Lucky Charm Pancakes

Happy St. Patricks Day friends!! Last night I tried being creative and making some green Rice Krispie treats, but for some reason they turned out this ugly brown color, poop brown to be exact. It was a Pinterest fail if I’ve ever seen one.

Well I gave this holiday another shot this morning (I am Irish after all!) and made some festive green pancakes with homemade whipped cream! The lucky charms marshmallows were a perfect touch and added some extra sweetness. stpattyday2

So toss aside your green eggs and ham and try out this recipe! Trust me it’ll be a hit and it’s fail proof ūüėČ

INGREDIENTS

For the Pancake:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pastel green food coloring

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 cup¬†heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl combine milk and vinegar. Set aside and let sit for a few minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Whisk together butter, egg and vanilla into the milk mixture. Add the food coloring.
  4. Combine with flour mixture and stir until smooth.
  5. Add butter to pan and pour 1/4 cup batter. Let cook on one side until bubbles begin to pop, then flip to the other side. Cook until barely golden brown.
  6. Place a mixer bowl and whisk in freezer for at least 20 minutes to chill.
  7. Pour heavy whipping cream and sugar into the cold bowl and whisk on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. Be sure not to over whisk.
  8. Add as many Lucky Charms marshmallows as desired!

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Hope everyone has a super fun and safe St. Patty’s Day!! ūüćÄscreen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm

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Lucky Charms Cereal // KitchenAid Hand Mixer, Ice // Wilton Pastel Icing Color Set

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Minny’s Famous Chocolate Pie

If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, The Help then you know about Minny’s famous chocolate pie that everyone loves. Of course I’m talking about the version without her shit in it.¬†I’m not much of a pie maker, but since it is National Pi Day I decided to give it a whirl!

The recipe I found is super simple, and while my pie didn’t turn out as pretty as I had hoped, it sure did end up being delicious! I also forgot to get the ingredients for whipped cream so we enjoyed it without, but it honestly didn’t need it. This fudgy pie was a huge hit and it’s creamy¬†filling made it easy to enjoy without whipped cream!

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If you feel like trying it out here’s the recipe…you won’t regret it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 packaged pie crust (I used Pillsbury) or you can make from scratch
  • 1¬Ĺ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¬ĺ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¬ľ teaspoon salt
  • whipped cream to serve.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Ease the dough into the pie plate and gently fold the extra dough over and pinch the edges decoratively.

2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.

3. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for 45 minutes, or until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center. Cover the crust with strips of foil 15 minutes into baking to prevent over-browning.

4. Cool the pie on a rack before cutting. Serve with whipped cream if desired.

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Happy National Pi Day everyone! I hope you enjoy this recipe…I’m off to watch The Help while enjoying another slice of Minny’s Famous Chocolate Pie!¬†screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm

Here are a few things I recommend getting from this post:

The Help (book) // Glass Pie Plate, 9.5-Inch // Duralex Stackable Glass Bowl Set, 2 oz // Airtight Chalkboard Canister Jar (Set of 3) // Sur La Table Copper-Plated Measuring Spoons // Mud Pie Mixing Bowl Set, White // Classic Wood Rolling Pin // Cloth Napkins, Blush

Donut Fest Cleveland

This post is long over due but my sister, brother-in-law and I attended Donut Fest in early Feb and it was pretty darn amazing. Of course we invested in VIP tickets because we wanted to get all the warm donuts ūüôā

Donut fest was put on in 3 cities, New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. I know..who woulda guessed Cleveland. But I was pretty pumped to be able to go and visit my sister and pig out on donuts all at once.

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When we first arrived they gave us goodie bags filled with our tickets for donuts and coffee, a coffee mug, and a bunch of coupons. There were 12 donut venders and and 6 coffee vendors. At first I thought that wasn’t very many but once we started we realized it was more than enough. They also had a local dairy farm come to supply the most delicious chocolate milk I’ve ever tasted.¬†screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-11-14-22-am_o6a6761_o6a6762

We were able to try one donut from each place and let me tell you, I was in heaven. By the end, we almost had to be rolled out of there. To name a few of my favorite, the donut pictured above had these caramelized Rice Krispie treats on top that I couldn’t get enough of. I’m seriously going to put them on everything from now on.

