Monday, June 29, 2015

A Cookbook FULL of Deviled Eggs! (Review)

My hubby LOVES deviled eggs. In fact, it would've been a deal-breaker if I couldn't master his mom's recipe. (Ok...kidding...a lil...) So when I came across this D'Lish Deviled Eggs Collection cookbook, I just knew I had to get it! I swear EVERY single recipe looks amazing and I love how there are pictures for all of them! I had THE hardest time deciding which ones to make first but finally settled on the Southwest Salsa and Red Hot Buffalo. I used my mini food processor to make sure the filling is smooth enough for piping but some of them didn't turn out as pretty as I would've hoped. Oh well...practice makes perfect right? I cannot WAIT to try out some more recipes! I've got my heart set on the Indian Curry and Cocktail Shrimp...YUM!

Sandwich Meals and Favorite Fries!

After eating out for 3 days straight on our trip, I wanted to make us something comforting when we got home. Enter Stuffed French Toast! Ham and cheese stuffed inside 2 slices of bread then coated in egg wash and fried. What could be more comforting right?

I was walking through the grocery store the other day and found Spicy Sweet Potato Fries by Alexia. We LOVE sweet potato fries so of course I had to try them out. They were amazing and the nutritional stats aren't bad either since they're baked, not fried. They've got just a hint of spice, nothing too overpowering and you still taste the sweetness of the potatoes.

Of course you can't have fries without burgers so I made some quick cheese-stuffed sliders with them. No special recipe. Just ground beef stuffed with a piece of pepperjack cheese inside a mini bun!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Few Mexican Goodies

We were in the mood for some Mexican favorites recently. (OK we're ALWAYS in the mood for Mexican!) I made some Chicken-Stuffed Pasta Shells with some chicken mixed with Ricotta Cheese and Salsa. SO yummy topped with Mexican cheese and sour cream!

I feel like I haven't made Enchiladas in a while so I decided to whip up some Enchiladas with some Carnitas I picked up from TJ's mixed with refried beans (of course!). We have lots of leftovers which I'm totally looking forward to! More sour cream and cheese!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Meaty Dinners

My hubby is definitely a meat and potatoes kinda guy so most of our dinners tend to center around some type of animal. We had these lamb loin chops on a Sunday night and I could not have been happier! I marinated the lamb in a mixture of Greek yogurt, oregano, garlic and rosemary for a couple of hours. Then I grilled them in my grill pan for about 5 minutes on each side and served them over couscous. Simple and quick!

Another meaty dinner we had were pork chops and peppers served over stuffing. I braised the chops in my Dutch oven and added bell peppers and onions along with canned tomatoes. YUM YUM!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mini Vacation in Santa Monica!

We're back from a mini vacation in beautiful Santa Monica. It was a really quick 3-day trip and I did NOT wanna come back! Here we are getting ready for our trip. All smiles and sunshine!

Brunch at our hotel roof-top restaurant. I didn't get to snap any food pictures on this trip but you can bet we ate well!

Here we are getting ready for the wedding! Hotel selfies are the best!

And here we are at the actual wedding ceremony with the most gorgeous backdrop!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Muffins Galore!

Boy have I been on a muffin kick lately! These Mocha Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins were the perfect bite-size breakfast treats! I used mini chocolate chips cuz I felt like I could add more since they're smaller. :)

For a slightly healthier breakfast, I made these Oatmeal Muffins with Dates, Cranberries and Pecans. I also added some coconut flakes which made them taste a bit exotic.

Since I had some bananas that needed to be used up, I made these incredibly healthy Whole Wheat Banana Raisin Muffins. I figured these will balance out all the Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins I've been eating!

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Few Easy Dinners

I don't get crazy with weeknight meals and have a lot of easy recipes saved up. These Cheesy Baked Pork Chops were incredible! The garlic and brown sugar rub was just perfect and it doesn't get any faster than couscous. I think I'm missing some green garnish though...oh well!

Next up, some Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese. I made them even quicker by using precooked chicken and adding the Frank's Buffalo Sauce. My hubby thought the blue cheese was a bit over-powering but what does he know right? I love me some stinky cheese!

Lastly a big bowl of Sausage and Pepper Pasta. I chose Bowtie pasta because they're just so cute! Lots of chili flakes and finally got some garnish!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

It's My Birthday and I Want Stuffed French Toast!

My birthday technically isn't until Tuesday but I tend to celebrate it early especially if it falls on a weekday. So for my birthday brunch, I wanted nothing more than Stuffed French Toast! I'm a huge lover of sweet and savory dishes so these were right up my alley. I even bought the ham and cheese straight from our local deli so they feel more gourmet than just the grocery-store stuff. AND of course I had to add some fried eggs on top because why not? It's my birthday!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Nutty Baked Goodies!

I've been feeling nutty lately and decided to bake! First off, some Walnut Cream Cheese Shortbread Cookies. I'm all for any drop cookies that don't require chilling the dough and these did NOT disappoint!

Next up, Toffee Pecan Oatmeal Bars. Toffee AND pecan? I'm in heaven! Super easy using the Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Mix too, which I always keep on hand!

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