Kawaii Surprise: A Package of Candy and Snacks straight from Japan!

 Kawaii Surprise: price varies by surprise choice, package reviewed is the Chibi Cool Japan package filled with snacks and candy for $19.99 shipping included.

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How cool is it to get a package from another country? I almost want to keep the package since it has all of the neat stamps and Japanese stickers on it. 

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Packages from Kawaii Surprise can take between 1-3 weeks to deliver. I believe mine took about a week to get to me. As you can see in the photo everything was really well packed into a plastic bag. Miraculously nothing was smushed or melted and there was so many bright and colorful packages. Super excited to dig in and see what was in there. Please forgive that because I cannot read most of the packaging and there isn’t much in English I am unsure of the names for some of these. 

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Kit Kats!- These were I *think* dark chocolate and came individually wrapped in adorable snack size packages

– some kind of chocolate nut mix, really good!

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XYLISH- This is a strawberry mint gum, just so so. I am biased since I don’t like to chew gum. 

Sequoia Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Wafer Bar-This was probably my favorite thing to try since I love all things Matcha. This bar is a wafer covered with matcha green tea and white chocolate. It did not disappoint and I wish I had more!

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Yummy pink paw print gummies

Poifull Shining- This package contained different flavors of jelly beans. Not my favorite candy (like chocolate!) so I say they are just okay. 

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How neat are these chips, they are spaghetti flavored. These aren’t like potato chips, they are triangularly shaped and puffy, but not like a cheeto. They are really yummy.

Love love loved these pringle like chips, the packaging suggests that the flavor is vegetable. There is a distinct hint of wasabi that is just enough to taste and add to the flavor of these. Highly addicting.  

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Pokemon- These looked like candy cigarettes. They come separately packaged in the box. These were an interesting hard candy. Id say maybe a little sour, they came in two different flavors but Im not sure what they were. Little P enjoyed it, I think this would be a big hit with any kids. 

Green Apple Mochi Candy- I liked getting to try this but wasn’t a fan of the green apple flavor. Or the texture, I really was expecting it to be softer and more like traditional mochi. 

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Fun Extra: Pencil- very cute adding to P’s craft supplies

There was such an awesome variety of products in this one package, Id love to try more. Also considering it came from Japan it didn’t take that long to ship and the cost is included in the price. I thought it was very reasonably priced. There are many different mystery bag options on Kawaii Surprise’s site. I am tempted by one that is completely Matcha snacks and candy. Have you tried Kawaii Surprise or any other service that supplies snacks from overseas? It can be hard to pick out new items when you aren’t sure what’s good or even what’s in a certain product. That’s why I am really enjoying these packages from different countries (Candy German, I loved your box as well). 

 

*I received this surprise package for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Kawaii Surprise for letting me share your service with my readers! 

July Treatsie Sweet Goodness in a monthly box and New Customer Deal!

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Treatsie Artisan Sweets box focuses completely on candy. It’s a bit pricey at $19.95 monthly, but that’s because it sends small batch made, quality and more unique candy than the run of the mill grocery store candy bar. For that I took advantage of their current promotion right now making the first box $4.95.

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I couldn’t believe how huge the package was when it arrived on my doorstep last week. The candy box is small itself but my package was huge due to the insane effort to insulate the box. The ability for Treatsie to send me unmelted chocolate bars in July is just darn impressive and I think the shipping charge is more than reasonable when you see how well they package their boxes to ensure nothing is damaged. 

When I got through all the packaging I found my box just that, completely undamaged and well wrapped. 

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Their was a small product card on top to let me know what was sampled for July. 

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Shotwell Candy Co. Old Fashioned Cocktail Caramels and Hand- Crushed Espresso Caramels-These are delicious, I have tried many times to make my own caramel. Let me tell you I think it would be much easier to get these instead. I love the unique flavor combo that we received to sample. I thought both flavors were fantastic and the caramels weren’t to hard and were very buttery. 

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Seattle Chocolates: Milk Truffle, Dark Truffle and Total Toffee Truffle Bars $3.50 each- I was really hoping to get chocolate! Not only did I get one bar, I got three! Yay! If I had to choose a favorite candy it would of course be chocolate and these truffle bars are delicious. The packaging is also really great and I am loving the bright colors.

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Raley’s Confectionary: Treatsie Variety Mix $6– I haven’t tried hard candy like this before and they look so pretty in the bag I almost want to put them out for decoration. I enjoyed the fruity flavors and I almost wish they came in a small tin so I could put some in my purse. Oh and while writing this I checked the ingredients and it does say that they use natural colors and flavors, nothing artificial!

