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Taco Spaghetti

Taco Spaghetti - A fun, new way to enjoy Taco Tuesday! Taco spaghetti is an easy weeknight meal that is perfect for the whole family!

My weeknight meals are usually thrown together in a hurry. I have a crazy schedule (as I’m sure most of you do too!) so I never known when I’ll be home from work. So I tend to just throw things together for dinner.

Today’s post is a recipe that spawned from one of those nights: taco spaghetti!

Taco Spaghetti - A fun, new way to enjoy Taco Tuesday! Taco spaghetti is an easy weeknight meal that is perfect for the whole family!Taco Spaghetti - A fun, new way to enjoy Taco Tuesday! Taco spaghetti is an easy weeknight meal that is perfect for the whole family!

One night, I came home with the intention of making tacos for dinner. I made the taco meat, cut the tomatoes, and got the rest of my toppings ready. But my tortillas had gone bad. Womp womp.

I had already made the meat and toppings so I couldn’t let it go to waste. I looked around the pantry to see what could replace the tortillas…Rice? That could work. But is it too obvious?

And then I saw it: spaghetti! I had just seen a special on TV about a BBQ spot in Memphis that served BBQ spaghetti and it looked amazing! So why not make a version of that and call it taco spaghetti?! I had all the toppings for tacos so it would be perfect. And so super simple to make.

Churro Marshmallow Bites

Churro Marshmallow Bites - A chewy, bite-sized snack made with Cinnamon PEBBLES™ and melted marshmallows, which are then formed into little round bites that are dipped in a cinnamon white chocolate coating. It's the perfect snack for your afternoon cravings! #CerealShakeup #CerealAnytime

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Greetings from Boston! We’ve been here for the weekend and are actually packing up to head back home today. It’s been the coldest weather we’ve experienced all winter long, which I’ve actually enjoyed. I finally got to whip out my scarves, hats, and gloves. But I’m ready to go back to our spring weather. Can’t wait to see you again, 70 degrees!

For today’s recipe I want to share another one of my favorite snack recipes. If you’re a frequent reader of the blog, you know how much I love to snack. On any given weeknight, you can catch me snacking on food for dinner instead of whipping up a huge meal.

And let’s not forget the afternoon snack…I cannot go much time between lunch and dinner before craving a little bite of something delicious, and usually something sweet. I love to make a batch of cookies or truffles or other small treats on the weekend so I can have them for an afternoon snack throughout the week. I don’t want to ruin my day by eating a huge piece of cake or something heavy like that. Therefore, I always opt for a small, bite-sized treat for afternoon snacks.

When I saw these new Cinnamon PEBBLES™ during my trip to Walmart, I was inspired to make a new snack. One of the first things that come to mind when I think of cinnamon and sugar are churros. You know, those fried pieces of dough that are tossed in cinnamon sugar? So I channeled those flavors for my next snack. Say hello to Churro Marshmallow Bites!

Churro Marshmallow Bites - A chewy, bite-sized snack made with Cinnamon PEBBLES™ and melted marshmallows, which are then formed into little round bites that are dipped in a cinnamon white chocolate coating. It's the perfect snack for your afternoon cravings! #CerealShakeup #CerealAnytime Churro Marshmallow Bites - A chewy, bite-sized snack made with Cinnamon PEBBLES™ and melted marshmallows, which are then formed into little round bites that are dipped in a cinnamon white chocolate coating. It's the perfect snack for your afternoon cravings! #CerealShakeup #CerealAnytime

Cookie Dough Easter Eggs with M&M’S®

Cookie Dough Easter Eggs with M&M's® - Chewy edible chocolate chip cookie dough truffles with M&M’S® milk chocolate candies, rolled into egg shapes, and dipped into fun colored candy melts to make them look like Easter eggs. The perfect treats to make for Easter! #SweeterEaster

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We’re about a month away from Easter, ladies and gentlemen. Have you started decorating and planning  yet? I started WEEKS ago. I think I stressed out the lady in front of me in the check-out counter at Walmart because she kept telling me that she couldn’t believe Easter was already here and she didn’t have anything for her grandkids yet. You still have time, lady!

