Our Super Recipe Roundup of 2019

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It’s not just the end of the year, but the end of a decade. I can’t believe how quickly time flies when you’re having fun! We had quite the year, full of ups and downs. We got the opportunity to work with so many incredible brands and we even got to travel to a few of our favorite places. 2019 is a year we will never forget. While we plan for some awesome new content for 2020, we will continue sharing our favorite family-friendly recipes, such as these, in our 2019 super recipe roundup.

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day, to check in with us! We appreciate you all so much!

Potato Latkes

You may find that potato latkes are very similar to the potato kugel recipe I shared earlier this year. The difference is, one is baked as a whole in a baking dish while the other is fried in small portions. If you haven’t had either, they also taste very similar to hash browns and they are the best potato latkes ever!

Potato Latkes with side of sour cream

Caramel Stuffed Macchiato Chocolate Chip


Where are my caramel macchiato fans at?! Super Dad and I will rarely order anything else when visiting our favorite local coffee shops. So when we were trying to come up with the perfect cookie flavor for National Cookie Day, I had to try these caramel stuffed macchiato chocolate chip cookies. And let me tell you, they came out SO good… the third time I made them!

chocolate chip cookies with caramel oozing out

Dill Stuffing

There’s something about a good, homemade stuffing (or dressing as some call it) that makes the whole Thanksgiving meal that much better. I have tried a number of different types of stuffing in my years, but I always found them to be very soggy and while many love it, I’m just not a fan of the mush. Once we had kids and I started wanting to cook entire Thanksgiving feasts by myself, I realized that without the perfect stuffing recipe, my feast was going to be more of a flop. Over the years, I finally perfected the recipe and now, I’m excited to share it with all of you!

thanksgiving stuffing on a wooden table with a gray blanket

Air Fried vs. Deep Fried Oreo Challenge

When I told my family that I was going to try to find an air fried oreo recipe, they begged me to just stick with the deep fried version. Which gave me an idea… why not make it into a little contest and see which is better… deep fried Oreos or air fried Oreos. Which do you think they preferred?

deep fried oreos

Easy Spider Cookie Treats

Want to make some fun treats for your kids but don’t have hours or a big budget to do it? Or, do your kids want to have some fun in the kitchen and you don’t want to deal with a huge mess? These spider treats are made of just 4 ingredients that are prepackaged and easily purchased from your local grocery store. In just minutes, you can have these fun and super yummy Halloween spider treats ready to put smiles on everyone’s faces!

a spider made with oreo cookies and pocky

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Handmade Gravy

There are many special memories I can share about my Nana. She was funny, brutally but necessarily honest and had the most beautiful smile. And while I can go on and on about her to anyone that will listen (or read), I love to cook her favorite dishes so that my family remembers her through her recipes. Today, since it’s Yom Kippur, I want to share one of my favorite recipes, Nana’s Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Homemade Gravy.

beef brisket potatoes and carrots

Lime and Cilantro Shrimp Tostadas

On National Taco Day, we decided to share one of our favorite taco recipes. Technically, it’s not a taco, it’s a tostada, but it’s just as delicious whether it’s in a folded tortilla shell or on top of a flat corn tostada. Lime and cilantro shrimp with a zesty sauce will wow your tastebuds and will be a huge hit for your family!

plate with shrimp tostadas and lime slices

Halloween Trick or Treat Cupcakes

Halloween is one of our family’s favorite holidays! We love decorating, dressing up, participating in our Halloween traditions and most of all, creating spooky treats. This year, Super Dad was the mastermind behind our first fun Halloween dessert of the year… Trick or Treat cupcakes, filled with either slime or rainbow sprinkles. Depending on which one you get, you either get the trick or the treat (though the slime is actually made of french vanilla pudding, which is pretty treat-worthy if you ask me).

trick or treat halloween cupcake with pudding slime and rainbow sprinkles center

Homemade Creamer in 10 Flavors

In our house, we can’t start our day off without a good cup of coffee, maybe two or three, depending on how good or bad our previous nights sleep was. We’ve tried just about every flavored creamer there is on the market and realized that when we finally found one that we really loved, we were spending a lot of money on something we could easily make ourselves. With just a few ingredient changes, you can make a number of different flavored homemade creamers. You’ll be surprised how easy it really is!

