Thursday, September 21, 2017

Throwback Thursday #44

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Throwback Thursday No. 44 | Rediscovering Old Favorites in the Recipe Archive

Today's throwback features a dessert and a main dish/side dish. Let's get right on into it...

This ANDES CREAMY MINT BROWNIES is fabulous. I had wanted to try this one with a homemade brownies recipe because I thought it would go so well with the whipped cream and Andes mints. I haven't yet gotten around to that :(


And one of the things that got me hooked on lemons in savory dishes, LEMON FETTUCCINE, was originally a recipe I found through the Secret Recipe Club. It can be made by itself or with chicken. It's one of the best pasta recipes I've ever tried.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Grandma Jane's Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies #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 HONEY because September is National Honey Month! The Food Fighters were not given any particular type of dish so long as it contains honey.

Grandma Jane's Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies // My grandma's recipe for chocolate chip cookies that are the most addictive cookies in the world! #honey #cookies #FantasticalFoodFight #dessert #chocolate

I knew immediately what I wanted to make because I have meant to since my grandma gave me the recipe years ago: my Grandma Jane's Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies! I have made her honey M&M cookies, but to be honest, I think I always liked the regular chocolate chip cookies a little more. My grandma told me she put honey in her cookies to help them keep longer. She always had her cookie jar stocked when I came over and I remember her pulling out big gallon zipper bags of cookies from her deep freezer in the basement if they got low.

Grandma Jane's Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies // My grandma's recipe for chocolate chip cookies that are the most addictive cookies in the world! #honey #cookies #FantasticalFoodFight #dessert #chocolate

You get a little bit of texture difference if you use shortening versus butter. I like them both ways, but I feel they are softer with butter. My grandma made them with shortening and they were firmer - not crunchy, but not soft either. They don't last long in my house...just as they never lasted long in my grandma's house either!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake

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A little twist on a classic pumpkin cake with a fantastic cream cheese swirl!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake // A little twist on a classic pumpkin cake with a fantastic cream cheese swirl! #recipe #cake #pumpkin #dessert

It's time! PUMPKIN TIME :) This is my first pumpkin recipe to share for 2017 and it's pretty high up there on the list of favorite pumpkin cake recipes I've made. My sister-in-law, Emma, tagged me in a Facebook post when she found the recipe and wanted me to make it for family dinner, so I did! It tastes like a classic pumpkin cake, but that cream cheese swirl is out of this world. It really makes the cake.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake // A little twist on a classic pumpkin cake with a fantastic cream cheese swirl! #recipe #cake #pumpkin #dessert

Monday, September 18, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - September 18, 2017

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Menu Plan Monday for Sep 18, 2017 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I cannot wait to make the pound cake on Tuesday. It's one of my all-time favorite treats to get at Starbucks and I'm hoping that I will be able to find pepitas to go on top. I'm nervous about Saturday because I will be making a brioche and I've never done that before. I'll have to make it somewhere in the week to prep for making the cinnamon roll French toast on Saturday.

Monday - Chicken a la King
Tuesday - Starbucks Pumpkin Pound Cake // Carne Asada Melts
Wednesday - Dill Pickle Soup
Thursday - Snickerdoodle Crumble Donuts // Jaegarschnitzel
Friday - Pizza Braid
Saturday - Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll French Toast // Maple Walnut Blondies
Sunday - Chicken Bacon Garlic Alfredo Roll-ups

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, September 17, 2017

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole #SundaySupper

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A healthier version of a loaded baked potato, this cauliflower casserole is a worthy substitute!

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole // A healthier version of a loaded baked potato, this cauliflower casserole is a worthy substitute! #recipe #bacon #cauliflower #casserole #sidedish

Today's Sunday Supper Movement event is CREATIVE CAULIFLOWER RECIPES and I found this loaded casserole recipe to be so creative. It doesn't taste exactly like a loaded baked potato, but it's very close and it kind of blew my mind. I was nervous serving it up because of the sour cream, but my husband, a self-proclaimed sour cream hater, had seconds and possibly thirds. This casserole just disappeared!

