Sunday, March 26, 2023

Starbucks Blueberry Muffin

 Bren loves lemons and can eat them like there is no tomorrow. I needed lemon for a recipe and for some reason the only way I could get lemons was in a bag so I knew I needed to make lemon things. This recipe looked great and I had been meaning to make muffins for awhile. 

These were super easy to make and I followed the directions as layed out. The only confusing part was that the recipe called for 1 cup of sugar but never said where to actually add it in so I put it with the flour ingredients. I think if I make them again I would also add lemon zest into the batter as I found the muffins themselves needing more flavour.

That being said Bren ate 10 of the 12 muffins and I was shocked at how fast he ate them all. Mik was mad that she never got to try them so I know I will have to make more soon.

You can find the recipe here:

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Mushroom Burger with Provolone, Caramelized Onions and Aioli and Cheesy Loaded Tater Tots

 I think most of the burgers I have made lately seem to have caramelized onions on them which isn't planned. This one was one that I was kind of trying to sneak in because it had caramelized onions on them which neither kid is apparently a fan of. So I decided to mix up the side dish on this meal with the loaded tater tots and they were so amazing!!

I did use store bought burger patties as I find on days where I have to work it's just so much easier and quicker for me to have them on hand and not worry about if I have ground beef. The other thing where I cheated was using an Epicure garlic aioli instead of making it from scratch. I seriously love the epicure one and it doesn't take much time at all.

I also decided to cook the onions and mushrooms together instead of in two separate pans to save dishes. Plus I only have one really good non-stick pan right now so I'm kind of limited with some meals. I also once again used my cast iron pan to cook the burgers in instead of the barbeque. The weather lately is super rainy and I have yet to do a spring clean on the barbeque. 

I really loved the idea of the two pieces of cheese bringing and melting everything together as then everything stayed on the burger so much better! I will definitely be doing this again!

We don't seem to have tater tots much but after having them this way I am sure we will doing them way more often! Now I did bake the tater tots over frying them to save myself time and also to be a lit bit healthier. I followed the directions to cook them and then took them out and loaded them with cheese, bacon bits and green onions. Now I cooked everything on the same pan as mine had raised edges to save myself dishes and time. It worked out fine for me and they were so delicious!

I highly recommend both of these recipes:

Mushroom Burger:

Cheesy Loaded Tater Tots:

Sunday, March 12, 2023

French Onion Soup and Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese

 First off I must admit that this is a crazy combination and I was looking for an easy sandwich that had some protein since there was nothing in the soup. 

I haven't had French Onion soup in so long so I was really excited to be making it again. I had no idea how the kids were going to like it but I was excited and even bought the bowls as I had no idea where mine were. 

I followed the recipe as directed and cut sooo many onions although the good thing was that I didn't shed one tear! Although Mik did and she wasn't even cutting them! I followed the directions and added all three of the alcohols and it was such a great smell! My house smelled so good with the soup simmering for so long.

Now the grilled cheese sandwiches were good but I definitely used the wring kind of pepperoni. I used deli pepperoni and really should have used pizza pepperoni. I found the taste was much blander than I was expecting and that is on me. The sandwiches were easy to make and I liked the idea of using a melted garlic butter as it made sure that there was butter all over the sandwich which was super tasty.

You can find the recipes here:

French Onion Soup:

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese:

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Taco Bell Quesarito (Copycat)

 Taco Bell is not somewhere we go and there isn't one in my city and to be honest I am not even sure where the closest one is. That being said I also don't know if the Canadian menu is the same as the American one but with the copycat recipes we have been trying lately I really need to find out. 

I am loving these recipes by Dinner, then Dessert and I keep coming back to the copycat recipes. Now this one may take a little bit longer if you are makign some of the ingredients from scratch but this recipe is definitely worth having! The only thing we found is that they ended up so big that we ate them with a knife and fork!

These are so amazing and cheesy and just plain delicious! If I have time I could eat these all the time and have fun with them with adding a couple of new ingredients.

I followed the instructions as directed and we ended up making our own homemade queso from an Epicure package. We ended up using a chipotle mayonnaise instead of the sauce due to what we had on hand. 

These were so good and I can't wait to have them again!

You can find the recipe here:

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Snickers Brownie Trifle

 This was made for dessert one night as we all decided to try something different as we don't usually make trifles. 

We were all super excited as it was a recipe that we all liked and it sounded really good.

For the brownies I used Betty Crocker to save some time but I used two packages as the one I had wasn't made for a 9x13 pan. 

For the nougat layer I could only find one jar of marshmallow fluff which was 8oz so I didn't have enough but winged it anyhow. I had everything else so I wasn't too worried about it. 

When everything was cooled and ready to go I assembled it all together and it looked great. The one thing that all of us found was that it was almost too sweet. We could only eat a little bit at a time as the sweetness level was through the roof. 

I don't know if I would make this again as it was just too much for the three of us and we could barely eat any before we were sugared out.

You can find the recipe here:

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Comfort Night - BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf and Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

 There are some nights when you honestly want to just curl up and feel comforted and to me this is one of those meals that can get you there. 

Bren has always really enjoyed meatloaf so I keep trying different ones to change things up. That being said he does really enjoy the ones with cheese in them so I thought this would be a good one to try. I followed the recipe as directed except that I didn't have any parsley. The only thing I would have done different is to use a different pan as the one I used wasn't my biggest loaf pan.

These mashed potatoes were awesome and I loved how little energy it took to make them. The hardest part was peeling the potatoes but I loved how everything just got thrown into the pot. Now I did do things a little different as two of us were reading the recipe at different times and therefore it wasn't followed exact. We ended up throwing all of the milk and butter in at the beginning instead of at two different times. Oops. So I think our potatoes were probably not as creamy as they could have been but they were still really good and the meal was awesome!

You can find the recipes here:


Mashed Potatoes:

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Best Chili Recipe and Brie Grilled Cheese

 I've really been trying hard lately to get a wide assortment of different meals and foods into the kids. With working and being a single mom I do find it really difficult at times to juggle everything and I know that certain nights when I am working they are not getting the proper nutrition so I am trying to do what I can.

I've also been really trying to use different boards on my Pinterest and try things that are common but at the same time that we haven't had in forever. So that brings us to having chili!! I have been making a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches lately to accompany all the soups, etc that we have been having.

This chili was easy to make and it didn't take much time at all. I followed the instructions but was missing a couple of key ingredients due to empty containers (enter small scream). So I was missing chili powder which definitely impacted the flavor but the chili was still really good.

Now the grilled cheese I also altered as I didn't want to add the chicken since we were already having the chili. This sandwich was totally awesome and the kids devoured it. That being said I really need to get a knife that cuts brie as it was definitely a struggle to get it sliced for the sandwich. I will take any assistance from people that have an easy way to cut it! 

This was a great dinner and easy to make!

You can find the recipes here:


Brie Grilled Cheese: