Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Favorites Simply Recipes, The Pastry Affair, Home Bunch, Once Upon A Chocolate Life and More





Good morning! How was your week? Are you enjoying the first week of Spring? My week could not be better because my mom is visiting. We always have a great time together, baking, talking, working on projects and just enjoying one anthers company. 

I have been trying out new recipes on my mom as well.





Yesterday I made this  Carbonnade Beef and Beer Stew from Simply Recipes. It is not only easy but delicious and can be served over french fries, potatoes or noodles or just eaten plain with some vegetables. 






If you are looking for an easy sandwich for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner check out the Hot Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups using Rhodes Frozen Bread Dough that I recently made for the Rhodes Blog. They are great with a bowl of fruit for breakfast, or a salad for lunch or dinner. They are also great as appetizers for parties, picnics and weekend game days.


Image from The Pastry Affair


I cannot wait to make these Oatmeal Fudge Bars from The Pastry Affair.





But if you want something a little more decadent what not try this Oreo Fudge Baked Cheesecake.


Image Home Bunch


I love a cute beach house and the Beach Cottage featured on Home Bunch looks like the perfect place to spend summer days.

Have you seen the movie Collateral Beauty with Will Smith? I watched it last night and I really liked it.

What is the secret to happiness? I am not sure but here are 3 Habits of the Happiest People in the World

I always write "to-do lists" do you? Are you successful at ticking things off of your list? If not perhaps you want to try this list instead.

If you read a good book, watched a movie that you enjoyed or made a delicious recipe I would love to hear about.

Have a wonderful weekend!




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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Just Curious...What is on Your Spring Bucket List?


Good morning! Spring has finally arrived, at least on the calendar that is, the weather is not cooperating though. I was saddened to read that over half of the Washington D.C cherry blossoms probably won't make it because of the bad weather last week. They are a special sight to see so if you ever get the chance to be in D.C when they are blooming make an effort to take a look.




Here the daffodils are in full bloom and the trees have buds just waiting to burst. I personally am waiting to start ticking things off my bucket list. In the past I never really made bucket lists but as I get older I find myself making lists at the beginning of each season or holiday so that I can enjoy not only my old favorites but also add a few new experiences in as well.

I am curious, do you make "bucket lists" for the seasons? If so, what do you want to do, see or experience this spring?

Here are a few items from my list:

Pick berries at a local farm
Go bike riding
Make an herb garden





Decorate Eater eggs
Plant containers
See the cherry blossoms
Get a new bird feeder
Spring clean





Celebrate Grilled Cheese Month
Have a picnic on International Picnic day April 23





Make ice cream
Take a walk in the park
Pick some daffodils
Feed the ducks
Read on the porch

Aside from a few weekend jaunts and a stack of Spring recipes I do not have much else on my list. But I would enjoy hearing about what you like to do in the Spring.

I hope that you have a great day!













Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Apple Streusel Bars




Good afternoon! Happy Spring! I cannot believe it tis the first day of Spring when yesterday we had a freak snowfall for about 10 minutes. Today it is bright and sunny although it is a little cold. 




Did you have a good weekend? Mine was busy. We are remodeling two bathrooms and we spent the day picking fixtures, lights, sinks, tile, etc. We are also having 4 rooms painted so we spent what seemed like days picking out colors. 





I also made a few treats because my mom is coming for Spring Break! I cannot wait. One of the things I made are these easy and delicious Apple Streusel Bars. If you like apple pie that you will love these bars, they have a shortbread type crust and are spicy, sweet and nutty. 


Apple Streusel Bars

For the Crust

21/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter cut into pieces

Filling

5 cups of apples peeled and diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup of light brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 8 teaspoons ground nutmeg

Topping

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the over to 375. Line a  9 x 13" baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving some excess on the sides for easy removal from the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray or lightly butter.

Crust: 

 In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar and salt, stir to combine. Then using two knives, a pasty blender or a fork, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture looks like damp sand. Set aside 11/4 cups of this mixture. Press the remaining mixture into the pan and bake for 10 minutes. 

Filling:

Add apples and lemon juice to a large bowl stir to coat the apples, then add the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, stir again to combine. Pour the filling into the warm crust and spread in an even layer. 

Topping:

Add the brown sugar, oats and nuts to the reserved 11/4 cups flour mixture. Stir to combine then sprinkle the mixture over the filling. Bake for 30 minutes. 

Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan using the foil overhang and cut into squares. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. 


Sources: White Elephant Porcelain Teapot


Have a beautiful first day of Spring!



Source: Elephant Teapot//Cups with Stars are vintage Similar Cups//Demitasse Spoons are vintage Similar Spoons//Tray//Napkins



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Friday Favorites from Sprinkles Bakes, Etsy, From the House of Edward, Between Naps on the Porch and Mroe


Happy St.Patrick's day and a happy Friday to you. I am sure that many of you who have been in the path of the snow storm are ready for the weekend. I know that I am. It has been a crazy week here between work, all of the workers coming and going and the freezing cold weather I want to stay in and do nothing.  OK, not nothing but nothing important. 



Image Sprinkles Bakes



I will be making these Bacon Smoked Beer Bread Muffins from Sprinkles Bakes this afternoon to accompany the Bangers & Mash my husband wants to eat for dinner. 






If you would like a little tasty treat that you can pour on ice cream, cake, cookies or just eat out of the jar try this scrumptious Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce


If you need a few more recipe for St. Patrick's day check out the 24 Essential St.Patrick's Day recipes for Your Celebration from The Kitchn.


David Leibovitz Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies


David Lebovitz is one of my favorite chefs, cookbook authors and bloggers and I love learning new recipes form him. I think these Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies would be a tasty treat for this weekend. 



Peacock & Wild Poppies  Art from Etsy


I discovered this beautiful peacock painting on Etsy and more from this fabulous artist. 

Pamela at From the House of Edward wrote a great post with her Spring Reading List and if you are looking for something to read to get you through the strange weather this list has some fabulous book. 

Are you a fan of decorating books? Than this post and list by Between Naps on the Porch is something that you need to read for all the latest and greatest in decor. 

Did you see the movie Manchester by the Sea? What did you think?

Did you read, bake, make or see anything interesting this week? If so please share I love learning about new things. 

Have a great weekend. Be safe in the next storm and if you go out to celebrate St. Patrick's day. 



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bunnies Galore from Pier 1


Good morning! Have you cleared out from the snow? As I said we did not get any snow but it has been below freezing and we are having gale force winds, making it a wee bit chilly. It is hard to believe that just last week I was sitting outside in shorts and a t-shirt enjoying a 76 degree day. Spring by the way is mere days away.


Image Pier 1

I was a my local Pier 1 recently and for those of you who are looking for a few bunnies for your Easter decor they have the cutest natural bunnies and wreaths.






Stay warm, I personally will be staying inside working until it reaches at least 42, and have a great day. Its almost the weekend. 


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Just Curious...Do You Celebrate St. Patrick's Day?


Good morning! Did you survive the storm? Hopefully everyone that lost their power has it back by now. We had a lot of rain and gale force winds other than that it was fine.





Friday is St.Patrick's Day and I am curious do you celebrate the day? Or do you believe that only the Irish should celebrate?  If you do celebrate, did you go to any of the parades?  I have read that in Ireland it is a religious holiday and is spent celebrating St. Patrick and I do not mean at a bar. For those of you "in the know" please let me know.


Corned Beef Grilled Cheese from Spicy Southern Kitchen


I do not like corned beef and cabbage, I will eat a Rueben sandwich but I am not sure that it actually an Irish meal.


Bangers and Mash from the Self Proclaimed Foodie


I will be having Bangers and Mash. I could do without the bangers and just have a big bowl of mashed potatoes and stout onion gravy because creamy, butter laden mashed potatoes smothered in gravy are one of my favorite savory meals.


What about you? Do you celebrate with a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage? Or do you make and eat something else? Will you be downing a pint or two of Guinness? I read that 5.5 million pints of Guinness are consumed a day, on St.Patrick's day that number DOUBLES! That is a lot of beer. 


Nigella Lawson Stout Cake

If you don't want to waste your calories on savory food and beer than you could make Nigella Lawsons' Stout Cake, it is fudgy, moist and delicious.


Guinness Stout Brownie's


If you don't feel like making a cake than I highly recommend these Guinness Stout Brownies, they are fabulous. 


Bailey's Hot Chocolate


Perhaps you want something a little "lighter"?" Than definitely try the Bailey's Hot Chocolate, especially if you are still having cold and snowy weather.


Thank you for sharing your St.Patrick's day recipes. I hope that you have a fabulous day.



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