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Sharing our Weekly Meal Plan with make-ahead tips, freezer instructions, and ways make supper even easier!

Saturday: Easy Citrus Shrimp + House Salad + Mama’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake  with Fresh Berries + Perfect Whipped Cream(from Add a Pinch Cookbook, 10 Minutes)

Sunday: Skillet Steaks with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter + Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes  + House Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing (30 Minutes + Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker)

Monday: Cilantro Lime Shrimp Avocado Salad + Ice Cream Sandwiches (with Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream) (10 Minutes, Make Ahead)

Tuesday: Easy Barbacoa + Tortillas + Salsa + House Salad (Slow Cooker)

Wednesday: Leftovers or Eat Out

Thursday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches +Homemade BBQ Sauce  Coleslaw + Parmesan Zucchini Chips + Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (Slow Cooker, Make Ahead)

Friday: Grilled Chicken Fiesta Salad + Salsa + Easy Peach Cobbler + No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream (35 Minutes, Make Ahead)

MEAL PLAN TIPS:

Saturday:
Easy Citrus Shrimp: This shrimp recipe from the cookbook comes together in a snap and is perfect for an easy, breezy meal. Paired with a salad and homemade citrus vinaigrette dressing, it is simple, scrumptious, and just right! I’ll make the vinaigrette ahead earlier in the day and always love to have a large salad assembled for my family throughout the week.

Sunday:
Skillet Steaks : I enjoy a grilled steak so much, but there’s just something magical about this steak seared in a hot skillet! I like to season mine several hours before I’ll be cooking it to heighten the flavor of the steak.
Gorgonzola Herb Butter: I make this ahead and store it in the fridge until ready to top these hot, sizzling steaks. Please don’t skip this herbed butter – it’s an amazing final touch!

Monday:
Cilantro Lime Avocado Shrimp Salad: This is such an easy, tasty salad when the temps start to rise! We enjoy it often during the summer. It’s ready in minutes, but you could make the salad earlier, add the dressing ingredients and toss right before serving for supper. I’m planning to make this a sort of Leftover Makeover by having enough of my Easy Citrus Shrimp from Saturday’s supper to add to this scrumptious salad!
Ice Cream Sandwiches: You can make both the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and the No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream earlier in the day so you just have to assemble the sandwiches for dessert!

Tuesday:
Easy Barbacoa: This dish with it’s unmistakeable flavor is always a favorite – and it’s so easy. You can put everything in the slow cooker insert the night before, cover it in your fridge and put in the slow cooker in the morning. We plan to eat it with tortillas, some avocado slices and my Salsa. It’s also great in tacos, with rice or on a salad. It is great for leftovers and freezes well too!
Salsa (Restaurant Style): This is so fresh and takes only minutes to make, but I keep it in the fridge most of the time because my family loves it! I will make enough tonight though for a supper on Friday too! But if it gets eaten before then, it takes only minutes to make some more!

Thursday:
Pulled Pork Sandwiches: Let the slow cooker do all the hard work for you. You can easily put everything into the slow cooker insert the evening before and refrigerate. Then, in the morning, just remove from the refrigerator and place into the slow cooker, set the timer and go! So easy and delicious!
Homemade BBQ Sauce: This is one of the easiest – and most delicious – bbq sauces ever! Ready in minutes and great to keep on hand in the refrigerator too!
Coleslaw: This coleslaw comes together in a snap, but is also a great make-ahead side dish too.

Friday:
Grilled Chicken Fiesta Salad: Get ready to excite the taste buds with this salad! Ever since I first made this, it’s been requested repeatedly at my house! It comes together quickly, but I will have my Salsa made ahead.
Easy Peach Cobbler: What a simple, scrumptious dessert! Make with ripe, juicy fresh peaches (if available in your area now) or use canned ones or frozen peaches you’ve thawed in the fridge (what I’ll be doing). Enjoy with a scoop of No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream on top. Delicious and such a perfect summer dessert!

Have a great week!

