Pistachio and Strawberry Macarons

Pistachio Macarons with Strawberry Curd Filling

Do you ever get fixated on an idea about something completely random? And it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, it just becomes a strong unshakable association? That is me with macarons. I had my first macaron years ago in Montreal. There was a trolley at the mall with a display of beautiful brightly colored macarons and I was astounded. They were so delicate and gorgeous. Ever since that day, I’ve been fixated on macarons and I associate them with being fancy and special.

Since I’ve over hyped them in my mind, I’ve long been afraid of making them myself. In fact, I’ve had more than one disastrous attempt. They’ve come out wrinkly, and flat, and completely mismatched in shape. But, with a little patience and practice I’ve finally been able to do this successfully at home. And of course, I wanted to share this recipe for pistachio and strawberry macarons with you, so you can do it too! (more…)

Drunky Bears and Other Boozy Gummies

Drunky Bears

I have not been great at blogging this month. The reason being that two weeks ago I went back to London to visit my girlfriends (photo below!). I spent a glorious week eating, drinking, and playing with my friends. We went to Brighton, we had tea, we had game night, we lunched, we dressed up and went to a wine bar, and we stayed in and spent time together. It was a delicious, perfect week.

Then this last week was my birthday. I got presents, cards and ate lots of cake. I’ve also officially been of legal drinking age for ten years. Yikes, right? Anyway, all that fun and activity has meant I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen. In honor of all my partying and celebrating, I’ve got the easiest (and booziest) recipe: drunky bears plus other boozy gummies.  (more…)

Whipped Cream (Two Ways)

Homemade Whipped Cream

Ok, so whipped cream is like the easiest thing ever to make. Seriously. I always knew it was “easy” in that all you really needed to do was beat heavy cream. However, beating by hand is exhausting and with a mixer it can sometimes be time consuming. The hero though, that makes this all kuh-ray-zee easy, is an immersion blender. It’s literally changed my dessert eating life. So much so that I’ve been experimenting with different flavors of whipped cream. Today we’ll just get into regular and chocolate – and both are killer.  (more…)

Watermelon Pig

Fruit Salad in a Watermelon Pig

Happy Friday! The weekend is here and I’ve been having dreams of grilling and going to the pool. And yet… it’s supposed to rain. In fact, it poured down on me during my walk home. Sigh. Perhaps instead I’ll have to remember back to last weekend when it was hot and beautiful. Last weekend Ryan and I made burgers and hot dogs and a delicious fruit salad in a watermelon pig. Yeah, that’s right. I made a watermelon into a pig. Why have regular fruit salad slopped on your plate when you could lovingly scoop it out of a pretty pig container?! (more…)

Peach Almond Smoothie

Peach Almond Green Smoothie

So, the last two recipes I’ve posted have included kale. And now, we’re going for three in a row.  Yes it’s another kale recipe. This one is for peach almond smoothies (with kale). It’s really taking me forever to get through that giant bag from the grocery store! Also, have I mentioned I’m also growing kale on my balcony?! I might have a problem. But for real, shoving kale into a smoothie is my favorite way to get my greens.

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Sweet Potato and Beet Spiral Salad

Sweet Potato and Beet Spiral Salad

My friend Charlotte and I took a big step in our friendship. We went halfsies on a kitchen appliance – specifically a spiralizer. Now, I know this might raise a lot of questions. Such as, why are we splitting a spiralizer which costs just $30? And how do two people share custody of a kitchen appliance? Aren’t we risking our friendship since one of us could potentially hold the spiralizer hostage for too long?! Yes, it’s a weird thing to do. But we did it. And to celebrate she and I got together and made a sweet potato and beet salad. It was delicious!! (more…)

Kale Greek Salad & Freshy Bag Review

Kale Greek Salad and Freshy Bag

This past weekend Ryan and I had a cabin weekend reunion with a bunch of our friends. After a two-year drought on getting together, it was wonderful to be in the same house for a weekend! The weekend was filled with meat, s’mores (yum!), and beer. Copious amounts of all three, which was delicious, but not a good decision for the day to day. Now it’s time to get back to the work week grind – meaning I gotta stuff my lunchbox full of vegetables to make up for the weekend partying. So, to get on track I’ve got a new lunch box (it’s called Freshy Bag and I’ll tell you all about it) and it’s going to be packed full of kale Greek salad this week.  (more…)

BB-8 Orange Bars

BB-8 Orange Bars

It all started about eight years ago. Ryan and I were shopping and he wanted to buy me a Star Wars video game for Christmas. I was all, “it’s Star Wars, I won’t like it.” I was haughty and close minded. Little did we know that I’d fall in love. Now I’m obsessed and I have Star Wars paraphernalia everywhere. In fact, this is not my first, nor is it even my second Star Wars blog post. I’m a Star Wars nerd and I’m proud of it. And to celebrate I’ve made a special May the 4th (Star Wars day) recipe: a BB-8 Orange Bars.  (more…)

Vegetarian Lasagna from My Happy Plates

Vegetarian Lasagna from My Happy Plates

Today is a jam packed post my friends. There’s a delicious recipe for cheesy vegetarian lasagna, an introduction to My Happy Plates, and a giveaway for two lucky people! Seriously, get excited.

I have lived under the assumption that lasagna was a scary labor intensive meal that couldn’t be made on a weeknight. My Happy Plates showed me that I was wrong because in about an hour and smidge, Ryan and I had a yummy dinner. Basically, I mixed a few things in two bowls, layered everything on top of each other, popped it in the oven, and then sat down and watched baseball. That sounds like an ideal way to make dinner after work, right? Now that kind of night can be yours too.  (more…)

Jack Daniel’s Glazed Carrots

Jack Daniels Glazed Carrots

I’ve been really enjoying spring. The nice weather, baseball – what’s not to like?! I also love spring because it means that soon the farmer’s markets will be back and there will be a bigger variety of fresh produce. Yes, it’s the modern age and I can get whatever I wanted, whenever I want, shipped from who knows where – but a tomato in winter tastes like nothing. I am thankful for spring! And partially it’s because I’m in a vegetable rut. All I ever make is roasted broccoli and spring is reminding me to think of something new, different, and perhaps more colorful. Enter: Jack Daniel’s glazed carrots.  (more…)

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