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Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili
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Haluski AKA Polish Cabbage and Noodles + $100 VISA gift card giveaway!
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The Little Jalapeno Plant That Could… Grow All Winter Long!
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Behind The Scenes of Allure Magazine with Reed + Rader
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Won’t You Be My Valentine? Join the February Tea Swap!
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Sorta Healthy Red Bean Brownies with Sinful Peanut Butter Frosting
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Pamela’s Life: A Picture A Day, December
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Staying in Luxury in Cleveland @ Metropolitan at The 9
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Cheesy Taco Casserole – Perfect for Taco Lovers!
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New Bed, New Closet, New Year!
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Winter Fashion 2015 – Staying Warm In The City!
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Rininging in the New Year With a Fresh Broccoli Harvest Under The Greenhouse
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KFC Southern Style Flaky Biscuits – Perfect with Soup!
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It’s not too late to #ShareHapinessYourWay!
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Christmas Times With My Furry Babies + Happy Holidays to YOU!
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Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
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The Joy of Books With UPS #WishesDelivered
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Visiting Family in Pennsylvania and Gifting Keurig 2.0
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Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Candy Cane Frosting
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Shanghai Blend Stir Fry Rice Rolls

Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeGrub #CollectiveBias

Have you been watching the news?  If you have tuned in during the last 24 hours I’m sure you’ve seen titles like:
WINTER STORM JUNO, a Historical Blizzard
NORTHEAST TO MEET  A GOLIATH
NYC to get 24 to 36 inches of snow, NYC to shut down, NYC ready to rumble with Juno
Blizzard Warning In Effect!
BREAD SOLD OUT, Incoming Blizzard!

Right now my weather for the next 24 hours, hour by hour, is just little icons of snowflakes.  How cute.

Seriously, it is cute.  I love snow.  I know not everyone likes it.  After all, you have to shovel, you might get cold, or the horrors you might run out of chocolate chips (blizzard advise 1: stock up on chocolate).   I’ve always lived in the Northeast so snowstorms have been a part of every Winter for me.   Does anyone else remember the Winter of 1993?  Me too, I loved it.   Since I was a kid there’s always been something magical and exciting about a expecting snowstorm (who delivers a blizzard).  While I was in school there was the anticipation of school closing.  If it was bad the night before, you’d turn on your local tv channel and scroll through the listings until they got to your school to see if it was closed (worst was you tuned into the channel and they were at the R schools when your school was a P, you’d have to wait a bit).   Maybe it snowed during the night, in that case you’d jump out of bed and do the same thing in the morning.  When you saw your school scroll across the screen with the words “CLOSED”.  You shouted “Yeah!”.  The rest of the day was filled with sledding, your dad making you throw rock salt out,  going sledding more, coming inside and your mom seeing your bright red skin and making you a hot chocolate, and then more sledding  On my hilly street the snow didn’t really go anywhere, so in big storms it stuck around for weeks, even months.    As a 31 year old, I’m still just as excited.   I love the anticipation of the storm (how many inches? how many feet? is it going to hit us?).  I love seeing the first flakes fall down followed by sitting near the window for hours watching NYC become a winter wonderland.   I love seeing kids sled on sidewalks (not really possible, but with some little hills built, anything is possible to kids).  I love throwing on cozy socks, flannel pajamas and drinking a hot cup of tea.  

So what I’m saying is, I love you Juno.  I’m writing this post on Monday night, so I’m giddy with curiosity. Some forecasts are saying 12 inches, some are calling for 24 inches, some are saying 3 feet.  I say bring it on.  You beautiful white beast with snow falling and blowing.  Let it snow!   Update:  BUMMER! 

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Haluski AKA Polish Cabbage and Noodles + $100 VISA gift card giveaway!

Haluski is a popular Eastern European dish, especially in Poland, that is quick and easy to make.  A big bowl of noodles and vegetables is sure to please your entire Family at dinnertime. Stay around to the end of the post where you can win a $100 VISA gift card! 
 
