Monday, October 23, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - October 23, 2017

Menu Plan Monday for Jan 30, 2017 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

In the month of October, I definitely went the way of making recipes we've already had before. Going through the archives, I saw so many recipes that we hadn't had in a really long time that I really wanted to make. I'm going to attempt to make a copycat recipe on Friday and really hope it turns out well.

Monday - Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion, & Potato Hash
Tuesday - Ree's Burrito Bowls
Wednesday - Spicy Pork & Kale Soup
Thursday - Cinnamon Roll Donuts // Kung Pao Chicken Skillet
Friday - Copycat Applebee's All-In Brunch Burgers
Saturday - Slow Cooker Beef Tips & Gravy
Sunday - Cajun and Bean Scramble // Moist Vanilla Cupcakes

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Meatball and Orzo Soup #SundaySupper

This turkey meatball and orzo pasta soup is such a comforting meal and reminiscent of Italian wedding soup!

Meatball Orzo Soup // This turkey meatball and orzo pasta soup is such a comforting meal and reminiscent of Italian wedding soup! #recipe #SundaySupper #turkey #soup

Good morning, everyone! I'm back for yet another Sunday Supper Movement event. Today's theme is COMFORT FOOD SOUP AND STEW RECIPES, which means I'm about to have at least a dozen new recipes to try on Wednesdays. I am such a happy camper because although I have plenty of soup recipes already, I tend to gravitate towards a handful of recipes.

Today, I decided to share this meatball and orzo soup. I think that my family liked it so much because it reminded us of Italian wedding soup.

Meatball Orzo Soup // This turkey meatball and orzo pasta soup is such a comforting meal and reminiscent of Italian wedding soup! #recipe #SundaySupper #turkey #soup

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Junior Mint Cupcakes #Choctoberfest

These aren't your ordinary cupcake - just like the candy on top, the cupcake has a sweet mint filling!

Junior Mint Cupcakes // These aren't your ordinary cupcake - just like the candy on top, the cupcake has a sweet mint filling! #recipe #cupcake #dessert #chocolate #mint #JuniorMints #Choctoberfest

I talked about my kids choosing their birthday cakes each year yesterday, but I also had to share these adorable cupcakes that I made for my mom's birthday last November (last year). I do typically pick out cakes for the adult family members based on what I think they will love. My mom loves Junior Mints and has always loved them, so when I found the recipe, I saved it immediately. I knew it would be perfect. I tend to find recipes months in advance and then it's just a waiting game to make them.

These are relatively easy cupcakes that start out with a boxed cake mix with some extra goodness added to it. The mint buttercream is perfect, but what takes the cake is the insanely amazing mint filling! It tastes exactly like the candy's mint filling and it's such a surprise when you bite into the cupcake.

Junior Mint Cupcakes // These aren't your ordinary cupcake - just like the candy on top, the cupcake has a sweet mint filling! #recipe #cupcake #dessert #chocolate #mint #JuniorMints #Choctoberfest

Since it's the last day of Choctoberfest, I just wanted to say thank you to Allison of The PinterTest Kitchen for hosting once again and hope y'all have found some lovely recipes from my fellow bloggers. Each day of the week that I posted a chocolate recipe, you'll find a blog hop at the bottom with tons of chocolately amazingness linked up!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Andes Mint Cake #Choctoberfest

From cake mix to this mint-filled, chocolate mint buttercream-frosted, ganache-covered chocolate cake to beat all cakes

Andes Mint Cake // From cake mix to this mint-filled, chocolate mint buttercream-frosted, ganache-covered chocolate cake to beat all cakes #recipe #cake #chocolate #mint #AndesMints #dessert #Choctoberfest

Every year, I let my kids pick out the cake they want for their birthday. Each year, Matthew and Cami pick out recipes from my Pinterest board and then go through a process of elimination until they reach the final recipe. I am pretty sure this Andes Mint Cake has been on their list every single year since we started the tradition. It never ends up being the last cake standing, but I decided to go ahead and make it in a non-birthday month. I just figured that even though it was in their top cakes, we'd probably never get around to having it unless I picked it.

