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Sun-Dried Tomato & Parmesan Pasta Bake

Sun-Dried Tomato Parmesan Pasta Bake

Let me tell you where this meal comes from. It comes from the fact that I absolutely adore this skillet recipe (and thought it needed an oven-version!)...AND...the fact that I have a jar of sun-dried tomatoes leftover from the recent 20 Meals for $150 meal plan! I love sun-dried tomatoes and the flavor that they add to a meal, especially pasta. This pasta bake calls for … [Read more...]

Creamy Tomato Soup with Homemade Pesto

Creamy Tomato Soup with Pesto

So it's hot. And you might think that I'm a little silly for sharing a soup recipe in the summer. But I'm having this soup chilled. Although, you could certainly warm this up. The homemade basil pesto is an absolutely lovely complement to the chilled tomato soup. As I took each bite (do you bite soup? maybe slurp? but that sounds so unlady like?), I would grab a … [Read more...]

Cherry Cheesecake Red Velvet Bars

Cherry Cheesecake Red Velvet Bars |

Let's talk about this smooth, summer-y dessert for a minute! Crumbly red velvet cake as the crust. Smooth, sweet cheesecake as the middle layer. Topped with perfectly sweet-tart cherries. Chilled to perfection. This just might be my favorite dessert of the summer, and it's time for you to try it! Cherry Cheesecake Red Velvet Bars Adapted from: Paula Deen’s … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes Recipe-4

These pancakes are inspired by 2 things... 1. My Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal. (Which is basically baked oatmeal with cinnamon chips and white chocolate chips mixed in the batter!) 2. The way-too-complicated methods and recipes that I've seen for Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. I'm all about the simpler-the better. I don't have time for crazy and fancy. These Cinnamon Roll … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Mocha Lava Cake

Slow Cooker Mocha Lava Cake Recipe |

Want to treat yourself to a super simple and ridiculously delicious chocolate dessert? This is a total 'cheater lava cake' - meaning it's not made from scratch, it's made in the slow cooker...but I totally make up for the cheating by... 1. Adding more chocolate in the form of chocolate chips. 2. Adding instant coffee in the batter to bring up the chocolate … [Read more...]