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May Recipe Round Up- Recipes for Mother's Day

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May is here and that means it's time for Mother's Day and spring time recipes! This month we are sharing some of our favorite recipes for the moms in our lives. This is the time of year I really start thinking about rhubarb, eggs, asparagus, peas, and other early produce. I also think about dishes that are delicious for celebrating Mother's Day! Keep reading to see recipe ideas of breakfast, brunch, sides, main dishes, and desserts for Mother's Day and for the whole month of May.


~Breakfast and Brunch~
Sticky Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls from Pies and Plots

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes from Girl Gone Mom
Chocolate Chip Scones from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Easy Western Omelette Quiche from Blogghetti
Goat Cheese & Asparagus Breakfast Souffles from Palatable Pastime
Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal from Kate's Recipe Box
Bacon-Wrapped Omelette Muffins from Girl Gone Mom
Yogurt Pancakes from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Steak Benedict from Palatable Pastime 
Sausage Biscuit Dippe…

Mini Chocolate Eclairs with Vanilla Pastry Cream

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Disclaimer- I was given a bottle of Nielsen-Massey's Tahitian Vanilla Bean Paste to test.  All opinions are honest and my own. 

Eclairs are my absolute favorite sweet treat.  Beautiful choux dough, delicious pastry cream, and decadent chocolate on top.   Sure, they take a little effort to put together, but it's absolutely worth it in the end.  When Nielsen-Massey offered me the opportunity to try their new Tahitian Vanilla Bean Paste, I immediately thought of eclairs.

I found a recipe for a mini version on the Nielsen-Massey website. It's very well laid out and easy to follow.  Instead of the vanilla bean and the vanilla extract it calls for, I used 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of the Tahitian Vanilla Bean Paste instead.


Let me just tell you, the pastry cream almost didn't make it into the eclairs at all.  Between the amazing smell and the lovely flavor, I could have eaten the whole bowl with a spoon!  That wouldn't have made for such a great post though, so I carr…

Blackberry Peach Crush

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This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.


Today is the last day of Brunch Week, and what an awesome week it's been!  I'm wrapping things up with a cocktail, because I sure could use one (or two)!  I surveyed our supply of alcohol, and right now we are overrun with vodka.  We had a great crop of blackberries last year, and I stockpiled some of them in the freezer, so I pulled them out to defrost.

A traditional vodka crush uses simple syrup, but why not kick it up a level by using a flavored one?  I went back and forth between Torani peach or mango, but in the end, peach won out.  I'm thinking the mango will be great with the blueberries I also have stashed in the freezer.


This is a pretty simple cocktail.  You just place some berries in the bottom of your glass, add the syrup and muddle them together.  Add in vodka, lemon juice, …

Salted Caramel Blondie Trifles

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This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.



Browsing through my Gram's recipe box for inspiration for #BrunchWeek and there was a card for blondies.   I've eaten plenty of blondies in my time, but have never made them myself. These were interesting to me because it starts with melting butter with brown sugar.   I replaced the vanilla called for in that recipe with Torani Salted Caramel syrup.


They were absolutely delicious, but then I decided to take it into "over the top" territory. I layered the blondies, real whipped heavy cream and chopped Rolo candies into some beautiful Joy Jolt Carre martini glasses.   I'm a huge fan of individually portioned desserts, especially for brunch or other family functions.


Be sure to enter for the chance to win one of the prize packages from Joy Jolt, Torani, and the rest of the amazing sp…

Brown Sugar Bacon Palmiers

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This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.


I hope you are enjoying Brunch Week as much as I am! When my supply of Dixie Crystals light brown sugar arrived, I started a list of possible things to bake.  We are big fans of bacon coated with brown sugar and baked, and I wanted to capture that flavor and combine it with a favorite dessert of ours, palmiers or elephant ears.

All you need is a box of puff pastry from the freezer section, light brown sugar, and ready to eat bacon.   Defrost the puff according the package directions.  Gently roll it out so that it's longer than it is wide. Top it with the light brown sugar, then sprinkle on some chopped bacon.


Roll the ends in from the short sides, keeping it as tight as possible, and meeting in the middle. Place the roll on a cookie sheet, and then repeat with the other piece of puff. Place them i…