Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mocha + Chocolate Chip Donuts

Coffee and chocolate in a donut with a delicious sweet glaze on top.  Is it bad if this is the flavor combo my 12 year old chose to make?


Yes, it's true - my 12 year old wanted to make donuts yesterday and after pouring through different recipes this is what she chose to make.  She loves a good mocha frappuccino (which she probably shouldn't be drinking either) so when she saw these two ingredients together there was no changing her mind. 

Sweet Girl made these Mocha + Chocolate Chip Donuts all by herself.  She made the glaze and did all the dipping to finish these off beautifully. I did step in and shave a little bit of chocolate on a few of the donuts but I actually think hers look better.  Sweet Girl doesn't get in the kitchen as often as she use to but when she does she always chooses to bake....and she never disappoints. Needless to say, this was a definite win for her and a definite lose for my diet.



recipe adapted from foodfanatic
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
for the glaze
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 and spray a donut pan.  
Beat together the sugars and the butter until creamy.  Add in the egg, the vanilla extract and the yogurt and blend again.  
In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Slowly add this mixture to the butter mixture and add in the coffee.  Mix well.  
Add in the chocolate chips and mix by hand.  
Spoon this batter into the donut pan filling about 3/4 of the way.  
Cook for 10 minutes and then allow to cool on wire rack a bit before glazing.

For the glaze
Combine the powdered sugar with the milk until mixture is smooth.  

Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and allow to set.

You can see the few that I shaved some chocolate over - feel free to jazz your up any way you want or to leave them alone.


I enjoyed mine with a cup of strong coffee - perfection!



Other donut recipes:
Red Velvet Donuts with White Chocolate Chips


A Healthier Chocolate Donut


Shortcut Homemade Donuts


Last year at this time I made Strawberry Basil Sangria.

Two years ago I made Mexican Meatballs + Mexican Rice.

Three years ago I made Baked Beans.

Four years ago I made Baked Banana Oatmeal.


Linking up to these happening parties!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!


Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead, and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before,  if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog. We will also pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board.



Please follow your hosts
Maria from Close to Home
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April from Angels Homestead 
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Danielle from Mostly Food and Crafts
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  • Please visit the posts in the linky that are listed as HOST, and at least two links from your fellow bloggers. We all love visits and comments on our blogs, so share the love. Moreover, if you get a visit from a fellow party-goer, please return the favor and visit them back.
  • We would love for you to add a link back to the party in your post, or a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • By linking up to this party, you're giving authorization for your projects/crafts/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog, hopefully sending some readers your way.
*Featured Links from last week*



How gorgeous is this Berry Tart with Lemon Curd Mascarpone from Best of Long Island?



Honey & Birch made these awesome Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Milkshakes.

Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Milkshake with @rodellevanilla

I love this idea from As the Bunny Hops for Frozen Yogurt Dipped Fruit Clusters. 

frozen yogurt dipped fruit clusters


If you missed these awesome posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out!
Congrats to those who were featured, and thanks again for linking up your posts!


   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   





Thursday, June 18, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!


Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Angel's Homestead, and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well.


Please follow your hosts
Maria from Close to Home
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April from Angels Homestead 
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Danielle from Mostly Food and Crafts
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Amy from Sizzling Eats
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  • Please visit the posts in the linky that are listed as HOST, and at least two links from your fellow bloggers. We all love visits and comments on our blogs, so share the love. Moreover, if you get a visit from a fellow party-goer, please return the favor and visit them back.
  • We would love for you to add a link back to the party in your post, or a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • By linking up to this party, you're giving authorization for your projects/crafts/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog, hopefully sending some readers your way.
*Featured Links from last week*

First up, is this pretty DIY Ombre Dresser from Divine Lifestyle. This would be the perfect addition to a child's bedroom, or a craft room.



Second, is this refreshing Sparkling Summertime Sangria from The Rebel Chick. Next time you have a gathering, serve this refreshing drink to the adults in the group. She also offers some suggestions on decorations and food to serve.



And last but not least, I had to end on a sweet note of course, and here it is. Skillet Blueberry Cobbler from Olives -n- Okra. Cast iron can't be beat when it comes to homestyle cooking, and Sherry has given us a great recipe to use it for.



If you missed these awesome posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out!
Congrats to those who were featured, and thanks again for linking up your posts!

   
    An InLinkz Link-up
   


Monday, June 8, 2015

The Best Iced Coffee + #HotSummerEats

I have another delicious recipe for Hot Summer Eats!  For this post I received a great book, Summer Cocktails from Quirk Books,  where I found this recipe. All opinions and thoughts about the product are 100% my own.

For more information about Hot Summer Eats, the sponsors and bloggers be sure to check my earlier post.



