Friday, February 28, 2014


This week has been a whirlwind and we top it off with our first catering gig this evening.
Friday Favorites is going to be quick today Yummies. Hold on tight…

ONE
Catering gig. Did I mention that? We are providing some yummy yummies for a delicious new community of artists, Harvester Arts, that is sprouting up right here in Wichita, and just in time for spring!

TWO
I went on my first date with my new Cuisinart ice cream maker this week. I know we've only known each other a while but I think this could be love.

THREE
The Oscars are this Sunday. What to wear? What to wear? I've seen a few of the nominees but not all. Major movie-buff fail on my part. Who do you want to win? ToddlerBaby claims Frozen has it in the bag. He's a little miffed about it being snubbed for Best Picture.

FOUR
I have a love/hate relationship with Robin Wright's haircut in House of Cards. I love it on her. I'd hate it on me. Yet I'm tempted to try it every time I see it, despite knowing it's bad for me. CoffeeMaker has to stage an intervention every night after we've watched an episode. Put. the scissors. Down!

FIVE
The high-school me is completely geeked-out over this.

SIX
This article on Why Messy Kids Are Actually Smarter makes me believe ToddlerBaby will be our best option in terms of retirement plans.

SEVEN
I started watching Sons of Anarchy while working in the afternoons. Now I get it! I get the whole Charlie Hunnam, dreamy, rough-neck, rugged hottie thing. I get it now. Does anyone know where I can get a leather vest?

EIGHT
Wild Poppy makes some pretty AH-MAZING drinks. You should try one!

NINE
Edible cookie dough. Nuff said.

TEN
CoffeeMaker's Shockers have their final regular season game tomorrow. STILL UNDEFEATED! Get on the train people. This one is going all the way!

Have a delicious weekend Yummies!
xoxo

It's flu season, and our family has been hit hard. We've had the cold flu and now the stomach flu. It's been miserable but we're finally getting back on track and rewarding our bodies with some healthy eats.

Its important to replenish your bodily supply of lost nutrients with a bowl of something hearty, healthy and delicious. I didn't have the energy to cook anything too complicated so I whipped together a bowl of the nutritious ingredients you see here, packed with protein, fiber and many necessary antioxidants to get my body back on track.

Quinoa, lean chicken breasts, spinach, arugula, cannellini beans and Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato Halves combine in this amazing recipe your body and mind are sure to thank you for. The full recipe is available on our Experts page over at SheKnows.com.

Keep in mind, there are plenty of possibilities with a mix like this, lettuce wraps and sandwiches to name a couple. Let us know what you think!

Have a healthy and delicious day Yummies!
xoxo

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Do y'all know A Brown Table? This dude…he's like the Martin Scorcesse of food photography. His pictures are dark, twisty, sometimes violent, sophisticated and sexy. I swear I wish I had his talent. He makes the most decadent recipes and dresses them up in their Sunday best. SO GOOD!

Anyway…A Brown Table has been posting a ton of ice cream recipes lately, so many that I couldn't help but go out and buy a little ice cream maker of my own. Challenge accepted? More like David fighting Goliath. But I figured I'd take baby steps to begin with, then get all fancy n' stuff after I've mastered the techniques. 

This recipe was my maiden voyage into making my own ice cream. I went to Williams Sonoma and asked the clerk's advice on which ice cream maker she thought was best for a newbie like me. She directed me to the Cuisinart model and the stack of ice cream starter kits Williams Sonoma sells for those who are new to the craft. 

I bought my goods and headed home to play with my new best friend. Although it sounds somewhat intimidating, making your own ice cream is really SO easy. You add the ingredients to the freeze bowl, sit back and let it churn!

Behold, our mocha chip ice cream baby.


