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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

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

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

Heads Up!!!  We are looking for a new hostess!  Do you think YOU would be interested in hosting our fabulous party as well?  We would love to have you fill out this form and lets us know you’re interested here.

Here’s what we’ve been working on:

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Paige’s DIY Glitter Nail Polish Holder

Erin’s Double Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies

Karly’s Black Bean and Corn Soup

Mandee’s Kitty Clip Art

Lets get to some features from last weeks party!

Here is the most viewed link from last week:

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Boozy Shamrock Shake by Lisa over at Cooking with Curls

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

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This Naked Oreo Lovers Cake by Annie’s Noms

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Some days we need a moment just to breathe, to relax and to savor our favorite flavors.  If you love chocolate and mint, there is something perfect from Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies, create a Milano Mint Chocolate Moment for yourself, and rediscover what it means to take time for you! If you love chocolate and mint, create a Milano Mint Chocolate Moment for yourself, and rediscover what it means to take time for you!These last couple of months have been rather hectic and stressful.  The holidays are always busy, trying to get things done for everyone in our family.  Once January rolls around, the New Year begins and school starts up again.  We’ve tried to get back into our regular routine, however, Mother Nature has had other ideas giving us multiple snow-days and late starts.  Not only does this make it hard on a tired and weary 1st grader, it makes it especially hard on his mommy that works from home. Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookiesI love being a mommy, wife, and blogger, but sometimes it can be overwhelming keeping up with the many roles we all play! That’s when it’s important to pause and take a moment to appreciate yourself… even in the midst of everyday chaos. And Pepperidge Farm Milano gives me the perfect chance to savor a moment to myself. Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies Things get rushed, too many things get scheduled, and we end up running ourselves ragged trying to “fit it all in.”  Sometime I find myself asking, “When do I fit in some time for me?”  At that moment, I dropped what I was doing, and had a Milano Mint Chocolate Moment for myself!  I went to the pantry, took out these delicious Milano Mint Cookies, and made a Mint Hot Chocolate just for ME!  Do you ever make things just for yourself?  Yeah, me either.  For me, its always something for my family or for my son…never do I make a special snack or treat that is just for me. I turned off all the screens and noise, sat down at the table with my Mint Milano cookies and mint hot chocolate, and enjoyed one delicious bite at a time! Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies My Milano Mint Chocolate Moment was wonderful!  The chocolate and mint sandwiched between the crisp, delicious cookies paired perfectly with the creamy, minty hot chocolate.  One of my favorite ways to enjoy a Milano cookie is to dunk it! Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies Once I finished my snack, I found myself asking, “Why don’t I do this more often?”  So from that point, I’ve decided, at 2pm at least a couple days a week, I’m going to have a Milano Moment, just for myself.  A quiet time, where I can reflect on my day, and appreciate all the wonderful things that are happening in my life.  I’ve discovered that once I have a few minutes to take a breath, I’m able to have a bit more clarity.  I’m able to regroup, re-focus and move forward with everything that is yet to be accomplished.  Watch out world, here I come! How do you like to take a moment for yourself?  Do you find that once you take a breath, you’re ready to get back out there and seize the day?  Leave me a comment, and let me know.  If you leave a comment, you’ll be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card!  Entry Instructions: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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In the mood for a really delicious bowl of chili? Maybe want to try a new recipe that’s a little different than your regular chili recipe?  Look no further, as I have ten easy and delicious chili recipes you’ve gotta try!

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Chili is one of those foods that warms both your body and soul!  I love the fact that its so versatile, in that you can add just about anything you want to it, make it brothy or thick.  However you like your chili, I have ten easy and delicious chili recipes that you’ve gotta try!

An easy, healthy, delicious dinner idea done in under 30 minutes! Made with chicken, beans and peppers along with fresh lime juice and topped with cilantro, this chili is fabulous!

1.  Lime Chicken Chili by Delightful E Made

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2. 20-Minute Easy Lentil Chili by This Gal Cooks

Black Bean Taco Chili

3. Slow Cooker Black Bean Taco Chili by Baked by Rachel

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4. Loaded Slow Cooker Chili by Delightful E Made.com

Slow-Cooker-White-Chicken-Chili-by-Diethood5.   Crockpot White Chicken Chili by Diethood

Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

6. Paleo Sweet Potato Chili by Taste of Lizzy T

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7. Chipotle Crockpot Chili by Layers of Happiness

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8. Roasted Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili by Foodie Crush

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9.  Moroccan Beef Chili by Healthy Nibbles & Bits

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10. Creole Chili by Lemons for Lulu

No matter what your tastes or preference, you’ll surely discover that these delicious chili recipes are sure to excite your taste buds!  Enjoy!  ~Erin

If you like chocolate and mint, you’ll LOVE these!  Super soft, fudgy cookies surround a mint truffle chocolate, and are topped with mini chocolate chips.  The ultimate mint chocolate treat!

If you like chocolate and mint, you'll LOVE these!  Super soft, fudgy cookies surround a mint truffle chocolate, and are topped with mini chocolate chips.

Last week we celebrated our son Harrison’s 7th birthday!  He’s such a sweet, loving, smart and funny little boy, and we’re so tremendously blessed to have him in our lives.  When I asked Harrison what he would like to bring to school for a classroom treat he immediately said, “Something chocolate and mint!”  This kid LOVES anything mint, and when you put it with chocolate, well…forget about it!  I think I’ve passed my sweet-tooth on to my child. ;)

If you like chocolate and mint, you'll LOVE these!  Super soft, fudgy cookies surround a mint truffle chocolate, and are topped with mini chocolate chips.

Since he wanted something “chocolate and mint” to celebrate with his class at school, I decided to whip of a batch of these super-chocolaty, super-minty Double Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies!  These cookies are not only my son’s favorite, but pretty much everyone (even my husband who really isn’t that big of a mint fan!) devoured these sweet treats!

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The dough for these cookies stays ultra moist as it has a butter and cream cheese base.  For the mint truffle chocolate that’s hidden inside, I used winter mint truffle Hershey’s kisses.  I believe these are a seasonal product made by Hershey’s – if you can’t find these on the shelf, I would recommend regular Hershey’s kisses or another mint chocolate.

If you like chocolate and mint, you'll LOVE these!  Super soft, fudgy cookies surround a mint truffle chocolate, and are topped with mini chocolate chips.

To create these cookies, you’ll start with about a teaspoon of dough on the bottom.  You’ll then create a dimple with your thumb where you place the chocolate truffle.  Then add a tablespoon sized amount of dough on top of the truffle and seal it together.  I found it helpful to keep the flat side in the palm of my hand so you know where the bottom is.  When the cookie is fully sealed, roll the top part of the cookie into the mini chips, and place on your baking sheet.

Here’s the recipe for these amazing Double Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies:

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If you like chocolate and mint, you'll LOVE these! Super soft, fudgy cookies surround a mint truffle chocolate, and are topped with mini chocolate chips.
Ingredients
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • ½ c. (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz. (1 brick) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2½ c. flour
  • ¾ c. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 24 mint chocolate truffle candies
  • 1½ - 2 c. mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with non-stick silicone mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. With a hand or stand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the sugar and cream together until fluffy. Add the eggs and peppermint extract and mix until combined. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet. Mix together until fully combined. Dough will be slightly stiff - you may have to mix the last of the dry ingredients by hand, and it may be too thick for the mixer.
  3. Add the mini chocolate chips to a bowl, and unwrap the mint chocolate truffles. In your hands, place a teaspoon sized amount of dough in your hand and shape it to the size of a quarter, placing a small dimple in the middle of the dough with your thumb, where you'll add a chocolate truffle. Then place a Tablespoon sized amount of dough on top of the truffle and seal it to the bottom piece of dough. Cookies will be about the size of a golf ball. Roll the top portion of the cookie into the mini chips. Place the cookies on the baking sheets at bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store the cookies at room temperature in an airtight container.

With just a few steps, you’ll have an amazing batch of cookies.  The cookies are great warm out of the oven, and even better cool.  When completely cool you’re able to see the mint chocolate in the middle – a nice minty little surprise!

