Category Archives: Recipes

Super Bowl Party Pinspiration

What is everyone doing for Superbowl Sunday? The game is not really interesting me this year so I think I might make some wings, sit on my couch and just veg out. I’ve always been slightly jealous of the people who have Super Bowl parties every year. I love all the bad food associated with the game.  If you’re planning a shindig this weekend, I perused Pinterest and came up with some of my favorite Super Bowl party ideas.

Looking for some Super Bowl pinspiration? I’ve gotcha covered! 
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Looking for some more ideas? Check out these Pinterest boards: Winning Super Bowl Ideas by Women’s Day, Super Bowl Snacks by Buzzfeed, and  Super Bowl Recipes from Seventeen Magazine.

What are you serving for your Super Bowl party?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies & Links I Love: Week 10

Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies | www.flonmymind.com

Today was my sorority alumnae association’s Holiday Tea! We had sisters bring refreshments and we just chit chatted about what we’ve all been up to lately. We also had an ornament exchange and I got a pickle! Apparently, the Christmas Pickle is a thing. I think it’s a cute addition to my mini tree.

For the Tea, I brought Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies served in mini cupcake liners. I adapted this recipe from Food Network. Firstly, I added 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract  and 4 drops of red food coloring to the cheesecake mixture. I also used a box brownie mix rather than baking them from scratch. You can do that if you want, I just didnt have time and brownie mix was on sale. I also added crushed candy canes to the tops and in the middle. I layered the brownies with brownie mix, candy canes, cheesecake and then more candy canes on top.

They’re very peppermint-y and awesome. I’m sure I’ve already had a dozen of them. You could also make them in a brownie pan and swirl the cheesecake mixture into the brownie batter or you can make them larger cupcakes. I think all will work well for these!

Here’s what I’ve been listening to this week. I’ve been listening to Christmas music tonight when I was filling out my Christmas cards, as well as, 24/7 at work. I love classic Christmas crooners like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra but I also have been loving this version of “O Holy Night” by one of my favorite country singers Sarah Darling.

Take a listen and tell me what you think!

I know everyone loves Christmas but I really do love this season. I’m a Christmas baby with my birthday being just a few days before so I look forward to my birthday and then Christmas. Side note, having your birthday in December is great for shopping. Most of your birthday awards/coupons can be used in the after Christmas sales. But anyway, here are the links I’ve wanted to share with y’all this week.

Links I love this week…

– Trying to eat healthy during the Holidays? Check out these great clean eating tips from Cooking Light.

– Jen from Your Sorority Sister just gets my shopping needs. Check out her latest gift guide and swoon.

– ICYMI, here’s my posts from this past week. November Instagram Recap, Liebster Award and Frugal Friday

– Check out this cute clutch that Rachel from A Preppy State of Mind is showcasing on her blog.

– Have you checked out the CVS beauty clearance? Check out this master list from Nouveau Cheap to see everything on sale!

What posts, articles or blogs have you been loving this week?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Holiday Baking Plan

Hi friends! I’m going to tell you all about my amazing trip down to Miami for Homecoming but that will be a different post this week.

It’s COLD in Atlanta so I’m listening to Christmas music and watching HGTV with my electric blanket. I live a rockstar life.

These chilly nights have been great for pinning and I’m starting to cement my Holiday baking plan. This year, I’ve been buying some break and bake cookies and other mixes, when they’re on sale, to have on hand in case I need them.

When I say plan I don’t mean “on week three bake 15 dozen snickerdoodles, on week seven make macaroons”. I’m really trying to say that I’m buying the supplies I know I need in case I get invited somewhere last minute or I think a plate of brownies would be a good gift for a coworker or neighbor.

I do have some parties I know I need to bake for. I’ve volunteered to make something sweet for my sorority’s alumnae association holiday tea and I will make things for the office. With all these possible baking days, I needed some ideas.  I’ve listed just a sample of all the fun treats I’ve been pinning to bake something great this Holiday season.

Here’s what I’ve been pinning for my Holiday baking…

Gooey Smores Cookies from www.kevinandamanda.com

These Gooey S’Mores Cookies from Kevin and Amanda are drool-worthy.

oreosnowmen2I think these Oreo Snowmen from the Idea Room would be perfect for some gifts to pass out at work or to your neighbors.

santa hatPinterest cannot load at this time of year without this picture popping up. These Santa Hat brownies from Daisy’s World are super cute and super simple to make.  I did buy some BOGOF brownie mix so I will have to try these.

Speaking of Christmas, I’ve started my Christmas List pin board. Please tell me that I’m not the only one that does this. I’ve been trying to pin only the things I really would want. I always end up buying random junk with my Birthday/Christmas money. I want to use this board as a reference so I don’t go cray at the outlet mall but instead buy the new Marc Jacobs perfume I’ve been coveting. I also have a board for Christmas decor, treats and fun, if anyone is interested!

What do you like to bake during the Holidays? Let me know in the comments below!

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National Homemade Cookie Day

Oatmeal cookie dough Ina Garten Reciepe

Sometimes I just love social media. How else would you be able to find out it’s National Homemade Cookie day?!

I love baking. There is just something about a warm, soft cookie right out of the oven. I have been lazy, as of late, and making cookies using mixes. “Box” cookies are still super tasty but there’s something satisfying about baking from scratch.

Now I didn’t have a homemade cookie today, but I did make a couple batches a few weekends ago with some alpha class sisters. I made a variation of these Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from Ina Garten using what I had in my pantry. I mixed the dough as plain oatmeal cookies than I added chocolate chips to half of the dough and raisins to the other half.

Ina Garten Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Ina’s perfect cookies (Image from FoodNetwork.com)

Both cookies were delicious but the oatmeal raisin were really something special. I soaked the golden raisins in bourbon (a play on rum raisin) the night before and the Jim Beam added a unique flavor to the cookie. I think I used just enough for a subtle hint that makes you want to take another bite.

I think these Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies from Budget Bytes (I’m going to add chocolate chips) are the next cookie on my Fall baked goods to-do list (doesn’t everyone have one of those? Or is it just me). Follow my Pumpkin Spice Pinterest board to see more recipes that include Fall’s shining food star.

What’s your favorite cookie to bake? Or, better yet, eat?
Let me know in the comments!

How to: Cold Brew Coffee to the Perfect Iced Coffee!

I saved an article from the Pioneer Woman about making the perfect iced coffee and I’ve always wanted to try it out! So I set out to make my own version.

I normally don’t drink any caffeine in the morning, just a hot tea when it’s cold out. I don’t really like hot coffee but I love iced coffee (my fav is the McDonald’s kind. It’s large, cheap and almost cloyingly sweet but amazing). I’ve tried iced coffee in a carton but all of them are just artificial tasting. So this week, I tested out a method to make my own.

The cast of characters needed for my experiment (minus the rubberband).

The cast of characters needed for my experiment (minus the rubber band).

All of the ground coffee just chilling in the pitcher.

All of the ground coffee just chilling in the pitcher.

Here’s all that I needed to make the iced coffee and it was super simple. You really just need time to let the coffee grounds steep. One tip I have to share is put the water in the pitcher FIRST! The first time I tried it, I had the filters burst on me but if you let it steep (kinda like a tea bag) it works! The coffee will be a little weak but that also depends on how long you want it to chill out in the fridge.

Ingredients

  • Coffee Grounds (I used 5 tablespoons)
  • Pitcher Full of Water
  • 2 Coffee Filters
  • Rubber band
Here's a pic of the steeped coffee when I woke up this morning!

Here’s a pic of the steeped coffee when I woke up this morning!

1. Fill the pitcher full of water.
2. Double up on the coffee filters and fill them with 5 tablespoons of your favorite ground coffee
3. Place the filters on the top of the pitcher and hold it in place with a rubber band
4. Let it steep overnight
5. Enjoy!

 

enjoy iced coffee

 

Thin Mint Cupcakes, Recipe Included!

These cupcakes were AMAZING! They definitely had me thinking I could open a cupcake shop. I call these my dream cupcakes cause I pretty made them up then I decided they were possible and I wanted to try them.

These cupcakes are super easy to make because I used a box cake mix and store-bought frosting. I brought them to work for Badge Day because it isnt a party with a sweet treat!

Thin Mint Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

  • Devil’s Food Cake Mix (don’t forget about what it needs)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting (your preference)
  • 8 Thin Mint cookie
  • Box of Andes Mints
  • cupcake wrappers and cupcake pans
  • food coloring
Florida On My Mind- Cupcake Prep

The cast of characters (minus the food coloring and thin mints)

Florida On My Mind Thin Mint Cupcakes

Make cake mix according to package instructions and add a good handful of chopped Andes mints.

Don't these look amazing?!? A few may have been taste tested before baking.

Don’t these look amazing?!? A few may have been taste tested before baking.

When the batter is ready fill the liners 1/2 way and then add 1/2 of an Andes mint. Cover the mint with batter and bake according to cake mix directions.

When the batter is ready fill the liners 1/2 way and then add 1/2 of an Andes mint. Cover the mint with batter and bake according to cake mix directions.

Now they're ready to top. Mix frosting with food coloring until you get the color you want. Add crushed cookies (reserve some for topping) and start frosting!

Now they’re ready to top. Mix frosting with food coloring until you get the color you want. Add crushed cookies (reserve some for topping) and start frosting!

Top cupcakes with reserved cookies and some Andes mints and then try not to devour them all!

Top cupcakes with reserved cookies and some Andes mints and then try not to devour them all!

Have you experimented with cupcake recipes? What’s your favorite sweet treat to bake? Let me know in the comments!

 

Caramelized Onion and Bacon Mac and Cheese

For Thanksgiving this year, I decided that I was now southern so we made Mac and Cheese. I was originally going to use this recipe from Martha Stewart but it called for a lot of milk and we were running low cue this recipe from Southern Living. I followed the recipe pretty closely but before I made the roux I cooked up some bacon (make it extra crispy so it doesn’t get lost in the mac) and then caramelized some red onions in the bacon fat. I also added a garlic/herb bread crumb crust

My mac and cheese (minus the bread crumb crust.)

I’m very sad I didn’t take a picture of the after but I just didn’t think about it. It was the best mac and cheese of my life. It was slightly smoky and a great compliment to all the traditional Thanksgiving flavors. It was a major hit on my table.

What is your favorite way to make Mac and Cheese? Do you have a variation to share? Let me know in the comments!