5 Game of Thrones Inspired Drinks

Can anyone else believe that Game of Thrones officially ends this Sunday? Honestly, I don’t know what we’re going to do with our Sunday nights now that we don’t have these episodes to look forward to. While Nick and I aren’t having a viewing party with our friends, I haven’t stopped thinking about GoT inspired food and beverages that we could make this Sunday as tribute to the series finale. While we may be snacking on character favorites throughout the day, such as Sansa’s sweet lemon cakes or the Hounds classic fried chicken, I wanted to share a few drink recipes you can enjoy during the series finale as a toast to eight great seasons and ten great years.

So cheers to you Game of Thrones with these five inspired cocktails:

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Our First Month with HelloFresh

It’s a no brainer that cooking and “adulting” go hand in hand. Gone are the days of microwaved ramen, frozen meals, and regular take-out dinners. Unless you want to weigh 200 pounds and go broke, something has to change. And rightfully so! As we get older, our food palette changes too. Over the year’s we’ve tried different foods and flavors that we’ve grown to love, but how do we recreate them in our own, millennial budget kitchen? Insert HelloFresh. 

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Peanut Butter and Coconut Cream Easter Eggs Recipe

If you know me and have been following my blog, you know I love traditions. I think there is something so special about family traditions for holidays and making memories with your friends and family each year that last a lifetime. While some may say that traditions don’t change year after year, I disagree. You add newcomers to the story. You remember past relatives. As time goes on, you create new memories and family stories that are passed on to new generations. I don’t care what anyone says, but everyone has a tradition or memory connected to each holiday that brings you happiness.

I have many fond Easter memories, from egg hunts at home when I was a kid to even dressing up as the Easter Bunny for the local nursing home as a pre-teen. Easter was always a special time for me because it meant my grandmother and aunt would come out to visit and bring along a family tradition of our own: homemade chocolate peanut butter and coconut cream Easter eggs.

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15 Recipes to Master by 25

It’s no secret I love spending time in our kitchen. Ever since I was a little girl, I was always fascinated by cooking. Like many children, I started with my play kitchen complete with frying pan and stocked plastic fridge and eventually moved on to the real deal, experimenting with recipes in the microwave, stovetop, oven – you name it!

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Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday? If your answer is no, don’t worry – you still have some time. Rather than disappoint your guests with chips and salsa and a takeout pizza, make your own game winning appetizers that will have your friends cheering for more.

Living outside of Philly, cheesesteaks are a must at all sporting events and parties. But making cheesesteaks for 20+ people can be time consuming and costly. Philly Cheesesteak Peppers, on the other hand, are bite size, low carb, inexpensive, and super easy to make. Talk about a win, win, win, and WIN! This recipe makes 30 mini stuffed peppers in just 20 minutes for only $17.50. If you want to break it down by CPP (cost per pepper), you’re spending less than 60 cents per delicious app. 

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Breakfast Hack: Egg Muffins

Who loves a homemade diner style omelette in the morning, but hates the work (and clean up) involved? I know I do! Every morning I find myself racing against the clock to get ready for work, leaving only a few minutes for a bowl of cereal, toast and fruit, or worse, a granola bar. Rather than skip out on the most important meal of the day, I started making these easy egg muffins at the beginning of my week so I can enjoy a healthy breakfast without the hassle. Make a bunch in advance and store them in the fridge for up to five days. When you’re hungry, just pop ’em in the microwave and start your day in the most egg-cellant way!

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

You know what they say – Chicken Noodle Soup, it’s good for the soul! I firmly believe chicken noodle soup is one of those staple foods that everyone should learn how to make. It’s hearty, healthy, and let’s be honest, it’s the best cure for the common cold. Yet, for some reason, everyone is more willing to go grab a can of salty soup from the grocery store instead of making a pot from scratch. Why? What is so intimidating about making homemade soup? Your grandparents did it and so can you.

I’m one of those people who can eat soup all year round, but it’s not until the temperature drops below 30 degrees that I am in the “soup making” mood. This past week my friend whipped up a pot of chicken noodle soup and ever since she mentioned it, I’ve been CRAVING it. I threw my apron on and made my own this past weekend, some to freeze and some for lunch this week. Soup is one of the simplest meal prep menu items you can make for lunch or busy weeknight dinners. Paired with a side salad, you’ll get a punch of vitamins and antioxidants that will power you through the day, while boosting your immune system!

If you have a secret soup recipe passed down from grandma, grab a pot and start cooking. If you don’t have a recipe in your back pocket, follow these easy steps to make homemade chicken noodle soup even grandma would love!

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Caramel Corn Muffins

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and you were just asked to bring a side dish to tomorrow night’s dinner! What are other people making? What will everyone like? Before you panic, grab your favorite corn bread mix and make these sweet and unique Caramel Corn Muffins!

Yes, you heard me right. Grab your favorite corn bread mix. While some things I think are easier and better to make from scratch, corn bread comes best out of a box or bag (in my opinion!) Plus, if you’re in a rush, why spend time perfecting a recipe when commercial brands have already done that for us! The secret homemade touch to these corn muffins is a drizzle of caramel on top. A little bit of sweet, a little bit of buttery and a whole lot of yum! Even though they are sweet with the touch of caramel, I still categorize these muffins are a side dish and appetizer right next to the traditional dinner rolls. I promise these miniature muffins will be a hit this holiday season!

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Seven Staple Foods You Should Always Have in Your Kitchen 

We all know that feeling. You open the fridge or pantry to see absolutely nothing to eat besides some chips or crackers, maybe a box pasta and frozen meals. Nothing about that sounds appetizing or nutritious. Nevertheless, we always seem to resort to eating a potluck of garbage from the pantry or worse, ordering Chinese takeout or pizza delivery. It’s time to say no to takeout and munchies for dinner, and say yes to homemade dinners!

Life gets busy. Between work, extra curricular activities, chores, bills (the list goes on and on,) when is there time to grocery shop and prepare healthy meals that keep you moving as fast as your life is. The key is stocking your kitchen with these seven versatile foods that can be transformed into a flavorful and nutritious meal your family will love. These seven ingredients are easy to cook with and jam-packed with protein, vitamins, and low in carbs. Here are my recommended kitchen staples and 12 meal ideas you can make with them:

Candy Cookie Bars

Are you staring at your dining room table littered with colorful wrappers of candy, candy, candy! Before you throw it all away, transform your leftover chocolate candy into the world’s sweetest cookie!

Whether you are trying to get rid of excess candy you purchased for Trick or Treaters, or trying to minimize your child’s loot bag, Candy Cookie Bars are the tastiest and easiest way to reduce your candy supply before it goes to waste.

These cookie bars are basically the Halloween kitchen sink of cookies. It doesn’t matter what chocolate candy you throw into the batter, it will always taste good. Imagine the ooey gooey-ness of Snickers caramel, the creaminess of Reese’s Peanut Butter and the crunch from M&M’s. Each bite is a taste of your favorite candy bar surrounded by a soft cookie shell.

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