What do you think of when you hear Leg of Lamb? What recipes come to your mind?
Tacos might not be the first… but I’m here to change that!
These Slow Cooker Chipotle Leg of Lamb Tacos are super delicious as they are slow cooked with a bunch of spices for flavor. The lamb itself gets to marinade in this sauce for 8 hours making it oh so juicy when you grab a fork and cut it up. Unlike sometimes when you slow cook, the marinade doesn’t always sink down into all the meat, but these tacos have flavor in every single bite you take.
Cozy frog slippers? Check.
Comfy blanket? Check.
Heater on full force? Check.
Chunky sweater? Check.
Good book? Check.
Cup of the warmest and most delicious hot chocolate? CHECK!
Hot chocolate is a ultimate weakness of mine. There’s something about it that can cheer someone up right away. Maybe it’s the warm feeling on your hands. Maybe it’s the memories of Mom making it for me when I came in after a long day of sledding. Or maybe it’s just that smell of chocolate. During the Winter hot chocolate becomes our #1 drink. After we come home from work, usually frozen, we’ll quickly make 2 nice hot cups of hot chocolate and sit in front of the heater. For dessert, brownies are pushed to the side and hot chocolate is favored on chilly nights. For a night by myself with a book or watching The Tudors (I’m obsessed) I’m going to choose a big mug of hot chocolate, along with a big handful of marshmallows.
“How many kids do you have?” might be a often asked question to strangers who enter our house.
My response “4 cats” and a smile.
What’s surrounding me right now?
I’m lying on a carpet. I have FiFi Bofinkles next to me who’s kissing up a storm to the side of my face. I’m resting my elbows on a smiling snowman pillow. My cup of green tea has Mr. Messy on it. Above me is a robot, a lion, a alien and multiple organic shaped stuffed animals with great personalities.
I love my UPS man. I hope he’s reading this post because he really is the best. He waves at me in his truck if he sees me on the street. He notices when I change the color of my hair. He carries my litter and cat food actually inside my loft for me. He is the best. I want to bake him cookies.
Not to cause immediate stress but Thanksgiving is 17 days away.
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Is it a big day with family or is it more low key? Does everyone eat at the dining room table, or is it more casual where you just line up, fill your plate and then scatter throughout the house to have conversations while getting down with your overindulgence of food?
As a kid mine was pretty low key. It was my direct family and it was almost at the exact time of 1PM. Mom would make the meal, dad would help out peeling the potatoes and carving the turkey. I would help out by eating 4 or 5 biscuits. Goodness, I love biscuits, don’t you?
One thing that’s pretty much stayed a staple for Thanksgiving is Kraft’s Stove Top Stuffing. My mom would make this every single holiday. Even now as I’m older and have my own Thanksgiving tradition with friends in NYC, I still love this stuff. I’ve tried other gourmet brands that cost $12 a bag. I’ve tried making my own (delicious, but I’m always worried about time on Thanksgiving day). One thing that Matthew and I both agree on, Stove Top can’t be beat. It’s nostalgic but it’s delicious. It’s the kind of thing you make on your stovetop and immediately need to eat a forkful to eat. Ok 2. Ok 3. It has a special place in my stuffing loving heart.
What’s my other favorite part of Thanksgiving? No, not the pumpkin pie. And no, not watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Although I love both of those. My favorite is…..
Oh baby, I love leftovers!
The truth is that I made these Cheesy Jalapeno Omelets for the first time in June. It was was when the jalapeno plants in the garden started exploding with peppers all over each plant. And then after I tasted it for the first time I knew I had to share the recipe with you guys. Now it’s November and the recipe is finally here. What has taken me so long? Well I’ve just been eating these Cheesy Jalapeno Omelets nonstop!
What do you have for breakfast, is it usually a quick meal or do you like to sit down with it? I don’t really like meal rushing, so usually I sit down for every meal. Breakfast ranges from toast and a banana to something more savory, like scrambled eggs or a omelet. On weekends it tends to get sweet with homemade pancakes and waffles. Right now I’m all about pumpkin pancakes, YUM. But back to this omelet.
The basis of this recipe is my favorite scrambled eggs recipe. Not to brag, but they kinda have been declared the best scrambled eggs by many eaters, so yeah. It’s a good start. This recipe for eggs has been with me for a long time and I pretty much stick with it as it’s my favorite. Throw in some cheese and chopped up jalapenos, fold the eggs instead of scrambling and the Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet is born.
