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…we get to the wedding, the more I am realizing how much I have to learn.  There is a huge wave of “NEW” coming straight toward me and I’m trying to be ready for it. I will have a new name, a new home, a new role, a new bed, a new husband and a whole lot of new responsibilities….. like cooking.  Today, after a long day of errands and an afternoon filled full of homeowner responsibilites, Michael and I decided to go to dinner.  We love going new places, trying new things (well I do at least, Michael will stick to his bacon cheeseburger). While this seems fine…. it’s actually a really bad habit that we have.

We LOVE eating out and we’ll use ANY excuse possible to get me out of the kitchen! Today the excuse was “oh, we picked out paint samples…so…. lets go out to eat to celebrate!”   This will definitely become a problem when we’re married and our kitchen table goes unused! (Our table is from Ikea that we LOVE itttttt, it expands and seats 10, cute, modern, CHEAP…great starter table!… I’m stopping now)  ANYWAY, after we’re married, I want to embrace the fact that we have a cute little kitchen and I want to actually USE it! My cooking skills have NEVER been the greatest (that was my sister’s area of expertise!).  However, I improved slightly during my senior year of college and now I just have to bite the bullet and jump in with both feet! When we get back from the honeymoon and life FINALLY settles down…. this is one of my goals… TO COOK! I want to try something new and start eating in our HOME! Imagine that!!!


So since 10.10.10 is only 12 days away (Oh MY GOSH!)….. I need to start collecting some recipes!!!! And I want your help!  If you have an AWESOME recipe and you think we’ll like it……let us know! We’ll take all the help we can get! AND! If your recipe just happens to be one of our favorites, you could win an itunes giftcard! woohoo!!! So if a simple, easy, self-explanatory recipe just came to mind, help a sista’ out and shoot me an email!!


You guys are the BEST and I one day when I cook an AMAZING meal in our cute little kitchen… I’m going to have YOU to thank!!! Send em’ in! Ps. those pancakes…. I made them… no big deal!

33 Comments Personal
  1. Carrie Lillard reply

    Honey Glazed Bacon Wrapped Chicken….I’ve tried it myself and loved it!

  2. Lisa L. reply

    Hey Katelyn, although I can’t give you a recipe (i’m a big cook by eye and taste kind of gal), but I do enjoy finding recipes on blogs. Check out: –great blog of romance, photography, and cooking. And one of my coworkers started a cooking blog as well and she is awesome:

    Hope that helps! Miss you!

  3. Maggie reply

    Taco Soup – take everything you’d put in a taco (shredded chicken or beef already cook, jar of salsa, jar of taco sauce, beans, corn, lots of corn, diced tomatoes, pkg of taco seasoning) and put it in the crock pot. Cook it for a few hours, put some shredded cheese and sour cream and enjoy! We don’t even use spoons. The Tostitos scoops are the best!!

  4. Catie reply

    You email me with whichever recipes you want and i will send them to you no problem! PS this is a fantastic way to get good recipes. :)
    My recipe is for chicken and dressing, its pretty easy and there aren’t many ingredients, I will email it to you!

  5. j gar reply

    so yeah. clearly i have no good recipe to give to you, as you have come a long way since basically just eating oat squares and drinking diet mountain dew all the time. even though you probably still do those things all too frequently, i do recall some hearty meals you made over the past year. and that itunes gift card does sound mighty enticing. but alas, my culinary skills are sub par to say the least. btw, does saying new husband in that context suggest that you have indeed had a prior spouse, such as an old home, an old role, etc., etc., etc.? wow, i miss these long comments.

  6. Sydni Gould reply

    THE best chocolate chip muffins ever!! so delicious.

  7. amanda reply

    Grandma’s Coffee Cake: real simple and easy and YUMMY (if you like breakfast food that is!) :)
    Cake: 1 box butter recipe cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup water, 1pkg. instant vanilla pudding, 2 t. oil. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl; beat on medium for 4 minutes.
    Topping: 1 cup dark brown sugar, 1/4 stick butter, 3/4 cup bisquick, 3 t. cinnamon. Mix all ingredients together until topping is crumbly. Sprinkle on cake batter.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 28 – 33 minutes. Yay! (feel free to play around with measurements, that’s what cooking is all about!)
    Ps one of my favorite web sites for new recipes: :)

  8. Sara reply

    Skewered Scampi Recipe

    1-1 1/2 lb. Fresh or frozen shrimp
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1/2 cup olive oil
    2 Tblsp. Lemon juice
    1/2 tsp powdered ginger
    1/2 tsp garlic salt

    Shell shrimp. Parboil (partly boil) bacon. Mix remaining ingredients and add shrimp. Marinate shrimp for no more than one hour. Skewer shrimp, intertwined with parboiled bacon. Grill or broil about 10 minutes, turning while cooking.

    it’s sooo yummy :) Don’t worry, if you follow a recipe, there’s not much you can do wrong! You’ll do just fine :)

  9. Kristen reply

    Fruit salsa! It’s great during the summer!

