Thursday, February 6, 2014

Rebel Child Photography

I am beyond excited to announce my new! Photography has been my passion for a long time, so this next step feels like a natural progression in my journey. I would love some support in my new endeavor, so please take a second and "like" my page, it would mean the world to me! Take a looksy: {Rebel Child Photography}.

Friday, May 3, 2013

fringe is on fire!

Have you noticed the fringe trend this Spring? I sure have, and I ADORE it! If I was younger, I'd be sporting it from head to toe. {haha} Not just a cowgirl look anymore, I am seeing it everywhere...from Free People, to Anthropologie, to shoes and handbags. Do you share in my love of fringe???
Dazzle Fringe Necklace
Roberto Cavalli Bag via Pinterest
Free People Hooded Fringe Pullover
Liberty Black Boots
Junk Gypsy Surfside Fringe Dress
Hippie Shop Leather Feather Fringe Crossbody

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

easter lunch

Took a very long {and un-planned} break from my blog, but I am back! Easter is long gone now, but I loved all these recipes so much, I just had to share what my Sister and I prepared that day.
Asparagus via Pinterest
Best Basic Deviled Eggs via Pinch My Salt
Scalloped Potatoes via
Pretty Fruit Salad via Pioneer Woman
Sunburst Lemon Bars via So, how's it taste?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

cooking success

Just wanted to share some winning recipes I {or my family} have made lately! Trying new recipes makes cooking all that more fun, and when you find that "special" one, it makes a girl like me happy!
Best Baked Beans Ever via Pioneer Woman
I am yet to find a recipe from Pioneer Woman that I have not enjoyed {immensely!}. And these baked beans are yet another people pleaser. Great with anything grilled!
Peperonata via Yummly
Peperonata was absolutely scrumptious and tasty, and so many serving options. The first night, we ate them with sausages cooked on the grill. The leftovers were used in fajitas and just as good the next day. These are going to become a regular staple for sure.
M&M Cookies via Damn Delicious
A recipe with Crisco definitely made me hesitate, but I have to say the taste and consistency of these cookies was just right. The only complaint is that they became a bit crispy by the next day, better to serve these up warm.
Loaded Baked Potato Dip via Closet Cooking
Well, what can I say about this dip? Ummm, totally horrible for you...and fattening...but SOOOO good! Put this dip on your Super Bowl menu for sure.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

the best lasagna. ever

photo & recipe via The Pioneer Woman

This is a great, basic lasagna recipe that everyone will love! Made it without the sausage the first time (thought it would taste a bit odd), but sausage makes it extra-yummy and I would recommend following the recipe exactly. 

1.5 lb ground beef

1 lb hot breakfast sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14.5 ounce) cans whole tomatoes

2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
2 T dried parsley
2 T dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups low-fat cottage cheese
2 whole beaten eggs
1/2 cup grated (not shredded) Parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound sliced Mozzarella cheese
1 (10 ounce) package lasagna noodles
(add 1/2 t salt and 1 T olive oil to pasta water)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet or saucepan, combine ground beef, sausage, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain half the fat; less if you’re feeling naughty. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons parsley, basil and salt. After adding the tomatoes, the sauce mixture should simmer for 45 minutes while you are working on the other steps.

In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, beaten eggs, grated Parmesan, 2 more tablespoons parsley, and 1 more teaspoon salt. Stir together well. Set aside. Cook lasagna until “al dente” (not overly cooked).

Arrange 4 cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a baking pan, overlapping if necessary. Spoon half the cottage cheese mixture over the noodles. Spread evenly. Cover cottage cheese with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Spoon a little less than half the meat/sauce mixture over the top.

Repeat, ending with meat/sauce mixture. Sprinkle top generously with extra Parmesan.

Either freeze, refrigerate for up to two days, or bake immediately: 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until top is hot and bubbly.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

pumpkin snickerdoodles

recipe (slightly adapted) & photo via A Bitchin' Kitchen

3 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Dash of allspice

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk together to blend. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars on medium speed until well combined. Next, still on medium speed, beat in pumpkin. Then, add the egg and vanilla extract. Lastly, add in the dry ingredients. Beat until combined, but do not over mix. Cover the dough, and refrigerate for one hour, until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper (I didn't use parchment or spray). In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and spices for the sugar coating. Scoop dough and roll into about a 1" ball. Roll the dough ball in the sugar mixture, and place on the lined baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Take a drinking glass with a flat bottom and moisten with water. Dip the glass in the sugar mixture, and use it to flatten the dough balls. Re-sugar the glass as needed.

Bake the cookies for 8-9 minutes. Remove when the centers of the cookies have set. Transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely. Yield: About 4 dozen? (My kids kept eating them, so not exactly sure how many!)

*Update: These were really good last night, but today! Wow, super moist and chewy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

chicken and lime soup

image & recipe via budget bytes

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 medium jalapeno, seeded & diced
4 cloves garlic
3/4 lb chicken breast
6 cups chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes w/chiles
1 tsp oregano
1/2 Tbsp cumin
1 medium lime
1/2 bunch cilantro

Dice the onion, celery, and jalapeno (scrape the seeds out of the jalapeno before dicing). Mince the garlic. Cook the onion, celery, jalapeno, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until tender.

Add the chicken breast, chicken broth, canned tomatoes with chiles, oregano, and cumin to the pot. Bring the whole pot up to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat to low, place a lid on top, and let simmer for one hour.

After simmering for an hour with a lid on, carefully remove the chicken breast from the pot and use two forks to shred the meat. Return the meat to the pot. Squeeze the juice of one lime into the soup. Get as much juice as possible from the lime by using a spoon to scrape the inside of the lime.

Rinse the cilantro and then roughly chop the leaves. Add to the pot, give it a quick stir, and serve. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
recipe & image via Half Baked
(makes 30 cupcakes)
Super yummy cupcakes for Fall entertaining!  I prefer mini cupcakes, especially for parties. I halved this recipe and it yielded about 50 minis. Just change the baking time to 9-11 minutes. Delish!

For the cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In large bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer cream butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add dry ingredients and milk, alternating until well combined. Scrape down sides of bowl as necessary.
  6. Mix in pumpkin puree.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter.
  8. Bake for 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.
  10. Once cupcakes are completely cool frost with Cinnamon Cream Cheese icing.
*Mini Cupcakes: Fill mini cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter; bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
For the icing:
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
  1. In bowl of stand mixer beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed until well combined.
  2. Gradually add in confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.
  3. Add vanilla and cinnamon and mix until combined.
  4. Place icing in piping bag fitted with a large round tip and frost cupcakes.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

so bad, but so good!

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
image & recipe via Plain Chicken

1 lb hot sausage, uncooked
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups Bisquick
4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400F.

Mix all ingredients until well combined (a mixer works great).  Roll into 1-inch balls.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until brown.

Sausage balls may be frozen, uncooked.  If baking frozen, add a few minutes to the baking time.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

fall flavor

image & recipe via Our Best Bites

1 lb extra lean ground beef (93% lean or or leaner)
1 onion, chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 1.25-oz. packet taco seasoning
3 c. water, divided
2 (28-oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (15-oz) can tomato sauce
2 (15-oz) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, drained

Toppings: Pico de Gallo, light sour cream, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, tortilla strips, guacamole, etc.

Heat a large soup pot over medium. When ready, brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic. When almost brown, add the taco seasoning and 1 c. water. Add the remaining ingredients, including the remaining 2 c. water, bring to a medium boil, then, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for at least 15 minutes. Serve with desired toppings. Makes 10 12-oz. servings.

Slow Cooker Instructions: After browning the meat, place all the ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for about 6-8 hours.

Freezer Instructions: Because of all the canned goods, you’ll just take up a lot of space in your freezer if you freeze the whole recipe. However, after it’s been cooked, the leftovers freeze extremely well. You can even try freezing individual portions in 12-oz. freezer-safe containers and then reheating them for a quick lunch.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

my two favorite words: sheet + cake

Chocolate Sheet Cake
Peanut Butter Sheet Cake
Strawberry Sheet Cake
Pineapple Sheet Cake
My Mom actually makes the best chocolate sheet cake...ever! Maybe I'll share that recipe with you all some day. I have not tried any of the above recipes, but the photos make my mouth water. The peanut butter one looks amaaaaazing! I would take a sheet cake over any other type of cake, any day! Bake away!


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