Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

Excuse me while I drool over the easiest french toast bake I’ve ever made.

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We made this last weekend for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast after enduring over 14 inches of snowfall – and preparing for (potentially) another foot in the coming days.  I’ve never seen this much snow in my hometown in my lifetime, and apparently many other residents hadn’t, either.

Grocery stores sold out of staple items, including bread, milk, and eggs.  It was like we were preparing for the apocalypse;  but after being quite literally stuck in my house the Thursday before, we made darn sure we were well stocked with the basic necessities.

Cinnamon rolls topped our list.

;-)

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These were so easy, and Doodle absolutely loved them.  I found this recipe on Pillsbury’s site and used a can of their reduced-fat Cinnabon cinnamon rolls as the base.  So much easier than making my own rolls, and just as tasty, especially when you’re baking them in an egg and cream batter heavily spiced with cinnamon.

Heaven!

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This dish smelled amazing while it was in the oven, and Doodle kept running into the kitchen to see if it was “done yet.”   If you want to know the truth, so did I.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

4 generous servings

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 can (12.4 ounce) Pillsbury reduced-fat cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or half-and-half (I used fat-free half-and-half and this still turned out great)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375. Melt butter and pour into the bottom of an ungreased 8x8 pan. Open can of cinnamon rolls; cut each roll into 8 pieces and place evenly over butter in the bottom of your dish. Set aside icing container.
  2. In medium bowl, beat eggs. Add in cream/half-and-half, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Gently pour over roll pieces. Sprinkle with pecans if desired; drizzle with 1/2 cup syrup.
  3. Bake 20 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack. Meanwhile, remove cover from icing; microwave on half-power for 10 to 15 seconds or until the icing is thin enough to drizzle.
  4. Drizzle icing over top and sprinkle with additional pecans, if desired

recipe from Pillsbury

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/cinnamon-roll-french-toast-bake/

XO, Ashley

What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

I am so over the winter weather we’re having here. Last Wednesday and Thursday, my city got covered with over 14 inches of snow–the second highest snowfall on record here. This is what it looked like out my patio door/front door by midday on Thursday (sorry for the horrible cell phone picture quality, but you get the idea):

snowday collage

Anywho, let’s get right to the features!

This week’s most viewed link was this amazing Bananas Foster Bread Pudding from Confessions of a Baking Queen.  (Pssssst, mom: you need to make this!)

bananas foster bread pudding

 

If you saw my post yesterday, you know that I’m on the lookout for awesome slow cooker meals right now–so this Slow Cooker Parmesan Chicken from Not So Perfect Mom came just at the right time!

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Seriously,don’t these Almond Joy Brownie Trifles from A Sweet Baker look amazing?? I’m drooling here!

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And um…The Brunette Baker put a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup inside of double chocolate chip cookies.  Genius?  I think so.

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As a die-hard chocolate-mint fanatic, this Chocolate Mint Poke Cake from Crazy for Crust is right up my alley.  And perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, too!

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Thank you all so much for coming back each week to make this party a great success!  I love seeing all of your great creations, and it’s such an awesome way for me to find new blogs to stalk read.

Are you ready to share what you’ve been up to this week?  After sharing, please take a moment to visit some other links–we all love comments!  :-)

If you were featured, make sure to grab a button from the left sidebar!

 

link party rules

XO, Ashley



Honey Sesame Crock Pot Chicken

Would you be horribly offended if I started sharing crock pot recipes with you on a regular basis?

Honey Sesame Crock Pot Chicken - even take-out can't beat the 10-minute prep time of this flavorful, family-friendly meal!  #recipe #crock pot

Because with our new, nearly five-night a week karate schedule, the crock pot and I are about to become the very best of friends.

This recipe was simply amazing. So yummy, so flavorful, and so darned easy.  Guys?  The prep time on this was around 10 minutes.  Turn on the crock pot, walk out the door, and when you get home–chow down!

I’d love adding onions in with the chicken while cooking, and garnishing with green onion when serving, but Doodle won’t come near anything that might have possibly brushed up against an onion. But, if you aren’t feeding someone quite so onion-phobic, add them in for me, okay?

Do you use your crock pot?  What’s your favorite crock pot recipe?  Please share some recipes in the comments below–I’m desperate for family-friendly meals to use on busy work nights!

Honey Sesame Crock Pot Chicken

serves 6

Honey Sesame Crock Pot Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (optional)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
  • sesame seeds
  • 3 scallions, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Lightly season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, and place into your crock pot.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour mixture over chicken. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from crock pot, but reserve sauce in the pot. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace the lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until it thickens slightly.
  4. Shred chicken into bite size pieces. Serve chicken over cooked rice and spoon some sauce on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/honey-sesame-crock-pot-chicken/

XO, Ashley

The Best Banana Bundt Cake

It’s no secret that banana bread is my favorite sweet bread.

The Best Banana Bundt Cake - use #Chobani banana yogurt in place of the sour cream to give this recipe extra flavor!  You're going to love it!  #recipe #banana bread

 I have a solid handful of banana bread recipes already on the blog, but I can’t stop trying different versions.  Plus, I almost always have a pile of nearly rotten bananas on my counter top just waiting to be used.

Last week, my city got dumped with over 14 inches of snow (with a projected 8 to 12 additional inches on its way Monday), so Doodle and I were confined to the house for a solid 24 hours.  My car couldn’t make it out of our culdesac without getting stuck, so I decided to bake with what I had in the house.

Banana cake with salted caramel sauce seemed like the way to go.

The Best Banana Bundt Cake - use #Chobani banana yogurt in place of the sour cream to give this recipe extra flavor!  You're going to love it!  #recipe #banana bread

Lately I’ve been addicted to Chobani yogurt–if I’m lucky enough to get to eat my own carton, anyway.  If Doodle spots me eating some, he runs over, snatches it from me, and gobbles it up.  What can I say?  I’m not going to discourage him from healthy snacking.

I replaced the sour cream in this cake with Chobani banana yogurt.  Not only was this cake (I hate to say it) super moist, the yogurt really bumped up the flavor.  And, since I used yogurt in my cake, it sort of makes it a healthy snack, right?

;-)

The Best Banana Bundt Cake - use #Chobani banana yogurt in place of the sour cream to give this recipe extra flavor!  You're going to love it!  #recipe #banana bread

Or, at least it was until I covered it with a homemade salted caramel sauce.  Seriously, who knew this stuff was so easy to make?

We’ve pretty much been drizzling it over everything: pancakes, apples, French toast, waffles…or just on a spoon straight out of the jar.

The Best Banana Bundt Cake - use #Chobani banana yogurt in place of the sour cream to give this recipe extra flavor!  You're going to love it!  #recipe #banana bread

The Best Banana Bundt Cake

The Best Banana Bundt Cake

Ingredients

    For the cake:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature (1 cup or 2 sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • about 4 very ripe bananas, mashed (1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 cup Chobani banana Greek yogurt
  • For the caramel sauce:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • pinch sea salt, to taste

Instructions

    For the cake:
  1. Center a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 350. Butter or spray a 12-cup bundt pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add in the sugar, beating until pale and fluffy. Add in the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute in between each addition. Reduce your mixer speed to low, and add in the banana. Finally, mix in half of your dry ingredients, then all of the yogurt, and then the remainder of the flour mixture. Scrape into your prepared pan and tap lightly on the counter top to smooth out the batter.
  4. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Check your cake after 30 minutes. Mine was starting to get a little brown on top, so I tented in loosely with foil for the remainder of the baking time.
  5. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Allow cake to cool to room temperature, then drizzle with salted caramel sauce, if desired.
  6. For the caramel sauce:
  7. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat sugar over medium-high heat. Stir continuously until sugar melts completely and all of the chunks have dissolved. Stop stirring, and continue to cook until the sugar turns a deep brown and starts to smoke – about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and wait 30 seconds.
  8. Whisk in butter until melted. Next, SLOWLY add in the heavy cream – the mixture will bubble up violently, so make sure you’re using a larger pot than you think you need. Sprinkle in salt and stir to combine. Transfer to a jar and cool completely before refrigerating.

cake just barely adapted from Food.com via Dorie Greenspan; salted caramel sauce from All Recipes

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/the-best-banana-bundt-cake/

If you are a banana bread fanatic like I am, here are a few more of my favorite banana recipes:

Coconut Banana Bread

Coconut Banana Bread with Coconut Lime Glaze – this is my all time favorite banana bread. Seriously, you must make it. And then send me a loaf.

Bananas Foster Bread - first, cook your mashed bananas in butter, brown sugar and rum, and then drizzle with a slightly boozy glaze!  #Kitchen Meets Girl #bread #bananas

Bananas Foster Bread – this version of banana bread is just a little different from others I’ve made.  Mash some bananas, add ‘em to a pan, and cook them down with butter, brown sugar, and rum.  Oh yeah.

 

Bakery-Style Banana Muffins - a simple, easy trick to create bakery style muffins at home!  #recipes #muffins www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

Bakery-Style Banana Muffins – these babies bake up huge and soft, just like the ones you’d buy at your local bakery. But at just a fraction of the cost.

 

banana bread donuts with nutella glaze

And we love eating these Banana Bread Donuts with Nutella Glaze for breakfast. Plus, this recipe uses no butter or oil.

Do you have a favorite banana bread recipe?  Feel free to link it up in the comments below!

XO, Ashley

Review: Cantina Steak Burrito

I’m not going to lie. I’m a huge Taco Bell fan.

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Maybe it dates back to my college days, when a big Friday evening out for my best friend and I entailed dinner of two crunchy Taco Bells tacos (for under $2), and then a movie at the dollar theater.

I’ve pretty much always been boring, ya’ll.

Also?  I’m a creature of habit.  All these years later, I still order two crunchy tacos (albeit Fresco-style now) every.single.time. we hit the Taco Bell drive-through.  The Tall Boy is a little more adventurous, usually rotating between the potato burrito, a gordita, or a 7-layer burrito.

So when Taco Bell offered me the opportunity to review their new Cantina Steak Burrito, I decided it was a great chance for me to step a little bit out of my comfort zone.  I was initially surprised by its higher price point ($4.99), but when I saw the heftiness of the burrito, I decided the price tag was worth it.  I could only eat half of this for lunch before I was completely stuffed!

I admit, I was a little nervous about trying fast-food “steak.”  It’s been my experience in the past that steak served in fast-food fashion is typically tough and rubbery.

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Not in this case: the marinated steak was actually very tender, and the Tall Boy said he was impressed by the flavor and tenderness of the meat.  He is very picky when it comes to steak, and after eating his burrito he commented, “That steak was actually good.”

I loved the inclusion of the pico de gallo, roasted corn and pepper salsa and the black beans – they complemented the cilantro dressing and the guacamole quite nicely.  Rounding out the burrito was a generous amount of Latin rice, and it was all stuffed inside a grilled tortilla.

Overall, the Tall Boy and I were both very impressed with the Cantina Steak Burrito.  It was fresh and packed with flavor, and the portion size was huge. I would definitely order this burrito again, and I look forward to trying the other Cantina Menu items.  If you’re looking for a quick meal on the go that doesn’t taste like fast-food, I really do recommended giving this Cantina Steak Burrito a try.

XO, Ashley




This post is sponsored by Taco Bell. See how great our steak is when you try the new Cantina Steak Burrito. Because when it comes to a great steak burrito, it’s all about the steak.

Disclosure: I received a monetary stipend in exchange for sharing my thoughts on the new Cantina Steak Burrito. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

Hi everyone!  I’m keeping this short and sweet today…for anyone following me on Instagram, you know that Doodle recently started karate lessons.  While we are having so much fun watching our little guy, it is a little more of a time-investment than we originally anticipated.  I’m still figuring out our new weeknight schedule, so bear with me as I take some time to get into the (new) swing of things.

Let’s get right on to the features!

This week’s most viewed post was this Easy Rotel Casserole from The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen.  The timing on this couldn’t be better–with our new/hectic after-work schedule, I’m always looking for fast and yummy weeknight meals.  Even better, it’s Mexican (my favorite)!

rotel casserole

 

Even though Valentine’s Day is over, I’m totally digging this Strawberry Milk from Chocolate, Chocolate and More. My kiddo drinks strawberry milk by the gallon, so I know he’d get a kick out of this jazzed up version. What kid (or adult) can turn down whipped cream and sprinkles??

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I know I’m not alone on my love of all things buffalo chicken.  Check out these Buffalo Chicken Balls with Blue Cheese from Real Housemoms.  I have a feeling my husband might start dropping hints for me to make these for his next game-watching night.  :-)

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Speaking of the Tall Boy and game-watching food, I think these Southwestern Egg Rolls from See Aimee Cook might also be on our menu soon.  I’ve never attempted homemade egg rolls and this looks like a great recipe for me to start with (read: easy! + Mexican flavors).

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I have to admit, given a choice between brownies and cake, I will almost always choose brownies–especially ones like these Salted Caramel Heath Bar Stuffed Brownies from Confessions of a Baking Queen. OMG.

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Thank you all so much for coming back each week to make this party a great success!  I love seeing all of your great creations, and it’s such an awesome way for me to find new blogs to stalk read.

Are you ready to share what you’ve been up to this week?  After sharing, please take a moment to visit some other links–we all love comments!  :-)

If you were featured, make sure to grab a button from the left sidebar!

 

link party rules

XO, Ashley



Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas

So I know this isn’t a picture of a cookie or a brownie or some other totally awesome baked-good that you want to face plant.

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But when it comes to snacking around my house, I’m all in, all the time. Dips are the bomb.

What this really means: I’ve eaten too much jalapeño popper dip and hot-Mexican style spinach dip lately, and my jeans are starting to revolt.  Fortunately for me, chickpeas (legumes) are high in fiber and are recommended by many public health organizations as a key food group for preventing disease and optimizing health (source).

We do often eat hummus as a healthy snack, and we do often make our own homemade version as an alternative to the grocery store variety.  And as much as I love hummus, I’ve never thought to serve it warm.

You guys.  This stuff was amazing.

Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas on www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com - a quick, easy, and healthy appetizer for snacking or entertaining!  #recipes #hummus #dips

Plus, it’s filled with other lots of healthy stuff, including tomatoes, garlic, parsley, Parmesan, and lemon juice, so it practically cancels out the fact that you ate an entire loaf of crusty bread along with it.

Oops?

Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas

Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 2 (15.5) ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced small
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • crusty bread or pita chips, for serving

Instructions

  1. Place the chickpeas and chicken stock in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. In a medium pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add tomatoes. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tomatoes are softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the chopped chickpea mixture, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Remove from heat, and stir in the Parmesan, parsley, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm (or at warm temperature) with crusty bread or pita chips.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/tuscan-mashed-chickpeas/

XO, Ashley

What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

Wow, is it time already for another link party?  Are the days flying by for you like they are for me?

I’m excited this week because I’m taking Wednesday afternoon off of work to attend Doodle’s kindergarten Valentine’s party.  I’m not sure why they’re having it on the 13th and not the 14th, but there you go.  We made these super awesome strawberry cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction, and they turned out sooo pretty!

Also a word to the wise: assisting a five-year old in addressing 20+ Valentine cards may require either 1) chocolate; 2) wine; or 3) both.

It’s no wonder these Chocolate Cream Cheese Nutella Cups from Sweet Twist of Blogging were this week’s top viewed post.  There’s pretty much nothing better than Nutella!

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And man oh man, I am a die-hard maraschino cherry fan, so these Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars from Mom on Timeout are totally calling my name. How perfect are these for Valentine’s Day?

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Eeek…check out these Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies from A Kitchen Addiction.  Droooooool.

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And since the Tall Boy’s favorite cookie is the snickerdoodle, I have to say that these Pink Cherry Snickerdoodles from Feeding My Giant really caught my eye. What a neat twist, and oh so pretty, too!

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And, since mMy friends/family/coworkers know that it’s impossible for me to get through the morning without my cup(s) of coffee.  And paired with these Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Biscotti from Dancing Carrots??  Heaven!

biscotti

Thank you all so much for coming back each week to make this party a great success!  I love seeing all of your great creations, and it’s such an awesome way for me to find new blogs to stalk read.

Are you ready to share what you’ve been up to this week?  After sharing, please take a moment to visit some other links–we all love comments!  :-)

If you were featured, make sure to grab a button from the left sidebar!

 

link party rules

XO, Ashley



Chocolate Brownie Waffles

Quite frankly, I could eat waffles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Especially when the word “brownie” is involved.

What could be better than eating waffles for breakfast?  How about waffles that taste like brownies?  #recipe #waffles #brownies

When I got the opportunity for an advance copy of Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth, I was all over it.  You know Lindsay, right?  From the supercrazyawesome blog Love and Olive Oil?  Oh, and she wrote one of my other all-time favorite cookbooks, The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook.  So what if that cookbook single-handedly caused me to gain 10 pounds?

Totally worth it.

Breakfast for Dinner is all about–you guessed it–breakfast foods designed for dinner.  This beautiful, hardcover book is broken into three main sections: Main Dishes, Sides and Starters, and Drinks and Desserts.

Hmmm…I guess it’s obvious where I started.

What could be better than eating waffles for breakfast?  How about waffles that taste like brownies?  #recipe #waffles #brownies

Lindsay suggests serving a blackberry syrup with these, which I think would be absolutely fabu, but Doodle refuses to eat blackberries because they have “hair” on them.  Oh, the joys of living with a 5-year old.

Quite honestly, I think most any fruit syrup would pair nicely with these, but obviously we went the strawberry route.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day, by the way!

The Tall Boy and I are planning on working our way through this cookbook, one recipe at a time: Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast, Breakfast Sausage Ravioli, Scrambled Egg and Salmon Quesadillas, Maple Bacon Cupcakes, and Doughnut Fudge Sundaes…

Is that too much for a Sunday brunch?

:-)

What could be better than eating waffles for breakfast?  How about waffles that taste like brownies?  #recipe #waffles #brownies

While I do love a good, protein-filled breakfast (or dinner), I have to admit, waffles are my very favorite breakfast food of all time. And waffles that taste like chocolate brownies.

Yes please, I’ll take two.

Chocolate Brownie Waffles

makes 4 to 6 waffles

Chocolate Brownie Waffles

Ingredients

    For Strawberry Sauce:
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Waffles:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

    For the strawberry sauce:
  1. Stir together berries, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring and crushing berries with the back of a wooden spoon. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, or until sugar has dissolved and berries begin to break down. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Transfer to a blender and pulse until smooth.
  2. For the waffles:
  3. In a saucepan or in a double boiler, stir butter and chocolate until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Whisk in eggs and vanilla, followed by milk. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until just combined.
  4. Preheat your waffle iron. Drop batter onto iron and cook until the outside is crispy. Serve warm with fruit sauce. Top with additional berries and whipped cream, if desired.

from Breakfast for Dinner, by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/chocolate-brownie-waffles/

XO, Ashley

QuirkBooks provided me with a copy of this cookbook to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

Holy cow, is it already February?  How did that happen?  Seriously, I feel like we just got through with Christmas.  In fact, I just spotted a Christmas decoration in my downstairs bathroom I missed putting away. #epicfailatcleaningandorganizing

Speaking of holidays, what’s your take on Valentine’s Day?  Are you a huge fan, or do you think it’s kind of a made-up, over-commercialized holiday like I do?  I do like the treats, though.

Let’s get to the features!

This week’s most viewed link was this amazing Strawberry Shortcake Fudge from Inside BruCrew Life.  Isn’t it just gorgeous?

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I’m a huge fan of decorated sugar cookies, and these Hershey’s Kiss “Dah-ling” Cookies from Life is Sweets are so sparkly and pretty!

kiss cookies

I love the addition of hickory smoked almonds to these BEST brownies from The Tasty Fork!  And they are so pretty, too!

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Even though I’m not a huge red velvet fan as a general rule, these Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Dark Chocolate Trifles from Confessions of a Recovering Chocoholic are simply stunning!  And such an easy Valentine’s Day treat!

red velvet trifle

And hello?  Churro Apple Pie Waffles from Chica Chocolatina…is this even real life? Seriously, girl, you are my new best friend.

apple pie waffles

 Thank you all so much for coming back each week to make this party a great success!  I love seeing all of your great creations, and it’s such an awesome way for me to find new blogs to stalk read.   I apologize that I didn’t get around to comment on all the links this week, but between having to get my car towed, dealing with a non-working oven, and parent-teacher conferences, the time got away from me.  Just know that even if I didn’t comment, I popped over to look at all of your great stuff!

Are you ready to share what you’ve been up to this week?  After sharing, please take a moment to visit some other links–we all love comments!  :-)

If you were featured, make sure to grab a button from the left sidebar!

 

link party rules

XO, Ashley