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Moroccan Chicken Stew

This post is sponsored by STAR Fine Foods

Moroccan Chicken Stew

I have been obsessed with making soups and stews lately. It’s actually been pretty chilly these past couple of weeks and I’m soaking every bit of this wonderful weather right up. I made this Moroccan Chicken Stew a few weeks ago and instantly fell in love with the flavors!

Moroccan Chicken Stew

First, it’s full of cinnamon, paprika, and cumin spices. I love the balance between the cinnamon and cumin. The stew is also really hearty with chicken, carrots, diced tomatoes, and the chickpeas. For a little something extra, I also added the STAR Fine Foods Lemon Stuffed Olives. I love the lemony undertones in these olives and the flavor they added to the stew.

Moroccan Chicken Stew

Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Pumpkin Coconut Soup

I know it’s December and you guys might be over the pumpkin recipes, but I have just one more recipe to share! If you’re anything like me, you might still have a few cans of pumpkin left in your pantry. I always buy too many in fear of a the “pumpkin shortage” I seem to hear about every year. I made this quick and easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup for lunch one day and was pleasantly surprised with the flavors.

This is a soup that only requires six simple ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes or less. You can also add in some curry powder for extra flavor if you want, or just leave it out! This soup can also easily be made vegan with veggie broth.

Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Madeline: Twelve Months

Madeline 12 Months

Twelve Months. One Year Old. Holy crap, I have a toddler!

I’m still in denial that my sweet girl is one year old. This year has been such a whirlwind of happiness and indescribable love, but also exhaustion and tears. Keeping it real here folks. Having a child for the first time definitely changes you. Here are some things I have learned during this first year as a parent:

1. I have learned how to be more patient. Nothing tries your patience more than having a baby. There are challenges at every month whether it’s your baby refusing to sleep or keeps waking up every hour at night, or when they won’t stop running over to that pile of dirty shoes to eat them, or pulling every single book of the shelf at least five times a day. My husband and I still struggle with this but we work hard to keep each other in check.

2. I have learned to be more flexible. When Maddie was first born, it was really difficult for me to accept that tasks on my to-do list might not get crossed off when I wanted them to. There’s never a guarantee what our days or nights will look like anymore. Some babies are more flexible than others, but ours thrives on her routine so we plan our days around her because that is what works best for her and ultimately for us too.

3. Your best is truly good enough. Being a mom is not easy. I really beat myself up when I first realized breastfeeding wasn’t going to work for us. I cried and cried about it and felt like a failure. I now realize that was kind of silly because Maddie has been growing just fine and is a happy and healthy little girl. I also sometimes feel really bad if I feel like I’ve lost my temper, but it happens sometimes and that’s okay too.

4. Still make time for YOU. I think this is really important. While becoming a parent changes you in so many ways, you are still your own person with your own wants and needs. This is really difficult for us because we don’t have any family near us, but I still try to make time to get my hair done, for example. We also put Maddie to bed by 7-7:30 each night which gives us a few hours of “us” time every night. Making time for yourself and with your partner ultimately will make you a better parent.

and 5. Being a parent is the best thing in the entire world. Nothing beats waking up and going into her room and seeing her little smiling face every morning or when I come home from work and she reaches for me to hold and hug her. Her laugh brings me more joy than anything else I have ever experienced. I fall in love with her more and more every single day.

Madeline: 12 Months

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Cranberry White Chip Blondies

Cranberry White Chip Blondies

It’s coooooookieeeeee timeeeeeee! I love this time of year because all I want to do is bake, bake, bake! And watch all of the Christmas movies on repeat, even some of those super cheesy Hallmark movies. I know, so embarrassing.

Cranberry White Chip Blondies

Because my pantry is a pit of doom and despair, I recently found 3 bags of unopened dried cranberries. Oops. I fail at pantry organization. So needless to say, I wanted to use some of them up. What goes really well with cranberries? White chocolate. Here’s the thing though, I don’t really love white chocolate on its own. I just don’t like the taste and texture of it. It just seems…chalky? When it’s stuffed in a cookie though, I’m good with it!

These blondies are so soft, buttery, and moist. The dried cranberries and white chocolate chips go perfectly in these blondies!

Cranberry White Chip Blondies

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

The first time I had steel cut oats was at a hotel. I didn’t know what they were, but instantly fell in love with them. I’m a big texture person and steel cut oats are full of wonderful texture! The only bad thing about them is that they take longer to cook than regular oats, so that is why I busted out my slow cooker!

These apple cinnamon steel cut oats are everything. They are warm and comforting and filling and are the perfect breakfast for the family and guests this holiday season. And the best part about them is that you can cook them right in your slow cooker and overnight so that when you wake up, breakfast is all ready to go! Whether you are prepping a big dinner or opening gifts, any breakfast that doesn’t require any morning prep work is the best. We had a chilly weekend last week and waking up to the smell of apple cinnamon was just perfection!

Let’s talk about the cook time on this recipe. The first time I made these, I cooked them for 8 hours overnight. For my slow cooker, this was too long and it burned on the bottom. I have found 6 1/2 hours is ideal for my slow cooker, but keep in mind every slow cooker is different. If you aren’t sure about yours, you can try making this for the first time during the daytime so you can keep an eye on it to figure out the optimal time for your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

Leftover Turkey Sliders

This post is sponsored by Pillsbury

Leftover Turkey Sliders

I think one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers. I love making turkey sandwiches and still being able to stuff my face with stuffing the day after Thanksgiving. In my family, we typically have our dinner in the early afternoon and even though I always feel like bursting afterwards, by the evening, I get a hankering for a little more and a turkey slider is always the answer! I have fond memories standing around the kitchen talking about the day with my family eating our little turkey sandwiches. I’ve never been one for rushing out for Black Friday sales. I much prefer to stay at home in sweats and watching a movie with my family.

I think rolls often get overlooked at the Thanksgiving table. There’s so much food, rolls take a backseat for me. Until the leftovers, that is. Dinner rolls are perfect for making leftover turkey sandwiches! And one of my favorites? Pillsbury Grands!®. Seriously, who can resist all those rich and buttery layers? I remember always peeling them apart, layer by layer when I was younger. While growing up, Pillsbury has been on many a dinner table in my family.

Leftover Turkey Sliders

Usually, I just throw on some turkey and some mayo and call it a day, but I wanted to make my annual leftover turkey sliders a little more special this year! First, I baked up Pillsbury Grands!® for the bread and topped my sandwiches with melted Swiss and Gruyere cheese. Then, I spread on a ridiculous amount of homemade cranberry aioli on top! Is it weird that I almost just want to eat these as my actual meal on Thanksgiving?!

Leftover Turkey Sliders