Strawberry Love – Recipe: Stuffed Strawberries

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We love strawberries.  Love them. Photobucket When Gabriel was in 1st grade, his class went to a Strawberry Farm for the field trip. Photobucket I took Summer and Ethan, too.  I did not want them to miss out on the strawberry-picking fun. Photobucket Photobucket This beautiful weather we are having makes me want to go back this spring. Photobucket Now that it is getting into strawberry season, I cannot wait to try more strawberry recipes.  Here are just a few that I found on my blog, as well as some of the blogs that I frequent.

Strawberry Nutella Muffins

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast

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Mini Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

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 White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

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Fresh Fruit Enchiladas by How Sweet It Is

 Strawberry Grape Pineapple Smoothie by Add a Pinch

 Strawberries with Maple Cream Sauce by Dine & Dish

 Grilled Chicken and Berry Salad by Our Best Bites

 Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream by Brown Eyed Baker

 Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts by Lauren’s Latest

 If you want even more Strawberry recipes, Aggie’s Kitchen has a whole Pinterest board dedicated to strawberry love.

And, since we are already seeing pretty strawberries popping up at the grocery stores here, I decided to make a strawberry appetizer for Gabriel’s party.  These stuffed strawberries were absolutely amazing, and they are incredibly easy to put together, too. Pin It

Stuffed Strawberries

Stuffed Strawberries

Ingredients

1 package strawberries, washed

2 ounces cream cheese

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut the stem off of the strawberry.
  2. Cut a small portion off of the bottom of the strawberry so that it will stand up.
  3. In a mixer, mix the cream cheese and butter until creamy.
  4. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, continuing to mix.
  5. Slowly add the powdered sugar, mixing until it is smooth and creamy.
  6. Add the cream cheese mixture to a pastry bag, and add your favorite decorating tip.
  7. Squeeze a generous amount of the cream cheese mixture onto the top of the strawberry.
  8. Repeat with all of the strawberries.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/03/07/strawberry-love-recipe-stuffed-strawberries/

Strawberry fields forever…Enjoy!

I shared this recipe at This Chick Cooks, Lil’ Luna, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, What’s Cooking Wednesday and Lady Behind the Curtain.

Super Bowl Party Food

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I just returned from the grocery store, buying everything that we need for our Super Bowl party of five on Sunday.

Last year, we had BBQ Beef Sliders, Jalapeno Poppers, and Cheese Sticks.

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This year, we have a mixed menu of Buffalo Chicken Tenders, Creamy Queso, Pico de Gallo, and Nachos.

If you are still looking for some ideas, here are some good ones.

Not Just Another Chili Dog

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Creamy Queso

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BBQ Beef Sliders

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Pico de Gallo

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Jalapeno Poppers

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Cookies ‘N Stuff Chex Mix

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Potato Bites

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Jalapeno Popper Dip

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Black Bean Fiesta Dip

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Fiesta Nachos

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Brownie Bites

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Enjoy the game!

Keeping It Simple – Recipe: Fiesta Nachos

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As I have mentioned, Gabriel loves to read.  After he finished one of the books in his current series on Saturday night, he was antsy for the next one.  I told him that I would run to the bookstore and buy it for him.

While I was there, I picked up some crafting beads for Summer

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And an airplane for Ethan.

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They were all thrilled with their surprises.

Gabriel immediately started reading,

Summer started working on her necklace,

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And Ethan was all ready to fly his airplane.

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Within minutes, everyone had abandoned their own projects to go outside and watch Ethan fly his plane.

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Watching my youngest boy express true joy and excitement is a sight to behold.  When he is happy, he is happy all over.  And, that makes everyone around him happy, too.

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We had a few mishaps with the plane – once in the tree, once in the neighbor’s yard, and once on the roof.  But, it did not take away from the excitement of the moment for anyone.

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They are all ready to take the airplane to an open field, where we do not have any of the flying hazards of a backyard.

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I love how a simple trip to the store created an afternoon of fun for all of my littles.  Ethan’s love bank was filled up with 30 minutes of airplane flying, Gabriel continued to read almost all afternoon, and Summer shared her crafting beads with Ethan.  Simple. Fun. Perfect.

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And, since the afternoon had been so nice already, I decided to make an dinner easy, too. I used the leftover chili from the fancy chili dogs and made Fiesta Nachos.  They were absolutely delicious, and they would be perfect for the Super Bowl this weekend, too.

Fiesta Nachos

Fiesta Nachos

Ingredients

For the Chili

2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2 Tbs. ground cumin

2 Tbs. chili powder

2 Tbs. sweet or smoked paprika

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup red wine

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (14.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (7 ounce) can salsa verde

1 package frozen corn

2 Tbs. honey

2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup water

Kosher salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

For the Nachos

Tortilla chips

Taco sauce

Cheddar cheese, shredded

Sour Cream

Salsa

Instructions

    Preparing the Chili
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high.
  2. Add the onions and garlic; saute 3 minutes.
  3. Add the crushed red pepper, cumin, chili powder, and paprika; cook for another 1 minute
  4. Add the ground beef, sprinkle in some salt and pepper, and cook until browned all over.
  5. Pour in the red wine and cook 1 minute.
  6. Add the tomato sauce, beans, salsa verde, corn, honey, vinegar, water and another pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for at least 1 hour.
  8. Preparing the Nachos
  9. Preheat oven to 350.
  10. Spray an oven-safe cooking dish.
  11. Layer one layer of chips along the bottom.
  12. Top with chili. Drizzle with taco sauce. And sprinkle cheese over the top.
  13. Repeat all of the layers, ending with the cheese.
  14. Bake for 10 minutes.
  15. Change the oven setting to broil, and broil for another 1-2 minutes.
  16. Remove from oven and dish out into individual serving plates.
  17. Top with sour cream and salsa.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/01/31/keeping-it-simple-recipe-fiesta-nachos/

Enjoy!

I shared this recipe at 33 Shades of Green, Tasty Tuesday, Blessed with Grace, Mandy’s Recipe Box, Permanent Posies, 2 Maids and Naptime Creations.