Archives for the month of: March, 2013

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These oatmeal peanut butter balls are full of healthy ingredients and are a  great guilt-free, gluten-free treat. The best part is no baking required.

Makes 20-25 balls

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1/2 cup ground flax seeds

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until mixed. Place in refrigerator  for a half an hour. Take out and roll mixture into small bite size balls. Place in a container and store in refrigerator. They will keep for one week if they last!

Enjoy!

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It’s always nice when you can pull up a recipe and have wonderful memories to go along with it. This cheese biscuit recipe was from an old dear friend of mine. It’s delicious and great to bring for your next brunch.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

2/3 cup milk or orange juice

1/3 cup shredded cheese (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add small pieces of  butter cold from the fridge into the flour mixture. Use pastry blender. Add cheese and milk and blend with a fork. Form the dough into a ball. Knead the dough and roll out 1/4 inch and cut into various shapes with cookie cutter. Bake at 400 degrees on parchment for 12 – 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

 Today I just watched the classic movie Twister it’s about a guy named Bill Harding who is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados. Want to watch it?

Wedge Sneakers are all the rage this season. The Ash Wedge Sneakers made there big debut last summer. We have been dreaming about them and are so happy to finally find other brands at more affordable prices for everyone to enjoy. We found Sugar Wedge Sneakers at Macy’s for a great price and a hot look. The Bucco Wedge Sneakers are the ones I (Hannah) found last summer. I love them but it’s always fun to look!!

Womens Bea Wedge Sneaker Peacock Suede/Silver Leather 330003

Ash Wedge Sneaker $250.00

Sugar Hyper Wedge Sneaker $58.00

Bucco Angel Wedge Sneaker $61

This Panko-Crusted Salmon is my favourite new salmon recipe. I’ve made it at least a half a dozen times and it’s one of those go to recipes I can’t get enough of. It has all the right flavors and textures that even a non-salmon lover would like. Try choosing Wild or Organic Salmon which doesn’t contain pesticides or antibiotics like other fish.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 4 pieces of salmon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2/3 cup panko crusted bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika

DIRECTIONS

1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Set the salmon on baking sheet  covered in parchment paper or tinfoil with the skin side down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2 In a small bowl, combine the honey mustard and 1 teaspoon of the thyme. In another small bowl, mix the panko bread crumbs with 4  teaspoons of olive oil, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper

3 Using a small spoon, spread the mustard mixture on the salmon and top with the bread crumb mixture.

4 Roast the salmon for 12-14 minutes. Serve at once.

Enjoy!

If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games or any other book set in a dystopian future you will love The Host. It’s written by Stephenie Meyer and the human population is almost extinct. It follows an alien, a “Soul”, as she takes over a girl’s body that girl’s name is Melanie Stryder who has been captured by aliens. It goes through a love story and a huge battle. If you’re dying to read more you can get the book and try to finish it before the movie comes out on March 29.

I found this recipe recently when I was at my daughter’s orthodontist appointment. The secretary in the office is so nice, whenever I find a recipe in a magazine she always offers to photocopy it for me. It’s a chocolate cake using olive oil instead of canola oil. I decided to give it a try since I was told it turns out very moist with olive oil. I made it this weekend and it turned out yummy. The only thing I would consider changing is substituting an egg for 1/4 cup applesauce, 1/2  mashed banana or 1 tbsp of ground flaxseeds with 3 tbsp of water for a healthier option.

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp boiling water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cups olive oil

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly coat a 9-in. pan with olive oil and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • Pour boiling water over cocoa powder and whisk to combine. Whisk in vanilla.
  • Stir flour with baking soda and salt in a small bowl
  • Combine sugar with eggs and olive oil in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high until mixture is fluffy and pale yellow. Add cocoa mixture and beat until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 50 min. Let cool in pan for 15 min, then peel off parchment paper before serving.

Enjoy!

Nigella Lawson's chocolate olive oil cake

Photo by Roberto Caruso

I love looking for healthy and delicious new recipes for my family to enjoy. I am always collecting recipes from magazines and various websites. I tried out this recipe last night, Bobby Deen’s Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken from Bobby Deen’s new cookbook, From Mama’s Table to Mine. It turned out great and was quick to put together. My husband has been grading my meals lately and this recipe gave me an 11, so it’s worth a try!

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup 1% buttermilk

1/4 cup finely chopped chives

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/4 tsp. hot sauce

4 skinless, bone-in chicken breasts

Vegetable cooking spray

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese or pecorino Romano cheese

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl whisk together buttermilk, chives, dijon mustard and hot sauce. Add skinless chicken breast to the bowl, and let it soak for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and season it with salt and pepper. Combine the breadcrumbs and cheese in a wide, shallow bowl. Dip the chicken into the breadcrumbs mixture and toss well to coat. Place the chicken on the prepared baking sheet. Spray the baking sheet generously with cooking spray and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Enjoy!

— Recipe adapted from “From Mama’s Table to Mine: Everybody’s Favorite Comfort Foods at 350 Calories or Less” by Bobby Deen (Ballantine Books, 2013)

How much do you love this Alexander McQueen clutch? I’m obsessed with clutches. If you can’t afford one I found one from Aldo for $45 (black). You can wear it with anything from jeans to a dress.

Orange Whipsnake Knucklebox Clutch

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