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Friday Finds 2.27

Can you believe that March is almost here? The year is totally flying by. In honor of National Kahlua Day, I thought I’d share a “grown-ups only” Delish Dish, sharing my favorite Kahlua-flavored recipes! Keep scrolling for more ways to enjoy the sweet drink!

If you’re looking for a candy treat, try The Frugal Navy Wife‘s Kahlua Fudge! This’ll be great around the next holiday season!

These Mini-Kahlua Cupcakes have to be in miniature because they’re so incredibly sweet! Find the full recipe on Sweet and Savory by Shinee.

Noble Pig brings the crazy-good flavors in this Kahlua-Pecan-Brown Sugar Baked Brie!

Naomi from Bakers Royale is one of Delish Dish’s favorite bloggers, so I’m way excited to share these yummy Kahlua Crunch Balls!

If you’re really feeling ambitious, try making your own DIY Homemade Kahlua with this great recipe from Liv Life!

Cheers to you all! Have a happy week!

Grace


Friday Finds 11.7

Hey howdy hey, Delish Dish! I hope this post finds you well-fed and happy! I know I’m happy because November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month (yes, these are real holidays). I thought I’d share some perfectly cozy peanut butter recipes as we gear up for the change in the seasons! Enjoy!

I start off most mornings with a peanut butter and banana bagel, but I never thought to turn them into a dessert! Yum! Can’t wait to try these Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana and Peanut Butter Bites from Not Enough Cinnamon!

For an easy-to-make and easy-to-pack snack for school or work, try these No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bites from He and She Eat Clean!

Barefeet in the Kitchen‘s Buckeye Fudge may have just made the perfect holiday fudge! Creamy peanut butter fudge combines with smooth dark chocolate fudge for a perfect pairing.

Start your morning on the right foot with these Peanut Butter Banana Muffins from Thirty Handmade Days! Yum, yum, yum!

And for people who are feeling very adventurous, try making your own peanut butter! Gimme Some Oven has a super simple Homemade Peanut Butter recipe to try!

Hope you all have a fabulous Friday and enjoy these salty, sweet snacks!

With peanut butter love,

Grace


Valentine’s Day

 

Things can get a bit gloomy this time of year here in Central PA so I’m always thankful when Valentine’s Day rolls around. This mid-February celebration is a wonderful reminder to take a moment to let the people closest to us know how much we love and appreciate them. Love comes in so many different forms. Whether you are single or happily married or committed for 25+ years, I think this holiday is the perfect occasion to remind all of your loved ones how important they are to you. While I know chocolate is a go-to for this holiday, I’m freshening things up this year and taking inspiration from the equally romantic strawberry. Plus, I’m ready for summer, and these delicious red berries are my key to getting there – mentally, at least. I hope you enjoy this little collection of berry-goodness and find something you can whip up for that special someone in your life.

1. Fresh Strawberry Fool // 2. Strawberry Chiffon Pie // 3. Fresh Berry Napoleons // 4. Strawberry Shortbread // 5. Strawberry Meringue Pie // 6. Fresh Strawberry Bars // 7. Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam // 8. Strawberry Souffle // 9. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes

 

Now that dessert is taken care of, there is nothing more adorable or romantic than a homemade valentine. Whether you make a beautiful card or a decorative item for your home, get out your glue gun and glitter and start crafting. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with an idea or inspiration. Don’t worry though, I’ve done the work for you and picked eight fabulous and festive projects that will warm your and your loved one’s hearts this February 14.

1. Whaley Love Card  // 2. Ribbon Heart Garland // 3. Red Hot Cinnamon Valentine // 4. Heart Spools Valentine Plaque // 5. Fluttering Heart Wreath // 6. Love Pillow

 

Let us know in the comments below what fun ways you share your Valentine’s Day love this year.

 

Cheers,

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm


Make-Ahead Holidays—Now’s the Time to Start!

Seasons greetings, everyone! Jessica Christensen, senior editor with Better Homes and Gardens special interest titles here to welcome you to December—the busiest baking time of the year. I love baking during the holidays (and any time, really) but with my 9-month-old son demanding the majority of my time this year, my baking is going to be more structured and organized—as in make-ahead everything!

Which leads me to last weekend. When my son’s nap time rolled around, I set to work on a batch of rolls to freeze for Christmas dinner. My choice: Feather Rolls, a time-tested recipe from our BH&G archives. Like the name implies, these rolls are soft, tender, and light as a feather (thanks to the secret ingredient of mashed potato!).

However, since I don’t eat dairy products (long story), I had to find a substitute for the butter. My solution to that problem: Earth Balance margarine, the best non-dairy, high-fat margarine on the market for baking. It contains 100 calories per tablespoon, just like butter, so it behaves in much the same way. It’s also free of hydrogenated oils, which is not true of most margarines.The dough came together beautifully—made from flour, sugar, margarine, mashed potato, water, salt, and yeast. Once the ingredients were mixed together, it was a simple matter of kneading the dough until it formed a smooth ball.

Now here’s a big perk of the Feather Rolls recipe—the dough can rise in the refrigerator for 2 to 24 hours. So when I got completely distracted for the rest of the day playing an endless game of peekaboo, it was no big deal. The next day I turned the dough out, cut it into 16 pieces (the recipes says 15 pieces, but it’s much easier to get equal sizes from an even number of bread pieces), formed each piece into a rough ball, and placed the pieces in a 13×9 pan to rise for 40 minutes. The awkward 16th piece of dough had to squeeze in on one end of the pan, but I’m OK with that. Then it was just a hop, skip, and a jump to hot and yeasty baked rolls.

Once the rolls were cool, I wrapped them up in a layer each of plastic wrap and foil, and then placed them in a larger baking dish with a tight fitting lid. Then off to the freezer they went, where they will stay until the big holiday festivities later this month. I plan to pull them out of the freezer the morning of the feast to thaw and then bake them for about 10 minutes at 350°F to warm them up.

Then, because I was “on a roll” I decided to make up a double batch of Mini Focaccia.  I used half of it to make a large focaccia round, and then split the other half of the dough up to make mini focaccia. I topped it with fresh rosemary (from a summer plant I brought inside that is now struggling to survive in my window). I learned long ago that this recipe needs to either be eaten immediately or frozen to keep it from getting tough and dried out. Fresh bread doesn’t last nearly as long as store-bought. So after it was baked off to the freezer it went.

Three cheers for planning ahead! What baked goodies are you going to prep and freeze for the holidays this year?

 


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