Beverages

Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Mix

Instead of buying from the store, try your hand at homemade hot chocolate mix. This version highlights dark chocolate and would make a great gift!

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Christ mas is about a week away! Can you believe it? I certainly cannot as I’ve just started feeling the holiday-baking pull. There are too many festive things I want to make in such little time! The most important thing I made every year is hot chocolate mix. To date, I have made six different kinds of hot chocolate mix: Regular, Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, Cinnamon, Salted Caramel, and now Dark Chocolate. Homemade hot chocolate mix makes great gifts if you’re looking for some last minute ideas!

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This dark hot chocolate is not as sweet at the others I have created due to the use of dark and semisweet chocolate – no white chocolate in there this time. But the flavor of the dark chocolate truly shines. I thought it was exceptional, but if you know someone who prefers sweeter hot chocolate (like my dad), throw a healthy handful of marshmallows in there.

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One year ago: Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

Two years ago: Buttermilk Biscuits

Four years ago: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
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Boozy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Throw that leftover pie into a blender with some ice cream and make a milkshake! Add rum for a boozy adult beverage and don’t forget the fresh whipped cream.

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Alright smart phone users, what apps (preferably free) does this smart phone novice need to check out for my fancy new phone? I am getting obvious things like facebook, twitter, instagram, and waze but beyond that I’m a bit clueless. So tell me what you use most and why. I’ve been in the dark so long my parents and their friends probably know more about smart phones than I do.

And now for your Thanksgiving desert leftovers, if you were lucky enough to have any. Sometimes pie is so good you wish you could drink it with a straw. Well, now you can! Blend up a slice, crust and all, along with some ice cream and a bit of rum and you’ll be ready to cozy up in front of the fire. Or in my case, I drank it while watching foot ball last night. The Ohio State vs Michigan game was a close one but thankfully we were victorious. Unfortunately our QB JT Barrett is injured and out for the remainder :-(.

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One year ago: Peanut Butter Mousse Cookie Cups

Two years ago: Peanut Butter Reeses Pieces Giant Cookie for One

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Reeses Pieces Giant Cookie for One

Four years ago: Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Mix up this delicious smoothie with dark chocolate, peanut butter, banana, Greek yogurt, milk, and oats. Tastes like dessert without the guilt.

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Between my adventures in Seattle and now LA I have not been eating all that healthy, not that I am complaining because it’s been delicious. To add to the food fest, last night my nephew Luke went trick or treating for the first time and I managed to sneak a couple pieces for myself (while adoring the cutest tool box on the face of the earth). And now today is college football-food day. I decided to mix up a slightly healthier peanut butter and chocolate recipe to balance out all the rest and feel slightly less guilty. I am also making up for the break in my gym work out schedule by lifting babies. Maybe some crunches with my newest nephew Griffin on my stomach or kicking my feet while big brother Luke sits on my feet. Quality time and a work out!

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One year ago: Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup

Two years ago: Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Roasted Broccoli

Three years ago: Homemade Pumpkin Puree
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Amaretto Spiced Apple Cider #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to ‪#‎10DaysofTailgate hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Chili, Meatballs and Wings to Sangria, Pretzels and some sweet Desserts, we have all your tailgating recipe needs covered. #10daysofTailgate runs from September 20th through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are fourteen different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE and don’t forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too, #10DaysofTailgate.

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Here’s what everyone brought to the table today…

Starters
Cheesy Maple Leaf Farm Duck Bacon Oven Chips by Making Miracles
Mango-Mustard Crock Pot Wings by Curious Cuisiniere
Cheesy Pulled Pork Egg Rolls by From Gate to Plate
Herbed Deviled Eggs by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Sips
Amaretto Spiced Apple Cider by The Spiffy Cookie

Dips
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

Mains
Green and Gold Grilled Chicken (Green Curry and Pineapple) by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Turducken Meatballs by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
Meaty “Beast Mode” Baked Beans by OnTheMove-In the Galley
Chicken Apple Bratwurst Burgers by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Sides
Grilled Green Beans, Mushrooms, and Duck Bacon by The Pajama Chef

Amaretto Spiced Apple Cider

When tailgating for a night game sometimes a cold beer does not appeal. It’s getting cooler at night which means a warm beverage would be most appreciated. Spiced cider to the rescue! But instead of being spiked with rum I used amaretto. The almond flavor pairs exceptionally well with apples. It’ll warm you up from the inside.

One year ago: Stuffed Red Velvet Truffles

Two years ago: Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
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Watermelon Mojito

Watermelon, mint, lime juice and rum come together in this refreshing watermelon mojito. It is the perfect cocktail for the end of summer. 

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The last day of summer is nearly upon us. Let us toast this second to last day with a cocktail that is nothing but summer – watermelon mojito! Watermelon and mint pair exceptionally well together, which I hadn’t discovered until my first sip of this beverage. This cocktail was the perfect way to use up some watermelon that was starting to get a bit mushy and was most appreciated while watching some Saturday college football.

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Speaking of which, what a great day for the Big Ten Conference yesterday especially Indiana. Unranked and beat #18 Mizzou! There were a few other exciting games that ended in upsets yesterday too and most of the other Big Ten Teams pulled off wins as well – 12 wins and only one loss (Michigan). Ohio State had a bye week but I still had a great time watching all the other games.

