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Monday, February 29, 2016

Monster Cookie Dip - Mondays With MiMi

This dip is always a huge hit. It is like eating monster cookie dough in dip form. Once you start, it's hard to stop! 

This dip is always a huge hit. It is like eating monster cookie dough in dip form. Once you start, it's hard to stop!

     Monster cookie dip is a super fun snack for all of the monster cookie lovers in your life. It is kind of like getting permission to eat cookie dough. Plus you can use fun dippers to do it!  Put this on your must make list for your next get together.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Baked Barbacoa Chimichangas

     It is finally time for this dinner to come together.  After the beans cooked all night and the meat cooked all day I could not wait to see if it turned out as good as I had hoped. Of course anything with some melty cheese and a tortilla that is just the right mix of crisp and soft makes it hard to go wrong.  But this took it to the next level.  I was really happy with all of the flavor in the barbacoa.  The beans were a great spreading consistency and the cheese was well... cheese! Yum!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Style Venison (or Beef)

    I don't know if you've noticed, but there are a few things we are guaranteed to love.

  1. Anything that is going to be wrapped in a tortilla.
  2. Anything that is easy to eat after a busy work day
  3. Anything that is braised meat
  4. Anything that is full of flavor!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

     We just love our Mexican inspired food.  I am sure most of what we eat is really Tex-Mex or maybe more likely Midwest-Mex, but whatever it is we love it.  Slap it in a tortilla and we are likely to eat it.  Sprinkle it over tortilla chips and douse it in melty cheese... even better!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Now you don't have to choose between chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake. You can have them both at once with this decadent chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake!

     If you have a sweet tooth like I do, you are going to love the beauty.  It is loaded to the gills with chocolate chip cookie dough and the cheesecake texture is just right. Plus it is pretty simple to make too! Get your springform pan ready, this is going to be good!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Coffee and Cream Sponge Cake

     It's that time of month again, cake time!  This is my 6th installment in my Cake Slice Bakers tenure and I think this one might be my favorite so far.  It's hard to say that as a definitive because they have all had their merit and a couple have been REALLY DARN GOOD!  Like the cinnamon buns.  The gooey, ooey, soft and scrumptious potato dough cinnamon buns. Oh, the cinnamon buns. Those were good too.  But this cake is something entirely different altogether and was an impressive dessert for a more adult pallet.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wholesome Banana Rice Pudding

      Somehow it happened that we had one lone overripe banana in the house.  Usually I try to make sure we have a few at a time so I can make Di's Banana Cake or these delicious Banana Oat Muffins. I just made a batch of our favorite Whole Grain Banana Yogurt Pancakes for Fat Tuesday, so those were out.  What the heck was I going to do with one banana?! Then genius struck!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Seafood and Chorizo Paella and a look into our Valentine's Feast

     This paella was over the top, almost literally!  It was so loaded with goodness that it almost escaped the pan.  Luckily we were able to keep it in check and scarf it down.  If you are in the mood for seafood and full flavor, this is the dish for you!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Pink Velvet Ice Cream with Cream Cheese Icing Swirl - Mondays with MiMi

     With Valentine's Day approaching it appeared that red velvet cake was all over the internet.  I suddenly came across a recipe from the Cookie Rookie for a red velvet cake ice cream.  Since I love creating new ice cream recipes in my kitchen, I knew this would be one I just had to try.  I have been experimenting with a new ice cream base so I changed up her recipe a little to work for me.  I also decided I liked the idea of making it pink.  I added a little more cocoa and a neon pink food color gel.  This ice cream was a great success.  Thank goodness I have a family full of willing taste testers.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine's Day Peanut Butter Blossoms

     It's all hearts and chocolates at Valentine's Day!  So, Jax and I had a date in the kitchen last night.  We wanted to make treats for his friends at daycare.  We love to cook together and I want to take advantage of making treats before he gets to school and homemade treats are frowned upon.  Last year he wasn't quite old enough to help much, so I made sour cream cutout cookies (and a chocolate version too!) for his Valentines.  So this year we played to his strengths and made a delicious treat to share with his friends.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Chicken Paprikash - Mondays with MiMi

    MiMi definitely rose to Josh's challenge when she made the Hungarian Chimney Cakes.  But if she was going to have us over for a Hungarian inspired dessert, she needed to have dinner too.  She likes to make some of her favorite recipes for the blog and has been fun writing posts for the blog as well.  I have been trying to get a new series of Mondays with MiMi posts going.  Of course I have had to break in for a few fun posts that I worked on with some other bloggers and were meant to go live on specific days.  So the Valetine's Day Ideas and the 50 Ideas for the Big Game posts interrupted the flow.  Hopefully we can get this going as a weekly post and hopefully MiMi can keep up!!  Anway, I will turn it back over to MiMi now.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chloe's Naan

     Apparently my sister Chloe has learned about more than engineering while she has been away at school.  The Chloe I knew left loving pancakes, Oreo balls, and sweet potatoes with marshmallows.  Throw in a batch of guacamole every once in a while and she was a happy camper.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Homegrown Blackberry Pie

Blackberry pie is an annual tradition when our bushes start producing ripe fruit. Flaky crust hides that amazing filling that is the perfect combination of sweet fruit with just a hint of lemon. 

     When we moved into our house a few years ago, we knew we were getting a couple of bonuses to go along with the house.  The first was a strawberry patch and the second was a stand of thornless blackberries.  We moved in September though, so we had no idea just how fruitful they would be.

       The first year we had soooo many strawberries.  We ate our fill and had plenty for the freezer.  The second year we had a little munchkin in the spring time that was eating the strawberries as quickly as we could pick them.  Now we tend to use them up as we go, but occasionally have a few extra for the freezer.  They are great for winter time smoothies, purees and sauces.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cottage Cheese Stuffed Crepes

Crepes stuffed with sweet cottage cheese filling and topped with a custard baked to perfection. Top with fruit or a sprinkling of powdered sugar for a great treat.

       If you are looking for a fun new breakfast, brunch or dessert recipe, you have come to the right place! These crepes are filled with sweet creamy goodness. They go perfectly with spiced peaches but would also be great served with fresh berries.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Chocolate Lava Cakes & 15 Ideas for Valentine's Day

As you dig into this lava cake, the cakey exterior gives way to a warm chocolate lave interior. The luscious warm chocolate lava is sure to win your heart and that of your Valentine as well!

     Truth time: My husband has never taken me out for Valentine's Day.  I know, gasp!  The best part is I couldn't be happier about it.

    We almost never go out to eat, so I don't want to blow such a special occasion as a dinner out with long wait lines and no reservations to be found.  We would both much rather celebrate at home and perhaps schedule a date night on a less predictable evening.