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Cheesy Artichoke Breakfast Casserole

Sunday morning brunch is something our family looks forward to each week. This breakfast casserole recipe is super easy and has amazing flavor. Weekends are for relaxing and this really can be mixed up so easily and served to the masses. Heck, it is so easy I might even have the neighbors join us! The more the merrier, right?

cheesy artichoke breakfast casserole

Simple meal for the every day and holidays

Life gets super busy and I am always looking to slow down. This breakfast casserole recipe is great for simple living and enjoy each others’ company on the weekends.

And, with the holidays fast approaching this cheesy artichoke breakfast casserole is also perfect for Christmas morning. It can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you are ready to pop it in the oven. Christmas morning is hectic enough without having to worry about breakfast. Pop this casserole in the oven when you get up and it will be ready after all the presents are open.

This casserole has all of my favorite breakfast foods. Eggs, cheese, and artichokes. Serve this casserole with a side of hash browns. I love hash browns, extra crispy!

Everyone seems to enjoy a breakfast casserole! Experiment with it, add some other ingredients that you love. When I made this there really was not even a piece left in the baking dish. The family gobbled it right up! It can feed quite a few people too!

 

 

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Cheesy Artichoke Breakfast Casserole

Cheesy Artichoke Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 16 ounce container of cottage cheese
  • 2 cups of co jack cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 13 ounce can artichoke hearts
  • Garnish: sour cream and basil

Instructions

  1. Combine eggs, flour, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in cheese.
  3. In skillet, melt butter and saute onions with drained artichokes, as well as seasoning salt.
  4. Stir artichoke mixture into cheese mixture and blend well.
  5. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch glass baking dish.
  6. Bake uncovered at 350 for one hour until mixture is set and golden brown.
  7. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.
  8. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and fresh basil leaves.
  9. Makes 8 servings.
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Easy and delicious cheesy artichoke breakfast egg bake

 

I had to add a sprig or two of basil as a garnish to this breakfast casserole. We grew this basil in our garden this year. I was so excited to be able to harvest some fresh herbs and vegetables. Basil is one of my favorite ingredients to add flavor with. And, its color is the perfect shade of green.

 

savory artichoke egg bake recipe

 

farmhouse style artichoke egg bake

Doesn’t this just look so pretty? I am not a great cook by any means, so when I can plate up a meal that is both pretty and delicious…well this is a total win in my book.

 

farmhouse style artichoke egg bake recipe

 

Enjoy,

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Fresh Peach Berry Cobbler

Hey friends! Today I am sharing our recipe for fresh peach berry cobbler.

Our family made this and the cobbler was gone in an hour. It. Was. That. Good.

peach berry cobbler recipe

I was so delighted that this recipe went over like hot cakes with the family. I really don’t even think my husband got to have his own dish because the girls went crazy for it. And, yes…I do feed them on a regular basis.

The recipe is pretty simple to make which is what I am all about when it comes to baking and cooking. Simple and easy.

This cobbler is full of fresh peaches and blueberries. The blueberries were frozen from when we went blueberry picking. That was a fun family event.

Peach berry cobbler recipe

We have had amazing luck this season with our peach selection. They have been so sweet and juicy.

I always add some lemon juice over the top of my sliced peaches to keep them from browning.

If you were wondering what kitchen gadgets I used to make this cobbler, let me give you the list. Because I just can’t go without these items in the kitchen.

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Source list of kitchen essentials for my peach berry cobbler:

 

recipe for this melt in your mouth peach berry cobbler:

Fresh Peach Berry Cobbler by Dandelion Patina

Fresh Peach Berry Cobbler by Dandelion Patina

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • dash of vanilla
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted to sprinkle over batter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan, combine sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, and water.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick.
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Add the lemon juice, peach slices and blueberries along with a dash of vanilla.
  5. Turn the peach mixture into a greased 2 quart glass baking dish.
  6. Topping:
  7. Mix sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  8. Beat in milk and butter until smooth.
  9. Spoon the topping over fruit mixture. This will rise and spread as it bakes.
  10. Mix sugar and nutmeg
  11. Sprinkle over entire cobbler.
  12. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and serve in small dishes with a scoop of ice cream.
  14. Makes 6-8 servings.
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This peach berry cobbler recipe will melt in your mouth

This peach berry cobbler recipe is the perfect weekend dish for those cooler mornings. The house smelled heavenly. Plus, the kids can easily participate in the prep and baking process.

easy peach berry cobbler recipe

Doesn’t it look delicious? All that crispy sugar coating on the outside with the warm sweetness of the berries on the inside. Then, top off your bowl with vanilla ice cream and you have a winning dessert for the entire family!

peach berry cobbler with ice cream

 

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Other recipes you may want to try that I love:

Garden fresh bruschetta with basil and cilantro

 

super soup recipes

 

Enjoy,

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Garden Fresh Bruschetta

Who doesn’t like garden fresh? Garden fresh bruschetta is a summer time staple in our home. This is the first year we have had a garden in 6 years! Let me repeat that… 6 years. So, I am just giddy about walking out the back door of our home and picking what I need for this delicious summer time favorite!

And did I mention it is simple and easy?

garden fresh bruschetta with basil and cilantro

Our garden has done fabulous this season! I am quite surprised because we tried a different kind of raised bed.  I’m just love having fresh vegetables on hand. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love going down to the farmers market and strolling through the vendor tents. It is such a relaxing, simple way to start a weekend.

But, when I can enjoy a good cup of coffee while strolling through my garden in the morning sunlight. It doesn’t get better than that! Nothing beats growing your own veggies. Well, maybe a bit of retail therapy, but that is a whole other post.

Garden fresh bruschetta

I picked up an oven fresh garlic artisan loaf from the grocery store for my bruschetta. It smells amazing with big chunks of garlic. Yum! It is a challenge at times finding good bread in the grocery store. Luckily, there is also a specialty bakery that vendors at the farmers market on the weekends. I lucked out checking the grocery store at the last minute.

Doesn’t it look delicious? All that golden crusty goodness on the outside and softness on this inside.

fresh baked artisan garlic loaf bruschetta

 

Garden fresh bruschetta

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Kitchen essentials needed for garden fresh bruschetta:

And now, let’s get started with this easy peasy garden fresh recipe for bruschetta! Do I have you drooling yet?

Recipe:

Garden Fresh Bruschetta-Dandelion Patina

Garden Fresh Bruschetta-Dandelion Patina

Ingredients

  • Artisan garlic loaf or other specialty bread
  • Small Onion
  • Small bunch of Basil
  • Small bunch of Cilantro
  • Garden Fresh Tomatoes
  • Block of Parmesan Cheese
  • EVOO
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Dice tomatoes
  2. Dice onion
  3. Chop basil
  4. Chop cilantro
  5. Mix fresh garden ingredients in a mixing bowl to taste with EVOO
  6. Cut and toast bread
  7. Place bruschetta mixture on toasted bread
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. Grate cheese over the top
  10. Enjoy!
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Garden fresh bruschetta

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garden fresh bruschetta recipe

 

Garden fresh bruschetta with basil and cilantro

Oh, and I also shared a few pictures of the garden over on Instagram. Be sure to check it out!

Enjoy,

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5 Super Soups To Savor

Hey readers! There is nothing like a hearty bowl of soup during the chilly months of fall and winter. Today, I am sharing 5 of the best super soups you can cook up. These super soups will take melt away the cold weather chills and leave you warm and toasty. Soup is a weekly staple in our home and I am sure you will find that these recipes will become some of your favorites.

Super Soups to keep you warmed up and filled up this winter.

 

This is one of the super soups I have yet to try. Doesn’t it look amazing? Those chunks of delicious vegetables and creamy broth are begging me to try the recipe.

Super Soups to keep you warmed up and filled up this winter.
Paleo Zuppa Toscana | Just Us Four

Nothing beats some homemade chicken soup! It is my all time favorite and a cold weather staple in our home. The chunks of vegetables and spiral noodles make it a savory soup indeed. Oh, and those bowls!

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup | Tidbits

This sweet potato and black bean soup is so colorful. It might even be too pretty to eat? I see some cilantro there too. Yum.

Spicy Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Soup | Cooking on the Front Burner

Talk about sweet and savory, this super soup is a must eat! Some of my favorite ingredients of ham, corn, and potato.

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Slow Cooker Ham, Corn and Potato Soup| Sweet and Savory by Shinee

The last of the super soups is this beautiful bowl of chicken and rice. I am running to the pantry to pull out some super crackers for dipping right now!

What is your favorite chilly weather super soup? Chili is also one of my favorite soups/stews to savor during those cooler months.

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Chicken and Rice Soup | Cooking with Curls

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Super Soups Essentials:

 

 

Other recipes you may enjoy:

Garden fresh bruschetta with basil and cilantro

 

OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys via dandelionpatina.com #OREOCookieBalls

 

Enjoy your day,

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OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys

Oreo Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys

Let’s face it…cooking up that Thanksgiving meal for family and friends can be stressful! Am I right?

It can be a chaotic time with little kids running around looking for something to do.

They may have even asked that dreaded question a million times….

When are we gonna eat?

So, to keep their minds busy and fingers out of Grandma’s prize winning pumpkin pie…let’s have them make OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys!

Yay! Creative. Fun. Simple. Totally Adorbs!

OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys via dandelionpatina.com #OREOCookieBalls

Shopping tip:

I love to have the kiddos write down their own list for the ingredients on these turkeys. It keeps them busy while shopping for your Thanksgiving meal items and teaches them a bit about recipes, shopping, and money.

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Kitchen Essentials:

Recipe:

  • Start by placing your Golden OREO’s into the food processor and crush until the OREO’s are like cookie crumbs.
  • Mix in your softened cream cheese bar.

OREO cookie ball ingredients

Thanksgiving OREO Cookie Ball Turkeys

  • Use a cookie dough scoop or spoon to create 1 inch balls.
  • Roll these in your hands to form.

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  • Place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Place balls in freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Following directions on the baking chocolate package, melt and cover your OREO cookie balls.
  • Roll the balls in the crushed pretzels to cover completely.

OREO Cookie Ball Thanksgiving Pretzel Turkeys

  • Gather a few bowls for frosting the pretzel feathers.
  • Place cream cheese frosting into each bowl and add your food coloring gel. Mix well.
  • Take your pretzel sticks and swirl the tips in the colored frosting.
  • Then push the pretzel stick into the crushed pretzel ball body.

OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys via dandelionpatina.com

  • Take a peanut shell and make an indentation on the top of the ball.
  • At this point, create your turkey face with black writing gel for the eyes.
  • Then, cut small triangles from dried mango pieces for the beak and adhere to the peanut with the melted chocolate. Clean up edges with a toothpick.
  • Finally, add melted chocolate to the bottom of peanut and place inside the indentation previously made.
  • Once you have the desired amount of turkeys, place your cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 1 hour.

I served my turkeys with dark Belgian chocolate dessert cups on white cupcake pedestals.

 

OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys via dandelionpatina.com

 

Adorable, right? The kids might even eat their green beans now! Ha.

OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys for Thanksgiving via dandelionpatina.com

 

OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys for Thanksgiving via dandelionpatina.com

 

OREO Cookie Ball Turkeys with crushed pretzels. Salty and sweet goodness via dandelionpatina.com

 

And here is a printable recipe for you too! Just because I want this to be an easy and carefree fun time with the kiddos.

Make those memories and start a new tradition!

 

OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys

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OREO Cookie Ball Pretzel Turkeys

Such a fun and creative little snack for the kiddos. Created by: Dandelion Patina

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 pkg (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. MAKE IT!
  2. MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
  3. SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
  4. CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative embellishments
  5. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm
  6. Share and enjoy!

Notes

Optional Ingredients include:

Pretzels sticks for turkey feathers. Crushed pretzels for bodies. Shell peanuts for turkey bodies. Dried mangos for turkey beaks. Black writing gel for turkey eyes. Cream cheese frosting and food coloring gel for tail feathers.

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How do you bring creativity and imagination into your holidays?

 

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5 Autumn Apple Desserts

Hello friends!  Today, I am sharing 5 autumn apple desserts that I know you will enjoy! These desserts are mouth watering. I have a round up of desserts from apple muffins to apple chips.

 

I love the fall season! The crisp air, apple picking, hot cider sipping, comfy sweatshirts, and campfires are so enjoyable for me! Did I mention hay rides? You have got to check out our rustic hay bale lounger we created for our front porch last year. The kiddos had a blast! It was so easy to create. I know you will love it!

 

Let’s dig in!

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As a kid, I can remember visiting our local bakery and wanting the biggest apple fritter in the display case. These were the best of the best growing up! I haven’t had apple fritters in quite a while. I guess I am more worried about my waste line now than I was back then. So, when I saw these apple fritter cupcakes I thought hmmm, I can get away with eating a few. Right?

Apple Fritter Cupcakes | Kleinworth & Co.
Apple Fritter Cupcakes

When you get to use your fingers to eat, it doesn’t get better than that! This caramel apple pull apart bread looks so fun to eat. My kids would just love pulling apart all the layers and licking off that frosting. This is a must try recipe for sure.

Caramel Apple Pull-Apart Bread | Lemons for Lulu
Caramel Apple Pull-Apart Bread

I always seem to be disappointed with apple pie filling from the can. It just doesn’t seem fresh at all. So, when I saw this homemade apple pie filling I knew I would have to give it a try for my Thanksgiving apple pies! I am sure it will not disappoint. How cute is that mason jar? Need some of those….and a spoon.

Homemade Apple Pie Filling | Cincy Shopper
Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Ah, and the favorite fall treat for my kiddos are these old fashioned caramel apples. These bring back memories of melting the caramels on the stove and dipping our hand picked apples.

Old-Fashioned Kraft Caramel Apples | Totally the Bomb
Old-Fashioned Kraft Caramel Apples

I love using a dehydrator in the fall for apples. For me, these make the best little snacks to munch on.

Cinnamon Apple Chips | My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life
Cinnamon Apple Chips

What are your favorite autumn apple desserts or recipes?

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Essentials for Autumn Apple Desserts:

Other fall projects you may enjoy:

So creative! DIY half pumpkins used to create this pumpkin tiered tray. Perfect for your farmhouse style fall decorating by dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #pumpkins

 

Rustic Smores Station dandelionpatina.com

 

Enjoy your day,

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5 Fresh Fruit Popsicles

Today, I am sharing 5 fresh fruit popsicles with you. When fresh fruit is abundant during the warm weather months, these frozen treats will hit the spot. These are some of the most refreshing popsicles I have seen. I am looking forward to trying out each recipe with the kiddos.

Delicious fresh fruit popsicles ideas to keep you cool all summer long!

We have been attempting to grow our own blueberries in the backyard. Each year the blueberry plants grow bigger, producing more fruit than the previous year. Blueberries are a favorite in our home and this fresh fruit popsicle recipe looks delicious and healthy.

Homemade Blueberry Popsicles | Premeditated Leftovers
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Speaking of healthy, these fruit filled healthy popsicles remind me of the Fourth of July. My kids love a little surprise in their popsicles and fresh fruit is the way to go.

Healthy Fruit Popsicles | A Cultivated Nest
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Next up are these cherry bomb popsicles, how fun do these look? The little popsicle sticks are so fun!

Limoncello Cherry Bomb Popsicles | So Typical
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These OJ and strawberry popsicles look refreshing as well. I could have a couple for breakfast each morning.

Frozen Fruit Treats | ABC Creative Learning
sunny D and strawberry popcicles

My husband makes mango smoothies on a regular basis for the kids. Mangos are so tasty and combined with blueberries,  I think these fresh fruit popsicles would be a home run with the entire family. They look like a smoothie on a stick don’t they?

Blueberry Mango Popsicles | Better in Bulk
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Essentials for fresh fruit popsicles:

Here are a few other summer time recipes you might enjoy: 

Garden fresh bruschetta with basil and cilantro

 

Enjoy your day,

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White Velvet Cut Out Cookies

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 I have a secret to share with you!

I don’t bake.

I mean, not often.

But, I wanted to share this white velvet cookie recipe with you

this season because what is Christmas without baking?

This recipe is one that my family has been using for the last few years.

On Christmas Eve,we have a reindeer dinner.

We go all out with the reindeer plates, napkins, glasses, and even antlers.

My daughters love the themed party!

They strategically chose which reindeer they are going to be for the evening.

Each reindeer has a personality attached to its name

and special way of dancing or prancing.

white velvet christmas cookies

 The recipe has all the healthy ingredients that you would expect from white velvet cookies.

Butter.

Cream Cheese.

Shortening.

Cream.

christmas sugar cookies with frosting

Each year after leaving the Lepak house

Santa has to adjust that belt buckle.

And frankly, so do I.

As they say,

A moment on the lips.

Forever on the hips.

But, hey it’s Christmas!

We can worry about the hips in our New Year’s resolutions, right?

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White Velvet Cut Out Cookies

from: Dandelion Patina (print recipe)

 

COOKIES

2 C butter, softened

1-8 oz cream cheese, softened

2 C sugar

2 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla

4 ½ C flour

 

FROSTING

3 ½ C powdered sugar

1 Tbs shortening

3 Tbs butter, softened

½ tsp vanilla or desired extract flavor

3-4 Tbs milk or cream

 

Cookies: Cream butter, sugar, cream cheese until fluffy. Add egg yolks, vanilla. Gradually add flour until combined. Roll out and cut into desired shapes. Put on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

 

Frosting: Combine 1 ½ C powdered sugar, butter, shortening, vanilla, and 3 Tbs milk. Beat until fluffy (3 min). Add rest of powdered sugar and beat until fluffy and spreadable.

 

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sugar cookies with frosting

As part of our Christmas Eve traditional festivities,

we bake, all evening.

A special cookie cutter is used just for this occasion.

Can you guess what the shape our cookies are?

Ethiopia.

The cutter makes the perfect sized cookie for the best frosting with sprinkle creations!

Christmas cookie recipe

{Frosting and sprinkle creations brought to you by my daughters!}

 

Now, I have a special treat for you!

Hop over to all these great blogs below to find a recipe that temps those taste buds!

Then, stop back on Friday-

we will be having a party where you can add your favorite holiday cookie recipes.

I can’t wait to find some new goodies to try, even if I don’t bake that often!

 

Oh, and just one more thing before you go-

which is your favorite reindeer?

My daughters want to know!

I’m sharing this recipe over at:

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Thistlewood Farms

 

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