National Food Days on Family Fun Friday

Welcome back to Family Fun Friday!  

Family Fun Friday is a great place to find lots of wonderful Family Fun ideas.  Whether your looking for Fun Family activities, homeschooling ideas, printables, recipes, parenting tips, or just an encouraging word, you’ll be sure to find it here.  

Last week we had over 200 links!  Where else can you find so many great Family Friendly posts in one location?  

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll check out some of our awesome bloggers and PIN, Tweet, share or leave them a word of encouragement before you go.

Now on to this week’s features…..National Food Days on Family Fun Friday!

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  1.   Unleavened Communion Bread by Recipes for Our Daily Bread seemed the perfect choice since it is Good Friday.  I love homemade communion bread and it’s not always easy to find a good recipe…believe me, I’ve tried.
  2.   Resurrection Story Cookies also by Recipes for Our Daily Bread.  I LOVE this idea!  Using these cookies to illustrate Christ’s resurrection to your family is an awesome idea!  It gives children a great picture of what Christ has done for us and she recommends having one BEFORE breakfast (of all things).  Again, illustrating the “sweetness” of Easter morning and God’s unmerited grace in our lives.
  3.  The Ultimate Grilled Cheese by Spoonful of Flavor in honor of National Grilled Cheese Day, which was last week….who knew?  This really is the ULTIMATE Grilled Cheese.
  4.   Cinnamon Bun Pancakes by Spoonful of Love…in honor of National Pancake Day…also last week!  Grill cheese and pancakes all in one week…that’s a great week!  Pancakes that taste like cinnamon buns and have glaze…WInner!
  5.   Cinnamon and Sugar Roasted Pecans by Belle of the Kitchen.  I always want some of these at fairs and now I can make them at home.  I can only imagine how good the house is going to smell while these are roasting!
  6.   Orange Fizz Smoothie by I Dig Pinterest.  I chose this for a couple of reasons.  First, it looks really refreshing.  Second, it’s “diet” and after eating all this other great food, I’m going to need something “low cal”.  She says it helps you to cut back without feeling like you’re missing out and I would agree. 

Please check out the other hosts…..

Carly at  Africa to America featuring Nature Activities

Stephanie at Everyday Family Living featuring DIY Projects

Monica at Happy and Blessed Home featuring Springtime Family Fun

 

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Honey Glazed Carrots

honey roasted carrots 013  It appears I’ve been posting A LOT of desserts lately!  I guess my “sweet tooth” must be working overtime.  I thought it might be time for something a little more “healthy” so I decided to make these Honey Glazed Carrots for dinner…and the blog.  

They were quick and easy.  No peeling and chopping is required.  They go in a very hot oven so cooking time is only about twenty minutes, depending on the size of your carrots. To go with these carrots,  I prepared pork chops on the griddle.  I used the griddle because the oven was WAY too hot for anything else.  Sweet always goes well with pork. 

Here’s the Recipe:

  • 2 lbs baby carrots with tops
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp block pepper
  • 2 Tbsp apple juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp water

Place a small roasting pan in oven and preheat to 500 degrees

Cut tops off carrots, leaving about 1 inch of green

honey roasted carrots 003 When pan and oven are preheated, remove pan

In hot pan stir together olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter

Add carrots, salt and pepper, tossing to coat

Bake 10 minutes

While carrots are baking, melt remaining butter in a small saucepan

Add apple juice, honey and water

Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium and cook about 5 minutes or until mixture is “syrupy”

honey roasted carrots 006 Drizzle syrup over carrots and toss to coat

Return to oven for about 5-7 minutes or until carrots are tender

*If you don’t have baby carrots just cut larger ones in half lengthwise and cook as directed

honey roasted carrots 015 I’m not sure any recipe with 3 tablespoons of butter can be called “healthy”… but they were good!

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Asiago Garlic Fingerling Potatoes

Asiago Garlic Finger Potatoes 049 I’ve seen Fingerling Potatoes around for a while now but had never tried them, mainly because they are expensive.  At Aldi, I usually buy a ten pound bag of regular potatoes for about $1.69.  At other grocery stores Fingerling Potatoes sell for over $3 for a one and a half pound bag.  It just didn’t make sense to me.  But last week while shopping, I saw these bags of cute little potatoes on sale…still about to walk by I noticed the “Buy One Get One Free” sign!  Now, I don’t know about you but anytime I see the “BOGO” sign, I always stop and check it out.  Even though it’s still more expensive than regular potatoes, I decided to go ahead and get them…I mean they were just so cute in that little bag.  

A couple of days later I decided it was time to try them for dinner.  That’s when I realized…I didn’t really know what to do with them.  I started searching internet recipes and almost every single one used fresh rosemary…which I didn’t have.  So, I went to Pinerest to look at pictures.  That’s when I ran across these….well, sort of.  I ran across several that looked really good and didn’t use rosemary. Some used Romano cheese…didn’t have that, some Provolone…none of that either, and finally some usuing Parmesan…perfect! I had that….or at least that’s what I thought!  