Andes Mint Cake // From cake mix to this mint-filled, chocolate mint buttercream-frosted, ganache-covered chocolate cake to beat all cakes #recipe #cake #chocolate #mint #AndesMints #dessert #Choctoberfest

I have always been a huge fan of Andes Mints. I think they are just absolutely wonderful and I have used them in plenty of desserts. This cake is made from devil's food cake mix and you can do two or three layers. I personally did two because I was being a little lazy. There is a mint filling between the chocolatey layers and then it's covered in a chocolate mint buttercream frosting and a row of Andes mints around the bottom. To top it all off, the extra touch of chocolate ganache and chopped mints is just divine. I have been so in love with ganache lately because it's just so decadent and amazing. It makes every dessert better.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday #46

Throwback Thursday No. 46 | Rediscovering Old Favorites in the Recipe Archive

Today's throwbacks are both muffin recipes! Honestly, muffins are probably my favorite breakfast to make because they are relatively quick.

The first recipe is STREUSEL OREO MUFFINS and it is one of the best muffin recipes I have ever made and one of the best muffins I have ever eaten. It's incredible!


The other recipe for reminiscing is this SOUR CREAM BLUEBERRY-BLACKBERRY MUFFINS recipe. These muffins are incredibly fluffy and I love the amount of berries in each bite!


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Unstuffed Banana Pepper Soup #FantasticalFoodFight

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.

Unstuffed Banana Pepper Soup // Celebrating National Pickled Pepper Month in October with this creamy, cheesy soup! #bananapepper #soup #recipe #FantasticalFoodFight

It's time again for another Food Fight and this month's theme is PICKLED PEPPERS because October is National Pickled Peppers Month! The Food Fighters were not given any particular type of dish so long as it has pickled peppers in it and it could also be how to make pickled peppers.

Unstuffed Banana Pepper Soup // Celebrating National Pickled Pepper Month in October with this creamy, cheesy soup! #bananapepper #soup #recipe #FantasticalFoodFight

I am hoping there is at least one pickled pepper recipe in the link up because I trust my blogging friends and I know a recipe from one of them would be awesome. I have a bunch of jalapenos from my Aerogarden that need to be pickled. Today I am sharing this awesome banana pepper soup recipe that I have made at least half a dozen times already. I made it a few months ago before deciding or knowing that October would be Pickled Pepper month, but knew immediately I had to share it when the theme was selected.

This soup is creamy, cheesy, and can be spicy. We have used pickled hot banana peppers with fresh banana peppers or Hungarian wax peppers or Anaheim peppers. My personal favorite is Anaheim pepper with the pickled peppers. We got a set of super hot Hungarian peppers one time that definitely made this soup spicy LOL. It's all up to you whether you want a mild soup or one with a kick or one with a boot ;)

My favorite part of this soup is definitely the cheesy crust on top made from mozzarella and Italian breadcrumbs that are broiled until browned. It's the very very best.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fave Chocolate Donuts #Choctoberfest

One bite of this breakfast treat and you'll understand why they are named Fave Chocolate Donuts

One bite of this breakfast treat and you'll understand why they are named Fave Chocolate Donuts #recipe #breakfast #chocolate #Choctoberfest #donuts

It's time again for Choctoberfest and I'm excited to participate for the second time because CHOCOLATE. I am looking forward to finding all sorts of new chocolate recipes from my fellow bloggers.

Homemade donuts are really easy to make and I love making all different kinds. My favorite are still cake donuts though and I do love using cake mix to make donuts. This recipe is not made from cake mix, but I would still consider them to be cake donuts. They were wonderfully moist because of the addition of sour cream and they were rich and chocolatey. I double dipped mine in the glaze because I didn't want to glaze the entire donut. I'm not brave enough to try and manage that LOL

Monday, October 16, 2017

It's time for #Choctoberfest 2017!