My little guy had a fantastic 7th Birthday.  The past seven years have gone far too fast for my liking, but if the next seven years are as fun, happy and joyful as these, then I will consider ourselves truly blessed.  Cheers to my little mint-loving kid, and all of you that love mint and chocolate as much as my Harrison. ;)  Enjoy!  ~Erin

 

 

If you loved this recipe, then you definitely need to try some of my other chocolaty favorites:

Relax and enjoy a rich, delicious cup of home made Mint Hot Chocolate! It's so easy to make using just a few simple ingredients. You'll never use store-bought powdered cocoa mix after having this!

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Rolo Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies by DelightfulEMade.comRolo Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies

If you like chocolate and mint, you'll LOVE these! Super soft, fudgy cookies surround a mint truffle chocolate, and are topped with mini chocolate chips.

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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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Karly’s Tropical Smoothie

Paige’s DIY Faux Succulent Decor

Mandee’s Black White & Gold Pin It Buttons

Erin’s Easy Pesto Pasta with Scallops

Lets get to some features from last weeks party!

Here is the most viewed link from last week:

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Pea Salad by Tracey over at The Kitchen Is My Playground

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

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Shrimp Scampi Pizza by Lisa over at Cooking with Curls

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Spice up your fries and onion rings with this amazing Smokey Chipotle Dipping Sauce!  Excellent for dipping or even spread on a sandwich.  An amazing snack perfect for watching the big game!

Spice up your fries and onion rings with this amazing Smokey Chipotle Dipping Sauce!  Perfect for dipping or even spread on a sandwich!

There is probably nothing my husband and son love more than fries and onion rings.  We recently celebrated Harrison’s 7th birthday, and one of the first things he requested was fries!  My guys love fries and onion rings with their burgers, hot dogs and sloppy joes.  They also love to bake up some of these tasty treats for a simple snack when watching football or college hoops.  Alexia Sweet Potato Fries and Crispy Onion Rings are the perfect solution for a quick, easy & delicious game time snack!

Spice up your fries and onion rings with this amazing Smokey Chipotle Dipping Sauce!  Perfect for dipping or even spread on a sandwich!

Stop by your local Walmart to pick up these fantastic Alexia Onion Rings, Sweet Potato Fries and Smart Classic Crinkle Cut Fries.  While you’re there, pick up some mayonnaise, and a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to make this easy & delicious dipping sauce!  I love it when you can get everything you need in one stop!

Spice up your fries and onion rings with this amazing Smokey Chipotle Dipping Sauce!  Perfect for dipping or even spread on a sandwich!

Now that it’s college hoops season, I always make sure to stock Alexia Onion Rings and Sweet Potato Fries.  They make such perfect snacks for when we’re watching games.  Instead of ketchup, I wanted to mix up a quick, easy dipping sauce for these crispy, delicious fries and rings.  This Smokey Chipotle Dipping Sauce is the perfect compliment!

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This dipping sauce couldn’t be easier to make!  It involves just a couple ingredients, and tastes completely amazing! If you can operate a blender or food processor, and can open a can and a jar, you’re already half way there. ;)  In addition to the sauce, I added a bit of chopped cilantro and lime juice to the fries and onion rings for some amazing flavor!

Spice up your fries and onion rings with this amazing Smokey Chipotle Dipping Sauce!  Perfect for dipping or even spread on a sandwich!

I think my favorite of the Alexia products are the Spicy Sweet Potato Fries.  My savory dipping sauce is wonderfully complimentary to the sweet fries.  I’ll be honest, I ate many, many of these fries with the sauce while taking these photos.

Spice up your fries and onion rings with this amazing Smokey Chipotle Dipping Sauce!  Perfect for dipping or even spread on a sandwich!

The Onion Rings are pretty fantastic as well.  I absolutely love how crispy these are when they come out of the oven!

