Recipes

The Easiest Lemon Cookie Recipe Ever

Alright homeys, time to get real. Christmas is this week y’all. If you are anything like me then you tend to save a lot of your holiday prep for the last minute (ask me how many presents I’ve wrapped…hint, it starts with a z and ends with an ero). Luckily, I discovered the best way to make cookies in about the shortest amount of time possible. Seriously, the only thing faster than this recipe is buying premade dough or store bought cookies (and I feel like you gotta at least try to do homemade, just for effort’s sake). Plus, you only need four ingredients for these bad boys so set up and clean up is super fast.




Here’s what you need: one box of lemon cake mix, two eggs, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, and powdered sugar.

First, mix the cake mix, oil, and eggs together. This took me about two minutes. The longest part of this process is the refrigeration. The dough needs to sit in the fridge for about an hour before it will be ready to bake. But the nice thing is that you can get other shit done during that hour while you wait. Toward the end of your hour, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and then get a small bowl ready with some powdered sugar. Once the dough is nice and firm, roll it into small (about one inch) balls and douse those puppies in the powdered sugar.

Place on a baking sheet and then bake at 350 for about nine minutes. Please note during the entire process, powdered sugar is the glitter of baking and it will be everywhere by the time you are done. Luckily, it cleans up nicely with a wet paper towel.

These lemon cookies are super tasty and legit easy to make. About two minutes of prep and nine minutes of bake time and you have yourself some delicious homemade cookies. One batch made about 30 cookies, though you could get more or less depending on the size you want.




Alright, so please tell me I am not the only one who waits until the last minute to get my holiday baking done. Anybody out there with me? Make me feel better about myself in the comments!


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Recipe: Fun and Festive Holiday Cocktail

Well, folks, it’s Monday, which means we are all in need of a little cocktail, am I right? Today I have a super simple and delicious holiday cocktail recipe for you. This would be great for a party, and you could even make a big batch in a punch bowl if you wanted to serve it as an alcoholic punch. Here’s the ingredients you will need: vodka, cranberry raspberry spritzer (this particular one is from Trader Joe’s, but I have seen similar drinks at most supermarkets), and an orange. How pretty is that orange? I sent Matt to the market and told him I needed a photogenic orange (exact words) and he delivered this beauty!




holiday cocktail

For the drink, mix two shots of vodka and two shots of the cranberry raspberry spritzer. Then squeeze the juice from half of the orange into your drink and mix together. I don’t recommend shaking since the juice is carbonated, just give it a good stir. If you are not a huge vodka fan, you can always add more of the juices to mask the flavor. Adjust to your taste! You could also add ice if you so desire, but since I always keep my vodka in the freezer and the juice was refrigerated, I didn’t need it.

This cocktail is super yummy and super easy to make, plus it came out to be the perfect color for a holiday drink! I would definitely serve this at a party, it would make a great Christmas cocktail!

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All the decor in these pictures can be found at Target. The gold polka dot glasses and the mini Christmas trees were in the dollar bins, and the light up “Cheers” sign was in the party section (and it was only $12, total score in my opinion!).

Happy holidays friends! What are you going to be drinking tonight?


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Recipe: The Perfect Summer Michelada

Summer is officially in full swing and I have been loving this mild, but still sunny and warm weather we have been having here in So Cal. I don’t know about you, but for me, there is nothing better in the summer than a tasty cocktail (who I am I kidding, I feel this way about all seasons). One of my summer favorites is the michelada. The michelada is a traditional Mexican drink, and there are tons of variations as to how to craft one. Lots of recipes call for a bit of tomato juice, but I have never liked vegetables getting in the way of my alcohol, so the hubs and I (mostly him) came up with this perfect recipe. It is super tasty and very refreshing!




For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients (it seems like a lot, but most of them are probably already in your cupboards): tequila, beer, lime juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire or soy sauce, margarita salt, chili powder, lime, and jalapenos (optional).

michelada

The first step is to make the salt for the rim of your glass. Mix the margarita salt and some chili powder in a bowl that is flat enough for you to be able to dip the rim of your glass in it.

michelada

From there, mixing the drink is easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. First, salt the rim of your cup, then add 1 oz of lime juice.
  2. Add one shot of tequila (you can always do more/less depending on how boozy you want it).
  3. Add 2-4 dashes of the Worcestershire or soy sauce.
  4. Add a dash of Tabasco to taste (I only like one, but Matt puts in a few).
  5. Mix those ingredients together, then add your beer.
  6. Add ice and garnish with a lime and/or jalapenos.

michelada

To me, the michelada is a perfect summer cocktail. It is a definite step up from a beer, and it has just a hint of spice and citrus to make it super summery. Have you made micheladas before? What goes into your recipe?

Cheers!


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DIY: New Year’s Eve Cocktail and Stir Sticks

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Hello all! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas!  Hard to believe we are just days away from 2016, but the new year is going to be here in a jiffy.  Of course, when we think about New Year’s Eve, we think about the dranks, am I right?  So I obviously had to whip up a tasty NYE cocktail and throw in a little DIY bling to go along with it!




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DIY: Christmas Cocktail and Festive Stir Sticks

Christmas is just two days away and I don’t know about you, but I’m excited!  I’m looking forward to some quality family time, some presents, some yummy food, and of course, some tasty drinks!  The hubs and I had a Squirt free day at home recently so I decided to test out some holiday drinks and whip up some cute DIY stir sticks.  And we ended up with some delicious (and pretty!) drinks!




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Easy and Delicious Holiday Cookies

One of my favorite parts of any holiday is the treats.  I have a major sweet tooth so I am all about any holiday traditions that allow me to indulge.  My sister has been hosting a cookie exchange party for the past few years, and it is always a good excuse to try some new recipes (both baking and eating).  As I am always short on time (who isn’t these days?), I look for recipes that are easy, but still look fancy.  This year I used pre-made sugar cookie dough to make these fancy, but quick cookies.




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Easy and Delicious Twenty Minute Chicken

Happy Monday y’all (at least, as happy as Monday can be)!  I’m not going to lie, going back to work these past few weeks has kicked my butt!  I’m tired, grumpy, and definitely not eating very well.  I’m trying to eat less fast/frozen food and do more cooking, but dinner times can be hard with all of our afterschool stuff we have going on (the downfall of having a drama teacher and band director marriage), plus dealing with our ever active toddler.  Luckily, I have recipes like this one that make dinner feel a little bit less like a chore!  Here are the steps!



1.  Gather ingredients.  You need chicken breasts, salsa, and shredded cheese.  Tortillas make a nice complement, but they are optional. That’s it!

2.  Preheat your over to 400 degrees.  Place defrosted chicken breasts in a glass pan and cover with the salsa.  Be generous with your salsa distribution!

3.  Bake for about 18 minutes.  Then place shredded cheese on top of the chicken and salsa.

4.  Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes, until cheese is melted and the chicken is thoroughly cooked (use a meat thermometer if you have one!).  And that’s it!  The chicken is good by itself, or you can cut it up and wrap it in some tortillas, whichever you prefer!

The salsa makes the chicken super moist and flavorful, and of course, you can never go wrong with a dish topped with melted cheese!  After twenty minutes, you have a tasty home-cooked meal!  Bon appetit!


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