Butter Chicken Poutine with Naan Bread Fries

Get ready to have your mind blown, this Butter Chicken Poutine is not your “normal” poutine recipe…no no, I decided to use Naan Bread as my fries! Oh ya, you definitely read that right, and you are going to want to grab a pen and make your shopping list now because this recipe is AMAZING!

So, what sparked this GENIUS IDEA you ask?! Well, as part of one of my blogging groups there are monthly challenges using a specific recipe item or dish, in this case it was Naan Bread, we then create a dish and share within the group so that everyone can see what was created. When I first saw the idea I thought “Pizza! We do Naan Bread pizzas weekly in our house…so quick and easy…” but then I thought I wanted to go further with it and give you guys something you haven’t seen before. And that is exactly what I did! Look at it, so gloriously yummy!

Butter-Chicken-Poutine

 

Not only is this recipe full of flavor, but it is actually really, REALLY easy to make too!  The butter chicken is placed on top of the crispy Naan Bread (don’t worry I’ll tell you how to do this too) and then smothered in cheese and cilantro. What isn’t there to love about this dish?! Every single bite that you take leaves you wanting more…it’s a good thing this recipe makes enough to serve 4 dinner sized portions!

Butter Chicken Poutine with Naan Bread Fries

Butter Chicken Poutine with Naan Bread Fries

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Naan Bread (you only need 3 for the recipe)
  • 5-6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 jar Butter Chicken Sauce (I used KFI but you can use any one you love!)
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into cubes and cook according to directions on sauce (generally, you pan fry chicken until browned, add sauce and cook for 5 mins on low simmer)
  2. Set oven to low broil and place 3 Naan Bread inside (**Keep an eye so they don't burn!) flip after about 2-3 mins when they get slightly crisp and broil additional 2 mins.
  3. Cut Naan into "fry sticks" and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl assemble ingredients as follows: Naan fries, Butter Chicken, Cheese Cilantro. Have fun and add as much or as little for the above ingredients!
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There are a couple things I am already thinking about for the next time we make this too! First, I would love to try it with some plain Greek yogurt on top, or even some crumbles of goat cheese. I think this would give it a really nice tangy flavor! Also, I would love to try it with actual cheese curds (these are traditionally used when making poutine!). With that said, this dish is incredible just as it is, and I know you will love it too!

Butter Chicken Poutine with Naan Bread "Fries"! A fun and EASY twist on a traditional poutine using Butter Chicken!

Butter Chicken Poutine with Naan Bread “Fries”! A fun and EASY twist on a traditional poutine using Butter Chicken!


Microwave Mug Cake Recipes – Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie!

Oooo do I have a TREAT in store for you guys today! If you enjoy indulging in a slice of chocolate cake every once in awhile, but just don’t have the time or patience to make it, don’t you worry…your newest and QUICKEST recipe is here : Mug Cakes!! These tasty desserts seem to be growing in popularity, and for really good reason if you ask me! The Mug Cake Recipes that I have for you guys are awesome for a few reasons; they take under 5 minutes from start to finish (yep that includes cooking time), they use ingredients that you already have on hand, and they are just simply DELICIOUS ! Guys, don’t just take my word for it…look at them!

Peanut-Butter-Brownie-Mug-Cake

 

This is the Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake (with a gooey peanut butter middle!). Find the recipe for both Mug Cakes below!

Microwave Mug Cake Recipes – Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie!

Microwave Mug Cake Recipes – Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie!

Ingredients

    Salted Caramel Chocolate Mug Cake
  • 1/4 c Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt (Sea Salt)
  • 2.5 tsp Caramel Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chocolate Chips (semi-sweet or milk)
  • 1/4 c Milk (heat in microwave 12 seconds)
  • 2 tbsp Butter (melted, allow to cool)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Mug Cake
  • See above and substitute caramel sauce for peanut butter, eliminate salt and increase sugar to 2.5 tbsp.

