How to Make Peanut Butter Brownies – Magnolia Table

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Is there anything better than chocolate and peanut butter? It’s one of my favorite dessert combinations! I decided to make these Peanut Butter Brownies when we were headed to a friends for dinner. They are very rich so a little goes a long way, but they are AMAZING. The only obstacle of note is that each layer needs to set before you can continue, so be sure to make these the night before or plan accordingly.

My failures: I definitely did NOT add enough powdered sugar to the final layer. I was in a hurry because I was running out of time before we needed to leave for dinner. Don’t rush that last layer!! It needs to be a lot thicker than I made it and it needs the full amount of time in the freezer. Because I didn’t add enough powdered sugar it wouldn’t set right. So please be aware and cautious when you make it, don’t skimp on the powdered sugar! 🙂

You also want to make sure you heat your knife before cutting the brownies. They have been in the freezer for a while so this will make it easier for you to cut. I just run the knife over warm water and then wipe off excess water before cutting. Repeat as necessary to make cleaner cut brownies.

Overall Review 4.5/5

These peanut butter brownies are amazing! They are fudgy, with the perfect balance of chocolate and peanut butter. This recipe makes plenty because they are a very rich brownie. They would be perfect for a get together, party or if you wanted to hand out treats to friends. A little goes a long way with these brownies! I do think that if you are in a time crunch and don’t want to spend the time making the homemade brownies, you could do a box brownie and still get a good taste. The homemade brownies are fr superior in my opinion, but getting that top layer correct is more important!

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Lucy’s Peanut Butter Brownies

From Magnolia Table Cookbook Volume 2
Servings 24 Brownies

Ingredients
  

Brownies (bottom layer)

  • 1 cup Unsalted butter 2 sticks
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups Granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 Large Eggs

Topping (Middle Layer)

  • 1 16 oz Jar of Creamy Peanut Butter

Frosting (Top Layer)

  • 8 tbsp Unsalted Butter 1 stick
  • 10 Large Marshmallows
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar More for thicker frosting
  • 1/3 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Instructions
 

Brownies (bottom layer)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan with cooking spray
  • Heat a small saucepan over low heat and add butter. Wait until butter has melted and whisk in the cocoa. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, using a hand mixer, combine granulated sugar, flour and salt. Add the cooled cocoa butter mixture and mix on medium speed until well mixed. Add the eggs and vanilla slowly and mix until well combined.
  • Spread your brownie mixture evenly over your prepared baking pan. Bake for about 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted only comes out with a few crumbs. (if your oven runs hot, watch carefully so it doesn't over bake)
  • Let brownies cool completely. This can take anywhere from 30-40 minutes.

Topping (Middle Layer)

  • Take your peanut butter and place in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 15 seconds to soften and make easier to spread. Stir heated peanut butter and spread on top of cooled brownies. Once this layer is on, put brownies in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.

Frosting (Top Layer)

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and marshmellows. Once melted add powdered sugar, milk and cocoa. Stir until completely smooth. I recommend using more sugar to make it a thicker frosting (but this is up to you).
  • Spread this mixture on top of the peanut butter layer and freeze for another 30-40 minutes.
  • Once completed, heat a knife under warm water, wipe off excess water and cut brownies into squares. It's up to you how many you want and how big the squares are, but it should make at least 20-24 brownies.

How to Make Waffles with Strawberry Butter – Magnolia Butter

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“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work, it doesn’t matter. But work is third.” – Amy Poehler

Who doesn’t love a good homemade waffle?! I always think that homemade waffles are much lighter than out of the box or freezer. Makes the waffles easier to eat and it doesn’t feel like they sit as heavy in your stomach. These waffles with strawberry butter are one of my favorite recipes from the Magnolia Table Volume 2 cookbook. I opted to try them for dinner one night and they ended up being exactly what we wanted.

