Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mini Shamrock Pie / #Pi Day

Today is March 14, which means that it is also Pi Day! 3.14! So I joined up with some other bloggers to celebrate this day, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, by making pie!

This Mini Shamrock Pie is a tasty, fun way to celebrate not only Pi day, but also St. Patrick's Day! The recipe calls for store bought pie shells, with homemade filling, making this Pi Day dessert, simple, quick, fun and tasty! 

Mini Shamrock Pie
(printable recipe at end of post)

1/2 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
2 cups Milk
2 Egg Yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons Butter
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
Green Food Color
1 sheet frozen Pie Pastry
small shamrock cookie cutter
4 Pre made 5" Pie Shells
Leprechaun Sprinkles 

In preparation for this recipe, have your ingredients, on the counter, measured and ready to use. Place your egg yolks in a medium bowl, to accommodate 1 cup of liquid.

Combine sugar, cornstarch and milk in a medium saucepan. Cook, stirring the entire time over medium heat until it becomes thick and bubbly. Once it is bubbly, cook for 2 minutes more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Measure 1 cup of the mix to the egg yolk and mix together. 
 Pour the egg mix into the pan with the rest of the milk mixture.
Cook and stir 2 minutes more.
Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the butter and vanilla until combined.
Add green food coloring, and mix until combined. I used liquid food color for this recipe, but you could also use paste color.
Pour pudding in to a bowl and cover with plastic. Place plastic on the surface of the pudding, to prevent air from getting to it. Chill in fridge.
While your pudding is chilling, unroll 1 sheet of the pie crust and cut out small shamrocks. Bake for 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees.
Bake the pie shells according to the package directions.
Let the pie crusts cool.
Fill the pie crusts with the pudding. Decorate with sprinkles. Decorate the cut shamrocks with sprinkles by spraying a little water on the crust, then pouring sprinkles on the crust. Let dry.

Thanks so much for stopping by to celebrate Pi day with me! 
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Mini Shamrock Pie

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 Egg Yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • Green Food Color
  • 1 sheet frozen Pie Pastry
  • small shamrock cookie cutter
  • 4 Pre made 5" Pie Shells
  • Leprechaun Sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In preparation for this recipe, have your ingredients, on the counter, measured and ready to use. Place your egg yolks in a medium bowl, to accommodate 1 cup of liquid.
  2. Combine sugar, cornstarch and milk in a medium saucepan. Cook, stirring the entire time over medium heat until it becomes thick and bubbly. Once it is bubbly, cook for 2 minutes more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  3. Measure 1 cup of the mix to the egg yolk and mix together.
  4. Pour the egg mix into the pan with the rest of the milk mixture.
  5. Cook and stir 2 minutes more.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the butter and vanilla until combined.
  7. Add green food coloring, and mix until combined. I used liquid food color for this recipe, but you could also use paste color.
  8. Pour pudding in to a bowl and cover with plastic. Place plastic on the surface of the pudding, to prevent air from getting to it. Chill in fridge.
  9. While your pudding is chilling, unroll 1 sheet of the pie crust and cut out small shamrocks. Bake for 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees.
  10. Bake the pie shells according to the package directions.
  11. Let the pie crusts cool.
  12. Fill the pie crusts with the pudding. Decorate with sprinkles. Decorate the cut shamrocks with sprinkles by spraying a little water on the crust, then pouring sprinkles on the crust. Let dry.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Southwest Breakfast Spinach Wrap / #SundaySupper

Sometimes I feel as if breakfast is the toughest meal of the day to create something that is different, delicious, good-for you, and to make it something my family would want and enjoy. However, this Southwest Breakfast Spinach Wrap may just be the answer. The best thing about making this wrap is that parts of it are made ahead of time, and really all you are doing when you are ready to eat; in the wee morning hours, is putting it all together! 
One of the main things I love about this wrap is that I use pork in the recipe. But not just any pork. I used pork tenderloin, and it is awesome! I love pork for any meal, but I think it works great for breakfast, and the fact that it is tenderloin is just a bonus, because I found it at a great price, and I couldn't say no!
 Southwest Breakfast Spinach Wrap
(printable recipe at end of post)

1/4 cup Black Beans (cooked or canned)
4 ounces Shredded Pork Tenderloin
Garlic Powder
Ground Pepper 
4 ounces Fresh Spinach Leaves
Monterrey Jack Cheese (shredded)
2-3 Egg Whites
1 Green Spinach Herb Tortilla
1/2 Ripe Avocado
1 scoop Reduced Fat Sour Cream 


Cook the black beans according to package directions. Let them cool. If you would prefer, use canned beans and skip this step.

