Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Is It All It's Crackered Up to Be?





I decided to do a quick menu change up for our Monday meal, and ended up making this Slow Cooker Ritz Chicken.

This is a great throw together slow cooker recipes, and I was curious to see what would happen to the crackers in the crock.  Spoiler alert: they are buttery but not crunchy anymore.

Full confession: my family prefers TownHouse crackers to Ritz, so that is what I used in this recipe.  I'm highly doubtful that it matters, but if you keep track of those kinds of details, you'll need to know.  Otherwise, I followed instructions.

This is a simple, tasty recipe.  I served ours with some leftover noodles instead of mashed potatoes.  The chicken was fall apart tender, and the gravy was a tasty topper for the pasta.  I especially liked that it required minimal work to get dinner started, and minimal work to serve.

Monday, September 26, 2016

I Was Waiting to Try This One!

I pin a lot of recipes.  A LOT.  And, of course, I pin them because they look good.  However, some pins call to me, and I absolutely can not wait to try them.


This Tavern Style Pot Roast Grilled Cheese totally spoke to me, and I was so excited to try it.  I

I ended up making the pot roast with my traditional onion soup/cream of mushroom soup combo instead of the Campbell's product.  I don't think that matter, so long as there was pot roast available for a sandwich.

So, for my version of the sandwich, I decided some grilled onions would be a fitting addition.  Then I used Havarti, and sour dough bread.  It was delicious.  I only used a slice and a half of the Havarti per sandwich, and to truly make it grilled cheesy, it needs more.  As it was, it was delicious, but more of a roast beef and cheese sandwich.

I am so making these with pot roast leftover again.  They were fantastic, and would be perfect for a cozy night at home in the winter.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Orchard Bounty

I'm still working on using up the big bag of apples I picked at the orchard, and therefore looking for more ways to use them.  However, I can't keep making all these delicious recipes at the expense of my hips, so today I went in search of a lighter recipe.


Happily, I landed on these Apple Streusel Bars for a lighter options.  By switching applesauce for the oil, I made them even a smidge better.  Even better, they were tasty.  Not the most indulgent or gourmet option, but a sweet treat, that's light and flavorful.  If you are watching your calories, this is a great option.

Monday, September 19, 2016

When Mom's Gone...

I don't travel for work very often, so when I do, I try to make sure as many details as I can are taken care of.  I pre-plan lunches, pre-pick clothes, etc. If there's anything that can be done ahead of time, I try to do that, so that my fam doesn't have more reason to miss me.

For my recent trip, I decided to try this Make Ahead Mac and Cheese.  I was able to put it together before I left, and all my hubby had to do was slide it in the oven.  I didn't even ask him to take pictures for me (trust me, he had enough going on with supporting my little blogging efforts).

The recipe got rave reviews from both my kiddo and husband.  After I got home, I warmed up some of the leftovers for a quick lunch, and they were delish!  Even straight from the micro, it was creamy and yummy.  I'll have to keep this one around for super busy weeks, or the next trip out of town.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Apples Again


So we have a lot of apples.  A LOT. Still.  So, of course, that means more apple recipes.

Today's edition of apple goodness is this Peanut Butter Apple Crumble.  Think of it as your traditional apple goodness with a little something extra.

This is a super simple recipe, and I really liked her suggestion to let the apples start baking while you make the topping.  It seems like I'm always pressed for time when I make these recipes, so it felt like I was being productive in getting them started.

I had one unknown--use rolled oats or quick cook--I chose rolled.  It made the topping much more crumbly, but still very good.  My hubby really enjoyed the peanut butter flavor.  I think it made it taste a little more like a caramel apple with nuts on the outside.

You can't go wrong with this one!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Noodle Me This

We are back to the season where weeknight dinners must be under 30 minutes of prep time, and I was excited to make this Simple Beef Linguine with Parmesan and Basil.


It seemed like a rather simple twist on spaghetti, but in a new and less saucy way.  I also liked that it used a ton of basil, because my basil plant is ginormous this year!

Everything is pretty simple in this recipe, but there is one mystery.  The recipe calls for an 8 oz can of tomato paste.  Now, tomato paste typically does not come in 8 oz cans, they come in 6 oz cans.  So which is it?

I made the call to go with tomato paste, and assumed that the quantity was incorrect.  I'm not so sure that was the right call because it was dry.  Even with a little added pasta water, it was very dry.  It tasted great, though, and I thought it was a great alternative to traditional spaghetti.  Also, if you want A LOT of leftovers, this could work.  I ended up with at least five servings leftover.

I'd like to make this again and try using tomato sauce, or certainly more pasta water.  The flavor is definitely worth giving this recipe another try.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Apple Season!

Everyone is all getting excited for Pumpkin Spice season, and I'm far more excited about the prospect of fresh apples!  Pumpkin can have it's season in October, but for now, it's September and clearly apple season.


A quick trip to the orchard, and two bags of apples later, I was in search of a pie recipe.  Apple pie will never be my favorite, and so I'm always looking for a way to "jazz" it up.  This time around I choose a Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie (with just a tweak of two) .


I don't enjoy making pie crust. At all.  And since the refrigerated ones are really quite tasty, why bother?  So there's that adjustment.  I also did not lattice my crust.  It's pretty and all, but since it just means less total crust, I'm not a fan.

The rest of the recipe went just as indicated for me, and it creates a lovely sweet pie with a bit of a bite from the rum.  The flavors are a lovely mix of sweet and caramelly offset by just a bit of sharpness in the rum.  Add vanilla ice cream on the side, and you have the perfect foil for all of it.

I'm doubtful this will become my all time favorite apple pie, even though it did win compliments from my family.  And even if it did, I'd probably still try new recipes.