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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Show & Share Wednesday #60



Hello everyone! Welcome to another week of Show & Share Wednesday inspiration, I'm so happy to have you here!

For the features this week, I rounded up 8 Festive Fall Drinks - they all look absolutely delicious! Be sure to click on over and pin your favorites. :)



It's party time!

Show & Share link party rules:

  • Link up your newest recipe, diy project, kid activity, anything you are proud of and want to share. Please, no more than THREE links per blog.
  • While I love Etsy shops and giveaways, they are not in the spirit of this party.
  • I reserve the right to remove any link that is not family friendly.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

8 Delicious & Festive Fall Drinks




The weather is starting to get a bit nippy around here! This past weekend my mom and I were sitting out in her backyard as the boys tossed leaves off of their playset. It was absolutely beautiful outside, but you know what? We went over there straight from church and I still had on dress pants and flats. My feet were FREEZING! I can SO take the cold weather over the summer sweltering heat any day, but there's just something comfy and cozy about socks, boots, and a cuppa something warm and autumn-like in your hands. Am I right?

I'm so inspired week after week with what my fellow blog friends bring to our Show & Share Wednesday link party. Here's a list of 8 festive fall drinks to help you enjoy this gorgeous season! 



Autumn Celebration Hot Chocolate via We Do Fun Here







Monster White Hot Chocolate Shooters via Anyonita Nibbles







Pumpkin Spice Smoothie via Lemon Tree Dwelling







Crockpot Spiced Cider via Architecture of a Mom







Caramel Pumpkin Drink via Simply Suzanne's At Home







Pumpkin Pie Banana Smoothie via Diary of a Semi Health Nut







Copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte via The Jenny Evolution







Halloween Hot Chocolate via Pink Recipe Box







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Monday, October 28, 2013

Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken slow cooked in a homemade tomato sauce packed with green pepper and seasonings - healthy and so good!



I'm curious, what's your favorite go-to dinner recipe? I'm not talking about the meal your family raves about every time you make it. I mean, when all else fails and you're in a pinch (and everyone's starving and cranky), what's the dinner that you make? 

I could see tacos, they're pretty easy to pull together. When we have tacos though, we HAVE to have sour cream and soft taco shells. I think it's me, I'm high maintenance when it comes to my tacos! A lot of times we're out of one or both, so this isn't it for us.

Can Can Taco Soup is one I try to always have the pantry ingredients on hand to make, but I guess part of the "being able to pull it together" bit is also having Paul pull it together if I need him to. He's never made it before, so this one's out (though I'm making a mental note :). 

For us by far, hands down, it's good old spaghetti with meat sauce. Actually, any pasta we have on hand, any jarred sauce we have in the pantry, and some ground beef. Any mushrooms hanging out in the fridge get tossed in. Top it with some parm or mozzarella, and dinner is ready. Everyone's happy and fed, and I get to settle down with a coffee and my laptop. Mommy wins!

This Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti is that same throw-together spaghetti and meat sauce meal, only for the slow cooker. I hate doing anything besides dumping it in and turning the thing on, so chicken works better for me in the crock - no pre-browning of meat needed. The green pepper is awesome in this sauce and mushrooms would be even better (just throw them in with everything else). Paul's not really crazy about the texture of the cooked peppers, so I cut them in strips. It flavors the sauce nicely, but he can easily avoid them on his plate. Yum-o!!


Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti
serves 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
14 oz can crushed tomatoes
14 oz can Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, undrained
1 green pepper, seeded & sliced thin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
kosher salt to taste
8 oz cooked spaghetti (or any other pasta you have on hand)

Spray the inside of your slow cooker with non stick spray and lay chicken breasts in the bottom. In a medium bowl, mix together the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes (undrained), oregano, Italian seasoning, and salt. Pour over chicken and place green pepper strips over top. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 4 hours. Serve over hot cooked pasta. 




I'll still turn to jarred sauces for a quick meal, but this sauce is packed with flavor and so much healthier for your family! I could see making a double batch and freezing the leftover sauce to use in place of the jarred variety. Mommy wins, again! :)




Here are some more of my Crockpot favorites:


Chicken Ranch Enchilada Casserole




Crockpot Lemon Garlic Chicken & Potatoes




Crockpot Pesto Ravioli




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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Menu Plan Monday 10/28 - Happy Halloween!



