Can we take a moment to appreciate wontons? They’ve become my go-to for quick meals and appetizers creating chicken, beef, and shrimp taco cups, crab rangoons, pizza rolls, wonton mozzarella bites, and even breakfast sausage and egg cups. They’re extremely versatile and make the perfect vessel for a number of different ingredients. This particular recipe is one of my favorites when I’m craving pizza rolls, but feeling a bit lazy about the whole “roll” part. Spicy Italian sausage, shredded mozzarella, tomato sauce, and fresh veggies are all you need to throw these together. You can make the mix ahead of time and have it all ready to go for a quick snack or game day appetizer!
Beer bread and hard apple cider breads are among my favorite things to bake during fall, but I wanted to make some on-the-go versions. I adapted my cider bread recipe to create these muffins and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the result. They’re not too sweet, extremely fluffy, and you get fresh baked apples in every bite. An added bonus is that your entire house will smell of fresh baked bread, apples, and cinnamon!
Hopefully this is the last post (at least for a few months) where I find myself wanting to open it by saying, “What a whirlwind!” “My head is spinning!” or “What the hell just happened?!”
As a lot of you know I’ve been in the process of closing off one chapter of my life to start a new one. They say that divorce and moving are among the top 5 stresses in life and I decided to tackle them at the same time. And not just a simple down the street move.. an 1800 mile move to my home state of Iowa that took two car trips. My bum is about as flat as a pancake from the 60+ hours I’ve spent in a car the last two weeks and my forehead looks like an etched road map of all my stress. Botox party, anyone?
Today I go and pick up the keys to my new place which I’m excited and nervous about. It comes with 2 acres that I’ll be tending to and it’s my first time renting a house and not some teeny tiny apartment. It’s also been about 6 years since I’ve lived alone and I’ll be out in the country, adding another factor of isolation. I’m sure I’ll be hypersensitive to every new creak and groan of the house and of course the new season of American Horror Story will not be helping my paranoia any, but I’m ready for this. I tend to work best when I’m alone and my creative side thrives on it.
I’m really looking forward to finally getting settled and being able to shift my focus back to what I love: THIS BLOG! Fall is my favorite cooking and crafting season, so I’ll be working on a ton of new projects to share with you.
Stay tuned for a brand new recipe tomorrow!
When I first moved out of the house as a broke 18 year old, I knew about 3 meals: Tacos, spaghetti, and broke girl pizzas consisting of tortilla shells as the crust. We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?! Even though my skills and palate have expanded quite a bit since then, I still find myself craving my broke girl pizzas when I need a quick meal. I use homemade tortillas that are fluffy and soft on the inside, but have a nice crisp outside which make them the perfect base for the taco pizza. The tortillas can be made the night before and taste better than anything you’ll find in the store!
It’s definitely sweater weather here in the Pacific Northwest and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve noticed that cardigan and collar clips have been extremely trendy lately, so I couldn’t resist making my own DIY version. I tried a few different variations of assembling mine, but ultimately fell back on my go-to: The Handy Dandy Glue Gun! I think I need to write a personal thank you letter to the person that invented glue guns because I’ve used mine to create and fix just about everything. I put mine together and was able to wear them in less than 10 minutes, with supplies leftover to make more. It’s an easy and affordable way to add some personality and style to otherwise dull business attire or make an old cardigan feel new again. And with the holidays right around the corner, you can make some spooky and festive ones to accessorize with as well!
Typically when I make a big batch of chili, it lasts about a week around here.. this chili lasted 2 days! Surprisingly simple to make, affordable ingredients, and it’s vegetarian, which no one seemed to notice until they were down to the last few spoonfuls. It’s spicy, zesty, hearty, and pairs perfectly with tortilla chips or my Jalapeño Cheddar Skillet Cornbread I shared yesterday!
In the past I was never a big fan of cornbread because I always found it a bit dry and flavorless, but after whipping up this version, I practically want it with every meal! Zesty green onion, a kick of heat from jalapeños, and cheddar cheese keeps this bread from being too dry. Baked in a bit of bacon grease in a cast iron skillet gives the bottom a crisp and crunchy crust. I paired mine with a bowl of Spicy Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili!
It’s only September 2nd (Happy Birthday Tracy!) but I’m already seeing the early signs of fall and couldn’t be more excited! It’s been gloomy and rainy the past several days which just makes me want to snuggle into one of my crazy cat lady/grandma sweaters, grab a book, and sip on a glass of this sangria. Fresh red apples, plums, and pears makes this as sweet and crisp as an autumn day with a finish of warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin pie spice. A generous amount of Sailor Jerry Rum accentuates the flavors even more and bubbly champagne adds a festive feel to it.