Thanksgiving Deliciousness!

Thanksgiving is an interesting day for me. For everyone else, it's the day they eat everything in sight and gain five pounds. For me, it's the day I eat a scoop of mashed potatoes and lose five pounds. For some odd reason, I've never been a fan of traditional thanksgiving food. Ever since I was young, I just didn't like the taste. And now that I'm a vegetarian - that gives me even fewer options. So this thanksgiving, I decided to cook some things of my own!

Cheesy Spinach Crescent Rolls

2 tubes of crescent rolls, pillsbury
4 oz feta crumbled cheese
4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
3 oz fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 egg white, beaten
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
dash of salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl mix together the cheese, chopped spinach, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
3. Unroll the dough and divide into triangles.
4. Using a spoon, place a small amount of the cheese/spinach mixture on the wide part of the triangle.
5. Loosely and carefully roll up the crescents.
6. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
7. Brush the tops with the beaten egg white.
8.  Bake for 15 minutes.

Garlic Teriyaki Edamame

1/4 cup water
3 cloves of garlic, minced
14 oz package of frozen edamame
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil

1. Bring the water and garlic to a boil on high heat over the oven.
2. Add the edamame, stir periodically for five minutes or until edamame is defrosted.
3. Reduce the heat to medium high and stir in the teriyaki, brown sugar, rice vinegar and sesame oil.
4. Stir and wait until liquid has properly coated edamame/ evaporated.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin pie filling for one 9-inch pie
2 9-inch pie crust doughs

For pumpkin pie filling:
Can of pumpkin pie filling
1 can evaporated milk
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
3/4 cup sugar

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Using a bowl / cup / or cookie cutter, cut circles out of the pie dough. It all depends on the size you want your pies: I used 5 inch diameter bowls but that might be too big for some people.
2. Place each circle in a pre greased muffin tin.
3. Pour your filling in each pie. Fill them to the very top. I included the recipe for the pumpkin pie filling above. 
4. Cook them at 425 for 15 minutes. Then turn the temperature down to 350 and bake them for 25-30 minutes.

Spicy Vegetarian Chili Recipe

1 can whole tomatoes, undrained
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can butter beans
1 can tomato sauce
1 red or green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon turmeric

I like to add some sriracha or hot sauce but it's not needed!
If desired, you can of course add sour cream, cilantro, cheese, etc.

  1. Mix all ingredients in pot. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat. Cover, heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Serve chili and add desired ingredients such as sour cream, cilantro, or cheese!
  3. Enjoy!

Christmas DIY: Hot Chocolate Bar!

Having a cute little get together? Looking for a family tradition? Or are you an avid hot chocolate drinker? Either way - a hot chocolate bar is perfect for those winter nights.

I'm the type of person that enjoys hot chocolate on special occasions  Give me a swiss miss packet and I am completely fine just microwaving it. But this takes hot chocolate to the next level.

I've been seeing the idea of a hot chocolate bar around the internet for a few months now. I told my family about it and they loved the idea! So I decided to make one of my own, and thought I would share it with everyone.

To the left, you will see my hot chocolate bar. I made mine really simple, and easy to access without making a complete mess. Hot chocolate mix and mini marshmallows in mason jars, with candy canes to use as stirrers in a polar express mug. All on a lazy susan wrapped with santa hat ribbon! Some things such as whipped cream need to be refrigerated but that's available as well. You can decorate it creatively and add any other hot chocolate add-ins! I am planning to leave it out all winter. So that's my version of the hot chocolate bar. Perhaps it's a tad amateurish, but I adore it! Here are some other hot chocolate bars from pinterest:

Halloween: A Time For Creativity

Sure, Halloween is a time for pumpkin carving, trick or treating, and silly costumes. But above all: it is a time for creativity.

Andrew and I as the boy and girl Iphone emoji, Halloween 2013
We get one chance every year to be someone (or something) other than ourselves! A day full of "Oohs" and "aahs" and a whole lot of "how did they think of that?" Every year I brainstorm costume ideas. I look for something creative, something that hasn't been done too often, and something I would love to be for a day. This year, I came up with the idea of being the boy and girl Iphone emoji. It's a really cute and fun idea for any couple! Not to mention easy. There are a lot of other emojis that could make a good costume.

Halloween 2010, I was Meg Griffin. This was probably my most iconic costume to date. Everyone, people I didn't even know, would say, "OH MY GOD. YOU'RE MEG GRIFFIN!" Needless to say...people I knew were telling me to shut up for a year. I'm not quite sure to take it as a compliment or an insult that people thought this costume was so accurate. Regardless  I was honestly impressed with the costume turnout this year. People thought of really innovative ideas. And some people just looked plain adorable! See you next year, Halloween.