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 . . .
Around my house we take Halloween pretty seriously. We have more Halloween decorations than Christmas, we start planning costumes in July, and we always have a big adult Halloween party. We really look forward to some rare alone time with our friends sans kids. It gives us a chance to laugh and talk without being interupted and allows us to have tons and tons of fun! My husband and I have been throwing this party for about 11 years - so we have this down to a science! I want to share a few of my tips to inspire . . .
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 versatile and so dang sharp. . . .
We've shown you how to make a mean turkey, creamy mashed potatoes and now you need the rich gravy to compliment both. Making gravy is incredibly simple and fast. There are many ways to make a creamy gravy, but for this post I'll focus on making gravy from turkey drippings. Just what would be expected at a Thanksgiving dinner! In my family we grew up on Sunday pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy and homemade rolls. The gravy was always my favorite part. Well maybe the rolls were but the rolls dipped in gravy was . . .
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving with out mashed potatoes. The turkey is of course the star, but mashed potatoes play a quiet and important role of best supporting actor. I mean really, with out the mashed potatoes what would you make gravy volcanos with? What would those fully rolls or turkey be dipped in? With out those creamy potatoes, a Thanksgiving feast just wouldn't be the same. So today I'm going to show you have to make some bomb mashed potatoes. They are so easy! Really, it is hard to mess up mashed potatoes. . . .
When cooking our salsa or homemade spaghetti sauce, we like to peel off the skins. Skins can be left on but the will eventually separate from the tomato meat and leave long skin pieces throughout your sauce or salsa. Removing the skin takes only a few minutes and leaves a much better texture. Here is how I remove mine.. 1. First take a sharp knife and make an X in the bottom of the tomato. Roma tomatoes are perfect for salsa and sauce. They have a higher "meat" content and less seeds so your sauce is . . .
We are so excited to share a little collaboration we have been working on with KitchenAid! You heard that right, the one and only KitchenAid!! Sometimes it feels a little surreal that we get to work with amazing companies like them. We are kinda lucky. Today we are going to be showing off their pasta attachments. I've been dreaming of these bad boys for years... and now after trying them out, I realize the homemade pasta goodness I have been missing out on. I love love love a good pasta and even more than just pasta, . . .
The Rotisserie Chicken is one of my secret weapons! I use them as a shortcut to creating delicious meals without cooking a chicken. I love to eat one of these for dinner with a side salad, but I love them even more as an ingredient in a delicious recipe. The meat is perfect for soups, casseroles, enchiladas, salads and more! My Costco sells them for $4.99 - and they are so good! They are moist, they are flavorful, and cooked PERFECTLY. When I make a Costco run I buy 2 or 3 along with other bulk items. When I . . .
We have a special treat for you today.. Julia Mirabella fellow foodie and author of "Mason Jar Salads and More" is joining us with a fun Q&A session. She is not only sharing some healthy lifestyle tips, but a recipe from her book as well as giving one away! I shared my love for her cookbook on Instagram a few weeks ago and know you guys will love it as well! What started your journey of writing “Mason Jar Salads and More”? After finishing law school in 2012, I took a year-long position working for a judge . . .
Who else buys those applesauce squeeze-packs in bulk from Costco? My kid loves them, and I love that he's basically eating an apple while I'm grocery shopping, driving, at church, or this past weekend, at the lake. What I don't love (well, more what my husband doesn't love) is the cost of those things. And when you really start to think about it, it's quite a bit of environmental waste for something you could be reusing. Enter Laura, our Healthy Mama this week. She and her husband came up with a brilliant idea to . . .