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Thrilled to share this MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway with you today!  MZ Wallace has quickly become one of my very favorite brands. I even got to go to their shop in Soho, New York last month.  So amazing!!  Not only super cute but so comfortable to wear with plenty of pockets and room for your things.  Take note…sale ends January 17th!  Happy Shopping!
MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway

One Picky Palate reader will win this amazing “Small Harper” in Black Bedford plus the Mixed Prints Double Tassel.  How fun is this?!  Scroll to bottom for information on how to enter.

MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway

Here’s a closer look at the bag.  I am in love!!  So cute right?

MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway

Also on sale until January 17th is this colorful Allegra in Papaya Bedford.  LOVE this one!

MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway

How pretty is this Chelsea Tote in Pink Lava Bedford?!

MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway

How cute is this Blue Orchid Sutton?  Also on sale this week!MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway

Here’s the Small Markham in Ash Bedford.  Love this color and shape of bag.

MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway

CONTEST HAS ENDED.  Winner has been notified.  Thank you for participating!

To enter the giveaway for the Small Harper in Black Bedford plus the Mixed Prints Double Tassel, leave a comment below telling us one thing you ALWAYS have to have in your bag.  

MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway

Contest ends Friday January 15th 6am PST.  Winner will be notified via email and have 24 hours to respond to claim the prize.  Best of luck!


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Dinner

There is nothing quite like the festive Holiday season! Thrilled to share my Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake. There are so many special traditions that make the season a joy for the whole family.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake

To start, I love the Holiday baking that happens practically everyday from the end of November to the end of December.  Getting in the kitchen with my mom and grandmother often to bake up goodies for our family and friends is a must every year.  Once our goodies are wrapped up, we take the boys around to our friends and neighbors to share our surprise.  One of our very favorite traditions as a family.  There’s always lots of giggling and silly happenings with my boys :)

Not only do we bake, but we love enjoying warm casserole style meals as a family.  I’ve shared one of our favorite simple recipes that includes Campbell’s Healthy Request Condensed Tomato Soup.  It’s a hit with the whole family.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake

We also love gathering together around the tree in the evenings to read stories together.  There’s nothing like the magic of Christmas by the bright tree.  The kids love this tradition.

Christmas Eve is a busy and heartfelt evening.  We start by taking Christmas presents with our extended family to a very special family in need.  Our kids have the experience of watching the joy of giving.  This is a tradition that we look forward to every year.  We then get hot chocolate ready and go look at Christmas lights in festive neighborhoods.

The kids always look forward to our family candy bar game we play every Christmas Eve along with passing out matching pajama sets for the kids.  The Holidays bring such special moments that I will cherish always.  Are our Holidays perfect?  Not a chance, but I certainly wouldn’t want it any other way.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake

Hope you enjoy one of our favorite simple quick fix meals, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake!

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake

Your family is going to love this simple comfort food recipe!

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake

I toasted 8 cups of french bread and transferred to a baking dish.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake

Drizzle with some melted butter.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake

Top with shredded cheddar cheese then pour 2 cans of Campbell’s Tomato Soup over top.  Top with mozzarella cheese and bake!

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bake

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup BakePrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 45 min

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed sourdough bread, 1 inch chunks
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • two 10 ounce cans Campbell’s Healthy Request Condensed Tomato Soup
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place bread cubes onto large baking sheet and toast in oven for 10 minutes. Remove and transfer to 9×13 inch dish. Drizzle with melted butter and garlic salt. Top with shredded cheese. Pour Campbell’s Soup on top then top with mozzarella cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until hot and melted. Remove and serve warm.

Makes 6-8 Servings

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Campbell’s Soup. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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Dinner

This Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake is the perfect weeknight dinner and the ultimate comfort food!
Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new family friendly recipes to add to your weekly menu!  I’ve developed a Mexican style mashed potato bake that is loaded with all of my favorite ingredients.  The kids literally devoured this for dinner.

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

You’ll start by whipping up a batch of mashed potatoes.  See my instructions below for my tips and tricks.

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

Spread your mashed potatoes into a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

Layer with diced tomatoes next.

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

Layer with shredded chicken.

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

Drizzle with Old El Paso’s Mild Green Chili Enchilada Sauce.

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

Top with diced green chiles next.

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

Sliced black olives up next.

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

Shredded Mozzarella cheese and diced green onions.  Bake for 20-30 minutes until hot and cheese melted.

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

Such a hit with the whole family.  Enjoy!

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato Bake

Mexican 7 Layer Mashed Potato BakePrep time: 20 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 50 min

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup warmed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with peppers, mild
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 3/4 cup Old El Paso Mild Green Chile Enchilada Sauce
  • 4 ounce can Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion tops

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place potatoes into a large dutch oven filled with water (3/4 full) over high heat. Boil potatoes until fork tender. Drain and transfer to a stand mixer. Add butter, milk salt, garlic salt and black pepper. Turn mixer on low to start mashing. Slowly add warm milk. Beat until mixed well but be careful to not over mix. Transfer potatoes to baking dish, spreading evenly.
  3. Top potatoes with tomatoes, chicken, enchilada sauce, green chiles, olives, Mozzarella and sliced green onions. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted. Remove and serve warm.

Makes 8 Servings

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Old El Paso. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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Breakfast and Brunch

These Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls are perfect for entertaining your family and friends for brunch!
Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

These waffle rolls drizzle with dreamy cream cheese icing will be the talk of the meal for days to come.  Not only are they beautiful red velvet color, they are tasty and fun!  With no rise time, you’ll have these pretty waffle rolls for your guests in no time at all. Baking is a way to show how much you care for someone, so bake a little extra for your loved ones!  My favorite time of year!

Hope you enjoy!

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Fleischmann’s® to bring your new recipes!  Love the Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise Yeast.  Minimal waiting to get your recipe baking.  Simple everyday ingredients are always a plus!

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

You’ll add your dry ingredients into your stand mixer bowl with the dough hook attached.

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

Add your warm milk/water/butter mixture to the bowl.

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

Red food coloring up next!

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

One large egg up next then give a good mix so the dough kneads for a good 5 minutes.

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

How pretty is this dough?!

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

Press out your dough onto a lightly floured countertop.   I used parchment paper for an easy clean up.

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

Cut your dough into 8 equal parts and press into rounds.  Cook in your waffle iron for a super quick “roll.”

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

Drizzle your waffle rolls with cream cheese icing :)

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

Ok, a little more.

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

Perfect!  Enjoy.

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle Rolls

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet “Waffle Rolls”

Cream Cheese Iced Red Velvet Waffle RollsPrep time: 20 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 40 min

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 packet Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon red food coloring

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter OR margarine, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Preheat waffle iron to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, dry yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl and stir until blended. Place milk, water and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F. Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture with red food coloring and egg. Mix for 2 minutes at medium speed of stand mixer with dough hook attached, scraping bowl occasionally. Dough will form into a ball. Continue mixing for 5 minutes on medium speed.
  2. Transfer dough to a lightly floured countertop and press out to 1/2 inch thick rectangle, about 9×13 inches. Cut into 8 equal parts and press each part into a round. Place each dough round into waffle maker and cook for 1 minute, until cooked through. Remove and continue with remaining dough rounds. Place onto serving plate.
  3. Combine all frosting ingredients (start with 1 tablespoon milk and add more if needed) in a large bowl and beat until creamy. Drizzle over waffle rolls to serve.

Makes 8 Servings
Recipe inspired by Fleischmann’s Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Fleischmann’s®.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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Chit Chat

So excited to share my favorite bag sale, from MZ Wallace!
Favorite Bag Sale MZ Wallace

Today only, get 40% off select MZ Wallace Metro Totes…they never go on sale!  All of the totes going on sale are very colorful and fun, you have to check them out!  This cherry one is one of my very favorites.  I use it for travel, farmer’s markets and everyday wear.  I love how they are so soft and fit everything I need!  In fact, I’m packing it for NYC as I type.  Can’t wait to take it with me this week on my travels!

So fun hunting for the perfect Christmas gifts for family and friends right now, I’ll definitely be taking advantage of this awesome sale!

Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with MZ Wallace. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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Dinner

This Creamy Garlic Chicken Rice Bake can be whipped up in no time and makes a great weeknight dinner!
Creamy Garlic Chicken Rice Bake

Talking dinnertime today. It can look so very different for every family right?

Depending on the day of the week, time of day, dinnertime can be well thought out, beautifully set or easily the opposite.  Some evenings are so busy that we are lucky to have even the simplest of dinners put out for our families.

Whatever your situation, don’t be too hard on yourself.  There are plenty of times my kids get my finest paper plates and disposable cups  to eat their meal on.  The point is that dinner doesn’t always have to be a beautiful picture perfect setting.  It’s far more about what happens at the dinner table.

When I can get my entire family around the dinner table for a good half hour, I feel like I have succeeded.  That gives us time to enjoy our meal and talk about what went on during the kids day.  Are they all sitting like perfect angels the entire time?  Not a chance, but that’s real life.  Are they passing my quick fix meal to each other in our finest dishes?  Nope, but that is also real life.

Focusing on quality conversation during those few minutes I have everyone at the table is my goal.  I know that’s what my kids will remember.

Do you have go-to meals that you can get to the table quickly during the busy weeknights?  I love making sure my pantry is stocked with Campbell’s Soup.  So many nights I’ll whip up grilled cheese sandwiches with the kid’s favorite Campbell’s Soup for dipping.

Creamy Garlic Chicken Rice Bake

It’s a pleasure partnering with Campbell’s Soup today to get real about dinnertime.

