a farmgirl's dabbles http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com ...sharing my recipe box & a little everyday life Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:31:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Coconut Cupcakes with Fluffy Coconut Buttercream http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/27/coconut-cupcakes-with-fluffy-coconut-buttercream-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/27/coconut-cupcakes-with-fluffy-coconut-buttercream-recipe/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:31:50 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=15008 These Coconut Cupcakes with Fluffy Coconut Buttercream are every bit as wonderful as you can imagine!   I think a big ol’ bowl of freshly whipped buttercream is one of the most awesome creations to come out of the kitchen. Can I get an Amen?! If the thought of coconut and creamy, fluffy buttercream makes […]

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These Coconut Cupcakes with Fluffy Coconut Buttercream are every bit as wonderful as you can imagine!

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I think a big ol’ bowl of freshly whipped buttercream is one of the most awesome creations to come out of the kitchen. Can I get an Amen?!

If the thought of coconut and creamy, fluffy buttercream makes you giddy, you are going to love these Coconut Cupcakes with Fluffy Coconut Buttercream!

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Grilled Charmoula Pork Kebabs with Yogurt Mint Sauce http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/25/grilled-charmoula-pork-kebabs-with-yogurt-mint-sauce-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/25/grilled-charmoula-pork-kebabs-with-yogurt-mint-sauce-recipe/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:35:00 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14973 These Grilled Charmoula Pork Kebabs with Yogurt Mint Sauce are packed with flavor, a perfect family meal from the grill.   Remember that fresh cauliflower salad I shared with you a couple weeks ago, the one with the North African charmoula dressing? Well I just can’t get enough of its flavor packed goodness. It’s great […]

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These Grilled Charmoula Pork Kebabs with Yogurt Mint Sauce are packed with flavor, a perfect family meal from the grill.

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Remember that fresh cauliflower salad I shared with you a couple weeks ago, the one with the North African charmoula dressing? Well I just can’t get enough of its flavor packed goodness. It’s great as a main course salad or as a smaller side. And now I’ve found another way to enjoy its warm and spicy flavors, as a marinade for the cubes of pork in these beautiful grilled kebabs. Grilling season is upon us, my friends. Give these Grilled Charmoula Pork Kebabs with Yogurt Mint Sauce a try!
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Crème Fraîche Ice Cream with Triple Berry Sauce http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/20/creme-fraiche-ice-cream-with-triple-berry-sauce-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/20/creme-fraiche-ice-cream-with-triple-berry-sauce-recipe/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:11:47 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14946 This Crème Fraîche Ice Cream with Triple Berry Sauce is both beautiful and decadent. It’s a most wonderful sweet treat!   Crème fraîche ice cream? Oh my, yes. I’m pretty sure this is the creamiest, most decadent ice cream I’ve ever sunk a spoon into. And the gorgeous flavors of the mixed berry sauce work perfectly […]

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This Crème Fraîche Ice Cream with Triple Berry Sauce is both beautiful and decadent. It’s a most wonderful sweet treat!

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Crème fraîche ice cream? Oh my, yes. I’m pretty sure this is the creamiest, most decadent ice cream I’ve ever sunk a spoon into. And the gorgeous flavors of the mixed berry sauce work perfectly with it, a bright and contrasting pool of beautiful, vivid berry deliciousness. Make this Crème Fraîche Ice Cream with Triple Berry Sauce. You are going to love it!
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Make-Ahead Cheesy Hash Brown Cups with Bacon and Chives http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/19/make-ahead-cheesy-hash-brown-cups-with-bacon-and-chives-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/19/make-ahead-cheesy-hash-brown-cups-with-bacon-and-chives-recipe/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:53:16 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14684 These Make-Ahead Cheesy Hash Brown Cups with Bacon and Chives will be the star of your next brunch gathering!   Who doesn’t love that cheesy sour cream hash brown casserole that shows up time after time at family gatherings and potlucks? It seems that this same basic recipe has been around forever, but I never tire of […]

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These Make-Ahead Cheesy Hash Brown Cups with Bacon and Chives will be the star of your next brunch gathering!

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Who doesn’t love that cheesy sour cream hash brown casserole that shows up time after time at family gatherings and potlucks? It seems that this same basic recipe has been around forever, but I never tire of its comforting flavors. My mom and youngest sister are famous for keeping this scrumptious recipe on our plates, racking up extra points of favor from my husband each and every time they serve it.

