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Brownie of the Month – S’mores Brownies

Brownie of the Month – S’mores Brownies

SmoresBrownieI love brownies so very much!  My two favorite renditions of brownies are mint and s’mores.  When my mom makes her homemade peppermint brownies I cannot deny a bite (or two or three…).  I also have a huge weakness for s’mores flavored anything and if they are s’mores brownies I’m sunk!  I love s’mores, one of my favorite summer desserts – I’ll look for any excuse to roast marshmallows and then to combine that with a brownie?!  Oh my!  I would not be able to turn them down!  This month I’m featuring an awesome recipe on Pinterest of a S’mores Brownie.  I’ve not had the chance to make these yet, but I know they will be amazing!
Check out these yummy S’mores Brownies from Like Mother, Like Daughter, don’t these look so good?

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January 26, 20162 commentsRead More
I LOVE Brownies

I LOVE Brownies

chocolate-dessert-brownies-cakeIt’s no secret, I love brownies.  I mean, I LOVE them.  A lot.  I love all different shapes, colors, flavors, it doesn’t really matter actually, if it’s a brownie I’ll try them, and most likely LOVE them!  Most of my friends know this about me.  In fact, I think the perfect dinner is pizza and brownies.  YUMMY!  I love them so much that I tend to remember big life events around if there were brownies included.  Perfect example – when my first son, Coen, was born I remember the day that my big brother met him for the very first time.  While Ryan held him, we ate these amazing, peppermint brownies that my mom makes for me on very special occasions.  Silly, I know – but that special life event was punctuated in my brain by those brownies.

Yes, I’ve been told that I’m slightly crazy.  I have fond memories of childhood that include making brownies with my mom in our ‘all things cow’ kitchen, and I would lick more of the batter than I was allowed.  Once they were cooked I would sneak a bite every chance I got when my mom wasn’t looking!  I really do love brownies, and I love that my closest family and friends know just how much I love them.  In fact, a few of them get a kick out surprising me with a unique flavor that they either made or found somewhere.

Since I love brownies so much, I decided that it’s about time I show some of my most favorite recipes that I’ve found, tried, or collected on Pinterest.  I plan to start featuring a great recipe that I’ve tried myself, but for now, here is my Pinterest board full of lots of tantalizing brownie recipes for all you brownie lovers out there!  Please share any links you have to your favorite brownie recipes – there is always room for more on my board!  Enjoy!


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November 2, 20150 commentsRead More
Dump Salad Recipe

Dump Salad Recipe

Yeah, ok, so this may sound gross, but it’s a super delicious salad!  I like to call this my Dump Salad because it’s loaded dumpSaladwith wholesome goodies that are also leftovers from several other dinners cooked last week!  :) You must try this and let me know what you think!


Dump Salad:

  • Red or Green leaf lettuce – washed and ready to eat
  • 2 slices of crispy Bacon
  • Crispy chunks of cooked red potatoes
  • Blue Cheese chunks
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Avocado slices
  • 1 Hard-boiled egg
  • Bacon Dressing

Bacon Dressing:  This is super easy to make – I like to cook my bacon slices on a roaster pan with slats in my oven so all the bacon drippings drip to the bottom pan.  After I cook the bacon I reserve all the drippings and pour them into a sauce pan and add a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar and crumble 1 slice of bacon into the mixture.  Heat until it boils and you are done! It’s amazing and tastes so good on the salad.  A little goes a LONG way too!20150901_121351

The salad is super easy to throw together, especially if you have made some of the other items days earlier for other recipes.  I like to use bacon in a lot of recipes, so I’ll cook up a whole package and try to use the rest throughout the week when I need an extra crunch.  We also keep a lot of hard-boiled eggs on hand for the whole week to grab as a quick protein packed snack and my kids love them in their lunches.  The red potatoes are a regular side item in our house for dinners, so I just usually make a little extra any time I make them so we can use them in this salad, or as a side along with scrambled eggs for breakfast in the morning.  When all these things are on hand, this is a really easy lunch salad to throw together!

Keep in mind, you can “dump” other things on this salad from your leftovers, some sliced chicken, or ham, might be really nice.  You can also experiment with different cheeses, like feta and maybe some olives and pepperoni slices would be yummy as well.  There are so many ways you can go with this idea of a Dump Salad, so have fun and experiment!

Hope you love it as much as I do!  Try it out and let me know what you think, and let me know if you made any substitutions!  I’d love to know what combination of ingredients you like best!  Hugs!



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September 2, 20150 commentsRead More
Katrina’s Homemade Granola

Katrina’s Homemade Granola

Nothing tastes better in the morning, or mid-afternoon, or even a late night snack than a hearty bowl of homemade granola!  For some of the ingredients I’m a bit spoiled because my father-in-law brings me the BEST local, raw honey from Montana when he comes out for a visit and it’s TASTY!  I make all sorts of different versions of granola based off what ingredients I have in my pantry at the time, but here is my basic go-to recipe:









Katrina’s Homemade Granola

  • 2 cartons of any type of oats – 180z each
  • 1 cup of peanuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 coconut
  • 1/3 cup chia seed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup local, raw honey
  • 2 cups natural peanut butter

Combine all the dry ingredients and stir with a big spoon in a large bowl.  Mix the wet ingredients in a different bowl and Igranola3 like to heat it up in the microwave for 30 seconds, it helps them mix up better.  Then stir the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients.  I like to use my hands to mix it up well!  Then pour into 2-4 bar pans and bake for 30 mins at 375 degrees.  Make sure to stir your granola after it has cooked for 15mins.  Once baked, let sit out until it completely cools.  I then put my granola in a big cereal tupperware bin I have.  This makes a decent amount of granola – but for my family of 5, it usually lasts about 2 weeks at the most!  Makes for a great breakfast meal or for a snack!

You could also subsititute the honey with apple juice, or even orange juice – but it won’t come out as sweet.  I’ve added chocolate chips by the handful (after it’s cooked of course) for a sweet treat late at night, and I’ve also used different types of nuts like cashew, walnuts, etc.  You can leave out the coconut, but I love how it tastes.  I like to use the big shreds of it that I found at Sprouts (which has not added sugar).





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August 2, 20150 commentsRead More