More Easter ideas...


Last week, I gave you some Easter/Spring ideas from my blog, but today I thought I would share some new recipes that I'm thinking of trying this year.  We're having an Easter Brunch in place of a dinner, and all of these recipes are making me crazy.  Especially the bread pudding - I bought croissants a month ago and froze them, that's how excited (and pregnant) I am.  

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chunk Cookies


I joined a book club!  I'm making friends in my new town!  Moving to a place where you know NO ONE and trying to meet people as an adult feels a lot like dating all over again.  You have to take chances, and actually put yourself out there, which can be terrifying.  But when a lovely reader contacted me, saying she too moved to this town a few years ago knowing not a soul, and suggested I join a mothers group/book club I thought, why not?  Put yourself out there, Siri, do things your mom would tell you to do.  And so I did, and I met some wonderful people and I read a wonderful book.  I deserve a cookie, don't you think?  I'm glad you think so, because I have some leftover from book club last night...

Yes, I know, another chocolate chip cookie.  But this one has cream cheese in it!!!  How do you see a recipe for a cookie with cream cheese in it and NOT give it a go?  Well I gave them a go, and they are rich, and moist, and I have a feeling they will stay that way for days.  I'm going to eat one for breakfast, because, cream cheese.  Right?  Totally breakfast food.  Find the recipe here.

Chicken Piccata


As I came across the Rice Pilaf the other day, I also stumbled upon this recipe for Chicken Piccata.  I'm a little weird with chicken when I'm pregnant, usually only craving it if it's fried or if it's the dark meat from a roasted bird.  However, I really enjoyed this meal!  I tend to overcook thin chicken, but if you follow the recipe carefully and stick to 2 minutes per side, your chicken will come out perfectly tender.  It takes ZERO time to actually cook, so it does help to have everything prepped and ready.  Just pretend you're hosting a cooking show like I do sometimes JUST KIDDING, I do NOT do that.

A great light, spring meal for this warm weather we're all experiencing YAHOO!
Ugh, I'm such a mom when I say things like that.   

Rice and Noodle Pilaf


I love rice pilaf, but I've only ever made it from a box.  Well, hey now!  I was recently surprised to find this recipe for a homemade version that looked extremely simple.  Of course, I had no idea what a vermicelli noodle was, but I found it at Whole Foods (and I wouldn't be surprised if regular supermarkets carried them too).  And guess what?  It WAS extremely simple, and it made enough rice to feed a small army (or a family of 4, if you're Carson and I and you stand over the pot after dinner eating the leftovers with a giant serving spoon).  You should make this, it's the perfect side.  I used white basmati rice with a whole grain vermicelli, but you could use brown rice as well.  Add peas, add chicken, a fried egg - the possibilities are endless!  Yum.

Tomorrow: check back for an easy Chicken Piccata.  

Easter + Spring Ideas


Sorry for the radio silence - we were in LA last week at various hotels, hence, no cooking.  Do people still say 'hence'?  Anyway, I have some good posts lined up for this week, but until then, please enjoy some ideas for the upcoming holidays.  Happy Spring!  (I think...)

#20 Weeks


Thank you for the well wishes on Baby #3!
I was all set to show you our "Breakfast for Dinner" last night, but then I failed to take a single picture.  Pregnancy brain.  So instead, this Friday, I leave you with my "Breakfast for Breakfast" - yup, in my car.  It is dangerous to live so close to a DD.

Also, this article made me chuckle.  Happy Weekends!

Double Chocolate Double Peanut Butter Cookies + News


Here you go friends, another chocolate cookie.  I know, as if these and these weren't enough lately.  So now it comes time for me to admit something to you.  And it's not that chocolate controls my life, although that is pathetically true, but the more exciting news is... I'm pregnant!  Carson and I are expecting our third child in mid-August and he, Jack, Etta and I are so happy.  Well, as far as I can tell Etta is happy (she thinks the baby lives in my breasts).  I'm about halfway there, feeling pretty great, and eating enough for 5.  Is that how it works?  Are you supposed to eat for every member of your family, including the baby in your belly?  Just say yes and make me feel better about life.

So now you understand why there have been so many chocolate cookies, and why there will probably be more and more and more and... help.  I made up this recipe the other day to bring over to a neighbor's house for dinner (we have neighbor friends!) and they were perfect in every way.  Can you go wrong with double chocolate (cocoa + chocolate chips) and double peanut butter (creamy peanut butter + peanut butter chips)?  The answer is no, especially if you're pregnant.  I promise to make something with kale soon... like in 4(ish) more months.  

Double Chocolate Double Peanut Butter Cookies
(Makes 2 dozen)

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 T milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 pkg. peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, beat together butter and both sugars with an electric mixer until creamy.  Add eggs, vanilla, creamy peanut butter and milk, and mix until just combined.  Add dry ingredients and mix again until just combined.  Stir in peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Cover dough with plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour.  When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350.  Scoop out dough with cookie or ice cream scooper, and place two inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheet.  Flatten slightly with hand, and bake for 10 minutes.    


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