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EASY Homemade Gluten-Free Granola Bars

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Breakfast has become increasingly harder with the babies on board. Does anyone else have this problem?

We need something we can literally grab on the way out the door on a busy morning that will give us energy to start our day. These simple granola bars are perfect!

boxwood clippings homemade granola bars

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 c rice cereal

  2 c oats

1/2 c peanut butter

1/2 c honey

1/2 c brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Add ons:

1/2 c raisins/dried fruit

1/2 c chocolate/yogurt chips

nuts/seeds

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl measure out rice cereal and oats (we like THESE gluten free ones).

In a saucepan on med-high heat stir honey and brown sugar until a rolling boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.

Pour liquid mixture over dry and stir to incorporate. Add desired mix-ins and press mixture into an ungreased 9×13 pan.

Leave to set at room temperature for about an hour before cutting. Makes 16 bars. Store in air-tight container for up to a week.

Do you have a simple recipe you’d like to share?! Please email us!

mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com

Thanks to Suzy and Becky for the amazing recipe!

Power Smoothies

Friday, March 20th, 2015

We are loving smoothies more than ever! They are fast, delicious and a great way to pack in those fruits and veggies!

boxwood clippings power smoothies

We keep our freezers stocked with bulk fruit from Costco, but also stock up when we see smaller packs of smoothie starters and fruit medleys on sale.

We loved THIS peach, carrot and mango combo, which we just added a cup of orange juice and half a banana to.

THIS kale, strawberry and blueberry smoothie wasn’t quite as sweet, but had all of the good stuff!

THIS is still our go-to simple green smoothie recipe we use almost every day, and Sarah found THESE wide straws that are cheap and perfect for smoothies!

Seriously, THIS blender has changed our lives!

Do you have any smoothie tips? We’d love to hear!!!!

EASY Mini Chocolate Easter Eggs

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Did we over-face you with too much chocolate yesterday, or are you ready for more?!

Either way, THIS mini egg mold makes the cutest little chocolate Easter eggs you ever did see!

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We filled the mini molds full with melted chocolate (milk HERE and white HERE) and put them into the freezer to set.

We then popped them out of the mold and drizzled them with chocolate in different designs.

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This is the perfect Easter activity to do with kiddies…EASY, EASY, EASY!

We’ll be putting a few in cellophane bags and tying them up with pretty ribbon for Easter gifts.

We love a good five-minute, affordable and adorable gift idea!!!

Guest Post at GYGI: Large Chocolate Easter Eggs

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Good morning friends!

Today we are guest posting on Gygi’s blog today talking about how we made these large chocolate Easter eggs!

boxwood clippings chocolate easter eggs

We hope you’ll stop by and see how easy they are HERE!

Chocolate Chip Cookies to Die For

Friday, March 13th, 2015

In an effort not to consume all the chocolate chips in my house before baking, I decided to bake.

I quickly ‘googled’ a recipe for the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie, when I came across this one (see HERE).

And fell in love.

boxwood clippings chocolate chip cookies

They are heavenly.

You HAVE to try.

Whip up a batch this weekend, and blame the calories on me!

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*Tip: Use Guittard milk chocolate chips. That’s what makes the ‘heavenly’ effect!

Dressing up Costco’s Chocolate Cake

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Last week was my birthday, so I asked Brock to get me my favorite cake from Costco. Usually we make our cakes but this one is just too good not to indulge in at least once a year.

It is so decadent and beautiful on it’s own, but as it was my birthday I thought I’d dress it up a bit.

I used some wooden skewers and scraps of ribbon and made little flag-like decorations.

boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

 It was so pretty, but we had to be careful where we lit the candle!

This is such a versatile idea, and can be made to go with any color scheme or theme.

We love a simple spruce!

Cilantro Lime Soup

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Are you ready for a taste-bud explosion?

