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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Green Chile Cheese Pinwheels: September Mystery Dish

Green Chile Cheese Pinwheels are a wonderful bread side dish with a little kick and hidden pops of flavor from Feta Cheese!

It's time for some more Mystery Dish!  Zainab from Blahnik Baker was our host this month and she asked us to select at least three ingredients from the following list to use in our recipe.

Sesame seeds
Green chiles
Green tea or matcha powder
Feta cheese
Pinto beans
White wine
Prickly pear cactus

I have to say, first of all, that I'm pretty proud of myself for making a non-dessert dish for the first time in over a year that we've been doing this.  Kudos to me!  :)

My true Southwestern side is being revealed today.  I LOVE green chiles, so I was ecstatic when I saw them on the list.  It's green chile season, and tradition for many of the people here to stock up on fresh chiles by the box and have them roasted or roast them themselves.  I've tried both and will never do it myself again.   
Hatch Green Chiles are actually grown here in my home state.  I have to tell you, having eaten lots of fresh green chiles, I have no desire to ever partake of canned again.  The fresh ones are packed with flavor and some heat, that you just don't get from the canned variety.  They're 100 times better!

We take our green chiles very seriously here.  The boxes have a heat scale on them that goes anywhere from mild to extra, extra hot!  I enjoy spice, but highly doubt I'd ever sentence myself to the doom of extra extra hot green chiles, if you know what I mean.

Roasting the green chiles further brings out the flavor and makes it easy to remove the skins and freeze them.  Although when I say easy I don't necessarily mean quick.  I bought one huge box of them and it took me hours to peel them.  Note to self: wear kitchen gloves next time...burning hands!  It was completely worth it, though, because we'll be adding green chiles to basically everything we eat for the next year.

I had to laugh when we first moved here and was broken into the site of green chiles on pretty much whatever you can think of.  We're talking hamburgers, pizza, pie, fudge, breakfast burritos, and the list goes on and on. I'm used to it now.  In fact, I've jumped wholeheartedly on the green chile the bandwagon, and I'm not ashamed to say so.  :)
I made these rolls because I love green chile bagels and wanted something similar.  Think cinnamon roll, but without the sweet and with a kick! These rolls are to die for!  Soft and cheesy and just plain terrific!

They're a refreshing change-up to the traditional dessert roll, and that says a lot coming from the queen of sugar herself.  :)


2 T. active-dry yeast
2 c. warm water
1/4 c. sugar
1/3 c. butter-softened but not melted, or shortening 
1 egg
2 teaspoons salt
2/3 c. nonfat dry milk (instant)
5-5 1/2 cups bread flour, for best results (I use 5.  It's not necessary to add the entire amount of flour.  Judge by the stickiness of the dough, not by the amount you've added)

Green Chiles
Feta Cheese
Sesame Seeds

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine water and milk powder and stir until milk dissolves.  Add yeast, then sugar, salt, butter, egg and 2 c. flour.  Mix on low until ingredients are wet, then turn to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes.  Add 2 more cups of flour and mix on low until ingredients are wet and then on medium for 2 minutes.  Add 1/2 c. flour at a time until dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl and feels soft and slightly sticky.  Let dough rise, covered, until doubled (about 45 minutes).

Roll out into a rectangle (or as close to a rectangle as possible) on a floured surface.  Spread a little olive oil on top and sprinkle with feta cheese and chopped green chiles (as much as desired).  Make sure that you green chiles are as dry as possible or your rolls will be soggy.  Pat them with a paper towel if necessary to remove excess moisture. 
Roll up and pinch seams to seal.  Use a little water if needed.
Cut and place on a greased cookie sheet.  I cut mine with a piece of unflavored dental floss.  Just put the floss under the roll where you want to cut, cross the floss ends above it, and pull down as if you're tying a knot.

I like to place mine really close together so they raise up and not out.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Let rise for another hour or so and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes, or until done.  Check at 15 minutes.  They will start to get golden brown, but don't let them darken too much.  Remove to a cooling rack.  
Enjoy!  These things are SO good!


