Happy Gingerbread Week!! This week is all about gingerbread. I’ve told you guys before that my preferred holiday flavor is gingerbread. I’m not a big fan of peppermint. Not sure why, it’s just not my favorite. But, gingerbread? Oh how I love thee! I’ve got a couple of new recipes to share with you this week and then will also be doing a gingerbread recipe round up later this week that will include some of my favorite recipes from the blog and around the web!
We are kicking off this week with some baked gingerbread donuts! How perfect would these be for Christmas morning breakfast for the family with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa?! Yes, totally perfect! They are quick to make and you can bake them up the night before if you’d like so they are all ready to go for Christmas morning breakfast. And while most people associate donuts with breakfast, I love these for a late-night treat too! The gingerbread flavor is not too strong in these. My husband isn’t typically a big gingerbread fan, but he enjoyed these. I topped mine with a simple glaze, but you can get fancier if you would like to. You can also decorate these however you’d prefer or have the kiddos help out.
Life with a newborn has been interesting to say the least. I still plan to do a post about her birth and to tell you guys how things are going, hopefully I will get it up this weekend! Right now, we are missing sleep. Oh, how we miss sleep so much. I’m lucky to get a couple of hours each day which makes getting anything done during the day impossible.
I went back and forth between calling this dish “Chicken Enchilada Casserole” and “Mexican Lasagna” because really, it’s just like regular lasagna, expect with Mexican ingredients!
If you are really short on time, you can use canned enchilada sauce. I made my own enchilada sauce for this dish as I am not a fan of most canned sauces. Before some of you experts jump on me here, I did use tomato paste in the sauce which I realize may not be totally authentic, but I love the flavor it adds to the sauce. I believe authentic enchilada sauce is made with good quality chili powder which I also didn’t have on hand. I think this version is a good compromise though and is simple to prepare and has a lot of flavor.
I used my favorite rotisserie chicken, black beans, cheese, and corn as my filling, but you can really customize this casserole however you please so feel free to swap out some of these ingredients or add in more of your faves!
It’s December! I can’t believe November is already over and it’s officially time to get ready for Christmas. And in order to be ready for Christmas, you will need a good cookie recipe! These Hot Cocoa Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie. You have a perfectly soft and fudgey cookie stuffed with warm melty chocolate and an ooey gooey marshmallow on top. Are you drooling yet? If not, maybe this next photo will help:
I know I don’t normally post on a Sunday, but we are going to make a little exception because with Thanksgiving just a few days away, I feel the need to squeeze in one last pumpkin recipe for you guys for the season. Up until last year, I actually had never had pumpkin butter, just apple butter. I was seriously missing out. After a trip to Trader Joe’s, I threw a jar in my cart and immediately dug into it when I got home and fell in love. Just hand me the dang spoon!
This pumpkin butter is basically fall in a jar: Pumpkin puree, apple cider, cinnamon and spice. It’s sweet and luscious and perfect for spreading on toast, bagels, muffins, pancakes, apple slices, you name it! I always love coming up with a nice homemade gift every year and this pumpkin butter definitely fits the bill! You can hand them out friends and family or your co-workers. It also makes for a great hostess gift for Thanksgiving. You can put in cute jars and make nice labels and ribbons to decorate.
Well, all, our sweet baby girl arrived on Tuesday and we are in absolute baby heaven and also completely exhausted. I’m so excited to introduce you to our sweet little Madeline!
It’s been a whirlwind of a few days. I’ll do a nice and long post on her birth story once we are settled. We just got home from the hospital this afternoon and are just trying to adjust to being home and keeping up with this little peanut, but I will be doing my best to try to keep up with the blog!
Here’s another Thanksgiving side dish for you. Sweet Potato Casserole is definitely one of my favorite Thanksgiving sides. And I have to admit my favorite part about it are those gooey marshmallows on top! Though in my family, my mom and I were the only ones that ever ate the sweet potatoes so we didn’t always make it. This version is simpler than other versions as it doesn’t contain eggs or too many other ingredients. It comes together pretty quickly and I think you could actually make it the night before Thanksgiving if you are worried about oven space and time.
My name is Stephanie. I started this blog because I like to cook and I wanted a place where I could share my recipes with family and friends and improve my cooking skills. Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!