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Hungarian Mushroom Beef Stroganoff

Hungarian Mushroom Beef Stroganoff is a delicious twist on a classic comfort food! Mushrooms and steak are sautéd with butter, garlic and dill. It is then simmered in a decadently creamy sauce and folded in with egg noodles for that classic stroganoff flavor. A dinner...

Buttermilk Coffee Cake Muffins

Buttermilk Coffee Cake Muffins are everything you love about a classic coffee cake in a sweet, little muffin form! A cinnamon-spiced buttermilk cake batter is scooped into muffin tins, topped with a streusel topping and baked until perfectly golden. Then, an...

Brownies with Cookie Dough Frosting

Brownies with Cookie Dough Frosting are two decadent desserts combined into one! A fudgy brownie base is frosted with a smooth, creamy cookie dough frosting. Each bite will have you guessing: is it a brownie or a cookie?! BOTH! This is a dessert that you aren't going...

Easy Coconut Chicken Curry

Easy Coconut Chicken Curry is a quick and simple dish packed full of flavor! Creamy coconut milk is simmered together with curry powder, red curry paste and other warm and vibrant spices to create pure decadence. Add in the chicken, simmer until it's cooked through...

Citrus Spritz Punch

Citrus Spritz Punch is a fun, zesty drink! Loaded with all sorts of citrus, this punch is perfect for any breakfast, brunch or party! Grapefruit juice is swirled together with pineapple juice, orange juice and fresh slices of citrus. Pour in a little lemon-lime soda...

Herb Candied Bacon

Herb Candied Bacon is so addictively good! Thick cut bacon slices are coated with brown sugar, fresh rosemary and thyme and a little smoky paprika. Then, they are baked until perfectly crispy and all sorts of caramelized. Regular bacon will never be the same again!...

Healthy Chicken Enchilada Soup

Healthy Chicken Enchilada Soup is a bowl of soup that is so comforting and packed full of flavor that you won't even believe it's healthy! Chicken is simmered in a tomato-based broth loaded full of spices such as chipotle powder, cayenne and cumin to take on the full...

The Monthly Scoop – December 2019

Happy New Year! We're kicking things off this year with another Monthly Scoop post - December 2019 addition. I'm talking about all the yummy recipes posted, a review of the past year, TV shows and movies we've been loving and a fun little project/goal John and I have...

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are loaded full of chocolate and tahini goodness. Tahini is swirled into a classic chocolate chip cookie dough with dark chocolate chips. The cookie dough is pressed into a pan and baked until golden brown and delicious. Then, the...

Santa’s Cocoa

Santa's Cocoa may not be for the little elves, but it sure is a jolly mug of cocoa! Milk and semi-sweet chocolate are simmered together until smooth and creamy. Then, creamy cocoa liqueur and peppermint Schnapps are whisked in. Dip the rims of your favorite mugs into...

Red Wine Braised Beef Tips

Red Wine Braised Beef Tips is hands down a show-stopper dinner that is hassle-free! Beef stew meat are lightly coated in flour and sautéd until browned. Then, in goes the red wine and balsamic vinegar! The beef is nestled back into the sauce with fresh herbs and...

Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake

Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake combines two of my most favorite things: chocolate and coffee! A rich, chocolate cake batter is swirled with a whole cup of brewed coffee, poured into a bundt cake pan and baked until fluffy. An espresso cream cheese frosting is then...

Surprise Pot Pies 

So, let me tell ya about our Saturday night. We’ve become great friends with an amazing couple who are always a blast to hang out with. When you find a couple who have the same opinions on how your Instagram profile should be the perfect little package and everything should flow coherently (ok, mainly us girls – but still), and you all enjoy the same hobbies it’s like angel tears … or Red Bull. Oh, and they love Jesus – how more perfect can they be?! 

So there was a birthday, and John and I had the whole day to think up something great for these two. Meeting up with them for dinner, I had to get rolling on what I was going to make. Here was our game plan:

  • Surprise them with a picnic with amazing food such as pot pies – homemade with love and leftover ingredients from the Harvest Roasted Chicken we served at our Sip N Sniff party (use those leftovers!) 
  • Give them a photo shoot so that they can have more pictures together ( she is an AMAZING photographer so she is always on the other side of the camera ) 
  • Have it be golden hour – can you have it be any other way? No.
  • End the night around a bonfire with friends and laughter 

In order for us to execute this correctly, they only knew they were coming out for a bonfire and to dress appropriately. The fact that they matched on what they were wearing means they must be dating or something ?. Yes, I had to lie to her face when she asked me what the plans were for the night, but it was worth it! It was so much fun for John and I to actually be able to pull this off and not give anything away. They were actually told they would just be eating hot dogs at the bonfire, because I was too tired from cooking the night before. Surprise! Leighton and Haley you have been a blast to be able to get to know, and we are blessed to call you our friends! Here’s to many more pot pies and perfect Instagram pictures. 

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