Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chrissy's Pot Pie Soup

This ridiculously fantastic soup is creamy and rich with pie crust dippers that can fool you into thinking you have a pot pie in front of you.

Chrissy's Pot Pie Soup // This ridiculously fantastic soup is creamy and rich with pie crust dippers that can fool you into thinking you have a pot pie in front of you. #recipe #soup #potpie #chicken #ham #pie

One of the few foods I do not care for is pot pie. I'm not sure if it's because I grew up having the mini pre-prepared pot pies or just my dislike of pie crust, but either way...pot pie is not my favorite. So why on earth am I sharing a recipe that's so close to pot pie? Because I LOVE this soup so much. I have taken to trying to find compromises for foods my family loves and I don't like because it's not fair to them to not get to eat something because *I* don't like it. Sometimes this results in me finding a recipe I actually really like and can make me into a believer - this is why I now like Chicken Parm and Philly Cheesesteaks.

I looked through the Cravings cookbook and saw the picture for this soup and although I've made a pot pie soup before, I figured this one seemed more authentic to pot pie and it also had pieces of crust that the others would love (and I could omit in my own bowl, if I wanted). This is definitely a more time-consuming soup recipe, but with the end result, every second spent on this soup was so worth it. The soup was creamy but not too thick. I loved having chicken AND ham. The veggies were reminiscent of pot pie and you also get little bursts of flavor from the pearl onions. What I was surprised with is that I actually really loved the pie crust pieces. They were salty and crunchy and DEFINITELY will always be welcome in my bowl. Nick and the big kids agreed that this was a worthy substitute for actual pot pie and was very very delicious. Most definitely a keeper!

Chrissy's Pot Pie Soup // This ridiculously fantastic soup is creamy and rich with pie crust dippers that can fool you into thinking you have a pot pie in front of you. #recipe #soup #potpie #chicken #ham #pie

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Green Bean Casserole Shepherd's Pie

A perfect marriage of two classic comfort foods

Green Bean Casserole Shepherd's Pie // A perfect marriage of two classic comfort foods #recipe #casserole #shepherdspie #maindish #beef #greenbeans

I remember when I found this recipe how ridiculously excited I was. I love shepherd's pie and don't make it nearly enough and green bean casserole really only appears a few times a year at big holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Why is that? It's much too good to only be made that few times a year. I was a little weary of using instant potatoes because I've never been a huge fan of them (unless my mother-in-law makes them and works her magic to make them taste real), but I was surprised at the flavor of the garlic mashed potatoes. If I'm being honest, I'd still rather make real mashed potatoes to go on this, but in a pinch, I don't mind these instant potatoes.

Green Bean Casserole Shepherd's Pie // A perfect marriage of two classic comfort foods #recipe #casserole #shepherdspie #maindish #beef #greenbeans

Monday, December 11, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - December 11, 2017

Menu Plan Monday for Dec 11, 2017 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I am mega intrigued by red pesto sauce and I adore pesto, so I had to put Monday's recipe on my meal plan. I've been craving salad lately, so that is a welcome meal as well. AND I'm so ready for Butter Pecan Cheesecake!

Monday - Angel Hair with Red Pesto Sauce with Meatballs
Tuesday - Pepperjack Smothered Chicken
Wednesday - Oreo Muffins // Lori's 3-Bean Slow Cooker Chili
Thursday - Chicken Parmesan Salad
Friday - Calzones
Saturday - Italian Sausage Frittata // Butter Pecan Cheesecake
Sunday - Scalloped Potatoes and Ground Beef Casserole

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pumpkin Molasses Cookies #SundaySupper

These chewy cookies are everything spice and nice and you won't be able to stop at one!

Pumpkin Molasses Cookies // These chewy cookies are everything spice and nice and you won't be able to stop at one! #recipe #pumpkin #molasses #cookies #dessert #SundaySupper

Today's Sunday Supper Movement event is BEST COOKIE EXCHANGE RECIPES. I jumped onto  this so quickly because I am in love with cookies and I love doing cookie exchanges. Really I love making cookies, especially at the holidays.

I originally found these cookies and they were named Pumpkin Gingersnaps. I didn't change the recipe, but I felt that they reminded me more of molasses cookies because they are thicker, crunchy on the edges, and soft and chewy in the middle. They definitely reminded me of my mom's molasses cookies that were my childhood favorite.

These pumpkin molasses cookies were so puffy and chewy and I loved every bit of them. I ate entirely too many and I'm seriously considering making another batch and hiding them, because as it turns out, Nick and Cami also really really like them.

Pumpkin Molasses Cookies // These chewy cookies are everything spice and nice and you won't be able to stop at one! #recipe #pumpkin #molasses #cookies #dessert #SundaySupper

These cookies, I feel, would be best for an in-person cookie exchange. But if you do want to send them, I suggest buying some inexpensive plastic food storage containers at a dollar store, so that there is a little protection while getting sent through the mail.

Pumpkin Molasses Cookies // These chewy cookies are everything spice and nice and you won't be able to stop at one! #recipe #pumpkin #molasses #cookies #dessert #SundaySupper

Friday, December 08, 2017

Fantastical Friday: 10 Recipes for National Chocolate Brownie Day


It's National Chocolate Brownie Day and that means I have found some brownie recipes to share, in case you want to celebrate. I have shared bars and brownies recipe round ups before but these are 10 new recipes I have hoarded since then.

10 Recipes for National Chocolate Brownie Day #dessert #chocolate #brownies