Who doesn’t love a great philly?! We love food. We love to make food. We love to eat…
Who doesn’t love a great philly?! We love food. We love to make food. We love to eat…
Who doesn’t love a great philly?!
We love food. We love to make food. We love to eat food. Most of the time we choose to eat at home, it’s honestly because we know we can make it better than the local restuarant. So, the other day we were at Albertsons doing a bit of shopping and were so excited to grab these flavors of Great Midwest Cheese.
Chicken (boiled in chicken broth, salt and pepper, then shredded)
Buns of some sort. We actually meant to grab Hoagie buns, but grabbed sausage rolls by mistake. haha. They worked, they were delicious
Great Midwest cheese (We used Habenero Jack & Jalapeno Jack)
Butter & milk to melt cheese down.
Garlic, salt & pepper (to taste-while typing this, my husband informed me that this was “cullinary terminology”)
For these sandwiches, we chose to melt down our cheese to drizzle over the top of the sandwiches. Melting cheese in a pot is pretty simple really, melt a bit of butter, add some flour, some hot milk, cheese. Stir, stir, stir. Don’t let it get too hot though.
Once the chicken was shredded, we threw it into a skillet with the cooked bacon, the peppers, a bit of garlic, salt, & pepper. Stir, cook til peppers are done and tender.
Start assembling plates. (We paired our with french fries).
Once you’ve got your chicken mix onto your buns, add the cheese.
Serve and enjoy.
Head here to check out all the other tasty cheese flavors.
I love October. It’s officially Fall, Halloween is right around the corner, it’s pumpkin carving time, the world is changing colors around us. I mean, I think if I had to pick a favorite month, it’d be October.Halloween wins hands down. We’re a bit Halloween obsessed in this house. We just love it. It’s so fun, spooky, creative, tasty, colorful… I mean so many adjectives describe Halloween and October. Anyway, I’ve gotten side tracked with my October/Halloween love. We went pumpkin picking this past weekend (say that 3x fast). We just grabbed some from Walmart because as a family of 5 pumpkin patches just seem a bit pricier than going to Walmart. Plus, I needed to grab a few food items and other things while there. Win, win, right?!
While there, we made sure to grab up a few things to help us get through the rest of this month: quick fixing foods because phew. Next week is Parent Teacher conferences meaning we won’t even get home until like 7pm. As the nights get busy, the food gets quicker and I’m SO thankful for convenient foods easily found at Walmart. We grabbed up some Ballpark Hotdogs (100% beef), some Tyson Any’Tizers,Tyson Crispy Strips (100% white meat, no antibiotics) and some State Fair Corndogs (no by products, great source of protein).
So, after our adventures in Walmart, we headed home to get our carving on. Yay! I popped some Any’Tizers in the oven for a quick snack while we set up and then we prepped the rest of the food and the house for our carving friends to arrive.
Overall, we had a blast! The food was a HUGE hit. I thought my kiddos were going to BURST at the seems waiting (not so) patiently to get to eat their “fingers” haha.
It was so funny to see the designs created. Owen went with a dragon. Maddie went with a ghost but then broke her pumpkin (toothpicks to the rescue) and Fin did a bug thing. David took control over our pumpkin (win for me, I was just left to cook & take photos). Our pumpkin is a goofy looking fella.
What do you think? Have you ever hosted a Pumpkin Carving party? It was so much fun! And I had a BLAST creating those little finger *wink* foods.
Are you a fan of game day entertaining? Me too! I love entertaining in general. It’s exhausting and I almost always try to talk myself out of it at first because cleaning, cooking, entertaining, it’s a lot adds up quickly, and before you know it, I’m over it before it even began. Ha. You too? Tell me I’m not alone in this?! I love entertaining though. I love having people over. It’s just so fun and it’s what we’ve done for years now, that is seems weird when we don’t have people over for the holidays or sporting events or whatever we’d normally have em over for. Moving is weird and kind of a pain. Making friends as an adult is challenging, but man making those friends & getting to invite them over… worth it.
This game day though, I decided to simplify things a bit. I headed to Sam’s Club (we’re a family of 5…bulk shopping is our thing) and grabbed a few Red Baron Minis and Red Baron Deep Dish Singles. Who doesn’t love pizza?! Pizza and game day?! That’s a no brainer.
So, Sam’s club pizzas, drinks, chips, and a few other things and we were set to watch the game. I kept it simple, wanted the main to focus to be the Red Baron pizzas. Plus, Sam’s club shopping, saving in bulk – that’s a total win in itself. Overall, we all had a really great time. Good food, good company, good ending to a game day.
What about you? Do you have a go-to tip to share with me for game day entertaining? What’s your go to dish to serve? I love being the hostess with the mostest, but I also love simple sanity saving tips and Red Baron was my sanity saver this game day.
And the best part?! Since I bought them in bulk, I have more in the freezer just waiting to be baked.
Thank you Bush’s beans for sponsoring today’s post. As usual, all opinions and thoughts are my own. 🙂
It was a cold and gloomy afternoon…. school pick up had taken longer than normal, I was already a bit on edge, grumpy and just worn out… these are the days that the idea of making dinner just drains me.
I’m usually pretty good about meal-planning and being prepared, but that’s just gone out the window lately as our life schedule changes up. I keep a few things on hand for days like that, for easy, fool-proof meals that I know won’t break the bank, my family will eat and enjoy, and it’ll feed all of us. Bush’s beans is a staple in this house. They’re just so handy for all the things.
On this particular night, I was thankful to find some Bush’s Chili beans as well as some Bush’s kidney beans. This particular night was perfect for Chili and cornbread. Chili is just such a quick and easy thing to make. Keeping Bush’s beans on hand is just a smart choice for all seasons. Do you remember the simple bean salad I made over the summer? Once again, because I had Bush’s beans on hand. STAPLE ITEM!!
