Woo! It’s Friday friends! I’m visiting my mom, brother, and stepdad this weekend so I’m going to make this post short and sweet. I have been wanting to make my own nut butters for a while. I thought about doing a chocolate almond butter, but the Hubs has a thing for cashews so chocolate cashew butter it was! This chocolate cashew butter was super tasty and would perfect to use smeared with some jelly on a sandwich, with apple slices, or in cookies! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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Chocolate Cashew Butter
Makes about 2 cups of cashew butter
– 2 cups unsalted cashews
– 2-3 tbs. vegetable or coconut oil
– pinch of salt (or to taste)
– 2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1/4-1/2 cup honey or agave nectar (optional)
1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until the butter reaches your desired consistency. You may want to only add one tablespoon of the oil at at time and only add more if needed. If you want the butter to be smoother, add more oil.
– I left mine on the thicker side, but the longer you process, the more smooth it will become!
– Adding the honey or agave nectar is totally optional. If you don’t want your cashew butter to have a sweet taste, then don’t add it!
– Cashews can spoil very quickly, so store your cashew butter in a container in the fridge!
Oh! And before I forget, I want to give a big thanks to Ramona over at Curry and Comfort for passing the Happy Blogger award to me! Thanks so much, Ramona!
Happy Valentine’s Day! I don’t typically post on Tuesdays, but since today is a special day, I wanted to share something really yummy with you guys! I can’t believe that I have had this blog for 9 months and have not yet posted a red velvet recipe! I LOVE red velvet anything! And although it may be a little cliche to post a red velvet recipe today, I don’t even care because these red velvet brownies are so good!
I made this recipe up on the fly and while these brownies were pretty good, they were a little too cakey for my taste. I prefer brownies that are somewhere in between being cakey and fudgey. So, when you read the recipe, I provided the recipe I followed, but if you would prefer for your brownies to be fudgier, please note the changes in parentheses.
Hubs and I will be staying in and plan to have a nice fondue dinner at home tonight. We HATE crowds and are total homebodies, so a nice relaxing night at home is perfect for me! What are you all doing today?
After you read the recipe, don’t forget to scroll down to enter my GIVEAWAY!!
Red Velvet Brownies
Makes about 2 dozen brownies
Ingredients (Follow ingredients in parentheses for fudgier brownies):
– 1 1/4 cups flour (or 1 cup flour)
– 1 tsp. baking powder
– 2 cups granulated sugar
– 1/2 tsp. salt
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
– 1/2 cup buttermilk*
– 3 eggs, room temperature
– 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted (or 4 oz.)
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– 1 tsp. vinegar
– 1 tbs. red food coloring or 2-3 tsp. gel food coloring*
Ingredients for the Cream Cheese Frosting:
– 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
– 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
– 1 tsp. vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a 9×13 baking dish (or use a jelly a roll pan that is similar in size (I used a 15 1/4″ L x 10 1/4″ W jelly roll pan) with parchment paper. Spray the paper with non-stick spray.
2. In a bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cocoa powder. Mix until well-combined. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, beat together the butter, eggs, and buttermilk. Stir in the melted chocolate, vanilla, vinegar, and food coloring. Then add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Stir until well-combined. Evenly spread the batter in a baking dish or pan. Bake for about 25-30 minutes* until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the brownies to cool completely before frosting.
4. For the frosting, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the vanilla. Add the confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time and mix until well-combined.
– Don’t have buttermilk on hand? Simply add a tsp. of vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
– I prefer to use red gel food coloring for these. First, you can use less and get the same effect as you can with liquid color. I also prefer it here because it does not taint the taste of the brownies.
– If you use a 9×13 pan, the bake time will be closer to 30 minutes. I used a jelly roll pan that was a little larger, so the batter was spread out more and it took closer to 25 minutes.
Ok, now that we got the brownies out of the way, let’s get to the giveaway! If you like me on Facebook, you may have been reading that I was trying to get to 500 likes. Well, thanks to some wonderful support of my readers and other bloggers, I got to 500! I made a promise that when I got to 500 I would have a giveaway!
After going through all of the comments, this adorable coffee scoop seemed to be the most popular item on the list. And while the Hubs is my main Valentine, you all are also my Valentine (insert obligatory “Awwwwww” here)! So, as a thank you to you all, I am going to give away this coveted scoop to 1 lucky reader!
This giveaway is open until SUNDAY, Feb. 19th at 11:59PM (EST) and is open to U.S. residents only (sorry international friends! Uncommon Goods doesn’t ship outside the U.S!).
1. For your main entry, leave a comment telling me your best or worst Valentine’s Day story!
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Ok, so that’s 5 ways to win the coffee scoop! The winner will be announced on Monday, Feb. 20th. The winner will be chosen via a random number generator. Winner has 24 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be chosen.
