Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

So last week I pretty much did the most awful thing I could have possibly done to my eyes. The girls were sick and there were three nights of basically zero sleep. I don’t know if my eyes just became really dry or what, but you guys, I somehow got tears in BOTH of my eyes.

One of them was so incredibly painful, all I could do was cry. It felt like I was blinking against glass. I was obviously unable to look at a screen for a few days and am still on the mend. My vision is not fully restored in my left eye. It’s just been a nightmare!

This story has absolutely nothing to do with these Swedish meatballs, by the way, I just wanted to share it since I haven’t written a life update in sometime! Ugh. Let’s talk about the meatballs now, shall we?

These meatballs, oh man, SO.GOOD. Like, better than I even thought that they would be.

Swedish Meatballs

I’ve only ever had the popular Ikea Swedish meatballs once and sure, I suppose they were tasty, but it’s been so long. It seemed like a dish my husband would enjoy though so I’ve been wanting to try my own recipe.

You may see from my photos that my sauce is not as light as other recipes. I took a taste of the gravy before mixing in the cream and it was so dang flavorful, I just didn’t want to add too much cream. All of the brown bits left in the pan from browning the meatballs gets mixed into the gravy and adds such nice flavor!

Swedish Meatballs

Easy Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

It’s Fall, y’all. Okay, I know it’s not “officially” fall, but it’s close enough and I know a lot of you are ready. I know I’m SO ready so here begins all of the apple and pumpkin recipes! I just got my embarrassing order of fall Bath and Body Works candles so my house is also ready!

Apple crisp seems like the perfect dessert for this transition from summer to fall. Apples are enjoyable year round, but my obsession with them gets way more intense this time of year. Apple crisp is such a comforting dessert for me and just makes me feel cozy and happy!

Apple Crisp

Baked Teriyaki Salmon

Baked Teriyaki Salmon

When it comes to weeknight dinners, I’ve been SUPER lazy as of late. For whatever reason, Sean and I mostly like to eat after the girls go to bed. We just like being able to eat with both our hands and not rush through the meal. Most nights I will prep dinner as soon as I walk in the door from work for us and the kids. While I try to get them to eat the same thing, they often won’t go for it (especially my 3 year old) so some nights I’m making two dinners.

I KNOW, I shouldn’t be doing that, but Maddie used to be underweight and we were told to feed her whatever she will eat so I think I just got stuck in that mindset.

I’ve been LIVING for sheet pan dinners like this Baked Teriyaki Salmon because I can prep it all pretty quickly and Sean can pop it in the oven while I’m up giving the girls a bath and getting them to bed so it’s ready when I come down.

Baked Teriyaki Salmon

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh Tomato Salsa

You guys, the Cleveland Browns won a game last week. Like, not just tied the game, but actually won a game. You would swear the people of Cleveland were celebrating a championship. Being a Cleveland sports fan is not easy!

I’m going to celebrate by sharing this ridiculously easy game day snack, homemade salsa! This isn’t just any salsa though, it is made with fresh tomatoes so none of the canned stuff here!

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Chocolate Granola

Chocolate Granola

I fell in love with making my own granola last year when I made this pumpkin granola. I know, I’m super late on the granola train. I don’t normally buy granola, even though I love it, but that’s exactly the problem! I eat way too much of it!

I love making my own granola because I can control how much oil and sugar go in. Plus, it tastes so much more amazing than pre-made granolas! This chocolate granola did not disappoint! It’s rich and lightly sweetened with maple syrup as opposed to regular sugar.

Chocolate Granola

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Raise your hand if you make mac and cheese weekly. Raise both your hands if you make it multiple times a week! ::raises both hands high::

Mac and cheese is a staple in our house and is one of the only foods my oldest will eat. While I have no hate for making boxed mac and cheese, of course, I’d rather she eat it homemade. I don’t always have a lot of time when I get home from work.

The Instant Pot has definitely become one of my most favorite kitchen tools. I know, I’m trying NOT to turn this into an IP blog, but it’s such a lifesaver. I’ve been hearing people rave about making mac and cheese in the IP, so it was time to give it a try.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Truth be told, this recipe took me three tries to figure out. The first time I had way too much liquid in the pot at the end, and the second time it was a little dry and not cheesy enough. But, I think I’ve finally got it!

This recipe has just the right amount of cheese. If you want it to be thicker and more “cheesier”, than you will want to add less half and half at the end.