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Peach Italian Chicken

Now that we’ve settled down a bit, I was getting nostalgic for some easy comfort food. We’re still waiting for our next apartment to become finalized, and in the meantime Bren (my boyfriend) and I are staying with his family. The great thing about this is that I’m just about less than 5 minutes away from work. The bad thing is that we don’t really have any space to ourselves. Overall though, it’s been nice to be able to come home so quickly and sit down to dinner.

Peach Italian Chicken

My mom used to make this dinner while we were growing up, but neither of us have made it in years. It’s super easy, and the hardest part is waiting for the chicken to cook. I used a peach mango jam, but apricot would work just as well. Peach or apricot mix best with the Italian dressing. If you try a different flavor, let me know how it tastes!

Peach Italian Chicken

We’ve always used Wishbone Italian dressing for this dish. I do not recommend using a creamy Italian for this. You really do need the oil based dressing to mix with the jam. All you do is mix the dressing and jam together, pour it over the chicken, and bake until done. We like serving this with rice!

Peach Italian Chicken

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ball Cookies

After a couple of stressful days of moving, these cookies were a must to celebrate. You never really understand just how much stuff you’ve accumulated until it all needs to go in a box. After spending over 12 hours getting all our belongings out of our old apartment, my boyfriend and I were finally able to turn our keys in. At the moment, we’re currently in limbo, but we hope to be in our new place soon.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ball Cookies

I was originally going to make a chocolate chocolate chip cookie that my grandma made for Thanksgiving last year. But now that I’m in a new kitchen, it’s a bit disorienting. I took out a couple of eggs, but then forgot to add them to the batter. Since they came out amazing without the eggs, they can easily be made vegan. All you’ll need to do is substitute the butter for vegan butter.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ball Cookies

Since there aren’t any eggs, these cookies remind me of those delicious European cookies. These are a bit on the drier side and have a nice crumbly consistency. Instead of chocolate chips, I used chocolate melting wafers. They’re similar to the chips, but a little bigger and they become a bit meltier (yeah that’s now a word!) than the chips. I noticed that the chips become solid after cookies cool, but the wafers stay soft. These cookies are perfect after a long day.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ball Cookies

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Fruit Strudel

I wish I could say that we’re done moving, but not quite yet. This has been stressing me out like nothing else. I don’t like being in this state of limbo where everything is in boxes and you only sort of know where everything is. I know this will all clear up as soon as we’re in our new apartment, but until then I’ll just have to manage.

Fruit Strudel

Luckily for me, I have this strudel to help me get through these tough times! The crust on this strudel is super flakey and full of buttery goodness. All the sweetness is in the jam, which really balances the richness of the dough. They do come out of the oven a little messy since some of the jam escapes while it bakes. I transferred them to a new piece of aluminum foil shortly after they came out of the oven to prevent them from sticking.

Fruit Strudel

I used a mango peach jam for two of these and a mixed berry jam for the remaining two. You can pick your favorite flavor for this strudel. Any jam will work, but I do think the tart ones work just a bit better for the overall flavor. I also dusted these with powdered sugar, but that’s entirely optional (though highly recommended).

Fruit Strudel

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Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

So we’re moving this week and all I can think about are the boxes and boxes that are lining up in my apartment. It’s been a few of those days where you get in the groove of some project and forget about everything else…then once you stop you’re suddenly hungry. That’s when I pull out my handy blender and just throw things in it. Well, this smoothie came out of it, and I just needed to share it with you.

Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

This banana and almond butter smoothie isn’t thick by any standards, but it is quite filling. It’s super high in protein, has lots of calcium, and tastes delicious. I love the combination of almond butter, banana, and honey. You can totally switch out the almond butter for peanut butter. Both work very well for this smoothie.

Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

I tried to call this the “almost Elvis smoothie”, but that was vetoed. It’s probably for the best.   I think once things get settled down, I’ll make up a big batch of this and take it work for either breakfast or a snack. I can’t decide!

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Lemon Cherry Pudding Cookies

I almost made a cake, but decided that cookies sounded better at the last minute. I wanted something that would be a bit on the fresh side and noticed that on our last grocery run, we purchased lemon pudding. Now the French Vanilla Pudding Cookies have been my boyfriend’s new favorite, so I decided to try a lemon version of them.

Lemon Cherry Pudding Cookies

When I told him I was planning on adding dried cherries in place of chocolate chips, he gave me his “if you think that’s best” look. Well, I showed him this time! The dried cherries and lemon pudding combo was a huge hit. I also subbed the vanilla for almond extract. I really like almond and lemon together. They complement each other very well, and these cookies reminded me slightly of lemon poppy seed muffins with the sliced almonds on top!

Lemon Cherry Pudding Cookies

These cookies have been disappearing quickly around here. I feel as if every time I blink, three more are gone! Even though I’ve made pudding cookies before, I still can’t get over how moist these are. I’m really digging the addition of the cherries in my cookies. I see myself making a new batch very soon!

Lemon Cherry Pudding Cookies

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