We are crazy nuts about cashews at my house...and we have two delicious ways to celebrate our nuttier side!
Cashew Crackle is a variation of a tasty treat we love at holiday times, simplified so that the cashew goodness can be celebrated all by itself. A layer of smooth chocolate and pecans is topped with a buttery, crunchy caramel cashew toffee bark. My three-year old grandson is convinced that if he eats this he will turn into Superman - but we all agree it is super-delicious!
Cashew Crack is another family favorite - a decadent layering of a crunchy toffee crust, topped with a luscious layer of chocolate, and topped with cashew pieces.
BANANA BATTLE: BANANA BARS with CREAMY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING vs. CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BARS with FLUFFY MILK CHOCOLATE FROSTING
Today was the battle of the bananas! A favorite snack for most everyone in the family, I buy BUNCHES of bananas every week - and if I'm lucky enough, there may be enough ripe ones left at the end of the week so that I can do some baking with bananas. Nice golden bananas, with lots of brown sugar sweet spots, just waiting to be baked into wonderful banana bread, banana muffins, banana cake, or even an occasional banana fluffernut pie over the campfire.
Just as I pulled out these golden treasures and started to pull out baking supplies from the pantry, my youngest announced that he was sure hoping that I would make some banana bars, because it had been FOREVER since he'd had them.
I had to agree with him - we tend to enjoy these more frequently in the summer time. They are so darn good when they are chilled! So, the question then became what type of banana bars to bake - simple Banana Bars with Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting, or the more decadent Chocolate Chip Banana Bars with Fluffy Milk Chocolate Frosting. Luckily I had lots of ripe bananas, and a few hours to spare, so the battle was on!
It's funny how everyone has a favorite, so the good news is that everyone enjoyed their favorite, or tried both. The vote is still out....which do you think should win the bake-off challenge?
Okay, I'll be honest about this cake. It is SERIOUSLY delicious - even without the Lucky Charms marshmallows!
I don't think I've met a kid yet that doesn't love the marshmallows in Lucky Charms Cereal! And if you're lucky enough to find the St. Patrick's Day special edition of the cereal, you are even luckier!
There are times when you just want bananas and milk chocolate - and these family favorite cookies will become your new favorite as well!
With the start of daylight savings time this morning, we were ALL dragging and in need of something to energize us all. With my group, we can never start celebrating St. Patrick's Day too early! Today we kicked off the official start of our favorite GREEN holiday.
We made two big pots of Guinness Irish Stew, and for the cabbage portion of our meal we made creamy Cranberry Apple Coleslaw. We enjoyed a baking lessons for most of the girls and a few of their friends by whipping up some Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with a center of melt-in-your-mouth Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Ganache and topped it with fluffy Bailey's Buttercream Frosting and lots of sprinkles!
One of our most favorite places to spend time is at Gunflint Lodge on the Gunflint Trail in the northern-most part of Minnesota. Memories of dogsledding, cross-country skiing, sleighrides, and roaring campfires with deer and moose wandering past our cabins is the most fabulous way to spend cold winter nights! And the Northern Lights are magical! Hot cocoa and fresh cookies are always waiting at the Lodge as well.
And the food! I have so many wonderful recipes from Ron Berg, the former chef at Gunflint Lodge in my collection. This weekend we celebrated with some of our very favorite treats from Gunflint Lodge...a savory Beefy Rice Bake, a hearty backwoods Gunflint Chili, and some Wild Rice Pecan Cakes.