Category Archives: All In Kitchen

Sprinkle Pancakes Easy Fun Recipe

Sprinkle Pancakes are the perfect way to start your day but they aren’t just for breakfast any more. The best part of sprinkle pancakes are the smiles you share with family when you enjoy them together.

They are easy, all of my recipes are high in love, don’t have too many ingredients, can be made from scratch or semi homemade. Sprinkle pancakes can be filled with rainbows or chocolate, designed perfectly for holidays and special occasions. You can eat them with a knife and fork or pick them up finger friendly style.  Click for our easy recipes from home with love……. 

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Tea Lovers Gift Idea

Here’s a great gift idea for any occasion really but I was struck by how perfect this is for Valentine’s Day. Valentines are famous for love. People you love and things that people love. So many people love tea and I thought what a cute thoughtful gift a teapot would be.

 

 

This cute tea pot is covered with love and isn’t just a valentine for one day, it’s a great every day reminder to make you smile. It can be personalized with names and/or special messages.

It’s not candy but it is really sweet. Tea bags are definitely separate but so are cute little tea cups and mugs that will make a great gift with it, or for another happy holiday or birthday. And of course you can still always include a box of Valentine’s Day Candy for a sweet treat too.

Cowgirl Love Milk Chocolate Bar

Personalized Valentine’s Day Candy

Cute, sweet, thoughtful and personalized Valentine’s Day or any birthday holiday gift idea that lasts for more than just the one day.

Other tea pots we love:

Eat A Cupcake TeapotTeapots of Love

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

It started out with a cool recipe I saw on Facebook for bacon wrapped pickles. I thought that sounded fun but my family immediately voted thumbs down to that idea declaring no way they would try it. Since I already happened to have some nice chicken tenderloins defrosting they became my recipe adventure of the day what could be bad about bacon wrapped chicken!

Easy peasy I wrapped each tenderloin in a strip of uncooked bacon. Popped it in the oven at 425 for about a half hour and 15 minutes later the whole house was buzzing in the kitchen wanting to know what smelled so good. Even the cats came out sniffing and staring up at me for a taste of whatever I was up to.

Bacon lovers just don’t have to feel guilty when it’s wrapped around protein filled chicken. This quick and easy recipe was a huge hit especially when everyone picked their own favorite dunking sauce. For the youngest ketchup was the go to yum. For the adults it was ranch dressing, habanero sauce or my husbands favorite honey mustard dip.

Let us know if you try it join us on Facebook and send some pics or your idea for the recipe. We love to share. Next time we are trying this out on the BBQ grill!

Easy Vanilla Frosting Recipe

Vanilla Frosting Recipe –

Perfect For Cakes and Cupcakes

Delicious, easy, home made vanilla frosting that is the perfect compliment for your cakes and cupcakes. I love vanilla. I love vanilla and I love cupcakes!

If you don’t have the time or the ingredients to make this frosting then really, canned frostings aren’t bad at all, especially on top of your awesome cupcakes decorated with sprinkles or sugar candies.

But on the days you do have the time this vanilla frosting recipe is so good and so easy, try it I know you will like it.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups confectioners powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • About 2 tbsp. milk

Instructions

  1. Mix powdered sugar and butter.
  2. Stir in vanilla and milk.
  3. Beat until smooth and of spreading consistency.
  4. Seriously, that’s it and it’s great.
  5. Frost cupcakes by using a small spatula, back of a spoon or a cake decorating bag. Be creative. Swirl it, twirl it and then decorate with your favorite sprinkles, edible decorations, mini chocolate chips are my favorites or use cute little candy sugars.

 

Easy Vanilla Frosting Recipe

Vanilla Frosting Is My Favorite On Cakes and Cupcakes

Great helpful tips for the kitchen:  Always have a measuring cup, spoons, mixing and prep bowls ready to go!

Measuring Cups and Spoons

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Mixing and Prep Bowls

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Vanilla Frosting Photos

Salad Sandwich Delight

Lettuce Salad Sandwich – Why Not

Lunch time is rolling around and you just can’t decide whether to have a salad or a sandwich or both. Then you have decide what you want on your sandwich, or maybe your refrigerator is just not stocked with anything that interesting. A salad might be yummy, but you just don’t feel like cutting up all the ingredients and you only have salad in the house. Then you have to decide on dressing. Forget it if your in a hurry – salads can take forever to eat which is great when you have the time for a nice leisurely lunch.

And that’s why my granddaughter Kaitlyn and I invented my magic lettuce salad sandwich. It’s a sandwich, it’s a salad. It’s not fattening if you don’t want it to be and it is magically filling. Quick and easy. Great for lunch. Great for really anytime of the day you feel like something well, not a sandwich and not a salad but really it’s both. I like mine open faced, but you can decide how you like it.

Like all of my home made up recipes, it’s quick, super easy to prepare and even easier to clean up afterwards. And of course not many ingredients – you can fix it like I do or adjust it to your own creative salad sandwich delicious idea.

All of the photos were hungrily taken by me….just before I ate the whole thing!

Basic Salad Ingredients

Lettuce Salad Sandwich

Lettuce Salad Sandwich

Basic Salad Ingredients

Salad ingredients just don’t get any easier to prepare when you used pre-packaged shredded lettuce. Not that I have anything against a head of lettuce which can definitely be used instead if that’s what you keep in your fridge and prefer, but by the time I decide if I want to pull the lettuce out and cut it up, well I might just decide to reach for a piece of cake or something I don’t really want to give in to so I keep shredded lettuce around all the time.

It’s even a great idea if you prefer to buy fresh heads of lettuce to shred up a container full ahead of time and keep it ready to go for sandwiches just like these.

Shredded lettuce, a bowl or container to pour it in to. Oh, and a spoon or fork to mix it up with. All we are going to add is, mayonnaise.

