Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sweet Amish Macaroni Salad

I'm fascinated with the Amish.  I'm pretty sure I could live the Amish lifestyle without any problems.  Since my family wouldn't be so willing to change lifestyles, I guess I'll just have to stick with trying out a few recipes.  Not sure if this Sweet Amish Macaroni Salad is an authentic recipe, but it sure is tasty.  The first time I made it I shared it with a couple neighbors (it makes a ton!) and they told me it was the best macaroni salad they have ever eaten!

1 pound salad macaroni
4 hard cooked eggs, diced
1 small onion, diced
3 celery ribs, diced
1 small red pepper, diced

2 cups light mayonnaise (do not use Miracle Whip)
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
paprika for garnish

Cook the macaroni according to package directions, drain well and place in a large bowl to cool. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well.  Add eggs, pepper, onion and celery to the macaroni.  Stir in dressing and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Recipe from Food.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter Tomato Sauce

With summer just around the corner, this Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter Tomato Sauce is a perfect way to use up your fresh cherry tomatoes and basil.  It's no secret that I like love fresh basil.  I'm sold on pretty much anything that I can throw a little basil into.  If fresh basil wasn't enough, the sauce was.  The sauce is simple, just 5 ingredients! And it's delicious.  Anyone up for dinner in under 30 minutes?

2 (9 ounce) packages cheese ravioli
1/3 cup butter
2 cups cherry or pear tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cook the ravioli according to package directions. While the ravioli is cooking, melt the butter in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and add the tomatoes; cook until the tomatoes begin to soften and burst and the butter turns brown, about 7 minutes. Stir in the basil. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve over ravioli and sprinkle with Parmesan.
Recipe from Kevin & Amanda.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Unicorn Rainbow Birthday Party

For my little girls 6th birthday, she wanted a unicorn party. Since her favorite color is "rainbow", it ended up being a Unicorn Rainbow Party. She also loves anything sparkly, so I threw in a little sparkle and bling.

 At the end of every rainbow, is a pot of (chocolate) gold.

 Gumball cake made with Smooth as Silk Frosting

 Adorable Unicorn and Rainbow sugar cookies from Treats 4 Ta-tas.

 Chocolate covered Oreos

Chocolate covered marshmallows with bling sticks

 The girls made candy necklaces and decorated Unicorn horns.

The girls took home bags of gold (from the end of the rainbow) and colored candies.  The cute printables are from Just a little Sparkle.

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