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Monday, August 29, 2016

Copycat McDonald's Cinnamelts #SecretRecipeClub

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This fast food breakfast is the perfect quick homemade meal to start out the day!
Copycat McDonald's Cinnamelts // This fast food breakfast is the perfect quick homemade meal to start out the day! #recipe #breakfast #copycat

Hello, friends! It's Secret Recipe Club reveal day once again. Since it is a five Monday month, we are having another Themed Reveal Day. Today's theme: BACK TO SCHOOL. We are focusing on quick meals for breakfast or dinner, after school snacks, and lunchbox goodies! I am so excited to see what the other SRCers have to share because this mom needs all the help I can get in the back to school area. In fact, today we have a girl scout meeting after school followed by a parent meeting. I need a quick dinner for tonight!!

I was assigned Cathleen's blog, A Taste of Madness. Cathleen is a teacher, math nerd, and dessert lover. She loves to try new things in the kitchen and out. I immediately hit up Cathleen's breakfast section because I struggle a lot with making breakfast for my kids during the week - although they love cereal and poptarts - and even school breakfast. I will be honest and say I was immediately drawn to the Starbucks Pumpkin Bread, but that is because it's my favorite breakfast. I get it just about every week at my grocery store because we have a Starbucks inside it.

Copycat McDonald's Cinnamelts // This fast food breakfast is the perfect quick homemade meal to start out the day! #recipe #breakfast #copycat

But this wasn't about me (and I don't have the time nor am I willing to make a recipe that cooks for an hour in the morning - I am not a morning person), it was about my kids. Matt and Cami love cinnamon rolls and I knew they would love Cathleen's Copycat McDonald's Cinnamon Melts. So I didn't search past that. I knew this would be the one (although Cathleen has tons of great recipes that I encourage y'all to check out!).

I was so right! I made these and my kids finished the pan lickety split and then asked for me to make another one LOL. They were so fast to make and they were so good. I loved them just as much as they did. So simple, but seriously the best!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Kielbasa & Pierogies with Summer Veggies

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The perfect way to use up some of your garden harvest with hearty pierogies and delicious kielbasa
Kielbasa and Pierogies with Summer Veggies // The perfect way to use up some of your garden harvest with hearty pierogies and delicious kielbasa #recipe #kielbasa #pierogies

I swear one of these days I will stop posting my recipes soooo late at night. But I am so distracted during the day and then by 7 or 8 o'clock, I realize I have had my draft open and haven't updated it past uploading the pictures. Whoops! So here I am at 10:30 at night trying to scramble to think of what to say.

So let's get to this recipe! It was my first time having pierogies and I can't think of a better way to experience them for the first time than this recipe. Nothing was covering up their taste or overpowering them and the vegetables and crisp kielbasa were wonderful with the pierogies. I can count myself a pierogi fan. I cannot wait to try them in more recipes!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

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This lovely full-flavored pasta dish is on the table in under 30 minutes!
Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta // This lovely full-flavored pasta dish is on the table in under 30 minutes! #recipe #chicken #pasta #under30minutes

I live for quick meals. I thought I would be able to cook for longer times once Mason got a bit older, but now at 18 months, he needs to be supervised more than ever. I now realize that having one toddler is much harder than two. I know that doesn't make any lick of sense, but with Matthew and Cami, they distracted each other. Also neither one was a climber. So anything that I can fix quickly is best. Of course, that's also because I am holding down the fort without Nick while he is in a different fort (army training). I am in love with this recipe because it takes little effort and it's such a great dish. I hate that I can never find the words to describe food other than delicious - food bloggers, you have got to know my pain! The alfredo-like pesto sauce is rich, creamy, and that BASIL!! Yes! Tomatoes add a bit of juiciness and the chicken - well, I could have eaten that alone, to be honest. It's amazing how uncomplicated seasonings can be the best ones!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - August 22, 2016

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Menu Plan Monday for Aug 22, 2016 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Good morning, folks! It's time for a little sharing of what we're having to eat this week. Again, I will attempt these breakfast recipes because I've literally been meaning to make them for more than a year. I just hate doing anything in the morning. Not a morning person. Wednesday's dinner is from the cookbook that I am reviewing for October. What are y'all having to eat this week? Tell me in the comments!

Monday - 20-Minute Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake
Tuesday - Tuna Melt Quesadillas
Wednesday - Minestrone alla Genovese
Thursday - [b] Individual Cheese Danish [d] Japanese Steakhouse Hibachi
Friday - BBQ Pineapple Pulled Pork
Saturday [b] Cinnamon Pecan Biscuit Twists [*] Circus Animal Cookie Pie
Sunday - Crockpot Italian Chicken


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Friday, August 19, 2016

Perfect Iced Coffee

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This large batch of coffee brews at room temperature overnight and is ready for morning after morning of incredibly delicious iced coffee!
Perfect Iced Coffee // This large batch of coffee brews at room temperature overnight and is ready for morning after morning of incredibly delicious iced coffee!

I had been cooking my way through some cookbooks and found some new things to try of Ree's out of one of the 4 cookbooks of hers that I own. I love me some PDub and her recipes have never failed me. During the summer, I loved iced coffee and I've always wanted to make my own at home. I knew I could trust Ree's recipe and if you haven't guessed - I wasn't let down at all since I'm posting it! You could really make many variations with flavored ground coffee and you, as always, can put a variation of different creamers in it to make a different flavor coffee. It's really nice to have on hand and it's a quick way to get your cup of joe in the hot summer mornings. You literally just pour it over ice and add flavor if you want it and then DRINK! :)