The Countdown to 2016 (hosted by Sarah of a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes) continues with the BEST Desserts of 2015! This was a tough choice, because I’ve make A
LOT of delicious desserts! But here are
my favorites from the past year!
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 &
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
Plus, don’t miss what these lovely ladies whipped up!
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...