I love chocolate. But chocolate for breakfast somehow felt wrong…until I found this recipe on Pinterest. Then all of a sudden, I thought of that Bill Cosby sketch where he fed his kids chocolate cake for breakfast. Eggs! It has eggs! And milk! It has milk! It always makes me smile when his kids turn on him as soon as mom comes down the stairs.
I went a little overboard on beets this year. I planted a ton and was in a CSA to boot! So there I sat with three pans full of beets to roast and not a clue how to use that many at once. Of course a quick search on Pinterest showed me that they freeze beautifully. So, freeze it is! I began by scrubbing them all really well and popping them in a single layer in a pan. I separated them by size. I had one pan with super large ones, a medium sized pan and a little pan. That way I can take them out at different times as they were finished cooking. I added 1/4-1/2c. water and covered with aluminum foil. Pop them into the oven at 400 degrees for 45min to an hour. My little ones were perfect at 45 min, and medium ones at an hour. I think the largest ones could have cooked a bit more than an hour. But they were really huge! I think normal beets stick to the 45-hour range.
I had a friend over and she was helping me rearrange my bedroom with things I already owned…the best kind of redecorating, and the best kind of friend! I told her in passing that I needed to ditch this mirror. She promptly told me that I just needed to paint it and I would love it. You know what? I do!
I thought this project would be a perfect way to break into the Annie Sloan chalk paint world. I was going to give the mirror away, so if I ruin it, no biggie! Continue reading
Years ago, one of my friends had the most exquisite gallery wall going up her stairs. I’m super picky. I hate gallery walls where there’s a gap that’s bigger between some pictures than others, or it’s not perfectly even on the wall. It’s just really irritating to me. So when I saw hers, I thought “This is what I want!” I asked her to tell me how she went about doing it and she shared her tricks with me. I have to say, it worked like a charm!
You know when you need 5 dozen cookies in a hurry? You haven’t gotten any butter to room temperature, so you know that in order to make cookies, you’re going to have chunks of butter and sugar jumping out of your Kitchen Aid all over your counters? That is definitely one of my least favorite baking scenarios. It’s right up there with putting in the flour and accidentally going past speed one all the way to 5 and having flour snow all over my kitchen! Continue reading
My husband and I went on a date to the Cheesecake Factory because we had a gift card. I was wild and ordered something I would never normally order, a kale salad. I like to stick with what I know when I’m paying a ton for it! But since a gift card feels like free money, I thought I’d live on the wild side. I have to say that I should be wild and crazy more often because I cannot believe how delicious that salad was! It had kale, apples, marcona almonds, green beans and cranberries. As soon as I got home, I knew I needed to recreate it. You can see from the pictures that I completely forgot about the last two items. But I didn’t even miss them. The almonds are salty, the apples are sweet, the dressing is cheesy and garlicky, everything is crunchy. Seriously heaven. You need to try it!!! Continue reading
You know those nights when you should have already been thinking about dinner, but it just slipped your mind? You look at the clock and somehow it’s 30 minutes until you have to run out the door to take your daughter to dance class and you have no idea what to make? Well, that was my day. I looked at my menu plan and everything needed to be chopped or cooked longer than I had time for. So I realized I had two cans of beans in my pantry, some tomatoes and kale from my garden, and always am stocked with onion, garlic, spices and chicken stock. Done! This soup took me 20 min to prepare, and that included taking “the making of…” pictures and picking the kale in the garden! Continue reading
I love my herb garden. All summer long, I go out and snip off fresh herbs to add to our summer dishes. But then fall rolls around and I know that the outdoor herb fest has come to an end. So in order to make the most of what I’ve grown, and to use those yummy ingredients all winter long, here’s what I do.
The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. When that happens, I like nothing more than my cozy chair and a hot drink. So today, when the afternoon slump hit, I remembered a tea I had that was absolutely amazing. My friend was hosting a tea party for her daughter, and the mommies got to share in the festivities. She had a pot on the stove of the most delicious tea I’ve ever tasted. I just had to recreate it! So over the phone, she directed me and I’m passing the goodness on to you.
I love cocoa almonds. You know, those kind you buy for a snack at Target because you’re starving and they seem sort of healthy? My husband always gets annoyed with me when I open food in the store to feed my ravenous kids (or myself!). But I justify it by saying that I end up saving us so much money by not shopping while I’m hungry, right?! I digress. So those cocoa almonds are completely addicting. I was looking in my cupboards today and realized that I have cocoa. I have almonds. I have honey. I bet I could make some. So, after searching Pinterest for way too long and pouring over everyone’s version of these crunchy treats, I decided to combine them all and here’s what I came up with! Continue reading