Sunday, March 1, 2015

SRC- 1 Hour Crescent Rolls

This recipe made a ton of delicious crescent rolls and I am embarrassed to admit - they were gone the next day.



Its time for Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that most of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!

This is my second month in Group A, I still miss my club members from Group B but - wow - there are so many amazing and talented food bloggers out there!  I am loving being exposed to this new group of talent.  This months I was assigned Inquiring Chef,  what a great blog to check out.  Beside the amazing recipes (I will get to those soon)  I learned that Jess, the voice behind this blog has beautiful twin girls and their names are Molly and Clara, I am not joking when I say these were the top two names I had chosen for my second child if he was a girl.  I swear, I was writing "Clara" everywhere because I thought it was the most beautiful name.  Your girls are precious, Jess!

I found so many wonderful recipes on this blog.  I will definitely be making her Creamy Sweet Potato Pasta Bake soon. And in this house full of chickpea lovers - this fantastic Lebanese Chickpea Stew is definitely going to be a hit. I finally settled on these One Hour Light and Buttery Crescent Rolls and can I just say "WOW!"   I do make bread a lot.  I refer to it as my "need to Knead"  I usually make it and give it away.  I didn't give this away.  I did share a few with friends that were over but that was it.  We ate them all - in a day.  So good!



recipe from Inquiring Chef
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 cups AP flour

For Topping
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
coarse salt

Directions:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 5 minutes.


Add the butter, salt, and 2 cups of the flour to this mixture. Mix on low-speed until the ingredients start to come together. Now slowly add 1 cup of the remaining flour and mix for 1 more minute. Add in the last cup of flour. Mix on low-speed until the flour is fully incorporated into the dough. 

Turn the mixer up to medium and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. The dough will be very sticky but you will hear it slapping against the side of the mixer, that is how you will know it is ready.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and cover it with a dish towel. Let the dough rise in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 20 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form it into ball. Using a serrated knife, cut the dough into quarters. Roll each quarter of dough into a circle about 15 inches in diameter. Using a pizza cutter or knife, slice this circle into 8 even triangles. Beginning at the widest end, roll each triangle up into a crescent shape. Place about 1-inch apart on two lightly greased baking sheets.



Set the baking sheets aside and allow the rolls rise a bit while your preheats to 400 degrees, about 20 minutes.

Lightly brush the rolls with approximately half of the melted butter before placing in the preheated oven. Bake crescents until golden brown, 13-15 minutes. Take the rolls out of the oven and immediately brush them with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Serve warm.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?

Friday Frenzy

Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead   and Sizzling Eats 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. I like to share your posts on my Facebook page throughout the week so be sure to stop by there too.

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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:

Get ready for St. Patrick's Day with this easy Mint Chocolate Fudge Recipe from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.  

Mind chocolate fudge recipe   

Warmer weather could not come sooner I am so ready for this Strawberry-Lime Margarita  from Typically Simple. 

strawberry-lime-margarita  

What a clever way to store your ribbon posted by Te Amo Too.  

 

My favorite link from last weeks party is this adorable Babyccino from Natural Fit Foodie.

babyccino

Here is what I shared this week:Red Velvet Donuts with White Chocolate Chips

What did you make?

Thanks for stopping by and let's Party!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Red Velvet Donuts with White Chocolate Chips

I love the combination of red velvet and white chocolate.  This is my third recipe creation combining these flavors.


I have been asking Santa for a donut pan for years and he has been ignoring me.  Luckily my Sweet Girl had been listening to my pleas because when my birthday rolled around this year and my niece called her to see what I wanted for my birthday - she made my donut dreams come true.

This is my second attempt at donut making, I may have overcooked these donuts a bit but you can only tell in appearance.  The flavors were spot on and they were nothing short of delicious!

I was scrolling through some donut recipes online when I found this one for Baked Bourbon Chocolate Glazed Donuts - oddly enough this was the recipe that inspired my creation.  I cant explain how bourbon chocolate turned into red velvet and white chocolate chips but it happened and it was great.


I had some cream cheese frosting in the house (don't ask - these things happen) and I decided to pipe some into the centers of these donuts.  When I filled the donut pan I added a little extra batter to the donuts so that a small covering formed instead of a hole in the center.  That way I had something to hold the frosting. They were almost like little donut bowls....oooh that's an idea.

recipe inspired by Betty Crocker
Ingredients:
3/4 cup red velvet cake mix
1 cup Bisquick
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Spray two donut pans with cooking spray.  
In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients; cake mix, Bisquick, sugar and salt. 
Once its combined add in the beaten eggs and the milk.  Mix until well combined.  Fold in the chocolate chips.
Now fill the donut pan until 3/4 full or add extra to form the little covering. I like to add my batter to a large Ziploc and snip the end and pipe the batter into the pans.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until donuts spring back when touched.  Let cool and enjoy with cream cheese frosting or plain.



Other Red Velvet Recipes:

Red Velvet Cupcakes with White Chocolate and White Chocolate Chips


Red Velvet Cheese Ball


One year ago I made Chicken and Pasta Chowder

Two years ago I made Cinnamon Apple Dapple

Three years ago I made Banana Nutella Bread

Four years ago I made Buckets for Organizing (a Craft)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday Stuff

It's Saturday - time to share some of my recent "Pins" with you. These are recipes I want to try or projects that have inspired me. I have also thrown in a few things that made me laugh or caught my attention this week.

I guess I have fallen into a bit of blogging funk and haven't been posting as often as I use to.  I will try to get back on track soon!  The kids have been out of school all week and we have been stuck in the house due to snowmaggeddon 2015.  Needless to say, we have been baking and cooking a ton and I have so much to share.  We have been making donuts too- a lot of them and we are actually getting ready to try another recipe once I finish this post. Stay tuned for easy and tasty donut recipes....

Since I always seem to have a delicious oats related recipe to share - I figured I wouldn't disappoint this week.  Have you seen this amazing granola recipe?  I am all over this.

Why stop with just one when I can post two great granola recipes, right?

I already made one of these to slather under chicken skin the other day - it was the best roast chicken I ever made.  Check out these amazing compound butter recipes.

I forgot I bookmarked these!  I am making these as soon as I'm done with this post (I told you I cant stop baking and cooking.) At least this will put a healthy option in the house.

I love making bread!  Sometimes I make it and give it away just so I can make more.  Making these next.

Seriously!!! And you're welcome.

Love this:

Thinking a lot about kindness lately. I sometimes care about impressing people too much by trying...

I heart this floor in a big way.

As always - some major Kitchen Love.


Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to stop by the Friday Food Frenzy and link up!  The Frenzy gives you a chance to showcase your recipes and crafts on 4 different blogs!


I have become a Wildtree rep because I believe in their products (all natural and certified organic) and I'm psyched to help people with some kitchen prep with our freezer workshops. Here's my link and my FB page.  Stop by and say Hi!



Our Freezer Meal Workshops are the best!








Thursday, February 19, 2015

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?

Friday Frenzy

Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead   and Sizzling Eats 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. I like to share your posts on my Facebook page throughout the week so be sure to stop by there too.

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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:

Thanks to Lizventures for sharing these clever Apple Cinnamon Mini Donuts recipe last week.

  

Swanky Recipes sure knocked it out of the kitchen with these delicious  Black Forest Cupcakes.  

  

All you Brunettes out there, here is a DIY Dry Shampoo from Simply Stacie. 

   

My favorite link from last weeks party is this amazing Curried Stone Crab Risotto from Epicurean in DC

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Here is what I shared this week: Brownie Biscotti


What did you make?

Thanks for stopping by and let's Party



Monday, February 16, 2015

Brownie Biscotti

If you are looking for a reason to eat brownies for breakfast - I have a great one!



I'm a lover of brownies in any way, shape or form.  I have every brownie recipe pinned including brownie dips, brownie bites, etc.  This Brownie Biscotti is one of those pinned recipes - and I just had to give it a try. And as I mentioned earlier, I found an excuse to eat brownies for breakfast.  If there's biscotti in the house and a coffee pot brewing you have to put them together....so I did....quite often.

This recipe is from Secrets from the Cookie Princess and I am so glad she shared this secret.  Normally I like my brownies fudgy so I was wondering if tasting a brownie crispy would be a satisfying as an actual brownie.  Um...yeah! Both kids loved these too and once I shared how delicious it was dipped in coffee because the chips melt a bit, they decided they needed to have theirs with hot chocolate or a cup tea. These are so easy to make too, as a matter of fact, it may be time for another batch.

recipe from Secrets from the Cookie Princess
Ingredients:6 tablespoons of butter, softened
2/3 cup of sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups of flour
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon of espresso powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips


Directions:
Cream the butter on high in a stand mixer and then lower to medium and add in the sugar. Once that combines, add the eggs one at a time and then the vanilla. 
In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients, the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso and salt.  
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine.  Add the chocolate chips and stir by hand.
Shape the dough into a loaf about 14 inches x 2 1/2 inches and about 3/4 inch thick.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes and then allow it to cool in the pan.  
Cut the biscotti into even slices of 1/2 - 3/4 inches.
Stand them upright and bake them again this time at 325 for 25 minutes.
Allow them to cool and enjoy!!

Other Brownie treats:

Cookies n' Cream Brownies


Candy Filled Brownies


Last year at this time I made Slow Cooker Beef Brisket.

Two years ago I made Lentil Soup.

Three years ago I made Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Four years ago I made PB Chocolate Chip Rice Krispie Treats.

Linking up to these happening parties!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?

Friday Frenzy

Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead   and Sizzling Eats 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. I like to share your posts on my Facebook page throughout the week so be sure to stop by there too.

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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:

Who doesn't love heart shaped cookies? They just make you feel happy.  Check out these Frosted Chocolate Hearts from The Rebel Chick.  

 

Just when you thought popcorn could not get any better, check out this Oreo Popcorn Recipe from the Lou Lou Girls.   

 

Think about taking the Kindness Challenge thru these Painted Crocks tutorial and explanation of the project from AndieConn.com 

 

My favorite link from last weeks party This Wild Mushroom Toast from Shibley Smiles.

Wild Mushroom Toast Recipe

Here is what I shared this week:

Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry



Thanks for stopping by and let's Party!