I love fresh broccoli and it’s one of the few vegetables that hubs will actually eat without any fuss.  But just cooking them with salt and pepper can get a little boring after a while.  So I decided to try my hand at some roasted broccoli with a handful of baby carrots thrown in.

garlic roasted broccoli and carrots

This unique recipe caught my eye because it calls for a nice variety of spices as well as grated cheese and bread crumbs.  I knew that would result in some great flavors.  And just as I expected, these veggies were very flavorful!  I left mine a touch on the crisp side but if you prefer them softer, add a few more minutes to your cooking time.

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Peanut butter cookies are good but ones with three types of peanut butter in them are even better!  These super soft cookies have peanut butter, Reese’s peanut butter chips and Reese’s pieces candies in them.  They turned out so yummy and practically just melt in your mouth.

triple peanut butter cookies

Cookie baking for me is usually something I do to keep the household cookie monster (aka, the hubby) at bay.  I may eat one or two of my cookies but they get gobbled up by said cookie monster.  But these peanut butter cookies were so good that I fought hubs for my fair share.  They were just too good to let him eat them all himself!

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Homemade Salsa

August 12, 2011

homemade salsa

The past couple of years I have had zero luck in growing my own tomatoes.  So this year, I said the heck with it.  But I do miss the taste of fresh from the vine warm tomatoes.

While I was grinding away on this homemade salsa I kept thinking “this isn’t gonna be the same with canned tomatoes”.  But I was quite wrong.  The garlic, onion and fresh cilantro give it enough of a “fresh” taste.  You really can’t tell that this salsa is from canned tomatoes.

Phew, this is super hot stuff though!  If you can’t stand the heat, you may want to go lighter on the cilantro and maybe even omit one can of the Rotel tomatoes.  It makes my mouth burn but I kinda enjoy the delicious torture!

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Birchbox – August 2011

August 10, 2011

birchbox august 2011

It’s Birchbox time!  Yippee!  I always get so excited to rip into my box and see what good stuff came this month.

Here’s what I got:

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel
June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Mask
The Cool Fix by Shaveworks
Bonus: Twistband hair tie

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