Holiday Crostini

Holiday Crostini

The holidays are in full swing, and that means lots of food in the near future. If you’re needing an appetizer to bring with you to a holiday party or get together, this recipe is for you!

This is another quick and easy recipe that tastes delicious, and only requires a few ingredients:

  • crostini bread (or sourdough, french bread)
  • goat cheese
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • balsamic vinegar

You can use either store bought crostini bread that is ready to go, or you can make your own by slicing sourdough bread and toasting it with olive oil until crispy. French bread will work as well!

Once you have the bread figured out, spread goat cheese all over the slices. Top with sliced sun-dried tomatoes and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Place on a serving tray or platter, and there you have it! An easy, delicious appetizer that everyone will enjoy.

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Green Apple Grilled Cheese

Green Apple Grilled Cheese

Hello! I’m back with another green apple recipe!

This is an easy way to take your grilled cheese up a notch, and delicious too!

I love putting green apples in my grilled cheese because they give a nice crunch and crispness to your bite. Plus, apples and cheese just make a great pair.

You only need a few ingredients to make this: green apple, Havarti cheese, Gouda cheese, mayonnaise, and bread. I prefer to use sourdough, but any bread will do!

Start by thinly slicing your apples and laying out your bread. Place the Havarti cheese on one of the slices of bread, and place the apples on top. Layer the other cheese on top of the apples, and top with the other slice of bread.

Spread mayonnaise on the bread before putting it into your hot pan, and you’re ready to go! I cook mine on medium heat, and cover with a lid to try and help the cheese get gooey. Flip when golden brown, and cook until the other side is the same color.

There you have it! An “adult” grilled cheese sandwich. This is one of my favorite sandwiches, so I hope you enjoy!

Green Apple Grilled Cheese

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Stock

Roasted pumpkin seeds

Hey everyone! I added this on my Instagram page, but figured I should share it here as well!

Roasted pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite snacks not just around Halloween, but the entire fall season!⁣

Start by separating the seeds from the pumpkin guts (save the guts – these can be repurposed too!) Once the seeds are separated, rinse them off and spread on a cookie sheet. Bake at 300° for 30 minutes. Take out, and toss the seeds with some olive oil and sea salt, spread back onto the pan, and bake another 20 minutes.

Once cooled, you’re ready to enjoy!

Pumpkin Stock in Progress

Next is the pumpkin stock. Place the pumpkin guts in a pot with 4-5 cups of water, and boil for about 20 minutes. Don’t worry if you get a few seeds in there either! Strain the guts, and bam! Pumpkin stock for your next fall soup!

Seriously so easy, am I right?!

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Caramelized Cinnamon Sugar Apples

Caramelized Cinnamon Sugar Apples over Ice Cream

Happy fall, everyone!

This is my favorite time of the year, and some of my favorite things to eat are during this season. Pies, apples, squash, soups…I am so ready! I love all the warm spices used and the way your entire home smells after cooking or baking with them.

This is a simple dessert recipe that I like to use. It takes a total of 10 minutes (maybe even less if you prep fast!) and has 5 ingredients. I’m telling ya, super easy!

What You’ll Need

  • granny smith apple
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • French vanilla ice cream

How To

  • Start by rinsing the apple, and then use an apple slicer to remove the core and have even slices. If some slices are bigger than you’d like, feel free to cut them in half.
  • In a pan on medium-high heat, add the apples, butter, and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and sugar.
All Ingredients in the Pan
  • Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring every so often. They are ready to serve when they are golden and there is some syrup formed in the pan.
  • Place the apples over your favorite brand of French vanilla ice cream, drizzle some syrup over the top, and enjoy!
Caramelized Cinnamon Sugar Apples over Ice Cream

There you have it! Another easy recipe for you to try.

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Sea Salt Caramel Cookies

Sea Salt Caramel Cookies

Hello! For this post, I want to keep it fairly short and sweet. So for those of you here for the recipe only, you are welcome!

Who doesn’t love a good cookie?! This cookie is pretty basic to make, and is so tasty! It’s like a basic chocolate chip cookie, just tweaked a liiiitle different!

These are rich, and I gotta say, best when eaten warm and with a glass of milk. Shall we get started?


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 bag of sea salt caramel chips (I used the Hershey brand)

Let’s Bake!

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 ° .
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla, and then the eggs. Continue mixing until thoroughly combined.
  4. Slowly add your baking soda and flour to the mix, and mix until combined.
  5. When it’s all mixed, stir the sea salt caramel chips in.
  6. Scoop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or a greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until golden brown. (For my oven, I found the 16 minutes to be perfect.)
  8. Let cool on a baking sheet, and enjoy!

There you go! Pretty easy, right?

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Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

Hey ya’ll! Here is another easy recipe that I love: chicken salad. It only calls for a few ingredients, and you can make it according to how YOU like it. It can have more of an ingredient or less of an ingredient. All I know is, however you make it, it’s easy and fast!


  • chicken breasts
  • mayonnaise
  • celery
  • red onion
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Start by boiling water in a large pot. When water is boiling, drop chicken in and cook until done- about 8-10 minutes.
  2. While chicken is cooking, dice up your celery and red onion.
  3. When chicken is done, it needs to be shredded. Easiest way is to use your stand mixer on medium speed with the dough hook attachment. (Shout out to my friend Tina for this trick!) If you don’t have a stand mixer, that’s totally fine! You can shred the chicken manually with forks.
  4. Once the chicken is shredded, it’s time to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Add the diced celery and red onion, salt and pepper.
  6. Add mayonnaise to the chicken mixture as well. You want enough to coat all of the other ingredients.
  7. Mix together, and add more mayonnaise as needed.
  8. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Enjoy!
Chicken Salad Sandwich

I like to eat my chicken salad on toasted sourdough bread, with a little more mayonnaise spread on the bread, and lettuce. This is seriously one of my favorite and easiest recipes.

If you have any questions feel free to ask!

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Roasted Crispy Potatoes

Roasted Crispy Potatoes

Hi everyone! The 4th of July is tomorrow, and this is the perfect side for your BBQ!

To cut my potatoes, I used a mandolin to help get even slices. Don’t worry if you do not have one though- you can still cut your potatoes into thin slices with a sharp kitchen knife!

Best part is- it is extremely simple to do! There are only 6 ingredients and little prep.

Between the prep and cooking time, it takes about an hour, and you won’t regret it. This recipe is good for 2-3 servings, so if you are planning on making this for a party I would definitely double it.


  • 6 red potatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic salt
  • Italian seasoning

Let’s Get Cooking

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350°.
  2. While oven is preheating, rinse off your potatoes.
  3. When potatoes are rinsed, cut into thin slices. If you have a mandolin I would suggest using that, but if not, grab your favorite kitchen knife!
  4. Once the potatoes are sliced, place them in a large bowl.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes until they are mostly covered. Season with the salt, pepper, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning.
  6. Toss all the ingredients together until potatoes are evenly coated.
  7. Spread out over a baking sheet lined with foil.
  8. Bake in oven for 45 minutes to an hour. Potatoes are done when they are slightly golden and crisp.
  9. Enjoy!

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