Easy Patriotic Bark

This easy patriotic bark is a great recipe to make with the kids or when you’re short on time before a big holiday barbecue! 

This fireworks inspired bark is a simple no bake dessert perfect to make with kids for any patriotic holiday. * How-to and video on GoodieGodmother.com

I really wanted to make a fireworks inspired dessert for 4th of July this year, and I had grand plans regarding cakes with hand painted details, or sugar cookies, cupcakes… something that required me turning on my oven and time that never actually materialized. Instead, I found myself wandering the aisles of my local craft store when I spotted some blue and red edible glitter sprinkles, and the idea for a “fireworks” bark was born! (more…)

Crispy Tofu Tacos

When everyone in the house kept walking past sneaking tofu bits BEFORE we assembled the crispy tofu tacos, I knew this vegan taco recipe was a winner!

Crispy Tofu Tacos - Vegan, but totally omnivore approved! Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Full disclosure, we made this recipe two weekends in a row once I decided to add it to the blog because there wasn’t enough tofu available to take pictures after the first round. This is how good we find these tacos. I feel the need to stress this because 1. I know some of you got this glazed look in your eyes when you read the word “tofu”, and 2. If you haven’t had particularly good tofu, you might be a bit wary of trying another recipe. I get it, but trust me, if the Godfather told me he’d gladly eat these whenever I make them, this is one tofu recipe worth making. (more…)

Boring Guacamole Recipe

Move along, folks. There’s nothing to see here… I’ll just take those chips, and that bowl of boring guacamole and sit quietly right over there…

Move along, folks. There's nothing to see here... I'll just take those chips, and that bowl of boring guacamole and sit quietly right over there... * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

For all the recipe experimentation I do, there are a few foods where I am a bit of a purist, and guacamole is one of them. It’s not that I don’t love to try different variations, but I always come back to my tried and true, my basic guacamole recipe. There’s no bacon, grilled anything, no extra steps, it would seem like a boring guacamole recipe to any “foodie” magazine, but this is my favorite way to enjoy guacamole. (more…)

Cake Batter Cream Cheese

Whip up the perfect cake batter cream cheese spread with ingredients you likely already have on hand! This recipe tastes like cake batter, but uses NO artificial flavoring. 

Cake Batter Cream Cheese - easy to make, and this recipe uses NO artificial extracts for flavor, but still tastes just like cake batter! * GoodieGodmother.com

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of getting together with a few blog friends to socialize, talk shop for about 5 minutes, and eat. In attendance were Meaghan (Cook Craft Love), Tara (An Aiming High Wife), and Erin (No Bohn’s About It). Since the get together was split between mine and Tara’s houses, I offered to make brunch for everyone, with Meaghan’s help, because she was staying with me for the weekend.

She requested cooking lessons while here, so I taught her how to make macarons, and how to make homemade bagels. After seeing the super popular popsugar video about rainbow bagels, we decided we needed to make them, only not using the bagel shop’s recipe, because I still wanted them to taste like actual bagels and have the “right” texture. I think they turned out pretty good, and Meaghan and I walked around with fantastically dyed hands for a day or so, so that was fun. I don’t think I’ll make those again, regular bagels are just fine with me, but I will make this cake batter cream cheese again for sure.  (more…)

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

Creamy, crunchy cilantro lime coleslaw has just the right hint of creamy with a touch of kick. This is a great recipe to pair with barbecue or bring to a potluck!

Creamy crunchy cilantro lime coleslaw makes a perfect side dish for your next bbq! * GoodieGodmother.com

I don’t know if it’s the Southern girl in me, or the picnic lover, or just the part of me that really likes the texture of crunchy vegetables mixed with the right amount of creamy dressing, but I cannot turn down a good slaw. And when circumstances line up where I need to bring a dish to a potluck, there are beautiful cabbages at the grocery store, and I happen to have extra cilantro and jalapenos at home, I get creative and make a cilantro lime coleslaw. Which turned out to be a perfect barbecue side dish, and has an unintended Texas twist! (more…)

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