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Coffee and Dessert-A Perfect Pairing

Coffee and dessert go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly, night and day, or Thelma and Louise. I've teamed up with three blogging friends who love coffee and dessert as much as I do to bring you three of their favorite fall desserts to pair with three specialty coffee drinks I've made in the Ninja Coffee Bar System. I was very excited to receive this Ninja Coffee Bar System (Model CF092) to review.  I am by no means a coffee snob but I do like a good cup of coffee.  I also like a coffee maker that is easy to use and can be depended on to produce a consistent cup of coffee day-in and day-out.  In the past few years, I have used a Keurig single serving system, a French press, and a Cuisinart drip coffee maker. The Keurig is sitting on a shelf in my basement, the French press is on a high shelf in the kitchen and the Cuisinart sits in my beverage center waiting for me to return to it while I take the Ninja Coffee Bar System for a test drive.   I have been using

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Seasonal Vegetables

During the fall and winter months, I find I use my slow cooker about once a week.  The slow cooker is a convenience kitchen appliance for me, not my preferred cooking tool.  There are those days when a "set it and forget it" approach to meal preparation works for busy families.  I plan my weekly meals so that on my busiest days the slow cooker gets drafted into action.  This recipe for slow cooker pork chops with seasonal vegetables is in my regular menu rotation for the busy days. A Slow Cooker Recipe for Busy Families Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Seasonal Vegetables A key to success with this recipe is selecting the right pork chops.  A bone-in pork chop works best. You'll find that bone-in pork chops have the best flavor and texture when cooked in a slow-cooker. This recipe truly is a one pot meal.  The pork chops and vegetables are all cooked together in the slow cooker.  I'm lucky to have a slow cooker that has a stovetop setting, allowing me to brown the

Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Bowl

When the cool weather of fall arrives in my neck of the woods, I know it is time to pull out my slow cooker.   One of my favorite slow cooker meals is this Southwest Chicken Bowl.  It's packed with Southwest flavor and lots of yummy vegetables.  This recipe will feed an army.  If you don't have an army to feed, you will have leftovers that can be used for another meal or two. A Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Recipe Packed with Flavor This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links I receive a small compensation that helps pay for publishing this blog. A Southwest Chicken Bowl For taco night, place the shredded chicken and lettuce in soft flour tortillas and top with the flavorful vegetable mixture.  You can also easily turn the leftovers into a delicious soup by adding six to eight cups of chicken broth.   Do you crave the flavors of the Southwest, but don't want the extra usual extra calories?  Make th

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Salmon

I'm a salmon fan.  I could eat salmon every day of the week.  I don't, but I could.  I know salmon isn't everybody's favorite, but eating salmon is so healthy for you that I encourage you to find a recipe or two that works for you.  That way, salmon can be part of your menu rotation.  My hubby isn't a big salmon fan.  He eats it when I make it because he's good like that.  Whenever I'm serving him salmon I use a recipe that packs lots and lots of flavor so he'll be distracted by the flavor and forget he's eating salmon. An Easy, Delicious Salmon Recipe Sweet and Spicy Roasted Salmon That's where this recipe began.  I was making salmon for Hubby and me and I wanted to change it up a little. The recipe is so easy I'm a little embarrassed to even call it a recipe.  I think it is a little different, in that the combination of ingredients for the topping is not one you might usually think about making.  This sweet and spicy topping, mad

A Mixed Berry Trifle to Wow Your Guests

I've started to think about holiday menus.  The other day while shopping, I was greeted by a sales associate reminding me that there are only ten weeks until Christmas.  What happened to Halloween?  What happened to Thanksgiving?  Yes, it is true that the fall and winter holidays my family celebrates come in rapid succession, but I do like to deal with them one at a time.  Even so, I like to start thinking about my dessert options for our family celebrations well in advance.  One of my favorite celebration desserts is this mixed berry trifle.  Do you want a delicious, fancy-pants dessert?  This mixed berry trifle is as delicious as it is pretty. Impress Your Holiday Guests with an Amazing Mixed Berry Trifle An Impressive Mixed Berry Trifle  The mixed berry trifle starts with a buttery pound cake.  You can make your own or buy a prepared pound cake.  I suggest you make your pound cake in advance and freeze it so you have it ready when you need it. The element

A Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

If there is one bakery good that is a weakness for me it is a chocolate chip cookie.  My love of a good chocolate chip cookie has been well known and documented for a very long time.  I've been known to be influenced by a good chocolate chip cookie.  Oh yes, co-workers in the past would often bring me a chocolate chip cookie as a good-natured "bribe". The Best Crisp and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie My go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe is the traditional Toll House cookie recipe.  You know the one.  It's on the yellow, Nestle semi-sweet chips package.  That's the recipe my mom always made and it is the one I've made for my family for years and years.  As a result, the Toll House cookie is the standard by which I measure all other chocolate chip cookies. Even though I've made the Toll House chocolate chip cookie for years and years, it doesn't mean I'm not open to suggestions for an improved cookie.  When I saw  the Perfect Chocol

Get 100 Yummy Slow Cooker Recipes

Fall Slow Cooker Recipe Inspiration on Pinterest I love Pinterest.  If you are a food lover and haven't yet opened a Pinterest account you are missing out. Pinterest is a terrific place to find lots of recipe inspiration and how-to information about your hobbies and passions.  I particularly love Pinterest for food inspiration because I can build my own customized "cookbook" boards filled with all the recipes I either love or want to try. Today, I want to share a Pinterest board I have been working on that is chock-full of fall-themed recipes.  My fall slow cooker board has been curated by me and three blogger friends. Jen from And Hattie Makes Three , Breeze from Little Feet Big Adventures , and Heather from Country Life City Wife , and I have been hard at work to pull together a collection of mouth-watering, slow cooker recipes to share with our readers.  We've been working on the board for more than a month. I think my favorites among all the recipes