Sunday, May 3, 2015

Blood Orange Lemonade

I took a weekend off of wedding planning and decided to make this blood orange lemonade. It was just what I needed, especially since it was in the 80s yesterday! This lemonade is not even really a recipe since it's super easy.

First I made lemonade, you can do this with a mix or fresh lemons or both. I poured the lemonade over crushed ice, squeezed fresh blood orange juice into the glass and stirred. I used about a quarter cup of blood orange juice for two glasses. The color is perfect for spring and summer!

I topped off each glass with slices of lemon and blood orange. Oh my the way this is my first photo shoot with my new camera! I love it! I converted over to Canon...and I don't think I will turning back.

I also made burgers to go with this awesome drink! Feels like summer already! I love summer, but that means our wedding date is coming up fast. Umm 3 months actually. WHERE IS THE TIME GONE? Just the other day we got engaged and still had 2 years to plan. We just sent our invitations last keeps feeling more real. We bought our plane tickets for out honeymoon a month ago. I am not sure why we are going to Arizona in August, I mean it's going to be awesome, but really I think I am going to melt.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Strawberry Banana Popsicles

Summer is flying by! I can't believe there is back to school stuff out already. It's so sad. What's even more depressing is that Micheal's Craft Store already has Fall decorations out! OMG! Seems like summer just started and now it's ending...but these popsicles gave me feel a little better.

Homemade popsicles seem to be very popular this year...So I wanted to try it out. I found this popsicle mold at a grocery store, but you can find them online as as well. This particular one was a little spendy at $15, but it's good quality and will last.

I found this particular recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.It's super simple and it only requires three ingredients. Strawberries, banana, and juice. I used orange juice for these. Just make sure your fruit is pretty ripe. If not, you may need to add sugar or honey to sweeten it a bit. So to make these you just put the ingredients in a blender or food processor till it's smooth. Then pour it into your molds. This recipe made 5 1/2 popsicles for me. Then you put your sticks in and freeze it for at least 6 hours. I let mine freeze overnight. Then when you are ready to eat them just run the mold under warm water for like a minute and it will pop right out.

These were awesome! Perfect on a hot summer day and they are healthy for you too!
Try these out! You can switch up the fruit too. I want to try a blueberry or blackberry popsicle next or maybe kiwi...or peach...or maybe all of them. I love these things! Especially because they are so easy, plus then I have a snack that is not chocolate or cake for once. Ha! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Peanut Butter S'more Bars

So I am kind of obsessed with s'mores. I could eat them all year round. I found this Peanut Butter S'more Bar Recipe and I couldn't stop thinking about them so I had to make them. Who ever thought to put peanut butter with s'mores is a genius! 

The peanut butter flavor comes from the peanut butter chips AND also in the graham cracker crust. So good! 

Now this recipe is very easy to make, but I ran into some problems. The recipe calls for two sleeves of graham crackers. I thought that was quite a lot, especially since this recipe is for an 8x8 pan. But I just rolled with it and seen what would happen. When I was patting it down in the pan I realized it was wayyyyy too much graham crackers. I probably could of used 1 to 1 1/2 sleeves. Also, I probably could of used a bit more butter, maybe 2 Tbs more and possibly increase the peanut butter to 2 Tbs as well. The reason why I did this is because the crust was so incredibly dry and crumbly. I still tasted great, but it was not exactly a crust because it just fell apart.

Also, I found that 12 minutes was just not enough time for these. But when the 12 minutes was up I added more marshmallows and a handful or chocolate chips on top because why not? I put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes and then put them on the very top rack and put on broil for about a minute just to brown the marshmallows. If you choose to use broil, DO NOT WALK AWAY, the marshmallows can burn very easily.

These bars are perfect for summer or all year round if you're s'more obsesses like me. They can be messy though because they are so ooey gooey from the marshmallows and all the chocolate chips, but they are totally worth it! I know you want to make these Peanut Butter S'more Bars right now!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

What's better than banana bread? Double chocolate banana bread! Don't you just want to dive into that loaf?! I sure do...wait I already did...I can't get enough of it! Don't judge. So making this today was not planned. I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest (when am I not?) and I saw a chocolate banana bread recipe which you can find that recipe here

 I am a huge fan of banana bread, but chocolate banana bread? Maybe it's just me, but that just sounds weird. When I was looking at the pictures along with the recipe I couldn't help but notice how moist it looked. I'm thinking "mine is going to come out dry I just know it. It's going to look nothing like their pictures." I was probably thinking this because it contained melted butter, not oil. I prefer to bake with oil rather than butter because my products usually turn out dry. I am not sure why. But I gave this recipe a shot and oh man! Not only does it look similar, but it tasted a-m-a-z-i-n-g! 

So yesterday Jason bought me a tripod for my camera as an early birthday gift. So I tried it out today. It's awesome! Tomorrow is my birthday by the way...I am turning 23. I feel so old...

