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Bachelorette Party Cookies

I've never really decorated with royal icing before and it kinda shows! I made some "butt cookies" for my sister-in-law's bachelorette party a few weekends ago and while they were adorable I wish this wasn't the first time decorating cookies with royal icing. Oh well - you gotta learn sometime! It's not that it was hard but I also think trying so many colors (I think 6 in the end) was too much for a first timer - I was stressing about the mess! Next time I'll just make sure to be totally prepared!


To get the "butt" shape
- roll cookie dough as normal and use a HEART cookie cutter. Cut the point of the cut cookie off with a sharp kinfe.


* I was also reminded that these could have been bra cookies as well!



Basic Royal Icing


Source: Wilton

Ingredients:
1 lb (4 c.), powdered sugar, sifted
3 Tbsp meringue powder
4-6 Tbsp water*
*the amount of water you will need to add to the icing is very much dependent on temperature and humidity of the place you are a…

Sugar Cookies

I finally made Ashlee's sugar cookies and Katie always raves about in her adorable cookie posts. These were excellent but next time I make them I'll make one minor adjustment - a little less lemon zest. Either I used too much to begin with (very possible as I just eyeballed it) or it's just too much for my non-lemon fan of a husband. However, I loved them and will definitely make them again. Now, all I need to do is learn how to decorate better!

Fabulous Sugar Cookies
by Ashlee, by way of Katie
Ingredients:
1 1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. powdered sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 Tbsp lemon zest
5 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Powdered sugar, for rolling

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-Cream butter and sugars in a mixer for 5 minutes.
-Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly.
-Add vanilla, almond, and lemon zest.
-Sift in flour, baking powder, and salt a little at a time.
-Do not over mix, this process should take abou…

Honey Sesame Green Beans

To go along with the mashed potatoes I made for a Mother's Day dinner I steamed up some green beans and threw a little seasoning together. This was without a doubt one of the easiest sides and delicious to boot!

Honey Sesame Green Beans

Ingredients
1 lb. fresh green beans
1 tablespoon EVOO
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted

Directions
- with a steamer insert in a pot over boiling water, steam green beans until desired consistency (I did about 8 minutes)
- add green beans to a medium skillet and drizzle with EVOO and honey, stirring to coat each bean
- sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds prior to serving

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I had my parents and one of my grandmothers over for a Mother's Day dinner the night before due to travel schedules (my brother had to drive home), conflicting plans, etc. I was totally fine with that because I've never really had my family over for dinner, it's always been brunch or appetizer type events. As a side I made these delicious garlic mashed potatoes that I found on the Williams-Sonoma site. Yet again I've found a winner with their recipes!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Williams-Sonoma
Ingredients
6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh rosemary or thyme
3 baking potatoes, about 1 1/2 lb. total, peeled or unpeeled, cut into 2-inch chunks
4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup milk
Salt and freshly ground white or black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup snipped fresh chives (optional)

Directions
-Preheat an oven to 325°F.
-Place the garlic cloves in a small baking dish.
-Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the rosemary.
-Cover with alumin…

Baked Pasta Casserole

I really liked this recipe - my husband ate it but I don't know that he loved it. It was a bit too dry for his tastes but that could have been cooking error... and probably was. I added shredded chicken, plus I omitted the almonds because if I'd used them I wouldn't have had any for a work snack the next day!

Now, with that being said - I'll totally make this again but maybe throw in a little pasta water or broth before baking to add some moisture.

Baked Pasta Casserole (With Chicken)
Adapted From: 101 Cookbooks
Ingredients
extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 pound whole wheat pasta shells
sea salt
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups well-chopped fresh spinach
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds, lightly toasted
zest of 2 lemons
8 ounces mozzerella, shredded or torn into small pieces
(I added 2 cups shredded chicken for a bit more protein)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Butter/oil a large casserole dish or baking pan - something roughly equivalent to 13x9-inch pa…

Pork Chops Milanese

I planned on making these for dinner last night but my husband has been really sick all week and last night was the first of any appetite he's had so I didn't necessarily want to make this. I could have easily just reduced the recipe and made it for myself it just didn't seem that appealing. Anyway, we've had this a few times and I never remember to blog it so here it is. I'll post the picture when I find it around here somewhere!

Pork Milanese
Source: Giada DeLaurentiis
Ingredients
1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
2 large eggs
6 boneless pork loin chops, pounded thin to 1/3 inch-thick (1 1/2 pounds total)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil
6 lemon wedges

Directions
-Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
-Coarsely crush the panko into a large shallow bowl.
-Stir the cheese into the panko.
-Lightly beat the eggs in another large shallow bowl.
-Sprinkle the pork generously with salt and pepper.
-Dip t…

Menu Plan Monday

This spring is so hectic and I've let a lot of stuff slide and as I've said numerous times before - my menu planning is one of the things sliding. Anyway, I'm going to try, starting this week, to make at least one new recipe a week and blog about it. I would love to do more but I think one a week is still pretty good given how busy I am and how often we're not home for dinner. Anyway, here is my menu for this week...
S: Chicken Tenders and Mac - not planned but after a looong weekend we just needed easy M: Chicken with Proscuitto and Provel Cheese, Green Beans (see link for info on the best cheese in the world!!) T: Cinco de Mayo - Chicken Quesadilla's and Mexican Rice (DH is sick so heavy Mexican probably isn't too great for him right now)
W: Pork Chops Milanese and Green Beans (not a new recipe but just realized I've never blogged it)
R: Baked Pasta Casserole with Chicken (will be my weekly new recipe) F: Pizza S: maybe go out to eat with my brother while he'…