Birthday Cake Cookies, For Any Day of the Year

Sometimes you have a tough day. Sometimes the only thing to do is make the world’s simplest cookie recipe: cake mix cookies. Since my girls are obsessed with celebrating EVERYTHING with a birthday cake (Mother’s Day, let’s make a birthday cake… they are a little unclear on the concept), I invented the birthday cake cookie tradition. Now everyday can be your birthday, no candles required.

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies



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Make This Monday : Slow Cooker Indian Curry

You need this Indian Slow Cooker Curry in your life. My high school friend Tabitha posted the recipe last week and I begged her to let me share it because it made me want to lick my computer screen. Make your Monday easier; throw this in your slow cooker now! And leave a comment with the recipe you make that makes your week easier!

Crock Pot Indian Chicken Curry



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Fast Food Fridays : Roasted Spatch Chicken

Quickest way to get dinner on the table? Combine your oven with a cast iron pan filled with veggies and a spatch chicken. A what chicken you ask? Spatchcocking involves splitting and flattening the chicken. It exposes more skin so there is more crispy goodness for everyone. Your butcher will often do it for you; my Lucky’s even sells them already oiled and herbed. But if you are feeling homestead-y, here is a great guide!
SpatchCook Chicken

It’s as easy a 1, 2, 3…
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Bohemia Chocolate Chile Ice Cream

Chocolate Chile Bohemia Ice Cream (2)

June 7th is also National Chocolate Ice Cream day, in additional to National Doughnut Day. Perfect celebration would be a chocolate ice cream filled doughnut no?

Since I can’t offer you a recipe for that, here is a recipe for an unusual chocolate ice cream which would be the perfect counterpart for the recipes in my doughnut post. I think this ice cream would go especially well with the Salted Caramel Cronut or the Kitchen Cabinet Sugar Donuts.

Chocolate Chile Bohemia Ice Cream
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National Doughnut Day : Revenge of the Cronut

National Doughnut Day

It’s national doughnut/donut day! I won’t be partaking due to that whole trying to get in shape thing. But that’s shouldn’t stop you! But why go out and buy doughnuts when they are easy to make at home?! Here are a few recipes try, including one for the legendary cronut!

Haven’t heard of the cronut? You’re not alone. Until someone tipped me to the story last week, I was in the dark. Evidently we are missing out because the original cronuts (the bastard child of a donut and croissant) go for $45 apiece on Craigslist. That’s one expensive pastry. But Pillsbury has you covered. They have a Salted Caramel version of the cronut that sounds divine.

Check out the recipe here.

If you are more of a traditionalist, here are some other donut recipes from some of my favorite bloggers!

Skinny Baked Strawberry Donuts
Kitchen Cabinet Sugar Donuts
Quick Homemade Donuts

Pool Snacks! : Sponsored by Tyson Toppings

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

So our new summer routine involves going to our swim club as much as possible. Swim clubs are big in the Midwest. It was a totally foreign concept to me, being from the South where your own pool is practically a necessity. Here in Missouri, people join a local club that maintains the pool and grounds. You pay a joining fee and then a yearly fee. This is our first year and we are trying to get our money’s worth.

That often involves going for a couple of hours in the late afternoon or around dinner time. The husband and I may never get in the pool but we enjoy sitting outside watching the girls splash around and play on the awesome playset. We all eat dinner there before heading home. Packing a dinner that pleases all taste buds and is portable can be challenge. So I was happy to get the chance to try the new Tyson Toppings line and create a few fun and easy meal solutions with the salami. Hope you enjoy!

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Fast Food Fridays : Summer Salads

Title: Springing into Summer with Salad

By: Hillary Monroe, MS RD LDN, Registered Dietitian and writer for Everyday Health Calorie Counter.

Spring is here, and not a moment too soon! As temperatures start to thaw out here in New England, fresh, local fruits and vegetables start to trickle in. One of my favorite nods to the season is to highlight local produce – and often a salad can be a way to let the freshness of that produce steal the show. Beginning May and June, asparagus, spring onions and arugula are available locally. Other fruits and vegetables start to appear as the summer goes on, but since it’s still early, I say we take advantage of these as we spring into summer.

Asparagus: Did you know these green stalks are high in folic acid and are a good source of potassium, vitamins A, C as well as some B vitamins? Asparagus is also a good source of fiber, which helps with digestion. This vegetable is surprisingly versatile when it comes to salads.

First: Trim the asparagus of the woody ends; snap one where it bends naturally and then cut the rest to be the same length.

Second: Steam for 1 minute, or until just softened but still crisp on your stove. Plunge the asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking and keep them bright green.

The chilled asparagus spears make up the base of the salad and the rest is up to you. I like to add thinly sliced red onions, shaved Parmesan cheese, drizzled with a white wine vinegar dressing – don’t forget the heart-healthy oil from the vinaigrette helps absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K).

Other variations include shaved pink radishes with sesame ginger vinaigrette or walnuts and goat cheese tossed in a sherry vinegar dressing.

Spring onion: These are just simply young onions. The taste is milder than an onion and pairs nicely with many other ingredients. Try slicing these into thin rounds and sprinkling them over any salad to give it a new freshness and kick.

Arugula: The peppery, mustard-like leafy green is an excellent source of Vitamin A. Some find it too strong on its own for a salad, but it pairs nicely as a component. Try mixing it in with other salad greens for an unexpected bite.

Later on this summer, watermelon will be available. Watermelon is high in lycopene, important for cardiovascular health – and it makes for a refreshing salad.
Best part, it’s 4 ingredients: combine cubed watermelon, thinly sliced mint leaves and crumbled feta cheese with a red wine vinegar dressing. Sweet, salty and savory all in one bite!

While we only touched on spring produce, I hope this inspires you to check out what’s local and available in your area so you can make the most of your salad this season!

Fast Food Fridays : Picadillo Chili

Picadillo Chili Recipe Budget Paleo
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Nutella Peanut Butter Brownies

Ever feel like you can’t catch up? That’s me lately! I am so behind that I can’t even come up with a pithy title for this post. But really… Nutella Peanut Butter Brownies, enough said right?
Nutella Peanut Butter Brownies

Recipe below!
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Wordless Wednesday : Indoor Smores


 

(Thank you to Hersheys for the supplies and Unsophisticook for the idea!)