Double Chocolate Silk Pie

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Chocolate Pie Recipe

Double Chocolate Silk Pie

Hello Double Chocolate Silk Pie, you just became my go-to holiday dessert!

Look, I’m going to be completely honest with you, I love to experiment in the kitchen and come up with delicious and different recipe ideas! Everything that has to do with savory dishes, breakfast, desserts, and drinks inspires me, and while I love quick and easy meals just as the next person, I also love to spend time cooking with my loved ones.

Except when it comes to holidays. When it comes to holiday food, I like to stick with the tried and true recipes we all know and love. I want to make sure that I’m cooking a fail proof recipes that’s going to come out flawless (who has time for a fail when you have a ton of people over and all the expectations?). I also like to make sure I’m cooking a recipe that everyone loves, it’s party food after all so, I want all of my guests to really feel how much I love them.

But most important of all I also want to make something that’s fairly easy and quick because while I love to spend time cooking on an everyday basis, when ti comes to holidays I just want to hold a little bit tighter my family and I want to be really present during the whole celebration. This double chocolate silk pie it’s perfect because of that!

I mean it’s a quick and easy recipe, it’s extremely delicious and every single person that tries it loves it and raves about it, and it’s totally and completely fail proof. This recipe has been tested a million and one times, so it always comes out the same: flawless, delicious and ready to be served and shared.

Chocolate Silk Pie

 

Ingredients

Directions

  • -Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • -In a saucepan over medium heat melt the chocolate chips with the milk.
  • -Incorporate the cocoa powder, heavy cream, vanilla, cornstarch, nutmeg, and sugar. Stir and cook until getting a uniform mix.
  • -Aside, in a bowl beat the egg yolk and add 1 Tbsp of the milk mix to the yolk and whip it up. Repeat the process with each egg, and then pour them into the saucepan with the melted chocolate.
  • -Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • -Fill the pie crust with the chocolate batter.
  • -Bake for 20 minutes.
  • -Remove from the oven and garnish with the grated chocolate.
  • -Serve and enjoy.

Tips

For a lighter take, swap the heavy cream for Greek yogurt and the sugar for maple syrup.

Double Chocolate Silk Pie

Cranberry Apple Cider Punch

Cranberry Apple Cider Punch

Cranberry Apple Cider Punch

Cranberry Apple Cider Punch is the perfect drink for the season and all the parties that come with it!

To say that I’m excited for all the holidays that are around the corner is an undertenant I just can’t wait for them to roll out! There’s something about fall and early winter that calls for parties and gatherings and get-togethers with friends and family + we also get some major holidays like Thanksgiving where good food and drinks are a must.

Every time that I host a party at my home during these months, even if it’s just a meeting with a book club, I make sure that there’s enough Cranberry Apple Cider Punch for everyone, this drink is a total crowd favorite and it’s so delicious I just can’t stop making it.

In case you are wondering, yes, this is also alcohol-free which makes it the perfect drink for the whole family.

I also love that this recipe features all the flavors that are famous during this season, think apples and cranberries and a good amount of spices (can we just agree that cinnamon just makes everything taste like a happy holiday?).

I believe that the reason why this is so flavorful and delicious is that we are making it from scratch. That’s right, we are making homemade apple cider! But worry no! This is incredibly easy and there aren’t any complicated steps or difficult to find ingredients at all!

And while it definitely takes a bit more time than using the bottled version, most of it is hands-off time which is great. That and the fact that the flavor is mind blowing good + how your home smells while this is being cooked are the things that for me, make cooking it from scratch totally worth it!

Cranberry Punch Recipe

Ingredients

  • -4 Cups red apples, chopped
  • -2 Cups sun-dried cranberries
  • -6 Cups water
  • -1 Cup brown sugar
  • -3 Cinnamon sticks
  • -1 Tbsp cloves
  • -3 Tsps ground nutmeg
  • -Thyme sprigs for garnish
  • -Sliced apples, orange, and pears for garnish

Directions

  • -In a pot over medium-low heat add the water, apples, 1 cup of cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg.
  • -Cover and cook for 1 hour.
  • -Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves.
  • -Pour the content of the pot into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • -Transfer to the pot and let it simmer over medium heat for 1 hour.
  • -Using a cheesecloth (or a strainer) strain the apple cider into a large pitcher.
  • -Add the apple slices, orange slices, pear slices, cranberries, and thyme sprigs to the glasses. Pour the apple cider into the glasses.
  • -Serve and enjoy.

Cranberry Apple Cider Recipe

Homemade Saltine Crackers

Homemade Saltines Crackers

My friend, Sara, made her own crackers and I was so impressed by her skill I just had to have the recipe.  Because she said her crackers were not only delicious but easy to make I wanted to share this idea with you.  I think a homemade pack of these would be a great hostess gift for any Christmas party!

Prep time: 

Cook time: 
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Serves: Makes about 25 – 1 ½-inch crackers

Ingredients

  • -1 cup all purpose flour
  • -1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • -1 teaspoon sugar
  • -1 teaspoon baking powder
  • -2 tablespoons butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • -Sea salt flakes (like Maldon)
Visit InJenniesKitchen.com for full instructions.

5 Tips to Bringing a Meal to Someone in Need

When someone is in need, sharing a meal with them is the kindest gesture you can do. There are many ways in which you can bring a meal to someone in need. This someone could be a family member, a friend or someone in the local community who simply is hard up for food. Whether you are bringing a meal to someone in need that you personally know or a complete stranger, there are some things to think about first. Today I am sharing 5 tips to bringing a meal to someone in need so that you can provide a smile to someone in need today.

5 Tips to Bringing a Meal to Someone in Need

5 Tips to Bringing a Meal to Someone in Need

Food Allergy Check

Find out if that person in need has any food allergies. These days having a food allergy seems to be pretty common. There are nut allergies, gluten allergies, dairy allergies and so on. Figure out if there are any allergies pertaining to food for this person in need before planning what meal to bring them.

Easy to Reheat Meals

Now that you have done a food allergy check, you should be sure to bring a meal to someone in need that is easily reheated. If this person is sick or feeling down, they may not eat this meal in one seating. Having instructions on the meal for how to reheat the food will go a long way to ensure this person can eat later too.

Kid-Friendly Options

If this person in need has kids in the home, you may want to ensure you add a kid-friendly option. Parents know how finicky kids can get and the parent who may be sick doesn’t have the energy to deal with extra work. Bringing along a kid-friendly option will truly help this person in need if they have kids around.

Consider Dessert

Last, but certainly not least, you should consider bringing a meal that involves a dessert too. This is a nice added treat to bring along because we all know that dessert makes us happy. Bring a basic dessert option such as cookies or cupcakes for the person in need to enjoy after their meal.

Plan Proper Timing

Lastly, you will want to make sure that this person in need has time to enjoy the meal and dessert you brought to them. Ask questions about the proper delivery date and time for this meal to someone in need. Timing will help ensure your kind gesture is met with open arms.

Bringing a meal to someone in need is the perfect way to spread random acts of kindness to your local community. All it takes is a little planning and cooking to brighten this person’s day. During the holiday season, many are without family, bringing them a warm meal could really boost their spirits.

DIY Ginger-Cantaloupe Ice Pop Recipe

Whether you’re entertaining or just trying to cool off this summer, this DIY ginger cantaloupe ice pop recipe is the delicious, refreshing treat that you need in your life.

It’s a healthy, fruit-filled snack is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth – and the best part is they are practically guilt-free!

Ginger-Cantaloupe Ice Pops

What you need:

  • – 3 slices of fresh ginger
    – 1/4 cup sugar
    – 1 ripe cantaloupe
    – Sliced strawberries (optional)
    – Ice pop molds and wooden craft sticks

What to do:

In a small sauce pan, add the sugar and 1/2 cup water over medium heat. Cook just until the sugar has melted. Remove from heat and drop in ginger. Set aside until cooled. (Remove ginger when ready to use!)
Slice cantaloupe in half and scoop out seeds. Spoon cantaloupe flesh into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Add just enough of the cooled ginger syrup to sweeten as desired. Save the remaining syrup for another use.
Pour into ice pop molds and freeze overnight. For a variation, push a few sliced strawberries down into the ice pop molds before freezing.

Recipe Credit: Terra’s Kitchen

National Iced Tea Day

This post is sponsored by Snapple in conjunction with Acorn Influence.  All opinions are mine.

