Looking for a new and easy dinner recipe? Teriyaki Chicken stir fry is a 30 minute meal that’s perfect for any weeknight dinner. Make takeout at home for a healthier spin on your favorite food – this dinner is picky eater approved!
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Gah I can’t even say the words “stir fry” without thinking about that song. You know the one: “In the kitchen, wrist twistin’ like a stir fry”…and basically none of the other lyrics are blog-friendly. But really though, now it’s going to be stuck in my head all night long so thank you Migos, I appreciate it.
I am all about easy 30 minute meals these days. If it’s going to take me longer it’s just not going to happen – even on weekends. I need fast, easy, and DELICIOUS food that even my kid will eat. That’s a pretty tall order (especially the pick-eater thing).
We absolutely love Asian food. If it was up to me we’d eat out at least three times a week: Chinese, Pizza, and Mexican. Oh, and don’t forget sushi and real Italian food. So…five nights a week. I just wish that was good for my waistline and my wallet!
If you’re trying to cook more and still want that takeout taste, this recipe is for you!
You can make your own takeout at home – this easy Chicken Teriyaki stir fry is a 30 minute meal the whole family will love.
Since I’m trying to watch what I eat (carbs and sugar), making my own takeout has become very important. Making it at home means I get to control the ingredients. Plus, stir fry is easy any night of the week! And it’s versatile: pick a protein and a veggie and serve with rice, done.
These are the absolute BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies – they’re GIANT cookies!! With this easy cookie recipe they bake up gooey and soft and are so absolutely delicious. If you love huge bakery style gooey cookies, this copycat recipe is for you.
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Oh my god you guuuuys these cookies. I can’t even!! My mouth is watering just looking at them. That gooey center, that melty chocolate. I might go a little crazy before I’m done writing and promoting this post!
So, over spring break we went to New York City. Jordan has never been and Mel has, but only for work, so he’s only seen Penn Station. We’d been talking about it for years and decided to finally just do it and GO. Sometimes that’s how life needs to be: just DO IT!
I love NYC: the culture, the vibe, the busy streets, the noise. I could live there in a heartbeat! But, most of all, I love the food. The FOOD is my star of New York!
Over the years I’ve followed friends and fellow bloggers on their NYC travels and seen freak shakes and banana pudding and pizza and huge cotton candy covered ice cream. I’ve drooled over rainbow bagels and made copycat Cronuts and dreamt about crack pie. But, above all those things, I’ve been jealous of, and coveted, and dreamed of a trip to Levain Bakery.
Maybe you’re not as all over the food instagram world like I am, but if you’ve ever seen the cookies from Levain Bakery, you’d know it. They’re baseball sized cookies that are gooey when you pull them apart. The favorite trademark Levain photo has one hand holding two halves of a chocolate chip cookie that takes up the entire hand.
I made lists of food places to visit. I squealed and spent too much and overate but getting to Levain Bakery was a life goal; a bucket list item.
I’m sure the cookies were more calories than one should eat in a week but every bite was worth it. They. Were. AMAZING!
A Levain Chocolate Chip Cookie is not just a cookie: it’s an experience. For me, it was a divine experience. I felt like the universe was shining through me during every bite. And, oh yes, I ate every single crumb of that cookie. You know I did!
First thing on my list when I got home: a copycat recipe. They don’t ship and I cannot go the rest of my life without them, so a copycat will have to do.
These easy GIANT Chocolate Chip Cookies are insanely decadent and gooey and HUGE; they’re a Levain Bakery copycat recipe!
The size of my hand. That’s how big these cookies are, in case you were wondering.
Jumbo chocolate chip cookies. HUGE chocolate chip cookies. Whatever you want to call them, they’re large and in charge.
Making giant cookies like this isn’t hard but there are a few things you need to know before you get started.
Boozy Frozen Lemonade is made with vodka or rum for the best summer cocktail recipe!! Lemonade Vodka Slush is so good and refreshing and the perfect party cocktail.
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Last week it was in the upper 80s and I was all like “ugh summer” but also excited for frozen cocktails and pool parties.
This week it’s overcast and rainy. April showers bring May flowers…what does May rain bring?
