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Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

I am one of probably a handful of people who actually loves Brussels sprouts. I LOVE them. Blanched, grilled, roasted…I’ll eat them however…and they’re even better if combined with pancetta or bacon…

I mean, what’s not instantly improved with bacon, really?

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Anyway, in an effort to eat more veggies, I’ve been keeping Brussels sprouts in my fridge for last-minute side dish ideas. And since I absolutely HATE grocery shopping, these particular sprouts would have actually started sprouting something if I didn’t use them ASAP…

So I scoured my fridge and pantry for ingredients I could throw together for dinner…and as luck would have it, I happened to have everything I needed to create this tasty rigatoni pasta dish with bacon and Brussels sprouts!

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This pasta dish made WAAAAY too much pasta (not a bad thing, just a forewarning!), so you could easily cut it in half for a more manageable amount. I think next time I might add some grilled chicken, since this dish is a bit lacking on the protein.

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Served alongside a side salad, this Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon will force even the pickiest of eaters to widen their palette.

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Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. rigatoni noodles
  • 5-6 large fresh Brussels sprouts, sliced and chopped thin
  • 8-10 slices bacon, diced into small pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook rigatoni noodles according to package instructions.
  2. While your pasta cooks, cook bacon in large skillet.  Once crisp, remove from pan.
  3. Drain bacon grease, leaving enough to coat the bottom of the pan, about 2 tablespoons.
  4. Add chopped Brussels sprouts to the skillet, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.  Add garlic, bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook until sprouts soften a bit, about 8 minutes.
  5. Once pasta is done cooking, drain and return to pan.  Add Brussels sprouts mixture to pasta, along with Parmesan cheese and cooked bacon.  Mix to combine.
  6. Drizzle olive oil over pasta.  Add oil to your liking.  Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve immediately and top with remaining cheese.

 

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Seasonal Produce Printables

One of my favorite things about summer is going to local farmers markets.  For those of us who live in the Midwest, it’s often hard to find fresh seasonal produce at our local stores, so whenever the farmer’s markets come to town, we do our best to stock up on fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies.

And one of the best ways to buy your produce is to know what’s in season when you’re out shopping.  Buying produce when it’s in season often means fresher, cheaper, and tastier ingredients…and who doesn’t love that?

To help you learn what is in season when, here are some handy printables so you can see what fruits, veggies, and herbs are in season every month of the year.  Happy shopping!

Looking for clever ways to use your favorite herbs?  Check out this herb printable for some handy ideas!

SUMMER PRODUCE

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FALL PRODUCE

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WINTER PRODUCE

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SPRING PRODUCE

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Download All Produce Printables Here!

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Rice Crispy Treat Easter Pops

Last week I did a post on Easter Candy You Can Make Yourself, but if you’re still looking for a little something sweet to liven up your Easter baskets this year, try these super cute Rice Crispy Easter pops!

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This recipe is super simple and you can even let the kids help out with making these tasty pops!  I decided to leave mine un-decorated, but you can easily add sprinkles, icing, or melted chocolate to these pops for some added flavor and texture.

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This is a very easy and quick recipe, and these little pops would look super cute in an Easter basket or centerpiece arrangement.

Rice Crispy Treat Easter Pops

Ingredients:

  • Rice Crispy cereal (6 cups needed)
  • Mini marshmallows (10 oz. bag)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon good vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, melt butter over low to medium heat.  Add marshmallows.  Continue mixing until marshmallows have completely melted, about 3 minutes.  At this point, you can add the vanilla if you’d like.  It’s totally optional, but if you use a good quality vanilla, it adds a great “bakery taste” to your treats.
  2. Once your marshmallows have melted, take the mixture off the heat.  Add the cereal and stir until completely combined.
  3. Dump onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Spread out evenly as best you can.  If the mixture starts to set and stick, take another piece of parchment paper, spray it with non-stick spray, and press the paper, sprayed side down, onto the treats to even and spread them out.
  4. Let set completely, about 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Remove the treats from the pan.  Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out your Rice Crispy shapes.  Transfer to plate or another sheet of parchment paper.  If you want to decorate your treats, go for it!  Otherwise you can insert a cake pop stick into the bottom of the treat or use melted chocolate to attach a stick to the back of the treat.  Wrap them in little treat bags and you’re good to go!
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7 Popular Easter Candies You Can Make Yourself

I think we can all agree that Easter candy FAR surpasses Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween candy…ami right??  The colors are prettier, the flavors are better (coconut EVERYTHING for the win!!), and Peeps…just Peeps.

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Yes, I’m probably one of a handful of people that actually loves Peeps, but I also love anything chocolate and coconut, anything peanut butter and chocolate, and those ooey gooey Cadbury Crème Eggs…STAAAHP.

Needless to say, I’m a sucker for Easter candy…and thanks to the creative minds on the Internet, it’s now easier than ever to create your own Easter candy any time of year!  From delicious handmade Reese’s Eggs to yes, even handmade Peeps and jelly beans, these 7 Easter Candies You Can Make Yourself are sure to add a sweet touch to anyone’s Easter basket!

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Homemade Marshmallow Eggs
melskitchencafe.com
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Homemade Cadbury Eggs
cincyshopper.com
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Homemade Candy Dots
mommymusings.com
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Pastel Mint Patties
momontimeout.com
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Homemade Peeps
keystoinspiration.com
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Homemade Jelly Beans
charlenechronicles.com
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Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
realhousemoms.com
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Arroz con Pollo with Cilantro and Jalapenos

For the past two years, I’ve hosted a little Oscar viewing party, complete with themed foods and a comfy-clothes-only policy…it’s a very exclusive shin-dig 😉

I try to serve foods themed around the Best Picture nominees, and for the amazing film, Moonlight, I decided to create my own version of Kevin’s (Andre Holland) chef special, Chicken and Rice.

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Served with fresh cilantro and black beans, this Arroz con Pollo recipe is a light and refreshing dish that has a bright burst of citrus flavor.  You can use brown or white rice (make sure to cook it ahead of time!) and you can add a deeper chicken flavor to this dish by using chicken thighs and legs instead of breasts.

A spicy and tasty dinner that’s big enough to feed 6-8 hungry mouths, this Arroz con Pollo recipe is a great one to have in your back pocket for last-minute dinner parties or gatherings.

Arroz con Pollo with Cilantro and Jalapenos

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, skinless
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • 1 white or sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 bag frozen corn (or canned corn)
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken into 1 in. cubes.  Heat oil in pan and cook chicken on all sides until lightly browned.
  2. Add onion and garlic; stir until fragrant and onions have softened.  Add chopped jalapeno, chicken broth, chopped cilantro, lemon zest and juice of lemons, and lime zest and juice of limes.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Add cooked rice; mix to combine.  Add corn and beans.  Reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Serve in pot or transfer to casserole dish.  Garnish with additional chopped cilantro and sliced jalapeno.

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11 Magical Unicorn Treats

A few years ago I took a very reliable, 100% true-to-fact quiz online to find out the identity of my spirit animal.  As I entered the magical forest, I waited for my spirit animal to approach…I was hoping for something awesome like a wolf or a bear…but when I clicked, I was so amazed to discover that my spirit animal was none other than the unicorn!

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Yup, the wonderful, magical, colorful, amazing unicorn.  It’s actually kind of perfect considering my love of creativity and imagination…and the fact that my dad would sing “The Last Unicorn” to me before bed every night may have cemented my spirit animal into my subconscious.  Needless to say, my inner unicorn has absolutely loved this recent craze of unicorn-themed crafts and foods….and I just had to gather up a few of my favorite unicorn-themed treats!

Cakes, cookies, candies and more all get the unicorn treatment with this collection of 11 Magical Unicorn Treats!  Great for birthdays or just any occasion where you want to feel extra magical, these unicorn treats will literally help you taste the rainbow!

11 Magical Unicorn Treats

Unicorn Bark
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Unicorn Blondies
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Unicorn Cake
100layercakelet.com
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Unicorn Cheesecake
cakestyle.com
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Unicorn Poop Cookies
rosannapansino.com
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Unicorn Doughnuts
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Unicorn Fudge
tastemade.com
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Unicorn Hot Chocolate
dixiecrystals.com
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Unicorn Macarons
kawaiisweetworld.com
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Unicorn Popcorn
kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com
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Unicorn Pop Tarts
awwsam.com
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5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes that Aren’t Corned Beef and Cabbage

Right, so I know corned beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patty’s Day go-to…and I know my Irish ancestors would shun me for saying so, but I’m just not a huge fan of corned beef…or cabbage for that matter.  I mean…I’ll eat it…but when push comes to shove, I’d much rather spring for a piece of shepherd’s pie or a big ol’ plate of bangers and mash (which I know is not OFFICIALLY Irish, but…it has potatoes!!).

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So here are a few other Irish-ish recipes that you can make to still be in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit if you’re like me and don’t swoon over the traditional fare.

5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes that Aren’t Corned Beef and Cabbage

Irish Soda Bread (my favorite!!)
Gimme Some Oven
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Bangers & Mash
Self-Proclaimed Foodie
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Shepherd’s Pie
Delish Plan
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Bailey’s Brownies
Just a Pinch
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Beer Cheese Soup
A Spicy Perspective
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