Blackberry Buckle #SundaySupper

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Blackberry Buckle is an easy to make and perfect for brunch or dessert.

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
It's hard to believe we are inching towards the end of summer! 
It seems like it had just begun as quickly as it's ending! 
With the end of summer comes Labor Day Weekend and the close of berry season.
So Sunday Supper has paired with Gallo Family Vineyards to bring you 20 tantalizing recipes to help prepare you for the long holiday weekend whether your brunching with family, camping before the rain comes or hosting a BBQ these recipes are sure to wake up your taste buds! 
One of my favorite recipes to make when the blackberries are ripe is Blackberry Buckle! 
It's a light cake loaded with tons of ripe blackberries, a hint of cinnamon, vanilla and light crumb topping.
It's a favorite in our house as dessert for breakfast, brunch, camping or a sweet treat to bring to a friends for a get together.
You can never go wrong with Blackberry Buckle, it lasted less then 24 hours in our house and Colt was already requesting I make it again.
To me that's a sign of a good thing! 

Sweet And Sour Meatballs

Friday, August 28, 2015
Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Praise the Lord it's Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? 

You should make these Sweet and Sour Meatballs this weekend and then be prepared to make them again next week because your family will be begging for more!

Trust me, I've already been down that road! 

Just double up the meatball batch and freeze half the meatballs for later in the week! 

I've had meatballs on my mind for the last week or two since the weathers started to cool a little. I can't seem to stop thinking about all the ways I love meatballs so I decided it was time to share the recipe for these Sweet and Sour Meatballs! 

I can't believe how many times I just said, "Meatballs!"

I was hoping to have enough leftovers to hide for lunch the next day but there was no such luck between Colt and the kids they were devoured.

The secret to these Sweet and Sour Meatballs is in the sauce. After a lot of trial and error over the years I've developed the perfect balance of salty, sweet and sour. Even Mas who proclaims to not eat cooked pineapple and was disappointed when he saw I hadn't set any aside had cleaned his plate without another peep.

If your short on time the meatballs can all be rolled ahead of time and frozen until ready to cook since  they spend a little time in the freezer anyways to help maintain their shape while cooking. 
The worst thing about these Sweet and Sour Meatballs maybe the fight at the dinner table for seconds! 

Green Bean Salad With Grainy Dijon Shallot Vinaigrette

Monday, August 24, 2015
Green Bean Salad With Grainy Dijon Shallot Vinaigrette from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

I love this simple Green Bean Salad with Grainy Dijon Shallot Vinaigrette.

It's one of those dishes that's perfect for company but easy enough for a busy weeknight since the flavors meld as it sits and is great served warm or at room temperature.

I prefer Haricot Vert Green Beans for this salad with their thin delicate size and tender yet crisp texture when available. The shallot in the dish offers a milder flavor compared to garlic and softens when the vinaigrette is tossed with the hot green beans.

As they cool they absorb the tangy vinaigrette for a wonderfully flavorful dish.

These will quickly become a favorite way to enjoy your veggies and perfect for holiday entertaining like Thanksgiving and Christmas since they are delicious served at room temperature! 

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

My friend Michelle gave me 2 giant zucchinis a little while back so I decided yesterday to use them before they go to waste and made this Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

This recipes life altering it's so chocolaty and super moist! It makes 2 loaves since most the time when I make zucchini bread it's with one of those zucchini's that's way to large to eat and this breads one of those that has to be shared! 

Colt just happened to grab the second loaf this morning to take to work and texted me to let me know everyone is in love with it! Not that I had even the slightest doubt! I still have a huge zucchini and a half left so I'm thinking I should make a few loaves to take to the neighbors! 

Who doesn't love a super chocolaty loaf of bread packed with lots of hidden veggies?With 1 1/2 cups of zucchini per loaf I totally didn't feel guilty indulging in a slice for breakfast with my cuppa, it was the perfect way to start my day!  

