Beef with Bow Tie Pasta/Chocolate Brownies

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I’m drooling thinking about this beef. In fact, it’s going to be my lunch for this next week. I used a sirloin steak as the “beef” part of the dish and let me tell you, it add sooooo much depth and flavor. I LOVE steak so tossing it in to one of my favorite dishes (pasta) made me a happy camper.

I also loved that I didn’t use pasta sauce for this dish. I sorta made my own version of it. It worked and tasted delicious.

Let me tell you, it’s REALLY good as leftovers.

The only not-so-great-of-a-cook moment I had was when I was cooking the steaks. I don’t think I cut them into small enough pieces because it took awhile for the insides to cook as much as the outside.

I also used vegetable broth since I had an open container fro a recipe a few weeks back. I don’t think it tasted any different…..

Recipe here.


Sad day. I forgot to take a picture of these brownies before I completely devoured them. Let that be proof of how delicious they were though.

I also forgot how much fun it is to lick the brownie spoon.

My usual go-to brownie recipe is Betty Crocker’s boxed variety, but this was equally delicious though not quite as moist. I think that was user-error.

I’m not usually a walnuts-in-brownies kind of girl either, but I went for it in the name of ~trying new things~. Not bad! I actually enjoyed it!

Until another time delicious walnut brownies!

Recipe here.


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Cinnamon French Toast Sticks with Spicy Cider Syrup

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Things I learned today: I’m a fan of french toast sticks. Also, I’m NOT a fan of “spicy cider syrup”.

Never really been a fan of apple cider in general. Also, I’m not completely convinced I even made this recipe right. Also also, I prefer my syrup straight-from-the-refridgerator cold.

Factor all these together and I wasn’t a fan of the syrup. I did try it though! And then promptly took the bottle of maple syrup out of the fridge and poured it over my cinnamon sticks.

The french toast sticks part of this meal was easy peasy. I even let my husband prepare the liquid that the bread is dipped in! I wish I had some type of bread other than regular white sandwich bread. I’ve heard there’s a specific type of bread that’s the best to use for french toast. Please advise.

Another husband approved meal (even though he’s a type 1 diabetic and really shouldn’t be eating so much sugar. whoops!)!

Recipe here.


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Cobb Salad/Lemon and Parmesan Crusted Salmon

Okay, I’m officially declaring myself a “salad girl.”

My thinking before this meal was: “salads…….ew……healthy…….want. chocolate.”

That’s it in a nutshell.

But this was delicious. I had an idea of cobb salad being a dish that includes everything but the kitchen sink and that description about sums it up.

There was bacon, avocado, tomato, blue cheese, hard boiled eggs, and just about anything else you could possibly want to toss in there.

I packed this salad to go so I could meet up with my husband for a school function. At some point I think I blacked out and woke up sitting at his desk, obsessively munching away on it looking for any piece of bacon or avocado I could find and shouting to the world, “I’M A SALAD GIRL.”

You think I’m exaggerating…

This salad was insanely, astonishingly delicious. You normal people out there are probably thinking, “It’s a salad….big whoop…there’s lettuce and dressing, get over it.”

However, my life is forever changed.

The saddest part about all of this is that the salad looked so beautiful after I piled all of the add-ins on top of the lettuce. Silly me thought I could go ahead and shake the container to mix up everything and it would still be beautiful and perfect. Well, it was to me, but not enough for the picture.

Almost forgot to mention: the lemon vinaigrette dressing was literal perfection in a tangily, satisfying, liquidy little package.

Recipe here.


Another day, another delicious salmon recipe that of course is delicious because it’s salmon. If salmon were my child, it would be the perfect first-born that could do no wrong. Or the baby that was even more sweet and perfect than the first-born (shout-out to my parents for secretly thinking I’m their favorite even though they’ve never said it out loud!).

Crunchy bread crumbs…..flaky fillet…..no better combination.

I’m always amazed at how easy salmon is to cook. Toss it in the oven and it comes out 20ish minutes later looking perfect. It’s so versatile. You can marinate it, top it, grill it, literally anything. Maybe I’ll name my first-born Salmon instead of Hershey. I should make a poll……

Anyway, make this dish. It’s fast, easy, and delicious.

Recipe here.


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Fettuccine Alfredo/Chocolate Mousse

Whew, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to update you guys on one of my favorite dishes!

I’ve always thought alfredo sauce was just cheese sauce….it turns out it’s a lot more delicious than that.

There’s whipping cream, and other stuff I can’t remember right now. But it is sooooo good. It’s definitely a little heavier than say pasta and marinara, but it fills you up so much quicker and really satisfies your appetite.

