Friday, February 5, 2016

Cherry Cream Cheese Brownie Crumble

Crumbled, chewy brownies topped with cream cheese frosting, maraschino cherries, and whipped cream. The perfect Valentine's Day dessert recipe for the family!






I know I'm partial, but my boys are so adorable. 

:)

Of course I'm talking about all three, but in this case I'm referring to my two older ones. At 4 and almost 7 years old, they are ALL ABOUT mommy's dessert concoctions. Wesley's the lucky duck who is only in preschool three mornings each week, so he's usually here when I'm baking up something special to share here on the blog. He is also usually hiding under the kitchen table, right next to my photography set-up, just waiting until I'm done.

And yes, he's usually the one to taste-test the photo-ready dessert. I'm a total push-over!





Just yesterday I had put together a few mini-trifle glasses of these Cherry Cream Cheese Brownie Crumble desserts. Photos were all done and they were sitting on the counter. Paul came walking through the back door with Silas, who he just picked up from school. What's the first thing I hear out of Wesley's mouth? "SI! Mom made a cherry brownie cake!!!"

And then what does Silas say? 

"YAY!! Mom made brownie cake!!"

Cue little boys jumping up and down in the kitchen.

And yes, this scene plays out at least once a week when I make something sweet to try out for the blog.

I told you they were adorable! :)

These Cherry Cream Cheese Brownie Crumbles are an amazing, EASY dessert idea - perfect to celebrate upcoming Valentine's Day with your little Valentines.




Cherry Cream Cheese Brownie Crumble

Ingredients
  • 1 box Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix (plus ingredients called for on box)
  • 1/2 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 container Pillsbury Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese frosting
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice (from the jar)
  • Optional: whipped cream and additional cherries
Cooking Directions
  1. Prepare brownie mix according to directed on box, stirring in chocolate chips before spreading into a 9 x 13 baking dish, and baking. Cool completely.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together frosting, cherries, and cherry juice. Spread evenly over cooled brownies.
  3. Scoop small pieces of frosted brownies with a spoon and into serving dishes. Top with optional whipped cream and cherries if desired.





My mouth is watering already - yum!





I really love being able to stock up on these great Pillsbury products at Walmart when I stop by during my weekly trip. There's really no need to make brownies completely from scratch when these delicious mixes are available - and they taste amazing. 





It's a great excuse to #MixUpAMoment with my little boys during Valentine's Day! I think we'll share the next batch with their Grandparents, too.






Who would you give these adorable little desserts to? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Shrimp Scampi Bruschetta

Everyone's favorite shrimp served on top of fresh roma tomatoes, garlic, and basil with crusty french bread. An easy and delish appetizer recipe!




We are HUGE sea-foodies in this house. In fact, any time one of the boys' birthdays come around, they always ask for seafood! And as someone who's trying to be more nutritious in what I eat every day, I am more than willing to say, "Yes!"

In fact, this time of year always make me think of seafood. With Paul's birthday on Valentine's Day, Silas' birthday at the end of February, my birthday at the beginning of March, and our wedding anniversary at the end of March - there's a lot to celebrate! And of course, we're all going to celebrate with our favorite kind of food.





Silas is totally our shrimp man and he was ALL OVER this bruschetta. He's not a huge fan of raw tomatoes, so I caught the bugger eating the shrimp tops off of a few slices. It was a partial win with him, our pickiest eater, so I'm not going to complain. He even declared this as his official birthday dinner request! "Only without the tomatoes, Mom." Goof.

Whatever you do, DO NOT listen to my 6 year old and skip the fresh tomato bruschetta - it is absolutely amazing along with the flavors of the shrimp scampi. These ingredients complement each other so well! 




Shrimp Scampi Bruschetta

Ingredients
  • 1 package SeaPak Shrimp Scampi
  • 8 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced small
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 loaf french bread, sliced
Cooking Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together, tomatoes, basil, Parmesan, garlic, and olive oil. Cover and refrigerate while shrimp is cooking.
  2. Prepare shrimp scampi according to package directions. Remove from heat, and cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, spread a heaping tablespoonful of tomato mixture onto about 20 bread slices. Top each with a shrimp and drizzle pan drippings over all.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 4-6 minutes or until heated through and bread is slightly toasted on edges. Serve immediately.







Seriously, this is the best bruschetta ever! If you're planning a party or get together at any time in the near future, you simply have to try these! Better yet, just make them for a night at home with the family - so fun!






I really like being able to just pick up SeaPak Shrimp Scampi during my usual trip to the grocery store - it's a great way to make something restaurant-quality at home any night of the week. Especially in these frigid winter months when no one wants to bundle all the kids up and go out!

Shrimp reigns supreme as America's #1 seafood and for good reason - it tastes awesome! Plus, the USDA recommends two weekly servings of seafood which is definitely something I'm willing to follow. SeaPak makes it easy to bring the taste of the coast to the table to share with your family and friends. I can't wait to try my favorite fried shrimp next! Click here to enter SeaPak's Seafood Sweepstakes to win a trip to NYC for a culinary lesson with Food Network kitchens - what an awesome prize!!

What is your favorite seafood dish? Leave it in the comment section below!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SeaPak. The opinions and text are all mine.


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