Friday, December 19, 2014

Oreo Snowmen Pops

How cute (and easy!) are these Oreo Snowmen Pops?!

Just dip your Oreos in melted white chocolate and decorate. Click on the link above for the step-by-step tutorial from RedStarRecipe. These would be great to take to a potluck or for a school or office party.

So what's your go-to recipe for the holidays?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Cutest!

HOW TO GET A GIRLFRIEND is written by kindergarten students. This book of advice would be such a fun gift for any kids or single guy. It is the cutest book I have seen in a long time!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Artichoke ... Things #vegetarian

I guess these are quesadillas. We had stuff left over, so I made these ... things.

Those are halved artichoke hearts, seitan not-chicken bits, mushrooms, and an Italian 3-cheese mix between flour tortillas.

Very delicious. Looks kinda naughty, too, which is always a plus.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, December 12, 2014

Caramel Hot Chocolate

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Caramel Hot Chocolate

Doesn't this look delicious? I could sure cuddle up with a mug of this. I got this recipe from Cooking Classy. To see the entire tutorial and read the story behind the recipe, click on the link to visit Jaclyn's blog.

In the meantime, here is the recipe:

Yield: 2 Servings (recipe can easily be doubled)
  • 2 cups milk, preferably whole
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (I recommend Ghirardelli)*
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce, recipe link follows
  • Sweetened whipped cream or vanilla marshmallows
  • Grated chocolate for garnish, optional
  • Caramel Sauce, recipe and step by step tutorial HERE (just leave the salt out if you don't want salted)
  • Prepare caramel sauce according to directions listed and allow to cool slightly. Heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once milk is warm, stir in chocolate chips and caramel, and cook whisking constantly until chocolate has melted. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm topped, topped with sweetened whipped cream or miniature marshmallows, drizzle each serving with 1 Tbsp caramel sauce and garnish with grated chocolate if desired.
  • *For a richer hot chocolate, you can use up to 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips and mix in more caramel sauce as well if desired.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Can't Wait!

If you loved this book as a kid, I have good news! It is going to be made into a Disney movie. For those who have not read A WRINKLE IN TIME, it is a time travel tale of two kids searching for their missing afather and his lab partner. I cannot wait to see it on screen! What childhood favorite would you like to see made into a movie?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Easy Peasy Broccy Cheesy #vegetarian

I wanted supper and I wanted it fast and I wanted it simple. We'd had a big lunch, so I also wanted it fairly light but, you know, not too light.

So I made this. 

I cut up some broccoli -- stems and florets, because we like the stems. Brought some salted water to boil, and dumped in the broccoli and some wide egg noodles and cooked them for eight minutes or so, then drained them. Stirred in some vegan margarine and 3-cheese Italian cheese blend until the cheese melted.

That's hominy on the side. WE LIKE HOMINY, OKAY?

It was ver' tasty.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, December 5, 2014

Pizza Roll Ups

Pizza Roll Ups from @amandaformaro
Pizza Roll Ups

This recipe from Amanda's Cooking is so quick and easy! If you suddenly need to feed hungry kids or want a quick snack, you're good to go. (Click on the link above for step-by-step, photographed instructions.)

  • 1 can refrigerator pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasonings
  • garlic salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9x9 square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Lightly flour work surface and remove pizza dough from can. Unroll to a rectangle and spread with pizza sauce. Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese and then with the Parmesan cheese.
  3. Starting from the long end, roll up dough and wrap in parchment. Place in freezer for 15 minutes to chill.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small bowl.
  5. Remove dough log from freezer and slice into 1 1/2″ discs. Place in prepared pan, slice side up. Brush tops with melted butter, then season lightly with garlic salt and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  6. Place in oven and bake 22-27 minutes. Rolls are done when crust is lightly browned and cheese and sauce are bubbly.