Mediterranean Tuna Noodle Casserole

With fish being a popular menu choice at this time of the year, I thought it would be fun to bring this recipe to the front again.  I would like to note that it also freezes quite well!


Tuna and noodle casserole is one of those dishes that can be… let’s face it… boring.  However, I think this version of the classic recipe is punched up a bit by the red peppers and artichokes.  It’s also quite versatile, so feel free to make it your own.  I can imagine the addition of several different ingredients (such as Kalamata olives!) that would further enhance this dish.

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pie

It’s pretty hard to top the combination of peanut butter and chocolate in my book.  This Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pie is so rich and delicious, and it is a great dessert to serve to guests.  There’s a thin pure chocolate layer topped with a creamy peanut butter filling, and to top it all off, add even more chocolate and some whipped cream.

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Vanilla Bean Custard Pie

If you are a fan of “old fashioned” desserts, you are in for a treat with this Vanilla Bean Custard Pie.  My husband happens to love custard pies, and this one is no exception. If you don’t have real vanilla beans, you can use pure vanilla extract.  It will still be delicious!

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Glazed Pumpkin Bread

It’s that time of year… Time for Pumpkin Everything!  Bake up a couple of these subtly spiced loaves, drizzle with glaze, and share with your family and friends!  They will be so happy you did.

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No Bake S’mores “Cake”

Need a fun, simple, and delicious dessert this summer?  No Bake S’mores “Cake” can be prepared ahead of time, and doesn’t even involve the microwave.  Everyone will love this sweet dessert that looks like it took much more effort than it actually does.  It’s always fun to have another s’mores recipe for the summer… Especially this summer that just won’t end!

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Sandhill Plum Jelly

Have you heard of a sandhill plum?  These plums are small (about the size of cherries or large marbles), grow wild in some parts of the midwest, and are super sour.  Just about the only thing I know to do with them is make jelly!  It so happens that Sandhill Plum Jelly is my dad’s favorite kind of jelly.  And since there is not a lot of commercially available sandhill plum jelly out there, sometimes the only way you can get it is to make it yourself.  Luckily, we have a thicket of 4 trees on our acreage, so I get to make this special treat for my dad around this time of year!

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Pear-Berry Crisp Pie

One of my favorite summer desserts is a Mixed Berry Crumble Tart.  The only thing is, I don’t grow any of those fruits here on our acreage, so I don’t get to make it as often as I would like.  About this time of year, though, we have an abundance of pears from our two pear trees.  I have made them into crisps and even pear sauce.  But, I think this is my favorite way to enjoy them.  Baked in a pie!

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Classic Egg Salad

Egg Salad sandwiches don’t have to be boring.  This egg salad adds the zip of hot pepper sauce.  Even if you’re not the biggest fan of hot pepper sauce, just a few shakes is enough to bring out lots of flavor.  My favorite way to enjoy these sandwiches is alongside a bunch of crunchy chips and maybe a pickle spear, just like you’d get at a diner!

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No Bake Peanut Butter Squares

Do you have an oven that heats up your entire kitchen (or house?!) when you use it?  I do.  I try hard to keep it turned off during the hot summer months, but sometimes the craving for a cookie/sweet is just too much!  However, with no-bake recipes like these No Bake Peanut Butter Squares, you’ll forget about running your oven for at least 30 minutes to bake cookies.  My favorite thing about these squares is that they taste so similar to Reese’s cups.  Trust me… You have got to try these peanut butter and chocolate treats soon!

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Crispy Baked Ravioli

Fried Ravioli are pretty tasty. If you’ve never had them, you should order them the next time you see them on the menu. Or, you can make these Crispy Baked Ravioli at home, and save yourself some money and calories! What I like best about these baked ravioli is that you can bread them ahead of time, and just bake them at the last minute when you’re ready to serve them! They are perfect finger food.

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