Recipe – Friendship Casserole

friendship casserole - this recipe makes one for you and one for a friend!!!

If there’s one thing I always say to the hubs it’s this -

If we ever fall into a million dollars, on the agenda of things to do (after starting a ministry for NICU Mommies and buying a piano for my friend’s church plant) is get myself a personal chef.

Because I find myself all the time occasionally saying to my children in exasperation,

“Really?!  Didn’t I just feed you 5 minutes ago?”

Sometimes it’s nice to just not have to think. about. food.

So be a blessing to your friends.

Make this Friendship Casserole and have dinner for you and have dinner for her and have happiness for everyone.

**Recipe adapted from Mommy’s Kitchen**


2 lbs ground beef, browned and drained

48 oz jar of spaghetti

2 T sugar

1 (16 oz) package medium egg noodles

1/2 cup butter

1/2 tsp onion salt (or onion powder)

1/2 tsp garlic salt (or garlic powder)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 (12 oz) package shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup EACH – sautéed green pepper, onion and mushrooms (optional)


1.  Add spaghetti sauce, sugar, and sautéed veggies (if using) to browned meat and simmer for 20 minutes.

2.  Cook noodles as directed; drain and toss with butter, salts and Parmesan cheese.

3.  Spray 2 9×13″ pans.  In each pan layer half the sauce, all the noodles, rest of sauce, and then top with mozzarella cheese.

4.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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When I was making this recipe, I asked God to help me know which of my friends needed the second casserole.

He gently nudged me to deliver it to the Happy Buddy’s preschool teacher.

It was the last week of school and she was feeling super overwhelmed, so when I texted to let her know I would be dropping off her family’s dinner, she wrote back – I COULD KISS YOU!!


Happy Friendship Casserole-ing! :-)friendship week at Happy Home Fairy - cute ideas and inspiring ways to be an awesome friend

Sunshine Cupcakes

sunshine cupcakes - these are so cute and easy. Perfect for summer!.jpgWe’ve been making these adorable sunshine cupcakes for the last 2 years on the first day of summer.

They are so easy!

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Yellow Food Coloring

String Licorice

Mini Chocolate Chips

Candy Corn (I find candy corn year round in the candy aisle at our local Publix grocery store)

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If you’re brave You can set out little bowls with the ingredients and let your kids put them together.

These were the Happy Buddy’s…sunshine cupcakes .jpg

We’re all excited about summer over here. ;-)

Happy Sunshine Cupcake-ing!

“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” Psalm 113:3 (ESV)

Recipe – The Best. Salad. Ever.

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When I was in college, a woman at the church I was attending in Tallahassee invited several of us poor, starving college girls to her home for a real meal.

This was an incredible gift because, you know, college is when you fill up your cart with Ramen Noodles and wonder -

“How many days straight can I eat this stuff before dying?”

So we showed up at her house, hungry and eager for a delicious feast, and ended up discovering the greatest salad recipe KNOWN TO MAN.

And ironically, it has Ramen Noodles in it.

I’ve talked about this recipe before (here and here and here and here and here – do you get why it’s so good?), but it’s about time it has its very own post.

best salad 1.jpgIngredients (Salad):

1 Bag of Romaine lettuce

1 Bag of broccoli florets, chopped

1 Bunch of green onions, chopped

12-16 oz package bacon, cooked, drained, and chopped

1 package chopped pecans

1 package Ramen Noodles, broken up (discard seasonings)

4 T butter, melted

best salad 2.jpgIngredients (Dressing):

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar

1 T soy sauce

salt and pepper to taste

best salad 3.jpgbest salad 7.jpgbest salad 5.jpgDirections:

Step 1 – In a medium-sized bowl, mix the noodles and pecans with the melted butter.

Step 2 – Pour the noodle/pecan mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Step 3 – In a large bowl, mix lettuce, broccoli and onions.

Step 4 – Dump baked noodle/pecan mixture and bacon on top.  Toss lightly.

Step 5 – Stir all of the dressing ingredients together and pour over salad.  Mix salad 6.jpg

Baby showers, bridal showers, brunches, family dinners, potlucks, holidays, receptions…

This salad will be a GUARANTEED hit WHEREVER you go.

In fact, you just might find yourself wondering how much of it you can eat before dying??? :-)

Happy Best Salad Recipe Ever-ing!

Recipe – Ham and Broccoli Quiche

Ham and Broccoli Quiche - perfect for all that leftover Easter ham! A great dish for a baby or bridal shower!.jpg

Well, I had hoped that I could have gotten this post up closer to the day after Easter, but I have been wrapped up in a whole bunch of important things.

Like avoiding laundry and reading Francine Rivers’ new book.

But, if you are still eating ham (we will probably be eating it until the 4th of July), then you can throw together this delicious quiche and reawaken your tastebuds to the savory goodness of that Honey Baked.

