Clean & Healthy Chunky Chicken Salad

 

Clean & Healthy Chunky Chicken Salad

I am really happy to finally post this chicken salad recipe. Chicken salad has so many versions, it really comes down to your preference. What’s common here in the south is chicken salad that is more “mushy” sort of like tunafish. Me no likey that. So this is a chunky version with cubed chicken breasts in a healthy Greek yogurt base with tons of dill – one of the best herbs of all times ever. Continue Reading…

Whiskey Chocolate French Silk Pie filled Cupcake

 

Whiskey Chocolate French Silk Pie Cupcake

My first cupcake challenge! I was asked by one of my coworkers to make his favorite Bakers Square, French Silk Pie into a cupcake form. My response to that,  was naturally, how bout I just make you  a French Silk Pie instead? Pie is pie, cupcakes are cupcakes… two different names for a reason. He said no, I want this pie to be a cupcake. Ha! Well, against my better judgement, I created a French Silk Pie cupcake. And really, this experience taught me that any pie can be turned into a cupcake… so welcome to a new world of possibilities!! More pie-cupcakes coming soon, thanks to Tony as his creative brain! Continue Reading…

Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn

 

Cinnamon Sugar popcorn

I used to buy this  bag of cinnamon-sugar popcorn in the organic section at Kroger. I forgot the brand name but it was THE BEST. I would buy it almost weekly and you’d want to eat the whole bag in one sitting. It’s since been discontinued and I’ve never seen that brand again, so sad. Continue Reading…

Best Ever Nashville Hot Fried Chicken

 

Can I just cry? How have I been living in Georgia (just a few hour drive from Nashville) for seven years and this chicken is just now grazing my taste buds? How have I been living this long and thought I was so happy? My life was never complete until now. I feel like I will sleep better at night. Continue Reading…

Triple Peanut Butter Cupcakes (w/ Peanut Butter “Nutella” Filling)

 

Death by peanut butter cupcakes -Moist peanut buttery goodness!

Peanut butter lovers unite! Fall is in the air and I’m in heaven. This is my absolute favorite time of year. It’s cozy, cool outside and the trees are beautiful. I have so many happy associations with fall that just give me that warm feeling inside. Holidays, festive music, the food, family time, warm cider, the smells… OMG why is this time of year literally the best!? Although peanut butter is not traditionally a “fall flavor”, the colors of these cupcakes remind me of fall, so, yeah,  basically any excuse to call this a fall cupcake and still get away with using my favorite ingredient (peanut butter) will do 🙂 Continue Reading…

Low Carb Cocoa Banana Guilt-Free Dessert Muffin

 

Cocoa Banana Low Carb Dessert Muffins with Peanut Butter - Guilt Free! :) This! This! This! I feel like these should be called LIFE CHANGING MUFFINS because they have seriously given me a reason to live. I am still questioning if and how these can be guilt-free because they taste like freakin rainbows and unicorns had a baby. Have I been eating healthy too long and now everything sweet taste amazing? I don’t want to oversell how incredible these are. But try them for yourself and let me know! They are super chocolatey, ridiculously moist and have that fresh essence from the mashed bananas in the batter.  What more could you ask for? Continue Reading…

Salted Dark Caramel Sauce

 

Salted Dark Caramel Sauce

Caramel has always been a little intimidating to me. It’s probably the one recipe that I have ruined the most. I have a permanent scar on my thigh to prove it. Don’t ask.

But, lucky for me, this caramel recipe is almost fail-proof. You don’t need a candy thermometer and there are only five ingredients. Super easy. The only issue that still remains – if you don’t read the instructions thoroughly before you get started, you may not be prepared for the next step and time is of the essence whenever you are making caramel or candies.

You can use this caramel sauce in cupcakes, as an ice cream topping, or you can even blend it into ice cream using an ice cream maker to create the most amazing salted caramel homemade ice cream. One other way I have used this is one in my caramel brownie recipe. There are seriously endless options, especially if you are a caramel lover like me!

Salted Dark Caramel Sauce

Salted Dark Caramel Sauce

Salted Dark Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon filtered water
  • 12 tablespoons salted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream, room temp
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce (TRUST ME!!!!)

Directions

{Combine the heavy cream and the soy sauce into the same bowl and set aside.}

To start, pour the sugar and water into a large saucepan. Heat on medium high heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the sugar completely liquefies. Stir constantly and be careful not to burn the sugar.
After all the sugar has dissolved, add the butter and vanilla extract to the saucepan and mix thoroughly. Once the butter has melted and the butter and sugar are completely mixed together, remove from heat.
Immediately add in the heavy cream/soy sauce mixture until you reach a beautiful golden brown caramel color.
Set aside and let cool and thicken for 5 minutes at room temperature. Freeze for 20 minutes (or longer) to thicken further before using on cupcakes. Refrigerate up to 3 months.

Note

Before you get started, make sure all ingredients and tools are in arms reach. Read instructions thoroughly first before you start. It's so easy to mess up if you don't know what comes next, because you have to work so quickly.