Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Shortcut, chewy cake mix cookie bars topped with a cheesecake filling and milk chocolate chips.  
These Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars are made with 6 ingredients and bake up in just 30 minutes! The first time I made these cookie bars, I couldn't wait to share this recipe with you. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that turn out so delicious. 

I found this recipe on one of my favorite you tube channels, Lynette Yoder, All things Home and Family. You should check out her channel because she has some wonderful videos with some pretty tasty Mennonite recipes. I will link her channel at the end of this post, I have been following along or several months and she never disappoints. 


When it comes to cake mix recipes you either love them or hate them. I for one love using a cake mix especially to create different recipes other than a cake. You would be surprised at what all you can bake up with an ordinary store bought cake mix. 


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

4 Ingredient Crusty Bread

Learn how to make this 4 ingredient, no knead, bakery style crusty bread in under 3 hours! This simple rustic bread is a fool proof bread recipe perfect for beginners.
Making homemade bread is usually a time consuming task with all the kneading, rising and baking. Don't get me wrong, I love a good homemade loaf bread just as much as the next person, but sometimes I just need a quick, crusty bread that doesn't take all hours in the day to prepare. My all time favorite breads are the crusty style breads that you find in specialty bakeries. 

I always thought artisan bread was hard to make, but I couldn't of been more wrong. Today I'm sharing a crusty bread recipe that 
only requires 4 basic ingredients, flour, water, yeast and salt. This crusty bread is the easiest bread you can bake and perfect for beginners. There's no kneading required and the dough is prepared in one bowl, so it doesn't get much easier than that! 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Instant Pot Beef Tips & Gravy

Delicious tender beef tips in a rich gravy easily made in the Instant Pot. Serve these beef tips over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta. 
The Instant Pot has become one of my new favorite kitchen appliances. The more I figure it out and try new recipes, the more I love it.  Honestly, I can't believe I waited so long to purchase one. My No Peek Beef Tips recipe has been the #1 recipe on my blog for over 10 years with 2,277,003 page views and 226 comments!!!! I'm not surprised because my family loves that recipe just as much as my readers do. 

Once I got a bit more comfortable using my instant pot, beef tips were one recipe, I couldn't wait to adapt to an instant pot recipe. Cooking the beef tips in the oven is fine during fall and winter, but when summer rolls around here in North Texas, I try to avoid using the oven as much as possible. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

How to Make Amish - Mennonite Meadow Tea

Meadow Tea is a simple refreshing Iced Mint Tea made with fresh mint and enjoyed in Amish and Mennonite communities. Meadow Tea to Mennonites is what Sweet Tea is to Southerners. 
Today I am going to show you how to make a delicious mint iced tea also known as Meadow Tea. It is called meadow tea because it's made with fresh mint that grows wild along creek sides and meadows. I first learned of meadow tea after watching one of my new favorite Vloggers, Lynette Yoder. 

Lynette is a Mennonite mom who shares videos on cooking, baking, decorating, cleaning, organizing, DIY's and home improvement projects. I stumbled upon her YouTube channel over spring break and during our April stay at home order. 

I was instantly hooked and have watched all her videos and have tried several recipes. I made her meadow tea out of curiosity, but instantly fell in love with the iced minty flavor. I can honestly see why this tea is loved in Amish and Mennonite communities. Meadow tea isn't really a tea, but fresh mint that has been brewed (similar to tea) then sweetened and chilled. 

Friday, June 19, 2020

Instant Pot (3 Cheese) Macaroni & Cheese

Simple Ooey-gooey 3 cheese macaroni and cheese made quickly and easily in the Instant Pot. 
Instant Pots seem to be all the craze right now. For me, I don't usually jump on the new kitchen gadget bandwagon, but I have to say the Instant Pot is my new best friend. I never understood all the hype - until I tried cooking with it. After I got over the initial intimidation the instant pot has changed the way I think about cooking. 

I'm a pretty basic girl and love my slow cooker, so I didn't think there wasn't a need to upgrade. I also felt that the price was a bit high, so I really couldn't justify the purchase. I thought in the end, it's only going to collect dust in the back of my pantry. You see I feel that appliances have to earn their right to counter space in my kitchen and purchasing an instant pot just wasn't an appliance that I felt I would use. 

Fast forward to Mother Day and guess what I got my from husband and daughter!!!!!  You guessed it a 6 Qt Instant Pot Duo SV. When I opened the box let me tell you I had all the feels going on!!!!!!  Excitement and intimidation all in one with all those buttons looking back at me.