Melissa

grandma’s shortcut pecan pie bars

These bars are super simple to make, so delicious, and they taste exactly like pecan pie! I love how easy they are to transport to potlucks, family gatherings, and picnics. You’re going to love the “shortcut” way of making pecan pie bars! So good! ~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~ 16 oz. box…

ham & cheese stacker

Just like my pork roast stacker, turkey stacker, and diner meatloaf stacker, this isn’t really a recipe. It’s more of a method for enjoying holiday leftovers. This one is particularly good with a little side of your favorite cranberry sauce. If you want, just top your ham with the cranberry sauce before you add the…

vanilla pudding gingerbread

My recipe for Vanilla Pudding Pumpkin Bread has been so wildly popular that I decided to amp up the spice, add extra ginger, a little cayenne for kick, and molasses for a deeper, richer gingerbread! I kept the full amount of pumpkin (because who doesn’t love pumpkin?) and the result is this absolutely AMAZING, moist…

cookie crunch sweet potato casserole

As much as we love the classic sweet potato casserole with toasted marshmallows on top, once in awhile we like to change it up a bit. This year I decided to add the wonderful crunch of buttery oatmeal cookies to our sweet potatoes, and OH MY! They were amazing. So good with turkey and ham!…

red wing holiday stroll ~ 2017

Such a beautiful evening for enjoying the annual Red Wing Holiday Stroll with friends and family. So many people decided to venture out tonight, and I’m sure it’s due to the gorgeous weather we’ve been experiencing in the Mississippi River Valley. 50 degrees in November is unheard of, but we’re not complaining. We had a…

pickapeppa meatloaf

Mmmmm!!! We adore meatloaf. Such yummy comfort food when it starts to get chilly outside. I like to make a bunch of buttery mashed potatoes, and a simple, tossed salad to serve with meatloaf. Easy, satisfying, and delicious! Sometimes I make an extra meatloaf so we can have meatloaf sandwiches the next day. We enjoy…

bourbon peach bbq meatballs

Are you ready for an all new, totally amazing appetizer that’s sweet, smoky, spicy, and ridiculously easy to prepare? These little cocktail meatballs are a bit like the grape jelly cocktail meatballs that your grandma makes (well, I make them too, to be completely honest.) But these are pumped up about 100 notches. I add…

amish banana nut tea cake

We’re drinking lots of hot tea and coffee this time of year, and it’s always nice to have a delicious, moist cake to enjoy at tea time. I decided to look through some of my old Amish recipes and make something new to share. I opted for this simple, moist banana cake. It seems everyone…

mexican chipotle chicken street tacos

I found some adorable “street taco” sized corn tortillas next to the regular sized tortillas when I was shopping and I couldn’t resist their cuteness. What I discovered, after making these tacos, is that they’re the perfect party-size tacos. Street tacos are the “slider” of the taco world. Who knew? Anyhoo, here’s my easy peasy…

three minute pizza {in a mug}

In response to the overwhelming requests… I’ve made a savory, three minute mug treat! Everyone is still raving about my three minute cinnamon roll, three minute caramel roll, and the molten chocolate mug cake. All are “baked” in a mug in your microwave, and all treats take less than 5 minutes from start to finish!…