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Monday, October 30, 2017

Soup's On Soup-Off

     Hi, my name is Carlee and I come from a (slightly) competitive family. If there's a way to make a competition out of it, we are sure to find it!

     There are usually at least a few people competing in the annual biggest pumpkin contest. This year it was two brothers and my dad vying for the title, but in years past my youngest sister has been a contender.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 42

With six family friendly dinner recipes and one perfectly fall dessert, we have this week's menu planned for you!

     What a weekend already! Have you been having fun too?  We had a Halloween party with Little Dude's daycare friends yesterday. They had snacks, did some art, sang songs, played games and had a blast.  After that my husband hosted a bags tournament.  We call them bags, but I have heard them call corn-hole.  Do you know the game? You throw bean bags at a board. If it lands on the board you get a point, if it goes in the hole it's three points.  If you throw it where most of mine land, otherwise known as on the grass by the board, no points are scored.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Italian Beef Pizza

All of the flavors and textures of a delicious Italian beef sandwich in pizza form. It is full of flavor and so much fun to eat!

     Did you know it's National Pizza Month? Neither did I. Luckily I have some good friends who know this kind of stuff though. And once you know a thing like that you have to celebrate! I mean, it's only right!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Moroccan Lamb Stew

Moroccan Lamb Stew is hearty, flavorful and warm.  It is perfect nestled on a bed of couscous and is sure to leave you full and satisfied.

     This stew is so full of flavor! The lamb is the perfect foil for all of the Moroccan spice. This is a perfect warm you up kind of meal that we enjoy all fall and winter long. I love how hearty it is and that it is relatively simple to make despite the big flavors!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan 41

We've done the hard part for you, the menu is planned! With 6 dinner recipes and a super fun dessert, all you need to do is make it.


     Welcome, welcome! Sorry for the later post time this week.  It has been a bit crazy around here.  Work was escpecially hectic this week and we had our Soup's On Soup-off this weekend.  I was terrible about taking pictures so I am not sure if I have enough to do a write-up.  I'll see what I can drum up.  But it was a lot of fun!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sourdough Muffins #Choctoberfest

Nutritious delicious and oh so good. Finally you can make chocolate peanut butter muffins and eat them too, guilt free!

     I am starting to wonder if a week devoted to chocolate goodness is enough? Maybe we need to do this #choctoberfest stuff monthly instead of annually. What do you think?

      I have seen all sorts of fun cookies and cakes I want to try.  There were even some savory dishes sprinkled in. I am sad that the mini bundt cakes are gone and I'm counting down the hours until I have an excuse to make more peanut butter whipped cream

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream

Imperial Sugar provided me with sugar for recipe development in conjunction with #choctoberfest. All opinions are my own.

Perfect single sized chocolate cakes drizzled with a chocolaty glaze and topped with peanut butter whipped cream.  They are a little indulgent and perfect for a party!

     Sometimes you just have one of those days when you need a whole cake. Like to yourself. The whole dang thing! No? Just me? Forget I said anything!

      Starting over. There is something extra fun about mini desserts and extra big desserts. Can we agree on that at least? Whew!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Skillet Monster Cookie (Spiderwebs Optional!)

One of our all time favorite cookies, a monster cookie is taken to epic proportions and baked in a skillet. With crisp edges and a chewy center ever piece has the best of both worlds. Rich fudge frosting and a cute spider web take it to the next level!

     Something spooky is coming to town. Mwah-ha-ha! Well that is if you consider peanut butter, oatmeal, candy and fudge frosting spooky.  I personally find each and every one of those things to be wonderful. In fact that lists a lot of my most favorite things.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 #Choctoberfest with a #Giveaway


Wooooooo-hooooooo! It is the official start of #Choctoberfest. This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar and the other sponsors listed below.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 40

We have this week's menu planned for you! With 6 family friendly dinner recipes and a fun (and spooky) dessert, the deciding is done!

