Peanut Butter Oreo Swirl Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Oreo Swirl

As we wrap up summer, I wanted to share some AMAZING ice cream that I made. Have you seen those Peanut Butter Cup Oreo Cookies? When I saw them I knew that I had to incorporate them into some homemade ice cream. It would be wrong not to. So I used my favorite vanilla ice cream recipe and I added in the crushed up Peanut Butter Cup oreo cookies and a peanut butter sauce to swirl in there. And I have to say this came out better than I ever expected! So here we go – Peanut Butter Oreo Swirl Ice Cream! [Read more...]

Homemade Lemon Oreo Cookie Ice Cream

Lemon Oreo Cookie Ice Cream from One Curly Fry

Since I have a bigger kitchen and a lot more storage space, I’ve been able to play with more of small appliances. The first thing I put to use after we moved was my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker. It’s been years since I’ve made ice cream and it just  made me realize how much I’ve missed it!

As you can probably tell from some of my previous recipes (Lemon FluffLemon Pound Cake with Vanilla IcingBlueberry Lemon Scones, etc.), I’m a huge fan of lemon flavored things. So when I was grocery shopping (online), I came across Lemon Oreo Cookies. I was so excited when I saw them, that I had to buy them. And I knew right then and there what I was going to do with them. Lemon Oreo Cookie Ice Cream. It was a no-brainer. [Read more...]

The Best of Both Worlds – Pecan Pie Brownies

It’s so hard to believe that Thanksgiving came and went so quickly.  Everyone seems to be on Christmas overload already, and I have to say that I’m just not ready yet.  It’s not even December yet! So many people have their Christmas trees up, stores are playing Christmas music, and it’s supposed to snow a little here in Philadelphia tomorrow. I guess sooner or later I’m going to have to get with the program!

I knew I was going to see my sister and my Dad last week so I wanted to make a certain dessert to share with them.

And let me tell you that this dessert was a huge hit.

I’ve shared the recipe with some friends and everyone that made them absolutely loved them.  And it’s because they are absolutely amazing!

Your life will never be the same after you try these Pecan Pie Brownies from Just a Taste. Believe me.

I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly from Just a Taste when I was in Disney World for Food Blog Forum Orlando. She’s so nice and she shared so much valuable information with us! I read her blog and she always has recipes on there that I want to make. She also has an amazing book out titled “Food Blogging for Dummies”.

Right when I saw this recipe on her blog I just knew it would be a hit.

Check out some of the pictures I took while making this recipe; there’s a link to the recipe at the end!

Mmmm, brownie batter.

You know this is going to be good.

Boiling!

Mmm, pecans!

I wanted to eat this with a spoon!

Pour the sugary goodness over the partially cooked Brownies!

Out of the Oven – Letting them cool was very hard when you have no patience!

Getting ready to cut!

Click here for the Pecan Pie Brownie recipe from Just a Taste!

It’s a good thing that this recipe makes two pans of these Pecan Pie Brownies. There was plenty to give away while having some for myself! :)

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The Best Homemade Sweet ‘n Sour Chicken in the Whole Wide World

Sweet 'n Sour Chicken with Fried RiceI’ve learned that Sweet ‘n Sour Chicken is one of those dishes from a Chinese restaurant that is hit or miss. There is this Chinese restaurant near where my old office building was that had THE BEST Sweet ‘n Sour Chicken. They set the bar quite high, because I have yet to find another place that makes it like they do. They deep fry the chicken (heart attack on a plate, anyone?) and then they give you a container full of sweet ‘n sour sauce that has onions, green peppers and pineapple in it. It’s seriously to die for. I’ve had dreams about it. No really. I have.

In the past when I’ve ordered Sweet ‘n Sour Chicken from other restaurants, they only gave me the deep fried Chicken and a little container of sweet ‘n sour sauce. What? That’s it. Where are the onions, green peppers and pineapple? So I’ve just stopped ordering it from any other place but the original restaurant I got it at.  And if  it doesn’t have those items in it, it’s not Sweet ‘n Sour Chicken to me. I got tired of being disappointed and you can bet that I go back to that restaurant just for that dish. So good. [Read more...]

Homemade Granola Bars

So as I was browsing on Pinterest I came across a recipe for some Homemade Granola Bars. I thought they looked pretty good and I had everything on hand so I figured why not trying making them? I knew I would be the only one eating them since the Mister isn’t into Peanut Butter like I am (Don’t ask – I don’t know what is wrong with him!). I threw a few in the freezer so we’ll see how they keep that way!

[Adapted from this recipe]

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ½ cups Rice Krispies
  • 2 cups Oats
  • ¼ cup Mini Chocolate Chips [optional]
  • ½ cup Honey
  • ⅓ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with wax paper. If you’d like chocolate on your bars you can spread some chocolate chips on the bottom of the dish.

Please note: The chocolate chips will melt a bit. I don’t think I’ll add them in the next time. I didn’t feel like they really added that much to the bars.

Place honey and brown sugar in a medium sauce pan.  Heat the mixture over medium heat until it boils; stir constantly. Once it begins to boil, remove from heat.

Stir in the Peanut Butter and the Vanilla until it’s well blended.

Pour your peanut butter & sugar mixture over your dry ingredients. You want to quickly blend the two together until they are well combined. I thought this was the most challenging part! since the larger bowl I would normally use was being occupied!

Press your granola mixture into your prepared dish. I used a sheet of wax paper spread the granola evenly and to compact it down. Set the pan aside to cool completely.  Once they are cooled,  cut the bars and wrap individually!

I thought these bars were pretty good! I definitely like them better than the ones (Quaker, etc) you buy from the grocery store. I think the next time I would cut the Rice Krispies down a 1/2 cup (and use 2 cups). I felt like they could be a bit moister.  If you look at the original recipe you will see they add a few more ingredients in there, but I didn’t want to add those items. And like I mentioned before the next time I’d leave the chocolate chips out.

If you want some chocolate with your granola bar you could always melt some chocolate chips and lightly coat one side of the granola bar with the chocolate. That would probably look prettier than the melted globs of mini chocolate chips. It wasn’t all that pretty so I didn’t take a picture of that side! :)

I’m sure you could also change up the flavors a bit to suit your tastes.  Imagine Nutella in place of the Peanut Butter?! Oh the possibilities are endless…