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Chocolate Sheet Cake

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Chocolate Sheet Cake

I am super excited for this post today.  September marks the 1 year anniversary for the #chocolateparty.  To help celebrate,  Roxana has lots of great stuff up for grabs.  Like seriously, you need to read the bottom of this post and enter the giveaways.  Kind of wish I wasn’t participating this month, so I could enter.

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Is your garden full of zucchini?  Or are your neighbors dropping zucchini off at your house every other day?  This is the time of year that zucchini plants are going crazy, and people are searching for what to do with them!  Well, did you know that zucchini goes amazingly well with chocolate?  I know, I was skeptical as well, but trust me.  Next week I have a healthy(er) fudgy brownie recipe coming that uses zucchini.  You would never know :)

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Outrageous Brownies

Outrageous Brownies

Outrageous Brownies

I am finally posting on the actual reveal day for the #chocolateparty!  Honestly, I almost thought about skipping this month.  But September marks the 1 year anniversary, and I have done every other month over the last year, so I couldn’t skip the last one.  The ingredient we had to pair with chocolate this month?  Coffee.

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Nutella Strawberry Shortcake #chocolateparty

Nutella Strawberry Shortcake | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Nutella Strawberry Shortcake | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Monday is here, and I am ready to cheer you up with some Nutella!  After such a great weekend, I need a little pick me up.  We had gorgeous weather.  There was  double header flag football games, a football team picnic, seeds and plants were put in the garden, and lots of basketball was played (my 8 year got a basketball hoop for his birthday).  So today definitely calls for Nutella

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Nutella Brownie Cups

Nutella Brownie Cups

Nutella Brownie Cups

We had a very busy weekend around here!  My parents came to visit for a few days, so we have been busy with them.  My 7 year old is going to be 8 very soon, so there was lots of birthday celebration going on as well.  My brother and SIL came up for the day to help celebrate.  My 7 year old had a flag football game last night, and another one tonight.  So given all the busy going on, I am all about easy right now!

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Nutella Magic Bars

Nutella Magic Bars

Today we are leaving for Japan!  I can’t wait to share pictures and tell you about the trip.  In my absence, I have some wonderful friends who are going to take over for me.  The first guest post is Roxana from Roxana’s Home Baking.  Roxana does amazing things with desserts and breads, I am always in awe of her talent.  Just look at these Homemade Rolo Bars, Steakhouse Bread, and Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Nutella Magic Bars

Hello Dinners, Dishes and Desserts readers. I’m Roxana, the wanna be baker and photographer behind Roxana’s Home Baking. My blog is focus on baking everything from scratch. I’m a self-taught baker, learning more with every cup of flour I use. Most of the recipes found on my blog rely on simple techniques everyone can master with a little bit of patience. I also have a big sweet tooth, easily noticeable through the hundreds on desserts recipes I’ve shared. I have a slight addiction to chocolate; I could put some in soup if it’s up to me.
Homemade chocolate goodies is the best medicine.

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Fudgy Salted Caramel Brownies #chocolateparty

Fudgy Salted Caramel Brownies

Fudgy Salted Caramel Brownies

On Friday I shared with you my Dark Chocolate Mint Cupcakes that are part of a competition with Nestle.  When they asked me to create something for them, I actually created two chocolate treats.  This is the other recipe I tested.  I was really happy when caramel was selected as the ingredient for this months #chocolateparty, because then I had a reason to share them with you right away!

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Fudge #SundaySupper

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Holidays are all about family, friends, and tradition.  Today, Beate from Galactopdx is hosting this #SundaySupper “Home for the Holidays” event. We are all sharing recipes and traditions from our families.

In my family we have a tradition of making fudge every Christmas Eve.  We don’t make it any other day of the year, just the 24th.  It has to be one of my all time favorite holiday treats.  You can often find me sneaking pieces Christmas morning while we are opening presents.  This is the recipe we have been making in my family forever.  I believe it was originally from the back of the marshmallow fluff jar, but I am not completely sure.  You can easily add nuts if that is your thing, but I am a purist and like it without.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, and enjoy your time with family and friends.  I am taking a couple days off from the blog, but will be back with lots of appetizer ideas for your New Years parties.

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Puppy Chow (Amped Up)

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Puppy Chow, Muddy Buddies…whatever you call it, it is a classic Holiday treat.  It is easy to make and the flavors are a classic.  Just melt , mix, shake, and dump. You could easily have the kids work on this one for you, or at least help. And there is a decent chance you have all of the ingredients in the house already.

You know I can’t get enough peanut butter and chocolate, so it should come as no surprise to you that I have adapted this classic to have MORE!  I always loved the pieces that got stuck together because they had so much peanut butter and chocolate between them.  Well, now I make my own, and figured all the pieces should be like that :)

There are all sorts of different recipes out there for different version of this; candy cane, or lemon, or white chocolate etc. But I like a classic.  If you have peanut allergies in your house Sun Butter would work great in this.  Or maybe some Biscoff spread if you want to go crazy.

Go check out my version, and get the recipe at Culinary.Net

Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls

Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls labeled

You all know that I am a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter, so this recipe should come as no surprise.  These have become a staple at my house during the holidays.  My dad was never a fan of peanut butter, so we didn’t really have many peanut butter treats growing up.  Peanut Blossoms were pretty much the extent.  But then I grew up, and now I control what was in the house, and peanut butter it is!

Years ago before I had my son, I did a cookie exchange with some women I worked with.  We did it for a few years, each year was a little different.  Some times we actually baked together, some years we just met for dinner and handed out our cookies.  Every year we walked away with a great selection, and had a great time.  My friend Beth, was always in charge of the Buckeye’s.  One year, after I had moved away, she knew I liked them so much, she even sent me some!  But this year, I am making my own, using her recipe.

She is from Ohio, and a big Ohio State fan.  I am not.  So I chose to completely cover mine in chocolate, and change the name.  Being from Wisconsin, making “Buckeyes” just seems wrong.  I am not sure of the origin of the recipe, it is just what she has been making for years, and has been passed on to me.  A few of these are going to my son’s teachers as part of their gifts this year.  I am sure they will be appreciated.

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