Saturday, June 30, 2012

**Sunday Social #70**

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{Fantastical Favorites}
The one where I share my favorites from my own blog...



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{Around the Web Favorites}
The one where I share my favorites from OTHER blogs. They have all been stumbled and pinned :) 
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Easy Calzones from The Pioneer Woman

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Buffalo Chicken Tacos from Jamie Cooks It Up!

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No Bake M&M Granola Bars from Inside BruCrew Life

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Glazed Blueberry Cake Donuts from How Sweet It Is

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S'mores Ice Cream from Brown Eyed Baker

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Triple Berry Lemon Cream Cake from The Farm Girl Recipes

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June in Review

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I really enjoy doing these monthly wrap ups - you can find January {here}, February {here}, March {here}, April {here}, and May {here} by clicking the links!


 
The Recipes
Favorites are noted with an asterisk!

Beverages
Breads
Desserts
Main Dishes
Side Dishes
Snacks

I talked about Food Network Magazine, and Taste of Home Cooking School for my Fantastical Feature this month.

I participated in both the Crazy Cooking Challenge and Secret Recipe Club this month. I posted Blueberry Cheesecake Milkshake for CCC and Spicy Jack Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseburgers for SRC. I'm also very happy to announce that I am now a Secret Recipe Club hostess. Group D love!!

I also did a little blog swap this month. You can find Mrs. White from Little Homemade Housewife {here} and links to her blog where I posted. We both talked about menu planning.

I want to revisit my resolutions again and update on how well/awful I'm doing on them:
  • Drink more water - I'm finally crossing this one off. It's my go-to drink!
  • Eat more fruit - We ate lots of fruits this month. I hope to continue :)
  • Get on a schedule - Doing much better here.
  • Catch up on adding the printable feature to old recipes. - I really need to work on this.
  • Work on emptying bookmarked recipes. - and work on this.
  • Leave reviews {comments} for recipes I've tried where I got them. - I did go through a few pages of my index and commented on some recipes I've tried :)
  • Look for duplicate recipes in the ones I have in the binders - Oy. Gotta do this too.
  • Update Blog Love page. - I swear I did stuff this month. LOL
  • Use breadmaker, cake pop maker, and KitchenAid pasta attachment - AND my waffle iron. - I still need to get the missing piece for my breadmaker. I didn't use the pop maker or pasta attachment. But I did use my waffle iron!! :)
  • Organize kitchen cabinets. - Worked on this a little. Will really hit it hard when I get back from vacation!!
If you missed them, you can find Sunday Social, Oh, How Pinteresting Weds., and Tasty Thursdays (formerly known as Twisted Thursdays) by scrolling all the way down and finding the little label cloud. Click on whichever you want to see :)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Funfetti Blondies

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Honestly, I'm the worst for reading directions for the first time in the middle of making recipes. Even worse than that is while I'm typing up the recipes to post, I realize why something was off. This time, my blondies were a little hard to get out of the pan, even though I greased it. This may also be because I failed to read the "line your pan with foil" part. Whoopsies. Despite my little pan-preparation error....these were super delicious! My first time having and making blondies - I brought them to our monthly FRG meeting. Everyone who tried them liked them. They are convinced I sneak crack into my goodies :) SHHH!

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What you need:
  • 14 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sprinkles
Directions:
Cream together melted butter and sugars until smooth.

Add eggs and extracts.

Then add salt, flour, and baking powder.

Lastly, stir in white chocolate chips and sprinkles.

Pour into 9x13-inch, foil-lined pan that has been greased and smooth with a spatula.

Bake at 350* for 24 to 28 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before cutting.


Recipe from Beantown Baker

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lasagna Soup

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We made some slight modifications to this recipe.
1) I can never find cool pastas...it's pretty lame. So I used some leftover rigatoni.
2) I won't can't eat ricotta, so I used a mixture of mozzarella and 5-cheese Italian mix with the Parmesan. You could also use cottage cheese, but my husband never would have eaten it if I used it.

Brenda suggests to cook the pasta separate. I find this to be easier and then your noodles don't get bloated and overcooked. It's a great tip that I will be using in noodled pastas to come!



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What you need:
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb. Italian sausage
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 (28 oz.) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 8 oz. mafalda or fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 oz. ricotta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Pinch ground pepper
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
Directions:

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot or dutch oven. 
Add sausage and cook for 5 minutes, crumbling as you go.
Add onions and cook for 6 more minutes. 
Then add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes; cook for 1 more minute or until fragrant.

Add tomato paste and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
Add diced tomatoes, bay leaves, and chicken stock. 
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. 
Add basil and salt and pepper, to taste.

In a separate pot, cook pasta until al dente; drain. 
You'll want to do this towards the end of your soup cooking time :)
In a bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, 1/4 tsp. salt, and pinch of pepper.
Place a little of the cheese mixture into each serving bowl.

Top cheese with a little pasta and then ladle over some soup.
Very, very last, sprinkle as much or as little mozzarella as you want on top. Enjoy!

Recipe from A Farm Girl's Dabbles

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~Tasty Thursday #66~

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oh, How Pinteresting Weds. #50

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The Perfect Sandwich Loaf
I like experimenting with different bread recipes.

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Philly Cheese Burger
Oh yeah. This looks delish.

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Cheesecake Burritos
Nothing bad ever happens when cheesecake is involved.

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Blueberry Ice Cream Pie
I'm on a blueberry kick.

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Lemon Thyme Chicken
Not only is it gorgeous, but is looks delicious.

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S'mores Cheesecake with Toasted Marshmallow Topping
I am fairly certain this is the beginning of the apocalypse.

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Chewy Brown Butter Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
What a mouthful...and I'd be lying if I said I didn't want a mouth full of these cookies!

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookie Bars
It's a classic combo.

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Melt-in-your-Mouth Pecan Sandies
Every once in a while I like a good pecan sandy. Definitely a recipe you want to have on hand.

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Gluten-Free Baked Oatmeal Casserole
I may have pinned this out of sheer love of how it looks. It's so pretty!

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Oopsies! Forgot to soften your butter?
Here's a fabulous tip on how to remedy that WITHOUT a microwave.

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Banana Caramel Cream Dessert
This just looks so good! Extremely epic banana pudding!

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Amish Caramel
This would be so perfect for holiday gifts!

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Pepperoni Logs
A local mom and pops diner makes these and they are so good!

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This snack has green chiles and cheese. That's all that matters.

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No-Bake Golden Oreo Truffles
I love Golden Oreos. Not a big fan of the regular ones.

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I Can't Believe It's Not Fondant

Fool people into believing your buttercream is fondant!

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Rosemary-Beer Marinated Pork Chops
I think pork is the only meat I haven't done with beer.

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Easy Cobbler
Using fresh peaches!

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Mini Bow Ties with Browned Butter and Parmesan
Oh my goodness. Doesn't this look amazing?

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Strawberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal
I don't think I've had the combination of strawberry and coconut together. Sounds good to me!

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Taco Chex Mix
My husband loves chex mix of any sort.

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Mango Lemonade Pops
I have had mango lemonade, it's one of my favorites!

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Basil Chicken Over Pasta
Over pasta...I'll take it!

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