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Cheeky Kitchen » Slow Cooker Gooey Chocolate Cake. I’m meeting a new friend for lunch today. And an old friend for line-dancing tonight. And I’m feeling rather spoiled about it all. I mean, moms shouldn’t have TWO social events on the calendar for the same day, should we? Which brings me to the point of what moms should be doing anyway. For a long time, I measured myself by what I remember of my own mom. The odd thing is, I’ve now reached the age in my life where I am exactly as old as she was.

Such is the fate of all moms. And I realized then that everyday is really a bit like living in an imaginary world. Because, ancient people don’t do lunch with new friends. And they definitely don’t join in a on rousing night session of line-dancing with old friends. They don’t make oatmeal in the morning in bare feet and spandex shorts. And ancient people DEFINITELY do not fill their day’s with a slew of other snappy, bodacious activities. See? One-pan dark chocolate chunk skillet cookie. For some reason, I was craving this on Saturday.

one-pan dark chocolate chunk skillet cookie

Nothing else would do. All I wanted was a warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookie, straight out of an iron skillet. With just a little ice cream. I flipped through a cookbook or two, and discovered you could make chocolate chip cookies with melted butter. One recipe (from The Weekend Baker by Abigail Dodge) even had you mix the entire dough in the saucepan where you melted the butter, and then scoop out the cookies from there. As this was a lazy Saturday, and my intent was only to satisfy my craving (not a den of Cub Scouts’ or a mob of preschoolers’), I exercised no financial caution and dumped an entire cup of chopped Valrhona chocolate into the mix.

To make this, since it is such a simple recipe, use the very best ingredients you can. Easy Light Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Chicken Recipe. 50 Healthy Recipes to Kick Off 2012. Happy New Year!

50 Healthy Recipes to Kick Off 2012

Many of us are thinking about our New Year’s resolutions and healthy eating is often at the top of the list. If you are setting a goal to eat healthy in 2012, here are 50 healthy recipes to help you get started. Beverages Easy Strawberry Mango Smoothie Berry Banana Smoothie. GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND BAKE!: PRETZEL BITES - Parmesan or Cinnamon and Sugar with glaze. Do you need a perfect snack for the big game?

GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND BAKE!: PRETZEL BITES - Parmesan or Cinnamon and Sugar with glaze.

These Pretzel bites will hit the spot for sure. You can make a combination of Parmesan bites with a Cheese dip or Cinnamon and Sugar bites with a Vanilla glaze for dipping. I've finally used up my supply of Rhodes Roll dough . . . until I buy more. It's quite nice to have on hand when you need it. If you have some hanging around your freezer, you can whip these up in a jiffy. Pumpkin Spice Latte. Holiday Mocktails. Oreo Cookies and Cream No-Bake Cheesecake. Oreo Cookies and Cream No-Bake Cheesecake Oreo Cookies and Cream No-Bake Cheesecake ~ An adult dessert gets some kid lov’n with an Oreo crush.

Oreo Cookies and Cream No-Bake Cheesecake

Oreo Cookie and Cream No-Bake Cheesecake What kid doesn’t love Oreos, right? But not every kid likes cheesecake. Please tell me I am not the only one that acquired a taste for cheesecake through the years. In fact, I think my first bite of cheesecake was at a Cheesecake Factory when I was in high school. Yeah, so much for parental influence. I love this latest creation to come out of my Wonka factory: Oreo Cookies and Cream No-Bake Cheesecake. Printthis recipe Saveto recipe box Yield: Makes 16 mini 2 inch cheesecakes or one 8 inch cheesecake Ingredients: Crust 1 1/2 cup crushed graham cracker1/4 cup packed light brown sugar7 tablespoon unsalted butter(melted) Cheesecake 2 ¼ cups heavy cream1 pound cream cheese, softened2/3 cup sugar½ teaspoon salt1 tablespoon lemon juice2 teaspoon vanilla powder¾ cups Oreo Cookies, crushed Directions:

Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls. I am not good at wrapping gifts.

Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls

My corners get scrunched up, sometimes the paper tears, and this year, I kept cutting pieces of wrapping paper too small and having to tape other pieces over the box to cover the holes. Mini Chocolate Bar Mug Brownie. All this talk of uses for leftover Halloween candy — I never quite got it.

Mini Chocolate Bar Mug Brownie

Getting rid of mini chocolate bars was never a problem around here; our best use for leftover candy has always been eating it. Although. Those wee bars are good for some things — deep fried mini Mars bars, for example. Sometimes it’s handy having chocolate bars in miniature. Another opportunity presented itself today: a gooey chocolate mug brownie, into which I stirred a couple chopped up mini bars: a Snickers and an Oh! Stir up some flour, cocoa, sugar, oil and milk or water. Chop up your favorite candy — preferably something with gooey caramel or peanut butter — and stir it in. Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce {My Go-To Dinner Saver!} I am not (not!)

Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce {My Go-To Dinner Saver!}

Exaggerating when I say this quick, creamy garlic alfredo sauce has changed how I view non-dinner nights.