Keurig 2.0 GIVEAWAY

Keurig Giveaway

Special thanks to Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for providing this awesome giveaway for one of my readers! All opinions, as always, are mine alone. #Keurig400 #CollectiveBias

Keurig 2.0 GiveawayI am so excited to be bringing you all this giveaway today! The Keurig 2.0 is AWESOME!!

I’m sure I’ve talked about it a couple times here, but the husband and I have a serious obsession with hot chocolate. On our most recent road-trip to Vermont we had a hot chocolate competition. Sounds weird so..let me explain. Basically we had a piece of paper with a chart drawn on to judge the hot chocolate we were trying at all the different places along our way. The chart had the different categories on the top row (with how we would be judging the hot cocoa) and the left column indicated the places we sampled the hot chocolate from. Those categories were something like: taste, thickness, price, cool factor (talking hot chocolate container here), and a few more.

Every time we took a break we would try and find somewhere to stop and grab hot chocolate. Then we would rate it and give it a score. It was a pretty fun thing to do and just fueled both of our obsessions with hot chocolate. Since getting back we got the Keurig 2.0 and now we’re drinking some of the best hot chocolate every night. Okay, maybe twice a night :)… 

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{Easy, One Skillet} Southwest Quinoa Chili

One Skillet Southwest Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potato #meatlessmonday

A delicious and well-seasoned southwest quinoa chili made easy in one skillet. This meatless dish will have your whole family (meat lovers included!) begging for more!

One Skillet Southwest Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potato #meatlessmondayOkay disclaimer time. I had NO clue what to name this recipe! Sometimes naming recipes can be hard, or, at least for me it can be. I’m just throwing together ingredients and tasting it as I go and all of the sudden I have something amazing (or not, but that’s a discussion for another day). But then comes the part where I have to (in so many words) try to describe the amazing taste or say what it is I’ve created.

This dish was one I totally struggled with naming. One skillet and easy – well those words came easily because it perfectly describes the dish. This is done all in one skillet and is VERY easy! So easy in fact that it’s been lunch or dinner way too many times since I developed it. I’m talking like 4-5 times. Luckily no complaints yet; I guess it’s just that good :) That and I have a baby that can’t complain yet and one hecka great husband.

The rest of the name however, I didn’t know. It definitely has some chili flavors and chili beans, but I don’t know how much of a real “chili” this is. So I’m very sorry if you are expecting a traditional chili with this recipe, but it’s not so traditional. And then southwest – well there is some cilantro, fresh lime juice, and I added loads of sour cream (MUST DO!) so it definitely has a bit of a southwest kick to it.

After struggling with the name for some time, I just decided to go with what my husband named it after he had taken a few bites. He told me to call it a southwestern quinoa chili. So, if you don’t like the name, all blame goes to him ;)… 

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Easy Turtle Bark + Exciting News

Simple Turtle Bark #christmas

This turtle bark is delicious, simple, and the perfect Christmas gift. PLUS a cute free printable to accompany this bark!

Very simple turtle barkOkay SO I have some pretty exciting news to share…. And since this recipe is pretty easy and I tried to be very detailed in the instructions, we’ll talk news first. I’m never good at leading into things so I’ll just say it: we are MOVING TO AUSTRALIA!

The news came just last week that the husband’s company will be moving us out there for a bit. It’s nothing permanent, just for a few months and then we’ll be back in the states (probably around April-ish). We are heading out to visit family this Friday…as in two days from now and then we’ll make the very long flight out to Perth which is where we will be staying.

Turtle Bark

I’ve actually never left the country so I had to get a passport this past week. And um…expediting passports are never a fun thing to pay for – holy cow they are expensive! :)

We are pretty excited for this adventure. I’m also not totally sure what to expect… I mean, when I heard Australia, my very first thought was kangeroos. Am I the only one that thinks that when hearing Australia? I know I’m weird, but gosh they are cute and I hope I see a few. Also, I’ve already downloaded Perth into my weather app and let’s just say, I’m not going to be complaining that it’s their summer time right now! Seeing that sun symbol (verses the cloud/rain symbol I’m used to seeing) may have made me a little giddy. Okay, I was giddy. I mean clearly; could this post be anymore all over the place?!


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Molten Lava Caramel Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Molten Caramel Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies via

Thanks to Collective Bias, Inc. and Quaker for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone. The most delicious and easiest oatmeal cookies. These rolled oat oatmeal cookies are bursting with a molten lava caramel chocolate center. Plus they are drizzled with milk chocolate for an extra decadent holiday treat!

Molten Caramel Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies via #cookie #oatmeal #chocolateFor long time (or even short time) readers of CMA, you likely know my obsession with oats. I have ‘em in probably about 90% of my recipes. Okay, not quite that many, but gosh I use oats a lot!!

