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Creamy Zucchini Casserole, great way to use up the zucchini from your garden.  The whole family loved itCreamy Zucchini Casserole

Fast and easy recipe for Lemon Almond Poppyseed Bread with Glaze, some of the best sweets you will ever tasteLemon Poppy seed bread

Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Recipe, Quick and easy healthy meal ideas #Oatmeal, #Blueberry, Greek Yogurt RecipesBlueberry Overnight oatmeal

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Creamy Zucchini Casserole, great way to use up the zucchini from your garden.  The whole family loved it

Creamy Zucchini Casserole

Good old family recipes are the BEST kind.  My Mother in-law makes this Creamy Zucchini Casserole every summer and it is one of our favorites.

You will need:

  • 1 7oz package of Pepperidge Farm Herb Dressing
  • 1/2 cube butter (1/4 of a cup)
  • 6 cups peeled and sliced zucchini (steamed or cooked in boiling water for 5 mins)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • salt and pepper to season

Melt butter and mix with dressing, put half the dressing on the bottom of a lasagna pan. Cook your zucchini for 5 minutes steam or boil then drain.  Mix the cooked zucchini, cream of chicken soup, cheese and sour cream together.  Once mixed spread over the top of the dressing in the bottom of the pan.  Top with the other half of the dressing.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Makes a great side dish or even works as a main course.

Creamy Zucchini Casserole, great way to use up the zucchini from your garden.  The whole family loved it

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I am sure you are like me in that making food for my family to eat has become the chore of my world!
The hard part is the decision for something delicious and appealing to the multiple senses.
I know I am not alone in this daily struggle.
Here are a collection of ideas for us all.

Breakfast

Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Recipe, Quick and easy healthy meal ideas #Oatmeal, #Blueberry, Greek Yogurt RecipesBlueberry Overnight Oatmeal jars

Lemon Blueberry Stuffed French toast

Dinner

Black Bean Veggie Burger with baked fries

Crockpot Italian Chicken with egg noodles and side salad

Summer time Tuna salad

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Almond Chicken Salad with Grapes  served on croissants

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If you like this recipe make sure you follow our Muffins and Breads Pinterest board.Fast and easy recipe for Lemon Almond Poppyseed Bread with Glaze, some of the best sweets you will ever tasteFast and Easy Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Bread Recipe

Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Bread is one of my favorite sweet treats. Sitting down to have a warm slice makes me so very happy, and if you cover it with butter then I might just never come out of the kitchen. I often make a double batch and then freeze one of them, just wrap well (once cooled) in plastic wrap before you freeze it. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Makes 1 9×5 loaf
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Bake Time: 55 minutes [Total: 1 hr 5 min]

Ingredients:

Bread
2 cups all purpose flour
3 TB poppy seeds
1 TB baking powder
1?2 tsp table salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup white sugar
1?2 cup olive or canola oil
1?2 cup vanilla yogurt
1?4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1?2 tsp almond extract
zest from one fresh lemon
juice from one fresh lemon

Glaze:
1/3 cup white sugar
2 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
1?4 tsp vanilla extract
1?4 tsp almond extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with rack on lower middle position. Grease one standard size loaf pan and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until incorporated.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil, yogurt, milk, lemon zest and lemon juice as well as both extracts until well-incorporated.
4. Add wet ingredients to the dry, folding together with spatula until just incorporated. Do not over mix.
5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. To prepare glaze, combine ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until combined.
7. Brush glaze generously over warm bread top. Allow the bread to finish cooling on a wire rack.

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Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Recipe, Quick and easy healthy meal ideas #Oatmeal, #Blueberry, Greek Yogurt RecipesI am sure I am not the one parent with crazy busy mornings. Trying to get 4 kids ready and out the door with a healthy breakfast in their stomach is not always an easy task.  This oatmeal is a great “make ahead” meal idea.  You can mix it up to suit your families needs by adding different ingredients or flavor combos.

Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Directions ­

  • 1/4 C. fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 C. old fashioned oats (quick oats will get really soggy)
  • 1/3 C. milk
  • 1/3 C. Greek yogurt (you could also substitute regular vanilla yogurt and omit the honey if you prefer)
  • 1­-2 tbs. of honey to taste
  • 1 8 oz. jelly jar w/ lid

Directions ­

1. Add the oatmeal, Greek yogurt, honey and milk to the 8 oz. jelly jar. Put the lid on and shake well to mix all the ingredients. When you’re done shaking, remove the lid and add the fresh blueberries. Replace the lid and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy in the morning. You eat it chilled.  If your in a rush just grab a jar out of the refrigerator and eat it as an on the go breakfast.

1 8oz. jelly jar = 1 serving.Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Recipe, Quick and easy healthy meal ideas #Oatmeal, #Blueberry, Greek Yogurt Recipes

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How to make your own homemade SNOW CONES, DIY Shaved Ice just like the snow cone shack at home, great for parties

Last year I rented a snow cone machine for a big party I was doing.  I rented it for 2 days and after the rental cost and the supplies to go with it, it cost me over $100.  The kids loved it, but it was really expensive and did not really work that well. It ended up giving us crushed or chunky ice NOT SHAVED ice. This year I decided to look at how much it would be to just purchase my own machine instead of renting one year after year. There are LOTS of snow cone or shaved ice machines for sale, you can find a huge list here.  But not all of them work the same so it is hard to know which ones are worth the money.

My friend Rachelle just bought this  Zeny® Ice Shaver Machine  for her kids, and I asked her if I could see how well it worked. You just load it with ice cubes and a rotating blade shaves it and you get nice fluffy ice on the tray down below. I think if you froze ice in a cup and put a solid ice chunk in the machine it would make more consistent shaved ice. Since the ice would stay in contact with the blade. You can see how it worked in the video below.  Still not 100% like the shaved ice shack, but WAY better than the machine I rented last year. I also really like that it will not turn on till the handle is DOWN, so less chance of you getting hurt with a sharp spinning blade.


Zeny® Ice Shaver Machine Ice Crusher Electric Snow Cone Maker 304 Stainless Steel Shaving Ice 145lbs Per Hour it is on sale for $65 (was $199) plus free shipping options.

  • Waterproof
  • Unit shuts off when handle is up to prevent any wounds
  • Stable and heavy base
  • Sleek eye-catching shape is perfect to keep on a tabletop
  • Low maintenance very simple and convenient to operate

You can buy snow cone syrups and cups for them online, or you can use Torani syrup. You can find it at most stores but only in a few flavors, our local Cash and Carry  restaurant supply store has a HUGE selection at good prices.  So you might check local restaurant supply stores for the best deal.
How to make your own homemade SNOW CONES, DIY Shaved Ice just like the snow cone shack at home, great for parties or bbq

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