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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ellen's German Chocolate Cake

The German Chocolate Cake has all of the coconut and chocolate goodness you'd expect. It is a show stopper perfect for a party!

     In case you didn't know, this little corner of the internet all started with an email. It was winter and I needed something to entertain myself.  So I asked family members to send me recipes to make. I thought it would be good to get my hands on the recipes I loved growing up and perhaps get a few new modern recipes to try too.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Grandma's Chicken Broccoli Casserole

This chicken and broccoli casserole is a great way to get dinner on the table quickly.  It is a perfect way to use leftover chicken or turkey as well!

       Dinner is served and it's delicious! This chicken and broccoli casserole has so many of our favorite foods in it, pasta, chicken, broccoli and cheese! It is a hit every time I make it. It is also a great way to use up some leftover chicken or turkey. It comes together quickly and bakes to perfection. Serve some to your family today!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 46

5 delicious dinners and a fun chocolaty treat, this week's menu is planned and your family is going to love it!

     Whew! We survived Thanksgiving. I hope yours was wonderful as well if you celebrate. We had the best time getting to see family and eat tons of good food.  My jeans may not be happy this week, but that is a small price to pay! We are still working our way through leftovers and not complaining a bit about it either. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Butternut Risotto

I received produce from Melissa's for recipe development in conjunction with #FabulousFallBounty. All opinions are honest and my own.

This butternut risotto is the perfect fall comfort food. It is fancy enough for a dinner party but is all the creamy, comforting goodness you want it to be.

      I have been craving a good risotto ever since the weather cooled down. There is just something about the creamy hearty goodness that just makes you feel better. It is so comforting and I just love the feelings it evokes.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Persimmon and Beet Salad with Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese

I received a box of produce from Melissa's for recipe development and a serving platter from Le Creuset for #FabulousFallBounty.  All opinions are honest and my own.

A fun sweet and savory salad with beets, persimmons, goat cheese and pecans lightly dressed in a homemade salad dressing. It is a perfect starter or a great lunch.

      I couldn't get a big box of produce from Melissa's without putting together a great salad.  The instant I saw the steamed and peeled beets, I thought they were the perfect thing to build a salad on.  Have you seen them in the store? They take all of the mess out of prepping the beets.  Plus they are instantly ready for a salad!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fabulous Fall Roasted Pork Loin with Apples and Vegetables

I received a box of produce from Melissa's for recipe development for #FabulousFallBounty.  All opinions are honest and my own. 

A simple but delicious pork loin cooked with apples, fennel and fall vegetables. You are going to love the slightly sweet and savory combination that puts dinner on the table in one pot.

     Are you as big of a fan of fall flavors as I am? They are so cozy, hearty and fun.  So I have really been enjoying whipping up tasty creations with all of the lovely produce Melissa's sent.  This time I decided to make a whole meal in one pot.

    Chop the fruit and veggies, top it with pork and seasonings and stick it in the oven to do its thing.  Next thing you know your house will smell amazing and dinner will be ready. It's a no fuss but super flavorful dinner.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sweet and Savory Pear and Brie Flatbread

I received produce from Melissa's and a Silpat for recipe development in conjunction with #FabulousFallBounty. All opinions are honest and my own.

This sweet and savory appetizer is full of all the good stuff.  Pears, melty brie and fresh flatbread. It is quick, easy and oh so tasty!

      Holiday parties call for appetizers. They are usually one of my favorite parts. In fact, parties could all totally be appetizer and dessert buffets and I would be totally fine with that!

      So I thought I would make you a fun flatbread that is perfect for a holiday nosh table. It would also be fun served with a simple salad for lunch. Or heck, it would be perfect with a bottle of wine and a date with the couch. No judging here, however you want to enjoy it is fine with me!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Maple Glazed Roasted Fall Vegetables with Chestnuts

I received produce from Melissa's and a serving platter from Le Creuset for recipe development in conjunction with #FabulousFallBounty. All opinions are honest and my own.

Delicious fall vegetables and chestnuts are roasted and then quickly glazed in a bit of maple and butter for a luscious side. It tastes amazing and sounds sinful but is a delicious and nutritious side dish.

     This week is going to be so much fun! We are celebrating the fall harvest and fall flavors and each dish is bringing something new and fun to the table. Melissa's was nice enough to send me a HUGE box of fall produce for recipe development.

     I knew it was coming but was still shocked at all it held. There were so many goodies. Some are fall favorites in our house and other things were fruits and vegetables we had never tried. What a fun excuse to broaden our culinary experiences and tickle our pallets.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 45

Fresh bread, delicious dinners and fun cookies. This week's menu is planned and it is going to be a hit with your family!

    Are you all ready for Thanksgiving?  It really snuck up on me. I looked at the calendar on Monday and my eyes about popped out of my head when I saw that Thanksgiving is next week. It's less than a week away! That means if your turkey is in the freezer, it's about time to move it to the refrigerator.  If you aren't sure how long it will take to thaw, I posted a handy chart on Facebook.  You can check it out!  (Hint: if it's a big bird, you better get to thinking about it ASAP!)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Velvety Maple Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

This baked oatmeal tastes like fall and has a texture more like a baked pudding than the baked oatmeal you are used to. You have to try it to believe it! 

