16 Delicious GREEN Recipes and Block Party

It’s time to start thinking about green recipes. Whether it’s green eggs and ham or green like a shamrock I’ve got 16 delicious green recipes to share today.

Tons of great recipes for Green Food perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Many are dye free and family friendly.

BEST Easy Guacamole | Thin Mint Truffles | Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo | Skinny Shamrock Shake | St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn | Clover Cut Sandwich | St. Patrick’s Day Muddy Buddies | Apple Snickers Delight | Grasshopper Dessert | Green Eggs and Ham Fritattas | Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps | Mint Popcorn | Avocado Pesto Zoodles | Mint Chocolate Lofthouse Copycats | Pea Soup | St. Patrick’s Day Oreos

St. Patrick’s Day was has always been a big holiday in our house. Even before pinterest had all moms feeling like they had to make every random holiday an event with special food and treats, we always knew that on St. Patrick’s day we would wear green (often a new garment or accessory), we’d have Corned Beef and Cabbage (my dad’s all time favorite meal), and we’d be drinking green lemonade. I could not resit but share some of my favorite green food ideas that you guys have shared in the last few link parties they all look SO tasty!

Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings as today’s hosts. And can you tell I’ve been craving chocolate?

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Here are a few of my favorite posts I’ve shared in the last month.

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20 Scrumptious Dessert Recipes and Block Party

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  I hope that you had a great day filled with loved ones!!  There were so many wonderfull dessert linked up that I thought that we all could use a new, yummy recipes.  Check out these 20 dessert that will have your mouth watering!
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10 Tips for Meal Planning Success + Parmesan Zoodles Recipe

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Whether to it’s reign in the budget or to keep the calories in check I’ve found meal planning to be key to helping us eat at home. #MangiaTonight #CollectiveBias 

Great tips and tricks for family meal planning to save money and eat healthier. Reclaim family dinner.Since both of us work from home it’s a real struggle not to want to eat out every night. We want to “do” something, to make it an event but eating out daily is just too expensive. Plus I don’t know about you but I always over eat and order way more unhealthy foods than what we eat at home. And the thing is, we enjoy the food I cook and with a little thought it’s easy to make even meals at home something to look forward to. For me if I have a meal plan for the week that I have shopped for I’m WAY more likely to eat at home and stick to the plan. So today I’m sharing 10 tips for meal planning success.

1. Pay attention to the family schedule (and special events).

Each week look and think about what this week has in store for you. Are there weekly activities like the soccer or piano that will occupy your time? What time will you be getting home? How much time do you really have that day to prep dinner? Factor all of that in when you are selecting your meal for that day. Also think about if you have any special events that will change your normal schedule or that might have you eating out (whether this is grabbing a bite after being out for the evening or eating at the home of relatives).

How to meal plan. 10 awesome tips and a great recipe for zoodles everyone will love.

2. Make a list or pinterest board of recipes.

I highly suggest making yourself a few pinterest boards. One for tried and true recipes that you would happily make again. You can even upload your own picture to represent a family favorite that isn’t somewhere on the internet. For example if you guys enjoy taco night, next time you have tacos snap a picture and upload it to your board so when you’re planning it’s right there in front of you. Also make at least one for recipes you want to try. I have a few including yummy savory ideas, seafood recipes, and crock pot recipes.  You can also just make yourself lists but I find pinterest is so easy since it’s visual and I’m always finding stuff I want to try throughout the week and I just pin them as I see them.

Free meal planning printables and 10 tips for meal planning and family dinner

3.Take advantage of pre-made and convenience foods.

Whether you are using something like this new Bertolli Chicken Parm Bakes or even a my freezer friendly enchilada recipe that you had in your freezer, I recommend using some just heat up type of options. I found the Chicken Parmigiani Bake as well as lot of other yummy looking Bertolli frozen family dinners for a great price at Smiths.  There are so many great convenience foods these days that are just as simple as popping in the oven or heating in a skillet. I use a few every week. I like to pair them with a little something extra so for this meal I used frozen chicken parmesan that just needed to be baked as well as frozen bread dough that I let rise and I sprayed with oil and sprinkled with seasoning. Then I paired them with some basic zoodles for me and a comb of zoodles and traditional pasta for my husband and we had a delightful complete meal.

Delicious and healthy zucchini noodle recipes. Zoodles are so easy, super healthy, low calorie and fast to make. Great recipe.

Basic Zoodles (2 serving)

  • 3-4 medium zucchini cut into noodles (see this post for how I do that)
  • Garlic Salt to taste (I do a couple good shakes)
  • Pepper to taste
  • Spray oil
  • 1 tsp butter (optional)
  • 2 tsp grated Parmesan

In a nonstick skillet (nonstick is VERY important) over medium high heat spray with oil and saute the zucchini noodles until cooked through. I like mine softer but it’s totally a matter of preference.If it’s your first time making zoodles just taste it often to see when you like it. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to your plate. Top each serving with 1 tsp grated Parmesan. Feel free to eat as is or mix with pasta noodles for more traditional pallets.

I'm obsessed these 10 minute parmesan zucchini noodles are soooo easy and delicious. I've made them once a week since I discovered this recipe.

4. Try to shop once for everything you need for the week.

I found the frozen chicken Parmesan and the zucchini for this meal all at my local Smiths and tried to grab everything else I needed for the week while I was there. I know that for me if I have the ingredients, especially produce or fresh meat I’m more likely not to decide to eat out since I’m worried about them going bad. Likewise if you’re using any frozen items that will need to thaw, take them out and put them in the refrigerator the night before so you limit your excuses for the next day.

Bertolli Chicken Parm Bakes

5. Be willing to be flexible

I think it’s important to assign specific meals to days since this helps me think in concrete terms about our schedule and if anything needs to be thawed or thrown in the crock pot. BUT if you get home at the end of the day and just don’t feel like what’s on the menu by all means switch for one of the other days’ meals. After all you did all your shopping already so you can easily make that swap.

6. Plan on an “eat out” or “leftovers” day.

We love eating out so I always plan in an eat out day. Sometimes it’s connected to an event and sometimes it’s just there for when we feel like we have to get out of the house or I just don’t feel like cooking that night. Likewise I know lots of people account for eating leftovers for a day or two. If you are leftover eaters (we aren’t, leftovers die a slow death in our fridge) then by all means factor that in.

Delicious but light low calorie chicken parmesan. Great Parmesan zoodle zucchini noodle recipe

7. Try to plan some double duty meals.

I like to plan means that work overtime. I think the easiest way of doing this is by making some crock pot meat early in the week and then repurposing it into a meal later in the week. It’s simple to turn a roast (or really any kind of meat) into tacos, Stroganof, enchiladas, or even soup. Another easy idea is to make a double batch of your favorite freezer friendly meals (like my Stuffed Shells or Knock off Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana) and then freeze a batch for a later week.

8. Build in diversity and make it an event.

I think one of the biggest reasons people fall off of meal planning is that they get into a rut. Make sure to try new things. This is where those pinterest boards come in handy. Just allow yourself more time when trying a recipe for the first time and I always like to serve it along size something tried and true just in case. We are huge foodies. The baby is a GREAT eater and I think a big part of that is that we make dinner an event. We look forward to it, we all eat the same thing, we talk about the food, and of course we try to make everything we eat and serve our little one delicious. When you’re busy it’s easy to just forget to value meal time so that is a perfect oppertunity to use the pre-made stuff like the chicken Parmesan in these pictures or a previously homemade dish. That way you can really focus on a whole meal and time together and enjoy the food!

Chicken parmesan and zucchini noodles. Great parmesan zoodle recipe in just 10 minutes

9. Keep your eyes on the goal.

Remember how much you will save. By eating at home even if you’re very spendy with ingredient you’ll save tons of money over eating out even if eating out is just fast food. You will also be saving your health. Whether you are content with your weight or trying to cut some calories, when you do the cooking you know exactly what goes into it and you can make sure that you feed your family veggies and a balance of nutrients. Also with the crazy serving sizes at restaurants these days is SO hard not to over eat even if you’re sure the particular foods are good options.

must read tips for family meal planning and free meal planning printables

10. Write it down.

Last but most importantly write it down. Every week I sit down at the computer and write out my weekly menu. I actually send it out in my newsletters with links to the recipes on Thursdays this helps me to stay accountable and it’s just fun to share. When I’m at the store I pull it up on my phone. A lot of times I write my list on good old paper since I’m totally a paper and pen girl. I even made these meal planning printable that you can use as well. Sometimes I’ll snap a photo of my plan and share it on Instagram. People love it. Whether you want to be public or not you should definitely write down your meal plan. Personally I highly recommend sharing it with someone even if that is just someone in your household, but really I bet your friends would love to see it on social media typed up or as a pic!

I hope those ideas were helpful. For even more help I’ve made a printable meal planning sheet. This is available to my newsletter subscribers. Just go ahead and subscribe below in the teal box and once you confirm your email you will receive code to access the printable!

Love these awesome meal planning tips and free printable. bonus easy healthy recipe

Tell me how you are ready to get your meal planning under control will you start with a few convenience foods, new pinterest boards, let me know! And remember you can find Bertolli items at some of the lowest prices of the year in a Kroger or Kroger banner store near you. Kroger banners include Fred Meyer, Smiths, Frys, Dillions, King Soopers, City Market, and QFC. Find a store near you.

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World’s Best Guacamole Recipe

This my friends is hands down The BEST Guacamole recipe. In fact it may even be the best guac you’ll ever eat even including fancy (or fantastically divvy) restaurants!

This guacamole recipe is so good I've made it the last 3 weekends! Perfect party food or game day dip.

Since before I was married my hubby has raved about Jana’s guacamole. He reported times where she’d make the boys a batch and he’d eat it all up. Every guac was compared to hers and nothing was good enough. Well a couple years ago when she was extremely pregnant he called her up and asked her to teach me the secrets of the guac. Yup he’s THAT guy ha!

This guacamole recipes is so delicious and easy. i get asked for the recipe every time I make it.

We went over with all the ingredients and now I can say with confidence that I too can make the best guacamole I have ever tasted. I’m not a chunky veggie girl but I love this. Now I will share the recipe with you. It sounds basic but it’s delicious. You do need to taste as you go to see if you want more of anything but here is the base recipe adjust it to your liking.

Hands down the best guacamole I've ever had. Everyone asks for the recipe whenever I bring it to parties or game nights. Best appetizer ever.

  • 2 small roma tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 3 avocados
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 1 TBS lime juice (adjust this to your taste)
  • 1-2 tsp veganaise (I’m linking it on amazon so you can see what it looks like but they only have cases most grocery stores carry it nowadays or you can use sour cream or plain yogurt but I do think the veganaise flavor is special)
  1. Roast the tomatoes and jalapeno. To do that just stick them on a skillet and burn them on all sides, set aside to cool
  2. Chop onion, tomatoes, jalapeno and garlic very fine. (you can do bigger pieces if you like it chunky). Set aside.
  3. Mash avocados and 1 tsp veganaise into whatever bowl you want to use.
  4. Add tomatoes, onions, garlic and 1/2 of the jalapeno to the avocado mixture.
  5. Mix it all up. Salt to taste. Add more of the jalapeno if you want more kick (after you taste it). Add more veganaise if you want it creamier.

This guacamole is so easy and delicious you won't believe the secret ingredient

Some times I add hot sauce, cilantro, and some onion powder. But this is one of those things where I add the ingredients in increments and taste and adjust. Do roast the veggies it makes all the difference.

Best guacamole recipe ever. I've made it every weekend since I discovered it.

Enjoy. I know it looks like regular old guac but everywhere I’ve taken it people have gobbled it up fast, I think the roasting and creamy stuff make all the difference.

