Confessions of a Cookbook Queen http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com The cookbook queen, and lover of all things sweet, pink and sparkly Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:56:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.7 Butterscotch Dip Cupcakes http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/butterscotch-dip-cupcakes/ http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/butterscotch-dip-cupcakes/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:56:06 +0000 http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/?p=11373 Butterscotch dip cupcakes are adorable and delectable in one shot. Perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving – they’re true show stoppers! I have recently been dieting for the five-hundred-and-eighty-seven zillionth time. I know that experts are always saying that diets don’t work, only life...

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Butterscotch dip cupcakes are adorable and delectable in one shot. Perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving – they’re true show stoppers!

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I have recently been dieting for the five-hundred-and-eighty-seven zillionth time. I know that experts are always saying that diets don’t work, only lifestyle changes work, but I actually mostly like my life. Except for the fact that sometimes my pants won’t button, I have no desire to change it.

The only thing I am really willing to do is be temporarily miserable in order to be temporarily skinny.

What I have discovered about diets is that they are all lies. Diet food doesn’t taste good. You always feel like you’re depriving yourself. And when a meal replacement shake promises that you’ll be full for four hours, you can bet that you’ll actually never be full. Drinks aren’t meant to be whole meals of food. They just aren’t.

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People don’t sit around the dinner table with smoothies or protein shakes FOR A REASON. The reason being it’s ridiculous. And also, all the hunger. Human beings need food that you can chew and tastes like lots of carbs. Glorious, glorious carbs.

I have been thinking about inventing a diet where you get to eat donuts and cupcakes, but the trick is that you have to run in place while you eat them. I feel like they should cancel each other out. So while you won’t necessarily lose weight, you won’t gain any either. Plus you’ll get lots of practice eating while running. Which will come in handy if you ever decide to run a marathon and happen by a Krispy Kreme on your route.

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It is with delicious, carb filled sweets on my mind that I created these cupcakes. Butterscotch is one of my all-time favorites, and the butterscotch shell coating this fluffy marshmallow frosting is seriously fabulous. Not only the marshmallow/butterscotch combo completely delicious, but it’s gorgeous to boot! This is most definitely a crowd pleasing cupcake.

You can also find this Butterscotch Dip Cupcakes Recipe on Food Fanatic, where I am a regular contributor of all things sweet.

Enjoy and have a great day!

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August Favorites http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/august-favorites-2/ http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/august-favorites-2/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:57:38 +0000 http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/?p=11344 August is over — hooray, Fall! I’m so sick of shorts. Can we all just agree that it’s time for leggings and sweaters and boots? Forever? I feel like I’ve reached the age where people just really don’t need to see my legs anymore. Also, can Fall television hurry up and S...

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Confessions of a Cookbook Queen August favorites PictureAugust is over — hooray, Fall!

I’m so sick of shorts. Can we all just agree that it’s time for leggings and sweaters and boots? Forever? I feel like I’ve reached the age where people just really don’t need to see my legs anymore.

Also, can Fall television hurry up and START? Why are seasons so short? I need Nashville and Scandal year round, please.

Favorites from August:

1. Bachelor in Paradise

OMG. This show is an epic trainwreck in all the best ways possible. Three hours a week of this show isn’t even enough — I’d watch it every day. Can we put in a request for live feeds, even? I’d never leave the house. If you DON’T watch Bachelor in Paradise, it is best described as pure trash. Like all the best and trashiest parts of The Bachelor, mashed in to one show.

2. Colour Pop Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Eye Candy

LOVE Colour Pop. They are affordable and SUCH great quality! Eye Candy is described as Cool toned ethereal lavender drizzled with tons of silver and pink glitter. It goes on so smooth and shimmery — I LOVE it. So Quiche and Nillionaire are two of my other favorites.

3.  Urbanite Avery Bracelet

This cute, affordable bracelet is versatile — I can wear it with casual or dressy outfits. Urbanite is a great site for cute, affordable accessories in general. I’ve loved everything I’ve bought from them!

4. The Selection Series

This book series has SO sucked me in!! Imagine The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor. It’s so fun!

5. La Posh Out By the Cabin Moccassins

These are ADORABLE and don’t cost a fortune! Perfect for the Fall — pair with skinnies and a t-shirt, tunic, or sweater.

6. Caged Bird Blog Other Half Donut Set

I ordered these for Lucy and I — she loves having matching jewelry with me. She offers adult or toddler or kid sizes, so you can pair these however you want. So cute and fun!

7. Undisclosed Podcast

If you found yourself addicted to Serial and have been wondering about Adnan and his appeal, you have GOT to listen to this podcast. I am hooked! The facts that have come to light have shocked me, to say the least. It’s not quite as ENTERTAINING as Serial, but if you have unanswered questions, this answers them thoroughly. It’s informative and interesting.

 

I’d love to hear your favorites from the month, too!

**This post does NOT contain affiliate links and I was not provided product for review. These are just things I used or purchased on my own and loved.

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Everything Bars http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/chocolate-chip-marshmallow-caramel-pretzel-bars/ http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/chocolate-chip-marshmallow-caramel-pretzel-bars/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:00:01 +0000 http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/?p=4634 Everything Bars are layers of chocolate chip cookie, fluffy marshmallow, chewy caramel, and salty pretzels. These are one of my favorites! One thing I am super bad at is small talk. I have never been a fan of unnecessary words — they take a lot of breath, much like running. So while I do love ...

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Everything Bars are layers of chocolate chip cookie, fluffy marshmallow, chewy caramel, and salty pretzels. These are one of my favorites!

Everything Bars

One thing I am super bad at is small talk.

I have never been a fan of unnecessary words — they take a lot of breath, much like running. So while I do love getting to know people or chatting with friends, I just don’t see the value in exchanging meaningless words with strangers when we both know that the relationship isn’t going to be going any further than one random encounter.

The worst small talk situation is when I take Lucy to the small park in our neighborhood. It’s a great park for her age — small, with uncomplicated equipment so her tiny self doesn’t get hurt or overwhelmed. But the problem with the size is that when there is another mom at the park, it’s impossible to completely avoid one another, due to the close proximity.

Personally, I am fine with a polite nod. Maybe even a “hello” or a “SUCH a nice day!”. But I just do not see the need for things to go further than that. I’m completely great just following Lucy around, snapping the occasional photo or checking Facebook on my phone.

Everything Bars PhotoI wish there was a way to just lay this out as soon as I arrived at the park, but there is no socially acceptable way to do it.

“Hi ladies, listen…you all seem super nice, but we all know this isn’t going anywhere. You’re busy with the PTA, I have a lot of Twizzlers to eat and Dr. Phil reruns to watch…our dance cards are full. Let’s just save our words and breath and get through this with polite nods. Doesn’t have to be weird.”

But the thing is, people DO think that is weird. So instead I stand there lying about what I do for a living (the last thing I want to do is get into the whole “blogger” conversation) and trying to figure out a polite way to end the unnecessary words. Sometimes I daydream about saying something like, “excuse me, I need to go fart,” and then walking over to a nearby bench and sitting down. No one will be sitting next to me after that, that’s for darn sure.

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Maybe I should start bringing these bars with me — no one can talk if their mouths are full.

These bars are one of my absolute all-time favorites. Chocolate Chip cookie, topped with marshmallow, caramel, mini M&M’s and pretzels.

They are the perfect amount of chewy, fluffy, crunchy, sweet and salty — and the layers look so pretty! No one will guess that you just threw them together in minutes.

These are seriously one of  my favorite things I’ve ever made, and more than one person told me that they were one of the best things they’d ever eaten.

You can throw them together so quickly, and they’re perfect for birthday parties, sleepovers, or pot lucks.

Everything Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tubes refrigerated cookie dough (of course, you could use both tubes but I liked the thickness of the bars using 1 1/2, plus I like having the rest in the fridge to eat)
  • 16 oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 11 oz caramel bits
  • 2 cups (or so) mini salted pretzel twists
  • 1/4 cup (or so) mini M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a metal 9x13 pan with foil and spray well with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Press cookie dough evenly into bottom of pan. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, until edges are dark golden brown and middle is puffy and golden. Upon removing from oven, immediately cover with mini marshmallows and place back in the oven for a minute or two, until the marshmallows are puffed but not browned.
  3. Let marshmallows cool for a few minutes -- meanwhile, prepare caramel. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave caramel bits with a Tablespoon of water for one minute. Stir, then continue to microwave until smooth, stopping to stir every 30 seconds.
  4. Evenly drizzle caramel sauce over marshmallow. Immediately begin pressing pretzels into the top of the bars. Sprinkle with mini M&Ms and let bars cool completely. For neater cutting, chill bars before cutting and serving. Keep bars stored in refrigerator.

I really hope you give these a try…they’re amazing!!

Enjoy and have a happy Monday!!

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Meal Plan {8/31 – 9/4} http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/meal-plan-831-94/ http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/meal-plan-831-94/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:39:43 +0000 http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/?p=11347 Looking for simple, family friendly weeknight meals? I’ve got a week’s worth of dinner ideas and a printable grocery list! Happy Saturday! I am SO excited to be spending the weekend in Las Vegas with some girlfriends. Lots of food, shopping, massages, and a Britney Spears concert to top it all...

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Looking for simple, family friendly weeknight meals? I’ve got a week’s worth of dinner ideas and a printable grocery list!

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Happy Saturday!

I am SO excited to be spending the weekend in Las Vegas with some girlfriends. Lots of food, shopping, massages, and a Britney Spears concert to top it all off!

Coming home tomorrow evening is going to be rough. It always seems to take me forever to get back in the swing of things (and a 2 hour time change, uggghhhhh), so I’m going to be SO thankful to have my dinners for the week already planned.

Don’t forget to print out a free grocery list. Everything you need is already filled out for you.

If any of the meals on this week’s plan don’t sound good to you, be sure to check out previous week’s meal plans Lots of yummy and simple ideas to choose from!

Monday: Chicken Stuffed Crescent Rolls

These are a family favorite that I haven’t made in a long time!

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Tuesday: Mississippi Roast

Another favorite, and so easy! I usually make this every month or so. SO good!

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Wednesday: Butter Chicken

Throw it in the oven and done! I usually serve this with some rice and a side veggie. We all love it.

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Thursday: Big Fat Bacon Sliders

I’ve never tried this recipe, but I don’t think you can go wrong with beef wrapped in bacon.

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Friday: Crispy Shrimp Pasta

Another new-to-us dish that I’m excited to try! Shrimp, pasta, heavy cream…what could go wrong?

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That’s it for this week! Enjoy!

 

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Pineapple Whip Cupcakes http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/pineapple-whip-cupcakes/ http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/pineapple-whip-cupcakes/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:30:29 +0000 http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/?p=11338 Pineapple Whip Cupcakes bring all the flavor of the frozen treat to cupcake form. You’ll feel like you’re at the best place on Earth all over again! School is back in session, and I’m not sorry. I love the summer vacation, I do. I cherish the lazy days by the pool and the long, late nights eating ic...

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Pineapple Whip Cupcakes bring all the flavor of the frozen treat to cupcake form. You’ll feel like you’re at the best place on Earth all over again!

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School is back in session, and I’m not sorry.

I love the summer vacation, I do. I cherish the lazy days by the pool and the long, late nights eating ice cream and running through the sprinklers. But there comes a point late July where something inside me just breaks and I desperately need for the kids to GO. TO. SCHOOL.

“Mom, what are we doing today? Mom, what’s for lunch? Mom, can we go get tacos? Mom, what would you do if you were born with robot arms instead of regular arms? Mom, if you could only eat one candy for the rest of your life, what would it be? Mom, how much longer will you be in the bathroom?”

“Mom? Why do you look so mad?”

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Every time I celebrate the start of the school year, there are those few moms who feel the need to tell me that they NEVER get tired of their kids and DREAD the first day of school. Oh the horror! Seven straight hours of silence!

To that I say, good for you. Truly, I am envious. You obviously possess a special talent which I clearly lack. But I have made peace with this. We are all blessed with particular skills, mine being the ability to consume record-worthy quantities of Twizzlers in a single sitting and knowing the words to every 90’s hip hop song ever written.

So you understand that it would be asking too much to also be blessed with the ability to tolerate children 24 hours a day, every day, for over a month.

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To celebrate the end of summer vacation, I made pineapple whip cupcakes. They are light and creamy and perfect for parties! And if you’re the type of mom who is sad about the start of school, consider these a consolation prize. A cupcake eaten in peace has no calories in it, I checked!

You can also find this Pineapple Whip Cupcakes recipe on Food Fanatic, where I am a regular contributor of all things sweet.

Enjoy and have a great day!

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