I loved it, my husband loved it, I’m sure other people would have loved it if we made enough to share.

Btw, if you’re wondering, yes, I did have to google how to spell “fettuccine.”

Recipe here.


This chocolate mousse is not for non chocolate lovers. I’m obsessed with chocolate. My husband buys me one of those XL Hershey’s bars pretty much once a week. My favorite flavor of ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy. Any I’m naming my firstborn Hershey. Okay, the last one is a lie, but you get the point.

This mousse was too chocolatey for me! I put in the correct amount asked for and everything!

Nevertheless, I loved the texture and how it was light yet dense at the same time. My husband made several jokes about me cooking a moose for dessert. It was funny the first 15 times he said it…. ­čÖé

Recipe here.


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Homemade Tomato Salsa/Fish Tacos

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Fish Tacos

Okay. I’ve made homemade salsa before. This….was not salsa. This was pico de gallo. It was chunks of veggies.

Granted, it was delicious chunks of veggies.

I decided I was going to taste each ingredient that went into this dish separately. I almost gagged after tasting the jalape├▒o. I guess the acidity of the tomato reacts with the bitterness of the jalape├▒o and onions? Please advise. Yay for learning!

This salsa was great. I used it as topping for my fish taco and then subsequently forgot to put it back in the fridge overnight so I had to pour it out.

I would probably end up tossing this in the blender to make it REALLY creamy and salsa-like.

Recipe here.


These fish tacos were sooooooo good. The recipe called for the fish to be grilled, but it’s been rainy here in Arkansas lately so I broiled them in the oven.

I also ended up just using salmon fillets. We found great frozen salmon fillets that we used a couple of weeks ago for some recipe so I bought more of them for this week.

These tacos were incredible. I don’t know that I was too crazy about the corn tortillas though. Believe it or not, I’d never had corn tortillas before (I’m an uncultured swine, I know….).

Recipe here.


77/691 recipes! Next up: Fettuccine Alfredo and Chocolate Mousse! Yum!

Chicken Enchiladas/Guacamole

The picky version of me is getting her butt kicked with all these incredible Mexican dishes. My Mexican restaurant order of choice is what’s known as a Steven Special (literally just rice and chicken smothered in queso).

I know what I like and I’m scared to try new things. But let me tell you, these enchiladas were amazing.

Granted, they’re probably not exactly the same as what I’d get if I ordered them at a restaurant, but I think that’s why I liked them so much. They weren’t overly greasy or soggy. They might have been if the recipe had called for queso (sadly, it didn’t).

I made 6 for my husband and I but we barely made it through our first before we had to stop. They were so filling! AND so easy!

Recipe here.


Holy Guacamole!!!! I’m sorry, I had to.

I’m a huge huge fan of avocados. Typical millennial. I know. Btw, I despise that label.

Anyway, back to the most delicious food on the planet. I love love love guacamole and I normally eat it with just avocado, salt, and lime. This recipe called for a few more ingredients (I didn’t add the tomatoes).

While the recipe doesn’t specify what kind of salt to use, kosher is most reached for when making guacamole (I’m a guac pro).

After adding in generous amounts of salt to the dish, we WENT TO TOWN on these bad boys.

I almost forgot to take a picture, I was so excited!

As always, delicious and easy. One of my favorites.

Recipe here.


75/691 recipes! Tonight: Grilled Fish Tacos and Homemade Tomato Salsa! I got this!

Buffalo Chicken Wings/Date Bars

My husband’s favorite comfort food is buffalo wings. It seems like daily he’s asking if we can go eat at our local┬áWing Stop┬á(I’m sure it’s not that often, but its a LOT). I was so excited to get to make this dish for him since he’s been so sweet and patient with me. I’ve been doing a ton of cooking which means he’s been doing a ton of dishes. Bless him.

These wings were so easy and quick. I wish I had known sooner that you could just toss chicken you needed to bread in a bag and shake. The buffalo sauce was sweet. I expected it to be a little spicy.

I’d made buffalo chicken for my husband before but my sauce was simply equal parts Sriracha and melted butter.

This was legit and amazing. Try it. You’ll love it.

Recipe here.


The date bars were so much fun! I had leftover dates from a couple weeks ago that I couldn’t figure out what to do with so I found this recipe.

Another easy recipe. I just whipped up the ingredients, pressed them in a pan, and stuck them in the oven.

The crust was so crunchy and my unexpected love for dates is further being solidified. I can’t wait to wrap these babies up and pack them in my lunches this week!

Recipe here.


73/691 recipes! Tomorrow night is chicken enchiladas and guacamole. Any tips!?