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A St. Patrick’s Day Treat: MINT-CHOCOLATE MOUSE MINI FILLO SHELLS

A Perfect Treat for St. Patrick's Day: Mint-Chocolate Mini Fillo Shell Recipe

Whether you’re Irish, Irish at heart, or simply enjoy any excuse to celebrate any and every holiday, I made these easy peasy mini dessert treats – a sweet ending to any brunch or dinner but especially a St. Patrick’s day celebration!

These irresistible chocolate-mint combo mini cups are adorable and are filled with layers of light, creamy and crispy textures. They have a light flavor due to the combined two favorites of chocolate pudding and Cool Whip – creating a light mouse texture.

A Perfect Treat for St. Patrick's Day: Mint-Chocolate Mini Fillo Shell Recipe

To create a pale green hue, I added a couple of drops of green food coloring to a portion of the Cool Whip. The fillo shell cups are topped with mint ANDES chocolates and for that gold festive detail, the mini dessert treats are sprinkled with decorative gold sanding sugar.

A Perfect Treat for St. Patrick's Day: Mint-Chocolate Mini Fillo Shell Recipe

A St. Patrick's Day Treat: MINT-CHOCOLATE MOUSE MINI FILLO SHELLS
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 15

Ingredients
  • 1 box, Athens Mini Fillo Shells
  • 1 box, JELL-O Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • 2 cups cold Milk
  • ½ cup Cool Whip, divided
  • ½ tsp., Jacquin's Creme de Menthe (if serving for adults) or Peppermint Extract
  • 1-3 drops Green liquid food coloring
  • ANDES chocolates, broken in half and gold sanding sugar for garnishing

Instructions
  1. **NOTE: you will have extra chocolate pudding leftover, you can therefore insert pudding in cups. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  2. Begin by removing your Cool Whip from the freezer and let unthaw.
  3. Remove the mini Fillo Shells from the package and place them on a large surface (you can use parchment paper to prepare them or a baking sheet pan.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together pudding mix and cold milk. Let stand for 5 minutes. While pudding is setting, scoop ½ cup of Cool Whip into a small bowl. From that bowl, remove ¼ cup of Cool Whip into another small bowl and set aside. Fold in the remaining Cool Whip into the Pudding mixture and set aside.
  5. In the bowl of the ¼ cup Cool Whip, to that, add ½ tsp of mint flavor and 1-3 drops of green food coloring into whipped cream until blended. (To get a light pale green color, use only 2 drops). The more drops you add, the darker the color.
  6. If you don't have a piping bag, spoon prepared Cool Whip into a sandwich bag. Take your scissors and cut across the bottom of the bag to create your frosting tip of a very small size. Set aside.
  7. Spoon into the mini Fillo Shells.
  8. Top each pudding filled Fillo Shell by squeezing your prepared Cool Whip gradually. You can take a fork and create swirls (optional).
  9. Remove the ANDES chocolates from wrappers and break each one in half. Then top each filled Fillo Cup with each half of an ANDES chocolate. Garnish with gold sanding sugar.
  10. Display your prepared Mini Fillo Cups on a decorative platter, serve and enjoy.
  11. These can be refrigerated in an air-tight storage container.

 

A Perfect Treat for St. Patrick's Day: Mint-Chocolate Mini Fillo Shell Recipe

End your St. Patrick’s day celebration on a sweet note that kids and adults alike will enjoy!

P.S. Tune in to tomorrow’s post, where I will be sharing my St. Patrick’s day tablescape inspired by the traditional colors of green and gold!

Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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WILLIAMS-SONOMA BANANAS FOSTER FRENCH TOAST RECIPE

WILLIAMS-SONOMA BANANAS FOSTER FRENCH TOAST

WILLIAMS-SONOMA BANANAS FOSTER FRENCH TOAST

Is there nothing better than indulging in a scrumptious breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday morning? During the week, I eat very light – a slice of toast or half of a bagel with my morning coffee but I reserve the weekends to indulge in a delicious tasting breakfast dish!

For the longest time, I had this bananas Foster French toast recipe by Williams-Sonoma sitting on my desk of a stack of recipes to try. This past weekend, I had such a craving for that recipe as I just love anything banana! I read through the listed ingredients to make sure I had everything I needed to start making the recipe. While I didn’t have slices of brioche bread (which would have been delicious, I’m sure) I used slices of baked cinnamon bread I had purchased from the bakery section of my local grocery store. They bake their bread in-house and the rich smell of the cinnamon was so divine, you could smell it through the plastic bag it was packaged in! I also didn’t have vanilla paste but i did have vanilla extract and a vanilla bean – so I used that instead. Also to note, when cooking the bananas, I did cut some of the brown sugar the recipe called for, in half as I was afraid it would taste too sweet.

The richness of flavors from the egg mixture and the bananas cooked with vanilla and rum – had us saying… Mmm, so good!! It’s safe to say, we devoured our plates!

One bite and you’ll agree, this bananas foster french toast is a delicious breakfast treat and also perfect to serve for brunch.

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez / Recipe: by Williams-Sonoma

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SHARE THE LOVE WITH THIS VALENTINE’S CHERRY-HEART PIE

Valentine's Cherry-Heart Pie

What’s Valentine’s day without hearts? Celebrate this Wednesday, by turning this easy cherry pie recipe into a decorated heart-filled pie! It’s a delicious twist on a classic recipe. I think heart-shaped sweets are wonderful and can be shared with your favorite people as you celebrate the day of love.

I’ve shared a step-by-step instructions on how to make this Valentine’s Cherry-Heart Pie…

Valentine's Cherry-Heart Pie

One thing I forgot to mention on the above instructions…I poured 1/2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract in my egg wash for a bit of flavor. 

Express your love, surprise any sweetheart and brighten the day with this easy-to-bake treat everyone will enjoy!

xoxo

-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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FRIDAY’S FAVORITE FINDS: Home Decor Accessories + The Food Mood Girl’s Guide to Transforming your Emotional Eating with recipes

Happy Friday, everyone! What are you guys up to this weekend? The weather has been so frigid this whole week. We literally have large chunks of ice cascading down the exterior of our entryway! Every morning when we open the door, we have to peek above the door to ensure the icicles that have formed into deadly daggers won’t come down and stab us in the head! We find ourselves breaking them morning and night…so looking forward to warmer temps this weekend – even if it’s only going to be in the 40’s.

For today’s post, I wanted to share a few of my favorite finds that include both home decor accessories and a new addition to our cookbook shelf that is so much more than just pages of recipes!

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

First up are these Project 62 – gold Taper Candle Holders! They come in various sizes, ranging from short, medium, and tall. The stature of these candle holders definitly creates an impact on this 8-seater dining table. I also like the contrast of the sleek gold metal against our Linear strand crystal chandelier – keeping it stylish and sophisticated! Surrounded by the cluster of candle holders is this gorgeous decorative bowl! When I first laid eyes on this Clarke Bowl, I knew it would be a great addition to our dining table.

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

This bowl is extremely large – it has a modern white glossy finish with a gold-rim base. It looks stunning with nothing in it but I’m already pondering on what I can put inside this bowl!

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

This glam scalloped jewelry tray is so stylish and versatile – it can be used to house just about anything! Since I already have a custom jewelry draw, for now – I chose to use this tray to hold our house/car keys and it’s large enough to hold other essentials like our sunglasses.

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

If you recall last week’s ‘Friday’s Favorite Finds’ post, I mentioned that I was invited to Lindsey Smith of Food Mood Girl cookbook launch. Nationally recognized author, health coach, speaker, and blogger spoke about her newly released ‘Eat your Feelings – The Food Mood Girl’s Guide to Transforming your Emotional Eating with recipes‘. Lindsey automatically grabbed my attention when she described why we emotionally eat, understanding our own food cravings (and what they really mean) and how we can then incorporate healthier substitutes. Finally! A way to decrease anxiety, enhance a mood, without the guilt!

Her guide has a chock full of helpful tips from…useful how-to’s, food definitions, benefits of certain spices, spice charts to help you create cultural culinary cuisines, how you can keep your pantry stocked with mood-boosting snacks, quick and easy recipes for every emotion you are feeling, and so much more! I had a brief chance to speak with the charismatic Lindsey – this is her third book and I really enjoyed hearing about her real life experiences and how she dealt with them by making better choices…“This is the only body and life you have, so LOVE IT UP the best you can” – (Food Girl Femifesto). A great read and resource guide to start out the New Year with!

Have a good one, guys!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Cookbooks are not my only source for finding delicious recipes. In fact, I am always intrigued at trying out recipes I find on Pinterest! If you have a recipe that looks good, I’m down for giving it a try!

While visiting Trader Joe’s a couple of weeks ago, I came across their sweetened dried orange slices and automatically thought how good these would taste (and look) on top of a orange flavored cake. Since we are in cranberry season, I searched for recipes that included these two ingredients.  I found this Cranberry Orange Cream Cheese Poundcake recipe via Key Ingredient.

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Rather than the poundcake version, I used my muffin pans to bake these. I can’t tell you how moist and flavorful they were!! Not only did our kitchen smell like citrus goodness, one bite of these muffins and our taste buds exploded with the burst of orange and cranberry flavor combination! I placed one of the sweetened dried orange slices on top of each muffin that not only served as a decorative touch but an added flavor to enhance the orange taste.

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Whether you’re looking for a dessert recipe to serve this holiday season or simply delicious muffins to enjoy, I highly recommend you try this recipe. I did alter the recipe by adding 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed orange juice to the wet batter and instead of fresh cranberries, I used Craisins. Additionally, for the glaze, I used this recipe that called for the following ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar 
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice 
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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