My Name is Danielle and I am a coffee addict.  It's true, I love coffee!  In the mornings I am a purist, I like a hot cup of black coffee.  In the afternoons, if I am craving a caffeine fix I will normally change it up a bit.  I am sitting here writing this post with my new afternoon addiction sitting right next to me.  This Iced Coffee is seriously the BEST Iced Coffee I have had yet.

I found this easy, sweet and refreshing recipe in this Summer Cocktails book. This book is from Quirk Books and it is full of so many wonderful summer treats.



I actually used two recipes from here for this.  First, I made a simple syrup using the directions from this book:

For Symple Syrup
Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Directions:
Combine both ingredients in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to medium and cook, stirring mixture often until sugar dissolves.  Let this syrup cool before using,  This can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.




The second recipe was for the iced coffee
For Iced Coffee
Ingredients:
1 cup of freshly brewed strong coffee, cooled
Simple Syrup, to taste (I used 2 tablespoons)
Sweetened condensed milk, to taste (I used 2 tablespoons)
2 ounces of Baileys or Kahlua (Optional)  - I didn't have any in the house but I will make it again and try it for sure
Ice

Directions:
Stir together all ingredients and in a glass and add ice.

Check out the layers of this amazing drink in the picture above, I thought it was so pretty.  After you take the time to enjoy the layers of flavor, go ahead and mix it up good and enjoy the combination of flavors.  I love the sweetness and creaminess you get from both the symple syrup and the condensed milk. I'm getting ready to make another glass to sip outside.







Disclaimer - Thank you to #HotSummerEats sponsors BenBella Vegan, Caribeque, Casabella, Gourmet Garden,
Intensity Academy, Not Ketchup, Out of the Weeds. Pirate Jonny's, Quirk Books,
Spicely Organics, T.Lish , and Voodoo Cheffor providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for
#HotSummerEats without additional compensation.All opinions are my own.



   
   

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead and SizzlingEats would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on. We want to see it all! Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadruple the exposure! Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog. The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board. 

Welcome to this Week's Friday Food Frenzy!

Friday-Frenzy

Happy Spring everyone! Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead and SizzlingEats would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on. We want to see it all! Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadruple the exposure! Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog. The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


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Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST. We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.

Featured Links from last week:   


The first awesome post that we thought was super share worthy was this gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan from The Seasoned Homemaker.  Eggplant is going to be prolific in markets soon.



This week's second feature makes baking during the busy summer months a breeze.  These 3-ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies from the Crazy Craft lady meets the bill.  

 

The post that received the most clicks was about Dollar Store Organization ideas.  Easy Peasy Mom gives you plenty inexpensive ideas to stay organized this summer.

   

My favorite link from last weeks party is this Inside Out Ravioli from Olla-Podrida.



This week I have been taking part in Hot Summer Eats. Rallied by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, a talented group of 18 food bloggers will be posting recipes for a week. From June 1st through June 8th, we hope to inspire you for your summer grill dates and cookouts, provide you with ideas for your beach bonfires, and get you planning those ice cream socials and cocktail hours. Not only will you find over a hundred summery recipe posts, but you can enter to win our awesome giveaway, courtesy of some amazingly generous donations from sponsoring companies. To enter the giveaway click here.



Thanks for stopping by and let's Party with your Summer recipes, crafts, and DIYs.


   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   


Ginger + Lemongrass Chicken Thighs #HotSummerEats

I have another delicious recipe for Hot Summer Eats!  For this post I received some great products from Gourmet Garden to help inspire this recipe.   All opinions and thoughts about the product are 100% my own.

For more information about Hot Summer Eats, the sponsors, bloggers and giveaway be sure to check my earlier post.











                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       






I was so excited to get my hands on this lemongrass seasoning.  I have never cooked with lemongrass before and I knew right away that I would be using it as inspiration for this recipe. As a matter of fact, I used a few Gourmet Garden  stir-in pastes, these pastes are a great way to get fresh herb flavor into your dishes and they can last up to 3 months.



I let my chicken thighs marinate overnight in a mixture of these great spices and the next day it was ready for roasting.  I would recommend grilling these as well and will definitely try that next time.  I love roasting chicken over vegetables so I decided to slice up a red onion and add some baby carrots to the pan along with some of the same spices to roast along with the chicken. The result was amazing!!



Be sure to head over to the Gourmet Garden website and check out the great Herb Pairing Chart.  I spent a lot of time browsing through it. Then come back here and start marinating your chicken thighs.

recipe adapted from Shockingly Delicious
Ingredients:
1-1/12 lbs chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden lemongrass
1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden ginger
1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden chunky garlic
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
a pinch of chili pepper 

Directions:
Place all ingredients into a Ziploc bag and let marinate overnight.  
Preheat oven to 375 and roast chicken for 30-35 minutes or until juices run clear.
If using vegetables, place vegetables in pan and drizzle with olive oil, lemongrass, ginger and garlic and let roast for 10 minutes before placing the chicken on top and then roasting 30 minutes more. I topped out chicken with fresh from the garden cilantro.



