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Hot Pimento Cheese Dip
Today I’m sharing my easy recipe for Hot Pimento Cheese Dip. A southern classic appetizer fit for your next date-night in with the one you love. I’m sharing a little bit about the one I love and my favorite kitchen essentials that I received when we got married 6.5 years ago!

For those who don’t know, my husband and I have been together for 12.5 years and married for 6.5 of those years. Now with a new baby we are finding that we are having way more date-nights in. Even before baby we always liked to have a date-night in a few times each month. When we got engaged neither of us lived on our own yet. We both lived with our parents, worked full time day jobs, and went to college at night. We were not the typical college student nor did we live that lifestyle. My husband popped the question 4 years and 9 months into us dating. I may have told him that by the 5 year mark if he didn’t know that he wanted to marry me that we were going to call it quits because I didn’t want any more of my precious years wasted. Yes, true story. Harsh, but let’s face it–reality. If your with someone for 5 years you should know by then if you are going to marry them.

engagement and wedding collage

Jon, sealed the deal and got down on one knee March 15, 2007 on the white sandy beach of Meagan’s Bay in St. Thomas, USVI. Of course I said yes… well more like “is this for real”? My inlays graciously threw us an amazing engagement party a few months later. Prior to our engagement party we had to create a registry. We were starting from scratch since we had never lived on our own. Thankfully, between our engagement party, bridal shower, and wedding our kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom was just about furnished for us. 6.5 years later and I’m still cooking with the same pots and pans we registered for and my trusty KitchenAid Ultra Power 4.5 Qt Stand Mixer. I use it daily. It’s a work horse and I’m so grateful that my parents bought me the stand mixer of my dreams!

12 Must Have Kitchen Products for the Perfect Date-Night In

Since I’ve been married for a while I figured I would put together my picks for the ultimate wedding registry for those of you who might be at the point where you need to register for gifts for the kitchen. All of these items will help you create the ultimate date-night in any day of the week for the rest of your life.

  1. KitchenAid Ultra Power 4.5 Qt Stand Mixer
  2. Threshold™ 45 Piece Sydney Sand Flatware Set with Caddy
  3. Threshold™ Sherbrook Classic Glass Drinkware Set of 12 – Clear
  4. American Atelier 16 Piece Dinnerware Set
  5. Crock-Pot® Programmable Slow Cooker
  6. Pyrex 19 Piece Bake and Store Set – Clear
  7. Ninja – Professional Blender – NJ600
  8. Olde Thompson 16 Jar Square Rotating Filled Spice Rack
  9. Threshold™ Glass Cylinder Canister Set of 4
  10. Target Seasonal Products
  11. Calphalon Kitchen Essentials 20pc Utensil & Gadget Set
  12. BakerEze Nonstick 10-pc. Baker’s Basics Set

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So let’s talk about what make’s a good date-night in? Of course being with the one you love and food. Our typical date nights consist of appetizers or snacks and a movie. Since having, Ryder, my husband, Jon, now helps a lot more in the kitchen. He is my sous chef and will prep meat, chop veggies, mix, and do just about whatever I need help with in order to get dinner on the table in a timely manner. The same goes with date night. If we have a date night scheduled he will prep our appetizer or snack while I’m feeding and putting the baby down to sleep. Typically, Ryder is asleep by 8-8:30 and wakes every 3-5 hours. Perfect for a movie and appetizer in with the two of us!

Hot Pimento Cheese Dip

My recipe for hot pimento cheese dip is a classic one. Perfect for cooler nights. You can use crackers, tortilla chips, or a whole wheat crusty bread to scoop up the cheesy goodness. I use my KitchenAid Stand Mixer and put in all the ingredients to make this dip. Bake it in the oven for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly and our appetizer is ready for our date-night in.

Katie Original Recipe

Hot Pimento Cheese Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 8

Hot Pimento Cheese Dip

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar + 1 tbsp
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped pimentos
  • 2 tbsp green onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a stand mixer combine the cream cheese, 2 cups grated cheddar and mayonnaise. Mix until well incorporated. Stir in the chopped pimento, green onion, salt, pepper, paprika, and hot sauce. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. Spray an oven safe dish with cooking spray. Place the pimento cheese dip mixture in the dish. Top with a tablespoon of shredded cheddar. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes until golden and bubbly. Serve with crusty bread, crackers, or chips!
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Gone are the days of boiling noodles and layering  and baking… make my One Pot Lasagna Bolognese recipe and you’ll have dinner ready in under an hour!

One Pot Lasagna Bolognese

Get ready for the easiest lasagna recipe on the planet. I started making this One Pot Lasagna Bolognese once Ryder was born and have been making it since (at least once a month). Over the past 7 months I’ve perfected it. Wait, let’s stop right there. How is my baby 7 month’s old today!?!?! Time is flying and I would officially like it to stay still!

Back to the One Pot Lasagna Bolognese… It’s so good that I’ll be making it during the holidays when my family is in town. Easy dinner that can be made in under an hour. No boiling noodles in one pot, making sauce in another, then spending the time to layer the noodles and sauce and cheese only to have to wait for it to bake in the oven for an additional hour. One pot and taste just as good if not better. What more can you ask for?

One Pot Lasagna BologneseEven better it tastes amazing the next day. That is if you actually have leftovers. I find that a skillet typically gives us 4 servings. Perfect for dinner and then lunch the next day for a family 2 (and a half). I fear the day that Ryder can eat and eat meals like this. I’m sure he will be just like his dad, and eat me out of house and home. I know he will one day enjoy this One Pot Lasagna Bolognese as much as we do.

