Caramel S’mores Cookie Cups

caramel smores cookie cups

Chocolate chip cookie cups with a caramel center, topped with toasted marshmallow, and chocolate. It’s pure decadence neatly packaged in a mini cupcake liner.  These Caramel S’mores Cookie Cups are super easy to make and are always a favorite at parties. My friend Remil brought these bite size pieces of sweet goodness to my annual cookie exchange last year and I have been in love ever since.   With some trial and error I recreated these for Brandon’s 1st birthday and several times for potlucks.  They never disappoint.

caramel smores cookie cups

It’s pretty hard to resist warm caramel incased in chocolate chip cookie and topped with toasted marshmallow and chocolate.

 

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Can It Forward Day 2014 & Giveaway

international can it forward day 2014

Saturday, August 16th is the 1st International Can It Forward Day with events taking place in the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa.  Bravo’s Top Chef Hugh Acheson is the host this year and will be sharing his expertise with all of us during his live canning demonstration webcast.  Can It Forward Day is a great opportunity to learn about the art of canning and the experts really break down the process and make canning less daunting.

With the help of Can It Forward last year I made a delicious pear and vanilla bean jam.  I get a lot of requests for this jam.  I’m down to my very last jar, I will need to make a batch very soon.

Pear & Vanilla Bean Jam

You can learn more about the event at Fresh Preserving: International Can It Forward Day.

Here’s the schedule of events:

  • 10:00am – Pepper Jelly demonstration by Chef Sara featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker
  • 10:45am – Tips on urban gardening & herb preservation
  • 11:00am – Peach Siracha Jam demonstration by Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars
  • 11:30am – Crafting in Ball jars with staff from Martha Stewart Living
  • 11:45am – Hugh Acheson Preserving and Mixology demonstrations
  • 1:15pm – Special Mixology demonstration with local mixologists
  • 1:30pm – Salsa Verde demonstration by Chef Sarah featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System

Share your favorite Can-It-Forward Day moments with friends via social media with the hashtag #canitforward.

 

To help celebrate International Can It Forward Day we are giving away a few wonderful Ball products:

Ball Green Heritage Jars

The New Limited Edition Spring Green Heritage Collection Jars (2 cases – pint and quart):  These beautiful green jars are a limited edition and are only being produced in 2014.  So get them while you can.  It a gorgeous shade of green and adds a vibrant pop of color.  It’s great for displaying flowers and canning.  I love these jars and used them at Brandon’s 1st Birthday Party.

blue green polka dot paper straws mason jars

Fresh Herb Keeper

Fresh Herb Keeper:  Keeps herbs fresh for up to two weeks in a container that is assessable on the counter.

Ball dried herb jars

Dry Herb Jars:  A beautiful and functional way to store dried herbs and seasonings.

Ball frozen herb cubes

Frozen Herb Starters:  A great day to preserve your herbs and seasonings by freezing it in cubes filled with butter or oil.  A great day to add flavor to dishes!

Ball 5 blade herb scissors

5 Blade Herb Scissors:  How cool are these. Chiffonade-ing basil will be a breeze!

Ball 2014 Blue Book

Ball Blue Book:  125 pages of all you need to know about preserving:  instructions, method and recipes!

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Brandon turns one!

birthday smash cake
I can’t believe that a year has flown by and now my little baby is one! Brandon has grown and changed so much over the last year. He continues to amaze us with his warm smile, sweet hugs and his sense of wonder and curiosity. We threw a golf themed birthday party for Brandon. It was nice to celebrate this milestone with our friends and family.  A very special thank you to Cathy of Gastronomy Blog for capturing the day through her beautiful photography.  All the photos for this post are from the talented Cathy.

I made a vanilla smash cake for Brandon and topped it with Skip to My Lou’s birthday cake bunting printable. Brandon really enjoyed his cake.  He ate about a third of it.  I brought the rest to work and my co-workers devoured the rest.

timeline collage 2

I made a timeline of Brandon’s 1st year to display.  He’s changed and grown so much in the last twelve months.  This was a pretty easy project.  I printed 5×7 photos at Costco and then matted the photos on white cardstock and then on scrapbook paper.  The hard part was narrowing down the photos for the timeline.birthday timeline

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Twice Baked Potatoes with Philly Chive and Onion Cream Cheese

This  recipe for Twice Baked Potatoes with Philly Chive and Onion Cream Cheese was developed as part of  a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community and I was compensated for this post.  All opinions are mine.

twice baked potato with philly chive & onion cream cheese

Twice baked potatoes are so easy to make especially with help from Philadelphia cream cheese spread. I salt and pepper the potato skins for extra flavor.  The filling is mixed with Philly chive and onion cream cheese spread, sharp cheddar cheese, a tad of butter and a bit of salt.  It’s fluffy and creamy with just the right amount of tang from the cream cheese.  It’s an easy side dish to put together that is full of flavor.  #spreadtheflavor

twice baked potato ingredients

 

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Chocolate Wine Sangria with ChocolatRouge

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or over.Chocolate Sangria #cheerstochocolate chocolatrouge sweet red wine #shop

chocolate wine sangria #cheerstochocolate #shop

There’s something fun and festive about a pitcher of ruby red sangria.  It’s the perfect drink for a holiday party or entertaining.  Fresh fruit makes sangria fragrant and adds another layer of flavor.  I used ChocolatRouge Sweet Red for this recipe.  The sweet red is a blend of decadent rich chocolate and fine red wine.  As soon as your open the bottle of ChocolatRouge you can smell the intense chocolate aroma.  It’s kinda intoxicating.  The great thing about sangria is that you can easily make it the night before and pull the pitcher out when the guest arrive.  This chocolate wine sangria would be great for a cookie exchange and would keep to the dessert or sweet theme!

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