For the holidays I like to have fun and festive flavors. Cherries are always big in the fall and winter months so I decided to make a Cherry Chocolate Bundt Cake and complement it with some Cherry Cream Cheese frosting. The cake is our of this world moist and this recipe will absolutely be made for future family gatherings.
Mix butter and cream cheese in bowl until combined. Slowly add 1 cup of powdered sugar. Add in the juice from the cherries and add the rest of the powdered sugar and salt. Mix until it is combined and fluffy.
Just dump all the cake ingredients into a mixing bowl except the cherries and flour. Mix it on low for 30 seconds and then crank it up to medium for two minutes until everything is combined. Chop up those Cherry Man cherries and add them into a separate bowl with the tablespoon of flour. Coating the cherries in the flour will ensure that none of your cherries are at the top of your bundt cake. This method will give you a good variation of where your cherries will end up. Once your cake is mixed, fold in the cherries with a rubber spatula.Preheat your oven to 350° F and grease your bundt cake pan well. Pour the mixture and smooth the top so that you have an even rise. Bake for 50-60 min. until your cake bounces back to the touch or you can use the non-fail toothpick method. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then turn it onto a cooling rack and cool for at least an hour.While the cake is cooling, you can make your Cherry Cream Cheese frosting. In the pictures you’ll notice there is a lot of frosting. I doubled this recipe and it was WAY too much so just stick to these measurements and you won’t have too much frosting.
Put the cold cream cheese, salt and the slightly softened butter into your mixer with the whisk attachment. Cream it together for about 2 min on medium speed. Add in one cup of sugar at a time until it’s mostly incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and mix for a good 3-5 minutes until everything is fluffy. Fold in the chopped cherries if you’d like those too.I used a ziplock bag and cut the tip off to do some piping, it’s a mess, LOL – but it gets the job done and it actually tastes fabulous.
For more delicious recipes using CherryMan cherries, check them out here. XX
My Siaki looooves Football. ‘Mr. Touchdown’ had an awesome season and he soon discovered O’dell Beckhams sweet catch from the Super Bowl a few years ago. They even have a term that if you catch something that looks like it took a difficult stretch, you O’delled it. For his 8th birthday we threw him a New York Giants football party as a bit of a nod to his new found O’dell obsession. I found these fun football helmet and ball shaped cookie cutters and made some extra buttery Rice Krispie treats and cut them out. I used these trays from Oriental Trading. Next time I’ll line them with parchment so that we can reuse them later. We did ice cream and cake after the kids came home from seeing Zootopia in the theaters. I got them all sugared up and sent them home to their parents. You’re welcome! I used some Hazel and Ruby scalloped washi tape to create the laces on my pitcher. I filled it with root beer so that it gives me the brown look of the ball. All these fun plates, napkins, balloons and garland are all from Oriental Trading. I grabbed these slap bracelets from OT and the kids went crazy for them. I kind of loved them too. It brought me back to my days at Beaverton Elementary and I’d use my $.25 to buy a slap bracelet at the school store. I love these football party ideas and they’re perfect for the Super Bowl too. All these decorations could be used to represent any football team.
Are you looking for some fun unicorn party ideas? Look no further. Leila turned 6 recently and we wanted to have a small party for her and some girlfriends. We went to our favorite bakery and just had them make us a unicorn cake using a lot they had on hand.
I have had sculptured cakes in the past but I learned that kids don’t need that. It’s mainly for pictures that the parents want it. It can be worth it and I have seen awesome cakes made but that money can be spent elsewhere for me.I used my Cricut to cut these adorable Unicorns out of Iron-On vinyl. You can get the Cricut Design Space file here. We used some fabric markers to color in the lines and so the girls each had their own personalized shirt to take home. I got this idea from Lindsay at Artsy Fartsy Mama and I knew I had to recreate it. I created the tags for the gift bags by using a glue pen and some foil from ??? I had Leila write the first letter of each girls names and we placed the foil over the glue once it was dry. We then rubbed with all our might and it transferred just the way we had written. I tied it with some pink tulle and they were set with their gift bags to bring home all their crafts. The gift bags, plates and napkins are all Meri Meri and I found them at Homegoods and TJ MAXX at a great price. I grabbed some bubble wands from Walmart because they came in rainbow colors. I got all the balloons from an Etsy shop here. There were also some fun things I got here that included the mini Unicorns cabochons and I glued them to ring banks so they could be worn later. I also used string and keychain holders and the girls used beads to make their own. If there is one thing I know about my daughter is that she loves to create and craft. She’s got a great eye for detail and I can tell she’s going to be just like me but I know even better. She just loves to have the attention and the kids think I put a lot of work and effort into their parties but for me the hardest part is figuring out which stuff I want to buy online.
