Spooky Almond Cookies #CreativeCookieExchange

spooky almond cookiesWho doesn’t love this time of the year? It is super special and incredibly perfect for all things sweet and yummy.
And of course cookies are one of the best things to eat today, tomorrow and always, and to help you celebrate Halloween we at the #CreativeCookieExchange made this event specially for all of you the need new and different ideas to give as a treat for Halloween.
Yes, delicious and spooky recipes there are made to indulge your sweet tooth.
I made my spooky almond cookies, and am sure you will be super surprise with this cookies, there are so different and sweet, delicious, crunchy, well you need to make them and try.
So, enjoy.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 egg whites room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup almond flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form, then add the sugar little by little and the vanilla extract, beat for 5 more minutes,
  3. Once ready, add the chopped almonds and stir by hand, then add the almond flour and stir by hand as well until well incorporated.
  4. With the help of a little ice cream scoop, place little balls on a previously grease cookie sheet, and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Do not worry if the cookies spread a little. Let it cool completely before eating.
    This cookies are highly addictive so make sure to make more the one batch.
  6. This recipe makes 24 cookies.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Level of the recipe: Easy

The theme this month is Halloween! Spooky, silly, creepy, we’ve got it all! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.

You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:

Vegetable Fried Rice #SundaySupper

vegetable fried rice 2So many things to do the sometime we forget the most essential things, and off course with that I mean food, if you notice how fast the year go by know and how expensive it is to grocery shopping, it is important to incorporated budget friendly recipes to our everyday meal plan.
And this is why today the #SundaySupper team have some easy, fast, delicious and economical recipes for our super busy everyday life.
Like my vegetable fried rice, super fast and easy made with leftover rice, for any occasion and if you know me you will see how I love rice, rotisserie chicken and pasta, you need to make those ingredients a must in your house ASAP.
Enjoy and I hope you like it.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups already cook white rice
  • 1 1/2 cup dice celery
  • 1 1/2 cup dice red bell pepper
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoons sesame oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a pan to medium low heat and add the oil, celery and bell pepper, cook for about 3 minutes, don’t cook to long or they turn soft and we want crunchy vegetables.
  2. Add the rice and mix then add the carrots, oyster sauce, soy sauce and cilantro, and mix just to incorporated everything.
  3. Serve immediately with a side of salad or more vegetables.
  4. This recipe makes 3 servings.

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Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Level of the recipe: Easy

And now go and check out more budget friendly and delicious recipes.
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Satisfying Sides

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Sips, Spreads, and Snacks

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Caramel Banana Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

caramel banana bundt cakeAnd this is the month I was waiting for so long, because we made delicious and irresistible caramel bundt, yes so sweet and gooey good the you never ever would look a bundt cake with the same eyes.
And this is because caramel is just my favorite, well that and coconut, I cook, make and created a lot of my sweet recipes with coconut and caramel, yum, and maybe is because back in home those are like an every day staples in the kitchen, making sweet recipes required caramel or dulce de leche all the time.
It is just delicious, and in this occasion I really want it to make something new and different, and is so funny, I made my bundt with some caramel filling, but it kinda got stuck on the pan, but it is still so delicious, gooey and oh my incredibly addictive, oh I forgot to tell you the I add some banana for a “healthy” approach.
As I always said enjoy and I hope you like it.
Also thank you to Lauren Everson from Sew You Think You Can Cook for hosting this month event.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks soften butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 cup fat free half and half
    FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup caramel(I used the one for ice cream)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Caramel Banana Bundt Cake 1

Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer for 5 minutes.

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Once the butter is all fluffy and light, add eggs, vanilla extract, mashed banana and half and half. It would look weir at first but don’t worry once you add the dry ingredients it will look pretty.

caramel banana bundt cake 2

In a separate bowl sift flour, salt and baking soda, add to the egg and butter mixture and beat for 3 minutes.

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See now looks super yummy and pretty.

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In a bundt mold already cover with oil and flour or butter, add half of the batter then add the caramel filling, (just mix the caramel, cinnamon and brown sugar together to well combine), be careful with the filling place it only in the center and without touching the sides of the mold, and then add the rest of the batter.
Bake for 1 hour or until the center of the cake when you insert a toothpick comes up clean.

