Happy New Year~ my favorite recipes of 2012

Chicken enchiladas with avocado cream sauce

Marinated Sunday sammies

Denver egg muffins

 Trisha Yearwood’s crock pot candy

 Peppermint fudge

Crab & gnocchi gratin casserole


Dr.Don’s frosted banana bars

Chicken asparagus bake with basil mayo

Balsamic & basil chicken tortelini

Crock pot fajitas

Spinach & herb chicken salad

Gluten-free chili cheese dog bake

Mini buffalo chicken balls

 These were my favorite recipes of 2012. Thank you all for making my blog a success! It is such a blessing to be able to stay at home with my kids every day and do what I love! I have some really exciting changes & new things in store for 2013, including a total design make-over for my site!

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!



{Eddie Martini’s} burgundy onion soup


You will need:

  • 2 large yellow onions, sliced in long half circles
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 cups burgundy cooking wine
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 6 pieces thinly sliced french bread
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese

In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. When butter starts to bubble, add onions and cook until very brown, at least 15 minutes. Add tomato paste and wine. Cook until only a trace of wine remains, about 15 minutes.

Add stock and pepper and simmer 20 minutes, add salt. Preheat broiler  Divide soup between 6 warmed, ovenproof bowls. Top each portion with a slice of bread and then cover with cheese. Set bowls on a cookie sheet with sides and put in broiler. Broil until cheese melts and becomes golden brown. Serve warm.


{crockpot} Zuppa Toscana


You will need:

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 lb ground hot Italian sausage
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups (32 oz) chicken stock
  • 3 cups russet potatoes, cubed
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups kale, in bite size pieces
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • parmesan cheese, grated

In a large pot, cook the bacon until crispy. Drain some of the grease. Add the sausage, breaking it apart as it cooks. Once sausage is browned and crumbled, drain off grease leaving a tbsp to saute the onion. Push the sausage and bacon to the edge of the pot and add the onion to the center; saute until translucent; add garlic; saute for a minute. Put bacon/sausage/onion/garlic mixture in the crock pot on low.

Add the stock and potatoes into the crockpot. Season with salt and pepper. Heat on low for 4-6 hours or until the potatoes are tender.

Add kale and heavy whipping cream 30 minutes before serving, turn crock pot on high. Serve warm topped with grated parmesan.

Recipe adapted from here.


{crockpot} Hearty italian soup & perfectly parmesan biscuits

Mmmmm. This one is great for a cold day and no supper plans. Quick, easy, and so yum. Pair this soup with Tastefully Simple’s parmesan biscuits for a mouth-watering combo. The parmesan biscuits have been compared to Red Lobsters cheddar bay biscuits….which I hope everyone knows are to-die.

You will need:

In your crockpot whisk 5 cups water with soup mix on low. Fry the ground beef and drain if necessary. Add beef and 1 tablespoon marinara sauce mix to soup. Heat on low for an hour then medium for another hour. Serve warm with parm biscuits.

In a bowl combine biscuit mix, water, and cheese. Drop clumps of the dough on a greased baking stone. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.


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Lazy [crockpot] broccoli cheddar soup

You will need:

Whisk soup mix with water and milk. Add the rest of the ingredients  heat on low for 4 hours or until broccoli is cooked. Garnish with extra cheese.