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Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie
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Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
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Easy Tamale Taco Soup
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Easy Leftover Turkey Dinner Ideas
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Swirled Cookie Butter Cheesecake
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Mini Biscuit Pizzas
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The Best Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles
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Fresh Mexican Corn Salad
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Autumn Spiced Whole Roasted Chicken
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
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Crispy Parmesan Wasabi Soybeans
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Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet
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Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad
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Peppermint Hot Chocolate
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Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Funfetti Ghost Cookies
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Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs
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Fizzy Trix Vodka
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Halloween Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Granola Bars
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Dried Edamame Recipe

Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie

Delicious dessert recipe for Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie.  This is a rich double chocolate no bake pie made with Cool Whip and a Oreo crust.

I make this pie when I’m feeling like I need a boost, a real great chocolate boost.   This is a ultimate bad girl pie, full of cream and chocolate.  

Not only is there melted chocolate pieces, but then there’s chocolate chips along the outside.  Decorating the outside is a great way to go because it guarantees that everyone who gets a slice will get double the chocolate.    Oh did I mention the pie is on top of a Oreo crust? Oh my, I’m a bad girl.

Delicious dessert recipe for Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is a rich double chocolate no bake pie made with Cool Whip with a Oreo crust.

This is a chocolate lovers pie, perfect for the holidays. I made this for Thanksgiving and a few days later I found myself sitting at my desk daydreaming about it.    If you’re able to make this pie and not eat it all at once, you’ll be even more pleased. I feel the longer it sits and sets, the yummier it gets.  So if you can keep this pie around for a few days, every single day it will get better.  Oh Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie, I love you so.

Delicious dessert recipe for Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is a rich double chocolate no bake pie made with Cool Whip with a Oreo crust.The melted chocolate and milk.  Did I take a spoonful? Absolutely. 

Delicious dessert recipe for Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is a rich double chocolate no bake pie made with Cool Whip with a Oreo crust.
When mixing it all together make sure the Cool Whip is thawed or it won’t be easy to mix.  If you are in a pinch, throw the Cool Whip (dump into a microwave safe bowl) in the microwave for 15 seconds – works wonders.

Delicious dessert recipe for Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is a rich double chocolate no bake pie made with Cool Whip with a Oreo crust.And then a few hours later after setting you’ll have this delight! 

Delicious dessert recipe for Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is a rich double chocolate no bake pie made with Cool Whip with a Oreo crust.

Delicious dessert recipe for Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is a rich double chocolate no bake pie made with Cool Whip with a Oreo crust.

Delicious dessert recipe for Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is a rich double chocolate no bake pie made with Cool Whip with a Oreo crust.

Delicious dessert recipe for Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is a rich double chocolate no bake pie made with Cool Whip with a Oreo crust.

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 Enjoy!

Oreo Chocolate Mousse Pie

Ingredients

For the pie filling

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate baking bar broken into pieces
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip thawed

For the crust

  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • 1/4 cup butter - melted

Garnish on top

  • Handful of Chocolate Chips

Instructions

To make the crust

  1. Crush the cookies and mix with melted butter.
  2. Press cookie mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch pie dish.

To make the pie filling

  1. Melt chocolate baking bar pieces in microwave. Add in milk and stir until completely melted and mixed.
  2. Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and Cool Whip in bowl and mix well.
  3. Stir chocolate mixture into Cool Whip mixture and continue to mix until completely combined.
  4. Spread mixture into pie crust and decorate the edges with chocolate chips.
  5. Refrigerate over night or for at least 5 hours.

Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

 Hey Friends,

First I want to thank you for all the kind comments you left on my fire safety post earlier this week.  Reading all your loving and kind words makes me want to bake you a big batch of cookies.  Thanks again, it means alot to me and my family.  <hug>

Now in some happier news..

I’m proud to announce I’ve joined the the Peanut Butter & Co Blogger Recipe team!  Peanut Butter & Co are my favorite Peanut Butter brand hands down so when they asked me I immediately responded with excitement. Over the next few months I will be sharing some recipes, from sweet to savory and everything in between.  

Because it’s near the holidays I have one thing on my mind- COOKIES! The amount of times I’ve said I wanted a cookie this week is very high up there, it’s all I want.  This weekend I plan on making a few more family tradition cookies that I can’t wait to share with you, but for now I am baking these glorious babies – Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies.

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That’s right.  A triple chocolate cookie.  Can it get any better than this? I don’t think it can.  These cookies are delicious, they will leave you wanting more, they will leave you smiling.  They really are that great.  They are A+.   

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So please stop on over by the recipe here.

I hope you have a great weekend, I’ll be spending it catching up on some holiday decorating and of course… baking cookies.

Have a good one!

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Check out the recipe here! 

Easy Tamale Taco Soup

Easy to make tamale soup recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make!

Tamale Soup Recipe

Are you like us and are extremely indecisive when it comes to dinner when there are no plans?  “What’s for dinner?” is the worst question in the world when the response is “I don’t know, what do you want?”  That leaves Matthew and I both opening the freezer, looking in the vegetable drawer, browsing the pasta selection and usually ends up with me on the ground crying “Just eat without me! I can’t decide!”.   That’s what hungry bellies do, they make you irritable.    

So enter this Easy Tamale Taco Soup.  I’m really big on quick meals when we’re on deadline for projects.  Slow cookers rule, but sometimes I don’t have time in the morning to get it started so I need something super quick.  That’s why canned goods and frozen vegetables rule.  

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This Taco Soup is made in 20 minutes. You use up all your energy opening up the cans, dump them into a pot, boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Then you sit at your dinner table and eat it about 2 minutes because you are that hungry.

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Do you guys know about Homel Beef Tamales in Chili Sauce?  I recently came across them in my travels at the grocery store.   They are basically Tamales in a can.  They scream out “lazy”.  I love it.  

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And the ingredients aren’t frightening at all for Tamales in a can: Water, Beef, Tomatoes (Water, Tomato Paste), Corn Meal, Corn Flour, Masa Harina, Salt, Chili Powder (Chili Peppers, Flavoring), Lime, Cornstarch, Paprika, Spice.” No additives, no preservatives, no words I can’t pronounce.  Pretty cool right? And even better the entire can is 340 calories.    Throw this in a pot with just a full lineup of beans and corn and you got a pretty healthy extra quick meal.

I hope you enjoy this easy Tamale Soup!
Easy Tamale Taco Soup

 

Easy Tamale Taco Soup

Easy to make tamale soup recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make!

Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword taco soup, tamale soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can Ro*Tel Tomatoes With Diced Green Chilies
  • 1 can Hormel Beef Tamales in Chili Sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • Handful of shredded cheddar cheese optional
  • Handful of fresh cilantro optional

Instructions

  1. Remove paper wrappers on tamales and cut Beef Tamales up into quarters.

  2. Mix all ingredients in large pot. Bring to boil, simmer for 20 minutes.

  3. Serve in bowls, add shredded cheddar cheese and fresh cilantro on top.

Easy Leftover Turkey Dinner Ideas

I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a great day full of plenty of stuffing and pies!  

We celebrated with a sea salt overnight brined turkey, stuffing, roasted carrots, creamy mashed potatoes, soft potato rolls and a oreo chocolate mousse pie (recipe coming soon!).     We had a nice dinner, lit a few candles, cats each had their own bowl and we got down to business.    Essy who has the best nose in the business, smelled the Butterball turkey as soon as it was unwrapped the night prior.  Essy would eat turkey every single day of her life if she could, it really is the greatest day for her.  She begins to pace the kitchen as soon as she gets the first whiff of the turkey (cooked or not), then she starts meowing (or howling in excitement), then she finally jumps up to our table and watches every single recipe step we do with her nose wiggling and tongue licking her lips.    Essy has been celebrating Thanksgiving since 1994 – she is the Turkey Queen.
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Because we will be having turkey in different forms for the next few days I wanted to share some of our favorite recipes to feature some yummy ways to use left-overs!  

Mexican Pumpkin Chili – a delicious chili with green chiles, salsa verde and corn.  Shred the turkey up, or throw in the food processor to make it ground turkey.
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Turkey and Gravy Sandwich – it doesn’t get easier than this, doesn’t it look super delicious? I love this open faced sandwich.
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Easy Turkey Tacos – throw in some  taco seasoning mix and you got a easy and delicious meal!
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Creamy Corn & Turkey Soup – creamy soup and corn? Sounds like heaven to me.
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White Bean and Turkey Chili – I love white beans so I’m all over this chili.  You could use canned beans, throw on a pot on the stove to make it super quick.
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Healthy Baked Penne with Turkey, Tomatoes and Basil – I love a baked pasta dish!
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Leftover Nachos – does this not look like the best meal right now?
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Breakfast Sandwich – why not have breakfast for dinner?
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Turkey Potpie – great for using leftover vegetables too.
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Apple, Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Instead of using deli turkey, use up shredded turkey.  If  you have no apple butter, just go with the apples.  My mouth is watering just thinking about this combination.
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Lemon Pesto Turkey Pasta Dish – I love a great smelling lemon pasta.
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If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to leave in the comments!  Have a great weekend everyone!

 Easy Leftover Turkey Dinner Ideas

Swirled Cookie Butter Cheesecake

Easy to make Cookie Butter Cheesecake recipe that only requires 8 ounces of cream cheese!

Cookie Butter Cheesecake

Easy to make Cookie Butter Cheesecake recipe that only requires 8 ounces of cream cheese!

In this post we will be chasing this Swirled Cookie Butter Cheesecake.

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Do you know about Cookie Butter, aka one of the greatest things ever invented, aka omg good get it away from me before I eat anymore, aka omg get it away from me before I eat anymore – no wait a minute, please bring it back to me?  Cookie Butter can be bought at Trader Joe’s and it basically tastes like you are eating a Gingerbread Cookie house.  

Trader Joe’s suggest that you put Cookie Butter on pancakes and snacks, but whatever, I will continue to eat it with a spoon like it was meant to be eaten.  Unfortunately though after many spoonfuls worth a few days ago I realized that one 1 serving is 1 tablespoon. WHAT?   How guilty did I feel? Very.  How many more spoonfuls did I eat to get me out of this guilty depression? Many.

Easy to make Cookie Butter Cheesecake recipe that only requires 8 ounces of cream cheese!

 Once you have it, you will always crave it.  You will change your schedule around to be near Trader Joe’s when at all possible. You will tell yourself you are only buying 1 jar then as soon as you see it will you buy multiples to have as many hits as you crave.    I am not saying I want you to become addicted to Cookie Butter because it will lead you down a long and delicious road full of your childrens missed plays and wondering if people know you are secretly hiding a Cookie Butter addiction or not.  

At the same time I really want you to try Cookie Butter if you can.  I think everyone should taste this goodness once in their life because it really is magical.     I suggest buying a jar, eating 1 spoonful and then throwing it away immediately.    And then because I know this will happen, you will be scraping around your trash can at 3AM to find the rest of the jar – but I am not condoning that, it’s just what’s going to happen.   Actually I think it’s almost impossible to only eat 1 serving at a time, I’m serious.  Try it, you will fail.  I am sorry for not being more positive, but Cookie Butter… it just takes over your life.

Easy to make Cookie Butter Cheesecake recipe that only requires 8 ounces of cream cheese!

So one night recently I decided to eat Cookie Butter a different way then with a spoon.   Enter this Swirled Cookie Butter Cheesecake into my life.  This Cheesecake rules for many reasons:
It’s really really delicious.
This is meant to be a quick recipe.  I am even using a pre-made crust. Feel free to make a homemade one if you have the extra minutes.
This recipe only uses 1 8oz package of Cream Cheese. So many recipes call for 3+ packages of cream cheese, not this one.
Cookie Butter is mixed inside the cheesecake then drizzled on top.  That gives the Cheesecake a delicious cookie taste.
Repeating it’s really really delicious.

Easy to make Cookie Butter Cheesecake recipe that only requires 8 ounces of cream cheese!

I hope you give this Cookie Butter flavored Cheesecake a taste! You’ll just love it.

Easy to make Cookie Butter Cheesecake recipe that only requires 8 ounces of cream cheese!

Swirled Cookie Butter Cheesecake

Easy to make Cookie Butter Cheesecake recipe that only requires 8 ounces of cream cheese!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake recipe, cookie butter cheesecake, peanut butter cheesecake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 9 inch graham cracker crust
  • 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons cookie butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325.
  2. Beat cream cheese and sugar together until fluffy.
  3. Add lemon juice, vanilla, salt, eggs and 4 tablespoons of cookie butter. Continue beating until all combined.
  4. Pour into graham cracker crust.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until set.
  6. Put remaining 2 tablespoons of cookie butter in microwave for 10 seconds until slightly melted. Drizzle over cheesecake.
  7. Chill in refrigerator. Leave cake chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

If you cannot get Cookie Butter, try peanut butter instead.

Mini Biscuit Pizzas

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using biscuit dough in 15 minutes. This is a a easy weeknight meal to make for the family!  The pizzas also freeze well, perfect for school and daycare lunches!

How many times do we have pizza a month? Don’t ask.  We love pizza! Is it our favorite food? It’s hard to choose, it’s like telling me to pick a favorite cat (all of them!).  But pizza is definitely up there in the ranking!  Is pizza your favorite food?

Sometimes we’re craving pizza but don’t want to spend the money on takeout and we are running low on time to make homemade dough.  The problem is solved with these Mini Biscuit Pizzas!

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

Biscuit Dough Pizza

Not only are these mini pizzas delicious, but they’re so easy to make because they’re made with biscuit dough. You can find this in your refrigerated part of your grocery section where the other refrigerated dough and rolls are located.

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

You’ll want to add your favorite tomato sauce on top of each with a nice handful (ok maybe 2!) of mozzarella cheese.
Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

Now add your favorite toppings on the pizzas!   I usually dice up some green peppers and mushrooms for mine!  These Mini Pizzas are great because they take 12 minutes in the oven.   That means you can have yummy pizza to eat in about 15 minutes!   Isn’t this a great hectic weeknight recipe for the family?

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

In the recipe I suggest pepperoni, green peppers and mushrooms but feel free to make these pizzas your own! Top them with whatever you like.  These pizzas are great to make with kids because they can customize their toppings how they’d like. 

Speaking of kids, they’re also great to send to school for lunches.  We often pack mini pizzas for my daughter to take to daycare.  You can make a bunch at once and freeze them too! 

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

I hope you enjoy these Mini Pizza Biscuits!

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

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Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using biscuit dough in 15 minutes. This is a a easy weeknight meal to make for the family!  The pizzas also freeze well, perfect for school and daycare lunches!

 

 Looking for more pizza recipe? Try my Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

Mini Biscuit Pizzas

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using biscuit dough in 15 minutes. This is a a easy weeknight meal to make for the family!  The pizzas also freeze well, perfect for school and daycare lunches!

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 mini pizzas

Ingredients

  • 16 oz can Pillsbury Grands refrigerated biscuits
  • 1 cup Pizza sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 24 pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 cup diced green peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Press each biscuit down with your hand or rolling pin until it becomes around 5 inches round.
  3. Place biscuits down on greased cookie sheets.
  4. Top each biscuit with pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, peppers and mushrooms.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Makes: 8 Mini Pizzas

The Best Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles

Easy to make Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles recipe!  These are my favorite waffles for breakfast because they’re so soft!  I usually make a double batch of these to freeze for later!

Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles

You are going to want these waffles for breakfast.  If you already ate breakfast you’re going to want to eat it again, or even better you’re going to want waffles for dinner.  Personally I love breakfast for dinner so I say heat up the waffle maker and get the maple syrup out.  

Easy to make Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles recipe!  These are my favorite waffles for breakfast because they're so soft!  I usually make a double batch of these to freeze for later!  

For many years my life was empty without a waffle maker.  I added it to my cart on Amazon so many times but somehow talked myself out of buying it. I would see waffle recipe posts on all your lovely blogs and I would leave comments in shame, kicking myself for not buying that waffle maker.  

Easy to make Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles recipe!  These are my favorite waffles for breakfast because they're so soft!  I usually make a double batch of these to freeze for later!

But on my birthday this year I woke up to a candle in the middle of a pile of waffles at our table.  I shouted “Waffles!”.  Then it hit me, not only did Matthew make waffles for my birthday breakfast but they came from a waffle maker. I got a waffle maker, my world was happy again.

Easy to make Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles recipe!  These are my favorite waffles for breakfast because they're so soft!  I usually make a double batch of these to freeze for later!

Since getting a waffle maker a few weeks ago we have made these fluffy buttermilk waffles so many times.  We both declared them the best waffles ever so we don’t even want to try another recipe.  They are extremely fluffy thanks to the buttermilk.    

Easy to make Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles recipe!  These are my favorite waffles for breakfast because they're so soft!  I usually make a double batch of these to freeze for later!

We love them so much I have been making big batches of them to freeze.  Waffles freeze beautifully which means you can make a bunch at once, and then just heat them up for 1 minute when you’re groggy in the morning.  Waffles, you rule.

Easy to make Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles recipe!  These are my favorite waffles for breakfast because they're so soft!  I usually make a double batch of these to freeze for later!

How do you eat your waffles?  A little maple syrup with a sprinkle of powdered sugar is the way I go.   All this waffle talk sure left me hungry.   I hope you enjoy these Buttermilk Waffles!
Easy to make Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles recipe!  These are my favorite waffles for breakfast because they're so soft!  I usually make a double batch of these to freeze for later!

Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles

Easy to make Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles recipe!  These are my favorite waffles for breakfast because they're so soft!  I usually make a double batch of these to freeze for later!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword buttermilk waffles, fluffy waffles
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons butter - melted
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Stir in buttermilk, melted butter and eggs. Stir until mixed completely. Your batter will appear thin but this is what we want.
  3. Pour 2/3 cup of batter into the middle of your waffle maker once heated.
  4. Close lid and cook 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipe Notes

To freeze: Put in freezer bag. I like to put wax paper in between each waffle so they don't freeze together. When ready to eat, just take out of the freezer and put in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad is a easy and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients! This salad only takes 5 minutes to make and uses NO mayo!

Mexican Corn Salad

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad is a easy and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients! This salad only takes 5 minutes to make and uses NO mayo!

Growing corn in a box on a rooftop in New York City is pretty cool.  When we start to spot the ears of corn and I can start to shake the plants to help pollinate I get very excited.  As you probably can guess, I do a corn dance. It looks the same as my broccoli and pumpkin dance. I pretty much have the same garden dance move for all our plants, I put my hands out to my side and do a 60s Twist move.    One day I might post the dance on here but I’m not sure if you are ready for that yet.

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Lately I’ve been craving vegetables for dinner. Lots and lots of vegetables and nothing else.  My other half loves meat for dinner (like these Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos) but I have been persuading him to try a happy veggie meal once a week, and I’m hoping we can get that up to 2 nights a week soon.    If I served this Mexican Corn Salad more than once a week I know I could because we love this dish.

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Mexican Salad Recipe

 It’s full of fresh corn kernels cut right off the cob, black beans, diced tomatoes, bell peppers and my favorite: hominy.  To spice it up we add in cumin, cilantro and lime juice.    Just thinking about this salad makes me want to cancel dinner plans for tonight and cut up some corn.

Speaking of corn, isn’t it just beautiful?

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Even the husks are pretty.

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

And when the salad comes together you are going to be in love too.  The best thing about this salad is that it takes 5 minutes to make- amazing, right? The only thing that is cooked is the corn and that is only for 3 minutes.    

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

 So if you’re craving a delicious dinner full of vegetables and you want it made within minutes, look no further.  Enjoy!

Want more garden fresh salad recipes? Check out my Kale Salad and Cantaloupe Salad.

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Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad is a easy and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients! This salad only takes 5 minutes to make and uses NO mayo!

Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword corn salad, mexican corn salad, mexican salad
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1 can hominy - rinsed and drained
  • 4 ears corn - kernels sliced from cob
  • 1 can Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  • 1 bell pepper - chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Place corn in large pot of boiling salted water and cook for 3 minutes.
  2. When corn is cool, cut kernels off cob.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

Autumn Spiced Whole Roasted Chicken

Does it feel like Fall to you?  The weather is changing here to the point of my mittens have made a few appearances already.  The pavements are covered with leaves ranging in shades of yellows, oranges and reds.   The heat has been turned on and usually at least 2 cats can be found in front of the heater warming up their bellies.   The days feel shorter as it becomes dark out around 5PM.    At home I wear the fluffiest socks to stay warm with cement floors in our loft.  

Fall.

As Fall approaches into Winter our meals begin to change.  There’s more slow cooking, many more soups from creamy to vegetable and more weekend roasts and chickens.  Last weekend we were craving a chicken dinner to help us feel warmer and fill the house full of delicious cooking smells.

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If Autumn had a taste this would be it.    This is a dinner that screams out that the seasons are changing.

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The chicken is seasoned with rosemary, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and sugar.   Can you already smell Autumn?

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Inside it’s incredibly moist and juicy.  

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My favorite part of a chicken is always the drumstick.  I will fight for this piece, but usually that doesn’t happen as Matthew is more of a breast man (too easy – stop it).  Occasionally I do have to fight off Essy who tries to nibble but she ends up getting her own bowl full of shredded chicken.  All our cats look forward to chicken and turkey dinners, they smell it before it even goes into the oven. 

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If you’re looking for a comforting chicken dinner, look no further.  You will love this spiced and moist chicken.  Enjoy!

Autumn Spiced Whole Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6 pound chicken
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 onion - sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mix salt, rosemary, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Rub the chicken all over on both sides with this mixture.
  3. Stuff the chicken with minced garlic and onion slices.
  4. Place chicken, breast side down on a pan.
  5. Put chicken in oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to 450 degrees and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat to 425 degrees and cook for 30 minutes.
  8. Make sure chicken has internal temperature of 180 degrees.
  9. Let cool for 15 minutes, serve.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

The BEST Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies! Bake up a dozen of these classic Chocolate Whoopie Pies with this easy homemade recipe.  These pies are extra moist with DELICIOUS peanut butter buttercream filling – perfect for desserts and parties!

Chocolate Whoopie Pies Recipe

If you love soft chocolate cake, peanut butter buttercream filling and happiness then you are going to super love these Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies.    When you take your first bite you are going to yell out “Whoopie!” and do a little dance.  

What does the “Whoopie?” dance look like?  It varies from person to person but just shake it, add a smile and keep shaking it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies

Amish Whoopie Pies

I’ve already talked about my love for Whoopie Pies from Amish Country that bring back so many yummy memories.  Last month I baked some Pumpkin Whoopie Pies that were a hit so I decided I’m going to spend some creating more Whoopie Pies recipes for you!

 I have Holiday ideas for them, I have spicy ideas for them, I have rainbow ideas for them – you just wait.  Until then, let’s get personal with these Chocolate and Peanut Butter beauties.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies

Do you know when you got a killer yummy recipe?  Before it’s even baked you are licking the cake batter bowl thinking about just not making these pies at all and having a bowl of chocolate batter for dinner instead.   Of course I didn’t do that though, instead I just had 6 giant spoonfuls of batter which is always a great idea at the moment but never a great idea once it all settles. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies

Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

And the Peanut Butter Buttercream! Let’s talk about that.  I think it should become a major food group itself because it’s just that good.  You know when you take that first spoonful (big spoonful) and your eyes close and everything is just perfect, you ever get that feeling?  That’s how I feel about this Peanut Butter, it’s just delicious.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies

How to Make Whoopie Pies

I used my Whoopie Pie pan again which is pretty much one of the best on sale purchases I made this year.  I never thought I needed a Whoopie Pie pan until I got one.  Now I can’t imagine life without it.  If you don’t have one, I would highly recommend it, it creates perfect shaped pies and nothing ever sticks.  I love it.  

 Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies

Then the Peanut Butter Buttercream gets scooped on, one pie at a time.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies

Until they’re all filled.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies

Then I smack another pie on top and smile and do the “Whoopie!” dance all over again.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies

These Whoopie Pies are definitely delicious, I hope you give them a try!  

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The BEST Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies! Bake up a dozen of these classic Chocolate Whoopie Pies with this easy homemade recipe. These pies are extra moist with DELICIOUS peanut butter buttercream filling - perfect for desserts and parties!

Love whoopie pies? Try my other recipes:
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Birthday Party Vanilla Whoopie Pies
Vanilla Whoopie Pie With Marshmallow Cream Filling

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies

The BEST Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies! Bake up a dozen of these classic Chocolate Whoopie Pies with this easy homemade recipe.  These pies are extra moist with DELICIOUS peanut butter buttercream filling - perfect for desserts and parties!

Course Dessert
Servings 12

Ingredients

For the cakes

  • 1/2 cup butter - melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa
  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk

For the peanut butter buttercream

  • 1/2 cup butter - melted
  • 1 cup creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered confectioners sugar

Instructions

For the cakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet or whoopie pie pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix together butter, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Once mixed, add in the egg and continue beating until all smooth.
  3. Add Dutch process cocoa and continue mixing.
  4. Add flour and milk and continue beating until smooth. Make sure it's completely mixed and soft.
  5. Drop the cake dough by 1/4 cupfuls onto baking sheet or fill up whoopie pie pan. If using a baking pan, leave 1 inch between cakes as they will grow.
  6. Bake 11 to 13 minutes until firm.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Spread peanut butter filling on one pie, while using another pie to press it down.
  9. Enjoy immediately or wrap in plastic wrap to store.

For the peanut butter buttercream

  1. Beat melted butter and peanut butter in a bowl until mixed.
  2. Gradually mix in sugar and once thick, add milk in.
  3. Continue beating for about 2 minutes until buttercream is spreadable and fluffy.

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Crispy Parmesan Wasabi Soybeans

Crispy Parmesan Wasabi Soybeans recipe

Lately I’ve been craving healthy snacks – peas, almonds, crispy soybeans and plenty of fruits.  Raspberries tend to disappear quickly when I’m near them, I can easily eat one of those small little pints for a snack which leaves it as a expensive snack but so worth it.  Why can’t raspberries be cheap?  I’m constantly on the lookout for them on sale.   There’s a market near me that they’re occasional on sale at and when they are, I get hearts in  my eyes and skip home (with raspberries in hand).  What’s your favorite berry?  We grow a bunch of strawberries in the garden but I’m thinking we need to start growing raspberries next year! 

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Soybeans are one of my other favorite snacks and even better when I can make them straight from the garden!  Within 30 minutes you can enjoy crispy Edamame soybeans!  And trust me, they will make you snack happy!  I could snack on these all day, actually sometimes I do! 

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Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet

Welcome to a new week, I hope you all had a lovely weekend.   

We have a new favorite dinner that we’ve been making almost bi-weekly now, it’s Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet.   Lasagna is hands down one of our favorite dinners, but sometimes you just don’t have the time to organize the layers and bake in the oven, this skillet is quick, cheesy and oh goodness is it delicious.    What makes this lasagna extra special?  Well besides the ricotta cheese which makes everything creamy, there’s Sweet Italian Sausage which I’m pretty  much in love with at the moment.  After I brown the sausage there’s a good 3 minute period where I just stand by the stove and eat it out of the pan.   

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Added into the lasagna is garden fresh spaghetti sauce, fresh basil, green peppers and some mushrooms.  In my opinion life is better when there is mushrooms and green peppers involved.  Lately, we’ve been putting them on our pizza too – what a great combo.  

