January 6, 2017

World's Best Easy Cheesy Bean Dip

This recipe for the World's Best Easy Cheesy Bean Dip is cooked in your crock pot and made with three kinds of cheese, green chilies, and Mexican spices.  Make it for a party and everyone will want the recipe!

This recipe for the World's Best Easy Cheesy Bean Dip is cooked in your crock pot and made with three kinds of cheese, green chilies, and Mexican spices.  Everyone will want the recipe!

A few years back, there was this one time when my husband and I took the kids and went to our friend's house for a bonfire. We get together for bonfires a few times every Fall and we look forward to it every year. It's nothing huge or crazy, just 6 or seven people sitting around a small fire pit while the kids play in the yard.

Well, it was that one time a few years back that really sticks out as my favorite bonfire.  My girlfriend made this amazing bean dip.  Yes, I am admitting that it was my favorite bonfire because of beans.  Naturally, we'll usually make a few snacks to munch on while we sit by the fire and this bean dip she made was so damn tasty, made entirely in the slow cooker, and super cheesy.  It was really magical.
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December 31, 2016

Roasted Cauliflower and Gouda Soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Gouda Soup is rich and flavorful, made with oven-roasted cauliflower, simple seasonings, cashew milk, and bold gouda cheese.

Roasted Cauliflower and Gouda Soup is rich and flavorful, made with oven-roasted cauliflower, simple seasoning, cashew milk, and bold gouda cheese.

I'm the cook in our house.  I do virtually all of the cooking and grocery shopping for our family of four and it's a job I love to do!  Once in a blue moon, though, I'll send my husband to the store.  I'll send him with a list of just a few things I need, and then he'll browse around and pick up some groceries that strike his fancy.

Now, I'm a control freak and I like to stock my pantry and fridge with specific brands and products that I love to eat and cook with.  However, letting go of the reins and sending my honey to the store every now and then is a is a good thing for several reasons.
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December 23, 2016

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This easy to make Homemade Cranberry Sauce made from whole cranberries is so bright, fresh, and full of flavor that you will never want to buy cranberry sauce in a can again!

This easy to make Homemade Cranberry Sauce made from whole cranberries is so bright, fresh, and full of flavor that you will never want to buy cranberry sauce in a can again!

Cranberry sauce is a holiday staple that I haven't always enjoyed.  When I was little we always had the jellied cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and I was never a fan.  I always put a slice on my plate because it was pretty, but one or two bites is all you would get out of me.

Fast forward like a million years to now and I am singing a different tune.  I am now a bonafide cranberry sauce lover!  Not the jellied stuff, though.  Oooooooh no. Still not a fan of that.  Now, I make my own whole berry cranberry sauce for the holidays that has just three simple ingredients.  Well, not including water, but that doesn't count.  Just three ingredient, guys!
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December 19, 2016

Sheet Pan Meatballs and Sausage

Sheet Pan Meatballs and Sausage that are perfectly cooked in the oven can be simmered in pasta sauce, served on crusty rolls as subs, or frozen for quick and easy meals later.  You will love this recipe!

Sheet Pan Meatballs and Sausage that are perfectly cooked in the oven can be simmered in pasta sauce, served on crusty rolls as subs, or frozen for quick and easy meals later.  You will love this recipe!

Italian food is no joke, just ask the Italians.  I've had a few Italian friends in my 38 years and, I'll tell you, they take their home cooking very, very seriously.  The make delicious, elaborate, family-style feasts featuring fancy pasta dishes and crazy things like octopus, that truly put my party spreads to shame!

When discussing Italian cooking with my Italian friends, they are very particular about certain terms and pronunciations for some of the foods that they cook.  No matter how authentic I try to sound, I always end up sounding like a darn fool if try to talk about Italian food like they do.
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December 16, 2016

Ultimate Cheesy Chicken Club Crescent Roll Ring

This Ultimate Cheesy Chicken Club Crescent Roll Ring is the perfect party food that features classic chicken club flavors with a delicious cheesy twist!

This Ultimate Cheesy Chicken Club Crescent Roll Ring is the perfect party food that features classic club flavors with a delicious cheesy twist!

Know what's the best feeling ever?  Loving what you do.  I know, I know, it sounds super cliche and kind of high school yearbook quote-esque, but I've got to tell you, for the first time in my life I am making a living loving what I do and it's freaking fabulous!

