easy stuffed peppers

Happy Thursday! Today I’m sharing a delicious – and just as important in a busy week – EASY stuffed peppers recipe.

Anyone who knows me well, knows I’m not the best cook…in our house, Eric is definitely the chef! He’s quite the experimenter, whipping up all sort of tasty meals during the week. I’m a lucky gal.

But hey, I make a fabulous assistant – and I’m most certainly the baker in our little family!

All that being said, you’ll be proud to know I actually whipped up the yummy meal you see here with E’s easy directions. Read on for our stuffed peppers recipe so you can give it a try yourself!

easy stuffed peppers

Ingredients – Makes 4 stuffed pepper halves.

  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • 1 lb. ground beef (possible substitutes: ground turkey, chicken breast, or more of your favorite veggies!)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Rosemary (or any other seasoning you might want to throw on a few sprinkles of!)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cut the red peppers in half and place on a baking sheet covered with foil.

easy stuffed peppers

  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on the ground beef. Mix by hand. Make four equal sized balls.

easy stuffed peppers

  • Flatten each one into each one of the pepper halves. Sprinkle some rosemary and add a sliver of butter (generosity may vary) on top of each pepper.

easy stuffed peppers

  • Place in the oven for 35 minutes. Check to ensure the meat cooked (every oven is different, of course!) and let cool.

I served with with brown rice and veggies, nothing fancy, but still oh-so-yum! If you want to step up your game, I suggest some red wine. Even if you don’t, still suggest red wine.

easy stuffed peppers

Hope you enjoy, friends! Would love to know how your dish turns out – or what sort of spin you put to make it your own!
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counting down

Two posts in one week, what what! Life is a little chaotic right now and that means I just gotta do the best I can – because not everything is going to get done all the time. Whether that be laundry, blogging, cleaning, etc. Anyone with me??

Even though life is chaotic, it’s also very, very exciting! 44 days left until Eric and I get married – eeeek!!! Now that we’re almost a month out, it seems like we’re at the turning point where we are bouncing around everywhere and talking about how time can’t go by fast enough.

Now, it’s just a matter of staying calm and making sure we’re ahead of the game in as much of the final stuff as possible – and continuing to freak out about just how dang close we are!

Aside from all this wedding shenanigans, here is a scoop of life Currently

{Cooking // More in general…}

Ok, well mostly I am being the chef’s (aka Eric’s) assistant. This guy is cookin’ up fresh salmon, cajun dishes, baked pasta, the list goes on…

This week though, I whipped up some of my own goodness. Granted nothing I make is the fanciest of dishes, but hey, everyone’s gotta start somewhere! How about some freshly seasoned chicken, veggies, and whole grain rotini pasta for ya??

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{Wearing // Still summer clothes?}

I think everyone’s been a little weirded out that we’re almost to the end of September and we’re still hitting up the 80s every day. I think everyone is also trying not to complain. As much as I want fall here (it’s my favorite!), I know after fall comes winter…and winter can mean polar vortex here in Chicago.

For now though, we’re still rockin’ the shorts, tanks, and dresses! You might’ve caught this white Target maxi on Instagram yesterday. I found it on sale for $12.99 in the Junior’s section and it’s pretty much my favorite sale find ever!

It was the perfect wedding shower dress and now I’ll keep wearing it until the weather says no.

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{Counting down // to a VACATION.}

As mentioned earlier, E & I are obviously beyond ecstatic about the wedding. Can it be November tomorrow? We are also sooo pumped for a real vacation and to be able to travel again!!

Without a doubt going home to Texas always makes us so happy, but this year we’ve missed exploring out of the country since we’ve saved up time and money for the big day. The morning after though, we’ll be jet setting off to Jamaica and we can’t freakin’ wait.

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The wait will totally be worth it and much needed after all these busy months. I remember people having said they needed the honeymoon after all this wedding stuff, and I used to be like oh sure, but it’s probably been so fun, they’re probably exaggerating. And it is SO FUN (I’m going to miss it so much!!!), but it’s also just tiring and can feel like a lot.

So I get it now…you really do need the honeymoon. It’ll be a well-deserved getaway with my best friend to celebrate our next chapter as Mr. & Mrs. WAHOO!

