Month: November 2015

A Time to Be Thankful

A Time to Be Thankful

Lately I’ve felt like my world is in fast forward. Rushing around getting the house ready for the holidays and the store ready for Black Friday. So, I haven’t been the most pleasant individual, until now. After days of prep work we are finally going […]

Tis the Season!

Tis the Season!

Working in retail can make it a little difficult to really celebrate and enjoy all the holiday festivities. But this mama’s working on a plan to make sure this year that doesn’t happen!! Usually everyone engages in holiday festivities the week before christmas. Shopping, caroling, […]

Cheddar Cauliflower Mash

Cheddar Cauliflower Mash

Recently I’ve found a lot of inspiration from the upcoming holidays. From the mashed potatoes to the stuffing and ham there are so many goodies that I was guilty of indulging this time last year. But this is a new season and a new me!  So, for this holiday season I’m going to try and take a few classics and give them a healthy twist. My favorite veggie to work with is cauliflower and while at the store yesterday I found the most beautiful head of orange cauliflower aka “cheddar” cauliflower. Sometimes you can find orange or purple cauliflower instead of your normal white. When you find these jewels don’t be scared they aren’t like this due to dying they have more vitamins in them they regular cauliflower which is why the color is different! Still your same lovable cauliflower but with a little extra kick!  This little beauty inspired me and I decided I was going to make a delicious cheesy cauliflower mash!

 

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • 2 Teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Dash of pepper

Cheese sauce

  • 1/2 a Package of cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • pinch of salt

Directions

Heat water and oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add cauliflower, and salt. Cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Mash with a potato masher. Season with pepper. Next take 1/2 package of shredded cheese, salt, and milk into a small pot let this come to a boil and stay at a boil for 2 minutes with a couple of stirs here and there! Pour over mashed cauliflower and stir vigorously until whipped.

Chickpeas Please!!

Chickpeas Please!!

So after lots of trial and error I’ve finally concocted a chickpea burger I am happy with! I’ve been craving these babies for a while but every time I would try to make my own they just fell short. Either they wouldn’t stay together or the taste […]

The Big Surprise

The Big Surprise

More than a week has passed and I’m still reminiscing on how amazing my bridal shower weekend was. The weekend started out very calm and quiet, we carved pumpkins and Sam managed to propose for a second time with my great grandmother’s engagement ring. But the weekend didn’t stop […]

Almost TWO!!

Almost TWO!!

This weekend we decided to celebrate Gunnar’s Second birthday. We will be away on our annual family vacation with my family so we wanted to celebrate with our nearest and dearest that can’t be there the day of! So we decided to make the weekend one of celebration. Starting with Saturday, we decided to have an adult Halloween party. I took this as opportunity to test out a few delicious treats I was planning n making for the baby beans party the very next day. I figured if I tested them out the night before it would all still be fresh in my mind, which with a bouncing baby boy is a good thing. I would know what I was doing while still running around after the little dude.

I had several recipes that I knew like the back on my hand and would be delish! But this was a Halloween theme so I wanted something with that extra touch of Halloween spirit! I decided to go with mummies dogs! No only was it fun for Gunnar and his little friends but I could use veggie dog12204337_853354391438709_568463111_os for myself and still join in on the fun! It was also a very simple recipe that really just required some time when it came to draping the crescent rolls on the dogs.

The ingredients were so simple it was the perfect children’s birthday snack. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. G12209303_853038328136982_621784216_orab your hot dogs or veggie dogs and slice at the bottom of each dog, this will make the look of legs. Next go up near the top of the “dog” and make arms but cutting a slice on both sides of the “dog” it should look like the makings of a triangle or ARMS! Grab some Pillsbury crescent rolls and start cutting them up into little stripes. Wrap as many stripes as you want around your dog and place in oven safe greased container. Once all your dogs are wrapped put them in the oven for 30 minutes. Leave your oven on for this next recipe!

Next Delicious sweet treat was the brownies! Thank the lord for buzzfeed normally I am all about healthy living but I refuse to be the type of person who invites others to my home and then forces them to only eat things I would make for myself. This one was another easy go to, while no it isn’t healthy sometimes you need to feed your soul and sometimes the soul wants chocolate. Grab a small package of premade Toll House cookie dough, a bag of Oreos, brownie mix and an oven safe container. I used a smaller glass container, there’12204285_853233384784143_316291159_os a lot of everything in these guys so you really don’t need to go big on this one. First butter the cothere’sntainer then layer in your cookie dough. With your fingers start pushing it around in the glassware so that it covers the bottom of your pan. Next take out your Oreos and lay them in rows. Set the glassware aside and start making your brownie mix. Once everythings mixed together pour it over the cookie doIMG_8951ugh and Oreo mixture and stick in your still heated
oven for 35-45 minutes.

 

Enjoy!!!!