Chocolate Fondue – Date Night

Our fondue date night wouldn’t have been complete without a sweet concoction! We both have a sweet tooth so after we had a little break from our savory fondue selection (check out the recipe here), we were ready for chocolate. This came together super quick and we set it up on our living room table to snack on while we watched a move. Talk about a perfect night!

I want to hear from you! Have you tried fondue at home? Do you prefer sweet or savory?

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Savory Fondue Night – Date Night

If you’ve been following for the blog, one of my favorite things to do is surprise my fiancé with a date night. So far I’ve done a blanket fort, a “trip to Paris” themed night, and now we had a fondue night! We started off with a cheese fondue and a few hours later (we were really full after the savory) we made a sweet chocolate fondue. Check out the cheese fondue recipe I used below with the chocolate fondue recipe in an upcoming post!

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Banana Bread Bars

During 2020 there have been a lot of banana bread photos and recipes circulating. People in quarantine have taken up baking and this quick bread started to take over social media pages. Banana bread is always a go to for me when the bananas are too ripe for us to eat anymore. We eat a lot of bananas, like A LOT, which is why it’s surprising that we had six overly ripe bananas. I was torn between doing two loaves of banana bread that I love in two batches (I only have one bread pan… for now) or do another banana recipe with the remaining 3 bananas. Then it clicked, I recently got a brownie pans from my fiancé’s parents with an insert so there are more delicious crispy sides. Hello, the ends of the banana bread are my favorite! How have I not thought of this sooner! I ended up adding a few toppings before baking to see how it baked with them. I chose mini chocolate chips, Nutella drizzle, and white chocolate chips.

Below is the recipe for 1 loaf of banana bread but take it from me, banana bread in a cake pan with something sweet on top, definitely a contender for best snack. Do you have a favorite flavor combination with banana’s I should try out next time?

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Christmas Cookies in July – Gingerbread Crackle

Christmas in July got brought to a new level last year when my mom and I made cookies while wearing our matching Christmas baking shirts and sang along to all the great holiday songs. We could smell the foundation of a new tradition right along with the root beer (Make sure to check out the Root Beer Sandwich Cookies from last year)! This year we planned on making the “Christmas Cookies in July” on July 25th, exactly 6 months or 153 days until Christmas! But who’s counting right? 😉 That’s exactly what we did, but in all the crafting and baking from the weekend this post got delayed a few days. Now it’s 151 days until Christmas, so even better news for a Monday!

We played around a lot with making a summer flavored cookie like orange creamsicle or lemon. What we landed on screams Christmas, a gingerbread cookie. This Gingerbread Crackle Cookie is the spiced equivalent of my favorite chocolate crackle cookies. I’m tough on my gingerbread cookie rating and this one exceeded my expectations!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Recipe

We have all heard of chocolate chips but peanut butter chips might be a game changer. That’s right, we are talking sliced bread game changer status here!! Okay, well maybe it’s just me but this is exciting stuff! I fell in love when they were in a trail mix I tried out from Target (Archer Farms Peanut Butter Monster Trailmix). While grabbing some items from the baking aisle the other day, I saw the Reeses peanut butter chips and had to buy them. What can I say, my sweet tooth couldn’t resist!

I used the recipe on the back of the bag and below are my notes on difficulty, taste, and would I make them again. Link to the recipe is also below, so make sure to read more!

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MOM-osa’s and Brunch

My mom is incredible. She is patient, kind, loving, and I’ve always said if I’m half the woman she is then I’ll be alright. Not only does she put up with my silly puns but she will laugh (maybe with some pity) at every single one. She listens intently to my stories as I tell 5 other stories within it and we never go a day without talking. Without a doubt, I wanted to spoil her on Mother’s Day.

Another thing her and I have in common? A love of breakfast foods! We had a small brunch at the house for Mother’s Day where I cooked up a feast. Two of the recipes I did were new, and one is tried and true classic. The tried and true is my berry french toast, SO much goodness packed into a breakfast casserole. The new recipes also amazed and as my boyfriend ate some leftovers later in the day insisted I make them both at the next brunch we host with his family. The new recipes were Ricotta Pancakes and a Savory Monkey Bread. I 100% agree with him, they were delicious! What is brunch without mimosa’s too? Or in this case… MOM-osa’s! This fun little pun on the name was a huge hit with my mom and we sipped and laughed about it throughout the meal. Below is the recipe for my tried and true berry french toast.

Comment with if you want to see the Ricotta Pancakes or the Savory Monkey Bread recipe next!

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May The 4th be With You

Calling all Star Wars fans, this is our day! Growing up with an older brother, I got an appreciation of the Star Wars franchise from an early age. In fact my Star Wars and Jurassic Park fandom stem from watching the movies with my brother anytime they were on (and frequently in between on VHS/DVD) and enjoying the time with him. To this day I’ll never turn down watching the original trilogy; especially Episode VI which is my favorite! Today has been filled with Darth Vader and R2D2 pancakes, cookies, and watching a movie or two. The makings of a perfect Star Wars Day celebration for our little family.

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A Coffee Lover’s Review of Whipped Coffee

Dalgona coffee, AKA whipped coffee, has been trending in the past few weeks and I finally caved on trying it out. The history buff in me was dying to know why all of a sudden this drink is everywhere on my social media feed! Thankfully the New York Times answered that question for me. It first gained traction in South Korea in January after an actor, Jung Il-woo tried it in Macau and said it reminded him of the honeycomb toffee confection called dalgona. It resurfaced again with a TikTok user prepping it at home and now it feels like everyone is giving this drink a go.

Have you made this whipped coffee drink? Comment below with what you thought of it!

Dalgona Coffee – Recipe Included!

First thing to clear up, the reason I waited so long to try it. Instant coffee is not my favorite. That is saying a lot considering I’ll drink just about any coffee. Everything from the remnants of yesterday’s bottom of the pot roast at home to the fancier cappuccinos and peppermint mocha’s and cold brews. Instant coffee is bitter to me so it had me a little nervous. Putting my preference aside, I couldn’t help but wonder what it tasted like. Curiosity got to me and early last week I was ordering instant coffee on Amazon to try it out.

I judged the coffee on three things: difficulty, taste, and would I make it again.

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4 Ingredient Nutella Mug Cake

Is there anything better than a single serve mug cake when you are craving something sweet? Lucky for me, Nutella is always stocked up at our house because of my boyfriend’s love for it. I’ve made mug cakes in the past but with my pantry being a little low on bakery items, I decided to test out a simpler recipe. I am absolutely in love with how this fluffy Nutella mug cake turned out!

P.S. What you can’t see in the photo is where I snuck a bite before covering it up with whipped cream for photos. I couldn’t help myself! 😉

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Greek Inspired Summer Salad

For real, how crazy has 2020 been so far? If it’s taught me anything though, it’s to be resourceful in how I use ingredients so they don’t go to waste. It ended up going in a Greek inspired direction once I found the Kalamata olives in my cabinet. Unfortunately, I was out of feta! I LOVE feta so that will be going on my next grocery delivery ASAP. This fun salad has me dreaming of warmer days and being out of the house!

I want to hear from you! With recipes, what do you want to see more of? Sides, Appetizers, or Entrees?

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