Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Monday, December 30, 2013
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Oh my these were so good! 
   You have to make 'em! 
Colt and I assembled these little beauties before yesterdays Seahawks game and they didn't last long.
Even Lorna the proclaimed mushroom hater ate way more then her fair share.
When she was little she insisted on the fact she hated mushrooms so I would add them to things like a brown rice and shiitake mushroom soup and tell her they were calamari..
She gobbled the mushrooms right up.. Ha..Ha.. 
I'm probably a little bit evil when it comes to food.
 I've converted several of the kids friends to eating more then spaghetti noodles with butter with the simple explanation that to have dinner at our house you have to try a bite of everything.
One of L.J.'s friends still laughs when he has dinner at our house because he discovered he loves salmon..
Ok any who back to the mushrooms...
Colt had set a few mushrooms aside because the boys were at their friends house playing. 
So when they returned they were rather disappointed when they couldn't find the Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms he set aside for them. 
Fast forward about 10 minutes and Colt grabs the leftover Stuffed Mushrooms and proclaims he's eating the last of the mushrooms since the boys didn't eat them.
 Lorna and I both yell no at the same time and say, "The boys were searching all over for those."
 He had these little delicacies  hidden in the microwave, sneaky, sneaky..
Mas devoured the last of 'em.
These were so good I'm about to go out on a huge limb and say these were the best Stuffed Mushrooms I've ever had!
We've ate a lot of stuffed Mushrooms over the years and we all agreed these were over the top good.

25 Top Recipe Post Of 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I wanted to take a minute and say Thank You! 

We had an amazing year this year and the blog grew to a size I never imagined! The year prior I remember jumping for joy when I had a 1,000 page views in a week we now regularly do 2-3x's that in a day and have had a few 10k days. 

To me that's simply amazing that enough of you love the blog to share my recipes, comment, leave me kind words of encouragement during some very difficult times this last year.

I'm looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings and sharing more incredible recipes.

Talk of a cookbook has been mentioned on a few occasions between me and Colt, so we'll have to see what happens.

Cheers to another wonderful year, great food, great friends and family! Let the countdown begin..

Fabulous Friday Favs

Friday, December 27, 2013
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and was able to enjoy friends, family and good food! 
I can't believe the year is almost over and we are about to kick off a New Year! 
Is that really possible?
I wanted to share a few of my favorite things to enjoy and fabulous favorites. 
Spinach Dip From Scratch pictured above is always a favorite and great for entertaining.

Food Blog Tips And Tricks Recipe Search Engine Optimization

Thursday, December 26, 2013

I'm almost on my 3rd year blogging and have some tricks to help optimize my food blog for search engines and increase my google page rank.

I use blogger and unlike Wordpress blogs I've had to find ways to optimize my food blog, since blogger doesn't supply plug-ins like Wordpress.
This widget works on, Blogger or Tumblr.
For the next few weeks I will share tips and tricks I've learned to help you to make your food blog more SEO friendly.
This week we are going to go over
I like because it makes formatting my recipes easy and adds recipe mark up to help search engines know this is a recipe and not a craft tutorial for example. 
Using Recipeseo also makes my blog compatible with Pinterest's Rich Pins so when someone Pin's one of my recipes a list of ingredients appears under the pin so users know what ingredients are needed to make the recipe without searching through the recipe on my website and allows me to partner with companies like who allow readers to save recipes to a box and create shopping lists.
As you can see in the picture above Recipe Seo is pretty easy to fill in the recipe format.


Angel Wing Cookies

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Angel Wing Cookies

Today I bring you Angel Wing Cookies to help you through the holidays.
I've been trying to upload these pictures since Sunday but it's been internet wars in our house with the kids.
Me,"Can you please let me have the internet for 1 hour so I can upload pictures?" Kids,"Sure no problem." 20 minutes later and not 1 picture has uploaded. I go check the internet and someones on it once again.
 I finally confiscated all the devices.
Angel Wing Cookies are a Christmas time favorite with layers of crispy flaky dough covered in cinnamon and sugar these are guaranteed to be a favorite! 
On another note I hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas. 

Christmas Fruit Salad

Saturday, December 21, 2013
Christmas Fruit Salad
Are you ready for Christmas?

Me? Nope wish I was but I haven't even wrapped a present yet! Can you say procrastination. 

This little Christmas Fruit Salad helped start to put me in Christmas mode this morning.We always make a special fruit salad and some kind of protein Christmas morning to help counter act all the sweets we consume.

I love pomegranates, pineapple and kiwi which makes for a pretty red, white and green salad.
We added banana's this morning and a green apple too.. The perfect combo to enjoy with yogurt. So easy and delicious.

It even passed the taste buds of my little Gordon Ramsey's I've raised. My boy's hold nothing back with how they feel about someones cooking or what's being served usually to my embarrassment. I don't know how many time's I've asked for them to just push something to the side of their plate if they dislike it, but to date it usually ends with them very loudly expressing their dislike of a dish. Sometimes followed with you make this better, me turning beat red, and trying to shoot them the you need to be polite evil eye or no dessert.

Now don't let me make you think this only happens when we are at someone else's house they've had no problem letting Colt or I know if somethings not to their liking. I know if it passes their pallets it's blog worthy. The funny thing is non of my kids are actually picky, as long as the foods cooked to perfection.

They're just particular. Hence the budding Gordon Ramsey's. 

Saltine Toffee

Friday, December 20, 2013
Saltine Toffee is highly addictive and so good! A great gift to give at Christmas!

Sorry that was me taste testing another one of these while I type, someone has to handle quality control around here. Have you ever had Saltine Toffee? It is one of the most delicious Christmas candy treats ever!!!!

I love Toffee but Saltine Toffee's even better it's a salty crunchy sweet party on the taste buds and won't break your teeth. It never lasts long in our house, I'm pretty sure I made it about 4 times last Christmas and still never ended up with a picture to share the recipe! 

This recipes a little different than most recipes because I use granulated sugar over brown sugar, and then it is cooked until it starts to caramelize for a delicious toffee flavor with a bit of vanilla.

This stuff is like crack once you taste a piece it will be hard to stop, I've had way more then my fair share today and I'm still dreaming of my next little piece of toffee.. If you have favorite neighbors, friends, family or co-workers this is a fabulous treat to give it's bound to be a long time favorite. 

I know it is in our house.

One Pot Tortellini With Sausage Spinach & Artichokes

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group ™ and Barilla, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #pmedia #JoytotheTable
Do you need something easy to make, healthy and with as little mess as possible?
What's that? How did I know? Because I can totally relate.
Right now our days seem to fly by.
We have basketball practice a few times a week for the kids, I have physical therapy that some day's just kicks my booty and did I mention the never ending amount of homework they always have but some how seem to forget until it's bed time.
One Pot Tortellini with Sausage, Spinach & Artichokes is so easy to make and the dishes are minimal.
Double score! 
Leaving a little more time to make sure the kids have homework completed before bedtime or just to snuggle up to watch a movie.
Oh wait a minute I almost forgot the best part..
It's super de duper tasty! 

Caramel Sauce

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Caramel Sauce
           This recipes been long over due for a few updated pictures. 
I still haven't perfected the perfect drizzle yet but this one's so much better then the one at the end on the post! 
I don't know what I was thinking, I should have just not added a photo at all.
We are total Caramel Sauce addicts in our house, Colt thinks he needs to live on the stuff.
Can I blame him? Heck no, it's my all time favorite treat too and who doesn't like a little caramel sauce drizzled in their morning coffee, it's better then Starbucks.
We also love it in brownies like these Fudge Brownies with Caramel Swirl and of course drizzled over yesterdays Hawaiian Host Dark Chocolate AlohaMac Brownies .
Mmmm and in or on top of ice cream like Caramel Ice Cream with Caramel Swirl it totally speaks my love language! 

Dark Chocolate AlohaMac Brownies

Monday, December 16, 2013
Hawaiian-Host-Dark-Chocolate-AlohaMac-Brownies.jpgThis post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group ™ and Hawaiian Host, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia
Hawaiian Host Dark Chocolate AlohaMac Brownies are so fudgy, chocolaty and sweet. Filled with chunks of macadamia nuts taking me away to memories of vacations in Hawaii when I was a kid to visit my Grandpa and Tutu when I first enjoyed chocolate covered macadamia nuts.

During the dark and rainy days of winter Hawaiian Host Dark Chocolate AlohaMac Brownies remind me of warm sunshine, sandy beaches and warm water.

These are so quick, easy and delicious to make.

A perfect treat for any night of the week to enjoy just with family or to bring to your next holiday gathering.

Friday Favorites

Friday, December 13, 2013

I'm so thankful it's Friday! 
I thought the best way to end the week would be to sip eggnog by the fire and browse through some of my favorite things and recipes I came across this week.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Because I have a serious love for all things peanut butter and chocolate, especially when it's a creamy truffle like chocolate.Because I may or may not have eaten way more of these then I ever should have and that led to me only having one slice plus or minus a few bites of Cherry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake .

Because these are really easy and a twist on my favorite peanut butter blossoms without the hassle of unwrapping 55 hershey kiss's because I eat about 7 in the progress and the kids don't even like that job.

Because these are just that good, we're friends and I like to share my favorite tasty treats with my friends, so you too may or may not eat way more then you care to admit.

Because Colt moved my treadmill in the house and even if I'm slower then a snail on the thing hopefully I can counter act some of the calories from my cookie madness..
Cream softened butter, creamy peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar until well combined. Scrape the sides of bowl.
Add egg vanilla baking soda and salt. Mix until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl and add flour, mix until well combined.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls.
Roll in remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.
Heat cream and butter over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla, chocolate chips and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.
Remove cookies from oven..
Use the back of a metal teaspoon to make a little chocolate reservoir  in the center of each cookie while hot.Peanut-Butter-Chocolate-Thumb-Print-Cookies.jpg
Use 2 small spoons to scoop about a tablespoon of chocolate into the center of each cookie and move to a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool until chocolate is set.
Oh peanut buttery goodness filled with creamy chocolate center, how I love thee...

Yield: 48 Cookies
Nutrition facts: 115 calories, 7 grams fat

Peanut Butter Fudge Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies filled with a creamy chocolate center recipe with step by step instructions and photos.
4.9 out of 5 based on 8 user ratings
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 30 mins


Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Softened
  • 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter, All Natural
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 2/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
Fudge Filling
  • 1/3 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chip Or Dark Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar, For Rolling Peanut Butter Balls


Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree.
  2. Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape bowl.
  3. Add egg, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add flour, and stir until well combined.
  5. Roll dough into 1" balls, and then roll into 1/2 cup remaining sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly brown.
  7. Use the back of a metal teaspoon to press a reservoir into the center of each cookie.
Fudge Filling
  1. Heat cream and butter over medium heat until hot. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, and chocolate chips, until smooth and creamy.
  1. Use 2 small spoons to scoop about a tablespoon of chocolate into the center of each cookie, and move to a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool until chocolate is set.
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Peanut Butter Fudge Thumbprint Cookies from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Holiday Readiness with Cottonelle and a Coupon

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group ™and Cottonelle but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
 #pmedia #CottenelleHoliday 
With the holidays quickly approaching it's a great time to remember to stock up on bathroom supplies. 
There's nothing worse then a house full of guests on Christmas day and no toilette paper in the bathroom with all the markets closed.
A few days before company arrives I like to fill a basket with plenty of Cottonelle triple roll toilette paper to avoid any embarrassing bathroom moments.
The only thing worse then running out of toilette paper in the house, is running out of toilette paper in the bathroom and not being able to find an extra roll.
I'll usually tuck a few extra hand towels in the basket and a box of Kleenex just in case.
With the busy weeks before Christmas here we headed to Target to make sure toilette paper wouldn't be an issue in our house and to pick up a few more household items.

Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Easy to make Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake is perfect for brunch, dessert or with your afternoon tea.

Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

Writing this post is like pure torcher.
I was only able to enjoy one slice yesterday morning for breakfast plus or minus a few bites off of Colt's if he happened to sit down next to me Sunday night.
Surely I was shorted my fill of Cherry Cream Cheese Coffeecake.
When I left Monday afternoon there was about 1/4 of the cake left but Lorna polished that off the minute we walked out the door and then pretended it was an itty bitty piece when her brother's complained she didn't share.
It was like food wars in our house and somehow I always end up loosing.
I might have to make another one just to subdue the cravings of the creamy cream cheese meets cherry filling all wrapped up in a nice cozy lemon and vanilla scented cake then topped with a vanilla scented crunchy, sugary, almond topping.
Oh so good! 
If your looking for something to take to your next holiday gathering this is the perfect choice.
It make's a fabulous breakfast or brunch item because the cakes not too sweet or dense but the perfect texture to pair with the cream cheese and cherries, a fabulous dessert choice for a dinner party or just a special treat! 
Sorry to repeat myself but it was sooo delicious! 

Rosemary Sage Pork Loin Roast

Monday, December 9, 2013

An easy to make elegant meal perfect for any night of the week. Rosemary Sage Pork Loin Roast is sure to be a favorite.
Rosemary Sage Pork Loin Roast is easy to make and perfect for Christmas!
 This recipe is easy, tasty, pretty and delicious.
Are you in need of something easy but leaves your guests and family thinking you spent hours in the kitchen?
 Rosemary Sage Pork Loin Roast is the perfect alternative to traditional ham, roast beef or turkey and oh so yummy! 
Colt made this beauty Sunday for dinner. 
It had been hiding in the back of the freezer for the last month calling to be used and we new when we pulled it out to defrost on Friday it was needing a fresh rosemary sage herb rub using the leftover herbs from Thanksgiving and Cranberry Orange Sauce would be the prefect accompaniment. 
It was so good and a wonderful Sunday supper.


