Blood Orange Margarita Jello Shots

You don’t have to be in college to enjoy these jello shots. Prepare them inside of the rinds of blood oranges to impress guests at your next party.

National Margarita Day

Happy National Margarita Day! I’ve teamed up with a fun group of bloggers to celebrate this boozy holiday with an assortment of margaritas and margarita-inspired food items. We’ve got you covered no matter what way you like to get your margarita fix. I contributed a grown-up version of jello shots because they arn’t just for college kids anymore. These are made with fresh blood orange juice and gelatin, not a boxed mix, and then allowed to set inside the rinds of the blood oranges themselves. Once solidified you can slice them up just like and orange!

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Maple Walnut Blondies

Love Trader Joe’s maple walnut blondies? Now you can make them at home! Chewy blondies packed with walnuts and maple flavor.

Maple Walnut Blondies

On my most recent trip to Trader Joe’s I snagged a bag of their Maple Walnut Blondies. They’re freaking fantastic by the way and I highly recommend picking some up if you are able. If not then you’re in luck because I did my best to recreate them!

On an unrelated note, since getting my first smart phone in December I have slowly accumulated favorite apps. The obvious ones being Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (yes I finally have instagram – follow me). But the app I abuse most is Target’s Cartwheel app. You can either browse offers to add to your barcode which is scanned at checkout or you can scan products while shopping to check if there are any offers. When there are not any for that particular item, if there are other offers for similar items it will tell you. I’ve already saved over $30 using it and in the process got the deal of the year – combat boots for $6.75!

What are your favorite smart phone apps?

One year ago: Southwestern Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

Two years ago: Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder
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Homemade Soft Pretzels with Cheddar-Cream Cheese Spread

Sure you can find soft pretzels in the frozen section at your local grocery, but what about beer soft pretzels? Complete with cheddar-cream cheese spread.

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Carbs and cheese might be one of the best appetizer food combinations ever created, improved only by the addition of bacon. While I neglected to add that salty meat into the mix this time, there’s no denying soft homemade pretzels and cheese dip. The inspiration for this ensemble comes from one of my favorite bar foods at the Flying Saucer – soft pretzels served with queso dip (just like Ro*Tel queso dip) and a cheddar-cream cheese spread.

While homemade soft pretzels are a bit of a commitment, it’s worth it in my opinion. I’ve never been disappointed with the end results and since most of the time is spent waiting for the dough to rise it makes for a great weekend project. Speaking of the weekend, why not make them with beer instead of water? Boozy pretzels! You can’t buy those at the store.

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I took the opportunity to bust out Red Star’s Platinum yeast for the occasion, being the first yeasted recipe to be made in my kitchen since moving in. (Yes these were made before the skillet rolls I posted on Sunday which btw were also made using Red Star’s Platinum yeast.) Let me tell you, that yeast does some work! And I know my yeast ;-). I may spoil myself by only buying that brand from now on because it’s not as finicky as others I have used in the past.

One year ago: Cookie Dough Oreo Cake

Two years ago: Pepperoni Pasta Bake

Four years ago: Butterscotch Haystack Cookies
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Hurricane Cupcakes

Turn your hurricane cocktail into a sweet treat with these hurricane cupcakes! Tastes just like a tropical storm without all the destruction.

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I know we just spent the weekend being romantic but now it’s time to get boozy because it’s Mardi Gras! How about some rum infused cupcakes? Rum in the batter, rum soaked into the baked cupcakes, and then rum in the frosting. These cupcakes were inspired by the hurricane cocktail which is made of passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine, and rum. You will find all of those flavors in these cupcakes however I could not find straight passion fruit juice and instead went with a mango-passion fruit blend. Oddly enough Bob did not enjoy these cupcakes at all, which upset me at first until he explained that he said it tasted like a fruity girly drink. Mission accomplished!

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One year ago: Goat Cheese, Spinach & Tomato Quiche

Three years ago: Crispy Parmesan Green Beans

Four years ago: Feta & Broccoli Pizza
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Cream Cheese Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Squash

A new take on your favorite cream cheese chicken enchiladas made gluten-free and stuffed into an acorn squash! But still featuring all the creamy, cheesy goodness you love.

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The #1 all time most popular recipe on this blog has been my cream cheese chicken enchiladas. (Second most popular? My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies.) Every day it is the most viewed post which has lead me to believe that what you really want are enchiladas! As a result I have shared several other enchilada recipes such as cheesy veggie, chicken and spinach, and spicy avocado chicken. Yet the cream cheese version still reigned as king.

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Since the cream cheese chicken enchiladas remain the most popular enchilada on my blog, I figured it was time to reinvent it a bit. This gluten-free version only has two changes from the original: the addition of bell peppers and substitution of tortillas with acorn squash! It was a huge success and may need to have a regular position on the menu. That says a lot folks because I rarely make the same exact thing without changing it at least a little bit (Exhibit A: this recipe).

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One year ago: Giant Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Cookie For One

Three years ago: S’mores Molten Lava Cake

Four years ago: Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Layer Pie
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Skillet Rolls for Two

Need rolls for a dinner party of two? Use this small batch recipe to make 4 soft rolls coated in butter, herbs, and Parmesan cheese.

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I hope everyone has had a great weekend, I know I sure have. Came home to flowers and Red Velvet Oreos on Friday followed by dinner at the Explorer’s Club. Then Saturday cooked dinner at home to avoid the masses. And it gave me an excuse to recreate a fantastic meal I had in Seattle.

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After Peabody shared a recipe for caramelized root beer short ribs and then Kita made oven roasted fall veggie risotto (both inspired by one of our meals while in Seattle), I knew the two were going to happen in my kitchen as soon as possible. It just happened to conveniently land on the weekend of Valentine’s Day. I thought about making my rosemary mac and cheese to go with it (which was another Seattle-inspired recipe) but instead went with a small batch of rolls. Roll them in butter, pesto, and Parmesan and it’ll be more than just a regular old dinner roll.

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Two years ago: Meyer Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Three years ago: Caramelized Chicken with Jalapeno Cream

Four years ago: Chocolate Covered Cherries
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Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

The chewiest chocolate chip cookies now come in red velvet. Rich red velvet color and flavor with sweet white chocolate chips.

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Welcome to the I-stopped-counting-how-many reincarnation of my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies. I am surprised it took me so long to make a red velvet version, especially since I’ve made a small batch green velvet. It is such an easy transition, just add a little cocoa powder, red food coloring, and use white chocolate chips. It has the look and flavor of red velvet while keeping the best quality of these cookies – chewiness.

Today may be Friday the 13th but it is also the day before Valentine’s Day so beat the bad luck voodoo and whip up some magic in the form of cookies.

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One year ago: Captain Rodney’s Baked Cheese Dip

Two years ago: White Chocolate Cake Batter Hearts

Three years ago: Pasta with Vodka Sauce
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Homemade Lip Balms Revisit

Get kissable lips at home with homemade lip balms made with coconut oil. So easy you make you may never buy lip balm again!

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I love holidays. Any excuse to decorate things, eat candy and/or cook festive foods is alright by me. But my favorite part has always been handing out things, which came out in force for Valentine’s Day (although it pretty much extends to every holiday now). I poured so much attention into putting together little packages to hand out to my friends at school that even to this day I buy silly Valentine’s Day cards to hand out – this year it’s scratch-n-sniff dessert ones. But it doesn’t stop there, I usually whip up some sort of homemade goodie whether it be cookies, hot cocoa mix, or here lately it’s DIY gifts such as lip balms.
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DIY Heart Shoe Clips

Add a little sparkle to your step for Valentine’s Day with these sequined heart shoe clips. Perfect for your flats or heels.

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After a successful week full of spicy, saucy, sexy bites with #TripleSBites to get you prepared for Valentine’s Day, I decided to throw some festive DIY posts at you this week. First I shared a list of DIY gift ideas, followed by a Stitch Fix review to add to your wishlist, and now a cute craft to make your feet sparkle.

When I first saw the tutorial for making these heart shoe clips I imagined myself attempting and epically failing, emulating those “Pinterest fails, nailed it!”posts. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy they were to put together and only took about 15 minutes. These shoe clips can be worn on heels or flats and can be made in any shape/color you prefer. I’m tempted to make shoe clips for every holiday!

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One year ago: Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Two years ago: Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix & Cream Cheese Frosting Marshmallows

Three years ago: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream

Four years ago: Guiltless Fettuccine Alfredo
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February 2015 Stitch Fix

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It’s Stitch Fix time again! I don’t shop much beyond groceries and crafty things these days so it’s fun to get this box in the mail. What I like best is that you can pick how frequently they arrive from as frequently as once a month to as little as only when you ask for one. Right now I am thinking every other month may suit me. For more details on Stitch Fix and how it works, check out my post from December 2014. Otherwise, let’s dig in!

Side note: Stick through the entire post and you’ll also get a chance for a free month of another fun fashion service – Rocksbox.

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