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Monday, February 5, 2018

15 Irresistible Recipes Using Nutella

Satisfy your addiction to everyone's favorite chocolate hazelnut spread with these 15 Irresistible Recipes Using Nutella...
Satisfy your addiction to everyone's favorite chocolate hazelnut spread with these 15 Irresistible Recipes Using Nutella.

Do me a little favor real quick. Take out your calendar or daily planner & draw a big ole heart around today. Why, you may ask? Because today happens to be World Nutella Day. And that is perhaps one of the best food holidays ever created. 

Yes, an entire day dedicated to our love for all things Nutella! Not that I ever need a food holiday as an excuse to indulge in this creamy chocolate hazelnut spread, & I doubt that you all do either. ;) 

One of my favorite ways to enjoy Nutella is by simply dipping pretzels into it. Or by the spoonful straight out of the jar (no shame here, folks!). But every once in a while I like to use this chocolaty hazelnut goodness to whip up a decadent sweet treat like these 15 Irresistible Recipes Using Nutella that I am sharing with you all today...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Chocolate Nutella Fudge

This two ingredient Chocolate Nutella Fudge has a rich chocolate taste with just a touch of hazelnut goodness...
This two ingredient Chocolate Nutella Fudge has a rich chocolate taste with just a touch of hazelnut goodness.

Happy February, folks! Did you know that February happens to be National Chocolate Lovers month? I mean, it totally makes sense with Valentine's Day being less than a couple of weeks away. And chocolate definitely speaks the language of love, am I right? ;)

And then we have World Nutella Day on the 5th! An entire day dedicated to celebrating that creamy, chocolaty goodness that is Nutella hazelnut spread. Other than maybe cookie butter, Nutella has be one of the best things ever to come out of a jar. 

I can't think of a better way to celebrate the intersection of National Chocolate Lovers Month with World Nutella Day than with this super easy to make, two ingredient Chocolate Nutella Fudge...

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pecan & Date Granola

This easy-to-make, homemade Pecan & Date Granola is brimming with toasted golden oats, crunchy pecans, & sweet dates...
This easy-to-make, homemade Pecan & Date Granola is brimming with toasted golden oats, crunchy pecans, & sweet dates.

Can we talk about raisins for just a quick second? In general, I don't like them. I mean, they have their place in the culinary world, but for me that wouldn't be straight from the box. Or baked into any kind of bread or bagel (oatmeal cookies though are a-okay with me ;) ). Or as part of a trail mix (I always pick around them). And especially not in my granola!

Do you know how difficult it can be to find a box of store bought granola that does not have raisins in it?? Nearly impossible. Believe me- I have tried. 

If you have an aversion to raisins in your morning granola like I do, then you are going to love the recipe that I am sharing with you all today! This homemade Pecan & Date Granola is brimming with toasted golden oats, crunchy pecans, & sweet dates.... and absolutely no raisins whatsoever! ;)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Experience a Taste of Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas

The city of Amarillo, Texas embodies the very essence & spirit of Route 66 with its quirky roadside stops & historical sites...
The city of Amarillo, Texas embodies the very essence & spirit of Route 66 with its quirky roadside stops & historical sites. The perfect destination for experiencing a taste of this iconic American highway!
This post was created in partnership with Visit Amarillo. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.

I think many Americans and foreign tourists alike share the dream of one day traveling the entire length of the historic & iconic Route 66. It is one of those bucket list items. The ultimate American road trip. A journey back to a simpler time when Cadillacs ruled the roads & families packed up the station wagon or camper to head out west for the annual family vacation.

But the nearly 2,450 mile drive from Chicago to Santa Monica can seem a bit daunting at first. This trip can take you weeks round trip, especially if you stop often to take in the quirky & iconic roadside attractions along the way. I mean, what's the point of making the epic Route 66 journey if you aren't going to actually going to make the time to experience everything this nostalgic highway has to offer?

If weeks of paid vacation time is not something that you currently have the luxury of possessing, but you are itching to get a taste of Route 66 then a trip to Amarillo, Texas is definitely the cure for what ails you. ;) Amarillo happens to be the largest city along the 178 mile stretch of Route 66 from Oklahoma to New Mexico. And even though only a little over a mile of the Mother Road runs through the historic district of Amarillo, the city embodies the very essence of Route 66 with its quirky roadside stops & historical sites...