Check out what the rest of the Mystery Dish bunch made this month!  Looks fantastic, right?
  1. Green Chile Chicken Soup - Chez CateyLou
  2. Crockpot Chicken Chilli Stew - Yummy Healthy Easy
  3. Spiced Apple Crisp - I Want Crazy
  4. Kale Salad with Sesame-Lime Dressing - The Pajama Chef
  5. Spiced Mini Skillet Apple Crisp - Culinary Couture
  6. Pan Seared Pork Chops with Spicy Apple Chutney - Flavor the Moments
  7. Matcha Swirl Cheesecake - Baking a Moment
  8. Green Chile Cheese Pinwheels - I Dig Pinterest.
  9. Baked Apple Donuts with Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze – Joyful Healthy Easy
  10. Vegan Gluten-Free Ginger Walnut Apple Pie Bars – The Sweet-Tooth Life
  11. Apple Feta Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds – The Well Floured Kitchen
  12. Apple Cardamon Crisp – Blahnik Baker

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Graveyard Cheesecake Parfaits

I'm so excited to introduce Karen from The Food Charlatan and she's here to share a spooky treat with us...these adorable Graveyard Cheesecake Parfaits!

 Hello, I Dig Pinterest readers! Halloween is just around the corner and I feel like I get more excited about it every single year. And that's saying something, because who didn't love Halloween as a kid? I mean, hello, an entire holiday about candy. Graveyard Cheesecake Parfaits | TheFoodCharlatan.com
 When my husband was little he and his older sisters used to play "candy gambling" every year after trick or treating. This is exactly what you are thinking it is. His older sisters mysteriously ended up with all the chocolate and Eric wound up with all the gross orange and black taffies. I still laugh every time I think about poor innocent little chocolate-less Eric. Graveyard Cheesecake Parfaits | TheFoodCharlatan.com
 My brother didn't gamble with me, but one year he ate the Reeses Cup that I had been saving for Christmas morning. Yes, I saved my favorite piece of candy for 2 months just so that I could gift myself a Christmas present. Who does that? No wonder he ate it. Graveyard Cheesecake Parfaits | TheFoodCharlatan.com
 If you are throwing a Halloween party, these Graveyard Cheesecake Parfaits are a great make-ahead treat! They are a spook-ified version of these super easy No Bake Cheesecake Parfaits. You can make them a few hours or even a few days in advance, and they are totally adaptable to whatever candy you have on hand. I found the ghost peeps at Rite Aid, and made some really sophisticated tombstones out of graham crackers and frosting. Happy Halloween everyone!


2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon vanilla, or 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
black or purple gel food coloring*
1 cup crushed Oreos
ghost peeps
candy pumpkins
graham crackers
white or black frosting

  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese on high until it is fluffy, at least 2 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom well. 
  • Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • Add the food coloring. Use as much or as little as you want to get the desired color. (You will probably need more than you think, but start small just to be safe.) Beat well. 
  • Crush the Oreos in a food processor (or smash them in a ziplock with a rolling pin). 
  • In a clear glass, add layers of Oreo, cheesecake, and candy, if you want.
  • To make the graham tombstones, I just used a knife to cut a quarter of a graham cracker so that it was rounded on the edges. I added store bought frosting to a plastic bag and snipped of a tiny corner to pipe on the "RIP." Be sure to use Oreo crumbs as your top layer so that it looks like graveyard dirt!
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 
*I used black gel food coloring and it came out purple. Still a Halloween color, I'll take it. :) Gel food coloring intensifies after even just a few minutes, so if you're not sure about the color, give it a few minutes to see if it gets darker. 


I'm Karen! And I like to share my dinner with the internet, because that's totally normal. Charlatan: someone who makes showy pretenses to pretended ability. Food Charlatan: A cook who likes to take pictures of her food, even though her kitchen (that you can’t quite make out in the background) looks like a 10 pound bag of flour exploded. Follow along on Facebook,PinterestInstagram and Twitter!

These are SO perfect, Karen!  They're getting me super excited for Halloween.  I know my kids would love them.  They will definitely be making a spooky appearance at our house soon.  Thanks so much for being our guest and sharing your amazing talent with us today!
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Marvel Disney Infinity Games Party Ideas

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I threw the party of all parties the other day with this Marvel Superheroes Disney Infinity bash!  Talk about kid heaven!
My kids have been obsessed with Disney Infinity since it first came out, so they were thrilled to hear about the much-anticipated release of Disney Infinity 2.0 and completely ecstatic when they learned they would be playing it at the party.  Eek!
Disney Infinity 2.0 is centered around Marvel characters and building worlds with greater ease, so I just had to go with a superhero-themed "Build Your Own..." sandwiches, nachos, and "dessert world" food bar.
Everything from the munchies to the decor to the entertainment was SO simple to pull off.  This was seriously one of the easiest parties ever to style!  
But let's start by introducing the stars of the party and power trio...Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow available in the starter pack at Walmart!  They were definitely the event's eye-catchers.  The kids couldn't help but ooooohhh and ahhhhh over them. :) 

Don't worry, though, there are many more awesome characters that are sold separately.  We're already planning which ones we want next.  :)  We're accumulating quite the collection.

