Thursday, June 21, 2018

Italian Mozzarella Chicken Foil Packets

This fantastic meal is everything you need all in a foil packet - cook it on the grill or in the oven.

Italian Mozzarella Chicken Foil Packets #recipe #grill #maindish #chicken #foilpacket

I'm all about the foil packets right now. I have made one particular foil packet dinner for years and years and years (Hobo Dinner) and branched out recently with different proteins and vegetables in these recipes. This particular foil packet recipe is marinated chicken with zucchini, carrots, onion, and potatoes. I love that there was an option for grilling or baking in the oven. I opted for oven baking personally because I love how easy it is to just open the packets and get nice browned and bubbly cheese on top with the help of my broiler.

The marinade is fabulous with lemon, balsamic vinegar, and a variety of spices. It's a great summertime meal for sure.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Herbed Tuna Steaks #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.

This month's Fantastical Food Fight theme is SEAFOOD. I was nervous about this one because your girl only eats canned tuna and that's about it. On occasion, I will eat a couple popcorn shrimp, but otherwise, I just don't eat much seafood. June is National Seafood Month (US food holiday) and I've tried to pick a variety of ingredients or dishes to have for the Food Fight, even if it isn't something I particularly like. I stepped outside of my comfort zone here.

Herbed Tuna Steaks #recipe #seafood #tuna #fantasticalfoodfight

Years ago, Nick ordered blackened ahi tuna steak at a local restaurant and it was truly one of the best things either of us have ever eaten. I knew when I chose seafood that I would attempt to do tuna steak at home. I didn't want to do blackened tuna because I wanted to go super simple for my first try, in case I messed it up. I found this recipe for herbed tuna steaks on Food Network and was incredibly nervous. Tuna steak isn't cheap and I didn't want to make it inedible.

I researched and researched to make sure I did it correctly. My tuna steak was a little over an inch and a half thick so I cooked it slightly longer but I should have stuck with the original cook time. I didn't ruin it by any means, but it wasn't medium rare. I was really excited to able to use some herbs from my Aerogarden too. All-in-all, it was way less scary than I made it out to be and I would definitely buy it and make it again. I made pork chops using the same recipe as the tuna and they were just as delicious.

Herbed Tuna Steaks #recipe #seafood #tuna #fantasticalfoodfight

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fried Pickle Burgers

Add a little crunch to your burger with delicious fried pickles!

Fried Pickle Burgers #maindish #recipe #burger #beef #pickles

Fried pickles have been an obsession of ours for the last few years after having discovered how delicious Zaxby's fried pickles were. Though we also discovered they were "seasonal" and Zaxby's hasn't had them for a while. The reps on Zaxby's Facebook page told me they have no plans to bring them back at this time. WHICH IS GARBAGE. But it's also forced me to try and come up with a copycat (which hasn't been very successful since I cannot compare it directly with Zaxby's because they haven't sold them since 2016).

It hasn't stopped us from trying multiple recipes. This one for the burgers is probably the closest to Zaxby's in that it has a cornmeal breading. Still slightly different, but man, I'll take it. It's a great addition to the burger! Fun change of pace from just regular pickles, plus you end up with a ton of leftover to serve up on the side. They are wonderful to dip in the burger sauce :)

Fried Pickle Burgers #maindish #recipe #burger #beef #pickles

Monday, June 18, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - June 18, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Jun 18, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Apparently, I didn't really look at what was going on because I made the most epic slow cooker meal week without realizing it. Guess this will motivate me to clean that sucker out every evening after the meal is put up!

