Sunday, December 18, 2016

German Chocolate Truffles

I don't what the weather is like where you are, but here in Idaho, we've had snow dumped on us this past week.

Our dog, Cooper, absolutely loves snow.

He acts like it is a new experience each time he goes outside, and loves rolling around in it, eating it, and zipping through it at breakneck speeds.  It is a lot of fun to watch, as long as I am safely and snugly perched inside the house,

I am less than a fan of being out in the snow due to the frigid temperatures, but I do think it is beautiful to look at from someplace warm.

This past week, my someplace warm has been my kitchen.  I have baked batches of cookies, seared some delicious ham, made tasty pastas, and rolled numerous little truffles to be dipped.

As a huge fan of coconut, today's post brings me immense amounts of joy, these truffles are reminiscent of German Chocolate Cake frosting, which is always the best part of the cake in my opinion (which is saying something, as I typically do not enjoy frosting).  Full of sweet coconut and crunchy pecans, these truffles are a true delight if you even remotely enjoy coconut, and are begging to be part of your holiday treat-making routine!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Rocky Road Truffles

Life is good.

My husband and I have recently completed a whirlwind of an adventure...we bought out first house!  It all happened so quickly, it's almost hard to believe that we really made this leap, but I have awoken each morning for the last 5 days in this beautiful house that he and I get to call home.

At times, we felt like we were going crazy, trying to pack, sign documents, work, do school, and somehow not lose our minds in the whole process.  And while our new home still has boxes all over the place, and not a shred of Christmas decor to be found, we feel very blessed to be together and beginning this next phase of our lives.

To celebrate the end of our road to home ownership, and because I also needed to make a dessert for a Christmas party we are attending tomorrow, I decided to whip up these heavenly Rocky Road Truffles.

OMG... these beauties are so incredibly divine...the recipe will make about 80 truffles, but you are destined to eat one...or three...who am I to judge?  Okay fine, I ate four of them, I confess!  Salty roasted almonds in a silky chocolate and marshmallow pillow covered in yet more is ecstasy!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Best EVER Cream Cheese Frosting

So many desserts out there use some sort of frosting.

Growing up, though, I didn't (and still don't) care much for frosting.  Buttercream made me gag, and you could always tell which dessert plate was mine, by finding the globs of frosting leftover on them.  There were only ever a couple exceptions.

German Chocolate Cake frosting, because really, that stuff is like manna from heaven.  Coconutty goodness that basically sends you into a diabetic coma.  And Cream Cheese frosting, because, if it is done right, it provides the perfect bite and contrast to the sweetness of the dessert it is used with.

I know it is odd that I like one super duper sickeningly sweet frosting, and one that is basically the opposite, but I am an oddity, what can I say?

My favorite cream cheese frosting is what I am sharing with you today.  It is sweet, but still has the flavor of the cream cheese, which I feel many recipes lose, because they add way too much powdered sugar to it.  

This frosting is fabulous on cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, or eaten with a spoon from the bowl.  I won't judge!

Double Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls


The time of year when adding pumpkin spice to anything and everything is socially acceptable once more!  I personally see nothing wrong with eating pumpkin or pumpkin-spiced foods all year round, but the majority of people feel that the pumpkin love needs to end sometime around the end of December.

Probably the same people who think listening to Christmas music in July is weird.  Personally, I don't need that kind of negativity in my life.  What I DO need are these delicious Double Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, and you do too!

These soft rolls have pumpkin mixed into the dough itself, and in the rich cinnamon filling too, for a double dose of our favorite fall flavor!  Top it off with some of the BEST cream cheese frosting, and you can turn every day into an extravagant experience.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mint Chocolate Dips

Hello Blogger-verse!

It has been a long time...and it's all on me.  This past year proved to be hectic, and at times, more than I could handle.  Which is why I have been radio-silent since February.  

I promise that I still love you, and that I should be able to devote more time to this hobby of mine in the coming months.  I have still continued to cook and bake, and think up some fun recipes to share, but I didn't get around to photographing and posting them, with all the craziness in these parts.

My hubby and I are in the process of purchasing our first house, and once all the moving and unpacking is done, I will be able to spend more time with you all, and as a bonus, it'll be Christmastime, which is my favorite time of year, and there will be plenty of delicious goodies for me to share with you!

