Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Moist pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with comforting hints of cinnamon and nutmeg


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies



During my later years growing up at home, fall mean pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. We were all mostly trying to eat and be healthy, and I think we were all convinced that pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were the best thing ever for you.

Although they could be much worse for you, I did come to find out one day that the delicious pumpkin chocolate chip cookies we were downing, weren't the fountain of youth cookies we (for no good reason) believed them to be.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


Regardless of our false hope, there was one thing that couldn't be denied. These things were freaking delicious. The pumpkin made these cookies so moist and brought all the memories and nostalgia of past falls to the forefront of our minds.

So all in all, here are the not so bad, but  not crazy healthy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies we grew up loving with a few variations. Hope you enjoy these this fall!

Keaton

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

BBQ Chicken Pizza Bubble Bake

BBQ Chicken Bubble Bake is a quick and inexpensive weeknight dinner that the whole family will love! 


BBQ Chicken Bubble Bake is a quick and inexpensive weeknight dinner that the whole family will love!

If you loved our BBQ Chicken Pizza, then this easy weeknight dinner is right up your alley! All you'll need are a few simple ingredients and about 30 minutes to prepare this shortcut version of our favorite pizza.

Biscuit dough serves as the "crust" portion of this dish. But you don't have to roll it out or let it rise or lug out your big, round pizza pan that you shoved in the back of the cupboard because it doesn't really actually fit anywhere (just me?). 

BBQ Chicken Bubble Bake is a quick and inexpensive weeknight dinner that the whole family will love!

The biscuit dough is cut into small pieces and layered evenly in the baking dish with the chicken, BBQ sauce, and cheese. As it bakes, it "bubbles" up into puffy, golden pieces of delicious "crust."

You could saute onions or bacon and add them to the mix as well, but I was in a rush when I whipped this up. So just the basics for us! But you could really mix and match the ingredients in this dish to your heart's content.

BBQ Chicken Bubble Bake is a quick and inexpensive weeknight dinner that the whole family will love!

I hope you enjoy this as much as my daughter did. I believe her exact words were, "Mom, you should make this over and over and over again!"

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Spinach Artichoke Bowtie Pasta

If you love spinach artichoke dip, this is the pasta for you It's your favorite appetizer made into dinner! 


If you love spinach artichoke dip, this is the pasta for you It's your favorite appetizer made into dinner!

I've been working really hard over the past couple of weeks to stretch out and try new dinner recipes. When I saw this on Pinterest, it flew straight to the top of my must-make list!

My husband and I both ADORE spinach artichoke dip. When I'm at a party and someone shows up with a hot and cheesy spinach artichoke chip, you can pretty much count on find me hovering over the bowl for the remainder of the event. 

My dignity cast aside, clearly.

If you love spinach artichoke dip, this is the pasta for you It's your favorite appetizer made into dinner!

Spinach artichoke dip in an acceptable family meal form? Yes, please! Sign me up!

And the BEST part of this meal? My picky 7-year old ate it. She asked me, "do I like artichokes?" 

I shrugged answered nonchalantly, "probably." You gotta play it cool in these situations, you know? They can sniff out your hope that they'll eat the meal in a hot minute, and then it's game over. So I was cool 😎.

One bite later, she's all "Oh, I guess I do like artichokes. It kind of taste like pasta."

BAM. One plate full of spinach and protein fortified pasta happily eaten. And that's how it's done...

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Soft Pumpkin Pretzel Bites w/ Cream Cheese Icing

Warm, chewy, and savory sweet goodness make up this delicious fall snack

Pumpkin Pretzel Bites with Cream Cheese Icing

 Fall is no doubt my favorite time of year. The air becomes crisper , you can smell hints of stoked fires that are warming houses, football is starting, and great food is coming. Its not even a competition. Fall is by far my favorite season.

One flavor fall brings that I also love is pumpkin. Our easy pumpkin pie recipe (click here) is an all time fall favorite. Another fall favorite are soft pretzels. Whether at ball games, or in the mall on a cold day, a warm pretzel just does it for me.

Pumpkin Pretzel Bites with Cream Cheese Icing

These pumpkin pretzel bites are a fun way to meet both fall cravings. They honestly do come out with the same texture and consistency as mall-bought pretzels.

All it takes is to make the dough, cut it apart, place into boiling water and baking soda, and bake in a preheated oven. Not too complicated!

Enjoy!

Keaton

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

45 Really Really Good Football Party Foods

Tons of game day party food ideas like Chili Cheese Dip, Carne Asada Fries, Football Puppy Chow, and a Football Cookies & Cream Cheeseball!

Tons of game day party food ideas like Chili Cheese Dip, Carne Asada Fries, Football Puppy Chow, and a Football Cookies & Cream Cheeseball!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Black Widow Spider Cupcakes for Halloween

These spooky Halloween cupcakes are CRAZY EASY and eerily delicious. Grab a bag of cookies & cream M&Ms to make our easy edible black widow spiders!


These spooky Halloween cupcakes are CRAZY EASY and eerily delicious. Grab a bag of cookies & cream M&Ms to make our easy edible black widow spiders!

I have been SO eager to start making Halloween treats. So the moment September rolled around, BAM! I loaded up my cart in the Halloween candy aisle of Target.

PS- can we just take a moment to talk about how Target is selling FAMILY SIZED packs of Halloween Oreos?! 🙌🏻 Hands down, the best tasting Oreos of all time.

Ok, back to cupcakes.


And spiders! Can a spider be cute? If so, I'd have to say that these little "black widows" are awfully cute. 

I actually made a little video, just to show you how I made these! Don't get your expectations up too high though. It is legit the worst food video of all time. But, I think you'll get the gist...


See? Easy peasy! If you don't have a silicone baking mat, you could also pipe the black melting candy onto wax paper or parchment paper. And if you can't find black melting chocolate, you could always just use normal brown chocolate with brown peanut M&Ms!




Hope these get you into the Halloween/Fall mood! Enjoy :)

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