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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Figgy Pudding

Disclosure: This giveaway has been sponsored by Valley Fig. I was sent a California Fig Care Package purpose creating this recipe, but all opinions are my own. #ad #VFigFeed #ValleyFigHolidays #12DaysofChristmas #giveaway   

You guys!  I made Figgy Pudding!  Like from the Christmas song!

When I realized that I would have the opportunity to work with Valley Fig, I knew I wanted to attempt this Christmas classic.

As I started researching Figgy Pudding, I found that it has a very long history, showing up in classic literature (like Dickens’ Christmas Carol) to the Christmas tune we all know and love.  However, the dishes from the tune are much different than a more modern take on Figgy Pudding, like the recipe below.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Saffron Rice & Chicken #foodnflix #foodiesread

Happy Thanksgiving! 

As I type, I’m on my way back from a whirlwind trip to Detroit to visit my in-laws for Thanksgiving!  We crammed a lot into 4 short days and loved every second of it!

I started off my pushing the limits of carry-on luggage, finding out once and for all, just how much food can one bring through airport security?

I packed 2 dozen cookies in my checked baggage, so I knew they would be fine, but I also wanted to bring a bread cornucopia and an apple pie, which begged the question: Can one bring a whole pie through airport security?

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

MultiGrain Gingerbread Pancakes

It's time for this month’s Fantastical Food Fight!

Fantastical Food Fight is hosted by Sara at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes with the theme: Gingerbread!  So perfect for this time of year!

In my house, we make gingerbread houses & gingerbread men every year!  Lately I’ve been giving my gingerbread ugly sweaters & topknots & glasses to make HipsterBreadMen instead.  They’re fabulous and I’m going to continue the tradition this year.

Since I love my gingerbread recipe so much, this was a challenge for me.  I mean, you don’t mess with success!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Dairy-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Last week, I volunteered to make cookies for a work potluck – one of my co-workers is dairy free and I wanted to make something everyone could enjoy.  So, my butter-loving self went searching for a great dairy free cookie recipe and found these!

Because who doesn’t love a great oatmeal raisin cookie?

Now the key to a really good oatmeal raisin cookie is the texture: they HAVE to be soft and chewy!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Spiced Golden Milk (Turmeric Milk) #EatTheWorld

It’s the 10th of the month which means it’s time for the Eat the World Recipe challenge hosted by Evelyne at CultEatz.  This month, we’re taking a culinary journey to India!

I thought about making another version of Chicken Tikka Masala, but that seemed like that wasn’t entirely in the spirit of the challenge.  So decided truly challenge myself and try something that crossed my screen months ago but seemed way too far outside my comfort zone: turmeric milk or golden milk!

Turmeric is believed to have many health benefits from reducing inflammation to helping achieve deeper sleep to possible antibiotic properties!

Traditionally, turmeric milk is made will whole milk and up to a teaspoon of turmeric. 

In this version, I used cashew milk, a blend of warm spices, and a dash of honey to make a warm, cozy drink I can see myself cozying up to all winter long!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies

I’m flying in at the last minute with this month’s Food n’ Flix recipe!  This month really got away from me!

This month’s movie was The Princess and the Frog, hosted by Heather at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen.

The movie is set in New Orleans – so one naturally thinks Cajun food, but here I am with brownies.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mexican Hot Chocolate Sugar Skull Cookies #Choctoberfest

*Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­­Sprinkle Pop.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s the final day of #choctoberfest and I decided to continue the Dia de los Muetros celebration I started a couple weeks ago when I made Pan de Muertos (Bread of the Dead).

I’ve made Sugar Skull Cookies for the past couple years, taking the time to pipe all of the details by hand with royal icing.  The cookies are gorgeous, but incredibly time consuming.  This year, with a full load of graduate school classes in addition to my job as a school librarian, plus being room mom for both of my kids’ classes, I just didn’t know when I was going to have the time to make my skulls.  And my boys were already asking if I was going to make Halloween cookies for their friends this year.

