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Simple Recipe: Party Potatoes!

This super-simple potato casserole will become your go-to favorite. Probably the easiest recipe, besides buying pre-made potatoes! I’m whipping this up for Easter Dinner this year. How will YOU use them? At a party? A family meal?
A big thank you to my sister-in-law, Lisa, who shared this recipe with me!
SSD Party Potatoes

Party Potatoes

  • 1 30 oz. Bag Frozen Shredded Potatoes (I used Oreida Frozen Hash Brown Potatoes)
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Pint Sour Cream (NOTE: I used 1 cup of sour cream by accident in the video, and they still tasted good! )
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 chopped, sauteed onions (optional)
Using cooking spray, grease the bottom of a 13×9 inch pan. Line the bottom of the pan with the frozen, shredded potatoes.
In a large bowl, mix together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and shredded cheese (add the onions, too, if using them!)
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes – 1 hr. It will bubble all along the sides!

How To Plant An Indoor Garden


All You Need For A Terrarium: Charcoal, rocks for drainage, a beautiful bowl, soil, and a plant perfect for your lighting conditions!
All You Need For A Terrarium: Charcoal, rocks for drainage, a beautiful bowl, soil, and a plant perfect for your lighting conditions!

An indoor garden? Why YES! A terrarium IS an indoor garden! The Diva shows you a few simple tips to create a beautiful display that will remain lovely for years to come!

SSD Terrarium2Here are a few basic tips from on how to care for your terrarium:

  • Caring for your terrarium is easy. Check every couple of weeks to see if your terrarium needs water. Feel the soil to see if it is dry and add water if it is.
  • If your terrarium is closed, take off the top at least once a month to air it out. If you see lots of condensation or have added too much water, leave the top off until it has had a chance to dry out.
  • Pull off any leaves that show signs of yellowing or damage and prune plants if they grow too large.
  • Don’t fertilize your terrarium because you don’t want to encourage growth.


SSD Terrarium

A Sundae For Breakfast? Sure!


A breakfast sundae is simple and is fun for the kids, and you can feel good about serving it!

Breakfast Sundae from
Breakfast Sundae from

Breakfast Sundae


  • Whole wheat waffle, toasted (I used frozen Eggo Whole Wheat Waffles)
  • Favorite yogurt (I used Oikos strawberry greek yogurt for extra protein)
  • Selection of favorite fruit, sliced & diced


Place the toasted waffle on a plate. Top with yogurt and fruit. Serve to very hungry and excited children!


SSD Breakfast Sundae

Roast Beef Boursin Bites

This is so simple to make (10-15 minutes, tops!) and it looks impressive! These will go fast at a party!


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  • 1/2 to 1 pound thin sliced roast beef (I used Boar’s Head London Broil), chopped into small pieces
  • 1 package Boursin Cheese
  • One package French Bread Rounds or toasted slices of french bread. I used French Bread Rounds from The Fresh Market.
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion. You can use fresh onion or frozen to make it easier.
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Teriyaki sauce. I used reduced sodium.
  • 2-3 Tablespoons butter
  • Creamy Horseradish sauce – optional


Spread the french bread rounds with boursin cheese. Arrange on a platter and set aside.

Saute chopped onion in butter and teriyaki sauce until tender. Add the chopped roast beef to the pan and saute briefly – approximately 30 seconds. Using utensils, place a portion of the beef/onion mixture on top of each french bread round. Add a small dollop of creamy horseradish sauce, if desired.



SSD Boursin collage

How To Make Veggie Noodles


Veggie NoodlesVegetable Noodles are all the rage right now! Search “Vegetable Noodle Recipes” on Pinterest and you will find hundreds of recipes! (And click here to see them all!)  But is there a simple way to MAKE them? YES!

By using a specific product made to create those lovely noodles! There are many out there, some expensive, some inexpensive. I am using the Veggetti™ (I got mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond). You can find it here if you are having trouble finding one –Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer, Makes Veggie Pasta

Veggetti Slicer

Now that you have these noodles, what do you do with them? Make all kinds of wonderful dishes! I found one recipe I loved on Be sure to check out her website!

Zucchini Noodles With Roasted Tomatoes

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  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 large zucchini
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • grated pecorino cheese to serve (I used fresh parmesan!)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Distribute the cherry tomatoes evenly on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the baking sheet into the oven and roast for 10-15 minutes until the cherry tomatoes just start to burst. Remove the baking sheet and set aside. (PS – I could eat these like they are candy!)

Using a mandolin or spiralizer (I used the Veggetti™), cut the zucchini into thin strips.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, onions and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the zucchini noodles to the onion and garlic mixture and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes to the zucchini noodles and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

Dust the top of the noodles with pecorino cheese and serve.

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Game Day Roast Beef & Swiss Sliders

These will be a big hit at your big game day party! You can assemble this ahead of time, then pop in the oven just before guests arrive! So no missing a big play because you were in the kitchen!

Simple Roast Beef and Swiss Sliders

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Makes 24 individual sliders!


  • 24 slices of roast beef
  • 24 Hawaiian Rolls
  • 24 slices of swiss cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 4 teaspoons of dijon mustard (I used Grey Poupon Country Dijon – love the grains of mustard!)
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 4 generous splashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Thinly sliced, sautéed onions (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the Hawaiian rolls in half, and place bottom half of rolls into a baking dish. Place a folded slice of roast beef on the bottom half of roll. Place a slice of swiss cheese on top of that (if using the sautéed onions-add them here), then finish with the top half of roll. Repeat with the remaining rolls, roast beef and swiss.

Combine the melted butter and remaining ingredients, and brush the tops of the rolls with the mixture. Cover with tin foil. If assembling ahead of time, you can place sandwiches in fridge until ready to heat.

To Heat:  Place in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, removing the tin foil at about 8 minutes along. Keep in oven until the cheese has melted.

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