Hot Eats and Cool Reads: 2015

Dec 30, 2015

Lemon Lime Basil Margarita Recipe

A refreshing cocktail with the perfect combination of citrus and basil flavors! Definitely a new favorite!


A refreshing cocktail with the perfect combination of citrus and basil flavors! Definitely a new favorite! Lemon Lime Basil Margarita Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


Happy New Year everyone!

I hope 2015 was a fantastic year for you and your family! It was a busy, but great year for my daughter Ella and I. In 2016, I hope to get back to blogging more regularly and bring some more bookish and recipe posts your way. Ella will also be starting a kid blog with DIY's, recipes and other fun stuff. As soon as I have all the details, I'll be sharing with you! We are super excited to start her blogging journey together and I know you'll love what she has to share!

Dec 28, 2015

Greek Hot Dog Recipe

Perfect party food or a quick weeknight dinner! Warm the hot dogs in the slow cooker for easy prep!

Perfect party food or a quick weeknight dinner! Warm the hot dogs in the slow cooker for easy prep! Greek Hot Dog Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We celebrated with my Dad and the family on Christmas Eve, and we'll be celebrating with my Mom on New Year's Day! I'm also looking forward to staying in downtown Minneapolis this weekend for a friend's birthday celebration! Tons of great food, drinks and dancing are on the agenda. Sounds like a blast to me! 

Dec 22, 2015

Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies Recipe

These cookies are full of chocolate and peppermint goodness! Topped with a delicious Candy Cane Kiss! Great for any Christmas cookie exchange!


Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies




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Dec 19, 2015

Slow Cooker Balsamic Barbeque Smoked Sausage Bites Recipe

A great appetizer for any holiday celebration or party! The homemade sauce is packed full of flavor and it goes great with the sausage!


A great appetizer for any holiday celebration or party! The homemade sauce is packed full of flavor and it goes great with the sausage! Slow Cooker Balsamic Barbeque Smoked Sausage Bites Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


I'm really looking forward to Christmas at my Dad's this year! Everyone is bringing an appetizer and my Step-mom is making her usual holiday treats that we all look forward to. I love snacking all afternoon on a little of this and that while we drink wine, visit and play our annual present exchange dice game! I scored some fun prizes to give in the clearance aisle at Walmart today and cannot wait to see what everyone else brings!

Dec 14, 2015

Almond Banket Bars Recipe

These melt in your mouth almond bars are a great shortcut to the traditional Dutch banket! They are a wonderful everyday dessert or perfect for holiday Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations!  


Almond Banket Bars


These melt in your mouth almond bars are a great shortcut to the traditional Dutch banket! They are a wonderful everyday dessert or perfect for holiday Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations!



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Dec 9, 2015

Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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This is a delicious and easy to make pasta sauce! Perfect for dinner or a pasta bar party! Can also be made in the slow cooker! Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!


I don't know about you, but I always look for easy homemade recipes when it comes to planning holiday meals. Less time in the kitchen, means more time with the family! When it comes to Christmas meals, we've been known to have brunch, a traditional ham or turkey dinner, and even a delicious Italian pasta bar!

Dec 7, 2015

16 Recipes for Any Garlic Lover!

If you've been following me for awhile, then you already know I have a huge love for garlic! Garlic gets added to pretty much everything I cook and most recipes wouldn't be the same without it!

I have a post coming up on Wednesday for a new pasta sauce recipe. I made the Buttery Garlic Bread shown below as a side for my new sauce! It was posted on the blog back in 2012 and really needed new pictures, so I updated those. Along with updating, I thought it would be fun to share all of these garlic recipes with you!

Are you obsessed with garlic everything like I am? If so, then you'll want to check out these fabulous recipes! 16 Recipes for Any Garlic Lover from Hot Eats and Cool Reads

Some are from my blog, and some from my awesome blogging buddies! They are all fantastic and packed full of garlic goodness! If you are a garlic lover, then this post is definitely for you!!

Nov 30, 2015

Cranberry Orange Sparkling Wine Cocktail Recipe


 
Perfect for elegant, but simple holiday entertaining! Full of delicious cranberry and orange flavor!


Perfect for elegant, but simple holiday entertaining! Full of delicious cranberry and orange flavor! Cranberry Orange Sparkling Wine Cocktail Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


It's officially the last day of November! I'm not quite sure where this month has gone, but I can't wait for December to arrive. We're expecting our first snowstorm tonight and with all our holiday decorating going on, I'm feeling extra festive!


Nov 23, 2015

Updated Post: Quick Peppery Cheddar Cheese Bread plus 9 Last Minute Holiday Meal Recipes!

No new recipe today but I have an updated post and 9 last minute holiday meal recipes!



This Peppery Cheddar Cheese Bread is a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu, a side for any chili, stews or creamy soups! With prep and baking, it's ready in less than an hour! You can head over to the updated post with new photos here and check out the recipe!


Nov 18, 2015

Cheesy Chicken, Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Crescent Rolls Recipe

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Great served as an appetizer, lunch or side! So delicious and flavorful! Cheesy Chicken, Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Crescent Rolls Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


I love the holiday season. It's seriously my favorite time of year! I enjoy the extra family time and good food, but I also just love feeling blessed and sharing those blessings with others. 


This time of year you can always find me in the kitchen experimenting and trying new recipes. Fall and winter meals such as casseroles, soups or anything baked in the oven is comfort food to me. There's nothing like warming up the house with the oven on a cold day and eating a hearty and delicious meal.

Nov 16, 2015

Pizza Tater Tot Hotdish Recipe

A delicious family friendly casserole! Perfect for weeknights, or even Sunday dinner!



A delicious family friendly casserole! Perfect for weeknights, or even Sunday dinner! Pizza Tater Tot Hotdish Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


Casserole or Hotdish? If you're from Minnesota, you know it as Hotdish! I crave these one pan wonders when the weather gets cold outside!


Nov 12, 2015

Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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Two ingredient brownies with a layer of delicious homemade frosting on top! So perfect for fall!

Two ingredient brownies with a layer of delicious homemade frosting on top! So perfect for fall! Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


I can't believe it's almost the middle of November already! This month is flying by! I've been quite busy in the kitchen lately along with doing vendor shows for my Mama Loves Her Oils Young Living business! I just love getting out at these events and chatting with new people! You never know who you might meet or see! Tons of fun!

Nov 9, 2015

Slow Cooker Tortellini Chili Recipe plus Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker Giveaway

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A delicious twist on regular chili! Perfect for dinner or set up as a chili bar for game day! Slow Cooker Tortellini Chili Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


Slow cooker season is in full swing at our house! I've made a few different slow cooker recipes over the last few weeks and will be trying out a few more. Today's recipe is a new favorite of mine. Tortellini has been on my menu alot lately, so I decided to give it a try in chili. It was fantastic! Cheese is always good in chili, and when adding the tortellini, the cheesiness goes to a whole new level. Also, by adding the tortellini, you're stretching the recipe much further, making it great for larger families, or leftovers for lunch at work.


Nov 2, 2015

Creamy German Sausage, Potato and Sauerkraut Soup Recipe

Delicious and easy 30 minute meal! Perfect for weeknight lunch or dinner and the sauerkraut adds a surprising touch of flavor in this German inspired soup.


Creamy German Sausage, Potato and Sauerkraut Soup




Delicious and easy 30 minute meal! Perfect for weeknight lunch or dinner and the sauerkraut adds a surprising touch of flavor in this German inspired soup. The kielbasa and potatoes make it hearty and comforting!


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Oct 29, 2015

Butterfinger and Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

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A fun and delicious snack or party treat! Great way to use BUTTERFINGER® Fun-Size candy bars! Butterfinger and Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


We all have those Halloween stories from when we were kids. Mine happens to be the Halloween blizzard of 1991. Ask anyone from Minnesota, they'll tell you how crazy it was!! Over 20 inches of snow in a single day, this was seriously a kid's worst nightmare on Halloween night!


Oct 27, 2015

Tortellini and Vegetable Soup Recipe

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This meatless soup is packed full of tortellini and veggies! So hearty and filling, you don't even miss the meat!


This meatless soup is packed full of tortellini and veggies! So hearty and filling, you don't even miss the meat! Tortellini and Vegetable Soup Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


Soup season is in full swing at our house! LOVE this time of year!


Today's recipe is so delicious, light and filling! 

It's also meatless which makes it frugal, but if you have a family of meat eaters, definitely add some chopped cooked chicken breast to the pot! 

My daughter isn't much of a meat eater, so this was one recipe she really enjoyed. She finished two full bowls the night I made it, then ate another one the next day. Definitely kid approved!

Oct 22, 2015

Cheesy Ranch Chicken Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

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A pure comfort food casserole that the whole family will love! Tons of cheesy, ranch goodness!


A pure comfort food casserole that the whole family will love! Tons of cheesy, ranch goodness! Cheesy Ranch Chicken Hashbrown Casserole Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!



As soon as fall settles in, I'm all about casseroles! 

More than likely, if you grew up in Minnesota, you know them as "hotdish". I'm a true Minnesota girl. 

Oct 19, 2015

Raspberry Brain Ice Cubes Recipe

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I love nothing more than to dress up with my family and go door to door trick or treating! I also love Halloween parties and all the festivities going on in our town around Halloween time! Such fun!

Oct 13, 2015

Smoothie Bowl Breakfast or DIY Smoothie Bowl Bar

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Perfect for busy weekdays or morning brunch events! Smoothie Bowl Breakfast or DIY Smoothie Bowl Bar from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day and I can't start my day without eating something good. The majority of weekdays are rushed when we're out the door to work and school, and the afternoons and evenings are busy and active as well. We have piano lessons, Girl Scouts and everything else in between, so it takes some creativity to eat good meals and snacks when on the go.


