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Christmas, Peppermint & Other Good Things

November 28, 2011


I love the holidays for pretty much all of the reasons that everybody else does.  This time of year makes me entirely happy to be alive.  It also makes me love the Internet.  There are so many delightful things out there just waiting to be tried!! Here are a few I’m hoping to try out this month.  Especially the food.  Ohmyyum.

Festive Christmas Wreath

Mercury Glass Ornaments

Old Book Mistletoe

Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Pops

White Chocolate Covered Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

Candy Cane Macarons

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

And if that won’t keep you busy, there are TONS of Christmas goodies and recipes waiting on your eyes to find them.  Just click here! I’m going to go eat something now.  Whoa.

Recipe For Perfection

September 12, 2011


Pumpkin spice latte?  Psh, yea right.  For some reason I cannot get into this drink.  It makes me gag, for real.  I’ve always felt completely left out when everybody talked about their love of ushering in fall with a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.  So I created my own autumn drink that’s perfection and doesn’t make me cringe.  Next time you’re at Starbucks, give this a try.  It’s basically the taste combination of cool October weather and love at first sight.

Prepare yourselves…
{grande iced vanilla coffee + one pump pumpkin spice + splash of 2% milk}

Great, now I want one.

::image from We Heart It::

Peach Cobbler

August 18, 2011

Is there any dessert more perfect than peach cobbler?  Made from amazingly delicious ripe peaches right out of the tree?  Wait, do peaches grow on trees?  Or do they come off of some shrub thing?  Well, from that observation you know I didn’t pick them myself but got a few from Whole Foods.  Just as good, right?

So…..I’ve been following Joy The Baker’s blog and I LOVE IT!  She’s so clever, witty and adorable.  Plus, that girl can cook and take the prettiest photos.  I decided to make her Peach Cobbler for One recipe tonight.  Whoa… still has me in a state of food euphoria SO I had to share.

{We Heart It…it’s just so pretty!}

::Good Morning::

April 6, 2011

It’s strange how much I dislike waking up in the morning but how much I love breakfast food.  Brunch is my favorite meal of the day.  Probably because I have to put forth a lot of effort in the morning to have a decent meal.  It takes a miracle to get me out of bed by brunch time.  But when I do….

…I’m in heaven!

Having breakfast at any time of the day works for me.  I actually prefer it.  In fact, I may try these strawberry muffins for lunch this weekend.  I know I won’t be awake in time to consider it brunch.

Hot Chocolate Chip Cookies

January 10, 2011

I promised a couple of friends some cookies but wasn’t sure which kind to make. It seems that I’m always making some type of sugary treat because it’s so fun and even better when you give them away.  Ok so I totally snagged a few before sending them off because they were DELICIOUS! Naturally, I wanted to share them with you!

Hot Chocolate Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies (found here)

{my Willy Wonka-land}

– 2 sticks salted butter/ at room temperature
– 1 cup white granulated sugar
– 2/3 cups packed light brown sugar
– 2 whole large eggs
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla (my favorite PART)
– 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
-4 packages (1 oz. packets, NOT sugar-free) hot chocolate mix
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 cup of white chocolate, milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preparation Instrucions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
– Cream butter and sugars until smooth.
– Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.
– In a separate bowl, combine flour, hot chocolate mix, salt and baking soda.
– Add to wet ingredients in 3 to 4 parts, making sure all is incorporated.
– Fold in chips.
– Chill the dough for an hour or so.
– Use a 1/4 cup as a scoop to scoop dough onto a greased baking sheet.
– Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
– Let cool for 5 minutes then EAT THOSE SUCKERS!!!

They’re yummy and chocolatey and delicious PLUS made with hot cocoa. It’s a win win win as far as I’m concerned.  Eat them underneath your Christmas tree because it better still be up!! It’s still cold out!!


::Winter Is My Favorite:: {playlist XI}

December 1, 2010

There’s nothing better than a hot cup of mint cocoa and pretty music on a cold snowy evening.  I’ve found lots of new tuneage lately, thanks to some good friends and Pandora, so I made you a playlist! Your enjoyment of life will improve with pretty music…really. As an added treat, I’ve included a link to the most adorable Christmas cookies ever.  It’s true.  Skip on down if you like.

