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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pulled Pork Enchiladas with Creamy Cheese Sauce

    We LOVE pulled pork around here.  I usually make it by braising it inside, but my dad and brother both have smokers and love to smoke whole pork butts.   Either way it is delicious and when you are cooking a whole pork butt at a time there is plenty of leftovers.  I love using leftovers.  It is one of my talents.  Matt always laments the fact that not many of our "leftover" dinners make the blog, because they are some of his favorites.  When he asks what is for dinner and my answer is "I'm working on it" or "something I made up" he gets excited.  Of course he likes what I make for the blog too, but it is always fun to get creative and go a little crazy.  It is just hard to recreate when I am using up bits of things from the fridge and pantry.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Blueberry Muffin Baked Oatmeal


     This baked oatmeal is definitely more decadent and sweet than my other baked oatmeal recipes.  Sometimes you just have indulge a bit!  (Good thing that almost never happens around here right?!)  Either way, I put a whole pint of blueberries and some oatmeal in here to make you feel better about it.  It has my favorite baked oatmeal texture inside with a delicious streusel topping and a quick glaze to remind you of your favorite blueberry muffins.  I think you are going to love it!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Raspberry Cocoa Pavlova


     After making a couple of batches of Minions Baked Custards, I found myself with extra cream and egg whites on hand.  Now, I am not one to waste such tasty ingredients, especially if they lend themselves so well to a delicious dessert.  My immediate thought was pavlova!  I have to make a pavlova!

    I mean, that was your first thought too, right?!

    It should have been, this was delicious!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hot Chocolate Mix Ice Cream - A Guest Post by MiMi


     We host Pops' receptionists and their husbands each year for a Christmas celebration.  They take such good care of things at the office and we appreciate them so much.  I like to come up with an extra special meal for their Christmas party.  This year, I decided to make one of my favorite meals, turkey casserole.  When you have such a good dinner it seems like you should serve a special dessert to go with it.  None of them are big sweet eaters and I knew that they would be full from dinner so I decided on ice cream and cookies.  When deciding on flavors for dessert I was still quite excited about the hot chocolate mix and white hot chocolate mix that we made for hot chocolate week. I chose to make this hot chocolate mix ice cream and white hot chocolate mix cookies.  You can only imagine how thrilled I was when the one husband who never takes dessert saw what I was serving and wanted some.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Top 15 Posts of 2015


    It is always fun to see which posts get traction.  Some of them really surprise me and there are a few recipes that really are winners and for whatever reason nobody clicks on them.  Part of it is due to timing, some has to do with my lack of photography skills and I think some of it is just dumb luck.  Either way, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of the most clicked posts of 2015!

Drum roll please....

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Cocoa Whipped Cream


     After MiMi made maple whipped cream, it got my wheels turning.  Fresh whipped cream is so good on its own, but just imagine the different things you can do with it to make it customized to your dessert!  This cocoa version has a nice subtle chocolate flavor.  It is super fluffy and not too sweet.  It is a perfect garnish for you favorite chocolate dessert, berries, hot cocoa or just about anything!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Slow Cooker White Chocolate Peanut Butter Nests



     MiMi has been busy candy making for Christmas.  If you didn't see slow cooker peanut clusters and read the poem she wrote, you really need to check it out! She also made these beauties.  If you can't tell by now, we are all big fans of chocolate, peanuts and peanut butter!  I haven't had a chance to try these yet, but I can't wait to head to her house this afternoon and have one.  I hope you all get to have some special time with your family and friends these next few days.  Have a very merry Christmas!

Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters and A Christmas Poem by MiMi



'Twas the week before Christmas, when in MiMi's house
She had a dusting of flour all over her blouse.
The sweets in her sunroom just weren't quite there,
There are traditions to keep to show my family I care.
With cookies and candies my loved ones want fed,
"I must get these baked," to her husband she said.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Great Turducken Feast of 2015 #CookingWithKC #WordlessWendesday

I don't know why I felt the need to add the year to the title.  This is our only Great Turducken Feast to date, but you never know when we might have another so I wanted to differentiate! :-)

Classic Oven-Baked Chex Mix


     Chex mix is anther one of my family's Christmas staples.  My grandma used to make huge tubs of it for when we were all around.  My mom makes it every year too.  My brother Clint can eat his weight in it.  My brother K.C. says chex mix is his favorite Christmas cookie! ;-)  I remember getting out the chex mix pan and making it every year.  You bake it, stirring every so often until it is just right.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Buckeyes


     By now you know that my family runs the chocolate and peanut butter fan club.  Ok, maybe not officially, but we might as well!  We love this combo in sheet cake form, ice cream, cookies, pie, puppy chow, crazy delicious layered desserts, and even as playdough and acorns! But buckeyes are one of our favorites.  We only make them at Christmas time, so it gives us something to look forward to.  MiMi has made them in bar form before too, which is quicker and just as delicious.  However I think the real thing is more fun.   After all, they look just like buckeyes!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Peanut Butter Roll-Out Cookies


     When the idea for a cousins' cookie day turned into cookie weekend, I knew I had better take advantage.  With MiMi and Emily on board, the possibilities were endless.  When they left Saturday night, we made plans for them to come back and help me decorate the gingerbread cookies we had made that afternoon.  Little did they know that Sunday morning I would wake up and bake a small batch of sugar cookies and these peanut butter beauties as well.  You know how the old saying goes, if you have help coming to decorate, make more cookies!"

    Oh, that's not a thing?

     It should be!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

MiMi's Microwave Peanut Brittle


     This is always one of our favorite Christmas candies.  MiMi says this recipe was in the book that came with their very first microwave back in the '80s and it has been a staple ever since.  She never likes doing anything that requires a candy thermometer, so this is the perfect kind of candy recipe for her.  It seems like this one is really a favorite treat of my brother Clint and Paw-Paw.  We all love it, but those two go crazy for it!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bacon Fig Tartlettes



     This takes sweet and savory to a whole new level.  It is a perfect two bite appetizer that is easy to grab off of a buffet line and will delight your guests with a flavor they have never had before.  The sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and salty bacon make for a great balance of flavors.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Minions Baked Custard

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     The little guy in our house is OBSESSED with minions.  I mean really obsessed.  It all started with a YouTube video of them singing the banana song.  It was the first thing that was on the television that caught his attention.  He is the only grandchild on my side of the family and I am one of six kids. So he is the center of attention when we all get together and he normally gets what he wants.  So there was a stretch of time where we saw that video a lot.  He didn't know what they were called, just that they kept saying "ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-na-na."  So he started calling them ba-bas. We all followed suit.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Fall Quinoa Salad with Apples, Cranberries and Kale


     I actually made this for Thanksgiving, but I haven't had time to post it until now!  I was so excited about hot chocolate week that I just couldn't wait.  But now I would like to share this with you.  I feel like every once in a while I need to post something healthy so you guys don't think I ONLY eat sugar.  I could see how you might think that is the case, but we do eat a veggie every now and then,  I promise!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Winter Cocoa Cake



     There is nothing quite like the combination of fudge and peppermint.  For some reason it is especially good this time of year.  Whether it is peppermint ice cream with hot fudge or hot cocoa stirred with a candy cane, it is a classic flavor that always put a smile on my face.  I have been experimenting with making cakes from scratch lately and have been having a lot of fun doing it.  So, I thought I would make a cake using this combination.


     There is plenty of white chocolate buttercream sandwiched between two layers of fudgy chocolate cake and topped with crushed candy canes.  You are going to love this cake!  My friend Alli from Tornadough Alli is on vacation this week, so I am sharing the recipe over there.  I hope you hop on over and check it out!



