Over Christmas break I finally got to catch up on some leisurely reading. These books were some of my favorites. You must read these in 2015 if you have not yet.
It was me all along – I loved every word in this book. Andie is such an inspiration. If you read one book this year make sure it is this one.
One Thousand Gifts – This book is beautifully written. Now I know why it was so wildly popular. It truly makes you so grateful for everything.
What I know for sure- I never wanted this book to end. It was so fun to read. There were parts that were lighthearted, carefree, sad, hilarious and serious. It was a great book to start the New Year reading.
Invention of Wings- Anything by Sue Monk Kidd is sure to make my must read list. A wonderful novel.
I received It was Me all Along from Crown Publishing to review. I was not compensated for any of the other books.
These cookies are light and refreshing with a hit of richness. The lemon adds a wonderful flavor to this classic sugar cookie recipe. Don’t you dare leave out the lemon zest. The little flakes of lemon zest adds flavor and vibrant yellow flakes that sprinkle throughout the cookies. Strawberry cream cheese frosting is the way to go. The strawberry jam adds a beautiful light pink hue.
These cookies are the perfect touch for Valentine’s Day. Ava took a few of these cookies last week in her lunch and came home saying all her friends were dying to have one. She had to sneak bites by the end of the week because everyone wanted her share.
I guess I know what her class will be getting for their Valentine’s Day party. :)
Need a delicious salad to brighten up your winter days? This vibrant spinach salad is not only super healthy but so filling and delicious.
I haven’t always been a spinach fan. It’s something that I have taught myself to like. The texture used to really put me off. But the more times I tried the better I liked it. I hear so many people say I don’t like this vegetable or that vegetable. I cringe every time I hear it. Sometimes you just have to teach your taste buds to like new vegetables. Just like you teach your children sometimes you have to teach yourself to keep trying and soon you will grow to enjoy vegetables that are loaded with nutrients and give you variety.
I love this salad because its full of a variety of textures and tastes. The cabbage is important because it adds a great crunch and balances out the sweetness of the apple, tomatoes and red pepper.
Use your favorite balsamic vinaigrette to top this salad off. My mom sent me this luscious balsamic vinegar from Branch & Vine that I pair with a rich olive oil. It’s so simple, sweet and adds the perfect touch to this salad.
Yogurt and granola has always been my go to breakfast. It is fast, portable and always keeps me full until lunch.
There are a million varieties of granola out there. But this one happens to be one of my favorites, a close second to this Coconut Lime Granola. I love that the oats and quinoa are coated with this luscious blanket of honey and peanut butter. It’s hearty and so delicious.
Store-bought granolas can be convenient. But the tiff I have with them is that they are very expensive and way too sweet for my liking. I adore making my own granolas because I can control the sweetness and I like to choose the ad-ins. The possibilities are endless and you can use whatever you have on hand. Affordable and tasty-just the way I like it.
If you’ve got a hectic week planned I highly suggest you make this quinoa granola to keep you going.
I started the year off with a delicious and moist lemon blueberry bread. This is one of those go-to classic recipes. A solid recipe that can be used for any occasion and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.
The colors of the lemon and blueberries that make this bread so vibrant have me longing for spring already.
If you are looking for a way to get your kiddos loving blueberries this refreshing lemon blueberry bread is sure to reel them in. The sweet lemon glaze on top adds a thin crunchy crust and sweetness to get the taste buds percolating.
This is one recipe that will have a permanent place in your recipe box.
These Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls are a must to start the New Year. Bursting with tangy and sweet flavor they are sure to liven up your New Year’s morning.
The gorgeous pop of red cranberries rolled up tightly in a warm sweet bread and covered with a decadent cream cheese frosting. Both kids and grown-up go wild for these sweet rolls.
If you are looking to revamp your classic cinnamon roll this is the recipe that you need. The tanginess of the cranberries takes these sweet rolls to the next level. The sweet creamy blanket of frosting brings all the flavors together and sends you swooning over these cranberries orange cinnamon rolls. Honestly, I’m not sure we can go back to the same old classic cinnamon rolls for a while.
These sugared pecans have been my absolute favorite treat this season. These make the perfect snack to have out around the holidays. They also make really awesome gifts! So if you are looking for a last minute gift these sugared pecans are the way to go.
I hope that you and your loved ones have a beautiful Christmas. Enjoy!
Looking for a festive healthy way to start your day? I always love vibrant smoothies this time of year. They make me feel like all the cookies and treats are ok because I’ve had something super healthy for breakfast.
This year, after my sister gave me 20 pomegranates, I discovered how absolutely amazing frozen pom arils are. If you have not tried them frozen you really must. They make for a really great snack and are perfect for smoothies.
I’m a bit sad my Ziploc bag is dwindling fast. I adore this smoothie. It is sweet, super creamy and best of all, the most beautiful hue of pink I ever did see.
Take a time out from the Holiday treats and try this healthy nourishing pomegranate smoothie.
Don’t let Christmas shopping get you stressed out! With a few more weeks left until Christmas there is still time to pick up the perfect girt or hostess gift. Here is a list of some products for the kitchen I’m currently swooning over. They would make the perfect gift for the special person you are still having a hard time with.
It’s cookie baking season! These Cherry Cordial Chocolate Bliss Cookies are going to be the hit of your Holiday cookie swap. These didn’t last long around my house. Needless to say I will need to make a few dozen more for our cookie swap.
This cookie recipe is definitely a new favorite. They have the perfect amount of crunch on the outside and a soft chocolaty center. Then BAM a decadent explosion of creamy cherry goodness pops in. This cookie is quite a magical experience.
Be sure to add these Cherry Cordial Chocolate Bliss Cookies to your holiday cookie round-up.
Separate egg; place yolk and white in separate bowls. Cover and chill egg white until needed. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat well. Beat in egg yolk, milk, and vanilla.
In another bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until well combined. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill for 1/ 2 hour or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
Slightly beat reserved egg white. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in egg white, then in almonds to coat. Place balls 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet. Using your thumb or back of a spoon, make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. If cookie centers puff during baking, repress with your spoon. Place one Hershey kiss into indentations of cookies.