Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: 2021

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Amazon Christmas Guide for the Holidays

My favorite Amazon Christmas gifts for 2021.
Hand picked, fun items to help ease your holiday shopping season!

Amazon Christmas Guide for the Holidays

It's that time of year again!

Time to start buying Christmas gifts for our loved ones. I tell myself every year to try and be done by December 1st. Some years I succeed, some years I don't, but more often than not I "mostly" am! You know, sometimes you just have to set a goal in order to get things crossed off your list.

So many of you have joined my Facebook INSIDER group where I share daily deals from all over the internet. Many of those items I use and love or they come highly recommended from trusted friends. Want in on the fun? Just search "Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats INSIDERS" on Facebook and request to join today!

But now the holidays are nearing so like each year I've hand picked many of my favorites. I've divided them into the categories of kitchen, comfort, kids, tech, stocking stuffers and books. I hope you love this list!

Amazon Christmas Guide for the Holidays

For the Kitchen


Amazon Christmas Guide for the Holidays

For Comfort



Amazon Christmas Guide for the Holidays

For the Techies


Amazon Christmas Guide for the Holidays

For the Kids


Amazon Christmas Guide for the Holidays

Stocking Stuffers


Amazon Christmas Guide for the Holidays

For Reading

Just a little bit of everything, don't you think? I wanted to gather a handful of items that call out to any family - with kids or without kids, a tech lover, maybe a voracious reader, one who loves being in the kitchen or even one who just loves comfort.

As always I have a few favorites.

One of my favorite books of 2021 was The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. If you love a historical piece, tangled with trials and love - you'll enjoy this one. I also bought each of my girls the Fleece Throw Pom Pom Blanket

I'm in desperate need of a new coffee maker, so I've been eyeing the OXO 8 Cup Coffee Maker. And those Muddy Bites? They are made in Iowa and taste just like that last bite of a sugar cone. The perfect stocking stuffer. 

Amazon Christmas Guide for the Holidays

Why not get your Christmas shopping done a bit early? Here you go! As always, thank you for reading and supporting my blog - it does NOT go unnoticed.

xoxo,
Ally

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Candy Corn & Peanut Bars

These Candy Corn & Peanut Bars are a fun treat for Fall!
Just 5 ingredients for a sweet treat.

Candy Corn & Peanut Bars

Are you a grab by the handful candy corn and salty peanut kind of person?

I feel like most people ARE or they AREN'T. A love it or hate it kind of thing. Which side are you on? I like the combination because it has the perfect sweet to salty ratio.

But by golly, don't get stuck by that bowl for long, you may eat the whole darn thing. So, in a way to tell myself, "I'll only have one", I made these fun and easy bars!

Candy Corn & Peanut Bars

If you've been around me for any amount of time you know I'm a big fan of simple and easy desserts, often ones with 10 ingredient or less, many with just 5!

Like these:


Candy Corn & Peanut Bars

These bars are no exception....THEY ARE EASY.

The bottom layer is a simple combination of melted butter and graham cracker crumbs {a great traditional crust in my opinion}, then the candy corn pieces and salted peanuts get layered on....followed by a can of sweetened condensed milk. Just bake that all up and the result is stellar.

Some people call these Magic Bars.

For every good reason.

Candy Corn & Peanut Bars

Just look at that bite.

These bars are sticky, sweet, ooey, gooey.....literally stick to your teeth good. The bottom crust mellows them out a bit and the edges get crispy and delicious.

Who wouldn't want to bake these right up? Grab the five ingredients at the store today and give your family a fun Fall treat. 

Candy Corn & Peanut Bars

Run.....make these today!

I cannot wait to hear how you like them. After you do, I'd love your honest review below on the printable recipe card. Giving it a star review helps others to know how much a recipe is adored. I appreciate all your love!

Candy Corn & Peanut Bars

Candy Corn & Peanut Bars
Yield: 18 bars
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 35 Min
Fall's favorite combo - candy corn and salty peanuts in a dessert bar! These chewy, stick to your teeth bars are so fun for Halloween.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup Candy Corn pieces
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper into a 9x13 baking dish, letting it come up the edges.
  2. In a bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Pour this mixture into the parchment paper lined dish and press down with fingers to form a flat crust.
  3. Top the crust with the candy corn and peanuts.
  4. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top of the bars.
  5. Bake the bars for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before lifting out the parchment paper and cutting into bars.
  6. Keep the bars in an airtight container to stay fresh.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

170.98

Fat (grams)

10.05

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.03

Carbs (grams)

18.67

Fiber (grams)

0.92

Net carbs

17.75

Sugar (grams)

13.17

Protein (grams)

2.66

Sodium (milligrams)

69.99

Cholesterol (grams)

14.22
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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Sheet Pan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

These sheet pan cheeseburgers are one of the best burgers I've ever had. Hands down!
Simple to make - no need to drag out the grill.

