Lemon Sugar Baked Donuts

Lemon Sugar Baked Donuts are light, citrusy, and generously coated in a crunchy, lemon-zest infused sugar…the perfect sunny treat for breakfast or dessert! The food blogger side of me is a little embarrassed to admit that I’m decidedly late to the baked donut craze, having only bought my first donut pans a month or so ago. But now that I’ve had a bit of time to bake and experiment, I can confidently tell you…baked donuts are where it’s at, y’all. {Read More}

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Mug Cake

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Mug Cake is a quick, tasty, single-serving breakfast or dessert treat! So I’ve come to a conclusion regarding seasonal recipes…lemon is to springtime what pumpkin is to fall. At least it is at my house, because as soon as September hits, I want to pumpkin-ify everything. As for this time of year? I could happily bake and cook with lemons every day. I’ve waited three long weeks since posting my Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese {Read More}

Pesto Pasta Salad

Studded with bright green asparagus, sweet peas, decadent bacon, and fresh pearls of mozzarella, Pesto Pasta Salad is a flavorful side dish or light dinner, perfect for spring and summer celebrations! Last week, I got a hankering for pasta salad. It’s a warm weather staple around here, and I don’t think I’ve enjoyed it since last September. But I do believe it’s high time to change that! Am I the only one who’s way excited to say a definitive adios {Read More}

The BEST Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

The BEST Lemon Cupcakes start with a simple one-bowl batter and end with a soaking of lemon simple syrup and a topping of fluffy Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting for luscious, lemony, perfectly moist treats! My middle child has apparently inherited my love for any dessert by the name of lemon. So when I told him that I was thinking about making lemon cupcakes, he was way excited. And so was I…because, hellooo? LEMON CUPCAKES. But these aren’t your ordinary lemon {Read More}

Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad is light and fruity, with crunchy toasted pecans and a creamy, honey-kissed dressing that’s been lightened up with Greek yogurt! Spring is officially here…yippee! True to form, central Texas was already hitting the high 80s in February…and then dipped into the mid-30s last night. Our poor bluebonnets are so confused. Nevertheless — Lone Star State weather-schizophrenia aside — the arrival of spring (and Easter coming up this weekend) means that it’s time to bring on {Read More}

The Ultimate Easter Recipe Menu Planner

This *Ultimate* Easter Recipe Menu Planner includes everything from main dishes and side dishes, to breakfasts and desserts, to ideas for using up leftover ham and hard-boiled eggs! Popping in from our Spring Break Texas road trip to say hi! So far we’ve been expert tourists in San Antonio, we’ve cheered on the Spurs, we hit the rodeo, we took in some Aggie baseball, and now we’re heading north for a little zoo and museum action. Yes, we might just {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots make a sweet, buttery, and addictive side dish…the perfect easy recipe for freeing up the oven and feeding a crowd, on a holiday or any day! Apparently I don’t keep resolutions very well. When I wrapped up my final recipe for the cookbook a few weeks ago, I swore off slow cookers for awhile. In fact, I actually put away the three slow cookers that have been in constant use and permanently residing on my {Read More}

Easter Egg Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark

Easter Egg Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark is a simple, festive, spring treat featuring two kinds of chocolate swirled together and topped with mini chocolate eggs, pretzels, and pastel sprinkles! I like to make bark and I cannot lie. But seriously, who doesn’t adore chocolate candy bark? It’s super easy to make. It’s highly customizable to just about every holiday and season (any leprechauns out there?). It’s fun for the little ones to help assemble (and stalk, apparently). It’s pretty. And {Read More}

Parmesan Panko Asparagus

Fresh asparagus spears are coated in a mixture of grated Parmesan and panko breadcrumbs and baked until crispy and golden brown for an addictive, healthy, “asparagus fries” side dish or snack. The other day in the grocery store, my 5-year-old spied a display of asparagus and begged me to buy a bundle of it. Not one to argue with any child-o-mine who enthusiastically requests a green vegetable, I obliged. Now, I typically pan sautée or roast my asparagus. But once {Read More}

Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado Egg Salad is like avocado toast meets classic egg salad, lightened up with yogurt and studded with creamy chunks of avocado throughout…a perfect topping for sandwiches, crackers, or salads and a fantastic way to use up leftover hard-boiled eggs! Easter is right around the corner, and that always gets me a-brainstormin’ ideas for how to use up all those impending, leftover, hard-boiled Easter eggs. Last year I featured a cutesy, kid-appealing idea, so this spring, I think a yummy, {Read More}

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars with White Chocolate

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars with White Chocolate feature a base of tender, buttery, lemon-infused shortbread topped with a layer of strawberry jam, a sprinkling of white chocolate chips, and a dusting of shortbread crumbs. Spring finally, officially arrives this week, and I don’t know about you, but I am beyond ready to bid adieu to cold, dreary weather. Bring on the sunshine! Bring on the bluebonnets! Bring on the short-lived span of pleasantly temperate days before Texas decides to skyrocket {Read More}

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal {Dairy-Free}

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal is a tasty, wholesome breakfast recipe featuring rolled oats, grated carrots, coconut oil, and maple syrup, with flavors of the classic dessert. Two carrot recipes in a row, but I’m not even going to apologize, y’all. After all, it’s not everyday that you can trick your kids into eating veggies for breakfast, but that’s exactly what we’re doing here today! Say hello to my new friend, Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal, which is pretty much exactly what {Read More}

Orange Apricot-Glazed Carrots with Candied Almonds

Orange Apricot-Glazed Carrots with Candied Almonds are sweet and tender, glossy and vibrant…and the perfect spring side dish for Easter dinner! Well, folks…another winter day, another spring recipe. 😉 But hey, I’m not jumping the gun too much here! It’s my understanding that some of you are already enjoying Spring Break (ours is next week), the clocks have already “sprung forward,” and in reality, we’re only a couple weeks out from the official changing of the seasons. So I hereby {Read More}

Rosemary Cider Brined Pork Loin

Rosemary Cider Brined Pork Loin is extra juicy and flavorful thanks to brining…and while it’s easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner, it’s impressive enough to serve for a special occasion! Easter is just one short month away, folks…so who’s already started to think about your menu? 😉 I realize that most people like to cook ham for Easter lunch or dinner, and I shared a super easy, super tasty recipe for a Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham around {Read More}

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Easy-to-make Pistachio Shortbread Cookies are delicately sweet and studded with bits of salty pistachios. And for an extra-special touch, fill them with lemon curd, fruity jam, or Nutella to turn them into sandwich cookies! If each month had a designated a color, March would undoubtedly be green. There’s St. Patrick’s Day, of course, but there’s also (finally, at long last) the ushering in of spring (hallelujah and glory be)! When I initially decided to share these cute little Pistachio Shortbread {Read More}

Creamy Spring Peas with Bacon + Mint

The ultimate Easter side dish, Creamy Spring Peas with Bacon + Mint feature a delicious combo of flavors and textures from sweet green peas, fresh sugar snaps, salty bacon, a decadent cream sauce, and refreshing pops of mint! Well, March has certainly come in like a lion around these parts. We actually have a chance of snow in the forecast this week. Snow! In central Texas! In March! But aside from the fact that my kids would be elated to {Read More}

Lemon Blueberry Overnight Baked French Toast with Lemon Syrup

Bursting with juicy berries and layered with lemon-infused cream cheese, Lemon Blueberry Overnight Baked French Toast with Lemon Syrup makes a special, make-ahead breakfast or brunch for celebrating Easter or spring! I’m not sure how it’s even possible, but Easter is right around the corner, folks. My wheels have been a-spinnin’ coming up with some spring-inspired recipes for y’all. But along with menu ideas for Easter dinner and new ways to use up leftover hard-boiled eggs, this here Lemon Blueberry {Read More}

White Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip

This delicious, creamy, White Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip is quick to make and will be even quicker to disappear at your next party or get-together! Well, folks, the school year is winding down and summer is sneaking up on us! With that season will come plenty of opportunities for parties and playdates. I don’t know about you, but when I’m asked to contribute a dish to a potluck or get-together, I prefer to bring something that’s homemade yet quick and {Read More}

Homemade Strawberry Syrup {for} Strawberry Soda

A quick, three-ingredient strawberry syrup can be used to flavor drinks like this refreshing, bubbly, Homemade Strawberry Soda, or it can be drizzled over ice cream, pound cake, waffles, and more! Happy almost-Easter, everyone! I know that most of you probably already have your Easter menus set and your grocery lists made and/or purchased, so I’m not going to take up your valuable time today with another Easter-friendly post (although if you’re still in need of some Easter recipes, I {Read More}

Springtime Asparagus Tart with Ham & Mushrooms

This lovely tart will be the star of your springtime brunch between its garlic-laced asparagus and mushrooms, savory ham and Swiss, and flaky, buttery crust. Back when I was a newlywed, childless, first grade teacher, there was a brief span of time during which I spent my evenings each week making hundreds upon hundreds of cookies. As much as I enjoyed teaching and loved the kids I taught, at times there was a part of me that felt pulled in {Read More}

Lemon & White Chocolate Tiramisu ~ Mason Jar Trifles

This easy springtime version of tiramisu features soft lady fingers brushed with lemon syrup and layered in Mason jars with lemon curd and white chocolate cream, making them cute, portable, and perfect for picnics or parties! If you ask me, lemon is to spring what pumpkin is to autumn. I could happily eat both lemon and pumpkin all year long (not together, mind you), but seeing as how my brain relegates them to their stereotypical seasons, I have a hard {Read More}

Hard-Boiled Egg Chicks & Bunnies ~ A Fun Way to Use Up Leftover Easter Eggs!

