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20 Fresh Fruit Salads for Summer

Fresh, local fruits and vegetables is one of my favorite perks of summer. I love shopping at Farmer’s Markets and picking produce from my own backyard. With such a great selection of fresh produce, it’s easy to throw together a simple fruit salad for a barbecue, potluck or picnic. Here are 20 unique and easy Read more

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Homemade Rice-A-Roni (Can be Gluten-Free!)

Side dishes!  Ugh.  They are so easy to get into a rut with, aren’t they?  I find myself just picking a bag of steamed veggies or making a salad a lot of the time.  They just work.  They’re healthy.  They’re easy. And, lately, veggies and salads go great with our recent desire to be gluten-free Read more

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One taquito. Two taquito. Three taquito. Score! How do you spell taquito anyway?  I could’ve sworn it was tacquito (with a ‘c’), but Google says otherwise.  Weird. Just when you think you know how to spell something.  My name is still spelled J-A-Y-M-E, right?  Just checking. However they’re spelled, taquitos are yummy.  They’re one of Read more

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Sometimes side dishes are one of the hardest things for me to plan.  It’s easier, at times, to pick a main dish.  But then I get into a rut on what to serve with it.  A garden salad?  Often.  A bag of steamed veggies?  Usually.  But I don’t vary much. If I’m making Mexican, it’s Read more

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Cinnamon Bread (using Bread Machine)

Disclosure: Contains affiliate links. Full disclosure policy here. Oh my stars!  I got a bread machine over a year ago and I like making things with it, but I’m not too adventurous.  Because of some possible food allergies in our family, I wanted to try making our own bread.  So I put a message out on Read more

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25 Amazing Grilled Side Dishes

grilled side dishes

We love grilling in the summer months. There’s always steak, brats, hot dogs and chicken on our grill, but it’s nice to throw side dishes on the grill too. The whole point of grilling is to not have to turn on the oven or stove and heat up the house. We decided to start grilling Read more

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Homemade Mexican Rice

We are fans of Mexican food in our house.  I mean, isn’t almost everyone?  From beef tacos to chicken tacos to taco salad to beef enchiladas to chicken enchiladas to fajitas to fiesta chicken, we like it a lot!  In fact, one time someone asked my husband what kinds of food we usually have for dinner.  Read more

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Instant Pot Sweet Carrots

I’m finding more and more recipes that I love the Instant Pot for.  It’s certainly stellar for some one-pot dinner meals (and I’ll be sharing more and more of those as I get them just as I want them).  But I’ve also started using it for side dishes. We’ve had an increase in our activity Read more

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Easy 15 Minute Cheese Biscuits!

I love a quick and easy side dish for meals. These cheesy biscuits are a family favorite and we serve them with soups, chicken breast, steak, pasta or seafood. My kids get very excited when they see me bake a batch of these and best part is it takes less than 15 minutes start to Read more

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Easy Meat & Cheese Crescent Rollups for a Crowd!

The holiday season is here and I’m excited to share one of my favorite, versatile recipes with Crystal Farms® cheese. These crescent meat and cheese rollups are perfect for a family gathering, snack or dinner side. You can whip up a batch and have them ready in just 15 minutes. They are so easy even the kids could help make them.

During the holidays, I always keep these three ingredients on hand for those last minute invites (or for when my husband tells me the day before he needs to bring food for a work event.) Even when I’m crunched for time, I can make these delicious meat and cheese crescent rollups quickly for any occasion. Read More…

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