Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Rolo Ice Cream #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 ICE CREAM. I was gifted an ice cream attachment for my stand mixer for my birthday in 2014 and if I'm being completely honest, I've only used it a handful of times and I definitely feel a little guilty about it. Don't even get me started on the pasta attachment I received for Christmas 2014. Since there wasn't a stand out theme or ingredient for July, I thought ice cream would fit really well. The caveat being that we would stick to ice cream - no gelato, froyo, sherbert, etc. It could, however, be made in an ice cream machine or a no churn recipe, which are the coolest ever if you ask me!


I did not have a recipe in mind when I picked the theme for the month. So I went straight to my frozen dessert board on Pinterest and tried to narrow down a few recipes. Ultimately, I decided upon this Rolo ice cream. The recipe came from My Baking Addiction and was adapted from an Alton Brown recipe. It was really helpful for me to watch the video of him making it so I could nail the process. I always get nervous when I have to temper ingredients. I did make a few errors (like dumping all the sugar into the eggs, instead of slowly) but miraculously, it turned out beautifully. It was super smooth and creamy. Very light and luscious. I would only change one thing and that is to fold the rolos in with the caramel sauce instead of throwing them into the ice cream maker when it was in soft serve stage. We ended up with a few balls of chopped Rolos and they are not too nice to your teeth when they are frozen.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - July 15, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Jul 15, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

We're undergoing some transitions in the household this week with Nick working from home (unless he travels) for his new job. I may end up throwing a few lunch recipes into the mix next month! Cami (my 11 year old) has been my sous chef lately, so I'm sure she will be assisting this week for more than just her recipe for Friday. I went grocery shopping yesterday and was unable to find blackberry pie filling, so the dessert will be peach!

Monday - One Pan Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus
Tuesday - Taco Ring
Wednesday - Easy Cream Cheese Danish // Colcannon Soup
Thursday - Best Ever Szechuan Beef
Friday - Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwiches (cookbook)
Weekend - White Trash Hash // Three Envelope Pot Roast // Blackberry Crunch Cobbler

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, July 12, 2019

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Roll Ups

This roll-ups recipe is pretty easy to make but the alfredo sauce is not to be underestimated. It is the very best alfredo sauce I have ever eaten.


I have made this recipe like a million times because I struggle to get a good picture of food that is really white and saucy. This is about the best I could get but I just want to say that I am not at all bummed out that I had to make this over and over to try and get a better picture. The part of this recipe that really makes it an all-time favorite is the garlic alfredo sauce. It is literally the very best alfredo sauce I have ever had. I make it for other recipes now or just on the fly when we want some alfredo sauce.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Grilled Cobb Salad

Cobb salad has never been so good with grilled chicken and asparagus and roasted corn and tomatoes.


Cobb salads are probably my favorite kind of salad because I love that there are eggs and bacon in them. This particular cobb salad is perfect for summertime because you can grill the ingredients. I chose to sub in canned corn and roast those with tomatoes in the oven instead of grilling. I did grill my chicken and asparagus though.


Monday, July 08, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - July 8, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Jul 8, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

My 11 year old, Cami, loves to cook too and broke out her cookbooks for the meal plan this month. Going fairly easy this week since Nick will be gone for most of it :)

Monday - Weeknight Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday - Cheesy Bean Quesadillas (cookbook)
Wednesday - S'mores Baked Donuts // Copycat Petros
Thursday - Spicy Chicken Salad Wraps
Friday - In-and-Out Double Burgers
Weekend - Blueberry Pancakes // Pan-Seared Chicken with Shoestring Fries (cookbook) // Coconut Cream Cupcakes

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, July 05, 2019

Toasted Oatmeal with Strawberry Chia Jam

This breakfast is fruity, nutty, and 100% wonderful.


I am so excited to share this recipe today because it's one that kinda blew my mind. I love oatmeal and I love mixing in fruit ingredients into oatmeal whether it's fresh fruit, yogurt, etc. This was my first time mixing in jam and it was homemade (really easy to do). The toasted oatmeal was amazing and coconut everything was a nice touch.


Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Bolognese Stuffed Zucchini with Pesto

Summertime means time for zucchini and these zucchini boats are stuffed with delicious bolognese and topped with pesto.


I finally have had luck with finding zucchini in the summertime. For years, it seems like zucchini...which is a summer squash...was completely MIA in the summer. I like to plan lots of zucchini recipes when it's available because it is my favorite veggie. This recipe was high on my list because I adore bolognese and pesto is my life blood (as I have stated many-a-time). It was everything that I could have wanted and it's the perfect summer dish!


Monday, July 01, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - July 1, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Jul 1, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

We don't have plans for the fourth, but I figured grilling out some steaks would be nice :) A lot of this month's meal plan was picked by my kids, so there isn't too much new stuff going on.

Monday - Three Cheese Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
Tuesday - So Bad, So Good Tacos
Wednesday - PB&J Muffins // Grandma Ruth's Italian Chicken Soup
Thursday - Rosemary Steaks and Cheesy Eggs
Friday - Calzones
Weekend - Sourdough Monkey Bread // Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Beef // Rolo Ice Cream

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, June 28, 2019

Hawaiian Steak Kabobs

Teriyaki-marinated steak with sweet bell peppers, red onion, and pineapple grilled to perfection!


This is one of my favorite grill recipes I think I have ever made. I doubled the original recipe if not tripled it because we love kabobs and grilled veggies and pineapple are the best! This was a winner, for sure. It's super simple and easy to make. The worst part is just getting it all on the skewers.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

One Pot Pesto Chicken Alfredo Zoodles

This low carb one pot meal can be ready in under 30 minutes and is a lovely summer meal!


Early last summer, Nick decided to do the keto diet. He had broken his foot and wasn't able to hit the gym and did not want to gain weight since he is still in the Reserves. The only plus side to this diet from my point-of-view (I love carbs) was that Nick started eating loads of zucchini which is probably my favorite vegetable. The kids and I did not follow the keto diet, but there were nights that I fixed a keto-friendly meal so I wasn't make a variation of whatever we were eating (which could be a bit annoying at times...zucchini carbonara did not turn out well haha). This recipe is basically everything delicious - zucchini, pesto, alfredo. YUM! It's a one pot meal and can be cooked in under 30 minutes. It's a win all around!


Monday, June 24, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - June 24, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for June 24, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

This week I will be attempting to make a copycat cobb salad because it's my favorite Chick-fil-A salad ever. We're also having my all-time favorite burgers on Friday. And spaghetti... so basically this is going to be the best week ever. All my favorites in one week :D

Monday - Spaghetti
Tuesday - Copycat Taco Bell Meximelts
Wednesday - Snickerdoodle Crumble Donuts // Italian Wedding Soup
Thursday - Copycat Chick-fil-A Cobb Salad
Friday - Italian Burgers with Roasted Tomatoes and Caramelized Onion
Weekend - Brinner: Cracker Barrel Pancakes with Hashbrown Casserole // Banana Pudding Cheesecake Blondies

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Ultimate Summer Salad

The best part of summer is all the fresh fruits and vegetables you can combine to make a delicious salad!


The first time I saw fruit in a salad, I was a little skeptical, but decided to try it. I am fully a fruit in savory salad supporter now. Honestly, just throw a bunch of veggies and fruits my way and I'm a happy camper. This particular salad has blueberries, strawberries, avocado, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, red onions, and radishes. I think it was the first time my family had had radishes, which is something I ate a lot as a kid because we had them in our garden. I served my salad up with an apple cider vinaigrette, but I'm sure you could use a wide variety of dressings and it would still be fantastic. I also served mine up with some grilled chicken to make it a main dish. Without protein, it would be a wonderful side salad.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sourdough Coffee Cake #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 SOURDOUGH. I had this on my list of potential themes for a long time because I wasn't using my sourdough starter. I ended up starting a new starter and have high hopes that this one will go a little better. I think mine went south due to not using it and it needed to be cut down and fed instead of just fed alone. When I have sourdough on hand, it is used almost exclusively for the family recipe for sourdough coffee cake. I have found that it is actually quite similar to many recipes online, so I decided to make and share one that is similar, but not the same. To keep the family secret...well, secret.


