Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cones

 

Chocolate Dipped sugar Cones

Handsome and I have been invited to our friends 4th of July party.  The view of the fireworks from their backyard is going to be spectacular and the Hosts are the best!  The hostess has asked if I would bring over this.  I also want to bring something for dessert, too.  My thoughts went directly to chocolate dipped sugar cones to go along with her delicious homemade ice cream.  It’s the perfect no-bake dessert, (it has been so hot and muggy lately) takes no time to make and looks so festive!

 chocolate dipped sugar cones

Tip~ Add a small amount of chocolate into the bottom of the inside of the sugar cone so the ice cream won’t melt through!

Chocolate dipped sugar cones

 Chocolate Dipped sugar Cones

Chocolate Dipped Cones

5.0 from 4 reviews
Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cones
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Ingredients
  • I Pkg. Sugar Cones
  • Dark coating chocolate (chocolate chips can be used)
  • White coating chocolate (white chocolate chips can be used)
  • Sprinkles
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Toffee bits
Directions
  1. Place a large piece of wax paper or silpat onto a baking sheet.
  2. Place toppings in separate small bowls.
  3. Place chocolate in a small glass bowl. Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Place glass bowl of chocolate over the simmering water, making sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the simmering water. Gently stir chocolate until it is melted and smooth.
  4. Place a dollop of chocolate into the inside bottom of each sugar cone.
  5. Holding the sugar cone by the pointy end, dip about an inch of the rim into the chocolate.
  6. Sprinkle rim with desired toppings.
  7. Place on wax paper to harden.
  8. Repeat with white chocolate.
  9. Allow chocolate to dry completely.
  10. Coated sugar cones can be placed in a storage bag in the freezer for up to 1 month.

 

 

 

 

Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

A couple of weeks ago was national donut day and my Handsome surprised the family by bringing home two boxes (we have a buy one get one free card) of Krispy Kreme Donuts.  When he first walked in to the house with those boxes of wonderfulness, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one, two, ok, maybe…three, but, by the third one that tempting delightful fried dough ring dunked in warm sugar glaze wore off, for all of us.  At first, I thought I should just throw them away, get them out of the house for this was now day 3 of having them sit on my counter not being eaten.

Instead, I decided to give them new life by making a delicious, melt in your mouth Krispy Kreme bread pudding. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Krispy Kreme bread pudding

5.0 from 5 reviews
Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding
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Ingredients
  • 6 Krispy Kreme Donuts
  • 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Powdered sugar
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut each donut into 6 pieces.
  3. Place donuts in to a buttered baking dish.
  4. In a large bowl combine milks, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine.
  5. Pour milk mixture over the Krispy Kreme donuts making sure the donuts are submerged.
  6. Let the donuts sit in the milk mixture for 1 hour.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until the middle no longer giggles.
  8. Once cooled, sprinkle powdered sugar over the top.

This luscious bread pudding would be perfect to bring to any pot luck or the perfect sweet to be served at brunch.

,Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

Enjoy!

National Burger Day 2015!

Happy National Burger Day 2015!

Since it is National Burger Day I thought I would share with you some delicious burgers I’ve seen around the Blog-O-Sphere.  One thing is for sure, I will be celebrating today with… you guessed it, surprise, surprise, a burger!

With summer just around the corner, it is time to spark up the grill and get ready to make your favorite stand-by burgers, but don’t forget to add some new ones into the mix.

I have compiled my top 5 favorites!

Top 5 burgers National Burger Day

What is your favorite burger?

1. The Whiskey Burger by Mantitlement

whiskey-burger

2. Mexican Chorizo + Garlic Shrimp Burger by Lady and Pups

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3. Ranch Burger by lil’ luna

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4. Ultimate Beer Burger by Brooklyn Brew Shop

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5. Queso Burger by The Recipe Critic

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If you give any of these burgers a try, tag me on Instagram, Twitter, or FaceBook.  With the #YummyBurgers  And let me know what you think!

 

Happy National Burger Day 2015!

 

Until Next time…

Meatball and Biscuit Bake

Meatball and Biscuit Bake

A few days ago the weather turned to the 60s along with dark clouds and we finally got a few drops of rain in Southern California.  With a fire going in the fireplace all day, I was craving something warm, doughy and comforting, also meaty knowing that would please my carnivorous Handsome.  I had seen a Meatball and Biscuit Bake called several different names on Pinterest, and it looked like the perfect meal to satisfy.

Here is how I made it…

First I made the meatballs using this recipe.  You can also use pre-made frozen meatballs.

Open one can of Pillsbury Biscuits and cut each biscuit into 6 pieces.  Either use your favorite jar marinara sauce or you can easily make a home made marinara using this recipe.  In a large baking dish, add the cut biscuits along with 2 1/2 cups of marinara.  Mix the biscuits and marinara together to make sure all the biscuits are coated.  Place the meatballs in-between the biscuits.

Meatball and Biscuit Bake with Pillsbury biscuitsTop the biscuits and meatballs with shredded mozzarella cheese and place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Meatball and Biscuit Bake
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Ingredients
  • 1 Can of Pillsbury Grand Biscuits
  • Homemade or frozen meatballs
  • Homemade or jarred marinara
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • cooking spray
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut biscuits in to 6 pieces each.
  3. Place into a greased baking dish.
  4. Place biscuits and sauced into baking pan.
  5. Add meatball to biscuits and sauce.
  6. Cover with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Meatball and Biscuit Bake using Pillsbury Biscuits

Dinner is served!

Meatball and Biscuit BakeEnjoy!

This entry was posted in Dinner.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Mothers's Day 2015 Gift Guide for the woman who loves to cook1. William-Sonoma Farmers’ Market Herb Wreath  An artisan hand-made wreath made with a medley of colorful dried flowers and fragrant herbs from farmers markets from across America.

2. Press and Measure Herb Infuser   No more buying expensive flavored oils and vinegars. Infuse the flavors right in your own home using all natural ingredients.  Also has a built in measuring device with the push of a button.

3. Miracle Grow AeroGarden Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit.  Grow fresh herbs right on your countertop.

4. Bloomingdale’s Michael Aram “Leaf” Trivets  This beautiful trivet is designed by famed metalware designer Michael Aram.  He has applied his training as a sculptor to his design of gleaming accessories.

5. Cafe Press Personalized Cupcake Pajamas  The 100% cotton bottoms are in a black plaid, pink plaid, lumberjack print.  Adorable for the Mom who loves to bake or the ones who just love cupcakes!

6. Flavour Gallery Kale’d it – Large Canvas Farmhouse Tote   Cotton tote that is durable and a great size for all her shopping and traveling needs!

7. Lorenza Rose 750 ML   This Mother-Daughter team behind Lorenza is paying homage to the rose wines of the south of France from their home in Napa, California.

8. NewAir AB-1200 Beverage Cooler   Mom will love chilling her favorite beverages from soda to wine and everything in between.  It has manual controls with 7 thermostat settings ranging from 64 degrees all the way down to 34 degrees.  There are 5 removable racks.  The glass door that can be set up to open from the right or the left.  There is also Led lighting. Perfect for the kitchen as well as a craft room!

Happy Mother’s Day! 

*some of the above links are affiliates and/or sponsors

 

This entry was posted in Home.

Creamy Tomato Farfalle Pasta

April is a month of birthday’s for very special ladies in my life.  My mom and my daughters, actually, my daughters were born on my mothers birthday.

This year marked a “Big” one for my mom, so I decided to throw a birthday luncheon with all of my mom’s closest friends.

I knew I wanted to make all of her favorites foods starting with her favorite pasta, creamy tomato farfalle pasta.  It’s a perfect pasta for a crowd, the recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.

Creamy Tomato Farfalle Pasta, bow tie pasta, spinach tomato tortellini,

4.8 from 6 reviews
Creamy Tomato Farfalle Pasta
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb box of Farfalle (bow tie) Pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons salt for pasta water
  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup half and half
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup spinach (packed), chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 2 dashes of tabasco
  • ¼ cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus some for serving
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. In a large pot bring water to a rolling boil, add salt. Cook pasta 3 minutes less than instructions. drain and set aside (Do not rinse pasta).
  2. In a large deep skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add flour, stirring constantly for a few minutes to cook out the flour taste.
  4. While whisking, pour in the milk and half & half. Continue whisking until all lumps are gone.
  5. Once mixture begins to lightly simmer add tomatoes, spinach, and basil.
  6. Stir in onion powder, oregano, and tabasco.
  7. Cook until spinach has wilted and sauce has thickened.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Stir in cheese.
  10. Salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Add the cooked pasta
Recipe was adapted from here.

Funfetti Biscotti

What type of dessert do you make for someone who doesn’t like birthday cake?

Funfetti Biscotti, of course!

Funfetti Biscotti. sprinkles biscotti

I know a lot, I mean a lot of people who don’t like cake! Pie, ice cream, and cookies are all good, they just don’t like cake.  So, each year when their birthday comes around I try to change up the dessert a little.  This year?  Birthday Funfetti Biscotti!

Funfetti Biscotti, Sprinkles Biscotti

4.8 from 6 reviews
Funfetti Biscotti
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Ingredients
  • 3¼ cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup of colored sprinkles or jimmies, divided
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.
  2. In a mixer combine the oil, eggs, and sugar until completely combined.
  3. Add vanilla and almond extracts to the sugar mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together baking powder and flour.
  5. Add salt to the flour mixture.
  6. Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture until completely combine.
  7. Add ½ cup sprinkles to the dough.
  8. Divide dough in half, place both halves on the cookie sheet and form each dough into long rectangles.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining sprinkles over rectangles of dough and press down slightly.
  10. Place cookie sheet in oven for 25 minutes and then remove from oven.
  11. When cool enough to handle, cut each rectangle into ½ inch slices.
  12. Place cookies sliced side down and bake for an additional 12 minutes until lightly brown.

Sprinkles Biscotti

Aren’t this biscotti cute?

