Since I’m unable to cook everything I want for the blog every single month, I have enlisted the help of a friend of mine to bring a little more variety. Every month or so, Andrea will share some of the links that have caught her attention the most over the past few weeks. Andrea loves to cook as much as I do. She also tries hard to find new, exciting, and healthy things to feed her family. She always finds the most interesting and intriguing (not to mention delicious sounding) recipes, so I knew I had to share her with you all. Enjoy! -Darla
Hi there everyone! This is Andrea again, and itâ€™s been awhile now since Iâ€™ve been here. I had some stuff I wanted to share last month, but have just been so ridiculously busy that I just couldnâ€™t get it all together. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. My kids were spoiled again, as usual. Their Easter buckets were filled to the brim with goodies. We made sugar cookies with a colorful lemon glaze, and the easter bunny made some treats too. They had a great day!
We are now in May. Yay, we are finally in full spring mode around my home! In May we have Memorial Day, and here in Indiana, that means the Indy 500! Iâ€™m not a race fan, but my family has a reunion every year on race day. We have a huge pitch-in at the park, turn on the radio, and listen to the race. We talk, and play with the kids, and get reacquainted with one another. Usually the weather treats us well, and itâ€™s a day I look forward to every year. I donâ€™t see most of my family as often as Iâ€™d like, but with the help of Facebook now, I feel much closer to many of them than Iâ€™ve ever been.
Iâ€™m really looking forward to this years reunion and Iâ€™m already trying to figure out what Iâ€™m going to take. Maybe you can all help me out. Just leave a comment telling me which one you think I should take!
photo courtesy of Land O’Lakes
Last year I brought this Layered Southwest Salad to the reunion, and I got so many compliments! It was so incredibly good. I used a trifle bowl, and it was such a pretty presentation. I had several people ask for the recipe, and I have made it since. It is a wonderful for just this sort of thing. I like to try to do something a little bit different, but something that many will enjoy.
photo courtesy of My Baking Addiction
One thought Iâ€™ve had for the reunion is one that Iâ€™ve shared with you before. These Spinach Brownies are so good that I think I might be able to change a few peopleâ€™s minds about spinach. LOL My kids love these so I know some of the other kids there might be willing to give them a try. They are super simple, and I think they would hold up well during a pitch in.
photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman
Another one Iâ€™ve been thinking about is a dessert. I might need to make a couple of them though if I decide to take this one. Iâ€™ve made it before, and it is to die for! Yum! If you like peanut butter and chocolate (which I know Darla does not), then youâ€™ll love this Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pie. Really itâ€™s wonderful!
photo courtesy of Real Mom Kitchen
I think this Fruit Salsa would be a big hit! I think Iâ€™d have to skip making my own tortilla chips for the reunion though! I would just bring along a couple bags of Stacyâ€™s Cinnamon and Sugar Pita Chips(Yum!) to go with it.
photo courtesy of Pauldeen.com
My dad probably wouldnâ€™t touch it, but this Zucchini Pie just sounds so awesome to me. I LOVE zucchini, and I am always looking for new recipes to use it. I think this one could be a big hit as well!
These Black and White Cookies by our very own Darla would also be perfect for our reunion! Since we have it on Race Day, and the black and white checkered flag is such an iconic part of the race, these would be very appropriate. And tasty of course!
photo courtesy of Smitten Kitchen
The last one Iâ€™ve been thinking about is a spin on The Pioneer Womanâ€™s cinnamon rolls that I have had bookmarked FOREVER! I keep staring at this Ranch Rugelach thinking Iâ€™m going to make it, and have yet to do it. The cinnamon roll recipe make a lot of dough, so I could make a ton to bring to the reunion. I could also make half of it, and try out my own spin that Iâ€™ve been picturing in my head, with the other half. Hmmmmâ€¦
So, what do you all think? Which one/s should I make? Do you guys have any traditions that you all do in your family? I love going to my family reunion and getting to see all my family that I almost never see. I love to try all of their yummy food, and try out some of my dishes on them. Iâ€™m a sucker for a compliment! LOL