbucks but since needing to go gluten-free and keto I have been missing it. This low carb keto Lemon Pound Cake is the perfect treat for my Starbucks Lemon Bread cravings. It’s a super moist

Directions:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine sweetener, butter, cream cheese. and eggs. Cream together. Add vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and baking powder mix until combined. Then add almond flour. Grease a loaf pan. I use this coconut oil spray. Add batter to pan and bake for 35 min and test. The side will slightly pull away for the pan when done.

Once cooled mix together ingredients for glaze and drizzle over the top of your cake.

It’s such a delicious moist lemon cake!



Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Fireside Foodie

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup of sweetener (I use Swerve. I like the taste best for baking)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of almond flour ( this is the almond flour I use)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt ( I use pink salt in all my baking and cooking)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine sweetener, butter, cream cheese. and eggs. Cream together. Add vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and baking powder mix until combined. Then add almond flour. Grease a loaf pan. I use this coconut oil spray. Add batter to pan and bake for 35 min and test. The side will slightly pull away for the pan when done. Once cooled mix together ingredients for glaze and drizzle over the top of your cake. It’s such a delicious moist lemon cake!

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Cook time: 30 mins.

Total time: 40 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: Calories 152
  • Fat: 13.2g
  • Totalcarbs: 1.75

Pound Cake Glaze

Fireside Foodie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of powdered sweetener (I use the powdered Swerve)
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tbs of fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • Once cooled mix together ingredients for glaze and drizzle over the top of your cake.

Yield: 1

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.

Total time: 5 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 207
  • Fat: 22
  • Totalcarbs: 0

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Fresh Grilled Pineapple & Strawberries with Maple Syrup

Vermont Inspired Recipes

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This delicious recipe is naturally gluten-free. It's perfect for everyone at your next BBQ. My mom loves grilled pineapple. I love the way the grill brings out the sweetness of the fruit and caramelizes the fruit sugars while still keeping a little bit of the tanginess. Serving grilled fruit kabobs for dessert while dining Al fresco is perfect. Drizzle some real pure Vermont maple syrup over the top and its heaven. Great for a light dessert. For a warm summer evening, another way to serve the fresh grilled pineapple and strawberries is to serve it over a vanilla bean ice cream then drizzle the maple syrup over the top for a fresh grilled fruit ice cream sundae. YUM

P.S.I use Butternut Mountain Farm pure Vermont Maple Syrup because my sister's sugar bush in northern Vermont contributes to their maple syrups. I know many of the maple producers in the area that contribute Butternut Mountain Farm and have visited Butternut Mountain in Johnson, VT. I know I am getting the best quality maple syrup from them. Their syrup comes from some of the most pristine mountains filled with wild beautiful sugar maple trees. I've walked the mountains. My kids have helped tap the trees where this syrup comes from and have helped stoke the fire on a chilly March evening in the wood-fired evaporator. 

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How to Grill Pineapple and Strawberries

  • 1 fresh ripe pineapple

  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries

  • 1 pint of real Vermont maple syrup- I use Butternut Mountain Farms grade A dark robust

Cut pineapple into large bite-size chunks. Remove stems from strawberries. Alternate strawberries and pineapple on skewers. This gives a nice contrast for the presentation. 

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The Best Potato Salad Recipe

 

Summer Salads Series

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My grandpa Bohman was born on the 4th of July. Every year the family would gather together from all over the country for a big birthday party and family reunion for grandpa's birthday at the Bohman farm. Ou reunions would include some of our favorite family recipes. We have a big family. I'm the oldest of 8 and my grandparents had 8 kids too. We are scattered from Vermont to Texas to Florida to Utah. It seems like everyone made it back for grandpa's birthday. One thing the Bohman's know how to do is cook. All of them. We had classics like baked beans, homemade chocolate cake, 3 bean salad and of course potato salad. Our classic potato salad recipe was always on the table. It will rival the best out there and is hands down better than anything you will get from the deli. We never had any leftovers. It's simple and delicious. Grandma Bohman cooked to taste and rarely used a recipe. This is my measured version that comes as close and you can to grandma's recipe.

KETO TIP: If you’re keto like me replace the potatoes with cauliflower for a low carb potato salad!

Best Potato Salad Recipe

  • 3 pounds of russet potatoes 

  • 6 boiled eggs

  • 1 medium onion

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup pickle juice brine

  • 3 medium dill pickles

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • salt & pepper to taste

Cube potatoes and boil until cooked. Cool. Chop eggs into chunks. Dice onions and pickles. In a small bowl mix together mayonnaise, mustard and pickle juice to make a dressing. In a large serving bowl add potatoes, eggs, onion, pickles, and dressing and stir. Serve chilled. 

Sweet & Simple Tip: To add a little kick to your potato salad add some chopped pickled jalapenos. 

 

This Easy Pie Crust Recipe Turns Out Perfect Every Time!

 

This Easy Pie Crust Recipe Turns Out Perfect Every Time!

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Easy Pie Crust Recipe

makes 2 bottom crusts or 1 bottom and 1 top crust

  • 1 1/2 cup of unbleached all purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup of room temperature butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons of cold water

In a food processor add all ingredients. Pulse on and off until blended and small pebbles of dough is formed. This can also be done with your hands.

Press dough together with hands. Forming a ball. Divide in two. Form into two balls; careful not to work the dough too much.

Place dough on a piece of parchment or wax paper tossing some flour over the top. Roll into a circle large enough to cover the pie pan; about 9-10 inches in diameter.

Place pie pan over the dough circle centering it. Flip the pie crust and plan over to put the crust into the pan. Press into pan. Using your fingers pinch the edge of crust to make a decorative pattern. 

With a fork prick holes to allow pie crust to vent while baking. Chill in freezer for 20 minutes then use as instructed in pie recipe.

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Maple Sugar Cinnamon Rolls

 

Vermont Inspired Recipes

Maple Sugar Cinnamon Rolls

for rolls

  • 2 tablespoons yeast

  • 4 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2 cup of warm water

  • 3/4 cup of warm whole milk

  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

  • 1/2 melted butter

  • 1 egg

  • 3 1/2-4 cups of unbleached flour

for filling

  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon 

for frosting glaze

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup of butter

  • 1/2 cup pure Vermont Maple Syrup - we use Butternut Mountain Farm

Using stand mixer add yeast, water, milk salt and sugar to mixing bowl. Mix slightly and allow the yeast to grow. 2-5 minutes.

Add melted butter and egg. Mix together. Using the dough hook add 1 cup of flour and mix. Allow to sponge up the flour for 5 minutes. Then slowly add one cup of flour at a time mixing until incorporated. Continue to kneed the dough on low for about 5 minutes.  The trick with dough is to make sure you don't use too much flour. The dough will be smooth but not too sticky and not too dry.

Spray a baking sheet and place dough into middle of pan then place in oven for 45 minutes to rise and double in size.

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Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Cup Pie Recipe

 
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Post sponsored by Greek Gods Yogurt 


It's officially the beginning of the Holiday Season and Thanksgiving is coming up soon which also means it's PIE Season. Hooray for the Pumpkin Pie! and the Chocolate Pie and the Berry Pie and the Apple Pie and the Banana Cream Pie and the Peanut Butter Cup Pie and all the pies.

Our Peanut Butter Cup Pie filling is made of 4 simple ingredients and starts with thick rich cream and Greek Gods Greek Yogurt layered on top of a chocolate truffle bottom inside a dark chocolate cookie crust. It's so creamy and delicious you might find yourself wanting to eat it all. This pie will go fast so be sure to make a few to share. 



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Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Makes 1 Pie

For the filling:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream

  • 1 cup of Greek Gods Plain Greek Yogurt

  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

For the truffle layer:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream

  • 3 oz dark chocolate

For the crust:

  • 2 cups of chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs - about 12 cookies

  • 1/2 cup of real butter- softened

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Maple Milk

Vermont Inspired Recipes

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Not so much a recipe as a mix in idea, Maple Milk is a family tradition with my kids and my sister's families in Vermont. It's comfort food at it's best.

Did I tell you my sister and her family live on a mountain in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. They make the most amazing pure Vermont Maple Syrup. A while back my brother-in-law along with his dad and brother decided to put up a sugar house in the middle of a Vermont winter. If you know Vermont winters you know this is quite the fête. They wanted to get it up in time for maple sugaring season which is early Spring.

