Friday, September 30, 2016

Puffy Cheeseburgers, Tasty Game Day Food

It's no secret that game day foods are one of my favorite things in the world to make.

They're always just so much fun!
Truth be told, fun foods and the chance to cook were definitely a catalyst for me when it came to actually enjoying- and even looking forward to- watching football.

 When I shared with you the BBQ Beef Cups last month I promised that it was just the beginning of a long football season full of fun foods and I'm back with another great game day recipe!

I was recently given the opportunity to work with Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Sheets® to create a dish that you guys would love and I knew immediately what I needed to make...

Cheeseburger Rolls.
Or as my daughter has decided they should be called- Puffy Cheeseburgers.

Cool Days and White Chicken Chili

Can I just tell you how excited I am to feel the weather cooling down as we move into fall?

I'm ready for sweater weather, for sure.

Gray days, a chill in the air...it's time for soup.

I've definitely been taking advantage of my crockpot a lot already this month and my soup file is well on it's way to being stocked for the season.  I got my Pumpkin Turkey Soup fix early this year!

I've made a lot of chilis over the years but one version that I had never tried- much less made- is white chicken chili.  It's one of those things I've heard of and keep meaning to make a batch of and just never got around to- until now.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

English Muffins, Mastered

There are two types of bread I've tried to make over the years that have failed miserably: pita bread and English muffins.

It doesn't help my pride that every time I read a recipe for either one of those it's being touted as the absolute easiest kind of fail-proof bread to make.

Sadly, that hadn't held true for me.

Well, a month or so ago I started noticing regular (read: daily) charges from McDonald's.  Obviously my husband had developed a new habit on his way to work!

Turns out two Sausage McMuffins and a Diet Coke had become his latest go-to breakfast.

Setting aside the obvious issue of how unhealthy it is to eat a breakfast like that every single day, I immediately decided that if he was going to eat sausage breakfast sandwiches every morning I would at the very least save some money and make them at home for him to take with him.

I'm frugal.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Grandma Simpson's Apple Dumplings

Large chunks of most of my childhood summers were spent visiting my mom's side of the family throughout Wisconsin.  My Grandma Simpson lived in Wausau, which is where we spent the bulk of our time, however we also drove all over the state visiting assorted family members.  I have memories of stops at a restaurant with goats on the roof, a restaurant with a giant Paul Bunyan statue in the parking lot, dipping my toes in the great lakes, exploring the resort where my parents met, and a general sense of amazement- as the California child that I was- by basements, summer rainstorms, and green trees.

 Also, I remember the Killer Apples.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Transform Your Morning With Fruity Fun

I remember the very first time I ever tried Fruity PEBBLES™.  I was around 5 years old and my mom decided to make marshmallow cereal bars with them.  This was totally out of the ordinary, since I was definitely raised in a house full of boring breakfast cereal.  I was hooked immediately.  Those little colorful morsels were pure magic.

 Now that I have kids of my own  I'm always looking for new ways to make food fun- and what are Fruity PEBBLES™ if not fun?  They're a super easy way to inspire a little playfulness at the start of the day.

Mornings are crazy now that school is back in session and I just don't have time to make a big crazy breakfast most days.  Thankfully I have the perfect easy breakfast for kids right here- and honestly, they can even make it themselves, which frees me up for lunch making, homework signing, and missing shoe finding.

It's so easy- are you ready for this?