Homemade Pesto Ravioli

By September 22, 2014 Pasta Dishes

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Ahh, ravioli. If you’ve learned anything about my family since reading Food&Fam, you’ve probably taken away the fact that we love making pasta. Our basil & garlic fettucine is a favorite, but we like to venture out into trying other recipes, too.  I originally shared this amazing pesto-filled ravioli here on this blog, but I’ve moved the recipe to my other blog, so click here to get the full recipe and all the step-by-step photos – you’ll be well on your way to making beautiful, and delicious, ravioli of your very own! 

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Ten Tasty Kabobs & Skewers

By September 16, 2014 Appetizers, Desserts, Tasty Ten Tuesday

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The presentation of food can make a big difference, as I’m sure most people are aware; but did you know you’re 143 times more likely to enjoy your food if it’s on a kabob or skewer?

Ok, so I totally made that up. But still, I think we can all agree that there’s just something inherently fun about food on a stick.  Grilled chicken on a plate is, well, grilled chicken, but when you have a chicken kabob with veggies, it suddenly becomes a perfect party food! And, for example, I saw peanut butter sandwich kabobs on She Knows when I was doing research for this post.

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So fun, right? It’s just a peanut butter sandwich cut into bite-sized pieces and interspersed with fruit, but it’s something different and a little more special than the classic approach – I think my boys would really get a kick out of having their sandwich served this way. I’m planning on throwing Elsie a Very Hungry Caterpillar party and I’ve already been thinking about how to incorporate some skewers into the party foods – grapes on a skewer could make a pretty cute – and edible – caterpillar, don’t you think?

This week you’ll find ten delicious skewers and kabobs that’d be great for parties or even just a way to spice up your normal meals at home. Here are a couple from the list below that I especially can’t wait to try:

  • Melon mozzarella prosciutto skewers from A Communal Table. I love love love salty and sweet flavors together, especially when there’s a touch of acidity (in this case from a mint vinaigrette) to balance it all out. These look adorable and amazing.
  • Bite-sized baked brie from Joy the Baker. It’s another sweet and salty combination FTW here, folks. These would be lovely as little appetizers at a party and would spare your guests the need to walk around with a fork while socializing.

For each photo, click the recipe title below it and you’ll be taken to the original recipe post. You can also find all of these recipes pinned on my Pinterest account for easy repinning. As always, I hope you’ll discover some great recipes to try and some amazing food bloggers to follow. You’ll notice the very last entry isn’t necessarily a recipe but it’s a super fun party display or party favor idea, so I decided to include it honorarily.

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Antipasti Kabobs from Roti N Rice

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Melon Mozzarella Prosciutto Skewers from A Communal Table

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Ten Tasty Icebox Pies & Cakes

By July 15, 2014 Cakes, Pies, Tasty Ten Tuesday

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We went down to the Corpus Christi/Padre Island area last week, so if you noticed a lack of posting it’s because I was lounging on the beach, relaxing playing with the kids on the beach, which included sand castles, boogie boards, kites and shell collecting. And a sunburn for Brian and me. We were diligent about keeping the kids slathered with sunscreen but we both managed to miss spots on ourselves, and ohmyword are we paying for it this week.

All in all, though, it was a really wonderful, fun trip, and it really put me in a summery mood. And in the summer, there are days that it is just hot and you definitely don’t want to turn on the oven and add to that in any way.

Icebox desserts are a lifesaver in the summer, because you end up with something delicious and you don’t have to heat up the house in the process. They’re also great to have the kids help with since there’s no dangerous heat element involved and there are plenty of opportunities for spoon licking.

Today I’ve got ten icebox cakes and pies to share with you, including:

  • Snickers icebox cake from Bakers Royale. Basically a giant Snickers ice cream bar. Yes, please.
  • Coconut Lime Icebox Pie – could you get any more summery? –  from The Cozy Apron. I can’t wait to try this one!

For each photo, click the recipe title below it and you’ll be taken to the original recipe post. You can also find all of these recipes pinned on my Pinterest account for easy repinning. As always, I hope you’ll discover some great recipes to try and some amazing food bloggers to follow.

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Snickers Icebox Cake from Bakers Royale

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Pretzel Strawberry Icebox Pie from The Proper Pinwheel

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Ten Tasty Dessert Bites

By July 8, 2014 Desserts, Tasty Ten Tuesday

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I have a serious sweet tooth and definitely love a big slice of cake or  scoop of ice cream, but sometimes all you need is just a small taste of dessert to satisfy your cravings. Today’s Tasty Ten Tuesday is focusing on dessert bites – small, decadent treats that pack a serious creative punch. These would all be great to serve at parties, too!

Here are a couple of highlights from this week’s list:

  • Salted Caramel Brownie Bites from Inside Bru Crew’s life. Chocolate. And caramel. And brownies. Oh my word, people. And all topped off with a sprinkling of salt? Sounds like a pretty perfect bite.
  • Apple Pie Bites that bake up quickly and would be perfect on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream – thanks for the great recipes, TF Diaries!

For each photo, click the recipe title below it and you’ll be taken to the original recipe post. You can also find all of these recipes pinned on my Pinterest account for easy repinning. As always, I hope you’ll discover some great recipes to try and some amazing food bloggers to follow.

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Cherry Cheesecake Bites from Oh Bite It

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Chocolate Buttercream Thumbprint Cookies

By July 7, 2014 Cookies, Desserts

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When I was pregnant with Elsie, I craved three things: bacon-wrapped, cream cheese-stuffed jalapeños, beef (steak, brisket, burgers, you name it and I craved it), and thumbprint cookies.

Since I had gestational diabetes, though, I had to really watch my sugar intake, so that meant virtually no cookies throughout my pregnancy. Insert frowny face.

I apparently talked a lot about thumbprint cookie withdrawal, because after Elsie was born I had several friends and family members that brought me boxes of them from a favorite local bakery. If that’s not a sign I am surrounded by amazing people, I don’t know what is.

I decided that since thumbprint cookies rank up so high on my favorite cookie list I really ought to work on figuring out how to make them at home.

To me, chocolate is the perfect balance to the mild flavor of thumbprints, so I paired an extra-chocolaty buttercream with the cookies. Colin, our five-year-old, declared that they definitely needed sprinkles. Of course they did! Genius.

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What you end up with is a light, crunchy cookie and a sweet, center. A perfect, colorful cookie combo that can’t help but make you smile.

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