Baked GoodsBreakfastGluten-FreeRecipes

Savory Egg and Cheese Hashbrown Waffles

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These savory waffles are a really quick fix for busy mornings. I love sending the kids off with a well-rounded meal to start their day, and this one fits the bill. I like to serve these waffles with salsa and a hearty smoothie. My toddler eats them best cut in long strips so he can dip them in catsup. Enjoy! Savory Egg and Cheese Hashbrown Waffles quick fix for a hearty breakfast 3 medium Russett potatoes (cooked and shredded, 3 cups)9 large eggs1/2 cup milk2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)1/2 cup green onions (chopped)1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon peppersalsa (for serving)

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Baked GoodsRecipesTreats

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Rhubarb and strawberries both come on in late Spring in the Rocky Mountains and both are ready to be picked from the Andersen family garden. Today happens to be the very last day of school for the kids and we are celebrating tonight with Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp ala mode. This sweet and tangy dessert is best served warm so the ice cream can melt on top as you eat it--getting a little cream in every bite. Yum! Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Strawberry Rhubarb Base3 cups rhubarb (chopped into bite-sized pieces)4 cups strawberries (quartered)1 Tablespoon lemon juice1/2 cup granulated sugar1/3 cup cornstarch1/4

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CasserolesMain DishRecipesSlow Cooker and Instant Pot

Instant Pot Pizza Casserole

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Every time I might complain about how much time it takes to make dinner, my husband usually replies saying something along the lines of, "Well, just do something easy--like pizza casserole." Honestly, until a few weeks ago, I had MAYBE made this for my family just once or twice. Apparently, it really made an impression on Neil, because this many years later, he still asks for it. Well, here ya go. This Pizza Casserole is actually quite delightful. While it may not take any less time than my other meals, it is one I can make all in one pot

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Baked GoodsBreakfastMain DishRecipesTreats

Perfect Waffles and Homemade Syrup

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Oh, man. These are the best waffles! And the new waffle iron I bought cooks four of them at a time--making breakfast (or dinner) so smooth. Enjoy! Perfect Waffles and Homemade Syrup whole wheat, crispy, buttery waffles 3 cups Whole Wheat Flour2 Tablespoons Baking Powder1 teaspoon Baking Soda1 teaspoon salt3 Cups Milk6 Tablespoons butter (melted)3 large eggs1 1/2 teaspoons vanillaHomemade Maple Syrup1 cup Granulated Sugar1 cup Brown Sugar2 cups Water1 teaspoon Vanilla flavoring1 teaspoon Mapleine flavoring Whisk together all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center.In a separate bowl, whisk togethether all wet ingredients.

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Baked GoodsRecipesTreats

Favorite Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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If you stop by our house on any given Sunday evening, there is a very good chance you will find a batch of these chewy oatmeal cookies baking in the oven. We have trouble keeping chocolate chips stocked at our house (one of my kids loves to eat them in bed while she reads, and another has grown tall enough to reach them off the freezer shelf), so oatmeal cookies are our go-to dessert. These are so delicious--not too sweet, crispy on the outside and chewy, caramelized sugar on the inside. Enjoy! Favorite Oatmeal Cookie crispy on the outside, chewy

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RecipesSaladsSides

Mediterranean Vegetable Salad

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This flavor-bursting salad is the perfect side dish to any pasta, chicken or beef dish you are cooking up tonight. Enjoy! Mediterranean Vegetable Salad Side dish for pasta or Italian foods 4 cups Spinach (loose packed)2 cups Arugula (loose packed)1 cup Navy Beans1 cup Cherry Tomatoes (halved)1 cup Cucumbers (chopped)1 avocado (chopped)1/4 cup Feta Cheese Crumbles (Mediterranean Herb Style)Balsamic Vinaigrette1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar1/3 cup Olive Oil1 clove garlic (minced)1/2 teaspoon mustard1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper Balsamic VinaigretteCombine all ingredients in jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until mixed well.SaladCombine spinach and arugula in a large mixing bowl. Pour half the

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CasserolesMain DishRecipes

Creamy Tortellini and Garden Vegetable Bake

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The Andersen family is loving all things Spring right now--our hyacinths, and primrose are in full bloom, the peach blossoms are just starting to pop, and the tulips should be opening up any day now. It is Spring Break this week and we have been finishing up the final touches of our never-ending house repairs. It feels so good to have our whole house put back together and the yard and garden cleaned out. Tonight's dinner is a really easy fix after a full day of working in the yard. It has all my favorite Springtime vegetables including sugar snap

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Gluten-FreeRecipesTreats

Rice Krispie Treat Pizza

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A year ago, my soon to be-10-year-old was making the best of an unfortunate situation when COVID canceled his birthday party. Kade had big plans to celebrate with friends, but the world was grappling with a new pandemic, and we were in week 3 of quarantine. I was proud of how well he handled the bummer deal, but I still wanted to do all I could to make his day special. Instead of the traditional Ice Cream Cake I usually make on my kids' birthdays, I tried my hand at replicating his favorite food in Rice Krispie Treat form. It

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CasserolesMain DishRecipes

Broccoli Chicken Potato Parmesan

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What is not to love about this combination of flavors? I don't know if my 6-year-old is just trying to win his way as my favorite child, but after 24 hours, he is still talking about how good dinner was last night. I agree, but what I love most is how fast this dish comes together in so few pans. Serve this with a garden vegetable chopped salad, sliced bread and butter, and you have yourself a hearty dinner the whole family will love. Enjoy! Broccoli Chicken Potato Parmesan Cheesy one-dish meal 3 tablespoons olive oil2 pounds potatoes (sliced 1/4

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Gluten-FreeSaladsSides

Crunchy Cashew and Avocado Chopped Salad

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Sweet, savory, creamy, crunchy--this salad has it all. Homemade poppy seed dressing ties it all together for a perfect side dish to any meal. Enjoy! Crunchy Cashew and Avocado Chopped Salad sweet, savory, crunchy and creamy salad 6 cups Romaine Lettuce (chopped)1 large avocado (chopped)1 cup celery (chopped)1 cup red grapes (sliced)1/2 cup salted cashew halvesPoppy Seed Dressing1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar1 Cup Vegetable Oil1/2 Cup Honey1/2 Cup Yellow Onion chopped1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard1 teaspoon salt1 1/2 tablespoon poppyseeds In a large mixing bowl, pour 2 tablespoons dressing over the chopped romaine. Sprinkle with remaining toppings. Dizzle an additional 2

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