Some of the most popular recipes on this site list oats as one of the top ingredients. I’m particularly fond of grinding up oats in the blender and using that as a substitution for regular white flour. Making oat flour is one of my favorite things to do when baking — it takes about 10 seconds flat in the blender and lends the most unbelievable texture and flavor to recipes. You know the recipes I’m talking about right? The healthy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies perhaps or the banana and peanut butter muffins? And that’s just two out of the dozens!

But today I’m talking about oats in their good old-fashioned form – whole oats mixed into cookies. Except these aren’t just ordinary oatmeal cookies –they got a major make-over in the form of oozing and dripping caramel PLUS chocolate. These cookies are unbelievably chewy, flavorful, and also incredibly easy to make. Seriously – if you have a last minute party needing some cookies, this recipe is your savior. And that’s just talking about time commitment to making these; I haven’t even begun to tell you how popular you will be after bringing these cookies to said party! Hint: very…. 

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Best of 2014 from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Most popular posts of 2014 on Chelsea's Messy Apron

With the year approaching an end I thought it would be fun to collect my most popular recipes from 2014. In order from the most popular and down, I’ve collected the top 15. I’ve had lots of people try these recipes and with great results and fabulous feedback! I’m also happy to see my very favorite recipe is also my most popular! The cinnamon roll skillet cake — have you tried it yet? We love it!

I made a fun slideshow and collection of these recipes on so make sure to check it out there as well!

Check out Best of 2014: Chelsea's Messy Apron

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#1: Cinnamon Roll Skillet Cake


#2: Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup… 

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Mint Chocolate Oreo Stuffed Brownie Cookies

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A delicious chocolate mint cookie; these 7-ingredient cookies are bursting with flavor, simple to make, and perfect for holiday baking.

Are you all cranking out cookies right and left for the holidays? I know I am. Even before food blogging I think I made at least 3-4 batches of cookies a week in December. And now that amount of cookie baking has drastically increased. I’ve got to make sure to get you all the best possible cookie recipes and trust me, this is one of them.

Plus this recipe is so easy. Because who doesn’t like easy when there are about 5 million and 1 things to do? And spending hours in preparation (macarons I’m talking about you!), waiting for cookie dough to chill, or spending way too long searching for ingredients in a cookie recipe are not things you want on that list. So these cookies are no chill, take about 10 minutes flat to make, and have all easy ingredients.

Did I mention there are only 7 ingredients? Not too bad for these decadently chocolate and flavorful cookies…. 

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Slow Cooker Mexican Tortilla Chicken and Quinoa Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Tortilla Chicken and quinoa soup

A delicious slow cooker Mexican tortilla chicken soup with delicious add-ins such as fresh lime, avocado, tortilla chips, and sour cream. 

Slow Cooker Mexican Tortilla Chicken and Quinoa Soup via #soup #chickentortilla #quinoa

A few weeks ago I was able to go watch my little niece at her pre-school recital. All the adorable little kids sang some cute little songs with creative hand motions that went along with the songs. Afterwards there was a short story and then the preschool teachers read the kids’ cards they had written for Thanksgiving.

The cards were fill in the blanks: I’m thankful for my friends because BLANK. I’m thankful for my family because BLANK. I’m thankful for BLANK because BLANK.

Let me just tell you, these letters cracked me up. They were some of the funniest things I’d heard in a long time, and my niece’s responses were some of my favorite.

She was thankful for her friends because they smile at her, thankful for her family because they sleep, and thankful for lettuce and yogurt because they make her big and strong. Oh my gosh… talk about hilarious. I just can’t wait ‘til little Grey is old enough to say crazy funny things like that!

Anyways not that this story really has anything to do with this soup, but in a lame attempt to try and tie it in — my last response to those same questions would be I’m grateful for my slow cooker because it is my favorite kitchen appliance ever. Seriously, I think it is used just about daily at my house. If not daily, definitely every other day!… 

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Pomegranate Orange Salad

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A delicious and healthy salad perfect for winter or a special Christmas dinner. This salad is topped with fresh oranges, pomegranate arils, sliced almonds, chopped avocado, and feta cheese.

Pomegranate Orange Salad - perfect winter salad and great for Christmas! #salad #winter #pomegranateChristmas dinner salad anyone?! This one is already on our Christmas dinner menu. Oh, and probably on our dinner menu for every-night until Christmas because YUM.

Okay confession time…I look forward to Christmas dinner more than Thanksgiving dinner. I know, I know…crazy right? But truth be told, I am not the biggest turkey fan, but I go crazy over ham. And although ham is a popular Thanksgiving menu item, it’s totally a Christmas dinner thing to me. Since I was a little girl we’ve always (or almost always) had a big Christmas ham on the actual day or on Christmas Eve.

Side-note: I’ve been experimenting with a yummy ham recipe (to serve for a party) and as a result we’ve been eating tons of ham. The whole family is pretty much in heaven because we all love it. P.S. I can’t wait to share the recipe I’ve come up with because it resulted in the most tender ham ever and the flavor was incredible. Mmm…. 

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5-ingredient Microwave Caramel Chocolate Fudge

Microwave Fudge - So Easy!

This simple caramel topped chocolate fudge is made easy with one bowl, only 5-ingredients, and all in the microwave!

5 ingredients + 1 bowl microwave caramel and chocolate fudge!

Who loves fudge?! Fudge was an absolute holiday essential for my house growing up. I’m pretty sure we made half a dozen batches a week in December.

The main reason is my mom is a MAJOR chocolate addict – I believe she could eat chocolate for every meal of the day if she could still stay healthy and do it. Instead she settles for lots of chocolate and lots of exercise. She always jokes that she can eat more chocolate around the holidays since she is running around like crazy with holiday busyness. I seem to have adapted that mentality as well. Man the holidays are busy!! Which means more chocolate fudge for me as I run around trying to get everything done :)

BUT this chocolate fudge does not have to be a huge time suck. In fact it’s so quick and easy to make. Just one bowl, 5-ingredients, and all in the microwave. BAM. You are welcome busy people trying to prepare for the holidays…. 

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Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

slow cooker tortellini and chicken

An ultra-creamy chicken tortellini soup. Instead of regular pasta noodles, the tortellini pasta is cheese-packed and full of flavor. Plus lots of vegetables and delicious spices added to the creamy base.

Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

So to be totally honest, chicken noodle soup has never been my favorite. It was always my mom’s go-to the second we were sick, and well, I would always feel *just* well enough to avoid the soup. Seriously though, I’m not sure what it is about it, but I’m not really a fan. Oh, and I should say, it has nothing to do with the way my mom prepares it. I’ve had dozens of versions and while some are better than others, none are my favorite.

But add in a delicious cream base plus cheese-filled tortellini? Well, I’m all over it. And while it’s technically far off from a regular chicken noodle soup, it’s still got the same basics – noodles, chicken, and lots of vegetables. Carrots, celery, onion, and corn to be exact…. 

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Reindeer and Snowman Oreo Cookie Balls + Oreo Stuffed Cookies

Oreo cookie balls Reindeer

Special thanks Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone.  Easy to make reindeer and snowman OREO cookie balls, homemade brownie-mint OREO stuffed cookies, and a fun way to present all these treats at a Christmas party. #CollectiveBias #OREOCookieBalls

EASY Reindeer and Snowman Oreo Cookie Balls + Oreo Stuffed Cookies #Christmas #dessert #oreoHappy December 1st everyone!! Cookie balls are hands-down one of my favorite treats ever and a holiday MUST. I mean can you celebrate Christmas without these?! (I’m kidding here).

These little reindeer are quite simple to make and are so much fun. I made them with my little guy, so naturally they took quite a bit longer…read: he likes to destroy as I create often times quicker than I create. I decided to try making them with Candy Cane OREOs instead of the regular ones, and oh my gosh they are good. The peppermint flavor is subtle, but definitely present. Everyone loved the flavor of these cookie balls with the Candy Cane version, but feel free to substitute regular OREOs or any other different flavor.

The eyes are candies I found at a local craft store, the red noses are red hots, and the “antlers” are broken pretzels. Once the cookie ball is dipped in melted chocolate, the decorating takes no time at all – just press in the candies and pretzels! The one trick I found throughout making these was to “shake” off the chocolate after dipping the cookie ball in it. I did this by using a fork and lightly tapping the fork on the edge of the bowl to get all the excess chocolate off. Otherwise, the nose and eyes tend to slide a bit down the face :)… 

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Homemade Apple Pie + Pumpkin Pie Spice with Free Printables

Homemade apple pie spice

Easy homemade apple pie and pumpkin pie spices perfect for Holiday gifting with free downloadable printables.

Homemade Spices with free Christmas Printable

Hey everyone! How was your Thanksgiving?! Lots of great food and even better company?

We had quite an unconventional Thanksgiving, but one of my favorites thus far. We’ve been traveling this week — we took a road-trip up to Vermont to visit the husband’s old stomping grounds. So last night our Thanksgiving dinner was at one of the only open places in town – an Ihop. Nothing like pancakes to replace turkey :) The rest of the day was filled with a lot of great stories as the husband drove us around and reminisced. And I have to say, he’s totally made me fall in love with Vermont. I’m ready to move here!

Anyways, I’m back today with some more Christmas printables + recipes (and it’s officially Christmas time now so I don’t feel bad about posting these!)


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