homemade creamers in glass bottles

No Bake Almond Joy Ice Cream Pie

When I heard that National Ice Cream Day was July 21st and that July is National Ice Cream Month, I couldn’t wait to come up with something extra special. So our family sat around the living room and brainstormed dessert ideas that included ice cream. After a lot of debating, we came to the conclusion that creating an ice cream pie, inspired by a candy bar, would be a fun idea. And while our family has many different “favorite” candy bars, as soon as I mentioned “Almond Joy”, they were all in! The combination of toasted coconut and toasted almond ice cream, with chocolate ganache, on a chocolate pie crust and topped with shredded coconut and almonds, sounded so good, they made me go to the store immediately to pick up all of the ingredients.

slice of almond joy ice cream pie featuring toasted coconut and almond ice cream topped with chocolate ganage

Individual All-American Apple Pies

This year, I have decided to make Individual All-American Apple Pies. This recipe gives you the opportunity to create handheld pies vs one big one, which can sometimes get messy when it’s being cut and served. If you’ve never made a pie before, I encourage you to try this recipe. This was actually the first time I’ve ever made an apple pie and while I was afraid of the level of difficulty, it was actually fairly easy to do. And they tasted really good!

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Spicy Mixed Dilly Beans

While we have created a few family traditions already, this Summer, I wanted to make a new one, with our new family. So last weekend, Falynn and I spent the day small batch canning in Grandma’s kitchen and made spicy mixed dilly beans. I love that the recipe includes lots of dill, which was my Nana’s favorite fresh herb. It was like having a little piece of her in the kitchen with us.

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Dijon Shrimp Scampi Over Fresh Asparagus

Our family LOVES a good shrimp scampi. Truth is, we would probably eat a pasta dish every day of the week, if we could. This year, I’ve been trying to substitute pasta for healthier, alternative options, like fresh veggies.  Pair them with our favorite dijon shrimp scampi recipe and they’ll be raving about it for days!

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Potato Kugel

I knew that I wanted to share a Passover recipe this year, but I wanted it to be a special one. There was no contest when it came to my favorite Passover dish. It’s always been my Auntie Rose and Uncle Lewie’s potato kugel. It was one of the dishes that I always had to have seconds and had they allowed me to, I probably would have eaten the entire thing all by myself. Now that Auntie Rose and Uncle Lewie have both passed, finding the recipe has been a challenge. My Aunt has one, but after making it, we found that there were some discrepancies to how we remember it tasting. I searched all over google, as well as in various cookbooks, but none of the other recipes are as good as theirs was.

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Chocolate Chick Eggs in a Nest

Looking for an easy and fun recipe for Spring and Easter treats? Check out these adorable chocolate chick egg nest treats! A recipe so simple, your kids will be able to help and a treat so delicious, they’ll beg you for more. These cute little nests are made from handmade rice cereal treats, shaped like a bird’s nest, shredded coconut and three colorful chocolate eggs. It’s an inexpensive and easy treat for the whole family. These are perfect for your next Easter party or just for an after school snack!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mint chocolate chip… it’s one of our family’s favorite flavor combinations! You will often find mint chocolate chip ice cream in our freezer because it’s one of the only flavors that my whole family can agree on. So when we were baking cookies for our neighbors this year, we wanted to try something new. These simple mint chocolate chip cookies were a huge hit! They aren’t super minty but do have the perfect amount (this, of course, can be adjusted based on your taste).

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The Yummiest Non-Alcoholic Margarita Ever

On National Margarita Day, I had a little dilemma. I don’t drink but FOMO is real and I had to come up with a way to jump on the bandwagon. So instead of making something we’d just wind up throwing out, I decided to create a kid-friendly version that the whole family will love. You guys… it’s so good. Like really, really good. My kids decided they loved it so much, they had to name it. Iyla came up with “Mom-a-rita”. Pretty clever, right? They’ve asked that I make it multiple times already (just this week alone) and I really can’t blame them. If you’re looking for a family friendly, non-alcoholic recipe for a margarita that the whole family can enjoy, read on! It’s the yummiest non-alcoholic margarita… at least according to my kids.