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I really enjoyed the variety of sweets this month, I am wishing hopefully that I will see their subscription service on sale on Groupon or something so its a bit more affordable. I never knew how good hard candy could be and all of the flavors in the mix are delicious. 

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Bottom line, take advantage of trying a box for $5, it’s worth it! I already canceled because it’s not in my budget and it is super easy to do, no hassle. I really enjoyed trying Treatsie and another bonus, they have all the sweets available in their shop for purchase if you want more! 

July Orange Glad Review and $5 Off Code

 IMG_4210 July’s Sweet Box from Orange Glad was another hit in our house and as usual did not last long. The sweet Box is a monthly dessert subscription box that is $21.95($15.00+$6.95 shipping) per month. Each month you receive 5 different sugar coma inducing sweets and all of them come from smaller bakeries. This is a wonderful way to support small businesses and try something new that you may never have even known about. I am an avid baker myself so I am a harsh critic when it comes to desserts. I can honestly say that while some items I have tried have been just good, I have found some desserts that I have really enjoyed and will be getting more of. Last month’s sample from Lily’s Bakery and May’s Italian Butterhorns from Cici’s are two that stand out. Orange Glad even has an online shop that you can order more of the sweets that you loved in the box. 

Orange Glad does a really great job at packaging but this month they just went and got that much sweeter. I mean just check out that cute paper for the sweets. It feels like I just got a really thoughtful gift in the mail when I get this box. 

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Seattle’s Favorite Gourmet Cookies and Dessert Co. Cranberry Muffin Top: Normally I am not a fan of cranberries in baked good but this was an exception. My daughter and I gobbled this up, it was soft and just the right amount of sweet. I want more for our morning breakfast time. 

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Chocolate Maven Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownie: I didn’t like this too much. I didn’t taste any hazelnut and though the consistency was all wrong for the cheese cake topping. IMG_4216

Orange Glad Ice Dream Sandwich- I think it’s really neat that Orange Glad made some of it’s own sweets. This cookie was good but it wasn’t that great either. I like that it’s a take on combining a butter cookie and frosting but I think it needed more frosting for the filling. Regardless of my opinion the hubby still liked this, so it just varies from person to person .

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Lily’s Bakery Shop Chocolate Babka: Again something I really enjoyed from Lily’s Bakery Shop. We all enjoyed trying this chocolatey cake. I would love this my coffee in the morning, just sweet enough. 

IMG_4226 Gianna’s Homemade Baked Goods Freedom Star Sugar Cookies: Really good sugar cookies! Love these for the 4th, Ill have to remember them for next July or check out what other sugar cookie themes they have. 

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This has been another month of yummy sweets from Orange Glad. I would like to see a little more variety as far as the bakeries but everything else was fabulous! The past few months I have gotten the chance to try sweets I have never heard of along with classic favorites like sugar cookies. I never knew what a babka was, but I am sure glad I do now. I want to order some more, mmmm. 

Interested in subscribing to Orange Glad? Enter the code ANTONIAOG3316 to get $5 towards your first box making it $16.95 for your first one! 

 

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

 

New Candy German Subscription

As one heck of a candy lover I am so excited to share this review of a new German candy subscription box. The package is shipped from overseas in Germany right to us here in the US and it is filled with 5-8 goodies. In our box was a great variety of gummies, cookies and chocolates. Everything was packed really well and arrived quickly and safely. Candy German is $29 monthly but if you chose their 6 month or 12 month plan it is cheaper. Considering how full the box was and that shipping from Germany can’t be cheap, I would say this was a good deal. I did try to find some product prices for the review but many of them were unlisted or sold out (or in German ha!). So don’t get mad if I goofed on a price and please let me know where to find them.

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My daughter helped me unpack this and was just as excited as I was to see all of the neat new candies to try!

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Prinzen Rolle Minis – a 400g package was listed at $9.67

These are a really nice snack and I like that they came in packages of 5. Great for throwing in the lunch bag for a picnic outside. I made sure to bring some for my friends to try and everyone loved them!  I like these because they aren’t too sweet and the quality of the chocolate is good compared to other brands.

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Haribo Pasta Flagga and Gummy Bears- $3.29

The gummy bears are probably the only item I can say with certainty you can find easily here and Ive had them before. : )

The pasta flags are in Germany’s colors and are a sour gummy, I liked these because the sourness sort of snuck up on me. The first bite is sweet and a sort of black current flavor and then the sour part kicks in.

