Tasty Tuesday: 39 Favorite Easter Desserts

39 Favorite Easter Desserts

My five kiddos really love to celebrate Easter, it signals the beginning of spring and all sorts of outdoor play time activities, not to mention all the fabulous Easter treats and desserts that come along with the holiday. I like to fill their Easter baskets with homemade treats and they really enjoy pitching in to make fun Easter themed desserts. Here’s a terrific list of 39 delicious Easter dessert recipes that your family is sure to love.

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Tasty Tuesday: Better With Blueberries

The blueberries have been plentiful this year and they started coming in early so we even have a bunch in the freezer.  Blueberries keep very well in the freezer and we like to pop’m out and eat them by the handful just as they are, but there are also so many yummy blueberry recipes available that I put together this roundup of a variety of different things to make with them.

1) Simple Blueberry Cobbler

This Simple Blueberry Cobbler recipe is my own guest post at $5 Dinners and it’s my go to dessert during blueberry season.  It’s delicious and very easy to make!

2) Blueberry Hand Pies

These Blueberry Hand Pies from Camille Styles look absolutely scrumptious and are great for creating individual servings or for eating on the go.

3) Blueberry Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is one of my all time favorite desserts and I can’t wait to try out this Blueberry Coffee Cake version from Joy of Baking.

4) Blueberry Marshmallows

You can buy gourmet flavored marshmallows online for about $1 a piece so I searched and found this fabulous Blueberry Marshmallow recipe from YumSugar.

5) Blueberry Sorbet

For the summer months especially I think this Blueberry Sorbet from Easy Paleo is a wonderful and tasty treat!  I know the kids are going to love this stuff!

6) Blueberry Power Smoothie

Beloved Green’s Blueberry Power Smoothie is a fabulous way to start any day!  What a perfect way to get up and go.

7) Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

I could eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch or supper and these Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes look absolutely delicious!  I searched and found a recipe from Giada de Laurentiis at Food Network that I simply must try.

Check out my Better With Blueberries board on Pinterest and let us know about your favorite ways to eat blueberries!

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Tasty Tuesday: Get Out The Grill!

One of my favorite things about summertime is whipping out the grill and doing some outdoor cooking!  The kids love to help, everybody gathers around and it somehow becomes an event.  This week I’m trying to get away from the same old burgers, sausages and hot dogs to bring you some different recipe ideas for your next cookout!

1) Stuffed Bananas

These stuffed bananas from Karly of Buns In My Oven are the perfect way to make dessert while you already have the grill out for supper!  Use any toppings you’d like, throw them on the grill while you eat your meal and they’ll be ready just in time using the remaining heat from the grill.

2) Jerk Chicken Wings

Cooking smaller or more fragile pieces of meat is super easy when you use a foil packet, like with these Jerk Chicken Wings from the Food Network.

3) Grilled Veggies

Grilling vegetables really helps to bring out their flavor and the grill marks add so much flare to the presentation!  These grilled zucchini slices from Another Pint Please were brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with oregano before grilling and you could do the same with asparagus or grill up fave veggies like potatoes and corn on the cob.

4) Three Cheese Potatoes

Why stick to boring old baked potatoes when you can grill up these Three Cheese Potatoes from Taste of Home?  Using the foil packet technique again you can easily make these delicious potatoes on the grill while the rest of your meal is cooking.

5) Marinated Shrimp

These marinated grilled shrimp from MomAdvice use only a few simple ingredients but are super tasty!  You could serve these either warm or chilled, but something about cooking them on the grill makes them taste so good.

6) Sweet & Spicy Bacon Chicken

The combination of chili pepper and brown sugar in this Sweet & Spicy Bacon Chicken recipe from Diary Of A Recipe Addict make for a yummy twist on the classic barbecue chicken.  And isn’t everything just better with bacon?

7) Beef Skewers With Yakitori Marinade

Grilled foods on a stick, like these Beef Skewers with Yakitori marinade from Chef Curtis Stone make summer entertaining easy.  Finger foods are great for mingling and cleanup is a breeze!

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Tasty Tuesday: Frozen Treats

It has been SO hot already and summer has only just begun so I put together this sampling of yummy frozen treats from around the web to help us keep cool!

1) Popsicles

My kids like popsicles so much that we actually use them as rewards for good behavior and for getting chores dones, so we always have to have some in the freezer.  The New York Times has a great article on how to make all sorts of fruity, savory, creamy and even boozy popsicles – something for everyone!

2) Flavored Ice Cream

There are lots of different ice cream recipes to be found online, but my favorites are the flavored ice creams like this lemon variety from Sunkist or this dairy free avocado ice cream from Eating Well.

3) Bon Bons

You can make yummy ice cream bon bons from your favorite flavor of ice cream like these from All You magazine and I think they’re perfect for entertaining and for controlling portion sizes for those of us who love sweet treats but need to keep from going overboard.

4) Yogurt Dipped Berries

We really enjoy eating frozen berries like grapes and blueberries in the summer so I love this idea of dipping strawberries and blueberries in yogurt before freezing them for an extra special treat!

5) Watermelon Pie

Fruit sherbet is always a favorite summertime dessert and this watermelon pie from Make and Takes is a unique way to prepare and serve your favorite flavors.

6) Ice Cream Sandwiches

When I was a kid we usually had ice cream sandwiches in the freezer to help cool us off after a hard day of play, but they never looked anything like these creative ice cream sandwich varieties from All Parenting.

7) Frozen Doggie Treats

Since our canine friends will be pretty hot this summer too, I wanted to include this Frosty Paws Dog Ice Cream recipe from Big Dog Boutique that contains doggie favorite ingredients like yogurt, peanut butter and honey.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Tasty Tuesday: Red, White and Blue

Here are some fun red, white and blue food ideas just in time for our 4th of July celebrations next week!  If you’re headed out to a picnic, BBQ or potluck just whip up one of these delicious concoctions to take with you.

1) Fruit & Cheese Plates

Seasonal fruits and finger foods like blueberries, watermelon chunks, strawberries, bananas and a selection of cheeses can be displayed in the shape of a flag like this cute watermelon and cheese tray I found at Blush Printables.  Fresh fruit trays are super easy to throw together and are always crowd pleasers.

2) Patriotic Cupcakes

I love these red, white and blue cupcakes from Grin and Bake It where they used food coloring and white cake batter to make tri-color treats.  This would be fun to do in other colors at different times of the year, like maybe pink and purple for my daughters’ birthday.

3) Berry Cheesecake Pie

This Berry Cheesecake Pie from Natalie’s Killer Cuisine combines three of my favorite things – pie, cheesecake and fresh fruit!  I can’t wait to try out this recipe and I’m sure it will be a big hit with the kids.  How cute are those pie crust stars?

4) Hand Dipped Fruit

Strawberries dipped in white chocolate and then blue sprinkles like these from Katie Mahoney Photography are a creative take on the fruit plate theme and they just made it onto my ‘to do’ list.

5) Pancakes

What a great idea for a home cooked breakfast on the 4th – these patriotic pancakes from I Am Mommy are perfect for both kids and adults.  You could also consider adding the blueberries to the batter.

6) Parfaits

Fruity parfaits are easy to put together in a patriotic theme, and these Panna Cotta Shooters from Sprinkle Bakes are a great way to mix a dessert and a cocktail.  The confetti stars are a nice touch and they’re almost too pretty to eat.

7) Patriotic PB&Js

Patriotic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made like this cream cheese and jam version that Deborah at Taste and Tell blog found, are a very creative way of serving lunch to a crowd or you could do this on toast in the morning for breakfast.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Tasty Tuesday: Crazy for Cake Pops

My friend Lynsey from MoscatoMom.com has a Babycakes cake pop maker that she uses to create all sorts of things and she really inspired me to get one.  The cake pop maker is perfect not just for making easy homemade gifts and inexpensive party foods, but also for making smaller bite sized portions that are great for kids (like my five!) and dieters (like me).  Plus it’s SO much fun and the kids really enjoy helping out.  Here are some great ideas for using your cake pop maker:

1) Gift Bouquets

I absolutely love the idea of being able to make cake pop gift bouquets for all sorts of occasions like birthdays, teacher appreciation gifts, and for holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  Using scrapbook paper inside a clear acrylic cup is a great way to create a matching display for these gorgeous brown and blue themed bouquets from Make A Whisk.

2) Weddings & Showers

These adorable bride and groom cake pops are terrific for wedding or shower favors, centerpieces, and for noting seat assignments.  There are lots of wonderful designs for weddings, like these glitter monogram pops from Cake Pop Star, and they can easily be done in the wedding colors.

3) Themed Parties

The possibilities for creating decorative cake pops for any theme are simply endless!  The beer cake and bacon frosting golf ball cake pops shown above were created by 1 Fine Cookie for a Father’s Day party, but you could make honeybee cake pops for a spring party, watermelon cake pops for a summer party, or these gorgeous baby girl cake pops for a baby shower.

4) Holidays

Cake pops are wonderful treats or gifts for any holiday like these spooky skull cake pops from The Sugar Turntable for Halloween.  Red, white and blue cake pops arranged as a flag make a great display for a 4th of July barbecue, and chocolate dipped cake pops with pretzel antlers and red hot noses make yummy Rudolph cake pops for Christmas.

5) Neat Displays

There are so many neat display ideas to choose from like this gorgeous ribbon and tulle covered cardboard “cake stand”.  You can create your own styrofoam displays or buy ready to go cardboard, wood or lucite cake pop stands.

6) Cake Pop Cakes

Creating tiered “cakes” from cake pops is a whimsical yet elegant way to display lots of cake pops for large numbers of guests.  This wedding cake made from cake pops is a neat example and is also perfect for providing different flavors, simply make each tier a flavor and display a flavor key on a card nearby.

7) Other Stuff

You can use most any kind of mix in your cake pop maker to make quick and delicious snacks like banana nut bread pops, blueberry muffin pops, and pancake pops!  My friend Lynsey even uses hers to make refrigerated cinnamon rolls from a tube and to make her own delicious version of corn dog pops.

Check out my Crazy for Cake Pops Pinterest board for many more great cake pop ideas!

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Tasty Tuesday: Freezer Cooking

We’ve been freezer cooking for a couple of years now and I’m still amazed at how much more money we save on our budget by making up a bunch of meals in advance and then use menu planning based on our freezer inventory to plan each month’s meals.  Not only does it save us money because we’re not wasting food and we’re basing our freezer meals on what is on sale, but we also save a tremendous amount of stress around dinnertime because we have a plan in advance and we no longer waste time on “what do you want for dinner?” and “I don’t know, what do you want for dinner?”  Here are a few terrific freezer cooking recipes to help fill up your freezer with inexpensive homemade meals.

1) Slow Cooker Recipes

Stephanie at Mama And Baby Love lists some fabulous slow cooker recipes for the freezer including Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken, Stephanie’s Goulash, and Chicken Curry.

2) Breakfast Burritos

Money Saving Mom is one of my favorite blogs and Crystal always has terrific recipes that are both yummy and low cost like these Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos.

3) Teriyaki Chicken

We eat a lot of Teriyaki Chicken at our house and this is an excellent recipe for the freezer from Thriving Home Blog.  You’ll also find recipes for Savory Chicken, Lazy Day Stew, Sweet & Tangy Meatballs, and Sausage & Peppers on this page.

4) Homemade Freezer Pizza

Here’s another family favorite as shown by Crystal at Money Saving Mom – we like to buy our chicken in bulk then cook large batches in the crockpot that we dice and shred before freezing meal size packages.  We later thaw and use the chicken in pizzas, salads, quesadillas, soups, tacos and more.

5) Pizza Pockets

Amy at Amy’s Finer Things swears that these Pizza Pockets and her Pigs in a Blanket saved her summer!  With five young kids of my own I can easily see how having a freezer full of these would be a life saver and I’m definitely making a bunch very soon.

6) Mexican Casseroles

Joyful Momma’s Kitchen provides the list to her top five freezer meals including Layered Enchilada Casserole, Quesadilla Casserole, Wild Rice and Chicken, Goulash, and Potato Soup.

7) Crab Cakes

These Crab Cakes from Abbi at Once a Month Mom look absolutely scrumptious and are a great way to make expensive crab meat go a little further while its in season and be able to enjoy it off season too when the price is higher.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


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