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{I want to make this}

Naughty & Nice Holiday Recipes

November 23, 2010

Hey there! I wrote a guest post for sweet Maryam at Pamplemousse1983 blog. Make sure you stop by her adorable blog and say hello.  I kind of like this guest blogging thing.  It’s f-u-n.  I decided to share the post with you guys and gals as well.  Happy Thanksgiving!! There’s  a lot to be happy about…I promise.  Below you will find the post (in case you hadn’t figured that out by now.)

{Daniel Davis Photography}

Hello! It’s Laura Elizabeth here from Sunshine and StarlightMaryam was kind enough to let me share a couple of my newest favorite holiday recipes for you to enjoy!  In true holiday fashion, I have a naughty and a nice treat.  Be warned, the first is not to be eaten while watching the waist line.  However, the second will help get rid of that guilty feeling you have after the 5th piece of grandma’s apple pie.  Oh man, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. 

Perfectly Scrumptious Pumpkin Muffins (makes 2 dozen)

{from le iPhone}

Ingredients Needed
3 cups self-rising flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 (15 ounce) can of pumpkin
cooking spray
brown sugar (to sprinkle on the top)
Optional ingredients (which I highly recommend that you add, yum):
2 cups chopped dates
1 cup chopped toasted pecans

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
2.  If using pecans, place on cookie sheet and put in oven until toasted (about 5-8 minutes)
3.  Stir the first three ingredients together in a large bowl.  Make a hole in the middle of the mixture to pour other ingredients. 
4.  In a different bowl, stir together the eggs, oil, and pumpkin. 
5.  Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until it all turns a nice shade of orange.  Like this:

{le iPhone picture}

6.  If using, stir in dates and pecans.
7.  Place pretty paper cupcake cups into muffin pan.  You may spray these with cooking oil to keep from sticking, if you like.
8.  Spoon batter into cups and fill them about 2/3 full. 
9.  Sprinkle the tops with brown sugar.  Yes, you should taste the brown sugar just to make sure it’s safe. *wink*

{le iPhone pic}

10.  Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.  Make sure you watch that oven because sometimes they can bake as quickly as 15 minutes.
11.  Remove from pans immediately and test to make sure they’re done!  I asked my cute mother for help on this step. 

{iPhone pic}

12.  Cool on wire racks or eat them while they’re hot.  Add butter if you’re feeling extra frisky. 
13.  Put them somewhere pretty and see how quickly they disappear!

{le iPhone pic of my dwelling area}

Tastiest Homemade Granola There Ever Was

(insert pic)

Ingredients Needed
2 cups of old fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup flaxseed
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 Tbs vegetable oil
1 Tbs vanilla
2 Tbs warm water

Optional ingredients:
1 cup grated coconut (from the baking section)
1 cup almonds
1 cup craisins
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
**Have fun with the optional ingredients! I usually only use coconut and craisins and it’s delicious.

1.  Heat oven to 275 degrees.
2.  Spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
2. Mix oats, wheat germ, salt and extra ingredients (except for dried fruit) in a bowl.
3.  Heat syrup, oil, warm water and vanilla to a simmer on medium heat. 
4.  Drizzle over oats and stir to combine.  Go ahead and enjoy the smell because I promise it will taste even better.
5.  Pour mix into prepared pan.  Squeeze mixure together to form clumps of granola.  This helps you get that granola texture.  Go ahead and clump, clump, clump. I like to imagine them as little mountains on a landscape.  No?  Alright then.
6.  Bake 30 minutes.
7.  Remove from oven and stir in dried fruit.  Bake 20-30 minutes longer until golden brown. 
8.  Watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn and get too crunchy.  Bake until desired texture.
9.  Cool and store 1 month in airtight container. 

**The granola can be eaten alone or along with vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit. It’s also a perfect snack to keep in your car or at the office.  Enjoy!

Hope you enjoy the tastiness! Much love to you and yours during this holiday season. 
Laura Elizabeth

Sushi Ninjas

September 26, 2010

Nicole and I decided to get a little adventurous with the cooking so we went with sushi.  It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.  To see the recipe we used, click here.  Of course, no sushi making is complete without a karate kid headband.  I’m calling mine a ninja warrior headband because that’s what I was all day…a ninja warrior.

