Sour Cream Chocolate Bread from ChocolateChocolateandMore.com

If you love chocolate, and you love easy recipes…this one is for you.ย 
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Delicious sour cream chocolate bread!
Sour Cream Chocolate Bread from Chocolate, Chocolate and More is moist, flavorful, and comes together quickly. It’s one of my favorite go-to recipes when I’m in the need of a chocolate fix but don’t have a lot of time. I definitely suggest – no, demand! – that you go check it out, and make a loaf. Maybe eat an extra slice for me ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
Until next time, stay crafty (and bake!)
-Katie

Ranch Veggie Roll-ups

Years ago, my mom had a Pampered Chef party…and one of the recipes that the consultant demonstrated was Cool Veggie Pizza. Buttery crust, ranch cream cheese spread and lots of crisp, fresh vegetables – delicious! It’s been a family favorite over the years and I’m always looking for new ways to try it.
After being inspired by various pinwheel recipes I had seen online, I wondered…what if I made Cool Veggie Pizza into a roll-up? (Spoiler: it’s delicious) So, armed with my curiosity and plenty of vegetables, I decided to give it a try.ย 
Ranch Veggie Roll-ups are easy, fun to make, and perfect as a party snack or a light lunch on their own! Simply spread a flour tortilla with ranch cream cheese (either a store-bought spread or your own) and layer on thin slices of your favorite vegetables and cheese. (Hubby and I like cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, cheddar cheese and roasted chicken on ours.) Starting at one end, tightly roll the tortilla up – almost like you’re making sushi. Secure with toothpicks and slice with a serrated knife into little 1 inch pieces. Delicious!
What do you think?
Until next time, stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
-Katie

Stay warm with Loaded Baked Potato Soup from CenterCutCook.com

It’s a cold day here in the mountains – temperatures barely rose above freezing before the sky went dark. When looking for dinner inspiration for tonight, I remembered one of my favorite potato soup recipes; thick, creamy and deliciously easy. Ultimate Loaded Baked Potato Soup from CenterCutCook.com is a favorite in our house, and is perfect for nights like this!
Loaded baked potato soup
Yum! Delicious recipes from CenterCutCook.com
I really encourage you to check this recipe out – as well as all of the others at Center Cut Cook!ย 
Until next time, stay crafty (and warm)!
-Katie

Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting from All Recipes!

I’m on a little bit of a cupcake research mission lately. I have the wonderful opportunity of making cupcakes for a dear, close relative’s bridal shower (I am SO excited) and we’ve been discussing flavors. Of course, I just have to do a few test runs…right? So, I was browsing for a great peanut butter frosting recipe (one of the flavors we’ve picked is inspired by Reese’s peanut butter cups!), and I came across this one on All Recipes; Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting. I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet, but man..it looks good. I may have to push back some plans and make this recipe tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚
^That delicious, amazing looking photo is user-submitted onto All Recipes and is not mine, but I shall hopefully post an equally delicious photo soon. ๐Ÿ™‚
So, speaking of cupcakes.. What’s your favorite flavor? Is it possible to have only one favorite flavor? I know I don’t! ๐Ÿ™‚
Until next time, stay crafty (and bake)!
-Katie

Cookies & Cream Freeze by Kraft

It may not be summer just quite yet, but the temperatures here in Southwestern Virginia are rising! Naturally, when it’s hot out, cool frozen desserts rise in popularity along with the temperature. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today’s featured recipe is from Kraft Foods, and it’s long been a favorite of mine. Several years ago, while in culinary school, I had the privilege of teaching summer camp cooking classes to large groups of children. While chasing after 20+ children in a commercial kitchen was exhausting, it was also incredibly rewarding, and it’s probably the best job I’ve ever had (besides writing this blog and being a stay-at-home wife!).ย 
I recently came across my folder of recipe printouts from the classes I taught, and this recipe was sticking out in the front, just begging to be shared. So of course.. I’ve got to share!ย 
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Cookes & Cream Freeze recipe by Kraft Foods

Cookies & Cream Freeze was a BIG hit with the summer camp kids, and I’m sure it’ll be a big hit with your family! The ingredients and instructions are simple and easy to understand, so this would be a great recipe to prepare with your kids. Drag them away from their phones, tablets and computers, and spend a little quality time in the kitchen – your stomach, and your kids, will thank you for it!

So, head on over to Kraft Foods to see the full recipe & instructions for Cookies & Cream Freeze. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
Until next time, stay crafty (and cool)!
-Katie

Tried & True: Glazed Pork Chops from BudgetBytes.com

So, as many of you know, I’m not just an Etsy fanatic… I’m a foodie. Always have been (even before my Culinary Arts degree), always will be. Sometimes I stumble across recipes that are just too good not to share…and today’s no exception.
Glazed Pork Chops
So delicious!
While trying to think of fresh ideas for the pork chops in my fridge, I came across Budget Byte’s recipe for Glazed Pork Chops. Sweet & spicy, this recipe is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but flavorful and impressive enough for a weekend dinner party. I definitely agree with the author about cleaning the pan as soon as possible – I let mine sit for a little bit, and whew, my arms got a workout!ย 
So, head on over to Budget Bytes to see their recipe for Glazed Pork Chops..and make sure to check out the rest of their recipes for budget friendly, delicious recipes!
Until next time…stay crafty (and cook something tasty)!
-Katie
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Recipe Roundup: Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!

Pardon me while I drool on my keyboard.. The subject of this Recipe Roundup is Chocolate. Yes, chocolate. If you’re one of the few crazy..err..completely normal people who don’t like chocolate, then I guess this Recipe Roundup isn’t for you. But if you’re like me and the mere thought of chocolate makes you crave it, then stick around. We’re going to have some fun…
The three recipes I picked for today are deliciously chocolate and have positive comments, lots of re-Pins and more..and did I mention that they have chocolate? That’s about the only qualification I need. Let’s get started!ย 
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20 Minute Chocolate Croissants from sallysbakingaddiction.com - these could not be any easier!!
HERSHEY'S Double Chocolate Cheesecakeย 
..I don’t think you could go wrong with choosing any of these recipes. Try one out! Meanwhile, I’m going to search my kitchen for chocolate..
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ย Until next time…stay crafty (..where did I put those chocolate chips?)
-Katie
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CraftyGirl Approved Recipes: Brownie Batter Dip โœ”

I love trying new recipes, and recently, I had the perfect occasion to test out a few new recipes. Dear Husband and I threw a small New Year’s eve open house, and I had a blast cooking. Here’s my favorite recipe of the night:
Brownie Batter Dip
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Brownie Batter Dip from Mel’s Kitchen Cafeย  is decadently delicious. I didn’t make any changes to the recipe, except to double it! (I love chocolate, if that’s not obvious) It’s almost a chocolate cheesecake dip instead of a brownie, but either way it’s delicious. We served it with Nilla wafers, pretzel sticks and sugar wafers. A little bit of a sugar overload, but it was completely worth it!
What’s your favorite party food?
Until next time…stay crafty (and eat chocolate)!
-Katie
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Recipe Feature: Easy Mints

Looking for a last minute candy recipe before Christmas? Look no further! This Easy Mints recipe from Karo has only 5 ingredients and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Make sure to check out the recipe here, as well as other holiday recipes from Karo!

Until next time…stay crafty (and make candy)!
-Katie
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Chocolate Gravy Recipe

A few years ago, when I first heard of chocolate gravy, I was perplexed. What IS chocolate gravy? Is it actually chocolate, or is that referring to the color of the gravy? And then, at a fateful Christmas party, I had it…and it is amazing! (And yes, it’s chocolate)
Perfect over biscuits, pancakes and more, it’s decadent and rich, but without too much fat. I could probably drink it straight.. (Oh, who am I kidding, I did that just a few days ago!)
So I decided to introduce ya’ll to chocolate gravy. Now, I didn’t take any pictures…mostly because I was too excited to eat it… but here’s the recipe I used: Southern Style Chocolate Gravy
You’ll thank me later.
Until next time…stay crafty (and eat chocolate)!
-Katie
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Recipe Roundup: Chicken Casseroles

It’s getting cooler, and casseroles are a cooler weather staple. There are so many possibilities! Casseroles are also great to throw together the night before and pop in the oven, and are a go-to dish for many busy moms. For today’s recipe roundup, I’ve picked 5 chicken casserole recipes that are drool-worthy…and don’t take a lot of preparation!
This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole is sure to become a new family favorite!  | MomOnTimeout.com | #casserole #chicken #dinner #recipeย 
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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole. Guest post by Erica Kastner of Cooking for Seven, recipe submitted by Terri of That's Some Good Cookin'.ย 
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So, my dears, the next time you need a quick and filling recipe…try one of these amazing chicken casseroles!

