High Heels and Grills

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mini Twix Cheesecakes

With a buttery, Oreo crust, a smooth and creamy filling, with caramel and shortbread Twix Bars mixed in, and topped off with chocolate ganache and caramel drizzle, these Mini Twix Cheesecakes are easily the best desserts you will ever have in your life. 

Mini Twix Cheesecakes. I made these for my husband and his co-workers and they said it was the best cheesecake they're ever had. It's such an easy dessert to make! http://www.highheelsandgrills.com/2015/03/mini-twix-cheesecakes.html

I'm beginning to understand why The Cheesecake Factory is so popular. I mean, I love a good cheesecake, but what I love even more is how much variety there can be in it! Between these Oreo Cheesecake Bars, these Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars and these Reese's Cheesecake Bars, I have had my fair share of yummy homemade cheesecake. These Mini Twix Cheesecakes are just the cherry on top!

Mini Twix Cheesecakes. I made these for my husband and his co-workers and they said it was the best cheesecake they're ever had. It's such an easy dessert to make! http://www.highheelsandgrills.com/2015/03/mini-twix-cheesecakes.html

I made these bad boys with my sister when she was in town a couple of weeks ago and after we both at three, I knew I needed to get them out of the house, stat! Zach called and said that his coworkers would love them, so I headed that way to pawn them off. I didn't think a whole lot of it, until the next day, Zach came home and said that so many people told him that this was the best cheesecake they're ever eaten. Umm, can you say "totally and completely flattered"?? Little do they know how ridiculously easy they are.

If you struggle at all or are intimidated by baking cheesecake, start with these ones. They're pretty much foolproof and are one of the tastiest desserts ever!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Olive Garden Breadsticks

These breadsticks are garlicky, light, and fluffy, with a crisp outside. They taste just like the ones you get at Olive Garden, but you can now make them at home!

Olive Garden Breadsticks Copycat. These are light and fluffy, but crisp on the outside and have a slight hint of garlic to them. Awesome side for dinner! highheelsandgrills.com

After posting Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana soup a few weeks ago, you might begin to think Zach and I have an Olive Garden addiction. And you would probably be right. It's okay. We have nothing to hide. 

Unless you have never been there {Yeah, those people exist}, you probably understand what is so appealing about this delicious Italian food chain. When we go there for lunch, I almost always get their soup and salad option. Partly because it's cheap, partly because it's delicious, but mostly because it's bottomless. #girlscaneattoo When we go for dinner, I usually play it safe and get their Fettuccine Alfredo. I love that stuff so much and it also makes for really great leftovers!

The one thing that I can't leave Olive Garden without eating though, is their breadsticks. Holy toledo, they definitely have the best breadsticks I've ever had in my life. Ask anyone. They'll agree. They're soft, but crispy when you bite into them and that hint of garlic tops it all off. It's no wonder i eat at least four every time we go there. After trying numerous times to recreate them, I think I finally did it! Try this and let me know what you think.

Olive Garden Breadsticks Copycat. These are light and fluffy, but crisp on the outside and have a slight hint of garlic to them. Awesome side for dinner! highheelsandgrills.com

Monday, March 23, 2015

Root Beer Stewed Beef

This Root Beer Stewed Beef is tender, moist, and most importantly - delicious. Serve it over egg noodles and you have a super easy, weeknight meal!

Root Beer Stewed Beef. Serve over egg noodles for an easy, weeknight dinnerl! highheelsandgrills.com

It's another Man Monday! I'm on a roll folks. It's been like 5 weeks in a row that I've done a Man Monday post! Please, hold your applause.

Root Beer Stewed Beef. Serve over egg noodles for an easy, weeknight dinnerl! highheelsandgrills.com

So for those of you dedicated and consistent readers of Man Monday, or who I like to call true Manmondorians, you know that I love root beer. And, for those of you who don't read Man Monday consistently, or who I like to call Jack-Manmondorians, then listen and learn:

I've officially tried over 75 different root beers and I have the bottles above my kitchen cabinets to prove it. Leave a comment on facebook if you want a complete rundown of my favorites, and the flavors I'd rather never try again. #rootbeerwhisperer

Root Beer Stewed Beef. Serve over egg noodles for an easy, weeknight dinnerl! highheelsandgrills.com

I like root beer enough to even cook with it, and this wasn't the first time I've done it. In fact, my first attempt at cooking with chicken got the attention of the Huffington Post! Check it out.

Anywho, the other night I made this and Sarah literally said, "you hit a homerun with this one, babe." It's GOOD!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Oreo Cheesecake Bars

These Oreo Cheesecake Bars will give you that delicious taste of cheesecake that you know and love, without the difficulty and stress of an entire cheesecake. They are easy and quick to make and will impress anyone that eats them!

These are way easier to make than traditional cheesecake and rase just as amazing!

I have tried making a whole cheesecake four different times and have only been successful once. It was with this Orange Chocolate Cheesecake. {Which tastes amazing, might I add.} The other ones have all tasted great and at least looked like a cheesecake, but the middles all sank in and they cracked every single dang time! I hear that over mixing is usually there reason for the cracks and cooking to quickly is the reason for the sunken middle, but even when trying to avoid those two things, it still happens. So annoying. One day, I will get it perfect and when that happens, you will definitely be hearing about it!

