Win a $25 Target or Amazon Gift Card

posted on July 23 2014

Happy hump daaaay!

Wednesdays are far from exciting. But, there's a way to fix that -- a blueberry glazed donut or a carrot cake cupcake. Either seem appropriate.

Many thanks to every single person who has liked Christina's Kitchen so far. I can't tell you how thankful I am for each and every one of you. To show some appreciation for ya, I've set up a $25 Target or Amazon giveaway. That's right, if you win, YOU pick the prize.

If I could enter this giveaway, I'd be all over it. If you haven't noticed, I'm addicted to Target. I'm there at least once three times a week to 'browse', and leave with a cart full.

Alright, lets get this giveaway started! Good luck!

Giveaway Details

(1) One winner will receive their choice of a $25 Target or Amazonn gift card

(2) Winner will be chosen at random and have 24 hours to respond to notification email

(3) Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST Friday, July 25th

(4) USA, must be 18 years or...

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Garlic Knots

posted on July 22 2014

Garlic knots > everything else.

I'm addicted to garlic, I use it in everything and anything. The more the better.

I've been craving some homemade garlic knots for a while now. I mean, who wouldn't? It's a knot of dough, topped with garlic-y goodness. This recipe is so simple, and are in/out of the oven in 10 minutes.

Oh, and yes, there's yeast. But, don't let that scare you. The yeast in this recipe is nothing more than a few ingredients that creates the dough and that's it. Seriously. The magic happens itself, there's no special tricks needed. You don't even need to let it sit!

Of course, these are best served warm, but really at any temperature they are just as good. These really go with any type of meal, you name it, it goes with it.

I couldn't wait to finish snapping pictures and dig into one. 

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Baked Funfetti Donuts

posted on July 21 2014

Who ever decided that weekends should only be two days? Seriously, it should really be three days. Don't you agree?

I, like most others, look forward to morning coffee every day... especially Mondays. But, what if you could enjoy that coffee with a little sweet treat? I bet it'd make that Monday morning a lot better. I mean, anything with sprinkles is good, but a donut filled and topped with sprinkles... even better. If this doesn't help your Monday morning, I don't know what will. Maybe you should just call out of work.

While I'm normally slow moving on a Monday morning, I'm looking forward to my drive to work. On Saturday, I finally got the Jeep that I've always wanted. I'm completely in love with it. Sorry, Chris. I can now finally drive to and from work without having to worry about getting pulled over for my out-of-state registration.

I'm always happy when I'm in the kitchen baking, but these donuts just brought a smile to my face....

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Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

posted on July 18 2014

Here I am on a Friday night breaking in my new MacBook Air. I'm banging out the backlog of recipes that have built up over the week and I couldn't be happier. For real.

I just finished up my second week in the new office, and I love it. And, a major perk is that I have a new group of taste testers. I'll put out goodies at 9:00 am, and they're gone by 9:05 am... seriously. These people are vultures I tell ya (in a good way.) The feedback I got from these cheesecake bars were nothing but "These were awesome!", "Fantasic recipe", "I didn't even know they were skinny!" and "Please make more!" I guess that means they are blog worthy.

These bars defy all types of baking rules. How can something be so rich-tasting, yet be made with lightened-up ingredients? The filling is so thick and creamy, you'd think it was the real thing. The secret to this recipe is whipping the cream cheese and Greek yogurt...

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Easy Mexican Stuffed Peppers

posted on July 17 2014

Are you ready for a new dinner idea today?! We love Mexican, and if you do, you're in the right place for a simple and delicious Mexican dish.

Thinking back to earlier in the week as I was putting together a grocery list, I was craving something Mexican but wanted something simple. All I want to do when I get home is nothing, so a quick dinner is always a plus.

If you've had bland stuffed better, give them one more shot. I promise these will change your mind. A common mistake that people make while making stuffed peppers is not seasoning each component well enough (ground meat/turkey, rice/rice substitute, and vegetables). Without seasoning, you'll have a very, very bland dish. Yuck.

I know you can put stuffed peppers in the crockpot, but we're gone at least 8+ hours each day and they only require 5 hours on low. That's not going to work at least until we get married and I can get a fancy crockpot at my bridal shower for us.

These taste like they've...

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