I don't know why, but as soon as Halloween rolls around, everything thing seems to go into overdrive. Almost immediately following trick-or-treat night I start making solid plans on what I'm getting everyone for Christmas and also thinking about what I'll make for Thanksgiving, even though we always have it at my mom's house. I feel like I blink and all of a sudden it's the middle of January, I'm sick of the bitter cold, and wondering what in the heck happened the past two months. Please tell me I'm not alone!

Lately I find myself being overwhelmed by all the things I want to do, even all the things I feel like I HAVE to do, and I really just need to focus on the things I actually can do and let the rest go. Easier said then done, right?

I'm keeping it low-key this Thursday night. A simple chili dinner (pumpkin-ified of course) and then trick or treating with Mario, Luigi, and their dragon friend. :)

Here's what I was up to last week, in case you missed it:


Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese
A perfect, easy fall weeknight meal that the whole family will love.







Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies
I'm not sure there's anything else to say except, PIN IT NOW!







Here's the menu plan for the week:




Ultimate Roast Beef & Swiss Wraps








Easy Tomato Baked Chicken








Easy Lasagna Soup








Pumpkin & Black Bean Chili








Leftovers or Salads







Salsa Meatloaf Bites








Creamy Cucumber Bagel Sandwiches







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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Boxed brownies topped with a peanut butter cookie dough layer and mini Reese's Pieces!




So, I know that this statement will come as a real shocker, but I'm pretty much obsessed with saving money whenever and wherever I can. Ok, maybe not exactly front page news, but I really REALLY love getting a deal. For example, with clothing - my favorite place to shop is our Goodwill here in town. I'm not kidding when I say I'd rather peruse the thrift racks there - 5 minutes from my house -  where I could potentially get an entire bag of (close to new) clothing for $30, as opposed to making the 20 minute drive to the mall where I would spend that for just ONE shirt. Not my idea of fun!

As far as food and groceries go, I coupon when I can, but I mainly shop at a local grocery outlet. I LOVE that place. They sell deeply discounted food that is either close to expiration date or is overstock and perfectly fine. Last week I found turkey short cuts for $0.99 per pack and the expiration date was November 10th. I mean come on, that's a no brainer!

Honestly, it's so fun as a food blogger. I see what stuff they have in that day and my brain runs wild. Last week I spotted bulk Reese's Pieces Minis for super cheap and they were so adorable, I knew I had to find something to use them with. I actually had never seen them before, but yes they are in fact made by Hershey's and they taste exactly like regular Reese's Pieces only easier to bake with. Here they are on Amazon (affiliate link) if you don't believe me. :) If you can't find them in your local store, regular Reese's Pieces would work great, or you can just use plain old chocolate chips. They're pretty yummy, too.


Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

1 pkg fudge brownie mix, cooked and cooled in a 9x13 pan
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup Reese's Pieces Mini baking pieces (or chocolate chips)

Cream together butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a stand mixer. Add in milk and vanilla, mixing well. Gradually add in the flour while the mixer is turned on low, scraping down the sides every few minutes. Spread cookie dough over cooled brownies. Sprinkle Reese's Pieces over the dough and press slightly to adhere. Refrigerate leftovers. 
*Recipe inspired by Chasing Supermom.




Aren't those Reese's Pieces adorable?! Yum... and delicious, too. :)


Here are some more recipes for you peanut butter lovers out there:


Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake




Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies




Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins




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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Show & Share Wednesday #59



WOW there were some amazing ideas and recipes linked up last week, it was so hard to choose the features! Here were the ones that caught my eye:



Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies - Architecture of a Mom







German Chocolate Cheesecake - Cooking with K







Chili Mac & Cheese - Mommy on Demand







Crockpot Sunday Pork Roast - Melding Magic







Stuffed Cinnamon Roll Bake - Table for 7






Show & Share link party rules:

  • Link up your newest recipe, diy project, kid activity, anything you are proud of and want to share. Please, no more than THREE links per blog.
  • While I love Etsy shops and giveaways, they are not in the spirit of this party.
  • I reserve the right to remove any link that is not family friendly.
  • Grab a button below to display on your post or provide a text link back either in the post or on your link party page.
  • Some link-ups will be featured on Mostly Homemade Mom's Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you follow both. Check back next week to see who gets featured!



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