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So next time you are craving lasagna but don’t want to wait or do the extra work, throw all these ingredients in a skillet and you’ll have the creamiest dinner in all the land!  This is definitely a keeper.  Bonus: Leftovers are delicious!

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Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet

Ingredients

  • 12 lasagna noodles - broken in half
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage - out of their casings
  • 24 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz cut up mushrooms
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • handful of fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Brown sausage in skillet.
  2. Break lasagna noodles in half and cook as directed. Drain.
  3. When noodles are cooked add them to the skillet of browned sausage. Add in spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and diced green pepper.
  4. Cook until melted and well heated, about 10 minutes on medium heat. Stir so ricotta is distributed evenly.
  5. Put remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese on top, sprinkle fresh basil on top. Cover and cook until cheese is completely melted.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Servings: 4

Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad

Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Mexican Chicken Salad

Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad

As some of you know I’m not a huge salad eater and that is pretty much a sin coming from a gardener.   To get to me eat more salads, I have found that if I make it more Mexican inspired it becomes a instant hit.     I gave this salad a Mexican taste with ingredients and spices and I loved it so much we had it for dinner twice in 1 week!

Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad

Chicken Salad Ingredients:

You will need:

skinless, boneless chicken breasts
corn
romaine lettuce
arugula
queso fresco
cherry tomatoes
scallions
cilantro
lime
radishes

Fresh lettuce from the garden, can’t beat the taste!

Chicken Salad Ingredients
Arugula, Cilantro, Scallions, Radishes, Tomatoes and Corn!
Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

This chicken was some of the yummiest chicken I ever tasted.


Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Minutes later throw all your vegetables and herbs in a bowl..


Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Add your cut up chicken..
Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Sprinkle your olive oil dressing on top..


Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Mix up and you have one beautiful and fresh salad!


Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Serve and sprinkle some Queso Fresco on top.


Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. And enjoy!

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Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Mexican Chicken Salad

Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken salad recipe, mexican chicken salad, mexican salad recipe with chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Ear of Corn
  • 1 Head Romaine Lettuce
  • 2 Ounces Arugula
  • 2 Ounces Queso Fresco
  • 4 Ounces Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Lime
  • 4 Radishes

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season it all over with salt and pepper.In a large pan, heat some olive oil on medium until hot. Add the chicken and cook 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  2. While the chicken cooks and cools, wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the radishes into wedges. Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters. Thinly slice the scallions. Roughly chop the cilantro. Peel off the husks and remove the silks from the corn. Using a knife in a sawing motion, cut the kernels off the cob. Chop the romaine lettuce into small, bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the juice of the whole lime and about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.Whisk until blended and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Chop the cooled chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add the chopped chicken to a large bowl along with the radishes, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, corn, romaine lettuce, and arugula. Add some of the dressing (you may not need all of it) and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Divide the salad between 2 bowls. Crumble half the queso fresco over the top of each. Garnish with the scallions. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Blue Apron

 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe for 2!  This recipe uses milk, peppermint mocha, chocolate chips, cocoa powder and more!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

I know it’s only early November but I’m already in the holiday spirit.   The Halloween directions are still up but they will soon be replaced with snowmen and penguins.  The aisles of the stores are slowly starting to fill up with colorful holiday lights and ornaments.  Soon we’ll be smelling fresh pine (after we begrudgingly carry the tree home), the cats stockings will be hung and I will start to hum Christmas songs while baking cookies.   I love this time of the year, don’t you?

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

What’s another reason why I love this time of the year?  Seasonal products are out and recipes  are ready to be made.   One of my favorites is Coffee-mate’s Peppermint Mocha Creamer!

Creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe for 2! This recipe uses milk, peppermint mocha, chocolate chips, cocoa powder and more!

When I saw it in the grocery store I screamed in excitement and told Matthew quickly, and then I continued talking to him crazily to only turn around and realize I was talking to a much older gentleman who was confused. I apologized quickly, found Matthew and glared at him, and then continued to discuss this Peppermint Mocha and all the ways I planned on using it.

 Creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe for 2! This recipe uses milk, peppermint mocha, chocolate chips, cocoa powder and more!

What’s one of my favorite Winter time drinks? Hot chocolate of course! I can drink hot chocolate all day long to be honest, but that would leave me napping all day, so I like to save it for when we come in after a cold day or for dessert.    As soon as I brought home the Peppermint Mocha I gathered the supplies and hot chocolate was made!  We clinked glasses, sipped our hot chocolates and stared at each other nodding.  You know the nod, it’s one of those “Oh yeah, this is good.  Oh yeah, let’s just cherish this moment.”. 

Let’s all say a sweet hello to Creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate.  Enjoy!

Creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe for 2! This recipe uses milk, peppermint mocha, chocolate chips, cocoa powder and more!

 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe for 2!  This recipe uses milk, peppermint mocha, chocolate chips, cocoa powder and more!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword peppermint hot chocolate
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup Coffee-mate Peppermint Mocha
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 cup Hot Water
  • Candy Canes optional
  • Mini Marshmallows optional

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat combined condensed milk, Coffee-mate Peppermint Mocha, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt. Mix until well combined and heated.
  2. Add hot water, continue stirring until mixed thoroughly. Do not let it boil.
  3. Add mini marshmallows on top and a candy cane on the glass edge.
  4. Enjoy.

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Do you know how much I love this Creamy Cheese Broccoli Soup? I made  it for dinner on Friday. Then I made it again on Sunday. And now I’m thinking when should I have it again.  

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!

