Simply Elegant Tea Sandwiches

Picture if you will: in a bygone era, in a more genteel time, in a flower garden in full bloom, a group of well dressed ladies sitting with legs lightly crossed at the ankles, white gloves in their laps, sipping on tea from fine china cups, nibbling on dainty little sandwiches and engaging in delightful conversation.

And in my vision those sandwiches are Cucumber Sandwiches and Watercress Sandwiches and look something like this:

cucumber Sandwiches and Watercress Sandwiches

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Happiness is Homemade Link Party

Welcome back to another great weekend here at Happiness is Homemade Link Party!!

We have some great NEWS!! Lisa from Blogghetti is officially a host with us here at Happiness is Homemade! So please make sure you all give her another warm welcome!

Also, with some more exciting news, its a new month which means we have some new co-host’s we would like you all to meet! Make sure you stop over at there blogs and follow along with them. If are wanting to co-host with us, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below to co-host in June!

HIH 3 Hosts

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Mother’s Day Giveaway

Mother’s Day will soon be upon us. If you haven’t made plans yet, how about a simple and healthy brunch?

Healthy and Simple Spring Brunch

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Oven Baked Barbecue Spareribs

If you like easy no fuss spareribs, then these Oven Baked Barbecue Spareribs are just calling your name. No standing over the grill in the elements stressing over flare ups and ending up with charred dried out meat? Count me in!
Oven Baked Barbecue Spareribs

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New York Style Crumb Cake

Do you like a lot of “crumb” on your crumb cake? If you answered “Doesn’t everyone?”, you are going to love this New York Style Crumb Cake recipe.

New York Style Crumb Cake

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Parsnip Pie Bars – Crazy Ingredient Challenge

Say what now? PARSNIP? PIE? Yup!

The filling is a custard similar in texture and flavor to Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Pie, in other words YUM!

For our Crazy Ingredient Challenge this month the CIC Bloggers voted for Parsnips and Cardamom. Parsnips are those oversized white carrot looking things in the produce aisle near the turnips and rutabagas. Cardamom is the third most expensive spice per ounce behind saffron and vanilla bean.

parsnips and cardamom Team Candied Ginger was a bit disappointed our ingredient lost in the monthly vote (by ONE vote! just one vote.) Luckily, I like cardamom too. And I actually had that in house so I didn’t need to buy it when I picked up the parsnips. Be sure to scroll below the recipe to see what everyone else made.

After going through many choices in my head, I finally settled on these Parsnip Pie Bars.

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Low Fat Meatballs

If I were considerably younger I might consider calling these “Amaze-balls”, but I am far too old to be able to say that and not sound foolish. But, these meatballs are amazingly moist and flavorful and adaptable to a variety of cuisines. And they happen to be lower in fat.

Amzing Lowfat Meatballs

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Baked Pizza Gyoza

Yes, another Ninja Turtles inspired recipe. But these Baked Pizza Gyoza make a quick and easy appetizer or snack that any pizza lover will appreciate.

The Never Say Xever episode of TMNT came on last week, and of course my Ninja in Training asked me to make them. Having bought some wonton wrappers to make some Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Baked Ravioli from Crunchy Crafty and Highly Caffeinated, I knew I had everything to fulfill his request.

The first time I tried to make them, I steamed them like Shez Crafti did. I thought they were great, but Sir Snubs a Lot did not like the texture. So this time, I baked them. Oh my! These were even better!

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Carrot Coconut Cookies – Fill the Cookie Jar

It’s time for Fill the Cookie Jar!!! One of my favorite days of the month when a group of bloggers each make a themed cookie and then we share the recipes with you and each other. Our theme this month is Spring/Easter. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see what everyone else made.

I wanted to make something with carrots, but I didn’t want to make “Carrot Cake”. Yes, you read that right. I did not want to make a carrot cake cookie. Those who know me know carrot cake is my favorite and I have several recipes, but for this cookie I wanted something lighter and brighter and more carrot-y. No heavy spices, those seemed to winter/fall to me. No cream cheese. Just a simple show case for carrots.

And that was how I came up with these beautiful Carrot Coconut Cookies.

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Curried Sweet Potato Soup plus Tasty Tuesdays Link Up

While flipping through the original May I Have a Copy of That Recipe cookbook that was the precursor to this website, I came across a recipe for Curried Sweet Potato Soup that I knew wasn’t on the blog yet. Mostly because I know Ma’am never made. She put it in as a joke for a friend that does not care for coconut.

I also knew I had two yams in the cupboard which are almost the same thing as sweet potatoes, at least as far as this recipe is concerned.

I lightened up the original recipe with some coconut milk instead of half and half and a tweak here and there to match the ingredients I had on hand and I ended up with an awesome vegan meal.

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

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