Rolo Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies by DelightfulEMade.com

I don’t know too many people that don’t like chocolate.  In fact, I’m not sure I know anyone that doesn’t love chocolate.  Chocolate is one of those universal ingredients that can be used in a multitude of ways.  My personal feeling is, more chocolate, the better!!  This is precisely how these Rolo Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies came to be.

Rolo Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies by DelightfulEMade.com

These cookies are nothing short of amazing!  The fudgy, chocolaty dough is rolled in mini chocolate chips, and then stuffed with a Rolo candy.  If you’re a caramel lover like me, you know that Rolo’s are filled with a buttery caramel – a nice little surprise when you bite into this delicious cookie.Rolo Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies by DelightfulEMade.com

These cookies come together easily.  The dough is a simple chocolate cookie dough, and refrigerated after mixing.  You then cut the dough evenly into cubes and roll into balls.  Refrigerating the dough helps ensure the cookies keep a nice round shape while baking, and makes it easy to roll in the mini chocolate chips.  The last thing you do is press a Rolo candy into the top of the ball just before baking.  What comes out of the oven is pure bliss!

 

Rolo Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies by DelightfulEMade.com

These are so good with a big glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea.  They’re fudgy, chewy and adorned with the perfect amount of chocolate chips.  The Rolo in the center is the icing on the cake, as the caramel in the center is amazing!  Served warm, these cookies are even better!

Rolo Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies by DelightfulEMade.com

Here’s how these amazing little nuggets of goodness come together:

Rolo Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18-24
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Rolled in mini chocolate chips and stuffed with a Rolo candy, these fudgy delicious cookies will satisfy any chocolate-lover's sweet tooth!
Ingredients
  • 1¼ c. sugar
  • ½ c. butter (1 stick). room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ c. flour
  • ½ c. cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. mini chocolate chips
  • 18-24 Rolo candies (1 per cookie)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With a stand or hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix until the dough is completely combined. Pour the dough out on a sheet of plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. Cut the refrigerated dough into 18-24 even cubes. With your hands roll the cubes into balls. Roll the balls in the mini chocolate chips and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Lastly, press a Rolo candy into the top of each ball. Bake for 9-10 minutes, and cool on the cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes before removing the cookies from the sheet. Cool the cookies on a cooling rack, and store in and airtight container at room temperature.

These cookies are great for a fun treat at home, a classroom treat for kids or great for a bake sale goodie!  Take these to a neighbor or in to your office, and you’ll be loved forever.

Weather you’re a hard-core chocolate lover, have an insatiable sweet tooth or just like the occasional sweet treat, these cookies are the perfect way to enjoy the wonderful goodness of chocolate!  I hope you enjoy them as much as me and my family.

Erin

Rolo Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies by DelightfulEMade.com


Tuna and Apple Lunchbox Sammies by DelightfulEMade.com

As we approach another school year, many of us will be packing lunches for our kids, and often times for ourselves as well.  I always end up trying to find new and fun lunchbox meals outside of the same, boring old sandwiches.  Well, I’ve come to the rescue with my Tuna and Apple Lunchbox Sammies!  They’re a new, fun lunch idea that both you and your kids will totally love!

Tuna and Apple Lunchbox Sammies by DelightfulEMade.com

The delicious tuna salad is made from Bumble Bee Premium Albacore Tuna in pouches.  These handy Bumble Bee tuna pouches make prep really easy, and clean-up quick.  They’re perfect to open up, get lunches made and out the door in no time at all!  I also like them, as they store easily in the pantry, and barely take up any space!  (Nice bonus, right?!)  The cans are great as well, and both are available at your nearest supermarket.

Tuna and Apple Lunchbox Sammies by DelightfulEMade.com

These Tuna and Apple Lunchbox Sammies make for great lunchbox treats!  And I’m here to tell ya, that my 6-year-old who is a VERY picky eater, was quite intrigued by the idea of a Tuna and Apple sandwich.  At first, he was leery, but after I dared him to take a bite, he quickly devoured a full sandwich.  He said, “Mama, that was really good!  Lets have these for lunch again!”  Music to this mom’s ears!

Tuna and Apple Lunchbox Sammies by DelightfulEMade.com

The flavor and crunch of these sammies are truly fantastic!!   I add minced onion, mayo, relish and diced celery to the tuna to enhance the flavor and give it a great crunch.  The savory tuna salad pairs perfectly with the sweet, tart flavor and texture of the Granny Smith apple.  Soooo delicious!!  This is now my go-to lunch, as its healthy, flavorful and filling!  Doesn’t get much better than this, am I right?!

Tuna and Apple Lunchbox Sammies by DelightfulEMade.comHere’s how easy these Tuna and Apple Lunchbox Sammies come together:

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Tuna and Apple Lunchbox Sammies
 
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Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
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These tuna and apple sandwiches are the perfect healthy lunch option! Savory, crunchy, sweet and delicious
Ingredients
  • 1 (5 oz.) pouch (or can) Bumble Bee Premium Albacore Tuna in Water Pouch, drained
  • 2 Tbsp. mayo (light, olive oil based, or regular)
  • 1 Tbsp. dry minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp. dill or sweet relish
  • ½ stalk celery, diced (about ¼ c.)
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, sliced horizontally, into four slices
Instructions
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the tuna, mayo, onion, relish and celery. Stir until evenly combined. Set aside.
  2. Using a knife safely slice the large apple horizontally into four slices. Using the tip of a smaller pairing knife, cut a small circle into the middle of the apple slices, removing the core pieces. Spread the tuna mixture onto the apple slices and sandwich together. You may also spread over multiple apple slices or use the tuna as a dip.

These sammies are not only tasty, they pack up great in any lunch.  Keep cold with a lunchbox cold-pack, and you’ll have a tasty lunch that will keep you going strong throughout the rest of your day!

These also make fantastic after-school snacks.  Use tuna salad as a dip with the apple slices.  I like to keep a container of the tuna salad already prepared in the fridge, and take out when I want a quick lunch or an easy snack during the day.

Whatever way you slice it, these Tuna & Apple Lunchbox Sammies will be a hit with everyone in your household.  Don’t be afraid to try something new.  My son (the giant picky-eater) tried something new, and in the process, discovered that tuna is a new favorite food!  How great is that?!

Looking for more great ways to enjoy Bumble Bee Tuna?  Check out Bumble Bee’s Custom Recipe page and find some additional favorites that you’re family will surely enjoy.

Do you have some fun ways to enjoy tuna?  I would love for you to share them.  Leave me a comment, and let me know.

Erin

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tuna and Apple Lunchbox Sammies by DelightfulEMade.com

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Hello, and welcome to another week of Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party!  I’m thrilled to have all of you back to share all the fantastic things you’ve created over the week.  All of you are so amazingly talented – I’m in awe of all the brilliant, beautiful, creative and delicious things you make. The Create and Share Party is the perfect place to come, share what you’ve been working on over the week, and get it promoted by four amazing bloggers.  Awesome, right?!  Here are my fellow co-hosts and their amazing blogs:

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Come visit us on social media, and say hi!  We would love it if you would follow us:

Karly at Three in Three | PinterestFacebook |  Instagram | Google + | Twitter

Paige at A Dose of Paige | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Instagram | Twitter

Erin (that’s me!) at Delightful E Made | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Instagram | Twitter

Mandee at Designs by Miss Mandee | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Twitter

Here’s what we’ve been working on:

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Paige’s DIY Graphic Tee

Erin’s Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Karly’s Pumpkin Spice Latte with Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows

Mandee’s Facebook Cover Photo Templates

Lets get to some features from last weeks party:

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These Homemade Corn Dogs by Ten at the Table look fantastic!  These would make a great school night dinner for your hungry kiddos.

Here is one of my favorites from last weeks C&S party:

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 These Mini Strawberry Sweet Rolls with Vanilla Cream Glaze by Megan over at Born to Bake Forever look completely decadent!  Just look at that frosting!

Are you ready to create? Show us your best stuff and let’s get ready to party!

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Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars by DelightfulEMade.com

In the very near future, we will be back in the swing of things with the start of a new school year.  My son will be starting the first grade, and I’m really looking forward to it…him not so much.  If it were up to Harrison he would have summer all year round, filled with unlimited scooter time, and playing outside with his friends.  But, soon enough we will be getting up earlier, and getting out the door for school in an effort to re-establish our school routine.  This involves having something ready to go for breakfast, which is where these Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars come into play.

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars by DelightfulEMade.com

These Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are not only delicious, they are waaaaayyyy better than any store-bought breakfast bar that comes in a cardboard box.  Loaded with juicy, ripe blueberries and topped with a brown sugar-oatmeal crumble these bars are a delicious way to have breakfast on the run.

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars by DelightfulEMade.com

 

These bars are great to wrap up, put in the freezer, and take out when you need a quick snack or breakfast on the run.  They’re also great to put in a lunchbox or eat it the car or on the bus when your crunched for time.

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars by DelightfulEMade.com

These breakfast bars are not only delicious, they’re also super-easy to make.  The blueberry filling can be made with either fresh or frozen blueberries, great for any time of the year.  The oatmeal crust is amazing, as the brown sugar and oatmeal keep all the juices in the bar perfectly.

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars by DelightfulEMade.com

 

Here’s how these delicious breakfast bars come together:

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Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18
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Loaded with fresh blueberries baked between a sweet brown sugar, oatmeal crust these breakfast bars are perfect for any morning!
Ingredients
  • 2¼ c. oatmeal
  • 2¼ c. flour
  • 1½ c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. butter (2 sticks)
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, soda and salt. Melt the butter, and pour over the oatmeal mixture. Mix until incorporated and crumbly. Press ⅔ of the oatmeal mixture into a 9x13 pan, saving the other ⅓ for the topping.
  3. In a seperate bowl, combine the blueberries, sugar and corn starch. Mix until the blueberries are evenly coated with the sugar and corn starch. Pour over the bottom crust. Crumble the remaining oatmeal mixture over the blueberries. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before cutting.

Even though Harrison may not want to start the school year just yet, I know we will be ready to go with some great breakfast options like these Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars.  Sweet, juicy and easy to eat, they’re perfect for those mornings that may not be as perfect we want them to be.  ;)

Enjoy!

Erin

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars by DelightfulEMade.com

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I am completely thrilled to announce that I’ve joined a few other fantastic bloggers to host the Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party!  The perfect place to come, share what you’ve been working on over the week, and get it promoted by four amazing bloggers.  Awesome, right?!  Here are my fellow co-hosts and their amazing blogs:

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Come visit us on social media, and say hi!  We would love it if you would follow us:

Karly at Three in Three | PinterestFacebook |  Instagram | Google + | Twitter

Paige at A Dose of Paige | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Instagram | Twitter

Erin (that’s me!) at Delightful E Made | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Instagram | Twitter

Mandee at Designs by Miss Mandee | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Twitter

Here’s what we’ve been working on:

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Lime Macaroons by Karly

DIY Pencil Pouch by Paige

Back to School Printable Lunch Notes by Mandee

German Chocolate Brownie Bites by Erin

Lets get to some features from last weeks party:

The Best Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread by Family Food and Travel

This Best Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread by Family Food and Travel looks amazing!  I totally want to bake up a loaf just to snack on!

Here is one of my favorites from last weeks C&S party:

Blueberry Marshmallows by Club Narwhal

Blueberry Marshmallows by Club Narwhal

Don’t these Blueberry Marshmallows by Amy Lee at Club Narwhal look dreamy?  Wow!!

Are you ready to get cooking and crafting? Show us your best stuff and let’s get ready to party!

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German Chocolate Brownie Bites by DelightfulEMade.com

Today is my husband’s birthday.  Pretty much every year he requests German Chocolate for his birthday cake.  Last year was a big milestone birthday for him, and I had a big German Chocolate Cake made for a get-together we had here at our place to celebrate.  Since we did the big cake last year, I decided to still do German Chocolate, but with brownies.  Meet the cute and delicious German Chocolate Brownie Bite!

German Chocolate Brownie Bites by DelightfulEMade.com

These brownie bites are certainly cute, but every little morsel is packed with some serious flavor.  These moist brownies are topped with a delicious, home made coconut-pecan frosting that is traditional with most German Chocolate cakes.  I added some mini-chocolate chips, to amp up the chocolate, which compliments the brownie perfectly!

German Chocolate Brownie Bites by DelightfulEMade.com

To create the brownie bites, I simply adapted a standard box brownie mix, and baked in a mini muffin tin.  You can utilize mini muffin liners, or simply bake in the pan without.  If baking without liners (like I did), be sure to let the brownies cool for about 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan.  This ensures they come out of the pan in one nice piece.  Simply run a knife around the edges and they should pop right out.

German Chocolate Brownie Bites by DelightfulEMade.com

The Coconut-Pecan frosting is pretty simple to make as well.  It does require a bit of patience, as you’ll need to continually whisk the frosting base while it cooks, however its completely worth it!!  You end up with the most dreamy, decadent frosting loaded with coconut and pecans!  The frosting keeps the brownies moist, and is the perfect complement to the chocolate brownie below it.

German Chocolate Brownie Bites by DelightfulEMade.com

 

Here’s how easy these delicious little German Chocolate Brownie Bites come together:

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German Chocolate Brownie Bites
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
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A rich, decadent Coconut-Pecan frosting tops these moist brownie bites to make a seriously delicious bite-sized dessert!
Ingredients
  • Brownies:
  • 1 (15.25 oz.) Supreme Brownie Mix
  • ¼ c. water
  • ⅓ c. vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • Frosting:
  • 1 egg
  • ⅔ c. half and half
  • ⅔ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. butter
  • 1⅓ c. sweetened flake coconut
  • ⅔ c. chopped pecans
  • ½ c. mini chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. For frosting: In a medium saucepan, beat egg, and add half and half, sugar and butter. Whisk all ingredients together. Over medium-low heat, continually whisk as the butter begins to melt. Cook for 10-12 minutes, whisking continually until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and add the coconut and pecans. Stir to incorporate. Set frosting aside to cool completely.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir the brownie mix (including syrup packet if included), water, egg and oil. Stir just until all ingredients are incorporated. Using teaspoons, fill mini muffin tin with the batter. Will fill each cup approximately ¾ full. Bake for 19-21 minutes. Remove from oven and let brownie bites cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from pan. Top each brownie with a spoonful of cooled frosting, and top with mini chocolate chips if preferred. Enjoy right away, and store any leftovers in an airtight container.

I took this batch of brownie bites into my husbands workplace, however, I think I may need to make another batch, as these were SOOOOO good!  They would be great for any pot-luck, get together or party, as they’re great to share with a crowd.

I know Jason will enjoy celebrating his birthday with these German Chocolate Brownie Bites.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

Erin

German Chocolate Brownie Bites by DelightfulEMade.com

Melon and Mint Mojito by DelightfulEMade.com

I can hardly believe that the summer is coming to a close.  Like every summer, it has flown by in a wink.  However, its not to late to enjoy a nice, refreshing cocktail.  In fact, I love to enjoy a good cocktail any month of the year, however, a mojito seems more “summery.”  To enjoy the flavors of the summer even more, I’ve made a fantastic Melon & Mint Mojito.

Melon and Mint Mojito by DelightfulEMade.com

Now that cantaloupes and honeydews melons are in their peak, I love picking up a couple during these hot summer days.  Not only are these sweet melons great for snacking, they’re fantastic when you add them to a drink or cocktail!  They’ve got such great flavor, and are wonderful when paired with the lime and mint.

Melon and Mint Mojito by DelightfulEMade.com

Normally, when making a mojito, you would use a muddler to crush the mint and any other fruits that would go into the drink.  (A muddler is a tool that looks like a thick, rounded stick or dowel used to crush ingredients that would go into a cocktail.)  Well, I don’t have a fancy cocktail muddler, so I used my trusty Ninja blender.  I simply made a puree of both cantaloupe and honeydew, added the mint leaves, pulsed it a couple more times, and ended up with the perfect mojito puree!

