Monday, July 30, 2012

Slutty Brownies

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Ok, I realize the name of this dessert is not very nice, but these naughty brownies have been all over the internet, so I couldn't resist giving them a try.  They became even more famous back in March when Jessica Simpson announced on the Tonight Show that she was craving these brownies during her pregnancy. 

Cookie dough base, oreo cookie layer, topped with chocolate brownie goodness.  Talk about sweet!
I don't even want to think about how many calories are in one of these little treats, but boy are they good.
Top them with some vanilla ice cream and hot fudge to really put them over the edge!

    Slutty Brownies
    Brownie layer:
    10 tbsp unsalted butter
    1 1/4 cups white sugar
    3/4 cup cocoa powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    2 large eggs
    1/2 cup flour
Oreo layer:
1 package of Oreos (regular stuffed or double stuffed)

Cookie Dough layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temp)
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the Brownie layer:
In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sugar and cocoa powder once the butter is melted. Whisk to combine and remove from heat. Add the salt, vanilla and eggs and continuously whisk until the eggs are combined. Add the flour and continue to mix. Set batter aside.

For the Cookie Dough layer:
Cream together the butter and sugars in a mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips. Set dough aside.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line the bottom of a 9x9 baking pan with tin foil and then spray the tin foil with a layer of baking spray.
Layer the cookie dough on the bottom of a 9x9 baking pan, pressing down to form the bottom of the brownies.
Layer as many oreos that will fit on top of the cookie dough. No need to overlap. One single layer will do.
Pour the brownie batter on top of the oreo layer and make sure it's evenly layered on top.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Test with a knife to see if the center is done. If the knife comes out clean, let the brownies rest before serving. If the knife comes out with batter still on it, allow the brownies to bake about 5 minutes more. Serve with ice cream :)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Summer Garden Pasta

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Summer Garden Pasta is my go-to dinner at least once a week during the months of July and August when my fridge is full of fresh veggies from my parents beautiful garden.  It is quick and easy and oh so tasty!
Pair it with a french loaf of bread and a glass of wine for the perfect summer meal out on the deck.

Summer Garden Pasta

1/2 box Barilla Plus Penne Pasta, cooked al dente
1 Zucchini, sliced and then halved
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1 small onion, diced
1 cup corn, cut off of the cob
1 small green pepper, diced
1 T olive oil
fresh rosemary
sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Cook pasta until done; set aside.
Toss all of the vegetables and herbs with olive oil.  Spread them out on a baking sheet covered with foil.
Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
Roast in a 400 degree oven for 18-20 minutes.
Place roasted vegetables in large serving dish.  Add pasta and toss.
Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired.
Serves 4.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

DIY Sonic Chocolate Cream Diet Coke

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Whenever I am traveling and I see a Sonic Drive-In you can bet that I am making a quick pit stop for one of my favorite Sonic drinks!  We don't have a Sonic in our town, so it always makes me soooo happy when I am driving down the road and I spot one :)

My fave is the Diet Lime Limeade.
So, so good.

I found a DIY Sonic Chocolate Cream Diet Coke on Pinterest, and I just had to make one because Sonic drinks rock and I love, love, love Diet Coke.

Chocolate Cream Diet Coke taste like a Coke ice cream float but without the guilt :)
Want to make one with me?

Here's what you need.
Diet Coke, chocolate syrup and heavy cream or half and half.
Plus a cute mason jar and some crushed ice.
Oh and a tiny little whisk :)

Add your crushed ice and Diet Coke to your mason jar.
Measure 1 tablespoon of cream or half and half and 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate syrup.

Now take the cute little whisk and whisk it around your glass until everything is combined.

Now sit back and enjoy the Chocolate Cream Diet Coke that you made all by yourself.

Sorry Sonic.
I still love you and will brake when I see you :)

Recipe found at The Reed Life.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

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Now that fresh berries are so plentiful I love bringing my own fruit and yogurt parfaits to work with me.
Vanilla Greek yogurt, organic blueberries, raspberries and blackberries sprinkled with organic granola.
Try to get that at McDonalds!!

Layer all that goodness in a cute little mason jar and you have a perfect mid-morning snack or breakfast on the go!

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

1 container vanilla Greek Yogurt (I used Chobani)
Fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
Granola (I used Cascadian Farms Organic Oats & Honey Granola)

Layer yogurt and berries in a mason jar.
Top with granola.
Eat :)

Makes one parfait.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Caramel Frosting

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Hi there. 
How was your weekend?
Mine was great.
Pool time with friends, a family reunion and cupcake baking :)
Loved it!

 Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Caramel Frosting

1 box yellow cake mix (I use Duncan Hines)
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 eggs
1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup buttermilk 

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup caramel sauce (I used Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 cups powdered sugar
1-3 T heavy cream

Hershey's Hot Fudge Sauce
Mini Pretzels

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line pans with 24 cupcake liners.
In a large mixing bowl beat peanut butter and butter together until smooth.  Add eggs one at a time.
Add vanilla extract and buttermilk.  Add your cake mix and then the greek yogurt.  Mix until combined.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full (I use a large cookie scoop). Bake for 16-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.

For the frosting - beat the butter and peanut butter until smooth.  Add the caramel sauce and vanilla.
Slowly add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and mix for 2-3 minutes.  Add heavy cream if needed until you get to your desired consistency. 

Heat Hershey's Hot Fudge Sauce in a squeeze bottle for 30 seconds.
Let it cool a few minutes and then drizzle over frosting.  Top with a mini pretzel.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Pillsbury Baguette Chips

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During the summer months family, friends and neighbors are always stopping by to hang out with us at our pool.  The more the merrier - we love company! 

I try to have some snacks on hand, because let's face it, laying by the pool is hard work and you build up an appetite :) So I was happy to find these new Pillsbury Baguette Chips on my door step recently. 
I love it when the mailman brings yummy goodies for us to try!

My sister-in-law and I dipped the Cheddar Sundried Tomato chips into roasted red pepper hummus.  The crunchiness of the baguette chip was a perfect match for the dip.  They would be great as a soup or salad topping too. 

With 130 calories per serving (21 baguette chips), and 50% less fat than regular potato chips, Pillsbury Baguette Chips are delicious snack chips that you can feel good about eating!

Want to give them a try?
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    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Hello Monday

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    Hello summer swim team.

    Hello college orientation.
    I am so not ready for you!

    Hello crazy zucchini growing out of my flower pot.
    How did you get there????

    Hello hot summer days.

    Hello scary Friday night storm.
    Hello to cleaning up tree branches and finding my patio cushions all day on Saturday.

    Hello to baking healthy banana bread. You are delish!

    Hello tiny tomatoes.
    Oh how I love my little container gardens :)

    Hello pool time.
    Wish we had more time together!

    Hello July.
    Hello sweet readers.
    Wishing you all a great week and Happy 4th!

    Linking up to Hello Monday with Lisa Leonard.