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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Belgian Waffle Sundaes

Fluffy waffles topped with a mixed berry sauce, whipped cream, chocolate, and macadamia nuts!
Belgian Waffle Sundaes | Fluffy waffles topped with a mixed berry sauce, whipped cream, chocolate, and macadamia nuts! #breakfast #recipe #waffles

I adore using my waffle iron, but unfortunately I don't use it as often as I'd like. It's kind of one of those things where I've been on a mission to utilize everything in my kitchen as regularly as possible. We just recently started going through the boxes in our basement from our move in the end of 2014 and we're finding all sorts of goodies down there. Like my mini springform pan, my bread pan, and a few other kitchen goodies.

Anyways, my waffle iron is easily one of my favorite kitchen tools. It doesn't take long to heat and batter never takes long to make for it. Cooking time is quick, too. It's literally so easy to make waffles...so so easy. I have had this recipe hoarded for many-a-years...like since Ashton of Something Swanky posted it in 2012. Her blog has been one of my favorites for a very long time. I don't think I can recall a time where a recipe of hers has failed me and I trusted that this one would be no different. The waffles are so fluffy and I loved the idea of a berry sauce on top instead of syrup. Fun fact: I hate the smell of maple syrup and I will only put enough on my waffles/pancakes/French toast to taste. I hate any excess. I also hate that it's sticky. I actually had a similar waffle at a hotel continental breakfast a few weekends ago and it reminded me of how much I really want to make these again. The chocolate chips and macadamia nuts add richness and crunch for an overall wonderful breakfast or brinner!

Belgian Waffle Sundaes | Fluffy waffles topped with a mixed berry sauce, whipped cream, chocolate, and macadamia nuts! #breakfast #recipe #waffles

So, in short, find yourself a waffle iron. Mine was purchased for under $20 and is still going strong years later. It doesn't have to be expensive to cook waffles! :)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Prosciutto & Gruyere Stuffed Chicken

 A dish that turns regular chicken into an exquisite, beautiful, and delicious meal.
Prosciutto & Gruyere Stuffed Chicken |  A dish that turns regular chicken into an exquisite, beautiful, and delicious meal #chicken #prosciutto #maindish #recipe

This dish definitely has a fancy factor...prosciutto and Gruyere stuffed into a flattened chicken breast and served up cut into these gorgeous little slices. It looks like something you would get at a formal sit-down restaurant. Right?! But thankfully it is incredibly easy to make, even for me - I hate making stuffed chicken! The presentation alone makes these worth making, but it really wasn't as bad as I had expected. The salty prosciutto and rich Gruyere perfectly complimented the chicken. It was fabulous with a side salad and broccoli and will definitely be one I make again. I would love to try a couple different cheeses as well!

Prosciutto & Gruyere Stuffed Chicken |  A dish that turns regular chicken into an exquisite, beautiful, and delicious meal #chicken #prosciutto #maindish #recipe

Monday, May 02, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - May 2, 2016

 Menu Plan Monday on May 2, 2016 | My week of meals and grocery list! #menuplan #groceries

Good morning, everyone! I struggled to meal plan this week for no reason at all, so I'm still trying to get my grocery list made. This week I'm going to try and make the parfait that I've been meaning to make for literally a year. I'm also making a few old favorites (Tues and Fri) and making a few that I forgot to get pictures for. I'm also making a few recipes out of some cookbooks that will be linked below (using affiliate links to Amazon).

This weekend is a little bare on Saturday, but I'm also very excited for it because we are celebrating my soon-to-be brother-in-law's birthday (which is actually today) and Nick's birthday (which is the 14th, but he has drill that day). I decided to go with Vanilla Chai Cupcakes for them because Nick (BIL) was a Marine and, as most of you know, Nick (my husband) was in the Army, so they have bonded over their deployment go-juice: Green Beans! They both really loved the Chai Tea Lattes and Smoothies, so I figured this would be a perfect fit for the two of them :) I've written about it a lot with recipes, but it's my mission to pick something awesome and catered to the birthday person to surprise them!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Double Layer Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Chocolate Buttercream #SundaySupper

Rich chocolate cake with red wine infused chocolate frosting to top it all off!
Double Layer Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Chocolate Frosting | Rich chocolate cake with red wine infused chocolate frosting to top it all off #recipe #cake #chocolate #wine #dessert

Today's Sunday Supper event is dedicated to all the mommas out there! Our theme is MOM'S FAVORITE RECIPES and is hosted by Christie of A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures and Wendy of Wholistic Woman. You will find recipes that are ones our moms made OR ones that our moms love to eat.

I am very blessed to have not only a wonderful mom, but a wonderful mother-in-law. She took me under her wing from day one and I can always count on her for advice and she is one of the most giving and selfless people I know. Her birthday is on December 30th and I know that has probably been a bit hard over the years because it's so close to Christmas and she puts everyone before herself. It has always been a priority to me to put a lot of thought into celebrating her birthday since joining the family. I've made red velvet cheesecake, German chocolate cake, piggy cupcakes, and dark chocolate cappuccino cupcakes in past years. This past year I was going to make red wine chocolate bonbons for her to be able to take home and went on the hunt to find a cake that would go well with the bonbons.

Double Layer Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Chocolate Frosting | Rich chocolate cake with red wine infused chocolate frosting to top it all off #recipe #cake #chocolate #wine #dessert

My mom-in-law loves her wine, so I wanted to put a little wine in the cake somehow. I went to Sally's (of Sally's Baking Addiction) blog and found a beautiful triple chocolate cake that I knew would be the perfect base since it had coffee in it - if ever a cake could make a woman happy, it's one with coffee, chocolate, and wine - am I right?! I did a little more hunting and found a sangria cupcake recipe. The buttercream frosting used a red wine reduction syrup, but I wanted to have red wine chocolate frosting and so I did a little more hunting and found how to make a red wine dark chocolate sauce. I replaced the red wine syrup with red wine dark chocolate sauce and the frosting turned out wonderfully. Honestly, I could eat the red wine chocolate sauce with a spoon. It's so rich and decadent.

Double Layer Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Chocolate Frosting | Rich chocolate cake with red wine infused chocolate frosting to top it all off #recipe #cake #chocolate #wine #dessert

Even though this was a long process, it was definitely a labor of love. I was very happy that she loved the cake (and the bonbons) and I'm already hunting for a new recipe to make her this year for her birthday - I'm sure it'll be hard to top this one!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey over Rice

This addictive meal is not only tasty but incredibly easy to make - and ready in under 30 minutes.
Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey over Rice | This addictive meal is not only tasty but incredibly easy to make - and ready in under 30 minutes #recipe #greenbeans #turkey #easy

Each week, I try to make a variety of foods. We have our themed nights: Crockpot/Quick Meal Monday, Taco Tuesday, Soup Night Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, All American Friday (Pizza or Burgers), and then Sundays which I reserve for meals that may take some time that I don't have throughout the week. I often forget to make an Asian-style dish and it drives me banana sandwich because I love Asian foods. It actually may be a good thing that we don't have them as often because I have NO self-control at all with it. This recipe included.

Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey over Rice | This addictive meal is not only tasty but incredibly easy to make - and ready in under 30 minutes #recipe #greenbeans #turkey #easy

I always go into recipes without expecting much - I mentioned this recently...I know I have. I don't expect them to be bad, but I don't expect them to be super amazing either. I just don't have expectations at all. I do hope they are delicious, amazing, unforgettable...I absolutely do. So I get really excited when they ARE super amazing, delicious, and unforgettable. I loved how flavorful the ground turkey was and thoroughly enjoyed the crunch of the green beans with. It was perfect over a bed of rice and I will have to double the recipe next time because it disappeared very quickly!