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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Top 10 Chocolate Covered Halloween Treats & #Choctoberfest Welcome

*Disclosure: I received products to sample from Choctoberfest sponsors.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Who’s ready for a chocolate covered week of deliciousness?


Well, buckle up ladies and gents because it’s Choctoberfest 2018!

Today I’m kick things off with my top 10 Chocolate Covered Halloween Treats PLUS all the sponsor details and fantastic giveaway!!!  Hooray!!!

Let’s start off with the tasty recipes, then we’ll get to that equally tasty giveaway!


Harry Potter fans unite!  These Chocolate Frogs will please Potter fans of all ages!



Ordinary chocolate chip cookies get the Halloween treatment when the chocolate chips get spider legs!



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pan de Muerto (Mexican Day of the Dead Bread) #eattheworld


It’s time for this month’s Eat the World recipe challenge…with a twist!

Instead of everyone cooking from a specific country this month, we’re celebrating Halloween around the world!  This meant, everyone could choose their own country to represent, so long as it relates to Halloween in some way!  For more information on Eat the World, click here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Pikachu Pizza #NationalPizzaMonth



It’s National Pizza Day!  Now that’s a day I can get behind!

Every Friday, my family enjoys pizza/movie night.  Each week a different family member gets to choose the movie and the pizza!  Some weeks we order in, but others we make homemade pizza!

My 8-year old, Spud is a huge Pokémon fan (he calls his bedroom the Pokémon Academy and has Pikachu plastered everywhere).  So, on his movie night, he borrowed a Pokémon movie from the library and came up with the concept of Pikachu Pizza, Pizza-chu, if you will.



Friday, September 28, 2018

Chai Apple Multigrain Pancakes #appleweek


This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.


It’s the last week of Apple Week and I’m making breakfast again!

I decided to make an apple-icious take on my favorite multigrain pancakes!  The pancakes are soft and bursting with flavor and an absolute homerun!  Even Hubs, who tolerates frequent pancakes because the kids request them all the time, got excited about these pancakes – so that’s really saying something!

This fabulous recipe showcases even more of the wonderful Apple Week sponsors! Let’s take a look!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Herby Ginger Apple Compote #appleweek


This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.




Each year during apple week, I challenge myself to make at least 1 savory apple recipe.  And without fail, I end up pairing apples with pork!  The flavors just go so well together!

Today’s recipe is sponsored by Swiss Diamond Cookware.


Swiss Diamond was an amazingly generous sponsor, sending me one of their lidded nonstick sauté pans. 

You guys.

This pan is a work horse.  Completely not stick AND it can go in the oven!! Say What?!?

So you see why I had to make pork for apple week!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cold Apple Cider with Caramel Infused Rum #appleweek


This post is sponsored in conjunction with AppleWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Ready for more apple goodness?

Today’s recipe is sponsored by Envy Apples and let me tell you – they are delicious – a definite contender for my new favorite apple!  I just love apples that are crisp and sweet and Envy apples certainly fit the bill.


For today’s recipe, those gorgeous apples were used as a garnish in a spiked apple cider!  Note that you can totally make these without the rum, as well!  When spud saw my pretty drink, he asked for some as well, so I whisked the caramel sauce directly into the cider and garnished just like the adult beverage!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Apple Cinnamon Cakelets #appleweek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.


Pumpkin week just finished up, so it’s time to shift our focus to another fall favorite: Apples!!  Check out all the amazing details below for sponsor information, the fabulous prize pack, and the enter the giveaway!

Today’s recipe is sponsored by NordicWare!  


NordicWare sent this adorable Apple Slice Cakelet Pan so I could try out a yummy apple recipe!

I ended up adapting the recipe included on the pan a bit to make some apple muffins to take to work with me as a little treat for my co-workers!



I’m always a little worried when I use a pan I can’t line with parchment, but the non-stick feature on the cakelet pan is no joke!  When sprayed with cooking spray, I had absolutely no sticking and the design imprinted perfectly!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Ham & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin Rolls #pumpkinweek


*Disclosure: I received product to sample from Eggland's Best.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


It’s the last day of pumpkin week and I saved the best for last!

Today’s recipe is sponsored by Eggland’s Best


The inspiration for this recipe came from a video I saw on Facebook.  I was super intrigued by pumpkin shaped rolls and decided to make them!

Then I realized that the recipe was for sweet rolls and I wasn’t super impressed with the filling.  So I decided to add cinnamon and sugar and make it most frosting-like.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Paleo Banana Cake (Gluten-Free) #FantasticalFoodFight #FoodNFlix


Today’s recipe is doing double duty and pulls form three different inspirations.

First, it’s this month’s Fantastical Food Fight with the theme of bananas!  If one lives on the Kentucky/Tennessee border there is even an annual banana festival this weekend!  So, I knew I had to make something with bananas – definitely a dessert, I thought.


Second, I volunteered to bake treats for Dude’s class.  One of Dude’s classmates is gluten sensitive, so I always try to be considerate of that.  I thought that these treats would be the perfect way to use bananas in a recipe.


