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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.

A quick note regarding our holiday schedule:  Karly, Paige, Mandee and I will be taking time off for the holidays, so this will be our last C&S party for 2014.  We will get back to partying on Tuesday, January 6th – I can’t wait to see all that you fabulous bloggers will be creating in 2015!

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 A Simple Pantry | 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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Karly’s Margarita Pizza with Salami

Paige’s Easy Brownie Gift Jars

Mandee’s Gold Foil Holiday Tags

Erin’s Citrus Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins

Lets get to some features from last weeks party!

Here is the most viewed link from last week:

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This White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge by My Organized Chaos looks amazing!  Perfect for those holiday cookie and candy platters!

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

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This Eggnog Loaf Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Filling by Annie’s Noms looks completely irresistible.  The flavors of this loaf cake sound totally amazing!

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With a pretty sparkle and topped with a candy cane kiss, these fabulous holiday cookies will be the star of your holiday events.  Perfect for holiday parties, cookie swaps, and even gifts for friends and neighbors.  These are definitely a cookie that Santa will love! #fbcookieswapWith a pretty sparkle and topped with a candy cane kiss, these fabulous holiday cookies will be the star of your holiday season.This year I was very excited to participate in the 4th Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  Hundreds of food bloggers bake up a fun, exciting holiday cookie recipe, and exchange it with three other participating food bloggers.  I shipped out these Red Velvet Candy Cane Kiss Cookies and in return received three dozen other delicious cookies.  It was so much fun making these cookies, as they’re perfect for a cookie exchange just like this!

With a pretty sparkle and topped with a candy cane kiss, these fabulous holiday cookies will be the star of your holiday season.

These Red Velvet cookies are really easy to make!  They start with a fool-proof Red Velvet cake mix, along with just a few other ingredients.  The batter is super moist, as it includes both butter and cream cheese! The dough is then rolled in red sugar sprinkles, and baked to perfection and come out of the oven with a beautiful sparkle!  While still hot, simply add a pretty red and white striped Candy Cane Kiss, and let cool.  Aren’t they lovely?!

With a pretty sparkle and topped with a candy cane kiss, these fabulous holiday cookies will be the star of your holiday season.

One batch of these cookies makes nearly 4 dozen cookies, so these are perfect for putting together cookie plates to give to friends and neighbors.  They’re also great for shipping to loved ones that live far away, or keeping on hand for holiday parties, or office & school events.

With a pretty sparkle and topped with a candy cane kiss, these fabulous holiday cookies will be the star of your holiday season.

Here’s how easily these Red Velvet Candy Cane Kiss Cookies come together:

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With a pretty sparkle and topped with a candy cane kiss, these fabulous holiday cookies will be the star of your holiday season.
Ingredients
  • 1 (16.5 oz) Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ c. (1 stick) butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 (3.25 oz) bottle of Red Sugar sprinkles
  • 1 pkg of Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with a silcone making mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Using a stand or hand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the edd and extract and cream together until fully incorporated and a smooth consistency. Gradually add the cake mix approximately one cup at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Batter will be thick. In a seperate medium bowl (like a cereal bowl) pour about half of the red sugar sprinkles.
  3. Roll batter into 1" balls, and then roll in the the dough balls in the red sugar sprinkles. Place about 1 dozen cookie balls onto prepared cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 9-10 minutes. While cookies bake, unwrap the kisses, so they are ready to go when cookies come out of the oven. When cookies are done baking, immediately press a kiss into the center of the cookie, and let cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to cooling rack to cool completely. Serve right away or store in airtight container at room temperature. Can also freeze cookies, and bring to room temperature prior to serving.

I hope your holiday season is merry and bright!  With a little help from these Red Velvet Candy Cane Kiss Cookies, it will be just that!

From my family to yours, have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Erin

With a pretty sparkle and topped with a candy cane kiss, these fabulous holiday cookies will be the star of your holiday season.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Quaker. All opinions are mine alone.

The combination of sweet, zesty Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries are baked to perfection with rolled oats and brown sugar.  These breakfast bars make the perfect quick breakfast on-the-go, or are fantastic when you have company during the holidays and want to having something sweet to enjoy with coffee.  This is one of my favorite oatmeal recipes! #QuakerUp #My OatsCreation #CollectiveBias

The combination of sweet, zesty Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries are baked to perfection with a rolled oats and brown sugar.  These breakfast bars make the perfect quick breakfast on the go!

When it comes to oatmeal, I love baking with it, just as much as I love cooking up for breakfast on a cold morning.  One of my favorite ways to eat oatmeal is stirring in berries, to the delicious hot cereal.  A while back, I decided that I need to make a portable, breakfast bar using oatmeal and berries.  These Triple Berry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are the perfect on-the-go breakfast.  They’re also wonderful to bake up, and serve when you have overnight guests.  (It’s a great holiday breakfast!)

The combination of sweet, zesty Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries are baked to perfection with a rolled oats and brown sugar.  These breakfast bars make the perfect quick breakfast on the go!

To make these wonderful breakfast bars, grab a canister of Quaker Oats available at your nearest Target store.  Quaker Oats has a beautiful Limited Edition Winter Canister now available and sold Exclusively at Target! (Check out the cute blue scarf on the Quaker Oats Man!)  I was also able to pick up my frozen mixed berries and all of my other ingredients like butter and brown sugar, right at Target!  Man I love that place!! :)

Right now you can even get $1.50 off your next purchase of Quaker Oats with this coupon here.

The combination of sweet, zesty Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries are baked to perfection with a rolled oats and brown sugar.  These breakfast bars make the perfect quick breakfast on the go!

I used Quaker Quick Oats for this recipe, as its something my mom ALWAYS used when making her Easy Bars.  Her Easy Bar recipe, is actually how my recipe for Triple Berry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars originated.  The wonderful oats along with the brown sugar and butter make a perfect crust.  I’ve come to make these bars often, but especially during the holidays, or whenever we have family visiting from out of town.  Everyone seems to love them!

The combination of sweet, zesty Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries are baked to perfection with a rolled oats and brown sugar.  These breakfast bars make the perfect quick breakfast on the go!

These breakfast bars are perfect to bake up, and wrap individually when you need a quick breakfast on-the-go.  I’ve even made a batch, just to wrap up and store in the freezer, and then take out when we want something quick and easy to eat in the car during those overly hectic mornings.

The combination of sweet, zesty Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries are baked to perfection with a rolled oats and brown sugar.  These breakfast bars make the perfect quick breakfast on the go!

Fantastic with a glass of juice, or coffee in the morning and great to pair with a cup of yogurt as well.  Here’s how easy these Triple Berry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Come Together:

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The combination of sweet, zesty Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries are baked to perfection with a rolled oats and brown sugar. These breakfast bars make the perfect quick breakfast on the go!
Ingredients
  • 2¼ c. Quaker Oats Quick Oatmeal
  • 2¼ c. flour
  • 1½ c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. butter (2 sticks), melted
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 c. frozen mixed berries
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick spray. Set pan aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined. Melt butter and pour over the ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined with the butter - mixture will be crumbly. Pour ⅔ of the oatmeal mixture (reserving the final third for the topping) into the 9x13 pan, and press into the bottom. Set aside.
  3. In a second bowl mix the frozen berries with the sugar and corn starch. Toss until coated, then pour the frozen, coated berries on to the prepared crust. Evenly sprinkle the berries with the reserved oatmeal mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool before cutting into long bars. Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers.

As you can see, these bars come together easily.  Everyone in your family will love these breakfast bars, and they’re especially wonderful to bake and share over the holidays.

Enjoy!

Erin

The combination of sweet, zesty Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries are baked to perfection with a rolled oats and brown sugar.  These breakfast bars make the perfect quick breakfast on the go!


Light, sweet and studded with fresh cranberries and orange zest, these muffins are the perfect morning treat. A wonderful breakfast or great snack to pair with your morning coffee! #BRMHolidays
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These Citrus Glazed Cranberry Muffins are the perfect morning treat during the holidays.  Loaded with fresh cranberries, orange zest and crunchy pecans, these muffins are wonderful for breakfast on Christmas Morning, or anytime you want a delicious morning treat.  Made with Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour, these muffins are not only tasty, but made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients.

Light, sweet and studded with fresh cranberries and orange zest, these muffins are the perfect morning treat.  A wonderful breakfast or great snack to pair with your morning coffee!

I’ve you’ve never tried Bob’s Red Mill products, you need to.  I love Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oatmeal, but up until recently have never tried their flours.  I was REALLY impressed!  Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour is stone ground from organic hard red wheat and has the nutritious bran and germ still intact.  Nothing is lost in the process of grinding the flour.  The flavor of the flour is wonderful and also contains vitamins, minerals and protein – which is perfect for these Citrus Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins.

Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up some Bob’s Red Mill Flour.  Click here to download a $1 off coupon for any Bob’s Red Mill product!

Light, sweet and studded with fresh cranberries and orange zest, these muffins are the perfect morning treat.  A wonderful breakfast or great snack to pair with your morning coffee!

With the help of Bob’s Red Mill Flour, these muffins bake up, light and fluffy.  The flavor is wonderful, and comes together with orange juice, along with the flavor of the orange zest and slightly tart cranberries.  I’ve lightly drizzled the tops of these muffins with a light glaze made of sugar, orange juice and orange zest.

Light, sweet and studded with fresh cranberries and orange zest, these muffins are the perfect morning treat.  A wonderful breakfast or great snack to pair with your morning coffee!

To add some a nice crunch to these muffins, I’ve added some chopped pecans.  It brings a nice texture to the muffins, along with the pop of the cranberries.

Here’s the recipe for these fabulous Citrus Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins:

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Light, sweet and studded with fresh cranberries and orange zest, these muffins are the perfect morning treat. A wonderful breakfast or great snack to pair with your morning coffee!
Ingredients
  • 2 c. Bob's Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1½ c. orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ c. vegetable oil
  • zest of ½ orange (about 2 tsp.)
  • 1 c. fresh cranberries, halved
  • ½ c. pecans
  • Glaze:
  • ½ c. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • zest of ½ orange (about 2 tsp.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degress. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners, and set aside.
  2. In mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the orange juice, egg, oil, and zest. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the cranberries and pecans. Using a ladle or ice cream scoop, fill the cups with batter, a little over ¾ full.
  3. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and free of crumbs. Let cool for about 5 minutes before transferring to a rack. Combine the powdered sugar, juice and remaining zest, and drizzle the muffins before serving.

As you can see, these muffins come together easily.  They’re perfect for a light breakfast, and wonderful to enjoy Christmas morning.  They’re also great to bake and bring in to your office, for a coffee-break treat and wonderful to bring in to your kids teachers lounge.

I hope you enjoy!

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.

Light, sweet and studded with fresh cranberries and orange zest, these muffins are the perfect morning treat.  A wonderful breakfast or great snack to pair with your morning coffee!


Quite possibly the most delicious salad I’ve EVER had!  Loaded with crunchy, delicious kale, Brussels sprouts, shredded broccoli, cabbage and chicory and topped with grilled sirloin steak, this salad has a mildly sweet, peppery flavor.  Fresh, filling and perfect for lunch or a light dinner! #EatSmartVeggies

Loaded with crunchy, delicious kale, Brussels sprouts, shredded broccoli, cabbage and chicory and topped with grilled sirloin steak, this salad has a mildly sweet, peppery flavor.  Fresh, filling and perfect for lunch or a light dinner!

Especially during the holiday season, its easy to go overboard with eating, and then suddenly discover you’ve gained 5 lbs (or more!), and your jeans no longer fit.  I speak from experience here. ;)  With this in mind, I’m always looking for healthy, delicious lunch and dinner ideas that keep me on the healthy track.  This Sweet Kale and Grilled Sirloin Salad is a fantastic meal idea that is healthy, filling, and full of flavor.

Loaded with crunchy, delicious kale, Brussels sprouts, shredded broccoli, cabbage and chicory and topped with grilled sirloin steak, this salad has a mildly sweet, peppery flavor.  Fresh, filling and perfect for lunch or a light dinner!

This salad starts with an Eat Smart Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Kit, that is loaded with crunchy, fresh broccoli shreds, sliced Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, chicory, along with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds.  This salad kit is a wonderful way to get a delicious, healthy serving of vegetables in one convenient package.  I love how fresh and crunchy the vegetables are, and how is pairs so well with the grilled sirloin.

Loaded with crunchy, delicious kale, Brussels sprouts, shredded broccoli, cabbage and chicory and topped with grilled sirloin steak, this salad has a mildly sweet, peppery flavor.  Fresh, filling and perfect for lunch or a light dinner!

Eat Smart makes a wonderful variety of salad and stir fry kits, which you can find in the produce section of your local grocery store.  In addition to the Sweet Kale kit, we’ve also had the Ginger Bok Choy salad, which I paired with pork loin (it was amazing!!), and the Wild Greens and Quinoa Salad that I paired with a pasta meal.  These were SOOOO good!  I can’t wait to try the stir fry kits – I think I’ll pair shrimp with the Shanghai Blend, and maybe some chicken or beef with the Kale and Red Chard.  Click here for a store near you that carries these fantastic Eat Smart salad and stir-fry kits.