One of my favorite memories from Easter was shopping for and receiving Easter baskets. One year, during an Easter egg hunt, I found an egg with a card in it and thought I’d been duped. Where’s my candy?! Little did I know, that card meant that I won a HUGE Easter basket. Jackpot! So. Much. Candy.

And not just one kind of candy – no, no,no. There was basically every type of candy you could imagine. Well, at least that’s what it felt like. It was the most magical day. To this day, Easter baskets (and, honestly, gift baskets of any kind) are a super exciting treat for me.

So for today’s post, I want to share an awesome treat that’s perfect for packaging in your Easter basket and also show you how I fill my basket to make for a #SweeterEaster.

My treat for you guys today are these super festive and ultra adorable Cookies Dough Easter Eggs with M&M’S®.

Cookie Dough Easter Eggs with M&M's® - Chewy edible chocolate chip cookie dough truffles with M&M’S® milk chocolate candies, rolled into egg shapes, and dipped into fun colored candy melts to make them look like Easter eggs. The perfect treats to make for Easter! #SweeterEaster Cookie Dough Easter Eggs with M&M's® - Chewy edible chocolate chip cookie dough truffles with M&M’S® milk chocolate candies, rolled into egg shapes, and dipped into fun colored candy melts to make them look like Easter eggs. The perfect treats to make for Easter! #SweeterEaster Cookie Dough Easter Eggs with M&M's® - Chewy edible chocolate chip cookie dough truffles with M&M’S® milk chocolate candies, rolled into egg shapes, and dipped into fun colored candy melts to make them look like Easter eggs. The perfect treats to make for Easter! #SweeterEaster

Irish Cream Tres Leches

Irish Cream Tres Leches - A traditional tres leches cakes soaked with three milks (cream, condensed milk, evaporated milk) but now with an added kick from Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur. This cake is perfect for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations!

Let the countdown to St. Patrick’s Day begin! Do you have plans for it this year? What kinds of ways do you celebrate? We never really celebrate it. It’s just too crazy for me to go out and pay crazy amounts of money to be surrounded by obnoxious drunks. I rather just stay in and make Irish coffees and eat Irish foods. Is this what growing up feels like???

This year, however, we have slightly different plans: we booked a trip to Boston! We planned to go to Boston last fall but couldn’t make it work. So we decided to go this spring. The only time we could make it work was this weekend and we just so happen to arrive on St. Patrick’s Day. Boston in a known for being rich in Irish Catholic culture so there are TONS of Irish pubs around us so we’ll have plenty to do on Friday evening. I even bought us Irish head-gear (a hat for my husband and a headband for me) and necklaces to show our pride. Who’s obnoxious now?!

Since I won’t be able to enjoy my own homemade Irish fare on St. Patrick’s Day, I made some ahead of time. I couldn’t decide on what I wanted to make so I took a look at my baking bucket list. Yup, that’s a thing. I’ve been keeping a running list of things I need to bake for years. Other things on the list: every kind of bread, the perfect shortbread cookies, and cannolis.

While looking through the list, I saw exactly what I was gonna make: tres leches cake! I am OBSESSED with tres leches- how could you not be?! It’s a fluffy cake soaked in three (tres) milks (leches) – heavy cream, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk. But I’ve never made it at home before. Why not use this opportunity to make my first tres leches cake, but with an Irish flair?!

And so the Irish cream tres leches cake was born!

Irish Cream Tres Leches - A traditional tres leches cakes soaked with three milks (cream, condensed milk, evaporated milk) but now with an added kick from Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur. This cake is perfect for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations! Irish Cream Tres Leches - A traditional tres leches cakes soaked with three milks (cream, condensed milk, evaporated milk) but now with an added kick from Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur. This cake is perfect for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations! Irish Cream Tres Leches - A traditional tres leches cakes soaked with three milks (cream, condensed milk, evaporated milk) but now with an added kick from Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur. This cake is perfect for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations! Irish Cream Tres Leches - A traditional tres leches cakes soaked with three milks (cream, condensed milk, evaporated milk) but now with an added kick from Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur. This cake is perfect for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers - Creamy goat cheese is mixed with fresh basil and garlic and then stuffed into a sweet peppadew pepper. The perfect appetizer for your next party!

