Category Archives: Monday

Peppermint Oreo Cake

It is now the week of Christmas and I have the perfect dessert to share with you! There’s peppermint, chocolate and frosting. What could be better?

Peppermint-Oreo-Cake

I took my Oreo cake and Christmasified it. (Is Christmasified a word? I’m going to say it is.) I seem to be making a lot of cakes lately and this is definitely one to add to our Christmas traditions.

I modified my Oreo cake recipe to use Trader Joe’s gluten free peppermint Oreos instead of the plain ones. Then I used crushed candy canes around the edges of the cake, and mixed some of the crushed candy canes and red food coloring into the icing to decorate.

Enjoy! And have a lovely Christmas week! 🙂

Update: I just noticed that Fiesta Friday is celebrating its 100th week. How exciting! As it’s Christmas Day I thought it would be fitting to bring this cake along. Thank you so much to Angie for creating and hosting Fiesta Friday, as well as the co-hosts this week, Judi, Molly, Steffi, and Suzanne. I love seeing the new recipes everyone brings. Have a very merry Christmas! 🙂

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Cider Donuts

The holidays are almost here. It’s a time for family and friends and a time when all our seasonal foods come together.

I recently bought a donut pan. All autumn I’ve been wanting to make cider donuts, but I’ve been so busy with everything else that I haven’t had a chance. Well, this morning I finally did!

Cider Donuts

I used this recipe with some substitutes. I was so happy to find something that didn’t use any eggs because I just ran out. They were just perfect for this season.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂

Fried Eggplant

A friend of mine recently gave me a couple eggplants from her garden. Originally I was going to use them for eggplant parmesan (which I’m still planning on, by the way, it’s one of my absolute favorites!), but I decided one day that fried eggplant sounded like the perfect treat!

Fried Eggplant

It’s so easy! Just slice them up, fry them in some coconut oil with salt and pepper, then they’re ready to enjoy!

What are your favorite eggplant dishes?

Cheese Sauce

Who doesn’t like cheese? It is often a staple in our house. So what better way to use it than a multi-purpose cheese sauce?

I use this sauce in many different things (recipes will soon follow). But it’s also good on its own as a chip dip. Just chop up some jalapenos (optional), mix them in, and enjoy! You could also mix it with salsa for the more traditional queso sauce taste.

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Start by chopping the cheese into cubes.

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Add it to a saucepan with cream.

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Stir and heat until it’s all smooth and the cheese cubes have melted. (This is where you’d add the jalapenos or salsa for queso sauce.)

Melted-cheese

Now your cheese sauce is ready for use. 🙂

cheese sauce recipe card

I’d love to connect with you on Facebook. 🙂 What are some of your favorite cheese recipes?

In The Kitchen Again And Blogiversary

Happy Monday, everyone!

First off, I’m sorry for disappearing for a while there. My summer was crazy busy and most of it didn’t involve food. Well… Not the kind with recipes anyway. And secondly, I’ve missed you and I’m so happy to be back!

One year ago yesterday I signed up for WordPress and two days later published my very first post. I know I went away for a while, so it feels like cheating, but I can’t believe it’s already been an entire year!

This past Monday I decided, almost by accident, to start prepping my meals for the week. I had just finished grocery shopping the day before, and what a perfect way to spend my day!

I’ve been wanting to do freezer meals for a while now, I just haven’t gotten around to it. I’m taking small steps in that direction by making extras for the freezer. I’ve done three meals this week! And it didn’t even take much extra work or thought!

This week I went back to basics with chicken cordon bleu casserole, Hawaiian pizza, omelets, breakfast casserole, and margarita chicken with pico de gallo. I even added in a bacon brown sugar cheesecake with homemade whipped cream for dessert! (Recipe should follow shortly.)

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What have you been cooking this week?

The Kitchen Is Calling

Hello world! And happy Monday! I’m not sure anyone’s out there since it’s been so long, but I’ve enjoyed the summer and I’m thinking about coming back.

I don’t do much cooking through the warmer months, but now that summer is mellowing out and autumn is on its way I just can’t wait to really get back into the kitchen!

Update

Happy Monday afternoon!

I just wanted to give a quick update as to what I’m up to. The past couple weeks have been really full and during that time I’ve also done a lot of thinking about this blog.

What I Made Monday has veered off course from what I intended it to be.  My original plan was to make Mondays brighter and share projects I’ve been working on, or foods that I’ve made.

I wasn’t planning on having a food blog. Not that I wouldn’t post food and recipes, but just that the blog would consist of more than just that. I’ve been struggling with this discrepancy for a while now and I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with it.

I may change the tone of the blog to be more open, or I may just decide to roll with the whole food thing. What do you guys think?

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and week ahead! 🙂

Gluten-Free Brownie Cookie Cake

Happy Monday, everyone!

Last week was filled with yummy food.

We started with pepper, onion and Swiss omelets for breakfast with a side of fried tomatoes and potatoes.

Omelet

For dinner I made some pasta, chicken, and brussel sprouts, which I tossed together with some balsamic dressing and spices.

pasta

And for dessert this week I decided to make a brownie cookie pie. My husband called it “the ultimate hybrid dessert.” Quite enthusiastically, I might add. There was the warm cookie, and gooey brownie (in the best way possible), and we topped it off with some vanilla ice cream. Perfect.

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I used this recipe for the brownie, and this one for the chocolate chip cookie. Then I layered them in a cheesecake pan (bottom lined with parchment, edges greased) and baked it until it was done. (Covering with foil about 20 minutes in.) I don’t remember the exact time I ended up cooking it for, but it was probably somewhere around an hour.

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We ate it straight from the oven! I can’t even begin to say how fantastic the springform pan worked for this. It allowed me to easily (and cleanly) remove the cake from the pan without any hassle. The top of the cookie layer did break a bit, but that’s just how the cookie crumbles.

cake

Enjoy! And have a fantastic week! Be sure to follow along on Facebook for more updates and recipes.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip (Or M&M) Cookies

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend! This past week has absolutely flown by for me. It’s been far busier than I imagined, though not as busy as I’d planned.

In light of the new week, I think we all just need some cookies. What better way to cheer up a Monday?

I used this recipe, and I’m so happy that I found it! (Actually, my husband found it…) I was so surprised at how similar they were to regular chocolate chip cookies.

They were absolutely perfect straight from the oven, which is my favorite, and until this recipe, I hadn’t found a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe that was good warm.

The first time I made them, I used white chocolate chips and M&M’s instead of regular chocolate chips.

I’ll be making another batch of these later today, hopefully to try something a little more exciting with them. But let’s face it, chocolate chip cookies are almost always good.

Cookie Dough
Just look at that beautiful dough…

 

Fresh From The Oven

Enjoy! And Have a wonderful week!

Super Bowl Celebration

Happy Monday, everyone!

Today I just have some pictures of the yummy food we enjoyed yesterday! What types of food did you have for the Super Bowl? Or did you even watch it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Facebook. 🙂

M&M Cookies. :)
M&M cookies. 🙂 Gluten-free, of course.

 

Mozzarella Sticks... Which I cooked just a little too long. :-/
Mozzarella sticks… which I cooked just a little too long. :-/ Also gluten-free.

 

Loaded Nachos
Loaded nachos.

 

And then we finished it all off with red, white, and blue parfaits. :)
And then we finished it all off with red, white and blue parfaits!