I have had the weirdest caprese craving recently. It’s weird because, guys, I don’t even like tomatoes. That’s a lie. I like cooked tomatoes but the texture of fresh tomatoes makes me squirm. Ugh. But I’m craving them. Like crazy! I needed a caprese salad in my life so badly when my car was in the shop that I ordered pizza from the only place I could find a caprese salad on the menu. I didn’t even want the pizza, just the salad. 

I ate the pizza anyway. Obviously.

(Mostly because 1/3 of the pizza was covered in tomatoes, mozzarella, and pesto. What is wrong with me?)

I made these Caprese Chicken Bites using the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter®. They’ve reformulated it so it has 40% fewer calories and 70% less saturated fat than butter. It’s made from real, simple ingredients you can recognize like a delicious blend of plant-based oils, purified water and a pinch of salt. And it’s the first spread from Unilever in the U.S. to be made from non-GMO sourced ingredients

I love doing posts for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® because it gives me an excuse to talk about that one time, before I had 3 kids and a husband that deploys every other year, that I traveled to New York City for the first time to participate in a blogger bake-off with them. 

Oh, life.

These little bites are absolutely delicious. You’ve got the juice chicken, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and then you make a super simple but super delicious sauce with the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® and some fresh lemon juice and zest. So good. And who doesn’t love little snacks on toothpicks? 

Keep I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® in mind for all your holiday spreading, topping, sautéing, cooking or baking. Just one bite and you’ll Believe! Check out the website for more information and leave a product review if you’ve already tried the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter®!

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Beer Cheese Fondue

Well guys, I’ve survived what should be my last week alone. I say should be because last deployment, my husband’s flight was delayed, like, 7 times and he finally got home 2 weeks after the “official” date. So, we’ll se how it goes. 

Anyway, with Thanksgiving less than a week away, it’s time to think about entertaining. I mean, the Iron Bowl is next week. If that’s not the most important entertaining day of the year, I don’t know what is. Also, have you bought your ugly Christmas sweater yet? I keep seeing cute ones (cats!) but I’m so scared that if I buy one at a regular store, someone else will have the same one and how awful would that be to show up in the same ugly Christmas sweater as someone else?

I’ve never once worried about showing up in the same outfit as someone but the Christmas sweaters are causing me lots of stress.

So I’ve been trying to come up with easy entertaining ideas or recipe ideas for all the parties that I’ll undoubtedly be more concerned about choice of cat sweater than what I’m cooking.

Farm Rich Snacks are great for entertaining because they are ready in minutes and you make something to serve alongside them and totally wow your guests.

I made this Beer Cheese Fondue to go with the Farm Rich Breaded Mushrooms because what’s better than mushrooms and cheese? It’s really delicious, super simple, and guess what? If you don’t have a fondue pot, use your slow cooker and make your life even easier! The mushrooms take less than 15 minutes to bake up and you’re ready to serve! 

Beer Cheese Dip

I’m clearly a huge fan of the Breaded Mushrooms but Farm Rich Snacks also offers things like Loaded Potato Skins and Pepperoni Pizzeria Bites – both of which my kids are obsessed with. The best part is that they’re all wholesome, great quality snacks made from 100% real cheese and absolutely 0 trans fats! If you’ve never tried Farm Rich Snacks, use the Farm Rich Product Finder to locate a store near you that carries Farm Rich and then print your coupon to get $1.50 off 2 Farm Rich snacks

Beer Cheese Dip

1 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup beer
12 ounces mild cheddar cheese, cubed
salt and pepper
hot sauce (to taste) 

Melt butter over low heat. Add onions and cook, stirring until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook another minute, until fragrant. Add salt and pepper, beer and cheese; stir until cheese is melted and everything is combined. Whisk in salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste. (Transfer to a fondue pot to keep warm. If it starts too thicken too much, thin out with chicken broth.) 

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If you do nothing else today, go to Starbucks, get a White Peppermint Mocha and then email me and tell me every single detail. 

I haven’t had a single red cup yet. Can you believe it? I’m currently avoiding Starbucks because I know I’ll get talked into gingerbread loaf or cranberry bliss bars or my favorite blueberry muffins. And you guys, DAYS from now my husband will be home. I can’t be stuffing my face with muffins. 

Guess what y’all! I got my car back! It was such a mess. But I got it back! 

You guys know I live on Fort Carson. So to get to my house you have to go through an ID check point. It’s really not a huge deal to get on post even if you’re not military. I mean, the ice cream man gets through, the UPS guys, I even saw the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile go through once. But for whatever reason the dealership shuttle guy couldn’t get through. Even though they had assured me days before that he could.

