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Summer Trends in Nail Polish and how to take a moment for yourself.

July 12, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOTHINSideStory #CollectiveBiasMaking time for mom and summer nail polish trendsBless my kids – they try so hard, I try so hard and never live up to any of my expectations and I feel like I never live up to theirs. They’ve endured a lot these last 12 months from a pregnant mom and a sick baby brother, they deserve to have some fun time with me but it’s really just a ploy to get them to help me out. Making time for mom and summer nail polish trendsI’ve compiled some summer trends in nail polish because we need to look good when we don’t feel good. I ‘suckered’ Siaki and Leila into polishing my nails while I just sat by and ate OREO Thins and life was good for ten-minutes again.img_1099We headed over to our Kroger banner store, Smith’s and grabbed the polish and OREO’s in one visit, that’s why I love shopping at Smith’s. Malakai was in his saucer toy – being content – and although it was just a moment, it was a good moment and I’ll cherish that I got to spend it with my three youngest children.Making time for mom and summer nail polish trendsNow on to color trends…pastel everything is in. I love the mix of the muted pinks and purples but my favorite is the mint color of nail polish that’s been popping up everywhere. You also can’t go wrong with metallic but copper and rose gold are the new black and gold. Go out of your comfort zone, get ones that you normally wouldn’t try and give yourself an update. You never know which one of the new ones you’ll love. Making time for mom and summer nail polish trendsAdd some glitter to your routine and make the sheen different. My favorite combo is matte and the muted lavender color. OREO Thins are available in more flavors than ever so check them out at www.oreo.com/thins and tell me which one is your favorite, I love mint. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below and good luck!Making time for mom and summer nail polish trends


Christmas - Holiday Parties - Holidays - Kids - Party Time

Mini Gingerbread Houses with the Kids

December 21, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyMaidHouse #CollectiveBiasHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersChristmas came early this year for my kids. I try to stick to holiday tradition but it not always the easiest or most convenient but for us, gingerbread houses are a must.

We usually get the pre-made box kit and use hot glue to hold it together (we don’t eat them in our house). I decided to give the kids something whimsical to do and so we used Honey Maid graham crackers and some classic white frosting to put them together. I’ve seen them put together ahead of time or allow them to be made right before decorating. I can tell you with this experience, glue them ahead of time. They’ll be sturdy enough for the kids to add some more frosting and not have to worry about it falling over. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersGo non-traditional too and use some things that are unexpected with your candies. Mix it up because it’s all about making this a fun and memorable experience with the kids. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersI headed over to Wal-Mart and grabbed all my supplies. I stuck with the traditional Christmas color palate and let my daughter choose some fun candy of her own. I have these jars left over from my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party that I got from TomKat Studio.  Mini jars are a must for any party and any cooking just to make things a bit easier for the kids. IMG_9423As you can see, Freddie had a hard time with his staying together so naturally, he ate it. We invited some neighbors over to make them with us and they had so much fun. Siaki thought he had the best one and Leila just decorated her Santa. Siaki gets my OCD when it comes to making things just the way they’re supposed to be rather than just letting things be how they turn out. As I’ve grown older, I’ve been able to let go of this but seeing him as a kid, I definitely see how I struggled with this growing up. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersChristmas is such a great time of year for children who believe. Freddie told me the other day that he knew I was Santa because of the wrapping paper but he just knows St. Nick is still real. I’m trying to be better about following traditions for my kids. I remember those were the things I loved so much when I was a kid that they need to have more consistency about it around the holidays. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersTo give you more ideas on this fun idea for kids, head on over to Honey Maid site and check them out. What kinds of candy would you use for your house?

Christmas - Holiday Parties - Holidays - Party Time

Cookie Exchange Party

December 11, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftDeliciously #CollectiveBiaseasy christmas party ideasI love a good party and I love all the great company over the holidays. I’m going to show you my set up for a Cookie Exchange Party that doesn’t incorporate any homemade cookies at all. I’ll show you ideas for set-up so that you can just grab and go. I’ll show you some fun center pieces to make using the boxes the store-bought cookies came in and I’ll show you how easy an elegant set up can be.Easy ideas to throw a fun and woodsy Cookie Exchange Christmas Party.Easy Cookie Exchange party setupAll it takes is some printables from Etsy and half the work it already done. My favorite printable shop is Whit Prints. She’s affordable, they’re available for instant download and she’ll change the colorway if you don’t like what she has. I’ve gotten quite a few prints for Malakai’s room and I can’t wait to show you. I’ll be doing a giveaway for one of her prints so be on the look out.Easy ideas to throw a fun and woodsy Cookie Exchange Christmas Party. I went to Walmart and grabbed some of these small packs of cookies available in a variety of flavors:

I grabbed a few of each because A. I love all these flavors and B. I wanted an assortment of sizes to create my gingerbread houses. The boxes were used to make some gingerbread houses for craft time! Just get some Kraft wrapping paper, scissors, tape and washi tape. I used the Chalk Kit from Hazel and Ruby and it’s magic and on sale for a crazy price. Easy Gingerbread House DIY

Easy Gingerbread HouseGifts are so much appreciated during the holidays but we don’t all have time realistically to make everybody something homemade. These boxes of cookies are great because they’re easy and unexpected by being wrapped in the gingerbread house styling. I love these as a stocking stuffer and you can even use this tutorial to make an ugly sweater themed stocking. Check out this #GiftDeliciously website for more inspiration.Cookie Exchange Party IdeasTell me, what is your favorite part of this party?

Desserts - Holidays - Recipes - Valentine's Day

Valentine Cookie Gifts

February 13, 2015

Create these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and usefulI had so much fun making these cookies. Super simple and such great tips from the fabulous Alison! All the instructions are in there to complete them step for step and even if you make mistakes. What more can you ask for?

Create these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and usefulCreate these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and usefulThe Alison Show is a crazy fun, creative blog and she put together a whole course about sugar cookies, this course cost $30 and it’s really worth every penny. I realized every mistake I was doing before. She really gives a comprehensive recipe that makes a dang good cookie. In my cookies I added almond extract and lots of lemon juice in the royal icing. I usually buy the Wilton colors for the dye but I used the Americana and I really liked the outcome and I recommend those. The cookies are delicious and last forever and figuring out what theme I wanted was even more fun. I know I’ll be making these in the future!Create these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and useful

Christmas - Desserts - Holidays - Recipes

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

December 1, 2014

40+ cookie exchange recipes
I’m excited to be partnering with some of my favorite food blogging friends today to bring you a virtual Christmas cookie exchange. We all love Christmas Cookie Exchange Parties because you go to the party with one kind of cookie, but come home with dozens of cookies to taste! There’s nothing better than seeing all of the cookies out on all of their plates and getting to go around and fill up your bags with other people’s delicious recipes. Here are 40+ delicious cookie exchange recipes so you can find the perfect cookie to take to the party this holiday season!Molasses Ginger Cookies for your Christmas Cookie Exchange on frenchiewraps.com | #cookieswap | #cookies | cookieexchange

Here’s my recipe, some delicious Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies! Who doesn’t love these warm spices during the fall months? These are always so good with a tall glass of ice cold milk. The trick to getting them flat is to push your cookies down before they’re in the oven so they can be pretty flat or else you’ll just get a big ball of cookie!

Molasses Ginger Cookies for your Christmas Cookie Exchange on frenchiewraps.com | #cookieswap | #cookies | cookieexchange

 

Ginger Molasses Cookies

  • 3/4 c. Shortening
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • additional bowl of granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 375°. Cream shortening and brown sugar together until fluffy. Add molasses and egg and beat well. In another bowl, sift together dry ingredients and add to sugar/shortening mixture and mix until just combined. Grab some saran wrap and place the mixture onto the center. Combine into a ball and wrap and place into the fridge for 30 minutes. Once it’s chilled, take the mixture and form it into 1″ balls and place into another bowl of granulated sugar and roll to cover. Place onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Molasses Ginger Cookies for your Christmas Cookie Exchange on frenchiewraps.com | #cookieswap | #cookies | cookieexchange

Let me know if you tweaked this recipe in anyway. It’s always been a staple in our house for the holidays as well as my grandmas Chocolate Chip Cookies and our Vegetable Dip! We’re pretty lucky to have a cook like her in the family! Check out below for more cookies in the cookie exchange!

XOXO, Lindsay

 

Be sure to follow along on the Cookie Exchange Pinterest board for year round cookie recipe inspirations!

