Jul 29

Best Pasta Salad Ever



Pasta Salad

This is by far becoming my favorite time of month

It’s Mystery Dish Day!!

This month was particularly fun because I got to make one of my most favorite summer dishes EVER because it is by far the best pasta salad that I’ve ever had

Our wonderful host this month was Sarah from the super yummy blog: The Pajama Chef 

She has great, super unique and delicious recipes that are always crazy flavorful! Go visit her and check out the full list of secret ingredients she challenged us with this month. It was super easy to decide what I wanted to make because three ingredients fit right into my already awesome pasta salad; tomatoes, cucumber, and fresh herbs (basil)

Best Pasta Salad

 So I’m so STINKIN excited because our county fair has started!! 

I have grown to LOVE the fair, all the animals and tractors and food :) mmmmmmmm

We got to go last night and my little guy rode rides all by himself for the first time, it was sad but also so much fun seeing him so proud of himself for “flying” his own helicopter or “driving” his own car around each ride. I’ve never seen him smile SO BIG!  

This coming week is the baking competition and I am working on something that is hopefully delicious. I entered for the first time last year and ended up winning my category with my Cherry Apple Crisp. This year the main ingredient is orange and it should be interesting…wish me luck!

Don’t forget to check out all the other amazing bloggers’ recipes below and show them some love :)

July Mystery Dish via thepajamachef.com

  1. Watermelon Salsa – The Pajama Chef
  2. Farro Salad – Chez CateyLou
  3. Cherry Almond Coffee Cake – Two Happy Bellies
  4. Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mint Lime Dressing – Yummy Healthy Easy
  5. Toasted Almond Caramel Mocha Gelato – Culinary Couture Blog
  6. Cherry Galettes with Almond Sour Cream Crust – The Well Floured Kitchen
  7. Cherry Watermelon Granita – Joyful Healthy Eats
  8. Cherry Almond Mocha Smoothie – Baking a Moment
  9. Pepperoni Pasta Salad – I Want Crazy
  10. Almond Cherry Bars – I Dig Pinterest
  11. Cucumber Salsa – Weary Chef
  12. Cherry Almond Popsicles – Blahnik Baker

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Best Pasta Salad Ever

Best Pasta Salad Ever

Ingredients

  • 1 box of bow tie pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1/2 quart of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 bag of pepperoni minis or package of pepperoni, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 bottle of zesty Italian dressing
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil, optional
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Once pasta is cooled, toss with vegetables and pepperoni
  2. Add Italian dressing to coat all pasta and mix-ins
  3. Toss cheese, basil, salt and pepper to finish
  4. Serve or keep chilled in the refrigerator
  5. It just keeps getting better the longer the flavors marinate :)
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Jul 24

Eat. Create. Party! #33

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Jul 24

Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls



Homemade Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls

This post is brought to you by me and products from Dillman Farm. All opinions are 100% mine

I feel like I’ve expressed my LOVE for breakfast in the past.

But these Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls are so far above and beyond breakfast they are in another league by themselves

These are definitely worth the extra time and effort. They are so gooey, sticky, and soft that you will want to eat them for every meal

They are made with some of best all-natural apple butter in town. Dillman Farm gave me some awesome products and I have to say this has got to be my favorite one. That’s what they started making over 40 years ago and let’s just say they have perfected the product! It gives these cinnamon rolls such deep flavor and works perfectly with cinnamon and warm glaze!

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I usually steer clear of recipes that have excessive prep/cook time. . . I mean who has the time to prep for 45 minutes and wait to 2 hours to cook something?!? Seriously. . . I want to eat before bedtime!

However, breakfast makes me a different person. I will bend over backwards to make myself breakfast. Forget lunch and dinner, as long as I’ve had breakfast I’m set. I could eat breakfast for every meal of the day if I had to. In college and before I was married that’s pretty much what I did for a couple years. I lived on bagels, eggs and bacon for quite some time. I mean you can make a variety of meals with just those 3 ingredients. If I was splurging I’d get frozen waffles or make french toast. MMmmm…

Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls

I could have eaten them just like that, without all the sauteed apples and gooey glaze drizzled all over. My house smelled like these cinnamon rolls for days! I also noticed I was not very even in my cutting of the cinnamon rolls…but WHO CARES, they all tasted SO GOOD. 

Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls Dillman Farm

Are you a breakfast fan?

I have a few friends that just refuse to eat breakfast other than at breakfast time, I think it’s a mental thing. Ha, but seriously I would probably cry if that was somehow a rule, that you could only eat breakfast during breakfast hours. It would be a travesty

Are you a fan of breakfast for dinner? If not, WHY!?!?! 

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Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

  • DOUGH:
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for brushing
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ROLLS:
  • 1 stick butter, softened (more for the pan)
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • APPLES:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. DOUGH:
  2. Warm 1/2 cup water and milk until about 100-110 degrees, put yeast packet in water and add a pinch of sugar. Stir once and set aside, undisturbed, until foamy. About 5 minutes
  3. Whisk melted butter, egg yolk and vanilla into the yeast mixture until well combined
  4. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon to make a slightly sticky dough. Turn out the dough onto a highly floured surface and knead until soft and elastic. Shape into a ball
  5. Brush a bowl with butter and add the dough turning around to coat in the butter. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temp for 1 hour
  6. Turn dough out onto counter and knead again to release air, reform into a ball and return to bowl. Lightly butter a piece of plastic wrap and lay it directly on the dough, cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight
  7. ROLLS:
  8. Once the dough has been prepared you can start to make the butter spread for the inside.
  9. Thoroughly combine softened butter with apple butter. Whisk sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.
  10. Butter a 9x13 baking dish
  11. Roll out dough into a 10 X 18 inch rectangle
  12. Spread butter over the dough, leaving a border on one of the long sides of the dough and top with the cinnamon sugar. Brush clean border with water and tightly roll the dough into an 18 inch log, rolling toward the clean side and pinch the seam to seal
  13. Using a cheese slicer or piece of thread/unflavored floss, slip under the roll and cut 1 1/2 inch pieces, making 12 rolls and place rolls in baking dish
  14. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot for about an hour, until doubled in size
  15. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  16. Uncover and bake rolls about 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes and then pour over apples and glaze
  17. TOPPING:
  18. Sautee apples in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until just soft, about 10 minutes
  19. For the glaze, whisk powdered sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and salt together until smooth

Notes

adapted dough recipe from Food Network

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Jul 17

Eat. Create. Party! #32

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 Welcome to Eat. Create. Party! I’ve had quite the day trying to keep up with my two year old after my husband got really sick in the middle of the night. No sleep and then taking care of my high-energy two-year-old and very sick husband is exhausting!! So I’m sorry if I don’t make any sense or if I’m missing something, I am not at the top of my game! Thanks for joining us this fine Thursday!  

 
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Jul 10

Eat. Create. Party! #31

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 So excited to have you guys here! It’s another great week for a party, I always love having it on a Thursday because I find so much inspiration for weekend projects and recipes! You guys really bring it :) I have a baby shower to go to on Saturday and am so excited. I love baby showers because you get to hang out with your friends, eat super awesome food and see all the cute new baby clothes! What are you guys up to this weekend?

 
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Jul 03

Eat. Create. Party! #30

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 Hey guys! Welcome back to another great party! I’m sorry I missed you guys last week but I’m back and ready to PARTY! I’m excited to celebrate with lots of food this weekend and looking for some inspiration :) Wow me! 

 
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