Fantastical Sharing of Recipes...and more!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt {No Machine Required}

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt (No Machine Required) | Safe-to-eat cookie dough mixed with vanilla yogurt to make this very yummy frozen treat! #froyo #cookiedough #recipe

During the summer of 2014 [prior to my birthday gift of an ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid], I started making frozen treat recipes. This is easily my favorite and even after getting my ice cream maker attachment and making a few recipes with it, this froyo remains my favorite.

You make the cookie dough - great start, right?! Can't go wrong with cookie dough! It is eggless, so it's totally safe to eat "raw". Then you mix it with the yogurt and freeze. It's incredible. I really want to try other froyo recipes too, so if any of you readers have a favorite, please send me a link!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt (No Machine Required) | Safe-to-eat cookie dough mixed with vanilla yogurt to make this very yummy frozen treat! #froyo #cookiedough #recipe

Monday, March 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - March 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday | My week of meals, grocery list, and how much I'm spending on these delicious treats! #menuplan #groceries

So I will have to dig out my receipt tomorrow to share how much I spent on today's groceries. This weekend I was trying to figure out how I'd juggled all three kids at the store again and realized I really oughta go back to shopping on Mondays. Mason woke up at 5am and didn't go back to sleep, so I stayed up with him until Matt & Cami woke up at 6:45am. So needless to say, we came home after dropping them off, I pumped, fed Mason a bottle, changed him, and we slept from like 9 to 11:30. We ate lunch and headed out to the store. This also meant that I didn't schedule MPM like I wanted to. Whoopsies. So here is MPM - we ended up doing our "Taco Tuesday" tonight instead of tomorrow.

Grilled Basil Garlic Chicken Breasts
Chicken breasts, basil, green beans [side]

Cranberry Coffeecake #SecretRecipeClub

It's time again for Secret Recipe Club reveal day for my group, Group D! What is Secret Recipe Club? It's a bunch of food bloggers separated into four groups that post once a month on a designated Monday. Each month, we are paired with another foodie from our group secretly (hence the name). We then pick a recipe (or two or more) from that blog and make it. On our reveal day, we reveal whose blog we had and what recipe(s) we chose all at the same time. It's like a Secret Santa every month, but with food and blogs! It's a great deal of fun :)

My assignment this month is Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook. Lauren is an air force wife, mom, and aerospace engineer. Quite impressive, right?! She does aspire to be a caterer - since she loves to cook. Lauren has a ton of great recipes on her blog (plus she also shares some of her other hobbies, like quilting and holiday decorating/hosting), so I took to searching immediately!

I found some very tasty looking treats, like Pineapple Macadamia Nut Bundt Cake, Strawberry Pomegranate Smoothie, Chile con Queso, Caprese Steak, and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing. The last few weeks of my pregnancy gave way to an insatiable fruit craving. It's all I wanted. And it's sort of lasted past giving birth. I'm also craving the crap out of some steak. So my finds were fruit heavy and then there's the steak recipe :) I ended up going back and forth between two breakfast recipes featuring cranberries because I have been obsessed with them since Thanksgiving timeframe. So I was down to Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls and Cranberry Coffeecake.

Cranberry Coffeecake | A moist decadent coffeecake with a tart cranberry filling and sweet crumb topping #SecretRecipeClub #recipe #breakfast #cake

As you could tell by my blog post title - I went the coffeecake route! I wasn't sure I could find fresh cranberries for the cinnamon rolls - I hadn't seen any in my local Kroger in a while. The coffeecake used canned cranberries (the whole cranberry sauce kind, not the awful jellied kind) and that's much easier to find. I only changed out one ingredient - the orange for a lemon - because I didn't know if Matthew would eat it or not and he's allergic to oranges. I loved this coffeecake. It was perfect. I rarely get recipes to look close to the original recipe, but my cake looked exactly like Lauren's picture. I made this as a surprise for Sunday dinner at my in law's - Nick had already taken Matt & Cami over, so I was trying to manage holding Mason and making this coffeecake, so I used my phone camera instead of my Canon. Pictures aren't the best, but the coffeecake IS the best!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fantastical Friday: My Favorite Food Finds of the Week

I'm kind of going easy here on my Fantastical Friday posts lately - so I'm sharing my top ten favorite food finds of the week once again. I'm finally caught up on my blog reader feed from when I was in the hospital having Mason. I actually found a good variety of recipes this week, so that's awesome! Typically, I go for sweets and that's why I have a bajillion dessert recipes to make and I'm repeating main dishes :)

Fantastical's Favorite Food Finds of the Week | Ten of my favorite food finds from my favorite food bloggers #collection #roundup #collage #recipe

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread | It's not your typical banana bread! This one packs a triple chocolate threat #recipe #chocolate #banana #bread

I'm still working my way through my Fort Drum food pictures. There is just something with New York that I had the worst time with pictures and a lot of these were in the summer! My Tennessee pictures are loads better - lots of natural light. So unfortunately these pictures of this banana bread are just weird. The color is really off. I will get around to retaking them eventually.

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread | It's not your typical banana bread! This one packs a triple chocolate threat #recipe #chocolate #banana #bread

Funny enough, I made two different recipes of banana bread last Monday. I rarely buy bananas because myself and Matthew don't eat plain bananas and Nick and Cami never finish off a bunch and I end up having to make banana bread for all of us to eat. Cami picked out some bananas when we went grocery shopping and she got this huge bunch of bananas, like 8 total. And Nick/Cami ate one of them before they got to banana bread stage. I should have remade this recipe, but then again, the two recipes I tried are amazing! Can't wait to share them too :)

This banana bread was my first "extreme" banana bread - I am calling it extreme because when I was little...a different banana bread, meant one with walnuts in it. Nothing crazy. So for this bread to be chocolate...WOAH! Totally insane! Like most banana bread recipes - it's mighty delicious!

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread | It's not your typical banana bread! This one packs a triple chocolate threat #recipe #chocolate #banana #bread