Hard Root Beer Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Add some booze to your brownies with hard root beer, then top them off with peanut butter frosting and a syrupy hard root beer reduction. For the win!

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It’s time to play Duck Hunt! Seriously, click that link and you can play Duck Hunt. But what I am really trying to say is…

GO BUCKEYES!!!

Tonight the Bucks take on the Ducks in the first College Football Playoff championship game, so of course I couldn’t resist the opportunity to break in the new kitchen with some peanut butter and chocolate goodness. While out shopping for things for the house I stumbled upon Sprecher hard root beer, so why not throw it in there too? These hard root beer brownies are super thick, dense, and rich. After getting topped off with peanut butter frosting and hard root beer syrup, these brownies are game-time ready!

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One year ago: Meyer Lemon Curd Cupcakes for Two

Three years ago: Broccoli Quiche

Four years ago: Pizza Dough
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DIY Hair Ties

Love those knotted hair ties but refuse to fork over the money? Make your own in any color with this easy and inexpensive DIY project.

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Every January there are leafy green shortages at the grocery store and an increase in gym participation, due to all the New Years resolutioners. With the move I have regressed and not done anything active (besides shovel and lug boxes) since I came down with the flu on Christmas eve. I hope to get back into my usual gym routine soon though once the house resembles some sort of order. I have to decide if I want to rejoin Lifetime Fitness, try LA Fitness because it’s right down the street, or sign up for the Ohio State gym and work out before/after work. Decisions, decisions.

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In the meantime, while I’ve been slacking off I’ve been doing creative little things such as making homemade elastic hair ties to give to my friends over the holidays. Because whether you are a member of a gym or not, everyone can use some hair ties. These are ridiculously simple to make and yet they are sold for up to $3 a piece. I found a pack of 4 fold over elastics at Walmart for about $4 and made about 30 ties. The best part is picking out your elastic. There are all kinds of colors, prints, and glitter. Have fun!

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Two years ago: Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Bricks

Four years ago: English Muffins
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Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin and ice cream should be allowed all year long. Pumpkin pie lovers will rejoice over this pumpkin ice cream which tastes just like pumpkin pie filling.

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Hooray internet! Yesterday was a productive day. Internet installed in the morning then painted the master bedroom, accent wall in the guest bedroom, and the entryway. As far as my food-life goes it’s been mostly cereal, pop tarts, mac and cheese, and dining out. So do not be fooled, I have not truly broken in the new kitchen and my posts may be sparse still for another week. Hopefully back to normal soon though as my POD that I haven’t laid eyes upon in a year arrives today!

This ice cream was made while I was still in Knoxville, recovering from the flu. My dad actually made it as the first ice cream made in his new KitchenAid ice cream maker that he got for Christmas. Since I was moving out he had to start learning how to use his own! My dad always buys an excess of fresh pumpkin every fall to cook and make puree which he then freezes. What better flavor to start out with than pumpkin? Especially when this ice cream tastes just like pumpkin pie filling. I also topped mine with toasted almonds because they are freaking delicious.

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One year ago: Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Two years ago: Inedible Favorites – Luke 9 Months

Four years ago: Quinoa Pilaf with Pine Nuts
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Turtle Brownie Bites

Enjoy these bite-sized brownies filled withed chopped pecans and topped with sweet caramel and toasted pecan halves.

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I don’t know about you, but moving stinks. Sure it’s exciting to move into a new place and get situated but the whole moving boxes and heavy furniture for extended periods of time thing I could do without. So while I slowly work on situating the new living situation, you guys can sit back and enjoy these turtle brownie bites. Whether you use a boxed mix or make the brownies homemade, all you have to add is caramel and pecans for turtley goodness.

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One year ago: Spicy Ranch Seasoned Hard Pretzels

Three years ago: Cheddar Baked Potato Soup

Four years ago: Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
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Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

Get your vanilla chai tea fix at home in an instant with this homemade mix. Simple ingredients and a great gift too!

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My apologies for my lapse in posting the past couple days. It’s been a whirlwind with the holidays and preparing to move. In fact, today marks the beginning of the big move to Ohio! One week to move everything into the new place, unpack, and get situated before my new job starts on January 12th. And do you know what the weather forecast for Columbus, OH is today? A steamy high of 18 degrees! What a stark contrast to my move to Memphis, TN where it was 115 degrees the day I moved there. Of course that was in August not January, but still interesting to note.

