Monday, December 30, 2013

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Last time I went back to Oregon, one of my best friends Holly made me cinnamon rolls. They were gooey and smothered in butter and delicious! I was craving cinnamon rolls, but maybe something a tad bit healthier. I blended many different recipes together and it worked out great! Today I made Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cinnamon Swirl French Toast

What's better on a lazy, weekend morning than a big hearty breakfast? I don't know about you, but my favorite breakfast meal is french toast. A very close second would be my Swedish Pancake recipe. Whip up a couple eggs and a few pieces of bacon and there ya go! This is a very simple cinnamon swirl french toast using, yep you guessed it, cinnamon swirl bread.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Balsamic Glazed Asparagus

A few nights ago Dan and I went out to dinner for our friend Marla's birthday. We went to The Yard in Phoenix which is a part of Culinary Dropout. Such amazing food and a very fun atmosphere. A part of their menu had a long list of small bites, we ordered some asparagus. Wow, it was so delicious! It was served cold with a balsamic glaze on top. Of course I decided to try to re-create it at home. It wasn't as great as the restaurant, but pretty damn close!

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks & Thighs

Dan and I had been looking forward to a roasted turkey breast all day long. We spent Christmas Eve & Day at his family's house and drove back home Christmas Day afternoon. We opened up the fridge and took out our 2 pound turkey breast...but something was wrong. The turkey had a rancid smell. Great, all the grocery stores were closed and our main dish for Christmas dinner had gone bad. Luckily I had some frozen chicken drumsticks and thighs on hand. I quickly defrosted them and used the same recipe I had planned for the turkey. So this dish can be used with either turkey or chicken...just make sure your meat hasn't gone bad.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Chocolate Mint Cookies

When I was little my mom used to make these chocolate cookies and melt a marshmallow on top then cover with frosting. Yummy! I decided to make the same chocolate cookies, but add mint and chocolate chips to them instead of the marshmallow and frosting. I love the combination of chocolate and mint, who doesn't? Thin Mints never lasted very long in my house! What's great about this recipe is how easy it is! These cookies are made out of a boxed cake mix.

Rum Balls

So I know I asked what could be better than a gift that can be eaten, well here it is. A gift that can be eaten that is made with rum! Oh yeah, we're making rum balls today! I remember years back my mom and I made some coconut rum balls that were to die for. I was more in the chocolate mood though so I went with these traditional rum balls. I got the original recipe from The Joy of Baking.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ginger has been growing on me more and more throughout the years. Recently, my mom and I went to New Orleans and wanted to get some ginger capsules for motion sickness for the flight. In Oregon, you can find ginger capsules at any grocery store. In Phoenix, this was a challenge. We went all over the place and couldn't find ANY! So instead we got some ginger chews. Not as concentrated as we needed, but they did the trick, and they sure were yummy! A little spicy and a little sweet. That's how these ginger molasses cookies are, not too sweet with a good ginger kick!

Turtle Pretzels

It's that time of year! I obviously ALWAYS love to bake, but this time of year I can bake a lot more than usual. What's a better gift to receive than one that can be eaten? Okay, okay, I'd much rather have a trip around the world, but cookies are more realistic, and more delicious! I made this week 4 different Christmas treat recipes and have them all for you. This first one is the easiest, and maybe the yummiest!! Turtle Pretzels!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Quinoa Chili

It's always nice to have things on hand to whip together a fast meal. Again, this is more of a meal idea than a recipe. I've been busy making Christmas cookies all morning and it wasn't until around 1:00pm that I realized I was hungry. At that point, of course I was starving so a fast meal was a must. I also hadn't showered yet, so leaving the house was NOT an option. Here is quinoa chili!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pad Thai

Has anyone gotten into the show The Killing? My friend Nancy told me to watch it and I just can't stop now. It's like an episode of CSI, but the crime lasts for 2 seasons...I'm hooked. Go watch it, it's on Netflix, I promise you won't be disappointed. 

Dan and I got cable for football season (which is almost over), and I've been trying to take advantage of real TV while we have it, but so many shows are being released on Netflix lately. Dexter was FINALLY added and I just got caught up on How I Met Your Mother. 

So since I've been home, in my sweats, catching up on TV shows, I haven't been wanting to spend too much time on a meal. Don't get me wrong, I love baking, but when a show ends on a cliffhanger, you don't want to wait too long for the next episode. I made today a tofu pad thai. You can easily switch up the protein, but honestly, tofu is pretty fast to cook.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Baked Root Vegetables

It's that time of year where you want your oven on all the time to help heat your house. Even here in Phoenix it's been getting chilly at night. Luckily not as cold as back home in Oregon. It dropped down to -9 degrees...Fahrenheit!! And I thought dropping to 30 degrees was cold. Here's an easy, cheap and healthy dish that will heat up your house in no time! Baked root vegetables straight from my favorite Swede, My!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cranberry Muffins

Even though I made my cranberry and brie puff pastries a few times, I still had quite a bit of cranberry sauce left over.  I wasn't really in the mood for a dessert (which is a big surprise) so instead I used them to make muffins.  For a muffin, these really aren't too bad for you either. 

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

This dish isn't really a recipe, it's more like a meal idea.  I always struggle with what to have for dinner and I'm sure you all have the same problem.  This is a great weeknight dish that you can throw together very quickly.  Everything is frozen so you can always have it on hand for a last minute dinner.  This is a teriyaki chicken bowl with brown rice and veggies.