Then I got my sprinkles of Sprinkle Pop and I knew that their stunningly beautiful Dia de los Muertos mix was going to be the answer to my prayers!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Molasses Cookies with White Chocolate Espresso Frosting #choctoberfest

*Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­ #Choctoberfest sponsor Forte Chocolates.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Buckle up for another day of chocolaty goodness as we embark on another day of #Choctoberfest!  Today I’m venturing into new waters with a #choctoberfest first for me: I’m using white chocolate!

This whole recipe came about when I received my package form Forte Chocolates.  My package contained Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt (which I ate because it’s delicious), Dark Chocolate (which I used in my Chocolate Babka) and White Chocolate Espresso with actual espresso blended into the white chocolate!  Amazing!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes #Choctoberfest

*Disclosure: I did not receive products from sponsors for this post.  However, have received products from Imperial Sugar in the past & used their products for today’s post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

You guys.

I am so excited to share today’s #Choctoberfest recipe!  It’s been in the works for a while – and Instagram has been getting sneak peeks as I tweaked the recipe to get it just right!  Because if one is going to make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes, they have to be just right!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Steak Stir Fry Noodle Bowls with Homemade Udon Noodles #FantasticalFoodFight

This month’s Fantastical Food Fight nearly snuck up on me!  I almost passed, but once I realized the challenge was pasta, I knew I had to participate.

And I wasn’t going to make boxed noodles either, nope, I decided to make homemade Udon noodles!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Chocolate Babka #choctoberfest

Today it’s an exciting day, because two events combined to push me outside of my bread baking box!

First off, it’s #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – a celebration of all things chocolate!  Don’t forget to check out the sponsors and enter the giveaway here!

Today also happens to be World Bread Day and a dough lover like myself is not going to let that slide on by!

Before I realized that these two events were on the same day, I’d already decided that I wanted to branch and really stretch myself as a baker.

After I realized that bread day and Choctoberfest would coincide, it was obvious that my challenge was going to be chocolate bread and I immediately know I wanted to try Babka – definitely a challenge!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Top 10 Chocolate Covered Halloween Treats & #Choctoberfest Welcome

*Disclosure: I received products to sample from Choctoberfest sponsors.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Who’s ready for a chocolate covered week of deliciousness?

Well, buckle up ladies and gents because it’s Choctoberfest 2018!

Today I’m kick things off with my top 10 Chocolate Covered Halloween Treats PLUS all the sponsor details and fantastic giveaway!!!  Hooray!!!

Let’s start off with the tasty recipes, then we’ll get to that equally tasty giveaway!

Harry Potter fans unite!  These Chocolate Frogs will please Potter fans of all ages!

Ordinary chocolate chip cookies get the Halloween treatment when the chocolate chips get spider legs!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pan de Muerto (Mexican Day of the Dead Bread) #eattheworld

It’s time for this month’s Eat the World recipe challenge…with a twist!

Instead of everyone cooking from a specific country this month, we’re celebrating Halloween around the world!  This meant, everyone could choose their own country to represent, so long as it relates to Halloween in some way!  For more information on Eat the World, click here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Pikachu Pizza #NationalPizzaMonth

It’s National Pizza Day!  Now that’s a day I can get behind!

Every Friday, my family enjoys pizza/movie night.  Each week a different family member gets to choose the movie and the pizza!  Some weeks we order in, but others we make homemade pizza!

My 8-year old, Spud is a huge Pokémon fan (he calls his bedroom the Pokémon Academy and has Pikachu plastered everywhere).  So, on his movie night, he borrowed a Pokémon movie from the library and came up with the concept of Pikachu Pizza, Pizza-chu, if you will.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Chai Apple Multigrain Pancakes #appleweek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

It’s the last week of Apple Week and I’m making breakfast again!