Funfetti Biscotti, Sprinkles Biscotti

Enjoy!

Meatball Italiano

When a friend told me about the Healthy Solutions Spice Blends 2015 Blogger Recipe Challenge, I knew I had to do it.  Healthy Solutions has so many wonderful spice blends for meat and seafood, it was hard to choose just one Spice Blends I would work with.

Meatballs Italiano, Healthy Solutions Spice Blends

I wanted to be true to my italian heritage, so I decided to use the Italian Meatball Spice Blends.   There is nothing like eating a great meatball.  I remember as a child, I loved when we had meatballs and sucu (sauce) for dinner with a salad.

Meatballs Italiano, Healthy Solutions

Combine All ingredients together just until combined.  Do not over work mixture or your meatballs will not be tender.

Meatballs Italiano, Healthy Solutions

4.9 from 8 reviews
Meatball Italiano
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons Healthy Solutions Spice Blends Italian Meatballs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • ½ cup ricotta
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients.
  3. Mix with hands until ingredients just come together.
  4. Shape mixture into walnut size balls
  5. Place meatballs on a baking sheet, do not let meatballs touch or they will not brown properly.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Serve with your favorite Marinara sauce.
  8. To Freeze~
  9. Let meatballs cool.
  10. Using a spoon remove all of the fat that has harden.
  11. Wipe the baking sheet clean.
  12. Place the cooled meatballs back on the baking sheet, again, making sure the meatballs do not touch.
  13. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1 hours until they are completely frozen.
  14. Remove from freezer and place meatballs into a freezer ziplock bag, seal and return bag to the freezer.

Meatballs Italiano, Healthy Solutions

 Once you have made your meatballs there are several recipes you can use them in.  The classic spaghetti and meatballs with my favorite marinara, meatball sub sandwich, and you can add them to soup and salads.

Enjoy!

Meatball Italiano Healthy Solutions Spice Blends

**I received a complimentary Spice Blend packet from Healthy Solutions Spice Blends.  Please know that all opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way for this post.

 

What you can make in a Avalon Bay AirFryer? The perfect Grilled Cheese

There is nothing that satisfies a craving more than a ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich of goodness!  I love the way the cheese gets all melty on a perfectly toasted slice of bread.

Normally,  I would get out my cast iron grill pan, slather the bread with gobs of butter, add the ingredients (whatever I have in my fridge), today it’s bacon, tomato, & peach preserves for my grilled cheese and I am on my way to making my perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

After I make this delectable grilled cheese sandwich which I, or someone in my family has since devoured, there is the clean up.  I love cooking, but clean up is the absolute worst!  The grill pan is so hard to clean, with cheese and greasy butter everywhere, not to mention the ridges that a grill pan has, plus it’s heavy!  A delicate flower like me should not have to clean a pan with the weight of a baby!  Yet, here I am, cleaning away having all of the great memories of the grilled cheese fading from my mind.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Avalon Bay, who so kindly gave me a Avalon Bay AirFryer to use.  I don’t have to lug that grill pan out any longer!

Avalon Bay Airfryer

So you may be asking yourself, what is an AirFryer?  It is a very cool counter top appliance that basically does it all.  The Avalon Bay AirFryer can fry, bake, grill and even roast! The Avalon Bay AirFryer uses a high speed fan that causes the hot air to circulate at a high speed which cooks and browns the food. The fat and oils drip through the drip basket.  And, it does it with almost no oil.  Most of the time no oil is needed at all, no oil, no fat equals less calories!  And the best part, (besides the no oil cooking) clean up is a breeze, often I just wipe it out.  I have tried several recipes out in my new AirFryer besides this awesome grilled cheese, like…tortilla chips, meatballs, mozzarella sticks, egg rolls, donuts, fresh cut fries (sweet & russet), and frozen mini pizza’s just to name a few.

And now for the scrumptious bacon, tomato, peach preserves, and jack cheese grilled cheese…

Avalon Bay AirFryer grilled cheese sandwich

So this is how I made my delicious grilled cheese…

I cooked the bacon in the AirFryer first.  Did I mention you can “fry” bacon?   Well you can, and it comes out perfect!

Avalon Bay AirFryer making bacon

I then put half a teaspoon of olive oil on 1 side only, of 2 pieces of bread.  Then layer your ingredients, starting with peach preserves, spread it on each side of the non-oiled side of bread, then jack cheese, tomatoes, and the cooked bacon.  Place the second piece of bread, peach side down and press slightly.  Now place in the basket of your AirFryer st the degrees at 392 for 12 minutes.

Avalon Bay AirFryer grilled cheese sandwich

There is nothing left to do besides enjoy your ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich, made in your calorie saving AirFryer!

Avalon Bay AirFryer Grilled Cheese cut

I’ve been using my AirFryer for over a month now, and I love it!  It is now the most used small appliance in my home.

 This Avalon AirFryer is the perfect gift for a collage student!

**Thank you to Air and Water & Avalon Bay for providing the AirFryer for review.

* AirFryer photo provided by Avalon Bay