Hot Eats and Cool Reads: 2018

Dec 31, 2018

20+ Cheap and Easy Recipes to Use Canned Beans

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Looking for budget friendly meals? This recipe collection includes slow cooker, soups, salads, Mexican and Italian recipes!



20+ Cheap and Easy Recipes to Use Canned Beans




What better way to start off the new year than to share some budget friendly recipes, especially if one of your resolutions is to save more money!

Today's recipe collection is inspired by National Bean Day which is January 6th!

I love using beans in many of my recipes because they are cheap, healthy and so easy to add to almost any meal.

My Day of Food and Fun in Atlanta, Georgia

Spending a day or two in Atlanta?!? Check out the restaurants, bakeries and other attractions we experienced!


Spending a day or two in Atlanta?!? Check out the restaurants, bakeries and other attractions we experienced! My Day of Food and Fun in Atlanta, Georgia!


Atlanta was another city we didn't have much time in on our ladies trip last May, but we sure did a lot with the time we had!

You can see the highlights from the rest of our trip in Montgomery, AL, Birmingham, AL and Chattanooga, TN by clicking on each city.

Dec 2, 2018

Coffee Eggnog Recipe

Make your eggnog extra special with some coffee and whipped cream! So perfect for any Christmas celebration or holiday party! Add your favorite liquor for a delicious adult drink!

Coffee Eggnog


Coffee Eggnog Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! Make your eggnog extra special with some coffee and whipped cream! So perfect for any Christmas celebration or holiday party! Add your favorite liquor for a delicious adult drink!


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Make your eggnog extra special with some coffee and whipped cream! So perfect for any Christmas celebration or holiday party! Add your favorite liquor for a delicious adult drink!


Happy December everyone!

It definitely feels like Christmas around our house! We've been busy decorating and testing out new holiday treats.

My Day of Food and Fun in Clanton and Montgomery, Alabama

Enjoy some Italian food, fresh peaches, history and more!




Welcome to day #3 of my ladies trip earlier this year!

Today I'm sharing our adventures in Clanton and Montgomery, Alabama! If you haven't already, go check out day #1 in Chattanooga and day #2 in Birmingham!

Nov 25, 2018

Salmon Macaroni Casserole Recipe

This delicious and family friendly comfort food casserole can be on the table in an hour! Use canned salmon, leftover cooked salmon fillets or even give tuna a try!


Salmon Macaroni Casserole


Salmon Macaroni Casserole Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This delicious and family friendly comfort food casserole can be on the table in an hour! Use canned salmon, leftover cooked salmon fillets or even give tuna a try!


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My Day of Food and Fun in Birmingham, Alabama

Enjoy an antebellum home tour, popsicles, cupcakes, seafood and so much more!


My Day of Food and Fun in Birmingham, Alabama! Enjoy an antebellum home tour, popsicles, cupcakes, seafood and so much more!


Last time I shared the first day of our girl's trip in Chattanooga, TN!

Today I'm sharing the places we explored with our one day in Birmingham!

Nov 4, 2018

Caramel Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

The ultimate fall dessert! This bread pudding is great for Thanksgiving, game day celebrations or any fall or holiday party! We also love it for breakfast or brunch!

Caramel Pumpkin Bread Pudding


Caramel Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! The ultimate fall dessert! This bread pudding is great for Thanksgiving, game day celebrations or any fall or holiday party! We also love it for breakfast or brunch!


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The ultimate fall dessert! This bread pudding is great for Thanksgiving, game day celebrations or any fall or holiday party! We also love it for breakfast or brunch!


What's better than a delicious, warm pumpkin dessert on a cold November day?

Not much, once you taste this amazing recipe I'm sharing today!

Oct 28, 2018

Tangy Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe

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This delicious fall and winter salsa is great with chips, tacos, quesadillas, fish and so much more!

Tangy Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This delicious fall and winter salsa is great with chips, tacos, quesadillas, fish and so much more!

I'm absolutely loving every minute of fall this year!

Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons growing up in Minnesota.

I love the leaves changing colors, making delicious comfort foods in the oven and bundling up in comfy sweatshirts.

My Day of Food and Fun in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Do you only have one day in Chattanooga? Check out the delicious food I tried and interesting things I found to do!


Do you only have one day in Chattanooga? Check out the delicious food I tried and interesting things I found to do! My Day of Food and Fun in Chattanooga, Tennessee


Back in May, my friend and sister in law and I took a trip to Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama!

We stayed in a different city every night and made the most of our one day in each city.


