Chicken Spaghetti with Creamy Garlic Sauce

I think this is one of our favorite spaghetti sauce replacements that I’ve ever made. It’s creamy, garlicky, and it pairs perfect with spinach and little tomatoes. (leave the tomatoes out if there is an allergy. we always plate kelsie’s up first, without the tomatoes)

This recipe may sound like it’s complicated but it’s quite the opposite. I make it on weeknights all the time and we all love it! Throw together some garlic bread and you have a full meal. Of course you can add a side salad if you’d like, but hey, I throw spinach in the sauce so I think that’s plenty of green for one night. :-)

Chicken Spaghetti with Creamy Garlic Sauce

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North Pole Breakfast 2014 – Our Elf Brought Breakfast!

Every year since the arrival of our elf, Mr. Sweets, in 2012, he has brought us breakfast upon his first day. This year was a tad different. We were out of town the week of Thanksgiving. We came home and Kelsie got very sick with Bronchitis and missed the entire week of school, and even though our elf showed up, with the food allergies this year, I didn’t have time to come up and prepare anything.

The North Pole breakfast was late. Better late then never! His normal fare includes a lot of overly processed sweet treats. After all, that is exactly what his diet in the North Pole consists of. I had to get creative and make stuff from scratch. Zack, who happens to be the best husband and father in the world, laid down with her on Saturday night and let me get everything cooked up.  This was to ensure that my banging of pots and pans at midnight wouldn’t get her up and creeping in the kitchen to see what all the shenanigans was about.

North Pole Breakfast 2014 - Our Elf Brought Breakfast!

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The Best Tuna Patties Ever

My mother used to make some sort of patty from a canned fish when I was growing up and it just looked  gross.  Of course back then I was picky and would only eat peanut butter and cheese. Not together, of course! I bet had I taken the time to give them a taste they would have been quite yummy. Of course she didn’t add this secret weapon to hers that makes them jam packed with flavor. No I believe hers consisted of crushed saltine crackers. And that’s ok too, as long as you season those bad boys up!

My version is slammed with flavor and even my kids eat these up as fast as they get on the plate.

The Best Tuna Patties Ever

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The Best and the Easiest Homemade Hot Cocoa

With allergies to soy and tree nuts, it is dang near impossible to find a pre-made hot cocoa mix that you can have. Don’t get me wrong, I have found one, but it’s just so easy to make it homemade, why not? With 4 simple ingredients you can have hot cocoa in 1 minute and 30 seconds. Seriously!

The Best and the Easiest Homemade Hot Cocoa

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Peanut Butter White Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Awe man do I love some banana bread! It reminds me so much of growing up. My mother would double wrap it in foil and store it in the fridge so it would be cold and the top would be sticky. It was delicious!

My banana bread isn’t much different from the traditional, with a few exceptions. Peanut butter of course, because banana and peanut butter just go hand and hand. I thought I have only a small amount of white chocolate chips left, so why not throw those in as well. Sort of like my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chunky Monkey Muffins.

This bread is jam packed full of flavor, it’s egg free to make it allergy friendly, and it’s the perfect breakfast, after school snack, or sweet treat after dinner.

Peanut Butter White Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Banana Bread

I’ve been making quite a few pumpkin recipes lately and only had about 1/4 cup of pureed pumpkin left in the fridge. I hate throwing out just a tiny bit because pumpkin is so expensive, so I decided to add it to the banana bread that I was making.  That was a perfect choice!  It was just the right amount of pumpkin to go with the hint of banana and a swirl of cinnamon sugar throughout.  Delicious!

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Pumpkin Bread via Everyday Made Fresh

This recipe was adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
A printable version is located below

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Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits

This is the 3rd biscuit recipe I’ve made from the exact same awesome blogger, Minimalist Baker!  Her biscuits are like little clouds. They are fluffy. They are tasty. And we all love them! The pumpkin sage biscuits were fantastic, the regular biscuits; well we make them ALL the time, and these, holy-moly batman, that is all I have to say.  These are the perfect side to just about anything you can think of for dinner. Heck, they are yummy the next day, if you happen to have one left over, cut it open and place a slice of cheese on both sides, and pop it under the broiler in your oven for a few minutes. Oh, yes, taste bud overload!
Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits via Everyday Made Fresh

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Cranberry Apple Pear Raisin Skillet Crisp

I had a combination of apples and pears in the fridge, not enough to do anything much with unless we ate them fresh, or combined them into something. Since we were having a mini Thanksgiving meal, I wanted to combine them into our dessert. Glad I did because it turned out fantastic and the perfect way to finish our dinner.

 I was on Pinterest and saw this recipe and thought, I can make that allergy friendly AND use up the fruit that is begging to be done something with.

 Cranberry Apple Pear Raisin Skillet Crisp

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No Rise No Fail Homemade Pizza Dough

Our family has the traditional pizza night every week. It usually falls on a Friday night, but I have been known to call it a pizza night on a fast paced Wednesday night. We used to call up a local restaurant chain, order our favorite, and go pick it up. After the diagnosis or soy, tomato, shellfish , and eggs we could no longer just make a quick call for our favorite pie.

The food allergy diagnosis changed it all. We didn’t really want to take a lot of time to fix up our favorite no cook night meal, but knew that some heating of the oven was going to be involved. I started browsing the dough at our local grocery stores, but came up disappointed because of the allergens. That is when I just faced the facts and knew that I was going to have to make pizza on nights that I would have the extra time to allow for dough to rise.

However, I was looking at some older cookbooks and low and behold, a no rise dough! What? Yes, a pizza dough that doesn’t require any time to rise. It’s just a mix, top, and bake. Lifesaver. Best part? It’s amazing and nobody even knows that you didn’t spend half the evening in the kitchen with it.

 No Rise No Fail Homemade Pizza Dough via Everyday Made Fresh

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