19 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas and Block Party

Any chance to eat tacos and break a pinata is a reason to celebrate for me! Cinco De Mayo is coming up and here are 19 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas to help you Fiesta like there’s no manana!

19 Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas and recipes. Delicious Mexican food and more

19 Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas

Fiesta like there’s no Manana Printable | Invitation Printable for Cinco De Mayo Party | World’s Best Guacamole | Taquitos and Taco Bar

Spanish Style Cauliflower Rice | Smothered Burritos with Red Sauce and Queso | Easy Chicken Fajita Quesadillas |

Fajita Shrimp and Asparagus Tacos | Cheesy Bacon Taquitos | Easy Healthy Quinoa Enchiladas | Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Salad

Peachy Ranchero Chicken | Never Fried Refried Beans | Homemade Mango Salsa | Easy Chile Verde Enchiladas

Sweet Pork Tacos | Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Tacos | Taco Casserole | Cinco De Mayo Don’t Eat Pete Game

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16 Crock Pot and Easy Recipes

Now that it is spring things are getting busier around here.  So busy that it’s hard to plan for dinner some days.  So I wanted to share some easy and yummy recipes.  Some are crock pot recipes (which is great for the warmer days) and some are just easy.  Either way, they all look delicious!
16 Crock Pot and Easy Meal Recipes. Delicious ideas for weeknight family dinners
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3 Ingredient Crock Pot Ribs Recipe

Is there anything better than fall of the bones ribs? How about a crock pot recipe with just 3 ingredients that tastes amazing.

It's a keeper. Made this crock pot BBQ ribs recipe and it was so easy and delicious. Great dinner and perfect for entertaining.

This low maintenance easy peasy slow cooker recipe is one of my all time favorites. You pretty much throw everything in the crock pot and and you get some of the best ribs you have ever tastes.

New favorite way to make ribs. So easy and delicious in the slow cooker crock pot. Great recipe

It’s also super versatile since you can easily change up the flavor by changing your sauce at the very last step.

This is so good. Made this crock pot slow cooker ribs recipe last night for dinner and can't wait to make it again.

World’s Best Crock Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 lbs Ribs
  • 1/2 C Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 2/3 C BBQ Sauce (plus more for serving if desired)

Directions

  1. Cut the ribs into 2 or 3 rib portions.
  2. Place ribs into crock pot, sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with the water.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Drain any excess liquid.
  5. Cover with your favorite BBQ sauce and cook for an additional hour. I gently stir or spread the sauce onto the ribs to fully to get the sauce evenly distributed.
  6. Serve with extra sauce if desired

We love this recipe. SO easy so delicious now we can have BBQ ribs for dinner even on a weeknight.

I usually use a sugar based cheap grocery store BBQ sauce and this turns out fantastic. But I have been doing Whole 30 and I’m planning on making these later this week with a cherry BBQ sauce that doesn’t any any added sugar. If it turns out good I’ll definitely share the recipe for that!

Hand's down the best rib recipe I've tried and this is so so easy. World's Best crock pot BBQ ribs. So delicious and easy with the slow cooker great for weeknight dinners or entertaining.

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

No need to ever buy waffle mix this buttermilk waffle recipe is so easy and so good.

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Easter Cadbury Egg Snack Mix Recipe

My family begs me to make Chex Mix all the time so I decided to make a festive Easter version because the only way to make this recipe better is to add in the yummiest candy of all Cadbury Mini Eggs!

It's a keeper we love this chex snack mix recipe. Great for any holiday just swap out the cadbury mini eggs for seasonal candies!

Even though the appearance of those first purple packages of Cadbury Mini Eggs don’t seem quite as magical with you know them now having Christmas colored ones and putting Easter out right after the new  year you can’t deny the deliciousness is still just as strong.

Made this last week SO good. Love the Cadbury mini eggs but would be just as good as an any time snack mix recipe without.

Today I’m sharing an easy and fast Easter Cadbury Egg Snack Mix recipe. The base of the recipe is from my family’s favorite chex mix recipe but I’ve changed a few things and added some Easter flair including those delicious mini eggs to make things a little more festive!

Hands down the best Chex crispex snack mix recipe I've tried. Will be making it again

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Corn Chex or Crispix
  • 2 cups Pretzels
  • 3 cups Honey Teddy Grahams
  • 1/2 cup cashew pieces (optional)
  • Cooking Spray
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 6 TBS light corn syrup (Karos)
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1C Cadbury Mini Eggs
  • Easter Sprinkles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 F
  2. Combine first 4 ingredient on a jelly roll pan (I like these because the lip keeps the stuff from falling off when you stir). I found it was easier too leave it mounded (not spread out) for the next step.
  3. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat 2 minutes or until sugar and butter melt, stirring constantly. You don’t want to cook it so long that it thickens because then it’s harder to coat all the pieces. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt. Immediately pour syrup mixture evenly over cereal mixture, tossing quickly to coat well.
  4. Bake at 250F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. Have your sprinkles open and ready when you pull the cookie sheet out as the mix cools fast. Sprinkle generously then spread warm snack mix in a single layer on wax paper to cool.
  6. Break cooled snack mix apart.
  7. When ready to serve or gift add in remaining ingredients.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

We're obsessed with this snack mix recipe. SO yummy make a double recipe to be safe.

Be warned this mix will go fast. If I’m making it for a party or road trip I usually double the recipe because people goggle it up.

Can't stop making this snack mix recipe. So good with the Cadbury mini eggs but would be just as yummy as an every day chex or crispix mix

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Corned Beef Hash and Egg Breakfast Squares Recipe

corned beef hash disclosure

My love affair with corned beef hash has started a long time ago when I was just a little girl. #HowDoYouHash #CollectiveBias

It's a keeper. Made these this weekend a great easy brunch recipe. Love the combo of corned beef hash and eggs.

On days off school my mom would take us to this awesome dinner for breakfast. It was my favorite. A bunch of old grumpy guys, metal stools and a real counter like in the moves. We were allowed to order ANYTHING we wanted and I always ordered the corned beef hash. I’ve never been a sweet breakfast girl. I’ll take savory, flavorful, fill you up hash over sugar drenched waffles any day.

Super good. Can't stop making these super easy corned beef hash breakfast squares. Easy brunch recipe

On one trip to the dinner the hash was a little different. The waitress mentioned that they had started making their own recipe instead of the can. All this time I thought my “dream breakfast” was some fancy kitchen concoction. But it ended up being even better in a way since now I was able to buy the one I loved and have it whenever I wanted. I kid you not, to this day you will always find a can of HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Corned Beef Hash in my cupboard. Told you love affair!20 Minute Corned Beef Hash breakfast squares recipe

My favorite way to eat it is cooked on a griddle with a couple of fried eggs so the yolks are all nice and runny in the corned beef but I thought I’d fancy things up a bit today with a super easy entertaining friendly Corned Beef Hash and Eggs Breakfast Squares recipe. These have all the same flavor but bump it up a bit in presentation.

new family favorite recipe. 20 minute corned beef hash breakfast squares. filling yummy and easy

Ingredients

  • Refrigerated Crescent Roll Dough (2 tubes)
  • 1 Can HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash
  • 8 Eggs
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Green Onions and Parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Unroll the dough and separate into two squares. Roll up the edges of each square.
  3. Scoop about 1/4 of the can of HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash onto each square.
  4. Top each square with 2 eggs and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake at 400F for 12-15 minutes until the dough is browned and eggs are cooked to your liking. Note that the eggs might still look very wet but will be cooked just pull them out and touch them the first time you make it. Also they may keep cooking a bit while they sit on the pan. These pictured were cooked for 17 minutes and I wish I had taken them out a bit sooner since the whites and yolks were totally set. Still delicious but I you should just know the eggs will seem really wiggly due to the baked nature but they will be cooked.
  6. Sprinkle with green onions and parsley if desired. These can be served fresh and hot or room temp.

We're obsessed with these 20 minute corned beef hash and eggs breakfast square. Very yummy, filly and easyWe're obsessed with these 20 minute corned beef hash and eggs breakfast square. A very yummy filling and easy recipe.

This makes 4 hearty servings. You could even split them up to get 8 smaller servings for a lighter breakfast or if you are serving it with other items. A fun way to do that would be just to make one long sheet and cut them after they are baked or just make smaller rectangles!

corned beef hash in store

Just in case you are a HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Corned Beef Hash newbie *gasp* it’s very small soft corned beef and potatoes. It truly is one of my favorite foods you can ask my family. I got mine at Winco Foods but really you can get it at pretty much any grocery store by the tuna fish and other canned meats. And right now through 3/17/2016 you can use this coupon to SAVE $1.00 on the purchase of any two (2) HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash products.

Do you have a fun food memory like my corned beef hash story? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Will make again. Everyone loved this recipe and was so easy. 20 minute corned beef hash and egg breakfast squares. Would be great for brunch entertaining.

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Bacon and Cheese Croquettes Recipe

sour dough disclosure

These potato, bacon and cheese croquettes I’m sharing today are SO yummy and as a bonus they are baked instead of fried. #Switch2Sourdough #collectivebias

It's a keeper. Super good potato cheese and bacon croquettes recipe. Freezes great and a great tutorial on how to make your own bread crumbs.

I’m a big fan of croquettes for every day food as well as entertaining because they are easy to make ahead of time and either finish cooking last minute or just reheat.

Breakfast potato bacon and cheese croquettes recipe

These ones are filled with potato bacon and cheese would be a tasty addition to any Easter or Mother’s Day brunch although I have to admit eating them because it was Monday as a good enough reason for us ;) I like using homemade breadcrumbs (directions for those below) since I can use California Goldminer Sourdough Bread which I usually have on hand for sandwiches. Also they get bonus points for their yummy flavor but also since sourdough doesn’t spike your blood sugar as much as other breads it’s one of those little swaps I like to do in my recipes these days.

Easter-Croquettes- ingredients and how to make home made bread crumbs

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C Coarse Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 C Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Medium Potatoes
  • 1/2 C Shredded Cheese
  • 1/4 lbs Bacon
  • 1-2 TBS Green Onions chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Love these croquettes they are a great snack or addition to brunch.

Directions

  1. Peel and boil your potatoes until tender.
  2. Cook and crumble your bacon.
  3. Combine potatoes, cheese, bacon, and green onions and mash together with a fork. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Form into patties. I usually do ovals that are more flat so that they will cook faster but I have also done small balls.
  5. Prepare coating station with a bowl with the beaten egg and a separate bowl with the bread crumbs.
  6. Coat the potato forms with flour and then roll in the egg and then the bread crumbs. Repeat for all pieces.
  7. Spray generously with spray oil on both sizes and bake in a preheated oven at 450 F until golden brown about 15 minutes. Flip around the 10 minute mark.

One of our new favorite brunch recipes. Bacon and cheese potato croquettes

They are so good and easy. The recipe makes about 10 small (2x3x1 inch) croquettes. They are very filling and hearty. If serving as a side you only need 1-2 pieces. The recipe can easily be increased or decreased too and they freeze great.

How to make panko bread crumbs. Great homemade breadcrumb recipe

If you don’t already know how to make homemade bread crumbs they are super easy. I think it gives it that little extra something (plus you know exactly what goes into it). I like using California Goldminer Sourdough Bread that’s baked fresh daily at Smith’s and other Kroger stores. It is a sandwich loaf that you can find in their bakery section not the bread aisle.

California Goldmine Sourdough bread

To make the bread crumbs lay your bread onto a cookie sheet and dry it out by baking it at 300 F for about 15 minutes. Then just pulse it in your blender or food processor until you have coarse crumbs. This is a great way to use up extra bread that you might have left over from sandwiches or recipes. I keep a bag full of bread crumbs in the freezer for easy access.

delicious and adorable homemade croutons

And speaking of other uses for extra bread, this weekend we had a birthday party for my star and moon obsessed little boy and my mom made the cutest (and most delicious) homemade croutons by cutting the sourdough into stars, brushing with olive olive, sprinkling with garlic salt and Italian seasoning and then baking. I just had to share since they were so stinking cute. Learn more about the history of sourdough bread at the California Goldminer’s website, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest and let me know what some of your favorite uses for the rest of the loaf are in the comments.

Our new go to brunch recipe potato cheese and bacon croquettes. Freeze great too

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EASY Marbled Lollipop Cookies Recipe

Have you ever made cookie pops with lollipops? They are so easy and fun and I thought I’d take them up a notch by making them with easy marbled sugar cookie dough.

Made these this weekend. So easy and the sugar cookie recipe is DELICIOUS. Easy flower cookie pops

I’m excited to be sharing this as  part of a National Craft Month celebration hosted by 100 Directions. I really can’t resist Fun Food I think it’s because it happily combines my cooking and crafty sides.

National Craft Month Series with 100Directions.com

I really can’t resist Fun Food I think it’s because it happily combines my cooking and crafty sides.

These are the cutest and so easy. Great lollipop cookies perfect for parties and more. Great recipe and tutorial.

This cookie dough recipe is one of my favorites it tastes great and cuts out shapes wonderfully. When you add the suckers they give the cookies a fun little stained glass window effect and of course you have the built in handle!

Works great! Super fun sugar cookie lollipops. Made these for a birthday party and they were great

World’s Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • Food Coloring (I like this gel kind)
  • Lollipops (I’ve used Trader Joe’s suckers as well as these mini ones)

Directions

  1. Mix flour, baking soda and cream of tartar in a small mixing bow.
  2. Cream sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract together with a mixer in a separate bowl.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. If wanting to dye the dough separate out into groups. Add a food coloring until you reach your desired color. I do it in the mixer starting with the lighter color but if you’re doing very different colors it might be worth wiping down or even washing the bowl and paddle in between since sometimes small bits of food coloring isn’t obvious.
  5. Divide into at least 2 balls. If you’re coloring them you’re probably good this is just so you can work with a smaller amount of dough at a time.
  6. Refrigerate at least 2-3 hours.
  7. Roll out dough as thin as you can and layer the second color on top. It’s okay if it doesn’t come up in a nice sheet it will still look fun. Roll into a long tube. Cut arosss to make discs. Press down with a rolling pin and roll a until it’s barely bigger than your cookie cutter. My discs were about 1 inch thick. And then you want to make it about 1/4 an inch thick before you are ready to cut.
  8. Cut in desired shapes.
  9. To make the pops lay a lollipop on top of your cookie, no need to press just lay it where you want.
  10. Bake at 375 F for 7-8 minutes.

It's a keeper these are so yummy and easy. DIY flower cookie lollipop recipe and tutorial

I love how the hard candy melts and makes kind of a glass center in the cookie. The kids think these are the coolest too!

Made these lollipop cookies for the kiddo's class and they all loved them. The cookie recipe is delicious and really easy to make

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World’s BEST Meat Lasagna Recipe

I make a super good lasagna. It’s a fact. It’s rich and flavorful and cheesy and a mouthful of comfort food in every bite.

Made this last night SO good. Definitely the best meat lasagna recipe. Really good dinner comfort meal and also freezer friendly

A few weeks ago when I made it last my sister announced that she just going to stop ordering lasagna and just make me make it whenever she feels the pull. So this is for her. “I’m not your kitchen slave make your own lasagna ;)”

Wow this is amazing. Made this meat lasagna recipe twice now. Great family dinner and freezes well too

Okay I’ll probably keep making her lasagna because like with all of her food luring the second she says “you know what sounds good” my brain is like “yes we NEEEEED that…NOW.” So this is for the rest of you that can’t psychologically manipulate me into making you lasagna.

Oh man this is good. Can't wait to make this meat lasagna recipe again. Best dinner ever and freezes for an easy weeknight meal

Best Meat Lasagna Recipe

Makes enough to fill a 9×13 inch pan.

Ingredients

  • 8-10 Lasagna noodles cooked (or not if you use no boil noodles)
  • 6 C Marinara Sauce (your favorite homemade or store bought about 1 C per layer)
  • 1 lbs Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 C Mozzarella
  • 4 C Bachemel Sauce (recipe below)
    • 4 TBS Butter
    • 5 TBS Flour
    • 4 C Milk
    • 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese
    • onion powder (about 1/2 tsp) adjust to taste
    • nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp) adjust to taste
    • garlic salt (1-2 tsp) adjust to taste
    • pepper (about 1/8 tsp) adjust to taste
    • Italian seasoning (about 1 TBS) adjust to taste
  • 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese (this is in addition to the bachemel)

Hands down the best lasagna recipe I've tried. Turns out perfect every time and freezes great for an easy weeknight meal

Directions

  1. Cook pasta if needed.
  2. Brown sausage and drown excess drippings.
  3. Make Bachemel sauce by melting butter in a large pan over medium high heat.
  4. Mix in flour and cook for a minute stirring.
  5. Turn heat down to medium low and whisk in milk slowly making sure to incorporate and minimize any flour lumps.
  6. Add in cheese and seasoning. Start conservatively with the seasonings and add until it suits your taste.
  7. Cook until thick enough that it will hold it’s shape when you swipe some off a spoon dipped into the sauce.
  8. Set aside.
  9. Assemble the lasagna as pictured above.
  10. Bake at 450 F for 30-45 minutes.
  11. Broil to brown the top if desired.
  12. Let rest for at least 10 minutes before serving if you want it to set. We’re always too impatience and just eat it right away.

Finally a meat lasagna recipe that the whole family loves. Great recipe and freezes great.

Aww shoot just writing this up has given me the “I need lasagna” bug again. Luckily I have a small dish of it in the freezer from last time I made this. A half of this recipe is perfect for a small family. If you want use two 8×8 pans and freeze one for later. I love those aluminum pans that you can bake in and toss when you’re done.

It's a keeper. This is super good and freeze great. Probably the best meat lasagna recipe I've tried. Will be making it again.

I hope you give it try it is one of our family’s all time favorite recipes. It really is so good.

Hands down the best lasagna recipe. Already made it twice and it freezes nicely for an easy weeknight dinner of meat lasagna.

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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!

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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!
20 scrumptious dessert recipes
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