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Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Guinness Corned Beef Reuben Pizza and the Crispy Baked Taco Muffin Cups!

Happy Sunday TKW Family from a very soggy Pittsburgh. This is the time of year I hate. It’s rainy, dreary, cold, gray, muddy and just depressing. It’s that transitional period where summer is trying to hold on just a little bit longer but winter is kicking at the door trying to get in. Living in Pittsburgh this is the time where you pray for a 4-day dry out period so the ground can harden up and not be so soaked for you to pick up the 9 bajillion leaves. I know many of you said to leave it, that it enriches the soil and so forth but no. It kills the grass and anything that tries to go in the spring. How do I know? Cause it killed ours the one year we didn’t pick up the leaves in the one section. However, at that first year of us raking 5 acres of leaves (seriously thought my arms were going to fall off that year), we went out and bought a commercial leaf-sucker-upper-mulcher thing that connects to our tractor. It’s still not an easy job and will easily take ours to do our property but it’s a necessary evil.

This past week was kind of a blur as I honestly can’t remember anything ‘special’ I did other than work. I dread the next 3 weeks as I’m going to be crushed with work but it’s kind of the norm really – rush to get as much in before Thanksgiving as let’s face it, once Thanksgiving hits the office becomes more and more bare. You figure most folks save at least a weeks’ worth of vacation for this time of year. Are you one of them? I am though it kind of just happened as with my shoulder surgery and all.

God can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? And now the Hallmark Channel  is playing Christmas movies 24/7. So I’ll admit that I’m kind of loving that. It’s funny as for years I never watched tv as I had a job that ruined tv for me. You see I worked in the media industry whose software was used by the networks to schedule their shows, episodes, commercials and so forth. I got ‘trained’ to not watch tv for enjoyment but rather to see whether or not the software worked and that there were no glitches.  Like did you ever watch tv and a commercial comes on only that commercial ‘breaks’ or cuts off too fast? Or what about the same commercial airing back to back? Yeah that’s bad in the media industry. So when that happened within minutes my phone would ring and all hell would break loose.

But that job did have its perks – the travel, the behind-the-scenes, meeting rock gods and the parties. Hey I was a single girl in her 20’s when Headbangers Ball was king and I was a die-hard metal head. Good times; good times. But that job, as I said, made me not watch tv for years even after I left it. Eventually though Food Network came to life and I was able to enjoy tv again. Now I’m still not a huge tv person as I don’t need a tv but it’s nice to have for background or to just get lost in for a couple of hours (TYVM Hallmark!).

Today’s a busy day for me. Mr. Fantabulous is kinda of ‘blah’ with the weather so I told him to just chill out, maybe play a video game or just relax. He needs a break. Today I have to finish up 2 shoots and write up at least one post for a client to review for a holiday recipe. I cannot wait to share it (and to sample more today as I’m starving!).

What else? OH, I know! So I had my first meeting with a designer the other day on her and her partner to re-design my website and brand. I posed this to the TKW Facebook Family but let me ask you guys this:

  1. What are some things you like to see on food blogs? Design, functionality, layout?
  2. What are some things you hate? Ads throughout the post and recipe? (p.s. I hate that too!)
  3. What would you like to see? Videos (trust me I want that too but I’m still learning how to edit them in Premiere)? Ability to save a recipe to a recipe box?

Let’s see what happened on Instagram last week?

I whipped up Popper & Artichoke Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken. These were super easy to make. I just pounded out some cutlets til thin then added a mixture of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, minced jalapeno, spinach, artichokes and seasonings. That got stuffed in the chicken, rolled up and then wrapped in bacon. These were baked at 375F for 25-30 minutes then broiled for 5-10 minutes to crisp up the bacon.

Yesterday I posted a video of just some of the leaves we have to pick up. Ugh… so not looking forward to that task!

Hmmm what else? Since, like I said, Mr. Fantabulous is kind of blah I whipped up a batch of cookies for him. These aren’t my normal quad chunk chocolate chip but rather one that I’m working on for Christmas. I have to finish taking the photos of these so I can post the recipe but these are AMAZING! They are soft and almost cake-like inside but they have chocolate chunks and sea salt caramel chips. I’ll post a link where to get those chips but GET THEM! As they are a seasonal thing and AMAZING!!!

And this little bowl of sexiness… it’s part of the filling for my mushrooms for the holiday shoot I’m doing. AMAZING!

Anyways guys I need to get my butt going and get those shoots done! Have one fantabulously amazing week!

 

♥ Monday – Skinny Chicken Burrito Bowl
♥ Tuesday – Crispy Baked Taco Muffin Cups
♥ Wednesday – Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash noodles
♥ Thursday – Pressure Cooker Asian Sticky Ginger Chicken Thighs
♥ Friday – Guinness Corned Beef Reuben Pizza
♥ Saturday – Pressure Cooker Sticky Hoisin Ginger Sesame Wings
♥ Sunday – Biscuit Crusted Summer Fiesta Chicken Tart
♥ Dessert of the week – German Chocolate Energy Bites

These are the Sea Salted Caramel Chips I used in those cookies above. I found mine at Walmart but if you can’t find them (they are seasonal), Amazon has them.

Also, one additional feature I’m going to start doing on a weekly basis is a TKW Recommendations on items every kitchen needs. This one, EVERYONE needs! Right now this is the cheapest price I’ve seen for it.


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