Until next time…stay crafty (and eat chicken)!
-Katie
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Recipe Roundup: Dessert Edition

I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty major sweet tooth. This leads to hours browsing on Pinterest, coming across delectable recipes and drooling over them. Today, I thought I’d share some dessert recipes I cam across recently that look…wait for it…AMAZING!ย 
Browned Butter Banana Blondies. These are PERFECT blondies with a subtle banana flavor, topped with a brown sugar frosting that is INSANELY good!ย 
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S'mores Pie | Cooking Classyย 

Until next time…stay crafty (and eat dessert)!
-Katie
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Apple Spiced Mini-Muffins (Adapted from OneHungryMama.com)

Fall is coming…It may still be 80 degrees here in Southwestern Virginia, but fall is coming. And I am PUMPED! (Is it obvious that it’s my favorite season?) It’s a rainy day here, so I decided today was the perfect day for something with apple..and lots of spice.ย 
While browsing for recipe inspiration online, I came across One Hungry Mama’s recipe for Baked Apple Donuts. Unable to find my donut pan (say it ain’t so!), I went with mini muffins… Mmmm.
The only changes I made, other than the shape:ย  the baking time, and a little added spice. 350 degrees at 12-14 minutes did it for my mini muffins. I dipped them in the applesauce and cinnamon sugar (with a little added ground ginger) and they are AMAZING.
So make sure to check out the recipe at OneHungryMama.com!
Are you excited for fall?
Until next time…stay crafty!

-Katie
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Maine Blueberry Cake Recipe

So, I am a huge fan of berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries… I’ll take them all! Sometimes, though, if you’re absent minded like me, you buy too many blueberries and you don’t have enough time to eat them before they go bad…oops. This is where one of my favorite recipes comes in!

My maternal grandfather grew up in Maine, and my mother spent a lot of time there during the summers, on family vacations. I’ve only been to Maine once, and I was too young to remember it, but whenever I bake this cake….it makes me feel like I’m there. ๐Ÿ™‚

Maine Blueberry Cake

Ingredients:

3 & 3/4 cup all purpose flour
3 & 3/4 teaspoons baking powder (Or, 1 tablespoon plus 3/4th a teaspoon)
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
1 & 1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (I prefer fresh)
Additional 1/4 cup white sugar

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour your 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

Sift your dry ingredients together into a bowl. (Flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg)

In another bowl (either fitted to a stand mixer, or in a bowl that you can use a hand mixer with), cream your butter and sugar together. Add in your eggs, one at a time, followed by your milk and vanilla.

Gently mix your dry ingredients into your butter/sugar mixture, making sure to fully incorporate it. You don’t want any lumps, but try not to over-mix your batter.. No one likes a tough cake! ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, gently fold in your blueberries. Pour your batter into your greased 9 by 13 inch pan! Now, here’s my favorite part: sprinkle the additional 1/4 cup of white sugar over the top. (When it’s done, it’ll be nice and crunchy on the top..It’s so good!)

Now, pop that pan of awesomeness into your oven for 45-60 minutes. Times will vary, depending on your oven.. Everyone’s oven is a little different! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d suggest peeking in on it at around 40 minutes, just in case your oven runs a little hot.

You’ll know it’s done when it’s pulled away slightly from the sides, and you can stick a cake tester (or toothpick!) into it, and it comes out clean.

Now, I know it’s super tempting to just dive into that cake right now, but burning your tongue won’t do you any good! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d suggest you let it cool for at least 45 minutes before you slice it, giving the cake time to firm up. Or, if you’re super impatient and you have ample fridge space, just pop it in there after it’s cooled on the counter for 15-20 minutes, and that’ll speed up the process!

Summer may be coming to a close, but you can make this recipe year round! Frozen blueberries work well when you’re in a pinch, or you don’t want to pay out of season prices for fresh. Just make sure to dust your frozen blueberries with a small pinch of flour before you put them in the batter…That will help them not to sink to the bottom. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time…stay crafty!

