When I think about time at my grandma’s house growing up, I think about THIS amazing recipe! This quick and easy apple butter recipe tastes delicious and your house will smell ridiculously good while it’s simmering. I made it on a Sunday afternoon and it made my house feel so cozy and happy. When my Nanna emailed it to me, she mentioned that you could also cook this in the crock pot. I went ahead and did it on the stove but it would be really easy to throw all the ingredients in the crock pot. When I was making this (for the first time!) I peeled alllllllll those apple. It honestly didn’t take that long, but I realized you could totally skip this step since you are going to puree everything anyway. Although if you need some time with your thoughts, peeling apples is a nice way to do it. I had no idea what “cooking apples” were but a quick google search gave us a list and we used Honeycrisp apples!…
After our time in China, we went on holiday in Thailand since Eric worked through Christmas and New Years. We had an amazing time in Phuket, and a bit of fun in Bangkok as well. One of the highlights of our time in Bangkok was visiting the Unicorn Cafe. I read articles about it on Buzzfeed, Cosmo, and Mashable so I knew we had to schedule in a visit!
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Did that title get your attention? What if I told you these cupcakes were also the easiest recipe you’ve ever seen? I didn’t come up with this recipe, it’s actually a classic! You only need TWO ingredients to make these super yummy, soft and fluffy, chocolate cupcakes. One box of chocolate cake mix and one 12 oz can of Coca-Cola®! …
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This past weekend I was thrown a Christmas themed birthday party since Eric and I will be in China on Christmas. I love my birthday but love Christmas even more, so I was bummed to be missing the magic of the holidays. The party came together flawlessly and one of my favorite details was the Holiday Prosecco Punch I put together! Mionetto sent me some delicious Prosecco that I added a few simple ingredients to and came up with a tasty holiday drink! I was even able to serve on my DIY serving tray.
Today we are celebrating the first of TWO Thanksgiving dinners this year! We usually divide our holidays and spend Christmas with one family then Thanksgiving with the other. Unfortunately, we are missing Christmas this year because we will be in CHINA for a MONTH! We are getting in as much family time as we can this week, before we head back to Houston and prepare to be abroad for several weeks.
We’ve spent the first half of this week with Eric’s family and my mother in law shared this pumpkin bread recipe with me. While baking, we realized she was out of oil so we substituted the oil with applesauce. TADA! Now it’s a healthier pumpkin bread 😉 She’s had this recipe for years: she and a friend would share recipes and baked goods each year as Christmas gifts for each other. What a yummy present! A gift that keeps giving because 20 years later she’s still sharing the recipe!
Beef – It’s what’s for dinner. For us, it’s what’s for dinner a LOT. Grilled steak is one of our favorite dinners. We have a full size deep freezer that’s full of beef; a Christmas gift from my mom. Back in Oklahoma, it’s not uncommon to raise your own cattle and have it processed. We have benefitted from this immensely: 50 lbs of ground beef, several chuck roasts, stew meat, chicken fry, short ribs, rib eye, sirloin – and the list goes on. We’ve spent that last few months trying to eat our way through all this meat! I’ve collected tons of beef recipes on Pinterest and want to share some of my favorites!
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Since Beyonce dropped her newest visual album, I’ve had the strongest craving for Lemonade! All the rain we’ve had lately in Houston has finally let up and we are seeing sunshine a lot more; it was over 90 degrees this weekend! To me, lemonade and sunshine go hand in hand. Last week, at our usual Wednesday night bible study, I decided to make a special drink to treat everyone. We picked up the new Tropical Pineapple Dasani Sparkling water from Target and I came up with a delicious recipe to add a little sparkle to an ordinary weeknight – Pineapple Cherry Lemonade!
I may be a bit biased, but I think my Nana is the best cook! She makes the tastiest ribs and Thanksgiving turkey but my favorite is when she bakes. She makes these really delicious peanut butter balls (we only get those at Christmas) and her magic bars are A-MAZ-ING. I got a pleasant surprise last week when she emailed me her Triple Chocolate Cake recipe. This was quite a change from her typical repertoire of “RE: Fwd: Fwd:” messages and political ramblings (Nana is very opinionated – wonder where I got it from???) This cake is SUPER rich and definitely doesn’t fall in the “healthy” category, but if you love chocolate as much as I do you are going to gobble this up. The 3 parts are: the cake (with one special ingredient that makes the texture perfect), the streusel filling, and the glaze. Allow yourself about 2 hours start to finish but most of that time is the baking time. I served this to our small group last Wednesday and to my coworkers and it was met with rave reviews. Next time you have a chocolate craving or need something fancy to impress your dinner guests, try my Nana’s Triple Chocolate Cake.
- 1 Chocolate Cake Mix
- 1 pkg. Chocolate Instant Pudding
- 1/2 cup Oil
- 1 cup Water
- 4 Eggs
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 1/4 cup Coconut Shavings
- 2 tbsp Cocoa
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 3 tbsp Cocoa
- 2 tbsp Butter
- Confectioners Sugar
- Preheat oven to 375
- Grease and flour pan. You can use a tube pan or bundt pan.
- Mix cake mix, pudding mix, oil, water, and eggs. Do not over mix.
- Mix the streusel in a separate bowl: brown sugar, flour, coconut, cocoa, and melted butter. The streusel will be a bit thick and chunky but keep stirring until it's all mixed together.
- Spread 3/4 of the cake batter in a pan then sprinkle in the streusel.
- Top with remaining cake batter.
- Bake 40-50 min.
- Cool right side up for 25 minute.
- Remove and glaze.
- Add 2 tablespoons butter to a saucepan. Stir until butter is melted and add in the cocoa (do not overcook). Keep stirring until it's completely melted and don't let it burn! Remove from heat and mix in confectioners sugar and milk until you have the quantity and consistency to glaze the cake.
Let me start by saying – I am not a food blogger! This is actually my very first food post. I have to give major props to my friends who share recipes all the time because cooking is hard enough but you guys take the time to photograph it beautifully as well! (Sorry this photo is from my iPhone – I was in a hurry!) I’ve been asked so many times lately if I’d share the Chicken Avocado Soup recipe I posted a picture of a few weeks ago. This is my FAVORITE soup of all time. Before I moved to Houston, I actually wouldn’t eat avocado but now I can’t get enough. I even eat this soup in the middle of July – it’s that good. It’s simple enough to make and I almost always have all the ingredients on hand so I can throw it together quickly. To make it even quicker, you can use leftover rotisserie chicken like we did last week. It’s basically a spicy chicken soup over avocado. I originally had this at a restaurant here in Houston and they had potato and rice in it. I’ll share the basic recipe and you can add any extras you want. Let me know if you try it out!
- 1 lb Chicken
- 2 Small Tomatoes (cut/seeded fresh tomato or canned diced tomatoes)
- Olive Oil
- 1-2 Jalapeños (seeded if you don't want it too spicy)
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 60 oz Chicken Broth
- 1 Bunch Chopped Green Onion (usually about 1/2 cup)
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 tsp Cumin (can also use Taco Seasoning)
- 2-3 Avocados (peeled and sliced)
- Lime Juice (2-3 limes)
- Heat a little olive oil in a large pot and add the Jalapeños. After about 1 minute add the garlic and green onion for another minute.
- Add chicken broth, tomatoes, and spices (Cumin or Taco Seasoning and Salt/Pepper to taste)
- Add the chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer. *If using raw chicken: let cook 10-15 minutes until no longer pink. Remove chicken and shred on cutting board then return to soup.
- Add lime juice and cilantro before serving.
- Put sliced avocado in a bowl and spoon soup over.
This makes about 6 servings. I've even added a bit of water to leftovers to make it go farther. Optional: Serve with tortilla chips and cheese.