A little known holiday in December is coming up on the 8th. That’s right, it’s National Brownie Day! I think this day deserves some attention and celebration by creating its own brownie round up, don’t you agree? Here are some of the best I could find from foodie bloggers.
Andes Mint Chocolate Brownies via Kara’s Party Ideas
Sophisticated Slutty Brownies via OC Mentor
Nutella Brownies via Buns In My Oven
Snickerdoodle Brownies via Dreamsicle Sisters
Peppermint Bark Brownies via Pink Cake Plate
Potato Chip Brownies via A Beautiful Mess
Gluten Free Coconut Black Bean Brownies via Citron Limette
Of course, here are some of my brownie recipes to join in the celebration!:
Did you use any of these recipes? Have any favorites to add? HAPPY NATIONAL BROWNIE DAY, FRIENDS!
Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. It means sweater-weather, chilly days, colorful trees, an abundance of soups, and all of my favorite flavors – including pumpkin and caramel apple. Fortunately, it seems to be a favorite with the rest of the family too, judging by the amount of fall-inspired treats we consume and the copious amounts of fall decorations that fill our house. Eric is my perfect partner in crime for making sure our fall coma lasts well into the early days of winter since his love of the season definitely rivals mine.
If you’ve been a regular reader for any length of time, I’m sure none of this comes as a surprise to you. My archives are definitely filled with recipes that feature fall flavors in all their glory. But since I never tire of them, I’m always excited to find new recipes and food items that I can incorporate into our fall meals. That’s why I was instantly smitten with the new fall-inspired flavors from Pillsbury® - Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Cookies, Caramel Apple Cake, Caramel Apple Cookies, Caramel Apple Frosting. Does it get any better than that? Endless yumminess!
I had so much fun thinking up different recipes that could be created with these fun products. My brainstorming list was over 2 1/2 pages! I finally settled on these Caramel Apple Cookie Bars and was not disappointed. I opted to create a buttery, shortbread style crust that would hold up well to lots of toppings while not overpowering any of the caramel-y, apple-y goodness.
Caramel Apple Cookie Bars
- 1 box Pillsbury Caramel Apple Cookie Mix
- 1 stick (1/2 c.) butter, cut into pieces
- 1 tub Pillsbury Caramel Apple Frosting
- 1 – 2 apples, depending on size
- 1/2 c. chopped nuts (I used walnuts, but pecans or peanuts would be equally delicious.)
1. Pour cake mix into a large bowl and cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a 13″ x 9″ casserole dish.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and set in the middle. Cool for at least 20 minutes.
3. Spread 3/4 of the frosting on top of the cooled cookie base.
4. Cut the apple(s) into very thin slices and arrange in overlapping rows on top of the frosting.
5. Scoop remaining frosting into a small, microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 15 seconds. Carefully pour frosting evenly over the apple slices and then sprinkle on chopped nuts.
6. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Enjoy!
One thing to note about these bars is that they are very sweet, which is a good thing because a little goes a long way. So, this would be a great addition to a Thanksgiving dessert buffet or any other fall parties you throw or attend.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pillsbury. The recipe and opinions are my own. I received free product and monetary compensation for my role as a Pillsbury Celebration Starter Ambassador.
©/® The J.M. Smucker Company. Pillsbury is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, LLC, used under license.
During all the excitement for Halloween and changing seasons, no one really knows about this amazing holiday that we all should be celebrating (except for those with allergies, obviously!). National Nut Day is celebrated annually on October 22nd. Americans loooove our nuts. In fact, nearly one out of every 10 of us eats nuts, or a nut product, at least once a day!
There are tons and tons of recipes of all types that contain at least one kind of nut. No surprise, huh? I gathered some yummy-looking ones and a couple of my own. Let me know which you are going to make!
Baked Tilapia with Pecan Rosemary Topping via Cookin' Canuck
Chocolate Kahlua Date Nut Bread via Dying for Chocolate
Butternut Squash-Pecan Gratin with Goat Cheese via Recipe Link
Chestnut Stuffing with Shiitake Mushrooms, Apricots and Fresh Herbs via A Zest for Life
Curried Chicken Salad with Asparagus and Peanuts via Kalyn's Kitchen
Blueberry-Almond Dark Chocolate Bark via One Green Planet
Roasted Cauliflower with Cashews via Projects Around the House Now for some CDSM recipes!
This time of the year, pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING abounds. As soon as the end of September arrives, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin-scented candles, everything you can think of, show up in stores. Nothing quite compares to making your own pumpkin treats, so I decided to put together a WRU of some of the best foodie pumpkin recipes on the web.
Pumpkin Ravioli with Sausage & Spinach via Evolving Motherhood
Pumpkin Fudge via Mom On Timeout
Pumpkin Apple Butter via Sweet Bella Roos
Vanilla Pumpkin Pancakes via Feed Me, Seymore
Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes via Eat.Pray.Wear.Love.
Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese via Brooklyn Farm Girl
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing via Life, Love and Sugar
I have a few pumpkin recipes that are yummy, too! Try some of these on for size:
Happy National Taco Day, CDSM friends!
I didn’t know there was a day set aside for tacos either, but since there is and we love tacos, I figured I’d put together a WRU for yummy taco recipes! Let’s celebrate National Taco Day (October 4th) by making a new taco recipe, not by going to Taco Bell and getting one of those greasy things. Deal?
Here are some of the best recipes I found. There are HUNDREDS to choose from, so if one of these doesn’t suit your fancy, you will definitely find one that does.
Flank Steak Tacos via The Lemon Bowl
Oven Tacos via Yes We Coupon Slow Cooked Steak Tacos via The Bump Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing via Surprise Me Daily Simple Shrimp Tacos via Just a Pinch Easy Chicken Ranch Tacos via Six Sisters' Stuff Healthy Jalapeno-Lime Tacos via Funk n Foodies
Yum, right?? Here are some of my taco recipes as well:
Be sure to let me know which recipe you choose, or if you like another one, share! I’d love to learn more, and I’m sure others would, too! Enjoy your taco day!
I don’t know about you and your family, but my family and I are huge chip eaters. We eat all sorts of chips. They’re so easy to put in school lunches and put in a bowl for snack… But they’re so full of sodium and other yucky stuff that I would rather not give to my kids. To help matters, we make our own and bag them for lunches and snacks.
I made this weekly round up of all sorts of chips: kale, apple, spinach, you name it! Enjoy!
Cinnamon Honey Sweet Potato Chips via Undressed Skeleton
Kerala Banana Chips via Blend With Spices
Baked Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips via Mon Amy
Italian Herb Baked Spinach Chips via Divas Can Cook
Cinnamon Apple Chips via Survival Guide 4 Moms
Gluten Free Cheddar Potato Chips via Gluten Free Recipe Box
And here are a couple of my recipes:
Homemade Russet Potato Chips (with homemade horseradish dip!)
Did I miss any of your favorite homemade chip recipes??
It’s getting really close to that time of the year. Fall means so many things, but one of my favorite parts is DONUTS!!! And you know me… I love trying to make them myself, so I put together a round up of yummy-looking recipes that I want to try and you all can, too!
Canned Biscuit Donuts via The Wilson World
Healthy Mini Baked Donuts via Family Fresh Meals
Peanut Butter Cups Donuts via Edible Perspective
The BEST Homemade Donuts You'll Ever Have via A Cup Of Jo
Mickey's Apple Cider Donuts via Spoonful
Baked GF/DF Homemade Donuts via Cassidy's Craveable Creations
Homemade Cinnamon-Sugar Donut Holes via Michelle Smith
Here are a couple of my favorites from CDSM for you to try, too!
Did I forget your favorite donut recipe? Share with us! Happy beginning of fall, everyone!
School’s here! That means lunches for the kids. Pb&J, cheese, tuna, cold cuts. That gets boring, and kind of mushy sometimes, right? This is really good for us adults, too! Save money and get healthier packing your lunches. Plus, we can make yummier food at home than you can get at a fast food chain! Here are some great and SUPER HEALTHY ideas to get your kids to eat more nutritious meals and think outside the bread!
Lunch Ideas via Biting The Hand That Feeds You
Arugula, Apple & Chickpea Salad Wraps via TheKitchn
Breakfast in a Box via Operation:Lunch Box
Chicken & Shrimp Egg Rolls with Thai Chili Sauce via The ROXX Box
Prosciutto-Wrapped Frittata Muffins & Apple Slices with Nut Butter via Nom Nom Paleo
Apple Slice Sandwiches via Toned & Fit
Homemade Pizza Lunchables via Mommy's Kitchen
Easy Avocado Tuna Salad via Another Pound Lost
Curried Chicken Salad Lunch via Family Fresh Meals
Here are a couple to grab out of the freezer and throw in the lunchbox as they run out the door. They will thaw in time for lunch!
What other ideas do you have for packed lunches? It’s easier for adults armed with microwaves, but for cold lunches, it’s a tad more difficult. Share what you’ve figured out!
Schools back in session. Well, not for most of the schools here in Michigan, but for a lot of schools around the country, school has begun! I bet many of you are thrilled about it, but the morning rush is so exhausting and frustrating. You don’t want to give them a poptart every morning, right? Want to learn some very easy and healthy breakfasts that can be eaten on the run? You’ve come to the right place! Check out the below round up of breakfasts on-the-go recipes!
Banana Dog Bites via Weelicious
Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal Bar via Chocolate Covered Kate
Ham, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Cups via Half Hour Meals
Breakfast Egg Frittata Muffins via Tastebook
Breakfast Burritos via Bits of Everything
Homemade PopTarts via My Fair Baking
This is a close-to-my-heart subject since I have 5 children of my own. It seems like we are always on the run! Below are some of my go-to recipes when my family is on-the-go!
Do you have any go-to quick breakfast recipes? Share them with us. I’m sure other parents would appreciate it! I hope everyone has a fabulous school year!
I figured Labor Day is almost here (and back to school!), so putting together a weekly round up of easy to make recipes for the end of the summer camping trip would be nice. These are easy to make year round, and even in your own backyard!
These are the most yummy and out of the ordinary recipes I could find from other foodie bloggers:
Syrup N’ Fried Egg Bacon Pancakes via The Kitchen Magpie
Onion Bombs via Eating in Neverland
Egg-Stuffed Baked Potatoes via Our Best Bites
Campfire Orange Cake via ljcfyi
Mushroom, Sun Dried Tomato and Mozzarella Dip via A Communal TableCampfire Cone via Come Together KidsPineapple Upside Down Cake via Echoes of LaughterCampfire Toasted Burritos via Simple BitesHere are some great grilling tips for camping and making veggies, burgers, fish, and more!
Did I miss any unique camping recipes (besides the obvious SMORES!)? Please, share with your fellow CDSM friends!
Anyone going anywhere FUN for Labor Day?