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Skillet Shrimp Fried Rice

You don't need to rely on a wok or take-out to enjoy great fried rice.  Simply grab a hot skillet and some cold cooked rice to get that restaurant-style crispness we crave!  Toss in a hearty dose of vegetables and shrimp and you've got a batch of Skillet Shrimp Fried Rice ready for a quick and tasty dinner.

Skillet Shrimp Fried Rice ~ You don't need to rely on a wok or take-out to enjoy great fried rice!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


My favorite thing about getting Chinese take-out for dinner is the egg rolls.  You thought I was going to say the fried rice, didn't you?  Well, truth-be-told, fried rice is a very close second.

Fortunately, we don't have to rely on take-out to enjoy delicious fried rice at home.

Homemade Samoas Bars

No need to wait for "the box" at "cookie time" ~ make your own homemade Samoas Bars and enjoy great Samoas taste any time!  And believe me, making iconic Samoas cookies in bar form is way easier than making the homemade cookies themselves. {Yes, I tried both.}




I am hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't like the iconic Samoas Girl Scout cookie.  They're pretty much up there in Girl Scout notoriety with the Thin Mint, am I right?  But what's a Samoas-lover to do in the off season?  

Well, with this homemade Samoas Bars recipe, there's no need to wait until "cookie time" to enjoy their wonderful flavor.  You can whip up a batch any time!

Homemade Tomato-Mushroom Soup

This hearty homemade Tomato-Mushroom Soup is loaded with fresh mushrooms and full of rich and delicious flavor.  Warm, comforting, and tasty, it's the kind of good food that just makes you feel good all over.

Hearty homemade Tomato-Mushroom Soup is loaded with fresh mushrooms and full of rich and delicious flavor.  Warm, comforting, and tasty, it's the kind of good food that just makes you feel good all over.


"Soup is good food."

Does anyone remember where this slogan comes from?  I'm going to date myself a little bit here, because I certainly do.

Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites

Topped with an easy cheesecake mixture made with strawberry jam, Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites make a fabulous little-bite dessert or treat perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, spring, a tea party, or every-day snacking!
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Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites ~ a fabulous little-bite treat perfect for Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, spring, a tea party, or every-day snacking!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

I'm going to date myself here, but in high school one of my absolute favorite movies was "Pretty In Pink."  I mean, what teenage girl of the '80s could resist those iconic girl-meets-boy brat-pack love stories?  Especially when a prom and puffy pink prom dresses were involved!

To this day ... some 30 years later ... I'm hard-pressed to see something all dressed up in pink without thinking of the movie's theme song of the same name.  Or of Duckie's sweet silliness.

The BEST Hot Chocolate {Slow Cooker or Stove Top}

Whether you whip it up on the stove top or in the slow cooker, this combination of chocolate, milk, and 1/2-&-1/2 makes the BEST Hot Chocolate ... tried, taste-tested and family approved.



A while back, I shared my recipe for Slow Cooker Caramel Hot Chocolate.  And what a mug of total deliciousness that stuff is.

Well making that batch of caramel-infused hot chocolate inspired our 6-year-old daughter and me to wonder, just what does make up the BEST mug of hot chocolate?  Is it the good-old packets of powdered mix you buy in the box at the grocery store?  Or homemade hot chocolate mix?  

Or, is it truly  homemade hot chocolate made with melted chocolate and milk?  If it's the truly homemade kind, does the type of chocolate make a difference?  What about the milk ~ should it be all milk, or all cream?  Or a combination of the two?

So with all these questions in our minds, Little Miss H. and I set about doing some testing and tasting.

Valentine Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Adorn a batch of heart-shaped cookies with candy melts and sprinkles to create these pretty little Valentine Chocolate Sugar Cookies.  They're a perfect simple treat to share the Valentine love!

Valentine Chocolate Sugar Cookies ~ Heart-shaped cookies adorned with candy melts & sprinkles create a perfect simple treat to share the Valentine love!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


Happy February, everyone!  It's that time of year to turn our attention to sharing the Valentine love.  But when it comes to Valentine treats for me, I just don't get into elaborate desserts or super-fancy handmade treats.

No, I'm a simple treats kind of girl.

And I don't feel simple treats show and share my love any less than the more grande ones do!  So when I shared my Chocolate Sugar Cookies earlier this week, I was inspired to take them one simple step further to create just such an easy little Valentine's Day treat.

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