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Lemon and Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Bundt cakes always look so beautiful don’t they?

Last month when Downeast had their tent sale I was lucky enough to find THIS Williams and Sonoma pan for only $5, holler! I’ve been dying to give it a try so I whipped up the recipe that was on the packaging, and added some lemon and poppy seeds.

It was so delish, and picture perfect!

boxwood clippings_lemon and poopyseed bunt cake recipe

You Will Need:

3 cups of flour

1 1/2 tsp of baking powder

3/4 tsp of salt

2 1/4 sticks of unsalted butter

1 2/3 cups of sugar

4 lightly beaten eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups of milk

4 drops of lemon extract

3 tbsp of poppy seeds

powdered sugar for dusting

How To:

With all ingredients out at room temperature, prep the oven by placing rack in lower third of oven, and preheat to 325 degrees. Grease and flour pan generously.

In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl beat the butter on medium speed until creamy (about 30 seconds). Add sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add the eggs a little at a time, and then the vanilla, and mix.

Add the flour mixture gradually in three sessions, followed by a bit of milk mixing well after each. Be sure to scrape down edge of bowl and mix everything well.

Spread batter into prepped pan, and bake until cake begins to pull away from the sides and passes the toothpick test! 65-70 minutes. Move the pan from oven to wire tack and let cake cool for 15 minutes in pan. Tap the pan gently to loosed the cake and turn upside down onto cake stand. Cool for at least two hours and dust with powered sugar or glaze right before serving.

For The Glaze:

powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.

I can’t remember the exact measurements, but it’s all preference anyhow. Start with a cup of powdered sugar and mix in a little lemon juice until the desired consistency. Remember once drizzled on cake, it always seems runnier than in the bowl! Sprinkle lemon zest over the top!

The Perfect Fall Salad

Friday, September 5th, 2014

September is here and we couldn’t be happier for the next few months. We made the most delicious salad, which just seems perfect for this time of year!

Butternut Squash, Beet + Goat Cheese Salad

boxwood clippings_butternut squash, beet and goat cheese salad

Ingredients:

Roasted Butternut Squash

Beets

Goat Cheese

Spring Mix

Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:

We assembled salad with beets and squash first, added a large serving of greens on top, and garnished with goat cheese, pepper and balsamic vinegar.

Absolute perfection on a crisp afternoon, we hope you like it too!

Victoria Sponge Cake

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

No summer is complete without a ‘Vicky Sponge’.

If you want to feel British, whip up this cake!

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It’s the most basic of recipes and has us once again believing that simple is always best!

We followed THIS recipe

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Ooooh I’m off for seconds, anyone want to join me?!

Lunch For a Working Gal

Friday, August 15th, 2014

I find my day goes so much smoother (and healthier) when I pack a lunch for work. Eating out every day gets really expensive, takes a lot of time and often ends up with an overworked tummy and a sluggish afternoon. :(

Instead, I leave work lunches for special occasions and bring from home a protein-packed salad that helps get me through the day strong!

boxwood clippings_lunch for a working girl

This salad is just arugula and spinach greens topped with rotisserie chicken, cucumber, grapes, craisens, sunflower seeds with one of my favorite GF dressings, see HERE. Another favorite salad is THIS ONE…it never gets old!

I also pack a piece of fruit or handful of nuts for a mid-morning snack, and a little treat for mid-afternoon. And although I haven’t kicked my soda habit completely, I also sneak in a can of diet pepsi. This is my little treat mid-day and is so much better for me than running to the gas station for a 44oz!

Even though it takes a little prep the night before, I’m always so much happier with my day when I’ve planned my meals. Do you have any good tips for thrifty and healthy lunches?

5 Minute Pita Pizza

Friday, August 8th, 2014

I’m such a fan of fast, fresh, yummy dinners.

This one has been my go-to lately, because it’s sooooo yummy!

boxwood clippings_5 minute pita pizza

I simply pop a pita in the oven on broil and let it lightly toast one side as I rummage through my fridge for ingredients.

As you know, personalizing a pizza is lots of fun, but it’s also a great way to use up odds and ends from your week of cooking.

For this Pizza I used:

1 pita bread

bbq sauce

mozzarella cheese

tomato

red onion

chicken breast

pepper, basil and parmesan to finish :)

Once the one side is nice and toasty, pop on your toppings and place back in the oven for another couple of mins until the cheese is bubbling.

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I’ve been promising our nephews a sleep over for some time.

One day we’ll get around to it,

and I think this will be the perfect dinner that they can help make.

Very fun don’t you think?

 

Simple Soloution: Recipe Book for Printed Recipes

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Browsing through a beautiful recipe book is inspiring and motivating,

but a lot of the time I turn to the web for spur of the moment recipes and ideas.

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It’s no surprise that many of these recipes become favorites and need a home,

and I’m really proud that I have found the perfect one!

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These portfolios (see HERE) are perfection.

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The plastic sleeves not only protect from flying ingredients,

but also make it really easy to flip through the recipes.

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I added tabs and made it even more user friendly. :)

boxwood clippings_simple solution recipe book

Now that this problem is fixed, I can see I’m going to go ‘print crazy’.

Maybe I’ll need a book for each category soon.

Oooh I think I like that idea!

Chicken Pesto Panini

Friday, August 1st, 2014

We are so excited to share with you the most delicious, easiest and affordable panini recipe ever.

Honestly, we think it is restaurant worthy!

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Ingredients:

Sandwich bread (we used Udi’s gluten-free)

Rotisserie chicken

Store-bought Pesto

Cheese slice (we like Harvarti)

Tomato slices

Spinach

Red onion

Olive oil or butter

Directions:

Start with spreading Pesto like you would mayo or mustard on you bread. Layer ingredients, as much or as little as you would like and sandwich bread together. Brush olive oil on sides of bread that will be toasted (or just spread butter). Last use your panini press or grill on a frying pan until cheese melts.

We’re telling ya, this is amazing! Hope you likey!

Homemade EASY Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Friday, July 25th, 2014

We can not get enough ice cream this time of year.

And homemade is even better than store bought, it’s sooooo easy but you do need an ice cream maker.

We loooove ours, see HERE.

boxwood clippings_homemade peanut butter ice cream

 

 

You Will Need:

1 1/8  cups of peanut butter

3/4 cups of granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups of milk

2 cups of heavy cream

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup of mini peanut butter cups

To Make:

Mix peanut butter and sugar in a bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Add milk and mix slowly until the sugar is dissolved (about 2 min). Add cream and vanilla and stir. Pour into freezer bowl of ice cream maker and mix for about 30 mins until thickened. Then add the peanut butter cups and mix until all blended. By this time your ice cream is like  soft serve, if you want it thicker like our photo above, place in an air tight container and pop in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Be prepared to taste ice cream at perfection!

Enjoy!

Easy Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Don’t we all try to get a little fancy when it comes to the grill?!

Marinades and seasonings sure are fun, but sometimes it’s also great to stick with delicious basics.

We have been loving these simple skewers this year:

boxwood clippings_easy pineapple and chicken kebabs

Ingredients:

One Pineapple

1/4 c brown sugar

squirt of lime juice

Four chicken breasts

Seasoning salt

Directions:

Core and cube pineapple and toss with brown sugar, and lime juice. Cube chicken breasts and add seasoning salt or even just salt and pepper to taste. Arrange cubes on skewer and grill for 15 mins, turning occasionally.

The juice of the pineapple, as well as the sugar and salt combo make this one yummy and easy, easy meal! Serve with a side salad and barbeque sauce, for your whole family to enjoy!

Holler Dollar: BBQ Kettle Chips

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

 This is a yummy Holler Dollar, BBQ Kettle Chips from the Dollar Tree.

Need I say more…trust me, they’re amazing!

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Go get some.

Nom nom nom!!!!

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Friday, July 11th, 2014

My craving for chocolate cake started last summer with the twin pregnancy.

One year later it’s still here, and in full force!

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I seriously feel like I could eat the whole chocolate cake at Costco…it’s that bad.

(Yes, the one that’s bigger than a small country!)

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One day, when the craving was particularly strong, I came across this recipe (see HERE)

and fell in love.

boxwood clippings_chocolate sheet cake by pioneer woman

Topped with a strawberry, it gives the illusion of being semi-healthy.

It’s so sinful, it’s heavenly.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s made from things I bet you already have.

Love that!

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Go ahead and try it…I dare you!

Patriotic Food

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Maybe it’s the hungry girl inside of me, but take the American flag and associate it with food and I am 100% invested and ready to sign up for American citizenship! Here are a few patriotic ideas I’ve seen around Pinterest to get you all excited for the upcoming holiday:

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Screen shot 2014-06-22 at 3.13.53 PMsparkling spritzer

boxwoodclippings_patriotic yogurt parfaityogurt parfait

boxwoodclippings_flag fruit platterfruit + cake platter

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boxwoodclippings_patriotic toast

So fun and festive, right?! Does your family make any special food for the 4th? We’d love to hear your American ideas!

Flavored Waters

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Utah is heating up for the summer, and we are trying to steer clear of too many sodas and pregnant swollen feet! We came up with a few flavored water combos we are just dying over!

Grapefruit + Lime

boxwood clippings_flavored watersWe fell in love with grapefruit water at Emily’s shower, but with a touch of lime it is even more delicious!

Lemon + Mint

boxwood clippings_flavored watersWe were hesitant to add mint to our regular lemon water, but it is our new fave! It is AMAZING!!!

Strawberry + Basil + Cucumber

boxwood clippings_flavored watersWe used frozen strawberries for an extra chilled drink and added a little basil and cucumber. So yummy!

We hope you like these combos as much as we do and dare you to open your fridge to see what flavors you can add to make a refreshing and healthy drink!

