Truffle Brownies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Truffle Brownies

I love that I’ve met so many fabulously talented people through blogging.  And not only are my blogging friends multi-talented, but they are super sweet and genuinely kind and generous people. My friend Liz, from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is here guest posting today and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I first met Liz through Sunday Supper and we’ve met in person twice, the first time in Seattle at IFBC and the second, in Miami at BlogHer Food.

Liz is not only a genius and perfectionist in the kitchen but she’s also a mother, a friend, a fabulous wife and baker extraordinaire . . and a fabulous dresser! Liz has great style. I love her tons. If you’ve never visited her blog, which I don’t know how this would be possible, you need to! Today! And while you are there, check out her gorgeous Vanilla Pound Cake, Classic Apple Pie, and this utterly perfect Ganache Topped Chocolate Tart. Oh baby, I want three slices of this one.

So, here’s Liz!!

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I’m delighted to be guest posting for Alice today. I’m Liz from over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake where I share the sweet treats I bake up for my family and friends. Though my household has a definite preference for chocolate desserts, you’ll find all sorts of other recipes on my blog, even healthy stuff on occasion!

I have made lasting friendships with so many bloggers I’ve never even met, but I’m thrilled that I’ve gotten to hang out with Alice in real life. She is just the most down to earth gal, besides being so business savvy and extremely gifted in the kitchen. We shared a meal at the uber chic Sitka & Spruce last fall in Seattle, and in May, we noshed on beef and cocktails at an event in South Beach during a monsoon, and later enjoyed wine and cheese on the Miami waterfront. Such is the glamorous life of a food blogger when we’re not in flour covered yoga pants scrubbing dirty pots and pans!

Today, I’m sharing an outrageously decadent truffle brownie with all you Hip Foodie Mom readers. These have a sweet, shortbread crust, a rich chocolate center as well as a silky ganache topping. Three layers of pure deliciousness. You can add some espresso powder to amp up the chocolate flavor, but I have a mocha phobic husband, so I leave that out when I bake these up for the family.

Alice, thanks for inviting me to your lovely blog! Hope you’re enjoying your family time! xo

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Truffle Brownies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients
For the crust:
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup butter
  • 1⅓ cup flour
For the brownie layer:
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder dissolved in 1 teaspoon boiling water, optional
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
For the glaze:
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. Cream the brown sugar and butter till light and fluffy. Slowly add flour and mix till blended. Pat into bottom of greased pan. Set aside.
  3. Gently melt chocolate, butter (and espresso, if using) in microwave. Stir till smooth. Let cool slightly before adding sugar and vanilla. Then mix in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour, and salt until just combined. Pour over crust.
  4. Bake in middle of oven about 25-27 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately place in refrigerator.
  5. Make glaze by gently heating chocolate, cream and butter in microwave till chocolate and butter are melted. Stir till smooth. Cool for about 10 minutes before spreading over brownies. Return to refrigerator. When chilled, cut into bars and serve.

 

Thank you, Liz, so much for these fabulous truffle brownies!!!

Bibimbap Tacos

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I couldn’t let the summer go by without grilling some flank steak. And whenever I grill beef, I love using one of my favorite Korean marinades. It’s the one I use when making bulgogi. I’ve been on a major taco kick. .  throwing whatever I have into a flour tortilla.

Delicious.

Bibimbap Tacos by Hip Foodie Mom

I can’t believe I haven’t made these before. If you like bibimbap, you will absolutely love these tacos! Bibimbap is a very popular Korean dish and literally means “mixed rice”.  It is served in a bowl with rice and topped with bulgogi (or another protein option or no meat at all), and sautéed and seasoned Korean vegetables and gochujang and you simply mix everything together in your bowl just before eating. Bibimbap looks like this:

Bibimbap by Hip Foodie Mom

So, one of my favorite Korean food dishes inspired me to make these tacos today. Head on over to The Kitchn for this recipe and to read this post. And if you like it, please leave me a comment and PIN it!!

Oh and don’t skip the fried egg my friends. These tacos will change your life! Enjoy!

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Orange Raspberry Mini Bundts from Baking A Moment

Orange Raspberry Mini Bundt Cakes

Hello everyone! I’m on vacation right now in sunny California and have asked a few of my best food blogging friends to guest post for me over the next two weeks. I’ll have a few “planned posts” sprinkled throughout but more excited for the guest posts! So come back and check them out. . they are going to be good!

I’m kicking off the guest posts here today with Allie! I’ve mentioned Allie, from Baking A Moment, here on the blog many times. .  she is a good friend, a true talent and I am always always in awe of her baking skills. Allie is not only creative and inventive but she is also a very talented with her food styling and photography and she just always makes the best looking desserts and treats. Blueberry Mascarpone Macarons, Red, White and Blue Velvet bundt cake and the jaw-dropping, beautiful Apple Rose Tart she made for me the last time she guest posted here. If you haven’t visited her blog, you need to. .  and you need to follow her on social media . .  all of her social media buttons are below. Thank you so much, Allie for guest posting here today!

So. .  without further ado, here’s Allie!

Hi there, Hip Foodie Mom readers!  Sorry you won’t be hearing from Alice today, but the good news is, you get me!  Lol…

I’m Allie!  I’ve guest posted on Hip Foodie Mom before, but just in case you missed it, my blog is called Baking a Moment, and it’s all about baking and desserts.  ;)

Alice is one of my favorite people in this whole wide world.  I have so much respect and admiration for this woman who is so talented, works so hard, and does such an incredible job balancing family and career.  I never could have imagined, years ago when she dropped that first sweet comment on my baby blog, that we’d grow to be such fast friends.

Alice sometimes jokes that she’s kind of a novice at baking, but I beg to differ!  I’ve loved reading about her bread-baking journey through Twelve Loaves, and her bundt cakes are legendary!  I especially loved her Orange Cardamom Mini Bundts, and the Chocolate Mini Bundts with the candies inside- so inspired!  How fun, to break open a pretty little individual tea cake to find a delicious surprise hiding inside!
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I just had to steal her idea!  Sorry Alice, I couldn’t resist!
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These baby bundts are scented with orange, and fresh raspberries are tucked inside.  Raspberries and citrus make such a classic pairing, but I really love the way orange brings out the berries’ natural sweetness.
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A dollop of whipped cream… I had coconut whipped cream on hand so I used that.  It was so delicious with the buttery, citrus-y cake and tart raspberries, but you could certainly substitute regular whipped cream if you’d prefer! 
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And it’s always nice to give a little hint as to what’s in store…
Ta-dah!
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Orange Raspberry Mini Bundts
 
Serves: 6 individual size cakes

Ingredients
  • ½ cup cake flour
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of one orange
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries (approximately)
  • 1 12-ounce can coconut milk, refrigerated
  • 2½ teaspoons honey

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and lightly mist a mini-bundt pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Place the first 6 (dry) ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Add the softened butter, and stir until the mixture resembles damp sand.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated.
  5. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, and add the Greek yogurt, orange juice, vanilla, and orange zest. Mix for about one minute on medium speed, to aerate the batter and develop the cake’s structure.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 22-28 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the thickest part of the cake comes out clean, and the cakes spring back when pressed. Cool completely and unmold.
  7. Place a few raspberries inside the well of each mini-bundt cake.
  8. Turn the cold can of coconut milk upside-down and open it from the bottom. Pour the coconut water off, reserving for another use, and scoop the hardened coconut cream into a small mixing bowl. Add the honey and whip on high speed until fluffy. Top the cakes with the whipped coconut cream and garnish with a raspberry and some orange zest.

Orange Raspberry Mini Bundt Cakes | Baking a Moment

The cakes themselves can be baked up a few days in advance and refrigerated, or even a few weeks ahead and frozen, but you’ll want to save the filling and topping for just an hour or so before serving.  This way the berries stay fresh and don’t bleed inside the cake.  And of course whipped cream is always best when it’s fresh!

Here is a link to the kind of pan I used for these cakes.

I hope you enjoy this fun, summery recipe!  I think it would just be so cute for a small get together, shower, luncheon, or tea party.  Thanks so much to my dear friend Alice for the inspiration, and for allowing me to guest post on Hip Foodie Mom today!  If you guys liked this idea, I’ve got tons more like it on Baking a Moment!  Here are a few examples, just to tease your tastebuds:
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1. Easy, No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie Jars
2. Sangria Poached Pears
3. Banana Split Mini Bundt Cakes

And I’d love it if you’d follow me along on my baking adventures by clicking the links below:

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Raspberry Ice KitchenAid Stand Mixer GIVEAWAY for #CookfortheCure

KitchenAid Raspberry Stand Mixer Cook for the Cure

Today is the day folks!

In case you missed my post on Monday explaining what’s going on. .  here’s a recap:

I’ve partnered with KitchenAid to help promote 1,000 Cooks for the Cure. “Susan G. Komen® and KitchenAid are uniting for the 13th year in a row to support the fight against breast cancer. The Cook for the Cure® program gives people with a passion for cooking a way to support a meaningful cause. From pink products and celebrity chef auctions to home-based fundraising events, this partnership between KitchenAid and Susan G. Komen® has raised more than $9.5 million over the past decade!

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1,000 Cooks for the Cure

If you enjoy cooking and entertaining, we invite you to host a gathering that supports a meaningful cause this July. Called “1,000 Cooks for the Cure”, the initiative aims to enlist 1,000 cooks from the U.S. to host a get-together with friends, family or colleagues anytime from July 18-27. In lieu of a host gift, guests are encouraged to bring a donation in any amount to support the fight against breast cancer. Those interested in hosting a party can visit Cook for the Cure to register and obtain a unique host identification number.”

So, I really hope you take some time today, read about 1,000 Cooks for the Cure and sign up to HOST A PARTY! You’ll gain extra entries (and good giveaway karma) for this giveaway if you do!

The party or gathering doesn’t have to be lavish or complicated. Simply invite some friends over and serve some cupcakes and coffee (or my sangria!) and keep it simple. Or if you want to plan something bigger, KitchenAid is here to help with everything! From the invitations, a party guide for hosting tips and donation gathering information to a Pinterest board for pink inspired recipes! So, what’s stopping you?

I hope you join me in celebrating and supporting this great cause.

THE GIVEAWAY

In celebration of 1,000 Cooks for the Cure, I’ve partnered with KitchenAid to give away this beautiful Raspberry Ice KitchenAid stand mixer above. You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  . good luck!!

Giveaway only open to residents within the United States.

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Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by KitchenAid and 1,000 Cooks for the Cure. I was not paid to promote this giveaway. I wholeheartedly support Cook for the Cure and am honored to be a part of this. 

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownie Brittle Ice Cream

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Hello everyone!

Well, we leave for our vacation soon so I am knee-deep in packing right now but before I leave, I’m thrilled to be here today to share this fabulous ice cream recipe with you!! Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month?!

I recently made a raspberry cheesecake (that was to die for SO GOOD; I’ll be sharing it on July 30) and fell in love again with cheesecake. Not that I fell out of love with it but I just hadn’t made a cheesecake in a while. There’s an unexpected ingredient in here that made my cheesecake extra creamy and delicious.

Since devouring that cheesecake, I couldn’t get cheesecake out of my head. .  plus I had these fabulous strawberries . .  so naturally, I had to make ICE CREAM!!!

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Ice cream in progress

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownie Brittle ice cream to be exact.

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownie Brittle Ice Cream

What’s Brownie Brittle you might be asking? I was introduced to this fabulous product while in Miami for BlogHer Food. These light, crispy, crunchy cookie like snacks are like brownie cookies! You get that rich brownie taste in a cookie crisp! These are deliciously addicting and oh so good! I made ice cream with them but they are just as tasty plain, right out of the bag with a tall glass of milk.

Brownie Brittle

So, you need to head on over to the Brownie Brittle website to get this amazing recipe (this ice cream is so good. .  it’s my new fave) and to find out more about Brownie Brittle. You will love these. Trust me.

Here’s to National Ice Cream Month! Now, go make some ice cream!! I hope you enjoy!

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownie Brittle Ice Cream

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Brownie Brittle. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting me in working with brands that I love.

Mac and Cheese Salad Lettuce Cups + A Huge Giveaway!!

Mac and Cheese Lettuce Cups by Hip Foodie Mom

Summer is here and that means barbecues and macaroni salad. Here’s a fun, fresh and new way to serve one of your favorite dishes: mac and cheese salad in a lettuce cup!