This is definitely the very best coffee cake there is. Nothing to date has lived up to how good sourdough coffee cake is. I highly highly recommend trying it out for yourself, you will not be disappointed!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - June 17, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for June 17, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

June is halfway gone already! I can't believe it. If you haven't noticed, we've been eating lots of old favorites lately - aka lots of recipes I've posted on my blog already. I have a lot of new recipes yet to try, however, a majority are pasta dishes and I try to minimize pasta to once or twice a week if I can help it.

Monday - Chicken Stroganoff
Tuesday - Taco Casserole
Wednesday - S'mores Baked Donuts // Unstuffed Banana Pepper Soup
Thursday - Crockpot Beef and Broccoli
Friday - Bacon, Pesto, and Chicken Pizza
Weekend - White Trash Hash // Cheddar Jalapeno Meatloaf // Blackberry Crunch Cobbler

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Greek Chicken Souvlaki with Lemon Rice

These chicken kabobs are perfect for spring and summer with lots of bright lemony flavor and a side of the most delicious lemon rice you'll ever have in your life!


I've been attempting to use the grill more often and that means I've been making loads of kabobs because apparently I have tons of kabob recipes saved. I was looking forward to this particular recipe due to the amount of lemon in it. I am hooked on lemon in savory dishes. I have tried it again in sweets and I'm still not a fan of just straight lemon desserts. It is what it is.

But bring on the lemon savory dishes! Especially this lemon rice recipe. I have made it multiple times outside of this particular recipe because I love it so much! I went very simple with our kabobs and did a few zucchini skewers and then I served the whole thing up with some diced tomatoes. Honestly, I wish I had had some tzatziki sauce because it would have been a perfect pairing!


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

This recipe is divine with Cajun chicken, creamy alfredo-like sauce, and pasta!


Another 30-minute meal to the rescue! I seriously love pasta dishes like this one. It's a quick recipe for a busy weeknight and it's packed with delicious flavors that aren't hard to achieve. I typically have most all these ingredients on hand too, so it's definitely something that can be made on a night where I have no plans (which is very rarely, but does occasionally happen).


Monday, June 10, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - June 10, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for June 10, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Happy Monday and welcome back to yet another post where I'm sharing our menu for the week. In June, I scheduled salads or a salad-like meal once a week. I love salads and I think I finally have the family sold on salads too. Except Mason...that child is the pickiest eater I have ever met. I am hoping at some point soon he'll start eating like a normal picky eater (aka spaghetti, hot dogs, mac and cheese, etc.). At the moment, it's cheese, summer sausage, chicken nuggets sometimes, freeze dried fruit, and various types of cracker/cookie foods.

Monday - One Pot Philly Cheesesteak Pasta
Tuesday - Salsa Verde Pepperjack Chicken Salad
Wednesday - PB&J Muffins // Cheese Crusted Lasagna Soup
Thursday - 15 Minute Garlic Butter Ramen
Friday - Thyme Caramelized Onions Burgers
Weekend - Blueberry Pancakes // Crispy Sriracha Cheesy Chicken Bake // Coconut Cream Cupcakes

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, June 07, 2019

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meat Sauce

The perfect red sauce for pasta night slow cooked in the crockpot all day!


I've been making many homemade red sauces over the past decade, trying to find the best of the best recipes. This is definitely top 3 and is relatively easy to make. I particularly like a lot of Italian seasoning in my red sauce, so I always dump way more than the recipe originally calls for. I loved that this sauce was chunkier rather than saucier.


Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Butter Garlic Herb Chicken with Zucchini

This simple chicken recipe is not to be underestimated with lovely herbs and sauteed zucchini


I have trouble finding simple chicken recipes that I really enjoy. Sometimes I feel like the ones I really really like are complicated and time consuming. This recipe, however, is simple and is very lovely with butter, garlic, and herbs. Plus it also has zucchini and I love recipes with zucchini. I ended up also tossing in some broccoli I had on hand too and it turned out perfectly. I love how quick this recipe was without sacrificing great flavors!

