Anthony’s Famous 1,000 Island Salad

Pulled out an old favorite for dinner tonight! It’s actually healthier than I made it seem in my original post. If you stick to 4 tbsp of dressing, each serving is about 450 calories with 15g of protein & 3-4 grams of fiber!

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I’m 15 weeks along with my little baby & finally feeling more energetic! Blogging will probably be more sporadic going forward – I don’t foresee myself blogging a ton with a newborn next year! But writing & sharing recipes is really important to me.


 My husband introduced me to a wonderful salad combination. So wonderful that whenever one of us says, “Do you want salad for dinner?”, this is the one we are talking about.

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As far as salads go, this one isn’t very fancy. But all the flavors work together beautifully. Tangy olives, crispy bacon, sharp red onion, & buttery croutons! Throw in some shredded cheese & top it off with 1,000 island dressing – that’ it. That’s the recipe. Well, with lettuce, of course.

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We used pre-bagged salad mixes, usually ones with carrots for extra vegetables. We always make our own croutons – toast some sliced bread with butter…

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Cheeseburger Lasagna Rolls

Apparently when I make lasagna, I always have 4 noodles left. I made these for dinner last night after staring at this mostly empty box of lasagna noodles taking up space in my pantry. Subbed jalapeños for pickles – it was awesome!

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Everyone has to play ‘Pantry Roulette’ with dinner every now and then. Whether it’s a budget thing, an expiration date thing, or a grocery shopping thing. This recipe was born from the last.

We needed something for dinner, but I would not be able to go grocery shopping for a few more days. I didn’t want to just serve grilled cheese sandwiches – I wanted something with at least some semblance of vegetables! So I put my thinking cap on to see what I could come up with.

The only green thing I had in the fridge was pickles. I know pickles don’t really count as a vegetable, but I decided to roll with it (no pun intended!). I also had half a block of cream cheese I needed to use up. And then I remembered that in the pantry I had a few lasagna noodles left. Hmm…

I wrote…

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Blueberry & White Chocolate Chip Cream Scones

Do you find that you go through baking “seasons” where you make something often & then just kind of…forget about it? That’s how I feel about these scones. I made these this morning for the first time in almost 2 years – almost since I originally posted it! Since it seems like the world is still currently baking all the things, I figured this recipe was worth a re-post.

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Tomorrow is Mother’s Day & what do all mothers love? Brunch!

That’s what we’re doing at my house, anyway. Brunch with the extended family. And these scones are on the menu!

Blueberry & White Chocolate Chip Cream Scones - Mrs. Dessert Monster

I got this scone recipe from my dear friend Beth, who gives me so many great recipes, who got it from the book Ten Dollar Dinners. However, I have adapted it some. I never have buttermilk powder on hand & have not come across another recipe that calls for it yet. Therefore I just always use lemon juice. I also in general almost always use salted butter for everything, so that’s what I use in this recipe, too. With a few other twists & tweaks, I bring you this recipe.

I’ve never made scones any other way, so this cream method is all I know. I hear it is much easier than another method which requires cutting butter…

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Toddler Cards For Any Occasion

Cupcake's birthday is in January, so last year she got to enjoy all of her first holidays in order. This means that I got to do all of the fun handprint/footprint crafts for with her. Footprint Valentines day heart? check. Footprint Father's day craft? check. Handprint turkey for Thanksgiving? check. Handprint AND footprint clay ornaments… Continue reading Toddler Cards For Any Occasion

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

This morning hubby & I made these leftover mashed potato pancakes for brunch – with a twist!

Just follow the recipe below, but instead of serving with sour cream & bacon, serve them each with a fried egg. We made 4 big pancakes (instead of 6) with this recipe.

Delicious!

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I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving was wonderful!

My husband & I hosted for the very first time, & thankfully everything went off without a hitch! The food was delicious & the company was awesome.

One of the best parts about hosting is that we have all the leftovers!

We had all of the traditional sides; stuffing, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes ,etc. I used this recipe for Crockpot Mashed Potatoes & they came out amazing! Everybody loved them, but there’s only so much mashed potato you can eat in one sitting. Especially when there are so many other yummy foods! Needless to say we have a considerable amount of mashed potatoes left.

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When I was younger my dad used to make potato pancakes with the leftover mashed potatoes from big family dinners. This morning I introduced my husband to this novel idea.

It’s very simple – mix in some cheese to your…

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