Monday, October 26, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - October 26, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Oct 26, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan


Good morning! Where has October gone?! This week we're having my favorite tacos of all time and I could not be more excited. I still haven't posted the recipe yet and haven't seen it on my near-future calendar. I've made it more times than any recipe as of late. I'm a bit sluggish this morning - had a busy weekend of applying to many jobs (all remote) and now it's just a waiting game.

Monday - Sausage & Roasted Broccoli Lemon Penne Skillet
Tuesday - Chicken Tacos
Wednesday - Italian Wedding Soup
Thursday - Chinese Chicken with Black Pepper Sauce
Friday - Wisconsin Butter Burgers
Weekend - PB&J Muffins // Absolute Best Crockpot Beef Stroganoff // Pumpkin Dump Cake

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Crispy Chicken Tacos

What could possibly make tacos better? FRIED CHICKEN!

I'm trying to be good and get my posts for the week scheduled before the week starts. I'm almost there but I've been doing a lot of crocheting and watching Youtube instead. I got super behind on all my subs while doing college (I'm still watching September videos - eesh). This lovely recipe is genius. It's not a super involved recipe. Really you just marinade and fry the chicken and you're good to go. And really...tacos with fried chicken?! YES!!! That's just the best idea ever! We kept ours really simple and they tasted wonderful, but you can absolutely add whatever toppings you want. You could make them spicy with hot sauce or add cayenne to the marinade. It's whatever you want!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Butterfinger Cheesecake

This peanut butter cheesecake has an Oreo crust, chocolate ganache, and peanut butter whipped cream - and lots of Butterfingers!

I'm unsure why I don't make more Butterfinger desserts. I think they always end up on my favorites list. I wouldn't even consider Butterfingers my favorite candy bar (not even in my top 5), but Butterfinger desserts are always the best! I made this cheesecake for my brother-in-law's birthday. This particular cheesecake has a chocolate crust and a peanut butter base and is topped with chocolate ganache, peanut butter whipped cream, and tons of Butterfingers.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

This pie is like a giant peanut butter cookie with more peanut butter treats inside!

I don't really care for pie, but if it's a pie that's actually a cookie...sign me up! I knew this would be a keeper and I knew I would love this recipe and I was right. The base is a peanut butter cookie and then you stuff in mini Reese's cups and peanut or peanut butter M&Ms inside before baking. It's great on its own and it would be great with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - October 19, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Oct 19, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

We're only have one new dinner this week (Monday) and the rest are recipes I've made before, but I am excited for the new breakfast and dessert/treat recipes too. It was nice to have fall break last week and no school for me (because I finished my Masters on October 6) and no school for the kids. Virtual kindergarten is no joke and does take up a good portion of the day. But it's really cool to see Mason being a little sponge and learning so much and getting that glimpse into how kids are learning nowadays. Teachers are seriously superheroes.

Monday - Million Dollar Chicken Alfredo Bake
Tuesday - Taco Ring
Wednesday - White Chicken Chili
Thursday - Crockpot Beef & Broccoli
Friday - Stuffed Crust Pizza
Weekend - Salted Caramel Parfait // Ultimate Bangers & Mash // Cinnamon Pumpkin Pretzels

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Italian Vegetable Soup

This hearty soup is full of vegetables and a little bit of Italian sausage.

This vegetable soup reminds me a lot of minestrone soup but I do like it because yes to all the veggies! I love the straight up crazy amount of vegetables in the soup. I do like that it has a little bit of meat in it and that it's a tomato-y broth with Italian seasonings. I mean honestly I can't ask for anything more. As a kid, I hated the canned vegetable soups, so it's nice to find something so great.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Caramelized Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Marinated chicken and caramelized cashews add so much flavor to this stir fry!

I feel like I've made a lot of stir frys over the years and continue to save stir fry recipes even if they aren't something crazy different. What was a little different about this particular stir fry is that the chicken gets marinated before lightly breaded. In addition to the marinade, you make really lovely, totally addictive caramelized cashews to go on top. I mean, these cashews are good on their own. They'd be a great snack. But they are even better on top of this stir fry.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Upgraded Instant Ramen

There are so many ways to upgrade instant ramen and this is our favorite way!

Since the initial lockdown back in March, we've kept ramen on hand as much as humanly possible. I have 2 big kids that make their own lunch and since we're all home, leftovers get eaten quickly. Ramen is super nice to have on hand because it's so cheap and super quick. We've taken to adding tuna and hardboiled eggs and either spinach or kale if we have it too. My personal favorite tuna is the lemon pepper tuna, but spicy and sweet tuna is good too.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - October 12, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Oct 12, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Honestly there is a lot to be excited about this week, but it's all basically completely overshadowed by Monday. I love spaghetti and I love love this particular recipe. So whatever about the rest of the week. I'm ready for dinner tonight!

Monday - Bacon Cheeseburger Spaghetti
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken
Wednesday - Sausage, Potato, & Spinach Soup
Thursday - Doner Chicken Kebabs
Friday - Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
Weekend - Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins // Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf // Creamy Rosemary Cauliflower Mash // Caramel Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Easy Shepherd's Pie

Have leftover mashed potatoes? Make this quick shepherd's pie!

I was a little surprised that taco seasoning was one of the ingredients for this shepherd's pie, but look, I've learned by now not to knock something until I try it. It turned out so well and while it does have an element of taconess to it, it still tastes like a shepherd's pie and really delicious. I love that there is an option for using leftover mashed potatoes because I often have them. I mean honestly this would be perfect for a dish after having tacos AND a big dinner with mashed potatoes. I think leftover taco meat would be super great in this and then you get to skip a few more steps. :)

Friday, October 09, 2020

Peanut Butter Lover's Cookies

This is the perfect cookie for the pb-obsessed person in your life!

I love these cookies and I think the reason is the peanut butter chips and the honey roasted peanuts. They really make the cookie! I don't get enough recipes with peanut butter chips and I love them. The crunch of the honey roasted peanuts is the best. Plus you have bits of Reese's cups in there too with a peanut butter cookie base. It's sweet and salty, soft and crunchy. They really are the best cookies for a peanut butter lover!

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Best Chili Ever

Bacon makes everything better including this chili!


 I like trying new chili recipes and I feel like I often stumble upon a lot of "best ever" "family favorite" "world's best" type recipes and one of these days I need to do a huge chili cook off and find the best best one. I really like this one because of the added flavor the bacon adds and the added smokiness from the ancho chili powder and smoked paprika. Nothing too crazy and out of the ordinary, but a super solid recipe!

Monday, October 05, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - October 5, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Jan 30, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

This year has flown by and lasted what seems like the span of 12 years, but here we are in the last quarter of the year. I notice my meal plan is turning into more comfort food, warm goodness type meals. And, of course, pumpkin foods!!

Monday - Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Tuesday - Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Chili
Thursday - Ground Turkey Quinoa Bowl
Friday - Pizza Braid
Weekend - Pumpkin Oreo Donuts // Root Beer Pulled Pork // Loaded Scalloped Potatoes // Pumpkin Spice Scotcheroos

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Eggs Benedict

The most decadent breakfast out there with toasted muffins, ham, a poached egg, and rich hollandaise sauce.

I am back finally about 2 years later to post a successful eggs benedict! I did it!! :) I posted about my first attempt that was super stressful and didn't end up in a successful hollandaise or poached egg. I did a lot of research and had already tried to figure out what to do if the sauce broke. This video helped me a ton. I played it over and over again when I was preparing and while I was doing it. I tried my best to learn the timing of how to do it, so I didn't mess it up. Time management is key! I used a combination of Gimme Some Oven and Gordon Ramsay for this recipe. I want to say I would remove my sauce from the heat and whisk with a small splash of boiling water in vigorously until it came back together. I had to do it multiple times but it did finally work and was a beautiful sauce!

Friday, October 02, 2020

Caprese Tomato Salad

This salad is so addictive and perfect for a side or snack!


I can't remember who made this for a family dinner last year but it was either my mother-in-law or sister-in-law and Nick and I immediately wanted it ALL THE TIME. We started making it with lunch on the weekdays and eating it with naan (we just had it by itself at family dinner). It doesn't need to have naan but it's so good with little mini naans especially.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Sheet Pan Salsa Verde Chicken Fajitas

Slice, toss, and bake - these chicken fajitas are so easy to make!


I have made quite a few sheet pan recipes lately and I really enjoy the simpleness of them. I know doing fajitas in a skillet isn't that hard or take too long, but sometimes I don't want to stand in front of the stove and babysit a meal. I like having the option of throwing everything onto a baking sheet and putting it into the oven and having 20 to 30 minutes at least to do something else I need to do around the house. I also really love that this fajita recipe has poblanos in it. I feel like poblanos aren't used enough and they are so tasty!

