Honey Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Honey Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Happy New Year, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. We went to Florida this year and while we had a great time, we all came back sick for the second time since Thanksgiving!

If you’re anything like me, once January begins every year, I am always thinking about how I need to detox for a few weeks from all the heavy and sugary treats I enjoyed over the holidays. For me, this includes lots of protein and veggies and less carbs. Lettuce Wraps always fit this bill!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I am madly in love with lettuce wraps. I’ve made Southwestern Chicken, Thai Peanut, Copycat P.F. Chang’s, and Chicken Salad versions and am always thinking of new recipes. They make a great dinner, but are also perfect to make ahead for lunches during the week!

Today, I’ve made Honey Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps and I’m in love! The filling includes lean ground chicken, red bell pepper, and black beans. The sauce is also nice and light. The balance of the heat from the chipotle pepper and the sweetness from the honey is just perfection. These lettuce wraps are the best way to kick off the new year!

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

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Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie 3

I’ve got onnnnnne more holiday recipe for you guys today. When you have so many parties to attend and are hosting a lot of guests throughout the holiday season, it’s always good to have at least a few good easy, go-to appetizer and snack recipes on hand.

Today we’ve got gooey and warm melted brie topped with a quick and easy cranberry sauce and toasted pecans. It’s so simple and yet so amazingly perfect. Brie is probably one of my greatest weaknesses in life. I cannot stay out of it. I’ll eat the whole wheel myself!

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

I served this delicious appetizer with my favorite chips, Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips. I really love the Multigrain Tortilla Chips for any appetizer, really. They have a nice nutty flavor. Plus, they are packed with goodness like flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. And like all of the Food Should Taste Good Chips, they are non-GMO, gluten-free, and have no cholesterol! I adore sweet toppings like this cranberry sauce with brie. They just pair so well together! This appetizer is perfect for any gathering, is so easy to prepare, and your guests will surely love it!

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas is about a week away! How is this happening? I’m not ready. We have all been sick pretty much since Thanksgiving. All bad colds that turned into infections. Poor Maddie has an ear infection so needless to say, it has not been a restful couple of weeks for us. Instead of thinking about how much I still have left to to do before traveling next week, I’m going to lay on the couch and eat more Christmas cookies!

How do you guys like your cookies? Are you team soft and chewy or team crispy? I love them soft and chewy. I just don’t care much for really crispy cookies, which often ends up being the consistency of gingerbread cookies. And while I love gingerbread things, I don’t like super crispy cookies!

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

So, today, I’ve got a gingerbread cookie that is incredibly soft and chewy thanks to a good dose of butter and brown sugar. My other secret to big, soft cookies is to chill the dough before baking. I recommend at least three hours if you can stand the wait, but it’s so worth it! I kicked up the spices in this cookie recipe, so feel free to use less if you want. And then I decided to top these with some homemade cinnamon buttercream frosting. Yes, all of the butter. But, it’s the holidays so we’ll just have to work that butter off later, sound good? Oh, and don’t forget the sprinkles!

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Bread Dipping Seasoning Mix

Bread Dipping Seasoning Mix

If you asked me to tell you a dish that is pretty much the death of me when it comes to self-control, I would tell you dipping warm bread in seasoned olive oil is one of them. I mean, I seriously cannot be stopped. It’s so bad, but so good all at the same time. You guys know what I mean, right?!

Bread Dipping Seasoning Mix

I finally decided to mix up some homemade bread dipping seasoning mix to have handy last month, and I’m in love. This mix has oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley, garlic powder, and salt and pepper…all things you might already have in your spice cabinet. I love having this mix ready to go so I can just spoon it into some oil to serve with bread for a quick appetizer or side. It’s the perfect amount of flavor, without being too much in the oil. It’s just perfect for dipping fresh and warm loaf of bread in!

I always like to give you guys a fun little homemade gift idea every holiday season and I think this seasoning mix would be perfect! You can easily double, triple, or quadruple the recipe, put it in some cute little jars with nice ribbon and pair it with a nice bottle of olive oil.

Bread Dipping Seasoning Mix

Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Homemade Gingerbread Latte

The Gingerbread Latte. I wait for it every year. I could honestly skip the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I know to some of you, that seems crazy, but as much as I love all things pumpkin, I just don’t love that drink. But, the Gingerbread Latte? Gimme gimme!

Too bad they are so expensive! If you’re an addict like me, I’ve got a treat for you today. You can make your own gingerbread lattes right at home and they are surprisingly easy to make too! First, we make our own gingerbread syrup with just some molasses, brown sugar, and spices. Then you just brew some espresso, steam some milk, and you’re done!

Before you get started, I have just a few things to note. First, I’ve included a suggested recipe below, but ultimately, you can customize this latte however you want using as much or as little as the gingerbread syrup or more or less milk. The recipe for the gingerbread syrup makes more syrup than you need for one drink, so you will have leftovers for lattes all week long! And lastly, while warmed milk will do just fine, if you want to be fancier like your coffee ship, I highly recommend getting a milk frother! I have this one from Aerolatte and it’s only $14!

Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Moroccan Chicken Stew

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Moroccan Chicken Stew

I have been obsessed with making soups and stews lately. It’s actually been pretty chilly these past couple of weeks and I’m soaking every bit of this wonderful weather right up. I made this Moroccan Chicken Stew a few weeks ago and instantly fell in love with the flavors!

Moroccan Chicken Stew

First, it’s full of cinnamon, paprika, and cumin spices. I love the balance between the cinnamon and cumin. The stew is also really hearty with chicken, carrots, diced tomatoes, and the chickpeas. For a little something extra, I also added the STAR Fine Foods Lemon Stuffed Olives. I love the lemony undertones in these olives and the flavor they added to the stew.

Moroccan Chicken Stew