Coffee & Dish #25 – April 2020

Before we get to the recipes for April, Meet Brutus!


Mr. Sam and I have been talking about getting a dog for years, and we decided it was finally time! Brutus is a Mini Goldendoodle and is a complete fluff ball! He came home on April 15th and is 13-weeks old now. I’m not going to sugar coat it, having a new puppy is a lot of work. There are sleepless nights, potty training, and chewing, SO MUCH CHEWING! But we are totally smitten, he looks like a teddy bear and loves to cuddle! Life is now full of walks and playtime.


Coffee & Dish – April 2020

#1 New Recipes

See the pictures above! This little guy has been keeping me very busy and distracted!

#2 Recipes I tried this month

One of my goals for 2020 was to try a new recipe each week to equal at least 52 new recipes for the year and I’m tracking them on this Pinterest board if you want to follow along. Each month I’m going to do a recap and give each recipe a rating out of 5.

Chicken and Dumplings (from the Magnolia Table cookbook) – 4/5

  • Pros: Delicious and pretty simple
  • Cons: Can’t think of any cons
  • Make again: Yes

Cinnamon Crumb Baked French Toast – 4/5 – I skip the blueberries that are called for in the original recipe.

  • Pros: Most of the prep is done the night before
  • Cons: There are a few additional steps like toasting the bread
  • Make again: YES

Homemade Starbucks Doubleshot – 5/5

  • Pros: This drink took the place of getting fancy coffee shop drinks over the last few months
  • Cons: You need access to espresso or an espresso maker (I have one similar to this one from Amazon)
  • Make again: YES – Currently making this multiple times a week!

Chewy Oatmeal M&M Cookies – 2/5

  • Pros: These cookies have all of the flavors you want in an oatmeal cookie
  • Cons: I refrigerated them overnight and they still spread too much when I baked them
  • Make again: No

Korean Beef Tacos – 5/5

  • Pros: So easy and full of flavor
  • Cons: There are a lot of ingredients
  • Make again: Yes

Fox in the Snow Biscuits – 5/5

  • Pros: These are the fluffiest/tallest biscuits I have ever made
  • Cons: There’s an extra step or two, but I think it’s totally worth it
  • Make again: Yes (I’ve already made them again in May!)

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs – 5/5

  • Pros: Full of flavor and a fun twist on a classic
  • Cons: I can’t think of any cons
  • Make again: Yes

#3 Favorite Things

Guys, I don’t usually buy jarred pasta sauce but quarantine and a new puppy seemed like the perfect time. I’ve seen people rave about Rao’s sauce and they were right. I served it with my Chicken Parmesan Meatballs and Mr. Sam even commented on how good it tasted. Now I’ll warn you right now, it isn’t cheap, but I think it’s worth it. I’ve found it at my local Target and Kroger stores.




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