Bring on the holiday entertaining y'all! I try to save my favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas sides for those meals so that I really appreciate and enjoy my holiday dinners but I must admit, when I see stuffing hit the shelves, it's hard to resist. I LOVE stuffing. I partnered up with Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry again this holiday season which I always love doing because Puff Pastry sheets are so easy to work with and can be cooked in so many different ways. Last time I made aPuff Pastry brie flatbread so decided to switch it up and make an easy pastry cup full of all the fall flavor goodness, aka - yes you guessed it, stuffing. This recipe is so simple and perfect to serve up during the holiday months as an easy bite sized appetizer. I loved it because I got a little taste of stuffing without totally spoiling the Thanksgiving dinner I am so looking forward to. Top it off with a little cranberry sauce mixed with balsamic for extra flavor. I hope y'all are having a great holiday season and enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
Yes, that's right, I said overnight breakfast. You know what that means? You get to wake up, pop this in the oven & serve a great breakfast with zero morning time prep work. It is so easy to put this together the day or night before you want to bake it and get all your prep work and dishes out of the way so you can just enjoy your morning. I particularly love this recipe for holiday mornings. You've got enough to worry about on holidays like focusing on your main meal of the day and spending time with family so anything you can do the day before is always helpful! I also love overnight breakfasts because let's be honest, if you're having any sort of party out or at your house, a stress free comfort food breakfast will be real nice to wake up to, especially if you had one too many cocktails the night before. Whatever your occassion this is sure to be a family favorite.... I mean what's not too love about cheesy egg & potato all combined together?!
Energy bites have become a staple snack I almost always keep on hand. They take only a few minutes to make, are so yummy, and are perfect for a grab and go snack for busy days. As fall rolled around this year and everyone was talking pumpkin spice this pumpkin spice that I decided to give a pumpkin spice twist to the classic peanut butter energy bite recipe I love. The pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice added to this version is so yummy. I also added chocolate chips, because there is always room for chocolate chips in an energy bite recipe! Enjoy!
If y'all haven't tried roasted pumpkin seeds before you're in for a treat. They are so easy to make and are not only delicious but packed with antioxidants and vitamins! I've come to love pumpkin carving time each year knowing it means I get all my own fresh pumpkin seeds to roast up. So next time around don't just scoop out all the "guts" of your pumpkin into the trash, seriously, save them! All you need is a little butter and seasonings you probably already have in the pantry and you have a free healthy seasonal snack! I made up these sweet roasted cinnamon sugar seeds this year and I can't stop snacking on them. I hope y'all enjoy!
Bacon. Wrapped. Need I say more? Seriously though, bacon wrapped is a great way to cook pork tenderloin, not only because bacon is basically the best flavor addition ever, but the juices from the bacon help keep the pork tender while it cooks. And let me tell you, tender pork is no easy thing – it tends to get chewy real easily. While this would be a great meal year round, I especially love this recipe for this time of year (fall / winter). It’s a great easy but crowd pleasing dish to serve up during a family holiday get together. I have a side dish paring recommendation below if you're looking for a whole seasonal meal to put together that I think you will totally love! Enjoy!
How cute is this witches brew dip, y'all?! If you have followed any of my previous posts you can probably tell I love festive holiday cooking, I have so much fun with it! I love looking at everyones cute ideas on Pinterest and feel like one of the big trends the last couple years has been the pumpkin throwing up guacamole...I wanted to find a way to switch it up and put a fun twist on it! As much as I love that idea we've got to get a little original sometimes! With queso being my favorite dip, and green being a great Halloween color, I figured a creamy queso guacamole would be the perfect solution. It was SO good y'all! I mean what's not to love about a healthy dose of cheese & avocado, right? Not only did it taste great but I loved the way it came out specifically for Halloween. You can call it witches brew, monster slim, etc... whatever fits your dishes or theme! Best part is it only takes a few minutes to make and larger batches would be super easy to create. If you're having a Halloween party you'll be able to get a fun festive appetizer out on the table quickly so you can spend more time on other recipes, with your guests, or sipping on a cocktail. Happy Halloween, I hope y'all enjoy!
Have y'all ever tried seasonal White Russian drinks?! I am so hooked. I wasn't a big coffee fan until recently, and I've never been a big milk fan so White Russians weren't always my cup of tea but last holiday season my boyfriend got me try a peppermint flavored one he likes to make and I was obsessed. It was easily my new favorite holiday cocktail that just tasted like coziness and Christmas. As the holiday season is approaching us I've been craving one but just can't justify getting all Christmasy just yet. When I went to the grocery store over the weekend I saw the pumpkin spice Kahlua and got more excited than I probably should have because voila, I could have my seasonal White Russian with a "fall" twist! For any movie buffs out there I also finally saw The Big Lebowski this year and can't help but love this drink a little more as it's "The Dude's" signature. This rendition was so yummy and a perfect drink to serve up to guests this season or just to cozy up by the fire with a movie on.
I am so excited about this recipe for a couple reasons. I joined a food bloggers recipe swap club where every month I will be making a recipe of my choice from a fellow food bloggers page and sharing it with all of you. I love this idea and am already so excited about this club not only because I get to network with other foodies but it challenges me to make something I may not have thought of! This month I was assigned The Olive Blogger and because it's fall and I was feeling festive and cozy this weekend I chose to try their Butternut Squash Risotto recipe. I'm so glad this was my pick because it was seriously amazing - like I can't wait to make it for guests, new fall staple recipe amazing.
The first time I made these Pinterest inspired stuffed "pumpkin" carved bell peppers was a few years ago, every year since then they have been a fun seasonal staple but this years were my absolute favorite! I mean just look at how the cheesy rice & chili mix just pours out sort of like our lil jack o' pepper is throwing up which is just so festive. I know, thoughts of barfing and food don't exactly go hand in hand, but Halloween is our exception. Think about all of your Pinterest pumpkins throwing up guacamole all over the table, it's acceptable for this holiday. It just is. The combo of the chili, cheese, and rice was not only perfect for these gruesome lil peppers but it tasted so fantastic! Using a low fat cheese and turkey chili we're able to cut down on some fat and get a balance meal of veges, carbs, and lotsa protein! I hope you have fun and enjoy!