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Chocolate Mint Bars w/ Truly Lovely

I’m blogging over at Truly Lovely today with some thrift store makeovers, but I can’t wait for you guys to hear from Kassi of Truly Lovely – she’s got a great recipe to share with you today…

Hello there lovelies!!!

My name is Kassi and I blog over at Truly Lovely, along with my sister Kayli. That’s Kayli on the left, me on the right… and this picture pretty much sums us up… Enjoying a delicious cupcake that we just whipped up all with paint on our hands from the current room makeover!!! 😉

I am thrilled to be swapping blogs with the lovely Paige today! If you’re seriously missing Miss Paige, and come on, why wouldn’t you be… she rocks! She’s over at our place sharing a post as this week’s Bloggie Bestie on Truly Lovely!

While you’re here I’m excited to share my newest recipe with you!!! Awhile back I shared a recipe for Reese’s Pieces Bars on our blog… When I did, I mentioned you could use other types of cake mix and candies to vary the recipe…
Well today, let’s whip up some super easy, super yummy….

Chocolate Mint Bars!!!

chocolate and mint dessert

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cake Mix (I used Devil’s Food)
1/3 Cup of Oil
2 Eggs
1 cup of York Peppermint Pieces!

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Mix all your ingredients together in a bowl.
The mixture will be fairly dry and hard to mix, but that’s what makes them bars, so don’t stress over that, just take your time. 😉 Once the ingredients are all mixed together, I fold in the candy pieces carefully so as not to smash them.

making a mint and chocolate dessert

Press your mixture into a greased baking pan.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

easy dessert recipe

Cut and serve! I like mine with a tall glass of milk! 🙂

Thanks SO much to Paige for having me over today! Again, don’t forget to visit her at my place!

Happy baking lovelies!!!!

Looks delish, right? Can’t wait to try it! Make sure you jump over to Truly Lovely and check out all of Kassi’s other terrific ideas!

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What’s for Dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

 

Best things I made:

photo courtesy of perrysplate.com

Stacked Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas – We are definitely meat eaters in this house, but the pictures of these enchiladas looked good enough for me to give it a try. And they were delicious. I didn’t have any fresh spinach on hand, so mine were just the tortillas, salsa, roasted veggies and cheese. Even my meat-loving hubby loved them and said he didn’t even notice they were meatless. I will definitely make them again – especially when I have lots of veggies to use up. I used sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, poblano chiles and serrano chiles. Then I used green tomatillo salsa on each layer.

 

 

Matzo Toffee –

courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Each year we celebrate the Passover and have a Messianic Seder dinner – we try to be as thorough as possible and serve kosher foods. It is always a really beautiful meal for us and adds to the richness of the Easter holiday. This has been our go to dessert over the past few years. It is delicious…for Passover or any other time.

 

 

Worst thing I made:

Penne with Grilled Chicken and Eggplant – We are newbies to the eggplant world and our first experience with Eggplant Bruschetta was awesome. I decided to try something different this time and grill it outside on the grill. It was not as successful. I did not love the consistency of the eggplant on the grill. I don’t know if we did something wrong, but it turned spongey and not great. I liked it roasted much better. I might make something like this again, but without the grill.

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what’s for dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

 

Best things I made:

Roasted Cauliflower Soup // photo courtesy of closetcooking.com

Roasted Cauliflower Soup – I had a head (if that’s what it’s called) of cauliflower in my fridge that was just waiting for me to cook. I’m not very cauliflower-savvy…covered in cheese sauce is all I could think of. Then I saw this recipe on Pinterest and thought it looked yummy. I added chicken (so my hubby would be happy) and used regular cheddar because that’s all I had. Pros – delicious flavor, good seasoning and all around yummy. Cons – I did not like the pureed consistency – next time I will not puree it, but will leave it with the chunks of cauliflower. I will make this again.

 

 

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips –

Fruit Salsa // photo courtesy of the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

I made this for our Housewarming Party and I had to stop myself from eating it all. The chips are delicious on their own, but the salsa is just perfect. I like to put mine into my food processor and give it a quick pulse, so it has more of a salsa consistency. Mine consisted of: apples, strawberries, kiwi and pears. I also didn’t use any sugar, because the fruit and preserves were sweet enough. I definitely recommend this for an appetizer/side.

 

Worst thing I made:

Well, I can honestly say this was a pretty good week! I didn’t cook at home as much as usual, so I didn’t have as much of a chance to make something gross! I think last week’s orange chicken debaucle was enough grotty-ness for a few weeks! I’m sure I’ll be back next week with something!

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Guest Post – Blissful and Domestic – Homemade Bread!

I’m so excited to have Danielle from Blissful & Domestic here today…
hope you enjoy her blog as much as I do! 
Hello Lovelies! I am so excited to be here at The Creative Paige! I am a follower of all of Paige’s cuteness and am excited to be a part of it today. Thanks for having me Paige!
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Before I get started…let me introduce myself. I am Danielle and my home is over at Blissful and Domestic. I love to blog about sewing, crafts, recipes,home-school, etc. Basically anything that allows me to use my creative gene. I love thrift stores and re-purposing, which is mainly what you will see from me. I love taking some one’s cast offs and make them into something fantastic. So in a nutshell I am a crafting Mom, who loves to blog and share with all my blogging friends.
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Today I am sharing a family favorite secret with you…
well maybe not so much a secret, but a family favorite.

 

This is seriously the yummiest bread ever! This is our go-to bread during the week. Last Thursday I was particularly in a baking bread kind of mood. I baked 2 loaves, which was good thing. We had company over and we all gobbled up one of the loaves. This is a bread machine recipe, which of course is always the easiest and yummiest.

 

Here Is What You Need:
1/3 cup Water
1 cup buttermilk
2 tbl of butter or vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 tbl brown sugar
3 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp yeast
4 tbl gluten (optional)

 

Here Is What You Do:
Put all ingredients in your bread machine, according to your manufacturers settings. Mine go in the exact order listed above.

 

Select dough setting. Mine takes about 1 hr 30mins

 

Once your dough cycle is finished, punch down the dough and place it in a greased loaf pan. I like to use Pam. I spray it all over the loaf pan, place in my bread dough and then spray the top with more Pam. I then put plastic wrap over the top and wait for it to rise. It should rise up and above the edges of the pan.

 

Once doubled in size, bake at 350′ for 15 minutes or until lightly brown on top.

 

Take out of the oven and immediately rub a cold stick of butter over the top.
I do enough so that my bread has a light coating of butter on top.

 

Let cool a few minutes and then remove from pan and onto a plate,
where it will completely cool.

 

This bread is so yummy, when served warm with butter and jelly. It also makes some of THE best sandwiches! You will not be sorry when you make this.

 

It is Divine!

 

Just seeing the picture above makes me want  to go get a slice.
Hey maybe I will…
Enjoy this bread!

 

Thanks again for having me Paige
Happy Baking!

 

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What’s for Dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

 


Best things I made:

Beer-battered Fish Tacos with Tomato & Avocado Salsa – I don’t like fish. Never have. But, we are trying to eat healthier, so I thought maybe in taco form I could handle it. These were delicious. I used White Asian Bass because they didn’t have tilapia at the fish market. I will definitely be making this again.

Rice Krispy Treats – Nothing special…just good ol’ Rice Krispy Treats! I haven’t seen regular Jet-Puffed Marshmallows here in the 8 months we’ve lived here (they have these weird tasting pink ones). I was walking down the aisle the other day and there they were! I decided to stock up so I could make s’mores, Rice Krispy treats and other marshmallow yummies, but they were $4/bag! That’s a lotta money for a bag of marshmallows, so I bought 1 and made a delicious pan of Rice Krispy Treats that we gobbled up quickly.

 

Worst thing I made:

Salad – I’ve mentioned that we are eating healthier…I mean trying to eat healthier. (the Rice Krispy Treats were us falling off the wagon). So, I’ve been trying to make salad one night a week for dinner. Problem is, I stink at making salads. I have no creativity. I end up with spinach leaves, tomatoes and some dressing. Pretty impressive, right? I’ve got to figure out how to diversify my salad arsenal without making them unhealthy. Got any good salad ideas? Let me know, I’ll try them and maybe your recipe will make it to the week’s best!

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What’s for Dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

Best things I made:

braised chicken in sun-dried tomato cream sauce

Braised Chicken in Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce – yummy! I served it over a little bit of pasta and it was super good. I was looking for ways to use up my jar of sun-dried tomatoes.