This simple recipe works great for spring bridal or baby showers, too. :-)ham quiche ingredients.jpg

Ingredients -

1 cup half and half

5 eggs, beaten

1/2 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp pepper

1 cup cooked, cubed ham

1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup broccoli, blanched and chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

9″ pie crust

ham quiche crust.jpgStep 1 – Prepare the pie crust according to package directions.

ham quiche 1.jpgStep 2 – Combine half and half, eggs, mustard, and pepper.

ham quiche 2.jpgham quiche 3.jpgham quiche 4.jpgham quiche 5.jpgStep 3 – Layer ham, cheese, broccoli, and onion into prepared crust.

ham quiche 6.jpgStep 4 – Pour egg mixture over layers and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.  When knife inserted in center comes out clean, remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

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When your hubs gets home from work, greet him at the door with a hug and…

A quiche! :-)

Happy Ham and Broccoli Quiche-ing!

Recipe – Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole

breakfast casserole for christmas morning - so easy and soooo delicious. the perfect tradition!

I have shared this recipe before (HERE), but never in its own post.

And it definitely deserves its own post because it is so. SO. GOOD.

This casserole is always on our Christmas morning breakfast table.  It is a non-negotiable (even though I know my mom is tired of making it and is always itching to try out something new she’s found on Pinterest).

But I am a stickler for traditions and the rest of the family agrees that it just wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

You won’t even believe how easy it is to make.

Plus, you do everything the night before so that the only thing left to be done in the morning is to pop it in the oven!

You can tell me thanks and how much you love me in the comments section below. ;-)

breakfast casserole for christmas morning - so easy and soooo delicious. the perfect traditionChristmas Morning Breakfast Casserole


1 loaf of French or Sourdough bread from the bakery, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

1 lb sausage, browned and drained

6 eggs, beaten

2 cups milk

1/8 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper

2 cups Cheddar and Jack cheese, shredded


1.  Place the slices of bread in bottom of a 9×13 dish.  Spread some butter on each slice.

2.  Top with cooked sausage.  Pepper.

3.  Cover with cheese.

4.  Lightly whisk eggs in a mixing bowl.  Add milk and seasonings.

4.  Pour egg/milk mixture over sausage/cheese mixture.

5.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

6.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

breakfast casserole for christmas morning - so easy and soooo delicious. the perfect tradition!!Happy Christmas Morning Egg Casserole-ing! :-)

*See more delicious Christmas breakfast ideas HERE and a round-up of creative Christmas-themed pancakes HERE.*

Recipe – Poppyseed Chicken Casserole

poppyseed chicken casserole - so easy and so delicious! pure comfort foodI can’t believe it has taken me so long to post this recipe.

Well, probably because whenever I make it, it gets wolfed down before I can take a photo of it – lol!!!

Pure comfort food, people.

And it is a really great dish to tote along to new mommies, sick friends, persons in need, etc.

I know you’ll love it!


Place 5 cups cooked and cubed chicken in a 9×13 dish.  Stir together 2 cans cream of chicken soup and 1 cup sour cream.  Pour over the chicken.  In another bowl, stir together 1 1/2 rolls crushed Ritz crackers, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 1 T poppy seeds.  Sprinkle over chicken and sauce.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serve over rice.

poppyseed chicken casseroleHappy Poppyseed Chicken Casserole-ing! :-)

Recipe – Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

chocolate chip zucchini muffins - these are AWESOMEIt’s official.

My kid is eating zucchini.

Well, zucchini that is baked into a sweet little cupcake of flour, sugar, and chocolate.

But that’s neither here nor there – it’s still zucchini, people.

These muffins make our Happy Home so happy.

Not only do they taste good, but they make excellent little treats to deliver to people we encounter throughout the week – our mail lady, the Happy Baby’s therapists, teachers, etc.

You could attach a little tag that says, “There’s ‘muffin’ like a good {insert what they are to you here, ie. teacher, therapist, etc}!”

And they are so easy to make.  Your Happy Buddy can totally do most of the grunt work while you sit back and enjoy the delicious smells of fall baking in your oven.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

*This amazing recipe is from the writers over at eighteen25*


1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup milk

1 T lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups shredded zucchini

1/2 cup chocolate chips


Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.

Mix egg, oil, lemon juice and vanilla in another bowl.

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just moistened.

Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.

Use a spoon to fill muffin cups about 2/3 full and then bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

chocolate chip zucchini muffins - these are SOOO goodEnjoy the flavors of fall AND the sweet victory of getting your Happy Buddies to eat a vegetable.

Happy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffin-ing! :-)

*Try my other delicious muffin recipe HERE!*

15 Quick and Easy Dinners for Busy School Nights

15 Quick and Easy Dinners for Busy School Nights! Such great, easy and tasty ideas!When I am in need of a REALLY quick dinner (and this is happening more and more often now that we are back in school), I do one of the following 3 things…

1.  Pick up a rotisserie at the grocery store,

2.  Scramble some eggs,


3.  The Happy Hubby grills a bunch of hot dogs and hamburgers.

Then I usually throw a bag of veggies and/or rice in the microwave and call it a day!

