July 11, 2019

Grilled corn, avocado, tomato salad recipe

Corn on the cob is just coming into season and with sales we’ll be getting it for a great price! This recipe is a great way to make a hearty salad for not a lot of cash! You’ll grill the corn to give it a smoky flavor – mix it up with some avocado, tomatoes, olives and beans and it’s a flavorful salad that’s easy to make.


3 corn on the cobs, grilled

3 avocados, peeled, pitted, diced

2 tomatos, we used On the Vine tomatoes, diced

1 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup kalamata olives, diced

1/4 white wine vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon paprika


  1. Grill corn on the cob. Then cut corn off of cob. We used a fancy tool that I had from my Pampered Chef days that is an actual Corn Cob Kernel Cutter (say that three times fast) but I think a knife will work just as easily.
  2. In a small bowl whisk up the wine vinegar, olive oil, cumin and paprika.
  3. Lightly toss all the ingredients together. The avocados will get mushy – but don’t sweat it, they will still taste good! I think this would be extra special with some bacon sprinkled on top. You could also eat this like a salsa!

This salad is best eaten the day of – because the avocados and tomatos probably won’t sit well overnight in the fridge. The smoky flavor of the corn, with the smooth avocado and the saltiness of the olives makes for a yummy salad. Hope you like it!

Recipe adapted from Bobby Flay’s Crunchy Avocado salad 

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July 9, 2019

No Bake Desserts – 30 Easy and Delicious No Bake Dessert Recipes

I don’t know about you but the summer heat has me avoiding the OVEN like the plague. The other night I made brownies with my daughter and even though we waited until after dark, I couldn’t cool the house down. . . . despite having 3 fans going. 🙂

So I thought I’d put together a collection of No Bake Dessert recipes so we can have some mom-daughter bonding experiences in the kitchen (she loves baking!) but without the heat from the oven.

Here are 30 Easy and Delicious No Bake Dessert Recipes.
Let me know what you think!

No Bake Banana Dream Cake

No Bake Brownies

No Bake PB & Chocolate Oat Bars

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

No Bake Brownie Bake Cheesecake

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

No Bake Snickers Crunch Bars

No Bake Cookie Dough Truffles

No Bake Smores Crunch Bars

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Spice Mini Cheesecakes – my recipe! 🙂

No Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake

No Bake Coconut Cheesecake

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Unicorn Cookies

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

No Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars

No Bake Salted Caramel Cups

No Bake Browne Bottom Cheesecake

No Bake Turtle Cookies

No Bake Sweet Cereal Bars

No Bake Smores Cheesecake Bars

No Bake Strawberry Coconut Bars

No Bake Triple Berry Tart

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

No Bake Three Chocolate Cake

No Bake Cookie Dough Cheesecake

No Bake Coconut Cookies

No Bake Monster Cookie Balls

Do you have a favorite no-bake recipe? Please share it, we’d love to give it a try!

July 5, 2019

20 Pasta Salads to Try This Summer

I know, I know, summer’s not for a while yet… but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead! I’ve round up 20 simple recipes for pasta salads that are perfect for summer! No turning on your oven, these are easy to make and great for bringing for parties, barbecues, or just munching on at home.

While you’re at it, check out my recipes for Arugula Pasta Salad with Blue Cheese and Pecans here and Roasted Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad here! You can find all of my recipes here.

July 1, 2019

4th of July Recipes and Food Ideas


4th of July Recipes and Food Ideas

The 4th of July is just around the corner!  Here are some fun 4th of July food ideas and recipes to make your BBQ or celebration deliciously patriotic.

Independence Punch from Big Bear’s Wife

Fruit Infused Water from The Seasoned Mom

4th of July Brownie Bites from Creations by Kara

Patriotic Popcorn Crunch from This Mama Loves

Patriotic Trifle Bowl from Glued To My Crafts

Red, White & Blue Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches from Snappy Gourmet

American Flag Cheesecake from Grub Geek

Fourth of July Pudding Pops from The Grant Life

Patriotic 4th of July S’mores from Club Chica Circle

Lemonade Cake from bebe a la mode designs

American Flag Cake from All Recipes

Red, White & Cool Cubes from Parents

Red, White & Blue Fruit Tart from Mountain Mama Cooks

Red, White & Blue Star Cookie Towers from Bake at 350

Vanilla Bean Doughnuts from A Pumpkin & A Princess

July 4th Layered Drinks from In Katrina’s Kitchen

Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse from Foodiecrush

Red, White & Blue Funfetti Sandwich Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod

4th of July Sprite Drinks with Red, White & Blue Kool-Aid Cubes from Food, Family & Finds

Patriotic Polka Dot Milkshakes from Celebrations


Red, White & Blue Breakfast from Queen Bee Coupons


Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches from Queen Bee Coupons

Do you have a favorite 4th of July recipe? Or do you have a favorite 4th of July tradition?  Share them with us in the comments!

May 8, 2019

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Southwest-Quinoa-SaladSee this and other quinoa recipes on my Quinoa Pinterest board here.

Southwest Quinoa Salad

This is Quinoa Southwest Salad is probably my favorite, favorite quinoa salad. I could eat the whole bowl. I really could. The southwestern dressing and a bowl full of good stuff – I hope you like it too.


Quinoa, 1 cup
See how to cook quinoa in rice cooker

Feta, 1 Cup

Black beans, 1 can (15 oz)

Red or yellow pepper, diced small

Corn, 1 can (15 oz)

Spinach or some kind of greens (I like to use an arugula/green mix)

Red onion, diced very, very small


Fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup (I used two limes)

Red wine vinegar, 3 Tablespoons

Olive Oil 1/4 Cup

Cayenne powder, 1/4 teaspoon
This has a slight bite, if you want less, use less)

Cumin, 1 Tablespoon

Salt, 1/2 teaspoon

Pepper, a few dashes


1.) Cook quinoa. I like to cook my quinoa in a rice cooker. Don’t have a rice cooker? Cook on the stove top by bring 1 1/4 cup water or chicken broth to a boil (basically the ratio is 1 part quinoa to 1.25 part liquid). Add 1 Cup rinsed quinoa, give it a good stir, reduce heat to low and let it simmer for about 30-35 minutes.

2.) While your quinoa is simmering, make up your dressing by whisking together all dressing ingredients. In a separate bowl add black beans (rinsed, drained), corn (rinsed, drained), diced pepper, spinach and red onion.

3.) Allow quinoa to cool completely. Once cooled and right before serving, add all ingredients together in a large bowl and stir. If you want to make it ahead of time – I’d just add the lettuce and feta at the time of serving.



What is your favorite quinoa recipe? 

I’d love to hear what you think if you try any of these recipes! 

May 7, 2019

My grandma’s roll recipe, plus a time-saving tip

One way to save on bread and baked goods is to make them from scratch. I am not a baker. I’m not an expert. But I can bake one thing well, thanks to my Grandma. I’m going to share with you my Grandma Ramona’s roll recipe. She’s been baking these (and I’ve been eating them) for as long as I can remember. A staple at big family dinners, they are always a big hit.

I’m warning you – you can’t eat just one. I called my Grandma and asked her if I could post this recipe on the blog. She said sure. I warned her that Oprah might call her (because I know you check my blog daily, right Oprah!?) and I told Grandma that she could soon be famous once word gets out about her rolls. She just chuckled and said she had to get back to her card game with the ladies.

Disclaimer – I am so not a Martha Stewart. I will try my best to explain this recipe to you but I don’t even know all the proper lingo. 🙂 I think this might even be the first recipe I’ve ever posted on the blog – so there you go, good luck!



  • 2 eggs and water to equal 1 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups flour (my Grandma prefers Gold Medal, I use whatever is on sale)
  • 1/4 cup powdered milk
  • 2 teaspoons rounded yeast


  1. Add two eggs to a big measuring cup, add warm water until the level reaches 1 1/2 cups. Pour into bread machine.
  2. Add butter (I warm mine first), salt, sugar, flour and powdered milk to bread machine – in that order
  3. Make a well in the top of your ingredients and add your yeast
  4. Turn the bread machine on dough setting (this just makes the dough, it doesn’t bake it)
  5. My bread machine takes two hours. After dough is done, take it out of bread machine and set it on counter, cover and let rise for 30 minutes
  6. I spray olive oil instead my Pampered Chef stoneware pan (but you can use any pan, just butter or grease it first)
  7. Break the dough into small pieces and form them into balls. Make them smaller than you’d think – they will grow in the oven
  8. If you want, you can brush melted butter on top of your rolls, we don’t do this and they still turn out just fine
  9. Have your oven preheated to 350 degrees F. Put rolls in for 28 – 30 minutes. This could vary by oven or pan type – so just watch them closely after 25 minutes.
  10. Remove and cool. Enjoy.

Don’t have a bread machine? You could easily knead this by hand. How to do that, I don’t really know, I recommend consulting Google. 🙂 My grandma uses a bread machine, so that’s the way I do it. This is also the same dough recipe that my grandma uses for her amazing cinnamon rolls – that’s another post for another day.

Time saver tip – I actually measure out the dry ingredients ahead of time and put them in big gallon Ziploc bags. This way, I don’t have to haul out all the ingredients every time we want rolls. All I have to do is add my eggs and butter, dump in my bag of dry ingredients, throw in the yeast and push start on the bread machine. Big time saver and it makes it easy for my son to help out because he just dumps the bag in the bread machine and ta da – he’s made rolls. 🙂

For those of you that are visual learners, here you go:

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September 17, 2018

*LAST CHANCE!* 30% off Eat at Home meal plans, ends soon!

School has started and this is probably our busiest fall season yet. In year’s past we’ve been pretty chill about extracurricular activities in our house – but this year the kids are older and they wanted to do gymnastics, swimming and soccer. So our weekday evenings are a bit busier than we’re used to – and I can already see how the drive-thru or take-out seems tempting!

But I know that eating at home saves us a ton of money and it is healthier for my family – so I went on a hunt for a meal planning program that would help me organize my shopping list, pin-down my weekly dinner menu, and make dinner at home both EASY and ENJOYABLE! 

And I think I found it. Thank goodness! 

I’ve teamed up with Tiffany from Eat at Home to bring you the most amazing MEAL PLANNING RESOURCE saving you time, money and energy this fall. And of course – we have a special deal for you (more on that later). But first, let me tell you why I love it. 

The team at Eat at Home makes meal planning a breeze. It seriously could NOT be any easier. The recipes and the detailed (color-coded) shopping list are all in one place – everything is planned for you – making shopping, planning and prep an EASY, QUICK process.  You get to choose from the small plan (feeds 3-4 people) or the large plan (feeds 6-8 people).

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And no matter WHICH type of menu plan you opt to use, you get ALL OF THIS .  . . 

  • Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals
  • Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can too
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I love this – because I’m always changing my mind about what I want to be cooking. And I especially love that I get all the plans for one low price. 

I’m so sold on this plan that I’ll be preparing the meals for the Slow Cooker meal plan on Facebook LIVE for 9 am PDT this week! That’s right – for the first time ever – I’ll be live on the Queen Bee Facebook page preparing my dinners from the Eat at Home meal plan so you can see just how simple (and delicious) these meals are. Watch my live from Wednesday morning here – I whip up a batch of Slow Cooker Chicken Curry! 

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March 28, 2018

Spring Cupcake Designs – 6 Easy Spring and Easter cupcake designs

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Easter and spring cupcake designs

To celebrate spring (or the hope of spring soon?), I’m re-publishing my Spring Cupcakes designs, originally shared in 2013 . .

I’m not very good about decorating for holidays or going over the top with cutesy seasonal foods. But yesterday I had a wild hair and decided the kids and I should decorate cupcakes. I think it was the sunshine – it makes me do crazy things. I had fun getting creative with the kids trying to come up with fun easter cupcake designs for you. They are each 3 steps or less and EASY. We hope you enjoy them!

Step 1 – Your first step is make a batch of cupcakes. You can make them from scratch or make them from a box (like I did, there is only so much you can expect from a girl in one day).

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Baby Chick Cupcakes

1.) Frost it with yellow frosting (I used vanilla frosting with couple drops of food coloring)

2.) Dip in yellow coconut. To make colored coconut, put plain coconut in a Ziploc bag, add a couple drops of food coloring, close bag and mix it around until color coats coconut.

3.) Add two eyes. You can use dark colored candies, chocolate chips or I used frosting. Then add a beak. I used a Reeses Pieces.

I actually got this idea from my Parade magazine.

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