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February 2014: A Review


I’m sitting in bed on this lovely snow day (I like the snow, but in all honesty I am soooo ready for warm weather) and I can’t believe I’m writing a review of February already (yeah, I know I say that pretty much every month, but time has been flying lately).  February may be a short month but it was jam packed with great activities and lots of delicious food!  Picking out just ten recipes to share with you all was kind of a challenge this month, I hope you enjoy perusing them as much as I enjoyed picking them out!

My Top 3 Most Viewed Posts of the Month:

  1. Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – One of my favorite cookies, you’ll love them too 🙂   bcc cookie and milk
  2. Chili and Cornbread – A perfect hearty meal for cold snowy weather like this!   chili and cornbread
  3. Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Greek Yogurt-Sour Cream Dipping Sauce – Probably my most popular recipe, you should absolutely try it for yourself.      sweet potato fries and sauce


My Top 10 Favorite Links of the Month:

  1. It’s Girl Scout Cookie season, and while I have no problem eating a box of Samoas, this No Bake Samoa Cheesecake (From Life, Love & Sugar) looks like a great way to make a new dessert out of something already delicious!

    No Bake Samoa Cheesecake - You don't even need the cookies, so you can make it all year long!

    From Life, Love & Sugar

  2. If you know me at all (or read my blog at all) it’s no secret that I absolutely love Mexican food, and these Cheesy Baked Chicken Taquitos (from Anna Shortcakes) will be making an appearance at my dinner table!


    From Anna Shortcakes

  3. If you know anything about me, you also know I love chocolate, and this Chocolate Truffle Crème Brûlée (from Love and Olive Oil) looks like pure chocolatey goodness!

    Chocolate Truffle Crème Brûlée

    From Love and Olive Oil

  4. This Quinoa with Roasted Red Peppers and Tomatoes (From BB a la Carte) looks like a delicious and healthy dinner that’s full of flavor!


    From BB a la Carte

  5. Coffee cake is always a delicious taste treat and this Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake (From the Thankful Heart) version sounds incredibly tangy and sweet!


    From The Thankful Heart

  6. This recipe screams comfort food to the extreme: Chicken and Biscuit Pockets (From Ranting Chef).

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    From Ranting Chef

  7. Banana and peanut butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations (if you add chocolate then you have the trifecta) and this Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting (From Two Peas and Their Pod) pairs them both perfectly!

    Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe on So simple and SO good!

    From Two Peas and Their Pod

  8. Smoky Bacon Mac and Cheese (From Crumb Blog) seems like an amazing and delicious twist on my favorite food ever, I mean, adding bacon can only make things better, right?

    Smoky Bacon Mac and Cheese

    From Crumb Blog

  9. I love strawberries and I love caprese, this recipe for Strawberry Caprese Crostini (Put On Your Cake Pants) combines them on bread, I’m not sure what could be better!

    strawberry caprese crostini

    From Put On Your Cake Pants

  10. This final recipe for Pina Colada Sorbet (From Turmeric n Spice) is me hoping that it warms up soon and I can enjoy Pina Coladas by the pool (but I have a feeling that will be wishful thinking for a while longer).

    #PinaColadaSorbet  #EasyPinaColadaSorbet #Sorbet #FruitSorbet

    From Turmeric n Spice


Feel free to share any recipes you’re loving this month!


January 2014: A Review


Somehow January has come and gone, which means it’s time for my monthly review!  Since I never got around to writing a review for December I’m including 5 recipes from December that I really loved too (are you happy now An?).  So here you have it ladies and gentlemen, my top recipes and my favorite links from January (and December).

My Top 3 Most Viewed Posts of the Month:

  1. Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – Super simple, yet amazingly delicious, soft, moist cookies  bcc cookie and milk
  2. Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese – How could you not want to make this?  chicken bacon ranch macaroni and cheese
  3. Sweet Potato Fries with Greek Yogurt-Sour Cream Dipping Sauce – This recipe is continuously one of my most viewed, if you haven’t made them yet I’m not sure what you’re waiting for!  sweet potato fries and sauce

My Top 10 Favorite Links from January:

  1. These Salted Caramel Brownies with a Pretzel Crust (from Baker’s Royale) are pretty much everything I want in life.                                                                                                                          
    Salted Caramel Brownie with a Pretzel Crust from BakersRoyale

    From Baker’s Royale

  2. Chicken and Vegetable Stew with Pinnacle Whipped Vodka (from Realistic Cooking Ideas) will DEFINITELY be making an appearance on my dinner table in the near future.     
    Chicken and Vegetable Stew with Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

    From Realistic Cooking Ideas

  3. This Roasted Red Pepper Dip (from Overtime Cook) sounds like a great homemade version of one of my favorite restaurant appetizers.                             
    Red Pepper Dip on OvertimeCook

    From Overtime Cook

  4. If someone would show up with these Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookies (from Two Peas and Their Pod) I would be forever grateful!                                       
    Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cookie Recipe on My new favorite cookie!

    From Two Peas and Their Pod

  5. Quinoa Pizza Bites (from Liberty on Less) look delicious and seem like such an intriguing twist on pizza! 

    From Liberty on Less

  6. I love a good burger and I really love unique mixes on burgers so these Pork, Ginger, and Apricot Burgers in Toasted Pitas with Tzatziki and Feta Cheese Salad sound amazing!      
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    From Homemade With Mess

  7. Ever since my semester abroad in Argentina I love everything with dulce de leche and these Dulce de Leche Brownies (From Brown Eyed Baker) look like my perfect dessert!      
    Dulce de Leche Brownies by @browneyedbaker ::

    From Brown Eyed Baker

  8. This Grilled Chicken, Roast Vegetables and Tahini Dressing (from Food Frankly) looks like a delicious, simple dinner.                                                                                                                               
    Grilled chicken tahini dressing

    From Food Frankly

  9. Indonesian Slaw with Spicy Peanut Dressing (from Anna Shortcakes) seems like a unique and very yummy dish!                                                           

    From Anna Shortcakes

  10. I LOVE wings and I absolutely need to try these Spicy Maple Chicken Wings (from Urban Bakes).    
    Mouthwatering Spicy Maple Chicken Wings |

    From Urban Bakes

My Top 5 Favorite Links from December:

  1. I love caramel coffee drinks and cupcakes so these Caramel Mocha Cupcakes (from Blue Sky Daze) sound AMAZING!                                               

    From Blue Sky Daze

  2. I have no words for this Un-Stuffed Pepper Soup (from Miss Chris Creations) it just looks absolutely delicious!                                                                                                             
    Un-Stuffed Pepper Soup

    From Miss Chris Creations

  3. Two of my favorite flavors, banana and coconut, come together in these Banana Coconut Oatmeal Cookies (from Roast Potatoes For), how could you not want these?    
    Banana Cookies

    From Roast Potatoes For

  4. These Sugar Cookie Hot Cocoa Cupcakes (from Half Baked Harvest) are the quintessential holiday dessert!    
    Sugar Cookie Hot Cocoa Cupcakes |

    From Half Baked Harvest

  5. Two words: Pretzel Turtles (from The Pioneer Woman), nothing more needs to be said.    
    Pretzel Turtles

    From The Pioneer Woman

Feel free to share your favorites too!

November 2013: A Review


So, somehow November has been over for a little over a week, I’ve been really busy with exams, presentations, and Thanksgiving so this review post is coming la, bu it’s here nonetheless, enjoy!

My Top 3 Most Viewed Posts of the Month:

  1. Chili and Cornbread
  2. Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler
  3. Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Greek Yogurt-Sour Cream Dipping Sauce


My Top 10 Favorite Links of the Month:

  1. These Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Maple Marshmallow Frosting (from Overtime Cook) seem like the perfect Thanksgiving dessert, they’ll definitely be making an appearance on my menu next year!

    sweet potato cupcakes with maple marshmallow frosting on OvertimeCook

    From Overtime Cook

  2. Pumpkin is the perfect fall (and winter) dessert (I think that’s a proven fact), and these Pumpkin Butter Cookies (from Liberty on Less) look delicious!


