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Copycat Recipes at Home: Cheesecake Factory Southwest Eggrolls

I love to eat out, but with my allergies and two small children it is often more than I am willing to endure for a good meal. Instead, I choose to make my own food at home and try to copy my favorite recipes. I love being able to not only know what is in my food but also to be able to make more than one meal and freeze half.

This month I am craving the Southwest eggrolls from the Cheesecake factory. I hate traveling with my caravan of chaos to enjoy my delicious eggrolls though, so instead I will be making them at home and enjoying them while my caravan of chaos sits at the dining room table and then as soon as they are finished I can pretend to enjoy a meal with my husband while they run around the table enjoying their pre-bath fun.

Working parents have it hard. We have to be both at home for the kids, and at work for our boss. I try to find a balance between the two, and that often means making things ahead of time so that we can enjoy a few stolen moments to help with homework or listen to a story about the news around 2nd grade. One reason I enjoy making meals like this is that I can double the recipe and make things on a day I have time, and freeze them for later when I do not have as much time.

Thank you to great blogs like Dinner and Dessert that help me to find fun and exciting recipes I can enjoy with my family. The full tutorial is on their site and can be accessed by the link. It is simple to follow and can be altered to fit your family. For example, we are gluten-free and I simply pre-purchase gluten free eggroll wraps that I can use for meals like this one. I also double the recipe so that I can save half for another day. Do not be afraid to alter recipes, sometimes it is best if you can follow it exactly, but sometimes a little customization is the best way to live.

Homemade Cherry Icee: Summer Treats

Are your kids already finished with school? We finish this week. Which means that we will already be enjoying the slower pace of summertime. While mommy and daddy continue to work all summer and the kids go to day camp we try to maintain some sort of slower routine when it comes to summer. There is no homework and we continue our sports, but the days are longer and we have a little more time to enjoy them.

One of the ways we like to celebrate the end of school is with a sweet treat. We love icees, frozen yogurt, and popsicles. This year we are going with Icees. Normally we run out and buy some yummy ones, but the shop that sold them near us moved and we are now looking to create them at home so we don’t have to wait so long to enjoy them. This incredibly simple recipe comes from Passion For Savings and can be crated at home really easily. Be sure to check out Passion For Savings’ other great recipes since they are great at creating your favorite copy-cat recipes for very little money!

This recipe is so sweet and so spot on for a cherry icee that we cannot wait to try it again. It will definitely be one of our go to summer treats from now on!

Simple Dinners: Lasagna Roll Ups

We love lasagna, we have Celiac’s Disease in our family and have someone who has to eat gluten-free at all times, but we LOVE Lasagna. There are some incredible gluten-free pastas, but it can be hard to put together a full lasagna on a busy night. We have discovered the fun of lasagna roll-ups for those busy nights.

One of the other great benefits of the lasagna roll-up for us is that gluten free noodles can be expensive, and they frequently come in smaller portion sizes meaning you have to buy twice as many to feed large numbers of people, or else make multiple meals. We hate having to do that. So the idea of lasagna roll ups is genius in our case because you use have the amount of lasagne noodles making the roll-ups than you would to make a whole lasagna. Which means we can get away with buying less and spending less.

We found this fun and simple lasagna roll-ups recipe at Views From the Ville. It is so simple you can do it on a busy day, or make lots of it and freeze it for another night. Good food simplified!

So head on over for the full tutorial. Be sure to check out the other great recipes and ideas at Views From the Ville!