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Grapefruit Thyme Cocktail

A magical combination of thyme simple syrup, fresh grapefruit and gin.  Check out this Grapefruit Thyme Cocktail on Shutterbean.com!

It recently dawned on me that don't have enough grapefruit in my life. It's probably because I spent so many years with a grapefruit aversion. I blame that one time my dad was on a diet and I tried eating a grapefruit for breakfast with him.  I didn't understand why anyone would want to have something so bitter.....and then I grew up.

Grapefruit Thyme Cocktail // shutterbean

I suppose I've turned into one of those adults who thinks things are TOO SWEET; hence my love newfound love for grapefruit. Plus the smell is just so intoxicating.

Grapefruit Thyme Cocktail // shutterbean

Here we have a citrusy/herbal cocktail with the combination of thyme simple syrup, fresh grapefruit juice and a spritz of sparking water. I added a grapefruit sugar rim for those moments when you're not so sure about the bitterness of grapefruit. Not only will it make your kitchen smell great, it will give you a nice refreshing buzz. Enjoy!

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Baked Blueberry Crumb Doughnuts

A blueberry muffin doughnut hybrid. Look at that crumb topping!  Check out the recipe at Shutterbean.com !

When we got home from Idaho this weekend, I cleaned up my kitchen and then turned my oven on. No clothes were unpacked. No laundry was started and we still were using all of our toiletries out of our toiletry bags. Yet... I had fresh doughnuts for us to eat because my priorities are all about food (always).

Baked Blueberry Crumb Doughnuts // shutterbean

Being away from my kitchen from a week is not easy. On the car ride home I thought of all of the things I would make when I got home and then it dawned on me that the only way to feel like I was home was to measure out flour and sugar in measuring cups and grate fresh lemon peel. It's good to be home.

Baked Blueberry Crumb Doughnuts // shutterbean

These doughnuts are baked, not fried! I just use my trusty doughnut pan. If you don't have a muffin pan then you can make blueberry muffins. If you don't have a muffin pan then you should make a Blueberry Pudding Cake! If you don't have a cake pan then WE NEED TO TALK.   The blueberries make them moist (sorry about that word) and beautifully blue. The crumb topping is reminiscent of blueberry muffins...but yet we have a hole in the center because DOUGHNUTS.  I can't imagine a better way to thank my husband for driving the whole way up to and from Idaho than baking him his favorite treat. A blueberry muffin in doughnut form. Your week will be off in a good direction if you have a few of these hanging out on your kitchen counter.

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Yogurt Waffles

Add a new waffle recipe to your repertoire! Don't have buttermilk? No problem. Use yogurt! Find the recipe at Shutterbean.com !

Now that we have our strawberry chia jam, let's put it on some waffles!  That's what I did last weekend.

Yogurt Waffles // shutterbean

I really really really miss Everyday Food (the cute little Martha Stewart magazine!)  I still have every single issue on my cookbook shelf and wonder what the recipes would look like now in the year 2015. I refer to them from time to time when I need a little inspiration or find myself in a food rut (I found these yogurt waffles from April 2010 to make last weekend!). I loved that they were season driven so they always served as great reminders of what you should be eating this time of year.

But let's be real. Waffles all year round...allll the time.... but now with berry additions!

Yogurt Waffles // shutterbean

Cooper and I loved these waffles. I loved the addition of oats because every now and then you get a nice crunch. I liked the brown sugar because there's a little bit of sweetness in the waffle...meaning you need a little less maple syrup. Cooper was in it for the carb + maple syrup component-- as per usual. The ingredients are basic enough so that I'll be able to make these over and over again. Let's make the toppings seasonal!

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Strawberry Chia Jam

You can whip up a quick strawberry jam (it's raw!)  in no time! The chia seeds make the strawberries jammy. No cooking required! Check out the recipe at Shutterbean.com!

One of the reasons why I’ve kept this blog up for so long (YOU GUYS I THINK I JUST PAST MY 8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY HERE) is my undeniable quest to try new things. I am constantly looking for something to add to my cooking arsenal/weekly meal prep. And since I have a somewhat hectic life in addition to blogging, a recipe that requires little effort with few ingredients is totally in my wheelhouse (haha! wheelhouse!). I also love when simple ingredients can combine forces to make something new and different. And let’s be real, it’s nice to have homemade things in my fridge.... I love any excuse to label mason jars & containers with washi tape & a sharpie.

Strawberry Chia Jam // shutterbean

I peeped this recipe in the My New Roots cookbook and knew I had to try it because I was a little overzealous buying strawberries this past weekend. It helps that there aren't that many other ingredients required. I even found a rogue vanilla bean in the back of my cabinet (I totally need to clean out my spice cabinet--perhaps a High Straightenance post soon?).

