Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake!

Sunday was my husband’s birthday. Last year I made him a homemade ice cream cake. While I enjoyed making it, the cake ended up being more work than I had originally planned (more expensive too). This year I had planned on making another ice cream cake, but with brownies rather than cake. When Vance saw what I was planning, he requested a chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake instead. So . . . I gave him what he wanted.

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This ended up being the easiest cake I have ever made!

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Leprechaun Pancakes!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

This is the first St. Patrick’s Day that my husband and I have celebrated with Emma where she actually fully understands what is going on.  It is such a wonderful feeling.  To celebrate, I woke up and whipped up a batch of green whole wheat pancakes for breakfast (Emma’s current favorite food).  This recipe has become highly requested in our household, so I decided it would be nice to share.


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Regular green food coloring will do the job just fine, but I do wish I had some green gel food coloring on hand when I made these.  The green would have been much more vibrant.

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Brownie truffles.

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Taking a quick break from studying so I can finally get this post up. For Valentine’s Day, I made brownie truffles for my two Valentine’s. They were absolutely delicious, so I’ve decided to share this with you.

Normally, I would make everything from scratch. I got lazy for these brownie truffles and used boxed brownie mix. Sometimes it’s nice to be lazy.

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Bagel love.

I am completely obsessed with making homemade bagels. I have been experimenting with a basic boiled bagel recipe I found on Pinterest and I have been having so much fun adding my own touches and making it my own. So far I have attempted plain bagels, cheddar jalapeno bagels, and onion bagels.

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I think I am almost ready to start sharing a few of my bagel recipes with you all. How fabulous do these cheddar jalapeno bagels look? I made these especially for my husband and they turned out amazing! Soft and chewy with the perfect blend of jalapenos and cheddar on top.

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Vegetarian Egg Drop Soup.

So, I have been on a huge soup kick recently. My two favorite soups to make at the moment are a simple veggie soup and a vegetarian egg drop soup. I can’t claim full credit for the egg drop soup though. I actually stumbled across this recipe while searching the internet and I made my own version of it. If you’d like to see the original version, click here.

This really is the BEST egg drop soup I have ever made. No more take out for this gal!

My baby bug has been sick since last Friday — turns out she has a double ear infection 🙁 — and now I’ve come down with something. What better way to cure a cold then some hot, delicious soup?

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— Here is what you’ll need —
2 eggs, beaten
2 green onions, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, or fresh if you have it
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch + cold water

In a medium pot, bring the 4 cups of vegetable broth to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Whisk in the salt and ginger. Dissolve 1 1/2 tablespoons of corn starch in cold water. While whisking, slowly add the corn starch to the broth. You can add in some of the green onions at this point if you’d like. I prefer to add them to my soup once it’s in my bowl. I don’t like when the onions get soggy. Now, take the 2 eggs you whisked and slowly add them to the hot broth mixture. Serve immediately.

I add lots of green onion and a dash of soy sauce to my soup 🙂 It’s also great with toasted sesame seeds thrown on top.

This yields 4 servings. I usually split it in half and share it between the hubby and I though.

How do you enjoy your egg drop soup?

 

 

I hope you all enjoy!
// Karissa <3

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Revamp & Sourdough Pancakes!

Hi, everyone!

Sorry I’m a little behind on posting reviews! I still have a few more products to review for you guys from Influenster’s #Frosty VoxBox. I’ve been working on a little bit of a blog “revamp.” If you’re new to my blog, you won’t notice a difference, but if you’ve been visiting for a while, you’ll see the name change.

When I first started this blog, I didn’t intend on keeping up on it as much as I actually have. I planned on using my blog strictly for Influenster purposes. In June of 2014, I started my journey on a mainly vegetarian diet. Along with my life change, I began taking photos of the food I was preparing so that I was able to share them on Facebook and Instagram. In the beginning, the pictures were just that — pictures. Suddenly I had friends and family asking me for recipes and tips. I never imagined I would help to inspire others.

While I still blog about VoxBox’s when I’m lucky enough to receive one, I’m now blogging about much more. Recipes, beauty products, life, books, etc. I don’t plan on stopping there, either. I’m full of ideas and I’m hoping to get them all out there as soon as I can.

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Now . . . who’s ready for a recipe?

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Bread addiction.

I’m fairly new to making homemade bread. In the beginning, I was extremely intimidated. Many of the recipes I found required stand mixers (which I didn’t own) and a lot of time and patience. It’s hard to find time and patience when you have a toddler running around. But I ended up finding a french bread recipe that looked fool proof. It didn’t require a stand mixer and a big chunk of time like others. My daughter loves helping me make this bread! 🙂

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For Christmas, my husband surprised me with a KitchenAid stand mixer — something I’ve been wanting for years. Since I received the mixer, I’ve moved up to sourdough. This was even more intimidating. Starter? What on earth is THAT? (If you don’t know what starter is, click here.) Now that I’ve establish a nice, healthy starter, I’ve been baking sourdough with ease.

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Semi-healthy Caramel Apple Egg Rolls.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot get enough of fall — although the weather here in Oklahoma is more winter-like lately.

Today I have a quick, easy, and semi-healthy caramel apple egg roll recipe for you this morning. What better way to make your house smell like fall than by baking up these golden rolls of apple goodness?

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Here is what you will need . . .
2 large Washington apples — or whatever apples you prefer
2 packets of Stevia
dash of ground cinnamon
All natural egg roll wrappers — I found mine at Neighborhood Walmart
1 tsp flour to about 1-2 tsp water
2 tbsp all natural coconut oil
2-3 caramel pieces, melted

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Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce.

It smells like fall in my house 🙂 I finally have almost all of our Halloween decorations up and I have been busy in the kitchen on my study breaks.

I recently made a trip to my local grocery store and picked up a bag of day old apples for $1.99. It contained a mixture of Washington, Gala, and Golden Delicious apples. I decided I’d give homemade applesauce a go. After spending some time researching, I decided to use the crock pot because I could let it sit and not have to worry about it while I was busy with my daughter and school work. I cooked the applesauce yesterday, pureed it in my food processor this morning, and my daughter and I have been snacking on it since. It turned out amazing! I don’t think I’ll ever purchase store bought applesauce again. It makes a good amount, so you can even freeze it if you don’t think you’ll go through it fast enough.

With so many apples sitting around, waiting to spoil, I made a batch of apple chips along with the applesauce. Yum!

Here’s what you’ll need for the applesauce.

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Steel cut oatmeal.

Happy Friday!

I’ve had quite a few people ask me how I cook my steel cut oats, so here’s a quick recipe for you. And if you’ve never tried steel cut oats, I highly recommend you do! They’re my favorite 🙂 My daughter and I share a bowl every morning.

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Ingredients
3 c water
1 c organic steel cut oats
1 tbsp butter (You can omit the butter to keep it vegan or try it with coconut oil)
1 c organic unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (So Delicious is my favorite!)
Sweetener of your choice. I use raw honey.
Fruit

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