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Friday, October 10, 2014

Witches Brew {Cream Cheese Halloween Dip} #plantprotein



I've always been fascinated with witches and Halloween. I literally think that the enchantment of Halloween is woven into my DNA.

My husband may keep me from turning the house into a Halloween masterpiece before October but on October 1st all of the rules are gone and the house is MINE!



I set out a few things the other day but today I really got into it and decorated the living room and even convinced BigBear to set up the "graveyard" in the flower beds! haha.

I've got my Halloween Wreath on the door and my "Halloween Menu" of "Bat Wings, Spider Fangs and Witches Brew" hanging on the wall! Speaking of Witches Brew... would you care for some? ;)



I plan on having another Halloween Dinner party this year and this Witches Brew will totally be on the menu! It comes together in a snap and it is just perfectly spooky for Halloween!

I found this little black plastic cauldron at Target (it came with a weird green drink mix but I just tossed that haha) and the gummy eyeballs and worms are from there too! Target had some other gummy eyeballs but the ones from TreatStreet were the best looking ones!



Now I did make this with Almond Milk and Pistachio pudding BUT if you're serving this at a party and aren't sure if anyone has a nut allergy just change it up a bit and make this with Soy Milk and Cheesecake or Vanilla Pudding! It's just as amazing that way!


Most dessert dips that I've had at parties are overly sweet from tons of sugar being added to them but I mainly rely on the flavor of the Vanilla Almond milk and the pudding for this dip!

Side note: If you use cheesecake or vanilla pudding for this dip you'll want to add a little bit of green food coloring to the dip while you're mixing it... unless you want white witches brew. I suppose that would be ok but I've never seen a witch with "white potions" haha.


Serve these with a side of "bones" and you're all set!



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Witch's Brew {Cream Cheese Halloween Dip}
By: Angie Barrett
10/10/2014
about 8 cups of dip                                                           (Click to Print)

Ingredients 

6 cups Silk Vanilla Almond (or vanilla soy milk)
3 boxes pistachio pudding (or cheesecake pudding)
16 oz cool whip, thawed
16 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
Green Food Coloring (optional)
Gummy Eyeballs
Gummy Worms/Gummy Snakes

Directions 

Pour the pudding into a large bowl and whisk in the milk. Whisk for about 3-4 minutes. Pudding will not get thick since we're using almond milk (or soymilk).

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and pudding. (Yes it will look weird but trust me!)

Next fold in the cool whip. Mix until everything is incorporated!

Pour into a bowl (or witch's cauldron). Stick gummy eyeballs and gummy worms into the top of the dip.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Side note: If you use cheesecake or vanilla pudding for this dip you'll want to add a little bit of green food coloring to the dip while you're mixing it



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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

50 Fantastic Corn Recipes



Today I'm checking off another state from my "Must Travel To" list as I hang out in Iowa for the 2014 #IACornQuest!! 

I'm so excited to be hanging out at the farms today with Iowa Corn and a handful of other bloggers!  I just know we're gonna have a blast together! 

So while I'm running around the cornfields of Iowa today I want to share some "corny" goodness with you! 

That's right! 50 super awesome recipes made with corn! You're gonna love them! 

Photo: Skinny Mexican Grilled Corn from The Cookie Rookie

Skinny Mexican Grilled Corn from The Cookie Rookie
Cornbread Casserole  from Noshing with the Nolands
BLT Esquites Sandwich from It's Yummi
Roasted Red Pepper Cheesy Corn Cakes from It's Yummi
Chilled Avocado Cucumber Schav from What Jew Wanna Eat


Corn Chowder from Taste Love and Nourish
Roasted Corn, Black Bean, & Mango Salsa from The Kitchen is my Playground
Chicken Corn Chowder from The Kitchen is my Playground
Grilled Corn with Za’atar Garlic Butter from Busy in Brooklyn
Vegetarian Chili & Cornbread from Busy in Brooklyn


