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Olive & Pepper French Bread Pizza

Olive & Pepper French Bread Pizza

I’ve realized that I have not posted nearly enough football eats this season so far. This must be remedied ASAP! Pizza is always the answer!

Olive & Pepper French Bread Pizza

I wanted to make something that required minimal effort, but that could also feed a crowd and french bread pizzas are the perfect solution! This french bread pizza has an extra layer of flavor and awesomeness! For this recipe, I used the STAR Fine Foods Hot Pepper Stuffed Olives. I thought the heat from the hot pepper would pair nicely with this creamy and cheesy french bread pizza! French bread pizza is the perfect shortcut to traditional pizza. It’s great for when you want a quick weeknight meal or for when you need an easy appetizer!

This pizza starts with a base of cream cheese studded with the chopped olives and is then topped with sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and sliced piquillo peppers. It’s perfectly cheesy and full of flavor! This pizza is so simple and you don’t have to worry about rolling out dough and all of that nonsense! Just layer your ingredients, stick it under the broiler, and then slice and enjoy. Feel free to change up the toppings too!

Olive & Pepper French Bread Pizza

25 Perfect Recipes to Make for Halloween

Halloween is just a couple of days away. Today, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite recipes to make for breakfast, snacks, a quick dinner, desserts, and of course drinks to carry you through the day!

25 Perfect Recipes to Make for Halloween

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1. Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts – What better way to start your Halloween than with these baked pumpkin doughnuts?

2. Baked Pumpkin French Toast – Prep this french toast the night before and just put it in the oven in the morning. Easy peasy!

3. Easy Pumpkin Muffins – Got some early morning activities planned? These pumpkin muffins are perfect to make and take with you.

4. Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies – If pumpkin isn’t your thing, try these breakfast cookies! They are also pretty healthy!

5. Pumpkin Pancakes – Carbo-loading before a busy night of trick-or-treating is suppppper important!

6. Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers – This recipe is one of my favorites. These things look so creepy! If you want to make them more kid-friendly, you can leave out the cayenne pepper.

7. Pepperoni Rolls – I am loving these pepperoni rolls to take on-the-go as a non-candy snack for the family while trick-or-treating.

8. Pepperoni Pizza Pasta – AKA “Spooky Spider Pasta” – long melty strings of mozzarella cheese can pass as cobwebs in this easy pasta dish!

9. Cucumber Cream Cheese Ghosts – Tea sandwiches get a ghostly makeover!

10. Slow Cooker Tuscan Meatball Soup – Make this soup as a hearty and filling dinner with just 5 ingredients and just 5 minutes of prep!

Caramel Apple Sangria

Caramel Apple Sangria

Every fall, I just have to create a new cocktail to celebrate my favorite season! And if you know anything about me at all, I looooooove sangria! What’s not to love? Wine, fruity goodness, maybe some vodka or other liquors, and that wine-soaked fruit! Gah, it’s wonderfully dangerous!

Caramel Apple Sangria

This year, I’ve mixed up this Caramel Apple Sangria. It’s perfectly sweet from the apple cider and has hints of caramel flavor thanks to caramel vodka. This drink is super easy to mix up with just 3 ingredients plus diced apples for garnish which makes it perfect for parties when you need to mix up drinks for a crowd if you use a large pitcher or drink dispenser. Another thing I love about this cocktail? It can take you from Halloween all the way through the holiday season! Happy Monday!

Caramel Apple Sangria

Tuscan Meatball Soup

This post is sponsored by Farm Rich. All text and opinions stated are my own.

Tuscan Meatball Soup

I’ve been on a total soup kick lately. I seriously cannot be stopped. It’s what happens to me during this time of year, even with it still being 90 degrees outside. I want ALL of the soups! Yes, all of them.

I have become particularly fond of pulling out my slow cooker on Sunday mornings and making soups to enjoy for lunch or a cozy dinner. Things have been super busy with work lately and I just find soups to be an easy go-to meal. And you guys know I love shortcuts that help me make Real-Life Good meals!! One of my favorite shortcuts? Farm Rich meatballs!

Tuscan Meatball Soup

I love using the slow cooker for soups because all you have to do is toss everything in and let it go. This Tuscan meatball soup is filling and comforting and only contains 5 simple ingredients! All you need is broth, Farm Rich meatballs, diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, and kale. That’s it! This soup is nutritious and perfect for a cold evening when you don’t feel like fussing over the stove. It would also be perfect as a pre-trick-or-treating dinner for the family this Halloween! Serve it with some warm bread and a salad and you’ve got a fantastic and super simple dinner!

Tuscan Meatball Soup

Madeline: Eleven Months

Madeline: Eleven Months

11 Months! Only one more month until this girl will be 1 year old. I can’t even believe it!

New Skills: She is so close to walking on her own. We practice a lot by holding her hand, but she’s been able to stand unassisted and without leaning on anything for longer periods of time so I think she is very close to walking!

Food: Things have been a little better with eating, but Maddie still struggles with not chewing and swallowing before eating more food. For breakfast, we do some combination of TJ’s blueberry waffles, oatmeal, sliced bananas and blueberries, toast, and/or scrambled eggs. Lunch is a combo of yogurt, Annie’s mac and cheese, bites of our sandwiches, turkey, sliced cheddar cheese. Dinner is still difficult. She’s very picky, especially at dinner time. She likes chicken nuggets from Earth’s Best, only certain types of pasta, mashed potatoes, watermelon, homemade applesauce. I try to introduce new things, but most of the time, I end up opening a jar or pouch of stage 3 food so she will eat something! I had in my mind that I would be making all sorts of things, but she just doesn’t seem ready so we are taking things slow and on her own time. For every meal, I try new things, but also have things I know she likes ready and am hoping she will eventually start liking the new thing. We are trying to teach her to use a spoon to feed herself. She kind of does it, but sometimes just wants to play with the food and flings it everywhere!

Teeth: 6! Two more teeth are making their way in on top.

Sleep: Still no complaints on night sleep. Madeline goes down around 7pm and sleeps about 12 straight hours a night! Naps, on the other hand, have been a nightmare over the past week and a half. She’s been fighting her naps, throwing everything out of her crib, taking forever to fall asleep. The past few days, she has been skipping a nap entirely. I don’t know if this just a phase, a teething thing, or if she is ready to go down to one nap, but it’s not fun!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

You guys, it’s time. It’s time for all of the Halloween movies to start! AMC Fear Fest and 13 Nights of Halloween on ABC Family are my jam! My husband and I are so lame, but we get ridiculously excited about this every single year. It’s truly the small things that get us the most excited.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

I’d like to celebrate this joyous time of year with cookies!! Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies to be exact. Oh, and with fall M&M’s on top. These cookies are so good. They have a more cakey texture which I happen to love! The chocolate chips make these even better, but of course the fun M&M’s are the best part! These cookies are perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving parties. You play with the candies you use on top as well, but M&M’s are my favorite for these cookies. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch Hocus Pocus a gazillion times!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies