Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes are light and fluffy, loaded with delicious blueberries and made from scratch! A guaranteed weekend favorite!

My boys LOVE pancakes. I certainly know they are not alone in their affection, because the BEST pancake recipe on my site is always a popular one! And of course, if plain pancakes are good, we all know BLUEBERRY PANCAKES might be better! And I’ve started quite the blueberry recipes collection here on my site!

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Mexican Style Dinner From The Grill

Taco Flavored Zucchini

2 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium zucchini
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon of your favorite taco seasoning
1 hot pepper (serrano), seeded and minced
1/4 cup prepared salsa
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4-inch shells. Brush with oil; set aside. Chop zucchini pulp.


In a skillet, saute pulp, hot pepper, and onion in oil. Add garlic and taco seasoning; cook 1 minute longer. Add salsa; cook and stir for 1 minute.


Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the cheese. Spoon the mixture into the zucchini shells.

Preheat an outdoor grill. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 15 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. You may also bake the stuffed zucchini in a 400 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes.

Carne Asada

Epazote has a sharp, herbal flavor, reminiscent of oregano and fennel with minty, pine notes. It is commonly found in Mexican cooking.

Ingredients

1/2 pound skirt steak or flank steak pounded thin
Marinade
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/2 teaspoon dried epazote
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Combine the marinade ingredients in a shallow glass dish. Cut the steak into 4 pieces and pound them to an even thin thickness. Marinate beef in the refrigerator, 2 hours to overnight.


Preheat an outdoor grill or stovetop grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Grill beef over direct heat until firm and pink in the center, 2 minutes per side. Remove steak to a platter and let rest for 5 minutes.

Coleslaw

Ingredients

1/4 of a large head of savoy cabbage, finely shredded
1 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion

Dressing
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

Place the dressing ingredients in a serving bowl and mix well. Add the cabbage, carrots, and onion. Thoroughly combine and refrigerate covered for several hours.

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Better Than Sex Cake

This week was my birthday and I turned a ripe 36 years old.  Every year for my birthday I make this Better Than Sex Cake because it’s my favorite sheet cake! Also, my Mom used to make a version of this cake for me when I was a kid and yes she still called it […]

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This Week at the Brennans’

Holy vacation guacamole!

Here’s what happened this past week:

We left for the sunny Bahamas last Saturday and arrived in Florida late that night. I ran into Target at 11pm for a quick (1 hour) trip with Brooke while the boys napped in the car. We made extra space in our suitcases for all the stuff I was planning on buying! Ha! By the time we got settled into the hotel room, it was 1am and we all fell into bed. The next morning, we had a killer breakfast and swam our morning away. Our kids are water babies after all! After that, we packed up and headed for Cape Canaveral to board our ship. 

We ended up doing a Bahamian Disney Cruise and it was the best thing ever! Everything, including the kids club for all three of my kids, is included in the price of the trip. So we were able to drop all three kids off to be watched so Gordon and I could either work out, sleep or eat without having the kids around. And that is the beauty of a Disney cruise. (I’m sure there are lots of amazing cruise lines out there, but we just have experience with Disney.)

The dinners were probably all of our favorite parts of being on the ship because our servers were the freaking bomb. Tiana’s was our favorite by far (mainly because of the beignets). Castaway Cay was our favorite port for the entire family just because its so easy! Easy to walk off the boat and right onto the beach. The food is right there (and included), float rentals were nearby too and the water was beautifully warm. We loved it last time and thoroughly enjoyed it again this time. Edward especially loved digging in the sand, then running back to the water, then back to the sand. That boy could play for hours!

The last night of the cruise, things were a little rocky and I got super nauseous as I was packing up our bags to get off the ship the next morning. Gordon took the older two out while I put Edward to bed and then packed but had such a hard time near the end because I wanted to hurl. I don’t recall ever being on a cruise where it rocked so badly. (Not that it was TERRIBLY stormy outside…just my body was revolting.) I got the packing done and went straight to bed to put myself out of my own misery.

Once we got off the ship, we loaded back into our rental car, went to visit the Orlando Temple, went to Chick-fil-A for lunch (because YUM)  and then checked into our hotel for the next night. I am so glad we didn’t rush this trip! We took an extra day to get to Florida and we took an extra day after our cruise to just take it easy. And lemme tell you, the Four Seasons at Walt Disney World is the freaking bomb dot com. They have splash pads, water slides, a lazy river and kiddie water slides. We could go from pool to pool all together as a family. It was so much fun! I think we spent about 4-5 hours that afternoon pool hopping because it was so fun. I told Blake I would buy him a new lego set if he put his face in the water and he said no! Then we upped the ante and said lego set plus ice cream and still he said no. Womp womp. Better luck next time.