Here’s the incredibly easy recipe for my Smokey Chipotle Dipping Sauce:

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Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 servings
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Spice up your fries and onion rings with this amazing Smokey Chipotle Dipping Sauce! Perfect for dipping or even spread on a sandwich!
Ingredients
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 (7 oz.) can, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • fresh lime juice
  • fresh cilantro
  • Alexia Onion Rings
  • Alexia Sweet Potato Fries
Instructions
  1. In a blender or food processor, add the mayonnaise and chipotle peppers with sauce. Puree until fully combined and smooth. Enjoy as a dipping sauce or spread on sandwiches. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight jar or container.
  2. Cook onion rings and sweet potato fries according to package directions. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and lime juice. Dip into the dipping sauce.

This dipping sauce is also great spread on a chicken or turkey sandwich, or a great topping to a burger.

The next time you’re thinking quick, easy snacks, grab some Alexia fries, onion rings and the ingredients for this dipping sauce.  It’s perfect for a party, or just a simple night in with the family!

Stop by Alexia’s Facebook page or Pinterest page to check out all of their amazing ideas for game time snacking!

Enjoy!  ~Erin

Spice up your fries and onion rings with this amazing Smokey Chipotle Dipping Sauce!  Perfect for dipping or even spread on a sandwich!

 

Disclosure: I received free Barilla Collezione Regional Specialties Pasta products that were utilized in this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

An easy, delicious dinner option for any night of the week!  Spaghetti alla Chitarra pasta is paired with pesto sauce, pan seared sea scallops and fresh Parmesan Reggiano cheese for a wonderfully delicious meal!

Spaghetti alla Chitarra pasta is paired with pesto sauce, pan seared sea scallops and fresh Parmesan Reggiano cheese for a wonderfully delicious meal!

Just over ten years ago, my husband was sent on extended international business travel with his company….to Italy! The assignment was for six months, so it was short enough where I couldn’t quit my job in the U.S. to go with him, but long enough to miss him dearly.  He was in Avezzano, Italy, which is in the central Abruzzo region east of Rome.  While he was there I was able to make a couple trips over to visit, which for this small town girl, was the adventure of a lifetime.  While in Italy, Jason and I traveled to Florence, Venice and Rome and all of the little towns in between.  I can say with resounding confidence that during this trip I had some of the most amazing food of my life!

Spaghetti alla Chitarra pasta is paired with pesto sauce, pan seared sea scallops and fresh Parmesan Reggiano cheese for a wonderfully delicious meal!

There were many memorable dishes we had in Italy, but there was one in particular I remember fondly.  It was a very simple pesto pasta dish.  The pasta was cooked perfectly al-dente and the basil in the pesto was probably just picked that very day.  Ever since I had that pasta in Italy, I’ve been desperate to find really good quality pasta.  So when I tried the Barilla Collezione Regional Specialties pasta, specifically the Spaghetti alla Chitarra from the Abruzzo region, I had to try it!  I immediately wanted to make that pesto pasta dish that I had back in Italy.

Spaghetti alla Chitarra pasta is paired with pesto sauce, pan seared sea scallops and fresh Parmesan Reggiano cheese for a wonderfully delicious meal!

The Spaghetti alla Chitarra pasta is actually a square shaped chute, that is wonderful for a sauce like pesto.  The shape of the pasta gives a nice texture to every bite, and when cooked al-dente is the perfect.

Spaghetti alla Chitarra pasta is paired with pesto sauce, pan seared sea scallops and fresh Parmesan Reggiano cheese for a wonderfully delicious meal!

In Italy, dinner is typically served in courses with the meat and pasta always served separately.  Its just in America that we put our pastas and meats together in one dish.  (Why that happened, I have no idea!)  I decided to pair this delicious pasta with light, sweet pan seared sea scallops.  I added a bit of the pesto sauce to the tops of the scallops, which was the perfect savory addition to the sweet scallops.

Spaghetti alla Chitarra pasta is paired with pesto sauce, pan seared sea scallops and fresh Parmesan Reggiano cheese for a wonderfully delicious meal!

This dish is incredibly easy to pull together, especially on a weeknight, or after a busy day.