YOU WILL NEED

1 1/2 cups of half & half
1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
1 packet of the Williams Sonoma Mocha Chip ice cream starter


GET COOKIN'

  1. You'll want to be sure and follow the instructions on your ice cream maker as far as how long you freeze the churn bowl before using, how long you churn for etc. 
  2. For this brand and these ingredients we froze our bowl for about 15 hours in the coldest part of our freezer. We also wrapped it in a plastic bag to prevent freezer burn.
  3. We added the half and half and the ice cream starter to a large mixing bowl and whisked it together until the mix dissolved completely.
  4. We then stirred in the heavy cream until smooth.
  5. We inserted the churn bowl into the maker's base, added the paddle and the lid. Turned on the maker and as it spun we poured in our ice cream mix.
  6. We let the cream churn for 30 minutes, removed it from the base, poured the mix into an air tight container and added it to the freezer for another 5 hours. 
  7. Be sure to follow the directions on your ice cream maker as regards cleaning the parts and pieces. Many of them cannot go in the dishwasher and need to be washed by hand. 
We hope you'll try making your own ice cream at home and share your delicious recipes with us!


Happy Churning Yummies!
xoxo

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Yumology received Chobani products in exchange for the recipes created in a series of posts. 
This post is sponsored content but the recipe and opinions within it are mine.

We're big fans of yogurt, so imagine our delicious surprise when those lovely Yummies at Chobani wanted to work with us on developing a few recipes using their products. They sent us coupons to go out and purchase whatever Chobani products we wanted to work with and we chose their blood orange flavored yogurt for this recipe.

Blood oranges are back in season and they are the ultimate in rich fruit flavor. They're sweeter than regular oranges, less tart and more juicy. Chobani's blood orange yogurt was the perfect ingredient for a beautiful loaf with an exotic glaze.


YOU WILL NEED


Loaf

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 salt
1 cup of Chobani Blood Orange yogurt
1 1/3 cups of sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp grated orange zest
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice

Icing

1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom
2 tbsp freshly squeezed blood orange juice


GET COOKIN'
  1. Preheat your oven to 350
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup of sugar, eggs, orange zest and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the yogurt mixture, when they batter is smooth fold in the veggie oil until smooth again.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until the center is no longer raw and comes out clean.
  6. Cook the 1/3 cup of sugar and a 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed blood orange juice until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear.
  7. When the loaf is has been removed from the oven and cooled on a cooling rack, pour the sugar glaze over it and allow it to soak into the cake.
  8. When the glaze has been fully absorbed mix the icing ingredients together until smooth then pour over the cake and allow to harden.

Yumology received Chobani products in exchange for the recipes created in a series of posts. 
This post is sponsored content but the recipe and opinions within it are mine.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Are you a dog-lover? and a brunch lover? Then your next big, brunch spot on the Upper Westside should definitely be Fred's. Named after a guide dog that was adopted by the owner in the 1990's, Fred was a female black labrador retriever that, judging by the multitude of love notes and pictures of dogs on the walls, is a very loving, caring and popular furry friend in Manhattan.


This is one of my favorite go-to brunch spots on the weekend because it generally doesn't tend to be as crowded and therefore has a much shorter wait than the other Upper Westside brunch spots. Don't take this to mean that the food is no good, because it is delish!


Starting with their strawberry butter and chocolate chip muffins makes your brunch even more comforting as you sit in the warm, wooden paneled pub surrounded by the snouts of many canine friends.


My favorite brunch item is the eggs benedict with their spiced potatoes and fresh, yummy salad. This makes for a filling but healthy brunch. The friendly and trusty staff at Fred's will make you feel right at home and make sure you are well looked after.


So next time you feel like dropping by the Upper Westside for brunch, take a picture of your pooch and leave a loving note for Fred for them to put on the wall while you enjoy a delicious and comforting brunch that only a neighborhood spot like Fred's could deliver.


Happy brunching Yummies!

Saturday, February 22, 2014



In this house Saturday mornings are sacred. They're dedicated to sleeping in, cuddling, warm cups of coffee and every so often a hearty taste of home.

I grew up on Huevos Rancheros, and I've had many different versions of it. When I make it at home I stick to this simple recipe that warms my insides and reminds me of New Mexico mornings.


YOU WILL NEED
2 cups of frozen tater tots
1 tin of black beans
3 tbsp of chipotle salsa
2 eggs
1 cup of shredded cheddar jack cheese
2 tbsp of chopped green chilies

GET COOKIN

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and cook the tater tots as directed on the packaging.
  2. Add the black beans and chipotle salsa to a pot and warm together over medium heat.
  3. Cook your eggs as desired, we usually make ours sunny-side-up or over-easy.
  4. When the tater tots are done plate them, then add two spoonfuls of the black bean salsa mix over the top.
  5. Lay your cooked eggs on top of the beans then sprinkle your cheese on top and a final spoonful of chopped green chilies.

There's so much flavor in this dish, you'll notice I didn't use many spices. I hope you enjoy it and tell us what you think.

Have a delicious weekend Yummies. xoxo

Friday, February 21, 2014


Here we go Yummies. Yet another edition of our Friday Favorites, a collection of delicious things from around the web this week...

ONE 
Sing it. "All by myself. Don't wanna be, all by myself. Anymoooore." Except we do! CoffeeMaker's Wichita State Shockers are the ONLY - check it ONE and ONLY - undefeated team left in men's college basketball. Oh and we hit the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. Say whaa?

TWO 
It's a rare phenomenon in the television universe when two of your favorite TV shows collide. NBC has rocked my socks by having the Friday Night Lights Crucifictorious band show up to record a session at the Luncheonette on Parenthood in a mini-web-series created just for me. 

THREE
I spent far too much time watching Sex and the City reruns on E! this week, so imagine my jubilation when PopSugar announced that a third movie was in the works. 

FOUR
It's blood orange season, and just when I thought this magical time of year couldn't get any better Savory Simple made a Blood Orange Marmalade that looks so beautiful I don't know whether to eat it or make out with it.

FIVE 
Brian Williams needs to quit his day job and become a rapper. P.S. Jimmy Fallon is now the host of the Tonight Show so we can all plan to get our giggles on an hour earlier than usual.

SIX 
I inadvertently came across this door personality test on Facebook and it was eerily spot on. 

SEVEN
Chocolate Chip Brownie Pancakes from The Gouda Life. Thanks for playing cereal, oatmeal, yogurt and fruit, but this bad boy just dominated the breakfast table.

EIGHT 
Never underestimate a girl scout's savvy when it comes to slanging cookies. 

NINE
You can now buy Cinnabon scented air freshener…or you could just make your own cinnamon rolls and eat them. Just sayin'...

TEN
I'm not sure how to feel about these Best Picture re-enactments by children. Is it really precious to have an 8 year old mimic The Wolf of Wall Street or Dallas Buyers Club? In related news more and more children under the age of 10 are seeking psychotherapy. Coincidence? I think not Hollywood.


Feel free to share links, posts and comments about some of your favorite things from around the web in our comments section below.

Have a delicious weekend Yummies! xoxo

Thursday, February 20, 2014

It's been a busy, blustery Thursday here in America's Heartland. Kansas has some of the most unpredictable weather I have ever seen. One minute it's 60 degrees and sunny, the next it's 35 and snowing. This time of year is always a challenge for me. I am so ready for spring.

But until spring decides to show up I intend to make the most of winter's end by enjoying simple slow cooker recipes like the one below. I have been back and forth all over town today, so imagine the joy I encountered when I walked through the door to the smells of this delicious dinner all wrapped up and ready to serve. Bliss Yummies. Pure bliss.


YOU WILL NEED

3 thawed chicken breasts
1 cup of chopped carrots
1 cup of chopped celery
1 red onion diced
1 cup of chopped mini portobello mushrooms
1 cup of long grain and wild rice
2 cups of chicken stock
2 cups of white wine
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp black pepper
2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp parsley flakes
1 lemon juiced

GET COOKIN'
  1. Believe it or not my darling Yummies, it's really as simple as add all of these ingredients to a slow cooker, stir and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  2. When the chicken shreds easily and the rice is tender you can add another cup of chicken stock and another cup of white wine to help form more broth if you desire.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014






Why do they sell WonTon wrappers in bulk? I mean, don't get me wrong. I love a good WonTon, but I can't eat 50 of them in one sitting - said the girl who ate a dozen of these puppies by herself watching Sex and the City at noon on a Wednesday. OMG the Carrie and Aiden break up episode is on right now and I had forgotten how tragic it is. Gulp. So sad….but I digress…

WonTons. Mushroom WonTons. 