My absolute favorite though was a donut hole infused with champagne chocolate frosting. It was incredible and I could’ve had ten.

While those were just a few of my faves the winner of the fest was…..

PEACE LOVE AND LITTLE DONUTS!¬†¬†I didn’t quite love the donut they provided at the fest but I’ve been to their shop with my sister before and we love their donuts. They are the perfect size and I like being able to watch them make it right in front you._o6a6784

Overall, I had an amazing time and will definitely be attending any future Donut Fests I can get my hands on. Have a great Sunday everyone! ūüôā

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French Lemon Yogurt Cake

We are currently sitting in the waiting room at the Cleveland Clinic anxiously waiting for my sister to have her baby,¬†so I thought this was a pretty good time to right this post. My sister and brother-in-law¬†read the¬†book,¬†Bringing up B√©b√© by Pamela Druckerman¬†during her pregnancy. It’s all about her life as an American mom in France and how well behaved the French children are.

Druckermann talks about how the children in France bake almost every weekend, which teaches them patience and structure. There is a yogurt cake that most French children are taught to bake and her friend’s 3 year old daughter can bake the cake all by herself.

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My sister had made the yogurt cake from the book, but didn’t like it very much so found¬†a similar¬†recipe. We made this¬†French lemon yogurt cake and it was absolutely amazing. I normally like rich desserts with chocolate and peanut butter, but this French cake is now in my top 5. It’s perfectly¬†light and sweet. We enjoyed a slice that night and another¬†with tea the next morning! It was so delicious I had to share the recipe with you all. We found this recipe online but changed a few things to make it a little healthier and our own!

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French Lemon Yogurt Cake

INGREDIENTS:
  • ¬Ĺ cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ¬Ĺ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • grated lemon zest, from 1 medium-size lemon
  • ¬Ĺ cup¬†coconut oil
  • ¬ľ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¬ĺ cup (1¬Ĺ jars) of powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 350ňöF. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray and line bottom of pan with parchment paper and spray parchment paper lightly. Set aside.
-In a large bowl, combine yogurt, sugar, and eggs until well blended.
-Next add flour, baking powder, salt and zest. Mix until just combined.
-Add the oil and vanilla and stir well. Keep stirring until smooth, may take a little while.
-Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
-Cool cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes; then flip out of pan onto the rack.
-For the icing, combine the lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl and stir until smooth. With a pastry brush, gently brush the all of the glaze onto the cake.  Some of it will drip off, but most of it will soak in. Allow cake to cool completely.                                        -Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

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I really hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as we did! Now I’m back to waiting for baby… ūüĎ∂

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Here are some of the essentials from this post:

Bringing Up Bébé Book

Top Rated Cooling Rack

Wilton 2 Piece 9-inch Pan Set

Silicone Basting Pastry Brush

Mason Jar Vase (16oz, clear)

Gimme Some Sugar {Cookies}

When it comes to Valentine’s Day and gifts I’m a big fan of keeping things simple. While it’s nice to do extravagant things for your loved ones every now and then, there is something to be said for a small box of chocolates. Or better yet a batch of sugar cookies.

These heart shaped sugar cookies are a small gesture to show someone just how much you care. Not to mention they are super soft and delicious. I could’ve had about ten of these if I didn’t stop myself.

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Valentine Heart Cookie Recipe:

  • 1 cup¬†butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

-Cream sugar, butter, and vanilla.

-Add egg and water. Beat until fluffy.

-Combine baking powder, salt, and flour separately. Then slowly combine to wet mixture.

-Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour. Then roll out with flour and use cookie cutter to cut into hearts.

-Bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Do not let the edges turn brown ūüôā

Icing:

Mix 2 cups of powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Then stir in 1 teaspoon of milk at a time to reach your desired consistency. Also, add a drop or two of pink food coloring to the icing and spread on cookies!