If you are hankering for something slightly Christmassy already, you HAVE to make these adorable and tasty Mint Chocolate Dips!

They are a light, minty cookie that is super soft, and dipped in additional mint chocolate.  I drizzled these with some white chocolate, just for fun, but you can leave them plain, or add sprinkles!  They are a perfect addition to any Christmas cookie plate, or you can enjoy them any time you want.  You can use plain milk chocolate if you aren't a mint fan too!

Bruce and I enjoyed ours with some steaming mugs of mint hot chocolate, because we are mint fanatics!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Banana Bread Overnight Oats

I am not a huge fan of bananas.

Never really have been.  However, there are a few exceptions!  I love banana bread, and banana cake. So basically, I like it when my bananas are mashed and mixed with sugar...yep!

There's just something so warm, comforting, and special about a moist slice of freshly baked banana bread.  So when we ended up with a couple overripe bananas this week, I knew I had to do something with them.  But since I am trying to watch my sugar intake, I knew that banana bread was out of the question.

So I decided to make these banana bread overnight oats instead!  I used just the natural sweetness of the bananas to sweeten the oats, but you can add up to a tablespoon of honey to the batch if it's not to your liking.  I love the taste of these, and it makes me feel like I am indulging for breakfast, even though I am not.  Adding a tablespoon of walnuts also adds a nice crunch to my morning portion as well!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sensational Steak Soup

My husband and I have made meal plans each month for the last 14 months, and we only go grocery shopping once a month, but somehow, this month didn't really happen.  We didn't make a meal plan, and we didn't go grocery shopping.  As a result, our dinners have been a little haphazard.  At least I feel like they have been, and we have been slowly using up the items in the fridge and freezer, some of which have been there for a while.

Today's dinner was the result of some creative finagling with some leftover beef broth, potatoes and carrots.  This soup is savory, hearty, but not heavy.  The steak is tender and delicious and the vegetables are colorful and fresh.  This soup pairs well with a nice, crusty bread or roll and a crisp salad, to make it a whole meal.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Overnight Oats with Lemon Blueberry Compote

Breakfast is one of those things that I often forget about, that is, unless I am super excited abut what it is that I get to eat.  Which is why I stocked up on oats, yogurt, and milk a couple weeks ago.  Now, I just put together some batches of overnight oats a couple times a week, and then I have a tasty and filling breakfast every morning.

Today's version consists of vanilla oats, with lemon blueberry compote layered on top.  The oats are great just by themselves, but the compote is the perfect blend of juicy berries and lemon flavor, which pair wonderfully with the creamy oats!

I make the compote ahead and store it separately in the refrigerator, then I add a couple spoonfuls to my oats in the morning.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Blueberry Filled Chocolates

Valentine's Day is coming up soon, and the stores are overflowing with hearts, cupids, and candy.  We don't really buy into the big candy overhaul that goes on this time of year, but I did want to make something fun and special for my husband.

Since he loves blueberries, I decided it would be fun to make some filled chocolates by making a blueberry ganache, and use a cute heart-shaped candy mold to top it off!

These make a tasty sweet treat for your sweetheart!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dirty Thirty...and Better than Sex Cake

Today is my 30th birthday, finally!

Many of you may be thinking to yourselves; "Finally?  Why finally?  Don't most women dread turning 30?"  And while that may be true for most people, I have actually never cared about getting older, and birthdays aren't a big deal for me.

However, I have always looked at the age of 30 as "finally being an adult", which is a little silly, since technically you become an adult at 18 (which, holy crazy young...).  And it isn't that I haven't acted like an adult for the last...many years, but I feel like at 30, even other adults tend to take you more seriously, while when you are in your 20's they still think of you as being young and naive.

So here I am, officially 30, and no longer young and naive!  Or at least I like to pretend.

One thing I don't have to pretend about, is how amazingly delicious today's recipe is.  The first time I had Better than Sex Cake was actually for my 21st birthday.  My friend Heidi threw me my first-ever big group birthday party, and since she knew I didn't like frosting (and because she's an angel), she made this cake.

This version is completely homemade, but you can substitute store bought caramel, whipped cream, and chocolate fudge sauce if you don't want to make those from scratch, however, homemade really makes a world of difference, and it doesn't take super long to make either!