Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Favorite Party Apps!

Going to a New Year's Party tomorrow night?
Looking for a last minute appetizer or "dish to pass"?
I have collaborated and have 10 of my top favorite appetizer dishes here!
Some are my own recipes, some are my favorite Pins on Pinterest!
They ALL look super delicious! (and easy!!)
And may the New Year find you well!

Taco Dip

Vegetable Pizza

Zesty Sausage Dip

Salami Roll Ups

Goat Cheese Bruschetta:
-Italian loaf of bread, sliced in thin slices
-package of goat cheese
-shredded parmesan cheese
-tomatoes, diced up
-red onion, diced up
-balsamic vinegar
-olive oil
-optional: balsamic drizzle

-Marinate diced/cut up tomatoes and red onion in balsamic vinegar (for an hour or just before, what you have time for). Heat oven to 375 degrees. Drizzle bread slices with olive oil and bake for a few minutes (until getting a little cripsy). Spread goat cheese on bread slices, top with tomatoes and onion mix, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and back until cheese melted some. Drizzle serving plate with balsamic drizzle, place bruschetta slices on plate and drizzle a little more balsamic over pieces. Enjoy!

JalapeƱo Poppers

Crockpot Meatballs:
-Bag of Frozen Meatballs
-Can of Jellied Cranberries
-Bottle of Chili Sauce
-Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce

-Mix all together in a crockpot and cook on high for 3 hours.

Lastly, one that I have been dying to try... fried pickles!!!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Easy & Delicious Pot Roast

Easy & Delicious Pot Roast

A few weeks ago the snow was coming down in these big, beautiful snow flakes and the warmth inside my home made me crave some home made, mom-and-pop kind of cooking.

Ironically, ((enter))....  Pinterest (of course!). 

I found a recipe for a super easy but delicious-sounding pot roast and quickly bought the ingredients to make the next day. Boy, was I not disappointed. It was so juicy and tender and the flavor... O.M.G.

This is definitely a must try! And you know me, super easy week night meals are kind of my thang! ;)

  • shoulder roast
  • approx. 10 redskin potatoes, rinsed
  • carrots (approx. 1 small bag)
  • small onion, chopped
  • 1 package of Lipton Beef Onion dry soup mix
  • 1 package of Pioneer Brown Gravy mix
  • water

Make it!
  • In a large crock pot, start with potatoes, then carrots, then meat, then seasonings. 
  • Next, add water until all ingredients are covered.
  • Cook on low for 10-12 hours. (I got a late start and did mine on high for approx. 6-8 and it still turned out yummy!)
  • ENJOY!! I served ours with some cornbread muffins! My mouth is starting to water!

(recipe source)

What is your favorite home cooking!?!?
Thanks for joining today!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Broccoli Cheese Soup

I wish I had a picture to provide you of this wonderful, yummy, cheesy goodness but I whipped it up real quick for my husband and scurried off to work.
This soup is hearty and creamy and oh-so-delicious!!
Imagine... something like this....

(source: here)

It is perfect for these chilly nights we have been having and doesn't take long to make!
Definitely worth a shot!

  • 1 bunch of fresh broccoli
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic (I used minced and always end up throwing in more, I LOVE garlic!)
  • 2 cups of vegetable or chicken stock (I ended up using 3 cans)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (I bought the carrot matchsticks... easier!)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup gouda cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • salt & pepper to taste

** I love cheese so I definitely added more and added in some fresh shredded parmesan cheese as well. I also made a bigger batch so I ended up making a bigger roux with more butter and flour.  I also added in more stock to fully cover veggies when simmering.

What to do:

  1. Chop onion and broccoli fairly small. Shred or chop carrots in to smaller bits. Mince garlic if not already done so.
  2. Add veggies to a pot with your stock. Simmer for about 20 minutes, covered.
  3. After the veggies have simmered, melt the butter and whisk in the flour in another pot. (Your roux!)
  4. Add the roux to your veggie and stock mixture and stir really good.
  5. Cook on low for another 5 minutes or so, or until the soup has thickened.
  6. Remove from heat and add in the half and half and seasonings. Mix well.
  7. Add in the cheeses and ENJOY!!!
(recipe source)

Hope you have a great rest of your week!
Thanks for visiting!!!