Awesome deal alert! You can receive a $10 Walmart Gift Card with purchase of a Starter Pack.  Offer valid from 9/23 – 9/27.
My husband is the resident expert on building things, so he constructed a wooden castle on the food table to feature our Disney Infinity superstars. 
Our newest Avengers additions are showing off there on top.  I whipped up a city scape backdrop, with the help of my sweet sister-in-law.  We simply cut a large box open, laid it flat, and cut the shape of the buildings.  Then we spray painted it black and added windows with yellow paper rectangles.  Super easy!
For dinner the guests could build their own nachos as tall as the sky, followed by...
...sandwiches piled with goodness.
It was nearly impossible to save dessert for last.  I mean, how can you wait to build a sweet world (pardon my pun) with confections such as these?

I made simple chalkboard labels, used a handmade paper Marvel banner from my Captain America party and picked up the rest of the supplies at Walmart.
My son helped me make the important selections. :)
There were Rice Krispies squares, Graham crackers and chocolate bars for building materials with donut hole boulders.  Chocolate frosting acted as tasty soil with blue frosting for water and green frosting for grass.  Tiny colorful candies represented cute flowers. 
Thor accepted a duel with Mr. Delectable the robot and won.  He enjoyed his prize.  :)
Spiderman jumped in on the world-making fun too.
Don't forget the Hulk Punch!  This perfect superhero drink is just green Kiwi Strawberry Punch.  Add soda for fizziness if you'd like, but it was perfectly tasty without it!
Altogether, there was good food and great conversation amongst the kids.
My sister-in-law was kind to paint the kids' faces and did a marvelous job.  Iron Man came to the party....
...and then Captain America graced us with his presence.
The company just wouldn't have been complete without Spiderman too.
Then it was time for the eagerly-awaited grand debut of Disney Infinity 2.0!
The superheroes swarmed to get first dibs on the controllers and the best view from the awesome fort the adults helped make.
But they all inevitably ended up crowded around the TV, mesmerized by the new game.  Even the toddlers got sucked in.  

The kids immediately began building new worlds where they could have big adventures.  I loved watching their creative little minds at work.  

They couldn't stop talking about how cool Disney Infinity 2.0 is.  We actually had to set the timer because turn-taking became difficult with everyone clamoring for the controllers. :)  But can you blame them?  

It was an evening to remember! Everyone went away very happy, can't you tell?

Three cheers for Disney Infinity 2.0!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Easy & Fun Halloween Blocks

Hi! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com! It's so nice to meet you. Over on my blog you will find lots of easy craft ideas, DIY projects, recipes, kids crafts, organization tips & more. I'd love to have you drop by sometime. :) I’m am so excited to be here today sharing a cute & easy Halloween tutorial with all of YOU. :) I love simple & easy crafts. Annnnd this project is definitely super easy to put together. You'll only need a few supplies, too. So keep reading to see how I did it. :)

For my blocks I used these wooden blocks I had bought quite a while ago from one of those daily deal sites. I’m glad I finally decided to use them. ha! ;) You could also use a 2x2 board cut into smaller blocks. My blocks were not cut all the same size. Some were a little taller & some were a little shorter. Some were a little wider & some a little skinnier. Have fun ~ mix them up! ;)

I cut my letters using white vinyl & my Silhouette using the “An Accidental Kiss” font. If you do it this way make sure you measure your blocks carefully. Since each block is a different size it makes a difference on how big your letters need to be. (If you don’t have a digital craft cutter you could use a stencil, paint marker or order vinyl letters online.)

For this project I used the Americana Multi-Surface Satin paint from DecoArt in eggplant, school bus, apple green, poppy & black tie. I painted my blocks with a foam brush putting about 2 to 3 coats of paint on each block. Then I let them dry.

Then I applied my vinyl letters. You can put a coat of Mod Podge on top if you like. That's it! Easy peasy! :)

I love how this project turned out ~ not too spooky or scary & with colors that are perfect for a Happy Halloween! I also love how the white letters really pop against the colorful blocks! :)

You can check out some of my favorite Halloween projects below. :)

Thank you so much for having me over!
Be sure to stop by my blog. I'd love to see you!
You can also find me over on facebook & instagram.

Thanks so much for being our guest today, Ginger!  These blocks are way too cute!  I need to make some ASAP.

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