75+ Fun and Festive Holiday Drinks

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XO, Ashley

 

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What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

Before we get started with the link party this week, I need some mom sympathy.  Please?

It all started when Doodle came home from school on Monday with his pants and shoes dirtier than usual.  When I asked what happened, he informed me that he spent the entirety of recess digging in the dirt for his friend Carol’s lost necklace.  Apparently, they were playing “hide and sneak” and Carol hid her necklace under some dirt and…the necklace is now lost.

Next, Doodle told me that he invited Carol over to our house for spring break because he wanted to do “something nice to cheer her up” since she was so sad about her lost necklace.  I said that sounded like a great thing to do and that I would call Carol’s mom to arrange a play date.

Then I reconsidered, when Doodle said he was “in love” with Carol and he thought that she was “in love” with him, too.

Um, at five, isn’t my kiddo still supposed to want to marry his mom?  What’s up with this “in love” business?  I’m having heart palpitations.  Holy cow guys, this calls for some serious sugar and other yummy food.  Let’s get to the features!

This week’s top viewed post was from Confessions of a Baking Queen.  Her Lemon Blossoms look so bright and spring-y.  I’m definitely ready for a batch of these after finally digging out of our snow storm!

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I’m a sucker for Thin Mint anything.  These Thin Mint Fudge Brownies from Inside BruCrew Life start with a gooey brownie bottom with a mint fudge on top sprinkled with crushed cookies pieces.  I’ll take three please, Jocelyn!

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We’re all about quick and easy meals at my house right now, so these Spicy Chicken and Bacon Sandwiches with Cilantro Buttermilk Slaw from Crumbs and Chaos are on my menu plan next week. The Tall Boy can’t wait. :-)

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How awesome and gooey do these Easy Rocky Road Bars from Jen’s Favorite Cookies look? Pretty darn great if you ask me.

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Oh my word, how beautiful is this Flourless Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cake from Butter, With a Slice of Bread? It’s almost too pretty to eat. I think I could probably manage it, though.

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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!  :-)

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XO, Ashley



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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!

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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



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eMeals Giveaway

Eek.

School started yesterday, guys. I sent my little Doodlebug off to a school that houses kindergarten through second grade in a building that rivals the size of my old junior high.

I am so not ready for this.

Our schedule has totally and completely changed, and I’m not ready for that, either.  I’m trying to start my day job by 6:30 am so that I am able to leave the office in time for school pick-up by 4:00.  By the time we get home, make dinner, clean-up, pack lunches, school bags, et cetera, the evening leaves little time leftover for good, quality family time.

Believe me, right now I am looking for any shortcut I can get.

That is why I am so excited to tell you about eMeals.  If you haven’t heard of eMeals before, basically, it’s an online LIFESAVER.  It is a meal planning service that incorporates everything you need in order to take the stress out of dinnertime.

This online service provides over 30 meal plan options that include easy to follow recipes and shopping lists and where possible are tied to weekly grocery store sales. You can choose from stores including Aldi, Kroger, Publix, Wal-Mart and Whole Foods, and from a variety of meal plans–from Gluten-Free, Low-Fat, Low-Carb, Portion Control, Vegetarian, and Natural and Organic.

Since I’m trying to get my jeans to button by the time fall arrives, we’ve been trying out the Portion Control plan at my house.  Believe me when I tell you it is awesome.  As much as I love food blogging, it is so nice right now to have someone else doing my planning and list making.  Even better?  eMeals even gives you an estimated price breakdown per item, so that you can budget your expenses.

Here’s a sample of what we’ve been making.  Quick, no-fuss meals that are both kid and finicky husband approved!

Each week you will receive a brand new plan with a complete grocery list organized by sections. And each meal plan is as low as $5 per month!!

Want to learn more about eMeals or try it out for yourself?  Click my affiliate link below:

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Or maybe you just want to enter my giveaway for three-month subscription to the meal plan of your choice.  Now, if I could just find a way to get someone else to do the actual shopping and food preparation…any takers?

