Monday, March 28, 2016

SRC: Mango Coconut Smoothie

We are a week into spring!  I love this time of year, except the pollen.  Yuck!  But, I'll live through the pollen so I can hear those little birdies chirping, see all the pretty flowers blooming and start getting the garden ready for all those fresh herbs and veggies.

With the temperatures warming up I am beyond excited to start adding some lighter recipes to the menu.  One thing I love for breakfast is smoothies, but when those temps are hovering around freezing I can't even really wrap my brain around the thought of sipping on a cold smoothie first thing in the morning.  But during those spring and summer months?  Well, that's a different story.  Bring on those light, refreshing, flavorful smoothies.

I can't tell you how long it's been since I broke my blender out to make a smoothie.  I can tell you that it has been a while.  So it's definitely time.  This month's Secret Recipe Club assignment had just the recipe I needed to get me out of my smoothie slumber.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Ham and Cheese Scones

Let me just start by saying that it's taking everything in me then some to pull myself away from these warm, cheesy, fresh-from-the-oven scones.  But, I figured if I love them soooo much then I probably need to hop on here and tell y'all all about about them and their awesomeness!

I've made plenty of scones, but never any savory.  And now, after tasting these I'm asking myself why in the world it has taken me this long to cross over to the savory side.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Carrot Cake Baked French Toast

Breakfast.  It's one of my favorite meals of the day.  Why?  Well, there are several reasons.  Breakfast isn't just for mornings., it's for anytime of the day.  Salty bacon, eggs of all sorts, biscuits, gravy, pancakes, waffles, I mean the list truly does go on and on.  Not to mention it's the only meal where it's acceptable to eat dessert (or at least infuse those flavors and elements) for an actual meal.

I mean think about monkey bread, that's sweet, sugary and so indulgent.  I believe it's a recipe that can be enjoyed as either breakfast or dessert.  Another one of those is french toast.  Bread, coated in an egg mixture, fried and drizzled with honey and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Another one of those that truly could be dessert or breakfast.

And then there is the world of fusion.  Taking two beloved foods, mashing them together to come up with the ultimate of recipes.  I've had so much fun doing that lately and this is another one of those instances where I've taken a dessert and breakfast food and mashed them up to make the ultimate of breakfast or brunch treats.

Carrot cake baked French toast.

Whaaaat???

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Deviled Egg Dip

Deviled eggs; a truly southern holiday tradition.  Deviled eggs and holidays or potlucks go hand in hand.  While they usually make an appearance at all of our holiday gatherings, I believe that they are a staple on most tables on Easter.  I mean, what is Easter without a platter of deviled eggs?

I've tried several varieties of deviled eggs, an honestly, I've never met a deviled egg I don't like.  What is about those hard boiled egg white halves filled with creamy, buttery filling that just so addicting?

But, have you ever thought about mixing things up a bit?  I mean, not totally nixing those infamous deviled eggs, but serving them up as a dip.  Everything we love about those simple, little eggs but served up on a cracker.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Cadbury Creme Egg Milkshake

Aside from the flowers starting to bloom, grass turning bright green grass and the birds chirping there is one sure sign that Easter is approaching.  You know what that is?  It's the return of the Cadbury eggs and that infamous commercial hosting the Cadbury bunny auditions.

I think it's safe to say that Cadbury eggs are a staple of the Easter holiday.  They make a variety of goodies and a ton of flavored eggs, I think everyone can find at least one Cadbury goody they can call their favorite.

Every time I go into the store I go to the Easter section and peruse all the brightly colored candy that is displayed for the season.  I try to restrain and no leave the store with at least a couple different varieties, but most of the time my sweet tooth gets the best of my and I end up snagging a good little variety of Easter sweets to quench that craving.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Bunny Bait

I cannot believe Easter is in less than a week.  I know it's earlier than normal this year, but it feels like it's sneaking up on me.  There's still so much I need to do to get ready and there is just so little time.  I'm starting to stress a little bit.  Eeek!

But, I'm sure, as always, I will have everything done by the time Sunday rolls around.  Eggs will be dyed, eggs will be hidden, the Easter bunny will have come and visited and he will leave with a full belly because of treats that will be left for him.  And...my little guy will be so excited!

