Berry Jello Salad

by Katie on April 23, 2014

Today I’ve shared a delicious recipe over at Blissfully Ever After – Berry Jello Salad! It’s fresh, light, spring and the perfect dessert for this time of year!

If you have been around the blog a while, you may remember the Orange Fluff Jello Salad recipe that I posted way back when. It’s a a hit with our family and I’ve heard the same from several of you. So I revisited that recipe and changed it up a bit to be a berry salad. Oh, that had only been on my idea list for the past two years!

I finally did it and it is AMAZING!! You have to try it out soon! Check out the recipe HERE!

Berry Jello Salad


Happy Easter…A Little Late

by Katie on April 21, 2014

I hope you all had a blessed Easter weekend!  I had every intention of getting this post out before Easter, but sometimes things don’t go as planned.  SO…instead of forgetting about it I thought I would do it a day late.

I hope you all had a great Easter and got to spend some time with your family and friends.   While it’s great to hunt Easter eggs, I made a collage of our egg hunt below, it’s so important to remember the reason we celebrate Easter.  What a joy it is to celebrate a risen Savior!

Whenever I think of Easter I think about the hymn “He Lives”.  We didn’t sing it yesterday at church like we usually do, but I had it in my head all weekend on repeat.

I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

He lives – salvation to impart! How amazing to know that we can be forgiven and have eternal life because of what Jesus did for us that day on Calvary. There is no greater gift of love than this!


We got to spend some time with both sides of our families and had a really nice weekend! It was the first Easter for both of my little nephews, one of which is this little dude above.

We put bunny ears on Ezra and put him in a giant basket so we could get some cute pictures. It was all fun and laughing until he tried to climb out and toppled over out of the basket into the grass. Ezra wasn’t happy, but we all took a moment to laugh…it was hilarious. I’m glad I captured a picture and a video of the whole thing. Haha.  We just love that little guy to pieces.

How was your Easter?


Asparagus Egg Bake

by Katie on April 15, 2014

Spring is upon us! Or so I thought…until this lovely day of April 15th. Not only is it tax day, my Aunt’s birthday, and the eve of my Mom’s birthday, but it’s a day to go down in history because it snowed here in Cincinnati.  And not a few flakes…real snow.

Snow in the middle of April. This is ridiculous!!!!

Last Friday we decided that we were going to head out of town for a short trip to Knoxville and take advantage of the beautiful Spring weather we were going to have  - 80 degrees on Saturday and Sunday!

We have been working on house projects forever (and will be for quite some time) and we have no other weekends free of cakes, work, and other obligations until July.   We are going to Colorado for a little Rocky Mountain hiking fun in June, but we needed something before that.

So we took off…without much planning.

It was great – I love Knoxville! We went to all of our favorite local restaurants, drove the Dogwood Trails to see the beautiful homes and Dogwoods in bloom, and headed to the Smoky Mountain National Park on Sunday and spent some time sitting on massive rocks with our feet in the water.   Then it was back home on Monday night!

We did this same trip last April and it’s becoming a getaway tradition!

Asparagus Egg Bake - The Cutting Back Kitchen

And now…the recipe for today…Asparagus Egg Bake!  This Asparagus Egg Bake is perfect for an Easter brunch, a shower, or just any old spring day!

I made it for just any old day!  It was so fresh and delicious!

Asparagus Egg Bake - The Cutting Back Kitchen

Egg Bakes are super simple to whip up and really take no time. That’s what makes them perfect for brunches! Just stir together and pop in the oven. Can’t get much easier!

I like this type of breakfast casserole because it seems lighter than a lot of other recipes. There’s no bread or meat in it and I personally like this light veggie variety the best. It has plenty of asparagus, red bell pepper and kale in it.

Oh, and cheese.  Can’t forget the cheese.  The cottage cheese may sound strange, but it melts away and you can’t taste it at all.  Trust me…I don’t care for cottage cheese by itself.  Actually, I’ve never really tried it, but you get my point.

Asparagus Egg Bake is very similar to my recipe for Green Chile Egg Bake. It’s super light and airy and just wonderful. You have to give it a try soon!

Asparagus Egg Bake - The Cutting Back Kitchen
Asparagus Egg Bake


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups frozen kale or spinach**
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour, I use GF flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pint cottage cheese
  • 12 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • dash hot sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sauté the asparagus and red pepper in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add in the frozen spinach or kale and sauté about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Mix the eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, cottage cheese, butter and 1/2 of the Cheddar cheese. Add in the veggies. Place the mixture in a greased 9x13 baking dish and top with the remainder of the cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes - or until set.


** I buy frozen kale and spinach that has been flash frozen so it's easy to remove from the bag without it being one massive clump that has to be thawed first. This may be obvious to some, but I didn't know they sold it this way until the past year or so!?!


10 Delicious Easter Dessert Ideas

by Katie on April 11, 2014

Dessert happens to be my favorite part of any dinner.  I always look forward to it!  I thought I would share some delicious looking recipes that I came across on Pinterest.  They all look so amazing and a few of them are also gluten-free!

10 Delicious Easter Treats you MUST Make

I sure do love me some lemon desserts! These Lemon Mascarpone Cupcakes   from Your Cup of Cake look amazing and I see myself trying these with a gluten-free cake mix in the very near future!!

10 Delicious Easter Desserts - Lemon-Mascarpone-Cupcakes

These Cheesecake Carrots from Hungry Happenings are the most clever thing ever!! Everyone loves cheesecake (don’t they?) and this is a great way to take it up a few notches!

10 Easter Dessert Recipes - Cheesecake Carrots

Besides lemon and all things peanut butter, Carrot Cake has my heart! I absolutely LOVE it! And this Carrot Cake Roll from Crazy for Crust seems like a perfect addition to Easter dinner.

10 Easter Dessert Recipes - Carrot Cake Roll

These Krispie Treat Chicks from Cookies and Cups have a little Cadbury Egg hidden inside! How fun, right?

10 Easter Dessert Recipes - Krispie Treat Chicks

This Carrot Cake Fudge from Inside BruCrew Life looks amazing! It’s even topped with Cream Cheese Fudge. Could it get any better?

Easter Dessert Round Up - Carrot Cake Fudge

Not only does this Lemon Angel Pie from Your Homebased Mom look delicious, but it is gluten-free! I will be giving this recipe a try for sure!

Easter Dessert Round Up - Lemon Angel Pie

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Egg Blondies from I Wash You Dry looks like a pretty tasty treat!

10 Easter Treats - Easter Peanut-Butter-Blondies

These Cream Cheese Mints are always a hit! They are simple to make and are the most delicious candy – plus they are gluten-free!

Easter Dessert Recipe - Cream Cheese Mints

Here is another gluten-free goodie. These Coconut Macaroon Nutella Cookie Nests from Two Peas and Their Pod combine two of my favorite things – coconut and nutella! Yum!
Easter Dessert Round Up

Last but not least, we have Lemon Whoopie Pies with Fresh Raspberry Filling from Tatertots and Jello. Aren’t they so pretty!
Easter Dessert Recipes


Try HoneyBaked This Easter

April 10, 2014

This is post is sponsored by HoneyBaked.  All opinions of their products are my own. Easter is right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but I don’t really look forward to making a big meal for Easter. We are all busy and the last thing we want to do is spend the day […]

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Orange Creamsicle Fudge

April 8, 2014

Do you love Orange Creamsicle flavor? I make a Creamsicle cake and there are people that go nuts over the idea, and then there are the Creamsicle haters that would never give it a thought. I think it’s just one of those things that people are on either side of the fence on.  Or at […]

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Bird’s Nest Treats {Flashback Friday}

April 3, 2014

It’s almost Easter, everyone…and that means it’s time to make Bird’s Nest Treats! For some reason it snuck up on me this year.  Not sure how that happened, but here we are just two weeks away! I first made these adorable treats several years ago and I think they are just the cutest little things […]

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Coffee Punch

April 1, 2014

Today I’m sharing  one of my favorite party or shower recipes – Coffee Punch!! I shared it as a contributor post for Blissfully Ever After back in the fall, but I figured now would be a great time to feature it here at The Cutting Back Kitchen. Why? Well…we are getting into “shower season”! That […]

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Menu Plan Monday

March 31, 2014

It’s another busy week of house projects here! I’m not so excited about painting 17 new doors, but I am excited to be working outside in the Spring weather!!  Working in the basement all week last week got old!  It’s finally warm enough to be outside.  I’m hoping the Spring weather sticks around! This was […]

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Asparagus Quinoa Salad – Contributor Post

March 25, 2014

Are you ready for spring? I know, I know…it IS spring…but it sure doesn’t feel like it here in Ohio. We got a taste of it last week and then it was gone. I’m so ready for nice weather! This Asparagus Quinoa Salad recipe is a great spring recipe! And even if it doesn’t feel […]

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