One of our favorite ways to get some fruit and dairy into our day is Smoothie Bowls! 

Oct 6, 2015

Easy Fried Fish Sandwich Recipe

Need an easy dinner? This recipe is for you! Crispy, golden fried fish fillets on a bun with your favorite toppings! So good!

Easy Fried Fish Sandwich



Need an easy dinner? This recipe is for you! Crispy, golden fried fish fillets on a bun with your favorite toppings! So good! Use tilapia or any white fish for this sandwich!

Sep 29, 2015

Individual Pumpkin Pie Spice Rice Pudding Recipe

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The perfect fall dessert that is so full of pumpkin goodness! Easy to make and sure to be a new favorite! Individual Pumpkin Pie Spice Rice Pudding from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


How many of you are coffee lovers like me? Every morning I need a cup of joe to get me going before work! I'm also one of those people who love their coffee with tons of flavor, no plain ol' black coffee for me.


Sep 23, 2015

Beefy Orzo and Vegetable Soup Recipe

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Old fashioned comfort food and super easy to make! Great for any cool weather meal!


Old fashioned comfort food and super easy to make! Great for any cool weather meal! Beefy Orzo and Vegetable Soup Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


As I sit here typing this post, I feel a cool Minnesota fall breeze flowing through the window. Weather like this always makes me crave soups and casseroles! In fact, we had this amazing Cabbage Roll Casserole for dinner tonight! Fall is truly my favorite time of year and I always get excited when the leaves start changing colors and the temps start dropping.



Sep 21, 2015

Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Happy 5th Blogiversary to Allison at Cupcake Diaries! To celebrate we're giving away one Kitchen Aid Mixer plus I have an amazing Apple Cider Cocktail for the celebration!!





I've teamed up with Allison and the rest of these amazing bloggers to host the giveaway! If you have a chance, check out their fantastic blogs below and give them some love! They have tons of yumminess going on!


Sep 18, 2015

Updated Post: Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas plus 10 Recipes for any Cheese Lover!

No new recipe today, but I have a fantastic updated post for you plus 10 recipes for any cheese lover!!



Back in December of 2011 I posted a recipe for Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas! Back in those beginning days of the blog, posts were short and horrible, and the pictures were even worse! We all have to start somewhere, right? Haha! 

10 Books to get you in the Mood for Fall! Young Adult and Adult Titles!

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It's that time of year... the leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler and that means it's time to start reading some spooky books!


10 Books to get you in the Mood for Fall! Young Adult and Adult Titles! From Hot Eats and Cool Reads!



Today I have a great list of books to get you in the mood for Fall! Some of them are young adult, and some are adult fiction and non fiction. It's really a fun variety of books, plus I've read each and every one of them so they're recommended! Hope you find some good reads today!



Sep 14, 2015

Dinner at Smashburger with the New Grilled Chicken Strips and Musselman's Unsweetened Squeezable Apple Sauce Kids Meal!

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Have you ever been to a Smashburger before? If not, you're truly missing out! Their food is quite amazing! They handcraft their burgers and the chicken is so flavorful and good! They also have some unique sides, shakes and even a veggie burger! It's fresh and fast!





Sep 8, 2015

Chicken, Tomato and Sweet Potato Curry Recipe

Packed full of flavor and ready in less than 30 minutes! Perfect for those busy nights!


Packed full of flavor and ready in less than 30 minutes! Perfect for those busy nights! Chicken, Tomato and Sweet Potato Curry Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


I have a confession. I'm pretty new to eating curry. It's definitely not something we grew up with in our central Minnesota hotdish and German food eating family! My younger sister, Shantel studied abroad last summer. Her first stop was Croatia, then she stopped in London to visit an online friend of hers. While she was traveling, she tried a curry really similar to this, then came home and made it for me shortly after. 


Sep 5, 2015

Apple and Raspberry Muffins Recipe

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A fruity and delicious breakfast! Make ahead, and serve on those busy mornings before school!


A fruity and delicious breakfast! Make ahead, and serve on those busy mornings before school! Apple and Raspberry Muffins Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!





One thing I always look forward to in the fall is.... apples! 

I planted a Honey Crisp apple tree in our yard last year, and we already had apples this year! 

They tasted amazing and it makes me so excited for our own apples in the years to come. 

My Dad's apple tree is an early harvest compared to most. His apples start dropping off the tree in mid August, so I had to get creative and mastermind some new apple recipe ideas!

Aug 31, 2015

Seven Books to Check Out in September!

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Hello book lovers! It's been awhile since I've posted regular book reviews. Life's kinda taken over at this point, and that leaves me with almost no time for reading! Gasp! I know, such a bad book lover! Hopefully since winter is coming here in MN, I'll finally get back to reading, which I so dearly love!

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