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Slow Cooker Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs

December 7, 2017
These Slow Cooker Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs are the perfect glazed meatballs for a party! Raspberry preserves, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings make the perfect bite-sized appetizer recipe!

Slow Cooker Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs

This recipe is sort of a twist on the classic grape jelly meatballs that everyone loves to make around the holidays for Christmas parties and New Year's parties. I've had those before and I definitely prefer this recipe below. The original is very sweet, but this one has a much deeper flavor which I think it due to the balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. It only leaves me with one question.

Who in the world thought this up in the first place?!

My recipe video is below. If you're reading this in your email, be sure to click "Read More" to view the video in your browser. Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bons

December 5, 2017
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bons are such a festive sweet treat! Peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and coconut coated in semi sweet chocolate. These are addictive!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bons

In my family, you can't go wrong with anything chocolate and peanut butter related. Really, the only problem when I make treats like these are that I never make enough - even when I double or triple the batch! Not only are my boys (Paul included) obsessed with the chocolate-peanut butter flavor combination, the rest of my immediate family is as well.

Full disclosure here, I sincerely apologize, these photos are actually from last year!! I've made these things three years in a row and I'm only now getting around to blogging them. It was really funny, I had these on my shopping list and bought the ingredients for them. Then randomly, Silas had asked to watch the video from last year's Christmas morning. While I was searching for that video in my Google drive, these photos popped up. I literally do not even remember taking photos of them, but here they are!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bons recipe

Paella Stuffed Peppers

December 4, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vigo Foods for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

These Paella Stuffed Peppers are perfect for an easy weeknight meal! Shrimp and clams with yellow rice stuffed into red and green peppers - you really can't go wrong with this recipe!

Paella Stuffed Peppers

I always get so excited when I have a new variation of stuffed peppers to share with all of you. Stuffed green peppers are the perfect dinner for chilly nights this time of the year. Who am I kidding? Stuffed peppers are awesome ANY time of the year! 😄
Pretty soon in many parts of the country, including here in Pennsylvania, it will be just too cold to go outside and have fun with the family. We're forced to stay indoors and "hunker down" together. I know by the end of winter we all have cabin fever, but I really do cherish this time every year because we get to spend a lot of time together just enjoying each other. 

On super cold nights in the fall and winter, I love to plan comforting casseroles for dinner. We all sit around the dinner table chatting about our day while enjoying a delicious meal. And then afterwards we usually snuggle up on the couch under a few blankets and watch a movie or play a game. Sometimes I like to surprise the boys with some hot chocolate afterwards. It sounds wonderful, doesn't it?

seafood paella stuffed peppers recipe

I just get so passionate about sharing yummy dinner recipes like these Paella Stuffed Peppers because I want you around the dinner table with your family this season! I was inspired by Vigo's classic seafood paella recipe and decided to try it served in stuffed peppers for a fun twist. I can't even begin to describe what an amazing decision that was! 

Stuffed peppers are a classic win in my family, and stuffing them with our favorite weeknight paella just put this over the top. We are crazy for seafood and being able to enjoy yummy shrimp and clams in this dinner, during a busy weeknight on top of all the crazy schedules, made my family ecstatic! 

Yield: 8 servings

Paella Stuffed Peppers

These Paella Stuffed Peppers are perfect for an easy weeknight meal! Shrimp and clams with yellow rice stuffed into red and green peppers - you really can't go wrong with this recipe!
prep time: 35 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 65 mins


  • 1 lb frozen shrimp, thawed
  • 10 oz can baby clams
  • 1/4 cup Vigo Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 16 oz package Vigo Yellow Rice
  • 8 medium bell peppers


  1. Place thawed shrimp in a large pot. Drain liquid from baby clams into a measuring cup. Add enough water until there is 4 1/2 cups of liquid total. Pour over shrimp.
  2. Bring to a boil. Add clams, olive oil, and yellow rice. Stir while boiling for one minute.
  3. Reduce heat to simmer, cover pot, and cook undisturbed for 20 - 25 minutes.
  4. Slice tops off of bell peppers, scoop out the seeds and the cores of the peppers, and place standing up in a baking dish. Evenly fill peppers with paella mixture. 
  5. Cover casserole with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, allow peppers to rest 5 minutes, and serve.
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seafood paella stuffed peppers

I love how this dinner is individually portioned as well! If you're making it for company, just double the recipe if you're expecting more than 8 people for dinner. The bright colors of this dish are wonderful this time of the year, too!

paella stuffed peppers with vigo yellow rice

I've been using Vigo Yellow Rice in my kitchen for a few years now and my kids and husband always get excited when they see what I have planned! The blend of seasonings in this rice is just delicious. It's a Spanish classic complete with saffron - one of the world's most expensive spices. Just to give you an idea, it takes 75,000 flowers to make just one lb of saffron! I just love how Vigo Yellow Rice can be made into a simple meal by just adding chicken, pork, or seafood - just like in these stuffed peppers. You simply can't be under 25 minutes from stove to table as well!

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Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

December 1, 2017
This Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole is comforting and delicious! Broccoli and cauliflower tossed with cream cheese and topped with bread crumbs!

Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

Well foodie friends, I can't believe it's already December 1st! Our family has so many fun activities and gatherings planned in the next few weeks, I'm so excited! The Christmas season is just such a special time of the year and it makes me want to plan all sorts of outings to spend time with the amazing family of mine.

In just the next two weeks we have friends joining us for dinner, a cousins Christmas party, a craft night with my mom and sister, Christmas caroling with our cub scouts, a visit to our local Hans Herr House for some old fashioned Christmas activities... and that's only what I can remember without looking at our calendar! Again, just the next two weeks - HA!

This is the kind of busy stuff I LOVE, though. I'm happy to report that mostly all of my Christmas shopping is already done, and I feel relaxed to spend this much time with my family. I absolutely love this time of the year!

broccoli-cauliflower casserole

Slow Cooker Eggnog Hot Chocolate

November 30, 2017
This Slow Cooker Eggnog Hot Chocolate is super easy and great for Christmas parties! Eggnog, milk, chocolate syrup, vanilla, and nutmeg kept warm and ready for guests!

Slow Cooker Eggnog Hot Chocolate

I think eggnog is one of those seasonal flavors that you either love it or you hate it. In this family, we LOVE it! In fact, when I see eggnog flavored things in stores I have to physically restrain myself from buying it and trying it out! 

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