Grandma’s Mushroom Soup – This is from my family cookbook – it’s my grandmother’s recipe for mushroom soup and it is yummy. For the recipe, check out my guest post over at A Turtle’s Life for Me.

Italian Chicken Soup – One word – YUM. This soup is incredible. I didn’t have celery, so I threw in some squash, mushrooms and carrots. It was delish. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers.

Roasted Banana and Blueberry babyfood – ok, I know most people don’t taste babyfood, but this stuff smelled so good. It’s from the Tyler Florence book I reference in my babyfood post…I wanted to eat it. Yes, I wanted to eat babyfood and the baby gobbled it up.

 

Worst thing I made:

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies – Ok, so these are not gross…they are amazing, but I could eat 1,000 of them and they are not the healthiest thing (bacon & cream cheese…yum)…that’s why they are the worst thing I made this week.

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Friday Favorites – all things pumpkin!

Fall is coming and that means we can bring on the pumpkin! I love pumpkin…problem is…the pumpkins I found here in Puebla were $4/lb! Eek! That’s a whole lotta moolah! I’m hoping they’ll get cheaper as Halloween gets closer or maybe I can find some canned pumpkin (fingers crossed).

Here are my favorite pumpkin related posts:

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pumpkins from Bakingdom

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate from Closet Cooking

Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Pennies on a Platter

Mini Pumpkin Cakes from Southern Living

DIY Pumpkin Specimen Art from My Blessed Life

Lacy Pumpkin from Better Homes & Gardens

Paper pumpkins from It Happened Like This…

Do you have any favorite pumpkin recipes/ideas? I’d love to hear them…I can’t enjoy them right now, but I’m saving all these for when I do find some pumpkin!

food

What’s For Dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

 

Best things I made:

Tortilla Soup – so, I know all of my Arizona friends are not quite ready for soup yet (since it’s blazing there), but here in Puebla, it has been cold…and our concrete house with no heater has been freezing, so this soup was perfect. It’s a nice amount of spicy (from the chipotle chiles) and zing (from the limes). I loved it served with some warm tortillas.

 

Worst thing I made:

Oriental Chicken Salad Dressing – So this was supposed to be a knock-off of the delicious Applebee’s dressing…but it didn’t really taste like it. It had too much of a honey flavor. It was an ok dressing on its own, but it doesn’t hold a candle to that yummy deliciousness from Applebees.

food

what’s for dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

Best things I made:

Chicken, Feta & Sundried Tomato Wraps – these were surprising good. It’s not normally something I would make (sounds way too healthy), but since we’re trying to be healthier I thought I’d give it a try. It’s like a salad in a tortilla…I’d make it again.

Dulce de Leche Apple Pie – Did I mention we are trying to eat healthy? Ha. This does have apples in it, so I consider a healthier, healthy-ish dessert. Not really, it was packed full of dulce de leche and brown sugar and lots of calories. But my, oh my, was it delicious. However, I did retain some discipline and I only ate a sliver.

Worst thing I made:

Rosemary Garlic Chicken – boring, bland, probably won’t make it again.

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What’s For Dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

Best things I made:

Korean Barbecue Flank Steak from Rachael Ray – It was super yummy – we had a lot of flank steak and I wasn’t sure what else to do with it besides fajitas or Steak Sandwiches. This was a really good marinade! A bit too spicy for my toddler, but just right for my husband and I.

Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta from The Pioneer Woman – I was so excited to find basil at the store after 6 months of living here in Mexico. I jumped on the Pioneer Woman’s website and searched for anything with basil. Oh my goodness. This was so incredibly good. I didn’t make a whole lot because my husband and I are dieting and we are trying to control our portions. My husband said he had to leave the room or he was going to finish off the pan and lick it clean. It was that good.

Warm Chicken Ginger Salad – I got this off of the Slim Fast website, so my expectations were not very high. I have to say, it was actually really good. The salad itself wasn’t too exciting, but the dressing was delicious. I’d definitely make the dressing again and throw it on my own salad. I rarely make salads for dinner and my husband’s comment was, “If this didn’t have chicken in it, I’d probably die.” Can you tell we are not good dieters?

Worst thing I made:

Steamed Asparagus…I usually don’t mind frozen asparagus, but I also usually throw parmesan cheese and olive oil on it. I was try to be healtheir so I steamed it. Bleh. It was tough and bland and plain ol’ gross.