Thursday, April 24, 2014

Crock Pot Chipotle Corn & Potato Chowder

Let your slow cooker do the work this Cinco de Mayo with this creamy & spicy Crock Pot Chipotle Corn & Potato Chowder...
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I am pretty sure the life of a food blogger is just a constant blur of holidays. 
You can get one down and done (Easter) and then another one is immediately staring you in the face...
I am looking at you, Mister Cinco de Mayo. ;)

Not that I have anything against Cinco de Mayo! I big puffy heart Cinco de Mayo.
Seriously, folks.
I will take any excuse to drink frosty margaritas, enjoy some guac and chips, and eat any and all things deliciously Mexican.

But I looked at my blogging planner the day after Easter and thought, whoa... 
I got to get some tasty Cinco de Mayo recipes out to you all... like now!
Cinco de Mayo is literally just a little over a week away!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Creamy Parmesan Basil Chicken Pot Pie

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You probably all think that the family of a food blogger eats something new and exciting every day of the week, don't you?  To be honest, we have a handful of tried and true recipes that are my go-to's week in and week out. Recipes that are no-brainers for me & that I know my family will not complain about, more or less.

But even food bloggers run into weeknight dinner ruts.  
In fact, I was in the midst of one just a week or so ago.  I failed to do my usual weekly meal plan just because I felt totally uninspired and unmotivated. 
I was winging it from one evening to the next- which I should mention that I loathe- but I just couldn't sit down and write out a menu for the week.  And all my usual go-to's just sound so, well... usual (aka, boring.)

Thank goodness for the Progresso Recipe Starters I happened to have in my pantry that week! I just needed a few ingredients, one of their tasty recipe starter sauces, and around 30 minutes to come up with a dinner idea that my family would love and that wouldn't bore my socks off.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bloglovin Kindle Fire Giveaway!

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Good morning, friends! So, who wants to win a Kindle Fire HDX this week? ;)

Myself and 24 of my fun blogging buddies are coming together to give away one Kindle Fire HDX to one of you all! And the entries couldn't be easier.  In fact if you are getting notice of this giveaway via Bloglovin, you have already earned at least one entry.  That's right! We want to award our readers who are already following us on Bloglovin, and encourage those of you who haven't jumped on the Bloglovin bandwagon to come on over and join us! :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cake Mix Carrot Cake Pancakes

Who says you can't have cake for breakfast? ;) These carrot cake pancakes come together super quick with the help of a boxed mix, leaving you plenty of time to whip up the decadent Biscoff cream cheese glaze to pour over top of these...
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Foodie confession time- I do not own a food processor.
Yep, I hear you all gasping at this. ;)

I mean, I have tried to own one... twice now.
The first one I ever had in my kitchen didn't make it past a week before I had boxed it up and returned it to the store.
Food processors & I are just not good company. I always have issues with the lids not locking correctly, or changing out the blades, or snapping in the container the right away. I would literally spend like 15 minutes just trying to get the darn thing lidded & snapped in right just so it would turn on!
I did give it a shot once more.  That food processor ended up in a yard sale a few months later.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spiked! Lemon Liquor Recipe Submissions {Submit 'Em If You Got 'Em!}

If you signed up for this month's Spiked Lemon Liquor Recipe Challenge, it is time to link up and share your tasty creations with us....

Be sure to review all the rules on the Spiked! Recipe Challenge Page and make sure you have included the Spiked! button in your entry post. :)  Just copy and paste the image below into your recipe submission post!  If the Spiked! button is not in your post, your recipe will not be considered for judging. 

The linky is only open for 2 days! Once the linky closes, no more recipe submissions will be accepted.  Only ONE recipe submission per blogger, please Please check back on April 25th here and at This Gal Cooks for the announcement of the Spiked! Lemon Liquor Recipe Challenge winner.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lemon Drop Bread with Candied Lemon Slices

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So, tell me how is it that up until last week I had never tried Limoncello before??  I mean I consider myself pretty knowledgeable in the world of booze, but I just had never bought a bottle of this lemon liquid gold before!   
Thank goodness for this month's Spiked! Lemon Liquor Recipe Challenge, right? ;) 

I have always been a big fan of the classic lemon drop shot.  For those unfamiliar with this tasty libation, it is generally a shot of vodka mixed with lemon juice that is immediately followed by eating a lemon slice dipped in sugar.  I have to admit that it has literally been years since I have partook in one of these delicious shots.  But I will never forget how yummy they are.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

12 Savory Brunch-worthy Casseroles & Bakes

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Over the weekend I shared with you all 12 Brunch-worthy French Toast Casseroles.   But with Easter in just a few short days (and Easter brunches!), I had to also pay homage to the delicious & savory brunch-worthy casseroles and bakes.  
Because not everyone is into the sweet breakfast dishes, or maybe you would like to have a little variety at your weekend brunch to please everyone's palates. ;)

I searched high and low and gathered up the tastiest savory brunch casseroles and bakes that I could find from my favorite food bloggers- brimming with eggs, cheese, sausage, bacon, lots of veggies, and of course, flavor! 
You are sure to find at least one recipe below that should make an appearance on your weekend brunch menu.