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And maybe most exciting of all?? We’ll get to add another pin to this pretty vintage market find. Ok, not most exciting, but it’s up there.

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baking adventure

You guys. A few weeks ago, I had a big day. I baked something from scratch for basically the first time ever – no boxed mix! *Disclaimer: I make an amazing boxed cake though.*

Now before we dive into that, I’ve got to touch on a little something –

Eric and I have felt so loved by family and friends. We have been lucky to receive so many wonderful gifts that are going to make our first place together a real home. Some people have even gifted us a handful of adventures for our honeymoon in Jamaica…horseback riding on the beach? Scuba diving? Yes, please!

The one item I was probably most anticipating the arrival of though was our Kitchen Aid mixer. From the get go, I knew it would have a special spot on display in our kitchen, just as my mom’s always did.

baking adventure

My mom is an incredible baker, so is my grandma. It’s something they’ve been able to bond over, and this love has carried over to my sister and I. This being said, the mixer was a special item my grandma really wanted to gift E & I.

I am in no way even half the baker my mom or grandma are, but I’m determined to learn and get better. I love the joy baking brings people. I love the celebrations it means, and the traditions it becomes apart of.

Well, like I said, I was super anticipating the arrival of our mixer. It took over a month to arrive due to one after another shipping mishaps…but it’s fine…we’re past that.

The color is called ice blue and it’s the perfect pop among the neutral tones, wood, and metals we hope fill our home. I’m calling it mint, but Eric says it’s no where near mint. Ugh, we can have our differences, right?

baking adventure

So the baking adventure began, and I broke in this baby with homemade blueberry muffins. I’ll avoid being repetitive by listing the whole recipe here, and instead just direct you to the adorable food blog where I found it – Yammie’s Noshery.

Yammie mentions she’s experimented and tweaked to land at the perfect recipe, which made things super easy for a newbie like me! One note, I did substitute the sour cream for Chobani plain non-fat greek yogurt. *Tip: one single serving cup was the perfect amount.* I also was very generous with the blueberries. The recipe made 9 muffins for me, using a standard size cupcake baking tin.

baking adventure

baking adventure

I’m usually the chef’s (aka Eric’s) assistant, so it was fun to have roles reversed when it came to baking! E is also trying to get more into photography, so he snapped all these beautiful photos you’re seeing during this process. He’s got a talent for playing around with our fancy Nikon and I’m so excited about it.

These blueberry muffins were DELICIOUS. The sugary crust on top was the perfect finishing touch, and they were incredibly soft and flavorful. I highly recommend!

baking adventure

baking adventure

baking adventure

Hmm…what to bake next?? We’ve got a few birthdays in our group, Eric and I just hit the year mark at our jobs, and we tie the knot in 48 DAYS – so it looks like there’s plenty to celebrate.

Let the baking adventure continue!

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madison wisconsin

Last weekend, Eric and I decided to take advantage of the long holiday weekend by planning a road trip to Madison, Wisconsin to do what we do best – adventure, travel, and be ridiculous together.

All week we asked friends and co-workers who went to the University of Wisconsin for their must-dos and favorite spots. I always check out other blogs and Trip Advisor for recommendations too.

We had such a fun time and felt like we covered an awesome spread of stuff, so I wanted to put together a quick travel guide of spots I recommend if you ever find yourself in Madison or are nearby in need of a mini-vacay!

What To Eat

Dane County Farmers’ Market // This huge market is amazing! Tables are set up all along the perimeter of Wisconsin’s capital square, with foot traffic heading all in one direction. Eric and I stuffed our faces with more cheese samples than I thought possible.

Everyone said this was a must-do, and I 100% see why. Fun Fact: This is the largest producers-only farmer’s market in the country – meaning those who made created the product are standing behind the table.

madison wisconsin

madison wisconsin

madison wisconsin

Stella’s Hot & Spicy Cheesy Bread // OMG. This stuff is outta this world. A huge loaf of the softest, most flavorful and delicious smelling cheese bread…that Eric and I may or may not have eaten as our meal for the entire day just between us too. You cannot go to Madison and not try this treat.

madison wisconsin

madison wisconsin

Old Fashioned’s Cheese Curds // Like I said, we ate a lot of bread and cheese – but don’t worry, we semi-redeem ourselves with a hike (more below). This restaurant was listed as a top place to grab some of these famous bites. The other food was probably just okay, but totally worth the visit for the curds.

Marigold Kitchen // Such a killer brunch spot, friends.  Loved the order at the counter, then pick your spot, oh-so-relaxed vibes. You could most definitely taste fresh ingredients and there were wild flowers on every table. The limitless coffee from Colectivo was sooooo good!

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Colectivo // Same coffee mentioned above, we went to their two beautiful locations around town over the course of our stay! Great teas, coffee, bakery, and café type foods. We picked up breakfast here on our way out.

The Daily Scoop // Another must – directly linked to The Terrace below! The University of Wisconsin agriculture students actually make this ice cream and it is SO YUM. Like some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had without a doubt. I got strawberry and mint chocolate chip, even the scoops looked beautiful.

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What To Do

Tour the Capital // Easy to do right after the  market! Anyone can walk in and look around. You can even go to the very top observation deck. The state mammal and university mascot, the badger, is sculpted above the Supreme Court door, and that made me really happy. Then, you can stroll down State Street and hop shops all the way to the University at the other end of downtown.

madison wisconsin

madison wisconsin

University of Wisconsin // We didn’t do much on campus, but we did walk around and snap a few photos! It seemed to have so much history and there were some beautiful buildings. I stomped around pretending to be alumni J.J. Watt, my NFL crush/our favorite Houston Texan’s player.

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THE TERRACE // This was our favorite spot in town. A big terrace filled with friends and families enjoying beers, brats, and scoops in the sun. There’s the prettiest view of the lake! Saturday afternoon there was a DJ, and Sunday when State Street seemed like a ghost town, the Terrace was poppin’. Make sure to try the famous brew only sold in Wisconsin – Spotted Cow. Bonus: you can rent boardgames to play!

madison wisconsin

madison wisconsin

Where to Venture Outside of Town

Wollersheim Winery & Distillery // I was really hoping to tour a winery over the holiday since there are so many throughout the Midwest! Wollersheim is family-owned and has received several awards. The winery tour, including a tasting, is just $5! Additional tastings also just $5. Can’t beat that. (3o min. away)

madison wisconsin

madison wisconsin

madison wisconsin

Devil’s Lake & State Park // Eric really wanted to get in some nature time, so this was perfect and just a half hour from the winery. There were lots of people out on the huge web of trails, grilling along the water, and playing in the lake. We hiked about 2.5 miles – burning some cheese calories I hope! (1 hour away)

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Whew, that was a pretty packed list, folks! Hope this inspires you to visit to this sweet little college town, and eat your weight in all their delicious treats.

Did I miss something? Fill me in with a comment!

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Saturday Mornings

Chicago farmer’s market Saturday mornings are what summer dreams are made of, y’all.

A few weekends ago, Eric and I set off to check out two farmer’s markets we missed from the end of last summer – the Green City Market in Lincoln Park and the Division Street Farmer’s Market. These markets run from May through the end of October, but prime time are these summer months when the sun is shining and everyone is out for some fresh goods.

We don’t go prepared to do all our grocery shopping (although we have aspirations to be that adult one day), but we love to chat with vendors, consume as many samples as possible, and get some fresh baked croissants or grilled cheeses we can munch on while walking around.

That time we picked up a chocolate croissant and coffee. There was also a crepe stand set up that I’ll be making a beeline to next time. I was pretending we were in Paris again, since pain au chocolat and banana-nutella crepes were basically our diet for the whole week we were there.

Saturday Mornings

Saturday Mornings

Saturday Mornings

We realized that come 12:00 pm, a lot of the vendors were definitely low on their stuff. If you’re set on having your range of choices, or getting some of those drool worthy mozzarella sticks that have people lining up in Lincoln Park, I’d aim to get there at least closer to 10:00 am!

Um, also, if you’re a dog lover like me – huge perk to attending a market is that there are literally so many dogs of all breeds and ages. It kills me. All the owners Eric and I went up to were so nice, we had to get our petting quota in.

We’re long overdue for our next farmer’s market trip – hopefully this weekend!

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