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Use up your leftover Halloween candy and make my easy recipe for White Chocolate Halloween Candy Bark for your family and friends.

White Chocolate Halloween Candy Bark

What do you do with the bags and bags of leftover candy your children get after a night full of trick or treating? Of course, you could hide in a closet and eat it all or you could whip up a batch of white chocolate Halloween candy bark. It’s easy to make and transform your plain old Halloween candy into something a little more. Who knows this could even be your new after-Halloween tradition. Make a batch just before you have to clean-up the decorations and fuel your clean-up with this bark.

White Chocolate Halloween Candy Bark

I love the mix of white chocolate and milk chocolate. I list specific chocolate bars I used for this recipe, but any chocolate bars will do. You can double, triple or even quadruple the recipe as you choose.  Have M&M’s? Great… throw them in the bark. What about some roll’s? Great, those will work too. You can even do sour or chewy candies too. The sky is the limit.

Katie Original Recipe

White Chocolate Halloween Bark

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 36 minutes

Yield: 12

White Chocolate Halloween Bark

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Baker's Premium White Chocolate
  • 3 of each "fun size" Chocolate bar, Kit Kat, Reese Peanut Buttercup, Snickers, and Almond Joy
  • 1 tbsp Halloween Nonpareils
  • 25 candy eyes

Directions

  1. Unwrap all of the fun size bars. Cut into bite size pieces and set to the side.
  2. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave (follow the directions found on the box). Pour the melted white chocolate on to a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread the white chocolate evenly. Begin to place candy bar pieces throughout white chocolate. Sprinkle the nonpareils and place the candy eyes around the bark.
  3. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Cut into bite size pieces and enjoy.
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Looking for a festive fall breakfast dish? Use up the homemade pumpkin cream cheese and pair it with pumpkin swirl bread to make the most divine Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast.

 Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

A few weeks ago, while doing my Monday mid-day grocery shopping I saw that swirl bread was buy-one-get-one-free. We love cinnamon raisin swirl bread so I always buy it when it goes on sale. As I reached for the two bags of cinnamon raisin swirl bread I spotted bags of pumpkin swirl bread. Say what!?!?! I had no idea they even made such a fabulous seasonal bread. So I did what any good wife would do and bought one cinnamon raisin and then one pumpkin swirl. After making homemade whipped pumpkin cream cheese and slathering it on said pumpkin swirl bread, I decided I would make french toast with the bread and then stuff it with the decadent homemade cream cheese.

 Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

That my friends is how this recipe for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast was created. I’ve stuffed french toast before. It’s kind of my thing. I can’t help it I love cream cheese and I enjoy french toast. You can find my other stuffed french toast recipes like Pineapple Stuffed French Toast with Coconut Syrup or my recipe  for Cinnamon Raisin Banana Stuffed French Toast and Buttermilk French Toast Stuffed with Golden Plum Cream Cheese.

 Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Katie Original Recipe

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 8 slices Pumpkin swirl bread
  • 1/2 cup Whipped Pumpkin Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Maple syrup

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet on high heat. Spray with buttered cooking spray. Then mix together the eggs, milk, and pumpkin spice. Place a piece of pumpkin swirl bread in the egg mixture. Coat on both sides and place in skillet. Cook on both sides for 1-2 minutes until golden brown. Repeat until all the bread has been cooked.
  2. Place one cooked piece of french toast on a plate, then scoop 2 tablespoons of whipped pumpkin cream cheese on the toast. Top with another cooked piece of french toast. Repeat until you have four stuffed french toast pieces. Cut in diagonals, sprinkle with powdered sugar and pour on the maple syrup. Enjoy immediately.
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Make my recipe for Iced Pumpkin Coffee in the comforts of your own home. Best of all you won’t be spending money every day at the coffee shop after you make this! 

Iced Pumpkin Coffee

Are you addicted to all things pumpkin? Do you count down the days until you can get one of the coveted seasonal iced pumpkin coffees? If so, my recipe for iced pumpkin coffee is your year-round ticket. No need to wait until the fall to get your favorite coffee. You can now have it every day if you choose. Yes, I know that’s crazy talk but it’s true. My recipe is just as good as the big box stores (ok, maybe even better) and cheaper! Gone are the days of paying $5 a day for a pumpkin flavored coffee. You can make them in the comforts of your own home.

Iced Pumpkin Coffee

What makes this coffee a success? I found Pumpkin Pie Sauce during my last trip at World Market. This syrup is the bee’s knees. If you can’t find this or don’t want to spend the additional money you could use traditional caramel sauce; however, you won’t get the same intense pumpkin flavor like you will if you use this sauce. You can even make a big batch of this coffee and keep it stored in your refrigerator for up to one week. That way in the morning all you have to do is swirl a little pumpkin pie sauce in your cup, add ice, and pour the pumpkin coffee in the cup. Making coffee in the morning is now much easier.

Katie Original Recipe

Iced Pumpkin Coffee

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2

10 oz

Iced Pumpkin Coffee

Ingredients

  • 16 oz freshly brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pumpkin pie syrup
  • ice
  • whipped cream

Directions

  1. In a large bowl mix together the chilled coffee with half and half, powdered sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk until incorporated.
  2. Pour the pumpkin pie syrup around the rim of the glass, moving around in a circular motion. Then add ice, fill the glass with pumpkin coffee. Top with whipped cream and more pumpkin pie syrup. Enjoy
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