Holy moley this is SO delicious. Best guacamole recipe ever. Took it to a party and everyone wanted the recipe.

I originally shared this recipe 9/10/2008 but it’s soo good I thought all you newer readers needed to experience the joys of this guacamole recipe. Oh and of course improve on those hideous pictures!

I've tried A LOT of guacamole and this recipe is hands down THE BEST guac I've ever had (including restaurants). I have made it every weekend this month. Would be perfect for cinco de mayo, game day, or anytime you need a tasty and healthy appetizer.

Want more great food tricks?

this is how I always do chocolate covered strawberries!

Everyone loves these chocolate covered strawberries and with this trick they are SO easy.

The best cauliflower mash recipe. A delicious and healthier alternative to mashed potatoes. So so yummy and delicious - Rae Gun Ramblings

If you want some more veggies or just to save some calories this cauliflower mash is a great swap for traditional mashed potatoes!

Hands down the best oven fried chicken recipe. I make this for family dinner all the time and it turns out great.

One of my go to weeknight favorites. This Oven Fried Chicken recipe is SO good.

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15 Awesome Chocolate Recipes and Block Party

Whether it’s a bad day pick me up or a way of celebrating a victory there is something comforting about a good Chocolate treat.

Lots of great chocolate recipes for any mood, flavor or diet

Easiest Chocolate Covered Strawberries | Peppermint Chocolate Cookies | Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake | Firecracker Trifle | Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake | Brownie Sandwich Cookies | Hot Cocoa Sticks | Almond Joy Hot Chocolate | Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies | Chocolate Pomegranate Parfait | Chocolate Peanut Butter Roll | Caramel Chocolate Popcorn | Brownie Cookies | Chocolate Waffles

This week I rounded up a bunch of awesome looking Chocolate treat recipes. The variety is great. You have figure friendly, vegan, decadent, calorie splurging, and even fruity chocolate recipes.

Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings as today’s hosts. And can you tell I’ve been craving chocolate?

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Here are a few of my favorite posts I’ve shared in the last month.

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Super Bowl Food Ideas and Block Party

Super Bowl Food Ideas

Super-Bowl-Food-Ideas lots of delicious appetizers and dip recipes

3 Ingredient Sausage Queso | Snickers Blitz | Chili Cheese Pigs in a Blanket

Buffalo Chicken Poutine | BLT Party Dip | Buffalo Chicken Dip

Tahini Hummus | Lightened Up Buffalo Popcorn | Mozzarella Sticks

Pizza Dip | Pineapple Meatballs | Chili Cheese Poppers

Healthy Ranch Toasted Chickpeas | Green Pepper and Tomato Salad

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Cracker Cookie Recipe & More FROZEN Fun

Have you ever had cracker cookies? They are a sweet treat that starts with regular old saltine crackers as a base and they are super addicting.

We love these easy 20 minute cookie crackers. Fun recipe to make with the kids

My little guy has been begging for these all week both saying and signing cookie cracker. It’s been a great way to get him to do whatever he’s supposed to ha! I made this batch with some Frozen inspiration, well because Frozen! Make sure you scroll all the way down since after the Cracker Cookie Recipe I’m sharing a bunch of other fun Frozen ideas.

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

My cracker cookie recipe is such a fun and tasty treat that’s really easy to customize for any theme or special occasion.

Super easy sweet treat cracker cookies recipe. Frozen inspired. like confetti crisps but lighter

The cookies taste like a rich dessert but actually are diet friendly (if you can get yourself to stop at 1-2). But really these are so good everyone I feed them too has been hooked.

we love these super easy cookie crackers. great recipe to make with the kids. These Frozen inspired ones are extra cute

Cracker Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 40-52 saltine crackers (depending on your pan size. I used this type of pan and it took 52 crackers)
  • 3/4 C butter
  • 3/5 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C candy melts, chopped
  • 1 C yogurt covered pretzels (about a cup BEFORE you chop them)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Arrange your crackers on a cookie sheet. I like to line it with foil paper to make clean up easier.
  3. Over medium heat melt butter and sugar together. Allow to boil for about 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  5. Pour over crackers and spread evenly with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Top with chopped candy melts, pretzels, and sprinkles.

