If you are looking to send someone a gift basket especially with kiddos this is a great idea. Chef'd and Paper Mart teamed up for the 12 Days of Sweets. We got to test it all out and I'm happy to say we LOVED it! There are two ways you can use this, I'll talk about those more later. But what I will say is Chef'd makes baking incredible easy and I am all about EASY during the holidays. This kit is simple and easy to follow, making it perfect for the novice baker LIKE ME as well as the expert. And using the Paper Mart products makes it easy to box up your cookies as a gift or display them nicely for your Christmas guests.
A few months ago I started eating more plant based. By no means am I a vegetarian or vegan. 90% of the dinners, 50% of my lunches, and 10% of my breakfasts at our house include meat. In fact I write this blog post as I eat a bowl of carrots, celery, and tuna fish. But the last 3 months I have gone more plant based with my diet. The reason I started doing this is because the older I've gotten the more grossed out with the texture of meat. I also started cutting out dairy when I was nursing Leo and I liked the way I felt. Although I still eat cheese I have really gotten into all the cheese alternatives.
I'm the queen of sauceless pasta. I'm a weirdo and don't like sauce on my pasta. I am not the biggest pasta fan in the first place (I KNOW SHOOT ME ) I might be the first person in the world to say that they don't really care for pasta. I'm not a crazy health freak or anything I just am all about balance and I'd rather have that extra glass of wine or dessert. So instead I rather have a salad for dinner than pasta. But my hubby loves pasta so I try a few times a year (I know I'm terrible that I make pasta a few times a year) to make a new pasta recipe. This being one of them and let me tell you.... I LOVED IT!
My garden is overflowing with zucchini's! So it was time to figure out a recipes to use them for. I had seen countless recipes of zucchini lasagna but it also looked like a lot of work. But I accepted the challenge and attempted to make it. What I love most about this recipe is that the meaty sauce makes you forget that you aren't eating noodles. I think staying true to a classic italian bolognese sauce is key to this recipe.
I was also worried about the time it would take to make this, I won't lie it took a little TLC, but I was able to prep it the day before in about 30 minutes and then cook it the next evening for dinner. It is amazing the things a mom can do during a kids nap!
OH MY GOODNESS Leo is 18 months old today. I can't believe my little boy is so old. I am constantly reminded how fast he is growing up. Just like last night when HE TOLD ME it was time for night night and milk. Then proceeded to walk upstair into his room while I poured the milk downstairs. I gave him his cup he drank it down, we brushed his teeth, said our prayers and he blew me kiss and said byeeeeeee Momma! It just seems like yesterday when I counted down the hours till it was his bed time and now the nights totally get away from me cause we are having so much fun and he is asking ME to go to bed. I love him and his little personality, but there are times I miss my little baby. Anyways..... today I'm going over some of our quick go to foods from the freezer.
I'm always on the hunt for new breakfast ideas. Leo won't really eat eggs and I'm really tired of always cooking two different kinds of breakfast. So when Ozery Bakery sent me these snacking rounds I knew they would be a hit for my entire family. Today I'm showcasing two easy breakfast recipes for you and your little ones. No more making two separate meals for breakfast.
We just got home from a little family vacation in Oregon. Now that we travel with kiddos we no longer stay at hotels and opt for condos. Being able to cook meals at the condo is key with kids. I also try and make vacations as easy as possible making an egg casserole the night before leaving and this time I also made some fresh banana bread for trip. I am SO NOT A BAKER, but for some reason I can bake bread like the best of them. So here is a REALLY simple and quick banana bread recipe.
Cold brew coffee is my jam. For those of you who don't know about cold brew you are missing out. It is smooth, not bitter, and just better tasting coffee. When I lived in Portland I got addicted to Stumptown Cold Brew coffee in the summer months. The minute the weather gets warm I can no longer do hot coffee. When I moved back to Tri-Cities I couldn't find the perfect cold brew. I enjoy drinking coffee at HOME and I decided it was time to start making my own cold brew.
When the weather gets warm all I want is a margarita. It is my favorite summer drink. This week I was dying for a margarita and wanted something a little different. I have rosemary in my garden and I was wondering if I could do something with that. I viewed some rosemary margaritas recipes on pinterest but they all had grapefruit and I didn't have any at home. My eyes stumbled upon the watermelon I had just bought sitting on my kitchen counter and the idea came together. More about this little cocktail creation and what I'll be wearing for Memorial Day weekend!
Ok so I'm really into cucumbers lately. Probably because Leo loves them so much so I end up eating them too. I was just eating cucumbers with red wine vinegar and salt and pepper but that wouldn't hold me over for very long. So I started throwing together different things in my fridge and came up with this little salad. I make it in advance usually on Sunday and I can snack on it on Monday and Tuesday. It is enough for lunch or a side for dinner.