Easter Menu

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Just in case you’re interested or scurrying around looking for some inspiration, here’s what I decided to make for Easter dinner:

Ham with Easter Ham Glaze
Deviled Eggs (I’m totally buying already-hard-boiled eggs. Because I am incapable of doing it correctly.)
Scalloped Corn
Green Beans
Special Potatoes
Pineapple Casserole
Butterscotch Cake

Have a wonderful weekend and blessed holiday.

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

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Am I the only person who didn’t know you couldn’t actually use the word Superbowl in advertising? I had no idea until they discussed it in Sunday School this past week (yes, super-spiritual).  Only the OFFICIAL Superbowl sponsors get to use the word. And now you will notice in every commercial you see until Sunday–trust me!

If you’re searching for some football fare to share for parties on Sunday night, here are some ideas.

The Magically Delicious Corn Dip is a must for any social occasion, I promise.

Mexican Corn Dip

You could top these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with a football cupcake topper and they might get eaten up even faster.

Pretzel-Coated Drumsticks are easy to hang onto as you cheer from the couch, and have the same buttery and spicy kick of a wing without being deep-fried.

I like chili, but I like this Turkey and Tortellini Soup more. Pass the Parmesan instead of the Mexican blend cheese!

Personally I decided to make Caramel-Pecan Bars for the party I’m attending. Handheld gooey sweetness and so Southern.

Other ideas:
Pizza Bites
Buffalo Chicken Chili
Homemade Chicken Taquitos
BBQ Bacon Sliders
Homemade Pretzels
Greek Turkey Meatballs
Shrimp Balls with Spicy Soy Dipping Sauce
Cranberry Caramel Chex Mix

Well, I could link things forever, but I have an insanely whiny toddler on my lap and a baby waking up in the crib. Sigh.

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Football Party Menu (or, And so it begins …)

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Mr. V has informed me that football season starts Saturday. He has no interest in NFL; college football is where it’s at for him (and the rest of SEC country). Our allegiances lie with Vanderbilt and Richmond, of course.

source: Joe Duty

I’m sure it wouldn’t take much guessing to surmise that I don’t care a lick about football. I prefer if our teams win, of course, because it makes Mr. V happy and is good for our alumni associations! Our dear Richmond Spiders won the championship two years ago, and we’re very proud of that.

For me, Saturdays full of football mean Fall and FOOD! I actually enjoy puttering around the house, cleaning and running errands, while Mr. V cheers for whatever team is on ESPN that Saturday. While I don’t watch the games, I love the excitement that travels around SEC-land.

My in-laws are coming in town for Labor Day and I thought it might be fun to have a football-themed party for the occasion. Sure, it’s still 80 degrees + here every day–but that feels cool compared to the 100s!

Football Party Menu

Hot Crab Dip – this recipe makes 20 servings, so we’ll definitely be cutting it down for our small affair!

Antipasto Dip with pita chips – one of my favorite-ever appetizers

Jamie’s Chili – what says fall and football like a big bowl of chili?

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Kickoff Cake – I will just make a regular cake and then use the toppings from this Kraft recipe. Cute!

Do you have any favorite football recipes? I couldn’t have a party menu without linking to my Mexican Corn Dip, the dip of all dips. Broccoli and Cheese Soup would be a good alternative to chili if you’re vegetarian or just want something a little lighter!

Sweet Valentine’s Menu

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I got such wonderful feedback when I did a complete Christmas dinner menu that I thought I would throw together a great Valentine’s Menu for you.  If you’ve been reading me for a long time, you might recall that I don’t really like Valentine’s Day. But I do like having an excuse to cook an exquisite meal for my honey. (And I really like making up menus, in case you couldn’t tell!)

Sweet Valentine's Day Menu with printable grocery list

Appetizer: Crawfish (or Crab) Fondue, Tasty Kitchen

Bread: Olive Oil Cakes with Lemon and Thyme, The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Entree: Roasted Garlic Chicken, Simply Recipes (although making a really good steak is always a man-pleaser in my house!)

Sides: Asiago Sweet Potatoes, Fresh 365; Roasted Vegetables, Home Ec 101

Dessert: Brownie Pudding, Ina Garten*

Here’s a printable grocery list for the menu to make it as easy for you as possible. You DO have to do the cooking, though. Enjoy!

