Thursday, February 25, 2016

Recipe Share: Snickerdoodles

These cookies were a spur of the moment decision, and boy, was I happy when I tasted them. I always turn to my friend Elizabeth's blog when I want to bake (or cook). She has wonderful recipes for cookies and cakes, and all sorts of yummy things. 
Here's the recipe from her blog:


1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Rolling Mixture:
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 

Cream butter and sugar together until light-colored. Add eggs, one at a time, until fluffy and then add vanilla. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Mix dry ingredients into butter mixture. Chill dough, as well as an ungreased cookie sheet, for about 15 minutes in the fridge.

Meanwhile, mix the rolling mixture ingredients in a small, shallow bowl. Scoop 1 inch globs of cookie dough and rolling into balls. Gently coat the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place on chilled, ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentines 2016.

Cohen is currently obsessed with Star Wars... so these were perfect for him. He taped an Airhead candy to the back of each one.
Printable was found on Pinterest. Here's the link:
 Ren just said he wanted to do gummy worms... so we found this adorable jar printable online. It says "Valentine, You make my heart warm and fuzzy." Adorable. Printable is found here:
 Avery loves all things princess-y and well, ring pops were perfect for her. We found this adorable printable online for her and her cute preschool friends. Printable here. (It looks like you have to click on her link on her web page and it directs you to her facebook page where you can print it out.)
Here's to a sweet, fun, happy Valentine's Day!!

Recipe Share: Crispy Halibut with Homemade Tartar Sauce and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Yep, you know it. It's another Kelsey Nixon recipe I made and loved. I watch her show as much as I can these days, and I always want to try what she's making. I can't keep up! This dinner was a feat on many levels, as it was the first time I'd ever made halibut, the first time I'd ever made homemade tartar sauce, and the first time I've truly enjoyed eating fish! Win, win, win!
Here's the printable for the halibut and tartar sauce recipe:

Kelsey's custom seafood blend:
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
    Tartar Sauce:
    1 cup mayonnaise
    1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, minced
    1/4 cup minced dill pickles
    2 Tbsp. capers, drained and minced
    1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
    1 small shallot, minced
    juice from 1 lemon, plus zest from 1/2 lemon
      Four 6 oz. halibut fillets 
      1/2 cup all purpose flour
      2 large eggs
      1 cup panko breadcrumbs
      3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
      1 lemon cut into wedges

      For Kelsey's custom seafood and fish blend: Combine the paprika, celery salt, mustard and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine. Makes: 2 1/2 teaspoons

      For the tartar sauce: Combine the mayonnaise, parsley, pickles, capers, Dijon, shallot, lemon juice and zest and 1 teaspoon Kelsey's custom seafood and fish blend in a bowl and mix to combine.

      Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

      Thoroughly dry the fish fillets on both sides and season generously with 3/4 teaspoon Kelsey's custom seafood and fish blend. Place the flour, eggs and panko in 3 separate shallow dishes. Season each of those with 1/2 teaspoon of the seafood seasoning blend as well. Working with one fillet at a time, gently dredge the presentation side of the fish in the flour, followed by the egg and panko.

      In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the oil over low heat. Carefully add the fish, panko-side down, and cook until the breading is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using a fish spatula, flip the fish. Carefully transfer the skillet to the oven to finish cooking the fish, about 4 minutes. Serve with the lemon wedges and tartar sauce. 

      Roasted Fingerling Potatoes:
      2 lbs. fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
      1/4 cup olive oil
      kosher salt
      freshly cracked black pepper
      zest and juice from 1/2 lemon
      1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

      Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

      Toss the potatoes in a large mixing bowl with the olive oil to fully coat. Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and add the potatoes in an even layer. Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Reserve the mixing bowl.

      Roast the potatoes until golden brown and crispy, about 25 minutes. Return the roasted potatoes to the mixing bowl. Toss with the lemon zest, juice and parsley. Serve warm. 

      I served this with steamed broccoli that I put lemon zest on as well. Lemon zest is the best. Really, sprinkle it on any vegetable, and you'll be happy. 

      I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! And for a girl who hardly eats fish, you know it must be good!

      Wednesday, February 3, 2016

      Valentine's Gift for friends.

      I saw these adorable mini pink mailboxes in Target's Dollar Section and had to grab 'em today. I decided to fill them with some treats and my favorite quote about love and give them to some friends.
       "God does not look on the outward appearance. I believe He does not care on bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely. He loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God not because of our resume but because we are His children. he loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God's love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked. What this means is that, regardless of our current state, there is hope for us. No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us. Since "God is love," the closer we approach Him, the more profoundly we experience love." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

      I rolled up this quote and tied it with twine. Put all the goodness in the mailbox and dropped them off at my friends' homes.
      I love this time of year, and I love sharing my love with others. Happy Valentine's Day!