Roxana's Home Baking http://roxanashomebaking.com Easy recipes, simple ingredients Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:03:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chocolate dipped strawberry surprise cupcakes http://roxanashomebaking.com/chocolate-dipped-strawberry-surprise-cupcakes-recipe/ http://roxanashomebaking.com/chocolate-dipped-strawberry-surprise-cupcakes-recipe/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:03:01 +0000 http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=28518 Chocolate and strawberry are a match made in heaven and these delicious, colorful, pretty-looking chocolate dipped strawberry surprise cupcakes are the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth’s cravings! No matter the time of the year, I don’t think you can go wrong with a chocolate dipped strawberry. In fact, dark chocolate dipped strawberry is one... 

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Chocolate and strawberry are a match made in heaven and these delicious, colorful, pretty-looking chocolate dipped strawberry surprise cupcakes are the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth’s cravings!
Chocolate and strawberry are a match made in heaven and these delicious, colorful, pretty-looking chocolate dipped strawberry surprise cupcakes are the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth's cravings!
No matter the time of the year, I don’t think you can go wrong with a chocolate dipped strawberry. In fact, dark chocolate dipped strawberry is one of my go-to guilt free desserts.

What makes these chocolate strawberry cupcakes unique is the light vanilla cupcake filled with a fresh strawberry and topped with an absolutely amazing rich chocolate buttercream frosting. A frosting so good, I could eat it by spoonfuls! It combines both melted chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder! It’s like any other chocolate frosting I had before!… 

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Braided easy egg bread http://roxanashomebaking.com/braided-easy-egg-bread-recipe/ http://roxanashomebaking.com/braided-easy-egg-bread-recipe/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:07:58 +0000 http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=5419 Pillow-y soft, tender and delicate, enriched with both eggs and butter this braided egg bread is so easy to make it will soon become your go-to recipe. Oh, and it’s perfect for french toast or bread pudding! Before I say something else, yes, that is a ginormous braid. But that didn’t matter much. We all took a... 

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Pillow-y soft, tender and delicate, enriched with both eggs and butter this braided egg bread is so easy to make it will soon become your go-to recipe. Oh, and it’s perfect for french toast or bread pudding!

Pillow-y soft, tender and delicate, enriched with both eggs and butter this braided egg bread is so easy to make it will soon become your go-to recipe. Oh, and it's perfect for french toast or bread pudding!

Before I say something else, yes, that is a ginormous braid. But that didn’t matter much. We all took a piece after another until the entire loaf was gone. In less than a day!! I’m actually surprised it even lasted that long. It’s so soft and delicate!

When I first took it out of the oven, all I wanted was to look at this beautifully braided bread with a shiny crust. It looked so pretty, too pretty to be eaten. I was under the spell of its magical aroma that took over my house.  I wish I could find a way to bottle this aroma and let some out from time to time…. 

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Twice baked cheese and bacon mashed potato casserole http://roxanashomebaking.com/twice-baked-cheese-and-bacon-mashed-potato-casserole-recipe/ http://roxanashomebaking.com/twice-baked-cheese-and-bacon-mashed-potato-casserole-recipe/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:02:11 +0000 http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=28725 Kick up your classic mashed potatoes a few notches with this twice baked mashed potato casserole loaded with 3 types of cheese and crispy bacon! (plus my tips and tricks for the best mashed potatoes) If I have to narrow down our dinner meals to 3 must-haves potatoes and meat would be one of them. I grew... 

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Kick up your classic mashed potatoes a few notches with this twice baked mashed potato casserole loaded with 3 types of cheese and crispy bacon! (plus my tips and tricks for the best mashed potatoes)
Kick up your classic mashed potatoes a few notches with this twice baked mashed potato casserole loaded with 3 types of cheese and crispy bacon! (plus my tips and tricks for the best mashed potatoes)

If I have to narrow down our dinner meals to 3 must-haves potatoes and meat would be one of them. I grew up eating potatoes and chicken at least once a week. My grandparents were growing potatoes in their backyard and my mom was working at a chicken slaughterhouse. It was the only thing we could actually afford.  My husband on the other side, grew up eating potatoes and beef since that was his father’s favorite meal.

It’s been a year now since we introduced meat in our diets after being pescatarian for a long time and I just realized we had meat and potatoes for dinner more than any other meals.  Baked potatoes are my family’s favorite way to eat potatoes. Mashed potatoes come in second.

This twice baked mashed potato casserole combines both of them. I’ve made it for every holiday dinner table, every time we have guests over and every time we crave homey potatoes. Yes, this casserole is one of our ultimate comfort dishes.