Here is the easy recipe for Pesto Pasta with Scallops:

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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
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Spaghetti alla Chitarra pasta is paired with pesto sauce, pan seared sea scallops and fresh Parmesan Reggiano cheese for a wonderfully delicious meal!
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 oz.) box, Spaghetti alla Chitarra Barilla Pasta
  • 1 (8.1 oz) jar prepared pesto, or fresh made pesto
  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen sea scallops, rinsed and patted dry
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh shaved Parmesan Reggiano cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot, begin boiling water to cook pasta. Cook pasta according to package directions, about 7-8 minutes for al dente.
  2. While pasta cooks, in a large non-stick skillet, heat olive oil on high heat. Add the fresh scallops and let sear on one side for about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high, turn the scallops and cook on the other side for about 4 minutes, or until cooked all the way through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Once the pasta is done cooking, drain, and add the pesto sauce to the hot pasta, reserving 2 Tbsp of pesto to top the scallops. (No need to heat the pesto in a pan.) Toss the sauce and pasta until fully coated. Immediately serve the hot pasta with the seared scallops, and top with the reserved pesto. Add some fresh shaved Parmesan cheese to each dish. Enjoy!

I typically enjoy making fresh pesto, using basil from the farmers market, however, it’s the dead of winter, so I used prepared pesto.

In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have an amazing dinner for any night of the week.  This dinner pairs wonderfully with a nice Chardonnay or Pinot Gris.

I hope you enjoy this dinner as much as my husband and I have.  We may not get back to Italy in this lifetime, but with this dinner we are reminded of an adventure that we’ll never forget!

Enjoy!  Erin

Spaghetti alla Chitarra pasta is paired with pesto sauce, pan seared sea scallops and fresh Parmesan Reggiano cheese for a wonderfully delicious meal!

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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 Free Fox Nursery Prints

Karly’s No Bake Chocolate Nut Butter Granola Bars

Erin’s Hearty Chicken Double Noodle Soup

Paige’s DIY Mardi Gras Wreath

Lets get to some features from last weeks party!

Here is the most viewed link from last week:

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Chocolate Chunk Nutella Cookies by Sunny Side Ups

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

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These gorgeous Double Dark Chocolate Cookie Cups by Ashley at Spoonful of Flavor look completely wonderful!

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The classic cake turned into a brownie!  Fudgy, delicious mini brownies topped with a luscious whipped cream cheese frosting, and a maraschino cherry.  Careful, you may not be able to stop at one!

The classic cake turned into a brownie!  Fudgy, delicious mini brownies topped with a luscious whipped cream cheese frosting, and a maraschino cherry.

There is something with me and Sunday afternoons that wants to bake brownies.  Sure, brownies are delicious in every day that ends in y, but for whatever reason, I seem to get an especially intense craving for chocolaty, delicious brownies mid-way through Sunday afternoon.  Yesterday, I decided to bake up a batch a bit different than the average chocolate treat – I went with these gorgeous Black Forest Brownie Bites!

The classic cake turned into a brownie!  Fudgy, delicious mini brownies topped with a luscious whipped cream cheese frosting, and a maraschino cherry.

Much like the classic cake, these mini-brownies are topped with a delicious whipped cream cheese frosting, chocolate shavings and topped with a maraschino cherry.  Hidden in the center of these fudgy treats is another cherry that keeps the brownie extra moist and delicious.  These brownies may be mini, but every morsel is packed with flavor!

The classic cake turned into a brownie!  Fudgy, delicious mini brownies topped with a luscious whipped cream cheese frosting, and a maraschino cherry.

These brownie bites are really easy to make!  They start off with a simple box brownie mix, and baked in a mini muffin tin, with liners that help keep everything (including clean-up!) easy.  I definitely recommend the mini-muffin liners, as it makes removing them from the pan much easier than messing with non-stick spray and hoping they come out in one piece.  They also look really pretty, too!

The classic cake turned into a brownie!  Fudgy, delicious mini brownies topped with a luscious whipped cream cheese frosting, and a maraschino cherry.