Today is the official start of #Choctoberfest 2017. #Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar and the other sponsors listed below.

Menu Plan Monday - October 16, 2017

Menu Plan Monday for Oct 16, 2017 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Hello and good morning, everyone! This week brings more comfort food and BRINNER! I usually don't plan for brinner, it just happens - when a day has been hectic and I want something easy to make. Not sure if we'll do pancakes or waffles, but definitely scrambled eggs and bacon!

Monday - Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta
Tuesday - Cheesy Tuna Shell Casserole
Wednesday - Chicken Parmesan Soup
Thursday - Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins // Homemade Cheesy Gordita Crunch
Friday - French Bread Pizzas
Saturday - Brinner
Sunday - Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Smoothie Bowls // Pumpkin Gingersnaps

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Pot Roast Stroganoff #SundaySupper

The slow cooking of this pot roast makes for a melt-in-your-mouth stroganoff!

The slow cooking of this pot roast makes for a melt-in-your-mouth stroganoff! #recipe #slowcooker #SundaySupper #beef

I've been on a roll lately making tons of recipes for Sunday Supper Events. Today's event is going to be very high on my list of favorites: COMFORT FOOD PASTA. I am a pastaholic. I have to ration myself to two times a week or I'd weigh a million pounds because I have no self control. Spaghetti weeks are hard because I always make enough to feed an army and then I eat it for lunch for the whole week because I'm ridiculous like that. Spaghetti is my favorite favorite. But I also love stroganoff. I actually wasn't a fan until I was in my teens and had my mom-in-law's stroganoff, which is the bomb dot com.

The slow cooking of this pot roast makes for a melt-in-your-mouth stroganoff! #recipe #slowcooker #SundaySupper #beef

Since trying hers many many years ago (10+), I knew that I was fine with homemade stroganoff - which I have also discovered about a lot of foods. I just prefer homemade versions to whatever other versions (from a box, tv dinner, a school lunch, etc.) are out there. I was definitely intrigued when I discovered this recipe because I also love love love pot roast and I thought that it sounded wonderful to have pot roast cook down and break apart into smaller pieces rather than buy beef stew meat, which can sometimes get a little tough. So it's a win all-around really. There is no tough meat or chopping the meat up. It is a ridiculously tender stroganoff and I really loved the addition of dill to the spices. That bit of sour with the savory flavors of beef, garlic, and onion was simply fantastic.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Three Quick & Easy Recipes

I'm a contributor over at Knoxville Moms Blog and have recently started a "Quick & Easy Recipe" series of posts. Today I wanted to share the last three posts I've done here on my own blog and urge you to check them out. All three are fantastic dishes!




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Friday, October 13, 2017

Fantastical Friday: 18 Extraordinary Egg Recipes for World Egg Day


Today is World Egg Day (the 2nd Friday in October) and I went a little bit overboard finding recipes to share...and I think it's because I LOVE EGGS. Eggs are amazing! A lot of the recipes are for breakfast, but there are a few lunch/dinner recipes, as well as a few appetizers. What is your favorite egg recipe? Share a link in the comments below.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jaegarschnitzel

This classic German dish served with a traditional mushroom gravy and topped with bacon

Jaegarschnitzel // This classic German dish served with a traditional mushroom gravy and topped with bacon #recipe #pork #German #bacon #maindish

I've already posted two recipes for schnitzel on the blog and there is probably no end in sight. I have loved each recipe I've tried for different reasons and this one is definitely not any different. Jaegar sauce contains mushrooms. I will say that I do not like mushrooms, but I love the flavor the mushrooms give the jaegar sauce. I picked around the mushrooms. Mostly it's a texture thing, not a flavor thing. Regardless, we loved this schnitzel recipe and loved the different seasonings it had. As always, we served ours up with potatoes (wedges in this case) and lemon slices.

Jaegarschnitzel // This classic German dish served with a traditional mushroom gravy and topped with bacon #recipe #pork #German #bacon #maindish

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ham & White Cheddar Beer Cheese Soup

The perfect fall soup with ham, bacon, beer, and loads of cheese!