What can I say about my neighbors? They have all been so incredible to us, the ones we know. I don’t have a very outgoing personality so I’m often intimidated to talk to new people. However, with our kids being in school together and now in sports together, I’ve really been blessed to have some awesome and helpful neighbors (that I now know).
I wanted to do something amazing for them but since I’ve got a baby in the hospital, a kindergartner, and two more older boys – my life has been pretty chaotic lately. I remember I saw some chocolate dipped marshmallows years ago and remembered how awesome they looked, so I went to Orson Gygi, grabbed some sucker sticks and some chocolate and got right to work. You begin by skewering 3 larger marshmallows on 8″ sucker sticks. Next, it can be a little tricky tempering your chocolate so read this post here for an easy microwave version. Make sure you have your toppings ready too. Here I have flaked coconut that I toasted in a 350• oven for 6 minutes and I also used (and already ate) some Butterfinger Baking Bits. For the coconut, I used white chocolate; and for the Butterfingers, I used milk chocolate.
Line a tray with some parchment and get going! Dip your marshmallows into the chocolate making sure you get a good enough coating around all the sides of the marshmallow. You’ll then roll it in your topping mixture.
It can be messy and some of the chocolate will try to come out but save those extra bits for later, you’ll thank me. Now just place them on your parchment and allow them to get hard. Place them in a clear cellophane bag and tie with a fun ribbon. Think about adding these same toppings to caramel apples, some of the best I’ve tasted!It doesn’t get any easier than skewering and dipping. Friends will be thankful that you took the time to do something homemade for them yet they won’t care how simple it is – its solely the thought that counts. Merry Christmas!
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I am programmed to be high stressed. I don’t know what it is but I can’t take it easy and it’s not an automatic thing for me and my family suffers. I’ve learned throughout the years to travel near and far with certain essentials (for me) that make my life a little easier and I wanted to share with you these 5 tricks on how I make travel less stressful for me.
A Brush – Yes. Brushing your hair is something you probably shouldn’t have left the house without doing but with three kids of my own, it doesn’t get done no matter how many times I’ve asked…yelled, really. Usually the detangling ones are the best and sometimes the more money you spend, it isn’t always the better.
Lipstick and Mascara – again, things you shouldn’t have left the house without doing but I find myself doing it all the time. With my ginger hair, my eyelashes are non-existent and really making myself look just a little bit put together, I feel a little better.
A change of clothing for everyone – I am not the best example of this but I have many times found myself either wishing or stopping at an actual store buying clothing or underwear. I’d suggest just an overnight bag in the back or trunk with also a plastic bag of sorts to keep the soiled laundry in while it’s waiting to be cleaned. If it’s something that it pretty repulsive (mom’s ;))…toss it. Your dignity is worth more than a $1 saved.
Cash – I’ve talked before about how my husband can be a bit of a stickler and sometimes I do appreciate it. I have my sneaky ways of spending money but cash has really become an essential way to learn how to manage money for me. You are more conscious when you are spending cash rather than using a card. You can actually see your funds dwindling away. If you are going to use a card, I would most definitely recommend you take your check register with you so that you can balance your account to also see those dollars dwindling.
Chocolate – Last but most definitely not least is some chocolate. I’m not talking any old stuff though…the good stuff, SNICKERS® Almond. Have you found that you’ll buy the less expensive chocolate thinking it’ll satisfy your cravings and it never does. It all goes hand in hand with giving in to your indulgences. SNICKERS® is my chocolate indulgence and I love their new campaign slogans, “You’re not you when you’re hungry”. I most definitely get the most peace when I can find a moment away to myself and relaxing and pretty much chocolate is that sense of relief for me. I usually always grab them from Walmart because I can get the best price there, too.
