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Saturday Night Fever #52

Hey everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your Saturday.  We don’t have any huge plans, and my kiddos have a 3 day weekend.  Maybe we will try to go to the park or something on Monday.  Staying cooped up inside all day with 4 kids can get a little scary!  I also planned on making some good Halloween treats with them…yes I start a little earlier than normal since I like to blog about it.

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So this week we are adding our final new host to the party, and boy is she a good one!  We would like to welcome Serene from House of Yumm!!!  Just the name of her blog tells you how great her blog is.  Please go check her out and leave her a little comment love!

This week is the final week with The Weary Chef, Chelsea’s Messy Apron, Yummy Healthy Easy, and Lemon Tree Dwelling.  I know it is kind of bittersweet.  I love all of their blogs, and Saturday Night Fever has always been my favorite link party.   They’ve made this party hugely successful.  So  many come to link up every week.  We hope that many of you keep on a comin’!!

So to celebrate them, the new hosts are highlighting some of our favorite recipes by them!  It was really hard to choose just one from each because there were so many great choices!
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1.  Enchilada Taco Casserole-Chelsea’s Messy Apron
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.  Swedish Pastry-Yummy Healthy Easy
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.  Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
4.  Quinoa Taco Bowl-Lemon Tree Dwelling

And now for my features from last week’s party…

Oven-Baked Muenster Chicken from Bitz and Giggles
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Toffee Crisp Chocolate Treats from Baking in Pyjamas
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Captain America M&M’s Cookies from Kleinworth & Co.
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Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies from Chez CateyLou
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NOW, LET’S GET TO THE PARTY! THE RULES ARE SIMPLE:

  1. Please only link up food or drink related posts. You can share up to 5 recipes. They don’t have to be recent posts, but please make them new to our party.
  2. Please don’t link and run! Visit and PIN at least three other links that are near you in the list. It’s not a party without mingling!
  3. Please follow each of your hosts:

CHELSEA’S MESSY APRON -> PINTEREST – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – GOOGLE+

LEMON TREE DWELLING -> PINTEREST TWITTER FACEBOOK GOOGLE+

YUMMY HEALTHY EASY -> PINTEREST TWITTER FACEBOOK GOOGLE+

THE WEARY CHEF -> PINTEREST TWITTER FACEBOOK GOOGLE+

BELLE OF THE KITCHEN-> PINTEREST – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – GOOGLE+

DIARY OF A RECIPE COLLECTOR-> PINTEREST – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – GOOGLE+

PETITE ALLERGY TREATS->PINTERESTTWITTER-FACEBOOK-GOOGLE+

HOUSE OF YUMM->PINTEREST-TWITTER-FACEBOOK-GOOGLE+

Come back next week to see if you were featured! Each host will choose her own features, so be sure to visit all of us to look for your name in lights. Now let’s get to the fun!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

I bet you can’t eat just one of these irresistible spicy sweet potato oven fries!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Every time I make these I could eat the entire pan all by myself!  They seriously have the best flavor with a slight sweet heat.  I often wonder why I don’t make them more often.  I love them with Patty Melts, Mock Filet Mignon, and Garlic Butter Burgers.

Best of all they are super simple!  Make them and you will see how seriously addicting they are!

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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ tsp brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with all the other ingredients.
  3. Spread out onto a baking sheet.
  4. Roast in oven for 30 minutes turning after 15 minutes of cooking.
Notes
*Adapted from Food Network Magazine

Easy Skillet Desserts

There’s almost nothing more comforting to me than the Fall season.  I love to hear the sound of  football on the weekends and feel that first cool front after a long sweltering summer.  At this time of year I’m always wanting comfort food, and nothing says comfort to me more than dessert.  With this anticipation in mind, I’ve rounded up some awesome Skillet Desserts which I love because there’s just something about scooping  warm fruit cobblers, yummy cookies,  and  fudgy brownies out of  a skillet…Enjoy!!

