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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Someone very wise once said that a party without cake is just a meeting. Well, Julia Childs, I couldn't agree more! And chocolate cake is never a bad thing, especially when it's pretty and festive and makes you ohso happy it's the holidays so you can top your cake with things like peppermint sticks and rosemary wreaths. I can't have a party and not have a cake. My go-to the past several parties I've had has been this Salted Caramel Chocolate Cinnamon Cake because it's absolutely . . .
I've been looking forward to this post for a while now! We were invited to share in the excitement of Martha Stewart's 7th season of Martha Bakes on PBS and give you a peek at one of her recipes - this Cranberry Tart. I don't know about you but aside from my mother's kitchen, I learned to cook from TV! I've spent many days watching various food celebrities whip up desserts and dinners. Watching the process and learning techniques has transformed my own culinary skills. I'm so looking forward . . .