I feel like we, as a family, never eat cauliflower, even though we all really like it. I'm looking forward to all of the recipes from my fellow blogging pals. I still have yet to make a cauliflower pizza crust and I really want to. I'm secretly hoping there is a pizza crust recipe in the roundup since I love to make recipes from my friends' blogs :)

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole // A healthier version of a loaded baked potato, this cauliflower casserole is a worthy substitute! #recipe #bacon #cauliflower #casserole #sidedish

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fantastical Friday: 6 Linguine Recipes for National Linguine Day

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Today is National Linguine Day and I found 6 yummy recipe with linguine noodles to share with y'all :)

  1. Spring Linguine with Alfredo, Poached Egg, and Asparagus from The Saucy Southerner
  2. Creamy Cajun Linguine from A Flavor Journal
  3. Parmesan and Garlic Linguine from Lauren's Latest
  4. Chicken and Linguine with Tex Mex Pepper Sauce from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
  5. 30 Minute Lemon Basil Chicken Linguine from Chew Out Loud
  6. Mushroom Florentine Pasta from She Wears Many Hats
What is your favorite linguine recipe?
 
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata

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Classic piccata gets a twist with grilled chicken instead of breaded chicken.

Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata // Classic piccata gets a twist with grilled chicken instead of breaded chicken. #recipe #chicken #pasta #lemon #maindish

Chicken piccata is classically made by dredging chicken and cooking it, then served with a sauce made of lemon, butter, caper, and white wine/stock. This version changes that slightly with grilling marinated chicken that has not been breaded. But don't worry, your carbs are in the form of pasta :) I enjoyed this recipe very much. I am digging lemon in pasta dishes and I crave it so much!

Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata // Classic piccata gets a twist with grilled chicken instead of breaded chicken. #recipe #chicken #pasta #lemon #maindish

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup

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This soup will really warm you up from the heat of the jalapenos. It's packed full of heat, sharp cheddar cheese, and chicken.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup // This soup will really warm you up from the heat of the jalapenos. It's packed full of heat, sharp cheddar cheese, and chicken. #recipe #soup #jalapeno #chicken

This soup was first made, not by me, but by Nick! He made it when I was sick with the flu in 2016 and I unfortunately did not eat it. So I had to have it again and we did! We had it a couple more times and this particular time was one where I made it. When we were first married, Nick didn't really cook ever because he didn't know how. Plus I also enjoyed it (and still do!). He really started to learn when I became pregnant with Mason because he was about to spend a few months separated from us while he finished finaling out of active duty AND I couldn't stand to cook anything. I still am the person who cooks most of the time, but Nick definitely jumps in when I've had a hard day or I'm sick to make dinner for us.

I really loved this soup because it's not only going to warm you up because it's soup, but also because it's spicy. So it really warms you up entirely. I loved the cream cheese and white sharp cheddar with the jalapenos. Chicken was the perfect meat, but I won't lie, I really want to try pork sausage.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup // This soup will really warm you up from the heat of the jalapenos. It's packed full of heat, sharp cheddar cheese, and chicken. #recipe #soup #jalapeno #chicken

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supremes

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It's easier to make this Mexican fast food treat than you would think!

Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supremes // It's easier to make this Mexican fast food treat than you would think! #recipe #copycat #beef #tacobell #maindish

Thanks to reader, Robyn, for telling me the correct order of ingredients that Taco Bell does to make the crunchwrap. I adjusted the recipe that I originally made to reflect those instructions! This is one of my all-time favorite things to get off the Taco Bell menu. It's a three-way tie between Crunchwraps, chicken quesadillas, and Nachos Bell Grande. I think pretty much every time I've had Taco Bell lately, I've ordered the Crunchwrap. I also finally figured out the trick to making them at home. I have to use my teflon-coated nonstick frying pan. I cannot use anything else. I'm sure it would work well on my nonstick griddle as well, but I always use my frying pan. I do the cheese side down (as carefully as I can without burning my fingers) and let it cook first so that side can be sort of glued together.

Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supremes // It's easier to make this Mexican fast food treat than you would think! #recipe #copycat #beef #tacobell #maindish

Monday, September 11, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - September 11, 2017

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

This week is my birthday week and I've decided that I want to have steak for dinner and cheesecake for dessert. Nick has drill this weekend, so that's kind of annoying, but by now, doesn't surprise me.  So hopefully making my cheesecake won't be too much of a hassle and I can do it with some help from the big kids supervising their crazy toddler of a brother for a little bit.

Monday - Italian Wonderpot
Tuesday - Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Muffins // Chili Lime Chicken
Wednesday - Italian Wedding Soup
Thursday - Pumpkin Oreo Donuts // Cheese and Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken
Friday - Fried Pickle Burgers
Saturday - Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake // Tuscan Style Grilled Steak
Sunday - Pumpkin Gingersnaps // Sunday Meatloaf

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Copycat Hooter's Fried Pickles #SundaySupper

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This fried appetizer is the perfect finger food for game day!

