Crockpot Chili

Chili is one of those dinners that are nice to have on a chilly day. It is not cold here today, but I wanted to share this for when that cold weather does hit us again. The original recipe is found at the very bottom. This one you can easily put in the crockpot to…

Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Are you looking for something semi-healthy as a snack? These are a great go-to. Ingredients: Bag of mini sweet peppers (red, yellow, orange) Your choice of cream cheese – a full block (8 oz) is definitely needed if you don’t use spreadable cream cheese in a tub. **Optional – dry ranch mix **Optional – Bacon…

Beef and Broccoli with Rice

If you are a fan of beef and broccoli with rice, this is a great one to have. With the exception of hamburger, I marinade pretty much any meat that is cooked. The longer it’s marinating, the better, in my opinion. Marinades that I make include a beer or whiskey that isn’t the best, red…

Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares

I was thinking this would be more of a snack, but ended up turning out to be part of dinner. Lessons learned: don’t forget minced garlic and place tomatoes closer to the edge… and maybe don’t cook as long. 🙂 Ingredients: 1 package of crescent rolls 2-3 tomatoes cut thin and dried with paper towel…

Mushrooms stuffed with cheese & pasta sauce

Recipe straight and to the point… I had a vision of what I wanted to do with the mushrooms and put this together. Ingredients: Mushrooms Cheese (any kind) Pasta Sauce (I used a full regular sized jar) Spinach or Kale (full frozen bag is what I used, after it thawed) Anything else that you want…

Peanut Butter & Jelly Shots

Love peanut butter and jelly?  If you also have patience to try making these on your own, here is the recipe!  This is a no-bake recipe, but you do have to wait for the first two layers to set (30 minutes each). You’ll Need: Cooking spray Bread pan Ingredients:      Peanut Butter Mix: 1…

Deviled Eggs

Easy deviled egg recipe – no vinegar needed! Ingredients: 9 hard boiled eggs (add water to a pot and put on stove; turn on high heat and as soon as they start boiling, turn off burner and move pot, with a lid over it for 15-20 minutes, then put in ice water).  I used 9…

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Love chocolate?  These are some pretty good cookies to bake – especially if you don’t want to use flour!  Next time, I’ll be drizzling some caramel over the top. Ingredients: 3 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup plus 3 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 tsp salt 4 egg whites (no need to beat like with traditional…

Wheat Pita Pizza

Make these ahead of time for a quick pizza fix (and to save time), or make just one and skip the freezing part. Ingredients: Wheat Pita Bread Pasta sauce (you pick!) Cheese Any toppings you’d like (pepperoni, banana pepper rings, onions, etc.) Instructions: Take a cookie sheet and line with wax or parchment paper.  Place…

Dorito Taco Bake

Very easy to make!  Before going into the oven: Ingredients: 1 lb. hamburger 1/2 small onion (diced) 1 pkg. taco seasoning, or make your own and use 3 TBSP 8 oz. sour cream 1 pkg. crescent rolls 1-8 oz. can of tomato sauce 1-14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes 1 cup shredded cheese 1/2 bag of…

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bars

These are super easy to make and definitely worth it – especially if you want a sweet breakfast treat! Ingredients: 2 packages crescent rolls For Filling: 2 – 8 ounce packages of cream cheese (softened!) 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla For Topping: 3/4 stick butter (melted) 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 cup sugar Instructions:…

Day 23: Vanilla Stout, White Chocolate Blonde, Sam Lord’s Rum

On December 23, 2019, we opened a vanilla stout, an IPA and a rum shot.  The IPA has been replaced with another amazing local craft beer. Out of the stout advent box is the vanilla stout, which is brewed by Big Muddy Brewing out of Murphysboro, IL.   This is actually one of my favorites, as…