My Christmas Recipe Round-Up

Christmas Recipe Round Up

I am wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here are a few recipes I am making this year and would love to hear what you all are baking up this holiday season! I am in a bit of a crunch for time, no surprise, so I don’t have time to share who all these recipes are from but if you click each picture it will take you to the original site.

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Please share what you all are baking this holiday season below! Thanks to all these wonderful bloggers for creating these awesome recipes!

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Fall Meal Idea Round-Up

FallMealIdeaRoundup

 Here is a collection of Fall recipe ideas I found on Pinterest and can’t wait to try.

I hope you all enjoy! Comment below which ones you want to try or if you have another great recipe to add!

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This amazing Pumpkin French Toast recipe, I can’t wait to try this fall, comes from Cooking Classy with a Sprinkle of Fancy.

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I love scones it’s safe to say I am a scone lover and these are a must try this fall! Thanks to Damn Delicious for this great recipe!

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These yummy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are special treat that must be enjoyed warm and gooey! Sally’s Baking Addiction has perfected them check out the recipe and plan to make these soon!

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The Autumn Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples and Candied Walnuts, from the Cozy Apron, really is the best lunch for fall-well this-and the Apple Harvest Salad below from Life Made Simple.

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Apple and Pork are like two peas in a pod really, and this recipe from Delightful E Made has both.

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I am not a big fish eater but this glaze really makes this salmon look irresistible. The recipe is really quite simple thanks to the Scrumptious Pumpkin.

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This Apple Cider Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash has Fall written all over it! Not to mention pretty healthy for you too! Thank you to the Lemon Bowl for sharing this recipe. 

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

I was looking through my baking cabinets and came across white chocolate chips and dried cherries. I immediately thought cookies! They turned out great! A few of the children were skeptical about cherries in their cookies, but once they tried them they were sold!

White Chocolate Cherry Dough

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp  salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cherries

Instructions:

  1. In mixing bowl, beat melted butter with sugars until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add in vanilla. Slowly beat in flour, baking soda and salt. Fold in white chocolate chips and cherries.
  2. Drop by large teaspoons onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Or if you are like me make these while the kids are in school and roll them into a log and put it in the fridge until after dinner. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove, cool and enjoy!

White Chocolate Cherry Log

Slow Cooker BBQ Apple Bacon Chicken Recipe

BBQ Apple Bacon Chicken

I originally found this recipe on Six Sisters’ Stuff, but have also seen different variations like the one on Wellness Momma. I have made this meal many times, slightly different each time and it always comes out great. I am a bit of a rule breaker when it comes to recipes, whatever I have on hand-I use, and I am often substituting for what I don’t have.

Bacon Wrapped Crock Pot Chicken

Step one gather all your ingredients. My go to basics are boneless skinless chicken breast, bacon, apples, and BBQ sauce. One lemon juiced if you have it and a teaspoon of garlic if you are a garlic lover.

I had frozen diced apples (from when they were on sale), chicken, bacon, and half a bottle of BBQ sauce. I didn’t have lemons so I just omitted that this time and substituted for a 1/4 cup of water swished around in my BBQ sauce bottle. (The children preferred the grated apples over the diced apples.)

Step two layer or just dump all the ingredients into the slow cooker then set it and forget it! Just kidding I have always wanted to say that..anyone remember those infomercials? If you forget it, you will probably remember when it starts smelling like something is cook and you know you haven’t been in the kitchen so maybe, fingers crossed, the hubby has brought home dinner, and you get up to investigate and your nose leads you to your crock pot full of yummy BBQ-bacon-chicken goodness. (I usually just pat myself on the back and say thank goodness I remember to start this in the morning.)

Any who, if you are a lot better at time management and memory than I, you can set your slow cooker to low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

BBQ Apple Bacon Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1-2 apples, peeled and grated/diced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 6-8 slices bacon

Directions:
1. In small bowl, combine BBQ sauce with grated/diced apple, garlic powder, and lemon juice.
2. Wrap 2 pieces of bacon around each chicken breast. Place chicken breasts in base of crock pot, pour BBQ/apple mixture over the chicken.  Set to low and cook for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

Serve with your families favorite sides and enjoy!

