Spaghetti

What is your go-to dinner dish? Fish sticks? Sandwiches? Cereal? More often than not we go for some kind of easy pasta on those long busy days. Spaghetti or mac n cheese are favorites. (I prefer cereal but I’m often out voted.) Spaghetti is one of the easiest dishes to make. It takes about 12 minutes to whip up. Mix in a store bought sauce and voila…dinner! Here is spaghetti recipe from Everyday Food that I haven’t tried before but am willing to give it a go. Yum.

This looks like more of an official dinner dish and not a quick meal that’s fixed on a Monday night but it looks so tasty that I’m sure it will end up on the menu one of these nights. Probably with store bought sauce though. Lol. Homemade? Not on a weeknight.

There are lots of fun things you can make with spaghetti. Check out some of them here.

Find the tasty recipe here… Enjoy!

Cake

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Ahhhh! Can it be true? I have no idea what to get my husband. I know that we’ll be staying in and having a romantic dinner but that is mostly because I dropped the ball on making reservations at our favorite restaurant. I have a few ideas for gifts but I really need to get my act together!

One thing that there is still time for is planning our delicious dinner. And dessert. Never forget dessert! Cookies Cupcakes And Cardio has a perfect themed cake; it’s heart shaped and looks quite tasty! One of the best things about this DIY? You don’t even need any special pans or tools for this one!

You need an 8” square cake, an 8” round cake, lots of white buttercream frosting, and 2 pounds of strawberries. Can you say delicious?! Need some more inspirations? Here are some other Valentine treats that are to die for.

Here’s the tasty video… Enjoy!

Eggs

I have a problem with expiration dates. I follow them like they are a law set in stone. I know some of them are sell by dates, not expirations, but I can’t help it. I’ve been getting a little better but not much. If I do eat anything past the marked date I worry about food poisoning. Does that make me crazy? Hubbs says so. This video from J&J Acres has given me a lot to think about when it comes to eggs and their expiration/sell by dates. Be warned…this might force you to change some things in your life.

Are the eggs you are buying off the shelf as fresh as you think they are? Just because they say organic or farm fresh on the packing doesn’t mean a whole lot. Did you know that eggs can sit on the shelf for anywhere from 30-45 days? Ahhh! And this video proves it. I no idea what Julian codes were or how they were used to determine freshness until watching this video. I’m going to have to pay attention from now on or buy and support local!

I bet this is one reason that backyard chicken coops are becoming so popular. I don’t want chickens in my yard but I can’t say that I wouldn’t mind the fresh eggs. Eggs bought. Check. Still good? Be sure to use this trick at home to determine if they still are.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Donuts

I think I just ate my willpower! Donuts are one of my favorite sugary treats. Who isn’t a fan of a breakfast donuts and coffee? Happiness is anything deep fried or baked and this recipe from the One Pot Chef is no exception. Pure happiness. Let’s learn how to make delicious blueberry donuts in the oven in just minutes. Yes please!

I love the idea of baking donuts. Using the oven instead of the fryer is so much healthier. Grease and oil be gone! These tasty treats are sure to impress, homemade and healthy. I’m going to have to invest in a donut pan straight away.

My life is better off because of this tasty video but my waistline probably isn’t. (They aren’t unhealthy but they aren’t healthy healthy.) Looking for a slightly healthier donut? These 29 healthier alternatives from Greatist might be just the thing for you.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

rose-cake

We’ve seen some beautiful cakes in our time, but this one really wins out! Imagine showing off your baking and decorating skills with this beautiful rose cake? Vanessa from Cake Style has created a video to walk you through building and decorating your very own cake. She explains things in an easy-to-understand format and you can watch her step by step as she builds and decorates her own Rose cake.

The cake is four layers high and features sweet buttercream icing and modelling chocolate. Are you drooling yet? Wait until you see how beautiful the cake turns out!

