I love when food is fancy and easy; the trifecta is fancy, healthy, and EASY.
Warning – if you make these and think you can keep them around the house for a while, prepare to gain a quick five pounds. Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely make them, but it’s only safe to have a few around at a time. Give them to your friends or coworkers or freeze the extras. When these were in my kitchen I found myself making up excuses to hang out in there, just so I could piece off a bit (or five). “No seriously, honey, I don’t mind doing the dishes/feeding the baby/making your lunch”. I ended up giving them away because I felt slightly crazed when I was too close to them.
High school kids, as a generality, hate fish. I hated fish when I was in high school. Maybe you never got over this, and you still hate fish. If this is the case, you might want to try this recipe.
You gotta love an egg sandwich. I have a secret dream to have an egg sandwich shop; all egg sandwich, all the time. Now, if you hate runny yolk then turn away, you won’t like this sandwich. I personally believe that runny yolk is sort of like heaven and if you think you don’t like it, it’s probably that you misunderstand it. Just add salt.
One of my best friends just had a BEAUTIFUL baby girl named Avery. She is the picture of perfection. With a baby brunch plan intact, I asked her what she wanted me to bring her. She says, “something warm, buttery, cinnamon-y. Hmm…blueberry buckle, but with apples… can you do that?” Oh heck yes.
Do you know about Puffins? I sort of wish I didn’t. I can eat a box of puffins in a day or two. They are made by Barbara’s and they’re all natural; you can find them in the organic cereal section of any grocery store.
At a 30th birthday party recently we had the opportunity to look at pictures of the birthday girl through middle and high school. We commiserated about our frizzy hair (pre-straighteners), swooshy pants, and complete lack of makeup know-how. I honestly don’t know why anyone liked me through middle school and most of high school…I was a train wreck. It’s strange though, because we weren’t just idiots, we were actually following the trends. It’s the trends faults that we looked so dumb. I wonder what people wear now that we will look back and scoff at? Cough, jeggings, cough cough.
During the first week of class in my Essentials of Cooking class, we learn about measurement as well as how to read a recipe. One would think that if you can read, you can read a recipe. One would be wrong.
This is what I’ve learned about birthdays. You have to make as big of a deal of your birthday as YOU want made, or else you will wind up somewhat disappointed. My husband came home from work after his birthday once and I said, “did everyone wish you happy birthday?”. He said no, a little forlornly. “Did you tell anyone it was your birthday?” I asked. No. Hmm.
I like to drink hot chocolate and eat thin mints. If you take a sip of the hot chocolate and then quickly bite into the cookie, it gets all melty and happy in your mouth. That’s my thin mint story for you. You probably have of your own, because the thin mint is the best girl scout cookie there is (except for caramel delight, aka, samoan – was samoan not PC?). Anyways, this cupcake matches it in flavor but instead of being hard and processed in a gargantuan factory somewhere, it’s warm and made in your oven!
When it comes to dinnertime, I’m nothing if not practical. I love a dinner that’s all in one bowl, like the turkey pasta bake on this site. You need some whole grain, veggie, lean protein and healthy fats in every meal, if possible. If clean up is just one pan, even better! When one hears the phrase “chicken pot pie”, the health factor is almost never on the radar even though it DOES contain veggies, lean protein, and calcium from the milk! But who really cares about all that, because if you’re ordering/making chicken pot pie, it’s because its insanely comforting and delicious.
Quick, easy, HEALTHY dinner tonight. I feel like what sets dinner apart from the other meals is that it should be warm. It’s okay if it’s warm eggs or pancakes, its the temperature that says “dinner”.
The most economical thing you can buy at the store is frozen spinach. True story. The SECOND most economical thing you can buy HAS to be bagged corn kernels. I bought a 2 lb. bag of kernels for under two dollars. You can make well over 100 cups of popcorn from the kernels I bought, whereas for a package of bags I could make only 12.