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This is the ultimate time in which we find ourselves baking homemade desserts as we get ready for the entertaining season. This is also a wonderful time to enjoy the crisp autumn air and early nightfall out by fire pit in the backyard. With that in mind, I think I might have just took s’mores to a whole other level, when I came up with this recipe…no counting calories here, you guys! No need to roast your marshmallows at your outdoor firepit because these s’more brownies are oven-baked and still have that ooey gooey goodness we all enjoy!
I simply love chocolate so I decided to add Nestle Trip Chip Morsels to the brownie mix. Once the brownie was baked, I topped it with a spoonful of sweet caramel dulce de leche spread and garnished with crumbled Honey Maid Vanilla Graham Crackers. This fall dessert is so rich and decadent, you’ll want to compliment it with a hot cup of coffee or an ice cold glass of milk!
- 1 box, Brownie Mix
- ¼ cup, Toll House Nestle Triple Chocolate Morsels
- ¼ cup, Mini Marshmallows (reserve ⅛ for topping)
- Dulce de Leche spread, drizzle as topping
- Honey Maid Vanilla Graham Crackers, crumbled
- Follow the brownie box instructions to prepare. Add ⅛ cup of chocolate morsels and gently fold into your brownie batter mix.
- Pour the brownie mix into your prepared baking pan and top with the remaining ⅛ cup of chocolate morsels. Cover your brownie batter with marshmallows (add as much or little as you desire).
- Bake brownie according to the box instructions.
- Insert three whole graham crackers in a sandwich bag and seal. Take a rolling pin and roll it over the sealed bag until the graham crackers have crumbled.
- Once baked, remove brownie pan from oven and let cool (at least 15-20 minutes).
- Pre-cut your brownie into equal amount of squares. Individually add a teaspoon of dulce de leche spread and garnish with graham crackers.
- Serve and Enjoy!
-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez
A couple of weekends ago, we had hosted a small gathering at our house where I had prepared a variety of appetizers, a charcuterie board and some party snacks. One of the snack food items were these Red Hot Blue Corn Tortilla Chips that I had paired with a sampling of dips. Since we still had leftover tortilla chips, I decided to make this nacho platter while enjoying movie night at home.
A healthy-ish alternative to the typical loaded nacho platter, these nachos include tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno pepper, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, fresh cilantro, and lime. If you crave nachos with flavor and heat but don’t want to pack the pounds, you will like this recipe! With the start of football season, up your nacho game…whether you prepare a one-sheet nacho for all to grab and enjoy or build-your-own nacho by creating a nacho bar for your guests, it’s a perfect addition to your party food menu!
- 36 baked blue corn tortilla chips
- 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack Cheese
- ¼ cup cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ½ lime
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9x13-inch baking dish or 11-inch deep-dish pizza pan with nonstick spray.
- Arrange 24 tortilla chips in single layer in prepared pizza pan. Top evenly with tomatoes, scallions, and jalapeno.
- Crush remaining 12 tortilla chips and sprinkle on top; sprinkle evenly with Monterey Jack. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro and squeeze lime juice over.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez / Recipe: Weightwatchers Family Meals cookbook
Leaves are about to fall and change as bright bold colors paint the landscape of all the trees, the first hint of chill is in the early morning air as summer turns into fall. The weather is still enjoyable to gather and dine alfresco style, so make your outdoor dining table a cozy place to be with nature’s picturesque window as your backdrop.
For today’s inspiration post, I would like to share a few ways on how I transitioned my tablescape from late summer to early fall and how I let nature and some of the elements of the season dictate the items I chose.
‘Tis the season for warmer tones! Color is key when it comes to pulling a theme together. Pick a palette and choose colors that whispers fall. Blue hues will transition easily into the early days of fall. My hydrangea centerpiece includes a cluster of various colors such as, cream, light and dark blue, and light purple. Flowers makes any type of gathering a special one!
Here, I dressed the table with a quilted fabric that automatically gives off that cozy blanket type of feel and coordinates well with the color palette of the flower arrangement. I paired the blues hues with a plum color.
You want the color scheme to flow throughout your table. Limit yourself to colors in the same tint family. To create a sense of continuity, select one or two colors and then use variations of it.
Considering its warm color, the ideal metal for fall is the earthy look of copper. The copper hue resembles a burning fire. To bring more of that copper color, I used my two-tier copper tray and filled it with grapes and dates that purposely have that purple hue.
Rather than using one color drinking glass, I decided to incorporate mismatched color glasses. I used a blue and deep purple color – it added a bit more interest to the table.
- Dinner Napkins
Dinner napkins are stretched across the salad plate. I love the natural feel and organic look of the cotton dinner napkins. The fringe details of these napkins resemble that of a cozy throw! The pattern design of the napkins coordinate well with the dinner plates and the colors match perfectly. For a decorative touch, the napkins are accented with a stem of Larkspur that are similar in color to the hydrangea centerpiece. A single stem makes a great place card – extra touches make the table extra festive and will guarantee smiles on your guests faces!
- Dinner Plates
Since it is still summer, I wanted limited bold colors because that would have given off more a moody vibe. I went with a neutral beige dinner and salad plates to balance the two bold primary colors. If you noticed – the flower vessel is the same creamy beige color as the dinnerware. A good rule of thumb when choosing colors is two have at least two places with the same color!
- Charger Plates
For a rustic touch, I used dark brown rattan round charger plates. The color resembling that of a tree trunk. The dark brown grounded the cream-colored dinner plates.
Toast the upcoming fall season and move the party to the yard, patio, or deck. Watch the sun go down and relax and enjoy!
-Photos + Tablescape Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
It was just the other week while food shopping with my mom, that she told me about the newly launched Oui yogurt by Yoplait, she saw in a magazine. I decided to try both the vanilla and blueberry flavored yogurt. Not only did I like the taste of this french style yogurt but I enjoyed the thick and creamy texture. While eating my yogurt, I thought to myself how good this would be as a topping. Then it hit me! I can create a yummy breakfast treat, using De Wafelbakkers Ready to Eat Waffles!
No need for heating up, toasting or adding syrup to these waffles. These semi-sweet waffles have a wonderful flavor all on their own.
For this breakfast treat, I used the ready-to-eat blueberry waffles, topped it with Oui blueberry yogurt and garnished with cranberry granola.
For my second breakfast treat recipe, I used the plain ready-to-eat waffles, topped it with Oui vanilla yogurt, added freshly sliced strawberries, and drizzled some honey! Mmmm…so good!!
These quick and easy-to-make breakfast treats are a delicious way to start your day, that your whole family will like – even better to enjoy as a mid-morning snack! Don’t have time to make breakfast? Whether you plan to eat the yogurt and waffles together or separately, these are perfect ‘grab and go’ items. On a side note, I particularly like the Oui yogurt packaged in small pots…perfect to reuse and house a small flower arrangement, a votive candle, or even your matchsticks!
I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the Oui flavors…black cherry, lemon, peach, strawberry, and coconut to determine my favorites! Have you tried Oui yogurt? Which one do you love?
-Pictures + recipe by Rose Angel Lopez