  10. Ashley North reply

    Taco Soup (easy, fast, delicious!) 1.5 lbs ground beef or turkey, browned and drained. 2 cans black beans, 2 cans corn (don’t drain cans). 1 (15oz) can stewed tomatoes. 2 cans Rotel (1 mild, 1 hot) *found in canned tomato section* 1 pkg taco seasoning, 1 pkg dry Ranch seasoning like Hidden Valley. –Combine meat, beans and corn into large pot or crock pot (if early in the day), put tomatoes and Rotel in blender and puree, add to pot. Pour in seasonings and VOILA! Instant Taco Chili! Serve with cornbread, sourcream and cheese! Perfect for family get-togethers and great to freeze! Enjoy!

  11. Melissa Arlena reply

    Katelyn I faced the same thing two years ago when I got married and it is still weird to hear my married last name! I’m not the best cook so my husband always cooks but with him deploying I had to step it up beyond Hamburger Helper. I highly recommend Pioneer Woman’s cooking website for amazing recipes and step by step photos of each recipe. Completely awesome!!! My favorite easy recipe is for rice, no idea what it is called but it is 1 can french onion soup, 1 can beef consume, 1 cup white rice uncooked and 1/2 cup melted butter. Combine them all in a glass pan (I use an 8″ square pan) and cook at 400 for about 45 min. The rice should be nice and soft not crunchy. Also brown rice never works with this recipe always use white rice, we’ve tried brown and two hours later it still wasn’t cooked through. Simple, easy and yummy!

  12. Lauryn reply

    I have two for you. Number one: Crock pot. two to three chicken breast, or 5 to 6 chicken tenders. one packet of dry ranch mix. one can of cream of mushroom soup. one 8 oz container of sour cream. mix it all together and cook for 4 to 6 hours. Nunber Two: Chicken Delight. These are personal sizes, so for one you need… One chicken breast. Place in a tin foil packet. you are going to need the tin foil to be large enough to completely enclose all of the ingredients. chop up zuccinni and squash, place as much as you want in the tin foil with the chicken. cover in spaghetti sauce. as much as you like. close tin foil packet. bake at 350 for 15-20 mins. Ive got so many more if you need em!

  13. Michael reply

    I am pretty excited about this. One because of the first comment HONEY glazed BACON wrapped CHICKEN….those are like my 3 favorite things…haha….and I am liking the taco soup. I am just glad people have not been putting Salads on here. Give me the Meat and Potatoes!!!

  14. sami reply

    cooking is something i absolutely love so this is awesome :) chicken caccitore: chicken drumsticks/thighs, jarred spaghetti sauce any variety, cut up onion, green pepper, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli (really any fresh veggies you like). put chicken in a casserole dish, cover with cut up veggies, cover with sauce and bake uncovered for about an hour and a half!

  15. Emy reply

    I just woke up and I am so hungry. I REALLY want those pancakes in my belly!!! p.s. is that pic from our visit to CNU?

  16. Emy reply

    And please… you know ill hook you up with some recipes!!!!

  17. Mindy Brown reply

    This one is easy and awesome. If you love Mexican, its great. 1 pound lean ground turkey (or beef), browned. Throw in 2 cups cooked rice, with a can of corn and a can of black beans. Add taco seasoning and water. Stir until heated. Add cheddar cheese and enjoy! I make it at least once every two weeks now that I am a married woman!

  18. Molly Whitmore reply

    My mom’s famous “Layered skillet meal” First you brown your meat (I use ground turkey) in a big covered skillet. Add your diced onions and diced celery, with a little salt and pep. Then you layer a can of diced tomatoes, next you later frozen sweet peas. meanwhile you cook egg noodles (I use wheat) and drain, layer those next. Then top with shredded cheese, cover and let simmer 15 minutes to melt the cheese. It is SOO yummy. The best part? You have all your food groups – (I serve with applesauce) and it’s so good warmed up with leftovers. Enjoy!

  19. Molly Whitmore reply

    PS – Michael won’t be disappointed – it’s a husband’s favorite!!

