‘Celebrate with 8’ for National Pet Day

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Pets are the cornerstone of a family.
Whether it’s puppy, kitty, birdie or even slithers
it’s time to ‘Celebrate with 8’ for National Pet Day!

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Want a unique reminder of how cute your little critter?  This Custom Pet Magnet from KitAtlas is 100% handmade and ready to greet your anywhere a magnet can be placed.  Perfect for you or a gift for new pet owners.

Custom Pet Magnet from KitAtlas | Celebrate with 8 for National Pet Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

How about an exact miniature replica of your fluffy little fella?  The creative workmanship from OringalSockDogs turns a photo into a 4″ Felted replica of your pet. How neat!

Felted Dog from Original Sock Dogs | Celebrate with 8 for National Pet Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Have a little guinea pig at home that you are super proud of?  This World Best Guinea Pig Mom T-Shirt from Blessed Society is a cute way to let everyone know.

World Best Guinea Pig Mom TShirt from Blessed Society | Celebrate with 8 for National Pet Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Treat your pretty pooch to this Floral Ruffle Collar from MuttsnBones.  The clasp can be personalized for an extra piece of mind if your pup ever gets lost.  Pretty and personalized for the ultimate style hound.

Personalized Pet Collar from MuttsnBones | Celebrate with 8 for National Pet Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Not all pets have 4 legs.  Does your pet possibly have no legs at all? This ‘My Pet Can Eat Your Pet‘ Mug from RealPeopleGoods can be taken as a funny brag that not all pets are created equal.

Funny Herpetology Mug from RealPeopleGoods | Celebrate with 8 for National Pet Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Welcome a new dog home with this Personalized Pallet Dog Bed from Crosswoodworks.  Made from reclaimed wood, whitewashed, their name added then the finishing touch…a super snugly bed.

Personalized Pallet Dog Bed from Crosswoodworks | Celebrate with 8 for National Pet Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Have a travel loving pooch?  Don’t forget a thing with this Puppy Tote from MJMonograms.  Comes in 10 different color and design options for the perfect on-the-go bag.

Puppy Tote from MJMonograms | Celebrate with 8 for National Pet Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

A gift for you or someone else who wants to show their ‘paws’ off for their animal.  This Personalized Ring from Emily J Design is completely customized.

Personalized Pet Jewelry from Emily J Design | Celebrate with 8 for National Pet Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

A bonus because I had such a hard time choosing just ‘8’ treats…..

Designate your doggies space with this Sign from HouseOfJason.  So cute!

Dog Sign from HouseOfJason | Celebrate with 8 for National Pet Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Treat your pet well and they will treat you well in return. Celebrate.

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‘Celebrate with 8’ Easter Dishes

‘Celebrate with 8’ Easter Dishes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Don’t wait until the Bunny Hops to plan your Easter Sunday.
Plan ahead with these recipes to make the whole day yummy
and leave your guest happy and full.

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Making baskets for the kids? Adorable Peeps on a Stick from Suburban Simplicity are so cute and easy to make you can have it done the night before. Plenty of time to hide Easter Eggs instead.

Adorable Peeps on a Stick from Suburban Simplicty | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now on to the appetizers for the day.  This Easy Carrot-Shaped Veggie Pizza Bars from Crayons & Crayons makes the perfect spread loaded with vegetables but also has the good stuff like Crescent Rolls, Cream Cheese and Ranch. Oh and lots of cheese.

Easy Carrot-Shaped Veggie Pizza Bars from Crayons & Crayons | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Let’s skip the traditional deviled eggs this year and try this retro Shrimp Cocktail Deviled Eggs from Home. Made. Interest.  Not only is the shrimp an unexpected treat but there’s also a bite of Horseradish in there too.

Shrimp Cocktail Deviled Eggs from Home. Made. Interest. | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Just because it’s the holiday it doesn’t have to mean you can’t think healthy.  Swap cauliflower for potatoes with this Keto Herbed Goat Cheese Cauliflower Mash from Peace, Love and Low Carb.  The perfect side to any main course.

