Archives for October 2012

Spider Halloween Birthday Cake

I loved how my husbands birthday cake turned out this year. Simple and clean. It’s a 3 tier 10″ yellow cake, with buttercream. It came in at a whopping 7″ tall. Huge. We had a massive Halloween/Birthday party and as always, the cake got devoured! I used this Spider template for the top of the […]

Favorite Things Thursday

Ok. I know..I have recieved your emails. I slacked on Favorite Things Thursday last week. Sorry my lovelies, I was traveling. And this week, I am prepping for our Halloween party. So guess what? I’m a slacker today too. Next week, I’ll be back….pinky promise. But you want to know what my Favorite Things are […]

Ghost Cookies

So these are supposed to look like ghosts. Humor me, k? It’s all I got for Halloween. Does that make me a bad recipe website? So be it. I’m o.k with it. These are meringue type cookies without the Cream of Tartar. I’m not big on Meringue cookies, but these are quite tasty. Light as […]

White Cupcakes for a {virtual} Baby Shower

Welcome to Kristans of Confessions of a Cookbook Queens {virtual} baby shower! I decided on white on white cupcakes, cause I’m boring and predictable. No, truthfully, I like clean and simple. Soo, white on white is what I wanted. Cute huh? These cupcakes would be perfect for just about any ocassion. Think white wedding cupcakes, […]

Garlic & White Wine Chicken Scaloppine & Giveaway

Oh how I wish I could call this recipe my own. I used  a McCormick® Gourmet Recipe Mix. (go check out all the flavors) The Garlic & White Wine Chicken Scaloppine flavor. I’m not usually one to turn to “pre-made” sauce or spice mixes, but I’ll try anything once. My family loved love loved this […]

Slow Cooker Meals & a True Story

My life has been crazy. I might have just lost my mind. Lemme tell you a true story. Picture this….. 6:30 am and no coffee. I have a headache. Hovering over my dog who has a cold, making sure he eats some food so I can shove his antibiotics down his throat. Twittling his pill […]

Favorite Things Thursday

What’s your favorite perfume? How long have you been wearing the same scent? I wear Angel by Thierry Mugler. I’ve been wearing it EVERYDAY for the past 10 + or so years……and EVERY SINGLE day I get…… “Ohhh, you smell great!” “You smell great, what are you wearing?” “Are you wearing Angel?” “Someone smells good” […]

What’s Behind Those Doors?

Hi all, I’m being featured over at  my friends Shelly and Kristans site, That’s What We Said. They have a fun feature on the site, “What’s in your” People do purses, fridges and dipaer bags. I thought I would shake it up a bit and do Whats under my bathroom sink. So if your a […]

Maple Cinnamon Banana Bundt Cake

Four boobs. Have I lost you? Do you know what “Four Boobs” is? I dunno, maybe I made it up. “Four Boobs” is an actual medical condition when a womans boobs are overfilling her bra causing the boobs to spill out of the top of her bra. This condition cause the unsightly appearance of boobs […]

Favorite Things Thursday

The old Gal is a bit beat up…She get thrown back in the drawer several times a day. I can not explain to you my deep and undying love for my hair dryer. Can you marry a hair dryer? Oh, I might make it on “My Strange Addiction” I have the BaBliss Pro Ceramix Xtreme […]

Chia Seeds

I got several emails asking what the black specks were in my post Tangy Salad Dressing post. Some asked if they were poppy seeds. Well they kinda look like them from afar. Nope, they are Chia Seeds. Yes..Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia seeds. The same Chia seeds you would use to spread on your ceramic Sponge Bob head and […]

Italian Wedding Cookies

So what’s your take on weddings? For me, weddings are the sole reason the phrase, “I am never drinking again.” comes out of my mouth. You can’t expect me to go to an establishment , where just so happens 2 people are exchanging nuptials, and say, “Open Bar”. Open Bar? For Real? Sweet You see, […]

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Spider Halloween Birthday Cake

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I loved how my husbands birthday cake turned out this year.
Simple and clean.
It’s a 3 tier 10″ yellow cake, with buttercream.
It came in at a whopping 7″ tall. Huge.
We had a massive Halloween/Birthday party and as always, the cake got devoured!

I used this Spider template for the top of the cake. And used black sugar to make the spider.
Countless curse words flew from my mouth trying not to get the black sugar from going everywhere.

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I also made some cute Happy Birthday bunting. I cute triangles from black scrapbook paper, and used cooking twine to thread through the triangles.

Cake Bundting

Don’t you just love it?

Oh and BTW, Whats up with every single Halloween costume at the store being skanky and sexy?

I am not in the sexy mood this year.

So I went COMPLETE opposite with my homemade halloween costume

I “dressed” as a White Trash Housewife.

Went to Salvation Army and got a couple Moo-Moos, some hair rollers, fake eyelashes(That I put on crooked), some .50 knee highs and used my sisters 7 year olds cigarettes that she has in her Halloween costume bin…..and called it a night.
My sister was a “Person of Walmart”….classic! And my sister-in-law was Lucy.

Halloween 2012

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Annnnnnd, the next day, I got off the couch TWICE.
And I begged my husband for McDonalds to make my hangover go away.

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Favorite Things Thursday

Ok. I know..I have recieved your emails.

I slacked on Favorite Things Thursday last week.

Sorry my lovelies, I was traveling.

And this week, I am prepping for our Halloween party.

So guess what? I’m a slacker today too. Next week, I’ll be back….pinky promise.

But you want to know what my Favorite Things are this week????

It’s YOU!

You all are my favorite things.

Without all of you who come here to my little site to read my rantings and recipes, I wouldn’t have the motivation to continue!!

So thank you to all of you, my favorite things!

Too much?

 

I thought I would leave you with a scrumptious little recipe of mine that was just featured by the Southern Living Blog.

It’s an oldie but a goodie. (excuse the 2009 photo)

Almond Joy Bark

Almond Joy Bark
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Recipe type: dessert
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Almond Joy Bark
Ingredients
  • 12 oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ tsp coconut extract
  • ⅛ tsp almond extract
  • ½ cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup coconut
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl,melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second increments stirring in-between until smooth
  3. Add coconut and almond extract to chocolate . Mix well.
  4. Spread over a cookie sheet.
  5. Don’t worry about spreading it to the edges.
  6. Spread it however thick you want it to be.
  7. Sprinkle with almonds and coconut.
  8. Throw it in the fridge for 45 minutes to harden. And chop it up into shards when hard!
  9. This takes like 5 minutes to throw together and it is sooooooo very addicting!!!

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Ghost Cookies

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So these are supposed to look like ghosts.

Humor me, k?

It’s all I got for Halloween. Does that make me a bad recipe website?

So be it.

I’m o.k with it.

These are meringue type cookies without the Cream of Tartar.

I’m not big on Meringue cookies, but these are quite tasty.

Light as air and oh so tasty. They were gobbled right up.

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Ghost Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert,cookie
Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • ¾ cup White Sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon Clear Vanilla Extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon Table Salt
  • 1 cup Mini Chocolate Chips (or 1 cup regular size chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed until frothy.
  4. Add the sugar a little bit at a time, beating the entire time until the mixture has become stiff, about 5 minutes.
  5. Beat in vanilla and salt.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Place the mixture into a gallon zip lock bag, cut the corner and pipe into your desired shape onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  8. If making ghosts, place mini chocolate chips on the piped cookie for the eyes and mouth.
  9. Place in the oven.
  10. TURN OFF THE HEAT
  11. And allow the cookie to sit in the oven for at least 4 hours.
  12. Remove and store at room temperature

 

And the winner of my McCormick Giveaway is……..

Please contact me within 48 hours to claim your prize!!!

White Cupcakes for a {virtual} Baby Shower

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Welcome to Kristans of Confessions of a Cookbook Queens {virtual} baby shower!

I decided on white on white cupcakes, cause I’m boring and predictable.

No, truthfully, I like clean and simple. Soo, white on white is what I wanted.

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Cute huh?

These cupcakes would be perfect for just about any ocassion.

Think white wedding cupcakes, white baby shower cupcakes, white bridal shower cupcakes.

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You can dress them up as I did with simple chocolate letters.

“L” is for Kristans little ones name “Lucy”. Love that name.

For the chocolate letters, all you do is line a baking sheet with parchment paper, melt white chocolate in a bowl. Put into a zip lock baggies, snip the corner and pipe your desired letter onto the parchment paper. Place in the fridge for 5 minutes and the letters will come right off. I also used a drop of pink frosting for my pink letters and hearts.

Chocolate Letters

And the frosting is just about the easiest you can come by…
Pudding mix, milk, cool whip and meringue powder.
I love it because it is not toooo sweet.

Pudding Frosting

(The photo above was just for 1/2 of the recipe written below,for enough frosting to frost the cupcakes, follow the recipe as written)

Another thing I love about this recipe is that it starts with a White Cake Mix that you doctor up nice and good.

These cupcakes are PERFECTLY moist, flavorful(in a non boxed mix way) and rise wonderfully.

Dare I say these are the best white cupcakes I have ever tasted? YUP.

5.0 from 2 reviews
White Cupcakes with Pudding Frosting
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Recipe type: dessert,cupcake
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Serves: 36
 
A perfectly white cupcake for all occasions
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 1 18.25 oz. box white cake mix (Betty Crocker or Pillsbury)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1⅓ cups water
  • ⅛ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 egg
Pudding Frosting
  • 2 3.4 oz package Instant Pudding Mix (I used cheesecake flavor)
  • 3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 2 cups Cold Whole Milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Place cupcakes liners into cupcake pan.
  3. Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer until mixed.
  4. Add water,oil,vanilla extract,sour cream,egg whites and egg.
  5. Beat on medium high for 2 minutes.
  6. With a cookie scoop(so they are all filled with the same amount), fill ¾ of the way full.
  7. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow to completely cool prior to frosting.
Pudding Frosting
  1. In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, mix together the pudding and meringue powder.
  2. Add the milk and vanilla extract.
  3. Beat for about 1 minute or until the mixture becomes thick.
  4. Beat in the Cool Whip and beat until just combined.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill and set.
Notes
Makes about 36 cupcakes. Frosting makes enough to frost all 36 cupcakes with a nice tall frosting.

I found variations of this cake part of this cupcake on weddingcake101 and recipe girl.

Thank you Shelly from Cookies and Cups for putting together this wonderful virtual baby shower for Kristan!

Please do take a few minutes to look at everyones fabulous creations for Kristan!

Cookie and Cups Zebra Cake Cupcakes
She Wears Many Hats Pretty in Pink Party Marshmallows
Two Peas and Their Pod Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
Bluebonnets and Brownies Apple Cider Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting
My Baking Addiction Sugar and Spice Cupcakes
Picky Palate Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream
Blooming on Bainbridge TFood for my Family Pomegranate and Lime Olive Oil Yogurt Cupcakes
Bakingdom Sprinkles Bakes Princess Torte Cupcakes
Glorious Treats Sweet Baby Cupcakes with Easy Fondant Toppers
Sweet Sugarbelle Damask Cookies
Buns In My Oven Maple Cupcakes with Maple Frosting
Dine and Dish Neapolitan Cream Filled Cupcakes
Chocolate and Carrots Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes
Bake at 350 Little Pumpkin Cupcakes
Living Locurto Baby Shower Printables


Garlic & White Wine Chicken Scaloppine & Giveaway

Garlic & White Wine Chicken Scaloppine

Oh how I wish I could call this recipe my own.

I used  a McCormick® Gourmet Recipe Mix. (go check out all the flavors)

The Garlic & White Wine Chicken Scaloppine flavor.

I’m not usually one to turn to “pre-made” sauce or spice mixes, but I’ll try anything once.

My family loved love loved this dinner.

It was amazing, and I didn’t have to really do a thing or even think, cause remember I don’t have a brain left.

I love the fact that McCormick® did all the thinking for me.

The whole dish was bursting with flavor.

This was about a 20 minute dinner. Perfect for busy nights.

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4.7 from 3 reviews
Garlic & White Wine Chicken Scaloppine
Recipe type: Dinner,main
Prep time: 
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Serves: 4
 
A quick and EASY chicken dinner using McCormick Gourmet Recipe Mix
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 package McCormick® Gourmet Garlic & White Wine Chicken Scaloppine Recipe & Seasoning Mix, divided
  • 1 pound thinly sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
Instructions
  1. Mix flour and 2 tablespoons of the Seasoning Mix in shallow dish. Coat chicken with flour mixture.
  2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat.
  3. Cook ½ of the chicken pieces 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove from skillet.
  4. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  5. Stir mushrooms into skillet, adding additional oil if needed.
  6. Cook and stir 3 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Add water, wine and remaining Seasoning Mix.
  8. Bring to boil, stirring to release browned bits in bottom of skillet.
  9. Stir in orzo.
  10. Place chicken over orzo.
  11. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and orzo is tender,stirring occasionally.
Notes
Recipe courtesy of McCormick

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Slow Cooker Meals & a True Story

My life has been crazy.

I might have just lost my mind.

Lemme tell you a true story.

Picture this…..

6:30 am and no coffee.

I have a headache.

Hovering over my dog who has a cold, making sure he eats some food so I can shove his antibiotics down his throat.

Twittling his pill in my fingers, just waiting, for him to take a few bites.

Did I mention I had not had my coffee yet and had a headache.

Walked myself over the the cabinet.

Poured myself some water.

AND. TOOK. MY. DOGS. PILL.

I put my dogs pill in my mouth and swallowed.

Like all the way down into my stomach.

Seriously, did you get that?

Me, a human with no body fur to speak off, took my dogs pill.

I stood there in shock, wondering if I had the nerve to make myself puke.

I decided I didn’t want to stick a toothbrush down my throat at 6:30 in the morning and prayed the pill would make me sick.

I obviously survived my little momentary lapse of reasoning, it was just an antibiotic.

You know you have some serious issues when your takes a dogs medication.

For real, my kids have stollen my brain and obviously what little bit I have left does not function without caffeine.

Sooooo, needless to say life has been a bit crazy around here.

I have been relying on my little slow cooker for some dinner time sanity.

Kinda strange as much as I use my slow cooker I don’t have more recipes here..

I am sure all of you have an awesome slow cooker recipe, right?

Crock-Pot is having it first ever nationwide search for the Ultimate Crock-Pot Crock Star.
Who ever shows the savviest slow cooker smarts will win a guest appearance on the Cooking Channel!!!!
All you have to do is upload your original recipe with a photo or video of yourself in action on www.CrockStars.com now through Oct 31st.
You can also win other fabulous prizes in the month of “Crocktober” by visiting Crock-Pots Facebook Page.

Here are a few Slow cooker Meals from me and around the web…

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches – Me

slow cooker pulled bbq chicken

Slow Cooker Pork Chops – Me

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From around the Web

Shredded Tex-Mex Crock-Pot Chicken – GoodLifeeats.com

Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches– Thegirlwhoateeveryhing.com

Crock-Pot Beef Carnitas – EatLiveRun.com

Ultimate Beef Stroganoff  – Melskitchencafe.com

Slow Cooker Nutella Crunch Cheesecake – Snappygourmet.com

Slow Cooker Apple Crumble – Howsweeteats.com

 

Favorite Things Thursday

What’s your favorite perfume?

How long have you been wearing the same scent?

I wear Angel by Thierry Mugler.

I’ve been wearing it EVERYDAY for the past 10 + or so years……and EVERY SINGLE day I get……

“Ohhh, you smell great!”
“You smell great, what are you wearing?”
“Are you wearing Angel?”
“Someone smells good”

Happens everyday. Funny, because I cant even smell it on myself.

Angel has a deep scent, vanilla-y, chocolate-y, patchouli and other notes. It’s my ABSOLUTE FAV!

You can find it at finer department stores or on Amazon

 

Angel

 

I do cheat on Angel every so often with a squirt of Coco Chanel Mademoiselle..but it’s rare.

 

Coco Chanel

**Remember Favorite Things Thursdays are NOT sponsored posts, just products I use and LOVE**

What’s Behind Those Doors?

Hi all, I’m being featured over at  my friends Shelly and Kristans site, That’s What We Said.

They have a fun feature on the site, “What’s in your”

People do purses, fridges and dipaer bags.

I thought I would shake it up a bit and do Whats under my bathroom sink.

So if your a voyer, we all are a bit aren’t we, and you want to see whats behind those doors…

Head on over to That’s What We Said.

Oh and after your done there, check out their food sites, “Cookies and Cups” and “Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

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Maple Cinnamon Banana Bundt Cake

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Four boobs.

Have I lost you?

Do you know what “Four Boobs” is?

I dunno, maybe I made it up.

“Four Boobs” is an actual medical condition when a womans boobs are overfilling her bra causing the boobs to spill out of the top of her bra.

This condition cause the unsightly appearance of boobs sitting on-top of boobs under her shirt.

It’s quite tacky.

There is a cure for this.

Get a correctly fitting bra!

I swear it works.

Consider this a Public Service Announcement.

Bundt Cakes remind me of boobs.

Anyways…..

This cake is good people….really good. EXPLODING with all sorts of flavors.

It starts with a cake mix, but tasted NOTHING like it.

We have cinnamon, buttermilk, maple extract, bananas……oh my.

Oh and I added a streusel filling cause I want to be your BFF.

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Maple Cinnamon Banana Bundt Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert,cake,bundt cake
Prep time: 
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Serves: 16
 
A Maple Cinnamon Banana Bundt Cake exploding with flavor using a cake mix as a starter
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • ½ tablespoon Cinnamon
  • ½ cup Buttermilk
  • ¼ cup Water
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • ½ teaspoon Maple Extract
  • 4 Bananas, Mashed
Streusel Filling
  • ¾ cup Pecans
  • 3 tablespoons White Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons Cinnamon
Buttermilk Maple Glaze
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1½ tablespoon Buttermilk
  • ⅛ teaspoon Maple Extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Grease or spray Bundt Pan with non-stick spray
Make Streusel Filling
  1. Place pecans, white sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon in a blender or food processor and blend until the mixture resembles sand with some larger nut pieces remaining.
  2. Set aside.
Cake
  1. In a large bowl, add the cake mix and cinnamon and whisk until combined.
  2. Add the buttermilk,water,oil,eggs and maple extract.
  3. With an electic mixer, mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the bananas and mix for another one minute.
  5. Pour half the mixture into the prepared bundt pan.
  6. Evenly distribute the streusel filling over the cake mix.
  7. Top with the remaining cake mix.
  8. Place on a baking sheet(so the bottom does not over cook) and bake for 70-80 minutes or until a skewer comes out with a few crumbs attached.
  9. Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  10. Invert onto a wire rack and allow to cool.
Buttermilk Maple Glaze
  1. In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar, buttermilk,maple extract, vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Pour over warm cake.

 

Favorite Things Thursday

BaBliss Pro Ceramix Xtreme Hair Dryer
The old Gal is a bit beat up…She get thrown back in the drawer several times a day.

I can not explain to you my deep and undying love for my hair dryer.

Can you marry a hair dryer?

Oh, I might make it on “My Strange Addiction”

I have the BaBliss Pro Ceramix Xtreme Dryer

You say…”Whatever, it’s just a hair dryer, whats the big deal?”

It’s not in the same league as the hair dryers you can get at Target or a drug store.

You see, those are cheapy 1800 watt hair dryers.

This bad boy has 2000 watts, and while that might not sound like a big difference in wattage..it soooo is!

You might think your hair dryer is the bomb, but once you use a 2000 watter, you will NEVER go back to your Conair.

FYI..you can’t find these high powered dryers at big box stores, you have to go to a specialty store or order it on Amazon

My BFF dries my hair in half the time and I swear makes it shinier.

It is heavier than a traditional dryer. So it might take a bit to get used to.

Take the plunge, buy it. You will love me forever.

**Remember, Favorite Things Thursday are NOT sponsored posts , just products I have and LOVE**

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

I got several emails asking what the black specks were in my post Tangy Salad Dressing post.

Some asked if they were poppy seeds.

Well they kinda look like them from afar.

Nope, they are Chia Seeds.

Yes..Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia seeds. The same Chia seeds you would use to spread on your ceramic Sponge Bob head and watch grown into hair. Same ones.

Turns out you can eat them and they are CRAZY good for you.

A total superfood.

Chia Seeds have

  • 2 x more Omega-3 than walnuts
  • 3 x more Fiber than Oatmeal
  • 5 x more Calcium than Whole Milk
  • 39% more Fiber than Flax

A serving size is 3 tablespoons. Honestly, I don’t think I could eat 3 tablespoons. I could maybe do half that in a smoothie.

I throw a palmful in my salads. Easy peasy nutrition!They don’t really have much flavor at all. But they add texture.

The seeds poof up a little bit, so I imagine when you add these to your food like yogurt, smoothies or salads they would keep you fuller.

Thanks to Dole for sending me a big ol jar of Chia Seeds. I was not required to post about them, but since I got a few emails, I thought I would share the knowledge.

They are starting to pop up in the nutrition isle of the store. Click Here to find Dole Nutrition Plus  Chia Seeds near you.

And the winners of my Our Best Bites Cookbook Giveaway is…. KariAnn

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Italian Wedding Cookies

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So what’s your take on weddings?

For me, weddings are the sole reason the phrase, “I am never drinking again.” comes out of my mouth.

You can’t expect me to go to an establishment , where just so happens 2 people are exchanging nuptials, and say, “Open Bar”.

Open Bar? For Real? Sweet

You see, I seem to have a track record at weddings and taking advantage of said open bar.

Case Study #1- Open Bar for 1 hour Wedding

Test: See how any margaritas I can consume within that one hour.
Results: Dancing on the dance floor, while my skirt sneaked its way up(way too high)
Ending up in the bathroom for the rest of the wedding, puking in the sanitary napkin holder that is attached to the
bathroom wall.

Case Study #2- Mom’s Wedding Age 12.

Test: How many abandoned screwdrivers can I steal after people set them down?
Results: Throwing up ham and turkey pinwheels in the bathtub and sleeping on the bathroom floor. Crying, “Why meeeee?”
My punishment? My Mom said, my hangover was punishment enough. Oh, and I had to clean out the tub.

Case Study #3- My Own Wedding-

Test: How long can I keep the open bar open?
Results: After many many Bud Lights, I managed to extend the open bar the whole length of my wedding
Resulting in the majority of the photos of a white trash beautiful bride with a Bud Light bottle in her hand and a hefty bill to pay.

Case Study #4- Sister-In-Laws Wedding

Test: Can I still dance?
Results: Doing the “dip” for 2 hours = not being able to lower ones self onto the toilet for days.
I can neither confirm nor deny that a lap dance was given to an 80 year old man.

Total Study Results: I have no business going to weddings.

 

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This recipe requires finely ground almonds. Most grocery stores don’t sell them. So just purchase slivered almonds and pulse them in your blender or food processor until they reach a sand-like texture.

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YOu can also form these cookies into the traditional “Crescent Shape”.

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5.0 from 3 reviews
Italian Wedding Cookies
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Recipe type: cookies,dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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A classic Italian Wedding Cookie
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups (3 sticks) Salted Butter
  • ¾ cup Powdered Sugar + ⅓ cup for rolling
  • 1½ cups finely ground Almonds
  • 4 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups sifted Flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and ¾ cup powdered sugar.
  3. Beat in ground almonds and vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually beat in flour until completely combined.
  5. Measure out about 2½ teaspoons(using your tiny cookie scoop) or eyeball it, and roll into balls or shape into crescents.
  6. Place onto an un-greased cookie sheet and bake about 15 minutes.
  7. Do not allow to brown or they will become too crumbly.
  8. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes and transfer to wire rack.
  9. Cool for an additional 5 minutes and toss in the remaining ⅓ powdered sugar.
  10. Store in covered container at room temperature.
  11. Can be made several days in advance.
Notes
Makes about 6 dozen cookies. This recipe requires finely ground almonds. Most grocery stores don't sell them. So just purchase slivered almonds and pulse them in your blender or food processor until they reach a sand-like texture.

recipe slightly adapted from The Food Network