During the 1800’s women in Europe had an average of six children during their lives, with many families having more than that.   Many of these families from Eastern Europe were poor and needed a simple and cheap dish that could feed the entire family (and keep them full).  One of their favorite dishes that Polish Grandmothers (babcia!) and Mothers made was haluski.
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Haluski is a dish that my mother would make as a kid very often. It’s no surprise that her mother came from Poland so this was a hand me down recipe.  The dish is essentially a easy noodles and cabbage dish that is made in about 15 minutes.  If you calculate the ingredients, you’ll see that it’s about a $5 meal and can serve 6-8 people.  This makes a very bargain friendly dish that is delicious too. Don’t you love that? Haluski-Polish-Cabbage-and-Noodles-Collage-1
 
 

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The Little Jalapeno Plant That Could… Grow All Winter Long!

The Spring garden season has begun already, can you believe that? Seeds have been planted inside that will be transplanted in March. There’s broccoli, cauliflower, kale, onions, bok choy and collard greens planted so far. I’ll be doing a full post on planning soon, so keep a eye out on it!

But for this post, I wanted to celebrate a jalapeno plant. This special jalapeno plant grew all Summer long and somehow as of January 22, in the middle of Winter, it’s still producing jalapeno peppers every single week. How did we do it? Well we didn’t, the plant did it. How did we help it? Well that I an discuss….

The Amazing Jalapeno Plant

First, a little list of dates as you know I love the facts.
Jalapeno seed planted: March 22
Transplanted seedling to the roof: May 1
Moved From Roof to Inside: November 10, 2014
January 21, 2015: Still producing peppers inside…

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Behind The Scenes of Allure Magazine with Reed + Rader

I promised during the Summer I was going to take you behind the scenes on more of our fashion projects that we shoot. It’s been a bit delayed on getting the next one, but finally it’s here! Come with me behind the scenes of a Allure Magazine fashion video.

Allure Russia Magazine contacted us to create a video for their Best of Beauty Awards 2014,  a celebration of all of the best beauty items for 2014.    More specifically, we were to feature the best women’s and men’s fragrances from floral, fruity, woody and more.

The result we made was this fun video:

So now that you saw the final video, let’s look at how it was made.

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Won’t You Be My Valentine? Join the February Tea Swap!

This weekend was a dreary one.  On Saturday we hopped all over Brooklyn and Manhattan visiting hobby shops and picking up acrylic in Chinatown.  The day was extra chilly so I was happy to finally sit down for a late lunch with a big bowl of Udon Noodles near Washington Square Park.  It was the perfect way to warm up my bones.  On Sunday, it was cloudy and rainy all day long.  It was one of those days where it feels like it’s morning all day long as the sun just won’t peek out.   So on Sunday afternoon I curled up with a nice cup of tea (ok, a couple cups) and decided you know what we all need during Winter?  Tea and love.  Welcome to the February Tea Swap “Won’t You Be My Valentine?”

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 It’s been a long time since we did our last tea swap here and I’m not really sure why. Each one was successful and caused smiles around the world.  Schedules were a little crazy here so I’m going to use that as a excuse but I’m happy to say they’re back!  If you have never joined a Brooklyn Farm Girl tea swap, let me know explain how it works.  You will sign up for the swap and receive a partner over email.  You and your partner will swap with each other.   There’s always a theme to a swap so you can have some fun with your swap package.  By the sending deadline, you will send your partner a collection of teas and whatever else the swap theme calls for.    In return, your partner will send you your package out.  Most likely you’ll both be smiling ear to ear and become friends.   

