Food Star Friday - Banana Muffins with Marscapone Frosting

As you can tell from my lack of it on the blog, I am not a big baker. Well between me not baking much and the fact that, believe it or not even with kids here, sweets just don't aren't popular in my house. Don't get me wrong. I could make a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies and they would be gone tomorrow. But I want to try out new cakes and pies and those just don't go over well. I guess I should just make them and feed my neighbors well right?

Killer Kool-Aid

Killer Kool-Aid - A refreshing "adult" beverage reminiscent of that childhood favorite. 

Killer Kool-Aid from

Howdy everyone!!!

As I  have told you in the past, my son works as a bartender, so I am never surprised when he comes home with drinks that have wacky names. I mean there are actually drinks called a duck fart!!! WOW I don't think I want to try that one! But when he came home with a drink called Killer Kool-aid I was interested. I grew up drinking Kool-Aid but I don't think this was what Kool-Aid Man was bringing in his pitcher. This is a much more adult version of our childhood favorite drink!

Manic Monday Week 3

Good morning from my little corner of Western Washington, and welcome to another Manic Monday here at Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen. Since I forgot to take my chicken out of the freezer last night, I am very much looking forward to this Manic Monday party. I need all of those last minute recipes that you all have to solve the last minute "Oh my gosh what am I going to make for dinner tonight?". Here is a recipe I wanted to share for the rest of you. This was quick and easy and very very good.

And a few of the most popular posts from the last party

from Comfy Cuisine

from Pampered Chef Consultant - Carol's Corner

from Skinny Kitchen

So with that said......

Please make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest. I will be tweeting, pinning, and posting your recipes. Make sure to link back to me as well (either in the post itself or on the side of your blog).

Leave as many recipes as you want that will help with the last minute Manic Monday scramble.

Please don't forget to click on a few of the other recipes and tell them Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen sends them some foodie <3 

Now let's kick this Manic Monday off!!!!

Late-Night Pasta

Happy Friday to you all. We have been enjoying a couple of wonderfully warm days here in Western Washington. Of course today is back to rain, but when we have those days we cherish them and spend as much time outside as possible. I knew I needed a recipe for Food Star Friday but didn't want to spend much time cooking, I just wanted to sit outside and relax. The evening went on and on until I knew I had to get something cooking. I had a few things I wanted to make, but this recipe had been screaming at me for quite sometime. I am a huge fan of Pasta Carbonara so when I ran across a recipe on the Martha Stewart website by Chef Alfred Portale of The Gotham Bar and Grill in NY I knew I had to make it. He had come up with a dish that was a cross between Pasta Carbonara and Cacia E Pepe (spaghetti with cheese and black pepper). Everything about it sounded wonderful to me so I was game to give it a shot!

Normally on Food Star Friday I make the recipes exactly as written and then just give you all my review of it. How it tasted, how easy it was, etc. Well not so much this time. I got into the kitchen and got into the mind set of if I was coming home late at night and what I would do. I would have a go to recipe like this, but I would also try to utilize many of the items I had in my fridge as well. That is where this recipe was born, between my mind and the contents of my refrigerator. I swear I am getting so bad about changing recipes up but I just can't help it!!

Pesto Stuffed Pork Chops

Happy Hump Day everyone. I love Wednesdays! Well maybe I don't love Wednesdays as much as I love this Wednesday. Why do I love this Wednesday so much? Well I am glad you asked. The sun is actually shining here in Western Washington and this morning I got to spend some time with my son Seth and his girlfriend Heather. They both work nights and it feels like I never see them, but they stayed up so we could have coffee together and chat a bit. It is strange to live with people but never get to see them. It also makes me sad because I rarely get to cook for them any more. I have seriously been thinking about inviting random people over just so I have people to cook for!

Greek Burgers for #FathersDay #SundaySupper

Greek Burgers - All of your favorite Greek flavors in a juicy burger.

