Archive for June, 2013

21 of the Best Blogs Spotlighting Avocado Recipes

June 27th, 2013 by admin

Despite what many think, the avocado is a member of the fruit family. In fact, the fruit grows on trees and ripens much like another popular fruit – the apple. Avocadoes aren’t just a tasty addition to your dinners, they’re also packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, making it a nutritional powerhouse. For tasty ideas on how to incorporate avocadoes into your meals, take a look at these 21 blog posts.

Main Dish

Avocadoes are often used in dips and appetizers, however they work wonders in main dishes as well. This creamy fruit pairs well with pastas, soups and everything in between! These seven blog entries share several different main course recipes that feature avocado.

Salad

Summertime is the perfect time of year to serve salads for dinner, and creamy avocadoes are the wonderful addition to this crisp, cool meal. For several different takes on how to assemble the perfect summer salad, take a look at these seven blog articles.

Appetizer

Appetizers are a great way to incorporate avocadoes, and you can make everything from guacamole to hummus to mousse with them. The next time you’re having a gathering, try adding avocado into your spread. These seven blog posts find unique ways to incorporate avocado into different appetizers.

27 Blogs with Tons of Songs to Teach Your Kids to Sing

June 24th, 2013 by admin

Childhood is a time that’s filled with stories and songs. You undoubtedly can recall several songs from your childhood that made a lasting impression – songs that you likely will find yourself inadvertently humming or singing to your own child. Some are silly, some are thoughtful, but they all provide an irreplaceable memory. Remembering each and every lyric, however, may not come back to you quite as easily. These 27 blog posts are dedicated to popular childhood songs, complete with lyrics for each, so that you can pass on timeless favorites to your children – and maybe learn a new one along the way!

Road trip Songs

Face it; long car trips are boring for kids. What happens when kids get bored? They start bickering and fighting with each other, which is a scenario that isn’t good for even the most patient of parents. Singing your way through the miles with your kids can help  make the time fly and keep everyone in good spirits. These nine blog entries will provide a list of songs and lyrics for you to sing on your next car trip.

Campfire Songs

Whether you’re taking the kids camping or lighting a fire pit in the backyard, some campfire songs can liven the mood. Singing funny songs together will turn an ordinary night sitting around the fire into a special memory that the kids will treasure for years to come. Take a look at these nine blog articles to find the lyrics for some old favorites.

Camp Songs

Kids’ camps are notorious for their many camp songs, and most have a song for getting up in the mornings, going to bed at night and everything that happens in between. Even chores can become more enjoyable with the help of a catchy song. Check out these nine blog posts for a variety of camp songs, then pick out your favorites and share with your kids!

25 Blogs Featuring Copycat Recipes that You Can Make for Your Family Tonight

June 23rd, 2013 by admin

If you hate paying high prices for your favorite dishes when you go out to a restaurant, there may be a solution that allows you to enjoy these favorites without their hefty price tag. These 25 bloggers have spent a lot of time perfecting different recipes so that they are as close to the restaurant meals as possible. With these recipes you can recreate your favorite restaurant dishes from home, so you can enjoy them for a fraction of the cost. You’ll find soups, entrees, sides, beverages and desserts in the following blog recipes. Make these delicious dishes for your family tonight.

Soups

What could be better on a chilly day than a bowl of hot and steamy soup?  These recipes are simple to make and will hit all of the same flavor bells and whistles that you are used to when you order your favorite soup out.  The cool thing about making it yourself is that you get to eat all of the leftovers too!  Check out these five blog posts and try a new soup recipe with your family.

  1. Zuppa Toscana Soup {Olive Garden Copycat Recipe}
  2. Olive Garden Copycat {Chicken & Gnocchi Soup)
  3. Potato Cheese Soup (Ruby Tuesday Copycat Recipe)
  4. Copycat Bob Evans Cheddar Baked Potato Soup
  5. Panera Bread’s Copycat Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Entrée

Enjoy your favorite restaurant meal at home with these five simple recipes.  Remember, it’s very important to season everything well; most restaurant chefs use a lot of seasoning and salt in their dishes. Make everything from a batch of Applebee’s riblets to a Chili’s steak and loaded baked potato. Find these recipes and more on the next five blog entries.

  1. Honey BBQ Riblets
  2. Steak and Loaded Baked Potato
  3. Chicken Tacos (Café Rio Shredded Chicken Copycat Recipe)
  4. Tangy Jumbo Shrimp (Panda Express Copycat)
  5. Recipe Swap: Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches

Sides

Doll up any weeknight meal with a side dish from your family’s favorite restaurant.  How about adding cheddar bay biscuits to your menu to enjoy with some pot roast or meatloaf?  That’s the beauty of these copycat recipes, you can pick and choose what you want to fix and pair it with something totally different. The only bad thing is that you still have to do the dishes.

  1. Parmesan Creamed Spinach (Ruth’s Chris Creamed Spinach Copycat Recipe)
  2. Copycat Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits
  3. Egg Rolls (Copycat PF Chang’s)
  4. Stoney Puppy Copycat Recipe! (Stoney River Steakhouse)
  5. Copycat Recipe of Portillo’s Chopped Salad

Beverages

Tired of paying $5 for your morning latte?  Now you don’t have to! Instead, you can make it yourself right in your very own kitchen.  How about enjoying that fancy cocktail that you and your spouse experienced at that quaint little tavern?  You can make your own version of the Bye and Bye and enjoy it in your own back yard.  This drink is from a tavern by the same name in Portland, OR.