I realize that St. Patrick’s Day hasn’t even occurred yet but I can’t help but want to jump straight to Easter! When I think of Easter I think of brunch and mimosas and my last chance to gorge before swimsuit season gets here. In other words, all my favorite things.

When I was living closer to home, I loved making fun and exciting things for Easter Sunday. I was going to college at the time so the only time I had to cook was when I was back home. I used these brunches to experiment on new recipes I saw on TV (Pinterest wasn’t a thing yet) and flex my culinary muscles, as I would say. A lot of these experiments are still my favorites today so keep a look out during this month and next month for some of my Easter favorites. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Today’s recipe isn’t one that I served during Easters-past, but it is a favorite at my house parties of the present and I think it would also work so perfectly for Easter because of the fresh flavors and gorgeous colors! Say hello to Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers - Creamy goat cheese is mixed with fresh basil and garlic and then stuffed into a sweet peppadew pepper. The perfect appetizer for your next party!Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers - Creamy goat cheese is mixed with fresh basil and garlic and then stuffed into a sweet peppadew pepper. The perfect appetizer for your next party! Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers - Creamy goat cheese is mixed with fresh basil and garlic and then stuffed into a sweet peppadew pepper. The perfect appetizer for your next party!

Mint Brownie Truffles

Mint Brownie Truffles - Transform your pan of brownies into these amazing mint brownie truffles! Simply crumble cooked brownies, add melted mint chocolate, roll into balls, and then coat in melted chocolate. That's all there is to it! And the colors are perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

It’s that time of year – Girl Scout Cookies are among us again. Everywhere you turn, there are Girls Scouts (or their parents) pushing those addictive cookies. You can’t escape it!

This year, however, I was strong and didn’t end up buying a ton of cookies like I normally do. In fact, I didn’t buy any at all. I’m pretty proud of myself.

But I’ve still been getting a pretty strong craving for Thin Mints so I decided to do something about it. I’ve been wanting to make brownie truffles for the longest time. They’re kind of like cake pops (or cake balls) but made with brownies instead of cake. With my craving for mint chocolate hitting pretty hard, I decided to make mint brownie truffles.

Mint Brownie Truffles - Transform your pan of brownies into these amazing mint brownie truffles! Simply crumble cooked brownies, add melted mint chocolate, roll into balls, and then coat in melted chocolate. That's all there is to it! And the colors are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Mint Brownie Truffles - Transform your pan of brownies into these amazing mint brownie truffles! Simply crumble cooked brownies, add melted mint chocolate, roll into balls, and then coat in melted chocolate. That's all there is to it! And the colors are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Mint Brownie Truffles - Transform your pan of brownies into these amazing mint brownie truffles! Simply crumble cooked brownies, add melted mint chocolate, roll into balls, and then coat in melted chocolate. That's all there is to it! And the colors are perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

Peanut Butter S’mores Cookies

Peanut Butter S'mores Cookies - A dense, chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a large marshmallow and drizzled with melted chocolate. It's a fun, new way to get your smores fix!

Happy March, everyone! Spring is within reach. Can you feel it?! I was just in Texas for work and it was in the 80s. Insanity!

Yesterday also marks the first day of lent, otherwise called Ash Wednesday. I’m not a super religious individual but I practice lent every year. I usually give up a food item, since food is my first love and, thus, is the hardest thing for me to give up.

In the past, I’ve given up cheese, coffee, desserts, fried foods, and even gluten. This year I’m giving up another tough food group: chocolate. I’ve done it before and it’s a pretty rough 40 days.

But fear not – I will still be sharing recipes with chocolate. I’ll allow myself to taste the food to make it sure it’s right before sharing with you guys. But that’s it! No sneaking bites after-the-fact.

Alright, now. Enough sharing. Time for the cookie recipe for this month!

In case you need reminding, with a new month, comes a new cookie. This month I’m sharing yet another cookie with peanut butter. Meet the peanut butter s’mores cookies!

Peanut Butter Smores Cookies - A dense, chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a large marshmallow and drizzled with melted chocolate. It's a fun, new way to get your s'mores fix! Peanut Butter Smores Cookies - A dense, chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a large marshmallow and drizzled with melted chocolate. It's a fun, new way to get your s'mores fix! Peanut Butter Smores Cookies - A dense, chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a large marshmallow and drizzled with melted chocolate. It's a fun, new way to get your s'mores fix!

