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5 tips for a winning game day spread!

This post is sponsored by Frank’s Red Hot but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

In our house, Sundays are for Sunday Funday, relaxing and kicking back with the family.  And if you know us, there’s always food involved.  During the fall season, my husband is a big football fan. (He loves his Patriots.) I’m not much of a football fan so for me, it’s basically a day of laying on the couch and eating yummy food with my family.

Today I’m sharing some of my tips for a quick and easy game day spread so that you can also enjoy time with your loved ones.

tips for game day party

1.) Keep it simple

Things like cheese, crackers, veggies, nachos and dip make for easy game day fare. And what’s game day without some chicken wings? I recently discovered Frank’s Red Hot wings in the freezer aisle at Walmart. They’re super easy to make, and come in a variety of flavors like their Original flavor, Buffalo, and my favorite Kickin BBQ.

sunday funday

 

2.) Use paper products for easy clean up

No one wants to have to do dishes afterwards. I love using paper products so that I can spend more time with my family.

 

3.) Do all your shopping in one place

I went to Walmart SuperCenter and got all of my groceries and paper products there. I also got some other household stuff we needed for the week as well. I’m all about one stop shopping to help save time.

 

4.) Serve a warm, fun, festive drink

I love to make either some apple cider or hot chocolate in the crock pot. It makes us feel like we’re having a little tailgate in our living room. 

tips for tailgating

 

5.) Think leftovers

Everyone in my family knows, when I’m in the kitchen, I cook for an army. It’s something I acquired from my dad. But the last thing I want is for someone to go hungry.  So I usually get creative with leftovers.

I take those leftover Kickin BBQ wings, cut the chicken off the bone and toss it in some quesadillas for my little dude. He loves them!

And those leftover buffalo or original flavor wings? Cut the leftover chicken off the bone and throw it in some garbage bread. I also like to take some Frank’s Red Hot sauce and mix it with a little Ranch dressing for some dipping!

 

buffalo chicken calzone



And there you have it friends! If you haven’t tried Frank’s Red Hot wings yet, go to your nearest Walmart and get some! And enjoy your next Sunday Funday!
Go Pats!

tips for tailgate party

3 In breakfast/ food/ holidays/ Recipes

The Ultimate Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

I love fall and all the comforting, warm flavors that come with it.  This apple cinnamon french toast casserole is so reminiscent of fond memories with family and friends during the fall and holiday season.

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There is just something about fall that makes it my favorite time of year.  I have so many fond memories apple picking with family, the smells of the apples and cinnamon wafting through the house as my mom made her famous homemade pie.  She usually only makes it twice a year, once after we go apple picking and for the holidays and it’s something I always look forward to.  I used to love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and eating a slice of that warm apple pie for breakfast. Having dessert for breakfast just feels so decadent and I love the way that food and flavors can trigger memories.

This past weekend, the temps got a little chilly. You bet I busted out my favorite chunky sweater and we hit up the apple orchard for some picking.  When I came home with my bushel, I was thinking, “what am I going to make with all of these apples?”  I decided to throw together this apple cinnamon french toast casserole.  Now I’m not one for breakfast.  Usually it’s just a cup of french roast with cream for me.  But this apple cinnamon french toast casserole reminds me of my mom’s apple pie and those feelings of comfort and indulgence.

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Ingredients

  • Butter (for greasing your pan)
  • 1-2 loaves of french bread cut into thick slices
  • 12 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 4 apples cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup of pecans roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar (for topping)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (for topping)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

2.) Lightly grease your casserole dish with a stick of butter. (I used my 9×13 corningware)

3.) Arrange the slices of bread into the casserole dish so that the tops are facing up.

4.)  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

5.) Pour the egg mixture over the bread into the casserole dish, being sure to soak each piece.

6.) Add the apples and pecans, pushing them down into the cracks between each slice of bread.

7.) Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl and sprinkle on top.

8.) Bake in the oven uncovered for 40 minutes.

9.) Let cool before serving.  I dusted some confectioners sugar on top and to make it a little more   special, a dollop of whipped cream.

 

 

holiday recipes

Enjoy! And Happy Fall!

holiday recipes

0 In drinks/ food/ keto recipes/ ketogenic diet/ Recipes

Skinny Cucumber Grapefruit Margaritas – keto friendly

 

skinny keto friendly margarita

Any senoritas out there need a margarita? Then you’ve come to the right place! I love me a nice cold marg when I’m floating in the pool, out with the gal pals, on Mexican night or anytime to be honest.  I love mine fresh, not too sweet and on the rocks.  So since I’ve been following the keto diet, I had to come up with a recipe that was keto friendly. (If you haven’t heard of the keto diet, it’s an amazing lifestyle change where you consume a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet – it’s seriously a gamechanger! I’ll share more about my experience another time.)

So anyways, back to the margs. This margarita combines the fresh summery flavors of cucumbers, grapefruit and lime.  You bet I whipped up a whole pitcher and have it chilling in the fridge to enjoy on this Sunday Funday.

Here is my recipe for the best Skinny Cucumber Grapefruit Margarita

 

keto friendly margarita

Ingredients:

1 cup of silver tequila
2 cans of lime LaCroix
2 cans of grapefruit LaCroix
1 cucumber sliced
2 grapefruits sliced
2 limes sliced
Mint leaves (optional)
3 packets of stevia (optional)
pink himalayan salt (optional)

Directions:

1.) In a blender, blend 3/4 of the sliced cucumber for a few seconds until liquified.
2.) In a large pitcher, combine the liquified cucumber, tequila and Lacroix.
3.) Squeeze the juice of grapefruit and limes into the mixture then toss the rest of the fruit and cucumbers into the pitcher.
4.) Stir in some chopped mint, 3 packets of Stevia and some ice.
5.) Rim your glass with some pink himalayan salt and pour!

(I love to put my glasses in the freezer for a little bit to get super chilled before pouring and serving).

If you try my recipe let me know how you liked it. And if you have your own skinny margarita recipe, remember sharing is caring 😉

skinny keto friendly margarita

7 In food/ Lemon Poppyseed bread/ Recipes

Joanna Gaines’ Lemon Poppyseed Bread Recipe

Joanna Gaines' lemon poppyseed bread recipe from Magnolia Table

Disclaimer – this post contains affiliate links

So for those who didn’t know, Joanna Gaines is pretty much my spirit animal. I love her classic style, her effortless take on design and entertaining, her family values, her cute relationship with Chip, her kids names (I mean we almost named our son Duke), and pretty much everything about her. So naturally when she came out with her own cookbook I read every page cover to cover in one night, tagging all the pages I wanted to try.  (Side note – if you haven’t already checked out Magnolia Table, Joanna Gaines’ cookbook, do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy!)

Now let me give you a little back story.  I absolutely love to cook. There’s something so therapeutic about being in the kitchen with some music playing and just throwing in some random flavors and watching it come together and the looks on everyone’s faces as they dig into your masterpiece.  However, my family will be the first ones’ to tell you I’m no baker.  I mean I once made chocolate chip cookies from scratch, we ran out of vanilla extract so I threw a little anise in. (Why not?) Well, the end result was absolutely repulsive, they tasted like black licorice! And then there was the time I made a cheesecake for my sister’s birthday and it was stuck to the pan, we pretty much had to scoop it out.

So when I told my family I was going to make Joanna Gaines’ lemon poppyseed bread they just gave me a look.  So there I was, just me and my apron in the kitchen in all my glory ready to prove my family wrong when I realized the recipe called for vanilla extract and there was none to be found in my spice cabinet. The dude was taking a nap so I couldn’t run out to the store, but I saw a tiny bottle of almond extract in the back. This tiny voice inside my head told me I’d been down that road before and hadn’t I learned my lesson but I thought why not I can use almond instead right?

Well my friends, I am renaming this Nicolle’s Victory Loaf  because let me tell you, the combo of lemon and almond is just so perfectly fresh and sweet!

Here’s my spin on Joanna Gaine’s lemon poppyseed bread

Joanna Gaines' lemon poppyseed bread recipe from Magnolia Table

Ingredients:

Lemon Poppyseed Bread 
Vegetable oil spray
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cups milk
1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon almond extract (Jo’s calls for vanilla here)

Lemon Drizzle 
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with vegetable oil.

2.) In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, poppyseeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3.) In another bowl combine sugar, milk, eggs, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and almond extract stirring until all combined. Add the dry ingredients to the liquid mixture and stir together.

4.) Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and bake in the center of the rack in your oven for about one hour. (I test by inserting a butter knife or toothpick into the middle and when it comes out clean you know it’s done).

5.) Let cool on a baking rack before taking the loaf out of the pan.

6.) While the loaf is cooling prepare the lemon drizzle. Sift the powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Add the lemon zest and stir together. Stir in 1 tablespoon of water and as much of the lemon juice as necessary to make a pourable icing.

7.) Drizzle over the loaf either warm or at room temp.

Joanna Gaines' lemon poppyseed bread recipe from Magnolia Table

Let me know which version you made, Jo’s or mine and how you liked it!!!