{Slow Cooker} Cinnamon Roll Fondue with 20-minute Miniature Cinnamon Rolls


A slow cooker cream cheese glazed fondue with 20-minute miniature cinnamon rolls on a stick. This is the perfect party food and an all around great dessert!

Crockpot cinnamon roll fondue with 20-minute no rise miniature cinnamon rolls!

I have seriously been dying to share this recipe with you all! I had the concept for it about two months ago and then experimenting ensued. When I finally had something I was totally in love with, I just had to get around to taking pictures which was proving a bit difficult as we kept eating this at night as a dessert. But anyways now IT’S HERE! And I am so excited.

Because fondue is just the best. It’s fun to do with family, at a party, during a game (hint. football!), or errr absolutely by myself. Which by the way, I totally had a solo cinnamon roll fondue party at 9:30 AM the other day while the babe was sleeping and I finally had a chance to take these pictures. It was awesome.

Crockpot cinnamon roll fondue with 20-minute no rise miniature cinnamon rolls!… 

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{Healthy + Flourless} Almond Apple Muffins


No white flour, no butter, and no oil in these almond butter, apple, and pecan muffins. These muffins are bursting with flavor, healthy, and gluten-free!

No white flour, no butter, and no oil in these almond butter, apple, and pecan muffins. These muffins are bursting with flavor, healthy, and gluten-free!

How do you feel about nuts in your baked goods? For me, when there are nuts in brownies a very good thing was ruined! I don’t like nuts in cakes or even cookies really. Okay sometimes in cookies they are okay, but on a very rare occasion. And in breads or muffins I’m not usually a fan either.

But these muffins, they have some nuts in them and oh man are they good. The nuts are scarce and far between (only three tablespoons for the whole recipe), but they make these muffins! And there are actual apple bits in these ones and when they are baked it’s just an unreal taste + texture combining soft baked apples with crunchy pecans.

And the good news is, there aren’t just pecans, there are also almonds in these muffins – in the form of almond butter. If you haven’t ever used almond butter, this recipe is a great place to start with almond butter! You can usually find it right next to peanut butter and jams in the grocery store. And if you aren’t a fan of peanut butter, I bet you’ll love almond butter. It’s definitely a very subtle taste in these muffins and complements the cinnamon, apples, applesauce, and pecans perfectly.


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Snickerdoodle Confetti Bars


A thick, soft, and delicious snickerdoodle cookie base topped with marshmallows, candy pieces, and plenty of festive sprinkles. A great treat to bring to a party!

Snickerdoodle Confetti Bars via chelseasmessyapron #Halloween #dessert

Yesterday my sister-in-law and her two cute kiddos came over and we did some Halloween baking plus picture taking and candy corns happened to make it into a lot of the pictures. To me, candy corns are just  that – a decoration. I don’t like the taste or texture of them one bit, but I love their shape, colors, and the general idea that they mean Halloween.

Anyways I found out that my sister in law actually quite likes them and guess what? So does the hubs. Not a big surprise there since he likes pretty much anything that has a lot of sugar in it. But now that I’ve told you I don’t really like candy corns – guess what? These bars have a whole three cups of them….well kind of.

Candy corn MARSHMALLOWS people!! These are pretty exciting for several reasons. One, they look just like candy corns and are super cute; which as I’ve already said – I love the shape and colors of em. And TWO, they don’t taste one bit like candy corn.

Snickerdoodle Confetti Bars via chelseasmessyapron #Halloween #dessert… 

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{One Skillet} Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls


A dinner made in just one skillet – sweet potato burrito bowls. A  mouth-watering vegetarian meal with sweet potatoes, rice, sweet peppers, black beans, corn, and toppings such as fresh cilantro, cheddar cheese, a fresh tomato, and sour cream.

A one-skillet 30-minute sweet potato burrito bowl. Best dinner ever!!

If you could chose one vegetable to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be? Hands down, sweet potatoes for me! I can’t believe they are a vegetable with how delicious they taste. Not that vegetables are gross or anything, but I equate sweet potatoes with candy and broccoli? Not qute there…

Also when I can eat them in the form of a 30-minute, 1-skillet dinner, well somehow they taste even better than ever. Yep – one skillet. thirty minutes. You’re going to love this meal!… 

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Almonds


A brussels sprouts, bacon, and almond dish ready in under 30 minutes. Scroll down to the end of the post for a chance to win a cookbook filled with delicious almond recipes!

Super Simple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Almonds

If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, you should really give this recipe a chance before swearing them off forever. Aaaand if you have kids to convince that Brussels sprouts are the bomb diggity, then reason #2 this recipe needs to be made ASAP.

I can’t believe I just said bomb diggity. Can we still be friends?

Super Simple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Almonds… 

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{Slow Cooker} Spicy Chicken Quesadilla Soup

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An easy crockpot soup that requires 5 minutes prep! This soup is filled with chicken quesadilla ingredients and tastes like a spicy quesadilla in soup form.

Crockpot Spicy chicken quesadilla soup

I learned something new about the husband this past weekend and it’s kind of crazy when I learn things that I think I should know but don’t. I mean we’ve been together for over four years. I should know all the things about taste preferences right? Especially as a food blogger and one that aims to please said husband.

Okay, so here’s the thing – he can not handle spice. Well he can handle it, but he doesn’t like it. And me? If food can make me tear up a little, that’s when it’s starting to get good! You’re probably thinking this soup is ultra spicy-hot, but it’s not. I mean, it is spicy, but you could definitely increase the spicy-ness. The husband still ate it and still liked it, but he wasn’t too excited about the leftovers.

Which um… I’m not complaining about. That means more for me :) And the babe that apparently inherited my taste-buds and loooooves this soup.

Crockpot Spicy chicken quesadilla soup… 

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Hey everyone! Last week, we welcomed  Laura from Petite Allergy Treats.  (In case you missed the big news,we’ve been introducing all new hosts and the current hosts (Andi, Jen, Cathy, and I) will host our last Saturday Night Fever TONIGHT! And this week, I’m excited to announce Serene from House of Yumm. The name of her blog says it all – super yum foods – both desserts, dinners, and everything in between!

And now for the features, which are all Fall based because I love Fall and all the fun desserts/foods that go along with this season!… 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Overnight Oats


A pumpkin chocolate-chip flavored cookie overnight oats packed with protein, flavored with pumpkin and spice, and with actual chocolate chips mixed in.

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie overnight oats - healthy and delicious!

Little Grey had his first experience with overnight oats and he LOVED them. I swear this kid has my taste-buds. He even ate some decently spicy soup (coming soon!) that even the husband thought was a little hot. But then again, the husband doesn’t like onions and Grey loves them.

Clearly, where it counts, Grey got the good genes. I mean taste is vitally important in life — especially as the son of a food blogger. After-all, he is the executive taste tester behind Chelsea’s Messy Apron. The husband sometimes gets demoted from taste tester when there are onions involved OR he’s gone at work and we happen to make an entire batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and then eat entire said batch in the same afternoon. I tell you what, he can pack down those pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!!


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Baked Teriyaki Chicken with a Sriracha Cream Sauce

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This post brought to you by CHA! by Texas Pete. All opinions are 100% mine. A delicious and simply baked teriyaki chicken over rice and covered in a spicy 3-ingredient sriracha cream sauce. This dinner takes minimal preparation time and is healthier since the chicken isn’t fried.

Easy baked teriyaki chicken with a 3-ingredient sriracha cream sauce.

Not too far from our house there is a massive mall. One that we frequent far too often.

There’s a puppy slash animal shop that we spend way too long in and talk about all the dogs we are going to buy, but then end up not buying any said dogs because the baby is a terror to dogs. He has no concept of being gentle, and well, we don’t feel ready to have a tiny little puppy with him being so rough. Did I tell you about how he practically ripped the lips off my dog when we were in Utah? Yeah. That was bad.

Then there’s my favorite shop that the husband dreads me going into because he can’t get me to leave. Ever. It’s called Williams Sonoma. And P.S. this past weekend they were baking pumpkin bread in their store and have all the pumpkin candles lit, and being there feels like my happy place. I mean, it’s got to be my happy place because I can’t stop smiling. And touching all of the dishes and wishing I could just move into the store and smell the bread and candles and bake in all the dishes and cut with all those knives all day long.

It’s definitely my happy place.


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Apple Cider Glazed Donuts – Baked & Fried Versions


Deliciously Fall themed apple cider glazed doughnuts with two ways to do the recipe – baked or fried! These doughnuts are tastefully seasoned and decadently covered in a fresh apple cider glaze.

Apple Cider Glazed Donuts - Baked & Fried Versions with REAL Apple Cider!

Are you surprised these aren’t pumpkin donuts? In the past couple of weeks, I’ve managed to create now four different pumpkin breakfast/desserts – pumpkin wafflesflourless pumpkin muffins, healthy pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin scones. But these have not a drop of pumpkin in them. Instead, they are apple cider-flavored which, apple, is another one of my favorite Fall flavors!… 

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{Flourless & Healthy} Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Cookies


These healthy pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies have no butter, oil, or white flour. These cookies are filled with pumpkin flavor and Fall spices making for one tasty, guilt-free treat.

Flourless + Secretly Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. These have received RAVE reviews!After making about ten bazillion batches of these healthy pumpkin muffins, I was ready to try something a little different. Still on the same track – healthy and pumpkin and all. But more…well…cookies.

Those muffins were pretty much the only thing I could get my little guy to eat for a week straight while he was sick so when I’m saying ten bazillion batches, the exaggerating is not as dramatic as you think. Okay, nevermind, it’s way dramatic. But I did make a lot of batches!… 

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{One Dish} Quinoa Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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A one-dish chicken Parmesan casserole with quinoa – all the ingredients get put in a casserole dish and baked – no need to pre-cook the chicken or quinoa!

A ONE DISH chicken parmesan casserole with quinoa. Healthy and delicious!

Right after the husband and I came home from the hospital after having little Grey, my sister-in-law brought over dinner for us. It was chicken Parmesan and I still remember that meal. Best kind of comfort food right after having a baby, I’m telling you that! Not to mention my sister-in-law can cook and she can do it welllll.

This is probably completely crazy, but that was my first time having homemade chicken Parmesan. And as life-changing as it was, I still don’t make it that often. The reason? I kind of really hate cooking chicken in a skillet. I know, crazy right. I don’t know what it is about cooking chicken in a skillet on the stove-top, but I drrread it.

So one of my favorite meals never gets made and, well, to be honest, the Olive Garden version has nothing on homemade chicken parm…. 

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