Confessions of a Cookbook Queen http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com The cookbook queen, and lover of all things sweet, pink and sparkly Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:39:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.12 Pina Colada Trifle http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/pina-colada-trifle/ http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/pina-colada-trifle/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:36:25 +0000 http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/?p=13481 These Pina Colada Trifles are a taste of the tropics from the comfort of your own home! Cool and creamy, this dreamy dessert couldn’t be easier to put together! Listen, Lindas. I have heard that there is this thing called “Labor Day” that is upon us. I have to be honest, here ̵...

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These Pina Colada Trifles are a taste of the tropics from the comfort of your own home! Cool and creamy, this dreamy dessert couldn’t be easier to put together!

Pina Colada Trifles PictureListen, Lindas.

I have heard that there is this thing called “Labor Day” that is upon us.

I have to be honest, here — I am not Labor Day’s number one fan. The kids get the day off of school when they seriously JUST STARTED. Days off already? This is ridiculous, sir.

Also, everyone acts like Summer is over, closing the pools along with all other kinds of foolishness. Now don’t misunderstand me — Fall needs to get here like, yesterday. But the temps in Arkansas hit 96 degrees today, okay? So don’t come at me with this mess about closing the pools and acting like it’s Fall.

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It’s not Fall. Ninety-six degrees is decidedly NOT FALL.

However, I understand that some of you actually get to be off of work and make fun plans like packing sandwiches and going to the lake. And I am happy for you, truly I am. I mean…I pray that you don’t get e coli, but I’m happy for you.

So happy, in fact, that I’ve made you a special Labor Day Weekend dessert. Light, Summery, and super simple to whip up, consider this a “last hurrah” of sorts. Because while I am not ready to shut down the pool and bust out my cozy cardigans, you better believe that I’m about to get all about everything pumpkin. So basic. And I refuse to be sorry.

Pina Colada Trifles ImageThe wonderful thing about this dessert (besides how good it tastes, duh) is that you can assemble it in jars for little individual servings (so handy if you’re going to the lake or having a picnic) OR make it in a large trifle dish for a crowd. Feel free to make it a day ahead — the flavor from the cream filling and the pineapple will soak into the cake pieces and make it even better.

Use store-bought angel food cake, an angel food cake mix, or go homemade. It’s up to you!

Enjoy, friends!

Pina Colada Trifle

Ingredients

  • Angel Food Cake (full size -- 9 or 10 inches made in a tube pan), cut into cubes
  • 20 oz can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed (Cool Whip)
  • 3 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Instructions

  1. Prepare filling: Place the sour cream and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  2. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until the sugar has dissolved, 2 minutes longer. Add the whipped topping and beat on low speed until well blended. Stir in 3 cups of coconut and beat on low speed until mixed.
  3. In 6 half pint jars or a large glass bowl or trifle dish, place a layer of angel food cake pieces. Spoon a layer of coconut filling over the cake, then spoon pineapple over the coconut layer. Repeat layers again.

Have a happy day! Thanks so much for reading!

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Junk Food Marshmallow Squares http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/junk-food-marshmallow-squares/ http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/junk-food-marshmallow-squares/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:08:45 +0000 http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/?p=13588 Junk Food Marshmallow Squares are the perfect salty-sweet combination. Make a batch the next time a craving hits! Can we talk about the “moment” that sweet and salty is having right now? I fully support the sweet and salty movement. Maple bacon donuts, sea salt chocolate chip cookies, chocolate pret...

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Junk Food Marshmallow Squares are the perfect salty-sweet combination. Make a batch the next time a craving hits!

Junk Food Marshmallow SquaresCan we talk about the “moment” that sweet and salty is having right now?

I fully support the sweet and salty movement. Maple bacon donuts, sea salt chocolate chip cookies, chocolate pretzel ANYTHING – I’ll have one of each, thanks so much.

I am not ashamed to admit that there is a particular time of the month when I appreciate sweet and salty a bit more than usual. It is during this time that I mix up a bowl of potato chips and M&Ms, grab a bottle of wine and my heating pad, and hole up in my room with a stack of magazines and the Bravo channel.

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There is nothing that my irritable, hormonally charged emotions love more than feeling superior to D-List celebrities that are behaving badly.

These junk food marshmallow squares are their own brand of genius – why should cereal be having all the fun? And lucky for me, Shelly Jaronsky, the blogger behind The Cookies and Cups Cookbook (and one of my very best friends), is incredibly well-versed in marshmallow treats.

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You might call her Dr. Marshmallow Treats. Because if a PHD in melting marshmallows and butter was a thing, she’d have it. Unlike myself, whose PHD would be in eating donuts. Don’t look down your nose at me – the jelly-filled ones can be a bit difficult to navigate. IT’S A LEGITIMATE LIFE SKILL, PEOPLE.

These sweet and salty no-bake treats are just one of the many recipes I have bookmarked in Shelly’s cookbook. From sheet cakes to muffins and quick and easy dinners, her recipes are fun twists on some of my favorite classics – I have SO many pages earmarked to try!

