Halloween Candy Bark

Halloween Candy Bark is one of our favorite treats to enjoy during Halloween! I love making candy chocolate bark in the fall and winter. Everyone RAVES about my peppermint bark – I love gifting it during the holidays. While I was thinking about what to gift during Halloween, it hit me. HALLOWEEN CANDY BARK!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SweeTARTS for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love fall, the perfect time for pumpkin desserts and  spooky treats! I love Halloween colors, blacks, purples and oranges…  and I realized that I could create a delicious candy bark that is perfect for Halloween gifting (or enjoying) as well! 

This candy bark is spook-tacular with delicious SweeTARTS candy and sprinkles! It’s all set on a creamy marbled white chocolate base, chilled, then cracked into pieces. My kids love it almost as much as I do!

SweeTARTS has new Skulls and Bones candy that work perfectly for this recipe. They are so cute but they also have a great tangy flavor (without artificial flavoring) making them the perfect addition a sweet creamy base.

This is a traditional candy bark recipe (with a spooky look), but you can also add in a gummy texture too. SweeTARTS ropes are the perfect answer with a cherry punch filling (and no artificial flavors or colors).  They go perfectly with the white chocolate and Skulls and Bones candies (can you see why we love this candy bark so much?). You can find the SweeTARTS ropes and Skulls and Bones at major retailers nationwide!

How To Make Chocolate Bark

Candy chocolate bark is the easiest candy in the world to make (no messing around with those pesky candy thermometers). Begin with melting the chocolate. I like to do this in the microwave at 30 second intervals. Be careful not to overheat it!

Pour the white candy melts into a tray and, working quickly, add the remaining colors in drops.  Use a toothpick or knife to swirl the colors and then add sprinkles and the SweeTART Skulls and Bones. Allow the bark to set.

Once it hardens comes my favorite part – the hammer. Break up the candy bark into large pieces (a tenderizer works well for this task)! 

When I gift Halloween bark, I like to wrap it in transparent wrap with a festive black and orange ribbon. I always have so much fun with bows, name tags, and other little trinkets like spider rings to tie onto them! Tupperware works great too, or you can just lay the candy bark out on plates with plastic wrap!

This candy bark makes a great addition to Halloween parties too. I love putting it out alongside roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and meatball mummies for a Halloween themed spread that everyone will remember!

Halloween Candy Bark

This candy bark is spook-tacular with delicious SweeTARTS candy and sprinkles! It’s all set on a creamy marbled white chocolate base, chilled, then cracked into pieces.

  • 1 lb white chocolate candy melts (melted according to package instructions)
  • 1/4 cup bright pink candy melts
  • 1/4 cup bright green candy melts
  • 1/4 cup orange candy melts
  • 1/4 cup purple candy melts
  • 1/4 cup black candy melts
  • 1 cup SweeTARTS candy skulls and bones
  • 2 tablespoons sprinkles (for decorating (I used small black nonpareils and bright purple sanding sugar))
  • Candy eyes (for decorating (optional))
  1. Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with wax paper or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place each color of candy melts in a separate microwave-safe bowl. Melt each according to package instructions.

  3. Working quickly, pour the white chocolate candy melts into your prepared pan and spread evenly over pan. Drizzle with remaining melted candy colors.
  4. Immediately take a toothpick or knife and run it through the chocolate to swirl the colors together.
  5. Gently press SweeTARTs candy skulls and bones into the melted chocolate, evenly distributing across the surface of the chocolate.
  6. Decorate with additional sprinkles and candy eyes (if using).
  7. Allow chocolate to harden (it will harden at room temperature but you can expedite the process by transferring to the refrigerator) and then cut or break into pieces and serve.

Work quickly with the chocolate as it can start to harden pretty quickly.

You don’t have to use all of the colors that I used here, but I recommend using at least 2-3 colors in addition to the white. 

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Pieces of Candy Bark piled up

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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie is a deliciously rich and heavenly dessert that will fit in perfectly at your Thanksgiving table this year! It is so simple to make and equally as tasty, you will definitely need to double this recipe so there will be lots to share!

Sweet Potatoes are perfect for making Mashed Sweet Potatoes, breakfast hash, and of course our favorite Sweet Potato Casserole… but not only are sweet potatoes great for savory dishes, they make amazing desserts too!

A slice of sweet potato pie garnished with whipped cream

Sweet Potato Pie is a popular southern recipe and one that I absolutely love (even though I’m not from the south)! If you love classic pumpkin pie , then you will most absolutely definitely love this sweet potato pie recipe too!

So, what is the difference between sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie? To be honest, the two pies are very similar, calling for ingredients such as eggs, condensed or evaporated milk, and fall spices like nutmeg and cinnamon (this recipe uses pumpkin pie spice instead). Obviously, one pie uses pumpkin puree while the other uses mashed sweet potatoes. The textures are also similar but you will likely find that a sweet potato pie has a bit more texture (using fresh sweet potatoes) and a more naturally sweet flavor than it’s pumpkin pie relative.

Mixing sweet potato pie ingredients in a bowl

How to Make Sweet Potato Pie

This Sweet Potato Pie recipe is the epitome of “easy as pie”. The hardest part will be deciding how large to cut each piece!

You can purchase canned sweet potatoes but I find it tastes even better to make my own Baked Sweet Potatoes (or to boil them). You’ll just simply need to toss them into the oven and let them bake.  This can be done a day or two ahead of time!

How to Make Homemade Sweet Potato Pie

  1. Combine prepared sweet potato with remaining ingredients (eggs, evaporated milk and pumpkin pie spice).
  2. Whisk or use an electric hand mixer for an extra smooth pie (I prefer the texture of whisking).
  3. Pour into a prepared pie crust. You can make your own dough or purchase store bought if you prefer.

How Long Do you Bake Sweet Potato Pie?

  • Bake for about 1 hour and allow to cool.

Sweet Potato Pie in a pie plate with a slice cut out

Can you Freeze Sweet Potato Pie?

Yes, you can definitely freeze a sweet potato pie! It is important to note to freeze prior to cooking your pie. You will need to thaw the pie completely before baking it. If you freeze a cooked sweet potato pie, it will become soggy – it would be edible, but just not as great if you baked it fresh!

This is the best Sweet Potato Pie recipe you have ever tried! Not only is it incredibly easy to make but the flavor is just perfectly spiced and yet deliciously sweet! Be sure to keep this recipe close at hand this holiday season because your family will be asking for you to make it again and again!

A slice of sweet potato pie served on a white plate and garnished with whipped cream

More Fall Desserts You’ll Love

  • Apple Pie Recipe – Classic!
  • Pumpkin Dump Cake (3 Ingredient) – Crazy easy!
  • Praline Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Blondies
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Easy Pecan Pie Recipe – No Corn Syrup

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie is a deliciously rich and heavenly dessert that will fit in perfectly at your Thanksgiving table this year! 

  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (cooked and mashed, approximately 2 cups )
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 9 inch pie shell
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F

  2. In a large bowl combine prepared sweet potatoes, melted butter, sugar, evaporated milk, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt. 

  3. Whisk until smooth (or use an electric mixer if preferred). 

  4. Pour into uncooked 9″ pie crust and bake for 55-60 minutes or until set.

  5. Cool to room temperature before serving. Top with whipped cream.

If the crust begins to brown too much, use a pie shield or cover with foil.

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A slice of Sweet Potato Pie on a white plate with a bite taken out of it

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Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes are a very simple but delicious side dish that goes with pretty much any meal from Easy Grilled Chicken Breast to Crock Pot Pork Chops!  You can vary the seasonings on these oven-roasted potatoes based on what’s in your spice cupboard or what herbs are growing in your garden!

Roasted Potatoes on a baking sheet - a family favorite side!

Oven Roasted Potatoes

These oven roasted potatoes are very easy to make, so you can have a delicious side dish with minimal work!

You can use dried herbs but if you have fresh on hand, by all means, use them! I find the high temperature can cause fresh garlic to burn so roasted potatoes is one of the only places I really like to use garlic powder in place of fresh.

Feel free to be creative with the seasonings on these easy oven potatoes, they’ll go great with pretty much anything!