This post is sponsored by Cookies Sauces & Seasonings.

Sheet Pan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

What a fun one I have for you today!

I have forever been a burger fan. Always and forever. Growing up if we ate out at a restaurant it was the ONLY item I ever ordered. Ever.

Never got sick of them, always enjoyed them.

Always.

Sheet Pan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

Now at 40 years old {ugh} they are still one of my favorite dinners. Whether ordering out or eating at home. My birthday is in August and it is my one requested dinner each and every time {burgers, potato salad, baked beans and birthday cake to be exact}.

What I'm getting to is.....I KNOW BURGERS.

I can grill them up myself, but I've always wanted to create a great, delicious burger made inside the house, sheet pan style. I mean, winter is knocking on our door and no one enjoys standing outside in the harsh elements. Not me at least!

Sheet Pan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

When Cookies BBQ and I started chatting our next recipe project together I immediately knew I wanted to pitch these burgers.

They jumped on board.

There are a few tricks to making these burgers juicy and flavorful and slightly charred from the oven. Just a few quick steps to make them mouthwatering delicious. 1) yummy barbecue seasonings 2) butter 3) a hearty ciabatta bun 4) cheese and bacon and 5) a quick broil in the oven.

You can do this!

Sheet Pan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

By adding Cookies Sweet Hickory Barbecue Sauce and their Flavor Enhancer {a simple barbecue seasoning} directly into the burger patty - it turns these burgers into mouth watering bites of greatness. I made these burgers TWICE. Not because I needed to {they were great the first time}, but because I wanted to.

They are that good.

I made the second batch at 9:00 in the morning after the kids headed off to school in order to take photos and have a quiet house to myself.

And I am not ashamed to say that it was my breakfast.

Sheet Pan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

Look at that burger!

The hearty, thick bottom half of the ciabatta bun soaks up all the sweet juices while the burger cooks. And yes, you cook the seasoned patty right on the bun!

Putting these burgers under the broiler cooks them up super fast. That and the combination of topping them with BUTTER and Worcestershire sauce, no flavor is allowed to escape. Plus, of course that cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon helps too.

Sheet Pan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

There is no better barbecue sauce in my opinion than Cookies BBQ. It has long been a staple at our house and will continue to be. For over 40 years they have been dedicated to bringing us high-quality sauces and seasonings. I love that all small town grocers carry their products, but you can also find them in every big boxed store as well.

This recipe makes 4 yummy burgers, which is perfect because most ciabatta rolls come in packs of 8, which only means you can make them again the next week.

Sheet Pan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

Let me know as soon as you make these!

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A big thank you to Cookies Sauces & Seasonings for sponsoring this post.

Sheet Pan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

Sheet Pan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers
Yield: 4 burgers
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 12 MinTotal time: 17 Min
A simple, easy & delicious way to make burgers in your oven! You won't believe how good they taste - mixed with barbecue sauce and seasonings, crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese - these come together quick!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, just to get it warmed up a bit. Place your top oven rack to the middle of the oven.
  2. Cover a small rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place the bottom halves of the ciabatta buns on the foil lined sheet.
  3. In a bowl gently combine the ground beef, Cookies Sweet Hickory barbecue sauce and the Cookies Flavor Enhancer. Divide the meat into 4 balls.
  4. Take one of the balls and gently press into a rounded patty and place it directly on top of the ciabatta bun. Continue to do this for the remaining burgers.
  5. Using a knife gently score the tops of the burgers making an "X". Drizzle 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce on top of each burger. Then place 1 square tablespoon of butter on each patty. Finally sprinkle on some additional Cookies Flavor Enhancer.
  6. Turn off the bake option to the oven and place it to "broil".
  7. Place the baking sheet of burgers into the oven and broil for 10 minutes. Do not walk away (it's a good idea to set a timer). Check on them the last few minutes just to make sure they aren't getting too done, too fast.
  8. Remove the burgers from the oven and top with a slice of cheddar cheese and the bacon crumbles. Then broil for an additional 1-2 minutes or until melted and golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and serve immediately with your favorite burger toppings. These can be eaten open faced or topped with the remaining half of the ciabatta bun.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

