Thursday, May 31, 2012

Easy Espresso Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

So I know I've been missing for a while. It's been kinda crazy though with lots of stuff going on so I've been constantly thinking about what to make for you all but not actually had the time to make anything. Hopefully I can keep posting in a pretty regular basis until I get less busy at home then I devote more time to delicious treats again. On to the easy sandwiches!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Garlic Knots

I love bread so much that this blog probably should have been about bread instead of desserts. Lucky for me I can still write about bread on here and share it with all of you! None of you seem to mind, after all :). I used to bake bread each week out of necessity because of my sons soy intolerance and the price on bread without soy products. He can have soy now and so I've become lazy in my bread baking. I really should make it more often. If nothing else I will be making these more often because they are done within an hour!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Inside-Out S'mores

Summer is pretty much here, at least where I live. It's in the 80's everyday so it may as well be summer. I know it's going to get a lot hotter and it already is a lot hotter in some places. That means sitting outside with friends and having fun. S'mores are part of summer fun. The best part of these is that they can be made ahead and don't involve a flame (although I'm sure you could if you wanted too). You could always roast actual marshmallows and put them in between the cookies of course. That may be delicious too. These involve homemade graham crackers (if desired) and brownie cookies!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Meatless Monday! Corn & Avocados (and another recipe!)

Meatless Monday is here and you probably thought I was going to skip it this week. I'm not, I'm here :). I wanted to post these recipes but wasn't able to make them until umm today. So, I'm a little late in posting but here it is! I'm posting both parts of the meal this time instead of giving you one recipe then having you look at the picture and wonder what the other stuff is or how to make it. The first recipe is obviously the corn avocado salad but then second one is shrimp with an Asian barbecue sauce. Yum!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Quinoa & Oatmeal Granola

I really love granola. One reason is that there is so much you can do with it! I really like buying it in bulk bins so that I can try a little of several kinds. When we lived closer to a Whole Foods I really liked getting them there. Now we are only 20 minutes away but I still don't get over there much and it's just as easy to make my own most of the time. Then, I can add what I want to anyway :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Soft Pretzels

Whenever I go somewhere and they have soft pretzels I always want one. I love them, a lot. They're soft inside with the crunchy exterior and a little salty, yum. These pretzels are delicious. My favorite is the one covered in chopped candied almonds and dipped in honey. I could have done it with all eight but I thought better of it because then I would have eaten all eight. Gently warmed up honey would be awesome with these but we didn't bother and they were still great.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Animal Crackers

Everyone remembers animal crackers, especially the ones in the little red box with the handle. These are like those but better! I made little elephants, lions, and bears. I would have made giraffes but somebody with tiny hands grabbed my giraffe cookie cutter and it didn't reappear until the next day. That's alright though, these are adorable on their own. I made chocolate chip cookies also and those were more of a hit than the original vanilla ones.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Meatless Monday! Whole Wheat Pizza Puffs

I love bread sticks and these remind me of those. These are little puffs that taste like pizza crust and are filled with cheese and vegetables. As you can see, the sauce is served on the side. The great thing about these is you can probably slide in a lot of vegetables if you want too. I  managed to slide in broccoli and carrots. The carrots look sort of like cheese :). You could always try grated squash or zucchini and mushrooms! This would be lovely with a big salad on the side. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hint of Mint Brownies

I really love mint desserts and especially when they have chocolate involved. To much mint can be overpowering though. These have a light mint flavor so if you want more then you can surely up the amount of mint in the recipe. My husband said he could taste it when he breathed in while he was eating them, that's how light it is. I'm pretty sure using fresh mint you cannot "over-mint" this recipe. You could probably double it and still be okay. Brownies for whatever reason are one of my favorite desserts to make and that's what I tend to take to people's houses when we visit, maybe it's that they are portable and individual servings :). 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Margarita Doughnuts

Seeing as how this is my sixth doughnut recipe on here I would I'm a pretty big fan. I kinda love them. This recipe is really similar to this recipe with a few tiny changes. What makes these doughnuts special? The curd in the middle...margarita curd. It's made with lime juice and tequila. These would make a lovely addition to brunch this Saturday yes? Yes. I would call these alcoholic doughnuts but the alcohol content that is in there is cooked out when the curd is cooked but the flavor is still there though :). (I should say you can leave out the tequila if you want too and replace it with more lime juice). They are also rolled in granulated sugar mixed with orange zest which makes them even lovelier.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Caramelized Banana Fluffernutters

I don't think I've had a fluffernutter sandwich in years. I have some bananas and I was trying to think of something fun to do with them besides eat them :), make muffins or bread, or put them over pancakes. I came up with this idea and it was a great one, if I do say so myself. It seems like I'm all about the caramelized food right now (I always have been). We had this talk last week. What do you use to caramelize? butter? Doesn't butter make everything better? Yes. :)

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