Friday, August 18, 2017

Fantastical Friday: 11 Sweet Peach Treats

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August is National Peach Month and there are a few peach-themed food holidays coming up in the near future. The 22nd is Eat a Peach Day and the 24th National Peach Pie Day. I have a sweet collection of peach recipes today. I didn't include any savory dishes, but urge you to try one out if you have a recipe for one! Today's recipes are breakfast, desserts, and beverages :)

These 11 Sweet Peach Treats are perfect for the month of August - which is National Peach Month! #peach #dessert #sweets #breakfast #beverage

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hasselback Pizza Chicken

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No boring chicken for dinner when you can stuff it with pizza fixings!

Hasselback Pizza Chicken // No boring chicken for dinner when you can stuff it with pizza fixings! #recipe #pizza #chicken #maindish

I am always looking for new ways to fix chicken because lately I've had a bit of chicken aversion. All three times I was pregnant, I had a chicken aversion and sometimes it comes back and rears its ugly head even though I'm not pregnant. I saw the video featuring this hasselback chicken on Buzzfeed Food and knew I had to try it out. Their directions were for one serving, so I modified it to fit my needs and left it open-ended down below. I find that I didn't put a teaspoon of sauce in each slit and I definitely think the mozzarella slices was a little too vague.

Hasselback Pizza Chicken // No boring chicken for dinner when you can stuff it with pizza fixings! #recipe #pizza #chicken #maindish

So with the modified recipe, I ended up with a fairly easy chicken dinner. I loved the addition of all the pizza fixings plus the cheddar cheese on top. It tastes like a pizza and that was exactly what I needed that particular day!

Hasselback Pizza Chicken // No boring chicken for dinner when you can stuff it with pizza fixings! #recipe #pizza #chicken #maindish

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Peach Blackberry Sangria #FantasticalFoodFight

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Welcome to another Food Fight! Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers who will get a theme or ingredient each month and make some sort of variation for it. It could be traditional or nontraditional and can be found in a cookbook, on a blog, or be a blogger's own creation! For more details, check out this page.

It's time again for another Food Fight and this month's theme is RUM! Today is National Rum Day and that is how the theme was chosen. The Food Fighters were not given any particular type of dish so long as it contains rum or rum flavoring. I have to admit that I struggled a little with what I wanted to make because I don't have a lot of recipes saved with rum in them and I don't make a lot of food with rum. I did have a page from the September 2016 Food Network Magazine that was for a Mix and Match Sangria recipe. So the amounts of different ingredients are from that, but the choices were mine alone.


I have had sangria once and it was many years ago, right before I got pregnant with Mason. I had a peach sangria at TGIFriday's. It was so delicious and I hands-down knew I wanted peaches in this sangria paired with white wine and white rum. Nick wanted to do all berries, so I compromised with blackberries going into the mix as well. The recipe called for superfine sugar or light brown sugar and I used vanilla sugar that I had purchased for Kasekuchen. This is a pretty strong sangria and I personally would love to try it with a sweeter wine because I am not a dry wine aficionado. Maybe a tad less rum, although everyone else loved it. The peach and blackberry with lemon was delicious though!

The cups before the Sprite was added...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lemon Sage Chicken

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A fancied up fried chicken recipe with tons of bright lemony flavor and delicious sage to top it off.

Lemon Sage Chicken // A fancied up fried chicken recipe with tons of bright lemony flavor and delicious sage to top it off #recipe #chicken #sage #lemon

Sage is one of my favorite spices, but I don't use it enough and I don't know why! I absolutely could not wait to try this recipe out because it also has lemon with that sage. I was interested in the fried sage leaves, not sure how that would turn out, but it was fantastic! The breaded chicken with lemon wedges and fried sage leaves with a little sauce to top it off...was all so wonderful.

Lemon Sage Chicken // A fancied up fried chicken recipe with tons of bright lemony flavor and delicious sage to top it off #recipe #chicken #sage #lemon

Monday, August 14, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - August 14, 2017

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Menu Plan Monday for Aug 14, 2017 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I'm looking forward to so many recipes this week, but especially Sunday's pot roast, which we have dubbed "The Roast". I ask what everyone wants to eat in the month and get told "The Roast" pretty much every month.

Monday - Spaghetti with Crusty Baguettes
Tuesday - Cream Cheese Chocolate and Peanut Butter Muffins // Mexican Ranch Chicken Salad
Wednesday - Stir Fry Soup
Thursday - Baked Blueberry Cake Donuts // Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
Friday - Guberburgers
Saturday - Sourdough Coffee Cake // Cherry Delight
Sunday - Mississippi Pot Roast

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

One Dish Taco Goulash #SundaySupper

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This recipe is easy peasy and perfect for busy school nights.

One Dish Taco Goulash // This recipe is easy peasy and perfect for busy school nights. #recipe #onepotmeal #SundaySupper #beef #goulash

Today's Sunday Supper Movement event is BACK TO SCHOOL DINNERS. In this event, you will find the perfect meals for busy school nights, so be sure to scroll to the bottom to see all the recipes for today. I decided to go with a one pot meal because to me, one pot/skillet/dish meals are the easiest recipes for busy nights. I hate doing dishes and I certainly don't want to do them after a really long, hectic day.

When I was a kid, we had a lot of the same foods over and over again and one of my favorites was goulash. My mom made it with a can of tomato soup, ground beef, onions, and pasta. Still to this day, I crave it every so often because it was such a staple for a fast, easy, inexpensive dinner. My mom definitely knew what she was doing. I love this variation of goulash because it's a little more hearty and it just right for Taco Tuesday.

One Dish Taco Goulash // This recipe is easy peasy and perfect for busy school nights. #recipe #onepotmeal #SundaySupper #beef #goulash

Friday, August 11, 2017

Chicken Tetrazzini

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This classic comfort meal is switched up with some green beans in the mix!

Chicken Tetrazzini // This classic comfort meal is switched up with some green beans in the mix! #recipe #chicken #pasta #maindish

I know it's totally the wrong way to make tetrazzini, but I don't make mine with mushrooms. If you want it the right way, you can sweat the mushrooms with the shallots. I don't hate mushrooms - I just don't go out of my way to eat them, especially not in large pieces. This tetrazzini is also a little different because it has green beans mixed in...which I actually love. No need to worry about making a side, the veggie is already in the dish!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Throwback Thursday #41

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Throwback Thursday No. 41 | Rediscovering Old Favorites in the Recipe Archive

I love the days where I get to share old recipes from my archive, favorites that I may have forgotten about. Today is cakey :) First up is STRAWBERRY BANANA CAKE MIX BREAD. I love the combination of strawberry and banana. I also love using cake mix for things other than cake because...why not!?


The other cakey recipe is cake and it is this delicious DOUBLE RUM CAKE. It's a Paula Deen recipe and it was absolutely fabulous.


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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Tuna Melt Quesadillas

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I never thought in a million years I'd eat a tuna quesadilla, but these are the bomb!

Tuna Melt Quesadillas // I never thought in a million years I'd eat a tuna quesadilla, but these are the bomb! #recipe #tuna #quesadilla #maindish

I always get a little nervous when I make a recipe with an ingredient that I know some of the family doesn't eat. In these quesadillas, that ingredient is mayonnaise. Nick hates mayonnaise. Matthew "hates" mayonnaise. Realistically, he doesn't. He used to eat tuna salad sandwiches for lunch all the time at school and didn't believe me that there is mayonnaise in tuna salad. He didn't see me make these quesadillas...and he told me that they were in his top FIVE favorite recipes. Not top ten, top FIVE. Then I revealed the mayonnaise component and he was like "Meh, they weren't that great." Mind you, I got this all on film LOL. Does anyone else have a "picky eater"? The convenient picky eater is what that child is.

I digress. I was a little weary of these quesadillas not turning out well despite the fact that I really wanted to them. I was so happy that they DID turn out well. So well! Matthew, Cami, and I devoured them. We wanted more. This is seriously such a good recipe if you love tuna melts.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

One Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl

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Chicken burritos don't have to be messy - this burrito bowl is made in one pot!

One Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl // Chicken burritos don't have to be messy - this burrito bowl is made in one pot! #recipe #onepotmeal #chicken #burritobowl

I like to not complicate things some nights and throw together a one pot meal. I honestly can say that I despise doing dishes. It's my least favorite chore. I will take an opportunity to not dirty both saucepans, all my skillets, and every large utensil I've ever owned. Taco Tuesdays are usually pretty quick meals that don't dirty too many dishes, but I like to switch things up and not do tacos each week.  This burrito bowl is totally acceptable for Tuesday and it keeps with the ease of Tuesday's meals. It's a really great dish. Next time I make it, I'm definitely adding a bell pepper and a jalapeno to the onions to add more crunch to it because I feel that's about the only thing it lacked.

One Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl // Chicken burritos don't have to be messy - this burrito bowl is made in one pot! #recipe #onepotmeal #chicken #burritobowl

Monday, August 07, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - August 7, 2017

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Menu Plan Monday for Aug 7, 2017 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

My family requested an alfredo dish, steak fajitas, and tomato soup with grilled cheese for the month of August and that's what is happening this week :) Today is the first day of school for my big kids and I'm so excited. #momlife

Monday - Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti
Tuesday - Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Muffins // Steak Fajitas
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup with grilled cheese
Thursday - Snickerdoodle Crumble Donuts // Asian Turkey Meatballs with Easy Thai Noodles
Friday - Extra Cheese Pizza and wings
Saturday - Chorizo Hashbrown Casserole // Soft Baked PB Chocolate Swirl Cookies
Sunday - Baked Buttery Herb Chicken and Potatoes

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Fantastical Friday: Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

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Happy Friday and Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!
YASSSSSSSSS!!!

Many of the last themed Fantastical Fridays I have shared have included a combination of recipes from other blogs and my own. Some of them don't include any of my own blog's recipes. Today, however, all the recipes are from my blog and they are all, as you may have guessed, chocolate chip cookie recipes! I had a few chocolate chunk recipes, but I didn't include those. So without further ado, let's get into all these cookies!

10 Fantastical Cookie Recipes for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day #recipe #cookie #chocolate #dessert

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Circus Animal Cookie Pie

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This no bake pie is the perfect summer dessert that will bring you back to your childhood!

Circus Animal Cookie Pie // This no bake pie is the perfect summer dessert that will bring you back to your childhood! #recipe #pie #dessert #circusanimalcookies #sweets

This was my very first homemade pudding pie and I really loved it. I served it up for family dinner dessert and everyone was in agreeance that it was such a mouthwateringly delicious dessert. I think circus animal cookies are one of my all-time favorite snack from my childhood that I still eat to this day and I love how colorful the pie ends up with the addition of sprinkles :)

Circus Animal Cookie Pie // This no bake pie is the perfect summer dessert that will bring you back to your childhood! #recipe #pie #dessert #circusanimalcookies #sweets

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

20-Minute Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake

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This quick and tasty pasta dish contains zucchini and ground turkey and is super delicious

20-Minute Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake // This quick and tasty pasta dish contains zucchini and ground turkey and is super delicious #turkey #under30minutes #quickmeal #maindish #pasta

If a dish boasts to be ready in 20 minutes, I'm going to try it. It's a no-brainer. Even on days that aren't busy, I really like having the option to make a quick dinner, so there is more time for activities. (har de har) My name is Sarah and I'm a pastaholic. I have no plans of stopping any time soon. So with that being said, pasta and quick equals a GREAT recipe. I love that this one is very cheesy and I love that it contains zucchini, arguably the best vegetable. I added turkey to the original recipe, so my nearly-solely-carnivore family wouldn't complain, but you can absolutely remove that from the recipe for a vegetarian option. I definitely wouldn't judge you for it because I think this has so much flavor and is definitely filling enough without the addition of meat. However, it was very tasty with ground turkey.


20-Minute Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake // This quick and tasty pasta dish contains zucchini and ground turkey and is super delicious #turkey #under30minutes #quickmeal #maindish #pasta

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Beef Burrito Skillet

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One skillet, under 30 minutes meal to the rescue when you want tacos, but not tacos!

Beef Burrito Skillet // One skillet, under 30 minutes meal to the rescue when you want tacos, but not tacos! #onepotmeal #recipe #maindish #beef

Dear Americanized Mexican food,
Stop being so hard to photograph.
Sincerely,
Sarah

But in all seriousness despite this style of food being uncooperative for photographing, it's a great way to mix up Taco Tuesday and make something other than tacos. It has most of the elements of a regular taco, but it's made in one skillet. I have made a few recipes here and there that include some type of beans in the taco meat, but never kidney beans. I was pretty stoked and very excited to see how it would turn out. I thought the kidney beans worked perfectly well in this dish and loved how quick and easy it was to throw it all together.

Beef Burrito Skillet // One skillet, under 30 minutes meal to the rescue when you want tacos, but not tacos! #onepotmeal #recipe #maindish #beef