Robyn xo

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An easy recipe for vanilla cupcakes topped with a delicious chocolate buttercream frosting. They make the perfect cupcakes for every occasion!

Through the years, I have made so many cupcakes for children’s parties, birthdays, and any number of other get togethers. I can’t even begin to imagine how many I have baked and frosted!

There are two cupcake recipes that I turn to time and again for any number of occasions: my chocolate cupcakes and these vanilla cupcakes. Both are essential cupcake recipes that are so simple to make and absolutely scrumptious! (more…)

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Chicken Parmesan Recipe – Crispy parmesan crusted chicken breasts are topped with marinara sauce and cheeses for an easy, classic Italian favorite. Ready in 30 minutes!

Classic Chicken Parmesan is always a favorite Italian dish to order in restaurants. While I love to order it when I visit that restaurant, I’d much rather make this easy, delicious dish at home. That parmesan coated chicken combined with the savory sauce is definitely the star attraction in this recipe in my house!

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Planning a Trip to Europe: Tips for planning your trip to Europe including reservations, flight essentials, and more!

Paris, France

Hey y’all, I’m Kat – Robyn’s niece and Add A Pinch Brand Manager. My husband, Joe, and I took a trip to Europe in December and spent 3 days in Ireland, 3 days in London, and 4 days in Paris. We thought it would be fun to take you along on the journey with us and share tips we discovered, as well as our top must-do’s in each place!

Since we had limited time in each place, we did a lot of planning ahead to maximize our time.  I thought for anyone considering a trip soon that it might be helpful to share!

Reservations

We spent a while trying to figure out the best way to book the trip. There were a lot of moving pieces, so booking everything separately made sense, but gosh that is so hard to do! We also wanted the best deal we could find and usually booking all together is a better deal, but trying to find a package that fits all your needs is difficult, too. My husband stumbled upon a website called TripMasters that offers packages but also gives you the option to choose your destination, how to get to each one, how long you want to stay, then generates an itinerary for you! From there you can change your airline, flight times, hotels, trains, everything to your preference, and it adjusts your price accordingly! And let me tell you, the price was GOOD! We seriously couldn’t believe it was real and not a scam so we did a lot of research. It had good ratings on the Better Business Bureau and Trip Advisor so we decided to go for it. I will say that anyone using TripMasters needs to do their own research, as well, so you’re educated and get the most for your money.

I spent time researching which areas we wanted to stay in each city and it allowed me to filter on hotels based off those. When I found a hotel I liked, I would Google it to make sure it had good reviews on sites like Expedia and  to check pictures of our room choice, too. It was incredibly user-friendly and allowed us to tailor our trip exactly to our preferences. After booking, we received confirmation numbers for our flights so I could use my Delta app to check in and choose our seats, although you can manage all of that on the TripMasters app or website, too. They handled everything with the hotels and all we had to do was show up! We were able to track our itinerary that included literally all the information we needed on the app, even down to hotel addresses. We had an awesome experience with TripMasters and I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Europe. But, remember to do your own research, too so you’re completely satisfied!

Travel Times

One of my biggest tips for traveling to Europe, especially for a shorter trip, would be to fly overnight. Because most of Europe is several hours ahead of us here in Georgia, if you leave around 9PM and fly for 6 to 10 hours, it will be morning when you land, giving you the entire day to explore. It turns a travel day into travel night, giving you more time on your trip! You’ll be tired and probably a little jet lagged, but your excitement will likely win out over sleep like ours did and if  it doesn’t, then hey, stop for a nap! 

Flight Essentials

If you’re anything like me, sleeping on a plane isn’t easy at all, but my husband could just about fall asleep anywhere. I found a couple of things that made the long flight and sleeping on a plane possible. First is a neck pillow. They will give you one on the plane but it’s no thicker than a piece of paper and you don’t want a crick in your neck!

I know they’re expensive, but the Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones saved my life on the flights. They’re my husband’s and I always gave him a hard time for wearing them, but my goodness, they’re incredible! While attempting to sleep, I would just turn them on and connect to my phone and play  music, just so all the background noise of the plane was tuned out. If you can get your hands on a pair, I would 100% pack them! I can’t say I slept the whole flight (Joe did) or that it was my best night of sleep but these, combined with some Melatonin, really helped, and I am so glad we flew overnight!  It allowed us to maximize our time when we landed!