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Fritt Candy Strips – $1.17

I like that these have vitamin C in them and that they arent too sweet.

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Inside the package there are I think 5 individually wrapped candy strips in the Cherry flavor. Each one of the strips is indented into bite size pieces which was nice.

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Pick Up! Choco & Milk Cookies 5 pack- $6-7.00

These are another nice sandwich cookie, the filling is chocolate and what tastes similar to marshmallows. I really love that these cookies weren’t overly sweet and I love to dunk them in my coffee or milk.

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Hitschler Brause Flummis- $5.99

This candy was the most interesting to me because I had absolutely no idea what they were and have never seen a candy like them. It turns out the pretty pastel candies are edible wafers with sugar in them. You can bet my daughter tried her hardest to get into these! I think the key to these is to eat it in one bite because the wafer compliments the sugar and melts in your mouth. The wafer by itself isn’t too good and not sweet at all. This was really neat to try!

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Koala Bears Transylvania Themed Box- $2.00?

Yay for Koala bears! These were a staple of my childhood, it was always a treat when my mom picked us up a box of chocolate koala bears from the store. While they aren’t a hard to find item these were in a different flavor than you would find in the states. The flavor on the box says Milche which I think just translates to Milk. It’s not quite a vanilla flavor but its good! I thought the packaging and toy in the box was really cute.

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Kinder Hippos- $6.99

I love Kinder chocolates! This is another item that you could find in a specialty food store but they are pricey. I wouldn’t normally get these but I am so glad it came in the box. These are individually wrapped which is always nice. I have to apologize the picture isn’t the best of the little hippo. Let me just say any chocolate/nutella fans, f you haven’t had these you need to. The hippo part is a nice light wafer inside there is a chocolate nutella like filling and a creamy white filling. They are delicious and I am super sad that my fiance went and ate the rest of them, he is now getting me more immediately!

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Nimm 2 Lollipops

These lollipops have added vitamins in them and would be great for kids. I only tried the one flavor and you can’t taste any vitamins. Although these aren’t very sweet and not too flavorful. Maybe Im just more of a chocolate person, but the Nimms were so-so.

So that is my recap of all the yummy things in this month’s box from Candy German. If you love candy and trying new things you have got to get your hands on one of these boxes. Our family and friends gobbled this box up and yours will too, trust me!

 

 

***Disclaimer: I was given sent a box in exchange for an honest review and was not compensated in any other way.

June Orange Glad Sweets Box

 

 

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I have finally finished working my way through the wonderful treats sent in this month’s Orange Glad box. Orange Glad is a gourmet dessert box that sends monthly deliveries of sweet treats to your door. I have been lucky enough to sample this box a few times now for review and I can say this is a consistent company. Every month Orange Glad takes care to package everything very nicely and nothing has ever arrived broken or melting.

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This month’s box was like a surprise within a surprise! Normally the treats are in the brown box. This month they changed things up and put all the sweets in one nice gift box. This really would make a nice gift for someone. IMG_3871

All the items inside the gift box were individually packaged in clear bags and ties with a bow.

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The product card was nicely done with plenty of important information that you might need to know. The card tells you what you are sampling, where it’s from, what the ingredients are and how long it will keep for (in case you don’t eat everything in one sitting!).

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Stonehenge Baking Co. Lemon Bar

Last month’s box included a gluten free brownie from Stonehenge Co. and while both of these items were good I wasn’t blown away. I am an avid baker and I have made lemon bars with fresh lemon curd so my husband and I are very biased. I would like to have seen an item from a different company instead of the same one.

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Rip Van Wafels Traditional Amsterdam Wafel

Okay the reason why I don’t have a picture of the actual wafel is that it was eaten before I got to take one! Luckily I have tried these before and can vouch that they are delicious. If you haven’t tried these before the wafels are the size of coffee mugs. You take it and place it over a mug filled with the hot beverage of your choosing and let it warm the wafel. I love cookies with coffee and tea in the morning. If I saw these around more I would probably buy them. The wafels aren’t too sweet and are perfect with my morning cup of coffee.

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The Cravery Salted Caramel Cream Cookie

There were mixed reviews on this cookie, my fiance didn’t like it and thought it was too salty. I really enjoyed it though because I love that mix of sweet and salty and I think this was delicious. If you enjoyed the cookie this month or just love cookies I saw that The Cravery has their very own cookie subscription box.

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Cheryl’s Buttercream Summer Cookie

Okay so this cookie was not smushed during shipping. It was in an effort to wrestle this away from P that it got damaged. Originally this came in it’s own packaging and was completely sealed and unbroken.  We all really enjoyed trying this delicious sugar cookie. It was very buttery and soft, you can’t go wrong with that now can you?

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Lily’s Bakery Shop Hamantashen

I have never heard of hamantashen cookies! I mean, I feel like Ive seen this kind of cookie but never tried them? Who knows, but these are yummy. Im not even sure what kind of fruit filling is in them but the whole family loved these.

This was another month of fun trying new sweet treats with my family. Of everything I get in the mail I think Orange Glad is their favorite! We have a serious sweet tooth problem at our house and dessert is always welcome : )

If your interested in trying out Orange Glad you can use YUMMY10 for your first box to get 10% off. Orange Glad also sells items from previous boxes in their shop online if you wanted to get more of something you liked.

 

*** All opinions and thoughts in this review are my own, I was given this box free to review and was not compensated in any other way

May Orange Glad Box

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I recently got my Orange Glad subscription box in the mail and I would have posted sooner but I wanted to taste test all the goodies first! Orange Glad is a gourmet dessert subscription box. Each month they send a wonderful variety of deserts from different smaller businesses. This is a somewhat new subscription box and I think it’s really great. The subscriber (yours truly) gets to sample a wide range of gourmet sweets without having to order them in bulk or do research to find said small business. The smaller bakeries and shops also benefit my spreading the word about their product through Orange Glad. If there is one thing I love it is to support small businesses.

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From the first look I really couldn’t tell what was in the box, which only made me more excited to rip into it!

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Here is the front and back of the May product card.

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Baking Betty’s Award Winning S’more Cookie and Peanut Butter Cup Cookie – $3.50(one big cookie would be almost $2)

Okay so this cookie is huge! Not to mention soft and delicious I loved the toasted marshmallows in the S’mores cookie. The peanut butter cup cookie was smaller and still good but I thought it could have had more chocolate in it. If you love cookies and would order them in large quantities I would check out Baking Betty. There was a really adorable circus animal cookie in her shop that looked yummy, but there are also other choices like classic oatmeal raisin and caramel apple.

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Cici’s Italian Butterhorns-$2.50

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Welsh Cakes- Orange Cranberry-$2.50

These are really interesting! At first glance I thought they were cookies but they aren’t. Welsh cakes are more like scones and aren’t baked but made in a griddle. I warmed ours up and drizzled them with honey for breakfast and both P and I really enjoyed them.

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Fine Sconehedge Baking Company Gluten-Free Ultimate Brownie-$2.50

I was wondering how good this would be even though it was gluten free. The answer? Pretty gosh darn good! These are moist and really rich chocolate, I couldn’t eat but a small piece of it at once.

Say maybe you wouldn’t want sweets every month? Orange Glad still would make a “sweet” present for say your dad or husband for Father’s Day coming up. Or even “sweeten” up things at work by getting a corporate gift subscription. Can you imagine how much people would love you if they got to eat a s’mores cookie instead of say a chips ahoy? Just putting it out there for consideration.

 

Foodie Pen Pals October Package

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Behold the wonderful goodies my pen pal sent me this month! I am addicted to subscription boxes but this is so much fun to take part in every month. Foodie Pen Pals is hosted by Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean. Every month all you do is sign up and then wait to for an email. In that email are all of the pen pal matches for the month. For October I received a package from Jillian over at www.hersplitends.com. We are both vegetarians but Jillian is also gluten free so it was a bit of a challenge for me to come up with items to send. But that it kind of the fun part, every month you get to meet someone new from a different state. This month I sent some homemade pumpkin spice merengue cookies and some other gluten free things that I hope she enjoys. Although I think she probably sent the better package.

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I love Go Picnic! For a busy mom these are so awesome to have on hand so that I can actually eat lunch! I also wanted to show a picture of this quinoa package she sent. This brand Simply Balanced is new to me and Ive seen it at Target. How convenient is this! Microwavable quinoa presto, done and ready to go. She also sent me some tea and cocoa perfect for the fall. And also some yummy trail mix and this neat Skillet mix that Im excited to try out.

Thank you so sososo much to Jillian over at Her Split Ends

Blissmo Mini Snack Box

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I mentioned a while back that Plum District was having a deal on Blissmo mini snack boxes. Blissmo Box is a subscription service that sends a monthly package of personal care and healthy food items. If you subscribe for $19.95 a month then each month there are usually options for what themed box you want. I never knew that they offered the mini snack box and so I bought the deal on Plum. The mini snack box is $10 and I ended up getting two so Im going to review both.

Box #1

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Honey Stinger Organic Honey Chews in Pink Lemonade

Smarty Pants Gummy Vitamins for Grown Ups

Yum I think these honey chews are my favorite new thing, they are so good! I think they taste more of honey than pink lemonade but they are addictive. They also have a whole bunch of Vitamin C in each serving. The Smarty Pants vitamins are really yummy, I’ve tried them before and wolfed them down.

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Numi Savory Tea in Tomato Mint

I am really excited to try this. When I first got a sample of Millie’s Savory tea I really enjoyed it and ordered more. I love the mint tea that Numi makes so I bet this will be good. I think savory teas are fantastic for cold weather and for when you have a cold. It makes my whole insides all warm and comforted.

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Sencha Green Tea Leaf Mints in Dragon fruit

For every 3 mints it’s the equivalent to drinking a cup of green tea. This is great and yummy. I’ve never had a dragon fruit and Im not even sure what they look like. But at least these mints taste good. I do love green tea, especially matcha. If you’ve ever had matcha green tea flavored mints they are so good!

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Barnana

At first glance I was unimpressed with this snack because we love bananas in our house and eat them everyday. Why do we need it in this form? They are intimidating at first because they turn dark brown. These are good thought and I love that it has just the one ingredient and nothing else. Browning of bananas is completely natural so nothing to worry about. This pouch is also resealable which is nice and my daughter liked chewing on these, another win.

Box #2

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Might Leaf Iced Tea 

Eat Green Tea

I like Mighty Leaf iced teas but the edible green tea not so much. I put this in a smoothie and I don’t think I blended it well enough because the texture was that of like little twigs or tea leaves in my mouth. I think I would rather just drink it than eat it. Maybe if it was in powder form…

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Pur Spearmint Gum

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Gin Gins Ginger Candy

Love ginger candy especially the peanut chews.

So from these two boxes it seems like Blissmo includes a snack a tea and a gum or mint in each mini snack box. At least that’s how mine were. Have you ever gotten one or a box from Blissmo? I do really love those Honey Stinger chews.

Weekend Baking: Pumpkin Dutch Baby!

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Confession: I always wanted a cast iron skillet. I saw all of these beautiful pictures of meals made in a skillet and I wanted it. Bad. So I finally got one! Then I realized you have to put a lot of love into the skillet to make it work for you. My super heavy skillet needed a lot of love and care. Or else it was going to rust! Unacceptable, so I researched how to season it and how you don’t ever want to wash it. That sounds weird but it’s not as gross as it sounds. You basically have to wipe it clean with an oiled cloth. Well so far so good my skillet has not rusted yet and today I decided to try a dutch baby for the first time. Instead of making a bunch of pancakes all you have to do is pour the batter into the skillet and pop it in the oven.

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I think this was pretty easy to make and not as intimidating as I first thought. Making this in the skillet creates this gorgeously browned bottom and sides. I love how it puffs up on the edges and is super soft on the inside. Following the recipe I used I also added on the crumb topping. I think pecans and bananas would be great on top too.

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This is a great recipe for the fall and for all the pumpkin lovers out there.

I used the recipe over at Soup Addict. But I will note that she used two smaller skillets. Since I only have one I used it and it worked out well. So don’t be down if you don’t have the same size skillet just use what you have! Enjoy.

Ricotta Pancakes with Agave Maple Bananas

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Hmmn Hmm Hmmm! These pancakes are so fluffy and satisfying. Move over buttermilk! Ricotta has replaced you as my go to main ingredient for pancakes. I love making pancakes for my family on the weekend. While I don’t do it every weekend,  I do make them quite often. But only on the weekend because during the week get’s too crazy. I barely have time to eat breakfast we get so scrambled in the mornings. But on the weekend that’s the time to relax and make a nice breakfast.

Have ever ended up with extra of an ingredient? And hated having it go to waste? Well this happens to me often and so I go searching around to find recipes that will help me use it up. Such was the case with a big tub of ricotta I bought on sale the other day. Usually when I get ricotta I think of lasagna and other italian pasta dishes but ricotta is actually really delicious for sweeter things. Like the ricotta cookies I made once or these pancakes.

To recreate these magical pancakes hop on over to The Slow Roasted Italian for the recipe. The only thing I changed was the topping, she uses bananas and pecans. Since I didn’t quite have the ingredients I changed it up. All I did was slice up some banana and saute it in butter, then I drizzled some agave maple syrup over them and voila! Finished!

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Dig in!