Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Countdown to 2015: Reader Faves of 2014

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Find some new recipes to try in the new year, as we say goodbye to 2014! The Countdown to 2015 has a slew of #recipes from many food blogs! #Countdownto2015 #newyear

So this is another really fascinating category that I love seeing pop up - Reader Faves/Most Popular. I like to see what my readers like to read the most on my blog. I'm actually going to take the time to talk about each one below and also - be sure to check out some of my foodie friends' reader faves/most popular recipes of 2014!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Countdown to 2015: Best Desserts of 2014

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Find some new recipes to try in the new year, as we say goodbye to 2014! The Countdown to 2015 has a slew of #recipes from many food blogs! #Countdownto2015 #newyear

Although I do post a majority of main dishes...desserts are where my heart is. I absolutely adore sweets. Below you will find bars, cakes, cookies, and even a crumble and Rice Krispie treats from me and some decadent sweets from my foodie pals!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Countdown to 2015: Best Snacks & Appetizers of 2014

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Find some new recipes to try in the new year, as we say goodbye to 2014! The Countdown to 2015 has a slew of #recipes from many food blogs! #Countdownto2015 #newyear

It's snacks and appetizer time! YAY! I always look forward to this day of the Countdown because it's always right before New Year's Eve, so there is plenty of time to find some yummy new treats to make for the 31st. Below you will find some of my foodie friends' recipes as well as my recipes for the best Snacks & Appetizers of 2014.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Countdown to 2015: Best Main Dishes of 2014

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On the third day of the Countdown, my true love gave to me: THE BEST MAIN DISHES OF 2014!!! :) Okay, so maybe not our true loves, but definitely a bunch of great food bloggers. Although I have a million jillion (technically speaking) dessert/sweet recipes pinned and hoarded, I still post main dishes as a majority of my recipes. Granted, we eat dinner way more than we eat dessert, but anyways...here are some main dishes from me and some other food bloggers.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Countdown to 2015: Best Crockpot Recipes of 2014

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Find some new recipes to try in the new year, as we say goodbye to 2014! The Countdown to 2015 has a slew of #recipes from many food blogs! #Countdownto2015 #newyear
It's Day 2 of the Countdown to 2015 which means it's Crockpot recipe sharing day. I love my crockpot(s). I just picked up 2 more - little 1.5 quarts - for fondue for NYE. I honestly don't think one could have enough crockpots. You can make everything in them! I can't wait to see some of the roundups from other food blogs here because I will be saving a ton of new recipes to try in 2015 :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Countdown To 2015: Best Breakfast Recipes of 2014

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Calling all food bloggers: Join in the Countdown to 2015 where fellow food bloggers are counting down the best recipes of 2014! #countdown #2015

Hello, everyone! In the past few years, I've spent the last little bit of December counting down to the New Year. I started participating in 2011 when SnoWhite of Finding Joy in my Kitchen started the Countdown. I unfortunately didn't hear if she was going to host again this year - typically we find out a couple weeks in advance and she posts on her blog a week before Christmas about it, but it's been quiet this year. So I decided to carry on the tradition, keeping the same type of format and "schedule". The image/badge above shows the schedule and any food blogger is welcome to join in. You can participate in one day, all days, etc. It's up to you and your schedule. :) Just make your round up post of the best recipes on your blog that you posted in 2014 and come back by and link up your post here or on the Secret Recipe Club website!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Announcing: Countdown to 2015

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I have been participating in a fun shindig called "Countdown to..." each year to round up my best/favorite recipes from the year from Fantastical. I joined other food bloggers in this really fun activity sharing round ups from Dec 26 until Jan 1 to ring in the new year. I've been waiting for my email with all the details this year, but I don't think that the host is doing it this year. I can't NOT do the countdown now that it's been since 2011 that I've participated, so I decided to host it this year and invite anyone who would like to join in, to join in!

Here is the schedule and image/badge to grab (just right-click save to your computer and upload to your blog):
Join us as we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome in the new year by rounding up our favorite recipes of 2014 in the Countdown to 2015! Begins December 26th! #recipes #countdown

All you have to do is round up the best recipes you posted in 2014 on your blog for each category. I typically make a collage for easy pinning. Each post you can stop by and link up to the corresponding day, here on Fantastical or on the Secret Recipe Club website. On the 1st, the "Pick Your Poison" category is simply a you-choose category. You can share your favorite recipes from 2014, recipes from someone else's blog that you can't wait to try in 2015, beverages, etc. Any kind of miscellaneous round up that you would like to share...is game on the first day of 2015!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment or email me at fantasticalsharing1 at gmail dot com. I'll see you back on Friday for the first Countdown to 2015 post all about the best breakfast recipes of 2014!

Added note: You do not have to participate every day or all the days. If you want to do just dessert and reader faves, you are welcome to just those. Or just one day, that's perfectly fine! It is up to you how many or few you want to do.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nestle Toll House Holiday Recipes: Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies #sp

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Disclosure: Today’s post is sponsored by Nestle Toll House, but my love for their DelightFulls filled morsels is all my own!

These Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies featuring Nestle Toll House DelightFulls filled baking morsels are out of this world delicious combining salted caramel and chocolate together.

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I have been on a cookie kick lately. From my roundup of cookie recipes last Friday to sharing two cookie recipes on Monday...cookies have been on my mind! They are the perfect holiday treat for family and friends - they package well, they can be made a million different ways, and who doesn't love a cookie? I have been brainstorming cookie recipes over the last few weeks and trying to think of the best possible combination for testing out the new Nestle Toll House DelightFulls filled morsels. They come in four different combinations: mint + dark chocolate, cherry + dark chocolate, peanut butter + milk chocolate, and caramel + milk chocolate. I picked up two of the four to make my own Nestle Toll House Holiday recipe :)
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At some point, I will share the second recipe using the DelightFulls filled morsels and also another cookie recipe using Nestle Toll House morsels. Unfortunately, they are just a limited edition regular-sized unfilled mint and dark chocolate morsels, but they were so delicious! And I couldn't stop there, after seeing many posts featuring the peanut butter filled morsels, I picked some up at the store yesterday. But I cannot figure out what recipe I want to make with them. Nestle has a whole slew on their website (here), but they are so many I cannot choose - HELP ME! What would you make?

But alas, today is all about the lovely the caramel filled baking morsels. I will share my cherry filled baking morsels cookie recipe very soon - promise! It is such a great recipe - it's hard to pick which one is my favorite :)

These Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies featuring Nestle Toll House DelightFulls filled baking morsels are out of this world delicious combining salted caramel and chocolate together #TollHouseTime #DelightFulls #sp

So today is all about the Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies...again, I made these with the caramel-filled morsels. These morsels are a little larger than the regular morsels and will hold their shape while baking. I chose to keep mine whole, but you can also chop them up. Initially, my brainstorming led me to using the caramel-filled morsels in a hot cocoa cookie recipe because last year I hoarded a bunch of different flavors of hot cocoa, like salted caramel, marshmallow, double chocolate, and mint. I grabbed them specifically for making cookies and forgot to make some.


The recipe is easy and comes together just like most any other cookie recipe - mix together dry ingredients, cream together wet ingredients, add dry to wet, and stir in your "candies" - so there is nothing complicated about it. The DelightFulls add a whole new scrumptiousness to these cookies that they definitely would have missed without them. I also really appreciate not having ugly cookies with caramel bits that burnt to the bottom of the pan when they leaked out. I think we've all had that happen a time or two :) The DelightFulls keep in line and in the cookie!

These Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies featuring Nestle Toll House DelightFulls filled baking morsels are out of this world delicious combining salted caramel and chocolate together #TollHouseTime #DelightFulls #sp

One thing I am hoping to do next time I make these is to add a sprinkle of sea salt on top - the salted caramel hot cocoa mix gives a slight saltiness to the cookies that makes you want to just keep on eating them, but I love a cookie with a little sea salt on top! I'm really excited to share these since I got SO many out of just one batch. The kids are bringing some to their teachers, for sure, and I'm hoping to take some over to our new neighbors since they were so kind as to have brought us cookies when we first moved in :)


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Salted Mudslide Cookies

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Salted Mudslide Cookies | Sweet chocolate chunks, a little coffee liqueur, and a sprinkle of sea salt on top make up this magical cookie! #recipe #kahlua #cookies

Another recipe for cookies, guys...prepare yourselves!

I have really latched onto this whole sea salt with desserts craze. There is something so lovely about salty and sweet together. What makes this little treat so good is that it also has a little Kahlua kick and coffee in it. All of the different elements work together so well..you have the sweet liqueur and a little bitterness from the coffee plus the salty of the sea salt. YUM! It has everything a cookie needs! I absolutely adore that it has chocolate chunks because you get the ooey gooey sweetness in each bite. It's really just perfection. Y'all have to make them ASAP!

Salted Mudslide Cookies | Sweet chocolate chunks, a little coffee liqueur, and a sprinkle of sea salt on top make up this magical cookie! #recipe #kahlua #cookies


Monday, December 15, 2014

Dark Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies #fbcookieswap

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So I am participating for the second year in a row in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap - it's the fourth annual year and I love it. It's one of my most favorite things to do! Not only do I get to make cookies and send them off to three people secretly, but I also get to receive three secret packages of cookies.

My cookies were sent to Shelby of The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch, Sue of It's Okay to Eat the Cupcake, and Liz of Floating Kitchen. Because I had received one of my batches in an adorable Christmas tin before sending mine out, I decided to find some cute tins of my own to send off to my matches. I honestly wish I would've picked up two of each because I fell in love with them. So cute :) I used the recipe cards Lindsay and Julie provided and some very cute holiday Ziploc baggies to keep my cookies fresh.

So the cookies I chose to make were a very festive kind: Dark Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies. I've had them pinned for forever (surprise, surprise...) and really wanted to make them. I had trouble finding the peppermint M&Ms until I made the trip out to get some cute tins. I doubled the batch (although I'm sharing a single batch) and ended up with a ton of cookies. I sent a dozen to each of my matches, 20 to our dear friends in New York, and I packed a dozen to take to my mom-in-law's. I still had quite a few leftover. Which is totally fine by me!

Dark Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies | Decadent dark chocolate paired with white chocolate peppermint M&Ms make for a cookie you won't want to share! #recipe #fbcookieswap

These cookies were so decadent and the M&Ms...I am so glad that I have a second bag hidden away because they are going to take so much willpower to save to utilize for a super fantastical recipe in the near future. They are just calling to me to come eat them.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies | Decadent dark chocolate paired with white chocolate peppermint M&Ms make for a cookie you won't want to share! #recipe #fbcookieswap

As always, I had a ton of fun making, packaging, and shipping out my cookies. It was even more fun this year with the help of Instagram. I got tagged in a few receiving cookies from me and I tried to tag those who sent me cookies - plus the cookie making process had to be documented :)

Dark Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies | Decadent dark chocolate paired with white chocolate peppermint M&Ms make for a cookie you won't want to share! #recipe #fbcookieswap


Secret Recipe Club Cookie Carnival: Turtle Cookies

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Hello, hello....Group C & D had their last reveal day of 2014 in November and we just couldn't go out like that...we had to have something going on in December to get our fix :) So I asked my amazing members of Secret Recipe Club if they would like to do a whole club-wide shindig featuring cookies and they responded in an overwhelming positive way. Today, there are no group separations - we were assigned to someone randomly - could be from our regular group or from another, if we were lucky enough. It's still been a secret and it's been very exciting to stop by a new blog. Plus, I got to make cookies!!! :)

http://veronicascornucopia.com/
I was randomly assigned to Veronica of Veronica's Cornucopia, a group C member, for our Cookie Carnival. Veronica is a married data conversion operator for the USPS. She started out sharing recipes on Myspace before switching over to blogging them. She blogs a lot of sweets (my kind of gal!) and also blogs about her cute little one year old Joshua. Be sure to stop by her blog and check it all out!