-Katie

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Easy Panini Recipes! (Affiliate Post)

I came across a great eBook today. Paninis are one of my favorite sandwiches..roasted chicken, roast beef..doesn’t matter what’s on it, I love it! With the Easy Panini Recipes eBook, you’ll get 4 additional books for FREE, for only $9.95! That’s $20 off the original price!

What a deal. If you want to learn how to make great panini sandwiches, check out the Easy Panini Sandwiches eBook!

Stay crafty!

-Katie

Rainy day recipe…

I wish I could say it’s bright and sunny here, but it’s been raining since last night. All. Day. Long. Goodness! I had to run out in the rain to bring in my newly-potted marigolds so they wouldn’t “drown”.

Rainy days like today are perfect for one pot comfort meals though. Soups, casseroles, hot sandwiches..you name it. One of my favorite things to make when it’s raining is potato soup.

Now, potato soup can take on a myriad of flavors, depending on what you put into it. Some like it cheesy, some like it pureed, and some like it any way they can get it. (That would be me!) My husband’s favorite version is creamy, with chunks of potato, bits of bacon, and plenty of cheese…which is a lot like this classic recipe from Kraft, featured here.ย 

Bacon & Baked Potato Soup recipe

It’s easy enough for a quick weeknight dinner, and a lot of the prep can be done in advance! Best of all, it’s kid-friendly ๐Ÿ™‚

So, be sure to check out Kraft’s Bacon and Baked Potato Soup recipe for a great, easy classic ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time..stay crafty!

-Katie


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I will not receive any money or reward if you click on the links above. I just like sharing recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚ All rights reserved, Kraft Corporation. I do not own the picture or recipe featured above

Spring Cleaning..aka, I’d Rather Be Crocheting!

It’s that inevitable time of year again here in the Wilson household…spring…cleaning! Aaaaah! Today’s main focus was our master bedroom. With a little help from the hubby (aka, Mr. Muscles), I stripped the sheets and blankets off our bed, and we rotated the mattress. Whew..who knew those things were so heavy? In the washer went the sheets and blankets, and I began the long, trudging process of putting away laundry. If you looked into my dresser drawers, you’d realize..well, I’m a bit of a slob. Fold things? Pfft! As if! I mean, they start out folded, but then I go rummaging around and well…messy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Another one of my tasks today was one I actually enjoyed, though not related to spring cleaning. (Which may be why I enjoyed it!). I’ve always sworn that I was born into the wrong culture… Don’t get me wrong, I love my Irish/English/Scottish/French background, but I am a sucker for all sorts of foods with international flair. Today? Chinese. I think I could dive into a giant wok of stir fry and be blissfully happy. I’m sadly wok-less at the moment, but a saute pan worked just as well.


Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry

I had a TON of vegetables in my fridge..and I mean a ton…so I decided to make chicken and vegetable stir fry, steamed brown rice and egg rolls. The stir fry (see above) had sauteed chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, garlic and carrots. I would’ve posted a picture of the egg rolls, but…whoops..we ate them first. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t typically use a recipe when I make stir fry, but here’s an idea of what I did.


CraftyGirl’s Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 pound chicken breast, cut into small chunks
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small head of fresh broccoli, cut into small pieces
about 2 cups of fresh cauliflower, cut into small pieces
2 carrots, peeled & cut into small pieces
1/4 pound asparagus, cut into small pieces
12 fluid ounces chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:

1.) Preheat a wok or saute pan over medium heat; add oil
2.) When the pan is hot, add your chicken, ginger and minced garlic. Cook, stirring every minute or so, until chicken is no longer pink
3.) Add in your caulilfower, carrots and chicken broth. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
4.) Add in your broccoli and asparagus, and simmer until tender. (Usually about another 3-4 minutes)
5.) Add in soy sauce, and stir; simmer for another minute
6.) In a small bowl, place cornstarch. Add some of the broth from the stir fry until it forms a smooth, thin paste. Add this back into the pan, and stir. (Cornstarch will thicken the sauce)
7.) Simmer until sauce has reduced and thickened, and veggies are desired consistency.
8.) Eat! ๐Ÿ™‚

This recipe made enough for hubby and I, but we both LOVE stir fry, so our portions are a little big. ๐Ÿ™‚ And you can add any veggies in that you want! Personally, I love peppers, but hubby doesn’t…so we compromise and I leave them out from time to time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stick around for more recipes.. Tomorrow, CraftyGirl makes…pizza!

Until next time…stay crafty!
-Katie