a farmgirl's dabbles http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com ...sharing my recipe box & a little everyday life Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:08:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Fudgy Chocolate Cake Cups http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/26/fudgy-chocolate-cake-cups-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/26/fudgy-chocolate-cake-cups-recipe/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:08:34 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14590 These individual Fudgy Chocolate Cake Cups are rich with deep chocolate flavor, and the fudgy texture is extraordinarily swoon worthy! I’m always thankful for Valentine’s Day. Smack dab in the middle of February, weeks after the magic of Christmas has been packed away, Valentine’s Day manages to offer a little spark during our cold and […]

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These individual Fudgy Chocolate Cake Cups are rich with deep chocolate flavor, and the fudgy texture is extraordinarily swoon worthy!

Fudgy Chocolate Cake Cups - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #chocolate #fudgy I’m always thankful for Valentine’s Day. Smack dab in the middle of February, weeks after the magic of Christmas has been packed away, Valentine’s Day manages to offer a little spark during our cold and colorless Midwest winters. I don’t do a significant amount of holiday decorating outside of Christmas, but if you visit our home in early February, you’re sure to see heart-shaped garland strung with twinkly lights, along with some of the pretty little salt dough Valentine ornaments I made with our girls a few years ago.

I also adore the baking that goes along with Valentine’s Day. It’s our home’s most chocolate-rich time of year. If you like super fudgy individual cakes with melty centers, you must try this recipe for Fudgy Chocolate Cake Cups!
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Fudgy Brownie Hearts with Espresso Glaze http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/23/fudgy-brownie-hearts-espresso-glaze-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/23/fudgy-brownie-hearts-espresso-glaze-recipe/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:57:17 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14571 If dark chocolate fudgy brownies are your thing, you simply must give these Fudgy Brownie Hearts with Espresso Glaze a try! I love what the Christmas holiday brings to our kitchen, in terms of baking. But I have an even deeper affection for the treats of Valentine’s Day. The heart shapes. The sentiment of love. […]

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If dark chocolate fudgy brownies are your thing, you simply must give these Fudgy Brownie Hearts with Espresso Glaze a try!

Fudgy Brownie Hearts with Espresso Glaze - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #brownies #chocolate #espresso #valentinesdayI love what the Christmas holiday brings to our kitchen, in terms of baking. But I have an even deeper affection for the treats of Valentine’s Day. The heart shapes. The sentiment of love. And, of course, the chocolate. The darker, the better, if you ask me. And when deepened by the wonderful flavor of coffee…my hook is set.

These Fudgy Brownie Hearts with Espresso Glaze might very well have been created straight out of a dark chocolate and coffee lover’s dream. They’re deep, dark, and oh so fudgy, every bit as wonderful as you could ever imagine.
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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Oyster Sauce http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/19/crispy-baked-chicken-wings-oyster-sauce-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/19/crispy-baked-chicken-wings-oyster-sauce-recipe/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:41:13 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14554 These Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Oyster Sauce have thin crackly skins with a savory and sweet sauce that’s ultra addictive! My sharing of this recipe for Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Oyster Sauce represents significant closure in my journey to find the perfect crispy oven baked chicken wings. I’ve been working on this recipe, off and […]

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These Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Oyster Sauce have thin crackly skins with a savory and sweet sauce that’s ultra addictive!

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Oyster Sauce - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #chicken #chickenwings #appetizer #baked #crispy #oystersauceMy sharing of this recipe for Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Oyster Sauce represents significant closure in my journey to find the perfect crispy oven baked chicken wings. I’ve been working on this recipe, off and on, for three years. I am not even kidding.

If you’ve been looking for an awesome way to make crispy wings at home – no deep fryer included – look no further. Read on for the recipe and failproof technique!
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Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!} http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/16/bacon-wrapped-smokies-3-ways-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/16/bacon-wrapped-smokies-3-ways-recipe/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:03:56 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14532 Recipes for Bacon Wrapped Smokies have been around for awhile. But have you tried them with jalapeno peppers? Or pineapple? Yummo! It has been my family’s Christmas Eve tradition for the past number of years to open gifts in the afternoon while at my parents’ home in South Dakota. Then we head into town for […]

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Recipes for Bacon Wrapped Smokies have been around for awhile. But have you tried them with jalapeno peppers? Or pineapple? Yummo!

Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!} - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #appetizer #smokies #baconIt has been my family’s Christmas Eve tradition for the past number of years to open gifts in the afternoon while at my parents’ home in South Dakota. Then we head into town for the Christmas Eve church service, and back to their home again for an evening of all-out snacking and game playing. The smaller bites make for a fun “meal”, especially when the majority of it has been made ahead of time. All we have to do is set the food out and enjoy.

This past year, Mom made a pot of oyster stew, a tradition from her side of the family, a couple days ahead of time. She then warmed the stew in the slow cooker for our Christmas Eve buffet. There was also a bowl of her famous shrimp dip. Man, I can’t resist that stuff! And my uncle Ron brought over a great homemade salsa, bursting with fresh tomato flavor from the tomatoes he had frozen from his summer garden. There was, of course, all kinds of homemade Christmas cookies and treats. And, in the middle of it all, a slow cooker of warm bacon wrapped smokies. How could it be that I’d never had these before?!

Of course, I had to play around with this super simple recipe, and came up with a couple other avenues of supreme deliciousness. Here you go. Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!}. Let the cocktail weiner games begin!

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Sloppy Joe Baked Potato Skins with Smoked Cheddar http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/12/sloppy-joe-baked-potato-skins-smoked-cheddar-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/12/sloppy-joe-baked-potato-skins-smoked-cheddar-recipe/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:37:16 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14516 These Sloppy Joe Baked Potato Skins with Smoked Cheddar are savory appetizer bites you can’t resist, where crispy, salty skins and melted cheese mingle with our favorite sloppy Joes recipe. If you could have only seen inside our fridge this past week. It was stuffed with all kinds of delicious football-watchin’ food. I’ve been on some […]

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These Sloppy Joe Baked Potato Skins with Smoked Cheddar are savory appetizer bites you can’t resist, where crispy, salty skins and melted cheese mingle with our favorite sloppy Joes recipe.

Sloppy Joe Baked Potato Skins with Smoked Cheddar - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #appetizer #potatoskins #potato #sloppyjoes #cheeseIf you could have only seen inside our fridge this past week. It was stuffed with all kinds of delicious football-watchin’ food. I’ve been on some kind of appetizer making crazy train. Each supper meal has brought something new and fun to the table as our main course, accompanied by a simple side of steamed or roasted vegetables. Blake has been sure to tell me just how much he’s been enjoying each meal. Hoping for more football food the next evening, perhaps?

These Sloppy Joe Baked Potato Skins with Smoked Cheddar were a huge hit. I had never made baked potato skins before, and now kick myself for not trying them sooner. The thin and crispy, salt-sprinkled skins are completely addictive!

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Baked Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/09/baked-goat-cheese-sun-dried-tomato-dip-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/09/baked-goat-cheese-sun-dried-tomato-dip-recipe/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 13:06:06 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14501 The oven does a little magic on this Baked Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip, creating a cheese dip that’s wonderfully creamy and luscious. If you asked our youngest daughter what her favorite cheese is, she’d tell you goat cheese. Rich and creamy, with that irresistible bit of tang, it is one of her favorite indulgences. […]

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The oven does a little magic on this Baked Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip, creating a cheese dip that’s wonderfully creamy and luscious.

Baked Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #appetizer #goatcheese If you asked our youngest daughter what her favorite cheese is, she’d tell you goat cheese. Rich and creamy, with that irresistible bit of tang, it is one of her favorite indulgences. I regularly serve crackers with a small log of goat cheese, draped in a fruit or fruit and pepper spread, as an appetizer. And everyone goes crazy over goat cheese mingling with honey and fresh berries in this Sweet-and-Salty Honey-Cheese Spread.

As I was browsing through the gourmet deli area at our local Kowalski’s during the holidays, a recipe card at the fresh olive station caught my eye. On it was a picture of a baked goat cheese dip, covered in a pickled pepper and apricot mixture. Right away, I thought of Tessa, and knew that I needed to try baking some goat cheese for her. And for me. But I didn’t think she would approve of the pickled pepper flavor. So this is my little rendition: Baked Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip. It’s a good one!
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Jessica’s Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/05/jessicas-taco-salad-creamy-taco-dressing-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/05/jessicas-taco-salad-creamy-taco-dressing-recipe/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:16:50 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14475 Jessica’s Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing is bursting with fresh veggies, plus taco seasoned beef and crunchy, nacho cheese-y, irresistible Doritos. Whenever my family visits my sister Jessica’s family in South Dakota, we can always bet on being served one particular meal. Well, make that two. Jessica’s Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing, of […]

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Jessica’s Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing is bursting with fresh veggies, plus taco seasoned beef and crunchy, nacho cheese-y, irresistible Doritos.

Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #taco #salad #dressingWhenever my family visits my sister Jessica’s family in South Dakota, we can always bet on being served one particular meal. Well, make that two. Jessica’s Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing, of which I can never eat just one serving of. And pizza and crispy chicken from their local Pizza Ranch, which is always followed by some video arcade time in the space next door.

I asked Jessica if I could share her taco salad technique here, as she’s made this recipe famous for our family and so many friends. It’s highly adaptable and bursting with personality and hospitality, just like my beloved sister.
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Favorite Recipes from 2014 {#farmgirlfaves} http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/01/favorite-recipes-2014-farmgirlfaves/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/01/01/favorite-recipes-2014-farmgirlfaves/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 02:00:30 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14457 Don’t miss these favorite recipes from 2014, collections compiled by you, by me, and by my family! Happy New Year, all! This is the first time I’ve written a year-end post, recapping all the deliciousness that happened throughout the past twelve months here on a farmgirl’s dabbles. A conversation with a couple of friends earlier this week […]

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Don’t miss these favorite recipes from 2014, collections compiled by you, by me, and by my family!

favorite recipes from 2014, recipes chosen by you! - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #farmgirlfavesHappy New Year, all!

This is the first time I’ve written a year-end post, recapping all the deliciousness that happened throughout the past twelve months here on a farmgirl’s dabbles. A conversation with a couple of friends earlier this week convinced me to give it a try. They talked about how they always enjoy reading and/or writing these posts. And now, having completed one myself, I can see why. Perusing through the archives, flipping the calendar from month to month, season to season, really puts into perspective everything that goes into keeping this site alive. The process was extremely gratifying, and inspired me even more to jump head first into 2015!

I’ve created three separate Favorite Recipes From 2014 collections. The first, shown above, is a list of the top ten recipes as shown by Google Analytics (in no particular order). These recipes were chosen by you!
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Angela’s Eggnog Cocktail http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/12/22/angelas-eggnog-cocktail-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/12/22/angelas-eggnog-cocktail-recipe/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:41:22 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14435 This warmly spiced drink, Angela’s Eggnog Cocktail, is a holiday crowd pleaser. It’s the perfect beverage to add some flair to an evening with friends. I’ve been waiting since last December to make this chilled eggnog cocktail myself. While at a Christmas party last year at the home of our dear friends, the hostess served […]

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This warmly spiced drink, Angela’s Eggnog Cocktail, is a holiday crowd pleaser. It’s the perfect beverage to add some flair to an evening with friends.

Eggnog Cocktail - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #eggnog #cocktail #holiday I’ve been waiting since last December to make this chilled eggnog cocktail myself. While at a Christmas party last year at the home of our dear friends, the hostess served this rich and creamy beauty to the adults for dessert, spiked with a little brandy and amaretto cheer. It was just the perfect way to end our evening together.

Angela’s Eggnog Cocktail.

‘Tis the season. Whirl some up and raise a glass with me!

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Cranberry Orange Skillet Cake with White Chocolate http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/12/19/cranberry-orange-skillet-cake-white-chocolate-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/12/19/cranberry-orange-skillet-cake-white-chocolate-recipe/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:59:51 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14404 This Cranberry Orange Skillet Cake with White Chocolate is bright and tangy and completely comforting, just the prescription for the gloom of winter. It has been Damp and Dark and Dreary with 3 capital D’s here in Minnesota the past week. Walking through the house during the middle of the day, it’s necessary to turn on a […]

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This Cranberry Orange Skillet Cake with White Chocolate is bright and tangy and completely comforting, just the prescription for the gloom of winter.

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It has been Damp and Dark and Dreary with 3 capital D’s here in Minnesota the past week. Walking through the house during the middle of the day, it’s necessary to turn on a light when entering a room. A friend of mine was skiing at a local ski resort last weekend and said the night lights came on at 2:00 in the afternoon. I know that it’s winter, and we’re in the heart of the Midwest, but there’s just something very wrong with this picture!

So I asked myself…“what is the opposite of dreary?…and the words bright, warm, joyful, and comforting came to mind. Which can only mean baking, right?!

This Cranberry Orange Skillet Cake with White Chocolate is just the prescription for the gloom of winter. You simply must turn on the oven and make it!

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