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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

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:

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Ideas

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Ideas

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1. Sweet Potato Casserole – A Thanksgiving staple!

2. Easy Sautéed Green Beans – This is my favorite way to make my green beans and I make these all year round. Forget the complicated green bean casserole!

3. Low-Fat Buttermilk Biscuits – The perfect roll to serve!

Homemade Pumpkin Butter

Homemade Pumpkin Butter

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.

Homemade Pumpkin Butter

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

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!

Maddie Hospital

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.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Apple Walnut Stuffing

Apple Walnut Stuffing

If you were to ask me what my absolute favorite Thanksgiving dishes is, it would be easy. It’s the stuffing. Always and forever. I dare say I love the stuffing more than the turkey or any other side dish on the table. If you put the stuffing in front of me on the table, I will probably eat the whole dish. Alright, you get the point, I love stuffing!

Apple Walnut Stuffing

And while I like all different varieties, my favorite version contains lots of apples and chopped walnuts! I love the added texture from the baked apples and crunchy walnuts. Now, I’m not gonna lie, I do take a shortcut with my stuffing and use a combo of the prepackaged cubes along with some fresh toasted bread. I love the ease of using the bagged bread cubes, but I also like to add some of my own toasted bread as it gives the stuffing that more homemade look and taste. The other key is to add eggs. I know not everyone adds eggs to their stuffing, but I so recommend it as it binds the bread together and adds this wonderful richness.

Ok, now I can’t wait. Is it Thanksgiving yet?