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Cheese Stuffed Amaretto Burger

Remember how we made these whisky burgers a while ago? No? Well then go over there and check them out! I promise they’re delicious. Now, you might be wondering what all that had to do with these burgers. See, the thing is I never would’ve thought to put amaretto in my burger…probably never in a million years. My boyfriend got to talking with a coworker about us adding whisky to our burgers, and her reply was along the lines of that sounds good but I’m going to try it with amaretto instead. That is when a beautiful thought was planted into his head.

Cheese Stuffed Amaretto Burger

So he kept nagging at me, trying to convince me that it would be a good idea. I resisted for a while because I wasn’t sure how the sweet liqueur would taste in a burger. Well I finally gave in, and all I have to say is, I’m sorry it took so long for me to try this out. I’ll give this one to him. He’s right and everyone should go out and mix up a few of these, right along with the whisky ones. The amaretto gives a nice sweet balance to the salt and pepper seasoning.

Cheese Stuffed Amaretto Burger

The other awesome thing about these burgers is the cheesey surprise in the middle. Not only did we add amaretto to these, but we also stuffed these with Havarti. I think the subtle creaminess of the Havarti was a nice complement to the other flavors, but I’m sure you could substitute your favorite cheese and still enjoy this burger. All I have to say is try these now! And I’m very glad that I bought the cast iron grill skillet!

Cheese Stuffed Amaretto Burger

Cheese Stuffed Amaretto Burger

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Banana Yogurt Mix

Where has the time gone? Can you believe that it’s the first day of July?!?! This summer is flying by and I am not ready to think about fall much less winter. I got to see some friends this weekend for the first time in years! I had the time of my life, but after a whole day of walking around I was exhausted and fell right to sleep.

Banana Yogurt Mix

In a world that goes goes goes, finding little time savers is necessary. That’s why I love this recipe! It takes almost no time to put together, and can be made in advance. This is my go to breakfast for weekdays. I make it up the night before, grab it, and head out the door!

Banana Yogurt Mix

Normally, I weigh out half a serving of greek yogurt (my favorite brand is Fage. If anyone at Fage is reading this, free samples would be greatly appreciated!) and then add the honey before setting it in the fridge. I sometimes wait until I get to work before adding the bananas. I have added them in the night before and it works just fine. I just think it’s easier to transport when the bananas are still in the peel. I like using berries with this too, but there’s just something about the banana combination that makes it my favorite.

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Three Nut Energy Bites

I came across these energy bites that are floating around the internet on my search for a healthier snack. I wanted an alternative to packaged items that I would eat every day at work. I can’t believe how many different recipes there are for these; some have chocolate, others peanut butter, and so on and so on. I tried a couple of them and loved them immensely. I knew that I had to make my own, and (while I am of course very biased) these are my favorite ones! The small amount of roasted peanuts gives it that hint of peanut butter flavor that just blends very very well with the sweetness from the honey and dates.

Three Nut Energy Bites

The addition of the almonds and walnuts give it a boost of healthy fats and keeps me full for quite a while! I’ll eat these for breakfast and won’t even think about snacking until lunch has snuck up on me. I make one batch of these on Sunday night and I’ve got enough to get me through my week.

Three Nut Energy Bites

I don’t think there’s a quicker breakfast out here (well…maybe a smoothie, but you get the idea). These are super quick to make and easily transportable. Just keep them in an air tight container in the fridge. I usually take four in a ziplock to work for breakfast or two if I’m using them for a snack. I don’t keep them cool at work, but I do make sure to eat them by the end of the day (and they’re usually gone before lunch). They hang out in my desk drawer until I’m feeling peckish.

Three Nut Energy Bites

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Bacon Chicken Pasta

It’s summer time! And we’ve got the heat wave to prove it. It’s been in the upper 80’s here, and we’ve had the air going nonstop. The last thing I want is to turn on the oven or eat heavy foods! I’m moving slow enough as it is!!

Bacon Chicken Pasta

This dish is a great way to lighten up pasta for these warmer months. No heavy creams, sauces, or butter to load you down. Nope! Just some bacon fat, but bacon is awesome. I very very rarely buy bacon (mostly because it’s not the best thing for you) but I had a craving for it…so I picked up a pack at Costco. Yeah, you read that right. I never buy bacon so I decided to buy it at Costco (where you get ridiculous amounts of food when only two people live together) rather than the regular store (which would’ve been plenty for a meal or two). I went all out and bought bacon at Costco. And I don’t care because this dish is amazing!

Bacon Chicken Pasta

You cook the bacon first so everything that comes after gets nice and flavorful from the bacon fat. Then you add some white wine to give it some pizazz and a bit of red pepper flakes for some heat and BAM! You’ve got yourself a delicious dinner that looks like it took you waaaaay longer to put together than it really did.

Bacon Chicken Pasta

This dish heats up very nicely, and I’ve been taking it to work all week; mostly because we get about 6 serving per recipe. This means that I don’t need to worry about what we’re taking for lunches to work!! Anything that helps me get out of the door faster always makes me happy.

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 Smoked Sausage Bagel Sandwich

I’ve got some World Cup fever going on. I liked soccer before the World Cup started, but it’s too difficult to follow on American television. I don’t know who any of the players are, but that’s not what matters. What matters is that, when I’m home I’m watching the games, and if I want to eat before 9 o’clock, then I need to make something during half time to avoid missing any action.

Smoked Sausage Bagel Sandwich

This sandwich is perfect! It’s quick, filling, and easy to eat while cheering on your favorite team. I start with a bagel because really…bagels make for amazing sandwiches. They have that crunch on the outside, while being soft on the inside. Add some smoked sausage that was cooked on my new cast iron griddle (you can use any pan), a slice of cheese, and some sauce and you end up with heaven.

Smoked Sausage Bagel Sandwich

Start to finish, this sandwich takes about 10 minutes to make. I began cooking the sausage first and then placed the bagel in the toaster oven. Once the bagels are finished, I’m done with the sausage and all that’s left is to put it all together. Use whatever toppings you like! I like to melt some cheese on top just to add that something extra. Lately, I’ve been adding some BBQ sauce that I made, but I’ve also just put sriracha sauce on it as well. My boyfriend likes to add mustard to his. Play around and have fun with this! It’s a fun sandwich!!

Smoked Sausage Bagel Sandwich

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MeHi! My name’s Alexis and I finally took the leap into blogging after reading so many fun posts by other food bloggers.  I’ve always had a passion for eating, but have never really felt comfortable in the kitchen.  There are so many drool-worthy recipes out there, that I wanted to document my musings in the kitchen both following others’ recipes and becoming brave enough to create my own.  Please take a look around! I really want to hear from you! If you make something, like something, don’t like something, please comment or use the contact form!  Reading your comments really makes my day!  If you’re looking for an easier way to get my recipes, you can sign up for my email and get them directly to your inbox.  I hope to hear from soon.

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