Monday, March 17, 2014

Butter Mint Green Swirl Cupcakes w/ Bailey's Irish Cream Whipped Cream Frosting and Chocolate Drizzle!


Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone! I hope you have a wonderful and lucky day! What do you think of my Butter Mint, Green Swirl Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Creme Whipped Cream Frosting and Chocolate Drizzle?!  It is a mouthful, isn't it? But then, so are these cupcakes! I made them to celebrate the day, and to share with you!
St. Patrick's Favorite Cupcakes
St. Patrick's Favorite Cupcakes

Friday, March 14, 2014

Irish Stew

I make Irish Stew every year. Earlier this year, I bought a new cookbook called, "The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook". So, I decided to try their recipe this year, and I liked it.  If possible, make the stew a day ahead of time. The extra time allows the flavors to meld together for a rich, deep taste. As in most years, I used beef in place of the lamb. I hope you enjoy it!

Irish Stew

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Choclava Pillows

What are Choclava Pillows? Well, they are pastries made with puff pastry sheets and filled with a mix of nuts, specifically: walnuts, peanuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios, and hazelnuts. I used Planters NUT-rition Mix. Then add in some semi sweet chocolate and honey. Don't forget to dust them with powdered sugar and drizzle with chocolate glaze! That's a Choclava Pillow and they are my dessert for this months Lady Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge. Our ingredients this month are walnuts and honey! Yum!! I hope you enjoy these Choclava pillows as much as I enjoyed making them!


Choclava Pillows

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Magically Delicious Leprechaun Sticks!

These St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Sticks are tasty and maybe a bit magical. How about magically delicious? Yeah, that sounds like it might have been used before. Leprechaun Sticks are cookies, in stick form with frosting and sprinkles. Their magical powers have not been formally documented, but they do disappear quickly and they are delicious!

Leprechaun Sticks

Friday, February 28, 2014

Southwest 'Po Boy

What's a Southwest 'Po Boy, you ask? Well, it is a sandwich created to satisfy all my cravings for a 'Po Boy. I keep seeing them advertised, and they look amazing! You see, I am a shrimp lover, but only cold shrimp, so a fried shrimp sandwich is not for me. Therefore, I came up with my Southwest 'Po Boy sandwich. It is stuffed full of pan fried chicken, deep fried onion straws, chipotle sauce, avocados, and sour cream, and a little more.I used a wheat hoagie roll that is definitely not 'Po Boy, but it tastes good!
Southwest 'Po Boy 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Refrigerator Soup

If you like soup, you will love this refrigerator soup! Why? Because it is a wonderful, tasty, aromatic treat for your senses, and it cleans out your fridge at the same time! What could be better?!


 Here is how it's done~ Go through your refrigerator and take out the left overs from your meals for the last few days. I found the following:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mardi Gras Thumbprint Cookies!

 Mardi Gras is coming up on Tuesday, March 4, and since I love a party, and I assume you do too, I made some Mardi Gras Thumbprint Cookies to celebrate!!         
 Let the fun begin!!!

Mardi Gras Thumbprint Cookies

Friday, February 21, 2014

Canon Rebel or IPad Mini Giveaway!!!!

Join me, and some blogger friends, as we say "Happy, Happy Birthday" to Aubrey from Real Housemoms! Not only is Aubrey celebrating her birthday, but she is also celebrating reaching 200,000 facebook followers! Isn't that incredible! It is definitely something to "rah, rah, rah" about!!! So a mega celebration deserves a mega giveaway! Enter today and you could win one of the two fabulous prizes listed above. Good Luck!!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

French Toast Egg Rolls


Today I am participating in the Improv Cooking Challenge, and this month our two essential ingredients are bread and butter. Oh, my goodness! I really went round and round with this one. I had several ideas, but nothing really clicked and said "that's the one"! Until 2 days ago! Yeah, I love last minute stuff. Not at all!! So I came up with these french toast egg rolls. They are good! I wish I was still catering, because these would be perfect. The egg rolls kept the french toast interior hot and moist, so they are perfect for large gatherings, and they would be great for Sunday morning family brunch! I made these a rather basic french toast, but I think you could make them really shine by using pecans or a dried fruit in the egg mix or maybe a chocolate sauce over the top. You might be able to fit a few pieces of scrambled egg in there also!
French Toast Egg Rolls