Westminster Abbey

Traveling Safety

When traveling abroad, it’s always important to be cautious and aware of what’s happening in the countries you’re visiting. While we were traveling, there were riots going on in France. We checked the US Embassy website for the travel advisories and registered that we were in the country. The Embassy then would reach out in the case of emergency and would provide safety updates and the areas to avoid. We also monitored their updates on social media while we were there. It provided peace of mind and allowed us to enjoy our trip safely! Another important tip we learned is to take pictures of your passports and send them to someone in the US in the event that something happened to yours and you needed a copy!

Currency Exchange

We decide we should have cash with us, but didn’t want to convert while we were there because of the conversion fees that ATMs charge. Joe called our bank, assuming that it would be the cheapest to have them order it for us. The teller actually told him about a place called Travelex that was cheaper. They’re located in airports and major cities and you can even order your currency online for store pick up or you can have it delivered straight to your door. One of the coolest parts is that if you come home with leftover currency, you can visit a location and they will convert it back to dollars for free with your receipt!

Phone Use

We were a little concerned about using our phones while we were gone and had heard that the cheapest way was to buy a SIM card at the airport when you land. For those of you technology challenged like me, that sounded like a scary thing to try that would probably go wrong if I was doing it. So we did a little research and if you have Verizon, they’ve made using your phone abroad so simple. They have a plan called TravelPass that costs $10 a day for unlimited data for the days you’re using the device while in another country. The best part, you just have to text ‘Travel’ to 4004 and it automatically activates your device, but you will not be charged unless data is being used. While we were trying to be financially savvy, we activated both devices in the event we needed both.  We didn’t turn Joe’s phone off airplane mode for a lot of the trip and he would just connect to Wifi. It was so great, because we could use LTE one day then have it off the next with no charge! So easy to do and surprisingly. very user-friendly.

Cliffs of Moher

Trip Notes

Since we only had limited time at each destination, we did A LOT of planning beforehand so we could make sure we were able to see and do everything we wanted to. Joe started adding these to notes on his laptop till we had full pages for each stop. If you have Apple devices, you can actually add people to your notes so they have access, too. He added me to his notes and we were both able to add things as we researched or someone gave a recommendation. It made planning our days so much simpler! Even when Joe’s phone was on airplane mode, he still had access and would add little check marks after we would knock something off the list.

Planning is so important to maximize your time and this made it so easy to do!

I hope these tips help you make the most of your trip and I can’t wait to share my packing tips with you next week!

Kat

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream is one of those recipes that makes memories as well as a great dish! Made of six simple ingredients, this homemade vanilla ice cream recipe is as easy as delicious!

Homemade vanilla ice cream is pretty hard to beat. At least in Little Buddy’s book. It’s his favorite. No elaborate Coffee Almond Fudge or even that Brownie, Butterfinger Chunk I’ve been thinking about since last week.

It’s so easy to make. Six essential ingredients for the ice cream itself, along with ice and ice cream salt if you are using a traditional ice cream churn.

This recipe makes the old fashioned ice cream like that we’d make when I was growing up. You know the kind where everyone would gather around outside while the ice cream churn was being setup. Grandmother would bring out the container she’d filled with all of the ingredients and then Granddaddy would slide it into place in the ice cream churn, fill it halfway with ice, a layer of rock salt, more ice, more rock salt, a little more ice and then cover it with a towel while it churned away. He always said the towel helped to keep the churn cool. I’m not so sure, but I can tell you I wasn’t one to question the ice cream making process. Especially because I knew how delicious it would be when it was ready.