Greek Burgers from

This week for #SundaySupper we are all making things that were/are our Father's favorite. My Father passed away last November so when Isabel first announced the theme I was a bit apprehensive about how it might make me feel. I knew I was dreading the approaching Father's Day since it will be the first one without him so I thought focusing any more attention on it would make the day much harder for me. But you know what? It actually made me happy. Instead of thinking about how much I miss him, I was thinking about the things he loved to eat, and boyyyy did he like burgers!! Wait, did I say like? I meant LOVE. They really were his favorite thing to eat. You could keep your filet or rib eye, no lobster for him, just make him a good ol' juicy burger and he was a happy happy man!!

Hawaiian Jalapeno Chicken with Rose City Pepperheads {Product Review}

I know today is supposed to be Food Star Friday but I am still a bit off kilter from the BlogHer Food conference last weekend. It was such a whirlwind and that seemed to carry over to this whole week. I promise Manic Monday and Food Star Friday will be back next week.

On to the food right? OK, here goes. This recipe is what happened when I was scrambling to come up with dinner. Like I said, this week has been crazy for me and cooking was no different. I am usually completely organized when it comes to my meals (hahaha NOT)! Why do you think I have Manic Monday? Because a lot of the time the manic one is ME. But this meal was actually a reward for being unorganized!

Tzatziki Sauce

With the weather getting warmer (finally) in Western Washington my mind has been drifting to fresh clean flavors. One of the things I love about Greek food is the flavors and tzatziki sauce is one of my favorite things. The taste of fresh cucumber and dill with a little pop of garlic? Mmmm so good. So now I have been trying to come up with a few Greek inspired meals. One of those meals will be a Greek burger for #sundaysupper. If you don't follow me on Twitter give me a quick follow and keep an eye on that hash tag this Sunday. You will find so many wonderful recipes, many of which get picked up for the top 9 on Foodbuzz. It is wonderful being included in such a terrific group of bloggers.

Roasted Garlic Pork Chops and Rice with Progresso Recipe Starters {Product Review}

When I walked into my hotel room at the BlogHer Food conference this past weekend I was greeted by a bright blue Progresso bag and balloon. My first thought was "How festive" my second thought was "Ohh what's in the bag?". The answer to that question is a can of their new Recipe Starters cooking sauce. I had never seen this before and to be honest with you my first reaction to it was "Oh another soup to cook with". I have mentioned many times how I try to stay away from any cooking with condensed soup because they contain so much sodium and fat. So I tossed the can back in the bag and didn't look at it again until I got home.

Monday I pulled the can out again and started to read the information on it. Hhmmm only 5 grams of fat, 430 mgs of sodium, and only 70 cals per serving? That is a far cry from the 28 grams of fat, 1955mgs of sodium (yes I said 1955!), and 258 cals per serving that the average condensed can of cream soup contains. Well with those stats alone I was very excited to give it a shot.

Blogger Inspiration ~ Sunshine Award

Just when I thought things couldn't get much better this week. I mean BlogHer Food will have me in a daze for a while, I received a wonderful compliment in the form of The Sunshine Blog award from my friend Krista over at Everyday Mom's Meals! Krista and I met sometime ago through Facebook and our blogger family there. Instantly I fell in love with her with her caring heart and upbeat way of looking at life. She is quite an inspiration her self so for her to award me is an honor!

As Krista explained it, the Sunshine Blog award is an award given to bloggers by other bloggers. It is given to "bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere". 

How the award works, thank the person that awarded you and link back to their blog. Then answer 10 questions about yourself (it is nice to get to know each other better).

Select 10 bloggers that inspire you and link back to them in your post and let them know they have been given the Sunshine Award.

1) Your favorite color? All shades of red, from blood red to baby pink

2) Favorite animal? LOL I am a bit strange. I worked for Project Wildlife for many years and rehabbed many wild animals. I was also blessed to raise education animals for the San Diego Zoo as well as our organization. So my favorite animal is a possum.

