Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: December 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

Best Main Dishes of 2015

Are you ready for some serious comfort food?

Today the Countdown to 2016 (hosted by Sarah of a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes) continues with the best main dishes 2015!  And it looks like it’s all about the comfort foods around here!  Pull up a fork & dig in!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Best Appetizers & Snacks of 2015

With 2016 nearly upon us, it’s time to countdown the best recipes of 2015!  Hosted by Sarah of a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes, each day from now until the new year will feature a different category of the Best of 2015!

Up today is the best Appetizers & Snacks of 2015.  My 2015 was all about the cheese (NOM!) or super healthy muffins!!  It’s all about balance here!  Click the links below to see the recipes!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Snowman Pizza Buns #FoodnFlix

I’m squeezing in a very quick Christmas Eve post in tonight!

Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d have time for this month’s Food‘n Flix (in Food ‘n Flix, participants watch the selected movie, then cook up something inspired by the film).  December is always crazy busy with school activities and Christmas preparations, so I just didn’t think there would be time.

But then, I ended up at the library with my boys and this month’s movie, The Jane Austen Book Club, hosted by Kimberly from Coffee and Casseroles, was available.  So I picked it up on a whim, hoping there would be something I could make with little time to prepare.

The movie centers around 5 women, all at different phases of their lives.   They range in age and relationship status and use the 6 Jane Austen novels as a way to connect and refocus their lives (with the help of the one attractive book club man). 

After the first 10 minutes, I was convinced I was going to hate the movie.  The life choices some of the characters made were absolutely deplorable!  Thankfully, most of the characters started to grow on me (except Prudie – I never did like her.  At all.) and make better choices and I actually ended up enjoying the movie overall!

On to the food!  There’s tons of coffee, a few nice dinners, and lot of book club style snacks!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mexican Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream

It is officially winter!  The snow is on the ground, and it’s got me thinking about curling up in front of the fire with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate!

Can’t you picture a cup of this hot chocolate while the children open Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve?

I loved the combination between sweet and spicy in this hot chocolate recipe.  Plus you can totally pair this with Tequila Spiked, Chocolate Dipped Jalapeños and really have party! 

Using the unsweetened chocolate as a base keeps the hot chocolate from getting too sweet, especially one the ice cream starts blending in.

Got a good book ready?  Good, let make some hot chocolate!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Two Years

 Two Years

Two Years
Since my life changed forever

Two years
Since I heard those words

Two years
Since “I’m so sorry, there’s no heartbeat”

Two years
Since I lay frozen in shock

Two years
Since my husband held me as I wept

Two years
Since I labored for 16 hours…

…knowing my baby was already dead

Two years
Since I gave birth to my only daughter

Two years
Since I held her

Two years
Since I kissed her

Two years
Since I said good-bye

Happy Birthday, sweet Sarah Catherine. 

You are loved. 

You are cherished. 

You are remembered.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Chai Eggnog Latte

I always love a signature Christmas drink, especially if there’s eggnog involved!

My go-to boozy drink is Chocolate Eggnog (seriously, it’s the best, plus you can totally skip the booze for a kid-friendly drink).

And now I have a favorite warm drink!

The Chai tea blends so seamlessly into the eggnog with those yummy warm spices.  I guarantee – this will be your favorite, too!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Cheesy Cornmeal Waffles with Fried Eggs #SecretRecipeClub

It’s time for the final Secret Recipe Club reveal of 2015!  This group will be back for another great reveal in February!  In SRC, members are secretly assigned another blog, stalk the archives, and whip up something delicious!

This month, I was assigned one of my SRC favorites, Jessie’s blog, Jessie Weaver: the Vanderbilt Wife.  Jessie is a stay at home mom of 3 and freelance writer.  Jessie also shares her reading lists (yay fellow readers!).  She is a faith filled woman, as evidenced in many of her posts.

It was so hard to choose a recipe!  She has so many delicious sounding meals!  Since it is so close to Christmas, I nearly made her {a little boozy} Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies.  Sadly, I spiked my hot cocoa a few too many times and ran out of buttershots.  Alas.  Next time.

So instead, I made a recipe I’ve had my eye on for a while now: Savory Cornmeal Waffles!  I dragged my feet a bit making this recipe, because I had no clue how my family would react.  Hubs is totally easy going and so patient with all of my experimentation in the kitchen (though I do get the occasional eyebrow raise).  Dude claims to hate cheese (but loves cheese pizza, and parmesan) and Spud, well, there’s just no telling what he’ll eat day to day (where did my adventurous eater go?!?)

However, I knew I would love the waffles, so I decided to go for it and they were a HUGE success!   Dude and Spud managed to not even realize that these were anything but their favorite waffles and gobbled them down…with syrup instead of fried eggs!
Hubs and I LOVED the waffles, especially with fried eggs, bacon, and some roasted veggies on top!  Plus, Hubs went for a second helping, with the kid-approved syrup version and gave an additional, savory-sweet stamp of approval!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Topping

Today’s recipe is inspired by the book A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White.  This book was chosen for this month’s Cook the Books Club hosted by Debra from Eliot’s Eats.

I have to admit, I was incredibly skeptical as I started reading this book.  I really do not agree with the lifestyle choices of some of the characters in the book.  And yet, it was well written and I found myself surprisingly interested in Bobby and his outcome (however, I do not think he was ostracized from his family.  He shut them out as much as they shut him out.) 

Up until the last quarter of the book, I would have rated it 4 stars.  Then the book abruptly switched point of view characters to a completely unlikeable character (Amelia) with an implausible storyline and I had to knock it down to 3.  I can take solace in the fact the most of the book was pretty good.  I only wish that the book would have continued on following Bobby & Alice and completely cut out Amelia.  Alas. You can see my GoodReads review here.

Anyway, Bobby is a budding chef in New York City in the late 1980’s.  His specialty is bringing classic southern dishes (inspired by his MeeMaw) to NYC with a classy twist.  For instance, he added puff pastry to the top if his very popular chicken pot pie and often served herby cheddar biscuits.

I was inspired.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Foodies Read 2016

Everyone around here knows I love to cook (duh) and that I love to read (you’ve been reading those book posts, right?).

So I decided to join a new book club this year: Foodies Read 2016.

In this one, you pick your own books, fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks – anything as long as food is a major part of the plot! 

I’m sold!

Plus, participants can decide how much they want to commit to.  Here are the challenge levels:

Short-Order Cook: 1 to 3 books
Pastry Chef: 4 to 8 books
Sous-Chef: 9 to 13 books
Chef de Cuisine: 14 to 18
Cordon-Bleu Chef: More than 19

My goal this year is Sous-Chef.  I want to try to read 1 foodie book a month (in addition to my ever expanding to-read list).

Want to join the fun?  Stop by HERE to sign up!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

40+ Christmas Cookie Recipes #HandCraftedEdibles

Today’s #HandCraftedEdibles is all about the cookies!  Instead of sharing just one cookie recipe with you today, I decided to share ALL the cookie recipes with you today!

In an effort to make all of my holiday gifts this year, we are sharing recipes for hand-crafted edibles. Over the course of twelve weeks, we'll be sharing recipes that you can make at home to give to friends and loved ones, or things to serve at holiday parties. It's hard to believe we're at week 11. We hope you'll follow along for inspiration. You can find out more information, including the schedule: here.

This week, we are bringing you inspiration for your holiday cookie trays. Have you started with you holiday baking yet?

Thanks to these gals and their creative cookie ideas...

Next week - week 12 and our final week - is all about wrapping. How to label those jarred mixes. How to mail cookies safely. How to....

Don't forget to check out our #handcraftededibles pinterest board.



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