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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Aloha Punch

   When we were planning the menu for my cousin Cori's baby shower, we knew there had to be punch.  It is funny because we hardly ever make punch, but for a baby shower it seems like a necessity.  We were having the hardest time deciding what flavors to do.  We had already made Grandma's peach punch last spring, so we thought we had to do something a little bit different.  

Friday, September 25, 2015

MiMi Rees' Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream - A Guest Post by MiMi

     The first time I made this ice cream earlier this summer, Pops and K.C. said it was my best homemade ice cream ever.  The texture on this one is unbelievably smooth and cream.  Unfortunately, I did not write down the recipe and was concerned about making it another time in case I didn't make it just the way I did that first time.  I was afraid I'd fail to live up to those standards.  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Munchy Snack Mix - A New Twist On Your Fall Favorites

      Since yesterday was the first day of fall, I figured we better celebrate!  This snack mix is a perfect way to enjoy the flavors and colors of fall.  It would be fun to put on your desk at work to share with your coworkers.  It would be great to set out for people to munch on during the football game.  I little baggy would be a special treat in your child's lunch box!  No matter how you decide to serve it, it won't take long before it is gone.  It is like a magnet that keeps drawing your hand in for another bite!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Brunswick Stew

Brunswick stew is a perfect way to use leftover smoked meats. We love using a mix of chicken, pulled pork and brisket but any of them are great on their own as well!

     This BBQy soup is full of delicious meats and corn. It is slow simmered for big flavor but is super simple to make.  Take you leftover smoked meat and turn it into a whole new dinner!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Baby Sweet Potato Cakes with Sticky Caramel Sauce #TheCakeSliceBakers

     Hey everyone!  I joined a new (to me) blogging group.  This one is all about cake and I just so happen to love cake, so I was definitely an easy convert.  Each year they pick a cake based cook book.  The administrator picks four recipes from the book each month and everyone bakes one of the four.  Everyone reveals what they made on the 20th of the month.  I can't wait to see what everyone picked and how different they all look!  

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream - A Guest Post by MiMi

   This summer has been a summer full of creating homemade ice cream recipes for my family.  I have also gotten into making Texas style sheet cakes.  I develop a sheet cake recipe and then make an ice cream recipe to go with it.  For the cookie dough ice cream, I didn't want to just add cookie dough chunks to vanilla ice cream.  After thinking about it, I realized the only change I would need to make to my vanilla ice cream recipe would be to use only dark brown sugar as the sweetener.  The cookie dough bits are so tasty that I wasn't sure they were going to make it into the ice cream. Carlee's brother, Collin, was here to taste test.  Every time I turned my back I caught him sneaking more bits.  Luckily the recipe made more than what I needed to put into the ice cream.  The taste tester of the family also has to taste the ice cream base.  He kept taking bits of cookie dough and dipping it into the ice cream that was left on the freezer bowl.  I knew I had a hit on my hands!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Balsamic & Rosemary Braised Pork Butt

This hearty and flavorful yet cozy meal is sure you warm you up and fill your tummy.  Balsamic and rosemary braised pork butt could be a new favorite dinner!

        Talk about a versatile meal. This pork is so full of flavor. It takes a while to make, but very little active time and the results are so worth it. It makes a perfect comfort food meal, but the flavors are sophisticated enough to make it company worthy as well. Serve it over mashed potatoes, egg noodles or rice for a delicious dinner.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Brownie Batter Ice Cream

    Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw were up visiting from Florida over Labor Day weekend.  We had a LOT of family dinners planned for the weekend.  So of course MiMi had to make ice cream.  She made three new batches just for the first two nights!  I figured I better get to sharing them while the weather is still warm and people haven't given themselves over completely to the pumpkin spice!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Peach Blackberry Galette

     I wanted to use up some of the last bits of our favorite summer fruits before we went into fall baking mode full time.   So, I threw together this fun galette.  I love the free form nature of a galette.  It is such a fun way to make a rustic dessert.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Caprese Quinoa Salad

When simple fresh ingredients come together they are bound to taste delicious! This Caprese Quinoa Salad takes the summer bounty and turns it into a fresh side dish. Stir in some chicken for a perfect lunch or light dinner.

     My herb garden is overrun with basil right now.  I think it would take over the yard if I would let it.  As it is, I need to keep it trimmed so it doesn't lean over the sidewalk.  It is tall and bushy and ready to be used!  

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Whole Grain Maple Peach Muffins with Oatmeal and Whole Wheat

    Have you noticed a theme lately?  Apparently I love baking with whole grains, fruit and my bestest baking buddy, Jax!

     Don't mind the sweaty hair.  We had just come in from playing outside and this kid knows how to play hard!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Brown Sugar Nectarine Sheet Cake

Nectarines or peaches play so nicely with the warm flavor of brown sugar in this simple sheet cake.  Add a little browned butter glaze for an out of this world flavor combination!

   This scrumptious little beauty combines two of our favorite things lately; cooking with stone fruit and sheet cake.  The results were amazing! 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Browned Butter Glaze

    This glaze will take your baked goods and give them a nice warm hug.  The nuttiness that comes out when you brown butter is really apparent when you use it for something simple like this glaze.  It makes it feel so much warmer and it is really simple!  It was a perfect finish to this brown sugar nectarine sheet cake. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars

I am certainly not wishing summer away.  We have had so much fun and there is so much more I want to do.  However, I love fall.  I love fall flavors.  I love football.  I love hoodies.  I love temperate days and cool evenings.  I recently bought myself a little treat, a new bar pan and I couldn't wait to use it.

What?  A new pan counts as a treat!  We all have our vices!

Anyway, my favorite way to season a new pan (especially a stoneware one) is with cookies.  I know, I don't need much of an excuse for cookies.  However, they really are great for this.  All of that butter is excellent for the pan.  So, a new bar pan means lots of cookie bars.  

You want that pan now, don't you?!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Peach Crisp

    We have been loving peach season!  I am constantly buying a few more.  We have had fun baking with them and just eating them plain.  I knew I wanted to make a crisp before the season was over.  Really any excuse to use some fresh fruit and one of my trusty cast iron skillets is a good one!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Peanut Butter M&M Skillet Cookie

A chewy peanut butter cookie studded with plenty of peanut butter M&M's and baked in a skillet. This peanut butter M&M skillet cookie is just waiting for you to take a slice!

close up of peanut butter skillet cookie with peanut butter M&Ms baked on top

    Chewy peanut butter M&M cookies are always a welcome treat at our house. Baking them into a big skillet cookie makes the process even easier and gives you lots of the best chewy center parts.  It is peanut butter and chocolate cookie goodness at its finest!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chicken and Mushroom Crepes

    May's Foodie Extravaganza theme is mushroom.  I always look forward to making something to share to fit the theme, but it is always SO hard for me to decide what to make.  I love mushrooms, so you would think it would be easy.  A couple of my favorites are on the blog already.  MiMi's Mushroom Flatbread gets requested frequently, but it has already been posted.  These Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers were amazing, but they are already up as well.  Cori's Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms are the first thing to go when she brings them to a party, but we already shared that one too.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Surprise Meatballs - A Guest Post by MiMi

     It was time to come up with an idea of what to make for our weekly family dinner.  I usually have a backlog of ideas, but this time nothing really came to mind.  I asked Chloe what she was in the mood for and she suggested spaghetti because I have been making a lot of sauce to freeze from the tomatoes in our garden.  I can't really share that part of the recipe because I make it different every time.  I just roughly chop and saute all of the onions, green peppers, zucchini and eggplant from our garden.  I core and quarter the tomatoes and put them all in a large pot.  This year when I made it I was making two large pots at a time.  We have so many tomatoes that we are having to come up with all kinds of ideas to use them.