Sunday, December 13, 2015

Maple Vinaigrette


      A special occasion salad requires a special occasion dressing.  I wanted to make something fresh, fun and full of fall flavor for a Thanksgiving celebration.  I knew my salad was going to have apples, cranberries, fall spiced walnuts and quinoa so I wanted a dressing that would take that fall flavor mix just a bit further.  Of course maple syrup and apple cider vinegar came to mind and a dressing was born!   Just wait until you see the salad it went on.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Fall Spiced Walnuts


     I love spiced nuts.  There is something about the slightly sweet, slightly spicy crunchy nuts that make the irresistible.  I was making the gingerbread skillet roll and thought it would be fun to use a similar mix of flavors on some walnuts for a fall salad.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Cookies

 

    I just love sugar cookies.  I like to make them. I have been having fun decorating them.  I love to eat them too!  I wanted something a little bit warmer this time.  Something with a little more depth of flavor.  So I replaced half the sugar in my go-to sugar cookies with brown sugar and added just a bit of cinnamon.  The results were exactly what I was going for.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Fudge Dipped Crescent Cookies - A Holiday Tradition

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     For me, the holidays are all about tradition.  Don't get me wrong, it is fun to change things up a bit and try new things. There are just some things you HAVE to have in order to make it Christmas.  For me, two of those things are Hallmark and Christmas cookies.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Gingerbread Skillet Roll with Egg Nog Glaze


     Now that it is Christmas time, I just knew that I needed to make a new skillet roll.  Adults and kids alike love the idea of a GIANT  cinnamon roll.  But Christmas morning has to be extra special.  So, I took the signature flavors of the season and married them into on of my favorite treats.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hot Chocolate Gift Basket


      Wasn't hot chocolate week the best?  I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  Though Jax might have enjoyed it more than anyone!  He is starting to think hot chocolate and marshmallows are just part of everyday life.  Poor kid, this blog is going to have him so confused!  He thinks we should take pictures of all of our food and he thinks having snowman and reindeer marshmallows is just normal.  

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hot Chocolate Fudge - A Guest Post By MiMi


     I have really enjoyed hot chocolate week on Cooking With Carlee.  Since I have tried to create a different fudge recipe for each special occasion this year, I decided to create a Hot Chocolate Fudge to celebrate the end of this week.  To make it even more of a challenge for myself I decided to incorporate the two hot chocolate mix recipes that we created.  When I was in my cabinet looking for the white chocolate chips I came across some Andes peppermint crunch baking chips and decided to include them for a Christmasy twist.  They add a light peppermint flavor as if you stirred your cup of hot chocolate with a candy cane!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Chocolate Dipped Rudolph Marshmallows


     I don't know about you, I have really been enjoying hot chocolate week!  These cute little Rudolph marshmallows are a perfectly giftable treat to go along with all of the hot chocolate.  They are perfectly snackable too if you just can't give them away!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Jumbo Marshmallow Snowmen, Perfect for Your Hot Chocolate!


     I think hot chocolate is one of those special drinks.  All that smooth, sweet and creamy warmth in a mug just feels like a smile.  So why not go ahead and give it a smile?!  I just love dressing it up and making it feel just that little bit more special.  

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Homemade Honey Cinnamon Marshmallows


     MiMi and I have been talking about making homemade marshmallow for quite some time now.  We keep getting excited about the idea of them, but never follow through. When MiMi sees mention of a candy thermometer and passes a recipe up.  I have just been busy making other sweets for this event or that blog group, so I never have the time and need for sweets at the same time!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Turning Your White Hot Chocolate Into a Snowman Gift Jar


    After making a few batches of white hot chocolate, it only seems right to share the love. Certainly a plain jar of hot chocolate goodness would be gift enough.  But why not make it a little extra festive?  A snowman just makes it that much more fun!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Homemade White Hot Chocolate Mix


     I hope you guys are enjoying hot chocolate week as much as I am.  Drinking a nice warm mug of hot chocolate is one of my favorite ways to hide from old man winter.  He and I don't get along. We were kind of friends when I was a kid, but we are no longer chums.  In fact, I would prefer that we weren't even acquaintances.  But alas, I live in the Midwest and as long as that is the case I will have to deal with him.  Oh well, at least that means hot chocolate.