Showing posts with label recipe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recipe. Show all posts

Monday, June 9, 2014

Watermelon Juice

We've had a heat wave in Southern California and I've been melting!  With summer bringing the heat, my girlfriend told me she had made some watermelon juice.  It sounded so easy and delicious that I knew I had to give it a try.

  • 1/4 of a large watermelon, chopped OR one small 6-8 oz. watermelon
  • one lime
  • mint + lime for garnish (optional)

Toss your chopped watermelon (or a small 6-8 oz. melon) in the blender.  Once blended (just a minute or two), add the juice of one lime.  Blend for a few more seconds and then pour over ice and serve.  Stays in the fridge for a few days, but always stir before serving!

Yum!  This is the perfect morning juice or refreshing treat after a day at the pool.  Of course, I prefer the latter.  Thanks so much for reading and don't forget to enter the Burt's Bees giveaway! XO - 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Homemade Sprinkled Donuts

One of Christian's favorite things to do on a Saturday off is to go to our little neighborhood donut shop and pick out his weekend donuts.  So a little while back I surprised my sweets-loving significant other with a donut pan thinking we (more like I) could learn to make donuts together.  Fun idea, right!?

This pan sat in our cabinet for almost a year before I took the time to find a recipe and try out some baked donuts for myself. No excuses.  Sidenote:  I like how people use that saying "no excuses" for exercise and I use it for donut recipes.  That really says a lot about me.  #CarbsForever

This recipe was so darling and I knew I had to use it for my first whirl with my donut pan.  Sprinkles!! What's not to love?

This recipe made nine donuts and I stored them in an airtight container.  They stayed fresh for three days and lasted no longer. Success!  Have you made homemade donuts before?  I'd love to hear what you thought.  Thanks so much for reading - XO

Monday, April 14, 2014

Skillet Brownie

Christian has taught me to love a cast iron skillet.  For those of you who have really been following CBL, you might remember this skillet cookie post from two years ago (that photography - YIKES!). From there we've gone to brown butter veggie skillet pasta, summer vegetable sandwiches, heirloom bruschetta and skillet s'mores (a personal favorite).  

I wanted to bake something sweet for Christian when I got home from Chicago and I knew there had to be a skillet brownie recipe out there.  I found this one and since I already had the simple ingredients in my kitchen, I whipped it up for a decadent dessert.  So rich and delicious, these might be my favorite brownies I've ever made!

Y'all give it a try and let me know what you think.  I'm definitely going back for seconds.  Thanks for reading! XO -

Monday, April 7, 2014

Quinoa and Roasted Vegetables

I recently stumbled across this food blog and immediately wanted to try this recipe.  I cook mostly vegetarian and am so fortunate that Christian will go along with it.  Don't get me wrong, he asked for a gift card to The Meat House for his birthday, but he goes along with my meal plans as long as he's not the one cooking.

A one-pot recipe, I was all in!  So easy and fresh, this is definitely an inexpensive, healthy and delicious weeknight dinner.  I'll be making this again.  If you give it a try let me know what you think!

An adorable Mississippi cutting board from my Aunt Re.

Bon appétit!  Thank you so much for reading - XO 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

Another Budget Bytes recipe (you can see the first one here)!  This pasta was a big hit with Christian and a fun dish to cook together (or just stuff the shells).  I've never actually cooked with these jumbo pasta shells, but I think there's a lot of potential for some goodness here.

Because I'm a big fan of carbs.

Big fan.

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!  Do y'all have any yummy jumbo pasta recipes? Thanks so much for reading and sharing - XO - 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Oven Roasted Greek Stuffed Pitas

Christian is always telling me that "the Mediterranean diet is the best diet," and being part Lebanese, I'm all over some lemon juice and olive oil...on everything.  My sweet neighbor recently shared this website with me and I found this recipe.  While it took a little longer to cook than I had anticipated, it was a filling and flavorful weeknight dinner and has made for great leftovers - a necessity when you're only cooking for two people!

Give this dish a try and let me know what you think! Thanks so much for reading - XO - 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Coconut Cake

Christian requested a coconut cake for his birthday last week and I realized I had never made a coconut cake.  We both grew up in coconut-loving families, so while I've eaten many a coconut cake and pie, this was my first stab at making one on my own. Luckily, this easy recipe was a big hit and I'll definitely be using it again!

Note/confession:  I made two 9 x 9 square cakes and layered them.  I didn't use the entire can of sweetened condensed milk and 14 oz. cream of coconut. I used more like 10 oz. of each and then used the leftover in my coffee for the following week.  YUM. 

So delicious!  These photos are a little dark - I impatiently snapped a few because I needed a bite asap. Priorities.  Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for the winner of the Over the Moon giveaway! XO - 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Low Cal Dill Dip


I've always loved vegetables.  Unlike most kids, I usually skip the fruit in favor of fresh veggies, even better when there's some ranch nearby.  Fun fact:  I had never had REAL ranch dressing until I went to my hometown's country club.  We always had the lower fat version at home, but once the Hidden Valley doors were truly opened before my eyes, there was no going back.

I found a recipe online that I tweaked a little bit to make a healthy green veggie dip for those afternoons I'm so hungry that I come home and eat everything in the pantry.  You know those days?  I pretty much have them every time I have a salad for lunch.

Morton's Nature Seasoning is one of my favorite seasonings for fresh veggies.  It adds so much flavor - I can literally just sprinkle it on cucumbers and that's it.  Delicious!

  • 4 cups spinach
  • one clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup canned water chestnuts, drained
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Morton's Nature Seasoning 
  • black pepper to taste

Add all ingredients in a blender (I used my Vitamix) and blend until smooth.  Chill for at least an hour before serving.  I also sprinkle some Morton's seasoning salt on the veggies before serving.

Sidenote:  I saw that some sauté the spinach with garlic before blending - I didn't do that, opting to keep the freshness of the raw spinach, but I might try it next time!

Thanks so much for reading! XO -