This soup is insane, it received five stars from our family!

boxwood clippings: cilantro lime soup

Ingredients

2 TBSP olive oil

1 onion

4 cloves garlic

80 oz chicken broth

14 oz can diced tomatoes

7 oz can diced green chilis

4 chicken breasts

4 limes

2 c cooked rice

1 bunch fresh cilantro

ground cumin, salt and pepper

tortilla chips, sour cream, avocado, cheddar cheese to garnish

Directions

Cook chicken and shred, or to save time use a rotisserie chicken! Next warm olive oil in a large pan and cook diced onion and garlic. Add cooked chicken, cooked rice, chicken broth, tomatoes (not drained), chilis, juice from the limes (about 1 cup) and bring to the boil. Season with salt, pepper and ground cumin to taste. Add chopped cilantro before serving, top with avocado and cheese and serve with tortilla chips. Thanks to Kumari for the wonderful recipe!

The Simplest Chicken Tikka Masala Ever

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Indian food is our absolute favorite! We love it so much we are always looking for new recipes trying to mimic our favorite dishes. For anyone else that has attempted this, you know this is a hard task!

Our good friend, Kumari shared with us the best find ever! Indian Essentials Tikka Masala seasoning mix from Costco. The recipe found on the spice mix is amazing! So tasty, so easy and so inexpensive! We’re in love!

boxwood clippings_simple chicken tikka recipe

INGREDIENTS

3 large chicken breasts

1 onion

2 TBSP butter

2 TBSP olive oil

1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)

1/2 cup cream

1/4 cup seasoning mix

DIRECTIONS

Dice onion and cut chicken into 1″ cubes. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil and cook your chicken on medium heat until no longer pink. Set aside. Melt butter and and a tablespoon of olive oil and cook onions. Add tomatoes, seasoning mix and chicken and cook for 10 mins. Mix in cream and simmer for 10 more minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite rice.

The best part about this recipe is you can exchange ingredients to your liking. We added diced tomatoes instead of tomato sauce and used plain yogurt instead of cream. We also love it with potatoes.

boxwood clippings_simple chicken tikka recipe

Give it a try, we can’t wait to hear what you think!

Costco’s Gluten-Free Super Salad

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Our new favorite discovery is Costco’s bagged Sweet Kale mix salad.

Topped with a little rotisserie chicken and we have a new favorite lunch!

boxwood clippings_easy and healthy costco salad

 

It is SUPER for many reasons…

No.1 It contains 7 superfoods, pre-washed and ready to feast on… broccoli, kale, cabbage, and brussels sprouts just to name a few. It also comes with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and poppyseed dressing (gluten free) all ready to mix in.

No.2 It is delicious!

No.3 It lasts for about a week in the fridge, which is AMAZING! It is also fantastic the day after you’ve mixed in the dressing as it marinades overnight, much like a traditional broccoli salad would.

No.4 It only costs $4.79 for a large bag!

Healthy, delicious, easy and inexpensive meals is what we’re all about, and this passes with flying colors!

Time for a Costco trip!

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries + Marshmallows

Monday, February 9th, 2015

We are thrilled to be guest posting over at one of our favorite store’s blog today.

Gygi is our first and often one-stop shop for any holiday, party or event we are planning and we’re so excited to be sharing these ever so easy perfect valentine treats HERE.

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boxwood clippings_chocolate covered marshmallows

Gygi is currently offering Boxwood readers 15% off their online shop AND in store with this coupon!

Yippee!

Thanks Gygi!

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 (Click on image then print for coupon, or shop HERE for online store.)

Easiest Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies EVER!

Friday, February 6th, 2015

I have had several people give me this recipe over the years, because it is the is the easiest peanut butter cookie recipe ever!

boxwood clippings_easy gluten free peanut butter cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 c peanut butter

3/4 c light brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

Beat peanut butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt and mix until incorporated. Shape into balls, and roll in white sugar. Flatten with a criss-cross pattern with a fork, place on greased cookie sheet or parchment paper and bake for 7 minutes at 350. Allow to cool before removing from cookie sheet.

