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11 Easter Side Dishes to Consider

Easter is 1 of the 3 holidays my family celebrates with huge dinner’s. Each side of the family has their own traditional main dishes, side dishes and desserts. Of each course I think the sides are my favorite. Crazy, right? Like who wouldn’t claim desserts as their favorites! For me the Easter side dishes are what ties the entire meal together.

Since I’m all about trying something new things I’ve found 11 Easter Side Dishes to consider this year. I’m open to bringing others traditions and foods to my table and if you are too then you’ll appreciate this list! PicMonkey-Collage-1

So here we go, 11 Easter Side Dishes to Consider for Easter

  1. Empty Tomb Rolls from Clever Housewife – These sound divine and have a deep, spiritual representation.
  2. Sweet Potato Casserole from Susie B. Homemaker  – I think Sweet Potato Casserole is  the perfect side dish for every holiday meal!
  3. Gluten Free Mac & Cheese from This Flourishing Life – No family dinner is complete without mac & cheese! If you have gluten restricted guests this sounds like a great way to treat them.
  4. Mustard Potato Salad from Around my Family Table – Potato salad is a big thing around here, so I think my family would be interested in trying this. What about you?
  5. Bunny Salad from Mama Loves Her Bargains – No bunnies are harmed in the making of this salad! It actually sounds quite yummy – you have to check it out!
  6. Southern Style Deviled Eggs from Money Saving Michelle – While these aren’t what I consider southern style deviled eggs, John would enjoy these (he says mine are too sweet, like that’s possible.)
  7. Savory Mashed Cauliflower from Green Eggs & Spam – Savory is the only thing that saves cauliflower for me!
  8. Gingered Carrot & Kale Ribbons from Everyday with Rachel Ray – I can only imagine how the ginger brings this all together!
  9. Deviled Potatoes from Southern Living – I can’t think of much more to say than “YUM!”
  10. Bunny Watermelon Salad – This is so incredibly cute. It doesn’t look that hard to carve the bunny from the watermelon either.
  11. Rhubarb Chutney – Hello rhubarb! What a wonderful accompaniment to a perfect dinner.

Mounds Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, right? What better way to celebrate than with Dark Chocolate cupcakes filled with a delicious coconut filling and topped with unbelievable Dark Chocolate Frosting? Yea – I thought that would get your attention. See, people talk back, make you mad and hurt your feelings. Chocolate on the other hand… Chocolate is a friend indeed. No matter what chocolate is there for you – to comfort you, to brighten your day and to help you get over that someone who broke your heart.

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Think of the one thing you’re most passionate about. These Mounds Cupcakes take that passion and intensify it times infinity – seriously. Whether it’s your job, your family, your car or your dog – these will make you love them all the more. Totally delicious and a lot easier than you may think.
To get started you need a box of dark chocolate fudge cake mix. Feel free to make your own from scratch if you want, but I use a box of Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix – it gets the job done. Prepare the mix, line your cupcake pan with liners and fill halfway. Follow the directions for the cupcakes. Mounds-Valentines-Day-Cupcakes111
While the cupcakes are baking prepare the Mounds filling *(recipe below – adapted from here)* and the dark chocolate frosting *(again, below – adapted from here)*. You’ll want to set them in the fridge to cool off while you’re waiting for the cupcakes.

When the cupcakes are done baking allow them to cool and score (cut x’s) into the center top of the cupcakes. Cut as far down as possible without going through to the lining.

Fill the newly formed holes with the coconut filling and then top with the dark chocolate frosting. The frosting will be thin so it’s more like pouring it (unless you add lots of powdered sugar). Chill them overnight to let the frosting set, or sit down with your cupcakes and indulge as much as necessary to feel the love of Valentine’s Day 🙂 They also make great gifts and treats if you’re spending the day with someone special.

Mounds Valentine's Day Cupcake Filling & Frosting

Amber
4.87 from 36 votes
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • For the Filling:
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups 1 can of coconut milk
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar + more to reach desired consistency
  • 1 bag dark chocolate chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup canned evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions
 

  • For the Filling:
  • Bring coconut and milk to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Sift together the sugar and cornstarch then add to milk mixture.
  • Stir the filling mixture continuously until it thickens; store uncovered in the refrigerator until ready to use.

  • For the Frosting:
  • Combine everything but the sugar in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 40 seconds. Stir
  • Return to the microwave for 20 more seconds.
  • Remove the bowl (carefully) from the microwave and stir in sugar. Combine well, adding more sugar to reach your desired consistency.
  • Stir in the fridge until you're ready to use.

Valentines Day Recipes Kids: Strawberry Ice Cream Cookie

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   Valentines Day Recipes  for Kids

I love to make memories with my children and thus we started a whole cooking with kids series on my original website Madame Deals.com . We made a whole section with tons of recipes kids can make we called it Valentines Day Recipes Kids. I found the experiment to be fun and rewarding this year I decided to expand on the experiment. I let the children pick out the items that we would use to create our Valentine’s day recipes . We walked around the store three times. Then we decided on what we wanted to include in our recipe. We wanted something we didn’t have to bake. We wanted something that was easy to make and easier to clean up and most importantly it had to taste great. This is what we came up with the Strawberry Short Cake Ice Cream Cookie!

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Ingredients:

Strawberries

Box of Ice Cream Cookies

Strawberry Ice Cream topping

Whip cream

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Place the ice cream sandwich on a plate. Then add a layer of sliced strawberries.

 

 

Strawberry Ice Cream Cookie

Next add a layer of the strawberry Ice cream topping.

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Finally, add the whip topping and a strawberry on the top. This can be complete rather quickly and the children just love it. I could also be convinced that adding chocolate sauce would make this recipe more divine.

Strawberry Ice Cream Cookie

 

Valentines Day Recipes Kids: Strawberry Ice Cream Cookie

Amee
Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake
4.85 from 19 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • ngredients:
  • Strawberries
  • Box of Ice Cream Cookies
  • Strawberry Ice Cream topping
  • Whip cream

Instructions
 

  • Place the ice cream cookie on the plate
  • Then slice strawberries
  • Place the sliced strawberry on top of the cookies
  • Then place a scoop of strawberry ice cream treat on top of the cookie
  • Finally top with the whip cream

 

We love Valentine recipes kids to see what else they have been cooking with our assistance of course.

14 Valentine’s Day Meals to Rock Your Lover’s Socks

February 14 is Valentine’s Day – but you already knew that (if you didn’t, consider this your reminder.) The best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, right? Or is that just men? I know I love good food as much as many men so we’ll go with men and women. So – what are you making for Valentine’s Day? What’s that, you don’t have anything planned? You better get cracking! 14-Valentine’s-Day-Meals

Okay, okay – I’ll help you out a bit. Here is a collection of some of the most scrumptious, mouth watering recipes fit for any Valentine’s Day meal. You’ll have to do the shopping though, I can’t help with that!

Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas – Breakfast

Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas – Brunch/Lunch

Source: google.com via Sandy on Pinterest

Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas – Dinner

  • Lobster Linguini – If you can’t say it with flowers then say it with lobster; nuff said.
  • Coq Au Vin Blanc – Because wine makes anything taste amazing.

Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas – Dessert

Valentine’s Day Cocktails

 

So, now that you have some ideas – what are you cooking up for Valentine’s Day?

Baked Ham Recipes

 

Baked Ham recipes

This is a great resources for Baked Ham Recipes. I will admit to loving ham. I can’t tell you how many times I have made a ham just so I can have the left overs. I

This is my Ham Butt recipe. The best thing is the butt is so cheap and it does taste good! This is just one of my easy recipes. I love to put the pineapples in between the layers when I cook the ham. I buy an already cooked version of ham. Then I heat it up it is about 10 minutes per pound. I use the juice from the pinapple and 1/4 cup of brown sugar to glaze the ham. I will tell you I brush on the glaze prior to cooking and then I place foil over the ham for the duration of the cooking process. It usually takes about 2 hours to reheat a ham. I get a large one because I just love ham leftover recipes. Like a great harvest salad or this great sweet and savory ham sandwhich recipe.

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