This recipe calls for using two eggs in the ice cream base. Even though Grandmother would simply use eggs from her own chickens or fresh from the grocery store, I would recommend making sure to use pasteurized eggs in the shell. This is especially important if you are serving to infants, older people or those with a compromised immune system, or to large groups. You can find pasteurized eggs in the shell in the dairy section of most grocery stores or ask your grocery store to assist you in finding them. If you enjoy the creaminess that comes from homemade ice cream with eggs, but would like to use the eggs that you have on hand, I highly recommend this Old Fashioned Homemade Ice Cream Recipe where there is a cooked custard base where the egg base is cooked to a temperature of 165º F.

Okay, so here’s my Grandparent’s recipe for their traditional homemade vanilla ice cream. It’s a keeper!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream is one of those recipes that makes memories as well as a great dish! Made of six simple ingredients, this homemade vanilla ice cream recipe is as easy as delicious!

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups half and half
  • pinch of salt
  1. Combine all ingredients and pour into container of ice cream maker.
  2. Make according to ice cream maker directions.
  3. Remove from churn and serve immediately or freeze until ready to serve.

This recipe calls for using two eggs in the ice cream base. Even though Grandmother would simply use eggs from her own chickens or fresh from the grocery store, I would recommend making sure to use pasteurized eggs in the shell. This is especially important if you are serving to infants, older people or those with a compromised immune system, or to large groups. You can find pasteurized eggs in the shell in the dairy section of most grocery stores or ask your grocery store to assist you in finding them.

If you enjoy the creaminess that comes from homemade ice cream with eggs, but would like to use the eggs that you have on hand, I highly recommend this Old Fashioned Homemade Ice Cream Recipe where there is a cooked custard base where the egg base is cooked to a temperature of 165º F. 

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

If you need an easy homemade vanilla ice cream recipe without eggs or without an ice cream churn, you will love my No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream recipe. 

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Sharing our Weekly Meal Plan with make-ahead tips, freezer instructions, and ways make supper even easier!

Saturday: Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip, Grilled Chicken made with Best Grilled Chicken Marinade,  Southern Potato SaladColeslaw, Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream (Make Ahead)

Sunday:  Beef TenderloinPerfect Baked Potato with Potato Bar Fixings, House Salad with Homemade Dressings, Best Chocolate Cake Ever  (Make Ahead for Mother’s Day)

Monday: Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with Strawberries  (Leftover Makeover)

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday:  Easy Pepper Steak with Rice + Cream Cheese Poundcake, Strawberries and Perfect Whipped Cream (Slow Cooker, Add a Pinch Cookbook)

Thursday:  Skinny Orange Chicken +BroccoliFresh Pineapple Sorbet (30 Minutes, Make Ahead)

Friday:  Family night out

MEAL PLAN TIPS:

Saturday:
This weekend, we will enjoy time together and  some of our family favorite recipes for some casual suppers.
Grilled Chicken: I will have my Grilled Chicken Marinade made ahead and our chicken marinating for the best, most delicious and juicy chicken! I’m grilling a couple of extra chicken breasts for lunches or meals later this week.
Southern Potato Salad: Make the potato salad the night before and refrigerate – so scrumptious and easy.
Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream: This creamy delicious custard style ice cream is perfect for this weekend! Make it ahead if you wish and keep in the freezer until ready to serve!
So today just grill the chicken, make the Coleslaw and set the table. Hopefully, I will get done in time to relax a few minutes with a cold glass of fresh lemonade!

Sunday:
Beef Tenderloin: You can season this at least one hour before cooking or up to overnight. You can also prepare it even more ahead of time if you like. Be sure to keep your wrapped beef tenderloin on a baking sheet in the refrigerator. We love this for holidays and special occasions – so delicious!
Perfect Baked Potato: You can certainly bake these ahead if you wish. I will fix crispy bacon, shred cheeses and other toppings and put each in containers to just pop out of the fridge when supper is ready to serve.
House Salad with homemade dressings: I will have the dressing pre-made and labeled in the refrigerator. All I’ll have to do right before serving is add the amount of olive oil in each recipe, give them a hearty shaking and serve.

Monday: 
Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with Strawberries: After all the cooking this weekend, I planned for a night with a delicious leftover makeover with this juicy delicious salad. I’ve grilled the chicken ahead on Saturday and the dressing is such a quick and easy one to make ahead or right before you serve the salad.

Wednesday:
Easy Pepper Steak: Tonight’s scrumptious supper has been a family favorite for many years and is now a favorite in my Add a Pinch Cookbook as well!
I have already prepped all of the veggies in the recipe and stored them in one freezer-safe zip top bag. In a second bag, I’ve added the slices of beef, along with the seasonings and mixed these together to coat the meat well. Then, I added the sealed first and second bags into a third bag so that both are in one marked bag in the freezer!
I’ll pull the bag out on Tuesday night to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, Wednesday morning, I’ll pop it all into the slow cooker before I get busy for the day! Supper’s easy and the house smells divine when everyone gets home and ready to eat!

Thursday:
Skinny Orange Chicken: Orange Chicken has always been a dish I loved to order from a favorite Chinese restaurant. I developed this recipe to make at home so that it’s lighter, fresher and even more delicious!
It’s so easy to go ahead and make the sauce for this dish. Sometimes I cut up my chicken breasts and pop back in fridge until ready to cook. I love this fresh take on this popular take out dish – and I certainly don’t want take out after eating this!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms!

Have a great week!

Robyn xo

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This Classic Peach Pie Recipe is an easy favorite pie recipe! Made with a homemade lattice-topped double crust and filled with delicious peaches!

Juicy ripe peaches are a summer favorite in my house!  I stalk the farmer’s market in the summer until the fresh peaches appear. Once I gather my bounty of fresh peaches to take home, it’s exciting to begin making so many delicious peach recipes. But I am most eager to make this Classic Peach Pie recipe that’s been in my family for generations! This is such a simple, yet scrumptious pie recipe and makes the best peach pie!

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Happy Thursday, friends!

With Mother’s Day this weekend, I have been thinking of some of my favorite memories with my Mother and many involve us baking together.

To celebrate all the incredible mothers like mine, we decided to do a very special giveaway. We are gifting you and someone special of your choosing, each a KitchenAid Mixer! Yes, one for EACH of you! Yay!

I have SO many recipes, way too many to count, where this bad boy comes in handy such as my Best White Cake, Lemon Pound Cake, even to shred chicken for my Chicken Salad with Grapes, my Best Chewy Sugar Cookies, and so many more.

I promise it is amazing! And it sure is pretty, isn’t it!?

To Enter

Comment on this blog post telling me about the person you’d love to give the second mixer – your Mom, aunt, wife, daughter, special friend?

Follow @ADDAPINCH on Instagram. Like the Giveaway Instagram post and tag two friends in the comments.

For bonus entries, subscribe to our channel on YouTube so you never miss a new video!

Details

Giveaway ends Friday, May 10 at 11:59 PM eastern. Winners will be selected randomly and announced on Saturday, May 11.

Giveaway sponsored by Add a Pinch.

Love ya!
Robyn xo

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Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries and Avocado Recipe – This simple grilled chicken salad is made with fresh spinach, sweet berries and creamy avocado, then tossed with a quick balsamic dressing. Ready in 30 minutes!

Grilled chicken salad makes a delicious, versatile meal perfect for serving throughout the week or even when entertaining on the weekends. This Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries and Avocado is a juicy and delicious recipe that we enjoy! I love to make a large batch of grilled chicken on the weekends to use throughout the week in recipes, but have included my quick tips for cooking chicken on the stovetop using a grill pan so that you can enjoy this incredible salad anytime of the year! (more…)

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White Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe – Light, slightly sweet and tangy, this simple dressing recipe is made with 4 ingredients and is ready in 5 minutes! Perfect for any salad!

Making homemade salad dressings is so much easier than it sounds and this homemade white balsamic dressing has to be one of the simplest! With just 4 ingredients and a few minutes, this slightly sweet, yet tangy dressing is ready for any salad! We especially love it on salads that include fruit, chicken, and fish. It enhances the flavor of the salad without overpowering it and becoming the focus of the salad like many dressings can sometime do. (more…)

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