I love having a candle lit when I have guests over, but I have read and heard that eventually it can make your ceiling look black. Yuck! (I think it takes quite a while for this to happen, but regardless, I do not want my newly painted home looking dusky.)
So, I saw a bunch of potpourri recipes on pintrest and decided to try mix one up on my own.
I don't know about you, but this week has been insanely crazy at work! Go figure…it's a full moon! And you know what they say about patients when it's a full moon!
Thankfully, I work with some pretty great people, and decided we all needed a little "pick-me-up" on hump day. I made these cookies and some Magic Bars (recipe to come Tuesday) for a little treat. Really, I wanted to bring in some adult beverages, which were very much needed, but figured the company would not appreciate that ;)
I got this recipe from Real Simple magazine, and let me tell you, that's just what this recipe is…Real simple!
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In large mixing bowl, mix together PB, sugars, eggs, baking soda, and salt until smooth.
3. Shape dough into balls (about 1 heaping Tbsp each) and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
4. Using tines of fork, flatten each ball, creating a crisscross pattern.
5. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until puffed and golden, (about 9-10 minutes).
The cookies will deflate when cooled
6. Let them cool slightly on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
What is better than a warm, healthy meal on a chilly fall night? Oh right…a warm, healthy meal with wine and friends!
I made this baked ziti from my mom's recipe, but adapted some changes to make it a little healthier.
12 ounces uncooked ziti
(I used whole wheat)
2 tsp olive oil
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
(I used 2 tsp minced garlic ~ that's what I had on hand)
1/3 pound ground beef
(I used 1 pound lean ground turkey ~ the 99% fat free)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
(I used 1/4 tsp)
1/2 tsp pepper
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 cup mozzarella cheese
(I do NOT skimp here, as I think low fat cheese taste terrible!)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook and drain pasta. Set aside.
3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for about 2 minutes. Add ground beef (or turkey) and cook until browned, breaking up meat ~ about 3-5 minutes. Drain off any fat and set pan back over medium heat.
4. Add oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Stir to coat beef (or turkey). Cook until herbs fragrant ~ about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
5. Spoon small amount of turkey-tomato mixture into bottom of 9 X 13 greased dish. (just enough to cover surface). Top with half of cooked ziti.
6. Next, layer with half of remaining turkey-tomato sauce and half of mozzarella cheese.
7. Layer with remaining ziti and then top with remaining turkey-tomato sauce.
8. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
9. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly~ 30 minutes.
I am a Baltimore girl who loves the beach, eating crabs, and going to a baseball game on a warm Sunday afternoon. I also love reading, shopping, traveling, and entertaining. I love entertaining so much, I once thought of leaving my career in nursing to own a gift shop or become a party planner (I love my job and co-workers too much to ever leave, though!). I am also trying to improve my cooking and homemaking skills and would love to share my journey with you!