Monday, 24 February 2014

Balsamic Roasted Cherry & Greek Yogurt Parfait

you may have noticed an increase in parfait consumption on the blog lately.
my stomach is thankful for this.
creamy yogurt.
sweetened fruit.
what more does a girl need?
...maybe shoes, a great pair of jeans and a nice set of pearls, but for now i'll just settle for a parfait.  
happy monday. xo

Balsamic Roasted Cherry & Greek Yogurt Parfait

1 cup cherries, pitted (fresh or frozen & thawed)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugar
2/3 cup Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1/4 cup granola (homemade or store bought)

Preheat oven to 450F.
In small bowl mix together vinegar and sugar.  Add in cherries tossing to coat.
Place cherries on foil lined baking sheet bake for 15-20 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before assembling parfaits.
To assemble parfaits:  Spoon yogurt into bottom of a glass or mason jar, spoon cooled cherries over and top with granola.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Garlic Bread

when it comes to mr. handsome's birthday he doesn't like a lot of fuss.  he doesn't want a cake, a party, or presents.  this is where we differ entirely; i want all of the above and a month long celebration, chalk it up to the girl in me.

mr. handsome had only two requests for tonights birthday dinner.

garlic bread

aside from being a bacon enthusiast, he is also a carbivore.
a true lover of all things starchy.

happy birthday hubs.
looking forward to celebrating again tomorrow, where yet another starch will be devoured, pizza date night! xo.

Garlic Bread

1/2 cup unsalted butter
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
salt & freshly ground pepper
1 loaf French bread, sliced 3/4 of the way through into 1/2-inch thick slices

Preheat oven to 375F
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.  Add the garlic and let cook for 5 minutes.  Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper.  Brush each slice of the bread with the melted garlic butter (depending on your preference, use as much or as little as you'd like.)  Wrap the loaf in foil and bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until heated through.

note:  if you prefer crispier garlic bread place under the broiler uncovered for 5 minutes.

recipe courtesy Bobby Flay

Bacon - Chocolate Chip Cookies

birthday month continues in our house and we are caked out.  seriously caked out.
what's a girl to do?
bake cookies.
today marks mr. handsome's thirty-something birthday, in looking to  score some serious points for my own upcoming birthday, i'm making a cookie that speaks to his heart...

bacon & chocolate chip.
bacon is his favourite, absolute favourite.
if there was a cologne, he'd buy it and where it daily.
happiest of birthdays to the sweetest man i know.  i love you dearly and more so with each and every day.  xo.

enjoy your cookies babe, just don't eat them all in one sitting.

Bacon & Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 Tbsp bacon drippings
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
8 strips maple bacon, cooked & chopped

Preheat oven to 350F
In large bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
Cream together butter, bacon drippings, and sugars until smooth.  Add egg and vanilla and blend in.  Add in flour mixture and stir till combined.  Fold in bacon and chocolate chips.
Roll into balls and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 9-11 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.
Remove from oven and let cool for 4 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to baking rack to cool completely

Yields: approximately 2 1/2 - 3 dozen
Adapted from my Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monday, 17 February 2014

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

today is a special day at our house, our little man (or not so little anymore) turned 6.
how? when? why?  time please stop #thankyou.

we've pretty much celebrated L's birthday everyday since valentines day.  if you're a math wizard like me, then you know that's four days of mini parties with friends & family in tow.  that is also four days of froyo, pizza, cupcakes, mini road trips, bowling, build-a-bear, movies, more pizza, more cupcakes.
#exhausted #full #treadmilldate
initially when i asked L what he'd like me to make for his special birthday treat he said pie.  
yay! pie is my favourite/go-to birthday dessert, so this was more than doable, it was welcomed with open arms & mouths.

lemon pie it is.
graham cracker crust - check
sky-high meringue - check.
delicious lemon filling - double check.

then it happened....

out of no where, as in the eleventh hour, L decides that vanilla cupcakes and chocolate frosting would be preferable.
huh?  seriously? preferable to pie?
and just like that my pie dreams were crushed.
i suppose i can't blame him entirely, indecisiveness is a trait that he inherently got from me...

cupcakes it is.

 happy birthday L.  xo

 ps. next year lets have pie.
or, perhaps i will just make a "because i love you, pie"
 pps.  L, you should know that you make us proud with each and every passing day.  you are a true blessing, wonderful in every way, and you enrich our lives without even knowing it.  thank you for being you.  a true gift to the world, we love you!

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup nutella
4 cups powdered sugar
4-6 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and nutella until smooth.  Add in vanilla.  Add in sugar, one cupful at a time, beating well in between.  Once all the sugar has been added, add in milk one tablespoon at a time, beating until light & fluffy and desired consistency has been reached.

Yields: approximately 3 cups
adapted from my Peanut Butter Buttercream

Friday, 14 February 2014

Strawberries 'n Cream Pancake Skewers

february 14 = valentines day = pancakes for breakfast + chocolate hearts + a small gesture of love 
disclaimer: this holiday has my name written all over it
(mr. handsome can attest to this)
actually come to think of it, all holidays have my name written all over them.  #justsaying
like with all special occasions in our house, today started with pancakes
 lots and lots of pancakes.
 don't worry.
they're mini.
they don't count.
let the pancake shovelling commence.

Strawberries 'n Cream Pancake Skewers

favourite pancake recipe (or store bought mix - no judgement)
strawberries, sliced
whipped cream

wooden skewers

preheat non-stick skillet over medium heat.  
prepare batter and drop by tablespoons onto griddle and cook until bubbles form on the top.  flip and cook till golden on the opposite side.
to assemble:  stack four pancakes, top with sliced strawberries, whipped cream, and secure with wooden skewer.
enjoy. xo.

14 Days of Valentines...

i interrupt this regularly scheduled food blog to share with you my new favourite valentine's tradition...

inspired by a post i saw over at Decorating by Day ,  i started the month of february by placing a paper heart each morning onto L & R's doors.  each heart had something i love about them.  a trait, a quality, a gesture, just something i love that is truly unique to them.

14 days and 28 reasons later, my kids are my everything.

wishing you all a lovely day filled with love & pancakes.
xo JS.
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