Monday, October 20, 2014

Crispy Edamame

I could not stop snacking on this crispy, salty and sweet snack.


One of our favorite snacks is a bowl full of edamame, it's something healthy that I know I can serve as an appetizer or side dish and both my kids will gobble it up.   I wanted to do something different for them and change up this dish for them a little bit using another one of their favorite ingredients, cheese.

This Edamame gets a quick toss in some olive oil, salt, pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese before heading into the oven.  The result is a sweet (from the edamame itself) salty and crispy upgrade to a delicious vegetable.


I do admit, I made this with the kids in mind but I was the one who ate most of it.  I snacked on it the next day and added it to my lunch as well.  Fortunately, I was able to make it stretch all the way to dinner the next day so my kids were to enjoy it again.



recipe from allrecipes
Ingredients:
1 (12 ounce) package of frozen shelled edamame (thawed)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Toss all the ingredients in a bowl and then spread out on to a sheet pan.
Bake until the cheese is crispy and golden, about 10-15 minutes.

Other fun vegetable recipes:
Zucchini Chips


Green Pea Hummus


Caramelized Butternut Squash


Last year at this time I made these awesome pumpkins.

Two years ago I made Slow Cooker Peking Chicken.

Three years ago I made Pumpkin Pie Smoothies.

Four years ago I made Vegetable Soup.

Linking up to these happening parties!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

What I Pinned This Week + Other Stuff

It's Saturday - time to share some of my recent "Pins" with you. These are recipes I want to try or projects that have inspired me. I have also thrown in a few things that made me laugh or caught my attention this week.

First off, I just want you guys to please take a minute and check out my new adventure, I have become a Wildtree rep because I believe in their products (all natural and certified organic) and I'm psyched to help people with some kitchen prep with our freezer workshops. Here's my link and my FB page.  Stop by and say Hi!




Our Freezer Meal Workshops are the best!






















Ooh I bet this is such a delicious snack - and I think I may need to buy a dehydrator.

And after that healthy snack I can indulge in this deliciousness.

You deserve a cookie.

Of course, I have to have an oats pin.  This one is special though - its savory.

Cheers!

It's soup weather.

I am trying to decide on a special dessert for Thanksgiving - this maybe?

Political Facebook Friend

Do you have those friends - I do.


fun

Cute - right?

And this weeks kitchen love.

And a bathroom from the same house.

Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to stop by the Friday Food Frenzy and link up!  The Frenzy gives you a chance to showcase your recipes and crafts on 4 different blogs!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?


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Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


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Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!

Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!
Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.  

Our first featured link from last weeks party is perfect for fall.  Maybe you headed to the apple orchards recently, and want to make this Homemade Apple Crisp from Lou Lou Girls. 

  
Some of my favorite ingredients, Nutella Pumpkin Muffins are sure to be a hit for everyone.  Thank you Saving with Shellie for this recipe. 
 

 Bring out the slow cooker for this fall comfort food.  The Seasoned Homemaker shares her Slow Cooker Paleo Pot Roast. 




My personal favorite, Roasted Southwest Pumpkin Stew from Miz Helen's Country Cottage. 



Here is what I made this week: Pumpkin Basil Brown Butter Quick Bread.




  Everything looked amazing, thanks again for linking up your Recipe and Craft posts! Party Time!


   

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

SRC - Pumpkin Basil Brown Butter Quick Bread

I love this flavor combo!  The earthiness of the basil combined with the nuttiness from the browned butter in a delicious pumpkin bread.


Its time for Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that most of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!

This month my assignment was Little Bit of Everything.  Julie mentions her very large collection of  cookbooks and recipe clippings and how she is trying to cook her way through them - me too!!  I don't have quite as many cookbooks but I have a lot and I cant stop adding to my collection. The recipe I chose was the first one that caught my eye.  This pumpkin bread is the perfect fall bread and I was ready for some fall cooking.  That being said, I also pinned Julie's Penne with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese (again perfect for fall) and I will be making it very soon.

The original recipe for this bread is actually for a Pumpkin Sage Brown Butter Quick Bread which sounds amazing!  But when Hubby went to the store he forgot the sage.  Instead of running back to get it, I decided to use the basil we have in the back yard.  It worked!  I had one more change from the original recipe, the recipe is for the most adorable mini loaves, but I don't have any mini loaf pans so I went with one large delicious loaf.




Let's break it down shall we?  

I browned a stick and a half of butter....'nuff said.

I browned this butter with the basil in it infusing it with a ton of flavor in the process....and the smell was fantastic too.

Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and just the right amount of salt....this is what fall's all about.

recipe adapted from Little Bit of Everything.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into thin strips, plus more, whole, for garnish
1 2/3 cups AP flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup solid-pack pumpkin 
1 cup light-brown sugar
2 large eggs


Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a loaf pan.
Melt the butter over medium low heat and add the basil.  Allow this to cook down until the butter turns a golden brown color and has a nutty aroma about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
While the butter is cooling, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
In another bowl combine the pumpkin, sugar and eggs.  Add the browned butter mixture to this. Make sure the mixture is cool, if not be sure to temper so as not to cook the eggs.
Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and thoroughly combine.
Pour into the prepared loaf pan and cook for about 45 minutes.  Be sure to test with a toothpick to make sure it is cooked through.
Cool on a wire rack and garnish with basil before serving.





   

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?


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Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


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Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!

Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!
Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.  

Featured Links from last week

Our first featured link from last weeks party is this Halloween Recipe for easy Candy Corn Cookies from 365 Days of Crafts.  



Dear Creatives shares her recipe for the most perfect moist roasted chicken.  

  

 The most clicked on link from last week is sure to be a new favorite fall comfort food recipe, New Southern Charm is sharing her Rotel Chicken Pasta. 

Rotel chicken pasta     
My personal favorite, From Ten at the Table, these Southern Beignets look amazing!

How to make Southern Beignets

Here is what I made this week: Challah in the Bread Machine



What did you make?

Everything looked amazing, thanks again for linking up your Recipe and Craft posts! Party Time! 



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   


Nothing Bundt Cakes - Order Yours Today

Did you know that Nothing Bundt Cakes delivers?  Did you also know that if you don't live near a store you can order your delicious cake in the mail?


I received an e-mail asking me if I wanted to try a cake - um yeah!!  

A Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake - I said yeah!  

Delivered in the cutest car ever - that's another story though....but yeah!!


In the Nashville area, we have two great Nothing Bundt Cakes locations:


21 White Bridge Rd.
Suite 111B
NashvilleTN 37205

 and

535 Cool Springs Blvd.
Suite 110
FranklinTN 37067

To give you an idea of they have to offer you can checkout their amazing creations here.
Here is the description of the decadent chocolate chocolate chip cake I tried.

CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHIP
Chocolate bliss. This incredibly moist, decadent chocolate cake is packed with chocolate chips and rich, home-baked flavor that’s certain to earn sighs of delight.

Nothing Bundt Cakes offers 10 flavors in 4 different sizes. These make perfect treats or gifts. Remember you can order online.  Here is what you get when your cake shows up at your door.


and then you open it....


and then you unwrap it...


ooh - did I mention the frosting!!! 


This stuff is amazing!!  This signature frosting is made with cream cheese, real butter,  and proprietary vanilla.

Here is what these cakes look like after you properly frost them following the directions on the bottle.


Stunning right?  I didn't do that though.  In the spirit of my blog and getting my kids creative in the kitchen - I gave them a slice of cake and a bottle of frosting and let them create.


I think Little Man's creation is awesome!

Have you tried or heard of Nothing Bundt Cakes?  What flavor sounds good to you?

*I was provided with product to try.  all opinions are 100% my own.
T


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bread Machine Challah (A Recipe Remake)

This is my favorite bread!  I have always loved Challah but for some reason, I could never get it to turn out perfect.  Until now - these loaves were pretty darn close to perfect.


This is a recipe remake, I posted Bread Machine Challah a while back and if you take a look at the picture, you will see it could use a little work.  The flavor was very much there but in a denser form.  I really wanted to perfect this bread.

You know what else I want to do?  Show people it's not that hard to make bread (especially when the bread machine will run the dough cycle for you.)  When my mom was here (not a baker by any means,) we made French Bread.  She repeatedly told me she couldn't make it so I showed her she could.  Aside from the fact that she added the yeast at the wrong time, she did great and was proud of herself.

Then my teenage niece came to visit and she insists she can't make anything. So, I pulled up my blog and went to the recipe index and told her to pick out a bread to make.  She chose Challah.  We made two of the best loaves that have ever come out of that bread machine. She was also so proud of herself.  I haven't made Challah again - I think I will just wait until she come backs for a visit. I think she has the magic touch.

Do you have a favorite bread machine recipe?  Or just bread recipe?


recipe adapted from allrecipes.com
Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs, room temperature
5 cups bread or all purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
For Egg Wash
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon water

Directions:
Place water, sugar, honey, vegetable oil, salt,  eggs, flour and yeast in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough cycle and press Start. Check the dough a few minutes after it starts, if its too sticky add a little more flour.               
After the machine is done, take the dough out, and place it on a very lightly floured board, punch the dough down, and let rest for 5 minutes.
Divide the dough in half. Then divide into 3 equal pieces, roll into ropes about 12 to 14 inches, and braid into a loaf. Do the same with the other half.  Put the loaves on a greased cookie sheet, cover and let rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours in a warm, draft free place, until doubles in size.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, beat together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water.
Brush risen loaves with egg mixture. Bake in preheated oven for about  25 minutes. If it begins to brown too soon, cover with foil.        

*after you brush with egg, you can add poppy seeds or sesame seeds (optional) 

Other bread machine recipes you may like:



Last year at this time I made Homemade Slime/Goop

Two years ago I made Cajun Kielbasa

Three years ago I made Savory Oatmeal

Four years ago I made Chicken Paprikash

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