By stacy
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

So you know that AMAZING smell that comes from the street vendors selling hot, candied pecans and walnuts? We can make that happen for you. A while back Joni's mom shared her swordfish skewers, and now my mom brings us this crunchy, sweet delight. If you're saying, HELL YES, just keep reading. 

A little cinnamon and brown sugar gets these all toasted up to crunchy perfection. They toast right up and are perfect fuel when I need a healthy snack in a pinch. 

Since the oven is fired up, I like to make these in a BIG batch to have my go-to snack for a week or two. And more often than not, I add in salted almonds at the end for an even more special treat. Sweet and salty, thankyouverymuch.

First, you'll start by gathering the following ingredients!

By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

Time to talk about MOFONGO.

No, it’s not my problem-free philosophy and no, I didn’t sneeze. Actually, now that I think about it, it may be my new problem-free philosophy.

A few weeks ago, I had the priviledge (seriously, so cool) to go hang out with a coworker and her family and experience one of Puerto Rico’s favorite dishes - mofongo. Apparently (and I saw it first hand) this takes a while to make. It is not an every day kind of thing - at least not for someone who works a typical work schedule. But we met up after work on a Thursday night, popped the champagne, and got to it.

And now I’m going to teach YOU how to do it, like I know wtf I’m talking about. Except, definitely listen to me because I’m the expert… yeah.

So, we popped the plantains out of the fridge (about 8 of them) and got to cutting and peeling. She says you need about 1.5 - 2 plantains per person/serving.

By Joni
Category: Bitchin Bargains

This past weekend I had a (these days) rare opportunity - I GOT TO GO GARAGE SAILING.

And it was wonderful. I really haven’t been in quite a while because of a mix of polar vortexes and other actual plans, but there it was: a beautiful Saturday morning and I had NOTHING to do.

So, I set sail. I’m on the hunt for little pieces of decorative glassware (which are always in abundance at sales), and other little cute items for my wedding later this year.

You bet your ass I’m doing this wedding garage sale-style. Who do you think I am?!

As I went from house to house, I realized that I had some thoughts - no, WISDOM - to share about the beautiful art of garage sailing. Stacy already taught you HOW to set sail, now I’m going to give you some basics.

By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

The weather around here (DFW, baby!) has been SO BEAUTIFUL the past couple of days - don’t you agree?! I keep making excuses to go outside be it taking my dog on a walk, taking her to the dog park, drinking margaritas on a patio, wandering around some outdoor shopping center - it’s just awesome.

I have no doubt that soon I’ll be begging my fiance to join me on a picnic. A bottle of wine, sandwiches, cheese - whatever feels right. And with so much fresh produce around this time of year (and the imminent threat of BLAZING heat), I’ve got just the perfect picnic/pool-side/chilled side dish to compliment your Spring & Summer soirees. It’s simple, fresh and really delicious.

Asian Broccoli Slaw

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By stacy
Category: An Attempt at Sophistication

Since Joni and I are BOTH adjusting to a move, it's only natural that we're piecing together the small details that make a house a home. This week, I have busted out the ole, sewing machine to make a curtain for the front door. And by ole I mean old, and by old I mean anchient. And since we needed a tad more privacy, and I found a magnetic curtain rod at Walmart, I got busy with some thread.

After browsing the aisles of Hobby Lobby, I snagged this fun pattern and used my coupon for 40% off! 

Now if you aren't really familiar with sewing, or are like me and just want to get it done and over with as swiftly as possible, you're going to dread this next step. Plug in your iron. Eek!

By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

Banana bread is good. I think we can all agree on that one. But at some point it becomes more like blahblahnana bread. Same old boring recipe. Walnuts/no walnuts - starts to get irrelevant. What it really needs is a makover.

Side note: one time someone told me that their mother-in-law’s secret ingredient in banana bread was pickle juice. PICKLE. JUICE. FROM A JAR OF PICKLES. Leave me a comment STAT if you’re familiar with this, because frankly, I’m disturbed.

Anyway - boring banana bread is NO MORE. You’ve GOT to try this version. Straight from Cooking Light (so you know it’s healthy) and it’s SUPER delicious.

It’s Boooooozy Bananas Foster Banana Bread!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

By stacy
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

If you have yet to try spaghetti squash, let this be your sign. Try it!! It's super nutritious, substitutes for pasta, and is fairly hands off. What's not to like?! I know, cooking something that you didn't grow up with can be a bit intimadating, so I'm walking you through this process step by step in order to jazz up your meal routine.

First, you'll buy your spaghetti squash in the produce section. Unlike most fruits and veggies, I really don't know how to make sure you've got a good one, but I've never bought one that wasn't delicious. Just check for any obvious bruising or cuts, and get a looker :P Then you'll want to cut it right in half. These suckers take A LOT of strength, so please be careful and take it slow. **YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED**

After your heavy workout, you'll want to scoop out all of the seeds from both halves. Then you'll fill a glass cooking dish with about 1 inch of water, throw those suckers in the water hollow side down, crank your over to 400F and let them go for about an hour.

By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

As I’ve no doubt said before, making your own granola is so easy and way cheaper than getting it from the store! I’ve shown you how to make peanut butter banana granola - now check out my latest creation!

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Don’t get me wrong - I love a good chocolate chip cookie as much as the next person, but if someone were to come to me and say, “You can only eat one cookie for the rest of your life. For. Ev. Er. What’s it gonna be?” I’d no doubt go with oatmeal cookie. Preferably with pecans or coconut. Because - duh. And don’t even ask me about raisins. “Don’t you want to include those shrively dried grapes in your cookies?” … No, I do not.

By stacy
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

This is one of those no fuss, throw-in-the-crockpot and go recipes. And it makes sooooo much that leftovers are a must! So freeze some, toss some in with your eggs in the morning, and throw tacos together all week long.

The savory blend of spices, with the crisp bite of vinegar, mixed with the sweet tang of BBQ sauce makes these tacos the perfect treat to come home to after a long day at work. Your house will be filled with an amazing aroma that will get your tummy grumbling in a hurry. I doubled the recipe and used a should pork roast with a bone-in, but other cuts work beautifully. 

Ingredients:

3 lb boneless pork roast 

8 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp ground coriander

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 cup beef broth

By stacy
Category: Bitchin Bargains

I truly believe that someone else's trash....or Goodwill heap....is someone else's treasure. Namely, my treasure. I mapped out all the Friday morning sales, and they certainly didn't disappoint. With coffee in one hand, and my mapped out list in the other I sailed the town dry. As you may remember from my previous posts, I typically only set out with $20. This keeps my budget in line, as well as my impulsive deal-hunting tendencies :P Check out all these deals I scored today for only $20!! And the best part is, I'll update you as I find homes for all of these goodies. 

First, my husband adores old, thin cowboy shirts. This one was an amazing score for only $1!

And at the same store I nabbed this OPI nail color that has never been used. The (previous) owner said that she couldn't work up the courage to use blue. This will look fantastic on my toes while sitting poolside this summer.....ifIdosaysomyself :)

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