Kristina Knight in the house! I’m so excited y’all. I’ve known Kristina since we were both debut authors in 2012. She was releasing What a Texas Girl Wants, the very first book in her Texas Wishes series, and well, I live in Texas and… Friendship! So of course Kristi showed me up by bringing something delish that’s also healthy. Chocolate and strawberries. Make sure and scroll past the recipe to check out The Anthem Series which include her latest book Start Me Up!
The days are getting shorter and cooler here on the North Coast, but I’m still craving one of my summer favorites: smoothies! RadioMan and I made mudslides (natch) and last week he created a Snickers Smoothie which was *so* good, but my go-to this summer has been Chocolate Strawberry. I’m not sure what happened with our local farmers, but their strawberries this year have been to die for. I’m going to be in serious withdrawal in a couple of weeks, but for now I’ve got fresh strawberries so let’s give this recipe a try!
Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
1 Cup Fresh strawberries – if you can freeze them overnight, even better, they’ll act as ice!
1 Cup 2% milk – or whatever style of milk you prefer
1/2 packet Carnation Instant Breakfast, either the milk chocolate or dark chocolate. Your preference!
2 Scoops protein shake powder – I use Pure Protein Vanilla Continue reading
Four days until the release of A Taste of You, and I brought you a tasty treat – Valentina’s brownie recipe!
Brownies with Chilies
“Did your mama help you make these?”
“Well, I started with one of her recipes,” Valentina admitted, “but I changed it. And she suggested the chocolate, but she let me make a bunch of batches one day so I could try different kinds and taste them all at once. We labeled everything and made notes.”
“What chocolate did you use?”
“Bittersweet. I kept the wrapper so I can remember the name when we go to the store.”
“And the peppers?”
“Serrano. I made some with chipotle, too. Jalapeño was too hot if it wasn’t chopped really fine, and I like the little pieces of pepper.”
“Your mother let you dice the peppers?”
“I can’t use the sharp knives unless she is with me. She has to stand with me and watch, not just be in the kitchen. Is it any good, Uncle Garrett?”
Valentina puts chopped chilies in her brownie – which is something I love. You can add chilies to almost any brownie recipe. In addition to the little kick of heat, they really enhance the chocolate flavor. I have two go-to brownie recipes. This recipe makes a rich, fudgie brownie. Like Valentina, I usually put serrano peppers in mine and I like bittersweet chocolate.
BROWNIES with CHILIES RECIPE