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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Banana Bread Maple Cinnamon Rolls

I’m on the hunt for a delicious recipe for breakfast morning on Christmas and decided to do some testing. This is the first recipe I’d tried and it was really good. Everyone loved the cinnamon rolls and the banana made them different and unique….plus I’m always looking for a way to use up over-ripe bananas. The maple glaze is amazing too!

Homemade cinnamon rolls are fairly easy to make – they take a little time and patience, but trust me… it’s so worth it!

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Zoodles with Scallops and Bacon

I love scallops, but rarely make them at home. My former coworkers would always know what I was going to order when there were scallops on the menu. Ha! I’m not sure why I don’t make them at home, but now that I have this recipe, I’ll be making them more often.

My husband and I both loved the zoodles, the lemony sauce and the crispy bacon. I used bay scallops, but I bet this would be delicious with sea scallops. Maybe next time! I also need to work on my searing technique. I think my scallops were a not dry enough – make sure you press out the water.

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Baked Brie with Sun-dried Tomatoes

My family loves baked brie and I’m always looking for new recipes to try. I usually make a version with brown sugar and pecans, but was searching for a savory recipe and found this one. It’s so simple, delicious and so pretty – perfect for your next holiday party. The creamy brie goes great with the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and a little bit of freshness from the parsley – it’s the perfect bite!

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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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