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Saturday Night Fever #51

Welcome to Saturday Night Fever Recipe Link Party! Link up your recipes and get pinned & featured!
Browse the links for some fabulous recipe ideas too!!
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Hi everyone!  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!  We’ve had a pleasant Saturday down here.  I’m so ready for Fall weather!  We were able to finish up a  DIY painting project for my daughter’s room.  My mom found a cute little dresser at a flea market, and we painted it purple, of course.  So now she has aqua walls and a cute purple dresser and night stand.  My mom made her a bedspread to match it.  It’s turning out really cute!

I’m still so excited to be joining the Saturday Night Fever Party.  We are introducing another new co-host this week.  Laura from Petite Allergy Treats will be joining us!!  She has such a great blog where she makes some awesome allergy-friendly foods.  You can find some great nut-free foods like Nut Free Nutella!!!  She also has several gluten-free recipes too!  Be sure to check her out.

I really enjoyed browsing all the links this week!  It is such a hard task to pick my favorites, but I narrowed them down to these great MEXICAN dishes!!

EASY BEEF TEX MEX SKILLET CASSEROLE – THIS GAL COOKS
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TACO STUFFED PASTA SHELLS – I DIG PINTEREST
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MEXICAN BEEF AND CORNBREAD BAKE – FIVE HEART HOME
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MEXICAN STUFFED PEPPERS – SIMPLY STACIE
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NOW, LET’S GET TO THE PARTY! THE RULES ARE SIMPLE:

  1. Please only link up food or drink related posts. You can share up to 5 recipes. They don’t have to be recent posts, but please make them new to our party.
  2. Please don’t link and run! Visit and PIN at least three other links that are near you in the list. It’s not a party without mingling!
  3. Please follow each of your hosts:

CHELSEA’S MESSY APRON -> PINTEREST – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – GOOGLE+

LEMON TREE DWELLING -> PINTEREST TWITTER FACEBOOK GOOGLE+

YUMMY HEALTHY EASY -> PINTEREST TWITTER FACEBOOK GOOGLE+

THE WEARY CHEF -> PINTEREST TWITTER FACEBOOK GOOGLE+

BELLE OF THE KITCHEN-> PINTEREST – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – GOOGLE+

DIARY OF A RECIPE COLLECTOR-> PINTEREST – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – GOOGLE+

PETITE ALLERGY TREATS->PINTEREST- TWITTER-FACEBOOK-GOOGLE+

Come back next week to see if you were featured! Each host will choose her own features, so be sure to visit all of us to look for your name in lights. Now let’s get to the fun!

Roasted Red Pepper and Turkey Wrap

 Looking for a low calorie and easy lunch you can make ahead of time?  This Roasted Red Pepper and Turkey Wrap  with only 4 ingredients is just the ticket!

Roasted Red Pepper and Turkey Wrap

Well our little man is now 2 months old.  I can’t believe he’s getting so big so quickly.  On one hand it is good because I look forward to easier stages ahead, but on the other hand, I just love those sweet tiny baby features and the sweet little cry…except at 2 am.

So since I have a 2 month old, I’m kind of in weight loss mode.  I’m trying to get off those last few pounds.  I always dread this part.  I’m pretty much doing what I’ve done every time.  I put in my Jillian Michaels Body Revolution video and wish it will be over soon.

And then I eat little things like this for lunch.

I’m a huge Biggest Loser fan, and this little recipe is adapted from the first Biggest Loser cookbook.  It is so easy, and I usually make three or four of them ahead of time in order to have them ready to eat.  They really can’t get easier to make.  Whole wheat tortilla, whipped cream cheese, roasted red bell peppers, and sliced turkey…that’s it!

Here are some other things I eat during the day:

Breakfast:
Scrambled Eggs in a Whole Wheat Pita Pocket
Scrambled Eggs in a Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap
Boiled Eggs

Lunch:
Turkey and Cheese Whole Wheat Wrap
Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato in a Pita Pocket
Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla

Snacks:
string cheese
yogurt
1/2 pita toasted with hummus

I’m also trying to not be too strict right now either since I am nursing.  I know I just need to patient, and it will come off in a few months…easier said than done, right?

Roasted Red Pepper and Turkey Wrap
 
Author:
Recipe type: Lunch
Ingredients
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 1 tbsp whipped cream cheese
  • 5-6 slices turkey
  • 3-4 strips of roasted red bell pepper (jarred)
Instructions
  1. Spread cream cheese over all of tortilla.
  2. Place turkey on top of cream cheese.
  3. Top with roasted red bell pepper strips.
  4. Roll up and slice in half or wrap in plastic wrap and chill for later.
Notes
*Adapted from The Biggest Loser Cookbook

Other wraps:
Ultimate Chicken Salad Rollups
Ultimate Chicken Salad Rollups

Hot-Pressed Santa Fe Wraps
Hot-Pressed Santa Fe Wraps

White Chicken Enchilada Pizza

All the flavor of White Chicken Enchiladas but in pizza form!  What’s not to love!
White Chicken Enchilada Pizza

Hey everyone!  Hope your week is going okay so far.  We are full swing into the school year down here.  Just about every afternoon we have something going on now.  This year we have a 2nd grader and 1st grader.  Homework time is interesting to say the least.  It goes something like this:

Me:  (To my 2nd grader) Get started on your Math first.  (To my 1st grader) let’s look at your math sheet.

2nd grader:  Mom, why aren’t you helping me?

Me:  I’ll be there in just a second.  Let me get him started first.

2nd grader:  Can you do this one with me?  Can you read this one to me?  (She can read and I’m fairly confident she knows what to do also).

Me:   (Distracting my 2 year old with stickers) Let me just do one more with your brother.

Me:  (To my 2nd grader) Okay let’s see what you’ve done and I’ll check them to see if they are right.  Wait.  You haven’t started yet. (As she hangs upside down to get her pencil that has rolled onto the floor for the 4th time).  Okay let’s do this one.

Baby starts crying.

Me:  (While wiping marker off the table and taking it away from my 2 year old) Okay let’s do a few more.  Good.  Now your turn.

Baby cries a little louder, and I go grab him.

Me:  (To my 1st grader) Finish your math so we can check it.  Remember we still need to do your ELA sheet.

2nd grader:  Mom can you help me?

1st grader:  Mom I don’t understand this one?

2 year old climbs on table.

Baby still crying and wants to eat.

Me:  Where’s your Daddy??

This cycle repeats and occasionally we have meltdowns when some of that Math is just not sinking in.  I don’t know how you home-school moms do it.  I taught school for 9 years, but I never had a 2 year old and a baby to take care of at the same time.  I just keep telling myself it will get easier…one day soon hopefully!

I’m sure a lot of you have evenings like this too.  So why not look forward to eating a great pizza after all that hard homework thinking time?

This pizza is so good!  I love White Chicken Enchiladas.  This has all those same flavors from the sour cream, green chiles, and cream of chicken minus the tortillas.  Your family will love it!

I usually have pizza dough already made in the freezer that I thaw out anytime I make a pizza.  Honestly, I don’t have time to make pizza dough on a school night unless I can get it made earlier in the day.  I’ve included one of my favorite pizza dough recipes below.

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White Chicken Enchilada Pizza
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main Dish
Ingredients
  • pizza dough
  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled and diced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can sliced olives, divided
  • 1 can cream of chicken
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 can green chiles, chopped
  • 1½ cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • ¼ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425. While oven is preheating, spread dough into a 12 inch circle on a pizza stone or pan. Place in oven to partially bake while oven is preheating. Partially bake for about 7 -10 minutes. Remove.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter.
  3. Add onion and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add ¼ cup olives, sour cream, cream of chicken, green chiles and mix well over medium heat.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Spread sauce on partially baked crust.
  7. Top with chicken, olives, and cheese.
  8. Bake pizza for 10-15 minutes or until crust begins to get golden brown and cheese is melted.
  9. Enjoy!

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Pizza Dough
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 yeast packet
  • 1⅓ cups warm water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3¾ cup flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Mix warm water with sugar and yeast and let sit for 10 minutes. Yeast will begin to foam on top.
  2. Stir the olive oil into the yeast mixture.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, mix the flour and salt and then make a well in the center.
  4. Pour in the yeast mixture gradually and begin stirring in the flour.
  5. Using dough hook, turn mixer on and let it knead dough for about 5 minutes or until dough pulls away from sides. Sprinkle in more flour if dough seems too wet and is not pulling away from sides.
  6. Split mixture into two balls. Place each dough ball in an olive oil coated bowl while turning dough to get coated with oil as well. Cover with dish towel and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  7. Freeze the extra dough in a freezer storage bag. Let thaw and come to room temperature when ready to use. Dust with a little flour to help spread it onto a pan.
Notes
Source: Food Network Magazine

Here’s some other recipes you might enjoy:

Grilled Chicken and Bacon Pizza with a Garlic Cream Sauce
Grilled Pepperoni, Pepper and Onion PizzasGrilled Chicken & Bacon Pizza

Grilled Pizzas with Peppers and Onions
Grilled Pepperoni, Pepper, and Onion Pizzas

Saturday Night Fever: A Recipe Link Party

Hey everyone!  I hope you have had a great Saturday.  I have some exciting news!

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I am now a new host of Saturday Night Fever, one of my favorite link parties!!!
I love link parties because you can link up and share your recipes from your blog, and then you can look at all the other links to get some many fabulous ideas.  It’s like visiting Pinterest but all linked up here and with the other hosts.

So even if you don’t have a blog, you can browse through the links to find some major yummy goodness every Saturday night!!

Each host selects their favorites from the previous Saturday and features them too!!

Here are some that I LOVED from last week:

Mini Blueberry & Meyer Lemon Cream Pies by Krafted Koch
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Homemade Oatmeal Packets by Robyn’s View
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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan by Sweep Tight
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Slow Cooker Fig Butter by Kleinworth & Co.
Homemade Fig Butter by Kleinworth & Co.

Chili’s Copycat Cajun Chicken Pasta by See Aimee Cook
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NOW, LET’S GET TO THE PARTY! THE RULES ARE SIMPLE:

  1. Please only link up food or drink related posts. You can share up to 5 recipes. They don’t have to be recent posts, but please make them new to our party.
  2. Please don’t link and run! Visit and PIN at least three other links that are near you in the list. It’s not a party without mingling!
  3. Please follow each of your hosts:

CHELSEA’S MESSY APRON -> PINTEREST – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – GOOGLE+

LEMON TREE DWELLING -> PINTEREST TWITTER FACEBOOK GOOGLE+

YUMMY HEALTHY EASY -> PINTEREST TWITTER FACEBOOK GOOGLE+

THE WEARY CHEF -> PINTEREST TWITTER FACEBOOK GOOGLE+

BELLE OF THE KITCHEN-> PINTEREST – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – GOOGLE+

DIARY OF A RECIPE COLLECTOR-> PINTEREST – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – GOOGLE+

Come back next week to see if you were featured! Each host will choose her own features, so be sure to visit all of us to look for your name in lights. Now let’s get to the fun!

Rice Cooker Sausage Jambalaya

Cajun Cookin

Hey everyone!  I have a fun new feature on my blog called Cajun Cookin’.  I’m so excited to share some of my recipes that are very near and dear to my heart.  They come from one of the best cuisines on Earth-Cajun Food!  Okay, maybe I’m a little biased, but our food down here in Louisiana has so much flavor, and I’m excited to share some of these dishes with you.

I thought I’d start off with an easy weeknight Cajun dish, Rice Cooker Sausage Jambalaya.  Normally Jambalaya is a Sunday dinner at our house, but every now and then, it’s nice to enjoy on a busy weeknight.

