Happy Halloween!

I am very excited to spend my Halloween with my nephew tonight. He is 16 months old now and I cant wait to see him dressed in his costume, a garden gnome!

I offered to bring a dessert tonight, so I figured I should go with a Halloween theme. I received this recipe from a friend. I slightly altered the recipe: I used Oreo® cookies instead of Heath® bars and I eliminated the coffee. I added a few touches: gummy worms and Milano® cookies… and VIOLA, my very own chocolate trifle graveyard!!

trifle

Happy Halloween!

sharon2

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Cherry Lime Popsicles

With the number of recent heat waves, I have been craving refreshing, cold treats each night. I found this recipe on one of my go-to recipe websites. I had all the ingredients, I just needed popsicle molds. I found these popsicle molds on Amazon, but honestly, the serving size is a bit much for me. I wish I went with something slightly smaller.

In the end, the recipe is delicious! I can’t wait to try out more popsicle recipes!

Welcome Baby!

My nephew has arrived! Mom and baby Liam are doing wonderful.

Welcome Liam Joseph!

I am so happy to be an aunt. Every time I see a cute outfit, I can’t resist purchasing it. However, now that Liam is here, I can’t forget that mom and dad have their hands full now and may need a little assistance.

To make sure that mom and dad have plenty of energy to take care of baby Liam, I put together the following “Welcome Baby” care package:

Welcome baby Liam!

Homemade Blueberry Muffin recipe here. Lasagna, garlic knots, and salad purchased from the amazing Carlino’s. Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe here. Pampers diapers and wipes.

Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies

According to the radio, today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Which is very fitting as I already planned to make chocolate chip cookies today for a pot luck dinner with my girls tomorrow. 

I first saw this recipe on a blog post by Cupcakes and Cashmere (fabulous blog, highly recommend). The fact that everyone is calling this recipe “the best,” I had to try it. 

The results… they weren’t lying!!!!!!! Ah-mazing! 

I was only able to refrigerate dough for 26 hrs

I didn’t have parchment paper so I used Pam spray.

I baked at 360 degrees for 13 mins

delicious!

Turkey Chili

This week I made Turkey Chili for the big Eagles/Redskins game. I got the recipe from a friend. I served it with shredded cheddar cheese and fresh Italian bread. It was amazing.

Recipe:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (1 small)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced   I used 3 cloves
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced red tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional) I used as a topping/for looks when I served it
  • Chopped onion (optional)
  • Dairy Sour Cream (optional)
  • Crushed red pepper (optional) I added a pinch

Directions:

1. In a 3-quart saucepan cook and stir ground beef or turkey, bell pepper, 1/2 cup chopped onion, and the garlic over medium heat until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat.

2. Stir in tomato sauce, undrained beans, undrained tomatoes, chili powder, salt, basil, and black pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, cover for 20 minutes. To serve, ladle chili into bowls. If desired, top each serving with cheese, chopped onion, and/or sour cream and crushed red pepper.

Makes 4 main dish servings

Slow Cooker Heaven

This past Christmas, I received a crock pot.  I never knew what I was missing until recently. My mother gave me a pork shoulder that she bought from the store. I decided to try out my crock pot for the first time by making pulled pork sandwiches with the pork shoulder. Not to toot my own horn, but they were amazing! So simple, yet so delicious!

If anyone has any great slow cooker recipes… please share! I’d love to try them.