Monday, September 26, 2016

In Memory of Joan Hayes #chocolateforjoan

Almost a year ago, we lost a pillar in the food blogging community and many of us gathered together in a virtual memorial to remember Joan Hayes of Chocolate, Chocolate and More with recipes, memories, and plenty of chocolate. This is my post dedicated to Joan, but I wanted to also share my friends' blog posts with you.

Whether Joan touched your life physically, with a giant hug and unending laughter, or with a relationship forged online and just as real, she was a gift to all of us. My memories of her will forever be filled with laughter and joy.

This month we would have been celebrating Joan's 50th birthday with her. So, in her memory, I am sharing these memories with you once more.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan for September 26 - October 2

10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes
including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Weekly Meal Plan featuring recipes for White Chicken Enchilada Skillet, Neato Frito Overstuffed Burritos, Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake, Skillet Garlic Rosemary Chicken Thighs, Bubble Up Pizza, Indian Spiced Chili, Chicken Club Pasta Salad, Roasted Cauliflower with Cashew Cilantro Pesto, Apple Pie Bars with Bourbon Caramel Sauce, and Twix Apple Fluff Salad.
Welcome to the weekend, friends! I'm waking up in Washington, D.C. this morning and heading out to spend one more day exploring the city. I hope your weekend is filled with plenty of your favorite things and some delicious foods too!

This week's meal plan features recipes for White Chicken Enchilada Skillet, Neato Frito Overstuffed Burritos, Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake, Skillet Garlic Rosemary Chicken Thighs, Bubble Up Pizza, Indian Spiced Chili, Chicken Club Pasta Salad, Roasted Cauliflower with Cashew Cilantro Pesto, Apple Pie Bars with Bourbon Caramel Sauce, and Twix Apple Fluff Salad.

I hope that these recipes inspire you, as you answer the never-ending question, "What's for Dinner?" I would love to know if you try a new recipe this week.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chewy Peanut Granola

Chewy, peanut filled, lightly sweetened granola is a hearty way to top your yogurt, sprinkle over cereal, or simply snack on a handful when you're hungry for an afternoon snack. Get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
Chewy, peanut filled, lightly sweetened granola is a hearty way to top your yogurt, sprinkle over cereal, or simply snack on a handful when you're hungry for an afternoon snack.

We layered the Chewy Peanut Granola with greek yogurt and sliced bananas for a great breakfast this week. My kids absolutely loved it and have already asked me when we can have this again. Layering the granola and yogurt in jars is going to make this a great grab and go breakfast for busy mornings too. (Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a fun breakfast giveaway too!)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Perfect Mojito

The Perfect Mojito will never go out of style - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
Crisp, tart, slightly sweet, and always fragrant, the mojito is a classic cocktail that I never get tired of sipping.

I've been a fan of mojitos for a long time now. I tried my first mojito almost 8 years ago, while on a camping trip with several families. Our friend Tony made the mojitos and I was hooked. (That would be Tony, creator of the crazy delicious Slow Cooker Baked Beans recipe.)

While we've tried countless mojito flavors over the years, I always circle back to the classic mojito made with plenty of fresh mint, lime, and rum. I'll tell you my little not-so-secret tip, I add more than a generous splash of club soda to the final glass. The bubbling club soda makes the drink so refreshing and light that it's basically summer in a glass. And since I live in one of the hottest cities in the US? This drink is a favorite pretty much year round.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan for September 19 - September 25

10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes 
including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!    
Weekly Meal Plan featuring recipes for Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, Mom's One Skillet Sausage and Rice, Spicy Chipotle Breakfast Hash, Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Taquitos, Crispy Cheese & Bacon Potatoes, Taco Stuffed Mushrooms, Brussels Sprouts Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette, 5 Minute Ranch Parmesan Broccoli, Lazy Girl Ice Cream Cake, and Caramel Apple Pie Bars!

Happy happy happy happy SATURDAY! (yes, I really am that happy about the weekend's arrival.) This week's meal plan features recipes for Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, Mom's One Skillet Sausage and Rice, Spicy Chipotle Breakfast Hash, Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Taquitos, Crispy Cheese & Bacon Potatoes, Taco Stuffed Mushrooms, Brussels Sprouts Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette, 5 Minute Ranch Parmesan Broccoli, Lazy Girl Ice Cream Cake, and Caramel Apple Pie Bars.

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I hope that these recipes inspire you, as you answer the never-ending question, "What's for Dinner?" I would love to know if you try a new recipe this week.