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Chewy chocolate caramel bars http://roxanashomebaking.com/chewy-chocolate-caramel-bars-recipe/ http://roxanashomebaking.com/chewy-chocolate-caramel-bars-recipe/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:05:41 +0000 http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=5353 Buttery chocolate cookie topped with ooey gooey caramel and chocolate chunks, these chewy chocolate caramel bars are to die for! Drizzle with more caramel just before serving for the ultimate chocolate caramel treat! I love going shopping, but I hate to stay in line waiting for my turn to pay. It’s not the wait that I... 

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Buttery chocolate cookie topped with ooey gooey caramel and chocolate chunks, these chewy chocolate caramel bars are to die for! Drizzle with more caramel just before serving for the ultimate chocolate caramel treat!
Buttery chocolate cookie topped with ooey gooey caramel and chocolate chunks, these chewy chocolate caramel bars are to die for! Drizzle with more caramel just before serving for the ultimate chocolate caramel treat!

I love going shopping, but I hate to stay in line waiting for my turn to pay. It’s not the wait that I hate, so to speak, but all the temptations strategically placed right before the cashier as you wait. If Tiffany goes for the kids coloring or story books I reach for the cooking magazines, actually for everything that has chocolate on the cover.

A while back I picked Brownies and Bars from Better Homes and Gardens. I knew it’s going to be love at first sight. Few days later it was love at first taste. Do you think now it’s the time and place to tell you I’ve made these chewy chocolate caramel bars 5 times so far? I see an addiction ….

I’m pretty sure these bars made it to the list: 1000 foods you must eat before you die… 

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Ski weekend getaway at Massanutten resort http://roxanashomebaking.com/ski-weekend-getaway-at-massanutten-resort/ http://roxanashomebaking.com/ski-weekend-getaway-at-massanutten-resort/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:03:44 +0000 http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=28664 We’re pretty lucky to live right in the middle between the Atlantic beaches and the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the winter we’re heading inland, while in the summer we’re packing light for the beach. Few weeks away, we packed our ski wear and headed for the mountains. Although my husband has skied... 

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We’re pretty lucky to live right in the middle between the Atlantic beaches and the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the winter we’re heading inland, while in the summer we’re packing light for the beach.

Few weeks away, we packed our ski wear and headed for the mountains. Although my husband has skied before at Massanutten, it was the first time for me and Tiffany. (we fully paid for our stay – this is not a sponsored post by Massanutten resort)

massanutten resort ski weekend getaway

For those of you living outside Virginia, Massanutten resort is situated in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, few miles away from  Harrisonburg. It offers 14 fully lit trails, one of them having over 1,100 feet drop (higher than any other slopes around here). Don’t worry, even if you’re not an experienced skier, or have never skied before, you’ll have an amazing time. You can take private of group ski lessons and in no time you’ll be rocking those slopes. Or at least that’s what Tiffany did. Can you believe she has never skied before this trip? By the end of our weekend she was ready for the big-kid slopes.

The first day we got to the resort we all got tickets for the night sessions. If you are spending the night at the resort I highly recommend the night lift ticket. You get 5-6 hours for just $36! That’s cheaper than the 4 hours ticket Monday to Friday. Plus, the slopes are not so crowded since most people are either going back to their homes or out for dinner.

There is a restaurant not far from the slopes, but we haven’t had the chance to try it out. Since we stayed until closing on the slopes we took a quick bite at the ski lodge cafeteria, which offers sandwiches, salads, burgers, pizzas, fries and cold and hot drinks. (the pulled pork sandwich was pretty good). massanutten resort 3

In addition to enjoying two days down the slopes, we played mini golf and went for a walk around the hotel area.

None of us is into snow tubing so we skipped that and later Tiffany was starting to get a little too tired to attempt their ice skating rink. We ended up at the playground, adjacent the registration building where we stayed for a while before heading back home.

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If you’re a winter sport lover, you should give Massanutten a try. We loved that’s affordable (we payed almost $100 for one night at their hotel) but if you’re travelling with a big group you should look into renting one of the mountain houses. One downside for the hotel is that they do not offer the option to make an online reservation, you actually have to call and it may take a couple of attempts until you actually get to talk with someone.

Like I mentioned earlier, a night lift ticket was $36 and another $25 for equipment rental. The second day we paid $60 for a 4-hour lift ticket and $30 for equipment rental.

I don’t quite remember how much we paid to play mini golf and nor do I know the prices for snow tubing since we didn’t do it.

One last thing I have to remember next time when I make a hotel reservation is also to make a reservation at their Spa center. I was surprised to find out they had no openings the weekend we were visiting. Bummer!

We had an amazing weekend (although soft of short) and we’re already looking forward going back in the spring to take a splash into their indoor waterpark.

Here’s the view from our hotel

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