My daughter Jessi and our education possum Noel.

3) Favorite number? 9

4) Favorite drink? (non alcoholic) Vitamin Water (alcoholic) Dirty Martini

5) Facebook or Twitter? That is a hard choice. I have made some wonderful connections with people through both sites. I usually have them both open most of the day

6) Good movie or good book? If I am alone a good book, but love a good movie with family and friends

7) My passion? Cooking has become such passion for me since I lost weight. I say I used to live to eat and now I live to cook. I love nothing more than being surrounded by my family in the kitchen, talking and laughing, and serving them a great meal.

8) Giving or getting presents? Easily it is giving. I like to make presents. At the holidays I will make baskets for people with homemade cookies, candy, bread, jams, etc.

9) What is your favorite day of the year? I love Thanksgiving. There is something about a day of being around your family and friends to give thanks for everything you have in your life that makes me smile inside whenever I think about it.

10) Favorite flowers? Roses, Sterling Silver (purple) or white

Now enough about me! Lets get on to the 10 bloggers I am awarding. This is so hard because there are so many wonderful people I could chose!! But here are 10 of them.

#BlogHerFood 12 was AMAZING!!!

This last weekend Kevin and I attended the BlogHer Food conference in Seattle. Lucky for me we live about a hour from the hotel so no pain in the rear airport for this girl, just a nice relaxing drive. Did I say relaxing? Who the heck am I kidding? I was so excited I could barely sit still!! I didn't know what I was more excited about, the classes and learning new things about food blogging, or meeting people like Jaden from The Steamy Kitchen, Todd and Diane from White On Rice Couple, or Maria and Josh (and little Caleb) from Two Peas and Their Pod? Of course the topper to the whole thing was the opportunity to meet Ree Drummond from the Pioneer Woman! I will tell you as a fairly newbie food blogger (I have only  been blogging a little over a year) I was completely star struck to meet the faces behind the blogs that I love so much.

Tipsy Tuesday - Summertime Sangria

Hello my fellow cocktail lovers! It is that time of the week again for me to share a wonderful "adult" beverage with you. I am trying very hard to find you new and exciting drinks to try. I mean just talking about wine isn't enough, although I will share with you that my favorite white wine is Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. I found that wine about 6 years ago and have yet to find another I enjoy as much within that price range. So you know that I used that wine in this drink.

I love the summertime when it comes to cocktails! Seriously, summertime is just party time right? In the winter, other than the holidays, the only things I want to drink are warm and comforting (except for wine but I am an admitted wino).

Manic Monday Linky Party Week 2

Hello everyone! I can't believe it is Monday. The weekend went by so fast. I guess I got spoiled by the 3 day weekend last week, 2 just seem like enough now. But the nice thing about Monday is that is it time again for Manic Monday! Let's all share those recipes that we have as go to recipes for those crazy Monday's when there is no time to cook, or nothing planned ahead! I really enjoyed everyone's submissions last time.

Let me share a few of your favorites.

The Morel Mushroom, Havarti, and Chive Souffle 
from Ann at Sumptuous Spoonfuls

Ice Cream Cake
from Joan at Chocolate, Chocolate, and More Chocolate

And last but not least Appetizer Antipasto Skewers
from my dear friend Robin at My Kaotic Kitchen

But everything looked wonderful to me!! You all were so wonderful to share all of your hard work and love with us all!

So here we go.......

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Last but not least, make sure to visit a few of the other blogs that post. Give them a like, follow them, and send them tons of foodie <3 from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen.

Now, let's get this party started!!!!!

Bacon Mac and Cheese

I know today is supposed to be Food Star Friday, and well, it kinda is. I started out with a recipe. I saw Kelsey Nixon, from Kelsey's Essentials, making this mac and cheese with bacon. OK well ya know my head swiveled around to see how she was doing it! I love bacon, bacon anything, OK well maybe I chickened out in trying the bacon milkshake, so I will say I love bacon in almost anything.