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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup #FantasticalFoodFight #FoodnFlix


Today’s recipe is doing double duty!

Today is this month’s Fantastical Food Fight, a themed group hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes, where participants all cook up variations of a recipe type.  In the past we’ve done Deviled Eggs and Shortbread.  This month is all about the Slow Cooker Soups!



I’m also submitting this recipe to this month’s Food &Flix!  In Food ‘n Flix, participants watch the selected movie and then whip up something delicious inspired by the film.  This month’s flick is a rom-com, French Kiss, hosted by Heather, the founder of Food ‘n Flix!



It was fun to rewatch this movie with my foodie goggles on!  I’d seen it once, years ago and really enjoyed the movie, so I was excited to watch it again (Hubs was excited too!  His mom loves this movie, so he’s seen the movie a bunch of times too!)



There was surprisingly less food in the movie than I expected (or maybe we just missed it?)  There were mentions of pizza, plenty of wine, cheeses (*snerk* lactose intolerance!!), and a large dessert tray.  I almost went with some sort of crostini with cheese.

But then I was already planning to make my French Onion soup for Slow Cooker Soups and decided it was meant to be!

I’m not usually a slow cooker soup sort of person.  I usually make slow cooker roasts (maybe I’m stuck in a rut).  Anyhow, it was finally time to break the mold!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Apple Cider Sangria #Nyanuary #FandomFoodies


So, I decided to join yet another new food blogging club. 

This one is called Fandom Foodies.  Each month the theme is inspired by a different geeky fandom from games, books, movies, and pop culture in general!  This month, Katharina from Pretty Cake Machine chose the hashtag #Nyanuary!  That’s right, this month is all about the cats!



So what to choose?  All sorts of my favorite books and movies have cats in some way.  Harry Potter has Crookshanks, Garfield is classic, Mickey Mouse has Figaro, and on and on…

I thought on it for a week, tossing around different ideas when suddenly I had it: Soft Kitty.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ham & Swiss Stromboli


Since I’m now working full time, I’m all about the quick & easy weekday meals!

And also just got suckered in to buying one of those ginormous packs of deli ham from Sam’s Club and we can never finish it fast enough!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Naan

Homemade Naan is a delicious side to any meal!



I’m slowly making my way through all the different flatbreads.

I’ve made tortillas (flour & corn), chapati, and paratha.  And all were delicious (the kids especially go nuts over them!)  Then I made Butter Chicken and I decided it was finally time to tackle Naan.

Naan is the most complex of the flatbreads, since it is yeasted, has the most ingredients, and needs to raise.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tex Mex Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Tex Mex Stuffed Baked Potatoes are delicious after a long day at work!



So, I got a new job.

I was working part time as a teacher’s aide in my son’s classroom  - now I’m substitute teaching 3rd grade in my other son’s class for the rest of the year! 

So overnight, I went from part time to full time with full classroom responsibilities and planning.

And I had to completely reevaluate my cooking schedule!  Baking?  Nope, that’s for weekends now.  And crockpot?  You’re up!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Reads

Author: Alethea Kontis
Rating: ★★★★


Author: Alethea Kontis
Rating: ★★★


Author: Christopher Paolini

Rating: ★★★★★   



Author: Diana Gabaldon
Rating: ★★★★



Author: JK Rowling
Rating: ★★★★★  
Read out loud to my children



Author: JRR Tolkien
Rating: ★★★



Author: Melissa F Olson
Rating: ★★★★★

Most Popular Recipes of 2016


Counting down with the Reader’s Favorite Recipes of 2016



It’s time for the Countdown to 2017, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!


It’s always fun to look back and see what you, the readers liked last year.  Without further ado, here they are!






















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