These cookies didn’t even last one day in my house, but if by some chance they do last, they’ll also go great with coffee the next morning! Here are most of the letters of this World Market mug: A, B,¬†C,¬†D, ¬†E, ¬†G, ¬†H, ¬†J,¬†K, ¬†L,¬†M, ¬†N, ¬†P, ¬†R, ¬†S, ¬†T

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Sending everyone lots of love this Valentine’s Day! I hope your day has been filled with flowers, chocolates and now lots of sugar cookies… enjoy ūüôā

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You can find my other kitchen supplies here:

Gimme Some Sugar Apron

Wilton 3 Piece Hearts Cutter Set

Pink Silicone Rolling Pin

Cooling Rack

Wilton Gel Food Color Set, Primary

Chocolate Football Cookies

I know that people love the Superbowl for the game and the commercials but I love it for the snacks. And since the Raiders didn’t make this year I’ll definitely be sitting at the food table all Sunday long. If you’re anything like me and live for the snacks or you just need something to bring to the party, you’re going to love these chocolate football cookies!

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These chocolate cookies are not only super cute and perfect for the super bowl but they are also chewy and delicious! You might want to double the batch because they’ll be gone before the halftime show. Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Football Cookies:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Mix together butter, cocoa, sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed until smooth.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Form a ball with the cookie dough and roll it out.
  • Cut into football shapes using a Football Cookie Cutter¬†and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Cool the cookies before moving or icing.
  • I used melted white chocolate to frost but you can use regular icing as well.

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I hope everyone has a blast this Superbowl Sunday and be sure to share this delicious recipe with your friends!

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Best Donuts in Nashville

My friend and I took a quick trip to Nashville over NYE weekend and the majority of our time was spent eating. Whether it was barbecue, tacos, or late night drunchies, our trip pretty much revolved around what our next meal would be!

I had heard so many great things about Five Daughters Bakery in Nashville that I had to check it out for myself. It was so delicious, I had to go back a second time before we headed home. My favorite donut was the simple vanilla sugar and my friend Jamie loved the vanilla cream!

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Nothing is sweeter than family!

While the donuts were amazing, I also loved the story behind the bakery. The bakery is owned and operated by a young couple and their five daughters. The husband just so happens to be a third generation baker (hence the friggin delicious donuts)! The bakery is bright and colorful and when you walk in it just feels super homey. There are family pictures on the walls, as well as adorable signs and decorations. They even had a christmas tree up in the front room!

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They also are a company that values giving back! In the front of their shop they were selling a few goodies and had a bunch of information on an organization called Given Ministries. Given works to rescue children and their families from trafficking and slavery around the world. Their mission is to rescue, restore, and reentry. Not only do they remove people physically from these enslaved situations but they offer rehabilitation to restore their emotional health as well. Lastly, they work on reentry, to give these people the necessary skills to form a career so they never have to look back. Learn more about this awesome organization here: http://www.givenministries.org

It truly was an great experience visiting Five Daughters Bakery and I can’t wait to go back soon! What is your favorite local bakery?! I’d love to visit one day!screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-05-16-pm

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Chocolate Dream Loaf

If you hadn’t already guessed, I have an insane sweet tooth. And I’m not saying I have a few pieces of candy here and there. I’m talking eat a dozen cookies and half the batter in one sitting kind of sweet tooth. It’ll probably be a problem for me in years to come, but hey it makes me happy so I’m not pulling this tooth anytime soon.
For those of you who also love sweets or just want to make something yummy for others, this Chocolate Dream Loaf’s name speaks for itself. It tastes like a dream come true. I’ve baked this loaf a few times now and every single time it turns out just so damn moist. I sliced off a piece of this loaf three days after making it and it was just as fresh and delicious as day one.
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I love this recipe because it’s super easy to make (though does make quite a few dirty dishes) and it also makes a great gift!
You can find the recipe here:

CHOCOLATE DREAM LOAF

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Whole¬†Milk
  • 1/2 cup¬†Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 6 tbsp. Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup¬†Semisweet¬†Chocolate Chips

Instructions: 

1.¬†Preheat oven to 350 ¬įF and grease¬†a 9 x 5-in loaf pan.

2. In a bowl, whisk milk into cocoa powder to make a smooth paste; then whisk in the yogurt and set aside.

3. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs one at a time and vanilla extract.

5. Take turns stirring in flour mixture and milk mixture, making around 3 additions of each at a time. Fold in chocolate chips.

6. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 60 to 70 min. Let cool in pan for 15 min. Turn over onto rack, remove the pan and let it cool completely.

7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do!

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I put together a list of a few of the necessary and affordable kitchen supplies! You can shop for them below:

Gingerbread Donuts

Christmas may be over but I still haven’t taken off my furry reindeer slippers! I have really been loving spending¬†time with my family¬†curled up in sweatpants, drinking endless cups of coffee in Cleveland. I hope everyone has been enjoying family time during this holiday as well! Along with all the coffee drinking, I haven’t stopped baking all of my favorite Christmas treats!

