|Wild rice & a side salad make this easy meal complete.|
|If you don’t have the Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, YOU NEED IT.|
|The face of a pup who just wants some Baked Ziti in his life.|
|What everyones Sunday’s should look like, obviously.|
Fall screams soup to me, and I personally love having soup & salad for dinner with some nice fresh bread. This One-Pot Tomato and Basil Tortellini Soup, created by Gal on a Mission, looks so delish, and I can switch out store bought tomato sauce for my homemade one.
Cooking Classy’s One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner sounds too good and easy to be true, I love it! Being able to throw all of those yummy things onto a pan, and into the oven, only to have it come out looking so incredible, is a perfect ending to a mid-week work day. The flavors of Brussel sprouts, apples, and bacon, would taste amazing. Such a quick & flavorful fall dinner.
A little drink addition for Football Sunday, the Recipe Rebel’s Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider would be incredible spiked while watching the football games, or having friends over on a Saturday night. I can only imagine what my apartment would smell like with the cinnamon and ground cloves slow cooked for 3+ hours.
Cocinando Con Alena’s Slow Cooker Pot Roast is described as “melt in your mouth”, which makes me want to run to Trader Joes and buy a pot roast right now. I can also see myself making this on Football Sunday…guess I need two slow cookers!
I would love to just sit and eat The Night Owl’s Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Dip while drinking a nice glass of wine… on a Tuesday night. Ya know, when you feel like it should already be Friday! Serving these with graham crackers and fruit…AH, so yum.
Coffee is also, sometimes, kinda expensive, if you’re like me and love cold brew or even more expensive, yet extremely delicious, nitro cold brew. In an effort to save money for more important things in life, like brunch and my Roth IRA, I decided to start making my cold brew at home!
I researched some at home cold brew kits, and I came across the highly rated Toddy Coffee Maker. The price was perfect, and with an added coupon & Ebates I couldn’t resist purchasing it and giving it a try. I’m well aware you can make cold brew without something like this, but the Toddy makes the process so easy and clean up a breeze, so it’s well worth the money for me.
The Toddy comes with a glass carafe, brewing container, 2 filters, and a small rubber stopper for the brewing container. For my first go at this I tried a bag of Vanilla Creme Brulee coffee I purchased while in Hawaii. Following the Toddy directions are super simple, you basically just layer water and coffee in the amounts they tell you too.
One super important tip…use filtered water!! It truly does help with the taste!!
The filter at the bottom of the Toddy will help to reduce the acidity and bitterness that can easily happen when making your own cold brew at home, and allows for a rich and tasty coffee concentrate.
I left my Toddy out at room temperature to brew for about 20 hours, then I moved the brewing container on top of the carafe, released the small stopper, and voilà I had an incredible batch of strong cold brew!
When I made my first cup of cold brew I only added in some almond milk and ice and it was a little bit too strong, so I just added some more filtered water..if you’ve ever noticed they always use a bit of water at Starbucks for their cold brew. After adding just a bit of additional water it tasted absolutely delicious.
The cold brew concentrate lasts 2 weeks, although with two people drinking it each morning, mine lasted about one week. It does use lot of coffee, one batch is almost a full bag, so I stocked up on Target Cartwheel coupons for Dunkin Donuts coffee. If you don’t know what the Cartwheel app is def check it out & start saving $$! A venti cold brew, what I typically order from Starbucks, is about $3, so I don’t mind spending $6 on a bag of coffee for a weeks worth of cold brew, versus ordering a Starbucks 3x a week!
Next, I always use Near East rice and I had a Wild Rice box, so I used that. In the same deep skillet I had had the chicken in I poured 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth, the rice, and the seasoning packet. I let it some to a nice simmer, then I removed it from the heat, added in that chicken, squeezed the rest of the lemon over it, covered & placed it into the oven for 35 minutes. Within 10 minutes my apartment smelled delish.