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Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Roll-ups

Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Roll Ups // shutterbean

When I was a kid I spent a few years with these twins named Jenae & Jennifer. Their grandma used to pack their lunches and the two of them had cinnamon sugar tortillas almost every day. Took me awhile to weasel my way into getting them to share one with me and from then on I was hooked. I remember coming home from school and trying my hardest to recreate them. Master of the microwave, I was not. They always ended up crunchy because I didn’t know you could microwave something for less than a minute.

This snack is now a part of Cooper’s childhood. Sometimes he has it for breakfast and sometimes as an afternoon snack for school. If our tortillas aren’t pliable I pop them in the microwave for like 8 seconds to soften them up. I spread salted butter evenly on top and sprinkle cinnamon sugar lightly over the butter, followed by an extra dash of cinnamon. Then I roll them up like little cigars and cut them up. I find that cutting  them into little bite sized rolls makes me think I’m eating mini cinnamon rolls…they’re doughy and delicious.

Cream of Spinach Soup


There's almost TWO pounds of fresh spinach in the Creamy Spinach Soup. Check out more on Shutterbean!

I found out recently, after almost 9 years of marriage, that my husband doesn’t really get excited over soup. WHAT?  I feel like we should have talked about this in our marriage prep class.  That doesn’t stop me from making it…and making him eat it.

Cream of Spinach Soup // shutterbean

I’ve been on a soup kick lately and he’s been along for the ride. First with the Sidekick Tomato Soup and now with this Cream of Spinach Soup! Really, I think I just want a good excuse to eat croutons…Which he’s not super into and that’s fine because it means more for Cooper and I (we both have the crouton loving/crust on pizza is the best part gene).

Next up, I think I’m going to make a batch of Pasta Fagioli. The cold weather practically BEGS for it.

Cream of Spinach Soup // shutterbean

Even though this recipe has cream and butter in it, I feel like it’s gotta be good for you. LOOK AT THAT GREEN COLOR. With almost TWO POUNDS of spinach packed in, it’s practically a salad. A creamy dreamy warm salad/soup…with croutons :)

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Sidekick Tomato Soup

Sidekick Tomato Soup from Cowgirl Creamery- check out the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

I’ve had this recipe taped next to my computer since 2013. Sidekick Tomato Soup from Cowgirl Creamery, featured in Sunset magazine. I’ve wanted to make tomato soup for ages and I figured that if you’re going to have an ahhhhhhmazing cheese shop/restaurant, you must know a few things about tomato soup.

Sidekick Tomato Soup // shutterbean

The only I regret I have is taking two years to make this recipe. What heck is wrong with me?!

Sidekick Tomato Soup // shutterbean

There’s sweetness in the soup thanks to the carrots. There’s spiciness thanks to the red pepper flakes. There’s creaminess thanks to the crème fraîche and the cool part about it is that you can adjust the creaminess to your taste! Of course I added croutons because how could you not?!! I’d pair it with one of my famous (to my family) sourdough grilled cheese sandwiches. Comfort and a half!

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Brownie Roll-Out Cookies

A cookie! A brownie! How about both?! Check out out these Roll-Out Brownie Cookies on Shutterbean!

Sometimes you just need to roll out some dough…you know?

Roll-Out Brownie Cookies // shutterbean

And sometimes you need to melt some chocolate and turn it into art.

Roll-Out Brownie Cookies // shutterbean

Edible art!  These cookies come from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Deb has shown us how to make a brownie that’s a cookie and a cookie that’s a brownie. I picked this recipe because it’s a perfect way to knock out 36 little treats if you have some little party or school function for Valentine’s this week. I made these little sandwich cookies two years ago and last year these cinnamon sugar hearts (made with tortillas!) were a real hit.  But really, how can one resist chocolate and sprinkles?

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Bittersweet Chocolate Malted Milkshakes

Bittersweet Chocolate Malted Milkshake // shutterbean.com

After being with my husband for almost 16 years, (married for 9 this March!) the one thing I’ve learned above all else is that it’s so important to you / your relationship to make time for each other. When there are ebbs, the only thing that will make things flow again is open communication and making your relationship your #1 priority.

Bittersweet Chocolate Malted Milkshake // shutterbean.com

A few years ago, my friend Ashley and her husband Gabe of Not Without Salt started a series online called Dating My Husband where they made a meal + cocktail for a date night at home together after putting their kids to bed. Chances are you’ve already seen their inspirational posts but now they’ve turned their concept into a book— Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship. I think it’s FABULOUS.  Every chapter gives you the blueprints for an entire dinner, dessert and cocktail!!!  After reading this book, you’ll be reminded that dating your spouse/loved one at home is such a healthy/ helpful way to celebrate the relationship you have and grow it into something more.  It’s also extra special if you have children because you’re creating a space and time together where you can have open dialogue without constant interruptions.  Those interruptions can make things so dang complicated!

Bittersweet Chocolate Malted Milkshake // shutterbean.com

Every Valentine’s Day, we opt to have dinner at home.  It’s an easier, much more intimate experience, not to mention it costs us way less and we’re in charge of our own time. I usually come up with some type of grilled meat situation and potatoes while dessert is always something chocolatey. This malted milkshake from the Date Night In cookbook is phenomenal and would be such a great way to end a dinner of Chicken Parmesan and Creamed Spinach.  In the book, Ashley pairs it with her special burger and baked onion rings (yum!).

The malted shake rich and creamy and so indulgently decadent. The shot of espresso (I didn’t have espresso powder) adds a nice richness and depth to the chocolate ganache. Oh! There’s malt powder up in the mix and I smashed a few Whoppers and added them to the top because more is MORE!

Milkshakes are definitely my husband’s love language. Garlic bread is mine :)

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Baked Chicken Parmesan


 A simple weeknight dinner is just minutes away with this Baked Chicken Parmesan. Let your oven do all the work!

Happy Monday! I’m currently writing this as my husband is shouting at the TV in the other room (Super Bowl*).  This is what we had for dinner tonight with a side of garlic bread a big ole salad.  I think it’d go well with creamed spinach too but I didn’t have the time.  Casey is too nervous to eat dinner…I on the other hand enjoyed it and my son freaked out because I put marinara sauce on his chicken.. So, it was a typical Sunday night….. How awesome was that surprise performance from Missy Elliot at halftime? I swear that MADE MY YEAR.

*Updated PATS WON so he stopped shouting.

Baked Chicken Parmesan- recipe on Shutterbean.com

This recipe comes from a new cookbook I’m obsessed with the– Sheet Pan Suppers Cookbook, by Molly Gilbert.  It’s a whole cookbook for hands-off meals straight from the oven.  Umm SCHYEAH!! Let all the oven do the work so you don’t have to!  This is exactly what we need to start the week with.

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Panko crusted Chicken Parm….and it’s BAKED and it was so easy!  I have two servings leftover that I’ll probably sandwich between some grilled buttery/garlic focaccia this week. But, who am I kidding?? It’s Monday and I’m probably going to come home from work and eat it cold… standing over the kitchen counter with a fork while I fix something for my family for dinner.

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Greek Lamb Sliders

Greek Lamb Sliders with a whipped feta sauce & a Greek salad relish.  Check out more at Shutterbean.com

We have the Superbowl coming up. I’m in it for the food.

I repeat: I’m in it for the food.

Greek Lamb Sliders // shutterbean

Here’s a contender for your Super Bowl party. Greek Lamb Sliders! We make a lemon/herb feta spread, a Greek Salad Relish and char some lamb burgers and sandwich it a lllll together to make a cute little slider.  That means you can totally have two…or three…

Greek Lamb Sliders // shutterbean

It like a gyro meets burger and it’s freaking delicious.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a game to not watch and some sliders to scarf down.

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Smoked Salmon Ramen

Smoked Salmon Ramen- a quick way to fancy up packaged ramen!  Check out more at Shutterbean.com

I find the most food inspiration when someone else cooks for me. That’s why I love going to my friend Leslie’s house.  She’s beyond confident in the kitchen and she always comes up with such amazing combinations out of the most modest ingredients. It feels like a real treat; she makes me always feel welcome.  She also introduced me to the hot smoked sockeye salmon from Trader Joe’s and I’m forever grateful.

Smoked Salmon Ramen // shutterbean

She made me smoked salmon ramen back in December and I was instantly hooked. It takes a tiny bit of finesse to get the egg just right but on my second attempt, it was absolute perfection.

Smoked Salmon Ramen // shutterbean

Just a few additions can really enhance a package of ramen. Spinach, smoked salmon, a little bit of sea kelp seasoning (or furikake if you have it) and a runny egg makes for a wonderfully quick meal– perfect for Mondays! You’re just three minutes away from deliciousness.  Promise me you’ll add sriracha?

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