Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sweet Potatoes


During the summer, we put our new grill to good use. We grilled chicken breasts, shish kabobs or burgers nearly every night for dinner, making the cooking and the cleaning process very quick. So when the weather started to cool down, I was sad to see our phase of quick and easy weeknight dinners come to a close. However, with the help of some Sunday afternoon food prep, I’ve found a few dinner ideas that can come together just as quickly as our beloved grilled dinners. I like to throw a bag of frozen chicken breasts in my slow cooker on Sundays so that we have pulled chicken on hand for salads, sandwiches and a few quick and easy dinner recipes. One of my new favorites was inspired by the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. One of the episodes features a barbecue restaurant in Cleveland whose specialty was Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Skins. As decadant as their dish looked, I knew it was something I could easily make a “lightened up” version of. This dish tastes decadent, but is really just simple baked chicken and sweet potatoes thrown together in a new way.

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 1/4-1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Bake the sweet potatoes at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until the potato is baked through
  2. Combine the shredded chicken and barbecue sauce and heat in a saucepan over medium heat. You may want to add more or less barbecue sauce, depending upon your preference. (I found this recipe is best with a sauce that isn’t too sweet)
  3. Once the potatoes are done, remove from the oven and cut in half. Use a fork to mash the inside of the potato. Add 1/2 cup of barbecue chicken on the top of each potato and sprinkle with shredded cheese
  4. Return the potatoes to the oven, and bake for 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted

Hassleback Apple Crisp


I don’t keep a diary, but I do have a small notebook that I write my favorite quotes and song lyrics in. This little book has been in my possession since I was 15 or 16, and I occasionally like to look back at the lyrics that meant the most to me in years past. I recently came across one particular verse that I scribbled in my little notebook the summer that I lived in Pensacola, Florida. I was 1,000 miles away from everyone I loved, and Ani Difranco’s words really resonated with me. “Strangers are exciting, their mystery never ends, but there is nothing like seeing your own history in the faces of your friends.” This past weekend, I helped celebrate the wedding of my sweet friend, Julie, and the extra time I got to spend with some of my oldest girlfriends made me realize how truly blessed I am. Not everyone can say that the majority of their closest friends have been a part of their lives for 10, 15, or even 26 years, but thankfully I can. There is something remarkable about friendships that are strong enough to weather the storms of distance, time, and the struggle of simply “growing up.” A few of these strong, incredible women have been by my side for my highest highs and lowest lows. In particular, my three best friends Annie, LT and Lo all stood next to me on my own wedding day to celebrate one of the happiest days of my life thus far. And all three of them have stood by my side during some of the worst times in life. I can still remember the day my Grandpa passed away and the look of love and compassion in Lo’s eyes when I gave her the news. She took one look at my tear stained face, ran towards me, and held me as I cried. And in high school, LT rescued me from a mortifying moment when I forgot all of the words to a solo I was singing in front of 200 people. Instead of joining our choir for the final song in the concert, LT walked me off stage, drove me home, and sat on my parent’s couch and cheered me up until my embarrassing moment was nearly forgotten. And when my first boyfriend broke up with me, Annie came home with me after school every day to eat ice cream and discuss why we were “absolutely done with men.” So although it is exciting to meet new people and form new friendships, there is nothing quite like having friends who have been by your side every step of the way. Even though months often pass between our visits, having these wonderful women by my side always makes me feel a bit more whole. I’m sad to see this weekend of togetherness come to a close, but theses three are always in my heart.


And when the “Sunday blues” hit, I like to turn to the kitchen for a little baking. This recipe is a simplified and speedy apple crisp. Top with some vanilla ice cream, and your Sunday blues will diminish in no time.

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and cut in half vertically
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 tablespoons old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Starting at the outermost corner of the apple, cut most (but not all) the way through the apple in 1/8 inch intervals. Place apple halves cut side down in a 8inch baking dish, coated with cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Brush mixture evenly over apple halves
  4. Cover pan with foil and bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Remove foil, bake at 400 for 10 minutes, or until apples are tender. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes
  5. Combine remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, oats, flour and salt.
  6. Carefully fan open apple halves, and spoon oat picture evenly over apples. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes. Turn broiler on high and broil for additional 2 minutes
  7. Remove from the oven and serve topped with vanilla ice cream

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles


My absolute favorite month of the year comes to a close on Saturday. To me, there is something a bit magical about Octobers in Michigan. The crisp air makes for the perfect running weather, complete with the crunch of fallen leaves underneath your feet. The trees transform into the most beautiful shades of yellow, orange & ruby red. And life always seems to slow down a bit after a busy summer season. I love relishing in the quiet of weekend mornings as we watch the leaves fall from our windows. And nothing can make a sleepy morning better than a delicious breakfast paired with hot coffee. I thought I would use a few classically “fall” ingredients for a sweet and hearty breakfast. These waffles are perfectly spiced with a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, and allspice, but the star of the dish is pumpkin. The pumpkin gives the waffles a slightly orange hue and a deliciously subtle sweetness. Paired with a touch of pure maple syrup, and you have yourself the perfect breakfast.

Ingredients: Makes 5 waffles

  • 1 and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour through allspice) and stir until combined
  2. In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk, pumpkin and canola oil.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined
  4. Spray hot waffle iron with cooking spray and pour batter into waffle iron
  5. Repeat until all batter is gone

Lightened Up Chicken Enchiladas


In my job as a hotel sales manager, I used to work with brides to coordinate their wedding hotel room blocks. And though I no longer handle the wedding blocks, I often hear the many “bridezilla” stories that my colleagues share. We recently had a bride have a complete meltdown over the brand of Kleenex we offered to place in her guests’ wedding welcome bags. Part of me wanted to laugh, and part of me wanted to call this poor girl up and tell her to take a deep breath, slow down, and remember why she was planning this big party in the first place. Nowadays, with all of the wedding blogs and constant wedding Facebook posts, I can see how so many brides can get caught up in making everything “Pinterest perfect.” And it makes me so sad. Planning the celebration of such a big step in life should be an enjoyable, exciting time. And on your big day, the last thing you should be worrying about are those tiny details that no one will remember. The comment I get the most from guests at my own wedding is “You were the happiest bride I’ve ever seen.” That happiness did not come from wearing a perfect dress, or seeing perfect flowers everywhere. The happiness came from getting to marry my best friend. A year and half later, I’m sure very few people remember what our centerpieces looked like, or what our wedding favor was, but they remember how happy we were on that day. And I hope some of our future brides can share that happiness without getting caught up in the details.

As fun as our wedding day was, having all the attention on me was a bit overwhelming. Being a little shy, the role of “the bride” was a bit strange for me. But taking on the role of “the wife” has been absolutely the best. Eric does all the outdoor work, and I get to cook all of our dinners. And this easy dinner recipe got a big thumbs up. I like to make this recipe for chicken enchiladas on a Sunday when I have a bit more time. Typically I eat one enchilada for dinner, and Eric will eat two. I typically let the leftover enchiladas cool completely before placing in a tupperware and freezing. When you are ready to heat up the remaining portions, just place them in a baking dish and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

Ingredients: Makes 8 enchiladas

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 8 6-inch flour tortillas
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese

2.  Stack tortillas; wrap stack in damp paper towels and microwave at HIGH for 25 seconds. Spoon about 1/3 cup chicken mixture in center of each tortilla; roll up. Arrange tortillas, seam sides down, in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with reserved sauce and cheese. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and sauce is bubbly.

Healthy Pumpkin Bars

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I can still remember my first drive up to East Lansing, Michigan. My parents were taking me to Michigan State University for a college tour, and I was a bit apprehensive. All I knew about MSU was that they had a great hospitality business school, and everyone who went there seemed to be a football or basketball fanatic. And since I’ve never been a real sports enthusiast, I wasn’t quite sure if Michigan State could ever feel like home to me. But sure enough, I started my freshman year at Michigan State, and quickly fell in love with the beautiful campus and the camaraderie of the student body and alumni. And a few years later, I fell in love with a boy who loved Michigan State Football. Fast forward 8 years, and believe it or not, one of my favorite weekends of the year is our annual MSU Football tailgate. All of our college friends get together for at least one home game a year, to celebrate our alma mater. And although I still wouldn’t consider myself a football fanatic, I do love putting together a stellar tailgate. Thanks to our “head ring leader,” Arielle, we typically have a pretty impressive set up. Everyone brings a different dish to share, and we end up with everything from bagels, to sliders, to assorted cookies and salty snacks. This year I tried to provide a healthier breakfast option that was still delicious and seasonal. And I knew I could find a delicious and healthy recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Ambitious Kitchen. This recipe results in decadant tasting pumpkin bars, that are healthy enough for a nutritious breakfast. Plus they feature pumpkin, making it the perfect fall treat.

Ingredients: Makes 16 bars. Recipe from Ambitious Kitchen

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8×11 or 9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Make oat flour: Place oatmeal into blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour.
  3. Measure out just 2 1/2 cups of the oat flour and place in a medium bowl. Whisk in baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices; set aside.
  4. In a separate large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla extract, oil, and applesauce for 1-2 minutes until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Slowly add in oat flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Gently fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top. Bake for 25 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Once finished baking, cool 10 minutes on wire rack. Cut into 16 slices.