I know for myself, motherhood has been a learning experience and I have to take it day by day. In life, nobody is perfect and I hope that no one makes you feel that you have to compare your weaknesses to their strengths. The world of the internet can make you feel like you don’t have it together but if you take it one day at a time, things all work out.
Also regarding SNICKERS®, they are having an awesome contest where you can submit a photo or a .gif about how you’re not yourself – I told you this campaign is awesome! See the details below cause I know I’ll be doing it myself cause I think it’s so fun and they are always some of my favorite commercials. You can also get delish SNICKERS® recipes on the SNICKERS® Social Hub
Enter the SNICKERS® “Who are you when you’re hungry?” contest by uploading a personal photo or video from your Computer, Facebook, Instagram or use the SNICKERS® Meme Generator to create something new! Voting begins at Noon on 5/11/15 and ends at 11:59:59AM ET on 7/15/15.
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So when I first thought about making this recipe, I thought about making them from scratch. You can most definitely find a quick bread recipe and add in the DOVE® Fruitand create them that way but I need things easy in my life lately. I ran to Walmart and grabbed all three flavors and a box mix of blueberry muffins, any brand will do.
Mix everything according to package directions omitting the blueberries that they include and instead chop up some of the chocolate covered Whole Cherries by DOVE® Fruit. I like using these rather than the included ‘fruit’ because DOVE® Fruit is actual fruit covered in Dove’s delicious chocolate rather than those tiny micro ‘blueberries’.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Breakfast Muffins
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
Boxed Muffin Mix
DOVE® Fruit in Cherry
Preheat oven according to package. Mix muffin mix according to package directions. Chop DOVE® Fruit cherries and fold them into the batter. Scoop into lined cupcake pan and cook according to package directions.
Fold the cherries into your batter and cook according to your package directions. Cool then serve. Tastes delicious with some butter or better yet, serve it up with some eggs and bacon. Check out some more of DOVE® Fruit recipe ideas here. Make sure you guys grab this special coupon to get $1 off a pouch 6.0oz or bigger, HUGE savings!
Well, I hope since I’ve been gone for a bit, you can at least forgive me with this super cute Valentine’s Day project! I know that these lyrics can be interpreted by your favorite artist but I am simply thinking of Lauryn Hill when I read these. I grew up on her Miseducation album and it by far will not be compared to a lot of albums. I’ve seen the miniature matches done a few other places but I wanted to do some larger pretzels basically because my kids devour pretzels. These are so easy and so inexpensive. You can have your kids dipping along while your minding your own business and it’ll be even cuter cause it’ll have their touch.
I started by melting my Candy Melts. I started in 30 second intervals. I used about 15 melts at the beginning. My tempering method is pretty fool-proof – you start with 30 seconds, stir (it will barely have any melt at this point); 30 seconds again, stir (more melted but not completely); 30 seconds again, stir (all your pieces will have mostly have all melted, you may have a few nuggets of the melts that have not completely melted through and that’s ok). You’ll now add a small handful of the melts (7-10) and stir. The residual heat will melt them completely and give your melts a good glossy look and it won’t be cloudy.
**This method also works well for real chocolate
This will be the best time to start dipping your pretzels. Lay out a sheet of parchment or wax paper and dip the tip ever so slightly and kind of shake off the excess softly so that you won’t have a pool of extra melts at the tip like the third one up from the bottom of the picture ;). Just keep going until all your pretzels are dipped. If your candy melts start to get too stiff, just put them in the microwave for another 20 seconds.
I made these cute printables to go along with your matches that you can give to your hot stuff, they are just at the bottom of the post! For obvious reasons, you’ll want to wrap them up in a plastic gift bag if they are not in your immediate family! I hope that you love these, it took a lot of love and I think they’re kind of perfect.
*I did receive her new cookbook in exchange for this post but all opinions are my own
I love to cook but most of all, I love to find some new recipes that my family and I can try. I’m a lover of soups in the fall season and when I was looking through Martina McBrides new cookbook Around the Table, I was immediately drawn to a few recipes but this Southwestern Corn Chowder sounded right up my alley. I’m lucky enough to get to share with you a few recipes today included this Corn Chowder and some delicious others! Make sure your scroll to the bottom for your chances to win your very own copy!
One thing that I loved about Martina’s cookbook is that she has everything planned out for you and your party. She has the menus of course, but she also has the playlists, the weeks and days ahead task lists and some unique things that you can add to your table to make your party yours! This one is definitely a keeper and it easily grabs your attention with the beautiful photography and props. The food is the real reason we’re there and it’s hard to know if a singer/songwriter really has what it takes in the kitchen. Let me be the one to say that it’s an absolute yes! I was so impressed with this soup that it will now be a staple on our kitchen table.
Southwestern Corn Chowder
Serves 10 to 12
Corn chowder is such a satisfying soup. Creamy and savory, it hits the spot. I like this version’s Southwestern take.
1. Cook the bacon 6 to 8 minutes in a large Dutch oven, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Drain the fat, reserving 4 tablespoons.
2. Add the reserved bacon fat and onion to the Dutch oven and cook over medium heat for 4 minutes, or until tender. Add the bell pepper, celery, and chilies and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the salt, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Increase the heat to high and add the wine. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Add the potatoes and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in the corn.
4. In a medium bowl, combine the cream and flour, stirring with a whisk to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the Dutch oven and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in the cilantro. Garnish with cilantro and
reserved bacon pieces, crumbled.
8 slices thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 medium red bell pepper , chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 fresh, small poblano chilies, seeded and cut into 1⁄4-inch dice
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1⁄2 cups dry white wine or chicken stock
1 1⁄2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
6 cups low- sodium chicken stock
3 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels (about 12 ears if using fresh)
1 cup heavy cream
1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
Autumn Chopped Salad
The Balsamic–Poppy Seed Dressing (recipe follows) has a pleasant tanginess that is a
nice change of pace from the usual super sweet poppy seed dressings, plus it balances
the sweetness of the dried cherries and pears. I dress the salad very lightly and offer more of the dressing for guests to add at the table if they wish.
3 romaine hearts, chopped (about 8 cups)
2 small Red Bartlett pears, chopped 3⁄4 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
3⁄4 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
1⁄2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1⁄2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1. Combine the lettuce, pears, cherries, pecans, bacon, feta, and parsley on a large
platter or in a large bowl. Serve with the Balsamic–Poppy Seed Dressing.
Tip: Have you ever noticed that when you toss a salad all the good stuff (in this case the
fruit, nuts, cheese, and bacon) goes to the bottom of the bowl? I like to toss the
chopped lettuce with the dressing and then add the rest of the ingredients on top. It’ s
really pretty that way and it ensures that everyone gets a
little of everything on their salad plate. This salad is pretty enough to bring to the table to serve.
salt, and pepper in a food processor, pulsing 3 times. With the food processor running,
gradually add the olive oil through the feed tube, blending until incorporated.
2. Pour the dressing into a screw-top jar and store in the refrigerator. When ready to
use, shake to recombine.
Triple Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 32 cookies
As I’ve said before, I’m not a great baker. But every once in a while I get the urge to bake or make cookies with Ava. This is a holiday twist on the oatmeal cookie. The orange and cranberry take it to a whole new level! Double or triple this recipe depending on how large a crowd you expect or if you’re packaging these as party favors. The prepared dough keeps well, covered, in the refrigerator. Let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes, then scoop and bake.
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two 17×13-inch rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and orange zest and beat until blended. Add the flour mixture and oats and stir until blended. Stir in the chocolate chunks, 1/2 cup of the milk chocolate chips, ½ cup of the white chocolate chips, and the cranberries.
3. Drop the batter by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a rack and cool completely.
4. In separate small bowls, microwave the remaining ½ cup milk chocolate chips and ½ cup white chocolate chips at high power for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Using a small spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies. Let stand until the chocolate sets, about 1 hour. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.)
For myself I really can’t say anything bad about these recipes, they’re really delicious and satisfying. This would be a great gift to give a mom, sister or aunt for Christmas and Amazon has them for less than $22! Grab it here. You can also enter the Rafflecopter! Good luck, it ends Dec. 4th at Midnight CST and HarperCollins will ship out the book to the winner. Thanks so much!
From the book AROUND THE TABLE: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year by Martina McBride Copyright (c) 2014 by Martina McBride. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Reprinted by permission