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These junk food marshmallow squares went to the front of the list for obvious reasons. A combination of pretzels, potato chips, and popcorn are coated in melted marshmallows and browned butter, creating a chewy, crunchy, sweet and salty dream of a bar. They come together quickly and are NO BAKE, which is always handy during the summer months.

Whip these up the next time you’re having a craving. You won’t regret it!

You can also find the Junk Food Marshmallow Squares Recipe on Food Fanatic, where I am a regular contributor of all things sweet!

Enjoy and have a great day!

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Meal Plan {8/29 – 9/2} http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/meal-plan-829-92/ http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/meal-plan-829-92/#comments Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:00:51 +0000 http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/?p=13576 My weekly meal plan is full of quick and easy meals that are perfect for busy weeknights and picky eaters! Happy Saturday! Is it cool where you live? It’s still hot here in Arkansas (ugh), and will likely stay that way for at least another month. I wish it would cool off, I am anxious for Fall...

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My weekly meal plan is full of quick and easy meals that are perfect for busy weeknights and picky eaters!

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Happy Saturday!

Is it cool where you live? It’s still hot here in Arkansas (ugh), and will likely stay that way for at least another month. I wish it would cool off, I am anxious for Fall flavors and cozy meals. Pumpkin bread, anyone?

I am still debating on pulling the trigger on an Instant Pot. For some reason, that thing intimidates the heck out of me! Do you own one? Do you love it and use it often? Let me know!

Here’s what we are having for dinner this week. As always, be sure to print out a grocery list. Everything you need for the week is already filled out for you — hooray!

easy-jack-chicken-with-bacon-ohsweetbasil.com-4Monday: Easy Jack Chicken with Bacon

Chicken, cheese, and bacon? Yes, please! The whole family will love this one, and it’s SO quick and easy! Lucy has dance class on Monday nights, so a quick dinner is a must.

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Tuesday: Navajo Tacos

When I first saw this recipe, I thought it was fried flour tortillas. As it turns out, it’s homemade fry bread! Not diet friendly, but intriguing and definitely spluge-worthy. I’m excited to try it!

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Wednesday: The BEST Chicken Parmesan

This is ready in 30 minutes! We all love Chicken Parmesan, so this is perfect.

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Thursday: Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad

This salad looks INCREDIBLE! I love chopped salads and this has so much going on, including the perfect flavor combination.

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Friday: Easy Pizza Sliders

How fun are these?! A great idea for Friday night around a movie. The kids will love helping!

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That’s it for this week, friends! Enjoy!

 

 

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Friday Fun!! Friday Fun!! http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/friday-fun-friday-fun-69/ http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/friday-fun-friday-fun-69/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:00:42 +0000 http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/?p=13566 Hey, guys! Hey! I haven’t done a Friday Fun post in infinity years and I miss them! I love checking in with random odds and ends, so here I am. Can we make Friday Fun be a thing again? The kiddos are finally back in school! Lucy is in part-time preschool and it has been an adjustment. She̵...

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Hey, guys! Hey!

I haven’t done a Friday Fun post in infinity years and I miss them! I love checking in with random odds and ends, so here I am. Can we make Friday Fun be a thing again?

image1The kiddos are finally back in school! Lucy is in part-time preschool and it has been an adjustment. She’s too young to understand the concept of Summer vacation and how a school year runs, so going back after such a long absence is a bit confusing.

Even though mornings are slow going and a little tough, she comes home so excited and full of stories about her day. I’ll be glad to get this transition phase over — it’s hard dropping off littles with a frowny face.

image2Jon David has started the SIXTH grade! I remember dropping him off for kindergarten so vividly…and now he’s getting SO old!

His 12th birthday is coming up in a few weeks, which means that he’s been hinting about party ideas and gift requests for the past two months. This is such a fun age, but also difficult to navigate as he’s approaching the teenage years. It’s so crazy to realize that he’s already 2/3 of the way to being an official “adult.” It also means that I question myself a lot. Am I teaching him to be responsible? Am I teaching him the value of hard work? Will he grow up to respect others and be kind? Will he ever figure out how to rinse a dish and put it in the dishwasher instead of sticking it in the sink? Will he ever stop pulling his socks up to his knees?

Sigh. I feel old.

IMG_6942This picture from Jon David’s first day of Kindergarten popped up on my Facebook the other day. I can’t even handle that tiny face!

Are you watching anything good on TV right now? My husband and I are finishing season 3 of Boardwalk Empire. I am DYING to start Stranger Things on Netflix and The Night Of on HBO, but I am trying to finish Boardwalk first. Also, I am OBSESSING over Bachelor in Paradise. It’s the best worst show on the planet. It comes on two days a week and I honestly wish it came on every day. I LOVE Nick and Carly and Evan. Surprisingly, I am also loving Ashley I. but Caila is making me FURIOUS! And don’t get me started on Josh and Amanda. Every time his sweaty face starts trying to eat her alive, I want to vomit. Are you watching? Who are your favorites?

And Big Brother!! I LOVE James and Natalie (can they be the new Jeff and Jordan PLEASE?), and Paul has majorly grown on me. I definitely think he’s going to win!

