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4.26.2016

Raspberry Crumb Bars

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These raspberry crumb bars are amazing! A buttery oatmeal crumb base combined with fresh raspberry jam makes for a delicious cookie bar.

From March until October, my fridge is always stocked (generally overstocked, actually) with as many fresh berries as I can find at Costco. I miss them all winter long, and the first day I can find fresh strawberries at Costco is like a mini holiday for me. :) We do pretty well with eating them all before they go bad, but occasionally I'm left with half a carton of berries that are rapidly going south and are just screaming to be used in a delicious recipe. Such was the case with the raspberries I used to make these raspberry crumb bars. I used them to make a quick raspberry jam using this method, then spread it on top of a buttery oatmeal crumb base and topped with more crumbled oatmeal mixture. They baked into these delicious, crumbly bars bursting with raspberry flavor. So delicious! If you don't have fresh berries on hand, you could definitely use store-bought jam and I'm sure they would be just as delicious. These bars are a must try this summer!

These raspberry crumb bars are amazing! A buttery oatmeal crumb base combined with fresh raspberry jam makes for a delicious cookie bar.


Raspberry Crumb Bars

1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup raspberry jam

Preheat the oven to 350 and line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment or foil, and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, oats, and sugar. Mix in the butter to form a crumbly dough. Press two thirds of the dough into the prepared baking dish. Spread the raspberry jam evenly over the top, then sprinkle the remaining dough on top. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until lightly golden on top. Remove and let cool before slicing and serving.

adapted slightly from Cooking Classy

These raspberry crumb bars are amazing! A buttery oatmeal crumb base combined with fresh raspberry jam makes for a delicious cookie bar.

originally published on I Heart Naptime

4.21.2016

Swig Sugar Cookies

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These copycat Swig sugar cookies are so addictingly delicious, and the creamy frosting is to die for!

These copycat Swig sugar cookies are so addictingly delicious, and the creamy frosting is to die for!

Hi friends! I know it's been a little while, but I'm popping back in with an awesome recipe for you! Last week I attended Snap Conference, which was my very first blogging conference and a great learning experience for me. I loved attending classes with other bloggers, learning new things, getting excited about making changes to the blog, and meeting some of my favorite brands. One of the absolute best things about Snap was that one of my favorite drink shops, Swig, set up a soda bar right next to the ballroom with unlimited refills. I was in soda heaven! :) My favorite drink at Swig is the Malibu, which is Dr. Pepper, coconut, and vanilla. Yum! Of course, one of the biggest reasons to visit Swig is their amazing sugar cookies. They're unique and delicious, and so rich that I usually can't even eat a whole cookie by myself.

These copycat Swig sugar cookies are so addictingly delicious, and the creamy frosting is to die for!

This copycat recipe is pretty close to the real thing, and a great substitute if you don't live within driving distance of a Swig. I'll give you a little warning that the cookies themselves are pretty bland, but in combination with the frosting, they are totally amazing! Even if you think you don't like frosting, you need to make them both together. Yum!
Swig Sugar Cookies

for the cookies:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar (plus additional sugar for rolling)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

for the frosting:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon sour cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
1-2 drops red or pink food coloring
1-2 tablespoons milk (more or less as needed)

Preheat the oven to 325. Prepare two baking sheets by lining with parchment or spraying with cooking spray. Beat together the butter, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla until blended. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix to form a thick dough. Shape the dough into golf ball sized balls. Roll in sugar and place on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten with a glass to about 1/2 inch tall. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom. Let cool completely.

To make the frosting, beat together the butter, sour cream, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt, until smooth. Add the food coloring and milk as needed to thin to desired consistency. Spread on cooled cookies and enjoy!

adapted slightly from A Bountiful Kitchen
These copycat Swig sugar cookies are so addictingly delicious, and the creamy frosting is to die for!

4.12.2016

Croque Monsieur

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These croque monsieur sandwiches are delicious and surprisingly easy to make. A perfect hearty lunch or dinner!

These croque monsieur sandwiches are delicious and surprisingly easy to make. A perfect hearty lunch or dinner!

Guess what? Today is national grilled cheese day! We eat a lot of grilled cheese at our house, but I have to confess that we generally stick with the boring, super easy cheddar on wheat bread and call it good. Knowing that I was going to post today with my #celebratingfood blogger friends, though, I decided it was time to step up my grilled cheese game. I've been looking longingly at croque monsieurs on Pinterest for ages, but never quite pulled the trigger and tried one. It was definitely time! While they're a little more complicated than the basic grilled cheese I can whip up in 10 minutes or less, the level of deliciousness is just out of this world. Creamy béchamel and gooey gruyere over ham and toasted bread - yum!

Though it might seem like a lot of steps, it's really pretty simple and easy. First you'll make a nice béchamel, made even better with the addition of gruyere. It's definitely one of my favorite cheeses! I love that it tastes almost like a combination of swiss cheese and parmesan... so good! 

These croque monsieur sandwiches are delicious and surprisingly easy to make. A perfect hearty lunch or dinner!

Next you'll layer dijon mustard, thinly sliced ham, and more gruyere. 

These croque monsieur sandwiches are delicious and surprisingly easy to make. A perfect hearty lunch or dinner!

Top with a second slice of bread, then drizzle with the béchamel and additional gruyere. Looking good already!

These croque monsieur sandwiches are delicious and surprisingly easy to make. A perfect hearty lunch or dinner!

Last, you'll bake the sandwiches in the oven for a few minutes, then broil until toasty and golden. That is some sandwich perfection right there!

These croque monsieur sandwiches are delicious and surprisingly easy to make. A perfect hearty lunch or dinner!

These croque monsieurs are gooey, flavorful, and so delicious! The perfect grown up twist on a grilled cheese sandwich. 

These croque monsieur sandwiches are delicious and surprisingly easy to make. A perfect hearty lunch or dinner!

Croque Monsieur

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces gruyere cheese, shredded
8 slices french or italian bread
1/2 pound deli ham, thinly sliced
2-3 tablespoons dijon mustard

Preheat the oven to 400. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the flour to form a paste. Cook 2-3 minutes, until golden. Slowly stir in the milk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Continue to cook, whisking frequently, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the salt and about 1 cup of the gruyere.

Toast the bread in the preheated oven for about five minutes per side. Spread half of the pieces of bread with a thin layer of dijon mustard, then top with ham and sprinkle with about half of the remaining cheese. Place the other slices of bread on top. Spoon the white sauce over the sandwiches, letting it drip down the sides and being sure to coat the whole sandwich. Sprinkle with the remaining gruyere. Bake 5 minutes, then turn on the broiler and broil until lightly browned and bubbly. Serve hot and enjoy!

These croque monsieur sandwiches are delicious and surprisingly easy to make. A perfect hearty lunch or dinner!

For even more delicious grilled cheese recipes, check out these awesome posts from my fellow #celebratingfood bloggers!


Grilled Chicken Melts from Real Mom Kitchen
The Ultimate Spicy Grilled Cheese from The Stay at Home Chef
Bacon Grilled Cheese from Butter with a Side of Bread
Bananas Foster Melt from Like Mother Like Daughter
Mushroom Lovers Grilled Cheese from Jamie Cooks It Up
Pesto Grilled Cheese Panini from Yummy Healthy Easy
Grilled Cheese Pizza Roll Ups from Life Made Simple
Quick Italian Panini from The Baker Upstairs
Four Cheese Grilled Cheese from Real Mom Kitchen
Caramelized Pineapple Grilled Cheese from The Stay at Home Chef
Southwestern Grilled Turkey & Cheese from Yummy Healthy Easy

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