Apple Cider Caramel Corn

This time of year, I am all about cinnamon, and apples and pumpkin and all things FALL.  But the husband has been requesting caramel corn on movie night.  Its one of his most frequent requests.  And I’m a bad wife who rarely indulges in some of his more frequent dessert requests (i.e. cakes with buttercream frosting, sugar cookies with “thick” frosting, and anything else you can slather frosting on). So I wanted to combine the addictiveness of caramel corn with a little hint of fall flavor.  Just a hint!  It still needed to taste like caramel corn. Have you tried apple cider caramels?? If not, you need to!  They are…

Football Food: Chicken Meatballs in Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Ok, we all know that I mostly watch and encourage others to join in the watching of Football primarily for the snacks.  Like 95% for the snacks.  4% to hang out with friends.  And 1% to appall the husband with my questions – due to my utter lack of football knowledge.  But, lets be clear, I am 0% there for the football. Since 95% of the reason I showed up or opened my home to these football watching people is the food, then it better be pretty darn tasty!  But a lot of football snacks are the same.  Chips. Dip. Guac. Lil smokies. Hoagies. Chicken wings. Ribs. Etc.  I think…

Healthy Treats – Salted Caramel Chocolate Coconut and Oat Bars

If you cringe when asked to be “treat mom” or to “bring the treats,” I know the feeling, even though I am currently kidless.  Almost everyone if off of something these days. Even kids! The school’s list of acceptable/unacceptable ingredients in homemade treats I see pinned to the fridge at my friends’ house leaves little but organic unicorn dust and non-GMO rainbows up for grabs.  And unfortunately, I’m fresh out of both. One year we hosted a monthly dinner for our church small group.  A week before our first meal, three people reached out about their dietary restrictions with the clear assumption that accommodations would be made.  Between the 3 of…

Summer Road Trippin’: Honey Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas

Our household is a few camping and mini-road trips into the summer weekend adventure season!  We have had some super fun ones and even more that I can hardly wait for!  So car snacks are absolutely a happening thing for this easily hangry traveler.  Hangry Maria is not someone you want as a travel buddy.  Just ask the husband. I had been dying to test out a bunch of roasted chickpea flavor ideas I’ve had floating around in my head.  So before our weekend trip a couple weeks ago, I made a small batch of each.  The two clear favorites were the honey sriracha version in this post and the…

Girls’ Night in 5: Citrus Cured Salmon with Creme Fraiche

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. It seems that summer has burst onto the scene without any gradual warm-up or how-do-you-do.  I will never complain about a sunny day!  Just so long as things stay below 85 degrees.  Please and thank you. I melt into a puddle beyond 85.  That is my cut-off.  But, lets keep these low-mid 70 degree days coming!! When the…
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