This is not your grandmother’s banana cupcake. These moist, old fashioned banana cupcakes are topped with new fangled Nutella Ganache for a chocolate-y, irresistible icing.

There are some recipes you just don’t change. Aunt Elee’s banana cake is one of them. This recipe has been in my family longer than I have and yes, I am risking my inheritance sharing with you and everyone on the worldwide web. But shhhh, don’t tell anyone!
I did make a slight change to her recipe when I published it on Mother’s Niche last month. I turned it into cupcakes with a thin, chocolate-y Nutella Ganache instead of the cream cheese icing. I’d call it a taste of our old family heritage mixed with our newest generation (Sophie, I’m talking to you) and their obsession with Nutella or We can just say that it is about time bananas and Nutella collided!
Head over to to get the full recipe but, be careful! You will find yourself putting Nutella Ganache on anything that isn’t nailed down.

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The big game deserves a big burger, my Ultimate Bacon Green Chile Cheese Burger to be exact.  How can you tailgate without it? Here are links to some of our best easy grill recipes for tailgating
We look forward to tailgate season around here, even if it is 500 degrees on the parking lot asphalt.  Ok, ok, 300 degrees then.
No matter what side of the U of A—ASU rivalry we are on, we like quick easy recipes with enough Wow Factor to make standing over the grill in this heat worth the sweat and in the Sun Devil’s fans case, the tears.
The fastest way I know to get the attention of tailgate fans is to throw a green chile or two on the grill.  Once the aroma hits them, they will huddle ’round.
I’ve collected a few of our favorite green chile recipes that a perfect for game day and linked them together in this post.  Just follow the links to find recipes from shrimp to dogs and everything in between.
When you have found what you are looking for, scroll on down the page to join our fun giveaway of this professional horseshoe set that will add some fun and a little competition to your tailgate party.

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Cinnamon Apple Pancake Dippers—And a Giveaway

by Sandy on September 5, 2014

Try my little finger food apple pancake dippers for your weekend breakfast or brunch. They are perfect for breakfast on the go or staying at home for a cozy breakfast in bed… without the crumbs.

Oh my gosh, I forgot to share my fun little Cinnamon Apple Pancake Dippers Recipe with you here on our very own blog!  These tiny “dippers” are a spin on my original Blueberry Ricotta Pancake Dippers that I shared awhile back for Mother’s Day “breakfast in bed.”   I thought it was about time to change up the flavors a little and put an “apple-y, fall, back-to-school FAST” spin on them for my friend Kristina at Mother’s Niche.

These pancake “dippers” are great for breakfast on the go. Just throw them in a lunch sack and eat them while you are running to catch the bus or in the backseat while driving to school.  You can dust them with a little powdered sugar and skip the sticky, messy syrup altogether.

Head on over to Mother’s Niche for the complete Cinnamon Apple Pancake Dippers Recipe and say, “Hey!” to Kristina while you are there.

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Fruitie Freeze Machine Giveaway

by Sandy September 1, 2014

If you love frozen fruit smoothies, slushies or drinks—you have come to the right place!  Not only do we have Donna’s Frozen Cantalope Slush recipe, we also have a fast and easy way to make them at home. Pin It It may be September, but it is still blazing hot in this part of the […]

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GiftsForYouNow Back to School Giveaway

by Sandy August 10, 2014

******GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***** THANK YOU FOR ENTERING! Welcome to our first ever Back to School Giveaway! These adorable personalized backpacks are form and would make fantastic gifts for anyone. In fact, I think I need one for me! Pin It   Hosted By: Holiday Contest and SweepsCo-Hosted By Here We Go Again, Ready? […]

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Paradise Summer Salad—Watermelon, Bacon and a View

by Sandy August 1, 2014

What is so great about a watermelon salad?  Bacon!  And a room with a view that is straight out of paradise.  Here is my take on the Watermelon Bacon Salad Recipe I have to tell you about my amazing stay in Hawaii. Usually, I am not the kind of girl to hang around the hotel, […]

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Sarsaparilla Tiramisu with Caramel Sauce

by Sandy June 25, 2014

Tiramisu just may be the perfect no-bake summer dessert recipe.  You won’t believe how easy it is to put the Southwest flavors of caramel and sarsaparilla into this creamy, classic and turn it into a summer dessert for the whole family. Finally! A dessert fit to wrap up our annual Spaghetti Western Fiesta celebrating Clint […]

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Green Chile Pesto Caprese Salads Recipe

Green Chile Pesto Caprese Salad with Whole Tomato by Sandy May 30, 2014

Green chiles and tomatoes are a perfect pair for a Southwest Caprese Salad.  I’ve used my Green Chile Pesto Recipe to put a Spaghetti Western spin on a salad fit for Clint Eastwood, himself. “Salad!  We don’t need no stinking salads!”   Oooops… that was a different western movie.  But, I’m sure many of the […]

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