hash brown waffles

Okay, this is definitely more of a kitchen tip than an actual recipe, but since it's my favorite thing I've made all week, I'm definitely going to share it! My family has been nuts about hash browns lately, so when I saw this idea on Pinterest a few days ago, I was excited to try it. I read a bunch of different methods and kind of combined some different ideas, and they turned out awesome! I love how crisp and delicious they get on the outside, and they could not be easier to make. I've had requests for them every day since I made them, so I think it's safe to say they're a new family favorite!

They are seriously so simple! Start by preheating your waffle iron. When it's heated, spray with cooking spray, and add some frozen tater tots (no need to thaw first). I did 3 rows of 3 and that worked great for my waffle iron. If yours is shaped differently than mine, use whatever configuration works.

Drop the top down and put a little pressure on it to start squishing those tater tots. Cook 10-15 minutes, continuing to apply more pressure as the tater tots warm up, until the waffles are golden brown and crispy.

Mine popped out of the waffle iron easily (I used a fork like I do with regular waffles) and held together really well. If they're falling apart when you try to pull them out, I would recommend letting them cook a little while longer. We ate them with ketchup for dipping and some fried eggs and fruit on the side. Super delicious and my kids cleaned their plates. I hope you'll like them as much as we do!


chicken cordon bleu pasta

Yeah, I totally can't stop with the one dish pasta meals/variations on mac and cheese. They're just too easy and too yummy! Sometimes it's nice to have a meal that I know the kids will eat without complaints. Plus there's just something so homey and comforting about a simple pasta dish. My mom used to make a creamy pasta with ham all the time when I was a kid, and it was my favorite for years. I've been craving chicken cordon bleu lately, so when I found all the ingredients for this little number in the fridge and pantry, I decided to give it a try. So delicious! I'm excited to have another fun and easy pasta dish under my belt for busy weeknights!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

8 ounces pasta (I used casarecce but pretty much any kind would work)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
1 cup grated swiss cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I used rotisserie)
3/4 cup chopped ham (I used turkey ham)
1/4 cup cracker crumbs or buttered bread crumbs

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour to form a paste. Let cook 2-3 minutes until golden. Gradually add the milk, whisking so there are no lumps. Let cook for a few minutes until thickened, then gradually add the chicken broth, continuing to whisk constantly. Whisk in the salt and pepper, then let the mixture cook for a few minutes, until thickened to desired consistency. Remove from heat and whisk in the swiss cheese until melted. Return to heat and stir in the chicken, ham, and cooked pasta, until warmed through. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs, then serve. Enjoy!


double chocolate mint cookies

Why, yes, it is November, and I'm already posting a Christmas recipe! I know, I know… I'm all for letting Thanksgiving have its due, and I agree that things are getting ridiculous when the stores have Christmas decorations up before Halloween. But… when I start seeing those holiday baking supplies set up in the store, I just can't stop myself. It's a compulsion, really. Anyway, these double chocolate mint cookies are super delicious, and it really wouldn't be fair not to share them with you right now. :) If you, like me, are trying to plan things out ahead of time for the busy holiday season, then these cookies could be a big help to you in planning a cookie exchange party or thinking up a yummy gift for the neighbors!

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