Monday, February 17, 2014

The Best Homemade Smoothie Recipe - Make Once, Drink For One Week

My dad created this recipe, and drinks one when he wakes up every morning. My dad and I are both bad with eating breakfast. I usually don't eat or drink anything (besides coffee) until around noon. This smoothie is delicious and filling. I seem to have more energy on my way to work after drinking one. I'm not a huge blueberry fan, but once this is all blended I can't even taste them. Here's the recipe:

  • 2 scoops whey protein (the scoop that comes in the whey container)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 hand fulls frozen strawberries
  • 2 hand fulls frozen blueberries
  • Fill to top of fruits in blender with 1% or 2% milk (don't fill too close to the top or you'll make a mess!)

Make one big batch in the blender in the beginning of the week, pour into glasses, and refrigerate with tin foil over them. Grab one in the morning and go!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Hi dolls! Wanted to share with you this super easy and awesome no bake recipe - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls! I made these as a back up for Valentine's day - my amazing husband cooked us a beautiful dinner and needed the oven. So my idea for a cookie cake went out the window.

We had just watched an episode of Shark Tank (love that show!) where these two chicks were trying to get an investment on their edible cookie dough in a jar. I wanted it immediately! I found the recipe for cookie dough balls on Pinterest (original post click here) and I am so glad I did. I added my own flair by using the left over chocolate chips, melting them, putting them in a ziplock bag and drawing letters and hearts on parchment paper. I refrigerated them for 30min and peeled them off the parchment paper. Cute, right? Anyway, see below for photos and step by step!

 L - could be for our last name or Love! I tried by best to make the chocolate drizzle on top of the cookie dough balls look cute - might need to work on that a little!

My first attempt at drawing with chocolate!

1 cup butter, room temperature
1½ cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
6 ounces mini-chocolate chips
Milk Chocolate Wilton candy melts

1.Cream butter and sugar together
2.Add remaining ingredients and mix
3.Roll into 1-inch balls
4.Melt candy melts in microwave and use a spoon to drizzle over balls
5.Refrigerate until firm (30 minutes)
6.Let stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving
7.Store leftovers in refrigerator

Sooo easy guys, and SO good. We just had 1 before breakfast ha! As an added bonus, here is a photo of the kick ass short ribs and potatoes Greg made last night. Delicious!

Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's day and is staying warm! Xoxo

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes - Round 2!

How cute are they?! With Valentine's Day quickly approaching (um, tomorrow) I wanted to make something quick and easy. This is the second time I've made these babies and they are the perfect snack! For my original post, click here. I got creative with my Wilton's Food Gel and made some bright colors using the buttercream frosting I made. Happy little desserts! Hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day xoxo

Friday, February 7, 2014

Pomegranate Jalapeno Wings - The Glaze of Champions

Hi dolls! Want to share with you a pretty awesome wing glaze recipe. My husband loves to cook, and invented this glaze from his very own imagination while we watched the most boring Super Bowl in the history of the world. We didn't know how the glaze would turn out, so we also made our old stand-by buffalo wing sauce. This pomegranate jalapeno glaze was FANTASTIC! Talk about something delicious and different. We are big chicken wing lovers, and always like to try different sauce and glaze recipes from cook books and tweak them a bit. This one is a winner. I had to blog about it, so I wouldn't forget what ingredients we used and so I could share with you guys. Here's how it goes down.

What you'll need:
8oz Pomegranate Pom Juice
1/4 cup Grenadine
2 Jalapeno peppers, minced
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
Vegetable oil

  • Coat hot pan with vegetable oil
  • Drop in the jalapenos (use the seeds for more heat)
  • Cook until fragrant and softened while stirring
  • Add the pom juice, and boil to reduce by half
  • Add the grenadine and stir
  • Continue to boil to reduce by half again, or until it forms a syrupy glaze
  • Stir in 1/4 tsp of cayenne
  • Pour in bowl and coat wings
  • Get some wet naps - the pom glaze is a little sticky!
  • ENJOY!
This creates enough glaze for about 18 or so wings. How you cook the wings is up to you - pan fry, bake, or hey, use a giant turkey fryer and crisp those babies up like we did! Happy winging!