I Am No Betty Crocker

If you’ve ever read a post by me, you know I love to cook. When people ask what I enjoy doing in my free time, I don’t even have to think before I spit out some variation of “I love to cook/eat.” So it PAINS me that I cannot for the life of me bake anything. I’m serious. I can simultaneously under-cook and burn a roll or Nestle Toll house cookies. It’s a gift.

So please believe me when I say – this is a fool proof dessert. Do you own a microwave? Do you have the use of at least one of your hands? If you answered yes to both of then you can recreate these yummy treats!

 

Yes, I’ve already posted these scrumptious treats. But they’re too good and too easy not to share! White chocolate covered strawberries. They’re so good and because 80% of it is made up of strawberry, I’m sticking it in my “healthy foods” column 🙂

White Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 bag white chocolate chips
  • sprinkles! (Just a few TBSPs will suffice!)

Directions:

  1. Rinse and dry entire pint of strawberries
  2. Pour white chocolate chips into microwaveable safe container. Heat up for 30 seconds at a time, stirring occasionally so the chocolate doesn’t melt. I heated up these chocolate chips for just under 3 minutes. Stir vigourously to result in a smooth, melty texture.
  3. Meanwhile, pour sprinkles of choice (I think chocolate sprinkles would be delicious!) into bowl of choice.
  4. Dip the strawberries one at a time into melted white chocolate mixture so that about half of the strawberry is covered in the white chocolate.
  5. Dip the tip of the white chocolate covered strawberry into sprinkles.
  6. Place “dipped” strawberry on a wax paper covered plate/pan. When all the strawberries are dipped, refrigerate for at least 15 minutes
  7. Enjoy!
  8. So I made these with 4th of July in mind, but as I stated in the directions – I think these would be delicious with plain old chocolate sprinkles. On this particular occassion I used blue colored sugar. Regardless, this is a simple and easy dessert that you can whip up in less than half an hour.

    What’s your go-to dessert recipe? (One of my besties just gave me a no-bake recipe that I can’t WAIT to try out!!!)

The Weekend Is Practically Upon Us

This week has flown by and I love it! Every week should have Mondays off 😉

So in that spirit, I’ve been determined to stay positive this week. And I’ll admit it – it’s been difficult a few times. I’m sure like many of you I have been following that trial this week. To say that it’s a tragic situation is making light of it. Too say that it’s probably one of thousands a year doesn’t make it any sadder to me. (Yes the media coverage was excessive. But that doesn’t make it any less sad.) So, the legal side of me (damn you law school!) understands why a not guilty verdict was handed down (mostly circumstantial evidence resulting in lack of evidence for the elements of the crime, blah blah blah) but the human side of me is so disappointed. The reason for so little evidence? The Defendant lied for months and misled authorities and searchers! It’s frustrating and probably only a small taste of what happens on daily basis. To my friends who work at the DAs office or specialize in criminal defense – my hat’s off to you. I don’t think I could stomach it. Life’s unfair. But it’s not horrible. These are the times when I’m reminded that I have a pretty swell life. I’ve never gone hungry, I’ve never been in danger of being homeless and I have the most wonderful set of family and friends (shout out to my mom who is celebrating her birthday and is still smoking hot!). So yes, focusing on the positive. And my apologies for the rant.

Rant officially over.

On to some things we really care about… eats! (Good ones too!)

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Wasa crackers, laughing cow cheese, sliced strawberries and deli turkey

My new favorite treat:

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Salad greens, cucumber, chili lime shrimp, homemade miso dressing

Simple salad with leftover shrimp:

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Cilantro lime quinoa, chili lime shrimp kabobs, grilled veggies (zucchini, bell pepper, red onions and corn)

Leftovers from night before:

Heaven:

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Chocolate covered waffle cone chunks. Done.

Who says food doesn’t make you happier?

So listen, you need to do yourself a favor and MAKE that miso dressing. It is light, refreshing, sweet and tangy at the same time. I can’t wait to experiment with this recipe in the coming weeks!

Ginger Miso Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP White Miso paste (you can buy this in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores in the same area you would typically find tofu– Bonus: it’s cheap!)
  • 4 TBSP rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 TBSP – 1 TBSP honey (depends how sweet you want the dressing)
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger (I didn’t have any fresh ginger, but you could probably substitute 1 TBSP of fresh ground ginger for the powdered stuff)

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor/blender. You could also do this by hand with a whisk 🙂
  2. Enjoy!

Yes. It’s that simple. And people, it’s THAT delicious.

So what’s keeping a smile on your face this week?

Well That Was Fun

It was such a great Fourth of July weekend I’m just now getting back into the swing of things.

The San Diego weather was amazing. My brother and his girlfriend Heather dropped by Sunday. And there was lots of eats. Lots.

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Friday! Friday!

It’s Friday! The sun is shining, the beach is calling my name (or maybe that’s a pitcher of margaritas) and my work for the day is dwindling down.

It’s time to celebrate!

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Everyone knows the best way to celebrate is to just add glitter, right?!

Happy 4th of July weekend lovelies!