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Monday, February 08, 2016
This week, my middle baby turns 8 years old. As per our usual tradition, the birthday kiddo gets to pick out dinner and what they want for a cake on their birthday. Cami chose jalapeno popper grilled cheese and funfetti poke cake. I am going to make cupcakes for the weekend when we celebrate her birthday with family - and I am going to make the ones she almost picked for her actual birthday. :)
20-Minute Tuscan Chicken with Penne Pasta
baby spinach leaves, diced tomatoes (2), chicken breasts, half and half?, penne pasta, roma tomato (2), Parmesan?, fresh basil
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Whether you dip graham crackers or fresh fruit in it, this S'mores Dip is outta this world!!
Sometimes when it's time to do a write up for a blog post, my mind immediately goes to Golden Girls. Picture it...Knoxville...2014. For all those fans out there, you know I'm talking Sophia right now. I definitely channel my inner Sophia when I go to start a post. So picture it...Knoxville...2014, it was New Year's Eve and I was getting ready to make a bunch of different foods for us to enjoy...I decided it was best to try and make some of the dips in my mini crockpots, so I didn't have to dirty a lot of dishes, and so they were portable and could be plugged back in to heat up, if need be.
This dip is meant for graham crackers or honey Teddy Grahams because obviously that completes the missing part of the "s'mores", but we also had fresh fruit and couldn't help ourselves. It is an excellent fruit dip!
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Decadent dark chocolate coffee cupcakes topped with lighter than air chocolate and cappuccino frostings for the fancy pals in your life!
My mom-in-law, Francie, is one of my favorite people and I am so lucky to have her in my life. She is strong, selfless, and such a strong positive force to everyone around her. Her birthday on December 30th, so we try to go out of our way to really celebrate her birthday because it can be overlooked with it being so close to Christmas and New Year. I find that I really enjoy trying to find a recipe that she'll love. She loves German chocolate cake and red velvet cake - I've made those in past years. For 2014, I wanted to do a coffee chocolate cake. I found a few recipes that I modified to fit what I wanted to do for her and came up with this recipe!
I got pretty ambitious with her cupcakes and wanted to make them really fancy because her nickname is "Fancy Francie", so she got these cursive "F"s on her cupcakes along with gold sugar sprinkles and pearls. Because Fancy Francie is a classy lady!! :) The cupcakes were fluffy, moist, and rich. The dark chocolate flavor really came through and it was just everything. Everything! Add the airy, light frostings in both chocolate and cappuccino flavors - oh yes! They pair with the dark chocolate cupcakes wonderfully. I had to stop myself from eating the frosting by the spoonful because it was so so good.
I think that my mom-in-law really loved her cupcakes and everyone else was really impressed with how they turned out, as was I.
Monday, February 01, 2016
It's February and so begins a super busy month with a TON of birthdays. I'm trying to prep for Cami's birthday party with friends and then the other with family, plus a mini celebration with just us on her actual birthday. Then there's Mason's FIRST birthday on the 24th (I can't believe he's already going to be a year old!!) and that will probably just be one collective little birthday party on the weekend after his birthday. I'm hoping his little stinker butt will be eating table food by then. Last week, he finally began eating his little puffs. He's taking his time and being stubborn with textures :P This week is kind of my week to indulge on everything I have been craving lately. So here it is...this week's menu!
Sunday, January 31, 2016
These Philly cheesesteaks are topped with colorful bell peppers and a yummy Velveeta cheese sauce.
It's time for another Sunday Supper event and this event is for Big Game Day Party recipes, hosted by D.R. of Gluten Free Crumbley. While we don't watch a lot of football much anymore, we enjoy game day foods. In past years, we have gotten together with our friends and watched the Super Bowl together and snacked on all sorts of delicious foods. I think pizza and subs are quintessential game day foods, but I can also see Philly cheesesteaks being served up for a "main dish" when there's a crowd of hungry football fans around.
I wasn't a huge fan of Philly cheesesteaks until around 2010. Nick loves them and because I will never NOT make something just because I don't like it --- I ended up finding some recipes for cheesesteaks to try out. I didn't expect to like any of the recipes, but I was making them for him, not me. However, I DID find a recipe and I devoured my sandwich and went back for seconds. From then on, I haven't turned down a cheesesteak.
This particular recipe comes from one of my favorites - Ree Drummond! I swear I'm not super picky, but I don't really care for Velveeta. I didn't expect to be blown away by a Velveeta cheese sauce - especially over traditional provolone. But...I devoured my sandwich. The Velveeta is exactly what this sandwich needs. It was such a flavorful sauce and it had the perfect texture to go with the meat and veggies. I also just adore that there are three different colors of sweet peppers in this sandwich. It looks so pretty and colorful!
Do y'all eat a main dish for game day or do you snack on appetizers?
What are YOUR favorite game day foods?