Rolo Cake Mix Bars

I bought too big of a bag of Rolos for the Melted Snowmen so I went looking for recipes using Rolos and found this one.

It was delicious and easy too! I made them for Porch Treats, see what that is here.

1 box yellow, white, or vanilla cake mix

5 oz evaporated milk

1/4 cup butter, melted

40 Rolos, cut in half

1 Heat oven to 350. Spray 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.

2 Beat cake mix, milk, and butter until combined. Press half of the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 8 – 9 minutes, just until set.

3 Remove from oven and place Rolos, caramel side down, over the top. Drop remaining batter in spoonfuls over Rolos. Bake for 20 – 24 more minutes until top begins to turn golden.

4 Cool completely.

recipe from Cookies and Cups

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

This was a yummy one and will be made again for sure!

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 tablespoon cornstarch or flour

2 teaspoons sesame seeds

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

1 onion, chopped

1 (1″) ginger root, peeled and chopped (you can use ground ginger instead)

2 cups broccoli florets

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 Whisk together soy sauce, honey, lemon juice, sesame oil, and cornstarch.

2 In a large skillet, over medium low heat, toast the sesame seeds for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Remove seeds from skillet and set aside.

3 Add olive oil to same skillet, turn heat up to medium, and cook chicken until lightly golden. Add onions, ginger, broccoli, and pepper. Saute for 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low, add soy sauce mixture, and toss to combine. Cook until sauce is desired thickness, but no longer than 5 minutes. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

recipe from Skinny Ms

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

OK, this was delicious, easy, and fast, my three fav things in a recipe.

1 sliced yellow pepper

1 sliced orange pepper

1 sliced red pepper

1 sliced red onion

1 pound chicken breast, sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 Heat oven to 400.

2 Place sliced veggies and chicken on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Stir to coat with oil.

3 Sprinkle all seasonings over mixture and stir to combine.

4 Bake for 10 minutes and then stir. Bake for another 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

recipe from Low Carb Nomad

Chinese Chicken Salad

This is a yummy way to get a lot of veggies into your family!

SALAD

3 cups lettuce, shredded

2 cups red cabbage, shredded

1 cup carrots, shredded (you can buy a bag of already shredded carrots at the store)

1/2 cup green onions, chopped

2 cups chicken, shredded (I used a can of Costco chicken, just drain it and break it up with a fork)

DRESSING

3 teaspoons grated ginger (you can use ground ginger, about 1 teaspoon)

3 minced garlic cloves

3 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

TOPPINGS

sesame seeds

1 cup slivered almonds

1 Add salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine.

2 Combine all dressing ingredients and mix well.

3 Start by adding half the dressing to the salad, toss to combine, then taste and add more dressing if needed.

4 Top with sesame seeds and almonds.

recipe from The Little Pine Kitchen

Cornbread Boats

These made for a fun little dinner. I just filled them with canned chili but they were really yummy. Here are the Pampered Chef products that I used to make these little gems –

the Pampered Chef Brownie Pan and

and the Brownie Pan Boat Press. You can see they have a boat press for the muffin pan and the mini loaf pan as well. I used to sell Pampered Chef so I have a lot of their products and I absolutely love them! Here’s the recipe for the Cornbread Boats which happens to be a Pampered Chef recipe as well.

1 egg

1 cup milk

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 cup flour

1 cup cornmeal

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 Heat oven to 400. Spray brownie pan with cooking spray.

2 Stir together egg, milk, sugar, oil, and melted butter until combined. Add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt and stir until combined.

3 Place 1 large scoop of batter into each square. Bake 18 – 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

4 Remove from oven and use boat press to make a well in each square of corn bread. Fill with your choice of fillings such as chili or shredded chicken or pork.

recipe from Pampered Chef

Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Balls

I made these for my neighbor Micah for his birthday who is off sugar (is that even possible?). I tried one and they were pretty good, for around 100 calories each.

1 cup oats

1 cup almonds, finely chopped

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup flax seed, ground (I used chia seeds, I didn’t have any flax seeds)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 Combine oats, almonds, cocoa, seeds, and salt in a large bowl.

2 Microwave peanut butter and honey until the mixture is creamy and more runny. Add vanilla and stir.

3 Add peanut butter mixture to oat mixture and stir to combine.

4 Roll into balls by using a small cookie scoop to scoop out the mixture then roll into tight balls Store in fridge.

recipe from Mile High Mitts

Dark Choclate Pirouline Crescent Rolls

I bought way to many of these rolled wafer cookies for the dessert charcuterie boards I made so I’ve been looking for recipes to use them in. This one was yummy but really only yummy fresh out of the oven because when they sit the cookie gets a little soft and mushy so not very yummy anymore. So make them and eat them right up!

1 roll refrigerated crescent roll dough

16 Pirouline dark chocolate rolled wafer cookies

chocolate chips or candy melts

1 Heat oven to 350. Place each crescent roll triangle on a clean work surface. Place one cookie on the large end of the roll and roll once then place another cookie next to it and roll the rest of the way up. Place on baking sheet seam side down. Repeat.

2 Bake for 10 -12 minutes, until dough is cooked through and golden.

3 Melt chocolate chips or candy melts in microwave for 1 minute, remove and stir, then microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over rolls.

recipe from Seeded at the Table

Easy Yule Log (using a cake mix)

So I decided to give a Yule Log a try for Christmas dessert this year and while it was not a total disaster, it didn’t go that great either.

It developed a huge Grand Canyon size crack in it while cooling which made decorating a challenge.

I did manage to get a nice swirl as you can see here and

here and it tasted fine but it wasn’t anything special in the taste department (it needed more frosting in the middle) and it was impossible to frost what with the large crack and really crumbly surface so I ended up just drizzling it with ganache but to be honest, it didn’t really get eaten and I ended up throwing half of it away. There’s always next year I guess.

6 eggs

1 box chocolate cake mix

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon powdered sugar, maybe more

12 oz fluffy marshmallow frosting for the middle, I would double this for sure

12 oz whipped chocolate frosting (or ganache, recipe here)

1 Heat oven to 350. Beat eggs with mixer for 5 minutes until frothy and pale yellow in color. Add cake mix, water, and oil and beat on low for 2 minutes.

2 Line a large jelly roll pan with parchment paper then spray paper with cooking spray, don’t forget the sides of the pan too. Pour batter into pan and spread evenly.

3 Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 – 10 minutes.

4 Sprinkle both sides of a linen dish towel with powdered sugar. Lay towel on top of cake. Hold towel and pan together and gently flip upside down so cake drops onto towel. Peel off liner then tightly but gently roll the cake, keeping the towel in place to separate layers. Set on cooling rack and let cool for at least 15 minutes.

5 When cool, unroll cake and spread with marshmallow frosting, gently but tightly roll cake to form a log. Place onto serving dish and frost outside with chocolate frosting. Decorate as desired.

recipe from Mighty Mrs

Corgi Gingerbread Dog House

I know Christmas is over but I had to document this adorable Wilton Corgi Gingerbread Dog House that my mom and dad sent me for Christmas because we all know how I feel about corgis, right? I mean, just look at that adorable sugar corgi, he’s the best.

The kit came with everything you need to make and decorate the house, I just added a few of my own Christmas sprinkles for variety.

I also added a shortbread cookie wreath to the back of the house which was not included in the kit. I hope you all had a great Christmas season surrounded by family, friends, and lots of good food! Here’s hoping for a great 2022 with lots more good food!

PS I have to confess that I carefully pulled the sugar corgi off the house and saved it for next year’s gingerbread house! No one will eat it so it will be fine.

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Must-have Decor and Accessories: An Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Essentials

The kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where you create and share the love with family, friends, and guests. It’s also where most of our cooking takes place. A well-designed kitchen can inspire creativity and make you want to cook more often. Here are some ideas on how to decorate your kitchen to make it look great and also increase your cooking skills.

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Designing Your Kitchen

A great way to get inspired by your kitchen is to decorate it creatively. There are many creative things you can do to decorate your kitchen that will not only look great but also increase your cooking skills. Some of these ideas include:

• Cleaning out the clutter – getting rid of all the things you don’t need daily will make room for new items that’ll make you want to cook more often!

• Creating a space for everything – you’ll be less likely to misplace something if it has its own designated space. This is another great way to cut down on clutter!

• Utilizing natural light – natural light filters through windows into your kitchen and boosts your mood by triggering “good feelings” or happy hormones in your brain called endorphins!

Counter Space

When it comes to your kitchen, many people underestimate the importance of counter space. A good amount of counter space is essential for working efficiently and having room to use your dishwasher or do other prep work. How much counter space you need depends on how often you cook and what types of equipment you use. If you like cooking outside, don’t forget to account for outdoor cooking supplies and plan accordingly. Countertops can be a key component in determining what type of design will work best for your kitchen. You’ll need to decide whether you want an island, counters that wrap around a stove-top, or just enough space for a small dining table. Do your research and see what style fits best with your everyday needs!

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Storage Solutions

Organizing your kitchen can be a daunting task. There are so many cooking supplies, utensils, and appliances that it makes it difficult to find what you’re looking for right away. The tendency is, you end up rummaging through all sorts of items until you find the one thing you need. What’s worse is that you probably have to do this more than once because about a million other things are hiding behind the first item you looked at. Fortunately, there are so many creative ways to store your cooking essentials.

Here are some tips on how to de-clutter your kitchen with clever storage solutions.

  • Label Containers

There are plenty of containers out there just waiting for your favorite cooking staples. The trick is finding them! Instead of digging around through piles of pots and pans, take the time to label each container with the contents it contains. This will not only save time but also prevent cross-contamination from foods that should be stored separately due to food safety reasons.

  • Utensil Caddie

What better way to organize your stove top cooking utensils than by putting them in a caddie? A caddie allows you to grab all the utensils you need without having to search for each one.

Organizing Your Pantry

A pantry can be a great place to store your supplies, but it can also become a cluttered mess. That’s why it’s important to have an organized pantry. Here are six clever ways to keep your pantry organized.

  • Build your pantry around your cooking needs. Yes, this means adding more shelves!
  • Label all of the shelves with the type of food stored on them so that you know where anything is at a glance.
  • Buy matching containers and lids for all of your dry goods so that they are easier to identify once they are stored away in the kitchen cabinet or pantry space.
  • Use containers with handles so that they’re easier to carry when they’re full and stackable boxes that allow easy access when reaching into the bottom of the top shelf.

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Organizing Your Fridge

You need to be able to find what you’re looking for in your fridge when it’s time to cook! The easiest way to do this is to go through everything and make sure everything has its place.

Labeling snacks, condiments, and leftovers can help eliminate the need for trial and error. And if you don’t have labels, try using sticky notes on the side of containers. If that’s not enough, get creative with your organization. There are countless ways to store things in your fridge! You just have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone a little bit and make use of your hidden innovative talents.

When it’s time to eat, you will have the best time spending it with your friends, family, and the special people in your life. Dining with your significant someone is one of the most precious times in our lives, that is why we need to make this moment count. Keep your kitchen and dining room presentable by hanging a few unique decor pieces like dining room wall art to give off an intimate and cozy feel while it lasts. If you don’t know where to start, you can rely on our expert designers from all around the world for wall art and decor inspirations. Reach out to us to know more!

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