Spinach, Bacon and Strawberry Salad

 Strawberry salads are a great summer salad.  They work as a side dish to any meal or as a light lunch!  The fresh strawberries with the bacon, in this Spinach, Bacon and Strawberry Salad will have you making this salad all the time.

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We went strawberry picking the other day with our little monkeys  It was great to get out as a family and stroll through the fields with our buckets and pick tasty little bites.  We are a strawberry loving family for sure!  If I get busy and don’t know what I’m going to make for dinner I will usually grab some frozen chicken sausage out of the freezer and cook that up for the boys and slice some fresh strawberries.  Not totally balanced but better than fast food, and tastes better too!  A common problem that people leave when they go strawberry picking is the need to find something to do with ALL THOSE STRAWBERRIES!  I think it’s the size of the buckets.  You sort of go into a strawberry picking zone and you just keep going down the rows and filling your bucket.  Then you find yourself driving home with 20 pounds of strawberries.  Maybe not 20 but close, let’s say 15.  :) [Read more...]

Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Stuffed Peppers #BrunchWeek

 Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers are amazing with the creamy cheesy flavors of the popular dip!

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We’re continuing on to day 2 of #BrunchWeek.  This year is being hosted by Terri of  Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen with 32 bloggers taking part.  That’s a lot of great brunch recipes making their way to you.  Brunch Week will be going through May 10th.  There are so many fantastic sponsors this year that donated pretty fantastic prizes for the giveaway.  Make sure to hurry on over to the giveaway and enter for you chance. [Read more...]

Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Spinach Artichoke Pasta

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Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Spinach Artichoke Pasta is crazy good!!!  I started out knowing that I wanted to make a shrimp and pasta dish but didn’t really know what I wanted to do beyond that.   Then I started thinking about spinach artichoke dip and I realized that’s what this dish needs.   Who doesn’t love that warm creamy dip?  It’s delicious and always goes fast when you make it for a party.

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Shrimp and pasta dishes usually come together pretty fast and so they’re great for busy nights when you just don’t have the energy or desire to be in the kitchen for long.  The shrimp is done in just 8 minutes and the pasta is too.  The longest part of making this dish is waiting for the water to boil!

Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Spinach Artichoke Pasta
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Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Spinach Artichoke Pasta comes together in just 15 minutes. It's a great way to have the ever popular dip for dinner too!
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Garlic Roasted Shrimp
  • 1 lb. of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
Spinach Artichoke Pasta
  • 12 oz. of Farfalle pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8.5 oz. can of artichokes hearts, chopped
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Roasted Garlic Shrimp
  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. line a baking sheet with foil
  3. toss shrimp, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder together
  4. spread shrimp out in an even layer and place in the oven
  5. roast for 8-10 min or until shrimp are cooked through
  6. remove to a plate to wait for pasta
Spinach Artichoke Pasta
  1. cook pasta according to directions on package
  2. in a large skillet heat olive oil over med heat
  3. add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until translucent
  4. stir in garlic and cook for 1-2 min
  5. add in artichokes and spinach (this may seem like a lot but it cooks WAY down)
  6. season with salt and pepper
  7. once the spinach has cooked down, stir in the Parmesan cheese
  8. add pasta to a large serving bowl
  9. add spinach mixture to the pasta and toss
  10. place the shrimp on top and serve


Spinach Pies

Spinach Pies

A little while back I talked about my cousin Melissa coming to visit.  She’s from my Mom’s side of the family.  While she was here I made her  we decided to make some Mamaw’s Rolls and Spinach Pies.   They are family recipes.  Today’s spinach pies aren’t the pies I made with Melissa, these are savory and her’s are sweet.   I really LOVED Melissa’s sweet spinach pies but thought I’d start with the more [Read more...]

15 Minute Jalapeno Spinach & Artichoke Dip

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Stacey just celebrated her birthday and I started thinking back to hanging out at her house, playing cards, drinking wine and snacking on delicious food.  She usually always had spinach artichoke dip!  It’s one of my all time favorites.  Thinking about it made me start to really crave some.  I couldn’t wait for everything to come together in the crock pot so I cheated and got it started on the stove.  I had to spice it up to help us warm up so I added some jalapeno in.

A lot of people get worried when they see jalapeno in a recipe.  I think it’s a great pepper for those that aren’t to big into heat.  The nice thing about them is that you can easily control the heat.  If you take out the seeds and the membranes of the peppers you will get the flavor without the spice, especially with all the dairy in this dip.  If you want to kick it up to a medium leave the seeds and membranes.  I found when I grew my own that the darker the jalapeno the more spicy they were.  I had some that were almost black, just about to turn red and they really hurt. The lighter the green color they milder they were.

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I added the red bell pepper in to bring in more color and make it the perfect Christmas appetizer but it really does add to the flavor.  I found myself scooping bites with the bell pepper so next time I may try it with more.  I’m heading to a white elephant Christmas party soon so maybe I’ll bring a batch of this to the party!

15 Minute Jalapeno Spinach & Artichoke Dip
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This Spinach & Artichoke dip is kicked up with jalapeno and made perfect for your Christmas party with red bell pepper!
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 10
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ¼ c onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced (remove the seeds and membrane to reduce the heat)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 10 oz. frozen, chopped spinach, defrosted and drained
  • 14 oz. can artichoke hears, chopped
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1½ c parmesan cheese, shredded
  1. preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. in a med saucepan heat olive oil over med heat
  3. add in onion, bell pepper, garlic and jalapeno and cook just until softened
  4. stir in cream cheese and sour cream and continue to stir until melted and smooth
  5. add in spinach, artichokes and 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
  6. season with salt and pepper to taste
  7. spray a casserole dish with cooking spray
  8. pour in dip and spread into an even layer
  9. top with remaining ½ c Parmesan cheese
  10. place into oven and cook for 5 min or until cheese is melted and bubbly