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Friday, February 12, 2016

Chocolate Pecan Coffee Cake

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

I think most women want to hear, "I missed you. I was thinking about you today!" from their man at the end of a long day. Unfortunately for me, I'm not one of those women who are on the receiving end of such affection. Instead, Jason comes stomping through the living room carrying a huge chunk of Chocolate Pecan Coffee Cake, lovingly looking at it like it's the best thing in the world, while saying, "I've been thinking about THIS all day long." W.T.F? I come in second to sweets! He's lucky that I kind of like him or there would probably be hell to pay for having such a thick skull. And, I let it slide because I agree with him. The cake is think about it all day kind of good. If you want to score extra brownie points with the sweetie, serve up some chocolate pecan coffee cake on Valentine's Day. 

Chocolate Pecan Coffee Cake

Warm out of the oven with a cold glass of milk = pure bliss.  

Ingredients
Cake:
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Topping
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup flour
3 tablespoons butter, chilled
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.




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I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Happy Valentine's Day!! ♥

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February $15 Amazon Giveaway!

February means love is in the air ♥ and I'm feeling the love from all you amazing folks who take the time to visit, comment, email, and even those of you who just lurk in the background. For February, I am offering another giveaway for you! We are going to offer up another $15 Amazon Gift Card. I'm going to do something a little different this time around, marking the daily freebie as 10 entries instead of one for a very limited time, to give a little bonus to those who stop by early and catch the giveaway before it is listed on contest entry sites. Just a little extra way to show my love for you regulars here :) So get those entries in early for better odds, folks!

The giveaway is open worldwide, and will run through 3/1. All entries are verified, so please make sure you are properly entering for the entries you claim. Failure to do so will result in your entries being removed from the giveaway form. Good Luck!


Friday, February 5, 2016

What's For Lunch? Chicken Salad!

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

For years, Jason would go out to eat to lunch every single day. Not only was it costly, it really wasn't very healthy either. But, for the past year he has been taking his lunch to work most days, with the occasional dining with co-workers here and there. Peanut butter and jelly, or even lunch meat sandwiches can get boring after a while. I try to plan dinners ahead so I can make extra for his lunch the next morning, but twice a week I get home after 8pm and really don't feel like putting a lot of effort into making a large meal. I found this Chicken Salad recipe on Golden Blossom Honey not too long ago, and think it makes a fabulous make ahead recipe for days when pbj won't cut it and I didn't make enough for leftovers, or don't feel like cooking late at night. 

Chicken Salad

I can make this and store it in an air-tight container for several days, so it's perfect for when I am slacking in the kitchen. The dried cranberries give it a yummy sweetness, and the walnuts a delightful crunch. I love all the different textures in this chicken salad!

Ingredients
Dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/8 cup scallions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 cup craisins or dried cherries
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed (use a rotisserie chicken from the market)
  
CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Chicken Salad

  You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.






If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!


What are some recipes you use for lunch to shake the boredom of the old PBJ sandwich?

  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Easy Slow Cooker Bean Dip

Are you looking for any last minute recipes to serve at your Superbowl gathering this weekend? Let's face it, a bag of pretzels or over processed foods tossed on the table screams lazy party prep, but then again, who wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen on game day? I don't! I like easy to prepare dishes and sides that don't take a lot of effort on my part, but still make a lasting impression on my guests. Bean dip is kind of a staple at any game day gathering. I'm a firm believer that a party ain't a party unless bean dip is on the spread. That's why I love these two tried and true bean dip recipes. Using just a few ingredients each and warmed in the crock pot = easy and delicious sides with minimal effort.


White Bean and Garlic Dip is a classy dip that can be spread on slices of French bread, garlic toast, crackers, and pita chips.

White Bean Dip

Bean Dip


White Bean & Garlic Dip Ingredients:

3 cans (15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Process 2 cans of beans, oil, garlic, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add remaining beans and pulse to blend, but don't puree. You want to keep the dip at a chunky consistency.

Transfer mixture to a 1.5 to 5 quart slow cooker, cover and cook on high until heated though, about 2 hours.