  20. Heather Corporan reply

    since your post was on breakfast, I thought I’d send you my family’s favorite breakfast recipe – to – die – for. You’ll never go out to breakfast again, instead you’ll invite others over! You’ll need a waffle iron, but ours was seriously only $19.99 from Tar-shay! : ) I hope you try it and love it : )

    2 cups Yogurt, vanilla or fruit flavored
    1/2 cup Butter, melted
    2 cups Flour
    1 tsp. Baking Soda
    1 tsp. Baking Powder
    2 Eggs, whisked

    Preheat Belgian waffle iron.
    Mix yogurt and butter in a mixing bowl on low speed. Add eggs slowly. Beat in the dry ingredients until mixed. This will create a very sticky batter.
    Pour about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of waffle mix into the iron and cook according to the iron’s instructions. These waffles come out very light and puffy. Serve with your favorite topping. My kids love to add chocolate chips into the mix

  21. Tori reply

    I know you’ll probably want to actually cook, but, if there is ever a day when you just need to throw something in a crock-pot (I L-O-V-E love crock-pot meals in Fall) then this is a great one from a church friend of mine. It doesn’t look pretty but, like she says, “It’s like Thanksgiving in a crock-pot!!” Here’s the link, Enjoy :)

  22. Nicolette Stephens reply

    This recipe is awesome and great for the fall!

    White Chicken Chili

    This chili really a soup consistency.
    If you want it thicker, just reduce the amount of broth.

    1 T Extra virgin Olive Oil
    1 lb boneless chicken, cubed (about 3-4 boneless, skinless breasts)
    1 medium onion, diced
    3-4 cloves garlic, minced
    2 cans Great Northern Beans
    1 3.5 oz can green chilies
    1/2 t cumin
    1/2 t dried oregano leaves
    1/2 t coriander
    1/2 t salt
    fresh cracked pepper
    1 lime
    1/2 C chopped cilantro
    1 32oz box chicken broth

    Condiments: (in addition to measurements above)
    Sour cream
    Chopped cilantro
    Pepperjack or Jack cheese, shredded
    Tortilla Chips or make your own tortilla strips

    In a large pot, heat olive oil. Add chopped onion and cook for about 2 minutes- just until it starts to become translucent. While onions are cooking, drain beans and rinse with cold water and set aside. Sprinkle chopped chicken with a little salt and pepper and add to pot. Add garlic as well. Cook until there’s no more visible pink on the chicken, probably 3-4 minutes.

    Then add green chills- along with all of the juices in the can. Add beans, cumin, oregano, coriander, salt, and a few turns of fresh cracked pepper. Stir to combine and then add chicken broth.

    Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and add the juice from one lime and the 1/2 C chopped cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Ladle into bowls and top with sour cream. Serve with condiments. If you don’t have all those condiments- at least have sour cream! But honestly, it’s best with everything :)

    Makes about 8 cups of soup.

    *Oh, and this freezes well. Sometimes I make a batch and when it cools I put single servings into zip-locks and pop them in the freezer. Makes a great quick lunch.

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  24. Tira J reply

    Yay for recipes and being married (almost). Okay. As my husband says (he’s the cook in the family) cooking is EASY, It’s JUST TIME CONSUMING! I have a bunch of recipes on my blog under the Whip It Up Wednesday category. But, the one I want you to have is David’s grandmother’s sauce. Here’s the link

  25. Beverly reply

    you are precious. i love you. you are going to be such a beautiful, giving, and loving wife. Praise Jesus for this union! AHH cant wait for it!

    here is one of my favorites:

    –2cans of kindey beans
    –2 cans of pinto beans
    –2 cans of corn
    –1 large can of diced tomatoes
    -1 can tomatoes and chiles
    –1 packet taco seasoning
    –1 packet ranch dressing mix
    –1 lb browned ground turkey or hamburger (optional.)
    –shredded cheese and sour cream for embelishment

    The Directions:
    –brown meat if you are going to use it
    –drain fat and add to crockpot (the meat. not the fat.)
    –sprinkle seasoning packets on top of meat
    –drain and rinse the beans and add
    –add the ENTIRE contents of the corn and tomato cans

    cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5. I think the longer you cook soup, the better, so if you have the time, opt for cooking on low. Stir well, and serve with a handful of shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

  26. Beverly reply

    btw–its taco soup if you couldnt figure that out :)

  27. Courtney reply

    This recipe sounds like totally odd things to put together into a meal, but trust me, the flavors go so well together. Perfect for fall…
    Maple Glazed Sweet Potato and Sausage
    Or Boboli Pizza, a go to pizza recipe in my family..
    And one more, Taco Soup (low fat, full of flavor!)

    Oh, and did I mention they were all super easy and fairly quick recipes? Bonus!

