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Old Fashioned Whoopie Pies

I hope you are enjoying BBQWeek as much as I am! Today I'm sharing one of our favorite desserts, whoopie pies.  These are perfect for a barbecue because they are individually portioned and are hand held, no silverware required! This recipe is from Taste of Home and is featured as their #Bakeable challenge for May.   Though I've made them in the past, most of the versions have started with a cake mix.  This one is the real deal completely from scratch.  I used a cookie scoop to get nice equal portions, and my first sheet came out of the oven flat. I ended up chilling the dough for 30 mins and the next ones came out perfect.  For the filling, I used the vanilla extract that was called for but didn't really think that there was enough vanilla flavor so I used the seeds from a whole vanilla bean as well.  The filling was looser than I'm generally used to, but set up nicely in the fridge.  While they are not the same as a New England style whoopie pie, they are absolutely d

Cool Beans Salad

Welcome to #BBQWeek 2021! This winter seemed extraordinarily long so it's been really awesome to be able to finally uncover the grill and enjoy some meals on the patio.  I'm kicking things off with this super colorful, super delicious Cool Beans Salad from Taste of Home.  I made a few slight changes to the recipe, starting with using white wine vinegar instead of red wine vinegar. It was what I had on hand, and I really think any type would work in this, apple cider vinegar, balsamic.  I used low sodium versions of the beans, that's just personal preference. I'd rather add salt at the end if needed and be able to control it. The last change was to swap out the cilantro for parsley. I'm one of those people that can't do cilantro, it tastes like soap to me.  I found this to be even better the second day.  Thank you so much to Janelle L. for sharing her recipe! Be sure to follow our Pinterest board for more summer BBQ ideas. Thank you to Christie from A Kitchen

Morning Maple Muffins

For a New England girl, March is one of the best months of the year.  The snow is melting, daylight lasts longer, and the sap starts running. It takes a lot of time and effort to produce maple syrup, and I highly recommend visiting a sugar shack to see how it's done if you have one nearby.  I've got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to maple, and on it were these Morning Maple Muffins from Taste of Home. I did make a few changes.   The first was to add some cinnamon to the batter.  The second was to change out the nuts for quick oats in the topping due to allergies. I also substituted maple sugar for the granulated sugar in the topping since I had it on hand. For any kind of muffins, I find it helpful to fill the cups using a medium size cookie scoop.  It ensures that all the muffins will be the same size and bake evenly.  I used paper liners this time around, be sure to spray the tin well if you choose to skip them. These were great as is, but they were even better split i

Top 25 Game Day Recipes!

    Still working on your game day menu?  We're fans of football, but we're even bigger fans of football food.  I've put together 25 recipes to help you score big with your family! There's make aheads, finger foods, healthier choices, kid friendly, and some great desserts.  

Lemon Pound Cake Muffins #MuffinMonday

I love citrus year round but nothing beats the New England January blahs like cooking and baking with lemons.  That's why for this month's #MuffinMonday I chose Lemon Pound Cake Muffins from Taste of Home.    I did make a few small changes to the Lola B's recipe.  I hate to see anything to go waste so I zested the lemon into the batter before juicing it to use in the glaze. I used a large cookie scoop to fill my paper lined cups, it makes it so easy to divide the batter up evenly.   Mine baked in exactly 20 mins, but be sure not to overbake.  I moved them to a wire rack to cool and before glazing them I popped a rimmed baking sheet under the rack to catch the excess.  For the glaze I used 1 cup of powdered sugar and the juice of a large lemon.  For us, that was plenty to cover all 12 muffins.   Thank you to Stacey for hosting #MuffinMonday!  Be sure to check out the links down below to all of the other amazing recipes being shared this month!  Print With Image Without Imag

Overnight Maple Oatmeal

January is #NationalOatmealMonth and today I'm celebrating all things oats with some of my foodie friends! Nothing quite hits the spot on a cold New England morning like a bowl of oatmeal. It's been one of my go-to breakfasts for a few years now and I'm always looking for new ways to change it up.  I found this recipe on the Taste of Home site and made a few changes to make it work for us.  First I added a teaspoon of chia seeds along with the oats, maple syrup, milk and vanilla.  Though I mixed it up in a medium sized bowl, I then transferred it to 4 Ball jars so that I can easily grab one each morning.   I topped the jars with Greek Yogurt in Apple Pie flavor, and then added a generous amount of locally made Maple Nut Granola for texture.  It would be great with fresh fruit as the recipe suggests but I didn't get any in my grocery pickup this week.      You can eat this hot or cold, it's delicious either way. Thank you to Maddie K. for sharing her recipe! Be su