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Herb Roasted Tomato and Brie Bruschetta

This morning, I was thinking forward to the weekend, anticipating spending time with friends and family. I like to be prepared with delicious bites whenever I am entertaining.  This bruschetta recipe is just in time for the weekend.  You'll be wanting one or two of these tasty bites as you unwind at the end of the week, kicking back with a glass of wine in hand. This Roasted Tomato and Brie Bruschetta appetizer is perfect for tomato season when fresh, locally grown tomatoes are available in abundance.  It is also yummy made with the cherry tomatoes you can purchase just about any time of year in your grocery store.  There is no need to wait for tomato season. A Favorite Appetizer-Roasted Tomato and Brie Bruschetta Roasted Tomato and Brie Bruschetta Yes, you can make this recipe any time of year with whatever tomatoes you can find that look ripe and delicious.  I wouldn't wait if I were you.    While I made my roasted tomatoes with cherry tomatoes, feel free to sub

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins with Walnuts

What do you do with bananas that get overripe before they get eaten?  For far too long, I threw those overripe bananas in the trash. I'm one of those people who likes to eat bananas that are firm and barely ripe.  Any brown spots signal that the bananas are getting too ripe for me. A while ago, I learned that bananas could easily be frozen and used in a multitude of recipes.  Just remove the skin and wrap each banana individually in plastic wrap.  Freeze them together in a plastic zip top bag.  So now when bananas start to brown they go into the freezer and wait for me to use them.  No more wasted bananas and you'll always have bananas for the yummy muffins on hand. Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins-Yum! Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins This recipe for chocolate chip banana muffins is one yummy way to use those frozen bananas.  It starts with my family's favorite banana bread recipe, with the addition of chocolate chips and walnuts. Make them for a weeke

Pesto Encrusted Beef Tenderloin

Do you have a special occasion on the horizon?  Are you planning a celebratory dinner, but don't want to spend all day in preparation?  This recipe for pesto encrusted beef tenderloin may be a perfect solution.  We had this dinner for one of our recent family birthday dinners.  It was delicious and relatively easy to make. Beef Tenderloin for a Special Occasion Pesto Encrusted Beef Tenderloin Beef tenderloin is an excellent choice for a special dinner because it is elegant, tasty, and doesn't require constant supervision while cooking.  You can brown the beef, get it prepared with the pesto coating, and set it aside until ready to cook.  The cook time is relatively short as well.  Don't worry if the beef is ready before you are ready to serve it.  The beef tastes just as delicious served at room temperature.   Pesto Encrusted Beef Tenderloin Printer Friendly Recipe 1 2-3 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

How to Grow Healthy, Happy Orchids in Your Home

Winter came through my neck of the woods with a blast this week, in spite of it being just a week until spring officially begins.  With frigid temperatures and snow piling up outside my window, I was happy to look around and see my orchids in bloom.  I love that orchids bring a bit of the tropics to my home during the height of the winter season.  That helps to chase the winter blues away. Seven Tips for How to Care for Orchids in Your Home A Reblooming Orchid In my opinion, orchids are one of the best values available in flowers and household plants.  You can buy a beautiful orchid full of buds and blooms for less than $20 at grocery stores and garden centers across the United States.  Those flowers will last for about three months of colorful beauty in your home and require minimal care. My Reblooming White Orchid When purchasing your orchid, choose a plant with just a couple of open blooms  and many closed buds. This orchid will give you many months of lovely

Cheesy Penne Pasta and Grilled Chicken

Do you love penne pasta tossed in a light Parmesan cream sauce, topped with grilled chicken?  I do. Today's recipe is just that.  It is inspired by the Penne Rustica we used to order at Romano's Macaroni Grill.   Hubby and I like to have afternoon movie and dinner dates, especially on winter weekends.   One of our local movie theaters used to be located near a Romano's Macaroni Grill.  I say, used to be near, because the Macaroni Grill closed. Now there are no Macaroni Grills in the state or in a reasonable proximity. Grilled Chicken with Penne Pasta and Parmesan Cream Sauce Grilled Chicken with Penne Pasta and Parmesan Cream Sauce Pin It For Later:  Cheesy Chicken Penne Pasta One of my favorite meals to order at the Macaroni Grill was the Penne Rustica.  As a result of the Macaroni Grille's closure, it has been a few years since I have been able to have my fix of Penne Rustica.  As a result, I made this Cheesy Penne Pasta and Grilled Chicken. This reci

No-Knead Bread with Herb Infused Dipping Oil

We try to limit our bread consumption in the Just One Donna house but haven't eliminated it entirely. When we do eat bread, we want it to be good bread.   Occasionally, I like a hearty bread, with a crunchy crust that tastes yummy with a herb-infused dipping oil.  That's when No Knead Bread is my choice. Make No-Knead Bread with My Yummy Dipping Oil Pin It for Later My No Knead Bread No-Knead Bread  became all the rage several years ago.  In case there are still some out there who are unaware of no knead bread, Mark Bittman and Jim Leahy introduced the world to this no-knead technique in 2006.  Check the video below for their demonstration of the no-knead method.  You'll see just how easy making this bread really is. It looks easy enough, right?  Start the night before you want to bake the bread by mixing together three cups of bread flour, 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of rapid rising yeast with 1 1/2 cups of water.  Just use a wooden spoon to

How to Make $1000 Without Really Trying

I am an online shopper.  I love the ease of shopping various sites for the products I want or need.  I love how easy it is to compare prices from one site to another.  I love how easy it is to find an obscure product that might not be available locally.  I love avoiding the frustration I feel when I go to a local store only to find the product I need is out of stock.  I love packages arriving at my door. How to Make Money Shopping Online with Ebates You Can Save Money Shopping Online Pin It for Later One thing I try to do every time I am shopping online is to first activate a cashback code for the shopping site from Ebates.com .  Have you heard of it?  If you are not using Ebates.com you are missing out.  When shopping at a store with an Ebates cashback code you will earn cashback on your purchase. The percentage amount you earn varies by store.  Periodically, Ebates runs promotions like Triple Cashback, too.  That way your cashback savings really add up. Start

Making the Best Hamburger Buns from Scratch

I've been making this recipe for hamburger buns in my bread machine since 2011.  Have you noticed how the hamburger buns in the grocery store have gotten smaller and smaller?  Making your own hamburger buns from scratch means you control the size and the quality.  Once you start making your own hamburger buns you won't want the buns from the grocery store ever again. How to Make Bread Machine Hamburger Buns Pin It for Later Homemade Hamburger Buns (Some of the links below are affiliate links.  I will earn a few pennies if you make a purchase using these links. Thank you! ) Making hamburger buns at home is easier than you may think, especially if you are using a bread machine.  I use my bread machine to prepare the dough for these hamburger buns using the dough setting. Once the dough is ready I shape it into rolls and then bake the rolls in the oven.  It couldn't be easier. All you need to do is add the ingredients to the bread machine in the order listed