Thursday, January 22, 2015

EASY SAUSAGE STROMBOLI

Easy Sausage Stromboli | The perfect game day snack!

Stromboli. Was there ever a more delicious word? It carries with it warm Mediterranean breezes, long afternoons getting lost in cobble stone villages, and endless rolling vowels. Ever since I visited Italy as a surly teen, I have been convinced that I live in the wrong country. And state of mind. 

There is something to be said for a country that celebrates both pizza and gelato with such vigor. If I had a family crest it would have "In Pizza We Trust" emblazoned across it with some sort of regal eagle gripping a slice of Neapolitan pizza in one set of talons and a  cone of lemon gelato in the other. 

That's a flag I can get behind any day of the week. 

Easy Sausage Stromboli | The perfect game day snack!

What I love most about this stromboli is how easy it is. It's basically a ginormous, delicious Hot Pocket, without any of the weird frozen food taste. It is just pure goodness: sweet tomato sauce, savory sausage, and scads of lovely melted cheese. 

Witness:

Easy Sausage Stromboli | The perfect game day snack!

While I have sub zero interest in football generally speaking, I can totally rally around any afternoon that is spent eating food like stromboli. 

And hot dips

And wings. 

And potato chips. (Can I even tell you how many potato chips I have consumed in the past 48 hours? It would be too embarassing to reveal so let's just say that it was lots. Of both the kettle and wavy Ruffles variety. Don't judge.)

Plus, when I eat stromboli, I can tune out the game exquisitely and imagine myself back in Positano with waves lapping at my toes and me squinting at Capri shining on the horizon. The perfect way to escape Michigan's winter misery, yes? 

Easy Sausage Stromboli | The perfect game day snack!

I am beyond excited to share this Easy Sausage Stromboli recipe over on The Collaboreat! In the words of the fine Beastie Boys, ch-check it out! (Guys, I miss the early aughts in a major way.)



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

THE MAKERS NO. 49

 
  
Well, hello there! We are so excited for another week of The Makers. I have been in a bit of a creative rut lately so seeing all your amazing contributions has been inspiring on so many levels for me. I think a lot of it just has to do with winter blues. 

Or maybe I just need to learn how to do a new thing. In past winters I dedicated myself to learning the ins and outs of crocheting, knitting, and weaving. For some reason this winter I haven't been as enamored with my yarn stash. Any good ideas or patterns you can send my way?

Follow Your Hosts

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
Ursula @ Homemade by Carmona
Amy @ Club Narwhal
Anu @ Nalle's House
 
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So simple, yet SO lovely! Jaime of So Much Better Than Age knows how to style anything, and these gorgeous rustic industrial kitchen shelves are no exception! But wait until you see the rest of her kitchen... rustic-industrial-kitchen-shelves 
Jaime knows fabulous decor, and even has some tasty recipes on her blog! Here are a few of our favorites. The Makers - So Much Better With Age
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We had some amazing features at last week's link party!
The Makers 49 Link Party Features Chaney from May Richer Fuller Be has this fantastic organizing tip! Even if you don't have a house full of device users this is still a great idea to make yours stand out from the rest when visiting a friend or family! May Richer Fuller Be - Washi Tape Cord Organization 
While you're reveling in your Washi tape, Carolyn from Home Work has a clever solution for storing your Washi tape! Cute, practical, and recycled! Wax Paper Box to Washi Tape Dispenser via Homework Cassie of Primitive and Proper gave an old outdated dresser an amazing makeover! Now it perfectly suits her daughter's cute and wonderfully eclectic bedroom! DIY-Modern-Dresser-682x1024 Amy from Her Tool Belt really knows her way around power tools! How amazing is this crate storage coffee table? Plus stools!! Crate-Storage-Coffee-Table-with-stools Bri from All That's Glittered made these yummy super scrumptious looking orange poppy seed cinnamon rolls. Mmmmm cinnamon rolls. OrangePoppySeedCinnamonRolls   Wow, what a talented bunch you are! We can't wait to feature more of your creativity, and your rock'in blogs! Grab a button if you were featured...go ahead, you deserve it! ;)
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(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
>Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
>Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
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>Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by
 
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

EASY CROCK POT CHILI

Easy Crock Pot Chili

I have spent most of 2015 battling a wicked head cold that is finally--finally--working its way out of my system. It's amazing just how little I can bring myself to do in this congested state, besides watch Friends and Reign on Netflix. 

Food-wise, Warren and I have pretty much become scavengers, eating old granola bars for breakfast and kitchen sink omelettes for dinner. Glamorous, right?

Which is why I am now hailing this Easy Crock Pot Chili as my ultimate hero. It is one of those meals that requires zero thinking but is so consistently dependable that it wins my heart every time.

Easy Crock Pot Chili

Especially when the bowl is topped with an assortment of goodies. Fritos and chili just go hand in hand, am I right?

This chili is an easier version of my absolute favorite--Chili Con Carne (yep, the one that has won me a few cook off awards)--but still maintains all the deep, satisfying flavors we all love in a chili.

It is also infinitely riffable--you can use ground turkey instead of ground beef, your favorite beans, add vegges like bell peppers and jalapenos, whatever your heart desires. What I'm saying is that it is a no-fail base, which means you can make it shine with your personal touch.

The one thing that sets this chili apart from the Chili Con Carne is the masa stirred in at the very end. It helps thicken it up and gives it a lovely flavor that pairs uncommonly well with corn chips. I promise you'll like it!

Easy Crock Pot Chili

I'm sharing this easy recipe on The Collaboreat today. Stop on by and say hello!


I am pretty obsessed with my slow cooker as my Pinterest board Simmer Down Now proves. Check it for more cold weather recipes!


Award Winning Chili Con Carne

Award Winning Chili Con Carne



Easy Cheesy Skillet Cornbread

Easy Cheesy Skillet Cornbread


Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Shredded Beef Tacos

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Shredded Beef Tacos


Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork