Thursday, April 18, 2013

Black bean brownies with avocado frosting

Mmmmm... Try it they really are good!

1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
15-20 drops stevia
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup oil ( I used coconut)

Place everything in a food processor until mixed. Put in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes at 350. Cool before frosting and store in fridge.

1 avocado
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Squeeze of lemon juice
More sweetener if desired (10-15 drops stevia)

Mix all ingredients in food processor until blended and spread on brownies.

Sunday, February 24, 2013


I am doing the South beach diet once again. Me and diets, seriously.

I wanted pizza so I made Meatza, a pizza made with a meat crust. It was good, not as good as real pizza (wouldn't that be great!)

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1tbsp italian seasoning

1 small can tomato paste
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp brown sugar (I used truvia to sweeten)
1tbsp italian seasoning

any veggies you can find and saute them
green onions
red peppers

Mix the meat with egg and seasonings, spread onto a baking pan, bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Put another pan underneath to catch the grease. Drain the grease half way thru.

Remove from oven, spread tomato sauce, cover in cheese, and sauteed toppings.

Put back in oven til cheese melts.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Stucco style wedding cake

This was a really fun and simple cake. I love the way it turned out!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Home made tomato soup

I Made home made tomato soup for lunch today. It was really good. It didn't taste like Campbell's which I really love, but that is why I made it.... Because I wanted it to be clean of processed garbage. It was really easy and went well with my grilled cheese!

Tomato soup
1 can organic tomato paste
3 1/2cups water
Salt pepper to taste
1/2 tbsp basil, onion powder, garlic powder
Splash of unsweetened coconut milk
1 tbsp brown sugar

Whisk all ingredients, bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Crock Pot Corned Beef

Oh yeah... have I mentioned I am Irish? ☺

I had a bunch of friends over on Saturday... I was going to BBQ, but it SNOWED!!! So, plans changed and I decided to make corned beef. My husband and I love it and figured everyone else does too! Not one of our friends had ever even tasted it before! I was amazed. They really liked it and I am glad I could bring a bit of my family traditions into their lives.

So... if you are one of these people who has never had corned beef... make it for your family for St. Patties! You won't be sorry it is great.

Also, here is a tip to get a really great deal on corned beef from my previous post. Price matching.

Crock Pot Corned Beef

  • 1 corned beef brisket (about 1/2 lb per person)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup beer (you can leave it out if you don't like to use beer for cooking)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 red or gold potatoes, quartered
  • 1 white onion quartered
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 4 carrots cut into large pieces
  • 1 head white cabbage
Corned beef is already seasoned so you don't need to add much to it.
Take corned beef out of package and pat dry, put it in the crock pot with the cup of water and the seasoning packet that comes with it.
Add the onion and a bit of salt and pepper as well as the beer that add a great flavor to the juices.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.
When there is an hour and a half left on low or an hour on high, add potatoes and carrots.
When Corned beef is done, take it out and let it rest for 20 minutes.
During the 20 minutes add the cabbage cut into large chunks and let it wilt in the juice with the veggies. You want it soft but not soggy.
Slice corned beef against the grain and serve with veggies and broth over the top.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Thai Style Chicken Noodle Soup

This is a creamy Thai chicken noodle soup. It didn't look very great until I added all the garnishments, but it tasted divine.

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

2 breast chicken cooked and thinly sliced
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp ginger
1 can coconut milk
2 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 package rice noodles
1 red bell pepper diced
1 cup bean sprouts


1 jalepeno sliced
salt and pepper to taste

ON stovetop add milk, broth garlic, ginger, chicken, soy sauce and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Add Chicken, rice noodles and sprouts, simmer for 10 minutes. Salt and pepper again. Serve with garnishments.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lasagna soup

I love lasagna and I love soup so I knew I would love this! Saw it on pinterest and made my own easier version.

Lasagna Soup

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 package rotini noodles
1 onion diced
1 tbsp garlic minced
4 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
pinch oregano
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper

cheese mixture:
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella shredded
1/4 cup parmesan shredded

Cook ground turkey.
Add onion and cook until soft.
Add garlic.
Add everything else but the pasta.
Bring to a boil then simmer for about 30 min.
Add pasta and cook for about 7 minutes.
Mix the cheese mixture together and garnish with a heaping spoonful :).

( I made this in the crockpot, cooked the meat first, added the rest of the ingredients and cooked for 4 hours on low. I added cooked pasta right at the end.)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

barbie cake

Barbie cakes are so easy to make. Make a round cake and then pour about 3/4 cake mix in a pyrex glass mixing bowl and stack the two to make the dress. Then decorate :).

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Peppermint Bark

If you make any Christmas candy this year... this should be it! It is so easy and it captures the essence of the holiday, IMO.

Peppermint Bark
1 bag chocolate chips
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 cup crushed candy canes
2 tsp canola oil or vegetable

In a glass bowl mix together the dark chocolate chips with 1 tsp of the oil. Place in the microwave for 30 second incraments, stirring between each one... until the chips are melted.

Grease a sheet pan, line with parchment or wax paper. Pour the melted chocolate on the paper and spread until thinned out on pan with a spatula. Place the pan in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Do the same thing with the white chocolate chips, but add the peppermint extract to this batch. Take out the cooled chocolate and spread the white chocolate on top. Add the crushed canes and place in fridge until cooled completely. Break apart bark with hands and enjoy!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

mini meatball soup

I made this soup recipe out of my Rachael Ray Cookbook. It was pretty good! You were supposed to use ditalini noodles, but I used macaroni...

Cook Time: 27 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 big servings


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 bay leaves, fresh or dried
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground beef, pork and veal combined
1 egg, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano, a couple of handfuls
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs, a couple of handfuls
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg
6 cups chicken stock or broth
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups dried pasta, rings, broken fettuccini or ditalini


In a deep pot over medium heat add oil, chopped carrots, celery and onions and bay leaves. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cover pot and cook veggies 5 or 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the veggies cook, combine meat, egg, garlic, grated cheese, bread crumbs, salt, pepper.

Roll into small balls and either bake them at 375 for 12 minutes in the oven on a baking pan or fry them in a pan on the stovetop. 

Uncover your soup pot and add broth and water to the pot. Increase heat to high and bring soup to a boil. Add pasta to the soup and stir. Cover and simmer soup 10 minutes. Add the meatballs and adjust your seasonings. 


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