Monday, November 24, 2014
So we're actually moved in and staying at our house...we're unpacking as we go, but have made a huge dent in it. Thankfully, we are doing Thanksgiving at my in laws' house! My husband's childhood friend is in town for the week and my sister-in-law has been coming over for dinner a bit, so we have a nice full house for meals - which is nice :)
Sweet & Sour Meatballs [double batch]
Italian sausage (2), ground turkey (2), Parmesan cheese, 32 oz. pineapple tidbits, green bell pepper (2), onion (2)
Copycat Popeye's Chicken
Hot sauce, buttermilk, chicken tenderloins, peanut oil (for the fryer), Arby's fries
It’s time again for Secret Recipe Club! What is Secret Recipe Club, you ask? It’s a club of food bloggers split into 4 groups that post on separate Mondays in the month. Each blogger is assigned a blog secretly and they stalk that blog to find a recipe or two to make. Once made, the recipe is photographed and a blog post is made to showcase the recipe and blog on the designated Monday! It’s a really fun way to find new blogs, try new foods, and share a little love to a blogger. For more information, go here.
This past month has been absolutely insane for us and this last weekend in particular has definitely been the busiest. I’m typing this from our first home – our new home – which we are in the process of unpacking and settling into. But I’m proud to say that I made two recipes from my assigned blog, Flying on Jess Fuel. I’m sharing one of the two today for reveal day, but I loved both of them and will eventually get around to sharing the Cinnamon Pecan Banana Pancakes at some point.
Jess is a Navy wife and also married to a Nick - both of whom love food and a good homebrew - which they definitely have in common with me and my Nick (except for Army instead of Navy). I have been waiting as patiently as possible and not rigging assignments (which took self control, let me tell you, since I'm the one that does them) to get Jess' blog. I love it! Jess has an incredible collection of recipes and her pictures are gorgeous. I had both a hard and easy time picking a recipe this month. I saved a bunch, but I easily picked my top two and made both. The one I'm sharing today is not the pancake recipe that I linked to above, but Jess' Bacon Cheesy Cauliflower Chowder...which my preggo brain inadvertently turned into soup while editing my picture...but it's chowder. Promise.
It cracks me up that Jess mentioned she is not a carb-hater, but loves veggies - that is me to a tee. I'll eat the junk outta some carbs, but I am a veggie-aholic. Any veggie is my friend. Now that the weather is cooler here in Tennessee, weekly soup night has begun again. I was very excited to try this chowder and was absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. We will definitely be having it again. Everyone (Nick, kids, sister-in-law, and mom-in-law) all loved it and that is a pretty good thing when all of us love a recipe :)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I have been wanting to make homemade salsa for a really long time. My mother-in-law makes a killer homemade salsa that I still haven't made the recipe for (and need to find in my recipe stack) and seriously...homemade salsa is the way to go. You can control heat, how chunky it is, how much cilantro is in it...etc. This is kind of a fast, easy, shortcut salsa in a way because you use canned tomatoes, however, actual tomatoes could be substituted easily. The original recipe had no cilantro and salsa just ain't salsa without cilantro, so, of course, I absolutely HAD to add a bunch :)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
It drives Nick nuts, but I will totally drink my coffee once it gets cold. It doesn't even have to have ice in it which apparently is sacrilege to even let it get cold in the first place. I also do like actual iced coffee. And that's why I just had to try out this lovely hazelnut iced coffee.
I am kind of picky with coffee flavors (with creamer), but I will do some hazelnut coffee any time. This particular hazelnut coffee actually has Nutella in it! And who doesn't like Nutella??? i mean it. Who doesn't? We need to find that person and help them understand the amazingness that is Nutella :)
Monday, November 17, 2014
This week is the last week I'll have a short week because we will finally be moving into our first home! I'm super duper excited and my new kitchen is one of the biggest reasons for it. It's so nice :) I'll be going back to regular "full" week menus after Thanksgiving. YAY! This week we are having tons of super yummy remakes. MMMM.
Chicken breasts, paprika, buffalo sauce
One Skillet Cheesy Hamburger Pasta
Onion (1), ground beef (1), diced tomatoes (2), tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, medium shells
Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Soup
Butter, onion (1), beer, corn, bacon, milk, shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, hard salami, honey ham, shredded Parmesan cheese
Tatortots, tortillas, breakfast sausage, shredded cheddar cheese, pickled jalapenos, salsa, onion (1)
Total Spent: TBA
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