Instructions

  1. Heat milk and melt butter, set aside.
  2. In small bowl sift together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and sugar.
  3. For Caramel Cake: add in 1 tsp caramel sauce, milk and butter. Mix well until there are no clumps. Mix in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour half of mixture in mug, add additional 1 tsp caramel sauce and top with the rest of batter.
  5. Microwave on high for 1 minute, drizzle with remainder of caramel and sprinkle with salt.
  6. For Chocolate Brownie Cake: Steps 1 and 2 above, then add in milk and butter mixing until no clumps. Add in chocolate chips. Pour batter into mug. Gently form peanut butter into log using two spoons and push into the center of batter. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Top with icing sugar if desired!
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Did you even finish reading the recipe before you started to gather your ingredients (ha!) I don’t blame you, they are super easy to make and really will curb any sweet tooth you have! Another thing love about any Mug Cake recipes is that you can really customize it to your own tastes. As long as you have your basic ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, butter) you can really get creative and add in things that you love! Why not try a chocolate coconut mug cake? Or how about a peanut butter and jelly mug cake?! The possibilities are really endless!

looking for more sweet treats?!
  • Check out my Dessert page, you will find a nice mixture of easy and decadent treats to make for any craving!
  • Check out this delicious Monkey Bread from our friends at FizlDizl!
  • Want a new muffin recipe?! Try our Coconut Carrot Muffins!
Two Minute Mug Cake Recipes! Features a Salted Caramel Mug Cake AND a Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake with a Ooey Peanut Butter middle! Your new go-to dessert any night of the week!

Two Minute Mug Cake Recipes! Features a Salted Caramel Mug Cake AND a Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake with a Ooey Peanut Butter middle! Your new go-to dessert any night of the week!


Valentine’s Treats – A Special Round-Up!

Hey guys!! Who is as EXCITED as I am that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner?! There is really something about this “holiday” that makes me want to eat sweets, and nothing is more fun that  some cute Valentine’s Treats…although if we are being honest, I don’t generally need an excuse to indulge! I decided that it would be fun to put together a round-up for you guys with the BEST goodies from myself as well as some fellow bloggers who seem to love “love” as much as I do!

Oh, and don’t worry, if you aren’t into all that overly sweet, chocolaty goodness I have put some other fun ideas on here for you to make for your sweetie (although we can’t be friends if you don’t like chocolate!!). Enjoy! <3

easy nutella brownies:The Olive Blogger

These are a GAME CHANGER guys! I posted them a couple of weeks ago, and if you didn’t check them out then, you will want to do that NOW! They are incredibly easy to make and their fudgey deliciousness will give you all the feels for Valentines Day. 

Nutella-Brownies

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

copycat bounty bar chocolate hearts: from allergy girl eats

Coconut and chocolate shaped into adorable little hearts…who wouldn’t love this treat?! I am a sucker for a Bounty Bar so I personally cannot WAIT to make this one!

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Click HERE for the recipe!

champagne cupcakes: from simply made recipes

These adorable pink cupcakes are topped with a champagne frosting and finished off with a sweet raspberry drizzle! Mmm talk about show stopping treat! The best part? It uses a boxed cake mix making it perfect for a last minute goodie.

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Click HERE for the recipe!

Love knot cookies: From you can eat now

A simple and delicious cookie you can make any time of year, but they are especially perfect for Valentines! Think about the symbolism with these cuties, I think they are the perfect Valentine’s treats for the kiddos to bring to daycare/class for their friends.

Love-Knot-Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

valentine strawberry pop tarts: from kitchen counter chronicles 

Looking for the perfect way to start the day?! Start with these “Pop Tarts” in the shape of hearts! They look delish, filled with a strawberry jam and topped off with a simple icing! The kiddos can even get in on this one, finishing them off with fun sprinkles!

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Click HERE for the recipe! 

chocolate cherry cobbler: from trisha dishes

Guys!! This is one decadent treat and it is probably one of the easiest to make (yay!). It is done in the slow-cooker, which makes it a “set it and forget it” kinda dessert (bonus points for that) so you can focus on your sweetie while this cooks away! 

Chocolate-Cherry-Cobbler

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe!

black bottom raspberry vanilla creme brulee bars:from my kitchen love

This dessert features an Oreo crumb base topped with a vanilla creme full of raspberries, I mean c’mon it really doesn’t get any better than this!

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Click HERE for the Recipe! 

dark chocolate mousse with candied kumkuats: from diversivore

Here is a dessert that is sure to impress the love in your life! The mousse is “Smooth, airy, and chocolaty” and our friend Sean at Diversivore then adds another delicious element by incorporating candied kumkuats! Say what!? Simply put, they are a citrus type fruit that add a serious depth to this dish!

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Click HERE for the recipe! 

vegan chocolate covered strawberries: from 80 twenty nutrition 

A true classic !! Who doesn’t remember at least one Valentines Day where your sweetie gave you some Chocolate Covered Strawberries?! This recipe is sure to please, and gets bonus points for being vegan, low in calories and having NO added sugar!

Chocolate-Covered-Strawberries

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

cinnamon heart snickerdoodles: from lively mess

A truly adorable cookie that is light and fluffy and has a sweet and slightly spicy surprise…Cinnamon candy hearts! This update on the Snickerdoodle (a traditional Christmas cookie) has got me all excited!

Cinnamon-heart-snickerdoodle-cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

extra chocolate lave cake: From my organic diary

Another classic for us as far as Valentine’s Treats go…Chocolate Lava Cakes mmm! This is a super easy recipe, meaning even if you have zero kitchen skills you can make it for your sweetie. I even love the instructions provided to FREEZE some for later (you know, if you don’t eat them all at once)!

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Click HERE for the recipe!

Are you feeling SWEET yet!? I don’t even know where to start with all the goodies above…I mean really, I can feel my waistline growing by the second! I thought I would throw in a few “extra” goodies for you guys to check out as well! These may not be your “traditional” Valentine’s Treats but they are sure to become a favorite to incorporate year after year!

Strawberry bacon roses: from the primal desire

Oh ya, you read that right!!! Strawberry Bacon Roses with a chocolate balsamic vinegar reduction to top it all off…are you drooling?? I know I sure am! I think these will make my hubby very verrryyy happy!

Paleo-Valentine-Bacon-Roses

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: from fizldizl

Yep  I went there!!! If you are traditional then this is the recipe for you! You can choose to “dress it up” with some vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce served warm from the oven, or eat em straight up! You can even write cute little love messages on them and give them out to co-workers, friends or your kids! 

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Click HERE for the recipe! 

sparkling unicorn drink: from the olive blogger

Here is something you don’t see everyday…a unicorn! Okay…maybe not, but it is just as interesting as one! I came up with this drink for Mother’s Day last year and have made it many, many times since then! It is super light and refreshing, and is the perfect way to add a special touch to your meal!

Summer-Spritzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

warm figs with goat cheese and balsamic glaze: from 80 twenty nutrition

Looking to start the night off right?! Cook up this delicious appetizer and sit back while your sweetie praises your “hard work”…they don’t have to know how easy this one was to make!

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Click HERE for the recipe! 

A sweet round-up with over 14 different Valentines Treats for your sweetie! Features everything from Chocolate Lava Cakes to Champagne Cupcakes and everything in between!

A sweet round-up with over 14 different Valentines Treats for your sweetie! Features everything from Chocolate Lava Cakes to Champagne Cupcakes and everything in between!

Ok guys, that is IT! I think that should be enough inspiration and deliciousness to get your Valentines Day started! Now get planning and let me know what goodies you choose to make!

 


Top 5 Recipes of 2016 – Cake, Cookies and MORE

What a year 2016 was!!! It was such a roller coaster year for me, in both my personal and professional life, but there is one thing that stayed constant for me and that is THIS BLOG! I love being able to share with you guys so many delicious meals, snacks, treats etc! And from what I can tell, you guys LOVED it too!

I decided to participate in a “Round-Up” of sorts, with some of my fellow bloggers so we could see what our most popular recipes of 2016 were and share them with you guys in one fun place! Below you will find my Top 5 Recipes for 2016  as well as a link to the main page where you will find so many yummy eats from a wide array of food bloggers! I hope you enjoy, and please be sure to let me know if you had a favorite (bonus points if you made it!).

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Dainty shortbread cookies with Christmas sprinkles, on baking sheet

This cookie was our most POPULAR post last year and with good reason too!!! It is such a simple yet flavorful cookie that literally melts in your mouth, and it’s perfect for any time of year (but featured for our Christmas Baking Frenzy).

Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies

Butter-Lemon-Snow-Drops

No surprise that a cookie recipe took both the #1 and #2 spot for us last year, especially one a tasty as this Butter Lemon Snow Drop. This cookie was featured from a fellow blogger as part of our Christmas Baking Frenzy as well!

BEef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

This is by far my favorite dinner recipe up on the blog, so it is no surprise to me that it came in as one of the top 5 from last year!! It is so EASY and TASTY and inexpensive (with the use of ground beef) that it is a perfect meal for any night of the week.

Chocolate Peanut Butter CAke

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Mmm…that is all I need to say about this one! What a SPECIAL treat to make for birthdays, holidays, dinner parties etc. It is swirled with chocolate and peanut butter batters to create a heavenly cake that everyone will love. Best enjoyed with others so you don’t eat the whole thing!

Christmas baking frenzy- 13 days of goodies

Christmas-Biscotti

This 13 Day post features different cookies, squares, truffles and bars everyday that we like to make around the Holidays to give to friends and family to enjoy! There is a treat for everyone on this list, and even many treats you can make year-round.

 

 

Well, there you have it! What did you think of our Top 5 Recipes?? Did you have a favorite that wasn’t on the list? And what about this year…what would you like to see? Let me know in the comments so I can get creative and get cooking!

Carrot Coconut Muffins – A MUST Try Muffin Recipe

With the mild weather we have been having here I was in the mood this week to bake up some muffins…but not just any kind! I invited my mom over (we have a weekly Wednesday bake/cook date!) and told her we were going to be making muffins and she suggested carrot…but with a TWIST!! We ended up deciding on Carrot Coconut Muffins, two of my favorite things in one muffin, and got to work on the recipe to make it perfect for you! And let me just tell you…they are AMAZING! They are perfectly moist with a slightly crunchy top, and the coconut compliments the carrot with a gentle sweetness you aren’t expecting.

Muffin-Batter

 

Notice how I topped them off with the shredded coconut before going into the oven? This gave them a lovely toasted coconut top to bite into…YUM!

Carrot Coconut Muffins

Carrot Coconut Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 c Flour
  • 1/2 c Margarine (you can use butter if you prefer but this works just fine!)
  • 1/2 c Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 c Granulated Sugar
  • 3 c Shredded Carrots (about 3 lg carrots)
  • 2 Lg Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 c Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 c Shredded Sweetened Coconut (+more for topping)
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners
  2. In stand mixer cream together margarine with sugars until light and fluffy. Add in oil, eggs and vanilla and beat on medium-high until mixed together.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt). Slowly add to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Stir in the shredded carrot and coconut.
  5. Fill muffin cups (all the way if you want a nice fluffy and full muffin!) and cook for 22 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean).
  6. Remove and allow to cool.
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These Muffins are perfectly moist with a slightly crunchy top, and the coconut compliments the carrot with a gentle sweetness you aren't expecting. Add them to your baking list now!

These Muffins are perfectly moist with a slightly crunchy top, and the coconut compliments the carrot with a gentle sweetness you aren’t expecting. Add them to your baking list now!

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE PERFECT carrot coconut MUFFINs EVERY TIME!
  • Use a julienne peeler to make shredding your carrots super easy!
  • Do not over mix your batter, once you add your dry ingredients you want to mix until just combined…this will keep them fluffy and light!
  • Be sure to sift your dry ingredients before adding them to the wet, this ensures you don’t end up with clumps of baking soda all in one bite.
  • Use a cookie scoop to fill muffin liners and prevent a sticky mess on the pan that will burn in the oven! This also makes sure you have the same amount in each cup, which means even cooking times!
  • If you are looking for nice full top muffins you want to make sure you are filling your muffin cups to the top! This gives them the perfect muffin top! (take a look at the picture above to see how much I filled my muffin cups).
  • You can freeze these (and most muffins) in a tightly sealed container so you can enjoy them later!

Well, what are you waiting for?! I bet you have all the ingredients you need to make these Carrot Coconut Muffins RIGHT NOW!

Easy Nutella Brownies – Fudgey and Chewy!

I am gonna just start by saying that these Nutella Brownies are the BEST brownies you will ever make!!! And I do not say that lightly friends. As you know I am a major chocoholic and brownies may as well be listed as a food group for me.

Easy Nutella Brownies - The BEST brownie you will ever make! Perfectly chewy and full of Nutella flavor! Check out this recipe and more at TheOliveBlogger.com

Easy Nutella Brownies – The BEST brownie you will ever make! Perfectly chewy and full of Nutella flavor! Check out this recipe and more at TheOliveBlogger.com

As part of this months Blogger Recipe Swap that I participate in I was tasked with making something from Aileen Cooks (you guys gotta check her out!). I had so much trouble finding just ONE thing to make but as soon as I saw her Nutella Brownies I was done…heart stopped, drool running down my face, done. I mean can you blame me…look at them!!!

Fudgey-Nutella-Brownies

 

Just looking at that giant plate of goodness makes me want more…sadly we brought them all to a dinner party with friends and they were DEVOURED which meant no leftovers for us! But hey that’s okay, just means I get to make another batch…just for me…for me and my hubby of course!