    From Liberty on Less

  3. Winter is coming and this Chipotle Chicken Chili (from The Pioneer Woman) will absolutely find its way into my kitchen at least once this year.


    From The Pioneer Woman

  4. Fudgy Mint Cookie Brownies (from Averie Cooks) look like the perfect combination of mint and chocoalte, which is always delicious, especially around Christmas time!

    Fudgy Mint Chocolate Brookies {brownie + cookie} - Easy, no-mixer recipe at

    From Averie Cooks

  5. Since we have a brownie recipe we should probably also have a blondie recipe, these butterscotch blondies (from Recipe Boy) look absolutely scrumptious!

    Butterscotch Blondies - RecipeBoy

    From Recipe Boy

  6. Salmon Teriyaki (from Ang Sarap) sounds like a simple and yummy dinner.

    Salmon Teriyaki

    From Ang Sarap

  7. What’s that you say, you want another pumpkin recipe?  Well excellent, because these Raspberry Cream Swirled Pumpkin Muffins (from Picky Palate) look AMAZING!

    Raspberry and Cream Swirled Pumpkin Muffins by Picky Palate

    From Picky Palate

  8. What would one of my monthly reviews be without a Mexican recipe?  These Spicy Crispy Chicken Fajitas with Homemade Salsa and Citrus Sour Cream NEED to happen for dinner in my apartment ASAP!

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    From Homemade with Mess

  9. One last final pumpkin recipe (until next month…) these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares (from Recipe Girl) combine two of my favorite things, pumpkin and chocolate!

    Pumpkin- Chocolate Chip Squares - RecipeGirl

    From Recipe Girl

  10. Last, but certainly not least, Cranberry Sangria (from What’s Gaby Cooking) is the perfect drink for all of your upcoming holiday celebrations!

    Cranberry Sangria | An Easy Cocktail for Thanksgiving

    From What’s Gaby Cooking


That’s my list!  Feel free to share your favorite links from November!


October 2013: A Review


Apparently it’s November… when the heck did that happen?!?  I swear time has been speeding up, does that mean I’m getting old???  Annyyywayyy, regardless of how fast I think the time has been going, the end of October brings my compilation of the tastiest recipes I’ve found this month!


My Top 3 Most Viewed Posts:

  1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Tis the season for pumpkin and these cookies will definitely hit the spot!pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
  2. Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – The banana version of the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, soft and delicious!  bcc cookie and milk
  3. Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler – Peach season may be over but the demand for this delicious tangy, sweet, juicy cobbler apparently isn’t going anywhere.

My Top 10 Favorite Links:

  1. Starting things out with a delicious pumpkin treat, if I woke up to these Pumpkin Pecan Cinnamon Rolls (from Bakerella) I would be soooo happy!

    Cinnamon Rolls

    From Bakerella

  2. Another delicious fall treat, this Apple Cake with Thick Caramel Icing (from Chaos and Cookies) looks delectable!


    From Chaos and Cookies

  3. These Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde Nachos (from Two Peas and Their Pod) need to happen in my life right now.

    Chicken Chile Verde Nachos Recipe on Perfect for game day!

    From Two Peas and Their Pod

  4. Kiwi, Apple and Cinnamon Jam (from Papaya Pieces) sounds like a tasty, unique treat.

    Kiwi, apple and cinnamon jam

    From Papaya Pieces

  5. Need a dinner recipe?  May I suggest this Sicilian Caponata (from Chilli Marmalade).

    Sicilian caponata recipe

    From Chilli Marmalade

  6. Chocolate chocolate chip cookies (from Eat My Shortbread), need i say more?


    From Eat My Shortbread

  7. This Cuban Pot Roast (From I Breath I’m Hungry) will most definitely be making an appearance on my plate soon!

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    From I Breath I’m Hungry

  8. These Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Pancakes (from Running to the Kitchen) sound like a creative and yummy breakfast!

