Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cucumber and Mint Citrus Water

We went to a wedding a few months back and prior to the ceremony they had light appetizers and wine. And an incredibly refreshing cucumber water. I drank almost as much of that water as I did wine! Ever since then I've wanted to make some for myself at the house. I drink A TON of water and thought this would be a good way to mix it up a little. So, a couple weeks ago I finally made a jug of cucumber water. Not only did I love it, but so did everyone else in the house. I've made it several times since. And it not only tastes like a day at the spa it also works to detoxify your system- so it makes you feel good when you drink it too.


Cucumber and Mint Citrus Water

Ingredients:
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • 1 lime or lemon sliced
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh mint

Directions:
 Add all ingredients into a 2-qt jug or pitcher. Fill with water (I used water for my Pur tank but if you drink your tap water as is I'm sure it would be fine). Let sit in the fridge for several hours before drinking. Once you've drank all the water you can refill the jug reusing the cucumber and citrus a few times over, but toss it out after 2 or 3 days.  

Monday, July 29, 2013

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Muffins

If you're anything like me, when your son comes to you on a rainy day and tells you that he NEEDS you to make blueberry muffins, you may find yourself whipping up a batch before you've even had your own breakfast. Yes, I know I am a sucker. But, the kid has a point- muffins are perfect for rainy days. And since he's only 3 it sounds like he is saying "boobies" when he says blueberries and it made me laugh so much I just had to make him some.

We ate them warm and I loved the way the blueberries and cream cheese tasted together. It has rained so much this July, we were overdue for some comfort foods. Good idea Little Mr.- very good idea!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fig and Brie Bites

I have a bad habit of biting off a little more than I can chew. I don't know why I do it to myself, I just can't help it. Especially when it comes to food. I am the girl who thinks she can bake a 3-layer cake from scratch in the hour before work while simultaneously cleaning the kitchen and getting ready to go in for a shift.

 It's just who I am. But, that is why I am so grateful when I find recipes that taste and look fancy-pants, but require minimal effort to assemble.

 Thus, I present to you a new favorite party-food-go-to: Fig and Brie Bites.


Now, the secret to this breeze of a bite is that I buy the baked phyllo shells pre-made at the store. Stop your gasping, we all have to cut corners somewhere!
   And these little guys are pretty awesome, I'm stuck on this combo right now but I feel that the versatility here is endless.

 For now-I take a little bit of a Fig spread( I love the richness of the fig) and a wedge of brie cut into small pieces. Pop it into the the mini shells and pop those into an oven for about 8 minutes.

The taste is fantastic. And the work level is somewhere around a 2. Only because you have to open the box that the shells come in.

Now go grab some wine, make these babies, and get your classy on!

Fig and Brie Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes of pre-baked mini phyllo shells (usually 15cnt.)
  • A few tablespoons of good Fig spread (I love Dalmatia)
  • 1 wedge of brie


Directions
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place phyllo cups onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment.
Cut the rind away from the brie, and cut the cheese into small pieces. Spread a small amount of the fig spread into each cup, and then top with a chunk of brie.
Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden and melted.

These are awesome warm, but also great served at room temperature.



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Easy Baked Apples

    I seriously have a soft spot for warm baked apples. I may have passed that on because the boys have been putting in requests for me to make apple pie the last few days. E-man even goes as far as to list off all the ingredients he thinks we would need to fix up a good pie.
  
   Unfortunately, I went on a vacation and I've still got some residual laziness left over from beach bumming it. 

 No way I'm making apple pie from scratch in the next few days. It's alright though.... I've got a few tricks up my sleeve. 

   To appease my son's sweet tooth I whipped up an easy Baked Apple Dessert that was pretty much effortless and satisfied everyone's craving for apple pie. Also, my house smelled pretty darn awesome.



Easy Baked Apples

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple per person 
  • A pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg,salt and brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Peel, core and slice apple. This is a breeze if you're a kitchen nerd like me and have an apple-peeling-coring-slicing-gizmo.
 Rub the apple, getting in between the slices, with the spices and put in a ramekin, small baking dish, or muffin tin depending on what you have and how many you need.
 Stuff 1 tablespoon of butter down the hole where the core had been. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the apple is nice and soft.
 We ate ours right out of the ramekins, but I'm sure you could plate it with a little vanilla ice cream if you wanted for extra goodness!