Sunday, May 31, 2020

Buckeye Cheesecake Cake

What's better than chocolate cake? Chocolate cake with peanut butter cheesecake in the middle smothered in peanut butter frosting, chocolate ganache, and Buckeye candies!

I love seeing what cakes my kids will choose for their birthday cakes. For Matthew's 12th birthday last year, he chose this Buckeye Cheesecake Cake. I was a little surprised because of the cheesecake part, but that's what he wanted and that's what I made. The chocolate cake was fabulous - one of my favorites I've made. The combination of the lovely chocolate cake with the peanut butter cheesecake and frosting was fantastic. I personally found Buckeye candies at our local Cracker Barrel - you can also make a batch and freeze extras. They are sometimes also called peanut butter balls.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Food Cart Inspired Chicken

This Food Cart Inspired Chicken is perfect for summertime with the lemon garlic chicken - veggies and a delicious yogurt sauce!

I am not sure what kind of food cart food this is supposed to be (Greek, Mediterranean?) but I'm on board with it. I love a yogurt sauce that's similar to tzatziki and having cucumber, tomato, and onion with it. I love this lemon garlic chicken too - it paired with everything so well. YUM!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Copycat DQ Ice Cream Cake

Classic DQ ice cream cake with layers of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, chocolate crunch bits, chocolate fudge, and a light and fluffy whipped topping.

When I was a kid, Dairy Queen was a big deal. I loved going and getting the chicken strip basket and loved even more getting to turn in my coin for a Dilly bar. Occasionally, if it was a good year for my family, my mom would get a DQ ice cream cake for my birthday and I loved when she did so so much. I don't really even care for chocolate ice cream, but the DQ ice cream cake is supreme! My favorite parts are definitely the chocolate crunch bits AND the delicious light and fluffy whipped frosting. I'll be honest and tell you that I have no clue why I made this cake when I did. It was in the midst of all the birthdays, but it wasn't for someone's birthday. Because as an adult, you don't have to wait until your birthday to have the cake of your dreams, I guess!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - May 25, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for May 25, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

And just like that May is wrapping up! We're finishing the month with some of my all-time favorites. There are a few new things and I'm excited about those too. I've been pretty lucky with finding what I need for recipes like the ones that are coming this week.

Monday - Roasted Garlic and Cheese Spaghetti [blog no longer active]
Tuesday - Pork Tostadas
Wednesday - Egg Roll Soup
Thursday - Grilled Cobb Salad
Friday - Cheesy Cheeseburgers
Weekend - English Muffin French Toast Sticks // Kielbasa, Pepper, and Onion Hash // Peanut Butter Crisscrosses

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

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Applebee's Fiesta Lime Chicken Copycat

This Applebee's copycat chicken is topped with a Mexi-ranch sauce, pico de gallo, and loads of cheese!

I just posted the cheesecake I made for my sister-in-law's birthday last year and today I get to post the dinner she chose. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to get to make dinner that the birthday person wants and she requested copycat Applebee's. I had heard of this dish, but never looked into it to see what exactly was on Fiesta Lime Chicken because I always order the same thing there (Quesadilla Burger). I was so happy to make this recipe because it surprised me in the best way and I'm glad my sister-in-law asked for it.

Friday, May 22, 2020

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

This delicious cheesecake dessert is so beautiful that it's hard to believe it's so easy to make!

One of my favorite things about having a large family is the amount of birthdays we get to celebrate, which means we get to eat lots of cake. I'm always so happy to make someone's birthday cake if they want and my sister-in-law requested raspberry cheesecake last year for her birthday cake and trusted me to find a good recipe. I usually am successful and this raspberry cheesecake was definitely perfect! It's simple yet rich and way too delicious for how simple it is. The raspberry sauce really truly makes this dessert and the way you make the hearts on top makes for such a beautiful cheesecake and again - SO simple!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Latin Burgers

When regular burgers go full Taco Tuesday with chorizo sausage and pico de gallo!