Ham and White Cheddar Beer Cheese Soup // The perfect fall soup with ham, bacon, beer, and loads of cheese! #recipe #soup #onepot #beer #cheese

I am not stranger to beer cheese soup and it's one of my favorite soups to make in the fall. I'm in love with this one in particular because it has two proteins - ham and bacon. Plus green onion and loads of cheese! The combination is just total comfort food. It's a bonus that it is one pot and can be made in under 30 minutes.

Ham and White Cheddar Beer Cheese Soup // The perfect fall soup with ham, bacon, beer, and loads of cheese! #recipe #soup #onepot #beer #cheese

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies Treats

Only four ingredients to make the best fall treat you'll ever eat!

Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies Treats // Only four ingredients to make the best fall treat you'll ever eat! #recipe #ricekrispies #pumpkinspice #snack

I absolutely love Rice Krispies treats and grew up making them with my mom. I have only recently discovered how amazing browned butter is. It's indescribable and I was incredibly intrigued by using browned butter in Rice Krispies treats. This snack is so stinkin' easy to make because it's just four ingredients. I would say the hardest part is browning the butter, but it's not nearly as hard as I made it out to be when I first saw it. I was so nervous to burn it. I have yet to burn browned butter **knocks on wood**

There is no pumpkin in this snack, but there is pumpkin pie spice. So if you do like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, etc., but don't like pumpkin, you can still enjoy this treat.

Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies Treats // Only four ingredients to make the best fall treat you'll ever eat! #recipe #ricekrispies #pumpkinspice #snack

Monday, October 09, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - October 9, 2017

Menu Plan Monday for Oct 9, 2017 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I am ridiculously excited about this week's lineup of food because it contains tons of old favorites and I am so ready for the comfort of the known! :)

Monday - One Pot Italian Sausage & Kale Pasta
Tuesday - Pepperjack Smothered Chicken
Wednesday - Turkey Jalapeno Popper Chili
Thursday - Snickerdoodle Crumble Donuts // Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad
Friday - Pepperoni Pizza Burgers
Saturday - Bacon-Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin
Sunday - Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll French Toast // Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Slow Cooker Pesto Mozzarella Chicken Pasta #SundaySupper

This crockpot meal is buttery, cheesy, and full of pesto goodness!
Slow Cooker Pesto Mozzarella Chicken Pasta // This crockpot meal is buttery, cheesy, and full of pesto goodness! #recipe #pesto #chicken #pasta #crockpot #SundaySupper

I am so excited for this week's Sunday Supper Movement theme: SLOW COOKER COMFORT FOOD RECIPES. I decided to share this meal because pesto is my ultimate comfort food at the moment. I basically crave pesto pasta. Although this recipe isn't made completely in the crockpot, cooking the pasta only dirties one more dish, so that's not 100% inconvenient. Not that inconvenient at all. :) I just love how buttery pesto-y this pasta gets. Plus all the cheese! I'm looking forward to  a ton of the recipes that my fellow Sunday Supper bloggers have shared because they are so diverse!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Beer Battered Onion Rings

These onion rings are the perfect side to a burger or appetizer for a football game party!

Beer Battered Onion Rings // These onion rings are the perfect side to a burger or appetizer for a football game party! #appetizer #beer #onionrings #recipe

I believe this was my first time making homemade onion rings and it was fairly successful. I started off in my deep fryer but it was hard to make these in the basket, so I switched to the pot and it was so much better. I just used my tongs and spider in the pot to maneuver the onion rings as they fried. I loved the flavoring of the garlic and paprika with the beer. Overall, this recipe was easier and much more addictive that I had anticipated.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Throwback Thursday #45

Throwback Thursday No. 45 | Rediscovering Old Favorites in the Recipe Archive

Hello, all! I, as always, love these two recipes for the throwback today. I was really impressed with these SNICKERDOODLES because it was my first attempt to make them and they turned out so well.