Oven Roasted Potatoes in a serving dish with parsley - everyone loves this side dish!

What Kind of Potatoes to Use for Roasted Potatoes?

To be completely honest, you can use ANY kind of potato for roasting and they will be delicious!! I’ve made roasted red potatoes, russets, Yukon gold and even roasted sweet potatoes.  They’re all great!

While you can peel potatoes before roasting, you definitely do not need to peel them! I personally love the flavor the skin from russet or Idaho potatoes add and I love the look and color of red skin potatoes too!

If you’re using small potatoes, you can cut them in half or if they’re tiny, you can just give them a little poke with a fork or knife to allow the steam to escape.

How to Roast Potatoes

As much as I love Twice Baked Potatoes, making oven roasted potatoes is so incredibly simple that it’s my go to side dish!

My mom taught me to soak cut potatoes if time allows, this removes some of the starch and helps them to crisp while being fluffy inside. Be sure to dry them well before you add the olive oil so they roast instead of steam!!

  1. Wash potatoes and cut into 1″ cubes. Soak in cold water about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to a very hot temperature.
  3. Add olive oil, seasonings and herbs.
  4. Roast until tender.

Adding fresh herbs, spices and olive oil to potatoes for the perfect oven roasted potatoes recipe

How Long to Roast Potatoes

The great thing about making roasted potatoes is that you can roast them at pretty much any temperature and they’re much quicker to bake than Baked Potatoes.  I find a higher temperature give the best results for a crispy exterior and a fluffy interior.

What Temperature to Roast Potatoes

I most often roast potatoes at 425°F as I love how it crisps the outside.  Depending on what else you have going in the oven, you can cook potatoes at a lower temp if needed (but you may need a longer baking time).

The following cook times are for 1″ potato cubes:

  • Bake at 350°F for 45-50 minutes.
  • Bake at 375°F for 35-40 minutes.
  • Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 450°F for 20-25 minutes.

Can You Freeze Roast Potatoes

Yes!  While potatoes aren’t something you’d think of freezing, they actually do freeze well! I place them in a freezer bag and reheat either in the oven (or toaster oven) in a frying pan on the stove. I just simply add them to the pan along with  Oven Baked Chicken Breasts for an easy weeknight meal!

They also make for a great shortcut for breakfast hash, hashbrowns or casseroles!

Serving oven roasted potatoes - perfect to accompany any meal!

What Goes With Roasted Potatoes?

Pretty much anything can be served alongside roasted potatoes!  We always pair them with roasted pork tenderloin or  a perfectly grilled steak or even a beef roast!

We love to top these easy potatoes with sour cream (or even Greek yogurt for a healthy twist), chives or onions, bacon bits, cheddar cheese… or even with slow cooker pulled pork to turn them into a complete meal!

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  • Baked Sweet Potato

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Oven roasted potatoes are an easy side dish that goes with pretty much any meal!

  • 2 lbs red or yellow skinned potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, parsley, thyme, basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • to taste coarse salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Scrub potatoes (do not peel them). Dice into 1” cubes/

  3. If time allows, soak potatoes in cold water for up to 1 hour. (This removes starch and makes for a fluffier potato). Drain and dry potatoes if required.

  4. Toss potatoes, olive oil, herbs and seasonings

  5. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes until browned and tender.

Use any combination of herbs you’d like.  Dry spices/herbs can be substituted, use 1-2 teaspoons dry herbs in place of fresh.

Oven Roasted Potatoes topped with scallions and sour cream

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Easy Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It’s great made ahead of time, budget friendly, reheats well and freezes perfectly.

We serve this easy Hamburger Soup with a fresh green salad and some crusty bread for the perfect meal!

Hamburger Soup with vegetables ready to serve in a bowl - a hearty meal!

I love a good soup as a weeknight meal. Hearty soups are satisfying & simple and they are loaded with vegetables and healthy ingredients! Soup is the perfect cool weather food or delicious weeknight dinner!

You can make them totally low cal like a Weight Loss Vegetable Soup, nice and hearty like a Chicken Wild Rice Soup or rich and creamy like a Slow Cooker Corn Chowder!

