Saturday, October 7, 2017

Birth Announcement

Friends, Lee and I are so very thankful and excited to share with you our pride and joy, our biggest accomplishment, and our greatest blessing:






William "Liam" Andrew, born on October 6, 2017. 

Isn't he the most precious thing you've ever seen? We are head over heels in love with this little boy, and we are in awe of God's greatness. Lee and I are incredibly thankful to be Liam's parents. Our family is blessed beyond belief, and we owe God every bit of glory. 

Baby and momma are both doing great, and we cannot wait to share more pics and details about Liam once we are settled at home. 

Thank you for everyone who has prayed for us leading up to this moment, and during this wonderfully exciting time. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

September Joy

Happy Friday, friends! Today I'm trying something new and linking up with Stephanie and her crew to share 5 things that bring me JOY. I'm also linking up with ErikaAndrea, and Narci for Friday Favorites! 





ONE: PREGNANCY

As of yesterday, I am 34 weeks pregnant! That makes this pic a few weeks old, but I especially love this new nursing top that I got, which is currently doubling as a maternity top :). This pregnancy has been such a blessing. Can you believe that I've not eaten a single Tums since being pregnant? I have been so fortunate with minimal nausea, no morning sickness, etc. I am so thankful that it has been such a pleasant experience. Now we are less than 6 weeks from meeting our miracle boy, and I am just so excited! Through this pregnancy, God has shown us truly how great he is, and I know this is just the beginning.




TWO: COMFORT FOOD
Comfort food has been my thing lately... Last week I made my Sausage Stars recipe, and I snacked on them all week. I ate them for breakfast a few days, for snacks, and one night I had them with a side salad for dinner... they're good anytime, any day!
Sausage Stars and Alfredo Pizza... YUM!! 


This week, I made my very favorite Alfredo Sauce, which my sister-in-law introduced me to, and then we put the sauce on pizza with grilled chicken, spinach and mushrooms... it was so good! Comfort food has been my jam lately, and as a woman who is 7.5 months pregnant, it brings me JOY ;). 

THREE: FRIENDS AND FAMILY
I could go on and on about how supportive our friends and family are... We have been especially reminded lately as they have all showered us with gifts, love, and support and our two bridal showers. We had one in IL and one in IN to celebrate with both our our families, and let me tell you... the mamas, sisters-in-law, and friends in our lives went above and beyond to throw us beautiful baby showers. This baby has everything he could possibly need and more, and we are so very thankful! It brings me JOY to see everyone celebrating our baby boy. 

Here are a few pics from both of our baby showers: 



 

From left to right, the first pic is my niece, Layla, and I at our IN baby shower. This little girl is SO EXCITED to be a big cousin. I have no doubt she will be the best helper. The 2nd picture is my Great Aunt Toby, myself, and Lee at our IL baby shower. I love that our baby has a pic with his Great Great Aunt. The bottom left is Lee and I in front of our adventure themed cake at our IN shower. If you can, zoom in on the detail... this shower was SO cute and personal! The bottom right is my mom, myself, and her bff and our IL shower. It was so fun to celebrate with everyone, and the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star theme was adorable. 

FOUR: IT'S FALL, YA'LL 
Today is the first day of fall!! I am so excited! Although we have a high of 95 degrees today, I'm embracing fall despite the weather. I think next week it is supposed to cool down into the 70's and 80's, and that will, without a doubt, bring me joy. I love celebrating each season by decorating my house, enjoying seasonal activities and foods, etc. Lee has gotten my fall decor out of the attic, and I'm hoping to put it out this weekend. This week we started celebrating fall by watching Hocus Pocus. It's a silly kid movie, but we enjoyed it none-the-less. Bring on cool weather, leaves changing colors, and everything cozy! 


FIVE: HAPPY FRIDAY!
The final thing that brings me joy today is that it is FRIDAY!! I am so thankful it is the weekend! We  have a busy one planned: Tonight we are going to be productive around the house, tomorrow we'll go to our niece's 4th birthday party, and tomorrow evening Lee's buddies are throwing him a diaper party. While  he's at the diaper party, my step-mom and I (my brother and I love to call her smom for short ;) ) are going to a wine and paint party. No wine for me, but I'm excited for the pallet painting! Then Sunday we are hoping to finish up some decorating in the baby's room. It's going to be a great weekend full of time with friends and family! 

