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Ham & Cheese Pretzel Rolls

ham and cheese pretzelWe have a new favorite recipe! Ham and Cheese Pretzels! I found the recipe from Seeded at the Table. The kids love these and the adults love them too! For an interesting twist, instead of cutting these into bites, try making them sandwich sized and serving for dinner. These also make great party food!

Ham and Cheese Pretzel Recipe

Flag Day Ideas

Today is Flag Day. How about celebrating by teaching the kids some fun facts about our national flag or making some great Flag Shirtsflag crafts. Here are some ideas:

Add your favorite Flag inspired ideas in the comments!

The Best Frosting Ever

I have been experimenting with frosting recipes for 10 years. You name it, I have tried it in frosting. But I have finally stumbled upon what my family calls the best frosting ever – Almond Cream Cheese frosting. This simple frosting can be used on cinnamon rolls, chocolate cakes, orange cupcakes, and just about any other cake or pastry.

DSCN3045Recipe:

  • 4 ounces (1/4 cup) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Beat cream cheese and butter with a paddle beater until combined. Add powdered sugar and continue beating until combined. Add vanilla and almond. Switch to whisking attachment and beat until light and fluffy 2-4 minutes.

This recipe makes enough for a cake or a batch of cinnamon rolls. It smells like heaven!

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

I am always on the lookout for new, easier ways to do make dinner and I was very pleased when I found this recipe for Chicken Parmesan chicken-parmesan-casserole1Casserole from OurPinterestingSummer.wordpress.com. It was a huge hit.

A few changes we tried:

  1. Serving it over pasta
  2. Cutting the chicken used to 1-2 large pieces (cubed) to save money
  3. Skip the sauce in a jar and make your own (try one of these tomato sauce recipes)
  4. Make your own breadcrumbs with Italian seasonings to use instead of croutons
  5. We only did one layer of cheese with breadcrumbs on top. That filed the pan I was using.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

exps10578_GAC1115479C157Middle Child just turned 9 and, in classic middle child form, wanted to be sure she had something different from the other kids (who chose matching M&M cakes) asked for something chocolate chip and not a cake. After looking at and trying a variety of recipes, I settled on this one for Chocolate Chip Blondies. These were a huge hit! Enjoy!