Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Chocolate Pecan Pie #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 PECAN PIE. November is Georgia Pecan Month and although I could have gone the easy route and just picked pecans for the ingredient, I decided to make it all about pecan pie with the big holidays coming up in the US where pecan pie is the major dessert. No time like the present, right?! Here's the thing...this is definitely not my month. I don't like pie very much and pecan pie is probably my least favorite pie. But here we are...it's Pecan Pie Food Fight month!


With all that being said, this is the second pecan pie recipe to hit the blog and again, I did try it to see if my mind could be changed by different recipe. The first pecan pie was a butterscotch pecan pie and I thought maybe I would enjoy that but it was a bust for me - Nick loved it. This go-around I figured I would have more of a chance of enjoying the pie because it's chocolate-based. It was still a bust. However, I get to post this with the approval of Nick and my daughter, Cami. Both of them gladly taste-tested and split the pie between the two of them (over the next week - not in one night haha). They said it tasted like rich chocolate pudding and pecan pie had a baby. So I'm just going to take their word for it. It was an easy recipe to make and it looks beautiful!


Monday, November 18, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - November 18, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Nov 18, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

This week should be lots of yummy yummy veggies and I cannot wait. It's my kinda week! :)

Monday - Chicken, Bacon, and Brussels Sprout Mac and Cheese
Tuesday - Easy Grilled Steak Burrito Bowls
Wednesday - Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins // Mexican Street Corn Soup
Thursday - Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey over Rice
Friday - Cheeseburger Pizza
Weekend - Quick Easy Cinnamon Twists // Chicken Alfredo Zucchini Roll Ups // Butterscotch Pie

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, November 15, 2019

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

This classic appetizer is easy peasy with only four ingredients!


I don't remember when I came across this recipe but I was so excited because it had been so long since I had had this little appetizer. I remembered them fondly from my childhood. I feel like they were a staple at every holiday. I didn't realize they were made with pancake mix nor did I realize they were made with only four ingredients!


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Spicy Pepperoncini Chicken Noodle Soup

This chicken noodle soup will knock your socks off with its little kick from the pepperoncinis!


Since I figured out that I liked chicken noodle soup as long as it is homemade, I've been more willing to try out new recipes. We really enjoy pepperoncinis as a family, so I figured this recipe would be a keeper for sure. We all really enjoyed the heat and the little bit of pickley flavor to chicken noodle soup :)


Monday, November 11, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - November 11, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Nov 11, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

One Pot Spaghetti is one of the most popular recipes I've posted on my blog and I don't make it enough when it's spaghetti night but I had to do it this month. Just had to! I've been on a Greek food kick lately too and just want tzatziki sauce all the time.

Monday - One Pot Spaghetti
Tuesday - Queso Smothered Chicken Fajitas
Wednesday - Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Muffins // Wendy's Chili
Thursday - One Pot Baked Greek Chicken Risotto
Friday - Crunch Burgers
Weekend - Graham Streusel Coffee Cake // Turkey Parmesan Meatballs // Soft Baked Reese's Pieces Butterscotch Cookies

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, November 08, 2019

White Chicken Chili Dip

There is nothing better than chili except chili in dip form! Dip vegetables, crackers, pretzels, and more into this delicious appetizer.


When I was first out on my own, I learned how to make white chicken chili from my mother-in-law and we had it ALL. THE. TIME. We don't eat it much anymore but I saved this recipe because I knew we would love it and chili in dip form sounded amazing! This is a little different than the white chicken chili I make - I don't do bell peppers or corn in it, but I think that's what makes this so darn good and obviously different enough to be a dip and not the actual chili. But I'm not gonna lie, I kinda want to add corn and bell peppers to the chili recipe because this kinda blew my mind and the two ingredients really just fit with the white chicken chili flavors!


Wednesday, November 06, 2019

White Bean and Collards Soup

This soup has greens and beans...and barbecue sauce - it's a little sweet with a smoky flavor and oh so good!