Have a great weekend everyone, and happy FALL!! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pregnancy Month 7

Can you guys believe that we are only 8 weeks +/- out from meeting our baby boy? This whole pregnancy seems to have flown by! These past few weeks have been a tad rocky, but overall the pregnancy is still going great. As I get bigger, I'm starting to get more uncomfortable, but that is to be expected.

Around 31 weeks I got a little worried bc the baby hadn't been moving much, and I called the doctor. They told me to go home and drink a sugary/caffeinated drink and wait about 20 minutes. Then I had to lay on my left side for an hour and measure his movements. 15 is what I counted. The nurse said that his movement is great, and I didn't need to go in. This little guy is usually super active, so even though his movement was OK, it still had me a little worried. Thankfully, I had an appointment a few days later, so the doctor decided to do a non-stress test and measure his movement, heart rate, and my contractions. I was not having any contractions at the time, and the baby measured just fine! This made me feel much better.

Also at 31 weeks, I really started to feel the baby moving around higher up and poking at my ribs. So far he has been very low with his movement, but now I can feel him moving all over the place. That same week, I think I felt him hiccup for the first time! Lee and I were watching my belly move each time he hiccuped, and it was so cool.

As far as our baby preparation goes, we are cruising right along! We spent part of labor day weekend getting the crib put together. Lee had put the dresser and glider together the week before. We had our IL baby shower in August and were completely spoiled with all kinds of goodies for the baby. We've been cleaning out and organizing closets these past few weeks making room for all of Baby F's new stuff, and leaving space for even more stuff, since we'll be having our IN baby shower in mid-September. Our baby is already so loved, and SO SO  spoiled!

Over the past month we also finished our 4 week baby class, chose a pediatrician, and signed up for CPR class, which we'll take later in September. Now that we're feeling a little more prepared, we are counting down the days to meeting Baby F. As you can guess, Baby F's name is still on our to-do list, but we're getting closer. Another thing we are excited about is we are now going to the doctor every 2 weeks! We had previously been going every 4 weeks, but since we're getting closer to my due date, we'll be seeing the doctor more often.

We are still so so excited and thankful about this pregnancy. I have been hugely blessed with minimal pregnancy symptoms, and am so grateful that this has been such an enjoyable experience. We're praying everyday for our baby and his health, and I am still praying for all of the families who are still waiting on their miracle. I'm *trying* not to take a single day of this pregnancy for granted, because I know how much of a blessing it truly is. Thanks for all of your love, support and continued prayers! Here are our most recent bump pics of Baby F:






Monday, September 4, 2017

Sausage Stars

Sausage Stars... YUM!!


I wish I could take credit for this delicious recipe, but I can't... there are so many renditions of this recipe floating around online. Today, I'm sharing my version of it. These little snacks are so stinkin' good! If you need a good snack to whip up during football season, for your next holiday party, or even for your next pot luck... give these a try! Here's how I make mine:

Ingredients
16 oz. sour cream
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix
1 lb. ground sausage
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 12 oz. package wonton wrappers*

This recipe makes about 36 Sausage Stars.

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, cook up your sausage in a skillet. While your sausage is cooking, mix in your garlic salt and crushed red pepper. You can add more crushed red pepper, or even use a hot version of the sausage if you want your Sausage Stars to have a little kick. It your sausage is greasy, drain the grease once it's cooked through. My sausage wasn't too greasy, so I didn't have to drain it.

Place your wontons in a cupcake pan, and bake empty for about 5 minutes.** While your wonton shells are baking, mix your ranch mix and sour cream together in a medium size mixing bowl. Then dump in your shredded cheddar and your cooked sausage.

Take your wontons out of the oven and fill them with 1 large tablespoon of your sausage/ranch/cheese mixture. Place your snacks back in the oven for about 7 minutes, or until filling is warm and wonton corners are browned.

These snacks are SO GOOD! We love to  have snacks and appetizers for my family get togethers, and this recipe is always a big hit. I've even been known to have them for dinner with a side salad when I get a craving! Some of the other recipes I've found call for peppers, olives, etc. in the sausage stars. I like them without the veggies, but you could add any chopped veggie to the mix and give the recipe your own twist.

