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Friday, March 17, 2017

Easy Thin Mint Stuffed Brownies

These Easy Thin Mint Stuffed Brownies are stuffed with your favorite Girl Scout cookies & a double dose of Andes mints. A chocolate & mint lover's dream come true...
These Easy Thin Mint Stuffed Brownies are stuffed with your favorite Girl Scout cookies & a double dose of Andes mints. A chocolate & mint lover's dream come true.

If you are in need in a last minute dessert idea for St. Patrick's Day weekend, then you all are in luck! Because I made the most perfect chocolaty mint brownies to share with you all today. These easy to make brownies were just meant for the ultimate chocolate/mint lover out there (ahem... like my teenage son). Plus, chocolate & mint is always a winning flavor combination for St. Patrick's Day, am I right? ;)

Not only did I stuff each of these fudgy brownies with a whole Thin Mint cookie, but I also tossed in some Andes baking chips just for good measure. In fact, there are Andes baking chips IN the batter & ON top of the baked brownies. Say what?!? Yeah, I know. Absolute chocolate/mint brownie perfection, folks...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

17 Boozy Recipes Using Baileys Irish Cream

From dreamy cocktails to booze infused desserts to a decadent breakfast recipe, you will have all the bases covered for your St. Patrick's Day celebration with these 17 Boozy Recipes Using Baileys Irish Cream...
From dreamy cocktails to booze infused desserts to a decadent breakfast recipe, you will have the bases covered for your St. Patrick's Day celebration with these 17 Boozy Recipes Using Baileys Irish Cream.

I think by now that it is no big secret to you all that I love me some Baileys Irish Cream. ;) I love adding a splash of it to my coffee or hot cocoa on a cold winter night or drinking it straight over ice after a particularly long day. And I always seem to find a way to sneak a little Baileys into some of my dessert recipes & boozy concoctions for the blog. It is smooth and creamy and pairs perfectly with everything from chocolate to caramel to coffee.

Of course, one of my first experiences with Baileys is when I was challenged to do an Irish Car Bomb on one particular St. Patrick's Day some years ago. Let's just say that is NOT my favorite way to enjoy a little Baileys Irish Cream. ;) I am not much for chugging, and that is a drink that must be chugged. If you have ever happened to have had one, then I think you will know exactly what it is that I am talking about. 

While I am a fan of Baileys all year round, I especially get excited about Irish cream as we near closer to St. Patrick's Day. And with St. Patrick's Day just a couple of days away, I decided to scour some of my favorite food bloggers' sites to find the best Baileys spiked recipes to share with you all. From dreamy cocktails to booze infused desserts to a decadent breakfast recipe, I got all the bases covered for your St. Patrick's Day celebration with these 17 Boozy Recipes Using Baileys Irish Cream...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Chocolate Raspberry Truffletini

This decadent Chocolate Raspberry Truffletini is a smooth & creamy combination of Bailey's Irish cream, Godiva liqueur, raspberry vodka, & muddled fresh raspberries... 
This decadent Chocolate Raspberry Truffletini is a smooth & creamy combination of Bailey's Irish cream, Godiva liqueur, raspberry vodka, & muddled fresh raspberries.

St. Patrick's Day happens to be just one week away, folks! And guess what? I made you all a creamy, decadent cocktail just for the occasion. Now I know it isn't green (who really likes green beer anyways?), & it doesn't have any whiskey in it. But it does have Bailey's Irish Cream in it, so that totally makes it St. Patty's Day worthy, right? ;) (Everyone just nod your head in agreement, okay?)

This Chocolate Raspberry Truffletini is actually inspired by a cocktail that I had at a local Italian restaurant where I live. My husband & have seriously upped our date night game over the last month (go us!). Life had did that thing that it sometimes does, and we found ourselves only making date night a priority once or twice every couple of months. But over the past month and a half, we have had a date night almost every week. During one such date night last month, we decided to hop over to the bar at this Italian restaurant for a cocktail or two after dinner. I asked the bartender to whip me up a martini that tasted just like dessert, and this truffletini is more or less what he made for me- a smooth & creamy combination of Bailey's Irish cream, Godiva liqueur, raspberry vodka, & muddled fresh raspberries. I knew I was going to have to recreate that boozy deliciousness at home and share it with all of you...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Old Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings

This Old Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings recipe is just like the classic comfort food you grew up with, but it is even more flavorful than you remember thanks to the addition of a few extra ingredients...
This Old Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings recipe is just like the classic comfort food you grew up with, but it is even more flavorful than you remember thanks to the addition of a few extra ingredients.

