Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Herb & Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

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Remember last week when I said a few cool opportunities came my way last month? One of the biggest was being asked by La Crema Wines to develop a recipe to complement their brand new Willamette Valley Pinot Noir! I knew right away that I wanted to do a light, savory entree, and I'm so thrilled with the recipe I came up with: tender chicken breast fillets wrapped around fresh herbs and a trio of melty cheeses, topped with a creamy, tangy sun-dried tomato pan sauce. It is the perfect entree for this time of year, when the days are warm and sunny, and the evenings are still cool, when you want something delicious and filling for dinner without the heaviness of a midwinter meal. These delicious chicken breasts, with their flavorful filling and mouth-watering sauce, are easy enough for a midweek dinner, and pretty enough for a special occasion!

You can find the full recipe on the La Crema Wine blog.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Breakfast Sandwiches on Cheddar Chive Biscuits

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! I bet it's your favorite meal of the day too. Because it is just so darn good, and usually pretty easy, and generally comforting and tasty. Breakfast food is so good that I bet you eat it for lunch and dinner occasionally too, just like I do. Yesterday, we had these amazing breakfast sandwiches for lunch. My favorite buttermilk biscuit recipe filled with salty cheddar cheese and fresh chives, surrounding layers of smoky ham, creamy scrambled eggs, and more melty cheddar. They were so good!! And lucky for me, there was one left over that I get to have for lunch today, because any day that's a two-breakfast day is happy day in my book.

This recipe is my latest for my collaboration with Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes! She's got her own delicious recipe featuring cheese, chives, and eggs on her blog today; check out her recipe for Green Chile & Chive Cornbread Casserole!
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Friday, April 11, 2014

No-Bake Lemon Cheesecakes

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March was a pretty crazy/exciting month for me! A bunch of random and wonderful opportunities popped up, and I said yes to every single one. The first cool opportunity was to write a guest post for Craftsy, a massive online community featuring project tutorials, recipes, online classes, and more. I wanted to come up with a fun, Spring-time dessert for my post, and the resulting recipe is such a winner, words almost cannot express how amazing it is: No-Bake Lemon Cheesecakes. I packed these darling, delicious little desserts in half-pint canning jars and toted them to book club, and people went totally nuts for them! And I confess, I thought they were so good I almost didn't want to share them! They'd be absolutely perfect for an Easter brunch or dessert buffet, or even just to stash in your fridge and eat in the afternoons when the sun is shining. It'll be our secret.

Visit my guest post on Craftsy to get the complete recipe for these scrumptious No-Bake Lemon Cheesecakes!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Seasons Tree | DIY Easter Egg Ornaments

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The seasons tree has a playful look this month in honor of the upcoming Easter holiday! Simple, store-bought plastic Easter eggs become colorful ornaments with just a few minutes of work and a handful of common materials that you probably have lying around your house!

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Materials & Tools
plastic Easter eggs with holes in both ends
thin string or floss
scissors
tweezers

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Steps
1. Cut a piece of string about 4 times as long as an egg. Fold the string in half and knot the two loose ends together.
2. Push the folded end of the string through the hole in the bottom half of the egg from the outside in, and pull it all the way through until the knot catches. You might need to help poke the string through the hole with the tip of your scissors, and, if necessary, use the tweezers to reach down inside the egg to pull the string up.
3. Push the folded end of the string through the hole in the top half of the egg from the inside out.
4. Snap the two halves of the egg together and pull the string taut.
5. Repeat with remaining eggs. Easy peasy!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Glazed Grapefruit Mini Cakes

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I cannot tell you how happy I am that Spring is finally here! We had our fair share of crazy weather this Winter (although nowhere near as bad as a lot of the country), and I'm thrilled to see sunshine and blue skies, to have warm, rain-free days, and to be surrounded by blooming flowers and chirping birds!

With the arrival of Spring comes the official kick-off of wedding season! I put together a fun wedding inspiration board for Julep featuring soft shades of peach and seafoam green, gorgeous, ruffly florals, and these tart and tasty Glazed Grapefruit Mini Cakes with the palest of delicate pink glazes. They are so good and so pretty, two very important qualities for a fabulous dessert. To see the full recipe, visit my latest post on Julep.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

DIY Easter Birds' Nests

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I have a fun guest post for you guys today that is absolutely perfect for the upcoming Easter holiday. Tyler Golberg contacted me last Fall with the cutest Spring project idea--DIY Birds' Nests--and I'm happy to have Tyler here today to present his project to you! All text and photos in this post belong to Tyler Golberg.

I love Easter dinner and all the credit goes to my very talented mom. She has always had a knack for not only making delicious dishes, but for combining the food with the presentation. I was particularly fond of one recipe that we made together last year, the Easter bird nest. It is very simple but adds a nice touch to a table setting.

Ingredients & Materials
Before getting our hands messy, let’s gather up the necessary supplies.

bag of Robin Eggs candy
6 Shredded Wheat biscuits (the big ones!)
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
cupcake pan and liners

These amounts will create about 24 nests. We used one nest per place setting so there were about a dozen leftover that we later set out as snacks. As an additional option you can add coconut dyed green with food coloring to include “grass” to the nest. I’m not a big coconut fan so I skipped this addition.

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Steps
Start by crumbling the Shredded Wheat biscuits into small pieces. Melt the butter and mix with the Shredded Wheat and brown sugar in a bowl. After completing this step, set the oven to 350°F so it can be ready. Grab the cupcake pan (with the liners in place) and start scooping in the mixture. I used a tablespoon to scoop to try and keep the sizes consistent. Use your fingers to form up the nests in the cupcake pan. Place the pans into the oven for about 10-15 minutes. The nests will be crispy after being fully cooked. When the nests are ready, pull them out and let them cool completely. For the coconut lovers out there, now is the time to add in the grass. Put the coconut into a plastic bag along with the green dye and shake. It is best to start off with less food coloring and add as needed. When you are happy with the level of green, pull the coconut out and add it to the nests. The final step is to simply add the chocolate eggs to the nests. I found that 3 eggs works the best for fit and looks.

For the final setting we used a clear plate on top of a white opaque plate with a fern in between. The extra green helped add to the nature theme of Easter that year.

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Tyler is a writer for HomeSpot HQ, a free online web app to help homeowners manage projects, maintenance, notes (e.g. paint colors), and more for their house.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Favorite Bedtime Books on Bunny & Dolly

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My youngest is the sweetest, snuggliest, most loving little guy. Every night before he goes to bed, we cuddle up in his rocking chair to read stories and sing lullabies. It's one of my favorite parts of the whole day; I probably look forward to it more than he does! In that moment, there's nothing else I need to be doing besides snuggling with my boy.

My friend PJ asked me to guest post on her blog while she's enjoying some quality time with her new baby, Asa. I wrote about some of our favorite board books to read at bedtime; click here to see the list!

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