I was kind of mad at myself. I wasn't patient today and I cut the loaf while it was still warm. Soooo it may look weird because it fell apart. Don't worry it's not because it was dry, it was actually one of the moistest banana breads I have ever had.

This recipe is super easy and no mixer is required! Just make sure you don't over mix it by hand. You would end up with sad dense bread. But you should totally try this recipe out! It is definitely something I will be making again!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The BEST M&M Cookies

Today I have some amazing M&M cookies to share with you. These are probably on the top of my favorite list. One of the reasons why these are my favorite is because the M&M's are on the outside rather than mixed into the dough. Am I the only one that think it tastes better this way?!

For this recipe I used my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe which is from Sally's Baking Addiction
Those chocolate chip cookies are AMAZING, so that is why I thought M&M cookies would be just as good. Make sure your cornstarch and baking soda is newer. This makes sure that your cookies get puffy and soft. Also, I used a silicone mat this time baking and wow does it make a difference! The cookies stay their shape and perfectly baked. You should really check them out. They are a little spendy, but totally worth it.  I bought mine at Bed Bath and Beyond for $15. 

So after I made the dough with no add ins, I refrigerated it overnight. I let the dough sit out for about 10 minutes to get a little soft. Then I rolled the dough into balls, about a Tablespoon or so. Then I put some mini M&M's in a bowl and rolled the dough balls in it, but just on the top and sides. Why mini M&M's? I have tried the regular size ones and I went through a whole bag with just one batch. Plus the the larger ones tend to bleed when they are baked on the outside of the cookie. With the minis, I still had a half a bag left...more to eat! I baked these cookies for 10 minutes exactly and they turned out perfect.

These cookies are definitely one of my favorites. When the candies are the outside it almost tastes like you're eating a sugar cookie with M&M's on it. Maybe it's just me that thinks that, but still these are sooo good! Super soft and chewy, they soft for days too! They taste great after you freeze them too! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Um can these cupcakes get any prettier?! I can't wait to bring these to Jason's family fourth of July party tomorrow. They are going to love them and they won't even notice that I forgot to put vanilla in the cupcake batter...whoops! Hey we all make mistakes and they taste great anyway. :)

So today's recipe is super simple, I found the recipe from Recipe Girl
Some people don't like making red velvet cake, perhaps they find it intimidating. It's really not. It's just a light chocolate cupcake with red food coloring. Be careful when adding the food the past I spilled almost a whole bottle on my white counter top. Yea, it sucked, my hands were red for like a week.

I halved the recipe too and it made 22 mini cupcakes and 6 large. Oh man I ate one when it just came out of the oven and it was soooo good! I used buttermilk and full fat sour cream so it was super moist and fluffy.

Don't these look perfect for the fourth of July?! I topped these with a simple cream cheese frosting, I used this one from Sally's Baking Addiction and then I decorated them fresh blueberries.Honestly these were the best red velvet cupcakes I have ever ate. So you should totally make these! You'll love them!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mixed Berry Crisp

I have been dying to make this mixed berry crisp for months now. I had all the ingredients I just was saving it for a day when my parents invited me over for dinner. I finally made it and I am not planning on sharing, well okay Jason can have a little I guess. 

This recipe is from Sally's Baking Addiction Cookbook. Have you bought it yet?! It is a must buy! She has so many awesome recipes in there! 

Ingredients for topping

3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2/3 cup all purpose flour 
2/3 cup old fashioned oats 
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/4 tsp salt 
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
1 stick of unsalted butter softened 

Ingredients for filling 

5 cups of mixed berries (fresh or frozen, if frozen do not thaw) 
1/4 cup all purpose flour 
1 cup granulated sugar 
1/4 tsp salt 
juice of 1 lemon 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

Preheat oven to 350 and spray a 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan with cooking spray very heavily 

Start with the filling by combining 3 cups of the berries and the rest of the ingredients (flour,sugar,salt,lemon,vanilla) in a large bowl. Toss those together until evenly coated and pour into prepared baking pan. Then top it with the remaining 2 cups of berries.

For the topping, combine all of the ingredients (brown sugar,flour,oats,cinnamon,salt,nuts), except the butter, in a medium bowl. Toss together and make sure there are no brown sugar lumps. Then add the softened butter. Mix until it's crumbly. You can use a rubber spatula, but using my hands was a lot easier.

Sprinkle all of the topping over the berries and bake for 40-50 minutes until top is lightly browned. Let cool a little before serving. 

This recipe is super simple, but I have to be honest...this might be at the top of my favorite list for best things I ever made! The berries are sweet and soft and the topping is buttery and crunchy. This is a perfect  dessert for summertime or you could switch out the fruit for apples and have it in the fall. Either way, it would pair great with vanilla ice cream. But, I'll be honest, I am not a fan of warm and cold food together, I have to eat it separately. I am weird, I know. Don't hate me. 

Credit of the recipe goes to Sally's Baking Addiction, But the pictures are mine. 

Thanks Sally for this life changing mixed berry crisp and your awesome cookbook! 

Seriously go make this!