{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 and flourless pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies have no butter, oil, or flour PLUS only two tablespoons of sugar for the whole recipe! 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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Saturday Night Fever Party #51: Chocolate Features


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Hey everyone! Last week, we welcomed Jaren from Diary of a Recipe Collector.  (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 next week.) And this week, I’m excited to announce Laura from Petite Allergy Treats. She is the cutest! She creates healthier recipes and adapts a lot of food for anyone with allergies. I love her fun creations – definitely check out her page!

And now for the features, which are all chocolate based because, well chocolate is my jam. Except, err. That doesn’t make too much sense… :)… 

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{Slow Cooker} Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

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This healthy and made-in-the-crockpot soup is flavorful and has a deliciously spicy kick. Made with chicken, salsa verde, corn, black beans, and optional toppings of avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and lime juice this soup is not only flavorful, but very healthy as well!

So healthy and simple Crockpot soup! Salsa verde chicken with lots of customization options #soup #cleaneatingHow do you feel about salsa verde? Flavors – I am so in love with. Color? Not so much. It actually kind of freaks me out a little bit. So it’s a good thing it tastes so great. And makes this soup taste so deliciously yum.

If you’ve never had salsa verde, you’ve got to get on that. There’s nothing quite like it. Regular salsa uses red tomatoes, and salsa verde – it uses tomatillos giving it a tangy and zesty flavor while still staying true to the chili and onion flavor. All the flavors just work…. 

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Easy Mini Corndogs


Tiny corndogs made in a miniature muffin tin with cornbread mix and chopped hot dogs. These are super quick and simple and the perfect appetizer for your tailgating parties!
Simple 3-ingredient mini cornbread corndogs. Perfect for tailgating!! Who likes corndogs? I’ll start – I do not like them!! In fact, my whole family is probably rolling around laughing that I have a corndog recipe on my blog. When I first started dating my husband, his quick meal of choice was a corndog. He had a huge freezer package of them that he would warm up and eat all the time. I teased him constantly about the corndogs because I thought they were so gross. And my whole family knows that because they would tease him too. But these – I don’t really considered them corndogs because they are SO different and much better than corndogs. I really love these! Cornbread is my favorite bread ever – so using cornbread to house a hot dog – that’s my kind of appetizer! Heck, I could even eat these as a meal. And with football season coming, these are going to be just the appetizer or meal you’ll want to make…. 

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