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{You can find my comfy pjs here: J. Crew PJs, Mistletoe Sweatshirt, Slippers, Christmas Santa Claus Mug 

Also check out my¬†gorgeous dainty rings at¬†https://www.agildedleaf.com. It’s a fair trade jewelry company that prides itself on being socially, environmentally, and ethically responsible. }

You how people feel about pumpkin spice during fall? Well that‚Äôs me with gingerbread. I‚Äôm actually not the biggest fan of pumpkin in general but gingerbread has me hooked. It all started with my great Grandma Estelle‚Äôs gingerbread man recipe which is a secret ūüėČ but these gingerbread donuts come pretty darn close.

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Not only are these gingerbread donuts delicious but they’re pretty easy to make. Below¬†is the recipe…try them out for yourself!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2¬†c¬†. all-purpose flour
  • 1¬†tsp¬†. ground ginger
  • 1¬†tsp¬†. ground cinnamon
  • 1¬†tsp¬†. baking powder
  • 1/4¬†tsp¬†. baking soda
  • 1/2¬†tsp¬†. salt
  • 1/4¬†c¬†. coconut oil¬†melted
  • 1/2¬†c¬†. brown sugar¬†packed
  • 1/2¬†c¬†. molasses
  • 1¬†large egg
  • 1¬†c¬†. milk¬†low-fat ok
  • 1/3¬†c¬†. fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/3¬†c¬†. granulated sugar
  • 1/2¬†tsp¬†. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2¬†tsp¬†. ground ginger

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 2 6-count donut pans.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together coconut oil and brown sugar.

4. Whisk in molasses.

5. Add egg, and whisk to combine.

6. Add milk and yogurt; whisk until well-combined.

7. Add flour mixture, and whisk until just combined.

8. Scoop into donut pans and bake for about 14-18 minutes.

9. In a wide, shallow dish, stir together the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Dip the tops and bottoms of warm donuts into the mixture.

What gingerbread treats do you guys like?

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Spiked Peppermint Hot Cocoa

I’m currently flying over these seriously magical clouds on my way to Cleveland and it made me think of this delicious whipped cream I made the other day.

I used the whipped cream on just about everything I could think of. It was¬†perfect on a cup of my favorite spiked peppermint mocha hot cocoa.¬†I wanted to share this heavenly recipe with you just in time for Christmas! Hot cocoa during the holidays is a must but sometimes it‚Äôs fun to spice things up by adding some peppermint schnapps and Bailey‚Äôs. You can make it without the alcohol¬†though if you are under 21 or just don’t drink¬†and it tastes just as good!

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Here is the recipe to warm your soul this holiday season!
Ingredients:

SPIKED PEPPERMINT MOCHA HOT CHOCOLATE

  • 1 1/2 cup Whole¬†Milk
  • 1/3 cup¬†Coffee-Mate¬†Peppermint Mocha Creamer
  • 5 1/2 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3¬†tablespoons Irish Cream, optional
  • 2 tablespoons Peppermint Schnapps, optional
  • Marshmallows, Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes, or Whipped Cream Cutouts

WHIPPED CREAM CUTOUTS

  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar

DIRECTIONS:

SPIKED PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE

Add the milk, peppermint mocha creamer, and chocolate to a small pot. Bring the mixture to a boil over low heat, mixing constantly with a whisk.

Continue to cook on low for about 1 minute, while whisking. Then turn off the heat, and slowly stir in the peppermint schnapps and Irish cream.

Serve immediately, topping with either whipped cream, marshmallows, peppermint, or all of the above!

WHIPPED CREAM

In a chilled bowl add the cream and sugar and whisk at a medium speed until the cream begins to thicken.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the whipped cream out into an even layer. Place in the freezer for a few hours or until completely firm. Using a cookie cutter cut out shapes of the whipped cream and store in a freezer-safe container until ready to use!

Important:

Do not serve alcoholic beverages to persons under age 21. This recipe can be prepared without the Irish cream for serving to minors, or anyone who does not consume alcoholic beverages.

How do you guys like your hot cocoa?! I’d love to hear!

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