Monday, December 31, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - December 31, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Dec 31, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I always forget about NYE when I think of favorite holidays. I thoroughly enjoy making all sorts of finger foods and appetizers to munch on from late afternoon all the way to midnight :) Happy New Year, y'all!

Monday - Pretzel Bites, Cheesy Bacon Bombs, Homemade Salsa, Deep Fried Snickers, Spicy Dry Rub Baked Hot Wings
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Blueberry Pancake Muffins // Egg Roll Soup
Thursday - Big Mac Salad
Friday - Pizza Braid
Saturday - Zucchini and Bacon 3-Cheese Lasagna
Sunday - Snickerdoodle Crumble Donuts // Chocolate Mousse Brownies

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Countdown to 2019: Reader Faves

It's time to share the best recipes of 2018 to ring in the new year!



Sunday, December 30, 2018

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Countdown to 2019: Best Appetizers and Snacks

It's time to share the best recipes of 2018 to ring in the new year!


It's that time of year once again! I am joined by my blogging friends to share the best recipes of 2018. The schedule is shown above in the little image - the countdown runs from December 26th to January 1st. I hope you stop by each day to see what recipes made our lists for each category. If you are a food blogger and just now hearing about the Countdown, please feel free to jump in. You don't have to participate every single day by any means. The blog hop is open from 12am EST the day the category goes live until 12pm EST the following day, so you still have time to draft something up and post it!





Monday, December 24, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - December 24, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Dec 24, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Christmas is almost here!! We're doing our week a little wonky and having soup on Thursday instead of Wednesday. I also decided to take it easy on Monday evening and do frozen pizzas for our movie night. I'm making pancakes for Christmas morning for the first time ever and I'm pretty sure I'll be bringing sweets for Christmas dinner and a few sides. Hope you all have a great week and get to spend it with your loved ones - no matter if you celebrate Christmas, another holiday, or no holiday!

Monday - Frozen Pizza
Tuesday - Peppermint Hot Cocoa Pancakes // Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs, Sweet Potato Casserole, Herbed Gruyere and Bacon Au Gratin Potatoes, Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes, Amazing Pecan Cobbler
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Butterfinger Maple Bars // Unstuffed Banana Pepper Soup
Friday - A&W Chili Dogs
Saturday - Salted Nut Roll
Sunday - Eggs Florentine Casserole // Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, December 21, 2018

Black Eyed Pea Stew with Sausage and Kale

The perfect New Year's Day stew to bring prosperity for the new year with some black eyed peas!

Black Eyed Pea Stew with Sausage and Kale #recipe #stew #newyear #kale #sausage #blackeyedpeas

Each year on New Year's Day, we eat black eyed peas in some form. It's a Southern tradition that's meant to bring prosperity in the new year. Of course, we don't truly believe that, but it's a fun tradition to do and it's a good positive thought to start out the new year, so no harm in it, right?! For 2018, I made this stew. I knew I couldn't go wrong with kielbasa and kale and I was correct. The kids and Nick aren't huge fans of black eyed peas, but they liked them a lot in this. It was an all-around wonderful stew and I just had to share the recipe in time for our upcoming New Year's Day. This is also pretty exciting because I believe it is the first recipe on my blog with black eyed peas!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Bacon Crackers

Are you ready for the most addictive party snack there is? Only four ingredients too!

Bacon Crackers #recipe #bacon #snack

Sometimes the best recipes are simple ones and this recipe is definitely evidence of that. These bacon crackers are simply butter crackers topped with bacon, brown sugar, and cayenne and what a magnificent group of ingredients they are! The sweet and salty combination with a pinch of heat all on top of the buttery crackers is just beyond amazing.  If you think you can get away with eating a couple, you are sorely mistaken. These easy crackers are perfect for NYE or game day or just a regular old Saturday!

Bacon Crackers #recipe #bacon #snack

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Bacon Piggy Brittle #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 CANDY. I originally was going to do hard candy, but had trouble finding a recipe that may fit the theme and figured my blogging friends might also have that same problem, so I broadened our theme to candy. There are so many good types of candy to choose from: fudge, toffee, taffy, brittle, hard candy, etc. I decided to try brittle once again. I haven't had the best luck with brittle. I think I need to invest in an instant read thermometer. But this recipe wasn't terrible at all. I think I just got it slightly too dark, but not burnt. So I can absolutely deal with that.

Bacon Piggy Brittle #recipe #brittle #candy #bacon

This was a recipe from Food Network Magazine that was in the "Name the Recipe" thing that they do and I could not find the name of it for the longest time. I went ahead and made it and decided to name it Bacon Piggy Brittle before finally discovering that it was named "This Brittle Piggy" which is SO cute. So whatever name you call it, it is definitely perfect for any bacon lovers you may have in your life, including yourself!

Bacon Piggy Brittle #recipe #brittle #candy #bacon

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Cranberry Bliss Bars

These copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars are the perfect winter treat with a chewy sugar cookie base with cranberries and white chocolate topped with cream cheese frosting!