Because it’s February, the month of hearts, the theme is “Won’t You Be My Valentine?”.  You will send your partner a collection of teas and a gift that fits this theme.  For teas, it’s up to you what you want to send but you can always ask your partner if they have a preference.  I ask that you send your partner at least 10 bags of tea, but I usually go wild and send them tea for a month.  For the theme gift, it’s up to you!  Maybe it’s a homemade cookie, maybe it’s a tea mug with hearts on it, maybe it’s a candle because you read on their Instagram account (hello Internet stalking) that they love the smell of peppermint.  Have fun!    

FAQ:
How do I sign up?
You sign up here.

When is the deadline to sign up?
The deadline is January 31.

When is the deadline to send my tea swap out?
You should send your tea swap out by February 7.   

How do I get my partner?
I will send out a email a few days after the sign up deadline has passed with a link to partners.

Do I swap with the same person who sends me a swap?
Yes, it’s 1:1.  You and your partner are paired up.

Is this only for USA?
No, it’s International but you will ONLY get a partner from the same country as you.  If you live in the USA, you will only get a partner from the USA.  If you live in Australia, you will only get a partner from Australia.  If you sign up and there is no match in your country, then you won’t receive a partner.

How much money do I need to spend?
There is no minimum or maximum price, but this is meant to be a simple swap, so don’t feel pressured to over perform.  The point is to cause a smile, that’s it.

How should I package my items to ship?
It’s always better to be safe than sorry.  If you’re sending a pastry, package it good so it stays fresh.  If you’re sending a mug,  really wrap it up to protect it.  

Can I post on my blog or Instagram when I receive my tea swap package?
Yes! And hashtag it #bfgteaswap

 

If you have any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments and I will answer it there.

I hope you will be joining the swap

Sorta Healthy Red Bean Brownies with Sinful Peanut Butter Frosting

If you had to ask me my favorite treat, it would be a 3 way tie.

First, there’s donuts.  What’s not to love about them?  They’re sweet, they have icing, they’re cute and circle shaped, they often have sprinkles.  I just love them.

Recently, I’m all about scones and clotted cream.  A nice big spoonful of cream.  There’s a shop nearby that has mixed berry scones and it’s out of this world.  It’s the best scone I ever had.  I hope Matthew is reading this and understands this means I want a date to the scone place.  As soon as possible.  Thanks  babe.

Third, there’s brownies. Just say the word “Brownie”.  Don’t you feel better?  It doesn’t matter if they are homemade brownies, bought in a shop, or made from a box.  I’ll say yes to any brownie.  My favorite brownies are moist and fudgy when you bite into them.  There’s always a thick layer of frosting on top, to the point that it makes up 1/2 of the brownie.   I need a brownie right now.

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Did someone ask for a brownie? Ok, I did.  Say hello to these Sorta Healthy Red Bean Brownies with Sinful Peanut Butter Frosting.

I like to call them sorta healthy because they are made with red beans (I love creating desserts with beans!).  Instead of butter and a lot of oil, the red beans take care of that and make the brownies moist.  I’m not calling them healthy because let’s be honest, if you want a brownie, you’re probably not going for healthy. In fact I’d say you have one goal: eat a brownie, make sure it’s delicious.  

The Peanut Butter Frosting is sinful.  The dictionary tells me that sinful means wicked;  extremely enjoyable in a way that makes you feel guilty.  And that’s pretty much this frosting.  I made a tweet a few nights ago exclaiming that I couldn’t stop eating frosting. This was that frosting.  It’s delicious. It will change your life.  You will want to clean the bowl.  You will clean the bowl.

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Pamela’s Life: A Picture A Day, December

How was your weekend everyone?  
Mine was brrrr cold.  I tried to start running but then I realized that 10 degrees and running doesn’t work work well for me.  So instead of running, I’ve started to listen to the Serial podcast, watching episode of the Good Wife, drinking tea and eating soup. That sounds like Winter, right?

When I used to have my old blog (12 years ago!) I would often document my months and days by posting photos. For months, it’d be a photo a day.  For days, it’d be a photo every hour. I won’t show you any of those blog series because they are (very!) embarassing but I thought about bringing them to Brooklyn Farm Girl. Since I take so many pictures (Instagram-aholic) I thought it would be fun to start doing monthly series.  

