Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

March 26, 2017
Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

A fun and delicious way to get your kids (or you!) to eat more fruit.
We love a good dip around here.  We also love our fruit. Especially apples. You will always find a large amount of them in my fridge on any given day.

My kids are big snackers and while they would love to chomp on mostly pretzels or crackers, apples are something that they will grab too.  There is usually bananas, grapes, and other fruit in the house, but, the apples are always the first to get picked in the fruit department. I'm the same way.  I think it's the sweet, crunchiness of them that is so appealing to me.

Dunking our crunchy apples in dip is a nice change too.

This dip is just a few easy ingredients and tastes amazing. Creamy peanut butter mixed with whipped topping and vanilla yogurt. Seriously yummy and everyone likes it.  Two things that make me very happy when it comes to food and my kids. 😏

We usually pair this up with apples, but, chose your favorite fruit and get to dunkin'!



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Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

by Table for Seven
Prep Time: 00:10
Ingredients (Serves: 8)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup whipped topping, thawed (ex: Cool Whip/TruWhip)
  • chopped apples or favorite fruit, for dipping
Instructions
In a mixing bowl, mix peanut butter, yogurt and cinnamon.
Fold in whipped topping.
Mix all until well blended.
Keep refrigerated in covered container.
If desired, top with ground cinnamon before serving.
Serve with chopped apples or your favorite fruit.

  • Lofthouse Style Soft Cookies
  • Lofthouse Style Soft Cookies

    March 23, 2017
    Soft cookies loaded with a creamy frosting. Skip the store and make these popular cookies at home!

    My  family (me included) love Lofthouse cookies.

    You know the ones.  The frosted soft cookies that are in almost every bakery section of every grocery store? If you don't, that's perfectly ok.  You can just make these! These taste exactly the same.


    These are a very soft cookie. Almost cake-like. They literally melt in your mouth and topping them with a thick, creamy, frosting makes then even better. 

    Once you give these a try, the store bought version won't be needed anymore. Dress them up with your favorite colored frosting and sprinkles or match them for whatever holiday is around the corner.

    Not only are they great for your own family, but, would make a great gift to friends and family too!




    Lofthouse Style Soft Cookies

    by Table for Seven
    Prep Time: 01:00
    Cook Time: 00:11
    Ingredients (approx 18 cookies)
      FOR COOKIES
      • 3 cups flour
      • 1/2 tsp baking soda
      • 1/2 tsp baking powder
      • 1/2 cup (1 stick), butter, softened
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1 tsp vanilla
      • 3/4 cup sour cream
      • 1 egg
      FOR FROSTING
      • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
      • 2 cups powdered sugar
      • 1 tsp vanilla
      • 3 TBSP milk
      Instructions
      In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
      In a mixing bowl. beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in egg, vanilla and sour cream. Mix until combined.
      Gradually add in flour mixture and beat until just combined.
      Your dough will be soft and a bit sticky.
      Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
      When dough is ready, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
      Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or mats.
      Scoop dough by the tablespoons ( approx 2 TBSP each cookie). Roll into a ball and place on cookie sheet. Lightly press down on each ball to flatten just a bit. Repeat with remainder of dough.
      Bake for 10-12 minutes
      Let cookies sit on cookie sheets just for a few minutes before removing. Then, cool completely on wire racks before frosting.
      FOR FROSTING
      Beat frosting ingredients until fully combined and fluffy.
      Frost on cooled cookies.

    • No Churn Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
    • No Churn Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

      March 21, 2017

      Cool, creamy and the wonderful taste of Dulce de Leche make up this simple ice cream.

      Out of all the kitchen-related knowledge that I have earned in doing this blog, finding out how easy it is to make homemade ice cream has been my favorite discovery. Who knew it was so easy?!  I sure didn't. Count me as clueless on that one just a few short years ago.

      It is not only so much tastier than the store bought stuff, you can get has creative, healthy or decadent as you wish. The sky is the limit.

      This ice cream is definitely on the decadent side. But, it does only need two ingredients.  I have made a similar version in the past and this one is just about the same, but, with one difference.  Instead of using sweetened condensed milk, as in the previous recipe, this ice cream has Dulce de Leche.

      Dulce de Leche is pretty much the most amazing thing to come in a can.  It is a thick, caramel sauce that you can find in the Hispanic food section of your grocery store.  You simply beat your whipping cream until you have stiff peaks ( don't beat too much or you will get butter!).  Then, you fold a bit of the whipped cream into the Dulce de Leche, mix, then, the remainder. Finally, freeze for a few hours. That is it.

      It's creamy, caramel-y and just plain dreamy. You can't pass this one up!



