Friday, July 1, 2016

{Flashback Friday} Vermont Maple Blueberry Chicken Salad

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Since we are focusing on our favorite salads on our blog this week, I couldn't help but highlight my ALL-time favorite salad. If I had to choose just one as my all around favorite salad, this recipe would be the winner-winner-chicken-dinner ;) This salad has so many elements, textures and flavors happening, you couldn't help but love it. Whether it's the candied nuts, the sweet and tangy maple dressing, the grilled chicken, the tart apples, or the flavor-filled cheese--there is nothing not to love about this salad. If you want a quick, fresh, summer salad, bookmark this recipe and enjoy it for many months to come ;)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Stock Up Items! Save $100's on this week's meal plan and your favorite bbq items

This is the week to stock up on EVERYTHING having to do with summer and holiday barbecues. These are just a few of the sales happening this week, so login to Deals to Meals to see the best deals in your area. Many items like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, pickles, hot dogs, ground beef, watermelon, baked beans, olives, pickles, chips, ice cream and MUCH more are all on sale for rock bottom prices! Don't delay, this is the best week to stock up on items you will use all year long. Happy shopping :)

3 Favorite Potato Salad Recipes {All American, Sweet Potato or Blue Cheese}

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What is more traditional and American than potato salad? Fourth of July wouldn't be complete without a bbq and potato salad as a side dish, would you agree? I am excited to share three potato salad recipes our family loves and have become our families favorites. Don't be afraid of the twists on an old favorite. The sweet potatoes make for a savory-sweet salad you will love. And the blue cheese crumbles are creamy and add a tangy texture to the salad that is fantastic. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and have some fun plans upcoming ;)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Simple Layered Garden Salad with Bacon, Swiss & Peas

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This layered salad (in our home known as 'Sarah's Salad'..not sure exactly why? ;) has been a favorite for decades. There is nothing overly fancy about this salad, but the combination of flavors work perfectly together to make a fresh, summer salad that is easy to throw together. The great thing about this salad is it can even be made the day before and kept in the fridge until ready to serve. As it sits, all of the flavors brighten and make the salad even better. This is also a great salad to use the lettuce and peas from your garden if you have them. Not to mention all of the ingredients for this salad are on sale at your local grocery stores this week, so login to our website and give this salad a try. It would make the perfect side salad to any upcoming barbecues and parties. Hope you enjoy :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Rumbi Island Grill Voo Doo Chicken Salad {Copycat Recipe}

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Now that summer is well on it's way, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite summer-salad recipes. I am a HUGE fan of salad's for dinner in the summer. When I use the grilled and cooked chicken from my freezer, these salads can come together in just a few minutes. Also, the salad dressings will last up to two weeks in the fridge, so they are nice to make up and have ready for salads throughout the month.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

America's Test Kitchen Best Blueberry Muffins

Before this week ended, I wanted to share my go-to recipe for blueberry muffins. If you are used to making your muffins from a box, look no further, this recipe is SO much better and not much more difficult to make. When I was packing for our trip to Midway this week, I packed the dry ingredients for these muffins in a Ziploc bag, along with the blueberries, eggs and milk in our cooler. It was so great to be able to throw together homemade muffins in only a couple minutes and enjoy them for a simple breakfast with fresh fruit. There is only one recipe I use when it comes to blueberry muffins and that is the America's Test Kitchen recipe. The method of boiling the blueberries and sugar together make these muffins super moist and help keep the blueberry flavor all throughout the muffins. Bookmark this recipe as a keeper next time you want to make a batch of these delightful blueberry muffins ;)

Friday, June 24, 2016

{Flashback Friday} S'more Cookie Bars and Summer Update

Sorry I have been awful at blogging this past week. We are spending some good, quality time disconnected this week with my inlaws and my family. We are on our annual week long reunion and having a blast. I really love the way his family does reunions. There are 9 siblings and each year one sibling is in charge of planning the reunion. They get the opinions of the other siblings, but in the end it is up to them to decide where to go. Sometimes we stay at home and do fun things each day together, and other times we get away and rent a condo or house we can all stay in together. This year we have been spending the week in Midway Utah. It has been beautiful and relaxing. I have been sharing some of our favorite pics on instagram (follow us at Dealstomeals), but for our recipe today I wanted to share a flashback recipe for these S'more Cookie Bars.

