Monday, August 21, 2017

Cookies and Cream Brownies

Some of the friends I have made over the years are due to my child's choice in friends.
Isn't that nice when it works out that way? The kids hang out, the moms (and sometimes dads) hang out too.

This one in particular, the girls were friends almost from birth to age 6. We moved away from them, but the girls (and moms) kept in touch via letters, presents, and Christmas cards.
Later on, the girls got back in touch via Facebook.

Mom and I though, we just stopped talking one day. Nothing happened, that I could think of at least, we just lost touch.

Last night I had a bad dream about her. It woke me up in a sweat. As I fell back asleep, I ended up slipping into another bad dream about her. This happened about 5 times total. It left me with an uncomfortable feeling.

I looked through my email and found a work email for her. I didn't even know if it still was the right one, but I had to give it a try.

To my relief, she answered it! We talked for a bit, and then promised we will have a phone marathon very soon.

I decided to celebrate by making some brownies!
I had seen a recipe on Inspired by Charm and just had to try it.

Oh. My. Word.

Now I am not sure what is more exciting, yummy brownies, or reconnecting with an old friend!

Ingredients:
2 Boxes brownie mix
(plus ingredients specified on box)
4 Cookies and Cream candy bars


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Prepare brownie mix according to the directions on the package
3. Spray 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray
4. Spread half of the brownie mixture into the cake pan
5. Place candy bars on the brownie layer
6. Cover with remaining brownie batter
7. Cook for 35-45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #28

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

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1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Featured Recipe from Last Week:


New England Style Broccoli Salad from Our Unschooling Journey







Monday, August 14, 2017

Candied Yams

This past Thanksgiving as I was assigning everyone their dishes, we realized nobody had sweet potato.

Now, I have never eaten a bite of sweet potato, much less ever made them.
I figured everyone would want the "traditional" dish with the mini marshmallows...so I googled it and came up with this recipe.

I ended up doubling it as there are many, many of us.
Um, in the interest of full disclosure, I didn't know until I opened the can and placed them in the dish. I looked at them, thought about it, looked again....and decided to brave the store the day before Thanksgiving.

Imagine my surprise to find next to nobody in the store! Psyched!

I made them, they got eaten by most all...but it still wasn't eaten by me.

Maybe one year I will brave it.

Ingredients:
1 (29 oz) can sweet potato
¼ Cup butter, cut into pieces
½ Cup brown sugar
1 ½ Cups miniature marshmallows


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Place sweet potato in medium baking dish
3. Place butter cubes all over the potato
4. Sprinkle with brown sugar
5. Top with miniature marshmallows
6. Bake 25 minutes

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #27

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

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2. No etsy shops or products for sale
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Featured Recipe from Last Week:


Black Bean and Mushroom "Meatballs" from: Best of Long Island and Central Florida











Monday, August 7, 2017

Chocolate Filled Crescents

I forget what I needed multiple packs of crescent rolls for, probably some party type food, but I stocked up at BJ's.

As is the general refrigerator rule, eventually the remaining tubes of rolls found there way to the very back, deepest depths of the fridge.

Washing the shelves, I found them. Hm. What now?
A quick Google search brought me to this Pillsbury recipe.

Everything on hand? Check!

Score!

 Ingredients:

1 Can crescent dinner rolls
½ Cup mini chocolate chips
Powdered Sugar

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350
2. Separate dough into 8 triangles
3. Place tablespoon of chocolate chips on wide end of each triangle
4. Roll up, starting at widest end to smallest point
5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown
7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar


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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #26

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

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2. No etsy shops or products for sale
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Today is the 10th anniversary of my father in law's passing.

My mother in law decided to celebrate his life this past weekend with a big reunion.

Friends and family near and far gathered in her backyard for food, friends, and memories. She was so very happy having everyone so near.

Laughter was had, reminiscing was done, toasts were made, and everyone just, well, celebrated life!

It's a nice reminder to everyone that life is just entirely too short and we should always tell those around us how much they mean to us.










Ingredients:
4 Tbsp Hot water
2 Tbsp Instant espresso coffee powder
1 Box Dark chocolate brownie mix
1 Egg
3 Tbsp Vegetable oil
¼ Tsp Cinnamon
1 ⅓ Cups dark chocolate pieces
Optional: chocolate kisses or caramel candy kisses for topping


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Prepare a baking sheet
3. In small bowl, combine water and espresso powder
4. In large bowl, combine brownie mix, egg, oil, cinnamon, and espresso mixture
5. Stir in chocolate pieces
6. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheet
7. Bake 10-12 minutes
8. Add optional topping as cookies come out of the oven

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Adapted from: Duncan Hines

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