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      No Churn Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

      by Table for Seven
      Prep Time: 00:10
      Ingredients (Serves: 6-8)
      • 14 oz can, Dulce de Leche
      • 2 cups whipping cream
      Instructions
      Spoon Dulce de Leche into a large bowl.
      In a mixing bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
      Take 1/4 cup of beaten whipped cream and fold into Dulce de Leche. Fold until combined.
      Then, spoon remainder of beaten whipped cream and fold into Dulce de Leche mixture. Fold until fully combined.
      Spoon mixture into a freezer safe container with lid and freeze for at least 6 hours before serving.

    • Crock Pot Cool Ranch Chicken Tacos
    • Crock Pot Cool Ranch Chicken Tacos

      March 19, 2017

      Four simple ingredients is all you need for these flavorful tacos!
      It's the end of an era, my crock pot era that is. It died.  ☹

      Specifically, it got zapped. Literally. I was making dinner one night and the cord bumped up against the back counter.  The cord broke and the whole thing made a huge "ZAP!"  Leaving me really freaked out and a nice, black mark on my kitchen back counter.

      Thankfully, nothing serious happened. No flames or smoke and the black mark was easily cleaned off.  But, the crock pot was a goner.  Luckily, I was able to transfer our dinner to  a back up crock pot.  A much smaller crock pot that I rarely use, but, it did the trick.

      I thought is was the perfect time to purchase the well-talked-about Instant Pot. It's a slow cooker,  pressure cooker, and yogurt maker all in one.  I know! Crazy.  I've only used it once (was super fab), but, don't worry. We will still have lots of crock pot/slow cooker recipes around here in the future.


      Before the "incident", I was able to make and shoot some crock pot recipes, including these tacos.

      I seriously love tacos, don't you?  I could eat them everyday.  So darn good.

      These particular tacos only 4 ingredients.  Well, the chicken needs just 4 ingredients.  The taco ingredients is strictly up to you.  Actually, if you don't even want to make tacos, you kinda don't have to. The shredded chicken would work for burritos, salads, tostadas or even a sandwich.

      It's full of flavor and perfectly versatile.

      Grab a taco and enjoy!




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      Crock Pot Cool Ranch Chicken Tacos

      by Table for Seven
      Prep Time: 00:10
      Cook Time: 05:00
      Ingredients (Serves: 6-7)
      • 1 1/4 lbs boneless chicken breast
      • 1 envelope dry taco mix
      • 1 envelope dry ranch dressing mix
      • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
      • your choice of taco shells
      • taco toppings of your choice: cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, etc
      Instructions
      Add chicken into crock pot. Add remainder of ingredients on top of chicken.
      Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
      Remove chicken and shred.
      Place shredded chicken back into crock pot and cook an additional 30 minutes.
      Serve on taco shells

    • Swiss Cheese Chicken Casserole
    • Swiss Cheese Chicken Casserole

      March 16, 2017


      Chicken, Swiss cheese and a crunchy stuffing topping make this easy casserole not only delicious, but, a snap to toss together.

      This is one of our favorite weeknight dinners. It has something for everyone. Some chicken, some cheese, some stuffing. All such good things.

      It such an easy dish, and it's also really good. However, for me, photographing it has been a bit of challenge.


      I think this is about the millionth (give or take) time that photos have been taken of this casserole.  My pictures had never seem to do it justice. It's not a very pretty dish and capturing the "oh that so delicious!" aspect of some dishes, like this one, is still a challenge for me, even after doing this food blogging thing for so long.

      So, let me give you a run down:

      We have a basic layered casserole. First layer, boneless chicken.  Second layer, Swiss cheese. Third layer, a combo of plain Greek yogurt and cream of chicken soup (my fave can be found here), then, our final layer is stuffing and melted butter.

      It then is baked just about 30-35 minutes. Everything bakes up nicely, the cheese melts, the stuffing still has a nice crunch, but, also part of it gets a mixed with the melted cheese/chicken soup mixture. Delicious!

      Pair this up with your favorite veggie and dinner is on the table in less than an hour.




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      Swiss Cheese Chicken Casserole

      by Table for Seven
      Prep Time: 00:15
      Cook Time: 00:35
      Ingredients (Serves: 6-8)
      • 1.25 lbs boneless chicken breasts (about 3-4 breasts, depending on the size. Should be enough to nearly fill the bottom of your pan when chicken is laying flat)
      • 8-10 slices Swiss cheese
      • 10 oz cream of chicken soup
      • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
      • 6 oz box, prepared stuffing mix ( ex: Stove Top or anything equivalent)- You can also use seasoned stuffing cubes
      • 1/2 cup butter, melted
      Instructions
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish
      Lay chicken breast flat on bottom of dish.
      Lay cheese slices on top of chicken.
      In a small bowl, mix soup with Greek yogurt until combined. Spread mixture on top of cheese slices.
      Sprinkle top of cheese with stuffing mix.
      Pour melted butter on top of it all.
      Bake 30-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
      Baking time may vary depending on the size of your chicken. Mine only took about 30 minutes, but, they were thin. Thicker pieces will require longer time.
      Adapted From Or She Says