I am low carbing for the next few weeks. I LOVE carbs, but a low carb diet is the quickest way for me to lose weight. And as sad as it makes me to admit it, I feel SO good when I’m eating a lot of protein and very little carbs. But I also feel good when I eat pasta, so that’s why this never lasts more than a month. Ooopsies.

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Oh! And! I am LOVING Bai flavored waters. Five calories and they are caffeinated! I am pretty sensitive to caffeine and can’t drink coffee without getting sick, but Bai doesn’t make me jittery at all. I really like it! I can usually find it at Target, Walmart, and on Amazon.

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I just finished reading the book Alligator Candy by David Kushner — so good and SO sad. I don’t usually read nonfiction/memoirs, but I really enjoyed this one!

Weekend plans? I have tickets to see Leslie Jones do stand-up and I am so excited. Especially in light of all the online bullying and racism she’s endured, I am looking forward to the opportunity to support her. I am a huge fan! This video of her watching Game of Thrones is one of my favorite things in the universe.

What have you been up to this week? Baking? Potty training? Drinking all the wine? I want to hear everything!

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Pancake Breakfast Muffins http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/pancake-breakfast-muffins/ http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/pancake-breakfast-muffins/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:17:29 +0000 http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/?p=13544 Pancake Breakfast Muffins have everything you want in a pancake breakfast, in portable muffin form! Perfect to prep ahead for busy mornings. This post is brought to you in partnership with Bisquick. I am always grateful for the opportunity to partner with brands that I love and use regularly. Bisqui...

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Pancake Breakfast Muffins have everything you want in a pancake breakfast, in portable muffin form! Perfect to prep ahead for busy mornings.

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This post is brought to you in partnership with Bisquick. I am always grateful for the opportunity to partner with brands that I love and use regularly. Bisquick is one of those brands, and working with them helps make running this website possible. As always, all thoughts and opinions are a million percent my very own.

School is back in session, friends, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Every day is full of possibilities. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. I have this incredible feeling of weightlessness, which can only be attributed to the fact that I don’t have a toddler hanging on my leg asking for fruit snacks.

The world has opened itself to all kinds of possibilities. Lunch with a friend? Don’t mind if I do.

A little light browsing at the mall? I don’t see why not.

Late morning spin classes? Obviously not, but it’s nice to know I have choices, is all. I’m a woman with choices. A weightless woman with choices. June, what? I’m in denial of it’s existence. I just don’t think I can ever go back, you guys. Please don’t make me.

With a new school year comes a whole new Responsible Me. And can I just say, I LOVE Responsible Me? Responsible Me has meals planned weeks in advance. Responsible me has dinner ready at 5:30, unlike Summer me, who was throwing hot dogs on the grill at 9:30. Responsible me packs lunches the night before, complete with organic carrot sticks and smiley face notes. Responsible me even updates the family command center calendar. What are we doing three Thursdays from now? Hang on and I’ll go look. No big deal, it’s just how Responsible Me rolls.

There is…however…one area that Responsible Me still can’t seem to master.

Breakfast.

I hate mornings. I don’t want it to be so, but the planets seems to have conspired to align in such a way that makes getting up impossible. I’m grouchy, I hate coffee, and there’s people scurrying around my house asking all the questions about socks and signing papers and things. Why are mornings so needy? It’s really not fair.

In the interest of being a fantastic mom (which despite my failings, I still pride myself on), I decided that Responsible Me should take care of breakfast so that Grumpy Morning Me doesn’t have to. Enter: Pancake Breakfast Muffins.

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These little guys couldn’t be simpler — I grab my Bisquick, whip up some pancake batter by adding two eggs and a cup of milk, and stir in cooked sausage, bacon, or in this case, Hormel Canadian Bacon.

As an aside, Bisquick is a staple in my house — I use it for biscuits, my favorite chicken and dumplings recipe, waffles, and…pancakes. I always have a giant box on hand and it always comes in handy! I also love having Canadian bacon around — it’s great for throwing a quick English muffin sandwich together. Hormel Black Label Canadian bacon is my favorite by far, simply because it’s cut nice and thick and tastes great!

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Make sure you finely dice your Canadian bacon and fry it before putting in the pancake batter. It’ll help cook out some of the moisture and keep it from sinking to the bottom of the muffins.

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Fill the muffin tins 2/3 full, bake at 375 until done, and you’ve got 12 hearty, filling Pancake Breakfast Muffins!

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I like to throw some in the freezer to thaw on busy mornings. Heat, slather with butter, and dip in syrup. Jon David loves to grab one to eat on his way to school!

Yes, please. I’ll take four.

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Pancake Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients

  • 6 oz Hormel Black Label Canadian Bacon, diced finely
  • 2 cups Bisquick pancake and baking mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Spray a large frying pan with nonstick cooking spray. Over medium heat, lightly brown diced Canadian bacon. Place on paper towels to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 375. Line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, combine Bisquick pancake and baking mix, eggs, and milk. Stir until just mixed -- mixture may have some lumps. Fold in cooled Canadian bacon pieces.
  4. Fill prepared muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm with butter, or cool to room temperature and freeze for later.

Enjoy, friends! Have a great day!

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