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The Monthly Scoop – August 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post - August 2021 edition! August sure was a busy one between cooking, listing and selling our house and unfortunately both of us getting sick. Let's dive into all the details!August Happenings We started out the month by officially...

Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken

Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken is a comforting, delicious chicken dinner! A whole chicken is roasted together with fresh lemons, herbs and seasonings for a juicy, flavorful chicken recipe. Each bite is loaded full of flavor! This post and recipe is sponsored by Smart...

Steak Street Tacos

Steak Street Tacos are a fun, delicious spin on the classic taco! Tender slices of seasoned, grilled ribeye steak are topped with a fresh corn salsa for a street taco bursting with flavor. Perfect dinner recipe for a delicious night! This post and recipe is sponsored...

Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs are packed full of flavor! Tender pieces of chicken are marinated in a classic teriyaki marinade, skewered together with juicy pineapple and crunchy bell peppers and then grilled to perfection. A delicious recipe perfect for any dinner...

Chocolate Root Beer Floats

Chocolate Root Beer Floats are a fun twist on a classic dessert! Velvety chocolate ice cream, decadent chocolate syrup and fizzy root beer make for a fun and delicious float. Each slurp tastes like a fizzy, chocolate Tootsie Roll!What is a Chocolate Root Beer Float?...

Pepperoni Caprese Flatbread

Pepperoni Caprese Flatbread is a delicious combination of two beloved favorites: pepperoni pizza and caprese salad! Slices of pepperoni are layered together with gooey, fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes and basil on a garlic butter flatbread. Baked until perfectly...

Summer Corn & Tomato Gnocchi

Summer Corn & Tomato Gnocchi is a vibrant dish perfect for featuring fresh, summer produce! Sweet corn, tomatoes and garden-fresh basil come together in a buttery white wine sauce. Tossed together with fluffy gnocchi, a flavorful summer recipe is ready to go!Let's...

Salted Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Salted Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake Bars are a scrumptious, no-bake dessert! A salty, buttery pretzel and graham cracker crust is topped with a decadently smooth cheesecake mixture. Cherry pie filling makes this dessert perfectly fruity and cuts the sweetness with it's...

Cajun Shrimp & Cauliflower Grits

Cajun Shrimp & Cauliflower Grits is a dish that packs a punch! Tender shrimp are seared with cajun seasoning and then simmered with light beer and butter to deglaze the pan. Steamed cauliflower is whipped into a fluffy cloud and is the perfect, creamy companion to...

The Monthly Scoop – July 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post - July 2021 edition! July was a jam-packed month as anticipated. From traveling, to cooking, to getting our house ready to sell. It was also nice and toasty hot, as July should be! Let's dive in!July Happenings To start off the...

Barbacoa

A classic Barbacoa recipe that is fall-apart tender! Beef braised low and slow with adobo chiles, spices and green chiles. The end result is a juicy, flavorful shredded beef to be used in many different ways. Tacos, burritos, salads and more! This post and recipe is...

Coffee & Cookie Malts

Coffee & Cookie Malts are a scrumptious ice cream dessert! Classic coffee ice cream is blended together with chocolate sandwich cookies and malt powder until decadently smooth. Each slurp is pure dessert bliss!What is a Coffee & Cookie Malt? We're taking a...

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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