Monday, November 30, 2015

Warm Triple-Cheese Olive Dip

This Warm Triple-Cheese Olive Dip packs bold flavors and is perfect for serving at parties during this chilly season! It's a cream cheese based dip that is loaded with the tang of feta cheese and zing of chopped blue-cheese stuffed olives. Serve with pita chips and/or sliced baguette bread for an easy and pleasing appetizer.

I personally believe that the best way to enjoy olives is to simply pop them in your mouth. With quality olives I like to taste the flavors and feel the textures - so I rarely include them in recipes as an ingredient. However, I recently saw a holiday recipe for a cheesy olive dip and the idea sounded amazing. It seemed to me that by using minimal ingredients in a cheesy dip the flavor of the olives would still shine through - and I was right! Just a few ingredients for a TON of flavor.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Spaghetti and Parmesan-Pesto Meatballs

My family loves, loves, loves meatballs - I love to make them and we all love to eat them. Lucky for me, my kiddos are adventurous when it comes to meatballs and they love trying new spins on the classic dish. Meatballs are a dish that we get to have a lot of fun with around here, plus the kids get super excited when they hear we will be having Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner. My most recent meatball creation are these Parmesan-Pesto Meatballs, which were an instant hit with the whole family. This is such a delicious twist on the traditional dish of Spaghetti and Meatballs!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Chicken Pot Pie served with Easy Vegetable Soup #PotPiePlease

This warm and cozy meal of Chicken Pot Pie served with Easy Vegetable Soup has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease #CollectiveBias

Pot pies are on the top of my list of comfort foods - one bite and it's like I'm sitting at the dining table in the house that I grew up in. I remember being young and thinking that it took forever for them to bake - because an hour when you're a kid is like an eternity! But it was always worth it. A warm savory pie with a golden, flaky crust. My mom always got us Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pies, so I do the same for my kiddos. It's a family tradition now I guess you could say. Now that I am the parent I see pot pies as a wholesome dinner that I can easily make for my family and that are perfect for busy nights. And just like I did, my kids impatiently wait for the pot pies to get done baking. Every time.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cranberry-Orange Pancakes with Spiced Syrup

These Cranberry-Orange Pancakes with Spiced Syrup have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #12DaysofPancakes #CollectiveBias

Have you started making "the rounds" this holiday season? We officially kicked off our holiday mingling this past weekend and have no end in sight until the end of the year. It's the season of holidays, family gatherings, holiday parties and seasonal activities - there is a lot to do for the next 7 weeks! Since we are on-the-go so much this season I like to make sure we are also spending quality time with one another by making time for a weekly family brunch. The star of every one of these family brunches is the pancakes. So why not make some holiday-themed pancakes while we're in full swing of this festive season? I came up with these Cranberry-Orange Pancakes with Spiced Syrup and they did not disappoint one bit. The Mr. even said they were some of the best pancakes he's ever tried. And let me tell you - that man has eaten his fair share of pancakes! 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tavern Style Pot Roast Sliders

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Whether it be for an every day dinner or a game day get-together, I love to make homemade food. Yeah, it would be easier to order a couple pizzas or pick up some deli trays from the supermarket - but where is the fun in that? This past weekend we had some friends and family over for game day and I decided to whip up something delicious, hand-held and fitting for a bunch of football fans - Tavern Style Pot Roast Sliders. These were seriously phenomenal. Melted Muenster cheese, juicy pot roast, crisp fried onions, spicy pepperoncinis and a garlic mayo spread - all sandwiched into a soft egg dinner roll. These sliders are flavorful, easy to make and were a hit with everyone in attendance.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Spicy Szechuan Chicken Rice Bowls

These Spicy Szechuan Chicken Rice Bowls have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChooseNexium24HR #CollectiveBias

My love for spicy foods is serious business. When I first tried Szechuan Chicken it was love at first bite. Not only was it spicy, but the taste of chiles and garlic shone through - making it deliciously spicy. I loved it so much that I started making my own Szechuan Sauce at home, to recreate my favorite take-out item whenever I pleased. It was like the stars had aligned and a dream had come true - until I got pregnant. Heartburn set in and didn't go away {not even after giving birth}, making my relationship with Szechuan Chicken {and all spicy things} a thing of the past. My taste-buds were totally heartbroken.

However, I recently found an anatacid relief that works great for me and I've slowly started dabbling back into my spicy-eating ways with great success. So, to celebrate I thought it would be perfect to share my favorite make-at-home spicy dish. Spicy Szechuan Chicken Rice Bowls. This dish is perfectly, intensely, beautifully spicy - not for the faint of heart. It's near perfection to me.