This little dish is really quite versatile. You can make sweet WonTons, savory WonTons, meat WonTons, veggie WonTons, heck you can even eat the sheets of dough by themselves. Not recommended, but you could do it.

Okay, I'm sorry.  I give in. I'm too distracted by Aiden's adorable face and Carrie's crazy decision NOT to marry him, to write anymore. Sex and the City wins. Here's the recipe!


YOU WILL NEED

1 cup of finely chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup of finely diced green onions
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder, pepper and salt
1/2 cup plain yogurt
12 WonTon wrappers

GET COOKIN
  1. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a small frying pan and add the mushrooms, onion and spices. Cook until the mushrooms and onions soften and absorb all the juices.
  2. Drain any excess oil or liquid from the veggie mix then stir in the yogurt.
  3. Lay your wonton wrappers out on the counter and add a small spoonful of the mushroom mixture to the center of each wrapper.
  4. Brush the edges of each wrapper with oil then fold them over into sealed triangles.
  5. Heat another 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan.
  6. When the oil is hot add 3 wontons at a time to the oil and cook for 30 seconds on each side, until brown and crisp.
  7. Drain the cooked wontons on a paper towel lined plate then serve.

Now she's back in Big's office asking him for finical advice. Can we say sexual tension?! GAH I miss this show so much. It was such a beautiful ode to NYC. I can imagine myself walking through Central Park every time I watch it. 

Okay gotta go. Me-time is calling. 

Oh, pipe down! There's a banana butterscotch loaf in the oven. More to come, I promise!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014



I may have mentioned that some beautiful Yummies at Bella Sun Luci and Mooney Farms sent me a big box of their sun dried tomato products earlier this month. It has been a blast to play with them in the kitchen and develop new recipes for this wonderful product and family business.

Today's recipe is a delicious and sophisticated twist on a childhood favorite. We took a simple mac n' cheese recipe and tossed in jarred Bella Sun Luci, Julienne Cut, Sun Dried Tomatoes.


YOU WILL NEED

3 cups of milk
3 cups of rotini pasta (or shells or mac or penne, whatever you prefer)
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
3 tbsp of shredded parmesan cheese
5 tbsp butter
1 tsp salt

GET COOKIN'
  1. Add the milk and pasta to a pot and cook over medium low heat until the pasta is al dente
  2. Add 2 tbsp of butter and the mozzarella cheese to the cooked pasta and milk and stir until smooth
  3. Stir in the Bella Sun Luci Julienne Cut Sun Dried Tomatoes.
  4. Turn your oven broiler on to 500
  5. Scoop the pasta mixture into mini ramekins 
  6. Top each ramekin with 1/2 tbsp of parmesan cheese and 1/2 tbsp of butter
  7. Broil at 500 for 3-5 minutes until the tops melt, brown and crisp
  8. Remove from the oven, let cool and serve

Monday, February 17, 2014



Newsflash Yummies! Chili doesn't have to take all day.

I know that many of you put on a pot of chili and let is simmer for hours up on hours, but that's not necessary. Our turkey chili verde is an amazing combination of flavors that can be ready in a large stove top skillet or pan in just twenty minutes. I promise you, the quick cook on this chili doesn't sacrifice any flavor. You'll love it. I swear!

P.S. - Just like slow cooker chili, this chili also tastes better the second and third night you eat it!


YOU WILL NEED

1.5 pounds of ground turkey
1 onion diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp cumin
2 tsp salt
2 cups of chopped green chilies
1 cup of diced tomatoes
1.5 cups of pinto beans
2 tins of cream of chicken condensed soup

GET COOKIN'
  1. Add the olive oil to the pot or pan and let heat for 2 minutes on med-high heat.
  2. Add the ground turkey to the pan and stir into the oil so that the meat will coat evenly.
  3. Add the diced onion and spices to the meat and cook until the meat in no longer pink and the onions are soft. Make sure you stir and massage the spices into the meat for the best flavor.
  4. When the meat is almost full cooked (about 8-10 minutes) add the chilies, tomatoes and pinto beans.
  5. Stir everything together then add the 2 tins of cream of chicken soup without the water. If you add the water the chili will become runny. You want to allow the juices from the meat and veggies to substitute the water called for in the cream of chicken condensed soup.
  6. Stir the soup into the meat mixture until smooth. Allow to cook for an addition 3-5 minutes then serve.
  7. Feel free to garnish with cheese, sour cream and extra onion as usual.
This is a great recipe to throw together if you're having friends over to watch a basketball game on TV - the undefeated Wichita State Shockers perhaps?! :)

Serve it with warm tortillas or corn chips for extra crunch!
Enjoy Yummies! xoxo

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Located right off the 125 St. stop on the 1 train, this food lovers gem is a surefire diamond in the rough. If you plan on visiting NYC, chances are you won't find yourself visiting Harlem, which would be a big mistake on your part if you want to have great music and even better food.

Chez Lucienne creates a cozy, intimate ambiance with friendly waiters that have undergone French training. During the winter, they have a coat check at the door so you can sit comfortably. On many days, they also have live jazz and piano music. When I visited Chez Lucienne, they had a full bar and basketball games on the TV. See fellas, something for everyone.


Lucienne makes for a great lunch spot with your girlfriends or a romantic and intimate dinner with that special someone. I mixed things up a little and had an intimate dinner with one of my good friends and her Mum, who is a connoisseur on everything delicious, having eaten in restaurants all over NYC and Europe. The dim lighting made our conversation over a bottle of wine and appetizers exquisite, but made for a difficult time in taking pictures of the culinary delights. So I apologize in advance.

The food was absolutely delicious and I was assured that no matter what I ordered here, no matter how generic it might sound on the menu, the food and the presentation would be to die for. My friend's mum  ordered a fantastic bottle of rose and appetizers of pan-roasted duck con fit pate en croute as well as the pan-roasted gnocchi cooked in a mushroom butter sauce. Both were unlike anything I had ever tasted.


For dinner, I was told to order the coq au vin. My friend, on the other hand, ordered the lemon chicken with roasted potatoes. Yummy!


By the time dessert came, we were on our second bottle of wine and feeling fabulous. We decided to order a float of desserts including the creme brulee, the blueberry tart, and the chocolate mousse. All of which were sinfully delicious.


The service was friendly and intimate. They made it cozy enough for us girls to enjoy our evening swapping stories and jokes for the rest of the night. We also made a few friends with locals at surrounding tables, one of which was a lovely old man who was clearly a regular, enjoying his glass of red wine while watching the basketball game and exchanging witty banter with the manager and waiters.

We closed the place down. As I ventured through the snowy streets of Harlem to find my train back home after a night of jazzy French food, I took the time to soak in the historic and multicultural warmth of Harlem.

I hope you'll explore this area on your next visit to NYC.

Happy trails Yummies.
xoxo

Saturday, February 15, 2014

It doesn't seem that long ago when I held my teeny-tiny baby boy in my arms and slowly rocked him to sleep every night. His soft little nose and face turned into my chest, and his warm baby breaths beating over my heart. The two of us wrapped in a blanket enjoying the quiet isolation of the nursery nightlight.
I cherish those memories.

I suppose I should be grateful that the night of nighttime rocking chair cuddles lasted as long as they did. It wasn't until the last three or four months that ToddlerBaby has decided he's done rocking to sleep with mom. Now, after rolling around on top of me for ten minutes he'll reach for his crib and signal that he's ready to fall asleep. Some nights he just heads straight for the crib, other nights he has to be put into it by protest. Protest rules more often than not.

When did bedtime become such a chore, and when does the script flip again? As an adult I can't wait to go to bed. Bed is awesome. Bed is soft and quiet and sleep is in bed, and sleep is the best. thing. ever. So why the major meltdowns now upon bedtime?

