Sunday, May 21, 2017

30+ Delicious Poke Cakes

More than 30 poke cakes that are terrific for summertime including 4th of July Berry Poke Cake, Lemon Poke Cake, Thin Mint Poke Cake, and Cookie Dough Poke Cake!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

This easy weeknight dinner was a big time hit at our house!


This easy weeknight dinner was a big time hit at our house!

This simple weeknight dinner is one of my very favorite ways to spice up pasta night at our house! 

The kids and my husband LOVE spaghetti, thank goodness. It's nice to know we have at least one meal a week that everyone will eat. But I get a little bored with the same old spaghetti dish on repeat. When I feel like I just can't do it one more time, I break out this baked up version!

Some things are the same as a traditional spaghetti and meatballs. Like... the spaghetti and meatballs. Also, the sauce. The differences aren't super apparent just by looking at it, but your tastebuds will notice right away! Underneath all that cheese (which is upgrade #1) are layers of parmesan and egg coated noodles and ricotta cheese. They're simple and subtle changes, but oh-so-good!

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we do!

This easy weeknight dinner was a big time hit at our house!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Pretzel Cheddar Dogs

This pretzel, cheddar dog combination is simple and amazing!


This pretzel, cheddar dog combination is is simple and amazing!


There are some things in life that you get your self on a "treat yo self" type day. One of those things for me is a soft pretzel with a good cheese sauce. I don't know why, but a nice, hot, soft pretzel is one of those foods that speaks comfort and delight to my soul. I rarely ever buy them or have them, but I absolutely love them. 


My wife, Lillian enjoys these as much as I do and all variations of pretzel. For example, if we go to a restaurant and there is a pretzel bun option, she's getting the pretzel bun. Because of our mutual enthusiasm for soft pretzel, Lillian followed  a homemade soft pretzel recipe and was brilliant enough to wrap them around cheddar wursts and then cook them. Result = amazingness. This has become a regular dinner in our household. We almost always have cheddar wursts at home, in case we need a great, quick dinner. We shared this with the rest of our family and it quickly became a hit with them as well. It is now a regular dinner for our family as a whole! I'm convinced there isn't anyone around that could turn one of these down. 

All you do is make the pretzel dough recipe, wrap them around the dog, dip them in boiling water, sprinkle them with salt, and throw them in the oven.



Hope you guys make use of this recipe as much as we do. We absolutely love it!

Keaton

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

20 Memorial Day Recipes

Enjoy these spring-themed recipes that highlight fresh fruits, meat, and desserts for your Memorial Day weekend!

Enjoy these spring-themed recipes that highlight fresh fruits, meat, and desserts for your Memorial Day weekend!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Gringo Enchiladas

These are the enchiladas that mom always makes for us. Extra cheesy, creamy, and perfect with a side of beans and salsa!

These are the enchiladas that mom always makes for us. Extra cheesy, creamy, and perfect with a side of beans and salsa!

I meant to get these posted last week before Cinco de Mayo, but you know how life gets. I managed to get the homemade refried beans posted though. I get points for that, right? If you haven't tried those yet, stop what you're doing and go get the recipe! SO GOOD.

Anyway. Today's enchiladas are not your typical run-of-the-mill enchiladas. In fact, truth be told, they're barely enchiladas at all. Really, in name only. But that doesn't mean that this still isn't my all time favorite "Mexican" meal! 

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Mom has always made enchiladas like this. In fact, I didn't even know enchiladas came any other way until I was an adult 😱. Crazy, I know. 

And don't think that I don't love traditional enchiladas, because I do! But there's something about this cheesey, creamy, totally non-traditional version that holds a special place in my heart. I'm sure part of it is nostalgia, of course. This was a childhood favorite comfort food, after all.


But if this is one part nostalgia, than it's another part just PLAIN GOOD.

It's a simple recipe with simple flavors. But it comes together beautifully and it's picky kid approved!

We like to serve ours with refried beans and mango salsa for the ultimate gringo enchilada perfection experience. I hope you love this in your home as much as we have in ours.

Enjoy!

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Crockpot Buffalo Honey Ranch Drumsticks

Throw these chicken drumsticks into the crockpot along with buffalo sauce, honey, and ranch, and just a few short hours later you will have some sweet, tangy, and zesty drumsticks!


Throw these chicken drumsticks into the crockpot along with buffalo sauce, honey, and ranch, and just a few short hours later you will have some sweet, tangy, and zesty drumsticks!


 There are some days I really really want something delicious to eat, but at the same time have absolutely 0.000 desire to get off my keister and work for it. Times like these call for crockpot dinners. Just throwing several ingredients in a pot, hitting a timer, and knowing you will come back a few hours later to deliciousness is absolutely amazing. It is so nice to be able to throw stuff in the crockpot and let it do the work for you.

Throw these chicken drumsticks into the crockpot, and just a few short hours later you will have some sweet, tangy, and zesty drumsticks!

One of those "I'm not going to do anything days", I came up with these babies. I just looked around the kitchen and found what I thought might go well together and threw it in after the drumsticks were good, and they turned out amazing! Some of my absolute favorite flavors I had not tried all together, created a great melody of flavors. I love buffalo sauce, honey, and ranch. I never thought of combining the three together but am so glad I did this day!

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