Hello Again!

Well, needless to’s been a while. After 3 years of regular recipes, stories and food musings, it has been radio silence here on Miss Petite Sweets since February. And though I did’t intend to take such a long break from my little space on the internet, life has kept me pretty busy these past 7 months. So what have I been up to? Well…

In March, a business trip took me to New York, and I had the chance to take my favorite travel companion along with me..


We took in the beautiful views  from the top of the Empire State Building, ate the most amazing bagels and lox, and wholeheartedly fell in love with the city.


I loved the energy that exudes from every corner of NYC. I loved the fact that everyone walks everywhere. And I loved exploring it with my best friend. And although we didn’t want to leave, we had a pretty exciting task back home in Michigan.


We closed on our first home! With the help of my amazing real estate agent in-laws, we found an adorable cape cod to make our own. And though we were sad to leave our first apartment, we were very excited for our new adventure in home ownership. But first…I had another business trip to Los Angeles and San Diego. This year my sweet little mom came along with me and we had a blast exploring the West Coast.


We got to see my dear friends Lo, Jon and Hollis, and our little reunion made my heart feel so full.


My mom and I absolutely adored San Diego, and although we were tempted to just stay put and move there, I had a new home in Michigan to renovate.

And renovate we did! The entire house was painted yellow from the floor to the ceiling, and had wood paneling and dark wooden shutters throughout.


With a lot of help from relatives, many hours of work, and several cans of paint, we were left with a “before and after” that we are pretty proud of.

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Next up was a quick trip to Milwaukee to visit some friends and tour a few local breweries. We toured Milwaukee Brewery and tasted some amazing tea infused beers that were slightly sweet and very unique.

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A few weeks later, we spent our 4th of July weekend in Glen Arbor with my family. We climbed the Sleeping Bear Dunes and enjoyed beautiful views on the water.


Next, we took a quick weekend trip to Toronto with Eric’s parents to see the Detroit Tigers play the Toronto Blue Jays. And although the Tigers suffered a very tough loss, the company made the trip very fun.


Finally, to end our summer, we took a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate my brother’s 30th birthday. We got to spend time with my wonderful friend Adam, who works for MGM International in Vegas. Adam was the very first friend I made in college. We were in the same major, and being a year older than me, Adam truly took me under his wing. He is still one of the kindest people I know.


And here we are, on the cusp of October. The last few months have been a true whirl wind of travel, work, home improvement projects, and very busy weekends. But as the air becomes more crisp, and the days become shorter, I am drawn more and more to my kitchen. I have a few recipes coming your way and I hope they are worth the wait!

Pepperoni Chicken


Getting back into a regular work week is always a little tough after an especially fun weekend. And this past weekend was definitely a fun one. Eric and I had a fancy date night on Saturday night to celebrate our sixth Valentine’s Day together.  This year we visited Giovanni’s Restaurant in Detroit, which features incredibly delicious and authentic Italian cuisine. Sunday morning we got brunch with some friends and spent the rest of the afternoon watching SNL reruns. So, needless to say, I was a bit sad to see such a relaxing weekend end. But one of the ways I’ve learned to combat the Monday blues is to plan at least one special weeknight meal for the week ahead. It’s fun for me to spend a little more time in the kitchen, and it’s fun for Eric because he gets something a little more special than our typical grilled chicken. One of our new favorites is this Pepperoni Chicken. I had some leftover cheese and pepperoni from a homemade pizza and decided to get a little creative. It made my pizza obsessed husband pretty happy, and I thought it was pretty delicious myself. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Makes 3 servings

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 shredded mozzarella
  • 6-8 pepperonis


  1. To prepare the chicken, use a meat mallet to beat chicken until each chicken breast is approximately 1 inch thick, set aside
  2. Set up “breading station” by placing flour in a dish or paper plate. Next mix the beaten egg with 1/4 cup water in a small bowl. Next place Italian breadcrumbs in a 2nd dish or paper plate
  3. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To bread chicken, place in the flour dish first, covering chicken completely with flour. Shake off excess flour.
  5. Next, place floured chicken breast in egg mixture until completely coated. Shake off excess egg.
  6. Finally, place chicken in breadcrumbs until completely coated. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts
  7. Place chicken breasts on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Spray each breast with cooking spray
  8. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 180 degrees
  9. Remove chicken from oven, and top each chicken breast with 1-2 tablespoons of marinara, 2-3 pepperonis, and 2-3 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella. Return to oven for 1-2 minutes additional cooking time, or until cheese has melted.