Happy Wednesday guys! We made it halfway through the week!
In case I forgot to mention it, I’m obsessed with bread and butter pickles and Velveeta cheese slices right now.
I mean, if that’s not the epitome of sophisticated taste buds, I don’t know what is.
But every morning, I have 2 eggs with a slice of Velveeta cheese and every afternoon, I have one of my burger salads with tons of pickles on it.
And more than once in the last month, we’ve had these Crockpot Cheeseburgers for dinner because Velveeta! And pickles!
Seriously, this recipe is so simple, so good, and the family loves it.
You just quickly brown some ground beef (you could definitely use turkey if you prefer!) and then transfer it to the crockpot, mix in some cheese, ketchup, and mustard, and let it cook for a few hours. The cheese melts and creates that texture that only Velveeta can make – you know what I’m talking about!
It’s the perfect quick and easy dinner or it would be great for football games. Just put it on some buns with more cheese and pickles and I promise it will be a hit!
This article has been compensated by PAM Cooking Spray. All opinions are mine alone. #PAMCookingSpray
One of my favorite things about this time of year is the anticipation of the holidays and holiday meals. I’ve had a forever long list of Thanksgiving menu ideas on my desk since August.
Last year it was kind of up in the air whether my husband would be home in time for Thanksgiving (deployment) and he ended up coming home on Thanksgiving. So it was super simple since the boys and we spent several hours at the welcome home ceremony. This year though? I wanna go all out. Because next year my husband will probably be gone again. So why not?
One of my favorite and most important ingredients in my cooking, especially around the holidays, is PAM Cooking Spray. I use it pretty much every day of my life but because I use my vintage Pyrex dishes (handwash only!) for all holiday meals, I am most definitely spritzing everything with PAM Cooking Spray. PAM Cooking Spray leaves 99% less residue than margarine or bargain-brand sprays so clean up is quick and easy! It just makes life so much easier. Really, who wants to spend time scrubbing dishes after the Thanksgiving meal?
*vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bakeware, baking at 400°F for 30 min, cooling, and then washing in standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating 4 times.
These Twice Baked Red Potatoes are something you could serve for a holiday meal or just with a regular weeknight dinner! My husband and I used to make these when we lived in our very first apartment before we had kids. We’d make baked chicken with a salad and these potatoes and we felt like real adults. Because we bought raw potatoes and cooked them ourselves.
The recipe is super simple. Just bake the potatoes on a PAM Cooking Spray coated pan until their fork tender. Scrape out the insides and mix it with all kinds of cheesy goodness (and bacon!) and then put it back in the potato shells. So easy and so yummy! You can’t go wrong with potatoes with cheese and bacon!
I was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for my time in developing this recipe and post. All opinions are my own.
Have you started thinking about the holidays yet? I cannot even believe how fast the year has gone and I feel like fall totally snuck up on me! I had big plans to be super organized and have my entire Thanksgiving menu planned out by now. But yeah, didn’t happen.
I’m slowly coming up with ideas and then trying to figure out if my family will actually eat them. You know how it goes. Normally when you have a carrot casserole, it’s loaded with sugar and butter and it’s scrumptious, but I’m looking for a more savory carrot dish this holiday season.
For this dish, I cooked carrots and shallots and then pureed them until smooth and delicious. I stirred in some Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract for some brightness and a few eggs for that carrot casserole texture we all know and love.
The Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract is perfect for adding that little touch of lemon flavor! My husband is forever using all my fresh lemons for his water so I love having the lemon extract in my kitchen as a substitute. Half a teaspoon of the extract is equal to a whole tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest! It is so convenient.
And then the topping! Butter, fresh breadcrumbs, sage, and garlic! All my favorites! That is just mixed up and sprinkled on top before baking. It becomes a little crunchy during baking which is the perfect complement to the silky smooth casserole.
The casserole is absolutely delicious! If you are searching for a new side dish to try for Thanksgiving, definitely give this one a go!
For more recipe ideas and inspiration, visit the Nielsen-Massey Facebook page orPinterest page! Want more ways to use the Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract? Check out their Uses and Pairings page for lots of ideas!
I’m really into oatmeal right now. Probably because it’s fall and I feel like I’m supposed to eat oatmeal in the fall. You know? But also because pumpkin! Pumpkin is so good in oatmeal!
And everything else but that’s not the point.
Have you seen the Smuckers Fruit and Honey yet? I spotted them in Walmart awhile ago and bought all 4 flavors. I mean, they’re naturally sweetened with honey! Which means my husband will eat them (he eats mostly paleo) and it also means that they are delicious because everything is better with honey.
We loved all of them but the Blueberry Lemon is by far my favorite. I’ve started hiding it from the rest of the family because I love it so much.
Can you see the whole blueberry in that spoonful? Obsessed.
I’ve been adding it to my pumpkin oatmeal lately because it lets me to skip the brown sugar or maple syrup that I’d usually put in. Plus I love pumpkin and blueberry together and the lemon adds a nice brightness.
If you’re interested in trying Smuckers Fruit and Honey, there’s a coupon at Ibotta.com for $.75 off when you buy it at Walmart. (Sidenote: if you aren’t using Ibotta – why not?! I’ve gotten $168 back since I started using it! Download the app today!)
Happy weekend! First weekend of October – how crazy is that? Where did the year go?
I have to tell you about the disappointment of my week. My husband and I had a quiet, kidless breakfast at Cracker Barrel yesterday and then wandered into one of those Halloween stores that always pop up right before Halloween. He ended up buying this creepy doll that floats around and talks. Except the first one we got didn’t actually float around so I took it back and the second one doesn’t talk.
So I’m off to the dang Halloween store again today. Because if you’re going to spend a stupid amount on Halloween decorations, they should at least do what they’re supposed to.
Uggghhhhh. I’m all “You should’ve gone to Target! Target would never do this to you!” and my husband just rolls his eyes at me.
But anyway, FOOD.
This week’s family menu plan looks great as usual. A couple slow cooker options, Taco Tuesday (forever my fave!), cheesy potatoes, and a fun twist on pizza night! Plus, a chocolate-y breakfast and the prettiest cake I’ve ever seen!
For more weekly family menu plans, check out the archives!