Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken

This time of year always means lots of baking and parties. I always struggle with dinners because I feel like we are so busy and that I have too many other things to cook or bake. Quick and easy dinners are an absolute must! Chicken is always as easy go-to, but it can get kind of boring.

Enter goat cheese! Goat cheese makes everything better in life and elevates this ridiculously simple chicken disk. I mixed in some fresh rosemary and thyme and some garlic with the goat cheese for extra flavor and it’s seriously so delish! This recipe is done is about 20 minutes making it perfect for weeknight meals. You can serve it with sauteed spinach or veggies if you are trying to cut down on carbs or it would also be great with roasted potatoes or rice pilaf! You can also swap out the herbs or even add more if you prefer others. Parsley and chives would also be really tasty.

One quick tip for cooking this chicken is to be a little careful when cutting the slits in your chicken. I did mine at a angle for this post so you can see the filling in the photos, but if the top and bottom half are really uneven, you may find the mixture oozing out of the chicken as it cooks. If you find this is happening, you can always spoon the mixture back into the chicken later.

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

It’s December! Christmas is almost here! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting, we were in Cleveland for an extended trip for Thanksgiving and I decided to truly enjoy our time with family and do as little work as possible! Though, traveling with a toddler for a long trip is not easy. The time change was hard to adjust to and our usual good-sleeper turned into a bad one that also became a stage 5 clinger! Oi. It’s good to be home!

By the way, did you guys see our big announcement that I posted last week?!

Okay, now let’s get to these chocolate crinkle cookies!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I’ve been wanting to try a crinkle cookie recipe for a long time and the holiday season seemed like the perfect time! I love how crinkle cookies look like they’ve been dusted in fresh snow. These cookies are crispy on the outside, but have a soft and chewy center! I add some melted chocolate to this recipe which makes these cookies so rich and chocolatey and gives them a brownie-like texture.

Note that the dough for these cookies requires some chill time. I like to mix it up the night before and then bake them in the morning.

Happy baking season!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Thankful: A Special Announcement

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season, I thought today would be a good day to share a secret that I’ve been hiding from you all for quite some time…

A Special Announcement

I’m so excited to announce that we are expecting Baby #2 this April AND it’s a girl! This pregnancy has been much rougher on me than my first pregnancy. I spent most of the first trimester getting sick just about every day. Needless to say, trying to keep up with this blog was not easy! I spent the first trimester feeling like I had to constantly have food in my mouth to avoid getting sick which is the exact opposite of my first pregnancy where I didn’t want to eat anything except soup. Now that I’m well into the second trimester, I’m feeling much better thankfully!

I was so sure this baby was going to be a boy. I know there is no real science that supports different pregnancy symptoms can mean a different gender, but I just felt like this baby was going to be a boy, but nope, it’s another baby girl! We are so excited to add another little sweetie to our family. We are living in a tight townhouse right now so I have to admit it’s a bit a relief knowing we really don’t need to buy too many things at all for this baby. I’ve tried to explain to Madeline that she is going to be a big sister, but just being two years old, she has no clue what I am talking about and gives me a confused look and runs and brings me one of her baby dolls. Oh well!

I also have to admit that I’m feeling slightly terrified at the idea of having two kids. I know life is going to be a lot different compared to having just one and the uncertainty of it all is definitely giving me a bit of anxiety. I’d love to get some tips from you parents of two or more kids!

We are celebrating Thanksgiving in Cleveland with my family and having a great time. My family threw an amazing second birthday party for Maddie and I’m feeling so lucky and blessed to have so many incredible people in my life. I’m thrilled to be able to give Madeline a baby sister this spring and that I can finally share this happy news with my readers! I hope you all have a delicious Thanksgiving and I’ll be sharing more pregnancy updates (and recipes, of course) soon!

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

I’m not sure what it is, but this time of year just makes me want to make cheese balls and more cheese balls. They are just so perfect for holiday entertaining! And seriously, who doesn’t love cheese?! You guys obviously love them too because they are always some of the most popular recipes on the blog this time of year.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Today I’ve made the perfect cheese ball for Thanksgiving – a pumpkin cheese ball! Cheese balls are really so easy to make. You just beat everything together and then chill overnight. This pumpkin version is made with cream cheese, some mascarpone cheese to add some smoothness and richness, and white cheddar cheese. I wasn’t quite sure how the white cheddar would taste in this cheese ball, but adding just a bit added a nice bite to the cheese ball. If you aren’t into it though, you can certainly leave out the cheddar and add more cream cheese. I then coated the cheese ball in pepitas. If you can’t find them in your store, you can also coat the cheese ball in chopped walnuts or pecans which would also work really well.

I hope you all have a blessed and delicious Thanksgiving holiday weekend with your families!

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I’ve got another Thanksgiving side dish for you guys! When it comes to Brussels sprouts, I have to admit that they have not always been a favorite vegetable of mine. I’m not sure what it is, maybe the texture, but they just haven’t done it for me…until this recipe, that is! These are the Brussels sprouts to end all Brussels sprouts in my humble opinion and I want to keep making them always and forever.

Why are they so good? Well, first and foremost, they are cooked in bacon fat and butter. Anything cooked with bacon fat and butter is going to be amazing, am I right? Yeah, let’s also remember that calories don’t count on Thanksgiving and just move on.

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

These sprouts couldn’t be easier and they cook right in one pan in thirty minutes or less and get all nice and crispy with some caramelized onions. I highly recommend not skipping out on the fresh lemon juice. It helps balance the flavors of the dish and the richness with the butter and bacon. I also sprinkled some Parmesan cheese at the end and it added a nice finishing touch. These Brussels sprouts are so flavorful. I promise even the Brussels-haters will change their minds!

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Easy Cornbread Stuffing

Easy Cornbread Stuffing

Stuffing! Let’s be honest, it’s the best side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Come on, you know it’s true! Okay, I know some of you probably disagree, but that’s okay. More stuffing for me!

Just give me a plate of homemade stuffing and I’m good to go. I’ve been wanting to try a cornbread stuffing for some years now and finally got around to making a batch last week. It’s so yummy! What makes this recipe easy is that you can use pre-made cornbread. I picked some up from my grocery store’s bakery. If you can’t find it already made, you can just whip some up from your favorite box mix.

I also added some regular stuffing mix to give the stuffing some of that more traditional flavor and texture. Finally, the eggs. I know not everyone adds eggs to their stuffing, but I’ve been team add-eggs-to-your-stuffing since forever. If you’ve never added eggs to stuffing, they help bind the stuffing together and add a bit of richness. I highly recommend giving the eggs a try!

This cornbread stuffing is perfect if you are wanting to do something a little different this year or if you are looking for a fun dish to bring to a holiday party! ‘Tis the season for stuffing!

Easy Cornbread Stuffing