1 Year Anniversary

I still can’t believe it, but yesterday my husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary! They say time flies when you’re having fun and that’s the truth!

I wanted to write a post to capture all the big milestones we’ve had this last year (there were a lot!).

Matt and I had a gorgeous May day to celebrate our wedding! Lots of planning and help from family and friends went into making this day a complete success and one we will always remember 🙂 We can’t thank everyone enough for all their hard work!

We traveled to Jamaica for our honeymoon! We had a blast and can’t wait to go back and visit sometime! The people were all so nice and the scenery was spectacular!

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Once we got back from our honeymoon, we had a crazy month in store! June was filled with purchasing our first home and standing at the alter for one of my best friend’s weddings!

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The rest of the summer months were filled with relaxing, enjoying married life, and preparing for a new member of the family! We welcomed our Australian Shepard, Charlee to the family in August 🙂 It’s hard to believe she is almost one year old already!

We spend many of our fall weekends cheering on our University of Northern Iowa Panthers at the football games! Charlee even joined us for most of them 🙂 We can’t wait for football season to start back up, go Panthers!

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In January we took a trip to Key West! You can check out my blog post about our trip here. It is beautiful there and we will most definitely be visiting again!

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Winter turned to spring and our lives were going along as normal. However, late spring both my husband and I both received new job opportunities! We’ve been adjusting to the changes but are loving every minute of our new careers!

Hard to believe all of this happened in one, short year! Here’s to many more!

 

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Mini Spaghetti Bake

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share another new recipe I tried out the other day at work. Here you go, Nicole 🙂 This recipe uses the mini brownie pan like the mini meatloaf recipe I posted a couple weeks ago. This was a pretty simple recipe that would be great to make up on a busy week night!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 box of whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 1/2 jar pasta sauce
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup mushroom, diced
  • shredded cheese to top

First step is to cook the noodles according to the package. Then, combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Grease your mini brownie pan and fill them with the spaghetti mixture. Sprinkle some cheese on top and place them into the oven at 350 degrees. Let them bake for 20-25 minutes.

Remove them from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy!

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Mini Meatloaf

Good afternoon and happy Friday, everyone!

Today I wanted to share a recipe I made last week at work. It was my first time hearing about a mini brownie pan that Pampered Chef makes and it was absolutely amazing! I immediately starting looking up more recipes on Pinterest that can be tried with this pan 🙂

Ingredients for meatloaf:

  • 1/2 lb ground beef and 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 3/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • dash of black pepper

Ingredients for topping:

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

This recipe is super easy! Just mix all of the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl then place the mixture into the greased mini brownie pan. Fill them so they are almost all the way full.

Then, mix together all of the topping ingredients and brush it on top of each mini meatloaf.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the mini meatloaf for about 40-45 minutes or until the inside temperature reaches 160 degrees. These mini meatloaves are just the cutest thing and they are the perfect size for kids or if serving as an appetizer!

Has anyone else ever used a pan like this? What kinds of recipes have you tried?

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Crockpot Ranch Chicken

Good afternoon! Today, I wanted to share with you all a recipe I made last week. This is probably one of the easiest, yet delicious recipes I have tried! This crockpot ranch chicken only calls for three ingredients plus water – how much easier can it get?!

Ingredients:

  • 1-1.5 lbs chicken breast
  • 1 packet dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 can cream of chicken
  • 1 soup can filled with water

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Place all of the ingredients inside your crockpot. I use a liner to make for easier clean up but it is not needed! Cook all of ingredients on low for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally. And that’s literally all! I decided to roast some asparagus to serve with the chicken but you can pair it with anything 🙂

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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Hope everyone had a great weekend and a happy Mother’s Day to all those mamas out there!

Last week, I was baking at work and decided to try a few new recipes. I found this recipe on JuliasAblum blog and it was amazing! The cookies were gone within 48 hours and I even doubled the recipe! I can almost guarantee I will be making these again soon!

I like this recipe because it is super easy and they are unique because you don’t press them down like a typical peanut butter cookie 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar for coating

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, use a mixer together the peanut butter and butter until smooth. Add the brown sugar and beat until combined. Next, mix in the egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Slowly combine the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until a smooth dough is formed.

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Grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper. Then use your hand to roll small balls of dough. Roll each one in the sugar before placing it on the cookie sheet.

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Place the dough balls into the oven and bake for about 12 minutes or until they start to puff up slightly. The cookies should be slightly brown around the edges and begin to crackle on the top. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack.

Enjoy these wonderful cookies and try not to eat them all the first day!

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Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Hope everyone had a great weekend – even if it was a wet one! Today I wanted to share a recipe I tried last week at work. I decided to try to make bread for the first time ever! After searching around I came across a recipe for a cinnamon sugar bread that sounded delicious! This bread recipe did not include yeast, which was what I was looking for since we didn’t have that on hand at work. I found the recipe on the Five Heart Home blog. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little intimidated because it was my first time baking bread but I was ready for the challenge 🙂

I decided to cut the recipe in half, which made one standard-size loaf instead of two.

Ingredients for bread:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 tablespoons vanilla extract

Ingredients for topping:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

First, you will want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease one full-sized loaf pan with butter and a little sugar around the edges. Next, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk, oil, and sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well combined. Then, slowly stir the wet ingredients and dry ingredients until just combined.

 

In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping and set aside.

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Place half of the batter into the greased bread pan.

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Then pour 2/3 of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top. Pour the rest of the batter above the cinnamon sugar. Use a butter knife to swirl through the batter and distribute the cinnamon sugar through the bread. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar on top.

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Place the bread pan on top of a cookie sheet in the oven in case the batter overflows a little. Mine didn’t have this issue but it’s better to be safe and have less of a clean up in case it happens 🙂

Bake at 350 degrees for about 50-60 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf and once it comes out clean ,the bread is done.

Remove the bread from the oven once it’s done and let it cool in the pan for five minutes before removing it to a wire rack. Run a butter knife around the edges if you need to loosen the bread.

I think my first loaf of bread turned out pretty well and it’s definitely a recipe I will try again 🙂

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