Keto Herbed Goat Cheese Cauliflower Mash from Peace, Love and Low Carb | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Looking for a fancy meal that will make an impression?  Try this Stuffed Pork Tenderloin from Spend With Pennies.  Spinach and mushrooms combine with a cream cheese and breadcrumbs all rolled up and baked to perfection.

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin from Spend With Pennies | Bottom Left of the Mitten
There are just 4 simple ingredients in this Guilt Free Slow Cooked Shoulder Of Lamb from Recipe This. Add them to the slow cooker and let that do all the rest of the work. Easy, simple and delicious. Perfect for when you want a relaxing day but a fabulous meal.

Guilt Free Slow Cooked Shoulder Of Lamb from Recipe This | Bottom Left of the Mitten
A little bunny inspired treat for your guest are probably in order for an adorable Easter.  These Easter Bunny Popcorn Bars from It Bakes Me Happy are filled with popcorn, marshmallow, graham crackers and my favorite: Cadbury Mini Eggs.

Easter Bunny Popcorn Bars from It Bakes Me Happy
Who doesn’t love this signature treat around Easter?  How about adding them to brownies?  These Crème Egg Brownies from Recipes from a Pantry really up the dessert table ‘Wow’ factor.

Crème Egg Brownies from Recipes from a Pantry | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Spread the Joy, Good Food & Easter Cheer. Celebrate.

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‘Celebrate with 8’ Must Haves for Spring Break

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Heading out of the cold to the beach for Spring Break?
Celebrate with items that will have
you sunnin’and funnin’ in style.

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This adorable ‘Aloha Beaches’ sun hat from Shades of Pink Boutique will have you staying out of the sun in style.  It comes in 5 different colors so you can be sure to have it match that new bathing suit you brought for yourself.  For Bottom Left of the Mitten customers enjoy 10% off through the end of the month. Use COUPON CODE: BOTTOMLEFT10.

'Aloha Beaches' sun hat from Shades of Pink Boutique | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Relax and reset. Show off your glow and your Resting Beach Face T-Shirt from Vodka Lemonade on the beach. Sand in your hair and a smile on your face. Ain’t nobody getting you down.

Resting Beach Face T-Shirt from Vodka Lemonade | Spring Break Must Haves| Bottom Left of the Mitten
Have your hands full? Need a mandatory relax session after a long day chasing the kids? Maybe you should ‘Wine’ about with this Stemless Wine Glass from Maddy & Momo. This glass is also cleverly marked for Christmas and Summer Breaks as well.

Stemless Wine Glass from Maddy & Momo | Spring Break Must Haves| Bottom Left of the Mitten
It would be nice to hit the beach without having to take what seems like a million things with you but that rarely happens.  So take your stuff in style with this Burlap Beach Tote from MagnaniHoldingCo.  The best part of this bag is that your purchase benefits the Cafe Femenino Foundation supporting women and families.

Burlap Beach Tote from MagnaniHoldingCo. | Spring Break Must Haves| Bottom Left of the Mitten
Maybe your heading to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ for Spring Break this year. Get the family ready to celebrate with this 2018 Spring Break Disney Shirt from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. These can be customized for the whole family in different t-shirt styles and colors.

2018 Spring Break Disney Shirt from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique | Spring Break Must Haves | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Make sure you stay hydrated while at the beach with this Beach Tumbler from Annie Girl Designs. This cup also won’t get any of the pesky condensation so sand sticks to it. Bottoms up!

Beach Tumbler from Annie Girl Designs | Spring Break Must Haves| Bottom Left of the Mitten
Relive the Good Old Days with this 80s Spring Break Palm Springs California Postcard from Voodoo Vixen Vintage. Life was easy, the weather was warm and you may or may not have been wearing neon.

80s Spring Break Palm Springs California Postcard from Voodoo Vixen Vintage | Spring Break Must Haves| Bottom Left of the Mitten
Go nuts this Spring Break! This Go Where Coconuts Grow Shirt from My Rustic Place let’s everyone know what your real priorities are this year and where you are heading. Best of all it comes in 37 different colors to choose from.

