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Watermelon Slush…a healthy treat!!!

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Don’t we all need a nice treat on a hot summer day?

This watermelon slush is SO refreshing and helps you pack in your fruit servings for the day…

boxwood clippings | watermelon slush

INGREDIENTS

3 c chilled watermelon

1 c frozen berry blend (we like the berry medley from Costco)

1/4 c plain yogurt

splash of orange juice

DIRECTIONS

Blend ingredients together with a small amount of cold water until desired consistency.
Top with a big dollop of whipped cream and take a five minute break from your day!

Rosemary Shortbread

Friday, July 17th, 2015

When we were traveling the California coast a few months ago, we stopped at the cutest deli for lunch. They were serving Rosemary Shortbread and since Brock is such a sucker for anything Rosemary we gave it a try.

I was instantly in love.

Shortbread alone is such a simple taste of rich butter and flaky crumbs, and the Rosemary complimented it’s simplicity perfectly!

boxwood clippings | rosemary shortbread

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup butter, room temperature

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp of dried rosemary

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift together flour and salt in a small bowl, add rosemary. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium, cream butter until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar, and continue to beat until very light in color and fluffy. Add flour mixture gradually, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed.

  2. With dough, make 1″ balls and place on cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Press down firmly with palm of hand or spatular or if you want to get fancy a cookie stamp like what we used. (See HERE)
  3. Bake for about 20 mins, until they are just barley turning brown. Let cool slightly. Enjoy with a glass of milk!

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I’m now dying to try it with dried lavender. Doesn’t that sound good?!

Oh and of course we need a gluten free alternative for Em, we’ll keep you posted!

Dirt-tay Diet Coke Float!!!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Isn’t summer the best?! But man can it be exhausting!
The heat, the kids….time for a refresher…

Dirty Diet Coke Float

boxwood clippings | dirty coke floatINGREDIENTS

diet Coke
fresh lemons/limes
coconut syrup (HERE)
vanilla ice-cream

DIRECTIONS

Pour a glass of coke and 1/4 lemon or lime juice. Add one drop of coconut syrup and a big scoop of ice-cream.

Perfect Mommy treat on a hot summer afternoon…and well deserved might we add! ;)

Watermelon + Grape Salad

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Ok salad fans, this is a new fave for the two of us. Sarah came up with the combo and we are addicted!

Fruity, zesty and bursting with flavor, you have to give this one a try!

boxwood clippings | watermelon and grape salad

INGREDIENTS

spinach
watermelon
green grapes
feta crumbles
citrus vinaigrette
shredded chicken (optional)

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DIRECTIONS

Start with spinach as your base and add fruit toppings.
Finish with feta cheese and drizzle citrus vinaigrette over salad just before serving.

This is summer perfections, hope you likey!

Gluten-Free Berry + Rosemary Crumble

Friday, June 12th, 2015

One of our favorite things about summer is fresh berries! Who’s with us?!

Here’s an easy-peasy recipe that will wow your taste buds!

boxwood clippings | gluten free berry and rosemary crumble

INGREDIENTS

6 cups of berries (fresh or frozen)
1 c GF flour (we use THIS)
1/2 c butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1 c GF oats (we use THIS)
2 tsp dried rosemary
vanilla ice-cream

.DIRECTIONS

Divide berries into individual ramekins or place in pie dish.
Mix dry ingredients together, then blend in the butter with fingertips to resemble breadcrumbs.
Spread oat mixture evenly on top of berries.
Bake in oven at 350 until golden brown (ramekins ~15 mins, pie dish ~ 30 mins).

.Serve with fresh vanilla ice-cream.

We recommend prepping ahead, then popping the crumble in the oven while you’re eating dinner so it is nice and warm for dessert. This makes about 6-8 servings.

Yum, yum!

Grilled, Juicy Pineapple

Friday, June 5th, 2015

As a side, or a simple dessert it’s hard to beat warm, juicy pineapple straight from the grill!

Easy Grilled Pineapple | Boxwood Clippings

Some people are put off by pineapple because it’s a lot of work…here’s how we cut up ours that’s really easy and quick..

1. Cut off top and bottom of pineapple (leaves and base).

2. Stand pineapple up onto new flat base and cut skin/peel off in strips working from top to bottom.

3. Cut pineapple into long strips working around the core.

4. Cube if desired!

To grill we simple sprinkle strips with brown sugar and either lemon or lime juice and grill for 5-10 mins on the grill outside, or on broil in the oven.

