5 Favorite Fall Recipes

Trick or Treat Martini

Halloween is next week. Can you believe it? I love Halloween and look forward to it every single year (even though my three kids are teens now). I am in Hawaii this week for a work trip (heavenly), but I’ll be back in time for Halloween. I told my husband that I want to stay home for Halloween–I love giving out candy and seeing all the little kid’s costumes. As you can tell between food and travel, October has been a very busy month with recipes, my Italy trip, travel stories due, and edits on my next cookbook. I wanted to share some of my latest 5 favorite fall recipes that I created and photographed for Momspark this past month starting with my Trick or Treat Martini. These 5 recipes are fun to make and serve to friends and family this October and for the coming months ahead!

 

Mini Caramel Apples

Mini Caramel Apples on Momspark

Hot Apple Cider Toddy

Hot Apple Cider Toddy on Momspark

Bacon Mac and Cheese Cups

Bacon Mac and Cheese Cups on Momspark

Pumpkin Spice Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Brownies on Momspark

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Buffulo Macaroni and Cheese

Now that my 3 kids are back in school, things are hectic with three teens’ schedules with their after school activities (daughter: competitive dance, youngest son: tennis and oldest son: working and high school senior responsibilities). My oldest sister and I were reflecting the other day about our childhood, and how different it was to how we live today. I was the youngest of 4 children, and we ate dinner every night as a family during weeknights. We discussed how that really was a blessing that none of us participated in as many after school activities as children do now. Also, my mom always had a well-balanced dinner including a protein, vegetables and a salad.  If we had dessert, it was usually fresh fruit or baked apples. Our dinners were always healthy (except for an occasional fried chicken from scratch), and we had such a strong family bond. Being a single mom of three is never easy and having a quality meal is so important to me (even though it doesn’t always happen with our busy schedules). When I think of what a quality meal means to me, I imagine all of us sitting around the table sharing about our day (or maybe what’s on our travel bucket list). Quality also means an easier, simpler meal with less cleanup (and one that is nutritious and all three kids like). This Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese recipe is something new and unique I made recently that the kids really enjoyed! I started with Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese, some cooked and chopped Tyson Chicken which is perfect for busy weeknights or game day get-togethers. Create a full meal and serve with frozen Alexia Artisan whole grain dinner rolls. Using frozen foods allows me to have a variety of options as well as shortcuts to make my life easier.

To celebrate back to school I am giving away a $100 Visa Giftcard. To enter, just answer  “What does a quality meal to you?” or “How do you define a quality meal?” Just leave a comment answering the question for a chance to win! One winner will be chose on Wednesday, September 17th! Good Luck!

Buffalo Mac and Cheese

For more recipes using frozen foods, see Easy Home Meals.

This giveaway is sponsored by Easy Home Meals but the recipe and all opinions are my own.

 

Spinach-Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese for “30 Days 30 Ways with Macaroni and Cheese

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When I was asked to come up with a recipe for a new twist on Macaroni and Cheese for Wisconsin Cheese and their upcoming “Macaroni Blog” I was so excited. They asked what type of cheese I wanted to use in my recipe, and I quickly said, “Fontina”. Since my three kids love Spinach-Artichoke Dip, I thought I would combine a simple macaroni and cheese recipe with spinach and artichokes making a comforting, creamy dish.

Here’s how: Start by boiling the noodles. Combine half-and-half, milk, flour, sea salt and pepper. Stir in spinach, artichokes and Fontina. Pour in a lightly greased 13-x 9-inch baking dish and top with panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and melted butter.  Bake in the oven and that’s it. This recipe is wonderful for a main or side dish. My kids loved it, and I think you will too!

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