Here’s the fun and simple recipe for these delicious Black Forest Brownie Bites:

Black Forest Brownie Bites
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 brownies
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The classic cake turned into a brownie! Fudgy, delicious mini brownies topped with a luscious whipped cream cheese frosting, and a maraschino cherry.
Ingredients
  • 1 box (15.25 oz.) brownie mix
  • ⅓ c. vegetable oil
  • ¼ c. water
  • 1 egg
  • 24 maraschino cherries, without stem
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8 oz.) block, cream cheese
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ c. heaving whipping cream
  • 24 maraschino cherries, WITH stems
  • chocolate shavings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a mini muffin pan with 24 mini muffin liners. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, oil, water and egg. Mix until the batter is fully incorporated. Using a scoop or small ladie, fill the mini muffin cups with the brownie batter, aproximately ¾ full. When all cups are filled, add an un-stemmed cherry to the center of each brownie. Bake at 350 for 19-21 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
  3. For frosting: In a hand or stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. With the mixer on a medium-high speed, slowly begin adding the whipping cream, and whip for about 2 minutes or when stiff peaks begin to form. Add the frosting to a piping bag, and decorate each brownie with a generous amount of frosting. Top with chocolate shavings and a stemmed maraschino cherry. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.

With the help of the mix, these brownie bites are quite easy to make.  They’re wonderful for bake sales, classroom treats, and even a fun way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion.  If you like these, then you’ll also love my Almond Coconut Brownie Bites or my German Chocolate Brownie Bites.

So the next time a chocolate craving hits, or in my case, Sunday afternoon, bake up a batch of these little chocolate treasures.  I hope these brownies bring as much fun and joy to your and your family as they have to mine!

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The classic cake turned into a brownie!  Fudgy, delicious mini brownies topped with a luscious whipped cream cheese frosting, and a maraschino cherry.

Seafood is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a healthy, delicious dinner, and these ten recipes are excellent, easy options for any night of the week!

Seafood is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a healthy, delicious dinner, and these ten recipes are excellent, easy options for any night of the week!

With Lent just around the corner, I though I would put together some of my most favorite Easy and Delicious Seafood Recipes.  I’ve teamed up with some of my other food blogger friends to bring you 10 of the most wonderful Seafood Recipes.  So, without further ado, here are those amazing recipes:

Easy, delicious and just a few simple ingredients make this salmon completely delicious! The perfect healthy, delicious dinner!

#1: Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon by Delightful E Made

Seafood is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a healthy, delicious dinner, and these ten recipes are excellent, easy options for any night of the week!

#2 Lobster Risotto by The Floating Kitchen

Tossed with delicious Florida Red Grapefruit along with spinach, yellow bell peppers and pistachios, and topped with a grapefruit glazed, pan seared Mahi Mahi, this salad is fresh, healthy and fabulous!

#3: Grapefruit & Spinach Salad with Grapefruit Glazed Mahi Mahi by Delightful E Made

Seafood is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a healthy, delicious dinner, and these ten recipes are excellent, easy options for any night of the week!

#4: Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema by Joyful Healthy Eats

Chunky and creamy this amazingly delicious soup is packed with flavor! The ultimate comfort food!

#5: Shrimp Bacon and Corn Chowder by Delightful E Made

Seafood is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a healthy, delicious dinner, and these ten recipes are excellent, easy options for any night of the week!

#6: Seared Scallops with Honey Dijon Avocado Sauce by Sweet & Savory by Shinee

Seafood is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a healthy, delicious dinner, and these ten recipes are excellent, easy options for any night of the week!

#7: Thai Peanut Pasta with Shrimp by Delightful E Made

Seafood is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a healthy, delicious dinner, and these ten recipes are excellent, easy options for any night of the week!

#8 Salmon Tacos with Jalapeno Cream Sauce by Lemons for Lulu

Seafood is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a healthy, delicious dinner, and these ten recipes are excellent, easy options for any night of the week!

#9 Garlic Shrimp Alfredo Pizza by Diary of a Recipe Collector

Seafood is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a healthy, delicious dinner, and these ten recipes are excellent, easy options for any night of the week!

#10 Hawaiian BBQ Salmon Burgers with Coconut Caramelized Pineapple by Half Baked Harvest

I hope you get to enjoy these fresh, easy and delicious seafood recipes.  Not only are these recipes a delicious dinner option, they’re a wonderfully healthy way to feed your family!  Enjoy!  ~Erin

 

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