Thursday, September 15, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome To Celebrate It!
Hello, and Welcome To Celebrate It!
I hope you are ready to party!

I am excited to see what you have been creating.
This week I would like to start something new.
In addition to tweeting and pinning your links, 
I am going to start making at least 2 roundups each week.
The themes will be based around whatever is going on around us, 
like fall, Halloween, fall foods, etc. If you have any theme suggestions, 
just email me. I am hoping it brings you some traffic!
Now, on to the party!

Here are this weeks most clicked links:
How To Make A DIY Copper Leaf Mobile
from

Korean BBQ Pork Chops
from

A Classy Furniture Makeover
from
Just A Little Creativity

Thank you to every one who linked up and to those who stopped by to browse!
I love the talented and creative people who take the time to share!
 
Here are a few ways to make the party fun for everyone: 

1. It is so much more fun when someone clicks
 on your link and visits your page

so visit other blogs if you can.

2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
 and I will also pin them to another one of my
 boards that fits the pin.
 Your link up will get tweeted both times also!

3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature
 your post on social media.  Proper credit is always given.

Let's get this party started!







Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Midnight Whoopie Pies / #BBColorOurWorldRoundUp

I think  know you are going to love these special Midnight Whoopie Pies! They are chocolatey rich and incredibly tasty. The thing I love the most about whoopie pies is that they are very versatile. They can be made to fit almost any celebration. I made these Midnight Whoopie Pies for the Blooming Bloggers Color our World Round Up, where every month we will present a post which reflects that months chosen color. This months color is black, and because I love whoopie pies, I present you with Midnight Whoopie Pies!


Midnight Whoopie Pies 
(printable recipe at bottom of post)

1 box Dark Chocolate  Fudge Cake Mix (DuncanHines)
1 small box Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix
1/2 cup Flour
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
3 Eggs
1 cup Water
Black Food Color

Filling 
3 oz Warm Water
2 1/2 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1 pound Confectioners Sugar

Mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, flour, vegetable oil, eggs, and water together in a mixing bowl. Mix until all are combined. Add in food coloring. I used a gel food color from Wilton, but any black color can be used. Add a few drops at a time, then blend together with the mix to see if you are happy with it. If you are not, add more until you are. I was unsure if the color was dark enough, so I took the time to scoop some batter out and bake a small cookie to see if it darkened enough during the baking process. It did, and I was so happy I took the few extra minutes to check. Refrigerate batter until ready to use.
Use a 1 tablespoon scoop and place scoops of batter on your baking sheet. Leave room between them for the cookie to spread.  Bake for 9-10 minutes.
Let cookies cool for 1-2 minutes, remove from pan to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely. 
Whisk together warm water and meringue. Add cream of tartar and whisk together again. Add all of the confectioner's sugar and mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Place in a bowl to keep fresh and cover immediately.
Separate half of filling and tint to an orange color. If you want all your cookies with orange filling, then just color it all orange. Pipe the filling on with a decorating bag using a tip with a large opening. I used a Wilton # 2A. Fill the bottom of a cookie with the filling, starting at any spot and circling the cookie until it is filled in.
You want to make sure the filling is close together and thick, so the top will sit high on the cookie. That way you will get this look. Put the lid on it. Refrigerate, if you want to, until about 30 minutes before serving. It is not necessary, but it is still hot here in North Carolina, and the filling starts to droop a little with the hot weather.


yield: 2 dozen                   print recipe

Midnight Whoopie Pies

prep time: 30 MINS    cook time: 9 MINS        total time: 39 mins

INGREDIENTS:

Cookies
  • 1 box Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 small box Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Water
  • Black Food Color
Filling
  • 3 oz Warm Water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 pound Confectioners Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, flour, vegetable oil, eggs, and water together in a mixing bowl. Mix until all are combined. Add in food coloring. I used a gel food color from Wilton, but any black color can be used. Add a few drops at a time, then blend together with the mix to see if you are happy with it. If you are not, add more until you are. I was unsure if the color was dark enough, so I took the time to scoop some batter out and bake a small cookie to see if it darkened enough during the baking process. It did, and I was so happy I took the few extra minutes to check. Refrigerate batter until ready to use.
  2. Use a 1 tablespoon scoop and place scoops of batter on your baking sheet. Leave room between them for the cookie to spread. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  3. Let cookies cool for 1-2 minutes, remove from pan to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely.
  4. Whisk together warm water and meringue. Add cream of tartar and whisk together again. Add all of the confectioner's sugar and mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Place in a bowl to keep fresh and cover immediately.
  5. Separate half of filling and tint to an orange color. If you want all your cookies with orange filling, then just color it all orange. Pipe the filling on with a decorating bag using a tip with a large opening. I used a Wilton # 2A. Fill the bottom of a cookie with the filling, starting at any spot and circling the cookie until it is filled in.
  6. You want to make sure the filling is close together and thick, so the top will sit high on the cookie. That way you will get this look. Put the lid on it. Refrigerate, if you want to, until about 30 minutes before serving.

I stated in the beginning of this post that Whoopie Pies are very versatile and can accommodate many party themes and occasions. Here are some past posts that you might enjoy that explain what I mean:




    Sunday, September 11, 2016

    Alex's Favorite Skillet Meal / #SundaySupper

    Alex's Favorite Skillet Meal is one I make often, although most days he makes it himself. He likes to eat healthy, and he likes it to be quick and easy. This skillet meal is all of those things. I use brown rice in this meal, and I make it easy by cooking enough rice to last a few days. It refrigerates very well, and it makes the meal quicker to put together. For the meat, I use frozen turkey burgers. They taste great and are 93% lean. Anything more than that, and it doesn't seem to have enough taste. My sons career requires that he be fit, so this recipe does the job. Tasting good is an added bonus!
     
     Alex's Favorite Skillet Meal
    (printable recipe) 
     Makes 1 Bowl

    1 Frozen Turkey Burger
    Mrs Dash Chicken Seasoning
    1/3 cup Brown Rice
    1/3 cup Egg Whites
    1 cup Broccoli  (frozen)
    Low Sodium Teriyaki Sauce
    1/3 cup Shredded 4 Cheese


    Spray a pan with cooking spray. Heat the skillet to medium and add the turkey burger. Sprinkle both sides with chicken seasoning. Cook burger until it reaches 160 degrees, flipping several times.
    Chop the turkey burger into small bite size pieces, and let it continue to cook all the way through.
    Add the rice to the skillet and stir as it heats up. 
    Add the egg whites to the center of the pan. Mix the eggs into the turkey and rice as it cooks.
     
    Cook the broccoli, covered with water, in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on high.
      Drizzle teriyaki sauce over the meal, add broccoli and sprinkle with cheese. Stir together.
    Add a little more cheese, place in a bowl and enjoy! 
    Thank you for joining me today!


    Thank you to Liz for hosting such a fun themed challenge today! Stop by and visit her blog, That Skinny Chick Can Bake, for lots of wonderful, tasty recipes!

    Keep reading to find more amazing Easy Skillet Recipes from the rest of the #SundaySupper family!

    Marion Myers Favorite Skillet Breakfasts Favorite Skillet Sides Favorite Skillet Entrees Favorite Skillet Desserts Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

    Thursday, September 8, 2016

    Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

    Welcome to Celebrate It!
    I am so happy you are here!
    I don't know about you, but after such a hot, hot summer, I am ready for some fall!
    What's your favorite thing about the season?
     I think it is hard to pick just one thing!
     But if I had to, I would say that my favorite thing is the feeling in the air! 
    The coolness and the breeze is always so nice!
    Oh, and the savory food, the yellow, brown and red crafts, the orange pumpkins, the colorful falling leaves, just about everything~

    It's time for the party!

    Last weeks most clicked entries:

    Coconut Cream Pie Cupcakes
    from

    Hand Painted Pumpkin
    from

    Support for Struggling Readers
    from


    Thank you to every one who linked up and to those who stopped by to browse!
    I am always in awe of all the talented and creative people who take the time to share!
     
    Here are a few ways to make the party fun for everyone: 

    1. It is so much more fun when someone clicks
     on your link and visits your page

    so visit other blogs if you can.

    2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
     and I will also pin them to another one of my
     boards that fits the pin.
     Your link up will get tweeted both times also!

    3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature
     your post on social media.  Proper credit is always given.
    Let's get this party started!








    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Salted Caramel Apple Pancakes / #FoodieExtravaganza

    Fall is in the air, which means that it is time for caramel and apples, one of my favorite combinations!  These Salted Caramel Apple Pancakes are made with sauteed apples and melted salted caramel bits and are so quick and easy to make. You could even make the pancake batter, apples and caramel sauce the evening before. These pancakes are perfect for fall and busy mornings! All of the #FoodieExtravaganza family made pancakes today. Check out all the yummy, tasty recipes below!

    Salted Caramel Apple Pancakes

    1 cup Flour
    1 tablespoon Sugar
    2 teaspoon Baking Powder
    1 beaten Egg
    1 cup Milk
    2 tablespoons Cooking Oil
    1 large Granny Smith Apple, chopped in to small bites
    1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
    1 cup Salted Caramel Chips
    1/4 cup Heavy Duty Whipping Cream

    Mix together the flour, sugar and baking powder. Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the egg, milk and oil. Mix together. Stir just until moistened. There should be a few lumps.
    Melt the caramel chips. When they are almost melted, add the cream, a little at a time, stirring until it is creamy and smooth.. 
    Melt butter in a small fry pan on medium heat. Add apple pieces and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cook apples, stirring apples. Check if apples are done by piercing a few pieces with a toothpick. The apples should feel firm, but not completely soft. 
    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Cook three pancakes for each order, each pancake a little smaller than the last.
    Place largest pancake on plate. Top with a circle of melted caramel, and add apples. Place second pancake on top and add caramel and apples. Add top piece. 
    Add caramel and apples to the top of pancake stack. Let caramel drizzle down the sides.
    Enjoy your Salted Caramel Apple Pancakes! 
    Thank you for joining me today! 

