Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: October 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

October Reads

You guys.  Having a job outside the house is majorly cramping my reading style!  Needless to say, I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks and sinking into some great books!

Author: Amalia Carosella
Rating: ★★★★

Title: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaiman
Rating: ★★★

Title: Nerve
Author: Jeanne Ryan
Rating: ★★★

Author: Jessica Soffer
Rating: ★★  
Cook the Books Club

Author: Monica Bhide
Rating: ★★★

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Milkshake #SecretRecipeClub

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Today is a special Secret Recipe Club reveal featuring delicious fall treats and meals!

I was assigned Nicole’s blog Crazed Mom.  Nicole is a mom of 5 teenagers and loves cooking, diy projects, traveling, and planners!  Sounds like she’s busy indeed!

There were so many fantastic recipes to choose from, but I immediately zoned in on the drinks and came across a pumpkin pie coffee milkshake!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Syrup or Pumpkin Juice & Butterbeer

A delicious Pumpkin Spice Syrup - Plus ideas for Pumpkin Juice & Butterbeer!

This month marks the one year anniversary of my boys’ introduction to the Harry Potter books!  We started when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was rereleased fully illustrated and haven’t stopped since!  I’m currently reading book 6 (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) out loud to the kids!

I love being able to share one of my favorite series with my children!  Dude and I are even dressing up as Harry Potter and Luna Lovegood for Halloween!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Eyeball Cookies #FoodnFlix

Eyeball Cookies - A spooky Halloween treat everyone will enjoy! 

It’s time for the Halloween edition of Food ‘n Flix!

In Food ‘n Flix, bloggers watch the selected movie for the month, then head to the kitchen to whip up something inspired by the movie!  Any blogger can join in the fun, just click the link to find out more!

This month’s film was Beetlejuice, hosted by Deb at Kahakai Kitchen.

I think I saw part of Beetlejuice, once, ages ago, but I barely remembered it, so it was time to watch it with foodie goggles on.

I’m sure most of you have already seen this movie at one time or another, so I won’t spend a ton of time on a synopsis, especially since this movie was really not my cup of tea.

You guys, I’m reeeeeally not into super Halloweeny or spooky movies.  Like, at all.  My idea of a Halloween movie is It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, or the Harry Potter series. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Deep Dish Stuffed Crust Pizza

Hubs loves stuffed crust pizza.  It is his absolute favorite.  So I decided to make a homemade version for him!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ogre Eyes Hot Chocolate #Choctoberfest

Today is the Taste of Home Tuesday Choctober celebration!  Yes!  After a whole week of Chotcoberfest fun, I’m back again with more chocolate, because really, is there such a thing as too much chocolate?  It keeps the dementors away.  Or well, makes you feel better after a dementor attack at any rate.

Wait, what were we talking about?


More chocolate!

Friday, October 14, 2016

S’mores M&M Cookies #Choctoberfest

I’m wrapping up the #Choctoberfest fun today with more cookies!!

These ones are brought to you by #Choctoberfest sponsor Imperial Sugar

Imperial Sugar has been producing high quality pure cane sugar since 1843.  Depending where you live, you may find Imperial Sugar under the Imperial Sugar brand or Dixie Crystals.  Imperial Sugar started in Texas, but eventually expanded to include several sites throughout the Southeast.

Plus their website includes a ton of awesome recipes to try!

On to today’s cookies!

I was shopping recently, and I came across a bunch of seasonal M&Ms, including S’mores flavor!

I was pretty skeptical, but couldn’t resist the allure of S’mores, so I decided to give them a whirl.  Well, they left a bit to be desired, so I decided to give the s’mores flavors a boost – in cookie form!  Umm…again and again and again (hello, my name Amy & I’ m a S’mores addict…)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies #Choctoberfest

#Choctoberfest continues today with some more cookies!  All of my favorite flavor combinations involve chocolate (or so it would seem).

So, today I decided to follow up the chocolate & coffee combo with chocolate and peanut butter! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins #Choctoberfest

 *Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­­Caveman Coffee Co.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s time for the second #choctoberfest recipe!!  Yay chocolate!

Today’s recipe is brought to you by #choctoberfest sponsor, Caveman Coffee Co.

Caveman Coffee Co specializes in third wave coffee.  This means that the coffee is hand-picked, single origin, and small batch roasted for a superior coffee.

