Creamy Bacon Corn Casserole

There have been several days over the last few weeks that have felt a lot less like summer and a whole lot more like fall! The temperatures have dropped, a cool breeze has kicked in, and I can already see our crops in the fields starting to change colors. Now I’m not saying that it’s time to put away the flip flops and bust out the boots just yet, but the slight change in weather is definitely making me crave some comfort food!

My kindergartner was kind enough to share the cold he brought home from school with me, so I was stuck in bed all weekend sniffling and sneezing. I don’t know about you, but colds ALWAYS make me crave comfort food too! It’s kind of a weird sensation because when you’re sick, you can’t smell or taste a darn thing anyway, but at the same time you just want to eat all kinds of yummy food. My cold craving list for this weekend included mashed potatoes, strawberry milkshakes, pancakes drowning in syrup, and broccoli cheddar soup. Also on the comfort food craving list… this Creamy Bacon Corn Casserole!

You must try this easy, mouthwatering side dish! Creamy, cheesy corn casserole hot out of the oven with tons of crispy bacon! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Start your morning with this delicious Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal. So easy and tastes like a slice of warm banana bread!

Start your morning with delicious Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal! So easy and tastes like a slice of warm banana bread! | LoveGrowsWild.com

I’ve been hoarding this recipe all summer, and it feels sooooo good to finally get it out! I started making these super easy baked oatmeals earlier this year and pretty much became obsessed with them. First of all, oatmeal is just plain yummy. It’s warm and comforting and full of hearty goodness. It’s like waking up to a big hug in a bowl. And this baked oatmeal reheat beautifully, so if you make a pan of it over the weekend, you can have a good, healthy breakfast all week long. Total no-brainer, right?

The best thing about oatmeal is that it’s the perfect blank canvas to add all kinds of awesome flavors. Earlier this year, I shared a classic Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, then a citrusy Blueberry Lemon Oatmeal, followed by a decadent Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal that is to. die. for. I also had this banana bread oatmeal recipe up my sleeve, but figured I’d save it for back-to-school time when all you mommas out there need an easy breakfast idea that will fuel the kiddos while they sit in class for seven hours straight.

I wanted this oatmeal to taste like biting into a warm slice of banana bread, so I added a full cup of mashed bananas, plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, and toasted chopped walnuts sprinkled on top. Mmm mmm… this stuff is good! This recipe feeds about six hungry mouths, but if you don’t eat it all at once, just pop it in the fridge and then microwave the next day. You can pour some milk in the oatmeal if it seems a little dry when reheating. Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

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Florentine Meatballs

This recipe takes spaghetti and meatballs up a notch! Delicious Florentine Meatballs made with spinach and parmesan cheese are roasted in the oven then finished in a tasty marinara sauce.

This recipe takes spaghetti and meatballs up a notch! Delicious Florentine Meatballs made with spinach and parmesan cheese are roasted in the oven then finished in a tasty marinara sauce. | LoveGrowsWild.com

Today is a special day to celebrate, my dear friends. School is back in session as of 9 a.m. this morning! My oldest, Alec, started 4th grade this year, and my baby… my sweet baby boy, Wyatt, started kindergarten.

Excuse me while I sob into my meatballs for a minute… (insert ugly cry here)

I’m sure that in a few short days, I’ll jump for joy the second those crazy boys board the school bus. But I’m giving myself one day to be a complete hot mess and sob uncontrollably as I’m wrapped in one of Wyatt’s blankies looking at baby pictures of his adorable, enormous head and those baby blues that stole my heart almost 6 years ago. There may also be wine involved. Oh yes, wine is a must today.

But aside from all that drama, back to school also means back to homework, back to schedules, back to early bedtime, and back to eating dinner at a decent hour. Anyone else seem to eat dinner super late in the summer? I guess it might be because the sun stays out so late this time of year, but I’m actually looking forward to getting back to a somewhat normal schedule again. Speaking of dinner… how does spaghetti and meatballs sound? [Read more…]

Baked Seasoned Fries

Crispy homemade fries – baked, not fried! – tossed in a delicious spicy seasoning mix. The perfect side to hamburgers, hot dogs, and so much more.

Delicious homemade fries - baked, not fried! - tossed in a spicy seasoning blend! The perfect side to hamburgers, hot dogs, and so much more. | LoveGrowsWild.com

We’ve done delicious oven-baked steak fries here on the blog, but now comes part 2: SEASONED fries.

Every bit as crispy and addictive as our regular fries, but with a smoky, spicy, super flavorful twist!

