Monday, June 29, 2015

Cherry Mojitos

You know the saying, "Don't go to the grocery store on an empty stomach"?

I have to admit, that's a wise rule.  But I also admit it's not one I adhere to 100% of the time.  And I can tell those times when I have gone to the store on an empty stomach, because when I start unloading my groceries I look at all the stuff I've come home with and wonder why in the world I even put that in my cart.

One thing, that I can never resist is fresh cherries.  It doesn't matter if I've just eaten or my stomach is turning inside out from hunger pains, I can't walk by the cherry display without popping a bag in my cart.  I think my grocery store knows my weakness too, because immediately when entering the store there's a huge display of fresh cherries that greet me.  I mean, I literally have to walk around them to get to the produce section.  So, without hesitation I snag a bag of those delicious juicy cherries, plop them in my cart and continue with my shopping.

Cherries are one of my all-time favorite fruits.  My mom couldn't keep them in stock.  She'd walk in with a bag and I'd snag them, head outside and devour those delicious bits of goodness.  My obsession with this little fruit hasn't weakened over the years, if anything it's only gotten stronger.  And, that love for cherries has definitely been passed down to my little guy.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad

It seems like as of late I've been sharing a lot.  And I mean A LOT of sweets.  Don't get me wrong, I love my sweets and baking, it's my therapy.  But, if you had never been to the blog before and started purusing the most recent recipes you'd think we lived on sugar, sugar and more sugar.

That couldn't be further from the truth, and honestly, I'm not sure why in the world I've shared so many sweet recipes back to back to back.  It wasn't planned, I promise!

So, to get things back in balance I'm sharing a non-sweet, non-dessert recipe with you today.  Finally!

What better way to get things back in balance than with a salad.  But not just any salad a Cobb salad.  I love a good Cobb salad.  But honestly, what's not to love; some meat, lettuce, eggs, and assorted other veggies all on a bed of crispy, crunch ice cold lettuce.   Yum!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Blueberry Mojitos

When I think summer I think warm sunny days, amazing sunsets, trips to the lake and beach and the list goes on.  Another thing that I get absolutely giddy about when the warmer weather starts rolling in is all the fresh fruits, berries, veggies and herbs.  Nothing beats them.

And some fresh berries and herbs in a cocktail.  Well, that's just downright amazing.

These particular mojitos were the ones that secured the fate of #MojitoMonday.  What's not to love about the combination of tart lime, sweet blueberry, fresh mint and a little sugar?  It's light, refreshing and slightly fizzy, just enough to tickle the tip of your nose when your indulging in it's gloriousness.
Gloriousness, is that even a word?  Oh, well.  At this point it doesn't even matter.  Because this blueberry mojito is glorious.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

SRC: Frozen Nutella Hot Chocolate

During the winter months a tall cup of rich, thick hot cocoa is a necessity.  It's good for the soul and truly does help cure that frost bite.

Sometimes a hankering for that smooth, chocolate goodness arises in the summer.  But when it's 90 degrees pushing 1000 the last thing anyone wants to do is sip on some steaming cocoa.  Gosh, just the thought of that makes me miserable.

So, what do we do when we're in that predicament?  The predicament of wanting silky, rich hot chocolate when it's extremely hot outside.  Well, put it on ice, of course!

See, this month for Secret Recipe Club I was purusing Dorothy's blog, Shockingly Delicious and I was intrigued by oh, all of her recipes.  I mean, I didn't get through the first page without drooling.  Which, I should have been ready for since the happens every time I peruse her blog.  But, I scrolled through page after page of mouthwatering recipes, and when one of the pages popped up I saw a recipe for Nutella Hot Chocolate.  I went on and looked through other recipes, even referred to some of the ones I've bookmarked over time.  But the damage had already been done.  I was craving nutella hot chocolate, and something bad.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Salted Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Raise your hand if you're one of those people who could care less about cranking up the oven when you've got a bowl of cookie dough in your grips.  Because instead of wanting to scoop, bake, cool, remove and repeat, you just want to dive in that bowl, face first and indulge in the awesomeness that is cookie dough.

Um, right now my hands are waving frantically in the air.  So, yes, I'm definitely one of those people. And proud of it!

So, when I was given the request to create "something with cookie dough" from one of the members of the KARK4 morning crew I gladly rose to the occasion.  Challenge accepted!

I thought of and tested several different cookie dough recipes, but it wasn't until I made these bars that I knew I had a winner.  I mean, just when you thought it couldn't get any better than eating that cookie dough out of the bowl by the spoonfuls, it does.  How?  With these bars.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

BTB: Homemade Peach Cobbler in a Jar

There are times when I get so caught up in making something new.  Something fun and exciting.  Some off the wall recipe that is so incredibly intriguing that it just draws me in, that I forget just how good simple can be.  Simple, basic recipes, a lot of which I grew up enjoying, are still some of the best recipes in my book.  Those are the ones that are still the most comforting to me.

I love the challenge of a super rich, indulgent chocolate cake, frosted with salted mocha buttercream.  I love slicing into a layer cake and seeing cake separated by amazing filling and it's all enveloped in a deliciously creamy frosting.  I so enjoy the challenge of new recipes that I've never heard of, that push the boundaries of my comfort zone immensely.
But, the past week, in preparation for Father's Day I've been focusing a little more on the classics and less on the off the wall, over the top treats.  We took suggestions from several of the KARK4 viewers.  We asked people to let us know what that special man in their life's favorite treat was.  We heard several answers, but the ones that we heard the most were down home, home style desserts.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Apple Crisps Cups

Fruit crisps are a classic.  Take some fruit, toss with some sugar and possibly some spices, throw them in a shallow dish, top with a streusel topping, bake and viola.  You've got a fruit crisp.  An easy, no-fuss dessert that is "dressed up" by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

How awesome it that?

Sometimes you want to dress that simple dessert up just a tad, but still keep it easy.

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