*I had about 12 wontons left once I made my sausage stars. I just put mine in the fridge to use for another recipe later, but if you want to use all of your wontons, you could fill your stars less full and use all of your shells that way.

**I have made the recipe before without cooking the wonton shells first, but the bottom will be soft. If you do that, cook them about 10+ minutes total in the oven. I like to cook the wonton wrappers by themselves first to allow the bottom to get a little crispy.



Friday, September 1, 2017

Pregnancy Month 6+

Wow... can you believe how close we are to meeting our baby boy? Less than 10 weeks and he will be here. We are so excited.

This past month has been a busy one! At our last appointment (around 27 weeks), baby boy was measuring around 2 lb. 3 oz., and growing right on track. He is an active little guy, and I love feeling all of his kicks and wiggles.

This past month I took my glucose test, which was not too bad, but unfortunately I failed.... so then I had to take the 3 hour test as well. The 3 hour test required that I fast for about 12 hours prior to my 8am appointment. By the time my appt was over at about 11:20am, I had fasted for 15 hours and I was so hungry! Thankfully, I was able to meet Lee for lunch right after the appointment, and we got great news that I PASSED! Praise the Lord!

In addition to the glucose test, this past month we finally made some progress in baby boy's bedroom... we (mostly Lee) got the room painted, his furniture purchased, and his car seat/stroller purchased as well. We are still working on getting his bedroom furniture put together, but we've gotten to dresser and glider done, and next will be his crib.

Overall, I'm still feeling pretty good as far as pregnancy symptoms go. Lots of feet/hand swelling, which I expected would happen being pregnant through the summer. This past week or 2 I am just now starting to notice my big belly, and am getting uncomfortable. Sleeping on my side all the time is causing me some back pain, and bending over has become a task I try to avoid, but those are all symptoms I've expected would eventually come. I keep telling myself that if this is the peak of my symptoms, I'm a lucky lady!

During the last month we took our babymoon, a weekend getaway to Nashville. We also celebrated our 5 year anniversary on this trip, making it extra special. We stayed at the Opryland Resort. If you've never been there, I recommend checking it out! It is a beautiful place. We walked around and saw the resort, laid by the pool, ate way too much good food, did some shopping, and we also caught a Matchbox 20 Concert, which was my birthday gift to Lee.

As I'm finishing this blog post, I am now 31 weeks pregnant, and this pregnancy is more than 3/4 over! These past 7 months have flown by. I'm starting to have a mix of emotions: excited to meet our baby and wanting that time to be here, thankful to have this big baby bump and not wanting to wish way this pregnancy, and feeling a little nervous about going into labor, which will be here in no time.

Other than some swollen hands and feet, a mix of emotions, and a growing baby, we don't have much else to report for this month, which is great!! That being said, here are some updates of our baby bump. It's been OVER a month since my last bumpdate, so there's some extra pictures this time... next month's bumpdate will have a few less. :)







Normally this blog post would stop at 28 weeks, but since I'm late posting, here are weeks 29 & 30 as well! 





Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites 7/21/17


Happy Friday, friends! Today I am linking up with ErikaAndrea, and Narci to share my favorite things from the week.
My first FAV from the week is a pic from last weekend: Baby's first boating trip to KY Lake. Lee grew up boating, and has spent the last 5 years or so teaching me how it all works. Now I love it too, and I can't wait for our little boy to grow up boating, and maybe learning water sports if he's interested. We took a trip to the lake last weekend with some friends, and it was a great time. It was so nice to relax and disconnect for a few short days. I know our weekend trips with friends will be much different once baby boy gets here, so we're soaking this all in. We've gone boating several times this summer on the Ohio River, but this was our first all weekend boat trip for the summer. I'm looking forward to returning to the lake in a couple weeks with Lee's side of our family.
Baby's first boating trip
My second FAVORITE from the week is this dish: Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes. YUM! This side dish was so good, and maybe somewhat healthy. Lee and I both decided it would go in the "make again" list of recipes.
Bacon, veggies, garlic, cheese.. what more do you need?!