Easy Nutella Brownies

Easy Nutella Brownies

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups Nutella
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a square 8x8 baking dish and set aside.
  2. Combine Nutella, eggs, and vanilla in stand mixer until well combined.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the Nutella mixture until JUST combined.
  5. Add in the chocolate chips and gently mix in.
  6. Pour the brownie batter into the greased baking dish and bake 22-25 minutes.
  7. Let cool before serving.
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Be sure to check out the original recipe and many other yummy eats over at Aileen Cooks!

Chicken BLTA Salad with Avocado Dressing

I am so excited to feature this Chicken BLTA Salad from my friend Amber over at Simply Made Recipes! It is a delicious and fresh salad to help start your new year off right! This salad is LOADED with veggies and protein and is even topped off with a delicious avocado “bomb” sauce, which makes it perfect for lunch or dinner.

Chicken-Salad

 

Are you wondering what the BLTA stands for?? Well let me tell you!

B: Bacon

L: Lettuce

T: Tomato

A: Avocado

I mean, really guys, this salad is guaranteed to become a new favorite in your household!! Enjoy!

Chicken BLTA Salad. A delicious salad loaded with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and avocados and topped off with an awesome avocado dressing! Guest post up now!

Chicken BLTA Salad. A delicious salad loaded with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and avocados and topped off with an awesome avocado dressing! Guest post up now!

Chicken BLTA Salad with Avocado Dressing

Chicken BLTA Salad with Avocado Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 chicken breast (cooked and cooled, cut into strips)
  • 4 slices bacon (cooked and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • desired amount of "Bomb"Sauce (from Simply Made Recipes)
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Try these other recipes along with your Salad!!


Best of: Breakfast Muffins (Sweet and Savory!)

Hey Everyone!

Wheww so crazy to think we are already in 2017…like where did 2016 go!? I can’t say that I am not happy about that though, 2016 was definitely not my favorite year and I cannot wait to see all the goodies we are going to cook up for ya’ll this year! With that being said, I thought this was the perfect time to start talking about breakfast…specifically Breakfast Muffins! So I decided to compile a lovely list of some of my favorite Breakfast Muffins from some of my favorite blogger friends!

The very best Breakfast Muffins to start any day! Loaded with traditional savory muffins as well as some sweet treats to curb your morning sugar cravings!

The very best Breakfast Muffins to start any day! Loaded with traditional savory muffins as well as some sweet treats to curb your morning sugar cravings!

I chose to share both the savory and sweet types of muffins you can make to enjoy. Let’s be honest we don’t all want to eat an egg and veggies every morning!

banana walnut breakfast muffins from: today’s creative life

These scrumptious little gems have a gooey fruit and honey filled center that will brighten up your mornings. Recipe yields 24 muffins, perfect for having on hand during the week for  grab-n-go.

BANANA-WALNUT-MUFFINS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for the full recipe now!

Turkey Bacon and Egg Breakfast Muffins from: mess for less

This muffin is an update on the traditional egg breakfast muffin that uses pork bacon, making this one less salty and an all around healthier option for those of us wanting to start this new year off right! I love that you can freeze these ones too and enjoy them whenever you want with just a quick heat in the microwave.

Turkey-Bacon-Breakfast-Muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for the full recipe now!

grab and go baked oatmeal muffins from:typically simple

A super simple morning treat that uses bananas rather than flour to make a yummy muffin you can take anywhere. She even adds in some chocolate chips and mixed nuts (which you can omit) to curb that pesky sweet tooth!

Baked-Oatmeal-Muffins

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to get the full recipe now!

broccoli, bacon and egg cups from: domestic superhero 

Here is another savory muffin for ya’ll and this one is loaded with broccoli, bacon and cheese(3 things after my heart!!) making it a perfect breakfast muffin in my eyes!

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Click here for the full recipe now!

lemon poppy paleo muffins from: cook eat paleo 

A delicious and flavorful muffin for you to enjoy any day of the week, this Lemon Poppy muffin is a real treat! This muffin screams Spring for me. which means I will be making them ASAP in hopes to bring it around sooner (a girl can hope can’t she?!)

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Click here for the full recipe now!

 

Well friends, there you have it! 5 delicious Breakfast Muffins to start off any day of the week! I hope you are inspired to get in the kitchen and start making these goodies, and are with me to start 2017 off right…with BREAKFAST! Enjoy <3

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate + Spiked Version!

Well, another month is upon us friends, and that means it is time for another Recipe Swap!!! This month I was given Simply Made Recipes, which you guys should recognize as Amber has been a part of our “Featured Recipes” section a couple of times, so it is no surprise that I knew exactly what I was going to make. With it being so close to Christmas, and the weather getting cooler, I chose to make her Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate…and boy are you guys in for a real treat!!

