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    Make-Ahead Casserole Recipes

    There’s nothing better than having dinner ready to go on a busy night. Who doesn’t love a warm, gooey casserole? Especially casserole recipes that can either be tossed in the fridge till dinner the next day, or frozen for weeks (or months)! To me, casseroles are one of the best comfort foods out there, and make-ahead casserole recipes are the best. THE BEST! A friend who’s due any day with her second baby recently asked me if I’d help her prep a few freezer meals to tuck away until after the baby’s born. (For the record, I was not that smart with my food prep. For either child.) Those of you who’ve raised…

  • This blueberry muffin cake is all the mouth-watering flavor of traditional blueberry muffins—complete with a yummy crumble topping! —without the fuss of filling tins or storing individual muffins.

    Blueberry Muffin Cake With Crumble Topping

    This blueberry muffin cake is all the mouth-watering flavor of traditional blueberry muffins — complete with a yummy crumble topping! — without the fuss of filling tins or storing individual muffins.   Earlier this week, ALDI had a great sale on blueberries. You have to keep your eye on their “Produce Picks” because you can really find some terrific, crazy low deals on fruits and veggies! We like to use blueberries for smoothies and cobblers, but blueberry muffins are a house favorite, too. Rather than go the traditional individual muffin route this time, I decided to keep it super simple and make a blueberry muffin cake with a crumble topping.…

  • This holiday bread pudding is a simple and tasty way to prepare a make-ahead festive dessert during the Christmas season!

    Holiday Bread Pudding

    This holiday bread pudding is a simple and tasty way to prepare a make-ahead festive dessert during the Christmas season! Coming off Thanksgiving, we’re eating our way through a lot of leftovers. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and a slew of other trimmings. I also ended up with most of a loaf of hearty, rustic cranberry walnut bread. Truth be told, I realize a lot of folks don’t love bread pudding—even though you see it made on shows like Chopped all. the. time. It’s often the chefs’ go-to for the dessert round, but I’d wager not because it’s the best dessert on the planet. It’s because it’s simple to make. They can…

  • This spinach, bacon and egg breakfast casserole is a great make-ahead meal to serve for breakfast on a holiday or vacation morning!

    Spinach, Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

    This spinach, bacon and egg breakfast casserole is a great make-ahead meal to serve for breakfast on a holiday or vacation morning! On the one hand, casseroles that you can throw together the night before make life really simple the next morning. On the other hand, there are some mornings where a casserole sounds really, really scrumptious, but you didn’t have the foresight to prepare one the night before. Granted, there are a few “day of” casseroles that work out okay, like this Walnut French Toast Bread Pudding Casserole that I whipped up on a whim one Saturday morning. But most of the time egg casseroles with any sort of bread…

  • This apple cinnamon french toast breakfast casserole is a perfect weekend or holiday breakfast—make it the morning of or prep it the night before!

    Apple Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Casserole

    This apple cinnamon french toast breakfast casserole is a perfect weekend or holiday breakfast — make it the morning of or prep it the night before! If you scour Pinterest for recipes like I do, and one of the things you happen to be looking for is a breakfast casserole, you’ll fine that most of them have one thing in common: “Place casserole in the refrigerator and let it sit overnight.” Ugh. When you’re not a meal planner (I’m not), that recipe step is a real bear. I usually think of breakfast recipes on the weekends around seven in the morning, not the evening before. Simple things like pancakes, eggs,…

  • Walnut French Toast Bread Pudding Casserole

    Walnut French Toast Bread Pudding Casserole

    Here’s the thing: I’m not much of a meal planner. When you’re not a meal planner, then you have to be quick on your feet when coming up with homemade meals. It means your pantry better be stocked with the basics, and you need to have some recipe ingenuity!   Kind of tired of the same ol’ weekend breakfast go-to’s, this past Saturday I perused a few recipes online to create something I could throw together and then bake in the oven. Here’s what I came up with – and unlike a lot of baked bread-based breakfast casseroles, you don’t need to let it soak for hours and hours beforehand.…