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Gluten Free Pasta Salad

Friday, April 11th, 2014

These days two little girls are giving us a hard time getting out the door for our usual lunches. The other day we got creative when the fridge was looking sparse, but we wanted something fresh and filling. We came up with this gluten free pasta salad that turned out delicious!

boxwood clippings_gluten free pasta salad

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Gluten Free Pasta (we used Barilla’s GF Penne and were pretty impressed)

Any vegetables you have on hand

Italian Salad Dressing

Cheese for garnish

We cooked our pasta, tossed with pepper and olive oil and added fresh tomatoes, celery and beets. We then added canned corn and black beans, tossed everything together with Italian salad dressing and garnished with Parmesan cheese.

When we make this again, we will for sure add beets at the very end with the cheese, as it made the pasta a little purple while being tossed together.

This was so simple and delicious, we hope you’ll give it a try! A large serving is definitely filling enough as a main course or this would be a great side dish to serve at any occasion.

Hearty Cobb Salad

Friday, April 4th, 2014

As the weather warms, I’m finding my taste buds are loving the cold, fresh crisp of a scrumptious salad again. Isn’t there just something to hate about being cold in the winter and trying to eat ice cold vegetables?…brrrr!

Most of the time, my salads are simple and calorie conscious, but for dinner a few nights ago I loaded on the cheese and went to town with a classic cobb salad.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Salad base – plain arugula, spring mix or anything you like.

Protein – chicken, ham, cheese, hard-boiled eggs etc.

Veggies – pack on all your faves.

Dressing – Simple flavors are best. We love Kraft Ranch and it’s a fraction of the price of Hidden Valley.

This salad can hold its own! It’s packed with nutrients, protein and calories! No need to serve with anything else. Brad and I both had a hard time finishing our plates. Which made me think why do I almost always go skimpy on salad toppings?

Adding more volume adds more nutrients. Extra calories on cheese and dressing are worth not being hungry in an hour, which inevitably leads to searching the pantry for treats!

This salad definitely equals satisfaction! Do you have any salad tricks up your sleeve that steers away the mundane, boring salad?

Van’s Gluten Free Crackers

Friday, March 28th, 2014

I’ve been gluten free for six years now. The first year was so rough, but it has become so much easier through the years, especially with the help of new gluten free products coming out all the time.

I picked up these crackers at Target recently and discovered they are manna from heaven!

boxwoodclippings_vans say cheese crackersI had forgotten how delicious a cheesy cracker is…yum, yum, yum!

Not only do these crackers taste delicious, they are packed with whole grains and boast no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or hydrogenated oils.

With a price tag similar to “normal” crackers, these are for sure my new favorite gluten free treat.

For any of my gluten free fellows out there or anyone that wants a healthy treat, you HAVE TO give these a try!

Soft Boiled Egg and Toasted Soldiers

Friday, March 21st, 2014

 As a follow up from last week’s post we had lots of requests for the soft boiled egg recipe, aka “egg and soldiers”.

boxwood clippings_soft boilded egg + toasted soldiers

Directions:

Boil your egg for about half the time of a hard boiled egg. This time will vary per altitude, in Utah we wait til the water gets to a rolling boil, add egg (slowly with a spoon so it doesn’t crack) and let it cook for 4 mins. Next, remove the egg and place in egg cup to slightly cool. With a normal knife, slice off the top of your egg, garnish with S+P and go to town dipping your “soldiers” (strips of buttered toast) in the egg.

Will you be adventurous and give it a try?

Easy Chocolate Rice Krispies Nests

Friday, March 14th, 2014

These little rice krispies nests are a tradition this time of year in our family. They are incredibly simply but look so pretty and festive for Easter time and spring.

boxwood clippings_easy chocolate rice crispy treats

Here’s what you’ll need:

Rice Krispies
Milk Chocolate
Cadbury Mini Eggs
Cupcake liners

Directions:

Melt chocolate and mix with rice krispies. We haven’t put measurements because you only need a little chocolate to get the rice krispies to stick together. Use as little or as much as you’d like. Spoon mixture into cupcake liners and create a little well with your spoon for chocolate eggs. Next place eggs and let chocolate harden for about 30 minutes before serving.

These are the perfect treat to make with little ones who have a short window of attention.

We hope the whole family loves these crunchy and chocolatey treats as much as we do. Enjoy!