These waffles with strawberry butter are very light and airy. The waffles have a very different consistency than ones that come out of a box, they are more like a sponge cake texture than the thick batter you are used to with waffles. I will say that pairing these waffles with the strawberry butter and vanilla maple syrup makes all the difference. The strawberry butter and vanilla maple syrup aren’t too sugary as to overpower the waffle. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of sugar in this recipe, but it doesn’t taste like a mouthful of sugar. Which is why I do recommend taking the time to make the butter and syrup even if you have regular butter and syrup at home.

Overall Review: 4/5

The only reason I would give this recipe a 4 instead of a 5 is because folding in the egg whites just wouldn’t work. I don’t know if it’s on my end and I did something wrong or what, but I couldn’t get it to cooperate. I ended up having to use a whisk to get the egg whites to incorporate at all, which I’m pretty sure is a cooking sin! ha! But I did what I had to do to make it work and it still ended up tasting great! These are very light waffles, so I did end up eating more than normal just because they weren’t sitting so heavy in my stomach. So be aware, these waffles with strawberry butter can cause you to eat more than you planned!

The strawberry butter and the vanilla syrup recipe can be found in her cookbook which you can find here: Magnolia Table Volume 2. If you are interested in more recipe reviews, head to our page here: Recipe Reviews.

Waffles with Strawberry Butter

From Magnolia Table Volume 2 Cookbook
Servings 6 Servings

Equipment

  • Waffle Iron

Ingredients
  

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs Seperated
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Strawberry Butter (Magnolia Table recipe)
  • Vanilla Maple Syrup (Magnolia Table recipe)

Instructions
 

  • Prep your waffle iron with cooking spray, and heat to medium heat.
  • Using a sifter combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a medium bowl.
  • Using an electric mixer and a separate bowl, mix the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Stiff peaks take about 2 minutes and the peaks should stand straight up when you life the beaters.
  • In a third bowl, mix the egg yolks, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Once combined add the flour and mix just until incorporated. It's important not to overmix your batter.
  • Once mixed, fold in your egg whites. When I folded in the egg whites I found they wouldn't combine quite right, I ended up whisking them a bit to incorporate better. I'm sure that's a cardinal sin of cooking but they just wouldn't fold into the batter for me, so just be patient if you can!
  • Waffles need about a 1/2 cup of batter poured into the waffle iron. Cook until the waffle is golden brown and be sure to spray cooking spray between each waffle.
  • Serve with the homemade Strawberry Butter and Vanilla Maple Syrup.

How to Make French Toast with Vanilla Maple Syrup – Magnolia Table

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I love french toast on a normal day, but on Christmas, I truly believe its a breakfast staple. This French Toast from the Magnolia Table cookbook (volume 2) is so easy to make but so tasty! I love the simple additions that take the flavor profile to the next level.

First things first, you need to start with the vanilla maple syrup. It takes 20 minutes of simmering to get the syrup completed so make sure that you start this first. It’s an extremely simple syrup to make so don’t worry about the difficulties, it’s just the timing you need to be aware of. Also, make sure to have a mason jar with you to store the syrup in as you will end up making more than you need for the french toast. I also went ahead and made the strawberry butter she mentions in the instructions. The strawberry butter is easy to make as well and adds a nice punch to your french toast. My suggestion is to start with the syrup and the strawberry butter, once those are completed, make your french toast so everything is ready to be assembled.

The only issue I had was not reading the strawberry butter instructions beforehand and whipping the butter on its own. But! It turned out nicely anyways and I’m happy with the taste. I chose to only make half the strawberry butter that it calls for and found that it was more than enough. If you opt to make the entire amount you will definitely have leftovers that you can use for toast or french toast in the following days.

Overall Review: 5/5

Overall, this recipe does have three parts to it, but the taste is amazing! You can premake the syrup and butter ahead of time and that will allow you to throw together the french toast and be good to go. I’m not going to lie and say that this is the best thing you will ever eat in your life, but it is a great french toast recipe and worthy of your time. I am interested in remaking the strawberry butter with raspberries as I think that would be a fun way to spruce up my next recipe. For more recipe reviews head to our page: Recipe Reviews.

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French Toast with Vanilla Maple Syrup

From Magnolia Table Volume 2

Ingredients
  

  • 12 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 12 slices White Bread, brioche or challah 3/4 inch thick
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla Maple Syrup
  • 6 tbsp Strawberry Butter
  • Powdered Sugar Dusting

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Set a wire rack on a sheet pan.
  • In a large skillet, heat 6 tablespoons of butter over low heat until melted
  • In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon. Take your melted butter and pour over the cinnamon sugar mix and whisk to incorporate. Add the cream and vanilla and whisk until well incorporated. Add eggs and whisk until completely smooth (a few minutes). Set aside
  • Heat the skillet on medium and add a tablespoon of butter to coat the pan.
  • Without crowding the skillet, dip the bread in the batter mixture, coating all of the bread and letting the excess drip off.
  • Place coated bread in the skillet and cook until golden brown (5-6 minutes total). You will need to flip halfway through. Once cooked, place on wire rack on sheet pan and place in oven to keep warm.
  • Repeat for all slices of bread. Don't forget to coat the pan in butter after each batch.
  • Once you are done, add a dollop of strawberry butter on your french toast and drizzle with the warmed vanilla maple syrup. Dust with as much powdered sugar as you like and enjoy!

How to Make Double Crusted Key Lime Pie – Magnolia Table

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Everyone makes cookies during the holidays, this year I decided to go another direction and try a Double Crusted Key Lime Pie. OH. MY. GOSH. So good and so refreshing after a big holiday dinner! It’s also one of the easiest pies I’ve ever made which makes it even better. I love everything about the Magnolia Table cookbooks and have rarely been disappointed in a recipe. The Key Lime Pie recipe is one of my favorites due to its simplicity and taste.

My first key lime pie that I fell in love with was from this whole in the wall chili bar in Los Angelos. I was slightly afraid as key lime pie didn’t exactly fit the asthetic of the chili bar, but oh my gosh it was amazing. Ever since then I’ve been dying for a good key lime pie and haven’t found one. I’m so excited that this pie has fit the bill and I will be recreating this recipe moving forward.

Areas that I had to make adjustments: I decided to make this pie during the holidays so access to ingredients I needed was slightly difficult. For instance, I could not find key limes anywhere so I had to go with standard limes. Additionally I gave up squeezing said limes after about 4-5 of them! haha. So I used the pre-squeezed lime juice you get at the store. Yes, yes I know that is not what the recipe says but I was exhausted and wanted to stop squeezing limes. It seemed to work out just fine using that lime juice as everyone seemed to enjoy it! I also completely forgot to get the lime zest for the top as we were already in the car on the way to dinner when I remembered, so I did miss a final step! Oh the holidays and the forgetfulness that comes with it.

Overall Review: 5/5

Overall, this double crusted key lime pie was delicious, easy to make and the perfect dessert after a big meal. Of course you can make this pie at anytime, but I do suggest making this for holiday dinners. We tend to go toward our classic desserts during the holidays and making a change can be just the ticket! Key lime pie is a much lighter dessert than some of the other pies that you traditionally make. Add some whip cream at the end and you are sure to have no leftovers. Fun fact, Key Lime Pie is actually not a green color, very much a yellowish color due to the egg yolks. So don’t be surprised by the color of the pie, the taste is worth it!