First, you’ll need one jalapeno to make 2 omelets. Then you want to chop it up. Here’s some jalapenos that are still growing, even though it was October! We have a big bag of them in the kitchen. Jalapenos also freeze great if you want to throw them in the freezer to make them last longer.
The coldness suddenly hit last weekend. One week it was fine with a thin sweater, then suddenly it’s tights, long sweater, winter coat and hat.
One thing that comes with the Winter is lack of fresh fruits and vegetables. For us, the garden will still be growing a few vegetables under greenhouses, but there will be no peas, no corn and no carrots. Farmers markets will be closed, or only selling hearty greens. Grocery stores will have vegetables, but they won’t taste fresh as they’ve been shipped and prices will raise. You’ll suddenly see raspberries for $7 instead of the $1.50 you were paying in June. Oh and corn on the cob? If you’re in a cold location, good luck seeing it until next Summer.
So how do you get your vegetables during the Winter? Here’s what I suggest, frozen vegetables!
Do you remember a few weeks ago I posted about designing a reading nook? Well it’s done and I couldn’t be more happy! Thanks to everyone for suggestions on their favorite items to pick. It was hard tossup on so many things, I think I changed my mind about the couch and the rug 88 times but finally decided! So then I spent the next few weeks waiting for the delivery guys hoping they’d have my goodies! The couch was last to arrive, but as soon as we unboxed it – I was set! The reading nook was all ready to be snuggled into.
As a reminder here is what I wanted:
A cozy spot of our loft to curl up and disappear from work and life for a few minutes (or hours).
A place that I could read and drink many cups of tea.
With the winter coming up, somewhere extra cozy that was warm! Pillows and blankets!
Couch, Rug, Table, Light were the necessities.
The rug needed to be super warm as we have concrete floors. They are extremely cold in the winter.
Are you ready? Here it is! Not only am I love with my nook but you’ll see below all the cats love it too. I’m constantly fighting with them to move over on the couch. Isn’t it funny how a 8 pound cat can take up as much space (if not more) than a human?
Happy Halloween gorgeous Ghouls!
Grab a bucket of candy, some apple cider and a black cat and let me take you on a journey to Disney World for Halloween!
A week ago, it was my birthday. I’ve always wanted to go to Disney World for my birthday and Halloween so a couple weeks ago we booked the trip! To say I was excited would be a understatement. On my first trip to Disney a few years ago I stayed up late every night reading Disney forums and books, preparing myself. For this one, I had the basics set but there would be a new celebration: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween Party that takes place in the Magic Kingdom on special nights in September and October. It’s a separate park ticket (Disney is great at making money!) so they close the park down for only the Halloween party guests! They also keep the park open late on these nights. We were there until 12AM dancing and collecting candy.
Collecting candy? YES! During the Halloween Party there are specific dedicated spots (usually next to rides) that you can line up and trick or treat. Noone is too old for this! Me, Matthew and 2 friends – all over the age of 30 – had a blast going from stop to stop. When you get into the park they even give you own trick or treat bag. If you fill it up, you can get a new one and keep on going! I haven’t been trick or treating in many years so it was lots of fun to get my sweet loot!
Did I mention costumes? You have to wear a costume! Disney has some of the best dressed characters, so you need to go big! Although I felt like the majority of visitors don’t go all out (the majority don’t wear a costume! *GASP*) we had to! My costume changed about a hour before we left for the airport, but thankfully I have a few clown costumes laying around. Everyone has clown costumes ready to grab for special occasions, right?
This is Halloween Week!
Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween!
La la-la la, Halloween! Halloween!
Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?
Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween!
The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the best soundtracks, right? I’m glad you agree too!
October is my favorite month and even though I’m sad to see it go in just a few days, it ends with the best holiday! What’s not to love about Halloween? You get to dress up, you get to be imaginative, you get to decorate with pumpkins all over your house, and noone looks at you weird at a parade when you knock over a kid to get that lollipop they threw out of that Halloween float.
I’ll be doing 2 fun Halloween posts this week – this delicious dessert and our Haloween adventure we had at Disney World just a few days ago! Stop by for that on Halloween!
Now on to the Halloween Oreo Pudding! It’s made up of the 3 of the best words.
Halloween – yes.
Oreo – yes please.
Pudding – oh goodness yes.
Do you like grocery shopping? How often do you do it? I’ve written before about how I do a fair amount of my shopping online so I wanted to introduce you guys to a new service called Farmigo which is a online farmers market that empowers families to eat better, bypassing the supermarket.
We had a explosion of vegetables during the Summer months to the point that we don’t usually buy any produce for a few solid months. I know not everyone has their own garden though so Farmigo is great for those that still fresh vegetables while supporting local farmers. You’ll see below that I did use Farmigo to order meats, cheeses, breads and a couple vegetables we don’t grow. Their selection is wide and varied on the season. I think Farmigo is great because unlike a CSA where you get a box of surprises, here you get to pick what you want. If you are meal planning for the week then you know you’ll need tomatoes, basil, corn, hot dogs and hot dog buns. This won’t result in you getting a box full of 4 heads of lettuce and figuring out what the heck you’re going to do do with them.
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The smell of waffles is lovely.
The smell of waking up to waffles is even more lovely.
Eating waffles is the most loveliest.
Who loves waffles? Throw your hands in the air. I hope I see everyone’s hands up. How can’t you love waffles? I’m not sure if I believe people when they say they don’t like waffles. It’s like someone saying they don’t like the movie Dirty Dancing, I don’t believe them. Dirty Dancing is the best, forever and ever.
I can honestly go on about how Dirty Dancing is a cinematic masterpiece forever, but I’ll leave that for another time. If you are feeling in the mood now, just listen to this song. It gets me happy everytime I hear it. Ok listen to this one too.
Waffles have been a go to breakfast for us lately, because they are both delicious and quick. With frozen waffles, you throw them in the toaster oven for 6 minutes and they’re done. Then it’s up to you how you want to eat them – do you do syrup? How about jelly? How about butter? How about.. pumpkin butter? That’s where my pumpkin loving heart is about now.
It’s almost Halloween – are you excited? I sure am.
My costume is ready, a giant pumpkin sits in our window lit up for Brooklyn, bite size chocolates sit on a table asking me to eat them and my Halloween treat bags are made for friends! I know Halloween is usually set aside for kids, but as a Halloween loving adult, I know there are lots of us that still love Halloween even though we’re over the age of 15. There’s something great about Halloween, maybe it’s the reason to be creative with costumes, maybe it’s spooky ghosts and pumpkins, maybe it’s decorating your house with orange, maybe it’s pumpkin baking season, maybe it’s the candy or maybe it’s just the memories of being a kid and going door to door to fill up your treat bag.
For Halloween this year I’ll be bringing treat bags to our studio space to give it to our friends there. No matter the age, when someone gets a bag full of sweets and toys, it will make them smile. While looking for treat bags, nothing really stuck out to me, so I decided I was going to make my own to stuff Skittles, Starburst, stickers and pencils in!
This recipe includes the ingredients:
Which means it’s perfect.
It’s the perfect savory holiday macaroni and cheese, ready to be served to your family and friends. I don’t just reserve pumpkin for Fall though so I say have it year round!
Let’s talk Halloween first. Are you ready for it? I said 2 weeks ago I was going to get the Halloween decorations out but I still haven’t as it’s been hectic here with work. I wrote HALLOWEEN on 12 post-its posted all over our home though so I’m hoping this weekend it gets done! One of the things I miss most being from a small town is trick or treaters and people decorating their houses to to the extreme. Every year my Mom would go crazy with decorations from the windows to the door to the kitchen table. I love giving out treats to trick or treaters and making them tell me about their costumes, but my neighborhood in Brooklyn doesn’t really have trick or treaters, plus I live in a loft building so it’s not like the kids are going to go apartment to apartment. I miss it! Do you get trick or treaters? What are you handing out this year?
This Nutella Swirled Banana Coconut Bread you guys.
This Nutella Swirled Banana Coconut Bread!
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Now back to this bread. It’s delicious. It’s moist. It’s chocolatey. It smells the best. I’m in love. Do you know how good it is? My banana hating husband (GASP) runs to the kitchen when I make it to steal the first piece. I hit his hands though. The first piece is always mine.
In my fun week of acting like a mad scientist in the kitchen (hello dried cantaloupe chips!), throwing vegetables and fruits in the food dehydrator asking the question “How will this taste dried” I had to try tomatoes. With the amount of tomatoes we were harvesting and by the amount of sauces I already have made, I was dying to do something else with them. How about dehydrated tomatoes to snack on?
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Goblin is one messy boy. Just yesterday I found him inside a plant pot, covered in soil. We have this ongoing joke in our house that Goblin is a trash man because it seems like everyday his goal is to get dirty. None of the other cats really like to get dirty, but because Goblin is the most furry and a pretty boy, he wants to get dirty. All the time.