Swiss Cheese and Chicken Enchiladas
December 18, 2014
This Swiss cheese version of classic chicken enchiladas is perfect for people who don’t like a lot of spice! They’re easy to make and can even be prepared ahead of time for a quick dinner solution.
Don’t these look ahhh-mazing? Anything that’s covered in cheese is almost a guaranteed winner in my mind. These Swiss Cheese and Chicken Enchiladas are another creation by my dear mom. I have so many great memories of the food she would make us growing up. When we were young, she would wake up every day and bake muffins hoping that we would take a few bites out of one on our way out the door.
When we got a bit older, we were all involved in sports, and we could always count on a hot meal to be ready when we got home from practice. I don’t think we ever appreciated it as much as we should have. I sure as heck wish I had that service now!
4-Ingredient Death by Chocolate Bars
December 17, 2014
Anyone who loves chocolate will love these 4-Ingredient Death by Chocolate Bars … and you’ll especially love how easy they are to make! They’re chocolate chip cookie bars with chunks of Snicker’s candy and festive M&M’s. The perfect easy Christmas dessert.
It’s currently 8 a.m. and I could eat one of these 4-Ingredient Death by Chocolate Bars right now.
Talk about the perfect easy Christmas dessert. These only take four simple ingredients and they make enough bars to feed a hungry Christmas crowd. Take these to your holiday party this year and you’ll definitely be the star of the party. You can also change up the candy on top to fit different tastes and times of year.
5 Things To Do When You’re Newly Single
December 16, 2014
I haven’t rambled in a while and I’m feeling some late night inspiration. Bare with me.
I was going to call this post “5 Things To Do After a Breakup,” but why emphasize the “b” word? Breakups suck for everyone involved, so after you finish off that tub of raw cookie dough, or ice cream, or (in my case) BOX of wine, take a minute to think about the positives of being newly single! This list has nothing to do with jumping back on Tinder, going to every bro-packed bar you can think of, or trying to seduce that friend of a friend you always thought was cute. Nope. This list is about taking time out for YOU.
Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole
December 15, 2014
This Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole is like a baked spaghetti casserole that uses squash in place of pasta! The super easy recipe only uses a few ingredients.
Let’s talk about casseroles. Many people fear the word “casserole” because it brings to mind a sloppy mess of canned vegetables, canned soup and other miscellaneous ingredients baked together into a complete meal.
I, for one, never feared the casserole. We grew up on casseroles. I would get home from basketball practice starving and Mom would have a hot casserole ready to dish up in large proportions. No complaints here (unless it was tater tot casserole … I just cannot make myself like that one).
Although I still only cook for one, I never truly appreciated the ease of preparing a casserole that would feed a whole bunch of hungry people. Now I’m up to my ears in this Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole … but that just means I get to eat it for lunch all week!
How to Make the Easiest and Best Christmas Cookies
December 10, 2014
This recipe for How to Make the Easiest and Best Christmas Cookies is an old family secret that uses a sugar cookie mix and one secret ingredient that takes them to the next level. You’ll never make Christmas cookies the same again.
Let’s face it. Christmastime is busytime. And just when your office or friends ask you to join their Christmas cookie exchange, you probably also have all your Christmas shopping to do, are busy at work, and don’t have any time to bake 7 dozen cookies.
I feel ya.
That’s where this recipe comes in. I didn’t call it How to Make the Easiest and Best Christmas Cookies ever. They really are super duper easy. And they really are the best cutout sugar cookies to make in a pinch.
These Christmas cookies use a pre-made sugar cookie mix, but no one will ever be able to tell once they taste them. The secret is one special ingredient: almond extract! Seriously – just 1 teaspoon of almond extract added the mix gives these cookies amazing flavor. My family won’t accept sugar cookies any other way.
The Best Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
December 8, 2014
An American comfort food classic. This is the best homemade macaroni and cheese … ever.
This recipe might just make you ditch the blue box for good. It’s The Best Homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe … ever. Seriously. Even my brother (a picky eater who doesn’t like mac and cheese) said it was the best he’s ever had. And it comes from one of my favorite ladies – Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman!
This homemade macaroni and cheese isn’t dry or chunky or bland. It’s an amazing recipe for cavatappi noodles with a creamy cheese sauce that’s simply perfect. Cavatappi is definitely my favorite noodle to use when making homemade macaroni and cheese, but you can use macaroni noodles or any other noodles you like.
Mom’s Famous Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
December 4, 2014
These gooey, soft homemade cinnamon rolls are perfect for a weekend breakfast or the holidays. They’re super simple to make and come out perfectly soft in the center and just a bit crisp on the outside.
I finally watched Julie & Julia for the first time over Thanksgiving break after a friend recommended it to me. Of course, I loved the fact that it was about a food blogger, but one part that stood out to me was when Julie first started her blog and didn’t have very many readers yet. A notification popped up for a comment that she was all excited about, when she realized that it was just her mom commenting.
This made me laugh because I’m sure a lot of us bloggers can relate. At first, my mom was the only one who commented on my blog and she’s still one of my biggest fans. But a lack of readers at first is no reason to stop blogging! I’m still (slowly but surely) gaining more eyes on my corner of the interwebs, but I continue to blog for me.
Baked Sriracha Turkey Meatballs
November 29, 2014
Not your average turkey meatballs. These Baked Sriracha Turkey Meatballs are delicious turkey meatballs that are baked in the oven and slathered in a sweet Sriracha glaze.
I love Sriracha sauce so much, I wish I could marry it. And the same goes for meatballs.
So pretty much when I dream of my wedding, these Baked Sriracha Turkey Meatballs are standing at the end of that isle. They’re that good.
The sauce reminds me of a teriyaki sauce with an extra kick of spice. These would be great over brown rice or quinoa so all that delicious sauce soaks into the rice, but I just ate them plain! These would also be great as party meatballs – just roll them a little bit smaller and serve them with tooth picks. Then sit back and watch your guests give you all the compliments.