These are way easier to make than traditional cheesecake and rase just as amazing!

In the meantime, I think I can be happily content with these cheesecake bars instead. We've made a Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bar and Reese's Cheesecake Bar, but I will have to admit that these Oreo ones are my favorite. I love that you get that rich creamy taste of cheesecake, but it literally takes half the time and less than half the stress. 

These are way easier to make than traditional cheesecake and rase just as amazing!

Zach doesn't like cheesecake. Yeah. Crazy kid. So, I guess I'll eat the whole pan of these by myself. If you need me, I'll be in a sugar coma and won't even be sad about it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tomato-Basil Cream Ravioli

This ravioli is creamy and flavorful and considering how easy it is to make, you will definitely want it in your regular dinner rotation.

Let me be the first to say that I am all for making dinners completely from scratch. I like knowing what's in it, it makes me feel accomplished, and it usually tastes so much better. But I'll be darned if you don't just need something quick and easy that still tastes pretty good, every now and again, gosh dang it! That's exactly what this recipe is.

It takes less than 15 minutes to make and even my one year old gobbled it up. I'm not going to say that I'm the best cook in the world. I leave that to Zach. But I don't think I'm a terrible cook and Addi still won't eat half of what I make. So, considering she ate this and loved it, I'd say it's a definite win!

I'm not a huge fan of tomatoes, so if you're not either, trust me when I say that they actually complement this dish. When all is said and done, this has become one of my very favorite pasta dinners!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cookies and Cream Fondue

Note: I have been compensated for this blog post by REAL® Seal, but all thoughts and opinions are exclusively mine.

Get this: Did you know that March 28th is national "Something on a Stick Day"? Yeah. Neither did I. But I know now and I'm totally going to celebrate it! What is it about putting something on a stick that makes it taste so much better? My hometown has a famous turkey recipe that calls for a few turkey breasts, marinated in everything delicious. Last summer, Zach and I made that recipe, but cut the turkey up and did it with skewers instead and I must say - I don't think we will ever go back to eating full turkey breasts. There's just something so satisfying about eating it on a stick!

Anyway. I'm getting a little off topic here in my excitement of eating things on sticks. Never thought that would be a sentence I'd be writing on this blog. When I think of eating things on sticks, fruit kabobs and fondue are the first things that come to mind. We actually just had a fondue night with some ladies from my church last week and it made me wonder why I don't ever do fondue at home. It's so easy and tastes delicious!

The two main types {and maybe the only types} of fondue that I've seen are of the chocolate variety and cheese. Do you see a trend in those? The main component is dairy! I've been an ambassador of sorts for the REAL® Seal brand for almost a year now and have learned so much in the importance of buying and using quality, U.S. based dairy in my cooking, baking, and every day drinking. This company has been around for almost 4 decades and they use stringent qualifications to make sure that the dairy products that hold their stamp are products that you and I can trust. I challenge you to look for the REAL® Seal on your next grocery visit and make using their products a part of your every day life!

You can start by getting the ingredients for this Cookie and Cream Fondue. It's made with cream and butter, stamped with the REAL® Seal, along with white chocolate chips and chocolate sandwich cookies. Yeah. Only four ingredients. It's super easy to make and I think it just hit the spot as my favorite fondue that I've ever had. You'll love it, your friends will love it, and it's sure to impress at the next fondue night you go to.

Monday, March 16, 2015

3-Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie

Man Monday Time!

Zach here. Do you ever have those moments when you just want a chocolate chip cookie SO bad? The hankering is so profound it even interrupts your lounging while watching the Walking Dead? You meander upstairs only to quickly become overwhelmed and disappointed when you realize making a cookie is going to take like 30 minutes! But what happens to Rick Grimes!? I can't wait that long!

Well, that's never happened to me *cough*, but I have a solution. This chocolate chip cookie literally takes 3 minutes or less seconds to cook. No joke.

Oh, and the best part? It's actually enjoyable. To illustrate, let me tell you a TRUE story about this very cookie...

Once upon a time, Sarah and I were babysitting some neighbor kids. I made the mistake of making one of these mug cookies for the kidlets. I put the cookie on a plate, grabbed 3 forks and said, "okay guys, here it is, but you need to share this one while I make more." Have you ever seen those nature shows where a pack of wolves who haven't eaten anything in like 42 days claw at each other and bite each other to get at some well deserved prey? And, as they eat you see pieces of animal flesh flying all over the place, but you can't ever really see what it is they are eating? Yeah, that happened. This pack of children consumed this cookie in less then 8.3 seconds. I've never been so breathtakingly astonished than the moment I witnessed the veracity and ferocity in which their prey was devoured.

If you need your chocolate chip cookie fix quick, make this. You won't regret it.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Zupas Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup Copycat

I received compensation for this post through my relationship with the Quality Blue Community. I also received a product for this review. All opinions are my own.

Zach here, and welcome to another Man Monday.

I don't know about you guys, but I've been on a soup kick lately. Let's be honest, soups aren't very manly. Need proof? Picture this:

Guys get together for Guy Day, Dude Night, Menrichment, Man Monday, whatever manly event where testosterone is plentiful... maybe they just went hunting/shooting/hiking and are coming back home, sweaty and tired. Maybe they went to the ball game and are hankering for some grub. Maybe they sat around all day comparing chest hair and relating manly stories that generated a healthy hunger. Whatever it was, imagine one of the dudes (think of Cam from Modern Family) clap his hands together and say, "all right boys, who's ready for some fabulous tomato soup?"

Doesn't quite fit, does it? Well, in-spite of that, I've been consuming a lot of soup lately, and I still feel manly. Why? Well, friends, I'm trying to shed a few pounds. The fam and I are going to Cancun in May and I don't want to look like a fat blob when we go. What does this have to do with soup? Soup is incredible in many healthy ways. First, you can hide all sorts of veggies in a soup without it tasting veggie-like. Also, a warm soup can help you feel full for not a lot of calories. Nothing makes you feel more like a man when you look in the mirror and can do the peck dance. Eat soup, do the peck dance. Simple.

We have made this cauliflower soup before, but it was almost inedible because of how grainy it was. We were recently given a Wolfgang Puck Commercial Blender by Eastman Tritan™ and I can't begin to tell you what a difference that a quality blender like this one made! It's a commercial blender that quickly and {just as important} quietly whips up just about anything we need. One of the great things about it too, is that it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Yes, it's more expensive than your typical Walmart blender, but it also does the job way better than them, and it can hold up against the pricey $400 blenders as well. The jar is made with Tritan plastic from Eastman, which is nice, durable plastic, so while it looks fancy, you don't have to worry about dropping it and shattering it into a million pieces.

We have been loving this blender and can't wait to try out so many new {and old} recipes for it. I actually have a spaghetti sauce recipe that I pretty much lived off of in college, that I think could be whipped up perfectly in this thing. It would do a great job of getting that smooth and saucy consistency. Stay tuned for that one, folks. I highly recommend checking out this blender! 

Eastman Tritan™ is a quality company that we would trust and they aren't just limited to blenders. To check out more products made by them, be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

All Things DISNEY Giveaway! {Including a Disney Vacation!}

Raise your hand if you love Disney! {Insert Sarah, raising both hands, while jumping up and down.} To say that I love Disney would probably be an understatement. To this day, when I watch almost any classic Disney movie, I can just about quote it, word for word. {As can most kids that grew up in the 90's, I'm sure. Yes. You read that right. 90's. #imababy} I have been to Disneyland every year for the past 10+ years, except for one, and it doesn't get old. Addi isn't even 2 yet and she has already been twice! Like I said. I LOVE Disney. Which is why I am so excited about this giveaway!

I have gotten together with some other fabulous bloggers to bring you the ultimate All Things Disney Giveaway. This is a ROUND ROBIN giveaway, so you will move to the next person's blog and they will be giving away an entirely different prize that is Disney related. You can enter to win their prize, by following the entry method on their site. And, {SPOILER ALERT!} there is even a Disney vacation package being thrown in for a 2 night hotel stay and 2 adult Disneyland tickets! Lucky dogs.

As for our blog here, we are giving away a cute Mickey Waffle Maker!

I know that just about any child in the world would love one of these, but does it make me sound juvenile to admit that I would totally love one, too? I can already think of a couple waffle recipes that would taste so much better in the shape of a Mickey Mouse face, like our Buttermilk Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Waffles. I need one of these in my possession, stat. In the meantime, I'd love to be able to give this one away to one of you!

To enter this giveaway, simply comment below and tell me what your favorite food at Disneyland/Disneyworld is. {Or something you would like to try if you ever get to go. Perhaps their Dole Whips, maybe?} 

And that's it! Easy peasy. P.S. Mine is totally their Monte Cristo Sandwich from Cafe Orleans. Mmm-mm good.

My good friend, Sandra at A Dash of Sanity, is next in this ROUND ROBIN giveaway. Be sure to click this red button below to visit her blog and enter to win a Kindle Fire!

Good luck, friends. May the odds be eva' in yo' fava'.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat

Hi friends! Man Monday time.

Three reasons why copycat recipes are awesome:

1. To purchase the actual item at the restaurant (vs making it yourself) costs your child's future tuition and your entire collection of Indiana Jones paraphernalia.

2. Often, the copycat version is better for you, and you feel it instantly... no gut bombs.

3. I can enjoy any copycat recipe in the comfort of my own home. And I don't even need to wear pants.

One reason why copycat recipes can suck:

1. When they don't actually taste like the original, you feel like shoving a pie in the face of the person who originally created the recipe. And by pie, I don't mean the kind that is yummy. I mean the other kind... you know... made of animal... excrement.

Well, in this copycat recipe I literally cannot tell the difference between it and the Olive Garden original. It's glorious. You avoid that one pesky negative to copycat recipes, and you can appreciate ALL the benefits. I would just recommend at least having some barrier between your hot soup and your... body... if you choose not to wear pants.

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