Sunday, June 27, 2010

Peppermint patties: only 3 ingredients!!!

Ok, for anyone who is not eating gluten dairy or sugar, or for anyone who just wants a delicious and healthy peppermint pattie, I have the solution. Here is a recipe for peppermint patties that only contain 3 things: unsweetened bakers chocolate, raw honey and peppermint oil. This little recipe will change your life!!

To make 10

3 squares of unsweetened bakers chocolate
1/2 cup of raw honey (make sure it is the solid kind or you can use spun honey)
peppermint oil to taste (use a peppermint oil that is mixed with a carrier oil)
10 cupcake liners (you can also use the really small ones to make lots of little patties)

Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a pan. spread a thin layer of the chocolate on the bottom and 1/4 of the way up the sides of the cupcake liner (it may take some practice to get it perfect). Stick the liners with the chocolate shell in the fridge. Mix together the honey and the peppermint oil. Put a scoop of the honey mixture in each shell and spread it so that the whole bottom is covered in a thick layer. Lastly, cover the top of them with a very thin layer of melted chocolate. Put back in the fridge until the chocolate is hardened. Enjoy!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Old photographs

Yesterday my parents and I sorted through old family photographs. We found some that dated back to the late 1800's! I love looking at old pictures and learning about my family history. Here are some of my favorite pictures I came across.

Here are my grandparents sitting in from of their brand new TV.
It was the first one on the block! So crazy.

Here is my great grandma holding my grandma at six months old.
I think my great grandma was gorgeous!

Here is another picture of my great grandma. She is the one in the
middle. I just love those swimsuits!

This is my crazy great uncle Alex. I never met him, but I can
imagine that he was just a little bit crazy.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Passage to India

My best friend is flying to India today! I am so stinkin' excited for her! I'm sure she will find lots of beautiful things over there. Here are some pretty Indian inspired trinkets I found on etsy today.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Crustless Quiche

Ok, seriously, this is pretty much the easiest thing in the world to make! I call this quiche the garbage grinder because once I have the egg base made I just add whatever I can find in the fridge.

The base of this quiche is just 4 eggs and 1 cup of rice milk. After the eggs and milk are mixed together, you can add whatever you want!

For this one I used:
bell peppers
sliced turkey meat cut into pieces

Mix all of the chopped veggies, meat and seasonings in with the egg mixture. Oil a large pie tin. Pour the mixture into the pie tin and bake at 350° for 45 minutes to one hour.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


These gorgeous cards are made by a company called Papaya that is located here in town!. I just think they are amazing, and I pretty much want every single one. They also have beautiful journals and gifts.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wraps three ways

When it comes to wraps there are endless possibilities. Today I was inspired to try three different kinds using three of the foods I have been itching to make: sun-dried tomato pesto, chipotle avocado cole slaw and pine nut rosemary spread. using these three things i created three very unique and delicious wraps.

First I made the pesto.....

Spinach and sun-dried tomato pesto

Ingredients :
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1 cup spinach leaves
1 cup fresh basil leaves
4 T olive oil
1/4 cup walnuts
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup grated parmesan (I used a rice cheese substitute and it still tasted great!)
salt to taste

Make 1 and 1/2 cups

put everything except the sun-dried tomatoes in a food processor and pulse till smooth. Then mix in the tomatoes.

For the wrap: For this wrap I used a bit of mayonnaise, sliced turkey. salami, pancetta, sliced bell peppers, pesto and some spinach leaves.

Then I made the cole slaw....

Chipotle avocado cole slaw

1/4 large hass avocado
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 chipotle pepper (from a can)
1 and 1/2 T vinegar
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 T agave
1 carrot shredded
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup shredded onion
8 oz bag of shredded cabbage

Directions: In a bowl combine the cabbage, carrots, onion and cilantro. In a food processor add the avocado. mayonnaise, chipotle, vinegar, agave and cumin. Pulse until the avocado is completely mixed in with everything else. Add the dressing to the cabbage mixture till it is all covered (you may or may not want to use all of the dressing).

For the wrap: For this wrap I used sliced turkey, sliced avocado, onions and lots of the cole slaw. I also added extra cilantro to my wrap.

Finally I made the pine nut rosemary spread....

Rosemary and thyme pine nut spread

1 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup walnuts
1 T tahini
1 T vinegar
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
1 clove garlic
3-4 T water
1 T olive oil
salt to taste

Directions: combine everything in a food processor. Keep the processor going till you get a smooth paste (a minute or two).

For the wrap: For this wrap I used turkey and salami, a thick layer of the spread, spinach, onions and bell peppers. This one is my personal favorite!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pretty Little Things...

These pictures make me excited for summer. Tea parties outside, riding bikes, camping, picking berries, sleeping in, and wearing dresses. I think I might love everything about summer...

Photos via Alice B. Gardens