September 29, 2016

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake

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Loaded with fresh apples, iced with boiled caramel topping, and studded with crunchy pecans, Old-Fashioned Apple Cake is one stunningly delicious apple dessert.  But hey, if it happens to grace your breakfast plate too, rest assured we won't judge.
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Old-Fashioned Apple Cake ~ Loaded with fresh apples, iced with boiled caramel topping, & studded with crunchy pecans, this is one stunningly delicious apple dessert.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


Oh, it's apple season!  I just love to cook and bake with apples, and I know so many of you do, too.  From sweet to savory, breakfast to dessert, apples are so versatile and lend themselves beautifully to so many dishes.  It's no wonder they're one of our favorites to cook with and enjoy.

Which is exactly why 10 other blogger friends and I teamed up today for an "Apple Challenge" to each bring you a scrumptious apple recipe.  Be sure to see the list of all 11 "Apple Challenge" recipes at the end of this post and click around to visit the other bloggers' recipes.  There's so much deliciousness to see!

For my "Apple Challenge" recipe, I decided to go the baking route since I love to bake so much.  And also because apples are just so darn tasty in baked goods.

September 26, 2016

Seasoned Black Beans

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For a quick side dish, whip up a pan of these Seasoned Black Beans ~ loaded with flavor, packing a good dose of heat, and on the table in under 15 minutes!
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Seasoned Black Beans ~ a quick side dish loaded with flavor & on the table in under 15 minutes!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


I often get stuck in a rut with my side dishes.  It's easy to do.

When life is crazy with work, school, and activities ... and you find yourself running ragged most days of the week, ... it's easy to simply fall back on the same old sides day-in and day-out.  After all, falling back on the same stuff requires so much less thinking than coming up with a variety of different things, right?

Well in a moment of inspiration to try to break out of the side dish rut, I thumbed through my recipe box the other day.  And can you guess what I stumbled upon?  My recipe for these easy Seasoned Black Beans.  Which got to me to thinking ... I really need to make these more often!

September 21, 2016

Sage Pork Chops, Potatoes & Onions Sheet Pan Supper

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Sage Pork Chops, Potatoes & Onions Sheet Pan Supper ~ Grab your sheet pan and whip up one easy, low-maintenance, & delicious dinner!  It's the oven-roasted version of the one-pot meal.

Sage Pork Chops, Potatoes & Onions Sheet Pan Supper ~ Grab your sheet pan and whip up one easy, low-maintenance, & delicious dinner!  It's the oven-roasted version of the one-pot meal.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


Ahhhhh, sheet pan suppers ... they're the oven-roasted version of the one pot meal.  With your main and side roasted all in the same pan, they're such an easy, versatile, and low-maintenance way to make dinner.  I must say, I'm quite in love with this method of preparing dinner.

Why, you ask?

September 16, 2016

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Dump Cake {& Win a trip to the CMAs!}

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Dump Cake makes it so easy to join together the fabulous Fall flavor combination of pumpkin and chocolate.  It's so good, it'll have you singing your favorite country-song-of-love to it's chocolate-y pumpkin deliciousness! 
Thank you to Martha White® baking mixes for sponsoring this post.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Dump Cake makes it easy to join together the fabulous Fall flavor combination of pumpkin and chocolate.  It's so good, it'll have you singing to it's chocolate-y pumpkin deliciousness!



Are you familiar with Martha White® baking mixes?  A true Southern staple, Martha White® baking mixes offer fabulous flavor and convenience for home bakers to prepare in a pinch.  The mixes make baked goods that taste great, come together quickly and easily, and create a wonderful fast foundation for adding a little personal touch of embellishment.

Martha White® baking mixes are quite versatile, too.  I mean, does this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Dump Cake look like a muffin?



September 14, 2016

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

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Follow these tips on how to make Cream Cheese Frosting to whip up a creamy-textured, perfectly not-too-sweet batch!  Then all you need are a tasty carrot cake or some chocolate cupcakes to go underneath it.  Or on second thought, how about just a big ol' spoon?
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How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting ~ whip up a creamy-textured, perfectly not-too-sweet batch!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


I know I'm about to hear some "boos" on this, but I have to admit I'm not a fan of most frostings.  When it comes to cutting a cake, you won't get any fight from me to get the frosting-loaded corner piece ... or the piece with all the swirly frosting-formed flowers.  Nope.  Just give me a regular-old thin-layer-of-frosting piece.  And sometimes I'm known to even scrape that  off.

For me, most frosting is just plain too sweet.

But with homemade Cream Cheese Frosting?  That's  one frosting I could eat by the spoonful.

September 10, 2016

Sparkling Cosmopolitan

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Sparkling Cosmopolitan ~ Perfect for girls' night in, brunch, or a random Tuesday.  Or, with it's beautiful cranberry base and garnish, for Thanksgiving sipping, too!
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Sparkling Cosmopolitan ~ Perfect for girls' night in, brunch, or a random Tuesday.  Or, with it's beautiful cranberry base and garnish, for Thanksgiving sipping, too!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

It's no secret I love my wine.  When you take a look at the beverage section of my Recipe Index, there's no disputing that. ... The majority of the beverages I've shared are wine-based.

And the majority of those wine-based beverages? ~ They're sparkling!  Oh, how I love my bubbles.  Which makes it no surprise that I absolutely love bubbly cocktails ... like this Sparkling Cosmopolitan.

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