Nick and I have really grown very attached to pico de gallo and no Taco Tuesday is complete without it. I saw this burger and loved that the chorizo wasn't made to be part of the patty. Honestly, I don't like burgers with two kinds of meats in the patty or not beef in the patty. So I really enjoyed having the chorizo as a topping while still getting exactly what I wanted for having a burger. The pico was the perfect touch that added a good bit of crunchy and a little sweetness to the burger.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - May 18, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for May 18, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Alright y'all, still trying to make adjustments as needed to our meal plan because I don't always find what I need. I think this week may be okay except for the banana peppers. That just really depends on the produce section (pandemic or not). I've replaced it with poblanos and Hungarian wax peppers and anaheims in the past, so I'll try my best to get what I need. Hope you all are doing well and staying safe.

Monday - One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta
Tuesday - Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Wednesday - Unstuffed Banana Pepper Soup
Thursday - Tuscan Smothered Pork Chops
Friday - French Bread Pizzas
Weekend - Salted Caramel Parfaits // Copycat Carraba's Chicken Bryan // Reese's Peanut Butter Bars

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

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Bacon Cheeseburger Spaghetti

Taking spaghetti to a whole new level with all the toppings for a bacon cheeseburger! You'll never want regular spaghetti again!

Okay, okay, I know I said you'll never want regular spaghetti again, but that's not 100% true. I'm sure you will, but this recipe is THAT good that you're going to want it all the time. I sometimes forget about recipes between the time I make them the first time and post them, but this isn't one of them. Every time we have spaghetti, it's this version I want. I think a lot of it has to do with the pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce with it. I don't know why that really is just it for me, but gosh, it's amazing!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Butterfinger Maple Bars

Quick and easy homemade maple bars topped with a drizzle of chocolate and chopped Butterfingers for an out of this world breakfast treat!

The last donut recipe I posted was the Maple Bars recipe that this one uses. The original recipe creator used leftover maple bars and just warmed them in the microwave and added the chocolate and Butterfingers. I don't like maple bars typically, but I enjoy this homemade version with refrigerated buttermilk biscuits. I knew the addition of Butterfingers and chocolate would be insanely good and, of course, it was and the whole family loved them!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Chili Cheese Fries Pizza

Carbs on carbs, this pizza is topped with chili cheese fries and is EVERYTHING!

Sometimes I get a little weary that my husband and kids might look at me like I'm crazy when I pick a recipe for the meal plan that's a little out there. This is definitely a recipe that I would say is out there but in the best way. Who would think to make pizza topped with chili cheese fries? Chili cheese fries are already so dang good! I wasn't sure I was going to be a fan of fries on a pizza, but I was so wrong. Fries on pizza is a game changer. I didn't want to mess with making chili, so I used Skyline chili in the can (beanless) and it was the best decision because there was no choosing between Skyline, fries, or pizza - you get them all!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - May 11, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for May 11, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

You may see a pattern each month for the Taco Tuesday chicken recipe...we keep having these chicken tacos. Honestly, I cannot get enough of them and I have never really cared for chicken tacos before. They are the most amazing tacos ever and I have been putting them up at least once a month. I am really tempted to make a double batch this time because we rarely have leftovers and if we do, it's very little. This week is also Nick's birthday (Thursday) and we probably are just doing a lowkey celebration here at home.

Monday - Kicked Up Sausage Alfredo
Tuesday - Chicken Tacos
Wednesday - Italian Meatball Soup
Thursday - General Tso's Chicken // Butterscotch and Beer Bundt Cake
Friday - Five Guys Style Little Burgers
Weekend - Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins // Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf // Soft Lemonade Cookies

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

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Italian Love Cake

You will love this cake so much - with its moist chocolate cake layer, cheesecake layer, and mousse-like topping! It's amazing what you can do with a box cake mix and pudding mix!

So I'm still not sure how this recipe works, but apparently the layers are supposed to switch out when you bake. Somehow mine turned into a split deal which we found awesome! You get a little rich chocolate cake on bottom and top of the cheesecake-like layer. If you make this, please let me know how it turns out for you - if you get a flip flop layer deal or a split layer of chocolate cake. Regardless, it was one of the best cakes I've ever had. This cake was actually my daughter's 11th birthday cake...back in 2019. I'm so behind sharing recipes. That's why this cake features this gorgeous, fancy paper plate serving platter :)

Friday, May 08, 2020

Peach Crunch Cobbler

This peach cobbler has a good crunch and is fantastic on its own, but even better with ice cream on top!

This was supposed to be blackberry crunch cobbler, but I have had no luck finding blackberry pie filling. Is that a thing that exists in stores? I shop at Kroger - maybe that's why? If you have purchased blackberry pie, where do you get it? I decided upon peach because for whatever reason, we've been eating a lot of peach cobbler and cobbler-like desserts as of late. I thought this was one of the best cobbler recipes I've ever had. I also insist that you test out different flavors of ice cream for topping. Vanilla bean is bomb, but we love churro ice cream paired with peach cobbler. But there are also tons of other flavors that would work. The ice cream aisle has endless possibilities!

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Berry Avocado Summer Salad

The best summer salad with fresh berries and avocado topped with sweet poppyseed dressing!

Berries in salad is something I discovered when I volunteered in the Family Readiness Group in my husband's unit back at Fort Drum years and years ago now. The battalion commander's wife made a salad with strawberries and blueberries in it and I was blown away. It seems so silly to not add fresh fruit to salad, but I had never thought about doing that. Poppyseed dressing was something my mother-in-law introduced me to and I love the combination of berries poppyseed dressing. This summer salad is awesome because you get walnuts, avocado, and feta with it too. My picture does not show those because I forgot the walnuts and feta until I was halfway through eating it -_- But you definitely don't want to forget those!

Monday, May 04, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - May 4, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for May 4, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

May the Fourth be with you! :) I'm looking forward to a lot of old favorites this week, but I'm also looking forward to the two new-to-me recipes (Monday and Thursday) we will be eating. I feel like I haven't had a tuna melt in forever. I'm also hoping I can find everything I need at the store. I find that sort of like with zucchini during normal times, it is in stock up until I put it on the meal plan and then BOOM. Not available. We'll see, I do suppose. How are the grocery stores where you are located?

Monday - Spinach Dip Pasta
Tuesday - Nachos Bell Grande
Wednesday - Kale Soup
Thursday - Ultimate Tuna Melt
Friday - Copycat Pickle Pizza
Weekend - Baked Vanilla Donuts with Chocolate Frosting // Copycat Popeye's Chicken and Crockpot Collard Greens // Chocolate Cheesecake Oreo Parfaits

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

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Nutella Swirl Danish Ring

It's oh so amazing what you can do with refrigerated crescent rolls, like this incredible Nutella danish!

I feel like I've made a few recipes with refrigerated crescents to make danishes and I haven't had much luck with them turning out. I didn't have high expectations going in and once again, low expectations for the win because I was blown away with how delicious this simple recipe was. It wasn't super hard to make and it turns out looking so pretty and fancy. And like you slaved over for so long. Definitely all wins in my book - easy to make, looks great, tastes even better!

Friday, May 01, 2020

Quinoa Berry Parfaits

The perfect filling breakfast or snack with just 3 ingredients!

When I was in the hospital after giving birth to my third child a little over 5 years ago, I was given the option to have oatmeal for breakfast. I jumped on it because 1) it's supposed to be good for breastfeeding moms and 2) it's oatmeal. Heck yeah! When they brought it up, it was completely unseasoned and I only had one packet of sugar (which was going to the coffee). I had a yogurt as well and on a whim, I threw my yogurt into the oatmeal to flavor it and sweeten it. I became obsessed and still eat yogurt with my oatmeal to this day.

Why am I talking about oatmeal on a quinoa post? Because this recipe reminded me of that but a fancier version and a slightly lighter version too. I loved the fresh fruit with it too. This is so easy to make in advance or with little prep the day of. Bonus because it can be portable if you need to grab breakfast on the go!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Cuban Chicken & Black Bean Quinoa Bowls

Quinoa and black beans topped with spicy, tangy chicken, mango, and fried chili bananas!

