Friday, March 27, 2015

Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Banana bread.  It's a classic.  It's been around since the beginning of time.  Everyone has at least that one go to recipe for their all-time favorite banana bread.  It's safe to say banana bread has stood the test of time and it still remains a favorite.

Think about all the different variations.  There are literally thousands, and new ones are added to the list every. single. day.  Aside from bread, there are muffins, scones, and cakes.  I've never met a banana recipe I didn't like.  Perhaps, one of my favorite combinations is bananas and cream cheese.
Banana bread and cream cheese are no strangers.  It's a love story for the ages.  Think about it, banana cake slathered in cream cheese frosting.  Oh my goodness.  I could honestly eat the frosting itself, but I don't.  Well, normally I don't.  I've been known to take a spoon to the bowl of frosting, but hey, who hasn't.  Don't judge!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Curried Corn Soup with Ginger

Okay, so apparently Mother Nature hasn't gotten the memo that Spring officially started over 5 days ago.  I'm not saying we've haven't had some nice days since spring rolled around, but we've had some cool days too.  Oh, and some rain.  Boy have we had some rain.  I can't even walk in my front yard right now without having mud up to my ankles.  With weather dipping down into the 50's tomorrow, I'd say with confidence oh mother nature is a tad bit confused.

Here in Arkansas, and I'm sure in many other areas, we've experienced 3 out of 4 seasons in the past week.  So, to say my menu planning has been all over the place would be an understatement.  One day we're on the back porch enjoying sunshine, a nice breeze and firing up the grill and the next day we're bundled up inside, dodging the rain and slurping up soup.

So, in the midst of the crazy weather, I've taken advantage of the cooler temps and jumped at the opportunity to squeeze in a few more soups I've had my eye on.  This curried corn soup with ginger is one of those soups.  I spotted it in the November issue of Food Network Magazine and was instantly intrigued.

Monday, March 23, 2015

BTB: Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

If you've been reading the blog for any amount of time, you know how much my family and I love Mexican food.  I mean, would could eat it every. single. day.  But, we try to refrain and limit ourselves to only once a week.

One of our favorite meals is enchiladas.  But, not the traditional enchiladas, although we love those too.  These enchiladas are the kind I've enjoyed since I was a young thing.  A simple, clever meal my MaMaw could whip up in under 30 minutes and one that the entire family loved.

I should probably share that recipe with you soon!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Tart

Today is the first official day of spring!  Cue the sunshine, mildly warm days, colorful flowers and birds chirping.

Another thing synonymous with spring is carrot cake.  This deliciously moist cake with heavy spices and shredded carrots throughout takes over the web and bakery showcases.  From traditional carrot cake, to carrot cake cookies, carrot cake scones, and so much more, carrot cake takes over with full force this time of year.

 I love a big ol' slice of moist carrot cake.  One that is loaded with mounds of freshly shredded carrots, amazing spices and slathered in tangy cream cheese frosting.  There's nothing better.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lemon-Lime Mint Moscow Mule

It's seems like mules are the trending drink right now.  And, it's like it just happened over night.  There are several restaurants that are revamping their menus, and many of those updates include the addition of the humble mule.

Honestly though, why wouldn't it be gaining popularity?  Who wouldn't want to sip on a cocktail served in a copper mug?

The Moscow mule is a classic drink dating back to around 1946.  It's not clear whether the first mules were made with lemons or limes, so for a version that screams spring I decided to use both of the citrus' to make this lemon-lime mule.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cherry Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Bites

One of my favorite breakfast indulgences is pastries.  You know, those pastries that are filled with cream cheese and then topped with fruit.  Ohmygoodness.  That is my weakness.  I try to stay away from them for the most part, but do splurge every once in a while.

There's a local restaurant and bakery that has my all time favorite breakfast pastries.  They've got their pastries down to an art.  The pastry has a flaky, crispy outside and the inside is light, fluffy and pure heaven.  Then there's the filling.  They have countless options when it comes to their breakfast goods, but I'm a sucker for the once with fruit.  Cherry, blueberry compote, raspberries, strawberries, apricots, the list goes on. A lot of the fruit ones even have a touch of cream cheese filling.  They go one step further and brush the baked pastry with a glaze, most of the time a preserve of some sort.  Oh my goodness, it's perfection on a plate.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Homemade Kiwi Limeade

Spring is about 4 days away!  With the change of the season, comes a change in the weather, warmer temperatures, green grass and brightly colored flowers.  I've already started seeing little bursts of colors sprouting up along side the roads and it's so pretty!

Another part of the change in temps means frequent visits to the park with my little guy, firing up the grill and partaking in refreshing beverages.  If my little man and I are out and about between 2:00 and 4:00, it's not uncommon for us to swing by Sonic and indulge in a drink for happy hour.  He always gets a strawberry slush; he loves sipping on it but he's especially happy when he sucks up a chunk of strawberry through the straw.  I typically go for a limeade; cherry or cranberry to be specific.  The perfect balance of sweet and tart.

So, with the arrival of spring I thought it would be fun to whip up a limeade at home.  But not one of my regulars, something different.  Then it hit me, what about a kiwi limeade?  Yum, right?  Right!
I've been on a bit of a kiwi kick lately, and I thought the bright green, juicy and slightly tart fruit would make a terrific addition to a limeade.  And boy, was I right.

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