    Keep scrolling down to see what all the #FoodieExtravaganza  members made today!

    Here are few other caramel and apple recipes you might enjoy:





    See more pancake ideas for this month's Foodie Extravaganza below, hosted by Caroline of Caroline's Cooking.

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    See more pancake ideas for this month's Foodie Extravaganza below, hosted by Caroline of Caroline's Cooking.

    Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes by Cooking With Carlee
       
  • Buckwheat Pancakes by A Day in the Life on the Farm
  •    
  • Caramel Apple Pancakes by The Freshman Cook
  •    
  • Caramelized Banana Topped Pancakes by cookinandcraftin
  •    
  • Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pancakes by Sew You Think You Can Cook
  •    
  • Churro Pancakes by Cookaholic Wife
  •    
  • Corn Panki / Corn Pancakes by Sneha's Recipe
  •     
  • Heath Bar and Banana Pancakes by Our Good Life
  •    
  • Masala dosa by Caroline's Cooking
  •    
  • Peaches and Cream Crepes by Fearlessly Creative Mammas
  •    
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes by Making Miracles
  •    
  • Silver Dollar Chocolate Chip Pancakes by Hardly A Goddess
  •    
  • Spring Onion Pancakes with Spicy Dipping Sauce by Food Lust People Love

  • If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you’re a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.




    Sunday, September 4, 2016

    Chocolate Football Cookies/ #SundaySupper

    It's football season! For me that means lots of fun foods, like cheesy appetizers, colorful drinks, spicy wings, and these chocolate football cookies! Today we are talking football, or at least football food, which is my favorite part of the game, and these football cookies are a fun treat for any fan! They take some prep and planning, and they are totally worth the time! You can even freeze the cookies once they are cooked. Then just let them thaw before you decorate!


    Chocolate Football Cookies
    (printable recipe)
    Makes 5-6 dozen cookies, depending on size

    Sugar Cookies
    4 3/4 cups Flour
    1/4 cup  Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
    3 teaspoon Baking Powder
    pinch of Salt 
    2 cups Butter, softened
    2 cups Sugar
    2 Eggs
    2 teaspoon Almond Extract 

     Royal Icing
     6 oz. Warm Water
    5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
    1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
    2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar 

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

    In a separate bowl mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Mix in eggs and almond extract. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients, a little at a time, until it is all incorporated and the dough comes together.
    The dough needs to be chilled. Roll a spatula full of dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper. The dough should be 1/4" thick.Cover the dough with parchment paper. Place on a cookie sheet, covered with plastic, into the refrigerator. Do this until all the dough is rolled between pieces of parchment. By the time you are done, the dough you put on the cookie sheet first will be done.
     Start cutting the dough with the cookie cutter. Place the cookies on a baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes. Make the frosting recipe. When cookies are done, let them cool for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
    Fill a decorating bag with frosting. Start decorating the football cookies as shown above. Use a #2 tip for everything. Let dry completely.

    For more detailed directions on making the cookie dough and the frosting, read how I have made them in the past. 
    Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Baking!

    Scroll down the page to see how the rest of the #SundaySupper family is celebrating football this year! Thank you so much to Coleen from The Redhead Baker for hosting today's fun event!


    Appetizers
    Main Dishes
    Side Dishes
    Desserts
    Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

    Thursday, September 1, 2016

    Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!!

    Hi everyone!
    Thanks for stopping by to share and browse!
    Are you as excited as I am that it almost fall? The temperatures have yet to drop
     here in North Carolina. But soon! Very, very soon!
    Link up and share what you have been creating! Can't wait to see everything!

    Here are last weeks 3 most clicked links:

    Crispy Potato Onion Rosti
    from

    3 Easy and Delicious Snacks for Game Day
    from

    Texas Sheetcake - Our Family's Favorite Chocolate Cake
    from

    Congrats to you all!


    Thank you to every one who linked up and to those who stopped by to browse!
    I am always in awe of all the talented and creative people who take the time to share!

    Here are a few ways to make the party fun for everyone: 

    1. It is so much more fun when someone clicks
     on your link and visits your page, so visit other blogs 

    if you can.

    2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
     and I will also pin them to another one of my
     boards that fits the pin.
     Your link up will get tweeted both times also!

    3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature
     your post on social media.  Proper credit is always given.

    Let's get the party started!