Photo: Roasted Hatch Chile Corn Dip from The House Wife in Training Files

Skillet Corn and Lima Beans from Kellis Kitchen
Roasted Hatch Chile Corn Dip from The House Wife in Training Files
Cream Corn Soup with Lime Crema from The House Wife in Training Files
Cornbread Waffle BLT's with Garlic Aioli from The House Wife in Training Files
Cheesy Sweet Hot Peppers and Corn from Grumpy's Honey Bunch


Photo: Fresh Corn Salsa from The Healthy Maven

Fresh Corn Salsa from The Healthy Maven
Fresh Corn Chowder from Cooking on the Front Burner
Healthy Crock Pot Jalapeno, Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup from Krafted Koch
Buffalo Chicken & Sweet Corn Tostadas from Krafted Koch
Black Bean and Corn Salsa from What Smells So Good

Fire Roasted Corn and Tomatillo Salsa from The View from Great Island
Pumpkin Cornbread from The View from Great Island
Cheddar Corn Fritters from Taste and Tell Blog
Grilled Corn and Green Chile Dip from Taste and Tell Blog
Crab and Corn Soup from Taste and Tell Blog


Photo: Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers with Avocado and Corn from Food Faith Fitness

Grilled Corn Salad with Jalapeno Lime Vinaigrette from Food Faith Fitness
Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers with Avocado and Corn from Food Faith Fitness
Southwest Black Bean and Corn Salsa from The Roasted Root
Grilled Corn and Tomatillo Salad from Food Faith Fitness
Sweet corn egg drop soup from Running to the Kitchen


Caprese Corn Salad from Very Culinary
Mini Corn Cake Muffins from Very Culinary
Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp  from Very Culinary
Corn and Cheddar Cheese Chowder from The View from Great Island
Roasted Corn and Saffron Risotto from The View from Great Island




Sweet corn bacon ice cream from Running to the Kitchen
Crock Pot Cheddar Creamed Corn from Julies Eats and Treats
Creamed Corn Cornbread Muffins from An Edible Mosaic
Corn on the Cob with Lemon Basil Pesto from The Lemon Bowl
Cut Down Corn Chowder from Basil Momma


Tilapia with Roasted Corn from Taste and Tell Blog
Fresh Corn and Roasted Chile Sauté from Farm Fresh Feast
Fresh Corn, Hatch Chile & Feta Pizza from Farm Fresh Feast
Mexican Sausage & Cornbread Strata from Snappy Gourmet
Lemon Pasta with Shrimp Corn Peppers and Tomatoes from Jeanette's Healthy Living



Photo: Creamy Corn Chowder from Big Bear's Wife (that's me!)

Mexican Corn Quinoa Salad from Jeanette's Healthy Living
White Acre Pea and Corn Salad from Simply Southern Baking
Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip from Kitchen Treaty
Cheddar Corn Chowder from Kitchen Treaty
Creamy Corn Chowder from Big Bear's Wife (that's me!)





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Monday, October 6, 2014

Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats


This is Halloween, This is Halloween! In this town we call home, everyone hail to the pumpkin song.... yes the song from The Nightmare before Christmas has been stuck in my head all week!

I do believe that it's because Halloween is only a few weeks away!! Who's ready? I know I am!



While I may not be into making "gross" and "gory" Halloween foods I do like to make some things that scream "Halloween". Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats do just that, don't ya think?


Now I already know that when I post these I'll get comment or e-mails about them being unhealthy and full of "this and that". Well I suppose it's all in how you make them really.

I made these with regular rice krispy cereal, butter, marshmallows and chocolate. I'm sorry but sometimes I just want my comfort food/childhood favorites! :) It's Halloween! I'm allowed to cheat ;)




However if you're looking to make these a bit better for you here are some substitution ideas:

Rice Krispie Cereal --- use Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice - Gluten Free Cereal
Marshmallows -- use Dandies Vegan Marshmallows
Butter -- use Earth Balance 
Green Food Coloring -- use Natural Green Food Coloring 
Chocolate -- use Enjoy Life Foods, Mini Chips, Semi-Sweet Chocolate
Eyes -- I don't know about this one, sorry.