Serve warm with tortilla and pita chips. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

Refried Bean Dip should pretty much be a given on game day. There are so many ways to prepare this kind of dip, it makes it one that is universally loved. My favorite, though, is the quick and easy way of making it.

Refried Bean Dip


Refried Bean Dip Ingredients:


3 cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 can diced tomatoes w/ green chilies, drained
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:

Process 2 cans of the beans, broth, chili powder, garlic and salt in a food processor until smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add tomatoes and last can of beans. Pulse until blended, but do not puree smooth. You want to keep some chunky texture in the dip.

Transfer mixture to a 1.5 to 5 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook until heated though, about 2 hours on high. Sprinkle cheese over top, cover, and cook an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Serve warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container.


*recipes slightly adapted from Slow Cooker Revolution


 What are you favorite game day dips?

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wash Away Winter Blues in Kissimmee #EscapeCold





Winter is my least favorite season, but my favorite thing to do in the winter is fantasize about warm weather vacations. We've been fortunate to be able to take several amazing family vacations over the years, but my family always agrees that our most favorite vacation destination is Kissimmee, Florida. With the year-round beautiful temperatures, my family has traveled to the area twice over the past few years to escape the frigid Midwest winters. There is so much to do in Kissimmee, you definitely need to plan several days to soak in the sun and fun. My girls had a blast exploring the beaches, collecting seashells and watching little crabs crawl in and out of their shells.


But their favorite part of each trip was checking out the theme parks in the area. The theme parks in Florida are simply not to be missed when planning your Kissimmee vacation! 


We spent a few days at Universal Studios and Walt Disney World on our last trip, but we fully intend to explore more of the fun attractions Kissimee has to offer on our next trip. Water parks, Legoland, zip-lining over alligators, a hot air balloon ride, and playing with dolphins are just a few of the things to do in Kissimmee that my family is really looking forward to participating in!
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Image courtesy of Experience Kissimmee

Even if you aren't into spending days outdoors in the Kissimmee sunshine, they have quite the nightlife scene too! Enjoy a performance from Blue Man Group or Cirque Du Soleil, or take a stroll on Disney's Boardwalk or through Historic Downtown Kissimmee.

We are already planning our next vacation to Kissimmee, Florida, and this time around we have decided that instead of bouncing from hotel to hotel, we are going check out Kissimmee Vacation Rentals so we can have all the comforts of home when we are away from home. Some of the vacation rentals are even pet-friendly, which is fantastic, because I know my boxers would love to come with, soaking up the sun, too!

So, are you itching to escape the cold of winter yet? Want to trade those snow boots for flip flops and hot cocoa for fruity drinks? Then head over and enter to win 1 of 3 amazing family vacations to Kissimme, Florida in the Escape the Cold Giveaway! Now through March 27, you can enter by texting SUNNY to 313131, or by visiting the official escapecold.com website.

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I'd definitely love to win one of the prizes since we haven't experienced Gatorland or Cirque yet, and and airboat ride sounds like quite an adventure all on its own! It all sounds so fun! So, what are YOU waiting for? Head over to enter the giveaway, then start planning your winter getaway to experience Kissimmee, today!

What are you doing to escape the cold this winter?






Friday, January 29, 2016

Make A Simple & Delicious Brownie Torte This Valentine's Day

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.  

I have been doing really well with my fitness goals this year, sticking with healthy food and snack choices. But, Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and even though Jason and I don't really celebrate the holiday, I have decided I will be treating myself to a little cheat dessert that day. I fully plan on indulging in some chocolate, and this delicious Brownie Torte from Golden Blossom Honey will be on the menu for Valentine's Day in the Mahoney household this year. 

Brownie Torte

A yummy chocolate torte filled with walnuts and chocolate chips is rich, decadent, and is a chocolate lovers dream! 

Ingredients
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 1/2 Tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1 egg
1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE 

Brownie Torte


 You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.













If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!



Are you serving any sweet treats for Valentine's Day this year?


 
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