October 5, 2015

Family-Favorite Applesauce Muffins

Our family-favorite Applesauce Muffins are perfect for fall and holiday breakfasts, brunches, and snacks.  Serve up Applesauce Muffins fresh-baked, or make them ahead and freeze so they're one less item on your baking list to worry about!  Thank you to PAM Cooking Spray for sponsoring this post.

Applesauce Muffins ~ our family's favorite muffins!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Baking with the warm flavors of fall and winter is one of my favorite things to do.  With the season's abundance of pumpkin, apples, gingerbread, cinnamon, pecans, and other warm-and-comforting spices, I'm truly in baking heaven.

Loaded with the flavors of applesauce, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves, it's probably no surprise then that I simply adore these Applesauce Muffins.  As does our entire family!  My Mom started baking Applesauce Muffins years and years and years ago, and they quickly became a family favorite.

October 3, 2015

Easy No-Bake Chocolate-Pumpkin Icebox Cake

 Chocolate & pumpkin are so great together!  With chocolate graham crackers & a quick pumpkin mousse, this creamy No-Bake Chocolate-Pumpkin Icebox Cake makes it easy to bring these flavors together in one delicious dessert.  It's a match made in pumpkin lovers' heaven.

No-Bake Chocolate-Pumpkin Icebox Cake ~ chocolate & pumpkin are so great together!  With chocolate graham crackers & a quick pumpkin mousse, this creamy no-bake dessert makes it easy to deliciously bring these flavors together.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

One of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate and pumpkin.  And one of our family's absolute favorite desserts is No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert.  So I'm sure you know exactly where my mind went once the Fall pumpkin cravings hit, right?  

Mmm hmmmm ... My mind said, "It makes perfect sense to join these two favorites together!"  Enter ~ this easy No-Bake Chocolate-Pumpkin Icebox Cake.  And oh.  my.  word. is it good.

September 30, 2015

How to Make 7-Minute Marshmallow Frosting {Step-by-Step}

Perfectly light and fluffy for frosting a rich chocolate cake, deliciously-fun S'mores cupcake or fudgy S'mores pie, see how to make 7-Minute Marshmallow Frosting, step-by-step.

How to Make 7-Minute Marshmallow Frosting {Step-by-Step}   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

When it comes to frosting, my absolute favorite ... hands-down, no question about it ... is 7-Minute Marshmallow Frosting.  Sure, I love a great buttercream or cream cheese frosting.  But for me, they can't hold a candle to 7-Minute Marshmallow Frosting.  Especially when paired with a rich chocolate cake.  Or a deliciously-fun S'mores cupcake or fudgy S'mores pie.  Or heck ... when just eaten straight from a spoon.

There's just something about the light fluffiness of marshmallow frosting I adore.

I learned how to make 7-Minute Marshmallow Frosting from my best friend's Mom ... who frosts the most moist-and-delicious chocolate cake with it, by the way.  And I decided it was time to share the marshmallow deliciousness with all of you ~ step-by-step.

September 28, 2015

Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail


Honey Granules dissolve beautifully in both hot and cold drinks, like this Fall-inspired Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail.  Loaded with the wonderful flavors of apples, cinnamon, and the sweetness of honey, it's just perfect for Fall sipping.

Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail ~ a perfect Fall cocktail!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

For those who know me well, you know I love my bubbles!  When looking through the cocktails I've shared on The Kitchen is My Playground, I realized I hadn't yet shared a sparkling cocktail for Fall.

Well, that ... of course ... just had to be fixed.  And so I bring you this Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail.  Loaded with the wonderful flavors of apples, cinnamon, and the sweetness of honey, it's just perfect for Fall sipping.

When working on this Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail, I did run into one little problem though.

September 21, 2015

Bourbon-Glazed Sweet Potato Muffins {& Enter to Win a Trip to the CMAs!}

Loaded with the flavors of sweet potato, bourbon, and pecans, Bourbon-Glazed Sweet Potato Muffins are beautiful little treats that simply scream The South. Thank you to Martha White® baking mixes for sponsoring this post.

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Bourbon.  Sweet Potatoes.  Pecans.  And Martha White® baking mixes.  Every single one of these things screams The South.   And all these quintessentially Southern things come together in one incredibly beautiful and delicious treat ~ all-dressed-up Bourbon-Glazed Sweet Potato Muffins.

But do you know what else is quintessentially Southern?  Country music, of course!

Which is why it makes perfect sense that the J.M. Smucker Company/Martha White® is launching an exciting partnership between Martha White and the Country Music Association.  In celebration, they're giving YOU the opportunity to enter to win a trip to Nashville and the CMA Awards, courtesy of Martha White baking mixes!!

Bourbon-Glazed Sweet Potato Muffins ~ with Martha White mix  #ad  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

September 19, 2015

Birthday Cake Oreos

It's hard to believe you can make an Oreo better than it already is ... but somehow, dipping them in white chocolate and adorning with fun-&-festive sprinkles indeed does just that.  Decorated with bright sprinkles, Birthday Cake Oreos are perfectly ready to party!  Change up the sprinkles colors for a fun bridal shower or baby shower treat, too.

Birthday Cake Oreos ~ With a dip in white chocolate & sprinkling of bright sprinkles, Oreos are ready to party!  An easy, crowd-pleasing birthday party treat.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com
Okay, everybody ... Warm up those voices and belt out your loudest rendition of "Happy Birthday!"  Because today, my friends, is my birthday.  I can hardly believe it's the 16th anniversary of my 29th birthday.  {Have you got that figured out?}

In celebration of my extra-special day, I decided to have a little birthday cake fun.  Birthday cake of the white-chocolate-dipped made-extra-pretty-and-festive-with-sprinkles Oreo kind.

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