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Key Lime Pie

From Magnolia Table, Volume 2
Servings 8 People

Equipment

  • Pie pan

Ingredients
  

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 2 cups Cinnamon Graham Crackers
  • 6 tbsp Melted Butter

Key Lime Filling

  • 1 14.5 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup Key Lime Juice (or regular limes)
  • 1 tsp Lime Zest
  • 4 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 Large Egg
  • Whipping Cream Topping

Instructions
 

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit
  • Add crumbled graham cracker and 6 tbsps melted butter to a medium bowl and mix until all the cracker crumbles have been coated.
  • Once coated, add graham cracker crumbs to your ungreased pie pan and press into a crust. Biggest issue to make sure there are no holes.
  • Bake for about 8-10 minutes until golden brown not burned. Set aside to cool for about 10-12 minutes. Keep oven preheated.

Key Lime Filling

  • In a separate bowl, add sweetened condensed milk, key lime juice, lime zest, large egg yolks, and large egg. Once combined, pour into your cooled pie crust and then bake in the oven for about 14-15 minutes. You want the filling to set, basically wiggle like jello and not pour out of the pan.
  • Once your filling is set, take out of the oven and cool for 1 hour.
  • After your pie is completely cooled, place the pie, uncovered, in the fridge for 3 hours. Then serve with lime zest and whip cream!

Why It’s Okay to Formula Feed and Breastfeed Your Baby

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I had no desire to breastfeed my kids. All my life the concept of breastfeeding made me uncomfortable and wasn’t something that I wanted to do. I thought, why would I want to breastfeed when I could be perfectly happy giving my baby a bottle of formula. After we found out we were having our daughter, I broached the subject with my husband. He is a surgeon and asked if I would just give it a shot for the health benefits of breastfeeding. I told him I would give it a shot, but no guarantees. What ended up happening was far beyond what I thought; there was an option to formula feed and breastfeed my daughter.

Fast forward several months and my daughter was born prematurely and was in the NICU. She was so little and helpless, weighing only 4 pounds. I was still uneasy just because of how tiny she was. It wasn’t until I talked to the nurses in the NICU that I realized we could give her formula and I could try breastfeeding. I swear in all the mommy blogs I read, no one ever offered this as an option. It was always, breastfed or formula fed but never an option to combine. To use both as a hybrid was our best option at that time. I would come in to visit and try to breastfeed for as long as she was able and willing too, but if I wasn’t there and we were out of pumped breast milk, they formula fed her. In fact, her first feed outside the womb was formula because I wasn’t cleared to come down to the NICU. And as crazy as it was, I look back and know that it was okay. Sometimes its hard to trust that anyone but us has our child’s best interest in mind, but let me tell you that those NICU nurses had my daughters best interest in mind.

They wanted me to breastfeed, to pump when I could, but they also gave my daughter formula when she was hungry. It was okay to use the formula and it was what was best for her. Having formula that helped fill her tummy allowed her to grow incredibly well and leave the NICU after just nine days, a miracle as she came 6 weeks early! Breastfeeding didn’t come easily as I’d never done it before and didn’t know if it was working, what to do, etc. As heartbreaking as being in the NICU can be, having on call lactation specialists was a huge blessing. They spent several hours by my side helping me and Mia and for that I couldn’t be more grateful. My daughter is a healthy, happy and thriving 5 month old baby and that is due to all the people in the NICU who were kind and graceful.

My biggest takeaway is that they WANTED us to continue giving her formula when we left the NICU. It’s not like they were saying breast is best so screw formula. They said, hey breastfeeding has a ton of great benefits, but so does formula. Formula helps keep my baby full while my supply increased, it allowed me breaks from feeding, it allowed my daughter to grow faster as she had a fuller belly. It also gave me such peace that if breastfeeding were to go south or we were to struggle that I would have another option. Because ultimately all I cared about was that she was healthy and growing, breastfed or formula fed was less important. So for the next 2 months we did a hybrid feeding system and it worked well! We supplemented with formula every once in a while but in general we did mostly breastfeeding.

Now we are almost at 6 months and she is exclusively breastfed which is something I would have never thought I’d do, let alone enjoy doing! You never know what your baby feeding journey will look like, but just have faith that there are endless resources, doctors, nurses and lactation consultants willing and able to help you. Whether you formula feed or breastfeed or combo hybrid feed; your baby will be just fine and love you just as much! You’ve got this mamma, stay strong!

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How to Make Mint Chocolate Brownies

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Peppermint is iconic, especially around the holidays. Peppermint hot cocoa, peppermint patties, candy canes and more. My husband spent an entire evening one day browsing Pinterest with me for mint flavored desserts. These mint chocolate brownies popped up and I knew this is what I wanted to make.

Let me just start off by saying that these brownies take TIME. Lots of time for layers to cool and set, so don’t make this if you are on a time crunch! The brownie base is honestly so easy to make and is delicious, I will be using that layer for other brownie recipes in the future as it was so easy and tasty!

When it comes to the mint layer, be careful! You are adding peppermint extract and that stuff is intense and if you accidentally put too much in you won’t be able to eat the brownies they will be so strong. The amount they recommend is pretty strong, I personally think that the brownies taste a lot like a peppermint patty. If you don’t want your peppermint to be too strong, I would put half of the recommended amount and once its combined taste it and see if it’s too your liking. Additionally, this layer is where you add the food coloring to make it green. Be light on the food coloring, one drop was perfect for a light mint green look. Remember you can’t take back food coloring once its in there!

The top and final layer is basically a layer of yummy chocolate. its butter and chocolate melted together and poured on top. Pour this in the center of the brownie and spread from there. You will have a little drip off the side but it shouldn’t be bad. This chocolate mixture cools pretty quickly so be quick about spreading it!

Overall Review: 4.8/5

These brownies are so tasty and rich! However, they do take a significant amount of time due to cooling and setting times. You just need to go into these knowing that it will take a little bit to complete these mint chocolate brownies. Otherwise, be ready for a tasty and amazing brownie!

Mint Chocolate Brownies

Recipe From: Sally's Baking Addiction

Ingredients
  

Brownie Layer

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 8 oz Semi sweet chocolate coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Light brown sugar Packed
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp All purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Mint Frosting Layer

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter Room temperature
  • 2 cups Confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1 1/4 tbsp Peppermint extract
  • Optional: 1 drop liquid or gel green food coloring

Chocolate Layer

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Instructions
 

Brownie Layer

  • Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir constantly until completed melted and combined.
  • Remove from heat and pour into mixing bowl, allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan with foil or paper and leave an overhang on the sides. (set aside)
  • Whisk granulated sugar and brown sugars into the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Add eggs one at a time and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla.
  • Gently fold in salt, flour and cocoa powder. Pour into your baking pan and bake for 35 minutes. My oven runs hot, so it took only 30 minutes to cook completely. It's highly recommended to check your brownies at 30 minutes. (You know its complete when you insert a toothpick and only a few crumbs come out.)
  • Brownies need to completely cool IN THE PAN before you move them to a wire rack. Once cool, lift the foil and move to the wire rack. Leave uncut and to the side until you have the mint frosting layer ready.

Mint Frosting Layer

  • In a medium or large bowl, use a mixer and beat the butter on medium until smooth and creamy. 2 minutes should do the trick. Once completed add confectioners sugar and milk. This takes another 2 minutes on medium speed and then high speed for another minute.
  • Add peppermint extract (if you want a more mild mint flavor start with half the extract and add as desired) as well as your green food coloring. Beat on high for a minute. Take your frosting and evenly distribute it on top of your uncut brownies. Then place your brownies in the fridge to set on the brownies (1 hour minimum-up to 4 hours).

Chocolate Layer

  • In a saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate. Stir consistently as it will stick if you don't, this will take about 5 minutes. Once melted with no lumps, pour over your brownies. Start pouring in the middle and then spread out to the edges with a spatula. Let the brownies chill in the fridge (1 hour minimum-overnight).
  • Once chocolate has been chilled and is set (firm), remove from fridge and cut into squares with a sharp knife. Cover tightly and place leftovers in the fridge.