20 minute cookie cracker recipe. The perfect salty sweet dessert or snack that both kids and adults love to make and eat

Super easy right? And one of the best things is that we almost always have everything on hand to make a batch of these up and since the recipe is so flexible we can usually make due with whatever we do have in the pantry to create new delicious versions.

A new favorite once you try these 20 minute cookie crackers you won't be able to stop making this dessert recipe so so good

And now for the rest of those yummy Frozen recipes!

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Fever continues with 6 delicious recipes inspired by Disney’s Frozen! They are perfect for any party or movie watching! You’ve already seen my yummy cookie crisp make sure you check out the other 5 here!

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Hot Chocolate

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Blue Velvet Pudding

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Fudge

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Cupcakes

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Cake Pops

Want more FROZEN?

Frozen Anna and Kristoff Costumes Tutorial - Rae Fun Ramblings

Check out these fun DIY Anna and Kristoff inspired costumes I made. And see how cute and little Teddy was a a baby Kristoff!

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20 Minute Creamy Shrimp Pesto Zoodles Recipe

Have you had zucchini noodles also known as zoodles? For me it was seriously love at first bite.

This is a keeper. Made it tonight and it's SO good. One pot zucchini noodle (zoodle) creamy pesto shrimp recipe. Fast so it's perfect for healthy light weekday dinners and tastes great.

I totally “borrowed” my sister’s zoodle maker 6 months ago and refuse to give it back. It’s so freaking cheap though I should probably buy my own. But I digress. Zoodles are sooooo good and if you are trying to lose weight or eat healthier or have this be “the year of your best body” bwahaha have you seen that commercial? then you need these in your life.

20 minute light and healthy creamy pesto shrimp zucchini noodles AKA zoodles recipe

This 20 minute creamy shrimp pesto zoodles recipes is my weeknight go to when I want something satisfying but light. It is SO yummy and easy to put together you gotta try it. If you have zucchini haters or non-zoodle lovers you can do what I do which is cook up some pasta (these noodles make it super speedy) and just give them mostly traditional empty calorie wheat noodles and make yours with the zoodles or half and half is good too.

Easy way to please everyone with regular pasta and zoodles. zucchini noodles. 20 minute creamy pesto and shrimp recipe. SO yummy for weeknight dinners

Really it’s super easy to customize. I still make the noodle eaters have some of the zucchini though and it makes everyone get more veggies even if they don’t want a heaping plate of them like I do. Okay lets get to the recipe.

So glad I tried this. Super yummy low calorie and filling zoodle zucchini noodle recipe. With creamy pesto and shrimp sauce. Fast and great for weeknight dinners or lunch

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Medium Zucchini (if you want half to be pasta I do 2-3 zuccs and 2 oz pasta)
  • 1/4 C Pesto
  • 1/8 C-1/4C Heavy Cream
  • Salt and peper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 16-20 Shrimp (I’ve used both cooked and raw tail on)

Just made this and it's so good and fast. Healthy light creamy pesto shrimp zoodles zucchini noodle recipe

Directions

  1. Season shrimp with salt, pepper and onion powder. If the shrimp is already cooked set aside.
  2. If your shrimp is raw cook them until ALMOST done in a NONSTICK (this is important) pan that is heated up and sprayed with a good amount of spray oil like Pam. Remove from heat and set aside. If you have tail on shrimp cook them with the tails on this will give them better flavor. Once cooked discard the tails.
  3. Make your zoodles. Cut the round end off of the zucchini and with and use the stem part as a handle. If you have this zoodle maker this step will go super fast. Like just a couple minutes max.
  4. Then in the pan you cooked the shrimp on. Make sure it is hot and resprayed add in the noodles. When they are close to your desired texture (some people like them more soft and others with a snap) this will only take a few minutes over medium high heat, turn off the heat.
  5. Add in pesto and cream and stir. Add as the cream to your desired consistency. If you are spitting this with regular noodles. Make sure your noodles are cooked before you start step 4. I like pronto noodles when I’m in a rush. Then I just put noodles on one side of the pan and the zucchini on the other and and mix on their own sides and just a bit of overlap will happen in the middle which is fine since I want everyone to at least have some zuccs.
  6. Add back in the shrimp just to reheat. If you need to you might want to turn your heat back on just for a minute.
  7. Add any additional salt you might want.
  8. Enjoy and marvel at the fact that that delicious meal was mostly veggies and so low in calories!