I hope these are fun to view and you get to know me a little bit better with a glimpse behind the scenes with working on blog posts, creating our art for clients and life in NYC.  One thing I should tell you right away… I like cats. :)

Enjoy!

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Staying in Luxury in Cleveland @ Metropolitan at The 9

Looking to stay in comfort when visiting Cleveland?  Look no further, you have to check out Metropolitan at The 9!

Metropolitan is a boutique hotel located in Downtown Cleveland that will dazzle you with it’s style and amenities.   How much did we love it? As soon as we got back to NYC, we went and bought the same bed that the hotel had.  We loved it that much.

The hotel has 10 floors of rooms (91 rooms , 65 suites)  that are each decorated with a colorful modern twist.   As soon as you can walk into your room you can tell it was curated carefully to make sure everything was just right.

So why don’t we walk into our room?

The bed is king size with a plush pillow top.  I can’t express how comfortable it is. I mean I can because I told you already that we bought this bed when arriving home.  The first night here we were supposed to wake up early but instead we just snoozed our hearts out.   A wow moment was spotting there were plentiful media connections wired next to the bed.  We always pack HDMI and numerous other cables and adapter dongles when we stay at hotels so that we can share our laptop screens to the televisions so this was a really nice surprise after dealing with most hotels that are stuck in the dark ages. 
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Cheesy Taco Casserole – Perfect for Taco Lovers!

Some people like to say “Taco Tuesday” but I like to say “Tacos Everyday!”.  

Tacos are one of my favorite meals, I can basically eat them every night and never get sick of them.  The thing I love about tacos is you can have them so many ways.  Maybe you’re in a burrito mood, maybe you’re in a hard shell mood, maybe you’re in a salad moon, maybe you’re in a soup mood, maybe you’re in a pepper steak mood, or maybe you want a casserole.  In the case of the casserole, I got you covered.

Say hello to your new favorite dinner, Cheesy Taco Casserole!

Cheesy Taco Casserole

This is a good ol comfort meal, perfect after a hard day of work.  In the Winter time, this really warms up my bones in all the right spots.   It has plenty of fresh vegetables (green pepper, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers), along with tomato soup that is going to hold those noodles together and soak up the good stuff.  And that extra cheesy layer on top? Yup, you will fall in love with it.

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New Bed, New Closet, New Year!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Newell Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HomeFreeLowes http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

 

2015, I’m coming for you!   I’ve already checked off a few things off my list.  I know it’s January 5 and it will slow down, but I’m so happy 2 big things are out of the way… new bed and new closet! WOOOOH!

THE BED
We needed a new bed.  It’s not that our bed was bad, but it just wasn’t right for us.  We bought it a few years ago without Matthew even testing it out.  It did it’s job for a few years but then we both started to get lower back pain.  We needed something more comfy and we needed something larger.  I know you’re thinking we’re only 2 people, yes but we’re 2 people and 4 cats, do you how much room that takes up?  I mean have you seen a cat sleep? Each of them spread out to 5 feet long.  

In November we went on a trip to Cleveland and we stayed at a beautiful hotel (review coming soon) that had the most comfortable bed.  The first night we slept in for hours!  After a few days Matthew’s back pain started to go away.  So we did what we had to do, we stripped the sheets off down to the mattress and wrote down the model.  One day back in NYC, we made our way to the mattress store and found the bed and bought it.  

So there we were, with the most comfortable king size mattress, but no bed frame.

We looked online for bed frames and it seemed like everything we loved was thousands of dollars.  I wanted something big and light colored. Our room is rather dark so this would be the perfect opportunity to lighten it up.  But again, the prices – ugh!  So then Matthew said “I’m going to make us a bed”.  I trust Matthew, he’s built our farmhouse table, all of our storage, walls and as a kid he would build houses with his dad.  Even though still slightly worried I gave him the green light.   I don’t know how he did it, but he built, painted and transported this bed from studio to home in 4 days.    I nearly cried (ok maybe I did) when I first saw it in our bedroom.  It’s the nicest piece of furniture I’ve ever owned before!  

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Winter Fashion 2015 – Staying Warm In The City!

It’s 2015 you guys and we’re ready to start the year, but we need to look fashionable while doing it, right?  Of course!
No matter if you’re running errands in the city, going on a date night or planting seeds in the garden, I always feel that fashion adds confidence, so I love playing around with it.  Below are some of my favorite Winter 2015 fashion pieces, perfect for staying warm!

Winter Coats
Probably the most important piece for your Winter closet is a good Winter Coat.   First, the coat needs to be warm and protect you from the elements.  Second, the coat needs to be warm… oh did I mention that already? It’s important for NYC Winters!  Third, it needs to look good! Coats come in all lengths, all materials and all colors so I wanted to give a good variety.

 The Sporty Everyday Look
The North Face perfects the combination of comfort, warmth and style.   I wear my North Face for everyday wear to work, to the grocery store, to the garden and almost everything in between.   I love my Thermoball Parka because it’s the perfect length. Short coats don’t keep me warm enough in the Winter, so the extra coverage is important.  Besides that, it has a hood (must have) and comes in my favorite Winter color – black.  Is it warm? You betcha! Thermoball synthetic insulation has the warmth equivalent of 600-fill down.  It’s incredibly lightweight but yet retains the heat, meaning it’s my favorite coat in the Winter! And for social media lovers, it has a internal media pocket, perfect for slipping your phone in.
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Rininging in the New Year With a Fresh Broccoli Harvest Under The Greenhouse

It’s the last day of 2014.  Doesn’t it feel like I was just saying that about 2013?  

Now a new year begins with new years resolutions, positive spirits and the never ending mistake of continuing to write the year 2014 until at least May.  I have some specific resolutions in 2014 (not really resolutions but goals – run a 5K, build permanent greenhouses, learn to budget), but more so they are vague but yet personal on other levels, “be positive”, “do you”. I feel like 2015 can be a important chapter in life, both professionally and personally so I’m here to welcome it in!  

Do you have any resolutions?  This year is the year to learn how to make social networking work.   I’m best on Instagram, ok on Facebook, not that great on Twitter and only on Pinterest in the PM.  I try to do them all, but how does anyone have time in the day to successfully post interesting and witty thoughts on them?  In January I’m going to really investigate how to value social networking more, attend a festival of like minded women and look to how to extend Brooklyn Farm Girl.  There are already a few things cooking in my brain pipes, so I’m excited to start the year off with a bang.

I recently got a new phone, Motorola Moto X which I’ve been trying to customize to fit my lifestyle.  How much time do I spend on the street looking at maps or texting on a corner or walking West on a street while meaning to walk East (hey, it happens – alot).  2 years ago I made a switch with my phone and again this December I made another big switch to the Android World.  Over the past 2 weeks I’ve been playing with all the customized features and finding the right apps to help me during the day.

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KFC Southern Style Flaky Biscuits – Perfect with Soup!

This yummy KFC Style Southern Flaky Biscuits recipe shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveLunchIn #CollectiveBias

*Sniffle, Sniffle, Cough, Cough, Oh My Throat Hurts, Sniffle Sniffle*. 