The kids will love helping you turn those extra hard-boiled Easter eggs into these cute springtime chicks and bunnies, with some simple slicing and a few basic garnishes! Like many families, dying Easter eggs is one of our favorite holiday traditions…but it sure does leave a bunch of leftover hard-boiled eggs to use up! I typically transform ours into deviled eggs or egg salad, but this year I thought it would be fun to turn them into cute, edible springtime {Read More}

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ Holiday Dinner from the Crock Pot!

Leave your holiday cooking to the crock pot with this quick & easy, sweet & savory Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham! Pineapple juice and a brown sugar rub featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey melt into an amazing glaze. Several years ago, I had the epiphany to cook my Easter ham in the slow cooker, and let me just tell you…it’s one of the most brilliant holiday cooking decisions I’ve ever made! You know how when you’re preparing a holiday {Read More}

Free Easter Hymn Printable {with 3 Color Choices}

A few weeks ago, when I shared my Peter Cottontail-inspried Easter printable, I promised to create a deeper meaning of Easter-type printable. So that’s what I have for you today. 🙂 These are the lyrics to my favorite Easter hymn, and they’ve been resonating in my head ever since I put this new printable up for display. And honestly, it’s a refreshing balance to Hippity, Hoppity, Happy Easter Day. 😉 While it’s definitely fun to embrace the bunny and candy-filled {Read More}

Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cookies

Chewy chocolate coconut macaroons are shaped into bird’s nests and decorated with colorful Peeps chicks and candy-coated chocolate eggs for a festive Easter cookie or springtime treat! One of my favorite early signs of spring is the return of bird song. It might still be cold out, but if the birds are back, you know that the turning of the weather can’t be too far behind. When we lived at our last house, we had sparrows that built mud nests {Read More}

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Carrot cake-flavored cookies are sandwiched together with cream cheese frosting in these cute little whoopie pies, making them an easy-to-serve, hand-held dessert, perfect for a springtime get-together or Easter celebration! Now that we have officially entered spring, I officially have Easter on the brain. The weather is getting warmer, the grass is beginning to green up, the flowers are starting to bloom, and lots of yummy spring produce is hitting the stores and farmers markets. And as much as I {Read More}

Spring Salad with Mixed Berries, Candied Almonds, & Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

The flavors of spring mingle in this beautiful and tantalizing mixed greens salad, studded with plump blueberries, juicy raspberries, crunchy candied almonds, and a sweet, poppy seed-infused Honey Citrus Vinaigrette. Happy first day of spring, y’all! It’s amazing how a little extra effort can take a salad from blah to amazing. From run of the mill to something special. From bribe-your-kids-to-eat-it to make-them-beg-for-more. That, my friends, is the story of this salad. You start with your typical ol’ greens, but {Read More}

Free Easter Printable {with 3 Color Choices} ~ Hippity, Hoppity, Happy Easter Day!

I hope everyone had a fun St. Paddy’s Day! In case I haven’t mentioned it a time or 17, I’m way excited to welcome spring this week! With that, it’s time to start thinking about Easter…which means I’ve got a new free printable for y’all, of course. 🙂 We definitely try to focus on the true meaning of Easter at our house, but we also like to have fun with eggs and candy and the Easter bunny and such. So {Read More}

Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans

Tender roasted asparagus is perfectly complemented by flavorful brown butter and toasty pecans in this delectable spring side dish. Spring officially begins this week!!! Can I hear a giant Hip, Hip, Hooray?! I know that some of you wonderful readers are still blanketed in snow (I’m so sorry), but the fact that spring has commenced calendar-wise means that spring-like weather can’t be all that far behind…right? Spring is arguably the best season in central Texas. For one thing, it’s warm, {Read More}

Spinach & Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado & Pepper Jack {Meatless Dinner Idea for Lent}

These hearty, flavorful quesadillas feature garlic-sauteed mushrooms, baby spinach, creamy avocado, and zippy pepper jack cheese for a meatless — yet filling and satisfying — meal. So I’m going to be honest about something. We very rarely do meatless dinners at my house. I grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. My hubby grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. We’re rather fond of our beef and chicken and pork around here. But once a year, during Lent, we have a string {Read More}