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Andes Mint Cookies

Double Chocolate Mint MnM Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cake Box Cookie

Raspberry Almond Meltaways

Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies

cookies 2

Snowflake Meltaway Cookies

Chocolate Turtle Cookie

Candy Cane Brownie Blossoms

cookies 3

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Cranberry Almond Shortbread Bites

No Bake Eggnog Cookies

cookies 4

Double Chocolate Rum Balls

Magic Cookie Bars

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

cookies 5 Rosettes

Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookie cups

Cornflake Christmas Wreath Cookies

cookies 6

Christmas M&M Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Easy Sugar Cookie

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Jelly “Popper” Cookies

Key Lime Pie Bars

Gingersnaps with Dark Chocolate Chips

cookies 8

Maple Bacon Snickerdoodles

Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

cookies 9

Christmas Tree Brownie Pops

My Favorite Things Cookies

Old-Fashioned Gingersnap Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Holiday Confetti Sandwich Cookies

Lemon Oatmeal Lacies Christmas Cookie

cookies 11

Snowball Cookies

Healthy Biscochos (Vegan, Raw, & Grain-Free)

Almond and Milk Chocolate Ganache Thumbprint Cookies

cookies 12

Porcelain Sugar Cookies

OREO Dipped Christmas Cookies

Rolo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten Free}

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Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies

Giant Monster Cookies

Crispy Coconut Pecan Butter Cookies

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Candy Cane Sugar Blossoms

Candy Cane Frosted Sugar Cookies

 

Main Courses - Recipes

Southwestern Corn Chowder

November 27, 2014

*I did receive her new cookbook in exchange for this post but all opinions are my own

AroundtheTable hcI love to cook but most of all, I love to find some new recipes that my family and I can try. I’m a lover of soups in the fall season and when I was looking through Martina McBrides new cookbook Around the Table, I was immediately drawn to a few recipes but this Southwestern Corn Chowder sounded right up my alley. I’m lucky enough to get to share with you a few recipes today included this Corn Chowder and some delicious others! Make sure your scroll to the bottom for your chances to win your very own copy!

One thing that I loved about Martina’s cookbook is that she has everything planned out for you and your party. She has the menus of course, but she also has the playlists, the weeks and days ahead task lists and some unique things that you can add to your table to make your party yours! This one is definitely a keeper and it easily grabs your attention with the beautiful photography and props. The food is the real reason we’re there and it’s hard to know if a singer/songwriter really has what it takes in the kitchen. Let me be the one to say that it’s an absolute yes! I was so impressed with this soup that it will now be a staple on our kitchen table.

Southwestern Corn ChowderSouthwestern Corn Chowder

Serves 10 to 12
Corn chowder is such a satisfying soup. Creamy and savory, it hits the spot. I like this version’s Southwestern take.
1. Cook the bacon 6 to 8 minutes in a large Dutch oven, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Drain the fat, reserving 4 tablespoons.
2. Add the reserved bacon fat and onion to the Dutch oven and cook over medium heat for 4 minutes, or until tender. Add the bell pepper, celery, and chilies and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the salt, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Increase the heat to high and add the wine. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Add the potatoes and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in the corn.
4. In a medium bowl, combine the cream and flour, stirring with a whisk to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the Dutch oven and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in the cilantro. Garnish with cilantro and
reserved bacon pieces, crumbled.
 Southwestern Corn Chowder on frenchiewraps.com
  • 8 slices thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper , chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 fresh, small poblano chilies, seeded and cut into 1⁄4-inch dice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1⁄2 cups dry white wine or chicken stock
  • 1 1⁄2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
  • 6 cups low- sodium chicken stock
  • 3 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels (about 12 ears if using fresh)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

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Autumn Chopped Salad

Serves 6
The Balsamic–Poppy Seed Dressing (recipe follows) has a pleasant tanginess that is a
nice change of pace from the usual super sweet poppy seed dressings, plus it balances
the sweetness of the dried cherries and pears. I dress the salad very lightly and offer more of the dressing for guests to add at the table if they wish.
Autumn chopped salad
  • 3 romaine hearts, chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 2 small Red Bartlett pears, chopped 3⁄4 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • 3⁄4 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1⁄2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1. Combine the lettuce, pears, cherries, pecans, bacon, feta, and parsley on a large
platter or in a large bowl. Serve with the Balsamic–Poppy Seed Dressing.
Tip: Have you ever noticed that when you toss a salad all the good stuff (in this case the
fruit, nuts, cheese, and bacon) goes to the bottom of the bowl? I like to toss the
chopped lettuce with the dressing and then add the rest of the ingredients on top. It’ s
really pretty that way and it ensures that everyone gets a
little of everything on their salad plate. This salad is pretty enough to bring to the table to serve.
Balsamic–Poppy Seed Dressing
Makes 1 cup
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1. Combine the poppy seeds, sugar, balsamic vinegar, onion, garlic, mustard powder,
salt, and pepper in a food processor, pulsing 3 times. With the food processor running,
gradually add the olive oil through the feed tube, blending until incorporated.
2. Pour the dressing into a screw-top jar and store in the refrigerator. When ready to
use, shake to recombine.

Triple Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 32 cookies
As I’ve said before, I’m not a great baker. But every once in a while I get the urge to bake or make cookies with Ava. This is a holiday twist on the oatmeal cookie. The orange and cranberry take it to a whole new level! Double or triple this recipe depending on how large a crowd you expect or if you’re packaging these as party favors. The prepared dough keeps well, covered, in the refrigerator. Let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes, then scoop and bake.
Triple Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two 17×13-inch rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and orange zest and beat until blended. Add the flour mixture and oats and stir until blended. Stir in the chocolate chunks, 1/2 cup of the milk chocolate chips, ½ cup of the white chocolate chips, and the cranberries.
3. Drop the batter by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a rack and cool completely.
4. In separate small bowls, microwave the remaining ½ cup milk chocolate chips and ½ cup white chocolate chips at high power for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Using a small spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies. Let stand until the chocolate sets, about 1 hour. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1⁄4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1⁄2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries
 For myself I really can’t say anything bad about these recipes, they’re really delicious and satisfying. This would be a great gift to give a mom, sister or aunt for Christmas and Amazon has them for less than $22! Grab it here. You can also enter the Rafflecopter! Good luck, it ends Dec. 4th at Midnight CST and HarperCollins will ship out the book to the winner. Thanks so much!

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From the book AROUND THE TABLE: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year by Martina McBride Copyright (c) 2014 by Martina McBride. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Reprinted by permission

Desserts - Recipes

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

April 16, 2014

Okay, I know that this is a huge promise that not too many deliver on but seriously, I’ve been told, and I know, that these are some of the best of the best. This chocolate chip cookie recipe is one that my Grandma has been using for years and I guess I should ask her where she got it from.

These are chewy on the first, second, third, fourth, okay you get it, day. The trick is obviously keep them in Ziploc bag. If you like a crispy cookie, these can be your thing too. Just cook for 1-2 minutes longer and don’t store it in the bag the first day. They don’t get overly dry, and they are just heaven! Customize the ingredients to your liking.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp water
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine your Crisco and sugars in a mixing bowl and cream together until it is fluffy. I’ve included a picture on what I mean as fluffy. This to me is the all important step. If this step isn’t right then the cookies will be a little weird.

FYI, that is a cookie term.

Next, you’ll add each egg one at a time and mix until completely incorporated. Next you’ll add the vanilla and water and mix. Once that is incorporated start with the flour. I don’t worry about sifting, I usually just “fluff” my flour in my container before I scoop it out. This gives me more of a softer flour, not so compact. Add in half of the flour, then the salt and baking soda, then the other half of flour.

Mix the ingredients until blended completely.

The dough at this point looks like a wet dough but when you feel it, it has a slight oily feel and will not be tacky. If it is, just add a tablespoon of flour at a time.

Fold in the chocolate chips by hand and try and avoid photo bombers 😉 You’ll want to avoid the mixer on this step so that you don’t break the chips but have a beautiful cookie.

I line my cookie sheets with my Silpat and scoop out the dough with my mini ice cream scooper. I don’t know the exact size but these are about the size of golf balls. These don’t spread too far because of the shortening so a lot can fit on a sheet tray. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes, a little longer or shorter if you desire.

When you remove them from the oven, let them cool on the tray for 2 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack. You can thank me later!

 



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