Happy New Year, may 2017 be good to you!!
I have always loved Christmas, but no one told me that it would be so much better as an adult watching your kids open gifts than when you’re little. Twinkling lights, festive tunes playing in the background, tiny shreds of paper and tape infesting every fiber of my carpet….oh wait. Forget that last part. 😉
All of that gift opening can really work up an appetite, and I love a big Christmas morning brunch.
These muffins taste like the holidays to me, and I couldn’t help but add streusel to yet another muffin recipe (Cranberry Orange Muffin, Carrot Cake Muffin. I haven’t heard any complaints yet, but I do admit these have a lot of topping. Feel free to cut that portion in half if you prefer.
The caramel icing really puts the muffins over the top. Despite how they look, they aren’t overly sweet, which is nice at a time of year when cookies and candy abound.
Recipe heavily adapted from Fork Knife Swoon
- 1/2 cup (1 small/medium) very ripe banana, mashed
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp fine-grain sea salt
- 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (or sub dairy milk)
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter-melted
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 to 4 tablespoons milk
Holidays man. They’re killing me this year! Even though I planned ahead, it seems like the time is flying by and I don’t seem to have enough time to fit it all in. Anyone else with me?
How is a person supposed to impress guests with a 5 course meal and have time to do it all? They aren’t, that’s how! Bring on the one-pot meals. Limited dishes, people pleasing meals that can be adapted to your tastes.
This pasta is one that I would be more than happy to serve to holiday guests. I took the traditional chicken Marsala dish and made it about as easy as a meal could possibly get. Serve with extra cheese and a sprinkle of parsley on top and you have a dish that will impress any holiday guest and-dare I say- leave you a little extra time to actually enjoy the holidays?!
- 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
- 1 pound mushrooms (button or cremini)
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced (I used roasted garlic)
- 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup Marsala wine
- 1 lb short cut pasta of your choice
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- Parsley, to garnish
This holiday season, I have decided to switch things up a bit and not make my normal “traditional” recipes. Instead of the same cookie and candy tray I usually make, I think I will give homemade granola for gifts, or these biscotti. Recipes that will keep for a long time, but aren’t as sweet as the expected holiday fare.
These biscotti are so light and lemony, the perfect treat with a cup of tea. I love the combination of lemon and coconut and the white chocolate on top give the perfect amount of sweetness. They ship well and keep for a long time. Wrap individually and they will stay fresh even longer.
Recipe adapted from Laughing Spatula
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest (about one medium lemon)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 package white chocolate chips
Hello winter, I have been dreading your arrival. You can hurry up and leave now please! Now that the cold days and even colder nights have arrived, I crave comfort food. This sandwich is perfect for the nights when the kids are gone and I want something filling that won’t feed and army.
The sandwich consists of all the things I love: cheese, sourdough, sauerkraut and kielbasa. Mmmm I am drooling just thinking about it! Of course, if you are going to open a can of kraut and cook the sausage, you might want to make more than one sandwich, but I find that both ingredients freeze well. Depending on how thick you slice the kielbasa, you may need to put a weight on the sandwich while it cooks, like a heavy skillet.
- 13 oz package kielbasa (I used turkey kielbasa)
- 14 oz can sauerkraut
- 1 package sliced Swiss or provolone cheese
- 8 slices sourdough bread
These bars are my love language. Brownies and chocolate cookies are two of my favorite desserts, and to combine the two?? I am disappointed with myself that it took me 29 years to try this. Honestly though, what held me back was sheer laziness. I have only ever seen “brookies” in cookie form, not bars. So when I saw these one day while cruising through Pinterest, I knew I must try. So much simpler than having to form the two dough’s together, just spread them in a pan and get them in the oven!
The recipe is from Cookies & Cows, and its everything I could ever dream of. Chewy, melty, chocoaltely. Absolute perfection in every bite. And topped with a scoop and vanilla ice cream might seem excessive to some, but to me would be the best. thing. EVER.
Recipe Source: Cookies & Cows
Comfort: That word has so many definitions for different people. For me, my ultimate comfort is Saturday morning. Wrapped in a fuzzy blanket on the couch, a cup of hot coffee in hand, and a delicious pastry at my side. No rush, just cuddling with my babies and basking in two days free of work and responsibility. Perfect comfort for me.
These scones make the perfect lazy weekend morning snack. So tender, with the perfect crumb. The berries and lime zest add the perfect amount of tart to go with the sweet!
These freeze fantastic, just heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and they will be just as delicious for a quick weekday morning treat.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- zest of one lime
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 pint blackberries*
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons lime juice, plus more if needed.
I have been doing a cleanse/detox, and its amazing how much better I feel. I usually eat pretty well, but I still feel better when every now and then I rid my body of some of those toxins that are part of our world now.
That being said, some days a girl just needs some comfort. No comfort was ever found in a salad or green smoothie, and that’s where cheesy carbs come into play. Its all about balance I say! I served this bread with homemade tomato soup and didn’t feel the least bit bad about eating it.
Cheesy bacon covered carbs are where it’s at! I used a loaf of Homemade French Bread, but store bought is perfect for this recipe. This bread makes a perfect side dish, is delicious paired with a salad, and is a great snack for football watching.
Recipe adapted from: Mom On Time Out
- 1 loaf of French bread
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp ranch dressing mix
- 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a mixture of cheddar and jack)
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 2 tbsp sliced green onion
Sibling rivalry. It’s making me crazy people. I love those two kids of mine, but why they insist on arguing about everything that ever existed is beyond me. I remember my mother telling my brother and I when we were little that someday we would have kids that would fight, and we too, would go crazy. Well guess what, she wasn’t wrong. I may have to lock them in separate rooms until….14 years from now.
Hot cocoa is one of my kids’ favorite winter treats, and instant cocoa mix is so simple to make. Just a few ingredients and you have a large batch of mix ready to get you through the colder months. I love hot cocoa because it’s so easily customized. Add a pinch of cayenne and cinnamon, caramel sauce, peppermint schnapps, peanut butter. Something for everyone, and hopefully, no arguments included!
Recipe Source: Alton Brown
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process
- 2 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 teaspoon fine-grain salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
Its me, and I’m back with another pumpkin recipe! Although, this one doesn’t include any acutal pumpkin. Just pupmkin pie spice, and lots of butter and cinnamon 🙂
Churros are delicious, but I don’t like deep frying so its something I don’t do often. These churro bites come together with just a handful of ingredients and are a fun snack to make for guests. I used store bought caramel sauce, but if you have the time I strongly recommend making this Pumpkin Caramel Sauce. So good!!!!!!!!!!!
These are best served immediately, but I did freeze most of them and then popped in the microwave for a few minutes to defrost and they were still delicious.
- 1 puff pastry sheet-thawed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter-melted
- 1 cup caramel sauce
Recipe adapted from OMGChocolateDesserts