Go Where Coconuts Grow Shirt from My Rustic Place | Spring Break Must Haves| Bottom Left of the Mitten

Make sure to wear your SPF. Celebrate.

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Salad Delight

This Mitten Movie Night I’m taking it to the tropics so Salad Delight it is! Don’t let the name fool you this ‘salad’ is a sweet treat. Tropical fruits, marshmallows and whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. This vintage recipe stands the test of time and perfect for holidays, picnics or any night of the week.  I may not be able to escape to a warmer climate right now but I can make a tropical salad, sit under a bright light with sunglasses and sip on a mango sour beer.  Sounds good, huh?

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With this I am serving it as a side with some slider sandwiches.  A perfect beer to pair this with is In The Flesh from Two Brothers Artisan Brewing.  I’m a really big fan of sour beers and this one made with mango is on the top of my favorites list. The sourness does cut the sweetness of the salad. Delicious!

Recommended watching: We are catching up on a new to us show, Atlanta.  If you are a fan of Donald Glover either the show he started in Community or his music you will see him at his finest in this drama.  A little thing you may not know about him thought (and no he is NOT related to Danny Glover) he was actually discovered by Tina Fey and wrote for my favorite show ever, 30 Rock.  Now on to the ‘salad’ that’s not a salad at all.

Salad Delight | Bottom Left of the Mitten

While I do usually like to have pictures of each step there simply was no reason for it.  All you have to do is set the whipped cream and frozen fruit on the counter and let thaw.  You could also do this overnight in the refrigerator.  Once the items have thawed make sure to drain the frozen fruit as it may have water in the bottom.  Next open the can of crushed pineapple and drain that too.  You don’t want it making your salad runny.

In a medium sized bowl add the fruit, pineapple, whipped cream, chopped banana and marshmallows. Mix to combine all the ingredients.  In a small pan on the stove over medium heat melt 1/2 tsp of butter.  Add the coconut and toast for 2-3 minutes.  Take off the stove and let cool.  Sprinkle on top of the salad.  And here you are…..

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Salad Delight
Don't let the name fool you this 'salad' is a sweet treat. Tropical fruits, marshmallows and whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. This vintage recipe stands the test of time and perfect for holidays, picnics or any night of the week.
Salad Delight | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salad Delight | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Set the whipped cream and frozen fruit on the counter and let thaw. You could also do this overnight in the refrigerator. Once the items have thawed make sure to drain the frozen fruit as it may have water in the bottom.
  2. Next open the can of crushed pineapple and drain that too. You don't want it making your salad runny.
  3. In a medium sized bowl add the fruit, pineapple, whipped cream, chopped banana and marshmallows. Mix to combine all the ingredients.
  4. In a small pan on the stove over medium heat melt 1/2 tsp of butter. Add the coconut and toast for 2-3 minutes. Take off the stove and let cool.
  5. Sprinkle the coconut on top of the salad. Enjoy!
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‘Celebrate with 8’ Unique St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Don’t let this St. Patrick’s Day go by with the same old food.
Let’s ‘Celebrate with 8’ unique recipes from Green drinks
to delicious Rainbow treats.

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Next to Corned Beef & Cabbage Shepherd’s Pie is probably one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day recipes.  These Mini Shepherd’s Pies from Foxes Loves Lemons can be made ahead of time so you can spend less time in the kitchen.

Mini Shepherd’s Pies from Foxes Love Lemons | 'Celebrate with 8' Unique Saint Patrick's Day Recipes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Cabbage rolls meets up with a classic corned beef recipe.  Don’t forget the yummy potatoes, parsnips and carrots too.  Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls from Home. Made. Interest. are the perfect dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.

Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls from Home. Made. Interest | 'Celebrate with 8' Unique Saint Patrick's Day Recipes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Need a splash of green for the holiday dinner table but not looking for the same old green beans or Brussels Sprouts? Try out this Oven Roasted Asparagus, Whipped Ricotta, Honey from Bacon Is Magic. Creamy ricotta, sweet honey and tender asparagus make for the perfect side to any meal you choose.

Oven Roasted Asparagus, Whipped Ricotta, Honey from Bacon Is Magic | 'Celebrate with 8' Unique Saint Patrick's Day Recipes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Skip the food coloring and go green naturally with 3 Ways to Make Green Beer Without Food Coloring tips from Wholefully.  Three different products give you three different shades of green.

3 Ways to Make Green Beer Without Food Coloring from Wholefully | 'Celebrate with 8' Unique Saint Patrick's Day Recipes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Have you ever seen a sandwich so festive? This Rainbow Grilled Cheese from Amanda’s Cookin’ has all the colors of the rainbow: yellow, red, blue and purple. Oh and LOTS of ooey gooey cheese.

Rainbow Grilled Cheese from Amanda's Cookin | 'Celebrate with 8' Unique Saint Patrick's Day Recipes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Get the kiddos in on the green drinks with these Leprechaun Coolers from Around My Family Table.  Super green, tart and flavorful with a sugared rim. Perfect for the little Leprechaun’s.

Leprechaun Coolers from Around My Family Table | 'Celebrate with 8' Unique Saint Patrick's Day Recipes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
This Lucky Charms Marshmallows White Chocolate Bark Candy Recipe from Home Cooking Memories will have you thinking back to being a kid and eating all the colors of the rainbow. Crunchy candy bark with marshmallows, sprinkles and M&M’s make for a great treat!

Lucky Charms Marshmallows White Chocolate Bark Candy Recipe from Home Cooking Memories | 'Celebrate with 8' Unique Saint Patrick's Day Recipes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
At the end of this rainbow you will see…..CAKE! Break out the bunt pan and all colors of the rainbow and bake up this Rainbow Bundt Cake from Sweet & Savory Meals.

Rainbow Bundt Cake from Sweet & Savory Meals | 'Celebrate with 8' Unique Saint Patrick's Day Recipes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Reminder: Wear Green so you don’t get pinched. Celebrate.

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Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic

Looking to have a cozy Friday night in?  And how would you like to make up a chicken dinner that can be made all in one pan and bake while you lounge on the couch reading or watching movies? Am I speaking your language yet? This Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms and Garlic is the perfect dinner for a great night in.

Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | Bottom Left of the Mitten

So tonight for Mitten Movie Night I made one of my favorites, a simple chicken dinner.  I love nothing more than chicken with a light gravy and mashed potatoes.  This meal paired so well with the White Chocolate Blonde from Grand Armory Brewing that we picked up when we were out hunting for Hopslam.  With only a hint of chocolate it went great with the meaty mushrooms, tender chicken and light sauce perfectly.

Recommended to watch: The Secret of Marrowbone.  This movie had me thinking about it long after it was over.  A little bit of horror with a surprise twist at the end.  So cuddle up because the weather is still cold and let’s get to the meal.

Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Do you have a cast iron skillet?  If not this dish works well in a dutch oven too.  I’ve been using my cast iron like crazy since I got it this summer.  Before having one I always thought that it would be too intimidating but I was simply wrong about it. Easy to clean and you can make everything from burgers to dessert in it.

Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.  On the stove heat the pan and add the 1/4 cup olive oil. On a plate add the flour, salt, pepper and thyme.  Combine the spices and flour together then dredge each chicken piece into it then add them skin side down to the pan.  Cook for 5 minutes, flip over and cook another 5 minutes on the other side.  While the chicken is cooking chop the onion, clean the mushrooms and get the garlic peeled.

Once the chicken is cooked remove and put on a separate plate.  The chicken does not have to be cooked you just wanted to crisp up the skin.  To the same pan add 1 Tbs of butter.  With a spatula bring up the little bits on the bottom of the pan and add the onions.  Brown them until translucent for 2-3 minutes.  By now the kitchen should be smelling amazing!

Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now that the onions are cooked add the liquids: wine and chicken stock.  Add the chicken back to the pan.  Then finally add the mushrooms and garlic on top of that.  Turn off the heat to the skillet on the stove top then put the whole pan into the oven.

Cook the chicken for 60 minutes but to keep it moist every 15 minutes take a spoon and pour the juices from the pan over the chicken.  While it’s cooking make up some mashed potatoes and a vegetable side.  Plate it up and here you are…..

Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic
Crispy chicken thighs bake in a light wine sauce with whole garlic cloves, onions and mushrooms. Break out the cast iron skillet and enjoy this one pan meal that is perfect for a great night in.
Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. On the stove heat the pan and add the 1/4 cup olive oil.
  2. On a plate add the flour, salt, pepper and thyme. Combine the spices and flour together then dredge each chicken piece into it then add them skin side down to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, flip over and cook another 5 minutes on the other side.
  3. While the chicken is cooking chop the onion, clean the mushrooms and get the garlic peeled.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked remove and put on a separate plate. The chicken does not have to be cooked you just wanted to crisp up the skin. To the same pan add 1 Tbs of butter.
  5. With a spatula bring up the little bits on the bottom of the pan and add the onions. Brown them until translucent for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Now that the onions are cooked add the liquids: wine and chicken stock. Add the chicken back to the pan. Then finally add the mushrooms and garlic on top of that. Turn off the heat to the skillet on the stove top then put the whole pan into the oven.
  7. Cook the chicken for 60 minutes but to keep it moist every 15 minutes take a spoon and pour the juices from the pan over the chicken. Plate it up. Enjoy!
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Stuffed Biscuits

One day Spring is going to get here and when it does I always like to have quick meals on hand that can be paired with quick side dishes too.  With soccer and wanting to be outside finally after a long Winter I want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the weather.  These stuffed biscuits are filled with ham and cheese and go from oven to table in less than 15 minutes.

Stuffed Biscuits | Bottom Left of the Mitten

My cute Liz Lemon spoon from NobbinsBobbinsNBling is exactly how I’m feeling about Winter right now.  When I say ‘Winter’ you would think that maybe I’m just over snow but No. NO. How about rain, flooding, heavy winds and then yes again, snow.  This is the first year thought that I can honestly remember that school was closed because of flooding. Many schools in the area were closed and sadly some places had severe damage. It’s been close to 3 weeks and there are some areas that are still bad.  We are now in March though so…wait that am I saying because that means nothing in Michigan.  Just prepare the same and we will get to the nice weather eventually.  So enough about the cruddy weather on to the recipe!

Stuffed Biscuits | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and open the can of biscuits.  Did you know that some people are actually scared to open tubed biscuits?  My best friend happens to be one of them!  So if you are make sure to have someone else do this for you.  The next step is why you need to make sure to use the ‘layered’ biscuits so that they can easily be split in the middle.

In your palm take the 1st half of the biscuit and press it down a little more so it’s a little larger.  Place a pinch of ham in the middle.  Then some cheese.  Now take the 2nd half of the biscuit and put it on top.  The bottom half should be a little larger so now fold the edges up and over the top to make little ‘pockets’. Pinch the sides to close it up completely.  When they bake some may not be 100% closed but that okay they should still all be in tact.

Stuffed Biscuits | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Place the biscuits onto a cookie baking sheet and continue with the rest of them.  Slide into the oven and cook for 14 minutes.  Make a quick side dish to go with it.  And here you are….

Stuffed Biscuits | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Stuffed Biscuits
Need an easy lunch or dinner that everyone will love? Save time with these stuffed biscuits with ham and melted cheese. Oven to table in less than 15 minutes.
Stuffed Biscuits | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings
biscuits
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings
biscuits
Ingredients
Stuffed Biscuits | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and open the can of biscuits.
  2. Split each biscuit down the middle.
  3. In your palm take the 1st half of the biscuit and press it down a little more so it's a little larger.
  4. Place a pinch of ham in the middle. Then some cheese. Now take the 2nd half of the biscuit and put it on top. The bottom half should be a little larger so now fold the edges up and over the top to make little 'pockets'. Pinch the sides to close it up completely.
  5. Place the biscuits onto a cookie baking sheet and continue with the rest of them. Slide into the oven and cook for 14 minutes. Make a quick side dish to go with it. Enjoy!
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Irish Stout Cake

Who says you can’t have your cake and enjoy a beer too? Pour a cup into this cake batter then enjoy the rest while the cake bakes.  This Irish Stout Cake is the perfect dessert for upcoming St. Patrick’s Day.  Did I mention that I made it with Michigan Craft Beer?  Celebrate the Holiday and Michigan in one sweet dessert that is so easy to make.

Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

I’m so excited this year to participate in #FoodBloggerLove recipe swap.  This event is all about showing the ‘love’ to other Food Bloggers and recreating their best recipes.  I am pairing up with Amy Bartlett over at Savory Moments.  There were so many wonderful recipes on her site that by the time I finally settled on one I had a bunch more on my list to make but once I landed on her Guinness Chocolate Cake I knew this was the perfect recipe.  Check out Amy on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and of course on her blog where she’s cooking it up in the kitchen – can you believe she does it all with twins running around?

Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

If you follow Bottom Left of the Mitten at all you know that I do a lot of food and beer pairing but I haven’t ever cooked ‘with’ beer let alone bake with it.  I’m glad that I went outside my comfort zone for #FoodBloggerLove.  Not only was Amy’s recipe really easy it gave me an opportunity to swap out the original Guinness that she used for a Michigan Craft Beer which I’m always 100% here for. So if you want you can use 1 cup of Guinness or do I like I did and reach for Short’s Brewing Uncle Steve’s Traditional Irish Style Stout.  Now on to the cake!!

To start preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 8-inch springform pan.  On the stove top over medium heat in a small pan heat the butter until melted then add 1 cup of beer.  Turn off the heat then add the cocoa powder, sugar and brown sugar.  Set aside to cool.  In another smaller bowl add the eggs sour cream, vanilla then stir to combine.  Now in a larger bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda.

Once the butter & beer has cooled down add to the dry ingredients.  Then add the sour cream & eggs to that.  Make sure the springform pan is liberally greased or you can even add parchment paper to it.  Place the pan on a cookie sheet just in case the bottom leaks a little bit then add the batter.  Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.  Mine went for a full 55 minutes.  The top of my cake did crack and you know of course I just watched a baking hack video where it showed how not to have that happen but of course I forgot and you know what, oh well.  It turned out perfect!

Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Take out of the oven and then use a knife to scrape the sides of the pan to release the cake from the sides then flip open the springform pan.  Put the cake on a cooling rack or plate and let the cake cool fully.  Time to make the frosting!  Use one tub of mascarpone cheese and add sugar and vanilla until completely combined.  Spread over the top of the cake.  Cut into 8 slices and here you are….

Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Irish Stout Cake
Moist and fluffy chocolate cake that is so rich and delicious. Topped off with sweet mascarpone frosting. The perfect recipe for St. Patrick's Day and beyond.
Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
  1. To start preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8-inch springform pan.
  2. On the stove top over medium heat in a small pan heat the butter until melted then add 1 cup of beer. Turn off the heat then add the cocoa powder, sugar and brown sugar. Set aside to cool.
  3. In another smaller bowl add the eggs sour cream, vanilla then stir to combine. Now in a larger bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Once the butter & beer has cooled down add to the dry ingredients. Then add the sour cream & eggs to that. Add to the pan.
  5. Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.
  6. Take out of the oven and then use a knife to scrape the sides of the pan to release the cake from the sides then flip open the springform pan. Put the cake on a cooling rack or plate and let the cake cool fully.
Frosting
  1. Use one tub of mascarpone cheese and add sugar and vanilla until completely combined. Spread over the top of the cake.
  2. Cut into 8 slices. Enjoy!
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Shrimp Cannelloni #SundaySupper

February is here and love is in the air.  Looking for a romantic meals for two that won’t take you all day to make?  Try my Shrimp Cannelloni that has a short cut so you can spend more time with your love and not in the kitchen.

Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The inspiration for these came after watching one of my favorite shows Diner, Drive-In’s & Dives.  They were at a restaurant where they made cannelloni and instead of spending all the time stuffing the tubes they used egg roll wrappers instead.  Genius!  Right up there with the making ravioli using ice cube trays that I want to try soon.  For the filling they used a food processor to make the filling.  Also genius!  So let’s get to it.

Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start by thawing out the shrimp.  I used cocktail already cooked shrimp to make quick work of this and then I have shrimp leftover for tacos and salads.  In a food processor place the shrimp (keep out a small handful to add into the Alfredo sauce at the end), sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves and parsley.  Process until all the has been combined.  Take the mixture and place in a bowl then add the ricotta cheese and Italian cheese.  Mix all together.  The mixture should be well combined to make it easy to spread onto the egg roll wrappers.

Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Now start the Alfredo sauce.  Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan once melted add the flour and make a roux.  Now add the milk, the whole shrimp that was set aside and the Parmesan cheese.  Stir to completely combine and it thickens up.  In a 8×8 dish that has been greased put part 1/2 of the Alfredo into the bottom of the pan.

Now time to wrap the ‘Cannelloni’.  Take the shrimp and ricotta mixture into 6 servings.  Lay out each egg roll wrapper and spread the filling in the middle.  Fold over the top edges over the filling then then one end over the filling and finally roll it up.  Place into the dish seam side down.  Lastly cover with the rest of the Alfredo sauce and the last 1/4 cup of Italian cheese.  Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.  And here you are…..

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Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Shrimp Cannelloni
Creamy Alfredo covers a rolls filled with savory shrimp stuffing then baked. The perfect romantic meal for two for Valentine's or any date night.
Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by thawing out the shrimp.
  2. In a food processor place the shrimp (keep out a small handful to add into the Alfredo sauce at the end), sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves and parsley. Process until all the has been combined.
  3. Take the mixture and place in a bowl then add the ricotta cheese and Italian cheese. Mix all together.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Now start the Alfredo sauce. Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan once melted add the flour and make a roux. Now add the milk, the whole shrimp that was set aside and the Parmesan cheese. Stir to completely combine and it thickens up. In a 8x8 dish that has been greased put part 1/2 of the Alfredo into the bottom of the pan.
  6. Take the shrimp and ricotta mixture into 6 servings. Lay out each egg roll wrapper and spread the filling in the middle. Fold over the top edges over the filling then then one end over the filling and finally roll it up. Place into the dish seam side down.
  7. Lastly cover with the rest of the Alfredo sauce and the last 1/4 cup of Italian cheese.
  8. Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Looking for a unique expression of love?
Here is a gift guide to for the one of a kind guy or gal in your life.

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Fall in love in the big city? This Custom City Skyline Pillow from FinchandCotter lets you choose different colors and cover options for a completely customized gift for your love & the place you live.

Custom City Skyline Pillow from FinchandCotter | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Talk about a one of a kind gift! This custom portrait from MengIllustration is as original as the two of you.

Custom Portrait from MengIllustration | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Looking for some creative gift packaging for the guy in your life? Check out these Valentines Beer Labels from PaprikaPaperie.

Valentines Beer Labels from PaprikaPaperie | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Have fun with this Little Box of Romance from FlytrapOnE.  Twenty-four love coupons that will add a little ‘spice’ to your Valentine’s Day and many nights more.
Little Box of Romance from FlytrapOnE | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
This delicate little Date Bangle Bracelet from TomDesign will remind her of your anniversary in the cutest of ways.

Date Bangle Bracelet from TomDesign | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Is there a little distance between you and the one you love this year?  This Long Distance Surprise Box from WorldVibeStudio is a perfect way to save memories in this box so you never forget the fun you have together even when your apart.

Long Distance Surprise Box from WorldVibeStudio | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Wake up on Valentine’s Day and every day after and enjoy a nice morning together with these Mr and Mrs Mugs from BeholdenPrints.  Now all you have to do is decide whose turn it is to make the coffee.

Mr and Mrs Mugs from BeholdenPrints | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Want to prove you know your man as well as he knows you?  I love this personalized Solid Cologne & Bear Oil from ArcadiaNatural. Choose from 14 different scents that comes in custom packaging, just like him.

Solid Cologne & Bear Oil from ArcadiaNatural | Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Forget the chocolate and flowers. Make this year extra special. Celebrate.

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