947.81

Fat (grams)

50.92

Sat. Fat (grams)

21.44

Carbs (grams)

75.94

Fiber (grams)

3.19

Net carbs

72.75

Sugar (grams)

23.42

Protein (grams)

45.35

Sodium (milligrams)

1148.98

Cholesterol (grams)

148.28
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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

Apples are in season so why not indulge?
This Apple Fritter Donut Bread is a fun, sweet treat.

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

Yay, it's October!

As Anne of Green Gables said, "I'm so happy to live in a world where there are Octobers". Me too Anne! I love the crisp, cool air, the Fall foods {ahem, apples}, the many football games, the sweatshirt weather and all the Fall events that don't leave me sweating to death outside.

Our wedding anniversary is in October and I distinctly remember the year prior watching the calendar to see when the leaves would be at their MOST peakness in Iowa for a Fall wedding the following year. 

I just love Fall!

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

A friend of mine gave me a big 'ol bag of apples last week {greatest gift ever?} and I've made a handful of yummy food items with them.

So far my Harvest Muffins {these are great for snacks and lunchboxes}, my Apple Peanut Butter Cookies and one batch of my Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce.

We are a bit on apple overload over here! But in a good way, I have not heard any complaining from my crew.

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

I got the idea for this fritter bread after stopping at the iconic Midwest gas station Casey's a few weeks back with my girls. I desperately needed coffee and they desperately needed a donut as we were on our way to a volleyball tournament.

Caffeine and sugar can fix early mornings.

Casey's has long been known for their fried apple fritters {as well as their famous cake donuts} and let me tell you they are GOOD. But I'm not really into frying things as it gets messy so I figured out another way to get that same taste in bread.

It worked!

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

This rich sweet bread tastes like the inside of a hot, fresh donut! It has the same fluffy texture, but without the hassle of making individual fried donuts.

What's even better are the diced apples studded with cinnamon and nutmeg weaved into the bread batter. Use whatever apples you have on hand! All work great.

And well, then the top of this bread is covered in brown sugar, more cinnamon and finished off with a sweet icing once it has cooled. Just like it's fritter cousin.

Apple Fritter Donut Bread

But again, without all the fuss of making donuts.

My kids loved on this bread for about three breakfasts in a row before school {I served scrambled eggs with it too - don't harp on me about a non-filling breakfast!} and they were a bit sad when it was gone. Frankly, I was too.

This bread is fall-a-part GOOD. I like to keep it in the fridge after cooling as it holds it up well for slicing.

Apple Fritter Donut Bread
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Apple Fritter Donut Bread

Apple Fritter Donut Bread
Yield: 10
Author: Ally
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 15 M
Like an apple fritter donut, but baked into a sweet bread! Fluffy, soft and filled with seasoned apples and drizzled with a sweet icing.

Ingredients

Batter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar + add'l 1/3 cup for topping
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
Apple Filling
  • 4 small to medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1 T brown sugar
Icing
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 T milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer cream together the softened butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/3 cup white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined.
  3. In a small bowl combine the additional cinnamon, nutmeg and tablespoon of brown sugar.
  4. To the batter, gently add in the baking powder and flour, followed by the milk until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan and spread out evenly.
  6. Toss the diced apples with the small bowl of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Pour half of the seasoned apples over the batter in the pan, then spread on the remaining batter, spreading evenly over the apples. Finally, top with the remaining apples pressing them down slightly into the batter. 
  7. Top the bread with the 1/3 cup brown sugar and teaspoon of cinnamon.
  8. Bake the bread for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let it rest on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes.
  9. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar and milk and drizzle over the cooled bread.
  10. Keep the bread stored in an airtight container in the fridge for easy slicing.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

415.25

Fat (grams)

10.66

Sat. Fat (grams)

6.36

Carbs (grams)

77.37

Fiber (grams)

1.16

Net carbs

76.21

Sugar (grams)

60.91

Protein (grams)

3.77

Sodium (milligrams)

194.65

Cholesterol (grams)

62.58
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