3 Recipes You Need To Try This Week

Happy Monday, babes! I hope you had a great weekend - mine was spent resting & recovering, followed by becoming the nurse for the rest of my family. After I finally felt better, both my husband and babe had fevers of 104. Thankfully, everyone is on the mend this morning. 
I thought I'd switch things up today with not one, but THREE seriously amazing recipes. My mom was here with me last week while my hubby was traveling, and she/we really got to work in the kitchen. First up, "Sensational Spaghetti." This is from the Creme de Colorado cookbook (tons of amazing recipes), and it is seriously the best spaghetti I've ever had - at home OR dining out. It does have to simmer a few hours, so be sure to plan ahead, but it is a super simple recipe. 


    • 1/2 cup onion
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef ( or a mixture of beef, pork, and veal)
    • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 1/2 lb mushroom, chopped
    • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
    • 1 (28 ounce) cans Italian stewed tomatoes
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons Angostura bitters
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/2 cup dry red wine
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 dash cayenne pepper


  1. In large, heavy kettle, saute onion and garlic in butter and oil until transparent.
  2. Add meat and brown over medium heat.
  3. Add green pepper, mushrooms, tomato paste, tomatoes, Worcestershire, bitters, sugar, wine, salt, pepper, celery salt, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Simmer over low heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  5. Serve with warm pasta and a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

The second recipe for today comes from Andy (all of her recipes are amazing). Blueberry sour cream banana bread - need I say more? Head here to view her recipe - I've been having this for breakfast every day, it's especially good if you pop it in the toaster. 
image by Andy 
The final recipe is for sugar cookies (you may have noticed, none of these recipes are exactly 'healthy', but they are amazing - everything in moderation right?). I am a little embarrassed to say, but this was my first time making cookies from scratch. I always felt really intimidated by 'real deal' baking, and opted for the box instead, but I'll never go back. I swear these cookies were so easy, AND they are delicious - I was impressed. 


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • In large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until
  • well blended. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and
  • cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at
  • 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire
  • racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

 Hope you will enjoy these as much as I did, have a great day! xx


  1. Andy's receipes are the best!!

  2. These look great! Loving the variety on the blog :)


  3. Thanks so much for the LOVE, ladies! I'm so glad that you liked my recipe :) xoxo

  4. That blueberry banana bread has my name written all over it, I will definitely be saving this one!

    prosecco in the park

  5. These all sound amazing! I've been looking for a great pasta recipe!

    xo, Jen

  6. Yum! These all look incredible! Especially those cookies!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina