The Chef Next Door

Ice Cream Breakfast Parfaits

Treat yourself to ice cream for breakfast with these simple yet indulgent Ice Cream Breakfast Parfaits!
Treat yourself to ice cream for breakfast with these simple yet indulgent Ice Cream Breakfast Parfaits!
I know what you're thinking, ice cream for breakfast? YES! Yes my friends, we are treating ourselves to ice cream for breakfast. And not just plain ole' ice cream, we are making decadent ice cream breakfast parfaits! With layers of overnight oats, ice cream and fruit, these parfaits will definitely jump start your day in the best way.

30 Minute Skillet Pizza Pasta

This pizza pasta is made with six ingredients in one skillet and it's ready in less than 30 minutes! 
It's a perfect meal for any night of the week and one that the whole family will love!
This pizza pasta is made with six ingredients in one skillet and it's ready in less than 30 minutes! It's a perfect meal for any night of the week and one that the whole family will love!
Happy New Year! I know I'm a few days late, but better late than never right? I'm excited to share a new recipe with you today but really I am just thrilled to be back blogging again. As I'm sure you've noticed, I haven't been around much the last year or so. I had a lot going on with my job and my family and I felt it was best to take a break for a bit. I've missed being here so much, it feels amazing to be back! 

Chocolate Peppermint Stick Ice Cream Cake

This Chocolate Peppermint Stick Ice Cream Cake is the perfect combination of a chocolate cookie crust, creamy 
peppermint ice cream and crunchy peppermint pieces to make one delightful holiday dessert!
This Chocolate Peppermint Stick Ice Cream Cake is the perfect combination of a chocolate crust, creamy peppermint ice cream and crunchy peppermint pieces to make one delightful holiday dessert!
When my sons were very young we started a tradition with my parents to have a fun and festive Christmas Eve celebration. Instead of fixing a big dinner, we each pick a few of our favorite appetizers and make a big spread to snack on all night long. We watch our favorite holiday movies, play board games, and simply enjoy each other’s company. A few years back I decided to add to our tradition and surprise everyone with a special new recipe for dessert. This Chocolate Peppermint Stick Ice Cream Cake is one dessert that is easy to make and is adored by the whole family. It tastes like Christmas and is beautiful too!

Beet Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Soft and fluffy, not too sweet, and chocolate chunks in every bite, these 
Beet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are just as beautiful as they are delicious!
Soft and fluffy, not too sweet, and chocolate chunks in every bite, these Beet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are just as beautiful as they are delicious!
Baking is my love language. It's truly  my favorite way to show my friends and family how much I care about them. Don't get me wrong I enjoy cooking too, but baking is my true passion. With the holidays quickly approaching I've been in the kitchen baking up some old favorites as well as a trying out a few new treats. These Beet Chocolate Chunk Cookies just happen to be one of the new recipes that I can't get enough of!

Pressure Cooker Beef Carnitas Tacos

This post was sponsored by Fissler. All opinions, as always, are my own.

This Pressure Cooker Beef Carnitas Tacos recipe is juicy, flavorful and delicious, and so quick and easy to make!
This Pressure Cooker Beef Carnitas Tacos recipe is juicy, flavorful and delicious, and so quick and easy to make!
If you've been around here for awhile then you already know how much I love Mexican food. Taco Tuesday? That doesn't exist around here. I want tacos EVERY day! We often have our usual quick and easy ground beef tacos during the week and I reserve making my favorite chicken for nachos or beef or pork for carnitas for the weekends since that's an all day adventure as I slow cook the meat in the oven for hours. **Spoiler alert** I've cut my cooking time down to an hour! You heard me right...ONE HOUR...from start to finish. That means I can have carnitas any day of the week, even on busy weeknights!

Easy Blueberry Muffins

Bursting with fresh blueberries, these muffins are light, tender, and simple to make!
Bursting with fresh blueberries, these muffins are light, tender, and simple to make!
I love me a good muffin. I mean, who doesn’t love a fresh baked muffin? Especially one that's filled with fresh, juicy blueberries. For starters, the smell of muffins baking in the house is intoxicating. And then biting into one of these muffins, fresh from the oven, is just heaven. I love using fresh blueberries as often as I can, especially locally grown, but frozen will do the job as well.

Crumb Topped Banana Muffins

These light and tender banana muffins are topped with a crunchy cinnamon crumb 
topping that makes them simply irresistible. Bake a batch on the weekend 
and individually wrap them for a quick and delicious breakfast on the go! 
HELLO, friends! It's been awhile since I've been here. How have you been? I hated being away for so long, but 2018 really got the best of me. I've had quite the hard time finding the right balance between my full time job and the blog. OK let's be real here, there hasn't been any balance! My job keeps me busy 9-10 hours a day so there isn't much time left for me and blogging once you throw in cooking, cleaning, walking the dog, exercising, seeing my kids....you get the drift. But I've come up with a plan for 2019 so that I finally have some BALANCE and can work and blog. It's a work in progress so bear with me, but I'm hoping to start posting one to two new recipes per week starting in January. I'm setting a goal to do a minimum of one but I'd love to do two. Baby steps, that's what I keep reminding myself.