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Lemon Sheet Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

This Lemon Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a delectable dessert packed with lemon flavor from real lemons. It's sure to be a favorite with your family and friends!

Sheet cake on a cooling rack

If lemon desserts are your thing, you are really going to love this Lemon Sheet Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. Just like my carrot cake recipe, this recipe results in a moist cake, with an irresistible creamy frosting.

I've made this cake twice in the last month. First, I made it for my family. My daughter, Lorelai, loves lemons, but doesn't enjoy lemon-flavored candies or desserts. She did, however, tell me how delicious this cake is. Three nights ago, I made it again. It was the last dance practice before recital, so I wanted to bring something special to class. It was a hit! Not only did I receive compliments the night of class, but in the Facebook group the next day, as well.

  • "...that cake was sooooo yummy!" 
  • "It was deeeeelicious!! The frosting was exceptionally yummy." 
  • "I've never had cream cheese frosting that was so smooth and light."

So let's talk about that frosting. It's indescribably delicious. Light, fluffy, smooth, and super lemon-y! You'll find it hard not to eat it with a spoon. (Ahem - I may or may not have been the one who ate what was left in the mixing bowl.)

Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake

Topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting, this Old Fashioned Carrot Cake is incredibly moist, deliciously spiced, and melt-in-your-mouth fluffy!

Slice of carrot cake on a plate

Springtime is here and that makes me think of carrot cake. I'm not sure why, exactly. I mean, carrot cake is an incredible dessert all year long, but it does get extra attention at this time of year.

If you've ever been hesitant to make a carrot cake from scratch, let me tell you: It's easy. No, really. A beginner cook can do this. It requires no special skills, and once you realize how easy it is to make this cake from scratch, you'll want to make it again and again. 

And once you taste it? Boom! New favorite.

This cake is perfect for serving at parties and celebrations, too. I can almost guarantee you won't be bringing any leftovers home. It will be the hit of the event!

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Buffalo Chicken Nachos are easy to make, and they're perfect for a party or an easy dinner. Guaranteed to satisfy your hungry crowd!

buffalo chicken nachos in skillet

I was never big on nachos. I know - I'm weird. Who doesn't like nachos? It wasn't so much that I didn't like them, as it was that I didn't care one way or the other.

A couple of years ago, however, I started making nacho recipes. I don't know why, but I found myself trying a new recipe every week for a few months. I have quite a collection going now. 

This one stands out to me, though. When I think of nachos, I think Buffalo Chicken. They are so good!  Not just regular good, but that kind of good that will leave you wondering why you don't make them more often.

So good!

Except for my vegetarian daughter, all of my kids and sons-in-law love these nacho. I'm sure you will, too!

Chicken with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce

Chicken with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. It's simple enough for a family meal, yet elegant enough to serve guests. 
Chicken with Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce is the perfect blending of sweet and savory. It's simple enough for a family meal, yet elegant enough to serve guests. Oh, and that sauce is life!

There's something special about combining savory and sweet flavors, am I right? That's why this Chicken with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce is one of my favorite recipes.

The combination of rosemary, garlic, strawberries, balsamic vinegar and honey make this an amazingly flavorful dish. It's not something I serve all the time, but I definitely try to make it once or twice during strawberry season. 

The Not-Elvis Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Elvis didn't invent the peanut butter and banana sandwich, but he sure did make it famous. This version includes bacon, and is a family favorite!

Elvis didn't invent the peanut butter and banana sandwich, but he sure did make it famous. This version includes bacon, and is a family favorite!

This sandwich has been a long time in coming. I've posted it on my personal Facebook wall several times. Every time, my friends ask "What is it?" and "How do I make it." So I've decided to share it here. Finally!

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches were not invented by Elvis. 

You've probably seen it around the Internet before, in various versions with Elvis Presley's name attached to it. I almost want to roll my eyes every time I see that

You see, I'm a Southerner. I grew up eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches. We never even knew Elvis Presley ate them. When Elvis died, an interview with his cook revealed he loved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

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Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet

Quick, easy, and delicious, this Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is an easy go-to dish. It'll be your family's new favorite!

Tex-Mex skillet recipe

Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is the go-to dish everyone loves!

On days when I just don't have the time for a big dinner production, this is the dish I go back to. It's perfect after a day of hiking, or a quick meal after Lorelai's dance class. Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet recipe requires only a few ingredients you probably have in your kitchen, and is on the table in about 30 minutes!

I first made this recipe about a year and a half ago. It was planned for three people, but I ended up feeding three of my kids, plus a son-in-law, and the grandkids. It was a hit! All of them wanted seconds and thirds. I regretted not making twice the amount. Since then, it's been requested countless times.

In fact, I sometimes forget all about it - for weeks! That's when Lorelai requests it.
tex-mex beef and bean one pan meal

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Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is great as leftovers!

What's especially good, for me, is that Lorelai loves this so much. This kid, who won't eat the same thing twice within a month will eat this dish three days in a row if it's in the refrigerator. In fact, she did that this week. I made it for dinner on Sunday. She went to the bento boxes for lunch on Monday and Tuesday!

That brings me to another benefit - meal prep! Packing up leftovers into bento boxes is my thing. If I can make a lunch out of dinner, I'm all for it. Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is just as good on Day 3 as it was on Day 1. You could also just make use it as a lunch prep in the first place.

35 Delicious Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipes You Need to Try

No more mushy oats! These 35 delicious steel cut oatmeal recipes are so good, they'll turn oatmeal haters into oatmeal lovers! Plus, you can make many of them ahead of time for quick and easy breakfasts.

collage of bowls of oatmeal

Earlier this year, I really wanted to try overnight oats. I'm a social media manager for food bloggers, so I see all the trends and delicious recipes, and oh, those overnight oats looked so good! Then I tried them.

Nope. I just couldn't do it. So mushy!

Recently, I discovered steel cut oats
Overnight oats made with steel cut oats? Now, that's something I can do! They've got more chew to them than rolled oats, so when they're soaked in milk overnight, they don't turn into a jar of goo. No mushy goo, for the win!

Of course, discovering steel cut oats meant I had to scour the Internet for recipes because, well, fixating is what I do. I have tried several recipes, and made up a few of my own over the last few weeks, and now I'm sharing.

30+ Easy Fall Recipes

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Fall is my favorite season of the year.

Granted, in Florida, it's a weird season that's mostly sunny and warm, but when the cooler temperatures finally do visit, it's nice to have warm foods to come home to, isn't it?

I've asked my friends to share a few of their recipes with me. I'm sure you'd like to try new things, too, so I'm re-sharing them with you today.

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The Richest, Chocolatiest Hot Chocolate Ever | I Love My 5 Kids
Decadent Chocolate Pumpkin High Protein Shake Recipe | Annie & Everything

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie | Family Fresh Meals


The Best Pancake Recipe | I Love My 5 Kids
Pumpkin Spice Scones | Adventures in Mommydom
Apple Muffin Recipe | Adventures in Mommydom
Fantastic Fall Flavors to Spice Up Your Oatmeal | Family Style Homeschooling
Pumpkin Spiced Apple Muffins | Starts at Eight


Easy Broccoli Potato Soup and Curried Pumpkin Soup | Pat and Candy
Cool Weather Chicken Soup | Pat and Candy
Minestrone Soup | Susan Evans
Perfect Hearty Chili Recipe | The Heart of Michelle
Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup | Faith with the Little
Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup | Pat and Candy
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup | Happy Brown House
Broccoli Cheese Soup | Happy Brown House
Grandma's Crockpot Ground Beef Stew | The Heart of Michelle

Get ready for winter
with these soup recipes!


Super Simple Lasagna Recipe | Practical by Default
Turkey and Rice Casserole | Susan Evans
Easy Sausage Vegetable Bake | Family Fresh Meals

Desserts and Treats

Crockpot Pumpkin Pie | Family Fresh Meals
Cranberry Apple Cookie Cobbler | I Love My 5 Kids
Quick and Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing | The Kennedy Adventures
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies | Faith with the Little
Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Peanut Butter Cookies | Happy Brown House
Apple Walnut Wonders | I Love My 5 Kids
Easy Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats | The Kennedy Adventures
Pumpkin Turnovers | Happy Brown House
Apple Crisp | Susan Evans
Gluten Free Dairy Free Cake | Layered Soul
Honey Pumpkin Pie | Faith with the Little
Homemade Wheat Flour Pie Crust | I Love My 5 Kids

4 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins | The Kennedy Adventures

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25 Scrumptious Ice Cream Pie Recipes

ice cream pie recipes

25 ice cream pie recipes

While ice cream is great all year long, August is certainly the perfect month for this cool, delicious treat. In honor of August 18th, National Ice Cream Pie Day, I bring you 25 scrumptious recipes.

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