Are you looking for a little treat to leave that little furry rabbit when he comes hopping by?  Well, I've got something that will lure him to your front door and he may just stay a while to devour every last bit of this treat.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Round-Up

It's March 17th!  You know what that means?  It's St. Patrick's Day.  A day that is celebrated by pinching the green-less, hunting 4-leaf clovers, turning all our food and beverages green, celebrating the luck of the Irish, and pretending we're Irish...even if just for 1 day!

I wanted to paint today's post green in honor of St. Paddy, so I'm sharing a compilation of green and Irish inspired recipes!

To Start Your Day-

Irish breakfast wraps-I would totally start any and everyday of the week with one of these wraps.  Packed full of eggs, sweet potato corned beef hash and topped with a homemade Russian sauce!

Irish Coffee-because your morning just would start out on the right foot if you didn't enjoy a little spiked coffee.  Strongly brewed coffee, brown sugar, Irish whiskey and a luscious layer of frothed cream.

Irish coffee cake scones- I'm loving everything about these scones.  Soda bread made into scones and topped with that infamous streusel topping.

Eats-

Guinness pulled pork sliders with creamy dijon slaw- The name says it all.  Pork slow cooked and braised in a guinness marinade.  The tender pork is shredded, plopped on a bun and topped with an amazing creamy dijon slaw.  Now tell me this isn't a meal fit for a St. Patrick's day celebration!

3 words, Reuben. Waffle. Fries.- I'm drooling over here folks.  Melanie Makes has taken everything St. Patrick's day is about and stuffed it in a cast iron skillet and topped it with cheese! A cast iron skillet loaded with waffle fries, corned beef, sauerkraut and topped with cheese.

Reuben Dip- This dip sounds like things that dreams are made of.  All the fixin's of a reuben sandwich, mixed up in a pan and baked to make a creamy dip.

Loaded sweet potato Irish nachos with beer braised short ribs- Wedges of tender and crispy sweet potatoes topped with tender, beer braised short ribs and all the fixin's you're accustomed to seeing on your favorite plate of nachos

Sweets

Mint chocolate chip ice creamPassion for Savings has whipped up the perfect mint chip ice cream.  To make it even easier, it's no churn.  Nothing screams St. Patrick's like beautiful, minty green ice cream studded with tons of chocolate chips.

Copycat Shamrock Shake-Because no St. Patrick's day is complete without that infamous Shamrock Shake.  Now you can skip the drive-thru and whip up your own at home!

Grasshopper Mint Cookies- The gals over at Six Sister's Stuff made these perfectly delicious and festive cookies.  To make these even easier, they utilize a cake mix to help make the cookie making process even faster!

Leprechaun Cookies- I think these leprechaun cookies are absolutely adorable.  A simple Nutter Butter cookie is given a transformation by using a little melting chocolate and some sprinkles.  What a fun activity to do with the kiddos!

Drinks

Irish jello shots- Fun and festive, and everything is just better with Jello.  These Jello shots are the perfect way to start...or end your party.

Green melon whiskey sour- 3 ingredients and some melon ball ice cubes is all you need to whip up this fun, festive and delicious whiskey sour.

Irish Mule-I was beyond excited to come across this cocktail.  I'm a sucker for mules, and this Irish variation sounds right up my alley!  I know what I'll be sipping on when 5 o'clock rolls around!  

Cheers and happy St. Patrick's Day!


Friday, March 4, 2016

Tiramisu Coffee

Okay people, brace yourselves.  I've got 2 words for you.  Are you ready?  Tiramisu. Coffee.

Aaaahhh!

To say I am excited about this recipe is truly an understatement.  Tiramisu is in the top 3 of my all-time favorite desserts ever.  Ever!  I love those fluffy lady fingers soaked in coffee then layered with sweet, creamy mascarpone cheese and dusted with cocoa powder.  Oh-mu-goodness.

I love tiramisu, but it's really not deemed a breakfast food even though coffee is a huge component of this amazing dessert.  I could trick myself and tell myself it's okay and indulge in a huge piece of tiramisu with my morning cup of coffee, but then I would have guilt.  And there is no way I'm going to let guilt ruin one of my favorite desserts ever.

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