This Hamburger Soup is simple classic comfort food, hearty, healthy and satisfying. Perfect on a cool evening to warm your belly from the inside out.

I have to say that while we’ve always referred to this as hamburger soup, I know you guys have tons of other names for it! Hamburger soup, vegetable soup, hangover soup, poor man’s soup, bachelor’s stew… just to name a few.

Regardless of what you call it, you’ll definitely want to make it!Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It's great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly.

How to Make Hamburger Soup

A rich tomato broth is filled with ground beef, tender potatoes and vegetables.  Sometimes the most simple ingredients make the best ever meals.

This hamburger soup is not only delicious, it’s easy to make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

I start with a mixture of lean beef, onion and garlic browned and drained.  You can use any kind of ground meat in this recipe including ground turkey.

Beef broth is the best broth option to add lots of great flavor; I personally prefer the low sodium variety.

Hamburger Soup with Vegetables

I use a mixture of frozen vegetables to make this super easy (no chopping, no prepping) but it’s also a great way to use up any veggies in your fridge. Carrots, celery, peas, beans, zucchini… pretty much anything goes, sometimes we make this even with cabbage!

This version of Hamburger Soup uses potatoes since that’s how we always had it growing up. If you don’t have potatoes on hand (or just prefer pasta) you can add any type of pasta into this recipe!

I add an extra 1 cup of broth (or water) and let the pasta simmer until tender.  Macaroni, shells and rotini are favorites to make this into a delicious and hearty macaroni beef soup!

Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It's great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly.

What to Serve with Hamburger Soup

While the soup is simmering, I prepare a quick chopped salad and slice up a loaf of french bread (almost always served with Homemade Garlic Butter) for a complete meal.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, this soup is great reheated for lunches all week but even better, it freezes perfectly!

I prop up a freezer bag in my little baggie holder and fill each baggie with one serving.

When I need a quick lunch, I take it out of the freezer the night before or in the morning and microwave for a perfect meal. (And then sometimes add a little sprinkle of cheese before serving).

Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It's great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly.

This has been a family favorite forever!

It gets rave reviews from everyone who tries it, it’s quick and easy to make, reheats well and is versatile.  The perfect soup.

This is also an excellent gifting soup.

If you know anyone that’s recently had a baby or surgery, or is just having an extra crazy week with the kids, this is the soup to drop off.

Add along a side of 30 Minute Dinner Rolls for the perfect meal!

It stretches to feed a crowd with that salad and bread, and will last a few days.

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It’s great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly.

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion (, diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (, minced)
  • 2 medium potatoes (, peeled and diced)
  • 3 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can ((28 oz) diced tomatoes with juice)
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups mixed vegetables (, fresh or frozen)
  1. Brown onion, ground beef and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  2. Add potatoes, broth, tomatoes, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning and bay leaves. Simmer covered 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in vegetables. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes.  It's great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly
Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes.  It's great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly

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The Best Meatloaf Recipe

The BEST Meatloaf Recipe is something I’ve worked years at perfecting… and here it is! I absolutely LOVE meatloaf and I always have!

This easy meatloaf recipe comes out juicy every time, is loaded with flavor and is pretty simple to make! Add in a side of my favorite Crock Pot Mac and Cheese and some bread with Homemade Garlic Butter you’ve literally got the meal of my dreams. 

Juicy meatloaf on a cutting board ready to eat!

Mom’s Meatloaf

Meatloaf was always a dish my mom would make and a meal I absolutely loved so I wanted to keep this meatloaf recipe as close to hers as possible. 

Ground beef is mixed with bread crumbs, onions, and parsley but my absolute favorite part is the topping on this meatloaf recipe.

I serve meatloaf alongside mac and cheese or mashed potatoes and peas, it is the perfect classic dinner. Broccoli, pasta, and carrots all make awesome sides for this meatloaf recipe too!

Easy meatloaf made from my favorite meatloaf recipe with veggies and rice

Meatloaf Sauce

I use a mixture of chili sauce and ketchup (just like my mom always made) and it really takes this recipe to the next level. It’s all baked until crisped on the outside and melt in your mouth tender inside.

