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Monday, September 22, 2014

Menu Plan Monday


This week is very casserole-esque. Lots of good hearty meals for the fall in this bunch. :)

{Monday}
Spicy Pasta with Broccoli & Sausage
Broccoli, Italian sausage, Parmesan cheese*, orecchiette pasta

{Tuesday}
Freezer Meal #3
Tortilla chips, Mexican cheese

{Wednesday}
Ham & Cheese Gnocchi
Onion (1), ham (12 oz.), potato gnocchi (16 oz.), gruyere, pepper jack

{Thursday}
Crockpot Beer Braised Roast Beef
sirloin roast (about 5 lb), red ale beer, potatoes, carrots, dinner rolls

{Extra}
Circus Animal Cookie Milkshake // Deep Fried Pickles with Cheese & Bacon // Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
Corn syrup*, vanilla ice cream (gonna make this!), rainbow sprinkles, circus animal cookies // kosher dill pickles, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, panko* // semisweet chocolate chips, eggs


Total Spent: TBA

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Veggie & Egg Hash #secretrecipeclub

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SRC is now hosted on Blogger and has a new look. Be sure to stop by and see it, follow it, etc. HERE.

For those who don't know, Secret Recipe Club is a great little group...well, large group, of food bloggers who are secretly assigned another blog each month. Each member chooses a recipe (or more) from their assigned blog and then on the designated Monday for their group, they post the recipe they made. It's a great way to feature a new blog - really discover a new blog - and help others to find new blogs to follow. It feels good to shine that spotlight on another blogger :)

This month I was assigned to Becky of A Calculated Whisk. I was totally excited to find there was another dessert enthusiast slash cat lady who is also a teacher in my group. I love finding out there are people who do it all - it makes me just want to pick their brain and want to find out all their secrets to staying sane :)

I was very decisive this month and had to choose between two breakfast-egg-casserole type thing: Veggie & Egg Hash or Sweet Potato & Kale Breakfast Skillet. I was hankering for some asparagus and brussels, so I opted for the first recipe.


And it was so the perfect choice! The veggies were just super delicious and everything worked together so well. It was pretty quick to make too :)



Friday, September 19, 2014

Fantastical Friday: 17 Perfect Pudding Cookies

It's a little bit late to be posting a Fantastical Friday, but I have one and it's a good'n! PUDDING COOKIES. The last two weeks I've shared a pudding cookie recipe. They are honestly my favorite type of cookie. I am Team Soft/Chewy Cookie. I don't really eat any crunchy hard ones. Pudding mix makes cookies so incredibly soft and chewy. They keep extremely well. And there are SO MANY variations that you can make. I browsed my cookie board on Pinterest to find some amazing recipes to share with you all today :)

17 Perfect Pudding Cookies | Pudding mix makes the softest chewiest cookies ever and there are so many different kinds to make! #cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Pudding Cookies from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes - Recipe | Pin It
Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pudding Cookies from Shards of Lavender - Recipe | Pin It
The Best M&M Cookies from Cookies & Cups - Recipe | Pin It
Root Beer Pudding Cookies from Chef in Training - Recipe | Pin It
Pumpkin Pudding Toffee Nut Cookies from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes - Recipe | Pin It
Hershey's Special Dark Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies from Something Swanky - Recipe | Pin It
Almond Joy Pudding Cookies from Chef in Training - Recipe | Pin It
Very Vanilla Pudding Cookies from Sweet Bella Roos - Recipe | Pin It
Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes - Recipe | Pin It
Banana Cream Pudding Cookies from The Recipe Critic - Recipe | Pin It
Snickers Cheesecake Pudding Cookies from Something Swanky - Recipe | Pin It
Butterscotch Pudding Triple Chip Cookies from Mom's Test Kitchen - Recipe | Pin It
Chocolate Pudding Andes Mint Cookies from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes - Recipe | Pin It
S'mores Pudding Cookies from The Best Blog Recipes - Recipe | Pin It
White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Pudding Cookies from The Recipe Critic - Recipe | Pin It
Oreo Pudding Cookies from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes - Recipe | Pin It
Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Pudding Cookies from Chef in Training - Recipe | Pin It
Gingerbread Pudding Cookies from Inside BruCrew Life as seen on Chef in Training - Recipe | Pin It


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

On the Go...with Jif #Sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. 

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Okay, so with me being a mom, currently pregnant, in college, working as a substitute teacher, and transitioning from military life to civilian life (which includes living with family, all our stuff in storage, and house hunting)...I'm basically always busy.

I was given the opportunity to try out Jif's newest genius snack: To Go Dippers. I'm basically obsessed with peanut butter right now. I love having English muffins hot out of the toaster with peanut butter on them [so the peanut butter melts!] for breakfast. It's like the only thing I can stomach. And I also have peanut butter English muffins for late night snacks. My pregnancy app also advocates eating toast with peanut butter or really anything with peanut butter. But I will talk more about that in a different post :)

#GetGoing with Jif To Go Dippers - and find out how you can win $1000 for your next adventure #MC #sponsored
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Today I wanted to talk about Jif's photo contest they have going on right now through October 1st, 2014.

Jif To Go is asking fans to share pictures about how they get going. You can enter one a week for a chance to win $1000 (awesome!) for your next adventure. For more information on the #GetGoing promotion, please check out the official rules here and check out Jif on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

The #GetGoing photo promotion is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years of age and older. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. See Official Rules for complete details.

I am hoping to post some #GetGoing pictures very soon to my Instagram. My dream vacation is to finally take the kids to Disney (in Florida), but with me being pregnant right now, we'd probably have to take a mini one to my favorite local theme park: DOLLYWOOD :) For those who are like "What on earth is that?" - Dollywood is here in the great Smoky Mountains and is the creation of the amazing and wonderfully awesome Dolly Parton. I haven't been in the longest time and would love to get going over there. Of course, it's a shame I can't ride the Tennessee Tornado rollercoaster....but I know they have the country fair going on right now and that's one of my all-time favorite times of the year to go to Dollywood! All the fair food and fair rides are just the bomb dot com. Plus my kiddos have never been to Dollywood and I know they would love it.

If you won the $1000, where would you want to go??


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chunk Pudding Cookies

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chunk Pudding Cookies | An absolutely addictive pudding cookie featuring peanut butter chips and chocolate chunks that are the perfect pair! #recipe #cookies

So months and months ago, I was sitting around late at night and I was really craving some cookies. I couldn't really decide what I wanted, so I took to my baking cabinet [literally full of sugars, flours, chocolate chips, etc.] and pulled out what I thought sounded good. I had a bunch of vanilla pudding and I had chocolate chunks and peanut butter chips and that was all it took for me to know that I needed to have some pudding cookies in my life. The chocolate chunks are the perfect complimenting pair to the peanut butter chips. And, of course, the cookies are wonderfully soft and chewy with the addition of the pudding. I could not stop eating these. They were so good!

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chunk Pudding Cookies | An absolutely addictive pudding cookie featuring peanut butter chips and chocolate chunks that are the perfect pair! #recipe #cookies

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