Last night was particularly harsh. Most night's ToddlerBaby will let me sit in the room with him and read him a book while he fusses and fumbles around until exhaustion takes over and he passes out. Last night though he wanted nothing to do with me. "OUT!" He screamed at the top of his little lungs. "MOMMA OUT!" I wasn't ready for this. I was having major flash-forwards to an angry teenager I hadn't allowed to borrow the car for some hot date with a tattooed girl wearing too much makeup and a nonexistent skirt. Who was this PERSON kicking me out of their bedroom?


Sad, angry and confused I entered the living room in a haze of bad parenting. "What did I do?" "How did I fail?" "If he hates me this much for just making him go to bed, how's he gonna feel about me when he really does want to borrow the car for some hot date with the nonexistent skirt?" "Is it all downhill from here?" My mind reeled at the possibilities that I had just entered some parenting hazard zone without a plastic suit.

I decided to try again. I headed for his bedroom, still able to hear his screaming about basketball, tricycles, applesauce, and anything else he wanted other than sleep. I slowly opened the door. "NO!" He shouted, then threw his stuffed animal at me. "NO, NO MOMMA!" I slinked back out through the bedroom door after my quiet attempt to reassure him I still loved him even though he was acting like a total SNOT!

I went back into the kitchen and proceeded to listen to the screaming for another two minutes or so. Then silence. I thought to myself, "Okay, he's out. I'll head back for the door and just make sure he hasn't completed stroked out or gone into shock." I was just about to reach for the doorknob when I heard it. "Daddy. I want Daddy."

It starts.

Whatthe... Daddy? Daddy?!

Upon hearing his name, CoffeeMaker exits the bathroom (which he's been hiding in for the last 45 minutes) and with a nauseating confidence enters ToddlerBaby's room. Seriously?

"Daddy's here buddy. Daddy's here."

Don't get me wrong. There have been plenty of times when I wanted him to want Daddy. Oh, like the entire first year of his life maybe. How about two, three, four, five and six A.M. for the last 24 months. Diaper changes. Airplane travel. Any of those times would have been awesome for him to want Daddy. But did he choose those times? No. He chose bedtime, the one time that mom actually enjoys and looks forward to, he gave that to Daddy tonight.


I'm sure kids learn manipulation at a young age. I probably did. I'm convinced my son will be a ninja at it. If mom pisses you off, schmooze dad. If dad pisses you off, schmooze mom. The kid will be President one day mark my words.

For now though, the joke is on daddy, because when bed time interferes with SportsCenter, mommy will be hiding in the bathroom for 45 minutes with a nice big bottle of wine.

Friday, February 14, 2014


Here we go Yummies! A Valentine's Day edition of Friday Favorites...

ONE
Ben and Matt. Matt and Ben. The bromance continues in the name of charity. Just seeing this promo made me yearn for Good Will Hunting 2.

TWO
This bride wins at life. She turned her wedding into her own personal VMA Awards. Get it girl!

THREE
There are crafty mommas, and there are not-so-crafty mommas. Since ToddlerBaby took some lame perforated Cars Valentine's to school this morning I'm realizing I fall into the latter. But I have crafty friends who came up with some adorable Valentine's Day school gifts. I had to share with you.
Made by crafty momma Rachael McPherson

Made by crafty momma Tessa Konen

FOUR
Google's Valentine's Day homepage. Presh! 'Nuff said.

FIVE
I love it when double entendres come together in baked goods. Thank you Bake at 350.

SIX
Chocolate on a stick?! Life accomplished.

SEVEN
Billboard pulled together 20 love songs sung by real life celebrity music couples: Bey and Jay. Tim and Faith. Johnny and June. The gang's all here.

EIGHT
Princess Kate rocked a BLUE dress on Valentine's Day, thereby setting the internet ablaze with her brazen disregard for pink and red's feelings. The nerve.

NINE
We wrote an article on aphrodisiacs earlier this week for SheKnows.com. It was fun to research. Read it.

TEN
CoffeeMaker. A Friday Favorite every Friday but especially today. I love you. Oh, and, his Shockers are STILL undefeated. They share the unbeaten season with Syracuse thanks to this unbelievable shot!


Happy Valentine's Day Yummies!

Have you noticed how this can be a very volatile holiday? People either love it or hate it. 

No matter your feelings towards Valentine's Day, relationships, love or lust, there is one definite upside to Valentine's Day that can't be argued. Dessert.

So many wonderful desserts have been born from the need to impress our loved ones on this auspicious day that its nearly impossible to be entirely bitter towards cupid.

I myself am grateful to have CoffeeMaker to share this day with. We've had 17 Valentine's Days together and each one grows sweeter and sweeter. Okay, I'm done with the mushy schmoopy stuff I promise. 

CoffeeMaker is a HUGE fan of Coconut Macaroons. To show him how much I love him I made his favorites and gave them a dash of fantastic with white chocolate drizzle. Such pretty little snowballs the I'm sure he will love.

To help spread the love, I sent this recipe over to those lovely ladies at Kansas Women Bloggers. Click here for the full White Chocolate Drizzle Coconut Macaroon madness, and to check out some other amazing writers from America's Heartland. 

Big Love Yummies. Have a delicious Valentine's Day!
xoxo

Tuesday, February 11, 2014



Yep.
We did this.
Today.
For Breakfast.
What did you do?
Not this.
Oh.
Too Bad.

Seriously though Yummies, why NOT try this recipe? Especially for Valentine's Day! Fellas - listen up! If you want a quick and easy dessert that will impress the socks off your date, make these Chocolate Cherry WonTons. You won't be sorry.

YOU WILL NEED

6 WonTon wrappers
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup cherry pie filling
1/2 cup of chocolate chips
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp granulated sugar

GET COOKIN'

  1. In all honesty you're better off keeping your cherry pie filling jar next to you. You'll only use about 2 tbsp of it for this quantity, but you'll want to pick out 2 cherries in the filling sauce per WonTon.
  2. Place two cherries in their sauce in the center of the flat WonTon wrappers.
  3. Sprinkle 5 chocolate chips on top of the cherry pie filling.
  4. Brush the edges of the WonTon wrapper with a thin amount of cherry pie filling sauce to help seal the WonTon closed when it is folded over into a triangle shape.
  5. When your WonTons are sealed add the vegetable oil to a small frying pan and allow it to heat.
  6. Gently lay each WonTon into the oil and allow it to crisp up (about 30 sec on each side).
  7. Remove the WonTons from the frying pan and let the excess oil strain off on a paper towel-lined plate.
  8. Transfer the drained WonTons to your serving plate
  9. Mix the cocoa powder and granulated sugar together then dust your serving plate with a thin layer.
  10. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top as garnish.

Such a beautiful, elegant and easy dessert to show your Valentine some yummy lovins. :)
xoxo

Monday, February 10, 2014


I may have mentioned recently that some lovely Yummies at Bella Sun Luci sent me a box of their delicious sun dried tomato goodies to play with. Kind of amazers how one bite of this sweet and savory little product can take you from a snow-packed February to the lush lit hills of Italy…okay so maybe it just took me from my doorstep to my kitchen, but either way it tasted like summer.

To kick off our upcoming series on Bella Sun Luci's sun dried tomatoes I present - Bruschetta Fries!

Hey, if you can put it on bread, you can put it on fries and make it even more FABU!


YOU WILL NEED
4 cups of freshly cut fries (or one bag of frozen)
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp dried italian seasoning (basil and/or oregano works great)
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 jar of Bella Sun Luci Bruschetta topping
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

GET COOKIN'

  1. Preheat your oven to 400
  2. Lay the fries out on a cookie sheet
  3. Mix all of the spice together in a small bowl or cup
  4. Sprinkle the spice mix over the raw/frozen fries
  5. Bake the fries at 400 for 20-30 minutes, until they brown and crisp
  6. Warm the bruschetta topping in a pan with 1 tbsp of olive foil to help thin it out a little bit
  7. Remove the fries from the oven
  8. Pour the warm bruschetta topping over the fries
  9. Add the cheese to the top and slide the dressed fries back into a warm oven for 2-3 minutes to let the cheese melt