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Monday, December 19, 2016

White Chocolate Christmas Bark

I made this to add to my goodies that I give out at Christmas.  Was a big hit, but personally I think it would have been better with Dark Dark Chocolate.
Super easy Christmas Bark

8 oz good white chocolate
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 pistachios

Melt chocolate in microwave (30 seconds at at time) stir til smooth.  Save some nuts and cranberries for the top.  when the chocolate is melted stir in the fruit and nuts, spread on a parchment  lined cookie, sprinkle a few nuts and fruit on the top.  Let set up then cut into pieces

Thanks for stopping by, have a Wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year but Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the Things You L♥ve.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Lemon Muffins

Moist and fluffy homemade lemon muffins with a crunchy streusel topping and sweet lemon glaze. A perfect addition to any breakfast or brunch.


crumb topping:

  • 1/4C unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4C all purpose flour
  • 2Tb granulated sugar
  • 2Tb light brown sugar


  • 1/4C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2C granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2Tb lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1C all purpose flour
  • 1/2C sour cream


  • 6Tb powdered sugar
  • 1Tb lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with 7 paper liners. 
  2. Prepare crumb topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In a separate medium bowl, melt butter. Slowly add dry ingredients to melted butter. Use a fork to blend together until only small pieces remain. Transfer crumb topping to a small rimmed baking sheet or large plate. Set aside. 
  3. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, mixing until fully combined, followed by vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice. Continue mixing. Scrape bowl as needed. Add salt, baking powder and flour, mixing until fully combined. Finally, add sour cream, mixing until no streaks remain. Use a large cookie scoop to divide batter between prepared baking cups. 
  4. Generously coat each portion of batter with prepared crumb topping.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes or until easy to handle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  6. When muffins are cool, prepare glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice. Use a small spoon or whisk to drizzle glaze over cooled muffins. 
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to several days. 
Thanks for stopping by,  have a great week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the thing YOU L♥ve.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ricotta, Chicken and Broccoli Stuff Manicotti

This was the other dish I made for my sister in laws Birthday Dinner.  Both of the dishes were really good, guess it depends on you taste buds and if you prefer Alfredo Sauce or Marinara.   Making these are alot of work but then again I love cooking but it sure wears me out.

I box Manicotti shells
1 8 oz container Ricotta Cheese
1/2- 3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 egg
2 TBL parsley
1/2 TBL oregano or italian seasoning
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
salt and pepper
2-3 large boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic
olive oil

In a large pot cook Manicotti until Aldente, drain and set aside.
In a bowl combine Ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese egg and spices and mix well. Set aside.
In a large skillet add olive oil and cook some diced onion, add chicken pieces and cook until done, add the garlic and finish cooking.  When room temperature add it to the Ricotta mixture.  Fill Manicotti shells and place in a 9x11 baking dish with marinara sauce covering the bottom, line the filled shells up then sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top and then top with more marinara sauce.  Bake for about 25 minutes covered and until heated fully through.  You can take the foil off when you have about 10 minutes left to cook.

Serve with a nice salad and home made bread.  Enjoy!!
Thanks for stopping by, have a great week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the Things You L♥ve.
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