Food + Recipes Archives | The Newlywed NotebookThe Newlywed Notebook

The Newlywed Notebook

Food + Recipes Archive



November 2014

Easy Recipes to Bring to Your Next Holiday Party

Well, it’s officially Thanksgiving week, which means that we will all be eating like crap for the next month. Hey, holiday calories don’t count, right? (Just like weekend calories and vacation calories, except holiday calories seem to be a little bit more lenient with the rules, and a little bit more dangerous to the waistline).

But really, I think we all do enjoy going to our various holiday parties, laughing and chatting with our family and friends, and stuffing our faces with yummy food. Some of us might be traveling out of town, some of us might be hanging around closer to home, some of us might be attending a very causal get together, and some of us may be attending a formal sit down meal. But whatever our own holiday party situation is, one this is for sure – we will be bringing a dish to share. And if you are attending multiple engagements over the next 4 or 5 weeks, you will probably have a couple dishes you have to prepare.

I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, but I typically like it to be something quick and easy, especially around the hectic holiday season. So today, I thought it would be fun to assemble 4 different recipes that you can make for your next party! They are all very different from each other, but all are simple, easy, and can be made in less time than it takes to assemble your Christmas tree!
The holiday's can be a busy time with lots of parties to attend! Here are four easy recipes to bring to your next holiday party the next time you're stuck!
1: Mini Pumpkin Pies  |  Make and Takes shares on their website an ingenious twist on an old favorite. Pumpkin pie is the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert! It’s never been a particularly difficult dessert to make, but this individual pies are super easy, quick, and mess free! Read more…

Liked This? Share it:
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestGoogle+



September 2014

My Secret Weapon for Lazy Cooking Nights!

This post is sponsored by Chili’s at Home. My obsession with this amazingness is purely of my own doing…

You all know cooking is not my thing. Heck, I try to get away with the whole “popcorn is totally a dinner food” thing at least twice a week. But if you remember, last Friday I talked about how I was really excited to get back into a daily routine and wanted to start cooking more and trying to be more intentional about meal planning.

Well, I’m happy to report that the recipes have been all picked out, the groceries have been purchased, and I’m all set to start cooking at home this week! Nights around here are always pretty hectic, so Eric and I always enjoy being able to eat a good meal at home. But when the weekend rolls around, all bets are off! Saturday nights we typically like to go out for a meal together to get out of the house, but Sunday’s are generally a pretty lazy day for us. Once we get back home from church in the morning, we typically like to spend the rest of the day relaxing, and leisurely getting stuff done around the house. Sunday nights, the absolute last thing I want to do is cook a meal.

So when I discovered that one of our favorite restaurants is now selling some of their signature meals at the grocery store…well, let’s just say I was a little bit more than intrigued.


What do you do on nights were you have a million things to do and dinner still hasn't been started? Check out what my secret weapon is for a quick meal!
Eric and I ran out to our local Walmart Sunday afternoon to track these guys down. We did have to do a bit of searching, but once we found the Chili”s at Home meals I was pleasantly surprised! Our Walmart had probably about 15 different meals to choose from. Eric and I just stood and stared for a minute or two before we finally jumped into gear.

One Tip: Our Walmart had the Chili”s at Home frozen entrees in 3 different locations within the store. The individual meals were by the frozen-dinners-for-one, the big bags were near the family-sized meals, and some of Chili’s famous appetizers like their queso dip (to die for) was in the appetizers section.
What do you do on nights were you have a million things to do and dinner still hasn't been started? Check out what my secret weapon is for a quick meal!
After looking at every single meal option they had (twice), we decided on three different selections to try. We purchased the Chicken Bacon Ranch individual meal, the Cajun-style Chicken Alfredo family meal, and the Seasoned Chicken Bites with Honey Chipotle Sauce. Read more…

Liked This? Share it:
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestGoogle+



May 2014

Recipe Swap with MarryMint! An Easy Family Favorite

Let’s face it: we all have that recipe or two that seems to find its way into our kitchen more times in a week than we’d like to admit. Sure, it may be delicious, but eating it for the 6th time in one month is not cute. I’ve been dealing with that a lot these past few months. When I found myself making some variation of a taco/burrito/quesadilla for what seemed like the 10th time in two weeks, I realized I needed to step out of my comfort (and apparently very mexican) cooking zone.

My lovely blogger friend Amanda @ MarryMint and I were talking the other day about how we both really needed to work on this whole trying-new-recipes thing. I think even our garbage disposal husbands were getting a little sick of our “go to” meals… We thought it would be really fun to swap one of our family’s favorite meals with each other and see how they turned out! Well, being bloggers, we couldn’t just make these recipes and not write about them – so today I’m going to share with you the delicious and super easy recipe Amanda shared with me!

Curious to see what family favorite I sent to Amanda? Click over to her blog (don’t worry, it will open in a new window) and check out one of Eric and my favorite meals that I’ve never shared here on the blog. Let’s just put it this way – when Eric asked what recipe I sent to their family in return, his immediate response was, “oohhh yea that one’s awesome!!” when I told him which recipe they were attempting. :)


So what recipe did Amanda’s family send us all the way from Alaska? Glad you asked.


This Cream of Mushroom + Banana Peppers Chicken and Rice was amazing! Best of all it was one of the simplest meals I have ever made (besides ordering a large thincrust with pepperoni and extra cheese). I was able to assemble this entire meal in about 20 minutes. It was very filling and had a great taste that landed somewhere between sweet and salty. Read more…

Liked This? Share it:
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestGoogle+



May 2014

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Cups

Happy Friday! And a very happy Memorial Day to all of you who have served or are currently serving for our country! Thank you for all you do!

Since I think most of us will be celebrating the long weekend with some family time and a cookout (if you live here in WI anyway) I wanted to share with you a delicious and super easy recipe that is perfect for any Memorial Day party!

Using just 3 inexpensive ingredients, you can have these babies made in about 30 minutes or less!
double chocolate ice cream cookie cups

Read more…

Liked This? Share it:
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestGoogle+



April 2014

Pinterest Recipe Realities: Veggie Egg Cups

Have you ever seen a recipe on Pinterest that you really wanted to try but were not sure if it would actually turn out? Or what if you looked at the recipe and realized you were missing some of the ingredients? Very often I question the practicality of some of these famously awesome Pinterest recipes, so I started this series to give you the honest truth about these pins! I take a more commonly known Pinterest recipe and try creating it on my own. I typically won’t purchase special ingredients for a recipe that I wouldn’t use anyway or wouldn’t be able to use up quickly, and I grade the recipe on a scale of 1 to 5 for difficultly level, ease of substitutions, and overall taste.

I know it seems like I’ve been giving all the recipes really high ratings lately, but I really have found some winners the past few weeks! I’m sure my luck will run out soon and I’ll end up with a lemon. :)

Today’s Pinterest Recipe: Veggie Egg Cups


Recipe originally posted on: Rachael Ray


veggie egg cups

Ease of Recipe:


This was hands down probably the easiest dish I’ve ever made (unless you consider pouring cereal into a bowl a “dish,” which some days I totally do). I used egg whites instead of real eggs, so literally all I had to do was cut up whatever veggies I wanted, throw them in the bottom of the muffin tins, fill up each tin with egg whites (I just bought organic egg whites in a carton because it was easiest) and throw a little cheese on top of each one.

I loved that these egg cups were easy to eat as well! I was worried that they would fall apart, but these actually stayed together so well I could eat them with one hand while walking around my house! Perfect.

Read more…

Liked This? Share it:
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestGoogle+