Holy Guacamole!

Friday, August 26, 2011

I pretty much love any kind of dip. Especially mexican inspired. I have to hit up the farmer's market this weekend to get some great tomatoes and jalapeños to can my own salsa but since I have no patience, I had to whip up some guacamole!


2 avacados, halved, pitted and scooped
Juice of two limes
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 teaspoon diced garlic
a palm full of fresh diced cilantro

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mash together with a fork. I like mine pretty chunky.

This recipe is simple and tasted great. I also like to put a bit of salt and pepper in the guacamole and some people like to add some diced tomatoes. It's soooo goooood!

This lasted a half hour. Now I'm focused on how much veggies a single person can carry through a farmer's market without falling over. I might have to enlist my BF to help carry some tomatoes!!

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Friday, August 19, 2011

I found this recipe on a couple different sites and it seemed like such a cool looking alternative to a cinnamon roll. If this doesn't make you hungry for breakfast I don't know what will! 


2 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces butter
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
2 ounces butter, melted

1. Whisk together flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Set aside. 

2. Whisk together the eggs and set aside. 

3. In a sauce pan, melt together the milk and butter. Remove from heat and stir in the water and vanilla extract. 

4. Pour the milk mix into the dry ingredients. Mix. Then add the eggs and stir. Mix until the dough comes together. It should be sticky. 

5. In a greased bowl, set the dough and cover with plastic wrap. Leave for about one hour. 

6. Remove the dough and let rest for half an hour. 

7. Meanwhile, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and melt your butter for the filling. 

8. Here is where it gets fun. Roll out the dough 20"x12". Or close to. 

9. Brush the dough with the melted butter then sprinkle all the sugar mix over the dough. It seems like a lot but do it anyway. Trust me.

10. Slice the dough into 6 strips 12 inches long. If you're looking at the picture above, it was six strips cut from bottom to top with a pizza cutter. Stack the slices.

11. Cut the dough into six pieces again.

12. Stack the dough squares on top of each other and place in a bread pan.

13. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until the top starts to brown.

This was a fun recipe to make and even more fun to eat. You peel the pieces apart from the end and in between each layer is lots of sugar and cinnamon stuck to the soft inside of the dough.



Sunday, August 14, 2011

I love decorating cakes. And I love when people ask me to decorate cakes. I've only taken one class on cakes and a few on other desserts (cookies, chocolates and cupcakes! Oh my!) so I don't feel SUPER confident with cakes but I definitely feel better with each cake. 

This one is a wedding cake I made for a family friend. White cake (did you know you can't use yolks in the cake batter to get a cake super white?) with white frosting and purple scrolling. She topped it with flowers from the bouquets. Pretty!

This one was for a birthday at a baby shower so the colors matched the baby shower theme. Green and brown was a little odd... all I could think of was branches... but scrolling is always pretty lol. It's a safe go to.

And I threw this one in for good measure. I made it for my grandma's birthday. It's the cupcake pan decorated as a flower covered cupcake. I made the purple flowers out of royal icing a few days before. 

Too cute right?

Southwestern Chipotle Pasta

Monday, August 8, 2011

Long time no blog!! Just got back from vacation and I think I need another few days off!!

We sat by the camp fire...

Ate a few too many s'mores...

Grilled up some awesome kabobs...

Ate too much... 

 We stayed in a really cute cottage my mom rented... the pantry was the cutest thing ever...

We even brought the dogs!

Now onto the food...

We stopped in at a shop called Nobel which had some great flavored pastas, nuts and sauces. My kind of place. I took my BF back and we picked out some pasta to take home and try since he is the self proclaimed pasta master. :)

This was the haul of veggies I came back to when we stopped at my mom's to drop off some of the vaca supplies...

So we decided to make the pasta we had bought!


2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 can black beans
1 diced jalapeño, seeds removed
diced red onions
1 cup frozen corn
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts diced
Olive Oil
Taco seasoning

1. In a skillet, sauté the chicken and olive oil.

2. Once the chicken starts to brown, put on a pot of water and cook your pasta.

3. Add all your veggies to your chicken and finish cooking the chicken through. Add in a sprinkle of taco seasoning if desired.

4. Top your drained pasta with the chicken mix and yummy!

The pasta itself was spicy and the topping went with it wonderfully. Sort of. My BF thinks the tomatoes didn't fit but I loved them because they are a hint of sweet plus, the juices really make the sauce. We agreed to disagree and finished it all. :)


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