Third, this September is the 9th anniversary of Food n Flix and to celebrate, we could watch any of the previously chosen movies to use as inspiration.  I went on the hunt for something I hadn’t seen, that seemed interesting, and that I could find on Netflix or Amazon Prime.  And that’s how I stumbled upon Toast.

Creamy Pumpkin Fiesta Chicken Soup #pumpkinweek


*Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­Cabot Cheese.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Are you ready for another great pumpkin recipe? 

Today’s recipe is sponsored by Cabot Cheese.

I’ve worked with Cabot in the past and they always have a wonderful selection of cheeses and all thing dairy!

Connect with them here:


Today I decided to go the savory route.

Have you ever noticed that, even when pumpkin is being used as a savory ingredient (especially in soup) that cinnamon and sugar still end up being involved?

I can’t handle stuff like that – it is just too much for my palate to comprehend!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls #pumpkinweek


*Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­­Dixie Crystals.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Today’s delicious recipe is sponsored by Dixie Crystals


Dixie Crystals is always a generous sponsor, so with lots of sugar on hand, I couldn’t not bake something!  So, when my boss asked for volunteers to bring breakfast to our beginning of the year meetings, I jumped on the opportunity!

This also, sadly, means that I have some rushed on-the-way-out-the-door and cell phone pictures of the finished product, but suffice to say that the still-warm pumpkin cinnamon rolls were enough for some co-workers to declare me a hero for bringing them!



These rolls have two baking options, depending on your level of morning perkiness.

You may want to get up early and make these rolls with a smile on your face for your adoring family.  

Sunday, September 16, 2018

#PumpkinWeek 2018 Welcome & Pumpkin Roundup!

Who’s ready for fall?

In all honesty, I’m a summer girl – I love me some heat and sunshine.  Having summers off doesn’t hurt either.

But there is something nice about fall – cooler nights, campfires, the pumpkin patch, and of course the baking!

Woohoo!  The fall baked goods are seriously the best thing about fall! 

How about all things pumpkin??

Before we get things started off tomorrow with new recipes, I thought it would be fun to revisit all the previous pumpkin deliciousness!








Welcome to #PumpkinWeek 2018 hosted by Love and Confections and A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures! This year is even bigger and better than ever with a giveaway! Thirty nine bloggers from around the country are showcasing their best pumpkin dishes. Get ready for Fall with over 130 pumpkin recipes throughout the week including cocktails, main courses, pizzas, pastas, pastries, breads, muffins, and plenty of desserts! Our PumpkinWeek Sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you so much, Sponsors, for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!


Prize #1 Dixie Crystals is giving one winner a 6-Quart Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer.

Since 1917, Dixie Crystals® has been the South's choice for high-quality sugar and sweeteners. For generations, Dixie Crystals has been at the heart of family traditions and celebrations. Our pure cane, non-GMO sugar products guarantee that treasured family recipes will turn out right every time. Bake with love and Dixie Crystals.



Prize #2 Cabot Creamery Co-operative is giving one winner a Cheese Gift Box, including a selection of Seriously Sharp, Pepper Jack, Sharp Light, Extra Sharp, Horseradish, Private Stock, Vintage Choice, and Sharp cheeses, VT Sharp Cracker Cuts, Burlap & Plaid Bag, Thick & Thin Slicer, and Wooden Cutting Board

Cabot Creamery Co-operative, makers of naturally aged, award-winning cheeses and dairy products is owned by 1,000 dairy farm families in New England and New York.


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Eggland’s Best eggs have more of the delicious, farm fresh taste you and your family love – anyway you cook them. Plus, Eggland’s Best provides superior nutrition such as 6x more vitamin D, 10x more vitamin E, and double the omega 3s compared to ordinary eggs so why settle for less?


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Monday, September 10, 2018

Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce #EatTheWorld


It’s time for this month’s Eat the World recipe challenge and we’re heading to Argentina!


As I was researching, I was surprised to find out that there are quite a few Italian influences in the cooking – yet with even more cheese than we add in the US!

As I kept looking, I was reminded that my favorite wine comes from Argentina: Malbec!  I sadly did not have any Malbec on hand when I made my recipe, because it would have been a great addition to the meal!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Beer Brats with Caramelized Onions



Heyo!

It’s National Beer Day!

Ok confession time.

I’m way more of a wine drinker than a beer drinker.

However, I do love to cook with beer, especially beers brats – I don’t make them any other way!

I shared my fantastic recipe for Bacon Wrapped Beer Brats a couple years ago – and they’re super delicious, but labor intensive and Hibs doesn’t like all the bacon flare ups on the grill.  So I typically simplify the process and make beer brats with just 4 ingredients!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sourdough Bread #Cookthebooksclub


I’m getting in on the early(ish) side for the August/September Cook the Books Club selection, Sourdough by Robin Sloan.


The book was…shall we say…interesting?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Green Beans Gratinéed with Cheese Sauce (Haricots Verts Gratinés, à la Mornay) #FantasticalFoodFight


Well, well, well, it’s French food again today!

It’s been a French-inspired summer!  First, I made Ratatouille Bake for Bastille Day, the Fougasse for Eat the World, and now Green Beans au Gratin for Julia Child’s Birthday - this month's Fantastical Food Fight Challenge!


Last year, for Julia’s birthday, I read Julie and Julia and was tremendously disappointed (Julia Child is amazing while Julie what’s her face the blogger was insipid and annoying).  I ended up sharing a recipe for puff pastry (which doesn’t actually appear in the book) because I was so underwhelmed by the book.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fougasse (Provençal Flatbread) #EatTheWorld


It’s already time for this month’s Eat the World Recipe challenge and holy smokes, have I been a terrible blogger!  Eek!  I slammed through my summer grad school class (with a A+… bam!), then I packed the kiddoes up and put over 2,500 miles on my car and traveled through 5 states in 2 weeks!  We had a blast, but it was certainly not conducive to blogging! 


Now that I’m back I’m helping lead Vacation Bible School and getting my library ready for the upcoming school year (did I mention that we got new carpeting, so the library had to be moved out and moved back in and now I get to completely re-envision my floor plan?  It’s super exciting but a ton of work!)

But back to the challenge!  This month’s pick, France, was chosen based off the world cup winner!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Pasta Carbonara #CooktheBooksClub


Eek!  I’m flying in at the last minute with my Cook the Books Club recipe! 


Would you believe that I’ve had the book read since May and the recipe made in June?  But here I am at the last minute, because my grad school class (yes, in the singular) was legit crazy this summer?

Yeah…

We’re talking 35+ articles to read plus 4 assignments and a major project per week.  It was nuts. 

PLUS – I’ve spent days being mom (baseball-basketball-piano lessons-library-pool-bike rides (all my favorites!)), so I’ve been doing homework at night (usually from 10pm-2am)!  AHHHH!!!

But…

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Homemade Hot Dog Buns & Chili Dogs #HotDogDay


Hey hey! It’s National Hot Dog day! 

Dude absolutely loves hot dogs.  When the kids are home all summer, I have to stock hot dogs and buns because he will have one for lunch at least half the week.  And the other half of the week, he’s asking to make a fire in our fire pit and roast hot dogs!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Steak Kebabs #FantasticalFoodFight



It’s Fantastical Food Fight time and it’s all about the summer favorite: Kebabs!



I had scarcely had time to process the prompt when I took the kids and visited my parents for the weekend.  My mom had just gotten a great marinade recipe from a friend, so she marinated and grilled chicken breasts (and they were fabulous) and mentioned that this was also great on steak kebabs.  That was all the inspiration I needed! 

I made these less than a week later and they were so good!  After marinating for two whole days, the steak bites are incredibly flavorful and tender. 



You can play around with your favorite kebab veggies, but I highly recommend bell peppers and mushrooms.  They’re firmer veggies so they hold up to grilling nicely!


Steak Kebabs

1 ½ lb sirloin steak, cut in cubes
½ cup Italian dressing
½ cup French dressing
½ cup pineapple juice
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon worchestershire sauce
½ tablespoon garlic powder

                                                                            
Place the steak cubes in a gallon sized zipper bag.  Whisk together marinate ingredients and pour over steak.  Seal and refrigerate for 24-48 hours.

Preheat the outdoor grill to medium heat.  Thread steak cubes onto skewers, alternating with bell peppers and mushrooms.  Cook to desired temperature and serve.






Friday, July 13, 2018

Ratatouille Bake #BastilleDayRecipes



Today is Bastille Day, so my friend Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla is hosting a French themed recipe round up!

I generally think of French food as heavy comfort foods.  For me, comfort food = winter food. So, I wasn’t sure I’d find any recipe inspiration this time around. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kiwi Burger #EattheWorld



It’s time to eat our way around the world again and this month, we’re headed to New Zealand!  Read more about the #EatTheWorld recipe challenge here.



I think New Zealand would really be a fun place to vacation some day!  Did you know they filmed Lord of the Rings there and you can visit Hobbiton and other places in Middle Earth?

Monday, July 9, 2018

No Churn Chocolate Toffee Ice Cream #IceCreamSocial



Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?  It’s steaming hot where I live, so ice cream is always a welcome treat!

Last year, I learned how to make a delicious no churn ice cream, so I was excited to try again this year.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Patriotic S'mores Brownies



It’s so fun to make festive treats for the 4th of July!

Since the little Dudes and I are so focus on summer fun (not to mention summer school for yours truly), summer treats are fun but easy!

So for these brownies, I used a box mix (help! I still can’t find a great homemade recipe!) and stuffed them with my favorite s’more flavors and some festively colored M&Ms!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

ElastiGirl’s Super-Stretchy Edible Candy Silly Putty



Eek! This summer is getting away from me!

The boys and I are all about the summer fun during the day and my evenings are homework, homework, homework!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Tortellini Pasta Salad



So, like every grocery store I’ve ever been to seems to have some version of chicken bacon ranch pasta salad.  And it always has waaaay to much sauce.  It’s positively swimming!

I suppose that’s just my personal preference but I can’t stand over-dressed salads - pasta or lettuce!

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