To learn more about Gourmet Garden and their products click on any of these links. 
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/gourmetgarden



   

   


Monday, June 1, 2015

Hot Summer Eats + T.Lish Pasta Salad

Hot Summer Eats is here and I am so excited to be part of it!

First - what is Hot Summer Eats?

Rallied by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, a talented group of 18 food bloggers will be posting recipes for a week. From June 1st through June 8th, we hope to inspire you for your summer grill dates and cookouts, provide you with ideas for your beach bonfires, and get you planning those ice cream socials and cocktail hours. Not only will you find over a hundred summery recipe posts, but you can enter to win our awesome giveaway, courtesy of some amazingly generous donations from sponsoring companies. See details below.
The Sponsors
(with links to their homepages, in alphabetical order)

The Prizes
BenBella Vegan will provide one winner with one print copy of each of their Spring 2015 releases:Love Fed, by Christina Ross (March 2015); PlantPure Nation Cookbook, by Kim Campbell (March 2015); Plant-Powered Families, by Dreena Burton (May 2015); Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living, by Lindsay S. Nixon (May 2015); and China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook, by Del Sroufe (May 2015).
Casabella will provide one winner with a trio of kitchen gadgets that are perfect for summer entertaining: a set of two large ice cube trays; a citrus juicer and reamer; and a cherry pitter.
Gourmet Garden will provide one winner with each of their stir-in pastes (basil, chili pepper, cilantro, dill, Italian herbs, garlic, chunky garlic, ginger, lemongrass, oregano, parsley, and Thai seasonings), each of their lightly dried herbs (basil, chili pepper, cilantro, ginger, and parsley), and two Gourmet Garden logo coolers.
Not Ketchup will provide one winner with a prize pack of four fruit ketchups - Blueberry White Pepper, Cherry Chipotle, Spiced Fig, and Smoky Date.
Quirk Books will send one winner a copy of their cookbook Summer Cocktails by Maria Del Mar Sacasa, photography by Tara Striano.
Spicely Organics will send one winner their Backyard Barbeque Gift Box.
T.Lish will provide one winner with each of the three current flavors: Sweet Garlic, Asian Sesame, and Chipotle.
Members of the Sauceology Group have donated a summery prize pack that includes six delicious products. You will receive either the Calypso Kick or Island Thyme Spice Rub from Caribeque, Garlic Goodness Hot Sauce and Chai Curry Chup from Intensity Academy, Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette from Out of the Weeds, Guava Girl Gourmet Grilling Sauce from Pirate Jonny's, and Southern Gold Barbeque Gold Sauce from Voodoo Chef.

The Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Disclaimer - Thank you to #HotSummerEats sponsors BenBella Vegan, Caribeque, Casabella, Gourmet Garden, Intensity Academy, Not Ketchup, Out of the Weeds. Pirate Jonny's, Quirk Books, Spicely Organics, T.Lish , and Voodoo Cheffor providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for#HotSummerEats without additional compensation.All opinions are my own. 

Second - how about a recipe from one of our sponsors?


I was reading through T.Lish's site the other day and I started browsing the list of amazing recipes they had when I came across this pasta salad recipe.  I had just committed to bringing a pasta salad to a Memorial Day cookout and knew as soon as I read this recipe that this would be the one I would make.

I have to admit that when I first opened my box of goodies from this company, the Sweet Garlic Vinaigrette had me the most excited. I couldn't wait to give it a try and now I can't wait to get more!


This salad was not only a hit with my family but I had a few people ask to take some home with them after the cookout.  Here is the recipe - it is sweet, spicy, salty and just T.Lish!

Ingredients:
1 box  (1 lb) of pasta, cooked, drained and cooled (I like the tri-colored pasta for this)
1 jar (12 oz) fire roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
1 can (3.8 oz) sliced black olives
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped 
4 oz pepperoni slices, cut into quarters
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
8 oz mozzarella cubed or sliced
1 bottle (12 oz) of T.Lish Sweet Garlic Dressing and Marinade
1 jar of pepperoncini peppers, drained

Directions:
Toss the cooked and cooled pasta with all the ingredients except the pepperoncinis.  Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.  Chill the mixture in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight.  I served this salad with the pepperoncinis on the side for anyone who wanted a little heat.



Be sure to check out all the delicious recipes from the rest of the Hot Summer Eats bloggers!