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Have a great Wednesday!

This giveaway was sponsored by eMeals, but any thoughts or opinions I’ve shared here are totally my own.

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Banana Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche {and a giveaway!}

Whew! Birthday week at our house is officially over.  Over the last week, I’ve baked and frosted a Super Mario cake, Super Mario cookies, cake pops, made candy mustaches, lemon crinkle cookies, and–oh yeah–these cupcakes:

Much like the lemon cookies I made for a swim party, I needed something quick and easy to send to Mom’s Day Out last week.  And let’s face it: kids don’t care about high falutin’ cuisine.  But I’ve yet to meet a kiddo who wouldn’t eat banana cake with caramel frosting.

 

Quite frankly, I wouldn’t turn it down, either.

And since I thought it best to taste-test the product before sending these cupcakes off to school with Doodle, I added a bit of salt to my caramel.

I left ‘em plain for the kiddos, but I highly recommend adding a bit of fleur de sel or kosher salt to the tops.  I used kosher, since it was what I had on hand and is readily available at my grocery store.  My local markets don’t carry the super-cool stuff, though I am still doing a happy dance that we finally got Biscoff.  I’ll take what I can get!

These were the easiest cupcakes to frost.  I simply opened a store-bought can of Dulce de Leche and swiped it over the tops.  No loading a piping bag with frosting and cursing the mess to clean up later.  Maybe not quite as pretty, but absolutely yummy–and a much needed time-saver.

Next time I’ll trying making my own Dulce de Leche–I’m totally intrigued by the concept of making it in the crock pot.  Who out there has tried it and what is your verdict?

Also, make sure you use the Rafflecopter form below and enter to win $80 in PayPal cash!  Is that an awesome deal, or what?

Banana Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche {and a giveaway!}

Ingredients

    For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • For the Topping:
  • 1 can (13.4 oz) dulce de leche (caramelized sweetened condensed milk) Coarse (kosher or sea) salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine the cake mix, bananas, buttermilk, oil and eggs in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to high, and beat until thick, about 2 minutes more.
  3. Fill cupcake papers about 2/3 full with the batter. Bake until golden, about 15 to 18 minutes.
  4. Remove cupcakes from baking pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Top each cake with a swipe of dulce de leche and sprinkle with salt.
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I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos, I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, Weekend Potluck, and Six Sister’s Stuff!

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How to Divide an Egg

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Ever had a recipe that yields 30 cupcakes (cookies, muffins, etc.), but you only need 24 (or 12 or 18 or…)?

Yeah, me too.

I tend to make a lot of baked goodies for this blog, but I seriously don’t need massive amounts of sweets sitting around my house.  Trust me, I’ll eat them all.

And even when I need to make treats to send to Doodle’s preschool, I still only need about a dozen [insert goodie of choice].

The problem with many recipes is that these often call for an odd number of eggs–and since I never really knew a good way to measure a partial egg, I just went ahead and made the full recipe.  Then I finally got smart and Googled tips on dividing eggs.  Maybe you all already knew this nifty trick, but if I can save one person from sugar overload, my good deed for the day is done.

Of course, Google told me dividing an egg was actually very easy.

You just divide by volume.

Ummm. why didn’t I think of this before?

How to Divide an Egg

  1. Crack your egg into a bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  2. Google suggested pouring the egg into a measuring cup, but for a more accurate measurement, I measured mine by individual tablespoons.
  3. My large egg measured approximately four tablespoons, so I measured out two of the tablespoons for the half egg I needed for my recipe.

See, easy-peasy!

What great kitchen tips do you have?

 

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Guest Posting at Mom’s Crazy Kitchen: Peppermint Marshmallows

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Hi guys!  I’m guest posting today over at Mom’s Crazy Cooking - so please click over and check out the peppermint marshmallows I made to share with her readers.

These are soooooo yummy, and much better than the bagged kind you can get at Wal-Mart.  And seriously, they are really not that hard to make.  Promise.

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