Top 9 Gift Ideas for Your Husband this Christmas

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One of the hardest people to shop for is my husband. It’s not that he doesn’t have a ton of hobbies, its that his hobbies are so expensive. So today I wanted to go over husband gifts that satisfy every price range and are sure to bring a smile to his face! These are gifts that from my experience seem to work great and are easy to find via the links below each picture. I hope you are able to find the perfect gift for your husband this holiday season! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

You’d think that as long as Yeti tumblers have been around that this wouldn’t be a good gift anymore. I would beg to differ, I swear my husband can’t get enough of these and is always looking at the newest colors that come out! Easy to find and an inexpensive and practice gift. Prices range from $20-$40 depending on size. Amazon – CLICK HERE

These headphones are the perfect gift for any husband! These have great sound and are useful for any activity or sport that your husband enjoys! Target – CLICK HERE

Small, compact, quick heating and perfect for heating coffee, food and more! This easy to use and carry cooking system is perfect for campers, hikers, sportsman and more! Check it out here!

So my husband and his co-residents go really into paintball this year and its amazing how much fun they had. You don’t have to be experienced to enjoy this fun activity and it’s the perfect getaway for any spouse! I even had fun! Check out these sets that will get you everything you need to go have fun! Amazon – CLICK HERE

Fishing is an easy and practice hobby for anyone, especially the man in your life! Get him this nice rod & reel combo and you will get some time alone while hes out fishing! It’s guaranteed to be a hit! Bass Pro Shops- CLICK HERE

Smokers are great for anyone who wants to get their spouse out cooking so you don’t have too! You are (mostly) guaranteed an amazing meal with this smoker and it will keep you from cooking dinner a few nights! If you have any good smoker recipes, let everyone know in the comments below. Cabelas –

Pocket knives always come in handy and I don’t think you can ever have too many. These knives are extremely useful and are very budget friendly. There’s a ton of styles and choices so head over to Bass Pro and pick the one that’s best for your man! Bass Pro Shops- CLICK HERE

Am I the only one who gets sick of the disposable hand warmers? Seriously, they don’t last long and are a pain to use. These deluxe hand warmer heaters look like the perfect solution to that problem, they are definitely on my Christmas list this year!

Finally, the catch all, can’t go wrong gift. These Yeti coolers are easily one of the best gifts you can get. Anyone can use these for a multitude of activities and they work beautifully. Plus Yeti has come out with a ton of colors for you to choose from! Amazon: CLICK HERE

Remember that no matter what you decide to get, whats most important is the thought behind it. Husband gifts don’t have to be intimidating, put some love into it and you are guaranteed to have a hit on your hands!

How to Make Pistachio Cranberry Goat Cheese Log

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I can’t not bring something unique and different to a Friends-giving, it makes me crazy if I don’t! But I wanted something easier to make because I don’t have a lot of time with my daughter needing all my attention. So I found this quick but festive cheese log that fit the bill perfectly!

This pistachio and cranberry goat cheese log was such a unique take on the classic cheese ball. It does look more like a Christmas treat so it would be a perfect for a Christmas appetizer! It’s got thyme, rosemary, ginger, cinnamon and pepper in the goat and cream cheese filling along with the pistachio and cranberry blend. These flavors blend so well together and combined with the coating outside there’s lots of crunch to go with the creaminess of the cheese. I would highly recommend making this for a larger group as a little goes a long way. You will also need a real rigid cracker with this cheese log. My favorite crackers are the Ritz soft crackers but they all apart trying to cut through this log. Some good stuff crackers are what you are after. Be sure to get plenty as this cheese log is rich and will take a good chunk of crackers to eat!

Sometimes the best things to eat are the easiest things to make. This cheese log only takes about 10-15 minutes to actively make. Now, it does require a food processor or something similar to chop the pistachios and cranberries to the right consistency.