That’s what the last few days sound like in our house. A few days before Christmas Matthew began to get sick.  He said it wasn’t the flu because someone “didn’t have time” to get his flu shot and didn’t want to admit to it.   Quickly after his temperature was at 102, he was shivering, he couldn’t eat, he was congested, he admitted he had the flu.  So after I gave him the look of “I’m not going to say I told you so but I told you so” and tucked him into bed for a few days, he slowly started to get better.  Then I slowly started to feel something coming on myself.  I got the flu shot, that means I can’t get sick.  Ugh, wrong.   I didn’t have it as bad as Matthew but I had a wicked sore throat, congestion and aches (oh the aches!) for the last few days.  Matthew surprised me on Christmas with 2 tickets to see Aladdin over the weekend and because the tickets were expensive and the show is sold out, we both got out of our jammies and made our way to the theater.   By this time Matthew was feeling slightly better but he said  I looked like a super pale sick ghost sitting there as I tried to sing along to “Friends Like Me” without falling over.    Anyways, Aladdin was great, we made it home (nearly got sick – someone was eating yogurt on the train – the smell of it wanted to gag me) and then I got back in my flannel pajamas and dinner was made.  What have we been eating for lunch and dinner the last night few days?  Soup.  Oh soup, how I love you.  How are you so nice to me? How do you treat me so good?  How are you always there to warm me up when I think I’ve had it all?  I’m sending you a Valentine soup, get ready for it.

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Christmas Times With My Furry Babies + Happy Holidays to YOU!

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

 

First of all, I want to wish you all a lovely holiday.  I know it sounds cheesy but I really do love you all and when you visit Brooklyn Farm Girl it gets me so excited I just want to grab a snowman and dance.   I hope it’s a special holiday for your entire family (including furry ones, especially furry ones!) and you smile alot and eat many cookies.  Here’s my holiday photo.. from me to you (shown here our 2 stuffed frogs – names are The Grandpas!).  We got this taken at the local mall where I grew up in Pennsylvania when we were visiting last weekend. :D)
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This year’s Christmas morning is going to be different than our past 10 others.   This will be our first Christmas without our cookie bear Essy.  On Christmas morning she was sassy (how we love her), ready for her catnip treats and mentally preparing herself for her favorite time of the day, dinner.  There she fell in love with every turkey we made and after eating a bowl (or more) she would purr on our laps with happiness.WP_20130120_00520130120125656.jpg

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Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Ok I admit it, it’s not even Christmas and I already ate too many cookies. Anyone else?
I didn’t really bake many for us this year because I know our familes will send us boxes of cookies.  We got a box last week and I told myself I was going to eat “one or two” but that turned into 21 or 22.  I have such a hard time turning down a nice cookie.. actually I can’t turn down any cookie.

One combination I love is chocolate and peanut butter.  Maybe it’s the sweetness in chocolate.  Maybe it’s how creamy the peanut butter is. But it’s always perfection form. I love it in cake, brownie and ice cream recipes. But what I really love is t in cookies!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies are the key to my cookie loving heart.  The cookies rise beautifully giving them a chunky style that you can sink your teeth into. There’s chocolate chips melted inside along with the taste of peanut butter in every bite.  

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The Joy of Books With UPS #WishesDelivered

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s that special week of the year where we all have holidays on the mind!  From my previous post told you about my wish, so you’ll have to tell me what yours is too!

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Visiting Family in Pennsylvania and Gifting Keurig 2.0

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Keurig400 #CollectiveBias

The last few days I spent in Pennsylvania visiting my dad.  We usually only get to see each other once a year, so it’s always special as he’s so important to me.   So Matthew and I rented a car and drove out to visit him, along with a Keurig 2.0 to gift him, and to have hot chocolate and tea parties with me – of course.  

We did lots of things in our short 2 and a half days visiting.  We saw lots of my family, ate too much food, drove up many hills and on the way back to NYC we stopped off at Christmas Village. If you’ve never visited, Christmas Village is exactly what it sounds like – it’s a tourist attraction due to their village they made with lights and decorations. It’s only open in November and December and it it attracts people from all over.  I used to go there all the time as a kid, so I wanted to share it with Matthew.  Not  much has changed but it’s still always fun (plus hot chocolate and soft pretzels because it’s always freezing!).
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Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Candy Cane Frosting

The time is close… who else is getting excited wrapping presents and smelling pine when they walk in the door?
Who else is sad that no matter how hard you try, your cats will never love the idea of dressing up for Christmas?
Every year I try… every year I fail.

