Buckeye Ice Cream Peanut Butter Cake Bomb

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If you’re a peanut butter lover I’m about to BLOW YOUR MIND (and taste buds) with this Seriously Delicious Buckeye Ice Cream Peanut Butter Cake Bomb! Creamy peanut butter swirl ice cream, buckeye filling, chocolate cookie crumble and ridiculous hot fudge center!

Ice cream to me knows no seasons as it’s always in my fridge. It’s been there for celebrations, parties, break-ups, date nights, girl’s nights, and those nights when you just want to shut off the world, pop in your favorite movie and curl up on the couch with a big ol’ bowl of creamy deliciousness. Ice cream gets me. It doesn’t judge and is always there to comfort. Just like how I am when it comes to pizza, I’m an ice cream snob. We LOVE Blue Bunny® ice cream. Like if you looked in my freezers right now I have 4 containers there plus a package of their new Bunny Snacks™. Ice cream is no joke in my house. We take it very seriously and even more serious when you touch a flavor that is not yours. While marriage is all about give and take; an equal partnership there is nothing equal when it comes to ice cream. You have yours; I have mine – let the balance stay as that.

I’m fortunate right now as the amazing folks from Blue Bunny® reached out looking for deliciously creative ways to showcase some of their new 2017 lineup of ice cream flavors and treats. Needless to say, I was am over the moon elated. I mean I get a professional reason to go buy (and eat) ice cream!  HA!  Take that yoga pants for judging me every time I eat ice cream! This is a legit reason to partake in deliciousness!

As I mentioned they recently came out with new flavors and treats, one of which I’m going nuts over. If you’re a peanut butter lover you’re going to lose your mind! PB ‘N Cones™ has swirls of creamy peanut butter and crunchy chocolate dipped cone pieces throughout the delicious vanilla ice cream. Wha?! They also came out with Rockin’ Rocky Road™, Monster Cookie Mash, Toffee Brownie Twist™ and Mint Cookie Crunch as well. Plus for all of your cherry lovers, their Cherrific Cheesecake, which had been a seasonal flavor, is now available year-round.  I know Mr. Fantabulous is thrilled about that flavor!

This dessert is a true game changer!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – How to Clean Collard Greens

On this week’s edition of Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer learn how gravity is your friend when it comes to getting all the grit out of collard greens. Don’t grit ruin your dish. Cleaning greens are easier than you think!

Collard greens are not something I grew up on and honestly, I didn’t hear of them until I was in college. It’s funny as I grew up living on 41 acres growing almost all of our own produce but that’s one thing we never had. My first introduction to greens was, I’m almost embarrassed to admit, but in my college cafeteria. They were having a spring cookout and that was one of the side dishes they offered. Now full disclosure I didn’t grab it on purpose but rather it was put on my plate by the server. And yes, knowing me it was the last thing I tried on my plate as I pushed this funky green soft veggie around. My one girlfriend sitting with me finally said “Oh dear Lord Lori just try it. It’s greens with bacon. It’s really good.”

Bacon?  Did she say bacon?  That was all I needed to hear, to be honest. I took a small bite and immediately I was like “WHOA!  What is this stuff and where has it been my entire life???” It was luscious, rich and so good.

After that, every time greens were offered as an option I would get them…until that one fateful order. So you know how when you go to the beach you take a cooler full of food (we’ll say sandwiches). You keep the lid closed, lie out, frolic in the water and then set down to have some lunch. You take a big bite into your sandwich and you immediately make that face. Your eyes get all big and you kind of stop mid-chew. You’re not sure if you should just chew real fast and swallow or spit it out.  Oh, the sandwich is great but something there’s sand in it. Not sure how it happens but it does. That know-that-sensation-anywhere grit/grate against your teeth. Yeah, I had that experience with greens. It was like I bit into a clump of sand. It was delicious but that feeling of sand on my teeth just threw me for a loop.

So what caused this?  Simple – improper cleaning of the greens. And that’s what we’re talking about today. Clean your greens people as no one like sand!

You want to sink your teeth into deliciousness, not sand

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Veggie Sweet Potato Garden Burgers and Grilled Flatbread Ham & Cheese Hoagie Pizza!

Happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day TKW Family!  Mother’s day is tough for me, as is most holidays since both of my parents have passed on. It’s been 29 years since Mom passed and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. Even after all these years I still carry some feelings of anger within as I feel I was jipped out of a life with her as she was taken when I was just a kid. Actually, I was young when she, my father and grandmother passed. And while I there are 5 older siblings, due to the big age difference we aren’t close. So for me, I almost grew up an only child if that makes sense.

You guys would have loved my mom, both my parents actually. Full of life, spitfire and as my Dad would say – “gumption”. Her laughter filled the room and just a smile from her put you at ease. She was the Mom to everyone. You walked into our house and you felt at home. You never left with an empty belly or a doggie bag. Mom enjoyed the simple things – her flowers, bingo, and cooking. While we didn’t have money or ‘things’ she didn’t care. She taught us to work with what we had and use the gifts God had given us.

Mom is the one that taught me how to bake; how to respect the ingredients. She taught me that with just a few basic staples you can create deliciousness. Mom taught me to be myself and that I AM WORTH IT. She’d wipe my tears when I got hurt or when I was picked on. In 18 short years, Mom taught me a lifetime of lessons and values. For that, Mom, I am forever grateful. While it doesn’t get easier I’m able now to think of her and smile as God blessed me with an Angel on earth who so happened was my Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Breakfast Sunrise Bagelwiches

Let’s be real here, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Kickstart your morning deliciously with this Breakfast Sunrise Bagelwich! Toasted bagel topped with avocado slices, crispy bacon, dippy egg and a to-die-for spread!

So I love breakfast foods. Actually no, I lurve them to the point I’ll often eat “breakfast foods” for lunch and dinner. And let me preface that by what I deem “breakfast” food as I now a few that loathe ‘breakfasty’ type things. Sorry but we just can’t be friends…(j/k). Breakfast foods are eggs, bacon, waffles, pancakes, cereal, oatmeal and so forth. While I’ve been known to eat stuffed shells or roast beef with mashed potatoes at breakfast time I still want ‘real’ breakfast foods. However, there’s nothing wrong if you eat the non-breakfasty things but how can you not like the real stuff? This, I don’t get. I mean I get if you hate eggs or pancakes. But bacon?  Dude… that’s just not cool. To say you hate bacon is like saying you hate kittens or babies. But regardless it’s your right to hate it but um, can I have your share?

I’m also going to go on the record that this bagelwich is not something I eat every day nor recommend most folks do either as let’s face it – it’s seriously hearty. For me, this is my “cheat day” breakfast. But if you wanted to eat it every day first off, I’m jealous that you can, but secondly, enjoy! But full disclosure if I’m craving these daily I’ll actually buy the mini bagels or the thinly sliced bagels and eat those. This way I don’t feel as guilty eating a huge bagel every single day. My thighs thank me for this; yours would too I assume.

Get your breakfast YUM on with this delicious bagelwich!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – How to Pick Perfect Rhubarb

Hello rhubarb season!  On this week’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer learn how to pick perfectly awesome rhubarb each and every time!

So rhubarb is one of those things that don’t quite make sense to me. It’s a vegetable but that’s used predominately in fruit type dishes. Growing up I called them “red celery” because to me that’s what they looked like. Mom had so much of this stuff it was ridiculous. And because, to me it looked like celery, I automatically hated it because well, I hated celery. To this day I still won’t eat raw celery but will tolerate it in soups and stuff. Rhubard is ehhhhh different for me. If it’s mixed say with sugar and other fruits then it’s fine. However truthfully it kind of has to be buried amongst the other fruits.

However since Mom loved it, she taught me how to pick it as well as some rules of thumb to keep in mind.

I’ve only ever seen the red/pink rhubarb in the stores and what we grew.

♠  The brighter the color, the more tart the flavor; to the point it’s almost slightly unbearably tart. This is why you’ll almost never see just a rhubarb pie but instead you’ll see strawberry rhubarb. The natural sweetness from the strawberries balance out the tartness.

Are you a rhubarb fan?

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