When I got out my block of “Parmesan” cheese I realized it wasn’t Parmesan at all….It was ASIAGO! Really?  I had already used it in a couple of other dishes and even purchased it thinking it was Parmesan…but it very clearly said Asiago!  Oh well, we liked the other dishes I made and no one had known the difference.  I figured I might as well try it on the potatoes. That’s how we ended up with Asiago Garlic Fingerling Potatoes.

Here’s the Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 lb bag Fingerling Potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Asiago cheese 
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Asiago Garlic Finger Potatoes 002 Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Line a jelly roll type pan with foil and spray foil with non stick spray

Wash potatoes thoroughly and allow to drain while mixing other ingredients

Asiago Garlic Finger Potatoes 007 Grate cheese finely and add garlic, salt and pepper

Stir to combine well

(I used a grater with smaller “holes” than what I normally use)

Asiago Garlic Finger Potatoes 004 Cut potatoes in half, length-wise

Asiago Garlic Finger Potatoes 008 Place potatoes in a large zip lock bag

Add cheese mixture and olive oil to bag

Shake until potatoes are well coated

Asiago Garlic Finger Potatoes 015 Arrange coated potatoes in a single layer, cut side down, on foil lined pan 

**Did I mention, spray the foil with non-stick spray?  Otherwise you’ll have a hard time getting your potatoes off without losing their crispy crust…although it can be (and may have been) scraped off by the “cook” and eaten without the knowledge of others

Placing the cut side on the foil allow them to crisp nicely.  After checking half way through baking I placed all the cut sides down so they would get more crispy   

Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes or until potatoes are tender but crispy on outside

Asiago Garlic Finger Potatoes 042         I didn’t cook them in a cast iron skillet, but if you have one big enough, you probably could

Asiago Garlic Finger Potatoes 036 These were a BIG hit….now I just have to wait for them to go on sale again!

Maybe if you try them with Parmesan you could let me know how it goes!

Asiago Garlic Fingerling Potatoes
Serves 5
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lb bag Fingerling Potatoes
  2. 2 cloves garlic - minced
  3. 1/2 cup finely grated Asiago cheese
  4. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  5. 1/4 tsp pepper
  6. 2 Tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a jelly roll type pan with foil and spray foil with non stick spray
  3. Wash potatoes thoroughly and allow to drain while mixing other ingredients
  4. Grate cheese finely and add garlic, salt and pepper
  5. Stir to combine well
  6. Cut potatoes in half, length-wise
  7. Place potatoes in a large zip lock bag
  8. Add cheese mixture and olive oil to bag
  9. Shake until potatoes are well coated
  10. Arrange coated potatoes in a single layer, cut side down, on foil lined pan
  11. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes or until potatoes are tender but crispy on outside
Notes
  1. I used a grater with smaller "holes" than what I normally use
  2. Placing the cut side of potatoes on the foil allows them to crisp nicely.
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Family Fun Friday Featuring Easter Desserts

Welcome to a new weekly feature….Family Fun Friday!

I love Family Fun Friday because it embodies all the things I love…Faith, Food, Family and Fun!  What is Family Fun Friday?  It’s a great place for bloggers to link up their Family Friendly ideas for parenting, marriage, organizing, homeschooling, activities, fun and FOOD.

That’s where I come in…Food!  

I love all things FOOD, and best of all “Family Friendly” food.  Sharing a meal with your family is so important and often in today’s culture gets pushed aside.  For centuries sharing a meal together has represented a covenant of peace.  It works the same way in families. Taking time out of our hectic schedules to share a meal together and renew the “covenant of peace” in our own family is vitally important.  My goal here at Family Friendly Friday is to feature recipes that are fun, easy and will encourage family togetherness.

Easter is a great time to start sharing family time around the table.  What better way to bring people together than dessert?  This weeks features are great Family Fun Friday Easter Desserts that everyone will love.

Easter Dessert Family Fun Friday

  1.  A Healthy Easter Treat by We Made That.  These yogurt cups are super cute, healthy and topped with Easter candy (That’s not the “healthy” part…that’s the fun part)  Kids will love these…and enjoy eating healthy!
  2. Toasted Coconut Brownies by Kleinworth & Co.  These caught my eye right away because they look Ah-Mazing!  So beautiful and elegant…but I read the recipe…EASY!  You can do it!
  3.  A Mother’s Shadow’s festive idea, Easter Pretzel Rods, can be a simple, easy snack or dessert.  They can be made ahead and used as a decorative element as well. I love “decorative” food!
  4. Eggs In A Nest by Sew Lah Tea Dough.  I love how she combines a few simple elements like cupcakes, fancy liners, chocolate frosting and Easter candy to make this adorable dessert.  
  5.  German chocolate cake is a favorite at our house, so when I saw these German Chocolate Cookie by Flavors by Four, I knew I had to include them.  What a great idea!  
  6.  Bird Nests by This Silly Girl’s Life.  I’ve seen cookies similar made with chow mein noodles but these use pretzels!  Just when I thought it couldn’t get much better than pretzels, chocolate and peanut butter I read on to find out they’re NO BAKE!  

For more of great posts from this week, check out Carly’s features at Africa to America, Monica’s at Happy and Blessed Home and Stephanie’s at Everyday Family Living

Thanks to all the great bloggers who linked up last week.  If you like something please PIN or share.  

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