4-Ingredient Nutella Brownie Bites

by Amy on 21 February 2016

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Today, I’m participating in a fun blogger event (for the last time!*) — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

This month I was assigned My Wholefood Family, a wonderful blog featuring real, whole food-based family-friendly meals, snacks, and sweets. After reading through tons of her amazing recipes, I decided to try out her Nutella Brownie Bites, and they turned out amazing! My two-year-old loves Nutella (don’t we all?), so she was my inspiration for making them, but in the end, the whole family loved them equally. She enjoyed hers as-is, still slightly warm from the oven (pictured below!), while we enjoyed ours “dressed up” – dusted with confectioner’s sugar, and topped with fresh strawberry secured in place with a teeny dollop of Nutella. Including both prep and baking time, they took less than 30 minutes total – you cannot beat that, especially for something so crazy delicious!!

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Mini Pretzel Dogs

by Amy on 3 February 2016

Mini Pretzel Dogs | www.FearlessHomemaker.comMini Pretzel Dogs | www.FearlessHomemaker.comWho’s watching the Super Bowl this Sunday? While I can take or leave the football-watching, I do love Super Bowl Sunday — for the commercials, the halftime performances, and most importantly, the awesome snacks. As many of my friends and family can tell you, my particular snack weakness = Lit’l Smokies. I don’t know what it is about them, but I am powerless when faced with a tray of them at a party. I adore them slow-cooked in a sweet-and-sour sauce, or bacon-wrapped and baked, or engulfed in buttery puff-pastry — the possibilities are endless and delicious.

So, for today’s recipe, I’m sharing a new-to-me Lit’l Smokies treat – here, they are wrapped in a homemade pretzel dough, boiled in a baking soda/water mixture, sprinkled with an egg wash + salt, baked until beautifully golden brown, and served warm with mustard. And y’all, they are MAGNIFICENT. Because I know myself well, I made these around lunchtime, knowing that rather than eat a few as a snack, I’d prefer to eat a ton as my lunch. =) The homemade pretzel dough is amazing — perfectly savory, beautifully textured, and just the right amount of salty — and it complements my beloved Lit’l Smokies wonderfully, especially when served with some tart mustard. I loved them, my husband loved them, + our toddler loved them (and neither of them are hot dog-lovers), so I’m deeming these a huge success. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing snack for Super Bowl Sunday, look no further!

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Slow-Cooker Chicken, White Bean, + Hominy Chili | www.FearlessHomemaker.comSlow-Cooker Chicken, White Bean, + Hominy Chili | www.FearlessHomemaker.comToday, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

This month I was pleased to be assigned Karen’s Kitchen Stories, as I’ve cooked from her blog many times. (This Oven-Fried KFC Copycat Chicken is one of our family’s go-to meals). We’re in the midst of a very cold stretch of weather in Nashville, so I decided to make her belly-warming Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili and am so glad I did – it turned out amazing! This chili is made low-and-slow in the crock-pot with bone-in chicken, which results in super tender, flavorful chicken. It’s packed with sautéed onions/garlic/jalapenos, white beans, hominy, green chiles, and bold spices for lots of depth, plus lime and cilantro for brightness. My husband and I loved it (which wasn’t surprising, as we love soups/stews like this), and I was thrilled to see that my 2-year-old gobbled it up, too! While it has a ton of flavor, it’s not super spicy (jalapeños mellow out significantly after sautéing), so she devoured it. After a chilly day, this was a perfect way to deliciously warm ourselves up.

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Vegetable and Tofu Lo Mein

by Amy on 5 January 2016

Vegetable + Tofu Lo Mein | www.FearlessHomemaker.comHappy New Year, friends! I’m starting this year’s posts off with one of my favorite things I’ve been making for the past few months — homemade lo mein! I know some people have goals this new year to eat more meals at home, to eat healthier, or to spend less money on takeout, so this is a perfect time to share this recipe — it can take care of all three of those! And flavor-wise, this lo mein is SO wonderful. It tastes amazingly like the lo mein I get from my favorite Chinese take-out places, but brighter, fresher, and lighter. And, for me, there’s something about knowing all the ingredients that went into your meal that make it even more satisfying and delicious.

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Raspberry Confetti Meringues

by Amy on 29 December 2015

Raspberry Confetti Meringue Cookies | www.FearlessHomemaker.comI hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season, finishing out 2015 on a joyous note, and gearing up for a great 2016! With many of you going to New Year’s Eve and Day parties, I wanted to share a simple, festive, fun little cookie that you can easily whip up — these Raspberry Confetti Meringues. After eating lots of heavy, indulgent holiday food, these are delightfully light, airy, and waistline-friendly. I absolutely LOVE meringue cookies — they’ve got a great crispy crunch, but then melt in your mouth. This version features a raspberry meringue cookie, studded with mini chocolate chips on the inside, and topped with cheery little sprinkles. I used star-shaped sprinkles, since they seemed especially celebratory, but any kind will do.

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