January 23, 2017

Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzels

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Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzels ~ the warm and comforting taste of cinnamon-sugar is transported into a deliciously crunchy snacking treat.  Whip up a batch of these salty-sweet little bites for any party, game-day get-together, or for just plain everyday snacking!

Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzels ~ the warm & comforting taste of cinnamon-sugar is transported into a deliciously crunchy snacking treat.  Whip up a batch of these salty-sweet little bites for any party, game-day get-together, or for just plain everyday snacking!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


Cinnamon lovers, raise your hand!  Because I have the perfect little snack for you.

And oh yes, my hand is up, too.

I love any and all things cinnamon.  Perhaps it has to do with the flavor of cinnamon-sugar holding fond memories for me all the way back to my early childhood years.

January 18, 2017

German Chocolate Cheesecake { & GIVEAWAY!}

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Love German chocolate cake?  Give German Chocolate Cheesecake a try!  Creamy chocolate cheesecake is baked atop an Oreo crumb crust and topped with the classic coconut-pecan topping from the ever-popular German chocolate cake.  The result is one very tasty cheesecake, indeed.

Love German chocolate cake?  Give German Chocolate Cheesecake a try!  Creamy chocolate cheesecake is baked atop an Oreo crumb crust and topped with the classic coconut-pecan topping from the ever-popular German chocolate cake.  The result is one very tasty cheesecake, indeed.


You know, there are many who say not to get a woman an appliance as a gift.  I certainly beg to differ.

One of the sweetest gifts my husband ever got me was my KitchenAid Stand Mixer.  And as an avid baker, I was thrilled to receive such a wonderfully thoughtful and incredibly helpful kitchen appliance.  I know I would now be completely lost in my kitchen without it!  Consider this one woman who loves  getting a great appliance as a gift.

So in celebration of the new year, I've teamed up with several other blogger friends to offer YOU the chance to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, too.  Or hey, if you'd rather have cash, you can choose a $300 Amazon gift card instead.  Happy New Year!!


January 14, 2017

Easy Supreme French Bread Pizza

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Looking for a perfect game-day snack or quick-&-easy dinner idea to add to your arsenal?  Look no further than this easy Supreme French Bread Pizza.  Loaded with great taste and ready in under 20 minutes start-to-finish, it's sure to become a family favorite!

Easy Supreme French Bread Pizza ~ perfect for game-day snacking or an easy weeknight dinner! Loaded with great taste & ready in under 20 minutes.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


Since becoming a Mom last January, I have constantly been on the lookout for easy, tasty recipes to add to my need-to-make-dinner-quick arsenal.  Because as many of you know, when you add a kid to the mix, your already-busy schedule becomes oh so much busier!

And when that kid takes the word "hangry" to a new level?  Having a storehouse of quick and easy dinner recipes becomes even that much more necessary.

Enter ... one of my new favorites ...

January 11, 2017

Classic Homemade Chex Mix

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Nothing beats homemade taste.  So when that craving for a salty-crunchy snack hits, skip the grocery store aisle and whip up some tasty classic Homemade Chex Mix yourself!

Classic Homemade Chex Mix ~ Nothing beats homemade taste! When that craving for a salty-crunchy snack hits, skip the grocery store aisle & whip up this classic yourself.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


Think back.  Way, way back.  Do you remember a time before pre-made Chex Mix was available to buy in the stores?  A time before, when that crunchy-salty craving hit, all you had to do was toss a bag of this beloved snack mix in your grocery cart?

A time when you actually had to bake up a batch of Chex Mix yourself?

January 9, 2017

Slow Cooker Ham & Corn Chowder

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Slow Cooker Ham & Corn Chowder is a deliciously hearty and creamy meal perfect for sharing together as a family.  Thank you to Taste of Home and their new "100 Family Meals" cookbook for sharing the recipe, and for sponsoring this post.
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Slow Cooker Ham & Corn Chowder is a deliciously hearty and creamy meal perfect for sharing together as a family.


Well here we are at the start of another new year ~ Happy 2017, everyone!

As with many of us, the start of the year has me thinking about what I'd like to get better at in the coming year.  It's a great time for reflection, don't you think?  This year, one thing I'm resolving is to share even more meals together as a family.  Yes, even though I'm a food blogger and am cooking all  the time, hectic schedules still make it tough to gather around the table as a family sometimes.

Thanks to Taste of Home, I've found a fabulous resource to help me with this resolution ~ their new "100 Family Meals" cookbook.

Slow Cooker Ham & Corn Chowder from Taste of Home's "100 Family Meals" cookbook.

January 5, 2017

Addictively Delicious Cajun Pretzels

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Cajun Pretzels ~ mini pretzel twists seasoned with Old Bay, Ranch seasoning, and cayenne pepper.  They're addictively delicious!
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Cajun Pretzels ~ mini pretzel twists seasoned with Old Bay, Ranch seasoning, and cayenne pepper.  They're addictively delicious!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com



Well folks, we're just one month away from the Superbowl.  Yes, we're only a month away from my absolute favorite sporting event.  And you know, I actually love to watch the game, not just the commercials. Though I must admit I do enjoy the commercials, too.

Since it's looking like my team, the Carolina Panthers, isn't going to make it to the big game this year, I'm going to have to figure out who I'll be routing for.  But one thing I'm already sure of is we'll have lots of great game-day food to snack on!  Like these addictively delicious spicy pretzels.

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