Emma is sick. It is so sad to see her so quiet and still. She seems to be filling a little better today, but we are still filling our day with lots of cuddles, stories, and her favorite shows. Is it bad that I am secretly enjoying all this cuddle time. I am soaking it up while it lasts. On another note, I was looking through my photos and realized there are a ton of recipes that I never shared with you. It would be wrong for me not share all the goodness, the food was that good! So to start off this food fest, I give you my new favorite cinnamon rolls.
Caramel Apple Cinnamon RollsI found this recipe while I was looking through Pinterest. It was super easy to make and so delicious. They were gone within a day of making them, they are that good! You can find the original recipe here Here is what you need: Dough:
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 6 tbsp butter soften
- 1 apple cored and finely chopped
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce (I bought whatever was cheapest at the store)
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce
I love fall and all that goes with it. In fact I count down until the cooler weather hits. Then I have an excused to cook all the soups that I want. Well yesterday was the perfect fall weather. The air was nice and crisp with just a slight breeze... well at first it was just a breeze until the crazy wind started happening. The trees around us were going crazy with the amount of wind whipping through the air. It was fun to watch the wind show from inside our cozy apartment. All the wind made me crave my one of my all time favorite fall dinners. Stuff Pepper soup, Grilled Ham and cheese sandwich, with apple cider. YUM! It seriously is the perfect fall dinner. Luckily today I am going to share the amazingness with you. It is a must try in your homes this fall!
The Perfect Fall Dinner:
Stuff Pepper Soup:2 boxes (each 4.4 ounces) Long Grain Wild Rice 1 pound Ground Beef 1 large green pepper 1 medium size onion 1 jar, 26 ounce, chunky vegetable pasta sauce (Pretty much any pasta sauce will work, this one is just my favorite) 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes 1 can beef broth Here is what you do: Start cooking the rice as is directed on the box. While the rice is cooking cook the beef, green pepper, and onions until the meat is fully cooked. Mix in Pasta sauce, tomatoes, broth and cooked rice. Heat through and salt/ pepper to taste
Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich:4 slices of ham lunch meat two slices of bread (we used white but sourdough would be amazing!) Cheese slices Butter Mustard Ranch sauce (1 part mustard to 2 parts ranch mixed together. Its so good on sandwiches it just might change your life) Here is what you do: Fry up the ham in a pan. Once it is heated through and starts to crisp on the edges take out of pan and put it aside. Take the pieces of bread and butter both sides. Then place one layer of cheese in between to two pieces of bread. Put on pan and grill until the bottom piece of bread is golden brown. Then Flip As soon as you flip take the top piece of bread off throw on the ham and Mustard Ranch sauce. Close back up the sandwich and cook until the bottom piece of bread is golden brown. Now it is read to serve. This soup and sandwich combo is the Perfect Fall dinner that you have to try. I already can't wait to have it again. One of the best things is that the soup makes a lot... which means leftovers for our little family, yum!
And I am back once again. This past month has been full of crazy adventures with my family. I just can't wait to share with you all that my little family has been doing. But while I finishing getting all the photos together here is a quick update on our life... plus a awesome new recipe that you will thank me for later. We have finally settled down into a regular routine now that we are back from Vacation. Jake is spending a lot of time studding for his last big test. (The test that will decide our fate. No pressure or anything;) And I am working a lot more with my Nanny job. I think Emma loves the extra hours because she has so much fun with the kids. Between work and study we have still been finding time to play. We have filled our days with soccer fun, basketball games, dinner with friends, game nights, art time with Emma, reading together, and watching Psych. We are officially addicted to that show! We have spent the last few weeks catching up on previous seasons that we missed. Now we are counting down the days until they release the last season so that we can be completely caught before the show starts back up. Its killing right now playing the waiting game... we may be still learning how to be patient lol! During the mist of our random nights, I cooked my very first whole chicken. It turned out so good that I just had to share it with you.
Simple Whole Chicken RecipeHere is what you need:
- 1 whole chicken (neck and giblets removed)
- 1 tbl olive oil
Here is what you do:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and make sure the rack is in the middle
- Place chicken on a clean work surface and pat dry
- In a small bowl mix together the olive oil and other seasonings.
- Rub the oil mixture all over the chicken (inside and outside)
- Place chicken breast side up in a frying pan
- Place in oven and cook for 15 min
- Turn oven down to 375 degrees
- Cook for another 50-60 min (until all the juices run clear)
- Let it rest for about 15 min
- Enjoy and eat it all up!