Cranberry Bliss Bars #recipe #Starbucks #cranberry #copycat #bars #dessert

Every year, I look forward to getting the seasonal Cranberry Bliss Bars at Starbucks. We have a little Starbucks in our grocery store and it's a nice little treat to get one while grocery shopping. The cookie part is chewy, the frosting is creamy, the cranberries are tart, and then there's the white chocolate. They are rich little bars, but so delicious. A must for the winter season, if you ask me. The original has orange zest in it, but my oldest is allergic to oranges (and possibly pineapple - we're waiting on his results for that and he is devastated that he may not be able to eat Hawaiian pizza anymore), so I just subbed in a little lemon zest. It's still got that bright acidic zing needed to offset the rest of the recipe.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - December 17, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Dec 17, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

This week, there are recipes chosen by Matthew, Nick, and Cami :) Matthew and Nick both wanted the pasta dish on Monday and the pizza on Friday. Nick wanted Taco Ring. Cami chose the soup, schnitzel sandwiches (which I will never argue about getting to have again because I need pickled shallots in my life always), and brinner. We are making Santa's cookies on Saturday!

Monday - One Pan Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta
Tuesday - Taco Ring
Wednesday - S'mores Baked Donuts // Cheddar Broccoli Soup with Bacon
Thursday - Pork Schnitzel Sandwiches
Friday - The Ultimate Stuffed Crust Pizza
Saturday - Candy Cane Crinkles
Sunday - Coconut Crunch Donuts // Brinner

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, December 14, 2018

Steak 'n Shake Frisco Patty Melts

A double stacked patty melt complete with Frisco sauce makes for a brilliant copycat!

Steak 'n Shake Frisco Patty Melts #recipe #copycat #maindish #burger #pattymelt #steaknshake #friscopattymelt

Fun fact: 2018 was the year I first tried Steak 'n Shake. It's not an absolute favorite or anything, but I definitely enjoy the atmosphere and they make pretty good burgers (and shakes). However, I definitely think the Frisco patty melt is a winner. In fact, Matthew got a Frisco Melt just mere days before I made this copycat for the first time, instead of going for something different. He was so happy to have it twice in a week because he enjoyed it that much. I can't say I blame him. The only thing that was different in my making of it was that I subbed the Swiss cheese for mozzarella because I'm not a big fan of Swiss cheese - and I don't think Nick is either. Not sure on the kids' feelings about it. I still have not had an authentic Frisco patty melt, but Matthew says it's really close, so I'll take his word for it!

Steak 'n Shake Frisco Patty Melts #recipe #copycat #maindish #burger #pattymelt #steaknshake #friscopattymelt

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday No. 75

Throwback Thursday No. 75 | Rediscovering Old Favorites in the Recipe Archive

I went through an era of pasta with grilled chicken recipes and this GRILLED CHICKEN PASTA WITH TOMATO CREAM SAUCE was definitely one of my favorite recipes at that time. It remains one of my favorite chicken pasta recipes to this very day.
Grilled Chicken Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce. Decadent, rich, and fancy, but easy to make. #pasta #chicken #tomato

I also cannot stress how much I love Hawaiian pizza and this SWEET 'N SPICY HAWAIIAN PIZZA is probably my second favorite (only second to Sally's Hawaiian Pizza) and it was a huge surprise. The sauce is made of apricot preserves and I thought for sure it would be too sweet or tart and I'd hate it, but it was amazing!
Sweet & Spicy Hawaiian Pizza. A new spin on one of the best kinds of pizza. #pizza #ham #pineapple #spicy

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Italian Sausage Soup

This sausage soup is total comfort food in a bowl with red pepper, spinach, and frozen egg noodles that give it such a from scratch feel to it!

Italian Sausage Soup #sausage #soup #recipe #maindish

Do you ever eat something and it reminds you of a nostalgic food but you can't put your finger on it? That is this Italian sausage soup for me. I think, in part, the nostalgia is due to the frozen egg noodles. The thing is...I can't remember who it was that made the recipe with frozen egg noodles. I feel like it was my mother-in-law but it very well could be my grandma. Who knows! What I do know is that you cannot go wrong with a sausage soup with red bell and spinach in it. The nostalgic noodles were just a bonus :)

Italian Sausage Soup #sausage #soup #recipe #maindish

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Reindeer Food

If you are ready for the most addictive winter holiday snack, look no further!

Reindeer Food #recipe #snack #holiday #Christmas #candycane #chexmix

I think I have found a new tradition in this Reindeer Food recipe. We have made it for the past two years and we love it! Matthew is already asking if I'm going to be making another batch this year because this year's batch lasted all of a night and then it was gone! It's ridiculously easy - with only three ingredients - and it's pretty quick to make too. My family loves to help make it because it boils down to stirring and crushing and the kids and Nick like doing those things! LOL

I'm not kidding at all when I say this is super addictive. We could not even let it set up before we were eating it. And it's so hard to not continue to eat it once you've started. I do suppose this is supposed to be for Santa's reindeer, but sorry, Rudolph, guess we're just going to leave you a carrot this year!

