Macaroni casserole made with leftover ham from Easter.

Macaroni Casserole

I hope everyone had a terrific Easter and spring break. My boys are back at school, so now I can get back to working on bringing you recipes, crafts and activities to do with your children. Today is a recipe to use up your Easter leftovers.

We had a Easter basket and egg hunt at home with our boys. Then traveled their Grandparent’s house for another Easter basket and egg hunt, with even more eggs! My dad is in charge of hiding the eggs, inevitably eggs continue to show up well into summer. Whoever finds them gets the contents.

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Homemade rhubarb preserves uses 3 ingredients and sweet and tangy. This easy to prepare recipe is a must for anyone with extra rhubarb!

Homemade Rhubarb Preserves

Homemade rhubarb preserves is an easy recipe with only 3 ingredients! I had a bunch left over in the freezer from last year’s crop and before I harvested this years first stalks I needed to clear it out. Mr P, my husband, and I were talking about what makes something a jelly, a jam or preserves. My family has always called this rhubarb jelly. In short: Jelly is translucent fruit spread, jam is made with pectin and has even consistency, a preserve is made from fruit and sugar and can have a chunky texture. It really doesn’t matter and all the words are pretty interchangeable. (I really just thought preserves sounded better!)natural organic products Continue reading “Homemade Rhubarb Preserves”

Creamy cauliflower vegetable soup is a family favorite, can use up that old veggies left in your fridge and is freezable!

Creamy Cauliflower Vegetable Soup

This is the creamiest tastiest cauliflower vegetable soup you will ever need to make. I discovered this recipe totally by accident and I am so glad that I did. Mr.P loves my cooking, or at least tells me he does. One of the few items that he just does not like is cauliflower, that is until I started making it for him. See I love cauliflower! I love it raw, steamed, grilled, lightly salted, sauteed or what ever…I just love cauliflower. This soup that I stumbled upon is now one of the two ways Mr. P actually enjoys eating cauliflower.

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Slow cook your chicken and then turn the left overs into delicious homemade chicken stock.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Homemade Chicken Stock

Using a slow cooker or a crock pot is a great way to save time in the kitchen. Our family just like many of yours can get a little hectic with school, sports, work, friend and family commitments. It’s great knowing when I’m busy at work or at home that dinner is just cooking away doing it’s thing. Once you make the chicken there are so many recipes you can create. I included the chicken stock recipe with this post because if I’m cooking a whole chicken I tend to make stock also. This little planning and really saves me time over the rest of the week’s meals.

In addition to making a whole tender chicken in 4 hours you also have the start of your own homemade chicken stock. Making your own chicken stock is a great way to use up vegetable scraps and save you a little extra cash. You can make your stock as flavorful as you want and know exactly what your family is eating when you create your own.

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Spaghetti squash is a perfect substitution for pasta, with added toppings it becomes a vegetable lovers dream meal!

Tomato Sauce with Zucchini over Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is something that my husband, Mr. P has been talking about for about a year. He loves spaghetti squash. I thought I was a traditionalist and only wanted to use pasta for my pasta dishes. The last time I had spaghetti squash I was probably in high school and have been avoiding it ever since. Boy was I wrong, and Mr. P was right (yep I actually admitted being wrong, write that down honey it doesn’t happen every day). The spaghetti squash turned out so delicious this is definitely going on my recipe repeat list! Continue reading “Tomato Sauce with Zucchini over Spaghetti Squash”