I decided to make an apple-icious take on my favorite multigrain pancakes!  The pancakes are soft and bursting with flavor and an absolute homerun!  Even Hubs, who tolerates frequent pancakes because the kids request them all the time, got excited about these pancakes – so that’s really saying something!

This fabulous recipe showcases even more of the wonderful Apple Week sponsors! Let’s take a look!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Herby Ginger Apple Compote #appleweek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Each year during apple week, I challenge myself to make at least 1 savory apple recipe.  And without fail, I end up pairing apples with pork!  The flavors just go so well together!

Today’s recipe is sponsored by Swiss Diamond Cookware.

Swiss Diamond was an amazingly generous sponsor, sending me one of their lidded nonstick sauté pans. 

You guys.

This pan is a work horse.  Completely not stick AND it can go in the oven!! Say What?!?

So you see why I had to make pork for apple week!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cold Apple Cider with Caramel Infused Rum #appleweek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with AppleWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Ready for more apple goodness?

Today’s recipe is sponsored by Envy Apples and let me tell you – they are delicious – a definite contender for my new favorite apple!  I just love apples that are crisp and sweet and Envy apples certainly fit the bill.

For today’s recipe, those gorgeous apples were used as a garnish in a spiked apple cider!  Note that you can totally make these without the rum, as well!  When spud saw my pretty drink, he asked for some as well, so I whisked the caramel sauce directly into the cider and garnished just like the adult beverage!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Apple Cinnamon Cakelets #appleweek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Pumpkin week just finished up, so it’s time to shift our focus to another fall favorite: Apples!!  Check out all the amazing details below for sponsor information, the fabulous prize pack, and the enter the giveaway!

Today’s recipe is sponsored by NordicWare!  

NordicWare sent this adorable Apple Slice Cakelet Pan so I could try out a yummy apple recipe!

I ended up adapting the recipe included on the pan a bit to make some apple muffins to take to work with me as a little treat for my co-workers!

I’m always a little worried when I use a pan I can’t line with parchment, but the non-stick feature on the cakelet pan is no joke!  When sprayed with cooking spray, I had absolutely no sticking and the design imprinted perfectly!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Ham & Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin Rolls #pumpkinweek

*Disclosure: I received product to sample from Eggland's Best.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s the last day of pumpkin week and I saved the best for last!

Today’s recipe is sponsored by Eggland’s Best

The inspiration for this recipe came from a video I saw on Facebook.  I was super intrigued by pumpkin shaped rolls and decided to make them!

Then I realized that the recipe was for sweet rolls and I wasn’t super impressed with the filling.  So I decided to add cinnamon and sugar and make it most frosting-like.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Paleo Banana Cake (Gluten-Free) #FantasticalFoodFight #FoodNFlix

Today’s recipe is doing double duty and pulls form three different inspirations.

First, it’s this month’s Fantastical Food Fight with the theme of bananas!  If one lives on the Kentucky/Tennessee border there is even an annual banana festival this weekend!  So, I knew I had to make something with bananas – definitely a dessert, I thought.

Second, I volunteered to bake treats for Dude’s class.  One of Dude’s classmates is gluten sensitive, so I always try to be considerate of that.  I thought that these treats would be the perfect way to use bananas in a recipe.

Third, this September is the 9th anniversary of Food n Flix and to celebrate, we could watch any of the previously chosen movies to use as inspiration.  I went on the hunt for something I hadn’t seen, that seemed interesting, and that I could find on Netflix or Amazon Prime.  And that’s how I stumbled upon Toast.

Creamy Pumpkin Fiesta Chicken Soup #pumpkinweek

*Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­Cabot Cheese.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Are you ready for another great pumpkin recipe? 

Today’s recipe is sponsored by Cabot Cheese.

I’ve worked with Cabot in the past and they always have a wonderful selection of cheeses and all thing dairy!

Connect with them here:

Today I decided to go the savory route.

Have you ever noticed that, even when pumpkin is being used as a savory ingredient (especially in soup) that cinnamon and sugar still end up being involved?