Spiked-Hot-Chocolate

This is the perfect drink for you to enjoy after a day out on the toboggan hill (or ski hill if you are adventurous enough!). It only takes 5 minutes to make and is a big enough batch to serve 6, which is great for all the excited kiddos and adults alike. Now, with me being lactose intolerant I chose to make a couple of adjustments to the recipe and I can tell you it is still INCREDIBLY tasty and you will not miss out on the heavy cream etc if you choose to make it this way instead. I also have a curious hubby who thought it would be a good idea to “spike” his cup…and boy was I GLAD that he did! I mean YUM, a little shot of Smirnoff Fluffy Marshmallow Vodka will leave your taste buds dancing. Anyway, here you have it, the BEST Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe you will try all year, with an adult version for those of us who like a little kick!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate- the perfect drink to warm you up on a cold day!! PLUS a spiked version for adults Mmm!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate- the perfect drink to warm you up on a cold day!! PLUS a spiked version for adults Mmm!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate + Spiked Version!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate + Spiked Version!

Ingredients

    Hot Chocolate
  • 2 Cups Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 3 Cups Milk (we chose to use almond milk)
  • 2 Cups Half and Half
  • 1/4 Cup Caramel Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • Topping
  • Coconut Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Caramel Sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients for the Hot Chocolate in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk constantly until all ingredients have combined and continue to cook over medium heat until desired temperature (about 5 minutes).
  3. Pour into cups and top with whipped cream and desired add-ons!
  4. *add in a shot of your favorite vodka for adult version! We used Smirnoff Fluffy Marshmallow.
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tips and tricks for the perfect salted caramel hot chocolate
  • Keep the temperature no higher than medium when whisking together the ingredients (this will keep the chocolate and caramel sauce from burning)
  • Use less caramel sauce if you don’t like your drinks too sweet (this is a very sweet and indulgent drink) I think next time we make it I would use half the amount the recipe calls for
  • If you want to try something different, you can always use a semi-sweet or dark chocolate rather than the milk chocolate chips
  • You can use regular whipped cream, or even chocolate whipped cream (yep they make it!) if you don’t like coconut…but let me tell you it is DELISH!
  • Have fun with your toppings, let the kiddos have a choice from a few goodies they can add on. My suggestions? Chocolate Chips, Marshmallows, Toasted Coconut, Peppermint Chips, and anything else your heart desires!

Be sure to check out Amber’s original post here and browse her site for a ton of great recipes for any type of meal!

Cookie Swap – The Perfect Cookie Recipes for your Exchange!

In case I haven’t said it enough yet, I LOVE this time of year!!! As you know from our 13 Days of Christmas Baking, I love to bake and share different cookie recipes with you guys to help take some of your Holiday stress away and so I decided to also participate in a Virtual Cookie Exchange with a few other bloggers. I am super excited to share their goodies with you guys, so get your baking supplies out and your mixer ready…it’s gonna be a fun week!

white chocolate cranberry biscotti : our personal contribution!

One of my favorite treats to make for Christmas, these Biscotti are full of tangy cranberry flavor and bursts of white chocolate chunks…they are wonderful for a cookie tray or gift on their own! 

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Snikerdoodles: try it like it

A classic Christmas cookie with a nice cinnamon flavor, these cookies can be made in advance and placed in the freezer until ready to swap!

peppermint white chocolate brownies: Mom knows best

Who doesn’t love a good brownie recipe!? Especially when said recipe is topped with white chocolate and candy cane pieces…Mmm!

Christmas candy cookie: my pinterventures 

This cookie is LOADED with goodies (from coconut flakes to nuts) and finished off with red and green M&M’s to make it an all around delicious Christmas cookie!

 ginger snaps: lydia’s flexitarian kitchen 

A simple and delicious cookie, full of ginger and just the right amount of sugar, these cookies are great with your after dinner coffee or tea!

candy cane cookies: craftcore

Who hasn’t had a candy-cane cookie before!? They really are a favorite for many people, including those with kids, as they are so cute and festive! You make the cookie to look like little candy canes by dying half the dough and wrapping it into the shape.

gingerbread: a mom’s perspective

Ok, this is my favorite one in the exchange!! I looooove a good gingerbread cookie but have never (eeek) tried to make them myself! Her recipe is simple and she has some great decorating ideas in the post as well! Maybe I should give it a try!?

Here is a photo of all of our Cookies!! Enjoy!

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