We have had several chilly & rainy days here lately, and chilly, rainy days call for spending the afternoon curled up on the couch with a warm blanket, Netflix, & a bowl of the most perfect comfort food. For me, that most perfect bowl of comfort food is homemade chicken & dumplings. It is one of my go-to recipes when I am feeling under the weather or just down in the dumps. Or when I need to bring a little comfort food to a friend or family member who is going through a tough time. It is simple, flavorful, and gives you a warm hug from the inside out.

I will be the first to admit that traditional chicken & dumplings is usually pretty bland. Most recipes I have seen are a simple mixture of chicken broth, chicken, and flour based dumplings. And while my easy to make recipe certainly includes all of those classic ingredients, I decided kick up the flavor level just a bit with the addition of sauteed onion & garlic and a couple of bay leaves...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Family Friendly Luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

From AAA 5 Star-Diamond dining to an amazingly luxurious spa to a kids' club that goes above and beyond, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is sure to surpass the expectations of every member of your family...
From AAA 5 Star-Diamond dining to an amazingly luxurious spa to a kids' club that goes above and beyond, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is sure to surpass the expectations of every member of your family.
This post was created in partnership with Amelia Island tourism & The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.

While exploring the wonderful & charming area of Amelia Island on the northeastern Atlantic coast of Florida, I was also afforded the opportunity to stay at one of the island's most acclaimed luxury resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. As would be expected from any resort in the Ritz-Carlton family of hotels, the Ritz on Amelia Island offers its guests countless luxuries & accommodations. But what really took me by surprise is just how family friendly and accommodating The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is towards their much younger guests. 

From AAA 5 Star-Diamond dining to an amazingly luxurious spa to a kids' club that goes above and beyond, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is sure to surpass the expectations of every member of your family... :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

8 Quick & Easy Instant Pot Soups & Stews

Whip up a pot of hearty & comforting soup or stew in a fraction of the time with this collection of 8 Quick & Easy Instant Pot Soups & Stews recipes...
Whip up a pot of hearty & comforting soup or stew in a fraction of the time with this collection of 8 Quick & Easy Instant Pot Soups & Stews recipes.
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Is it just been here in West Virginia, or have any of you all also been experiencing a roller coaster of weather lately? Within a week, we have had temps in the 50's and 60's with spring like weather and then the very next day it has dropped down into the 20's with snow flurries. We keep alternating between heavy winter coats and light spring jackets. And these ups and downs in the temperatures have been doing a number on everyone's immune systems. My son's sinuses have been going haywire, and our youngest has been battling a head cold with a cough and sniffles for the past 3 days. 

Weather like this calls for warm bowls of comforting & hearty soup- am I right? And lately, the quickest way to whip up a batch of homemade soup happens to be in an Instant Pot. Have you all jumped on this newest culinary bandwagon yet? An Instant Pot is basically an electric pressure cooker with a few extra bells and whistles. ;) You can cook meals up to 70% quicker while using less energy to do so.

Friday, February 10, 2017

10 Kid Approved Valentine Treats

From cute to easy to just plain sweet, you are sure to find the perfect dessert to say "I love you" to your kiddos in this collection of 10 Kid Approved Valentine Treats...
From cute to easy to just plain sweet, you are sure to find the perfect dessert to say "I love you" to your kiddos in this collection of 10 Kid Approved Valentine Treats.

Is it just me or does Valentine's Day take on a whole other meaning after you have kids? Pre-kids, it was all about the roses, and a fancy dinner out, followed by champagne by candlelight (not that you still can't do all of those things after you have kids, but it is definitely a bit more challenging to coordinate the romantic theatrics. ;) ). Post-kids, you find yourself elbow deep in perforated Valentines for the classroom party while simultaneously trying to wrap a shoe box in red cardstock. If that isn't true love, then I don't know what it is, folks.

When the Valentines are all finally addressed and the last heart shaped sticker has been attached to that shoe box, I like to turn my attention to making a sweet treat for Valentine's Day for the kiddos. Sometimes I whip up a little something that is perfect for sharing with the whole family, and sometimes I like to make an easy dessert that my daughter can help me with.