Oct 14, 2018

Sweet Potato Beefy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

This comfort food casserole is perfect for dinner! Topped with delicious mashed sweet potatoes and packed with delicious ground beef and vegetables!


Sweet Potato Beefy Shepherd's Pie


Sweet Potato Beefy Shepard's Pie Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This comfort food casserole is perfect for dinner! Topped with delicious mashed sweet potatoes and packed with delicious ground beef and vegetables!


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Oct 7, 2018

Brown Sugar Bananas and Cream Recipe

This sweet treat is ready in minutes and is great for breakfast or as a dessert!


Brown Sugar Bananas and Cream



Brown Sugar Bananas and Cream Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This sweet treat is ready in minutes and is great for breakfast or as a dessert!



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Sep 30, 2018

Slow Cooker Creamy Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Let your crockpot do all the work for you with this cheesy, hearty and delicious soup! Great for lunch or dinner and freeze the leftovers for another day.


Slow Cooker Creamy Cheeseburger Soup


Slow Cooker Creamy Cheeseburger Soup Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! Let your crockpot do all the work for you with this cheesy, hearty and delicious soup! Great for lunch or dinner and freeze the leftovers for another day.


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5 Places to See When Visiting Saint Louis, Missouri

Only a couple days in Saint Louis? Check out the fun and amazing places we visited!


5 Places to See When Visiting Saint Louis, Missouri! Only a couple days in Saint Louis? Check out the fun and amazing places we visited!


After finding some super cheap plane tickets, we decided to check out and explore Saint Louis for a couple days!

I never realized this city had so many amazing sites to see!

Sep 23, 2018

Apple Pecan Pie Recipe

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This simple and delicious fall dessert is great for any occasion! Great autumn flavors with the apples, nutmeg, cinnamon and topped with some delicious homemade whipped cream!


Apple Pecan Pie Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This simple and delicious fall dessert is great for any occasion! Great autumn flavors with the apples, nutmeg and cinnamon and topped with some delicious homemade whipped cream!




What would fall in Minnesota be without an apple dessert?

With visits to the apple orchards and picking my own honey crisp apples right off the tree, there's always an abundance of delicious apples around here this time of year!

Sep 9, 2018

Zesty Parmesan Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

These mashed sweet potatoes are a lovely fall treat! Make them for a side at dinner or something new for Thanksgiving!

Zesty Parmesan Mashed Sweet Potatoes



Zesty Parmesan Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! These mashed sweet potatoes are a lovely fall treat! Make them for a side at dinner or something new for Thanksgiving!



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5 Must Try Places to Eat in St Louis, Missouri

Traveling to St Louis? Give these places a try! A few restaurants, a bakery and even ice cream!


5 Must Try Places to Eat in St Louis, Missouri from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! Traveling to St Louis? Give these places a try! A few restaurants, a bakery and even ice cream!




A few months back, my friend and co-worker messaged me about a trip to St Louis.

I'd never been and couldn't really pass up $100 round-trip tickets so we decided to book our flights and go!

Aug 12, 2018

Simple Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe

This vanilla pudding is not only easy to make, but delicious! Great for snack, dessert or the kiddo's lunchbox, you'll never want store-bought pudding again!

Simple Homemade Vanilla Pudding


Simple Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This vanilla pudding is not only easy to make, but delicious! Great for snack, dessert or the kiddo's lunchbox, you'll never want store-bought pudding again!


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Jul 29, 2018

Cheesy Mushroom Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe

These delicious mushroom quesadillas are packed with scrambled eggs, roasted red peppers and shredded cheddar cheese! Such a great way to start the day!

Cheesy Mushroom Breakfast Quesadilla



Cheesy Mushroom Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! These delicious mushroom quesadillas are packed with scrambled eggs, roasted red peppers and shredded cheddar cheese! Such a great way to start the day!



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Jul 22, 2018

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Kale Macaroni Recipe

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This 30 minute meal is delicious meatless, but also great with leftover rotisserie chicken or shrimp! We used fresh garden kale and onions for a quick summertime dinner, but it's great with store bought veggies for a winter meal too!



Creamy Garlic Parmesan Kale Macaroni Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This 30 minute meal is delicious meatless, but also great with leftover rotisserie chicken or shrimp! We used fresh garden kale and onions for a quick summertime dinner, but it's great with store bought veggies for a winter meal too!





This summer is flying by too fast!

Our weekends are booked through Labor Day, and the past few weekends have been spent by the lake, eating good food and making SO many new memories!

Jul 1, 2018

Tomato Garlic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe

This summer salad dressing is perfect with lettuce salads, pasta salads and delicious drizzled over roasted vegetables! Skip the store bought stuff and make this instead!