Original Recipe: Carlsbad Cravings

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Pistachio Cranberry Goat Cheese Log

From Carlsbad Cravings
Total Time 15 mins

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients
  

Pistachio Cranberry Coating

  • 1 1/4 cup Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 cup Shelled Roasted, Salted Pistachios

Cheese Log

  • 7-8 oz Goat Cheese Log
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry Pistachio Coating (see above directions)

Instructions
 

Pistachio Cranberry Coating

  • Pulse the pistachio and cranberries. It's recommended to not make them too small but this is up to your discretion on how chunky you want your pieces to be.
  • Take 1/2 cup of the coating and set in a bowl to be used in the cheese log.

Cheese Log

  • Add 1/2 cup of pistachio coating that we set aside. Add goat cheese, cream cheese, honey, and spices in a bowl and combine well.
  • Take your cheese log mixture and place on a sheet of plastic wrap. Use this to help shape the cheese mixture into a log shape. I made mine around 10 inches or so in length.
  • Place your wrapped log in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  • On a large sheet of parchment paper spread the rest of your pistachio cranberry coating in a single layer. Place your cheese log on the coating and gently press and roll to get the coating evenly distributed.
  • Once the coating is on, you can place your cheese log in the fridge until you are ready to eat later that day or the next day! Trust me when I say it is well worth the calories!
  • Once you decide to serve the cheese log, drizzle te top generously with honey. This sweetness really brings everything together.

9 Gift Ideas for the Coffee Lover in Your Life

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It’s that time of year again! Time to find gifts for all the loved ones in your life. For me, its a constant struggle to find something they will like that is also in my price range. I wanted to do a gift guide that was specific to the coffee lover in your life. Your coffee lovers, coffee aficionados, and coffee addicts. Those things that will bring joy to those with the love of coffee!

9 Coffee Lover Gifts & Their Amazon Links

This ember mug is perfect for anyone who works at an office or desk all day! It keeps your mug at the perfect temperature via an app on your phone. This way your coffee or tea never gets cold! Amazon: CLICK HERE

One of my favorite purchases this year was the electric milk frother! I got this when I got my Nespresso machine and fell in LOVE. It works beautifully to froth and foam the milk without taking a lot of space on your counter. Plus the price is PERFECT. Amazon: CLICK HERE

Personally, a gift I’d be head over heels for is this Starbucks Syrup Variety Pack. A perfect accessory or stocking stuffer so that there is always flavor in your coffee lovers cup! Amazon: CLICK HERE

Now that I am not pregnant and cold brew is an option again, I am eyeing this cold brew maker. Perfect for individual cold brews at your home and won’t take up a lot of space! Plus who wouldn’t want this for only $25?! Amazon: CLICK HERE

Are you still reaching for a normal spoon to stir your coffee? Well not anymore, these adorable Mickey Donut coffee stirrers are the perfect coffee accessory! They will bring fun and cuteness to your cup of joe in the morning! Amazon: CLICK HERE

Okay, I get that gnomes aren’t for everyone. But come on! These little coffee gnomes are absolutely adorable and would look wonderful on any coffee cart! You know your coffee lover needs these gnomes in their life. Amazon: CLICK HERE

Your kitchen needs these adorable chic canisters! To hold your favorite coffee grounds, favorite sugar mix and your evening teas! Trust me these will complete your kitchen counter aesthetic. Amazon: CLICK HERE

These double wall insulated glasses are perfect for showcasing your favorite latte! Especially on Instagram or TikTok where you want to show off your coffee! Amazon: CLICK HERE

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Whatever you decide to get for the coffee lover in your life, I know they will love it. What are your favorite coffee lover gifts? Let me know in the comments below!

