Saturday, August 19, 2017

25+ Recipes for Pumpkin Cookies

More than 25 recipes for pumpkin cookies including Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Pumpkin Pudding Cookies, and Classic Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Classic Peach Cobbler

Quick and easy peach cobbler. The perfect recipe to stretch out those summer days a little bit longer!


Quick and easy peach cobbler. The perfect recipe to stretch out those summer days a little bit longer!

If you adore the lazy days of summer, this quick and easy peach cobbler is for you! It's a simple recipe for a tasty cobbler that the whole family will gobble up. I only wish we'd had leftovers! Add a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, and enjoy!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Wingers Sticky Fingers Copycat

We've been making these sweet and spicy coated chicken fingers for years. We've missed this family favorite since moving to the East coast and decided that it must be recreated in the kitchen!

We've been making these sweet and spicy coated chicken fingers for years. We've missed this family favorite since moving to the East coast and decided that it must be recreated in the kitchen!

If you're from Utah, you know what I'm talking about here. Wingers. Sticky. Fingers.

These things are legendary!!! And for good reason. Completely addictive and everything you're looking for in comfort food goodness with a little spice. Dip these suckers in some ranch dressing, and you'll think you've died and gone to heaven.

Even better?? You can make a dead-on copycat right at home with basically little-to-no effort. I kid you not. 
We've been making these sweet and spicy coated chicken fingers for years. We've missed this family favorite since moving to the East coast and decided that it must be recreated in the kitchen!

All you'll need are TWO simple ingredients for the sauce. I know people say that you have to use Frank's hot sauce to get the flavor just right. But my husband and I actually love using a Food Lion brand buffalo sauce instead. It's a little creamier than straight up Frank's, and I think it's just perfect. But that can be up to you.

Also up to you-- how you do the chicken strips. The recipe I'm providing today is simply for the sauce. I'm leaving you up to your own devices when it comes to the chicken strips, but I'll tell you what we like to do... when I have the time and am willing to clean up the mess, we prefer to bread and fry our own chicken strips. So that's option one. Messy, but so good.

Option 2: get chicken strips from your favorite restaurant. I've bought strips from PDQ, Chick-Fil-A (my personal favorite, although it doesn't taste like Wingers, since CFA has a pretty distinct taste of their own), and a local grill. All good.

Notice what's not an option? Frozen chicken strips. It's just gross, guys! They never taste quite right! If you want the full Wingers experience, fry your own or buy them fresh from a restaurant that knows what's up with fried chicken. You'll thank me, I promise.

Enjoy!!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Caramel M&M Pretzel Cookies

My favorite recipe for perfect chocolate chip cookies chock full of caramel M&Ms and salty pretzels.

My favorite recipe for perfect chocolate chip cookies chock full of caramel M&Ms and salty pretzels.

I had an incident with my computer this week and lost all of my pictures. It's really not as horrific as it sounds-- all of my family pictures are backed up on Pass and Facebook. And most of my food pictures are already published on my blog, so those are secure.

However.... I didn't have the photos for this particular recipe uploaded and waiting for me here on the blog. This one, meager photo is the only one I managed to salvage!

Fortunately, I think it does a pretty good job of displaying the innards of this delectable cookie.

Caramel M&Ms. Have you tried them?? Alone and at room temp, I'm not really a fan. I feel the same way about Rolos. The caramel is just too stiff for me. But I discovered long ago that Rolos are my caramel candy of choice when it comes to baking. Because they start out with such a stiff caramel, it doesn't get runny when melted. Instead, it's perfectly gooey. Which made me wonder if these M&Ms would do the same thing when they were baked inside a cookie?

I'm happy to report that they bake up to be every bit as gooey as I hoped they would. Combine that with melty chocolate chips, the buttery richness of my favorite cookies, and the salty crunch of pretzel pieces and you've got one mighty fine cookie.

Forgive me for the lack of photos, but enjoy the recipe!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Hershey's Chocolate Fudgey Brownies

Super rich but moist brownies with melted Hershey bar in the middle!



I hadn't had some good brownies in a while and knew I wouldn't come across any as quick as I wanted to. I remembered an amazing looking recipe I saw and a brownie I had one time with Hershey bar melted on top. It was amazing. So I thought I could simply use that great brownie recipe I saw and stick Hershey bar in the middle and it had to be amazing. Well, I was right!


I made these at Ashton's ate them while they were hot and they were heaven sent. However, Aston said after I left and the brownies cooled and were even fudgier, they were even better. So, wait a while for your brownies to cool before eating them! Hope you enjoy!

Keaton

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Instant Pot Spaghetti (Starting with Frozen Meat!)

This instant pot spaghetti comes together quickly in one pot, from browning FROZEN ground meat to boiling the noodles. A great weeknight dinner recipe to keep in your back pocket!


This instant pot spaghetti comes together quickly in one pot, from browning FROZEN ground meat to boiling the noodles. A great weeknight dinner recipe to keep in your back pocket!

I have been wanting an Instant Pot for ages, and I finally got one for my birthday last week! Truth be told, we're still getting to know each other. But I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship :)

The feature that I love more than anything in this appliance is it's ability to quickly cook frozen meat. I never, ever, ever remember to thaw out meat before it's time to start making dinner. Never. When I heard that I could cook frozen meat in this thing in a matter of minutes?? I was sold on the spot!

This instant pot spaghetti comes together quickly in one pot, from browning FROZEN ground meat to boiling the noodles. A great weeknight dinner recipe to keep in your back pocket!

Having made spaghetti in a slow cooker before, I figured I could do that in my Instant Pot as well. But could I brown frozen ground turkey (3 lbs!) and cook my spaghetti in the same pot in less than an hour, dirtying only one pot, and without having to hands-on cook it myself?

As it turns out... absolutely.

This instant pot spaghetti comes together quickly in one pot, from browning FROZEN ground meat to boiling the noodles. A great weeknight dinner recipe to keep in your back pocket!

Pretty cool, huh?

I'd say this ended up taking about 45 minutes in the pot, more or less. And it really only required 5-10 minutes of hands-on time, which was amazing. While dinner cooked, I did all the chores I was supposed to have done earlier in the day... with my husband none the wiser when he walked in the door to find a clean house and cooked dinner 😜.

Ah, the magic of modern conveniences!


Enjoy!

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