February 8, 2016

Going to Italy!

We are doing it! Kevin and I are taking our first big trip out of the United States. We have been to the Bahamas on a cruise for our honeymoon, but now we have booked our tickets and are going to Italy!



I am so excited. Part of what has scared me about heading far and wide is my general approach to traveling is pretty spontaneous.  I kind of just decide I want to go somewhere and go. Not a lot of planning or time ahead. But overseas, spontaneity even takes planning. So here I am planning.

All I know is that I will need a vacation from my vacation when I get back. I mean editing all the photos I am sure to take will be a chore!

Does anyone have any recommendations for me? 
Blogs to check out, things to do---I am all ears!
And SO excited!

February 5, 2016

Your Guide to Super Bowl Recipes

The Super Bowl is this weekend. I love football, Denver Broncos, and food so together this is my big weekend to shine. I wanted to share nine easy recipes for you to make this Sunday that are sure to please your crowd. Oh and some bonus recipes. Because who doesn't like choices?


These Jalapeno Chicken Sliders are easy to make and full of flavor
Enchilada Roll Ups are your ticket for easy to grab and eat.
Frito Pie is sure to break anyone's New Year's Resolution of eating well.
Green Chile Crescents pack the kick to get you through the day.
This Sausage Dip is one of my most requested things on any given get together.
Crabbies is one of my personal favorite foods from a recipe passed down to me from my mom.
If you want a new take on a layered bean dip, give this hot bean dip a try!
Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Wings are a perfect addition to your day.
You won't regret making these easy Sausage Bites.


Want some bonus recipes? Try these:

Buffalo Balls are very pretty and yummy to serve.
Full of flavor Caprese Bites are sure to please.
Oh and these:



What's cooking for you this weekend?

February 3, 2016

Crabbies

Today I am sharing a recipe close to my heart. My mom has been making this for Christmas Eve as long as I can remember. After Christmas Eve mass we would come home and eat appetizers in front of a Christmas movie as a meal and Crabbies was always my favorite. 

Those Christmas Eves are memories I hold closely. Now when I find myself wanting a really good, warm, and cheesy appetizer. I turn to Crabbies.

With the Super Bowl fast approaching, Crabbies will be a great go-to as well!
GO BRONCOS!


Ingredients:

1 package of English Muffins, split
1 can of crab meat
1 (5 ounce) container of Old English Cheese Spread
1/4 cup of butter, softened
1/4 cup of mayonnaise

Directions:

Before I start the directions, please use Old English, for some reason this brand works the best. And no, they are not paying me to say this. Oh and you cannot sub margarine for the butter. It does not spread as well. Now that we got that all settled...

Mix together crab meat, cheese spread, butter, and mayo until smooth.

Spread mixture onto each half of the English Muffin and go all the way out to the edges.

Freeze for 20 minutes. Then you can either bake for 20 minutes at 350. Or you can freeze them in plastic bags until you want to bake them!

February 1, 2016

Hot Layered Bean Dip

You guys all know what week it is!

Okay if you don't it is the Super Bowl this Sunday. This is my time. Because while some people rock at all things in the kitchen, my niche is DIPS. Seriously, I crown myself the queen of dips. That doesn't sound all to great but work with me...

Here is one of my favorite dips to serve. It is so easy and creamy that it just makes sense all the way around. Although, you may need to run around to burn off some of the calories...

Oh and my team is in the Super Bowl so I am all sorts of excited!!
GO BRONCOS!



Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) brick of cream cheese, softened
1 can of refried beans
1 cup of salsa
1-2 cups of shredded cheese
cooking spray
tortilla chips for serving

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray.

Spread cream cheese evenly at bottom of the dish. Then spread beans evenly over cream cheese.

Over cream cheese spread the salsa and top with all the cheese you want! Bake for 15 minutes or until all melted and bubbly.

Serve to happy people with tortilla chips!


Who are you cheering for in the Super Bowl?

January 29, 2016

Peanut Butter Pie

Does everyone like peanut butter or is it just me? I think peanut butter in any recipe tastes well. At work the other week, we had a pie contest. Everyone was to make a pie and taste tests would occur to pick the winner.

So here I am after a 13 hour nursing shift thinking about what pie I should make. Mind you, I work the next morning again, so what is a girl to do?

Make the easiest pie in the world. And of course that tastes good, so hello...peanut butter!

Oh and mine had the most votes for favorite, but they gave the prize to second place according to my boss...I have no idea why, but thankfully I didn't put too much effort into this contest.

And I don't know if I'll participate again. If you win, you win right? Maybe I am more competitive than I thought...

Anyway, enjoy this recipe. And hey, Valentine's Day is coming up. This is such an easy recipe I could probably even nudge the hubby to whip this up for us for dessert! You may want to do the same!



Ingredients:

4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 container (8 ounces) of Cool Whip
1 graham cracker crust

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and cool whip until smooth.

Spread mixture evenly over crust and store in the fridge.

Then enjoy when cool! You could sprinkle chopped Reese's peanut butter cups on top if you want it to be extra decadent.
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