Tomato Garlic Vinaigrette



This summer tomato garlic salad dressing is perfect with lettuce salads, pasta salads and delicious drizzled over roasted vegetables! Skip the store bought stuff and make this instead!



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Jun 24, 2018

Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

This pasta salad is packed with chicken, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini and so much more! Great for any summer picnic or barbecue!

Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad


This elbow macaroni pasta salad is packed with chicken, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini and so much more! Great for any summer picnic or barbecue and a great way to use rotisserie chicken!


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Jun 3, 2018

Grill or Oven Cheesy Bacon Foil Pack Potatoes Recipe

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A delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner side! Perfect for camping or a BBQ at home! Serve with eggs for breakfast, or with pork, chicken or beef for dinner!


Grill or Oven Cheesy Bacon Foil Pack Potatoes Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! A delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner side! Perfect for camping or a BBQ at home! Serve with eggs for breakfast, or with pork, chicken or beef for dinner!


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Happy June!

My summer has been pretty fantastic so far!

I've spent my time the last couple weeks celebrating my birthday, eating delicious BBQ, boating on the lake in northern MN, drinking mojitos and shopping at garage sales!

May 20, 2018

Rhubarb Cherry Crisp Dessert Recipe

This heavenly spring and summer dessert has delicious chunks of rhubarb and whole sweet cherries to go with the oatmeal crisp topping! Top with whipped cream or ice cream for an extra treat!


Rhubarb Cherry Crisp



This heavenly spring and summer dessert has delicious chunks of rhubarb and whole sweet cherries to go with the oatmeal crisp topping! It's unique, easy to make and a family favorite! Top with whipped cream or ice cream for an extra treat! Try using different fruit and jello combos with the rhubarb for a new twist every time!



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May 6, 2018

Roasted Parsnip Breakfast Home Fries Recipe

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This breakfast or dinner side dish is unique, delicious and so simple to make! The freshness of the green onions go great with the roasted parsnips!

Roasted Parsnip Breakfast Home Fries Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This breakfast or dinner side dish is unique, delicious and so simple to make! The freshness of the green onions go great with the roasted parsnips!



Spring in Minnesota is one of my most favorite things!

There's nothing like seeing beautiful blossoms on my nanking cherry bushes, enjoying kabobs from our first BBQ of the season, planting flowers and watching my daughter ride bike or play at the park.

Apr 29, 2018

Pina Colada Rum Slush Recipe

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A fruity, addicting and refreshing spring and summer beverage that's great for any party, BBQ or picnic!

Pina Colada Rum Slush Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! A fruity, addicting and refreshing spring and summer beverage that's great for any party, BBQ or picnic!



Finally, after an extended winter, spring has finally arrived here in MN! Woo-hoo!

What did I do to celebrate this gorgeous weather?

Apr 8, 2018

Ground Beef and Vegetables with Garlic Seasoned Potatoes Recipe

Meat and potato comfort food just like your grandma made! This dinner is ready in 30 minutes and is so simple but so delicious! Budget friendly too!

Ground Beef and Vegetables with Garlic Seasoned Potatoes


Ground Beef and Vegetables with Garlic Seasoned Potatoes Recipe. Meat and potato comfort food just like your grandma made! This dinner is ready in 30 minutes and is so simple but so delicious! Budget friendly too!


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I am SO excited to share this recipe with all of you today!

This has been a family favorite for almost a year and I can't believe it hasn't made an appearance here on the blog yet.

Mar 28, 2018

Sheet Pan Garlic Honey Herb Pork Chops and Vegetables Recipe

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This 30 minute meal is budget friendly and so perfect for those busy weeknights! Fresh garlic, basil and parsley infuse flavor into this one pan meal.

Sheet Pan Garlic Honey Herb Pork Chops and Vegetables Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads. This 30 minute meal is budget friendly and so perfect for those busy weeknights! Fresh garlic, basil and parsley infuse flavor into this one pan meal with boneless pork chops, zucchini, mushrooms, potatoes, onions and carrots!



If your family is as busy as ours, then you don't have much time in the kitchen during the week to prepare a fresh, healthy and mouthwatering dinner.

Mar 18, 2018

Colombian Fish and Shrimp in Coconut Sauce Recipe

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This dinner recipe is so unique and flavorful! Best when served with chopped tomatoes and onions, fried plantains and rice!

Colombian Fish and Shrimp in Coconut Sauce Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This dinner recipe is so unique and flavorful! Best when served with chopped tomatoes and onions, fried plantains and rice!