Easy Asiago Cheese Bread

Easy Asiago Cheese Bread - This easy asiago cheese bread is made from store-bought pizza dough so it's super simple to put together. Simply split dough in half, sprinkle freshly-shredded asiago cheese on top and bake for 15-20 minutes. That's it! It's the perfect accompaniment to your favorite pasta or soup.

I am writing today’s post as I wait in anticipation for the Oscars Red Carpet to start in a few hours. I cannot wait to see all the glamorous looks tonight. The nominees for the acting categories tend to look the best because the designers are eager to dress them, in case they win. So I have a feeling Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Ryan Gosling, Mahershala Ali, and all the other nominated actors are going to look flawless.

Okay sorry – just had to share my love of the Oscars one last time before awards season is over. On to the food!

This Asiago cheese bread started as a focaccia bread. I looooove rosemary focaccia so I really wanted to create an amazing loaf of it at home. However, after two attempts, it just wasn’t going as planned. The first loaf was too dry and thin and the second, though it tasted amazing, was too complicated that I didn’t feel comfortable sharing it with you guys.

So I decided to try making an easier version using store-bought pizza dough. I had leftover Asiago cheese so I decided to make one loaf with Asiago cheese and one with rosemary leaves.

And the Asiago cheese loaf came out unbelievably delicious! So that’s the one I want to share with you guys. Don’t worry – I’ll keep perfecting the rosemary one and will share later on.

Easy Asiago Cheese Bread - This easy asiago cheese bread is made from store-bought pizza dough so it's super simple to put together. Simply split dough in half, sprinkle freshly-shredded asiago cheese on top and bake for 15-20 minutes. That's it! It's the perfect accompaniment to your favorite pasta or soup. Easy Asiago Cheese Bread - This easy asiago cheese bread is made from store-bought pizza dough so it's super simple to put together. Simply split dough in half, sprinkle freshly-shredded asiago cheese on top and bake for 15-20 minutes. That's it! It's the perfect accompaniment to your favorite pasta or soup. Easy Asiago Cheese Bread - This easy asiago cheese bread is made from store-bought pizza dough so it's super simple to put together. Simply split dough in half, sprinkle freshly-shredded asiago cheese on top and bake for 15-20 minutes. That's it! It's the perfect accompaniment to your favorite pasta or soup.

Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - A breakfast casserole that incorporates all of your favorite breakfast foods - eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, and potatoes. This is sure to satisfy the whole family!

Guys! Do you know what week this is? Well, it’s Oscars Week!! I am such a nerd for award shows and this is, by far, my most favorite. It’s full of the biggest stars and some of the best fashion. And not to mention, my favorite movie of 2016, La La Land. It’s supposed to sweep some major categories so I am BEYOND pumped for Sunday night.

You’d think this post would be about some super cute, perfectly-themed dish for an Oscars Party. But sadly, I am traveling the next morning so there will be no crazy Oscars partying for this chic. However, you’d be terribly mistaken if you thought I’d let this night go by without some champagne-sipping. It’s already on the grocery list.

Okay now that I’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about today’s recipe: cheesy tater tot breakfast casserole.

It’s been quite some time since I posted a yummy breakfast dish. Let’s see…I think the last breakfast recipe I shared was the one for this cinnamon roll wreath, which, by the way, Tyson said tasted and looked like a King Cake. Just hide a baby in there and use colored sugars instead of sprinkles and you’re there. Keep that in mind for Mardi Gras next week!

Ugh, I keep getting side-tracked. Back to the casserole.

With all the Super Bowl treats of January and Valentine’s treats of February, I’ve let my breakfast cooking slip a bit. So now I’m back with a punch. And man, it’s gonna blow your mind.

Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - A breakfast casserole that incorporates all of your favorite breakfast foods - eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, and potatoes. This is sure to satisfy the whole family! Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - A breakfast casserole that incorporates all of your favorite breakfast foods - eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, and potatoes. This is sure to satisfy the whole family! Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole - A breakfast casserole that incorporates all of your favorite breakfast foods - eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, and potatoes. This is sure to satisfy the whole family!