If you’ve never had chili sauce, you need to try it! It’s not spicy at all, it’s more like a zesty ketchup with tons of flavor. I add it to soups and stews and love it on everything from Burgers to Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes. It adds amazing flavor to this meatloaf recipe. 

Making the Best Meatloaf

Meatloaf is not difficult to make but there are a couple of common problems people encounter.

Overmixing will cause your meatloaf to become dense making it seem tough and not tender. As with most ground beef recipes (including patties or meatballs), the beef and add-ins should be mixed just until combined for a tender result.

Adding too much liquid or not allowing the meat to rest can result in the meatloaf falling apart so be sure to leave a few minutes for rest time!

Ingredients to make the best meatloaf recipe.

How To Make Meatloaf

Meatloaf has had a bad rap in the past… which makes me sad because it’s dang good when prepared properly! There are a few tips you need to know to make sure this meatloaf recipe comes out perfectly juicy and flavorful every time!

  • Do Not Overmix:
    • You want to mix until everything is just combined. Over mixing will create a dense loaf!
  • Use Lean Meat:
    • Use lean beef (but not extra lean). You need a bit of fat for flavor but don’t want it swimming in grease so lean beef is the perfect option.
  • Add flavors and moisture:
    • Adding in seasonings and soaking the breadcrumbs in milk keep this flavorful and moist.  If you have fresh herbs, add those in as well for great results!
  • Cook on a Baking Sheet:
    • Using a baking sheet to cook your meatloaf gives the best results. If you cook in a loaf pan you’ll get steam (and nobody wants steamed meat) and nowhere for the drippings to go.  Form your own loaf on a foil lined pan.
  • Rest the Meatloaf:
    • With any meatloaf recipe, the final product should be rested once it comes out of the oven.  This helps redistribute the juices and makes sure it won’t fall apart!

Juicy meatloaf recipe topped with chili sauce and ketchup.

How Long To Cook Meatloaf

Meatloaf will need to cook at 350°F for about 50-60 minutes (depending on shape/size). The best way ensure it is cooked through is to use a meat thermometer. A meat thermometer inserted into the centre should read an internal temperature of 160°F.

Meatloaf Cooking Times

Below you can find how long to cook a 2lb meatloaf:

  • Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes
  • Bake at 375° for 45-55 minutes

If you are halving the recipe (or increasing it) you can use the cook times below to cook at 350°F. Remember that using a thermometer is your best bet to ensure meatloaf that is cooked through yet perfectly tender.

  • Bake a 1lb meatloaf for about 45 minutes total.
  • Bake a 3 lb meatloaf for about 1 hour 20 minutes.

Make sure you let your meatloaf rest for 10-15 minutes before you slice it so it doesn’t fall apart and it retains all of its juices!  I like to tent it with aluminum foil so it keeps warm while it’s resting.

Can you Freeze Meatloaf?

You can absolutely freeze meatloaf either before or after cooking.  To freeze before cooking, place in a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap (or form a loaf on a pan). Freeze completely, seal well. Defrost raw frozen meatloaf in the refrigerator 24 hours. Bake as directed.

Once cooked, I freeze the individual slices on a parchment lined pan and once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag.  This makes it easy to grab one slice or several to reheat! Simply reheat in the microwave or in the oven.

Serve it with a caesar salad, mashed potatoes, or dinner rolls for a perfect meal that will make everyone beg for seconds!

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  • Easy Hamburger Soup
  • Mushroom Salisbury Steak
  • Savory Meatloaf – Lean Beef, Turkey and veggies in a delicious loaf

The Best Meatloaf Recipe

This is the best meatloaf recipe ever! It comes out juicy every time, and it seriously couldn’t be easier. 

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup onion (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)

Meatloaf Sauce

  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a foil lined baking tray with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, milk, and breadcrumbs. Allow mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes. 

  3. Add the ground beef, onions, 1 tablespoon of chili sauce, Italian seasoning and parsley. Mix until just combined.

  4. Form a 8″x4″ loaf on the prepared baking tray. Bake for 40 minutes. 

  5. Meanwhile, combine the chili sauce and ketchup. Spread mixture over the meatloaf and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until cooked through and the meatloaf reaches 160°F.

