Overnight Eggnog French Toast

French Toast

Do you still have any leftover eggnog in your refrigerator? If you do, I have a great recipe for you: Overnight Eggnog French Toast. All of the preparation can be done the night beforehand. Let the bread cubes soak in the liquid mixture. The next day, take it out of the refrigerate and let stand 30 minutes. Sprinkle ground over the top and bake according to recipe below. If you’re all out of eggnog, you can substitute 4 cups of skim milk. It comes out tasting fabulous that way too! This makes a great brunch recipe, shower recipe or breakfast for a large group. It also tastes great for several days, so it makes wonderful leftovers too with a warm cup of coffee. My family loves this recipe, so let me know how you like it!

Holiday Breakfast Cake

Holiday Breakfast Cake

I am a huge coffee cake fan, so I decide to try this Holiday Breakfast Cake recipe for my husband and the kids. This is a great recipe for Christmas morning, holiday gift, a brunch, a shower, dessert, or even a special snack to last all weekend. For dessert, you may want to add a simple icing, but it’s wonderful without it too! Serve at room temperature or warm beforehand. My favorite way to enjoy it is with a cup of coffee or for an afternoon snack.

Holiday Breakfast Cake via @alisonlewis

Cheese Puffs

Cheese Puffs

For Easter Sunday, how about something elegant such as these Cheese Puffs, similar to a gougère, a French baked pastry dough filled typically with GruyèreComté, or Emmentaler cheese? My sister is headed to France so I made them in her honor. Sometimes they are even filled with mushrooms, beef or ham. These Cheese Puffs are as fabulous as they look and have the secret ingredient, Colman’s Mustardwhich gives it an extra zesty flavor. These are perfect for Easter and any holiday or spring or summer party. Happy holidays this weekend and enjoy! 🙂

Berry Sparkle Cocktail

Berry Sparkle

What a week! I came home from Italy to two days of tornadoes through Alabama (luckily we are safe and unharmed). It’s almost May and time to welcome new blooms and fresh sunshine with refreshing seasonal cocktails that capture the essence of Spring in every sip. This Berry Sparkle Cocktail is a perfect way to make a toast to spring (and good weather ahead). It’s ideal for Mother’s Day, showers and even graduation parties. Start with your favorite berries and freshly chopped mint. Use Licor 43 and champagne or Prosecco to top it off. Cheers 🙂

Marinated Shrimp: Summer Recipe

I can’t believe summer is here, but I am so glad. I have been ready for the kids to be out of school, and for all of the cool, fresh summer dishes, such as this Marinated Shrimp recipe. This shrimp dish is perfect for a summer appetizer, layered over some fresh greens or arugula or just served along some quinoa and grilled asparagus. It makes a great party, shower or summer afternoon recipe. It’s so easy, taking only 20 minutes to prepare. I used frozen, fresh shrimp which saved me even more time and money. For more ways to use frozen foods visit Easy Home Meals. This is the kind of recipe I crave this time of year, and my 3 kids love it too! By the way, this recipe was adapted from the May issue of Southern Living. See great storage containers for summer recipes at Shopbot.ca. I hope everyone has a great week ahead and happy summer! 🙂

Mother’s Day: Shrimp Cones with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

Most of you already know that I am a huge yogurt fan. Have you tried Liberté Greek?  Liberté Greek and Liberté Méditerranée are artfully crafted for a flavor-focused taste making them a natural addition to a variety of dishes that are sure to be a hit for Mother’s Day, graduation parties, showers, Labor Day celebrations and other seasonal festivities. I have this shrimp recipe on my list for Mother’s Day and a few other celebrations coming up so I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. One container of the lemon yogurt contains 11 grams of protein, zero grams of fat, 140 calories and 23 grams of carbohydrates.

Turtle Cookies

I know I say it often, but my daughter, Leigh, is an amazing girl. No new task is too much of a challenge for her, and she is becoming quite the cook and baker. She recently found this recipe for Turtle Cookies on Pinterest from the Pixelated Crumb, and she had to make them. I admit that I helped her a bit, but these came out incredible. She said, “These taste like a chocolate lava cake” while they were warm, and she was correct. The caramel makes this cookie even better. OMG! We both agreed (as well as my two boys) that these are some of the best cookies we have had in a long time. Thank you Leigh for this fantastic cookie recipe find!

Healthy Fruit Punch Recipe for Surprise Baby Shower

Welcome to Virtual Shower for Maria and Josh from Two Peas & Their Pod. I have never been a part of a virtual baby shower, but when Marla from Family Fresh Cooking and Lisa from With Style & Grace, invited me to be a part, I was so excited! Maria is expecting a baby boy in a few weeks, and a group of blogger friends have come together to celebrate this surprise virtual shower for Maria. The secret is finally out, so I hope you will enjoy my Fruity Punch which is super healthy and filled with some of my favorite fruit juices. (Feel free to add vodka if you wish.) I hope you will check out the following other fabulous bloggers involved in this great day for Maria. We are so looking forward to your first child and baby boy! Check out:

 

Savory Bites

Truffle Popcorn With Style Grace

Baby Peas & Cheese Frittata  Family Fresh Cooking

Nutella Berry Bruschetta Reluctant Entertainer

Drinks

Lemon Balm Infused Lemonade Simple Bites

Mini Pistachio Smoothies She Wears Many Hats

Lemongrass Soda Food for My Family

Homemade Real Fruit Punch Heather’s Dish Watermelon

Agua Fresca Georgia Pellegrini

Salad  

Pasta Salad with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette Aggie’s Kitchen

Desserts

Fresh Lemon Cream Tart Dorie Greenspan

Blue and Chocolate Cake Balls Tidy Mom

Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing What’s Gaby Cooking

Lavender Shortbread Cookies Mountain Mama Cooks

Oven Baked Cinnamon Apples Dine and Dish

Decorated Sugar Cookies Sweetapolita

Orange Fruit Dip Barbara Bakes

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches Picky Palate

Nutella & Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies Cookin’ Canuck

Blackberry Tartlets Add a Pinch

Baby Blue Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Cups Kevin and Amanda

Petit Fours with Fondant Pea Pods Bake at 350

Baby Button Cookies Recipe Girl

Mud Cups with Gummy Worms Recipe Boy

Baby Pea Shower Cake I Am Baker

Craft

How to Make a Diaper Cake Centerpiece Our Best Bites

Handmade Sweet Pea Cards Wenderly

 

Lightened-Up Southern Potato Salad Recipe

My three kids loved potato salad, and their great grandmother, Dee Dee, used to make the best any of us has ever had. I didn’t have her recipe before she passed, but I know this recipe for Lightened-Up Potato Salad is pretty close. We used to dine with her often on Sundays, and she was such a wonderful cook and baker. I think she would approve this recipe, but she might not be 100% thrilled I lightened it up – she loved the “Real Thing”. This recipe is great for sunday lunches, showers, tailgating and fall parties so I thought today was a great time to share it with you.

Any Occasion Chocolate Cupcakes

This is not one of my typical “lightened-up” recipes, but I had to share these Any Occasion Chocolate Cupcakes with you. My daughter, Leigh, made this recipe for me the night I arrived home from being in Italy for a week. I was so excited to come home to my family and true comfort food. These are so spectacular. You don’t even need to make homemade icing. I wanted to post the recipe for Father’s Day, but I was traveling again this past week. I realized that this recipe is perfect for so many occasions: Father’s Day, birthdays, parties, showers or just because. I thought they would be a great way to start off the week so enjoy.