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Cold brew coffee has become more and more popular. Especially with the hot summer months approaching. So what makes this coffee so different from traditional iced coffee we’re used to?
It's FRIDAY!!! Last night there was a full moon and I am totally feeling it. I am excited the weekend is here. Let's get started with my favorite five this week.
This summer has been so hot and when it comes to desserts all I can think of is something cold, sweet, and delicious. This ice cream cake is all of those things and more. It's super easy to throw together with zero baking required AND you can easily make it your own by using your favorite ice cream.
That's right! This irresistible caramel corn is my husband's recipe. This stuff is so delicious! Seriously, I will never buy caramel corn again. It's light, airy, sweet, salty, buttery caramel taste will have you wanting to eat the whole batch.
Joey and I have started to eat more lean proteins like fish, shrimp, and chicken. I love fish (my husband…not so much) and I also love Chipotle bowls. So I thought why not make a healthier version of a Chipotle bowl and add fish to it. Surprisingly we both loved this meal and needless to say there were no leftovers. It was delicious and has my husband would say, it’s a keeper!
If you aren’t into fish, especially the kind that has the really fishy taste then I recommend trying sway. It is a very very mild fish and almost taste like chicken. We found frozen sway filets at Publix and actually used those instead of the cod or tilapia.
You can also fill your bowl with whatever filling you'd like. Peppers, onions, guacamole or some salsa would add a nice touch to the bowl.
Fish Taco Bowl
• 2 teaspoons chili powder
• 2 teaspoons cumin
• Dash of cayenne pepper
• Pinch of garlic powder
• 3-4 cod fillets (or other white fish such as tilapia)
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 1 cup frozen corn, thawed, or fresh corn cut off the cob
• 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
• 2 cups cooked brown rice
• Avocado, cilantro, and lime juice for garnish (optional)
So I have to say that I love everything about this recipe! Peeps, Robin Eggs, M&M's, white chocolate, easy, and delicious! What's not to love? It's like an Easter basket thrown into one piece of candy! Another great thing about this recipe is you can really make it for any holiday and add whatever you want on top of your bark.
I made a few batches to package up and give to Ava's teachers for Easter. There may or may not be a few craters in their pieces where a piece of a Peep might have been. I just couldn't help myself. I love Peeps! Especially these featured with cake batter flavor. That's right...cake batter! Delicious!
For this recipe I tried it with chocolate morsels and also tried a batch using Bakers Baking Chocolate Bar. To me they tasted the same. The chocolate morsels are much cheaper and you get more bark out of one batch verses the Bakers Baking Bar. The chocolate might not stay as fresh as the baking bar...but honestly...it won't stay around that long.
The key to working with chocolate is how you melt it. You have to melt it slowly and not let your chocolate get too hot too quickly otherwise it will mess up the texture of the chocolate. You can choose to melt your chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between each increment until it is fully melted or you can use a double boiler (the method I recommend using). Don't have a double boiler? No worries, neither do I. I just make my own double boiler. I take a medium sized pot and fill it with just a little bit of water. Maybe an inch deep or so. Just enough to boil and create some steam but not touch the bowl sitting on top. Then I place a stove top safe bowl on top and put the chocolate in that. Cook on medium-high heat (enough heat to boil the water underneath) and stir constantly until the chocolate has melted. It the bowl is getting too hot you can remove it for the pot and keep stirring the chocolate and then add it back to the pot when needed. It might sound complicated but it really isn't. Below is a picture of my self made double boiler.
I have made three batches of this bark this week. The first one had semi-sweet chocolate on the bottom layer and white chocolate on top.
The second batch was just all white chocolate.
The third batch (the batch I kept for us) has milk chocolate on the bottom layer and peanut butter and white chocolate on the top layer. To make this I added two big spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter when melting the white chocolate. The third batch is my favorite!
After we finished making the bark we packaged it up and made little treat baskets for Ava's teachers. Ava was a big help!
Ava and I both loved the grass! I found these little containers at Hobby Lobby to put the treat bags in, then used some Easter Egg sticks my mom gave me last year (sorry mom), and then found a Happy Easter printable on Pinterest. Now, our treats are all set and ready to be delivered!
After all that hard work Ava needed a nap!
If you don't get time to make this for Easter I highly recommend pinning the recipe and then make for the next holiday..or heck make them just because! I think next time I might try crushed Oreos on top. Oh my!
Easter Chocolate Bark
Wrapped with bacon and drizzled with a brown sugar glaze these green beans are bound to become a family favorite. They're absolutely delicious! My family normally had the traditional green bean casserole during our holiday dinners. Then one holiday I offered to take care of the green beans and brought these instead. Needless to say everyone loved them!
I don't have any pictures to share because I haven't had a chance to make them but I still wanted to share the recipe with you incase you would like to add them to your Easter Menu. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
Pizza night is one of our favorites here at the Thompson house. We have tried a variety of different doughs, toppings, sauces, etc. We cook them in the oven or on the grill (which is my favorite). Sometimes we make it a competition to see who can make the best pizza. When I first found this recipe I thought there was no way this could be good. It must be one of those Pinterest Fail recipes. Even though I didn't think this recipe could be good, something inside of me was still very curious, so I decided what the heck I will give it a try. I just so happened to have the needed ingredients on hand so that made me want to try it even more.
I did as the directions said and mixed 1 cup of plain greek yogurt with 1 1/2 cups of self rising flour in a bowl until the dough came together. Then I floured my kitchen counter generously with more self rising flour in order to knead the dough until it was no longer sticky. I had to add some more flour to help with this process. It took about 8 to 10 minutes to knead the dough.
At this point I thought to myself...hmmm this might actually work. I rolled the dough to the desired thickness we wanted. Next time I might even use my Kitchen Aid pasta attachment to make a flatbread pizza. We topped the pizza with our desired sauces and toppings and now it was ready to go in the oven. We baked it at 450 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes. I kept look at it constantly through the oven window to see how it was looking. It was ready to take out of the oven and now it was time for the real test.
Believe it or not it was actually really good. It has a crisp bottom with a thick and fluffy texture in the middle. It also had a little tiny taste of sour dough bread but it wasn't overbearing. It was quite delicious! We had added this to the many pizza dough recipes we like to use for pizza night. Like my husbands say, "It's a keeper!"
Two Ingredient Pizza Dough: