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Cinnamon Quick Bread

This recipe for cinnamon quick bread is a keeper.  You are going to love it for the easy preparation, simple ingredients, and tasty flavor.   It makes a perfect pairing with your morning coffee or a tasty snack cake.  I'm confident once you make it you'll bake it over and over again. Cinnamon Quick Bread When I tell you this is simple and easy, I mean it.  I made this bread with my three-year-old granddaughter with success.  She loved eating it, too! It will take you about ten minutes to mix the ingredients by hand and fifty minutes to bake in the oven.  If you want to make it as a fresh breakfast treat, assemble the ingredients the night before, have the pan greased and ready to go, and you'll be able to serve the warm bread in about 90 minutes. I like to let this bread cool completely before cutting because it holds together best when cool.  The cinnamon bread is also delicious the next day so don't be afraid to bake it i

A Tasty Summer Pasta Salad

The heat of summer and the increased opportunity for casual outdoor eating begs for a pasta salad. Most people I know have their go-to favorite. Mine is this Italian Pasta Salad made with tri-color pasta. I love how colorful this pasta salad is to start. It is a feast for the eyes. Taste it and you'll realize your eyes did not deceive you. The flavors in this salad are a feast for your taste buds.  No boring salads are allowed on my table! My Italian Pasta Salad with Tri-Color Rotini This post contains affiliate links.  When you purchase through these links you help support the costs of publishing this blog. A Summer Pasta Salad Packed with Flavor I always make this Italian Pasta Salad with tri-color pasta because it adds to the visual appeal. You don't have to choose tri-color, but choose a pasta with some substance. I like rotini or bowtie pasta . You want a pasta with a surface that will absorb the flavor of the dressing. Choose colorful vegetables.  For tod

How to Turn Store-Bought Potato Salad from Blah to Amazing

Here's a time-saver for you just in time for summer cookouts.  When you need a quick potato salad, that ordinary store-bought potato salad you have in your refrigerator can go from blah to amazing in just a few minutes with just a few ingredients. There's no judgment here. We don't always have the time to make a potato salad from scratch. Sometimes it is just easier to stop by your local grocery store to pick up a container of the store-made potato salad. It's good. It's predictable.  It will do.  All it needs is a little doctoring. How to Make Store-Bought Potato Salad Better Take Your Potato Salad from Blah to AH-Mazing! What should you do if you want that store-bought potato salad to have a little more flavor? You're going to a potluck picnic or you are having people over for an impromptu barbecue and you'd like your potato salad to be a little special. There is no need to fret.  A quick trip to the grocery store will get you start

Swordfish Puttanesca Pasta Bowl

Pasta Puttanesca is one of those dishes that you either like or don't like. That's because the flavors are robust and in your face. I'm hoping you're a fan of big flavors.  For today's recipe, I'm making a pasta bowl with swordfish and green beans. This is a combination that is healthy and satisfying. If you make it, please post a picture on my Just One Donna Facebook page . Swordfish Puttanesca Pasta Bowl A Robust Swordfish Puttanesca Pasta Bowl Do you love olives?  This recipe is for you. You'll want to use a mix of flavorful olives like you can get from the deli at your grocery store.  I love a mixture of robust green and kalamata olives Do you love capers? This recipe is for you. Do you love a little heat in your food?  It's in here.  If you don't like heat leave the crushed red pepper out, or add a little more if you want more heat. Do you love swordfish?  Yep, it's in here, but if not, add shrimp or chicken. Finally, I've added fresh

Two Make Ahead Freezer Recipes

You might think from all the recipes you see posted on Just One Donna that cooking is my favorite thing to do.  I like to cook when I have the time to devote to my favorite recipes, but I have a lot going on in my life, and time to cook is often sacrificed. When I'm pressed for time, cooking frustrates me. Does this sound like you? I am committed to preparing as much of what we eat myself.  I believe that you should know what goes into the food you put in your body. That means that we seldom eat prepared foods and restaurant meals are only occasional.  This means that when I am pressed for time, I turn to my freezer.  The two meals you will always find in my freezer, ready to heat and serve, are my Italian Stuffed Peppers and my Easy Freezer Chicken Parmesan. Two Make Ahead Meals Your Family will Love Our Two Favorite Freezer Dinners Get the Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe:   Italian Stuffed Peppers Get the Chicken Parmesan Recipe:   Freezer Chicken Parmesan How

The Best Turkey Meatloaf

Meatloaf is definitely on my list of comfort foods and turkey meatloaf is no exception. For the longest time, I thought turkey meatloaf would be bland.  I was wrong. Give this turkey meatloaf recipe a try and I think you'll agree with me. My Favorite Turkey Meatloaf Recipe My Favorite Turkey Meatloaf My criteria for a perfect meatloaf recipe are: #1 The meatloaf must be easy to make.  This recipe is very easy to assemble. #2 The meatloaf must be moist and tender.  This recipe delivers. #3 The meatloaf must be good in a sandwich the next day. Yes, this recipe makes a yummy sandwich. In my mind, the keys to this meatloaf recipe's yumminess are the chopped onion, red pepper, and seasoned stuffing mix. There are other flavor enhancers, too, but the onion, pepper, and stuffing mix take the meatloaf over the top for flavor. I like to use Pepperidge Farm seasoned stuffing mix in a bag. Turkey Meatloaf Printer Friendly Recipe Serves 4 1 1/2 lbs ground tu

How to Make a Face Mask

This week I worked out a pattern for making a cloth face mask. This mask is easy to make and comfortable to wear. How to Make a Fabric Face Mask You can watch a video on my Facebook page or follow the steps below. The Materials List The highlighted links are affiliate links.  We receive compensation when you shop using these links. Here’s what you need per face mask: 1 piece of fabric 9” x 16” 2 -18” lengths of 1/4-3/8” bias tape, or ribbon, or elastic tape for the ties Straight pins Thread A needle if you’ll sew by hand A sewing machine if you have one Scissors Iron You want to choose a washable fabric with a close weave. I like using white, cotton sheet fabric, but choose a fabric with a print to make a fashion statement. Using a sewing machine makes the assembly quicker but you can make one completely by hand as long as you can sew a straight stitch. Step 1 Cut your fabric into a 9 x 16-inch rectangle. Fold the two short sides t