Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars

You might have heard these bars called by a few different names: Millionaire Bars, Millionaire’s Shortbread, Copycat Twix Bars. Whatever you call them (I’m leaning towards sticky fingers chocolate bars myself), you won’t be able to stop after one. They’re the perfect mix of sweet and salty and will satisfy your sweet tooth craving in a big way. Instead of making our own shortbread for this recipe, we’ve taken a shortcut and used our favorite shortbread rounds by Walkers. You know the ones. They have a distinctive taste and simply melt in your mouth . In a word they are butteriffic.

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Mango Avocado Tuna Stacks + {GIVEAWAY}

Mango Avocado Tuna Stacks
As I’m sitting here looking out my window and seeing a BLANKET of WHITE (yes we’re having yet another snow day here), I’m dreaming about warmer weather and quick, simple and flavorful foods. Had I known that my kids would have been out of school for yes count them TWO weeks because of said weather we might have planned a vacation to someplace tropical where I’m certain we would have been able to nosh on things like this Mango Avocado Tuna stack. Since that didn’t happen I can always pretend I’m off to warmer weather and make these myself. If I close my eyes and sit in front of the fireplace it “almost” feels like it.

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Black Bean Turkey Tacos

Black Bean Turkey Tacos

We’ve got a new taco for your Tuesday taco night taco night, or Thursday taco night but does anyone really prefer Thursdays to Tuesday taco nights? Tuesday just has a better ring to it yeah? Don’t let the turkey fool you, this turkey taco has got flavah for days. You might also be surprised to hear that its also stuffed full of veggies. You heard right. We’ve snuck in shaved carrots, bell peppers, onions and more spices than you can shake a stick at. You don’t have to tell the kids if you don’t want to. They’ll be none the wiser.

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Cream Cheese Flan with Caramel Sauce

Cream Cheese Flan with Caramel Sauce

I haven’t met too many people who don’t adore flan. It’s creamy dreamy and you might be surprised to know that it’s super simple to make. Now there is quite a bit of time involved but the majority of that time your oven and fridge are doing the heavy work for you. Now that you know, there’s no reason not to try and make this at home. If you can stir, blend and pour you’ve got this. Trust me.

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40 is The New 20 Cocktail

40 is the new 20 Cocktail 4

A few months back we took a Carnival CRUISE . Have I mentioned that I LOVE to cruise. Cruisin’ is aca-AWESOME. I’d probably live on one of those floating cities if I could swing it. What’s not to love? Well I suppose if you have motion sickness that might be a problem and well the rooms are on the small side, but you’re not really in them except to change and sleep so that takes care of that problem. What is to love? For starters there is all the food and drinks you could ever want available 24/7. There are attentive staff who actually remember your name. That still BLOWS my mind every. single. cruise. I can barely keep my kids names straight and they memorize new names every. single. WEEK. Gold star to them.

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Chocolate Recipes for All Occasions

Ginger Snap Crusted Chocolate Mousse Tarts 4

GINGER SNAP CRUSTED CHOCOLATE MOUSSE TARTS (Gluten Free)

Have an occasion that calls for creating special dessert? Maybe you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation, anniversary? Maybe it’s even Valentine’s Day (we don’t dare to not have dessert on heart day gasp)? Or heck maybe it’s because you just WANT chocolate. Whatever the occasion we’ve got a chocolate recipe for you to choose from. Our list includes: TARTS, MOUSSE, PUDDINGS, CAKES, CUPCAKES, COCKTAILS, BARS and even RAVIOLI. All have a little bit or a whole lot of one of our favorite ingredients: CHOCOLATE! I’m going to go ahead and tell you it’s probably not going to be easy decision if you’ve got a sweet tooth like mine that is.  I would tell you I’m sorry but misery loves company you know.

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Sauteed Cauliflower and Thyme Mac and Cheese

Sauteed Cauliflower and Thyme Mac and Cheese

Like almost every other child I know my kids go berserk for macaroni and cheese. They’d probably eat it every single day if I let them. I grew up eating traditional baked macaroni and cheese, let’s be honest it’s some kind of amazing but it’s a process, a timely process. Sometimes I just don’t have that kinda time on my hands when I’m faced with three fired up kids asking for mac and cheese please. Times like those call for a stove top version of macaroni and cheese that hits the spot.

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Gluten Free Ginger Snap Crusted Chocolate Mousse Tarts

Ginger Snap Crusted Chocolate Mousse TartsGluten free is looking good. Real good. If you’re looking for an easy peasy dessert you’ve found it. Chocolate mousse is quick and easy and honestly you can eat it by itself if you don’t want to take the extra step and make the crust. I’m not going to lie and say I haven’t. I kinda look forward to keeping the bowl, beaters and spatula to myself. What can I say, you know I have a wicked sweet tooth. I could tell you it’s quality control. Yeah, on second thought let’s go with that.

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Spicy Meatball Sliders with Quick Pickled Cabbage

Spicy Meatball Sliders with Quick Pickled Cabbage

I know you’re all familiar with meatball sliders. There’s a good reason for their popularity. They’re GOOD. Really good. I can’t even say the name without wanting one, and now (you guessed it) I want one! I have little to no willpower when it comes to foods that I love. It’s the reason I exercise. The only reason. Because I like to eat. I’m not one of those people who LOVES to exercise. I wish I was but nope I dread it but I suck it up and do it.  I may or may not even think about what I’m going to eat for lunch while I’m doing said exercise. Sad but true.

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Sweet and Spicy Party Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Party Meatballs
Meatballs. You gotta love them. If not we can’t be friends. Okay well I might make an exception if you’re extraordinarily awesome but I’m just going to be honest and say it’s just weird if you don’t. For the sake of argument, let’s just say you do, even if you don’t m’kay? My favorite MEATBALLS on the planet are made using Johnsonville sausage. I love the flavor that Italian sausage brings to the meatballs. I typically make them with the sweet Italian blend but when I want to shake things up I use the mild or even SPICY. Because sometimes we like a little heat. Especially when it’s cold as all get out.

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Sauteed Mushroom and Brie Bites

Sauteed Mushroom and Brie Puff Pastry Bites

Google tells me that appetizer recipes are all the rage this week. I’m no psychic but I’m guessing it has something to do with New Year’s Eve PARTIES ; ) Personally I’m always a fan of appetizers. I like to have a little something to nosh on before the main event. It keeps my stomach from embarrassing itself from loud and obnoxious noises that have people turning to see what in the world could be making that noise (yep that would be me). You see as much as I always have the best intentions and tell myself hours before to eat a little something before said party or event I NEVER ever seem to actually do it. Getting side tracked by reading my kindle and then realizing I have OH thirty minutes to pull myself together might have something with it. But anyhoo. Appetizers, they’re a good thing.

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Nutella Eggnog

Nutella Eggnog

Tis the season to get our nog on. Eggnog, Egg-nog or Egg Nog go with your preferred spelling. I find that people are firmly in the camp of love it or hate it. Not too many who fall in the meh, I can take it or leave it category. I like mine on the boozy side but that’s no surprise. If you want to add a little something something different to this recipe (say you prefer bourbon over dark rum) I wouldn’t hate you. In fact I’d probably ask you to bring me one over you know for comparison purposes. Our version of eggnog is a twist on the classic. Yes you can totally flavor your nog. Now you know. At first I considered chocolate BUT why go with chocolate when you can use Nutella. Besides it’s been much too long since we’ve shared a recipe using my beloved so this is my gift to my fellow Nutellaholics.

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Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

My Mom makes some of the best homemade salsa I’ve ever tasted. I think a lot of that has to do with just about every ingredient that goes into her recipe comes from her garden. She of course changes this recipe every single time she makes it so It’s never the same. I think she does this so she doesn’t have to give me the recipe. Luckily she does share the salsa. When I’m home for visits I swap out my empty mason jars for full jars of homegrown tomatoes and salsa. Lots and lots of salsa.

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Boozy Raisin Apple Turnovers

Boozy Raisin and Apple Turnovers
I absolutely adore turnovers. Apple turnovers to be specific. The way that the puff pastry dough crunches and goes everywhere (I’ve learned to lean over my plate to save myself from getting out the broom afterwards or the sink – what you don’t eat over the sink?) giving way to the sweet, thick apple pie like filling. Yep swoon. Now that I think about it I don’t make them much during the year, usually just around the holidays. I’m not sure exactly why I don’t make them more often being that I love them so much. What am I thinking? I should really rectify that. Maybe I’ll set a turnover weekend date once a month.

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Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Quick Bread

Caramelized Onion and Rosemary Quick Bread
I have a thing for bread. I’m that girl that will eat the whole basket of bread at the restaurant and then end up being too full to finish off my entree. Every. Single. Time. Will I ever learn? Probably not. Thank goodness for to go boxes. I also love to bake bread. That feeling of having dough between your hands. Yeah, I dig that. It’s therapeutic. I don’t do it often enough. I wish I could say I had the time or patience. That whole sitting around waiting for it to rise to the occasion. The occasion that it’s time to get the show on the road and get into the oven so it can get into my belly. That occasion. It just doesn’t come fast enough for me.

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Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes are a thing of beauty to me.  They’re also something I’m pretty particular about. I like them the way I like them, what can I say. I’m not a fan of texture in my mashed potatoes. I like them creamy and SMOOTH. I get them that way by using my KitchenAid stand mixer. Ruby (my mixer – what, don’t you name your small appliances?) has a permanent spot on my counter top and is used almost daily for this that and the other. Today she’s mashing potatoes. A few spins around using the paddle attachment and you’ll have yourself the smoothest mashed potatoes on the cul-de-sac. I can’t tell you how many of those potato mashing gadgets I’ve broken in my lifetime before I discovered the mixer trick. Did I mention that it also keeps those mashed potatoes piping hot thanks to the stainless steel bowl ; ) Truth. 

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Spicy Dark Chocolate Espresso Roasted Almonds

Spicy Espresso Roasted Almonds
The holidays are here which means we’re all seriously BUSY running around like chickens with our heads cut off.  Between the shopping, the planning, the cleaning the COOKING things are just NUTS. Literally! These spicy dark chocolate espresso roasted nuts are perfect for snacking and YES even holiday gift giving! I don’t know about you but I love edible gifts. I’d much rather have some tasty treat vs. an ugly Christmas sweater that’s never going to see the light of day (well unless there’s an ugly Christmas sweater party to go to). Amen? These chocolatey caffeinated bursts of bliss come together quickly. A few tosses of ingredients and then you’ll just pop them into a low oven for a bit. Before you know it you’ll be getting your snack on.

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Apple Cinnamon Dutch Baby

Apple Cinnamon Dutch Baby
“What the heck is a Dutch Baby and why would we be eating one?” Questions asked by my children while serving this for BRINNER the other night. I can understand that they might be confused but there’s no confusing how delicious these little puffs of pancake are. You might have heard these referred to as: a German pancake, a Bismarck, or a Dutch puff. I think of them as a cross between a popover and a pancake with the added bonus that it doesn’t have to be flipped. Nope. You mix up this beauty and then pop it into your cast iron skillet and then into the oven. Quick and easy.

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Favorite Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Well almost.  We know with over 1000 recipes here on our site searching can be cumbersome. Heck, even I sometimes forget a recipe until I run across it. To help make things easier (because cooking for a crowd is stressful enough), we’ve compiled all of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes in one easy to find post. We’ve included everything from starters to sides, the starring attraction and of course sweets! Because we’re never one to do the minimum, we’ve even thrown in a DIY table scape project (easy enough for even novice crafters) and a few recipes to use with your leftovers for good measure!

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Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce
Holy cow, next week is THANKSGIVING! Yes, gobble gobble until we can’t wobble. I will be enjoying my Mom’s cooking this year. Happy. Happy. Dance. I don’t care how ehem old I get, there’s nothing like your Mamma’s cooking is there? What I’m most looking forward to is talking her into making Turkey and Dumplings with the leftover 10 pounds of turkey that I KNOW we’ll have. My Mom has ALWAYS over cooked. I’m guessing it stems from the years of always having extra guests at our table. My Dad was forever bringing home Air Force boys with no family in town. It made for a rowdy meal (with the mandatory embarrassing stories) but we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Go Blue ; )

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