Slice the pork into approx. 1/4" thick pieces. Cook on the stove top in a skillet, on medium heat. Sprinkle the pork with garlic powder and ground pepper. Pork should be cooked to 145℉.  This is something you can do the night or day before making the wraps. Let pork cool a bit and then shred pork by pulling it apart. Keep in covered container overnight. 
Take 10-15 leaves of spinach, pull the stems off, and chop the spinach into small bite size pieces. Place the shredded pork, beans, and spinach in the skillet, and heat ingredients over medium heat.
Add the cheese and cook some more until it is melted.
While the cheese is melting, scramble the egg whites in another frying pan.
Start putting the tortilla together. Melt a tiny bit of butter in the pan, place the tortilla in it, with a little bit of cheese. Use as much or as little as you want. Let the cheese melt slightly as the tortilla starts to toast lightly. 
Add the pork and spinach mix to the tortilla. Roll the tortilla tightly. If you have difficulty rolling it in the skillet, remove it to a cutting board, roll, and place back in pan. Turn in pan as the tortilla browns.
Sprinkle more cheese on to the top of the wrap.
To help the cheese melt quickly, cover the pan with foil lightly wrapped around the plate. 
Garnish with avocado chunks and a scoop of sour cream. Slice wrap in half and have a great morning! 
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Southwest Breakfast Spinach Wrap

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup Black Beans (cooked or canned)
  • 4 ounces Shredded Pork Tenderloin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Pepper
  • 4 ounces Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • Monterrey Jack Cheese (shredded)
  • 2-3 Egg Whites
  • 1 Green Spinach Herb Tortilla
  • 1/2 Ripe Avocado
  • 1 scoop Reduced Fat Sour Cream

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook the black beans according to package directions. Let them cool. If you would prefer, use canned beans and skip this step.
  2. Slice the pork into approx. 1/4" thick pieces. Cook on the stove top in a skillet, on medium heat. Sprinkle the pork with garlic powder and ground pepper. Pork should be cooked to 145℉. This is something you can do the night or day before making the wraps. Let pork cool a bit and then shred pork by pulling it apart. Keep in covered container overnight.
  3. Take 10-15 leaves of spinach, pull the stems off, and chop the spinach into small bite size pieces. Place the shredded pork, beans, and spinach in the skillet, and heat ingredients over medium heat.
  4. Add the cheese and cook some more until it is melted.
  5. While the cheese is melting, scramble the egg whites in another frying pan.
  6. Start putting the tortilla together. Melt a tiny bit of butter in the pan, place the tortilla in it, with a little bit of cheese. Use as much or as little as you want. Let the cheese melt slightly as the tortilla starts to toast lightly.
  7. Add the pork and spinach mix to the tortilla. Roll the tortilla tightly. If you have difficulty rolling it in the skillet, remove it to a cutting board, roll, and place back in pan. Turn in pan as the tortilla browns.
  8. Sprinkle more cheese on to the top of the wrap.
  9. To help the cheese melt quickly, cover the pan with foil lightly wrapped around the plate.
  10. Garnish with avocado chunks and a scoop of sour cream. Slice wrap in half and have a great morning!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!


Hi! and thanks for dropping by today! 
Last week was a fun week with lots of great link ups and we had some new blogs join us. I hope it was fun for everyone!


Here are last weeks 3 most clicked on links: 

Rainbow Waffle Bar
from

100 Finger Food Recipes
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Bug Bows
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Magical Green Leprechaun Dessert Dip!

It is always fun to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with food and it is even more fun when the food is green! A few weeks ago I found some chocolate graham cracker sticks at the grocery, and I have been anxiously waiting to use them in this Magical Green Leprechaun Dessert Dip! This dip comes together quickly, and it is very tasty, and slightly addicting! It would make a great addition to a St. Patrick's Day celebration, and you might even catch a Leprechaun!
Magical Green Leprechaun Dessert Dip
(printable recipe at end of post)

1 cup Heavy Duty Whipping Cream
2 tablespoons Sugar
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
8 ounces Mascarpone Cheese, softened
2 tablespoons Vanilla
Kelly Green Food Color
Chocolate Graham Cracker Sticks
Gold Sprinkles

Whip the whipping cream, adding the sugar as it whips, until it is stiff. Set aside.
Whip the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese together with a mixer. 
Add the whipping cream to the cream cheese and mascarpone.  Mix in the vanilla, and the green food color.
Sprinkle top of dish with gold, sparkly sprinkles. Serve with chocolate graham cracker sticks. Have fun! 
Thanks for stopping by today!


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Magical Green Leprechaun Dessert Dip

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 40 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Heavy Duty Whipping Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces Mascarpone Cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla
  • Kelly Green Food Color
  • Chocolate Graham Cracker Sticks
  • Gold Sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Whip the whipping cream, adding the sugar as it whips, until it is stiff. Set aside.
  2. Whip the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese together with a mixer.
  3. Add the whipping cream to the cream cheese and mascarpone. Mix in the vanilla, and the green food color.
  4. Sprinkle top of dish with gold, sparkly sprinkles. Serve with chocolate graham cracker sticks. Have fun!
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!
Thank you for dropping by today!
I am so excited that you are here, and I am anxious to see what has been keeping you busy creating things!