Broccoli Cheese Soup Ingredients:

You will need:

butter
broccoli (frozen or fresh)
carrots
corn
chicken broth
Velveeta cheese
milk
heavy creamy
garlic powder
dried mustard
cornstarch
water

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!

This soup has all the good stuff in it.  There’s cheese and milk to make it creamy, then there’s broccoli, carrots and corn to make it a vegetable dream.     The soup is incredibly creamy and if you serve it with a piece of bread, you have a perfect dinner.

Velveeta Broccoli Cheese Soup

Velveeta cheese in my opinion makes the most creamiest soups, so whenver I can cut up a loaf of Velveeta, I’m in! You will need a 8 ounce block of cheese for this recipe, to cut up and add to the soup!

Velveeta Broccoli Cheese Soup

This soup only takes 20 minutes to make, with  a few minutes to prepare, making it a deliciou 30 minute and under dinner recipe!

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!
With every spoonful you get a good serving of vegetables covered in creamy cheese sauce.

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!

I hope you enjoy this Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup!

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli cheese soup, broccoli soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups frozen or fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup carrots - peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese - cubed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Melt butter. Add in broccoli, carrots, corn and chicken broth.
  2. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add in cubed cheese, milk and heavy cream
  4. Stir in garlic powder and dried mustard.
  5. Mix until cheese is completely melted (5-10 minutes).
  6. In a separate bowl mix cornstarch and water until cornstarch is dissolved. Then add to soup mixture.
  7. Mix for about 5 minutes on medium high heat until you reach a thickness you like.
  8. Serve, Enjoy.

Funfetti Ghost Cookies

Who doesn’t love Funfetti?   Funfetti means fun! It makes you want  to throw on a party looking apron, grab some sprinkles and go wild.  And who doesn’t love the Pillsbury Doughboy? His bashfulness makes me love him even more. He’s a adorable little guy, with such a cute belly and he makes delicious treats – what’s not to love?

I can only imagine what it would be like to bake with the Pillsbury Doughboy.    You would pour 2 glasses of ginger ale and as the cookies are baking in the oven, he would tell you all his secrets.    He would give you his baking knowledge full of soft cookies and sweet treats.  You would forever owe your life to him.  Then you would reach into your pocket and shyly pull out 2 best friend necklaces.  They would be shaped like a cookie, but broken into 2 bitten pieces.  Then you would put the necklace on him and he would put it on you.  You would have a moment.   Pillsbury Doughboy- let’s be friends.  Call me. 

Here are facts I found out while googling for too long about the Pillsbury Doughboy:
His real name is Poppin’ Fresh.
He became a household love in the 1960s.
He giggles in both “hee hee” and “hoo hoo” form.
He used to be created by stop motion clay animation. Now he’s CGI.
He has a family of Poppie Fresh (his wife),  Granpopper, Granmommer, Popper (son) Bun-Bun (baby daughter), Flapjack (dog), Biscuit (cat) and Uncle Rollie.

I know. Who knew The Pillsbury Doughboy had such a large family! I’m pretty much in shock that my best friend didn’t even tell me about his children.

When I was in Target a few days ago (I’m there all the time, I’d like to think of it as a place that helps me relax) I came across Funfetti Halloween Cake Mix.  I had to have it.  I mean it’s Halloween and Boy is holding a pumpkin on the box!  It’s a must have! So off I went skipping down the aisle…
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After I got home I started to think about what I was going to make, but I wasn’t sure yet. Then a few days later I was in one of my other favorite stores, Whisk. Whisk is a cooking store in Brooklyn where I like to spend all  my money. I came across a adorable ghost cookie cutter. I must have it.

Then it was decided, Funfetti Ghost Cookies!
These cookies are colorful, fun and festive.  They have the Funfetti taste we all love, but it also tastes like a sugar cookie.   Best of all, they’re super soft, like little clouds of sweetness.  When you bite into the cookie, it’s super moist.  It’s just a delicious cookie, one that will have you reaching for a second very quickly.

Funfetti Ghost Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Halloween Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 2 eggs
  • Splash of Vanilla

Instructions

  1. Beat together cake mix, butter, eggs and vanilla until it becomes dough like.
  2. Cover and put in refrigerator. Let chill for 3 hours.
  3. Roll out dough on floured surface and use your cookie cutter for shapes.
  4. Put on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until bottoms are golden brown.
  5. Decorate if desired, let cool.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Makes 2-3 dozen cookies depending on size of cookie cutter.

Here is the dough all made.  Funfetti dough is my absolute weakness. I could eat this and call it dinner. Ok maybe I have. 
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The key to making Funfetti shaped cookies is letting the dough chill.  This will make it easy to roll out.  We’re going to chill this in the fridge for 3 hours.
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Gather your supplies and begin pressing your cookie cutters in.
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Hey little ghosts.  Keep your eye on the one to the right, we’re going to talk more about him later.
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Out of the oven comes Funfetti magic!  Oh goodness, they smell great. Keep as is or decorate with sprinkles..
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Or put some spooky faces with Gel on them.
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Look at how happy they are!
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The cookies rise nicely and are done in a quick 8 minutes.
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The insides are fluffy and soft. 
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This looks like a ghost party! Now let’s talk about the ghost to the right. Do you see what I see?Funfetti Ghost CookiesIMG_7574

Let me zoom in. The ghost has eyes! I didn’t put them there!
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As soon as I spotted his eyes, I picked him up.  As I held him up the light changed dramatically.  I got a bit spooked out.Funfetti Ghost CookiesIMG_7581

I needed a ghost inspector right away. I  knew who would be perfect for the job, Xanadu!
Xanadu is the Boss of our kitty family, she’s on constant duty of keeping all the other cats in line. She likes to sit up above watching the others to make sure they are behaving. If they aren’t, don’t you worry, she will jump down and proceed to push them back to work.   Here’s where I found her. 
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I picked her up and carried her over to where the ghost with eyes was waiting for us.  I asked her to please inspect this spooky ghost to make sure he was safe.  She quickly moved in and begun to sniff him..
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I thought it was going good until suddenly Xanadu shouted out “Ghost!”.  She was shocked.  This ghost seemed possessed.  What are we going to do I asked her?Funfetti Ghost CookiesIMG_7596

She answered the question very quickly.  “Mom, we’re going to eat him!” and then proceeded to lick him clean.
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Thanks for the help Xanadu. 