Upside to the rain: I booked a painter to paint my office but he said he was booked out 5-6 weeks because of all the spring rain we’d had so I was bummed I had to wait until summer to finally make my office what I envision it (like a 10-year-olds dream come true: full rainbows, unicorns, and sprinkles).
Downside to the rain: My painter called the other day and is painting…today because he can’t do outdoor work. So I had 3 days to empty my entire office.
Be sure to follow along on Instagram stories for before and after photos! Maybe I’ll eventually do a post titled How to feel like a tween in your 40-year old blogger office or I didn’t know bloggers were 10 years old or A Unicorn Barfed: the story of my new office.
In the meantime today, rain or not, I’ll be drinking Boozy Frozen Lemonade. Listening to my dog bark at painters is just so much fun!
No matter the weather, Boozy Frozen Lemonade is the perfect summer cocktail recipe. It’s a frozen lemonade slush filled with vodka!
When I was young we’d go to Universal Studios once in awhile and I always remember getting frozen lemonade there. I’m sure I got it other places too but back then frozen lemonade was just a theme-park thing; you couldn’t get it at every fair and mall stand like you can now. It was one of my favorite treats and it still is…especially now that I put vodka in it.
Move over daiquiris and margaritas, boozy lemonade with vodka has moved into town!
This is really a simple recipe and it’s got super lemony flavor. If you love lemon sorbet or frozen lemonade you’re going to love it. You can’t taste the vodka which is a good thing…and a bad thing, lol.
What is frozen lemonade?
Frozen lemonade comes in many forms. They range in thickness from snocone to icee and they’re sweet and tart all at the same time. Basically, they’re lemonade that’s been frozen and blended or frozen and churned like a granita.
Making frozen lemonade into a drink
Now, most of the frozen lemonades I’ve ever had are eaten with a spoon until they’re melty and you drink the remains. But I love making homemade frozen lemonade into a drink (whether or not it’s for adults or kids). That’s the beauty of making recipes at home: you can make them to your liking.
Want a drinkable frozen lemonade? Add more liquid.
Want a spoonable frozen lemonade? Add less liquid.
I’ve been told that my frozen lemonade is a bit like Chick-fil-A or the Minute Maid frozen lemonade. I’ll take those compliments!
Ingredients in frozen lemonade
You just need a few simple ingredients:
Lemonade (use your favorite flavor, Minute Maid or Country Time…whatever you like)
Lemon Sorbet – my secrete ingredient! It adds so much more lemon flavor than just lemonade.
Making boozy frozen lemonade
It’s super simple: you just replace some of the lemonade with vodka.
Another thing I love about making cocktails is that you can make them as strong or weak as you wish. The ratio for this recipe is 1 cup lemonade to 1 cup vodka but you can edit that depending on how strong you want your cocktail.
Love daiquiris or margaritas? Instead of vodka party punch, make this into a margarita by adding tequila or a daiquiri by adding rum!
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Boozy Frozen Lemonade
Boozy Frozen Lemonade is made with vodka or rum for the best summer cocktail recipe!! Lemonade Vodka Slush is a good and refreshing cocktail for parties!
1 pint lemon sorbet
1 cup vodka
1 cup lemonade
1 pint ice
Place sorbet, vodka, and lemonade in a blender jar. Fill the empty pint carton with ice and add it to the blender. Blend until smooth, serve immediately.
For a non-alcoholic version: replace vodka with an extra cup of lemonade.
To make this thicker and spoonable (instead of drinkable through a straw): reduce liquid to 1 total cup (all vodka, all lemonade, or a combination).
Want it stronger: add more vodka. Want it weaker: add more lemonade.
Make it tropical: substitute RUM for the vodka!
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Easy Boozy Frozen Lemonade with vodka is the perfect cocktail recipe for summer!
Looking to recreate a peanut butter cup in cookie bar form? Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Bars do just that: they’re a chocolate cookie bar topped with peanut butter and covered in melted chocolate!
Peanut butter cups will get me every time. #addictedtopeanutbuttercups
Raise your hand if you love peanut butter cups!!
(My hand is so high in the air I’m jumping.)
Peanut butter and chocolate should be considered a food group. Just saying the two words together makes my mouth water!!
I love eating peanut butter cups but I also love making them into other things, like cupcakes, martinis, pies or cake rolls. Now I’m turning them into cookie bars!
I feel like cookie bars always have their place in our recipe box: they’re easy to make, quick to clean up, and are perfect for taking to a party or giving away. These would be the perfect gift for a peanut butter lover!
Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Bars have a chocolate cookie bar base, a creamy peanut butter filling, and are topped with a melted chocolate coating!
They’re pretty much the perfect cookie bar recipe.
Summer is almost here which means we will be starting to use the pool more regularly. Our pool isn’t heated so Mel and Jordan usually use it May-September and I use it for one week in August (lol). This time of year makes me think about all the summer BBQs I want to have and all the friends I want to see. In reality we’ll probably only have one or two big gatherings, one of which will be the 4th of July.
Every time I host any sort of gathering, whether it’s 5 people or 50, I serve punch. I’m always trying to come up with new fun punch recipes but all of them always have one thing in common: vodka. I just love vodka party punch! Unlike tequila, vodka punch doesn’t come back and bite me in the behind (ha) plus it’s easy to mix and match flavors.
Easy Chicken Penne Pasta is a one pot meal that’s done in under 30 minutes! This easy skillet recipe is picky eater approved and perfect for those busy weeknights.
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Guys, I decided to try Intermittent Fasting. Have you heard of that? It’s a way of eating where you fast for a certain amount of time and then eat during other times. There are lots of ways to do it but I’m (attempting) 16/8, which is 16 hours of fast and 8 hours of eating. I have been hearing about it for awhile and decided to give it a go. I’m on day 3 and so far so good. But…it’s only day 3.
There are lots of articles out there about IF and whether it’s good or bad for you, but I did a ton of research and decided to try. I feel like the basic principle of it is good for me: I need a start and cutoff time for eating otherwise I tend to eat right up to bedtime. I’m using the timing system to help me be conscious of when I eat and how much I eat and what I eat. Since I’m really hungry by 11am (my start time) I have been craving protein or filling things instead of carbs. And because I know I can’t eat after 7pm I’m starting to think about making sure I eat a good amount of the good stuff at dinner so I’m not hungry later.
After all my travel this spring – and all the desserts I share – I needed a reset and I hope this will help. I’m going to try really hard to stick to the plan for at least 14 days (hopefully 21 – so new habits can be formed). Now, a lot of people combine IF with Keto but I am not doing Keto; it’s not for me. Between my struggle with avoiding carbs and sugar I’d never reach ketosis! ANYWAY – be sure to read my weekly email and follow me on Instagram stories to see how it’s going for me.
One of the things that comes with any new eating plan is cooking dinner and this easy Chicken Penne Pasta is going to be on the list over and over! It’s just so full of flavor and packed with protein.
Need an easy meal? Chicken Penne Pasta is a simple one pot skillet meal that your family will love!
This recipe is a variation of my Cheesy Penne Casserole that I make for almost every potluck, except I added chicken to the mix to make it a healthier meal.
How to decorate a Mickey Mouse Cake even if you aren’t a cake decorator! This easy cake decoration is something ANYONE can do easily without any special tools.
I have so many feels about this cake, even more this morning than I did when I made it a few weeks ago.
You see, I love being creative. I love coming up with new ideas and fun ways to make dessert. In fact, that’s how this blog got started. I’d consistently go to Walmart and stand in the baking aisle getting ideas to make things like Funfetti Gooey Bars or PopTart Bars or fudge covered cookie bars. That was the creativity that fed my soul and made me happy to be a food blogger. And then…then blogging got competitive.
Instead of just being friends with other bloggers and throwing ideas back and forth, blogging became about getting “position zero” on google. It became about making recipes that people want instead of food porn people want to think about…and that meant making basics like chocolate chip cookies and instant pot chicken even though all the other bloggers you know are making the same thing. You know that, in reality, there can only be so many chocolate chip cookie recipes, right?
In fact, there can only be nine: those that show up on the first page of google…because no one clicks to page two.
There are eleventy-billion food bloggers and nine slots, so you can imagine how competitive blogging has gotten and it feels so much worse because these people are my friends. We’re a community.
So! Back to why this cake gives me so many feels: it made me realize I need my creative outlets. I need to sit in the grocery aisle and dream up crazy desserts once in awhile. Will it get onto page 1 of google? Probably not. Does it matter?
A friend’s daughter was turning 10 a few weeks ago and having a party with her favorite things. Disney is her favorite thing and she wanted a Mickey Mouse Disney cake so I offered to make it for her. Putting this cake together, dreaming up how to decorate it, building my own sprinkle mix: it gave me so much happiness.
It turns out that a Mickey Mouse Cake is not only magical because everything Disney is magical, but because it’s a fun and sweet cake for anyone’s birthday.
(See – even in a magical and fun creative post like this I still have to do all the things for google, like turn a creative thought into a headline so that the bots will find it. It’s exhausting.)
(All products you need to make this cake are linked in the bottom of this post.)
Let’s talk about cake! This cake is actually really easy to decorate. Guys, I’m NOT a cake decorator. I suck at cake decorating but this one turned out SO well and I’m going to show you how.
This Watermelon Lemonade Margarita is perfect for your summer BBQ or a Cinco de Mayo celebration! And the kids aren’t left out – they get a non-alcoholic version of Watermelon Lemonade!
When Jordan was in elementary school I was never late to school pick-up, not once…until the third grade.
I had to run an errand before pick-up, and I left in plenty of time to make the round-trip. Until I hit every red light both directions and followed every single slow driver across my city, literally.
By the time I got to the school, I had less than one minute until the bell. Of course, at this point there was no parking, so I ended up a block away. As I was getting out of my car, I heard the bell ring.
Now, Jordan’s class always gets out late. Always. But, you know it’s Murphy’s Law: the one time I’m late I figured she’d end up out early and be standing there, crying, because I “forgot” her. And the other moms at pick-up would wonder what shopping line I got stuck in or if my computer ate me or something (not all of them, just the ones that think I play internet games all day and eat bon bons on my couch).
I muttered an obscenity under my breath and did what any sane, rational person would do. I removed the thought-they-were-cute-at-the-time brown wedge sandals I was wearing and ran, barefoot, sprinter style all the way down the block, across the street while waving my arms to stop cross traffic, and over to the second grade classroom waiting area, where Jordan was nowhere in sight, still in her classroom.
And there I was, panting and sweaty from my second workout, waiting when she came out. I dusted off my feet and put my shoes back on. I made it in time. I wasn’t late. No harm, no foul…until we got home later that afternoon and I could barely walk. You know, from the sunburn the bottoms of my feet got from my barefoot sprint.
I don’t know about you, but all that calls for a Margarita. Yes?
Fruity Margarita Punch is the perfect easy cocktail recipe! Mix tequila with fruit punch for a fun twist on a margarita recipe.
It would seem I’m on a margarita kick these days (remember that Hawaiian Margarita last week?) It’s either because Cinco de Mayo is next week OR because I enjoy margaritas through photos because I cannot drink tequila anymore. (Long embarrassing story.)
Even though I didn’t drink these Fruity Margaritas, I did taste them, and I will assure you that they are delicious and perfect for a party! Making margaritas for a crowd is something I love to do, which is why Margarita PUNCH is the perfect thing to make.
If you follow my instagram stories you’ll see that last week I played bartender for a charity event. A friend was doing her annual school fundraising event (adults only, dinner, auction, etc.) and I’ll never say no to bartending. It was my first time and it was so much fun!
When she was looking for a punch recipe to make she chose my Fruity Vodka Party Punch recipe and I got to be mixologist. Have you ever made vodka or tequila punch in a 10 gallon bucket? I mean, wow. That’s a LOT of alcohol: three full 1.75L bottles of vodka and two of rum.
Making that punch again made me think about making a margarita version for summer. Margarita punch is perfect for all your summer entertaining!
Looking for a Fruity Margarita Punch recipe for summer? Look no further; this tequila punch is the perfect recipe!
With just a few easy ingredients this takes the traditional margarita and turns it fruity!