Cranberry Orange Sauce

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Cranberry Orange Sauce
I've loved Cranberry Orange Sauce for as long as I can remember. 

It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving or Christmas with out a large bowl of Cranberry Sauce. When I was a wee little one my Dad tells a story of one Thanksgiving I climbed up on the table and polished off the entire dish of cranberry sauce before anyone realized what was going on.

Oops!Thank goodness I was so cute or they might have been mad at me.

Colt and I had made a large container of Cranberry Orange Sauce for Thanksgiving, but it was gone before we could ever capture a picture so we made another batch of the ruby colored deliciousness  to go with a Rosemary Sage Pork Loin Roast we had been keeping in the freezer for the last few weeks.

It was so delicious! 

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday, December 6, 2013
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Today was one of those day's when something really chocolaty was needed.

Something chocolaty, filled with white chocolate chips, semi sweet chocolate chips, and maybe some nuts. It was a day calling for Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with the fudgy chocolate center, and crispy edges.

I was having one of those days where my mind had a huge list of things I wanted to get done before the kids came home, but my body barely let me load the dishwasher. Forget about washing the piles of laundry from the week to make sure the kids have clean socks for tomorrow mornings basketball practice or cleaning the bathroom. It just wasn't happening.

After I finally finished the dishes I did something I avoid doing. I turned around and climbed back into my bed in my cozy P.J's and slept until the phone rang 2 hours later. It was enough to help relieve some of the pain, and allow me to whip up a batch of cookies to help distract anyone who might step foot in our house and see my living pile of laundry or the tooth paste splatters on the mirror in the kids bathroom.

I usually try to keep our cookie jar full in December but this year I've been behind, my house is messier then usual and I've had to learn to accept some things I just can't get done or that the kids don't clean as well as me.

For today loading the snowman cookie jar with Double Chocolate Chip Cookies was moved to the top of my list and it paid off because as I work on this post the kids are helping wash laundry and are thankful for the cookies.

Super Juicy Turkey Baked In Cheesecloth

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Colt and I finally were able to make our Super Juicy Turkey Baked In Cheesecloth, and take a Turkey worthy photo of the bird this year. Isn't it a beaut?

We had a team effort to tackle the Turkey this year. For the first time in 14 years I didn't stuff the bird. Not only was the Turkey super juicy as always, but it cooked faster which is always a plus. I never thought I would say this but I am forever going to make Crock Pot Stuffing. It was so easy to make and tasted just like the stuffing out of the bird. Soo good!

As for the turkey I promise you the most delicious turkey you've ever had. Moist, juicy, flavorful, and delicious!

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I don't know what it is I love so much about tart little cranberries but boy do I love them especially when combined with orange. 
Cranberry orange muffins, breads, cakes and cranberry sauce all speak my inner love language.
Colt and I teamed up Sunday morning to make Orange Cranberry Muffins, scrambled eggs and fresh fruit before church.
These were so good they barely lasted an hour in our house and the kids were circling around the last muffin like little buzzards waiting to devour their prey.
Sadly for them I stepped in and enjoyed the last little cranberry orange laced muffin for myself because I'm the mom and it solved any complaints of unfairness that might arise from who ate the last muffin. 
I made these after a little Facebook survey to find out if the frozen cranberries in my freezer from last year were still okay to eat.
 Thank the lord for my Facebook readers because after much reassurance I went ahead and used the little frozen gems and they were just as delicious as they were last year.
I couldn't believe they survived a whole year in the freezer without being used...
Sneaky..Sneaky.. Little cranberries! 

Mint Oreo Cookie Balls

Monday, December 2, 2013
Mint Oreo Cookie Balls
I've partnered with Yummly to bring you this post that's sponsored by Oreo all thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you love Oreo's and mint this recipe is for you my friend.
Mint Oreo Cookie Balls taste like a creamy chocolatey minty Oreo cookie truffle dipped in mint chocolate. A little bite of heaven for the holidays. Even if you don't like mint this recipes for you, just don't add it. (I promise not to tell.)

I've actually made these twice already in the last few weeks because the first time Colt and the kids had a taste testing before we had finished the photo's. So you know they were so disappointed when they found out I had to make another batch, not! 

The best part of making these the second time was the kids and Colt were more then willing to help roll, dip and sprinkle the Oreo balls. Such a fun treat to make for the Holidays as a family.

I can guarantee you these will be made a few more times before Christmas.

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