Copycat Hooter's Fried Pickles // This fried appetizer is the perfect finger food for game day! #recipe #pickles #copycat #hooters #appetizer #sundaysupper

Today's Sunday Supper Movement theme is FOOTBALL PARTY FINGER FOOD. Because it's that time of year again! I chose to post these fried goodies because I would eat them for every event, whether that's football or a season finale of an epic show like Game of Thrones.

Last year, Nick, the kids, and I went to Zaxby's for the first time and immediately became obsessed with their fried pickles. They were seasonal, so they disappeared come fall and we were devastated. So we got to making tons of different recipes and trying to find one that we really loved. This recipe takes the cake! I have only been to Hooter's a handful of times and I don't believe I have had their fried pickles, so I can not speak as to how close the recipe is to theirs. However, I can speak to how absolutely delicious these are. This recipe is easily our favorite fried pickle recipe.

Copycat Hooter's Fried Pickles // This fried appetizer is the perfect finger food for game day! #recipe #pickles #copycat #hooters #appetizer #sundaysupper

They don't take long to make and don't take a lot of effort, so they are perfect for football game parties!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Swedish Meatballs

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This total comfort meal is perfect to place in the crockpot and slow cook until dinnertime!

Swedish Meatballs // This total comfort meal is perfect to place in the crockpot and slow cook until dinnertime! #crockpot #slowcooker #recipe #maindish #meatballs

This wonderful slow cooker Swedish Meatballs recipe can be simple or a little more complicated - it's all up to you. I personally think homemade meatballs are pretty quick to throw together and I had the time to do that before adding all the ingredients to the slow cooker, but you can also buy premade meatballs. This cuts down on the step of physically making and baking the meatballs. I make my Swedish meatballs and beef stroganoff without mushrooms, but that is something else that you can add in, if you want to.


Thursday, September 07, 2017

Throwback Thursday #43

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Throwback Thursday No. 43 | Rediscovering Old Favorites in the Recipe Archive

Oh my goodness! GUYS! These two recipes are two of my all-time favorites. I have made them countless times. Up first is a family favorite (whole family, not just Nick, the kids, and I) and a fan favorite too. It's been in my top five recipes for views longer than any other recipe (I don't know if it'll be up when this goes live, but it always weasels its way back in). It is JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE HIBACHI CHICKEN AND STEAK WITH VEGGIES! I love this recipe so very much.


I think it's hilarious to read my old commentary on recipes. When I made these SUPERSONIC BURRITOS for the first time, I didn't eat them with sausage or jalapenos on it. I didn't like sausage 5 years ago and I rarely ate jalapenos. I've made these a ton since then and always put jalapenos and sausage on mine now :)

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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This classic beef stew is slow cooked for 6 to 8 hours until it reaches perfection!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew // This classic beef stew is slow cooked for 6 to 8 hours until it reaches perfection! #recipe #beef #stew #soup #slowcooker #crockpot

It has taken me an eternity to find a classic beef stew recipe that reminds me of the one my mom made in childhood. The closest I have come is buying a packet of flavoring at the store, but I'm always wanting to make a homemade version. I always fear that the packets will disappear.

This recipe was one I had clipped from a pile of hoarded food magazines (although not a Food Network one) and so I no longer have any idea what magazine it came from and cannot attribute it like I wanted to. If it looks familiar to you, let me know. I always want to properly give credit to whomever created a recipe. Especially when the recipe is as amazing as this one is!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew // This classic beef stew is slow cooked for 6 to 8 hours until it reaches perfection! #recipe #beef #stew #soup #slowcooker #crockpot

It was precisely what I was hoping for, in that it tastes just like the beef stew of my childhood. It has all the right veggies and the big hunks of meat and potatoes. It's the perfect meal for fall and winter. I can't wait to make it this fall and winter over and over again!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew // This classic beef stew is slow cooked for 6 to 8 hours until it reaches perfection! #recipe #beef #stew #soup #slowcooker #crockpot

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Slow Cooker Bolognese

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If you want to jazz up spaghetti night, this Slow Cooker Bolognese is the perfect way to make a fancy meal out of regular spaghetti.

If you want to jazz up spaghetti night, this Slow Cooker Bolognese is the perfect way to make a fancy meal out of regular spaghetti. #recipe #crockpot #slowcooker #beef #wine #cabernetsauvignon #pasta

Since the first time I tried bolognese, I have been obsessed. It's fancy spaghetti sauce and it's what I was looking for when I started trying to make homemade spaghetti sauce. It's bold, rich, and flavorful. This particular bolognese has a good dry red wine in it - I used a cabernet sauvignon and it went really well with the sauce. The wine adds such a depth to the overall recipe that cannot be done with beef broth.

If you want to jazz up spaghetti night, this Slow Cooker Bolognese is the perfect way to make a fancy meal out of regular spaghetti. #recipe #crockpot #slowcooker #beef #wine #cabernetsauvignon #pasta

Monday, September 04, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - September 4, 2017

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Menu Plan Monday for Sep 4, 2017 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

The first full week of September means I'm starting to make all the pumpkin things! I'm so excited. We have a few comfort food meals this week and Stuffed Zucchini has made its way back to the meal plan once again because each time I try to make it, my grocery store has ZERO zucchini stocked. Not even organic. Hoping that it will be in stock this week!

Monday - Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes
Tuesday - Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins // Fajita Burgers
Wednesday - Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Soup
Thursday - Cinnamon Roll Donuts // Stuffed Zucchini
Friday - Sally's Hawaiian Pizza
Saturday - Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Rolls // Slow Cooker Apple Cake
Sunday - Baked Buttery Herb Chicken and Potatoes

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Tex Mex Chicken Skillet #SundaySupper

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This rice dish can be ready in under 30 minutes for your Taco Tuesday dinner!

Tex Mex Chicken Skillet // This rice dish can be ready in under 30 minutes for your Taco Tuesday dinner! #SundaySupper #recipe #chicken #rice #under30minutes #quickmeal

Today's Sunday Supper event is SIMPLE RICE RECIPES FOR DINNER and I'm ready to find some new dinner recipes containing rice. I knew immediately that I wanted to share this Tex Mex Chicken Skillet. The ingredients list isn't too long. Honestly if you wanted to cut it down a bit, you could sub in taco seasoning mix for the spices. But all-in-all, it brings together some pretty simple ingredients to make a fantastic dinner.

I struggle with finding good chicken recipes for Taco Tuesday nights. A couple of Sunday Supper chats ago, we discussed meal planning a little and I shared how I do themed nights in order to meal plan my weeks. I meal plan a month in advance and I stick to this format for the most part: Pasta Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Soup Night Wednesdays, Throwback Thursdays (make an old favorite), All-American Fridays (either pizza or burgers, I alternate Fridays), and then I make a more time-consuming dinner on either Saturday or Sunday. I alternate meats each day, so it's beef/sausage one day, and chicken, pork, or turkey the next. Sometimes, we'll eat tuna or have a meatless night, but it's more rare. A lot of people ask about if there is a dish that pops up that I'm not feeling like eating and I can say that I haven't run into that problem yet. I plan a lot of new-to-us recipes and there is always a variety, so it's rare that I don't want to eat a food that I'm making for dinner. I don't always stick strictly to my meal plan. Sometimes I fail to thaw meat out or something happens and I have to do a quick meal rather than a longer, more time-consuming meal and that is where I might switch up my recipes during the week. I utilize my blog archive, my Pinterest boards, and my recipe binder with magazine snipped recipes to pick recipes. I have used this method for quite a few years and it is what works best for me! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them!

Tex Mex Chicken Skillet // This rice dish can be ready in under 30 minutes for your Taco Tuesday dinner! #SundaySupper #recipe #chicken #rice #under30minutes #quickmeal

Anyways, back on topic here, I struggle to find chicken recipes for Taco Tuesday because beef recipes are my favorite. I really enjoyed this chicken recipe and can see it being a regular on the meal plan.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Fantastical Friday: 14 Unique Bacon Recipes

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September 2, 2017 is International Bacon Day - Celebrate with these 14 Unique Bacon Recipes

The Saturday before Labor Day is International Bacon Day and that means I have a collection of bacon recipes to share in preparation for tomorrow! Instead of sharing a bunch of bacon cheeseburgers and other "normal" recipes with bacon in them, I decided to share some unique bacon recipes.

September 2, 2017 is International Bacon Day - Celebrate with these 14 Unique Bacon Recipes #bacon #recipes #roundup