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I love Olive Garden – from the breadsticks to the pasta it’s all delicious to me. But my absolute favorite part just may be the salad! When they bring out that big bowl full of lettuce, tomatoes, croutons and other yummy goodness my mouth just starts to water. I’d love to eat there more often but it’s just not close enough, nor do we have the budget to go out for dinner every night! That’s why I am in love with this Olive Garden Salad Dressing copy cat recipe. I have seen several variations of this recipe online, though most are basically about the same. While I don’t think it is an exact copy of the Olive Garden original, it is pretty darn close! Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I’m not getting waited on by someone and that I still have to cook the rest of the meal myself?? A little on the creamier side, this homemade version has all the flavor that I love about Olive Garden Salad Dressing at a fraction of the cost and I don’t even have to leave my house to enjoy it! Simple and tasty, even my 3 year old gobbled up a big bowl of salad. So if you’re like me and are a sucker for a yummy salad, be sure to try this recipe – you won’t be disappointed.
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise (do not use Miracle Whip!)
- 1/3 cup White Vinegar
- 1 tsp Vegetable Oil
- 2 Tbsp Corn Syrup (I used honey and it worked great!)
- 4 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
- 1/2 tsp Parsley Flakes
- 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
Combine all ingredients and blend in food processor until mix until well blended. Pour on top of your salad and add a light sprinkle of parmesan cheese if desired. Store remaining dressing in refrigerator.
I love cake. It’s my favorite dessert, and angel food is one of my favorite varieties. It’s light, yummy, and you don’t feel quite so guilty eating it. I also love pineapple and things that are easy to make, so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to give it a try. It’s a great dessert for spring & summer and I decided it would be perfect for a treat on Easter. It requires just 2 ingredients… doesn’t get much simpler than that! Don’t be fooled though, even though it’s simple to make it tastes delicious and you can easily fool people into thinking you are a baking goddess! Top with some Cool Whip and you’ve got a yummy guilt-free treat that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!
Here’s what you need:
- 1 boxed Angel Food Cake Mix
- 1 20 oz can of crushed pineapple
In a mixing bowl combine the cake mix and the can of pinapple with juices. Stir together until well mixed. Pour into an ungreased 9×12 baking pan and cook for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool upsaide down to prevent center of cake from collapsing. Top with Cool Whip and Enjoy!
Do note that you do not prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Just the dry mix and the can of pinapple… told you this was an easy one!
I love hard boiled eggs for salads, and this time of year I know many of you will be hard boiling eggs to dye for Easter. I’ve always just done the normal method boil a pot of water, put in the eggs, hope they don’t get over cooked, etc. It seems like I can never get them right – they are hard to peel and have that ugly gray ring around the yolk. I saw this “new” way to cook hard boiled eggs on Pinterest and decided to give it a shot. So super easy and the eggs turned out perfect! And I love that you can cook many at one time without having to drag out a huge pot or use multiple pots and pans. It’s really simple to do…
- Preheat over to 325.
- Place eggs in a muffin pan for cooking. This keeps them from rolling around and makes it a lot easier! I used a mini muffin pan which was the perfect size, but regular size pans works just as well.
- Bake for about 30 minutes at 325.
- Remove from oven and immediately place in an ice water bath. This will stop the cooking process quickly. Leave in water until completely cool (mine took about 10 minutes or so).
- Store in refrigerator until ready to eat.
That’s it! I told you it was easy, right? And look how perfectly the shell peels off! No more struggling with a million tiny little pieces or having it stick to the egg. Love it.
It’s a dreary day here today and all my daughter wanted to do was go outside and blow bubbles. Since that wasn’t in the cards for us today, we did the next best thing – baked! When asked what we should bake I was told cookies, no ifs ands or buts about it. Looking in the fridge, I realized we’d be very limited because we were out of eggs. But, it just so happens I have a delicious Sugar Cookie recipe that doesn’t require any eggs. They come out crisp on the edges, chewy in the middle, and never last long once they are made. Now don’t look at me like I have 3 heads when I tell you the secret ingredient in these cookies… it’s mayonnaise! Before you run the other direction let me tell you these cookies do not taste like mayo at all. Mayo is high up there on my most hated foods list, so if I love these cookies you will too. We chose to add some Easter M&M’s since we seem to have an abundance of them and well, my daughter loves them. You can change them to go along with the holiday, or omit if you choose. These are also great with added chocolate chips and other goodies as well. Enjoy!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- M&M’s, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix flour, sugar, aking soda and salt. Add mayonnaise and vanilla extract and stir to form a dough.
- Us 1 tbsp of dough to form small walnut shaped balls. Place dough balls on cookie sheets ~2″ apart. Place M&M’s on top of dough, pressing gently.
- Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until edges begin to brown slightly.
- Remove from oven and cool. Enjoy!
This is such a fun (and easy!) recipe for Easter! We all see those adorable little Peeps at the stores… they come in such a great variety of colors and just seeing them pop up on the shelves reminds me of spring and warm weather to come. My daughter loves them – a sugar coated marshmallow, what’s not to like right? If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy this popular Easter treat, then this Peeps Corn recipe is for you! One of my favorite snacks, popcorn, is coated in melted marshmallowy goodness to create a sweet and crunchy snack that both young and old will love. It’s a great addition to any Easter party and is a cute food to display on the table for Easter dinner.
The recipe outlines below is for creating one color at a time. It’s about 2 or 3 servings. To make it more fun (and to feed a big group!) get several different color peeps and make many colors!
- 2-3 cups popcorn, unbuttered and unsalted
- 2 tsp butter
- 5 individual Peeps
- Place popped popcorn in a tupperware or other bowl.