I had some trouble figuring out which of her many cookie recipes I wanted to make...there were White Chocolate Cherry Chunkies (which I would've adapted with cranberries), Turtle Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies, and Black Gold Cookies. Ultimately, I went with the Turtle Cookies because yum, yum, yum! Plus I had already planned a peppermint cookie for the cookie swap - which I will be posting later today.

Turtle Cookies | Chocolate + Caramel + Pecans = Cookie Perfection. You all have to try these!! #SecretRecipeClub #recipe #cookies

These were fantastic little cookies! I couldn't find caramel bits, so I used caramel candies chopped up in smaller pieces...and pecan chips, so there weren't any large chunks of anything. They had the perfect mixture of all three: chocolate, caramel, and pecans. They were chewy initially and then after a week or so they got a little harder, but I'm not sure if that's because I didn't actually store them properly because we ate on them so much LOL.

Turtle Cookies | Chocolate + Caramel + Pecans = Cookie Perfection. You all have to try these!! #SecretRecipeClub #recipe #cookies


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Banana Bread Donuts

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Banana Bread Donuts | The best type of bread turned into a breakfast treat for the whole family #recipe #breakfast #donuts

A recipe on a Saturday?! WHAT?! I have felt so bad about my inconsistency lately with pregnancy + closing in on the end of my college term + moving, that I just had to share another recipe this week. I had every intention of this one happening on Wednesday, but just never wrote it up and then I realized Thursday that I had lost a day. Anyways...

Banana bread is one of my all-time favorite treats - I don't think I've met a banana bread yet that I wouldn't eat. I've had a variety of different kinds, so when I found this recipe for donuts, I knew I had to try it.

In the original recipe, the blogger, Melissa, used cream cheese frosting on top. I personally did not - mostly out of laziness, but I felt that they were just fine without the frosting. But at the same time, I really would love to try them WITH frosting because I'm sure they are even better that way. They still maintain their donutness, but they totally capture the banana bread quality and that is just the best durn breakfast you could ask for!

Banana Bread Donuts | The best type of bread turned into a breakfast treat for the whole family #recipe #breakfast #donuts


Friday, December 12, 2014

Fantastical Friday: Over 150 Irresistible Cookie Recipes

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Over 150 Irresistible Cookie Recipes for the holiday season - whether they are for family, friends, or Santa, you're sure to find the perfect recipe here! #cookies

Fantastical is about to go cookie crazy. Not only are there over 150 cookies in this recipe, I'm also sharing 2 cookie recipes on Monday. One for the Secret Recipe Club Cookie Carnival and one for the 2014 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap...and they are very delicious cookie recipes! I can't wait :)

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Best Beef Stew

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The Best Beef Stew | With instructions on how to make it on the stovetop or in the crockpot, this beef stew is too fantastic to pass up! #stew #recipe #crockpot

As a child, I grew up on a canned beef stew...and absolutely hated it. I mean, I'm sure y'all know what I'm talking about. You open up the can...is it dog food? Cause it sure smells like it!

For years, I shied away from trying to make it on my own. I've tried a few recipes here and there, but wasn't incredibly impressed or anything. I had decided it was time to try again and figured it was best to bank on a recipe called "The Best Beef Stew" and I was not disappointed.

It's pretty quick to put together and it slow cooks either on the stove or in the crockpot, so all the flavors meld together. You best believe it's even better the next day!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

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{Monday}
Chicken Parmesan
Chicken breasts, granulated sugar, 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes (3), onion, fresh parsley, shredded parmesan cheese, linguine pasta

{Tuesday}
Steak Fajitas
Steak, green bell pepper (2), onion, fajita seasoning mix

{Wednesday}
Chicken & Gnocchi Soup
Milk, Chicken breasts, gnocchi, spinach, onion

{Thursday}
Spanish Rice & Pork Chops
Rice-a-roni Spanish Rice (2), 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (2), pork chops

{Friday}
Classic Patty Melts
Ground beef, sliced Vermont sharp cheddar, Thousand Island dressing, Texas Toast, onion, chips

{Extra}
Oven Denver Omelet // Jalapeno Popper Turkey Chili
Eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, ham, onion, green bell pepper // red onion, jalapeno (2), ground beef, black beans, corn, tex mex tomatoes, beef broth, cilantro, cream cheese, shredded Mexican cheese, salsa


Total Spent: TBA

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Sausage & Pea Pasta

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Sausage & Pea Pasta | Sometimes the best recipes are the simple ones, like this pasta with sage sausage and pesto! #recipe

Sometimes the simplest of ingredients are enough to blow your tastebuds right outta your mouth!

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Okay, okay, I'm exaggerating, but you know it's good when there's that kind of description, right?! This recipe includes sausage, peas, pasta, onions, pesto and a little salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Very simple ingredients...but a very delicious, mouthwatering, can't-get-enough flavor to it!  You'll want to have more. You'll need to have more.

I believe this is the perfect main dish recipe, however, I could see it being a great side dish to a potluck or holiday meal too. It's really up to you :)

Sausage & Pea Pasta | Sometimes the best recipes are the simple ones, like this pasta with sage sausage and pesto! #recipe


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Chicken, Tortellini, & Kale Soup

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Chicken, Tortellini, & Kale Soup | www.fantasticalsharing.com | #recipe #soup #chicken

I'm digging soups that can be made quickly nowadays. Pregnancy is tiring and while I still enjoy cooking...I like meals that don't require a lot of babysitting or anything too time consuming. This soup is filling and flavorful - and it comes together quickly which I just absolutely adore...again...because I love being able to sit back and relax and enjoy a good meal, not slave over the stove :)


Monday, December 01, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, we have a normal week of meals. I'm going to be using some more turkey leftovers for Tuesday night instead of chicken. I'm just really excited about Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They are some of my very favorite meals :)

{Monday}
Pasta a la Marlboro Man with a side of broccoli
onion, ground beef (2), 28 oz. diced tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, penne pasta, broccoli

{Tuesday}
Mexican Chicken Chilaquiles Casseroles
ancho chile peppers, chicken bouillon, 28 oz. diced tomatoes, cumin, tortilla chips, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, green onions, jalapeno 

{Wednesday}
Cheddar Baked Potato Soup
bacon, onion, celery, milk, potatoes (4), sharp Cheddar cheese, hot sauce

{Thursday}
Asian Turkey Meatballs over Easy Thai Noodles
ground turkey, eggs, lime, broccoli, carrot, red bell pepper, snap peas, creamy chicken Ramen (2)

{Friday}
Bacon, Pineapple, & Banana Pepper Pizza Rolls
mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, green bell pepper, onion, bacon bits, pineapple, banana peppers, pizza sauce, egg roll wraps

{Saturday}
Ultimate Cinnamon Buns // Fancy Mac & Cheese
yeast, butter, cream cheese // ground beef, onion, heavy cream, gruyere cheese, shell pasta


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

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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 :)

{Monday}
Sweet & Sour Meatballs [double batch]
Italian sausage (2), ground turkey (2), Parmesan cheese, 32 oz. pineapple tidbits, green bell pepper (2), onion (2)

{Tuesday}
Copycat Popeye's Chicken
Hot sauce, buttermilk, chicken tenderloins, peanut oil (for the fryer), Arby's fries

Bacon Cheesy Cauliflower Chowder #SecretRecipeClub

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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.

Bacon Cheesy Cauliflower Chowder | The perfect low carb soup to warm you from the tips of your toes to the top of your head :) #soup #bacon #SecretRecipeClub

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 :)

Bacon Cheesy Cauliflower Chowder | The perfect low carb soup to warm you from the tips of your toes to the top of your head :) #soup #bacon #SecretRecipeClub


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Restaurant Style Salsa

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Restaurant Style Salsa | A fantastic quick-fix salsa that is the perfect appetizer for any get together! #recipe

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

Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee

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Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee | Delicious iced coffee with #Nutella and whipped cream and a hazelnut cookie wafer to top it off. #recipe

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

Menu Plan Monday

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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.

{Monday}
Popcorn Chicken
Chicken breasts, paprika, buffalo sauce

{Tuesday}
One Skillet Cheesy Hamburger Pasta
Onion (1), ground beef (1), diced tomatoes (2), tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, medium shells

{Wednesday}
Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Soup
Butter, onion (1), beer, corn, bacon, milk, shredded sharp cheddar cheese

{Thursday}
Stromboli
Pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, hard salami, honey ham, shredded Parmesan cheese

{Extra}
Supersonic Burritos
Tatortots, tortillas, breakfast sausage, shredded cheddar cheese, pickled jalapenos, salsa, onion (1)


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Fantastical Friday: 29 Coffeelicious Recipes

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Oh yes, oh yes, it is time for some coffee!! :) Some of these are hot coffee drinks, others are cold. Some have a little booze, others are safe to drink in the morning. There's caramel, mocha, maple, pumpkin, peppermint, and more!
29 Coffeelicious Recipes for the Coffee Enthusiast | Fantastical Sharing of Recipes #coffee #caffeine #roundup #recipes

Find your next favorite coffee drink below!
Thanks to all the bloggers who contributed to my roundup :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Chicken Fajita Soup for a busy day

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Chicken Fajita Soup for a busy day | Sometimes we need an extra hour or two in the day, but until that happens, this soup is a lifesaver! #recipe

There are some days where I just dread dinnertime. You know those days - you are going all day long and the last thing you want to do when you get home is slave over an hour to an hour and a half prepping and cooking dinner. Not to mention dirtying half your kitchen to get to clean up after dinner when you still just want to relax. This is where this soup comes in...

In the original recipe, canned chicken is used, but I went ahead and sauteed up some chicken really fast for it. You could even use leftover shredded chicken. Regardless, this soup comes together quickly and it's packed full of flavor!

Chicken Fajita Soup for a busy day | Sometimes we need an extra hour or two in the day, but until that happens, this soup is a lifesaver! #recipe


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Snickers Frappuccino: A Starbucks Secret Menu Copycat

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Snickers Frappuccino: A Starbucks Secret Menu Copycat #recipe #copycat #Starbucks

I have a lovely secret menu at Starbucks infographic pinned...and instead of going to Starbucks to actually get the secret menu drinks. I will stay at home and make them. :)

The first one I wanted to try was this Snickers Frappuccino. It's basically a caramel frappuccino with some chocolate and toffee flavorings added in. It's very very yummy! If you need to thicken it up, you can be a little daredevil and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I also highly recommend coffee ice cubes instead of water ice cubes. Just for more delicious coffee flavor!

Snickers Frappuccino: A Starbucks Secret Menu Copycat #recipe #copycat #Starbucks

Monday, November 10, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

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This week I'm going to making two Secret Recipe Club recipes (if you are a food blogger interested in joining, check out the site!) and won't tell you what they are just yet - that's for the last Monday of the month :) I'm also still going to be doing lots of older recipes because we miss having had them again...and that's what we're doing. This week in particular is exciting because Monday and Tuesday are some of my all-time favorites and Thursday is going to be a recipe with some tweaks done to fix it :)

{Monday}
Bacon Chili Cheese Dogs
Ground beef (1), onion (1), bacon, tomato sauce, hot dogs, hot dog buns, shredded cheddar cheese

{Tuesday}
Lemon Fettuccine with Grilled Chicken with Salad and Asparagus

Angel hair, lemon (3), heavy cream, fresh basil, chicken tenderloins, salad, asparagus

{Wednesday}
SRC Recipe
Chicken bouillon, onion (1), cauliflower, shredded sharp cheddar, green onions

{Thursday}
Pizza Burgers
Ground beef (1), ground pork (1), sliced provolone, pepperoni, marinara, kaiser rolls

{Extra}
SRC Recipe
vanilla yogurt, bananas, pecans, maple syrup

Total Spent: TBA

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