This recipe makes 1 bundt cake.

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Level of the recipe: Easy

#BundtBakers is a group of bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bundts with a common ingredient or theme. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme or ingredient. This month’s theme is caramel and our creative host is Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook.

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If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com. All recipes and photographs can be found on our individual blogs, on our Pinterest board, and the #BundtBakers homepage.

And don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month:

Sweet Dry Grapes Bread with Cinnamon #BreadBakers

sweet dry grapes bread with cinnamonSecond month to be participating with this fabulous group and I love it, it is amazing how versatile and simple it is to bake and create different types of bread and share with you all my experience and the mistakes too.
This month we make breads with grapes in any shape and form, like raisins, because you know the dry grapes are raisins, and thats what I use in my recipe, delicious sweet and dry grapes.
It is a very crunchy and soft bread with hints of cinnamon and of course lots and lots of pieces of dry grapes.
Perfect for this fall weather, help you keep you warm in the afternoons, anyway, is just what you need at any hour, any day, for whatever you want to eat it.
Enjoy.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups AP flour and more for kneading
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • For the filling:
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 3 tablespoons grown cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

sweet dry grapes bread 1

In the mixer bowl combine salt, flour, sugar and raisins (chopped the raisins just for the bread to be completely cover with them).

sweet dry grapes bread 2

In another bowl add the yeast to the warm water and let ir rise for 5 minutes, fates that add eggs and margarine, and star adding to the flour mixture.

sweet dry grapes bread 3

Mix the dough for 7 minutes, it will looks super sticky but that is ok.

sweet dry grapes bread 4

Place the dough in a previously grace bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let ir proof for 2 hours. It looks beautiful and the smell just like this is amazing.

sweet dry grapes bread 5

In the meantime mix brown sugar and cinnamon and melt the margarine, you need to be ready once the time has past and the dough is all rest and super relax.

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oOk, now lets work the dough a little kneading for 5 minutes, then try to shape it into a rectangle, brush some margarine and sprinkle the super aromatic mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar, roll the dough, just like when you make cinnamon rolls.

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Place the bread rolls in a grease baking sheet, smear more margarine and let it proof again for 20 minutes, this is enough time to preheat your oven to 375°F and then bake the bread for 35 minutes.

This recipe makes 2 loaf of bread.

Preparation time: 15 minutes plus 2 hours and 20 minutes of proofing
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Level of the recipe: Easy

And here are more delicious ideas.

How to join

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.

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Apple Braid Bread #TwelveLoaves

Apple Braid BreadAnd we welcome the Autumn season with some inspired and delicious recipes made with apples, yes the #TwelveLoaves team, made a bunch of different types of bread and because is apple picking time, you can make all of them.
My take this month on a delicious apple inspired bread is something the I love eating growing up, Braid Bread, the bakeries in my country have all kinds of braid bread, sweet or salty you just can’t decide in just one.
I try this recipe a couple of times and is not your typical bread recipe, is more compact and doesn’t rise a lot.
The most important here, is the you make the bread and enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea, because in the cool afternoons there is nothing better than that.
Enjoy

INGREDIENTS

For the Dough:

  • 21/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup warm milk
  • 2 teaspoon of dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

For the filling:

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 apples, cut into chunks
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon grown cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Dulce de Leche

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Bread 1

Add the yeast to the warm milk and let it proof for about 5 minutes, you can sprinkle some sugar to help.
In a bowl mix flour, eggs, vanilla extract, salt add the yeast (once ready) and mix to combine with a wooden spoon, add the butter little by little and mix until is all incorporate.
In a slightly flour surface, place the dough and knead for a few minutes, place in the bowl aging and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Bread 3

 

In the meant time place dulce de leche, cinnamon, salt and apples in a pot and cook for 5 minutes in low heat. Let it cool completely, this is important we don’t want a hot filling for out dough.

Bread 4

Ok now the fun part, form a rectangle with the dough and place it in a baking sheet cover with parchment paper, add the filling in the center and cut the sides, about 10 each side, but from the center to the outside, is a little messy but thats ok, my little daughter help me with this one and it was super fun.

Bread 5

See what  I mean, when I have help everything looks so beautiful, ok then put the little pieces one on top of the others, remember to close the ends, you can brush some egg mix with little water to make it more brown and delicious.
Bake for 40 minutes.

This recipe makes 1 braid bread.

Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Level of the recipe: Easy

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and run with the help of Heather of girlichef, which runs smoothly with the help of our bakers.

Our host this month is Heather from girlichef, and our theme is Apples. For more bread recipes, visit the #TwelveLoaves Pinterest board, or check out last month’s mouthwatering selection of #TwelveLoaves Pear Breads!

#TwelveLoaves: Apples

If you’d like to add your bread to this month’s #TwelveLoaves collection, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, making sure to mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post (this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts).
  2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of this blog. The bread MUST meet the Twelve Loaves theme (October = Apples).
  3. Share your Twelve Loaves bread (must be baked and post this month) on your blog by October 31, 2014.



Homemade Hash Browns #SundaySupper #Unprocessed

homemade hash brownI’m so happy you are join us for today #SundaySupper and be part of the Unprocessed movement, the Andrew Alder started a few year ago.
Although we know, must of the food we buy at the supermarket is brain processed in some way, we want to encourage you to eat more healthy, local, and even plant by your own hands.
That’s what we mean with unprocessed, just by trying a homemade everyday food, makes this a unique way to eat everyday and you can feel better knowing whats in your plate.
Like my Homemade Hash Browns,is so easy and so delicious the nobody is going to believe they are homemade, with little crispy bits and the fresh flavor of cilantro, this makes a unique and perfect way to start your sunday morning.
Enjoy and remember, homemade is better.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Idaho potatoes
  • 1/2 cup dice onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

potatoes 1

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Rinse and dry the potatoes, bake for 1 hour. Once ready let it cool and peel them.

potatoes 2

Using a grater or a food processor, grate the potatoes, yes I used the one you see on the photo.

potatoes 3

Heat a pan to medium heat add oil and 1 teaspoon of butter, add the onion and cook until it become transparent, about 3 minutes.

potatoes 4

 

Add the grated potatoes, a good amount of salt, pepper and the rest of the butter, and cook for about 8 minutes.

potatoes 5

 

After that time it would look like this, sprinkle the cilantro for a fresh flavor, I love soft with little pieces of crispiness, but if you like more crunchy just leave it longer.
They are perfect as a complement to a meat, breakfast or just because you are hungry and want a midnight snack.

This recipe makes 4 servings.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Level of the recipe: Easy

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Chorizo and Beans Burrito with Chipotle Sauce made with #VivaLaMorena Products #cbias

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chorizo and beans burrito with chipotle sauceI recently found La Morena products in my local Ralph’s, I love my grocery store it always have fresh products and a good variety of the latino products.
And let me tell you, first I’m from Costa Rica and finding good quality latino products is being a little difficult, but am happy with all the products I can find there.
So lately I went for a hunt of Chipotle pepper in adobo, and I really want good flavor because spicy food is not very common in my country, I need something with a good kit, with a traditional flavor, and 100% Mexican, yes my daughter love burritos and a good burrito have to be 100% authentic.
I find La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, and let me tell you it was an amazing find, the flavors is amazing and the smokiness is perfect, and of course the perfect heat.
I truly recommend La Morena products, you can check out there website and like them on Facebook just click on the links below.

http://padillagroup.com/la-morena/
https://www.facebook.com/lamorenausa

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Heres the recipe I made with the delicious Chipotle Peppers

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 3 La Morena Chipotle Pepper (units not cans)
  • 1 cup of beef chorizo
  • 1/2 cup of dice onion
  • 6 medium size flour tortillas
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • a handful of cilantro
  • 1 cup queso fresco
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

chorizo and beans

In a pan on medium heat, add oil and cook the onion with the chorizo about 3 minutes, add the beans, mix well and cook for 2 more minutes, set aside.

chipotle sauce

In the food processor place cilantro, chipotles, sour cream. salt and a little pepper, pulse until all is combine.

burrito

To form the burrito, heat up the tortillas, smear some of the sauce and add a spoonful of the chorizo and bean mixture, top with some queso fresco and listo.

This recipe makes 6 burritos.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Level of the recipe: Easy