Archives for January 2014

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

My grandpa has been making  this Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for years!  Of course along the way it was been slightly modified but it is still just as delicious as it was when I was little girl spending the night at my grandparents house with all my cousins.  It has always been a family favorite and it always will be my favorite.    I love when recipes are passed down from generate to generate.  I love the memories that come along with all the recipes.

There is nothing better the having a nice warm bowl of soup on a cold Winter day!  The best part about homemade Chicken noodle soup is the noodles.  I personally think they need to be homemade.  The honestly make the soup taste so much better!

I love preparing a nice warm meal.  Then being able to sit down in a nice comfortable chair  wrapped around a fuzzy blanket watching the snow coming down or reading a good book.  There is just something so peaceful with watching the snow fall.  When everything is covered in fresh white layer and the fresh crispness in the air.   So make sure you think of this recipe the next time you see snow falling.  This recipe will soon become one of your family favorite recipes and they will fall in love with it.


With any good soup recipe, I always think the soup tastes better the next day after all the juices are able to soak into the noodles.   So feel free to make this the night before.  It does make a lot of soup and I have tried to half the recipe but some how I always end up making a huge batch still.  Which is fine because we always still eat all of it.  I only wish I could find a way to freeze this recipe without the noodles turning into a mush.

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Happiness is Homemade #2

We had an AMAZING first link party!!!

 We had 106 links which we are super excited about!   I personally saw many many recipes and crafts that im eager to give a try!  Although I would love to give you all a big shout out!

Here are the links that got the most views!


The Keeper of the Cheerios made this super cute Mater cars for her nephews birthday.  So adorable.


Life with the Crust Cut Off made a great roundup for Kid’s Valentines Craft ideas!

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Organizer by Day made and amazing Loaded Potato Bacon Soup, perfect for those cold days and ad bonus it has bacon!

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A Peek Into My Paradise
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Simply fill in the Rafflecopter each week for you to enter to win a co-hosting spot with us. One lucky winner will co-host the Happiness is Homemade Link Party two weeks following; to allow time for the winner to get their information to us. As always it is free to sign up and helps bring more viewers to your page!

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Now that’s enough talking let’s get this party started!!!

The rules are really simple! Make sure you visit a few other blogs and make some new friends along the way. Feel free to link up your favorite recipe, crafts or latest DIY. We want to see it all!

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Easy Chicken Alfredo

It’s 5 o’clock!  You just walk in the door from a long day at work!  The kids are hungry and grumpy and you have no idea what to make for dinner!!

Well ladies and Gentleman this Easy Chicken Alfredo recipe is the winner!  Its super easy, I can have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes.  Everykid loves pasta, chicken and I was even able to sneak in some veggies.   I love meals that are full of color, makes me happy knowing my family is getting a variety of vegtables.

The original Easy Chicken Alfredo recipe was for a slow cooker but I didn’t have the time.  So I simply modified it just a little bit and I think it turned out great.  It has now become a family favorite and even the leftovers are just as good as the day before.

Chicken Alfredo Pasta

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Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

I remember the first time I tried Tater Tot Casserole.  I think I was probably 10 years old or so.  I thought it was the most disgusting meal my mom had ever made.  The name alone turned me away. So of course I have always had this image of gross Tater Tot casserole in my head.  Telling myself I will never ever eat this again.

 Now let’s jump forward 15 years, I saw this recipe on Campbell’s Kitchen and I thought I will give it one more try.  Because let’s face it, there were a lot of meals that I didn’t like when I was younger.  I have learned that I missed out on a lot of really good foods because I was to picky to give them a try.  So, I thought we are going to make this so I can once and for all say if I do or do not like Tater Tot Casserole.

Well the verdict, I did actually like it.  I don’t think I will make every week but I still liked and so did the husband.  So we will be adding this recipe into my book of approvals!


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The Weekend Re-Treat #49

Alright ladies and gentlemen..if you are here!!

I’m so excited to be apart of this great team of bloggers to bring you the biggest and the funnest link party on  a Thursday night!!!     So please share your latest and greatest with all of us to see!

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Each week we’ll be doing a Featured Blog Spot to help introduce you guys to the different bloggers that link up with us! We’ll be including a main photo along with a few of our favorite posts w/ links back to the blog so you can stop by, check em out and say hi while you’re there! This week our featured blogger is Christine from I Dig Pinterest.

Christine’s site is a place where you can find, you guess it, pin-spiration. It’s full of simple crafts, recipes, decorating ideas, and pretty much anything else you can think of. She also has a great $50 Visa card giveaway going on right now that you can enter if you hurry (ends tomorrow)! Here are some of Christine’s recent posts that I absolutely love.

* Featured Blog Spot will be chosen at random from bloggers that have linked up at The Weekend re-Treat!  

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Well good news!  This party has moved on over to Sunday – Thursday now!!  We have changed names to Happiness is Homemade and I have an awesome new host, Cathy over at A Peek Into My Paradise.  So come on over and share with us and make some new friends.

Can’t wait to see your latest and greatest!!

Here is the the new link!

Chocolate Andes Mint Pudding Cookies

I love anything that involves mint!  I’m not even sure where my love for mint came from because no one in my family really cares for it.   I love mint gum, Keebler Grasshopper cookies, mint peppermint patties,  I even love to get mint ice cream shakes.   Heck I even grow mint in my garden and add it to lemonade!  I absolutely love the stuff.

So when I came across this recipe for Chocolate Andes Mint Pudding Cookies I knew right away that I needed to make it.  I always have a bag of Andes mint baking chips in my freezer.   Don’t tell but sometimes I just eat them out of the bag no one is looking.  Then of course you all know my love for pudding cookies.  I have never made pudding cookies before with chocolate pudding so I was intrigued and knew this recipe would be perfect for me!

Mint Chocolate chip cookies

These cookies hit the spot!   The were full chocolaty yumminess with nice hint of mint.  I even added a few more mint chips right on top when I pulled them out of the oven, for an added boost of flavor!

Chocolate Andes Mint Pudding Cookies
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Serves: Approximately 3 dozen
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 small box instant chocolate pudding
  • 2¼ cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup Andes Mint baking chips
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, I used mini chocolate chips
  1. In a bowl combine the butter and sugars together until creamy. Add eggs in one at a time and combine after each egg. Next add in the vanilla, baking soda, chocolate pudding mix and flour mix together until well combined. Stir in Andes mints and chocolate chip by hand. Place a small spoonful of dough on a well greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

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Mom’s Monday Mingle #86

WELCOME! So glad to have you today linking your blogs up with us for Mom’s Monday Mingle.

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