  6. Allow meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. 

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Classic Meatloaf slices on a white plate

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Beef Stew Recipe

This Beef Stew Recipe is perfect for the colder weather! Tender beef is simmered in beef broth with carrots, onions, celery, peas, and carrots until melt in your mouth tender. It’s comfort food heaven!

I serve beef stew with 30 minute dinner rolls or Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits to sop up any gravy in the bottom of the bowl!A big pot of comforting beef stew full of onions, carrots, peas, and topped with parsley.

Beef stew is a classic dinner staple in so many households around the world. There are soup and stew adaptations of beef stew like my favorite Easy Hamburger Soup and cultural variations like Hungarian Goulash, but this classic beef stew recipe is a favorite for me!

How To Make Beef Stew

Searing the beef pieces before you add the stock makes such a difference in the flavour you get from the soup. It’s really the only chance you have to get that delicious caramelization on the meat!

As the veggies and broth simmer, you will really start to notice the flavors in the stew intensify. Peas cook quickly so I add them in the last few minutes!

This stew recipe is also the perfect way to use up any vegetables you might need to use up. If you’ve got leftover roasted potatoes, glazed carrots or fried mushrooms, just chop ‘em up up and throw them in!

Tender beef stew with big chunks of carrots, beef, potatoes, and peas.

How To Thicken Beef Stew

Beef stew will thicken a bit naturally thanks to the starches in the potatoes and the dredging of the beef, but I always like to thicken it a little bit more.

Stew can be thickened by giving the vegetables a quick mash or you can use either flour or cornstarch. My preferred method for thickening beef stew (and the method used in this beef stew recipe) is to use a cornstarch slurry.

How to Make a Slurry

A slurry is super easy to make! Combine equal parts cornstarch and water and stir. I told you it was easy!!

Pour this mixture a little bit at a time into bubbling soup or stew to thicken until you reach desired consistency. Once your stew is thickened, allow it to boil at least 1-2 minutes to ensure you cook out any starchy flavor.

If left to sit before adding to the soup or stew, a slurry will settle within a couple of minutes so be sure to give it a stir before adding it. I sometimes mix the cornstarch with low sodium (or no sodium) broth instead of water.

A white bowl of tender beef stew being scooped with a silver spoon.

Can You Freeze Beef Stew?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze beef stew! I like to freeze it in freezer bags in single servings portions so I can take one portion out for lunches (or four out for dinner)! Defrost overnight in the refrigerator or you can defrost in the microwave (time will vary based on portion size) stirring occasionally.

What To Serve With Beef Stew

Beef stew is super perfect on it’s own; it is a complete meal!

We usually serve it with a bread, biscuit or even Garlic Crescent Rolls to sop up any broth! I also love serving it with mashed potatoes in the bottom of the bowl! Even just some crushed crackers or saltines are all you really need.

A close up of flavorful beef stew full of carrots, potatoes, peas, and beef.

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Beef Stew

This beef stew recipe is perfect for the colder weather! Tender beef is simmered in beef broth with carrots, onions, celery, peas, and carrots until tender. It’s comfort food heaven!

  • 2 pounds stewing beef (trimmed and cubed)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 pound potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 4 carrots (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 4 celery stalks (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 3/4 cup peas
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Combine flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss beef in flour mixture. 

  2. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot. Cook the beef and onions in the until browned. 

  3. Add red wine and beef stock while scraping up any brown bits in the pan.

  4. Stir in all remaining ingredients except for peas, cornstarch and water. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 1 hour or until beef is tender.

  5. Mix equal parts cornstarch and water to create a slurry. Slowly add the slurry to the boiling stew until it reaches the desired consistency. (You may not need all of the slurry).

  6. Stir in peas and simmer for 5-10 more minutes before serving. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole is one of our go to dishes during the autumn and winter months! This easy warming casserole combines all the classic flavors of light and fluffy french toast with the ease of a make ahead breakfast casserole!  

I am so excited to partner with SheKnows and Walmart and their beautiful bakery selection to create a breakfast casserole that you will not be able to resist!

A slice of French Toast Casserole with syrup poured on top

A french toast bake or casserole is like the holy grail of comfort food, it is so inviting on a Sunday morning! This one has a delicious crumb topping, (which I stole from my fave Easy Blueberry Crisp). It is the perfect extra buttery streusel topping you never knew you needed on a french toast casserole!

As much as I love a good savory Overnight Breakfast Casserole, I also love the sweet custardy flavor and texture of a simple french toast.  Combing the two to create an amazing breakfast casserole was bound (and required) to happen in my life.

Like this dish wasn’t easy enough, you can find all of the ingredients you need at your local Walmart including the BEST vanilla brioche in the bakery! Marketside Vanilla Brioche  has a buttery texture and flavor and let’s face it, all french toast recipes start with bread. The better the bread, the better the French toast casserole.

The brioche is so moist, buttery, and soft, it really makes all of the difference in this french toast casserole. If I wasn’t making this, I could probably just sit down with a loaf and a stick of butter (don’t judge me). 

Ingredients French Toast Casserole include Vanilla brioche, cinnamon and eggs!

What Is Brioche?

Brioche is the king of delicious bread. This yeast based bread is usually made in a roll form and is known for its rich texture thanks to the higher content of butter and eggs in the dough.

It is perfect for this recipe because it is naturally so light and airy and absorbs the custard mixture and create the perfect casserole. Marketside Vanilla Brioche has a the most nummy vanilla custard swirl which really makes this recipe next level (they also have a Chocolate Brioche which would work perfectly in this recipe too)!  

The Marketside Vanilla Brioche and the other Marketside bakery items are available exclusively at Walmart.

The egg mixture for French Toast Casserole being poured over the bread

Overnight French Toast Casserole is the perfect breakfast as it can be made the night before and in the morning simply placed in the oven to bake. If you’re looking to bake it right away, be sure to give the bread at least 20 minutes or so to soak up the custard mixture.

How To Make French Toast Casserole

  1. Cut the brioche into one inch cubes & dry overnight or in the oven.
  2. Combine eggs, heavy cream, milk, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes and very gently toss to coat
  4. Top with crumb mixture and bake until golden.
  5. Top with fruit, syrup, whipped cream or your own fave toppings!

French Toast Casserole in a casserole dish with a slice taken out

Can you Freeze French Toast Casserole?

Yes, definitely!  This easy recipe can be prepared and frozen either before or after baking. To bake the uncooked casserole from frozen, place in the oven uncovered at 350°F for 55-65 minutes or until the center is cooked through.

As the summer ends and autumn begins. Between french toast casserole and pumpkin pancakes, I know that my breakfasts are going to put some smiles on my families’ faces!

More Breakfast Recipes You’ll Love

  • Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Bacon – My personal favorite breakfast!
  • Banana Breakfast Cookies
  • Pumpkin Pancakes – Comforting and warm!
  • Easy Quiche Recipe – Classic and easy, add in your own favorites!
  • Overnight Sausage Breakfast Casserole
  • Corned Beef Hash – Simple and delish!

French Toast Casserole

French toast casserole is one of our go to dishes during the autumn and winter months! This easy warming casserole combines all the classic flavors of light and fluffy french toast with the ease of a breakfast casserole!  

  • 8 cups Marketside Vanilla Brioche Bread (cubed and dried as below)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Cut brioche bread into 1 inch pieces. Place in a warm oven for about 8-10 minutes to dry slightly, or cut and let stand uncovered on the counter overnight.

  3. Whisk together eggs, milk, cream, brown sugar and vanilla in a bowl.

  4. Pour wet mixture over bread and very gently toss to coat.  Place in a 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Allow to sit at least 1 hour (or overnight).

  5. Combine topping ingredients and incorporate the butter using a fork or pastry blender until crumbly.

  6. Cover the bread mixture with the topping and place in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

  7. Serve warm with maple syrup, whipped cream or fruit.

I am excited to have partnered with SheKnows and Walmart to bring you this beautiful breakfast recipe.  While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!

REPIN this Easy Casserole

French Toast Casserole in a casserole dish with a piece taken out of it.

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Classic Wedge Salad

Classic Wedge Salad: crunchy iceberg lettuce, a creamy homemade blue cheese dressing, crispy bacon, fresh tomato, and parsley. If wedge salad is on the menu, I can guarantee you I’m ordering it!

