Fontina Artichoke Dip

Fontina Artichoke Dip

The Super Bowl is almost here and it’s that time of year where we want to stick to our diets, but the Super Bowl is all about food and dips and all the yummy things! While spinach artichoke dip is so popular, I wanted to try something a little different and I happened to have some fontina cheese in the fridge to use up so voila! This Fontina Artichoke dip is so delish!

Actually, I made this dip back in early November as a Thanksgiving appetizer, but had too many other holiday recipes to get posted. Oops! Lucky for me, this dip also works really well for game days! It’s kind of a fancier game dip. Game days can be a little more elevated, right?!

Fontina Artichoke Dip

It’s super quick to prepare too. Sauté some shallot and garlic and mix them into a mixture of cream cheese and freshly shredded fontina cheese and artichoke hearts. Then just bake until warm and gooey! So easy!

I served this with some lightly toasted sliced baguette, but you could also serve it with tortilla chips or fresh veggies like baby carrots or celery!

Fontina Artichoke Dip

Instant Pot Loaded Cauliflower Soup

Instant Pot Loaded Cauliflower Soup

One of our favorite soups to make is my easy potato soup. I make it about twice a month during the colder months and its one of our favorite comfort dinners.

Of course though, if you are watching your carbs, it may not be the best choice so I decided to make a cauliflower soup and wanted to use the Instant Pot. Oh my, this soup came out so good! And best of all is that it only needs 5 minutes in the Instant Pot to cook!

You guys, this soup is LUSCIOUS! It’s rich, creamy, and velvety smooth. It definitely has the consistency of your favorite potato soup. The soup gets its thickness from cream cheese instead of cornstarch or flour so it’s also a keto-friendly soup recipe!

Instant Pot Loaded Cauliflower Soup

This soup is so incredibly simple to make. Just chop up a head of cauliflower, pour in some veggie broth and cook in the pressure cooker for just 5 minutes. While it’s cooking, I cook up some bacon and grate some cheddar cheese for mixing in and for topping the soup.

You can use pre-shredded cheese, but freshly grated cheddar is going to melt so much better so I recommend that if you don’t mind the extra step to grate it.

One other heads up before making this recipe is that you will need either an immersion blender or a good blender. After the cauliflower cooks, you will add cream cheese, cheddar, the sour cream, and the half and half and blend it all up until perfectly smooth and creamy. I like to use my immersion blender, but a regular blender will also work if you don’t have an immersion blender.

If you want to make this recipe, but don’t have a pressure cooker, you can easily make it on your stovetop. Just simmer the cauliflower in the stock until it’s tender for about 10-15 minutes. All of the other steps would be the same!

That’s all you have to do for this soup! Finish it off with all of your favorite toppings like more cheese (duh!), sliced green onion, and crispy bacon!

Instant Pot Loaded Cauliflower Soup

Chai Overnight Oats

Chai Overnight Oats

Chai Overnight Oats

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. We spent almost two weeks in Florida visiting my mom and family. It was so nice to be with my family since I don’t get to see them very often. Of course, traveling with little ones has some challenges and the girls had a couple of rough days due to the time difference, but we had fun and were also able to take them to Disney World for their first time! I also spent the entire holiday sick so that has not been fun! I’m happy to be back to our routine and to get back to posting new recipes!

I am going to start the year off with a simple and healthy breakfast recipe. You know I love overnight oats as evidenced here, here, and here to name just a few!

Chai Overnight Oats

I also love chai tea. The warm and comforting flavors of cinnamon and cardamom make me feel so cozy. These Chai Overnight Oats are so simple to make and with the exception of maybe the cardamom, you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen!

Mix everything up in less than five minutes before you go to bed and wake up to a delicious breakfast ready to be enjoyed! I didn’t go crazy with the spices in this recipe, especially with the cardamom. Feel free to make adjustments to meet your tastes!

Chai Overnight Oats

Christmas Coffee Cocktail

Christmas Coffee Cocktail

One more Christmas recipe! This may just look like a boring cup of coffee. Nothing special to see here, but wait! This is no ordinary cup of coffee! This is a special coffee…Christmas Coffee Cocktail to be exact! I know, it’s not the greatest name, but I’m tired so we are going to go with it.