Loaded with crunchy, delicious kale, Brussels sprouts, shredded broccoli, cabbage and chicory and topped with grilled sirloin steak, this salad has a mildly sweet, peppery flavor.  Fresh, filling and perfect for lunch or a light dinner!

To add some additional flavor to the sirloin, I marinated it prior to grilling.  This Montreal Marinade is a go-to anytime I prepare steak for grilling, and is a wonderful way to season and tenderize.  When marinating steak (or any other meat for that matter), I typically prepare the marinade in the morning, add the meat, and refrigerate it throughout the day.  Typically the meat marinates for 8-10 hours, but I’ve marinated for as little as 1-2 hours, and it still adds great flavor!

Loaded with crunchy, delicious kale, Brussels sprouts, shredded broccoli, cabbage and chicory and topped with grilled sirloin steak, this salad has a mildly sweet, peppery flavor.  Fresh, filling and perfect for lunch or a light dinner!

My family and I enjoy our steak cooked to medium, so these sirloin are grilled for about 5-6 minutes, per side, over a medium heat.  Cook longer for a medium well, or well done sear, or a little less time for a medium rare, or rare sear.  Once the steak is done grilling, I let it sit for a few minutes, just to keep the steaks juicy.  From there, I slice up the steaks, and add it right to the top of the salad.  You can top your salad with the delicious poppy seed dressing that comes with the salad, or make your own.  I went with a dressing I make at home, using balsamic dressing, olive oil, and honey.

Here’s the easy recipe for what you’ll need for this delicious salad:

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Loaded with crunchy, delicious kale, Brussels sprouts, shredded broccoli, cabbage and chicory and topped with grilled sirloin steak, this salad has a mildly sweet, peppery flavor. Fresh, filling and perfect for lunch or a light dinner!
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 oz.) Eat Smart Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Kit
  • 2 (8 oz.) Petite Sirloin steaks
  • Steak Marinade:
  • ¼ c. water
  • ¼ c. vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Montreal marinade spice mix
  • Optional Dressing:
  • ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbps. honey
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • pepper to taste (3-4 grinds from pepper grinder)
Instructions
  1. Prepare marinade by whisking together the water, oil, red wine vinegar and spice mix. Place the steaks into a resealable zip-lock bag, and pour the marinade over the steaks. Seal the bag and refrigerate and marinate the steaks for at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat outdoor grill, or indoor grill pan to medium heat. Remove the steaks from the marinade and grill for about 5-6 minutes per side on medium heat for a medium cook. (Less time for more rare sear and more time for a well done sear.) Remove from heat and let steaks sit for about 5 minutes to let the juices settle into the meat. Slice the steaks into strips.
  3. Prepare dressing, by whisking together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlic and pepper.
  4. Place the Eat Smart Salad kit on a platter , including the dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Add the steak strips to the top of the salad mix, and add the dressing over the top of the steaks and vegetables. Serve right away.

This salad is a wonderful way to incorporate healthy, delicious vegetables into your diet.  With the steak, your getting a great amount of protein and iron which makes this salad a very well-rounded meal.  Its a great lunch solution that you could pack for work (by the way, the steak is great cold or hot!) or a wonderful light dinner.  Any way you have it, this Sweet Kale and Grilled Sirloin salad, will be a new go-to meal solution into your healthy way of living.

Enjoy!

Erin

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

 

Loaded with crunchy, delicious kale, Brussels sprouts, shredded broccoli, cabbage and chicory and topped with grilled sirloin steak, this salad has a mildly sweet, peppery flavor.  Fresh, filling and perfect for lunch or a light dinner!

 

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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 A Simple Pantry | 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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Mandee’s Festive Holiday Cards

Karly’s Spiced Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

Erin’s Smokey Baked Gnocchi

Paige’s Candy Cane Bark

Lets get to some features from last weeks party!

Here is the most viewed link from last week:

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This Knock-Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar by Brepurposed is so beautiful!  A wonderful way to decorate your home for the holidays!

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

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This Cranberry Orange Rye Manhattan by the Rhubarbarians (brilliant name, right?!) is right up my ally!  I think with the hectic craziness that the holiday’s brings, we could all use one of these!

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

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Looking for a delicious dessert for your next party? This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie has a delicious chocolate & strawberry cream filling, topped with more strawberries and drizzled with chocolate!  Its one decadent dessert that will satisfy any sweet-tooth!

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie has a delicious chocolate & strawberry cream filling, topped with more strawberries and drizzled with chocolate!  Its one decadent dessert that will satisfy any sweet-tooth!

On occasion, when we’re going to a friends house for a get-together, or having some friends over, I like to offer a delicious dessert.  Pie is always a hit – ALWAYS!  Especially when it includes chocolate and strawberries!  This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie is the perfect dessert for when you want something that looks and tastes amazing!

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie has a delicious chocolate & strawberry cream filling, topped with more strawberries and drizzled with chocolate!  Its one decadent dessert that will satisfy any sweet-tooth!

The crust of this pie is actually a store-bought OREO crust.  You could certainly make your own, however, when crunched for time, these pre-made crusts are a perfect solution!  The filling is a delicious chocolate cream that includes diced strawberries.  The strawberries bring a wonderful fresh flavor to the pie, and cut the richness a bit.

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie has a delicious chocolate & strawberry cream filling, topped with more strawberries and drizzled with chocolate!  Its one decadent dessert that will satisfy any sweet-tooth!

I topped the pie with fresh, sliced strawberries.  Not only do they add a gorgeous color, but the flavor is also wonderful paired with the chocolate.

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie has a delicious chocolate & strawberry cream filling, topped with more strawberries and drizzled with chocolate!  Its one decadent dessert that will satisfy any sweet-tooth!

On top of the strawberries, I drizzled the pie with more chocolate.  This is my favorite part of making the pie – I just went a little crazy (and made a bit of a mess) with the chocolate drizzle.  Add as much or as little as you like.  Once cooled, the chocolate drizzle adds a nice crunch to your bite.  To finish it off, I also added a chocolate covered strawberry to the center of the pie.  The chocolate and strawberries pair really well together, and make for one fantastic dessert!

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie has a delicious chocolate & strawberry cream filling, topped with more strawberries and drizzled with chocolate!  Its one decadent dessert that will satisfy any sweet-tooth!

Check out how easy this pie is to make.  Here’s the easy recipe:

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Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
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This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie has a delicious chocolate & strawberry cream filling, topped with more strawberries and drizzled with chocolate! Its one decadent dessert that will satisfy any sweet-tooth!
Ingredients
  • 1 (6 oz.) ready-made Oreo Crust
  • 8 oz (1 brick) cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ c. powdered sugar
  • 1½ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can also use dark or milk chocolate)
  • ⅓ c. heavy cream
  • 1 (8 oz.) container, whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 c. chopped strawberries
  • 1½ c. sliced strawberries
  • 4 oz. chocolate candy coating or chocolate chips (for drizzle)
Instructions
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the cream and 1½ c. chocolate chips. Melt in the microwave for about 1 minute on 50% power. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl with a hand or stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add the melted chocolate, and beat until combined. With the mixer on low, add the thawed whipped topping, and mix until combined. Fold in the chopped strawberries by hand, and pour the filling into the Oreo crust. Smooth the filling evenly into the crust. Top the filling with the sliced strawberries, and drizzle with the melted chocolate candy coating (or chocolate chips). Refrigerate pie for at least 3-4 hours before serving. This will ensure the pie sets up. Refrigerate any leftovers.

This pie is a fantastic dessert for the holidays, and is great for when you’re having friends and family over to celebrate a special occasion.

My recipe is a part of the Merry Berry Blog Hop.  Here are some addition berry recipes that are sure to please!

Enjoy! ~Erin

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie has a delicious chocolate & strawberry cream filling, topped with more strawberries and drizzled with chocolate!  Its one decadent dessert that will satisfy any sweet-tooth!

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Are you doing some holiday entertaining this year?  These delicious Penguin Cookies are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or get-together.  Made with Town House Crackers and few other goodies, these cookies will be loved by everyone in the family!

These delicious Penguin Cookies are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or get-together.  Made with Town House Crackers and few other goodies, these cookies will be loved by everyone in the family!

We live in wonderful neighborhood, filled with lots of kids and great people we now consider our closest friends.  Getting together with our neighbors during the holiday season is something I’m really looking forward to.  I’ve decided to have a casual, fun holiday party with kids and grown-ups – everyone included!  These Penguin Cookies will be the perfect treat for our holiday party and something that both kids and grown-ups will love!

These delicious Penguin Cookies are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or get-together.  Made with Town House Crackers and few other goodies, these cookies will be loved by everyone in the family!

 To make these fun Penguin Cookies I needed just a few ingredients.  I stopped by my local Target store to pick up Town House Crackers.  These crackers are the perfect shape for the penguins, and have a wonderful, buttery flavor perfect for a sandwich cookies like these!  In addition to the Town House crackers, I also picked up some creamy peanut butter, a package of chocolate candy coating, some orange peanut butter candy pieces, and some candy eyes.  I also used bright white chocolate candy melts as the round tummies of the penguins.

These delicious Penguin Cookies are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or get-together.  Made with Town House Crackers and few other goodies, these cookies will be loved by everyone in the family!

Making these Penguin Cookies is a very simple process.  In fact, this is fun no-bake project that you can do with your kids!  Simply start by spreading the peanut butter on a Town House Cracker and sandwiching it with another cracker.  Repeat this process for as many cookies as you would like to make.  The Town House Crackers add a fantastic buttery, crispness that make these cookies really delicious!  The cookie has a fantastic salty-sweet flavor that is irresistible!

These delicious Penguin Cookies are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or get-together.  Made with Town House Crackers and few other goodies, these cookies will be loved by everyone in the family!

Next, begin dipping the cracker sandwiches into the chocolate, coating the entire exterior.  While the chocolate is still wet, add a white round candy melt (unmelted) for the tummy, add a couple of eyes, and add two orange candies for the feet.  Cut some orange candies in half, and then add these to make the penguin beak.  I recommend having all of your decorations ready to go, as once you dip the chocolate, it will begin to harden rather quickly.  The best way to get the decorations to stick, is to add them right away will the chocolate is still wet.

These delicious Penguin Cookies are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or get-together.  Made with Town House Crackers and few other goodies, these cookies will be loved by everyone in the family!

Let the chocolate set and you’ll have some adorable penguins that are the perfect treat for your next holiday party!  Both kids and grown-up will love these!!  Don’t these little guys look adorable?!  These would also be fantastic for a Christmas break playdate, or a fun get together with all the kids the in the neighborhood!

These delicious Penguin Cookies are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or get-together.  Made with Town House Crackers and few other goodies, these cookies will be loved by everyone in the family!

Here’s the recipe for these fun to make, delicious Penguin Cookies:

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Penguin Cookies - The Perfect Holiday Recipe!
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
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The perfect treat for any holiday party, these Penguin Sandwich Cookies are easy to make and super delicious!
Ingredients
  • 24 Town House Crackers
  • creamy peanut butter (about 1 tsp. per cookie)
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg, chocolate candy coating
  • 12 bright white chocolate candy melt wafers
  • orange candy coated peanut butter candies (2 candies for feet and ½ candy for beak)
  • candy eyes (2 per cookie)
Instructions
  1. Lay out a couple large sheets of waxed paper on your work surface. Prepare your decorations - its helpful to place each decoration in small bowls so they are ready to go when you need them. The chocolate will cool and harden within minutes, so you'll need everything at your fingertips to work quickly.
  2. Begin making the cracker sandwiches by spreading one cracker with 1 tsp. of peanut butter. Place the second cracker on top to create a sandwich. Repeat this process for all of your cookies.
  3. Next, melt the chocolate candy coating according to package directions. Dip each of the cracker sandwiches into the chocolate coating, covering the entire outer surface. Place on the waxed paper. While the chocolate is still wet, place a white chocolate wafer on the bottom half of the cookie for the penguin tummy. Place two orange candies at the bottom for the feet, two eyes at the top, and a ½ orange candy for the beak.
  4. Let the chocolate cool and set completely before handling. Keep cookies at room temperature or freeze.

These delicious Penguin Cookies are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or get-together.  Made with Town House Crackers and few other goodies, these cookies will be loved by everyone in the family!

As you can see, these are really easy to make, and even easier to enjoy!  As we close in on the holidays, don’t forget to celebrate with the ones you love.  Have some friends and neighbors over for a fun, casual get together, and serve a delicious treat like these Penguin Cookies!  These are also great for a holiday cookie exchange, and wonderful to add to your holiday cookie platters.

May you have a wonderful holiday season!

Erin

These delicious Penguin Cookies are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or get-together.  Made with Town House Crackers and few other goodies, these cookies will be loved by everyone in the family!

If you like the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, then you’ll LOVE this Cranberry Bliss Fudge!  Made with white chocolate, lemon zest, and bejeweled with cranberries, it will be your new favorite holiday treat.  The perfect Christmas candy!

If you like the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, then you'll LOVE this Cranberry Bliss Fudge!  Made with white chocolate, lemon zest, and bejeweled with cranberries, it will be your new favorite holiday treat.  The perfect Christmas candy!

A couple weeks ago, while I was at Starbucks, I indulged in one of their delicious Cranberry Bliss Bars.  If you’ve never had one before, they are quite delicious.  It’s like a blondie, flavored with lemon, cranberries and white chocolate chunks, and then topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting and topped with more white chocolate chunks, lemon zest and cranberries.  Starbucks also cleverly cuts these treats into delicious little triangles, which I have to admit, adds to the charm.  While eating the bar, I really savored the flavors, and thought, what if I turned this bar into fudge?  Well, after a few test batches, I turned that thought into reality, and here we have Cranberry Bliss Fudge!

If you like the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, then you'll LOVE this Cranberry Bliss Fudge!  Made with white chocolate, lemon zest, and bejeweled with cranberries, it will be your new favorite holiday treat.  The perfect Christmas candy!

I must say, the flavor of this fudge is even BETTER than the Starbucks bar.  To the white chocolate fudge, I added lemon juice and lemon zest, which really creates a nice freshness to an otherwise rich candy.  The dried cranberries also add a subtle tartness and a chewiness.  Not only did I mix these into the fudge, I also added them to the top which provides a fabulous color to the treat!

If you like the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, then you'll LOVE this Cranberry Bliss Fudge! Made with white chocolate, lemon zest, and bejeweled with cranberries, it will be your new favorite holiday treat. The perfect Christmas candy!

The fudge is fairly simple to make.  There is no cooking and just requires some simple ingredients.  I did utilize my stand mixer to mix the base of the fudge, which helped speed up the mixing process.  Once all of the fudge is mixed and you’ve topped it with the white chocolate chips, cranberries and lemon zest, I would recommend refrigerating or freezing.  It makes it much easier to cut .  I also utilized a wet knife for cutting, as the fudge is a bit sticky when it comes to room temperature.

If you like the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, then you'll LOVE this Cranberry Bliss Fudge! Made with white chocolate, lemon zest, and bejeweled with cranberries, it will be your new favorite holiday treat. The perfect Christmas candy!

To keep with the charm of the Starbucks treat, I decided to also cut the fudge into cute little triangles.  However, don’t feel like you have to – the fudge is still really delicious cut into traditional squares.  You could also use a mini-scoop, roll into balls and have little Cranberry Bliss truffles!  Once you have the cut pieces of fudge, I would recommend mini-cupcake liners to serve the fudge, especially if you’ll be serving these on a dessert tray.  As the fudge comes to room temperature, it will tend to get a bit more sticky, so the liners will help keep the fudge in pieces.

Here’s the easy recipe for this delicious Cranberry Bliss Fudge:

Cranberry Bliss Fudge
 
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Recipe type: Candy
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18-24
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If you like the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, then you'll LOVE this Cranberry Bliss Fudge! Made with white chocolate, lemon zest, and bejeweled with cranberries, it will be your new favorite holiday treat. The perfect Christmas candy!
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest (zest of ½ lemon)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1½ c. white chocolate chips, melted
  • ½ c. dried cranberries
  • For topping:
  • ½ c. white chocolate chips
  • ½ c. dried cranberries
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest (zest of ½ lemon)
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 pan with waxed or parchment paper, folding the excess paper over the sides of the pan. Spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. With a stand or hand mixer, beat the cream cheese, milk, vanilla, lemon juice, zest, and salt. Beat until smooth. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides. Mixture will begin to get thicker.
  3. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave (follow package directions for melting). Once the chocolate is fully melted, let cool for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, add the melted chocolate to the sugar mixture and hand-stir until completely combined. Mixture will begin to get stiff. Lastly, stir in the dried cranberries. Add the fudge mixture to the prepared 8x8 pan, and spread evenly. Top with the remaining white chocolate chips, cranberries and lemon zest. Refrigerate or freeze for at least 4 hours, before cutting. Keep leftovers in fridge or freezer.

With just a few steps, you’ll have a delicious, decadent holiday candy that everyone will love.  This fudge is perfect for holiday parties, cookie exchanges, holiday candy & cookie trays, and even gifts for friends and neighbors.

I hope you enjoy this delicious fudge.  Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

Erin

If you like the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, then you'll LOVE this Cranberry Bliss Fudge! Made with white chocolate, lemon zest, and bejeweled with cranberries, it will be your new favorite holiday treat. The perfect Christmas candy!

Mini gnocchi are paired with fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon, red onions, and topped with thick slices of smoked mozzarella. Baked to perfection, this classic Italian fare brings amazing savory flavor and is the ultimate comfort food!

Mini gnocchi are paired with fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon, red onions, and topped with thick slices of smoked mozzarella. Baked to perfection, this classic Italian fare brings amazing savory flavor and is the ultimate comfort food!

About ten years ago, just after Jason and I were married, Jason was assigned extended international business travel with his company to their Avezzano, Italy site.  It was tough being apart, as I was still working in the US.  However, I was able visit a couple times while he was there.  I can say with fair certainty, that some of the best food I’ve ever had in my life was in Italy.  It was also one of the first times I ever had gnocchi.  To relive a bit of our Italian adventure, I made this amazing Smokey Baked Gnocchi.

Mini gnocchi are paired with fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon, red onions, and topped with thick slices of smoked mozzarella. Baked to perfection, this classic Italian fare brings amazing savory flavor and is the ultimate comfort food!

Gnocchi are little dumplings, often used in Italian cooking.  Utilized much like a pasta, its really versatile and can be cooked with many sauces, added to soups, and baked. With smokey flavors in mind, I added the gnocchi to fire-roasted tomatoes along with bacon, and sauteed red onions.  Topped with thick slices of smoked mozzarella, this baked pasta dish was completely amazing!!Mini gnocchi are paired with fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon, red onions, and topped with thick slices of smoked mozzarella. Baked to perfection, this classic Italian fare brings amazing savory flavor and is the ultimate comfort food!Once it finished baking I added some additional bacon to the top along with some sliced basil.  The peppery basil adds a fantastic complimentary freshness and as always, goes well with the tomatoes and mozzarella.  It adds some nice color, too!

Mini gnocchi are paired with fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon, red onions, and topped with thick slices of smoked mozzarella. Baked to perfection, this classic Italian fare brings amazing savory flavor and is the ultimate comfort food!

This baked gnocchi was really easy to pull together and was a great week-night meal.  Because most of the cooking is done in the skillet before the pasta goes into the oven, it doesn’t take long to bake.  About 20-25 minutes is all it needs to melt the cheese, and then its ready to serve.  Instead of doing large slices of mozzarella, you can also shred the cheese and add it to the top.  This will also help cut the baking time, as once the cheese melts, its ready to serve.

Smokey Baked Gnocchi
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
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Mini gnocchi are paired with fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon, red onions, and topped with thick slices of smoked mozzarella. Baked to perfection, this classic Italian fare brings amazing savory flavor and is the ultimate comfort food!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. mini gnocchi
  • 1 (28 oz.) can, diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • ½ lb. bacon, chopped
  • ½ red onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ lb. ball of smoked mozzarella
  • sliced basil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a medium baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute the chopped bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the skillet and transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. Drain the majority of the bacon grease from the skillet, leaving about 2 Tbsp. of grease. To the hot grease add the red onion and cook until translucent (about 5 minutes.) Add the minced garlic to the onion and saute for a minute more. To the onion and garlic, add the gnocchi and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the tomatoes (with juice), bacon, pepper and garlic powder. Bring to a simmer. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, and top with the mozzarella.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

As you can see, this comes together easily and is a wonderful dish to serve to company, or something for just you and the family.  This is great served with a side salad and some garlic bread.  It also pairs well with a good glass of wine.

I may not ever get back to Italy, but my husband and I love reliving this once-in-a-lifetime adventure by trying to recreate the phenomenal dishes we had there.  I would recommend a trip to Italy to anyone, but you don’t have to fly halfway around the world to savor world-class Italian food. Italian cooking at home is one of my favorite ways to experience dining at its best!

Enjoy!

Erin

Mini gnocchi are paired with fire-roasted tomatoes, bacon, red onions, and topped with thick slices of smoked mozzarella. Baked to perfection, this classic Italian fare brings amazing savory flavor and is the ultimate comfort food!

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