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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?!)

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

This cocoa whipped cream is light and light and fluffy.  It is also lightly sweet and has just enough chocolate flavor.  It is a perfect topping for so many things! 

     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

A deliciously chocolaty treat, these peanut clusters are made in a slow cooker. They couldn't be simpler to make and while they cook you can read the Christmas poem MiMi wrote!

'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

A classic crunchy and spicy cereal snack mix baked crispy in the oven. It is a Christmas time classic in our family, but we love it all year!

     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.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Peanut Butter Roll-Out Cookies

Delicious and peanut butter cookies that you can roll out and cut into shapes, these cookies will surprise you with how good they are! Change up your Christmas cookie game with delicious peanut butter cut out cookies.

     If you think sugar cookies are the only ones that can be rolled, cut and decorated, think again! These peanut butter cookies roll, cut and bake beautifully.  You can taste and smell the peanut butter for a delicious twist on your cookie trays.

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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These fun baked custards are decorated with fruit to look like minions. Everyone is going to love how delicious they are and so cute too!

     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.

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

Buttery cookies are shaped into crescents and dipped in a chocolate coating for a perfect combination. These cookies have been favorites in our family for generations!

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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

These Rudolph the marshmallow reindeer are so cute and the perfect accompaniment to your mug of hot cocoa! Make them for friends, neighbors, teachers and yourself!

     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!

Simple and cute, these jumbo marshmallow snowmen will make the cutest cup of hot cocoa you've ever had! 

     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.