skull sugar cubes.


i lthink these sugar cubes are pretty awesome. they’re fun and easy–and they add a little bit of spunk to your tea and/or coffee.
here are the steps i took to make mine :

i love skulls so i chose a skull shaped silicone ice cube tray – if you look on amazon they have all kinds of shapes and forms.
making the sugar cubes are pretty easy. the two things you need (besides the ice cube tray) are sugar and water.
use one cup of sugar and one tbsp of water and mix together!
scoop the sugar into the tray using as much or little sugar as desired. i usually fill mine up 1/3 of they way.
let them sit a minute and then put them onto a plate (like the top image) to really dry- about an hour or so.
be careful not to touch them because they will fall apart. the easiest way i’ve found to do this is get a big plate and then flip the tray over on top of the plate.

and viola! next time you have friends over for coffee you’re sure to have the best sugar cubes in town!

xx- adair

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savory soups from pinterest!

here are my top favourite picks from soups that i’ve tried on pinterest lately! of course with a few tweaks of my own!

number 1- thai chicken soup!

my friends- grab a pen and paper and write this recipe down! when i first pinned it on pinterest the comment on it was “so good you will eat it for every meal until its gone” uh, true story. IT’S SO GOOD. i substituted red curry for green curry (because our grocery store didn’t carry it!) and it was fantastic. -and not to mention easy to make! the second time i made it- i added extra chicken and extra red peppers and it made it perfection!

number two –chicken pesto minestrone

this soup is so easy to make and is a good soup to carry over with you into the summer. it has an easy to make pesto that makes the soup extra creamy. you top it off with rotisserie chicken, asparagus, and roma tomatoes. nothing could be better.

number three –white chicken chili

this was so good that my cheese and sour cream hating husband loved it. i think that is enough said! haha. i added extra beans to make it less soupy and more like chili. and extra bacon- of course extra bacon.

so grab your bowls and spoons and get cooking!

xo- M+A

ps- all of these can be made in a vegetarian version and would be awesome. sometimes the meat helps make the soup, but in these soups they’d be great either way!

favourite recipes from pinterest

pinterest is an awesome source for recipes and dinner ideas. but ever just want to know which ones are good ones and which ones look better in their pictures?

here are some that i’ve tried and absolutely loved. buon appetito!

for when you’re craving seafood

this is one recipe that is “wipe-the- bowl-clean” good. jamie and i eat it right out of the pan. we also just get a big loaf of fresh made bread from the grocery and use that instead of the bread she makes.

when you’re craving soup + grilled cheese

this is by far the best, quickest and easiest tomato soup out there. MY FAV. 🙂

when you’re craving chicken

it’s the barefoot contessa’s recipe. need i say more? i usually serve it with a side of broccoli/asparagus and new potatoes. yum!

when you’re craving a snack/ appetizer

this jalepeno hummus creamy with a kick!

when you are craving quick, cheap and easy italiano

this baked (yes, baked and it’s awesome) chicken parmesan is a perfect weeknight meal.

when you are craving the unconventional (by this i mean no lettuce) salad –

the classic

the newbie

when you’re craving a sandwich

a sweet treat

this pumpkin chocolate chip bread is so absolutely divine.

and my latest favourite fettuccine carbonara with fried eggs :

 

which are your favourite pinterest recipes? i need some new ones!

 

xx-  adair

sticky buns.

Sticky Buns are a gift from heaven. Ooey, gooey, sugary, cinnamon-y, (sans raisins, please!) and made of all things wonderful. They literally melt in your mouth. They also are made of everything that you aren’t supposed to eat- puff pastry, sugar, brown sugar, butter, butter, and oh, some more butter. Because of this, our family reserves these babies for the best meal of the year: Christmas Brunch. But, if we are all being honest, we would all agree that they are worth every single, sticky bite. Even our sweet Weimaraner, Willa, wanted a bite. The master, Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, has the best (and easiest) recipe for Sticky Buns.

A special thanks to Jeremy for taking the pictures while my mom and I baked.

Recipe: Daddy J’s Famous Fudge

We asked Jeremy (Mary’s husband) to do a guest post about his Christmas fudge- a Christmas tradition. Jeremy is known within our friend group for his yummy fudge. We hope that you enjoy it!

xo- Adair and Mary 

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Every family has that one thing they look forward to every Christmas…. decorating the tree together, watching Rudolph, caroling, [insert your family’s favorite here]. For me, it was my Daddy J’s famous fudge (contrary to popular belief, I am not referring to myself as “Daddy J”, that’s what we called my grandad).

Every Christmas, Daddy J would make countless batches of fudge, giving tin-fulls to family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. It was his thing. After he passed away in 2009, I wanted to make sure the tradition continued. So for the past two Christmases, I’ve taken on the duty of making (and giving away) as much fudge as possible.

Me & Daddy J (circa 1993)

Memaw - Making Fudge last Christmas

This Christmas, I wanted to share my Daddy’s Famous Fudge recipe for you to enjoy (and maybe pass along to your family for generations to come):

Daddy J’s Famous Fudge: 

Ingredients: 3 Cups Sugar .. 2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk .. 1 1/2 Sticks Parkay Margarine .. 12 oz Package of Milk Chocolate Chips** .. 7 oz Marshmallow Creme .. 1 Cup Pecan Pieces (optional).. 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Recipe: 

Combine margarine & milk in 1 gallon heavy pot. Place over low heat until margarine melts.

Add sugar & stir until mixed.

Increase Heat. Add marshmallow creme & mix well. 

Increase heat until boiling & stir constantly (or as Daddy J would always say “stir. stir. stir”). Boil for about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips** & “stir. stir. stir” until mixed.

Add Vanilla & stir again.

Add pecan pieces (optional) & stir.

Pour into 9×13 greased insulated pan. Spread evenly. Let cool. Mark lightly for later cutting. When cool finish cutting into pices.

 

**You can also use Peanut Butter Chips or White Chocolate Chips to make your own type of fudge.

One final lesson I learned from Daddy J…. You can give as much fudge away as you want, but make sure to keep at least one tin for yourself.

Ginger Snaps say Merry Christmas.

One of my most favorite holiday sweet treats are Ginger Snaps. My mom makes them every year. The smell is intoxicating and with a glass of milk (which I never drink, except with these cookies) they are amazing. Jeremy and I recently went to a Christmas party where we had a cookie exchange, so I made a batch of these to take with us. I had never been to a cookie exchange party and it is such a good idea. You get lots of yummy cookies to take home with you- so fun!

Recipe:

Combine 3/4 cup canola oil, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup molasses,  1 egg. Beat well.

Sift 2 cups of flour, then add 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp soda, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp ginger, and 1 tsp cinnamon.

Mix up all well and chill. Roll dough into balls and the roll them in a bowl of sugar so that it coats the outside. Place dough on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees at 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!

recipe: biscotti.

One of my favorite things in all the world is biscotti. It is a yummy, crunchy cookie.

I have a week spot for almonds and citrus. That is why this recipe is my absolute favorite. Your house will be engulfed in the smell of almond, lemon, and cookies. It goes perfectly with coffee or tea. Or, it’s so dang good you can eat it all by itself.

 So go ahead and bake a batch up. Put your tea kettle on, go grab those comfy sweat pants that you throw to the back of your closet, and put on a classic movie (any Harry Potter will do).  You won’t regret it.

 (photo taken via instagram)

Recipe: Scones.

For breakfast or even a snack, there is nothing better than a scone and a hot cup of coffee or tea. A few weeks ago, I tried my hand at making these sweet treats. I have to say, Jeremy and I were pretty pleased with the results.

My favorite thing about scones is that they aren’t overly sweet. Have no fear- if you do have a sweet tooth, you can always add an icing glaze or some chocolate. Yum! You can pretty much add any flavors and create your perfect scone. My scones are almond, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Sadly, I could not find the exact recipe that I used for these scones, but if you go here (this recipe is the closest to the one I made- but don’t forget to toast your almonds, it adds so much more flavor!) and here (Cranberry Orange Scones by Ina Garten- my culinary hero) you will find some yummy recipes that are exactly alike.

Instead of the glaze, I added some of the homemade jam that my mom makes every May after out trip (or several trips) to the Strawberry Patch! And then add the perfect cup of hot tea and you are set!

Enjoy,

Mary