One Pot Chili Mac And Cheese

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
One Pot Chili Mac And Cheese

With the kids getting ready to go back to school I've teamed up with #WeekdaySupper to bring you one of our families favorite easy recipes One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese.

This dish is a blend of two of the most requested things in our house Chili and Macaroni and Cheese cooked in one pot in under 30 minutes.

I don't know anyone who doesn't love an easy dinner from scratch in under 30 minutes. One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese reheats really well for those nights when everyone won't be able to make it to the dinner table at the same time due to sports practice and after school activities.

I love that this recipe keeps the clean up minimal by only using one pot. Dishes just aren't my thing and I'm pretty sure you feel the same way! 

It's as simple as Hamburger Helper but so much better.

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese has lots of protein with the addition of meat, beans and cheese making it the perfect dish to serve the family at the end of a busy day.

As the weather becomes cooler I know this will quickly be another highly requested dinner on the weekly rotation since everyone requested seconds and they've already asked me to make it again! 

Peach Upside Down Cake

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Peach Upside Down Cake
We bought a box of peaches the other day and I knew I wanted to make something special before the kids devoured them all, they never last long in our house even when I try to hide a few.

After a few hours of trying to decide what I wanted to make, I knew I had to make a decision fast because the kids had already ate about half the box of peaches.

I finally decided a Peach Upside Down Cake with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream was what I was craving. 

I adapted our families favorite Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake to make the ultimate Peach Upside Down Cake.

There's something about how the caramelized peach topping soaks into the cake to infuse it with an amazing flavor that I just can't get enough of! 

I totally could live on this cake and it may or may not have been my breakfast and dessert but I am not denying nor admitting to anything! 

Crockpot Barbacoa Beef

Monday, August 10, 2015
Crockpot Barbacoa Beef

I know several of you have been requesting more Crockpot dinners lately so I bring to you Crockpot Barbacoa Beef a copycat of the famous Chipotle's Restaurant.  Crockpot Barbacoa Beef is so simple to make and the perfect meal for feeding a crowed.

It's slowly braised in a mouthwatering combo of spices including chipotle peppers, cumin, oregano, apple cider vinegar, lime juice and a just a bit of cinnamon to leave the house smelling amazing. 
The long slow braise leaves the meat melt in your mouth tender.

I usually will brown the meat first for an extra punch of flavor but decided to skip the browning and opted for a simple throw together crockpot dish this time around.

I promise you won't miss browning the meat in this dish and neither will anyone else it's packed with flavor.

Crockpot Barbacoa Beef makes the perfect filling for burritos, tacos, taco salad or even enchiladas.


Cilantro Lime Rice

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Cilantro Lime Rice

We usually have Mexican Food night at least once a week since we're a bunch of Mexican Foodaholics in our house, and Cilantro Lime Rice is a staple.

I'm pretty sure we could live the rest of our lives off of Mexican food and be completely content.
We either make Cilantro Lime Rice instead of our other favorite Restaurant Style Mexican Rice to go with the meal.

It's sort of a copycat of Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice but according to the fam it's even better.

I'll let you be the judge of that for yourself! 

But I do know this rice packs plenty of flavor and makes a nice light side dish. It's also super easy to make which is a win in my book.

Spiked Blackberry Lemonade

Sunday, August 2, 2015
Spiked Blackberry Lemonade

For this weekends Sunday Supper we are gathering recipes to throw the ultimate pool party. We all know a good pool party requires something light, and refreshing to sip on while your hanging out at the pool so I decided to share Spiked Blackberry Lemonade, since it's the perfect summer sipper.

 I made a triple batch of Blackberry Lemonade for Colt's 40th Birthday last weekend and then spiked a few for the guest.

I made this recipe in 2 steps with the Blackberry Lemonade in one part and then spiked it in step 2 incase you have company looking for a nonalcoholic version.

With blackberries ripening early this year the kids have been out picking away already so Blackberry Lemonade has been a daily staple in the fridge! 

I know you'll love these spiked or un-spiked as much as we do.
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