Category Archives: Food

The Sushi Reward!!

Rewarding yourself with food after losing 15 lbs seems like an oxymoron. But luckily fast food & the typical junk food aren’t my thing. For making my end of the year goal I rewarded myself with a sushi dinner. Oh and it was good. Belly aching I ate way too much good. Micah is becoming very well behaved when we go out to eat (which really isn’t often) & in case he starts getting bored we bring the Kindle Fire along to keep him amused. So to celebrate 15 lbs and well about 15 more lbs to go. My sushi dinner! I can’t wait for the next one!

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Girls Night In with Duncan Hines!!

Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On! www.duncanhines.com.

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When most people think of a girls’ night in, they think a bunch of girls drinking wine, giggling and all that junk. Me on the other hand….I think a perfect girls’ night in is being alone in my kitchen. No toddler hanging onto me. No husband asking for me to do this or that. Just me, my kitchen & a hot oven. Call me crazy but that is just my idea of a good time. Yesterday I got a nice quiet evening in my kitchen to bake some cookies for my friends and family. Duncan Hines was kind enough to send a coupon for a free product & I decided to try the Red Velvet Crinkle cookies using Red Velvet Cake Mix. HOLY GOODNESS, get ready for a simple yet delicious recipe! And since it is girls night in, it means you don’t even have to share them! So get your adorable measuring cups out or I guess they can just be normal non animal shaped measuring cups out.  So here you go, the recipe that will make your girls night in complete & impress all your friends! And I know I have my regular jar of sugar in the picture buuuuut I don’t even know why since it didn’t call for it. I just must of been a little too excited to get to bake all alone for once, woo hoo!

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt butter (toss it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds); set aside to cool. Place powdered sugar and cornstarch in shallow dish. Mix with a fork to blend.
  2. Place cake mix, cooled butter and eggs in large mixing bowl. Mix by hand until well blended and a dough forms.
  3. Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place on cool, ungreased baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in center of oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Store in airtight container with wax paper or parchment separating layers.

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Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website www.duncanhines.com to find some more great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

So wonderful.

Last weekend was a full of fun! I helped a friend host a Clothing Swap Party, have you heard of these? It’s such a hot trend in fashion + green living right now. And I couldn’t believe it but almost all of my old threads were snatched up and for the most part….quickly! We put this party together through meetup but there were some difficulties with the party that we will be addressing at our next swap party. For instance, someone bringing a bag of dirty & falling apart shoes. And bringing clothes with holes in it? I wasn’t really sure if everyone quite got the concept of gently used.

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oh so funny

After a bit of a stressful party we went for dinner (alright first I had a glass of wine…then dinner, priorities people!) at a wonderful Mediterranean grill. I had never been to this joint but OH MY. The hummus. Oh the hummus was wonderful.

hummus <3

And the lentils with sauteed onions….I was in heaven. Heaven, I tell you!
lentils with onions

I’m glad I’m not the only one who takes pictures of their food. So glad.
we all do it....

Oh and I am in love with my newest pair of wedges. So here is a photo of them.
wedges

 

Is my randomness coming out a bit too much? Oh well. I much rather just shove a bunch of pictures up & say looooooooook. That’s just what kind of mood I am in. Sunday? Family, food and the best (only) blue velvet cake I’ve ever had! You know…made by me.
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blue velvet with cream cheese icing

I love planning dinner!

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Pintrest has made planning dinner so much fun, I’ve always loved it but now I can go to my food folder & just look at what new things I’d like to make this week! LOVE it! This week’s menu planning breaks down to the following:

Monday – Autumn Chopped Salad (+add “fried” chicken)
Tuesday – Baked chicken with Spinach bites (+side salads)
Wendsaday – Hashbrown & egg baskets with fruit on the side (homemade hashbrowns??)
Thursday – Some kind of meat with Spinach bread bowls (+side salads)
Friday – Avocado Pasta (don’t tell my dad about this one, I bet he’ll eat it & love it…even though he calls avocado baby poo)

What the...

So yes I’ve decided to make something “new” each day of the week! And I’m REALLY looking forward to it!! The spinach bites & avocado pasta look like they could be made ahead of time too. We’ll have to see.

Anyone have a wonderful recipe they’ve tried recently? Let me know!!

 

Pizza Night!

I wish every night could be pizza night, but not that delivery junk. I want someone to live in my house & make homemade pizza for me everyday! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, whenever I want! After pinning these great looking pizza bites on pintrest last week, I thought they would make a perfect dinner to get everyone in the kitchen to cook together. And I was right, I couldn’t believe that my JP made dough for me! Together we made the pizza dough, pesto, pulled apart leftover chicken legs & made a great dinner. But let’s not forget our smallest mess maker, I mean helper. Micah helped with getting varies things out of the fridge and supervising the kitchen from his chair.

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The pesto pizza included tons of pesto, feta, chicken & mozzarella all on bisquick pizza dough. We ran out of regular pizza dough while making the pizza bites so whipped up a quick batch of bisquick pizza dough, which tasted like….biscuits. But it was actually very good together since this wasn’t a normal marinara kind of pizza, we called this our “fancy pizza”. It was just about falling apart as we ate it (nobody minded because it was sooooo good though), so next time I’ll be going with a more traditional pizza dough.

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The pizza bites were awesome! I got the idea from Pennies on a Platter but we went with Hawaiian pizza bites (ham, pineapple & cheese) & Man pizza bites (steak & cheddar cheese), which were all served with marinara on the side for dipping. I plan to experiment more with the pizza bites, I just love stuffing things into bread!

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For pizza bites recipe visit here & chicken pesto recipe visit here.