Melon and Mint Mojito by DelightfulEMade.com

Here’s how this ultra-refreshing, delicious cocktail comes together:

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Melon and Mint Mojiots
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
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Served icy cold, this refreshing cocktail is perfect for a hot day! Cantaloupe, honeydew, lime and mint make this drink amazing!!
Ingredients
  • ½ c. honeydew melon
  • ½ c. cantaloupe melon
  • 4-6 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1½oz. rum (I used Bacardi)
  • 2 Tbsp. simple syrup
  • juice of ½ lime
  • club soda
Instructions
  1. In a blender, pulse the honeydew and cantaloupe until roughly pureed. Add the mint leaves and pulse just until the leaves are broken up.
  2. In a cocktail shaker or mason jar, add some ice, melon puree, rum, simple syrup, and lime juice. Secure lid, and shake vigorously. In a glass, pour the mixture over ice and top with club soda. Add a few more mint leaves and a slice of lime for garnish if you prefer. Drink right away.

Note: Simple Syrup is made by dissolving equal parts water and sugar, and bringing to a simmer.

This is a fun drink to serve during a summer party, our outdoor cookout or BBQ.  You and your friends will enjoy this drink, as its so completely refreshing and delicious!

Cheers to making the last few weeks of summer memorable and enjoyable!

Erin

Melon and Mint Mojitos by DelightfulEMade.com

White Pizza with Bacon and Tomatoes by DelightfulEMade.com

Is it me, or do I have the only kid in America that doesn’t eat pizza?  Isn’t pizza one of those foods that kids go crazy for?  My husband and I love it, but our 6-year-old son would rather go without eating than grabbing a slice.  Therefore, it has become a small mission of mine to create a pizza that my son will enjoy just as much as his parents.

White Pizza with Bacon and Tomatoes by DelightfulEMade.com

I decided to make a pizza that uses an Alfredo sauce, instead of a red sauce (which is what he says he doesn’t like.)  Topped with some seriously delicious toppings: cheese, bacon, red onion, grape tomatoes, and a bit of basil.  The end result: a pizza that is absolutely spectacular!

White Pizza with Bacon and Tomatoes by DelightfulEMade.com

The smokey bacon goes so perfectly with the Alfredo sauce.  The onions and tomatoes also lend to the great flavors that come together on this pizza.  Just after the pizza came out of the oven, I topped it with some fresh basil right out of my garden.  This is optional, but it really adds some extra freshness and peppery flavor to this savory pizza.

White Pizza with Bacon and Tomatoes by DelightfulEMade.com

This pizza uses a few pre-made ingredients, which helps make this meal extra-easy.  Perfect for a weeknight meal, or anytime you’re in the mood for a savory, delicious pizza.  I utilized a store-bought pizza crust, and left-over bacon from breakfast.  Feel free to make your own, pizza crust – I know there are lots of recipes out there that are pretty simple and straightforward.

White Pizza with Bacon and Tomatoes by DelightfulEMade.com

Here’s how this delicious pizza comes together:

White Pizza with Bacon and Tomatoes
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
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This white pizza is anything but ordinary! Topped with smokey bacon, tomatoes, and red onions, this pizza is savory and delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1 pre-packaged thin-crust pizza crust (like Pillsbury)
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked crisp, crumbled
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ c. sliced red onion
  • basil (optional)
  • Alfredo Sauce:
  • 1 tsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • ¼ c. half and half (or heavy cream)
  • ¼ c. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Following the directions on the pre-packaged pizza crust, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. On medium-low heat, add the flour, and stir continuously with a whisk. Let the flour cook for a couple minutes. Gradually add the half and half, and continue whisking until it begins to thicken. Lastly, add the Parmesean cheese. Stir just until melted and promptly remove from heat. Season with a little salt and pepper to your preference. Set sauce aside, and let cool slightly.
  3. Prepare the crust. Following the pre-packaged crust directions, pre-bake the crust for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, and top with the Alfredo sauce. (If using pre-made Alfredo sauce, utilize ½-2/3c. of sauce.) Add the cheese, bacon, onions and tomatoes. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and crust is golden brown.
  4. Slice and serve promptly while hot.

The verdict is in; my son ate the pizza!!  He finished one piece with no complains to speak of.  That’s saying something for a 6-year-old, lemme’ tell ya!  I don’t know if he will eat it again, but I know that my husband and I will definitely enjoy it again sometime soon.

I feel like sometimes, as a parent and a cook, we have to think outside the box every once in a while.  That means trying new things and going different directions with how we usually do things.  I’m not saying that I had any huge parenting breakthroughs with the pizza, but  we did reiterate that trying new things can be good.  Shocking, I know!  ;) Ahhhh, baby steps.  ;)

I hope you enjoy this pizza as much as I enjoyed making (and eating!!) it.

Erin

White Pizza with Bacon and Tomatoes by DelightfulEMade.com

Grilled Chicken and Plum Skewers by DelightfulEMade.com

I would say that one of my most-used (and loved) cooking tools is my gas grill.  My husband bought it for me for my birthday a few years ago, and I’ve been consistently using it about 9-10 months out of the year.  My neighbors tend to see me wheeling out the grill a few nights a week, especially in the summer.  I love grilling up an easy dinner like these Grilled Chicken and Plum Skewers.

Grilled Chicken and Plum Skewers by DelightfulEMade.com

Perfectly seasoned, this chicken goes wonderfully with the sweet-tart plums.  Once on the grill, these skewers only take about 5-6 minutes per side, before going right to the table to your hungry crew.  The prep is simple, too.  Simply cubing and seasoning the chicken, quartering the plums, and skewering is all you have to do.  This is easily a meal that is on the table in less than 30 minutes.  Ahhhh, music to any home cooks’ ears!

Grilled Chicken and Plum Skewers by DelightfulEMade.com

 

The seasoning for the chicken is fantastic.  Its basically a dry-rub that’s mixed into the chicken chunks.  This is a step that you can actually do earlier in the day, should you need an extra-quick, ready to go meal.  Otherwise, simply cubing the chicken, adding the seasoning, and mixing is a bowl is all you have to do.  I’ve discovered this is the easiest way to adequately cover the chicken chunks.  You can also sprinkle it over the chicken, however, I’ve found that I tend to waste more seasoning this way, as more goes on the baking sheet than the skewers.

Grilled Chicken and Plum Skewers by DelightfulEMade.com

 

This is such a great way to include summer-fresh fruit with your meal.  Not only is it completely delicious, its very healthy.  This is also a fantastic way to get kids involved with dinner prep.  Assembling the skewers is a great way to engage the kids, and get them actively involved with making a healthy dinner.  They’ll also be more excited to taste their creations come dinner-time!  ;)

Grilled Chicken and Plum Skewers by DelightfulEMade.com

 

Here’s how quick and easy these Grilled Chicken and Plum Skewers come together:

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Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
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These quick, easy and delicious Grilled Chicken and Plum Skewers are perfect for dinner any night of the week. Summer-fresh plums and beautifully seasoned chicken are the perfect flavor combination!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1" pieces
  • 4-5 large plums, rinsed and quartered
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • (Non-stick grilling spray) optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat your outdoor gas or charcoal grill. (I own a gas grill, and preheat on high.)
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the spices and seasonings: garlic salt, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper. Stir to combine. Set spices aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, add the chicken pieces. Evenly sprinkle half of the spice mixture over the chicken. Stir to coat. Evenly sprinkle the other half of the spice mixture and stir again to evenly coat all the chicken pieces. Rinse and quarter the plums.
  4. Using metal grilling skewers, add a piece of plum for every three pieces of chicken. I ended up with four large skewers.
  5. Turn your grill to medium heat. **(If you're using non-stick grilling spray, see my directions below.) Place the skewers evenly on the hot grill. Grill for 10-12 minutes, turning half-way. (Grilling 5-6 minutes per side.) Let cool for just a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
  6. **The safest way to use non-stick grilling spray is to preheat as usual. When you're ready to add the meat, turn the grill/flame completely off. Adequately spray the grates, and then turn the grill back on. You'll still have a hot grill, and you won't risk being burned when spraying the grates.

