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Easy & Healthy Homemade Granola

This is the busiest time of year for me in my real job.  In all the craziness that is the weeks leading up to the National Stationery Show, I feel like I barely get out the door in the morning, let alone grabbing a Greek yogurt (my fave!) from the fridge.  This weekend, I took a step back and prepared some food for the week… Healthy lunches, bags of vegetables for snacks and homemade granola to top that yogurt for breakfast.  Give it a go – it just might give you that boost that I find myself needing in the morning!

Homemade Maple Granola

1/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup maple syrup
2 tsp almond extract
4 cups oatmeal (not the quick stuff… you want the old fashioned oats!)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cherries Continue reading

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Guess Whoo I am for Halloween!

Owl_CostumeI love owls! I’ve actually wanted to be an owl for Halloween since I was a Chi Omega in college and finally got around to sewing a costume, so nicely modeled by Haute Papier‘s very own Kate here!  Since it’s Make-It Monday, click below for the how to! Continue reading

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Not-Your-College-Jello-Shot

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I’m obsessed with the newest thing in the cocktail industry – homemade “jello shots” !!!!  Yes, similar to those ones you had in college, but not disgusting!  While on vacation, I took the opportunity to whip up a bunch of different versions, including these grapefruit margarita ones – give them a whirl – I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cup grapefruit soda (I used Izzy’s sparkling juice)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tsp sugar
2 envelopes Knox gelatin
2/3 cup tequila
Fresh grapefruit segments for garnish, if desired

Instructions:

Pour soda, lime juice and sugar into a small saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat over very low heat until gelatin is dissolved, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes.

Mixture may be foamy initially, but this will disapate. Remove from heat.

Stir in the tequila. Pour mixture into loaf pan.

Place in refrigerator to set (several hours or overnight).

To serve, cut into desired shapes.  Garnish each jelly shot with a small grapefruit segment, if desired.  CHEERS!

Makes 18 to 24 grapefruit margarita shots!

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Naturally Sweet

I’m loving this ADORABLE idea from one of my absolute favorite blogs – Twig & Thistle.  It’s the perfect Valentine – creative, lovey-dovey and well… sweet!  Click here for more ideas and FREE downloadable templates so you can recreate these Valentine’s at home!

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Caesar Salad Dressing

A good Caesar is by far my favorite salad to whip up when friends are coming by for dinner. Everyone loves the homemade dressing!  The secret is easy – anchovies. (I always keep a little glass jar of them in the fridge.) These little suckers are the key to a full-flavored Caesar Salad Dressing!

Caesar Salad Dressing
(makes 3/4 cup)

4 cloves garlic
4 egg yolks
Juice from half a lemon
1 tbsp parmesan cheese
4 anchovies
1/3 cup olive oil
sea salt
fresh ground pepper

In a glass bowl mix garlic, egg yolks, lemon juice, parmesan cheese and anchovies. Using an immersion blender, beat until all ingredients are combined and mixture is almost smooth. In a slow stream, add the olive oil while still beating with the blender. It is necessary to add the oil slowly so the mixture emulsifies. Once the dressing has a thick consistency, season with salt and pepper.

Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Boursin

This is one of my go to appetizers.  It’s easy to whip up (everything goes in the food processor) and keeps for about a week in the refrigerator.


Homemade Boursin
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup fresh dill
1/4 cup fresh chives
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 tbsp vegetable oil

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the garlic, herbs and zest until all finely minced. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Keep in refrigerator and bring to room temperature for serving.

Enjoy!

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Hockley’s Eggnog

Deliciously thick and creamy homemade eggnog becomes a food group for my darling husband during the holiday season. This recipe is the one that he makes over and over in double-batches just to make sure we always have enough.

Homemade Eggnog
makes one gallon

5 egg yolks
5 egg whites
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups bourbon
3/4 cups cognac
3/4 cups dark rum
1 quart milk
1/4 tsp salt
1 pint heavy cream
pinch of nutmeg
splash of vanilla extract

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