Our flight home was pretty easy breezy and actually getting the Uber was particularly quick as well. Way to go Newark. From walking off the plane to grabbing our bags to getting into the car was mayyyybe 30 minutes total? It was really great.

But nothing takes you off of your vacation cloud 9 than getting home to a mouse-infested house. We found droppings everywhere and a live one scampering around like he owned the joint. Damn city rodents. So that was fun to clean up. Our super came over that night and plugged up some holes he found under the kitchen cabinets where the mice had chewed their way in. We’ll see if they hold but I’m just about ready to move. I know mice are pretty common for the city but not for this girl. Can I just opt out of the whole mouse thing? I’m kind of in a “wake me up when its over.” kind of state. Ugh.

So, that’s where we’re at currently…still wishing we were on vacation.

Here’s what is coming up this next week:

Playdates galore for Brooke and Blake. I’ve really dropped the ball in the playdate department this school year, so I’m making up for it this week 🙂 Lucky them.

I’m hoping to get a date in with Gordon soon, but not sure we can make it happen this week. Cross your fingers we can find a sitter who’s available!

And I’ll be testing lots of recipes this week because the forecast says it’ll be just a little cloudy, so here’s to hoping for more sun this week!

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Cheese Grits – The perfect side dish!

Cheese Grits are a delicious creamy side dish, perfect served alongside your Southern favorites. If you’ve never had cheesy grits, (and you’re a mac and cheese lover) you’ll absolutely love this dish!  

Shredded cheddar and butter are stirred into smooth creamy grits for the best ever side dish. Serve alongside grilled shrimp or top with Crock Pot Pulled Pork.

A heaping white bowl full of creamy cheese grits Cheese Grits

Trying to find the perfect side dish that is both delicious and easy? Cheese grits is the perfect answer!

Add shrimp or baked chicken to this cheese grits recipe for a delicious main course! Don’t let conventional thinking hold you back, use your imagination for great meal time alternatives!

What Are Grits?

Grits originated hundreds of years ago and were made by grinding a corn similar to hominy or maize, in a stone mill. Once ground it was sifted through a screen where the finer bits were used as grit meal (or cornmeal) and the coarser pieces made up the grits.

Today, they are a popular southern dish and once you try them, you’ll see exactly why. They’re rich, creamy and so delicious!

Can You Substitute Grits for Cornmeal? Yes, in  a pinch you can substitute but it will change the texture considerably and won’t be considered grits. Grits have coarser texture than cornmeal.

Shredded cheese and butter being incorporated into creamy grits in a saucepan

How to Make Cheese Grits

Cheese Grits are so easy to make! If you are wondering what cheese goes in grits, any sharp cheddar or even a Monterey jack cheese is perfect for grits. But really, any cheese you fancy will work!
  1. Prepare your grits in regular fashion. Boil water, stir in the grits and simmer.
  2.  Stir in sharp cheddar cheese, butter and a little milk until the cheese is melted and creamy.
  3. Serve immediately!

What to Serve with Cheese Grits: They’re super easy to make side dish that is the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken or they make the perfect breakfast recipe topped with fried or poached eggs! Your family will love how creamy, cheesy and delicious they are!

More Cheesy Sides

  • Baked Brussel Sprouts Gratin – Simple and delicious.
  • Potatoes Au Gratin – Reader favorite!
  • CopyCat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole
  • Easy Baked Zucchini – Super quick and easy!
  • Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole (No condensed soup)
  • Cheesy Potato Casserole – Easy, cheesy and amazing!

Cheese Grits

Easy and creamy, these grits are the perfect side to serve with grilled shrimp.

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup grits (not quick/instant or stone-ground)
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup butter
  1. Bring water, chicken broth and garlic powder to a boil in a medium pot.
  2. Add grits and cook uncovered for 18-20 minutes or thick and creamy (or follow times listed on your grits package).
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and butter until melted. (Add a splash of cream if desired).

  4. Serve hot.

If you are using stone ground grits, follow the cook time on your package replacing water with chicken broth.

