This is a simple way to make your home smell amazing without doing all that cooking and baking. I usually throw whatever I think would smell good together in a pot, add some water, and let it simmer all day long. This makes my home feel so much cozier and brings in the Christmas cheer! Today we are doing apples, cinnamon, oranges, rosemary, and pinecones. Your home will smell like Christmas village in no time! I also wanted to talk about my new favorite knife. This baby is so . . .
Trader Joe's has some of my favorite Christmas treats. Among them are their Jo Joe's. They are similar to Oreos with chocolate wafers but have a peppermint cream in the middle. After buying a package and eating them within 24 hours, I realized that I could bake something like it at home. With a homemade Oreo wafer recipe and some candy canes, I thought this Christmas season I could make my own Joe Joe's. I present to you the result of my experiment: Ho Ho's (I'll keep it clean without the . . .
My favorite time of year is here! Yay! Cooler weather, holidays, sweaters, & good TV shows. Aren't Fall foods just the best? I have turned this Classic Rice Krispie Treat into a great Fall snack. Since Stephanie introduced me to Brown Butter Cookies I haven't looked back at my old recipe. They are simply divine, especially the dough. Does everything taste better with Brown Butter? Well these Rice Krispie Treats definitely do. When browning butter, all you need to do is keep the butter . . .
One of my favorite appetizers to get when I go to a restaurant is the Fried Zucchini. I have a healthier alternative to make at home. This is a great snack or even lunch. My basil from my garden has been such a survivor. With being pregnant, my herb garden has suffered. I have about 4 herbs that have survived with very little water. Basil is one of those. I love using fresh herbs in my cooking. I picked off a few leaves, chopped them, and tossed them in with the breadcrumbs. At the . . .
This isn't your average grilled cheese sandwich. I sometimes get in a lunch rut. I forget about all the fun things I can add to make a dull meal into something much more tasty and fabulous. I'm a cheese lover and have always loved a good grilled cheese sandwich. This one takes it to the next level. When buying mozzarella cheese, go for better quality. The pre-grated bagged stuff just won't taste as good. I like the kind that comes in ball form, wrapped in plastic. I have to admit, I sometimes . . .
I've been a charcoal grilling girl my whole life. I grew up with BBQs only being done on a charcoal grill. I've come to prefer it to gas grills. It's definitely not as convenient, but I can taste the difference. Dallas and I inherited my grandma's yellow barbecue. I just think it's the cutest thing ever! It also has some great memories for me. Growing up, we used newspaper to start the barbecue. If you have some, that will work great. If you're like me and don't get the newspaper, I have . . .
I'm not messing around this Cinco de Mayo. I'll be relaxing on my Mexican cruise this year during the holiday. After 7 years of marriage this will be the first vacation (besides our honeymoon) that my husband and I are doing without our extended family. It will be so nice to be just the 2 of us! While in Mexico I hope to enjoy some authentic Mexican food. This Chili Relleno Casserole started with my aunt, then got passed down to my mom, then me. It is super simple! It's not the prettiest to . . .
I'm a beginning gardener. I love the idea of growing my own food and having fresh fruits and vegetables. We currently don't have the space to have a full blown garden but I have found a patch of dirt where I made my herb garden. I love using fresh herbs in my recipes. It's so nice to walk out the door and pick what I need. I seriously can taste a huge difference using fresh herbs compared to using those jars of dried herbs. Gardening has been something I grew up watching my mom do. I . . .
I love my simple dinner recipes. These Steak Fajita Tacos are on that list. Most nights out of the week I don't have time or patience to slave away in the kitchen to make an elaborate dinner. This recipe takes me 40 minutes tops and for 30 minutes of that time it's baking in the oven. Just because it's simple and quick doesn't mean it lacks taste. I can't keep from snacking on a pepper or onion once it comes out of the oven. Don't forget to put the oven on broil for . . .
It's still summer here in Southern California. The highs are in the upper 80's each day. It's ridiculous! When it's warm, I love a good salad. I've been recently making homemade croutons. What a difference it has made in my salads! It's so simple. Store bought croutons don't even compare. I'm a big fan of Costco's bag of 6 loaves of bread. It's the perfect size for my family of three. I freeze them and take one out whenever I need a loaf. These small loaves are great for one salad. If you . . .