arnie palmie

It’s been so beautiful outside and makes me think ice cold bevvies!!! One of our favorites is Arnold Palmers, named after the famous golfer.  It is blend of equal parts lemonade and iced tea. In the southern USA they call it sweet tea. Here is the simple recipe without alcohol in it. On Pinterest, I noticed that bourbon is often added to the recipe. Spiked or Tipsy Arnold Palmers.

Lemonade:

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice (about 8 lemons)

  • 5 cups cold water

  • Take one cup of sugar and one cup of water and boil, stirring occasionally, cooking until sugar is dissolved to make simple syrup. Remove from heat.
    Pour lemon juice into a 2-quart or larger pitcher. Add cold water.

Iced Tea:

  • 5 tea bags (I used English Breakfast)
  • 5 cups of boiling water

 

Let steep for 4-6 minutes. Pull out tea bags and there we go!

 

Mix, chill and add some bourbon for you adventurous ones out there!

Enjoy!

xo amy

quinoa goodness

I am a big fan of the super grain quinoa. I was introduced to it a few years ago in a salad at Planet Organic. There’s still lots of buzz about its versatility and benefits. I use it instead of rice with stir fries, in soups and usually in salads. Quinoa salad is so awesome to prepare ahead of time and have on hand.  Sometimes its even better when it sits a couple days. For example I made this recipe on Sunday and have had it for lunch since then. My basic recipe I used Quinoa, cranberries,  sliced almonds, salt & pepper, green onions and peppers. I was really ready for a change. I found this little gem of a recipe on Pinterest (of course) and have really enjoyed the version!

Here’s the jist of it!

I prepared 1 cup of uncooked quinoa the day before.

Chop! Chop! Chop!

Mix! Mix! Mix!

This is my lunch. I added a bit of avocado and pea shoots today!

If you have never made this, make IT!!!! It’s so easy and tasty. I have a few friends who are self proclaimed “dummy” in the kitchen. Anyone can make this. Its’ sooooo simple and delicious.

xo amy

Revolutionary Mac & Cheese?!?

Last night before leaving work, I had no idea what to make for dinner. I was actually craving some comfort food, in particular, Mac & Cheese. I looked on my Pinterest board “get in my belly”, and to my surprise I had saved 3 versions. I guess it’s been too long since my old KD days. “Revolutionary Mac & Cheese” intrigued me the most. No water, you actually boil the noodles in skim milk. I have never done this before, or even heard of it. I was very wary about this one turning out. Here’s how I made it.

Boiling pasta in skim milk!?!?!?

Adding la fromage.It got really sticky and gooey, not in a good way. I added more milk.

What do you think!?

Now would I say this recipe was a winner? No. My husband said it taste like condensed milk. Blech! I found it bland even with extra Dijon and S&P. Maybe it’s because I used whole wheat macaroni. I think I’ll try one of my other recipes from my Pinboard before I try this one ever again.

We did need a vegetable to go with our carbs and dairy. I made “the best broccoli of your life” Now was it? Yep it was pretty dang good. I love roasted vegetables and garlic.I forgot to add the Parmesan petals that i finished it with.

Finished product.

I don’t think I needed a recipe or link for this one, as I have done this style of recipe often. (lemon juice, s&p, garlic…kind of my go to) It did add some much needed flavor to the “Revolutionary Mac & Cheese”.

the perfect soft chocolate chip cookie

I have always struggled with baking. Not my forte. Exact measurements and following instructions is not my favorite thing to work with and that’s what baking basically is.  I finally found a recipe that worked for me! (on Pinterest)

The perfect soft chocolate chip cookie.

This is a keeper!!!!

Super easy I whipped up in 20mins or so. This recipe made about 24 cookies.

I learned a few things in regards to successful baking with this recipe.

No need to over mix!!!

It’s OK for the batter to be ooey-gooey sticky

Do NOT over bake!!!!

Great success!!!

My husband and my brother-in-law mentioned they tasted like their grandma’s cookies! Now that’s compliment! Keep this recipe and try it!

pain dore

I’m sitting in Kelowna on a beautiful sunny, yet snowy Sunday. Mom and I are wondering what’s for breakfast… First thing that comes to mind…Pinterest!

We quickly stumbled on a recipe for simple French toast using Silk soy milk. Vanilla soy milk actually, which my mom normally has on hand.

Here it is. Nice and simple french toast with Okanagan berries. My mother always freezes local berries when in seasons.

Moe’s Tip of the day. When freezing berries, lay them out on cookie sheets,  than freeze. After frozen transfer to bags whole before bagging. Eliminates messy clumped up berries.

Now here’s Mom & I’s version. I actually took pictures, watched and ate  it. She did the cooking, which is always a good choice.

2 eggs
2/3 cup Silk Vanilla, Light Vanilla, Original, Light Original, DHA Omega-3 & Calcium or Heart Health
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
6 thick slices day-old French bread (We used Winnipeg Rye bread, best when a day or two old.)
canola cooking spray

Mom said she would’ve used more egg as it was slightly soggy and more cinnamon, as you could barely taste it. Other then that it was fantastic brunch for 4.

Bon appetito!

xo. amy

pizza like a pro!

DYI Pizza Oven.

I love, love, love wood fired and stone oven pizza. Nice light crust with a little burnt goodness on the top. OMG the best! I was surfing on Pinterest and there it was $5 DYI home stone oven.

I wasn’t sure how this Pin would turn out. Actually every time I mentioned it, most people would say “Really?!?” or “You think that’s going to work?!?” All that’s needed is two UNGLAZED ceramic tiles. Well, finding those tiles was an adventure in itself. How hard could it be, right?  As per the description found on Pinterest link, you need to use unglazed and untreated ceramic tiles).  I went to four different stores, from big box chains to small independent ones and no! No one actually even heard of untreated or unglazed. I was about to give up when I noticed a store called “Cristal Tile” right of Calgary trail. I felt like it was worth a try!

I met a lovely lady named Laura, who knew exactly what I was looking for. She mentioned she’s done it before. She was a real delight and ensured me it works! She handed over to nice 12” stone tiles and would not accept anything for it! She made my day! So I left there feeling wonderful, I made a new friend and reassured that my project would work!

Now not only was this a pizza stone adventure, this was also my first attempt on making pizza dough from scratch. I found a recipe on Pinterest using whole wheat flour. I thought it that was easy enough to follow. I thought it was a cool process that took some kneading but was definitely worth it. I doubled the batch because we had family was coming over. It made 6 medium size pizzas.

Now back to the bricks. I was baking all day and my oven was warm already. I did make the amateur mistake of not letting bricks warm up at 500 degrees for at least one hour. The first few pizzas had lighter crust on the bottom. It was a slight challenge transferring unbaked pizzas to the stone; we used the back of cookie sheets like the instructions mentioned. By the third and fourth pizzas, we were making hot stone magic! Nice and crispy, exactly as promised!

Would I recommend this to others! Holy smokes ya! I definitely am going to use cornmeal on the bottom of crust to help with transferring process. (Hint from my friend Matt B, not husband Matt B) I also think I’m in the market for one of those paddle things!

xo. amy

bon appetit!

cheescake cupcakes

What a nice weekend! I had the opportunity to spend time with some of my favorite people! I went on a bit of a Pinterest binge as well.  Sunday morning I came home from a photo shoot and was eager to get in the kitchen!  I found a recipe from my “get in my belly” board that I had most ingredients I ad.

So the recipe is raspberry swirl, but my husband is a big blueberry fan and that’s what I had in the fridge. So blueberry swirls instead!

Now I have never made a cheesecake…supposedly you have to water bath something and worry about cracking…. which is much too technical for amateur baker such as myself. These little individual sized ones did not require that much baking knowledge or skill.

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes-this is picture from Pinterest.

Here’s my version.

My ingredients. (blueberries instead if raspberries.)

I found this recipe easy even though it had quite a few steps.

1.Graham cracker crusts in bottoms and bake for 5 mins.

2.Mix cheesecake ingredients  cream cheese,  sugar, pinch of salt,vanilla extract,  eggs)

*see actually link for detailed instructions and ingredients.

3. Mix blueberries and sugar in food processor

4. Fill on top of set crusts with cream cheese filling.

5.Add few dots of blueberry mixture and swirl.

Swirl it up!

6. Bake…

7. and chill for 4 hours…

I served them to my family and received good reviews.  I think would be great for work party or pot luck. It would be nice to keep it seasonal as the berries and flavoring are easily substituted for this recipe.

xo. amy

dr.ozzies teas

Last week I wasn’t feeling that hot with a head cold as a result I didn’t pin it up all that much. But I did try Dr.Oz’s Tangerine Weight-Orade Recipe. Actually it was quite simple and really yummy. I usually have flavored water in my fridge. And heck, I had all the ingredients on hand.
Cold green tea, orange and mint. (I added lemon, as I tend to add lemon to everything.) It was tasty and has tons of health benefits. I think I will be making this more often than my plain old lemon water!

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Tasty with a capital T

 Tastiness with a capital T!!

Susie, my pinning partner and I made a delectable little treat we found on Pinterest–Salted Chocolate Pecan Toffee.   Now to start off I have to say that I do not expect all my pinning ventures to have the perfect ending. This one was bittersweet. No pun intended!

I have made toffee-style candy once before, so I was excited to use my candy thermometer for the second time. My hubby sure liked the first batch I made at Christmas, however this recipe was a little different but we were ready to tackle it. Thought the process was a bit long but it was well worth it in the long run.

This is the picture from Pinterest.

Here is our version.

Ingredients: Pecans/sugar/butter/salt/vanilla/bittersweet chocolate/fleur de sel

 

Full recipe can be found here.

Suzie boiling, stirring and mixing!

 

Just about there. Candy thermometer needed to reach 310°. Felt like we waited forever!

 

Pouring it into our ungreased pan!

 

Beautiful and useful isn’t she!

Here is where we may or may not have followed directions properly. We put filled pan outside thinking we would let it cool a bit then score it. But it turned out hard as a rock. No scoring allowed!

So instead we cracked the crack out of it!

Well we may or may not have got involved in some other pinning activity and forgot about it.

So we added the chocolate after carefully melting it and adding toasted pecans and fleur du sel!

*hint from Susie’s friend …When sprinkling do it from higher up for more even spread.

Now here’s where else we could’ve timed a bit better. The chocolate hardened fast because candy was cold. This resulted in poor sticking of pecans and fleur de sel. I would suggest right after melting chocolate and gently patting it in.

 

Super yummy! Loved the salt in it! Matt took some to work and my mother in law said it was a winning recipe! I will be making this again!

Have a great weekend!