We love these Cheese Grits served alongside grilled shrimp or chicken. Shredded cheddar and butter are stirred into smooth creamy grits making a delicious side dish. #spendwithpennies #cheesegrits #grits #creamygrits #sidedish #easyrecipe #easysidedish
We love these Cheese Grits served alongside grilled shrimp or chicken. Shredded cheddar and butter are stirred into smooth creamy grits making a delicious side dish. #spendwithpennies #cheesegrits #grits #creamygrits #sidedish #easyrecipe #easysidedish

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15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili

Spoonful of slow cooker bean chili in bowl with cornbread

15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili is hearty and delicious, making it the perfect food to fuel the crowd on game day or a delicious easy weeknight meal!  When serving a crowd, we put this chili on in the morning and then prepare a chili bar with toppings so our guests can help themselves!

15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili in polka dotted bowl

I am so excited to have partnered with Hurst’s HamBeens® 15 BEAN SOUP® to bring you this belly warming recipe.  

Slow Cooker Bean Chili

If there is a big game coming up, you can count on me to do one thing; make chili! Chili is the perfect dish to feed a crowd and keep them coming back for more!

This easy slow cooker chili recipe is packed with the wholesome goodness of a blend of 15 beans to make it hearty and healthy! The best part is that there is no soaking required meaning a quick prep time to get this into your Crock Pot and get on with your day!  You can find Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup in the dry bean section of almost any grocery store (or you can order them online).

Hurst's 15 Bean Soup in bag and slow cooker bean chili in bowl

You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make a great chili, a few simple good quality ingredients definitely make the most delicious meals!

How to Make Chili in a Crock Pot

This easy slow cooker chili recipe starts with Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®, onions, bell pepper and lean ground beef.  It’s all seasoned with a vegetable based seasoning packet (that comes with Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup) as well as chili seasoning and then simmered in the slow cooker until tender.

chili recipe in crock pot with ladle

You’ll notice that the tomatoes are added towards the end of cooking, once the beans are softened.  This step is important when using dry beans because tomatoes (along with any other acidic ingredients) can interfere with the rehydration process.

Fixings and Toppings

On game day, making a chili bar is a great way to add variety and make sure everyone can enjoy their chili to preference. I set my slow cooker to warm and offer toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, sliced jalapenos, chopped onions, assorted crackers and tortilla chips and corn bread muffins.

Slow Cooker bean Chili in polka dotted bowl with corn bread

Easy and Delicious

This chili is both inexpensive and easy to prepare while being totally delicious! For a family dinner, it’s great served over macaroni noodles (or rice) and of course, with a big slice of homemade cornbread on the side! Should you be lucky enough to have leftovers, this recipe reheats well and can even be frozen to enjoy on another day! (Cook once, eat twice.. count me in)!

More Chili Recipes

  • The Best Chili Recipe – Simple and delicious!
  • Creamy White Chicken Chili (CrockPot)
  • Turkey Chili
  • Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Chili
  • Easy CrockPot Chili Recipe

15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili

15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili is hearty and delicious, making it the perfect food to fuel the crowd on game day or a delicious easy weeknight meal!  

  • 1 package HamBeens 15 BEAN SOUP® w/ Ham Flavor packet
  • 1 lb . lean ground beef
  • 1 onion (, diced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (, diced)
  • 1 can ((14.5 oz) diced tomato with green chiles)
  • 1 can ((6 oz) tomato paste)
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 1 packet of your favorite chili seasoning mix ((approx. 1.5 oz))
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Rinse beans and remove any debris.
  2. Brown beef over medium heat until no pink remains. Darin any fat.
  3. In a 6QT slow cooker, combine beans, beef, onion, peppers, and broth.
  4. Stir in Hurst’s ham flavor packet and 1/2 of the chili seasoning mix.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or until beans are tender.
  6. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato paste and remainder of chili seasoning mix.
  7. Cook for additional 30 minutes.

I am excited to have partnered with Hurst’s HamBeens® 15 BEAN SOUP® to bring you this belly warming recipe.  While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!

15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili is hearty and delicious, making it the perfect food to fuel the crowd on game day or a delicious easy weeknight meal! When serving a crowd, we put this chili on in the morning and then prepare a chili bar with toppings so our guests can help themselves!
15 Bean Slow Cooker Chili is hearty and delicious, making it the perfect food to fuel the crowd on game day or a delicious easy weeknight meal! When serving a crowd, we put this chili on in the morning and then prepare a chili bar with toppings so our guests can help themselves!

Original source: https://www.spendwithpennies.com/15-bean-slow-cooker-chili/

Better Than Takeout Szechuan Noodles with Sesame Chili Oil.

