Fall Cut Out Cookies

Fall. One of my favorite times of the year. The change of colors, the cool crispness in the air, the smell of pumpkins, apples, and cinnamon. I absolutely can’t get enough of it.

This post is best described with few words.  Fall should be enjoyed for it’s scenery and beauty. (Plus I’m just too lazy to post all the pictures individually tonight…hehe.) You can find the recipe for my cutouts and buttercream frosting here

Happy Fall Everyone!


T.G.I. Friday’s Entrees for One

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of T.G.I. FRiDAY’S. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s Fall and that means Football Season is here. My boyfriend has season tickets to his favorite pro team which means there are nights I spend eating alone.  While I will cook a meal just for me, most times this is an opportunity for me to relax and take a night off from cooking.

That’s why I was excited to find out  T.G.I. Friday’s was introducing a new line of frozen entrees just for one.  How many times have you perused the frozen food isle and finally chose the perfect dinner that you thought was a healthy choice and looked appetizing on the box, only to cook it and feel dissatisfied with the taste? Me too. More than I care to admit.

The new line of T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “Entrées for One” solves frozen food boredom with nine new entrées inspired by the bold and fun flavors of the famed T.G.I. FRiDAY’S restaurants. From Sizzling Steak Fajitas to Cajun-Style Chicken Alfredo, the new varieties infuse a fresh new flavor and shake things up in the frozen food category.

I chose the Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo entree.  It’s convenient packaging makes it easy to cook. It contained a reasonable portion and calorie count, and most of all, it tasted like restaurant quality food. I wasn’t disappointed in any way. The pasta tastes al dente,  the Alfredo sauce is rich and creamy, the chicken has a seasoned grilled taste, and the broccoli florets are crisp.  I can’t remember the last time I had crisp broccoli in a frozen meal. Did I mention the price is pretty awesome too?

I love it when a meals represents itself on a plate as well as it does the box and tastes as delicious as it looks. That makes me a repeat buyer of a product!

T.G.I. FRiDAY’S wants you to make your own freezers at home a bit more fun by decorating them with their own unique flair, and uploading a picture on Facebook for a chance to win cool prizes, including a home theater makeover. Visit  Fun Freezer contest     on Facebook like them and enter to win.

Don’t forget there are nine different T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “Entrées for One” and don’t forget to decorate those freezers and enter the Fun Freezer contest

Choose your favorite entree and Bon Appetite my friends.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Caramel Pretzel Cookie

This cookie was born because although I love a good peanut butter cookie , I find it well… a little boring. What’s better than peanut butter in a cookie? How about chocolate chips, caramel, and some pretzels? That’s. what’s. up!

A few months ago my boyfriend requested some peanut butter cookies. I hadn’t made them in years. In fact, I didn’t even have a recipe for them.  He reminded me that when he bought me my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer last Christmas that he had found a Peanut Butter cookie recipe in the user’s guide and suggested I try it.

So I did. Guess what? It was one of the worst…if not THE worst cookie I had ever baked. It was dry and tasted like a mouthful of sand.  I felt really bad and embarrassed to call myself a baker.

I promised I’d make it up to him and find the most awesome peanut butter cookie recipe there was (and add my own flair to it.) I did a lot of online blog and recipe researching and came across this peanut butter cookie recipe over at smitten kitchen

I could tell from the 300 and some comments that I  had read, that it was a winner.  So I set my sights on that recipe and set out to make it my own by using the base ingredients.

I adjusted the recipe to my liking by using Peter Pan Honey Roasted peanut butter, added about 1/4 to 1/3 more cup flour for a soft and chewy cookie, and cut out the sugar coating. I also substituted dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar. Makes recipes richer and more flavorful. Then I added some chocolate chips. Cut up some Kraft caramels, and broke some thin pretzel sticks in the dough.

Can you say peanut butter cookie AWESOMENESS?  Check out the insides…

Soft and chewy. Salty, sweet, and gooey!  Just the way I like it.

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