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Spanish Salsa

Spanish Salsa

When it comes to salsa, sometimes I like to be a little fancy. What can I say? Sometimes you need to do something a little different. My friends at STAR just came out with four new olive varieties and asked me to come up with some fun recipes. The new flavors include Lemon Stuffed Green Olives, Hot Pepper Stuffed Green Olives, Garlic and Basil Marinated Olives, and Tomato and Peppers Marinated Olives. I’ll be sharing recipes for each of these new olives throughout the next couple of months, but first up is the Spanish-inspired, Tomato and Peppers Green Olives!

I went with a fresh Spanish Salsa with these olives and it was sooooo good! I have to admit that sometimes green olives are a little too salty for me, but I loved this salsa. The green olives paired so perfectly with the fresh tomatoes. And the best part of this was using the marinated pieces of garlic and peppers in the jar!

Spanish Salsa

This salsa is ready in just 5 minutes and is so flavorful and fresh. You literally just toss everything in the food processor and let it go! This salsa is refreshing and perfect for serving for any party, even for watching football! I served it with some lightly salted pita chips, but you could also do sliced and toasted baguette.

Spanish Salsa

Madeline: Ten Months

Madeline: Ten Months

Please excuse the horribleness that is our ten month picture, but this girl would NOT sit still for the photo and kept wanting to rip the sticker off. Oi!!

10 Months! Double digits! What is happening?! Madeline is developing such a cute personality and it’s been so much fun. She’s been babbling a lot more and I just die of the cuteness. We’ve been trying to teach her “mama”, “baba”, “dada”, and “up”. I think she understands the meaning of certain words and has been saying “mama” and “baba”, but sometimes I think she is just making noise.

Standing! Lots of standing and walking around along tables and the couch going on around here. Oh, and the photo above of her standing in her crib was the first time she stood up in her crib, and yes, we promptly lowered the mattress afterwards! She also loves walking and pushing this walker around. Standing also gives “getting into everything” a whole new meaning. She opens any cabinet she can, stands up, and pulls things out. We’ve had to start removing some things from bookshelves and the coffee table because she grabs everything she can get her hands on! I think she will be walking unassisted in the next month. Ahhh!

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Chocolate  Pumpkin Muffins

Okay, so it’s entirely possible that I bought 5 large fall-scented candles from Bath and Body Works this weekend. It’s also possible we put up our Halloween decorations…and it’s supposed to be about 108 degrees this week. WHY?!! Why is it so hot still?! It should be in the mid-90s by now, not creeping back up! Argh! I am not a desert girl.

At lease my house is screaming fall though! We were so excited to put up our decorations this year. Holidays always become more fun with a little one. Maddie likes all of the lights and of course, trying to eat all of the Halloween coasters and anything she can get her hands on.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

We had a cloudy weekend last week and I got the baking bug and a pumpkin craving so I made these chocolate pumpkin muffins! I used my easy pumpkin muffin recipe as a base for these and made a few changes. These contain little sugar, and Greek yogurt! There’s always something extra special about a chocolate muffin, probably that it seems more like a cupcake, and these are no exception, but also healthier!

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Corn & Black Bean Taquitos with Creamy Avocado Dip

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Corn & Black Bean Taquitos with Creamy Avocado Dip

It’s my favorite time of year, fall and football season! And I’m so behind on getting game day recipes up, but I’ve got a great one for you today!

When it comes to eating meat, I could often take it or leave it to be honest. My husband would beg to differ though. He’s totally a meat-and-potatoes kind of dude. But at least once a week, I try to go meat-free. It just makes me feel better, lighter, and healthier. You guys may have already seen the phrase “Meatless Mondays” going around the interwebz for some time now. It’s easy to adopt going meat-free just one day a week and why not Mondays? My friends at Silk are encouraging people to take their #MeatlessMondayNight challenge to sideline meat during Monday Night Football games this season! I’ve got a recipe that is perfect to munch on while watching Monday Night Football AND that is also meat-free and dairy-free!

First, I made some suppppper simple corn and black bean taquitos. These puppies are stuffed with sauteed black beans and corn that are seasoned with homemade taco seasoning and then rolled and baked in corn tortillas until they are nice and crispy! No frying required here either, folks! I then wanted to create a dip that was kind of like a guacamole, but smoother and this creamy avocado dip totally fits the bill!

Corn & Black Bean Taquitos with Creamy Avocado Dip

I used Silk’s Soymilk for this dip and it was just perfect. It helped give the dip a smooth and creamy texture that was perfect for dipping the taquitos into! I absolutely love the flavor combos in this appetizer and it’s the perfect dish to make to enjoy while watching the big game! Meat-eaters won’t even miss the meat in this dish with the flavorful corn and black bean filling and the addicting avocado dip.

Corn & Black Bean Taquitos with Creamy Avocado Dip

One-Pot Italian Goulash

One-Pot Italian Goulash

When Maddie was born, I started thinking about how fun it would be when she started eating solids and I could make her food. Yeah, well, I’ve got one interesting little baby on my hands. She’s still struggling a bit with eating solids. She’s still trying to figure out this whole chewing thing. Despite my efforts, she has been shaking her head “no” at me when I try to feed her homemade food. What’s the deallllll, yo?!

Obviously, I really have no recollection of what I liked to eat as baby, but I started thinking about things I liked as a kid and I remembered a pasta dish my grandma used to make with macaroni and beef. I don’t know if she had a name for it, but I really wanted to make it. I hit up Google and tried to figure out what it might be called and came up with Goulash! Goulash is actually a Hungarian dish typically made with beef and vegetables and there are many variations, but I am calling this Italian Goulash because I used marinara sauce, and well, it just seems Italian! And even better, I made it all in one-pot! That’s right, the beef is cooked in the same pot as the pasta. I’ve become quite fond of one-pot dishes, they are so simple and easier to clean up afterwards!

So what was the verdict when I gave some of this to Maddie? Success! Yup, she seemed to really like this one. I made sure the pasta was nice and tender and it’s not heavy on tomato sauce. I’ll definitely be making this again for my little one! Plus, we obviously liked it too! Yay childhood!

One-Pot Italian Goulash

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

Whenever fall hits, my mind starts going straight to easy and comforting weeknight dinners or lunches. One of my favorite combos? Soup and grilled cheese! It’s definitely grilled cheese season. I hereby declare it. So there.

With it also being football season, I started thinking about one of my all-time favorite party dips, spinach artichoke dip. Who doesn’t love it? A weirdo. That’s who. And then I started thinking about how glorious it would be to turn spinach artichoke dip into a sandwich. And my friends, it is indeed glorious! This is definitely a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich! The filling is made with fresh spinach and artichokes with a touch of creaminess thanks to sour cream or cream cheese (whatever you have on hand!) and then of course is stuffed in a sandwich with jack or provolone cheesy goodness.

Make me this grilled cheese sandwich with a cup of tomato soup and I’ll be in heaven!

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese