October 31, 2012

Individual Veggie Quiche Cups To-Go


I don't know about you, but I get so bored with my breakfast routine.  I mean, I seem to get stuck in a rut of the same-ol'-same-ol' over, and over, and over, and over ... which is further complicated by the fact that I try to eat low-carb for breakfast.  Carbs and I just aren't good friends in the morning.

Well, guess what? ...

October 27, 2012

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins ... 2 fall flavors are perfect together!


It has been an absolutely beautiful fall week in North Carolina!  Well, I guess I shouldn't speak for the entire state ... it is a rather large state ... so, let me rephrase to ... it's been an absolutely beautiful fall week in my part of North Carolina!  And the leaves have really starting coming down in our back yard the past two days.  I swear, like overnight they all just fell.  Yesterday, a back yard of bright green grass ... today, a blanket of orange-and-yellow-and-brown oak leaves.  Fall has fallen!

Which has led me to baking with fall flavors. ...

October 24, 2012

Maple-Fried Apples & Maple-Mustard Pork Tenderloin



Since moving to The South, I've learned that we fry everything down here.  The classic -- fried okra, fried green tomatoes, fried turkey.  The new-to-me-but-I-love-it -- fried squash, fried pickles.  And the okay-who-thought-of-that? -- fried Oreos.  Yes, one of the little local cafes I frequent serves fried Oreos as a dessert. {Oh, and it's totally fabulous! ... in case you were wondering.}

And all these fried things are typically deep-fried.  Ya know, in all kinds of smokin' hot oil that the food-of-choice is completely submerged in until it's a crunchy golden brown, oh-so-delicious-but-no-so-great-for-you bite.

So, when I encountered 'fried apples' on a menu one day, ...

October 20, 2012

Gingerbread Vampires

 
Who says gingerbread men are just for Christmas?  Not these guys.  These gingerbread men cookies have put on their vampire costumes for Halloween!

I wish I could take credit for this clever idea ... but alas, I cannot. 

October 17, 2012

Vermont Maple No-Bake Cookies {Thanks, Tonewood Maple!}


I am a huge fan of maple syrup!  Pure Vermont maple syrup, to be exact.  As many of you already know, I grew up in Vermont.  Since moving to North Carolina (eighteen years ago after finishing college), I still have Vermont maple syrup shipped to me.  For me, there's no substitute.

So when I had the opportunity to try Tonewood Maple's syrup, ...

October 14, 2012

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes {Eating the Alphabet - Letters S or T}

 


You know, when I was mixing up the filling for these Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes, I was completely underwhelmed.  But when I baked them up for their second baking time, something A-MAZING happened!  Yum!  I swear, that second baking time ... when all the flavors got time to meld together ...

October 11, 2012

Nutella Waffles {& two blog milestones!}




It's been a big couple of weeks here at The Kitchen is My Playground, with this little slice of blogland reaching two pretty cool milestones.  At least I think they're pretty cool!

So what are these cool milestones, you ask?  Well, please allow me to share ...

October 5, 2012

Super Easy Tootsie Pop Ghosts




To be honest ... I'm not a Halloween fan.  I think it may have something to do with the fact that I broke my nose on Halloween when I was five years old.  Falling down the stairs wearing my costume we'd made in Kindergarten class.  'Cause I couldn't see the steps over the top of the costume.  'Cause the costume was made out a big cardboard box. 

Yep, missed the top step. ...

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