Happily Homemade

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I love cookbooks, probably because one of my all time favorite things to do is cook! I was taught to cook at a very young age and have taught my own children to cook!

Other than trying new recipes one of my favorite things about cook books are the yummy illustrations! There just something about seeing a beautifully photographed recipe! I hope I’m not the only one that feels this way!

When it comes to great recipes and beautiful photographs Happily Homemade does not disappoint at all! This cook book contains 100 deliciously mouth watering recipes for you and your family to enjoy!

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Happily Homemade is broken down in sections:

  • Meet the author, Rachel Schultz
  • Kitchen Tips and Charts
  • Menu Ideas
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks and Appetizers
  • Entrees
  • Sides, Sauces and Seasonings
  • Desserts

So far none of the recipes we have tried have disappointed! Each recipe feeds 3-4 people which is no big deal…I’m the youngest of nine kids…I’m very familiar with doubling and tripling recipes!

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The breakfast croissant sandwich (pg 34) is one of our faves and you can’t go wrong with the banana cake (pg 210)
If you are looking for a new cookbook that is easy to use and has good recipes, then this is the cookbook for you!

Amazon: Cook up some love in your kitchen.

Does the question “What’s for dinner?” fill you with dread? Is the thought of looking for something to cook every day overwhelming? Popular food blogger and Pinterest celebrity Rachel Schultz has you covered in Happily Homemade, with 100 tasty recipes even a beginner can serve with pride.

Reinvigorating familiar dishes with interesting and unexpected flavor combinations, Rachel shares her go-to creations that always get rave reviews. Even with so much variety, Rachel’s approachable recipes include only ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. This gorgeous cookbook includes a photo of every recipe, plus essays and tips from Rachel (and her friends) on hospitality and making life easier in the kitchen.

Happily Homemade is all about celebrating food and joyfully loving others through cooking. Let Rachel show you how easy it can be to bring warmth and delight to everyone at your table by serving something happily homemade.

Thank you to Booklook Bloggers for the opportunity to read and review this book! 

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Banana Nut Muffins

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Hi Friends! Lets talk food {yay!} Do you love banana bread? Banana bread hands-down my most favorite bread however it can be very high calorie and banana bread isn’t the best thing you can eat during a fitness journey. Here’s some great new for all my fellow banana bread lovers… by simply changing some of the ingredients and adding new ones, I have made dare I say the best banana bread I have ever had and you won’t believe how easy it is! It is seriously the easiest recipe and the quickest recipe you will come across

So let’s get into it!

In a large mixing bowl or I use my KitchenAid mixing bowl add 4 to 5 fairly ripened bananas {honestly I use some non ripe one and my bread came out fantastic}

Add one box of cake mix, literally the kind that you can go and buy for a dollar at the grocery store! I have used yellow cake mix, white cake mix and chocolate cake mix…you do what you love! If you want the more traditional banana bread look then the yellow cake mix is the way to go!

Blend together the bananas and the cake mix until your desired consistency {I prefer clumpy}

You can stop here and add your batter to your bread pan or cupcake papers: bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes depending on your oven! OR…you can continue on and add some optional ingredients! Here are my personal favorites…this is where it gets technical 😉

Two handfuls of chocolate chips
Three large handful of chopped walnuts
Two handfuls of Craisins

These are the amount that I like to add but this is such a versatile recipe you can totally play around with it!

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As you can see we made this batch into the most delicious and moist cupcakes EVER!

This is become such a hit in my house that my kids have started asking if they can make banana muffins! They have loved making them the way they want! This is not only a healthier option but it bringing us together in the kitchen yay! The kids have their own recipes like chocolate cake mix and only Raisins, white cake mix and add twice as many chocolate chips, and red velvet cake mix nuts and chocolate chips. With this batter ‘base’ recipe the possibilities are endless and so much healthier!

Not a fan of bananas? Heres another awesome quick cake mix recipe {my moms personal favorite} Pick your cake, white, yellow cake, chocolate cake etc. and add a regular size can of pumpkin purée mix it together add it to your bread pan or cupcake papers bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes and you will have the most delicious pumpkin muffins ever. Just as with the banana bread the optional add-ins that I mentioned above go fantastic with this recipe as well! Yuuuummmmm there is nothing like a chocolate pumpkin chocolate chip muffin!

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I hope that you will really enjoy these recipes! Now head to kitchen make some deliciousness!

Do you have a cake mix recipe that you want to share! I’d love to hear the way that you all use your cake mixes!

(I’m in no way claiming that I created this concept or idea because I did not. This concept was given to me by my mom who has done this since the 70’s and my very health conscious cousin who was given it by somebody else, who was given it from somebody else and so on)

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Baked Potato Sliders {yummy}

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Do you love potatoes? I love potatoes! You know who doesn’t? My hips and tights;)  This really sucks…because EVERYTHING is better with a baked potato! Ok…ummm maybe it’s just me;)

I wanted a way that I could have yummy baked potatoes without ruining all my hard work at Zumba! Hmmm how about baked potatoes in bite sized pieces?!?!

Baked Potato Sliders

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What you’ll need:

3-4 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes (this was more than enough for my family of 5)
1/4 C. Olive Oil
Black Pepper (to taste…I like a ton)
Salt (taste…I do very little)
1/2 C. Grated Cheese (I like the Mexican blend)
4-6 slices of crispy bacon (you can use prepackaged real bacon as well)

Extra Toppings:

Sour Cream
Chives

Prep:
Pre Heat Oven to 450*
Mix olive oil, black pepper, salt in a bowl
Slice Potatoes in thin slices (1/4 inch-ish)

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Cook Bacon until crispy (be sure to dab all the grease off the bacon)
After the bacon has cooled coarsly chop

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Let’s get started!!
Place sliced potatoes in the bowl of olive oil, pepper and salt. Make sure all the slices a generously covered in the mixture.

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Place slices on a cookie sheet (be sure not to overlap)

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Allow them to cook in the oven for about 12 minutes
Flip after 12min and sprinkle the already cooked side with grated cheese (don’t worry about making a mess all over the cookie sheet!)
Put back in the oven for 10 minutes
After removing from the oven carefully place all slices on a cooling rack

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Then add a pinch of bacon to each potato slice (don’t wait until they have cooled or the bacon will fall off:(

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Serve either warm or room temp, they will good either way!

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There are many different way I like to serve these:

Baked Potato Style: Top with chives and a dolip of sour cream

BLT Potatoes: chopped tomatoes and chopped avocado

Dippin Style: served with a bowl of Homemade Avocado Ranch

Avocado Ranch:
1c. Ranch
1 large ripe avocado

You can either purée this together or chop the avocado and add chunks to the ranch (my kids like it both ways)

The Veggie Style: Omit the bacon and add sautéed portabella mushrooms and sautéed onions or chopped chives

As you can see the possibilities are endless!

These are great served as a side for anything from sandwiches to Grilled Steak!

I really hope you enjoy these as well!!

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