Miniature Cupcake Birthday Cake

Friday, February 28th, 2014

We always get a little nervous when baking birthday cakes. What if the cake sticks for some reason or starts to sag on one side? It’s a lot of pressure to make a perfect birthday cake! Which lead us to the miniture cupcake birthday cake…

Miniature Cupcake Birthday Cake

We love cupcakes, but we love even more bite-size, mini cupcakes. There is zero pressure as you can just present the ones that work out perfectly on pretty cakestands with a candle in each one. The more cupcakes and candles the merrier!

We are celebrating lots of candles on Sarah’s birthday cake today!!!  Just kidding, sis ;)

Happy Birthday Sarah! You are crazy talented, beautiful and hilarious. I love you and I’m so lucky to have you as a sister xxx

Pancake Day Gift Basket

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Pancake day is just a few weeks away (March 4th). We love any excuse to eat pancakes for dinner, and think it’s about time to get our American friends excited about it too.

We put these little baskets together with all all the basic pancake needs.

Pancake Day Gift Basket

pancakes (recipe HERE)

lemon + sugar

Jam + butter

chocolate spread (we love this organic hazelnut spread)

Will you be celebrating pancake day and giving something up for lent this year?

Packing for Hospital: Snack Tin

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

I wasn’t even going to bother posting about this, but Em got a kick out of it and thought I should. So here we are, our hospital snack tin!

boxwood clippings_packing for hospital: snack tin

There’s so much I can’t predict with the coming of two babies, so little unknowns such as: what will Brock snack on at the hospital?, is no longer a mystery when I have a tin all prepped and ready to go!

I figured I’d cover all the cravings: sweet, savory and salty. Our tin of goodies includes: bbq goldfish, raspberry cookies, granola bars, chocolate, shortbread, beef jerky, pretzels, m&m’s, and the most importantly, mints and gum.

Insane as it may sound, this prepped tin of calories help calm my stressed head!

Do you guys have any quirky things you’d like to share? This is the post is the time to do it! ;)

Malt Ball Hot Chocolate

Friday, January 31st, 2014

This time of year calls for an especially decadent treat, and I’ve got a good one for you…

this yummy malt ball hot choci

boxwood clippings_malt ball hot chocolate

Simply make a regular hot choc (see my tips HERE)  and add a few malt balls to the mix, some at the bottom and then some on top.

The little cafe across the street from where we grew up serves this, and boy was I addicted with the first sip. The malt gets all lovely and melty…and that’s not even mentioning the chocolate. You’ll need a napkin for sure on this one! Enjoy!

EASY Chicken Noodle Soup

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I feel so utterly domesticated (in a good way) when I make soup. I mean, there’s no need to ever buy a can again with recipes that are this easy.

This chicken noodle soup is a favorite of Brocks’, so I make it for him a lot. He loves me for it, and I love it because it only takes about 15 minutes…shhhh don’t tell!

boxwood clippings_chicken noodle soup

You Will Need:

8 Cups of Chicken Broth

3-4 stalks of Celery, chopped

3-4 Carrots, chopped

2 1/2 cups of Egg Noodles

Salt, Pepper and Parsley (fresh or dried) to taste

2 Chicken Breasts, cooked and diced

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How To:

Bring the chicken both to a boil

Add all other ingredients, cover pot and lower heat.

Cook for 10 mins, until veggies and noodles are cooked.

Taste, and add more seasonings if needed.

Add the chicken breasts.

As with all recipes you can play with this and customize to how you like your soup. I like mine to be heavy on noodles, veggies and chicken and lower on broth. If you like brothy soups, just add more. Serves about 4-5 bowls.

Don’t wait till you get a cold to enjoy this one, it’s SO good!

Croque Monsieur Recipe

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Oh man, did we make the most delicious lunch this week! The cheesy treat is the epitome of comfort food, just what the doctor ordered for a cold January day!

boxwood clippings_croque monsieur recipe

Here’s our spin on Croque Monsieur:

Sandwich bread
8 slices of deli ham
1 c grated cheese
1 tbsp butter
1.5 tbsp flour
1 c milk
Dijon mustard

First we made a basic white sauce by melting butter on medium low heat and then adding flour and whisking together. Next we turned down the heat to low and added the milk. We continually whisked the mixture until the milk thickened and finally added 1/2 c cheese, turned off the heat and seasoned with salt and pepper. Next we toasted the bread, spread mustard on each slice and layered a slice of ham. On half of the slices we topped the ham with a tablespoon of cheese sauce and sandwiched the non -sauce slices on top sandwich style. Lastly, we covered the top of the sandwich with cheese sauce, sprinkled cheese on top and broiled the sandwiches until the cheese sauce bubbled and cheese melted.

This recipe makes about 4 sandwiches and we are dying over how simple and delicious it is! You could use any cheese and customize to your family’s likes. We made Emily’s gluten free by using g- free bread and subbing flour for corn starch.

Bon appetite!

Holler Dollar: Glass Bowls

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

When we were little we used to pretend we were chefs on a cooking show. We would imagine having all of our ingredients measured out perfectly ready and waiting in little glass bowls, ready for the moment they would be needed on the show.

Well our dreams became a reality when I was wondering around The Dollar Tree a few days ago. Three perfect little glass bowls 3 for $1!!! Holler!!!

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At this price, I had to snatch up 12! I’m thinking they would be great little bowls to hold dressing and garnishings for the dinner table, but most importantly Sarah and I have a cooking show to create!

Easy Homemade Dinner To-Go

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Occasionally we get to help our friends when they’ve had a new baby or are really sick with a homemade meal.

We keep it real simple with these handy take-out tins from wally-world, which cost only $.97 for a pack of three. No need for a busy family to worry about returning dishes and pans. They also have a similar 3-pack at The Dollar Tree.

boxwood clippings_a homemade meal to go

boxwood clippings_a homemade meal to go

boxwood clippings_a homemade meal to go

For this meal we made an easy lasagne, side salad and apple crumble. Lasagne is for sure our first choice for meals to go. It can be heated up in oven/microwave in a snap, tastes just as good re-heated, and can be easily accommodated to food allergies and preferences.

Do you have a signature dish you’re known for?

Green Smoothie Recipe

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Are you guys on the green smoothie train? We love the way we can pack large servings of fruit and veg into one tasty smoothie. And let’s be honest…our bodies need a little a detox from all that holiday food!

boxwood clippings_green smoothie

Here’s our basic recipe:

2-3 c fresh spinach

3 strawberries (we buy the big frozen bags at Costco)

1/2 banana

1/4 c orange juice

Eating healthier is always a hard resolution, but with this little smoothie we are on our way! What are your new year goals?

English Scones for Gifts

Friday, December 20th, 2013

If you’re still in need of giving out a gift our two, these English scones may be perfect. They are fast and easy, cheap and oh sooooo delish!

As always, we’ve had the best time baking up a storm this season, but I always enjoy going back to my roots and making somethings totally English!

boxwood clippings_english scones gift

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 Placed in red tins with a dollie, I tried to make my rounds while they were still hot…soooo yummy that way!

See HERE for recipe.

And if you’re super duper on top of things and don’t need anymore gift suggestions, go ahead and whip up a batch anyhow. Top with butter and jam, and enjoy with a hot cuppa. Did I manage to temp you yet?!

Perfect Peppermint Creams

Friday, December 13th, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

We were ecstatic when we made our first batch of peppermint creams. They were incredibly easy and tasted so good!

boxwood clippings_easy peppermint cream recipe

We simply can’t wait for you to give them a try! We promise you’ll feel so accomplished making these, you’ll feel you can conquer the world when you’re through!

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 c powdered sugar

2 1/2 TBSP butter

1/4 tsp peppermint oil (not extract)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

12 oz chocolate apeels

2 tablespoons (30 ml) evaporated milk

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Directions

Mix powdered sugar, butter, peppermint oil and vanilla extract until a creamy paste is formed. Cover and refrigerate dough for about an hour. Prep a cookie sheet with foil and dust with powdered sugar. Make little balls of the peppermint dough and place 3″ apart on cookie sheet. Next use your hand or spoon to flatten each ball to make a disk shape. Refrigerate disks for about an hour.

After an hour prep a cookie sheet with foil (no sugar this time) and melt chocolate apeels. We did this in a microwave proof bowl stopping and stirring chocolate every 20 seconds. Take your disks from the fridge and dip them completely in chocolate. Use a fork to fish the disk out of the chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip back into the chocolate bowl and place your chocolate covered peppermint cream on the cookie sheet to set.

