Skinny Turkey Lasagna Rolls

Hello there! Today I’m sharing a new recipe that has been very popular at my house lately! I love it because it’s pretty simple to make and it’s so good, but I don’t feel too guilty eating it since it’s not loaded with pasta like classic lasagna. We lighten it up with the roll method (one serving has just one lasagna noodle), use ground turkey in our sauce and sneak in some spinach and zucchini.

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Delectable Cake Balls: A Lighter Recipe + Tips!

Hello friends and happy Monday! This past weekend I spent some time making treats and gifts to send in my annual Christmas packages to my friends that live far away. Cake Balls (or cake truffles, if you’re more prudish) are one of my favorite treats to package up, mostly because they are so yummy! I snuck a few this weekend, so I may have to make another batch. If you’ve never had them, you have to try out this recipe! Continue reading

A Sweet & Crafty Birthday: Fondue and Burlap Party

This weekend, I celebrated my birthday with a few of our married, couple friends. We had everyone over for a fondue and crafting night. The ladies worked on a burlap bubble wreath and photo Christmas ornaments while the gentlemen partook in a craft beer tasting (very theme appropriate).

First, we started off the night with some wine and fondue. I got a fondue pot for Christmas last year and hadn’t gotten the chance to use it yet, so I thought it would be fun to break it out. Below is the recipe I used in my fondue pot along with my favorite things to dip in the chocolate. It was easy and yummy!

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This is the fondue pot I have  (Photo Source)

Nutella Chocolate Fondue  

  • 1 12 oz bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of Nutella
  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • For dipping: strawberries, bananas, Rice Krispie treats, marshmallows, cheesecake

Instructions:

  1. Add the chocolate chips to your fondue pot. Turn the fondue pot on a low to medium heat setting.
  2. The add the half and half or heavy cream and Nutella. As chocolate starts to melt, start stirring until completely melted. Reduce heat if needed, so it doesn’t burn.

After fondue we started the crafting part of the party. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I started this burlap wreath a few weeks ago, but I waited till the party to finish it. I started it early because I wanted to make sure that (A) I could do it and teach everyone else how to do it and (B) my burlap worked with the tutorial I was following. The instructions said to use the 4″ burlap ribbon that you can buy in the store, but I had a bolt of cheap burlap leftover from some other projects. The ribbon is a little bit stiffer and the edges are finished, whereas the fabric I had is not. But, I just cut it into 4″ strips and it worked fine. The hardest part of these wreaths is figuring out how to get started! After that it’s really easy and pretty fast.

Here is my finished burlap wreath. Now it just needs a few embellishments…it’ll be finished one of these days!

Burlap Wreath

I had a fun birthday and loved crafting with everyone! Twenty eight is going to be a great year!

Recipe Revamp: Crockpot Southwest Chicken

Happy Friday friends! Today I’m sharing a recipe for one of my FAV crockpot recipes. I found the original recipe on Skinnytaste here. As I’ve made it several times, I made some adjustments for my own taste and I thought I’d share it here.

Crock Pot Southwest Chicken from Perpetually Daydreaming

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast
  • 14.4 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 – 15 oz cans of low sodium black beans
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 4 oz can of green chilis
  • 1/4 – 1/2 can of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 (heaping) tsp of cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Top with cheese if desired

Directions: 

Combine tomatoes, beans, corn, green chilis, chicken broth, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, cumin and cilantro in the crock pot. Lay chicken breast on top.

Cook on low for 10 hours of high for 6 hours. Before serving, shred chicken. Serve with rice, tortilla chips or in a tortilla. Enjoy!

 

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Recipe Review: Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

I was a cooking fool this past weekend. I’m so proud of myself! ha. I think it’s the amazing fall weather we had – it just makes me want to cook up some yummy, warm food. I made my own fall staple, turkey chili, along with some skinny zucchini bread on Saturday, and Sunday I tried a new recipe – Crock Pot Beef Stew from Butter with a Side of Bread.

Crock Pot Beef Stew

I used the quick method (there are two methods listed in the instructions) and used more beef broth instead of the red cooking wine and left out the mushrooms. It was pretty simple to throw together once you cut up the meat and veggies. Unfortunately, I didn’t get started on it it till late and it wasn’t done until after dinner on Sunday, but we sampled a few bites and it is SO GOOD! That is saying a lot because I’m usually not a big fan of beef stew, but this was full of flavor and really moist. I definitely recommend trying out this recipe!

On a side note, I used my brand spankin’ new crock pot (a new wedding gift) and I love it. It’s programmable, so I’m excited to be able to use it during the week while I’m at work!

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