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!

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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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