If you haven’t tried Bush’s Chili beans yet, I highly recommend you grab some next time you’re at Walmart. Also, you should totally try some sausage in your chili. We usually use ground turkey and some ground sausage mixed together. I suggest trying that as well.
What do you top your bowl of chili with?
This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans. All opinions are (as always) completely my own.
Bush Brothers beans are the ultimate versatile ingredient for creative recipes. <-- I firmly stand by that statement. Beans are so great to keep on hand for last-minute meal needs. They have been life-savers for us in this 90-100 degree weather (plus, NO AC! Hotter in than out!). A lot of our dinners lately have been made outside on the grill... if it requires the stove, it probably won't get made. And in the event that we decide to use the stove, it gets so hot that you lose your appetite anyway. That's no fun. So, my husband and I have been working on lots of none cooking side dishes to help us survive this Colorado heat-wave. We're SOOOOO close to "monsoon season" as it's called. Monsoon season is that time of year that Colorado gets SLAMMED with rain storms. I mean, scattered, hard, crazy, unpredictable until it's on top of you, rain. (I got caught in one last summer trying to drive the last 30 minutes home... 3 lanes of one way traffic and nobody could even make out where their white lines were. You just drove & prayed... a lot.. my hands were literally sore the next day from gripping the steering wheel so hard, you guys! SCARY! CRAZY!). But, until monsoon season gets here and cools us down, we'll be eating our non cooked sides. A lot of those sides involve beans - such a versatile little thing, the bean. A new favorite recipe of ours, is the easy summer salad I'm sharing below.To make this you will need:
Bush’s Garbonzo beans
Chop up your onion, your tomatoes, and your cucumber.
Simply toss in some olives, garbonzo beans, feta cheese and add some italian dressing. Mix and toss and serve. SO yummy. AND, the best part?! I didn’t break a sweat while making it! Woooooo! Yay! That’s a huge relief, really.
You could also try adding some grilled chicken to this to make a whole meal out of it, or throw it on a wrap with grilled chicken! Yum! I’m making myself hungry just thinking about this. I would literally sit and eat this as a meal itself. I love that it’s so easy to stretch your food budget by adding beans to meals, you guys. Grab yours from Walmart like I did and let me know how you like this once you make it. Be sure to check out the hashtag #MyBestWithBushBeans on your social media channels for other tasty recipes and tips.
I love a good BBQ get together, don’t you? Food smells amazing, it’s a nice day, you’re together with your group of friends, what could you not love about that?! Over our decade of Army life, David and I have hosted more than our fair share of BBQs and attended more than our fair share of BBQs.
So today, I thought I’d share with you some BBQ hosting tips as well as a simple dessert because game days and BBQ season are upon us!
Plan: I make a list of who we’re inviting and what food we want to make. Sometimes we have people bring things, and sometimes we don’t. Make sure you have a full menu, and appetizers, and desserts. People at BBQ love food. The more, the better. You’ll want drinks as well. Don’t forget something for kids, and adults.
Our typical menu includes:
Appetizers –> Veggie tray, Chips & dip, Devilled eggs.
Meal –> Burgers & Hotdogs, (the meat usually depends on the amount of people we have coming). Potato salad, Macaroni, Corn cobs,
Desserts –> Anything from ice cream to cake or cookies. It just depends on my mood, who’s coming, how many kids, etc etc. If it’s a larger BBQ, more people = more food, we usually skip desserts. I like simple desserts, grab & go. (This Monkey Bread is one of my go-tos)
Drinks –> We always offer up whatever we have in the fridge (juice, milk, water) but for BBQs we also set out beer, soda, and wine. (You know for wine, I’m gonna recommend CK Mondavi)
CK Mondavi has a game day special promotion going on until March 31st! It’s the perfect game-day wine, amazing quality and great taste! (Keep reading to see which pairs best with your food choices)
Next up, prep your yard. You don’t want people to hang out in your backyard if the grass hasn’t been cut, or if the dogs haven’t been cleaned up after… take a bit and just do some yard work. Make it look appealing, the best you can.
(tidy up inside too if you plan to entertain inside – if not, at least tidy up your bathroom)
Don’t forget the kids.
If you know that there will be kids, try to plan something fun for them as well. I like to set up a DIY bubble station and I always stock up on chalk.
Entertainment –> Assuming there isn’t a game on to be watched, you’ll want to provide your guests with some entertainment of some sort. It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. We usually just pull out the cornhole boards and people take turns with that. Other options include cards, darts, board games, etc etc. Just know your guests and plan for what they enjoy.
See, simple tips. Nothing major. Now onto the recipe I promised above.
Mini No-bake cheesecake bites
To make the crust you will need:
1 package of graham crackers (crushed up)
5 tablespoons of melted butter
1 tablespoon of sugar
Crush the graham crackers.
Stir in the melted butter and sugar. Spread into mini muffin pan.
Let sit in the fridge while prepping the filling.
For the filling you will need:
8 ounces of cream cheese (room temp)
1/2 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8th cup lemon juice
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese (medium-high) until smooth. Beat in condensed milk slowly, followed by the lemon juice and vanilla.
Spoon into crust, cover and refridgerate for an hour.
Top with whatever you feel like topping them with.
This time, I topped them with diced strawberries and caramel syrup.
CK Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting Notes: Sauvignon Blanc is always a crowd pleaser and pairs well with almost any food which is why its goes great with appetizers.
CK Mondavi Pinot Grigio
Tasting Notes: Pinot Grigio is bright with balanced acid and pairs well with seafood, chicken and light sauces.
CK Mondavi Moscato
Tasting Notes: Moscato is a sweet and juicy wine. Delicious with spicy foods or fruit.