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Peanut Butter Fudge Skillet Brownies

Is there really anything better than the combination of peanut butter and chocolate fudge? Not in my world. This brownie has it all, and boy, was it delicious! But before I get into the recipe, let me start off by saying what a crazy summer its been! Between online class, wedding planning and trying to file my in-state tuition appeal, everyday has been packed full of things to do. I am so very excited for the future and, with 40 days left to go until the wedding, its been the majority of my focus.

While I have been doing some baking, the sitting down and writing part has been a bit more difficult so this week I made sure to carve out a little bit of time in my schedule to share this recipe from with you! Tommy made this super rich peanut butter fudge skillet brownie for my 30th birthday and it was AMAZING! Instead of a traditional baking pan, this brownie is cooked in an iron skillet which makes for an awesome presentation for a group dessert.

Just in time for …

Cottage-Style Strawberry Shortcake and Whipped Cream

It has taken me longer than I would have liked to write this recipe. I initially meant to have it up a few weeks ago, but we suddenly lost our dog Huckleberry to rare complications due to vestibular disease on May 20th and since then, I really haven't had the heart to write. To those who don't know, Tommy and I picked up Huckleberry just shy of 4 years ago, on the side of the road as we were on our way to hike at a state park. We weren't prepared to have a dog and were not expecting to get an animal so soon after moving, but we decided to keep him and it turned out that we were given one of the greatest gifts we have ever known. We love our animals as if they are our children and after his passing, we were in disbelief, completely gutted and utterly shattered. Even in tragedy however, there is always a ray of light. In the past few weeks we have been blessed to be surrounding by compassionate, loving people who have been there for us in our grief and who shared their love…

Savory Summer Roast Chicken and Vegetables

Summer time is finally here and today I am sharing one of my favorite time honored dinner recipes! This semester has been one of the craziest for me, and on top of planning for our wedding in August, posting a recipe has been near in possible. So I am so glad to finally get back in to baking and enjoying the sunshine and summer weather! Roast chicken is not only an economical way to stretch the grocery budget, it also is a delicious way to eat healthy and, at least in my case, gets me many, many fiance brownie points! A whole roast chicken is substantially cheaper per pound than prepackage chicken breast or drumsticks. Between the two of us, one bird can last us 3-4 meals (fiance needs his protein, bro).

One of the many things I love about this recipe is how versatile the flavor is.   You can use the leftovers to make a chicken Caesar salad, chicken mozzarella and tomato sandwiches or shred the meat for soups and stews. I think many people don't buy whole chickens because it is b…

Earl Grey Tea Cakes, Homemade Lemon Curd and Vanilla Bean Frosting!

Wow its been a week! I haven't posted a recipe in a few weeks, mostly due to the fact that Spring semester has started and I needed some time to get my school legs under me again. Its still very much a whirlwind, but I am starting to get into a bit of a routine now, so that's a plus! As a little break from the chaos, we got a chance to celebrate Tommy's birthday this month. It has become our little tradition for Tommy to select 2 or 3 unusual cakes each year, which I then choose from and make as a surprise! He enjoys the unique flavors and I enjoy the chance to really test my baking skills. This year he picked Pistachio Vanilla, Cannoli cake and these delightful Earl Grey goodies. It was a difficult choice, but I was intrigued by the idea of baking with tea.  My curiosity paid off because these little treats are absolutely delicious! Prior to this recipe I had no experience baking with Earl Grey before and was unsure of how its strong Bergamot taste would affect the flavo…

Sticky Figgy Puddings with Caramel Syrup

I had been aiming to make this pudding over the holidays, but couldn't ever seem to find the time. A snow day was a perfect opportunity to try this recipe out! For those of you who do not know what Figgy Pudding is, it is considered to be an "English" pudding. This means that it is more of soft, moist, cake-like bread that is then soaked a rich caramel sauce to create a traditional "bread pudding". It is absolutely delicious served hot with vanilla ice cream on a cold night, and you should definitely take my word for it, I have been eating it all week!

I think traditionally, Figgy Pudding is make in a ramekin, but I made these in mini bundt cake pans that I over filled so that I could allow the caramel sauce to pool in the middle. It really made a lovely presentation! As with all of the recipes I post on here this one is very simple to make, although having a few tools handy, like a blender/food processor and a some sort of mixer, will definitely make the proce…

Winter Hot Mulled Wine

While the holidays may be over and all the decorations put away, the winter cold isn't going to go anywhere anytime soon! This Hot Mulled Wine recipe is one that you can enjoy throughout the winter season. The recipe originally came to be as one of those of unusual, blessed occurrences where you try to follow a recipe, only to find that you have made several key errors and that, despite all indications to the contrary, it has turned out absolutely delicious. Since that doesn't happen in our kitchen very often, I am more than happy just going to go with the flow here. Tommy calls this recipe "All-But-Kitchen-Sink Mulled Wine" and once you read the recipe I think  you will agree with him!

 On Christmas Eve we were looking for a festive drink to imbibe in to celebrate our recent engagement (much more on that later!!). We have had a beautiful bottle of California Merlot sitting for months in our pantry, and as I do not enjoy drinking Merlot (way too dry!), we hadn'…

Old Fashioned Christmas Sugar Plums

You have probably heard of the famous Christmas poem by Clement Moore describing the magical silence, joy and reverence of quiet Christmas Eve night. You have also probably heard of Sugar Plum Fairy dance made famous by the Nutcracker Ballet, but I am willing to bet that you have never actually heard of a Sugar Plum. If you have, you are one of few who know what this special Christmas treat is. Any guesses as to what they are? If your answer is plums coated in sugar, unfortunately, you would be making a common mistake. So what are they?

Well... since you asked so nicely.... The most simple answer is that Sugar Plums are a mixture of dried fruit and nuts, combined with a variety of spices, honey or molasses, which is then rolled into balls and coated in raw sugar. The processing of the dried fruit gives the sweet a purplish hue closely resembling that of a plum and lends them to the name Sugar Plum. Not what exactly what you thought? You wouldn't be alone!

The history of the Sugar…