Monday - Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken and Rice
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers
Wednesday - Mimi's Cafe Carrot Cake Muffins // Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup
Thursday - Quick & Easy Beef Noodle Stir Fry
Friday - Cheeseburgers on Pretzel Buns
Saturday - Slow Cooker Pork Roast with roasted potatoes and mixed veggies
Sunday - Cinnamon Roll Donuts // Marble Cake

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, June 15, 2018

Cherry Delight

This no-bake dessert is so easy to throw together and can feed a crowd! It's truly a delight

Cherry Delight #dessert #cherry #cheesecake #recipe

I love no-bake desserts that mimic cheesecake and I love any time I can get a cherry recipe because I don't have cherries enough. I think on the rare occasion I do, it's atop a sundae or milkshake. I don't think I have ever made anything from fresh cherries, so that's definitely on my foodie bucket list. But for now, I have to share this wonderful dessert that is no-bake and uses canned cherries. You can absolutely bake the crust for more sturdiness, but I actually like it better unbaked. This really reminds me of the Jell-O cherry cheesecake but a littler heartier.

Cherry Delight #dessert #cherry #cheesecake #recipe

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Throwback Thursday #62

Throwback Thursday No. 62 | Rediscovering Old Favorites in the Recipe Archive

Today's throwbacks are both sweet. First up is a sweet breakfast recipe. These CINNAMON ROLL WAFFLES are kind of like those cinnamon roll pancakes that have been viral for years. Except less mess because you making the swirl separate and serve it as a topping. I personally am super biased and love a good homemade waffle, so I think these waffles are supreme!


The second recipe is a dessert that although is more of a wintertime dessert is one my husband would happily eat any day of the year. This PECAN PIE CHEESECAKE is the best of two desserts put together. The brown sugar cheesecake is brilliant on its own, but the pecan pie filling really is a lovely partner and adds a wonderful crunch to this dessert. I highly suggest making it!


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Coffeehouse Coffeecake Muffins

Coffeecake in muffin form - these buttery little "cakes" are perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning! Or afternoon!

Coffeehouse Coffeecake Muffins #recipe #breakfast #muffins #coffeecake

I currently have a super picky 3 year old who is surviving solely on cheese and freeze-dried fruits. Occasionally, he will eat a cheese quesadilla or chicken or ham. If I'm really lucky, he'll eat pancakes or muffins. Mason LOVES these muffins and he ate most of the batch by himself this go-around. This recipe is not necessarily complicated, but you do move around some mixtures a little bit, so it's best to read the directions a couple times through before you start making it. The batter is also very thick, but don't worry, it's supposed to be that way. These muffins are buttery and full of lots of cinnamon sugar goodness with pecans all throughout them.

Coffeehouse Coffeecake Muffins #recipe #breakfast #muffins #coffeecake

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cheesy Sausage Foil Packets

The perfect way to celebrate summer - by grilling fresh veggies with sausage!

Cheesy Sausage Foil Packets #maindish #grill #sausage #potato #recipe

I know what you may be thinking...where is the foil packet in my picture?! Well, I had a good foil packet picture in addition to the plated picture, but then *poof* I lost a ton of pictures when my computer crashed thanks to an operating system update. At some point, I will make this during the summer and get a foil packet picture. Regardless, it is such a GREAT one packet meal to throw on the grill and go. I find that I think some of the other bloggers may be cheating a little and broiling or searing some of their foil packets because I don't know how else you can get those crisp parts on things like the sausage or potatoes. So I threw my packets under the broiler (opened up) after grilling to get a little crunch! :)

Monday, June 11, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - June 11, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Jun 11, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Again, your girl has to get some new pictures for all these great recipes I've already made (with the exception of Tuesday). :)

Monday - One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta
Tuesday - Chicken Fajitas
Wednesday - Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins // Lori's 3-Bean Chili
Thursday - Chicken Yakisoba
Friday - Grilled Chicken & Bacon Pizza with Garlic Cream Sauce
Saturday - Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches
Sunday - Breakfast Scramble // Reese's Cookies

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, June 08, 2018

Fantastical Friday: Top 5 Need-to-Try Candy Recipes


June is National Candy Month and I shared some of the recipes I am most excited to try. I'm keeping it short and sweet today with these five amazing recipes.

