Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tasty Treats!

And the Baking Adventures continue!

Baking just brings me so much happiness. Don't ask me why. I just like it. Like a lot. And just cooking in general.


Back to School Zucchini Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting 



These were very near disaster (I forgot to put in the eggs until after I put them in the oven, the oven got turned off somehow and we thought it was on the whole time, I mixed all the frosting ingredients together at once, we didn't have walnuts), but they turned out yummy in the end! You can't taste the zucchini at all! I am a fan of raisins and so I like this addition but I discovered that a lot of people don't like raisins so leave em out if you must! Also I just didn't put in ginger because I didn't have any. College lyfe. 

I want to make Back to School Carrot Cake a tradition in my life! 



My mom used to make these at Christmastime to put on our plates to give away to people! Just a yummy mixture of caramel and chocolate mmmmmmm! I made these during the BYU football game yesterday and my friends loved them! 


Also, as a bonus, they freeze really well in tupperware! Then you can have these scrumptious dessert throughout the semester. Booyah. I'm all about satisfying the sugar craving. 

Happy Sunday! 

Here is my thought for today:

I had the opportunity to go sing at a rest home with Utah Healing Arts a week or two ago, and I met this sweet old lady who had a really hard time hearing. I could feel the slight desperation she was feeling; she wanted to hear so badly, and she wanted to have a conversation because she was probably lonely. 

I introduced myself to her initially while standing on my feet, but then as her hearing problem became apparent I dropped down a little lower, and as we continued to interact I finally ended up sitting on my knees before her. 

I had this moment of realization as I did so. 

Christ does this for us. He drops down before us in the depths of humility with sincere desire to know us and feel with us. 

I was so, so, so grateful for that opportunity to meet her and to feel Christ's love.

We talked about charity in Relief Society today and a girl brought up the example of Christ when Mary comes to Him saying Lazarus is dead, and when He hears this, "Jesus wept" (John 11:35). 

Christ knew everything was going to be okay, He knew that He could and would raise Lazarus from the dead, and Mary and Martha will be happy again. 

But He still wept with them. 

Jesus has a perfect ability to empathize with us. 

Charity is about learning to feel with others, seeing where they come from and understanding, not judging.  

There is always one thing we can count on, 

"Charity never faileth." (1 Corinthians 13:8)

HAPPY SUNDAY! 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Stuffed Chicken and Cookie bars

Yesterday I finally tried a recipe I've been DYING to try and I finally had all the right ingredients (mostly)!

My wonderful and super talented sister Christina gave me a bunch of veggies from her garden yesterday, and so I used fresh basil in this dish, as well as fresh tomatoes.

PANKO CRUSTED CHICKEN STUFFED WITH RICOTTA, SPINACH, TOMATOES, AND BASIL


I didn't have any Italian bread crumbs, so I put 3/4 of a roll of Ritz crackers in the food processor with some Italian blend seasoning and garlic salt and blended it up! It was fantastic! 


Also, after much Internet research about how to prepare Swiss chard (also from Tina's garden!), I finally decided to cut out the veins/stems and put it in the salad! I highly recommend this. Most of the websites I found said Swiss chard is similar to spinach and kale. I love it! 

The chicken is SO good! and it really wasn't very hard. So much gooey deliciousness all wrapped up in a chicken. 

Courtney and I drove to PG to hang out with Mollie and her cute/hilarious kids! We made these yummy/classic cookie bars and watched Once Upon a Time on Netflix :) 




We didn't make them thin in a jelly roll pan like in the picture on the website, we put it in a 9x13 pan and they come out nice and thick like you see above. I prefer deep dish cookie bars myself! These would be AMAZING with vanilla ice cream on top!



We love Mollie! She's the best! :) We taught her about snapchat last night too and she made a debut in my snapchat story! 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

This. Was. GOOD.

Okay Court and I loved this.

And it's healthier than normal sloppy joes. Courtesy of Rachel Ray.

So I had some ground turkey already cooked in the fridge so I basically sauteed it in a frying pan with a little oil, chopped white onions, a little bit of chopped red bell pepper. Then Court mixed up the simple sauce from the recipe and we mixed it in, simmered it for 5 minutes or so.

We used whole wheat sandwich thins (lower cal and still delicious!) and put sloppy joe mixture on 4 halves and sprinkled some mexican cheese on top, baked it in the oven at 415 degrees for 2-3 minutes and PRESTO! Cheap, healthy, good. The golden attributes of college cooking.

Sloppy Turkey Joes 


Mmmm mmmm. 



Back to school college meal! Plus peaches.

School starts next week!

I picked up my roomie Courtney from the airport and my friend Miranda from her hotel and we were all STARVING. So we pulled together this beauty pretty quick. I had exactly three pieces of pork in my freezer and voila! The carrots were a little....uhhhh charred. Oh well. We just made some instant mashed potatoes we already had in the cupboard (the juices from the pork are great on the potatoes) and a salad.

Cheesy Garlic and Brown Sugar Pork Chops



The cuties. 

It is my family's fave season- Peach season!! We got a huge box of peaches from the Harward Farms stand, and I was gifted with like a million peaches when my parents left for SB that were all rotting before my very eyes, so we whipped together: 



and served it with ice cream (and I added whipped cream because I do that.) 

Also, on a GF note, I tried this new flourless/butterless cookie recipe and it was a HIT. Definitely a repeater. 



Happy Back to School Cooking! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert.

Well today I decided was a cooking day. So here's what I got:


Yummy, simple, classic. The best part is you can freeze them by wrapping each individual muffin in saran wrap! Perfect for a college student with busy mornings, late mornings, and mornings where you forget what day it is because your alarm didn't go off at the right time and you realize you've already missed a class. Whoops. 




I love this recipe! Thanks to Christina, I had two zucchinis to use. I used ground turkey instead of ground chicken, and it was delish!! I chose to eat them at this particular meal as an open-faced burger/sandwich thing. You could just as well eat them plain or dipped in ketchup/chili sauce! I just made a few for myself and froze the rest of the mixture to fry later. Also perfect for a college student who needs a quick and light lunch before classes.



I recently read something on pinterest that suggested you not eat carbs after lunch, so I decided to try it. Instead of making a wrap with a tortilla or a sandwich or pasta, I just pulled one porkchop for myself out of the freezer, browned it on both sides butterfly-style, put some chopped onions in the pan, mixed a little dijon mustard, italian dressing and black pepper and put it over the top to cook until the meat was done. I used some of the extra sauce to dip my meat in afterwards, because as my sister says, "I'm a sauce girl".  It's a single serving miracle! Of course, you can make it for multiple people but you easily adjust it to feed one. It's quick and much more filling than cereal for dinner. But of course, we've all done it. Don't be ashamed. :) 


Banana Chocolate Delights 


I have wayyyy more bananas than I could ever use by myself, so I sliced two bananas in coins, put them on a cookie sheet, spread peanut butter on every other slice and made a sandwich with the other half. I melted some semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave with just a smidge of butter and attempted to dip each one fully in the chocolate, but then I got lazy and impatient and just dipped one side in. But hey, it's less calories that way, right?! 

I put my banana snacks in a tupperware in the freezer to eat whenever I'm craving something sweet! Small portions for the win! 






Sunday, August 10, 2014

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread!

My sister Christina and I combined forces (and ingredients) to make a delicious meal.
One of my contributions to the dinner was this scrumdidiliumptious dessert using Tina's plentiful zucchini from her garden.

Chocolate- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread


This is a moist, sweet and chocolately bread that has no oil or butter in it! Woohooo!! Go not-so-guilty pleasures! Enjoy this summer bread. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Clever College Girl

So I'm starting a new section of my blog including all the tricks I've discovered as a college student to saving money, saving time, staying fit, and more.

So to jumpstart this business, I made THE EASIEST GRANOLA IN THE WORLD! And the best part is, I don't have to BUY granola for like, months!

So the trick is, you mix all the ingredients together, bake it in the oven for 10 minutes, give it a stir, turn OFF the oven (this is *key*, it doesn't say to do this specifically in the recipe, but after some worrying about my apartment burning down and google searching, I came to this conclusion.) and put the granola right back in and leave it there all night! Wake up in the morning to homemade granola awaiting you!

Without further ado, here is the recipe:

Easy Overnight Granola


See and you can put it in a cute container and keep it in your pantry! Wooohoo go frugality. 

And here is a glimpse of my scrumptious breakfast with my tasty granola. Honey Greek yogurt and strawbs. MMM. My fave.