Sticky Ginger Chicken and Veggies

Have your meal plans this month consisted of tons of healthy chicken and vegetable dishes? Well I have another one for you!!! I promise you, it will not be your everyday healthy meal. And I promise you, you'll want to make it again. We're going Asian with a ginger garlic chicken made sticky and crisp with honey. Cast Iron Cooking--Sticky, Ginger Chicken Staub recently sent each of us a cast iron piece to try out. I already have a large dutch oven, so I really wanted a short, wide, kick-fanny braiser that would … [Read more...]

Zoodles Pad Thai

Happy New Year! I wanted to start off my new year by taking a break from the sweets and eating lots of veggies.  These zucchini noodles, that I like to call zoodles are the perfect solution.  You get your noodle fix with non of the carbs! I created my zucchini noodles using the KitchenAid 5 Blake Spiralizer with Peel, Core and Slice attachment for my KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. This has been the funnest little gadget.  You can core and peel apples, create shoestring fries, shred carrots - and so … [Read more...]

Creamy Lemon Chicken Quinoa Bake

Friends, do you remember when quinoa got, like, HUGE? I do. My super-healthy friend was all about putting quinoa in her chili and I thought that was the most disgusting thing ever and NO WAY would I ever eat this weird, hippy seed. Well guess what. I eat it now. And I love it. And it's the perfect carb and you should be eating it too!! Yeah, I get it, it's been presented as a fad (unfortunately, right there with kale), but quinoa has some serous perks, those fluffy, little nuggets!  All About Quinoa First of all, … [Read more...]

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

Does anyone else have Christmas money that is burning a hole in their pocket?  The Nordstrom half yearly sale starts the day after Christmas and runs thru the new year.  This is the perfect sale for that Christmas cash. Today I wanted to share a few kitchen favorites from the sale that will put a smile on your face and your wallet.  Okay, okay - I threw in a pair of shoes as well, because I just couldn't help myself. (all images are clickable) Le Creuset on Sale There are TONS of Le Creuset items that … [Read more...]

Mock Champagne (non-alcoholic)

I don't drink, but I always want something special to ring in the new year.  Something bubbly and different.  Something in a fancy glass.  So - I came up with this idea.  Not only is this mock champagne kid (and adult) friendly, but it is delicious and perfect for that special occasion. This New Years Eve try this bubbly beverage with your family or your festive party.  Mock Champagne is a cinch to whip up!  There are only three ingredients in the recipe.  You heard me right - three ingredients!  Ginger ale. white … [Read more...]

Vermont Steamer

Have you ever had a steamer before? Do you like them? I kinda do. If you don't know what a "steamer" is.. it's basically milk that has been heated with added flavor. I once-upon-a-time worked in a Sandwich Shop.. Tony's in Walla Walla, WA. (best panini's if you are in the area). Anyhow they had a little coffee bar that we would experiment with making all sorts of concoctions. I loved to make steamers, the milk was the perfect base for any crazy flavor mix I was in the mood for. Now I get my flavor fill at with a … [Read more...]

Cranberry Spiced Cider

I just love warm cidery drinks. They don't leave me as heavy and calories down like I feel after a cup of hot chocolate (don't get me wrong there are many times when a frothy hot cocoa is calling my name too), I just feel warmed and refreshed. It's even better when a blanket and or book (or my favorite TV show hehe ) is involved. My cute friend, who is also gave me this cranberry salsa recipe to share, made this Cranberry Cider for a church event last Thanksgiving. The other day when I was making this for an … [Read more...]

Homemade Hershey-Bar Fudge

Everyone has a favorite treat that they grew up with that they feel is the "very best ever," and I'm no exception.  My grandpa makes the best fudge. Each Christmas he would make several batches - some with nuts, some without.  I always selected the variety without the nuts because I'm a purist when it comes to treats - I like my banana bread with no chocolate chips, and my fudge free from nuts. This last Thanksgiving my family came into town for the holiday. My mom brought a container of fudge that my grandpa had … [Read more...]

Stocking Stuffers For The Foodie In Your Life

Christmas is creeping up on us - and I am frantically trying to finish up all of my shopping and wrapping.  Infact - today is Super Saturday and there are lots of good sales going on for the last minute shopper.  Stocking stuffers are always last on my list, however I always enjoy filling my family's stocking with treats, and small items - and always an orange!  Today I wanted to share a few stocking stuffer ideas (or hints) for the foodie in your life. Stocking Stuffers For the Busy Mom To kick off this little … [Read more...]

Christmas Cookies

If you like Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's you'll love our Holiday Ho-ho's (without the E). Our favorite people from Blendtec made an incredible video on how to make our Christmas Cookies in their blender!!! Can you imagine making them in a blender? SO easy! What's even better is you can enter to win a blendtec over on our instagram!!   Several years ago we hosted The Great Cookie Exchange! It was so much fun! We have thee cutest downloadable invites, tags, recipe cards etc. You can find all the free … [Read more...]