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Bacon Mac N Cheese

Bacon Mac N Cheese is pure decadence. A creamy sauce of heavy cream, sharp cheddar, white cheddar and mozzarella cheese is melted together until smooth, folded with crispy bacon pieces and pasta shells. Every crevice of every shell is filled with a cheese sauce so...

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Pumpkin Donuts are everything you could want in a pumpkin donut and more. A sweet, cinnamon-spice-speckled pumpkin cake batter is piped into a donut pan and baked to golden brown perfection. Then, rolled in melted butter and coated with a...

Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate

Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate makes all your hot chocolate dreams come true! Creamy coconut milk is swirled together with bittersweet and semi-sweet chocolate and almond extract until hot and steamy. Ladle the coconut hot chocolate into a chocolate and toasted...

Apple Butter Cheesecake

Apple Butter Cheesecake is as decadent and delicious as it sounds. Perfectly spiced apple butter is swirled with a classic, tangy cheesecake batter and poured over a buttery, graham cracker crust. Topped with a cinnamon sour cream topping, this cheesecake is one for...

Smoked BBQ Buffalo Chicken Wings

Smoked BBQ Buffalo Chicken Wings is an appetizer that is the best of both worlds! Sweet bbq sauce is swirled with hot and tangy buffalo sauce to make each chicken wing the perfect bite. Smoky, tangy, sweet and spicy crispy chicken wings that will disappear before...

The Monthly Scoop – September 2019

Welcome to another post of The Monthly Scoop! September has already come and gone and it was a pretty darn good one. The kitchen was busy as 11 recipes were made and posted, the smoker whipped out several meat-sweats-worthy meals and we started to jump into Fall with...

Harvest Apple Chopped Salad

Harvest Apple Chopped Salad is everything that you could want in a simple salad recipe and more. Fresh, chopped kale is tossed with honeycrisp apples, dried cranberries, goat cheese crumbles, pumpkin seeds and a homemade honey mustard dressing. Each bite is bursting...

Fresh Mozzarella and Pepperoni Pizza

Sometimes you just need a slice of pizza, and thats where this Fresh Mozzarella and Pepperoni Pizza comes in! Creamy, fresh mozzarella slices melt perfectly into the crispy pepperoni so that each bite is loaded full of flavor and stringy cheese. A dinner recipe that...

Spiced Apple Butter Bread

Spiced Apple Butter Bread is a perfect fall baking recipe! Each slice is like a warm, sweet apple wrapped up in a cinnamon blanket. Serve the bread warm from the oven with a smear of extra apple butter and it's a match made in heaven! Apple butter is like an apple...

Toasted S’mores Cupcakes

Toasted S'mores Cupcakes are a cupcake lover's dream come true! A moist and decadent chocolate cupcake is topped with a swirl of marshmallow fluff cream cheese frosting, dusted with crumbled graham crackers and a perfectly toasted marshmallow. Each bite will have you...

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are a perfect weeknight dinner! Colorful bell peppers and chipotle chicken simmer and caramelize together on one sheet pan. Scoop it all into a tortilla, top with some sour cream and fresh avocado and you have a delicious, simple dinner on...

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs is a simple twist on a classic hot dog dish. Hot dogs are piled high with a quick, homemade chili, a generous sprinkle of cheese, and then baked until crispy and melted. Serve them up with a dollop of sour cream, fresh green onions and, of...

Sip N Sniff

Last Friday was such a blast with fun people, food and good drinks. Invites were sent out (the old fashioned way of course), food was prepped, scents were displayed and laughter was heard. It was so much fun to throw a Scentsy Sip N Sniff for a friend and co worker of mine. She got me addicted to Scentsy this past spring, and let me tell you, it’s amazing! I was a die hard candle fan ( and I still have my favorite candles that I can’t give up) but Scentsy has not only saved me a ton of money, but has lasted me a whole lot longer. I love the fact that I don’t have to worry about an open flame, and if I fall asleep with it turned on it doesn’t turn into a fire hazard that will burn down the house ?. Although, I am still a sucker for the light that a candle gives off, so I got a Scentsy that gives off the most light as possible.  

You can see how much light it gives off during the day, and I love it at night because it shoots light all the way up our vaulted ceilings in our living room. Makes it nice and cozy. Some of my favorite scents are:

  • Skinny Dippin’
  • Coconut Lemongrass
  • Vanilla
  • Yuzu Dragon (discontinued)
  • Kahiko Hula (discontinued)

But back to the party, it was a great night with great people and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my amazing mom who came over and helped me prep and cook. Working next to her in the kitchen is a blessing in its own. 
Here was our menu for the night:

  • Cranberry & Orange Infused Water
  • Caramel Apple Sangria
  • Wine
  • Harvest Roasted Chicken with Rosemary, Grapes and Olives
  • Caramelized Brussel Sprouts
  • Brown Rice and Mushroom Gratin
  • Buttery Garlic Baguettes
  • Gooey Cinnamon Squares
  • Dark Chocolate Salted Caramels

I really wanted the whole menu and decor to be fall and homey since it was an October shindig. It was also the first large party that we’ve had at our house since getting all the remodeling done! I, of course, took pictures mostly of the food, but it was definitely a night filled with amazing people. 

Keep your eyes open for the recipes of this night coming soon! 

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