I can’t handle stuff like that – it is just too much for my palate to comprehend!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls #pumpkinweek

*Disclosure: I received product to sample from ­­­­­Dixie Crystals.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Today’s delicious recipe is sponsored by Dixie Crystals

Dixie Crystals is always a generous sponsor, so with lots of sugar on hand, I couldn’t not bake something!  So, when my boss asked for volunteers to bring breakfast to our beginning of the year meetings, I jumped on the opportunity!

This also, sadly, means that I have some rushed on-the-way-out-the-door and cell phone pictures of the finished product, but suffice to say that the still-warm pumpkin cinnamon rolls were enough for some co-workers to declare me a hero for bringing them!

These rolls have two baking options, depending on your level of morning perkiness.

You may want to get up early and make these rolls with a smile on your face for your adoring family.  

Sunday, September 16, 2018

#PumpkinWeek 2018 Welcome & Pumpkin Roundup!

Who’s ready for fall?

In all honesty, I’m a summer girl – I love me some heat and sunshine.  Having summers off doesn’t hurt either.

But there is something nice about fall – cooler nights, campfires, the pumpkin patch, and of course the baking!

Woohoo!  The fall baked goods are seriously the best thing about fall! 

How about all things pumpkin??

Before we get things started off tomorrow with new recipes, I thought it would be fun to revisit all the previous pumpkin deliciousness!

Welcome to #PumpkinWeek 2018 hosted by Love and Confections and A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures! This year is even bigger and better than ever with a giveaway! Thirty nine bloggers from around the country are showcasing their best pumpkin dishes. Get ready for Fall with over 130 pumpkin recipes throughout the week including cocktails, main courses, pizzas, pastas, pastries, breads, muffins, and plenty of desserts! Our PumpkinWeek Sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you so much, Sponsors, for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!

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Prize #2 Cabot Creamery Co-operative is giving one winner a Cheese Gift Box, including a selection of Seriously Sharp, Pepper Jack, Sharp Light, Extra Sharp, Horseradish, Private Stock, Vintage Choice, and Sharp cheeses, VT Sharp Cracker Cuts, Burlap & Plaid Bag, Thick & Thin Slicer, and Wooden Cutting Board

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce #EatTheWorld

It’s time for this month’s Eat the World recipe challenge and we’re heading to Argentina!

As I was researching, I was surprised to find out that there are quite a few Italian influences in the cooking – yet with even more cheese than we add in the US!

As I kept looking, I was reminded that my favorite wine comes from Argentina: Malbec!  I sadly did not have any Malbec on hand when I made my recipe, because it would have been a great addition to the meal!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Beer Brats with Caramelized Onions


It’s National Beer Day!

Ok confession time.

I’m way more of a wine drinker than a beer drinker.

However, I do love to cook with beer, especially beers brats – I don’t make them any other way!

I shared my fantastic recipe for Bacon Wrapped Beer Brats a couple years ago – and they’re super delicious, but labor intensive and Hibs doesn’t like all the bacon flare ups on the grill.  So I typically simplify the process and make beer brats with just 4 ingredients!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sourdough Bread #Cookthebooksclub

I’m getting in on the early(ish) side for the August/September Cook the Books Club selection, Sourdough by Robin Sloan.

The book was…shall we say…interesting?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Green Beans Gratinéed with Cheese Sauce (Haricots Verts Gratinés, à la Mornay) #FantasticalFoodFight

Well, well, well, it’s French food again today!

It’s been a French-inspired summer!  First, I made Ratatouille Bake for Bastille Day, the Fougasse for Eat the World, and now Green Beans au Gratin for Julia Child’s Birthday - this month's Fantastical Food Fight Challenge!

Last year, for Julia’s birthday, I read Julie and Julia and was tremendously disappointed (Julia Child is amazing while Julie what’s her face the blogger was insipid and annoying).  I ended up sharing a recipe for puff pastry (which doesn’t actually appear in the book) because I was so underwhelmed by the book.



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