But when I am a bit more on top of things and I actually plan our meals for the week, these are the tried and true recipes that I always turn to.

**Recipes with (*) indicates Happy Hubby’s TOP-rated choice!**

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Peachy Pork Picante

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Chicken Cacciatore

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Chicken and Salsa Skillet

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Lemon Chicken

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Marvelous Meatloaf

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Taco Pockets

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Mac and Cheese Muffins

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

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**Chicken Bruschetta Bake**

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**Pizza Bubble**

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**Chicken Divan**

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**Taco Pizza**

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Chicken Goulash

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Tebow Family Pizza Pie

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Catalina Chicken Bake

That should do it!

I hope your Happy Home finds a new favorite meal to bring your bellies comfort at the end of a hard day of algebra and history.

And if you need a super cute Weekly Menu Planner to record all these great meal ideas, you can print an absolutely ADORABLE one for free over at Hello Cuteness.

Happy Easy Dinner Make-ing! :-)

Recipe – Peachy Pork Picante (and why I’m not winning any Food Blogger of the Year awards)

peachy pork picante - a super easy and delicious speedy weeknight dinner the whole family will LOVE!

I once received a comment on a recipe post that said if I had used a different color plate it would have made the chicken look a lot more appetizing.

I was so thankful for the advice (NEVER would have even thought that the color of a plate contributes to food photography), but it made me terribly insecure for a few minutes about myself and my blog.

It is amazing to me that many bloggers have the gift of being crafty, being incredible at graphic design, cooking, looking cute, owning lots of different colored plates, AND being amazing photographers to boot.

Most of my blog photos are taken with my phone.  I do try to pay attention to lighting and I know how to make a few edits on iPhoto, but that’s about it!

We are not wealthy, by any means – it’s why I love the Dollar Tree so much – so we do not have a million plate options for serving a meal.  In fact, this particular recipe features the meal on a paper plate – our favorite plate option. :-)

Most nights I am just proud of myself for remembering to take a photo of the food before the family jumps on top of it.

**Not to mention that the Happy Hubby is not a huge fan of me stealing his plate and running it outside for a quick photo shoot before the sun goes down. :-)**

So I eventually came to the conclusion that the mission of this blog is not to win photography awards or wow you with my collection of dishes, but to share with you what works for us.

And what works for us most often are paper plates and 2 minute photo shoots (before someone eats a chair leg out of desperation).

With the back to school season upon us, this recipe is sure to be a winner with your Happy Home because it is quick, easy, and so good.

Peachy Pork Picante


1 pound boneless pork, cubed

1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 T vegetable oil

1/4 cup peach preserves

1 (8-ounce) jar mild salsa

Hot cooked rice


1.  Place pork in a large Ziploc bag and add the taco seasoning mix.  Seal the bag, and shake to coat pork (this is a great way to include your Happy Buddies!).

2.  Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add pork; cook, stirring constantly, until browned on all sides.

3.  Stir in the preserves and salsa; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Serve over rice on a paper plate.

4.  Run it outside before Happy Hubby realizes you’ve gone, take a photo of it with your phone, and then blog about it.


peachy pork picante - a super easy and delicious speedy weeknight dinner the whole family will LOVE!!Happy Peachy Pork Picante-ing!

Recipe – Easy Chicken Cacciatore

yummy chicken cacciatore at happyhomefairy.comThis recipe is by no means one of those, “Huh, now there’s something new!” recipes, but it is my goal to get most of our regular meals up on this site so that I have them all in one place!

I love Chicken Cacciatore.

Mostly because I am a big fan of vegetables and this recipe packs in practically the entire Farmer’s Market.

So, for what it’s worth to my readers who don’t already know about this yummy dish, use up some of your garden’s bounty with a big skillet of Chicken Cacciatore…

yummy chicken cacciatore2 at happyhomefairy.comIngredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast tenderloins

1 T olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 cup green pepper, chopped

3/4 cup sliced zucchini

3/4 cup sliced mushrooms

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (24-26 oz) jar your favorite pasta sauce

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/8 tsp pepper

2 cups pasta, cooked


1.  Cook chicken in oil about 5 minutes.  Move chicken over.

2.  Saute onion, garlic, pepper, zucchini, and mushrooms for about 3 minutes.

3.  Stir tomatoes, seasoning and pepper into skillet.  Heat to boiling, reduce heat.  Cover and simmer about 25 minutes.

4.  Uncover.  Simmer 5 more minutes.  Serve over pasta.yummy chicken cacciatore at - so easy!

Happy Chicken Cacciatore-ing! :-)