Friday, November 30, 2012

Lemon Raspberry Oatmeal

This is probably the very best oatmeal I've had. It was incredible. Now that I'm a lemon lover, I can't go back and this has just enough lemon to keep it from being overwhelming.
Lemon Raspberry Oatmeal - a citrusy, berry breakfast that's easy to make! #oatmeal #lemon #raspberry #breakfast

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tasty Thursday #87: Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

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I love stir frys - love them. So for my birthday in September I made stir fry for my birthday dinner. I meant to do it with green beans, like the original recipe did. But I guess I used up my green beans the night before.
Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry - a quick fix for all your cravings! #stirfry #steak #broccoli

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Taco Crackers

We really liked ranch crackers and were totally on board for these ones :) I really want to try a batch with Italian dressing seasoning.

Taco Crackers - a no-hassle, 3-ingredient snack that everyone will love! #snack #Taco

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappe {Copycat}

It's time for another copycat! I've only had one sip of one of the real things. It was okay, but I wanted to learn how to make it at home because my husband liked it. The at-home version was SO much better. And it can be made all-year round. I'm not sure how Starbucks' schedule works or secret menu or what not, but that is just too much headache for me and too expensive. So making this at home is easy for your brain (as long as you don't drink it too quickly) and your wallet!

Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappe {Copycat} - passing on the dangerous knowledge of how to make this at home. #Starbucks #cookies #beverage #frappe #frappuccino

Monday, November 26, 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Secret Recipe Club

This month, my assigned blog was Fried Ice & Donut Holes. Melissa, who is a teacher by trade, started her food blog in 2009. I love the story behind her blog's name and she has some GREAT recipes, it was so hard for me to choose.

When I saw her Asparagus Gruyere Tart, I was on board. My husband had been begging for steak when he got home from visiting his family and seeing his little brother graduate from Basic Training. I thought this tart would be the perfect side (instead of having potatoes) and we just recently tried gruyere for the first time and absolutely love it!
Asparagus Gruyere Tart - a fancy, but easy side dish that is flaky, cheesy, and delicious! #asparagus #sidedish

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tasty Treasures

Time to show off the most clicked from last week's Tasty Thursday!
Last week marked the most entries for TT to date - with 22. If you didn't get to see what was linked up, I strongly urge you to go there now! I hard such a hard time picking an eye-catcher out of this batch. The foodie blogs never cease to amaze me. Thank you all so much for linking up!

#1: Gingerbread Oreo Truffle Bark//Inside BruCrew Life

I'm definitely going to have to go on a quest to find the Gingerbread Oreos because this bark looks incredibly delicious. I never got to try their birthday funfetti edition because NY is lame.

#2: Funfetti Cookies//Just My Crazy Kitchen
I have made the ones from the cake mix, but honestly, these look way better.

#3: Chinese Pork Lettuce Wraps//Mrs Ellwood's Simple Life
My husband is finicky when it comes to pork. I think I could get away with making this one of his favorite meals. He loves using lettuce instead of carby tortillas.

The Eye-Catcher: MN Vikings Cake//Amy's Cooking Adventures

I was having trouble picking a favorite until I saw this cake. I've mentioned a few times that I was born and raised in Minnesota. I was raised a die-hard Vikings fan and even though I rarely get to catch a game on tv (because we're in NY), I bleed purple and gold. This cake is amazing!

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Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

I am in love with pumpkin anything. I have an entirely too large hoarding collection of pumpkin recipes and I've been trying to make as many as possible while it is in season. Plus I have discovered that Matthew, my 5 year old, is a pumpkin fiend like his momma :)

This milkshake seriously does taste just like a pumpkin pie. It's incredibly rich and delicious!
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake - almost pumpkin pie, almost guilt-free! #pumpkin #milkshake #drink #beverage

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Scandinavian Cucumbers

I grew up in Minnesota - I'm mostly Norwegian (probably a little German too, but mostly Norwegian). My great-great grandfather came from Norway over to America and settled in the area that became the town I grew up in. We all celebrated Norwegian holidays and I grew up eating a lot of typical Norwegian food. My mom made cucumbers like this allllllll the time. It was probably my absolute favorite way of eating them. They are kind of tangy and sweet at the same time :)

Scandinavian Cucumbers - a staple in my family when I was little! #cucumbers #side #Norwegian #Scandinavian

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Italian Creme Cake Cupcakes

I had my first Italian Creme Cake in high school when one of my friends' mom made it - with fresh walnuts. It was magical. This recipe is actually a cake recipe, but it transferred pretty well over into a cupcake recipe. It made about 2 dozen cupcakes, give or take a few cupcakes that may have been eaten before cooled and frosted. I took these to the monthly FRG meeting and they were gone before I knew it! I added the sprinkles that look like little fragments of diamonds - they made these look extra cute!

Italian Creme Cake Cupcakes - a sweet vanilla-y cupcake topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting and walnuts. #cupcakes #cake #dessert

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta

I really love trying new pasta dishes because I never ever get sick of pasta. I didn't really know what exactly to expect out of this one as far as flavor goes, but holy baloney! It was so packed full of flavor - there was a hint of bite, but it was rich and cheesy. Just the smell alone makes your mouth water. It is one of my new favorites and I cannot wait to make it again.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta - dare you to eat just one bite of this cheesy pasta dish! #chicken #pasta #enchilada #dinner

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tasty Treasures

Time to show off the most clicked from last week's Tasty Thursday :)

#1:  DIY Vanilla Extract // Amy's Cooking Adventures
I'm actually making my own right now - it's almost finished. I am really excited to see how it turns out. I love how Amy divided up her bottles!
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#2: Homemade Marshmallow Fluff // Mrs Ellwood
Love the story behind how this recipe made it to the blog. I also cannot wait to take Rhona's suggestion of dolloping fluff into hot cocoa!
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#3: Carmelized Onion Squash Galette // Morsels of Life
Anything that has caramelized onions is a win in my book. This rustic galette also has 3 cheeses too.
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A new addition to Tasty Treasures is "The One That Caught My Eye"
The eye-catcher from last week was: Turtle Cupcakes // Just My Crazy Kitchen
My mom's favorite candy is the Turtles and her birthday is right around the corner. Unfortunately I live no where near my momma :( So I may make these at Christmas for her.
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Chicken & Linguine with Tex Mex Pepper Cream Sauce

Throwing together tex mex with pasta sounded amazing to me. I was incredibly impressed with this sauce. We paired it with a lemony seasoned chicken breast.
Chicken & Linguine with Tex Mex Pepper Cream Sauce. Creamy and full of fresh garden flavors! #chicken #pepper #pasta

Friday, November 16, 2012

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

I believe that I found this recipe through the Crazy Cooking Challenge. You bet your patootie I wanted to make them. I loved the cream cheese in them. They had a rich butter taste to them too. I couldn't stop eating them!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins - a sweet, completely addictive muffin complimented by the addition of cream cheese! #breakfast #muffins #blueberry

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tasty Thursday #86: Funfetti Granola Bites

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When I was looking for quick, but filling snacks to pack for my oldest's lunch - I stumbled upon this granola bites recipe in my bookmarks. I haven't really had a big chance to go through Sally's blog, but it is definitely on my list of things to do. She has posted such amazing recipes since I started following her. If you don't follow her, at the end of this recipe is a link to her blog - go check it out!

Funfetti Granola Bites - a healthy, fast snack that tastes like a sinfully delicious cake! #funfetti #cake #granola #snack

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Baked Burritos

These were another quick, portable dinner that I made one night to take to my husband on staff duty. They were done in no time at all. I wrapped them in aluminum foil and stuck them in a lunchbox - and we were on our way. They are basically baked tacos and there is nothing wrong with the simplicity of a taco. The crunchiness from baking them was outstanding!
Baked Burritos - crunchy and simple! #burritos #dinner

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Caramel Frappe {Copycat}

I'm kind of a huge frappe fan. I don't really go out of my way to get Starbucks because (don't shoot me) I don't think it's all that good. In fact, most of their drinks are just weird tasting. Except the frappuccinos. I love the frappuccinos. I also completely love the BK Caramel Frappe. I know McD's has one too.

But what in the world do they put in that stuff? I mean seriously, do people even think about it? But I digress...I made a frappe at home...and so easy and more delicious than the stuff you get at any place - gonna make this all the time!

McDonald's Caramel Frappe {Copycat} - you'll never have to leave the house again to enjoy this frozen drink! #copycat #frappuccino #caramel #beverage

Monday, November 12, 2012

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Lemon Garlic Green Beans and Potatoes

I have seen this on Pinterest over and over again. I pinned it and then forgot about it. I've been trying to meal plan from Pinterest more and more, so I decided it was finally time to make this. It was really good. I didn't find the baby red potatoes, like the recipe stated, so I used half the amount with regular sized red potatoes. We thought it was a bit too many potatoes and we want to add more green beans. There is just something so satisfying about eating fresh green beans!
Pan-Roasted Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Green Beans, a one-dish oven-cooked meal full of flavor! #lemon #chicken #greenbeans

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Tasty Treasures

Time to show off the most clicked from last week's Tasty Thursday!

#1: Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup 
from Couponing & Cooking
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#2: Oatmeal Cookie Pear Bars 
from Hezzi D's Books & Cooks
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#3: Lemon Rosemary Chicken 
from Angels Homestead
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Man Food Week: Hot Biscuits & Gravy

I hope you all loved man food week and found something to impress the men in your life - whether it be a significant other, dad, sibling, uncle, etc.

I hate gravy. I hate biscuits soggy with gravy. So you might ask why on earth I am posting a biscuits and gravy recipe?! husband and kids LOVE it. My mom-in-law makes incredible biscuits and gravy every time we visit - all 3 of them beg for it and are spoiled! However, we only visit two times a year and it's never long enough. I figured that I should probably learn how to make it for them until we move in with Mom...I mean, visit her more often :P

I did taste a bit of the gravy and I'd have to say, it was actually pretty tasty.
Hot Biscuits and Gravy - breakfast with a kick. #biscuits #gravy #italiansausage

Friday, November 09, 2012

Man Food Week: Kamikaze Fries {Copycat}

I love Food Network - one of my favorite shows is Triple D. Guy Fieri is just hilarious and he always shows the best, best shindigs. My Before I Die board on Pinterest is turning into Triple D stops! I was watching reruns one night and saw Naked City Pizza (in Las Vegas) making these unbelievable looking French fries called Suicide Fries. Unfortunately, all my googling didn't result in an exact recipe. So I rewatched the clip and jotted down what was in them. So here is my take on Suicide Fries.

We threw our kamikaze hot sauce into an old Frank's hot sauce bottle since there was more than enough to go around!
Kamikaze Fries - a grenade for your tastebuds! #fries #manfood #gameday #spicy

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Tasty Thursday #85: Man Food Week: Rosemary Beer-Marinated Pork Chops

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Nothing says man more than a tall beer, right? I knew I'd want to make these for Nick who is relatively unimpressed by pork chops. I've been trying to make the best of the best recipes to make him like pork chops, so we can have a little more variety in our menu. I thought these were delicious, juicy, and not overwhelming flavored with beer. I have been using my George Foreman grill a lot lately as the weather cools down (I'm writing this in on 19 September, but here in November, this obviously will apply more than in September!) - and I got some gorgeous grill marks on these chops effortlessly!

Rosemary Beer Marinated Pork Chops. The rosemary and beer pair together nicely with the pork! #pork #beer #manfood

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Man Food Week: Soft & Crispy Steak Tacos

I love the occasional hard shell taco, but I hate it breaking and everything falling out everywhere. I also love refried beans on tacos. Any man would love steak instead of ground chuck...I mean c'mon! It's steak! These were the perfect combination of meat, crunch, chew, and toppings.
Soft & Crispy Steak Tacos. A hard shell coated with refried beans, wrapped in a soft shell, and stuffed with steak! #manfood #steak #tacos

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Man Food Week: Kicked Up Philly Cheesesteak

It would not be man food week here without me sharing something Philly Cheesesteak. I thought the idea of Rotel in Phillies was a genius idea. So I took the base recipe and went from there - adding my own little touches.
Kicked Up Philly Cheesesteak. Classic Phillies with a kick of Rotel! #philly #cheesesteak #manfood #Rotel

Monday, November 05, 2012

Man Food Week: Popcorn Chicken

Last month, I did pumpkin week. I don't remember when I decided to start doing themed weeks, but it may have been a way to get some recipes made with the same theme. I decided since football season is well under way that a little man food was a necessity! I'm hoping to get my hubs to narrow down his favorites list and share with y'all later on this week what he considers to be the best man food I make :)

This first recipe is bound to be not only a man-pleasing recipe, but a kid-pleasing, crowd-pleasing, family favorite. We made some without buffalo sauce for the kids - and both Nick and I tested out the recipe plain too and the seasoning is just extraordinary! It's a perfect blend and great without extra sauce. Of course, tossing it with buffalo sauce was just out of this world. These are going to be made a lot. They are great for an appetizer, but also great with fries, potato skins, etc for a delicious dinner!

Popcorn Chicken. Incredible without sauce, but such a man-pleaser tossed with buffalo sauce! #chicken #manfood #spicy #gameday #appetizer

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Tasty Treasures

Time to show off the most clicked from last week's Tasty Thursday :)

#1: Graham Cracker Candy//SteakNPotatoesKindaGurl
This candy from Desi just looks incredible. We go through graham crackers like crazy in our house!
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#2: Butterfinger Fudge//Couponing & Cooking
I just love how this fudge looks - yum yum yum.
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#3: Brown Sugar Cheese Danish//Chocolate, Chocolate, and More
So simple, but so DELICIOUS looking! WOW!
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