My next FAVORITE for the week is another food item. This one is not healthy by any means, but I like it anyways! Coffee mug muffins... so easy and something yummy I can snack on at work. They come in packets about the size of a hot chocolate packet. There's 4 packets per box, and you just dump one packet into your mug, add water (or milk), and microwave for a little over 1 min., and then you have a warm muffin! So far I've only tried chocolate chip, but I like it. I'm going to try blueberry next. According to the website above, they have all kinds of other flavors, too! I'm going to have to watch for those.
My last FAVORITE for this week is another boating pic from last weekend... this time, with Flat Jesus in the pic. Our church gives out these flat Jesus cards and you can color him if you want, and then take him with you on vacation. That way, if you can't make it to church on Sunday, you take a pic with Flat Jesus and use our church's hashtag on social media. Then the next week, before church service, everyone can see a slide show of all the fun places Flat Jesus has been this summer. I love this idea, and have enjoyed looking at every one's pics from this summer.
Flat Jesus went to KY Lake! Also notice our Cardinals hats... love it!! 



This weekend we are planning to mark some things off our to-do list around the house, finalize a few baby registry items, order our nursery furniture, and I have a prenatal massage scheduled. I got a gift certificate for my birthday, and I am so excited to finally use it! This will be my first massage since getting pregnant. I have a feeling this will be the highlight of my weekend. Happy Friday, friends!! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pregnancy Month 5

Month 5... how is that even possible?! Has it really been 6 months since Lee and I were praying that our upcoming embryo transfer be a success? Time is FLYING by. I am now 24 weeks pregnant and am feeling lots of kicks and movement from baby boy. Lee is starting to be able to feel him more too, which is so exciting!

In addition to baby moving, this past month has brought plenty of feet and ankle swelling, and a new found appetite for vegetables. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a sweets, bacon, cheese, and junk food loving girl. I have been trying to eat a more balanced diet since being pregnant, but at the beginning, the only new thing I had tried and loved had been asparagus. This past month I've also found that I love Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and zucchini! I'm hoping to keep eating more fruits and veggies and less sweets once baby boy gets here... we'll see how that goes! I'm also noticing baby boy's growth is making bending over a little more difficult, but not unmanageable yet. I've also noticed that my sleep pattern has changed. I still get tired here and there in the afternoons, but pre-pregnancy I was pretty much always sleeping about 9 hours a night. Now I am sleeping more like 7-8 hours a night, and I feel like I'm functioning just as well. I realize that 's only 1-2 hours difference, but for me, that's progress. I feel like my body is already starting to adjust to less sleep, which I suppose is good prep for when baby gets here.

At our last doctor appointment, our doctor said my blood pressure is still good, baby boy's heart beat is strong, and our impromptu ultrasound showed he is growing right on track. I had a little spotting prior to my last appt and even though we didn't have one scheduled, my doctor suggested an ultrasound just to double check that all is well. I appreciate that my doctor is so cautious and caring with our pregnancy. I feel like she really 'gets it' that it took us a long time to get to this point, and we are so excited, but also a little nervous. She really does everything she can to make sure we are comfortable with all that is happening with our pregnancy. 

At my next doctor's appointment, I will do the dreaded test for gestational diabetes, but the upside to that is we have an ultrasound scheduled and should get a good view of baby's face if he cooperates! We got to see his face a little with the last scan, but our doctor said this next time should be a great time to see him, given his size around that time. We are really looking forward to that. I am praying over these next few weeks that the testing go well and that I will not have gestational diabetes during my pregnancy. 


Our little guy still does not have a name, but we have began choosing a nursery theme and picking stuff out for his room. We are going with an adventure/outdoorsy theme, and I think it is going to be so cute! Here is a pic of the fabric for part of his bedding.
Other than that, we don't have much news to report, so I'll leave you with some bump pics. :) 
21 weeks and getting ready to celebrate my cousin's bridal shower!

22 weeks during 4th of July! My shirt says "Baby You're a Firework!" 

23 weeks and barely able to squeeze into a few of my non-maternity shirts like this one! 

24 weeks and going strong!



This is not the best pic of my face, but you can definitely see how by Baby F is in this front view pic! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Baked Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

I never imagined I'd try Brussels sprouts OR sweet potatoes and like them! Pregnancy is doing all kinds of crazy things to my taste buds. I went to my friend Jenna's for dinner one night a few weeks ago and she served sweet potatoes, but not the kind you see at thanksgiving covered in marshmallows. Hers were prepared sliced, salted, and baked. I really liked them! Then I came across some Brussels sprouts at Aldi and decided to give them a try. So when I asked for recommendations on Facebook on how to prepare my sprouts, someone suggested pairing them with sweet potatoes, and a few people suggested olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and bacon... so that's how this recipe came to be!

