CIC: Breakfast Sausage & Cinnamon

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I’m {finally} back with another Crazy Ingredient Challenge!

This month’s mission: to combine breakfast sausage and cinnamon.

I wasn’t too terribly creative with my idea this time around – I stuck with breakfast.

Originally I thought of some form of sweet and savory bread pudding but then I happened upon pancake muffins. Ding ding ding, we have a winner!

They’re kind of like the breakfast version of pigs in a blanket.

I brought these fun muffins to a church potluck. I did have a few leftover to bring back home – without a label for the dish, I’m not sure people really knew what they were. Those that did eat them, sought me out to compliment me and suggest I bring them to every potluck.img_2203

Firecracker ate about 2 of them there but wouldn’t touch them at home. He said, “I liked them at the church party, but not here.” Kids can say the funniest things!

When I have breakfast sausage or bacon I always dip it into my syrup, so I highly encourage you to serve these pancake muffins warm with a drizzle of syrup.

This recipe makes 5-6 dozen mini pancake muffins.

Mini Pancake Muffins with Sausage

Ingredients:

  • 3 C flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • breakfast sausage, cooked and chopped

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease mini muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla.
  4. Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin. Place a piece of breakfast sausage into the batter.
  6. Bake 11-12 minutes. Serve with syrup.

*This recipe is modified from Ree at http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/pancake-mini-muffins/*

Mini Pancake Muffins with Sausage for #CrazyIngredientChallenge from Sew You Think You Can Cook

To see the other bloggers who participated in this month’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge click on the link below.

Fondue Recipe Round-Up

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When we got married we were given //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=seyothyocaco-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00018RR48&asins=B00018RR48&linkId=7dd8bb362daa59470513b9cbe7dea2f2&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>two electric fondue sets as wedding gifts. We decided to keep both of them. And for four years they were both used once a year, on Valentine’s Day. It became our Valentine’s tradition to have fondue that night, and because we had two pots, we could do one cheese fondue and one chocolate fondue without having to worry about clean up between courses.

After Firecracker was born we still managed to make fondue his first Valentine’s Day. That was three years ago.

Those poor fondue sets have been sitting at the top of cupboard in SoCal for two straight years. They’ll probably continue to sit there until we leave here in 2020. Maybe February 2021 (wow that looks weird!) the boys will be old enough to be trusted around warm devices?

Or maybe, this round-up I’ve created will inspire us to have a date night at home the next Parents’ Night Out hosted at our wonderful church!

Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue Round-Up | Sew You Think You Can Cook

  • You know that fondue I mentioned having made back in 2015? It was this one from Tara’s Multicultural Table – Caramelized Shallot Gruyere Fondue. My photos of the night were lost in camera fiasco of 2018, but I assure you, Tara’s are much better anyway.
  • Chef Markus discoverd the secret to authentic Swiss Cheese Fondue and has shared it with his readers at Earth, Food, and Fire.
  • Traditional cheese fondue is typically made with gruyere cheese, which can tend to tip the grocery budget. Shari, of The Root Family Review, developed a Frugal Cheese Fondue using shredded Monterey Jack and Parmesan. I’m all for saving some money and still delivering on taste!
  • When I think about fondue I tend to think of a romantic candlelit dinner, typically geared towards the ladies. I know because, while my husband does enjoy fondue, he’s typically still hungry after the meal. Erica hit it out of the park with these Beer Brats in Blankets and Smoked Gouda Fondue!
  • Rachel pulled out all the stops for her Valentine’s Dinner with a Surf and Turf Cheese Fondue. I always pair cheese fondue with bread, chips, veggies, and apples. Why didn’t I think of using meat or even shrimp!?

Chocolate Fondue

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  • Chocolate lava cake is a classic Valentine’s dessert, and Gretchen turned it into 3-Ingredient Chocolate Lava Dip. Seriously, I’m sold!
  • Even if you don’t like dark chocolate, you need to go read Mystique’s post about taking full advantage of all five of your senses while eating. It will make you want to make some Dark Chocolate Fondue for Two and shut out the world!
  • Can you even have a section about chocolate and not mention its soul mate peanut butter?! Michelle figured out a way to make fondue night happen with her kids with Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue. Now, I don’t know how old her two boys are, but I’m definitely hopeful again!
  • White chocolate tends to be a sensitive topic when it comes to chocolate discussions, but I’m all for it! Especially if that white chocolate is paired with champagne and turned into fondue! Thank you, Blair, for sharing this White Chocolate Champagne Fondue with the Internet.
  • There can be fondue for everyone thanks to Laura’s Dairy-Free Chocolate Fondue – unless your Valentine can’t have coconut – but for all the rest of you out there, grab a strawberry and dig in!

M&M Cookies

I’ve been homeschooling Firecracker (and by proxy, Treat) this school year, which is why things have slowed down quite a bit around here in the blog-o-sphere.

But I’ve really been enjoying it!

I’ve been following a curriculum I purchased last summer, but mixing it up somewhat drastically to fit certain themes or occasions in our lives. For example: We actually started with units 9 and 16 instead of 1 and 2. We actually just did unit 2 in January!

And now that we have somewhat of a routine with how the units are organized, I’ve been venturing out and creating my own units, too! All of the units I’ve developed are centered around the holidays.

We’re currently on, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day!

And I’ve been getting really into this least favorite holiday of mine. I’ve been cutting their sandwiches and cheese slices into hearts for lunch and we’re crafting up a storm.

We even made Valentines for our long distance family members. (The photo below was sent from my beautiful sister-in-law and shared with her permission.)

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I found the idea for the Valentines on Pinterest. The boys loved having me paint their hands, saying it tickled. (Mega crafting milestone for my boys!) I cut the yarn to be the length of their arm span. The boys each picked the background color for each of their Valentines depending on who they were being sent to! It was fun to watch their little minds work in decision mode.

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Inside their Valentine boxes were a couple of appropriately colored M&M cookies. We sent so many cookies that there was only one cookie leftover for the 4 of us to share. (I ran out of brown sugar to make more – tragedy! Seriously. I have got to hit up a grocery store, like, ASAP, so I can make more of these cookies for us!)

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I don’t think I’ve ever baked cookies that involved melted butter before, I was skeptical. But using melted butter made the mixing of these cookies insanely easy – no stand mixer required! I love the use of brown sugar in cookies, I think it gives the cookies a great depth of flavor. And of course, holiday colored M&Ms provide the perfect texture to these soft and chewy cookies.

This recipe makes approximately 21 cookies.

M&M Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C M&Ms

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with silicone baking mats, parchment paper, or spray with cooking oil.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugars until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla, mixing until fully incorporated.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, switching to a spatula for easier mixing. Fold in the M&Ms.
  5. Spoon onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes, until the edges are golden. Let cool on baking sheets.

*This recipe is adapted from Kristyn at https://lilluna.com/giant-chewy-mm-cookies/*

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Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cookies

A long time ago I made these peanut butter cookies studded with chocolate chips and marshmallows.

I took some photos.

Those photos stayed on my camera.

Those photos that stayed on my camera got deleted by my toddler. (You can read about that story here.)

I’d already signed up to share said cookies with my blogging friends in celebration of National Peanut Butter Day.

The real bummer silver lining here, is that I had to make these cookies again.

I remember wishing the cookies had more marshmallow and less chocolate, so I did just that.

These cookies are delicious.

I made them massive. No particular reason. Just because I could.

If you like peanut butter cookies, whip up a batch of these bad boys as soon as you have some marshmallows on hand. (Evidently not all grocery stores have marshmallows, but that’s a story for another day?)

Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1 C creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 C mini marshmallows

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  3. Add in the flour and baking soda. Mix until combined and a cookie dough forms. Fold in the marshmallows with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  4. Roll cookie dough into balls and place onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes, until cookies are browning and marshmallows melted. Let cool on the baking sheet 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

*This recipe is adapted from Julie at https://www.tablefortwoblog.com/fluffernutter-cookies/*

Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cookies for #NationalPeanutButterDay from Sew You Think You Can Cook | http://sewyouthinkyoucancook.com

Be sure to check out these other recipes for National Peanut Butter Day:

3 Healthy Peanut Butter Smoothies by Bear & Bug Eats

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce by Everyday Eileen

Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cookies by Sew You Think You Can Cook

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls by The Freshman Cook

E.T. Cookies by Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Easy Peanut Butter & Chocolate Swirled Fudge by Cookaholic Wife

Easy Peanut Butter and Banana Croissants by Jonesin’ For Taste

Fluffernutter Macaron by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

My Family’s Favorite Peanut Butter Cookie (recipe remake) by Family Around the Table

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie by Soulfully Made

Nutter Butter Ice Cream Cone Cookies by Amy’s Cooking Adventures

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Granola Squares by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Bowl by Simple and Savory

Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oatmeal by Frugal Pantry

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Sheet Pan Pancakes by Kate’s Recipe Box

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Spread by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Peanut Butter Mocha Cupcakes by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

Peanut Butter Mousse Parfaits by The Redhead Baker

Honey Peanut Butter Popcorn by The Gingered Whisk

Peanut Butter Snowballs by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Peanut Ginger Pasta by Jolene’s Recipe Journal

Thai Inspired Noodles by A Day in the Life on the Farm

 

Thursday Thoughts #24

Thursday Thoughts

Most people like to take advantage of a new year to make a resolution to be a better version of themselves.

For most, that looks like some sort of diet. Or some new exercise plan.

For many, it looks like a big purge – time to clean out the closets!

And for some, it’s a new resolve to keep a journal, read more books, or find a better way to stay organized.

And sometimes new organizational methods simply come about due to necessity.

I like to think I’m an organized person. I’m a religious list maker and depend heavily on my planner, complete with color coordinated pens.

To be fair, my blog organization has always needed some sort of boost. My inspiration is strewn throughout Pinterest, Facebook videos, and physical cookbooks. My “what to blog when” is kept mostly in Facebook events (which are super helpful) that I never actually put in that beautiful planner of mine.

I had a decent system for my photos.

Or so I thought.

If a dish hadn’t yet been shared on Sew You Think You Can Cook, its photos simply stayed put on my camera’s memory card. (Like those Boston Creme Blondies I shared this month.)

I have now been forced to change that method of photo storage.

See. My kids broke my tripod a while back. For Christmas my husband surprised me with a new one. I had a renewed effort for food photography one afternoon. I made a beautiful salad for dinner that I look forward to sharing with you this spring. In wanting to take advantage of daylight I assembled a serving of salad, set up the tripod, and snapped some bright pics.

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Then my Firecracker wanted to help take some pictures. Afterwards I let him walk around the house and he took pictures, blurry I’m sure, of the floor and his toys and his brother. Then he plopped on the couch and watched some tv. I asked if he was done with the camera so that I could put it away so it doesn’t break.

My touch screen was on some weird systems setting so I backed on out of that. And to my sheer horror the memory card had been wiped.

I screamed (not at him), I cried, I crumpled onto the floor. Then he cried. And tried to find solutions. “We can hit the back button.” A lot of “why”s. “You can just take the pictures again.” (After calming down and talking to my mom, I did set up another salad plate and took another round of picture, though not as bright thanks to the setting sun.) “I know where they are! They’re on Netflix.” After a couple hours, when telling Daddy the story, I got a hug and an “I’m sorry.”

I guess I need to unload that camera more often and simply become better friends with the “File Explorer” on my computer! Who knows, maybe it’ll rekindle this blogging hobby a bit.

I want to know: What’s something your kid did on accident that made you wish there were some sort of insurance policy on them?

#FootballFoods: Chipotle Peach Meatballs

Here we are in the final month of American football season. A group of blogging friends are gathering together today to have a virtual couch-gating party.

I must admit, I’ve felt really out of the loop this (and last) football season.

Once upon a time I was way more into the sport than my husband (then boyfriend) was. Somewhere we’ve flipped roles into the more traditional ones.