5 Ways to Deal with Job Changes

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Change is one of the most difficult things we face. Change can come in many forms; job loss, moving states, career changes, kids, death, the list goes on and on. Today I am just going to focus on job changes. Why is change so hard to deal with? For me, its the fact that I get comfortable where I am. I am one of those people that is loyal to a fault and will stay where I am longer than I should. Getting comfortable is the enemy of progress. It is SO easy to just say I know what to do and how to do it so I will stay even if I don’t love it. Even if its time to move on. Even if the job no longer fits your lifestyle. If you are like me, having an unexpected job change can feel like a truck just hit you. It’s overwhelming and cause intense anxiety. As I’m going through this process as we speak, I hope these tips will help you change jobs with success and as little stress as possible.

1.) Take time to deal with your feelings.

If you are laid off, fired, quit, etc; take time to deal with the emotions that come. Before I was let go, I had worked at my job for over 6 years and had formed many friendships with coworkers. It was hard to hear that I would no longer have my job and would be leaving the company in the coming months. Even though I had a feeling they wanted to move the job to the office out west and I knew the job no longer fit the lifestyle that we had, its hard to hear that news. So I called my mom and cried. And once my husband got home from work I took time to talk through it. You need to take a few days to work through how you are feeling. Remember that no matter how you are feeling, that your worth has not changed. You are still worthy of all the good things in this life!

2.) If you can, don’t rush to find your next job

If you have the capability, don’t freak out and take the first job that comes your way. My knee jerk reaction was that I needed to find something immediately or I would be a failure. Yes, there was the money side but a lot of it was the idea that I would be seen as less than by those around me. That people would look at me with pity if I didn’t have a new job lined up. I actually didn’t tell anyone besides my parents, sister and husband for almost a month, I just couldn’t bring myself to talk about it. I mean who wants to admit that to someone? It takes a lot of humbling of your pride to say I am not going to take the first opportunity and wait and make sure what I do next is best for me and my family. Remember, you may be at this next job for just as long, make sure its one you want to be at!

3.) The Work From Home – Go to the Office Debate

Am I the only one who had the serious debate of what would be best for my family, go back to an office or find a way to work from home? Going back to an office job would probably bring in the most money right away. I would be able to find something comparable to what I do now and bring in the same income. However, there are the downsides of taking my daughter to daycare, daycare costs, commuting costs and the emotional side of not seeing my daughter most of the day. Plus my husband has a high stress, crazy hour schedule that makes it hard to tag team an office job if things come up. So for me, finding a work from home option was really our best solution. You can use job changes to adjust how you work so it fits whats best for you and your family. Evaluate where you are in life, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and demand the option that’s best for you!

4.) Make a Career Field Change

Maybe this is the time to make a change in what field you are in. Were you feeling burnt out at your last job or feeling depressed every Monday you had to head into work? Maybe that’s a sign that this move might be the best thing because you can change career fields and find something that invigorates you once again! I’ve read endless articles over the years about people who are laid off from their jobs and end up finding their true passions not long after! It’s because being laid off and having that immediate job changes forces you to reevaluate things and make decisions that you have been putting off. If you have a dream that you want to fulfill, don’t wait, go ahead and use this time to start!

5.) Find the Excitement

Now this feeling comes every now and again for me but its getting stronger by the day. I’m actually excited for the next chapter. If you are anything like me its easy to get comfortable in a job. When you get comfortable in a job it can be almost impossible to move on on your own. This job change I am currently going through is something I don’t think I’d be able to do on my own. I needed this to push myself out of my comfort zone and into something new. Who knows, maybe I will find the thing I’m really meant to do. Finding excitement in the next chapter of my career was the final step to dealing with my sudden job loss. I hope that wherever you are in your career, that you end the reading of this post with excitement.

Job changes are inevitable. Whether you quit or are laid off, it will happen. Don’t forget to take time to deal with your emotions, choose options that are best for you and find what makes you excited for the next chapter. I believe in you and know that the next stage in your life will be the best yet!

What’s your best advice for those facing a job change? Let me know in the comments below!

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