Friday, November 30, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day!


This was my first time participating in Food Pen Pals! Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean puts this together every month.

FPP post Foodie Penpals

I was so excited to make my package for my foodie pen pal, and I was also waiting anxiously and excited to get my package. I haven’t had a pen pal in years, and years. And for this to involve food – way too cool!

My foodie pen pal, Janet!,  contacted me soon after the pairs were made, and asked me a few questions about my food preferences. I was open to anything (except Cilantro and Olives). And then I waited to see what she would create. And WOW I was blown away by an awesome package at my doorstep! It arrived on a Saturday… I had just gotten home from shopping with my mother-in-law. She is a wonderful mother-in-law. But, she has an addiction to shopping. No joke. Shopping with her makes me so exhausted, it takes me a week to recover. I can run marathons, but I am convinced she has better endurance than I do. So anyways, back to my box – I needed a pick me up and I tore into the box… and saw so much yumminess inside! I almost ate it all in one sitting… but I reigned myself in and took a quick picture, read the notecard and found out what it all was – and then I had a few bites of the most accessible item- homemade Samoa bites! I had seen these on Chocolate Covered Katie, but I’d never gotten to make them! Deliciousness! Side note: these same Samoa bites and german chocolate fudge babies are also what got me through Black Friday shopping! Perfect little bite size creations.

The rest of the box was equally incredible. A few treats from a local place near her. And then some great oatmeal with flaxseed (RAW pure&simple)– pomegranate flavor. I ended up eating these with some fruit and cinnamon on top. The aroma was great when this was cooking in the microwave. A little hot tea, and I had my perfect chilly morning meal. I haven’t tried the Seeds of Change quinoa yet but I LOVE garlic and can’t wait to eat it up on a night when hubby has guy’s night (or takes his mother shopping!) because he doesn’t like garlic so I can have it all to myself. Then there was holiday spice coffee, and some crackers (Mary’s gone crackers – too cute a name!).

I couldn’t have been more thrilled with my package- thank you JANET!

Looking forward to participating in Foodie Pen Pal again!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

BBQ

Does anyone else think that BBQ and the Fall Season go together really well?? I think so! Actually whenever Nick fires up the grill I'd say is a good reason for any season and any kinds of food. The BBQ was on the grill last night... YUM!
It's always funny to smell the bbq cooking, but know that isn't what you are having for dinner. What was for dinner though? Chili. Paleo Chili - very similar to this recipe from The Clothes Make the Girl's blog. No Picture. Reason being: I am sick. Being sick makes me want warm yumminess. I got on a Paleo kick awhile back, when my friend Dena was talking about it, and while I do really really like eatting Paleo, I don't do it every day, every meal. This is Paleo Chili because it doesn't have any beans. Trust me though, with the ground turkey and the spices and beef broth, you never miss the beans. This and some cornbread from my Mary Mac cookbook and we were good to go!

My friend Kara and I were talking yesterday about updating our blogs more often (Check out Kara's!)... kind of a pre-New Years resolution. This was my attempt! Of course most of my attempts will revolve around food, but I promise to mix a little more 'life' when appropriate.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Isn't it CRAZY how busy Life gets?! I love the hustle and bustle of it all it though - especially right now... the leaves changing, football season, outside fun (I live in the North Georgia mtns. so there is always outside fun). And of course, Pumpkin recipes and lots of nutmeg :)

I have a new venture too, just something on the side... I have been passionate about food and serving others, so I put those together and am starting a small scale catering company. It is called 'Spice of Nutmeg Catering' you can find more information about it at www.facebook.com/spiceofnutmeg . Here are a few pictures of the yumminess going on with that...

Yep - those are some pretty autumn colors with a little Clemson fun too. Another reason to like fall, all the ORANGE! Remember, Spice of Nutmeg Catering... it'll add some sugar spice and love to your life!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Alli's Bachelorette and Lingerie Shower

My sister is getting married! We had her bacherlorette/lingerie shower this past weekend - tons of fun, and lots of great food of course!


My cousin Jen made the drinks and I provided the foods...

check it out and enjoy!


She made 2 different drink cominations, both were fun colored and delicious!

For the food, we had panty sugar cookies, cheese straws, chocolate mint cookies, mini-strawberry cupcakes, apple nachoes, funfetti cake dip and teddy grahams, and pb&j roll-ups! Here are some more details:


I know, I know -- TOO CUTE! These were done by my creative and wonderful friends at The Colored Egg. http://www.thecoloredegg.com/. They were yummy as well as sooo cute!