Ingredients:
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cubed
8 oz brussels sprouts, cut in half
2 slices raw bacon
Olive oil
garlic salt
sea salt
pepper
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line your baking sheet with foil for easy clean up (optional). Spray your foil with cooking spray. Spread out your Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes across your pan. drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle your salt, pepper, and garlic salt on your veggies. I don't have measurements for these seasonings bc I used a grinder for all of them. Cut your raw bacon into small pieces and spread out over your veggies. Bake for 40 minutes (or until crispy), turning halfway through.The last 5 minutes, sprinkle on your Parmesan. This side dish was so easy and so tasty! I've made it twice in the past 2 weeks!
YUM!

I usually get my garlic sea salt grinder at Aldi, but recently mine ran out and I couldn't find a new one there. I found this one at my local supermarket. I use this grinder on almost everything! 


Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Favorites 07/14/17


Happy Friday, friends! Today I am linking up with Erika, Andrea, and Narci to share my favorite things from the week.

My first fav... this pic is from a couple weeks ago, but I never posted it, so... my two FAVORITE guys. You can pretty much expect that between now and when baby is born, I will have a bump pic as one of my favs for every single week. This pregnancy has been such a blessing and I am so very thankful.
Relaxing with my 2 favorite boys <3 td="">


Another of my FAVs from the week was making 'zoodles' aka zucchini noodles for the first time. I'm always excited when I can make meals using veggies I've grown from my garden, and this meal was a good way for me to sneak in some veggies that didn't even taste like veggies bc they were covered in alfredo sauce. If you haven't tried zoodles yet, give them a whirl! I know my local Schnuck's (grocery store) even has spiraled zoodles in their produce section.



Speaking of veggies from my garden, Lee and I got to spend an evening with our niece, Littlecjc this week, and she was a big helper in the garden. She helped us make 4 trips to the garden to water plants and pick veggies. It's so sweet that she loves being helpful. I know that once our baby boy gets here, we won't have a lot of one on one time with our nieces and nephews like we are used to, so quality time with this cutie was definitely a FAVORITE.



We've not done too much to prep for our baby's room yet, but we are brainstorming ideas of what we want to do in there, and we've decided on a theme. This week I ordered part of our bedding from Etsy, and I am SO excited! I have a feeling this "Adventure Awaits" theme is going to be a FAVORTIE of mine... We ordered a blanket in this print with tan minky fabric for the back.
I'm going to *try* to make my own crib skirt with the same 'adventure awaits' fabric, and I have a few different crib sheets that I've registered for that will mesh well with these. I can't wait to show you all the blanket once I get it in the mail!



If you know me, then you know Starbucks is a definite FAV. of mine. I'm not a huge coffee drinker... I'm kind of a coffee snob. If I'm making coffee at home, It's usually some type of latte packet/kit for the keurig, or I really love these Chai Lattes from Trader Joes... most of the time I'm splurging at Starbucks. Is it really splurging if you go every week? Idk, but I'm going with it... 

This week I tried the Peach White Tea Infusion, and the Strawberry Green Tea Infusion (pictured above) and it both were so good! The Strawberry was great, but the Peach was my fav. I'm especially excited because Starbucks is giving away free tea this afternoon, and I'm debating if I should indulge in the peach again, or try a different flavor. Either way, free drinks from Starbucks could easily be anyone's favorite!!
P.S. These drinks are low calorie, AND low in caffeine! win/win!



Lastly, this guy has to be my number one FAVORITE for the week. My hubby is always so positive! From a bad haircut, to a cracked/leaky toilet, to a dead lawnmower battery, he's  had one heck of a week. I realize none of these things are important in the grand scheme of life, but still frustrating nonetheless. I am thankful Lee has pushed through and made the best of things all week! He deserves a gold star for best attitude, that's for sure.

