Rosemary Brown Sugar Bacon

You had me at bacon!  I LOVE bacon…I will admit though it is not something I buy or make on a regular basis.  However, every single time I make this recipe my family ALWAYS asks “why don’t you make this more often??”

The best part of this recipe is that you cook your bacon in the over.  If you are not doing that by now, it is time to start!  One pan, no splatters…easy peasy!  So here you go, a delicious sticky sweet bacon with the perfect hint of rosemary…your bacon game will never be the same!

Rosemary Brown Sugar Bacon

  • 1 lb thick cut bacon
  • brown sugar
  • fresh rosemary chopped

Lay your strips of bacon on a baking sheet (you can cover with foil or use a rack..I never do!)

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Sprinkle with brown sugar and chopped rosemary.   My family loves lots of brown sugar!

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Bake at 375 for about 15 min depending on how crispy you like it!

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That’s it!!  So easy, so delicious!

Enjoy

xoxo~Dawn

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake!

I love having a protein shake as the way to break my fast…by that I mean I intermittent fast, so I eat my first meal at 11am and stop eating at 7pm.  I kind of naturally eat this way, but I have just noticed such a difference in my eating habits by making this my daily habit.

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This shake is my go-to.  I am a huge chocolate-peanut butter fan ( hello, Reese’s)…so this is a great way to satisfy that craving!  Here’s my easy recipe!

I hope you enjoy this as much as i do!

xoxo~Dawn

*this post contains affiliate links, but all thoughts and opinions are mine!

Red White and Blue Desserts

Well, here we are, two weeks from the 4th of July!  Not really sure how that happened, but here in the Pacific Northwest, the 4th symbolizes our kick off to Summer!  I love the feeling of pride when I see these colors.  I am currently prepping my 4th porch, which I will share soon, but in the meantime I thought it would be fun to give you some dessert inspo for that bbq you’re planning or the one you are attending.

With the internet, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel here people.  Pinterest has let millions of creative gems out there share their creations with you, and imitation is the best form of flattery..am I right??

So here you go!  I’ve rounded up a few fun patriotic sweet treats and a yummy drink for your celebration!

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Pretzel Rods

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Strawberries

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Sangria

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Rice Krispie Treats

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Kabobs

You can follow me on Pinterest for lots of other inspiration!

xoxo~Dawn

Decadent Chocolate Orange Truffles

This might just be the easiest truffle recipe you have ever made!  I am a HUGE fan of Lindt Excellence chocolate bars, so incorporating my favorite one into these truffles was an easy YES!!  Make these for your next baby or bridal shower, grad party, or a fun easy dessert!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3 Lindt Intense Orange Chocolate bars
  • Cocoa powder

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~Chop up your chocolate bars into small pieces and place in a heat safe bowl.

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~To a saucepan add 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, and over medium heat stir constantly until almost boiling. Pour the heated whipping cream over the chocolate and let sit two minutes.

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~Stir the chocolate mixture until all the chocolate pieces have melted. Cover and place the chocolate mixture in the refrigerator for 2 hours until solid.

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~Once chilled, scoop chocolate and roll into balls of your desired size. These are very rich, so I recommend about a 1-inch diameter or less.

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~Roll each truffle in cocoa powder. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. These would also be amazing rolled in chopped almonds or coconut.

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These truffles are so delicious and can be made a variety of ways. You could use plain chocolate and add in extracts or liqueurs of your choice. There are also so many amazing candy bars available that you could use as well.

Let me know if you make these yourself!

xoxo~Dawn

 

A Peep Four Ways!

Are you a fan of Peeps??  You know, those sugared covered marshmallow bunnies and chicks that used to only come out at Easter??  Now they make an appearance for every holiday AND they are now in Oreos!!  Heaven help me!

I am a fan!!  Yep, right here!!  However, my favorite way to eat a Peep is after it has been out of the package 1 day!  I like when it tends to have a little more “bite” to it than the squishy soft right out of the package texture!

I thought it would be fun to show you Peeps 4 ways!  Two ideas you can eat, but if eating them is not your thing, you can always decorate with them!

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How about Peeps and jelly beans lining the inside of my trifle bowl, and a vase of tulips stuck in the center!  Super easy and a darling Springtime centerpiece!

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My kids always get Peeps in their Easter baskets..some love them more than others, but everyone loved this S’mores Peep dip!  Just line the bottom of a 9×13 pan with chocolate bars, lay your chicks in a row, and bake at 300 until the chocolate is melted.  Use graham crackers for dipping!

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I am crazy for these Peeps Pops  I found on Pinterest from Gimmie Some Oven…this is what I’m making this year!

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Ok…and is this not the cutest wreath ever from Tried and True Blog???

So whether you love ’em or hate ’em…maybe you could decorate with ’em!

xoxo~Dawn

S’mores Cupcakes…yes please!

Have you ever had a S’mores Cupcake?

This recipe is from Trophy Cupcakes, and was shared by Jennifer Shea a few years agon on Martha Stewart.  I, of course, took a short cut (like I always do!) and used a chocolate cake mix and added in chocolate chips…but they were still amazing!

I’ve shared the original recipe with you below, in case you want to make them from scratch.  The Marshmallow frosting is my favorite part!

 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • Marshmallow Frosting

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.

  2. Sift 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix ingredients together on low speed.

  3. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine; set cake batter aside.

  4. Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.

  5. Place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup. Use the bottom of a small glass to pack crumbs into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Reserve remaining graham cracker mixture for topping.

  6. Place 2 teaspoons chocolate in each muffin cup. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and fill each muffin cup three-quarters full with cake batter. Sprinkle each with remaining chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Return to oven and bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer muffin tins to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely.

  7. Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or French tip (such as Ateco #867 or Ateco #809). Pipe frosting in a spiral motion on each cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the frosting, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container, up to 2 days.

Marshmallow Frosting

This frosting recipe from Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes is used for delicious Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow.

    • YIELD: MAKES ENOUGH FOR 2 DOZEN CUPCAKES
    • 8 large egg whites
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined. Use immediately.

 

I hope you love these as much as my family did!!

xoxo~ Dawn

How to Make Knock-off Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

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Are you a fan of Starbucks Pumpkin Scones??  I am, but not a fan of paying $3 every time I want one.  Well….I have perfected my Pumpkin Scone recipe and these are delicious!  Sharing is caring, so here you go!

Pumpkin Scones

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 7T sugar
  • 1T baking powder
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1/2t nutmeg
  • 1/4t cloves
  • 6T cold butter
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 3T half&half
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2T half & half

Preheat oven to 425

In a food processor combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and butter and pulse until butter is distributed.

Add in pumpkin, half and half (3T) and egg and pulse until mixed.

Turn out onto floured surface, and if too sticky add a little flower.  Form into a circle and cut in half.  Form each half into circles and cut into four wedges each.

Place on a Silpat lined baking sheet, and brush with an egg wash

Bake 15 min, until golden brown

While cooling, mix together 1 cup powdered sugar and 2T half and half to make icing/glaze.  Add more milk or powdered sugar until you reach the consistency you are looking for.

*you can add sprinkles or decorative sugar like I did!

Enjoy!

xoxo~Dawn