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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cranberry Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Is it getting to be too late to post pumpkin recipes? I sure hope not cause this is a really delicious one. While the original recipe called them bars, I found this more to be a cake. My reasoning was the cake was so moist that it was hard to cut it into actual bars and have them not get a little messy. Either way it is super tasty.

A quick note: I halved the recipes and baked it in a 8"x11" pan.

Pumpkin Cranberry Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes a 15"x10" pan


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 1/4 cups granulated sugar2 teaspoons baking powder3/4 teaspoon baking soda1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ground ginger1/8 teaspoon ground cloves1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree, not pie filling3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted3 large eggs1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract3/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped

2 8-ounce packages chilled cream cheese4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature2 cups powdered sugar1 heaping tablespoon grated orange pee…

Best Ever Sloppy Joes

Okay here we go folks. This is without a doubt the best recipe I have for Sloppy Joes which comes from my mom. Even better than the Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, which are convenient but I will admit, these just taste better. I love to add a slice of American cheese to my sandwich or if that doesn't strike your fancy, a tiny spoonful of of sour cream. For the purists, it is delicious just on its own.

Best Ever Sloppy Joes
Makes several

1 lb. ground beef1 medium onion1 Tbsp. mustard1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce1 Tbsp. sugar1 Tbsp. vinegar3/4 c. ketchup1 tsp. salt1/2 c. chopped green or red bell peppers1/2 c. chopped celery
1. Cook ground beef and chopped onion. Drain fat off meat. Add back to large pan. Add remaining ingredients. Mix. Reduce heat to low and cook 40 minutes. Serve with fresh bakery buns.

Recipe from my mom

Great Grandma's Famous Jimmy Cake

One of my favorite desserts of all time is a family recipe my mom has been making since.. well.. forever. If you are wondering, jimmies are chocolate sprinkles which are mixed into this moist cake, giving it a nice chocolate flavor which pairs well with the coffee in the cake.

Simple Summer Fruit Salad

I must admit that I have been making the same Marshmallow Fruit Salad recipe for my entire life. It is a classic and deeelish. For Easter, though, I wanted to branch out and try new recipes and this recipe for Simple Summer Fruit Salad from Real Mom Kitchen looked perfect. If you are on the hunt for a fruit salad recipe I recommend trying this one out.

One note would be to make it the day you are going to serve it and try to finish any leftovers the first day or so. I thought it tasted much better fresh. I would also add marshmallows next time around and play around with different flavors of jello pudding to add. Delicious!

Quick Summer Fruit Salad
Makes many servings

1 (5.1 oz) pkg vanilla instant pudding1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits with juice1 lb. fresh strawberries, quartered1 cup fresh blueberries (optional, I think marshmallows would be a yummy substitution)3 bananas, sliced
1. In a bowl combine the pudding mix and canned pineapple with the juice.  Stir until well blended and a…