Showing posts from December, 2012

Lemon Angel Hair with Spinach and Chicken

Looking for a new and refreshing recipe? This is it! This nice little dish is delightful and not too challenging to make. It will definitely be much easier the next go around having now made it once. Honestly, the hardest part was probably my almost 2 year-old climbing up my leg. :)

One of my goals for 2013 is to add some new meals to our menu and of course try and eat a little healthier. Between the holidays and pregnancy; shopping for, planning and making dinner has not been one of my favorite things to do. We have been eating out way to much. So much that I am sick of eating out and actually yearning for some home cooked meals. So I decided to get an early start to 2013 and kick off the New Year with this great dish.

Lemon Angel Hair with Chicken and Spinach
Found on Pinterest from The Recipe Crayon Box & originally adapted from Rachel Ray's Lemon Spaghetti

1/2 lb angel hair…

White Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookies

I would not be a nice friend if I didn't share another delicious cookie with you guys for the holiday. I am personally a fan of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and this is not far from just that. Matter of fact, when I asked the Mister to taste test, he said, "Where's the macadamia?" A cookie lover after my own heart, I must say.

This is an easy cookie to make that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I found the original recipe on a blog called "sally's baking addiction." I adapted the recipe to my liking (& I already had cheery craisins in the pantry) and used cherry craisins instead of the dried cranberries that the original recipe called for. I also want to note, that I used light brown sugar instead of dark (it was what I had on hand). I don't think it made much of a difference.

Enjoying one of these bad boys as I type this post. I hope you'll get to indulge on one this holiday season as well!

Copycat Mint Milano Cookies...Um, Yes Please!

Christmas is almost here, so close I can almost taste it with these copycat Mint Milano Cookies. I made these earlier in the week and honestly can't believe there are still some in the house. If you are a fan of Pepperidge Farm's Mint Milano cookies, you must try these. Above is a picture of my "adapted" cookie. I say adapted, because I didn't exactly follow the recipe. For whatever reason, I had a really hard time working with the shortbread cookie dough. I could not get it firm enough to roll into a log and slice. So instead I scooped them onto my cookie sheet and baked as you would a regular cookie. Once cookies were done baking (and not completely cooled), I cut them in half, hence the shape you see above. Despite not looking like a traditional Pepperidge Farm Mint Milano Cookie, they sure do taste like them! Below is a link to All Free Copycat Recipes Website.

Enjoy and Merry C…

Cupcake Christmas Tree

I love this delicious treat quasi table decor (even if it is only for a short time until everyone digs in). Who doesn't like cupcakes? Let alone mini bite-size ones. Last Christmas I jumped on the trend of mini cupcakes and bought a babycakes cupcake maker. I will admit that I have not used it as much as I thought I would. But it is a lot of fun to have and did I mention I got it on sale...

One of the best things about this machine is that you have you have the option of making your batter from scratch (machine comes with a recipe booklet) or using a box mix.  For this particular dessert I used a box mix I had on hand.
What you need- -Box mix or ingredients to make your batter from scratch - Mini cupcake liners - Spoon or ladle to fill cupcake liners -Frosting - Twix or Snickers candy bar (for tree bark) -Cookie icing (to embellish) -M&M's or other candies and sprinkles (to embellish)
Step 1- Follow box instructions to prepare batter. Step 2 - Begin spooning batter into cupca…

Crock Pot Cinnamon Almonds

One word...DELICIOUS! I just had to share this with you all. This recipe is so simple and so delicious. First, I must give credit where credit is due. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it's from a blog called "detrimental beauty".

Ok, now it's time to get down to business and share this amazing recipe with you.

1 1/2 C. Sugar
1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 Egg White
2 tsp. Vanilla
3 C. Almonds
1/4 C. Water

Now check out just how simple this is...

In a medium sized bowl mix sugars, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In another medium size bowl, whisk egg white and vanilla until it's frothy. Add almonds. Make sure almonds are well coated in egg white mix. Add sugar mixture to the almonds and toss until coated.

Be sure to spray your crock pot well with Pam. Add almond mixture to crock pot and cook on low.

Cook with lid on for 3-4 hours. My crock pot is large and runs very hot, so 3 hours was enough time. Be sure to stir the mixture e…

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

I LOVE Christmas. It is by far my favorite day of the year and holiday. I LOVE the meaning of Christmas, I love sharing big crazy meals with my family and friends, I love the decorating of the tree and house and I even like the shopping (most of the time).

We spent most of last weekend decorating the tree and house and I wanted to share some pictures of how everything came out.

From left to right:
-Holiday plates hanging on wall in kitchen. These were a great find at Wal-Mart for only $2.99 each. I bought a joy, hope and a love plate.
-Ornament chandelier. I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to recreate it. I bought a sleeve of plastic ornaments at the Dollar Tree and hung them from the light fixture using white thread and taped them to the inside of the light.
-Christmas card display. Every year I debate what to do and how to display all of the holiday cards we receive. Again, another great idea I saw on Pinterest. . I strung a piece of ribbon over a window in our kitchen and (m…