Bite-Sized Peanut Butter Pies

Bite-sized desserts are just too cute! Last weekend was my company’s holiday party and we have a dessert bar made by all of our employees. I always try to make something new and this year I was craving something with peanut butter and chocolate. I found this recipe for bite-sized peanut butter pies with a chocolate crust. Flaky, chocolate crust filled with a rich peanut butter mousse and then topped with a drizzle of a chocolate and crushed peanuts – they are to die for!

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No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

I had some leftover mini bags of pretzels from Halloween and wanted to use them up before they got stale. I found this quick and easy recipe for no bake peanut butter pretzel bars and whipped them up last night. My son helped me make them and enjoyed pouring the pretzel “sugar” into the mixture.

The bars are packed full of peanut butter flavor! The crunch of the pretzels are perfect and you can’t go wrong with a chocolate topping. They taste almost like a peanut butter cup.

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Instant Pot Copycat Wendy’s Chili

I love chili – it’s the perfect meal for a cold day! Even better is when you can whip up a batch of chili in less than 20 minutes and it tastes like it’s been cooking all day! This copycat recipe is the perfect time to participate in this month’s  Fantastical Food Fight. This month’s theme was “fast food copycat recipes” and had me thinking for a while of what to make. We don’t do much fast food anymore, but on occasion I will grab a bowl of chili from Wendy’s and enjoy!

I loved the flavors of the chili and while it wasn’t exactly like their recipe, it’s pretty darn close! My husband and I loved it and we kept going back for more!

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#Choctoberfest 2017

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Today is one of my favorite days of the year, because it is the official start of #Choctoberfest. This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar and the other sponsors listed below.

Over 70 bloggers are participating in #Choctoberfest 2017 and will be posting 200+ chocolate recipes over the next week. Keep your eyes peeled, visit any of the blogs listed below, or use the #Choctoberfest hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to follow along. You can also check out our #Choctoberfest Pinterest board, where we post chocolate recipes all year long.

You can also enter to win our #Choctoberfest prize pack. Thank to our amazing sponsors who are contributing the following items for the prize:

  • $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 1 case of granulated white sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of light brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), and 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds) from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint from our silver sponsor Barlean’s
  • 300-piece Lindt LINDOR Truffles gift bag (you choose the flavors!) from blog sponsors The PinterTest Kitchen

This prize pack is valued at over $450! To enter, simply follow participating sponsors and bloggers using the below giveaway widget.

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Stay tuned to see the delicious recipes bloggers have cooked up using Imperial Sugar and Barlean’s products. Thank you also to Davis Chocolate and Rodelle for being #Choctoberfest shoutout sponsors! Watch Instagram and Facebook to find out more about about their chocolate products.

Here is a complete list of all the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2017, so you can see the recipes they are posting throughout the week:

The PinterTest KitchenFix Me a Little LunchSavory MomentsCrumbs in my MustachioHouse of Nash EatsBake It With LoveThat RecipeHardly A GoddessCooking With CarleeA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresBody RebootedCindy’s Recipes and WritingsThe Redhead BakerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceSweet CoraliceSeduction in The KitchenCooks&Books&RecipesEveryday EileenUnder My Apple TreeFamily Around The TableBottom Left of the MittenThe Spiffy CookieFairyburgerJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJonesin’ For TasteJane’s Adventures in DinnerTake Two TapasJennifer BakesThe Unlikely BakerHostess At HeartKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynns Sweets and TreatsWildflour’s Cottage KitchenChocolate SlopesLittle House Big AlaskaMakes, Bakes and Decor2 Cookin MamasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeBooks n’ CooksMildly MeanderingLiving IdeasRestless ChipotleGet the Good Stuff!The Weekday GourmetAn Affair from the HeartWest Via MidwestCookie Dough and Oven MittThe Bitter Side of SweetCookaholic WifeDaily Dish RecipesFor the Love of FoodThe Saucy SouthernerCook’s HideoutBy the PoundsTramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town South DakotaSarah Cooks the BooksChef Sarah ElizabethFantastical Sharing of RecipesSarah’s Bake StudioThe Pajama ChefFrankly EntertainingLong Distance BakingPalatable PastimeThe Freshman CookThe Food Hunter’s Guide to CuisineA Day in the Life on the FarmWendy PolisiTampa Cake GirlMy Southern Sweet ToothCanning and Cooking at HomeFull Belly SistersSuperSizeGuy.comOur Good LifeThe Life Jolie

Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas

No one can resist saucy, cheese enchiladas that are packed full of ground turkey and black beans … except my son. Ha! He’s getting more vocal about what he wants to eat and the other night when I made these easy enchiladas, he wanted nothing to do with them. I decided it was a night I was going to pick my battles and not argue with them. The rest of us loved them and they made enough for us to have for dinner later in the week. I’m sure my son won’t want to eat them again.

As I mentioned, they were easy to make and I like that you use low-carb tortillas especially since I’m back to watching what I’m eating. We drizzled roasted shishito pepper sauce over them to add a little heat and they were so good!

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2 tsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
juice from a lime
12 6-inch low carb flour tortillas
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 1/2 cups red enchilada sauce
toppings: thinly sliced green onions, sour cream, lime wedges

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Pour 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce into the dish.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions for 2 minutes until they start to soften. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ground turkey and spices. Brown the turkey until it is cooked through. Mix in the tomato paste until combined. Stir in the beans and lime juice. If needed, add 1/2 cup chicken stock. I didn’t need it as my mixture was wet enough. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes more and then remove from heat.

To make your enchiladas, place a tortilla down on a flat surface. Place 3 tablespoons of the turkey mixture on the one side of the tortilla. Tightly roll the tortilla and place seam side down in the prepared baking dish. Continue until all tortillas are used. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and top with both cheese. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the sauce is hot and the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for a couple of minutes before serving. Top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of green onions.

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Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry

I’m always looking for quick dinners and this one fits! I love stir-fry – there’s something about meat and veggies in a delicious sauce served over rice or quinoa……except when your kids complain about it. When I made this, my kids were off – I’m blaming the full moon! My son told me he doesn’t like broccoli (news to me) and my daughter took a plate but complained about how “chewy” the beef was. My husband and I loved it and we had no complaints! I guess you can’t please everyone.

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Western Omelet Quiche

Life has been a little crazy around here and spring sports haven’t started yet! My husband has been traveling into the city every day for the last three weeks and it’s been throwing off our routine. Needless to say, I haven’t been doing much cooking or baking trying to keep up with everything  – huge props to all the single parents out there! I spent some time this weekend meal planning again and think I’m set to do some cooking this week.

I love western omelets, but rarely make them. I had some leftover peppers from a party I hosted and knew I had all the other ingredients in my house, so I quickly threw it it together. We all enjoyed it and it was great for breakfast the next day. I served it with roasted potatoes, but a green salad would be perfect too!

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Ricotta Banana Bread

Once again, I found myself with almost a full bunch of bananas that were on their way to being overripe. I should learn that when my kids ask for bananas, they only want 1 or 2 and not to buy a bunch, since they never eat them all. I decided to wipe up a loaf of banana bread last night to use up a few and then cut the rest into slices, frozen them and they’ll be used for smoothies. I also picked this recipe since it uses ricotta and I had some leftover from another recipe that needed to be used.

The bread came out super moist and you would never know there was ricotta in the batter. It’s really good warm with a little smear of butter. With a slice of this bread and a cup of coffee, it’s a great way to start the day!

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#ChoctoberFest Begins Today!

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Today is one of my favorite days of the year… because it is the first day of #Choctoberfest 2016!

#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love?

Thank you to the sponsors who make #Choctoberfest possible! This year, Imperial Sugar is back as our Gold Sponsor. They have been a trusted name in kitchens since 1843, and their website is home to thousands of sweet recipes tested in the Imperial Sugar Kitchen. You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, or join their Sweet Community so you can share your own recipes, save recipes to a virtual inbox, print Imperial Sugar coupons, and connect with other sugar lovers. Continue reading