*I saw Ina make this recipe on Barefoot Contessa yesterday. It’s what I want and I ain’t budging. But if you’re not all about eating something full of chocolate and butter (huh??), there are plenty of other dessert recipes on my site!

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Recipe Index

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Here’s a list of all the recipes I’ve posted on this site. If there’s any way I can make this list simpler, please let me know!

Appetizers and Dips

Balsamic and Herb Marinated Cheese
BLT Bites
Mexican Corn Dip
O’Charley’s-Style Honey Mustard Sauce
Serious Salsa


Cranberry Punch


Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Muffins
Brown Sugar Oat Muffins
Chocolate Spice Zucchini Muffins
Chock Full of Healthy Muffins
Fresh Strawberry Muffins
Loveless Cafe Bread Loaves (Potato Bread)
Mini Sweet Potato Muffins toddler/kid-friendly (at Once a Month Mom)
Oat Bran Cranberry Bread
Peachy Granola Muffins
Whole Wheat Banana Bread Muffins
Whole Wheat Orange-Banana Bread


Apple and Banana Pancakes toddler/kid-friendly (at Once a Month Mom)
Banana Couscous
Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Breakfast Casserole
Chili Sweet Potato Hash
Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars toddler/kid-friendly
Cranberry, Nutmeg, and Vanilla Breakfast Cake (or Muffins)
Oatmeal Pancakes


Cherry Cheesecake Pie
Cherry Dump Cake
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Chocolate Drop Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with PB Cream Cheese Frosting
Cranberry-Citrus Cookies
De-Luscious Lemon Cake
Double-Crust Blueberry Pie
Molasses Cookies (guest post)
Oreo Truffles
Peach Cake
Pecan Doodle Cookies
Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies
Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake with UnVegan Vanilla Blackberry Cream Cheese Frosting


Balsamic Chicken and Tortellini
BBQ Crockpot Chicken slow cooker
Best London Broil
Black Beans and Brown Rice
Cabbage Rolls
Cardamom Chicken with Salt and Pepper Crust
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken Sausage and Peppers Rustica
Creamy Salmon Mac-n-Cheese
Crunchy Panko Chicken Fingers toddler/kid-friendly
D-Hall Feta Pasta
Grilled Chicken Pasta Alfredo
Grilled Ham and Brie Sandwiches
Healthier Chicken Nuggets toddler/kid-friendly
Italian Stuffed Peppers with Sausage slow cooker
Jackie’s Chicken, Broccoli, and Stuffing Casserole
Meatloaf Muffins, Two Ways toddler/kid-friendly
Mexican Stuffed Shells
Mom’s Enchiladas
Mom’s Sauce (for pasta)
Parmesean and Herb Chicken Fingers
Parmesan Fish
Pasta with Turkey Meatballs
Pecan Chicken
Poppy Seed Chicken with Havarti
Pretzel-Coated Drumsticks
Pulled Pork with Lexington Red Sauce slow cooker
Quick Baked Chicken
Ranch Chicken Kebabs
Shoyu Chicken Sushi
Sloppy Chicken Pan Pizza
Stuffed Peppers
Summer Bow-Ties
Sweet and Sour Salmon for Two
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sausage Spaghetti
Taco Bake
Taco Mac and Cheese
Tater Tot Casserole
Thanksgiving Dinner Turkey Burgers
Tilapia with Honey-Tangerine Sauce
Turkey Pecan Salad
Ziti with Italian Sausage


Layered Salad
Maple Chicken Salad
Spinach Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette
Sweet Beet and Heat Salad


BLC Pasta Salad
Braised Cucumbers
Cranberry, Cherry, and Walnut Chutney
Gayle’s Broccoli Salad
Grandma’s Mac and Cheese
Loaded Potato Potluck Favorite
Maple-Cinnamon Apple Pearsauce toddler/kid-friendly (at Once a Month Mom)
Mustardy Mustard Greens
Oyster Dressing
Pineapple Casserole
Potato Cubes toddler/kid-friendly
Rice and Peas
Roasted Broccoli
Sauteed Swiss Chard with Stems
Scalloped Corn
Smothered Black Beans
Stewed Lentils and Tomatoes


Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Farmer’s Market Soup
Little League Stew slow-cooker
Mom’s Potato Soup
Taco Soup
Turkey and Tortellini Soup


Whole Foods in a Hurry OAMC Menu
Valentine’s Day Menu
Christmas Dinner Menu
Football Party Menu