January 26, 2013

Chocolate Valentine Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Valentine Kiss Cookies ~ a chocolate, sprinkle-adorned Valentine version of classic peanut butter blossom cookies.  So pretty, and oh so delicious.

Chocolate Valentine Kiss Cookies

It's almost Valentine's Day!  So, have you made some sweet treats for your sweetie yet?  I've whipped up these totally adorable Chocolate Valentine Kiss Cookies.  Aren't they cute?

But I have a confession to make ...

January 25, 2013

20 Party Food Favorites {Playground Round-Up}

20 just perfect for entertaining Party Food Favorites from the The Kitchen is My Playground archives.  Get your party on!
20 Party Food Favorites

It's Playground Round-Up time! ... where I highlight treats from the blog related to a particular theme or ingredient.  So, what's this Round-Up's theme you ask?  Party foods!

'Cause isn't there a big football game coming up or something?  Yeh.  I think maybe there is.

And we all know we love to enjoy our party foods with our football.

So here are 19 party favorites from the Kitchen is My Playground archives and ...

January 22, 2013

3-Ingredient Crescent Sausage Bites

Looking for quick and easy party food?  Three-ingredient Crescent Sausage Bites are super simple and always a party hit!

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Shoooooo!  Cold weather has finally hit down here in the South.  And I.  Don't.  Like it.

Okay, now I know I really don't have anything even remotely close to being okay to complain about.  'Cause, truly, temperatures in the 20s and 30s are not actually cold.  I grew up in Vermont.  I do understand what true cold is.

But now ...

January 20, 2013

Black Bottom Peanut Butter Icebox Pie

Black Bottom Peanut Butter Icebox Pie ~ Creamy peanut butter mousse filling atop a chocolate ganache-lined graham cracker & honey-roasted peanut crust.  Yes, please!

This year for Christmas Eve dessert, Mom decided we would have a 'pie bar.'  Each of us ladies in the family was to bring a pie.  How fun is that??

Except I had the.  hardest.  time.  deciding what pie I was going to bring.  I just couldn't pick from all the amazing pie ideas around!  Finally ... and I do mean finally, after about two weeks of staring at my pile of pie recipes ...

January 18, 2013

Hot Onion Souffle Dip

All it takes is just four simple ingredients to create this crowd-pleasing Hot Onion Souffle Dip.  It's always the hit of the party!
Hot Onion Souffle Dip

Ya know ... sometimes the simplest things are the best things.  Like sleeping in on a Saturday morning.  A leisurely breakfast.  A few minutes sitting in the sunshine.  These are some of life's simple pleasures for me.  Oh, and let's not forget this super-easy, super-tasty, 4-ingredient Hot Onion Souffle Dip!  Yep, for just 4 ingredients ...

January 13, 2013

Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet potato, chickpeas, tahini, and fresh lemon juice combine to create a refreshing hummus twist in this Sweet Potato Hummus.
Sweet Potato Hummus

Before we get to this Sweet Potato Hummus (mmmm hmmmm, you read that right .... Sweet Potato Hummus), I have a funny story from my classroom to share.  One of my little 1st graders absolutely cracked me up this week with what he said ...

January 8, 2013

Nutella No-Bake Cookies

Nutella No-Bake Cookies ~ classic no-bake cookies take on a tasty twist with the addition of Nutella hazelnut spread.

Nutella No-Bake Cookies ~ classic no-bake cookies take on a tasty twist with the addition of Nutella hazelnut spread.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

What is it about classic no-bake cookies that make us all love them so much?  They certainly don't look good ... I mean, they're like little chocolate plops {okay ~ maybe we shouldn't go there}.  But boy, they sure do taste good, don't they?  Which certainly makes their appearance something we can forgive.

 And can I just say? ... When you add Nutella ...

January 1, 2013

Mocha {or Just Coffee} Granola


Before we get into this yummy Mocha Granola, I'd like to put first things first and say ... happy new year, everybody!  I hope that 2013 brings you a year full of health and happiness.

And now, can I just tell you how much of this granola I make every week?  A triple batch.  That's about 15 cups.  15 cups!  That's a lot of granola.  Why do I make so much, you ask? ...

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