     Another week, another menu!  Deciding what to make is always the hardest part for me, so it is nice to have some of the work done.  Now that fall seems to have rolled into town and will likely be staying this time, heartier more comforting meals are just the ticket.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Maw-Maw's Lamb Curry

This simple curry was created by my Maw-Maw and is full of memories for my mom. I think you will agree that it is a hearty and flavorful meal!

    This recipe for lamb curry is super simple but so easy.  It is a perfect fall or winter meal that sticks to your ribs. My Maw-Maw created this recipe way back when my my mom quickly remembered it when we were looking for old family recipes. Her fond memories were fun to relive while making the dish.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chili Cheese Spritz Crackers

These crackers are cute as can be and packed fulled of cheddar, chili and just a bit of kick.

      Chili season is upon us! That means there's a pot on the stove and a game on the TV almost every weekend. The back door is open, come on over!

       Most of the time I make a venison chili with a mix of lots of beans and whatever else strikes my fancy. No two pots are the exact same, but they are similar and my husband's favorite.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dori's Beer Bread

Homemade beer bread is so easy to make and a perfect accompaniment to stew, soup, chili and more.  It is also perfect on it's own with just a schmear of butter!

   This is one of the original recipes that was sent it when I put out that initial call for recipes from family and friends way back when.  Who would have guessed that a quick email like that would have resulted in a blog that is still going strong almost three years later?!  It has been a wild ride to say the least.  A lot of those early recipes that are the real reason why this blog is here are in need of some updating.  I hope to work my way back through them as time allows.  When I made the apple pumpkin chili, I knew this beer bread with a hard cider twist would be a perfect side and I was right!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 39

We have dinner planned for you this week! With 6 family friendly recipes and a fun dessert treat!

      Whew! We survived #AppleWeek and #PumpkinWeek.  Now I need a good month or two to catch up on making all of the fun recipes I collected along the way.  Which ones were your favorite? Did you see anything you just have to make?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Harvest Pumpkin Sourdough Muffins

There is a ton of fall flavor packed into the muffins. Apples, pumpkin and cranberries join forces with sourdough to bring you surprisingly healthy but still deliciously tender muffins.

     Fall is finally here and I couldn't be happier. I've always liked fall but I've been looking forward to it this year more than most. I'm ready for it all!

     Of course one of the things I'm looking most forward to is baking! Cooler weather makes it feel so cozy to have something in the oven and the smells of fall baking are the best.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Apple Ale Pumpkin Chili

This chili is loaded with fall flavors! It is perfect for game day or for warming you when it's chili outside!

       Crisp nights, bonfires, warm apple cider, sweaters, hoodies, football and chili! Fall is finally rolling in everyone and I couldn't be more excited! I love fall weather, fall clothes and fall flavors. Now if only we could find a way to make fall last until spring!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cheesecake Stuffed Pumpkin Bundt Cake

This slightly spiced pumpkin bundt cake is dotted with chocolate chips and stuffed with a cheesecake layer. Fall is here and it tastes good!

       I always feel a little bit bad starting pumpkin week. After spending the last month prepping you for #appleweek, I barely have time to get you excited for all things pumpkin. But I have a feeling if you are team pumpkin, you won't mind the lack of notice and prep.  Besides I did give you a bit of a warning in the peanut butter yogurt dip post, so you shouldn't feel completely blindsided!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 38

Deciding what to make for dinner is the hardest part, so we've done it for you! With 5 great dinner recipes and a fun dessert the worst part is over!

     Oh my goodness everyone! What a fun week we had, right? I am still swirling in all of the apple goodness from #AppleWeek! Did you find some new favorite recipes?  I already have heard of at least two people making the apple pie steel cut oatmeal at least two times each already! It's worth doing just for how good it smells.  Plus I know at least one friend has made a bread recipe and the dust hasn't even settled yet.  I know my to make list is about 15 miles long now and I can't wait to eat my way through it!