The first step to really good homemade fries is soaking the potatoes in water first. I have a good set of photos and explanation in the original post, so I won’t go into a ton of detail again, but basically soaking the fries before baking removes some of the starch, which allows the outside to get nice and crispy while the inside stays soft and tender. Just drain and pat them dry really well before adding the seasoning!

Delicious homemade fries - baked, not fried! - tossed in a spicy seasoning blend! The perfect side to hamburgers, hot dogs, and so much more. | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Zucchini Bread

The perfect zucchini bread… moist, sweet, buttery, tender, and absolutely delicious. I’m using the base recipe of our ever-so-popular pumpkin bread and turning it into everyone’s summertime favorite… zucchini bread!

This Zucchini Bread recipe is perfection! Moist, sweet, and so delicious! | LoveGrowsWild.com


If you’re one of those awesome people who grow a big, bountiful garden every year, first of all, I’m super jealous of you! How do you keep up with it?? Today’s recipe is perfect for utilizing all those beautiful zucchini plants you’ve been tending to all summer long, and there’s nothing better than baking something delicious with the fruits and vegetables you’ve grown in your own backyard.

For those of you like me who are TOTAL slackers in the gardening department, no worries… the grocery stores are brimming with zucchini right now, so you can make this recipe too!

Last fall, I shared my favorite pumpkin bread recipe, and it went crazy on Pinterest. Like majorly CRAZY. It’s now one of the most-viewed recipes on my blog (depending on the season), and I can’t say that I’m surprised. It’s simple… it’s classic… it bakes perfectly every time… and it’s so stinkin’ delicious! I couldn’t let this summer go by without adding a new recipe to the sweet bread collection, so today I present you with my all-time favorite zucchini bread.

This recipe is a little different from others you might have tried, but trust me, it will become your favorite too. This particular sweet bread recipe uses butter (not oil), so it has a rich, buttery flavor that completely sets it apart from others. My past attempts at zucchini bread turned out dense and heavy, but thanks to a suggestion from my sister’s beau, I found the fix for that: after grating the zucchini, gather it in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze it over a sink to remove all the excess moisture. Seriously, don’t skip this step! The bread’s texture turns out soft and fluffy, the cinnamon and nutmeg are right on point, and a handful of walnuts add the perfect crunchy bite into each slice. If you’re allergic or just not a nut fan, you can of course leave them out entirely. I love ’em though!

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Strawberry Crisp

Warm, delicious strawberry crisp with a crunchy, buttery topping and sweet, tender berries…

This crisp is SO much easier than fussing with pie crust and tastes amazing with a scoop or two of ice cream!

Delicious strawberry crisp made with fresh berries and a crunchy topping of oats and pecans. Serve warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Today’s recipe is a real treat, my friends. Sweet seasonal fruit baked until soft and tender… the juices thick and bubbling over the sides of the dish… with a crunchy, buttery topping of chewy oats, nutty pecans, and warm, spicy cinnamon… drool!

I knew I wanted to make some kind of fruit-filled pie or tart or crisp for you this summer and debated which route to go. Do I want to mess around making fussy pie crust all day or do I want to dump some fruit into a dish, pile on a quick and easy topping, and be licking my dessert plate clean as soon as possible? Hmm… looks like the crisp won this round, guys!

Delicious strawberry crisp made with fresh berries and a crunchy topping of oats and pecans. Serve warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! | LoveGrowsWild.com [Read more…]

Wine Slush

This wine slush is the perfect sip on a hot summer day!  Just blend wine and fruit together and freeze into ice cubes, then enjoy a grown-up slushie whenever the mood strikes.

This wine slush is the perfect sip on a hot summer day!  Just blend wine and fruit together and freeze into ice cubes, then enjoy a grown-up slushie whenever the mood strikes. | LoveGrowsWild.com



Summer, sunshine, and boozy slushies. Does it get any better than this?

Now that the heat of summer is in full force, it’s decision time… do I hide in the air conditioning for the next few months or do I brave the rising temperatures to enjoy a little summer fun?

My answer: grab a wine slush and your sunglasses and hit the pool!

The idea for this recipe actually came from a little vineyard back in Illinois where we used to live called Sleepy Creek. In the winter, they would make amazing warm mulled wine, and in the summer they served wine slushies. OMG… so good. I always thought about recreating the idea, so over the holiday weekend I did a little experimenting, and it turned out to be an awesome success! The recipe (if you can even call it a “recipe”) is so simple to make, and you can easily customize it to your own tastebuds. It’s just a little wine, (okay… a whole bottle) and a little fruit blended together and frozen. But instead of freezing the whole mixture together, I pour it into ice cube trays to make wine slushie ice cubes! [Read more…]