Wow! You probably thought you’d never hear from me on a Saturday again, didn’t you? And technically it isn’t Saturday, but here we are!
Hope your holidays were happy and that you’ve been having a happy new year! Seems like ages ago, doesn’t it, and now we’re into tax season. Hurray! (said very sarcastically, of course)
Our holidays were rather uneventful since Kurt and I were sick for the whole two weeks with the flu. He had it worse than I did, poor guy, but we got through it and then took a short roadtrip up to Montreal. Neither of us had been since high school – me for a choir competition and he played in a hockey tournament.
Even though is was a mere 48 hours in the city, we walked a lot, had some great food, including the Braised Short Ribs Eggs Benedict (pictured above) for breakfast at Yama. It was OMG delicious!! We toured Notre-Dame Basilica, and went to a Canadiens hockey game, too. It was a great short trip, but I wish it’d been longer. So, we’ll just have to go again! There have been quite a few recipes published since our last newsletter in mid-December. Some of them were holiday recipes, so I won’t list them, but you can browse the sight if you’re interested.
Week of December 17 – Recipe 1, Recipe 2
Week of December 24 – Recipe 1, Recipe 2, Recipe 3, Recipe 4 – this one you’re going to want on your Super Bowl menu! Week of December 31 – Recipe 1, Recipe 2, Recipe 3
Week of January 7 – Recipe 1, Recipe 2, Recipe 3
Week of January 14 – Recipe 1, Recipe 2, Recipe 3
New Recipes This Week
This Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip is one you’ll definitely want to add to your Super Bowl menu! It’s easy, creamy, and cheesy, and will stay warm for your crowd in the slow cooker.
An easy dinner without a lot of trouble, this Beef Chili Verde made in the slow cooker is a great weeknight dinner when you’ve got a busy schedule. I love to serve it over creamy polenta, but you can put it on buttered noodles or mashed potatoes, too!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this easy Valentine Snack Mix will be great for gift giving, a fun treat for Galentine’s Day or to munch on while watching a romantic movie marathon.
Red Velvet screams Valentine’s Day and these Red Velvet Blossom Cookies with a chocolate heart in the center will definitely make your sweetheart and/or the loved ones in your life smile!
Winter Recipes to Enjoy
- Mom’s Monkey Bread – small dough balls rolled in cinnamon sugar mixture
- Twice Baked Potatoes – creamy and delicious!
- This Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball with three different kinds of cheese, shredded chicken, and Buffalo sauce will delight the senses of everyone
- These Banana Pudding Dream Bars take your favorite banana pudding to the next level with an Oreo layer, fresh bananas, and a sweet cream cheese layer.
- These Oreo Balls without cream cheese are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth!
- In every bite of this Chocolate Strawberry Bread, enjoy the taste of fresh juicy strawberries and a bit of chocolate.
Menu Plan This Week
Sunday: Cinnamon Sugar Palmiers
Monday: Chimichurri Salmon
Tuesday: Chicken Caesar Salad
Wednesday: One Pot Bacon and Tortellini Zuppa Toscana
Friday: Date Night
Saturday: Circus Animal Rice Krispies Treats
Favorite Product of the Week
I recently purchased these Herb Saver Pods to extend the life of the herbs I use for cooking. I’ve had them about a week and so far I love them. I’ve used them for chives, green onions, and parsley – though I had to trim down the bunch as the entire thing wouldn’t fit. They’re supposed to extend the life of the herbs for up to three weeks, and it will be much better for me than leaving them into the plastic bags with a paper towel or in a cup of water on the counter. They’re taller than a milk jug, to I have them either on the top shelf in the fridge or on the top shelf of the door.
(To get to the Herb Saver Pods, click the link above. It will take you to the blog and then scroll down to this Favorite Product section where you’ll find the affiliate link to the item as I’m not permitted to share Amazon links here in my newsletter. I may earn a small commission from products purchased when you shop through my Amazon links at no additional cost to you. Thanks!)
Tip of the Week
Looking to make some perfectly rounded cookies? Place the top of a drinking glass down on the cookie sheet over the cookie while still warm. Using a circular motion, gently swirl the cookie around inside the glass, so its’ edges become more uniform. Voila! A perfectly rounded cookie!
I’d love to hear any tips you have, and what has helped you be more efficient and organized in the kitchen! If you would be interested in sharing them with all of us, and if I choose to share them in our newsletter, I’ll give you a first-name shoutout! ❤️