Goblin is thinking “Please someone help me…I’m not a reindeer.”
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And in this one Xanadu is plotting on how to push me off the bed tonight..
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 One of these days I’ll get them in a costume.. maybe while the’re sleeping! :)

I am a donut (or doughnut if you must) lover.  As a kid my mom worked at the donut shop and she would always bring me home my favorite blueberry donut.  At Halloween she’d bring me home little festive munchkins that were decorated like Frankenstein and pumpkins.   Sometimes before school for breakfast on a busy day, I’d run into the gas station and buy a donut.  So what I’m saying is that the donut love has been strong for a long time.

I’ve been craving a good homemade donut but wanted to make them fun for the holidays, so I decided to do a #CandyCaneHacks donut recipe. Say hello to Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Candy Cane Frosting.
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The donuts are chocolate are oh so moist. I only made a batch of 6 because I wanted to play it safe.. and only eat 6. :)
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I used Dark Chocolate Dreams from Peanut Butter & Co for the peanut butter frosting.  The frosting  is ridiculously good.   So much that after I made it, I ate way too  many spoonfuls and then worked out 30 minutes later because of pure guilt.  It was worth it though, that frosting can’t be beat.  Because I love you and want you to get your frosting on, use coupon code YUMSQUADLOVE to get 25% off your entire order at Peanut Butter & Co this December.  What a stocking stuffer that would be….
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The frosting is magical. I’m serious guys. It casts a delicious spell on you when you can’t do anything but eat it.  I went back at least 6 times and took a spoonful of this.  It’s so fluffy and has the perfect peanut butter taste to it.
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You’ll want to crush up your candy cane until it’s almost powder like.  I like when it gets that consistency where is’t not too big you’re going to feel a crunch, instead it’s just like peppermint sugar on top.
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And then donuts are ready to be eaten!
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I know I’ve already told you I eat M&M cookies in bed, but I also want to tell you I ate a donut in bed a few nights ago.  Again, I started with a half, and then went back, grabbed the other half and crawled back into bed.  I just remember falling back asleep with sweet sugary dreams!
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Enjoy these donuts friends!

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Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Candy Cane Frosting
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For the donuts
  1. 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup white sugar
  3. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 cup water
For the frosting
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup chocolate peanut butter
  3. 1 cup confectioners sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons milk
Extra
  1. 1 Candy Cane - crushed up
For the donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add oil, vanilla and water and continue to stir until smooth.
  4. Pour into donut pan and bake 10-12 minutes. Let donuts cool.
For the frosting
  1. Use softened butter and mix with peanut butter (I use a hand mixer).
  2. Slowly add in confectioners sugar and milk. Continue to mix until frosting is fluffy.
  3. Spread frosting on donuts. Sprinkle crushed up candy cane on each one.
Notes
  1. Makes 6 donuts.
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Shanghai Blend Stir Fry Rice Rolls

Do you ever get obsessed with a food and can’t think of anything else?  Sometimes it’s naughty and you’ll want brownies 24 hours a day. Sometimes it’s not naughty at all and you’ll want vegetables all the time.  With the holidays, I’m feeling happy to have that stretch of just wanting a good vegetable Stir Fry, especially when it contains brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, snow peas and carrots all wrapped up in a rice roll.   Garden fresh vegetables in the Winter.. I love it!

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I was recently introduced to Eat Smart which are gourmet vegetable kits in a range of flavors.  After finishing one bag I quickly hopped on over to their Store Locator so I could buy more immediately.  After dinner I said to Matthew way too many times.. “That stir fry.. wasn’t it amazing”.. “Gosh, that was good, wasn’t it?”.. “We need to get more of that Shangai Blend”… “Matthew, I’m in love with you.. and also these Shanghai Blend Stir Fry Rice Rolls”.

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