5 Need-to-Try Candy Recipes #candy #recipe #dessert

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Easy & Awesome Creamy Corn Casserole

The perfect side dish for a good Southern meal, chili, or potluck!

Awesome & Easy Creamy Corn Casserole #sidedish #corn #casserole #cornbread

My mother-in-law made this amazing corn casserole recipe last year and I have been craving it ever since. Lo and behold, I had a similar recipe saved from one of my magazines. She has all these tried-and-true cookbooks that she has made from since my husband was very young and I believe the recipe she used was a Taste of Home recipe. Mine is from All Recipes. It's simple to throw together and it is seriously so so delicious. I love that the cornbread comes out incredibly moist and then you get so much corn in every bite. It's the best side dish for chili or fried cabbage and sausage plus so much more!

Awesome & Easy Creamy Corn Casserole #sidedish #corn #casserole #cornbread

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Strawberry Yogurt Cake

Fresh strawberries and lemon are the perfect match in this lovely bundt cake

Strawberry Yogurt Cake #dessert #cake #strawberry #yogurt #lemon #bundtcake

I love making bundt cakes and I wanted to attempt to make more in the past year or so. This one (although it didn't turn out super pretty) was very tasty. I loved the strawberry lemon combo and the Greek yogurt made it incredibly moist. I think this would be great subbing in blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries, but I really enjoyed having strawberries in a dessert. It seems like most of the time I don't get to bake with fresh strawberries. So this cake was a welcome rarity!

Strawberry Yogurt Cake #dessert #cake #strawberry #yogurt #lemon #bundtcake

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Southern Fried Cabbage with Sausage

This easy one skillet cabbage dinner is ready in under 30 minutes!

Southern Fried Cabbage and Sausage #maindish #recipe #cabbage #sausage

Recently, my computer crashed when a Windows Update went wrong. I lost a lot of pictures for my recipes because I had not backed them up in a while. So I made a mad dash to try and fit in all my upcoming recipes for the blog on my meal plan. I'm not at all peeved that I had to do it because I truly enjoyed all the recipes that I lost pictures for or they wouldn't be coming to the blog at all.

This wonderful main dish recipe is made in one skillet in under 30 minutes. The tomatoes are such a nice touch with cabbage and sausage, plus the cajun seasoning is the perfect bit of seasoning needed. You could definitely add more if you wanted. It's truly up to you.

Southern Fried Cabbage and Sausage #maindish #recipe #cabbage #sausage

Monday, June 04, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - June 4, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Jun 4, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

All but Monday's foods are remakes due to losing pictures from my computer crash. I am looking forward to them all because I loved all of them! I'm not 100% sure I'll make everything though because we will have family in town.

Monday - Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken with corn and Kickin' Collards
Tuesday - Steak Fajita Pasta
Wednesday - Coffeehouse Coffeecake Muffins // Easy Egg Drop Soup (clipped recipe)
Thursday - Skillet Beef Broccoli Ramen
Friday - Fried Pickle Burgers
Saturday - Subwhales // Cheese & Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken
Sunday - Sourdough Waffles // Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, June 01, 2018

Slow Roasted Tomato BLT with Basil Mayo

Low and slow makes for the most wonderful tomatoes on this BLT sandwich!

Slow Roasted Tomato BLT with Basil Mayo #sandwich #maindish #bacon #BLT #tomato #recipe

I absolutely love BLTs. I mean what's NOT to love?! But then you add an element like roasting tomatoes plus throwing in a basil mayonnaise and you have peaked my interest for sure! I opted to grab a multigrain bread like the recipe called for and it was the perfect heartiness to go with the rest of the ingredients. I don't remember exactly how long I cooked my tomatoes, but I believe it was just under 4 hours. What a seriously great twist on a regular BLT.

Slow Roasted Tomato BLT with Basil Mayo #sandwich #maindish #bacon #BLT #tomato #recipe
Slow Roasted Tomato BLT with Basil Mayo #sandwich #maindish #bacon #BLT #tomato #recipe