I cannot speak to the authenticity of this dish that is dubbed Cuban, but I can speak to how delicious it is. I know that not everyone thinks fruit goes with savory dishes, but I feel like those people haven't tried the right dish. I personally love fruit in savory dishes, but I have to admit that I wasn't sure about bananas in a savory dish because I don't really like bananas a ton. However, my skepticism was met with surprise and I enjoyed every component of this dish: the seasoning on the chicken, the quinoa and black beans, and the bananas and mango. It was amazing! I did make a slight adaptation with subbing lemon juice in for the orange juice because my oldest is allergic to oranges.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - April 27, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Apr 27, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I put stuffed shells on my meal plan thinking that jumbo shells would be in stock, but unfortunately, they were not. I may switch it out for something later in the month and hope I can find it one week in the month. That is...when I finish the rest of my meal plan for the month. While the house has been pretty much completely unpacked and most of the way set up (still need to get a few things for organizing and storing), keeping on a schedule has been very difficult the past week. Hoping this week will be better!

Monday - Creamy Herb Cheese Pasta Bake
Tuesday - Smothered Baked Chicken Burritos
Wednesday - Beefy Tomato Soup
Thursday - Greek Chicken Gyros
Friday - Garlic Overload Burgers with Creamy Garlic Burger Sauce
Weekend - Lemon Raspberry Dutch Baby Pancakes // Pesto Cream Cheese Stuffed Shells Bolognese // Butterfinger Butterscotch Cookies

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

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Eggs Florentine Casserole

This egg casserole has loads of spinach plus sausage, red bell pepper, and cheese!

I adore breakfast casseroles. They are so convenient to feed a crowd - especially for any holiday. We didn't do Easter this year like normal with the Stay at Home order and all that. We don't really celebrate Easter, but we always do an Easter dinner with our family (who does celebrate Easter). I grew up celebrating it and loved when my grandma would make casseroles for breakfast. I guess that tradition just really stuck with me. On a normal year, I probably would have made this, but we have had a hit or miss with eggs in the grocery store.

This casserole is great because it has sausage in it - usually it's ham or bacon. Plus there's spinach and red bell in it. The original recipe also used mushrooms, but as per usual, I omitted them. The original recipe also had Swiss cheese, but we also don't eat that, so I typically switch it out for either mozzarella, gruyere, or gouda. Just depending on my mood.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Three Cheese Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Get ready for the best alfredo sauce of your life with three cheeses in this amazing pasta dish!

Our favorite alfredo sauce of all-time comes from The Recipe Critic, so I knew I would love this recipe as well from The Recipe Critic. I had to cross reference the alfredo sauces to see how close they were and the only addition here is mozzarella cheese. So they are nearly the same and they are close enough to both be winners. This definitely will be a go-to recipe for us because of the alfredo sauce (and the fact that I don't have to make lasagna roll ups to get it. Plus the broccoli comes with it, so I can serve this up in bowls and not plates. It's a winner winner all around, folks. You'll notice in the pictures that penne is used and shells are used. We made it a handful of times within a short period of time (very unlike us and that means we love love love it) and I have to say that I prefer shells over penne.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Creme Caramel Squares

Layers of graham crackers, cream cheese whip, vanilla pudding, butterscotch pudding, and Cool Whip make an incredible, fluffy, light dessert!

Well, hello! I'm a little behind today on posting. I meant to schedule more before we moved last weekend, but I didn't do that. We spent Thursday packing the Uhaul (just Nick and I), Friday we started offloading the UHaul at like 4:30 at the new house - closing for selling and buying took all day :/ Saturday we waited on the movers to get the really heavy stuff and finally finished that around 4. Then the rest of Saturday through Monday evening, we attempted to unpack all the boxes and organize and set up everything we could. We're pretty dang close to being done. I'm so in love with my new kitchen!

Anyways, that has nothing to do with the recipe and, I know, I know, bloggers just love to do that (and usually I don't), but anyways....