When time is short I am a huge fan of Campbell’s Condensed Soups for quick fix casserole ideas or slow cooker recipes that I can put together early morning so dinner is done when everyone gets home.   When life is busy, keeping it simple will help ease the pressure of dinnertime.  Try keeping your refrigerator stocked with fresh produce so you can have vegetables on hand.  Broccoli florets are my go to vegetable when time is short.  Once your water is boiling on the stovetop, stir in your broccoli and it’s fork tender in about 3 minutes.

Letting go of dinnertime perfection has brought me so much more enjoyment the last few years.  We focus on good conversation, delicious simple meals and family fun.  That is what the kids will remember and that is real life :)

Be sure to check out this simple weeknight dinner recipe we love!

Creamy Garlic Chicken Rice Bake

Creamy Garlic Chicken and Rice Bake

Creamy Garlic Chicken Rice BakePrep time: 20 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 40 min

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry brown rice
  • 10 3/4 ounce can Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 4 cups gently steamed broccoli florets
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook rice according to package directions. Transfer rice to large bowl. Stir in soup, milk, garlic salt, chicken and broccoli. Transfer to baking dish and top with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, until hot and cheese melted.

Makes 6-8 Servings

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Campbell’s Soup.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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Desserts

These Chocolate Covered Pecan Pie Bars are the perfect dessert to bring to your Holiday table.
Chocolate Covered Pecan Bites

What a pleasure partnering with Karo® Syrup today to bring you a Holiday treat that will wow all of your guests! The texture Karo Syrup brings to your baking is like no other.  It’s always stocked in my pantry for all of my Holiday baking.

After I baked a fantastic pecan pie with Karo® Syrup, I used a cookie scoop to make little pecan pie mounds.  Drizzle with melted chocolate, let set and you’ve got yourself an adorable Holiday dessert that looks great on your table!

Chocolate Covered Pecan Bites

Be sure you have Karo® Syrup! Karo’s sweetness and ooey gooey texture will transform your recipe, provides the perfect amount of sweetness that allows your ingredients to stand-out.  Baking is a way to show how much you care for someone, so bake a little extra for your loved ones!  My favorite time of year!

Chocolate Covered Pecan Bites

Make sure you have some beautiful pecan halves for your pie.

Chocolate Covered Pecan Bites

You want to make sure you let your pecan pie cool completely before starting the next part of the recipe.

Chocolate Covered Pecan Bites

Use a small-medium cookie scoop to form little bites then transfer to parchment paper.

Chocolate Covered Pecan Bites

Make sure you get pieces of pie crust in each bite.

Chocolate Covered Pecan Bites

Drizzle melted chocolate over each bite covering most of the bite.  This helps keep the bite together.

Chocolate Covered Pecan Bites

Ahhhh, chocolate!

Chocolate Covered Pecan Bites

Beautiful little bites, worth every minute of prep work!

Chocolate Covered Pecan Bites

These work great with your pecan pie leftovers too!

Chocolate Covered Pecan Bites

Chocolate Covered Pecan Pie Bites

Chocolate Covered Pecan BitesPrep time: 15 minutes min | Cook time: 2 hours plus 1 hour cooling time | Total time: 3 hours 15 min

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) pecan halves
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked OR frozen deep-dish pie crust
  • 1 cup melted chocolate

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla using a spoon. Stir in pecans. Pour filling into pie crust.
  3. Bake on center rack of oven for 60 to 70 minutes (see tips for doneness, below). Cool for 2 hours on wire rack before serving.
  4. When pie is completely cool, use a small-medium cookie scoop and scoop baked pumpkin pie pieces and transfer to parchment paper. Drizzle melted chocolate over tops of bites, covering most of the bites. Let chocolate set then serve room temperature or chilled.

Makes 16-18 bites
Pecan Pie recipe via Karo Syrup

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Karo® Syrup. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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Chit Chat

Sharing my thoughts on Where to Find The Best Christmas Cards!  For years, I’ve been over the moon with Minted.com.
The Best Christmas CardsIt was an absolute treat to get to work with Jaana of Photography by Jaana at Disneyland Resort last month.  I have always wanted family pictures at Disneyland since I am a total Disney nut.  My dream finally came true and I made it happen!  If you are ever wanting to do the same for your family, I can’t say enough about Jaana.  She was amazing to work with and created the most beautiful pictures for my family.  See my favorites HERE.

As soon as I got my proofs back from Jaana, I knew that I was going to create my Christmas Cards with Minted!  I’ve used them for years and they have the cutest designs and most beautiful cards.

Where To Order The Best Christmas Cards

Love this design I chose for one of my cards, “it’s a Wonderful life.” The foil is so shiny and beautiful!

Where To Order The Best Christmas Cards

How fun is this Destination Luggage Tag Card?  Love this one too :)

Where To Order The Best Christmas Cards

I also chose this Sprit of Christmas Card :)

Where To Order The Best Christmas Cards

….and the back of the card, lol!  Love this!

Where To Order The Best Christmas Cards

Be sure to check out Minted for your Christmas Cards this year, you’ll be glad you did!  My order came so fast and the cards are so beautiful in person!

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Minted.com.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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