The other recipe is for BUTTERBEER. This was prior to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so I have no clue what that one tastes like, but this one is pretty darn good.


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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Slow Cooker Sausage & Corn Chowder

This slow cooker chowder has potatoes but you don't have to peel or chop a single one - it's a miracle!

Slow Cooker Sausage & Corn Chowder // This slow cooker chowder has potatoes but you don't have to peel or chop a single one - it's a miracle! #Recipe #slowcooker #crockpot #chowder #soup #sausage

I love this chowder so much because it uses frozen potatoes. For some reason, I have an issue with slow cooker soups and potatoes. They never want to cook through. Even if they are cooked on low for 8 hours and they are cut small. I was over-the-moon excited that this had frozen potatoes o'brien - which contains onion and peppers in it. It's the perfect thing for a slow cooker recipe. And I didn't have to deal with peeling and cutting potatoes. So that definitely knocks off some prep time. All-in-all, this soup was easy to throw together and tasted wonderful. I loved how creamy it was and loved the sausage with all the veggies.

Slow Cooker Sausage & Corn Chowder // This slow cooker chowder has potatoes but you don't have to peel or chop a single one - it's a miracle! #Recipe #slowcooker #crockpot #chowder #soup #sausage

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Frito Pie Burritos

Frito pies can be for Taco Tuesday too with this yummy burrito recipe!

Frito Pie Burritos // Frito pies can be for Taco Tuesday too with this yummy burrito recipe! #recipe #fritos #beef #burrito

I love Frito pies or what we call 'em here in East Tennessee: Petros! I was happy to find this delicious recipe that combines Frito pies with burritos. And honestly, why not turn Frito pies into burritos?! This recipe contains homemade chili that reminds me a little of Skyline chili because of the cocoa powder that goes into it. I subbed in some more basic ingredients for the original recipe's different components because I really like having quick Taco Tuesday meals.

Frito Pie Burritos // Frito pies can be for Taco Tuesday too with this yummy burrito recipe! #recipe #fritos #beef #burrito

Monday, October 02, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - October 2, 2017

Menu Plan Monday for Oct 2, 2017 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Is it really already October?! I'm trying to make loads of pumpkin recipes, but also trying to make other fall type recipes too - like ones that include apples.

Monday - Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes
Tuesday - Nachos Bell Grande
Wednesday - Grandma Ruth's Italian Chicken Soup
Thursday - Pumpkin Oreo Donuts // PJ Chang's Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Friday - Pizza with a Sourdough Crust
Saturday - Baked Buttery Herb Chicken and Potatoes
Sunday - Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Casserole // Kalesidillas // Oatmeal Cookie Apple Crumble

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Sunday, October 01, 2017

1970s Style Tacos #SundaySupper

These tacos are homemade with the perfect mix of spices to bring up a feeling of nostalgia

1970s Style Tacos // These tacos are homemade with the perfect mix of spices to bring up a feeling of nostalgia #recipe #beef #tacos

I'm on a roll for posting with Sunday Supper Movement and today's event is EASY TACO RECIPES FOR NATIONAL TACO DAY. National Taco Day is coming up on October 4th and although my family won't be celebrating on Wednesday, we will definitely be raising a taco up in celebration on Tuesday. I normally stick to just ground beef and a packet of taco seasoning, plus the fixings for Taco Tuesdays, but occasionally, I like to mix it up a little bit and make a recipe from scratch.

What I love about these 1970s Style Tacos is that they do taste like an authentic old-fashioned taco recipe. The cayenne is optional, although I didn't list it as such because I love a hint of spiciness in my tacos! But overall, these are seriously wonderful and they aren't painstakingly difficult nor do they require much more steps than making "regular tacos" - the payoff is definitely worth making them with multiple spices rather than a premade packet of seasonings.

1970s Style Tacos // These tacos are homemade with the perfect mix of spices to bring up a feeling of nostalgia #recipe #beef #tacos