Roxana's Home Baking Easy recipes, simple ingredients 2015-04-03T19:07:47Z http://roxanashomebaking.com/feed/atom/ Roxana http://roxanashomebaking.com/ <![CDATA[Twice baked cheese and bacon mashed potato casserole]]> http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=28725 2015-04-03T19:07:47Z 2015-03-24T00:02:11Z 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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Roxana http://roxanashomebaking.com/ <![CDATA[Chewy chocolate caramel bars]]> http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=5353 2015-03-24T02:58:09Z 2015-03-20T00:05:41Z 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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Roxana http://roxanashomebaking.com/ <![CDATA[Ski weekend getaway at Massanutten resort]]> http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=28664 2015-03-11T01:03:44Z 2015-03-11T01:03:44Z 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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Roxana http://roxanashomebaking.com/ <![CDATA[Mint chocolate candy brownies]]> http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=28646 2015-03-24T02:58:17Z 2015-03-09T22:28:30Z Moist, dense, fudgy, cocoa brownies packed with mint chocolate candy and topped with a thick layer of creme de menthe frosting and chocolate ganache. With St. Patrick’s Day just a week away I thought now it’s the perfect time to share with you one of my favorite ways to celebrate this holiday. With dessert, of course!... 

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Moist, dense, fudgy, cocoa brownies packed with mint chocolate candy and topped with a thick layer of creme de menthe frosting and chocolate ganache.
Moist, dense, fudgy, cocoa brownies packed with mint chocolate candy and topped with a thick layer of creme de menthe frosting and chocolate ganache.

With St. Patrick’s Day just a week away I thought now it’s the perfect time to share with you one of my favorite ways to celebrate this holiday. With dessert, of course! Cocoa brownies loaded with mint chocolate candy, a thick layer of creme de menthe frosting and a generous amount of ganache. Doesn’t that sound just perfect? And not just for this holiday. You can make these irresistible brownies for Christmas as well. In fact, you can make them year round! You know me, chocolate desserts have no holiday! Enjoy them daily! … 

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Roxana http://roxanashomebaking.com/ <![CDATA[Berry & greens smoothie]]> http://roxanashomebaking.com/?p=28580 2015-03-24T02:58:26Z 2015-02-21T03:47:27Z Sweet, creamy and satisfying, this 3 ingredients berry and greens smoothie is my new go-to fast and easy breakfast drink. This year has been full of surprises. Despite all the things going on in my life, I’m so proud of myself. I managed to stay on track of mt new year’s goal – develop better... 

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Sweet, creamy and satisfying, this 3 ingredients berry and greens smoothie is my new go-to fast and easy breakfast drink.

Sweet, creamy and satisfying, this 3 ingredients berry and greens smoothie is my new go-to fast and easy breakfast drink.

This year has been full of surprises. Despite all the things going on in my life, I’m so proud of myself. I managed to stay on track of mt new year’s goal – develop better habits. And yes, that did include not reaching for that 5th cookie or that 3rd slice of cake.

When hunger and cravings strike, now I treat myself with a smoothie. Smoothies are so versatile! Not only they are so easy and fast to make, but you have an endless list of ingredients you can combine to make yourself a healthy satisfying drink. … 

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