For the ones you see here, I just used regular rice krispie cereal, large marshmallows, unsalted butter, melting chocolate wafers, yellow food coloring and blue food coloring along with a few candy eyes that I found at Hobby Lobby!
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Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats
By: Angie Barrett
10/06/2014
Makes about 10 (depends on how big you cut the squares)
                                                                   (Click to Print)
Ingredients 

3 tablespoons butter
10 oz marshmallows
6 cups rice krispie cereal
10 drops yellow food coloring
10 drops blue food coloring
Melted Chocolate/Candy Coating
Candy Eyes

Directions 

Melt the butter in a large pot and add the marshmallows. Stir until they are all melted!

Add in the food coloring and stir until it turns green.

Add rice krispie cereal a little bit at a time and stir to combine.

Press rice krispie cereal into a buttered 9 x 13 pan. Press flat and let cool.

Let rice krispie treats sit for about 30 minutes.

Remove from pan and cut into squares.

Melt Chocoalte according the package directions. Dip the tops of the Rice Krispie Treats into the melted chocolate.

Lay on a sheet of wax paper (or a plate).

Use some of the melted chocolate and "glue" on the candy eyes.

Fill a ziplock bag with some of the melted chocolate, snip an end off and pipe a stitch mouth onto Frankenstein.

Let the Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats sit for about 20 minutes undisturbed or until the chocolate had hardened.




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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup

This recipe literally came about because I had no idea as to what I was going to make for dinner and really didn't want to go to the store or order take out.

Every day when BigBear gets off work he calls me and the first words out of his mouth are "What are we doing for dinner?" haha

Now I know that I should be an awesome wife and already have dinner planned for each day but no, I work every day until 5 and I just forget about dinner sometimes. Oops.

Homemade Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup

So anyways, the other day when I was getting ready to leave work Big Bear called and I was stumped... "Um, I guess we'll have leftovers." "Left over what? We don't have any leftovers"

Darn.... "We'll have soup, some kind of soup, I'll make soup."

With a little hesitation in his voice, BigBear said ok. He had to go work on the farm for a few hours so I headed home and started working on dinner.

Homemade Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup

I went through the fridge and freezer looking for anything that I could toss in to my soup experiment.

I suppose that you could, in fact, call this a "clean out your fridge soup". I pulled out frozen chicken breasts, bags of left over frozen from the freezer and scoops up some collard greens left over from the Perfect Grits and Greens Breakfast Bowl that I made and I pulled out a bowl of left over pasta that I had cooked for Southwest Pasta one night! (I always cook too much pasta and have leftovers!)

I felt like I was making Stone Soup, haha, you've heard the stone soup story right?

Homemade Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup

Anwyas, after a few trips to the spice cabinet and a bit of simmering I gave it a taste! Just perfect! Soup Perfection!

BigBear loved it and I think he'll be asking for this over regular chicken noodle soup from now on!

Oh and here is a tip! Make a huge batch of this, fill gallon size ziplock bags half way with soup, press the air out and then seal. Lay them flat on a baking sheet and then freeze them. Once the bags/soup is frozen remove the baking sheet and stock your freezer!

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Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup
By: Angie Barrett 10/02/14
Makes 8-12 servings (depending on the size of your bowl haha)
                                                                     (Click to Print)

Ingredients 

8-10 cups of water
1 oz Greek seasoning
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons pepper
1 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
4 chicken bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground mustard
4 boneless-skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
1 zucchini, grated (or diced)
8 cups chopped collard greens
16 oz corn


Directions 

Add the water, Greek seasoning, onion powder, garlic, pepper and chili powder, bouillon cubes, oregano and ground mustard in a large stock pot. Stir well and bring to a boil.

Add in the chicken. Cook on medium to high heat for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is white and cooked throughout.

Remove 1-2 cups of water from stock pot and set aside.**

Add in zucchini and collard greens. Let cook for 10 minutes. Add in corn. Stir.

Add in cooked pasta. Cover and turn heat to low. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.

**Use the reserved stock/water for re-heating.






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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Homemade Vanilla Chai Latte @LoveMySilk #plantprotein

Homemade Vanilla Chai Latte @LoveMySilk #plantprotein

Sometimes it's the simplest of request that have me scratching my head in the kitchen and wondering what I've gotten myself into. The request from BigBear for a Chai Latte did just that. I worked for an afternoon, steeping tea, testing methods and taste testing almost a dozen cups of chai variations until I found the perfect Homemade Vanilla Chai Latte! After that, I was in heaven!