Monday, June 03, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - June 3, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for June 3, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

And here we are in June! I swear the school year flew by so quickly. My kids have been out of school for a few weeks now, so we are kind of ramping up to make it a fun summer and try and get out of the house more. I have been feeling pretty dang good. It's been 15 months now since my catheter ablation on my heart and my health anxiety has definitely lessened and panic attacks are far and few between. And that means I want to get out of the house too. We plan to start going to our local food truck area once a month. We rarely plan for nights to eat out, as I cook 6 nights a week consistently. However, I have seen a lot of really interesting foods in our local food trucks and want to try them out!

Monday - Chicken Parmesan Baked Pasta
Tuesday - Crunchwrap Supreme Copycats
Wednesday - Salted Caramel Muffins // Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Thursday - Bacon Cheeseburger Salad
Friday - Food Truck night
Weekend - Sausage Gravy and Biscuits // Mississippi Pot Roast // Salted Nut Roll
At some point in June - Copycat Chick-fil-A Frozen Lemonade // Loaded Baked Potato Dip

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, May 31, 2019

Mexican Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Homemade enchilada sauce with slow cooked Mexican shredded beef transformed into the best enchiladas ever!


I remember when I first saw this recipe and I thought wow! So few steps! Then I realized it was 3 recipe in one. I had to prepare two other recipes before even starting this one. So this is absolutely a labor of love. Realistically speaking, you could prepare the enchilada sauce a few days in advance. I'm sure you could even do the roast a few days in advance if you wanted, but I did all three in one day because I'm home for most of the day. I think every bit of effort put into this recipe could be tasted - it was definitely the best enchiladas recipes I had ever eaten.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Asparagus, and Sausage

This easy sheet pan meal has potatoes, asparagus, carrots, onions, and sausage!


Sheet pan dinners are just awesome and roasted veggies are also awesome. It really cracks me up to think that I wouldn't go near smoked sausage/kielbasa when I was a kid. Now look at me! It's one of my favorite proteins to use for a quick meal.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - May 27, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for May 27, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I'm not sure how it happened, but in May, we decided to make a few original copycat recipes of our own. Friday's copycat will be fried mozzarella coins, burger, marinara, pepperoni, and a slice of provolone. It should be pretty fantastic.

Monday - One Pot Ground Beef Tortellini Casserole
Tuesday - Easy Chicken Fajita Bake
Wednesday - Coconut Crunch Donuts // Kale Soup
Thursday - 25 Minute Spicy Ramen
Friday - Copycat Maggie's Italian Pizza Burgers
Weekend - Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken // Sourdough Monkey Bread // PB Lover's Cookies

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, May 24, 2019

Grilled Chicken with Strawberry Salad

This salad is perfect for summertime!


Hello, fellow internet people. So apparently the big thing now that everyone is noticing (and hating) is that food bloggers like to write stories in their posts. Fun fact: this is for Search Engine Optimization reasons. Also fun fact: I am awful at it. Sometimes I have trouble even describing the food with words other than variations of good (thanks, Thesaurus) or delicious. I say cut the food bloggers some slack with the stories and just scroll for the recipe. However, I think we can all agree that in-post ads AND pop-ups for subscribing to mailing lists/social media page follows are HORRIBLE. Anyways...here's today's recipe: SALAD! :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mississippi Pot Roast Cheesesteaks

Cheesesteaks have never tasted so good!


Mississippi Pot Roast is a recipe that has definitely secured its place in a little viral recipe history. It is everywhere I go and there is absolutely a reason for that: it is THE best pot roast ever. We refer to it as "THE pot roast" now because it's pretty much the only one I make. I saw someone post on reddit that they had turned THE pot roast into cheesesteaks and decided that we definitely had to do that too. It's a wonderful way to enjoy the buttery, spicy roast!


Monday, May 20, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - May 20, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for May 20, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

This week I'm going to try and duplicate Marion's Pizza again. It's sausage, banana peppers, and bacon on a thinner crust. If you're from the Dayton, OH area, you may have had it before. I spent nearly 12 years hearing about it from my husband and his family before getting my own and it was hyped for a reason! I don't have a link for the coffee cake because the website is down for maintenance. I will update as soon as I can.