A few months ago, my family and I were staying near Minneapolis for the weekend. We were on the hunt for a delicious and unique restaurant when we stumbled across Chimborazo.

Chimborazo is one of those small, hole in the wall restaurants with the best food you'll ever try in your life. The night we visited I had the Encocado, which was mahi mahi in coconut sauce.

Mar 11, 2018

Saucy Beef and Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Shells Recipe #SundaySupper

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This meal is not only delicious, but budget friendly and freezer friendly too! Use leftover beef roast, steak or ground beef for the filling! So fast and easy!

Saucy Beef and Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Shells Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This meal is not only delicious, but budget friendly too! Use leftover beef roast, steak or ground beef for the filling! So fast and easy!



Happy Sunday!

I have such a wonderful comfort food recipe to share with you today!

Mar 4, 2018

Zucchini and Herb Salad with Tomato Garlic Vinaigrette Recipe #SundaySupper

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A fresh, delicious and healthy salad that's great as a side, or a meatless main dish. Perfect for spring or summer picnics and barbecues!

Zucchini and Herb Salad with Tomato Garlic Vinaigrette Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! A fresh, delicious and healthy salad that's great as a side, or a meatless main dish. Perfect for spring or summer picnics and barbecues!



It's been feeling a lot like spring these last few days in MN!

Temps in the 40's and 50's and snow melting everywhere. Weather like this makes me feel like making salads and thinking about picnics and barbecues!

Those won't be happening anytime soon though, as we're scheduled for some more snow next week!

Feb 22, 2018

Granny Gertrude's Blueberry Rice Pudding Recipe

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A delicious old fashioned dessert from my favorite vintage church cookbook that's also great with strawberries, cherries, blackberries or raspberries!

Granny Gertrude's Blueberry Rice Pudding Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! A delicious old fashioned dessert from my favorite vintage church cookbook that's also great with strawberries, cherries, blackberries or raspberries!



Who loves old church cookbooks??

Me! And I'm sure many of you do too!

I swear they have the best tried and true recipes and if you can decipher the language and certain ingredients that were used, the recipe is sure to be tasty!

Feb 11, 2018

Cheesy Mushroom Marsala Pasta Casserole Recipe #SundaySupper

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This meatless main dish or side for beef and chicken is made completely from scratch and is oh so delicious!

Cheesy Mushroom Marsala Pasta Casserole Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! This meatless main dish or side for beef and chicken is made completely from scratch and is oh so delicious!



Who is totally over cold and flu season?!?

Me! 🙋

And I'm sure many of you reading this post, as well.

Feb 4, 2018

Sausage and Vegetable Orzo Recipe plus 17 Simple Dinner for Two Ideas! #sundaysupper

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An easy dinner idea for two, or side for the whole family! Packed full of veggies like kale, peas and carrots and delicious chicken sausage!

Sausage and Vegetable Orzo Recipe plus 18 Dinner for Two Ideas! An easy dinner idea for two, or side for the whole family! Packed full of veggies like kale, peas and carrots and delicious chicken sausage!



Happy Sunday!

Today's going to be a pretty lazy day around our house which is much needed! We will be venturing out later to hang out at my sister's house and enjoy the Superbowl festivities but other than that, home it is!

Jan 28, 2018

Beer Battered Mushroom Bites Recipe and 20+ Game Day Snacks! #SundaySupper

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These tasty mushroom bites are the perfect party appetizer! We love serving them for football or basketball game days and holidays!

Beer Battered Mushroom Bites Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads! These tasty mushroom bites are the perfect party appetizer! We love serving them for football or basketball game days and holidays!



Are you a mushroom lover and in search of the perfect game day snack?

Today's post is just for you!!

A Review of 19 Books Sheena Read in 2017!

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You can find fiction, non-fiction and some about the Holocaust, the South, mental illness, family secrets and more! Amazing authors like Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Judy Blume!





Whew. It's been SOOOO long since I've posted anything bookish here on the blog.

How can the blog be named Hot Eats and Cool Reads if there's never any cool reads?

Jan 21, 2018

Creamy Slow Cooker Garlic & Onion Beef Roast Recipe

Try out this amazing comfort food dinner made in the crock pot! Serve this slow cooker meal over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta for a complete meal! This family friendly recipe is so easy!


Creamy Slow Cooker Garlic & Onion Beef Roast



Try out this amazing comfort food dinner made in the crock pot! Serve this slow cooker meal over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta for a complete meal! This family friendly recipe is so easy!



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