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Mac and Cheese Chili

Is there such a category as double comfort food? Since it combines two classics - chili and macaroni & cheese - Mac & Cheese Chili may be staking out new ground. With cheesy deliciousness and spicy heartiness in a single bowl, how could it be anything but great? We prepared this for one of our Game Day gatherings and it was a big success (and we won the game!). This Mac & Cheese Chili is the ultimate one-pot meal, which means prep and clean up are as easy as the dish is delicious!

Mac and Cheese Chili
Mac & Cheese Chili


Ham & Cheese Stromboli

We've been having Soup on Sundays for a couple of weeks now. Sometimes the savory richness of a slow-simmered soup is enough... and sometimes it needs an additional bite to go with it. That's how this Ham & Cheese Stromboli came about. It is a light, easy-to-make recipe that can stand alone as a sandwich, or be served as a side dish. It only takes a few minutes to put together, but, after it bakes, the flavors seems like this had to have taken all day to create. Amazingly flexible, this hot sandwich can become ANY sandwich...even if you want to stay within the Ham & Cheese model - cheddar cheese instead of Swiss, marinara sauce instead of Dijon - the limits of the sandwich fillings are limited only by your tastes and your imagination.


What's For Supper: Menu November 17, 2014

I am using up some leftovers again this week. I have leftover chicken (unseasoned boneless, skinless breasts cooked in my slow cooker), which will be used in the Cobb Salad and in the Fajitas; I also have already-cooked ground beef that I plan to use in the Taco Soup. This week's menu is making me hungry just planning and writing about it.
We are expecting a light snow tonight which will be our first of the season...if it happens (the latest weather is now pushing it back a day.) Next week, the hubby's school will be on fall break, so I have a BIG To-Do list for myself this week to free up time so we can work on some Christmas projects together over Thanksgiving week. I love this time of year...we've done Homemade Christmas gifts for years now, and it makes it much more fun for us....we don't have to walk through stores, going aisle-to-aisle, asking each other "What do you think about (this)?" over and over again. The best part of all...I think those that receive the gifts realize that we thought about them throughout the process! Stay warm and have a blessed week! 
What's For Supper: Menu November 17, 2014
What's For Supper: Menu November 17, 2014


Faith Comes By Hearing #63

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.  Psalm 50:23King James Version (KJV)

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Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

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Cheesy Ranch Corn Dip

I looked around the room the other day, during a game day gathering, and folks were eating the dip with forks - like it was a side dish - because the veggies, chips, and crackers did not hold a big enough bite. That, my friends, is a gooood dip! This Cheesy Ranch Corn Dip, full of fresh flavor from the corn and peppers with the savory addition of Ranch seasoning, is a great complement to crunchy fare, or (apparently) just as a snack itself. This quick delight comes together so easily that the cream cheese requires more time to soften than is needed to actually make the dip. 

Cheesy  Ranch  Corn Dip
Cheesy Ranch Corn Dip...goes great with crackers, chips, and veggies!


Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

This Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge recipe is almost as easy as the No Fail 3-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge recipe I use...which could spell trouble! This delicious fudge will quickly satisfy that sweet craving and requires only a few staple ingredients. Although the recipe should be chilled for storage, it would make a great fudge for the holiday season as well...especially if you need to whip up something festive in a jiffy.
Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge
Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge...quickly satisfies that craving & it's perfect for the holidays!