I have made these three times in the past week and they are seriously a heavenly recipe. They are amazing! They are gooey, full of chocolate, golden marshmallows, and a buttery cookie crust that is to die for. I really can't see how you could improve on this treat. I brought up all of the ingredients to make these bars in our condo and we all devoured them in a few minutes flat. These are definitely a crowd pleaser and perfect for summer! Hope you enjoy :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sweet Asian Cheesy Chicken Taquitos {Simple Meal under $10}

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Taquitos around our house are a staple. There is something fun to eat about a cheesy, meat filling all wrapped up in a soft, flour tortilla. Cook them until crisp on the edges and dip them in something yummy and you have a meal I can't pass up. Not to mention taquitos are totally kid friendly and super simple to make. These are a favorite around our house and the other night I wanted to come up with a little different twist on an old favorite. I gave these taquitos an Asian flair that we all loved! We even dipped them in extra sweet pepper jelly for a delicious sweet and spicy combo. It was amazing!! If you need a simple and easy recipe for dinner this week, give these taquitos a try ;) Enjoy!

*Chicken, cream cheese, cheese, avocados and cilantro are all on sale this week. Login to our website to see how you can make this recipe well under $10 for a family of 7 ;)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Healthy Southwestern Kale and Quinoa Salad with Cilantro Dressing

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How was your weekend? I hope you had a wonderful time with all of the father's and men in your life. My husband (of course) requested a hot dog bbq, so between that and all of the treats and snacks we ate all weekend, I am ready to start the week off with a SUPER healthy and delicious salad recipe to share with you. Between the quinoa, the kale, the black beans and all the vegetables, this whole salad can be eaten guilt free. Drizzle the whole salad with a cilantro lime vinaigrette that is slightly sweet and spicy and is the perfect combination with all of these fresh flavors. Give this salad a try if you want a fabulously fresh summer salad for any day of the week!
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day {Favorite Family Tradition}

Happy Father's Day to all of the amazing fathers and husbands out there! I am so grateful for all of the inspiring, strong, faithful men in my life. I couldn't have asked for a better father and husband. They are both wonderful examples to me, my children and have been an enormous blessing in my life. Love you Todd and Daddio!

Every year my sister plans a huge 'Dad's vs. Kids' competition with all sorts of games and activities. This has become such a fun tradition that all of the kids look forward to every year. We have such a great time watching the Dad's (and Grandpa's) get competitive and play against the kids. The children were thrilled to win two years in a row, and couldn't help but rub it into the Dads ;) You don't have to do any elaborate games, just simple, fun activities that don't take a lot of prep work. Here are a few of our favorites:

*Clothes-pin tag--Each Dad and child has a clothes pin pinned to them somewhere on their clothing. You set a timer for a certain amount of time and they see who can take eachother's clothes pin. Once your pin has been taken, you are out and have to sit down. The team with the most clothes pins in the end wins.

*Using scrabble or Banana-gram tiles, have each team have to spell out the words 'Happy Father's Day".

*Have each team perform a simple jingle (like from a commercial). The Mom's decide who did the best job (this was hilarious!).

*Volleyball with a balloon. The balloon can't touch the ground and each person can only hit it one time on each side.

*Give each team a pile of skittles or M&M's. Give them each a straw and have them have to transport the candy with their straw (sucking in air will keep it on the end of the straw) to a designated spot across the yard. The team who gets them all moved the quickest, wins.

*"People" Taboo using each person playing the game is really fun. They have to explain the person without using specific characteristics about each person. The team who guesses the most right wins.

*Picture Match--have a picture of each participant when they were a baby. Crop the photo so that all you can see are their eyes, nose, mouth and cheeks. Remove as much of the hair or face that would give away which child it is. The Dad's have to pick out of all of the pictures which babies are their own children. The kids have to do the same and match up all the Dad's pictures. This one takes some prep work but is super fun!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cherry Jubilee Waffles with Cherry Syrup

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Just when you think I’ve shared every combination of breakfast waffles and pancakes your way (yes, remember those Beet Pancakes? J), I thought I’d share another fun twist to your traditional waffle recipe. Not to mention, these could be the perfect breakfast in bed for any father's and husbands in your life ;) Since it is fresh cherry season I thought this would be the perfect time to add some fresh cherries to your waffles, and smother the whole thing in a fresh, cherry syrup. Oh boy! Was this combination fantastic! Add some whole wheat to your waffles for a healthier, homemade twist. Hope you are having a wonderful Father's Day weekend. Don't forget to check out our top 5 FAVORITE FATHER'S DAY gifts for anyone needing some last minute ideas. 
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

