April 20, 2017

Candied Lemon Peel

Making Candied Lemon Peel is a way to practice the 'waste not, want not way' of life by transforming the lemon peel you would normally discard into an irresistible sweet snack!

Making Candied Lemon Peel is a way to practice the 'waste not, want not way' of life by transforming the lemon peel you would normally discard into an irresistible sweet snack!  #feastndevour

Years ago, my husband and I lived in a home that had these amazing mature orange and grapefruit trees.  It was like a citrus goldmine!  I would make tons of fresh orange juice for the kids and plenty of fresh grapefruit juice for my vodka. ;)

Even after juicing and juicing and juicing, we would always have some fruit leftover.  We harvested way more oranges and grapefruit than one family could possibly need so, naturally, we shared with our family.
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April 14, 2017

Three Cheese Spinach Strata

This Three Cheese Spinach Strata is a cheesy, french bread filled, make ahead egg casserole that makes a hearty breakfast or brunch.

This Three Cheese Spinach Strata is a cheesy, french bread filled, make ahead egg casserole that makes a hearty breakfast or brunch.

Let's talk about how awesome breakfast casseroles are.  You think they're totally awesome, right?  How could you not?

First, there's the fact that breakfast casseroles usually save you so much headache in the kitchen.  I mean, think about it.  You could make a traditional breakfast and try not to burn the toast while you're juggling a skillet full of eggs and a griddle spattering bacon grease everywhere.  Or you could do a little prep, throw everything into a glass baking dish, and have a mimosa while the oven does all the work.

I pick mimosas.  Breakfast casseroles rule!
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April 10, 2017

Rustic Crock Pot Bread

This Rustic Crock Pot Bread is proof that making a delicious loaf of fresh bread in your crock pot couldn't be easier!  Who knew?!

This Rustic Crock Pot Bread is proof that making a delicious loaf of fresh bread in your crock pot couldn't be easier!  Who knew?!

If there is one thing on the dinner table in our home that is never, ever turned down, it's bread!  There's something about a hunk of warm bread with a pat of butter that lends itself to almost any meal.  I'd say we literally eat bread with our meal 6 out of 7 nights a week.

What can I say?  We're carb lovers around here!
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April 6, 2017

Frozen Dark Chocolate Mocha

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

A Frozen Dark Chocolate Mocha is a coffeehouse favorite that you can easily make at home with just a few simple ingredients.  You will want to make one of these frozen treats every day!

Frozen Dark Chocolate Mocha | The Two Bite Club | #Ad #CoffeehouseBlend

Want to know a little secret?  I haven't always been a coffee drinker.  I've always loved the way it smells, but as for drinking a cup every morning?  I could take it or leave it.

Then my college years came along.  That's when my love for the coffee bean began to blossom.  My friends and I would have marathon study sessions that, naturally, required copious amounts of coffee.  We would stop at the coffeehouse before hitting the books and pick up the biggest size coffee they offered, always prepared the same way -- iced, light and sweet.
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April 3, 2017

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

This post is sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Two Bite Club possible.

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect treat for when the weather starts to warm up, made by using my favorite ice cream hack!

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect treat for when the weather starts to warm up, made by using my favorite ice cream hack! #ad #SweetTreatSavings

If there's one thing I love about living in the south, it's the gorgeous spring weather that almost feels like summer.  This past weekend, my kids ran in the sprinkler after a few hour working in our vegetable garden and then yesterday...well, yesterday was a turning point in our outdoor agenda planning for the year.

Yesterday we had or first pool day of 2017!  Can't beat April pool days, am I right?
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March 20, 2017

Maple Butter Carrots

Maple Butter Carrots is an easy to make, four-ingredient, kid approved recipe featuring thinly sliced carrots in a sweet buttery sauce!

Maple Butter Carrots is an easy to make, four-ingredient, kid approved recipe featuring thinly sliced carrots in a sweet buttery sauce! #feastndevour

My husband and I have been hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house for years and years.  One year, we hosted over thirty of our friends and family in our tiny little house.  Talk about a full house!  The living room was full of nothing but tables and chairs and there was literally no room to move around.  Like, at all.

