Banana Pudding Toffee

Banana Pudding Toffee

This recipe started with a major fail. I had an idea for a dessert that involved Mini Nilla Wafers. That dessert DID NOT WORK at all. Hey, live and learn. 

Banana Pudding Toffee

Banana Pudding Toffee

Two things came out of that recipe attempt:
  1. I realized just how insanely addicting Mini Nilla Wafers are,
  2. this toffee. 

I definitely had cracker toffee bark on the brain after making Ritz Cracker Toffee over the holidays. It's one of our family favorites. As you might guess, we're still on the sugar and carb diet over here. 

Once I'd decided to make a toffee with the mini wafers, the idea of banana pudding was pretty easy. You cannot have banana pudding without Nilla Wafers...they kind of make the entire pudding, so adding banana chips seemed like a no brainer. I added a few white chocolate chips as a nod to whipped cream on the pudding. And yeah, I don't think you can have toffee without chocolate. 

How to Make Rough Puff Pastry...and what to do with it!

How to Make Rough Puff Pastry...and what to do with it!

Fellow fans of The Great British Baking Show (or The Great British Bake Off...why must this show have two names?) have heard of "rough puff" pastry. Somehow, Paul Hollywood makes it sound elegant.

Rough Puff is not something I'd planned to make in early January. Would you believe it was a spur of the moment decision?

On Epiphany, I saw that Mardi from Eat, Live, Travel, Write posted a traditional French Galette des Rois to celebrate. Unfortunately, I don't have her book yet (note to self: order In the French Kitchen with Kids), so I hopped on the internets and found a recipe. The recipe looked relatively simple and called for store-bought puff pastry.

Of course, with all of my other groceries in the cart, I stopped by the freezer case on my way to the checkout. NO FROZEN PUFF PASTRY. Maybe everyone else in the suburbs of Houston was making Galette des Rois, too? Oui?

There was no going back. I was making that dessert. So right there in the freezer aisle, I heard Paul Hollywood's voice, "Bridget, you can make a roooof poooof." (That's how Paul says it. In my head. This is getting weird.)

It's pretty easy, you guys! Let's make it! 

Stovetop Potpourri

how to make Stovetop Potpourri ♥ for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Hi! Hi! Happy 2019! Jack is still home from college for a few more days, and we've been loving every single bit of having our little family under one roof. ♥

Anyone else starting January OBSESSED with watching Tidying Up on Netflix? I read Marie's book a few years ago...I must say, that folding method WORKS! My drawers are still neat and tidy to this day. (But, please don't look in our spare room closet!)

how to make Stovetop Potpourri ♥ for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Why does it sometimes feel that once January hits, we should be onto all things spring? Y'all, I'm still in full-on snuggle mode around here. Bring on the quilts (even though it was in the 70s yesterday) and the fluffy socks. I also love my house to SMELL cozy. That's a thing, right?

how to make Stovetop Potpourri ♥ for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

As much as I love a good candle...and I do...there's something about stovetop potpourri that seems to disseminate fragrance like nothing else. And, there's the nostalgia factor. My mom used to buy mulling spices just to simmer them on the stove.

Over on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends, I'm sharing 4 of my favorite stovetop potpourri scents and a few tips and tricks. (*ahem* You don't even have to use your stove!)

how to make Stovetop Potpourri ♥ for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

All of them will have your home feeling and smelling cozy.

C'mon over to Ree's and let's make some stovetop potpourri! 

12 Days of Trader Joe's Christmas, Day 12: Bourbon Cake Mix

 Trader Joe's Bourbon Cake Mix review

This is it! Day 12 of our 12 Days of Trader Joe's reviews. Ah, the memories.

 Trader Joe's Bourbon Cake Mix review

Ok, y'all. We're ending 2018 with Trader Joe's Bourbon Cake Mix. Now, you do need a few of your own ingredients to bake this, namely bourbon for the glaze. That said, I looked at the ingredients list, and there is a bit of bourbon (dried bourbon?) in the mix.

I baked this in a regular-size bundt pan. It didn't come all the way to the top, but that's ok. Follow the baking times on the box.

12 Days of Trader Joe's Christmas, Day 11: Soft Honey Nougat

We're almost at the end. Here we are on day 11 of the 12 days of Trader Joe's Christmas reviews.

For day 11, we're reviewing Trader Joe's Soft Honey Nougat with Almonds. A 4.2-ounce box costs $3.49. Approximately 8 individually wrapped pieces are inside.

She says: I don't think I've had nougat candy outside of a candy bar. I loved the simple and short ingredient list, the chewy texture, and the crunch from the almonds. I was a little confused by the wafer paper coating and tried to peel it off at first. I then saw that it was on the ingredient list. It's not noticeable taste-wise...I've used it for cookie decorating...maybe a heads-up in the description would be a good idea.
Overall rating: 4 of 5 stars

He says (Jack): I've never really had nougat before, and this was a great introduction! The powered wafer layers on the outside make the whole thing seem a little bit like a sandwich. Even though the honey flavor isn't meant to be super strong, it is very easy to tell what it is--these are packed with flavor! The almonds give some more variety in the consistency department.
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Trader Joe's Soft Honey Nougat: We liked them! (Don't try to peel off the wafer paper, though.)

[note: We have no affiliation with Trader Joe's. I'm sure they have never read this blog and have no idea who we are. Hey, we like being incognito, although we never wear sunglasses indoors. ;)]