Good morning, friends!! Today I have prepared a delicious, low-carb, easy breakfast for you all, egg muffins! They are so easy to make and to take on-the-go! I filled mine with cheese, bacon, and spinach, but these are so versatile, you can really fill them with whatever you want!
When I go to Starbucks, I always order one of the following: 1. soy chai latte, 2. skinny soy cinnamon dolce latte, or 3. sweetened iced green tea. It’s been on the warm side here in Florida the last couple of weeks which means I have been craving iced beverages. Iced green tea season is upon us! Sounds awesome, right? Well, there is one problem. This simple iced tea costs almost $3.00 for a venti size. I refuse to spend $20 a week on iced tea. REFUSE!! Time to figure out how to make it myself! I was pretty hesitant to post this recipe because it’s not really a recipe, but considering the amount of people I know that share my addiction for iced green teas from Starbucks, I thought some of you might also appreciate it. So, rest easy, your wallets are safe! The last few times I have gone in to order my iced tea, I carefully watched the baristas make my drink so I am 98% sure that this is exactly how they make it.
You guys only need to get two ingredients from the store. Yes, 2! First, you need a box of Tazo Zen Green Tea. My grocery store sells it for less than $7 a box. The second ingredient you need is sugar (or the sweetener of your choice). And there is a third ingredient…WATER! But, that’s free, duh! So, for less than $10, you can make your own green tea that will last you about 2-3 weeks. So much better, right?! And after making my own for the last few weeks, I can tell you it tastes exactly the same!
At Starbucks, they simply brew a concentrate with the Tazo Zen tea. They fill your cup only about one third of the way full with the concentrate, add ice and water, and a few pumps of their classic syrup (which is basically just simple syrup), shake it up, and that’s it! I have provided a recipe for creating your own simple syrup at home, but you can also buy your own bottle of their classic syrup if you don’t want to make it yourself. Or, of course, you can just sweeten it with straight sugar or sugar substitute (just note that this might taste exactly the same).
I’m not sure about you guys, but I am totally exhausted from working in the kitchen all day yesterday prepping for the Super Bowl. Our spread consisted of cheese, cheese, and more cheese! I think we also spent more time watching the Puppy Bowl, which was way more entertaining for me quite frankly!
I made this chicken pepperoni-marinara for dinner a few days ago and it was super super delicious! Hubs and I both had two servings! Whenever I make a new recipe for dinner, I always ask him if it is “a make-again-meal.” We both agreed that this is a dinner we would love to have again! What I really like about this recipe is that it is a mix between Chicken Parmesan and pizza, but without all the carbs! I served mine with a side of low-carb pasta, but veggies and a salad would also be great!
– 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts (If thick, I cut mine in half for faster cooking time)
– salt and pepper to taste
– 1 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
1. Heat a sauce pan on medium-high heat. Spray the pan with cooking spray. Add the the garlic and pepperoni and cook for 2 minutes until the garlic begins to brown. Add the oregano and stir. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
2. Heat a large oven-safe skillet on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with some salt and pepper. Cook the chicken on each side about 3-5 minutes until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Spoon the sauce on top of the chicken. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the chicken. Add additional slices of pepperoni on top. Broil for 2 minutes until the cheese melts. Garnish with the basil. Serve with pasta or veggies!
I don’t know why, but I have always been a little intimidated by working with yeast. I’ve only made my own breads a few times. And I don’t really know why it freaks me out, I’ve never had it not turn out, but it still makes me nervous. One of my “blog goals” has been to get over my fear of yeast.
I first saw these pretzel rolls on How Sweet It Is last spring and wanted to dive right in to the screen. I must make them! Tina made them into burger buns and the thought of a burger on a pretzel bun sounded too good to be true. Now, mine did not come out nearly as pretty, I think I cooked them about 2 or 3 minutes too long as you can see by how brown my slash marks got, but they still turned out pretty good. And sadly, my grocery store was out of pretzel salt (sigh), so I just sprinkled sea salt on mine.
So, how did they taste? Well, they tasted pretty darn good. But, myself, Hubs, and my brother all agreed that it made for a pretty heavy burger. I could only eat about half of mine and I was totally stuffed. The rolls aren’t as dense as I thought they would be, but they were still more dense than a regular burger bun. So, I’m not sure I would make these as burger buns again. BUT, I think it’s still a great pretzel dough recipe and I would make these again as a small roll or as a bite to dip in my cheddar swiss fondue! Gah! That would be just amazing!!
So whether you make these into rolls, buns, or bites, if you are a soft pretzel fanatic, you should make these for your Super Bowl party or any fun party you have coming up! :)
Welcome to Eat. Drink. Love.! My name is Stephanie. Here you will find healthy and easy recipes with a few indulgences thrown in for good measure! Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!