Strawberry Chia Jam // shutterbean

The two main ingredients are strawberries + chia seeds. When you combine the two, the pureed strawberries thicken up and gel without having to be cooked in a pot over the stove. I am not entirely sure how to describe the taste but the jam is the essence of strawberries and less like a jam. I mean, the thickness and consistency is there but it's pure strawberries, not a condensed/concentrated version of strawberries. You'll be wanting to eat it directly from the jar. Promise.

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Single Serving Nachos

Single Serving Nachos // shutterbean

We don't always have the time to make nachos from scratch...and sometimes we lack all of the ingredients. But! If you have a microwave (or oven/toaster oven), tortilla chips and cheese you can make single serving nachos in less than a minute. I wanted a snack yesterday so I stuck 5 tortilla chips in the microwave in a circle and popped them in the microwave for about 2o seconds. Once the cheese was melted and topped each chip with a dollop of salsa and pickled jalapeño. A little cilantro leaf to make it fancy!  The toppings are all up to you and based on what you have.  I would have put sour cream or Greek yogurt on top..or maybe even a sliver of avocado. Next time!   The trick is to not make them more than a single serving. Good luck with that.

If you love nachos, make your own nacho sauce OR check out these breakfast potato nachos.

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Spicy Coconut Noodles

A tasty weeknight meal is only 20 minutes away. Check out the recipe for this Spicy Coconut Noodle dish on Shutterbean.com !

Just when I thought I tackled all my stacks of rogue recipes ripped out from magazines, I went through one of my old purses and found a treasure trove. For the record, this is how I organize some of my recipes to make. So, this recipe is something I've had in my possession for almost 9 years. You should have seen how discolored it was! And as I was meal planning for last week, I thought this one would go really well with the Sambal Chicken Skewers I grilled. I love when things magically work out like that.

Spicy Coconut Noodles || Shutterbean

I took a big risk with those two recipes in the fact that my husband isn't into chicken as much as I am and I wasn't really sure how he feels about coconut in noodles. I don't really have a history of making us dishes with rice noodles, so  I was pleasantly surprised that my risk paid off because he told me the combination was "REALLY GOOD."  Then he proceeded to get a second helping and then told me I should make it again. Hallelujah!

Spicy Coconut Noodles || Shutterbean

I suspect he loved the creamy sauce on the noodles...the spice...the basil (although I should have used Thai Basil!) and the fish sauce. He's a sucker for fish sauce. It's like a creamy Thai alfredo. Winner winner chicken dinner. Literally.

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Sambal Chicken Skewers

Dust off the grill and make these Sambal Chicken Skewers. Made with sambal oelek, sriracha & sweetened with brown sugar. Check out the recipe at Shutterbean.com !

Someone asked me if I've made plans for the Summer and all I could say was that I'm gonna do a lot of grilling. I definitely have my priorities straight.

Sambal Chicken Skewers || shutterbean

Last week we had a beautiful week of a weather so I dusted off our grill...with a cocktail and flip flops.  I know, I know! I'm annoying. I am sorry that you're in cold weather on the east coast. I really hope that we get the rain we need. I digress...

Sambal Chicken Skewers || shutterbean

In a quest for a simple grilled recipe, I found this winner in my stack of ripped out pages from magazines. This will definitely be a staple in our Summer 2015 Rotation. I imagine we'll do a version with pork tenderloin or steak. Nothing like sweet/spicy/crispy chicken pulled right off a skewer. I made these beauties with a spicy coconut noodle dish that I'll be sharing on Wednesday.  Stay tuned!

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Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies

Deliciously Fudgy Brownies that happen to be Gluten Free with the help of Cornstarch! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com !

There was a bake sale at school last week. We got a notice that there would be gluten free/nut free options for those with dietary restrictions and it got me to thinking that I don't really have a gluten free baking prowess to flex. I'm not seasoned veteran with gluten free baking because I don't have the arsenal of flours in my pantry. I do have quite an assortment of hot sauces though...which only helps a select few.

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies // shutterbean

I saw this recipe on Martha Stewart website the other day and was intrigued. No flour. Just cornstarch. I also saw that I had every ingredient in the ingredient list so OF COURSE I had to make them.

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies // shutterbean

Annnnnd YES. They're totally fudgey. Perfectly intense with good hit of chocolate. They're both chewy and crisp on the edges. You wouldn't really know they were gluten free. They definitely passed the taste taste in our house! I'm glad I have something good to offer future bake sales...of course I'll make them without walnuts but in my house, a brownie isn't a brownie if there's no nuts in them :)

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