This recipe makes about 25 delicious peppermint creams. Click here for original recipe and video.

We used these candy boxes with a window and a bright red ribbon for a festive treat for friends and family. We are so ready to open a chocolate shop we loved making these so much!

boxwood clippings_easy peppermint cream recipe

Don’t forget to use ‘BOXWOOD10′ for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING on Gygi’s site.

You can even pick up in store to save you the shipping!

Easy Roasted Almonds

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

Roasted nuts are something to love any time of year, but are even yummier with their fragrant and warm taste on a cold, December night. We thought they’d make the perfect gift this Christmas and decided to give them a try. We’re sure glad we did as they were incredibly easy, can be made in huge quantities, and took no time at all.

boxwood clippings_roasted cinnamon almond recipe

Here’s What You Will Need:

1 egg white

1 tbsp water

4 c almonds

1/2 c sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

Beat egg white and water until frothy, but not stiff. Stir in almonds until coated and add sugar, salt and cinnamon until combined. Place on a lined/greased baking sheet at cook at 250 degrees for 1 hour.

 Let cool, distribute in to these cute boxes, finish it off with a bow and you’re done!

boxwood clippings_roasted cinnamon almond recipe

Click here for original recipe.

Use ‘BOXWOOD10′ for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING on Gygi’s site.

Don’t forget you can pick up your order in store to save you the shipping!

Chocolate-Dipped Tangerines

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

Today we’re excited to share a delicious little gift idea for the holidays: chocolate-dipped tangerines.

boxwood clippings_chocolate dipped tangerines

We simply peeled our tangerines, melted chocolate apeels from Gygi and got to work dipping the tangerine slices, sprinkling  a garnish of sea salt or crystallized sugar and placing them to cool on parchment paper. This process only took about 5 minutes!

As the tangerines would need to be eaten up within a day or so we wanted to keep portion sizes small so these little candy boxes were the perfect. Cute packaging makes such a difference!

Wouldn’t these be great for a chic place settings, a cute party favor or a holiday gift to bring into the office?

For a longer shelf life you could always used dried fruit instead of fresh.

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Don’t forget to use ‘BOXWOOD10′ for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING on Gygi’s site.You can even pick up in store to save you the shipping!

Homemade French Fries

Friday, November 15th, 2013

 My body is demanding lots of comfort food lately…which leads to making these…

boxwood clippings_yummy fries

Complex carbohydrates are satisfying and healthy. Did you know sweet potato contains oodles of vitamin A that helps with eye health? I am solely thinking of my eyes while eating these ;)

Seriously though, these are sooo much healthier than deep-fried fast food fries and are so delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Potato

Sweet potato

Olive oil

Salt + pepper

Scrub your potatoes clean and then cut into wedges. Cut regular potatoes into large wedges and the sweet potatoes into thinner wedges so they’ll have the same cooking time.

Place on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn your potatoes so all sides are coated with olive oil then cook at 350 for 45 mins flipping them half through cooking time.

These fries are the perfect game-day treat that your whole family will enjoy. For zero clean-up this non-stick foil works amazingly well to line your cookie sheet.

Hope you likey!

p.s. Do complex carbohydrates remind you of this? Love Brad Pitt in this episode!

Ginger Cookie Recipe

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Our friend Brookie had the most inviting apartment in college, it was always the gathering place on a hot summers night, and a freezing winters eve.

She’d often whip up treats, and this ginger cookie was my absolute fave. Now fall just isn’t fall without a batch, a gossip fest and a cup of hot chocolate!

boxwood clippings_ginger cookie recipe

 

You Will Need: 

(makes 7-8 dozen)

2 cups of brown sugar

1 1/2 cups of butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup of molasses

1/2 tsp of salt

4 1/2 cups of flour

4 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp of ground ginger

2 tsp of ground cinnamon

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How To Make:

Cream sugar and butter together. Then add eggs and molasses and mix well.

Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add slowly to butter mix.

Chill in refrigerator for several hours.

Then roll into 1″ balls, roll in sugar and place on greased baking sheet.

Softly press with palm of hand to flatten gently.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 min.

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Although this cookie is my fall fave, I think it’s also perfect to leave out for Santa, it smells and tastes so good he’ll take the whole plate and not just a nibble!

Thanks for sharing Brookie!