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Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Most people like fruit, but get in a rut in terms of how they snack on fruit.  I admit that I do, and it gets boring to just eat slices of melon, pop grapes, bite in to an apple, etc. Making a fruit salsa is a fantastic and fun way to snack on fruit. You can use pretty much any fruit you want based on your preferences or what's in season / looks good at the market.

And, every salsa needs a chip counterpart, right?  Cinnamon tortilla chips are the perfect companion to a fruit salsa, and so easy to make!

My favorite thing about this recipe is how adaptable it is.  The strawberries at the market looking a little like a hot mess - use raspberries instead.  You forgot to buy apples but have peaches?  Go for it!  This salsa is amazingly easy to assemble, and really the only time consuming part is chopping the fruit, but you'd be doing that if you were snacking on plain fruit anyway, right?!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
Ingredients:
2 Kiwis, peeled and diced
2 apples - peeled, cor…

Crock-Pot French Dip Sandwiches

Rob and I love French Dip sandwiches, and I'll be honest, most of the time I cheat and use Roast Beef from the deli. While always good, I realized that it's not the most economical way to make this, nor is it as good as a real French Dip should be.  For a few more dollars I could buy a roast from the butcher to make, and get significantly more meat; which will produce leftovers, or allow me to feed more people!  In addition to it being more economical - it's just plain better!  In reality, I've always just been making grilled roast beef sandwiches.

However, when I decided to look up a recipe for a legit French Dip, I came across this one from Confections of a Foodie Bride.  I've always loved Shawnda's blog, and had great success with recipes she's posted, so I knew this would be a good one to try.  A bonus is that it's a crock-pot meal.  I am trying to make a point of using my crock-pot more often for time-saving purposes, but I admit it's sometim…

Peanut Butter Frosting

More peanut butter!  You really can't go wrong, can you?  I didn't think so.  And, if you add peanut butter to a rich delicious frosting it's even better.  Many people love the peanut butter/chocolate combo.  If you've read my previous post about the Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars you'll know that I do like the combo, even though chocolate isn't my favorite flavor.  I personally would have preferred to top some vanilla cupcakes with this creamy peanut butter frosting, but I knew that chocolate would be a bigger hit.  
At the end of the day though, the real star of the show was the frosting.  Seriously, this frosting was so good that I could, and probably did, eat it with a spoon.  I still want to try it with a perfect vanilla cupcake though - now that sounds like heaven to me!
Peanut Butter FrostingIngredients: 1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt …

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

I love peanut butter. Chocolate and I are cool.  Not besties, but we dig each other.  But, peanut butter and chocolate - that's a whole other friendship realm.  Especially in the shape of a peanut butter cup!  I have seen the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup minis for like MONTHS, but hadn't gotten around to trying them yet.  In my mind I needed a reason, and though to eat in a day is a fantastic reason, my willpower finally kicked in.  However, Those mini Reese's cups might be fantastic in a cheesecake, right?!  Right indeed!

It didn't take long for me to get my butt in gear and put this recipe together!  But I knew I wanted to combine the sweetness of the Peanut Butter and Chocolate with some salty, since I love the salty-sweet combo.  Ever since the Pretzel M&M came out (and how fabulous is that, BTW?!), I've been telling Rob that they need to make a PB Pretzel M&M.  Might be too much for a tiny little piece of candy, but imagine the possibilities.  With …