15 Minute Southwestern Chicken Paninis {Easy Dinner Solution}

The other night we had one of those nights when it is either eat a Little Ceasar's pizza for the second time during the week (yes, we frequent there nearly every Friday night for our children's date-night dinner :)--or, come up with a dinner that could be made in just a couple minutes. I decided to throw together some easy chicken panini's and give them a southwestern flair. Not only were these panini's delicious, but they were so easy to make, I just had to share. If you are one who struggles with dinner prep, please use our tip of having grilled and cooked chicken in your freezer at all times. I promise, this one and only tip will save your dinner-time stress and make cooking fun again. I hate thawing out meat when I am in a hurry to make dinner. Having pre-grilled chicken breasts in the freezer I can quickly pull out and throw in the microwave to use for meals, makes life so much more simple. Chicken is on sale in nearly every state this week, so while the weather is nice, head out to your grill and grill up some chicken for those busy nights. You'll be so glad you did because then you can put together these sandwiches in just a couple minutes.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Greek Pastitsio {Layered Greek Ziti}

Although I am part Italian I have to say Italian food is probably my least favorite type of food to make. Not quite sure why? I feel like a traitor to my own ancestors. I don’t know if it’s the lack of variety in Italian food, or it is hard to have enough flavor for me. Either way, I spent last Sunday racking my brain for a new, and flavorful Italian dish I could make for dinner. Well, I ended up going with a Greek version (I know, still a traitor ;) of baked ziti dish and it was a huge hit! The thing I loved about this recipe was it had everything I love about Italian food in one dish. I love mixing my white and red sauces over pasta, and this Greek Pastitios has an alfredo base with a thick, hearty marinara sauce on top. Covered in a bunch of cheese and the whole combination was fantastic! Yes, maybe not low in calories but if you serve with whole wheat noodles, use the lowfat milk instead of a cream base, and you have a recipe that is a perfect 10 in my book. If your honey loves Italian food, this would make for a great Father’s Day meal on Sunday. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

My Go-To Party Menu when throwing a shower, small party or ladies brunch

Spring and summer seems to be the time for weddings, baby showers and family parties. I wanted to share our go-to party menu that we use for baby showers, wedding showers, and ladies brunches when we need something quick and fun. We just threw a wedding shower today for my darling cousins so I thought I would snap a few photos to help give you an idea of some easy recipes. Do you have favorite recipes or themes you use when throwing parties? I would love to hear your tips, tricks or recipes for throwing a party. Feel free to comment below :) I always love to hear from each of you!

Bacon (or Sausage) Quiche--this is hands-down the very best quiche recipe you will ever eat. It's simple to make a head of time and then just warm up the day of the party. I usually bake the quiche the night before the party and then just warm up the quiche at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.

Fruit Kabobs "Summer Style"--how cute is this fruit kabob display? My Mom got this idea on Pintrest and I thought it was so cute. Simply cut a personal sized watermelon, scoop out a thin layer of the melon. Cut wood skewer sticks to the width of the melon and place horizontally on the melon to look like grill grates. Cut three pieces of celery and poke into the watermelon underside (you might need to cute out a small whole with a knife). Skewer the remaining fruit and place on the watermelon 'grill' for display.

Mango & Strawberry Salsa with Chips--This dip is totally woman friendly and one we love to serve. The flavors go great together and it has the sweet and spicy flair that most women love. Not to mention you can again make this salsa the night before to make for easy prep on the day of.

Shortcake Berries and Cream Mini Bites--How darling are these? I think these could possibly be the cutest, smallest, delicious dessert of spring. I love the chewy and moist sugar cookie base (just use one batch of our favorite recipe over here). Place the dough into a mini muffin tin and bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden brown. As soon as you take them out of the oven use a small spoon or utensil to create a crevice in the center of the cookie to put the filling. Make up a whipping cream and cream cheese mixture to pipe in the center and top with some fresh berries. This recipe is a great one (thanks Kara for this great recipe!) and tastes delicious inside the cookie shell. You can play around with different combinations or puddings to make these to your liking. The berries and cream however are perfectly summer-like and so fun to pop in your mouth throughout the party.

We also served veggies and dip, as well as these Butterscotch Bars for those who needed a little chocolate ;)

Hope these simple recipes give you some ideas for your next party you're throwing! Enjoy ;)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas---your man and family will love {Special discounts for our readers!}

Can you believe it's only a littler over a week before it's Father's Day? Father's Day is one of my favorite days because I get the chance to try and share all of the love I have for the amazing men in my life. From my own father, to my husband, I am so grateful for all of them. Even though gifts don't make the day more special, sometimes it's fun to give gifts that will bring our loved ones some added joy and excitement.

If you are like me however, you might be struggling to find the perfect gift for those Father's in your life. Shopping for Todd can be pretty frustrating and overwhelming. He loves everything techy and digital, where as I still prefer to use paper and pencils. We don't always see eye to eye when it comes to gift giving (he is MUCH better at it than I am). So, since he is such a great gift giver, I thought I would enlist his help to share with you some of his favorite products the father's in your life are sure to love :) Let's get started, shall we?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lemon Rosemary Pork Chops {Meal under $10 for a family of 7}

Hey, it's a new week here at Deals to Meals and we have all of the new grocery deals uploaded on our website, along with some delicious recipes your family is going to love! I wanted to highlight a recipe from our meal planner this week to help wet your appetite for some simple, homemade recipes you can make from all of the ingredients on sale this week.

In nearly every state, boneless pork chops are on sale for some great prices. Here in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado, they are as low as $1.69/lb. at your local Albertsons grocery store, as well as at many other stores. This is a great price and almost a dollar less per pound than Costco. I bought my pork chops at Sprout's this past weekend for only $1.59/lb. I bought several packages and put them in my freezer for meals throughout the month. I decided to marinade the chops in a simple, yet flavorful marinade infused with lemon, rosemary, garlic, balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard. The combination left these pork chops tender and juicy. They were delicious!! My son grilled up these pork chops in just a few minutes and I served them with one of my favorite side dishes: Potato Piperade. Since all of the peppers, potatoes, pork and onions were on sale this meal came in MUCH less than $10 for our family of 7. Can't beat that, can you? :) Hope you love it!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Costco Comparisons: 6 simple tips to help you save money at warehouse stores!

This past weekend I did my two week meal plan and wanted to share with you some tips I use to help keep my grocery budget low. If you are like me, you LOVE shopping at Costco. What is there not to love about it--samples, hot dogs for only $1.50, great quality products, and the fact they seem to have everything you need in one place. However, many people end up shopping at warehouse stores and spending MUCH more than they planned--leaving their food budgets over extended and their families finances in a pinch. I'm excited to share six simple tips to help you stay in your food budget and still have the flexibility of shopping at wholesale stores--saving you some BIG money!

*All of the items above from Costco as well as a regular grocery store only cost me $128! That was everything I needed for my two week meal plan. Fab, huh?! :)

Here are SIX simple tips to help you save money at warehouse stores:

Friday, June 3, 2016

{Flashback Friday} Thai Peanut Coconut Rice Bowl or Wrap

Anyone who knows me, knows that Thai food is probably my favorite type of food of all time. There is something about a creamy, peanut coconut sauce that speaks to my heart. Pair that with some seasoned chicken, brown rice, cabbage, carrots and bell peppers and you have a healthy meal your whole family will love. Even my 9 year old tonight at dinner said, "I think this is my new favorite dinner." I have to admit I was a little shocked because of all the vegetables. The great thing about this recipe is it can be eaten as a wrap, as a salad or as a rice bowl. No matter how you put the ingredients together, you are going to love them! The best part about it is you can use your pre-grilled chicken from your freezer and the rest comes together in only a few minutes. Great for a quick weekend meal. Hope you love it as much as we do :) Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Spent $92 and saved $95 on my grocery shopping trip today--that's over 50% off!

