One word: s’mores. Nothing beats them. We had such a fun time roasting marshmallows over our fire pit while my family was visiting earlier this month. I think these gluten-free graham crackers taste better than regular graham crackers!
Yesterday was my first gluten-free Christmas, and my sweet mama made it special for me by adapting my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. Isn’t she the best?? So here’s my Christmas present to y’all: the recipe! Even if you don’t need to be gluten-free, you will ADORE these Hello Dollies. Warning: non-professional iPhone photos ahead.
Time for monthly food favorites again!! It’s been a great month for food. We’ve had some ah-mazing meals out, both in our own city as well as on vacation. Hello, gluten-free burgers and pizzas and blood orange olive oil truffles and waffles and hush puppies…
October has been an absolute whirlwind, and I can’t believe it’s almost over! As I mentioned in my last post, Wes and I kicked off the month by buying a house. It’s taking us awhile to get unpacked and organized! Because of all this craziness, food has had to be two things for us this month: easy and fast. Yes, this sometimes means cereal for dinner. Here are the products and recipes I’ve been loving in my kitchen this month:
Tofu Chickpea Stir Fry with Tahini Sauce. On one of the rare evenings when we actually had 10-20 minutes to devote to cooking, this recipe was a winner. So easy and healthy! The key is baking the tofu ahead of time (I did it the night before). This is the only way I will eat tofu from now on. The only “weird” ingredient is the tahini, but thankfully we already had some in the fridge from when Wes attempted to make homemade hummus a few months back. In typical lazy form, I omitted the onion and pepper because I didn’t want to take the time to go buy them. I threw in some garlic to make up for it.
Art of Oil balsamic vinegars. My entire family has a love affair with Art of Oil in Boone, NC. I could probably spend hours in the store sampling all of the different flavors of olive oil and vinegar. I am a huge balsamic lover, and by that I mean that I enjoy drinking it straight from the bottle (yes, I’m a freak). Mixing the vinegars with a little EVOO makes for a perfect homemade salad dressing without all the nasty preservatives and other scary ingredients. Lately, I’ve been dabbling with the vinegars in my cooking as well. This week, I used the Pumpkin Spice White Balsamic Vinegar in a green bean and pumpkin seed pasta that I took to work for lunch. Perfect fall flavor!
Do y’all like to talk about food? I do, so I’m hoping you’ll enjoy this food favorites post! I’m hoping to do one at the end of every month with my favorite foodie products and/or dishes from the month. I am not a gourmet chef and find myself very pressed for time when it comes to food, so for the most part you’ll find that these posts include quick meal ideas and favorite healthy snacks. Without further ado, here are my September favorites:
Suja Cold-Pressed Juice. This stuff makes me feel amazing. I have so much more energy, and it’s a great option for those like me and Wes who are too busy/lazy to actually cook vegetables. This is the most reasonably priced cold-pressed raw juice we’ve found. Local juicers sell similar products for up to $12/bottle, and the least expensive grocery store alternative is twice as expensive. It’s still pricey, though, so hubs and I usually split one when we buy it (he has his half for breakfast, I have my half with lunch).
So, a long time ago, I had a blog. My love for writing short snippets and posting them for the entire world to critique goes way back, y’all. This was during my college days, when I was a public relations student at the UNC School of Journalism. I eventually deleted the blog when I discovered that I was not able to keep up with posting daily (or even weekly). At the time, I had been told by a professor that if I did not update my blog and/or social media accounts regularly, I would NEVER BE HIRED ANYWHERE. So clearly, the blog had to go.
I don’t even remember the name of said blog, but I’m sure it was a doozy. At any rate, I decided today to post one of my old blog posts so that people can enjoy (and hurl rocks) at it once more. This one was titled “Ways to Make Calories Not Count.” I assure you that it is very scientific.
What is more fun than eating a delicious slice of wedding cake? Getting to decorate your cake and eat it, too!
To be honest, I’m not one to love things that are “trendy” when it comes to weddings. I love a classic feel…details you can look back on 30 years later and still love. However, I have to admit I am smitten with the latest trend in wedding cakes: gorgeous watercolor designs and hand-painted details. Here are some of my favorite hand-painted and watercolor wedding cakes that I’ve spotted lately:
1. How cute is this bright floral cake with the personalized bride and groom motifs? I’m also loving the shape of the bottom tier. So modern and unique!
Try talking to someone outside of the Carolinas about Cheerwine and you’re likely to get some blank stares. This fizzy red beverage, which originated in Salisbury, North Carolina (not too far from Charlotte), is truly a Carolina classic. If Cheerwine is one of your favorites, or if you want to create a signature drink that reflects the local beverage scene, include this soda in the mix!