Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentine's Edible Cookie Dough...




Oh my gosh! Who doesn't love raw cookie dough?! 

I don't think we can be true friends if you say no! Ok... Maybe that was just a bit sassy and not true, but really who doesn't love raw cookie dough?!

Edible cookie dough is sooo sweet and delicious. It's like eating the real cookie dough, minus the raw eggs so you can eat this without the worry.




Also... Think about all the endless ways you could eat this edible cookie dough!

For instance... You could put in your cupcakes, brownies, use as a frosting, use as a layer in your ice cream cakes or bars.

What about using it in your cheesecakes, or making homemade cookie dough ice cream, or just simply eating it plain by itself on a pretty spoon?! That's what I'm doing right now, while writing this post.

Sometimes it's nice being an adult. You can eat cookie dough for breakfast, lunch or dinner and no one can tell you, that it's not a good idea! Lol


 

Ingredients

1 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tablespoons milk, more if needed (I used almond milk)

3/4 cup M&M's, more if you want


Instructions

In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, cream together your butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.

Mix until fluffy and light in color, about 1 minute.

Mix in vanilla extract, salt, milk and flour. I mixed the flour in 1/2 cup at a time.

Stir in your M&M's with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Yields

Approximately 3 cups

Notes

Store the edible cookie dough in the refrigerator up to 4 weeks. Trust me... It won't last that long!

You can also keep in freezer to pull out when needed.

You can also, substitute the M&M's with other candies or sprinkles.



Hope you enjoy this edible cookie dough as much as we do!



                                                                                                

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How to Build a Perfect Cheese Board...





First of all... Who seriously doesn't love cheese?!

I have never made a cheese board before, but let me just say this.  It will now be my go~to for ANY entertaining!  Planned or last minute company.  What's so great about making a cheese board too... Is that you probably already have half the items you need to make one!

This is my idea of a dream meal!  I mean, who doesn't love a pretty board or plate full of cheeses, meats, fruits and nuts?!

The first step for a fabulous cheese board is to use a pretty wooden/marble cutting board, slate or a chalk board.  Keep your eyes open the next time you are in HomeGoods, Marshall's or TJ Maxx! They have really inexpensive ones and lots of pretty choices too.  If you use a marble cutting board, place in the refrigerator for awhile.  This will keep your items a little colder longer.

When you start assembling your board, think about your colors and how you want them place.  Depending on the size of your cutting board you want to have 3~5 cheeses in an assortment of textures & tastes.

Your soft cheeses could be...  Brie, Goat Cheese, Camambert, Mozzarella, Humboldt Fog or Saint Andre.

Your semi~soft cheeses could be...  Gouda, Stilton, Jarlsberg, Cheddar, Fontina, Havarti and Roquefort.

Your semi~hard cheeses could be...  Asiago, Cantal, Gruyere and Manchego.

Your hard cheeses could be...  Parmesan, Parmigiano~Reggiano and Pecorino Romano.  

Once you have your cheeses laid out on your cutting board, you simply just start filling in with all the other delicious items. 

Here are some ideas of what I would use... 

An assortment of gourmet crackers, bruschettini, bread sticks, pretzel crisps, salami, prosciutto, olives, pickles, candied pineapple, candied ginger, red grapes, strawberries, blackberries, figs, almonds, honey roasted pecans, pistachios, fig jam and a alouette spread. 

Then just add a pretty finishing touch with some sprigs of fresh rosemary.   

What's also great about a cheese board! You can make it ahead of time and keep in refrigerator, then pull out right before the party! They also look so fancy with hardly any work at all.

Let me know if you have any other favorites you put on your cheese boards.  I would love to hear from you!

Remember... Your friends & family are there to visit, not see you run around like a crazy women making things.

Thank you for stopping by and staying awhile...



                                                                                          

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My FarmHouse Finds On Amazon...






When I was looking on Amazon for GG Crackers.  That will be a whole other blog post, on why I want GG crackers.  I got a little sidetracked and decided to see just how much farmhouse decor Amazon had and I really couldn't believe how many cute items there were!  

So... You know I had to share this information with ya'll! I'm hoping that you can just click on the photo and it will take you right to the product. My fingers are crossed!

Ugh.. Of course clicking on the photo didn't work! I will try and figure out what I did wrong and fix the problem...

WAIT WHAT?!?! I figured out all by myself how to add a link to the photo! For those of you that know me... You know that is pretty freaking amazing! LoL




        



                  



             



If you have wanted to add a little farmhouse style to your home. These items would be the perfect start! Let me know if you end up buying any or if you find anything you want to share with me. I would love that. I'm always on the hunt for a something pretty that I just can't live without! 

 Thank you for stopping by my blog and staying awhile. I hope you enjoyed seeing these items as much as I did.



                                                                                                         

Friday, November 17, 2017

HomeMade Cashew Butter with Vanilla Bean...


I have been totally obsessed with making my own nut~butters lately. Not sure if it's because it's way cheaper than buying ready made or if it's just a fun science project.
My first attempt was with a walnut butter, but now I have to say, I like this cashew butter better. Try saying that a few times in a row! Cashew butter better cashew butter better cashew butter better... 
Ok that's enough! You get where I was going with that. Right?
Maybe the reason I like this butter better is because cashews definitely don't have that lingering after taste that the walnuts have.


This is a fast ready in minutes recipe. There are just five simple ingredients!

Ingredients

16 oz raw whole cashews, mine were from Trader Joe's
2 tbs. melted/organic coconut oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, all the seeds from inside
1 pinch of pink Himalayan salt

Instructions

In a high~powered blender (I used a commercial strength food processor) blend all ingredients to the desired texture. 
Total time for me was about 15 minutes. Stopping periodically to scrap the sides and do a little taste testing. This is where you can add more coconut oil, if your butter seems a little dry and more Himalayan salt if you think it's needed.

Yields

Approximately 12 oz or 1.5 cups




Notes

You can use roasted cashews, if you prefer. The flavor will be a bit more intense than using the raw cashews.

Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

 I actually keep ours on the kitchen island because we like that smooth creamy texture better! I'm also guilty of just eating it right off the spoon! Yum...

It will last longer in the refrigerator, but ours goes pretty quickly around here. So no need to refrigerate. 

It will stay good for one month on your counter or three months if kept in refrigerator.

Using the seeds from a vanilla bean really does give it an amazing flavor. Almost like a cookie dough  flavor! Omg yum...



Hope you will enjoy this cashew butter as much as we do!