I was all over this recipe when I found it because ham/bacon and bean soup is my favorite soup and this one has COLLARD GREENS. I was born and raised in Minnesota. So I did not grow up eating Southern food at all. The first time I had greens was in New York when we did a Thanksgiving dinner with my husband's battles from his unit and I'm obsessed. I love collard greens so much. I was intrigued by the barbecue sauce and I believe I used the spicy kind from Sweet Baby Rays. It adds a little sweetness and some smokiness to the soup which I found to be very satisfying. All-in-all this soup was definitely a keeper!


Monday, November 04, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - November 4, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Nov 4, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

This week is exciting because I'm looking forward to making a little copycat that my husband had in the San Diego airport in October. He had a flatbread with beef and chimichurri but he sent me the menu with another flatbread that had goat cheese on it and I'm dying to try it!

Monday - Creamy Chicken Pasta
Tuesday - Turkey Taco Salad
Wednesday - PB&J Muffins // One Pot Cauliflower Chowder
Thursday - Asian Turkey Meatballs over Easy Thai Noodles
Friday - The Plato's Flatbread Copycats
Weekend - Blueberry Cornbread Muffins // Baked Chicken with Tomatoes, Basil, and Red Chillies // Caramel Drizzled Pumpkin Poke Cake

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, November 01, 2019

One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta with Baked Parmesan Chicken

Crunchy baked parmesan chicken over a bed of one pot garlic parmesan pasta for a divine dinner!


I adore one pot meals and was so gung ho about trying the One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta because I love pasta and it's rare that a main dish doesn't have garlic in it. This is in my wheelhouse. I decided to double up and try another recipe I had hoarded that I thought would fit really well with this pasta. I was totally right and if you time it correctly, your chicken finishes baking as soon as you finish the pasta. The crunchy baked chicken is fabulous with the pasta. Really happy with the combination and if you try it, please let me know how you like it!


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Beef Stroganoff Soup

This version of beef stroganoff in soup form is lovely when you're feeling beef stroganoff but want something to sit lighter in your belly.


So yes, this is beef stroganoff soup, but also it does not have any mushrooms in it because the only person who eats them is Cami. I will eat them and won't make too much of a fuss, but I prefer to omit them if I am making something that calls for mushrooms. I love this soup because it's a lighter version of beef stroganoff and that's really nice sometimes when you don't want something to sit something so heavy.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - October 28, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Oct 28, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

How is it already Halloween?! I've gotten a little bit of changes coming in November where I will be doing more turkey than beef in an attempt to eat slightly healthier without having to change the way I meal plan too too much.

Monday - Sausage & Pea Pasta
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Cheesy Enchilada Quinoa
Wednesday - Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Batter Oatmeal // Hashbrown Potato Soup
Thursday - Tuna Melts
Friday - Copycat McDonald's Burgers
Weekend - French Vanilla Cinnamon Rolls // Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf // Chocolate Pecan Pie

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, October 25, 2019

Amazing Pecan Cobbler

Pecan pie has nothing on this Amazing Pecan Cobbler!


I have never really liked pecan pie. I think it's way too much sugar and that's coming from someone who loves sweets. However, it's my husband's favorite pie and that means every once in a while I will make him one because I love him. Sometimes he'll make a compromise and we pick out a dessert that is similar to what he wants but something I will eat. Because he definitely won't eat a dessert all by himself! Our compromise last year for the holidays was this pecan cobbler. It has the flavors of pecan pie but without being so overly sugary. I personally love cobbler and it's one of my favorite types of dessert, so I knew I would love this recipe. We ended up loving it so much that I made it for Thanksgiving AND Christmas.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Philly Cheesesteak Soup

The creamiest, most comforting soup with all the goodness of a Philly cheesesteak sandwich!


It's crazy to me to think that when I met my husband, even up into the first few years of our marriage, I didn't really care for Philly cheesesteaks or soup. And now here we are 15 years later and I'm eating a combination of the two and loving it. This is a thicker, stick-to-your-ribs kinda soup and although I don't like eating them all the time, I definitely crave them from time to time. There's really not a whole lot that can be said about this soup - if you like Philly cheesesteak, you're gonna like this soup. It's so creamy and comforting!