It was over the top, crowded, and crazy, but in spite of it all, it was a great, memorable holiday filled with people I love!

Maple Butter Carrots is an easy to make, four-ingredient, kid approved recipe featuring thinly sliced carrots in a sweet buttery sauce! #feastndevour

Now, I'm sure you've probably guessed by now that this Maple Butter Carrots recipe might have something to do with that Thanksgiving.  You're right!  Naturally, with that many people for dinner, we went the potluck route.  Everyone brought a dish so that there was plenty of food to go around.  And so that I didn't pull my hair out trying to feed that many people Thanksgiving dinner.

My brother-in-law's mother was one of our guests that year and she brought these amazing carrots swimming in a delish butter sauce.  It was her carrots that inspired this recipe!

Maple Butter Carrots is an easy to make, four-ingredient, kid approved recipe featuring thinly sliced carrots in a sweet buttery sauce! #feastndevour

This recipe is a little different than hers.  Instead of being sweet, her carrots were all savory with a garlic butter sauce.  I am totally in love with that, but I decided to put a sweet twist on mine because I knew my kiddos would adore them that much more!  And I was right.  My daughter was begging to eat the sauce by the spoonful!

I sliced my carrots super duper thin as a matter of preference using my mandolin slicer.  If you don't have a mandolin, you can slice them with a knife, but it will be a bit harder to get evenly thick slices.  If you go a little thicker than in the pictures, you'll have to simply cook them a little bit longer until they are tender.

Maple Butter Carrots is an easy to make, four-ingredient, kid approved recipe featuring thinly sliced carrots in a sweet buttery sauce! #feastndevour

Now, just because I keep talking about these carrots in reference to Thanksgiving, don't think they are a Thanksgiving only side dish.  These carrots would be great alongside your ham on Easter, too!  Heck, they would be good on a weeknight served with just about any protein.

All of my friend in the Feast and Devour Cooking Club are cooking with carrots this month, too.  Check out their tasty carrot creations!



Homemade Carrot Cake from Bread Booze Bacon
Carrot Cake Pancakes from White Lights on Wednesday
Blue Ribbon Carrot Sheet Cake from I Heart Eating
Paleo Maple Carrot Cupcakes from Cooking with Curls
Carrot Orzo from Home.Made.Interest.
Carrot Orange Punch from Sugar & Soul
Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies from Celebrating Sweets
Maple Butter Carrots from The Two Bite Club
Mini Carrot Cake Loaves from It Bakes Me Happy




And just for fun, here's a quick look back at what was on the blog around this time:
One Year Ago: Summer Squash Pasta with Tomatoes & Herbs
Two Years Ago: Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs with Blistered Tomatoes
Three Years Ago: Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon


Maple Butter Carrots

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients
  • 5-6 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup orange juice

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place butter into a 2-quart glass baking dish.  Place the dish into the hot oven for 5 minutes to melt the butter.  Stir the maple syrup and orange juice into the melted butter.  Add the sliced carrots to the dish and stir to coat.
  2. Bake for 40 minutes or until carrots are tender, stirring at least twice during the cook time. 

Notes
  • Using a mandolin slicer makes quick work of slicing the carrots!  
  • This dish can also be prepared on the stove top.  Simmer over medium heat stirring often until carrots are tender.


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March 17, 2017

Aunt Karen's Potato Chip Cookies

Golden, buttery, and deliciously crisp, these Potato Chip Cookies are made from a family recipe that has been passed down from my aunt!

Golden, buttery, and deliciously crisp, these Potato Chip Cookies are made from a family recipe that has been passed down from my aunt!

If you've been following along for a while, you may have heard me talk about the family recipe book that was given to me by my older sister as a wedding gift.  She collected two recipes each from close family members and compiled them into a book with everyone's personal recipe favorites.  So, so awesome, right?

