February 26, 2015

How to Make Snow Cream {+ 5 Different Flavors of Snow Ice Cream}

Got a snow day?  Use these flavor ideas and steps for how to make Snow Cream to add a creamy and delicious snow treat to your snowy day plans!

5 Flavors of Snow Cream for Your Next Snow Day

I played in the snow today!  But my kind of playing in the snow is probably a little different than you're thinking.  I didn't make snow angels.  Or go sledding.  Or build a snowman.  Or even have a snowball fight with the neighborhood kids.  {and I certainly didn't help shovel the driveway}.


My kind of playing in the snow was ... to make snow cream!  You know, when you turn snow and a couple of other simple ingredients into a made-from-snow-ice-cream-treat?  And I played today by whipping up five different flavors of snow cream.  Oohhhhhhhh, they were all so good!

When I awoke to this winter wonderland in my backyard this morning ...

February 23, 2015

Classic Southern Deviled Eggs

Creamy classic Southern Deviled Eggs are always a potluck and party favorite.  Bring a plate full to your next potluck, and watch them disappear.

Southern Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs are the quintessential Southern potluck food.  With these group meals where each person brings a dish to share ... literally meaning everyone goes with the "luck of the pot" and eats whatever foods show up ... you can rest assured in the South that at least one person {if not more} will arrive with a big plate full of classic Southern Deviled Eggs.  Certainly, no Southern church potluck meal is complete without them.

February 21, 2015

15 of My Favorite Photos on 'The Blog' & ANNOUNCEMENTS! {4th Bloggiversary}

15 Favorite Photos from The Kitchen is My Playground

Happy 4th Birthday to The Kitchen is My Playground!

The Kitchen is My Playground turned four this month.  I can hardly believe it's been four years since The Kitchen is My Playground came to be ... all because I was stuck in my house for a week by a freakishly huge {for North Carolina} snow storm.  Yes, that's the story of how The Kitchen is My Playground came to be ... On a whim one night because I was bored, I poked around about this thing called 'blogging' ... and unwittingly launched an adventure I could never have anticipated.

And what an amazing adventure it has been! {and will continue to be, I'm sure.}

In celebration of The Kitchen is My Playground turning four, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of my favorite photos on the blog.  So I went through my posts and pulled out 15 of my faves to share.  It was so fun to look back over the four years!

But before we take a look at the photos, I also have two fun blogging announcements to share ...

February 19, 2015

Triple Citrus Sangria

Red wine and brandy combine with fresh lemon, lime, and orange to deliver up refreshing and delicious Triple Citrus Sangria.

Triple Citrus Sangria

I had a completely different post all planned for today.  But then ... I changed my mind.

Because I felt the need to think warm thoughts.  To dream about being on the beach with the hot sun streaming down on me.  To pretend ... if only for just a few minutes ... that summer's almost here.  And what better way to feed my delusion than with a bright and refreshing, ice-cold glass of a perfect-for-summer-sipping drink?

So ... because of my need to indulge in delusion on this amazingly bitter cold day, I'm sharing Triple Citrus Sangria.  And pretending I'm drinking a big ol' glass at the warm and sunny beach.

You see, ...

February 16, 2015

Easy Chocolate Mousse Pie

Thank you to Silk for sponsoring creation of this easy Chocolate Mousse Pie and this post.  Just like Silk Cashewmilk, this pie is irresistibly creamy and delicious!

Easy Chocolate Mousse Pie

To me, one of the world's most perfect flavor matches is chocolate and nuts.  Give me a few chocolate covered almonds, or chocolate covered pecans, or a handful of cashews and chocolate chips mixed together ... and I'm in heaven.  When I need a little pick-me-up or am craving a sweet bite, chocolate and nuts is quite often what I grab.  I love that I get the sweetness of chocolate paired with the plant-based protein of nuts ... it fills me up while simultaneously satisfying my {ever-active} sweet tooth!

Well, want to know a great way to incorporate that perfect chocolate-and-nut flavor match into an easy dessert?  With this easy Chocolate Mousse Pie, of course! ... made with Silk Cashewmilk and topped with a delicious sprinkling of sliced almonds and chopped cashews.

February 12, 2015

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Recipe

Enjoy all your favorite cheeseburger toppings ... on a pizza! ~ with this delicious Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza recipe.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

At night do you have these wonderful dreams of some kind of sensuous treat?  Not zucchini ... fettuccini ... or bulgur wheat ... but a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat?  Do you dream of a cheeseburger in paradise??

Well, how about we replace that big warm bun with a pizza crust?!  That would make this a Cheeseburger Pizza  in Paradise!  With bacon.  

And I think Jimmy Buffett would approve, my friends.

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