30 posts by Christen

Peas and Guac

Did you know that peas and gauc actually taste really good together? Not to mention that by adding peas to your guacamole, you’re adding a ton of nutrition, like protein, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. After seeing the latest hubbub on the news over the latest ADOT signs in Arizona, saying ‘DRINKING & DRIVING GO TOGETHER LIKE PEAS & GUAC,’ I just couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon. Read more about this story on azcentral.com I don’t condone drinking and driving, ... Continue Reading

Twisted Tuesday

Have you ever gone to try out that amazing looking recipe on Pinterest only to find out it really wasn’t up to par? Or how about the Do-It-Yourself project that looks really easy, but it only took you twice the amount of time, and a few visits to the ER? Ok, maybe not ER, but I am a klutz so it is a very good possibility. Every Tuesday I will be testing out recipes and DIY projects that I find online. Whether it is things pinned on Pinterest, found from other bloggers, or videos shared on ... Continue Reading

Mini Pumpkin Pies with Vanilla Whipped Cream

These scrumptious pumpkin pie bites have been such a hit; I get requests for them every year. I mean, what is better than pumpkin pie? Oh yeah, bite size pumpkin pie that you can pop in your mouth. Fair warning though, once you start, it's hard to stop. I have used pie dough, tart shells and puff pastry, which is by far my favorite. So, wow your guests this holiday when you serve these mini desserts. Golden delicious puff pastry cups filled with a rich pumpkin pie mixture and served ... Continue Reading

Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast

Hosting a small dinner or not a fan of dark turkey meat, try this oven-roasted turkey breast for a flavorful alternative, rather than roast an entire bird. You can do one half-breast or a whole turkey breast, which makes more than enough for a small party of four to six. Plus the leftovers are perfect for making cranberry and turkey sandwiches! Here what I used for the turkey brine, which I got at Sprouts. Continue Reading

Gourmet Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving has always been something I've looked forward to. Spending time with loved ones and cooking more food than any of us could possibly eat. Growing up, my mother would start a day or two ahead, filling the air with the smell of pies, banana and cranberry breads, fresh fruit for our ambrosia. This is probably where I learned to do much of my cooking; watching my mother add a little of this, a pinch of that, never measuring and using her fine sense of smell to aid her in ... Continue Reading

Spaghetti Squash

I am half Irish, half Italian, and grew up knowing the Italian side of my family. Pasta was a main staple at our dinner table and it is still a food that brings me much comfort. It doesn't however bring my waistline much comfort. Imagine how excited I was when I learned how to make some of my favorite Italian dishes using squash as a substitute for pasta. I am not sure I can forgo the pasta all together, but this tasty spaghetti squash is a healthy alternative. With this simple recipe, I've ... Continue Reading

Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispies Treats

With Thanksgiving around the corner, there is sure to be a lot of pumpkin pie, apple pie, cookies and other amazingly sweet dishes. All of which I am a fan of, but it's nice to change it up a bit. These light and crispy delights seemed to be loved by everyone. I find that this recipe adds a hint of fall that will be a big hit at your next holiday potluck. Try out this little twist to the infamous rice krispie treats! Continue Reading

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Eating healthy is a priority for me, but there are some things I just can't give up. Pizza is one of those things. By using fresh cauliflower as the base for this delicious crust, I can feel a little less guilty about indulging on my much loved pizza night. The best part, you can make many variations of pizza and get a full servings worth of veggies in. Hooray for veggies!   Cauliflower Pizza Crust Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 30 mins Ingredients 1 Small ... Continue Reading

Baked Zucchini Sticks

These golden, crunchy zucchini sticks are so flavorful it'll be hard to keep them on your plate. Not to mention, it's a great way to serve up some veggies as an appetizer or a side dish. Try adding some yellow squash to add some variety! Continue Reading

Pumpkin Seeds

Growing up I used to love carving pumpkins. My favorite part was actually digging out the icky, gooey guts. I don't particularly like cleaning the seeds however, it just seems like you can never get them clean enough. Eating them however is a whole different story. From sweet to spicy, as well as salty and savory, I've picked my top three recipes to share with you. Let me know what your twist is on this classic Halloween treat! Sriracha Pumpkin Seeds Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 10-15 ... Continue Reading