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Honey Lemon Fruit Bowl

If there is a recipe that can get a Gold Medal every time, I would bet on a fruit bowl. I have never tasted a bad fruit bowl recipe, and here is the reason why. All you are doing is taking your favorite fruits and making a beautiful melody of color that is sure to captivate even the pickiest palates.

I make fruit bowls quite often. It’s a beautiful dish and it is packed full of nutrients. Very seldom do I add honey, I like the natural flavors of the berries and watermelon, but sometimes you just have to spruce it up.

The Preparation

When you cut the bottom of your watermelon, be careful not to cut too far inward.

This is a mistake I made from cutting too deep.

If you cut your watermelon too deep, don’t worry, just get some aluminum foil and cover the base. If you want to make it look festive add apples, and oranges around the base for a fruity watermelon platter.

This is what you want. Finely sliced off just a little bit.

Do you have an ice cream scooper? I learned through trial and error this is the best device for scooping watermelon. All you do is turn the scoop in, turn, and pull out. It takes maybe 10 minutes from beginning to end, and I have better control of how deep I scoop out the watermelon.

 

If you don’t have an ice cream scooper, use a metal spoon and make smaller scoops to make sure you don’t puncture the watermelon.

Choose your fruits

What are your favorite fruits? Pick your top two, and use them. I have used apples, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, mangos, the list goes on.

I had kiwis, grapes, and strawberries on hand.

But I must warn you, bananas don’t work so well. If you want to add bananas, wait until it’s time to serve.

Once you are finished preparing your fruit bowl, you can dive in and enjoy it right then. I usually have other recipes to whip up so I always chill for 30 minutes, but you DO NOT have to wait.

Our family Super Bowl Party. See the fruit bowl and the aluminum foil is at the base.

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Honey Lemon Fruit Bowl

Prep Time 30 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

  • 1 watermelon (any size)
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 cup black grapes
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup watermelon juice

Instructions
 

  • Cut your watermelon in half. Turn it over and cut a small piece from the bottom. It allows the watermelon to stand more sturdy. Turn back over and scoop out the watermelon. Use an ice cream scoop, it makes the process go a lot smoother.
  • Cut up your fruit and add to a bowl. Add a cup of your watermelon to the fruit bowl. Stir so all the fruit is mixed well. Pour into the watermelon.
  • In a separate bowl, mix your reserved watermelon juice, honey, and lemon juice together. and pour juice mixture over your fruit bowl. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Stir and serve.
  • Enjoy!
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Strawberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Cake

 

This recipe is easy to make and a family breakfast treat. Do you ever just want something flavorful and sweet but different for breakfast?

I used a loaf pan and it came out so beautiful!

I had some cream cheese leftover from another recipe and I whipped up an easy sweet little breakfast treat. The cake came out so soft and the cream cheese gave it a rich buttery flavor.

Make sure you put cream cheese pieces throughout the batter.

This recipe is flavorful with just the right amount of sweetness, this will be a quick family favorite that you will find yourself going to over and over again.

Add scrambled eggs, and some turkey bacon, don’t forget the side of fruit. This breakfast will be built for champions. 

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Cake

Ingredients
  

  • 2 packages of muffin mix any flavor, I used strawberry
  • 2 slices of cream cheese cut up into bite sizes
  • 11/2 cup of milk

Instructions
 

  • Grease a loaf pan
  • Mix ingredients on back of muffin mix
  • Add cream cheese bites into mixture, push cream cheese into mixture.
  • Add milk and stir.
  • Bake on 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  • Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes and you can go ahead and serve.

Notes

Push the cream cheese pieces into the mixture. I try and have pieces everywhere so each bite is yummy.
Enjoy!!!
The girls loved it with hot cocoa. I loved it with black coffee.
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Oven Fried Turkey Bacon

 

Oven Fried Turkey Bacon

So tasty and crunchyThis is an easy recipe that keeps the grease from popping on you and still have a crispy piece of turkey bacon

Equipment

  • 1 baking pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package of Turkey bacon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Line bacon on sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Flip over halfway
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Scrambled Eggs

 

Scrambled Eggs

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This is my go to easy scrambled egg recipe. I like to call this my fail proof plan.

Ingredients
  

  • 5 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 slice of butter

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil and butter in your pan on medium heat.
  • In a bowl mix your eggs and milk together until nice and creamy
  • Add mixture to pan and let cook for 45 seconds before stirring. I use a spatula and fold my eggs into each other. It allows the egg mixture to run into the pan and cook to my liking.
  • Cook for 5 minutes on medium

Notes

Note: I always use a cast-iron skillet for my eggs, it is something about the flavor a seasoned cast iron skillet gives your food.
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Fried Apples

This is a go-to recipe when you have a lot of apples on hand. Usually, around the holidays I make this quite a bit for the girls. They love to eat fried apples on biscuits, waffles, and pancakes.

There really is no right or wrong way to slice or cook the apples. For added texture, I leave the apple peel on and the girls love every bit of it.

Slice your apples any way you like. You can dice them or slice them as I do in the picture. Just make sure they aren’t too thin. If they are sliced too thinly they will break down to mush.

I cut the apples up into 1/2 pieces so the apple peel fries better.

It’s funny because when they eat an apple regularly, they act like they are choking to death. Isn’t it amazing what a little sugar can do?

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The sugar will turn caramel within minutes. Make sure to cut down to medium or medium-low, so you don’t get popped.

 

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Fried Apples

We all have had a few apples sitting around, and this is the perfect recipe when you want something sweet and warm in your tummy.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 apples sliced I keep my skin on
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • squeeze of lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a saucepan on medium-high
  • Squeeze lemon juice over cut-up apples. It stops the apples from turning brown.
  • Add apples to the pan, fry for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Turn heat to medium and add sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla to pan and keep stirring. The sugar will caramelize quickly.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes

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Oven Baked Pancakes

There comes a time in everyone’s life when you want the pancakes but not the hot greasy mess it takes to flip a flapjack. I for one don’t.

I want to share with you a quick and easy recipe that will have your pancake needs fixed fast. All you need is an oven and 25 minutes.

To make them use a 9×9 baking pan. It was the right thickness and I was able to feed a family of four. All you need is a spatula and some pancake syrup and breakfast is done.

I usually add fruit toppings to my pancakes, try strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and even a drizzle of honey will give your pancakes a nice sweet kick.

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Oven Baked Pancakes

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Have you ever wanted the pancakes but not the hassle? I have the easiest pancake recipe. All you need is a few minutes of prep time and a heated oven.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Equipment

  • I use a 9 X 9 square pan for mine. You can experiment with the size of your choice.

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups of pancake mix
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk I always substitute with milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Grease your pan with the oil of your choice
  • Mix pancake mix with milk and pour into pan
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes

Notes

Oven-baked pancakes are so delicious without pan-frying. I love to top mine with different fruits, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and honey. You can always take the traditional route and have warm syrup with butter.
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