Cooking A-Z: U is for Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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These last few letters are going to be a bit tricky. I’m really not sure what I’m going to make for X and I’ve been dreading it since day one. But I’ve had so much fun with every recipe so far. I’ve never made an upside down cake before and I think it turned out beautiful and so full of flavor! I found this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction and of course she never disappoints. I was outside gardening while this was baking and when I came back inside the smell was intoxicating! I couldn’t wait to flip it over and see what it looked like. It was in perfect condition, thank goodness or I might have shed a few tears. Once the cake cools, the flavors really set it and it is extremely moist and addicting. I’m giving you and your jeans a fair warning right now 🙂 Enjoy!

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Cooking A-Z: T is for Tiramisu Cupcakes

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This is by far my favorite cupcake I’ve ever made and I don’t even drink coffee! It was so moist and the flavor was just like a piece of Tiramisu cake. The Mascarpone buttercream was a happy accident because the original recipe I was following called for heavy whipping cream which ended up being out of date…I figured this out after I whipped it for 5 minutes.  I panicked a little but then rallied and mixed up some butter with mascropne cheese and added powered sugar which turned out wonderful! These are best eaten when the warm coffee has just been poured onto the cupcake…yum, yum! Otherwise, I popped mine in the microwave for 10 seconds. I hope you enjoy as much as I did 🙂 Continue reading

Cooking A-Z: S is for Strawberry Shortcake

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One of my favorite summer desserts is strawberry shortcake! However, I must admit that before now I’ve always bought the cute round prepackaged shortcakes at the store which are pretty darn good, but why not make a better, tastier cake. I had so much fun decorating this cake and I think it turned out beautiful, it was almost a shame to cut into my masterpiece 🙂 The inside was even prettier with the whipped cream and strawberry layer. Yummy! Goodbye prepackage shortcakes!

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Cooking A-Z: R is Ravioli

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These raviolis were made with love 🙂 My husband and I spent Sunday afternoon making these tasty little raviolis together and we were really pleased with how they came out. We didn’t follow one exact recipe, instead we improvised (which I love doing) and the filling had such a great taste! The dough can also be boiled which I think I would try next time to see what the difference in the texture would be. This is a great Italian dish that I would make again and again 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn

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Sooo, I’ve been on a little bit of a peanut butter kick lately but can you blame me??? It’s so freakin’ good and I’ll eat it right out of the jar…with my fingers (that’s right, you know you do it too) and I feel no shame in it either! On occasion I might even double dip into the Nutella jar…oh.my.gosh, it’s so good.

I love a good PB&J sandwich and I love popcorn too so when I saw that someone had combined the two on Pinterest I was sold! I tweaked the recipe a tad and upped the amount of peanut butter which I was very pleased with how it came out. This was a fantastic idea and I would highly recommend if you are a PB&J fan.  Enjoy 🙂 Continue reading

Peanut Butter S’mores Cookies

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I saw this recipe while looking through Sally’s Baking Addiction blog and just like almost everything on her blog, I wanted to make these right away! Her peanut butter cookies are to die for, they are the thickest and softest cookies I have ever tasted. I’ve used them in several recipes and they never fail me. I’m pretty obsessed with peanut butter and love, love, love s’mores…so why not make a cookie that combines the two?? I was all for this! And they turned out great, just like I thought they would. I hope you enjoy also 🙂 Continue reading

Cooking A-Z: Q is for Quiche Breakfast Muffins

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Honestly, I’ve always looked at quiche and thought it looked kind of weird and gross but this was due to a pure lack of knowledge and appreciation.  There are a ton of recipes for quiche out there…with crust, without crust, with meat, and without meat. The amount of eggs varied from recipe to recipe also. I was drawn to the cute quiche muffins because they seemed easier to eat and I love everything mini! I decided to put together what I thought would taste the best in a quiche breakfast muffin which is ham, spinach, cheddar cheese, feta cheese, Roma tomatoes, and eggs of course. Since I had never tasted quiche before and was a little grossed out by the concept, I was a nervous to taste it but while I making it, the colors were beautiful and fresh. On my first bite I was delighted! I woke my husband up immediately and told him of my new discovery!  I decided this is what he should have for breakfast…right that second, so we ate them together and they were sooo delicious. 🙂 I can’t believe all this time I have turned my nose up at quiche. I hope you try these and love them as much as I did!

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