I love a good hot toddy drink during this time of year when it’s cold outside. This is truly the perfect drink to make for parties to serve alongside a dessert spread!

Christmas Coffee Cocktail

To make the drink, you’ll start by making homemade spiced creamer! I took some half and half and poured it into a sauce pan along with some cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and vanilla. Note that the recipe will make you quite a bit for multiple drinks! You can use plain half and half if you prefer, but the spiced creamer is so easy to make, it’s worth the extra few minutes!

For the cocktail, you just need some of your favorite hot brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, butterscotch schnapps, and creme de cocoa! This coffee cocktail is so perfectly sweet and comforting! Perfect for enjoying with your favorite holiday desserts!

Christmas Coffee Cocktail

Peppermint Popcorn Balls

Peppermint Popcorn Balls

I cannot believe how fast December is just flying by! I’m trying to pack in these last Christmas recipes! These Peppermint Popcorn Balls were so fun and simple to make and are great for giving out as little gifts or party favors! Wrap them up in some cellophane and tie with fun ribbon!

Peppermint Popcorn Balls

These popcorn balls are very similar to rice krispie treats. First you need some plain popped popcorn which can be from a bag or you can pop it fresh. Some melted butter, marshmallows, peppermint extract, and some white chocolate get melted in a pan and tossed with the popcorn. And while I normally do not really like white chocolate, it works really well in this recipe. I like the flavor and added richness it adds and it also helps to keep the popcorn together a little better!

Peppermint Popcorn Balls

I bought some peppermint candies and crushed them myself. As you can see, I had some bigger chunks, but you may be able to find already crushed peppermint candy in the bulk section at the grocery store or candy store. You can also crush up some candy canes. After the popcorn balls are formed, I rolled them in some of the candy to finish them off.

These are seriously so simple to make, but also super yummy for adults and kiddos!

Peppermint Popcorn Balls

Cranberry Chipotle Chicken Wings

This post is sponsored by Perdue Farms.

Cranberry Chipotle Chicken Wings

Now that the holiday season is here, I’m always thinking about ingredients or products that I can keep stored in the freezer for holiday guests or impromptu parties. So, it was perfect timing when Perdue Farms reached out to me to see if I would be interested in receiving their new direct-to-consumer product boxes!

Whenever I have thought about Perdue in the past, I typically think chicken or turkey, so I was surprised to see the variety of products that I received from Perdue Farms! I appreciate that they value working with small family farmers to help raise healthy animals and deliver high quality products and now, direct to your door. Perdue Farms has been in the business for 100 years and is now the #1 supplier in the U.S. for organic chicken.

Cranberry Chipotle Chicken Wings

I received the Gatherings (medium) size box of products. My box contained a Sonoma Red Organic Chicken, Niman Ranch Pulled Pork, Perdue Herbed Olive Oil Chicken Wings, Niman Ranch Kielbasa, Niman Ranch Fat Tire Ribs, and Coleman Ranch Organic Chicken Tenders. Everything was packaged really well and I love the variety I received. I’d also like to add that all of the shipping materials are sustainable. The box is 100% recyclable. All of the insulation is also biodegradable, compostable, and dissolvable in water! They also donate a portion of each bundle ordered to the Arbor Day Foundation. Super cool!

I had a hard time picking which product to use for this post, but finally decided on the Perdue Herbed Olive Oil Chicken Wings. They are super simple to make as you don’t have to worry about thawing the wings, you can just bake them directly from the freezer! They also come in a resealable bag if you only want to make a smaller amount.

Cranberry Chipotle Chicken Wings

I decided to make this amazing cranberry chipotle wing sauce to go with them! It’s really very simple and I love the flavor of this sauce. You’ve got some sweetness from the cranberry sauce and some heat from the chipotle peppers. I added some fresh lime juice to balance out the flavors.

I made my own cranberry sauce for this recipe. It’s so easy to make, but if you are short on time or can’t find fresh cranberries, you can use canned whole cranberry sauce. The other thing I love about these wings is that the cranberry wing sauce makes them perfect for holiday gatherings or even for game days! My husband was happy to eat a plate of these wings last weekend.