I felt like Goldilocks while I was in the kitchen!

"This one has no flavor" 

"This one is too cold"

"This one is ...wait... what is that.. no... just no"

"Oh this one is pretty good"

"Oh this one is Perfect!!"

Homemade Vanilla Chai Latte @LoveMySilk #plantprotein

We've finally stumbled into Fall but I still think mother nature is trying to decide if she's ready to give up Summer and embrace the cool, crisp Autumn weather.

Our weather is kind of skipping around between, hot, cold, rainy and humid. I'm just ready for sweater weather! I actually adored summer this year (which is rare for me) but I'm still ready for pumpkins, colored leaves and hoodies.

What else do I indulge in during these cooler months? Warm, frothy, whipped cream topped cups of coffee, hot coco and tea!

I've been hitting up the coffee shop since I was 16. When I was younger it was almost an addiction to the ice beverages there and the "trendiness" that pulled me in, then at one point I swapped spots and donned that green apron and crafted those tasty beverages myself! For a while when we lived at Camp Lejeune I woke up super early, worked super late, mixed more lattes than I can count and found a new love, Chai Lattes!

Homemade Vanilla Chai Latte @LoveMySilk #plantprotein

BigBear would come see me when I was working and he too caught the coffee shop bug. He loved his Chai Lattes as well; Chai Latte - no water -add whip was his drink of choice!  I'd bring two extra large ones home from me when I got off work everyday and he was in love!

But back then those lattes were free (or sometimes deeply discounted) so it wasn't so bad on my wallet. Since I don't happen to work at a coffee shop anymore those days of indulging in free lattes and iced mochas are a thing of the past.

Homemade Vanilla Chai Latte @LoveMySilk #plantprotein

Now, I'm not saying that I don't buy a drink from a coffee shop occasionally but they are kind of pricey and well, if I can make a delicious coffee house style drink at home that's fine with me!

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Homemade Vanilla Chai Latte
By: Angie Barrett 9/30/14
Makes 2 servings
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Ingredients 

2 cups Silk Vanilla Almondmilk
1 chai tea bag
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 teaspoons honey
Whipped Cream (Optional)
Cinnamon (Optional)

Directions 

Pour Vanilla Almondmilk into a small sauce pan. Heat on medium heat.

Whisk in the brown sugar, vanilla and honey. As the Vanilla Almondmilk heats, whisk for 1-2 minutes to give the milk a bit of "froth".

Watch the Vanilla Almondmilk carefully and as soon as it starts to boil remove it from the heat. Be quick but carefully because you don't want the milk to boil over. 

Remove the sauce pan from the heat and add the chai tea bag to the Vanilla Almondmilk . Let the tea steep for 5 minutes. 

After 5 minutes, remove the tea bag and pour the Vanilla Chai Latte into glasses, top with whipped cream and sprinkles with cinnamon. 

Serve Hot



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Friday, September 26, 2014

50 Ways to Use Cake Mix {Store Bought or Homemade}


You never know when you might need a box of cake mix in order to whip up a quick batch of cupcakes, right?!? Well that's what I always tell myself when I stock up on cake mix that's on sale.

Sure, I try to make most of our food from scratch but heavens knows sometimes I just don't have time or I just want to dump cake mix, eggs and oil into a bowl and have batter. ;)

While I was cleaning out our pantry the other day I ran across like 5 boxes of cake mix that I had squirreled away into the back of the pantry for cake/cupcake emergencies. I'm not one to just bake a cake (or cupcakes) and have it sitting around the house so I was trying to come up with other uses for those forgotten boxes of cake mix! Now there isn't anything wrong with baking a cake "just because", but if it's there I'm going to want to eat it so I'd much rather just bake to bake and then send the goodies off with BigBear to work.

I'm not much into plain boxed cake and icing anyways so I've rounded up 50  Ways to Use Cake Mix! 50 ways OTHER than just making a cake topped with icing, that is!