I’ve been indulging a little too much lately and have been eating a ton of salads over the past couple of days. And with our abundance of lettuce from our garden, we’ve been chopping lettuce up for tacos and throwing everything into a lettuce cup! In my mind, a lettuce cup (or wrap) is a great way to reduce the carb intake and eat a little lighter.

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These babies combine two things I love: lettuce cups and mac and cheese salad. Every summer I make this recipe and will vary the ingredients depending on what I have in my refrigerator. .  but it all starts with and revolves around my cheese. I’ve got to have my fresh Wisconsin mozzarella in there. No macaroni and cheese salad is complete without it.

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Mozzarella Cheese

So, you’ve got to check out this recipe over at All Things Mac and Cheese. .  I hope you enjoy it!

 

The Ultimate Mac and Cheese Giveaway!!

The Ultimate Mac and Cheese Giveaway

 

And there’s a fabulous giveaway to tell you about!! All Things Mac and Cheese is giving away the following:

All-Clad Pasta Pot
All-Clad Saucier
Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Casserole Dish
Wooden Handled Flat Whisk
OXO Good Grips Box Grater
Selection of Wisconsin Cheese and butter

HELLO!! This is perfect for all you mac and cheese lovers out there so be sure to ENTER the giveaway.  . you can enter here. Good luck!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and All Things Mac and Cheese. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting me in working with brands that I love.

 

 

Peach Pink Sangria for #CookfortheCure

Peach Pink Sangria by Hip Foodie Mom

We are halfway through the summer and I can’t believe I haven’t made a cocktail or sangria yet for you guys. Peaches and berries and some of my favorite seasonal summer fruits so I love making drinks incorporating these seasonal gems.

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I also have some exciting news and am here today to tell you guys about 1,000 Cooks for the Cure.

I’ve partnered with KitchenAid to help promote 1,000 Cooks for the Cure. “Susan G. Komen® and KitchenAid are uniting for the 13th year in a row to support the fight against breast cancer. The Cook for the Cure® program gives people with a passion for cooking a way to support a meaningful cause. From pink products and celebrity chef auctions to home-based fundraising events, this partnership between KitchenAid and Susan G. Komen® has raised more than $9.5 million over the past decade!

1,000 Cooks for the Cure

If you enjoy cooking and entertaining, we invite you to host a gathering that supports a meaningful cause this July. Called “1,000 Cooks for the Cure”, the initiative aims to enlist 1,000 cooks from the U.S. to host a get-together with friends, family or colleagues anytime from July 18-27. In lieu of a host gift, guests are encouraged to bring a donation in any amount to support the fight against breast cancer. Those interested in hosting a party can visit Cook for the Cure to register and obtain a unique host identification number.”

Host a Gathering

Last year, I partnered with KitchenAid and Cook for the Cure and made a pound cake. We also gave away a beautiful Villeroy and Boch plate designed by Jacques Pépin. I’m honored to be partnering with KitchenAid again this year and hope that I can encourage many of you to sign up for 1,000 Cooks for the Cure and host a party. I feel like everyone I know knows someone (either personally or through a friend or family member) who has battled breast cancer. Even if you don’t know anyone who has had breast cancer, you can still host a gathering in support of this great cause and help to raise some money.

The people that I know have suffered greatly but battled breast cancer and are survivors. To them, I want to raise my glass and give them a big hug. So, I thought sangria might be appropriate for today. To celebrate the tremendously brave women I know who are survivors and to honor the women who are still fighting.

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Peach Pink Sangria

This sangria is so easy to make and using fresh, quality ingredients is key. On a recent business trip to Utah, my husband brought me back a bottle of peach flavored vodka because he thought I would love the blue bottle it came in. So, I used it today for this sangria. I hope you enjoy!

Peach Pink Sangria for #CookfortheCure
 
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Recipe type: Sangria

Ingredients
  • 1 orange, halved and sliced (rind on)
  • 1 lime, sliced (rind on)
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 peach, halved and sliced (pit removed)
  • 1 bottle White Zinfandel or rose wine, chilled
  • 1 cup peach flavored vodka or regular vodka
  • 2 tablespoons raw blue agave
  • Ginger ale, cold
  • Ice if desired

Instructions
  1. Place all of the cut fruit into a large pitcher. Pour in the Zinfandel, vodka and agave and stir well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours or overnight. Serve over ice if desired and pour a little ginger ale into each glass before serving.

 

This year, KitchenAid is partnering with 10 bloggers and has generously provided 10 Raspberry Ice Stand Mixers to give away so check back here on Friday, July 18, so you can enter the giveaway. I will be giving away ONE stand mixer to a lucky reader here.

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Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by KitchenAid and 1,000 Cooks for the Cure. I was not paid to promote this cause or giveaway. I wholeheartedly support Cook for the Cure and am honored to be a part of this. 

 

Vanilla Ice Cream with Grilled Peaches for #SundaySupper

Grilled Peaches and Ice Cream by Hip Foodie Mom

Summer is in full swing and we seem to be firing up the grill almost every weekend. It’s pretty warm here in Madison and the only way to beat the heat is a dip in the pool, a tall glass of lemonade and ice cream!

Grilled Peaches and Vanilla Ice Cream by Hip Foodie Mom

This recipe combines three things I love: vanilla ice cream, peaches and grill marks! I don’t know what it is about the grill marks but I love seeing them on my food. The grill wasn’t just meant for meats! Throw some fruit and veggies on there! I loved this dessert because you get the cold, sweet vanilla ice cream with the warm, fresh-off-the-grill peaches!

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And the BEST part?

Pairing this dessert with my Gallo Family Vineyards’ Sweet White Blend. I was never really a sweet wine lover before. And I never really knew what kinds of wines to pair with my desserts. I mean, I would always have a glass of red wine when eating dark chocolate but that’s about it. The information on the Gallo website helped me figure out what I can drink with what and what wines help enhance foods more.

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The Sweet White Blend was excellent with this dessert! Not only did it bring out the flavors in the peaches but it totally hit the spot. I served it chilled with my vanilla ice cream with grilled peaches and it was perfection. My husband loved it too.

You can make the vanilla ice cream yourself or buy your favorite vanilla ice cream from the store. Either way, you have to try this dessert immediately!

Here’s to summer, staying cool and soaking up every last beautiful moment.

Grilled Peaches and Vanilla Ice Cream with walnuts

And if you’re like my family, you’re probably firing up the grill a lot this summer to cook up some steaks or burgers. If you are, I highly recommend you check out Gallo’s Merlot. I’ve cooked with it before and you can check out that recipe here. This wine goes fabulously with grilled meats and is one of my favorite red wines from Gallo.

 

Vanilla Ice Cream with Grilled Peaches
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 2 ripe peaches; cut in half lengthwise with the pit removed
  • Vegetable or canola oil
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Honey
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Serve with Gallo’s Sweet White Blend

Instructions
  1. Lightly brush both sides of the peaches with vegetable oil and, using a hot grill, place the peaches flesh side down onto the grill. Close the grill and leave the peaches there until they begin to smoke a little and are warmed through, for about 4 to 5 minutes depending on how hot your grill is. Turn over and repeat on the other side if desired or remove from the grill and slice.
  2. Serve immediately with scoops of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle on honey and sprinkle on some walnuts. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve with Gallo’s Sweet White Blend.

 

 

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Gallo Sweet White Blend

Today is a special Sunday Supper because we are teaming up with Gallo Family Vineyards and sharing some very of our very best grilling recipes with you! We had the opportunity to either pair the recipe with Gallo’s Merlot or their delicious Sweet White Blend. I’ve already cooked with Gallo’s Merlot before so I wanted to try the Sweet White Blend. I’m so happy that I did because this wine, paired with my dessert was perfection.

Interested in some more grilling recipe inspiration? Click here to see more wine and BBQ pairings or grilling recipes from Gallo.

You’ve got to take a look at each fabulous grilling recipe below and if you’re interested in grabbing a bottle of Gallo Family Vineyards wine, click here for their store locator. Additionally, you can click here to redeem a $1 off digital coupon.

Get social with Gallo Family Vineyards on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram!!

 

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Join 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.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

 

Strawberry Lemonade Cake for A Guest Post

Strawberry Lemonade Cake by Hip Foodie Mom

It’s Friday you guys and I am one week away from our family vacation to CA! So far, it’s been an amazing summer! I’ve been busy on all fronts: here at home with the kids, in the kitchen, at the garden and here with the blog. My plan for the rest of the summer, and let’s see if I can do this, is to slow down and relax more.

You see, as a mother, sometimes I feel like I am screwing things up all the time. The way I manage my time, the way I speak to my kids sometimes with my tone, the way I act etc. Last Sunday, July 6th, was a typical Sunday. I always wake up at 6am, yes, even on the weekends and catch up on email, other blogs I read and social media. I got caught up doing who knows what and before I knew it it was time to start getting ready for church. I usually fix breakfast on Sundays but this day, my awesome husband made pancakes. I was rushing, which I hate, and thought . .  ugh, do we have to go to church today. .  because one of my pet peeves is being late. But the Hubs said we should still go so I threw my hair back, threw something on and away we went.

I was totally meant to hear the message last Sunday. Brought me to tears. Maybe because I was tired and feeling emotional who knows. .  but anyway, the gist of everything was love your kids, speak to them kindly not harshly, teach them by example (if they don’t see you doing it, they certainly as hell aren’t going to do it), encourage, support them and I’ll say it again, let them know you love them. Even as I type these words, my eyes are filling up with tears. Because sometimes, in a world we cannot control, this is all we can do.

One day this week, Phoebe came home from summer camp in tears. A girl on the bus had asked, “What are you?” Phoebe replied, “I am Korean.” She said the girl didn’t say anything mean or hurtful but she was just confused that she was asking the question. We live in a neighborhood that is 98% white. I love it but the reality is that we are a minority and some kids might not be as familiar with other races or nationalities. All I could do that day was tell her I love her and that I was proud of her for how she responded. And I said if anyone ever says anything mean to her, to let me know.

As a mother, I feel an instant connection with other moms. . even if I don’t know them very well or have only known them for a short time. Mothers can relate with each other because even though I love being a mom . . .

It’s freaking hard work.

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Sometimes you need to get away and have some time to yourself. .  this is why I bake sometimes. It’s my therapy, stress reliever and I love creating things.  . and eating them too.

So, you have to check out my guest post over at Bakeaholic Mama, where I share childhood memories, good times and the recipe for this fabulous Strawberry Lemonade Cake. I’m sure you all know who Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama is. .  but if you do not, you simply must check out her blog and follow her. She is beautiful inside and out and super talented in the kitchen. I also love the fact that she is a mother (of 3 beautiful children I might add) and she keeps it real.

This is what I love about Carrie the most.

So, check out the guest post and recipe and leave us a comment!!! I hope you enjoy!

Strawberry Lemonade Cake_aerial by Hip Foodie Mom

Vanilla Brownie Ice Cream for Ice Cream Social Week

Vanilla Brownie Ice Cream by Hip Foodie Mom

Hey everyone!

It’s Thursday and I’m here with some ice cream! But not just any ole ice cream. .  ice cream for Ice Cream Social Week! Dianna from The Kitchen Prep got some blogger friends together and we have ice cream recipes for you guys every single day this week! So, you’ve got to check out Dianna’s blog. .  every recipe is there  ..  and there’s an ice cream lover’s giveaway. .  so head to her blog for all the details and to enter!

And Dianna is the sweetest person ever and so so talented so follow her and give her some social media love!! I mean, check out her Very Vanilla “Twinkie” bundt cake and her Chocolate, Caramel, Marshmallow, Whiskey and Bacon Bark. . I mean, come on!! That’s genius right there!

The Kitchen Prep: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Vanilla Brownie Ice Cream by Hip Foodie Mom

So, let’s get to this ice cream! If you don’t own an ice cream maker, no worries! There are recipes there (including this one) which do not require an ice cream maker!

So, this recipe happened one week where I was actually working on a couple ice cream recipes. .  so I whipped out all of the toppings and we had ourselves a little ice cream party. My girls didn’t know what to think. They didn’t question me and gobbled down the ice cream I was letting them inhale at 2pm in the afternoon.

Vanilla Brownie Ice Cream spread by Hip Foodie Mom

And you can’t have an ice cream party without waffle cones, can you?! I love these waffles cones and love that they are individually wrapped! Isn’t that the cutest thing ever?

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Joy Waffle Cones by Hip Foodie Mom

Vanilla Brownie Ice Cream with Joy Waffle Cone in hand

So, head on over to Dianna’s blog for my Vanilla Brownie ice cream recipe and to enter the giveaway!! Cheers you guys ..  Friday is almost here!!