Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cake Mix Carrot Cake Pancakes

Who says you can't have cake for breakfast? ;) These carrot cake pancakes come together super quick with the help of a boxed mix, leaving you plenty of time to whip up the decadent Biscoff cream cheese glaze to pour over top of these...
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Foodie confession time- I do not own a food processor.
Yep, I hear you all gasping at this. ;)

I mean, I have tried to own one... twice now.
The first one I ever had in my kitchen didn't make it past a week before I had boxed it up and returned it to the store.
Food processors & I are just not good company. I always have issues with the lids not locking correctly, or changing out the blades, or snapping in the container the right away. I would literally spend like 15 minutes just trying to get the darn thing lidded & snapped in right just so it would turn on!
I did give it a shot once more.  That food processor ended up in a yard sale a few months later.
Sigh.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spiked! Lemon Liquor Recipe Submissions {Submit 'Em If You Got 'Em!}

If you signed up for this month's Spiked Lemon Liquor Recipe Challenge, it is time to link up and share your tasty creations with us....

Be sure to review all the rules on the Spiked! Recipe Challenge Page and make sure you have included the Spiked! button in your entry post. :)  Just copy and paste the image below into your recipe submission post!  If the Spiked! button is not in your post, your recipe will not be considered for judging. 


The linky is only open for 2 days! Once the linky closes, no more recipe submissions will be accepted.  Only ONE recipe submission per blogger, please Please check back on April 25th here and at This Gal Cooks for the announcement of the Spiked! Lemon Liquor Recipe Challenge winner.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lemon Drop Bread with Candied Lemon Slices

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So, tell me how is it that up until last week I had never tried Limoncello before??  I mean I consider myself pretty knowledgeable in the world of booze, but I just had never bought a bottle of this lemon liquid gold before!   
Thank goodness for this month's Spiked! Lemon Liquor Recipe Challenge, right? ;) 

I have always been a big fan of the classic lemon drop shot.  For those unfamiliar with this tasty libation, it is generally a shot of vodka mixed with lemon juice that is immediately followed by eating a lemon slice dipped in sugar.  I have to admit that it has literally been years since I have partook in one of these delicious shots.  But I will never forget how yummy they are.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

12 Savory Brunch-worthy Casseroles & Bakes

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Over the weekend I shared with you all 12 Brunch-worthy French Toast Casseroles.   But with Easter in just a few short days (and Easter brunches!), I had to also pay homage to the delicious & savory brunch-worthy casseroles and bakes.  
Because not everyone is into the sweet breakfast dishes, or maybe you would like to have a little variety at your weekend brunch to please everyone's palates. ;)

I searched high and low and gathered up the tastiest savory brunch casseroles and bakes that I could find from my favorite food bloggers- brimming with eggs, cheese, sausage, bacon, lots of veggies, and of course, flavor! 
You are sure to find at least one recipe below that should make an appearance on your weekend brunch menu.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Frozen Coconut Chai Latte {& A Silk #yaywater Giveaway!}

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I think most of us know by now that non-dairy alternatives to milk- like Silk's delicious line of soy, coconut, & almond milks- can provide a lot of us with a healthy, lower calorie option to traditional dairy milk. And it is also a huge bonus for those of us with lactose intolerance and dairy allergies!

But did you know that by incorporating more Silk plant-based nourishment into your daily diet, you are helping to conserve over 500 gallons of water per half gallon over conventional dairy milk?

Yep, folks. Silk has a thing for water, & they are committed to helping to protect and conserve this natural commodity. :)

Recently, I have been incorporating a lot more Silk almond and coconut milks into my daily diet and into the recipes that I have been posting to the blog. I love having a tasty, waistline friendly alternative to traditional dairy. I can feel good about what I am putting in my body, for cutting unnecessary calories, and now for helping to conserve our planet's water!

One of my favorite warm weather treats is a frosty, creamy Frozen Chai Latte. But I decided to make this coffee house favorite dairy free (& more earth friendly!) & gave it a tropical twist by adding some coconut flavor to it with the help of Silk Coconutmilk...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

12 Brunch-worthy French Toast Casseroles

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I kind of have a thing for french toast casseroles.  It started with my Overnight Pumpkin Pie Chai French Toast back in November of 2012.  And then there was my Irish Coffee French Toast Casserole.  And I even created one chock full of rainbow sprinkles, perfect for celebrating a birthday- my Happy Birthday Cake Batter French Toast! :)

I am not really a big fan of traditional french toast.... the dipping and soaking and the mess. And then there is having to stand in front of the stove and watching the pan as you fry each batch.
There is just something so much more appealing to me about tossing the sliced bread into a casserole dish and pouring the eggs, and milk, and everything else over top & then popping it into the oven. 
Plus, a french toast casserole frees you up to be able to prepare another dish while it is baking... like frying bacon or making omelets, cutting fruit, brewing coffee.
They are the perfect, hassle free & tasty addition to a big brunch you may be planning... say for Easter or Mother's Day or just because. ;)

Friday, April 11, 2014

From Our Kitchens to Yours Giveaway {Over $110 Value!}

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I am so excited to bring you all this giveaway!  Today myself and a few of my favorite bloggers (and one very awesome Pixie & Pirate Destinations vacation planner) are opening up our kitchens & sharing with you all our favorite gadgets & gizmos from our cabinets, pantries, and drawers.
Not only are we sharing with you all why we love these kitchen goodies, but we want to give one lucky winner every single one of these things in our From Our Kitchens to Yours giveaway!

Yep. One of you all will win this awesome kitchen prize package worth over $110!

But first let's meet the bloggers behind the giveaway & find out why they think you all need these items in your kitchens... ;)