We have plans to go boating with friends this weekend, and I am looking forward to some sunshine, rest, and relaxation with a few of my favorite people. Happy Friday, friends! 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Zucchini Noodles aka Zoodles

Have you guys had zoodles before? Apparently its a trendy thing right now for healthy eating people. Normally I would not consider myself a health-nut... far from it, really, but since being pregnant, I am eating a more balanced diet than normal. I planted zucchini in my garden for the first time this year, and it is really taking off. I knew that if I only used the zucchini to bake bread that Lee and I would be tired of it quickly, so I gave zucchini noodles, aka zoodles, a try.

Making the zoodles was super easy. Here's what I did:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Cut off both ends of the zucchini, and *spiral it. See below for spiraling instructions.

Once my zucchini was spiraled, I lined a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the zoodles on it. I sprinkled garlic salt and parsley on them and baked at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. I ate one of the zoodles prior to baking it, and the texture was good. I probably could've gone without baking them if I were in a rush, but I didn't want my zoodles to cool off my sauce, so I baked them.
Here's what my zoodles looked like on my baking sheet. 
I bought this garlic salt and parsley combination from Aldi, and this is what I sprinkled on my zoodles. 
After my zoodles were done baking, I separated them onto two plates for Lee and I, and topped them with grilled chicken and spinach garlic alfredo sauce. I had the sauce pre-made from a few days before, so I just threw some leftover grilled chicken, 2 handfuls of spinach in a skillet with olive oil, and then added my sauce to the skillet until it was all warmed up.

One medium sized zucchini was enough for Lee and I, but we didn't have any sides or bread with it (which we normally would when eating pasta), so I'd say one medium zucchini can feed 2-3 adults.If you're pairing it with my garlic alfredo sauce recipe, I would say you probably want 2 medium zucchini to use up all of the sauce, and that could serve 4-6 adults depending if you're serving your 'pasta' with a side salad, garlic bread, etc.

Here's my final product: Chicken, spinach, and zoodle alfredo.

*I ordered this spiraler from Amazon, and so far I really like it. It is small, so it doesn't take up a ton of room in my cabinet, and spiraling my zucchini was super easy. It also comes with this little brush that makes the spiraler easy to clean. The only downfall is that because it is small, I will not be able to spiral my larger zucchinis unless I cut them into smaller chunks. I haven't tried that yet, but I'll follow up and let you know how it goes once I do.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday: My Favorite Recipes







Today I'm linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday to share some of my best recipes. I have all of these recipes posted on my blog already, so I'm going to link to them. I will warn you that I'm not a professional blogger, nor am I a professional photographer. I do this all for fun, so beware that all of these pics are iphone quality, but the recipes are delish. I have 4 that I want to share, so let's jump right in:

Italian Meatballs
These meatballs are a staple at our house. I have a little dry erase board on my fridge that I plan our meals each week before I grocery shop, and we have meatballs or some time of simple red sauce pasta close to every other week. I love that I can whip these up, stick them in the oven, boil some noodles while they're baking and dinner is done in about 30 minutes. These meatballs also freeze very nicely... so if you have some extra time, make a double batch and have half for dinner and freeze the other half... then the next time you have a busy night, all you have to do is bake the meat and dinner is served. Sometimes I'll even serve them with a side of risotto instead of pasta to switch things up.                 




Stuffed Peppers
Another fav recipe of mine are my Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Peppers. I make these all the time for family gatherings, and very rarely do I have to bring home leftovers. The cream cheese & cheddar cheese filling is divine, and then add in bacon and a little spice with the peppers... YUM. Next time you need a new appetizer to make, try these peppers!





S'mores Pie
My next favorite recipe is a dessert for you...S'mores Pie.This one is delish. A perfect recipe to try out in the summer when you want a s'more but its either too hot, or rainy for a s'more over a fire. This pie is super easy to make. If you like graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallow, you will love this pie.




Spin Dip
The last recipe I want to share with you is actually two recipes... Spinach Dip. I have a hot version (baked), and a cold version. I love the hot version with tortilla chips. My hubby prefers the cold version with wheat thins. The baked spin dip is my idea of comfort food, and Lee thinks the cold version is refreshing. If you need to make something up the day before and have it ready to go for company, then go with the cold dip. If you need to indulge in a warm, gooey snack with chips, then try it baked. The recipes are slightly different, but a large majority of the ingredients are similar. These recipes can be an appetizer, snack, or even a side dish. 



This post has officially made me hungry!! Try out these recipes and tell me what you think!