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FRIDAY’S FAVORITE FINDS: Home Decor Accessories + The Food Mood Girl’s Guide to Transforming your Emotional Eating with recipes

Happy Friday, everyone! What are you guys up to this weekend? The weather has been so frigid this whole week. We literally have large chunks of ice cascading down the exterior of our entryway! Every morning when we open the door, we have to peek above the door to ensure the icicles that have formed into deadly daggers won’t come down and stab us in the head! We find ourselves breaking them morning and night…so looking forward to warmer temps this weekend – even if it’s only going to be in the 40’s.

For today’s post, I wanted to share a few of my favorite finds that include both home decor accessories and a new addition to our cookbook shelf that is so much more than just pages of recipes!

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

First up are these Project 62 – gold Taper Candle Holders! They come in various sizes, ranging from short, medium, and tall. The stature of these candle holders definitly creates an impact on this 8-seater dining table. I also like the contrast of the sleek gold metal against our Linear strand crystal chandelier – keeping it stylish and sophisticated! Surrounded by the cluster of candle holders is this gorgeous decorative bowl! When I first laid eyes on this Clarke Bowl, I knew it would be a great addition to our dining table.

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

This bowl is extremely large – it has a modern white glossy finish with a gold-rim base. It looks stunning with nothing in it but I’m already pondering on what I can put inside this bowl!

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

This glam scalloped jewelry tray is so stylish and versatile – it can be used to house just about anything! Since I already have a custom jewelry draw, for now – I chose to use this tray to hold our house/car keys and it’s large enough to hold other essentials like our sunglasses.

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

If you recall last week’s ‘Friday’s Favorite Finds’ post, I mentioned that I was invited to Lindsey Smith of Food Mood Girl cookbook launch. Nationally recognized author, health coach, speaker, and blogger spoke about her newly released ‘Eat your Feelings – The Food Mood Girl’s Guide to Transforming your Emotional Eating with recipes‘. Lindsey automatically grabbed my attention when she described why we emotionally eat, understanding our own food cravings (and what they really mean) and how we can then incorporate healthier substitutes. Finally! A way to decrease anxiety, enhance a mood, without the guilt!

Her guide has a chock full of helpful tips from…useful how-to’s, food definitions, benefits of certain spices, spice charts to help you create cultural culinary cuisines, how you can keep your pantry stocked with mood-boosting snacks, quick and easy recipes for every emotion you are feeling, and so much more! I had a brief chance to speak with the charismatic Lindsey – this is her third book and I really enjoyed hearing about her real life experiences and how she dealt with them by making better choices…“This is the only body and life you have, so LOVE IT UP the best you can” – (Food Girl Femifesto). A great read and resource guide to start out the New Year with!

Have a good one, guys!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Cookbooks are not my only source for finding delicious recipes. In fact, I am always intrigued at trying out recipes I find on Pinterest! If you have a recipe that looks good, I’m down for giving it a try!

While visiting Trader Joe’s a couple of weeks ago, I came across their sweetened dried orange slices and automatically thought how good these would taste (and look) on top of a orange flavored cake. Since we are in cranberry season, I searched for recipes that included these two ingredients.  I found this Cranberry Orange Cream Cheese Poundcake recipe via Key Ingredient.

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Rather than the poundcake version, I used my muffin pans to bake these. I can’t tell you how moist and flavorful they were!! Not only did our kitchen smell like citrus goodness, one bite of these muffins and our taste buds exploded with the burst of orange and cranberry flavor combination! I placed one of the sweetened dried orange slices on top of each muffin that not only served as a decorative touch but an added flavor to enhance the orange taste.

Recipe: CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS THAT ARE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR

Whether you’re looking for a dessert recipe to serve this holiday season or simply delicious muffins to enjoy, I highly recommend you try this recipe. I did alter the recipe by adding 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed orange juice to the wet batter and instead of fresh cranberries, I used Craisins. Additionally, for the glaze, I used this recipe that called for the following ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar 
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice 
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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SINFULLY DELICIOUS TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S’MORE BROWNIES

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

Ah, fall…

This is the ultimate time in which we find ourselves baking homemade desserts as we get ready for the entertaining season. This is also a wonderful time to enjoy the crisp autumn air and early nightfall out by fire pit in the backyard. With that in mind, I think I might have just took s’mores to a whole other level, when I came up with this recipe…no counting calories here, you guys! No need to roast your marshmallows at your outdoor firepit because these s’more brownies are oven-baked and still have that ooey gooey goodness we all enjoy!

I simply love chocolate so I decided to add Nestle Trip Chip Morsels to the brownie mix. Once the brownie was baked, I topped it with a spoonful of sweet caramel dulce de leche spread and garnished with crumbled Honey Maid Vanilla Graham Crackers.  This fall dessert is so rich and decadent, you’ll want to compliment it with a hot cup of coffee or an ice cold glass of milk!

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS
 
Perfect to enjoy at a backyard fire pit!
Author:
Recipe type: Fall Dessert

Ingredients
  • 1 box, Brownie Mix
  • ¼ cup, Toll House Nestle Triple Chocolate Morsels
  • ¼ cup, Mini Marshmallows (reserve ⅛ for topping)
  • Toppings:
  • Dulce de Leche spread, drizzle as topping
  • Honey Maid Vanilla Graham Crackers, crumbled

Instructions
  1. Follow the brownie box instructions to prepare. Add ⅛ cup of chocolate morsels and gently fold into your brownie batter mix.
  2. Pour the brownie mix into your prepared baking pan and top with the remaining ⅛ cup of chocolate morsels. Cover your brownie batter with marshmallows (add as much or little as you desire).
  3. Bake brownie according to the box instructions.
  4. Insert three whole graham crackers in a sandwich bag and seal. Take a rolling pin and roll it over the sealed bag until the graham crackers have crumbled.
  5. Once baked, remove brownie pan from oven and let cool (at least 15-20 minutes).
  6. Pre-cut your brownie into equal amount of squares. Individually add a teaspoon of dulce de leche spread and garnish with graham crackers.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

 

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

 -Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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Party Snack Food Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

A couple of weekends ago, we had hosted a small gathering at our house where I had prepared a variety of appetizers, a charcuterie board and some party snacks. One of the snack food items were these Red Hot Blue Corn Tortilla Chips that I had paired with a sampling of dips. Since we still had leftover tortilla chips, I decided to make this nacho platter while enjoying movie night at home.

A healthy-ish alternative to the typical loaded nacho platter, these nachos include tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno pepper, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, fresh cilantro, and lime. If you crave nachos with flavor and heat but don’t want to pack the pounds, you will like this recipe! With the start of football season, up your nacho game…whether you prepare a one-sheet nacho for all to grab and enjoy or build-your-own nacho by creating a nacho bar for your guests, it’s a perfect addition to your party food menu!

RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS
 
Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Author:
Recipe type: Party food
Cuisine: Nachos
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 36 baked blue corn tortilla chips
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack Cheese
  • ¼ cup cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ lime

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9x13-inch baking dish or 11-inch deep-dish pizza pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Arrange 24 tortilla chips in single layer in prepared pizza pan. Top evenly with tomatoes, scallions, and jalapeno.
  3. Crush remaining 12 tortilla chips and sprinkle on top; sprinkle evenly with Monterey Jack. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro and squeeze lime juice over.

 

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez / Recipe: Weightwatchers Family Meals cookbook

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Entertaining: FOURTH OF JULY MENU IDEA

Holiday Entertaining: FOURTH OF JULY MENU IDEA

With the upcoming 4th of July long holiday weekend, we haven’t decided whether we will making a road trip out of town or staying at home and hosting a backyard party. If we do decide to stay in town, we will host a patriotic-themed celebration with a charming outdoor gathering for a relaxed dinner and serve easy, portable food like a grilled hot dogs.  I envision creating a tablescape channeling the deep blue sea and displaying a flower arrangement with red ranunculus, perhaps.

If you’re looking for cooking inspiration, keep reading for a round-up of my fourth of July summer menu idea.

 

‘Hot Dog Toppings’

via The Modern Proper

Holiday Entertaining: FOURTH OF JULY MENU IDEA

Crank up the grill and make your own DIY hot dog station! Having your guests customize their own hot dog is a great way to get everyone in on the food prep and having a little fun with their food. With all these savory hot dog topping ideas, you can’t go wrong.

 

‘Tropical Hot Dog Bar’

via The View From Great Island

Entertaining: FOURTH OF JULY MENU IDEA

For a sweeter flavor, these tropical hot dog toppings are equally satisfying! Place hot dogs in a fun basket or have your guests create their own hot dog toppings with individualized hot dog holders. Organize condiments on a tiered stand or in mason jars atop a bowl of ice.

 

‘Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Fries’ recipe

via Creme de la Crumb

Entertaining: FOURTH OF JULY MENU IDEA

Take ordinary french fries to the next level! Display these crispy, robust oven-baked garlic parmesan potato fries in mini galvanized bucket pails for each guest to easily grab and place on their plate.

 

‘Strawberry Moscow Mule’ recipe

via Spicy Southern Kitchen

Entertaining: FOURTH OF JULY MENU IDEA

Add a punch of flavor to your cocktail with a simple summer infusion like this refreshing strawberry moscow mule recipe. You can create a large batch for your guests or make one cup at a time and display on a tray for them to self serve.

 

‘Raspberry Gratin’ Dessert recipe

via Williams-Sonoma

Holiday Entertaining: FOURTH OF JULY MENU IDEA

Finish the night with sparklers and a berry delicious dessert! While I could have chosen a more traditional dessert like a cherry pie, I decided with a heavy-filling entree – a lighter dessert like this raspberry gratin, would be ideal.

Take the fun outside and enjoy this fourth of July! Happy Summer!!

*featured image by Crate and Barrel

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