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Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies

Are you planning on baking something for Valentine’s? We love every holiday, and on February 14th, you can give out simple gifts all around: for the teachers at the kid’s school,  bring goodies to work… and still have some extra cookies waiting for you at home. This is the third time I am baking this recipe from Bridget at Bake at 350. I baked them twice over the end-of-year holidays, and when I saw a pin from Lindsay’s version with chocolate a few weeks ago, I knew I had to make these sugar cookies once again.

Lately, my favorite cookie baking tool is this Joseph Joseph adjustable rolling-pin. It has 4 different width rings, so you roll out the perfect cookies or pie crust. I took out only the first ring, so the cookies are ¼” thick. For the cookie cutter… I just had biscuit cutters that are too big for cookies, so looking around I found the perfect size: shot glasses! I tried different ones, and I settled for the 1-½” shot glass  to make my cookies. If you use a smaller cutter, you will get more cookies.

Have you ever used candy coating? This was my first time, so to properly melt it, I was suggested by the nice lady at Blossom Cakes that I should do it along with 2 tablespoons of melting crystals to ensure that the coating is smooth and soft enough to coat the cookies. So, when going to buy your supplies, ask for them too.

Do you see that gorgeous bright red coffee mug in our pictures? I got it last year at San Martín Bakery. And this year I am heading back to get the ones from 2016. They are gorgeous… and can hold plenty of coffee!

May you enjoy your Valentine’s Day with the ones you love :)

Kitty

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Quick, Easy & Delicious Recipe Collection

Whether you’re a working mom or a stay at home mom, I know you need fast and easy recipes to make for your family. It doesn’t matter if you’re home or not, if you’re a mom, you will be busy all day. To help you out, and help myself, I have gathered the recipes I use in my everyday cooking into one post, so you can browse through this selection. Here you’ll find recipes for  beef, pork, chicken, noodles, soups and stews that will help you, or anyone who needs to organize their time better, figure out next week’s menus.

Sometime’s  thinking about what to make is time-consuming, or maybe you are tired of rotating the same menus over and over. These are all fast, easy and healthy recipes which I use on my cooking day – which is Monday.

On Monday I cook 3-4 meals, that usually last through the week, so on my very busy weekday schedule the food is already prepared and I just heat and serve. I need to do this, so I can better organize my work week. Most of these recipes require one pot, pan, or baking dish. I am not only interested in fast and healthy recipes, but also keeping dirty dishes to a minimum. What I also like about all these recipes, is that you can pair them with simple white or brown rice, cooked noodles, or a quick salad and your meal is complete.  If whatever I cook on Monday isn’t enough to get me through the week, I rely on salads. On Wednesday, I quickly marinate and brown a couple of chicken breasts, and make a salad using shredded chicken, avocado, maybe some sliced apples or tangerines, some nuts, cubed cheese… you name it, it’s in there. Balsamic vinegar is always a good choice.

Please let us know if you try one of these recipes.  We love getting feedback from our readers!

Helga

Quick, Easy & Delicious Recipe Collection

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Little Foodies: Double Chocolate Marble Cake

Our first post for Little Foodies this year is this Double Chocolate Marbled loaf cake, the “vanilla” part is actually white chocolate batter. It’s easy enough for a child to make this, accompanied by an adult to help them separate the batter into the two bowls, and to melt the chocolate.

To get the marbled effect, you need to scoop small amounts of batter into the prepared loaf pan, we used a pattern using both batters, and then using a table knife we made a zigzag or a swirling motion. As the recipe says, counting 6 movements should be enough. This is a great recipe to make with your kids; they will love the two-tone color of the loaf, and will love showing it off to their family or friends even more.

We made this on a Sunday morning to bring to our afternoon coffee gathering at Kristen’s grandparent’s house. It was a huge success.

Helga

Little Foodies: Double Chocolate Marble Cake

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