Rice Cooker Sausage Jambalaya

This dish couldn’t get easier!  Five ingredients and a rice cooker and you are on your way to a great Cajun dinner!

Plus, you’ve got your protein and sides all in one pot.  Less clean up=a happier mommy!

Rice Cooker Sausage Jambalaya
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main Dish
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. smoked sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 can french onion soup
  • 1 can Rotel (mild) or diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can blackeyed peas with bacon, undrained
  • 2 cups rice
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in rice cooker.
  2. Start the rice cooker.
  3. Once it finishes, allow it to set for 5 minutes. (Do not lift the lid).
  4. Turn the rice cooker back on again. It will cook for a shorter cycle this time. Let it set for 10 minutes after it goes off.
  5. Stir and check rice to make sure it is done. If not, add a little more water (about 2 tbsp), stir, and set it to cook again.
Notes
*I used an 8 cup rice cooker.

Other recipes you might like:

Cajun Boiled Shrimp Stuffed Potato
Cajun Boiled Shrimp Stuffed Potato

Shrimp Casserole
Shrimp Casserole

Mini Maple-Dipped Pumpkin Muffins

Mini pumpkin muffin treats dunked in a wonderful maple glaze that leaves them moist, sweet, and delicious for the upcoming Fall mornings
Mini Maple-Dipped Pumpkin Muffins

It’s September y’all!  Where did the summer go?  I know I was a little busy with a new baby and all, but I am still having trouble believing it’s already time for…

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I don’t mind though.  I love all the goodies and comfort that Fall brings.  It marks the start of the holiday season, which I can’t ever wait for every year!

I feel like our family has definitely started out fresh and new for the season.  We spent the entire weekend rearranging and swapping the kids’ bedrooms.  We did a full circle switch.  Everyone seems to be very excited with their new spots.  My two little ones will be sharing a room once we move little Landry to his crib in a month or so.   A toddler bed, baby bed, dresser, toy box, kiddie table, a ton of baby dolls, and a toy kitchen doesn’t leave a whole lot of room.  At least they’ll be cozy, right?  I guess we’ll see how it goes!

Speaking of cozy…I want to share these delicious little pumpkin jewels.  They are so perfect for Fall breakfasts and lunchbox treats.

Mini Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Muffins

 So go ahead and welcome September with a bang and make pumpkin muffins!

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Mini Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Muffins
 
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1¼ cups canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Glaze: 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking oil spray.
  3. Mix cake mix, pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs, spice, and vanilla with a stand mixer or hand mixer until well mixed, about 2 minutes.
  4. Pour a small amount of batter into mini muffin tin cups.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes and meanwhile make the glaze.
  6. Allow them to cool for 1-2 minutes. Turn them out onto a large dish towel.
  7. Lay out cooling rack on top of wax paper.
  8. Dunk each mini muffin into glaze flipping and coating thoroughly and set onto cooling rack to drip and set for a few hours.
  9. Store in an airtight container.
  10. For the glaze: Whisk all ingredients until combined.

Other great Fall breakfast treats:

French Puffs
French Puffs

Breakfast Pizza Bake
Breakfast Pizza Bake

Labor Day Menu

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Hey everyone!  Many of you have a 3 day weekend coming up.  Woohoo!!  Perhaps your family and friends are getting ready for a barbeque to mark the end of the Summer season, so I thought I’d put together some dishes from my blog that you might like to add to your menu.

If you’re looking for a good burger, try these!
Garlic Butter Burgers
Garlic Butter Burgers

Here are some appetizers/sides for y’all to nibble on…

Ultimate Chicken Salad Rollups
Ultimate Chicken Salad Rollups

Veggie Squares
Veggie Squares

Corn Dip
Corn Dip Diary of a Recipe Collector

Aussie Cheese Fries
Aussie Cheese Fries

And for dessert, try one of these:

Chocolate Dream Trifle
Chocolate Dream Trifle

Strawberry Lemon Dump Cake
Strawberry Lemon Dump Cake

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