Reindeer Food #recipe #snack #holiday #Christmas #candycane #chexmix

Monday, December 10, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - December 10, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Dec 10, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Last week, I said everyone had a hand in meal planning this month. This week, I chose spaghetti and copycat Popeye's. Matthew chose fajitas. Nick chose burgers and fancy mac 'n' cheese. And all of us wanted Skyline. We're also going to be doing a lot of holiday baking/cooking this weekend and preparing chex mix, bacon cheese spread (a family tradition) and cookies.

Monday - Roasted Garlic and Cheese Baked Spaghetti
Tuesday - Chicken Fajitas
Wednesday - Cinnamon Roll Donuts // Skyline Chili
Thursday - Copycat Popeye's Spicy Chicken with mac and cheese, collards, and Best Homemade Biscuits
Friday - Grilled Butter Burgers
Saturday - Slow Cooker Chex Mix, Bacon Cheese Spread, White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies, Spiced Snickerdoodles
Sunday - Cake Mix Coffee Cake // Fancy Mac & Cheese

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, December 07, 2018

Prosecco Infused Moist Vanilla Cupcakes

Celebrate any holiday with a little bubbly in your cupcakes!

Prosecco Infused Moist Vanilla Cupcakes #recipe #cupcakes #prosecco #dessert

I am so happy that I'm finally getting around to posting these amazing vanilla cupcakes. I had the idea last year to make wine-infused cupcakes for my mother-in-law's birthday. I didn't really find a recipe to make, so I went to one of my favorite dessert blogs to get a solid vanilla cupcake recipe. The cupcakes and frosting alone are fabulous. The frosting in particular is one of my all-time favorites. It's so creamy and just the right amount of sweetness (for me).

The wine part wasn't hard to figure out from there. My mother-in-law prefers dry wine and she likes white wine, so I bought some cutesy heart pipettes from Amazon and filled them up with this Cupcake Prosecco. Cupcake for the cupcakes :) They turned out so well and the prosecco was a perfect compliment to the cupcakes. I will definitely have to do these again.

Prosecco Infused Moist Vanilla Cupcakes #recipe #cupcakes #prosecco #dessert

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Skillet Beef Broccoli Ramen

Steamed broccoli and marinated beef is the perfect way to upgrade instant ramen!

Skillet Beef Broccoli Ramen #beef #maindish #ramen #recipe

We have definitely been on a ramen kick lately. We eat it at least twice a month, which for us IS eating something often. I make a lot of pork ramen, so it's nice to switch it up and go with a classic combo of beef and broccoli. This is definitely a wonderful way to class up packets of ramen and really stretch it into a full family meal. The beef marinates for a few hours and is packed with flavor. I would easily eat it alone, but the ramen with steamed broccoli and more sauce really go together so well. I didn't use fresh ginger for so many years but I honestly prefer it to ground ginger. So I definitely recommend going with fresh ginger for this recipe!

Skillet Beef Broccoli Ramen #beef #maindish #ramen #recipe

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Cranberry Cheesecake Crumb Pie

Take that can of cranberries and make something magnificent with it!

Cranberry Cheesecake Crumb Pie #recipe #dessert #pie #cheesecake #cranberry

As a child, the only experience I had with cranberries was the canned jellied kind. Now plenty of people enjoy that, but I am not one of those folks. I thought that I just didn't like cranberries, period. End of story. Then as an adult, I decided to try them again, but not in jelly form. I think my first brush with cranberries as an adult was fresh cranberries and I loved them. Fresh cranberries are so perfectly tart. So I am making up for lost time and eating all the cranberry things.

This pie was a good compromise for me because I also don't really care for pie (because of the crust) but Nick does. But it's also partly cheesecake, so that works for me. This is like the perfect mixture of so many delicious things. The cranberries are tart and are lovely paired with the creamy cheesecake and buttery crumble. I can't even with how wonderful this dessert is. Perfect substitute for jellied cranberries, if you don't like it :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Chicken Mozzarella Pasta

Who needs beef with red sauce when you can have this melty mozzarella sauce with chicken?!

Chicken Mozzarella Pasta #recipe #pasta #chicken #maindish

I have found yet another wonderful pasta dish with red sauce that makes me a happy camper. Honestly, it isn't that hard when it comes to red sauce pasta dishes, but every once in a while I get surprised by them. This recipe in particular was surprising because it was chicken for the protein instead of beef. I also adored the pieces of melty mozzarella throughout the sauce. I ended up having to use lightly dried basil instead of fresh, but it still was fantastic.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - December 3, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Dec 3, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

This month, everyone wanted to be involved in meal planning, so I have selections from everyone in the family :) This week is largely a Nick-suggest week. He wanted alfredo of some sort, tacos, kale soup, and Copycat Chick-fil-A. I wanted pickle pizza. I saw a picture of it floating around on Facebook, so I'm making a copycat version.

Monday - Roasted Broccoli Chicken Alfredo
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Snickerdoodle Crumble Donuts // Kale Soup
Thursday - Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwiches
Friday - Pickle Pizza [I'm making a copycat]
Saturday - Chocolate Mousse Brownies
Sunday  - Easy Cinnamon Twists // Broccoli Stuffed Chicken

What are you having for dinner this week?
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