Lettuce Salad Sandwich

Lettuce Salad Sandwich

Recipe For Salad Sandwich

I love to share and pass on easy recipes that I call Home Made Up. Here are the ingredients and a simple summary of how to put together a lettuce salad sandwich in no time at all. Step by Step photos and directions are included below.

Trust me it doesn’t get any easier, and I promise it’s good and good for you. Nutritionally, it has healthy produce, lettuce is always a keeper no matter what your fitness or weight loss program is, healthy fats in mayo and olive oil that helps keep you satisfied and fuller longer and fiber healthy carbs low in calories. We are talking about each sandwich weighing in at about 150 calories a piece. That’s a great lunch even if you pair it with soup or a small bag of chips.

It’s a great snack anytime and way better than the bag of chips or ice cream I know you were thinking about!

  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: Individual or Family Style

Ingredients

  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Flat Bread or Slim Bread or Bread Of Your Choice
  • Seasonings Like Salt and Pepper To Taste

Instructions

  1. Shred some lettuce or open a bag of pre shredded lettuce. Add as much as you need into a bowl. Add a dollop of mayonnaise to your liking and mix it up. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Toast a slim bread or flat bread or bread of your choice and beautifully arrange your salad mix on top. I like my sandwich open faced, but you can try yours both ways.

Dollop The Mayo

Lettuce Salad Sandwich

Lettuce Salad Sandwich

Mayonnaise With Olive Oil, Light Mayo or Your Favorite Mayonnaise

That’s it, all I add to my lettuce is a dollop of mayonnaise. How much is a dollop? Hmmm, that’s typical of my cooking and recipes. There’s no exact measure of a dollop except how much you want. If you like a lot of mayo, add a big tablespoon full to start, if you aren’t too sure or don’t really like lots of it at a time, think smaller to start, you can always add more!

My favorite mayo is one with olive oil, even better there are light versions and brands with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, olive oil is healthy for you and check their nutritional labels some have only 50 calories per tablespoon which is probably way plenty. Kraft and Hellman’s both have a light and regular style mayo with olive oil and I think they are both great. So even if you have a heaping dollop, still not so bad considering the calories from the lettuce is well, super minimal as all you bunnies out there know.

You can even add in a pinch of salt, or a smidgen of pepper or both if you like to add some seasoning.

Salad Mix Ready To Go

Lettuce Salad Sandwich

Lettuce Salad Sandwich

Sandwich Thins Flat Bread Fundamentals

Sandwich Thins are my favorite base bread for this recipe. You can definitely use your favorite bread or rolls or bagels but I love that they range about 100 calories each, toast up perfectly in my toaster and hold the lettuce and mayo combination just right without soaking through. They aren’t very expensive and readily available at your local grocery store. You can buy them in bulk from many of the Club Warehouses or even on Amazon, some to eat now and freeze some for later.

Lettuce Salad Sandwich

Lettuce Salad Sandwich Flat Breads

I love my flat bread base toasted to get the fun warm crunch of the bread in contrast with the cool smoothness of the salad but you choose your favorite.

While you are mixing up your lettuce and mayo and letting it sit for a moment so the deliciousness of the mayo and seasonings combines just right, pop your flat bread base into the toaster. When you take them out of the pack it looks like one thin bread, see the top one on the plate but they come apart easily to form two sides to your sandwich. Looks thin, but they really pack a filling punch maybe because they have some healthy fiber in them (don’t worry you can’t tell they are healthy because they taste really good).

Toast them lightly or toast them crispy, I like mine a little on the crispy side so I get that nice even crunch every time I take a bite.

Salad Sandwich Ready To Eat

Lettuce Salad Sandwich

Lettuce Salad Sandwich Light Easy and Delicious

Salad Sandwich Platter

So that’s it. Your simple, easy lettuce salad sandwich is ready to eat. But if you are wondering, how good could this really taste, I understand. Who would want just lettuce mixed with mayo on a toasted flat bread anyway. Trust me, it’s yummy!

It’s a great healthy choice and although I am not a vegetarian – what a great vegetarian sandwich recipe this is. I love proteins and meat and could probably eat bacon every meal but, since I am not really going to do that, this is a terrific option.

It’s perfect for lunch, even if you are packing it to take to work. Just have your salad in one container and the bread (which doesn’t have to be toasted if you don’t have a toaster at work) and enjoy the ease of a cool, healthy and seriously, I think it’s filling, lunch. It will give you more time to shop, or read or run errands!

Vegetarians or just salad lovers can always add in some shredded carrot or cut up cucumber for a nifty change but I really like it just the way it is.

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

I love cupcakes and I love Valentine’s Day.  They go perfect together because I think they are like love and marriage, horse and carriage, chocolate and peanut butter or Disney Princesses and Prince Charming. 

I’m a lover of all things hearts.  Red hearts, pink hearts, sparkly hearts, hearts on t-shirts, Valentine’s Day cards and decorations and of course, hearts on cupcakes!

Cupcake Love

Cupcake Love For Valentines and Special Occasions

Valentine’s Day candy comes in decorated heart boxes, foil wrappers and chocolate that melts in your mouth.  Or you can send your valentine little candy conversation hearts, an exquisite cake and let’s not forget some chocolate dipped strawberries!  But for me, cupcakes are the best sweetest treat for Valentine’s Day.  They come in their own gift wrapper, are the perfect size and nobody has to share, you get your own sweet little cake!  Do you bake your own cupcakes or buy them at the local grocery?  Stop by and visit our Valentine’s Day Sweetest Treat Cupcakes filled with easy recipes and my favorite ideas for a tasty, adorable, heart filled holiday shared with love for you at: 

Valentine’s Day Sweetest Treat Cupcakes

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