Good morning! It doesn’t feel much like December outside, but Christmas is less than two weeks away. I imagine you might be looking for holiday party-worthy treats and breakfast options that can serve a crowd, so I rounded up twenty-three recipes for you.Below, you’ll find everything from cookies and other baked treats, to snacks and sides, to meatless main dishes and a few drinks, of course.
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(I’ll get to the recipes in a minute.) Cookie got hurt this weekend. My worst fear about moving to this house came true when she raced out of my new front door toward the nearest busy street. When Cookie escapes, she doesn’t stop to smell the roses. My wild little dog shoots off like an arrow at 25 miles per hour.
Today I present a supremely easy, light and healthy one-pot pasta dish. Start to finish, I bet you could pull this together in fifteen to twenty minutes. It’s super versatile, too. If you don’t like gorgonzola, use a different kind of cheese! Find a beautiful bunch of chard? Sub chard for the spinach!
The other day, I realized that I’ve posted a whole lot more salads than most other blogs. Hearty salads with grains or beans (or both, as is the case here) are terrific side dishes for family meals and easy potluck offerings. I’m also convinced that they are the ultimate single girl food. I can make a big bowl of salad and keep it in the fridge for ready-made meals or just stick a fork in it for a snack.
My brother texted me this quote yesterday morning and it seemed terribly appropriate. “And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.” The full letter by John Steinbeck to his son is worth reading if you can spare a minute.I felt a weight lift as I crossed the Oklahoma border this weekend.
Once I moved to Kansas City, it didn’t take long for my friend to convince me to give online dating a shot. All my friends here are married—so married that they didn’t know any single guy friends to set me up with. I work from home, too, so I wasn’t meeting eligible bachelors at my nonexistent office.
Happy Monday to you all! I kid, I kid. I do sincerely hope you had a fabulous weekend. I spent mine playing with friends, which is just what I needed after spending so much time away in Chicago and Cleveland this month.I just wanted to pop in and let you know about my apple galette recipe over at Chocolate and Carrots.
Today, I present to you the perfect muffin recipe. That’s what Deb of Smitten Kitchen called it, and after trying her recipe last weekend, I can confirm that the recipe is, indeed, perfect.The muffins turned out so light, fluffy and flavorful that no one could tell they were healthy muffins masquerading as crazy-delicious muffins.
A cute new coffee shop and bakery called Crimson and Whipped Cream opened up near my place in Norman. I’m a big fan of their cold brew iced coffees, piping hot espresso and tasty cupcakes. However, the shop’s unique décor is as noteworthy as their edible offerings. I was particularly struck by the mason jar lamps hanging neatly over butcher block-style tabletops.
The past ten days have been an absolute whirlwind. I’ve traveled over a thousand miles by car and been tied to a computer for days. This weekend, I hope to take it easy; plans include a visit to the farmers’ market, pilates, and clinking fresh cocktails with friends.These cocktails are a seasonal spin on the classic mojito.
Good morning! I hope you all have been well during my impromptu blogging hiatus. Over the past week and a half, I have taken spring cleaning to a new level. I quite literally cleaned, dusted and decluttered every crevice in my apartment. Only my closet (ouch) remains. The clean and purge process has been cathartic; I feel at peace in my surroundings.
What are you listening to these days? I don’t keep up with new music like I used to, but here are some of my recent finds. From left to right, we have:Local Natives – Gorilla ManorBeach House – Teen DreamRadiohead – The King of LimbsThe Black Keys – BrothersJames Blake – James BlakeYeasayer – Odd BloodFlorence and the Machine – LungsJanelle Monáe – The Arch AndroidI love bringing music back into my life; now that I’m working from home, I can listen to music any time I want!
I love breakfast. The lure of a good breakfast is the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. I eat breakfast daily, without fail. I’ll be late to work before I skip breakfast. Bottom line: I’m serious about breakfast.As much as I love spending a leisurely weekend morning making pancakes in my pajamas, I enjoy simpler breakfasts on groggy weekday mornings.
My favorite term of endearment in French has always been mon petit chou chou, which literally translated means “my little cabbage cabbage”. The French use it to mean something like “my sweetheart,” and it may or may not actually refer to a pastry instead of cabbage. Regardless, the literal translation made me giggle when I learned it in high school and it still makes me giggle today.
I seem to suffer from chronic wanderlust. My poor passport hasn’t been stamped since I arrived home from France four years ago, but there is so much to explore in the U.S. that I try to appease myself with frequent road trips. My cash flow has slowed to a trickle since I quit my office job, however, and I’m feeling terribly confined here in Central Oklahoma.
Let’s rewind to a housewarming party earlier this summer. Late that night, a girl walked in with a warm-from-the-oven zucchini cake covered in cream cheese icing. She set it down on the counter along with some forks and tipsy partygoers, myself included, eagerly dug in.Upon first bite, I declared it the best cake I’d ever had.
Let’s pretend for a moment that a wizard appeared on my doorstep last night and handed over loads of cash to blow on a new fall wardrobe. (Sorry, I’m on a Harry Potter kick. It’s all her fault.)Given an unlimited budget, I would snatch up these pieces: silk tops with flattering silhouettes, chic pleated pants, classic riding boots and accessories that could liven up any outfit.
Feeling a little overstuffed? Me too. I caught this guy orange-handed (har, har) on my back porch last year. He ate the face off my carved pumpkin!Squirrels aside, how was your Thanksgiving? Fully of family and laughs and good food?Mine was lovely. My mom and I drove to small-town Woodward, Oklahoma yesterday to eat dinner with my grandmother and the rest of my family.
My oh my, what a week! I don’t know where to begin, so let’s get right to the recipe. Pretty, isn’t it? This dish was inspired by Stonesoup’s lentils with zucchini noodles recipe. I loved the zucchini “noodles”, but felt the lentils with tomato paste were too heavy for a light, vegan summer dish. Then came the idea to try making my own arrabiata sauce, which has been on my to-cook list for a long time.
Remember the flooding in the last post? All that rain had a wonderful side effect: everything is green! I feel like I’ve magically transported to Emerald City. We’re not in Oklahoma anymore, Cookie!Not only is it green around here, but it is also heating up. The summer blooms are decidedly more bold and vibrant than their spring cousins.
I sprained my foot last week. I wish I had a great story to go along with my swollen foot, but the truth is that I was walking Cookie past down next-door neighbor’s sidewalk and the next thing I knew, I was on all fours in the mud. It was not my finest moment, but it was far from a foreign moment—I’m an accident-prone kid and have plenty of scars and silly stories to prove it.