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Sheet Pan Smoked Kielbasa with Herbed Potatoes and Green Beans

Get your deliciousness on with this one pan meal! Sheet Pan Smoked Kielbasa, potatoes and green beans make up a delicious dinner in no time plus it’s perfect for weekly meal prep…or when you only want to wash one dish!

So with my really being limited to what I can and cannot do in the kitchen, I have to rely on Mr. Fantabulous to do most of the cooking. And since I’m 1-armed if you will he’s also the one that has to do the dishes. Sure we have a brand new dishwasher but we rarely use it. I know, we’re weird. Since he’s bearing the brunt of all of the house work, yard work and construction stuff I try to keep dinner easy as possible while delicious.

When we were at the store he spied fresh green beans. Now this man loves these things. I mean he’ll eat them raw. Now I like many vegetables raw, green beans are not one of them. Growing up he would have loved being in my parents garden with me as one of my jobs was to pick the beans. And having 41 acres, we grew A LOT of beans. Now when I make green beans I tend to go to one of my all time favorite Green Beans recipe – Grown Up Green Beans. It takes all of the elements of that Thanksgiving green bean casserole but makes it all fancy schmancy. And no canned soup. Yes, it’s ok in a pinch but please, make homemade!

Sheet Pan Smoked Kielbasa, potatoes and green beans

Anyway, there was no way I could ask Mr. Fantabulous to make that as, while it’s not hard or complicated, he’s still not a huge fan of cooking. Eating yes; cooking no. lol While we were shopping I picked up some potatoes and kielbasa just because those are quick and easy meals. And that’s when it hit me – Sheet Pan dinner.

Sheet pan dinners are super easy and delicious!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Toffee

These cookies started out as just a simple chocolate chip cookie but ended up being one of the best loaded chewy chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had!

So this cookie literally just happened. It didn’t start off this way but dear lord I’m so happy that it ended the way it did! Since I’m not really able to cook or bake yet we hadn’t really had too many desserts that took actual baking or prep work. A lot of the stuff we’ve been having were either no bake or super, super simple. While Mr. Fantabulous is my main chef right now, he’s also still not a huge fan of cooking. Oh he loves the end game where he gets to dig in but the whole “what do you mean I have to cook this too???” is still too ‘new’ to him. Perhaps he thought food just magically appeared and that there wasn’t any prep time to it.

But damn it… I wanted cookies. So while he was out cutting the grass I got the ingredients out…one by one. Thankfully he had the mixer out on the counter for me. Now I was going to make just regular chocolate chip cookies as those are his favorite but I was just craving a more chewy cookie, like an oatmeal raisin. Now the rest… yeah it kinda just happened.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Toffee

So here’s the thing, I decided I wanted oats in my cookie but I didn’t want to have to chill my dough overnight to soften. That’s when I recalled the ‘milk oats’ trick my Grandma used in her meatloaf. See she used oats in her meatloaf instead of bread. This allowed for a more moister meatloaf. But in order to get it moist, you had to soak the oats in milk. So I figured why not try and incorporate that method into a cookie?

You’re going to want a eat these all yourself but please, please share!

Super Easy Cherry Pie Bars

These cherry pie bars are filled with cherryrific pie filling layered in a no-roll, cookie pie crust. Perfect for parties as you can hold a drink in one hand and a cherry pie bar in the other!

Okay no, hell did not freeze over nor did yours truly hit her head. No I wasn’t abducted by aliens or is someone impersonating me. It’s me, Lori… for real. Yes I posted yet another cherry recipe. I know what you’re all thinking…’but you hate cherries Lori. Like to the point you call them Demon Seeds from the gates of hell!’. And you’re completely right. I hate those things BUT that doesn’t mean you guys do. I mean it’s okay if you’re a weirdo and like them. lol love you ♥ It’s just I realized that by not sharing cherry recipes that my family loves is well, unfair to the world. You all should be able to share in the deliciousness even though yours truly wont.

Am I harsh on cherries? Nope. LOL I hate ’em and that sucks as they look so good. I mean this dessert, honestly, looks freaking amazing!  And yes, for the record I did try it. I kinda have to. I can’t publish something without ever trying it; that is just well, rude and misleading. What I will tell you is that everyone that has tried this through out the years, LOVES IT! Like to the point it’s almost obsessive. But hey, in the world of chefdom, that’s a huge compliment!

Easy & Super Delicious Cherry Pie Bars!

These types of pie bars recipes have been in my family for generations (i.e., multi-generations peeps). They are faster to make than a traditional pie as there is no rolling involved. These area also portable which meant they were perfect for picnics, cookouts and lunches.  These bars were a huge hit with my dad at the mill.

Trust me, you’re going to want to make this!

Cherryrific Cherry Pie Filling

With fresh cherries in abundance right now, it’s the perfect time to whip up this quick & delicious cherry pie filling for dessert tonight!

Okay so here’s the skinny on this recipe. Did I taste it? Yes. Did I like it?  Nope…BUT hear me out. Anyone that knows me knows I HATE cherries. Like we’re talking I’d rather lick a dirty rock than eat one, hate. However, everyone that has tried this filling (who are weirdos and like cherries in my eyes), LOVE it. Actually many rave over it and beg for the recipe.

It’s funny as this recipe takes only about 15 minutes, minus the pitting but I’ll get into pitting them a bit later in this post, and it’s only a few ingredients. But the outcome is incredible…or so I’m told. See I’ve never like cherries, ever. My sister, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough of them. But my hatred for those demon seeds as I affectionately call them doesn’t stop at just the fruit. Oh no; I go full-on anything cherry must burn in hell, hatred. LOL

I would say about the only thing that I actually like that has those little spawns of Satan in it, is my Cherry Chipotle Cola BBQ Sauce. But let’s be real here, chipotle, bbq sauce and cola combined will push the cherry taste to a mild undertone.

Get your cherry pie filling fix!

Homemade French Onion Dip

There is nothing better with crispy, salty potato chips than cold and creamy French Onion Dip!  Skip the soup mix and make your own delicious dip!  One dip of the chip and you’ll fall in love!

Potato chips and French Onion dip at times have been my Friday night date. I should be embarrassed to admit that but I’m not. I’m sorry but I love those salty, crispy chips and that creamy oniony dip. Sure my thighs love it even more but some things well, are worth it. Now, this doesn’t mean it’s a frequent thing in my house. God no! If that were the case I wouldn’t fit in the house. Everything in moderation. But I’ll be honest, when it comes to this dip, I have to use all of my willpower.

Now I love certain pre-made French onion dip but I honestly prefer homemade more. It’s creamier. I don’t want to dip into it and have the dip just glob on the chip. No, I want it to dunk into something creamy, rich and oniony.

Growing up Mom would make her own French Onion dip. Her first recipe was sour cream, mayo, fresh chopped onions and some spices. I HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATED it. I mean who puts fresh raw onions in dip? GAG. Sorry Mama, I love you and everything but that was nasty. Well, then the whole dried French onion soup packets came out. Mom I swear had cases of that stuff. It went in EVERYTHING.

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