Posts Tagged ‘honey’
Get kissable lips at home with homemade lip balms made with coconut oil. So easy you make you may never buy lip balm again!
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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Avoid boredom and change up your salad routine with a sweet and spicy peanut dressing, crunchy peanuts and chow mein noodles.
With my new kitchen still not fully situated, baking has been thwarted. But that may be a good thing until I can get back into my regular gym routine. Yes I am still slacking on the decision as to which gym to join. I think it is partly due to knowing that gyms always get crazy busy in January and if I wait a little longer maybe it’ll die down. In the mean time, I’ve started jumping on the healthier eating train (to balance out those Taco Bell trips). To satisfy the sudden onset of a Thai craving I made this salad full of chicken, carrots, red bell pepper, peanuts, and chow mein noodles. Then top it off with a sweet yet spicy peanut dressing.
One year ago: My Dad’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Two years ago: Mini Meyer Lemon Sticky Rolls
Sangria isn’t just for the warm summer months. Mix up with winter pomegranate sangria and it may be your new favorite holiday beverage.
Another pomegranate alcoholic beverage? Another sangria? Why yes! Not to down play any of the other sangrias I have shared but this one is my favorite so far. Maybe I am partial to pomegranate, maybe it’s the seasonally delicious citrus fruits, or maybe you need to stir this up for your New Year’s party tomorrow. Serve it garnished with some bubbly for some extra festive flair.
One year ago: Best of 2013
Switch out your sweet potato casserole with butternut squash! This butternut squash casserole is sweet and creamy and topped with crispy butternut squash seeds.
Looks like sweet potato casserole doesn’t it? Well I hate to burst your bubble but it’s butternut squash and it tastes even better! Roasted with nutmeg and chili powder and then blended with honey, cinnamon, and ginger (don’t ask why I roasted with one seasoning and then added more later). Since one friend at Friendsgiving has a nut allergy I quickly substituted the nuts in the topping for butternut seeds. Now that’s how you make the most out of your squash! You could also try swapping sweet potato in your favorite casserole recipe and using butternut squash instead. You won’t be sorry. After being shocked to discover it wasn’t sweet potato, all my friends said they preferred it with butternut squash!
One year ago: Single Serving Apple Crumble
Two years ago: Homemade Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa Mix
Can-shaped cranberry sauce may be nostalgic, but homemade cranberry sauce is almost as easy as using a can opener and you can add extra flavor by adding different juices and fruits.
A Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving meal is not complete without certain items, one of which being cranberry sauce. Like most people I grew up with the can-shaped cranberry sauce and although I didn’t enjoy it as a kid I do now have a special place in my heart for that can-shaped gelled delicacy. However, it’s so darn easy to make and of course the best part is adding extra flavors to it. I’ve made regular, pomegranate, and now pear! Originally I had planned on using apple but switched to pear at the last minute because it would soften quicker than apple, and I was already using apple in the stuffing and the dessert so I craved a little diversity. Of course I then found out that one of my friends cannot stand pears, but oddly enough he was obsessed with this cranberry sauce.
And out of no where Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off” popped into my head. “And the haters gonna hate hate hate” make it stop, too catchy! But while I am talking about it my friends and I started making up our own lyrics after hearing it one too many times during Maggie’s birthday weekend and we are convinced that the line about the fakers would be better if it were “and the bakers gonna bake bake bake”. Weird Al parody anyone?
One year ago: Gluten-Free Chipotle Cornbread Muffins
These healthy peanut butter granola bites are dipped in dark chocolate to resemble buckeyes. They are a snacky, healthier version of the popular buckeye candies.
Today is yet another Buckeye football Saturday and therefore PB+Choc Saturday. I am actually tailgating today, but oddly enough NOT for the Ohio State game. Some friends are in town this weekend for the UT-Florida game and I will be joining them for the adventure! I have never tailgated at a game where I did not have a sworn allegiance so I’m just along for the ride.
While I will wear some orange to join in the spirit of the day, I may layer some Ohio state gear in there as well since both games are at the same time. With highs barely reaching 60 today (wasn’t it 80 on yesterday?) no one can blame me for layering. Besides, I plan on bringing these granola bites along just in case they need persuasion. They resemble buckeye candies but are healthier (even more than my healthier buckeyes), made with oats, peanuts, dates (or raisins), and honey.
One year ago: Jalapeno Popper Fettucine Alfredo
Two years ago: Hazelnut Praline Paste
The combination of sweet and salty never gets old. Try these no-bake peanut butter swag bars. Sweet, chewy, and crunchy all in one.
For those of us still battling the summer heat, I have a no-bake peanut butter and chocolate recipe for you this fine Saturday. This recipe reminds me of a sweeter version of no-bake granola bars made with crushed bran cereal instead of oats. I substituted some of the corn syrup with honey but I bet it would’ve worked with all honey if you would like to avoid corn syrup altogether. The result is a sweet, chewy, and crunchy peanut butter treat.
Are you watching any college football today? I’ll be cheering on Michigan State against Oregon (normally I like Oregon but not when they play the Big 10), and of course Ohio State against Virginia Tech.
One year ago: Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken
Two years ago: Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Peach-mango smoothie made with fresh fruit, nectar and Greek yogurt. So good you’ll think you are having dessert.
Today is the day before my interview in Memphis, so naturally I arrived to town a day early in order to run the Bardog 5K with Maggie this morning! In all the time I lived in Memphis I never managed to participate in this 5K, something always got in the way. But there’s nothing stopping me now and since I don’t like eating a heavy breakfast before running any distance lets make a smoothie.
This smoothie may be my new favorite. Unfortunately with peach season nearing its end it will have a short life unless I get desperate and use canned peaches. I bought both the peach and the mango fresh then cut and froze myself but of course you can buy pre-frozen. Blend them up with peach or mango nectar, honey and Greek yogurt and you’re done. I used peach Greek yogurt with mango nectar. Plain or vanilla Greek yogurt would work too if you want to tone down all that sweet fruit. I personally loved it.
One year ago: Funfetti Ice Cream Krispie Cupcakes
Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Black Cherry Oatmeal Cookie-wiches
Hard pretzels seasoned with spicy mustard and honey make a great snack for any occasion. Add a little extra heat if you are feeling bold!
Periodically throughout my job search I find myself contemplating the idea of going back to school for something. I say “something” because that’s where my train of thought loses its rationality. I cannot imagine any other venue in which I would want to pursue a career. Before grad school I had actually considered Pharmacy school or even a dual PharmD/PhD. Since graduating I have thought of going back for the PharmD but there’s no enthusiasm there. Then there was the idea getting a masters degree to be a PA or Med Tech because I find TONS of job postings for those positions, but again just doesn’t get my motor going. The bright side of this thought process is that it means I am already looking in the right field of work for me (and those 7 years of grad school were not pointless), I just have to find the job. But finding the job has not proven to be an easy task, therefore causing these thoughts of going back to school. Oh the cyclic nature of this story.
Going along with the theme of recurrences I made yet another version of seasoned hard pretzels. They are so easy to make and difficult to resist. This one was inspired by the expansive supply of El Diablo spicy mustards I received for July’s Burger Month. I also added a little bit of honey to give these some sweet heat. Surprisingly my dad enjoyed them which means they were not overly spicy (or maybe he’s growing more tolerant of spicy foods since I’ve been around), so depending on what kind of mustard you use and how spicy you prefer the pretzels you may want to add some cayenne pepper powder.
One year ago: Bananas Foster Mini Cheesecakes