Monday, October 21, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - October 21, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Oct 21, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I've been obsessed with Greek food lately and I'm ridiculously excited about Thursday's dinner. I also am going to attempt another lasagna recipe. I tried one a few weeks ago and was pretty irritated because the name was 10-Minute Lasagna and it was more like a 10ish minute prep and then even with oven ready lasagna noodles, you couldn't just cook it for 20 to 30 minutes. You still have to cook it almost an hour to get the noodles to be al dente. So that was a bust.

Monday - Chicken Madeira
Tuesday - Steak Fajitas
Wednesday - Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes // Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Thursday - Greek Bowl with Meatballs
Friday - Homemade Pizza Rolls
Weekend - Blueberry Pancakes // Triple Layer Pumpkin Spice Pie // Italian Sausage and Kale Lasagna

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, October 18, 2019

Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken

Chicken topped with an incredible fresh bruschetta topping and two cheeses!


I cannot get enough bruschetta. Really I am just obsessed with tomatoes at the moment. I feel like a lot of my recipes that I've had on my meal plan recently with tomatoes in them. I got lucky because Nick who hated tomatoes when we were first married is now willingly eating them and, like me, is craving them a lot recently too. This recipe is one of the few bruschetta recipes I have made without balsamic, but you could absolutely splash a little on if you wanted. Honestly one of my favorite parts of the recipe is the fact that the cheese goes under the broiler. I love me some melty, browned cheese fresh from the broiler!


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pumpkin Mug 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 PUMPKIN. I tried to make sure that we didn't repeat a theme/ingredient and it seemed like the perfect time to share some pumpkin recipes, so our theme for October is the ingredient pumpkin. It can be savory or sweet.


I chose to share one of my favorite quick treats or if I'm feeling like it, breakfast. Mug cakes are so super easy and a ton of them can be made with ingredients you already have on hand (especially if you bake a lot). I gotta say that it's really awesome to make a cake in less than 5 minutes. You get that little bit of sweet treat without all the mess and time. It's the best! This pumpkin mug cake is so much like a classic pumpkin cake and you could dress it up with pecans and caramel if you wanted to indulge a little more!


Monday, October 14, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - October 14, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Oct 14, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I am so ready for all the foods this week. I cannot wait to try Mississippi chicken because we love Mississippi pot roast and I think we're going to love the chicken version.

Monday - Pasta alla Marlboro Man
Tuesday - Queso Smothered Chicken Fajitas
Wednesday - Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins // Spicy Pork and Kale Soup
Thursday - Wonton Chicken Salad
Friday - 2AM Breakfast Burgers
Weekend - Graham Streusel Coffee Cake // Caramel Drizzled Pumpkin Poke Cake // Crockpot Mississippi Chicken

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, October 11, 2019

Chicken Fajita Bowls

You won't miss tortillas a bit when you enjoy chicken fajitas in a bowl.


I am thrilled to share this recipe today because it's one I whipped up myself. It's nothing super innovative, by any means, but I still enjoy it and it's definitely a nice change of pace for Taco Tuesdays. Plus it isn't a boring plain chicken fajita. I'm obsessed with cilantro lime rice and try and make it as often as I can as a side, but it was the perfect base for this "burrito" bowl.

For the first time in my life, I'm having to do a little bit of a diet. I went for a yearly check up and, unfortunately, my bad cholesterol is high and my good cholesterol is low. It does run in the family, so I am a little nervous that I may be trying to change and it won't do much good. But I'm still definitely shifting what I eat, exercising, and attempting to lose the last bit of my baby weight (can you still call it baby weight after 4 years? It's a stubborn 10 lb!). I did some research and I actually do eat a good bit of what helps lower bad and raise good cholesterols. I am tracking calorie intake and snacking less. AND I'm going to be eating less red meat and pork products and may try to learn how to cook salmon - something I've never done.

It's going to be a little hard since during my last two pregnancies I really gained an aversion to chicken. I rarely crave it anymore and sometimes I do get downright nauseated by the thought of eating it, even if I do actually enjoy many dishes. It's a mind over matter thing for sure. It is another reason I was so happy to come up with this recipe. I love burrito/fajita bowls and this is a fantastic recipe to have in my arsenal.


Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Ham & Corn Chowder

Potato soup loaded up with ham and corn and seasoned with a bit of thyme for a comforting cool weather meal


Hello, hello! If you notice that some of my posts are a little behind, that's due to me being in the tail-end of my bachelor's degree program. I am down to 2 classes. I'm in a self-paced program, so I usually work on 1 class at a time, but I get to work on the final 2 together. I'm really excited. I should be done by Halloween if I can keep my quick pacing up. I decided since I have to wait on approval for those next 2 classes to work on this week's posts so they aren't late :)

This soup is potato soup with ham and corn. It's a very simple recipe but you don't need something extravagant for it to be a great tasting meal. The bit of thyme, onion, and garlic really make this soup a fantastic one.


Monday, October 07, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - October 7, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Oct 7, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

The last few months, we went really carb heavy every single day, so I'm trying to rein that it in a little bit, but it looks like this week is kind of carb heavy. Whoops. I'm also working through my Pinterest boards and trying to make the oldest recipes I have saved. Monday's dinner is super old. I pinned it when I was first on Pinterest. I'm ready to try it out!

Monday - Buffalo Chicken Burrito Bowls
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins // Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Thursday - Steak with Roasted Potato Salad
Friday - Cheesy Pizza Roll-up [Video with Sound]
Weekend - French Vanilla Chai Cinnamon Rolls // Soft Baked Reese's Pieces Butterscotch Cookies // Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, October 04, 2019

White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Just when you though snickerdoodles couldn't get any better, now you can add pumpkin AND white chocolate to them!


I made these last fall and loved them, but they disappeared so fast that I didn't get a picture of them. Of course, I was absolutely devastated that I had to make them again this year, right?! I did get a picture of them, but barely. They disappeared just as quickly. I have to say they are very close to my favorite cookie of all-time. I think they are the perfect amount of snickerdoodle with a hint of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. And the melty bits of white chocolate are just heaven.


Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Pork Tenderloin with Shredded Brussels Sprouts

Perfectly seasoned pork tenderloin topped with a lovely gravy-like sauce and served with a brussels sprouts side.


When we have pork, it's usually my mother-in-law's which has some mix of Italian seasonings on it and it's so darn good. I've been trying to make my own pork roast and a lot of them have glazes or bacon. I really wanted to try this recipe in particular because of the brussels. I didn't realize it had a sauce to go on top or really anything about the seasonings. I just knew it had brussels and I love love brussels. This recipe is right up there with my mother-in-law's recipe and I adore the little sauce and the brussels side dish. The caraway seeds was a new seasoning for us and we all really enjoyed it with the paprika. The sauce was mouthwateringly delicious. It paired perfectly with the pork.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - September 30, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Sep 30, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I don't know about y'all but we are having neverending summer here in Tennessee and I just want fall to come already. It's weird to eat pumpkin and apple and fall things when it's 90 degrees out. I think we finally will cool down to 70s at the end of the week. FINALLY. I'm looking forward to the easy pork ramen recipe on Thursday, but everything else looks like it's going to be great too.

Monday - Angel Hair Pasta with Italian Sausage
Tuesday - Southwest Chopped Chicken Salad
Wednesday - PB&J Muffins // Bacon Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
Thursday - Easy Pork Ramen
Friday - Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes
Weekend - Sourdough Monkey Bread // Layered Pumpkin Pie Toffee Cheesecake // Creamy Spinach & Red Pepper Chicken

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, September 27, 2019

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins

A little sweetness for your morning meal!


I may have talked about this before, but my mom used to make the little pouch of muffins a lot when I was a kid. Every once in a while, I get those little "just add water" mixes when I get the craving. When I feel like making them homemade, I like to try new recipes. These little beauties were such a hit in my house. They weren't a copycat recipe, but definitely one of the better chocolate chip muffins recipes I've tried to date.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

These fantastic cinnamon rolls have all the wonderful classic flavors with the addition of a slice of bacon in each roll.


I had this recipe saved for quite a while. In fact, I probably had it saved for at least 5 years before I finally got around to making it. I have a lot of cinnamon roll recipes saved, but I always put off making them because I hate the waiting part. This is silly because I make homemade pizza dough just about every other Friday and it takes an hour for that dough to rise. Then again, I think it's frowned upon to eat cinnamon rolls for dinner. :)

I love the addition of bacon to these cinnamon rolls. They are very much a classic cinnamon roll and there is not that much more work to add bacon using the precooked kind. They also have way less grease than if you were to use freshly cooked bacon. I especially loved using a tiny bit of vanilla ice cream to thin out the icing. It really added a nice little sweetness to the icing!


Monday, September 23, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - September 23, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Sep 23, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

More pumpkin and a little apple this week because Nick requested apple pie and we compromised with apple cobbler. Eating lots of old favorites and Friday...Y'ALL. I'm so excited about Friday. I found the recipe in a food group on Facebook and it was a recipe written on a notecard, so I have no clue who the original source is...but it's school pizza!

Monday - Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese
Tuesday - Nachos Bell Grande
Wednesday - Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter Mug Cake // Bacon Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
Thursday - BLT Wraps
Friday - School Pizza Copycat
Weekend - Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins // My Favorite Meatloaf // Homemade Apple Cobbler

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, September 20, 2019

Taco Burgers

Burgers with green chillies cooked into the beef patties and topped with a creamy taco sauce and avocado!


We've had a lot of burgers with taco toppings lately and have been eating a lot of queso burgers when we go out to eat too. Chili's and Applebee's have good queso burgers. This Taco Burger is fairly simple but has a lot of wonderful flavors that work together so well. The ground beef is mixed with green chillies, taco seasoning, and onions.  There is taco sauce that goes on top and don't forget the avocado!!


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tatertot Italian Sausage Breakfast Casserole #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 BREAKFAST CASSEROLES. September is National Breakfast Month and I thought what better way to celebrate than with a bunch of casserole recipes. Casseroles are so versatile and they can feed a crowd. I especially love them for holiday mornings.


I chose to make this Tatortot Italian Sausage Breakfast Casserole recipe because how could I not!? I love tatortot hotdish and it was the one casserole that was a staple in my childhood. This isn't really reminiscent of that in any way except it also has tatortots, but that was why I chose it. It has two pounds of sausage in it - mild and spicy, so it's extremely hearty but also has a little kick to it. I personally had some Frank's red hot on top of mine, so it was even more spicy but not overpowering at all. I absolutely adore the addition of onion and chive cream cheese because you get a little creamy savoriness added to the whole thing. It said to blend the cream cheese and eggs together but I didn't feel like dirtying my blender and just whisked it to the best of my ability. It didn't really whisk together as well as it could have but I kind of liked having those little bits of cream cheese dispursed throughout it.


Monday, September 16, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - September 16, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Sep 16, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Today is my birthday - I'm 31 :) We celebrated over the weekend, but I tried to pick a pasta I really wanted to try out for tonight and it's looking promising. Pretty excited to also try out Binging with Babish's White Castle Slider copycat recipe. And make cinnamon rolls for the first time in a long time. Brownies too. I swear I haven't had either in a long time.

Monday - Three Cheese Pasta with Kielbasa and Peppers
Tuesday -  Fiesta Lime Chicken
Wednesday - Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins // Cheeseburger Soup
Thursday - Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken
Friday - Copycat White Castle Sliders
Weekend - French Vanilla Chai Cinnamon Rolls // 10-Minute Spinach Lasagna // Ultimate Reese's Brownies

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, September 13, 2019

Apple Pie Oatmeal

If you have 5 minutes to spare, this fall breakfast will start your day off on the right foot!


I feel like I've posted a lot of oatmeal lately but I definitely don't get sick of it myself. Especially with all these really easygoing variations. I love love apple cinnamon oatmeal and that's basically what this is but it's not a prepackaged microwave packet. It's freshly made and it's fantastic. I'm not much for apple pie, but I love this apple pie oatmeal. It has the right amount of sweetness. I love using green apples for their crisp tartness. And you cannot get more fall than with cinnamon!