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Blueberry Pancakes from Trisha Yearwood

Blueberry Pancakes

 

I love fresh blueberries! I love even more when they are on sale for 88 cents a box at Fry’s Foods because I can stock up and freeze some for later when they are more expensive.   One of our favorite ways to enjoy blueberries is in blueberry pancakes and this recipe is a divine one that is a little old fashion but full of flavor!

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Start by washing your blueberries and setting them aside to drain. I wash the whole box because even though the recipe only calls for 1 1/2 cups we will use the rest on sprinkled over our pancakes. Next sift your flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a big bowl. Big because you will be mixing in the wet ingredients after they are all combined.

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In another bowl whisk your 2 eggs, milk, sour cream, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Now take your dry ingredients and make a well area for the wet ingredients in the middle. Slowly pour the wet ingredients in and slowly mix just until combined. Next gently fold in the lemon zest and blueberries. I didn’t have lemon zest so I used a 1/4 teaspoon of lemon extract.

Next cook those babies up in a pan or on a griddle. Grease it first with butter and I like to use an ice cream scoop to portion out the perfect sized pancakes. Once the pancake start to form bubbles and they pop, check it and flip if it’s lightly golden brown. Cook until done in the middle you can use a tooth pick to test.

We enjoy them with syrup, and blueberries sprinkled over top!

Blueberry Pancakes

Ingredients List:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk, plus more if needed
1 cup sour cream
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest-substitute 1/4 teaspoon of lemon extract

This recipe come from Trisha Yearwood and oh boy is it a good one! Thanks Trisha!

Hope you all enjoy!

Getting Ready for Kindergarten-Lunch Box Ideas

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Getting Ready for Kindergarten Lunch Box Ideas

This school year I am hoping to send the kids to school with more lunches from home. I have been searching for ideas and I can’t wait to share what I found! My first goal was to add more fruits and veggies that the kids will want to eat. Below are ideas I think are perfect for accomplishing this goal.

Fruit5Aren’t these fruit ideas great! I love how pinterest, can pretty much solve any of my food dilemmas! 
Fruit Collage 1 The next thing on my wishlist are these Alphabet Cookie Cutters-they are SO CUTE!

I was able to snag these  Flower Vegetable Cutters and these Freshware 12-Pack Square Silicone Reusable Baking Cups that I am going to use to spruce up the kids lunch.

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Plus I found a ton of great veggie ideas on pinterest too.

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Now the next goal was allowing a little more freedom for the older children and if you have a few older kids like I do, then they will probably want to pack their own lunch. (Then remind you to add the treat.) Here are some great graphics to aid in their lunch packing.

How to pack your own lunchThis graphic was made by Kristen from Rage Against The Mini Van and can really help make sure kids don’t forget anything when packing their lunch.

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This sandwich guide is super helpful in allowing kids options, but it still makes sure they cover all the basics. This graphic comes from Amy over at Super Healthy Kids.

Our kids normal lunch consist of a nitrate free meat, cheese, and bread. They are not big peanut butter fans, but they sure do love Nutella. Sadie really, really loves tuna salad so I will be adding that to my lunch routine for her. They usually pick a cookie cutter to cut their sandwich and that’s about all the cuteness they get as far as sandwiches go. I did find a few cute variations for this year though which was the last goal-to have a few more sandwich or non-sandwich ideas.

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And when they get tired of sandwiches I found these Non-Sandwich ideas for their lunch boxes from Keeley McGuire.

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I also came across this post from Kendra over at Biting the Hand that Feeds You with tons of pizza themed ideas I just know my pizza lovers will adore!

Over 50 different FUN ways to skip the cafeteria and send pizza to school!

I hope you all are inspired to create fun festive lunches for your children! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Credit for these great ideas and photos that I used in the collages:

Summer DIY Project: Edible Fruit Kabob Place Cards

Creative Food Plates

Chocolate Covered Banana Split Bites

Flower Fruit Pops

Lunch Box Food Ideas – Vegetables

Just for Kix: Veggie Monsters!