Some essential equipment you’ll want to have on hand includes a large spatula, turntable (a must!), cake board, large bread knife for shaping the cake layers, plastic scraper for smoothing the icing, small rolling pin, paintbrush, exacto knife, toothpicks, cookie cutters and optionally, a cake leveller. Watch Vanessa build this fabulous Rose cake right before your eyes:

secret-biscuits

Does the thought of steamy, delicious homemade biscuits get you ravishingly hungry? Of course! Many family dinners consider biscuits a staple item in fact.

Even though there are several biscuit recipes in existance, we are confident this one will become your favorite! It features an amazing secret ingredient that just makes these biscuits stand out from all the rest.

Have you ever made biscuits with soda as the key ingredient before? These biscuits require 7-Up soda, believe it or not. All you need is baking mix, sour cream, 7-Up, flour and butter and you are on your way to becoming a biscuit master.

Here’s the video with the full recipe and instructions…

mac-and-cheese

What American family does not love the classic Macaroni and Cheese recipe? Noodles and cheese are a wonderful combination! But what’s even better than bought mac ‘n cheese? Making it yourself of course – and producing something healthy and homemade.

You might groan and think that making homemade dishes takes more time and effort, and many times you would be right. But this tasty slow cooker recipe is both easy to throw together and effortless. If you have a slow cooker, you’re all set! Watch below as the One Pot Chef shows you how it’s done!

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 18 ounces macaroni (uncooked)
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar
  • 9 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 13 ounces evaporated milk
  • salt/pepper


So as you can see it’s not difficult and the results are scrumptious! Cooking in the crockpot or slow cooker can save busy families a lot of time. You can visit The One Pot Chef’s site for more information and more recipes. You won’t be disappointed!

Hot Pocket

Who doesn’t love pizza? Seriously, is there anyone out there who doesn’t like pizza? Maybe you don’t like a few types of toppings, like anchovies or you don’t think fruit, pineapple, belongs on your pizza. You might not like a particular pizza parlor. No one out there actually dislikes pizza in all it’s varied forms. Beyond the toppings you can also choose from Boston style, New York style, Chicago style, thin crust, and stuffed crust. The list of choices…it goes on and on. One of my favorite styles of pizza, it may not actually qualify as a pizza style, is the calzone. And this recipe is definitely going to be a favorite!

If you think about it, the calzone really is just an inside out pizza. I love that it combines all your regular pizza toppings with an outer crust, making it portable and easier to eat. A delicious crust is key because there is so much of it. While you make these, do yourself a favor and YouTube Jim Gaffigan’s comedy bit about Hot Pockets. Hilarious.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

pancakes

Oh my goodness these pancakes. Wow. What can I say but ‘goodness gracious great balls of fire!’ I love breakfast foods. Breakfast is my favorite meal and that’s why I’m super excited about this recipe for pineapple upside-down pancakes. I’m so excited to feature it here today.

The Bungalow Chef shows us what is up with a tasty little video featured at eHow. I love fresh pineapple and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this recipe. I usually use a box mix when making pancakes but this looks sooo good. Tooo good not to try. Don’t you agree?

Here are some other recipes that use pineapple that will give your taste buds a little zing. Beef and pineapple tacos for dinner on Tuesday? I am thinking yes. With pina coladas for the adults for an after dinner delight. Enjoy those and all of the other tasty recipes featured here at Real Simple!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Sandwich

Vanilla. That is my favorite flavor of ice cream. What is yours? Baskin Robins is the most confusing place in the world for me. I love vanilla but there are so many other ones to choose from. Ice cream and ice cream sandwiches are one of my favorite desserts. Love. This giant ice cream sandwich from popsugar food is the best.

This video takes those little sandwiches from childhood and makes them fit for adults. Giant and amazingly delicious. Take a cake mix, cut it into a rectangle, and three cartons or your favorite flavor of ice cream. This is going to be epic. I wish I had known about this giant cake this summer. There was a bbq where this would have been perfect.

Here are 18 other ice cream cake recipes that will change your life. Change your life. Find them all here. Thanks Martha Stewart. You are amazing. Love love love ‘em.