I've shared lots of recipes from my family on the blog, like my sister Kari's Simple Stuffed Peppers, my Momma's Baked Macaroni & Cheese, and my great-Aunt Betty Lou's Best Ever Sticky Buns.  Family recipes are the best.  <3
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March 15, 2017

Roasted Shoestring Carrots with Chili Lime Yogurt

Roasted Shoestring Carrots with Chili Lime Yogurt is a think outside the box way to prepare your carrots!  You won't want to stop eating these sweet roasted carrots that are perfectly paired with smoky seasonings and a dollop of cool yogurt.

Roasted Shoestring Carrots with Chili Lime Yogurt is a think outside the box way to prepare your carrots!  You won't want to stop eating the sweet roasted carrots that are perfectly paired with smoky seasonings and a dollop of cool yogurt.

Do you eat lots of carrots in your house?  When I was growing up, we didn't eat a ton of carrots.  I ate the occasional raw carrot sticks with dip or carrots mixed in with canned or frozen mixed veggies, but carrots on their own as a side dish didn't happen too often.

Now that I'm an adult and I'm the one making decisions about what my family eats, I try to get in way more carrots than I did when I was a kid!

I still like dipping raw carrots in cold dips, especially my White Bean Dip.  Y'all have got to check that one out.  It's made with cannellini beans, garlic and pecorino romano and it's so, so amazing.

Roasted Shoestring Carrots with Chili Lime Yogurt is a think outside the box way to prepare your carrots!  You won't want to stop eating the sweet roasted carrots that are perfectly paired with smoky seasonings and a dollop of cool yogurt.

Other than that, I reeeeaaaallllly like roasting my carrots.  Roasting vegetables is my all time favorite way to prepare the, and yes, I mean pretty much all vegetables.  Carrots, though?  Roasted carrots are nice and sweet when the get all of that gorgeous caramelization and they are unbelievably tasty.

I paired these roasted carrots with smoked paprika, which was a match made in heaven.  Add a little bit of cool greek yogurt mixed with lime juice and some chili powder, and POW!  Flavor explosion!

See the notes below for some helpful tips when preparing this recipe.  Adjustments can easily be made depending on how many carrots you have and how you are slicing them.  I used my spiralizer, but they came out more like little shoestring pieces, hence the recipe name!  Just make sure you slice your carrots nice and thin.

If you are craving more carrots in your life, this is totes the recipe to start with,  You will love them!

For more roasted veggie side dish inspiration, here are a few of my favorite from the archives:

Roasted Asparagus Garlic & Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes Hummus Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower

From left:
Roasted Asparagus
Garlic & Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Hummus Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower

And here's a quick look back at what was on the blog around this time:
One Year Ago: Hearty Lentil Soup
Two Years Ago: Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies
Three Years Ago: Sausage, Peppers, and Onions Stuffed Shells




Roasted Shoestring Carrots with Chili Lime Yogurt

Yield: 3-4 servings

Ingredients
  • 4-5 carrots, spiralized or cut into 1/8-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.  Toss the carrots with the oil mixture until coated.  
  3. Spread the carrots onto a baking sheet in a single layer.  Roast for 10 minutes, stir, and continue roasting for an additional 5-10 minutes or until cooked through.

Notes
  • Cook time will depend on the side of your carrot pieces.  Olive oil amount may also be adjusted according to your amount of carrots.  Use 1/4 cup for a full sheet pan of carrots.
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March 1, 2017

Meal Prep Parmesan Chicken and Cauliflower Couscous

This Parmesan Chicken and Cauliflower Couscous that comes together in just 30 minutes is perfect for meal prepping!  By prepping four lunch-sized portions in advance, you are setting yourself up for success by making it easy to make a healthy choice.

This Parmesan Chicken and Cauliflower Couscous that comes together in just 30 minutes is perfect for meal prepping!  By prepping four lunch-sized portions in advance, you are setting yourself up for success by making it easy to make a healthy choice.

The other day, a friend of mine on Facebook messaged me asking if I had any recipes on the blog that would be good for meal prepping.

You're familiar with meal prepping right?

It's where you do a little bit of cooking at the start of the week and then portion out your meals so that's it's easy to make a healthy choice.  You can do this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, but I prefer to focus on lunch.  That's when I will usually find myself reaching for a bag of chips instead of something better for me.  I'll end up mindlessly munching on chips, which is obviously less than smart.
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