Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Pecan Topping

The cream cheese is baked right into the dough for a incredibly rich, flaky roll, and the caramel topping is just over-the-top crazy-good.Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

I have something to admit to you, dear readers.  I’m afraid that Liz has a painfully serious addiction to cinnamon rolls.  I’ve tried to help.  Therapy, cold turkey, hot turkey, the bacon patch…  But I’ve just had to come to grips with the fact that she will always be slave to the delicious goodness of homemade cinnamon rolls.  And with this recipe, it’s very clear that I am an enabler.

This is actually the first cinnamon roll recipe I’ve ever made.  While I’ve been happy to eat my fair share of the delicious pastries, it’s just never really called out to me to make a batch.  But last year, as I pondered what to make Liz for a Valentine’s Day brunch, inspiration struck.

The battle rages over what is the best style of cinnamon roll.  Is it the smaller and neater version,  with emphasis on the rich, warming spice blend?  Or is it the hulking, frosting-slathered behemoth that leaves you quite happy, but also unable to move for at least 15 minutes?  While I don’t actually have the answer, this one falls more into the latter category.  Except instead of frosting on top, there’s caramel…and inside there’s a secret ingredient that puts it in a class all by itself.

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

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Thin Mint Shooters

Cookie meets cocktail – and it’s the best of both worlds.Thin Mint ShootersWho bought way more Girl Scout cookies than was strictly necessary this cookie season?  It can’t be just me.  Multiple co-workers have daughters peddling their wares; every grocery store has a literal troop of miniature salesladies out front, manning their stations with youthful aggression; not to mention the knocking on the front door which immediately throws me into a panic because I can’t just ignore them, but I have already have SO many cookies, and once I open the door, I clearly can’t say no…. Problems, I tell you.  Girl Scout cookie problems.

Luckily I’m here to help you with your solution!  When you’ve eaten enough cookies straight from the package and start to say to yourself, “I mean, I love Thin Mints, but I’ve eaten 20 in a row, and I feel like I should change it up a little…also I’m thirsty….”  Don’t fret.  Make Thin Mint shooters instead!
Thin Mint Shooters

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Baby Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Sweet baby potatoes, savory bacon, and a hit of fresh lemon make a perfect side dish for almost any occasion.
Baby Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Don’t you just love a nice big salad?

Yes, those delicious greens…a nice fresh dressing…bacon, sure…potatoes….

Um, okay, maybe it’s not exactly the kind of salad you grab with your co-workers for a typical Tuesday lunch.  But that’s your own mistake.  Because this salad is pretty outstanding.

And I wasn’t being ENTIRELY misleading with my opening sentence.  Greens = nice healthy chives (those count, right?).  Dressing = a lovely citrus blend (okay with bacon…lots of bacon).

In all seriousness, the lemon in the vinaigrette is unexpectedly fresh.  You use both the juice and zest, and together they really brighten up the flavors and cut through what might otherwise be a heavy dish.  (Heavy?  Potato salad?  Whaaa…?)  I’ve eaten some mighty fine German potato salads with extra-extra-extra bacon, and it’s hard to argue with that kind of logic.  But I would actually take this salad, with the bit of citrusy zip, over its similar cousins.  Definitely don’t leave out the lemon. (Or the bacon, actually.  But I doubt I have to spell that out for you.)

Baby Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

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Grapefruit Margarita

This easy grapefruit margarita recipe is a little sweet, a little tart, and altogether way too smooth.

This easy grapefruit margarita recipe is a little sweet, a little tart, and altogether way too smooth.

It’s national margarita day!

I love fake holidays.  They give me an excuse to do things I would do anyway.  Like drink these grapefruit margaritas…which we generally keep stocked in the freezer in a large mason jar, in case of emergency.

Speaking of which, these drinks should come with a caution sign.  Actually, two caution signs.

#1: “These contain quite a bit of alcohol.”

#2: “They’re also really delicious and you’ll want to drink quite a bit of them, so ergo, see #1.”

Ross invented them.  It’s his fault.

But honestly, they’re just so darn refreshing, and go down so easy….I mean, apart from it being national margarita day, I want to drink them basically any time: (1) it’s Friday, (2) I’m eating nachos, (3) it’s Saturday, (4) I’m eating tacos, (5) it’s a day, (6) I’m eating, (7) I’m awake.

This easy grapefruit margarita recipe is a little sweet, a little tart, and altogether way too smooth.

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