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May 7, 2013

Mothers Day Crafts: Lyric Painting

Mothers Day Craft: Lyric Painting

mothers day craft

If you are looking for some fun and easy Mothers day crafts then you should try this super cute Lyric Painting. It’s great because you can make something personal, and not spend a fortune doing it! I made this for my mom, using lyrics from her favorite song. Do you know which one it is ;)? This craft took about 10 minutes to make, and only cost about $3!Continue reading

Easter Recipe: Broccoli Cheddar Casserole from eMeals


Looking for a last minute recipe for Easter dinner? Well, look no further!

Try this easy, delicious Broccoli Cheddar Casserole recipe from eMeals:

  • 3 heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups crushed saltine crackers, divided
  • 10 oz can cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place broccoli and onion in a large Dutch oven.
  3. Add water to cover, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer 8 minutes, or until tender; drain well.
  5. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups cheese, 1 cup crushed crackers, soup, sour cream, egg, garlic, seasoned salt and pepper.
  6. Stir in broccoli mixture, and spoon into a 9×13-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  7. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese evenly over the top.
  8. Combine butter and remaining 1 cup crushed crackers; sprinkle over cheese.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly browned.

Sounds good, right? eMeals has this and 7 other recipes on their Easter menu, which is absolutely FREE to members. And right now, you can save 15% when you join by using the promo code BLISS13.

Make your Easter dinner complete with this recipe for Broccoli Cheddar Casserole from eMeals.

Simple Easter Recipes for Kids: Parfait

Simple Easter Recipes for Kids

Easter Parfait

Easter Parfait

I have three kids and I try my best to cook recipes that they can make. They are still little so the shorter the project the better. This Simple Easter Recipes for Kids was created by my children. They told me what they wanted to make for dessert and well we made it. I feel like cooking should be self directed and finding recipes that allow for creativity is key. This allows your child to problem solve and apply logical thinking strategies. This recipe is easily adapted for children of all abilities since it involves gathering the materials and combining them as the child sees fit.


We started out with as many peep options as possible I mean you need options right?

I think we were successful in our creation. I know that my daughter had a wonderful time using the items we had gathered to make her special dessert. I have to say she had a heavy hand with the sprinkle but who could blame her it sprinkles.

Check out our Easter page for cute $5 Easter Centerpieces and our other Easter projects!

I encourage you to get in the kitchen with your children and get cooking. You can make up your own simple easter recipes for kids or any theme  really. I find that the best memories I have with my children are the ones involving allowing them to be creative. Check out our cooking with kids series and cook up some love!

Recipes kids can make and memories we can take with us forever series share and inspire others today.


March 28, 2013

The Different Types of Ham

Types of Ham

With Easter right around the corner, a lot of people are wondering what kind of Ham they are going to be cooking for their Easter Feast!

So what is the difference between them different types of Ham? Check out this list of all the types of Ham there are, and what makes each of them different, and tasty!

  • Wet Cured Ham- Wet cured Ham is what you will usually find available in stores. This type of ham is created by submerging the ham in a salty brine solution or injecting the brine into the ham. Sometimes different spices or sugars are added according to the company that makes it. Wet Cured Ham is usually less salty than other hams, and are usually packaged fully or partially cooked.
  • Dry Cured Ham- In this category, the ham is rubbed all over with salt and then left to cure.The salt acts as a preservative and helps ward off bacteria. Dry-cured hams often contain sugar and other seasonings to balance the saltiness and contribute flavor. Dry cured hams are usually saltier in taste than wet cured ham.
  • Smoked Ham- A Smoked Ham refers to hams that  have been smoked. Hickory-smoked ham is the favorite, but you can also buy hams that have been smoked over pecan, apple wood, maple, cherry, oak and other hardwoods. Most Smoked Hams come fully cooked and ready to eat.
  • Country Ham-  All country hams are dry-cured, and most are smoked and un-cooked. Country Ham is extremely salty due to the preserving process. To reduce saltiness, country hams must be soaked for at least 24 hours in cool water, changing the water three or four times.
  • Spiral-Cut Ham – These fully cooked, wet-cured, smoked hams have been sliced using a special spiral slicing machine that cuts the ham in a continuous motion from top to bottom. The result is a ham that retains its full shape, though the slices can be simply removed.

Here are some of the specialty type of Hams:

  • Prosciutto -These salty hams have been dry-cured and aged but not smoked or cooked. The curing process kills any harmful bacteria, so they can be eaten without cooking. This type of ham has also been pressed, so the texture is firm, making it easy to cut into small slices.
  • Tasso – This is a  Cajun specialty Ham that  is cured, spiced heavily and then  smoked. Unlike traditional Ham, pieces of this  ham are usually taken from the shoulder. and is sold in chunks instead of whole hams. Tasso is mostly chopped and used as a seasoning in gumbo, jambalaya, stuffing, and other cajun cuisine.
  • IbericoIberico Ham is made from pigs that live in the acorn forests  in South and South West Spain.It is Wet cured and left to mature from 1-3 years!

Hams also come in different Cuts, here are they are:

  • Whole Hams- Whole Hams refers to hams that include the butt and shank cuts of the legs and usually weighs between 10-20 pounds.
  • Butt End- The Butt End of the Ham refers to the upper cut of the Hog’s hind leg. The butt end is meatier and contains more fat than the shank end of the whole ham and can be harder to carve due to the pelvic and hip bone.
  • Shank End- The Shank end of the Ham refers to the low cut of the Hog’s hind leg. It is less fatty and less meaty than the Butt End of the Ham. It is easier to carve, and is considered sweeter in taste then the Butt End of the Ham.
  • Center Ham Slice- This is also called the “Center Cut Ham Steak”. The center ham slice is cut from 1/2″-1″ thick and is sliced from the center of the ham. It is available cured or smoked, and is considered the best cut of Ham.


There you have it, the different types and cuts of Ham. Now you are ready to go cook your family an awesome Ham meal!

Check out these Ham Recipes:


Ham Butt Recipe

Slow Cooker Ham

March 28, 2013

Fun and Cheap Spring Break Staycation Ideas

Spring Break Staycation

Spring Break Staycation

It’s that time of year again – Spring Break. It’s the one week all school-age students have in the back of their minds once Christmas break is over, the one week during the spring semester that students get to be free. It’s fun for them…but what about for you, the parents? How do you keep your children entertained during their free week?

Here are some ideas to have a fun, relatively cheap Spring Break Staycation ideas that keep you close to home without boring the kiddos to tears:Continue reading