     Velvety smooth and delicious, this baked oatmeal tastes like a slice of breakfast pie. It is easy to make in individual servings, or make a pan. It is great leftover too. This healthy version may just become your new favorite!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake Jars

These cute little key lime cheesecakes only take 6 ingredients and just a few minutes to make. They are a perfect individual dessert that travel well. Make a batch for your next party!

       Mini little desserts are always so much fun to make and eat.  It is exciting to get your own single serve dessert. Plus it is good portion control.  If you are served a little chocolate bundt cake or a cute little jar of dessert you don't accidentally cut yourself a ginormous piece. Not that would ever happen. Never ever. Not here. Uh-uh. No way.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sides and Pies, Thankgiving Inspiration with Celebrate365

It's time to get inspired for Thanksgiving! Plenty of pie and side inspiration to help you fill up your menu!

     Are you ready for Thanksgiving? We are hosting my husband's family this year and we are quite excited about it.  Though Thanksgiving has a lot of traditional foods that must be on the table each year, it is fun to have a surprise or two up our sleeve.  It keeps it fun and exciting.

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 44

This week's menu is planned for you.  We have five great family friendly dinner recipe and a fun treat for making through another busy week!

     Somehow it already feels like the year is wrapping up.  We are to that point in the year where every moment seems spoken for. Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Nana and I have already had the planning chat divvying up the duties. I am getting excited.

      Of course Little Dude has been begging to put up the Christmas decorations.  He has had his list hanging by the fireplace since September.  We made a paper chain the other day so we have an idea how far away the big day is.  He rearranged how it was hanging today and sat back to admire his work.  It is so much fun that he gets sooooo excited about this stuff.  We have our first Christmas party the week following Thanksgiving and the next the following week.  I AM NOT READY! I would love to be done with the gift buying and whatnot but I barely have the list of who we should by for put together.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Brown Sugar Dijon Pork Roast and Vegetables Sheet Pan Supper

OXO provided me with product to use in recipe development in this post. All opinions are honest and my own. 

This simple sheet pan meal doesn't take a lot of prep, but pays off big in flavor. It is easy enough for a family dinner but nice enough to serve to guests!

      I feel like  we did our best to enjoy summer and all it had to offer. Our tomato plants were prolific. We had peppers, beets, carrots, broccoli, blackberries and more. We had berry laden salads, meat on the grill and zucchini every way you could imagine including in an almost apple pie and zapple crisp!

      As much as we appreciated all of that, I was still looking forward to fall. I just love the colors and flavors of fall!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

MiMi's Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Baked Oatmeal

This baked oatmeal is hearty, delicious and tastes like a giant soft oatmeal raisin cookie.  It is a perfectly cozy breakfast for a cool morning.

     The love for baked oatmeal is spreading throughout my family!  I love coming up with new flavor combinations for baked oatmeal.  Most of them are dessert inspired.  We have enjoyed everything from brownie baked oatmeal to pecan pie baked oatmeal.  There's the strawberry cheesecake baked oatmeal and even pineapple right side up baked oatmeal.  That is just a small sampling of our favorites.  In fact the luscious maple pumpkin pie baked oatmeal would be a perfect way to start Thanksgiving, just saying!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Easy Family Meal Plan Week 43

Your weekly menu is planned for you.  Family friendly dinners, a snack and perfect pie to get us ready for the holiday season!

     Another week is in the books.  We have made it through the soup cook-off, the bags tournament, my husband's birthday and now today is my birthday.  We are working through the Thanksgiving plans.  Little Dude has already requested doing gingerbread houses ASAP and the girls at work are excitedly planning a cookie baking day.  That should be a lot of fun.  So as the holiday season comer rolling in, it is nice to have the weekly dinners planned and ready to go.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Caramel Apple Punch

 This caramel apple punch couldn't be simpler to make. With just 3 ingredients, it takes almost no time to make. It is perfect for fall parties!

    It may be a bit retro, but I still think a party calls for punch! They are a festive way to quench your thirst.  Usually we make some sort of variation of aloha punch. It is a favorite around here and you can play with the flavors a bit to keep it interesting.

      However our soup's on soup-off was in the heart of fall and a tropical punch with and sherbet seemed a little out of place. But what to do instead?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

S'mores Cookie Cups

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayFlavorsAreHere #CollectiveBias

Treat your holiday guests to a hot cup of coffee and a s’mores cookie cup to make their day extra special. Graham flavored cookies cradle marshmallow and chocolate making the iconic flavors quick and easy to grab and eat while visiting with family and friends.

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I just love everything about the holiday season.  There is just something so cozy and fun about this time of the year. First, come the fun decorations and all of the excitement. Then, there’s the constant excuse to get together with friends and family, and with that comes plenty of excuses to bake! Yippee!