These are sure to be a hit with any peanut butter lover whether living gluten free or not!

Gluten Free Cauliflower + Cheese Soup

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Can you tell we’re on a soup kick?

If you’re looking for the ultimate comfort food for a cozy night in, you’ve come to the right place!

Cauliflower + Cheese Soup

boxwood clippings_califlower soup

Ingredients

one head of cauliflower

one can chicken broth (14oz)

one onion

2 tsp diced garlic

2 tsp butter

2 c milk

2 c sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 c flour (we use THIS GF favorite)

Directions

Dice onion and chop cauliflower into small pieces. Melt butter and cook diced onion and garlic until translucent. Add flour and mix creating a paste texture. Whisk in milk and chicken broth. Add cauliflower and cook until tender (about 20 mins on medium heat). Salt and Pepper to taste. Blend with an immersion blender if you would like a smooth texture, but we like leaving chunks of cauliflower. Stir in cheese.

This soup is simple and delicious. Let us know how you like it!

Adapted slightly from THIS recipe.

Italian Sausage and Kale Soup

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Brad’s niece, Nicole introduced us to this amazing soup combo. It’s zesty, brothy, and creamy all at the same time and we could eat it all day long.

Zuppa Toscana Copycat Soup

boxwood clippings Italian sausage and kale soup

Ingredients

1 lb mild minced Italian sausage

3 large potatoes

1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

2 cups kale

2 cans of chicken broth

1 quart water

1 c whipping cream

Dice onion, mince garlic cloves. Peel and cut potatoes into small cubes. Brown sausage in large pot. Add water and broth. Place onion, garlic and potatoes in pot and cook on medium heat until potatoes are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cream and add kale and simmer for 10 mins before serving.

We hope you enjoy this amazing soup!

Original recipe HERE.

Thanks for sharing, Nicole!

Simple Tomato Soup

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Soups are one of the easiest things you can make, and we loveee this one because it has to be

THE EASIEST!

boxwood clippings_simple tomato soup

 

You Will Need:

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

4 Cloves of garlic

Pinch of red pepper flakes

1 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes, chopped and juice

3 cups of water

salt, pepper, cheese and fresh basil to taste.

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How To:

Over medium heat cook oil, garlic and pepper flakes until garlic begins to turn golden. (About 5 minutes.) Add tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper and let simmer until dinner.

Garnish with cheese (mozzarella is perfect), and basil.

This goes perfect matched with this Easy No-Knead Bread, or a simple grilled cheese sandwich,

YUM!

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Usually we are salad girls for lunch, but in January it is so hard to have salad when it’s so freezing, right?! We’ve turned to soup to warm us up and get our veggies in. This is one of our faves…

boxwoodclippings_spicy butternut squash soup

INGREDIENTS

1 butternut squash (3-4 lbs)

1 onion

2 celery stalks

2 large carrots (or 10 baby carrots)

2 cans chicken broth (28 oz)

1/4 c cream

1 TBSP curry powder

DIRECTIONS

Prep veggies by peeling, and dicing to roughly the same size. Heat 2 TBSP olive oil and saute veggies until onions turn clear. Cover veggies with broth and boil until squash is tender. Add curry powder and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for the 30 mins. Stir in cream before serving.

The celery gives this a little crunch and the curry powder a little spice. Play around with the amounts of ingredients for your personal taste. We hope you enjoy!

Gift Idea: Orange Cream Chocolates

Friday, December 19th, 2014

We are in love with THIS recipe for making homemade chocolates.

They are easy, so fun to make and the final result looks so profesh…making them a perfect Christmas gift idea!

boxwood clippings_orange creams

We headed to Gygi to stock up on ingredients and packaging. Here’s what we used:

Ingredients:

2 c powdered sugar

2 1/2 TBSP butter

1/4 tsp orange cream oil (not extract)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

12 oz chocolate apeels

2 tablespoons (30 ml) evaporated milk

Directions

Mix powdered sugar, room temperature butter, orange cream 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 on foiled cookie sheet. Refrigerate again 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 chocolates from the fridge and dip them completely in chocolate. Use a fork to dish out of the chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip back into the chocolate bowl and place your chocolates on the cookie sheet to set. We used a round dipping tool like THIS, which made dipping extra easy (and helped us feel like chocolatiers :)).