The Pb&j rollups were actually peanut butter, strawberry jam, and fruit rollups (like you had when you were kids!). Publix did a great job with these... but I bet you could totally make them on your own if you had the time and patience!


Panty sugar cookies! Just use the top part of a heart shaped cookie cutter before you bake the cookies - let cool completely and then decorate!

APPLE NACHOS!
I had these at a party awhile back, so I just recreated them - slice up apples (I used 4) and then toss in lemon juice (to keep them from browning), top with caramel sauce and m&ms!

You could also make this with chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, nuts, etc...



FUNFETTI CAKE DIP!
Yes this was just as awesome as it looks!
I found this at  Eat Yourself Skinny! I knew I had to make it as soon as I saw it. 3 ingredients, can't beat it!

1 (18.9 oz) box Funfetti cake mix
2 cups fat-free plain yogurt
1 cup lite Cool Whip
Fat-free animal crackers (or I think teddy grahams would be great too)

In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, plain yogurt and Cool Whip until completely combined and you see no more lumps.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to chill for about 4 hours.  Garnish with additional sprinkles if desired and serve with animal crackers, enjoy!   This was good the next day, and the next...
The wedding is in 2 weeks! It is a morning wedding, so that means BRUNCH FOODS! My favorite meal of the day!
Congrats Alli!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Home Made LaraBars!

I LOVE Larabars! They all have less than 5 ingredients, they don't melt when I leave them in the car for too long, and they taste delicious!
My favorite by far is the Peanut Butter & Jelly LaraBar.
So, since they are a bit expensive, I wanted to try to make my own.

I tried one recipe and it failed miserably with a crumbly mess.

But then I found this recipe on Healthy Damy
Worked perfect!

    • 1/4 cup cranberries
    • 1/4 cup Seedless/Pitted whole Dates
    • 1/2 cup raw peanuts
    • 1 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter (I used 1 tbsp. pb2 powder + 1/2 tbsp. water)
    • Pinch of sea salt
  • Place the dates and cherries in a food processor. Blend until it becomes like a paste. Transfer blended dates and cherries to a bowl.
    Add the nuts to the processor and pulse until chopped fairly small (but not too much, not nut flour. You want texture). Add the nuts, along with the sea salt, to the bowl with the fruit paste. Use your fingers to knead the nuts into the paste. Next you can spread the mixture out onto a plate covered in cling wrap. Using your hands mold the mixture into individual bars. Wrap each separately in plastic wrap or in small ziplocks.
As you can see, I made mine into a heart! Awww! :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Spaghetti Squash with Italian twist

Nick is on the '17 Day Diet' and part of the first cycle of it is no pasta's, bread's, potatoes, grains, etc. So, instead of having another grilled meat or chicken concotion, I decided to experiment with Spaghetti Squash!

For dinner we had Baby Spinach with Spaghetti Squash, Ground Turkey Tomato Sauce and a tad of Kraft Free Zesty Italian Dressing, Grated Mozzerella Cheese and Tomato Soup.

Spaghetti Squash
Take 1 Spaghetti Squash and cut it in half length wise, remove the seeds and gooey inside and place it on a cooking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray, cut side down. I put the oven on 350 and baked for about 40ish minutes. You know it is ready when you can prick the skin pretty easily with a knife. Take them out and let it cool until you can handle it and then shred the inside with a fork, it comes out really really easy. For dinner for 2, you have plenty of squash with just 1 side.

Spaghetti Squash is a starchy type of vegetable but it still is a veggie instead of having noodles, and you still got the Italian flair with this recipe! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

We are on a chicken kick at the house, I love chicken because of all the different recipes you can make with it. I saw this recipe for a Chicken Salad on Plum Pies blog awhile back and have been meaning to try it out. I always look at recipes and the ingredients and mentally go 'yes, I like that item, yes, I like that too...' I did a few things different, but the results were awesome!

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad


2 cups worth of baked chicken (I added a little salt and pepper to my chicken strips and baked them in the oven for 30 minutes on 350 degrees) This will be 3-4 chicken strips.
1/2 cup cranraisans
1/4 cup toasted pecans, broken up a bit
2 tbsp. apple cidar vinegar
2 tbsp. light miracle whip
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt (this adds a strong flavor so you better like it before you put it in)
1 tbsp. rosemary (another strong flavor)

Mix it all together and refridgerate until you are ready to eat it. I put mine on lettuce wraps. I think this would be great for a shower or party!