Just for Kix: How to Make Simple Veggie Bugs

Mini Veggie Sushi

A Bright and Beautiful Veggie Rainbow 

Bon Voyage! Turn Your Veggies Into Boats

Fun snacks for kids

Fun Back to School Recipes & Ideas from Sara Lee

Good Cook ProFRESHIONAL Cut Fruit Bowl + Watermelon Cooler + Giveaway #freshfuitbowl #BBBProduct

Good Cook Fresh Fruit Bowl

 

As a part of the Good Cook Blogger program I was sent a ProFreshionals Cut Fruit Bowl and it’s huge! A whole 7 quarts of capacity, I knew I’d be filling that baby with a whole bunch of watermelon because the kids and I LOVE watermelon!

This bowl is perfect for watermelon as you can see from the pictures below it has a strainer built in which allows the juice to drain out and keep your fruit fresher longer!

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In college I worked in food service part time, and there was a very lovely lady named Karen, who taught me how to cut a watermelon. I was the Salad Bar Girl at NM State as Rey would call me. Below you will find the step by step how to.

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 After your watermelon is cut place it into your bowl. I leave it in sticks rather than cut further because it’s easier for the kids to grab and well let’s face it-as much as I would love for them to use a fork they never do.

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The watermelon can now be used to make a simple, but refreshing watermelon cooler!

Watermelon Cooler How To

 Recipe for Watermelon Cooler

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon chunks (1/4 of a medium watermelon)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Sweetener of choice if you desire (optional)

Tools you will need:

  • Knife
  • Strainer
  • Juicing tool for lime
  • Blender
  • Glass to serve
  • Cutting Board
  1. Add ice and watermelon as much as you can to the blender. No need to worry if it doesn’t all fit you can throw in more later.
  2. Juice the lime, I started with half of the lime juice and that was enough for us.
  3. Add a sweetener which is optional. Our watermelon was plenty sweet so no need.
  4. Blend until well mixed. Add more watermelon now if you need too.
  5. Strain into a glass and enjoy!

 

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Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday Italian Style

I love, which is probably an understatement, Italian food! Here are a few great recipes to try for a Meatless Monday night!

Eggplant Parmesan: The recipe comes from Food and the City and looks so heavenly drenched in sauces and cheese-MMM! She has great step by step instructions with pictures, I love those sometimes I don’t even read the instruction on these types of post, I just think I know what I am doing from the pictures!

Spinach Artichoke Pizza: Yup you read that right-Spinach and Artichoke!-On a pizza! Genius! I love spinach and artichoke together! I know this will be a winner for me but not the rest of the family so personal homemade pizzas will have to happen. This genius idea came from Lisa over at Wine and Glue-cute name right!? Check her out!

Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini: Naloma Kitchen brings us this recipe and it is definitely something I would love to devour! It is also so quick and easy to make just make sure you have the heavy cream and packaged tortellini in your fridge and your pretty much good to go!

Three Cheese Tortellini and Mushroom Soup: I LOVE MUSHROOMS-as a child I would have said I was allergic to mushrooms if you served me this! This recipe comes from Skinny Taste and is a great filling recipe for a meatless Monday. It use baby portabellas my favorite and shiitakes my second favorite!

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5 Great Good Cook Tools to check out before the #KitchenDrawerContest + A One Pot Recipe

As a Good Cook Blogger I was provided with these tools to facilitate my review and share my own recipe. All opinions are my own.  

5 Great Good Cook Tools to check out before the #KitchenDrawerContest + A One Pot Recipe

A well stocked kitchen drawer will aid you in creating quick, and delicious meals in no time at all like my grandmother’s Chile con Carne with Green Beans. She would make this for us all the time as children. For the adults it was just Chile con Carne, but since we were children she would switch out the green chile and add the green beans. It was one of my favorite meals growing up and with her homemade tortillas it was heaven! Today I am going to share this recipe with you, a few great kitchen tools, and a great contest from Good Cook.


One Pot Meal Chile con Carne with Green Beans

This is a simple, hearty, and easy meal!