Right upon opening the coffee, it smells amazing.  And, once ground, makes and equally amazing cup of coffee!  Caveman Coffee Co. also sent me a package of cocoa butter that I have yet to same – stay tuned for some yummy recipes made with cocoa butter!

And what goes better together than coffee and chocolate?

I decided to use the coffee to create a chocolatey, coffee laden version of one of my favorite muffins: pumpkin chip!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mocha Cookies #Choctoberfest

Happy #Chocotberfest 2016!

This is one of my favorite blog events, because it’s all about my absolute fave: chocolate!

Yesterday I shared the giveaway info and a little big teaser with all kinds of chocolaty recipes that have appeared on this blog.  And this week, I’m adding even more!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Chocolate Recipes #Choctoberfest


Today is one of my favorite days of the year... because it is the first day of #Choctoberfest 2016! #Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love? Thank you to the sponsors who make #Choctoberfest possible! This year, Imperial Sugar is back as our Gold Sponsor. They have been a trusted name in kitchens since 1843, and their website is home to thousands of sweet recipes tested in the Imperial Sugar Kitchen. You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, or join their Sweet Community so you can share your own recipes, save recipes to a virtual inbox, print Imperial Sugar coupons, and connect with other sugar lovers. Imperial Sugar and our silver sponsors have banded together to offer a huge #Choctoberfest prize pack, which you can enter to win below! One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive the following:
  • From our Gold Sponsor Imperial Sugar: 1 case of granulated sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds bags), and an Imperial Sugar red ruffle apron
  • From our Silver Sponsor Nature Nate's: 32 oz. Raw & Unfiltered Honey bottle, Honey Syrup, Honey Packets, a Nature Nate’s T-shirt, various kitchen supplies, and $50 Amazon gift card
  • From our Silver Sponsor Barlean's:16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint

  • From our Silver Sponsor Caveman Coffee: 1 Bag of Coffee (you choice of blacklisted or sabertooth), 1 coconut MCT oil, and 1 Cacao Butter
  • From #Choctoberfest blog hosts The PinterTest Kitchen: 1 specialty chocolate gift pack (your choice of dark or milk chocolate), 1 tin (14 ounces) drinking chocolate, and Divine's Fair Trade Gift Set

  • Enter now to win our #Choctoberfest 2016 prize pack! We'll be picking a winner at random winner on Saturday, Oct. 15, so enter by Friday to make sure your name is in the drawing:

    Here's a list of all of the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2016. Visit any of their blogs to get delicious chocolate recipes throughout the week: The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin’ MamasA Kitchen Hoor's Adventuresaddicted 2 recipesAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAn Affair From The HeartBalancing MotherhoodBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenBy the PoundsCanning and Cooking at HomeCoconut & LimeCook with 5 KidsCook's HideoutCookaholic WifeCooking with CarleeCopyKat RecipesCricket's ConfectionsCrumbs in my MustachioElisabeth JeanFairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFantastical Sharing of RecipesFeed Your Soul TooFeeding BigFrankly EntertainingFull Belly SistersGet the Good StuffGrumpy’s HoneybunchHezzi-D's Books and CooksHostess At HeartInk and SugarJane’s Adventures in DinnerJoin Us, Pull Up a ChairKaren's Kitchen AdventuresKate's Recipe BoxKudos Kitchen by ReneeKylee CooksLetz EatLife CurrentsLife on Food Making MiraclesMonica's TableMoore or Less Cooking Food BlogMy Catholic KitchenMy Gluten Free MiamiOur Good LifePalatable PastimeRestless ChipotleSeduction in The KitchenSew You Think You Can CookSimple Food 365Southern With A TwistSumptuous SpoonfulsTake Two TapasTampa Cake GirlTeaspoon of GoodnessThat RecipeThe Crumby CupcakeThe FlavouristaThe Food Hunter's Guide To CuisineThe Freshman CookThe Pajama ChefThe Redhead BakerThe Spiffy CookieTramplingroseWildflour's Cottage KitchenZesty South Indian Kitchen

     I'm looking forward to seeing all of the yummy recipes posted on these blogs. Check them out throughout the week and don't forget to follow our sponsors and bloggers using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget above for your chance to win our sweet prize pack.

    Shall we talk delicious chocolaty recipes now?

    I've got tons more coming up this week, but let's start off with a little inspiration!

    Triple Chocolate Protein Pancakes
    Chocolate Banana Waffles
    Chocolate Protein Power Muffins
    Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
    Chocolate Zucchini Banana Muffins
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes
    Chocolate Banana Muffins
    Double Chocolate Brownie Pancakes
    Double Chocolate Kale Muffins
    Chocolate Mocha Granola Bars

    Brownie Oatmeal Cookies
    Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies
    Chocolate Double Mint Cookies
    Hot Cocoa Pudding Cookies
    Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
    Fudgy S'mores Cookies
    Hot Cocoa Cookies
    Vegan Chocolate Coffee Crinkle Cookies
    Double Chocolate M&M Cookies
    Sittin' by the Campfire Cookies
    Chocolate Mint Cookies
    S'mores Cookies
    Chocolate Toffee Cookies

    Crazy Brownies
    S'mores Brownies
    Cookies 'n Cream Brownies
    Pretzel Crusted Fudge Topped Brownies
    Pumpkin Brownies
    Salted Caramel Brownies
    Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars

    Beer & Pretzel Cupcakes
    Candy Bar Cupcakes
    Cocoa Fudge Cake
    Chocolate Topped Peppermint Cheesecake
    Thin Mint Pie

    Sunday, October 9, 2016

    Chicken & Broccoli Rice Bowls #SecretRecipeClub

    It’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!  In SRC, participants are assigned another blog, search the recipes, make something amazing, and then reveal.

    This month, I was assigned Wendy’s blog, A Day in the Life on the Farm, and I was so so excited, because Wendy is my real life friend!  She’s actually my mother-in-law’s best friend, and has become a friend of mine as well!   Wendy is always making amazing recipes (I’ve made and featured a few - here and here), so I knew I’d have a tough choice ahead of me.

    Indeed, I wanted to make the Milky Way Martini (I just don’t think I could do it justice!), Lemon and Rosemary Pound Cake, BLT Pasta, or Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs (I would’ve made pumpkins since it’s October).

    In the end, I ended up making Chicken & Broccoli Rice Bowls.  It caught my eye right when Wendy posted it and I’ve been ogling it ever since. 

    Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    Mini Applesauce Muffins

    My baby is in Kindergarten and I spend mornings helping out in the classroom (I don’t have attachment issues or anything (kidding!  The right job came around at the right time!)), then I get my afternoon off to go to the gym, or run errands, or do housework, or ignore all that and make muffins.

    In the first few weeks of Kindergarten the kids learn about a new letter of the alphabet each day and the children bring an item to share that starts with that letter.  Spud had “C” day first (and brought cookies, I mean, everyone knows that C is for Cookie).  And his second share day was on “m” day!

    Spud is so sweet, that he asked me to come back to school for share time, so he could share Mom on “M” day!  Instead of doing any of the aforementioned adulty things, I went home and made mini muffins to share with the class.

    You guys, the children were so excited!  It was totally worth it!

    Sunday, October 2, 2016

    Crockpot Pulled Pork with Carolina BBQ Sauce #SecretRecipeClub

    I’m helping out with Group A’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal today!

    In SRC, members are secretly assigned another blog, search through the recipes, whip up something delicious, and reveal (click that link for more details!)

    I was assigned Erin’s blog, Table for Seven!  Table for Seven is a new blog to me and I was so surprised to see how many similarities there are between Erin and me! 

    Erin and I started our cooking journeys in a similar fashion.  Both of us began cooking when our oldest children were picky eaters!  Erin is a mom of 6 – 5 here on earth and one angel baby (I’m a mom of 3 – 2 here on earth and one angel baby).  Both of our angel babies are girls, though Erin’s sweet Eliza spent 1 month on earth before going to heaven and my little Sarah Catherine was stillborn.

    Sorry, I got a little heavy there, but it always comforts me to “meet” other grieving mothers out there.

    Let’s talk yummy food now, ‘kay?

    Erin makes my kind of food!  I wanted to make everything I came across, but as I had already pulled a pork roast out of the freezer, I was pretty focused on the pork recipes!  But when I have time, I’m totally going to the desserts!  In particular, Chocolate Caramel Squares, Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie Hot Cocoa (be still my heart!), and Turtle Cookies



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