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Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes

Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes | Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes | Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Are you ready for Easter?  It is only a couple days a way!  I hope you are doing better than I am with a plan.  I did manage to pick up a few things for an Easter basket today, but that is about it.  At least my 8 year old will be pleased!  Our neighborhood has a small Easter Egg hunt on Sunday.  My 8 year old is already working on his game plan, so he can get the most eggs.  Which in turn means the most candy, since they are filled plastic eggs.  Speaking of eggs.  Do you decorate eggs at your house?  We always have in the past, not sure my son is super into it this year, so we will have to see.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

I am taking a break from Christmas Week today to be part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This is my first year participating, but the 3rd year it has been around. The organizers Lindsay and Julie out did themselves this year. Each participant paid $4 to be a part of the swap. We then sent out 1 dozen cookies to 3 different people. So you then receivee 1 dozen cookies from 3 different people. This year the corporate sponsors were OXO, Dixie Sugar Crystals, Grandma’s Molasses, and Gold Medal Flour. Each company matched our donations, so we raised over $13,000 for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer.

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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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Apple Blondies w/ Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple season is upon us.  I love apples, and I love baking with apples.  Unfortunately my family has something wrong with them, and they don’t like apple desserts.  My son loves apples dipped in peanut butter, but that is where it ends.  Seriously, the kid won’t even eat applesauce.  I know. I screwed up some how.  My husband, he doesn’t like the skin of the apple.  Or so he claims.  Because I offer to peel them, and he still won’t eat them.  So whatever, more for me!

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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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Pink Velvet Cookies & a GIVEAWAY!

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So today is the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness week.  I hope you enjoyed all the pink and cancer fighting food.  I really hope that you were inspired to do a self exam or get a mammogram, and take action to take care of yourself!  Breast Cancer can affect anyone; young, old, man, woman, healthy, unhealthy etc.  Please be proactive, and help the stop of this horrible disease.

To end the week I made something sinful and pink.  I had to laugh on Monday when That Skinny Chick Can Bake make these cookies.  I guess great minds think alike.  Considering we used the same recipe, I am just going to send you to Liz to grab the recipe.  I tried to adjust the  color to make them more pink that red, but that is really hard when you are starting with brown.  But they taste good, are soft, and have just a hint of chocolate, so I am not too sure the color really matters.

To end the week I would like to say Thank You to everyone who joined me this week.  I know I asked all of you pretty last minute, so thanks for stepping up and helping me pull this off!

We also have a fun giveaway for you!

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Oreo Pudding Cookies

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My parents left last night.  They spent almost 5 days here, it was great having them. Over the weekend my son had his first flag football game.  It wasn’t quite as funny as I thought it would be, but boy do they have a lot of work to do!  It was a double header, and the weather was horrible, but we were out there cheering them on for 2 1/2 hours.  It is amazing how some of the parents take it so seriously.  One of the teams parents were yelling at the refs, and really getting mad about play calls and little things.  They are 6!!!  Just let them have fun!

While my parents were here, my husband and I were able to go out for a much needed date night.  We saw Hunger Games, and went for dinner.  We went to a chain restaurant, which we hadn’t been to in years (never this location).  It was not good.  They were out of one of the things we wanted, we were sat in the bar and the bar tender was our waiter, and the food was bland.  It was disappointing for sure, but still so nice to get out together.

So, now cookies!  I had pinned this recipe awhile ago, so it was finally time to give it a try.  They were soft, and full of Oreo flavor (without actual Oreo’s).  I made these for the teachers at my son’s school.  They made enough for the teachers to get a bunch, I have a few in my freezer, and then a plate full went home with my son’s teacher.  This was the first cookie recipe I have made with pudding.  I have seen a few more, and I know I will be trying them!

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Brownie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting and Giveaway and an Anniversary

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There is a lot going on around here today!  Today marks my 1 year blogging anniversary!  I honestly can’t believe I have been doing this for a year.  It seems like just yesterday I was starting this thing.  I started on a whim, and now I can’t imagine not doing it.  I have “met” some great people in this process, something I never thought would happen.  I am looking forward to what the future holds!  And to celebrate there is a great giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Today seems like it deserves a special treat.  I thought these brownie cupcakes with cookie dough frosting seemed like an over the top indulgence, fitting for the occasion.   I saw the idea over here at Yammie’s Noshery.  The one “mistake” I made, was making these too big.  I should have made the brownies in a mini muffin pan.  I say this only because they are very rich, and kind of a lot just for dessert.  Keep in mind though, they are all gone.  So it wasn’t a big “problem”.

Also today, I have a giveaway going on.  I am a recipe contributor over at Taking Time For Mommy.  Together with Blog it Forward, we bring you this amazing giveaway.  You can earn 3 chances, by commenting on this post, following me on Facebook, and following me on Twitter.

Blog it Forward is giving away a 165.97 Amazon Gift Card to one Lucky Winner!
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Double Cookies and Cream Kiss Bars

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We finally had the first night of flag football practice for my 6 year old last night.  The last two practices were cancelled, so he has been counting down the days to this practice for weeks.  I swear, it was like counting down to Christmas.  I am glad he is so excited about this, but I am a little nervous.  He wants to be so good at sports, and talks about when he plays college football for the Badgers what he will be like.  But school is his thing, he is smart, a great reader and picks up new concepts easily.  I am just not sure he can be good at both, and am worried he will be disappointed.  I really, really hope I am wrong!! Either way, we will be there cheering him on, and signing him up if he wants to play more.

So, about these bars.  Have you seen them around?  Jenny over at Picky Palate posted the recipe about a month ago.  They were all over Pinterest, I just HAD to make them.  We had friends over a couple weeks ago, so it seemed like a great excuse to try the recipe.  I doubled the recipe, because I was making it for 8 people, and thought there should be a few leftovers :)

These were everything I hoped they would be.  I slightly under baked them (highly recommend that), so they had the nice soft gooey center.  Which was amazing when I put a leftover bar in the microwave for 10 seconds, and it came out tasting like it was fresh from the oven.  These freeze great too.  I always put baked goods in the freezer, and then take out one in the morning to pack in my son’s lunch.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Pancakes

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We spent last night working with my 6 year old on addition facts.  It was stressful. Trying to get someone to memorize 8+6=14 is not something I am good at.  You just know it, why don’t they?  I really don’t know how teachers do it!

I could have used these to de-stress after he went to bed.  Unfortunately they are all gone.  I did have some in the freezer for awhile, but my 6 year old goes through pancakes like no bodies business.  Did you know you could freeze pancakes?  I do it all the time!  Just as easy as buying the frozen ones at the grocery store.  Just make a giant batch, let them cool, place in a freezer bag, and freeze.  Works great to just microwave a couple on a busy morning.

These came about after I made Brownie Batter Pancakes.  I was thinking what other dessert flavors I could try.  Why not chocolate chip cookies?  These have all the major players of a chocolate chip cookie, and you get to eat it for breakfast!  They really aren’t horrible for you either, check out the stats. Now I am trying to figure out the next dessert pancake to try!

Nutritional Info: Serves 4, Calories : 274, Fat: 12 grams, Protein: 4 grams

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