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Homemade Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

When we rescued our puppy, Elle, we did like most families and headed over to one of the big chain pet stores to pick up all of the necessities. During that trip, we walked down the dog treat aisle and I was completely overwhelmed. There were SO many different brands. So many claim to be healthier than the next. After way too much time reading ingredients on way too many packages and trying to make the best decision for Elle, I chose a bag and headed home.  As awesome as these treats sounded and looked, Elle wasn’t in love with them. She would take it, walk to the other end of the house, drop it and walk away. But… It was a treat. It had “real” ingredients. But she wasn’t impressed. A week or so later, my Aunt came over with her dog and a bag full of treats that she made herself from only four ingredients. She gave one to Elle and I was shocked to see her reaction. Elle loved it! She wanted more. I needed that recipe!  No more store bought dog treats for our dog! From now on, we are sticking with these homemade peanut butter dog treats.

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Chocolate Dipped Waffle Sticks

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to serve the love(s) of your life. Whether it be your significant other or your kids, these Chocolate Dipped Waffle Sticks are sure to make them fall madly in love with you! If you’re looking for an easy, delicious recipe, this is it!

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The Easiest Vegetarian Chili

Over the years, I’ve tried so many different versions of vegetarian chili and have found that this is the only one that my kids love just as much as Super Dad and I do. On occasion, I’ll add in additional veggies, like zucchini, carrots, and green beans, to give it a more hearty, veggie taste. But honestly, if you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe, this is the one!

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Which recipe in our 2019 recipe roundup is your favorite? Have you tried any of them? Comment below and let us know!

Our 2019 recipe roundup is a collection of our favorite family-friendly recipes including non-alcoholic margaritas and dijon shrimp scampi!

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  1. Wow, I am loving all of these recipes! I can’t wait to give them a try, especially the latkes…YUM!!!

  2. Yum! Some fantastic recipes here in your round up and some I remember reading from before like the Easy Spider Cookie Treats for Halloween. I love your Dijon prawn scampi and asparagus recipe and would love to try making this

  3. The recipes above are just wonderful and I need them now as I am preparing cookies and dishes for our Chinese New year celebration, in 2 weeks time. Dijon Shrimp Scampi Over Fresh Asparagus makes a great dish for our reunion dinner one day before the new year.

  4. Is there anything better than a deep fried Oreo? I used to get them at the Texas state fair and now they have them everywhere. What a great bunch of recipes.

  5. Wow, these recipes all look phenomenal! I am definitely going to try the Latkes and Chili…YUM!!!

  6. You had so many good recipes last year. My favourite has to be Easy Spider Cookie Treats and the Pot Roast gravy.

  7. I feel like I gained 10 pounds just by reading this amazing post. Oh my, everything looks so delicious, I need to try a bunch of these. Tempting to make the potato latkes since I’m a huge fan of hash brown.

  8. All of the recipes you shared looked so delicious. I am looking forward to making the potato latkes for my family.

  9. All your recipes look amazing! Thanks for sharing them all throughout and looking forward to more fantastic ones

  10. Everything you make looks so fun and delicious! Glad 2019 was amazing for you. Hope 2020 and beyond will bring even more great things for you! Happy New Year!

  11. So nice to hear about your successful year and wish you the best for this year. Awesome recipes that would love to try out this year. Thanks for a consolidated list.

  12. I will have to check the recipes for those potato dishes. My family, especially my husband loves potatoes and these recipes are a must try for me! Oh and I have to remember to make the Chocolate Chick Eggs in a Nest for Easter this year!

  13. Caramel Stuffed Macchiato Chocolate Chip Cookies is one of my favorites! I hope to make it this weekend. So good!

  14. wheew! what a summary of 2019 it has been! I think the easiest one to prepare is the Lime and Cilantro Shrimp Tostadas, simple and tasty for a snack plus healthy.

    Thank you for sharing, I can see that your page is well thought off with sharp content.
    keep it up! happy 2020

  15. happy new year. i had forgotten about those amazing halloween cupcakes. i love the green stuff oozing out of the cupcakes. your latkes look fabulous too. Joy

  16. I can’t believe this year is at an end already. It has flown by. Every time I see the caramel stuffed macchiato chocolate chip cookies I drool. They are just calling to me.

  17. I’ve always wanted to try latkes after reading about Scandanavian traditions. Potatoes are a favorite here!

  18. There were some really tasty ones this year! I’m going to have to set a goal to make even more new recipes in 2020.

  19. Everything looks so yummy! The dill stuffing and the latkes are something I definitely want to try.

  20. These recipes all look amazing. I hadn’t seen the homemade creamer recipe before and will be pinning it and trying to make it here in the new year. Thanks so much for the great ideas!!