Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies with Ganache

My Mom’s classic Peanut Butter Cookies with a twist, White Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies with Ganache garnished with chopped peanuts

Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate

Peanut Butter Cookie time guys! We literally have a 5 pound humungo jar of Peanut Butter at our house at all times. Without it we’d be lost. One of the first things my hubby does when he gets home is dunk a spoon in the peanut butter jar. My kids pretty much live on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So it was only natural that I revisit this classic Peanut Butter Cookie recipe my Mom makes; except this time I changed things up a bit. These are Whole White Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies with Ganache and are garnished with salty chopped peanuts. Yum-E.

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White Bean Spinach Salad

                      This fresh White Bean Spinach Salad is the perfect side salad for any meal. White beans, sweet red pepper, green onion, and bacon bits tossed  with a sweet maple Vinegarette dressing!

white bean spinach salad
Time for some clean eating! After devouring all those S’mores I made earlier I’m again seeking balance in my life. Although you wouldn’t know if from some of my recipes, I really do eat pretty healthy. The sweets you see on this blog are enjoyed once a week in our household, the rest of the time we’re trying our best to be good.

This White Bean Spinach Salad is one of those healthy salads we enjoy. And the best part about it is that is tastes really good! I love spinach salads, I could literally sit and eat a whole huge bowl..which I did after I made this.

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Easy Baked Smores

Super Easy Baked Smores! Baked for only 3 minutes and dipped in milk chocolate. The hardest part is waiting to eat them while they chill in the fridge!

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Fall is in full gear and that means it’s time to gather around the camp fire and eat some yummy smores! I loove smores, they are the perfect treat; and if you’re like me, you might crave some even when there’s no camp fire to be found. That’s why I created these Easy Baked Smores. 3 minutes in the oven, then dunked in milk chocolate sauce. The hardest part is waiting for them to finish up in the fridge!

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Corn Salad with Apple Cider Dressing

A delicious corn salad with Apple Cider Dressing dressing, bacon and red onions; makes the perfect side dish! 

corn salad

Now that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is only weeks away {can you believe it?} I’m feeling the need to clean up my act a bit. I’ve been sneaking pieces of candy from the kids Halloween stash every night, not to mention inhaling the Candy Corn Bark I made. So yeah, time to focus on some clean eating! This yummy Corn Salad with Apple Cider Dressing is a great side dish or a main meal. You can eat it hot or cold, your choice! And yes it’s a little Carb-O-Licious but the dressing is super light. Just 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and some apple cider vinegar. That’s it.

And don’t try to tell me that Potatoes and Corn don’t count as veggies, cause they totally are in my book. They are starchy vegetables and are surely better then eating Halloween Candy.

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Meatloaf with Mashed Potato Filling and $250 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Super easy meatloaf with an instant mashed potato filling.  Fast, comforting and perfect for a lazy Sunday or weeknight dinner!

meatloaf with Mashed Potato filling

Ever have one of those nights where you want something super yummy and comforting, but don’t want to do much at all in the kitchen? That’s me pretty much every Sunday night. Last night I was feeling extra lazy and made this Meatloaf with Mashed Potato Filling. And guess what the mashed potatoes are instant…I didn’t even make them from scratch. But it didn’t matter because this meatloaf hit the spot!

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Candy Corn and Oreo Pretzel Bark

A super sweet Halloween treat, Candy Corn and Oreo Pretzel Bark. A combination of all your favorite sweets!

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Halloween is almost here! I don’t know about anybody else, but in our house Halloween is the best holiday. The boys get so excited, they love Halloween more than Christmas and their birthdays combined. What’s not to like about getting dressed up in your favorite costume and eating tons of yummy candy?

This year Jack and Will are being Ninja Turtles. This is no surprise considering that we eat, sleep and breathe Ninja Turtles. Jack is Leonardo (the leader) and Will is Michelangelo (the party dude).  Annie is going as a pumpkin. Since there is so much Halloween excitement in the air I decided to make this pre-Halloween treat, Candy Corn and Oreo Pretzel Bark.

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Roasted Ranch Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Ranch Pumpkin Seeds, the perfect Halloween snack! Seasoned with Ranch seasoning, salt, and olive oil. 

Roasted Ranch Pumpkin Seeds

 Halloween is almost here! We did our pumpkin carving last night so that means we had lots of pumpkin seeds to eat! I love snacking on pumpkin seeds, it’s the reward for getting that pumpkin scooped out and decorated. I also love ranch, and had one extra packet of ranch dressing mix leftover after making this yummy Bacon Ranch Pasta dish this summer.

I figured everything tastes better with Ranch so I decided to roast our pumpkin seeds with the remaining ranch seasoning. And NO surprise here, these Roasted Ranch Pumpkin Seeds were great! I don’t think I’ll ever eat pumpkin seeds without ranch flavoring again. Why haven’t I thought of this sooner?!

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Mountain Trip

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I hope the world doesn’t stop turning, but this week I’m only doing one post and it will not include one actual recipe. The hubby and I just got back from the North Carolina Mountains where we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary! We were kid free and enjoyed some quiet time by ourselves and also checked out the River Arts District in Asheville where we strolled through some art galleries and a glass shop.  We also ate lots of good food and drank plenty of tasty local beers. Asheville has a ton of  local, small breweries and we took advantage of trying a few of them out.

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Creamy Low-fat Red Potato Soup

 Rich Creamy Low-fat Red Potato Soup, perfect for a main meal or a side dish. Loaded with potatoes, 1 % milk, bacon and sharp cheddar cheese. Perfect soup to warm you up on cold day!  

creamy low-fat potato soup

I dreamed up this soup while waiting at the bus stop in the cold rain at 6:30 in the morning. Yes 6:30! school starts crazy early here, which works for us because we are early birds. I could do without the cold rain though..

Shivering and wet, I was thinking about how cold rainy days are perfect days for soup. I’ve been on a roll with the soup recipes lately, I just can’t stop myself. Now that fall is officially here I feel the need to cook as many cold weather foods as I can, and this Creamy Low-fat Potato Soup is the perfect cold weather meal. And it tastes even better the next day for leftovers..amazingly flavorfully delicious.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Rich Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread with a honey cream cheese filling, topped with cinnamon & sugar pecans. No spread needed for this sweet breakfast treat!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

I made this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread after getting reamed out today.  It was my therapy bread. And man, it sure did the trick; so rich, chocolatey and creamy!   I suppose I deserved to get yelled at. It just hasn’t happened in a while.  I’m the one doing the yelling these days… I’m not on the receiving end.

So what happened you might ask? Illegal trespassing guys. I know, bad ass right?

I had just dropped my son off at preschool and I figured Annie and I could go check out this lake down the road. I have been thinking about taking some pictures of the kids so I’ve been scouting out pretty spots. I found this cool area in a neighborhood with a little parking lot and a trail down to the lake. And yes there was a sign that said NO TRESPASSING [Read more…]