Here are last weeks 3 most clicked links:

 How To Make a Hologram
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Creamy Mushroom and Pork Chop Rice Casserole
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Let's get to the fun!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Double Chocolate Mini Cakes

What do you do when you want a special dessert for your anniversary, but you are dieting and don't want to over indulge? You make these Double Chocolate Mini Cakes, use two of them and put the rest in the freezer! 
A couple weeks ago, a friend asked me to make a special dessert for her husband to go with the dinner she was preparing. Her only request-No leftovers! She only wanted enough dessert so that she and her husband would eat it after dinner, and there would be no more to snack on, so they could get right back to their dieting. I completely understood! 
So I came up with these Double Chocolate Mini Cakes, and they were a hit! These cakes might be mini, but they pack an incredibly indulgent punch that will satisfy any chocolate craving! I topped them with a double chocolate drizzled strawberry because, well, it's a double chocolate drizzled strawberry!!! Hope you like this!

Double Chocolate Mini Cakes
{printable recipe at end of post}  
 1 cup Butter
3 cups Sugar
4 Eggs-divided
1 cup Cocoa Powder
4 cups Flour
3 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 cups Buttermilk
2 teaspoon Vanilla
Strawberries (1 small berry for each cake)
Milk Chocolate (1 cup melted )
White Chocolate (1/2 cup chips)

Preheat oven to 350℉.

Prep your baking pan by applying shortening or pan prep to each individual cake cavity. The pan I used has bottoms that are removable, but this recipe will also work in a mini cupcake pan. You will not need to flour the pan.
Cream the butter until it is thick and creamy. Add sugar a little at a time, until it is light and fluffy.

Divide the eggs. Place the whites to the side. Whisk the yolks, then add to the mixing bowl and mix together.
Pour the cocoa powder into a separate bowl. A bowl that has measurements on it will work best. Add just enough water to make a thick paste. Mix together until smooth. The amount of water you will use will vary depending on the type of cocoa powder. Start off by using a very small amount, adding more until you are satisfied that it is thick and paste like.
Now add more water until you have 2 cups of the cocoa mix. 
Mix the cocoa mix in with the creamed butter, sugar and egg yolks. Take the egg whites that you set aside earlier, and beat until they have stiff peaks. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, add the vanilla and the buttermilk. Start adding the flour mix to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk.  Mix thoroughly. Fold in the egg whites. 
 Fold batter into your prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. When done, remove from pan and cool completely.
Chop up chocolate and melt in a double boiler. Melt white chocolate also. I used Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate, and their white chocolate chips.
Wash and dry strawberries. Place on tray. Using a fork or knife, drizzle milk chocolate over strawberries. Place tray in fridge. Once milk chocolate has set, drizzle white chocolate over berries. Let set.
Once cakes are cooled, slice them in half as shown. Place a large spoonful of melted chocolate on top of the bottom piece. Top it, then place another large spoonful on top of it. Let it drizzle down the side.
Decorate the plate with drizzled chocolate and serve to those you love!
Thanks for joining me today!


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Double Chocolate Mini Cakes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 4 Eggs-divided
  • 1 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Strawberries (1 small berry for each cake)
  • Milk Chocolate (1 cup melted )
  • White Chocolate (1/2 cup chips)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Prep your baking pan by applying shortening or pan prep to each individual cake cavity. The pan I used has bottoms that are removable, but this recipe will also work in a mini cupcake pan. You will not need to flour the pan.
  3. Cream the butter until it is thick and creamy. Add sugar a little at a time, until it is light and fluffy.
  4. Divide the eggs. Place the whites to the side. Whisk the yolks, then add to the mixing bowl and mix together.
  5. Pour the cocoa powder into a separate bowl. A bowl that has measurements on it will work best. Add just enough water to make a thick paste. Mix together until smooth. The amount of water you will use will vary depending on the type of cocoa powder. Start off by using a very small amount, adding more until you are satisfied that it is thick and paste like.
  6. Now add more water until you have 2 cups of the cocoa mix.
  7. Mix the cocoa mix in with the creamed butter, sugar and egg yolks. Take the egg whites that you set aside earlier, and beat until they have stiff peaks. Set aside.
  8. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, add the vanilla and the buttermilk. Start adding the flour mix to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix thoroughly. Fold in the egg whites
  9. Fold batter into your prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. When done, remove from pan and cool completely.
  10. Chop up chocolate and melt in a double boiler. Melt white chocolate also. I used Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate, and their white chocolate chips.
  11. Wash and dry strawberries. Place on tray. Using a fork or knife, drizzle milk chocolate over strawberries. Place tray in fridge. Once milk chocolate has set, drizzle white chocolate over berries. Let set.
  12. Once cakes are cooled, slice them in half as shown. Place a large spoonful of melted chocolate on top of the bottom piece. Top it, then place another large spoonful on top of it. Let it drizzle down the side.
  13. Decorate the plate with drizzled chocolate and serve to those you love!
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