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30 minute better than takeout Szechuan Noodles with Sesame Chili Oil. For those nights when you’re craving extra saucy Chinese inspired noodles, but don’t want to wait for take out. Szechuan style noodles with soy sauce, tangy rice vinegar, plenty of vegetables, and thick eggs noodles…with the most addicting toasted sesame chili oil spooned over […]

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Easy Honey Mustard Recipe

Easy Honey Mustard Recipe

This EASY Honey Mustard Recipe is perfect sauce for dipping, but can double as a salad dressing, or sandwich spread. It’s tangy, sweet, a little spicy and can be made in 5 minutes!

I have been on a bit of a condiment kick lately! I posted my Greek Salad Dressing recipe last month, and then my Chicken Dipping Sauce not too long after. AND here I am today posting another sauce…my EASY Honey Mustard!

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How to Make Garlic Confit

Hi, do you have a vampire problem? If so, this Garlic Confit recipe is the thing for you! Not only will it safeguard your house and surrounding area from garlic-hating demons, it will also happily feed you. If you’re unfamiliar with the technique of confit cooking, it’s used a lot for meats like duck to […]

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TASTE Podcast 45: Akira Akuto

I swear Akira Akuto and I only talked a little bit about the sandwich. What sandwich? The Sandwich. You can read about it in The New York Times: The Egg Salad Sandwich That Drew Eyes on Instagram. Sandwiches are beautiful; sandwiches are fine. But Akuto, a crazy-talented Los Angeles chef with New York City lineage, […]

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Coffee Is Maybe, Almost Definitely, Probably Fine to Drink

Does coffee give you heart disease? Does it cause anxiety? Does it make you live longer? We look back at some of the most questionable health claims about the drink. Hunter S. Thompson drank coffee to help come down from the high of mescaline; writer Honore de Balzac drank a lot of coffee—aquarium-sized amounts—to fuel […]

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10 Big Ideas in Coffee Right Now

This fast-changing, wide-ranging, ever-moving coffee world, explained. The year 2019 is one hell of a time to be investigating the world of specialty coffee. Here, Sprudge cofounder (and The New Rules of Coffee coauthor) Jordan Michelman grapples with no fewer than 10 nodes of the current coffee moment. Pour yourself a cup and pay for the refill.

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Dear Philly Baristas: Give Us Gritty

The Philadelphia Flyers mascot has a home atop espresso and steamed milk. At six months, babies start sitting up on their own, eating solid foods, and gurgling verbal responses. Just shy of his own half-birthday, the loony-eyed, ginger-scruffed trickster god known as Gritty is blossoming ahead of schedule. He doesn’t crawl—he rappels from the rafters […]

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Does Instant Coffee Have to Be Terrible?

A handful of new companies are challenging the norm for instant coffee that we’ve accepted for more than a hundred years. If you’ve camped, worked at an office before the dawn of Keurig machines, or traveled to a part of the world that wakes up with black tea in the morning, you’ve probably depended upon […]

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Coffee Is Cooler Than Ever. So Is the Third Wave Dead?

Growing demand for cold coffee has lead to a meaningful departure from many of the aesthetics and values central to the third wave. Is this a good thing? It was on a Thursday morning in January that I realized coffee’s third wave may be over. The wind chill in New York City had dipped into […]

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Where Mahlkonig K-30s and AirMax 720s Link Up in Harmony

Sundays at Portland’s Deadstock Coffee are a beautiful intersection of barista life and sneaker life.  The German village of Herzogenaurach is where the rival Dassler brothers—Adolf and Rudolph—founded the opposing sportswear empires of Adidas and Puma. Their brotherly opposition soon infected the townsfolk, the vast majority of whom worked for either firm. Before a villager […]

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How 4 New Yorkers Make Their Morning Coffee

We interviewed four people—a barista, a mom, a coffee-cart operator, a designer—to find out the how, what, and why. For many, the beginning of a day is marked by a cup (or two, or three) of coffee. After chatting with a few New Yorkers about their morning routines, I learned that can be anywhere from […]

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Go Get Em Tiger Didn’t Just Raise the Bar. They Changed It.

How one innovative company is altering the way Los Angeles drinks, and lives, coffee. Today, delicious coffee—like a creamy, amber-tinted cappuccino or a hand-shaken iced latte—is something the lion’s share of urban-dwelling Americans expect on every corner, especially in the great city of Los Angeles, pocked with trendy neighborhoods like the Arts District and Highland […]

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From the Mouth of the Gods

Ethiopian coffee is one of the world’s great culinary treasures. It’s also extremely undervalued. Geoff Watts, cofounder of Intelligentsia Coffee, is on a mission to get you—and the $100 billion industry—to pay more. Much more. It’s a Sunday in the Guji Zone of southern Ethiopia in mid-December, and Geoff Watts wants to go for a […]

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