This is what you need:

Ingredients for Chile con Carne with Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Browned Hamburger Meat
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 an onion chopped
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes fresh or canned/boxed
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped finely
  • 2 green chiles chopped finely (optional) (Mine are extra hot hatch green chiles which is why I am only adding 2)
  • 2 cans of green beans
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Tortillas to serve

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Directions:

  1. First chop your onions and garlic. Next clip on your utensil pot clip to hold your spatula and preheat the pan. Add 1 tbsp oil into the pot then add the meat and brown about 10 mins.
  2. Add in the onions and garlic and cook until the onions have softened about 10 mins.
  3. Add one cup of chopped tomatoes and two chopped green chiles if using.
  4. Add in the green beans and cook 10 mins on a low simmer to merry all the flavors. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve in a bowl with tortillas. Enjoy!

Tools I used to make this meal:

Good Cook Utensil Pot Clip #KitchenDrawerContest

 

Good Cook 4 in 1 Can Opener

 

5 Great Good Cook Tools to check out before the #KitchenDrawerContest + A One Pot Recipe Can Opener

Good Cooks Flip Measure Spoon

Think for a minute about what your ideal kitchen drawer would include? What would it look like? Mine would be organized and only stocked with the necessities! Thank to Good Cook I was able to put there top picks to the test and loved them! Here are Good Cook’s top necessity picks:

  • Smart Ice Cream Scoop, Sturdiest one I have ever held. It works amazing! The scoop opens up when you release the handles and the ice falls out effortlessly. No more flinging ice cream across the kitchen! 🙂
  • Double Sided Flip Measuring Spoon, Can’t find the right sized measuring spoon? This one has 4 different sizes, all in one spoon! Great for getting the most use out of a tool and simplifying your kitchen drawers.
  • Safe Cut Can Opener, Opens cans easily-the only can opener I can use! Is is just me or are handle held can openers really tricky? I love it because ti leaves the cans without razor edges.  Also works great at opening pull top cans, bottle caps, and twist bottles! My new favorite can opener.
  • Egg Separator, You can clip this onto a bowl or cup and use both hands to focus on the egg cracking. Lets the white fall through and keeps the yolk out.
  • Pot Clip Holder, Clips to the side of the pot to hold your spoon. No need for a spoon rest and no mess on the stove top! Love it!

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Starting June 2nd and ending June 7th, everyday on Good Cook’s Facebook page you will have the opportunity to enter to win the 5-day Kitchen Tool Giveaway! Each day a new tool will be featured as the product the day and you can enter to win it.

The Kitchen Drawer Sweepstakes will kick off on June 2nd and end July 17th. The Sweepstakes will be located on Good Cook’s website and you will be able to select up to 15 items to add to your own virtual kitchen drawer to submit for the chance to win that drawer! Look for the “Add Me” button on products found on Good Cook’s website then click it to add the item to your drawer.

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Five will win their dream drawer! Each day you will be able to submit your virtual drawer and have a chance to win a randomly featured product that day with over 600 prizes up for grabs!

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Meatless Monday Lasagna Edition

Meatless Lasagnas Collection

 

I very rarely write my own recipes, I do often though, when I am feeling spontaneous create my own-especially when I am in a mad dash to put anything on the table and haven’t done my weekly shopping! 🙂

Here are a few great recipes from some fellow bloggers, who inspire me to cook great meals for my family!

First recipe I would like to share, is on the top left, and it is a Spinach Lasagna Roll Recipe from Adventures of an Orthodox Mom. I really love spinach lasagna SO MUCH!!

The next is the top right which is a Roasted Vegetable Lasagna from the Sunflower Supper Club, cute name right? I love that this one has a white sauce, I can’t wait to try it!

The bottom left is the Zucchini Noodle Lasagna from Our Life in Click. I love this recipe, it’s one I wouldn’t need to tweek for our family!

Lastly is that amazing Roasted Veggie Lasagna Rollup from The Best Mom on the Block. Love that the rollups make portions and serving a breeze!

Hope you enjoy a Fab Meatless Meal this week! Remember it doesn’t have to be a Monday! 🙂