Baked Blueberry Maple Oatmeal

I was excited to participate in this month’s Fantastical Food Fight because the theme was OATMEAL! I haven’t made oatmeal in a couple of months, but I use oats in a lot of recipes. I decided to give baked oatmeal a try. I found a recipe with blueberries and maple, which was perfect since I had a container of blueberries that needed to be used.

The recipe was easy to throw together and smelled amazing while it was baking. I had to patiently wait to let it cool before a scooped out a little bit to taste. It was packed full of blueberries and made for a great breakfast and dessert!

Be sure to check out the link below to see all this month’s oatmeal recipes! I’m excited to see what everyone made.

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Instant Pot Lo Mein

I love a good lo mein …. my kids on the other hand, do not. I thought this would be one of the those recipes my kids would love, but they complained all through dinner about how gross it was, it was chewy and disgusting. My daughter even forbid me to never make this recipe again. My husband and I thought it was really good and was packed full of flavor. I might try it again and switch out the sesame oil and see if my kids like it then…..thought I’m not sure I want to hear the complaining again if they don’t. Ha!

This recipe can easily be switched out to include whatever veggies you have on hand. I made it a meatless dish, but a piece of grilled chicken, steak or shrimp would be a great addition.

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Low Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu

I’ve been participating in weight loss challenges for the last couple of months and haven’t been very successful, so I’m looking to switch things up and make some changes to the food we’re eating. I had some success with going low-carb/keto last year and I thought I would give it a try. I’m trying to find a balance with recipes that are not filled with dairy products as I struggle with dairy at times. This chicken recipe was delicious and we all enjoyed it…though I’ll use a different cheese for my son’s next time. He’s not a fan of swiss cheese.

They were really delicious and I didn’t miss the breading at all. They’re coated in parmesan cheese and then baked – so you still get a crispy crust. I’ll definitely be making these again!

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Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

It’s been frigid here in PA for the last 2 weeks and I’m so ready for some warmer temps. I enjoy winter, but this cold weather we’ve been having is extreme. School was closed two days last week because of snow and the extreme cold. As much as I love my kids, I’m so ready for them to go back to school! Cold weather also makes me want to do nothing…not good for getting back to working out and eating better. I’ve made this soup and chili because I needed some comforting food.

We have a small restaurant near us that has amazing baked potato soup and I’ve tried to duplicate it numerous times and I’m not there yet…but I’ll get there. This version of soup was quick and easy to make – especially when using the Instant Pot! I think the prep may have taken a little longer than the actual time it cooked. I enjoyed this soup the next day for leftovers. I think having it sit in the fridge for a day enhanced all the flavors even more.

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Quick Beef Stroganoff

Winter break is over and it’s time to get back to school, work and all the usual activities we have going on. I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy dinners that I can whip together during the week and this definitely was one of them!

I love stroganoff and even though my family is not a huge fan, I make it every now and then. This recipe reminds me of growing up and my mom making the stroganoff version of hamburger helper. You could easily substitute ground turkey for the ground beef for a lighter version.

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January Photo-A-Day Challenge

I’ve been participating occasionally in photo-a-day challenges and I’m excited to announce that I’m starting my own! I hope you’ll join me in this fun challenge.

Each month, I’ll be posting a calendar of daily prompts for photos. To participate, all you need to do is follow the prompts and use the hashtag #joinusphotochallenge. I’ll be sharing my photos on my Facebook page and Instagram account.

Pictures are a great way to make memories and my goal for 2018 is to be more present in all ways of life. I think this challenge will help me slow down and notice little things in life that I know I’ve missed in the past!

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Peppermint Chocolate Delight

I hosted dinner for my family on the Saturday before Christmas and I was looking for an easy and quick dessert to make. This dessert was perfect! It had all the flavors of the holidays – chocolate and peppermint! I was able to make it the night before and it was ready for dessert. It’s so much goodness layered together – starting at the bottom is a layer of chocolate graham crackers, peppermint cream cheese, chocolate pudding, whipped topping and finished with crush peppermint chocolate candy bars. YUM!!!

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Rose Apple Brie Bites

Are you looking for an amazing dessert to impress your guests? This is it! My entire family is a fan of brie and I was looking for a fancy dessert to try out. These appetizer that look like roses are packed full of raspberry jam, sweet apples and gooey brie….all wrapped up in puff pastry. Delicious!

These appetizers do take a little time to make, but it’s worth it. The original recipe calls for soaking your apples in red wine. I skipped that step but will be doing that the next time I make them – the apples become rosy colored! I’ll list the steps below with the red wine soak, so you can try them either way.

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Rum Glazed Eggnog Bread

It’s time for another edition of the Fantastical Food Fight! This month’s theme was eggnog. I searched high and low for a different recipe and came across this one for quick bread. I have a few other recipes I’d like to try with the leftover eggnog…so be on the lookout for those in the coming weeks!

If you love eggnog, this bread is perfect for you! It’s moist and packed full of that delicious eggnog and nutmeg flavor that you get with a glass of eggnog. I can’t drink eggnog because of my issues with dairy, but I did try a glass of made with almond milk and it was delicious.

The rum glaze kicks up the bread another level! I make one with just eggnog for work so it was alcohol free and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I swapped out the rum for additional eggnog.

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Creamy White Bean, Ham and Tortellini Soup

It looks like winter has finally arrived here in PA and I’m ready to bring out all the comfort food recipes I’ve been saving. Soup is one of the meals I make most in the winter time. I love being able to throw everything into one pot (or slow cooker) and dinner is served. Quick and easy!

This soup was hearty and thick – almost more of a stew than a soup. My kids loved it – even my daughter who HATES soup. The next time I make it, I’m going to make swap out some of the ingredients for chicken stock to make it a non-creamy version and a little bit lighter.

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