Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

If my kids and husband had their way, they could probably eat french fries every single day of the week. My 4 year-old basically wants to live off of french fries and salad. At least I can get her to eat salad!

I love making roasted potatoes for dinner. They are relatively simple to prepare and pair with pretty much every meat. But, roasted potatoes just don’t have that same appeal as a crispy french fry.

Up until now though every time I’ve tried to bake homemade french fries, they just come out tasting like plain old roasted potatoes. Then I discovered this recipe from the Kitchn which says the secret to crispy baked fries is cornstarch! I was sold and gave it a try, but like many reviewers, the fries weren’t all that crispy, the cornstarch ended up sort of pasty, and a lot of the fries were soggy.

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Happy New Year! I hope you all had an amazing holiday. We had a nice, but busy break. Although I really missed seeing my family, I have to say that it was really great to not have to travel this year and lug a bunch of presents back and forth. I loved that the girls got to wake up in their own house for Christmas morning!

It’s January and I can’t believe the holidays are over! It’s now that time of year where we all want/NEED a little detox after the holidays. You can bet I am all about salads, green smoothies, and low-carb everything right now!

I love a good chicken lettuce wrap. I mean, just see here!

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps

What’s not to love about them? A flavorful filling served in some fresh green lettuce? So delicious and best of all, nutritious!

This teriyaki version is no exception. The mixture includes ground chicken (you can also use ground turkey if preferred), green onion, red bell pepper, and grated carrots. I also toss in some water chestnuts towards the end and I like the added crunch they add to the wraps.

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Butterballs

Butterballs

Okay friends, I’ve got one last cookie recipe to share before Christmas! Actually, I shared this recipe back in 2012, but the photos weren’t so hot and the recipe directions weren’t great so I’ve updated both!

Coming from an Italian family, we call these cookies Butterballs. Some people may call them snowballs and I’ve also heard some people refer to them as Russian tea cookies. I’ve only ever really known them as Butterballs though so that is what I’m going with here!

Butterballs

I bet you can’t guess the main ingredient in these cookies…BUTTER! Lots and lots of butter. So you know these are good. They are pretty simple to make and the ingredient list is quite minimal. These cookies do not require any eggs, baking powder, or baking soda. They really couldn’t be easier and are so tasty and look like pretty little balls of snow when rolled in powdered sugar!

Butterballs

Christmas Tree Quesadillas

Christmas Tree Quesadillas

I love trying to come up with fun and festive savory appetizers and snacks for holidays. So many holiday-themed foods center around desserts. I don’t know about you guys, but I like a good balance, even during the holidays.

I was inspired to make these little Christmas Tree Quesadillas from these. Quesadillas are just easy to make and don’t require a ton of ingredients.

Christmas Tree Quesadillas

My plan was to initially stuff these with cheese and toast them on the stove like an actual quesadilla, but then I figured if they got cold, they might not taste quite as good, so I opted for a cold filling.

The filling is just cream cheese, a little bit of salsa, and cheddar cheese. You’ll spread that mixture onto whole tortillas and then slice them into small triangles and then you get to decorate!

I like to use the small fajita-sized tortillas. I wouldn’t recommend anything bigger, otherwise, they may not be very sturdy on the toothpicks making them difficult to hold.

Christmas Tree Quesadillas

Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

You guys, what happened to the month of December? How is Christmas already in one week?!

This month totally got away from me. I felt like I was ahead of the game on finishing my Christmas shopping and baking, but now I’m starting to feel the pressure to get everything done! It’s officially crunch time and I’ve also got three more Christmas recipes to squeeze in this week!

Just in case you are feeling behind on your holiday baking schedule like me, these slice and bake sugar cookies are the perfect recipe to get things going!

Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

While I love letting my kids decorate the good ol’ cut-out sugar cookies, they can be quite time consuming. I love these slice and bake sugar cookies for cookie trays where you might want to include a sugar cookie, but don’t want to spend all the time decorating them!

Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

Entertaining is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. I love bringing people together around a table of delicious food and of course, good drinks! The holidays are such a busy time and I’m always running around like a crazy person shopping for gifts and parties. If I can find everything I need to entertain in just one stop, I’m all about it.

I never knew that you can buy wine at Dollar General! They offer a great selection of wine and beers and at a great price! And I was really happy to see that they carry one of my favorite affordable wines – Barefoot!

It was so easy for me to grab everything I needed including the wine and other snacks for my party spread for a holiday gathering I recently hosted. You can also pick up serving dishes and other party supplies at Dollar General without blowing your budget!

I was also asked by my friends at Dollar General to create a holiday wine pairing recipe for you guys!

Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

 
Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

Nuts are always a great choice for pairing with wines. And for the holidays, you can serve these dark chocolate cinnamon almonds on a cheese board, a dessert tray with strawberries or cookies. You can also package them up in a cute jar with some ribbon in a lovely gift basket with a couple of bottles of Barefoot wine and you’ve got the perfect gift!

Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

Almonds generally pair well with Chardonnay so I went with that as my white wine and Pinot Noir as the red as it is perfect with the dark chocolate and cinnamon flavors. You can’t go wrong here!

The best part of these almonds is that they are so simple to make! You just need 4 ingredients: almonds, good quality dark chocolate, ground cinnamon, and some sea salt.

Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds