Leprechaun Pancakes!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

This is the first St. Patrick’s Day that my husband and I have celebrated with Emma where she actually fully understands what is going on.  It is such a wonderful feeling.  To celebrate, I woke up and whipped up a batch of green whole wheat pancakes for breakfast (Emma’s current favorite food).  This recipe has become highly requested in our household, so I decided it would be nice to share.


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Regular green food coloring will do the job just fine, but I do wish I had some green gel food coloring on hand when I made these.  The green would have been much more vibrant.

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Brownie truffles.

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Taking a quick break from studying so I can finally get this post up. For Valentine’s Day, I made brownie truffles for my two Valentine’s. They were absolutely delicious, so I’ve decided to share this with you.

Normally, I would make everything from scratch. I got lazy for these brownie truffles and used boxed brownie mix. Sometimes it’s nice to be lazy.

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Vegetarian Egg Drop Soup.

So, I have been on a huge soup kick recently. My two favorite soups to make at the moment are a simple veggie soup and a vegetarian egg drop soup. I can’t claim full credit for the egg drop soup though. I actually stumbled across this recipe while searching the internet and I made my own version of it. If you’d like to see the original version, click here.

This really is the BEST egg drop soup I have ever made. No more take out for this gal!

My baby bug has been sick since last Friday — turns out she has a double ear infection 🙁 — and now I’ve come down with something. What better way to cure a cold then some hot, delicious soup?

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— Here is what you’ll need —
2 eggs, beaten
2 green onions, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, or fresh if you have it
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch + cold water

In a medium pot, bring the 4 cups of vegetable broth to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Whisk in the salt and ginger. Dissolve 1 1/2 tablespoons of corn starch in cold water. While whisking, slowly add the corn starch to the broth. You can add in some of the green onions at this point if you’d like. I prefer to add them to my soup once it’s in my bowl. I don’t like when the onions get soggy. Now, take the 2 eggs you whisked and slowly add them to the hot broth mixture. Serve immediately.

I add lots of green onion and a dash of soy sauce to my soup 🙂 It’s also great with toasted sesame seeds thrown on top.

This yields 4 servings. I usually split it in half and share it between the hubby and I though.

How do you enjoy your egg drop soup?

 

 

I hope you all enjoy!
// Karissa <3

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McCormick All Natural Thyme Review + Recipe — #FrostyVoxBox

One of my favorite spices is thyme. It’s great for seasoning pasta sauces, soups, stews, and roasted meats and poultry. Use your imagination! I was very excited when I opened my Frosty VoxBox from Influenster and saw that I received a full-size bottle of McCormick’s All Natural Thyme.

I had no idea that McCormick was coming out with a line of all natural spices. The new packaging for McCormick Gourmet allows for easier dispensing of spices. I can’t wait to start picking up other spices in their all natural line!

Something I really enjoy using thyme in is pasta/pizza sauce. I used to make huge batches of spaghetti sauce, but my husband doesn’t like pasta — or Italian food for that matter (I know, crazy right?) — so I stick to very small batches. All you need is 1 can of diced tomatoes and some spices. I use garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste.

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I’m really bad at measuring ingredients when I cook. The only time I measure anything is if I’m using a recipe that isn’t my own.

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Semi-healthy Caramel Apple Egg Rolls.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot get enough of fall — although the weather here in Oklahoma is more winter-like lately.

Today I have a quick, easy, and semi-healthy caramel apple egg roll recipe for you this morning. What better way to make your house smell like fall than by baking up these golden rolls of apple goodness?

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Here is what you will need . . .
2 large Washington apples — or whatever apples you prefer
2 packets of Stevia
dash of ground cinnamon
All natural egg roll wrappers — I found mine at Neighborhood Walmart
1 tsp flour to about 1-2 tsp water
2 tbsp all natural coconut oil
2-3 caramel pieces, melted

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Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce.

It smells like fall in my house 🙂 I finally have almost all of our Halloween decorations up and I have been busy in the kitchen on my study breaks.

I recently made a trip to my local grocery store and picked up a bag of day old apples for $1.99. It contained a mixture of Washington, Gala, and Golden Delicious apples. I decided I’d give homemade applesauce a go. After spending some time researching, I decided to use the crock pot because I could let it sit and not have to worry about it while I was busy with my daughter and school work. I cooked the applesauce yesterday, pureed it in my food processor this morning, and my daughter and I have been snacking on it since. It turned out amazing! I don’t think I’ll ever purchase store bought applesauce again. It makes a good amount, so you can even freeze it if you don’t think you’ll go through it fast enough.

With so many apples sitting around, waiting to spoil, I made a batch of apple chips along with the applesauce. Yum!

Here’s what you’ll need for the applesauce.

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Steel cut oatmeal.

Happy Friday!

I’ve had quite a few people ask me how I cook my steel cut oats, so here’s a quick recipe for you. And if you’ve never tried steel cut oats, I highly recommend you do! They’re my favorite 🙂 My daughter and I share a bowl every morning.

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Ingredients
3 c water
1 c organic steel cut oats
1 tbsp butter (You can omit the butter to keep it vegan or try it with coconut oil)
1 c organic unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (So Delicious is my favorite!)
Sweetener of your choice. I use raw honey.
Fruit

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Almost vegan banana chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

Sorry it’s been a while! I’ve been insanely busy since my husband returned from deployment and school started back up. I promise I’m going to keep up with this blog as often as I can.

My hubby is at work and I just got our daughter to bed, so I decided to whip up a quick batch of (almost) vegan banana oatmeal cookies to snack on while I study, except I threw in some semi sweet chocolate chips this time.

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Ingredients
2 c organic rolled oats
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbs raw honey
1/2 c mini semi sweet chocolate chips

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Healthy blueberry banana bread.

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Emma and I woke up early this morning and went straight to the kitchen to make this beautiful, healthy blueberry banana bread. No wordy posts from me today. Today is a busy Saturday, preparing for a special Sunday 🙂 And sorry! No fancy pictures either.

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Chocolate peanut butter (no bake) granola bars.

CPG9Okay, seriously… how delicious do these look? I cannot get enough of these! Chocolate, creamy peanut butter goodness! Mmm-mmm! I am never buying granola bars again!

Chocolate and peanut butter are two of my favorite things. Especially paired together. I never buy candy, but if I had to, I’d go straight for Reese’s peanut butter cups. Any time I can get chocolate and peanut butter together, I do. And really, why wouldn’t you?

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