Monday, December 11, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - December 11, 2017

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

I am mega intrigued by red pesto sauce and I adore pesto, so I had to put Monday's recipe on my meal plan. I've been craving salad lately, so that is a welcome meal as well. AND I'm so ready for Butter Pecan Cheesecake!

Monday - Angel Hair with Red Pesto Sauce with Meatballs
Tuesday - Pepperjack Smothered Chicken
Wednesday - Oreo Muffins // Lori's 3-Bean Slow Cooker Chili
Thursday - Chicken Parmesan Salad
Friday - Calzones
Saturday - Italian Sausage Frittata // Butter Pecan Cheesecake
Sunday - Scalloped Potatoes and Ground Beef Casserole

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, December 10, 2017

Pumpkin Molasses Cookies #SundaySupper

These chewy cookies are everything spice and nice and you won't be able to stop at one!

Pumpkin Molasses Cookies // These chewy cookies are everything spice and nice and you won't be able to stop at one! #recipe #pumpkin #molasses #cookies #dessert #SundaySupper

Today's Sunday Supper Movement event is BEST COOKIE EXCHANGE RECIPES. I jumped onto  this so quickly because I am in love with cookies and I love doing cookie exchanges. Really I love making cookies, especially at the holidays.

I originally found these cookies and they were named Pumpkin Gingersnaps. I didn't change the recipe, but I felt that they reminded me more of molasses cookies because they are thicker, crunchy on the edges, and soft and chewy in the middle. They definitely reminded me of my mom's molasses cookies that were my childhood favorite.

These pumpkin molasses cookies were so puffy and chewy and I loved every bit of them. I ate entirely too many and I'm seriously considering making another batch and hiding them, because as it turns out, Nick and Cami also really really like them.

Pumpkin Molasses Cookies // These chewy cookies are everything spice and nice and you won't be able to stop at one! #recipe #pumpkin #molasses #cookies #dessert #SundaySupper

These cookies, I feel, would be best for an in-person cookie exchange. But if you do want to send them, I suggest buying some inexpensive plastic food storage containers at a dollar store, so that there is a little protection while getting sent through the mail.

Pumpkin Molasses Cookies // These chewy cookies are everything spice and nice and you won't be able to stop at one! #recipe #pumpkin #molasses #cookies #dessert #SundaySupper

Friday, December 08, 2017

Fantastical Friday: 10 Recipes for National Chocolate Brownie Day


It's National Chocolate Brownie Day and that means I have found some brownie recipes to share, in case you want to celebrate. I have shared bars and brownies recipe round ups before but these are 10 new recipes I have hoarded since then.

10 Recipes for National Chocolate Brownie Day #dessert #chocolate #brownies

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Gingerbread Cheesecake

This extraordinary holiday dessert has a gingersnap bottom, a creamy gingerbread and molasses cheesecake base, and is topped with a light and fluffy rum topping.

Gingerbread Cheesecake // This extraordinary holiday dessert has a gingersnap bottom, a creamy gingerbread and molasses cheesecake base, and is topped with a light and fluffy rum topping. #dessert #holiday #gingerbread #cheesecake #rum

I'm not sure why, but I've found that lately I've been making cheesecake for holiday desserts. Typically, I am the one who brings dessert for any family function and I just keep latching onto cheesecake for some unknown reason. Last Christmas (yes...2016), I whipped up this gingerbread cheesecake and it was unbelievably amazing. The molasses in it was perfection and I loved the lightly rum flavored whipped topping. Plus the gingersnap bottom  - to die for! It turned out so beautifully and I was so happy with it. It was hard for me to not make it again this year, but alas, too many recipes hoarded to have repeats. But I'm very tempted to make it again and throw all caution to the wind :)

Gingerbread Cheesecake // This extraordinary holiday dessert has a gingersnap bottom, a creamy gingerbread and molasses cheesecake base, and is topped with a light and fluffy rum topping. #dessert #holiday #gingerbread #cheesecake #rum

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Crockpot Italian Chicken & Quinoa Soup

Loaded with flavor, this crockpot soup is a wonderful meal for a chilly day!

Crockpot Italian Chicken and Quinoa Soup // Loaded with flavor, this crockpot soup is a wonderful meal for a chilly day! #recipe #soup #slowcooker #crockpot #chicken #quinoa

I love to be surprised by foods I make. Soups aren't always the prettiest, so looks aren't really a good judge. The minute I went to serve this soup up and the ladle wafted all the soupy goodness smell up in the air...I KNEW this was going to be incredibly wonderfully delicious. I know that you aren't supposed to use the word delicious to describe foods, but sometimes you just have to. It's nothing to look at, but it sure is a fantastic soup with loads of flavor.

Crockpot Italian Chicken and Quinoa Soup // Loaded with flavor, this crockpot soup is a wonderful meal for a chilly day! #recipe #soup #slowcooker #crockpot #chicken #quinoa

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

One Pan Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta

This wonderful pasta recipe with all the best stuff is ready in under 30 minutes!

One Pan Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta // This wonderful pasta recipe with all the best stuff is ready in under 30 minutes! #recipe #sausage #pasta #kale

Despite it being off season for soccer, I still appreciate a one pot recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to make. Don't get me wrong, I love cooking and don't mind being in the kitchen for an hour. I find it funny that I wouldn't eat sausage as a child and now it's one of my favorite meats - especially in pasta dishes and with kale. Yum!

One Pan Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta // This wonderful pasta recipe with all the best stuff is ready in under 30 minutes! #recipe #sausage #pasta #kale

Monday, December 04, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - December 4, 2017

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

I am so excited to have two recipes from Cravings cookbook again. They were two ultra awesome recipes and once again...I highly suggest this cookbook. Ask for it for Christmas (if you celebrate) or for your birthday - you need it!

Monday - Chicken Mozzarella Pasta
Tuesday - Chipotle Ground Beef Enchiladas
Wednesday - Cinnamon Roll Donuts // Chrissy's Pot Pie Soup [from Cravings]
Thursday - Skillet Beef Broccoli Ramen
Friday - Steak and Shake Frisco Patty Melts
Saturday - French Toast // Eggnog Bread
Sunday - Cheesy Jalapeno Tuna Casserole [from Cravings]

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

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Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies #FBLCookieExchange

These seasonal spiced cookies have a dollop of white chocolate in the middle - seriously wonderful cookies for Christmas!

Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies // These seasonal spiced cookies have a dollop of white chocolate in the middle - seriously wonderful cookies for Christmas! #recipe #cookies #FBLCookieExchange #gingerbread #Christmas

After the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap ended, Allison of The PinterTest Kitchen and I decided we wanted to host a cookie exchange because it just didn't feel right to not have our yearly cookie exchange! And the Food Blogger Love Cookie Exchange was born.

The premise is that you are matched with 3 bloggers and send each a dozen cookies (and they don't know who has them until they receive their cookies!). In turn, you also receive a dozen cookies from 3 different bloggers. I received Triple Chocolate Biscotti from Fix Me A Little Lunch, shortbread sugar cookies with anise in them (I'll update the recipe title) from That Recipe, and Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen. I will update later today with the links to the recipes of the cookies I received. I loved each and every one of them. Thank you to everyone who joined in!

Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies // These seasonal spiced cookies have a dollop of white chocolate in the middle - seriously wonderful cookies for Christmas! #recipe #cookies #FBLCookieExchange #gingerbread #Christmas

I sent a dozen each of these gingerbread thumbprint cookies to Hetal, Megan, and Colleen. I picked out the recipe at the end of October, knowing that I really wanted to make something more holiday-esque. Last year I finally figured out that I wanted all the gingerbread things at Christmas time, so I am making as many gingerbread recipes as I can fit in during the holiday season this year! Originally these cookies were stuffed with dark chocolate, but I went the white chocolate route because I just felt gingerbread and white chocolate go together better.

If you would like to be notified of blogging events like this cookie exchange, please check out the Food Blogger Love group: here.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins

These sweet muffins have a burst of tart cranberry - the perfect winter breakfast!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins // These sweet muffins have a burst of tart cranberry - the perfect winter breakfast! #recipe #breakfast #muffins #cranberry #winter

Hello, December! The end of the year is upon us and once again, I can't believe it. For some reason, cranberries don't really hit my radar until after Thanksgiving. I don't like cranberry sauce, but I love cranberries in baked goods. These muffins are the fluffiest, moistest, creamiest, loveliest, and all the other -ests. The bite of cranberry is just the right amount of tart to offset the sweetness of the muffins and it's the best. I could not stop eating them.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins // These sweet muffins have a burst of tart cranberry - the perfect winter breakfast! #recipe #breakfast #muffins #cranberry #winter