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One Of The Best Pizzas Of My Life

Rosemary Red Onion Pizza

We have two rosemary bushes in our yard that I swear are as big as I am. In an effort to keep them from taking over my yard I’ve been scouring the internets and cookbooks for ways to use the stuff. I definitely use it in my cooking but these bushes are so big I need to be using it like everyday in like everything for awhile.

This past week we’ve made rosemary chicken noodle soup, the most divine rosemary shortbread cookies, and then just a couple nights ago we made this rosemary, red onion pizza with italian sausage: aka, the BEST PIZZA OF MY LIFE. It was so, so good you guys. We used this recipe from Food 52 as our base recipe and then adapted it. How we adapted…

  • We added italian sausage to it. Duh.
  • We used a bag of New Seasons’ pre-made pizza dough for our crust. It’s amazing. And easy.
  • And we did a white sauce instead of a red sauce. I’m normally a hard-core red sauce person, but this white sauce my husband made turned me into a believer. He used this recipe, but substituted two cloves of minced garlic instead of onion (since the main topping for this pizza is red onions) and added freshly ground pepper and half cup Parmesan after all the milk…Yeah, it’s definitely a recipe that will meet all your New Years Resolution goals.

Now go, treat yourself this weekend to a bottle of wine and this delicious pizza. It will change your life. You’re welcome.

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Night Cap

Lillet

Have any of you ever tried Lillet? It is an aperitif or digestif (an alcoholic beverage served before or after meals). I have been enjoying it so much lately. After a long day of mothering two littles, it is such a lovely treat to look forward to and wind down with. I’ve been enjoying it chilled, on the rocks, with a slice of lime or orange. Really simple, but so delicious. There are also some delicious looking Lillet cocktails I’d love to give a try some time.

What are your favorite night caps these days? I’m on the look out for something simple and warm for the autumn season, as the evenings start cooling down.

Lillet night cap

Cheers! xx

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Pregnancy Lifesaver

Banana Coconut Ice Cream

I’m really anxious when I’m pregnant. I mean I lean that way even when I’m not pregnant, but it increases quite a bit when I am. I’m more hormonal, more anxious, more on edge about everything. In an attempt to reduce my anxiety I’m working really hard at eating well and staying active in my pregnancy. It’s a way I can have some control and be proactive about being healthy and doing what I can to have a low-risk pregnancy, which, in turn, reduces my anxiety. I’ve found that the absence of added sugars has forced me to eat and try healthier foods I wouldn’t if sugars were still in the picture. Overall, it not only physically helps but it helps me mentally and emotionally feel better, which has been worth it completely.

However, it is not for the faint of heart. Let me tell you. I want ice cream and baked goods virtually every night. Not even exaggerating. In the slightest.

Lets just say I eat a lot of mangos and pineapples. The sweetest fruits I can get my hands on.

But, in an attempt to switch it up and get closer to the things I really want I’ve been scouring the internets. I found this basic banana “ice cream” recipe, which has been a godsend. It’s not ice cream, but it sure is close and it’s delicious!

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better my husband did something brilliant. He added cold coconut cream to the recipe! It made the ice cream even creamier and cut the banana flavor a bit, which I liked. He puts a can of the coconut cream (make sure it’s coconut cream, not milk. You can get it at Trader Joe’s on the cheap) in the fridge overnight. Then the next night when my cravings start getting insatiable he adds the cold coconut cream, 2 tsp. vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the ice cream. Blends it until smooth. We also like to add some cacao nibs (superfood!) on top, as pictured above.

It is seriously so delicious and not a drop of added sugar. The banana’s are what sweeten it. In fact I’ve been using bananas a lot to sweeten things lately, like oatmeal, etc.

We want to try adding in some peanut or almond butter to the “ice cream” next. Mmmmm.

What healthy, no sugar, treats do you like? I am desperate to hear.

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Friday Treat Day: Rum Balls!

Rum Balls

Sorry for the crickets over here! I’ve been busy working on a few personal and blog projects that have been taking up quite a bit of my time. I will be hopefully be posting more frequently again soon.

I didn’t want to miss another Friday Treat Day though, especially since its that time of year for one of my favorite treats of all time: Rum balls!  My mom used to make them for all her grown up holiday parties. I remember sneaking a bite or two and loving them. I envied all those grown ups so much!

Finally, I grew up, and can have all the rum balls I want now! So every Christmas I make them. I make them for holiday parties, I wrap them up in a pretty box and deliver them to the neighbors as gifts, and we eat our fair share just my husband and I too :)

Continue reading for the full recipe. There are various ways you can make these balls of goodness and I’ve kind of adapted and combined recipes to make them how I like…

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Most Delicious Use For Your Turkey Leftovers…

Turkey Noodle Soup

Quite a few people in my husband’s family are either vegetarian or just aren’t interested in the turkey leftovers for one reason or another. This means we end up with a lot of turkey after Thanksgiving. One of my favorite ways to enjoy turkey leftovers is in a nice big, warm pot of soup. This Turkey noodle soup recipe always hits the spot in the best way after Thanksgiving, as we head into the colder, holiday days…

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Friday Treat Day: The Manhattan

 

Manhattan Cocktail

A friend and reader asked what I prefer to drink on the days when your toddler is peeing and pooping anywhere and everywhere except the toilet. Which is, in my book, a GREAT question. One in which we should all spill the beans and gift each other with our answers (which I fully expect in the comment section of this post).  Because when there’s lots of poop and the child’s “no’s” are so relentless it pierces your soul (my husband’s words) you deserve only the best liquid comfort at the end of the day.

This is my drink of choice on those days. It’s just the right amount of sweet and strong and that bourbon drenched cherry at the end – forget about it…

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Friday Treat Day: The Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

Sometimes you just need a cocktail that you can sip from a tea mug. Especially once the air has turned chilly and crisp, and the days turn to night so suddenly and so early. You need a hot toddy, and this recipe will bring you the perfect one…

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds = Your Newest Addiction

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

One of my favorite parts about carving pumpkins is collecting all the seeds and roasting them after. When roasted well and with the right seasonings, they are like crack. My husband adapted the recipe below and this batch turned out so good. We’ve been eating them everyday, throughout the day, non-stop….even Eleanor! She can’t get enough, which I don’t mind at all since they are rich in healthy fats and minerals. Such a perfect, seasonal snack!

If you are wondering what to do with all those pumpkin seeds left over from your pumpkin carving festivities I’d highly recommend this recipe…

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Friday Treat Day: Apple Cake

Apple Cake

I’m not a big fan of cake usually. I’m more of a pie kind of girl. But this apple cake is an exception. It reminds me a lot of coffee cake (also an exception) but with cinnamon-y apples tucked throughout. It is so delicious. I usually make it twice during apple season…

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

I may have had a piece of it with my tea every morning this week. Whoops.

You can find the recipe here, by Smitten Kitchen.

What’s your favorite apple treat to make this time of year?

Hope you all have a wonderful, cozy, fall weekend. x

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The Alps: An Essential Oil Cocktail

 The Alps Essential Oil Cocktail

Photo by Cate

My friend Cate is a fellow blogger and, more recently, became a wellness advocate for dōTERRA essential oils. For this Friday’s treat, I asked her if she would contribute a cocktail that included some essential oils. You can learn more about essential oils and their healing/health benefits here and, of course, on Cate’s blog.
The cocktail she shared sounds delicious and includes two of my very favorite things…

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