Crispy Potato Skins

IMG_7989Happy Halloween! Pumpkins are carved, costumes and candy are purchased, as always, wondering if I bought enough. Our Pirate, Prisoner and Yoda are all excited to go about the neighbourhood begging for candy. What are your kids dressed up as? I like to stay home and hand out the candy so I can see all the cute little costumes coming our way. I of course am also on dinner duty. Halloween is always something fast so tonight we will whip up a beef casserole and eat early so we don’t have to rush around with costumes.

We had appetizers two nights ago, I love appetizer night, but I am certainly glad that I didn’t plan it for tonight. I’m not gonna lie, it took a bit if time. But each bite I took I realized it was all well worth it! These Potato skins seemed to be the family favorite.

Recipe from adapted from Taste of Home Recipe Card Collection

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 6 Tbsp. mayo
  • 4 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. ranch dressing
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1. Clean potatoes. Prick with fork several times. Bake for 45 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Remove and cool enough so you can touch with hand.

2. Cut potatoes into 4 wedges and scoop out middle portion of potato, leaving enough so it will still hold together. Brush melted butter on skins, and place skin side down in baking pan.

3. Top with salsa, cheese and bacon. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees. Top with green onions.

4. Mix together remaining 4 ingredients. Scoop into sandwich bag, cut small hole in the bottom corner and pipe on to skins.

5. Eat and enjoy!

Classic Margherita Pizza

IMG_7882Having a food blog my kids get to try out lots of new recipes. We will rarely have the same thing again and again. Except for pizza. We have pizza a lot. Well, we have popcorn a lot too, but that’s a different story. So back to the pizza. Pizza, everyone loves it, everyone in this house anyways. So we have our weekly movie night, with pizza and popcorn. Usually it is my night off of cooking and one o the kids cooks up a Delissio. On occasion we like to switch it up and make homemade, so this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction was the perfect dinner to make before snuggling under a blanket and watching a favorite Disney movie, cuz let’s be honest, it is usually pizza and Disney every Friday night.

  • 1/2 recipe homemade pizza dough, or store-bought
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced thin, (We just grated ours)
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced thin
  • handful of fresh basil
  • pepper to taste

1. Prepare pizza dough and spread on to greased pizza pan.

2. Mix together oil and garlic. Brush on to pizza, top with sauce. Top with cheese and tomatoes.

3. Bake for 15 minutes at 475 degrees.

4. Top with basil and pepper. Cut into slices.

5. Eat and enjoy!

B.L.T’s with Peppered Balsamic Mayo

IMG_7978Family Fun Fact: Put something between bread and my family will eat it. We love our sandwiches. I could easily serve them every day for lunch and nary a complaint would be heard. Maybe because they are so versatile, maybe we are just carb addicts. Whatever the reason I love to serve sandwiches as I am greeted by a table full of smiles. Side dishes are usually pretty easy as well, chips, or soup are our usual’s, and the family really loves those too!

Recipe from Taste of Home Recipe Card Collection

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 8 slices bread
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • mixed greens
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

1. Cook bacon until crisp, drain. Toast bread.

2. Combine Mayo, vinegar, pepper and salt. Spread equally on bread slices.

3.Top with bacon, tomato, greens and avocado. Top with second bread slice to make sandwich.

4. Eat and enjoy!

Speedy Sausage Meatball Skillet

IMG_7735Halloween is just around the corner. Ghosts and Goblins will soon be ringing your doorbell politely demanding candy. Our own three are not quite so little anymore. Trick or Treating they will still be doing, however, our 14 year old has said this is probably his last year. Next year, he will be on handing out candy duty. Every Halloween comes and goes, and what it needs is a fast meal that all the kids like so we can get costumes on and get out the door. Pasta, is perfect in this house. Everyone loves it, and the carbs give them enough energy to get through the night. We liked this twist on Spaghetti, the Italian Sausage added a nice like kick of flavor.

Recipe from What’s Cooking Fall 2013

  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage
  • 1/4 cup Kraft Tuscan Italian Dressing
  • 1 each, red bell pepper and yellow bell pepper
  • 1 jar your favorite pasta sauce
  • 220 g spaghetti noodles, I doubled this
  • Parmesan cheese

1. Remove sausage from casings and roll into balls. You will get about 16. Brown in large skillet for about 5 minutes.

2. Add salad dressing, and chopped, seeded peppers. Cook additional 3 minutes, peppers will still be crisp, starting to turn tender. Add sauce. Cover and cook over medium-low heat about 15 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.

3. Boil pasta and cook until al dente, while you are cooking sauce. Top cooked pasta with sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

4. Eat and enjoy!