With the bitter cold, driving most of the day and unloading the truck, a warm cup of tea may be in order. Hopefully I will be able unpack some apparatus in order to warm water to do so. Conveniently I recently made this instant vanilla chai tea mix made from milk powder, non-dairy powdered creamer, sugar, instant tea, and spices. It smells as wonderful as it tastes and makes a great gift during these cold months.

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One year ago: Pizza Quesadilla

Three years ago: Gluten-Free Brownie Cookies

Four years ago: Blue-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
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Banana Peanut Butter Cup Muffins Revisit

The only thing that could possibly make banana muffins even more delicious? Adding peanut butter and chocolate.

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Today’s the day! The inaugural College Football Playoffs starts with match ups between Oregon and Florida State and more importantly Ohio State and Alabama! As my friend Christina put it so well, I’m quivering with excitement and anticipation. I hope Ohio State makes the Big Ten proud. With 10 of the 14 teams in the conference going into bowl games, every single one is listed as the underdog and there have already been upsets. Then before our game begins today, Wisconsin will be taking on Auburn, Michigan State plays Baylor, and Minnesota plays Missouri. It’s a big day for the Big Ten conference!
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Best of 2014

Close the year with a round up of your favorite recipes from 2014. I added a list of my favorites as well!

Best of 2014 Recipes

Another year, another 300-some recipes. While the name of this blog does include “cookie” I try to rotate my blog posts between sweet and savory. This was appropriately reflected with the favorite recipes of 2014 being fairly evenly distributed between sweet and savory, both for the reader favorite list and my list. I was excited to see a single serving recipe pop up in there as well. What were your favorites?
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Pomegranate Sangria

Sangria isn’t just for the warm summer months. Mix up with winter pomegranate sangria and it may be your new favorite holiday beverage.

Pomegranate Sangria

Another pomegranate alcoholic beverage? Another sangria? Why yes! Not to down play any of the other sangrias I have shared but this one is my favorite so far. Maybe I am partial to pomegranate, maybe it’s the seasonally delicious citrus fruits, or maybe you need to stir this up for your New Year’s party tomorrow. Serve it garnished with some bubbly for some extra festive flair.

One year ago: Best of 2013

Three years ago: Best of 2011
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Orange Glazed Green Beans and Butternut Squash

Citrus is a great compliment to ham but instead of glazing your ham, glaze your green beans and butternut squash in this festive side dish.

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Lesson learned: get a flu shot every year. This year was the first in 8 that I did not get a flu shot, mainly because I couldn’t get it for free anymore (oh how I miss the perks of being a student), and sure enough the flu found me on Christmas Eve of all days. I’ve been slowly recovering since with my biggest achievement coming in the form of a shower. Hooray cleanliness!

Before I realized what my sniffles were leading up to, I did help cook dinner on Christmas Eve for my parents (thankfully they had already passed the illness, likely to me). The menu consisted of smoked country ham from Benton’s, my dad’s homemade applesauce, cheddar biscuits, rosemary mac and cheese, and orange glazed green beans and butternut squash. I often pair ham with a citrus glaze but since we went with a smoked ham this year the citrus element went into the side dish instead. And it was the favorite part of the meal.

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One year ago: Almond-Pear Panino

Three years ago: Creamy Grape Dessert
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Pomegranate Mimosa

Get the champagne ready! Whether you are hosting brunch or toasting the new year, change things up with this pomegranate mimosa.

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I’m not usually a big fan of champagne, unless orange juice is involved. Ah yes mimosas, the drink of brunches. In fact when my lab mates and I were in Berlin we managed to order a couple mimosas for “brunch” despite our waitress looking at us like we lost our minds when we described it as a drink that was half champagne and half orange juice. Silly Americans.

This time of year champagne comes out in full force, namely in a couple days for the celebration of another New Year. But who says you have to toast with pure champagne? I say mix some fruit juice in there, have some fun, and dare someone to stop you. I mixed in some pomegranate to make it seasonally appropriate.

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Two years ago: Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce

Three years ago: Cranberry and Orange Granola

Four years ago: Chicken Scallopine with Sage and Fontina Cheese
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