The easiest way to sweeten any summer meal :)

Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Guittard Chocolate Pots De Creme

Friday, May 29th, 2015

One day while nibbling on our favorite chocolate chips (bad habit), we noticed three words of a recipe on the back of the package. Chocolate. Milk. Butter. SOLD!

This dessert is perfect for a summer’s eve. Large party or intimate gathering, it will not disappoint. Quick, decadent and divine….

boxwood clippings | chocolate pot de la cream

INGREDIENTS:

2 c Guittard milk chocolate chips

3/4 c whole milk

1/4 c butter

DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat while stirring to boil.
Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and stir until melted.
Pour into tiny glasses and refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.
Garnish with a dollop of cream and fresh fruit (we used mango above).

A tiny little treat everyone will love, and no one will know the recipe is so simple!!!

Easy Meals to Stop you going to the Drive Thru!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

boxwood clippings 7 easy meals

Life is busy! Even though we’d love to have a perfectly nutritious and delicious meal prepared for our families each night, sometimes there just isn’t time to think and prepare an amazing meal, let alone shop.

For those nights that fast food seems the easiest/only option, here’s a healthier and cheaper meal plan with prep 5 mins or less that will get you through with just one trip to Costco.

costco kale salad | boxwood clippings

1. kale salad mix + rotisserie chicken

2. take-n-bake or frozen pizza + side salad

3. frozen taquitos + salsa + fruit

4. easy cheesy eggs + salsa + fruit

5. soup + grilled cheese

6. dressed up bagel + green smoothie

7. pasta + fresh tomatoes (HERE)

COSTCO SHOPPING LIST

pineapple
watermelon
bananas
tomatoes
spinach
kale salad mix
cheese (sliced or loaf)
rotisserie chicken
take-n-bake pizza
frozen strawberries
frozen taquitos
soup (THIS is our Costco fave)
bagels
bread
pasta
eggs

 We hope this helps your busy family!

We’d love to hear your easy Costco meal in the comments below!

Easiest Gluten-free, Kid-Friendly Meal EVER: Chicken Pesto Penne

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Hey g-free friends! Have you tried THIS amazing new gluten-free pasta?

It’s a winner and a staple around here now it’s carried in a four-pack at Costco!

boxwood clippings gluten free pesto pasta

Dinner gets complicated when you’re cooking g-free for some and ‘normal’ for others. But now we can get this for $1.50 a box, it’s our go-to easy-peasy dinner for everyone.

We simply boil up the pasta as normal, drain and mix in 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp pesto and s+p to taste. Top with chicken and parmesan and serve with a side salad or even just cut up veggies and hummus or dip for an appetizer for the kids (and hubby) while you’re cooking up the pasta.

We’re finding it’s way easier to get fruit and veg down serving the babies the healthiest options first before they get eyes on their ‘main course’. Are your kids the same?

Have any amazing kid-friendly recipes to share?

Please, give us a holler at mail[at]boxwoodclippings.com!

Happy weekend everyone!!!

Gluten Free Brownies….Whaaaaaat?!!!

Friday, May 8th, 2015

I literally haven’t had a brownie in 8 years so when I saw a 3-pack box at Costco for only $7 you know I had to give them a try!

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This Krusteaz mix is amazing. It tastes just like I remember ‘normal’ brownies tasting!

Most gf mixes are super pricey, but these are so cheap working out to be less than $2 a batch! And, most importantly they past the regular gluten-eaters taste test.

It’s Friday and you deserve a treat, go get yourself some brownies!

Do you have a great gluten-free recipe you’d love to share?

Please email us: mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com

FIVE ways to Croissant!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

In the Faubus home, 2014 will always be remembered for 2 things:

1. The year of the twins

2. The year of the croissants!!!

Both of the things, were closely related, and both delish!

The story began when my friend greeted us home from the hospital with a tray of Costco croissants and chicken salad. Such a thoughtful gesture, that was quickly put to use when our encore of family arrived to welcome the little ones home. Food was the last things on our mind, but ever so needed.

The days, weeks and months later were fully consumed with the babies. I remember literally rushing downstairs thinking I have about 30 seconds to eat something and because I was feeding 2 babies I WAS HUNGRY. Calories were the best. These buttery croissants were heaven!

boxwood clippings 5 ways to croissant!

Here are my favorite ways to Croissant:

No.1 Chicken Salad: lots of mayo, chicken breast, sliced grapes and celery, plus salt and pepper to taste. If you use a rotisserie chicken this is one of the fastest dinners on earth, and is great for a crowd. Also, I’ve found that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Plus it’s great to keep in the fridge for a few days. Perfect!

No.2 Nutella: Now we’re talking! Slice the croissant in half and pop in microwave for about 10 seconds, apply Nutella and pretend you’re in France!

No. 3 Jam and Butter: Prep croissant like above and top with jam and butter. Soooo simple and sooooo yum!

No.4. Sandwich: Turn your regular “to-go” into something special. I just love turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomato.

No 5 Bread Pudding: So you don’t eat them all in time and they’re getting a little on the old side. Try out this recipe and be even more naughty!

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I’ve never met a fresh croissant I haven’t liked, but Costco’s are my fave. Usually $5.99 for 12, on sale now for $4.99!!!

Obviously, I have a lot to say no the subject. Do chime in with your thoughts. Just don’t mention calories!!!

Gluten Free Malibu Chicken

Friday, April 24th, 2015

I feel like a winner when a gluten eater loves one of my gluten-free dishes!

Here’s a favorite we are loving in our house…

boxwood clippings gluten free Malibu Chicken Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

2 slices gf bread (udi’s is my fave)

1/4 c parmesan

1 tbsp garlic powder

2 eggs

4 slices cheese (any, I like muenster)

4 slices deli ham

fresh pineapple

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a baking dish.

To make breadcrumbs place bread, parmesan and garlic powder in blender/food processor and pulse. Salt and pepper to taste.

Beat eggs in a shallow bowl and place breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl.

With a fork, dip chicken in beaten egg and flip so chicken is coated. Next, move to the breadcrumb bowl and repeat so chicken is coated in breadcrumbs before moving to the baking dish.

Repeat with all chicken breasts and bake for about 35 mins.

Place ham, cheese and pineapple on top of baked chicken and broil for 5 mins.

This dish is so versicle and can be served with anything. I like to add some kind of dipping sauce…even just ranch or honey mustard.

Hope you likey!

Nordies Knock-off Salad

Friday, April 17th, 2015

One of our favorite places to lunch is Nordstom’s Cafe, they have the yummiest salads…and fries :)

Here’s our stay-at-home version that is almost as tasty as the real thing…

boxwood clippings salad

Ingredients:

arugula

roasted chicken breast

granny smith apple

candied pecans (instructions HERE)

craisens

shavings of parmesan/sharp white cheddar

Dressing:

3/4 c canola oil

1/4 c champagne vineagar

1/2 shallot (about 1/4 c diced)

1/2 tsp minced garlic

2 tsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp sugar

dash of salt and white pepper

Directions:

Blend dressing ingredients together and refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.

Slice apple into extra thin slices and layer onto a bed of arugula.

Layer chicken, craisens, candied pecans, cheese and dressing.

Top with s+p and serve.

Enjoy!

Dressing up Plain Yogurt

Friday, April 10th, 2015

We are big fans of yogurt around here and even more so now the babies are around!

Rather than buying individual expensive and sugar-laden flavored yogurts, we are opting for the big tub of plain and dressing it up with our own toppings…

boxwood clippings dressing up plain yogurt
We start by adding fresh fruit for the babies, but for ours we are coming up with all sorts of flavor combos with nuts, sunflower seeds, honey and granola.

Our favorite is 1/2 c yogurt mixed with apple, raw sunflower seeds, a dash of lemon juice and a sprinkle of cinnamon…so satisfying and refreshing!

Kroger stores seem to have the best price around for yogurt at about $2 for 32 oz.

We dare you to trade to plain!

Favorite Breakfast: Easy Cheesy Eggs!

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

What can you make for breakfast that’s packed with protein, veggies, super cheaps and always in your fridge? Scrambled eggs!

Eggs have fast become our favorite breakfast. They are packed with nutrients and are high in choline which is important for fetal brain development..hence making eggs the perfect breakfast for pregnant or nursing mamas!

Here is our favorite way to prepare them…

boxwood clippings cheesy eggs

INGREDIENTS

3 eggs

1/8 c milk

salt & pepper to taste

2 handfuls of spinach

1 slice  of havarti cheese (you could sub for your favorite)

salsa

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DIRECTIONS

Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper and cook on medium-high, tossing occasionally until they start to cook.

Add spinach and cheese and cook until firm.

Serve with salsa on the side.

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What’s your favorite way to serve eggs?

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We hope you have an eggcelent Easter weekend!
(hehe, sorry, we couldn’t resist)

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!

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!

boxwood clippings easter for gygi_4

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.

boxwood clippings easter eggs

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!