Monday, September 28, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - September 28, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Sep 28, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan


I have been having trouble keeping up with the blog this past few weeks. I'm almost finished with my masters degree and this last course I'm in is rough. I have a paper to write and one more thing to do and I'll be done. I'm hoping to get back to a regular schedule after that. I'm struggling for sure with half a day of kindergarten class supervision and then finishing my class in the afternoon while I can. Anyways, here is this week of recipes!

Monday - Ranch Style Spaghetti
Tuesday - Chili Lime Chicken Salad
Wednesday -  Crockpot Cincinnati Chili
Thursday -  Sticky Basil Chicken with fried rice
Friday - Crunch Burgers with chips
Weekend -  Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins // Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing // Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Friday, September 25, 2020

Triple Layer Pumpkin Spice Pie

This no-bake dessert is so easy to make and is topped with delicious candied pecans. Perfect fall dessert!


I absolutely adore no-bake pies because they usually are pudding-based and I really love it. It's such an easy, no hassle type of recipe. This one in particular is slightly elevated with candied pecans on top. They are only two ingredients, so they are really simple to make too.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Cheesy Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Cheese makes everything better plus these brussels are smashed and roasted. Absolutely fantastic!


Let's talk about these brussels...I personally love brussels any which way I can get them. However, my family is a little skeptical when they are whole and I thought what better way to make them than covered in cheese?! That's the trick, right? Kids don't like a veggie, add cheese. I really love the element of blanching and then smashing and roasting the brussels. It just makes for such a good side dish. I think it works so well as a side for chicken or pork.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - September 21, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Sep 21, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

It's bound to be a good week and I see a lot of comfort foods. I love all the comfort foods during fall. I'm attempting to make something pumpkin each week so I'll be ready to share a bunch next fall. I've already made a handful of super yummy pumpkin recipes.

Monday - Chicken Noodle Casserole
Tuesday - Steak Fajita Bowls with Garlic Lime Rice
Wednesday - Ham & Potato Corn Chowder
Thursday -  Sheet Pan Sausage & Veggies
Friday -  Meat Lovers Sheet Pan Pizza
Weekend -  Pumpkin Oreo Donuts // Copycat Popeye's Chicken // Pepperjack Macaroni // Strawberry Dump Cake

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Weeknight Spaghetti Bolognese

Rich bolognese that tastes like it's been slow-simmered for hours, but is ready in under 30 minutes!


I think I've posted quite a few bolognese recipes, but I just love them so much! I've never really liked any other style of homemade spaghetti sauce. The heavy cream adds so much richness to the sauce. Also I just really love adding veggies like carrots and celery in spaghetti sauce. It's a great way to get some more veggies!


Friday, September 18, 2020

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwiches

This sandwich is better than any fast food fried chicken sandwich out there!


This sandwich was one that my daughter chose from a cookbook she got as a present. I let her do the work with some supervision and she made the best fried chicken sandwich I've ever had. The seasoning in the breading was perfect and anything that is close to tzatziki is going to be an absolute winner in my book. I don't think I've ever used boneless chicken thighs before, but they are the perfect size to fit on a bun, so I see them being used a lot in the future.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Layered Pumpkin Pie Toffee Cheesecake

 It's Pumpkin Time, Y'all! And that means delicious treats like this cheesecake that's topped with a layer of pumpkin pie!

Y'all. I don't think I could be any more in love with a cheesecake recipe than I am with this one. It's got pumpkin pie. A literal layer of pumpkin pie, but it's also cheesecake. It's my favorite. I don't like pie crust, but I do love pumpkin pie (I usually just don't eat the outside rim of crust). But this is the best of both worlds because there is graham cracker crust - yum! - and cheesecake - another yum! - AND PUMPKIN PIE. Oh and throw some toffee on that too. Also, it's my 32nd birthday today and if I wasn't having a carrot cake cheesecake, I'd definitely have this cheesecake for my birthday cake.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - September 14, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Sep 14, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

My birthday is this week and I've looked forward to my birthday cake since last year. I have had the recipe saved since last year and I'm ready to finally have it. I don't know how on earth I'm going to make it with Mason doing kindergarten, but I'll figured it out. I may have to do some on Tuesday and the rest on Wednesday. I also get to have my birthday fall on soup night, so I picked kale soup! :)

Monday - Penne Rosa
Tuesday -  Mexican Chicken with Jalapeno Popper Sauce
Wednesday - Kale Soup // Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Thursday -  Baked Bruschetta Chicken
Friday - Ultimate Kids' Grilled Cheese
Weekend -  PB&J Muffins // 30-Minute Shepherd's Pie // Caramel Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Chicken Pot Pie Stew

This yummy crockpot stew has all the goodness of a pot pie without all the hassle of the crust.

It's soup and stew and chili season even if it's a million degrees outside. September is fall. You cannot change my mind. I really like pot pie filling but I don't like pot pie because of the crust. I love when I get the things I like without the things I don't, so, of course, I loved this stew! I was a little unsure of the Greek yogurt part, but it added a really nice, slightly sour creaminess to the stew.



Friday, September 11, 2020

Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Beef

This beef is rubbed in an amazing spice mix and slow cooked for 8 hours before being cooked in a skillet with barbecue sauce!

I'll admit that as a family, we don't eat a whole lot of barbecue. I think it's really just Cami and I that like barbecue. But neither of us is really like super into barbecue, so it's not something I make a lot. I do get a craving occasionally and that's when I make pulled pork or beef for sandwiches. It's probably my favorite way to have anything barbecue! This recipe in particular has a really great dry spice rub that goes on the meat before it goes in the crockpot and WOW! It really makes the dish something special. Highly recommend!


Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Ultimate Oreo Brownie Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Get ready for a sugar overload with this vanilla and chocolate layer cake topped with chocolate ganache, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreos!


When my husband worked outside the home, he often brings in leftovers for lunch and ends up talking about how I cook and bake and blog. I end up doing a lot of making desserts to send to work with him. It's happened at every job he's had and I personally don't mind because I love to bake sweets and don't often make things like whole layer cakes for us. This particular cake was a sort of last hurrah before he left for his current job. I made a lot of cookies for his team, so we wanted to do a crazy over-the-top cake and ended up with this massive overload of chocolate! I didn't get a piece, but I did hear from my husband that it was super good and everyone loved it.


Monday, September 07, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - September 7, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Sep 7, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

It's the first full week of September and school will be in full swing for my kindergartener starting tomorrow. I'm hoping for good weather on Tuesday for grilling - we may have to move around things to get the right weather. :)

Monday - Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Tuesday - Grilled Flank Steak with Cilantro Lime Butter // Summer Grilled Corn Salad
Wednesday - Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Thursday - Asian Turkey Meatballs Over Easy Thai Noodles
Friday - Spicy Chicken & Jalapeno Pizza // Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Bread
Weekend - Salted Caramel Parfaits // Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Stuffed Chicken // Italian Home Fries // Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Homemade Apple Cobbler

Fall has arrived and it's time for the best apple dessert ever - this apple cobbler!


I tend to focus on pretty much all things pumpkin when fall rolls around that I forget about apples and making apple treats. I do like apple treats - just depending on what it is. It's kind of like how I am with bananas. I don't like bananas by themselves whole, but I'll eat them sliced. I don't care for apples when they are mushy but I'll eat apples baked into desserts, even if you still get whole pieces of baked apples. It doesn't make any sense, but I just go with it. I adore this apple cobbler and I have to admit that I am always grabbing for churro ice cream when I can find it for topping cobbler. It's amazing paired with cobbler. This one was especially good with churro ice cream and caramel sauce!


Friday, September 04, 2020

Cheesy Ground Beef Enchilada Chili

This enchilada chili can be made more like a soup or even more like a dip - depending on what you want!


I posted my first pumpkin recipe of the season on Wednesday, but another reason I'm excited for fall is that I get to share soup recipes again. My family eats soup or chili each Wednesday, even throughout the summer, but I try to be a little more seasonal here on the blog. I want good recipes to get the right attention, so it makes more sense to post soup when people want soup! This chili is more soup-like to me, but the original recipe noted to add 1/2 cup each beef and chicken broth to make it thicker or even omit the broths altogether for a dip. It has so much flavor for such a simple recipe.


Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Pumpkin Cheesecake Banana Bread

This combination of pumpkin and banana bread is such a treat, but the cheesecake filling really makes the recipe supreme!


I am so excited to start sharing fall recipes - FINALLY. My poor husband got off work on Monday and found all the fall and Halloween decorations out. It's still in the high 80s here in Tennessee, but September 1st is always the beginning of fall for me (even if it's technically not fall yet). I've been making pumpkin recipes already and I'm happy to share this awesome pumpkin recipe today. I think what I enjoy most is that this is sort of easing into fall treats. It's not 100% pumpkin bread, so it's a nice subtle way to start off the season. I also adore the cheesecake filling. I mean banana bread and pumpkin bread are great with some cream cheese spread, so having that cream cheese baked into it is just perfection!