    Sweet potato oat chocolate chip pancakes |

    From Running to the Kitchen

  9. Speaking of sweet potatoes, these Thai Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers (from Oh She Glows) look AMAZING!

    thaiveggieburger 2353   Thai Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers with Spicy Peanut Sauce

    From Oh She Glows

  10. Last but most certainly not least have breakfast in cookie form with these Maple and Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Pancake Cookies (from Picky Palate).

    Maple and Blueberry Pancake White Chocolate Chip Cookies

    From Picky Palate


And a bonus link because Halloween has come and gone and you need to think of exciting new things to do with all that leftover candy.  I saw this 7 Layer Candy Dip from Serious Eats on Buzzfeed and I thought it was a pretty genius idea!


Yummmmmmm!  What were your favorite links from this month?

September 2013: A Review


September has come and gone meaning it’s time for my monthly review post!  This was a really busy month for me with school starting again, getting back in the swing of classes and getting used to my TA responsibilities has kept me pretty busy but it’s been great so far.  Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been drooling over this month.

My Top 3 Most Viewed Posts:

  1. Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler – Tangy, sweet summer treat, make it while you can still get fresh peaches!   Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler
  2. Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – The perfect way to use brown bananas, moist delicious cookies with lots of chocolate.     bcc cookie and milk
  3. Sweet Potato Fries with Greek Yogurt-Sour Cream Dipping Sauce – A top viewed post for the last few months with good reason, they’re amazing, if you haven’t tried them yet you’re missing out!     sweet potato fries and sauce

My Top 10 Favorite Links:

  1. This list is going to include man, many pumpkin dishes so let’s start out with these amazing Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing (from Kitchen Joy).

    Pumpkin Cookies

    From Kitchen Joy

  2. This Baked Peach Almond Oatmeal (from Two Peas and Their Pod) is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer, it looks fantastic!

    Baked Peach Almond Oatmeal Recipe on

    From Two Peas and Their Pod

  3. Speaking of delicious breakfast these Iced Blueberry Crumble Pancakes (from Picky Palate) need to be in my life ASAP.

    Iced Blueberry Crumble Pancakes by Picky Palate

    From Picky Palate

  4. And to welcome fall I think this Pumpkin Pie and Brown Butter Swirl Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Crumble (from Handmade Jade) sounds just about perfect!

    pumpkin pie & brown butter swirl ice cream with graham cracker crumble // Handmade Jade

    From Handmade Jade

  5. Since I figured it would be good to include some actual food in this list rather than just delicious treats, feast your eyes on this Harvest Vegetable and Chicken Soup with Quinoa and Bacon (from Recipe Girl).

    Harvest Vegetable, Chicken and Quinoa Soup with Bacon

    From Recipe Girl

  6. I love salmon and avocado, so this Wasabi Salmon with Avocado Rice (from Sexy Cuisine) sounds like the perfect meal to me!

    wasabi salmon with avocado rice

    From Sexy Cuisine

  7. More pumpkin goodness (yes, I am a bit obsessed…), this Pumpkin Pecan Pie Granola (from Wicked Good Kitchen) looks like a delicious snack.

    Pumpkin Pecan Pie Granola by #fall #breakfast #brunch #recipe

    From Wicked Good Kitchen

  8. This colorful dish, Brussels Sprouts Skillet (from Paleo Foodie Kitchen) will brighten up any meal!


    From Paleo Foodie Kitchen

  9. By now I’m sure you know I love Mexican Food and Breakfast so these Breakfast Burritos (from What’s Gaby Cooking) combine two of my favorite things!

    Breakfast Burritos - What's Gaby Cooking

    From What’s Gaby Cooking

  10. Last but not least, this Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake (from Will Cook for Smiles) is absolutely going to be making an appearance in my kitchen.  Chocolate?  Check.  Pumpkin?  Check.  Cheesecake?  Check.  What more could you want?

    Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake 5  (c) #pumpkin #cheesecake #chocolate

    From Will Cook for Smiles

Feel free to share your favorite links!

1st Blogiversary


It’s hard for me to believe, but today marks the one year anniversary of my blog!  A year ago today I posted this family recipe for Zucchini Bread.

