Chocolate Chip Cookie Butter Cookies

chocolate chip cookie butter cookies

This is the first year that I participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap which helped raise $13,778.40 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.  It was fun to connect with other bloggers, send and receive cookies and especially being able to contribute to a great cause.

chocolate chip cookie butter cookies

I sent a dozen of these cookies to Karla of The Pie Less Traveled, Mary Ellen of Recipes, Food and Cooking and to Meriem of Culinary Couture.  I hope they enjoyed these delicate chocolate chip cookie butter cookies and that it made it there in one piece.  The cookies are made with Trader Joes’ Speculoos Cookie Butter and laced with chocolate chips and coarse sea salt.  If you haven’t had cookie butter you are missing out on something wonderfully decadent.  Imagine spreading a layer of creamy spread made from gingerbread cookies and crushed biscuits onto a warm piece of toast.   Actually, you don’t even need the toast it’s great straight out of the jar!    The cookie butter has hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and cardamom.  It’s warm, cozy and very addicting.

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Easy Bacon Chicken Mac & Cheese

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Easy Bacon Chicken Mac & Cheese #shop

The holidays are around the corner and it’s such a busy time for many people.  It’s nice to keep a few items on hand to make entertaining or feeding your family a bit easier during this hectic time of year.  Nestle family size frozen  foods make putting hot meals on the table super easy.  With a few mix ins or sides the entrees become a satisfying meal to gather around.  The best part that it takes very little effort or time.

This bacon chicken macaroni and cheese is so easy to make and is such a time saver.   Rotisserie chicken and crispy apple wood bacon add so much favor to the mac and cheese.   A few dashes of hot sauce and fresh tomatoes help balance the richness of the cheese and gives the dish a little kick and pop of freshness.  If you don’t have chicken on hand you can use canned tuna.

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Korean BBQ Short Ribs #CampbellSauces

Korean BBQ Short Ribs

Braised short ribs is one of my all time favorite restaurant meals.  If it’s on the menu chances are I’m going to order it.  The meat is fork tender and the favors are rich and intense.  This dish is easy to recreate at home with a little help from Campbell’s Sweet Korean BBQ Slow Cooker Sauce.  The roasted ginger and sesame adds a layer of flavor to this savory and slightly sweet sauce.

It’s fall season which makes it the perfect time to use the slow cooker.    It’s such a time saver to be able to prep dinner the night before and stick it in the fridge over night.  The next morning I plug it in and let dinner cook while I’m at work.  It definitely takes the stress out of weeknight cooking.

If you look in my pantry I current have a few of the Campbell’s Skillet Sauces and Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces handy for those nights that I need a little help to get a homemade meal on the table.  I can’t wait to try Scampi and Thai Green Curry Skillet Sauces.  I also have the Tavern Style Pot Roast and Hawaiian Luau Slow Cooker Sauces stocked in my pantry for another day.  I tried the Campbell’s Chicken Marsala Skillet Sauce recently and it was a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table in 15 minutes.  Gotta love that!

Campbell's Sweet Korean BBQ Slow Cooker Sauce

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Winder Farms Review and Giveaway

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Derrick and I were ecstatic when Winder Farms reached out to us to try their home delivery service.   Winder Farms is a  “farmer’s market on wheels” and offers hundreds of natural, local and organic produce and products to Orange County residents.  Online ordering makes it easy and deliveries are waiting on your doorstep by 8:00am.  We were excited to try the Winder Farms Applewood Smoked Bacon.  The slices were thick and it was great in an egg and bacon breakfast sandwich served with breakfast potatoes.

 

Winder Farm Applewood Bacon

Bacon makes everything better!

 

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Red potatoes, fresh eggs and gorgeous Fuji apples. All from Winder Farms.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

chocolate chip banana bread

This no oil or butter banana bread recipe has been a favorite with both my coworkers and neighbors.  All natural apple sauce is used to create this very easy, chocolatey, moist banana bread.  I created this recipe while on maternity leave and now it’s my go to recipe.  The brown sugar and cinnamon really adds depth to the bread.  Derrick thinks that I purposely let bananas get super ripe just to make banana bread.   There may some truth to that… :)

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