As you can see by the recipe, making skewers is a pretty easy, interesting way to spice up dinner.  Quick enough for a weeknight, and special enough for company, these Grilled Chicken and Plum Skewers are a fantastic solution any way you have it.

I hope you get to enjoy these last dog-days of summer!  Make it special by having some fun, easy dinners that everyone will enjoy.

Erin

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Funfetti Frosted Fruity Pebble Treat by DelightfulEMade.com

What is it about sprinkles that just makes people happy?  The colorful confetti-like appearance that reminds you of a party?  Perhaps the candy-like sweetness and being pared with a delicious confection of some sort?  When I made these colorful Funfetti Frosted Fruity Pebble Treats, it brought an immediate smile to my little boys’ face.

Funfetti Frosted Frutti Pebble Treats by DelightfulEMade.com

When I pulled the sprinkles out of the pantry to decorate the treats, my son was immediately by my side asking, “Can I help?”  Knowing to never say no to a child asking to help in the kitchen, I immediately reaffirmed his interest by saying, “Absolutely!”  I cut a few squares out of the pan, and let him go to work with creating some sprinkled fruity pebble treats of his own.  As you can see from the photo, he was very proud of his end product – Christmas sprinkles and all!  Harrison even wanted to have one of his toys get in on the action by posing him in one of the pictures.  Everyone, meet Lego Hero Factory character “Breez”.  ;)

Funfetti Frosted Frutti Pebble Treats by DelightfulEMade.com

No matter what age, these treats will bring a smile to anyone’s face.  These sprinkle studded treats, are not only super-colorful, they’re also really easy to make, and absolutely delicious!  Made just like rice krispie treats, the melted marshmallows and cereal give the treats a gooey, crunchy texture that can’t be beat.  I’ve then topped the treats with a yummy marshmallow-cream cheese frosting that is completely amazing just by itself.  (Don’t ask me how I know.)  ;)

Funfetti Frosted Frutti Pebble Treats by DelightfulEMade.comThese smile inducing treats are fantastic, anytime you’re looking for an easy snack.  They’re also perfect for a classroom treat, after-school snack, or a special lunchbox surprise.  They would also make excellent bake-sale goodies, as no one can resist sprinkles!

Funfetti Frosted Frutti Pebble Treats by DelightfulEMade.com

As you can see, these Funfetti Frosted Fruity Pebble Treats, take breakfast cereal to a whole new level!  You simply can’t beat how colorful and happy they look!

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Here’s how these easy, delicious cereal treats come together:

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These colorful Funfetti Frosted Fruity Pebble Treats are sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. This easy marshmallow cereal treat is topped with a delicious marshmallow-cream cheese frosting and topped with colorful sprinkles!
Ingredients
  • 6 c. Post Fruity Pebbles cereal
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag of mini marshmallows
  • Marshmallow-Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • ½ c. butter, room temperature
  • 1 block (8 oz.), cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 jar (7 oz.), marshmallow cream or marshmallow fluff
  • 2½ c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Sprinkles (your preference of type and quantity) I used Wilton Rainbow sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. When completely melted, add the marshmallows and stir until all the marshmallows are coated in butter. Microwave marshmallows for about a minute, and stir until completely melted. Add the cereal to the melted marshmallow mixture and stir until the cereal is completed coated with the marshmallows. Press the mixture into the 9x13 pan. Set aside to cool.
  3. While cereal treats cool, mix the frosting. Using a stand or hand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the marshmallow cream, and continue to mix until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar a ½ cup at a time to the cream cheese mixture, stopping to scrape down sides of the bowl. Lastly, add the vanilla and mix until combined. Spread the frosting evenly over the top of the cooled cereal treats. Lastly add the sprinkles on top of the frosting. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

As you can see, these colorful, fun treats are easy to make.  You’ll love the fact that as soon as anyone sets eyes on these beauties, a smile will immediately light up their face.  I hope you get the chance to bring some funfetti-fruity happiness to your day!

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Erin

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