I decided to take this tried and true recipe and step it up a notch or two. With just one bite, I know you’ll agree that these Make-Ahead Cheesy Hash Brown Cups with Bacon and Chives are as good as this dish gets!

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Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese and Bacon http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/13/jalapeno-corn-cakes-with-honey-whipped-goat-cheese-and-bacon-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/13/jalapeno-corn-cakes-with-honey-whipped-goat-cheese-and-bacon-recipe/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:07:40 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14916 These Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese and Bacon make an amazing appetizer!   I think that the most fabulous dishes are born from a combination of contrasting flavors and textures. But they have to also compliment each other. In order for the contrast to work, they each have to push one another in positive […]

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These Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese and Bacon make an amazing appetizer!

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I think that the most fabulous dishes are born from a combination of contrasting flavors and textures. But they have to also compliment each other. In order for the contrast to work, they each have to push one another in positive directions. Apart, yet together, with the same end goal of deliciousness. And that’s what these Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese and Bacon are all about!
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German Chocolate Macaroons http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/09/german-chocolate-macaroons-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/09/german-chocolate-macaroons-recipe/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:01:44 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14898 With chocolate and chopped pecans folded into the batter, these German Chocolate Macaroons are sweet mounds of coconut perfection.   These German Chocolate Macaroons are for Dad. Each year, Mom bakes him a German chocolate cake for his birthday, slathered with that awesome sticky coconut-pecan frosting. And each March since this blog was born, I’ve been […]

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With chocolate and chopped pecans folded into the batter, these German Chocolate Macaroons are sweet mounds of coconut perfection.

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These German Chocolate Macaroons are for Dad. Each year, Mom bakes him a German chocolate cake for his birthday, slathered with that awesome sticky coconut-pecan frosting. And each March since this blog was born, I’ve been sharing German chocolate treats in his honor. First there was the traditional three-layer German chocolate cake that Mom always makes. This was followed up with layered German chocolate cupcakes and an easy peasy German chocolate sheet cake. And then last year I deviated from tradition with some pretty amazing black licorice caramels, since my dad is such a black licorice fan. He’s always trying to push that stuff on his kids and grandkids. :) I packed up a tin of caramels and mailed them to Dad last year while he and Mom were enjoying some sunny warmth in Florida. The caramels were a hit.

This year I returned to the customary German chocolate, but this time in the form of macaroons. My family went crazy for these German chocolate macaroons. CrAzY, I tell you! Hatti took a few to junior high, to share with girlfriends at the lunch table (and I’ve heard from certain young sources that they were amazing). And I packed up a small box of macaroons and mailed them to Dad and Mom, in Florida again this March, for an early birthday treat. It was fun to receive their texts of smiley emoticons, thankful for the homemade gift.

So, as you just learned, these macaroons have already been thoroughly tested for you. There should be no question in your mind. Make some!
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North African Cauliflower Salad with Charmoula Dressing http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/06/north-african-cauliflower-salad-with-charmoula-dressing-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/06/north-african-cauliflower-salad-with-charmoula-dressing-recipe/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:46:01 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14875 This North African Cauliflower Salad with Charmoula Dressing is packed with great wholesome ingredients and is huge on flavor. HUGE!   You know that I am a huge advocate of family meals – the whole shebang…shopping for groceries together, preparing the meal side by side in the kitchen, sitting down and saying grace before lifting […]

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This North African Cauliflower Salad with Charmoula Dressing is packed with great wholesome ingredients and is huge on flavor. HUGE!

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You know that I am a huge advocate of family meals – the whole shebang…shopping for groceries together, preparing the meal side by side in the kitchen, sitting down and saying grace before lifting our forks, and then cleaning up the dishes. All of us, together. We do this routine most every day. But I’ll readily admit that I look forward to a great meal out – breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, cupcakes – whatever. It doesn’t always have to cost alot of money or be an over-the-top experience. Dining out, for me, just needs to be not ordinary (there are very few chain restaurants that I frequent), and worthy of my time and money. Because life is too short to eat bad food, and my wallet does not come with an unlimited supply of cash. I have to be choosey.

