December 16, 2014

Chocolate Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Bites

Chocolate Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Bites are bite-sized no-bake oatmeal balls that are studded with sweet chocolate chips, tart dried cranberries, and crunchy almonds.

Chocolate Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Bites | thetwobiteclub.com | #nobake #healthy #snack

I decided to clean out my pantry this morning.  Actually, we don't have a physical pantry with a door.  Our pantry is an open concept of built-in shelving around our refrigerator.  I love the open feel of it and having it on display for all to see sort of keeps me in check with keeping it in order.

That is, when my 2-year-old isn't tearing it apart.  For a while there we had the bottom two shelves completely empty after our little guy decided stealing the mustard, opening the cereal boxes, and rearranging the canned goods were fun games.

He's finally started to get the gist that our food on the shelves isn't there for his amusement, so we've been able to move stuff back onto the lower shelves.  He still likes rearranging things on me, and occasionally I have to reorganize so I can find things again.
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December 10, 2014

Nuts and Berries Cocktail

Nuts and Berries, a mixed drink that has the perfect combination of nutty and berry flavors, is made with hazelnut liqueur and raspberry liqueur topped with milk or cream.

Nuts and Berries, a mixed drink that has the perfect combination of nutty and berry flavors, is made with hazlenut liqueur and raspberry liqueur topped with milk or cream.

I can't remember the first time I had one of these delish creamy drinks.  It must have been during my bartending day, I'd guess.  That's when I was introduced into most drinks aside from beer or wine.

What I do know is that Nuts and Berries have become on of my favorite special occasion cocktails.  The combination of flavors from the hazelnut liqueur and the raspberry liqueur is, as I'm sure you'd guess, absolutely perfect.  Nuts and berries are like peas and carrots, right?  They just go!

You could easily transform this cocktail into a martini (by shaking and straining in a glass), or a shot (by eliminating the cream and serving in a shot glass), but my favorite way to serve this pretty pink drink over ice.  I know you'll love it!
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December 8, 2014

Garlic and Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Garlic and Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes are tossed with garlic, thyme, and rosemary, then roasted in the oven until until they are golden and crisp on the outside and perfectly soft on the inside.

Garlic and Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes | thetwobiteclub.com

My daughter absolutely loves sweet potatoes.  If I ask what side dish she'd like with dinner, nine times out of ten she'll say sweet potatoes...which doesn't bother me at all, because I love them, too!

Sometimes I bake them and top them with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.  So sweet and gooey and delicious.  Other times, if I'm making a sanwich-y type meal, I'll make Baked Sweet Potato Wedges.  They're a great and healthy substitute for fries and the kids gobble them right up.

If I'm making a nice roasted pork dish, or some other hearty, stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal, then I like to make these gorgeous roasted rounds.  They are sliced into nice big hunks and seasoned with garlic and herbs, hence the name.  The savory herbs pair perfectly with the natural sweetness of the potatoes.  Then, they're roasted in the oven at a nice hot temperature to make crisp on the outside and soft on the inside sweet potatoes.

You'll love these delicious sweet potatoes that are so easy to make, with no flipping of tossing during baking.  You just pop 'em in the oven and let them cook!
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December 4, 2014

Rich Chocolate Frosting

This Rich Chocolate Frosting is a smooth and creamy buttercream frosting that uses real melted chocolate for the perfect chocolaty flavor.

This Rich Chocolate Frosting is a smooth and creamy buttercream frosting that uses real melted chocolate for the perfect chocolaty flavor.

Every year for my husband's birthday I make him a cake, usually with a chocolate theme.  One year it was my Triple Chocolate Poke Cake.  That one was a huge hit!  I've also made him a simple layered yellow cake frosted with this dreamy frosting.

This recipe is rich chocolaty decadence.  I guess that's what you get when you make it with silky melted chocolate.  Ahhhh, bliss!  I was so pleased with my layers, too!  I'm by no means a baker, but this cake came out with just the right amount of frosting in the middle.  Picture perfect!
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November 28, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream, made with just three clean and simple ingredients, is an indulgent, smooth, creamy and naturally sweet treat.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream, made with just three simple ingredients, is an indulgent, smooth, creamy sweet treat that mimics soft serve ice cream.

We have a little Mom and Pop grocery store in my town that's just a few minutes from our house.  It always feels good to support small businesses, but that's not my favorite thing about shopping there.  What I really love about our local grocer is their discount bananas.  Yup, bananas.

Once the bananas at my store start to get little brown spots on them, they get put in the discount basket at the front of the store.  Only 35 cents a pound!  For perfectly good, sweet, ripe bananas!  When I walk in and see bananas in that basket, I'm like a little kid on Christmas morning.  The cashiers look at me like I'm crazy while I fill my cart up with as many as my freezer will hold.  I've been known to walk out of there with 15 pounds of bananas.  I kid you not.

You'll understand why I get so giddy about discount bananas when you try this uber easy to make, guilt-free, smooth and creamy banana ice cream.  It's made with just three whole clean ingredients and it is so so delicous!  Ripe bananas aren't just for banana bread anymore!  You've got to try it!
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November 26, 2014

Grandma's Leek Soup

This post is sponsored by Sister Schubert's. A cup of Grandma's creamy velvety Leek Soup accompanied by Sister Schubert's Yeast Rolls is the perfect first course for your special occasion meal or holiday dinner.


I grew up in a big family and I am so thankful for that. There were six of us, so every holiday felt like a party even if it was just us. I have three sisters. We're like stair steps with two years between each of us, so it was like having built-in best friends growing up.

Over the years, my parents made an effort to make all of the holidays special for me and my three sisters. We got dressed to the nines on Easter Sunday and hunted for colored eggs, we banged on pots and pans with wooden spoons at midnight on New Years Eve, and we had our annual sisterly meeting on Christmas Eve to plan on who would wake up first so that we had an organized plan for Christmas morning.
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November 24, 2014

Mini Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Mini Pepperoni Pizza Puffs are cheesy pepperoni filled pizza bites that are cooked until golden and puffed in a mini muffin tin.  They're super easy to make and perfect to serve as an appetizer or an afternoon snack.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs | thetwobiteclub.com | Dip them in a little pizza sauce and they're itty bitty bites of pizza heaven!

I am always on the hunt for appetizer ideas.  First, because I could eat just appetizer food for every meal and I'd be totally okay with that.  Second, because whenever we go to get-togethers I like to bring along an appetizer to share.  It would get awfully boring if I brought the same thing again and again, don't you think?

I've made these several times and they are the perfect little bite-sized finger food! They bake up into golden puffs that just a little crispy, but soft and cheesy on the inside.  Dip them in a little pizza sauce and they're itty bitty bites of pizza heaven!
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November 20, 2014

Taste of Home Online Cooking School Review

For over a year now, I have had the honor of partnering with Taste of Home as Taste Ad Network Publisher and Taste of Home editorial partner.  I've been a long time fan of Taste of Home, so I am thrilled be a part of their network of Bloggers!  Pretty cool, right?  I think so.

I'm sure that you know Taste of Home is all about delicious recipes, but did you know that there are Taste of Home's Cooking School events happening nationwide?  At the LIVE Cooking School shows, Culinary Specialists engage with participants and share their favorite home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season’s best dishes.  Sounds like lots of fun to me!  You can check out to see if there's a Cooking School Live Event in your area here.


If you can’t make it to a live show or if online school is more your thing, well, I have good news for you!  On October 1st Taste of Home launched their new Taste of Home Cooking School ONLINE!

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