 

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ’s and people can’t get enough!

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

These spareribs will bring all the boys to the yard. And girls.  And dogs.  And cats.  Everyone is going to want one of these BBQ Spare Ribs!

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

This post is about Spare ribs, and they’re BBQ and Slow cooked.  They are moist, the meat will fall off the bone, they will leave you licking your lips and your fingers.   These Spare ribs are starting to sound sexy. But they really are.  Super sexy Spare ribs. You cook them for 8 hours, slathered  in bbq sauce and brown sugar.    When they are ready to eat them they’re juicy and saucy.  My goodness, is it getting hot in here?

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

Crockpot Spare Ribs

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
Here are the steps to make thee Spare ribs, it really doesn’t get much easier than this.  First layer is the pepper, garlic and onion. Second layer is the Spare ribs with salt and pepper. Third layer is pouring the BBQ sauce on top.  Finally, add the brown sugar.  Then you just wait and let the slow cooking smells start to take over your house…

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
And  believe me it will start to smell wonderful, curious noses will appear.

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
When I serve  the Spareribs, I love to take a little bit  of the pepper/onion/garlic mixture and put it on top.  

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
The toppings just give it that extra zing.

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
These Spareribs really are a thing of beauty.  

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
May I recommend serving it alongside some Jalapeno Cornbread?

 Enjoy these mouth watering BBQ Spare Ribs!

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ Spare Ribs, Crockpot Spare Ribs, Slow Cooker Spare Ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork spareribs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 onion - chopped
  • 1 bell pepper - chopped
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • salt + pepper

Instructions

  1. Rub your spareribs on both sides with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Add onion, pepper and garlic to the bottom of your crockpot.
  3. Add spareribs on top.
  4. Pour barbecue sauce and brown sugar on top.
  5. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

 

Fizzy Trix Vodka

Enjoy this delicious Fizzy Vodka with Trix Cereal.  For adults only! 

Last week I was invited to a Hello Cereal Lovers event hosted by General Mills serving creations by Justin Warner.    As soon as I arrived and started to taste all these amazing cereal dishes my mind started to wonder quickly.   I usually think of Cereal as something I splash milk on and call it a day, or occasionally bake cookies and make granola bars with. But savory?  I never thought of cereal as savory but that has all changed.  By thinking out of the (cereal) box I can totally see  how cereal can be incorporated into dinner dishes and you will see a few recipes in the upcoming weeks as I try them out.   While at the event I had one amazing rotini pasta dish and one extra delicious split pea soup – both had cereal in it. I hope you’re intrigued by this, because you’re soon to be hungry!

Recipe for delicious Fizzy Vodka with Trix Cereal. For adults only!

As soon as I got to the event I was greeted with smiles, then quickly offered a Fizzy Trix drink. Let me tell you a few things:
I accepted this drink because all I heard was “Trix”.
I don’t drink Vodka.
I started to drink it and quickly felt my cheeks become flushed.
I found a recipe book at a nearby table and quickly realized I was drinking Vodka.
I really enjoyed this Fizzy Vodka Trix drink.  Alot.
I quickly started to dance on tables.
They asked me to leave.

Recipe for delicious Fizzy Vodka with Trix Cereal. For adults only!

Ok the last 2 things aren’t true.  In fact I was offered another Fizzy Trix drink but declined because I have a fear with alcohol that I will become that stranger on the subway home.    Random:  Once on the way home Matthew and I were sitting on the subway, and a intoxicated man placed his hand on Matthew’s thigh and quickly stroked very high up.  Matthew removed his hand. I giggled crazily. The man awoke embarrassed, confused, and then passed out again.  It was a highlight of my year.

So for you Fizzy Drink and Cereal lovers out there, I think you’re going to love this recipe.  Enjoy!

Fizzy Trix Vodka

Servings 4
Author Justin Warner

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 8 oz vodka
  • 1 cup Trix® cereal
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 2 limes
  • 2 pasteurized egg whites
  • 2 cups ice cubes not crushed

Garnish

  • Dash of aromatic bitters
  • Trix® cereal

Instructions

  1. Place vodka in small bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cereal, let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Place cream in another small bowl, stir in remaining 1/2 cup cereal. Refrigerate 15 minutes, stirring once.
  3. In 1-quart saucepan, combine sugar and water. Heat to boiling, stir until sugar is dissolves. Remove from heat, set aside to cool.
  4. Stir vodka and cream mixtures. Strain mixtures into 2-cup glass measuring cup to remove cereal, discard cereal. Pour vodka-cream mixture into beverage shaker or quart-size jar with lid. Add lemon and lime juices, egg whites and sugar mixture. Shake drink like crazy. Add ice cubes to shaker, shake again like crazy.
  5. Strain drink into 4 chilled martini glasses. Hit the foamy top with a dash of bitters.
  6. Garnish With Cereal.

Recipe Notes

This is 4 servings.

 Recipe for delicious Fizzy Vodka with Trix Cereal. For adults only!

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