So the girl at the dealership was all, “I’ll just have my boyfriend pick you up.”

And now, looking back at it, I realize that she was just being super duper helpful and wanted to do whatever she could to get me my car. 

But at the time… 

At the time, I was convinced I was about the be kidnapped. Like, seriously convinced. Like, searching through my husband’s Army closet looking for something to put in my purse that could be used as a weapon.

Yeah, this is how my brain works. So I tweeted my BFF so someone would know what happened if I disappeared and then had a massive panic attack that I then convinced myself was a heart attack.

This went on all day.

I don’t even know what to do with myself. 

So they ended up sending the poor technician out to get me and all my children because by this time all of them were home. The poor guy got stuck in traffic for an hour then got stuck at the gate getting searched forever and then had to endure a 30 minute car ride of my children whisper-screaming at each other. I totally happy cried when he pulled my car around.

And then I sad cried when I paid the bill.

Anyway, back to white chocolate and peppermint! I made Chex Mix! Well, kind of. It’s really just Chex cereal covered in white chocolate and crushed peppermints. Super simple, my favorite winter flavor combination, AND it will hold you over while you wait for the White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles to show up in the grocery stores. 


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Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

There are few things in life that I love more than a pie with a streusel topping made of rolled oats.

I feel like I mention at least once a week that I really, really hate making pie. The crust. It’s just too fussy for me. And then there are those stressful moments where I’m positioned in front of the oven trying to catch it between when it’s undercooked and too jiggly and overcooked with burnt  crust.

Pie is just too stressful for me.

But pie is SO GOOD and you can’t do the holidays without it, right? Plus that list of pies my husband wants gets longer everyday.

I picked up the special winter packaging of Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oats that’s exclusive to Target (it’s limited edition so keep an eye out!) and wanted to make a fabulous and easy pie with them. 

I’m super traditional when it comes to pie for the holidays. I like pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato. That’s it. So I made a super simple, but absolutely delicious sweet potato pie.

The pie starts with a store-bought crust and I don’t care what anyone says, I think they’re just as good as anything I’d make from scratch. Then a simple sweet potato mixture (I just diced my sweet potatoes and boiled them like I was making mashed potatoes – beat them with my stand mixer until they were smooth and added the rest of the ingredients) and then topped with the oat mixture. 

It turned out perfectly. Super soft filling with a crunchy topping. Just how I like my pie!

Make sure you print the Quaker Oats coupons on the Target website and then head to Target to #QuakerUp with the limited edition winter packaging of Quaker Oats and let me know what you think of #MyOatsCreation.

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Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

If there’s ever a time for a cocktail, it’s when your car breaks down days before your husband is coming home from Afghanistan, right? I mean, come on car, you couldn’t wait? Really?! 

And of course, it happened right before the weekend so I’m without a car until Monday. And did I mention that our other car – my husband’s car – has a dead battery?


So today we’re talking cocktails! 

There’s a really fun offer at Target right now where you can a free cocktail shaker (seen below) when you mix and match purchases of any three Diet, Regular or TEN Canada Dry, 7UP, A&W, and more beverages: 12 pk. cans and 6 pk. or 8 pk. bottles.

And to make the deal even better, Browse online savings with Target Cartwheel and save 5% on participating product purchases. 

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

I’ve been obsessed with ginger lately – I want ginger EVERYTHING. Even my bathtub is currently stocked with ginger-scented items. Using Canada Dry in my cocktails has become my new thing because I only like bubbly drinks and the ginger ale is just a nice, delicious shake up from my usual sparkling water. It’s so perfect. 

And since we’re headed into the holidays, I’ve been enjoying pairing it with white cranberry juice. This cocktail is super simple – just the Canada Dry, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, vodka, and Triple Sec. Use your shaker, get it nice and cold, and then put some lime slices in. 

I would’ve put fresh cranberries in too, but you know, no car. 

Anyway, everyone will be entertaining over the holidays so get your bar stocked and make sure you take advantage of the Canada Dry Shaker Offer Available Exclusively at Target, while supplies last!

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

For the ginger syrup:
3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
!For the cocktail: 
1/2 ounce ginger syrup (above)
1 1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec
squeeze of fresh lime juice
1/3 cup white cranberry juice
1/3 cup Canada Dry Ginger Ale

To make the syrup, place sliced ginger, water, and sugar in a saucepan. Simmer for about 20 minutes, until the sugar has completely dissolved and the ginger has infused the syrup. Strain.
To make a cocktail, combine all ingredients and a lot of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a glass and add sliced lime. 

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