November 1, 2014

No-Bake Snicker Bar Pie

Creamy peanut buttery and chocolatey No-Bake Snicker Bar Pie ... oh yeh, my friends, you'll want to steal the kids' trick-or-treat candy for this one.



Well, we just finished up our first Halloween at our new house!  It was so sweet to see all the new-to-us neighborhood kids in their sweet little costumes.  And I was impressed with all their great manners!  So wonderful to see and hear.  

We didn't have as many trick-or-treaters as I anticipated we would.  So ... I've got quite a bit of leftover candy.  But I didn't wait for the leftovers to make this scrumptious Snicker Bar Pie.

Nope.  To make this pie ...

October 30, 2014

Classic Orange Fluff {aka Orange Pineapple Salad}

One of the ultimate classic comfort foods ~ Orange Pineapple Salad ... Or as we call it in our house, Orange Fluff.  It's classic for a reason.  Because it's good.

Classic Orange Pineapple Jello Salad


As a food blogger, sometimes meals in our house are ... well ... a little weird.  See, our meals often revolve around what I'm working on for the blog.  Which means depending on what I'm creating, we may eat virtually the same thing for days in a row ... Over and over and over again as I make little tweaks or test a recipe.

Or, we end up eating a kinda strange combination of things.  Because I've been working on different recipes for brands.  Or articles for a site to which I contribute.  Or, as is typically the case, all of these things at once.

And eating a strange combination of things is just exactly what happened the other day.  Let's just call it our orange meal ...

Not orange flavored.

Orange colored.

October 27, 2014

Roasted Butternut Squash Chili {a Totally Yummy Vegetarian Chili}

With its chunks of roasted butternut squash, spicy-sweet flavor, and veggie-only base, this Roasted Butternut Squash Chili is a perfect-for-fall vegetarian chili.  But is it really  a chili?



I absolutely adore this delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Chili.  With yummy chunks of butternut squash, spicy-sweet flavor, and veggies only, it's a fabulous fall vegetarian chili-with-a-twist.

But it got me thinking ... what makes a chili a chili?  Have you ever wondered that?

I mean, some are loaded with meat.  Some are not.  Some are super spicy, some mildly spicy, and some just totally mild.  Some thick.  Some soupy.  Beans.  No beans.  The variations seem endless.

Do they all qualify as 'chili??'  Inquiring minds want to know.  {Well, at least my inquiring mind wants to know.}

So I decided to do some digging and see what I could figure out ...

October 24, 2014

Pasta Jambalaya {Imagine® #PanWithaPlan}

Always on the lookout for convenient, quick ways to get a delicious dinner on the table?  Me, too!  With the help of Imagine® Culinary Simmer Sauces, I can have dishes like this Pasta Jambalaya on the table in under 15 minutes.  Thank you to Imagine® for that, and for sponsoring this post.    



I'm always looking for new ways to get high-quality, delicious meals on the table quick.  You know, those in-my-back-pocket quick things I can whip out when life's craziness cuts short the time I have to get dinner ready.  {Hmmm, which seems to happen quite often, actually.}  We all have quick, go-to things, right?  Those plans for when our plans don't go as planned?

Well, now I have a new  quick, go-to thing in my back-pocket arsenal of plans.  Thanks to Imagine® Culinary Simmer Sauces.  

Actually, I have four  new go-to quick ideas ... 'cause Imagine's® sauce doesn't come in just one flavor.  Nope.  Their yummy versatile sauces come in four  creative flavors.  That's four creative flavors that can help get a great dinner plan going and on the table in about 10 minutes flat.

 Want to know what the four flavors are?

October 22, 2014

Fudgy Chocolate Coconut Drops

Coconut and chocolate lovers beware ~ with a double dose of coconut and a double dose of chocolate in these Fudgy Chocolate Coconut Drops, you won't be able to get enough!


My husband Mark is a creature of habit.  Once he starts doing some quirky little thing, he keeps on doing it.  Over.  and over.  and over.  and over.  and over again.  Like when I cook something, he pretty much always says {picking, of course}, "Needs more jalapeno."  Doesn't matter what I've cooked.  Or if it's even remotely in the spicy family of foods.  "Needs more jalapeno."

Well now when I bake he's started saying, "Needs more coconut."  Oy.  As if we needed one more quirky, picky little habit around here.

So I decided to bake up some cookies that in no-way-shape-or-form needed more coconut.  'Cause they've got a double dose  of tasty coconut ...

October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Martini {& My Wild Ride}

The fabulous flavors of pumpkin and spice are for more than just pie!  Enjoy them in your fall cocktails, too ~ like this yummy Pumpkin Spice Martini.

 
So imagine you're driving down the interstate, toodling along at about 70 miles per hour in the passing lane, when all of sudden your car won't accelerate.  At all.

You're dropping speed.  Rapidly.

What happens when you step on the gas pedal?  Nothing.  So you floor it.  And still nothing.

Oh, I don't have to imagine it.  'Cause yeh, it happened.  Yesterday.  To me.  And let me just tell ya ...

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