Summer has been great for my family so far.  We’re loving the shade that the trees at our new home provides.  We’re making good use of the industrial strength bubble maker I bought.  Our chalk drawings are getting better and better.  As a family we keep going and going and it’s important to me that we take time to slow down.  One way I love to relax and slow down is to have a picnic or even a drink outside.  Just being in nature and talking with each other does wonders for my mood.  The stress of my to-do list just melts away.

Snapple

Two of my favorite drinks of summer are lemonade and ice tea.  Snapple has come up with a new flavor of tea and it’s absolutely delicious.  It’s a mango tea and it has the cutest name (I’ve always been a sucker for a cute name!) – Takes 2 to Mango Tea.  Snapple’s brand slogan is “Made from the Best Stuff on Earth” and yea, this Snapple Mango Tea is the best stuff on Earth.

I went to Walmart and purchased a case of Snapple Takes 2 to Mango Tea because it’s so good and I knew my husband would love it.  He did and he even had it opened and in the fridge before I got a picture of the 6 pack case.  I actually went back to grab a few more cases for our party today and I still didn’t manage to get a picture.

The tea tastes freshly brewed and is full of mango flavor.  I love that it’s sweet but not too sweet.

Get this new flavor, Snapple Mango Tea today at Walmart. Because June 10th is National Iced Tea Day Snapples are on Rollback at Walmart until July 31st!  Get it by the bottle to try it out and then go back for the case like we did. Walmart makes it easy to stock up…especially with their grocery pick-up.

Mini Egg Frittatas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the happy egg co. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When it comes to being healthy, the struggle is real. I’ve been slowly plugging away at getting healthier this year.  It’s no easy task as I’m sure you know.  It’s hard to put mind over ice cream. No matter how much I work out (which is usually less than more) I always feel better when I make healthy meal choices.  What I eat matters more, for me personally, than what I do.  What I eat for breakfast sets the stage for my eating habits throughout the day. I’ve found that I truly feel well fueled for the day when I eat a nutritious protein filled breakfast.  I especially love when I find a way to incorporate vegetables into my morning meal.  The recipe I’m going to share with you today does just that!  It’s an easy, quick, protein filled, veggie toting recipe that will have your kids asking for seconds.  Plus, it’s a great meal to eat in the car if you are like me and have to eat on the run sometimes. Mini Egg Frittatas Mini Egg Frittatas!  Free Range Eggs Oh, and before I share the recipe I have to share that since I’ve started trying to eat healthier and eating more protein in the morning I’ve discovered the best eggs in the world.  That’s my opinion, not their claim! 🙂  I used to buy the cheapest eggs I could find but ever since my grandfather gave me some farm fresh eggs at Christmas I’ve been looking to find some better eggs because there really is a difference!  While researching the difference between caged, cage-free, pasture raised, and free range I’ve learned a lot.  Mainly, that the egg aisle is a confusing place to shop but also that cage-free hens live in a barn and may never see the light of day.  The happy egg co.has free range eggs that come from hens that live on farms and have access to 8 acres where they can run, jump, flap, and play outdoors every day.  Now, I wouldn’t have believed this before Christmas if you had told me but after trying them myself I truly believe that less stressed hens living a more natural life produce better eggs.  The yolks are darker, taste creamier, and my husband even noticed that the shells are a little thicker.  Who knew?  Yes, this is a sponsored post for the happy egg co. but I’ll only work with companies I completely back and the happy egg co. is definitely one of those.  Seriously, the next time you’re at the store, pick up a dozen and see if you don’t think there’s a difference.  They’re delicious!  Now for the recipe… Egg Frittata Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground sausage, cooked
  • 10 the happy co eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease a muffin tin and set aside.
  • Cook the ground sausage and drain off any grease.Mini Frittata Recipe
  • Place 1-2 Tablespoons of cooked ground sausage into each muffin cup, and top with a sprinkle of cheese.

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  • Place all of the eggs in a large bowl and whisk for 2 minutes, incorporating lots of air.

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  • Pour the eggs over the sausage so that they are completely covered in each muffin.

Egg Breakfast

  • Sprinkle on some veggies and place in the oven.

Egg Frittatas

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the tops are puffy and golden brown.

Egg Frittatas

  • Cool and serve.

