February 28, 2019

Crock-Pot White Chicken Chili

Happy National Chili Day!

We had another snow day today so I made a big ol' pot of this deliciously easy and oh so tasty
  White Chicken Chili in my Crock-Pot. It was creamy and rich and just what my family wanted for dinner on this chilly snow day!

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February 27, 2019

80+ of the Very Best Chili Recipes

Guess what we are celebrating this week?
National Chili Day on Thursday Feb 28th!
Food holidays are the best, right? 
I have put together the ultimate list of 80+ of the Very Best Chili Recipes 
to share with y'all today. Just in time for #NationalChiliDay tomorrow! Some are traditional with beef and beans and some are flavors you may have never tried {but want to}! Check out the recipes below and comment and let me know your favorite.

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February 23, 2019

Strawberry Snow Ice Cream

We got more snow than we EVER have before so we made a big bowl of our family favorite:  Snow Ice Cream! This time we made strawberry flavored and it was the best yet!
Also check out my Vanilla and Chocolate Snow Ice Cream recipes if you want to try different flavors.

Prep your ingredients {you only need a few} and chill your bowl beforehand. Then all you need is fresh snow and you can make this easy winter dessert in minutes!

We got lucky and had not one but two full snow days last week. This was the most snow we have gotten since moving to Missouri in October and we loved it. Funny how everyone here is so "over" the snow and my girls and I are crossing our fingers for more! Their Dad was home and along with our sweet pup Dylan we made snow men, painted snow, and went sledding. It was a blast!
Our snowman, Mr Tie Dye, was our biggest -and most colorful- yet!
I found these snow paint kits last week at Goodwill for $1!
The girls loved them {although the red paint did end up looking like a crime scene on the snow}.
Dylan dog looking handsome in the snow. He is Florida born like me so he is not super excited about the cold wet stuff but he will sniff around and chase the girls on the sled for a bit.
Then he's ready to lay by the fire inside!

Ingredients:

Makes a BIG mixing bowl full of ice cream!
  • 8-10 cups fresh soft snow
  • 1 can {7oz} sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup strawberry sauce
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced

Directions: 

  1. Start with a large chilled bowl. 
  2. Stir together condensed milk, vanilla, strawberry sauce, and diced strawberries. 
  3. Add scoops of snow, stirring until combined. 
  4. Continue adding as much snow as you need until you get the ice cream-like texture you want {leave some chunks or it will be slushie}.
  5. Top with sliced strawberries and serve right away.
*Do not place in the freezer. It will freeze into a block of ice.
We learned that the hard way.




Start with a big bowl of fluffy fresh snow. I leave a large bowl on our patio table when it starts to snow then bring it inside when we are ready to mix up some snow ice cream.
You will need a large chilled mixing bowl to add your ingredients too. 
Some recipes call for milk and sugar but I think it is easier {and tastes better} to use sweetened condensed milk.
Stir together condensed milk, vanilla, strawberry sauce, and diced strawberries. 
Then start to add scoops of snow. 
Stir gently until combined.
Continue adding as much snow as you need until you get the ice cream-like texture you want 
{leave some chunks or it will be slushie}.
Top with sliced strawberries.
Serve right away and enjoy. 
This recipe makes enough to feed a crowd {or a bunch of really hungry kiddos}.
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February 13, 2019

Brown Sugar Heart Meatloaf and Heart Shaped Valentine's Dinner

Every year for Valentine's Day I create a heart shaped meal for my little sweethearts to enjoy.
We have made pizza, quiche, fondue, and this year we made heart shaped Brown Sugar Meatloaf .
I have multiple size heart dishes so I used my heart baking dish to make a 2-3 serving meatloaf and then made two individual meatloaves in my heart ramekins. The girls loved it!
To add to our festive meal, I shaped our mashed potatoes using a cookie cutter and served finger foods and dip as an appetizer in cute little heart shapes.
 Simple yet so fun for the little ones {and grownups too}! 
There are so many foods that can be cut {by hand or using a cookie cutter or mold} into hearts.
 I like carrots, cucumbers, baby tomatoes, cheese, pepperoni, and strawberries.

Ingredients: 

Makes 4-6 servings
  • 1lb ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 yellow onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded {optional}
For the brown sugar glaze: 
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl add ketchup and brown sugar. Stir well and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl add ground pork, egg, breadcrumbs, seasoning, grated onion, and garlic.
  4. Mix together by hand.
  5. Spread a few spoonfuls of brown sugar glaze on the bottom of your baking dish.
  6. Add half of your meatloaf mixture.
  7. Add your shredded cheese to the middle then top with the remaining meatloaf, pressing to cover the cheese. 
  8. Spread on the remaining glaze.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink. 
  10. Gently remove from dish, slice, and serve with mashed potatoes and veggies.
I have tried many different meats in my meatloaf
 but I always come back to my favorite- ground pork!
In a large bowl add ground pork, egg, breadcrumbs, seasoning, grated onion,
and garlic. Mix together by hand.
In a small bowl add ketchup and brown sugar. Stir well and set aside.
Spread a few spoonfuls of brown sugar glaze on the bottom of your baking dish.
Add half of your meatloaf mixture.
Add your shredded cheese to the middle then top with the remaining meatloaf,
pressing to cover the cheese.
You can also use heart shaped ramekins for individual meatloaves, ideal for the kiddos.
This recipe made about 4-6 servings depending on how much your kids eat!
Spread on the remaining glaze.
Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees until cooked through and no longer pink. 
Gently remove from dish, slice, and serve.
I shaped mashed potatoes too and served them with the meatloaf. 
Dinner's ready and it's almost too cute to eat!
I love making food fun and showing my love through food.
Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays and my foodie family and I always have a great time cooking and eating our festive meals together!
"Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate" . -Alan Wolfedlt
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