  1. The Bye and Bye (a Copycat Drink Recipe)
  2. 4 Copycat Starbuck’s Drink Recipes
  3. A&W Rootbeer
  4. Outback Margarita (Copycat)
  5. Summertime Copy Cat Drink Recipe: Taco Bell’s Limeade Sparkler

Dessert

Sometimes it’s better for your waistline if you have just one piece of a decadent dessert to enjoy, but if you’d like to have more, you might find your favorite restaurant dessert in these five blog posts.  Maybe it doesn’t have to be just a restaurant dessert, how about making your favorite Girl Scout cookie to enjoy during those months when you can’t buy them?  Check out these five blog articles and enjoy something tasty tonight.

  1. Cheesecake Factory  Carrot Cake Cheesecake Copycat Recipe
  2. Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
  3. Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Copycat Recipe
  4. Olive Garden’s Lemon Cream Cake! Copycat Recipe
  5. Copycat Samoa Girl Scout Cookies

Now that you have the recipes for these copycat favorites you can surprise your family with a restaurant night at home!

27 Blogs Illustrating How to Decorate Cookies for All Occasions

June 6th, 2013 by admin

With the wealth of different ways you can create cookies, it’s no wonder that no two cookies are ever the same. Even a basic sugar cookie recipe has the potential to be vastly different from another recipe bearing the same name. And the differences don’t stop there; decorating your sugar cookies opens up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to creating a cookie that is truly unique. These 27 blog entries are stocked with tutorials for decorating all sorts of ways, so your sugar cookies are never left without a fun and festive top coat again.

Spring

The signs of spring are plentiful, from budding flowers and butterflies to umbrellas and rain boots, there are endless ways to depict the coming of the new season. These nine blog posts explain how to perfectly capture the essence of spring as you decorate a batch of cookies.

  • Cherry Cookies Seeing cherry blossoms begin to bloom is a sure sign of spring, and these cookies with their cherries are a cute nod to the season.
  • Hydrangea Cookies This blogger uses brush embroidery to achieve these flower cookies.
  • All About Mom Mother’s Day Cookies Edible markers make it easy to decorate cookies with all of mom’s favorite things with minimal fuss.
  • Flower Cookies for Mom The flowers cookies you’ll find on this post are perfect for showing Mom you love her on Mother’s Day, as well as for celebrating the changing of the season.
  • Make Your Own Adorable Chickies Baby animals are always a sign that spring is upon us, and these cookies decorated with baby chicks are perfect for an Easter or other spring celebration.
  • Taking Flight You’ll learn how to create realistic looking butterflies for your cookies with the help of this post.
  • Pressed (for Time) Flowers The next time you find yourself pressed for time when it comes to decorating cookies, use this post as inspiration for quick flower cookies.
  • Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies Too cute for words, these bunny cookies are perfect for everything from an Alice in Wonderland themed party to an Easter celebration.
  • April Showers Bring May Flowers Sanding sugar gives these cookies a unique texture.

Father’s Day

It’s no secret that parents love homemade gifts the best, so this Father’s Day why not bake Dad a batch of tasty cookies instead of buying him another tie? To personalize the cookies, decorate them with something that you know Dad likes. For some inspiration, take a look at these nine blog articles.

Anytime

No matter what time of year it is, there’s always an occasion that calls for cookies. Whether it’s a sick friend in need of a pick-me-up or a shower for an expecting mother, cookies are the perfect way to show you care. The next nine blog posts are full of tutorials for cookies for any and all occasions.

25 Blogs Naming the Top Foods to Fix for Dad on Father’s Day

June 3rd, 2013 by admin

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so why not take that concept and run with it for Father’s Day this year by whipping up some tasty meals for Dad? To kick off Father’s Day on the right foot, start by serving Dad breakfast in bed. Then pack up some hearty sandwiches and make a day of it at a local park or lake. After a day of being outside, Dad is going to be really hungry, so grill up some delicious food and top off the evening with a decadent dessert. Finally, end the day by making Dad a manly cocktail to enjoy while watching his favorite sporting event on television.  Check out these 25 blog entries for help with recipes that would be perfect for Dad on Father’s Day.

Breakfast of Champions

Wake Dad up with a hearty meal of a steak and gravy open-faced sandwich or a grilled breakfast pizza.  After all, Father’s Day only comes once per year, and you want to treat your dad or your hubby like a king!  Let the kids help prepare the tray to take into Dad so that they can surprise him with breakfast in bed.  These five blog articles will help you come up with some manly breakfast ideas.

Super Sandwiches

Whip up one of these meaty sandwiches for lunch on Father’s Day.  Whether you are sitting around the pool or going for a hike, you can find a sandwich that is right for the activity.  These five blog posts feature sandwich recipes to get you started.

Great Grilling

For dinner, turn to the grill, where you can grill up something light or filling depending on how Dad is feeling.  After a day outside, Dad may be ready for a spicy steak off the grill. Take a look at these five blogs highlighting dishes that can be made on the grill.

Dazzling Desserts

No Father’s Day would be complete without a celebratory dessert recognizing the guest of honor.  If you have plenty of time, you may want to make the “steak” brownies for dad.  If dad would appreciate something on the lighter side, the fruit pizza might be a better option.  Check out these five blog entries to gather some Father’s Day dessert ideas.

Sensational Sippers

Let Dad kick back and relax on Father’s Day by making him a manly cocktail that is just as strong as he is.  For drink options, you can test out the recipes in these five blog posts.