Voila!  It’s that easy. Mug Frittatas Recipe Here’s a quick mug frittata recipe if you’re in a very quick rush! Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (about 1 small green onion)
  • 2 teaspoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • A little bit of ham (I don’t know how to measure this, 1 heaping tbs?)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • A few turns of the pepper grinder

Directions:

  1. Spray the inside of a mug with a nonstick cooking spray
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk the eggs, add the other desired ingredients, and pour into your mug.
  3. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds and then stir the egg mixture. Microwave another 30 seconds and stir again. Microwave a final 45 to 60 seconds longer until eggs are set.

What are your favorite protein filled breakfast favorites?

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A Happy Life is a Daily Decision – Celebrate it!

Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

I think a happy marriage, or a happy life, is a daily decision.  A decision to celebrate the little things and not get too wrapped up in the unimportant.  To focus on the good instead of the bad.

To celebrate being alive and healthy.

Flowers from kids

To cherish the weeds given from a loving heart.

Paint Pallets

To enjoy new paint pallets and the opportunity to express yourself.

Shaker Cabinets

To enjoy your newly decorated shelves even if you don’t have the crown molding installed yet.  The shelves are finally like I had envisioned when we ordered the cabinets a half a year ago!

Pyramid of toys

To appreciate your child’s pyramid of toys they erected before falling asleep.

Life isn’t lived from one big celebration to another.  Birthdays and holidays are spread out too far for that!  I’m trying to remind myself to focus on the positive because I truly have a lot to be thankful for!

How do you celebrate things?  In our house we like to celebrate by singing and dancing together….and food.  We love a good meal!

Bertolli Meal

Just this week we celebrated my daughter learning to whistle with this delicious Bertolli Chicken Florentine & Farfalle meal for two.  With salad and bread we spread the meal out and made it work for the three of us.

Bertolli Chicken Florentine & Farfalle

This meal is delicious and only takes 11 minutes to cook!  That’s my kind of meal.  We like to keep the Bertolli Frozen Chicken Florentine and P.F. Chang’s Frozen Beef and Broccoli on hand for such spontaneous celebrations.  They are both delicious and cook in a short amount of time.

Bertolli Skillet Meal

Simply pour, cover, and stir occasionally. Voila!  It’s that easy and incredibly delicious.  My daughter loves it so much that she has declared spinach her new favorite food.

Bertolli Meal for Two

We’re looking forward to celebrating the beginning of potty training soon (and hopefully the end!), my daughter’s first loose tooth, her first field trip, her last day of school, and so many more!  How do you celebrate life?

Italian Proverb

Game Day Mac n Cheese Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson®. All opinions are entirely my own.

As much as I love sweet treats at tailgate parties, savory appetizers are my real jam! This delicious mac n cheese topped with Wright® Brand Bacon is an easy recipe that is sure to please.

Wright brand bacon

Ingredients:
-2 peeled shallots
-3 cloves garlic
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-4 pieces Wright bacon cooked, reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat
-2 tablespoons flour
-4 cups heavy cream
-1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
-1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
-Salt and freshly ground black pepper
-1 pound cooked penne pasta -1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  While the oven is preheating place the shallots and garlic in a small aluminum foil pouch and drizzle with olive oil.  Allow those to roast for 20 minutes before removing and chopping.  While that is roasting, fry the bacon.  Add the reserved bacon fat with the roasted shallot and garlic over medium heat.  Whisk in the cream and thyme.  Reduce by a third.  Add the cheeses and stir until melted and delicious!  Add a pinch or two of pepper or salt if you like.  Remove from the stove and gently stir in the cooked pasta.  Place in a casserole dish.  Top mac n cheese with panko and chopped bacon.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

I personally love this recipe with the bread crumbs but my daughter isn’t so fond of them so we alternate whether we include them or not.  Either way, it’s delicious!

Best Mac and Cheese

We love Wright® Brand Bacon.  Ever since I’ve tried that brand I haven’t strayed.  It’s so convenient with it’s resealable package and not to mention it is SO good.  Seriously, you have to try it if you haven’t yet.  Right now, add it to your store list and pick up a package or two the next time you’re at Kroger.

Want some more Big Game inspiration?  Try Tyson® Any’tizers® (they’re boneless!) or Ball Park® beef hot dogs.

What savory dishes do you enjoy while tailgating?

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