Monday - Cajun Chicken Alfredo
Tuesday - Loaded Nachos
Wednesday - Omelets // One Pot White Chicken Lasagna Soup
Thursday - Perfect Steak with Herbed Butter
Friday - Copycat Marion's Pizza
Weekend - Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken // Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake // Strawberry Lemon Snack Cake

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken & Vegetables

One bowl and one pan bring a full dinner with loads of veggies and wonderful pesto flavor to the table in a little over 30 minutes.

Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken & Veggies #recipe #chicken #maindish

As much as I love one pot meals, I think one pan/sheet meals are just as spiffy. This recipe has pesto, which is my life blood, and all kinds of other goodies that the pesto makes immensely more delicious: chicken, potatoes, carrots, and broccoli. It's got everything you need for a good meal and it's easy with little clean up!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Grilled Butter Burgers #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 BURGERS. It's perfect timing to start sharing all the grilling recipes because summer is upon us! May is National Hamburger Month and I thought burgers were really the best route for a theme for May.


Today I have these fabulous grilled butter burgers to share with y'all. I didn't realize how much difference a pat of garlic herb butter would make in a burger but I can't imagine them any other way now! I am really particular with my burgers nowadays. I don't like multiple meat or crazy seasonings. I just like 80/20 beef and salt and pepper. I let the toppings do the work. These burgers were a huge hit in my household and made the favorite list for everyone (except for Mason who doesn't eat non-beige foods really -_-). 


Monday, May 13, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - May 13, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for May 13, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I'm ridiculously excited for this week of meals. Spaghetti is my favorite and I know I'll be happy to have just regular old spaghetti for dinner. I'm looking forward to pickle brined chicken tenders and sausage pesto lasagna rolls - AND the salad. I love having salads for dinner in the summertime. It's definitely warmed up here in Tennessee.

Monday - Spaghetti
Tuesday - Pickle Brined Chicken Tenders
Wednesday - S'mores Baked Donuts // Unstuffed Banana Pepper Soup
Thursday - Berry Avocado Grilled Chicken Salad
Friday - Fast Food Night
Saturday - Sausage Pesto Lasagna Rolls
Sunday - Sausage Gravy and Biscuits // Coconut Cream Cupcakes

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, May 10, 2019

Bloomin' Cinnamon Rolls

A fun way to make your cinnamon rolls look a little cuter for a special occasion!


I modified this Bloomin' Cinnamon Rolls recipe to fit refrigerated cinnamon rolls. For the life of me, I couldn't find frozen ones (which incidentally were a staple in my household as a child). None of this is necessary by any means, but it is fun and turns out really adorable and would be great when you're going for that kind of aesthetic, like for a breakfast in bed for your partner or a flower themed sleepover for one of your kids, etc. You do get added butter, sugar, cinnamon, and a little bit of caramel on top, so that's definitely a win.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Creamy Spinach & Sausage Pasta

This simple pasta recipe is ready in under 20 minutes and not only does it have spinach and sausage, but a little kick to it too!

Creamy Spinach and Sausage Pasta #recipe #maindish #pasta #sausage #quickrecipe #easyrecipe #onepotrecipe #onepotmeal

I'm always so impressed with the Monday pasta recipes I make. I can't remember the last time I didn't like a recipe that was a Monday dish. If you've caught on to my pattern for meal plans, I go back and forth between red meat and chicken (fairly consistent with it), I have one free day/leftover day, and there are some themes for each day of the week. Mondays are pasta recipes because they are quick. For those interested, Tuesdays are Mexican food, Wednesdays are soup/stew/chili recipes, Thursdays are throwbacks or Asian food, Fridays alternate pizza and burgers, and weekends are recipes that take a little longer to make.

This pasta recipe is simple and has a kick. I can't believe as a kid I refused to eat kielbasa or smoked sausage because it's one of my favorite proteins as an adult. I love it!

#recipe #maindish #pasta #sausage #quickrecipe #easyrecipe #onepotrecipe #onepotmeal