An easy wedge salad recipe is the perfect side, amazing with a juicy steak, or along side Oven Baked Chicken Breasts. The crunchy lettuce and toppings are fresh and fun with the tangy and rich wedge salad dressing.

Classic Wedge Salad on a white plate, with a striped napkin, blue cheese dressing, bacon and two slices of tomatoes

Easy Wedge Salad

A few years ago my husband was a manager at a restaurant. It was a steak house, and I loved taking advantage of getting to eat there. I tried everything on the menu, and one of the things I always wanted was the iceberg wedge salad. A classic wedge salad is just so delicious. Knowing how to make a wedge salad is so easy! With the tangy dressing, rich blue cheese, and salty crunchy bacon, how can you go wrong?

Classic Wedge Salad

A delicious Classic Wedge Salad covered in a tasty blue cheese dressing, crunchy bacon, and fresh tomatoes. 


  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar


  • 1 head iceberg lettuce (cut into 8 wedges)
  • 2 tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  1. Combine blue cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar, olive oil, and sugar in a bowl; blend using a hand mixer. Taste, and add salt and pepper as needed. Chill until ready to serve.

  2. Build the salad by placing 1 lettuce wedge on each of 8 plates. Drizzle equal amounts of dressing over each wedge of lettuce. Scatter tomatoes, bacon, and blue cheese over each salad, and garnish with fresh parsley.

REPIN this Delicious Salad Recipe

Classic Wedge Salad on a white plate with creamy dressing


This Classic Wedge Salad has crunchy lettuce and toppings with a fresh and tangy dressing. Crunchy iceberg lettuce, a creamy homemade blue cheese dressing, crispy bacon, fresh tomato, and parsley make this the perfect pair for a juicy steak or chicken entree. #spendwithpennies #wedgesalad #easysalad #easyrecipe #freshrecipe #iceburglettuce #withdressing #homemade #fromscratch #creamydressing

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Peach Maple Yogurt Cake

I’m currently watching old BadGirlRiri music videos because I’m procrastinating from cleaning out the dishwasher. There’s a white film that’s coating all my dishes and after I did some googling I found that it must be clogged and I gotta clean it with citric acid. Sounds fun! A few weeks ago, I went to Vermont where everything is maple this and maple that. I came home regretting that I didn’t buy a jar of maple cream. So I figured it wouldn’t be too difficult to make it and umm…it’s not difficult per se, but man is it time consuming and petty. I love pettiness but not this type of pettiness, you know?! I’m dreaming of maple cream cookies or making cajeta or dulce de leech but with maple. Maybe I’l put my cookie cutters that I bought in Japan to good use. Instead, I opted to put off my maple cream dreams for fall (sounds more seasonally appropriate) and make something summery…with just a hint of maple. This cake is so fluffy. The yogurt gives it a lovely light texture, while the peach jam that’s in between the layers gives a nice summer-y vibe. The yogurt and maple in the […]

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Original source: http://www.acozykitchen.com/peach-maple-yogurt-cake/

Hamburger Cake

Two cake posts in a row?! Not to worry, I have some savory foods in the pipeline coming soon. And then I have more cake. I like to think that this cake is part savory part sweet because it’s a cake that looks like a hamburger! Do you follow Lyndsay from Coco Cake Land?! She’s one my favorites on the innanet. She’s so funny and sweet and strong and rad. Her new book Coco Cake Land: Cute and Pretty Cakes to Bake and Decorate is out and it is hoooooot! It’s full of pretty and cute cakes that you can bake and decorate. There are step-by-step photos and things like cactus cakes, rainbow cakes, pineapple cakes with faces and so much more. I like to think that it would make a really cute gift…but we’re not in holiday season just yet (thanks the heavens!) because I’m not about that right now—too stressful. People keep talking about summer coming to an end but it is still ridiculously hot in Los Angeles. And there are still summer fruits at the market thriving so we’re still in summer and I’m ok with that. And what is more summer than a hamburger cake? It […]

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Original source: http://www.acozykitchen.com/hamburger-cake/