Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Greek Yogurt Blossom Cookies

Add protein to your cookies with these chocolate Greek yogurt blossoms. Then top them with sprinkles and even more chocolate. Because protein can be pretty too.

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Well folks, I finally joined a gym. While LA Fitness is closest to where I live and OSU is obviously where I work, I splurged on the more expensive option, Lifetime Fitness. It’s close enough to where I live to still go on the weekends, convenient to go on my way to/from work, and has everything I could ever ask for in a gym (which is why I was a member of it in Memphis as well). On my first day back in a real gym since Christmas, I tried out Reformer Pilates. I’ve done pilates before but it was just on a mat and typically a fusion of pilates and yoga (piyo). Reformers are those torture looking devices but it was actually kind of cool and I plan on going to some more sessions. The only downside is that it is one of the few classes not included with membership. Thankfully you get a certain amount of credits to use for such things upon signing up which means I will be doing just that, at least until I run out and then it’ll depend on how addicted I am to it.


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Now that we’ve talked about the gym, it’s time to talk about some cookies because we’ve earned it. After suscessfully substituting Greek yogurt for cream cheese in one of my favorite blossom cookie recipes, I tampered again by adding come cocoa powder giving you chocolate Greek yogurt blossom cookies. Since there’s a certain holiday coming up involving a lot of heart shaped things in red and pink I went ahead and rolled them in festive sprinkles and pressed a strawberry creme swirled Dove chocolate into the center. The chocolate even had sometimes cute, sometimes corny phrases inside their wrappers.

One year ago: Mexican Stuffed Shells

Two years ago: Brussels Sprouts with Honey Vinaigrette

Four years ago: Almond Crusted Chicken with Scallion Beurre Blanc
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Valentine’s Day Recipes for Two Roundup

Some of you already planned on cooking dinner for two this evening. But for those of you who cancelled your reservations due to inclement weather and are now scrambling, you’ve come to the right place! In order to cater to your every need, I compiled a list of my single- and two-serving dinner and dessert recipes that I thought wold be great choices for tonight. Obviously you’ll have to double the single-serving recipes but that shouldn’t cause too much panic. I even threw in some breakfast ideas for tomorrow morning ;-).

One year ago: Sun-Dried Tomato Ravioli with Basil Cream Sauce & Jumbo Reese’s Heart Stuffed Cookie

Two years ago: Raspberry Hugs Cheesecake Blossoms


Three years ago: Sweet Swirl Cookies

BREAKFAST

Vegan Buckeye Pancakes 2

DINNER

Creamy Chicken and Herb Skillet

DESSERT

Meyer Lemon Curd Cupcakes 1

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Peeps Cupcakes for Two

Remember during November when I shared a Thanksgiving dinner for two on Single Serving Sunday? Well I had originally intended to do a Valentine’s dinner for two today, but slacked off and only made dessert. It’s still a dessert for two, making it a perfect dessert for you and a special someone to enjoy together.

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These cupcakes were inspired by my strawberry stuffed cupcakes I made awhile back which were a huge hit – white cupcakes with a whole strawberry stuffed inside and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream. But this time around the cupcakes are chocolate, making them chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes! In case that isn’t good enough, they are also topped with chocolate dipped strawberry flavored Peeps.

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Two years ago: Cinnamon-Blueberry Bread Pudding


Three years ago: Asiago Bagels (with Chipotle Pepper or Garlic & Chive Cream Cheese)
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Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup

Valentine’s Day is only a week away! Do you have a reservation made or a menu planned to dine at home? If not then I have here a pretty extensive list of recipes that I think would be great for the holiday. Whether you are dining with a loved one or cooking up treats to pass around, check out these entrees, side dishes, desserts, and even some homemade gift ideas.

ENTREES

Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls


SIDES

Garlic Rolls

DESSERTS

Meyer Lemon Shortcake

GIFTS

Lip Balm 2

One year ago: Lip Balms

Two years ago: Whole Wheat Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Three years ago: Velveeta Chicken & Veggie Mac

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Peeps S’mores Pie

Before I begin I must get something off my chest. I missed World Nutella Day yesterday. I haven’t missed a single one since I started this little blog o’ mine. It’s disturbing because I’ve noticed many other food holidays pass my by, such as National Peanut Butter Day – now that’s shameful! This whole move-thing really threw me off my game. But I digress…

This recipe has been a long time coming. I first made during my cousin’s bachelorette party weekend it back in May of 2013. She loves Reese’s so I mixed some into the brownie batter before it baked in a graham cracker crust, followed by a broiling of marshmallows. It turned out super gooey and was quite a challenge to eat but we still managed to kill it off, and of course I neglected to snap a photograph before the destruction.

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This time around I decided to mix it up a bit and replace the regular marshmallows (yawn), with Valentine’s Day themed marshmallow Peeps! Because evidently Peeps are for more than just Easter. Specifically I used the Vanilla Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts and one red marshmallow heart, because I thought it would look cute. Turns out I would’ve been better off using just the vanilla crème because the red one did not puff up at the same rate, but it was still fun!


Check out all the PEEPS® Valentine’s offerings:

  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Crème Flavored Chicks (3 ct)
  • Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bears (6 ct)
  • Cherries Drizzled and Dipped in Chocolate (3 ct)
  • Marshmallow Hearts (2 and 6 ct)
  • Chocolate (milk or dark) Covered Raspberry Flavored Hearts (individually wrapped)
  • Strawberry Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts (9 ct)
  • Vanilla Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts (9 ct)
  • Sugar-Free Marshmallow Hearts (3ct)

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One year ago: Tortellini Spinach Bake in Creamy Meyer Lemon Sauce

Two years ago: Lighter Pizza Dip
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Vanilla Sprinkle Cookies

Despite the maddness of moving I still managed to participate in the Secret Recipe Club this month, and I am glad I did because I was assigned to Karen’s Kitchen Stories. I had a hard time choosing a recipe as she had lots of great choices such as Mini Hazelnut and Cacao Nib Madelines, Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs, and Crusty Apple Pie.

In the end I went with these vanilla sprinkle cookies because I found out that my nephew is obsessed with sprinkles and is already a master sprinkler. What better cookie to make and send to them for Valentine’s Day? For the upcoming holiday I used red/white/pink sprinkles, which were the perfect accent to these chewy delicious cookies. They may need a repeat for other holidays throughout the year with the appropriate change-up of sprinkle colors!

Vanilla Sprinkle Cookies

Two years ago: Banana Peanut Butter Cup Muffins


Three years ago: Orange Strawberry Banana Smoothie
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Stuffed Red Velvet Truffles

I’ve made red velvet and other color velvet cake ball truffles in the past, and even though I mixed cream cheese frosting into them I still felt like something was missing. I finally decided it was a distinct separation of the flavors of red velvet from the cream cheese frosting, because what’s red velvet cake without cream cheese frosting? Just a red cake if you ask me.

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Therefore, in addition to mixing cream cheese into the truffles themselves, I stuffed them with it! Go ahead and take a bite to see for yourself. Fun right? Maybe is the post-defense giddy-ness but I am already envisioning different colored centers for holidays and other color-specific events. Yea, this “I refuse to admit the fall and winter holidays are coming” girl is caving at last.

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One year ago: Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
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White Chocolate Cake Batter Hearts

After 4 hours of surgery yesterday, my mom is doing well. Right after the surgery everything was well and she was feeling understandably tired. So far the doctor has been positive about the results of the surgery and the future. Hopefully I will hear more as the day goes on.

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These cake batter hearts would be a really cute Valentine’s Day present to hand out. It’s like a jumbo sized white chocolate candy cup stuffed with cake batter, except it’s formed in a cookie cutter. After the candy has been devoured the cutters can be used to make festive cookies! It’s a two-for-one gift. These could also be made in silicone molds, such as petite or regular hearts. Just pop them out after they set and wrap in plastic or place in a cute bag.

White Chocolate Cake Batter Hearts 2

One year ago: Pasta with Vodka Sauce
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Red Velvet Molten Lava Cakes

Today my mother is having yet another surgery in attempts to put a stop to the remaining aneurysm behind her eye. About a year ago, she had surgery on the same one but in the end did not work. Obviously, we are all hoping this time will finally take care of it after first discovering about the two aneurysms a decade ago. Unfortunately, I yet again was unable to be there today but my brother was able to swing purchasing a flight last minute and will be there. I do think my package may have made it on time this round, as opposed to last year’s failed overnight shipment. And no I did not mail my mother a molten lava cake because that would’ve been a difficult thing to package. But in honor of Valentine’s Day and my mom’s (current) favorite color, I present to you these red velvet molten lava cakes.

Red Velvet Molten Lava Cakes

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Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix & Cream Cheese Frosting Marshmallows

This is my fourth hot cocoa mix recipe. First I made a regular version, followed by Salted Caramel, then recently made Peanut Butter and now Red Velvet! In case that isn’t enough, since last time I made special peanut butter marshmallows to pair with the peanut butter hot cocoa, I decided to go ahead and make cream cheese frosting marshmallows to complete the full flavor of a red velvet experience. And I think I am now officially in love with homemade marshmallows. You’d think that would’ve been solidified when my first was the peanut butter version, but cream cheese marshmallows? Holy freaking awesomeness.

If you notice in the background, I packaged up single servings of hot cocoa and a marshmallow in mini red containers to give away as Valentine’s Day presents. It’s a present that warms the heart, body, and soul!

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix

One year ago: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream


Two years ago: Guiltless Fettuccine Alfredo
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