This dessert is really easy to make. It's very delicious and I think it's a great summer dessert, but it totally would work year round. The cream cheese mixture is kinda like a no-bake cheesecake but fluffier. I love butterscotch pudding a whole whole lot and ugh. Y'all just gotta try this!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - April 20, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Apr 20, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Alright, crazy stuff, but...we're in our new house now! Ahhh! I had to schedule this before we moved because we aren't supposed to have internet until later today (first opening our internet provider had), but we are in our new house. It's crazy because we never thought we would move and then life changed and we needed more space and Nick needed a dedicated spot to work from home (which he did prior to the pandemic). We also should be hearing if the big kids are going back to school next week. I personally think they will just cancel for the rest of the year like so many other schools, but we'll see.

Monday - Broccoli Chicken Casserole
Tuesday - Easy Taco Salad
Wednesday - One Pot White Chicken Lasagna Soup
Thursday - Tuscan Grilled Steak
Friday - Easy Cheesy Sausage & Pesto Ring
Weekend - PB&J Muffins // Broccoli Stuffed Chicken // German Chocolate Cookies

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

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Dutch Baby Pancakes

A traditional puffed pancake breakfast that is light and fluffy with bits of crisp crust too!

I have been wanting to make a dutch pancake for so long. I thought they looked so unique and my curiosity was peaked. We were not able to keep berries long enough to use them in this recipe, but it was wonderful with powdered sugar and syrup. I definitely want to make some again soon and do berries on top. My only complaint is that I literally want to eat the whole thing! I'm not 100% sure if I have the right recipe because this is from the Cravings cookbook - unfortunately I packed mine up and so I won't be able to get to it until later this week. Then I'll see if the person who reposted Chrissy's recipe did it with no modifications. :)

Friday, April 17, 2020

Cheeseburger and Fries Sheet Pan Crunchwraps

What's better than Taco Tuesday crunchwraps? Burgers and fries with a delicious cheese sauce in a crunchwrap!

We make crunchwraps all the time. At least every other month, which is a lot for us. Other favorite recipes may get made a few times a year. We tried breakfast crunchwraps (will be linked at the very bottom of the post) and then I found this recipe for a cheeseburger crunchwrap...with FRIES IN IT. It's genius. It was UK recipe, so I did have to modify measurements and ingredients a smidge. But I think it turned out really well and I definitely would love to make it again.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Crispy Chicken Florentine Melt

Crispy breaded chicken topped with melted mozzarella, tomatoes, and spinach.

Honestly, I cannot get enough of foods with grape tomatoes and when you throw spinach into the mix, it's going to be a favorite. This recipe is also a Ree Drummond recipe, so I can bank on it being a favorite. So that's two things going in that I knew would be working in my favor. What's even more fabulous about this recipe is that the chicken is breaded and nice and crispy. Then topped with melty mozzarella. I mean it really cannot get better than that. In the original recipe, the chicken was served with buttered English muffins. I love English muffins but thought it was a little strange with dinner. But it really sealed the deal. It's a keeper all around!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - April 13, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Apr 13, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

It's moving week! We're going to attempt to stay pretty normal for the most part because we are moving a whopping 2 miles away from our current home. We plan to have our older kids (13 and 12) unpack the kitchen first while we're kind of back and forth with boxes and furniture. It'll be really nice too that I don't have to worry about restocking the pantry or spices or fridge - it's just transporting our current food to the new house. Just like if it were coming from the grocery store to the house.

Monday - One Pot 30-Minute Cheeseburger Pasta
Tuesday - Crockpot Fiesta Ranch Cream Cheese Chicken
Wednesday - Asian-Style Sloppy Joes
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Marco's Pizza
Weekend - Buffalo Cheeseburger Tatertot Casserole // Butterfinger Butterscotch Cookies

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

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Cake Mix Coffee Cake

This moist yellow cake with a cinnamon brown sugar crumble swirl and topping is the perfect breakfast!

I haven't made coffee cake in a while but I really love it. What's not to love about cake for breakfast?! This coffee cake utilizes cake mix and it makes the most moist coffee cake I've ever had. I loved the walnuts and the crumble swirl is fantastic coupled with it actually being a crumble topping too. Honestly, I really like that this isn't a little 9x9's a 9x13 and that means there is plenty of coffee cake. Some for breakfast, some for snack, some for second breakfast :)