Monday, January 1, 2018

Asian Chili & Garlic Pork Sliders

These super flavorful Asian Chili & Garlic Pork Sliders are sure to be the MVP of your next game day get-together... 
These super flavorful Asian Chili & Garlic Pork Sliders are sure to be the MVP of your next game day get-together.

Of all the game day recipes I have posted to this blog over the years, I have never once posted a sliders recipe.... that is, until today. And I have no clue why it has taken me this long! I mean, sliders make the perfect football food. They fit in one hand leaving one hand free for making gestures of victory or disgust during the game. ;) You can pack a ton of flavor into these tiny burgers. And they are perfectly snack-sized so you that can save room for the other game day goodies being served like hot wings and chips & dip. That is game day food perfection in my books, folks.

These Asian Chili & Garlic Pork Sliders are actually inspired by some of the flavors that I used in these Slow Cooker Banh Mi Pork Sandwiches that I posted to the blog in October 2016. And those pulled pork sandwiches were inspired by the Banh Mi pork sliders I made with some of my fellow food bloggers while attending the Pass the Pork tour in Minnesota in September of that same year. Isn't it awesome how recipe inspiration can work sometimes? :)

Friday, December 29, 2017

18 Bubbly Cocktails for that New Year's Eve Toast

Ring in the new year right with one of these 18 Bubbly Cocktails perfect for a New Year's Eve midnight toast...
Ring in the new year right with one of these 18 Bubbly Cocktails perfect for a New Year's Eve midnight toast.

A new year is just around the corner, folks. I am not the type to set unrealistic New Year's resolutions. Or to write out a long list of personal & professional goals that I hope to accomplish over the next 365 days. And I have never chosen a word to reflect my purpose or focus for the upcoming year. Not dogging those who do, but it just doesn't happen to be my thing. 

But what is my thing at the beginning of each new year is to start it off right with a bubbly champagne filled toast at midnight. (Now I may or may not promptly pass out right after that midnight toast, but that is besides the point. ;) )

My favorite way to raise a glass to the start of a new year is with a fizzy & fun cocktail in hand. I mean, I do like a glass of good champagne just as much as the next gal, but we all know that the real stuff (aka, French champagne) can get a little pricey. So I like to go with the cheaper stuff (think sparkling wines & prosecco), but I doctor them up a bit with my favorite liquors & fruits so that you can't even tell that you are not drinking the expensive bubbly. Clever, right? I get to ring in the new year with a glass of delicious bubbles & not break the bank in the process.

If you happen to share my same sentiments about a bubbly New Year's Eve toast, then you are going to love this collection of 18 sparkling cocktails I am sharing with you all today. You are sure to find the perfect glass of bubbles to ring in the new year with below...

Friday, December 22, 2017

10 Easy Microwave Fudge Recipes

These 10 Easy Microwave Fudge Recipes are the ultimate collection of easy, fuss free, practically foolproof fudge recipes perfect for celebrating the holidays (or any day!) with...
These 10 Easy Microwave Fudge Recipes are the ultimate collection of easy, fuss free, practically foolproof fudge recipes perfect for celebrating the holidays (or any day!) with.

Today's post is for the last minute holiday fudge maker. For the person who just can't seem to ever get fudge to set right (this is SO me, by the way)- it either doesn't set up at all or it ends up being dry and crumbly. This post is for the Christmas procrastinator... the mama (or dad) short on time this Christmas weekend... the wife who just now found out that her husband needs to bring in a dessert for the office holiday party... the person who always craves fudge during the holiday season, but doesn't want to mess with a double boiler and a candy thermometer. Today's post is the ultimate collection of easy, fuss free, practically foolproof fudge recipes perfect for celebrating the holidays with.

Each of these fudge recipes require just a few simple ingredients and a microwave oven. No stove top, no pots or double boilers, no thermometers, no fretting over whether you have cooked it too long or not long enough. They are simple, easy, & most importantly- no one will be able to tell that you didn't stress over a stove, constantly stirring a pot to make one of these homemade fudge recipes. 
Shhhhhhhh... Don't worry. I won't tell anyone. It will be our little secret, k? ;)

So whip up a batch of one of these 10 Easy Microwave Fudge Recipes this weekend & put the time that you will save towards the tedious task of wrapping those oddly shaped boxes that toy manufacturers insist on packaging every. single. toy. in instead. ;) (Yes. This would be my current holiday frustration, lol.)