They collect the sap from some the most pristine woods full of old sugar maples. The area is so remote it is clean and free from water, soil and air pollutants. They stay up all night when the sap is running feeding the wood fired evaporator stove. The results is gallons and gallons of pure liquid maple gold.

Delicious Harvest Apple Pie

 
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Our destination for FALL this year is Vermont. Vermont is one of my very most favorite places on earth. Fall in Vermont means stunning colorful autumn leaves of the sugar maples, the smell of sweet wood burning in the fireplaces, harvest dances at the local town halls, harvest full moon walks, plaid flannel, men letting their beards grow out in anticipation of hard cold winters, crisp fresh apples, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, and a delicious harvest apple pie. When I lived in Vermont it felt like I was living in a movie. Everything you do in the small towns of Vermont is special unlike anywhere else in the world. Schedule a trip to Vermont and spend at least a week exploring the winding Green Mountain roads, little villages (yes they are called villages in Vermont), visit the local general/grocery stores, take a hike or swim in one of the many swimming holes of the fresh rivers. If you are there in the fall don't miss having a sip of fresh apple cider and an apple cider doughnut. Yes, it really does look like the beginning of Newhart even now in 2015 thirty years later and it's just as enchanting as the song Henry Mancini wrote for the show. Go ahead and listen. You will imagine yourself driving from small town to small town peeping at the rainbow of colors that cover the mountains this time of year.

I love this recipe for apple pie because it's a mix of both a pie crust and the taste of an apple crisp blended together in this delicious pie.  I use locally grown apples which always taste best and are freshest. I was blessed this year to have a wonderful heirloom apple tree that is a remnant of the apple orchards that use to cover the small town of Orem, Utah.

Did you know? Many of the variety of apples were lost during prohibition because they didn't want people to make hard apple cider so the trees were cut down. So sad but if you are lucky and in Vermont and find a wild apple tree along the side of the road go and forage for some of these tasty old varieties that have long since disappeared from all most everywhere. You never know it could be along one of the roads (Hazen's Notch Road) President George Washington sent the troops up to Vermont to build during the revolutionary war.

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Harvest Apple Pie Recipe

makes one pie


Pie Filling

  • 12 fresh apples

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

  • pinch of sea salt

Peel and slice apples in about 1/2 inch slices. In a large mixing bowl add sugar and spices and mix. Toss apples in sugar-spice mix. Set aside.

One Pie Crust Recipe

Pie Crumble Topping

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1/2 cup of unbleached flour

  • 1/2 cup of fresh cream butter

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

With a fork or your hands blend together ingredients until the mixture forms small pebbles. Set aside.

Add pie crust to 9-inch pie pan. Be sure to prick small holes in the bottom of the unbaked pie crust with a fork. Add apple filling to the pan. Top with pie crumble topping. 

For the star fall decorative topping I tool a small cookie/pastry cutter added stars around the edge of the pie crust then made the star fall pattern starting at one side overlapping the stars then slowly spacing them further and further apart to get the star fall effect. This would also be pretty with a tiny maple left cookie/pastry cutter to make a windblown leaf decoration.

Place pie pan on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. The pie will be bubbling hot so use caution when taking out of the oven.

Sweet Tip: Let pie set up for a least 20 minutes before serving.

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Maple Sugar Walnut Blondies Recipe

 

Vermont Inspired Recipes

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When we visited Vermont for Camp Gathering-Vermont this past April we visited just at the end of the maple sugaring season.  A lot of people think of fall in Vermont and they think maple syrup but the maple sugaring season is in the very early spring when the days are warming up but it's still below freezing at night. This is when the sap flows.

To the warm flavor of real Vermont syrup still evokes a feeling of fall. My Maple Sugar Blondies are made up of the warm fall flavors including walnuts and the caramel flavor of a blondie. I use Butternut Mountain Farm's real Vermont Maple Sugar AND pure Vermont Maple Syrup in this recipe too. If you can't find it in your local store you can order it online on their website- Butternut Mountain Farm

We visited Butternut Mountain Farm in Johnson, Vermont and I assure it is some of the purest finest maple syrup you will buy.

Enjoy!

Maple Sugar Walnut Blondies

  • 1/2 cup of butter 

  • 1 1/2 cup pure maple sugar

  • 1/2 cup of grade A dark robust pure maple syrup

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 2 cups unbleached flour

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt butter. Add eggs, maple sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, baking soda, salt and nuts.

Stir by hand, Then mix in flour. Pour into 9x13 inch greased cake pan. sprinkle white

chocolate chips on top. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown and pulling

away from the pan on the sides. Cut and serve. I like to sprinkle a little bit of maple sugar over top and drizzle with a little bit of pure Vermont maple syrup right before serving.


Sweet Tip: Only mix by hand and be sure stir only to incorporate the ingredients and no more for best 

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The Best Broccoli Salad Recipe with Bacon!

SUMMER SALAD SERIES - LOW CARB GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS

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Broccoli Salad is one of those favorite foods you see at potlucks, picnics and summer bbq’s. It’s great with grilled chicken or steak or even alone. It’s easy to put together and gets even better when you make it the night before and allow the flavorys to marinate together. It’s definatly one of our favorite family recipes we share at get-togethers.

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SWEET LIFE TIP: Rather than fry your bacon on the stove top place the bacon on a baking sheet and cook at 375 degrees until crisp.

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Simply the Sweet Life

Broccoli Salad Recipe

This recipe can be doubled or even tripled for a large group.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups broccoli
  • 1/2 medium size red onion
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar - for low carb use natural sugar substitute such as erythritol
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries - optional

Instructions

  1. Chop raw broccoli into bite size pieces.
  2. Cook bacon and allow to cool. The chop into small pieces
  3. Chop onion into small pieces.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together mayonaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper for dressing.

Yield: 4 Servings

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.

Total time: 15 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 317
  • Fat: 26g
  • Totalcarbs: 17g
  • Dietaryfiber: 3g
  • Protein: 6g

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Easy Hummingbird Food Recipe

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It’s spring time which means the hummingbirds are coming back. Every year my grandma would hand a hummingbird feeder so we could watch the hummingbirds from her kitchen window. I carried on that tradition with my kids. Now that they are grown and off to college I look forward to the days I feed the hummingbirds with my future gandkids just likemy grandma.

Hummingbird food is really a simple recipe. It consists of sugar and water. You boil the water to make sure it is clean and pure for your hummingbird friends.

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This is a basic plain sugar syrup. Do not use food coloring. The hummingbirds will love their freshly made nectar.

Info for feeding hummingbirds:

Hummingbirds eat the most during the early morning and about a half an hour before dark so it's best to check on your hummingbird feeder just after dinnertime.

Humming birds are drawn to the colors red and orange. To attract them to your yard plant bright hues of red and orange flowers. It's also good to make sure your hummingbird feed has red on it too.

A few good hummingbird friendly flowers are petunias, lupine, lilies, and bee balm in shades of reds and oranges.


Hummingbird Food Recipe

Simply the Sweet Life

This is a simple recipe for your favorite hummingbird friends..

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups water

Instructions

  • In a pot bring water to simmer. Add in sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cool then place in your hummingbird feeder.

Yield: 5 cups

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Total time: 15 mins.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 773
  • Fat: 0

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The Most Delicious Springtime Stuffed Tilapia Recipe

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It's springtime and the stores are full of great deals on fresh asparagus.  Asparagus is not only delicious but good for your body.  It's a wonderful high alkaline nutrient dense vegetable that's low carb- keto friendly and of course gluten-free making it a great food for almost everyone.

When I was growing up my Grandma Bohman grew a patch of asparagus just outside her garden gate.  It's a tall wispy plant with little green berries on it when it goes to seed.  I use to love running my hands through it as I walked by.

I love fish and tilapia is a beautiful mild white fish that pairs well with some many flavors.  I love finding new tilapia recipes.  For this recipe, I put together some colorful and flavory veggies that are easy to find this time of year at the market.  I topped it with a lemon garlic sour cream sauce.  

Stuffed Tilapia Recipe

serves 2 - can easily double

  • 2 Tilapia fillets

  • 1 Lemon

  • Marinated artichoke hearts 

  • 1 Red, yellow or orange sweet pepper

  • 2 Cloves of fresh garlic

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Pink Himalayan salt or sea salt

  • Bamboo Skewers

  • 1/2 cup of pure sour cream 

  • Pinch of dried garlic granules or garlic powder

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Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Gather your ingredients then slice your sweet peppers in thin slices. Snap off the ends of your asparagus and peel your cloves of garlic. For my tilapia, I get this fresh frozen tilapia fillets that are individually wrapped.

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Layer a few pieces of asparagus, a few sticks of sweet peppers, a piece of artichoke heart and one clove of fresh garlic. Top with red pepper flakes and pink salt.

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Roll the two ends of the fish together overlapping slightly and hold together with your bamboo skewers. If they are too long just snip off the end.

Drizzle a little avocado oil in the bottom of your pan then lay tilapia fillets in pan and drizzle a nice amount of avocado oil over the top. Top each piece of tilapia with a lemon slice. Bake in a 375 degrees oven for about 20 minutes until fully cooked.

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In a small bowl add 1/2 cup of sour cream, a pinch of dried garlic granules, 1/2 teaspoon of pink salt and 2 pinches of red pepper flakes to taste. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon on top and stir until completely mixed.

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Serve with a generous spoonful of lemon sour cream sauce. It's the perfect light yet filling spring dinner.

 

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5 Tasty Lemon Chicken Recipes

 
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Lemon Chicken Thighs With Artichokes

Lemon as part of a main dish for dinner always takes be right to Lemon Chicken recipes. Lemon chicken is a classic staple for dinner.

This Mediterranean inspired Lemon Chicken Thighs With Artichokes recipe from Foodie Crush is easy and can be whipped up in 30 minutes.

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Easy, Creamy Lemon Garlic Skillet Chicken

You had me at creamy with this Easy, Creamy Lemon Garlic Skillet Chicken recipe for The Kitchn. There’s something about adding that cream that makes the meal hearty and satifiying.

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Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken

Another creamy recipe that piqed my interest is this Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken recipe from Cafe Delites. The added parmesan is a great bit of added flavor and fat perfect for a low carb diet.

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Greek Lemon Chicken

This Greek Lemon Chicken recipe with a yummy tomato olive tapenade is a great twist on the traditional lemon chicken recipes. My mouth is watering thinking about the blend of Greek flavors.

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Lemon Pepper Chicken with Brown Butter Garlic Sauce

A lemon pepper chicken recipe is a must include in a chicken recipe round up. This tender Lemon Pepper Chicken with Brown Butter Garlic Sauce recipe by The Recipe Critic looks so good!

 
 

Rainbow Coconut Jelly Bean Coconut Easter Cake Recipe

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When I was growing up my mom made us a special treat each year. It was always one of my favorites. It was her White Chocolate Coconut Jelly Bean Candy Easter Nests. I just love how the white chocolate, coconut and the fruity flavors of the jelly beans mixed so well. With this flavor combination in mind I came up with a new Easter tradition our Easter Cake. As I thought about the flavor of the jelly beans Kool-Aid came to me. Kool-Aid comes in many different shades of bright colors, it has similar flavors and some of our favorite jelly beans so it was the perfect solution to both coloring and flavoring each layer of our Easter Cake.

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Our Easter Cake has a pink strawberry, yellow pineapple, green lemon-lime, and blue mixed berry layers. It is frosted with the most delicious coconut white chocolate buttercream frosting. Combining the coconut and the flavors remind me of a colada drink.

This is a great cheery cake for kids.

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Cake:

  • 2 Box Cake Mixes or 2 batches of White Cake Batter

  • 1 packet of Kool-Aid drink mix powder for each color -4 total (the ones without sugar)

Prepare your favorite box white cake mixes or this great from scratch recipe for White Cake ( two batches.)

Divide the cake batter equally into 4 medium mixing bowls. Slowly add Kool-Aid powder until you reach the desired color and flavor or each color.

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Bake each cake color layer in an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan for about 18-20 minutes check after 18 minutes. The cake will bounce back when done when pressed down in the middle with your finger.

Cool for 5 minutes then remove from pan and completely cool on cooling rack.

Wrap each cake layer in plastic wrap and place in freezer.


White Chocolate Coconut Buttercream Frosting

Note: You will need two batches for this cake

  • 2-pound bag of powdered sugar

  • 1/2 milk

  • 1 cup softened butter

  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

  • 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 cup of melted white baking chocolate

In a stand mixer using the whip attachment whip together melted white chocolate, butter, milk, vanilla and about 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar to incorporate air. This will make your frosting nice and light and fluffy. 

Slowly mix in the remaining powdered sugar then add coconut and whip together. 

This frosting is creamy, delicious and sets up very nicely.

Coconut Nest Topping

  • 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 packet of green lemon-lime Kool-Aid powder mix

  • 1 bag of your favorite jelly beans

  • 1-quart size zip top bag

Add coconut and 1/2 packet of Kool-Aid powder to zip top bag. Mix the coconut and powder together kneading with hands. 

Mound in the center of the top of the cake to form a nest top off with a large handful of jelly beans.


SWEET TIP: To frost the cake and get beautiful layers add your frosting to a quart size zipper top bag. Snip of one corner of the bag about a half inch up.

Starting with the bottom layer squeeze our large dollops of frosting around the cake top. Spread evenly and repeat as you add each layer. Then squeeze out frosting in a zigzag pattern around the side of the cake. Spread over the sides filling in between the zigzag. Don't worry if you zigzag is straight.

The point of this is to get a fairly even amount of frosting around the cake so it is easier to spread and prevent little cake crumbs from mixing into your frosting.

If you have any holes in your frosting just go back and add another dollop of frosting.

This frosting sets up nicely and is very forgiving. Since it is a coconut frosting it doesn't have to be perfectly smooth.

The kids are going to LOVE this cake.

 
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Fresh Basil & Jalapeno Omelete Recipe

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Omelettes are a keto diet staple food. They are a perfect food for someone doing the keto diet on a budget. This omelette recipe is so tasty and filling, you are going to love it! It's a great low carb breakfast idea or for any low carb keto diet meal! 

Weekends call for delicious brunches. I have a nice bunch of basil in my garden that needed to be picked and some nice beautiful jalapenos ready to harvest too.  Emmi sent me some of their Cave-Aged Le Gruyére try so I decided to add a bit of this rich nutty flavored cheese that pairs perfectly with the fresh green flavors. Add some garlic and farm fresh eggs to make a delicious breakfast or brunch meal.
An omelet is also a tasty quick dinner too that doesn't taste like a quick dinner.
I like to make one big omelet slice it and serve it on a platter so everyone can choose the size they would like to eat.

Fresh Basil & Jalapeno Omelete Recipe 

Serves 4

  • 6 eggs

  • 1/4 cup cream

  • gruyére cheese

  • 1 clove garlic

  • small bunch of fresh basil

  • 1 fresh jalapeno

  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • tablespoon butter

There are two techniques used in making a creamy perfectly cooked omelette. First is whipping the cream and eggs together. Crush and mice the garlic, chop the jalapeno into small pieces, add salt and pepper to taste and whip into eggs. 

Add butter to a medium size frying pan. Heat on medium heat. Add eggs mixture to pan.

The second technique is to allow the eggs to cook on the bottom they pull the edges into the center with a wooden spoon allowing the uncooked eggs to fill in the sides and cook. Repeat this until all the eggs are almost cooked. At this point add the Gruyére cheese. You can either slice it into thin slices or grate it. Then fold the omelette in half and cook just until the cheese is melted. 

With these two techniques you will end up with a cream delicious center and perfectly cooked eggs that aren't dry. 

Slice and garish with a sprig of fresh basil and slices of fresh jalapeno.  

Enjoy!

Friday Pie Day | Low Carb Keto Pie Recipes

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I LOVE lemon and All Day I Dream About Food’s low carb keto Sour Cream Lemon Pie is amazing!

FRIDAY PIE DAY!

With Thanksgiving Dinner keeping up very full on Thanlsgiving day, I am offically call it- Friday is Pie Day! Have some keto pie for breakfast or host a pie day gathering with friends after you gather up all your Black Friday Deals.


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The Keto Connect couple do their research and their Low Carb KETO Pecan Pie is sure to be a favorite for those of you who need some Pecan Pie for your Friday Pie day.

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How about a Low Carb Keto Chocolate Silk Pie, yum! Ruled Me has a great chocolate keto pie to add to you Friday Pie Day menu. Click here for the recipe.

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Dreaming about your grandmas pie for your Friday Pie Day? You can still have it just tweak it a bit with I Breath I’m Hungry’s Low Carb Keto version of Strawberry Icebox Pie

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Friday Pie Day wouldn’t be complete without a Low Carb Peanut Butter Cup Pie. Enjoy!


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