For packaging, we picked up THESE little candy cups and THESE adorable holiday boxes sold individually, which are so fun for Christmas!

This recipe makes about 25 delicious orange creams. Adapted from this recipe.

Are you making anything fun for Christmas this year? We’d love to hear!

Gift Idea: Easy Chocolate-Dipped Chips

Friday, December 12th, 2014

You guys! Have you ever had chocolate-dipped potato chips?!

Yes, it sounds gross, but don’t knock it til you try it!

It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, and we’re gifting it this Christmas to those hard-to-buy-for men in our lives, as well as neighbors and co-workers!

boxwood clippings_chocolate dipped chips

Ingredients:

Crinkle-cut kettle-style potato chips

Milk chocolate (our fave from Gygi HERE)

Directions:

Simply melt and dip chips and lay on parchment to dry.

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We fell in love with THESE adorable popcorn containers, which are perfect to hold the chips wrapped up with a little cellophane and THIS twine.

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C’mon, you know you want to give them a try! Nom, nom, nom!

Best of Boxwood: Yummy Homemade Gifts

Monday, December 8th, 2014

‘Tis the season of giving, which means it’s time to whip up some homemade treats! Here are a few Boxwood favorites!

Perfect peppermint creams HERE

boxwood clippings_peppermint creams

Easy caramel pretzels HERE

boxwood clippings_chocolate dipped pretzel

sweet + salty dipped tangerines HERE

boxwood clippings_chocolate dipped tangerines

classic peppermint bark HERE

boxwood clippings_chocolate bark

roasted almonds HERE

boxwood clippings_roasted almonds

mini caramel apple sampler HERE

boxwood clippings_caramel apples gift box

 Are you gifting any homemade items this year? What do you have in the works?

A Holiday Salad: Clementine, Pomergrante, Turkey + Bacon!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Do you have leftover turkey in the fridge?

Here’s a perfect salad to use it up…

boxwood clippings_a holiday salad

Ingredients:

pomegranate

clementine slices

roasted turkey

cooked bacon

raw sunflower seeds

cheese (any will work, we used mozzarella and parmesan)

greens (we used spinach and arugula)

blush wine vinaigrette (HERE) or make your own similar dressing (see HERE).

Directions:

THIS tutorial changed my life… I really didn’t know seeding a pomegranate only takes a minute. You can go as light or heavy as your like with all these ingredients. We like a lot of pomegranate and bacon!!!

Prepare for your taste-buds to explode! This is the perfect side dish for the holidays or serve as a main dish when you need something a little lighter in this season of indulgence. Let us know what you think!

Mini Mince Pies

Friday, November 21st, 2014

To me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without mince pies.

I know lots of you American’s have a bad impression of these little yummies, but I’m here to tell you they are a must try, and not scary at all!

Topped with a healthy amount of whipped cream, they are to die for. A perfect, rich treat for a festive evening.

boxwood clippings_mini mince pies

 

To make, simply whip up a batch of your favorite pie crust (l like an all butter one like THIS).

Roll, and cut out the pastry. I used a large glass to cut the base. Then gently place in greased cup cake tin.

Add a teaspoon or so of filling (I used THIS one). Then use a smaller glass or mold for lid. Top with an egg wash.

Cook until golden brown.

 

boxwood clippings_mini mince pies

For decoration I used some pastry cutters similar to THIS, left some plain, and some a basket weave effect. This is the fun part, so it’s nice to have an extra minute and have some creative fun. I loved it when my mum would recruit us for this job when we were little.

The smell alone will convince you they are the ultimate dessert for this season.

Ummmmm!