I blame my toddlers. They don’t want to watch football (yet. I’m sure that’ll change before I know it) and if the TV is on they’re not sure why the channel is not set to PBS Kids or Nick Jr! Oh, they’ll tolerate small amount of early morning soccer and some cooking shows, but they’re little television bandits so it’s just plain easier to keep it off.

Parenthood also means the weekends become jam packed with running errands and tackling home projects instead of posting up at the local sports bar for 3 hours.

Truth be told, I also feel lost when there’s a game on and no one to host!

If I did have the opportunity to host some friends for some football watching, I’d definitely make these Chipotle Peach Meatballs. The best part about cocktail meatballs is that they can be kept warm in a slow cooker for the entirety of the game (assuming they last long enough!). Continue reading for the recipe and some other great game day recipe ideas.

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Chipotle Peach Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 jars peach preserves (total of 18 oz)
  • 1/2 C ketchup
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepeprs
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 bag (12-16 oz) frozen meatballs

Steps:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat combine peach preserves, ketchup, chipotle peppers, Worcestershire, S+P, and garlic powder. Bring to a gentle boil for 5 minutes. Add the frozen meatballs, cover, and cook on low heat for 25 minutes, until meatballs are warmed through.

*This recipe is adapted from Sam at http://www.theculinarycompass.com/chipotle-peach-meatballs/*

Chipotle Peach Meatballs (pin)

Be sure to check out these other great football foods:

Bacon Jalapeno Palm Poppers by Palatable Pastime

Baked Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce by Everyday Eileen

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos by The Redhead Baker

Butternut Squash Pizzettas by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Cheese Chili Tots by Frugal Pantry

Cheeseburger Bombs by Cookaholic Wife

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Lasagna by Cooking With Carlee

Chipotle Peach Meatballs by Sew You Think You Can Cook

Fiesta Ranch Crispy Baked Wings by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Fried Chicken Sliders by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

Ham and Swiss Sliders by Family Around The Table

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Instant Pot Cheesy Southwestern Spinach Dip by Kate’s Recipe Box

Mini Zucchini Pizzas by Jolene’s Recipe Journal

Philly Steak Appetizer by The Freshman Cook

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili by Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Texas Trash Party Mix by Amy’s Cooking Adventures

Tomatillo and Pork Chili by Simple and Savory

Warm White Bean Dip by Bear & Bug Eats

 

Boston Crème Blondies

Sometimes I’m really on top of it.

And sometimes I’m posting one year’s football fare the following January.

I’ll let you decide which way this post is leaning!

Do you even remember who played in THE pro football game of 2017?

I wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the food photos still stored on my camera.

The answer: New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. The winner: New England Patriots with a score of 34-28. No, I did not remember the result of the game, thankfully the Internet knows everything.

To celebrate the big game, I thought it’d be fun to cook something associated with each team. For Atlanta, I went with something peach. (Peach Chipotle Meatballs you’ll be seeing next week.) For New England, Boston Crème Blondies!

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Just look how little that baby boy is!!

Boston Crème Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/3 C softened butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, divided use
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp sugar, divided use
  • 4 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 C milk
  • 1/4 C semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 C heavy cream

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the brown sugar, butter, and 1 tsp vanilla. Add the egg and mix until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the creamed butter mixture and mix until incorporated.
  4. Press blondie batter into the prepared pan and bake 20-22 minutes. Cool.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, 3 tbsp sugar, and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Add the cornstarch and whisk until smooth.
  6. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine milk and 3 tbsp sugar. Bring to a gently boil.
  7. Temper the egg yolks by adding 1/2 C, slowly, to the egg yolks, stirring constantly. When warm, pour the eggs into the saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. The mixture should coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Spread over the blondie base. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
  8. Make the ganache: Put chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 20 second increments, stirring, until the chocolate is melted. Allow ganache to cool only slightly, pour over the blondies. Let set before cutting into bars. (Option to cut squares first and drizzle with the chocolate.)

*This recipe is adapted from Holly at https://www.spendwithpennies.com/boston-cream-bars/*

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