Let us know what you discover!

An Easy Meal: A Dressed up Bagel

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Bagels are delish any time of day. Usually, butter, cream cheese, and  laughing cow is my go-to choices for toppings.

But recently I’ve been really enjoying this version…

boxwood clippings_a dressed up bagel

To make I simply toast the bagel on both sides, then stick it under the broil for a few minutes with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil. Once out, top with some yummy balsamic vinegar and pepper.

Ooooh Yummy.

This is SO incredibly fast and satisfying, which is key with two little one’s in tow!

Boxwood Salads

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Hurray for salad season! We couldn’t be happier our tummies are craving salads again. We think it’s the perfect time to get you inspired for delicious salads for the warm months ahead. Here’s a few of our faves:

boxwoodclippings_bbq chicken saladBarbeque Chicken Salad Recipe

boxwoodclippings_strawberry saladStrawberry Salad Recipe

boxwoodclippings_chicken caesar saladChicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe

boxwoodclippings_bacon & blue cheese lettuce wedgeBacon and Blue Cheese Lettuce Wedge Recipe

boxwoodclippings_cobb saladHearty Cobb Recipe

boxwoodclippings_spinach, egg and bacon saladSpinach, Egg + Bacon Recipe

Do you have a salad you are loving right now? Please share!

Gran’s Fizzy Fruit Salad

Friday, May 30th, 2014

We are so excited that our local grocers are fully stocked with all of our favorite summer fruits, at great prices too! We thought of no better way to celebrate than by making a rendition of our Gran’s fizzy fruit salad. It is always a favorite at family parties, and we even served it in little crystal bowls just like she always does.

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Here’s What You’ll Need to Make Your Own:

A combo of seasonal and canned fruits

Sparkling apple juice

Directions:

We used strawberries, blueberries, grapes, mangoes, cantaloupe, apples, bananas and mandarin oranges. You really can’t go wrong with any fruit combo, but we always make sure to have mandarin oranges for a zing. Then we simply cover the fruit with sparkling apple juice and refrigerate for about an hour before serving.

We hope you love this as much as we do. Here’s to a long and fruitful summer!!!

Virgin Mai Tai Recipe

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

When I lived in Hawaii my favorite treat would be to visit a resort and lounge by the ocean sipping a Mai Tai. It was heaven, Hawaii is magical and I miss it so much!

Life has dramatically changed since my days at the ocean, but one thing I can still enjoy is this delicious drink:

boxwood clippings_virgin mai tai recipe

Here’s How To Make Your Own:

1 c pineapple juice

1/2 c orange juice

1/2 c club soda

2 tbsp cream of coconut

1 tbsp grenadine

Mix all ingredients together except grenadine, pour into a glass, add grenadine and then ice.

This is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up to take away your daily stressors…even sans alcohol! Here’s to the little things in life!

 

Gluten Free Pizza

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Pizza is one of those things since I’ve been gluten free that I’ve failed at… a LOT! I have tried countless recipes, mixes and frozen gluten free versions which all have been extremely expensive and pretty much resemble cardboard.

That was at least, until I discovered these little beauties: Udi’s Pizza Crusts. I have raved about Udi’s products before, and honestly knew they would probably be great before I even tried them!

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I was right! I loaded on my favorite toppings of canadian bacon, pineapple, and fresh mozzerella, and broiled for 10 minutes. They are for sure the best gluten free pizza I have had yet and cost only $4.99 for a two pack which is less expensive than most other gluten free options.

Do you have any gluten free secrets? I’d love to hear your tips!!!

 

Lemon Cream Chocolates

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Last week we altered this easy recipe to make our own lemon creams. We love lemon, especially this time of year. So zesty and fresh!

boxwood clippings_lemon cream chocolates

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

2 c powdered sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons butter

1/4 tsp lemon oil (not extract)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

12 oz chocolate apeels

2 tablespoons evaporated milk

Follow directions HERE.

These turned out so perfectly we wrapped them up in cellophane to give out as favors at Emily’s shower.

boxwood clippings_lemon cream chocolate favors

Yum, yum, yum! We hope you love these as much as we do!

We can’t wait to show you the rest of the shower. Tune in on Monday!!!

3 Ways to Make Trail Mix

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Whether at home or at work, it always seems to be the wrong time when your stomach starts to growl in between meals. Instead of heading directly for the candy we decided to bag up individual portions of our own trail mixes ready to go at the first rumble!

We simply used what we had in the pantry. The combinations are endless and you’d be surprised at what tastes so good together.

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Combo #1 Pretzels, goldfish and M&M’s

Combo #2 Almonds, craisins, white chocolate chunks

Combo #3 Chex, cheerios, chocolate raisins and dried papaya

Our favorite is for sure combo #2, almonds always help keep hunger at bay until dinner time!

Do you have any favorite snacks to keep you going through the day? We’d love to hear!