Now I know some of you don't like using boxed cake mix and that's fine. :) If you don't want to use boxed cake mixes here are a Homemade Cake Mixes that you might like!

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix from I am Baker
Homemade White Cake Mix from I am Baker
Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix from Budget 101
Homemade Spice Cake Mix from Budget 101

50 Ways to Use Cake Mix {Store Bought or Homemade} 

Chocolate Caramel Brownies from Julies Eats and Treats

Shortcut Coconut Macaroon  from Apron Strings

Firecracker Cupcakes from It's Yummi

Photo: Firecracker Cupcakes from It's Yummi

"Old Glory" Cupcakes from It's Yummi

Fudge Marble Cookies from Persnickety Plates

Photo: Fudge Marble Cookies from Persnickety Plates


Photo: Chocolate Strawberry Puppy Chow from Your Cup of Cake

Strawberry Lemonade Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Cheater Pumpkin Muffins from Shockingly Delicious

The Easiest Cobbler You'll Ever Make from Your Cup of Cake

Photo: The Easiest Cobbler You'll Ever Make from Your Cup of Cake


Tres Leches Caketini from Snappy Gourmet

Photo: Tres Leches Caketini from Snappy Gourmet

Chunky Monkey Cookies from Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Funfetti Milkshake from Our Life Tastes Good

Photo: Funfetti Milkshake from Our Life Tastes Good

Dark Chocolate Chip Cherry Cake Mix Cookies from Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Photo: Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Orange Creamsicle Rice Krispies Treats from Simply Southern Baking

Butter Pecan Caramel Rice Krispies Treats from Simply Southern Baking

Photo: Butter Pecan Caramel Rice Krispies Treats from Simply Southern Baking

Strawberry Cookies & Cream Muddy Buddies from Simply Southern Baking


Chocolate Orange People Chow from Simply Southern Baking


Surprise Inside Orange Pound Cake from Chelsea's Messy Apron

Photo: Surprise Inside Orange Pound Cake from Chelsea's Messy Apron

Cupcake Milkshakes  from Cook the Story

Photo: Cupcake Milkshakes  from Cook the Story

Caramel Apple Dump Cake from Wine and Glue



Photo: No Bake Funfetti Cheesecake Cups from Wine and Glue
Pistachio Pudding Cookies from Our Life Tastes Good

World’s Best Caramel Brownies from Wine and Glue

Photo: World’s Best Caramel Brownies from Wine and Glue

Gingerbread Caramel Gooey Bars from Life, Love and Sugar

Red Velvet Puppy Chow from Your Cup of Cake

Photo: Red Velvet Puppy Chow from Your Cup of Cake

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches from Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine

Cake Mix Carrot Cake Pancakes from The Frugal Foodie Mama


Photo: Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon Butter Pecan Sweet Rolls from The Frugal Foodie Mama

Banana Spice Oatmeal-Walnut Streusel Muffins from The Frugal Foodie Mama


Happy Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream from The Frugal Foodie Mama


Red Velvet Cake Mix Waffles from The Bitter Side of Sweet


Funfetti Cake Mix Popcorn from The Bitter Side of Sweet

Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treat Cake from Kailley's Kitchen



Photo: Funfetti Cake Batter Cookie Dough Brownie Layer Cake from Life, Love and Sugar

Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Cookie Cups from Life, Love and Sugar

Birthday Cake Cocktails from Happy Food, Healthy Life

Birthday Cake Cocktails from Happy Food, Healthy Life


Birthday Cake Batter Pancakes from Happy Food, Healthy Life

Photo: Birthday Cake Batter Pancakes from Happy Food, Healthy Life

Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes  from me (Big Bear's Wife)


Chocolate "Pumpkin" Swiss Roll Cake from me (Big Bear's Wife)

Photo: Chocolate "Pumpkin" Swiss Roll Cake from me (Big Bear's Wife)



Chocolate Banana Poke Cake from me (Big Bear's Wife)

The Best Apple Crisp from me (Big Bear's Wife)

Photo: The Best Apple Crisp from me (Big Bear's Wife)

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake Pies from me (Big Bear's Wife)

Angel Food Cake Pumpkin Roll  from me (Big Bear's Wife)


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