Went out today for a midnight munchie run with my teenagers and found some great prices at Smiths I wanted to share with you. Yes, I'm not sure who kidnapped their mother?!--this was SO not like me! Despite my unusual behavior, I was thrilled to get all sorts of great deals at Smiths--for things we didn't need, as well as those we did. Not sure ice cream and doughnuts are a 'need', but the kids sure loved them ;)

Either way, this is a great week to stock up on some items your family might use on a regular basis. Things like pasta, chips, snack foods, chicken, produce, peanut butter, fishy crackers, marshmallows, Juicy Juice drink boxes, yogurt, eggs, milk, etc. I spent $92 and saved $95! That's over a 50% savings WITHOUT using coupons or price matching. Knowing what to buy, as well as what not to buy, is what will save you the most at the grocery store. Login to Deals to Meals to help make your grocery shopping experience SIMPLE and FUN--no matter the time of day.  I think I am finally ready for bed now that the house full of teenagers are gone ;) Ahh, peace and quite. That's a good part of the day, isn't it? Have a great night!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Super Cute {and Easy} Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

What is not to love about these super cute Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes? My dear friend Ellen made these for her daughter's birthday party and I wanted to share them with you. If you have a birthday party coming up, or just want a fun, summer treat, this is the recipe for you!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Best Brownie Recipe EVER!! Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day! I couldn't be more grateful for the many men and women who have lost their lives and give of their time and talents to serving our country. I am grateful every day to be an American and feel so proud and blessed to live in this great nation. Every aspect of our lives are blessed because of the freedom's we enjoy in the United States. We couldn't have that without all of the brave men and women who serve and sacrifice for our country. A HUGE thank you to each of you who serve our country!

And what is more American than a a chewy, chocolaty, homemade brownie?! I have blogged about this recipe before, but wanted to share it with all of you in case you have forgotten about it in the deep, dark, archives of this blog ;) You will not find a better brownie recipe out there! This recipe is a no fail, easy to make, one pan wonder of a recipe that can't be beat! Hope you love them as much as we have the past 18 years ;)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Gorgonzola Burgers with Mango Salsa {Flashback Friday}

For our Flashback Friday recipe this week I wanted to highlight my all-time favorite burger recipe with you. This is not your ordinary burger however, It is topped with a mango salsa and served with a gorgonzola mayo spread and teriyaki sauce. The whole combination is unlike anything you've ever had and is so incredible I can't even think of words to describe it. Basically, anyone we have ever made these burgers for can't stop raving about them. You will crave them, so beware. These burgers will become a family favorite for many years to come! Hope you are having a great weekend ;)

Memorial Day Grocery Deals--Save $100's!

Let the grilling and barbecue season begin! Memorial Day kicks off all of the best summer sales. Watch for everything you need for your upcoming barbecues, ALL on sale this week! Everything from hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, chips, baked beans, pork and beans, bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, cookies, snacks, soda pop, corn on the cob, watermelon and MUCH more!! Many of these items are on sale for 'stock up' prices too, so it's the best time to stock your freezers and food storage with these sale items. Stock up now so you can save money in the future from buying these items at regular prices. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2 weeks of groceries for a family of 7 for $132! Great grocery deals this week!

Awesome grocery deals this week! Spent $132 and stocked my freezer with chicken and ground beef, and then got all of the produce items I need for the next two weeks. Great deals at all grocery stores this week so login to Deals to Meals to see the best deals in your area ;)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad with Fresh Basil Dressing

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 If you haven't planted your garden yet, this is the month to do it! It's not too late to plant a few of your favorite vegetable plants so you can reap the rewards in the next few months. One of my favorite things to plant is fresh herbs. I love planting them in pots right outside my kitchen patio door. It's so fun to be able to go outside, cut off portions of my fresh cilantro, parsley, basil and rosemary. Fresh herbs make for easy marinades for meat, are great in salad dressings or dress up any salad or main dish. The best part about it, is planting your own fresh herbs are MUCH less expensive than buying them from the grocery store. One plant here at our local Home Depot sold herb plants for only $2.50. A package of fresh basil at the store is over $4. Not to mention your plant will continue to produce all summer. That's a win-win, isn't it? :)

Okay, now onto this extremely fresh, healthy and delicious salad. The other day I made this for a side dish for some grilled chicken we had for dinner and it was amazing. And then, the leftovers I had for lunch the next day and it was even better. The dressing is a simple vinaigrette that makes all of the fresh ingredients come together with lots of fresh, healthy flavors. I loved this simple salad and it's a great way to use the vegetables in your garden this summer. Bookmark this recipe for sure! Hope you love it.

Friday, May 20, 2016

{Flashback Friday} Stuffed Feta Burgers

I'm excited to share this week's Friday Flashback recipe with you for these Stuffed Feta Burgers. I made these first six years ago and have loved them many times since. I am a huge fan of feta cheese and then you add that to a juicy, moist, beef burger with a cool, cucumber sauce, you have a delicious burger for any day of the week. Hey, it is Memorial Day next week, right? This burger would be a perfect addition to your weekend's menu ;) They are SO yummy!! Enjoy.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Double Layer Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Cake

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Doesn't this cake look amazing? My nephew had a birthday last week and created this ice cream cake combination that we all couldn't get enough of. It was heaven on a plate! We took our Ultimate Chocolate Cake recipe that I shared with you yesterday and layered that with mint chocolate chip ice cream, crushed Oreo cookies and whipping cream to top it off. What is not to love about that?! Well, okay, we did drizzle hot fudge on top. How yummy is that? The best part about this cake is it was SUPER easy to put together. And the entire cake cost under $6, where as a cake like this could cost as much as $50 at a local ice cream shop. If you are looking for a refreshing dessert this summer, this is a great one to wow your family with! Enjoy :)

Ultimate {Most Moist} Chocolate Cake you will EVER have! And Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

The month of May at our house is filled with birthday's and parties. In my family we have four birthdays in a months time and in our extended family we have a birthday nearly ever couple days in May. By the end of May we are so overloaded on birthday cake and parties we want to just kill over. However, this year, I have to admit this chocolate cake has helped me enjoy every, single, last birthday party. Why you ask? Because four of the last four birthday parties have had this chocolate cake as the choice cake. If you have never made a chocolate cake from scratch, you are missing out! I have to admit I am one to resort to the chocolate cake mix if I'm in a hurry. However, once I experimented with this recipe, I don't think I will ever use a chocolate cake mix again. I am one who loves frosting but can leave the cake. However, this cake is so moist, so rich in chocolate flavor and so spongy, you can't help but want to eat the entire piece of cake. Pair this amazing chocolate cake with this Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting and it is a match made in heaven! Seriously...bookmark this cake recipe. The next time you are tempted to pull out a boxed cake, resist the urge and make this recipe. I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Yes, and don't be afraid of the two secret ingredients. Mayonnaise and black pepper?!? How strange is that! I promise, it works perfectly. The mayo keeps the cake super moist and the pepper adds a hint of spice that no one can pick out. If you have espresso powder on hand, you can also add that for a deeper, darker chocolate flavor. I didn't have any, so I used pepper and it was very subtle but added a slightly new dimension of flavor ;) Give it a try! Let me know what you think ;)
This cake has made it's debut with peanut butter frosting, hot fudge and crushed up Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. It has also been covered in mint frosting with chopped up mint Oreo's on top and even layered in an ice cream cake for a Grasshopper Ice Cream Cake (recipe coming tomorrow!). No matter how we served it, it was a HUGE hit this month!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Basil Pesto Chicken Burgers

Oh, happy day! I can't wait to share this recipe with you. I was playing around in my kitchen the other day and decided to come up with a new way to use ground chicken. If you are new to using ground chicken, it is my new favorite thing. There are times I want the flavors and texture of a burger but not the calories of red meat. Using ground chicken is the perfect solution. Our local Sprouts had ground chicken on sale the other week for $1.99/lb. so I stocked my freezer and have loved experimenting with this new style of meat. The good news is, if you don't have ground chicken you can make your own. Just throw your thawed, chicken breasts into a food processor and pulse until chopped. Once the chicken is ground, you infuse the meat with amazing flavors like fresh basil, pesto, red onion and feta cheese. These flavors cook together and make for the most moist, flavorful burger you'll ever have. I served these burgers on a toasted bun with a pesto mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and fresh red onion. Oh man, it was so good! My hubby and I were in lunch heaven when we tried them Monday. He even agreed he didn't even miss the beef. These are a must-try. I can't wait for you to makes these burgers!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Simple Orange Ginger Pork Chops {30 Minute Meal}

I'm so sad this picture is a little fuzzy, because the colors on this plate were so beautiful, this photo doesn't do it justice ;( Trust me though, when I say these pork chops are beyond scrumptious! Not only do they taste amazing, but the glaze and marinade are SO easy to throw together you will be shocked at the simplicity--yet, complexity of flavors of this dish. I love the citrusy flavors with the traditional Asian sesame and ginger. This meal is a fabulous choice on a busy night when you can quickly throw the marinade together in the morning and then grill it up a few minutes before you need to eat. Serve with some Ham Fried Rice (or regular rice) and a side of vegetables and you have a great dinner solution to a busy weeknight. Hope you love!

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