This North African Cauliflower Salad with Charmoula Dressing is my copycat version of a fabulous salad from a great local pizza restaurant, Black Sheep Pizza. A girlfriend requested to celebrate her birthday at this pizza place a couple years ago, and my family has been going back ever since. We can’t get enough of their awesome coal fired pizzas and tasty salads. Their offerings are definitely not ordinary, and worthy of opening my wallet!
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Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/02/chocolate-cake-with-fluffy-mint-chocolate-chip-buttercream-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/03/02/chocolate-cake-with-fluffy-mint-chocolate-chip-buttercream-recipe/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:17:19 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14851 This Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream features the best chocolate cake recipe ever, piled high with irresistibly fluffy mint flavored frosting. It’s crazy awesome!   Growing up, birthdays were always celebrated with a chocolate wacky cake. Made in one mixing bowl, with minimal and inexpensive ingredients (a cake recipe made famous during […]

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This Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream features the best chocolate cake recipe ever, piled high with irresistibly fluffy mint flavored frosting. It’s crazy awesome!

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Growing up, birthdays were always celebrated with a chocolate wacky cake. Made in one mixing bowl, with minimal and inexpensive ingredients (a cake recipe made famous during the Great Depression), it’s still a quick and easy favorite chocolate cake recipe of mine. But I’ve been playing around with recipes over the past few years, determined to find a go-to chocolate cake recipe of just a bit more indulgence. And I can finally say that I have it. I’m sharing the recipe with you here today, topped with an irresistible frosting. If you like to celebrate with a little bit o’ green for St. Patrick’s Day, this Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream would be a most excellent dessert choice!

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Make Ahead Buttery Baked Oatmeal {Canoe Bay} http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/02/27/make-ahead-buttery-baked-oatmeal-recipe-canoe-bay/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/02/27/make-ahead-buttery-baked-oatmeal-recipe-canoe-bay/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:06:24 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14791 Drizzle a bit of warmed half and half into your bowl of Make Ahead Buttery Baked Oatmeal for a breakfast you’ll wish would never end.   Each year, as I try more and different ways to enjoy a bowl of warm morning oatmeal, I fall further and further in love. My overnight baked apple oatmeal with crunchy […]

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Drizzle a bit of warmed half and half into your bowl of Make Ahead Buttery Baked Oatmeal for a breakfast you’ll wish would never end.

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Each year, as I try more and different ways to enjoy a bowl of warm morning oatmeal, I fall further and further in love. My overnight baked apple oatmeal with crunchy brown sugar streusel is the recipe that shook my oatmeal world. Ever since, I’ve been on a quest for more. And when a friend heard that Blake and I were going to spend a weekend at Canoe Bay last October, she said, “You HAVE to try their baked oatmeal. It’s amazing!” And you know me. I most certainly did.

Canoe Bay was very gracious to let me share their wonderful recipe here on a farmgirl’s dabbles. I hope you like this Make Ahead Buttery Baked Oatmeal as much as I do!

(Read more about our stay at Canoe Bay at the end of this post.)

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Lemon Chicken Tortellini Soup with Dill http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/02/24/lemon-chicken-tortellini-soup-with-dill-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2015/02/24/lemon-chicken-tortellini-soup-with-dill-recipe/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:01:28 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14759 My family has fallen for this Lemon Chicken Tortellini Soup with Dill. What’s not to like about soft cheesy puffs of pasta swimming in a warm, bright lemony broth?!   Our youngest daughter could be forever happily satisfied with meals consisting only of a grilled cheese sandwich, a cheese roll-up (cheese melted in a rolled up […]

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My family has fallen for this Lemon Chicken Tortellini Soup with Dill. What’s not to like about soft cheesy puffs of pasta swimming in a warm, bright lemony broth?!

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Our youngest daughter could be forever happily satisfied with meals consisting only of a grilled cheese sandwich, a cheese roll-up (cheese melted in a rolled up tortilla), and pastas with melted butter and a sprinkle of Parmesan. I expect that’s pretty similar to alot of kids’ meal requests. So when I was craving a big pot of soup this past week (brrrrrrr…it’s been cold!), I aimed to please this sweet kid, first and foremost. Blake and I will gladly welcome most any bowl of soup, but it takes a little more effort to find one that Tessa will ask for a second helping of.

Number one, I knew this new soup recipe needed to include pasta. And one stuffed with cheese surely couldn’t be a bad idea. Then I just kept adding ingredients that Tessa likes…chicken, peas, carrots. And lemon. Oh, how our girl loves a lemon’s sweet and tart qualities. This Lemon Chicken Tortellini Soup with Dill is all about our Tessa. Well, not really the dill part. That’s all about me. ;)

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