New favorite. Will be in our weeknight dinner rotation. Healthy and light creamy pesto shrimp zoodles (zucchini noodles) recipe.

I love this dish so much. Seriously it’s on regular rotation at our house. I hope you love it just as much as we do!

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Best Recipes of 2015

I've tried a bunch of these and they are great! Easy delicious recipes perfect for breakfast, dinner, and even dessert!

If one thing is for certain, it is that 2015 was filled with delicious food! I found a lot of great new favorite restaurants and made a ton of new yummy creations at home. Today I’m sharing my most recipes that were most popular this year. While some of these were published earlier that 2015 a handful of these were just hanging out and all of a sudden had a resurgence of popularity. If you haven’t already tried them make sure to click through to the original recipe and pin them! Here are the best recipes of 2015.

The best cauliflower mash recipe. A delicious and healthier alternative to mashed potatoes. So so yummy and delicious - Rae Gun Ramblings

1. The most popular food post this year was my Cauliflower Mash recipe. A healthier more nutrient filled alternative for mashed potatoes. They don’t tastes the same but they definitely satisfy and hit the spot while giving you a hearty dose of veggies!

this is how I always do chocolate covered strawberries!

2. My secret tip to how to make chocolate covered strawberries blew up this year. It’s so easy you will find yourself looking for things to cover in chocolate once you run out of strawberries!

Hands down the best oven fried chicken recipe. I make this for family dinner all the time and it turns out great.

3. Up next came my Oven Fried Chicken recipe. This is one of my personal favorites since we making it monthly and it is just so easy on a weeknight, and crisps up without the hassle of deep frying. Seriously it’s SO good!

Knock-off recipe for The Great Harvest's famous cinnaburst bread - Rae GUn Ramblings

4. Love the Cinnaburst Bread from Great Harvest? Well it’s pretty easy to make it at home! My Knock off Great Harvest Cinnaburst Bread recipe has been one of my most popular recipes since I shared it way back.

This buttermilk waffle recipe is the best. Easy to have breakfast ready in less than 15 minutes.

5. There’s something so good about a piping hot Buttermilk Waffle and even better when it just takes a few minutes to put together. This is the Buttermilk Waffle recipe you’ve been looking for.

This is how I cook my corned beef (in the crock pot) for St. Patrick's Day every year and it works great!

6. Corned Beef is not just for St. Patrick’s Day (who knew). I’m still surprised at how popular my Crock Pot Corned Beef recipe has been. Don’t get me wrong it’s super tasty and wayyyyy easy but it’s been consistently pinned all through the Summer, Fall, and Winter!

My new favorite soup recipe. Crock Pot Lasagna Soup (freezable) - Rae Gun Ramblings Super easy Lasagna Soup recipe for the crock pot (freezable) - Rae Gun Ramblings #GameTimeGoodies #shop #cbias

7. Speaking of easy recipes my Crock Pot Lasagna Soup recipe is crazy easy and really yummy. You’ll be shocked at how good and simple it is.

Wizarding World of Harry potter Frozen Butterbeer recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

8. Whether you are a Harry Potter fanatic like me or not this Frozen Butterbeer Recipe is perfect when you need a little treat. Easy and yummy and if you’re a Potter-head then it’s perfectly geeky!