I always knew that once I started having kids I was going to want to stay home with them.  I am lucky to be living that dream (thanks for going to work every day, babe!), but what I didn't know is that I was going to be a work-at-home mom, too.  Neeeever expected that.
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December 15, 2016

Cheesy Mushroom and Pea Orzo

This post is sponsored by Libby's®.  

Cheesy Mushroom and Pea Orzo that is made with three kinds of cheese, baby bellas, and Libby's® Sweet Peas Pouch is a delicious casserole perfect for serving on holidays or with Sunday dinner.

Cheesy Mushroom and Pea Orzo that is made with three kinds of cheese, baby bellas, and Libby's Sweet Peas is a delicious casserole perfect for serving on holidays or with Sunday dinner.  #AD @LibbysTable

The holiday season has finally arrived once again and I couldn't be happier about it!  This year, my kids are seven and four, which means the spirit of Christmas is very much alive in our household.  We have been listening to Christmas music every day since December 1st, we already took a ride on the Holly Jolly Christmas Train to see the Nights of Lights in historic St. Augustine, and (if you can believe it!) I am actually done my Christmas shopping.

I am 100% in the spirit this year and excited to make some memories with my family!
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December 12, 2016

Homemade Irish Cream

This post first appeared on Real Housemoms.

Homemade Irish Cream is super easy to make and tastes so much better than store-bought.  Add it to your coffee, drink it on the rocks, or give a bottle away as a gift!

Homemade Irish Cream is super easy to make and tastes so much better than store-bought.  Add it to your coffee, drink it on the rocks, or give a bottle away as a gift!

One of my very favorite special occasion liqueurs is Irish Cream. I usually don’t keep it on hand because I know I’d drink it in no time if I did. I just love that smooth, creamy taste and that little kick from the Irish whiskey. In my opinion, it’s great for serving on holidays!

I like to pick up a bottle for Thanksgiving and Christmas and after we feast I’ll make coffee with Irish cream to sip on while we visit and have dessert. Traditions like these are what I live for and I plan to carry this one on until I’m old and gray.
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November 29, 2016

Holiday Hash Brown Casserole

This post is sponsored by Kraft.

Holiday Hash Brown Casserole is a cheesy potato breakfast casserole that is loaded with fresh veggies and turkey sausage, making it truly holiday-worthy!

Holiday Hash Brown Casserole is a cheesy potato breakfast casserole that is loaded with fresh veggies and turkey sausage, making it truly holiday-worthy! #sponsored

I just love the month of December, don’t you? I genuinely look forward to the holiday season, complete with carols, twinkly lights, and the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree. My husband and I both have three sisters each, which means we are blessed to be surrounded by lots of loved ones during our holiday celebrations.

Big family gatherings are always accompanied by big family meals. When planning a meal that needs to serve lots of people, a potluck is a great way to go! When everyone brings a dish to share, it takes the stress off of whoever is hosting and makes the event a collaborative affair. Making a dish to share with the ones you love is a fun way to get in the holiday spirit of giving, and when you have a potluck, no one is left out of the fun!
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November 21, 2016

Cheese Stuffed Braided Pretzel Ring

This post is sponsored by Arm & Hammer and Gold Medal Flour and has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser.  All thoughts and opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

A Cheese Stuffed Braided Pretzel Ring transforms traditional baked soft pretzels into a beautifully braided wreath that is cheesy, garlicky, buttery, and totally party-perfect!

A Cheese Stuffed Braided Pretzel Ring transforms traditional baked soft pretzels into a beautifully braided wreath that is cheesy, garlicky, buttery, and totally party-perfect! #BestOfBaking #ad @Walmart

What comes to mind when you hear the words holiday baking?   You think of cookies, pies, cakes, and other sweet delights, am I right?  I'm sure that's the direction that most people's minds naturally go.

Not me, though.  I'm the girl that loves to get into the kitchen for our holiday cookie baking extravaganza every year and then I'll eat maybe two cookies.  Total.  Like, all Christmas.  The baking tradition part is so much fun and I look forward to it every year, but if you don't dig sweets, you don't dig sweets.  And I just don't dig 'em.
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