We didn’t use any raw ingredients this time and made a California Roll and a Candy Roll.  I know it’s considered ‘fake’ sushi if it isn’t completely raw but it’s so darn tasty!  Here are some of the ingredients we used:

I’ll admit that shopping for these items was pretty fun.  The whole process took about an hour and the rice cooking took the longest but it was easy.  The recipe called for sugar, sake and rice vinegar to go over the rice.  Stinky yet delicious. So we took a lot of pictures and here they are!! Don’t worry, I didn’t add all of them.  Hey, we like to document things around here.  Especially monumental events like sushi and ninja headbands.

Nicole adding the rice to the seaweed.  This part was super sticky!!

Add all of the goodies that you want on your roll.  As much as you want!! ANYTHING YOU WANT!!

Then holy roll that baby up.  This part is a tiny bit tricky…but not too bad at all.

Top it off with some toasted sesame seeds.  Yummy!!

I was pretty proud of us.

Then we played a little.  You have to, right?

Such a good little Texan.

Wait for it…..

Super stealth ninja sushi!!

This is where Nicole took the knife away from me.  No really, she totally did.


And then we ate sushi…and it was good.  We nailed it.


You should try making it on your own.  It is a lot easier than it looks and extremely tasty.  I’m talking all kinds of extremely tasty.  Next time? We’re tackeling homemade pasta! Mmm mmm mm.

Caprese Chicken

September 13, 2010

Ahh…this has been a good day.  I didn’t have work because I was gone all weekend long and my company is thoughtful enough to give us a recovery day after we return home from a busy (but always enjoyable) event weekend. 

I spent the day either thinking about food, making food, or buying food.  Ok, so I did a few other things besides eat – laid out at the pool, stopped by the farmer’s market, visited the record store (where I spent way too much money on beautiful music), chatted with my parents, and I’m about to have dinner with an old friend who is in town.  I also got the sweetest surprise in the mail from my Australian blog friend, Cheray! It’s been a joy getting to know her over blogging and one day I hope to pay her a little visit.  She sent me these adorable key covers:

It made my day!! My house key now has a cupcake with an eye patch.  Hehe! Love it.

At the farmer’s market, I picked up some yummy goodness so I could make the latest recipe that caught my eye from Baked Bree.  I love her little cooking blog!  I decided to go with Caprese Chicken for today.  Click on the link to see the recipe then make it yourself because it’s delicious!!  Fresh basil, chicken, a huge ball of mozzarella cheese…what’s not to love?

Mmm!! I could eat this by itself all day long.  My goodness I really am obsessed with food but I just can’t help it.  Ok, gotta run!! Byeeeee!

Cooking with Chicken…..delish!

September 4, 2010

People have been telling me to check out The Pioneer Woman’s blog for a looooong long time.  I’m a bit hard headed when it comes to those things but last week I finally took a peek.  She’s so rad and hilarious! Yea, yea, yea – I know you’ve known about her forever but remember I’m still pretty new in the blogging and cooking universe. 

Anyways, in my search for a new weekly recipe I ran across this one for Chicken with Olives (don’t let the name freak you out!)  You can find the recipe here.  I only had a few mishaps but after a couple of hours (I’m super slow when I cook) I had prepared a super delicious meal for myself. 

The recipe called for lots of veggies and garlic which means it’s going to be goooooooood.  My favorite part was squeezing the canned tomatoes into the sink to get rid of the juicy juice.  Yea, I know that’s probably weird but it was fun and messy.

Plus, the smell of everything thrown together on the stove was nothing short of divine. 

Awww, chicken.  My all time favorite food in the entire world.  Here’s about where the mishap happened.  At first, you combine all the yumminess into a pan on the stove then you cover and transfer the entire pan into the oven for about 45 minutes.  Yea, I had no idea that all pans weren’t oven ready.  I mean, hello?! All kitchen things should be ok to use in the oven AND on the stove!! Good grief, how am I even supposed to know to check for that?!  I’m no expert in kitchen accessories.  Anyways, you know where this is going.  The smell of burnt rubber about knocked me over when I glanced in the oven but I caught it quickly enough to save my yummy chicken dish. 

See? Safe and sound.  However, next time I will only use 1/2 of the olives called for.  It can be a bit overpowering but the meal is still tasty as can be.  The best part?  I ate some for lunch the next day and it was even better than before!! Usually reheated chicken makes me want to yack but this was oh so yummy. 

Enjoy! This cooking thing keeps getting better.  Maybe I’ll strive for twice a week soon. *smile*