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One year ago: Healthier Buckeyes

Two years ago: Fall Recipe Roundup

Three years ago: Sausage Stuffed Pretzel Bites
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Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Not all healthy smoothies have to be green. Blueberries mask the green kale in this delicious smoothie.

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Well. Last night’s game stunk. I scared the cat with my cries of anguish as I watched the painful 4 hour game, losing to an unranked Virginia Tech. I have to say they played extremely well for an unranked team. And Ohio State made a lot of mistakes. Guess if you have to lose, better to do it at the beginning of the season. But anyway, this is s food blog not sports so I’ll get on with it haha.

Want to know the trick to making the green color from healthy green stuff magically disappear? Apparently all you have to do is add blueberries. Believe it or not there is a full, packed cup of kale in this smoothie and only 1/2 cup of blueberries, yet all you see is this pretty purple smoothie. If you look closely you can see little flecks of green but who gets up close and personal with their smoothie? Drink up and feel good about it.

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One year ago: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Shell

Two years ago: Gluten-Free Jumbo Chocolate Pomegranate Quinoa Cookie

Three years ago: Baked Crazy Feta
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Blueberry-Kiwi Lemonade Shake #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to Day 3 of Ice Cream Week 2014! This year the event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We have teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers to treat you to tons of amazing ice cream recipes. Ice Cream Week is shaping up to be the best week ever!

2014 Ice Cream Week

Our sponsors for the event have provided us with some great prizes. A huge thanks to Cake Boss, Anolon, Microplane, WÜSTHOF, Page Street Publishing and Quarry Spoon. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen have tossed in a bonus prize of a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker because they think everyone should own one!

Here’s what is up for grabs, One Winner Takes All:

1 Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine in White
One Cake Boss Mechanical Ice Cream Scoop with Red Silicone grips
One Cake Boss 4Pc Ice Cream Bowl Set, Icing Pattern
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One Microplane Herb and Salad Chopper
One Microplane Premium Classic Grater in White
One WUSTHOF CLASSIC 9-inch Double Serrated Bread Knife
One Copy of the Cookbook Making Artisan Gelato by Torrance Kopfer
One Copy of the Cookbook Everything Goes with Ice Cream by Koralee Teichroeb
One Copy of the Cookbook Vegan Scoop by Wheeler del Torro
One Copy of the Cookbook The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester
One Copy of the Cookbook Eat More Dessert by Jenny Kellar
One Copy of the Cookbook The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz
One Copy of the Cookbook Scoop Adventures by Lindsay Clendaniel

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Guess what? Today also lands on yet another food holiday – National Lemonade Day! Instead of making a milkshake with milk and ice cream, I substituted the milk with lemonade and then added some fresh fruit along with vanilla ice cream. Blend it up and you’ve got a perfect summery shake!

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One year ago: Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Two years ago: Mango Frozen Greek Yogurt
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Peach-Mango Smoothie

Peach-mango smoothie made with fresh fruit, nectar and Greek yogurt. So good you’ll think you are having dessert.

Peach-Mango Smoothie

Today is the day before my interview in Memphis, so naturally I arrived to town a day early in order to run the Bardog 5K with Maggie this morning! In all the time I lived in Memphis I never managed to participate in this 5K, something always got in the way. But there’s nothing stopping me now and since I don’t like eating a heavy breakfast before running any distance lets make a smoothie.

This smoothie may be my new favorite. Unfortunately with peach season nearing its end it will have a short life unless I get desperate and use canned peaches. I bought both the peach and the mango fresh then cut and froze myself but of course you can buy pre-frozen. Blend them up with peach or mango nectar, honey and Greek yogurt and you’re done. I used peach Greek yogurt with mango nectar. Plain or vanilla Greek yogurt would work too if you want to tone down all that sweet fruit. I personally loved it.

One year ago: Funfetti Ice Cream Krispie Cupcakes

Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Black Cherry Oatmeal Cookie-wiches

Three years ago: Caprese Salad Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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20 No-Cook Summer Recipes

Beat the summer heat with these 20 no-cook breakfast, snack and entree recipes. No oven or stove-top required.

20 No-Cook Summer Recipes

July and August tend to be the hottest summer months which means turning on your oven or even cooking on your stove-top is undesirable. For such occasions I have compiled a list of 20 recipes that require no oven or stove-top for breakfast, entrees and even snacks. What are come of your favorite no-cook recipes for hot summer days?

Next week I will be sharing some of the favorite no-bake desserts!

One year ago: Individual Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon & Jalapeno

Three years ago: Sourdough Starter
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Blackberry Basil Sparkler

Rum never tasted so good than in this sparkling cocktail made with fresh blackberries, basil, and honey. Perch for summer months on the porch.

Blackberry Basil Sparkler

The final World Cup match is today between Germany and Argentina. I cannot believe this is it for another 4 years, but maybe that’s what makes it even more exciting. Although I’m not sure what I am going to do for the next month and a half between now and the start of college football! Which brings me to today’s recipe. It may not be futbol or football inspired, but it does celebrate the summer berries which are in season right now. Zainab originally made this cocktail with strawberries but since we have moved on to other berries in TN I used blackberries. I even decided to sweeten it with some key lime honey.

Three years ago: Banana Ice Cream Nutella Sandwiches
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