Piece of bread

Since then I’ve had the pleasure of sharing quite a few posts with you.  Keeping with the tradition of my review blogs I decided to give you the top ten most viewed posts of the past year!
The Top 10 Posts for the 1st Year of Once in a Blue Spoon


  1. Blueberry Sugar Cookies – I absolutely LOVE these cookies and I 100% understand why they’re number 1, tangy blueberries, sweet sugar, creamy cream cheese, delicious! blueberry sugar cookie bite
  2. Chili and Cornbread – Such a classic, hearty, and comforting meal.  chili and cornbread
  3. Penne with Vodka Sauce – One of my favorite pastas, a creamy tomato sauce with a kick!  penne with vodka sauce
  4. Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Greek Yogurt-Sour Cream Dipping Sauce – Hot crunchy sweet potatoes with creamy cool dipping dippers.  sweet potato fries and sauce
  5. Wing Night – What do you prefer Buffalo or Garlic Parmesan?  How about both!  Wings in PanGarlic Parm Wings
  6. Mountain Pies – A camping classic you can make at home, pizza grilled cheese!  Mountain Pies
  7. Spice Cake and Nanny’s 90th Birthday Party – My grandma’s favorite cake, Spice Cake with Caramel Icing, I also made Maple Cream Cheese Icing for good measure.caramel icing and spice cake
  8. Dutch Oven Strawberry Cobbler – Sooo simple yet so yummy! strawberry cobbler with ice cream
  9. Banana Bread with Yogurt – A spongy, moist, flavorful banana bread made with Greek yogurt and blueberry kefir.bbkbananabread
  10. Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole – My favorite breakfast, bacon, eggs, potatoes, peppers, onions, cheese! in dutch oven

Thank you so much for reading!

March 2013: A Review


Here it is folks, a review of March 2013 – my top posts and links to other blog posts I found and loved this month (they’re all food-related and mostly sweets… it’s been that kinda month!).

My Top 3 Most Viewed Posts

  1. Spice Cake and Nanny’s 90th Birthday Party – We had a party for my grandma and I made some yummy cakes                                       My brother, Nanny, and I at the party
  2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs – Pretty much the best part of Easter pb eggs and eggs
  3. Oven Roasted Pork Loin and Veggies – Easy, delicious dinner  finished pork roast

My Top 10 Favorite Links of the Month

  1. Cake Pan Cookies Stuffed with Almond Joys (from Vanilla Sugar Blog) – Chocolatey coconut delicousness


    From Vanilla Sugar

  2. Irish Cream in a cupcake, what more could you want?? (from Pass the Sushi)


    From Pass the Sushi

  3. Say this five times fast:  Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake (from Wicked Good Kitchen)

    Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake 5

    From Wicked Good Kitchen

  4. I’ve been on a big guac kick lately and this Cheesy Guacamole (from What’s Gaby Cooking) looks like a great twist on the classic

    Cheesy Guacamole from

    From What’s Gaby Cooking

  5. And speaking of condiments for tortilla chips, let’s take a look at this Mango Pineapple Salsa (from Brown Eyed Baker)

    Mango-Pineapple Salsa

    From Brown Eyed Baker

  6. This milkshake (from Two Peas and Their Pod) combines two of my favorite things – mint chocolate chip ice cream and brownies


    From Two Peas and Their Pod

  7. What’s better than cookies?  Cookies with seven different kinds of Easter candy in them (from Picky Palate)!

    Monster Easter Cookies by Picky Palate

    From Picky Palate

  8. The Mexican version of my favorite Italian food, Mexican Lasagna (from Homemade Delish), I’m sold!


    From Homemade Delish

  9. Tilapia with a Creamy Chili Sauce (From Realistic Cooking Ideas), somebody make me this for dinner.  Pretty please?

    Tilapis with Chili Cream Sauce Final Picture

    From Realistic Cooking Ideas

  10. And last but not least, I have some brown bananas begging to mingle with nutella in this bread (from Eat My Shortbread)


    From Eat My Shortbread

What are your favorite links from March?