Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top 15 of 2015

Dear readers, thank you for your encouragement and faithful reading of this tiny little blog during 2015. 

As you know, it was a year full of big changes for our family.  Our daughter is nearing her first birthday, and it’s been a joy-filled yet busy ride!  I am finding it quite challenging to be a full time wife and mom while working full time as a college professor and finding time/space to maintain this blog.  Thank you for your patience as I didn’t post as many new recipes over the past year.
I can’t make any promises for a better run in 2016, but I can let you know that this blog will continue to be here, and I’ll pop in from time-to-time with a new recipe our family loves.  This is my recipe box too! 

While this is no Countdown to the new year-style recap, here are some of our favorites from 2015:

15. Skillet Chili Cheese Shells – Easy and filling; leftovers are even better.

14. Rustic Tuscan Chicken Skillet – A change of pace from our typical meals, this one ranks high our favorites from 2015.

13. Butternut Squash and Kale Quesadillas – What a fantastic combination of ingredients, and inside a quesadilla?!

12. Pizza Twists – A fun twist (no pun intended) on pizza!  Perfect for those upcoming football playoff games (Go Green!!)

11. Pulled Chicken Parmesan Wraps – Oh so easy!  Lovely flavors too.  Our go-to lunch this summer. 

10. Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal – An old favorite got a new flavor combination. Excellent way to use up over-ripe bananas and it’s faster and healthier than banana bread, yet tastes just like it!

9. Lemon Skillet Chicken with Vegetables – Pucker up!  This lemon skillet chicken is tangy and delicious. 

8. Tomato, Mozzarella and Vegetable Penne Pasta Bake – Easy and simple ingredients here, surprising yummy flavor.  Love the use of the tri-colored penne! 

7. Veggie-Stuffed Mushrooms – another winner in our stuffed-mushroom exploration.  Frog Prince’s co-workers asked if he could bring enough for all of them; the leftovers were that good!

6. Buttermilk Chicken with Sweet Tomato Relish – The relish alone on this one was enough to warrant a top 10 slot.  Paired with the chicken… yum!

5. Tortellini Primavera – Pioneer Woman’s recipe lightened up.  Delish. 

4. Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Squares – These banana bars are chocked full of oats, qualifying them as a breakfast food, but sweet enough to also count for dessert. Our little one LOVES these… minus the chocolate chips.   


3. S’more Oatmeal Bars – These are a delightful dessert.  Campfire indoors anyone?

2. Vegetable Beef & Barley Soup – Love, love, love this soup.  We don’t do beef often, but when we do, it has to be a delicacy.  This qualifies for sure! 

And, the winner…..

1. Bread Machine Cheese Bread – The best bread we’ve made in a while.  Awesome dipped in soups, or served with over-easy eggs, fantastic on it’s own for a snack, or in a sandwich, this white-cheddar cheese stuffed bread is out of this world good. 

Have a happy and wonderful new year!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas (& Christmas Menu)

I want to wish all of you a very merry and wonderful Christmas!  We are so excited to celebrate our daughter’s first Christmas.  She is a joy, and loving all the lights and wonder of the season. 

Here’s our Christmas weekend eats:

Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Menu Plan–December 6

We are heading into the last week of classes this week!  I can’t believe how quickly the semester has passed us by. 

We are still eating up the last of our Thanksgiving leftovers and looking forward to eating recipes that contain ingredients other than turkey.

Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Spice Granola
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Ranch Chicken with Roasted Broccoli {new}
To do: thaw meat for casserole, dice peppers

Unstuffed Pepper Casserole
To do: Thaw meat for casserole

One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta, Green Beans
To do: prep potatoes

Crockpot Baked Potato Bar

To do: Prep veggies and meat for pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza and Garden Veggie Ricotta Pizza
To do: Thaw meat for chili, prep peppers

Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili, Corn Bread {new}

Have a great week!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Menu Plan–Nov. 29

Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving.  We had a wonderful celebration, followed by our annual girls baking day with lots of laughs and cuddles spread throughout the weekend.  Our little one had a great 1st Thanksgiving; she really enjoyed the turkey, soup and potatoes. 

This week is one of my favorites, food wise.  I just love Thanksgiving leftovers and this week’s menu is full of them:

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal {using leftover squash}
Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal {using leftover cranberries}
Banana Bread
Eggs & Toast

Kentucky Hot Browns with Roasted Broccoli and Zucchini
To do: Make banana bread, prep broccoli hotdish

Broccoli Hotdish
To do: Prep Fajitas and ingredients for soup

Turkey Fajitas
To do: Nothing; Life Group Night

To do: Prep veggies for soup

Crockpot Wild Rice Soup {new} with Dinner Rolls
To do: Nothing; Christmas Tea

Slow Cooker Veggie Soup {new}, Dinner Rolls (freezer)


Have a great week!

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