  28. jenn m reply

    Chicken Divan

    2 (10-ounce) packages frozen broccoli, chopped
    6 cups shredded chicken, cooked
    2 (10 3/4-ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
    1 cup mayonnaise
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1 teaspoon curry powder
    Salt and pepper
    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
    1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
    2 tablespoons butter, melted
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    Thaw out and drain the broccoli and put into a casserole dish. Add the shredded chicken.

    In a medium bowl, combine the soup, mayonnaise, sour cream, Cheddar, lemon juice, curry powder, salt and pepper, to taste. Whisk together to make a sauce. Pour the sauce over the broccoli and chicken. Mix well.

    Place the mixture into an 11 by 7-inch casserole dish or 2 (9-inch) square disposable aluminum foil pans that have been sprayed with vegetable oil cooking spray. Pat down evenly and smooth with a spatula. Combine the Parmesan, bread crumbs and butter and sprinkle over the top.

    Bake for about 30 to 45 minutes.


  29. Erika reply

    Learning to cook as a married couple will be so worth it! I have loved getting to cook with/for my fiance since I finally moved to where he is this summer. The satisfaction you have at the end of the meal knowing, “I made this!” can’t be replicated eating out :)

    This recipe is one of my favorites, from the Simply in Season cookbook. It is one of the first from-scratch recipes I really tried and it has always been a crowd pleaser, even though it might sound like a strange combination of ingredients!

    Black Bean Sweet Potato Burritos (yields 8 burritos)

    3 Cups sweet potatoes (peeled and diced)

    1/2 onion (Chopped)

    Saute in a large frypan in 1 Tbsp. of oil just until tender. Add water or apple cider as needed to prevent sticking.

    2 Cups cooked black beans

    1 tsp. ground cumin

    3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

    1/2 tsp. salt

    Add and cook until heated through.

    8 flour tortillas

    1 Cup cheddar cheese (shredded)

    Divide bean mixture and cheese among the tortillas and roll up. Place in a 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 2o mins at 350F. Garnish with sour cream, salsa, cilantro etc.

  30. Susan Dukat reply

    Try Pampered Chef recipes – they are great and easy! They have a $1 cookbook that comes out every couple of months and I LOVE those! Delish drinks, appetizers, meals and desserts. And their cooking supplies are fab too!

  31. Kerri reply

    Pasta Primavera
    3 carrots, peeled and cut into strips
    2 medium zucchini, cut into thin strips
    2 yellow squash, cut into thin strips
    1 onion, thinly sliced
    1 yellow and 1 red bell pepper
    1/4 cup olive oil
    15 cherry tomatoes, halved
    1 tblsp. dried Italian herbs
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan
    salt, fresh ground pepper
    1 lb. farfalle (bowtie) pasta

    On a baking sheet, toss all vegetables with salt, pepper, oil, and dried herbs. Bake at 450 degrees until carrots are tender (stir after 10 minutes) Total time is about 20 minutes.

    Cook pasta, reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid
    Toss pasta with vegetable mixtures in large bowl to combine. Toss with tomatoes and some cooking liquid. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

    This is one of our favorites. I usually just use whatever veggies and pasta I have around. It’s always delicious!

  32. britney reply

    ohhh i know! a middle house/fitzgerald family favorite is … the Lettuce Wrap! So you buy chicken, and cut in into smaller pieces (and dont use the fat –ew). Next you put oil in a frying pan (so it dosent stick) and add stir-fry or peanut oil (don’t have to make this stuff – it’s in the international aisle at Giant!) Can also marinade chicken for a while before cooking, if you have time. But you wont! So — Add as much sauce as you want for personal taste, but save some for topping. Also cut up some vegetables you might like (peas, onions, or tomatos?) if you want more than just chicken. Add to stove and let everything get a little brown.

    Put all the chicken in a bowl once cooked. Then take apart the leaves of lettuce, and use them to make wraps! Best if served with rice or veggies. Fun in summer with sangria or an ice cream dessert!


  33. sTiNa reply

    OREO BALLS: 1 pkg oreos, 1 8 oz softened cream cheese pkg, and 1.5 boxes white baking chocolate. DIRECTIONS: crush oreos (great stress relief!) into almost a powder, stir in cream cheese, and using a cookie scoop create “oreo balls” let sit in fridge for 15 minutes to harden then dip into white chocolate. keep refridgerated until ready to be given/served. DANGER: can become addictive and everyone will want you to make them for you. CREATIVITE IDEA: put red and green sprinkles on chocolate and place in a tin for a nice hostess gift/christmas gift to friends.

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