I Want To Marry You Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
I Want To Marry You Cookies are the ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie! serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com

I saw I Want To Marry You Cookies a few weeks back over on Chris's blog The Cafe Sucre Farine and I knew I had to try them. I mean who can resist making cookies filled with semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, oatmeal and pecans in a buttery chocolate chip cookie? 

When LJ was asking to make cookies I thought it would be the perfect excuse to make I Want To Marry You Cookies and tease him that we need to work on his cookie making skills because someday when he meets the right girl he'll need to make her I Want To Marry You Cookies to win her over.

We browned the butter a bit in these cookies even though the original recipe doesn't call for it, because everything taste better with brown butter, and tweaked the recipe slightly using a few tricks from Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies.

If you like white and dark chocolate, oatmeal and just a hint of cinnamon these cookies are for you.
They are amazing! 

Cajun Pasta Shrimp Skillet

Friday, February 23, 2018
One Skillet Cajun Pasta Shrimp so easy to make!
Are you in need of an easy dinner idea? Cajun Pasta Shrimp Skillet is sure to hit the spot. It's loaded with shrimp, sausage, and pasta in a creamy cheesy cajun fontina sauce. It's so delicious and easy to assemble. It's pure and simple comfort food at it's best. 

It was the perfect way to break in the new pan Lorna gave me for Christmas! I'm absolutely in love with porcelain glazed cast iron at the moment, and I understand why my Granny always loved hers so much.

Cajun Pasta Shrimp Skillet is one of my easy go to 30 Minute Meals that helps ensure at the end of a busy day we still have time to sit down and enjoy dinner together as a family. It's amazing how much conversation happens in our house each night at the dinner table. I think it's one of the most important rituals we do in our house.

Here's how I  make Cajun Pasta Shrimp Skillet...

One Skillet Chicken With Cauliflower

Thursday, February 22, 2018
I originally posted One Skillet Chicken With Cauliflower in the wee early months of blogging when I had no clue what I was doing.. I pointed, I shot and I posted...Life was easy, but the quality of the photos wasn't all that great..

A lot of our family favorite meals didn't receive the credit they deserve and One Skillet Chicken With Cauliflower is one of those dishes. It's easy, flavorful and super budget friendly.  When I can get Chicken Thighs and Cauliflower on sale this dinner is made for under $2 a serving and is really easy to make.

I love the clean up since it's all made in one pan. Plus the best part of all is the cauliflower being cooked in the chicken drippings then topped with the chicken and placed in the oven to finish cooking. It imparts a delicious flavor to the cauliflower and needs no additional butter.

This dish can be made with whatever chicken parts you have on hand. Chicken thighs, drumsticks or breast all work well. If you use breast meat the chicken will need to cook longer in the oven.


Hot Fudge Fondue

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Hot Fudge Fondue
Hot Fudge Fondue recipe is sponsored by Safeway.

We make Hot Fudge Fondue quite a bit. It's extraordinarily easy, and the perfect dessert for Valentine's Day. It's always fun to dip things in chocolate and feed each other. The options for dipping are endless, but a few of our favorites are strawberries, O Organics® Pretzel Rods, Banana, Apple, and Cookies.

It's one of those desserts I almost always have the stuff on hand to make, and is a favorite whether we are entertaining company of just enjoying a quiet night at home. Young and old alike always enjoy choosing things to dip!

Hot Fudge Fondue
Our first stop for a romantic evening in is always Safeway. They always have what we are looking for at a great value.

If you follow me on Instagram you've seen a few posts about the Friday Flowers Colt does. Colt will randomly pick up flowers on Friday from Safeway on his way home when he stops to grab a few things. After purchasing flowers at numerous different places he always purchases from Safeway now, because the flowers always last so much longer, and the people in the flower department are always super helpful. They are always more than willing to help him choose a chop and drop pre-arranged bouquet within his budget, and wrap the flowers to go, or arrange them in a debi lilly design™ vase. 

Flowers shouldn't just be for special occasions. They are the perfect way to let the one you love know you were thinking of them! 
Hot Fudge Fondue
To make the Hot Fudge Fondue you will need: Half and Half, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Brown Sugar, Instant Coffee, Vanilla, and Salt.
Hot Fudge Fondue
In a small saucepan combine 1 1/2 cups O Organics® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, 1/2 cup O Organics Half and Half, 1/4 cup Brown Sugar, 1/2 teaspoon O Organics Instant Coffee, 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, and a pinch of Salt.
Hot Fudge Fondue
Stir over medium heat until chocolate melts, and mixture is smooth.

Serve with Strawberries, O Organics Pretzel Rods, and any other desired fruit or cookies for dipping.  
Hot Fudge Fondue
Make sure to surprise the one you love with a debi lilly design ™bouquet and candles to set the mood for Valentines Day without spending a lot of time or money. Debi Lilly makes it easy to create a great event whether it's a quiet night at home or entertaining company within a reasonable budget. 

I buy all my debi lilly design™ products and O Organics products exclusively at my local Safeway and Albertsons stores and you can also find them at all Albertsons Companies family of stores, including ACME, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw's, Star Market, United Express, United, and Carrs/Safeway. Make sure to visit Safeway.com or Albertsons.com to find a store near you and discover more great Valentine's Day inspiration! 

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Hot Fudge Fondue

Hot Fudge Fondue is the perfect dessert for Valentines Day or entertaining.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 5 MINStotal time: 10 mins


Hot Fudge Fondue
  • 1 1/2 cups O Organics Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup O Organics Half and Half
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Organics Instant Coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 pinch Salt
For Serving
  • Strawberries
  • O Organics Pretzel Rods


Hot Fudge Fondue
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until chocolate is smooth and silky.
  2. Serve with strawberries, pretzel rods, and any other desired goodies for dipping.
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Hot Fudge Fondue
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Companies. The opinions and text are all mine.


Garlic Dill Marinated Mushrooms

Friday, February 2, 2018
Garlic Dill Marinated Mushrooms from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

It's like this: I ❤ Garlic Dill Marinated Mushrooms! They are the perfect addition to a Charcuterie Board for Super Bowl. 

Garlic Dill Marinated Mushrooms are tangy like a pickle with a hint of sweetness from honey, and wonderful flavor of dill. Plus they are super simple to make in under 15 minutes. I think the hardest part was allowing them time to marinate in the fridge prior to devouring.

Colt loves them so much he likes to keep some hidden in the fridge to munch on after company leaves if we are entertaining. He even eats all the garlic! I've tried a few different combinations like Tarragon Shallot Marinated Mushrooms, but the garlic dill seems to be the family favorite! If you want use different herbs just switch out the dill for tarragon or whatever else you like.
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