- In a small saucepan, melt butter over low to medium heat. Once all of the butter is melted, add Peeps.
- Stir continuously until all Peeps are melted and mixture is smooth and even in color.
- Remove from heat and por hot marshmallow mixture over top of popcorn. Stir gently with a rubber spoon or spatula to ensure all pieces are coated.
- Spread popcorn on wax paper and allow to cool. Once cooled, place into an airtight container for storage.
That’s it! Easy, right? This is a fun and festive snack for the kids to take into school as well. It was a big hit in my house and my daughter is already asking to make more. Enjoy!
This Easy Onion Potatoes recipe is so simple… you can throw it together in 5 minutes and have a yummy side dish the whole family will love. All you need is potatoes, butter, and onion soup mix. That’s it, doesn’t get much easier than that! Perfect for nights when you need something quick and easy, these yummy potatoes go great with chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc and they also are great as a potato dish for breakfast or brunch! And they reheat nicely too, so they are great for leftovers. They’re always a hit in my house with family and guests. Enjoy!
- Potatoes (I usually use about 5-6 large potatoes)
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 pkg Onion Soup Mix
- First you’ll need to wash and slice your potatoes. I typically cut each potato into 8 pieces, you may need to adjust this based on how large your potatoes are.
- Arrange your potatoes in a 9×13 baking dish. Slice butter and place on top of potatoes. You’ll want to place the butter slices evenly on top, a few inches apart. Sprinkle the dry onion soup mix on top of the potatoes and butter.
- Place dish into oven and bake at 350 for about 45 minute – 1 hour until potatoes are cooked through and begin to brown. Stir occassionaly as the butter melts.
- That’s it! I told you it was easy
If you’re in a hurry, you can also cook these in the microwave (though I prefer them done in the oven). You can also substitute olive oil for the butter if you prefer. Though you can certainly use margarine or a butter substitute, they turn out best when made with real butter. If you do use margarine you may need to add a bit more as they cook to keep the potatoes from drying out.
If you’re trying to limit your carbs or are just looking for a super yummy way to eat your veggies, this Cauli Rice recipe is for you! It’s ”rice” made from cauliflower… Ok, so it’s not really rice but it sure tastes like it! It’s easy to make and is a tasty alternative to starchy rice. It’s great with your favorite asian inspired meal, as a side dish or just on it’s own. You can switch this up to flavor it however you like – add other veggies, meat, spices, etc. This is a basic recipe that mimicks a side of white rice with some soy sauce. Your diet and your taste buds will thank you. Enjoy!
- Sesame Oil (can use any oil)
- Soy Sauce
- Salt & Pepper
First thing you need to do is clean and cut your cauliflower. The pieces need to be small enough to fit into your food processor. Put cut cauliflower into food processor and pulse until the pieces are about rice-sized.
In wok or frying pan, add 1-2 tsp oil. Add the cauliflower and cook until it is heat through. Add soy sauce, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook until pieces begin to brown. Serve and enjoy! It really is that simple.
I posted this fun craft project last year and it was popular with many of you. I wanted to post it again this year for those of you who are new readers or who may have missed it last year. It’s a fun one for kids of all ages and allows them to be creative and create a unique bug.
Here’s what you need:
- Egg Carton
- Pipe Cleaners
- Craft Glue
- Foam, Construction paper, Cardboard etc (to make wings – the more sturdy the material, the better)
- Googly Eyes (you can also just use marker to make the eyes)
First thing you need to do is cut each of the egg cups out of the carton. Trim the edges so it looks smooth and will sit flat. Use a pin or other sharp object to poke 2 holes in the top of the cup (for the antenna).
Use your favorite color paint to paint each cup. I found that the foam craft brushes work for painting, as they seemed to do a better job coating the surface of the cups without paint running or clumping up. Allow to dry completely.
Put 2 dots of craft glue onto the “front” of the cup, whichever side you want to be the face. Put two googly eyes onto the glue. If you don’t have any you can just use a marker to draw in eyes.
Cut pipe cleaners into ~2 inch long pieces. Place one through each of the holes you made in the top of the cup. Bend the ends to make them look like antennas.
Cut heart shapes out of the foam or other material you are using to make the wings. Place a dab of glue onto the pointy end of the heart and stick to the sides of the cups to create wings.
Use markers to draw a nose, smile, etc on your bug. That’s it! Super easy and very cute. These would also be adorable to make and give out as Valentines. Here is a picture of the love bugs my daughter and nephews made last year. They had a great time doing it and they look so sweet.
Valentine’s Day is this week and ladies, we all know we love to get flowers! I was recently sent this beautiful Rose & Lily Celebration bouquet from FromYouFlowers. They partner with local florists to bring you beautiful Valentine’s Day flowers delivered right to that special someone. This beautiful arrangement comes complete with roses, lilies, a vase, teddy bear and a free personalized card so you can add a special message. Same day delivery is available as well, so you still have time to order these for Valentine’s Day!
I was really impressed with the quality of the flowers I received. It was a nice size bouquet and the flowers were all very fresh. The colors were very vibrant and perfect for Valentine’s Day – lots of pinks and reds! They were very fragrant as well, and I just love having a great smelling boquet in the house. And I was really surprised at how long these flowers lasted. While I love getting flowers, it always makes me a little sad when they start to wilt… sometimes in just a few days. Not this boquet – check out the picture below. This is when the flowers were a week old, and they don’t look any different than the day they were delivered! When you’re sending someone a special gift (and paying quite a bit for it!), you want those flowers to last! So when you go to order your flowers this year, be sure to check out FromYouFlowers.com.
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