Mozzarella Caprese “Pops”

Our family recently went out to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant and my younger brother and mom wanted to order mozzarella caprese for an appetizer. They both loved it so I decided to make these for dinner one night. They take maybe 10 minutes prep time at most. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 24 tooth picks
  • a small spoon or something to scoop out the insides of the tomatoes and the mozzarella balls
  • fresh basil finely chopped or basil seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and scoop out the insides of the tomatoes with the small spoon or utensil. Once the tomatoes are fully scooped out either use your fingers or the small spoon and make small “balls” of mozzarella to put inside the tomatoes. Spear the tomatoes and mozzarella with the toothpicks and then dip them in the olive oil. Sprinkle some basil on top of tomatoes and serve!

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Lisa’s Chipotle Style Meatloaf

Lisa is known in our family to come up with recipes by throwing together ingredients that we all love or that she thinks sound delicious together. This meatloaf recipe, and the sauce (my favorite) are two examples of this. I’d say that she has a 98% success rate (we won’t discuss the birthday cake fiasco!) because usually whatever she makes becomes a favorite of everyone in our family (except that birthday cake). This meatloaf and the sauce (my favorite) are both fan favorites.

Start off by preheating your oven to 350° and grease a 9×8 brownie pan or a loaf pan.

Meatloaf

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 pounds of 80/20 hamburger meat
1 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1/4 cup powdered brown gravy mix
2 tablespoons of salt free table seasoning
1/4 cup pineapple peach chipotle salsa
1/8-1/4 cup of water

Now the Sweet Sauce recipe

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/2 cup of ketchup
1/4-1/3 cup of brown sugar (packed)

Stir until the brown sugar is dissolved and there are no lumps.

Put the hamburger meat in a large bowl and add the dry ingredients, mix well (we use our hands). Then add the salsa and the water and mix well.

Chipotle Meatloaf mix

Once everything is mixed form the meat mixture into a loaf with your hands and bake for one hour.

Meatloaf

When there’s 10 minutes left take the meatloaf out of the oven and add half of the sauce recipe to it, place back in the oven.

Serve and enjoy! The other half of the sauce can be added when the meatloaf is done or served to use as a dip for the meatloaf.

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

Like so many other people, this time of year makes our family crave all things pumpkin. So Lisa is always coming up with different recipes that somehow incorporate pumpkin.One of her creations this year is her pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies and let me just say, they’re amazing!

To start, preheat your oven to 375° and spray two cooking sheets.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup pumpkin (we cheated and used canned pumpkin)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice (this will give the cookies a slight pumpkin taste but if you prefer them to have a stronger pumpkin flavor we recommend adding 3 1/2 tsp)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp milk
1/2 cup of oil
1 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts

Add the baking soda to the milk and stir until it is completely dissolved. Set aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Add pumpkin, sugar, oil, and egg to mixing bowl and mix on a low speed.

While mixing on low add in the baking soda mixture and add in the flour mixture a little at a time. Mix well.

Once everything is mixed and there are no clumps stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla (this is when you would also add the nuts). Pumpkin pie spice cookies

Spoon out tablespoon sized portions of the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet two inches apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottom edges are brown.

Enjoy!

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Our family LOVES cookies and we love to bake them so it’s natural that we have at least 10 different recipes for every type of cookie!

Out of all of the chocolate chip cookie recipes we have (seriously, there’s a ton!) this one here is a fan favorite. The cookies are fluffy and cake-like, not to mention thick!

Start off by preheating your oven to 350° and grease two cookie sheets.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
6 ounces of milk chocolate chips
6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup of pecans or walnuts

In a small bowl whisk together the flour and the baking soda and set aside.
In a mixing bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and beat on a medium speed until fluffy, then reduce the speed to low.
While on low add the salt, vanilla, and the eggs. Beat until mixed well.
Once everything is mixed well add the flour/baking soda mixture a little bit at a time to prevent clumping and mix until all the ingredients are combined.
Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the chocolate chips (and the pecans or walnuts if you add these) and you’re ready to bake! chocolate chip cookies

Drop the tablespoon sized balls of dough 2 inches apart on your cookie sheets. Once the oven is preheated bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies look golden brown.

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