The secret to restaurant style cherry coke at home - Rae Gun Ramblings

9. Get that fountain Cherry Coke taste by making these super easy cherry bombs for your coke. They really are almost as good as the real thing and definitely better than cherry coke in the can!

fast and easy chocolate coconut mini pies recipe.

10. These Magic Cookie Pies are fun for the whole family. Watch out though because they are SWEET. The kids will love making them with you!

World' yummiest zucchini lasagna - Rae Gun Ramblings

11. Need more veggies? We love swapping out pasta noodles for healthy zucchini in my yummy Zucchini Lasagna recipe.

Yummy Christmas Thumbprint Cookies and over 40 other cookie recipes - Rae Gun Ramblings

12. Even though my Thumbprint Cookies recipe is made all Christmas-y you could easily swap out the red and green for any color combo or type of sprinkle to suit any holiday or occasion. I might have to do some hearts or lips for Valentine’s Day!

The best of comfort food. Quick and easy buffalo macaroni and cheese recipe from Rae Gun Ramblings

13. Buffalo wings and macaroni and cheese are hands down two of my favorite foods so it’s no surprise that I had to combine them. And it looks like I’m not the only one who thought Buffalo Mac and Cheese was an EXCELLENT idea!

Dairy-free lactation cookies that the whole family will love. These are now our go to chocolate chip cookies - Rae Gun Ramblings

14. I’m obsessed with this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. And the crazy part is that it was created as a lactation cookie recipe. Don’t worry it’s all natural stuff that help boost milk production (like oatmeal, you won’t magically start lactating). BUT if you know someone who would like a boost in that direction who is already nursing make up a batch! But really don’t be scared off my husband and whole family loves these and there is no unwanted milk production going on ;)

great recipe for how to make cheesecake factory's brown bread - Rae Gun Ramblings

15. Another oldie but goodie. My Copy Cat Cheesecake Factory Bread recipe. Bread is one of my favorite things to make and I worked hard to copy the infamous brown bread from the cheesecake factory and let me tell you these taste just like the original. So much so now that when I eat there I actually prefer the French Bread since I can have the “wheat” any time!

Love all of these that I've tried. Can't wait to try all these quick easy recipes.

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Top 15 of 2015 Best Recipes Tutorials and More

most popular post of 2015. These all look good. recipes, diy tutorials, book reviews and more

It’s always fun to see what post resonated over the last year. Which projects other’s pins, which tips were shared viraly, and what recipes looked delicious to everyone else. These were the posts I published in 2015 that got the most overall views. Also make sure to check back in later this week because I’ll be sharing which posts regardless of when I published them got the most attention and this year there were some surprising sleepers that have been quiet for the last few years that all of a sudden got attention this year!

Yes! Totally agree. I wish I knew all of these when I was pregnant. Great tips for first time moms.

1. Hands down my #1 most popular posts was my “Things They Don’t Tell New Moms” post. I only shared it in September and it has blown every other post from this year (and most from all other years) out of the way. But I can see why. Even now after living in the mom trenches for almost 2 years I forget some of the things that were so new for me. I’m glad I wrote a lot of them down. I have been saving a list for a Part 2 to come soon.

Hands down the best oven fried chicken recipe. I make this for family dinner all the time and it turns out great.

2. Next up was my Oven Friend Chicken recipe. Why I haven’t shared this before I don’t know because it’s definitely one of my go to easy weeknight meals. And the skin does crisp up so nicely without having to deal with all the oil of deep frying. It’s super good you should definitely give it a try if you haven’t already.

Must make all of these. Great list of sewing patterns and inspiration for women tops and shirts.

3. I shared a bunch of Tops to Sew. These are a collection of patterns and free tutorials that I wanted to make for myself. I have gotten to some of them and the others I hope to tackle soon. But it seems like other people agreed they are cute tops that need to be made!

This buttermilk waffle recipe is the best. Easy to have breakfast ready in less than 15 minutes.

4. My Buttermilk Waffles recipe was another of those sleeper recipes. I had been planning on posting it, even had pictures taken but just hadn’t gotten to it oops! Thankfully I did share the recipe because so many people have loved and pinned this puppy. It’s a good solid waffle recipe and so easy too.

Huge list of books to read after Divergent. Lots of good ones and ones I haven't read yet!

5. I’m thrilled that one of my book lists made it into my top 5 this year. But really Divergent was SO good it’s no surprise that people wanted to see what other books to check out. My books for Best Books for Divergent Fans posts is full of over 100+ awesome books making it perfect for different types of Divergent lovers!

This is how I cook my corned beef (in the crock pot) for St. Patrick's Day every year and it works great!

6. I have been making Crock Pot Corned Beef for ages and as much as I like it I figured people just made it during St. Pattrick’s Day but apparently I was wrong because this post has been crazy popular all Fall and Winter. That makes me think I should stop keeping corned beef in it’s March cage and make it again, some time soon!

The secret to restaurant style cherry coke at home - Rae Gun Ramblings

7. I’m a Cherry Coke addict. Like it’s my favorite thing. To me there’s nothing quite like sitting down with a fountain diet coke with rich cherry syrup swirled in. But I came up with something pretty darn close. My Homemade Cherry Coke Hearts really give you almost that same taste and from the convenience of your own home. Plus if you use a fun ice cube tray they are totally cute and picture worthy!

Super fast and easy chocolate peanut butter coconut pies recipe. Done in 15 minutes.

8. The kids helped me make these Coconut Cookie Pies and boy are they deadly. They are SO SO sweet and perfect with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Oh man I think I need to make them again it’s been too long.

Fun toy that also can be a great gift for a blind person

9. I’m not surprised to find my Surprising Gift for a Blind Person post to be in my top 10. After all, when I was trying to figure out what to give to my husband’s grandma who had recently lost her sight I was stumped. This idea is so sweet and fills the gap that photos usually take when you’re giving gifts to family members!

Love this idea. Cute and easy popcorn dessert idea great for movie night.

10. These easy Movie Night Popcorn Cups were so fun and so stinking cute. If you want a fun simple treat that everyone will love definitely save these!

How to shorten and hem sleeves the easy way. Perfect for out of season kid clothing - Rae Gun Ramblings

11. It’s crazy how fast kids go through clothes. It seems like they are onto the next size way before you think they will be. So when you have something that fits or will fit and it’s off season now that’s just a shame. I shared my easy trick for How to Shorten and Hem Knit Sleeves and it definitely was a favorite around the interweb.

Fabulous Harry Potter Gift Ideas for your favorite wizard and book lover.

12. We all know my love for Harry Potter knows no end. And what’s better than Harry Potter for me? Sharing my love of the magic. My round up of Gift Idea for Harry Potter Fans tells me I’m not the only one who loves to share her love of all things Harry Potter.

Love this easy trick for how to gather on the serger without using an attachment - Rae Gun Ramblings

13. You know I’m all about the cheats when it comes to cooking and crafting. I finally took some time to share how I gather on my serger. I share two different ways the first is so so easy and it doesn’t even require you to change any settings or feet on your serger. And the second takes just a tiny bit of adjustments but lets you gather easily for yards and yards. Check out How to Gather on Your Serger.

How to make a car trash bag holder in just an hour. Uses those doggie/diaper bags so smart!

14. I don’t know what I would do with my Car Trash Bag Holder. I mean we use it daily and it’s crazy easy to change the liner and super convenient. This makes a great gift for people who have everything and it’s a really quick sewing project.

It's a keeper! This French inspired chicken slow cooker recipe is so yummy. Great dinner idea

15. This was the year of slow cooker cooking for me and this Crock Pot Chicken Fricasse recipe is hands down my favorite that I shared. It is SO good and has all the flavors of the classic French dish. Oh yes. I think I’m putting this on next week’s menu!

Need to check all of these out. Recipes, diy tutorials, books to read and more

Well that was fun to go back through the year with you all. Did you have a favorite that didn’t make this list? If so I would love to hear about it. It’s really fun to see what people like whether they align with the masses or not!

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